Year in review: Twenty20 cricket
The shortest and to many the most exciting format of the game that is Twenty20 cricket produced some entertaining matches for the fans. They were led throughout the year by their explosive all rounder Shahid Khan Afridi.
Pakistan lost the only T20 match against Bangladesh after the World Cup but bounced back to win 6 straight T20 matches against different team.
They whitewashed Zimbabwe at home in convincing fashion as the ran victorious in the 2 match series.
Pakistan’s next trip was to Sri Lanka where a memorable T20 match was played during which Anwar Ali stunned the world with his brilliant batting. After a belligerent knock from Shahid Afridi, Anwar Ali stepped on the plate and smacked the Lankan bowlers to all parts of the ground. His innings which lasted 17 balls included 3 fours and 4 massive sixes which propelled the team home. Pakistan won that series 2-0 as well and that too on foreign soil.
Pakistan were able to outplay Zimbabwe once again but this time away from home. Although the matches were evenly contested but Pakistan still managed to come away with a 2-0 series win.
In Pakistan’s final series of 2015 the national side faced the English men but unfortunately Pakistan were not able to register a win. The matches went down to the wire but some careless batting was a major cause in Pakistan’s defeat. Even the last match ended in a super over but once again a horrible batting display meant that Pakistan were outclassed by the Barmy Army through a margin of 3-0.
Shoaib Malik was the top run scorer with 219 runs and not to forget he also made a comeback into international cricket this year.
Sohail Tanvir was the highest wicket taker with 11 wickets.
The last T20 series against England had raised concerned voices from various circles of the cricketing fraternity as to how will the team perform in the fast approaching T20 world cup in March 2016 so it’s about time we strike the perfect balance in the national side and prepare for the World Cup in efficient fashion.