Pakistan’s Umar Gul and Australia’s Brett Lee: two strike bowlers – ICC World Cup 2011

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0 LIKES UnLike and Australia’s Brett Lee: two strike bowlers – ICC World Cup 2011’s unbeaten run in a vital match at Premdasa Stadium Colombo, on Saturday. The two teams have confirmed their place in the next round and the battle will be for the top spot in the group A standings
of the ICC World Cup 2011. The Aussies will enter the match with a psychological advantage over Pakistan, but it is an admitted fact that the Men in are one of the few teams with the ability to rout the Kangaroos in every aspect of the game.
Umar Gul and are two strike bowlers who can extract something out of the dead Premdasa pitch.
With a tall stature and a high-arm action, Gul is the leader of Pakistan’s bowling attack. He has emerged as a key bowler for Pakistan with some excellent performances over the last few years. A Man of the Match performance in the last game against,
he is in great form and rhythm right now. The 26-year-old fast bowler has the ability to hit wickets with his stunning reverse-swinging yorkers in the last overs of the innings.
Umar has learned the art to swing the new ball, as his height and powerful action help him to dig some bounce out of the wicket. After so many injury problems with, the responsibility rests on Gul’s shoulders in this tournament.
"This is a critical World Cup for him and he should take a lot of wickets on these surfaces. His natural length can go for runs here but if he gets reverse over the second half of the innings he can be a game-changer. His strength, aggression and will-power
will see him through," said about Gul’s abilities.
In 85 One Day International matches, Gul has picked up 129 wickets at an average of 26.50. With 14 wickets in eight tournament matches, the fast bowler has a phenomenal economy rate of 3.81. Gul has played seven matches against Australia, in which he took
just 10 wickets. However, Gul will have a good chance to improve these bowling figures on Saturday, due to his excellent form.
On the opponent side, Brett is all set to devastate the Pakistan batting line-up. Lee is a fighter and a true sportsman, as he maintains his fitness and consistently performs at his best. A year ago, Lee seemed washed up from cricket when he was forced
into a bout of elbow surgery, but the quick bowler came back hard with even more determination. With an impeccable line and length, the 34-year-old pacer can bowl at rocket speed. Though, he has lost some of his quickness after the injury, but his swing and
variations allow him to sit among some of the top pace bowlers in the world.
Along with quickness, Lee also has a vast amount of experience. While discussing Lee, Ian Chappell said, "He's lost some pace and it'll be interesting to see how he goes against the better batsmen. His experience could be invaluable.”
Lee has played 197 ODI matches for Australia, in which he took 343 wickets at an excellent average of little under 23. Along with his 30 wickets in 15 World Cup games, Lee has 34 wickets to his credit in 20 matches against Pakistan.
The Pakistan team will play Lee very cautiously, as the Australians must have worked up a plan on how to deal with Gul. Both bowlers have the ability to create a collapse in opposition’s batting line-up and it will be interesting to see how these two pacer
bowlers use their expertise on the batsman-friendly wicket at Premdasa.



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