Bangladesh v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Mirpur November 29, 2011

Hosts up against buoyant Pakistan

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Match facts


Thursday, December 1
Start time 1330 (0730 GMT)

Big Picture


Bangladesh's ODI record has improved steadily over the years - the 4-0 drubbing of New Zealand and the win against England at the 2011 World Cup being some recent notable achievements. Both those wins came at home, and it's at home that their spin-strong attack can challenge their opponents seriously, if not necessarily win.

This time, Bangladesh's opponents are a team on a high and significantly superior to those they played in the lead-up to this bilateral series. Bangladesh claimed wins in dead rubbers against Zimbabwe and West Indies - not a great consolation since they were expected to do much better - and caught a glimpse of what they might be up against during their big defeat in the Twenty20 international at the start of this tour.

Though Bangladesh's bowlers were largely economical, Pakistan's batsmen gave their own bowling attack enough runs to defend on a tricky pitch in Mirpur. In their chase, Bangladesh stagnated, losing wickets early, hitting their first boundary as late as the ninth over and showing little resistance against the variations of Pakistan's bowlers, including Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Shoaib Malik. Not only do Pakistan have quicker bowlers, their spinners can be just as effective in Bangladeshi conditions. It's a tall order for the hosts to spring a surprise in the three one-day games but they are playing where they play best, and it remains to be seen how strong a challenge they present.

Form guide


Bangladesh: WLLWW (most recent first)
Pakistan: WWWLW

In the spotlight...


While Bangladesh's heavy reliability on Shakib Al Hasan is likely to continue, Bangladesh's vice-captain Mahmudullah will also be expected to play a significant role. An offspinner and a middle-order batsman, Mahmudullah has played several handy knocks, bowled tight spells and cleared the boundary at the death. He's part of a core of senior players that includes Shakib, Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal, and his all-round ability is a big asset.

Shoaib Malik will be under pressure. He's not been in great touch since his return to international cricket, after being cleared by the PCB's integrity committee. His scores in his last six international innings read: 7, 11, 2, 0, 2* and 2. While part of a team on the upswing, his own form has been on the decline and another couple of failures won't augur well for his selection prospects.

Team news


Trouble with his knee forced Tamim to be rested in the Twenty20 international and he hoped to return for the limited-overs games.

Bangladesh (possible) 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Imrul Kayes, 3 Shahriar Nafees/Alok Kapali, 4 Shakib Al Hasan, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (capt & wk), 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Naeem Islam, 8 Nasir Hossain, 9 Abdur Razzak, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Rubel Hossain.

Malik's troubles might begin with the return of Younis Khan, who didn't play the Twenty20 game.

Pakistan (possible) 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Imran Farhat, 3 Younis Khan, 4 Asad Shafiq, 5 Umar Akmal (wk), 6 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Abdul Razzaq/Sohail Tanvir, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Aizaz Cheema.

Stats and trivia


  • Pakistan and Bangladesh will be playing each other in an ODI for the first time since June 2010, when the teams met in the Asia Cup in Dambulla. Of the 26 games the teams have played, Bangladesh have lost 25 but their only win is a famous one.
  • Misbah-ul-Haq has an impressive record in ODIs, averaging 42.42 in 86 matches. He has 18 half-centuries in the format, but no hundreds.

Quotes


"Pakistan are playing very consistent cricket and it'll be tough to beat them, but if are boys are up for it, we should be able to do it."
Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh's captain

"If it's a spinning wicket we have spinners, if it's not then we also have good fast bowlers."
Pakistan batsman Younis Khan

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY mandi on | December 1, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    hoping for a nail bitter contest bangla wins

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    Bangladesh win today inshallah...

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Why is naeem islam in the team? Alok kapali is a handy good spinner.. In place of him, they r choosing rather naeem islam... What is all this nonsense??

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Shoaib malik should not b in pakistan team, he has a very poor form

  • POSTED BY Faircricket11220 on | December 1, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    oh comon pakistan will win this and shoib goodluck hope u do well send him one down and we will see his elegant strokes against spin comon the man has close to 7000 odi runs just needs that one great inning to display the talent he posseses

  • POSTED BY DadaCricket on | December 1, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    I dont see Malik in selected 16 squad for any form of the game after this series. Considering his form and his capability he does not deserve to hang in there. Instead Pakistan should go for Hammad Azam or Umar Amin both of whom are capable enough of staying in the team for long enough and being handy with both bat and bowl. Hard luck to all us Pakistani fans who will have to bear Malik for some time again until he disappears for another year or so for our good.. And for now since other 10 are playing good, having one person who is capable of nothing, ie Malik, there is no harm..

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    Shoib Malik should be kick out from team as his performance are not imressive also Hamad Hazm should be included in place of Sohail Tanvir he is good bowler and better batsmen as compare to sohail and young and good fielder Gulraz sadaf should be in team instead of Sarfarz ahmad he is left hander batsmen

  • POSTED BY gururani on | December 1, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    if bangladesh really even"thinking" of a single win ,than for that they havec to enlight themselves, othervise the way pakistan team is bowling,no matter what the score is ,opponent team will find it vary..vary hard and those who are not good spin playing teams will see whitwash atleast in T-20's

  • POSTED BY Ghummann67 on | December 1, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    I personally think that BD Famous win against Pakiatan in WC-1999 paved the way for some seriuos management flaws on our part the price of which paid by us since then uptill now. In International Cricket laxity once shown may be adopted as habit. This is also exemplified in the South African Cricket as well as our own. The latest outcome is the Spot-Fixing Dilemma. So when you are against an opponent, take him seriouly. Deliver your best and achieve the target. We hope this resurgent Pak team will undone all the whispers and will come off with flying colours at the day end. Allah bless them to riose to occasion.

  • POSTED BY cric.info. on | December 1, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    @piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda... feels as if your "1-2 matches" mean last 12 series Pakistan played... and yes there goes the good reason why India was ranked first when white washed.... :p will you plz help me know which team is buoyant... i m curious to know what it means in your dictionary.......... WELL DONE PAKISTAN... atlast its a predictable side----WELL DONE MISBAH.. Afridi is amazing to be seen as that much adjusting with Misbah... keep it up..

  • POSTED BY mandi on | December 1, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    hoping for a nail bitter contest bangla wins

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    Bangladesh win today inshallah...

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Why is naeem islam in the team? Alok kapali is a handy good spinner.. In place of him, they r choosing rather naeem islam... What is all this nonsense??

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    Shoaib malik should not b in pakistan team, he has a very poor form

  • POSTED BY Faircricket11220 on | December 1, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    oh comon pakistan will win this and shoib goodluck hope u do well send him one down and we will see his elegant strokes against spin comon the man has close to 7000 odi runs just needs that one great inning to display the talent he posseses

  • POSTED BY DadaCricket on | December 1, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    I dont see Malik in selected 16 squad for any form of the game after this series. Considering his form and his capability he does not deserve to hang in there. Instead Pakistan should go for Hammad Azam or Umar Amin both of whom are capable enough of staying in the team for long enough and being handy with both bat and bowl. Hard luck to all us Pakistani fans who will have to bear Malik for some time again until he disappears for another year or so for our good.. And for now since other 10 are playing good, having one person who is capable of nothing, ie Malik, there is no harm..

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2011, 5:07 GMT

    Shoib Malik should be kick out from team as his performance are not imressive also Hamad Hazm should be included in place of Sohail Tanvir he is good bowler and better batsmen as compare to sohail and young and good fielder Gulraz sadaf should be in team instead of Sarfarz ahmad he is left hander batsmen

  • POSTED BY gururani on | December 1, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    if bangladesh really even"thinking" of a single win ,than for that they havec to enlight themselves, othervise the way pakistan team is bowling,no matter what the score is ,opponent team will find it vary..vary hard and those who are not good spin playing teams will see whitwash atleast in T-20's

  • POSTED BY Ghummann67 on | December 1, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    I personally think that BD Famous win against Pakiatan in WC-1999 paved the way for some seriuos management flaws on our part the price of which paid by us since then uptill now. In International Cricket laxity once shown may be adopted as habit. This is also exemplified in the South African Cricket as well as our own. The latest outcome is the Spot-Fixing Dilemma. So when you are against an opponent, take him seriouly. Deliver your best and achieve the target. We hope this resurgent Pak team will undone all the whispers and will come off with flying colours at the day end. Allah bless them to riose to occasion.

  • POSTED BY cric.info. on | December 1, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    @piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda... feels as if your "1-2 matches" mean last 12 series Pakistan played... and yes there goes the good reason why India was ranked first when white washed.... :p will you plz help me know which team is buoyant... i m curious to know what it means in your dictionary.......... WELL DONE PAKISTAN... atlast its a predictable side----WELL DONE MISBAH.. Afridi is amazing to be seen as that much adjusting with Misbah... keep it up..

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    haha @shariq just check last year of both hafeez and farhat and then malik u will clearly see the difference and one thing more hafeez has won 10 man of the match awards this year.....

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    Shoaib Malik is a genuine match winner.He'z just having a rough patch.. I think he shud replace Malik is a proven reliable batsman to chase big scores and knows how to take singles in pressure situations unlike Misbah who is clueless chasing anything more than 250 and don't forget Misbah ul haq always fails when it comes to all important crunch games...I think Mohammad Yusuf or Shoaib Malik should replace Misbah ul haq as a batsman.

  • POSTED BY Patrick6077 on | December 1, 2011, 3:05 GMT

    As BD is not tough as PK i would love to go with Hafeez/afridi/Shafiq/Malik/Misbah/U akmal/Sarfraz/S ajmal/S Tanvir/M Khalil/Cheema...........Then i think we see tough fight. GOOD LUCK TO BOTH TEAMS.....PAK Fan

  • POSTED BY touqeer777 on | December 1, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    I think they should change the batting order and send Malik at one down to maintain good run rate.Malik had scored a lot of runs at one down position under Inzi captaincy.Plz support him instead of criticizing him.Malik is best fielder and better allrounder too.Every player go through bad patch but it does not means he should be kicked out of the team.I salute Misbah and selectors who have given another chance to Malik.I think Hammad Azam is far better bowler and batsman than sohail tanvir i do not know why the Management is not giving chance to him.Raza hassan and sadaf should be given chance in place of Abdul Rehman and Khalil but our selectors always think oppositely.

  • POSTED BY Quddus-Mamu on | December 1, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    @khurramsch, because BD selectors have no idea, how to select a team. They are always looking for an alrounder.They still could not find a batting partner who can open with Tamim Iqbal. BD team need more specialist batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    If u talk abt mailk why not talk abt Hafeez and farhat??? Hafeez is in poor form with bat along with fahat. Either drop hafeez or farhat and give chance to malik who is capable with both bat and bowl.

  • POSTED BY on | December 1, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    we can say anything we like, but a complete white-wash wud be a dissopointing result. if pakistan wants to compete against the likes of aus, eng n SA, specially in the test format, this is the time to build n show we can compete. i wish we had the fast bowling like we did 'se in test matches, umer gul, cheema n riaz is not gonna get us 20 wickets. thank god we r in ban n then uae for eng.

  • POSTED BY naeem-butt on | December 1, 2011, 0:45 GMT

    Team Pakistan is doing a great job and that is what make other people worry becaz on their day they are able to beat anybody in the world i just want to remind some people that Pak was the team in 2011 WC to beat Aus Unlike the other no.1 teams in the world so never look at anybody with hate.we have learned from mistakes and trying to do better and INSHA ALLAH we will and we will answer all the critics with our performance and remember no1 is #1 forever look at Aus now they were unbeatable till last year so remember being humble is not weakness.What if they lose more often than others or their rankings are not high but WE ARE STILL PROUD OF OUR TEAM PAKISTAN.LONG LIVE PAKISTAN AND WE WILL ALWAYS BE THE FANS #1.WE LOVE YOU TEAM PAKISTAN.WE WON OUR FIRST TEST IN OUR FIRST SERIES JUST TO LET PEOPLE KNOW.PAKISTAN ZINDA BADD

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    @Major_Hammad , there sure was a lot of 'Razzaq' in your post!

  • POSTED BY karamat on | November 30, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    Give shoab M a chance guys - He has been out of cricket for a long while so you would expect him to be a bit rusty - look at Afridi, 1st 50 after 16 inns! Shoab can be devastating like Razzaq when he gets going - He is also a brill fielder and vg bowler- Unlike Afridi, he is cool headed and wont throw away his wicket when he has a start - I hope they give him good run, say 10 matches at least - He is too good to discard - Pakistan have wasted too many match winning Players at their prime, e.g Mohammed Yousaf. Look at India, there was a time when Tendulkar could not score for many months but they persevered and look at him now Compare Shoabs average against Afridi and you will know what I mean.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    i totally agree with cric4world that Pakistan has shown great improvement and if you compare it with any team right now, Pakistan would end up being more successful. As for the oter people who are criticising Shoaib Malik, let me remind them that he has been performing very good in domestic and before that from Pakistan, he's just going through a rough phrase, i hope he proves it well, if not then they should definately give some youngster a chance. I believe Sarfraz Ahmed is a good batsman looking at his domestic performances, he has not quite played to his potential yet, so he has to be given more chances.

  • POSTED BY AMUSMANI on | November 30, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    @piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda u r jealous of pakistan performane. Best of luck pakistan team

  • POSTED BY LeftBrain on | November 30, 2011, 21:35 GMT

    Other then Tanvir and Malik, Pak team is in good form, and full with confidence. The difference between skill level and number of genuine match winners between two teams is so wide I fear for a one sided and boring series.

    by the way one riddle for cricinfo readers. What is common between two ST of today's cricket (ST = Sohail Tanveer and ST= Sachin Tendulkar)?

  • POSTED BY Joji_ on | November 30, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq cam't be in the probable 11. He is injured and not in bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY cric4world on | November 30, 2011, 20:47 GMT

    @piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda ... one thing i got to know from ur comment is that u dont know wat the world ''buoyancy'' means. u were talking about Pakistan winning on easy wickets, so tell me how did india tour to england go? lol. ur so called world number 1 test team could not save even one test, and ur world champion in ODI is simply champion at home only because English team was able to beat u left, right, up, down and centre. lol recently PCB asked BCCI to play a series at neutral venue like UAE or England but BCCI blatantly refused it, why? bcoz they know they cant beat a low rank pakistani team outside india. may be we will lose to india but atleast we have guts to ask them to play us at a neutral venue. go hide ur head where sun dont shine bcoz ur comment only made us laugh at u

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | November 30, 2011, 20:40 GMT

    Dear Misbah, You are doing great for Pak cricket and you got supporters all over. You need to show little more toughness. Bring few more young players to build your team for the future. Why trying few old players who are not productive? You need a combination of old and new players. See what Imran Khan did, picked players no one knew their name even. You have many successful domestic players, bring them in. BD is a team to try them, not against England or India. I hope your management also understand that. See how many big name players are playing for India against WI now. Also it is not fair to use your full strength against Bangladesh. I am a Bangladeshi from USA, OK? Good Luck Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    pakistan is the best team in the world

  • POSTED BY WeeBee on | November 30, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    Well! @piyo Thand Jiyo Thanda ...... I think you are bit jeaous from Pakistan winning. Do you HOMEWORK as Srilanka was finalist in the WORLD CUP 2011. And Pakistan Have won against them ..... So i think you should pray for betterment .. and try not to criticise ....BUOYANT is the perfect word for this team ...

    @wkhan111 ... Sohil Tanvir is IN because Razzq is inujured and we need an allrounder at that place cause of Pakistan Lack of confidence in batting

    Good Luck Pakistan and Better Luck BanglaDesh ( You need it More to fight againts our LIONS)

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    shoaib malik has failed 5 times by now, no more should be wasted on a mediocre player like him. Tanvir should also be out, he has been disappointing, rest of the team looks good, sarfaraz should keep wickets. @piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda: i guess you didnt see sri lanka's clean sweep and performance throughout world cup and even before that, otherwise you wont talk this nonsense

  • POSTED BY Major_Hammad on | November 30, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    Razzaq is my most favourtie player. Any update at Razzaq fitnees? Razzaq fit or unfit? Razzaq should be in team but I think that Razzaq is unfit and still in Pakistan as Razzaq missed last ODI and 2 recent T20 matches due to shoulder injury. If Razzaq is unfit or not available for selection in this odi series then why Razzaq in preview by Siddhartha Talya?

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    Pakistan is rebuilding once again thanks to the terrible trio of spot fixing *sigh* anyway moving on...doesnt matter if the wins come against a low profile side like Bangladesh or a team like the Ozzies or Saffers its all about confidence and morale so yes we shall enjoy the buoyancy while its lasts because it aint goin no where for a long long time :)))

  • POSTED BY FrenchCricketFan on | November 30, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    pakistan should take this series for experiment & preparation for the big series coming up against england. Play some of your extra players here so that you have better idea when you play against england. bangladesh should play elias sunny who seemed to have potential and good future in the series against west indies.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    well i m very tense about selection but i am excited pak vs eng series hope this selectors or pakistan will remove before serious

  • POSTED BY manan_aslam on | November 30, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    Good Luck Pakistan and good Luck Misbah. I think it is best possible team what pakistan have. Abdul Razzaq is better choice than Tanvir. Only one thing misbah have to change is that his deffensive approach. He should try to win every game as capitan.

    (possible) 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Imran Farhat, 3 Younis Khan, 4 Asad Shafiq, 5 Umar Akmal (wk), 6 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Abdul Razzaq 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Aizaz Cheema.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    GO GREEN SHIRTS n WHITEWASH BD....... NO PLACE 4 TANVIR IN TEAM AS WELL AS FARHAT...FARHAT SHOUD B REPLACED BY IMRAN NAZIR....BOOM BOOM LALA n PROFESSOR Carry on

  • POSTED BY BravoBravo on | November 30, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Win or Loose, but BD please be competitive. One win against PAK decades ago, one win against IND or one win against AUS will not go a long way, once a while they will be just cited as a reference in sport articles. Good Luck to both teams.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    common pakistan, continue your winning streak!

  • POSTED BY piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on | November 30, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    So winning 1-2 matches against minnows on easy pitches makes them buoyant?? I think there's a good reason why Pakistan's rankings have always been so poor in test and one days. They will be found wanting against better sides. So enjoy the "buoyancy" while it lasts !!

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Pakistan are a very good side and they are with good chances to improve their ODI ranking here. They are into one of their best available combination with dominant bowling department. They were able to win the matches regardless of poor performances by Shoaib Malik in lower Middle order. I think in the first two ODIs Malik should be rested and Asad Shafiq should be given a chance to prove his batting skills.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Shoaib malik you have to show some batting and bowling profromance in this internatinol cricket not in semostick cricket im with you

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    best of luck to Pakistan

  • POSTED BY wnwn on | November 30, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Sohail Tanvir is not even good enough to play for Bangladesh so why is he playing for Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY ManHOOS on | November 30, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    This Pakistan team is too good for bangladesh , even our Domestic T20 teams is better than this bangladesh team , I dont know why bangla cant produce worldclass team

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | November 30, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    pakistan needs to look at 2 things. malik is terribly out of form & sohail tanvir is playing as allrounder & he is not even able to take singles. so i think if razak is fit he should play instead tanvir & malik should also be replaced by younis/asad/sarfraz(if they want proper keepr.))

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | November 30, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    could be a tricky series for pakistan . yes pakistan bowling is way above bangladesh but we have seen durin SL series & t20 that at times pakistan batsman suffer from spin bowlers so if bangladesh spiners get them somewhere then they might have a chance & at home bangladesh is very well capable of doing it.

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | November 30, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    1 thing i never understand why bangladesh need 8 bowlers of which 5 are bowling alrounders with very little batting ability? why cant they have professionl full batsman & 2 allrounder ?

  • POSTED BY drsaadxb on | November 30, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Why are Pakis persisting or want to persist with 'lethargic' Tanvir and Malik...Frankly there body language is hardly of an athelete...

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  • POSTED BY drsaadxb on | November 30, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    Why are Pakis persisting or want to persist with 'lethargic' Tanvir and Malik...Frankly there body language is hardly of an athelete...

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | November 30, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    1 thing i never understand why bangladesh need 8 bowlers of which 5 are bowling alrounders with very little batting ability? why cant they have professionl full batsman & 2 allrounder ?

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | November 30, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    could be a tricky series for pakistan . yes pakistan bowling is way above bangladesh but we have seen durin SL series & t20 that at times pakistan batsman suffer from spin bowlers so if bangladesh spiners get them somewhere then they might have a chance & at home bangladesh is very well capable of doing it.

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | November 30, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    pakistan needs to look at 2 things. malik is terribly out of form & sohail tanvir is playing as allrounder & he is not even able to take singles. so i think if razak is fit he should play instead tanvir & malik should also be replaced by younis/asad/sarfraz(if they want proper keepr.))

  • POSTED BY ManHOOS on | November 30, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    This Pakistan team is too good for bangladesh , even our Domestic T20 teams is better than this bangladesh team , I dont know why bangla cant produce worldclass team

  • POSTED BY wnwn on | November 30, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    Sohail Tanvir is not even good enough to play for Bangladesh so why is he playing for Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    best of luck to Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Shoaib malik you have to show some batting and bowling profromance in this internatinol cricket not in semostick cricket im with you

  • POSTED BY on | November 30, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Pakistan are a very good side and they are with good chances to improve their ODI ranking here. They are into one of their best available combination with dominant bowling department. They were able to win the matches regardless of poor performances by Shoaib Malik in lower Middle order. I think in the first two ODIs Malik should be rested and Asad Shafiq should be given a chance to prove his batting skills.

  • POSTED BY piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on | November 30, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    So winning 1-2 matches against minnows on easy pitches makes them buoyant?? I think there's a good reason why Pakistan's rankings have always been so poor in test and one days. They will be found wanting against better sides. So enjoy the "buoyancy" while it lasts !!