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

'Batsmen should have finished better' - Misbah

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'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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  • 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

  • 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.

  • mrjanjua 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.

  • mrjanjua 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.

  • IAS2009 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.

  • on February 26, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Pakistan need a good finisher.

  • 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.

  • LALITHKURUWITA 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.

  • hassanazh 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • mrjanjua 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.

  • mrjanjua 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.

  • IAS2009 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.

  • on February 26, 2014, 10:43 GMT

    Pakistan need a good finisher.

  • 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.

  • LALITHKURUWITA 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.

  • hassanazh 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.

  • 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

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Misbah got a 50 due to poor umpiring. Otherwise SL would have been won comprehensively.

  • naren1983 on February 26, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    After the 18th over, everybody thought Pakistan will win if they play carefully on Malinga's 19th over without losing a wicket, they would win the match. But poor that on knowing Malinga's strength, Bilawal Batti showing all the 3 stumps and aim for big drive. This is poor strategy by Pakistan. Srilanka don't have any good bowler other than Malinga. They could have easily scored 13 overs in the last over either from Perara or Mathews or Lakmal or anyone.........

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    they failed to realize the situation. 55 off 44 should have been chased. but 3 seniors were not able to read the position well.

    umar akmal got carried away and hitting almost everything. he played well but in the end it was not required at that time. Afridi should know to read the game and get yourself in before hitting. Misbah played well but he also played bad shot and not realized the game. pak had bhatti and gul so all he needed to stay till the end. the game was not ending there. still 5 overs were left.

    and main thing give respect to the bowler who is bowling good. all of these tried to take on a bolwer who was bowling great. misbah, afridi, even likes of gul and bhatti or ajmal tried to hit malinga. should always need to read game and see which bowler is weak.

    bhatti's bowling not improved. wer need anwar ali in there. maqsood is getting out in same fashion in each game. got starts but failing . sharjeel's way can succeed 1 in few not all games. may think to bring fawad in

  • on February 26, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Drop Afridi permanently now, at least from ODIs.

  • haq33 on February 26, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    Anjana you do have a good point. A slightly unappreciative consensus has been reached regarding how this match ended. I would argue that Pak's collapse did indeed hand SL the match and U cannot deny poor shot selection contributed to this, however it is also fair that Malinga's sheer ability in the death overs induced this self destruction. He is one of few bowlers in the world who can make such things happen and induce a sense of panic when the cause is seemingly lost. So congrats to SL and Malinga the matchwinner. Better team won.

  • on February 26, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    very good slinga malinga.very bad about afridi

  • SyedArbabAhmed on February 26, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    "Pakistan failed to capitalise on promising positions yet again" = is the new thing with Pakistan along with inconsistency.

  • on February 26, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    I thnk Hafeez should have taken responsibility on a slow track he plays across the line was plumb infront........ Anwar ali must be included in next matches instead of bhatti he is a more gud alrounder than hafeez and bhatti...... The way sohaib maqsood got out oh man! He could have hit anywhere where he want but he was unlucky on his day he might have hit it anywhere he want........ I wish india loose 1 match to Bangladesh or Sri Lanka bcoz on 2nd march it will be hell of a match for the both teams knowing it will be like do or die situation for both the teams best of luck to ol of the teams for asia cup

  • on February 26, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    But Misbah should have walked out when he nicked, how good batsman you are, it shows how worst sportsman you are... Also it shows the lack of confidence Misbah has in his batting line up.. typical Pakistani batsman's attitude

  • on February 26, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    The problem really is of the oldest player in the team not playing sensibly enough....Afridi should have played more responsibly.... To add to that why wasnt Umar Gul's last two overs used??

  • AnjanaWijesundara on February 26, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    Haa..It's funny.. When Pakistan restrict SL to 296. It's because of their good bowling. Not because of our poor shot selection in later part of the game.. But When SL full back strongly to win the game, it's not our good bowling but because of their mistakes.. Grow up dudes..admit the defeat.. SL played better cricket. That why they Won the match.

  • class9ryan on February 26, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    When is the last time you ever saw a Pakistan team comfortable in chasing a total ?? Its a mental jinx that Pakistan need to overcome. Thats the reason why likes of Kohli, MSD, Bevan, Klusener are so rare !!!

  • Gurudumu on February 26, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    Tuk Tuk - you don't expect to get 73 runs off 128 balls and expect to win ..duh!!!

  • on February 26, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    I suppose only one player batted well in Pakistan.eventually slinga come back very well..congrats Sri Lanka..

  • Mannan.81.pk on February 26, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    Misbah should take blame himself first for coming so close and just as usual unable to finish off a successful chase.

    Even on such a flat track,against a mediocre bowling attack, dew factor involved, our batting flopped once more while chasing a very achievable total on this dead pitch.

    Mark my words; Shehzads, Professors,Maqsoods and Akmals will never win you WC 2015, we need solid players like Asad Shafiq, Khurram Manzoor, Fawad Alam Sarfaraz Ahmed and Anwar Ali......oh did I mention all the above players are from Karachi so one can understand what is going on in our politically biased cricket setup where from PCB head to the captain is engaged in saving his chair and showing biasedness

  • Syed_imran_abbas on February 26, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    Well played guys.. You had good game.. Losing is a part of the game.. Nasir Jamshed is better option as a opener than sharjeel in Odi's. umar akmal is fantastic and so is Misbah . Anwar Ali should be given chance to replace bhatti. Missing irfan. Top batsmans lost wickets after gaining some start. Never mind good luck for next game

  • on February 25, 2014, 23:43 GMT

    Its unbelievable how these guys dont learn. All Misbah and Akmal had to do was play out the 6 or 7 overs.

  • on February 25, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    Looks like another Dhoni in making ...put the blame game on others when could not finish it yourself..at least give credit to opposition Malinga bowled superbly in the last 15 balls

  • Zahidsaltin on February 25, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    He didn't speak about the real issue which has been the cause of not chasing these scores. Pakistan goes on to build pressure on itself by letting the asking rate increase to over 10 an over when the last 5 overs are reached. Top 3 or 4 are not good enough to rotate so the asking rate jumps and jumps. When Misbah came in it was 5.80 and when he went we needed 9 per over.

  • on February 25, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    lolz Pakistani chased in test match bcz of no malinga there.if malinga was there then Pakistan would have been lost that match too. first think then write. we all know malinga is outstanding world class one day bowler.we must accept that Pakistan had no planning in their batting. I am a firm believer tht number 3 batsman must be strong and powerful. Pakistan cricket cannot win matches if hafeez is playing at number 3. I don't remember when hafeez played well on tht position and won matches against any good team. so Pakistan must get rid of hafeez if they wanna improve their cricket.

  • RANA1610 on February 25, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    Pakistan desperately need an all-rounder for 7th position and a solid opening batsman. Hafeez should take rest. He serves as a nothing but a bowler. Extensively, the bowlers need to be creative in their bowling, as they are just doing the bowl, rather having no swing not even any variation in their bowling. Eventually, the three factors can bring solidity for convincing win rather fumble walking from my point of view, 1) solid opening batsman 2) all-rounder at 7th position and 3) bowling variation (in swing, out swing, reverse swing ...)

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  • RANA1610 on February 25, 2014, 21:42 GMT

    Pakistan desperately need an all-rounder for 7th position and a solid opening batsman. Hafeez should take rest. He serves as a nothing but a bowler. Extensively, the bowlers need to be creative in their bowling, as they are just doing the bowl, rather having no swing not even any variation in their bowling. Eventually, the three factors can bring solidity for convincing win rather fumble walking from my point of view, 1) solid opening batsman 2) all-rounder at 7th position and 3) bowling variation (in swing, out swing, reverse swing ...)

  • on February 25, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    lolz Pakistani chased in test match bcz of no malinga there.if malinga was there then Pakistan would have been lost that match too. first think then write. we all know malinga is outstanding world class one day bowler.we must accept that Pakistan had no planning in their batting. I am a firm believer tht number 3 batsman must be strong and powerful. Pakistan cricket cannot win matches if hafeez is playing at number 3. I don't remember when hafeez played well on tht position and won matches against any good team. so Pakistan must get rid of hafeez if they wanna improve their cricket.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 25, 2014, 22:32 GMT

    He didn't speak about the real issue which has been the cause of not chasing these scores. Pakistan goes on to build pressure on itself by letting the asking rate increase to over 10 an over when the last 5 overs are reached. Top 3 or 4 are not good enough to rotate so the asking rate jumps and jumps. When Misbah came in it was 5.80 and when he went we needed 9 per over.

  • on February 25, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    Looks like another Dhoni in making ...put the blame game on others when could not finish it yourself..at least give credit to opposition Malinga bowled superbly in the last 15 balls

  • on February 25, 2014, 23:43 GMT

    Its unbelievable how these guys dont learn. All Misbah and Akmal had to do was play out the 6 or 7 overs.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on February 26, 2014, 0:18 GMT

    Well played guys.. You had good game.. Losing is a part of the game.. Nasir Jamshed is better option as a opener than sharjeel in Odi's. umar akmal is fantastic and so is Misbah . Anwar Ali should be given chance to replace bhatti. Missing irfan. Top batsmans lost wickets after gaining some start. Never mind good luck for next game

  • Mannan.81.pk on February 26, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    Misbah should take blame himself first for coming so close and just as usual unable to finish off a successful chase.

    Even on such a flat track,against a mediocre bowling attack, dew factor involved, our batting flopped once more while chasing a very achievable total on this dead pitch.

    Mark my words; Shehzads, Professors,Maqsoods and Akmals will never win you WC 2015, we need solid players like Asad Shafiq, Khurram Manzoor, Fawad Alam Sarfaraz Ahmed and Anwar Ali......oh did I mention all the above players are from Karachi so one can understand what is going on in our politically biased cricket setup where from PCB head to the captain is engaged in saving his chair and showing biasedness

  • on February 26, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    I suppose only one player batted well in Pakistan.eventually slinga come back very well..congrats Sri Lanka..

  • Gurudumu on February 26, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    Tuk Tuk - you don't expect to get 73 runs off 128 balls and expect to win ..duh!!!

  • class9ryan on February 26, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    When is the last time you ever saw a Pakistan team comfortable in chasing a total ?? Its a mental jinx that Pakistan need to overcome. Thats the reason why likes of Kohli, MSD, Bevan, Klusener are so rare !!!