Analysis of Pakistan A’s bowling against Afghanistan – First unofficial ODI

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Analysis of Pakistan A’s bowling against Afghanistan – First unofficial ODI
Pakistan A has beaten by a handsome margin of five wickets in the first match of the three-match unofficial One Day International series at the Diamond Club Ground, Islamabad.
Credit for this victory should go to Pakistan A’s bowlers as all of them bowled up to their potential and bowled out the inexperienced Afghan team for only 152 runs in 37.3 overs.
Afghan captain won the toss and elected to bat first in Pakistan’s capital. However, visiting batsmen failed to justify their skipper’s decision and never looked like running away with the show.
The track at Club usually produces huge runs. Although there was no grass on this pitch but the ball was not coming nicely on the bat and as a result the strokes were hard to execute.
The home team consists of those budding cricketers who are knocking at the doors of the senior team or they have played some cricket at the highest level of the sport. This is one of the reasons why all the Pakistani bowlers bowled exceptionally well as
they were trying to catch the eyes of the selectors.
Captain and young left arm fast bowler from Rawalpindi Sadaf Hussain opened the bowling for Pakistan A. Both of them struck early blows and had the visitors reeling at 42 with half their side back in the hut.
Sadaf in particular was quite impressive with the new ball as he was able to swing the ball both ways. He was a part of Pakistan’s limited overs squad for the tour of recently but could not find a place in the playing 11 in any of the matches.
Pick of the bowlers for the green shirts was Faisalabad’s fast bowler as he broke the back of Afghanistan’s middle order batting by picking up three crucial scalps.
Talha played a Test match against in 2009 in Lahore and bowled in only one innings as no cricket was possible after day 2 of the match because of the terror attack on the visitors. He was forgotten by the selectors after that, which is quite unfair
as a talented youngster like him should be given a proper opportunity to prove his worth.
He has had a wonderful domestic season in 2010-11 and impressed the cricket analysts in with his pace and ability to bowl lengthy spells. Now he is continuing his good work for Pakistan A team as well which should strengthen his case for senior
team’s selection.
Pakistani spinners also bowled economically and claimed a victim each.
The only worrying thing for Pakistan A’s management is the fact that the spinners allowed some easy runs to the Afghan all-rounder who blasted 72 runs off only 75 deliveries in which he struck three massive hits out of the park and seven boundaries.
Other than Nabi’s heroics, Pakistani bowling was quite impressive and they set the platform for the home team to go 1-0 up in the series.    



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