Bangladesh v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Mirpur December 1, 2011

Afridi's five leads rout of Bangladesh

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Pakistan 93 for 5 in 25.4 overs (Afridi 24*, Rubel Hossain 2-23) beat Bangladesh 91 in 30.3 overs (Nasir Hossain 21, Afridi 5-23) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Pakistan's battery of spinners used the considerable bounce and turn in the Mirpur pitch to exploit the inadequate temperaments and techniques of Bangladesh's batsmen, routing them for 91 to set up what should have been a facile victory in the first of three one-day internationals. It wasn't. Pakistan made a mess of chasing the small target, which Bangladesh defended spiritedly. They lost more wickets and took longer than they would have liked, as the match sparked to life before victory was finally achieved with plenty of overs to spare.

To subdue and wreck Bangladesh, Misbah-ul-Haq used four spinners - Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Saeed Ajmal - for 22.3 out of 30.3 overs, and they had combined figures of 8 for 56. Though Afridi emerged the star, taking his seventh five-wicket haul in ODIs, the Bangladesh innings was rotting before he came on to bowl. Pakistan's chase had also begun to rot when Afridi came to bat at 63 for 5 in the 18th over. His innings wasn't pretty, but it cured Pakistan of the yips and secured the series lead.

The match began with Mushfiqur Rahim wining the toss, but little went right for Bangladesh after that. It was inevitable that Hafeez would take the first new ball, especially with two left-hand openers, and he had immediate success. Tamim Iqbal, who returned to the team after recovering from a knee injury, moved across his stumps and was trapped on the back foot by a delivery that darted into him from round the wicket. Hafeez's wicket maiden set the tone for the rest of the innings.

Umar Gul had first use of the other new ball, and though there was little assistance from the pitch for the fast bowler, the Bangladesh batsmen couldn't get the ball off the square. They had scored only 2 after 5.2 overs when Naeem Islam hit one past Gul to the straight boundary. He edged the next ball to slip.

Against spin, Bangladesh were stagnant. Hafeez tormented Shahriar Nafees, who would score only 2 off his first 23 deliveries. He found the left-hand batsman's outside edge three times - two fell short of Younis Khan at first slip, and one flew wide.

Bangladesh doubled their score in the eighth over, which they began on 8 for 2. Gul bowled a high bouncer over Mushfiqur's head for five wides, and was clipped towards deep square leg for three. The first proper forceful shot was in the tenth over, when Nafees cut Gul to the backward-point boundary. Bangladesh were 26 for 2 after the mandatory Powerplay.

Misbah then made a double bowling change, bringing on the legspinner Afridi and the offspinner Malik. It was Malik who struck first, getting Mushfiqur to edge an attempted cut to the wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed; the extra bounce was the Bangladesh captain's undoing. Afridi then struck twice. In his second over, the 13th of the innings, Afridi used the extra bounce to have Nafees caught at point while trying to cut off. Two balls later he bowled a legbreak that spun sharply and took the outside edge of Mahmudullah's forward defence. Bangladesh were 31 for 5 and the world's No.1 one-day bowler, Ajmal, hadn't been used yet.

Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain began to repair the substantial damage but they had miles to go to get the job done. They didn't get far. Their partnership was worth 36 when Hossain attempted to pull a delivery from Aizaz Cheema that wasn't that short. Hossain was unbalanced as he made contact and the top edge swirled towards square leg, where Sarfraz held it.

Only Shakib remained for Bangladesh and he too fell to the cut, caught at point off Afridi. At 71 for 7, the end was only a matter of time. Afridi took two more to complete his five-for, and didn't even stop to celebrate his success with his trademark star-man pose.

There was little sign of the tension that would briefly grip Pakistan's chase when their openers came out before the session break and added 36 in nine overs. Imran Farhat then played on to Nasir Hossain, beginning a phase in which four wickets fell in four successive overs for eight runs. Younis Khan was perhaps unlucky to be given caught behind but the rest fell to soft dismissals.

Misbah then batted with the sole aim of steering Pakistan to the break without losing another wicket. He edged a couple but dead-batted most of his first 16 deliveries, remaining scoreless. And then he slammed Shakib for a huge six over wide long-on, easing the pressure as Pakistan went into a 40-minute interval on 58 for 4, needing 34 more.

Umar Akmal was bowled by Shakib in the first over after play resumed. He was trying to cut as well. The crowd that had grown increasingly vocal as Pakistan slipped roared once more. For the final time, though, because Afridi silenced them. He made use of Nafees dropping him at slip off Shakib and hit three consecutive fours off the same bowler to drive Pakistan to the verge of victory. Afridi then edged Shakib wide of slip to finish the game as the highest wicket-taker and the top run-scorer. He had made only 24.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • atthipatti on December 3, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    War of the minnows!!! C'monnnn!!!!

  • hasib9 on December 3, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    I don't know what the selectors see in Naeem Islam. They pick him pretty much for all formats. Bangladesh needs more batsmen in the 15 men squad (Shuvagoto Hom, and other youngsters like him). For 2nd ODI, we need to focus on strengthening the batting. Instead of picking Alok Kapali, they picked Naeem. Kapali did exceptionally well with the ball in T20, and they rewarded him by dropping him from the team. Well done.

  • on December 2, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    it was a hard pitch to play on & the better team won & indians never get tired of suggesting bd to play in assosciate level.

  • waheed on December 2, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    They are so called Bengal tigers :)

    Zimbabwe Kenya and Afghanistan are far better sides then this Bangladesh side

  • on December 2, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    For me only shakib al hasan and Nasir Hossain looks promising, I believe they have positive mentality, shaking did look bit worried and looked like he was shaking (not literary, you could see he was playing under pressure) but that was due to poor batting performance by others. These both player can win matches for BD if they can get little support. As for bowling for BD, ya its not so special, the fact they restrict Pakistan to low score it was highly due to pitch conditions and Pakistan great batting.

    Mark my words, write it down. NEVER judge the performance of bowling attack based on Pakistan batting but always judge batting performance based on Pakistan bowling (reason for this is simple, you should know it if you watch cricket a lot)

    BD bowling attack will be thrashed if they were playing against India or South Africa or Australia.

    As for Pakistan I cannot really say anything how well they did, their bowling was good. They really need to notch up their batting.

  • cisco420 on December 2, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    I dont understand why Pakistan are playing all the seniors with such weak teams. Why is Misbah, Younis Khan , Afridi and Malik playing these matches with Bangladesh. New kids should be given chance. Hafeez should be the captain for this series and the young guys should be playing with him. PCB and pakistan cricket have no clue what they are doing.

  • on December 2, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Shahid Afridi has made a dream comeback into the Pakistani side... He is on his way to break a few records for sure... Hopefully he is gonna reach d 400 wickets mark soon... looking forward to it..

  • ICET on December 2, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Short and simple....TEAM FOR ONEDAYERS... 1..M HAFFEZ..2..I NAZIR/ A SHAHZED 3..ASAD SHAFIQ/Y KHAN..4..U AKMAL..5 MISBAH..6..HAMMAD AZAM..7..S AFRIDI..8..S AHAMED..9..U GUL..J KHAN/ A CHEEMA...11..S AJAMAL..

    If the pitch is hard and green, get in 3 fast bowlers, and drop H AZZAM.. I farhat, S Tanvir should never play for Pakistan again...

    TEST TEAM.. 1..M HAFFEZ..2 T UMER/NEW PLAYER 3..A ALI 4..Y KHAN..5 MISBAH..6..ASAD SHAFIQ/UMER AKAMAL..7..S AHAMED 8 ..U GUL..9..J KHAN..10 A CHEEMA/NEW BOWLER...11.S AJMAL..

    If pitch is slow then play 2 spineers drop a fast bowler...

  • Mashrur_Cricket_Fan on December 2, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Its pathetic to hear all these garbage about how Bangladesh has not improved much in the past 10 years given that they've played 200+ one day's etc etc etc...and also to hear India/Pak/Sri etc etc were never minnows...listen, so while Bangladesh has been playing for 10 yrs and getting their so called "experience" have the other top teams been sitting on their collective behinds doing nothing???? they've ALSO played 250+ one dayers and many more tests at the time and improved tremendously in the same period with much better infrastructure that was already in place and better opportunities. The overall quality of cricket has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade, so stop with the Bangladesh bashing, look in terms of years and not number of games played, everyone's playing the same number so that number is irrelevant.

  • likeintcricket on December 2, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    @rohitkossery, Pakistan were never a minnows. Checkout its record on crickinfo. Since their inclusion in the ICC they won test matches in their first series with nearly every countries except against SA ( due to apartheid). They won at Oval in 1954 against Hutton's England ( The greatest English team assembled) and Shut out Australia for 80. They won against India in India and so on. In fact those players ( Fazal, Khan, Hanif, Nazar and Kardar ) are legend of Pakistan cricket. Also Srilanka were never a weak side too. Before their Test status they had a strong side and in 80's they had players like, Dias, Mendis, Demel and Ranatunga in their strong side. India just like WI always had great players but they were under the control of British masters. But for Bangladesh I could not recall any good Test player for 10 years of their cricket. They need to develop their structure and work on players like Srilanka does. Playing in other countries league is a good idea.

  • atthipatti on December 3, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    War of the minnows!!! C'monnnn!!!!

  • hasib9 on December 3, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    I don't know what the selectors see in Naeem Islam. They pick him pretty much for all formats. Bangladesh needs more batsmen in the 15 men squad (Shuvagoto Hom, and other youngsters like him). For 2nd ODI, we need to focus on strengthening the batting. Instead of picking Alok Kapali, they picked Naeem. Kapali did exceptionally well with the ball in T20, and they rewarded him by dropping him from the team. Well done.

  • on December 2, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    it was a hard pitch to play on & the better team won & indians never get tired of suggesting bd to play in assosciate level.

  • waheed on December 2, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    They are so called Bengal tigers :)

    Zimbabwe Kenya and Afghanistan are far better sides then this Bangladesh side

  • on December 2, 2011, 17:18 GMT

    For me only shakib al hasan and Nasir Hossain looks promising, I believe they have positive mentality, shaking did look bit worried and looked like he was shaking (not literary, you could see he was playing under pressure) but that was due to poor batting performance by others. These both player can win matches for BD if they can get little support. As for bowling for BD, ya its not so special, the fact they restrict Pakistan to low score it was highly due to pitch conditions and Pakistan great batting.

    Mark my words, write it down. NEVER judge the performance of bowling attack based on Pakistan batting but always judge batting performance based on Pakistan bowling (reason for this is simple, you should know it if you watch cricket a lot)

    BD bowling attack will be thrashed if they were playing against India or South Africa or Australia.

    As for Pakistan I cannot really say anything how well they did, their bowling was good. They really need to notch up their batting.

  • cisco420 on December 2, 2011, 16:33 GMT

    I dont understand why Pakistan are playing all the seniors with such weak teams. Why is Misbah, Younis Khan , Afridi and Malik playing these matches with Bangladesh. New kids should be given chance. Hafeez should be the captain for this series and the young guys should be playing with him. PCB and pakistan cricket have no clue what they are doing.

  • on December 2, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Shahid Afridi has made a dream comeback into the Pakistani side... He is on his way to break a few records for sure... Hopefully he is gonna reach d 400 wickets mark soon... looking forward to it..

  • ICET on December 2, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Short and simple....TEAM FOR ONEDAYERS... 1..M HAFFEZ..2..I NAZIR/ A SHAHZED 3..ASAD SHAFIQ/Y KHAN..4..U AKMAL..5 MISBAH..6..HAMMAD AZAM..7..S AFRIDI..8..S AHAMED..9..U GUL..J KHAN/ A CHEEMA...11..S AJAMAL..

    If the pitch is hard and green, get in 3 fast bowlers, and drop H AZZAM.. I farhat, S Tanvir should never play for Pakistan again...

    TEST TEAM.. 1..M HAFFEZ..2 T UMER/NEW PLAYER 3..A ALI 4..Y KHAN..5 MISBAH..6..ASAD SHAFIQ/UMER AKAMAL..7..S AHAMED 8 ..U GUL..9..J KHAN..10 A CHEEMA/NEW BOWLER...11.S AJMAL..

    If pitch is slow then play 2 spineers drop a fast bowler...

  • Mashrur_Cricket_Fan on December 2, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    Its pathetic to hear all these garbage about how Bangladesh has not improved much in the past 10 years given that they've played 200+ one day's etc etc etc...and also to hear India/Pak/Sri etc etc were never minnows...listen, so while Bangladesh has been playing for 10 yrs and getting their so called "experience" have the other top teams been sitting on their collective behinds doing nothing???? they've ALSO played 250+ one dayers and many more tests at the time and improved tremendously in the same period with much better infrastructure that was already in place and better opportunities. The overall quality of cricket has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decade, so stop with the Bangladesh bashing, look in terms of years and not number of games played, everyone's playing the same number so that number is irrelevant.

  • likeintcricket on December 2, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    @rohitkossery, Pakistan were never a minnows. Checkout its record on crickinfo. Since their inclusion in the ICC they won test matches in their first series with nearly every countries except against SA ( due to apartheid). They won at Oval in 1954 against Hutton's England ( The greatest English team assembled) and Shut out Australia for 80. They won against India in India and so on. In fact those players ( Fazal, Khan, Hanif, Nazar and Kardar ) are legend of Pakistan cricket. Also Srilanka were never a weak side too. Before their Test status they had a strong side and in 80's they had players like, Dias, Mendis, Demel and Ranatunga in their strong side. India just like WI always had great players but they were under the control of British masters. But for Bangladesh I could not recall any good Test player for 10 years of their cricket. They need to develop their structure and work on players like Srilanka does. Playing in other countries league is a good idea.

  • zaf100 on December 2, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    After watching yesterday's match Bangladesh seems learnt nothing because wicket was once again very poor for one day international. Even after winning the toss they seems scared of Pakistan spin attack and were unable to take advantage of the toss. Bangladesh definately have talented players but they need to play as a unit. Like Pakistan they have same ego problems, their captain seems to find it difficult to put his message across or stamp his authority on his team. May be change of captain again for Bangladesh after this series ? On the other hand Pakistan playing like a team enjoying each others company and that's very important when you are living each others pocket for almost all year round, for that credit must go to players plus captain and team management. Well done team Pakistan and keep the green and white flag flying high.

  • anver777 on December 2, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    Can't understand why the newcomer Sarfraz & unpredictable Afridi came to bat ahead of former captain Shoaib Malik.......may be the team management wanted to secure out of form Malik's place in the team !!!!

  • rohitkossery on December 2, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    BD has ben playing cricket for well over a decade now. And its unfair to compare them to former minnows like India, Pak, NZ and Sl who took a long time to improve, because those days matches were played much less frequently. After 279 ODIs, its time they stop treaing themselves as "new".

    That being said, they showed a lot of fight and spirit yesterday with their bowling. But it is high time the batting stepped up to the plae, like it did against Australia in Cardiff, or against Indian in the 2007 WC. They need to believe in themselves and stop finding excuses for their failures.

  • DocBindra on December 2, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    Yeah, I know the blame is coming...its all the BCCI and India's fault that Bangladesh is absolutely atrocious. All the world cricketing problems are penultimately are the fault of the BCCI. To have this team play at the upper echelon is ridiculous and absolutely unwarranted. Over a decade later, and the same old excuses and explanations persist. It is what it is, the truth is tough to swallow but I think the time has come to pull the plug.

  • manan_aslam on December 2, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    WE ALL MISS ... Guess What .... A Fastbowler ... We had some LEgend in Past but now we some worldclass spinner but we have no fastbowlwer. Please groom Some new talent. I think Pakistan is full with RAW talent.

    Try Saddaf Hussain or Someone else who hase Pace and can bowl at 150 km/h

  • on December 2, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    Pakistan's overreliance on Afridi will cost them dearly.

  • SomeoneStoleMyLungi on December 2, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    @ Saar_1982. Finally a person who understands cricket! Wats with all these haters of Bangladesh who always talk abt denoting Bangladesh to assosciate level where will u be if Bangladesh do beat Pakistan in this series? Will u just shutup then? Bangladesh have the talent needed but the batting is such a worry because the whole batting team go into a shell when Tamim gets out. It was dissapointing to watch Bangladesh lacking good technique to play spin and have a bad temperment with spin. Bangladesh desperately need to work on building confidence when it comes to batting.

  • mrgupta on December 2, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    @abs.liton: I did not want o disparage you but people here do not hate Bangladesh. its just that BD's record has been exceptionally poor as compared to other teams at the same time. For your knowledge BD started playing international matches in 1986 so its not 10 years of history its actually 25 years. But considering they started playing regularly only since year 2000 they have played 219 matches since then with total of 17 victories against other test playing nations (barring Zimbabwe). After their first 10 years in international cricket SL had played some 133 ODIs and had total of 27 victories against all top teams. That's 20% of all their matches. Zimbabwe started playing tests since 1992 played 195 ODIs and had victories in 34 ODIs against test teams (barring BD). Thats more than 15% of their matches. Now calculate how has BD performed in its first 10 years.

  • on December 2, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    Dang it! One unpredictable vs another.. Bangladesh could have won the match if Shahriar hadn't dropped the catch of Afridi when he was on 0. And Afridi was superb in bowling! Dashing!

  • on December 2, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    Everybody knows Shoaib Malik is playing because he met Zardari. Allah please make sure he doesn't face England, especially in tests. He is a walking wicket and a nothing bowler. Umar Akmal should keep permanantly in ODIs and T20s and hope he doesn't suddenly get the Kamran Syndrome of Keeping. @MasudKhan29: I think yorkshirematt is an English fan, not a Pakistani. Being nasty helps no one.Certainly not your team, whom I as a Pakistani have always wanted to be successful. @deconstruct: Trust me they will find something to blame Misbah for if he ever climbs the Everest. If a fly dies in the dressing room, it's Misbah's fault. I think it's his fault Zardari is our president, too!

  • on December 2, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    a request to bangali fans...plz do not compare ur local ordinary team with India.....im sure bangla will remain same even after 10 years... ICC should remove bangla from test playing nations....

  • Jawwad123 on December 2, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    BCB shouldn't have hired a new grounsman in-charge, who knows what they'll do next?? They just feel they can prevent being stopped called corrupted by doing such things. The true problem with BD cricket lies in the board not in the team. They're all politicians with corrupted minds, not with cricketing heads!!!

  • on December 2, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Being a Pakistani Cricket fan, yesterday win was not that much impressive we should think deeply about our batting. We require 1 or 2 good solid batsman, we can put Azhar Ali in ODI squad, we already have asad shafiq... Misbah its time to replace Imran Farhat & Malik and Pak selector should think about Sohail tanveer his fitness level is very dull. Why dun we should try Sadaf Hussain ??????..... Let me remind u all Imran Farhat is only playing because his father in law is currently a chief selector of PCB :) ..... My final Eleven for 2nd ODI is Hafeez, Asad, younus, misbah, akmal, malik, afridi, sarfraz, ajmal, gul, cheema

  • on December 2, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    @deconstruct: Where did I say Misbah's inning was not crucial? I said he need to rotate more strike which is correct he need to be able to take some more singles instead of just blocking most of the balls.. really it is not that hard to take a single as he make it look like.. He did hold Pak inning together as usual but he need to learn how to ROTATE the strike as well..

  • abs.liton on December 2, 2011, 4:45 GMT

    @ to all: here most of the people criticize Bangladesh and they suggest to take away the test and odi status from Bangladesh. But I wanna say to those persons that all the cricket countries have been playing cricket for about 20/30 years, on the contrary, Bangladesh has been playing for more than a decade. So the history of cricket of other countries is older than BD. Now you have a lot of experiences and the advantages of cricket whereas BD has no more advantages and experiences like yours. When BD, Ireland, Zimbabwe as well as Kenya try to do better in cricket then other countries should help them to be a better team and they should inspire them. But you all guys just know how to criticize but you have no respect to other countries. I can say surely that BD, Zimbabwe even Ireland will be a better team like yours and they will beat worse than you beat now. We don't need your comments, inspiration, or anything because you don't know how to inspire. > From a Bangladeshi fan.

  • anver777 on December 2, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    A poor display of batting from both sides...if BD scored 180+ then it would have been an interesting finish specially on Bangla pitches....like see a close game on Sat !!!!

  • FrenchCricketFan on December 2, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    pakistan seems impressive nowadayz and their real test would be against england. they should experiment some of their extra players in this series before the coming england series. Just because their batting did not go smoothly in this game does not prove their batting is fragile, because that pitch was horrible for batting. only one player in bangladesh seems to have good potential and future - nasir hossain, others are ordinary, they should replace the rest for players with potential and build their pipeline.

  • on December 2, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    the bowlers are doing a great job, when the batsmen will do a satisfactory job,,,,,,,,,, this total should have been acheived easily if we call ourself a good and professional team

  • mrgupta on December 2, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    As far as stats go BD has so far payed more than 250+ ODIs and 79 tests so they cannot be considered a new Cricket nation. Out of all BD ODI victories only 18 of them came against Top 8 test playing countries (leaving out Zim). Zimbabwe at the same time had 40+ ODIs victories against top 8 nations. After their first 79 Tests BD has a Win-loss ratio of 0.05, lowest ever, the next worst is that of Zimbabwe (after 79 tests) at 0.17. FYI India at this time had 0.20 Win-loss ratio including several Test victories against England and Australia. So, please donot compare yourself with anyone else and don't tell us that BD is a new Cricketing nation. Other had a far better record at the same point than BD currently has.

  • dranzo on December 2, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    @samkamal you are absolutely right man..If I'm to decide b/w Ireland,Bangladesh and Zimbabwe,I'll definitely select Bangladesh as a test playing nation cos they got that spirit to improve as a team....And at the end that is what you need....

  • saqskhan on December 2, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    Oustanding Performance by Shahid Afridi, really he is a treat to watch. At one stage i felt Pak will win this match in less than 15 overs with 10 wickets in hand, but i was proved wrong by All top 4 batsmen of Pak, they cannot perform in a target which can be easily achieved by Kenya and Canada also..they have to think about this seriously, what would have been the situation if the target was above 150, anyways wont go into this now but batting needs attention.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 2, 2011, 3:27 GMT

    It's unfortunate that teams like Bangladesh are playing the big leagues. While I respect their enthusiasm and desire to play top tier cricket, the ICC has to be realistic. This kind of maulling won't help Bangladesh cricket. I think it'll help them if they play in lower tiers and consistently win there before graduating again to this tier. Bangladesh lived up to the word minnow, true to the word, and they have performed thoroughly like one. Sehwag was right about Bangladesh.

  • getsetgopk on December 2, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    @Zahidsaltin: agree england should consider themselves lucky Afridi is not playing test cricket anymore, highest wicket taker in WC, did well in WI, highest wicket taker in the Pak Sl series and now here alreay five wickets in one match, of course test and ODI's are differnt ball game but the guy has improved alot as a bowler recently has a nice googly, gets turn and bounce has a deceptive slider, pak management can request Afridi to play test cricket but i dont think he will agree to that

  • cricket_fan_1980 on December 2, 2011, 1:54 GMT

    I dont understand why people are giving the Pakistan batting line up flack for this performance. At no point was there a real scare. I wouldn't call this a collapse. They were relaxed when they came out to chase 91. It really wasn't a tall order. So, they played some casual shots and Younis got given out wrong. It is at times like this that you can try a few unorthodox shots and just try to improvise, because you know someone will chase down 30 odd runs with 200 balls remaining. Very impressed with Hafeez opening the bowling.

  • dmqi on December 2, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    Pak team and management must have had almost heart attacks when Pak had 4 wickets gone within one dozen runs below 50. I thought 2003 world cup is happening in Dhaka in 2011. They were lucky that two catches were dropped by Bangla fielders. England is not surely going to drop those. So, you all know what is coming up at UAE soon. Those who are dreaming that Pak will beat England easily are expecting little too much. PAKISTAN NEEDS BATSMEN, THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY MORE THAN TWO to face top teams.

  • AnotherCricketer on December 2, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    Looking at the stats, Sadaf Hussain deserves a chance with the ball. His stats look stellar in the domestic cricket. And while he was part of the national squad on Carribean tour, Waqar Younus could't find a better use of him than a bench-warmer. Really sad, if you ask me. Unless productive changes come about in the next few weeks, Pakistan team will be in for a tough surprise against England. For now, I hope they have Shafiq open with Hafeez. Both Hafeez and Farhat are susceptible to nick the ball to slips/keeper, at least one should be rested. Bring Ahmed Shehzad back AND explain why he was taken out of the squad in the first place.

  • likeintcricket on December 2, 2011, 0:51 GMT

    On these wickets they can bring in Abdul Rehman and Danish Kaneria in place of fast bowlers. Its time for Misbah to think honestly about his team as he is going no where with Imran and Shoib Malik. Infact Hafeez sometimes play like garbage. England will surely exploit these weaknesses in the team. Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam and Azhar Ali are good solid players. With this kind of bowling Pakistan really don't need flamboyant players but any score within 230-250 would be enough with two new balls. Everyone hates Kamran Akmal but in my opinion he is a much better batsman( only Batsman not a keeper) than Imran and Shoib. Sarfaraz is a good batsman and a wonderful keeper and I hope they wont kick him out early. Once he got his confidence at this level he will surely stay there for many years.

  • Zahidsaltin on December 2, 2011, 0:38 GMT

    I personally feel that Pakistan nedd Afridi the bowler in tests against England.

  • sachinisnogood on December 2, 2011, 0:12 GMT

    well Bangladesh got defeated, but they are still better than India because they scored more runs against England in a test match than India. India also shouldn't be a test playing nation :-)

  • Desihungama on December 1, 2011, 23:25 GMT

    Hold up. Everyone referring to Pakistan's batting collapse needs to put things in perspective before lamenting the team. Pakistan has been away now for a long long time. They are playing all over the world, different pitches, environment, weather conditions etc. It's not easy to just conclude a series in UAE and within a span of 5 days expect the team to play with same intensity half way across the world? You get done playing, come back to your hotel and it's not the same as home, maybe with the exception of UAE. The efforts Misbah and company are putting are commendable. So relax and enjoy the most ODI victories in a calender year by an internation side beating no other but Australia's records (our new bunny).

  • on December 1, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    how many times shall Bangladesh fail and fail and yet we ignore Irish and Afghan's claims for full membership,this Bangladesh team needs to be demoted from full membership then, for they are no better than the top associates or the top two associates need to be promoted to the next level, for it was sheer injustice when Kenya was left out when it beat Bangladesh countless times, way to think ICC.....

  • on December 1, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    Seriously? I don't think that Ireland or Zimbabwe should be given test status instead of BD Bangladesh is the no.1 team when they play against teams like Zimbabwe or Ireland,they won most of them.In the top ten Bangladesh is the minnow who has been playing for like only 10 years or so.Even Zimbabwe has played more than 25 years of cricket still they're a minnow.So why yell at Bangladesh?They are playing against teams who are playing for long enough to see their 3 generation play in that level.Besides this Pak team can win the WC if it was in a month.things like these take time.

  • on December 1, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    The mini collapse that happened today from Pakistan has not been the first time. I mean we are so used to it. If we look back at our cricket history, even when we had greats like Miandad, Inzamam, Saeed, Yousuf, whenever we are chasing doesnt matter if its a small total or a big one, it has happened a number of times. But the thing that matters is you need to cross the line at the end and Thank God Pakistan once again crossed it. The bowling department is doing a fabulous job, everyone delivers and thats what Misbah mentioned in the T20 played couple of days back. The batsman are performing well too, its just that they havent had the chance to play regularly for Pakistan in the last few years. Farhat has made a comeback after sometime and he s playing well. The only problem i see is with One player at the moment and that is Umar Akmal. He has to realize that sheer talent doesnt take you anywhere. He must sit down and watch how Virat Kohli, his age fellow, takes the responsibility.

  • mustufa on December 1, 2011, 21:33 GMT

    Stop it with the crying, and more importantly stop saying how good or bad Pakistan is. They are here because we all ignored them for a while and pressure free they have played better under a steadier captain. He may be defensive, but in Pak's case, defence is the best form of attack. If they can score a quiet 240 defensively, their bowling will win them the game.

    The wkts are not helping Pakistan's batting either, they are building on good work, but these will generally be low scoring wkts, so I can't really say if they are a true indicator of where the Pak batting is. The UAE wkts had bounce, a little bit of early swing and seam, two new balls, and spin, and they all played better.

    Non celebration of Afridi Xman was a hint that Pak were loosing interest through the day in the game. They usually need a goal to play better, thats why they play better in ICC events, there is something to play for. Here beating BD gives them nothing, no move up in ranking, nothing.

  • on December 1, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    Pakistan is far from worry free, we now have witnessed semi batting collapses in almost all of our last matches, we need to replace Imran Farhat with a more capable opener, slap hafeez on the wrist and remind him that he is an OPENER first, and umar akmal needs to be groomed as a keeper and a more responsible batsman, such shows can't be expected. Bring Shafiq in! if we are to compete and win against top teams.

  • AnotherCricketer on December 1, 2011, 20:57 GMT

    Pakistan plays England next. What a shame to miss on the opportunity to give the rising players (Ahmed Shehzad...Hammad Azam) a chance in Bangladesh rather than repeat failures in Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik, and Sohail Tanveer. In fact, there is no objective reason for dropping Ahmed Shehzad after a successful stint in New Zealand. Rarely do you these biases play out in international cricket, though PCB will never disappoints cricket fans in this department.

  • haq33 on December 1, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    I think people just need to calm down here and keep things in perspective.....Pakistan when chasing 90 or so runs just DIDN'T CARE to try toooooo hard to be careful, and perhaps were a bit frivelous in choosing their shots. I'm not saying Pak batting is in good health - it needs plenty of work.....but I don't count THIS match as any kind of EVIDENCE of that fact. The very fact that most of the wickets were due to rash shots tells you that the Pak batsmen just wanted to finish this non-match quickly. I guarantee it won't happen again like this. Thankfully, brigadier-block misbah ALWAYS has the same mindset of defend for 50 balls and hit a random 6 once in a while, whether chasing 300 or 30.

  • USAPakCricFollower on December 1, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    I believe not having the capataincy responsibilities, and having to sit out for a couple of series has done wonders for Afridi. He is a lot more focused and his ego is less getting in the way. Remember, he was not even willing to go play in West Indies even though he was the captain and then performed horribly there. Now he is happy playing under Misbah (at least that's what he says) and playing in Bangladesh and doing well! If his ego stays in check and he plays sensibly he will do great in the upcoming series.

  • babarzia on December 1, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    Any one who has even played school cricket knows that when when your are playing a much lesser team, the intensity is jut not there.

    This is what is happenning to Pakistan that their intensity is just not there against this team.

  • Ali-Sajid on December 1, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    Pathetic batting by the pakistani side. They cant even blame the pitch. Granted younis was unlucky BUT the rest fell to insane shots. Also if Afridi's catch been taken it would have been interesting to see if Pakistan would have won. This is a wake up call to them. Their bowling is great but they still have to bat an innings to chase or set the score. If they fail in batting against england or any other good side it wont make any difference how good their bowling is. Serious improvement and thought needs to go into their batting.

  • gunnerr4life on December 1, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Now i have to say that Ireland deserves the test status ahead of BD ! They have beaten good teams and have impressive young talent coming up .. I bet that this Ireland side will beat west Indies with ease ( especially without Gayle ) !

  • Desihungama on December 1, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    At least Bangladesh fought back to restrict Pakistan's chase and made their earn the victory. Good resolve by Bangladesh in that facet but they have some homework to do. The best thing for them at this point is to just make batting friendly wickets, get their batsmen more opportunities to bat longer sessions and eventually they'll improve andl get better as they go along. Well done Pakistan. They are on fire and they are on a roll. I guess Pak team sending out loud message to cricketing world they are the best in the game right now.

  • on December 1, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    dont lose hope bagladesh. keeep trying. from a pakistani fan!

  • on December 1, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    Ooooohh... that boom boom... such a show off he did it again... why coudnt he play like Misbah... a solid innings of 16 off 48 balls... Afridi should be banned for life for disrespecting his captain and not following the game plan... he should have played more than 23 balls for his 25 runs... and 5 wickets on top of it... it just makes me mad... dont worry Misbah we'll loose the next match just like the wc semifinal... did I thank you for that... I guess I didnt... so thank you for not showing off and not caring to win and playing your true game... thank you...

  • crazycricketfan4life on December 1, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    Another really pathetic batting performance by Bangladesh and despite the fact that they are facing what is arguably the best attack in the world for ODI cricket right now, 91 is still inexcusable. Not the greatest of pitches to bat on, but considering that this is our home ground, 160-170 should have been absolutely achievable and would have given the bowlers something to work with and would have made this a cracking game. The continuing panic that still plagues this side while batting is still disheartening, and if we are to at least challenge the teams on a regular basis, we need to show our strength at home. The mistakes they make are repeated over and over again which shows little about what they are learning. Kudos to the bowlers, but the batsmen have just let them down again in this series. Well played Pakistan and thus continues the enigma which is this team. I don't know of any team which could bounce back despite losing the best pace bowling prospect (Amir) since Brett Lee.

  • TaylorSwift on December 1, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Pakistan's spin attack is shaping up nicely. Afridi, Ajmal and Hafeez are a potent threesome. However, I am afraid we are neglecting our fast bowling resources and this will come back to haunt us when we tour places like England, Australia or South Africa. Umar Gul is not an international level bowler anymore. He lacks pace now, bowls too short and is all over the place generally. We should invest heavily in potentials such as Junaid Khan, Sadaf Hussain and Anwar Ali. These guys will be significant outside the subcontinent. Let's hope Wahab Riaz gets cleared to play the England series. The less said about our batting, the better. Fortunately, Misbah was around to halt another batting collapse. We have had the luxury of playing some weak bowling attacks this year. We are in for a rude awakening once we run into better attacks. Nonetheless, winning is an attitude, so let's keep this momentum going. Lala, you are a beauty!

  • on December 1, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    This game was all about Afridi, although people say he is over rated but the guy is creeping up in the records, he is currently 9th all time leading (most ) wicket taker to which he was recently promoted in the series against Sri lanka and now is on 5 wickets away to be promoted to all time 8th most wicket taking bowler + the guy is near to 7000 runs. He is definitely going to end big in the hall of Fame.

  • on December 1, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Boom Boom Afridi! Cricket is awesome because of you! RIP Bangladesh.

  • heartfree22 on December 1, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    I just feel sad for Shoaib Malik...onece he was a great batsman for pakistani team..but now...hope he will do well in upcoming matches..

  • AMUSMANI on December 1, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    Very poor performance by pakistan team in batting :(. Really disappointing one.

  • sakib4 on December 1, 2011, 17:38 GMT

    bangladesh is not as strong as pakistan.and good days is going for pakistan.luckily they won the match today.but tigers will bit them the next match.everybody knows dogs cant win against tigers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so pakistani fans dont jump for just one match.2 odi still remaining.

  • on December 1, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    pakistan cricket team will humiliate in near future, just see what happens. BD is the best

  • WeeBee on December 1, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Look at the DOT balls of Bangladesh.... Out of 30.3 overs (183 balls), 138 balls were dots. Bangladesh should realize that this is ODI not Test Matches. I think they do have couple of good hitters but they are under pressure by controlled balling of saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi and Muhammad Hafeez.

    @ Afridi Performance, He will be remembered for long, He falls among the top 5 fan following in cricket since the birth of game.

    @ Pakistan Batting , Need improvement , especially under pressure conditions. If this total was 191 they might have been out of the game.

  • El_Toro_Loco on December 1, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    Even though Pakistan won the game, but their batting performance was horrible, losing 5 wickets chasing not even 100 runs is plain ridiculous & unacceptable. Their fast bowling is below par also. Asad in place of Shoaib, a genuine fast bowler (not all-rounder) in place of Sohail Tanvir.....Ciao

  • deconstruct on December 1, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Adnan Bhatti: Could someone please tell him Misbah's innings was crucial (as usual) in holding this rather fragile Pakistan batting together? Whats with you and a few other Misbah bashers? What does that guy have to do to deserve credit - climb the Everest?

  • on December 1, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    1)shoib malik doesnt deserve a place as an alrounder in presence of shoib malik and afridi instead he should serve sania.2)Bangladesh team stands no where considering the standard and their respective requirements in international arena,they are even worse than karachi dolphins or sialkot stalions,but its good for our spinners to have joy taking wickets and increasing their ratingĀ£)Asad shafiq should be given more and more chances instead of shoib mailk,n umar akmal should be warned strictly for his irresponsible shot display

  • Zahid1141 on December 1, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    I didn't find a confident Pakistan team either... there straggle on chasing silly 91, that reminds me about Pakistan's series against Australia in 2002.If the performances counted by non cricketers, Pakistan would have lose their test status after linked match in 2002.. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64002.html I'm in doubt, whether Pakistan is playing great cricket or they are rescuing for weakness of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. I'm sure same question will be moving around few of your head too....

  • on December 1, 2011, 16:49 GMT

    Afridi's form is fantastic lately - he seems revitalised. Sad to see another (very) sub-par performance from the Bangladeshis.

  • honestno2 on December 1, 2011, 16:30 GMT

    O ya Pak all da way.........but one thing disturb me is that our batting line up ?? this team cant beat bangla without afridi.........i bet... Imran farhat,shoaib malik and younis khan ??? are they ODI players ?? imran farhat is the only batsmen in the world who cant bat.............

  • John_Raj_Mohammad_Singh on December 1, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    Wow, I never looked at Afridi as a consistent performer. Only a once in a while kinda guy. But he's been great for the past few matches even if it is against a dismal opposition

  • getsetgopk on December 1, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Afridi the UNTOUCHABLE, i think no one will ever dare speak against Afridi now they will be smashing their own toes with axe if they ever venture to do so. Go Lala set them all on fire!!!

  • awaissatti786 on December 1, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    First of all Congrats to team pakistan..... BUt i have a question for Pakistan team selectors..... That why Awais Zia a Young promising nd Attacking Batsmen have not got a chance in the team while he is consistantly the best performer in domestic and for Pakistan A...... Please do think AAbout it...... Another young talent should not be let to go in waste....

  • KANCHANA623 on December 1, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Afridi seems to have improved very much lately.

  • on December 1, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    seriously? someone needs to address pakistani batting line up! we have got an important series against us and our batsmen cannot just throw away their wickets! esp hafeez! what in the world is wrong with U akmal? why everything has to be fancy for him? poor show i would have to say! instead of being ruthless, they looked like the ones who were the underdogs!

    i agree with someone who commented down there that bangladeshi players need to work out and build some muscle! the passion for cricket is amazing in that country! they can look into srilanka's history and maybe learn some tips?

  • Stark62 on December 1, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    LOL

    The pensioners nearly lost to the the youth of Bang!

    Where is Alam? The guy has the best FC record and has been the top scorer for a number of years now. Once again, what is Farhat, Malik and Younis doing in the team?

    Plenty of young talent around like Naved Yasin, Nasir Jamshed and Haris Sohail.

  • on December 1, 2011, 15:34 GMT

    Goodluck pakistan! at least you have won the match even with such a bating line this team doesnot deserve to be won.

    on the other hand pcb are taking exprements on the aged playe r like Shoib malik and Abdur Razzak. Why are they ignoring the youngsters. My question is that why shaib Malik cannot be replaced by imran nazir

  • on December 1, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    In any Bangladesh cricket match, umpires need to be paid on hourly basis. Coz your never know when the match is going to finish. This will help the ICC/BCCI to cut down some of their cost...

  • Saddam_Rasool on December 1, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    The only problem with the Bangladesh team is their mindset while batting. They have enough talent to score runs but they are over cautious after Tammin's dismissal and never knew what to do after they lost few wickets. Shakib, as always, looked good and Nasir seems to be the best batsman now in the team. For me they should have tried to score around 150 after losing 5 wkts and should have tried to stay at the crease by 40th over. Their bowling and fielding will always give their best but it is their batting that is letting them down and again. For me, Bangladesh should learn from Misbah's performance. On difficult wickets, he is such a good example to follow. He plays according to the situation and tries his level best to advise others to remain calm etc. Pakistan no doubt are playing good but the real test will come when they will chase over 200 on any such wickets

  • soumyas on December 1, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    why does one keep series against bangladesh and keep thrashing poor fellows... bangladesh shud be playing more games against zimbabwe,ireland and westindies....not the top 7 teams..

  • NP_NY on December 1, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    @yorkshirematt: Completely agree. I cannot believe the BD fans still follow this team. The only reason BD has test status is because there are enough fans to watch it. If Ireland had this many chances to play against test playing nations, they will be far ahead in the rankings.

  • JG2704 on December 1, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Afridi is a legend (from an England fan). Please Somerset (if deals have not already been done) push the boat out and try and secure services of this guy for the T20s ahead of Pollard

  • on December 1, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    We love you afridi Keep rocking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • FaisalAsghar on December 1, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    I have to say Pakistans batting is as fragile as it can get, the management needs to find better batsmen otherwise I dont see this team doing well against Eng, Aus, SA in their countries. Itll be interesting to see how they perform against Eng in UAE but im happy that alteast itll be a chance for Anderson or Finn to end Imran Farhats career! which im sure most would agree is great for Pakistan.

  • on December 1, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    bring imran nazir...

  • shafiqo on December 1, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    Dismal performance by the BD batsmen. Seems like it progresses two steps forward & comes back three steps. Jamie Siddons may had few things right. Wish BD had a brain like Campbell who made the ordinery Zimbabwe look much better by fine tuning. Too much experimentation does not help. Yet, probably need to reshuffle batting order. Tamim should get an able opening partner either from the age group (Anamul Huq!!) or somebody like Junaid if he could be inspired to come back in form. Imrul is a trier but may be not good for opening slot at the moment. He can be very good down the order at #5. Nasir may be tried in #3 position as he negotiated new ball & spin well. Try him couple of games. If doesn't work bring him back at #7. He is an asset. Kapali may be played at #7. My one day team for next game: 1.Tamim 2.Junaid/Anamul 3.Nasir 4.Mushfiq 5.Imrul 6.Shakib 7.Kapali 8.Mahmudullah/Nayeem 9.Razzak 10.Shafiul 11.Rubel

  • pakkit on December 1, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Bangladesh are a disgrace to cricket, Please take away their test status and give it to Ireland.

  • Ammdex-tro on December 1, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Most Bangladeshis say they do not care about the results of their national football team, because the only sport they care about is cricket. So people... when your national cricket team is such a failure in the international arena, what have you got to say?

  • on December 1, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    1. Umar Gul bowling is getting worse and worse day by day. Wides, too much width, slower pace, basically he need to be brought back to basics to figure out line and length. Even vs Sri Lanka Umar Gul was the only bowler which Misbah used sparingly knowing he can be very expensive.

    2. Umar Akmal, can someone please let him know, you don't need to invent shots.. Ball is coming right in the middle and he is trying to play who knows where... There is something which is called V... try playing shots in the V for a change.. and punish the ball which is outside off or leg stump only..

    3. Pakistan need to groom Asad Shafiq and play him almost every match. Shoaib Malik has never been impressive with the bowling really, looking back his averages back to 2006 he always got way less wickets than the matches he played.

    4. Can someone tell Misbah that blocking is good but don't block that much where your strike rate goes into 30's.. at least keep rotating the strike ...16 on 43 balls I think

  • cric_fan__ on December 1, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    very very poor batting performance from both the sides... pakistan in particular chasing just 91.. pakistan are bowling a lot of extras... if pakistan's batting continues in this fashion they can't win against good sides.. pakistan can win only with their that too only against weak sides..

  • on December 1, 2011, 13:55 GMT

    News of the day: Afridi CAN bat slow

  • ibbani on December 1, 2011, 13:50 GMT

    hahahahah, cant stop laughing, thats the real BD as all know. They cant step their level even after 100 years of their cricket career. I can bet with anyone. They dont deserve the ODI and the Test status. They are the worst ever team than a local cricket team or the club team.

  • getsetgopk on December 1, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    Well the future of fast bowling looks extreemly bleak at least in sub continental countries, a spinner is thrown the ball to open the bowling?? with wickets that are dusty right from ball one, what prospect is there for fast bowlers to flourish? how are these teams going to compete when they go to Australia, new zealand, SA or England. well the answer is simple, they get rolled over like indians got a beating of their life time just after winning a WC. of the three big teams in Asia, ind, pak and lanka only pak have consistantly produced world class fast bowlers even in dead and dusty conditions and also have best spinners in world at the moment. i see pakistan a team of the future. Go greens get them all.

  • Mashrur_Cricket_Fan on December 1, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    I wrote this around 3 years ago, and I'm writing this again, Bangladesh cricket is never going to reach the competitive levels at this stage unless it decides to tackle its basic fundamental flaw. The flaw is the physical make-up of the players. You cannot have 5 foot 1-6 inch players with the look of fido dido take on these monsters from other international sides. Some of my fellow BD fans will point to Tendulkar or Ricky Ponting, to them I say look at their physical make-up, they maybe short but they work n number of hrs @ the gym and are INCREDIBLY strong, ofcourse they're also the most profilic naturally talented batsmen of the past 2 decades. Here's a thought, look at the rest of the Australian team or England or South Africa or anyone (Pakistan inclusive) and you will see people who work extremely hard at fitness and are genetically "bigger" and "stronger", to compete with such players consistently and not through 1 time luck, hit the gym, get rid of the disadvantage!! love u BD

  • on December 1, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    @masudkhan Ireland all the teams in IPL and my young brothers school 11 play better test cricket then your team! ;)

  • manan_aslam on December 1, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Pakistan Need Some Changes. Imarn Farhat should not be part of playing 11 and tanveer. Open with Malik or razzaq. I think Umar Akmal is better kepper-batsman than sarfraz. my plying 11 for next match

    1. Hafeez 2. Malik 3. Asad Shafiq 4. Younis Khan 5. Umar Akmal 6. Mishbah 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Abdul Razaq 9. Saeed Ajmal 10. Umar Gul 11. Aizaz Cheema

  • pak78 on December 1, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    congrats team pakistan again batting needs to improve asap b4 the eng series. and congrats boom boom for ur 5 wickets.

  • smartguy786 on December 1, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    gREAT WIN, BUT TENSE AS WELL

  • ajmal1988 on December 1, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    haha! Great the way Pakistan win! During the UAE series against Sri Lanka, Pak allowed Sri Lanka to fight back and manage a draw! Sri Lanka was so happy! just because of the Pakistani fielders who dropped their catches and were miserable in the field. Sri Lanka thought they had won a draw! and even Jaywardene was writing positives about the way the team fought in the first test match, but then in the second test pak trashed them and won comfortably, showing sri lanka how superior they were compared to them. Same thing again here! Bangladesh showing some fighting spirit and "thinks" they have a chance! in next game pak delivers a clinical performance and BD will be back with their feet on the ground! haha GREAT! love to watch Pakistan play cricket. This match was more exciting than India vs England and England vs India! (what an anti-climax those series were).

  • manan_aslam on December 1, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Pakistan Need Some Changes. Imarn Farhat should not be part of playing 11 and tanveer. Open with Malik or razzaq. I think Umar Akmal is better kepper-batsman than sarfraz. my plying 11 for next match

    1. Hafeez 2. Malik 3. Asad Shafiq 4. Younis Khan 5. Umar Akmal 6. Mishbah 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Abdul Razaq 9. Saeed Ajmal 10. Umar Gul 11. Aizaz Cheema

  • on December 1, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    Boom Boom AFRIDI... Need I say more??

  • crugy on December 1, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    Afridi is the greatest!!!!!

  • ajmal1988 on December 1, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Where are those who want Misbah out of the team????? His calmness stopped a HUGE collapse in the middle.

  • waheed on December 1, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    Pakistan is getting stronger day by day and we can see unity in the team .. We know Bangladesh is not very strong side to give them tough time in ODI or Test cricket but today they bowled well on a tricky pitch.. Bangladesh,s Cricketers and Fans should keep in mind before giving any kind of statements ... like mushfiq gave b4 the series that no more respectable losses :) we can beat Pakistan nay time...

  • liaqathussain on December 1, 2011, 13:00 GMT

    pitches like these produce rubbish matches like these,,

  • Faircricket11220 on December 1, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    @faisail your comment is hilarious yea the sialkot stallions can beat bangledesh at this pace forget bangledesh ever beating pakistan hahahahhaa go back to sleep wake up after a week and your misery will be over when u see a whitewash on the cards hahaha although pakistan very bad batting should have been a 8 wicket win

  • on December 1, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    Bangladesh yet require to develop their skills especially in batting and Pakistan require same as well. Since last two months consistent performers are bowlers who lead them on winning track. Misbah has to think about what if track suit for batting. One thing is out from my attempt that why Bangladesh made spin pitches as they new their opponent leading in this scenario.

  • T_Khan on December 1, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    @streetblader.. come on now thts not fair atleast appreciate tht mushfiqur rehman got somethin right .... he knew it there aint goin to be respectable losses but infact comprehensive roll overs ;P

  • khurramsch on December 1, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    Pak needs to be considering their batting . have seen durin uae & now that at times they slip against spin. though their world class bowling is there to cover up but this series could be a tricky one as at home on slow pitches if on a day bangladesh if manages to tackle pak bowlers then they might have a big chance.

  • reeja on December 1, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    sorry bangla desh.... work hard....

  • birdz_eye on December 1, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    Good to see Pakistan wining yet sitll need to work on the right combination. BD need to choose cuz asian sides are naturally aggressive while BD is forged with defensive approach they should be fearless or even try the mad max approach if a Loss is the fate why not make it difficult for the winners.

    Pakistan claiming gradually & would love to see them beating the so called cricketing top sides to get the #1 position they deserve.

  • khurramsch on December 1, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    pakistan still need to look at there batting. 2 major concerns 1- shoaib malik. he is there as batting allrounder not bowler . we need his batting more than bowling. sohail tanvir is also not good enough. if razak is fit i think he will play But that is major worry in batting lineup. 2nd i think after this series Umar akmal needs to step up & be a full time keeper in odis & t20. as paksitan cant afford only keeper . they need a batting keeper.

  • on December 1, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Although Pak won, BD bowlers bowld well. ROBUL was gud on this Rough track and looking agressive. PAK love you:))))))))))))

  • Zahidsaltin on December 1, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    UMAR GUL needs to control his bowling. Where are his yorkers? He bowls so many wides, so many short balls and gives width. He is not that bowler of old. Today his 5 run wide/bouncer which went 1 meter above wicketkeepr head started it for Bangladesh.

  • khurramsch on December 1, 2011, 12:44 GMT

    good game . a little bit drama in middle but good overall performance from pakistan. Afridi is more of a good bowler now a days. in top10 & moving upwards in rakings. with couple of responsible inings since his return & that is the way to go.

  • MasudKhan29 on December 1, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    @PPL who is screamming to take bangladesh's One day / Test status - Well which other country playing better than bangladesh to replace us from the no 10? or you guys will gonna keep screaming like this for rest of your life and keep the top playing cricketing nation only at 9?

    @yorkshirematt - i guess you are from Pakistan. well we play our home game in our home ground - other countries come to play in our country and none of our player got punished for corruption and you think we are disgrace?

    @ true confession - Now a days i hate watching Bangladesh game --- but didn't lose hope - this is our only 2 gen of cricket ---- all other countries took lot more time than that before they became really good

  • on December 1, 2011, 12:37 GMT

    Bangladesh try the best for the next match

  • streetblader on December 1, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    "respectable losses not acceptable"... instead, we should aim and lose with with total disgrace!! Go BD... ha ha ha ha ha

  • on December 1, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    What about Pakistan? Is it very good- 63/5?

  • on December 1, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    Can we ask Eijaz Butt that "Where was Afridi in your days???"

  • on December 1, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    great bowling by Bangladesh. They are strong at home, they can win one or even both of the next two games, showed today they are good enough to pull it off

  • on December 1, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    well Done Pakistan. BD need to work more on their batting and stop preparing spin friendly wickets. only chance BD have is with prepare batting tracks so that atleast crowed can have some entertainment.

  • shah_cop on December 1, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    afridi the grat bowler and superb cricketer

  • yorkshirematt on December 1, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    Bangladesh are a disgrace to world cricket. Occasionally they show a bit of promise like against england in the WC but never with any consistency. It's a shame as they love their cricket but they're just not good enough. Unfortunately they need to go back to associate status and playing the likes of Ireland, Afghanistan and the Netherlands

  • on December 1, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    This is cricket buddy!!! Things happen within seconds.. Remember Pakistan vs Sri Lanka last ODI... So please dont be proud like Russel Arnald..

  • on December 1, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    hahaha................... bangladesh

  • on December 1, 2011, 11:14 GMT

    its not the bangala or pak...its the dead ass pitches bro....freaking bowl swings right to left....

  • on December 1, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    BOOM BOOM is on Fire Do not Touch him he is leading he will come the leading wicket taker if he do like this in coming one of two years .... wooo go afridi for more wicket and also do not forgot your lovly sexes since you are known thourhgt you Boom Boom shots ...

  • ICCexpert.... on December 1, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    Rameez Raja says its get rid of Imran Farhat and try Asadd Shafiq.....but I am saying they cant bcoz he is the son-in-law of Ilyas the chief selector........haha....

  • on December 1, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    Bangladesh going from bad to worst!!!

  • on December 1, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    @Mohamed Rafi best chance for pak to lose points. Even If they white wash they will get just only one point. But if any lost or draw will damage more..

  • on December 1, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    when a player like shoaib malik is taking wickets against Bangladesh then we know how much preparations were done by the hosts...soon this series is going to resemble a twenty 20...Sad to see that even after more than a decade there are only two gears that this team looks on....self destruction and over ambitious drive

  • on December 1, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    After 2 years Bangladesh have no right to play top 8 ranking test team (i am from Bangladesh).

  • on December 1, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    hahaha................... bangladesh

  • MalikAnasAhmad on December 1, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    @Muhammad Rafi, even Pakistan won all of three games they will only get 1 point of the series so not much is gonna happen for them as far as Team ranking is concerned

  • on December 1, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    Actually Mohamed Rafi, the way the ICC rankings work even a clean sweep of the ODIs probably wouldnt have much of an impact on their rating, since BD are placed much below them in the table :)

  • on December 1, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    afridi is the best mashallah he is verry smart...........thank you

  • on December 1, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    Pakistan is crushing, humilating,bashing..."WORLDCHAMPS" bangladesh IN FRONT OF THEIR OWN FANS....WHERE IS AFGAN ? THEY SHOULS HAVE DONE BETTER IN HOME ATLEAST.... WAKE UP ICC

  • HZA1 on December 1, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    First it was the Sri Lanka Tigers, now its the Bangladesh Tigers, can we do the same to the English Lions? If anyone can Misbah can with his Army of Green! GO PAKISTAN!!!

  • satish619chandar on December 1, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Is this what Rahim actually mean while saying : "Respectable losses not acceptable"??

  • wnwn on December 1, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Bangladesh appeared to be making progress under Jamie Siddons but are now going downhill again. I think it's time to put them out of their misery.

  • on December 1, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Great Chance to Win !!! Also a Best Chance to Go on up in "One Day International" Ranking !!!

  • on December 1, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    BanGLaDesH Thinks they R minnows and Playz like One Too...!! Get Ur Thinking Straight GuyX we need Competitve cricket PLZ Dnt make sponsers Run away Frm the Game with ur perfomances!! I wanted 2 watch a competitive Game against Pakistan!! Being Pakistani Fan im proud of my country But As An LoveR of Cricket These Type of scores R dissapointing and Bad For ur Fan-base BanGLaDesH!! Come On wake up!!

  • Alpial on December 1, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    Well done boys, that was on cards, but now dudes u have to bat the same way as like bowling, nd 1 more thing, if shoaib malik has to be given more chances, send him up the order to get his form back. keep it up....

  • on December 1, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    beating Bangladesh doesn't really help Pakistan's ranking

  • on December 1, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    School boys trying to play the big league and that's what it looks like. BD has a long way to go. Rahim (somewhat dependable) and Nasir Hussain (way more dependable than Nayeem looking to be clueless for his existence) should open. One down should be Shakib (next in line for dependability contest). Then bring out your big gun Tamim and hope for the best. Bring these players up front who's got some sort of GUTS and ability. And as a back up bring Nafees and Mahmudullah next. Last batter (or hope) should be Nayeem. This SHOULD BE the batting order. BD batting order needs serious reshuffling. It's r-e-a-l-l-y getting hard to watch the game.

  • satanswish on December 1, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    This Bangladesh Tigers are Sheep in real...lol

  • on December 1, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    This is a best chance for Pakistan to go up in the rankings..

  • on December 1, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Today Pakistan Will Have a Tiger Soup... lol

  • on December 1, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    Why not drop Shoaib Malik and keep asad Shafiq in the lineup?

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  • on December 1, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    Why not drop Shoaib Malik and keep asad Shafiq in the lineup?

  • on December 1, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Today Pakistan Will Have a Tiger Soup... lol

  • on December 1, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    This is a best chance for Pakistan to go up in the rankings..

  • satanswish on December 1, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    This Bangladesh Tigers are Sheep in real...lol

  • on December 1, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    School boys trying to play the big league and that's what it looks like. BD has a long way to go. Rahim (somewhat dependable) and Nasir Hussain (way more dependable than Nayeem looking to be clueless for his existence) should open. One down should be Shakib (next in line for dependability contest). Then bring out your big gun Tamim and hope for the best. Bring these players up front who's got some sort of GUTS and ability. And as a back up bring Nafees and Mahmudullah next. Last batter (or hope) should be Nayeem. This SHOULD BE the batting order. BD batting order needs serious reshuffling. It's r-e-a-l-l-y getting hard to watch the game.

  • on December 1, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    beating Bangladesh doesn't really help Pakistan's ranking

  • Alpial on December 1, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    Well done boys, that was on cards, but now dudes u have to bat the same way as like bowling, nd 1 more thing, if shoaib malik has to be given more chances, send him up the order to get his form back. keep it up....

  • on December 1, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    BanGLaDesH Thinks they R minnows and Playz like One Too...!! Get Ur Thinking Straight GuyX we need Competitve cricket PLZ Dnt make sponsers Run away Frm the Game with ur perfomances!! I wanted 2 watch a competitive Game against Pakistan!! Being Pakistani Fan im proud of my country But As An LoveR of Cricket These Type of scores R dissapointing and Bad For ur Fan-base BanGLaDesH!! Come On wake up!!

  • on December 1, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Great Chance to Win !!! Also a Best Chance to Go on up in "One Day International" Ranking !!!

  • wnwn on December 1, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Bangladesh appeared to be making progress under Jamie Siddons but are now going downhill again. I think it's time to put them out of their misery.