Bangladesh v Pakistan, only Twenty20, Mirpur November 29, 2011

Misbah happy with batting performance on difficult pitch

ESPNcricinfo staff

Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, has said that 135 was a "good enough" score at Mirpur given the amount of bounce and turn the bowlers were getting. Batting first, Pakistan had struggled against the Bangladesh spinners in getting to that score, but their bowlers made short work of the hosts to give them a 50-run win.

"I think it was a difficult wicket to bat on," Misbah said. "There were some loose patches and the ball was just bouncing and turning and I think scoring 135 runs on this wicket was good enough.

"If you consider the wicket, I think the batsmen did a pretty good job for the way they got the start. There was a little tremble in the middle overs, which cut down the score by 10 to 12 runs. Scoring 140 or 150 would have been a brilliant job."

It was the turn and bounce that encouraged Misbah to hand the new ball to offspinner Mohammad Hafeez, and the decision paid off immediately. Hafeez dismissed Alok Kapali in his first over on the way to figures of 2 for 11.

"We saw patches on the wicket on which the ball was bouncing and turning," Misbah said. "So it was a good idea to start with the spinners, specially Mohammed Hafeez for the way he bowls. He bowls wicket to wicket and gets a bit of bounce and turn."

Having seen first-hand how difficult it was to play spin on this wicket, Hafeez was mentally ready to open the bowling as well. "We had a plan to cut their runs in the first six overs and I have bowled with a new ball before and I am confident in doing so," Hafeez said. "The captain knew that I can be worthy with the new ball for which I was given the job and I tried to give 100%."

Despite their victory, Misbah said that low-scoring T20 games were less exciting than high scoring ones. "I think the game and the crowd demands more batting wickets for the game to become more entertaining. But I think these matters are not under the control of the players. We are professionals and should respect whatever wicket we get."

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  • Mansoor on December 1, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    Why Shoiab Malik still in team, he is useless cricketer and he wont FIT in any team in World. Remove him

  • Manesh on December 1, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    poor Bangladesh more thrashing waiting for them...the fans can enjoy some fluke wins against WI...thats all...

  • Cool on November 30, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    @ROLAYH : Asif, Amir, Butt. Rings more bells? :p

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda has been making the same comment for a year now, lol.

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    Well done Pak.. Its heartening to see some Pak bros here looking forward for Eng series.. Gud luck guys.. We expect u to give the first blow to Eng which will be aptly followed by India later.. It wud b wonderful to watch Pak thrash Eng.. Pak hv that potential.. Eng bowlers r simply useless in non-supportive conditions.. Their batsman r not so gr8s as they seems to b.. They will suffer against quality bowling.. Ind missed quality bowlers and "fit and settled" batting order whn they toured Eng - the major cause for its downfall.. Current Pak Team is better balanced than the Ind Team(which went to Eng).. So, I guess Pak will give a better fight and get better results.. Hope 4 the best..

  • umair on November 30, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    Pakistan's time to rule the cricket world !!

  • khurram on November 30, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    @piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda: Sl wasnt minow. eng wasnt minow but pak won 1 test with inexperincd batting where as 1 star packed team lost 4-0. & agree WI was minow but my question is that WI now a giant or top ranked when india beating them ?Lot of praise from indian fans wehn india beating WI so i think when WI traveled to india they are no 1 ranked?

  • khurram on November 30, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    good win for pak. but 2 things they need to consider, shoaib is completely out of form & SOHAIL TANVER is playing as batting allrounder & he cant even pick singles. seen in SL series as well. if razak fits he should be back & malik also not doing so should be replaced.1 thing i couldnt understand why bangladesh play 8 bowling allrounders (apart from 2/3 good batsman like shakib & other) but why cant they play professional batsman ? i mean using 8/9 bowlers isnt going to help when their batting averages are way too less.

  • Khair ul on November 30, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    AMUSMANI, see you don't get it! Every team knows they have a good chance of beating Pakistan regardless of what form the PAK team is in.

    I don't understand some fans reactions to the pitch. As if this is the first time Bangladesh produced such a pitch. They forget that Bangladesh always had such pitches. I doubt whether they could produce any other kind. So, to blame them for "killing itself" is bit of over-analysing I believe. Pakistan was the superior team and was expected to win in whatever conditions. Yet again, being Pakistan, every team knows a bit of pressure and they can cause an upset against them.

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2011, 8:45 GMT

    @Omar Khan and @Bilal Javaid: Don't you know the latest rule? Even previously 2nd ranked odi team and higher than us in tests, Srilanka became a minnow when WE beat them. InshaALlah England will become minnows too! It's so easy to beat us, yet the Indian government isn't allowing the march tour to be finalized. haha!

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