Essex v Pakistanis, Twenty20, Chelmsford July 2, 2010

All-round Pakistan flatten Essex

The Bulletin by Liam Brickhill

Pakistanis 204 for 4 (Shahzaib 49, Salman 41) beat Essex 138 for 9 by 66 runs

Pakistan, whose Twenty20 pedigree has rarely been in doubt despite the turbulence in their cricket, continued their successful trip to England as they cruised to a thumping 66-run win over Essex in their Twenty20 tour match at Chelmsford. Such was their dominance, Pakistan did not have to rely on one player to win the game for them as every member contributed, first as the top-order raced to 204 for 4 and then as wickets were shared around by the bowlers as Essex's innings finished on 138 for 9.

Shahzaib Hasan launched Pakistan's innings with gusto after Salman Butt, his opening partner and stand-in captain as Shahid Afridi rests up with a muscle strain, won the toss and decided to have a bat. Chris Wright and Maurice Chambers were taken apart in their opening spells, and though the introduction of spin and medium pace in the form of Tony Palladino and Tim Phillips did stem the flow of runs somewhat, it wasn't until Grant Flower had Shahzaib caught behind for 49, with the score on 84 in the 10th over, that the hosts were given some respite.

Even then, however, the lull was short-lived and after Salman and Kamran Akmal had been dismissed by Danish Kaneria and Phillips, respectively, Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal combined in a 75-run partnership that took up only 31 balls and boosted Pakistan's score into the stratosphere.

Kaneria had bowled two good overs against his countrymen before the batsmen went ballistic, launching his third over for 30 as Essex resigned themselves to a massive run-chase. Umar took the score to the brink of 200 before he fell to Chambers, but Abdul Razzaq was on hand for a final push as he struck his first ball to the boundary.

Razzaq then knocked the stuffing out of Essex's top order to put paid to any hopes of an unlikely run-chase, removing Mark Pettini and Flower in his first over and rattling Matt Walker's stumps in his second as the hosts slipped to 11 for 3. Shoaib Akhtar bowled an economical opening spell from the other end without success, but Wahab Riaz found the edge of John Maunders bat before Malik cut James Fosters' fighting innings short to reduce Essex to 40 for 5.

From then on, the match provided little more than bowling practice for the Pakistanis, and as they eased off the pressure a touch Phillips took the opportunity to register his first half-century in Twenty20 cricket. While Pakistan continue to look a confident outfit, his innings was the only bright spot for Essex.

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  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    pakistan always plays very well but they luck and prayers of nation too in shallah pakistan will win both the series against australia

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    @Faisal Mashood Afridi: what makes you say that? The guy looks in good form. He opens the innings and scores runs. What have the other batsmen done in comparison? You seem to have a grudge against him.

    From the little cricketing sense that i have Shahzaib Hasan has way more potential than Nasir Jamshed.

    You say Shahzaib hasnt performed on the international level, well, let me remind you he made his Debut in the T20 WC in England. And yes he did perform in that tournament. I can only imagine the kind of pressure he must have been under at that time, having to make his debut in the knockout stages of the T20 WC and playing his part in his teams victory.

    Please keep your personal biases to yourself. Speak facts, my friend!!!

  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    Very much true. Don't have any hope for test matches. The only thing they might do is in t20 (if they can). We can only hope and pray.

  • Upender on July 3, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    Well done Pakistan,thrash Australians!!!!

  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    @Bilal Yousuf he will fail in the international games.

  • Jawwad on July 3, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    Hitting Kaneria like that was completely unneccessarry. You don't expose your weapons and just like another blogger said you don't dent their confidence. Shoaib Akhtar is definately a changed man and can prove to be the trump card they've been missing all along. I think in Nasir, Shahzaib and Farhat we have a t20, ODI and Test openers respectively.

  • haseeb on July 3, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    PAKISTAN zindabad n INSHALLAH they will do sumething special in england for sure n gona take revenge against the rutheless aussies n i hope they will win the series if they wil play with unity n all the damn high level of courage may ALLAH bless them all AMEEN

  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    @Razi; yup... it was danish bt remember he bowled 2 gd overs before d worst 1. Pakis perform was gd bt remembers all of these teams (Essexs & MCC etc) r full of forgotten players. pakis r going 2 face D.Bollinger, Tait & Harris....... not Azhar Mehmood & Knaria. they hv 2 show consistency against high ranked bowlers.& they hv 2 give a gd finish. otherwise.....lolx. Gd Luck Pakistan.

  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    there are no expectations from pak team they make groups they do everything unless play for his team

  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    need for afridi.............

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