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Video: New Zealand create history in Middle East

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESj5j7KYsjs Kane Williamson and his boys are over the moon. They have won a Test series in Asia and it can be regarded as one of the best series victories in the history of New Zealand cricket. Kane and his...
Cricket

Pakistan’s debacles in the fourth innings springs up yet again

"However, when the moment to rise to the occasion a final time arrived in the series, all we got in return was a shoddy display of technique and temperament as they ended up conceding an away series win against...
New Zealand

Williamson continues his onslaught sans glamour or fuss

"The player who has made it a habit of coming to the rescue in the team’s second innings now averages 64.83 in the second innings in the last five years" Defined as natural aptitude or skill, talent is a term...
New Zealand

New Zealand out-spin Pakistan in battle of tweaks

"If you did not have a spinner better than Yasir (there aren’t many in contemporary cricket), the only way to get the better of Pakistan at UAE was to get two, maybe three spinners. If you needed to sacrifice...
Pakistan

Azhar Ali shows his class once again with a crucial century at Abu Dhabi

"On a track which was giving the batsmen all kind of trouble, Azhar Ali’s mindset was probably what made the entire difference"  After bowling New Zealand out for 274 runs in the first innings of the series-deciding final Test at...
BJ Watling

BJ Watling leads the way for New Zealand once again

"Like many times in his career, he has once again turned out to be the silent assassin for New Zealand" When BJ Watling walked into the crease at a precarious 72 for 4 at Abu Dhabi, things could have gone...
Ross Taylor

How Martin Crowe might have helped Taylor prosper against spin in Dubai

"It was a forthright, thoughtful innings -- one his mentor would have been proud of" Former New Zealand captain, the late Martin Crowe, had some measure of success against Shane Warne. Wary of the big turn the Australian elicited, the...
New Zealand

Rising to the occasion in stern conditions continues for Taylor

"Taylor was quick to take advantage of the visibly tired Shah at the end of Day 3, smashing him for a four and six in consecutive deliveries. He had begun Day 4 with a boundary that helped him get...
New Zealand

New Zealand find another reliable middle-order batsman in Henry Nicholls

Henry Nicholls was impressive at Dubai..... After a closely fought first Test at Abu Dhabi, New Zealand took a pounding in the second Test at Dubai, losing the match by an innings and 16 runs. With the series level, all...
Pakistan

Haris Sohail’s much-criticized knock sets up the game for Pakistan

"However, cricket is rarely a game of ifs and buts. The truth remains that it was Sohail’s undeniably crucial knock, which had initially seemed to steal away all the momentum away from Pakistan, that gave them the luxury to...
Pakistan

Hot knife Yasir slices through buttery Kiwis

Yasir Shah dished out a jaw-dropping bowling display at Dubai...... Nothing, absolutely nothing could prepare the spectators for the sight that unfurled before their eyes in Dubai on day three of the second Test between Pakistan and New Zealand. After...
Babar Azam

Babar Azam finally comes good in Tests

"Babar Azam just didn’t seem to be made for long haul and people had already started writing him off as a Test player. But he was determined to prove everyone wrong and carried on his battle. Finally, the dawn...
New Zealand

New Zealand play a Test match after 6 months: Is it a sign of...

"When the BCCI cancelling the Tests against New Zealand in 2019 due to commercial constraints, one is forced to wonder at the future of cricket and the format that is dying a slow death" Test cricket, for ages, has been...
Pakistan

Oye Hoye! Another Pakistan collapse

Yet another, yet another Pakistani batting collapse.... Pakistan need 12 runs to win. They have two wickets in hand and Azhar Ali, one of their mainstays in the format is at the other end. Hasan Ali, the no.10 batsman, goes...
Ajz Patel

From a pacer to spinner, Ajaz Patel announces himself in Test cricket

Ajaz Patel made an impact in his first ever Test. New Zealand won by just 4 runs...... Thirty-year-old Ajaz Patel could not have dreamt of a better way to announce himself in Test cricket. He became only the ninth player...
Pakistan

Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali join elite list with individual 5-wicket hauls against New Zealand

“Hasan Ali and Yasir Shah finished with individual bowling figures of 5 for 45 and 5 for 110 respectively and thus joined the elite list of bowling pairs with individual five-fors in a single Test innings” There are many phenomena...
Pakistan

By bowling unrelenting lines, Pakistan bowlers push the team to the driver’s seat

"What stood out on the day was the unrelenting line that the players stuck to; the importance of bowling a length that cramps up the rivals for room and most importantly - containing runs, because in an attempt to...
New Zealand

New Zealand crumble to lowest first innings total at Pakistan’s qalea

New Zealand batting collapsed against Pakistan on Day 1..... By now, it is fairly well established that the Sheik Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi is Pakistan's qalea (fortress). If New Zealand were unaware about Pakistan's supremacy at the venue, it...
Shaheen Afridi

Shaheen Afridi looks to script another chapter in Pakistan’s glorious fast bowling history

"Hence, he will create pressure by keeping batsmen on tenterhooks. He will increase the pressure by shortening his length, and with the bounce that is produced, often this tactic has worked wonders" As the inswinging yorker kept curling in to...
Ross Taylor

Rossatron threat looms for Pakistan as teams head to series decider

"As the series decider looms, Pakistan have an urgent meeting to summon - on stopping the Rossatron. They aren't winning the series without conquering Taylor's unquenchable thirst for runs" If Ross Taylor makes 152 before being dismissed in Dubai in...

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