Ind v Pak, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Colombo September 30, 2012

An Akmal drops a catch

Plays of the Day for the Super Eights game between India and Pakistan in Colombo
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The drop
The match was already slipping away from Pakistan in the 10th over, but had Umar Akmal held a thick edge from Virat Kohli on 42, there might have been a chance for a fightback. Akmal threw himself to his left, and caught it with both feet off the ground, but could not hold the catch when his elbows hit the turf. The bowler Yasir Arafat did not initially see the ball pop out, and had to stop himself mid celebration when Akmal got up and the ball was still on the ground.

The statement
Shahid Afridi has been in poor form with the bat, and maybe as a result, even more manic at the crease than usual. Against South Africa he slogged his first ball and was caught at long-off, so it was surprising that he was sent out at first drop in the next match.If anyone had hoped the promotion would inspire a more measured approach from Afridi, they would have been disappointed from the very first ball. Pathan overpitched, and Afridi swung wildly again, but this time managed to hit it harder and flatter, past mid-on for four.

The statement II
Virender Sehwag has also had much made of his form, but allayed those fears in the fourth over when he blasted his first four past point in the fourth over. It wasn't all that bad a delivery, if a little wide, but after that one signature stroke, it was hard to believe he was still struggling.

The shot
Pakistan would have had an inkling it was going to be Virat Kohli's night when he advanced to hoist Afridi into the stands over long-off in the seventh over. What was remarkable about the stroke was not Kohli's power or timing, but that Afridi actually beat him in the flight and Kohli still hit him for six. Given the ball was a googly turning away from Kohli's bat, it had all the makings of a stumping chance. But although he couldn't get to the pitch of the ball, Kohli was good enough to have read the direction and degree of turn and adjusted his shot to send the ball over the ropes.

The walk
Kamran Akmal's edge to the keeper off Yuvraj Singh was thin enough that the umpire might not have noticed it, but though he wore the expression of a man who wanted to stand his ground to try his luck, his balance stepped in for his conscience and he stumbled backwards towards the dressing room. When he steadied himself, he again hesitated to depart - but the India players were all well into their celebration, and the moment to make a stand was gone.

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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  • arjun.333 on October 1, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    @arpra if you read the article properly, you will see that Kohli was playing a shot to the long off boundary where in the bat faces the offside. If the ball was a googly, it would be turning into the batsman but away from the bat.

  • Arpra on October 1, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    "Given the ball was a googly turning away from Kohli's bat"; sorry to pile on but technically, the only googly that can turn away from a right hander is a left arm Chinaman bowler's...

  • babowls on October 1, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Afridi Boom, Boom become Afridi toon, toon he'll never change if he plays sensible cricket he might've the highest run scorer for Pakistan but he comes and goes doesn't think about his team need his attenuation when their in trouble?

  • on October 1, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    As if Akmal is a Johnty Rhodes or Colin Blend! Hahaha.

  • Mahesh4811 on October 1, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Virat kohli looks like the main pillar of the Indian batting these days. If he gets going, all get going. if he fails, all fail.

  • CriticallyCricket on October 1, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    India had more to loose, it was a must win match for them. They applied themselves with descipline and focus......Pakistan got a little carried away and played abysmally!

  • Electric_L0ser_Wacko on October 1, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Afridi was trembling in his boots at the sight of Virat/Sehwag smashing him all around the park ... A keen observation from an indian fan - sitting just above the sightscreen!!! ..... LOL..... I know its as stupid as Afridi's claim of seeing Sachin tremble at the sight at Shoaib Akhtar from square leg !!! Please Shahid Bhai ...we've been waiting for you to celebrate your 17th B'Day since 1998 ... Still wondering when it'll come though :) :) :)

  • on October 1, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    he said it ws turning away for Kohli's BAT not Kohli. so it sounds okay to me :)

  • on October 1, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    @sanum: It clicked to me as well. How a googly turns away from a right hander? Googly is a delivery that spins in to a right handed batsman!

  • jonesy2 on October 1, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    an akmal drops a catch on average, about once every over

  • arjun.333 on October 1, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    @arpra if you read the article properly, you will see that Kohli was playing a shot to the long off boundary where in the bat faces the offside. If the ball was a googly, it would be turning into the batsman but away from the bat.

  • Arpra on October 1, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    "Given the ball was a googly turning away from Kohli's bat"; sorry to pile on but technically, the only googly that can turn away from a right hander is a left arm Chinaman bowler's...

  • babowls on October 1, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Afridi Boom, Boom become Afridi toon, toon he'll never change if he plays sensible cricket he might've the highest run scorer for Pakistan but he comes and goes doesn't think about his team need his attenuation when their in trouble?

  • on October 1, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    As if Akmal is a Johnty Rhodes or Colin Blend! Hahaha.

  • Mahesh4811 on October 1, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Virat kohli looks like the main pillar of the Indian batting these days. If he gets going, all get going. if he fails, all fail.

  • CriticallyCricket on October 1, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    India had more to loose, it was a must win match for them. They applied themselves with descipline and focus......Pakistan got a little carried away and played abysmally!

  • Electric_L0ser_Wacko on October 1, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Afridi was trembling in his boots at the sight of Virat/Sehwag smashing him all around the park ... A keen observation from an indian fan - sitting just above the sightscreen!!! ..... LOL..... I know its as stupid as Afridi's claim of seeing Sachin tremble at the sight at Shoaib Akhtar from square leg !!! Please Shahid Bhai ...we've been waiting for you to celebrate your 17th B'Day since 1998 ... Still wondering when it'll come though :) :) :)

  • on October 1, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    he said it ws turning away for Kohli's BAT not Kohli. so it sounds okay to me :)

  • on October 1, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    @sanum: It clicked to me as well. How a googly turns away from a right hander? Googly is a delivery that spins in to a right handed batsman!

  • jonesy2 on October 1, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    an akmal drops a catch on average, about once every over

  • on October 1, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    I think pak player not a team workers. They want play 4 the nation. Some they think they want to play 4 fans. This is not been good news. Every players are taking six or four the very first ball. Ex. Afriti. They can't won the match without good opener and good wicket keeper. Why did not give the place for the Razzaq,

  • S.h.a.d.a.b on October 1, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Had india won the toss, they also chosen to bat. It is not a question whether Hafeez decided to bat first, infact it was a case of he did not want India to bat first. Rest is the similar story of all sorts of world cups, a longer one., good for indians, painful for pakistanis.

  • on October 1, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    we are hoping against hope that we may won against AUs

  • on October 1, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    Did Afridi bowl a Googly to Kohli... or Kohli batted away in a style akin to googly for the Pakistan team? Anyone's guess, a fight here will not change the past.. :)

  • on October 1, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    A googly from Afridi to Kohli (a right handed batsman) would turn into the batsman and not away from him, as quoted in this article.

  • Siva-The-Human on October 1, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    @Mark2011 hahah aha Comedy piece.

  • Sharath274 on October 1, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    @sunman81 - very true... and we know Virant is not left handed :)

  • Aleem_Latif on October 1, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    Hafeez actually, lost the match the moment he won the toss and elected to bat first ... How many teams batting first are winning in this T20 tournament in SL/Colombo? How did Pak managed to win the match against India 11 days ago? Even a street kid knows the answer, except Hafiz and the Pak coach.

  • Sunman81 on October 1, 2012, 2:54 GMT

    How can a googly turns away for a right handed batsmen??... Am I missing any thing here?

  • bluefunk on October 1, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    man i so want to see an india-pak test match it's not funny... are the powers that be listening??

  • no_second_chance_for_batsman on October 1, 2012, 1:35 GMT

    I agree with @Srivatsa....Mr.Andrew wrote/observed it wrong..Kohli hit Afridi for 6 to a conventional leg spinner ball... Good observation of Kamran Akmal walk though ! Cheers, Kumar

  • indiafan76 on October 1, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    Pakistan were 105 for 5 in 15 overs. Could have easily made 40+ runs in the last 5 overs. Not saying that it would have changed the result. Also why was Saeed Ajmal removed after just one over (6th)??

  • samincolumbia on October 1, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    The over rated so called Pakistani fast bowlers have been shown their rightful place by the Indians in yet another World Cup game!!

  • Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on October 1, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    How does Afridi's googly turn away from a right handed batsman ????

    AFRIDI USUALLY BOWLS ALMOST ALL THE DELIVERIES "DRIFTING-IN" to RIGHT HANDERS ( with action of a leg-break bowler) - MAKING HIM A OFF-BREAK BOWLER( with action of a leg-break bowler) ! AS A SURPRISE (THE GOOGLY FACTOR), HE OCCASIONALLY SENDS IN A NORMAL "LEG-BREAK" WHICH TURNS AWAY FROM RHB. HENCE THE ANALOGY "THE GOOGLY" !

  • on September 30, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    LOL...How does Afridi bowl a googly turning away from Kohli?!.

  • on September 30, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    @sweetspot Indian bowlers have dismissed SL(Aug),AUS (Jan),ENG and PAK(WT20) in 2012 in T20s. what do the haters have to say?

  • on September 30, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    How does a googly from Afridi turn away from a right handed batsman - amazing stuff

  • Percy_Fender on September 30, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    More than winning or losing, I am very happy that the ice has een broken. Soo there will be the ODIs in December and then we in India can hope to see some of the Pakistan team to be in the IPLThe World cup is just a lottery. Pakistan would have won on another day.

  • sawnoff on September 30, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    after a disastrous start in the Super eight. todays match was a breather. we still need to defeat SA. the thunder of Aus is similar in all the matches, today again it was 8 wicket win. i just have a feeling that they might be eliminated in the Knockout. though now seem to be favourites. all's well that ends well. Good luck to team India for the next match.

  • Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on September 30, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    We can discuss/argue "Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas" forever but the fact remains "MATCH WAS LOST IN THE MINDS (of Pak) FROM ONSET". Even at the toss, Hafeez looked rattled/confused/under immense pressure, was not himself! Others followed suit. Whole team was all at sea ! Batsmen played thoughtless shots; fielders dropped catches and bowling was ordinary + not enough runs to bowl at. Its of paramount importance to cleanse their system of what transpired today and focus on facing the mighty Australians next. Pak have valid case to derail the juggernaut - Pakistan defeated them in desert recently. Pakistan best chance will be to "GET INTO MIDDLE ORDER" asap. Think tanks should formulate strategy to get the top three ( Watson, Warner & Hussey ). Their middle order is inexperienced/untried/untested ! Pakistan batsmen should not experiment fancy shots - just play to their strengths. Go Pakistan Go. You have done it before on big stage - DO IT AGAIN ! * India - WE SHALL RETURN ( in Dec) !

  • on September 30, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    Very Very Poor Performance by Pak.I think Pak players are now come mentally prepare that they could not win against India in any BiG tournament.(As it seen in last few years).............Afridi you need some rest....Shoaib Malik ok for 50 Overs match not for T20........& Hafeez u need to consult with any Aamil Baba for Taweez for win against India...Ahh.... Kahan Gai Waseem Waqar Miandad Jaisey Player Jo India say Jitwa Dey....

  • on September 30, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    As far as pakistan is concern its not batting, bowling or fielding its the pressure and nerve, the game between indo pak is a game of nerve who ever handle the pressure and control the nerve will win and i think india has been all the time in big matches against pakistan proven that they handle the pressure well and as far as todays match is concern pakistan lost it at the point of winning the toss and elected to bat. We have seen in super 8 in our group team batting second have won it

  • Surajdon9 on September 30, 2012, 22:21 GMT

    Pak need to rethink their game plan..

  • Mr. Madness on September 30, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    worst performance by pak in a T20I EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hafeez wasted soo many deliveries! Promoting Afridi to No.3 was the stupidest ideas ever! Jamshed and Kamran Akmal's wickets are HUGE question marks for me?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? It was another poor perormance from Pak against India again!!!!Soooooooo dissapointed

  • o0oPiTBuLLo0o on September 30, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    I truly and seriously do NOT understand that why is Indian bowling regarded as below average ? despite they did all out Pak team ? Matches are not won purely on the basis of batting. Although, i agree Indian batters are 'Big Gunners', but please all stop blaming Indian bowling, start to give some credit as well for their job.

    Another thing i totally criticize the criticize of ex players / selectors for targeting Yuvi again & over. You guys were targeting him also before the 2011 ODI WC started and he proved all of your wrong. And you guys have started again and he proved all of you again ! Please, stop pointing fingers at him, point to others who definitely do NOT deserve to be in. Bring in Mk Tiwary in place of Rohit. Let the team go in with 7 Batters. Play with 4 spl bowlers, Bhaji, Ashwin, Zak & Balaji. Part timers & Ik Pathan can do the rest of the bowling magic. My suggestion, Indian openers should play just like Wato. All the very best against Proteas. Indian fan from US of A.

  • on September 30, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    A googly from Afridi to Kohli (a right handed batsman) would turn into the batsman and not away from him, as quoted in this article.

  • on September 30, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    Worse batting, worse fielding and worse captaincy from Pakistan. Hafeez was more concerned about the net run rate then getting wickets.

  • Hira1 on September 30, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    come back of imran nazir, kamran akmal, sami and Razzak(not got chance yet), arafat and shoaib malik have not done any good to Pak ...those matches that Pak won are due to the effort of either hafeez,jamshed, umars' or ajmal...so is it really worth to have the old folks in the team or time to replace them with young players?

  • Haleos on September 30, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Afridi has proved once again he is just a boom boom and then doom. He is still that 15 year old in the head who cracked the fastest hundred. Only that the bowlers have sorted him out now. What was surprising was his bowling was trashed too.

  • on September 30, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    There is an inaccurate statement here. An Afridi (right-hander) googly cannot turn away from Kohli (right-hander). It was a normal leg-spinner.

  • toomanybugs on September 30, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    How can Shahid Afridi's googly turn away from Virat Kohli?...not even in a mirror world!

  • Shazia_Javed on September 30, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Kamran,Yasir,Shoaib,Sohail,Gul,Afridi- have been tested & are performing consistently so poor(check their last 10 or 15 matches stats).Once in a blue moon,one of these do a little better & they are granted another one year of career strech.Talking about experience, if this was the reason to select the players then Imran, Wasim, Waqar are more capable of making the final 11.Razzaq, is a poor fellow. He surly does not have any good contacts to be selected. Selecting Arfat and using him for one over & batting so poor... makes Razzaq's case much stronger. Gul, his bowling is worst than the part-timers in most teams. Pak team/mamangement/coaches are so scared of the defeat that they dont trust in trying new young talented players. Some are waiting for years, regardless of the worst performances by the 'experienced players.No one in Pak will agree that Pak dont have better bowlers than Gul, Arfat, Tanvir.Poor fans, they watch these and feel more pain in realizing it than the defeat itself.

  • mark2011 on September 30, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Akmal's drop catch was somewhat say difficult, but again fairly straigt forward chance went down in deep by Imran Nazir.. any way V rat playing luck innings as it has been the case for him. all come at drop catches...

  • iliasalich on September 30, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Today's is India Day Specially the Virat kohli ................ They played as a one unit and Pakistan as always under pressure playing all lose shorts...........but still we have a hope to win against Australia.........Insha Allah

    To the Pak Management, Please select the right XI again Aussies.. Best Of Luck

  • sweetspot on September 30, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    What stood out was also Hafeez's captaincy. Muddled for most of the evening, in darkness at night under lights. What was he thinking, not attacking right through? India's "worst bowling attack" has dismissed two entire teams so far!

  • Sriks_R on September 30, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Read 'The Shot': How can a googly turn away from the batsmen? Ridiculous!

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  • Sriks_R on September 30, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Read 'The Shot': How can a googly turn away from the batsmen? Ridiculous!

  • sweetspot on September 30, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    What stood out was also Hafeez's captaincy. Muddled for most of the evening, in darkness at night under lights. What was he thinking, not attacking right through? India's "worst bowling attack" has dismissed two entire teams so far!

  • iliasalich on September 30, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Today's is India Day Specially the Virat kohli ................ They played as a one unit and Pakistan as always under pressure playing all lose shorts...........but still we have a hope to win against Australia.........Insha Allah

    To the Pak Management, Please select the right XI again Aussies.. Best Of Luck

  • mark2011 on September 30, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Akmal's drop catch was somewhat say difficult, but again fairly straigt forward chance went down in deep by Imran Nazir.. any way V rat playing luck innings as it has been the case for him. all come at drop catches...

  • Shazia_Javed on September 30, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Kamran,Yasir,Shoaib,Sohail,Gul,Afridi- have been tested & are performing consistently so poor(check their last 10 or 15 matches stats).Once in a blue moon,one of these do a little better & they are granted another one year of career strech.Talking about experience, if this was the reason to select the players then Imran, Wasim, Waqar are more capable of making the final 11.Razzaq, is a poor fellow. He surly does not have any good contacts to be selected. Selecting Arfat and using him for one over & batting so poor... makes Razzaq's case much stronger. Gul, his bowling is worst than the part-timers in most teams. Pak team/mamangement/coaches are so scared of the defeat that they dont trust in trying new young talented players. Some are waiting for years, regardless of the worst performances by the 'experienced players.No one in Pak will agree that Pak dont have better bowlers than Gul, Arfat, Tanvir.Poor fans, they watch these and feel more pain in realizing it than the defeat itself.

  • toomanybugs on September 30, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    How can Shahid Afridi's googly turn away from Virat Kohli?...not even in a mirror world!

  • on September 30, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    There is an inaccurate statement here. An Afridi (right-hander) googly cannot turn away from Kohli (right-hander). It was a normal leg-spinner.

  • Haleos on September 30, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Afridi has proved once again he is just a boom boom and then doom. He is still that 15 year old in the head who cracked the fastest hundred. Only that the bowlers have sorted him out now. What was surprising was his bowling was trashed too.

  • Hira1 on September 30, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    come back of imran nazir, kamran akmal, sami and Razzak(not got chance yet), arafat and shoaib malik have not done any good to Pak ...those matches that Pak won are due to the effort of either hafeez,jamshed, umars' or ajmal...so is it really worth to have the old folks in the team or time to replace them with young players?

  • on September 30, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    Worse batting, worse fielding and worse captaincy from Pakistan. Hafeez was more concerned about the net run rate then getting wickets.