Twenty20 World Cup 2010 May 14, 2010

No shame in St Lucia

Defeat can divide but sometimes it can be a platform to build upon
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"Pakistan fans should feel proud of the way their players applied themselves" © AFP

Pakistan went out of the Twenty20 World Cup with their heads held high. Until the very last over they had confounded all expectations and had the match in their grasp. But an incredible finish from Michael Hussey stole one of the most incredible matches in Twenty20 history.

The cut and thrust of this format is such that a match can be won or lost within moments, and so it transpired. Australia are an immensely powerful team and it is to Pakistan's credit that they pushed them so close.

Pakistan fans should feel proud of the way their players applied themselves. There is no shame in this defeat, or in this valiant defence of their title. In some ways, it would have been undesirable for another World Cup victory to paper over the failings of the PCB or of squad selection. Shahid Afridi and Waqar Younis have produced a decent outcome from the shambles they inherited.

Defeat can divide but sometimes it can be a platform to build upon. That's how Pakistan must view this day. Fortune helped them to another semi-final, and the semi-final gave them a glimpse of a better future.

With the right management of Pakistan cricket, the team can become a serious force. But that requires a major overhaul of the PCB - and that's a longer shot than Hussey scoring 18 off a Saeed Ajmal over.

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  • Bhai Pheroo on May 21, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    Seems like I have ruffled, rather crushed a few feather with my above comments.

    My sincere appologies to all Indian die-hard cricket fans for hurting their feelings.

    Team India is great and deservingly ahead of Australia and England (as mentioned above), and IPL 4 will be bigger then ever, but from Pakistan Ajmal Qasab's brother and his few cousins might join in to play their part in IPL 4 ;-)

    Peace !!

  • Abdul John Patel on May 20, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    Atleast India lost because they were underprepared to face short balls , were tired after IPL and IPL parties. Still they tried to win and players stood up for each other even in a pub brawl. Unlike Pakistan ,where oath taking ceremonies happened to oppose captain,matches were thrown so captain would look bad and be dropped...stabbing back stabbing in enquiry committess... Anyway if you feel ALL IZZ WELL in Pakistan cricket and Indian cricket is on verge of collapse and BCCI is going bankrupt...then who am I to spoil someones sweet dreams and dreamwishes. http://www.cricinfo.com/ipl2010/content/current/story/460389.html http://www.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/current/story/460381.html Justice had prevailed and IPL4 is now on.....justice will prevail soon in other case too.

  • June from USA on May 20, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    Looks like Lalit Modi single handedly has hurt more Pakistanis compared to what the Pakistani I. T export industry to the world has not been able to do. Cheers !!!!

    P.S In Pakistani context I.T = International Terrorism..This is for benefit of those who might mistake the normal full form of I.T ( Information technology). In Pakistani context it is always their version. For example 'choking in semifinal' = 'great fight for cornered tigers' is Pakistani version.

  • Ajay Jadeja on May 20, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    PS: These comments are written in the general interest of IPL Cricket and considering the emotional state of the Indian cricket fans.

    This above statement seems so naive and from someone who is facing humiliation everywhere and anywhere because teams are refusing to visit Pakistan. LOL Sounds like grapes are sour...and $$$$ gone hurts...Well looks like Ajmal and company have managed to rectify IPL $$$ lost via some matchfixing $$$$$$. We now you got neither the cup nor you got IPL ..I am sure that must hurt...but ;) best of luck for summer spanking in England from two world class teams which are still below India in test ranking.... Well perhaps Pakistan can invite Zimbabwe(if they dont refuse for security reasons LOL:P:P:P) and try to win 1 odd test match in 24 months. Will make sour grapes little sweet

  • Vinayak Pathak on May 20, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    @ Bhai Pheroo : Whatever the reasons for Indian performance in T20..it has still proved that it can win abroad in test matches and ODI as well...unlike Pakistani team which is still hurting from a string of defeats...Theres more to come soon in England this summer . We understand that Pakistani players not bieng selected in IPL must have hurt your egos and thats why you are consoling yourself by barking about semi final run in T20 convenient ignoring the fact that the team reached there on crutches with help from Aus and Eng and eventually after somehow limping to final ..you guys could not defend even 191 with your so called great bowling unit. Anyway that apart ..you team is now also involved in match fixing it seems now. PCB probably handed out those fines because it got proof of match fixing but are masking those bans under the guise of team differences. A pathetic performance in semifinal is not being glorified as cornered tigers fight...LOL.Ajay was right..you are sore losers

  • binod on May 20, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    Well, don quite know whr to start with! Yes, a sad end to a good beginin, poor mid and a fantastic fight put on throughout the tournament. As someone willing to see Pakistan win, it was not great a sight to see them out of semi-final ending the dream of 3rd final in a row but as it's been said Pakistan departed with heads held high. Of course 191 is a score any team dream of any day in T20, Pakistan got that in the right place, in the semi final of world championship but could not quite hold their nerves in the decisive moment and that's where Australia got rid of Pakistan. But yes a lots of positive signs for this particular team under Afridi in comin dayz. Just keep your morals lifted Pakistan, You are capable enough of winning anythin in offer, mind it anything! But just keep your spirits on the higher side.

  • Bhai Pheroo on May 20, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    @ Ajay …

    I seriously think that the all-powerful Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) should consider suing ICC for making Team India play on bouncy Barbados pitch. This was part of the wider conspiracy by the England and Australian cricket boards against the well-deserving Indian team to stop them from reaching the semi-finals or may be even winning the cup.

    In fact BCCI should try to export their own brand of IPL Pitches to all foreign countries, so that their superstar players and IPL heroes can have some chance of putting a graceful performance in the forth coming tournaments. Still better, BCCI should request ICC to allow Mr. Lalit Modi to run all such world class events under his direct supervision. By doing so, there shall be a good probability that India may reach at least to the semi-final stage next time round.

    PS: These comments are written in the general interest of IPL Cricket and considering the emotional state of the Indian cricket fans.

  • Omair on May 19, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    well winning the first 37 overs and then suddenly loosing the last 3 overs and ultimately the whole match, made me hurt even more. but thats cricket for you :/

  • Ajay on May 19, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    And so I was glad that Pak got spanked out of the cup by one man Hussey.

  • Ajay on May 19, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    India played their impt super 8 matches in bouncy Barbados pitch ,whereas pak played at St.Lucia and even then lost after hitting 191. Pak fans who are bagging India shud think abt this fact.

  • Bhai Pheroo on May 21, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    Seems like I have ruffled, rather crushed a few feather with my above comments.

    My sincere appologies to all Indian die-hard cricket fans for hurting their feelings.

    Team India is great and deservingly ahead of Australia and England (as mentioned above), and IPL 4 will be bigger then ever, but from Pakistan Ajmal Qasab's brother and his few cousins might join in to play their part in IPL 4 ;-)

    Peace !!

  • Abdul John Patel on May 20, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    Atleast India lost because they were underprepared to face short balls , were tired after IPL and IPL parties. Still they tried to win and players stood up for each other even in a pub brawl. Unlike Pakistan ,where oath taking ceremonies happened to oppose captain,matches were thrown so captain would look bad and be dropped...stabbing back stabbing in enquiry committess... Anyway if you feel ALL IZZ WELL in Pakistan cricket and Indian cricket is on verge of collapse and BCCI is going bankrupt...then who am I to spoil someones sweet dreams and dreamwishes. http://www.cricinfo.com/ipl2010/content/current/story/460389.html http://www.cricinfo.com/pakistan/content/current/story/460381.html Justice had prevailed and IPL4 is now on.....justice will prevail soon in other case too.

  • June from USA on May 20, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    Looks like Lalit Modi single handedly has hurt more Pakistanis compared to what the Pakistani I. T export industry to the world has not been able to do. Cheers !!!!

    P.S In Pakistani context I.T = International Terrorism..This is for benefit of those who might mistake the normal full form of I.T ( Information technology). In Pakistani context it is always their version. For example 'choking in semifinal' = 'great fight for cornered tigers' is Pakistani version.

  • Ajay Jadeja on May 20, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    PS: These comments are written in the general interest of IPL Cricket and considering the emotional state of the Indian cricket fans.

    This above statement seems so naive and from someone who is facing humiliation everywhere and anywhere because teams are refusing to visit Pakistan. LOL Sounds like grapes are sour...and $$$$ gone hurts...Well looks like Ajmal and company have managed to rectify IPL $$$ lost via some matchfixing $$$$$$. We now you got neither the cup nor you got IPL ..I am sure that must hurt...but ;) best of luck for summer spanking in England from two world class teams which are still below India in test ranking.... Well perhaps Pakistan can invite Zimbabwe(if they dont refuse for security reasons LOL:P:P:P) and try to win 1 odd test match in 24 months. Will make sour grapes little sweet

  • Vinayak Pathak on May 20, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    @ Bhai Pheroo : Whatever the reasons for Indian performance in T20..it has still proved that it can win abroad in test matches and ODI as well...unlike Pakistani team which is still hurting from a string of defeats...Theres more to come soon in England this summer . We understand that Pakistani players not bieng selected in IPL must have hurt your egos and thats why you are consoling yourself by barking about semi final run in T20 convenient ignoring the fact that the team reached there on crutches with help from Aus and Eng and eventually after somehow limping to final ..you guys could not defend even 191 with your so called great bowling unit. Anyway that apart ..you team is now also involved in match fixing it seems now. PCB probably handed out those fines because it got proof of match fixing but are masking those bans under the guise of team differences. A pathetic performance in semifinal is not being glorified as cornered tigers fight...LOL.Ajay was right..you are sore losers

  • binod on May 20, 2010, 10:24 GMT

    Well, don quite know whr to start with! Yes, a sad end to a good beginin, poor mid and a fantastic fight put on throughout the tournament. As someone willing to see Pakistan win, it was not great a sight to see them out of semi-final ending the dream of 3rd final in a row but as it's been said Pakistan departed with heads held high. Of course 191 is a score any team dream of any day in T20, Pakistan got that in the right place, in the semi final of world championship but could not quite hold their nerves in the decisive moment and that's where Australia got rid of Pakistan. But yes a lots of positive signs for this particular team under Afridi in comin dayz. Just keep your morals lifted Pakistan, You are capable enough of winning anythin in offer, mind it anything! But just keep your spirits on the higher side.

  • Bhai Pheroo on May 20, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    @ Ajay …

    I seriously think that the all-powerful Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) should consider suing ICC for making Team India play on bouncy Barbados pitch. This was part of the wider conspiracy by the England and Australian cricket boards against the well-deserving Indian team to stop them from reaching the semi-finals or may be even winning the cup.

    In fact BCCI should try to export their own brand of IPL Pitches to all foreign countries, so that their superstar players and IPL heroes can have some chance of putting a graceful performance in the forth coming tournaments. Still better, BCCI should request ICC to allow Mr. Lalit Modi to run all such world class events under his direct supervision. By doing so, there shall be a good probability that India may reach at least to the semi-final stage next time round.

    PS: These comments are written in the general interest of IPL Cricket and considering the emotional state of the Indian cricket fans.

  • Omair on May 19, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    well winning the first 37 overs and then suddenly loosing the last 3 overs and ultimately the whole match, made me hurt even more. but thats cricket for you :/

  • Ajay on May 19, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    And so I was glad that Pak got spanked out of the cup by one man Hussey.

  • Ajay on May 19, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    India played their impt super 8 matches in bouncy Barbados pitch ,whereas pak played at St.Lucia and even then lost after hitting 191. Pak fans who are bagging India shud think abt this fact.

  • Ali Ch. on May 18, 2010, 23:27 GMT

    @ Janjua... I am really stunned by your match fixing claims and your proofs. But let me tell you something first. No one is ever gonna take you seriously if you don't even how to number properly.

  • Ali Awan on May 18, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    Ultimately destiny prevailed. We had to lose....but we lost like lions...we were united...we showed strength...we played like a team...mark my words...this loss will prove to be our first win in the line of victory for next years ODI world cup...you can put them down...but you cannot break them...our team has risen to another level of accomplisment...this will keep them hungry...I can only say Aussies were the chosen ones on that very day...as you can all fathom...Pakistan's loss not Australia's win has overwhelmed the cricket world...for years to come...we will never forget...HOW CRICKET WAS WON...THAT VERY DAY!!!

  • Sarah Ghazi on May 18, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    Pakistan played well and we need to appreciate that. I am disappointed to note that some of the contributers have sent in all sorts of nonsence allegations and trying to malign the team. I raelly dont know what to say apart from just feeling pity for their cheap comments. pakistan team is on the up now and they will certainly be a much improved unit when they tour England. Good Luck and best wishes Pakistan, carry on and conquer the world...I am confidant they can do it.

  • Teacher on May 18, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    According to Dawn paper: Afridi says "Time for seniors to go".

    I hope he includes himself in the list of seniors as he did not live up to his reputation in T20 cup. Especially in the semis he was not an attacking captain, his bowler selection for death overs was terrible and cost Pak dearly, his team selection for the semis was not attacking, he still relied on failed and good-for-nothing players like Misbah. He is talking about getting young blood in the team, where as he did NOT include young guns in any of the matches, and relied on unproductive-seniors!

    I guess as a captain when you loose then you blame seniors! He should test himself under his own criteria and he will find that he should go as well. In 2009 T20 cup, it was Yunis who nurtured and solidly encouraged him that resulted in Afridi's good performance. This time around he could not do so because there was no one to nurture him any more! Conclusion: Afridi is a failed and conservative captain like any other past capts.

  • Hena Gul Siddiqui on May 18, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    I am really disgusted to read some very negative and cheap comments sent in by some of the contributers. Guys we love our men in green and they have really made us proud at St. Lucia. Winning and loosing is a part of the game and this is what happened that day, Pakistam fought it hard and that is what is important. The opponents were aussies and not Afghanistan and they played to their potential that day. Cool it guys dont get over board. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui, Jeddah - S. Arabia on May 18, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    Come on Mr. Janjua, you really cant be serious about all that rubbish. Honestly speaking you sound sickening or may be this defeat made you a lil bit off ballance. No sane man would go to that level of negativity, Mr Janjua my suggestion to you is to stop watching cricket failing which you may end up in some king of a mental hospital. I can only pray for you "May Allah help you have a good control over yr self" ..... Amin.

  • nekokara on May 18, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    I think over reliance on spinners worked against us .. there is no substitute to tight pace bowling in the final overs as shown by Tait throughout and Broad in the final...Muhammad Irfan would have been a good choice considering his height 7'2" and his current form. We need two proper fast bowlers in the team. Shahzaib should have been included in the team for Khalid Latif especially when he had already played the last world cup and was in better form this time and has the potential for big and sensible hitting

  • Naz on May 18, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    For those who say Pak were lucky to get to the Semi, Eng were lucky to NOT go out due to D/L rule. Pak lost their super-eight games but small margins as opposed to the IPL bullies India who got spanked.....for Kiwi's, you only have urself to blame - dont take ur disappointment out on Pak for reaching the Semi's, the points/run rate system is the same for all......

    Pak should have won with a score of 191, barring English or Aussie fans...no one else should brag, particularly those short ball ducking bunnies in India....stick to the IPL, might make you feel unbeatable again!

    Atleast we've made every semi (two finals) since 07 despite not playing any cricket....

    Hats off to the Aussies for the win and Eng taking the title!

  • Niaz on May 18, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    It was awsome T20 game at the end-last over just took the game away from Pakistan unbelievably! Well done though Team Pakistan we are proud of you this is what we are asking from you-a real fight is every game and never ever to give opponents on a plate!

  • Jamal Atherton on May 18, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    There were simply too many bits and pieces cricketers in the team with the emphasis on batting. In T20 the batting line up down to 7 is fine but have some specialised bowlers. Shoaib on the pitch was needed but he would have ruined the team spirit and they wouldnt have come close to the final. In the end the difference was the last 2 overs and if we had had umur gul in the team it wouldnt even have been close. Gul is a very mature and wily bowler made for T20. Ajmal should hang his head in shame.

  • Jamal Atherton on May 18, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Im sorry to be the voice of dissent but Pakistan cricket has a long long way to go. The last over by Ajmal was simply unacceptable. Try as I might I cant see Abdul Qadir,Mushtaq Ahmed or Danesh Kaneira going for 18 off 5 balls. Ajmal lost his nerve at the end and capitulated.

  • Hena Gul Siddiqui on May 18, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    Pakistan really played well and made us Pakistanis very proud. I was expecting them to win even before the match started but that did not happen. It dosent matter though because we played very well and put up a good fight against the Australlian team. This will help them regain their confidance and I am expecting them to do the same when they tour England. Over all the team did perform well in the T20 championship except Misbah, who really should be shown the door. I think we now need to bring in some youngsters and do away with the PERCHI guys like Misbah. I felt that Hammad Azam should have been tried in the West Indies, he would have been much better than Misbah who despite having failed is being persisted for over a year and a half. It seems that he is the BUTT Boy in the team and this is why no one can touch him.

  • Janjua on May 18, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    I want to laugh at the innocence of pakistani Nation, a cricket lover who knows very little truth. I am a big fan of pak Cricket but not those who sell their motherland for money. PAK vs Aus semifinal match was fixed by Pakistani players with australians. Some points.

    1) Australian player or Mitchel Jhonson did not appeal when Salma butt was clearly out, caught behind by keeper, Brad Haddin. Why? such team who does not miss a chance, strange.

    2)Pakistan played Misbah and Latif, inspite of failures, bcz they do not want to give gambling money to junior debutant like Hammad Azam.

    2) Captain, coach did not include Asif or Sami. Infact how can you drop a bowler of Asif Calibre who brought australians down to their knees iin test match when he took 6 wickets in sydney 2009.

    4) Afridi, did not use his bowlers when they were performing best, why? When ajmal was boling perfect to White he took him off,, why?

    5) Ajmal bowled all half holleys, no yorkers on off side 2 Husey,why

  • Khalid Arif Siddiqui, Jeddah - S. Arabia on May 18, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    Well played Pakistan, Shahid & company really made us proud. Putting up such a tremendous performance against the aussies is a no mean achievement indeed. Having said this I must also add that we need them to be consistant in batting because there lies our main problem. Bowling Al Hamdo Lillah has really come up good and we need to concenterate on batting. I guess Younis will return to the team and we should also try out hammad Azam, who knows he may also turn out to be wonderboy like Amer and Umer. I am confidant that he has the ability and he only needs a captain who can back him up. Things have now started looking good and I am sure we will do much better in England this time Insha Allah.

  • asadk on May 18, 2010, 3:17 GMT

    A GLIMPSE OF SUCCESS IN FUTURE CAUSE WE LOST IN SEMII FINAL. What about when we won the world cup 9 months ago was it a glimpse of faiilure? Kamran this artical made almost everyone siick of u.

  • nasir raza dar on May 18, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    we r proud of you LION`S OF PAKISTAN, you showed to the cricket world that you are the real lions not the lions on paper of IPL. I am more than 100% sure that if we get a good management in our cricket board & cricketing world change their attitude towards PAKISTAN then PAKISTAN`s players will be treat to watch at every level of the game, wether it is test cricket, ODIs or T20.We r proud of you our HEROES.ZINDABAD PAKISTAN`S CRICKET TEAM. Shame on you IPL Organizers & franchisers.

  • Masood Mehmood on May 18, 2010, 0:55 GMT

    I like reading comments and what I can see from Indian comments they all showing there inner openly. To all the indians Out there. We love our country and our Team has done more then enough to make us feel proud. We all know Pakistan enter in semis by chance,.... by change there run rate was high,,,, by chance they beat south africa,,,, by chance they almost had Australia... but I'm happy to see Iindia was kicked out brutally while they were begging for chance in world cup semis. Wel done Pakistan.

  • Taufeeq Imran on May 17, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    Look at India's record against Australia..they have done well most of the times. We are a shame to this world. We suck!

  • MS on May 17, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    It was said, after the semi, that there is no limit to australian self belief. I would like to add that there is no limit to Pakistan`s unpredictability. We lost the practice match to Zim and went all the way to give Aus the toughest challenge in a great hard fought semi. This from a team who has been going through so many rough patches. Pakistani cricketers have nothing to be ashamed of. Give them a heroes welcome and wait until they lift the 2011 cup.

  • MARLO, Copenhagen on May 17, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    Only if pakistani players could learn to use their brains and rise when pressure is at utmost high.

    1) if Salman Butt had used his brains and advised a newcommer not to play a high short as it had a risk to loose the wicket, than pakistan had won against NZ

    2) If afridi had brains and read Hussey better than he could know that throwing bat at everything and in a state where Hussey doesn't have anything to loose, a batsman like him will tear a spinner apart. He should have kept Aamer for the last over. Even Aamer bowled 19th over under lot of pressure and didn't bowl a slow ball or a near-to wide on of by taking a deep point. he could even mix it with a shrt ball too.

  • Kashif on May 17, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    Well. Lets hope and pray that once in our lifetime before we all die..that Pakistan is able to beat Australia. That should then ben labeled as the 'miracle day' in the history of Pakistan, and a national holiday awarded anually. Afraid though I am, I do not see that holiday coming in the next 500 years maybe..

  • Saad on May 17, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    I think that with the way Pakistan had performed in the semi final against Australia shows that Pakistan is still a good T20 team

  • kassim bhimji on May 17, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    well said by the editor.But look at the professional approach of the game.Last world cup when the grip of the cup was in pakistan hands MISBAH let it slip by a reverse miscue.This time SALMAN BUTT had almost won the game for pakistan he let No.11 batsman take the strike of yhe last 3 deliveries.In the SEMI the last over u can never give a spinner to bowl as batsman like HUSSEY can take a big hit and that is all we all saw that happened.Pakistan has to approach and apply the GAME professionally.

  • IMRAN QURAISHI on May 17, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    Why the hell did we play so many spinners for the final. We were bound for defeat the minute the team was announced. No team can win 20 game with only spinners. We need fast bowlers. Why don't anyone get it for God sake. In this date and age you don't go into a twenty game with spinners idiots. What was the purpose to hire Waqar when we are playing spinners. Why not hire Abdul Qadir as a bowling coach then. We need fast bowlers and that is fianl. If I would be the captain I would have at least 3 fast bowlers in my team. Unfortunately I am not.

  • fizul on May 17, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    Excellent! Excellent! What a match, our boys did us proud. I don't want to be long here, just one quick comment. For me, Afridi needs to be more attacking in some areas. Here are a few points for my reasoning. 1)14th over bowled by Ajmal had White beaten all ends up, he was into Whites head.2)15th over bowled by Rehman wicket taken, pressure on the Aussies.3)16th over should have been bowled by Ajmal again, the skipper brought himself on. Presure kinda release. Afridi was more worried about getting rid of the one over than keeping the pressure on the game. Maybe if he had kept the strike bowlers going the game could have been won before the time for the one over reach. Never mind it's a very good game hope to see Pakistan do more of it.

  • Hassan Farooqi on May 17, 2010, 14:40 GMT

    It is amazing that sometimes I can agree with you. However you have not shown enough praise for the captain and the coach. Practically at hours notice, they took over a bunch of beaten and demoralized guys that were not selected by them, and lacked many of the stars, and transformed it into a team that almost could have won the final, had they not missed the semi by a whisker. Good job Waqar and Afridi.

  • Tariq Qureshi on May 17, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    Paakistaan cricket team needs a sports psychologist ... period! They need to learn how to rehearse the steps that they have taken. They need to learn to fantacize/imaginate about every single step ... every singel movement of the body in a particular situation. If you forget where you put something, you reconstruct all the other events around your doing what you did back then. If necessary, walk backwards into all the rooms that you walked out of ... it helps you remember and reconstruct. Imagination ... use it to prepare for the future events. "Only" thing missing from a paakistaani team is a stronger mind. We desperately need a sports psychologist ... Imran Khan was one.

  • khurram on May 17, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    yes it was great game of cricket but one should think y we are always on the losing side since 3,4 years. we are on loosing streak man. you can shut ur eyes but the people cant. why there is no inspirational performances from our players? why this is always husseys, bonds, morgans getting better of us? We have lost 4 matches than a win over south africa. this was our performance in a game which is we are champion of. There is no shame in loosing but there is shame in loosing always. There is no point saying our future is bright while results are showing we are drowing. If this article is a PR job then its fine, other than that we arent heading anywhere but a dezazter.

  • S N Qazi on May 17, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    Pakistan , all in all showd a much improved performance . Nevertheless , it was mind boggling that Afridi kept Misbah in the side when he has not performed all though 2009 and in 2010 . His average in ODIs and T 20s is pathetic in the last eighteen months is pathetic . Average of well below 10 and strike rate of about 40 percent . Who is he related to ? In place of Misbah we could have taken Sami , his batting average and strike rate is far superior to Misbah all through 2009 and since and he can bowl at the death far better than Ajmal . that was another mstake on the part of afridi .

  • Mubarak Ali on May 17, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    we pakistaani feel really a proud exit from the tournament. the way our young and talented players faced Australia in semi wass appreciated. but for 2011 world cup, PCB should have to make strong decisions and keep Afridi a captain to get better result from oncoming world cup.

  • KAMRAN on May 17, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    It is only Pakistan that can make 190 gainst Aus and cannot defend the same. we lack leadership.

  • Bhai Pheroo on May 17, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    Faught, not faught, chocked, unchocked, lost, or whatever. The fact remains that we gave the real cricket fans "the Best Match" of the entire torunament, and in doing so, we had grasped the mighty Australians by their ... neck, for 37 full overs.

    Australians and Indian fans had only three overs of happiness and enjoyment, first two overs of the Pakistani innings and last one over of the Australian innings, while the rest 37 overs, we controlled the game.

    BTW, what's much more shamefull is having over a Billion cricket fans who follow the game as a religion and still your team even can't make to the semis for second cup straight.

  • Javaid M. Malik on May 17, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. Loosing a match with real fight & against a team like Asutralia is no shame. We are proud of our team's effort in semi final. During this match, I have noticed a numerous times Australian players were biting their nails & facial expressions tells their inner feelings. It was their day so they won the match at the end. Saeed Ajmal is a good bowler & he has proved it time and again in this tournament. He should also think critically what went wrong in the last over? Now a piece of advise. Pakistan team should plan well for 2011 World Cup competition in India.

  • Anand Desai on May 17, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    Hi All, The ultimate fact is Pakistan Lost. Secondly , in few articles most of them have argued that Pakistan's bowling is at par with best in the business but the fact is Aussie has hit them hard on what was their strength - Bowling. Surely evey one can take pride by saying we lost but not when one losses the match which could havebeen won by opposition only if miracle happens ----any team with decent bowling attack would have defended 192...anyways still everyone feels they should be proud then ok ...best of luck . Thirdly we all asain countries needs to learn from Aussies they won the match which any team could have lost. Also how to play like champions.They have learnt from their first two outing in t20 ....Hopefully our (Asian) teams too learn ..there is nothing wrong in lossing , if next time you execute what you have learn....

  • Nitin on May 17, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    With all due respect I think Pakistan was extremly lucky to even reach the semi finals. They played brilliantly to push Australia so close and lost the match that they should have won. But honestly Pakistan did not even deserve to be in Semis in the first place. They played so inconsistently throughout. Dont forget that Pak only won 2 out of 6 matches in the entire tournament!!

  • asad on May 17, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    well said by kamran bhai .. but its true pakistan have been 99% if not 100% .. look at our team record. in 2008. pakistan reach final .2009 pakistan won the world cup and same year in champion t. we reach semi-final .this team again semi-final ... why can't we feel proud .. compare to india team we are much better ..

  • Farrukh Ejaz on May 17, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Yes really our boys makes us proud, but i think there was not a good squad for Shahid Afridi. but they still manage to get in Semi. We have to give credit to Mike Hussy but i think we lost the match beacuse of captaincy. in Last over all the fielders are set on boundries on leg side so it means the plan was to bowl doosra and if Hussy manage to hit so they have protection on boundries. But doosry is easier to pick for lefty batsman. Only one ball was bowled on Off side and there was a chance for catch but unfortunately it was a boundry. We can protect our off side boundries and try to bowl way outside off stump because it is not very easy to hit a six or four on cover boundry as compared to leg side boundry. But still hats off to our boys and hope that they can learn from their mistakes.

  • mohammed farooq ali on May 17, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    shahid afridi is a useless captain say why because in the semi final match vs austarlia it seems look like they are all was in over confidence actuallt they are underestimated austarlia, instead of giving bowling to ajmal if he can gave the bowling to abdul razzak then the result will be positive for pakistan, because abdul razzak has the skill to bowl under pressure, if pakistan have won semis then definately they could be won final too.but it was a very ridculous finshed from MIKE HUSSEY skills should like him.one man army michale hussey keep it up .

  • H.Malik on May 17, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    No Shame in loosing to a side who deserved to win. YES I agree with few comments , Affridi is a brainless Yahoo who not only can ot bat But can not even bowl . Thinking is Beyond his brainless head . He should have known , when he himslef was being belted for Sixes as well as Rehman , He would have given one Over more to Razzaq so that the last Over is gievn to Ammer a quicky than a clueless spinner Bolwing on a platter to the mos destructive man ( not before ) just overs before he told them in the same match by hammering sixes and 4 to the 3 spinners ( Rehman , Affridi , Ajmal)... There was no plan B neither a brain in the head of the Captain to do quick thinking .. It was evident so when the he was asked by the Coomentator/presentor Was this the plan that Ajmal was to bowl the last over ( the quicki in his time , was in fact pulling Affridi's leg of no thinking involved on the field ! ) ,,, Affridi has no answer except to say Yes it was ..... The YoYos are the Yoyos in the end.

  • sohaib on May 17, 2010, 7:58 GMT

    spot on!!! Kamran sahab... I guess its time for the pakistani cricket fans to grow up and show the maturity and sports man spirit. The fight pakistani team displayed on semi final after loosing the entire aus series, group match from aus and two important super 8 matches, was incredible. What a recovery!!!. it is like a dream scoring 191 runs against AUS after such a bad performance in the last 3 tours and against that pace attack which irretated all teams who played against AUS in te whole t20 tournament. All i would say is hard luck for pakistan. But it is not the end of the world. We just have to learn from our mistakes in this tournament and have to stay positive. Good luck guys!!!

  • Muhammad Ali Kiani on May 17, 2010, 6:24 GMT

    Great effort.... we lost both our bowlers who had the ablity to bowl yorker after yorker (GUL and YASIR) and as a tumb rules Spinner dont bowl the last overs.... Afridi had no option as both the fast bowlers (Sami & Asif) cannot bowleffectivly in slog overs ... i guess selectors should learn a lot from this...

  • hyra on May 17, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    That was a really good show by pakis.. showed great spirit n team work..but it’s a game after all…so never mind…we lost but with a grace .. luv u team..luv Pakistan

  • sumit on May 17, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    ...it is very disappointing that pak hv lost to aussies in semis..through an indian i want pak to be in inal bcoz they hv showed the gutts that they are the best in formats 2 straght finals and once champion and now in semis they hv proved their mettle...moreover i cn say it was only a bad day for pak and good day for aussies just hw pak luckily reach in semis similarly aus to reach in final but hw england teach thm lesson in final and bcm champion...so for r8 nw cheer for england for their maiden icc trophy...god bless all....!

  • Ashok Sridharan on May 17, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    Excellent article, as usual Dr. Abbasi. I frequently feel Pakistani players are burdened with far greater expectations than sportspersons should ever be expected to shoulder.

    Given the mess the PCB has created in recent years and the pathetic facilities Pakistani cricketers have (especially as compared to teams like Australia), the team has done a fantastic job in the shorter versions of the game: A T20 title, Finals of the Champions Trophy and a near win in the semis of another world cup. All that adds up to an outstanding achievement by any means.

  • Mutahar Ali on May 17, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    To All Single-eyed match analysts.

    Why should we praise Pakistan Team & Its performance 1. This was not well balanced team, half of top-notch were unfit or banned. Limited resources in Bowling department 2. No "Rubbish" cricket expert, even from Pakistan were considering them to reach even semis. 3. They have shown the character to stretch the pundits most "ruthless" team despite against whom earlier Pakistani(good) teams have not such competative Record. 4. At least this time players showed a lot of intent & fight which is not usual from Pakistani team 5. Given the infrastructure of Pakistan Cricket, current affairs in Pakistan (no international cricket is happening here). No competative cricket (remember IPL saga/dissapointment). It is no less a feat 6. CHOKERS are those who enter with big reputation always and cannot deliver at big stage. Pakistan had delivered at big stage more than once.

  • ProudPakistani on May 17, 2010, 2:23 GMT

    Let me remind all the Indians posting comments here against Pakistan's brilliant performance that the Indian team miserably failed in the Super8 once again and failed to win any match in the Super8 once again just like last year. On the other hand Pakistan has the best record in T20's and they made their own luck by convincingly beating South Africa to get into the Semi Final where as India FAILED to make their own luck and LOST to Srilanka. Against all odds Pakistan performed brilliantly and shut the mouths of their critics that thought that Pakistan didnt have any chance against Australia in the Semi. Don't forget that a "Miracle" saved Australia in the end, this is how good Pakistan played. Congratulations to Australia and we are proud of you Pakistan team!

  • the fan on May 17, 2010, 0:36 GMT

    pakistan did play well through out the tournament ... all the matches they lost were very close .... this was really a good overall performance by this team given that the main platers were missing from the team..... here is a lesson to learn for the pcb i.e. they should devise some method by which they should follow some sort of rotation policy for bowlers atleast which will reduce their workload , increase the bench strength & keep the main bowlers fit for the next years world cup otherwise we may face a similer problem we faced here or in wc 07 ... they have got a good bunch of fast bowlers which can be productive for the comming test season like s. akther, wahab reyaz, abdul rouf, yasir arafat, rao iftikar, etc. installing these players in the tests along with main bowlers like gull, aamir, asif, tanvir,etc will help pakistan in doing well in this format as well as to save main bowlers for the wc11... in odis the should try touse the combination of main bowlers fully togetmomentum

  • Yousuf Zaman on May 16, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    I agree with Shahid ,our bowling has put us down. it is not first time , Remember the test is Australia ,we were supposed to win, Tthe could not get 10 wickets in 2nd innings. In fact they did it only once in Australian tour. Let us face the fact that except Shoaib and Sami ,rest of our bowling is just mediocre.

  • Teacher on May 16, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    I know it's gonna fall on deaf years but I'm gonna write it anyways. 1) Knowing that Pak is a pariah nation among the cricketing nations -- so we should not be critical of our team, we should support it through thick or thin without being overzealous. 2) Since our team will play less cricket compared to other nations (as no one dares to tour Pak anymore!) -- our coaches should take special care of our cricketers and not break their hearts or bodies (as was done recently to many in pre-T20 prep clinic) and the result of that was our sub-standard Pak team selection. 3)Since we will play less international cricket then do not expect good quality and experienced cricketers coming out of our neck of the woods. 4) There is no solution to above problem except patience and perseverance. 5)Make your fast bowlers exert on slow pitches and let the spinners toil on fast pitches. Pak is already doing the former but the later should be experienced so that they can face any nation without any fear.

  • Mohammed Tariq on May 16, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    Well, Pakistan lost. But they lost without a fight. No spine. I am from Karachi. But what a spineless show. Maybe as Imran Khan suggested, we are India's illegitimate child. We are a bunch of losers. We are losers. India growing at 15 percent. We at - 15 percent. LOSERS.

  • syed sameer on May 16, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    i donot inderstand why hamad azam and mohammad asif went to west indies and waqar younas was fast bowler and still he was thinking that spinners can bring a world cup for him that very bad thinking he is not giving tips to fast bowler then if he will be coach for 2011 we will come in first round just go for trip donot waste pakistani's money they didnot show any commetment in the field they only play 4 there self not 4 team

  • Shahid, Lahore on May 16, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    Yes Abbasi no shame in this loss but your statement is only half true. There are two sides of it. Yes it was a good fight from our batting line but it was a third class display by our bowlers. One thing missing in our bowling side through out the tournament has been lack of innovative bowling. There were a few speed variations and one thing missing, which worked so good for every one was that full pich wider ball that nearly touches the wider line of batting crease. I also think, Afridi is captaincy was not innovative at all. Among many other things, bowlling the last over by a spinner should never be fully decieded factor. It should depend upon the batsman present at the crease. There should be a plan to contain the batsman with taking his weeknesses and strengths in to account. I think Hussey could never be contained by a spinner in that last over. Afridi didn't guide Aamer in 19th which was bowled with heart n not brains. He didn't mix the slower balls,wider balls,yorker n shorter

  • Aleena on May 16, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    We should be Proud of Pakistan, there is nothing to be ashamed of! At least we didnt make a fool of our selves in the the semi's. We played well & lost. We dont ask for every single title. We just want the players to give their best. Its only a shame when they dont put their 100% and put on a poor show. Well done Pakistan. Made us proud. Pakistan Zindabad. <3

  • vinod dhar on May 16, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    @Posted by: Anneeq Anwar at May 14, 2010 10:08 PM. In that case it is clear that you did not see the Semi final between India and Australia in 1st edition of T20 WC when India got 140 runs in last 12 overs out of which Yuvraj got 70 off 30 balls.

  • Noor on May 16, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    Pakistan have lost too many matches that were "In the bag' for them to win. I think the problem is a Pychological. The team has this mental block, particularly against Aust. They need to break this mental block. They had a good opportunity on Friday but boys need'nt have the balls to complete the job. Pak playing Aust is not good for their moral, they need to play other team and build the confident, everytime they come close to winning a game the past losses haunts them and the team crumbles against pressure. They need to break this mold and start winnining streak.

  • Mohammed alik on May 16, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    We tried and WE FAILED. End of story.

  • Nouman on May 16, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    Pakistan worked real hard...hats off to them. Winning and losing is part of the game especially 20/20 is an exceptionally uncertain format. Australia no doubt are the best team but were made to work real hard by our team. Our boys can return home proud

  • Akhtar Hassan on May 16, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    Bad captaincy, bad team selection. I wonder why players like Misbahul Haq and Khalid Latif were selected for this crunch match. Mibah's performance was zero throughout the tournament and Khalid Latif failed whenever he got the chance. Hammad should have been tried and Fawad Alam was better than both misbah and Khalid. Both Shahid Afridi's performance and captaincy were pathetic. He is a captain who can never lead from the front. Australia used their fastest bowler for the last over and Pakistan could score only 7 runs. Afridi used a spinner and everybody knows what Australia did to him. Contrary to what Kamran Abbasi says this Pakistan team will go no where from here unless players like Younis, Yousuf and Shoaib are re-instated with an understanding that any player indulging in indiscipline will be punished severely.

  • Atif on May 16, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    I would say Pakistani team is nothing but a bunch of losers .. The performance showed by Australia is simply awesome and this is why Australia is No 1 team in the world .. they don't have words like "Excuses, Failure or Loss" in their dictionaries and if Pakistan cannot even defend their 191 total then what do we expect from their average performance in every match and they keep coming home with their looser faces and i think we need some education in our cricket board and cricket team as well .. because matches win by gr8 thinking and strategies not by skills only.

  • Alex Farooque on May 16, 2010, 14:23 GMT

    The match appeared to be wrapped up in Pakistan’s favour even as late as the 17th over but Michael ‘Mr Cricket’ Hussey had ideas that ran contrary to his customary approach to the game. In short, the man ran amok in the final stages, leaving the opposition and millions of Pakistani fans across the world in a state of shock. The frustration was understandable but the point here is this: for a change Pakistan fought the good fight from almost beginning to end, countering to an extent the impression that they did not deserve to be in the semi-finals. They were thwarted at the death by a man subsequently described by his captain as an “absolute freak” who turned almost certain defeat into a truly memorable victory. Two solid performances against the likes of South Africa and Australia have shown that Pakistan, at least in the T20, are still a force to be reckoned with. The build-up to the tournament was anything but ideal with no shortage of controversy. Yet we almost made it to the final.

  • IMRAN RAO on May 16, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    AFRIDI is poor capt.why he play 8 batsman and jest 2 bowler.he shoulb be brave to take decesion.he take risk to play hammad istead of mishba and hafeez.what they do in whole tournament.it is not like that u play 1 match good and all tournament failure is going back .it is fault of our system .cricket is game of specilist not like hafeez or fielder fawad alam.

  • Nauman on May 16, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    I 100% agree with the comments of Mr Avinash "PAK SHOULD HAVE WON THEY DIDN'T!!". Just look at in this angle that even the ordinary bowling lineup while defending a score of 9.55 runs an over can bring the opponent under pressure and get the wickets. The fact is to win against a team like Australia you need to perform in all departments of the game. I doubt Pak will be able to post such a big score against Aus in their next encounter. This game was a learning curve for Afridi and his boys. It is painful to see the result of the match. Delightful to watch the batting of Akmal brothers and Salman butt.

  • Sandy on May 16, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Extremely diappointed but also glad the way some of the players assumed responsibility. In order to win the world cup next year, pakistan needs the following:

    - keep butt and akmal as the permanent openers. let them settle. no more tempering with these spots. - either bring younis back as the captain or try akmal as the captain. afridi is way too self-centered to be a lasting and nurturing captain. (i was disappointed to see how he treated razzaq by not giving him enough bowling/batting opportunity). - throw out misbah and bring in fawad alam. give fawad a longer stretch to strenghten middle order. - get a batting coach to work with the batsman. - overcome the obsession with allrounders. 2 genuine allrounder is enough for a team. more than that is just a waste of spot. it's usually the genuine batsman that makes the runs in need and it's the strike bowlers that get you the wickets.

    If these are followed, pakistan can win the world-cup.

  • rext on May 16, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    So for most Pakistan supporters, finishing third or fourth is good enough to make heroes of their team?! I can only hope the players don't have the same loser mentality or any future Pakistan glory is only in the imagination. Pride and satisfaction in defeat? Therein lies the difference between winners and losers.

  • Lahoria_84 on May 16, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Nothing to be proud of, if you cannot defend 191. There is hardly any improvement or lesson learned by Pakistani Team. I was shocked to see Mr. Khalid (parchi) Latif in the playing 11. More than that worries me how such a (full of technical fault) batsman make it to Pakistan National Team. It´s Pakistan old habbit of going easy in field when you have scored a big total. Just look at the approach done by the captain (by setting such a defensive field) and the effort of our "great" fielders. I can guarantee you that any other team would have run-out Mr Hussey as he was taking doubles all the time, where there wasn´t more than one. Each time a new batsman came in, Mr. Afridi gave him full room to just nudge the single´s in the most easy way. How in the world didn´t any of the players noticed that almost every six scored by Hussey was pitched on the leg-side. PAKISTAN WOULD HAVE WON THE MATCH, HAD THEY BOWLED OUTSIDE THE OFFSTUMP TO MR HUSSEY. Hussey scored over 80% on legside!!!!!

  • Usman on May 16, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    To all bigoted and biased indian spitting venom, take a hike. Your self obsession with anything and everything about Pakistan hides a deep sense of loss and shame you have hidden tissues inside. Thanks to those indians who have supported Us. We are brothers in a cause.

    All we expected from the men in green was to give their best on the field and they tried. Of course there were mistakes which could have been avoided, but this is not the time for finger pointing. They must be more hurt than Us and need our support. Long Live Pakistan

  • shahzaib afridi on May 16, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    I am very happy to see such an interesting innings of pakistan against australia....our fielding was gr8,our batting was gr8 infact our bowling was also gr8 but our luck was not good..i dont agree with the fans who say that we lost because we gained another little master or sachin in the form of umar akmal..i really believe that this young man have proved that pakistan can change the match anytime they want...we were the champs..we are the champs....we played like champs and we lost like champs...no regrets ...hats off to all the members concerned to the pakistani squad specially akmal brothers....we did not loose by such a great margin as india lost.....we proved that we donot need any ipl to improve our strenth...the way in which the boys played was really respectable for pakistani nation...we should welcome our team with all our best wishes in the near future ...and i also think that indians(loosers) donot have any rights to critisize our heroes .. BEST OF LUCK GREEN SHIRTS.....

  • muzz on May 16, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    We need decipline - starting from Captain - understanding individual roles as player - not bits of players - responsibility at all levels including Mr I Butt. Australianism just not transforms fight in Australians but it also transpires 'disbelief' in other teams what we suffered so many times. Our teams have been 'champions' but never been great since Imran/Miandad/Wasim/Waqar and Qadir - they had 'Pakistanism' not 'moneyism'. I think if 'lie detectors' could be allowed to use on Pakistani players and Management we could find the facts. unfortunately 'Idiotism' rules our officials and players. Pakistanis are used to this - it is shameful but you labelled it as 'fight' how funny?

  • Prakash on May 16, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    Excellent article by Kamran. Pakistan was defeated but not disgraced. Together they played as a team and a high quality cricket as compared to Indian team. I wonder whether team india will take a leaf out of this match. All they are interested in money, party and popularity. It's good pakistani players were ignored in IPL, which made them play well and reach semi's atleast.Good luck paki's for the world cup.

  • Azeem Diwan on May 16, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    What an amazing performance by.....Pakistan! Like most others, I too was guilty of righting Pakistan off even before a single ball was balled in the tournament. It is really STUNNING that this team has ALWAYS reached semi-finals, Finals and outright winners of the world World Cup! Even more surprising that it almost always reaches these dizzying heights when almost written off during the early stages!!!

    THE TEAM IS TO BE COMMENDED AND APPRECIATED EVEN MORE SO WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE TERRIBLE DISADVANTAGE IT IS CURRENTLY FACING OF NOT ONLY LACKING IN RESOURCES...BUT NOT EVEN HAVING ITS OWN HOME GROUND FIXTURES AT ALL!!!!!! WELL DONE MIRACULOUS PAKISTAN.

  • salman on May 16, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    It was one of the best matches I have seen. Great game by our team and all credit to the coach and Afridi, and ofcourse our players. We have the best talents and in spite of the way India tried to play games with Pakistan in the IPL and deprive our players of the international practice, they were kicked out and our players performed great...i am proud of our team and hope we get rid of the Cricket board and sensible people step in to bring out the talents including those from our under 19 team.

  • MN on May 16, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    pakis team they relay play well till last its not shame ...next games they solud,, be more strong..

  • Faizan Shaikh on May 16, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    I would avoid details but i think Ajmal was trying to get Hussy out caught rather than trying to play safe and get dot balls. Certainly its a mistake on his part, but hey, it has worked on earlier occassions....Yes u gotta agree, Hussy played really good cricket but it all cud have been avoided if Afridi had been accurate in his bowling changes....Every body goes for the glory and thats what got to him and Ajmal to some extent aswell. Umar akmal is an exceptional talent and i pray for his future. If Afridi wants to retain the captaincy, then he must work and take decisions according to the situation of the game, rather then trying to be a hero himself and getting too emotional. Much to learn for the guys......but still..keep heart....U got close....Perhaps next time.....its gonna be urs..

  • leonidasalexis on May 16, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    A fantastic match and credit to both teams for fighting like tigers till the last ball. Both teams fought like two battle thirsty gladiators. I want to point out why some Pakistani fans are actually proud that they STRETCHED Australia and comparisons with the Indian cricket team's performance in this WC. I am requesting my Pakistani brothers to look into this-- since 1995 the year in which Australia was generally recognised as the best Test team in the world- India beat Australia in 11 and Australia beat India in 9 test matches. No, other Test team at home or abroad could STRETCH Australia in the same period. Pakistani's can be truly proud of their team's performance the other day-but there is no need to drag India in between. To all Pakistani fans please check the PAKISTAN-AUSTRALIA TEST RESULTS from 1995 till date and compare that with India. Pakistan has been a phenomenal team in the past known to win from losing situations. The current crop is exactly the opposite.

  • Rash on May 16, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    Lost to Assuie clearly shows the flaws in captaincy. Many are supporting the loss but this nothing but sham, couldn't defend the 190. How Afridi picked Ajmal to bowl the final over, this is nothing but lack of strategy in captaincy.

  • Shoaib on May 16, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    pak played well in whole game but in last 4 to 5 overs they were totaly relaxed and aussies took a benefit of this the turning point is when afridi took a wrong decision to hand over the last over to ajmal i think last over should be bowled by razaq because hussey playes so best against spinners but happy on my team the way the played they played their best today god bless u and have a bright future i love pakistan

  • vineet on May 16, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    afridi should have tried apple biting against hussey,ball tempering is trick for pakis..., their balling coach was a greatest ball temperer we ever had in cricket.

  • shahid saleem on May 16, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    well great match but pakistan bowling attack is very poor then Austrilia this is captainship lack that he bowled last over from his spinner that he knows Hussey is hiting every bowl very well very poor decesion from captain pakistan need to learn lot from australia our team is always playing defnsive cricket not attacking like other teams they should play attacking cricket only after that they can impprove themself and there is lack of management and supervision also pakistan team need better team management to win 2011 world cup and butter team like austrlian wish Good Luck pakistan Team

  • Muhammad Latif Malik on May 16, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Absolutely right. This is what I was in search of for quite sometime. The way our guys played was fabulous and mind blowing. They lost the game but won our hearts and that's much bigger than the world cup. You can't expect more than the young blood, new captain and of course the brand new pair of coaches. Now its need of the hour that let this combination flourish. Changes made in haste will ruin all the gains. Let's give them a great and memorable welcome to our heroes. You really deserve a standing ovation. Better luck next time.

  • Kaiser Mukhtar on May 16, 2010, 7:32 GMT

    Many comments suggest that there's no shame in losing like that, there isn't any pride either. Look at NZL how they tried to restrict and were successful in doing so against Pak, even defending 133 a meagre a score and look at our strategy, if Aussies were in that situation they wouldn't have given last over to a spinner even if Shane Warne were still in the playing eleven I bet. Such an important match and Ajmal bowling short, over pitching or not varying length etc. And mind you such clean hitting with vengeance hasn't been witnessed in the last over of any format of cricket. That shows the intent of opponents and disregard for opposing bowlers which is unprecedented and howl of Pakistan team and their mental toughness(weakness). This is unprecdent and unimaginable by any stretch. Such a feat will not be witnessed by the viewers over a longer period of time in the last over of any format of cricket. If it were in the middle overs giving a plenty then not as remorseful as it is now.

  • Avinash on May 16, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    This is the most hilarious discussion board. Beats the rubbish I see on rediff regularly.

    For starters, this match didn't involve India. Those idiots had already flown back. This is about Pakistan. What exactly are you guys feeling so happy about? Score 190+ and lose. In a 20 over game. When you have 18 runs to defend. After taking 5 wickets. YOU LOST!! Don't be hypocrites here and praise this team. Pakistan should have defended this even if Don Bradman or Tendulkar or someone else was on strike. I can't understand why everyone is so happy about this loss. Seriously folks, PAK SHOULD HAVE WON. THEY DIDN'T!!

  • Khawaja Hassan Mansur on May 16, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    Again a fantastic performance followed by a sad finish. But now, the pundits of Pakistan Cricket must have to analyze that what is going wrong with our team. Despite playing quality cricket in more then 90% of the game, what happenened to them in the last 10% or even less portion of the match. The most recent examples are the lost of test series against Sri Lanka and especially the 2nd test against Australia.

    I think, this defeat is the continuation of the previous trends because of the reasons we have not worked upon our deficiencies.

  • Imran Khan on May 16, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    One good part about not being in the final - at least now the Pakistan team can focus on what they do best - make bombs!! Loser country!

  • Mansur on May 16, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    Pakistani batsmen did wonderful job. But i was toatlly disappointed the way Afridi has marshelled his troops. He is still very immuture as a capatin.No doubt Azmol is great prospect for pakistan but he could not hold the tempermentin that over.Repetadly he has given half volly as if he is inviting Hussy for hitting six. As a die heart fans of Pakis it really hurt me most.Please bring back the banned players for the good sake of pakistan and make Imran khan as the chairman of pakistan cricket board.

  • Iftikhar Hamdani on May 16, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    99 times team wins after scoring 191 and when a team lose after scoring 191, game always goes close. No reason for being proud bcoz we fought. This total should have been defended, when pitch was suitable for Pakistan. Pakistan was just lucky to go through the semifinal and more lucky bcoz they were asked to bat first. What would have been happened if Aus had decided to bat first. Might have been one sided game. Pakistan did not miss a single chance and did not give lot of extras like Aus, still to were unable to defend. Fighting considered enough against a country, who have way less craze of cricket than Pakistan, should we be proud? Thanx..

  • venkat on May 16, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    Thats absolute rubbish!! If you are not dejected about not being able to defend 17 in the final over then you are setting fairly low standards for yourself. Pakistan has a lot of problems in all three departments. They need a new ball pairing for Md. Aamer, and they could win a few more cricket matches if they stopped fielding like a school side. The batting is too heavily dependent on Umar Akmal (btw, he reminds a lot of Inzy when he was young). Pakistan is beset with too many problems to be a serious international side in the near future.

  • Iftikhar Hamdani on May 16, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    I totaly disagee.After scoring 191, any team can defend even Ireland but we are proud bcoz pakistan fought against mighty. First of all, why Aus are mighty not India or Pakistan. This is shame. Two big cricket playing countries, lot of craze of ckt but they r proud when they fight. There is no craze of ckt in Aus,NZ,Eng,SA like Ind or Pak. Kiwies are amazing, a very small country and not so many people playing cricket but playing ckt at this level. We are happy that we were in last four out of 9 countries, not out of 50 countries. This all about craze. India and Pakistan suppose to be always on the top. Pakistan scored 191 with 8 runs of byes frm Haddins mistake, two 4's from edges and some wides and look at Aus, scored 197 with couple of wides. Whata clean hitting from Aussies. 2 Pak bowlers Ajmal and Hafeez have illegal actions and Ajmal was bowling like baseball but still,he was unable to defend.Its not easy to read of 'chuker'slower or faster deliveries.Just admit, Auss r talented.

  • Owais on May 16, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    Bakwas. Shame on us. I have played and captained 35 over cricket games and whether it's a 1 run loss or a 10 wicket loss, it still stung and we practiced harder.

    Only loosers make statements of 'no shame in loosing'. Everytime Australia looses ONE game, they take it to heart. The rule is simple. Learn how to WIN - consistently. It would be not be a shame if we had won 10 straight games against Australia and lost the semi final. But we have now lost 12 straight games so shame on us.

  • Mohd Mudasser on May 16, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    I think Pakistan came back strongly in both batting and bowling, but the last over dind not favour them. Ofcourse it is not a shame for the but now they become more positive.

  • Shahiq Ahmed on May 16, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    No doubt , Pakistan played some great cricket but still some mistakes need to be rectified ... To be honest , team selection baffled me & in the end that proved to be too expensive ... In the previous blog post as well, I said that some changes need to be made otherwise Pak will be back home with just 2 wins , and thats what happened. Latif, Hafeez, Misbah ???? Why wasnt Asif picked ??? Bowling spinner in the powerplay & in the death overs in t20 is worth comitting suicide ... Afridi did that exactly ... And going with just 1 fast bowler (Razzaq hardly seem to bowl fast these days) was awful ... Afridi's captaincy to me was dissapointing overall in the tournament ... Apart from the good performances from Butt, a few from Akmal bros n Aamer , I dont think we have something else to look into this trip .. I just pray that Afridi's aint made the captain of other formats , & at least not Test cricket ...

  • shahid afridi's big big fan.... on May 16, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    great performance by d pakistan team.... except tat last 3 overs they r oly top but unfortunately mike hussey turned to hit massives... little worry abt d last over by ajmal :(

  • MJB on May 16, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    I dont think to proude on pakistan's team, they did not try to win this match......in last over when hussy went for six no one came to ajmal to guide him....no discussion, nothing........they just give the match to australia...last 5 balls i have seen and same place same kind of ball......even a younger player culd make six on that balls......may be i am wrong but i dont belive pakistani team tried to win that GAME.

  • Indian Fan on May 16, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    Yes Mr. Kamran, they played like champs. it was a fentastic game.

  • Shabut on May 16, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    Some South African fan below had mentioned that why Pakistan is not given a Choker's label after this loss but when South Africa loses they are given the Choker's label right away. So my dear SA friend the simple reason is that Pakistan has won global championships before whereas South Africa has never won any global competition. I would however agree if England is also given a Choker's label since they are in the same league as SA. I hope England can prove it wrong this time around.

  • Mueen Hameed on May 16, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    Well...every one believes that 191 is a winning total but hardly any one mentioned who played major role in putting up such a decent target....obviously Akmal brothers...who have under tremendous pressure recently by PCB. They were fined for Rs. 50, 00,000/- thus they have played magic innings in semi final against world champions. Plus PCB's stupid policies deprived us some great players od all kind of cricket.....like Shoaib Malik, Rana Naveed and Younas Khan Imagine these 3 players replace Mohammad Sami, Fawad Alam & Mohammad Hafeez. But who cares ? PCB chief is on HONEY MOON tour ( in Caribbean since last week of April) at the age of 73 at the expenses of PCB. He is being considered as the most incompetent man of PCB,s history. Afrirdi needs to learn a lot about captaincy.....last over must be given to best FAST bowler in the team....like Australia did in their innings. Their should have been yorkers to defend 18 runs in 6 balls , not spinners ball at leg stump.

  • asadak on May 16, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    GRAPES ARE SOUR. Shame on Pakistan team who cant defend 191 runs, whata pethatic captaincy by Afridi, who has no clue how to set a field and change the bowling. Thats a big joke telling everyone be proud of this team. hahahaha. Kamran u r one sick person. Shaid Afridi is a looser and he can never get respect as a captain, he iis the same guy who was involved in groupings and dreaming of being captain. he gave zero performance , he was lucky that Pak made to semi fiinals. DONT TELL US TO BE PROUD, U R LOOSER WHO CANT DEFEND 191 RUNS. AUSTRALIA IS BEATABLE TEAM BUT CAPTAIN IS DUMMY LIKE INZI.

  • kashmiri tiger on May 16, 2010, 3:11 GMT

    this is to all indian loosers who come over and say negative about pak team. first of all they should die in shame by seeing their team performance by getting earlier exit from tournament,secondly the if it was indian team doing action with australians, i dont think they would have gone beyoung 120 runds. pak still gave aussi a bleeding situation when shaun tait was consoling his head with dressing room stair case. that is enough. viva pakistan team. entire kashmir with you. shame on indian hypocrats

  • Qalandar on May 16, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    I am not sure I follow when people say that Pakistan "will be" or "can be" a great force: it is currently weak in test matches, but is pretty good in limited overs: as Cricinfo noted, it has made the semis of every ICC event since the 2007 world cup (lost close semis in the Champions Trophy and current T20 WC; won 2009 T20 WC; runner-up 2007 T20 WC). With Pakistan's bowling attack, it is clearly a good limited overs side, no two ways about it. All this talk about "unpredictability" etc. has become a cliche for cricket writers: there hasn't been all that much unpredictable about Pakistan's recent cricket performances. In fact, one might even say the same qualities that make the team dangerous in limited overs tend to harm them in test cricket. The bowlers could make up for some of that in tests, but the attack is still relatively young.

  • Joe on May 16, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    Pakistan fans are just unbelievable. When Inzamam was captain, you criticized him.You guys didn't like Younis or Yousuf as captain either and suggested Afridi. And now you're all jumping on Afridi because of one loss in a well fought match.It's hard not to feel for Afridi, since he's the one taking the tough decisions in the middle out there.Everyone out here who comes with an whatif scenario should put themselves in Shahid's position and think about the pressure on him. You need to consider that this is Australia. They fight until the last run or last wicket is taken.Not so long ago, Ricky Ponting led a team without his regular players and thrashed a full strength Indian team. And in Australia, they won one test match and two one day matches from losing positions against Pakistan. So all those who think they know better than Shahid Afridi are delusional. Let him do his job and you do yours. All said and done, a great match. Well played Pakistan, but Australia was just one step better

  • Majid Iqbal on May 16, 2010, 2:32 GMT

    This is true media set the tone of mass.I dont know when Pakis did so good against Aussies in SCG and Hussey took the game away .Actually Kamran Akmal was culprit.He is still in team while poor Yousaf one of the best batsman of Pak is suffering.Now in semifinal when once again Hussey took the game away.Nobody is blaming Afridi who was constantly making same mistake and giving last over to Ajmal.Pakis lost the game agains Kiwis when he was hit for six on last ball and Pakis lost by 1 run.Against SA,Ajmal survived because of Morkel who was going for singles instead of big hits.Why Asif, Sami were not playing and why extra batsmen were palying and not getting chance for batting.Why after all faliure in batting Afridi was always batting on his 4th number.Why Razaq never get chance up in the order.No body is blaming now I dont know WHY?.I took it other way if you cant defend 191 in 20 overs you cant win ever.If you want to see who will stop Ausies batting you will see Eng spinner will.

  • WE AINT HAPPY on May 16, 2010, 2:26 GMT

    THE TRUTH IS WE R HAPPY COZ OUR TEAM TRIED HARD... we didnt do match fixing but tried 2 play lyk cornered tigers...

    wat more do u xpect 4rom a team which has jst lost all its stars...

    we tried hard which is wat makes us happy...

    hats of 2 Aus: who were 2 gud 4 us

  • Y WE R HAPPY on May 16, 2010, 2:23 GMT

    luk, da truth is we r acting happy coz we dont wanna feel bad and r trying 2 luk @ positives... i watched da game with many pakis nd all of us were crying after da game... we r jst tryin 2 luk @ postives 2 feel better... now dont try 2 remind heartbroken people of da defeat

  • Samuel on May 16, 2010, 2:23 GMT

    All they had to do was, replace Hafeez or whoever that was with either Asif/Sami or let a seamer bowl the last over. That one tactical mistake is what eventually caught up with Pakistan, as if they could afford to become complacent. Hilarious as always.

  • Hari on May 16, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    Yes. Pak should feel proud. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory is a unique skill that not many teams have. Well done!

  • spiderman on May 16, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    can't understand why those Indians are bashing out? they just need to look in mirror calling paki players cheat whats with Modi and IPL drama about?

  • ramesh on May 16, 2010, 1:45 GMT

    I'm an Indian supporter. But hey, hats off to Afridi and his boys for a superlative show. To take Australia to the wire and then lose is a creditable performance. I cup, 2 finals and 3 semis is consistency which must be acknowledged. Well done. I hope the 'stars' of Indian cricket take a leaf out Pakistan's books and perform with vigor and passions in the next edition

  • Mobeen Zahid on May 16, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    Well, after reading more than half of the comments, I am more disappointed at the viewing public rather than the loss. The fact is that it IS an achievement to have fought like the team did. You have to put everything in a certain perspective and then make a judgement. Australia are a settled side, with a consistent management and a well-laid out domestic format for grooming and managing players. Pakistan does not. Pakistan cricket has been in shambles for so many non-cricketing reasons that any nation except Pakistan would have done much, much worse. We must give credit to our team for fighting it out, and we mustn't blame anyone, because they did the best they could. However, they should learn from this defeat and not forget it. They certainly need to do a lot more, and they should start working on how to do exactly that. I can safely say that if Pakistan keep up this spirit, they will win 90 out of a 100 matches they play. Well done boys, give a damn to those who blame you even now!

  • salim desai on May 16, 2010, 1:30 GMT

    how many times we will see totely control in the game loosing at end ?

  • Prakash on May 16, 2010, 1:10 GMT

    As long as these passionate fans are there, KA you will get eyeballs to all your columns... Basically we arent good enough in this format be in India, Pakistan or Srilanka. Whether you were knocked out in first round or in Finals doesnt matter. There shouldnt be any False Pride.....And for Starters I would wish England the Best for today's Match

  • marc on May 16, 2010, 0:53 GMT

    i am sad. but we lost just because of afridi. how can you play important match with one fast bowler.and 4 spinners.. actually afridi had problem with sami, due to his rivaly in karachi dolphin, kca made sami captain instead of afridi and afridi put his personal stuff first in front of pakistan. and yes razzak was there. he should have adjust ajmal before instead of giving spinner last over... did he forgot last australia game, he gave final over to amir.??? i know everyone is proud how pakistan performed and so am i. but in end, no one remember how you played, just who won...... afridi, you should be ashamed setting personal score and played with all pakistanis heart... you will never be successful captian for pakistan. mind my words. unless you beg allah forgivness.......

  • Akhtar Hassan on May 16, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    Pakistan lost just because of bad captaincy by Shahid Afridi. I have never seen any team conceding 34 runs in last two overs to lose a match. Saeed Ajmal may be good for the last over against lesser teams but here it was Australia and it was a do or die situation for them. Giving him last over here was the worst decision ever by any captain. Afridi does not deserve a place in the team on his performance let alone be a captain. He should be replaced immediately.

  • sam on May 16, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    Do not think Pakistan a good team. They are trashed by Ausies in all version of the game. Only in instant cricket Pakistan show some good match. But cricket is not instant game, it need talent and guile. Rate good team by performance in longer version of the game. Test and atleast one day. India is number one in test by defeating Australia and South Africa. Remember that. The team played in 20-20 for India is young B team. Only Gambir is the batsman from the Test team. Indian BATSMAN CAN PLAY SHORT PITCHED BALL. SEWAG, SACHIN, DRAVIS, LAXMAN ALL ARE WORLD CLASS, AND SEE THEIR AVERAGE.

  • East_West on May 16, 2010, 0:01 GMT

    Kamran bhai! NO shame! In fact every Pakistani should be proud of their team!! What a game! I am an indian, but the way Pakistan played, hats off! Md Ameer..wow what a boy! He is sure gonna places! The way he bowls and the way he applies himself to the task, I wish every Indian cricketer should learn from this kid!! He is man in the form a KID but!! I am impressed with Pakistan team! With all the troubles in their watan, they still made Aussies toil for each run!!

  • Ahsan on May 15, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    theres no glory in winning. nobody remembers who comes in 2nd or 3rd.

  • Sumera on May 15, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    Very BAD performance, winning only 2 out of 6 Games, Afridi is Bad Captain

  • iyer1 on May 15, 2010, 23:29 GMT

    Indian fan here. Great match indeed - pakistan showed tremendous courage and skills. Hussey's probably was the best T20 knock ever. What a treat to watch.

    There is absolutely no shame in going under to such an innings, great job and good luck!

  • Adnan on May 15, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    It was a great game and one that Pakistan should have won, but sometimes the ball doesn't fall your way. They gave it their best and yes they should walk away with their head held up high. Everyone around cricket knows how dangerous of a team Pakistan is and how they deserved that match more then anyone. However, I must say we cannot look at this world cup and say Pakistan are ready to win on the stage of One Day cricket or test cricket. There is a lot of work that needs to be done and talent needs to be groomed properly. There must be discipline and there is no room for fighting or favortism. The PCB needs to realize that and until they do, Pakistan will sadly never reach their true potential. As much as it hurts and how I would love more then anything to see them with the world cup in 2011, I dont see it happeneing. There needs to be a change, and unfortunately seeing the PCB make a change seems highly highly unlikely.

  • Ahmed on May 15, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    Scoring 191 against the Aussies was a great feat, but not being able to defend that total does need some post-mortem analysis. It was not the greatest of ideas to have a poor spin bowler butchered in the at-death overs, especially when a free hitter like Hussey was still there. Ideally, an at-death specialist like Rana Naved ul Hasan would have guaranteed a win. But Rana Naved wasn't there because of his own follies. Wonder if he could have been available there to give the seamers advice on where to keep the pitch. But I'm sure the politics within Pakistani cricket would ensure that he wouldn't be coaching the at-death bowlers at the 20/20. That kind of finesse can only be imagined for Pakistan's cricket..

  • Sami Sattar on May 15, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    It was very sad to see Pakitan lose after a excellent batting performance, but, they only have themselves to blame, the bowling attack was un-balance with too many spinners, they should have had Mohd Amer, Mohd Asif, Mohd Sami, S Ajmal, and A Rehman as frontline bowlers with Afridi as the back-up just in case some one got hit. The field was set too far deep which meant that the aussies got easy singles, especially at mid-on. Ian Chappell said it quite clearly when aussies needed 130 runs in 70 balls that it was going to be another "Sydney" moment i.e. Pakistan were going to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Reason, because of wrong player selection, defensive fielding positions and an overall defensive mindset. Pakistan deserve to lose because they have a defensive mindset, play defensive players like Mohd Hafeez, while attacking players are made to sit on the bench. Im sorry to say this but the truth often hurts to hear...

  • Kamran Qureshi on May 15, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    Bravo Pakistan.Well done.Wondering if Asif would have made the difference as Great Imran Khan was talking on Capital talk.Regardless the current administrative/board including Ijaz Butt needs to be kicked out and the next Chairman should be asked to present the plan before giving the post as Imran Khan suggested.Discipline needs to be followed at all levels.

  • Last_Knight on May 15, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    All thru the second innings , It felt that Pakistan never had a captain.Long way to go for Shahid Afridi, if he can at all.A well played cricket-match but Fear was still radiating when They were not converting singles into doubles and not cutting doubles into singles.Overall, Well played Pak, Well Played Hussey n white.Cricket was victorious.

  • binny on May 15, 2010, 22:36 GMT

    Your Pak team is pretty bad - 11 losses in a row in all formats of the game. You're incapable of beating Australia, period.

  • mislam on May 15, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    Let us face the reality. Batsmen scored 191 runs against the toughest team.Then the bowlers took 5 wickets in 13 overs and 105 runs on the board. At that point 90% thought australia lost.

    Then the bowlers lost their bowling ability, Captain forgot what to do. Did bangladesh or zimbabiew gave 44 runs in last 2 overs? shame on those bowlers, shame on the Captain's failure to instruct what to bowl( he is a bowler). It would not be right for Pakistan to play the final, given the fact that there are other better teams to do that. But the Pakistani players proved one more time that they can not finish the game as they faioed to do that so many times in last 2 years. Why then should the supporters be happy?Why should they believe that they will not fail again? They thought they gave own the game after 15 overs,so they started to relax instead of tightening the grip. And they paid the price, sheer unprofessional approach.

  • jun aid on May 15, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    Kamran in one of articles, hit the nail right on its head, Pakistan were brilliant in the game, but they are duly bested by a rampaging australia.

  • Rahman on May 15, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    They dont deserve to be win. My brother after pakistn innings called me from back home that how pakistan played and they will definitely win but my reply no they never even though australia needs around fity runs in 3 overs i bet they will win. These players who are not professional will never won aginst any professional like australia and england they will definitely start losing to Bangladesh also. they play only for themselves they took oath on Holy Book Quran not to play under Younis and PCB accept there demand and also let younis ban. If younis not want to play Yousuf than he is captain and he should be allowed too ( Yousud should be ban not younish) and it seems player only play for themselves not for country.

    Note- I am not Younis khan fan but he is right on this time. Yawar saeed and shafqat rana - two pimps of cricket. they collect money from player and have them play.

  • Unair on May 15, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    I believe mentally we have accepted the fact that Australia will win every game against us and a loss that should have been a comfortable win is taken as a victory (since it wasn't as bad as we thought it would be) It was a great game, Hussey played a great innings though Pak should have pulled this one through. I guess we now see hope that Pak team will fight rather than just giving up and eventually start winning and that's the only thing that we should feel good about. All credit to Australia for believing in themselves.

  • Adnan on May 15, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    Well said Kamran. There was absolutely no shame in St. Lucia. Heartbroken and stunned, yes, but very proud of the way we played in the semi final. The cricketing world should thank Pakistan (and Australia) on playing the best T20 game ever! The semi final has proven that Pakistan still has a great cricketing future. Better luck next time boys!

  • sam sri lankan on May 15, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    i am shocked the way match went. ut i still like if pakistan had won it, oz after all we are asians and i support asian teams, and dont like the way ian chappel and rest of the white bunch of ommentatters criticising and putting down our asian playes. if u can go back and see what ian told on other day about 2 nd semi he simply said aussi dosnt have any challenge from pakis as they were been crshed during whole last summer by aussis, proud of da way pakis play and sad about da way they have to go out, they deserved to be won, only that freeckish inning of hussi worked for them. and loved they way that ians mouth was shut during aussis ad perious in da game. anyway pakistan had a chance to win. about indians here who made joke about themselves rather at pakis. thats a shame men u should think about befor talk. anyway good luck for pakis team in future . south asian criket will rule da world

  • shirin on May 15, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    After loosing the second match in super 8,shahid afridi said that it would be a happy ending.Indeed it was,they beat S.A and then they fought like lions against the more experience team, australia.No wonder m.hussey was shevering when being interviewed after the match !!!

  • Bosco Martyres on May 15, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    Well said Kamran. I hope this win will shake up the PCB to re-organize and pick the best team. There are several glaring shortcomings in the existing one 1.Not enough depth in the batting. Who apart from the Akmals and Salman Butt performed consistently? 2. Unimaginative captaincy. Can Afridi strategize, change his bowlers and field placing to suit the occasion? hardly 3. The team needs at least two quality quicks. Having just one limits the options open to the captain. But there have been improvements. The fielding has markedly improved, and Waqar Younis is an excellent choice as coach. This match demonstrates that Pakistan can be world beaters. With the proper changes at all levels, this could very well happen. Well done guys!!!

  • E Ahmad on May 15, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    To All Indian Fans: yes we should have defended 192, no doubt, but how many times have you seen inings like what Hussey Played. Flakin Pakistan because they lost wouldnt help you feel batter as we have not lost SIX, Yes 6 Super 8 Games just because you cant play short pitch balls.

    Again to be a top team we should have won this game no doubt, but to be an underdog and to be presented as "Pakistan will be Thrashed" and then to see them scoring 191 against the best bowling attack in the tournament is something to be proud of, to have score 82/0 runs in first 10 against tait, Nannies & Mitch is a big achievement.

    To be in 2 Finals and 3 Semis in 3 years is called being CONSISTEN !!!! to defend our title we fought did not gave it away just because we cant play short pitch del.

    Yes this is a step stone to build on for future & build a stronger united team.

    Team Pakistan We are all Proud, sad But Proud atleast we fought hard didnt surrender it like other teams

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • Malik Naeem on May 15, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    Remember the movie "Rocky". He lost a great fight when no one in the world gave him a chance. And who did you love more at the end. "Rocky" or Apollo? And remember how Rocky in the process earned Apollo's resptect. First and foremost Australia did deserve to win. This version of the game demands the most in terms of physically and mentally and one needs to study the opposing team's players ahead of time and have strategies in place for all occasions. If you are still looking for a reason then we were a bowler short and in the end running between the wickets was the difference. I have watched sports (both in Pakistan and USA) for over forty years and teams who let the other opponents get off the ropes do get surprised at times. Remember, Australia is no ordinary team.

  • E Ahmad on May 15, 2010, 21:57 GMT

    To All Indian Fans: yes we should have defended 192, no doubt, but how many times have you seen inings like what Hussey Played. Flakin Pakistan because they lost wouldnt help you feel batter as we have not lost SIX, Yes 6 Super 8 Games just because you cant play short pitch balls.

    Again to be a top team we should have won this game no doubt, but to be an underdog and to be presented as "Pakistan will be Thrashed" and then to see them scoring 191 against the best bowling attack in the tournament is something to be proud of, to have score 82/0 runs in first 10 against tait, Nannies & Mitch is a big achievement.

    To be in 2 Finals and 3 Semis in 3 years is called being CONSISTEN !!!! to defend our title we fought did not gave it away just because we cant play short pitch del.

    Yes this is a step stone to build on for future & build a stronger united team.

    Team Pakistan We are all Proud, sad But Proud atleast we fought hard didnt surrender it like other teams

    Pakistan Zindabad

  • Faraz Ahmed on May 15, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    Surealy Pakistan played very well, but anybody note the suspects of Saeed Ajmal, first he missed three easy catches against England, Now last over against Australia ? He can bowl yorkers, flippers, and he used to it. Then why he didn't bowl any such delivery to Hussy. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • khawar on May 15, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    Proud ......my foot..! what extra ordinary have they done .....nothing .....I don't even know how they got into semi's.....if there is any one deserves to be proud is Ausies ...........you can't dream of being champ or winning the big prize by the performance shown by Pakistanis thorugh out this Tournament, fortunately they got 191 to defend after a shamefull tournament by batsmans, so it was bowlers turn now to let nation down..and yes obiously poor captainship by afridi,, no tectical game or clever thoughts from him what so ever and presented the game to ausies ...!

  • Malik on May 15, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    I still think Afridi shouldn't have bowled the 16th over. Australians were playing really well and against spin cameron and hussey were smoothly sailing. 16th Over changed the game in my opinion rather than the last one. Aamir could have done some magic to send hussey home when he was still warming up. Australians were professional and determined, but they had to work hard for their runs and that is what matters. Well played both sides. At least we scored sixes of short balls and that is a clear message to some of the teams how to play with passion and with no fear of what so ever. Cricket flows through our blood, we have produced kings of cricket, we have produced extremely mesmerizing games, we have demolished teams who were just too good for us. All credit goes to Australia, their determination and their courage to fight till the last ball. But we should look on the positive side and figure out why hussey was shivering at the post-match presentation even after winning a huge game

  • MUY on May 15, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    Ppl. Before comparing SA and India to Pakistan, please look at their rankings. Pakistan started off as underdogs. Scored Maximum Runs in a chase against Australia in group match, took England to last over, lost to NZ by one Run, Beat SA, Took Australia to t he last stretch and what did India and SA do???? And Guys, Pakistan deserved to be in Semi; of the 8 teams in super 8, Pakistan was No. of on Merit, or you think India or SA deserved to be in Semi, If not Pakistan? Well Done. Pakistani Team. Well Played. You are the only team who stood up against Australia in this tournament. We are proud of you. You showed that you deserved to be in the top 4. Comeon Pakistani Fans. Lets support our team. Lets change the trend. We always say that if Pakistani team loses after playing well, we have no problem. The guys will get mature, let them continue. Well played Australia, Well Played Hussy. Cricket Wins. BTW, anyone remember, How India, Srilanka and WI were beaten by Australia? No ?

  • Kurri H. arami Indian on May 15, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    *dill karey oye oye *koi ja ke soye *koi hasey koi roye

  • MUY on May 15, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    Ppl. Before comapring SA and India to Pakistan, please look at their rankings. Pakistan started off as undedogs. Scored Maximum Runs in a chase against Australia in group match, took Enald to last over, lost to NZ by one Run, Beat SA, Too Austalia tot he last strech and what did India and SA do???? and Guys, Pakistan desrved to be in Smie, of the 8 team in super 8 pakistan was No. of on Merti, or you think India or Sa deserved to be in Semi, If not Pakistan? Well Done. Pakistani Team. Well Played. You are the only team who stood up aginst Australia in thsi tournament. We are proud of your. You showed that you deserved to be in the top 4. Comeon Pakistani Fans. Lets support our team. Lets change the trend. We always say that if PAkistani team looses after playing well, we have no problem. The guys will get mature, let them continue. Well played Australia, Well Played Hussy. Cricket Wins. BTW, anyone remember, How india, Srilanka and WI were beaten by Australia? if not see again.

  • Azmat Siddiqui on May 15, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    My heart bleeds to see the efforts of our batsmen, fielders and bowlers to go in vain. But I am proud of the Pakistani team. They went down fighting. Cheer up boys. You did your best. Hussey played the innings of his life and took Australia to final. Well done Hussey. You are great! Pakistani team, keep your chin up you played the semifinal as defending champion and went down in grace. Don't loose heart. Keep up the good work you have started in St. Lucia the futue is yours!

  • SALMAN on May 15, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    My dear friends pak played very good or not is not the question pak would have lost even if they had scored 225.

    THIS IS COZ WE R THE PEOPLE WITH SO MUCH INFIGHTING ALMOST GOING ON? THATS WHERE OTHER WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AND THATS WHY WE HAVE AGAIN LOST TO AUSSSIS...............I CANNONT IMAGINE PCB HAS PAK TOURS OF ENGLAND WITH AUSSIS AS WELL

    WELL GOOD LUCK FOR SUMMER IN ENGLAND KEEEP GETTING THE STICK. PCB HAS NO SHAME LOKK AT THE INDIAN BOARD THEY ARE NOT PLAYING ANY TEST CRICKET WHERE THEY WILL KEEP GETTING THE STICK AND SHAME????? LOOK AT PATHETIC SITUATION PLAYES BANNED AND FINED INFIGHTING B/T PLAYERS AND WE HAVE RECORD SAVED TO PROVED FROM TIME TO TIME.

    WELL IT SEEMS INTIKHAB ALAM REPORT IS RIGHT PLAYERS ARE RETARTED.

    CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE EXPLAIN THAT NEWLY TURNED MUSLIM WHT ISLAM IS ? NO NO ITS NOT ABOUT GROWING BEARED AND PRAYING? DO NOT FIGHT LIKE CHILDREN U R NOT ABOVE THE GAME 160M PEOPLE PRAY FOR YOU DO YOUR JOB PROPERLY.

  • Kaleem Khan on May 15, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    Pakistan were the best in 09, they stood out this time with a very young team among their Asian counterparts and InshAllah we'll be the best again in 11. Good we dont have to wait 4 years for this to happen. Pakistan Zindabad

  • Imran Ahmed on May 15, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    What a perfomance by Pakistan. Usually they play as though stupidity was a virtue but how they fought. Considering my 10 year nephew has more cricket practice and matches then Pakistan this year as no one wants to go to Pakistan. All teams want to play India due to the commercial potential. Plus PCB are a joke. How they managed to arrange a series in England is beyond me but even if Pakistan loose every match from now on I will still wear the green shirt proudly. Hopefully my son will follow rather then his blue top.

  • SALMAN on May 15, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    well this had to happen I WOULD SAY THE PCB IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL THIS AND YET WE WILL SAY THIS AND THAT ABOUT THE PLAYERS. OHH BY WAY CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE EXPLAIN ME THE SELECTION OF KHALID LATIF AND MOHD. HAFEEZ (TRIED AND TESTED FAILURES AT THE INTERNATIONAL LEVEL JUST GO AND KEEP PLAYING DOMISTIC CRICKET) OHH DONT FORGET GUYS PCB OFFICIALS WILL KEEP ON GETTING THEIR SHARE OF BOUNTY. WITH US BEING RELIAZING THAT THEY ARE TO BE KICKED OUT. EX. WASEEEM BARI IS HE AROUND THERE SOME NOW ?

  • Asrar Ahmed on May 15, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    Very well said, But trust me i have not played much cricket in my life at domestic level but i believe i have got a good cricket brain and believe me the moment afridi gave the ball to ajmal for the last over i knew pakistan will loose the match, because having seen the way hussey hit a six to ajmal the previous over i knew it.Ajmal is not that effective against left handers just like saqlain, his doosras was perfect for hussey because he was swinging his bat anyhow in the legside so with his doosra he was hitting it with the spin. Trust me i just wanted to snatch the ball from ajmal's hand and give it to razzaq and tell him to bowl his yorkers one bouncer and one slower ball, Iam sure hussey would have find it a little difficult to hit razzaq for 18 runs in that over. But anyways, Iam still proud of my team and hope afridi will learn from mistakes.

  • Syed Arbab Ahmed on May 15, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Hussey made us lost a test match as well, he was playing all his shots on the leg side except 1 boundary, and pakistanis were bowling him from over the wicket hence ball was coming to him and he was easily playing on the leg side. Alas!!!

  • zack on May 15, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    pak really did his best but the thing is that aus performed well than pak. there is no neeed to blame anyone.. pak u rock needs improvement

  • JAVED BUTT on May 15, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    Still trying to recover from such a heartbreaking loss. But it gave boys a very valuable exp.for future. May be instead Ajmal if Afridi would have gone with Amer pace result may have been different. In a similar situation Umer was refused the water but umpires allowed in case of Hussy. Umer kissing the star on his helmet was a class act after hitting 50.

  • Cricket_Lover on May 15, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    Folks. It's just a game of cricket. It's not that they are the only people incharge of upholding the national pride. Just take good care of yourself and everything will be alright. Do not spoil your health on this game. Sports are for fun and entertainment and not for getting sad or dejected.Thank you Mr. Abbasi.

  • vinod on May 15, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    To all those guys who are talking about indian cricketers and ipl ... Look at your team 1st. Do you really think that your team played well? Just look at the performances. You will understand. Just stop your rubbish against our team. You are lucky enough to be in the semis, We are not. Thats it. Cricket is lot more than T20. So shut your all holes.

  • niaz on May 15, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    Hussey was brilliant. Pakistan batted really well and they AUS get away. They really needed a bowler who can bowl yorkers at the end. When a spinner is bowling at his rhythm, let him finish. I donot understand why Afridi did not let Ajmal finish. When it is working and you are on top, you donot need a change. If Ajmal went for runs on the 3rd, Afridi could bring himself or Razzak. Now he finished his 4th over. Then again even Amer went for 17 or 18 in his last over. So afridi had to bring Ajmal for the 20th. Doni does the same. He tries new things when some spinner is bowling tight. Why not let him finish? If he goes for run then change him.

  • Raafay Riaz on May 15, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    I was hurted and dejected by the bowling display of our team which is so called strength.secondly to beat Ausies u require 200% and thats what we couldnt do.As a captain Afridi is pethatic he has no plans after plan A got wrong.our spinners looked ordinary infront of White and mainly Hussey.we were playing on our luck in this tournament and in the semi final too.We won the 39 overs of the game but due to lack of luck in the final over we lost the game.Ajmal is great bowler but in my opinion he isnt that effective against left handed bateman and i have question that y didnt Razzaq completed his four overs?

  • mahmood on May 15, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    Yes i believe it was a good job by the team diplaying a glimps of unity ,But I guess we made big mistakes in team selection , leaving one of the greatest player of T20 Imran Nazeer who is a world class top performer at crunch games than any body see his domestic and international performance, Thenn again for a misterious reason Why choosing a spinner son green in experience to ball last over , Only a very dull or incompetant camptain could have choose unconventional choice spin over medium pace. The result would have been quite different. I guess Media should come forward and ask what lead to such a knaieve decision incompetance or maliase, Why Most expereinced Yorker master Razzak was not given a chance. This points to some very serious issue the team is still faceing .Why personal gains still prevailed over the national interest, Why do we need to be groomed still or we lack character or does this refelect our common society ...points to ponder..

  • jawad khan on May 15, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    Pakistan is the name, remember it or carve it on your fore head.

  • Mohamed Z. Rahaman on May 15, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    Reminds me of the 1st WC semi final WI vs Pak. Pak had the match won. Then came Deryck Murray and Andy Roberts

  • kris on May 15, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    Relax, Not only PCA, but the whole of Pakistan should focus on cleaning up their own act, instead of manifesting troubles all over the world.

  • Mohamed Z. Rahaman on May 15, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    Pakistan played great. Australia played great. The fans were great. And Cricket lovely Cricket won!

  • Pervez on May 15, 2010, 20:18 GMT

    We pakis have not learned yet. It takes wisdom to conquore mountain. Why gave the last over to spinner. Why not include hard hitter who has performed better than khalid latif. why not include mohd. asif instead of misbah?

  • Zahid Ashrafi....Orlando on May 15, 2010, 20:17 GMT

    Failure is th best teacher....but boot Butt... He is distroying pak cricket. Peace!!!!

  • Gohar on May 15, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    Well, that was T20 all about one bad moment and you are out!! Hats of too Hussey, but well played Men in green.. its only our luck which not went in our way!! and to those who thinks bowling with Spin is not the right option i Think they didn't saw the tournament completly. Ajmal was consistent and performing well, its simply a bad luck, and to all My Indian Friends Kindly teach your team that this is the way to exit on a World Stage, go n play with your courpted BABY!! IPL.. Indian Polluted League..

  • Jerry from Australia on May 15, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    The fact is that pakistan lost it the moment Afridi gave the last over to a spinner.THAT'S A DUMBEST THING TO DO.I would say that any batsmen would go all out for a spinner than a fast bowler.I don't why all these Paki fans feeling soo proud of.Any team would defend 192.

  • Why Care on May 15, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    Rakim- "Pakistan deserved to BE in the semi-finals..." Au contraire, they were the least-deserving of all the teams to be in the final four. It's only fitting that they had to be eliminated this way.

  • SyedZaffar on May 15, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Strategy: From no this word should have new maening & dimension for Afridi and any future team. They had put up a good score and should have defended it. The spinners did their job. In the last 4 overs should have had a startegy to use fast & medium pace to good effect. Letting spinner continue resulted in the nightmare.

  • avinash on May 15, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    guys..m not a paki..but i do believe pakistan played really well and outta their skins to match the aussies....a few tactical errors and the psychological advantage that aussies have over them (needless to metion the bashings of late)..cost them the match...still avery gud effort...future is bright for them......

  • Noman on May 15, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    We can all say that Pakistan did as good as they could have done. They were beaten by Michael Hussey, one good over and they would be in the finals. You have to tip your hat to that fellow. As for the rest of the Australian team I think we were better than them for the most part. The only thing I have to say is that people like Chappell who didn't give pakistan any credit and thought they didn't belong were proven dead wrong. As Pakistani cricket fan we are sad, but only at the loss, we are happy that we have a team atleast for today which we can be very proud off. Final prediction Australia destroy England

  • Salman Fazal on May 15, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    We should support our team for their efforts. This should be start and not end of such spirited efforst. Instead of giving up from now onwards they should struggle like this for every match!

  • Mystikal on May 15, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    To the Indians who are criticizing our defeat: what are you on about, your team collapsed in the face of short bowls. You could not even win a match in the super 8 stage for the second year in a row. That after playing the IPL ( the supposed perfect training for 20/20) but recently exposed as the den of corruption. Traditional breeding ground for bookies i.e. India. Modi et al banned all Pakistani players from the IPL hoping to marginalize Pakistan further but indeed poetic justice was served when we won it last year and gave Australia the fright of their lives today. It is another issue that we lost the Aus game due to the defensive captaincy of Afridi, crucial tactical mistakes (Ajmal instead of Amir, field on the boundary instead of saving singles) coupled with a masterclass for Mr. Cricket himself.

    If I were an Indian citizen I would critize the numpties on my team who run like rabbits the moment a fast bowler yells BOO. At least some Indians have praised our efforts.

  • Faz on May 15, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    Our batting worked but the bowling didn't. Maybe that's why everyone is putting a positive light on this because typically it's the opposite. To me a choke job is a choke job. Granted I'm a bit out of touch with how 20-20 is played but I cannot understand the logic of playing a slow bowler for the final over in a format where batsmen just go for everything as the innings wind down even more than ODIs.

  • Random aussie on May 15, 2010, 19:55 GMT

    Hmmm ok whatever you say....If 13-0 against Australia is reason enough to feel proud..so be it...Wait till summer...everyone can feel prouder when its 19-0.

  • Rathore on May 15, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    i'm laughing at all those anti PAK comments from our indian friends, get over it :)

  • Hassan on May 15, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    Pakistan played really well, but it wasnt pakistan`s day. Hussey was exceptional and probably played innings of his life time. I really feel for Saeed Ajmal. He is very fine bowler specially for the shortest format. I am afraid that his confidence can be shead apart mainly due to un due criticism on him. I suspect that he hasnt got the support from captain, team members and management, and it could be the decisive point in his carrier...it can go either ways. It is now test of his mental toughness and it will be more unfortunate for Pakistan to loose Ajmal then lossing a T20`s semi.

  • rajeev kulkarni on May 15, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    Pak is Australia's bunny. Period. First round, super 8, semi, final- doesn't matter.

  • Md. Fahmuddin Hasan on May 15, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Very disappointed, very frustrated but VERY VERY PROUD! :-) Pakistan did everything right, but were just unlucky for one over or so which eventually did them in. I hope they stick with the captain and the coach, and I see a bright future for this young team. They have the courage, that's not what they need, they just need a little bit of experience, and they could be world beaters in the very near future.

  • Harishkumar on May 15, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Salute to akmal brothers and Salman butt.Pakistan is winner moraly.These are the runs against the vicious bowling attack which is easily counted as much as 220 runs aginst any other team so its a great and revitelising proud moment for Pakistan.So enjoy instead mourning it.

  • KM on May 15, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    Pakistan lost, but it was a great game. The game was ours till the beginning of he last over. The MINUTE Shahid AfridI decided to bowl the last over with Ajmal, Pakistan lost. This was poor captaincy by Afridi. He had seen earlier how the spinners were being treated by Hussey and Cameron, and with 18 runs left it was obvious the Hussey would go after Ajmal. Razzaq should have been the one bowling the last delivery. Looks like Afridi has something against Razzaq because he was hardly used as a bowler throughout the tournament. Afridi needs more experience as a captain. Hopefully team will play like this in the fortcoming tour of England.

  • Anjum on May 15, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    As I mentioned in my earlier comments, Pakistan should just never have lost the game. So any attempts to console yourself (Pakistan fans) and talking about how 'great' the australians were and what a 'fight' pakistan put up, amounts merely to feeble attempts at dusting the real issues under the carpet. Thank god some of you have not lost sight of that. As for others who keep talking about 'how great the Australians were', keep this in mind, would all of you, or the Pakistan nation in general react the same way if Pakistan had lost in this same manner to India? Hmmmm..... lets see, I dont think so! Heads would have rolled left, right and center.

    Over the years somehow Pakistan has gotten into this habit of letting it all go in the end as long as they are losing to any other country but India. True champions (like the Aussies) are professionals first, emotional second. A loss is a loss, at who's hands? means little.

  • Milask on May 15, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    @Rakim who says imagine gul in it.....ok if it is to be imagined rather than what actuallly happened... imagine Akmals not clicking..imagine NZ wining against Eng...imagine Sehwag in Indian team different results...Imagine parnell destroying Pak...imagine a 1000 things...but facts are facts...Pakistan choked and over.hyped bowlers could not save 50 runs in 17 balls because they CHOKED is a fact...When other teams loose they are called chokers...but one ones own team looses its called great fight.....How funny is that....Vettoris team played better and still could not make it for no fault of their own...Consider it lucky that Pakistan managed to reach final after almost loosing to Bangladesh and managing to beat only SA...2 wins in 5 matches...many other teams got that but luck deserted them and luck played a pivotal role in Pakistan reaching semi in first place...Its funny how you can ignore hard facts and still ging glories of a team that choked big time

  • Suhaib Jalis Ahmed on May 15, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    The biggest worry for Pakistan is the middle order... Hafez and Misbah's presence was negligible at best... detrimental at it's worst. In the absence of Younis and Yousuf, the upcoming series against England and Australia, is gonna be re-he-heaalllly tough to get through.

  • shariq from USA on May 15, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    I agree with you kamran bhai there is no shame in loosing if you give tough time to the opponents.I wana say to all my friends specially indian friends that stop blaming ajmal and afridi. Atleast we made int in to semi what happened to indian cricket who got rapped by ausis. They are only good for ipl nothing else, long live pakistan and i dont think afridi made any mistake by giving final over to ajmal. If afridi gave last over to amir or razzaq and if we have lost then the stupid media will say why he dint gave to ajmal cause of spin pitch. Admit it we played awesome and as far as aus are concerned we will beat them in summer. Pak rocks love u pakistan:)

  • Ray on May 15, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq had overs left and Ajmal the spinner was given the last over? I don't get it. Pak batted well but choked with the ball and let the Aussies get out of jail.

    Luke, if SA lose, they have choked. If they win, they have almost choked :-)

    The real chokers though, are my country's IPL glamour boys. It was not that we lost all 3 super 8 games but how we lost them. Except Dhoni, who at least made painful expressions now and then, our other batters didn't seem interested in whether we win or lose.

  • Syed on May 15, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    I believe playing Ajmal was the right choice, some of you just need to stop complaining for gods sake and take what you get. Thats just life. Ajmal won so many games for us, he bowled last over of the SA game and got us 2 wickets and a win in a pitch that wasn't so spin friendly. MEK Hussey was at his peak, could've put anyone against him and the result probably would've been the same. Props to pakistan, what a match and what a slap to those people who ALWAYS crictize, some people just need to take a break and look at their life and their accomplishments before they go criticize someone else for their work, than they will probably realize that noone is perfect.

    GA Pakistan.

  • ali on May 15, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    great effort and goes to show what we can do when we are united. lets build on this

  • Gugu on May 15, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    I agree we lost with grace. But I also think if the same had happened under MoYo's captaincy, somehow media pundits et al. would have found fault with the captaincy.

  • Haroon on May 15, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    It was a great match! Hussey played like champs in this WC. Indian fans who are spewing venom here are just happy since what they were not able to do Aussies did. Pak reached 3 semi's and 2 finals was defending champs in this format!A force to be reckon with. What happened to India in last 2 T20 WC? and Aussies in the first 2 WC? One thing that comes out good from this match was that Pak has promise while India has promise in IPL!

  • Suhaib Jalis Ahmed on May 15, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    I sense a very positive change in Pakistani fans. There is a wave of support and even sympathy after the loss. The team went down fighting and I guess that is all that we want from the team. Australia is a great team which had a miraculous day. There is no one to blame. Sure we r sad... and yeah it hurts.... but the players played their heart out.... and were beaten by a better and more deserving team. Let's give credit to both teams for putting on an awesome display!

  • Tas on May 15, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Afridi must went for taking wickets instead of saving boundries, White rang the bell with clean sixes, after that there must be attack at somepoint. Pakistan can afford 4s, but they hit sixes, if few fielders were up, there would be chances of mishits..... We need thoughtful captain not Afridi

  • pakiloser on May 15, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    Pakis are always gonna be losers until the corrupt ppl on top running the cricket board are kicked out...The team was magnificent..its the safarshis that need to be tossed for real talent...

  • Prem on May 15, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    Pakistan lost and Australia won. It is that simple. Every team fights for a win in every match. This is the only consolation Pakistanis could come up with.

  • jjk on May 15, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    i think pakistan was way too overconfidence especially saeed ajmal..who wad blown down all over the park.. if they made 191 that does not mean they have won the match..it was all about the attitude i feel when they were bowling to aussies

  • Prem on May 15, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    This is the only way Pakistanis must console themselves and appreciate their team. As pointed out, if South Africa does the same, it will be known as choking. For Pakistan, it is called a great fight. Anyway, you have the right to say whatever to keep your team still motivated and fans happy. Australia is simply great, nobody could deny that fact.

  • Zain Farid on May 15, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    "Fortune helped them to another semi-final, and the semi-final gave them a glimpse of a better future."

    Brilliant line which pretty much erases all the sadness I did have about the loss. The future is bright and we have two very big stars in Umar Akmal and Mohammad Aamer. Our hopes will rest on the shoulders of these two and they performed when it mattered. Like you said, the squad selection was a mess by the PCB. What Afrdi and Waqar were able to do with it is more than enough satisfaction for me. If they are able to get more say in the process we will have even more chances of making the impossible possible. We should view this game as the turnaround. No longer should we be imposed by Australia. We must play with the natural God given flair we have. Here's to the upcoming series in England against Australia. Win or lose, all we want to see is the same effort given in that series. Never back down to any challenge. Maybe, just maybe this is the glimpse we need to pull ourselves around

  • Faisal Malik on May 15, 2010, 18:58 GMT

    Thouroughly agree with Kamran. nothing to be ahamed of, atleast australia were strentched to the limits!

  • Haroon on May 15, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    Overall this was a wonderful performance by our team, I'd like to point out a couple of things however. Not sure if anyone else shed light in this but most of hussey's initial runs came off the leg side which indicates that he was favouring that region all along. I am left bamboozled to the fact that why was he fed deliveries on or about the leg stump, common sense tells that a bowler should change sides and cross bowl to such a batsman ie pitch full on or outside the off stump. Pakistani's are masters at tape ball and normally that is where the bowler aims to beat the batsman. I still don't know why they didn't do that. I also think that another pace bowler should have been employed in place of Hafeez, one fails to understand why he was persisted with. Aamir has too much work load on his shoulders and he could use help from another fast bowler in this format. In addition Aamir should've bowled the 18th and 20th overs respectively. This is just feed back, I really think we did well.

  • sathya on May 15, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    What a game to watch for cricket..infact i was supporting paki till end...but hussey didnt give up at all.... Waqar Younis - Afiridi - other youngsters should bring back the old momentum in following matches..despite all other issues... Hard to digest their lose...but proud their performance...first six overs of pakistan batting showed some character..respect to bolwer - respect to pitch - respect to their own pride and then riding started... Sathyam

  • FaTSal on May 15, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    I LOVE THE WAY INDIAN fans come on and post anti-Pakistan comments to take their frustration out. FYI, I watched your sorry team lose live in the stadium and Saw what you don't see on TV. Their lack of efforts in the feild and thier poor cricket. SO take that, 3 loses out of 3 in super eight, no major Semi in last 3 major tournaments. Go Check the Stats, Pakistan has better record head to head in Test and one day over you. We are taking this defeat as real men and as true fans. So please MAN-UP and worry about your troublesome team and Cricket. Better luck next time. (More FYI, We handle short balls much better on and off feilds-:)

  • saif on May 15, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    Finally some relief after reading your article. I couldn't agree more. You are 101% right in saying that PCB needs overhaul. Full marks to Waqar, Ijaz and the captain Afridi for fighting hard. They almost defeated Australia, the undefeatables (If i may say so).

    saif

  • Asim on May 15, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    @tariq:man please try to appreciate the brilliance of hussey instead of adopting the method of criticising time and again.It was a great cricket match which will live in memories of people for times to come.I am proud of this Pakistan outfit that they have performed brilliantly with depleted resources.Sadly we lost but we won hearts of many..

  • Ace on May 15, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    K, first off lets get this clear with. I see a bunch of Indians here, as if waiting all along desperately for a chance to whine, and now that they apparently see one they start showing up all of a sudden, showing how childish and jealous minded some of them are. Let me tell them all one thing, no Paki wants to listen to useless people attempting to downgrade a team which proved itself worthy of the semi final spot, especially when the whiners' own team has been literally washed off and put back to its place. No one made fun of you then, isn't it? So keep your fail philosophies to yourself. Now, for people asking how this was a great fight, I'd like to shove facts straight at them and ask them to refer me ANY moment in the history of cricket where ANY team has whacked Australia, a side unbeaten and seemingly invincible this tournament, for the major part of a SEMI FINAL, cruising at about 10 run an over. AND eventually scored the then HIGHEST score of the tournament.

  • Farrukh Arif on May 15, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    My team made me really proud.I have not seen a team playing with such dominance for a long time against Australia.Specially for a team that is basically nascent in all its respect whether one talk about its players experience or management wise. Also with what ever the players and team have went through the last couple of years. Once the team that played most of the ODI matches in the world being sidelined by ICC and some of the commercial power cricketing nations, the team showed that whatever somebody thinks what ever somebody does, green shirts will remain one of the exciting and fascinating players in the world. i hope that Afridi remains the captain for a reasonable period and some of the experience comes back (specially Younis Khan) Pakistan will be able to challenge any team in the world. And that's what it fans require from the players....Bravo Afridi and his team...Bravo Pakistan

  • Rakim on May 15, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Pakistan showed that they deserved to BE in semi-finals and they lost like champions.

    Aussies were simply lucky. Now imagine Umar Gul in and simulate !!

    Saeed Ajmal was the perfect choice, but it was Hussey's day

  • Zia, Round Rock,TX on May 15, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    After all is said and done one must not forget that this is just a game and a 20-20 game where a single ball and over can change the game,the last over of Tait was crucial in this regard,this format is like a gladatorial fight where a killer instinct and mental toughness is a premium,on the last 2 counts Australia had the edge,one can argue till doomsday that whether Razzaq could have saved the day but no one knows,Afridi also does not have the imaginative captaincy that is required in such situations,we all should congratulate the Pakistan team to stretching the Aussie goliath to the limit,the match was not the one sided massacre that many pundits were predicting and happened to all other teams in the tournament,obviously it is disheartening to let go another chance to get back at the aussie juggernaut,you can never let you guard down against them

  • Zubair Ahmed on May 15, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    I could not believe the application of our batsman.I hope they keep this momentum.I am afraid I dot like Afridi as a captain.He had already decided that AJmal will bowl the last over.It should be Amir or Razzaq bowlig the last over.They would not have gone for sixes if they bowled yolkers.In fact Ajmal could have done the trick if he bowled his normal deliveries.He was trying to dart in with half volys rather than bowling the doosra,s.Can someone tell me whose backig Misbah has to cotiue playing.Fawad should have played.At least he would have saved some runns and caught few catches.Overall I am glad that Pakistan looked into Aussie,s eys ad played well.Wish we were playing the final tommorow if Afridi had his mind correct.What is Waqar/Ijaz doing in the dugout if they are putting any sense in the captain.THey have no chace in Englad unless they have a proper and thinkig captain unlike the present one, who decide things a night before(Ajmal,s decision)I wish Rana Naveed was playing

  • Kapil on May 15, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Mr Kamran, I can never understand why are you so criss crossed on your thoughts over pakistan team. Your every other article is for questioning the very basics of team efforts only to deny it in the very next article praising heaps on the team.

    I think both Indian and Pakistani media can never understand the ground realities of playing in front of hostile crowds, against world's best teams and giving their best. Win and loss may never be in their hands but still I feel, both India and Pakistan give their best on field.

    Any one can praise a winning team and criticise a losing team, which you always do in your every other artice.

  • PunjabsFinest on May 15, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    I cannot disagree more with the author. This was a humilating loss in a winning position and 12th straight. It was a CHOKE job no matter how great Austriala is. But that's what you get when you try not to lose instead of stepping on the other teams throat. I agree that PCB is a joke but that's a problem with the country not just cricket, no one knows how to manage no really great leaders. It's all about me first country second.

  • illi on May 15, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    We are a bowler (pacer) short, period!!!!

  • Aryan on May 15, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    i really feel sad and bad that pakistan lost the match but the way they played against assi it was outstanding brilient we should proud of them. common all fans look to indian team squad they were best but what appon to them they lost all three matches in super8 and now look our squad they were 50/50 and still they played semi final and they played very good cricket so thats why we should proud of them and pray for them...

  • khalid on May 15, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    well done pakistan even you lose the game but you fight like a tiger.hard luck .hope better luck next time.Pakistan is team reaches top four in all the t20world cup oNe time compion ,one time runner up >I think one of the best t20 team.I am a indian and love India.But the truth is truth.Well done Pakistan.

  • Himayun Mirza on May 15, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    Pakistan dominated the entire fight but in the end the champs knocked them out. Pakistan could not score a couple of runs in their match against Kiwis in two balls, while their opener carried his bat! In fact just to improve his own average, Butt went for a suicidal run and exposed the tail-ender to the last ball instead of facing it himself like a man. In fact if Rehman would have been run out, then a new tailender would have to face the last ball to score 2 runs. Paksitan was lucky that there was not a run out. Similarly top class Pakistani batsmen were happy to score single byes in the death overs against the Australia in the semi final while Australia fully capitalized their death overs. In fact if one analyzes the runs scored in the death overs Pakistan would be down low. However, I am sorry to say that if one has not been to a college, they cannot analyze much scientifically.

  • asad on May 15, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    Shadid Afridi's brainless captaincy, not to mention his batting cost pakistan the semi final.Imagine needing 18 runs of the last over knowing what the australians did to the indian spinner,Afridi had a brain storm and entrusted Ajmal to bowl the final over.Oviously the austalian would have gone after any bowler in the circumstances,but hitting sixes is far more difficult of a quality fast bowler than a spin bowler.All in all it was an exceptional game that pakistan should have won had it not been for that final over.

  • Arif Agha, on May 15, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    I congratulate Team Pakistan for such an outstanding performance in the Semis against the giants of the time. I was shocked like all others to see the outcome of the last over. Whereas it is hard to blame anyone, the team needed to concentrate and communicate with each other before every ball was bowled in the last 3 over and made changes accordingly. We probably had the best chance to win if we could have stopped single from the first few balls the last over when Hussy was at the non-strikers end. I did not see any attempt to do that. Alas! Hind sight is 20/20

  • Saeed on May 15, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    One reason for Pakistan's good performance in the match till the end was that they came into the game as underdogs with no expectation to win. Hence in the absence of pressure, they were able to play out of their skin and show their true potential. Once the victory was in sight, they either got over confident or simply choked, as they usually do against the Aussies. Afridi is a good player, but I don't know if he is intelligent and mature enough to captain the team. He has yet to display any brilliant tactical maneuvers on the field like Miandad and his ability to inspire the team to fight like Imran.

    Australia has once again taught Pakistan the time tested lesson: "It ain't over until it's over"

  • Jameel Ahmad on May 15, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    Great game by Pakistan, but I really don't want Australia to monopolize yet another format. Here's hoping that England kick their butts in the final!

  • Adnan on May 15, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    It is very painful to see Pakistan getting out of the Worldcup after a great game of cricket but still I am proud of the team.Now the important thing is this that Pakistan team continue with the current spirit in the forth coming series. We can beat the best & be the best, Insha Allah.

  • Jahanzeb on May 15, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    I still can't believe it what happened last night. Its a nightmare for the whole pakistan nation. But we are all proud of our team, the way they played. We rule the match in 38 overs but unfortunately two overs clinch the match from us. But its a part of game, one has to loose one has to win. Saeed ajmal is one of the best T20 bowler but simply that was australians match.

  • Yousuf Zaman on May 15, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Now We believe that Our batting can tear apart the best Pace attack in the World. It is time to work on Fielding/Running between wickets and Bowling. Before Aussie tour ,We claimed that We can bowl out any team twice in a test match. We did it only in one inning. It is long We are blaming everything on our batting , it is time to analyse the bowling. We have luxury to choose 3 pacers from available top ten contenders like Shoaib Sami Asif AAmer Gul Irfan Sohail ,We can choose one specialist spinner among 20 top contenders , Selected ones should be given target to bowl out in 70 overs or restrict opponent to a score. If not then some one should loose their place. same standard should be applied in fielding. Players must be dropped just due to bad fielding. ..Targets must be set. We have immense talent let them struggle for their place in the team.

  • Fitz on May 15, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    well i wanted to go to kensington tomorrow to back Pakistan but the way Australia pulled it off i guess i can go and back them

  • M.AFAN on May 15, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    V PROUD ON PAK TEAM.

  • Zeus on May 15, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    It is interesting to see how easily people have started licking their own wounds in a futile attempt to console themselves. It would have been called a "Great Fight" if Pakistan would have suffocated the aussies after scoring some 130 odd runs. However, for heaven's sake, not being able to defend 191 is a crime. Though, these kind of chases happen rarely but it could have been easily/painfully done. Pakistan batted well, thats the only positive out of this game for them. They need to take a serious look at their side's potential for the upcoming challenges as i don't see them winning any major events with this kind of indiscipline. My comments may have won the ire of Pakistani fans but Friends, Romans and Country men, we can't live in the state of denial forever. Pakistan is no longer a threat which it was in the 90s. There is a world beyond the propaganda of "We are the best". Come out of your well before it gets too late.

  • Rubina (from South Africa) on May 15, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    What's wrong with all of you ... your team couldn't even defend 191 and you are whitewashing over that????

    What good was that score or good bowlign in fristten overs if you took your foot off the pedal and let them get on top in the last 10?

    Mr. Kamran you have no clue about cricket do you? You just come in and write a few words to match the majority's sentiments and call your self an analyst??

    Pls. read "Well Played?" on The Pakistan Camp [ pakcamp.com ] and that should open your eyes.

    How can you call this well played, when they were extremely poor for half the second innings and that's what cost them the game. Even if Bangladesh or Afghanistanhad scored 191 against any team in the world, I'm sure they'd have a better plan and defending it.

    And what was thet no field change in the last over. When Johnson was on strike why now bring in fielders and stip asingle and waste a couple of deliveries. Allowing him a single of the very first ball allowed Hussey to play the five

  • Kaiser on May 15, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    once again Pakistan disappointed us. PCB Chairman should be kicked, since valuable players like Mohammad Yousuf, Azhar Mahmood, Imran Nazir are missing. on the other hand i don't find any reason of why Afridi have asked Sayeed to bowl the last over, Razzaq would have been a much better option. it is easier to deal with spinners but more difficult to hit long shots against pacers. the way i see it, if Pakistan team are set up like this, maybe this time they have got through but it will be quite more than difficult more them to win any Major Tournaments, the key playes should and must be called.

  • Naveed Khan on May 15, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    Pakistanis played like champions. They made all of us proud. They thought and fought. I consider this better than their victory in last T20. Move forward from here, learn to think and fight and never never give up. It is good for Pakistan. Defeat makes you think a lot more. Saeed Ajmal would think a lot more and I am certain he will be back and win a few games for us.

  • Ramiz Amin on May 15, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    Each and every member of Pakistan became over confident that pakis gonna win the match.. I saw the atmosphere in Karachi.. What can u expect when 39 runs are needed from 15 balls.. but i won't say that that last over decision was a stupid stuff from afridi.. Ajmal was the one who bowled the last over in RSA's group match.. Unity wasn't there in the field in the last over.. Nobody was there to back ajmal.. Nobody was there to support and guide him through the last 4 balls.. He was completely dejected as the team was about to lose due to him.. The team members should have talked to them but nobody looked serious in the last over.. They still hoped that hussey would miss a magic ball and they will win.. lack of mentality skills.. But we still support our team.. Well played akmal brothers.. U ppl always rock.. GOD BLESS the nation and Pakistan cricket..

  • Maya Khan on May 15, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    5 Shooter's thats all we wanted;...

  • Anjum on May 15, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    This is the problem with Asian Teams. They will never learn. Lets take each team's attitude for clarity:

    India - The less said the better. They looked like they did not belong right from the first match. Dhoni should have simply stuck to talking about how India can and must aim at improving their technique against the short bowl. Instead he chose to talk about late night parties, excuses and then more pathetic excuses.

    Sri Lanka - Their captain started their super 8 campaign by saying on record that getting to the super 8 was already their 'best effort' - Defeatist attitude that showed in their very next game.

    Pakistan - Oh boy. They should NOT have lost this match! What part of that does no one get? The bowling was mediocre in the death! Ask yourself SINCERELY - Would the same have happened in the last 7 overs if the likes of Wasim or Waqar were bowling??? Just ask yourself. There were no effective yorkers, no swing bowling, no slow balls, no creativity, no plan .. no winners

  • Jawaad Ullah Kha on May 15, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    Winning or lossing is part of game but what I like about this performance was that our team fought to the end. It clearly show that we have potential what we need is to stand up and deliver it.

  • Ali on May 15, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    Had our team not thrown away matches against New Zealand or Australia or England in the earlier stages, we would have been bolder and maybe a bit bigger in Australia's mind. Had Shahid 'dumb' Afridi got Mohammed Aamer to bowl the 18 and 20 overs and Ajmal to bowl 17 and 19 over, the results would have been different.

    Had Abdul 'dumber' Razzaq been replaced by Mohammed Aamer in the line up, we might have scored 5-10 runs more. Had Shahid 'dumb' Afridi played more than 1 fast bowler (where did Mohammed Asif disappear?), we would have won.

  • waseem Sarwar on May 15, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    The difference i felt in this match was the courage of Pakistan bats. They played like brave soldier right through the inings. The victory or defeat is not that we are concerned of. It the How we fought the battle. This time players just played for the grace of Pakistan. Not a single moment gave the gimples of individual game. I appreciate this mode of game and hope the team will be the best team once again.

  • Jason on May 15, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    Much is being made of how well Pakistan played, and how it was a case of Mike Hussey's innings simply being too good etc.... well I'm going to come from a slightly different angle and say that Hussey's brilliant knock notwithstanding, I don't believe it is possible for a team to win a game after needing 48 runs off 18 balls, then 34 off 12, then 18 off 6, with only 3 wickets in hand, without the opposition lending great assistance. From that position any bowling side should be able to make victory impossible no matter what the batsman does- even if he's a combination of Don Bradman & Viv Richards!! Fair to say Umar Gul was greatly missed, but aside from that it was a tremendous risk to give Ajmal the last over- granted he has bowled well all tournament, but in this form of the game there is always the chance that the off spinner can be on the receiving end of a few lusty blows.

  • Ashif Muhammad on May 15, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    This is what all of the good teams do in big matches. When they go down they go down swinging and i'm so proud of Pakistani team to be doing the same. Love Pak, and love Pakistani team.

  • Umair on May 15, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    I told you , didnt i? that australia is going to win this match, But Pakistan played well, especially Akmal brothers, they played fearless cricket.But eventually it was a magnificent display of batting by Micheal Hussey which sealed the match for Australia.Words are not enough to describe the brilliance of Micheal Hussey, he literally won that match single-handedly.It will go down as one of the best cricket innings in the history of world cricket. Now coming to Pakistan's failings, Salman Butt scored 32 runs after getting out twice, he was clearly caught behind by Micheal Johnson, but the luck was clearly favoring him like always, but he could still manage only 32 runs, which is a shame.Salman Butt should never have been picked in the first place, if Pakistan keep selecting player through nepotism and favoritism then Pakistan cricket will always remain second best against other. Our attitude is that we are happy even if we lose matches but Autralia always look for win and nothing else

  • Waseem on May 15, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    Although its painful, it hurts, it is really a sad sight to watch when Ajmal was being hit for last six in the innings but as you said Kamran "Defeat can divide but sometimes it can be a platform to build upon. That's how Pakistan must view this day. Fortune helped them to another semi-final, and the semi-final gave them a glimpse of a better future." So we should look at this prospective and they show they can behave like cornered tiger they came from no where and threatened ausies(the best team in tourmnt)

  • irfan on May 15, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    good job done by the pak players but what astonishes me most is the team selection.you playing a match with one fast bowler(Aamir as razak doesn't fall into this catagory as afridi can bowl faster than him).It would have been understandable if they wld have gone with so many spinners against sides like SA and England.How come they din't realize that in hussey brothers,clarke,watson and white they have the best to hit any kind of spin attack out of attack. And that too pak could have easily accomodated a fast bowler as a replacement for misbah/latif/hafeez who anyways are in the side for namesake.There isn't any rocket science involved,even a layman from cricketing pt of view could figure it out.Hats off to people who selected this team,,,,Guys u got to use your brains at least sometimes.

  • Danish on May 15, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    This game made me love my team more than ever. I love them more after this loss then i did after we won last year... (and i went totally nutts last year so that should say somethin) just the way we fought! Sure we lost to a better team.. but they will remember this gamne forever! "perhaps the best 20/20 game ever?" but we lost with so much honor and dignity.. and a fair reminder to the world that we will not give up.. we will certainly not vanish without a fight!

    So my Team Pakistan needs to hold their heads up high return home to a nation that is extremely proud of them. They have just spoken volumes about the whole country in today's world without saying a word.

  • AK on May 15, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    In the film Ironman 2, the bad guy stated, "If you make God bleed, people will seize to believe in Him." In this game, Pakistan pushed Australia all the way to the end, pushing them all the way to the brink. By the end of the game, Australia must have managed at least a small nose bleed. The English will look at this and see how the Pakistanis played the Australian attack, and how to bowl at their batsman. One obvious thing they'll learn: Don't bowl at Hussey's legs!

  • Sufy on May 15, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Shahid Afridi is unfit to lead such a strong side his decisons are always seems immature.When Austrailia won he said Hussey played Mature innings When Afridi Matures God nos on big platfroms as a Captain HE cant lead the team to Victory....HE is very poor with form and he looks old ..Better Imran NAZIR given a chance and Mohd Amir must b made captain as he got everything in him..Afridi cant perform under pressure and HE is 30 stilll immature

  • The Trick of Trade on May 15, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    There are lessons to be learnt by all three South Asian cricket teams. Although I am a Pakistani and love my sport but I really thought India and Australia would play the final match. We kind a forgot that India's strength in their batting line up with the best players in the side to have ever played, they got done by the IPL. So now they need to sit back and realize that their players have become money making machines and don't play for the country anymore. Pakistan...Ijaz Butt needs to go, can't run a cricket team like Gustapo, if you wanna change change the whole bloody team for once and then let them play for another 5 years. Pakistan forgot that they have been producing great fast bowelers for the past 3 decades and all of a sudden they decide that the spinners are the best choice. We all saw where it landed us, plus a captain needs to learn to improvise, looks like Afridi can't think beyond a certain point. And for Sri Lanka, go get some new blood, Jay Suriya needs to go.

  • mani on May 15, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    It was a gr8 game by Pakistani team and they did bring their heart and put it on the line. But we gotta understand that we were defending our champion status and we lost it. And there are reasons to that which we need to fix. Afridi is a good captain but not great captain. He didnt bowl well himself he whole tournament yet he bowled 4 overs every single time. He didnt use Abdul Razzaq better when Razzaq was doing a good job in last 2 overs each time he got a chance. Afridi didnt even let Razzaq bowl 4 overs in single game. His feild setting was not up to the mark and he wasnt there to encourage his bowlers when they were getting hit by Aussie. We gotta respect out great players if we want to be winners otherwise loosing easy or loosing hard ,,,no one will care.Pakistan has Great potential and they were defending champ. And for me its not that Pakistan gave a gr8 fight to Aussie instead for me it goes like that Aussie somehow got away with a win from Pakistan & I want to fix that now

  • Has on May 15, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    I DISAGREE - sorry to sound harsh, but, where we went wrong is to have too many spinners, we should have had at least one more fast bowlers.... given that Mohammed Aamer took the most important wickets and spinners went for easy sixes (too many sixes), i think my point is justified. We did not need 4 or 5 spinners, we did need spinners, but with Aamer and Asif.... and i think we would have at this moment be discussing Pakisatn in the final

  • Ali on May 15, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    The Pakistani team once again reminded us that it has the ability to go from a winning position to a losing one in no time. Pakistan was one bowler short. Sami should have played instead of the out of form muhammad hafeez. The last two overs should have bowled by fast bowlers. You can't apply the same strategy for SA and AUS. For australia you can never say that australia is out of the game unless aus is really out. Pakistani team became complacent in the last few overs believing they could never lose. If Australia was in pakistan's place, pakistani would never have been let off the hook. It also hurts if you lose after being in such a good condition.

  • Saad on May 15, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    The venom that many Pakistanis and Indians hold against each others is childish and immature. It was a match between Pak and Aus... and many of the arguments are about who is a bigger loser between India and Pak and that too on the basis of very stupid arguments. Grow up people ... if you want your nations and sports teams to be mentally strong and professional like aussies then start behaving maturely for a change and accept that ups and downs happen with all teams in sports. Its just a game and the beauty of a game lies in the thrill of the competition. I'm happy for cricket regardless of who won....

  • Jacob Sahayam on May 15, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    Cannot defend 191, 54 runs given away in the last 3 overs, 12th straight defeat against Australia...nothing to be proud of! Pakistan choked yet again. Did Pakistan even deserve to be in the semis after one good victory in five matches?

  • faria on May 15, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    why to blame afridi? hes ALWAYS played amir in the second last over and ajmal in the last and its always worked in pakistan's favour in the past. how in God's name did he know it would turn out against him this time? had it worked this time, Afridi would be a god and there would be no better captain than him. same with younis khan last year, hes a bad captain, hes this and hes that, but when he brought the cup last year, he had "united the team" and he was brilliant and there cud be on one better.

    34 runs required off the last two overs, the match was lost AFTER that. look at this: pakistan didnt have omar gul and they didnt have yasser arafat, and shoaib malik, but they still reached the semis and they still made australia sit and chew their nails till the last over.

    ive said this before and ill say this again: pakistanis have talent, it needs to supported and it needs to be polished. the PCB needs to get its act together, united we stand, divided we fall.

  • Nick on May 15, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    That was a wonderful match yesterday and both sides played like champions. I am an Indian but I was supporting Pakistan the whole match. The whole of pakistan should be proud of the way their team played. Yes, they lost even theough they had 191 but so what. The factt hat they made it to the semi final is huge. The fact that they scored 191 and pushed the aussies like no one had done before is itself cool. I think the best way forward is to take the positives out of the match and to build on them and to never forget the die hard attitude, Congratulations pakistan! Even though you lost,you played like champions and thats enough in my books.

  • adnan on May 15, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    you do make a very valid point.. it wud be a shame to see this team win after all the shambles and the super bad management in place.. however.. it also is weird to see our team clutching defeat from the jaws of victory again and again.. the aussies have our number.. mentally and physically

  • waseem on May 15, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    hi, I think Shahid Afridi is not captaincy material at all.We played one seamer short,I believe Shoaib Akhtar could be a better choice for t20 cricket just like Aussies were using Tait and Kiwis used Shane bond for 4 over spell.Saeed Ajmal always struggle against left handers as he mostly bowls away going deliveries he is more leg spinner so giving him the last over was not a good choice at all.It's high time to replace Afridi with Salman butt in captaincy in all forms of cricket.

  • Saqib Jamil on May 15, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Our much vaunted bowling attack crumbled under pressure.Period. There was NO Fight shown. Where was the fight when Hussey and White were attacking? Let us b strong enough to face the truth instead of running away like cowards. PAK CHOKED AND DID NOT HAVE THE RESOLVE TO WIN.

  • Boris on May 15, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    I certainly agree with you Kamran. The odds were against them but they played attacking, positive cricket against a team which has dominated this tournament. In particular, the way Akmal and Butt dealt with Australia's feared pace trio was impressive. Relative to Pakistan's performance in the group stage and Super 8s, this really showed they could rise to the occasion. I did feel Afridi may have made a tactical error by not having Aamer bowling the last over, but this is all in retrospect. The fact remains they were defeated by a man who played out of his skin, but their performance considering how lacklustre it had been in the tournament before this, was admirable. They can take a lot out of this match and I hope it will drive them to strive for greater consistency, something which has eluded many a Pakistan side.

  • Qamar Zamir on May 15, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    A truly heartbreaking moment and one which I will never forget. Pakistan played like true champions yesterday against Australia's ‘fearsome’ fast bowlers. The performance from our boys was top notch unfortunately Husseys innings stole it from Pakistan’s grasp. Pakistan should not feel disheartened because they fought and fought well, it was just not to be this time.

    I just hope the PCB and the media in Pakistan don't make the situation worse, at the end of the day Pakistan made it to the semi's, the passage to that position in itself and that too for 3 consecutive tournaments was a remarkable achievement.

    Afridi's captaincy was decent, although I think it did affect his performance a lot. Pakistan certainly missed Umar Gul, the best exponent at T20 bowling, Saeed Ajmal bowled well the entire tournament and Rehman proved us all wrong with some very fine performances. In the end I would have had Aamir bowling the last over as that certainly would have assured Pakistan victory.

  • papa india on May 15, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    oh look every body angry indian fan!. i am so f!@#ed up by my team performance that i like abusing other better performing teams. our great indian player can't perform on bouncy pitches while we consider other teams batsmen as dumbos. while our beloved players play for the love of money other play for the love of their country. we are hypocrites in praising performance of others while we are a bunch of over actors when some small heighted freak show play a boring innings on a dead track. our team has not qualified for semis in any major tournament for ages while we consider us the best. shame on our indian team performance and our narrow mindedness.

  • Brahmabull on May 15, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    No Shame? What a joke!!! In fact Paki team did not deserve to be in Semifinal. Just due to lady luck and other's performance this bunch of jokers reached semifinal. Only one odd good batting performance does not make you proud. Anyway, Pakis can never win unless they cheat, use pepsi tops, nails and teeth to temper the ball. Mr. Abbasi and all Pakis may keep their head high for rock bottom performance by their team.

  • saveed on May 15, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    Well said Kam bhai, this is further amunition to join your facebook group to save Pak cricket - keep plugging it so it makes a difference!

    All I can say is that for the first time since the winter, Pak took the Attack to the aussies and look how it almost paid off. Lesson to learn is attack the gits from that start and just enhance your finishing in future, we will beat them again.

    If Salman Butt is not the best opener since sohail/anwar I dont know who is - ok he's not an anwar but he gets runs when it matters - remember here is a kid that got a 100 in australia in his first or second test (against warne/mcgrath) and a guy that scored v india in india when chasing 300 runs.

    Also have to say to Indians - we are a deprived cricketing nation who dont play any test cricket and we rule this format! You are a bunch of spoilt millionaires that care more for after game parties and getting wasted than you do to prove on the world stage how good a team you are!

    Pakistan Zindabaad

  • T.Khan on May 15, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    Salam,did anybody notice the ball change in 19th over?The "new" ball wasn't so old and didn't turned at all in the last over.Any hows @my Indian friends:We reached the semis.We gave Australia a big fight it wasn't a one sided game.It's a shame to play bad and win there is no shame to play hard and loose.I am Proud to be a Pakistani.Thank you Team Pakistan.

  • Omar Hussain on May 15, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    Well done Pakistan!We were just unlucky that Hussey clicked at the right time just as our own Afridi or Razzaq can go bersek!No blame on anyone.The Australians are simply the best organised side.I just hope Pakistan can keep up the momentum in the forthcoming series in England.Good luck boys!

  • Jibran on May 15, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    We Played flawless cricket for the first 30 overs but in the end we gave away 130 runs in 59 balls with 53 in the last 16 balls... Could have played much better than that but we choked... Never the less it was a good fight. Our bowling lacked experience and so couldn't cope with the extreme pressure Aussie batsmen usually put on the bowlers.. The real shame is that we do not play like this to our full potential in every match...

  • Ajay on May 15, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    Had pak played the same match at Barbados, they wud not even cross 140 against Aus bowling. They were just plain lucky they got to semis. Pakistan has become the Bunny of Australia.

  • sardar ilyas on May 15, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    proud to a over team they fight realy well.they are still over champs;.pcb shame for u this is your mistake.not a over team.

  • faheem on May 15, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    I FEEL LYK A PROUD PAKISTANi..... we shown the world tht we can shatter the confidence of any blaster team of world... those who criticize shud b shame of themselvs tht luck took us to semis n v showed the aussies tht they r just a team lyk othrz.... no mattr wat happened.... we fytd n v palyed for our pride n v SUCCEEDED...... sorry to say ... but people criticizng now r actually disregarding the PAKISTANI NATION..... PAKISTAN ZINDABAD...... lastly i wish if shaun tait , watson ,haddin cud read ths but still my msg to them V R PROUD TO b PAKISTANI ... @aussies.... NOW GO ENGLAND BEAT THE KANGROOZ... REPEAT THE ASHES... :)

  • Emm on May 15, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    This is what we can do with 1/2 a team and beleif.We know what we can do with a full team... we did it last year. WE'LL BE BACK...

  • muhammad hisham on May 15, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    it was indded a great game, we need to learn how a game is played under pressure.should have started of much earlier with spinners.last over should have been given to razzaq and misbah shouldnot have playes.. We played as a unitt over all the only encouraging thing. Like hockey operation is badly required here as well.

  • Rafe on May 15, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    Tariq Gul is right, 191 was a big total in last 2 over the games turn to Aussies, bad bowling, in 2 nd last over Australia took many of doubles, which help them to win this one. Now if someone says we should not feel shame, it´s totally wrong, maybe they said to relief their own soul. This match was very Painful it is a nice record for Australia to chase 191 and terrible for Pakistan that they didn´t defend this total. By the way can someone remember whenever Pakistan win last game again australia....

  • Dr. Mubashir Hanif on May 15, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    Assalamoalikum!Kami bhaii let me disagree with you, there is a shame though its tiny bit, why?We did not have a variety in our bowling, Asif and Abdu-Razzaq were under-used right from the start. And then at one stage it was time for the kill, Afridi did not go for the kill, where he replaced Abdul- Rehman with Hafeez. And for some strange reasons, Afridi and Ajmal kept feeding Hussy with short ones, I dont expect this from the worlds most competitive spinners.We played exceptionally well in last three games but thats the way we shall play, like champions. PCB and Pakistan await a red-revolution, but shall we start loosing thinking about that or keep enjoying ourselves. I dont like this argument, PCB has another excuse (reaching semis) in finding more excuses to make more truck-up policies like their bosses. Afridis defensive mode at times and sluggish bowling by Afridi-Ajmal to Hussy shall keep haunting me for a while. Peace

  • Khurram Dawood on May 15, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    I am not agree. First we were not brave to play with sami or asif. Sami would be better choice. Than we keep bowling short on long side to Hussey. He hit most of his runs on fin leg . White was targeting that area because of short boundry and wind than hussey was doing same and we were giving him balls he was looking for.

    Ajmal could not do much in last over and AFridi saying we lost because of last over did he every taught about his last over ?

  • usman sikander on May 15, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    yes Pak played v well..we can't say that it ws wrong decision from Afridi to give last over to Ajmal... there was no other better option for skipper after Ajmal's brilliant performance in whole tournament...well done Pakistan...Pakistan zindabad.

  • Khawar on May 15, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Yeah, Mr. Abbassi Paki tigers awaken kangaroos that they have potential to went through any situation, nevertheless Hussey played a miracle shocked at the end but champions are yet to be beaten in next future. All wishes are with Pakistan Team.

  • Teacher on May 15, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    Great job Australia. Excellent job Pakistan upto 19 overs! Here are the lessons to be learned: 1) NEVER give last over to a spinner to bowl in a T20 match. 2) Umar Gul being unfit during the practice -- doesn't make sense! Where was Waqar Yunis who proclaims to know all about fast bowling and rigors of international cricket? Why did he push Umar Gul to such an extent that he broke down before such an important event. 3) Why didn't they select Shoaib Akhtar who fit and in fine form!!! 4) Expect no change in PCB setup, business will continue on as usual. Finally, congrats to Pakistan for showing the world that they did not reach the semis for nothing -- they produced the most thrilling event of T20 cup :)

  • Vishwa on May 15, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    Australia has shown what makes a champion side! They won from the position of certain defeat, and Pakistan couldn’t stop that. Australia has once again taught Pakistan the lessons of being a true champion... Well done Australia!

  • Be Proud on May 15, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    Chokers? First of all I would like to comment on Mr. Raj's post. Do you hold any grudges against Pakistani? It would be better if you do your homework before you speak. We fought and lost and If I'm not mistaken india vs sri lanka was no different when they were sent home. SIX straight defeats in super six stages Now thats a Achievement. Focus on what's been said instead of diverting attention from the specifics of conversation BCCI is a selfish and self conceited establishment who want to control the game of cricket India openly displays Its biased attitude towards Pakistan. India thinks it can help corner Pakistan, But World Twenty20 win in 2009 and the they played today was a slap in the face of those who with their pockets want to marginalized Pakistan cricket. You need to come out of your slumber and Stop living in fool's paradise. Great job guys !!!

  • Jasim on May 15, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    They were a lucky bunch to get in to the semis similar to the last time... but this time they werent lucky enough to go all the way... indeed they played better than expected... but not enough to take the world cup.... It was a very interesting game and i thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • pakstar on May 15, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    Guys, We badly lost the 50 and test matches against Aus but gave them a very day in yesterday's match. We should be proud of that. I am sure if it had been a 10 over match we would have won. In 20 over matches it's difficult to beat top teams like Aus but still we should be proud of over effort even though we lost after scoring 191.If We had scored probably over 200,who knows we might have won.

  • My name is Lahore on May 15, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Well, so sad to see that the definition of achievement has been changed. If Aus win 3 consecutive WC that's not an achievement but if Pak just about managed to stretch Aus in a 20 over match(forget about 50 and Test match) then it's termed as 'GREAT ACHIEVEMENT'. Hmm...no wonder the condition of Pak cricket.

  • World Cricket Lover on May 15, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Mate, I am not sure why you say no shame in losing. Pak were unable to chase a 130's total against NZ and now they were unable to defend a 190's total against Aussies. Their performance this world cup has been very very disappointing to say the least.

  • Ali on May 15, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    It was not a typical Pakistani batting failure - but every loss from a winning position hurts. Pakistan were a pace bowler short the whole tournament - Umar Gul would have made a huge difference, maybe Mohammed Irfan would have helped.

    There was a lack of adaptability in the captaincy. Ajmal could have been brought in to face White earlier - after so many matches you'd hope Pakistan would know who can't play certain bowlers.

    Fine, there was no one other than Ajmal to bowl the overs - even after Hussey laid into Ajmal in the 18th over. But if a plan isn't working, change it a little bit - pack the offside field and bowl wide - pack the leg side and come over the wicket - when it's not working try to do something different!

    It's a sad day when Pakistan's batting fires, no catches, runouts or stumpings were missed and the team still loses. Sad day indeed.

  • Alex Farooque on May 15, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    I totally agree with u Abassi. But Mr. Tariq Gul (who posted comments here) seems to be living under a rock. First of all, making 191 and loosing with a fight is not a shame. The same Shahid Afridi would have been a god for u had Pakistan won the game. He used Saeed Ajmal in almost every game in the last over and it worked fine. Nobody objected until now. The pitch was slow and turning and hence Pakistan went with three-four spinners. Nothing wrong with that. Imran Nazir could've been in the team, Shahzaib's body language suggests that he is a nervous guy. While Imran Farhat not a T20 material and Shoaib Akhtar is well past is sell by date. In fact, Shoaib Akhtar shouldn't be playing at all. Look what Jayasuriya did for Sri Lanka. Our team played amazing and it's good that we didn't win the cup, so PCB's irregularities can come to light now.

    We are the true champions who despite all the issues in the background, keep playing good cricket.

  • Muhammad Saidul Haque on May 15, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    Kamran vhai assalamulaikum, please shame for that cricket team who scored 190+ and their opponent will chase easily almost 10 runs per over--- it is not easier task to do, even Zimbabwean/Bangladeshi bowlers could restrict Aussie team’s total within 175 or 180 runs maximum. This is not pride & prejudice for Pakistan cricket team. No game plan, Afridi did not mark the crucial Batsman who could steal your game away. Inequality, inaccurate, disruptive over-pitched bowling---- what Pakistani most of the bowlers had bowled to Aussies. The Pak bowlers now-a-days showing their improper, immature & inexperienced bowling performance only against the professional Aussie. The pakistani players have habituated tendency to surrender nakedly under Professional Aussie almost in Test, One-dayer and now 20/20. It seems to me the Paki players always afraid of Australians whenever they play.In future, I am afraid to say that Pakistan might never win over the Australians.

  • Sardar Junaid Khan on May 15, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    Mr. Abbasi u r 100% rite.

  • Ramzan Ali on May 15, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    Clearly lack of common sense. After knowing what Aussie batsmen can do to semi quality spinners like Jadeja, how can Afridi decide to give the LAST over to Ajmal when Razzaq had 2 overs left. Pakistani fans feel unacceptably dejected and cheated out of victory because of the captain's stupidity.

  • Luke Potchesform on May 15, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    If Pakistan looses a match they should have easily won after scoring good..its a good fight. If SA looses a match in similar manner ..its termed as choking...Hey mate can we have some kind of benchmark and standard on same level for two teams ?

  • Tahir Bakshi on May 15, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    well its being a memorable day 4 auses but let me tell u one thg pakistan has shown dat they r far better side indian as they posted a huge total against mighty australian. n india could only manage 130 odd runs with their respective match. this shows pakistan has a better talent then indian. we lost da match but we showed dat we have the breleince. plz india dont mess with pakistan ever coz they can harm u badly... go pakistan go we are with u kashmir is with u...............

  • Kartik Chenna on May 15, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    Ooops do I see a loss bieng called great fight here.... the very fact that Australia was stretched bieng cited as an achievement.... Strange ...If I remember correctly Pakistani fans just dismissed Indias victory inAtleast1 test on Austrlaian soil as no big achievement and even so winnig CB series was thought to be no big deal..... Hey Hey but stretch a team in T20 once after 12 consecutive losses in all forms of cricket is a achievement... and its a great achievement.????...Hmmmm horses for courses kind of feelings ;)..Ah well no issues ...I guess everyone has right to change their opinion as and when required to get out of depression .

  • Virendra Rajput on May 15, 2010, 4:33 GMT

    Fact is 192 was not defended....If other teams did that ...all Pakistani fans laugh and joke and call them chokers.....but when one looses Pakistan choked..its called GREAT FIGHT....Now thats called having self opinionated views which change as per the need of convenience ;) Anyway if you wanna call it great fight ..so be it...Guess it could be also called Australia did not choke..just to mke it feel better...just to ignore facts and have a good feel factor.. :)

  • imraj on May 15, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    You and most commentators have been very generous in their comments on this defeat.If you cannot defend 191 in this format then there is problem,emotions apart.Mike Hussey has done this before.If I remmember this then how is it that Afridi,Waqar and Ijaz forgot?I donot wish to tabulate every mistake committed but do like to mention the difference and that is character.

  • Ashraful_rox on May 15, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    Ya they should not feel shame...They should feel lucky they got there in first place...Many other teams played 5 matches and won 2...but luck favored Pakistan big time to help them reach the semis....and finally the overhyped bowling got the treatment it deserved.... In fact SHAME is the only feeling that should be got from St Lucia after all ...the team is official bunny of Austrlaia and there tests/ODI still to come in summer and that too in England...looks like 19-0 is on the cards...Consoling oneself that we fought well to feel good when there is no other way to accept dejection is ok....But facts are fact....if a team cant defend a 191 score..something which the batters somehow managed with a fluke...is shameful...Its fun calling others (SA) choker in same situations...but when it comes to own..its called a great fight..Is that not double standards??? ..Ah well perhaps different laws for and opinion depending on if its own team or some others :0 Anyway all i

  • Rashid on May 15, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    Should be in deep shame for not taking Asif.If we played Asif things would have been different.When you play with a good team you have no room for internal politics.Afridi should never get captancy, get Younus back and Shoib the politician out.Afridi can bite a bowl harder,now that his decisions were so bad.For test get Yousuf back only if he respect Younus.

  • Dr Mohammad Bashir Ahmed on May 15, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    I m still very very sad afridi should have given last over to razzak! Can't believe after putting 191 on the board still Pakistan lost,also I think after putting 191 and taking some earlier wickets pakistani team became over confidant that they will win but u never know till last over in this format that situation can change abruptly and Australia is very strong team they usually don't take pressure and fight like champions had Pakistan was batting 2nd and if they were 62 for four I don't think they could have reached even 150 but overall there was a good effort by pakistan at least they gave a really tough time to Australia

  • Gal on May 15, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    I will always love, pray for, and support pakistan team and Afridi but today they killed me.

  • saiful ansari, Leesburg, VA, USA on May 15, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    This is as good as it gets. I intend to watch the match this weekend & perhaps many times over. It was a great spectacle. There is truly no shame in losing such a closely contested game. Aussies did best Pakistan at the end with astonishing display of batting prowess from White in the middle & from Hussey at the end. But there will be another day & another ground.... when our boys will pull one back & snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat. Today our boys learnt never to give up till the end & the young guys won't forget this lesson. I like the idea of pay back time, so watch out Aussies. This game will certainly go down as one of the best in T20 & will give momentum to greater ones to follow. Our team made their fans proud to be a part of this great contest. Bravo to both Pakistan & Australia for giving the fans a top quality game. Congratulations to Aussies for a great win. Hats off to Pakis for giving Aussies a run for their money& a scare which will haunt them in every encounter.

  • zhaeer on May 15, 2010, 1:26 GMT

    it is very sad day for pakistan cuz they lost the match in similar way when they lost to India. Pak need to learn

  • A.Mahmood ,Sydney on May 15, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    Agreed with tariq above but proud on u guys,no shame like indians lol.

  • Sharjil K on May 15, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    I agree with you for that. I am staring at the comment made by Tariq gul, and personally believe he's a pissimist, and i choose to not read beyond his 2nd line.:) Aside from that, i truly am proud of how Pakistan played. No one would have thought we would score 191 runs against the aussies. And actually wonder if there is another team that has scored that many runs against them. I truly hope and wish England beats them in the final. I will not take anything away from Hussey, i think he played a great knock, and the luck was with him. I think our bowling line up was just fine, people should not forget, this was the same lineup against SA. We did fairly well against them as well. Again, proud of Pakistan, and glad they made it to the semis, against all odds. I know there are suckers out there laughing, unless you're an aussie or a brit. You don't deserve to even smile at this moment:) I think i'm done here. EZ

  • salman on May 14, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    Its a blessing Pakistan are not playing at home, I wish they were are not playing abroad, spare all Pakistani heartbreak. Afridi a bad choice for captaincy, the man has no clue how to rotate bowlers. Ajmal should have bowled the 19th over and Aamer the 20th. A spinner bowling the last over was plain stupidy. I always thought Afridi was a fool.

  • Jawed Saleem on May 14, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    Frankenstein Hussey -'The Monster' Arises again!

    I am still re-covering the shock!

    Hussey's Master-Class was the difference . Hats-Off to the 'Mighty' Australia for pulling off a remarkable victory from jaws of defeat. At 144/7 (17.1 overs), the Frankenstein looked truly dead and buried. Not to be ! Frankenstein had re-incarnation in shape of Hussey ! His freak knock was one of the finest display of power hitting in T20 format.

    “Shouldas, Wouldas and Couldas”! Rehman should've continued with 4 overs ( while he was in wicket-taking mode i.e. 7th over) . Similarly Ajmal should've continued bowling the 16th & 18th overs . Ajmal had just gave 5 runs in the 14th over and another O.Z. wkt. looking imminent. His change was the 'cardinal sin' (that cost us the match) !

    Pakistan team should be proud of their performance and praised for putting up 'ferocious-fight'.

    Jawed, Karachi

  • shahid on May 14, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    will anybody tell me why they were not bowling low full tosses rather than half volleys as a four is less than six and the maximum you can score from a low full toss is four , australia scored about twelve sixes and if half of them would have been fours then they would still have needed another 12- 16 runs, the difference between a confirm victory, also the runs scored behind square legs by hussy was amazaing to still see the fielder up in the circle,standard field for every body, rather than specialized field polacing for specialized batsmen, anyways Good fight but no rela thinkning about bowling section as 191 agaisnt any side should be defend-able,

  • haroon on May 14, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    Following Pakistan cricket is a waste of time. Pakistani cricketers are chokers and jokers. They are a major embarrasment to our nation. With this idiot Butt at the helm I am afraid we are going to see the same old comical performance in England from them.

  • Happy_Indian on May 14, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    I am happy that Pak lost. They are now official "chokers" . You couldn't defend 191 ? How sorry is your team. I laugh at you all haha

  • Asad Khan on May 14, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    Brilliant article but i think we all need to take a step back and realise what we have accomplished. With a team lacking Umar Gul, Bowler of the tournament for both the previous T20 World Cups, and Yasir Arafat an accomplished T20 bowler both for pakistan and his county back in England, so even without these 2 key bowlers we went into the tournament reaching the semi finals, so thats 2 finals and a semi final! the most successful T20 team i should think, yes the batting was flowing all the time but today when it mattered it was brilliant! the bowling was where we got a bit exposed, but hey thats cricket and that is why we love this game so much! im just glad that our names are in people's mouths for the right reasons! Dil Dil Pakistan

  • Saqib Jamil on May 14, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    @ Tariq Gul; I think its lame to talk abt selection and bowling combination; You should look back at da game against Southafrica where Ajmal secured the win in the last over with the same target and only 6 wickets down. We should appreciate our team rather than being typical and discourage them even they played well. We definitely cant find a better captian than Afridi whos bakup is always with bowlers. and as Kamran Abbassi said "Defeat can divide but sometimes it can be a platform to build upon. That's how Pakistan must view this day" God Help Pakistan Cricket Fans

  • Noor on May 14, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    "Pakistan fans should feel proud of the way their players applied themselves" Proud of what? Losing another game that was there for the taking only to screw up in the last 2 overs. 39 runs in the 15 balls. Having a spinner ball the last over was not very smart by our "buffoon" captain. Afridi should not have been made captain. He hasn't done much in this tournament, he is living off his past performance, Afridi should join Younis Khan and Mohd Yousuf and let new faces come in.

  • Hamid on May 14, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    All credit to the Pakistan team. There is no shame in losing the way they did-- after giving a stiff fight to, by far,the strongest team of the tournament. Pakistan is proud of you.

  • Waseem on May 14, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    Our team played brilliantly! No shame in losing after a great fight from ball one to the last. No one gave us a chance but once again we showed the world, why we are such a dangerous side.

  • tariq gul on May 14, 2010, 22:13 GMT

    I will not agree with everyone If you scored 191 runs and still loose game,then it is shame,not fight. Our team lost because of some reaons First of all Shahid Afridi captaincy is too bad,How can you give last over to spinner is such a crucial time,when world best batsman Hussey is on crease.Abdul Razzaq should be given last over as he is more experienced. Secondly why team didn't pick 2nd fast bowler.Sami should have selected as it would be more effective as already plenty of bastmans are there in team.A very big mistake. 3rd and last reason is that PCB select very bad team,Why Imran Nazir,Shazaib Hassan,Imran Farhat and Shoaib Akhtar not choosen in team in place of Misbah,Alam,Hafeez and Asif. Our team doesn't deserve in final.

  • Saqib Jamil on May 14, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    Loved the game. All credit to Hussey, just confused that why all spinners were bowling hussey on leg stump where he was soo strong. Althought good bowling combinations. Hatss off to pakistan. Good Luck England

  • Anneeq Anwar on May 14, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    Iv never seen Australia treated like that, not since KP tore apart the Aussies in the 2005 Ashes. Pakistan tore them apart today, they fielded better, bowled better in my view, even if the score suggests otherwise. And as a team batted better. The real Pk turned up today, if a team plays like that against Aus and lose then theres no hope for any cricket team!!

    I still cant believe it, i saw the score was 107 for 5 @ around 14 overs and thought, my god Pk are gna win this easily, might as well get back to exam revision. Then i check the score a few minutes ago and am astounded to see Aus won. Hussey really did pull a rabbit out of the hat today, the best team lost today, for definite. England, i wish u the best of luck, but if Pk cant beat them the way they played today, theres really no point in u guys turning up......

  • Masood on May 14, 2010, 22:00 GMT

    Indeed! And to witness today that the Aussies were stretched to limits where their Australianism was challenged is enough to be proud. The Akmals and the boys, we're seriously proud of you for making a almost-dream match from the pre-match notions of a lost cause and all the gibberish. If ever T20 WC was deserved by any team other than Pakistan, its the Aussies. Yet 14.05.10 will be remembered for sure, and we will nail the Aussies one day in the big stage, touch wood!

  • AK on May 14, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    Last 2 overs was the turning point, Pak batted very well, but fielding and bowling was not 100%, in 19th overs Australia took doubles and in last over they outclass pakistan

  • shah zaman khokhar on May 14, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    This is even more depressing than having being crushed. In spite of putting a brave face Kamran, you've gotta agree we CHOKED in the last over and handed it to the Aussies on a platter. Pakistan SUCCUMBED to Pressure...How can we have conceded 22 in the final over?

    - A Devastated Fan

  • Meety73 on May 14, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    Ouch! Feel sorry for the Pakis, I thought the game would one of two ways; 1. Australia would flog Pakistan by about 50 runs or 8 wickets 2. Pakistan pull off a semi-miracle and get 200 runs and cause a top order collapse and win! Well option 2 almost happened! I didn't factor in Mr Cricket! For what it is worth - Pakistan are the most consistant (believe it or not!) T20 team in the short history of the short format, 3 semis in a row. This is something for Pakistan to build on - but the proof will be in how they come back from another probable thumping in England. Need to play Zim & Bang to get some confidence up!

  • sha f on May 14, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    I agree it was a gutsy performance but i think afridi's negative captaincy in the field lost us the game. Also the reason we lost was because we were arrogant and thought we had won. How else can you explain why ajmal bowled 4 half volleys in the final over. Pakistan will never achieve until they stop picking a team of average all rounders and pick genuine batman and bowlers with only 1 or 2 all rounders in the final 11. AFRIDI has been shown up by others to be an awful batter - They can hit bigger and score better than him - the only reason they didn't before T20 was because they would have been dropped for throwing their wickets away. Afridi needs to be demoted to number 8 or 9 because he can't bat.

  • cricfan on May 14, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    pak didn't deserve to be in the final...they were luck to be in the semis at all....justice

  • zaheer on May 14, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    very sad day for pakistan cricket team and pakistan nations.GOD BLESS PAKISTAN

  • Sarwar on May 14, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    Boys gave their best effort. Mike Hussey stole it from them. Hope these players don't have to face media pressure and such when they return home.

  • Waqas Ahmed on May 14, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    The guys certainly make us proud but they should have finaished the gme well.....that's what seperates the great teams with ordinary ones

  • K on May 14, 2010, 20:39 GMT

    well said Kamran Bhai, this time you are absolutely spot on. No-one had shaken the Aussies like Pakistan did today. The boys didi ud proud.

  • AAA on May 14, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    OK the picnic is over. Can we Pakis get back to our 'usual' business?

  • Basit on May 14, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    Yes, there is no shame in this defeat. The boys tried hard and put their heart out for this match. Congrats Afridi & Pak Team!! you are the only team who has pushed the mighty Aus to the wall during this tournment. Well done boys, dont be demoralized, just look forward to further improvement. Keep this spirit for the upcoming series in England, good luck to Pak for future.

  • hassan on May 14, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    pakistan team is headed in the right direction and this trend should continue. The team should be given a Heroes welcome back home, they gave their absolute best

  • AK on May 14, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    You are absolutely correct. I have never seen Pakistan play so well against a top nation (especially Australia). To make 191 against Australia in 20 overs says a lot, and, as far as I know, it is our highest T20 score.

    Look at it like this: we never really lost, Australia just kinda won...

  • Sad but Proud on May 14, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    Hard but true: Sad but Proud

  • PakFan on May 14, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    Unbelievable.... yet true. Pakistan played fantastically. Hard to find fault either with the batting or bowling. A few misfields here and there and missing touch catches proved expensive as to the outcome. Great play, guys

  • MH Khokhar on May 14, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    Yes, Pakistan players should feel proud. They gave a good fight. At the end of the game, Hussey was simple brilliant.

  • Rizwan on May 14, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    Well, what can i say Mr Abbasi. Maybe thats the best we could give to beat Australia. It is so disappointing to see us loosing by giving even more than 100%. Maybe we cant beat Australia or maybe we want to beat them on even bigger stage like world cup 2001 :-). And you are right, this match will be a platform for us to build a real force in world of cricket. It is great to see our team playing in unity. Afridi is doing a good job. For me, he will lift the cup in india next year.Inshallah A proud Pakistani. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • km on May 14, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    What a game...our boys need a lil grooming and courage. I am seeing a great future ahead for our cricket.

  • jilani on May 14, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    Dejected, bad but cannot blame anyone but Michael Hussey for this loss. Pakistan fought and that is ALL I am asking for.

    Good job Pakistan. You made a Australia bleed through the nose for the finals.

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  • jilani on May 14, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    Dejected, bad but cannot blame anyone but Michael Hussey for this loss. Pakistan fought and that is ALL I am asking for.

    Good job Pakistan. You made a Australia bleed through the nose for the finals.

  • km on May 14, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    What a game...our boys need a lil grooming and courage. I am seeing a great future ahead for our cricket.

  • Rizwan on May 14, 2010, 20:16 GMT

    Well, what can i say Mr Abbasi. Maybe thats the best we could give to beat Australia. It is so disappointing to see us loosing by giving even more than 100%. Maybe we cant beat Australia or maybe we want to beat them on even bigger stage like world cup 2001 :-). And you are right, this match will be a platform for us to build a real force in world of cricket. It is great to see our team playing in unity. Afridi is doing a good job. For me, he will lift the cup in india next year.Inshallah A proud Pakistani. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • MH Khokhar on May 14, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    Yes, Pakistan players should feel proud. They gave a good fight. At the end of the game, Hussey was simple brilliant.

  • PakFan on May 14, 2010, 20:23 GMT

    Unbelievable.... yet true. Pakistan played fantastically. Hard to find fault either with the batting or bowling. A few misfields here and there and missing touch catches proved expensive as to the outcome. Great play, guys

  • Sad but Proud on May 14, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    Hard but true: Sad but Proud

  • AK on May 14, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    You are absolutely correct. I have never seen Pakistan play so well against a top nation (especially Australia). To make 191 against Australia in 20 overs says a lot, and, as far as I know, it is our highest T20 score.

    Look at it like this: we never really lost, Australia just kinda won...

  • hassan on May 14, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    pakistan team is headed in the right direction and this trend should continue. The team should be given a Heroes welcome back home, they gave their absolute best

  • Basit on May 14, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    Yes, there is no shame in this defeat. The boys tried hard and put their heart out for this match. Congrats Afridi & Pak Team!! you are the only team who has pushed the mighty Aus to the wall during this tournment. Well done boys, dont be demoralized, just look forward to further improvement. Keep this spirit for the upcoming series in England, good luck to Pak for future.

  • AAA on May 14, 2010, 20:37 GMT

    OK the picnic is over. Can we Pakis get back to our 'usual' business?