32-Year-Old Batsman Pakistan
June 18, 2017 Azhar Ali News
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Ali opened with 59 off 71 including six boundaries and a maximum in Sunday's victory over India in the Champions Trophy final.
Ali had been consistent throughout the tournament including his best performance against England on a tricky batting track at Cardiff in the semifinals. Add an impressive opening knock against India whose opening bowlers looked poised to keep Pakistan within arm's reach at all costs, but Ali and Fakhar Zaman persisted, partnering for 128 over the opening 23 overs. Ali finished the Champions Trophy with three half-centuries and only one score below 34 and looks like a big part of Pakistan's opening pair for the foreseeable future.
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Fantasy AnalysisChasing a smaller target than expected, Ali and fellow opener Fakhar Zaman put on an opening stand of 118 before the later was dismissed. Ali paced his innings with no run rate pressure, scoring 76 off 100 deliveries, he also hit five fours and a six while at the crease. Ali has had a mixed tournament, with scores of nine, 34 and 50 prior to his high score of 76 here.
Fantasy AnalysisA Pakistan order that is heavy on bowling and light on in-form batsmen, Ali provided a real spark at the start of their chase. However, he was undone by no real help in forming partnerships from either Ahmed Shehzad or Babar Azam before bowing out himself just after reaching his 10th ODI half-century in his 46th match. Ali and the rest of the Pakistan squad will look for a turn of results as they face South Africa on Wednesday at Birmingham.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Pakistani opener showed again the extremely successful temperament that he has when it comes to blunting the bowling attack as the opening batsman. Ali took 219 balls on the first day, taking 85 runs from them and successfully saw out the first day of the third test. The test series against the West Indies has been a mismatched one for Ali, scoring a century in the second test but having a score of 15 as his next highest.
Fantasy AnalysisAli has recovered from a hamstring injury he picked up in Brisbane during the first ODI that forced him to miss games two and three. Pakistan won the second ODI under the interim reign of Mohammad Hafeez, who was a late inclusion in Pakistan's squad. The 31-year-old opening batsman is likely to replace Asad Shafiq.
Fantasy AnalysisMohammad Hafeez, who was a late inclusion to Pakistan's ODI squad, will take the reigns in the place of Ali. Ali suffered a tear to his right hamstring in the first ODI of the series during Pakistan's chase of 269 in hot and humid Brisbane.
Fantasy AnalysisThe pick of all Pakistan players during the tour and perhaps the batsman of either teams, Ali is currently nine runs away from breaking the record for most runs by a Pakistan batsman in a a series in Australia. Along with this, his tour average is at the dizzying heights of 127.33. With three days remaining in the match and already on 58, it is expected for Ali to break the record set in 1983 by Mohsin Khan.
Fantasy AnalysisWith the result of the match heading towards a draw due to rain interruptions in Melbourne, Ali showed his class and put together a masterclass innings of 205 runs not out from 364 deliveries. Pakistan declared with one wicket left and the score on 443, with Ali looking likely to carry his bat through regardless.
Fantasy AnalysisMaking up for his golden duck in the first innings, Ali went on to make 91 in the second innings of the test and was the only batsman to pass the half-century mark. His innings came from a total of 234 deliveries and saw him get dismissed in the 77th over of the innings, caught by Darren Bravo off the bowling of Devendra Bishoo.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 31-year-old was dismissed on the second ball of the game by Shannon Gabriel, edging the ball to second slip. Four balls later number three batsman Asad Shafiq was also out for duck, lbw to Gabriel. Ali has had an interesting few scores after his mammoth triple-ton in the first contest. In the first innings of the second Test he was also removed for zero, but scored 79 runs in the second dig.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter scores of zero and three following his masterful triple-century in the first Test of the series, Ali must have been feeling a little scratchy at the crease. The 31-year-old batsman had some help along the way to his 20th Test fifty. On 10, Ali had an LBW decision overturned after his review showed the ball was gloved into his pad. 15 balls later, he was dropped by Jermaine Blackwood off the bowling of Kraigg Brathwaite. Ali's half-century came in the last over the day, off exactly 100 balls with two fours.
Fantasy AnalysisAli became the fourth Pakistan batsman to make a triple century in test cricket, and the first batsman in test history to score a triple century in a day-night test. His massive knock came from 469 deliveries and included two sixes as well as 23 fours.
Fantasy AnalysisAli was still standing at the end of day one in Dubai after a monster haul of 146. With 14 fours and a strike rate of 54.47 over 90 overs – and now a full night’s sleep – a double century is looking entirely achievable. It’s the 11th century in the 31-year-old’s long Test career.
Fantasy AnalysisPakistan's opening batsmen got his side off to the dream start having two partnerships worth 85 and then 147 runs each before eventually being dismissed in the 39th over soon after bringing up his century. His innings included eight fours and a six, and became the third ODI century for the current Pakistan captain in this form of the game.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Pakistani captain led his side in runs scored in the fourth ODI, racking up 80 runs that included seven boundary hits. His three-over bowling stint in the second innings was less impressive, as his attempt to break the partnership of Alex Hales and Joe Root resulted in two sixes, 27 runs and no wickets. His economy rate of 9.00 was the worst of Pakistan's six bowlers.
Fantasy AnalysisPakistan's opening batsman lasted nearly a full 36 overs at the crease, outlasting three of his colleagues to score a team-leading 82. While his strike rate was among the team's lowest, his conservative batting style saw him put up the significant total with nine fours in the mix. The opener also ran out Joe Root in the 28th over of the second innings.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter Sri Lanka pummeled Pakistan's bowling unit for 368 in the first innings, the visitors were faced with a tall task, which fell first on the shoulders of Ali and Ahmed Shehzad. The duo eked out modest runs per over but were unable to match such a clip, as Ali fell for the second wicket in the 13th and his side boasting a 5.53 run rate to that point in the match. After the ODI portion of the series, he top scored at 79 en route to a 43.40 average and 82.82 strike rate.
Fantasy AnalysisAlthough Ali became the quickest Pakistani batsman to achieve 1,000 runs in ODIs, he primarily exchanged the strike during his nearly two hours with the bat, yet his partnerships yielded 93 off 99 and 31 off 41 to provide the basis for a first innings total of 316. After racking up 21 and 79 in the first two ODIs, his 49.66 average and 77.60 strike rate for this part of the series coincide favorably with his career figures in the format (51.85 and 75.52, respectively).