Saturday, 6 October 2007

Steyn bowls South Africs to victory.

South Africa duly converted their domination of Pakistan from the first day of this Test into a resounding 160-run win, a rare feat for them on the subcontinent. Dale Steyn's third five-wicket haul in Tests was enough for South Africa as Pakistan failed to capitalise on a scintillating century by Younis Khan and lost their last five wickets for 33 runs.

South Africa head into the second and final Test at Lahore, beginning on Monday, knowing they cannot now lose this series.

Needing to score another 278 runs with seven wickets remaining, Pakistan were off to a good start as Younis Khan, unbeaten on 93 overnight, flicked Andre Nel over midwicket to bring up his first century against South Africa. Mohammad Asif's dismissal soon after - gloving a sharp bouncer from Nel to short leg - prompted Younis, who was all agression yesterday, to cut down on rash strokes and concentrate more on placement. Sweeping Paul Harris and guiding Nel past the slips, he kept a decent scoring-rate while Misbah-ul-Haq struggled to score.

When Jacques Kallis bowled three consecutive maidens, it looked like the match was heading for a draw. But Younis broke the shackles, and kept the game alive, by fiercely driving Kallis past mid-on.

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Friday, 5 October 2007

Watch Australia V India Live Online.

Due to huge usage the streaming may break-up or not work at all. Just keep trying. Double-click video to go to full screen. Video should start automatically, if not, wait for the "play" button to become able to be pressed and press it. If the video does not try opening in Internet Explorer and/or click on the post tile to open the video post in it's own page.

Video for the fourth ODI will be edited in if/when available.

Younis Khan keeps Pakistan in with a chance.

Younis Khan raced to 93 from just 99 balls to keep Pakistan in the hunt against South Africa. At stumps Pakistan are 3/146 with Khan unbeaten. Khan will be looking to reach his 13th Test century when play resumes. Pakistan require 278 off the last day with 7 wickets remaining.

The following is from Cricinfo

Younis Khan's aggressive unbeaten 93 off 99 balls has set up an intriguing final day's play in Karachi, with Pakistan requiring another 278 runs to win while South Africa need seven more wickets.

Riding on Jacques Kallis's second century of the match, South Africa set Pakistan a daunting target of 424. They got off to a good start as Mohammad Hafeez dragged an innocuous Dale Steyn delivery back onto his stumps in only the second over of the innings.

Younis Khan started off in an aggressive fashion, driving uppishly past point before leaning into an elegant cover drive. Although Salman Butt got out to a remarkable catch by Hashim Amla at short leg, the flow of runs failed to cease as Makhaya Ntini, who is yet to take a wicket in the match, was driven, flicked and caressed past wide mid-on for more boundaries by Younis.

As if not content with the conventional strokes, Younis, looking to decrease as much of the deficit as he could before close, reverse-swept Smith for consecutive boundaries before launching into a heave over midwicket for a six to bring up the century partnership. Faisal Iqbal, who started off quietly, got into the act as well with back-foot drives through midwicket as well as a few streaky strokes past slips. He fell to Paul Harris with only four overs of the day remaining but his 114-run partnership with Younis gives Pakistan a ray of hope.

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Thursday, 4 October 2007

Yuvraj Singh's 6 sixes in a over

From the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup. India Vs England.

Pakistan chasing 424

On the fourth day of the first test between Pakistan and South Africa at Karachi Pakistan are in a spot of bother at 2/68 needing another 356 runs to win.

Pakistan highest 4th innings total is 9/341 back in 1988 and with this pitch deteriorating it's going to be a touch ask.

Sorry for the very long hiatus.

I had some computer troubles and family troubles and didn't really feel like blogging about cricket. Hopefully I'm back full time again.