Australia mourns and so does all the cricketing fraternity of the world.
Pakistan couldn’t have wished better in the decisive third Test than to win the toss, bat and make the best use of it.
The importance of this decisive third and final Test of the series starting today is highly significant.
The drawn second Test ended with honours equally shared by Pakistan and New Zealand.
Pakistan having snatched back the initiative from New Zealand, appear to have played themselves back in the game.
The real test of the strengths and the weaknesses of any team is mostly gauged in situations when pressure mounts .
The current New Zealand cricket team are no doubt carrying on the legacy of their past masters.
UNLIKE Australia, the Kiwis despite having tasted a heavy defeat in the first Test, seem to have recovered.
The ‘Haka’ is a war cry introduced by the indigenous people of New Zealand the Maoris.
It took Pakistan just over an hour to bowl the Kiwis out but not before the last pair kept them in a 54-run stand.
Pakistan would have loved to see a four-day finish in the first Test, having outplayed the Kiwis in every respect.
Gutsy as they were while nearly batting out the day to survive, they may not in the end survive the match.
Having dominated the two days play in the Test against New Zealand, the Pakistan batsmen continue to remain on a roll.
Pakistan having achieved what they have in matches being played here have been no doubt in their best of form of late.
To prove their point, Misbah's men must go all out against New Zealand to display authority as they did against Aussies
Even Michael Clarke conceded that Pakistan bowling overall was tremendous.
It was no less than a spectacle to watch Misbah-ul-Haq treat the Australian bowling with utmost disdain
Right from the first ball Pakistan has been able to pull the strings and dictate the proceedings both with bat and ball.
Responsible for their misery has been none other than Younis Khan who in this series became a statistician’s delight.
cricket can be cruel as things do change with one good spell of bowling or with one little collapse.