India v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 2, 2014

Another Misbah run-out

Karthik Krishnaswamy in Mirpur
Plays of the Day from the Asia Cup clash between India and Pakistan

The near-collision
During the Asia Cup, fielders seem to have forgotten the law of physics which states that two bodies cannot occupy the same point at the same time. India have suffered two collisions, and Pakistan nearly added another when Mohammad Hafeez and Sharjeel Khan went for the same catch after Rohit Sharma miscued a pull off Mohammad Talha. Hafeez, running back from midwicket, completed the catch, but not before treading on Sharjeel Khan's toes as he ran in from deep square leg. Sharjeel limped off and didn't field after the incident, but looked in no trouble when he came out to bat.

The angry professor
A skidder from round the wicket hitting a left-handed batsman on the pads - this is the trademark Hafeez wicket. He had dismissed Shikhar Dhawan in this manner earlier in the day, and now he turned around to appeal after bowling a similar delivery, with similar results, to Ravindra Jadeja. Umpire Nigel Llong was unmoved, though, and Hafeez made his displeasure clear. Llong beckoned to Misbah-ul-Haq and had a long chat with the bowler and captain. Four overs later, Hafeez dropped a sitter from Jadeja. Was he still thinking about the lbw decision when the ball came down at him from the sky?

Run-out, again
Against Afghanistan, Misbah had responded to a call from Sohaib Maqsood only to end up finishing second in a bizarre race to the same end. Now, it was the turn of Hafeez - yes, he had a pretty eventful match - to push a ball to the off side and call Misbah for a run. Misbah ran. When he was halfway down the pitch, Hafeez sent him back. He turned and attempted to get back to his crease, but a clever little flick from a diving Amit Mishra beat him to it.  

DK fluffs another stumping
Dinesh Karthik's missed stumping of Kumar Sangakkara proved crucial to India's narrow defeat against Sri Lanka on Friday. He now had a chance to make amends when R Ashwin foxed a charging Maqsood with a ball down the leg side. The partnership between Maqsood and Hafeez  - no, this isn't just a gratuitous reference - had just crossed 50, and this would have been a good time for India to take a wicket. Maqsood was nowhere near his crease when the ball popped into Karthik's gloves and popped right out.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Venkat on March 4, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Dinesh Karthik's poor performances, both with the bat and behind the wickets, in the matches against SL and Pakistan were the reason why India lost both matches closely . DK tends to be too flashy and ends up missing simple stumping chances. With the bat, he wastes too many deliveries and gets out with a poor shot after a poor strike rate . I used to sympathise with DK in the past but no longer feel convinced that he is fit enough to play for India again . It will be a good idea to groom Sanju Samson from now so that he can take over from Dhoni , when his time comes. It will not be progressive to think of Saha or Parthiv as a potential replacement to Dhoni .

  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    Hafeez has been involved in run outs in the past as well. Maqsood is also a terrible runner. Already been run out or involved in run outs few times in his short career. Should correct these basic errors. these will cost games. and it is not so difficult. Saying this that if misbah is not scoring then pakistan is winning is ridiculous.

  • Imran on March 3, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    @sanjayasenewirathne: Well said Sanjaya, this is very true of Virat Kohli, he will continue to be unpopular as a cricketer and role model this way. No doubt about his talent and his batting ability, he is a class apart. But there is a distinct difference between being a good batsman and a good cricketer. Being a good cricketer encompasses things even out of the ground and how he carries himself and how he is seen in the eyes of others. He has played enough matches to learn now. This entire young contingent of this Indian team is the same in terms of their attitude, it has to change and someone needs to talk to them.

  • Rayhan on March 3, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    Bad umpiring made this match so close.

  • Android on March 3, 2014, 3:23 GMT

    @yaseen at least MSD wouldn't have missed the stumping

  • sanjaya on March 3, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    Actually Sri lanka beat Australia in that match in 2011-12 tri-series and kick india out. I cant understand the reason for his lie. And india have no chances in this asia cup too. check rules for 2 teams with same number of wins. bonus point or net run rate aren't matter in that kind of situations. Little bit surprise even Cricinfo staff didn't know that. His tactics are same as dhoni, you can call it defensive or smart. But he really needs to work on his emotions in celebration of wicket. If your just a another player that might be OK, But when your Captaining your national side you should not insult other players. And he need to give some credit to winning team as well @ PMC

  • Sajid on March 3, 2014, 2:54 GMT

    Kohli scored only five runs before he was caught behind off Umar Gul. In his last Asia Cup match against Pakistan Kohli had scored 183 runs off 148 balls to chase down a target of 330. Excluding that match, from eight innings, Kohli has managed to score just 83 runs at 11.86 against Pakistan in ODIs. That says that he is Pakistan's bunny.

  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    cant believe people are still going on about missing MSD, so Dhoni would have done something totally different than what he did in SA and NZ ???

  • Kaustav on March 3, 2014, 0:31 GMT

    Some people are making wrong comments that DK is the best WK in domestic circuits. He may be the best WK batsman but not a good keeper. Saha is far better keeper than DK & also has a gr8 batting avg in domestic circuit. He is already backup keeper in test. Why not play him in ODI too when Dhoni is not available. DK has got the most chances as WK as well as middle order batsmen in ODI but still he cannot do any justice.

  • Raj on March 2, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    Comparing this to Miandad's six is stupid. That was India's match to loose. Miandad wrecked it from India. This was Pakistan's match to lose. As Kholi pointed out, if these guys just took singles, match would have been over a long time back. Coming back to DK, he is the best wicket keeper in the country by miles. However, what good is the talent if you can not deliver at the time of the matches that matter? He doesn't have the self confidence. He should be the test wicket keeper. Hope he starts playing to his talent.

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