MCC v Pakistan, Twenty20, Lord's June 27, 2010

Umar, fast bowlers seal tight win

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Pakistan 165 for 5 (Umar 51, Harris 3-26) beat MCC 159 for 5 (Blizzard 73, Shoaib 2-19) by six runs
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Umar Akmal's aggressive half century, combined with disciplined bowling efforts from Shoaib Akhtar and Saeed Ajmal, helped the Pakistanis to start their English summer with a six-run victory over MCC at Lord's on Sunday. Chasing a challenging target Aiden Blizzard kept MCC's hopes alive till the final over of the match. He put on 94 with Brian Lara - who managed a 32-ball 37 on his return to competitive cricket - but his sparkling 73 went in vain in the absence of any able support after Lara departed.

On a sun-drenched afternoon, when the whole of England watched in horror as the national football team fell apart against Germany in Bloemfontein, the Pakistanis started on a bright note with their opening pair of Shahzaib Hasan and Salman Butt rushing off the blocks against the odd new ball pair of Chaminda Vaas and Hamid Hassan of Afghanistan. Shahzaib was quick to pounce on the inexperience of his namesake as he repeatedly charged the Afghanistan quick to pick up easy runs.

The signs looked ominous for the hosts when the Pakistanis passed fifty in just the fifth over. Just then Shahzaib, in a rush-of-the-blood moment went to clear the leg-side boundary, but instead mistimed a pull which landed safely in the hands of Vaas behind square.

When Kamran Akmal and Butt fell in quick succession, the Pakistanis appeared to be in a spot of bother. But Umar has been one of Pakistan's best - if not the best - batsman in the last year and he unleashed his range of strokes while displaying a knack for smartly finding the gaps. Though the trio of Mohammad Nabi, Glenn Querl and Chris Harris managed to keep a tight leash on the Pakistanis, Umar remained patient and picked off any bad balls that came his way.

With the old warhorses Brian Lara and Sourav Ganguly in the batting ranks the target, though stiff, was not out of reach. Though Lara was playing his first match in nearly three years, he never showed any rust as his feet moved in line of the delivery with minimal fuss, and he played his strokes in his inimitable fashion. The raging cuts, the caressed late-cuts and steers, and the strong pull-shots all came stumbling out of the storeroom, as Lara overtook Blizzard, who couldn't have asked for a better birthday gift than standing and admiring the brilliance of the genius.

Lara had started off with a fluent cut against a wide delivery from Umar Gul, who was still warming up in his first over. He followed it with another boundary, as he walked across and pulled over midwicket. At the other end Blizzard was stealing singles and twos and charging the likes of Afridi, who he hit for a handsome six over widish long-on (his second).

Their alliance was steadily loosening the visitors' grip and to the delight of the 4000-strong crowd Gul bounced back with an inswinging yorker that beat Lara's high backlift before going on to splay the stumps. A year ago Gul was the best Twenty20 bowler in the world and he showed why he is rated so highly when he repeated the same delivery against Ganguly off the first ball off his next over.

The former Indian captain had already survived a close lbw appeal against Ajmal in the previous over. Shahid Afridi, like a predator, jumped on the nervous Ganguly, ribbing him with some sly remarks.

Ganguly was annoyed and shot back at his counterpart, asking him to stay away. Never shy to engage in mid-pitch banter, Afridi started walking towards Ganguly as the crowd started screaming excitedly. But Ganguly was not interested in any further conversation.

Blizzard maintained his calm and when 18 were needed in the final over it looked possible as he hit Mohammad Aamer over long-off for a six. But Aamer improved his length, pitching the ball much fuller to beat Blizzard's swing and end MCC's hopes.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    As the first ever starting T20 win will give a big boost to a new mixed team of youth & experienced, All should realize the circumstances of cricket in Pak, We are not playing at home,Home advantage is the biggest tool for win, Home crowd, Home pitches, This is all talents which is surviving hopes for Pak cricket team, ZINDABAD PAK CRICKET TEAM,

  • POSTED BY CrickFans007 on | July 1, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    @For All Indians Either Pakistan won in Sharja or Mumbai Does not matter we won and professional never gave excuse of ground, Indians should realized that PAK with 10% of total Indian Population And Pakistan winning ration so high if compare with India. @Andyblocke I think you are totally illiterate from Cricket you only remember indina winning & sehawag inning Dont forget Saeed Anwar 194 against Indian in front of all indian crowd we beat you in 2005 in ODI and in testin India& 2006 test in karachi we kick out you in ICC Champ 2009 we kick out you in tri series AUS 1999 etc, in Present india Kick out by WI, AUS t20 SriLanka, ZIM(very shame) two matches. we beat AUS many times in last 15 years just for your info 1999 in tri series WC 1999 , T20 2009 WC, in Dubai last year etc.. PLZ Indians We know you are fan of Cricket but should realize the facts and accept PAK much better team then India in past as well as in present. I see PAK in WC 2011 Final match lets wait..

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    i think its time 4 kami 2 realise importance of catches. on many occasions he dropped simple catches. he has 2 b like Mark Boucher who iz in 30s bt still doing gd job 4 Proteas. i dnt knw whats wrong wid afridi...... he has 2 realize d imp of gd fielding by his boys. just look 8 d last few matches of pakis..... u can eaisily notice dat it was fielsding (d reason of defeat. which starts 4rm NZ & still paki facing d same prblm. IJaz Ahmed charging 3.5 lakhs/month bt v can't c any improvement in fielding. if pakis don't realize dis fact then off-course they can't b abble 2 win against Aussies 7 eng.

  • POSTED BY JibranSial on | June 29, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    @ Andyblocker The fact that you are forced to pick and point India's wins against Pakistan shows how poor India have been against Pakistan.. Be it neutral, home, away or overall Pakistan have a much much higher win percentage record than India, something like 60/40...

  • POSTED BY muhmmad7676 on | June 29, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    @kharticfromchennai we don't have place to play even then we kick your ass....hahaha.....great

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | June 29, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    @f, true that 1.5 billion cannot win more matches, but its a honour that pakistan a country of 340,403 square miles of area cannot find the SAFE 22 yards to play cricket. You play your HOME matches AWAY from home.....great.

  • POSTED BY andyblocker on | June 28, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    @ all pakistani supporters- guys wat records....u won most of the matches in sharjah, and talking about wounds given 2 u in sports remember u being eliminated by india in 96 world cup with aamir sohail heads down and leaving. remember 2003 world cup, again being knocked out with so called drugged rawalpindi exp derailed. 309 of sehwag in multan or the 2 one day series loss of ur in ur own home3-2 and 4-1. T20 world cup final is also fresh as well as in england we defeated u in the warm up match by 10 wkts.And also recently being knocked out in asia cup with your shoaib aktar again put to sword by bhajji. See we now dont get any pleasure playing you. wasim akram says india is far ahead of what pakistan team is.And by the way more interest is genetaed playing with Aus or SA. so keep ur records to you and start winning. A ricky ponting never minds playing a pakistan team which hasnt won against australia for 15 years, but fears india which has a better win ratio against them. Records huh

  • POSTED BY CrickFans007 on | June 28, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    @Faisal Totally agree with you Shahzaib really not performing well I dont know why he is taking pressure he have full support from captain and coach He should play positive and natural game, 2011 world Cup is coming soon and all team making their best combination, Pakistan have a good middle order with Strong Umer Akam,afridi, kamran and Malik I think they only need one solid player with Salman butt who can handle the pressure in opening b/c PAK can not depend on salman butt he is not a consistent player and dont perform in pressure and World Cup means pressure Matches, Pak this time really have a good chance in Coming WC with the current team(best middle order and strong bowling combination)if they get one good opener in the team before WC. @Navi You are Joker See the statistic of PAk vs India then pass the comments Understand

  • POSTED BY klobania on | June 28, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    i think it was out n out satisfied performance frm pakistanis. those who r supporting ganguly must realised now those old horses are nothing worth they even failed to win any major tournament during their tenure. i would advise instead of backing up old horses always support real time heroes like afridi

  • POSTED BY wanderer1 on | June 28, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    @Navi Sran: And what exactly is the "whole of India" going to do to Afridi? Keep your threats to yourself, they're basless and backed up by nobody. And if you took care to remember Ganguly's career he wasn't shy of dishing out some sledging himself. If you can't take it, don't dish it out.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    As the first ever starting T20 win will give a big boost to a new mixed team of youth & experienced, All should realize the circumstances of cricket in Pak, We are not playing at home,Home advantage is the biggest tool for win, Home crowd, Home pitches, This is all talents which is surviving hopes for Pak cricket team, ZINDABAD PAK CRICKET TEAM,

  • POSTED BY CrickFans007 on | July 1, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    @For All Indians Either Pakistan won in Sharja or Mumbai Does not matter we won and professional never gave excuse of ground, Indians should realized that PAK with 10% of total Indian Population And Pakistan winning ration so high if compare with India. @Andyblocke I think you are totally illiterate from Cricket you only remember indina winning & sehawag inning Dont forget Saeed Anwar 194 against Indian in front of all indian crowd we beat you in 2005 in ODI and in testin India& 2006 test in karachi we kick out you in ICC Champ 2009 we kick out you in tri series AUS 1999 etc, in Present india Kick out by WI, AUS t20 SriLanka, ZIM(very shame) two matches. we beat AUS many times in last 15 years just for your info 1999 in tri series WC 1999 , T20 2009 WC, in Dubai last year etc.. PLZ Indians We know you are fan of Cricket but should realize the facts and accept PAK much better team then India in past as well as in present. I see PAK in WC 2011 Final match lets wait..

  • POSTED BY on | July 1, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    i think its time 4 kami 2 realise importance of catches. on many occasions he dropped simple catches. he has 2 b like Mark Boucher who iz in 30s bt still doing gd job 4 Proteas. i dnt knw whats wrong wid afridi...... he has 2 realize d imp of gd fielding by his boys. just look 8 d last few matches of pakis..... u can eaisily notice dat it was fielsding (d reason of defeat. which starts 4rm NZ & still paki facing d same prblm. IJaz Ahmed charging 3.5 lakhs/month bt v can't c any improvement in fielding. if pakis don't realize dis fact then off-course they can't b abble 2 win against Aussies 7 eng.

  • POSTED BY JibranSial on | June 29, 2010, 17:41 GMT

    @ Andyblocker The fact that you are forced to pick and point India's wins against Pakistan shows how poor India have been against Pakistan.. Be it neutral, home, away or overall Pakistan have a much much higher win percentage record than India, something like 60/40...

  • POSTED BY muhmmad7676 on | June 29, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    @kharticfromchennai we don't have place to play even then we kick your ass....hahaha.....great

  • POSTED BY karthikfromchennai on | June 29, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    @f, true that 1.5 billion cannot win more matches, but its a honour that pakistan a country of 340,403 square miles of area cannot find the SAFE 22 yards to play cricket. You play your HOME matches AWAY from home.....great.

  • POSTED BY andyblocker on | June 28, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    @ all pakistani supporters- guys wat records....u won most of the matches in sharjah, and talking about wounds given 2 u in sports remember u being eliminated by india in 96 world cup with aamir sohail heads down and leaving. remember 2003 world cup, again being knocked out with so called drugged rawalpindi exp derailed. 309 of sehwag in multan or the 2 one day series loss of ur in ur own home3-2 and 4-1. T20 world cup final is also fresh as well as in england we defeated u in the warm up match by 10 wkts.And also recently being knocked out in asia cup with your shoaib aktar again put to sword by bhajji. See we now dont get any pleasure playing you. wasim akram says india is far ahead of what pakistan team is.And by the way more interest is genetaed playing with Aus or SA. so keep ur records to you and start winning. A ricky ponting never minds playing a pakistan team which hasnt won against australia for 15 years, but fears india which has a better win ratio against them. Records huh

  • POSTED BY CrickFans007 on | June 28, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    @Faisal Totally agree with you Shahzaib really not performing well I dont know why he is taking pressure he have full support from captain and coach He should play positive and natural game, 2011 world Cup is coming soon and all team making their best combination, Pakistan have a good middle order with Strong Umer Akam,afridi, kamran and Malik I think they only need one solid player with Salman butt who can handle the pressure in opening b/c PAK can not depend on salman butt he is not a consistent player and dont perform in pressure and World Cup means pressure Matches, Pak this time really have a good chance in Coming WC with the current team(best middle order and strong bowling combination)if they get one good opener in the team before WC. @Navi You are Joker See the statistic of PAk vs India then pass the comments Understand

  • POSTED BY klobania on | June 28, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    i think it was out n out satisfied performance frm pakistanis. those who r supporting ganguly must realised now those old horses are nothing worth they even failed to win any major tournament during their tenure. i would advise instead of backing up old horses always support real time heroes like afridi

  • POSTED BY wanderer1 on | June 28, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    @Navi Sran: And what exactly is the "whole of India" going to do to Afridi? Keep your threats to yourself, they're basless and backed up by nobody. And if you took care to remember Ganguly's career he wasn't shy of dishing out some sledging himself. If you can't take it, don't dish it out.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    Man Can anybody tell where could I get the highlights???? I wanna see Lara bat!!!!!! I miss him so much!!! Also, does anybody have all of his innings??????

  • POSTED BY gameboyz on | June 28, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    i think pcb had done well to select shoaib akhtar only for limited over.he really look sharp so...aussie be prepared for gul yorker& rawilpidi express and last but not leas yong amir.pak will win....

  • POSTED BY Bari_Manchester on | June 28, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    Hi, I was in the ground to watch that game. Umar Gull was very good with his bowling and he got the stunning catch but Pak dropped couple of very easy catches including from one of our best fielders, Fawad Alam. Kamran Akmal again missed two stump chances and got a nice appreciation from Afridi. Pakistanies have to improve their fielding if they want to win any game here in England. It was nice to see Great Lara batting, he was the most overweight player on the field even Shoib Akhtar looked lean when they shook hands. Pak palyers had a good warm-up game in a very sunny and warm day at Lords.

  • POSTED BY Nrao786 on | June 28, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    Having attended the match, it was a pretty relaxed affair. Pak again dropped the most easiest of catches whilst Umar Gul grabbed a spectacular effort off Shoaib's bowling. Overall Malik should have played in place of Fawad in this current line up and Akmal if not opening should drop down to his normal position of 6.

    Afridi made some curious bowling changes, by bringing in Gul early for 1 over in the power play when we all know he bowls better when the ball gets a little older.

    The Ganguly spat was nothing but a little banter, Dada was unmoved as when fielding he's pretty pedestrian at the best of times. Lara should have been skipper for me.....at least he looks active in the field.

    Overall Pak, will probably lose more than they win.....with basic catching not upto the mark, cant see them win too many games :(

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    @navi sran, firstly india cant hold a candle to pakistan's record against. look at the stats and you'll see what im talking about. pakistan win loss ratio is above 1 making them an elite team. india on the other hand with all your money, scheming and trickery are at a lowly 0.96. I mean 1.5 billion people and you cant win more matches than you lose. im sorry navi but india truly suck! with a population that is 10% of yours we still beat. sri lanka still kicks you out of the world cup, twice! so who really sucks?

  • POSTED BY anoosh on | June 28, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    Thats a big win for pakistan team.I was really not excepting that.Yes pakistan team has got some imporovement.We can see that.Thank god Umer Akmal is back in form.Thats a good sign.Pakistan will inshallah will win this series

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    Shazaib Hasan's FC average is 34 as compared to Nasir Jamshed's 44.

  • POSTED BY hunnysharma on | June 28, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    is Afridi crazy or what??? its just a warm up match or may be IPL hatred is still there in Pakistani heads............

  • POSTED BY pradeeplbc on | June 28, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Lara batted beautifully, breathtaking shots that took the clock back years to his prime. A privilege to be in the Grand stand watching it. Gul bowled amazingly and his classic Yorkers got rid of the 2 legends in successful overs which is good to see in his comeback game.

    MCC had too many old fielders, so they were too slow and didn't dive or aim to put in the extra effort in the field unlike their pakistani counterparts who where diving around but dropped a few catches.

    Match went down to the wire and was only decided in the 19.4th over! Much better then watching England getting removed from the world cup in emphatic style.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Shazaib Hasan's FC average is 34 as compared to Nasir Jamshed's 44.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    Shazaib Hasan is useless against good bowlers, he is not an aggressive minded batsman under pressure. Nasir Jamshed will attack no matter who is bowling. Shazaib Hasan has not done anything in the international level that merits his selection. He cannot rotate the strike and basically plays in two gears, defend everything or slog. Nasir Jamshed is a more versatile and attacking batsman as compared to Shazaib, so he should be given a chance after Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    Nice start men in green, keep it up for the rest of the ture.

  • POSTED BY Peace_Lover on | June 28, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Miss You Great Brian Lara .. !! Your back lift , Your style, Your pull, Your Cut, Your drive .. Damn ... Miss them sooo much !!

  • POSTED BY waheed on | June 28, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    Al lPakistan is behind Afridi..Gangully is nothing for us.. Good to see our Bowling attack in form again

    Umar Gul,Akhtar,Amir very nice bowling

    and good voctory

  • POSTED BY Die4lara on | June 28, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Is there someone with the video of lara's innings in that T20 match ... Please post it if someone have...

  • POSTED BY humzasami on | June 28, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    @ gemsbond,Navi sran I think i must say INDIA sux they lost to Zimbabwe, they carried out IPL, ICL and blah blah throughout the years just to win the T20 cup...but they were unable to reach the next round its a real matter of shame. Moreover talking specifically about T20 all the statistics are there to compare.Iam sorry to say dude but Pakistan is certainly ahead of INDIA.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    sad it wasnt telecasted , but the pic Of d prince sayz it all . d calypsO pull of the good old days .

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    Improvement has been shown by Pakistani players as their bowling become stronger with Gul & Akhtar,,,,well done guys, Keep it up.

  • POSTED BY appajik on | June 28, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    God...Why didn't you pause the clock when Lara was set to retire. Please rewind the time and let us allow to see the glory of master.

  • POSTED BY GemsBond on | June 28, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    INshallah Pak will loose all test, odi and T20...its pretty sure...hahahaha...saale pissuu

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    pakistan still suck, hey cant beat aussies or england. afridi should have thought once before messing wth ganguly. WHOLE INDIA is behind ganguly.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    Lovely match, wish it was telecasted live. Really satisfying to see Shoaib in form and Gul live upto his potential of being the best T20 bowler, by getting Lara and Ganguly, both priceless scalps, clean bowled.

    @ Faisal Mashood Afridi : "and why exactly is Shazaib Hasan preferred to Nasir Jamshed?" Ermmmm, because he's just better? And had a much better domestic season? And has performed much consistently with much more promise for a long while?

  • POSTED BY crazytaurean on | June 28, 2010, 3:17 GMT

    Would have loved to see the match...with Lara and Ganguly playing for the same side

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    Chris Harris 3 for 26 yeah boy! He has a t20 average of 90 too!

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    @Faisal: CHeckout the scorecard and you'll realise why Shahzeb was preferred over Nasir Jamshed. Not a convincing Gul? Are you out of your mind, its the best comeback one could have asked for.

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 1:26 GMT

    Mr Faisal Mashood Afridi, do you really think Nasir Jamshed can even pick the bat better then Shahzaib Hassan? Scoring 3 or 4 fifties against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe doesnt show your strength.

  • POSTED BY azaro on | June 28, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    Now why didn't Vaas bat up the order? Didn't he open for Northants earlier in the week in a 20/20 and get 73 off 49 balls? MCC would have won easily if he did that again!

  • POSTED BY on | June 28, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    Afridi needs to calm down. He walks all excited as if he will turn Pakistani cricket around.

    "Afridi you are sadly no Imran...or even Ganguly...so calm down"

  • POSTED BY somalmighty_UK on | June 28, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    What a good match it was..I watched the game and was all through laughing at Pakistan's fielding..Dropping dollies...misfields...and it was a laugh riot...had there been one good batsman after Ganguly...Pakistan would have lost the match...Pakistan is doomed in England if they perform like this...Bunch of jokers really...and Afridi was the commander...like a big daddy he was scolding everybody...Feel pity for MCC XI..they were at one stage winning the match...Ganguly got a beauty from Umar Gul...so did Lara..Watch out for Gul and Akhtar...

  • POSTED BY mubj on | June 27, 2010, 23:40 GMT

    It was a good match, and a beautiful day at Lord's! It was great to see Lara in action again, he hadn't lost a step! Pity Pakistan dropped three catches in the field, not the best way to start a tour.

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    Can anybody tell is the Essex n Pak match will be telecast-ed on TV?

  • POSTED BY jamol on | June 27, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    It"s really great to see lara back in action!! It is not only great 4 westindians,it is also great 4 world cricket or should i say the world!IF He does well we might even see him in the IPL next year.....and i swear by ricky ponting"s hairy arms that he would be forced back to play 4 the westindies....we really do need him!

  • POSTED BY Saim93 on | June 27, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    Good i hope we can carry this form against Aussies and England. I want Pakistan to to win in the Test matches more than any other match on this tour.

  • POSTED BY cvam on | June 27, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    Only Lara, Nabi and Harris made an impact in the IPL IV audition. Hamid should have made use of the opportunity. The match only confirms that Akhtar and U Akmal are the only worthwhile pakistan candidates.

  • POSTED BY Jhammatian on | June 27, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    Keep it up Guyz .... You can and Inshallah u will do that and Will win all the matches and also don't forget to take revenge from australia. You will do that .... Inshallah

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    KEWL ... waiting for tour to be officially opened....exciting it wud b !

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    and why exactly is Shazaib Hasan preferred to Nasir Jamshed?

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    not a convincing win at all and even more ominous, not a convincing Gul. Some TV channel should have broadcast this game if only to show Lara in action.

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    Lovely! What a contest! Pity it was not telecasted on TV

  • POSTED BY Umair_umair on | June 27, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    What a contest. glimpses of the past. Welcome back Umar Gul and Lara. Hope Pakistan team, manage this again AUS, with their fast Bowling attack looking better. Shoiab, Gul, Asif, Amir.

    Hope, the clash between Afridi and Ganguly didn't go in bad taste. Afridi should be careful however. I was supposed to be a friendly match.

  • POSTED BY 5860733 on | June 27, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    PAk ixx gonaa make the hell ov ENGland n AUstralia in dix TOur .!!!!!! INshallah!

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    nice fight shown by the Pakistanies..i hope they will continue the same in next matches

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  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    nice fight shown by the Pakistanies..i hope they will continue the same in next matches

  • POSTED BY 5860733 on | June 27, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    PAk ixx gonaa make the hell ov ENGland n AUstralia in dix TOur .!!!!!! INshallah!

  • POSTED BY Umair_umair on | June 27, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    What a contest. glimpses of the past. Welcome back Umar Gul and Lara. Hope Pakistan team, manage this again AUS, with their fast Bowling attack looking better. Shoiab, Gul, Asif, Amir.

    Hope, the clash between Afridi and Ganguly didn't go in bad taste. Afridi should be careful however. I was supposed to be a friendly match.

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    Lovely! What a contest! Pity it was not telecasted on TV

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    not a convincing win at all and even more ominous, not a convincing Gul. Some TV channel should have broadcast this game if only to show Lara in action.

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    and why exactly is Shazaib Hasan preferred to Nasir Jamshed?

  • POSTED BY on | June 27, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    KEWL ... waiting for tour to be officially opened....exciting it wud b !

  • POSTED BY Jhammatian on | June 27, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    Keep it up Guyz .... You can and Inshallah u will do that and Will win all the matches and also don't forget to take revenge from australia. You will do that .... Inshallah

  • POSTED BY cvam on | June 27, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    Only Lara, Nabi and Harris made an impact in the IPL IV audition. Hamid should have made use of the opportunity. The match only confirms that Akhtar and U Akmal are the only worthwhile pakistan candidates.

  • POSTED BY Saim93 on | June 27, 2010, 21:32 GMT

    Good i hope we can carry this form against Aussies and England. I want Pakistan to to win in the Test matches more than any other match on this tour.