Afghanistan v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Fatullah

Maqsood sells Misbah out

Plays of the Day from the Afghanistan v Pakistan Asia Cup clash

Mohammad Isam in Fatullah

February 27, 2014

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Samiullah Shenwari dropped Umar Akmal when he was on 28, Afghanistan v Pakistan, Asia Cup 2014, Fatullah, February 27, 2014
Samiullah Shenwari gave Umar Akmal and Pakistan a much-needed lifeline © AFP
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The drop
Umar Akmal was taking his chances even with Pakistan in some trouble having lost six wickets much too soon. Off Shapoor Zadran, he swung across the line and skied the ball; it went to point where Samiullah Shenwari grassed the chance and gave Akmal the lifeline that Pakistan badly needed. He was batting on 28, and ended up making an unbeaten 102.

The catch
With Akmal and Anwar Ali adding 60 runs for the seventh wicket, one would have thought that Afghanistan's energy would fade away. But Nawroz Mangal showed the way, running hard from mid-off to take a superb catch near the boundary as Anwar Ali tried to clear him. The best part about the catch was Mangal's poise.

The misfortune
Mohammad Shahzad would be thinking what he did to be at the receiving end of two questionable decisions. The first came when Sharjeel Khan edged Dawlat Zadran and was well caught down the leg side by Shahzad, only for umpire Johan Cloete to dismiss the appeal. TV replays showed it tickled the gloves and also a bit of the hip before reaching the wicketkeeper. When it was his turn to bat, Shahzad had given Afghanistan a typically fast start but was then given out caught behind; the ball hadn't taken the edge but Billy Bowden thought it had, Umar Gul's extra bounce duping him.

The shot
Shahzad played what was perhaps the shot of the day, a clip off the toes which would have pleased any international batsman. It was all wrist, though he also generated a lot of power. Moreover the shot, which went for four through square-leg, was hit off the first ball of the Afghanistan innings.

The painful rebound
Hamza Hotak had been bowling his left-arm spin with accuracy but he wasn't as effective as a fielder. After Ahmed Shehzad swept fine, he chased and dived to save the ball, but it ricocheted off his palms and onto his face, before heading to the boundary rope.

The mix-up
Misbah-ul-Haq was sold down the river by Sohaib Maqsood in the 24th over. Maqsood drove to cover and set off only to have second thoughts about the run and slip. He turned back and reached his crease in time, but had Misbah for company at the striker's end. Wicketkeeper Shahzad collected the throw and ran all the way to the non-striker's end to complete the run-out, meaning Pakistan's most reliable batsman was run out without facing a ball.

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Posted by mzm149 on (February 28, 2014, 20:43 GMT)

@Desihungama: Can they play in Asia Cup?

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

And what about misbah's over all record? 22 out of 36 are in wins. Get real guys. i would like to know contributions of others in last 5 losses. I too say he is slow but over criticizing without some logic is just not right.

Posted by drnaveed on (February 28, 2014, 7:27 GMT)

Pakistan should groom both under-19 openers aslam and imam together. keep them along with their senior team on tours , they are out team's (near) future openers like majid and sadiq , or amir and saaed.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 6:11 GMT)

I would want ICC to understand the importance of DRS and should be put in place asap in all major tournaments. In fact it should be compulsory for all the test playing nations and also associates when playing against each other. Also the number of reviews should be raised up to 4 per innings.

Posted by Desihungama on (February 28, 2014, 4:38 GMT)

Very poor on Maqsood to not have presence of mind.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 1:10 GMT)

Maqsood has to be dropped. He is a poor runner in between the wickets and his partner will be always at risk. What he did to Misbah was very selfish. Fawad Alam should come in for him, he is a reliable batsman and a brilliant fielder and should be given a spot for the whole tournament. If I were the captain I would send Afridi at one down and let him play the only way he knows.

Posted by   on (February 28, 2014, 0:34 GMT)

Afghans inexperience really showed here. They failed to out Pak for under 200 and ended up chasing 240+.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (February 28, 2014, 0:08 GMT)

Sohaib Maqsood was never a batsman of class, he's more like a pinch hitter who plays every shot in the air. He was lucky in first couple of matches even in those matches his air-born shots were falling here and there. He has techniqueand good eyesight but needs to play along the ground while building his innings.

Posted by Desihungama on (February 27, 2014, 23:03 GMT)

@mzm- Completely agreed with the exception that there is no back up for the opening spot. There is Sami Aslam and Imam ul Haq. Cheers.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 21:54 GMT)

Happy that Umar score runs. At least we will not see Kamran Akmal in playing XI

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 21:47 GMT)

Sharjeel Khan came as buy one get one free with Sohaib Maqsood as a friend. Now that Maqsood's initial luck is running out, they have become a double liability on the team.

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (February 27, 2014, 21:17 GMT)

Shoaib Maqsood will be dropped for a few matches especially getting out captain agaijnst Afghanistan where he would have scored a 100. Maqsood shouldn't follow Misbah's advice and should play his natural game otherwise he'll end up like Nasir Jamshed.

Posted by bouncer709 on (February 27, 2014, 20:08 GMT)

@Sachit1979: and Pakistan won today, Misbah last 5 fifties, all in loosing cause. Had he scored 50 today Pakistan would have ended 200 runs.

Posted by imranmujtaba on (February 27, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

Misbah run out was lucky for Pakistan..... Otherwise Misbah could have scored another fifty but would have lost the gem as always....

Posted by Fogu on (February 27, 2014, 18:36 GMT)

Missed chances are critical for smaller teams. Big teams can make up the mistakes but smaller teams have to usually play near flawless game. Good to see PK put up a decent total without Misbah. Also happy to see AFG play in Asia Cup. Go Tigers!

Posted by mzm149 on (February 27, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

The common problem with most of Pakistani batsmen is that on their debut they show promising signs. Then their performance starts declining. Same is the case with Sohaib Maqsood. He can't take his place for granted. Time is running out fast for him.

Sharjeel Khan never showed any such promises but still he is being persisted with for reasons known only to our selectors. Combination of poor timing, poor technique and poor footwork is a recipe for disaster. We don't have any backup opener in such an important tour. Nasir Jamshed never got to play complete tournaments. There was always one of Imran Farhat, Hafeez or even Umar Amin or Azhar Ali to replace him.

Hafeez is not a one down batsman. He needs to play at 6th slot permanently. We need a batsman with good technique to play at that spot. It could be Azhar Ali or Umar Akmal or even Nasir Jamshed

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

I still not understand wen Misba make runs Pakistan los the match .wen Misba no run pakistan win

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

Not at all a convincing win for Pakistan.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (February 27, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

Perhaps first match in last 3 years in which Pakistan still managed to score 200+ runs without Misbah scoring anything. Otherwise 40% most of the time comes from one bat only and that's Misbah's.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

Time is running out for Sohaib Muqsoood, His body language doesnt reflect he is learning by his mistakes. He only played first 2 innings and then his last 15 odd innings are to the down bottom..............

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 16:35 GMT)

Today's run out of misbah without facing a ball show that pakistani bating line up is nothing without mr.reliable

Posted by   on (February 27, 2014, 16:22 GMT)

Umar's drop proved very costly for them. no margin for error while playing big teams. you cant afford to do that.Simple. Pak also missed run out chances, a stumping and a catch but they produce the result from some where. Afghanistan is inexperienced so you cant really afford it. have to be 100% for full 100 overs.

Getting your main and inform batsman run out is criminal. and to add it up maqsood has thrown his wicket. Poor cricket by him. and he has thrown it away in most games he has played. cant go for long like this.

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