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Kamran fires as Pakistan warm up in style

Published Sep 17, 2012 12:00pm


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Pakistan cricketer Umar Gul (C) celebrates the wicket of Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir (R). -Photo by AFP

COLOMBO: Kamran Akmal smashed an unbeaten 92 off 50 balls as Pakistan came from behind to defeat India by five wickets in a warm-up match for the World Twenty20 on Monday.

Pakistan, chasing India's commanding 185-3, appeared to be out of contention when they lost five wickets by the 12th over with just 91 runs on the board at the Premadasa stadium.

But Akmal and former captain Shoaib Malik turned the game around with a brilliant unbroken stand of 95 off 46 balls that helped Pakistan beat the shell-shocked Indians with five balls to spare.

Akmal plundered six sixes, including the winning shot off seamer Irfan Pathan which sailed over the cover fence. Malik remained unbeaten on 37 off 18 balls.

Virat Kohli had earlier top-scored for India with 75 not out, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin claimed four wickets for 23 runs.

Some 3,000 Sri Lankan fans watched the arch-rivals battle out in the middle in the only warm-up match to be beamed live by the host broadcasters of the World Twenty20 that opens on Tuesday.

“We knew that if India could post a huge total, so could we,” said Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez. “Kamran was exceptional, and Malik's experience also helped.”

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the batting worked well, but the bowlers needed to contain runs on the easy-paced wickets.

“It was not really a bad game for us,” he said. “We have got to work on a few things with our bowling.”India and Pakistan are drawn in different groups for the preliminary league, but are seeded to meet in the Super Eights round in Colombo on September 30.

In other matches, England beat Australia by nine runs, Ireland pipped Bangladesh by five runs, the West Indies slammed Afghanistan by eight wickets and South Africa overcame New Zealand by nine runs.

Reigning champions England piled up 172-6 after being sent in to bat, with opener Alex Hales top-scoring with 52 off 38 balls. Luke Wright hit a 29-ball 35 and Eoin Morgan scored a brisk 30 from 16 balls.

Australia managed only 163-6 in reply against the tight England bowling despite a polished 71 off 51 balls from Michael Hussey, who hit five sixes.

England, who take on Afghanistan in their opening match in Colombo on Friday, play another practice match against Pakistan on Wednesday.

A middle-order collapse saw Bangladesh go down to Ireland despite Shakib Al Hasan's hurricane 52 from 23 balls that was studded with three fours and five sixes.

Ireland made 164-6 after being asked to take first strike, with Paul Stirling hitting a 41-ball 71 with five fours and as many sixes. Ed Joyce scored 39 from 36 balls.

Shakib and Tamim Iqbal (35) took Bangladesh to a comfortable 105-2, before four wickets fell for 21 runs to allow Ireland to bounce back.

West Indies opener Chris Gayle warmed up for the tournament with an unbeaten 65 off 48 balls as the West Indies eased past Afghanistan's modest 122-7 in the 16th over.

New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor hammered seven sixes in an unbeaten 75 from 42 balls, but could not prevent South Africa from carving out a nine-run victory.

South Africa rode on captain AB de Villiers' 54 to make 186-6 before four wickets from Dale Steyn restricted the Black Caps to 177-8.


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S h a r a d Sep 17, 2012 03:04pm
Well done Pakistan. Good Indian's practiced Ajmal saheb, will wait for the main match to begin :-) 185/3 ..rem Pakistan has very good bowling attack and still we lost just 3 wickets..Strategy Match for Dhoni..well done Pakistan again.
Khan Sep 17, 2012 09:52am
Rattan(sydney) Sep 17, 2012 01:46pm
this is a warm up match.
Aqeel Sep 17, 2012 01:47pm
Sami is again useless so sohail tanvir is... Imran Nazir still does not know which ball he should defend and which one should be sent over the rope...Although he was looking good and played couple of good shots but again Temperament is a key....
Talha Sep 18, 2012 09:41am
Pakistan team should hard work for upcomming matches. Talha
N M Sep 17, 2012 11:57am
Kamran Akmal rules....and for the doubters Shoaib saves the day once again :-)
Maira Sep 17, 2012 01:08pm
Are 24 months few in your books?
Mumtaz.Rizvi Sep 18, 2012 09:32am
finally we broke the ice,the ritual of being beaten by india,lets hope we will face them again in super 8s and will beat them again inshallah
Zishi Sep 18, 2012 10:05am
I will give that to you if that really makes you happy. Well done Pakistan for actually winning this game and well played India.
Neo Sep 18, 2012 10:24am
agreed.. so we better hope that the batters pile on runs so that we are not left wondering if those can be chased..
Imran Sep 18, 2012 06:49pm
You really are aTrue Indian
impala Sep 18, 2012 10:32am
Kamran on fire. Afridi in the cold house. Remove him from the team below he post more ducks.
Fen Tian Sep 18, 2012 06:37pm
But Indian team was playing the match seriously including Captain Dhoni and Kohli,Raina all looked very serious,Seems world cup is over for team India even before the first match is played .How does it feel to lose ?
Fen Tian Sep 18, 2012 06:38pm
Ajmal is one Spinner legend who is difficult to handle,even Sachin doesn't has answer to his bowling.He is unplayable,doesn't it feel jealous that you don't have bowler legend like him ?
Waqar Saleem Sep 17, 2012 12:19pm
He already retired once. How many times should he retire?
Tariq Sep 18, 2012 02:55pm
yes like first T20 final luckily India won in supper over.
Waqar Hassan Sep 18, 2012 08:24am
I wish to see that sort of wins from India more and more these sort of failures from Pakistan. In the end it result matter most. I guess Dhoni was also thinking that Indian batting won against Pakistani bowling attack and he forgot that it was a test of Indian bowling too against poor Pakistani Batting, which was unexpected and caught him by surprised. Mr. True Indian there are always two sides of coin.
Vishwa Sep 18, 2012 02:18am
Guys! Chill out... This was just a warm-up match (that too a T20) which anyone could win on their day -- like, Ireland pipped Bangladesh, England beat Australia and Pakistan won!
Syed Sep 17, 2012 07:59pm
Dream on. I don't charge for the dreams done wrong.
Syed Sep 17, 2012 08:01pm
"Useless Balaji , Irfan and Zaheer" and useles ..........
Ashish Mittal Sep 18, 2012 06:40am
LOL.. World cup start to hone do dear.
Khurram Sep 18, 2012 07:41am
kamran is great
Azhar Sep 18, 2012 07:32am
Sami should not play as this game is not about fast bowling. It is variation that counts which Sami knows nothing about. Even one bad over can cost the match. We have previously and should in the future depend upon our spin bowling and Razzak should play because of his experience and batting abilities.
Satyendra Sep 17, 2012 11:56am
Congrats Pakistan!! Excellent Cricket!!
Shafi Sep 17, 2012 11:53am
Pak won hurrayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. Dont loose nerve in the tournament.
Wahaj Shaikh Sep 17, 2012 12:52pm
Pak team should not go with Tanver on flat pitches he only seems street cricketer on flat tracks, hes only useful on seaming tracks. Pak should play with 10 Players instead Playing Sami
azam Sep 17, 2012 01:46pm
our problem is we get emotional fast. we and pcb need to give time to players specially captain and groom good captains other wise we will continue to struggle and will never be top contenders
ali Sep 17, 2012 11:27pm
As a wise man said; "you know the match is fixed when Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik are the hilights of the day"
Umer Sep 18, 2012 04:25am
To the editor Atleast show pic of Kamral Akmal when your title is "Kamran fires....."
Ali Sep 17, 2012 10:30am
Because he is married to Sania mirza. LMAO.
Fida Sayani Sep 17, 2012 10:30am
Naved Sep 17, 2012 01:22pm
Pakistan won -- mood is good today.
Hassan Sep 18, 2012 05:05am
What about Afridi dude????
Genius Sep 17, 2012 09:32am
Umer Akmal, Shoaib Malik & Abdul Razzaq should not be in playing eleven for Pakistan in T20 worldcup. Umer Akmal doesnot have learning and continuously making same mistakes again & again while Razzaq is out of form and fitness both in fielding and batting. Shoaib Malik also out of form and lost his prime. These three players would heart pakistan in any match and so will cause to loss the match. T20 Team should composed of following eleven in order to win the worldcup, considering the limited 15 man squad. 1. Imran Nazir 2. Nazir Jamshaid 3. Mohammad Hafeez 4. Asad Shafiq 5. Shahid Afridi 6. Kamran Akmal 7. Sohail Tanvir 8. Yasir Arafat 9. Umer Gul 10. Raza Hassan/ Mohammad Sami 11. Saeed Ajmal
Shafi Sep 17, 2012 11:31am
Afridi for God's Shake retire! You are burden of the team.
True Indian Sep 17, 2012 02:25pm
India won even though it lost....India's batting fired as expected by all but Pakistani bowling failed miserably which is never expected. So India passed the strength test but Pakistan failed.
vijaykumar,salem Sep 18, 2012 11:31am
funny comment
adam khan Sep 17, 2012 02:24pm
at last some joy 4 pakistan india team isnt anything special its england austrailia pakistan srilanka will go all the way india only good at fixing world cups
Quedata Sep 18, 2012 08:31am
Kamran sent Indian team to the cleaners!!! Well Done!!!
Majid Sep 17, 2012 02:39pm
Well done Pakistan good warm up!!!
Arjan Dev Sep 17, 2012 12:45pm
Useless Balaji , Irfan and Zaheer
Shafi Sep 17, 2012 11:33am
For those who is against Malik, I can say he is better than Afridi and Umar Akmal. Atleast he can play with responsibilities.
irfan Sep 17, 2012 12:40pm
i agree with u
Dr satpal Jabbal Sep 17, 2012 12:38pm
Well Done.
Khurram Sep 17, 2012 10:47am
Shouldn't that be obvious to us by now. He is least talented but well connected. What a shame, Razzaq could never make a high profile relative or contact.
Ali Sep 17, 2012 02:30pm
In this entire saga, one person is hidden from every one's criticism. Can any one please tell me Umer Akmal inclusion in the team or tell me where he was able to steer the team out of danger?
KHAN Sep 17, 2012 11:01am
Asif Hussan Sep 17, 2012 02:25pm
Congrats Paak.......May u grow and prosper in every coming Game( AMeen)
Saz Sep 17, 2012 12:10pm
Heart going boys, and bring the cup home and show the world that we are the best there is on the fields regardless of how manta awards they fix
osama Sep 17, 2012 12:12pm
well shoiab malik answered his critics,great innings. great job to kamran akmal!!!!
Arif Sep 17, 2012 12:13pm
What an assessment! Abdul Razzaq who single handedly snatched victory out of the jaws of defeat in Abu Dhabi only a few months ago does not feature in your team and Mohammed Sami who has not impressed at any stage of his career features along side Raza Hassan whose name is also not known by many.
Hassan Sep 17, 2012 02:00pm
I wonder why didnt Imran nazir clicked...... his batting also want gud in Austraila series and again now in a warm up match ...... he does so well in domestic cricket dont know what happen to him the it comes to international game
Rafiq meghani Sep 17, 2012 12:22pm
Afridi, as expected
Ali Sep 17, 2012 02:33pm
Definitely agree with on Umer Akmal Somewhat agree with you on Shoaib Suhail Tanvir should be replaced by Junaid Kham
Malik - Australia Sep 17, 2012 02:43pm
sami should play regardless of his one over performance today.. he will do good, i am sure...
Neo Sep 17, 2012 02:49pm
Tariq Sep 17, 2012 03:52pm
Afridi is Ok his batting is a bonus, while Sami is only a bowler and doing not any good with the ball. Abdul Razzaq can replace Sami.In addition Shoaib malik can be used as a part time bowler too, Imran Nazir and Umer Akmal has to deliver the goods with the bat. I think Pakistan should learn from this match if one wicket falls others don't have to be under pressure play your natural game its only 20 overs don't you think 5 or 6 batsmen can play for 20 overs best of luck for the future matches play your natural game congratulations once again.
Indrajeet kr. Sep 17, 2012 03:57pm
Pakistanis are excited!!!...They are thinking that they have won the world cup.....beware that u have won only a warm up match to which INDIA has not given much Importance ....Indians have gifted u to victory because u were failed to defeat any match in world cup against INDIA Congratulation For ur Big Big Big victory !!
Navi Sep 17, 2012 04:06pm
Congrats team; I don
Tariq Sep 17, 2012 04:11pm
Don't forget shoaib Malik too.
SJay Sep 17, 2012 04:12pm
We know. Why get so serious?
Mahgul Sep 17, 2012 12:20pm
EmMoosa Sep 17, 2012 04:29pm
Sami is not used properly. He should be given the new ball. He is the only genuine fast bowler in the team. This is unfortunate that Kamran and Malik's one time show will keep them in the team for long though they will not repeat this perfomance. It was better that pakistan should have lost the game atleast these two would not strenthen their positions at the cost of two capable young players who are waiting their chances and cricket mafia is keeping their support to these kind of dead horses.
Kamal(New Delhi) Sep 17, 2012 05:14pm
Nice contest. But one thing which I always miss most is, to watch the flamboyant batting of Shahid Afridi and Virender Sehwag. Both the batsmen are so immensely talented and stylish, and it's a treat watching their batting but unfortunately both of them just throw their wicket. Looking forward to some exciting Indo-Pak matches in Sri Lanka. I wish the cup goes to either India or Pakistan and nowhere else, especially to these Aussies and English. Good Luck!
Raja Sep 17, 2012 05:14pm
Can't wait to see India and Pak in Final or semis, wow what if dream come true moment comes to life.
Raza Sep 18, 2012 04:24am
As Azam commented, Pakistanis get emotional fast. Today, we won due to Shoaib's resilience and Kamran's batting attack. You re writing off Shoaib too early.
maxim Sep 17, 2012 01:43pm
Agreed.... Amit
muzammil ullah khan Sep 17, 2012 02:09pm
i agree.
Ali Niazi Sep 17, 2012 10:54pm
My friend just try and understand his sentiment
syed Waqas Shah Sep 17, 2012 01:34pm
kamran cheeta hai tu.pakistan zindabad
Sohaib C Sep 17, 2012 01:00pm
Afridi is still our Hero..despite he didn't do well, but having in team is pretty scary for the opponent. He is great fielder.... We all know how weak is pak in fielding.. Having Afridi on field is a big threat for India and any team in the world. We all know that!! We should look at the big picture that Pak was great team work...Bating, bowling and of course field was much better. Superb catch Afrid:)
Amit Sep 17, 2012 12:58pm
Well done pakistan
Amit S [India] Sep 17, 2012 01:24pm
Shahid Afridi is just a pale shadow of himself......his batting form has deserted ages ago and now it seems his bowling is also losing its magic...Kamran's inning was a flash in a pan but Shoaib's inning was a matured one.....while we lost, i dont think there is much to worry at this stage, India's bowling has always been a weakling and have tendency to lax a bit once we capture 4-5 early wickets. Rohit's form is heartening to see and those who question Zak's place in the team, my question to them is who will they replace him with. Maybe Umesh in place of Balaji might just do the trick. Pakistan might just do away with Afridi and replace him with Abdul Razzaq who is a much better all rounder than Shahid. I suppose this might be an all subcontinent teams dominated World Cup and may the best team win.
Haroon Sep 17, 2012 02:13pm
By the looks of India's fielding and bowling, she can't defend a total.
Muhammad Sep 17, 2012 12:56pm
Lucky escape for Pakista. Afridi and Umer Akmal as usal tried their best that Pakistan lost the match. Bring in Razzak or Hammad Azam for Afridi and bring good middle order batsman in place of Umer who can bat. Kick Sami out and bring back Junaid Khan.
Tariq Sep 18, 2012 05:12pm
very funny
Mandeep Sep 17, 2012 12:30pm
India's strength is its batting and it did very well.Bowling needs to come-up a bit. But wasn't too bad. Kamran Akmal played gem of an innings that you one see one in 20 odd T20s. India need to focus on bowling if it wants to a strong contender as the difference between teams is very little and there are no favourites. Hope it will be a memorable tournament.
khoso Sep 18, 2012 08:46am
i must say it was not team performance but we won only coz of one men show it's coz elder akmal we have to make plan for every match,if u see whole match then there is empty space of though and planing we won that is y we forget mistakes dnt do this,we have to make plan
Tariq Sep 18, 2012 08:48am
This is good thing in Indians they lost the game and even though they don't accept it.
Szmehdi - KSA Sep 18, 2012 08:54am
stay happy being a loser...this is one class most of us can never adopt this easily.
Tariq Sep 18, 2012 05:16pm
Pakistan team learn from Kamran Akmal
Asif Sep 17, 2012 08:30pm
we won we won we won we won we won we won we won we won we won we won we won we won we won we won we won we won we won we won we won we won we won we won we won we won we won we won we won we won. How goooooooood that feels. OH YEAH!!!!!!!
JKhan Sep 17, 2012 01:04pm
We have won the World Cup. I Luv U Boyz
Toti34 Sep 17, 2012 01:47pm
Great news for a change. Now get the rest of them