“Difficult to hunt in Australia, targets easier to defend,” say Misbah-ul-Haq, Wasim Akram and Shoaib Malik

As of January 1, 2020, here are some of the victories while hunting in T20s. In Melbourne, the chance of winning is 50%. In Adelaide, chases have a 40 percent chance of success. Chasing winning drops to 41% at Sydney Cricket Ground. In Hobart it falls further to just 21%.

“If you get a good result in Australia, your chances of winning increase. Generally in Asia, you win the toss, you bowl, and 70-80 percent of the game is in your pocket. Usually not in Australia. When you’ve made 170 and more, the hunt turns out to be not easy. There are some changes in pitch. The ball will do something, there will be some help for the bowling team later. As in, it’s not a huge advantage, but it’s even Stevens. You just can’t win a toss and think the job is done. You have to perform well,” Misbah-ul-Haq said on A Sports.

Wasim Akram, a co-panelist, added that dew is not as important in Australia as it is on the subcontinent. That helps the bowlers. Both spinners and pacers. “The weather is changing, it’s getting cooler in the evenings and no dew means there will be some momentum. With no rope, bowlers also feel more comfortable running in fast and try swing or seam.”

Akram said that even late-evening run-ups get better when there’s no dew. He talked about the differences in surface texture during inrun. “The run-up area in the outfield is sandy and relatively soft, but where you land is rock hard. You have to press hard on land to even get spike marks. That’s why Imran Khan took us three weeks before the tournament at the 1992 World Cup to get used to the inrun and the surface. Another thing entirely is that we didn’t get the grounds and had to bowl on the parking lot terraces for a while. But we got used to running in and bowling.”

Misbah added that there is leanness on grass on the pitches late in the evening. “You can focus on the wrist and move the ball much better,” Misbah said.

And Akram also felt that “running between wickets is very important” given marginal percentages are less than 50% in Australia.

Speaking about his Big Bash experience, Shoaib Malik said that spinners are more common in Australia, especially the finger spinners in the chases. “In Australia they attack with finger spinners. The orthodox left-arm spinners do well in Big Bash; You also get wickets. My BBL captain George Bailey used to use my off spin against two seeded batsmen too. I stared at him once (laughs) and he said, “No, you have a better chance of winning wickets, the run rate will automatically go down.”

India defeated Australia in their six-run warm-up game. (Twitter/BCCI)

Misbah spoke about matchups and how important it is for captains to know when to attack.

“I haven’t seen it since MS Dhoni. First there were Mahela Jayawardene and Stephen Fleming. They knew the psyche of batsmen and how to turn their strengths into weaknesses. And at what time. Captains don’t do it often these days. You need to see when to look for batsmen. one must dare.”

He set a personal example in Pakistan’s T20 league against Kamran Akmal, who was good against left arm spinners, sweeps and slices. “I used to have two men in a circle and asked him to sweep, but early on his knock before he settled down.”

In Australia, you can’t sweep as easily as it bounces. Also pulling a short ball of spinners is not that easy because of the jump. In Asia, you can rock back, wait, and pull. Not so easy in Australia. That’s one of the main reasons finger spinners are good in Australia,” said Misbah-ul-Haq.



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