Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Fatullah February 25, 2014

'Batsmen should have finished better' - Misbah

ESPNcricinfo staff

'We should have won that' - Misbah

Pakistan's 12-run defeat to Sri Lanka in the opening match of the Asia Cup meant they hadn't managed to chase a 250-plus target successfully since February 2011. Asked what the issue was, their captain Misbah-ul-Haq said they had no problem constructing chases, but simply lacked finishing.

"I think there is no problem," he said. "We just chased even in the Test match [against Sri Lanka in Sharjah, where they scored 302 in 57 overs in the fourth innings], and the effort even today was good. A little bit more, we should have batted the same way, batsmen should have taken a little bit more responsibility and finished the game."

At one stage, with Misbah and Umar Akmal at the crease and both having crossed 50, Pakistan seemed to be cantering to an easy win. Their batsmen then proceeded to gift Sri Lanka wickets with a series of poor shots.

"The way Umar and I had a partnership going, if we had just played out the overs the match was easy," Misbah said. "Only a wicket could get them back in the game, and that is the mistake we made."

Pakistan had done well to restrict Sri Lanka to 296, after Lahiru Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara had laid the platform for a massive total with their 161-run stand for the second wicket. Misbah was pleased with the job his bowlers had done at the death, but wished they had started the match a little stronger.

"In the last 10 overs, if you see, whichever bowlers we used, they gave away 64 runs," Misbah said. "This was the reason we held them back. Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan have been bowling the last few overs for some time now, and they did the same thing today. I think at the start we bowled too many bad balls, or boundary balls. If we had bowled a little better then, the 10-15 run margin that decided the game, I think we could have done better."

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  • Dummy on February 27, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Pakistan should put india to bat first coz if they will even giv india 350 they can still chase it so they hav to chase themselves coz they hav weejer bowling line up thn lanka so I hop pak can chase against them

  • Dummy4 on February 26, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    Plz get rid of Afridi and bring in Fawad Alam replace bhatti with Anwar Ali my batting order . sarjeel , Ahmed , Fawad, Shoib , Misba, Haffez, Umer, Anwar, Gulam,AAjmal, juned. If the team management really think that Haffez is the best pakistani batsman then he should take the responsibility to finish the game. Why very match Misba and Umer Akmal will get criticise even after playing so well .Accept these two none of the other player played there part. Afridi is useless he cannot score under pressure if pak will require 6 Runs in last over than this idiot will go for a six so plz enough of boom boom.He has played more than 370 match even than he has not learn.He is so not retire team selectors should kick him out .juned should bowl with the new bowl.10 overs juned 10 Umer guy 10 Akmal 10 Haffez 6/7 Anwar Ali 3 overs Fawad Alam 2 overs Shoib Maksood. Common teams needs variety.

  • Mohammed on February 26, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    Afridi never reads the game, never uses he's brain and never plays with responsibility. He is well and truly stupid. The way he plays it looks like it is he's 1st match.

  • Mohammed on February 26, 2014, 19:57 GMT

    Brilliant Owais Kashif, I agree Afridi should be dropped from the ODI Team. he has been performing very badly with the ball for 2 years and with the bat for 8 years. He never uses he's brain, he's experience and never takes responsibility. Pakistan would have won the 2011 World Cup Semi Final if Afridi stayed at the crease and used the great talent he has wisely. He has been too inconstant, there are better paralysers like Abdul Razzaq,Hamad Azam, Bilawal Bhatti and Fawad Alam that deserve a chance instead.

  • Inam on February 26, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Pakistan need finishers in the middle overs, they need to have plan to chase 300, it is not a big total anymore, short grounds and field restrictions, specially in subcontinent, they should have players role defined, Misbah should take the responsibility of loss, when he was at crease akmal and him self both played bad shots to loose the game, from that point it was run a ball and 6 wickets in hand. They should have players in the team who can maneuver the ball around, Misbah is good at it, his problem he always get out at wrong time, WC semifinal and T20 final against India, he always play a high rash shot to get out after blocking too many ball up front. he need to lead from front.

  • Dummy4 on February 26, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Pakistan need a good finisher.

  • Dummy4 on February 26, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    @AnjanaWijesundara : whats wrong in his statement? Being a captain of 1 team he should be focusing on his teams mistakes. and thats what he was doing. No one denying that SL played better. What he is saying is that at that point, Umar, misbah, afridi played poor cricket and thats the fact anybody can see.

    Take it like this, go and see what mathews said about match. He also said we DID NOT batted well and were short by 25-30 runs. He did not also saythat pakistan bowled well in last 10 overs or so. Did he? Answer is no.

    he was examining SL's mistakes in end overs and thats what misbah was doing.

  • Lalith on February 26, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    It was a very close match. Result could have gone either way. The difference was the toe crusher.

  • Hassan on February 26, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    @Kaveen Amarasinghe What about Srilanka's whole team issue? If you see Srilanka's sportsman spirit from last 4 5 years you can judge better who has better sportsmen than other.

  • Dummy4 on February 26, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    As always crap Afridi and stupid umer akmals attitude lost us the match... how many times do you expect Misbah to save the match

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