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

Misbah happy with batting performance on difficult pitch

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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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  • travelunlimited 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

  • Fast_Track_Bully 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...

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

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

  • on November 30, 2011, 10:35 GMT

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

  • 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..

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

    Pakistan's time to rule the cricket world !!

  • khurramsch 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?

  • khurramsch 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.

  • Happy_AusBang 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.

  • 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!

  • travelunlimited 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

  • Fast_Track_Bully 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...

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

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

  • on November 30, 2011, 10:35 GMT

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

  • 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..

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

    Pakistan's time to rule the cricket world !!

  • khurramsch 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?

  • khurramsch 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.

  • Happy_AusBang 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.

  • 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!

  • skepticaloptimist on November 30, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    @piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda - Inane comment, dude. Pakistan crushed SL in a neutral series, too. What else can you ask. Furthermore, they actually won a game in England; we didn't. Yes, the English team wasn't as strong, but still ... Pakistan performed better than we did in England. Give them the credit they deserve.

  • on November 30, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    Good thing about the wins is that they hide your short comings as well, so is the case with Pakistan. If you see their last ODI series against so weakened Sri Lankan side, clearly they batted so poorly in the 3rd and 4th One-day and just were lucky that Sri Lanka didnt have any bat else Sanga and Jayawardene.

    There are plenty of areas to be addressed like:

    i-) Same slow and rusty opening. Bring in either of Imran Nazir or Ahmad Shehzad as both are better batsman to bet your money on and far better fielders than Imran Farhat. ii-) Too much of chances to Asad Shafiq. I am tired of his batting. Neither can he defend nor can he hit. Bring in Umar Amin and Azhar Ali in ODIs too. iii-) Fast bowling is clearly not upto the mark. Bring in Tanvir Ahmad as well. iv-) Shoaib Malik doesn't find place anymore else he the reason he is old friend of Misbah. v-) Waheed Khan was very spot-on at saying that beg Afridi to reverse his retirement from tests and take him back for Tests against England.

  • ROLAYH on November 30, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    @piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda... Marquee tests, England tour, all the stars running out...... ring any bell.... :p

  • on November 30, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    Correction - Hafeez dismissed Alok Kapali in his 2nd over and not the 1st as written in the article...

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on November 30, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    @ Dr.Hasan hahahahha nice answer. piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda needs apply his "Thanda" formula on himself...

  • gagguv on November 30, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    And I thought it was Pakistan- Bangladesh match!! Most comments are about Test championship and if India would be a part of it or not. Since kreativemart is very keen to tell about India's England results, his short term memory perhaps have missed Pakistan's last Australia tour where they were blanked in all 3 formats. So before pointing fingers at others, check your finger is not dirty.

  • shahbazhussain on November 30, 2011, 4:36 GMT

    @thePakistanian that is what I am already speaking... its in 2017, Pakistan (i am pakistani) is rising... It will take another 2-3 years for Pakistan to produce great talent as you see in Asad, Azhar, Aizaz, Wahab, Saeed, Hafeez and also new comers. Its all looking good... misbah is really doing great but unfortunately he has to go in 2-3 years. I wish he were 32 at this point of time... We could see him as a longest captain for Pakistan side... he is really King of Cricket. No matter what format he is playing in, he is superb. Hafeez has got maximum maturity. Batting is clicking often, bowling is awesome these days. Just hope it goes for another 2-3 years. We will be another SA or may be Aus in coming years. All teams are declining except 2 teams. England and Pakistan are rising in Test formats... They are already champs in T20. ODI is nothing more than mind game! That is what Mishbah is playing already. T20 is game of luck. Test makes you Mr. Gentleman.

  • Desihungama on November 30, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    @ piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda - You've been making the same comment for over a year now. lol. I think it is here to last.

  • Faircricket11220 on November 30, 2011, 4:03 GMT

    what is the negativity about shoib malik going around this man won the domestic t20 5 times already no feilder better than him in pakistan except for the likes of afridi,yonus, and hafeez...let him get a more than ten mores i can promise no better player of spin than malik on pak side as we have seen in the past...but wont lie time is running out for malik cause hammad azam deserves the next spot at number 6 congrats to pakistan and batting sorry to say misbah was poor not satisfying same pitch given to england im sure they wouldnt have folded like bangladesh did today although the best bowling attack is pakistan at the moment and even during the world cup

  • Masking_Tape on November 30, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    Don't get how they created flat pitches during the WI tour last month, when WI can't play spin, and now they are making spin friendly pitches against a team that has a pair of killer spinners going around. WTH!?

  • G4rgoyle on November 30, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    To echo some of the other bloggers, I don't see any logic in continue to offer chances to Tanvir and Malik when there are more deserving and younger players are available. What is the point of having new players on the squad if they are not going to get a chance. I m sure that even in the worst case scenario the youngsters will outperform these two.

  • thePakistanian on November 30, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    @kreativemart Test Championship is in 2017 & I'm not sure about India & England to be in it, Australia & SA seems in & SL & Pakistan will probably be in if they work nicely on the young talent! On why I think India & England can't make, is cuz all of there main player are not going to be present at in 2017, like Sehwag, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Zaheer & Struss, Trott, KP, Swann etc! & cuz England usually are good in tests & can get replacements so they still have a chance, but at the moment theyre not producing young talent for test except 1/2 guys. On India; I can't see how on earth India will ever be able to make a great batting lineup of; Sehwag, Sachin, Dravid & VVS, & since they gone in 2017, less hope for Indian Test team, Raina & Kohli have tallent but huge weaknesses as well! SA & Austalia will be fine with new guys! Same thing comes to Pakistan & SL, if they managed them well, I can bet they will be in! Guys like Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal etc are surely Pak future!

  • Zahidsaltin on November 30, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    Get rid of Sohail Tanveer and Shoaib Malik and bring in Razzaq & Hammad for T20 and ODI against England.

  • Sinhaya on November 30, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Hey piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda, forgot the fact that Pakistan are the last team to beat England in a test match in England? Forgot the fact that Pakistan won 2 out of the 5 ODIs in England when India could not win any ODI in England this year? Wait and see! Pakistan will beat England 3-0 in tests and 4-0 in ODIs and 3-0 in the T20 in UAE next year!!

  • on November 29, 2011, 22:49 GMT

    for t20 world cup we have to bring in sum new faces in batting specialy like rameez raja2 or sum others and let them prepare with akmal,shafiq, hafeez, farhat, last but not least misbah himself. team shld be like this. hafeez,farhat,rameez,shafiq,misbah,akmal(wk),afridi,ajmal,wahab,gul, cheema. this team is well balance on any track. any how .. go team green ...

  • AMUSMANI on November 29, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    Well done team pakistan. Bangladesh fell into thier own trap by making a spinner friendly pitch. They forget that pakistan has one of the best spin attack. If bangladesh board think this kind of tactic will help them out then i think they are living in fool paradise. If bangladesh cant beat zimbawe how can they beat pakistan.

  • on November 29, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    i think pakistan played well. the way alok kapali and shakib bowled was deadly and it spun really big time. it was a spinning wicket but shamefully bangladesh made a weapon to kill pakistan, but killed by itself

  • shahbazhussain on November 29, 2011, 21:31 GMT

    I have seen how one team lost 4-0 to England in test series. While Pakistan managed to steal one victory when playing the same side. I now see the windies are less competitive than Bangladesh and I see India are dominating them. Anyway, it does not matter if a team is minnow or the buggy... All you have to show the consistency to rise. That is how Australia went up... They did not loose to any small team and kept going on and on and ruled the world for over 12 years! that was an awesome journey. You cant get form without working on your strengths and finding the mistakes. That is what Pakistan learnt from Australia (1-1) and Engalnd (3-1). Now they proved against Zim (1-0) and Sri Lanka (1-0).... They still need to go long long path to achieve more and slide up to appear in the very first Test Championship. I see Pakistan, Australia, India and South Africa/England competing for the Test championship. They all are in top 5 test nations already. Cricket will rule the world!

  • on November 29, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    the real test is against England - sri lanka are a side on the way down - we need to keep focussed and supplement the excellent bowling with better fielding and for the batters to run aggressively for singles etc not like my gr8 role model Inzi - my hindustani friends -time will tell- till we met and rememeba you are playing a poor Windies side

  • on November 29, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    LOL @ Dr. Hasan............

  • Dr.Hasan on November 29, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    Well if bangladesh plan to bank on their spinners and make pitches tailor-made for them then this tactic will just keep coming back to haunt them the whole tour as currently Pak has probably the best spin attack in the world with ajmal, afridi and hafeez in their ranks and their pace bowling is on an upswing as well. @ piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda: "it" has lasted for over one and a half years and seems likely to continue. Besides I didnt know SL had become minnows ? Besides I smell something burning in your comment...maybe you need to "pour" some thanda over it as well ;)!

  • on November 29, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    @piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda...Is Sri Lanka a Minnow side? They are the World Cup 2011 finalist. Come on man !!!

  • on November 29, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    whoever said that "I think Pakistan can be happy only by beating minnows" i think u might hve missed the pakistan vs srilanka series. And just wait for England to come to abu dhabi and then we'll decide....

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on November 29, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    I think Pakistan can be happy only by beating minnows. Once they run into better teams, they will be found out. Enjoy it while it lasts (not for too long, i bet)

  • Rakim on November 29, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Unprepared pitch. I guess the tactic backfired upon Bangla

  • LeftBrain on November 29, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    Misbah is correct, Pitch wasnt a good one to bat, and Pakistan did a great job by scoring 135 here, England would have bundeled outfor less then 100 on this surface for sure. Professor is turning out to be a good all rounder, very decent performances from him lately.

  • on November 29, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Pakistan at the moment are playing very good cricket. I hope they don't get complacent and loose their way. Stick to basics and even there are some losses, which there will be surely, keep the confidence and you are on your way to build a truly world class team. Let the 2012 World T20 come, there's a strong chance of winning the cup.

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  • on November 29, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Pakistan at the moment are playing very good cricket. I hope they don't get complacent and loose their way. Stick to basics and even there are some losses, which there will be surely, keep the confidence and you are on your way to build a truly world class team. Let the 2012 World T20 come, there's a strong chance of winning the cup.

  • LeftBrain on November 29, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    Misbah is correct, Pitch wasnt a good one to bat, and Pakistan did a great job by scoring 135 here, England would have bundeled outfor less then 100 on this surface for sure. Professor is turning out to be a good all rounder, very decent performances from him lately.

  • Rakim on November 29, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Unprepared pitch. I guess the tactic backfired upon Bangla

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on November 29, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    I think Pakistan can be happy only by beating minnows. Once they run into better teams, they will be found out. Enjoy it while it lasts (not for too long, i bet)

  • on November 29, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    whoever said that "I think Pakistan can be happy only by beating minnows" i think u might hve missed the pakistan vs srilanka series. And just wait for England to come to abu dhabi and then we'll decide....

  • on November 29, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    @piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda...Is Sri Lanka a Minnow side? They are the World Cup 2011 finalist. Come on man !!!

  • Dr.Hasan on November 29, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    Well if bangladesh plan to bank on their spinners and make pitches tailor-made for them then this tactic will just keep coming back to haunt them the whole tour as currently Pak has probably the best spin attack in the world with ajmal, afridi and hafeez in their ranks and their pace bowling is on an upswing as well. @ piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda: "it" has lasted for over one and a half years and seems likely to continue. Besides I didnt know SL had become minnows ? Besides I smell something burning in your comment...maybe you need to "pour" some thanda over it as well ;)!

  • on November 29, 2011, 21:12 GMT

    LOL @ Dr. Hasan............

  • on November 29, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    the real test is against England - sri lanka are a side on the way down - we need to keep focussed and supplement the excellent bowling with better fielding and for the batters to run aggressively for singles etc not like my gr8 role model Inzi - my hindustani friends -time will tell- till we met and rememeba you are playing a poor Windies side

  • shahbazhussain on November 29, 2011, 21:31 GMT

    I have seen how one team lost 4-0 to England in test series. While Pakistan managed to steal one victory when playing the same side. I now see the windies are less competitive than Bangladesh and I see India are dominating them. Anyway, it does not matter if a team is minnow or the buggy... All you have to show the consistency to rise. That is how Australia went up... They did not loose to any small team and kept going on and on and ruled the world for over 12 years! that was an awesome journey. You cant get form without working on your strengths and finding the mistakes. That is what Pakistan learnt from Australia (1-1) and Engalnd (3-1). Now they proved against Zim (1-0) and Sri Lanka (1-0).... They still need to go long long path to achieve more and slide up to appear in the very first Test Championship. I see Pakistan, Australia, India and South Africa/England competing for the Test championship. They all are in top 5 test nations already. Cricket will rule the world!