Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 5th 2014 Contents CAPE TOWN---Jacques Kallis called for the
South African public to give Graeme Smith
the credit he deserves as former players paid
tribute to the retiring Proteas captain.
Smith called time on a 12-year international
career late Monday, and had his last bat yes-
terday when he was dismissed for 3 on day
four of the third test against Australia at New-
While he led South Africa s revival in the
wake of World Cup disappointment in 2003
and guided the team to the top of the world
test rankings, the 33-year-old has not always
enjoyed universal approval in his own coun-
"A lot of our sportsmen are like that," Kallis,
who retired from test cricket in December,
said on Tuesday. "Maybe it s a South African
thing that we like to keep our guys down on
"Hopefully we ll celebrate his retirement
and give him the due respect and recognition
that he deserves."
Smith s predecessor, Shaun Pollock, agreed
with Kallis, but also spent time recalling how
Smith had "a very good cricket brain" from
an early age.
Pollock said he felt from the start that Smith
would go on to great things as a captain.
"The last five or six years is where he s really
come to the fore," Pollock said. "He s had a
good team that s been very settled and he s
known how to get the best out of them.
"He s been very clear about the tactics he
wants to employ and that s why he s had a
lot of success."
Smith retires as the most capped test captain
in history, and with over 9,000 runs at an
average of 48. He also scored 6,989 runs in
197 one-day internationals.
However he will also be remembered for
the bravery he showed on the field, most
notably when he walked out to bat with a
broken hand in a test against Australia at the
Sydney Cricket Ground in 2009.
"A lot of guys in the dressing room actually
got emotional because they realised what had
happened on that tour - the Australian crowd
had come to fall in love with a captain who
they probably hated so much," former wick-
etkeeper-batsman Mark Boucher recalled.
"I ve never seen the SCG crowd, having
played there for quite a few years and gone
through some abuse, actually stand up for an
opposition captain. That was big."
A bulky left-hander who scored his runs
through grit as opposed to sound technique,
Smith generally flouted the batting textbook.
Boucher suggested this may have contributed
to his decision to retire at a relatively early
age for a batsman.
"When Jacques wasn t quite up to it his
technique took over and he could still score
runs, but Graeme has been the type of player
who has really needed a bit of heart and passion
and enthusiasm to get out there and dominate,"
"I think he woke up a couple of mornings
ago and realised he couldn t get himself up
for the challenge, and then he probably gets
more exposed than a guy who has a good
Herschelle Gibbs, who shared in three triple-
century partnerships whilst opening the batting
with Smith, gave Smith credit for the burden
he was willing to carry as captain from a young
"He s always led the team from the front,
right from when he took over the team at the
tender age of 22," he said.
"He always wanted the job and he was very
comfortable with having that responsibility."
South Africa's captain Graham Smith leaves the field for the last time after announcing his
retirement Monday, during the fourth day of their third Test against Australia in Cape Town.
Pakistan could not recover from Rehman s setback in
the 11th over as Anamul and Imrul---playing his first
ODI in two years---put on a 150-run opening stand off
172 balls. That stand allowed Bangladesh to plunder 121
runs off the last 10 overs.
Shakib, one of the five changes made by Bangladesh,
and Mushfiqur put on 77 runs off a mere 34 deliveries
and ace offspinner Saeed Ajmal, who conceded only
nine runs in his first six overs, was punished for 52 in
his next four.
Yesterday s result made the last two round-robin
matches academic: India vs Afghanistan today, and Sri
Lanka-Bangladesh tomorrow. (ESPNCricinfo)
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, March 5, 2014
MIRPUR---Fawad Alam and Shahid Afri-
di bludgeoned half-centuries and blasted
defending champion Pakistan into the
Asia Cup final with a record rundown
win against Bangladesh yesterday.
Bangladesh posted 326-3, its highest
score in one-day internationals, but
couldn t prevent Pakistan from achieving
its biggest run chase in ODIs, reaching
329-7 with a ball to spare.
Bangladesh appeared to be choking Pak-
istan to defeat until Afridi smashed seven
sixes and two fours in a 25-ball 59. Then
Alam cut loose to finish with 74 off 70
balls, falling with one run needed and two
Umar Akmal hit the winning runs
straight away, a four to the midwicket
boundary, to set up a final against Sri Lanka
on the same ground on Saturday.
"I tried my level best to perform well
... it s my type of situation and I had the
license," Afridi said after Bangladeshi hearts
were broken at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium .
"I was confident that 10-10 1/2 an over
was possible, and I knew if I slog I will hit
it because it was a very good pitch."
The record chase surpassed Pakistan s
previous best of 322-6 in 2007 against
India at Mohali.
Afridi walked in with Pakistan still need-
ing 102 runs off the last 52 balls, and sent
the first ball he faced for a six over the
long-on fence. The third ball also flew out.
As did the fifth, eighth and ninth in the
same over off experienced left-arm spinner
Shakib Al Hasan. In nine balls, Afridi was
up to 35. His 50 was the second fastest in
ODIs, off 18 deliveries.
"When Afridi plays like that ... there
was very little we can do," Bangladesh cap-
tain Mushfiqur Rahim said.
Afridi was run out with Pakistan needing
33 off 19 balls.
Of Afridi, captain Misbah-ul-Haq said,
"Everybody knows the kind of player he
is when he is in full swing and nobody can
Alam, playing his first ODI in three and
a half years, was also run out, but by then
Pakistan was on the brink of victory. Alam
twice lofted left-arm spinner Abdur Razzaq
for sixes in the 48th over.
Afridi and Alam overshadowed a century
by opener Ahmed Shehzad, who provided
a solid start of 97 with opening partner
Mohammad Hafeez (52), and added 105
with Alam for the fourth wicket.
Shehzad hit a dozen boundaries and a
six in his 123-ball knock before he was
yorked by Razzaq s fuller delivery for 103.
Earlier, Anamul Haque pulled four sixes
and six fours in his 132-ball 100, the second
of his career, while Imrul Kayes (59),
Mominul Haque (51) and Mushfiqur (51
not out) also hammered half-centuries for
Bangladesh against erratic bowling.
Shakib, returning to the side after a
three-match ban for an offensive gesture,
gave the innings an impetus with a rapid
44 off only 16 balls at the end.
The total surpassed Bangladesh s pre-
vious best ODI score of 320-8 against Zim-
babwe in Bulawayo five years ago.
Pakistan suffered a big loss when umpire
Johan Cloete barred left-arm spinner Abdul
Rehman from bowling after he delivered
his first three balls above waist high at
Imrul. Rehman had figures of 0-0-8-0.
Kallis: Smith deserves accolades as he retires
Alam, Afridi shoot Pakistan
into Asia Cup final
Pakistan's Shahid Afridi, plays a shot during their match
against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup one-day
international cricket tournament in Dhaka, Bangladesh,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
AnamulHaquecShehzadbAjmal . . . . . . .100
MominulHaquecHafeezbAjmal . . . . . . . . .51
TOTAL:(for3wks,Overs:50) . . . . . . . . .326
Fall of wickets: 1-150, 2-204, 3-249
Did not bat: Nasir Hossain, Ziaur Rahman,
Mahmudullah, Abdur Razzak, Shafiul Islam,
Bowling: Mohammad Hafeez 10-0-27-0,
Umar Gul 10-1-76-0 (7w), Abdul Rehman 0-
0-8-0 (3nb), Fawad Alam 2-0-12-0,
Mohammad Talha 7-0-68-1 (5w), Saeed
Ajmal 10-0-61-2 (1w), Shahid Afridi 10-0-64-
0 (2w), Sohaib Maqsood 1-0-7-0.
Misbah-ul-HaqbShakibAlHasan . . . . . . . . . .4
SMaqsoodcAHaquebMHaque . . . . . . . . . . .2
Abdul Rehman c Rahman b Mahmudullah . .8
TOTAL:(for7wks,Overs:49.5) . . . . . . . .329
Fall of wickets: 1-97, 2-102, 3-105, 4-210, 5-
225, 6-294, 7-325.
Did not bat: Mohammad Talha, Saeed Ajmal.
Bowling: Shafiul Islam 5-0-49-0 (3w), Al-
Amin Hossain 6.5-0-50-0 (2w), Shakib Al
Hasan 10-2-53-1 (2w), Abdur Razzak 9-0-72-
1 (2w), Mominul Haque 9-1-37-2,
Mahmudullah 7-1-47-1, Nasir Hossain 3-0-17-
0Result: Pakistan won by 3 wickets. To ss :
Bangladesh. Umpires: Johan Cloete, South
Africa, and Nigel Llong, England. TV umpire:
CK Nandan, India. Match referee: Chris
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