Pakistan v Sri Lanka, Final, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 8, 2014

Misbah bemoans ineffective bowling

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Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has attributed his team's Asia Cup final defeat to his bowlers' inability to put pressure on Sri Lanka's batsmen. Chasing 261, Sri Lanka, led by a century from Lahiru Thirimanne, cruised to a five-wicket win to take their fifth Asia Cup title.

Only Saeed Ajmal posed a threat to Sri Lanka, as Pakistan looked to defend a hard-earned total. Ajmal took 3 for 26 in 10 overs, but apart from him and to an extent, Mohammad Hafeez, the rest of the attack - Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Talha and Shahid Afridi - were all ineffective.

Misbah had to take Ajmal off after the offspinner had taken two quick wickets in his first spell of four overs. He had given away just ten runs, having delivered two maiden overs as well. The Sri Lankan batsmen opted against attacking Ajmal, prompting Misbah to switch bowlers to try and wrestle a wicket.

"They were just consuming his [Ajmal's] overs, just blocking him," Misbah said. "I thought I would take a chance with someone else, to get the wicket. But I think it was a bad day for all the bowlers. They couldn't really put pressure, and you can't win matches with just one bowler. You need to bowl well as a unit."

Gul and Talha have now had two poor games back-to-back after bowling ordinarily against Bangladesh. Junaid went for 56 in nine overs, only picking up Ashan Priyanjan's wicket very late in the game.

"We sought early breakthroughs which Saeed Ajmal finally provided us. Bowling too requires partnerships but none of the bowlers could build that sort of pressure on the batsmen. I think it became easy for them, and they won the game.

"We didn't bowl wicket to wicket, and build pressure. Sri Lankan bowlers did that. It was a slow wicket so you had to bowl straighter. Our lengths were quite short too. And we gave a lot of width too, which made it easy for them."

But Pakistan's real problem, as the captain recognised, was their start with the bat. Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad and Hafeez all got out in 4.3 overs, leaving the middle- and lower-order far too much to do in a final.

Lasith Malinga was the man responsible for Pakistan having a poor start, picking up a five-wicket haul just as he did in the tournament opener against the same team in Fatullah. Incidentally, Thrimianne too had scored a century in that game.

"Thirimanne played really well and Malinga's first spell was a good one as he swung the ball. He put us under pressure, but we did play some bad shots.

"It was our plan not to give Malinga wickets, but we failed to execute that. He again took five wickets and put us under pressure."

Despite losing the first and last game of the tournament, Pakistan will leave with a happy batting line-up after the wins against India and Bangladesh. They successfully chased 245 and 327 respectively, the latter having broken the record for their biggest chase.

"The team really played well, especially the batting department. Ahmed Shehzad played well. Fawad Alam played two very good innings. Shahid Afridi finished two games. Hafeez and Umar Akmal are in good touch. These are positives. We chased well in two games. Before the World T20s, we are in good shape and are confident."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • likeintcricket on March 11, 2014, 22:30 GMT

    Muhammad Irfan and Mohammad Aamir(next year) are needed in the team. Junaid is wasted by the captain. Umar Gul's time is up and he should say good bye. 260 is a fighting score (Specially in the finals) but they screwed it big time. But I must say Sri lanka has been playing in Bangladesh and the wickets suited them well. But I enjoyed Pakistan batting after a long time. At other times if you loose 3 wickets so early the game is over for you but a 260 score against a better side is commendable. Amazingly same bowler and batsman did it for them ( and they flopped in UAE). Pakistani team should learn from them as they are more talented.

  • short_cover on March 10, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    The bowlers failing in the final is a huge understatement. I would have said they scr$&ed up big time. I can understand, to some extent, when a new kid like Talha would get it wrong and spray it all around. But I just cannot understand experienced bowlers being unable to just maintain a line, let alone perform heroics. Umar Gul should resign for the way he bowled. And the statement about Gul not bowling well in last 2 games is also completely inaccurate (meaning vs Bang and Sri), He was miserable against India as well. Sure he picked up 2 wkts in first spell, but just look at his second spell. He was the reason Pak had to change close to 250 instead of around 230. He just cant seem to keep a line. Junaid is also in-excusable but Gul should retire, period. With the lowish total in final they probably would have still lost, but it would have been a struggle for Sri had these so called pace bowlers kept a decent line. I don't think they deserve to be in a Pak bowling lineup. Well, if Asif

  • BUKHARI53 on March 10, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Keeping in view present form of t20 squad, my playing XI will be 1.Shahzad 2.Kamran 3. Hafeez 4. Umer Akmal 5. Shoaib Malik 6. Sohaib 7.Afridi 8.Umer Gul/Bilawal 9. Z.Babar 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Junaid Khan (Sohail Tanvir, Talha, Bilawal/Gul and Sharjeel to sit out, at least for 1st match). Good Luck team Pakistan.

  • AnotherCricketer on March 10, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    Wasim Akram didn't mince words in the commentary box throughout the Asia cup. He is coaching foreign clubs. It is time to ask him for a longer stint with the national stint. Even if Akram is doing all the right things, sometimes a change helps invigorate the bowlers and reset.

  • on March 10, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    i think this wct20 will be the 1st tournament in last few years when paksitan is going with a bit ok batting but shaky bowling. earlier it was always different case. but this time bowling looks very shaky for past few months. especially fast bowlers. M akmram is not doing any good job.

    we have seen bhatti and anwar had good debut games. but slowly their bowling has faded away. Now same thing with talha. Akram has poor stats during his career and he is also not doing good job with new guys. during last year, this was hidden because junaid was in good form and Irfan was superb. but now its looking below average performance. No pakistani fast bowler in top 12 bowlers in asia cup. and only ajmal at no2 with hafeez at 10.

    Just been looking at pitch map for final. so many poor balls as compared to SL. if they bowl like this in wct20 then will be very hard. Coaches should work hard with bowlers now. Akram should wake up.

    they have lived long on " best attack" tag but not anymore.

  • on March 10, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    Misbah-Alam were slow to begin with no doubt about it. But we should also compare the pitch map of both teams. SL bowled well during that period. have to give credit to them. but when ajmal got 2 wickets in 1 over, other bowlers from other end were easily giving 1 boundary in each over. If you guys look at pitch map then you will know how poorly they bowled. Cant win games on 1 bowler. And i think even 300 was easy the way they bowled and SL batted. remember that still 22 balls left and they hardly scored any big in last 10 overs mean it was easy walk.

    260 might not have enough. but it should not have been so easy with this bowling. which some call best in world. To add to it, poor fielding.

    Ajmal is on 2nd on bowling stat list, hafeez at no 10. no other bowler in top 12 and no fast bowler in top12.

    Slow batting might b 1 of the reason. a minor one but bowling serious concern. & its a warning sign for wct20 & these are the bowlers selected for wct20. will be hard to win like this

  • rezauk on March 10, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Well firstly congratulations to SL. SL have built a squad steadily built by excellent backroom staff and the abilty to follow instructions. Win or lose they play without fear. Prior to the match i expected SL to reach 100 within 20 overs max. There's the big difference betwen the sides. Apply yourself , move your feet and don't hang your bat out. On the bowling front taking wickets is important but you have to bowl the right line and adjust your length to suit the pitch. The fast bowlers either have huge egos or the "bowling coach is too weak". The total was probably 30+ short to be competitive but add the difference in fielding then we were 60 short. Things can improve and I guess we may need to look towards the U19's and a team Physcologist. I've seen too many finals with players not being able to relax and out think the opposition at various stages of the game.Finally Misbah just can't work the field early enough at crucial times in a game. Fawad showed fantastic potential.

  • Rexton87 on March 10, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    @Match-winner Very good points mate but. Misbah's cool and calm exterior is celebrated often enough but his approach to not hurry and continue on a sedate path no matter what and relying on their 'world class bowling' to subdue every team all the time is palin wrong and must change. It should not be always down to Akmals , Afridis and tail ender to atone for the slow strike rate of middle order.I feel the advice to Fawad Alam to target 230 was totally wrong. Lack of a calculated assault earlier on and a lack of urgency between overs 20- 35 cost them the match. If pakistan had lost after scoring 300+ it was okay but this approach did not squeeze out the best of available batting resources, period.

  • on March 10, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    mr dishan mohamed, pak also beat sa in sa, sr ilanka in uae.

  • Rexton87 on March 10, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    I had the rare chance to see Misbah bat live for the first time and I began to see why people criticise him so much and why he had 37 fifties in ODI crciket and no centuries. First of all ODI are not meant to be content on miliking the bowling for 3 runs an over and accumulate a painfully slow 50. When he consumes so many bowls to score his 50 and then couple of sixes whcih makes the stas all right in the end and then get out in 60s but the damage is already done. He told Fawad to target a score of 220 -230 when to beat Sri Lanka anything less than 310 was open to attack anyway. Whenever Pak has won a tournament it is usually by flair and flash of brilliance and the last two ODI were certain defeats for Pakistan if not for Afridi's sensational knocks.Umar Gul ,who says he is good bowler his hit me please bowls and his sagging morale with each hit was dreadful to watch. With this appraoch you could compete in a world event but will not win it.

  • likeintcricket on March 11, 2014, 22:30 GMT

    Muhammad Irfan and Mohammad Aamir(next year) are needed in the team. Junaid is wasted by the captain. Umar Gul's time is up and he should say good bye. 260 is a fighting score (Specially in the finals) but they screwed it big time. But I must say Sri lanka has been playing in Bangladesh and the wickets suited them well. But I enjoyed Pakistan batting after a long time. At other times if you loose 3 wickets so early the game is over for you but a 260 score against a better side is commendable. Amazingly same bowler and batsman did it for them ( and they flopped in UAE). Pakistani team should learn from them as they are more talented.

  • short_cover on March 10, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    The bowlers failing in the final is a huge understatement. I would have said they scr$&ed up big time. I can understand, to some extent, when a new kid like Talha would get it wrong and spray it all around. But I just cannot understand experienced bowlers being unable to just maintain a line, let alone perform heroics. Umar Gul should resign for the way he bowled. And the statement about Gul not bowling well in last 2 games is also completely inaccurate (meaning vs Bang and Sri), He was miserable against India as well. Sure he picked up 2 wkts in first spell, but just look at his second spell. He was the reason Pak had to change close to 250 instead of around 230. He just cant seem to keep a line. Junaid is also in-excusable but Gul should retire, period. With the lowish total in final they probably would have still lost, but it would have been a struggle for Sri had these so called pace bowlers kept a decent line. I don't think they deserve to be in a Pak bowling lineup. Well, if Asif

  • BUKHARI53 on March 10, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    Keeping in view present form of t20 squad, my playing XI will be 1.Shahzad 2.Kamran 3. Hafeez 4. Umer Akmal 5. Shoaib Malik 6. Sohaib 7.Afridi 8.Umer Gul/Bilawal 9. Z.Babar 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Junaid Khan (Sohail Tanvir, Talha, Bilawal/Gul and Sharjeel to sit out, at least for 1st match). Good Luck team Pakistan.

  • AnotherCricketer on March 10, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    Wasim Akram didn't mince words in the commentary box throughout the Asia cup. He is coaching foreign clubs. It is time to ask him for a longer stint with the national stint. Even if Akram is doing all the right things, sometimes a change helps invigorate the bowlers and reset.

  • on March 10, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    i think this wct20 will be the 1st tournament in last few years when paksitan is going with a bit ok batting but shaky bowling. earlier it was always different case. but this time bowling looks very shaky for past few months. especially fast bowlers. M akmram is not doing any good job.

    we have seen bhatti and anwar had good debut games. but slowly their bowling has faded away. Now same thing with talha. Akram has poor stats during his career and he is also not doing good job with new guys. during last year, this was hidden because junaid was in good form and Irfan was superb. but now its looking below average performance. No pakistani fast bowler in top 12 bowlers in asia cup. and only ajmal at no2 with hafeez at 10.

    Just been looking at pitch map for final. so many poor balls as compared to SL. if they bowl like this in wct20 then will be very hard. Coaches should work hard with bowlers now. Akram should wake up.

    they have lived long on " best attack" tag but not anymore.

  • on March 10, 2014, 11:04 GMT

    Misbah-Alam were slow to begin with no doubt about it. But we should also compare the pitch map of both teams. SL bowled well during that period. have to give credit to them. but when ajmal got 2 wickets in 1 over, other bowlers from other end were easily giving 1 boundary in each over. If you guys look at pitch map then you will know how poorly they bowled. Cant win games on 1 bowler. And i think even 300 was easy the way they bowled and SL batted. remember that still 22 balls left and they hardly scored any big in last 10 overs mean it was easy walk.

    260 might not have enough. but it should not have been so easy with this bowling. which some call best in world. To add to it, poor fielding.

    Ajmal is on 2nd on bowling stat list, hafeez at no 10. no other bowler in top 12 and no fast bowler in top12.

    Slow batting might b 1 of the reason. a minor one but bowling serious concern. & its a warning sign for wct20 & these are the bowlers selected for wct20. will be hard to win like this

  • rezauk on March 10, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Well firstly congratulations to SL. SL have built a squad steadily built by excellent backroom staff and the abilty to follow instructions. Win or lose they play without fear. Prior to the match i expected SL to reach 100 within 20 overs max. There's the big difference betwen the sides. Apply yourself , move your feet and don't hang your bat out. On the bowling front taking wickets is important but you have to bowl the right line and adjust your length to suit the pitch. The fast bowlers either have huge egos or the "bowling coach is too weak". The total was probably 30+ short to be competitive but add the difference in fielding then we were 60 short. Things can improve and I guess we may need to look towards the U19's and a team Physcologist. I've seen too many finals with players not being able to relax and out think the opposition at various stages of the game.Finally Misbah just can't work the field early enough at crucial times in a game. Fawad showed fantastic potential.

  • Rexton87 on March 10, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    @Match-winner Very good points mate but. Misbah's cool and calm exterior is celebrated often enough but his approach to not hurry and continue on a sedate path no matter what and relying on their 'world class bowling' to subdue every team all the time is palin wrong and must change. It should not be always down to Akmals , Afridis and tail ender to atone for the slow strike rate of middle order.I feel the advice to Fawad Alam to target 230 was totally wrong. Lack of a calculated assault earlier on and a lack of urgency between overs 20- 35 cost them the match. If pakistan had lost after scoring 300+ it was okay but this approach did not squeeze out the best of available batting resources, period.

  • on March 10, 2014, 9:29 GMT

    mr dishan mohamed, pak also beat sa in sa, sr ilanka in uae.

  • Rexton87 on March 10, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    I had the rare chance to see Misbah bat live for the first time and I began to see why people criticise him so much and why he had 37 fifties in ODI crciket and no centuries. First of all ODI are not meant to be content on miliking the bowling for 3 runs an over and accumulate a painfully slow 50. When he consumes so many bowls to score his 50 and then couple of sixes whcih makes the stas all right in the end and then get out in 60s but the damage is already done. He told Fawad to target a score of 220 -230 when to beat Sri Lanka anything less than 310 was open to attack anyway. Whenever Pak has won a tournament it is usually by flair and flash of brilliance and the last two ODI were certain defeats for Pakistan if not for Afridi's sensational knocks.Umar Gul ,who says he is good bowler his hit me please bowls and his sagging morale with each hit was dreadful to watch. With this appraoch you could compete in a world event but will not win it.

  • Match-winner on March 10, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Also, people questioning Misbah's decisions make interesting points - Why did he not bring Afridi despite recent onslaught? Because there were almost 14 overs left! It was great that Umar & Fawad continued for almost of all of those 14 overs, but it would have been unfair, & pressure on the team if Afridi got out in the 38-40th over! I think it was a smart move. People quickly forget that Misbah brough Afridi before Akmal in the BD match, because that was a gamble worth playing!! But the same people will not acknowledge his strategies then. U play to ur strenght, not ur weakness -Pakistan's strength in recent years has been its bowling, it didn't work this time and we lost, simple! Fielding didn't contribute, in fact spoiled things - we lost! 260 was a defendable target! Accept these facts, give credit to SL for being a better overall team of the tournament,& hope & pray for consistency in our ranks, rather than these no-idea-how-cricket-is-played kind of rants. Good luck greens

  • Match-winner on March 10, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    Amazing comments about the slow batting run rate,&especially comments on Misbah's batting! Misbah could have been attacking in the field, I agree, but in batting, he played slow?? Serious lack of understanding of cricket. When he came to bat it was 18 for 3! & 45+ overs left in the game. Team still totaled 100 in 31 overs&he ended up scoring @ strike rate of almost 70 for his 65 runs- I don't think this is bad from any standard! Even 260 wasn't a bad score at all, especially with the bowling attack we had (at least on paper, before SL innings). It was the bowling & the fielding that let you down; not a case of pot calling the kettle black, but reality... Misbah's decision to change Ajmal after his first 4 overs is arguable, but since he bowled 2 overs after taking 2wickets, which they defended, so it was OK to try other bowlers, because after all a team relies on 5 bowlers, & not just one to win you matches all the time... As they say hindsight is 20/20, so everyone is an expert…sad

  • Iceman29 on March 10, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    First of all commiserations to pak team. But am very disappointed of Pak not winning this Asia cup...I mean 260 was a very good total in these type of pitches and with the bowling that Pak possessed it should have been a cakewalk for them but instead they faltered...With the mediocre bowling attack India almost succeeded in defending less than 260 (eventhough they lost it) but Pak gave too many runs and they never were in the match....Misbah should also be blamed for removing Ajmal from the attack when he was the bowler clearly toubling the batsmen....From this outcome am not sure Pak will be able to compete in world cup if they could not win against SL....because SL cannot win world cup with this kind of team am sure of that.....looking at the current team performance no Asian team will be able to compete with Aus, SA in Aus.....

  • on March 10, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    Enough of the pot calling the kettle black. If the bowlers were mediocre the captain was moronic. Giving the SL batsmen easy singles, setting no attacking fields, saving ajmal for the last 10 overs and giving the ball the talha instead, were all Misbah's doing. Admirable as he may be as a batsman he is easily one of the worst tacticians we have ever had as captain of Pakistan - right up there with Zaheer Abbas and Waqar Younis and a far cry from Imran, Mushtaq, Miandad.

  • K-amps on March 10, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    @Nirvana-Light: Thank you!

    Hypocritical of Misbah to blame bowlers when you make 65 off 98 balls yourself... on the other side Thiramane made 100 off almost same number of balls.... yes you were short 35 runs at least, you Misbah, caused the slow down in the final and the Semi final in the last WC where you tucked in the final over where Pak needed 30 runs, yes, you Blocked. This is Misbah, saving his own wicket is not bad enough, but stringing along a whole generation of fans thinking you did it for the nation is very sad. Blame yourself, not the bowlers. 260 was never going to be enough on this pitch. You set the bowler up for failure and you knew it. if BD can score 325 against your attack, why did you targer 260 only, why not ask Akmal and Alam to hit out from the 40th over instead of waiting till 47th?

  • eng_mdkhan on March 10, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    It is very clear that the bowling department is the weaker link right now. The batsman have managed to put up a good show but the bowling has not complimented them. In a way it is good for them since they can seriously look for some good talent instead of getting stuck with the present bunch of pretenders. They are nowhere as good as their predecessors and are hyped as continuing the legacy of quality fast bowlers from Pakistan. They are mere shadows of the giants that left the playing field before them. Umar Gul and Junaid Khan were promising when they started and they still are after so many years........and that is the problem they never improved after the initial burst. All great bowlers continually improve their skills over a time however the current crop of Pakistani bowlers are content as is. It is time to seriously look for new emerging bowlers.

  • on March 10, 2014, 3:02 GMT

    grea8 win by our lankan friends . they truly deserved this cup played professionally throughout the tournament . Misbah should learn from thirimane and mahela they didnt slow down despite losing 2 imp wickets on 56 and we just blocked next 15 overs after 3 wickets . sharjeel is not one day material he shud play only 20 20 while we need younis so in WC we would have dependable batting with hafeez shehzad younis misbah sohaib fawad umar afridi anwar junaid ajmal irfan.

  • IAS2009 on March 9, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    the match was lost in first 4 overs of first inning, Pakistan were around 125 in 29 overs, the batsmen got out on poor shots, there was no good bowling or demons in the wicket which cause the outs, the mistake was blocking balls like Misbah always does and so did Fawad Alam, if they have just took singles and played the non risk batting they could have been close to 300 or more, the over cautious approach cause them the game, the ironic part was they had resources unused your best hitter did not face a ball, when Pakistan wanted to to up the speed they got 100 runs in last 10 overs for one wicket only, so Pakistan batting was poor, the wickets will only fall because of poor strokes which is only possible if pakistan would have scored 300+.

  • on March 9, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    Sidh87!!! do you follow cricket or hockey???? From which stats are you mentioning Sri lanka hasn't won anything out of Asia since 2000...I don't know if you Indian supporter or Pakistani supporter mate Srilanka is the only team from asia who has performed well outside asia..Talk with facts and stats or keep quiet...In west Indies 2007 world cup Inda kicked out of world cup by bangaldesh where was it in west Indies....

  • on March 9, 2014, 15:47 GMT

    there was no point in taking off saeed ajmal...if he had bowled thru the sri lankans might have lost another wicket or two...pakistan made a decent total with a bad start and should have tried to block teh sri lankans rather than attack...if u bowl upto the battsman there is a greater chance for yorkers and containment..one again notices the tentative prodding and batting outside teh off stump...with three spinners pakistan should have bowled better and fawad should have been tried...in one dayers a left armer is usually successful and one must look at teh young under nineteen bowlers for a new spinner apart from zulfikar baber

  • SLcric123 on March 9, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    @sidh78...maybe it's a super flat pitch but india could not even make into the final in such a pitch so this shows how weak india team is.

  • sidh78 on March 9, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Noticed one thing how the nature of the tracks(pitchs) change the quality of team.SL wins on super flat roads of bangaladesh.but same SL team thrashed by india in CT & tri series in ENG & WI on fast seaming bouncy tracks & SL not win a single series OUt side SL since 2000.really cricket is funny game.

  • Oxonion on March 9, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    What Pakistan needs is a psychoanalyst and not 5 bigwig cricketers from the past. With so many cooks, the broth will be hell bound for sure. Look at what happen during Pakistan golden period between 1982 and 1992; there was one aggressive and positive captain and one fatherly figure coach cum manager with no ego issues. The two use to get into a room and in 10 minutes plan and agree on a strategy and then implement it to the hilt. They need to appoint an aggressive captain, a fatherly figure coach cum manager and a psychoanalyst who can teach and train them on how to play under pressure and not on how to play cricket! Afridi, Inzamam and a renowned sports psychoanalyst might offer us the best ingredients, going to the world cup in australia.

  • Nirvana-light on March 9, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    Misbah and Fawad alam faced something around 250 balls just only scoring less 200 out of that. They scored 50 runs of 18 overs. And you expect bowling to defend it on the flat track. It was the total apporach that was wrong.We need positiv cricket.

  • on March 9, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    i think what really went wrong for pakistan is they were very slow after losing three wickets.

  • Oxonion on March 9, 2014, 13:41 GMT

    We lost the game between the 35th and the 50th overs when batting. Sure with 3 down there was pressure but by the 35th over you had recovered and with Afridi still in the hut, Misbah, Fawad and Omer should have looked for at least one boundary per over instead of blocking Milinga and singles in the others. The result could ve been over 300 score and something to fight about. Look at the sirilankans in contrast; they lost two quick wickets including their ace batsman at the very begining but there was no slowing down of the momentum. They still kept taking 6 to 7 runs off every over. This is what is called being able to play under pressure and not what our batsmen did; any first class cricket could do the blocking role when that happens, but to actually play keeping the end result in mind is what international players are suppose to do. Misbah might be a great batsman but has no captaincy skills, am sorry to say. He is two steps behind the game instead of being ahead of it.

  • gujratwalla on March 9, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    It is easy to be wise after the event! Pakistan had been given earlier warnings that Gul is no longer the yorker king he was,in fact he used to be the best death bowler in Asia.The Bengalis slaughtered him yet he was still chosen for this match.Bilal Bhatti should have played here as well as Shoaib Maqsood instead of Sherjeel Khan.Let the over- rated Hafeez open the innings or bat at no.6.Frankly Pakistan were beaten by a better team, by a more agressive team.Junaid,Talha and Gul looked novices to the Lankan pacers.Simply a matter of class here.No alibis just beaten fair and square by superior opponents.

  • on March 9, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Mohammad Akram is poor bowling coach. Why extend his contract when we have Waqar Younis who is ready to be the coach. Poor bowling effort from Pakistan throughout the entire tournament. Gul has been far below his best, we shouldn't be playing him if he is unfit. Junaid Khan should have been bowling with the new ball on these wickets, instead he was kept for later and its understandable if he was unable to pick up wickets. I am still not so sure about Talha, its seems he ll join Bhatti and Anwar Ali and fade away. Mohammad Akram is unable to groom bowlers.. instead of improving, the new comers are slowly fading away.

  • reason-galore on March 9, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    umer gul and talha have always leaked runs so no surprise there. This was a 300+ wicket and we only did 260 so what do you expect? even 300+ would have been chased. Juniad khan cannot seam the ball anymore and umer gul is only effective when he is on a roll with yorkers. Without muhammad irfan our bowling lacks bite and saeed ajmal cannot always win matches for us alone on flat tracks. Sri lanka won is the first few overs of the match when our top 3 got out cheaply... game over... only if misbah could learn from the likes of inzi and salim malik on how to take singles, he might actually become a match winner rather than always getting out when he is needed most

  • on March 9, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    Misbah himself made 65 off 98 balls with a strike rate of around 66. There was another batsman who was playing the anchor innings so probably Misbah missed a trick here. A player like Shahid Afridi, who has been the key player because of which pakistan managed to reach the finals didnt face a single delivery. If they would have reached a total of 290+, it would have been a close final. So i do agree.. Don't blame everything on the bowlers.

  • on March 9, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    Misbah a match winner? What a joke. He is good only for his own records. Pakistan invariably loses when he performs.

  • Khans_word on March 9, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    Pakistan bowlers have been pretty poor and pathetic in all the Asia Cup matches with the exception of Ajmal. My angst is mainly against the trio fast bowlers who have performed well below par. Talah is too new to make any past comparisons but he was out of his depth and struggling. All were guilty of spraying it leg side and lacked any consistency in line and length. The bottom line is Mohd Akram the bowling coaches role and input or lack in this case. Suprisingly an average bowler has been made coach - please Wasim Akram step up! Hopefully Mohd Irfan will recover for the T20 WC, but can we turn it around in time?

  • hellothereeveryone on March 9, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    260 was not enough on this wicket! Bowlers are not the only ones to be blamed. They were not at their best but Misbah remember bowlers are not always going to save after a poor batting performance!

  • Rajesh.Kumar on March 9, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    What else can be expected from the bowlers who leaked 329 runs against Bangladesh? Were Pakistani fans expecting that these bowlers will fetch world cup for them????

  • on March 9, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    i think its time that umer gul should be left alone, i have not seen him performing in the big games for Pakistan and he goes from a great bowler to a club cricketer in the big matches batting first on a good batting wicket was not a bad idea but top order should have takeen bit more responsibility all they had to do was to see off malinga and rest was pic of cake. once again i will say that the wayward bowling let us down this time. anyways best of luck for world T 20...

  • Sajid111 on March 9, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    I don't know, why would you opt to bat in day/night game. It is always been difficult to defend any total in night condition. Plus Bowling 2nd on the pitch is always difficult. This is where misbah made a mistake.

  • AfaqMalik on March 9, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Come on guys! We have got what we wanted from this tournament. SriLanka is our next favourite and therefore, I am cheering for them as well. It was great that SriLanka has proved themselves invincible and history shows that Pakistan and Srilanka have always been on the same level. Qualifying for the final proves the fact. Go Pakistan! Go Srilanka! Hurray!!!!!

  • Syed_imran_abbas on March 9, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    Honestly who selected this fast bowling attack? talha - where did you find this legend from? gul not even fit. junaid is your best bowler after irfan currently, he just need being given some confidence. The guys like Wasim waqar must be crying blood to see these guys representing our fast bowling attack. and why did you change your winning combination? sharjeel might be good for t20's only. Mohammad Akram's role should be reconsidered.

  • on March 9, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    these are the tournament stats for bowlers; Ajmal - overs: 49 - 189/11 - avg 17.18 - eco 5.42 - SR 19

    hafeez - overs: 46.2 - 190/5 - avg 38 - ec 4.10 - sr 55.6

    afridi : overs:44 - 224/3 - avg: 74.66 -eco 5.09 - sr :88

    gul overs: 42 - 262/5 - avg; 52.40 - eco 6.23 - sr :50.4

    talha overs:20.2 - 146/4 - avg 36.50 - eco 7.18 - sr ;30.5

    junaid overs: 31 - 177/1 - avg 177 - eco 5.70 - sr 186

    ajmal was joing leading wicket taker. then hafeez was at no 10 and rest were way down.

    because of poor batting, pak bowlers often get away with some off days. but this is happening quiet regular now. fast bowlers are no more good. M Akram is not doing a good job with new/young guys.

    Still many people here putting all on batting which is not right. fielding and bowling is new issue for pakistan. Slow batting was just 1 minor reason. with this kind of fielding and bowling they will suffer more.

  • GodDamnYou on March 9, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    @sherishahmir. Remember Pak have lost all last three matches against SL in row, it seems almost impossible and hell tough task for Pak to beat SL with the current form that the SL have. I think in resent history Pak have not loss 3 in a row against same opposition. U people always underestimate the opposition and pay the price. Good instance is last BD match which Blinder Afridi came and rescue U form such a probable humiliation. Just be kind enough to give credit where it is due. Remember that in the modern era of cricket, there is no permanent hero specially in shorter format (T20/ODI) of the game.

  • on March 9, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    many people here saying that score was not enough. i also agree misbah-alam partnership was slow. no doubt. but that was only minor reason. 260 was fighting total. we never know with afridi. but anyway if it was 300, even then SL would have done it. 22 balls were left and in last 10 overs they took it easy. only 1 bowler posed threat and that was ajmal & they gave him full respect. you cant win matches by 1 bowler when others were expensive & ineffective. fielding was poor to grab couple of chances which came their way.

    During whole tournament fast bowlers were poor. only spinners hold some ground. We have seen bhatti & anwar have good bowling debut then faded away. same thing happening with Talha. Gul & junaid are also going downwards.

    It is responsibility of bowling coach to correct these mistakes. he doesnt have that good stats for himself during his career

    It is hard to digest this but the fact is that for past few months our bowling is below par. not the best which some call.

  • GodDamnYou on March 9, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Misbah is a match winner for oppositions so often he score 50 opponent wins , Further the truth is Thiri's and MJ's classes were too much for Pakistani. It was not poor bowling it was just a situation what Classic batting win over Quality bowling attack. Just try to understand facts fans.

  • siddhartha87 on March 9, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    Pakistan's bowling is really over rated. They are pretty good in t20 but when it comes to tests and ODIs they are ordinary. Gul took just 5 wkts at an economy of above 6,Junaid Khan just had one wicket through out the tournament ,Afridi had 3 wickets. Ajmal is a class act but they are over dependent on him.Talha was a disaster as well apart from India match.

  • on March 9, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    ist over sarjeel already hit 2 fours and wanted to hit again? very bad shot selection by pak baters. hit 4 or 6 otherwise play test cricket(in oneday match) this is their mindset. not using techniques, rotate the strike, running between the wickets, poor fielding. (leave the ball and running behind)

    bowling alrady worst why not make any change(bangladeh made 326 runs) very good bowlers??????

  • on March 9, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Come on guys let stop crying. Its a match. If PAK is win, think of SL fans. They too perfomed great in all matches.

    My positive notes on PAK i m happy. 18 for 3, old pakistan team would have all out for 50 against same SL in same situation b4. Now due to misbah new stability midde order was developed and posted 260 and palyed 96 overs game. Else tel me one game in last years 18 for 3 and pakistan played 96 overs. Only one mistake. If they have sent afridi before akmal and afridi batted 25 balls hope 30 runs + in score board. Also 260 is good score if bowlers bowled good. Ajmal take 2 wickets and SL stunned but GUL and others not given any support or threats. Because hafeez and gul are not a new ball bowlers. Asif, Irfan, Aamir were away and that affect us. Also instead of TALHA i belive bhatti would have contained SL .Also anwar ali can bowl new ball. Misbah Strike rate is less which he need to improve or else he need to finally get that as FAWAD done. who changed 40 to 80 atlast.

  • fkhawaja on March 9, 2014, 6:29 GMT

    the stat that when misbah is run out pakistan wins. i would like to know if he is run out early in his innings. if that is the case it means that when he bats long he slows down the run rate and causes problem. misbah is a great stabilising factor but he must score faster .

  • bllas on March 9, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    No point of blaming bowlers Misbah, what i felt is even it's big one Misbah and Fawad had big partnership, that's the partner ship let down Pakistan too much negative batting the used 32 overs just less than 4 runs per over. it's definitely good batting track, the two boundaries in first over proved that. at least they should start do some acceleration. rotating strikes in after 15 overs. should try to go more than 4 runs over but they went less than three runs per over by leaving too much to last 10 overs.

  • JustIPL on March 9, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    Our championship was beating india who put forward and bangladesh who betrayed us to big3 idea. SL stood by us till late and also richly desereved to win this game. They had been in good form till date. Carbon copy performances from Threemane and Slinga. Infact, slinga will be a spinner with top arm action. lol.

  • sherishahmir on March 9, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    I cannot understand if the players i.e Gul, Talha, Afridi and Shargeel are not 100% fit why they were included in the final eleven, specially in the final when we have great substitutions of Anwar Ali, Bilawal Bhatti and Sohaib Maqsood though Afridi can be excused as he may would have bat. Simply missing another opportunity of lifting asia cup by not beating the lankans side, which was not at all a difficult task.

  • alischeme on March 9, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    It was a good enough total even with all the expensive seamers, had they actually held on to all them catches. Especially the one Sharjeel let go for a six and the one Akmal dropped in Afridi's over. Our seamers are USELESS though. Junaid only got 1 wicket in 4 matches and got tonked in 3 of them. Gul got leathered as well in the last 3 matches he played in Asia Cup. Talha's economy was 7.18 and only got 4 wickets.

  • Zahidsaltin on March 9, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    I feel our fast bowling is worse than all other teams except BD but this final we lost more due to umpire Bruce Oxenford who did not give Misbah out while on 19. Had his tuk tuk gone out of equation then, we surely would have posted 280-300 on the board. Misbah is a scared captain and batsman. Would ABD have gone to his shell as Misbah did after 3-18? No I don't thinks so, ADB would have trusted his remaining batsmen to deliver.

  • the.ruffian on March 9, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    After a spectacular show in the league games quite an ordinary performance in the finals by misbah and his men. There was just no intensity be it the batting or bowling/fielding. Ajmal seemed like the only man in this 11 who wanted to win the asia cup. Quite weird to be honest or maybe the tournament ended for pakistan when they beat us (india) in the league game :D good luck for the wc t20 misbah..you have a great team under you..

  • CricIndia208 on March 9, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    This is a small, inconsequential tournament. Their inability to win even these low key tournaments would be hurting pakistan a lot. India are good at winning the big tournaments, the fact that they are the world champions and the holders of the Champions Trophy proves this. Also India have an awesome record over pakistan in the world cups.

  • waqas-ahmed-qasi on March 9, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    Asia cup

    It is failure of Pakistan bowling line. Gul, Talha,Junaid were totally Off in Asia cup. Wicket keeping was also problem. Many thick edges were droped by Umar Akmal. Now Irfan is really first need for upcoming T20i worldcup. Pakistan bowling coach must work hard on fast bowlers.

  • gr8-cricket on March 9, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    Misbah, I was waiting for the Asia cup win and you broke my heart into millions of pieces. Where is my Asia cup 2014 after we defeated IND and BD in a spectacular manner. Your baseless excuses won't bring 2014 Asia Cup back to PAK. How come all the Afridi effort went in vain in this final.

    Misbah, I wish you had not made the mistakes today. Someone please tell me that PAK won today not SL.

    My heart is been crying today and I am totally shocked.

    I had all the confidence in you up until this final.

    We need to get Gul and Sharjeel out and bring in Anwar Ali and Maqsood.

  • Equanimous on March 9, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    Captain is wrong once again. This was a 300 wicket so 260 was never going to be defendable.

  • Sachit1979 on March 9, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    I too completely agree with Misbah. After Pak getting decent total on board, I was quite sure that Pak bowlers would be able to defend it but except Ajmal no one really looked hungry for the title. Gul had no clue how to cope with SL openers and then Junaid, Talha and ill Afridi all added to Pakistan misery. Pakistan seriously missed Mohd Irfan in this match. About their batting, well it was very pleasant to watch Alam magnificence, Misbah's consistency and Umar's fireworks but top order again spoiled the show. Hafeez with his bowling definitely deserves to be in playing 11 but he with his inconsistency at number 3 is a debatable issue. Number 3 batsman should be best batsman of the side not some one who clicks once in blue moon. Sharjeel needs to work on his fitness and Shehzad on his footwork to be more consistent and productive. But anyways overall great show by Pakistan overall and Fawad Alam is a find of the tournament for them.

  • La_Bangla on March 9, 2014, 3:01 GMT

    Misbah is correct. Except Ajmal, Pakistan bowling was poor through out the tournament. BD scored 323 and Afganistan was crusing until middle order collapsed. They won against BD and India due to Afridi blinders- they would have lost both the games otherwise..

  • on March 9, 2014, 2:40 GMT

    Just speechless completely. They played really very ordinary game & Srilanka deserved it & played well according to the basics.

  • on March 9, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    Just Two thumbs up for SL ... they deserved the victory

  • Guduji71 on March 9, 2014, 0:09 GMT

    It was a good match. But the important factors I want to shed light on are the bowling of Umar Gul. Can you believe I was praying that they dropped Umar Gul for the final. His track record in the finals is hopeless. World cup 2011 semi final and now in this Asia cup final he unfortunately opens bowling bowls short out side off stump and gives easy runs to the opposition. I must highlight the role of the bowling coach M. Akram. This is partly his fault who could not convince fast bowler to bowl full and straight. Sharjeel, A. Shahzad and M. Hafeez were disappointing. But I was really impressed by the innings of Fawad Alam. He with Misbah almost had match winning partnership. We must try and look for a regular wicket keeper, U. Akmal is good enough to play just as a batsman, alone.

  • manizee on March 8, 2014, 23:06 GMT

    Pakistan is becoming complacent about its bowling, especially fast bowling. Even if you have the talent it needs to be harnessed. Mohd. Akram's coaching is found wanting. He has been there for a while and has not produced anything significant. Aaqib Javed needs to be lured back and given the post. He tenure(s) as coach have produced positive results (e.g. winning the U19 World Cup) and his stints at the academy have been noteworthy in developing and bettering many fast bowlers (e.g. Mohd. Irfan).

  • on March 8, 2014, 23:01 GMT

    We have to accept that our bowling department is not strong under current conditions. First of all we need Irfan back in the team as soon possible. Secondly under current form, Umer Gul is a burden on Pak team. We definitely need replacement. T20 will be played on the same pitches so we definitely need to workout on these issues. Dropping of Sohaib Maqsoob and bringing Sharjeel was also bad decision. Sohaib plays with responsibility and Sharjeel has the habit of throw away his wicket after making few quick runs.

  • spinkingKK on March 8, 2014, 22:58 GMT

    I don't think Pakistan lost because of the bowling inability. 260 against SriLanka was never going to be enough. Shahid Afrid didn't even get a ball to face. That was outright foolishness. It is like Australian team of early 40's playing a match and not letting Bradman bat. Afridi was in great form and he can rip any bowling apart. Instead making him face as balls as possible, Misbah and Fawad decided to eat the balls up and keep the wickets in hand. Even after Misbah was out, Umar Akmal came out. It should have been Afridi at that stage. They were afraid about him failing. What if he gets out? Another wicket at that stage was not going to have a big impact on the eventual total.

  • gr8-cricket on March 8, 2014, 22:49 GMT

    Misbah, lets be clear here.

    Q1: Why did u not bring Afridi despite his recent onslaught.

    Q2. Why did u wasted 25 overs with only 100 runs scored.

    Q3. Why was Maqsood not played instead of constant failure Sharjeel.

    Please don't blame the bowlers.

    The captaincy was the major contributor to our humiliating defeat besides poor fielding.

  • on March 8, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    the captian failed to put pressure, no slips after taking 2 wickets. 3 dropped catches, is this guy for real blaming ballers on a dead pitch

  • Herath-UK on March 8, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    He is quite right being outspoken against his bowlers & at the same time it shows how good our bowlers performed outclassing the Pak bowlers. It was a master stroke to bring in Lakmal who gave good support to Malinga instead of Mendis. When Imran Khan wanted Sri Lanka to bat first at the 96 WC, Arjuna surprised him by opting to chase & win & today Wasim Akram after the toss made a triumphant fist when told SL had dropped Mendis. It shows how good the Sri Lankans have outsmarted the Paks!

  • on March 8, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    Can someone please explain why sharjeel khan is given opportunity after opportunity despite repeated failures. That guy cant move his feet to save his life lol I would rather we persist with ahmed shehzad and nasir jamshed or ahmed shehzad and mohammad hafeez if we opt to play another allrounder ( I also hope we have seen the last of uselss abdur rehman)

    I thought our batting showed signs of improvement during this tournament but surprisingly our bowling was below par. I still dont understand why misbah came up the order at number 5 instead of umer akmal. Misbah's 50, although valuable, really slowed down the run rate and we were probably about 30-50 runs short on that Mirpur wicket. Until umer akmal plays up the batting order, he will not learn to take responsibility and build his innings since he usually plays 6-8 where slogging is required towards the end overs. Umer akmal deserves a chance up the order for a period of time to showcase his talents like virat kohli.

  • Zahidsaltin on March 8, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    You can't just wash it of by saying it was a off day for bowlers. Dose this not sound a bit familier as the same words were said after thrashing at the hands of Bangladesh. Non of the fast bowlers showed control and ideas. Be it Umar Gul who only plays on his reputation of yesteryears , incapble Junaid who got a single wicket in 5 matches or it be the new Guys, not one of them even looked like being at the level of Sirilankan Lakmal. Shouldn't Mohammad Akram be responsible for the quality delivered by the fast bowlers. While people expect them to improve with the coach, these two reasonable bowlers have gone down to become liabilities. So please spare us of standard sentences like, "bowler's off day", "bad choice of shots" and "did not employ us as we should". It's bad bowling in two consective matches, put Akram and the bowlers to sword.

  • Aju.Nair on March 8, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    Fawad Alam's comeback and Afridi's form was biggest plus points in this tour...Misbah continued his good form..Sharjeel and Soqlain was the biggest failures in this tournament..One request to PAK selectors is to give enough chance to a player like Fawad Alam..For no reasons he was out of team..and initially not included him in the playing 11...he has good test record also..give him enough chance...Pak team is depending too much on Saeed Ajmal..its high time for them to find another quality player to back up Ajmal...

  • on March 8, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    the stat tells how poorly they played their best bowler. malinga ended tournament with 11 wickets and 10 were against pak in 2 games. and not to forget 5 wickets in 17 balls in game 1 and 3 in 3 overs in this game. he got 1 wicket from other games and against pak 10. huge difference. need regular keeper. another opener or hafeez at opener. why waste another spot if we are just thinking to get 10-20 runs from opener or no3. also need a fielding coach other than shoaib. have to see any players fielding while making selection. sharjeel is a good example.

    also i think having too much big heads in dressing room will not work good. there is zaheer, moin , shoaib and manager zakir khan. just wondering who is making game plans and toss decisions/ playing 11. normally its manger- coach - captain who do this. but hard to believe that they are not asking for input from zaheer and shoaib.

  • on March 8, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    top 3 were poor. hafeez inconsistent as always. ahmed was lazy. sharjeel is just not good enough. wont last long woth this kind of game. they recovered ok. misbah was slow. alam was also slow.

    poor fielding really. thirimane was dropped at 36. hafeez's drop ration in last 14-15 months is 40%. not regular keeper also a problem.

    i would put whole thing on bowling and fielding. not much on batting as 260 was still good to atleast make a fight out of it.

    But this was all coming. from game 1 , they have been bowling below average, poor fielding, poor shot selection. its just that success hides mistakes & things weng unnoticed. luck brought them to final but not over the line. we all know afridi. so those 2 games may have been over in loss.

    you have an old ex player as fielding coach. what qualification he has? apart from being good fielder in his time which was some years ago. need to improve fielding. cant hide things everytime by just blaming 1 man. poor bowling&fielding .

  • mzm149 on March 8, 2014, 20:14 GMT

    Most of Bangladeshi pitches are fast bowler's graveyard. In World T20, Pakistan has Bhatti, Tanvir, Gul, Talha and Junaid to choose from. Only two should play in each game. Junaid is not a very good t20 bowler even though he is excellent test and ODI bowler. Talha has so far not impressed in limited over games. Zulfiqar Babar and Saeed Ajmal should play all games as spinners with Hafeez and Afridi the other two.

    1. Shehzad 2. Kamran 3. Hafeez 4. Sohaib 5. Umar 6. Malik 7. Afridi 8. & 9. Bhatti/ Tanvir/ Gul 10. Babar 11. Ajmal

  • on March 8, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    all 5 wickets were given to their best bowler. whereas they played ajmal very well and given respect. many people will say about less score . to me that was just 1 of the reason not the only reason.

    misbah and alam played slow. no doubt about it. afridi didnt bat but you never know what will he give you. wasnt looking 100% fit. also a big IF about what would have he done. but any way even if pak has scored 300, it would have been still chased by the way SL batted. still 22 balls left and in last 10 overs or so they didnt tried any hard hitting. slow batting was only minor reason. the big issue was bowling. especially from fast bolwers. throughout the tournament they have been expensive and very few wickets. afridi and hafeez were also not that effective. not saying 260 was defendable but it shouldnt have been so easy for SL against good bolwers which are termed best by few. SL hardly had any problem scoring 5+ from 1st over. to me that was the main reason& fielding.

  • Nirvana-light on March 8, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    He should blame himself. He went on the back foot very early in the game and played a very slowly and wasted many balls. It was a good batting pitch. He is so negative and passive in his approach. He never comes up with anything smart or wise as a cricketing captain. He is not a leader to be looked up to. He didn't even let Shahid Afridi bat today, Afridi was in hot red form in Asia cup. He could have changed the game in minutes. Please Pcb be wise and change this guy. He has no tatics, no clear philosophy or a playing style. Pathan Afridi for the captain and bring back the fun to the game.

  • Nirvana-light on March 8, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    He should blame himself. He went on the back foot very early in the game and played a very slowly and wasted many balls. It was a good batting pitch. He is so negative and passive in his approach. He never comes up with anything smart or wise as a cricketing captain. He is not a leader to be looked up to. He didn't even let Shahid Afridi bat today, Afridi was in hot red form in Asia cup. He could have changed the game in minutes. Please Pcb be wise and change this guy. He has no tatics, no clear philosophy or a playing style. Pathan Afridi for the captain and bring back the fun to the game.

  • on March 8, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    What is wrong With PAK, when Batting supports bowling collapse, when bowling supports batting collapses. Pakistan seriously need to bring Irfan give rest to Gul and bring back the old bowling attack which doesnt include Talha. They are surely gonna have that class bowling attack back. Bringing Talha is a mistake, I am surprised how he Bowled against India

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  • on March 8, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    What is wrong With PAK, when Batting supports bowling collapse, when bowling supports batting collapses. Pakistan seriously need to bring Irfan give rest to Gul and bring back the old bowling attack which doesnt include Talha. They are surely gonna have that class bowling attack back. Bringing Talha is a mistake, I am surprised how he Bowled against India

  • Nirvana-light on March 8, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    He should blame himself. He went on the back foot very early in the game and played a very slowly and wasted many balls. It was a good batting pitch. He is so negative and passive in his approach. He never comes up with anything smart or wise as a cricketing captain. He is not a leader to be looked up to. He didn't even let Shahid Afridi bat today, Afridi was in hot red form in Asia cup. He could have changed the game in minutes. Please Pcb be wise and change this guy. He has no tatics, no clear philosophy or a playing style. Pathan Afridi for the captain and bring back the fun to the game.

  • Nirvana-light on March 8, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    He should blame himself. He went on the back foot very early in the game and played a very slowly and wasted many balls. It was a good batting pitch. He is so negative and passive in his approach. He never comes up with anything smart or wise as a cricketing captain. He is not a leader to be looked up to. He didn't even let Shahid Afridi bat today, Afridi was in hot red form in Asia cup. He could have changed the game in minutes. Please Pcb be wise and change this guy. He has no tatics, no clear philosophy or a playing style. Pathan Afridi for the captain and bring back the fun to the game.

  • on March 8, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    all 5 wickets were given to their best bowler. whereas they played ajmal very well and given respect. many people will say about less score . to me that was just 1 of the reason not the only reason.

    misbah and alam played slow. no doubt about it. afridi didnt bat but you never know what will he give you. wasnt looking 100% fit. also a big IF about what would have he done. but any way even if pak has scored 300, it would have been still chased by the way SL batted. still 22 balls left and in last 10 overs or so they didnt tried any hard hitting. slow batting was only minor reason. the big issue was bowling. especially from fast bolwers. throughout the tournament they have been expensive and very few wickets. afridi and hafeez were also not that effective. not saying 260 was defendable but it shouldnt have been so easy for SL against good bolwers which are termed best by few. SL hardly had any problem scoring 5+ from 1st over. to me that was the main reason& fielding.

  • mzm149 on March 8, 2014, 20:14 GMT

    Most of Bangladeshi pitches are fast bowler's graveyard. In World T20, Pakistan has Bhatti, Tanvir, Gul, Talha and Junaid to choose from. Only two should play in each game. Junaid is not a very good t20 bowler even though he is excellent test and ODI bowler. Talha has so far not impressed in limited over games. Zulfiqar Babar and Saeed Ajmal should play all games as spinners with Hafeez and Afridi the other two.

    1. Shehzad 2. Kamran 3. Hafeez 4. Sohaib 5. Umar 6. Malik 7. Afridi 8. & 9. Bhatti/ Tanvir/ Gul 10. Babar 11. Ajmal

  • on March 8, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    top 3 were poor. hafeez inconsistent as always. ahmed was lazy. sharjeel is just not good enough. wont last long woth this kind of game. they recovered ok. misbah was slow. alam was also slow.

    poor fielding really. thirimane was dropped at 36. hafeez's drop ration in last 14-15 months is 40%. not regular keeper also a problem.

    i would put whole thing on bowling and fielding. not much on batting as 260 was still good to atleast make a fight out of it.

    But this was all coming. from game 1 , they have been bowling below average, poor fielding, poor shot selection. its just that success hides mistakes & things weng unnoticed. luck brought them to final but not over the line. we all know afridi. so those 2 games may have been over in loss.

    you have an old ex player as fielding coach. what qualification he has? apart from being good fielder in his time which was some years ago. need to improve fielding. cant hide things everytime by just blaming 1 man. poor bowling&fielding .

  • on March 8, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    the stat tells how poorly they played their best bowler. malinga ended tournament with 11 wickets and 10 were against pak in 2 games. and not to forget 5 wickets in 17 balls in game 1 and 3 in 3 overs in this game. he got 1 wicket from other games and against pak 10. huge difference. need regular keeper. another opener or hafeez at opener. why waste another spot if we are just thinking to get 10-20 runs from opener or no3. also need a fielding coach other than shoaib. have to see any players fielding while making selection. sharjeel is a good example.

    also i think having too much big heads in dressing room will not work good. there is zaheer, moin , shoaib and manager zakir khan. just wondering who is making game plans and toss decisions/ playing 11. normally its manger- coach - captain who do this. but hard to believe that they are not asking for input from zaheer and shoaib.

  • Aju.Nair on March 8, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    Fawad Alam's comeback and Afridi's form was biggest plus points in this tour...Misbah continued his good form..Sharjeel and Soqlain was the biggest failures in this tournament..One request to PAK selectors is to give enough chance to a player like Fawad Alam..For no reasons he was out of team..and initially not included him in the playing 11...he has good test record also..give him enough chance...Pak team is depending too much on Saeed Ajmal..its high time for them to find another quality player to back up Ajmal...

  • Zahidsaltin on March 8, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    You can't just wash it of by saying it was a off day for bowlers. Dose this not sound a bit familier as the same words were said after thrashing at the hands of Bangladesh. Non of the fast bowlers showed control and ideas. Be it Umar Gul who only plays on his reputation of yesteryears , incapble Junaid who got a single wicket in 5 matches or it be the new Guys, not one of them even looked like being at the level of Sirilankan Lakmal. Shouldn't Mohammad Akram be responsible for the quality delivered by the fast bowlers. While people expect them to improve with the coach, these two reasonable bowlers have gone down to become liabilities. So please spare us of standard sentences like, "bowler's off day", "bad choice of shots" and "did not employ us as we should". It's bad bowling in two consective matches, put Akram and the bowlers to sword.

  • on March 8, 2014, 21:36 GMT

    Can someone please explain why sharjeel khan is given opportunity after opportunity despite repeated failures. That guy cant move his feet to save his life lol I would rather we persist with ahmed shehzad and nasir jamshed or ahmed shehzad and mohammad hafeez if we opt to play another allrounder ( I also hope we have seen the last of uselss abdur rehman)

    I thought our batting showed signs of improvement during this tournament but surprisingly our bowling was below par. I still dont understand why misbah came up the order at number 5 instead of umer akmal. Misbah's 50, although valuable, really slowed down the run rate and we were probably about 30-50 runs short on that Mirpur wicket. Until umer akmal plays up the batting order, he will not learn to take responsibility and build his innings since he usually plays 6-8 where slogging is required towards the end overs. Umer akmal deserves a chance up the order for a period of time to showcase his talents like virat kohli.