Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Stumps Day 4
New Zealand 356 & 293
Pakistan 376 & Require 274 to win the series 2-0

274 is on my mind! It is what Pakistan need in order to successfully whitewash New Zealand and win a monumental Test Series. The series is fascinatingly set up for a thrilling climax at the Basin Reserve. The match is wide open with all 3 possibilities in the bag.

Here below is my proportional verdict at this moment in time:

New Zealand: 40%
Draw: 35%
Pakistan: 25%

Umar Gul

Finishes the series with 13 wickets. Has coped well and responded with his added responsibility of leading the attack and done it superbly. He has bowled with good aggression, energy and whole heartedly given his best for the skipper and team. Certainly deserves some praise and recognition. Hopefully, for his sake it will be in a winning series cause.

Younis Khan

Champions are made for moments like these! The Pathan Tiger has the credentials and toughness to come good. Perhaps he can notch up a memorable ton to guide us to victory? I am backing him all the way personally, but doubt Pakistan can actually win this one as much as I would dream optimistically for it to happen, unless he gets going with his class, experience and authority.


In conclusion, 'GAME ON.' As long as Pakistan are able to take the series honours I will be a happy man. They should see how they go early on and where they stand at lunch and make a quick assessment about how they should handle proceedings from there on.

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