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Pakistan Come From Dead To Win The 2nd ODI Against South Africa

Abdul Razzak

Source: Cricinfo.com

We have all heard the phrase: ‘Snatching Victory from the Jaws of Defeat’, but really it is sometimes over-used and rarely does its use justified. If there ever was an occasion to justify the phrase, then it was Pakistan’s unbelievable win again South Africa in the 2nd ODI of the 5 match ODI series in Abu Dhabi. It is not often that a single player can single-handedly win his team a 50 over Cricket match. And it is exactly what Abdul Razzaq did for Pakistan last night. His exhilarating innings of 109* of just 72 balls, which gave Pakistan a 1 wicket win, with 1 ball to spare, would be remembered for a very long time.

South Africa had looked the superior team for all but the last 3-4 overs as they amassed a formidable 286 runs on board on the back of a superb century from Ingram and solid contributions from Amla and Duminy. After this, South Africa had Pakistan reeling at 136/5 in 30 overs, before Razzak came to the crease. And though Razzak kept playing a good knock, the wickets kept tumbling at the other end without really troubling the scorers. 217/6 in 41.5 overs, 228/7 in 44.1 overs, 254/8 in 47 overs and it all looked like delaying the inevitable. Noone had wondered that Razzak was playing the innings of his life and taking Pakistan to a famous win.

Despite having absolutely no support from the other hand, Razzak was managing to take Pakistan closer and closer to the target. With 25 runs to win of last 2 overs and just 1 wicket in hand, it still looked like a South African win. But, Razzak shocked everyone by scoring all of those 25 runs himself, with 1 ball to spare in the 50th over. The celebrations which followed were a sight to behold and would be etched in every Pakistan fan in his mind for a very long time.

Just to understand how sensational and unbelievable the victory was, Razzak had scored 63 of the last 65 runs Pakistan scored to reach the target. It was simply one of the greatest ODI innings of all time.

It was a victory which Pakistan badly needed to lift themselves after all what has happened in the past few months. It also, was, another amazing win by Pakistan, when nothing was expected from them. Pakistan have a habit of shocking the opposition from time to time and it is primarily due to the fact that they possess such mercurial talent like Abdul Razzak and many others. No wonder they are one of the most feared teams in the world when on song. This is because they have many players who can single-handedly turn a game upside down, which is something not many teams possess.

With the win, the series stands at 1-1, with 3 ODI’s remaining. It is anyone’s guess what Pakistan would dish up the remaining matches…

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  1. November 3, 2010 at 10:41 am

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