Sami Chaudhry’s column: But Usman Qadir was overwhelmed
If either Irwin or Williams had been on the wicket until the death overs, a historic victory would surely have been theirs. But Usman Qadir overcame all their expectations.
Sean Williams thought it would be easier for Harare Sports Club to bat in the afternoon. That’s why he decided to bowl first after winning the toss, thinking that it would be better to chase the target than to set up here.
He was quite right. Batting in the first innings was very difficult. The ball was not coming to the bat properly. The bounce here was less than that of the South African wickets and it was very difficult for the Pakistani batsmen to adapt to it.
It was the perfect opportunity for Sean Williams’ entire team to step into the opposition like a team. By no means do I want to convey that I recommend for the mother to be inactive. No extra runs were awarded. No catch, no chance was missed.
Because the day before, Williams was saying that pressure is just an invisible thing. The real task is to overcome it. If they had learned to cope with the pressure, it could have been a dream come true for them.
In cricket, the saying has always been used that catches win matches
That is, catches win matches. But the Zimbabwean team dropped the most important catches on the most important occasions. Apart from that, he gave fifteen extra runs in the innings of twenty overs. For a faltering team like Pakistan, these extra runs were nothing short of a gift.