Muhammad Hafeez has finally ended his 19 months drought and scored yet another ton to his name and today his innings was a very important one as well. Pakistan needs to win this series at any cost because of they do win it they have a strong chance to make it to the Champion’s trophy. Hafeez in the first match today played some great quality cricket. First with the bowl when he took 3 wickets and later scored a hundred as well. He went down at number 3 and right from the start Hafeez looked very much confident.
He took the charge and even left behind the settled Ahmad Shahzad. He initially scored at a rate of ran a ball and later even scored over this rate once he got settled and used to of the bounce. The best things about his innings was that he play only 4 aerial shots and all of them went across the ropes for some mighty hits apart from them he was totally playing his shots on the ground. The reason was the uneven odd sort of bounce that the pitch was generating after every few balls and an aerial shots especially against the fast bowlers could have cost him his wicket just like Azhar Ali. Hafeez hit 10 fours and 4 sixes in his ton. His sixes were all hit against the spinner, 3 against Prasanna which all went over long on and end right near the stands while the fourth one was against Dilshan which was on a sweep shot and went down to mid-wicket region. Hafeez was absolutely fluent against the fast bowlers and his drivers and cuts against them were just utter perfect and personified. He played almost all the bowlers with a strike rate of 100 or more except Perrera who caused a bit of problem for him in the end.