Razzaq leads Pakistan to victory

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Published: November 1, 2010
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Razzaq took Pakistan to victory against the Proteas.

Razzaq took Pakistan to victory against the Proteas.

Razzaq took Pakistan to victory against the Proteas. The 25-year-old Ingram scored exactly 100 for his second century after notching his first on his debut against Zimbabwe. PHOTO: AFP

DUBAI: Batting up a storm, Abdul Razzaq’s 109 led Pakistan to victory against South Africa in the second ODI, leveling the series 1-1 on Sunday. Razzaq was declared man of the match for his outstanding performance at the pitch.

Speaking about the match, captain Shahid Afridi said:

“Day before yesterday I told you we would bounce back, but I had never imagined it would come this way. My batting, not 100% but better than before. We are feeling better now as a team. We have areas to improve, but we will try our best in the coming games.”

South Africa had set Pakistan a target of 287 runs in the second One Day International in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Fast-rising Colin Ingram hit a sparkling century and Hashim Amla an aggressive 65 to lead South Africa to a formidable total.

The 25-year-old Ingram scored exactly 100 for his second century after notching his first on his debut against Zimbabwe at home two weeks ago to show his enormous potential as South Africa batted solidly after winning the toss and opting to bat.

Jean-Paul Duminy chipped in with a swift 43-ball 54.

South Africa, who led the five-match series 1-0 after winning the first match by eight wickets here on Friday, had to leave out captain Graeme Smith and all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who were both unfit.

Duminy’s knock contained three fours and a six before he fell in the last over.

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  • gem
    Nov 1, 2010 - 12:34AM

    We are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)Recommend

  • Jamshed
    Nov 1, 2010 - 12:34AM

    Unbelievable Innings, you won’t be believing it whats just happening in front of you.Recommend

  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany
    Nov 1, 2010 - 12:44AM

    Surely a great innings to put Pakistan back on the table. But do we really have to depend on this Lone Ranger all the time. He did it against England also single handedly. Hats off to him. Real cool dude. But you other guys wake up…Misbah and Z. Haider should be sent home. Bring back the Akmal brothers.Recommend

  • Ali Nawaz
    Nov 1, 2010 - 12:58AM

    Well done Razzaq. You’re an outstanding player. Congrats Team Pakistan. Keep it UP!Recommend

  • Hassan
    Nov 1, 2010 - 1:07AM

    Yes it was definantly a great knock from Razzaq, Well done Abdul.Recommend

  • Boom Boom Razzaq
    Nov 1, 2010 - 1:09AM

    he said day before tomorrow dudesRecommend

  • Ishaq
    Nov 1, 2010 - 1:13AM

    Thriller!!!!!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Hassan
    Nov 1, 2010 - 1:14AM

    PS
    Pakistan also proved today they can still win without Kamran akmal in the team, Umar was most definently missed .
    Recommend

  • Nov 1, 2010 - 1:19AM

    Cheetaaaaaaaaaaa :)Recommend

  • ubaid ullah
    Nov 1, 2010 - 1:39AM

    It was amazing yo can’t sit back at those moments worked hard and gets the rewardRecommend

  • Nov 1, 2010 - 1:48AM

    Uth oye! Great One Man show! Pakistan cricket was going to deep well…They needed a miracle to survive and it happens finally! Razzaq is trending on twitter now Pakistan Just rocks as it usually not! :P an horrible Halloween for South Africa ;) Congrats Pakistan! Cricket is Inspired by Razzaq and people start loving it..Says Twitter!Recommend

  • Ali
    Nov 1, 2010 - 1:50AM

    This was a gem!! Razzaq is a legend!! absolutely rubbish batting by all Pakistani team except Razzaq!! What a class act!! Shame on Pakistani Selectors for not picking him for so long!! I can’t get rid of the sheer ecstasy of watching those crisp hits even after 2 hoursRecommend

  • Nov 1, 2010 - 1:53AM

    Moral of the story: NEVER switch off the cricket when Pakistan are playing. Recommend

  • sarah
    Nov 1, 2010 - 2:04AM

    Razaq the master blaster, the jubilation was much like the winning 6 hit by miandad back in the dayRecommend

  • Nov 1, 2010 - 2:18AM

    Hit da ball through cover & roar like a beast yeeeeahhhh throws bat on ground & jumps in da Air Hugs of hundred Nations who love cricket even from India! That was the hero of Tonight Razzaq of Pakistan! Much Needed Victory For Pakistanis! Can Pakistan keep this track of winning till World Cup Final?Recommend

  • Ariff
    Nov 1, 2010 - 7:54AM

    We are so unpredictable! What takes it so long to come back!
    I think team’s or individual’s capability is judged by its consistency. Moreover we must learn to play as a team, I may be wrong but from the looks of it, the team lacks the bond and cohesiveness. Every player is delivering their individual performance which should rather be well thought and integrated. Recommend

  • Maryam
    Nov 1, 2010 - 9:02AM

    we the unpredictables….!!!Recommend

  • Muhammad Naveed
    Nov 1, 2010 - 9:45AM

    We are indeed unpredictables, but at the same time have passion for the game. We have match winners in the team but as a team not match winners. We are lacking in consistency. The match belonged to Razzak, great innings from the great player. Hopefully Pakistan will do well in the upcoming matches, Inshallah.Recommend

  • SAJJAD SARWAR
    Nov 1, 2010 - 10:33AM

    Out standing performance…..

    Ek dammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Bindassssssssssssssssssssssssssss Shorts jani……………Recommend

  • shahzeb
    Nov 1, 2010 - 10:37AM

    this is my my player.i see 10 six. this is is greatRecommend

  • Gohar
    Nov 1, 2010 - 11:15AM

    Ohh my God!! he was really a Beast!! One Man Army!!Recommend

  • SAJJAD SARWAR
    Nov 1, 2010 - 12:04PM

    @Gohar:
    Really he was a One Man Army!!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Sajjad
    Nov 1, 2010 - 12:41PM

    Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

    As a matter of fact, Pakistan has wasted this very talented player. Many a times, he has demostrated his ability to play and deliver according to the requirement of the game. Recommend

  • SALMAN
    Nov 1, 2010 - 1:40PM

    oh, from Abdulrazaq is #1 all-rounder player. Shame to all previous
    selector for not selecting abdulrazaq.Recommend

  • farigh mistri
    Nov 1, 2010 - 3:35PM

    Well done sir.. we desperately needed this.Recommend

  • Gohar
    Nov 1, 2010 - 3:47PM

    Guys Must read this!!
    He trully drew the picture of current selection and Managment!

    http://www.cricinfo.com/pakistan-v-south-africa-2010/content/current/story/484702.htmlRecommend

  • Sajjad
    Nov 1, 2010 - 4:04PM

    Seeing a performance like that and of other Pakistani players at times amaze me. Abdul Razaq made a mockery out of South African bowlers, as if he was playing against a college team.
    At times we see other players bowlers give extraordinary performances of similar style, showing so much control in a match that it seems that they are on a higher level than the opposition. Looking at this performance gives an impression that there is so much talent in the team that if they really want they can never loose a match ever.

    Than why do we find that our team looses most of the time, with talent like that we could out perform any international team any time. Why? ….. is it because players loose heart in a game before it has already started or the players are saving their best performance for a certain time, like some magician who is saving the best for the last…. or am I just looking for a another conspiracy theory?Recommend

  • Nov 1, 2010 - 10:10PM

    I must say that Fawad is good batsman but he should concentrate only one and two and should not miss any bowl………….
    boom boom must play all time as he played last night, and should use Ajmal continuesly……..Recommend

  • Ali Khan
    Nov 2, 2010 - 8:54AM

    *MashAllah great innings indead by Abdul Razzaq. He is the killer of bowlers when on song. But Pakistan can not rely on such occasions. They have to gel together well to win matches. *Recommend

  • Rizwan T Khan
    Nov 2, 2010 - 10:17AM

    It was a Miracle WIN! Alaat Mama…chah giya hey Razak..a single handed victory!!!Recommend

  • Nov 7, 2010 - 2:10PM

    Ok!!!!! That was one of the best innings played in the history of one day matches,and this innings was to come from a Pakistani Test Cricket Player Abdul Razak,Congraturations!!!!! You have Kept the Pakistani Flag flying up in the sky.And also thanks to the Almighty Allah,for inspiring A Razak to play such a Masterful Innings.
    Javed Sani. USA.Los Angeles.Recommend

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