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Fast bowlers bhi paida kartai hain

Laikin is baat ki logic samajh nahi aayi k virat hindu Srilanka jaisi kamzoor team k liye itni below average pitch kiyun bana rahai hain? Kia aisai banai ga Hindu rashtra?

Kia isi din k liye modi jee apni biwi ko chor k bhaag gaye thai?

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Fast bowlers bhi paida kartai hain

Laikin is baat ki logic samajh nahi aayi k virat hindu Srilanka jaisi kamzoor team k liye itni below average pitch kiyun bana rahai hain? Kia aisai banai ga Hindu rashtra?

Kia isi din k liye modi jee apni biwi ko chor k bhaag gaye thai?
Lanka ki baat na kro, wahan walai to intnai gayei guzren hain ki inke khilaaf to bus practice match samajh ke khelte hum.
 

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Pakistan lost because Australia is vastly experienced. At the same time, Pakistan played defensively.

Pakistan should know they have produced top quality fast bowlers playing on these dirt pitches. Instead, they chose two medium pacers in second Test. This to me is playing safe. Australia came after 24 years. Instead of pouncing on them in first Test, they were offered flat pitch.
 

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Leg-spinner Adam Zampa admitted a depleted Australia face a “difficult challenge” in the one-day international (ODI) series against Pakistan starting on Tuesday.

Australia won the three-match Test series 1-0 after securing a well earned 115-run victory in the third match in Lahore on Friday.

But they will miss regulars like David Warner, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell — all not in the squad for multiple reasons — in the one-day series.

To add to their woes, senior batsman Steve Smith was also ruled out of the limited-overs series with a recurrence of an elbow injury.

But Zampa believes it's an opportunity to build the squad.

“It's going to be a difficult challenge,” Zampa said on Sunday. “The plus that comes from that, as it always does when these things happen, is you build depth.”

The new-look squad includes Sean Abbott and Ben McDermott, who have both played two ODIs, Cameron Green, who has played in one, and debutants Ben Dwarshuis, Nathan Ellis, Josh Inglis and Mitchell Swepson. Zampa said all three-format players needed rest.

“We have seen, particularly in the last couple of years, that being a three-format player, it's really hard sometimes. Players like Cummins, Warner and Smith, they need that break and that's definitely understandable.

“When you have so much inexperience in one team it does make it really hard. It definitely will be a challenge and hopefully we get through as these series are very important to us.

“If we come through with a series win with inexperience then it will be a really nice feeling.”

Zampa, 29, said he feels confident of his place after getting backing from limited-over captain Aaron Finch.

“I feel like I don't have to look over my shoulder too much with selection,” Zampa said. “When you're younger, you naturally probably look over your shoulder, you doubt yourself a lot more.

“Aaron Finch has helped me massively with my game. He backs me in when I'm out there, and he lets me run my own show with my bowling, and has been really good with his own ideas as well.”

The remaining two matches are on Thursday and Saturday — also in Lahore.

Australia will end the tour with a single Twenty20 international, also in Lahore, on April 5.
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Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq hundreds take Pakistan to record chase​

Ben McDermott's maiden international hundred ended up in a losing cause as Australia's bowlers suffered

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Pakistan 349 for 4 (Babar 114, Imam 106) beat Australia 348 for 8 (McDermott 104, Head 89, Labuschagne 59, Afridi 4-63) by six wickets

aptain Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq smashed brilliant centuries, as a rejuvenated Pakistan mowed down a record run chase of 349 to spectacularly stay alive in the ODI series against a shorthanded Australia in Lahore.

Pakistan produced their highest successful chase in ODIs to win game two by six wickets with six balls to spare. Babar hit a sublime 114 off 83 balls and in-form Imam made 106 off 97 in a record chase for any team in Pakistan.

After an 88-run loss on Tuesday, Pakistan were staring down the barrel of a straight sets series defeat after Australia racked up a mammoth 348 for 8 marked by Ben McDermott's 104 off 108 balls in his first international century.

Playing with more urgency than in game one, Pakistan made the most of batting-friendly conditions and a second string Australian attack which struggled against the onslaught amid a boisterous crowd eager for the hosts to end their barren run during Australia's tour.

A steely Babar provided a masterclass in chasing and he had a point to prove after strangely batting conservatively in the opening game. After notching his 15th ODI century, where he memorably celebrated with a leap and loud roar, Babar became the first Pakistan captain to score an ODI ton against Australia.

With a mixture of sweet timing and power, Babar made the daunting chase look relatively easy to square the series ahead of the decider on Saturday. He was well supported by Imam, who laid the platform in his fourth century so far on Australia's tour.

It was a reality check for Australia, who had produced an almost faultless performance to conjure a stunning upset in game one but their inexperienced attack was under siege throughout. And they will rue losing late wickets with the bat after looking set for a total near 400.

Much like their ham-fisted chase on Tuesday, Pakistan started slowly with opener Fakhar Zaman uncharacteristically shackled. He almost holed out on the boundary to a superb juggling catch by Marcus Stoinis only to be reprieved when the fielder stepped on the rope.

It sparked Fakhar who reached his half-century with a six after charging Travis Head's part-time offspin. Fakhar was in a belligerent mood but out of nowhere Stoinis bowled him with a pearler of a slower delivery that gripped and clipped off stump to leave the crowd stunned. But the fans quickly regained their voice with the entry of Babar, who was in glorious form from the get go and pierced the gaps with ease.


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Unlike in the first game, where he seemed to be in cruise control, Babar played with bravado marked by a miscued slog sweep off legspinner Adam Zampa that still sailed for six. He combined well with Imam who became the first Pakistan batter to score consecutive hundreds against Australia in ODIs. He celebrated with an emotional fist pump before falling shortly after but Babar's unwavering confidence had Pakistan charging towards victory.

Babar appeared impregnable until miscuing to midwicket in the 45th over with Pakistan still needing 40 runs for victory and their nerves heightened when Mohammad Rizwan fell in the next over. But Khushdil Shah hit several timely blows to get Pakistan over the line.

It was a remarkable turnaround for Pakistan after Babar had seemed set to regret bowling first for the second straight game. McDermott replicated his BBL big-hitting exploits to repay the faith after being granted a number of opportunities in the shorter formats.

Much like his maiden ODI half-century on Tuesday, McDermott played himself in before mimicking his BBL destructiveness and demonstrating his power hitting. He reached his century in style with a thumping six off spinner Khushdil down the ground as he embraced Marnus Labuschagne with a bear hug and then took his helmet off in triumph.

It was made even more special with his dad Craig McDermott, the former Australia quick, having taken his first ODI five-wicket haul against Pakistan in Lahore in 1987.

McDermott's superb innings ended tamely when he smashed a full toss to midwicket in the 35th over but Stoinis provided the finishing touches with 49 off 33 balls.

Australia's huge innings was set up by McDermott's 162-run second-wicket partnership with Travis Head, who made 89 off 70 balls after his spectacular 101 in game one.

McDermott and Head are making compelling cases for permanent positions heightening the pressure on struggling Australia captain Aaron Finch, who fell for a golden duck - lbw to a Shaheen Shah Afridi full toss - having laboured through the Australian summer with a knee injury.

In the meantime, Finch has a challenge to regroup an undermanned Australia whose 10-match ODI winning streak against Pakistan ended in stunning fashion.

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Babar, Imam seal series victory after Pakistan's quicks shock Australia​


Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf knocked the top of the visitor's batting


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Pakistan 214 for 1 (Babar 105, Imam 89*) beat Australia 210 (Carey 56, Abbott 49, Rauf 3-39, Wasim 3-40) by nine wickets

After a month of Australia making Pakistan work for every run, wicket and win, here was the exception to the rule. In a rare lacklustre performance, Australia found themselves blown away by a dominant performance as they were crushed by nine wickets to seal a 2-1 series win.

It came courtesy of a fiery fast bowling performance, and an unbeaten 190-run partnership between Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq. Pakistan had put Australia in to bat, skittling them out inside 42 overs for 210 before making light work of that target on a featherbed of a surface, with Imam and Babar making an unexperienced Australian bowling attack look particularly toothless. An undefeated 105 by Babar, his second consecutive hundred, and an unbeaten 89 from Imam helped Pakistan canter to a nine-wicket win with 73 balls to spare.



Australia knew it was coming, and yet there seemed no way to stop it. A sensational - and yet by now, almost predictable - first over from Shaheen Shah Afridi got rid of Travis Head, dealing Australia a blow that left them groggy throughout the innings, and Haris Rauf removed Aaron Finch before Australia were off the mark.

Magicians tend not to perform their tricks too often, but repetition doesn't make Afridi any less inscrutable. It was a full toss that did for Head first up, but with the moving in the air, there was little the batter could do to prevent it crashing into off stump.

Finch has struggled this series, and it showed in the way he tried to tackle Rauf, playing listlessly across the line and finding himself trapped plumb in front. Australia were yet to put a run on the board, and the discipline of Pakistan's pace bowlers meant they couldn't get off to the brisk start that characterised their first two innings. Rauf coaxed an edge out of Marnus Labuschagne early, and the normally fluid Ben McDermott got bogged down, managing just 14 in his first 34 balls.

Australia looked to be rebuilding with a 53-run stand, but Zahid Mahmood drew a leading edge from Marcus Stoinis as Imam took a sharp catch, before Mohammad Wasim ended McDermott's innings of attrition. A handy rearguard from Alex Carey and Cameron Green followed, with the batters capitalising on a drop in intensity from the hosts. The field spread out and easy singles are available, and with the frontline fast bowlers out of the attack, Australia were steadily rebuilding as they pushed towards a competitive total. Carey brought up a 55-ball half century two balls after a glorious six over cover drive off Wasim, and for the first time, Pakistan were on the back foot.


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That ended soon after, though, when a bit of reverse swing did for Green as he heaved wildly across the line. It opened the floodgates, and four wickets fell for 18 runs as Rauf and Afridi returned to chip in. But in an entertaining six-over passage of play, Sean Abbott threw caution to the wind, swinging for the fences just about every delivery, riding his luck and further antagonising an increasingly irate Afridi. He managed the strike expertly; Adam Zampa never even got off the mark through the partnership, and by the time he chipped one to short third off Rauf, he'd scored a 40-ball 49. With the target set at 211, Abbott had given himself and his fellow bowlers something to work with.

But two days out from a match that saw 348 prove inadequate, any hope Australia harboured of a series win hinged on early wickets, and several of them. It was in that department where Australia's absences were really felt tonight. Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Ellis and Abbott simply don't possess the qualities of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and especially Mitchell Starc to blast out an opposition, not least a top order as settled as Pakistan's is right now.

Fakhar Zaman fell for a brisk 17, but with the asking rate hovering around four, the match situation was primed for the more sedate and assured Babar and Imam. Babar being put down at short midwicket on 1 felt like a significant moment in the game, but Australia's sloppiness in the early overs meant it didn't come as much of a surprise. A couple of boundaries in the ninth over composed the Pakistan captain, and once that partnership established a foothold, any Australian optimism quickly fizzled out.

What followed was a cavalcade of class from the two highest runscorers this series. They appeared to rotate the strike and find the boundaries at will against spin and seam alike. Imam skipped down the wicket to smash Zampa to cow corner, before Babar caressed boundaries off Green off the next two balls either side of the wicket as the target and asking rate shrunk by the over. At last, it looked like a contest between a full-strength home side and a depleted touring party stretched particularly thin.

Babar was the more proactive partner, and got a 16th ODI hundred before the game was won, as the two old friends performed a little jig mid-run to celebrate. Imam, meanwhile, would be denied the chance for a third successive hundred simply because Pakistan ran out of runs to chase, and capped a sensational series by knocking off the winning runs, skipping down the wicket to send Labuschagne down the ground.

On a tour where Australia have been blown away by Pakistan's hospitality, tonight was the night the generosity finally ran out.

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