Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pakistan Need 272 all out to Lose

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Pakistan's cricketers probably need to know exactly what is needed to lose a game.

Okay, so this Pakistani team is different. And indeed they look mellow and sincere under Misbah-Ul-Haq. Typical Pakistani teams are like loud and colorful bollywood films. Misbah has transformed them into the kind of movies people go to see at film festivals at European cities.

I haven't watched a lot of this series but from whatever I have seen, the quality of cricket has been adequately boring. With no real stars on either side it is clear that eventually even team sports need individuals to make them compelling.

Pakistan are  playing like a child who knows he has to behave because he is under watch. There is no doubt in my mind that once everyone drops their guard, there will be some more mischief.

Pakistan's record at chasing; and especially chasing away from home; makes them the original chokers but a few years ago at the same venue they chased 277 losing only 3 wickets.

That was before Oval, Sydney, ball-biting, Lords, crossing lines, etc

Outside of that any lead of 200 in the 3rd innings is good for declaration.

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