Published On: Thu, Aug 25th, 2016

Pakistan level series on Independence Day

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crict2Pakistan made an impressive recovery to level the series against England at the Oval, on 14th August – Independence Day. It was an emphatic victory with Pakistan winning by 10 wickets, coming back from losing two back to back tests. After bundling England out without enough runs on the board in their second innings, Pakistan needed only 40 runs to secure the win, with openers Sami Aslam and Azhar Ali finishing the job in style.
It was undoubtedly a team effort with everyone chipping in with individual performances. But a brilliant double century by senior player Younus Khan and spinner Yasir Shah claiming 5-71 gave the team the impetus to win.
Batting maestro Younus Khan was under pressure for not being able to score runs on the tour, but he silenced critics with a brilliant 218 runs. Yasir Shah was also questioned for not being affective in the previous two test matches. But he made a great comeback at the Oval, which had been predicted by the legendary spinner Shane Warne of Australia.
The win means that Pakistan is still in the hunt for the top spot in test rankings, if other results go in their favour. But for now Pakistan should just enjoy this victory. There were many critics that had predicted doom and gloom for the team, others believing the team would get a good thrashing. But this well gelled and competitive side have proven critics wrong and a lot of the credit should go to the Captain Misbah Ul Haq.
Misbah has been a cool, calm and collective captain and has managed to keep the team together at all times. He has proven to be a good role model for the youngsters and has kept good relations with the senior players. And above all he has taken all criticism on the chin and has let the results do all the talking. At 42, he might be thinking of retirement and when that announcement arrives, it will be a sad day for Pakistan cricket. Replacing a captain like Misbah will be a tough ask. He has put together a competitive team that can take on any side in the world and fight with great spirit.

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