Captain Sarfraz rises to the challenge
Quetta’s star spinner had gone for run, while fast bowlers controlled the damage. It was a tricky chase, on a wicket where some spun, some didn’t. Watson gave them a start but then there was a stutter. 4 wickets down, with decreasing run rate. Sarfraz’s reluctance to come up the order, could be the topic of discussion. A country, where our sports culture and punditry revolves around 1992 World Cup final, believes that captain coming in at the top of the order is a sign of bravery, aggressiveness and leads you to victory. Tactics, & game plans go out of the window.
In such in a backdrop, yesterday’s knock was essential for Sarfraz. He was clinical in his approach, getting his team home alongside, Rilee Rossouw. The left hander was clearly struggling for timing. He couldn’t hit out, so he just rotated the strike. Sarfraz, on the other hand was middling the ball beautifully especially in the mid off to cover region; both areas are often unguarded as captains keep the fielders in within the 30 yards circle.
Wahab Riaz’s fiery spell not enough, again!
Watson has been tremendous with bat and ball. Rile Rossouw has been adequate if not spectacular. However, you can’t claim that Mohammad Nawaz hasn’t been spectacular. He is one bowler, who has excelled in Sharjah and Dubai. The young boy, Hassan Khan has chipped in beautifully too.
Can Quetta be 3rd time lucky? Wouldn’t it be a beautiful sight, Safraz holding the PSL trophy as people from his hometown roar in unison?