Jamshed stuck in Groundhog Day
Nasir Jamshed’s last 10 innings read: 4, 1, 0, 0, 30, 2, 24, 1, 0, 38
Nasir Jamshed’s early dismissal – and its manner – probably shouldn’t have been a surprise. Jamshed had scored only one run in his three previous ODI innings and had not reached 40 in his last 15. With his place in the team coming under pressure from Sarfaraz Ahmed in particular, he needed runs here. But once again, Jamshed fell early and in familiar fashion.
In all three innings in this World Cup, he has been dismissed attempting to pull balls outside off stump. On this occasion, he spooned a ball from the medium-pacer Manjula Guruge to mid-on and left knowing that his place in the side must be hanging by a thread.
Drop of the dayAhmed Shehzad had scored just 11 when he cut a delivery from the impressive Mohammad Naveed directly to Andri Berenger at backward point. By international standards, it was a relatively straightforward chance, but Berenger was unable to cling on and Shahzad went on to make an increasingly polished 93. Shahzad had already given a tough chance to Khurram Khan at mid on off Guruge when he had scored eight, but UAE’s fielding remains their weakest discipline.
Run-out of the day
It was probably fitting that the day after Inzamam-ul-Haq’s birthday, a Pakistan batsman should be run out. This time it was Shehzad who, having endured a testing start to his innings, blossomed to play some attractive cricket. But with Pakistan’s first century of this World Cup his for the taking, he turned for a second run against the arm of Shaiman Anwar, at backward point, and was run out for 93. While Shehzad clearly thought he had regained his ground, replays showed that the bat, having bounced as he dived to reach the crease, was six inches over the line but in the air. Shahzad had to go and Pakistan’s wait for a World Cup centurion goes on.
This was not a match that UAE will look back on with any particular fondness. But there were moments that hinted at the natural talent contained within the squad and suggested better times ahead. One of those moments came when Shaiman Anwar, new to the crease, upper cut Sohail Khan for six over backward point. It was, by any standards, an outrageously fine stroke.
Catch of the day
On a day when UAE put down several chances, it was Sohaib Maqsood’s misfortune to be well caught by Rohan Mustafa at backward point. Initially it seemed Mustafa would put down the chance, a sliced cut that was hit with power, but while his first touch merely parried the ball behind him, he reacted quickly enough to knock the ball up one more time, and finally secure a juggled catch.