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Usman Khan: Yet another pace-bowling sensation from the land of fast bowlers

Pakistan aren't averse to producing 19-year old pace bowlers, so when a young, raw Usman Khan made his T20 debut against Sri Lanka in UAE four years back, they thought another gem was being unearthed. But he bowled just...
Seekkuge Prasanna (R) of Sri Lanka bats during the third one day international

A variety in bowling attack gives Pakistan an edge

Even before Pakistan's in-form pacers Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan were brought into action, Sri Lanka had already lost four wickets on Friday in Sharjah. After the fast bowling duo came into the play, the rest of the Sri...
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The succession plan for Mohammad Hafeez the bowler

The recently declared no.1 all-rounder in ODIs, Mohammad Hafeez, is under a cloud yet again for his suspect bowling action. During the course of the third ODI against Sri Lanka, the off-spinner was reported for bending his arm more...
Imam-ul-Haq sparkles on debut

Imam-ul-Haq sparkles on debut

One doesn't need to speak about the pressure a cricketer goes through on his debut. All his hard work, sacrifices, commitment and dedication have yielded fruitful results when he gets a national call. And from there on, it's a...
Hasan Ali

Hasan Ali: Pakistan’s mighty young man

Cricket’s new sensation and Pakistan’s most precious gem in the squad at present, Hasan Ali, belongs to Gujranwala, an industrial city in the province of Punjab. He comes from a place where sports like wrestling and Kabaddi are more...
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Shadab Khan, the find of a generation

It isn't often that 19-year old players create a huge ruckus in International cricket. But Pakistan's sensational young leg-spinning all-rounder is sure turning heads with his performances at the highest level. Once described as “pure gold” by Wasim Akram...
Babar Azam

The exception called Babar Azam

The World is used to seeing Pakistani batsmen, fighting, throwing it away, fighting again and remaining the epitome of inconsistency on the cricketing field. Amidst all this chaos, one batsman has grown above the rest, standing tall amongst the...
Pakistan's Ahmed Shehzad leaves the field after being dismissed by Lahiru Gamage

It’s high time Ahmed Shehzad gets his priorities straight

If you talk about undeserving players in a national cricket team at present, Pakistan's opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad would top the list. He was a part of Pakistan's ICC Champions Trophy squad that went on to lift the coveted...
Shoaib-Malik

Veteran Shoaib Mallik revives Pakistan’s run in UAE

Shoaib Mallik, having entered a classic 18th year of his international career, utilised his rich experience to help Pakistan revive their UAE tour on Friday. Coming in at No. 5, a blistering knock from Mallik saw Pakistan set a...
Sri Lanka

How important is this victory for Sri Lanka?

After an awe-inspiring win in the series opener at Abu Dhabi, Sri Lanka romped home to another victory at Dubai and whitewashed Pakistan in a two-match Test series. They are now the first team to clean sweep Pakistan in...
asir Shah of Pakistan celebrates taking the wicket of Lahiru Thirimanne

Yasir Shah stands out amid Pakistan’s disheartening defeat

335 balls (55.5 overs). Yes, that’s exactly the amount of deliveries Yasir Shah bowled in the first innings of the second Test against Sri Lanka at Dubai. For any bowler, to bowl these many overs is a huge task;...
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Test cricket should be thankful for Pakistan’s volatility

If Pakistan were a member of the periodic table, it would beat the chloride family in terms of volatility. They are so reactive and unpredictable that the to absorb the best elements of Test cricket, you need to fervently...
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Dilruwan Perera rediscovers his all-round vim

Thank God, the drama ended. A sigh of relief for the Sri Lankans, who a few weeks back flew down to the UAE as underdogs to play a two-Test series against Pakistan. Meanwhile, Pakistan have lots of thinking to...
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Can Sarfraz and Asad take Pakistan home?

We have witnessed so many one-sided Tests in the recent times that the ongoing contests between Sri Lanka and Pakistan are making us fall in love with them, yet again. Both, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, had been going through...
Wahab Riaz

Wahab Riaz: From ‘Wahab forgets to bowl’ to ‘Wahab leads Pakistan fightback’

Wahab Riaz went from baffling his captain and coach for his bowling antics to the bowler who might have saved Pakistan from a loss in the ongoing Test against Sri Lanka in Dubai. On the second day, while attempting...
Sri Lanka

Where was this Sri Lanka all this while?

The last time Sri Lanka scored a 400+ total was during the first Test of the two-Test series against Bangladesh in May, which they eventually won by 259 runs. In the next five Tests, an entire Sri Lankan team...
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Niroshan Dickwella’s lonely war

At Abu Dhabi last week, Niroshan Dickwella walked out to bat with Sri Lanka staring down the barrel at 73/5. Another heavy, humiliating defeat seemed to be on the cards. After all, the better half of their top order...
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Rangana Herath: The wrecker in chief of fourth innings

Pakistan are 22 runs away from the target with just a solitary wicket in hand. Mohammad Abbas is on strike while Yasir Shah is at the other end. Rangana Herath has the red cherry in hand and has already...
Rangana Herath celebrates after dismissing Pakistan's Hasan Ali

Sri Lankan cricket wins a new life in Abu Dhabi

Yasir Shah is on the strike. He is surrounded by eager Sri Lankans, who are a wicket away from one of their greatest victories in Test cricket. With more than 20 overs to go, Pakistan, who have dominated the...
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Azhar Ali’s 85 off 226: Boring but valuable knock

A team has its best batsmen in the top four positions and the No. 3 spot is relatively the more crucial one. When the openers fail to give the required start, then it is the two-down batsman's responsibility to...

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