India v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur

'We didn't have any answers' - Misbah

Mohammad Isam in Mirpur

March 18, 2012

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When asked whether Pakistan preferred to play India or Bangladesh in the Asia Cup final, Misbah-ul-Haq smiled and said: "I can't control this." A Pakistan-India final will not take place if Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka in the final league game.

Misbah's words, however, might as well have been describing how he had felt on the field while Virat Kohli was mowing down the target of 330 to keep India in the tournament. Kohli seemed to have a plan for all six Pakistan bowlers and targeted each one.

Against Umar Gul, Kohli was slightly cautious but also hit a six over wide long-off. He was watchful against Mohammad Hafeez and Shahid Afridi as well, while against Saeed Ajmal he decided to stay deep in the crease and play into the arc behind square on the off side. He managed to hit six boundaries off Ajmal, whom Kohli said was "quick and able to turn both ways." While facing the left-arm pace of Wahab Riaz, however, it was a question of how many and how quickly. Kohli hit Riaz for seven fours in 17 balls - some pulled, a few flicked and one cover driven.

Misbah praised India and Kohli for the way they approached the chase. "First of all, credit to them. Whatever the wicket or conditions, chasing 329 is difficult. The manner in which they batted, they outclassed us.

Mohammad Hafeez congratulates Nasir Jamshed on his century, India v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 18, 2012
Misbah-ul-Haq praised his openers for the platform they had given the team © Associated Press

"I think 329 is not a bad total. When you try to score 350-370, even making 329 is difficult," Misbah said. "With our bowling, 325-330 was our target. I think it was a good total but the way they played, we didn't have any answers."

Before Kohli wrested the game from Pakistan, though, Misbah's team had performed impressively. They had their second-highest opening stand in one-dayers, with Nasir Jamshed and Hafeez adding 224 runs for the first wicket. The new pair thrived against a bowling attack that lacked bite and their teamwork paid off: when Hafeez attacked Jamshed batted steadily, and then they switched roles. Jamshed scored his maiden ODI century, while Hafeez made his fourth.

"I think both played very well. Set a good platform for the team," Misbah said. "It's a good prospect for us that the openers are getting centuries and putting a good partnership at the top."

Despite playing an extra bowler, however, Misbah was unable to lead a successful defence in the field. It was the fourth time Pakistan had lost an ODI after scoring more than 300, and the first since 2000. Riaz was far from re-creating that magical spell in Mohali in the World Cup semi-final, while Aizaz Cheema had his worst day in international cricket.

"We planned to bat first so we strengthened our bowling. His [Riaz] confidence was good; he took five wickets against India. We took him on that, but sometimes your decisions don't pay off. It was a bad day for him.

"I think our bowling has won us a lot of games. If you look at the performance in the last year and a half, they have done really well. It was a test against India, so such a day was possible."

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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Posted by deconstruct on (March 20, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Pak fans: Please stop criticizing Wahab Riaz. What do you expect from a bowler who was shown the door after he nearly won the WC semi-final against India almost single-handed; he has always been kept on the bench and only given two ODI's (one against Afghanistan!) ever since. Even a half-fit Junaid and Cheema were preferred ahead of him during the test series against England. A fast bowler needs rhythm. You cannot expect a fast bowler to just walk into a side without any match practice and perform well against a batting side like India, that too on a flat track! In Mohali he performed because Afridi had been playing him in previous matches and persisted with him despite immense pressure for including Shoaib Akhter. Players perform when their leader shows trust in them. Wahab's confidence has been shaken and - though I've been a staunch defender of Misbah - here I do blame him for the way Wahab has been treated.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

Misbah needs to get all answers from himself or from the other 10 team members very poor captaincy and bowling ! Play with specialist keeper next time and give afridi some confidence

Posted by wnwn on (March 20, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

Pakistan are in desperate need of a good bowling coach and i hope they can find one very soon. Also, we need to go back to the policy of finding talented teenage bowlers and throwing them in at the deep end in the hope that they will be resounding successes like Amir and Akram. More often than not they turn out to be successes. It is clear that Umar Gul and Aizaz Cheema are not suited to ODI cricket and so the void left by Amir and Asif is yet to be filled. They are only suited to test and t20 cricket.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

to all the pakistani fans, get over the way kohli celebrates, let him do what he wants...what a brilliant innings, soaib akhtar would always go over the top when he got a wicket back in his day, we never heard you complain then, so shut up about kohli your all just jealous that umar akmal WILL NEVER be as good as virat koli.

Posted by wasim_007 on (March 20, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

we got answer..we defeated becasue 1)worst captaincy 2)low level of feilding 3)taking India to a easy..1) You can not win a match with this kind of captian..a lot of msitake done by captain..a)Why did he taken off Hafiz though he got the crucial wicket b)Why din't he bring Ajmal (Ace Bowler to attack earlier) c)Whey didn't he give bowl to Hamad Azam isn't he a good alrounder? d)Whey did he attack Indian with Ajmal Afrid Hafiz at one end and Pace bowler at other end e) why he could not talk to his you can't win by so outdated captain who doesn't know much cricket rule....Pathetic captiancy...

Posted by nlambda on (March 20, 2012, 4:35 GMT)

Some blame should go to Afridi - 9 off 15 balls. If he had got 20 off 15, the score would have been 340 instead of 329. That makes a lot of difference. Anyway, you cannot click every innings and what is done is done.

Posted by timohyj on (March 20, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

after the WC finals Sangakara said we had a good score but against India you have to have 350 to be sure. Lets see what you can throw at us next pakistan?

Posted by cimrsimg on (March 20, 2012, 0:10 GMT)

No doubt Kohli played a very good innings. But I had a kind of feeling that, India was going to win from the Toss itself. Misbah has turned out well for Pakistan Cricket, he has brought stability and winning habit as well. But he is even better for India. For all Indo-Pak matches, he has helped all the time. T20 world cup, World Cup Semifinal. And the strategy of batting first, knowing how good India is while chasing, esp they have chased down 321 very recently was a bouncer to me.

Posted by IAS2009 on (March 19, 2012, 22:59 GMT)

pakistan played without plan in the field, they were arrogant in first 15 overs, many over throws, poor fielding, when the reality synced in it was too late, there were some blunders from misbah and bowlers did not back him up. it is always hard to loose after scoring 330 runs, now it is getting easier with pitch so true in bounce even very good balls were dispatched to boundaries. in situation like this you need to pick one side of field and bowl in that area at least they could have blocked boundaries, India could have not win the game with singles. all paksiatan has to do is block boundaries, it is easy to say than done, remember India beat SL in Hobart just few weeks ago and carnage was even brutal than mirpur. Kohli nailed SL. Wahab Riaz was bowling all over the place how come he bowled short with fine leg up in circle. every deliver he send was off target, it disrupted the whole plan whole plan because Cheema was misfiring very bad too. It was Kohli's at the end.

Posted by npse on (March 19, 2012, 22:12 GMT)

Kohli's attitude after he scored the hundred was pathetic and over the top. This guy with all his talent is full of himself, arrogant and naive. Someone needs to tell him to get over his arrogance soon. Pakistan did no homework on him, you get Kohli you win the match. They bowled without a plan and hence got the stick.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 20:55 GMT)

agreed. kohli played a super innings. but is he really that super? i dont think so. he's a good batsman but not what the stats of the match show. yes india won handsomely but it could have been very different had the captain been a little aggressive. anyway well played india. it was a good match only kohli's reactions weren't as good as they should have been. he needs to be humble like dravid and tendulkar and not be like this all the time. a better bowling wicket and saeed ajmal could be doing the same to him! anyway good luck to both the teams for the future in the tournament!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

For everyone who are blaming Wahab Riaz, it is unfair on a genuine fast bowler (who regularly bowls 90-95mph) to give him a pressure game like this after a long break. Why is Pakistan think tank preferring CHeema over Wahab ? Cheema is just a very average bowler. Instead it is Wahab who should have been allowed to settle in the side, not Cheema. And why was Wahab introduced when two batsmen were settled, during the batting powerplay. In my opinion, it was bad team selection by Pakistan. Why do they play Umar Akmal as keeper, I don't understand. Having said that, it was a superb innings by Kohli.

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (March 19, 2012, 20:48 GMT)

mishvik1 u r most w3lcom3 to Pakistan any day any time.........

Posted by ProdigyA on (March 19, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

The mental indian cricket i am, i was not able to get over the loss to Bdesh. Thanks Kohli, this win has certainly made me sleep. Pls dont ruin it by losing in the final, if we get there.

Posted by salman_0902 on (March 19, 2012, 19:14 GMT)

Misbah showed pathetic captainship. Him and the coach both are responsible for the loss. let me explain: the Planning was wrong. Bowling the short balls all the time was failed but still they didn't change strategy. When hafeez took a wicket in the forst over he was removed after that he gave only 3 runs. When saeed Ajmal was brought into attack. he gave away only 3 runs. he was removed after that over. Seemed like Indians were doing the bowling changes. I see Afridi lacks confidence which can be the result of something in the dressing room. Misbah should be consulting him more often and give him what he deserves he can change te game in matter of few Overs. This was the 2nd time Pakistan lost a match which was in their pocket. The last T20 against England was lost because Misbah couldn't score runs but still was on the crease.

Posted by a.syed81 on (March 19, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

One thing is for sure, Pak doesn't have fire in FAST bowling at all. Riaz could have been effective if he was playing consistently. Cheema is totally useless. He never performs again quality batting as he was exposed earlier against Eng and now against India. We need young blood like Junaid and Talha. I've heard Talha bowl with alot of heart. I don't know why he is not getting a chance.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

what a knock by virat khli----- pakistan cant produce such batsman in coming 10 year because there domestic cricket is not having such talent - after inzmam ,saeed anwar and mohd yusuf pakistan has not produced the batsman - and afer shoeb akhtar and wasim akram they have not produced genuine fast bowler and pakistan should produced world class keeper who can bat also like moin khan rashid lateef saleem yusuf were there- pakistan is able to find the substitute of saqlain mushtaque in the form of saeed ajamal even better option -- but this pakistan team can not win against india although there bowling attack is little better than india but indian batting is mist dangerous in the world especaily in subcontinent--- so this is message to all pakistaniss if u can produce fast bowlers like shoeb all rounder like abdulrazzaq opener like saeed anwar imran nazir wicket keeper like moin khan spin bowlers like saqlain and agressive captain like afridi then u r most welcome to fighta

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

Yes, I do think Abdur Rehman might have been a wiser choice than Riaz as one brother (Mohammad Imran) noted here he is quite intelligent and can bowl according to the situation. But, nevertheless, a wonderful mouth-watering classic and we hope and wish even more tough duel again in the finals.

Posted by InamKhattak60 on (March 19, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

Just one thing to add ... we dont need to play Umar Akmal as the keeper ... his body language shows that he can never b a keeper ....

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

It was a good game and we hope we have another good one on 22. Let me also say this that BCCI is politicized and some people simply put barriers when it comes to having a series between India Pakistan. Everyone on this forum has seen how positive Pakistani people have been after losing the game, only due and positive criticism is observed and no false claims of fixing/flat track bullies etc. ICC and other member countries should really consider supporting the game in Pakistan as terrorism can only be defeated by aggression and we Pakistanis know how to deal with it, let us prove this to the world by hosting international matches and let pakistani players feature in IPL that would be a nice gesture on part of India. Cheers.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

where was pakistan captain misbah in second inning???????? there was not any leader visible when Pak was bowling except afridi.............. no control........

Posted by mishvik1 on (March 19, 2012, 17:33 GMT)

Pleasently surprised to see such positive comments from my Pakistanis brothers. I would love to come and see Pakistan and meet some of you over there.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

Both teams have done very well. One of the most enjoyable match. Fans of pakistan team must have enjoyed when their team was batting, and so for fans of India team during their batting.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

i use to read all the comments before commenting on any article and after reading these unbelieveable friendly comments from across the border cricket fans my sadness of losing the match has gone and i am about to think that if only one match after so many years can bring to nations that much together what will be the effect of test series between pakistan and india .I guess irrespective of cricket win loss i would say both nations have won , i have not come across such a friendly indo pak comments before after pak ind cricket clash .Delighful surprise .And i ll request people that who ever wins asia cup they should support players like kohli hafeez jamshed who perform and deserve the win for their country.

Posted by Mohammad_Imran on (March 19, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

Pak lost becuase of 2 poor decisions - omitting Sarfaraz and biggest of all, playing Wahab Riaz!

If they wanted to strengthen their bowling at the expense of specialist keeper, Abdur-Rehman should have been the obvious choice! He is a very intelligent spinner... As for Wahab Riaz, there is a reason why he's only played 2 games since the WC.. the guy has serious issues with his radar. If you look at his four overs, he bowled 2 deliveries on or outside off-stump, one was a dot and the other was a 4... EVERYTHING ELSE was on the leg-stump line and easy pickings for Kohli & he didn't even try coming from around the wicket just for the sake of changing something! Considering the bowling talent in Pak, like Mohammad Talha, Sadaf Hussain, Anwar Ali, I have no idea what he is doing in the squad! And, why was Hammad Azam picked (great talent) when he's not going to get to bat or bowl, ridiculous from Misbah! Defensive captaincy also played a part in the loss - they has 330 on the board!

Posted by BlueAndYellow on (March 19, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

so in a battle between bat and ball, bat wins in a batting pitch. I am sure the tables would be turned in a spicy bowling pitch. But it would be fantastic to see the battle in a neutral pitch.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 15:53 GMT)

Pakistan was very over confident about their bowling . they could have scored 350+ but they didn't tried. Ajmal and Gull will take many matches to regain their confidence. In final Pakistan should bowl first, or they will lose again.

Posted by BowledYa on (March 19, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

@Sports4youth: Man, you are relentless talking trash against Misbah. He is the best captain, mature, well spoken, someone who not only leads by example but also garners respect for Pakistan internationally. For once leave your bias behind and admit that Kohli played great and was unstoppable on this day. Misbah rightfully gave credit where it was due, while also praising his team's performance. Most other days 329 would be defendable by Pakistan against any team.

Posted by Sageleaf on (March 19, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

Misbah you better have answers because otherwise you will go home minus the Asia Cup. I thought the way you guys performed recent past you were a team to be on top but the last game shows you are just another team.Come crunch time you guys lose.Just feels Sri Lanka is still a better side.

Posted by iMPARTIAL.PAK on (March 19, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

greetings Everybody.... i love pakistan and our team.. I like pakistan beat India always.. Yesterday we didnt play bad. i am 24, i dont remember when did last time paksitan openers batted so well, scoring centuries, and making score look 224 for 0.. but yesterday was kohli's day. absolutely marvelous.. thats why pakistan lost.. so not to blame anyone. but we have to praise him .. although m stil hurt.. but not angry. it wasnt our day.. hoping for Pakistan India FINAL on

Posted by Siyal on (March 19, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

It was a cool game of cricket, better than Aus, Eng Ashes, Pak, India must play test crickrt also.

Posted by sfjamal on (March 19, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

I know how bad Bangladesh wants to come into final but I prefer India. So good luck Sri Lanka.

Posted by jeevpaul on (March 19, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

pakistan lost just becoz of misbah. he looks cool like doni but not creative and aggressive at all... always pakistan is very lucky to have great talents, but they are unlucky when it comes to captains...

Posted by sweetspot on (March 19, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

Come on Pakistan fans! Your team played very well, and Misbah is not to be cursed so much, please. He is the calming influence under which Pakistan have had such a lot of success in recent times, and seriously, from what I have noticed, it looks like finally there is a captain under whom everybody is quietly focussed in the Pakistan team.

As for Wahab Riaz, trust me, there were some Indians who thought, "Oh, no! He's back?", because he bowled that superb spell against India in the WC and that is all we remembered. If you don't want him, gladly give him to us! @Dannymania - you can take some of our emerging batsmen for a few of your emerging fast bowlers, any day!

On topic - Misbah did everything he could, people. If one or two players in the opposition have a special day, this sort of thing can happen. It is not every day that someone scores 183 at that rapid clip.

That old sense of a burning rivalry and all that is gone! Now only great cricket remains between India & Pak.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

I am always of the opinion that if team selection is not fair, you are bound to loose. I don't find no justification leaving regular wicket keeper. Further, reading of the wicket is vital. 329 on a street pitch is not enough. If gentleman like Younus has scored 50 in 32 bowls what it does it mean. It was totally a flat pitch no bowler can work on it. Doosra or Teesra is not going work. Mr Wahab Riaz should have been investigated as to why he was bowling half volleys instead of yorkers. Pitch was extreamly dishearting for bowlers. Though Indian bowlers should have been praised under the circumstances that they have contain Pakistan for 329. One more factor that I have noticed is the out of form Shahid Afridi. This guy has wasted or played number of dot bowls.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

Please do not talk about Records and spoil cricketers and cricket. Sachin was pressurized in Australia and got out thinking of his hundred. Sachin wanted to score his 100th one hundred at any cost and that cost them the match against Bangaladesh. Sri Lanka has no interest in the match against Bangaladesh but they are true sports loving NATION AND WOULD NOT SIMPLY THROW AWAY THE MATCH.

Posted by InamKhattak60 on (March 19, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

Pakistan would strike back .... india should keep in mind that miracles happen but not everyday.... Still there luck is based on Bang SL game :)

Posted by supadupamonk on (March 19, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

Some of the Pak fans are asking Misbah to step down, come on guys you should not just judge him after one match my Pak friends. He is a great captain, its just that nothing will go on ur way sometimes no matter how much you try hard. As an Indian I know that Misbah is a good leader, a couple of months back you guys defeated England with almost same bowling attack convincingly 3-0 is not a joke you need to be on your toes to defeat such a team. We all know Ind can be a different team if they bat in subcontinent but we find it difficult to bat in bouncy tracks. If the same matches would have been in outside subcontinent our team would have been on the losing side. ALways support your team my friends.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

Mushfiq ur Rahim & others with a point of view about Indian bowling (including yours truly, who had been sharing the same view) --- Pl note the run rate conceded by the pacers from both sides.This is from PAK: Gul: 7.35 Cheema:7.50 & Wahab: 12.50. Now this is from INDIA: Praveen:7.70, Irfan:6.90, Dinda:5.87. The moral of the story: Irfan & Dinda should be given more chances to build their confidence... or, prove that they don't deserve to be in the team. PERSIST for a while, before deciding to cast aside or not!

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (March 19, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

@ Pramod Swaraj Sunny yup mannnnn that spirit is needed on both sides of border for greater cooperation.......thanX....

Posted by vparisa on (March 19, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

@mishaikh1965: We love Pakistan team man, You should not lose hope. We are still supporting India after 8 disgraceful losses to Australia and England. Pakistan lost not because of misbah but a rare gem of an innings by Kohli. Its very heartening to see the responses to this article where there is genuine respect for each other in the fans of India and Pakistan.. Peace brothers!!!

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (March 19, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

Go0d to see fans from both sides r posting comments respectfully......yup lets break DIVIDE AND RULE FORMULA atleast here. congrats to both teams, cricket has been winner for sure.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

dhoni is doing well with the indian team, from the england tour he giving many chances to the players, even though they are getting failures, from there two positives have happened,1. KHOLI 2. UMESH YADHAV

Posted by Harmony111 on (March 19, 2012, 12:04 GMT)

@mishaikh1965 :-

Hey don't be so sad bro. It's not that Pak played badly. 330 runs is not a small target by any means and India still had Dhoni, Yusuf and Irfan waiting so they could have chased 370 too. I think the main reason for this loss was a) India batted extremely confidently b) Misbah was a bit lazy in his decisions and c) Umar Akmal's keeping. Did you see the way he conceded 4 over throws? I admit it can be a bit tough to see your team losing after scoring 330 runs but at least you are honest and have a sportsmanship. Look at the Lankans, India defeated them in 37 overs and they still refuse to accept it as great batting from India. No wonder such a side is going to be the minnow of Asia very soon. I think Bang will beat them tomorrow easily. But please don't stop supporting your team - it is your motherland after all. My question is, are Sami and Razzaq still good to be in this team? If yes then they should call them.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

India vs Pak on Friday Muhahahahahaha. I am loving it.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

I think I have the answer which you are looking was a very bad captaincy from you. I think you could only beat an aggressive team with an aggressive attitude. You waited till the 3rd powerplay to bring back Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal (the only two who looked to take wickets) and even then didnt provided both with a slip initially (remember Kohli edge going through the vacant slip off Ajmal). Through out the chase, you never looked to be going after the wickets, rather playing a wait-and-let-them-make-error game. This Indian team is too good to realize when the other team is getting defensive, and thats when they deliver their best.

Posted by Q72941 on (March 19, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

Pak camp has to realize that no matter how cool Misbah is, he is not a natural ODI Captain. His field-settings are always questionable specially in this match after posting a heavy total. He never seems to communicate to his bowlers like other Captains do. His picking of Wahab on a year old performance was questionable & so was including a make-shift keeper along with playing a genuine all-arounder & never utilizing him. introducing the best bowler so late & taking Hafiz out of the attack so soon. If Pak can't defend a 300+ total with more than half a team of capable bowlers than they would not be able to defend anything. BTW I hope Dav Watmore fix up that boy Umar Akmal as he been a waste of talent as he could easily be to PAK what Virat is to IND.

Posted by Q72941 on (March 19, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

India no doubt has always had capable batsmen out of which at least one would raise to the occasion: Virat has always been superb talented and now has proved for quite some time but I hope he doesn't get to be the new Sachin, meaning I hope he gets support like he did get from other batsmen in this match & not be under pressure like Sachin has spent most of his career even having other bating greats. If India having MRF pace academy can't produce more bowler like ZAK than they should play their U19 guys in Australia & Pakistan, that way the new comer will get the real essence of fast bowling.

Posted by razakbhai123 on (March 19, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

If Pakistan want to win against India than I think only one way ! don't give them to chase.If you win the toss than elect to bat second.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

One thing i like about all the comments here is the mutual respect between the fans. Unlike many newspapers like TOI where just hatred prevails. this is the true spirit of the game. One thing is for sure, cricket won, atleast in this forum!!

Posted by ultrasnow on (March 19, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

As an Indian fan I can't help but like Misbah the captain and the man. He seems so quiet and dignified in defeat. No excuses, giving due credit to the opposition. Most teams would have preferred a weaker opponent in the finals. But from the vibes of the Pakistan team and their fans it seems they would want nothing less than a Indo-Pak final!. Watch out India for a Pakistani backlash if you do qualify. The final would be an entirely different ball-game. Mouth watering prospect.

Posted by SujayDutta on (March 19, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

It was a good game of cricket - congrats to both India and Pak. One thing that I missed in this game was Passion and Aggression from both sides. Maybe both sides wanted to be very nice on the field.

Posted by Tufey_Fatos on (March 19, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

Abdul Rehman could have been better then Riaz, He should play in final if India reaches Final !

Posted by xylofon on (March 19, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

congrats to india first of all. and second pakistan should be happy to see that batting can be strong, something we┬┤ve been dying to see. i hope the best wins of bangladesh and sri lanka tomorrow but I would love to see pak & india in final, of course, especially on this pitch it will be 8 hours of many boundaries with celebreties coming in and hopefully setting up an atmosphere extra special. : )

Posted by CricketinChina on (March 19, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

Bad decision to include Wahab Riaz into team. He didn't perform in his last match against England in UAE. How could you include an out of form bowler, just because he took 5 wickets against India an year ago..Ridiculous!!!

Posted by sdqs_23 on (March 19, 2012, 9:43 GMT)

I don't agree with Muhammad Jawed Kohli is totally different from Sachin because he is match winner he score 11 centuries and India won 6 matches when he score century so more than 50 % record and secondly kohli score in pressure situation and against big team which sachin score 26 century against week team out of 100.

Congratulation to India team for such a nice win.

Abdul Basit from Pakistan

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

The feelings after loosing against India can only be understood by an Indian when they loose against Pakistan, but hats off to Kohli, the next generation Sachin, made the difference. What a master class batsman he is... We also batted well but didn't bowl good enough.. Pakistan always had 2-3 geniun fast bowlers but at the moment, all burden on Gul's shoulder... we need a pair like Wasim-Waqar... Akhtar-Asif-Aamir... Our new batch of pace attack Aizaz & Wahab etc. are not really supporting Gul....

Posted by Razay on (March 19, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

Wow..what a chase by the Indians.... I am a die hard Pak fan and obviously do not at all like Indians wining against Pak but u got to give it to Kohli. He was superb. Well done boy. It was a fantastic match. Both teams played well but the better team on the day Won. Congrats to all Iindian fans

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

Dear all my Pakistani Brothers/Friends, I am from Hyderabad, India.I Truly & Heartfully appreciate your appetite & your love for your Nation. We(India, Pakistan & Bangladesh) are the crazy lovers of Cricket & great supporters & promoters of the Game. I am a great fan of Sir. Wasim Akram. I love Inzamam, Younis Khan, Imran Farhat, Misbah, Akthar & Waqar Younis too. I hope we avoid hatredness towards each other & promote more love towards the good & great players of cricket. -Sunny Swaraj (Hyderabad )

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

nobody but misbah has to take blame bcs of his defensive field setting he dnt keep slip even for saeed ajmal.also they still need abdul razzaq to finish innings.kohli realy played well

Posted by Naresh28 on (March 19, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

India can cross 300 in ODI's by attacking. In tests they cannot. In Kohli we have a new Sachin. Batting is in capable hands, its the bolwing that lets India down on most cases. Also all those saying India dows not win when Sachin scores? They won and he scored a good 50.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

Hi to all its a real pleasure to see pak and india match it was a really thriller match we hope that they will continue to play with each other.Virat kohli hatts off to you man you played a knock of your life.... Pakistan Zindabad.... :)

Posted by iamgroot on (March 19, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

even though I am indian fan.. I am really happy to see a strong pakistan side. They played very well. Very well balanced and Misbah seems to be cool and calm just like Dhoni as captain. If Pak remains consistent like this I am sure they will win LOTS of matches with ease. Saeed Ajmal is dangerous spinner. Umar gul is superb fast bowler. Wahab riaz and Aziz cheem are still in learning curve with lot of talent. Even though Pak team lost today. Still they are very strong side and very capable of lifting the title. No one can take them lightly. Misbah is the best captain pakistan has at the moment. Hats off to Misbah for the way he spoke to media. Amazing. You might have lost the match but you won many people with your attitude unlike BD. They will one match in 5 years and talk nonsense and rubbish. SL should WIN and help themselves. BD doesnt deserve to be in final at all. SL should kick them out and show the door.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 19, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

Did anyone notice the timing of Nasir Jamshed's inclusion in the squad. Even the highest run getters like Ahmed Shehzad and Imran Nazir were ignored.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (March 19, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

Forget about answers, I think Misbah did not aks the questions required at the stage of gambhirs wicket. He was abliged to give far too many overs to Riaz , Just because he had picked him up. Also un-neccessarily he is spoiling the career of young Sarfraz Ahmed. Atleast the catches would have been safe with him. byes would not have gone so many. Also the unnecessary overthrow would have been avoided by the reguler keeper. BUT IN THE END MISBAH DESERVES IT . HE KEEPS REPEATING HIS MISTAKE, MAYBE TRYING TO JUSTIFY HIMSELF, PAID THE RIGHT PRICE. Hope this is his last series.

Posted by AbubakarPAk on (March 19, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

The show is nt over ... we have to wait for bang lanka match .. we pakistanies want to see again india in finals come on guys lets see what happen...

Posted by Awrb on (March 19, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

India done their job but still on the mercy of BD to get loss against SL. congratulation PAK to registered the place to play the finale of ASIA CUP 2012

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

Misnah- when you have a total of 330 you cant set defensive fields, where was the slip for afridi and ajmal? why make the game easy? even if they score boundaries you should always aim to bowl the opposition, credit to India however, they bat till No9 and the chase was always on.....what an innings from Kohli!(----hate the way he celebrates his hundreds and catches...actually leaves a sour taste.) Ajmal- when he bowls to specialists he goes round the wicket....thats his biggest mistake, he is far more threatening and effective over the wicket...he just goes very defensive against better batting....change this for the final. wahab riaz- please drop him, he is lousy, no pace, no movement, nothing....better to play rehman and sarfraz as a regular keeper. good luck for the finals....your gona need it. :)

Posted by golgo_85 on (March 19, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

As a neutral supporter of cricket I've admired Pakistan cricket all my life. I must say, barring Ajmal and glimpse of scattered greatness from Afridi, their bowling unit has been absolutely awful the last 6 months or so - there's your answer, Misbah. He definitely mishandled his bowlers once the Indian batsmen started to score quicker, if he was a brave captain he would've let young Hammad bowl a bit, I can guarantee you that he would've bowled a lot better than Cheema-Riaz. The difference between Pakistan's seemingly clueless seam bowling and India's "seam bowling unit" is that the Indians know that no matter what the total is their batsmen will, a lot more than often, chase it down. The worst Pak pace attack I've seen in a while. For the finals, Pak should stick with the team that played against the Lankans, since there's no way out without Cheema, at least they can have a specialist keeper instead of Riaz. And if BD win against Sri, I'd love for them to win the final too, deservedly

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

There is just one difference between the sides in the last match. Pak did not perform well in what they claim to be their core competency - BOWLING. Instead they did flourish in batting. But the difference in the Indian side was they did perform well at what they claim to be the best at - Batting. Slightly complacent bowlers from both the sides. Good watch for the fans overall. Kohli in his past 4 innings has scored 3 centuries and a 66.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

I am an Indian fan but Pakistan need not be disappointed. This chase, hobart and bangaldesh's chase are just the sign of things to come. Only way you lose a chase is when you are pressurized to score beyond what you think is possible. Batsmen of this age think 350 is possible. So its time the teams woke up and go for 350 plus in flat wickets. 350 is the new 300.

Posted by udayanavada on (March 19, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

Dear Bangla Bandu What if Bangla Desh reaches final and wins Asia cup. Your team deserve to win the cup if you defeat Sri Lanka .It is good for cricket.How ever equations do not change . You have to consistently defeat other teams to unbalance the equation.Best of luck from across the border.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

I'm not someone who is going to blame Wahab Riaz. However, what I will blame is the think tank who decided including Wahab Riaz was a good idea when he's been out of the squad for so long. When your bowling attack is doing just fine, why make such a drastic and disastrous change for such a crucial game? You need a proper wicket keeper in a big match like this, Umar Akmal just isn't cut out to be even a part time wicket keeper. Hats off to Kohli, simply a superb knock from the guy.

Posted by tanvviirr on (March 19, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

widout any dought both teams played there heart out at mirpur bt at last india win the competition by 6 wickets. i think if pakistan dont miss the run out of sachin tendulkar than the result would have been different.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

I wish Bangladesh wins the match..that way they will get a real shot at becoming the majors...

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

I hope cricketing ties are not resumed between the two nations after watching the last game. So much excitement and so much fun....But we should always play a tri-series or things like that which consist of not more than 3 matches per year

Posted by udayanavada on (March 19, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

Great match from both teams.Great to see Ajmal vs Indian batsman.No body was clear winner. Wish Pak all the best in final Fan from India

Posted by Zeb1978 on (March 19, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

it would be disappointing if Bangladesh comes to the final. All the fans wants an india-Pakistan final. It would be a thriller indeed. India-Pakistan final would add much spark and interest on both sides.

Posted by mishaikh1965 on (March 19, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

Misbah says we don't have answers. Why is it so that for the last 10 years they have been losing to India and getting disgraced. It's not about hating India or Pakistan. This is about a rivalry. Shahid Afridi says why is it a big deal losing to India. it's not, but always losing to India and always in critical matches is a big deal. Where Pakistan faultered in this match is, is where they always faultered. They have no brains when it comes to Cricket. It is to not being able to convert a great start into 400 runs. When you have 2 centuries and a fifty and so called big hitters, like Mr. Shahid Afridi (who by the way has disappointed fans for the last several years) is to deliver. Being a Pakistani it is very heavy hearted and sorry to say that if Pakistan and Bandladesh comes in the final. I will support Bandladesh. If it's India vs. Paksitan and Pakistan loses then this will be the last time I will support Pakistan cricket team.

Posted by AmMaR_KhaN on (March 19, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

my only question from this so called very sensible captain is why Hammad Azam did not bowl? Look at the captaincy of Dhoni, he was using all his bowlers including part timers to keep the batsman guessing and changing attacks. and our so called genius captain did not even bowled one ball from Hammad. I really dont understand what is his problem with Hammad Azam. I think they will waste him like Afridi wasted Razzaq in his captaincy.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

Dhoni knows what is captaincy and how to lead the team unlike Mibah who doesnt bat,nor ball and fielding is worst he cant bent his back nor he can ask his players to do so?????????????Comeon India learn from India how to win matches with Young Virat and unsettled bowling attack with Zaheer Khan and Sehwag;;;;;Misbha you are good for nothing learn from Indian players like Dravid who gave retired evening being fit and in good form you always block good players like AHMED SHEHWAD and Imran Nazir till you are alive you dont like to quit just want to be good for nothing.

Posted by Damageinc on (March 19, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

Enough is enough,Misbah must be sacked from Odi and T20s,it was an extremely pathetic and shameful performance by Pakistan one of the worst ever,their bowling has been exposed badly and Misbah is doing injustice to players like Sarfaraz and Asad Shafiq.Pakistan dont deserve to play cricket anymore.

Posted by satish619chandar on (March 19, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

Is it experiment from Misbah to bowl second on the track? Once they chose to defend, i felt confident on Indian win as we proved to chase big scores in recent times.. If Misbah wins toss in Finals, surely he ll chose to chase only.. If Pakistan attack can't defend 330 on this ground, none can.. Better for them to chase irrespective of how unpredictable their team is..

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

It was indeed incredible batting display by India, especially Virat Kohli and they should be given full marks but I must say fielding was major difference between two teams. Indian fielding was simply OUTSTANDING, they saved 30+ runs and took fine catches, while Misbah's team gave away at least 20 runs through laziness, part-time wicket keeper and defensive tactics by very conservative, short of ideas Misbah. I am still unable to understand why is playing Hammad Azam, if he does not have confidence in his bowling at all. Why did he not tested Hammad for at least one over when Virat was making mince meat of Wahab and Cheema? He could not have bowled worse than them. Hammad provides tremendous balance to team as an an established all rounder but unfortunately Misbah is wasting him.In my personal opinion, poor fielding, dumb captaincy and lack of form of Afridi are main reasons for this debacle.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

Well played both Pakistan and India. The better team won on the day. I will not blame any team or player, the wicket was such that the team batting second had an advanatge as they knew the target and could plan the innings accordingly.

Posted by soumyas on (March 19, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

I was expecting it to go on wire, but in the end kohli heroics won the match comfortably. It was a nice match, but wasn't thrilling enough with twists and turns. Pakistan made a wrong choice of playing Riaz, they have better bowlers than him, where is Sohail Tanvir guys?

Posted by imu80 on (March 19, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

I feel sorry for Wahab...all of a sudden picked up for a crunch match..this was bound to happen to him..My question for Misbah and for everyone here is why in the world did he not allow Hammad Azam to bowl. The guy is an all rounder, if your main bowlers are getting smacked, give the lad a chance or then what is the use of selecting him in the team.

Posted by SteveWhy on (March 19, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

I am a Pakistani and a big fan of both India and Pakistan, they never fail to give us a thrilling match. I am so happy that Kohli played well. he is a great player and a bright future for India. I am hoping for a INDIA-PAKISTAN match, because it will be a great pleasure to see them play again...Congrats India and Well done Pakistan. Great game.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

The way Indian team won the match it was really a tremendous job. But one can't ignore the fact that India needs a good bowlers. One must not ignore the fact Pakistan played well too and we played better. Even an hard core Pakistani fan will want to see India Pakistan Final. India should opt for three spinners in place of Dinda I would like to see Rahul Sharma. And I want to see Yusuf Pathan open the innings with Tendulkar. Opening the Innings with 1) Sachin Tendulkar 2) Yusuf Pathan 3) Gautam Gambhir 4) Virat Kohli 5) Rohit Sharma 6) Suresh Raina 7) M S Dhoni 8) Irfan Pathan 9) Praveen Kumar 10) Ashwin 11) Rahul Sharma

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 5:41 GMT)


Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

Misbah has no answers? This is quite alarming... The answer is the oldest one in the book, stick to the basics. We all know that a loose ball is easier to play so one must stick to the basics and bowl a consistent good line and length and let the batsmen improvise. Then if the batting side wins, they deserved it and no one will question the bowling. Cheema and Wahab handed India the win, even though they are much better bowlers than their performance suggests.

Posted by sherishahmir on (March 19, 2012, 5:25 GMT)

No comments as after having such defeat, we Pak fans are v desperate and frustrated, still in shock that after piling that huge mammoth total and having top bowling attack, we been defeated, unbelievable. No doubt that Kohli probably played his inning of lifetime and supported v well by sachin and rohit but also was bad day for our bowlers. Riaz should not be blamed in full for been thrased by Kohli as he is not regularly been picked instead he been picked for crunch games and anyone can fail on such eve, as he did. That game has also indicate how important that two teams should play each other regularly as the people in subcontinient had got such ultimate cricket feast since Wcup semi final.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 5:19 GMT)

Irrespective of reasons of Indian bowling is pathetic or Pak could've scored more or Iindian batting won the game, I'm really admired by the well set Pakistan unit these days. Even Afridi seems to know his role now and Pak finally got a stable opening pair atlast. I feel India won it only because they handled Ajmal well, he showed all signs of ripping India apart. Pak in finals (if Bangla loses) will be very dangerous (not like SL who in the last few years have the habit of losing in the finals). I just wish to see some sensible batting innings from Afridi and Akmal. I'd like to see Shoaib Malik in the Pak team.

Posted by dablubgp on (March 19, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

no one can predict the result of ind-pak odi match ,only after first innings.Because the team who struggle hard for their win always win the match.In these days,i think indian team is completely dependent on Kohli, especially wen it comes to chase.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 4:53 GMT)

@Dannymania. I am an Indian. We also envy Pakistan's bowling talent. Ajmal was excellent. Congrats to both team for playing excellent and entertaining cricket. Does'nt matter who won at the end. I believe that the game of cricket won. Kohli was excellent.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 4:45 GMT)

Hi All!...whymust we all blame wahab riaz? You give him only 2games in past 10months and expect him to come out firing on all cylinders? That is a bit unfair! Cheema and gul also got whacked for 8runs an over on average in their spells, so why make wahab the scape goat?15runs in his spell were due to poor fielding of gul, cheema and umar akmal! Wahab needs to regain his confidence, and that too only through match practise. Poor captaincy and poor fielding led to pakistan's demise.

when wahab took 5wickets against england in england he was a superhero, when he took 12wickets on newzealand tour he was a star, and in WC semi-final against india, he took 5Wickets, he was the best, just one bad day and you start bashing him??? totally uncalled for.

Posted by Joby_George on (March 19, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

I am an Indian fan, but i am a big fan of Misbha & Younis Khan too. They are very good ambassadors and very good spokesman too. I like the way Misbah talked, he praised Indian batting and Kohli. This is real sportsmanship and this makes players and people respect each other. Had it been srilanka & MJ, he will say, we lost because we played some bad shots, and bowled some bad balls, they never gives credit to the opposition. Pakistan has the best bowling attack in the world and India got the best batting side. Best of luck for both teams.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 4:11 GMT)

which such a batting lineup and such a hideous Pakistani bowling No score is defendable.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 4:08 GMT)

I think Bangladesh have a chance to come to final.......

Posted by Sukumar_Kantri on (March 19, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

Keep going Kohli.... You have a bright spot in Future Indian Cricket

Posted by BanglaBandhu on (March 19, 2012, 3:03 GMT)

Bangladesh is here to steal the party guys. BD had a chance of beating Pakistan but let it slip through their fingers. They did not do the same thing with India. There is a strong possibility that BD will beat SL and if they do they have a good chance of winning the tournament. Imagine that ... what would that do for the equation of cricket on the sub-continent?

Posted by Guduji71 on (March 19, 2012, 2:47 GMT)

Well played India and Koli. Misbah should realize that our fast bowlers are not effective on these BD wickets. we don't have Waqar, Waseem & Shoab anymore. I believe Abdul Rehman should have played instead of Wahab Riaz and please play with the full time wicket keeper. Please use Hammad Azam as a bowler and lower order batsman otherwise, play Asad Shafiq instead of Hammad if you are not going to use his bowling. My team for the final will be Hafeez, Jamshed, Younis, Akmal,Misbah,Afridi,Hammad / Cheema,Sarfraz,Gul,Abdul Rehman, & Saeed Ajmal. Good Luck in the final to Pakistani team.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 2:46 GMT)

3 questions,one why are we going with2 number wt keeper.umar akmal is a great one day player bur horrable keeper,two,who brought wahab riaz,he is not in form ,not physically fit and got beeting of his life so, did mr cheema who has a terrable style,it was a mental mistake by misbuh ,why change hafeez when he was bowling well,please have sarfraz as a keeper in hte finals and throw out cheema and wahab riaz,get yasir arafat or mohd talha or abdul razzak,i cant understand why they did not use hammad azam,he is a good medium pacer

Posted by Shah-Ji on (March 19, 2012, 2:23 GMT)

Kaptan Saheb...Recent matches show Your bowling is not good for ODI . Umar Gul has not improved his game in recent years. Afridi bowling is declining , Ajmal is good but becoming predictable. Bring Rehman ,give more bowling to Hammad. Looks like Team Management and Selection board does not read newspapers , just couple of weeks ago Sami was making headlines on the same pitches.

Every expert ( including Qasim and Jaffer ) knew and had expressed in different forums that there is a big difference between Sami and rest of the PAK Bowlers .He is the most improved and probably the fastest bowler . Get him in the team ASAP

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 2:20 GMT)

India's batting can be like a model for all teams chasing high totals. They way, the innings has been paced is outstanding. At no stage, they looked like; they are out of the game. They started with a clear intent and accelerated gradually, 1st it looked even, then might India is having edge and then towards end- there is only one winner. I have rarely seen such a planned build-up for a chase and I don't know whether it was planned or happened. On a different note, cricket seems to be two different sorts-- one on flat pitches in India, Bangladesh, Srilanka and Pakistan and the other one-- in England, NZ, Aus and SA. Both types offer different challenges. But looks like, there are not many who can flourish on both types.

Posted by street_smart on (March 19, 2012, 1:48 GMT)

Poor captaincy by misbah. Ajmal was the only bowler to trouble India but he was brought into the attack very late.. Great captain changes plan based on the match situation & doesn't go by predetermined plan though it is not working

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 1:30 GMT)

Super Performance by Kohli India's next batting sensation

Posted by cricmatters on (March 19, 2012, 1:19 GMT)

I think the cricket fans can take a leaf out of how the players from both teams handled the situation. They were meeting after a long time after all the hype that goes with Indo pak matches however there was no visible tensions on the fields. Everyone was relaxed and curtious to each other. Fans from both sides had their moments to cheer and cricket was the true winner. Hopefully they will meet again in finals so we can enjoy a thrilling contest. If not, all the best to pakistan team. They are still rebuilding and with many promising young talented players, it will not be long before they would be hard to beat both in Tests and ODIs.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2012, 1:11 GMT)

Yes, India were good no doubt. They just have to get the right bowling options with enough variety and they will be hard to beat even in Aus or SA. BTW even teams like Vietnam, Mangolia, Gabon, Uruguay, Mozambique, Monaco, Estonia, Samoa, Jordan, or Iceland would have been difficult to contain on these pitches LOL ;). Bangladesh was tough to bowl to remember. If Pakistan can't with their fantastic bowling - then who else can? Of course India played brilliantly. Wish they had won the Melbourne test - it would have been a different story. But India need better bowling options.

Posted by pak94fan on (March 19, 2012, 0:57 GMT)

I'm hoping for a SL win so we play India again. Even though they may be favorites if that happened, I think Pakistan will eventually win... 1st the WC loss and now this, it'll be our turn eventually. As for some of the comments, I'm positively disgusted at the attitude. It's not like we got thrashed today, our bowling was just not upto mark for the first time in a while. It's obvious that Wahab has been having immense issues, and he needs A LOT of work to improve. The line and lengths were not great from anyone besides Hafeez. However, rather than focusing on that, we should focus on the batting of Kohli and co. I don't think any team but India could have chased such a total and even though the attitude may not be great, Kohli is definitely a brilliant batsman at the moment and one to watch out for the future. As for Misbah, people need to stop criticizing him, there was nothing he could do. He has, however, been gracious in defeat, not making excuses. Ind-Pak final Insha'Allah! :)

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (March 19, 2012, 0:26 GMT)

@DannyMania, Thank you for your nice comments. Trust me when I say this the thinking is mutual i.e. we always envy the bowling talent that comes out of Pakistan and can only dream even if one of the W's were playing for India, what could we have achieved. I am a huge fan of Akram, by far the best left handed fast bowler cricket has ever produced. Today the PAK bowlers had an off day except for Hafeez and Ajmal. I am sure they will bounce back strong.

Posted by Nampally on (March 18, 2012, 23:35 GMT)

It was very sportive of Misbah to give credit to India & Kohli, albeit he was right on with the facts. The way Kohli batted today, it was very difficult to contain him. He did the same agaist SL in Australia- taking 24 runs of one over from Malinga. Today his six off Gul over the extra cover was a fantastic shot right out of the blue. Similarly a Six by Rohit of a shot ball from Riaz was a huge shot. These strokes came at the right time when India needed to speed up their run rate to 8/over!. Hence the timing of shots was so right. None of the strokes played by Kohli or Rohit were slogs. They were true cricket strokes played under intense pressure & improvisement required. The way tendulkar laid the foundation & built up by Kohli & R.Sharma, was special. So the entire effort was meticulously executed by these 3 batsmen, after losing Gambhir to the second ball of the innings. Hats off to India for such a superb effort after some attrociously poor bowling without Rahul Sharma in the XI!

Posted by Noball_Specialist on (March 18, 2012, 23:27 GMT)

See the beauty of an India and Pakistan match is that you get to evaluate the grit of a player. You get to see exactly how they play in pressure games, a test of mettle, a test of character, this matchup separates the men from the boys. What Kohli did today was to prove all those things. He showed in resounding fashion that he is the natural successor to the great Sachin Tendulkar. I'm a Pakistani fan, but above that I am a fan of cricket. I love the game to the point that regardless of the team, I am able to appreciate good cricket. India played with great grit today, Pakistan wanted to win, but India wanted to win MORE. Watching the innings, you can see the conviction, the determination to chase down that formidable 300+ total under lights. Superb innings. I wish Pakistan had that in Umar Akmal, but instead our Umar has been caught asking "who is the man of the match" when walking back to the pavillion on victory. With such priorities, no hero can surface.Hafeez poured his heart out.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2012, 21:58 GMT)

Is Kohli the best batsman at the moment? He proved it against Sri Lanka and the Australians. No bowlers like to bowl at him. Keep it up Kohli.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2012, 21:45 GMT)

as far as Mr. Cool dhoni is the captain.. India can chase any target! .. i feel sorry for my country.. Wishes good luck for the final to Pakistan!

Posted by bbumbum on (March 18, 2012, 21:34 GMT)

Misbh is very classy as a captain with his choices of words. Pakistan batted very well, and i guess it wasnt their day. India batted exceptionally well but India is far from #1, they gotta get a couple of "attacking" bowlers to be regarded as the best. Ashwin was alright but his body language is not. Irfan, Kumar and Yusuf are pathetic, inconsistent. Dinda bowled very well but i am sure the great visionaries of Indian management will throw him away soon instead of investing in him.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

It was unbelievable that Pakistani bowlers could not defend 329 runs even against formidable Indian batting line up.The way Tendulkar, Kholi and Sharma played they hardly broke any sweat and never looked under pressure. TEAM PAKISTAN and Pakistani fans better start praying that Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka on Tuesday, otherwise it will be India v Pakistan in the final with India favourite to win ASIA CUP. For the final TEAM PAKISTAN should drop both Wahab and Cheema and replace them with Rehman and Sarfraz Ahmed (w/k). Today pace bowlers gave away 8.33 runs per over whereas spinners gave away 5.52 runs per over. TEAM PAKISTAN can use Hammad as a pace bowler and inclusion of Rehman would strengthen spin bowling attack. Further, it is unfair on Umar Akmal to keep wicket, TEAM PAKISTAN needs a specialist in this position. My PAKISTAN XI for the FINAL would be: 1. Hafeez, 2. Jamshed, 3. Yunus, 4. Umar, 5. Misbah, 6. Afridi, 7. Hammad, 8. Sarfraz, 9. Gul, 10. Rehman, 11. Ajmal.

Posted by Dalajit on (March 18, 2012, 21:25 GMT)

Let me tell you, if anybody watch out for a batsman who can get pass Sachin's ODI records of highest runs and century than this is only VIRAT KOHLI. He is a true ODI batsman and looks like similar talent of Sachin and the way he is scoring his runs, it is not impossible that Sachin's records can not be beaten. India go t another Sachin while Sachin is about to retire, what a replacement. This guy can even take more pressure than Sachin while chasing and now the most dependent batsman of Indian team. Great going VIRAT, you have created many more fans after today's innings, you are already my favorite cricketer in my facebook even gone passed to Dhoni. Keep playing like this, you are a true match winner. Love to see you batting with Yuvraj in future...

Posted by Fieldsight on (March 18, 2012, 21:16 GMT)

Clash of titans!! and somebody says, nobody cares about Asia cup!!, says who!!

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (March 18, 2012, 21:06 GMT)

YOU NEVER HAD THEM MISBAH. On this ground every other team wins the toss and likes to bat under lights but you didn't do that. Your fast bowlers have no line and length but you rarely say something to them. It is so pathetic to see them bowl on leg stump ball after ball and serving the opposition with shorter balls asking for hit. And I would also like to know that why you save your best bowler Ajmal until the end. If you have taken wickets and have the oppsition under pressure then I could understand that but when you have Kohli and Sharma hitting you every ball over the rope then use your f brain and let your best bowlers bowl their overs so that may be they will take Kohli out. Shame on these fast bowlers - they were supposed to be better than the indian attack. Many fans will know, why is wahab hanging with the team when his performance in all the matches which he played after coming back have been the same as today. Ask Chema to bowl at good length instead of serving short ones.

Posted by   on (March 18, 2012, 21:06 GMT)

Well said Misbah you are right ! India played as they should have, it was a do-or-die for them and that was expected .. Jamshed and Hafeez played well and I'm very happy for Younus to pass 10 :p although there are many questions in mind of the fans and myself, why would u play hamad, if he is not going to bowl? why not a wicket keeper or a specialist batsman? if india can use 8 bowlers, why not u give a try to him instead of Riaz, who had such a terrible day !! i think removing hafeez from the attack immediately after 1 over which was a success is the start of bad decisions for u and until the last !!

Posted by Dannymania on (March 18, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

misbah would ofcourse like to play bangladesh if he could.because it looks like no total would be enough to beat india.indians outplayed pakistanis today.and for the first time in my life,i enjoyed an indian win over pakistan.i am a pakistani and so its a big deal.anyways,kohli is such a great player..i envy india,they always get such great batsmen..misbah should just pray for rain on the final's day.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (March 18, 2012, 20:28 GMT)

It's awesome to lose a match like that both teams played well and in the end better batting lineup won the match. This match did not hurt pakistan but gave a chance for india to reach the final. I hope to see a great final between pakistan and india.

Let's see how good BD is, if they beat Srilanka then they can win tournament too. Finger crossed.

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Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka - Mar 22, 2012
Pakistan won by 2 runs
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka at Dhaka - Mar 20, 2012
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets (with 17 balls remaining) (D/L method)
India v Pakistan at Dhaka - Mar 18, 2012
India won by 6 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)
Bangladesh v India at Dhaka - Mar 16, 2012
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Dhaka - Mar 15, 2012
Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 61 balls remaining)
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