It is a beautiful cloudy day in Pakistan.
You come into room after playing a heck lot of cricket on the roof, expecting some hot tea, a match is been telecasted.
It looks like a documentary of beautiful valleys. Greens and yellows in the middle of the MCG appearing very minty to your eyes. It is a pitch where balls screech through to the keeper. Pace and bounce are all around.
Suddenly Australia start loosing control on the match. Batting first, looking good at the start, they manage only 127 losing all their wickets. Happiness is all around in Pakistani fans’ minds.
Yes, it’s the match where Shaun ‘The Wild Thing’ Tait breathes fire.
It’s the same match where Umar Gul bamboozles Cameroon White with pace.
It’s the match where they take four runs all by running.
Kamran Akmal comes, to enjoy, to try pulling the ball as hard as he can.
Everybody in Australia’s bowling attack is fast fast. Shaun Tait fires his fastest over and crowd goes berserk. Hitting all of them above 150 clicks, we are so envious that action and that release.
Dirk Nannes is not far behind, nor is Mitchell Johnson. But Akmal is in the right mood, a mood to take every bowler on. He starts pulling them, that too towards long on. Johnson pitches one up and it goes miles and miles away.
Pakistan was coming from a horrendous Test and ODI series and has to take something with them to Pakistan.
What follows? The characteristic collapse of Pakistan after the dismissal of Kamran. Pakistan lose by two runs when seven was needed on the last ball with Asif on strike.
It was Kamran vs Australia that day after Pakistan’s bowling get the better of Australia. Facing a bullet from Nannes, he collided his bat hard, so hard, to send it over wide long-on.
He took Australia’s pace with the confidence, the authority and the un-Pakistani approach.
It still is one of the best fighting innings you’ll see from a batsman in losing cause and that six was enjoyable even if you watch it now.