Here is a quick run through all the matches that took place on the day 5 of the Champions League.
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Mohammad Hafeez being extra careful
Mohammad Hafeez has been extra careful since last 2 games.
Which puts him under pressure initially. He did good to cope up with the strike rate at Dubai but did that in form of some risky shots.
Though certainly failed to do so in Sharjah which resulted into sheer pressure and nerve, and thus ended up slogging a regulation leg break in to the hands of deep square leg.
Angelo Matthews has been the biggest concern for Lanka.
They must let Jeevan Mendis come ahead of him; Mendis can rotate the strike sensibly.Matthews shall follow him up with proper slogger’s role.
One innings of confident 30-40 will bring him right back in the form.
Manchester United 2-2 Benfica
The Champions League matchup between Manchester United and Benfica started with a surprise as just after Ashley Young wasted a free kick by over hitting it beyond an alert Jones on the far post a Benfica attack resulted in goal as Jones unwittingly directed a shot towards his own net.
This gave the visitors a renewed confidence and they continued to attack United with guile and defence turned more resolute than ever to keep United at bay.
Sharjah hosted its first one day international featuring Pakistan since 2003 on Sunday evening for a day night fixture in the historical venue which was hosting its 201st one day international, more than any other venue on the global scale. It was the 4th of 5 one day internationals in the series with the visitors looking to keep the series alive and square the series going into a decider whereas Misbah’s Pakistan were looking to seal the series.
The crowd turned up in their numbers and witnessed a nail biter and memorable individual performance courtesy of a stunning all round exhibition from the talismanic and charismatic Shahid Afridi who after scoring a vital 70 odd to help the men in green reach a respectable total of 200 after being 6 down without triple figures on the board and just under half of the over’s to play out, followed it up and claimed his 6th 5 for in one day internationals and 3rd of the year to spin his side to victory from an improbable position when Sri Lanka were coasting and cruising to a clinical win. It was truly the Shahid Afridi show and the magic of the enigmatic character that produced an inspirational display under lights.