Well, it is over.
Pakistan won, but I don't think it was a convincing win. At many points in the
game, things could have gone either way. It seemed that the batting of both
teams was fairly pathetic.
From Pakistan, Aamir Sohail and Basit Ali impressed me quite a bit. Basit Ali
seemed in very good form, but got out trying to play a very bad shot. I am not
sure if it was required of him at that moment in the game.
The other player who stood out was Rashid Latif, not because of his
wicketkeeping ( which was somewhat sloppy. I frankly don't understand why he
is considered on of the best keepers in the world, judging from his
performance today) but because of the way in which he settled in so quickly
and started hitting boundaries in a somewhat desperate situation. I don't
think pakistan would have been even close to a 250 if it wasn't for him.
From the Indian side, Kambli and Bedade stood out. Bedade especially seems
like a very sound batsman. Tendulkar showed some signs of his class, but
didn't hang around long enough. I liked the way he took on Akram's bouncers,
although he nearly got out trying to hook one over Sohail's head.
In all fairness to Azhar, I think he was one of the few batsmen on either side
who actually got out to a good ball. He did try a somewhat risky shot, but was
perhaps fooled by the pace.
Mongia did a terrific job behind the wicket, stumping Inzi so cleanly that he
hardly had a chance to try and recover.
In all fairness