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Sonic boom

At the Basin Reserve in 2003, Shoaib Akhtar turned a huge first-innings deficit into a seven-wicket series win



  • POSTED BY Hamza Salman on | February 23, 2016, 10:13 GMT

    He subjected Kiwi batting line-up to the most telling of ordeals. Bowling at blistering pace, with excellent probing accuracy, he unsettled the batsmen one after the other. Majority of his victims were visibly tentative in their defence. Shoaib was on full song, just when the need beckoned.

  • POSTED BY David on | February 22, 2016, 13:44 GMT

    I remember being on the bank for this game when I was 17, Shoaib bowled faster than I've ever seen a bowler bowl. Moin was standing halfway to the boundary and even he looked hurried. It was also the first (and I think only?) test for first class battler Richard Jones. He came out with the score at 1/2 and actually did pretty well to blunt the onslaught initially. As you can tell by the attire of the fans and players, it wasn't the warmest Boxing Day in Wellington either.