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Clinical Pakistan in Pink ODI

Pakistan rocked South Africa at the Wanderers…… When Shoaib Malik was seen at the toss instead of Sarfraz Ahmed, the experts and fans were struck by sheer astonishment. None knew about the status of Sarfraz and it took a while...
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Rassie Van der Dussen and Andile Phehlukwayo turn it on at Durban

"South Africa were into stage one of knockout game preparation. At 80 for 5 they seemed well and truly behind the eight balls and saving the game from then on appeared an arduous task. The two most unlikely to...
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Persistent Pakistan edge out South Africa in first One Dayer

"It's been the case with Hafeez often. An enforcer in the middle overs and an excellent batsman when it comes to driving home the advantage, Hafeez has coped with more criticism than he probably actually deserved" No Pakistan run-chase is...
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Hashim Amla: Class is Permanent

"Form might not have been on Amla’s side of late, age also may not be on his side anymore but his innings today showed that class is permanently on his side" The last time Hashim Amla scored a century in...
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The encouraging return of Mohammad Amir

Mohammad Amir is still the leader of Pakistan bowling attack……            The star performers from subcontinent carry a lot of expectations with themselves whenever they take the field. Automatically, they become the heartbeat of nation. Performing...
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Will Pakistan forget this Test series without learning anything?

"Until and unless Pakistan decide to take foreign tours seriously and plan accordingly to win rather than maintaining formalities, their progress in Test cricket would remain stagnant" It was a matter about when and how! When would the batting lineup of...
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South Africa’s gen-X offer glimpse of future before Pakistan turn things around

"It was a glimpse into South Africa’s middle-order future but also a sharp reality check reminding that there is work left to do to regain the strength of yore" It wasn’t exactly a cultural revolution but it seemed like Johannesburg...
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Pakistan shine at Johannesburg from nowhere

Pakistan changed colour at the Wanderers to maintain the reputation of being unpredictable…..   It’s a new Test match. It’s a new day. But still, even the greatest expert of the game cannot predict, which Pakistan team they might see....
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Pakistan should play to win at Johannesburg to restore confidence

South Africa tour and horror shows are synonymous Pakistan’s journey in South Africa, so far, has been termed as a ‘horror tour’ and is this is not the first time that Pakistan’s tour of the Rainbow Nation has been...
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South Africa have batting options to ponder for future

"These aren’t issues that can be ironed out in a day but the Proteas will want to keep their bench full to test their options in 2019 where tough tours await them" When South Africa take the field for the...
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Faf du Plessis: Champion of the Second Tests of a series

The century scored by Faf du Plessis at Newlands was a superb innings that took the match away from Pakistan. It was especially significant because he had just bagged a pair in the earlier Test. But, Du Plessis does...
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Shan Masood gives Pakistan hope

“Had Sohail not been injured, Masood might not even feature in the team. But that’s how Pakistan cricket has been since they started off their journey. In Pakistan, great performers emerge unexpectedly. Certainly, mysterious world of Pakistan cricket” Be it...
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Pakistan’s bowling lacked extra bit of pace

Hard luck, yes, but it cannot hide Pakistan’s average bowling display…… Pakistan started off the day brightly. Mohammad Abbas dismissed Hashim Amla early, while the other pacers displayed the attacking intent, which was required to defend such a meagre total....
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Pakistan batsmen fail, yet again

For the third consecutive time, Pakistan batting failed to exhibit character…… It was not surprising to see the grass on the Cape Town pitch. In South Africa, the tracks are expected to be suited to pace and swing bowling...
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Video: South Africa take lead, Pakistan deprived

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vqoX1Q-5es The scenario could have been something else if the third umpire Joel Wilson did not turn down the decision regarding Azhar Ali's catch, which was taken cleanly, but tough luck for Pakistan who might feel deprived of something...
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Dean Elgar was OUT, credibility of ‘modern day’ umpiring comes under scrutiny…..yet again

“In this age of neutral umpires and technology, if the poor decisions crop up time and again, then their credibility comes under scrutiny, which is not good for the game” In 1988, Imran Khan’s Pakistan was well set to bring...
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Duanne Olivier emerges from the shadow after promising year in different conditions

"South Africa now have a massive poser when Philander returns. Olivier was supposed to be their reserve seamer. He overshadowed Steyn and Rabada at Centurion, taking eleven wickets and virtually made himself undroppable" Chester-le-Street, ENGLAND, June 2018 Durham vs Derbyshire Overcast conditions...
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Will Dale Steyn rediscover his mojo?

The world awaits for Steyn to come back to his lethal best……. 0 for 60 vs Sri Lanka on July 20, 2018 0 for 30 vs Sri Lanka on July 20, 2018 1 for 54 vs Sri Lanka on July 12, 2018 1...
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The raw batting of Pakistan in threat of being exposed in South Africa

"Unsurprisingly, the batting is Pakistan’s weakest link, but their ability to surprise and overcome the conditions, something they effortlessly managed to do in England this year, will give them the much-needed confidence boost" Nine Test appearances between them in South...

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