Win at home

Good start to the year




Pakistan cricket team finished off the first of the two test matches on the fourth day in style. On the third day evening while the match was not quite on an even keel was poised to go into the fifth day but it is not without reason that the ICC has been contemplating reducing the Test match to a four day even as most of the matches over the last couple of years have been won or lost within four days. In today’s world when people have so many other distractions, it only makes sense. That, while saving one day in every contest, shall push the teams to score at four runs per over or even beyond. The pitches too shall support, as in shorter format of the games, the stroke playing batsmen.

Well, back to the third day evening. Three consecutive balls from young pacer Naseem Shah fetched Pakistan three precious wickets. That turned the tables in favour of Pakistan and then on it was only a formality. The next day the remaining of the four wickets of the visitors were upped by Pakistani bowlers during the first session. It was a sight to behold when the off-colour Yasir Shah was found jumping for joy as he claimed four wickets after a long and dry 2019, by his standards; someone who has claimed 200 Test scalps faster than any other player in the history of the game.

As Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz opted out of the Test cricket, it was a worry for Pakistan to find their replacements but Shaheen Shah and Naseem Shah both have proven themselves as worthy substitutes. Haris Rauf another pacer is following them closely. Some commentators were heard comparing the fast battery of bowlers with the two Ws of 1990s. Well they might not be there yet but they well are on their way. A positive start that Azhar’s men should capitalize on.