Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 14th 2014 Contents ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates---Mis-
bah-ul-Haq became Pakistan s most suc-
cessful test captain with a thumping 248-
run victory in the first Test against New
Zealand which ended yesterday.
The victory lifted Misbah one ahead of
former skippers Imran Khan and Javed
Miandad s joint Pakistan record of 14 Test
New Zealand s No 10 Ish Sodhi delayed
the inevitable for over an hour on the fifth
and final day and top-scored with a gritty
career-best 63 with seven fours and a six
before he was the last man to go.
Sodhi frustrated Pakistan bid and shared
a 54-run last-wicket stand with Trent
Boult before he was out leg before wicket
to fast bowler Imran Khan s (2-37)
Chasing a 480-run target, New Zealand
was left lurching at 174-8 on the fourth day
as they failed to cope with either the spin-
ning duo of Yasir Shah (3-74) and Zulfiqar
Babar (2-48) or the reverse swing of Imran
and Rahat Ali (2-48).
Legspinner Shah had overnight batsman Mark
Craig (28) clean bowled in his first over of the day
before Sodhi and Boult prolonged the innings with
some defiant batting.
Sodhi swept Shah for a four and a six to reach his
second test fifty and got a lucky escape when he
gloved a sweep off Babar but wicketkeeper Sarfraz
Ahmed misjudged the attempted catch.
Pakistan took a 1-0 lead in the three-test series,
with the top-order batsmen extending the form that
had given the side a 2-0 series victory over Australia
in the preceding series.
The lost only five wickets across two innings to
New Zealand s limited attack, which was playing its
first test on the United Arab Emirates slow, turning
Misbah scored his third successive century, Younis
Khan smashed his fourth in five innings and opening
batsman Ahmed Shehzad notched a career-best 176
in the first innings before fracturing his skull and
was ruled out of the series.
Mohammad Hafeez, who was under pressure after
only 48 runs in the three innings against Australia,
responded with knocks of 96 and 101 not out; his
first test century in two years.
New Zealand batsmen struggled to adapt on turning
wickets. The only positives for the Black Caps were
the form of young opener Tom Latham, who scored
a maiden test hundred in the first innings score of
262, and the defiance of Sodhi at the end.
The second test begins at Dubai from next Monday
where the wicket is expected to suit Pakistan spinners
more, followed by the last test at Sharjah from
November 26. (AP)
Pakistan team awarded
bonus for beating Australia
ISLAMABAD---The Pakistan cricket team was
awarded a $144,000 bonus for defeating Australia
2-0 in the test series for the first time in 20 years
earlier this month.
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan
announced the win bonus on Thursday with captain
Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan receiving $14,700
Younis scored three successive centuries in two
test matches while Misbah smashed hundreds in
both innings of the second test, including a record-
equalling fastest century off 56 balls.
All 16 members of the team were given bonuses
of $4,900 with Ahmed Shehzad and Sarfraz Ahmed
getting an extra $2,450 each for their centuries in
the first test.
The PCB also awarded $3,400 to all nine members
of the coaching staff led by head coach Waqar Younis
and batting coach Grant Flower. (AP)
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, November 14, 2014
Rohit Sharma s first ODI in ten
weeks began with a touch of
nerves. He was even kept score-
less in one Angelo Mathews
By the end of the innings, his
batting had become cartoonish.
There was no shot he had not
played. No part of the ground he
had not exploited. No bowler who
escaped his brutality.
Rohit amassed 45 more runs
than any ODI batsman had ever
managed in an innings, finishing
on 264 from 173 balls when he
was finally caught off the last ball
of the innings.
India, almost incidentally, had
moved to 404 for 5, despite having
travelled at a run rate of less than
six for the first 32 overs.
Rohit s innings was so ludicrous
that the first 100 runs, which were
hit at a run-a-ball, seemed aching-
ly humdrum in comparison to the
164 that followed.
The surge had actually begun
before he reached his century,
when he plundered 14 runs in four
balls, in Nuwan Kulasekara s 30th
over. Soon after that, the ball would
be leaping off the middle of his
bat with almost every stroke he
There were many incredible
shots, from among his 33 fours
and nine sixes, but the most gob-
smacking was the six off
Kulasekara at the end of the 48th
over, when he walked across to off
stump, took a half volley from
about a foot and half away from
him and flicked it high over the
It was the kind of shot, and
innings, that seemed in open defi-
ance of physics.
Sri Lanka had played a tour
match against Mumbai to warm-
up for the series, but little did they
know Rohit was warming-up
against them. He hit 145 from 111
in that match---his first competitive
game since fracturing a finger in
August---and he has now re-
embedded himself at the top of
the India batting order in the most
resounding fashion imaginable.
Rohit 264, as India beats Sri Lanka
India 404 for 5 (Rohit 264,
Kohli 66) beat Sri Lanka 251
(Mathews 75, Thirimanne 59,
Kulkarni 4-34) by 153 runs
played an innings
that seemed in
open defiance of
physics © BCCI
Pakistan nails New Zealand
by 248 runs in 1st Test
Imran Khan had Ish Sodhi lbw to end the Test, after the New
Zealand No. 10 had made 63 © AFP
Pakistan 566 for 3 dec (Shehzad 176, Misbah 102*, Younis 100*, Hafeez
96, Azhar 87) and 175 for 2 dec (Hafeez 101*) beat New Zealand 262
(Latham 103, Rahat 4-22) and 231 (Sodhi 63) by 248 runs
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