Sunday, June 07, 2009

Live Blogging Pakistan vs. England, T-20 World Cup

Hello and welcome to Rs.5's coverage of this T-20 World Cup match between Pakistan and England. This is my second live blog of the day; click here for my post on the Federer-Soderling final at the French Open. All times will be local (i.e. Chicago).

11:21 a.m. Come on Pakistan. You're better than Holland, so surely you can handle this. Right?

11:22 a.m. The teams: Pakistan have Butt, Ahmed Shahzad, Akmal, Younis, Misbah, Malik, Afridi, Umar Gul, Arafat, Saeed Ajmal, and Mohammad Aamer. England: who the fuck cares? You'll figure it out as I talk about the game. Though I suppose it's worth noting that both Pietersen and Rashid are in.

11:26 a.m. Best national anthem performance award goes to Shoaib Malik, who did the whole "hand on the heart and sing quietly" thing. Younis comes in second, for his serious look and singing along. The rest didn't even bother taking their caps off. Good times.

11:28 a.m. By the way, this is cricket's third world cup in two years. And people wonder why the rest of the world thinks cricket is a goddamn joke.

11:29 a.m. Ravi Bopara and Luke Wright to open for England. David Lloyd: "England cannot afford any slip ups". Yeah, losing to Holland will do that to you. Ian Bishop: "Which Pakistan team will show up here?" God, our reputation really precedes us, doesn't it? Anyway, Arafat to open the attack.

11:31 a.m. A touch of away swing. Come on, Arafat.

11:32 a.m. Bopara Sehwags away a short and wide one away over gully/backward point. Arafat hasn't bowled one within 18 inches of off-stump yet.

11:33 a.m. Straight away we've got some drama. Afridi fields brilliantly in the covers, releases in one motion and hits the stumps. Bopara's dive saved him.

11:34 a.m. Some nip there for Arafat. 142 ks, as Arafat beats Wright.

11:35 a.m. You see, this is why I hate T-20. It makes blogging so bloody difficult. Wright smashes Arafat through the covers, and England are 9-0 after one over. I'm not going to blog every boundary, by the way.

11:35 a.m. Aamir from the other end. Starts off with a widish delivery, but the umpire shows leniency.

11:37 a.m. SHOAIB MALIK, YOU FUCKING BEAUTY! What a catch. Unbelievable. Bopara slices Aamir behind point, and Malik gobbles it up going full stretch to his left. Two hands too. That was traveling. Pietersen in. Where's Mohammad Asif when you need him?

11:40 a.m. Great over from Aamir. A wicket and a run, and on target for the most part. He's pretty quick too, and hits the deck, as they say.

11:42 a.m. Bloody hell. Arafat is bowling at 90mph. When did he become this quick? Has he been referred to Shoaib and Asif's pharmacist?

11:43 a.m. Afridi looks very bubbly. He's all over the place right now. Anyway, Arafat bows full and down the leg side with fine leg up. Third over up, and England move on to 17-1.

11:45 a.m. Aamer has looked very solid so far. Just back of a length, on and around off stump. Pietersen has tried to get to him but not succeeded. Thus far.

11:47 a.m. Wright goes 4, 6, 4 on Aamer. The first was a mishit over long on. The second was most definitely not a mishit. Slogged over midwicket, pretty flat too. Third was en edge of a full delivery, evades Akmal, and England are suddenly motoring: 32-1 after four.

11:49 a.m. By the way, Billy Doctrove is one of the umpires. Need I remind you the last time Doctrove umpired Pakistan at the Oval?

11:52 a.m. Hahahahaha. Wright swings, it flies down to third man, and Umar Gul lets it go right between his legs. The wheels are coming off here, as Pietersen boofs it down to long on for four more.

11:53 a.m. And then six. England are 53-1. Think it's time for a bowling change, at least at Arafat's end.

11:54 a.m. Gully in from Aamer's end.

11:55 a.m. No ball, full toss, four. Things really falling apart here.

11:56 a.m. Another terrible miss in the field, from Shehzad, though to be fair he got a bad bounce. Waz calls the fielding thus far "below average". He's being kind.

11:57 a.m. GONE! Gully bowls a full fast straight yorker, and takes Wright's off stump. Wow, we needed that. The last three overs hadn't gone so well. England 62-2 in 5.something. Owais Shah in.

11:59 a.m. Ian Chappell says Gully's yorker was reminiscent of Waqar, then panics because he realizes Waz and Waqar hate each other. "Of course you bowled those too, but you bowled them left-handed" he explains. Waz ignores his comment, instead choosing to focus on Gully.

12:02 p.m. Shoaib Malik in to the attack, and starts off with a wide well down the leg side. Pietersen steps outside his next one, and sweeps him for four. Akmal tells Shoaib: "Koee baat nahin, Malik". Right. Suppose it's better than him saying it to Kaneria right after missing a stumping, as he is wont to do.

12:04 p.m. No ball, free hit, next ball four. Very undisciplined performance thus far. Misfields, no balls, and not great bowling either. Afridi warming up, as England reach 76-2 after seven.

12:06 p.m. Afridi in to the attack.

12:09 p.m Solid bowling results in six singles. So this is what cricket has come down to: you go for six an over, and suddenly it's supposed to be a good over.

12:10 p.m. Ajmal in.

12:11 p.m. Is Salman Butt the slowest player in international cricket? That should not have been two.

12:12 p.m. Both Shah and Pietersen look exceedingly comfortable here. As soon as I type that, Pietersen smashes Ajmal back to the bowler, who promptly drops the catch. Ah, Pakistani fielding. At least England's run rate has dropped below ten after a while: 88-2 after 9.

12:15 p.m. I think it's safe to say Afridi is our best T-20 bowler. He changes his pace, line and length, spin, trajectory and everything else. He's an incredibly smart cricketer. As long as he doesn't have a bat in his hand, that is.

12:16 p.m. Great over, two off it. Afridi's given away 8 runs in two overs.

12:17 p.m. Nasser Hussain into the commentary box. Best commentator in the world, so the next five overs should be good, as long as Wilko shuts up.

12:18 p.m. This is a measure of dumb our players are: every time an England batsmen sweeps a spinner, Akmal feels it necessary to say "ghoomi gee" (or "it will spin") to the fielder. Shouldn't our fielders know this already?

12:19 p.m. England's 100 up in 10.5 overs. Nass thinks they need 200. I think 170 will do it.

12:21 p.m. First boundary off Afridi, as Shah sweeps for four. Moves on to 23, Pietersen on 36.

12:22 p.m. Make that 42. Top-edges a sweep for six. I really, really hate T-20. It's such an abomination. It's an insult to cricket. It's fucking pathetic.

12:23 p.m. Aamer back in, to replace Ajmal who's been tonked around a little bit.

12:26 p.m. Blah blah blah another six blah blah blah.

12:28 p.m. And another, this one from Pietersen who admittedly has played really well (mainly because Asif isn't around to make him look foolish). England are an ungodly 128-2 after 13.

12:29 p.m. Gully back in.

12:30 p.m. And gets Owais Shah. Fast, straight, bowled, and the leg stump is broken into two. England three down for 128 in 13.2. Collingwood in, and we are reliably told that his nickname is "Colly".

12:33 p.m. Daryl Harper gives a leg-bye, and the crowd starts booing because they wanted KP to get his fifty. Relax, people. He'll get it next over. Surely gratification doesn't have to be that instant, even in this format?

12:35 p.m. He gets it this over, but he gets it luckily. Inside-edges Gully to fine leg, missing the stumps by this much. He's played well though.

12:36 p.m. Ajmal back in, and Nass wants Pietersen to switch-hit him. Because whatever he's done so far has clearly not worked, right?

12:37 p.m. Ooooh. Collingwood gives himself room, and is beaten by the doosra. Just misses getting bowled. Well chuck-, erm, bowled young man.

12:38 p.m. England 139-3 after 15. I call 191 as the final score.

12:40 p.m. Arafat drops Collingwood off Gully, who then hits him for four next ball. This has been a truly mid 1990s fielding performance from Pakistan. Anyway, the over ends with England at 152-3. Four overs to go.

12:44 p.m. And Paul "Colly" Collingwood is done. Tries to smash Ajmal out of the ground, but it's a doosra, miscues it, and Afridi takes a safe catch at long off. Mascarenhas in.

12:48 p.m. And now Pietersen. Ajmal's doosra again, and Pietersen can only egde it to short third trying to deposit it, oh, somewhere in France. Wasn't Ajmal banned from bowling the doosra a few weeks ago? I could have sworn I read something about this. Anyway, England suddenly shakier than they were 10 minutes ago. Some dude called Foster is in. 157-5 with three to go. Ajmal's spell is done, 2-23 in four.

12:50 p.m. Arafat in at the other end.

12:51 p.m. Another dropped catch. Foster glances Arafat to short fine, and Ajmal simply drops it. It was a toughish chance, but come on man. That's the fourth drop of the innings by my count, in addition to two or three run out chances missed (the type where you need a direct hit), not to mention a couple simply going through hands and legs for extra runs.

12:53 p.m. Great over from Arafat, mixing it up and bowling it full. Just five from it. England have just 26 runs in their last four overs.

12:54 p.m. Afridi in for his last over, bowls his first one short, and Mascarenhas pulls it for four.

12:55 p.m. Afridi bowls a 79 mph quicker one. Basically, that's quicker than anything Razzaq has bowled in the last eight years.

12:56 p.m. And that's six from Foster. Fifteen from the over, England up to 177-5. Last over coming up.

12:57 p.m. Fine leg is up. Better not bowl it down the leg side.

12:58 p.m. Two yorkers to start. Great bowling.

12:59 p.m. Another yorker, the non-striker is caught one third of the way down, Gul throws it back and it goes for one overthrow. Bumble's laughing away.

12:59 p.m. ANOTHER drop. Wow. Butt at deep cover drops an absolute sitter. This has to be some sort of record. How many catches is it even possible to drop in 20 fucking overs?

1:00 p.m. And Gul repeats the yorker-followed-with-an-overthrow schtik. England end up with 185-5, just about 15 runs beyond Pakistan methinks. We shall see. I'm getting some lunch. See you in a bit.

1:11 p.m. Worst part about T-20 cricket. The short breaks. My lunch hasn't even heated yet in the microwave. This will be hard. Anyway, "Dil Dil Pakistan" is playing at the ground.

1:14 p.m. Mascarenhas to open the attack. Shahzad and Butt opening. And a single to start.

1:17 p.m. Butt gets a boundary through the covers off the last ball. Solid over, 7 off it.

1:18 p.m. Anderson in from the other end, and beats Shahzad all ends up to get underway.

1:22 p.m. Three wides in the over so far from Anderson. Butt keeps hitting the field when he middles it. 13-0 after two overs; fairly solid start.

1:23 p.m. Nass calls our fielding "diabolical" and "abysmal". Can't disagree there.

1:24 p.m. And Shahzad's gone. Regulation T-20 dismissal: slog attempt, edge, straight up, catch in the circle. Akmal in.

1:29 p.m. England have packed the square area on the off side and Butt just can't it through.

1:30 p.m. Okay, Butt just got it through. Four, and Pakistan move on to 24-1 after 3.2

1:32 p.m. And now gets it over the field, rather than through. Four more, as sweeper goes out on the off side. Fine leg up.

1:34 p.m. And now over midwicket for four. Akmal's been in for 10 minutes and hasn't faced a ball yet, I don't think.

1:35 p.m. Butt finally rotates the strike. Come on, Akmal. Come on.

1:37 p.m. Well bowled, Anderson. Beats Akmal first two balls he's faced. Akmal slices him over the covers for three off the last ball. Pakistan are 37-1 after five. 149 needed from 90. Fairly solid start -- I'm not satisfied but I'm not dissatisfied either.

1:40 p.m. Rate required is basically 10.

1:41 p.m. This Salman Butt is a complete idiot. If he can't hit a boundary, he's not scoring. All the commentators have picked up on this.

1:42 p.m. And Akmal's gone, pulling Broad straight down deep square leg's throat. We're losing this. I know it, I know it, I know it. Sometimes you can just tell. England are up for it, and we're not -- our fielding alone should have alerted us to that fact. We're losing to a team that lost to fucking Holland.

1:43 p.m. Then again, we lost to Ireland not too long ago, didn't we?

1:44 p.m. Malik in.

1:44 p.m. Butt out.

1:45 p.m. Younis in.

1:49 p.m. Farooq just called all the way from Karachi, and asked that I attribute "something meaningful, like 'it's not over until the fat lady sings' or something like that" to him. Consider it attributed dude.

1:50 p.m. Meanwhile, Pakistan are 51-3 in 7.3 overs. Younis is trying to sweep this Swann fellow from about four feet outside off stump.

1:51 p.m. 133 needed from 72. Basically, 11 an over.

1:53 p.m. Adil Rashid keeping things tight at the other end. We've lost this. I don't even know why I'm watching. I stayed up till 3 a.m. reading and woke up at 8 to watch the Federer match. I should go take a nap. This is terrible. We suck.

1:55 p.m. FYI, we're 33 runs behind the D/L par score.

1:56 p.m. Sigh. Another dot ball from Swann. Waz: "Somebody has to tee off". Indeed. Anyway, we're 63-3 after 10. That would be a crap score in a 50 over match, forget T-20.

1:58 p.m. Younis and Malik each sweep Adil for a four. Finally, some momentum. Let's see if we can carry it forward. For whatever it's worth, 11 off the over. 74-3 after 11.

2:01 p.m. Swann has bowled really well. Full credit to him, he's kept it real tight. And if you don't think I'm trying to jinx him, you obviously don't know me well enough.

2:02 p.m. Younis dances down the pitch and smashes it for four. A couple of singles to follow, give us 9 from the over. 103 needed in eight overs.

2:04 p.m. Chappell criticizes the wide call from Daryl Harper. "Rubbish" he calls it. Um, no. Just because "he almost edged that" doesn't mean it's not a wide. A wide is not determined by where the batsman is standing, but by where the bowler is bowling.

2:06 p.m. Anyway, Malik edges Luke Wright to the keeper, and that's that. Four down for 87. Afridi in.

2:10 p.m. FYI, the required rate is 14. Rashid will bowl to Afridi.

2:11 p.m. What is he doing? He somehow top-edges a pull from a long hop right behind the keeper. Ian Chappell is miffed at his loss in batting form/ability.

2:13 p.m. We need 93 from 35 balls. Afridi's on 4 from 10.

2:14 p.m. By the way, our inept play today really shouldn't take credit away from England. They've batted well, bowled well, and fielded well. Pretty simple, really.

2:16 p.m. Younis hits a four, but it doesn't really matter at this point. We need 84 in 5 overs.

2:17 p.m. Afridi, who according to David Lloyd has been "swinging like a rusty gate", safely gives a catch to long on. Waz calls his dismissal "a blessing in disguise...he was trying every shot on every ball." Misbah in.

2:20 p.m. Pathetic. That's all I have to say.

2:22 p.m. As David Lloyd keeps saying, we never actually tried to chase this. I mean, we never actually had to go. Really disappointing. We've now lost three on the trot.

2:23 p.m. Why did Afridi come out ahead of Misbah? Can someone please explain that one to me?

2:25 p.m. Misbah's gone. Waz: "Pakistan in deep trouble". Erm, no. We were in "deep trouble" 45 minutes ago. This is not deep trouble. This is "pathetic and needless final rites". Fuck me, we've played shit today. Only bright spots: Gul, Ajmal, and um, that's it. Oh, Younis as well I guess.

2:27 p.m. By the way, if we hit a four off every ball from now on, we still lose by 2 runs.

2:28 p.m. David Lloyd: "If they play like this against the Netherlands, they will be vulnerable." Yup.

2:29 p.m. We need 61 off 2 overs. I'm going to keep typing our requirement, down to the bitter end.

2:30 p.m. If we alternate a four and a six off every ball from here on in, we can tie.

2:31 p.m. "It's been a weak effort from the Pakistan team" says David Lloyd. Yup.

2:32 p.m. I wonder what the 20 word summary of that "Last of the Summer Whine" guy will be for this? "Three players will never beat eleven (even if the eleven are English), especially if you drop five catches. No way."

2:36 p.m. One over to go. Run rate required is 57. Oh, and we lost a wicket there somewhere too.

2:37 p.m. Gully drives Anderson for four first ball. I love Umar Gul. Tries hard in every game, in every department. What a player.

2:38 p.m. We need 53 off two balls. So our run rate required is 159.

2:39 p.m. Suddenly our run rate required has ballooned to 306. Tough ask, I would say.

2:40 p.m. And we're done. I'm not staying for the ceremony. I leave you with two words: fuck us.


NAA said...

I dont think ive seen such atrocious fielding before. Bloody hell that was horrible.

NAA said...

Just saw an ad on the GEO Super feed sponsored by a condom company saying "catches win matches"....right.

Indophile said...

well Ahsan if the batsman move back to leg side and if the bowl is pitched outside leg stump but in front of him its not wide? That bowl was not wide ..Anyway hopefully Afridi explodes today after a zillion matches

Indophile said...

Ahh he is gone now !! anybody have a clue what happened to him lately ?

R Malik said...

I couldn't watch anymore. 84 off 30? Not even a team full of Jayasuriya's can chase that....

I do hope I'm wrong. However, I've successfully called every Pakistan caining over the last couple of years.

Nabil said...

OH MY, that was horrible..

1)Why is Arafat opening the bowling?
2)Why is Misbah coming at #6?
3)What's Afridi still doing in the team? I'm sure Fawad Alam etc can do a better job bowling..
4)What have they been smoking? Or are they blind?

Nabil said...

I fear we might get hammered by Netherlands too.

Len the Yorkshire Kit Man said...

"Gul’s yorkers, Ajmal’s guile. But Wright/Pietersen’s sixes put total beyond feeble Pakistan batting performance. Losing to England – how embarrassing."

Regards, that 'Last of the Summer Whine' guy

Captain03 said...

saw the match live; pakistan's performance was disgusting

snikometer said...

does anyone have a good prescription for most match depression? because as of now, the rest of my week is fucked.

R Malik said...

snikometer: After the 04/05 test and odi loss to India, I used to try and get old clips to keep me happy, i.e Waz and Waqar, Anwar's 194, Imran Khan etc etc... Needless to say, I've done it a lot more since then. I find it works fairly well, until you see the result again on the news or a newspaper.

I think this is a fitting end to a fairly shit decade for Pakistan cricket in tournament cricket and to a slightly lesser extent test/odi cricket. Apart from the Woolmer years, (which ended way too quickly and shockingly), everythings been half hearted and talentless. Roll on the 10s's.

snikometer said...

R Malik: That otherwise a good idea, but there are only so many clips on youtube, and the good ones are just getting older and older...

Nabil said...

Anyone else miss the Inzi/Youhana combo ?

Ahsan said...


Why/how is a condom company sponsoring cricket matches in Pakistan? Is this a sign that we are sufficiently and moderately enlightened?


Come on dude, you know what I meant. I meant with regard to the off-side, not legside. Chappell seemed damn cranky to me today, don't know what happened.


1. I think Arafat is ok...Gully likes coming on first change, irrespective of what Waz thinks about it.

2. I have NO fucking idea. He's our best T20 player.

3. Afridi should play as a bowler, Fawad should come in the team for Butt.

4. Don't know, but I want some of what they're having.


Haha thanks for that. So I guess my prediction was off then.


Come on dude, surely you're used to this by now. Though I admit getting hammered by England is an altogether different proposition.

Anonymous said...

Just like the 50 over world cup, it seems very likely that we will be kicked out by Netherland. This team is fucked. There was no planning when Pakistan started batting. I am not sure what was Younis and Shoaib thinking when they were scoring miserably in the middle overs. Don't these retards know by now that T20 is different..... Fire this entire team....

NAA said...

The company turns out to be the sabz sitara group. Weren’t they the ones with the "do bachey hi achey" slogan? Maybe/maybe not. Anyways they found a translator so now the official company name is Green Star.

Don’t know about the why/how they are sponsoring, or if we're moderately enlightened. All I know is that I was extremely pissed off for seeing the same ads 50+ times in 3 hrs (once after each over and whenever a wicket fell plus multiple times during the innings break). It was about as bad as experiencing the "king king kabab king" ad a few years ago.

NAA said...

Here's a gem from Younis.

"It won't be a disaster even if we exit before the Super Eights," said Younis. "It would be sad if we don't make it, but I have never attached too much importance to Twenty20 cricket, as it is fun cricket. I mean it is more for entertainment, even if it is international cricket. It is all for the crowd. Twenty20 is all about fun. Everybody expects players to come out and entertain."

Ok....except that you didn’t entertain anyone, and probably had no fun either. Seriously dude, what the hell are these guys smoking?

Anonymous said...

does anyone know how net run rate is calculated (ie what happens if a team is bowled out before total overs, does the run rate assume they played 20? what happens id it is rain shortened). These morons don't deserve it but I still have a sliver of hope...just want to know the math before I subject myself to more torment Tuesday.


Nabil said...

^Pakistan need to win by a margin of about 60+ runs.

Anonymous said...

actually by my math its 25 runs - Pakistan are currently -48/20 = -2.4 and Holland are 1/20 = 0.05. If its a 20 over match and pakistan win by 25 runs, the net run rate will be -23/40 = -0.575 and Holland's will be -24/40 = -0.600


Len the Yorkshire Kit Man said...

btw: I know the ICL ban was lifted too late and he's not the no.1 choice of all Pakistan fans, but Rana Naved's bowling has been on fire in Yorkshire's 20/20 games. He's become a really good inch-hitter too.

bubs said...

Len: Rana's new head of hair must have boosted his confidence.

wasay said...

Qadir resigns as Chief Selector.

Do we really need selectors? How many team sports apart from Cricket and Hockey have selectors? I just dont see how you can judge a selectors performance? Selectors should only find talent from first class cricket and villages and bring them to the national cricket academy. I dont think selectors should have any say in playing 11 or even the squad. Captain, Coach and Assistant coaches should do the job. Or is cricket really different from other sports?

bubs said...

Well, at least we outlasted Australia

R Malik said...

Len the Yorkshire Kit Man: Rana was and will always be one of my all time faves. A heart on his sleeve, back-bending, good old fashioned trier, (and very un-Pakistani in the process!) with talent to match. Sure, he lost his form quite horribly after a couple of groin problems, and deserved to be dropped, but I'd have him in there in sooner rather than later due to the fact that he's still clearly got plenty to offer and T20 is a perfect format for him.

And for that fact that he has pubes on his head.

Those are totally pubes.