Saad Shafqat May 15, 2010

Defeated but not disgraced

Pakistani teams are known to squander head starts, fritter away advantages, and give up easily
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Saeed Ajmal's moment of despair © AFP

It is not often that Pakistan’s supporters feel like hugging their team in defeat, but you can sense this mood rippling across the fan base on the day after. Pakistan is traditionally vilified for its inconsistency, but at the core of Pakistan’s approach there is actually a great economy of effort. Pakistani teams are known to squander head starts, fritter away advantages, and give up easily. Yet every now and then, motivated by the big occasion or a whiff of blood, they will give it everything and make it count.

These evidently contrasting behaviours are just two faces of the same coin. Pakistani cricketers abhor nothing more than wasted endeavour. They do not invest their effort lightly, but on the sporadic occasion when they do, they are more determined than anyone to see that their labour amounts to something.

Pakistan’s nail-biting (quite literally, as camera shots of the Australian dug-out confirmed) defeat in the 2010 World Twenty20 semi-final to Australia is therefore new territory for Pakistan and its supporters. The team fought all the way with everything it had, grabbing the initiative right away and dominating the game completely – until the final over, when it came up short. As an old Indian friend, referring to the Australasia Cup final from 1986, pointed out to me by text message afterwards: now we know what Indians felt like after Sharjah.

Entry into the semi-finals was regarded as something of a miracle for Pakistan, who had managed only one good victory from five tournament games. The rematch with Australia was anticipated with apprehension, trepidation and resignation. Not only had Australia made short of work of Pakistan in the group match, they had also mowed through everything else in their path with merciless efficiency. Complicating the picture were haunting memories of previous torment – a disastrous Australian summer most recently, but other embarrassments too, going back to the World Cup final in 1999.

As always, there are decisions to rue, and events that perhaps could have turned out differently in hindsight. The way Saeed Ajmal was taken apart in the final over by Michael Hussey, that responsibility might have been better entrusted to Mohammad Aamer. Had Umar Akmal thrown his bat with greater abandon in the final over, perhaps Australia’s target might have gone past 200. These and related thoughts naturally keep coming to mind, but they are not associated with value judgments. You can’t find fault with an offspinner who strained every sinew, with a batsman who cut like Sachin Tendulkar and pulled like Viv Richards, with a team that played its heart out.

Of course, Australia were awesome. It is galling that they made good on their arrogance and boastfulness, but they did so fair and square. Hats off to them. Once Pakistani teams have crossed their cornered-tigers threshold, they never give up. They did not give up this time either. They just went down fighting. And when you go die fighting, you die with honour intact.

Moments like these create a parallax view, which can make you realize that perhaps life after all is not so bleak. As many observers have noted, Pakistan is the only country to have made the semi-final of every ICC tournament since the 2007 World Cup. This vaguely sounds like consistency – although Pakistani players and supporters alike will be loath to admit it. In Test cricket, Pakistan went without playing in 2008 but since then have won a Test in Wellington and all but won a Test in Sydney. Sure, the nation is in turmoil and the PCB is corrupt and misguided, but it was ever thus. The ground reality is that there have been no suicide bombings for a while now, and if peace returns, then international cricket at home cannot be far behind.

As the team heads back, it can be assured of a reception full of admiration, affection and warmth. Pakistani fans are notoriously unforgiving of their team in defeat, but losses such as these have the power to educate the public into taking defeats in stride. Pakistan could not defend their title but they were able to give history’s best team the memory of a lifetime. As consolation prizes go, this one’s not too bad.

Saad Shafqat is a writer based in Karachi

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  • AR on May 24, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    to be fair good job done by the team. with all the crisis within pak cricket still they managed to reach th semis . good work.

  • Anonymous on May 21, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    someone has to win.....

  • Martin on May 20, 2010, 0:16 GMT

    I see many peopl here are die hard supporter of pak team and true right with their comments- but the same time im seeing some jeolous supporters..I guess they are disgracful indians who can not bare to see Pakistan do better then them ...India was a good team not anymore..Most people would liike to watch Auusies ,paki,slanka play

  • wasim on May 19, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    All the time i am supporting the pakistan team this rates amongst the most painful defeat

  • Ajay on May 19, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    All Pak fans who r bragging here note this. Pak team is gonna be destroyed in England next tour. Somehow by they reached the semis and they r jumping as if they won the tournament.

  • fahad on May 18, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    It was a fabulous match of this tournament ... loss n win is a part of game and most of the important thing is that our team is played like a TIGERS and if they play like a TIGERS so winning and losing doesn't matter a lot ...we till proud on Pakistani cricket team ......after a long time we had seen a great fighting match between two champions of the world....

  • Adil8 on May 18, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    Pa G I couldn't sleep all night after the defeat!! What else You Wana know LOL!!

  • S.M.Salman on May 18, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Well!! 4 all those indian fans who can't digest Pakistan's gud prformance.Here is a comparison b/w the two teams INDIA nd PAKISTAN in ICC tournaments after they both were eliminated in the first round of WC 2007 in Windies... INDIA- 2007 T20 WC played the final nd won it.. 2009 T20 WC eliminated in super eight without winning a match.. 2009 Champions trophy eliminated in first round.. (including a defeat from PAKISTAN) 2010 T20 WC eliminated in Super eight witout winning a single match.... NOW,, PAKISTAN-2007 T20 WC finalists.. 2009 T20 WC Champions.. 2009 Champions trophy semi finalists.. 2010 T20 WC semi finalists.. SO,, shutup u sick people taking ur frustrations out on Pakistani team... Pakistan Zindaba!!!

  • atif on May 18, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    what a performance by my team...............loved it.....we didn`t deserve to lose bt destiny has something else to offer...........we r not dejected........v r proud of our team.....loved the way they fought......zabardast

  • usama abbasi on May 18, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    apart from all the comments,i would like to add is that no one is to blame for Pakistan defeat except the bad decision taken by Pakistan captain which i would like to highlight.first one is setting the fine leg up in the field during Amir's bowling.When Hussey was charging they must have adopted defensive approach and second one is giving the final over to Ajmal.if we look at the pie graph ball played by Hussey until the 17th over they all had been in the leg side.there was no boundaries by him till 17th over in the offside.In my opinion had the last over been bowled by Razzak the scenario would have been different.Any how nothing we can do but to learn from our past mistakes.

  • AR on May 24, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    to be fair good job done by the team. with all the crisis within pak cricket still they managed to reach th semis . good work.

  • Anonymous on May 21, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    someone has to win.....

  • Martin on May 20, 2010, 0:16 GMT

    I see many peopl here are die hard supporter of pak team and true right with their comments- but the same time im seeing some jeolous supporters..I guess they are disgracful indians who can not bare to see Pakistan do better then them ...India was a good team not anymore..Most people would liike to watch Auusies ,paki,slanka play

  • wasim on May 19, 2010, 19:46 GMT

    All the time i am supporting the pakistan team this rates amongst the most painful defeat

  • Ajay on May 19, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    All Pak fans who r bragging here note this. Pak team is gonna be destroyed in England next tour. Somehow by they reached the semis and they r jumping as if they won the tournament.

  • fahad on May 18, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    It was a fabulous match of this tournament ... loss n win is a part of game and most of the important thing is that our team is played like a TIGERS and if they play like a TIGERS so winning and losing doesn't matter a lot ...we till proud on Pakistani cricket team ......after a long time we had seen a great fighting match between two champions of the world....

  • Adil8 on May 18, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    Pa G I couldn't sleep all night after the defeat!! What else You Wana know LOL!!

  • S.M.Salman on May 18, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Well!! 4 all those indian fans who can't digest Pakistan's gud prformance.Here is a comparison b/w the two teams INDIA nd PAKISTAN in ICC tournaments after they both were eliminated in the first round of WC 2007 in Windies... INDIA- 2007 T20 WC played the final nd won it.. 2009 T20 WC eliminated in super eight without winning a match.. 2009 Champions trophy eliminated in first round.. (including a defeat from PAKISTAN) 2010 T20 WC eliminated in Super eight witout winning a single match.... NOW,, PAKISTAN-2007 T20 WC finalists.. 2009 T20 WC Champions.. 2009 Champions trophy semi finalists.. 2010 T20 WC semi finalists.. SO,, shutup u sick people taking ur frustrations out on Pakistani team... Pakistan Zindaba!!!

  • atif on May 18, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    what a performance by my team...............loved it.....we didn`t deserve to lose bt destiny has something else to offer...........we r not dejected........v r proud of our team.....loved the way they fought......zabardast

  • usama abbasi on May 18, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    apart from all the comments,i would like to add is that no one is to blame for Pakistan defeat except the bad decision taken by Pakistan captain which i would like to highlight.first one is setting the fine leg up in the field during Amir's bowling.When Hussey was charging they must have adopted defensive approach and second one is giving the final over to Ajmal.if we look at the pie graph ball played by Hussey until the 17th over they all had been in the leg side.there was no boundaries by him till 17th over in the offside.In my opinion had the last over been bowled by Razzak the scenario would have been different.Any how nothing we can do but to learn from our past mistakes.

  • hadrium on May 18, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    @ Divine_downunder and other.... first of all Well done to australia they were better team and two well deserve teams played final dis time but to say pak didnt deserve to be in the semis in the first place than who was? SA,who only won gainst NZ and afghanistan, Westindies who got lucky against England and and won only one against test playing nation after that India was no where NZ also won only single match in S8 ... Well austrailia was best team in this tournament and we played them better than every one we,played all 20 overs against thier pace attack(best in world)other teams didnt manage to do that n losing more than 40 to 80 runs n this is not Pakistan's fault. Pak beat two test playing nations and qualified to semiz. Pakistan our all record is also better than any one in World T20 with two finals and three semis in row ...big achievment ... Pakistan Zindabad

  • Farhan on May 17, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    As a Pakistan supporter, I've seen many ugly loses and heartbreaking defeat. But surely this one was none of them. You need to remember that this is a competitive game. You may score 99 but there's still chance of improvement by 1 point. Australians are just perfectionists. To be more specific, M. Hussey played the innings of his life. I felt like Nairobi, when Shahid was playing that innings of 37 ball 100, it doesn't matter how good or reputed a bowler you are. I mean you are destined to fall on that day. This game was like that to me.Pakistan was winning 95% of time but not at the end. There may have been a better (or I should say, different) result if Abdul Razzaq was bowling but still 'You never know'. I was not ashamed or frustrated with the lose. Rather I was just amazed to watch such a mighty, strong, vigorous show of batting by M. Hussey. It never comes in everyday rather once in a lifetime. The fair result should be 'Pakistan lost in the semi final, Hussey through to final'!

  • Raheel Hasan on May 17, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    Fantastic job Pakistan. I a extremely proud of each and every player that played for us. its not about better or worst its about luck and australians had it this time, but there is plenty of ore cricket to complete. You couldnt ask for a better performance from our team. Pakistan played like champions. Saeed Ajmal is one of the best offspinners in the world of cricket. He is the sae person who has won us so many games in the past including last T20 world cup. At the end of the it was treat to watch a brillant game of cricket. Yes we are unpredictables, yes we might have biggest issues in our cricket, yes we might not play cricket tradionally but on our day we can crush any team in the world and thats the beauty of Pakistan. Way to Shahid and the squad for our nation you are the true champions and thats what matters.

  • HANS on May 17, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    ALL IS WELL PAKISTAN PLAYED THERE BEST T20 MATCH AGAINST THE AUSTRAILA SCORED 191 BUT PROBLEM WITH SHAHID AFRIDI WHY HE GAVE BALL TO SPINNER HE KNOWS THAT HUSSEY PLAY REALLY WELL TO SPINNER MAY BE ABDUL RAZZAQ IS THE BETTER ONE

    ALL IS THAT PAKISTAN PLAYED WELL HEROS ARE AKMAL BROTHER SALMAN BUTT AND BOWLER AMIR

    WE HAVE TO GIVE THE REPONSIBLITY TO LEAD OUR TEAM TO SHOAIB MALIK HE IS THE BEST CAPTAIN FOR OUR TEAM

    HE CAN THINK AS A BOWLER AS BASTMAN WE JUST HAVE TO REMOVE THE PCB CHAIRMAN AND BRING THE IMRAN KHAN THAN NO TEAM WILL BE BETTER THAN US NO AUSSIES

    JUST PAKISTAN !!!!!!!!!!!

    BUT THIS TIME AUSSIES IS BETTER HUSSEY IS THE LEGEND FOR THE T20 FOR ALL CRICKET FANS

  • Nadeem on May 17, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    @ Larry Zimmerman, you think NZ deserved place in sami final instead of Pakistan, MY FRIEND, their average was lower than Pakistan. Now be honest who deserve the place in sami final? Thanks God, you haven't said, India deserved the place in sami final becuase they played IPL and practice more than any other team in T20. Cheear up bro.

  • Yasin Patel from Toronto on May 17, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    Self opinionated version of words by Pakistani fans is hilarious. If SA , NZ , Ind, Eng ,Aus make 191 and are unable to defend it ,they are called chokers but a similar pathetic performance by Pakistan is masked by words as GREAT FIGHT, heads high with pride etc. Aw come on its not not as if ,Pakistan had scored a low score and lost closely defending that. For gods sake they somehow managed to make a score they don’t usually make and then could not defend it. That’s not something to be proud of but something to be ashamed of. Teams like Bang and Zimb would have defended that score 99% of the time and they don’t have overhyped bowlers. Only two possibilities that can cause a team to lose after the situation Pakistan was in till 17th over. One is called CHOKING and other is called MATCH FIXING scenario...and both are not things someone should be proud of. Losing from a winning position in a crucial match is a choke and not bravery of cornered tigers as you would like to bel

  • Sore paki losers on May 17, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    pakistan was undesrving of semis. really it shud have been new zealand. I was very happy that hussey hammered pakistan out of the tournament.

  • Arshed on May 17, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    Aslam and hi to all! All I know we did much better than most of the teams, India, South Africa, New Zealand etc. Compare to these teams, Pakistan played less cricket but still are the Best and Dangerous team in the word. Gul and Arafat Injury made difference BUT overall Pak was great. Pakistan Batsman 2nd highest scorer, 3rd most wicket taker, 2nd best catch by Umar Akmal, Pakistan Made 3rd Highest run AND Pakistan is 2nd for making most runs in this Tournament. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Ameer U.Anjum on May 17, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    come on guys ,,..that's that..would've been nice to see PAK in the finals too with ENG,, hatts off to the way the Aussies played specially manhoos hussy..Don't cry that its over,smile that it happened..gr8 game of cricket PAK should have won it after wonderful display in the first half and even in the second half till that last over by ajmal to hussy...well played boys do not take it to your hearts, just wasn't meant to be.there's always a next time,that's the beauty of sport:)love you all afridi & Co, keep up the hard work until you crush Aussies in 2011 in india

  • Ateeq on May 17, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    Of course I'm a very disappointed Pakistan fan. The way we lost that semi was unbelievable. Maybe the best T20 game ever? The Aussies seemed to take a leaf out of Imran Khan's book about cornered tigers. Pakistan went down fighting, how often can we say that? We missed Umar Gul's experience for sure and I'm sure if he had bowled that final over against the Aussies we'd have won. I normally reserve my passionate support for Pakistan, but for the final it was a one-off and I was supporting England all the way because I feel it would have been a sad day for cricket had the Aussies won another World Cup yesterday. Sorry Aussies, just proves you're only human and you're "still" not good enough in T20 and England deserved to lift the cup yesterday. It's good that Aussies taste defeat now & again too - especially in a showpiece final. I feel the neutrals all over the world were backing England too !!! p.s. Never mind Pakistan, can't win em all hey? Better luck next time. Pakistan Zindabad !

  • Syed Noman on May 17, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    Being a diehard fan of Pakistan cricket, it was incredibly difficult to digest the loss. I felt numb all night and the second day. But when I imagine how my boys must be feeling then my heartache seems nothing in comparison. There were no shortcomings and no drop catches. I just want to say that I love you Pakistani Team and I loved the way you fought. There is no shame in loosing once you give it all. I am proud of you. May Allah bless and comfort you.

  • intelligent Man on May 17, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Although Pak lost but they played very good and absorbing cricket. Only twice in this tournament any team made over 150 against Australia and on both occasion it was Pakistan!!! Only two teams were able to play their shots freely against Aus pace attack and those teams were Pakistan and England. Now Pak needs to look for the Eng tour where they are scheduled to play 6 tests and many ODI and T20. Shahid Afridi MUST be named captain for Pak test team....he appears to be the only and only logical and natural choice to lead Pak. All the best Afridi...your team played excallent cricket in T20 WC...you lost but we dont mind the way your team played. Well done !!!!!!!!!

  • Stella Pietersen on May 17, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    From a Protea Supporter in South Africa. My heart went out to every single Pakistani player and supporter like never even felt for the Proteas...Yes indeed - Pakistan was beaten, but far from disgraced. Can't wait for the next series between Pak and RSA. All the best - Pakistan Zindabad! (Is that correct?)

  • Raja on May 17, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    it was a good criket match.The only differece was Mike Hussey and his magical inning. i would say well done to team Pakistan. They also showed the class

  • Usman Ali Rehman on May 17, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    wel i always support Pakistan, even if in there poor performance, coz one need to understand the situation on the field, but inspite of all, Paksitan played realy realy wel, they came with the Plan and it did worked until last 5 ball of the Australian innings, Michael hussy survived the pressure, this gives the lesson to all crickets how to handle pressure in crucial stages. cheers to Pakistan & Australian Players

  • Muhammad Ali Kiani on May 17, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    Great Game for the Cricket lovers and i think HATS off to both the team.... I think Pakistan was a bowler( Fast) short the whole tournaments as the selectors failed to look for someone who could bowl yorkers in last 4 overs... HOW MUCH WE MISSED UMER GUL one cannot imagine.. I think once we have sohail Tanver and Umer Gul back and add a few specilist T 20 Batting this team can get even better and more consistent..... We have to have 2 separate teams Test & a ONE DAY ONE.....

  • Shoaib on May 17, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    Awesome game by Pakistan ( and Australia) but Pakistan could do better by improving on following things. 1. Single and Doubles must have been stopped as boundaries are hard to stop anyways. 2. Amir second last over of the game cost Pakistan match. 3. If ajmal was vulnerable against Lefties Razzaq should have been given the last chance.

    Overall WELL DONE PAKISTAN! WE ARE PROUD OF YOU. And Hats off to Mr Cricket you are awesome mate!

  • Ali Memon on May 17, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    All said and done, Pakistan WAS the Semi Finalist and thats it. Pakistan team fought. This is all that matters. One has to win and one has to loose. Keep it up. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Anwar Shahzad on May 17, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    It was a good match of cricket. And this is the match which cost Australia the final match as well. Australia gave 130% to win semi final therefore, there were mentally tired in the final. I agree that Pakistan did not lost the match but Australia won it. Nothing wrong with team planning and captaincy. I think in the last three overs we should have slow down the things in the ground to break the momentum of Aussies. and especially in the last over captain should have given the confidence to Saeed Ajmal when he was hit for the 1st six. Any how Saeed Ajmal has bowled the last over many times for Pakistan and he bowled last overs with command and authority. Bad luck Saeed Ajmal and Bad luck Pakistan. Good to see england winning the final ( their first ever global title)

  • Shakil Ahmad on May 17, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Unbeleivable,incredible Mike Hussey, but Aamir should be given last over with some quick yorkers and I am sure it was pakistan in the final with Englad.

  • Shahid on May 17, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad. It was an excellent match. One team had to win. It was Autralia's day to go home with "W". Both teams played an excellent game and should be proud of it.

  • akhter ahmed on May 17, 2010, 2:05 GMT

    A fast bowler shud have bowled at the death. The same thing happened some years back in a final played at Dhaka against India - off spinner Saqlain Mushtaque bowled the last over & he was clubbed for a six or a four off the last ball & India won. The Captain & the Coach ought to have remembered this. All the supporters of the Pakistani team felt the same way that day. I feel Hafiz & Mesbah shouldn't have been in the eleven.

  • Choudhary Younus Maan on May 17, 2010, 1:58 GMT

    Our team loss so many time it never bother me someone has to win.But this loss is heartbroken.Every single moment i think about this loss.But come on Guys we always complain about the openers & depend on the Players who come in the middle.What about Mr. Boom Boom IPL Player Abdul Razaq could hit some sixers like Hussey.Middle order players are not helping in any match we have to find more players who can play like Hussey when they come to play after good foudation by Openers. If middle order batsman play their role good total score could be 250 instead of 191.

  • Abbas Hassan on May 16, 2010, 23:56 GMT

    I was disappointed that we lost however it was batting and great total of 191 which will not be forgotten by any pakistani anytime soon! We rule T-20! We are the only team in history of ICC that has made to finals and semi finals for T-20! THE ONLY TEAM! GO PAKISTAN!

  • Haider on May 16, 2010, 23:44 GMT

    DID ANYONE THOUGHT THAT PAKISTAN WILL PLAY THE WAY THEY DID......???Men in green you have done enough to make us proud you lost to a team who was better but there was not much to distinguish the two sides.....all the best for future

  • Yousuf Zaman on May 16, 2010, 23:05 GMT

    Sorry Sir , it is a defeat . Cause bad bowling and ordinary fielding. I never understood that all of cricket journalist jump on the van to criticize batting, But they never realize that since long out bowling us put us down. If they can not defend a score of 191 ,then what else can be expected. It is not long ago We lost a test match in Australia as could not bowled them out in 4th innings . We have claimed many times that this bowling can get 20 wickets an a test match, This bowling can win us limited editions. Expectations never fulfilled. We have a very mediocre bowling ,Except Shoaib Akhter and Sami , rest of our bowling is very mediocre.

  • Qudoos Paracha on May 16, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    Very well played my team.you played like champion like the tigers.it was just the luck which took match away from pakistan in the last over and so as hussy he played innings of his life.i js wan to say one thing that i miss Umar Gull And Asif.but never the less it was the best fighting match pakistan has ever played... Pakistan Zindabad

  • DGP on May 16, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    Heads heald high indeed. But why Ajmal?

  • Ahmed Mustafa Hashmi on May 16, 2010, 19:36 GMT

    Welldone Team Pakistan! We pay rich tributes to our cricket heroes even though they couldn't make it to the final. But we played like world champions! We must not blame our team for the loss in semis. It was just by pure 'luck' that auusies won, their game was no better than us as a team! Inshallah we will get our lost cup very soon! PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!

  • tahir hassan on May 16, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    I proud of the effort my team put in. Australia won due to one persons brilliant innings in the last 3 overs. I have been saying that Misbah should not be in the team given his poor fielding and no significant contribution with batthing either. Going forward i believe we need fawad and hammad in , misbah khalid and hafeez out

  • khan on May 16, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    i am very proud of my country snice im in england but pak played very well but we were not so lucky this time but nexy year we will be in the final and take the cup back to our home land

  • Sameer on May 16, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    The only mistake made by Pakis is they play with 1 fast bowler . Sami have to be in the final squad in place of Misbah....

    This man misbah cost us 2 world cups one is with stupid short and the other with wrong selection....

    I dont know when 18 curor people realize this y dont our dump head selectors and team management.

  • Ahsan on May 16, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Well Played Pakistan!!! there is no disgrace in losing like this. We take pride in you with all the difficult times back home and the turmoil the nation is going through! you showed everyone what Pakistan is all about and we have fight in us till the last man is standing. The nation is proud of you. You had your backs against the wall and a clown as your chairman still you played like tigers!!! God Bless you!!! Pakistan Zindabad!!!

  • ahmed abdullha on May 16, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    Pakistan has given 100% but Australia is a great fighter they can come back from anyway into the game and they done it many many time.Pakistan has played more than ther capability very welldon.

  • Shahab Khan on May 16, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    Semi Final. Pak vs Aus. Match is over. (now we can say whatever we want. Could this be done?. Could that be done?. Whose fault was it?. Well it doesnt matter. Does it????. Pakistan lost to the best side in the tournament so its definately no shame losing that game. As most of believe that we lost the game in the final over and Afridi could have gone for a pace attack in the final over. But what if still Pakistan lost?. Yes we would say "Why the hell Afridi did not go for Ajmal who has been bowling the last over pretty well through out the tournament as its really hard to read his bowling. Come on guys, it was just the best game in Twenty20. Its not that Pakistan bowled bad. Its just that Australia played really well. And if it really takes a mistake to lose a game than one of the 2 teams have to make mistake so that a win/loss result can be achieved. whateve happened, Saeed Ajmal remains a top quality spinner in the world and Afridi i believe is one of the greatest assett to have.

  • Faisal on May 16, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    great match...lets spin it around though...if pakistan had been dismissed for 100 runs and had Australia on that mat at oh about 80/7 and Australia scrapped throuh we would have condemned the Pak batting and the Pak captain. We should do the same here. The batting came through...but not the bowling or captaincy. Sure we can wax eloquent about effort..but we have a dimwitted and very defensive captain. Under him Paksitan performs the way he does. It either bats well, or bowls well, or does both poorly. Sums up Pakistan's performance and Afridi's career.

  • Ash on May 16, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    The match was lost when Afridi took a suicidal decision of giving the last hour to a spinner against well set batsmen in a do or die situation. No matter how much slower Razzaq might have been, it was always so difficult to hit 4 sixes in an over against a medium pacer. With his experience, Razzaq would have been able to produce a couple of yorkers.

  • mislam on May 16, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    Looking at last T20 and this T20, I am curious to know why Younus in the last T20 and Afridi in this T20 were not interested to use Razzaque when they needed to use him. Is it Razzaque's problem or the captains problem. Can anyone throw some light? I think Razzaque is a very fine allrounder who has not been properly used neither by PCB or by the captains. But the team is paying the price for this. Am I wrong?

  • imran on May 16, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    Thanks for your article Saad. The overwhelming response is a clear indicator that it touched a chord and is helping with the healing process of many an anguished Pakistan cricket fan. One thing is absolutely clear--rest of the world can not count Pakistan cricket out--which under the circumstances (cricketing and otherwise) is a clear testament to the raw cricketing talent in Pakistan. They often surprise / delight us all in spit of, and not because of, the system there.

  • Tafseer on May 16, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    Dear brother, first of all i enjoyed the match second it was austrial lucky enough to won this match just because pakistan was playing with young team and without our best seamer Omar Gul..other wise last over could be exit for them.

  • Azeem Sayed on May 16, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    the day vn v lost the match, i really felt shattered and wept fr a while and the next day i could nt gather courage to open cricinfo. i dint want to read the head lines but when i opened it tonight, i feel really humbeled by reding the comments on pakistan team frm all of u amazing people be them from australia, india , uk etc. Pakistan had put up a grand show against a team that had hardly allowed ant other team to even breath easy this whole tournament. Hats off to pakistan team. i hope pakistan board opens its eyes now and start working on their working and infrastusture coz its just the pakistani fielding that cost pakistan all its matches barring the semi finals.i hope pakistan gets more matches to play coz they r loosing matches coz of lack of match practice. in semis pakistan did not put even a single foot wrong, it was just that a player played an innings that comes only once in a players lifetime. hats off to hussey and australia team. may the best team win in finals.

  • True_Patriot on May 16, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    Well played Pakistan @Saeed Ajmal, We were proud of you before this match and also after this match because you bowled almost 20 overs in this worldcup at depth in 19 overs you gave runs at econ. rate of 6 BUT one bad over can't vanish your exceptional depth bowling... @Pakistan team, you were brilliant against South Africa BUT in semifinal you made people of Pakistan feel more proud of you Pakistan cricket team rocks...

  • Anonymous on May 16, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Pakistan really gave it everything they could, but Australia don't give up without a fight. And this time, they eventually won the fight.

    And to imagine Pakistan coming this far without the world's best T20 bowler and the highest Pakistani T20 run-scorer is really amazing. Umar Gul might have been the best weapon to use against an aggressive White. And he might have finished Hussey off as well. You could'nt ask for a better replacement for Khalid Latif or Mohammed Hafeez than Shoaib Malik.

    Nonetheless, well played Pakistan. Hats off to Australia.

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!

  • Bikram Sekhon on May 16, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    Though am Punjabi(India), i was bit sad when i saw Pakistan's lost in last over.....but its all game..anyways Pakistan played good cricket....hope to see an Asian team in the final again in next world cup.....enjoy sports.....love all....

  • Husnain Abbas on May 16, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    No two ways about it that PAKISTAN played superbly and were all over Australia for most part of the match. People who talk of Australians being ruthless,professional and mentally strong must keep in mind the infrastructure they have back home for sports and athletes as compared to the one we have like all other third world countries. We all should be proud of our team and support them instead of trying to find out mistakes, you can find mistakes and lapses in every match of any sport either its won or lost. But as it is said failure dose not have a father and success has so many. This team has proved to everyone that they are one of the most feared forces on the map of world cricket despite all efforts by some boards/individuals to isolate Pakistan Cricket. What Pakistan Cricket has gone through, if not for the abundant talent we have, it would have been tough for us even to compete with the lowest level teams in the ICC. So please support our team our cricket.

  • Alex Farooque on May 16, 2010, 14:25 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.

  • Kamran Waqar MD on May 16, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    Bravo! Team Pakistan. An unforgettable match, beyond shadow of any doubt. Pakistanis have proved yet again that they have the Passion and strength to do anything on the day. Tough Luck! and Hats off to The Aussies who kept their nerve in the last overs. Best of luck for the future games to Team Pakistan.

  • N Niranjan Nikam on May 16, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    The Pakistanis fought their heart out. The way they attacked from the beginning was a treat to watch. But the Australians being the champion side that they are did not give up till the last ball. After all their cupboard does not have one cup yet and they are making sure this is the year it is going to be filled. However, the Pakistanis carried the title holder tag seriously and they did well at least to reach the semi finals unlike our Indians who did badly both the years after winning the inaugural tournament in style. There is a lot for the Indians to learn both from the Pakistanis and the Aussies as to how they play for their country with pride. Sadly that hunger and spirit was lacking in our team. England also have been playing well so far unlike in the previous years. Let us all hope that the finals will be a fitting finale with two arch rivals rightly at the top.

  • saeed on May 16, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    pak is the besst.no regrets..dey gave a tough time to aussies.v r nt dispaointed pak v r proud of our team...

  • Masud on May 16, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    So much for our heart-breaking exit.It is time to move on boys.First, I refuse to buy the woo-doo scenario,and second I dismiss all the cheap-talk about possible sick-attitudes/infighting etc.in the pak team , team is very much an able and a united one.They have proved it by putting up a coherent effort. This defeat should be taken quite the opposite of what it looks like, i.e. It is not us who lost to aussies, but the aussies miraculously escaped a slaughter at our hands...but there is no surety that may be that lucky every time boys.It will be a new day when they face our tigers on the English soil in just over a month's time. The only need is to adopt that unbreakable mental toughness that aussies showed when we had them on the ropes and bleeding like hell.Aussies are not at all invincible ..just keep that in mind.Boys must take heart and Mr. Zardari, please please some how get rid of all the old junk in PCB, including its chairman and also half of the outdated crooks in the team.

  • Bilal Akram on May 16, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    Very well played. Even though we lost, we showed that we are one of the best T20 in the world and can beat any team in the world. None of the teams lost matches so closely as we did (NewsZealand and England).

  • Anonymous on May 16, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    The old age adage stands true, it ain't over till the fat lady sings Or in this case until all Michaels are out. First it was Bevan now it is Hussey. Bewarre of the Michaels in their team. Truly a brilliant run chase. Paksitan lost the plot in the latter overs and paid for their lax in fielding. I think they should have maintained the presuure. However doen't matter anymore.

    A good match for the ages.

  • Disappointed Australian on May 16, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    I see a lot of comments from sub-continent supporters about how arrogant the Australians are. It seems they need to hold on to that belief so when they lose they can say "well at least we're not arrogant!" It's getting a bit comical these days because I can't see any arrogance and certainly no boasting from the Australians. Can anybody give me an example??? Even Hussey himself said he couldn't believe it and didn't think he could do it. Please stop these petty comments Saad.

  • Rehan Manzoor on May 16, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    All the comments are useless since pakistan lost the match, the only thing is that they played well but its fortune favours the brave and hussey shows the ways how to win the matches and afridi did made the mistake not putting pressure after he got the wicket of c.white & ofcourse not bowling with razzaq the final over.

  • Lahoria_84 on May 16, 2010, 13:33 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!!!!!

  • Mike 1 suffix 1 on May 16, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    Proud to be a Pakistani supporter ...They went down in style ... Pakistan Cricket Zindabad

  • Ameen on May 16, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    In T20 Cricket No one is favourite nor Underdogs.This gaime swings in matter of few balls, the run rate Rise and Fall like Blood pressure in matter of balls. Here Pakistan did every thing right, but they made same mistake as they did in Test Series where they almost created history to defeat Australia in Australia, yet they gave away the match from winning position, they did not learn from mistake. Here they Lost Match due to Afridi Captaincy, coz he made mistake in 19th and 20th Over, he should have kept Aamer in last over , either should have opted for razack in 19th over. A captain should read the apponents, Hussey was waiting for last over to face spin, he was standing deep in crease to take on spinner.afridi nor ajmal read hussey intentions. Afridi also made mistake when he bowled his 4th over,he gave two lollys to hussey who scored 2sixes. To Win Big Matches Captain should be at tactical best he should rotate and manage bowlers Quota,Afridi failed in this.Make Umar captain

  • Syed Hasnat on May 16, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    Hats off to Pakistan Team for displaying such a wonderfull event. Even with loss, I am feeling proud. Aussies are mentally tougher than Pakis. I wish Pak teams play every match like this.

  • AMIR on May 16, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    WELL DONE TO AUSTRALIA A THRILLING FINISH INDEED BUT ONE CONSOLATION PAKISTAN TRIED THEIR HARDEST BUT SOMETIMES IT'S JUST NOT TO BE... PAKISTAN ZINDABAD....

  • mughal on May 16, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    realy wounderful disply of cricket

  • Imran on May 16, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Well done team Pakistan, we are proud of you!

  • qamar ul islam on May 16, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    my only worry now and even at the start of match is how pakistan would over come the mental block againest aussies we are having for the last year or so ! Let's hope and prey for turns of fortune as definitly cricket is by chance.

  • Saad Cheema on May 16, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. We are proud of your performance. Lesson learned from the match, never relax against Aus until last ball is over.

  • Jawed Saleem on May 16, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    Yes, you are very right Mr. Shafqat. Another golden opportunity squandered (AGAIN) by Pakistan when Aussies were "FLAT TO THE BOARD". Credit must to go the "NEVER SAY DIE" aust. approach and Hussey's (the Frankenstein) master class ! Pak. Fans should EXPECT NORMAL DELIVERY TO RESUME if (BIG IF) and whenever flwg. are sorted out !

    * Due pathetic situation and weird state of affairs of PCB, present Pak. machine was operating at 50 % strength/efficiency only !

    * Also consider the extraordinary/bizarre events of last 18 months ( internal politics, fragmentation, enquiries, bans etc.) which adversely affected the team moral and still continue to haunt & torment the playing members.

    * Wrong team selection for tournament and playing XI in crunch matches (S.A. + Aust) depict the quality of 'think-tanks' behind our team.

    - Pak. Fans should take heart, Even this weak Pak. team had Aust. "FLAT TO THE BOARD" and "PULL-OUT ALL STOPS with PANIC BUTTON PUSHED THRU OUT the match".

    Jawed, Karachi

  • Usmanzone on May 16, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    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. Well played; Go Pakistan!!

  • Kazi Sakib on May 16, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    When bangladesh started its top flight journey, I have started to dislike cricket, because I know, my beloved country is yet to be on par. But this game returns the cricket in my heart. I know Australians are the best at this moment, but I knew no one but Pakistanis were the only team who could stop Australians. My friends, it was just not your day. I still do believe, Aussi train can only be stopped by you may be on another day.

  • Lawls on May 16, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    To our brothers in Pakistan, Well done. Peace.

  • Safdar Ali on May 16, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    And that end of the story. Auz on the top but not like ever before. Pakistan bat, bowled and field very well. Anyone can see the disappointment on the faces of Auz players during the last quarter of the game. But all credit in the feather of Mike Hussy on his more than brilliant performance in the match. I personally think that Pakistan team went little bit relaxed and mentally prepared to celebrate the victory over Australia as the same had upper hand throughout the match except the last two overs. Anyway, well played Pakistan and really a good match to see in the history of Cricket. I would like to request to Pakistani media a other institutions, please do not create problems for players and welcome them not only with open arms but with open hearts. As this is very good for Pakistan team and Pakistan Cricket. Please forgive them for their any misconduct in past and try to build good fighters of the future. I would like to praise Waqar Yunis for creating fighting spirit in the team.GL

  • Zeeshan on May 16, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    I am proud that Pakistani team played very well (100%), I m very hopefull that Pakistan will perform better in Asia cup 2010, Pakistan Zindabad!!

  • Yasir Hussain on May 16, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    Fabulous match! Congrats to both teams for the wonderful display of cricket!

  • Salman on May 16, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    Pakistan is a phenomena, a force that can never be discounted! No matter we lost, we fought and in a way that shocked the world which had discounted Pakistan even before we entered the tournament...it is the news for all, Pakistan is one of the best teams and in our country lay the resource treasure, together we are the best, and united we will stand, not just in the cricket field, but in every field of life....Long live Pakistan!!!

  • ABLE TABLE on May 16, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    WHAT MORE CAN YOU EXPECT FROM A TEAM WHICH IS SELECTED BEFORE IT'S CAPTAIN IS SELECTED,WHO DOES NOT HAVE A SAY IN ITS SELECTION.

    MOREOVER,GIVING THE LAST OVER TO A SPINNER WAS A TACTICAL MISTAKE.

    THE PAKISTANI FAST BOWLERS ALSO SEEMED TO HAVE FORGOTTEN THE ART OF FAST BOWLING. NO YORKERS,NO SLOW BALL,NO REVERSE SWING.

    NOW IT IS TIME TO OVERHAUL THE PCB AND CHANGE ITS AUTOCRATIC,HEAD STRONG CEO.

  • dinesh on May 16, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    pakistan is a good team and afridi a good captain, this was a good tourney despite their early exit... but dont forget that they are good team full of talent.. butt played brilliantly, umar akmal is the future of world cricket and there are young bloods in the team who are very optimistic.. they have a gr8 future ahead in 20-20s but has a long way to improve in tests. the format will b difficult for these players after missing out top guns like younis, yousuf, malik.. but not impossible though

  • Iqbal on May 16, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    Pakistan lost with honour. I am Trinidadian, but support Pakistan and India with a passion because WI cricket leaves much to be desired. Everybody in Trinidad talking about that match, that was really lost in the last over, by fantastic batting. Pakistan please continue to play with heart.

  • Mustafa on May 16, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    I have no complaints, at least we had put some fight against a team who had ruthlessly murdered every other side. Pakistan Zindabad!!!

  • Arslan Hassahn on May 16, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    Its really great to see our Team fully prepared for the battle, loosing is not that bad perhaps its better than surrender, i am running a page on a facebook , and has 10000+ fans, and i was really happy to see a very positive response, no one is blaming the players, instead, admiring them for their efforts...

    They did well, so , better luck for next time :)

  • redrose80 on May 16, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    Poor Pakistan haven't learnt any lesson from Indians mistakes. Indians were playing with 3 or 4 spinners in a pitch which favors pace and bounce. Pakistan repeated the same strategy and that led to the downfall of Pakistan despite a very good batting performance from Akmal brothers. Aussies were playing very well against spinners from 10th over, hitting at least 2 sixes per over and Pakistan did not bother about that and Afridi kept asking spinners to bowl till 20th over. Even a single over to Razaaq in the middle could have changed the result of this game. At last it is Pakistan's poor bowling performance that cost the game for them.

  • Shiby on May 16, 2010, 10:01 GMT

    I saw the last over, it blame my heart. Full marks to PAK. But AUS more confidence during they lost wickets, becoz they defeat all major Team in a row. AUS know that PAK enter Semi with 1 win & lack of fortune. Really worderfull & amazing performance from PAK, all the best.

  • Imran on May 16, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    On field they were lukin like tigers, the strokes akmals wre playin was watchable, their body language was gr8 on the field, even aussies were hopeless of winning (very clear from Watson & Clarke's faces in dugout)...in a way they stunned aus with their batting performance....they wre in command even after mighty hittin by white..then suddenly evrthng changed, not australia...paki beat those 10 men n they r defeated by only 1 man, thts why cricketin world call him mr cricket......but pakistan team deserve a big applause...they were outstanding in the match.

  • Jabran on May 16, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    I think with the 11 we chose we did brilliantly always felt out of the teams in the cup Pakistan's was the least balanced either a bowler short or vice versa and here defiantley a bowler short

  • naeem hashmi on May 16, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    The good news is that Pakistan has almost discovered the formula for winning a match against any team. In future,they only have to refine it learning lessons from this semi final, and apply it consistently like a science until they become used to it. We definitely missed Younis Khan's captaincy here. The match reminded me of Muhammad Yousaf's conservative style e.g.keeping the fielders at the rope when not needed. Afridi did not make the changes in the fielding at appropriate times. We should still keep Afridi as a captain to give him more experience to mature his skills unless Younis Khan decides to come back. Somebody should plead to Younis. Younis has some features of Imran Khan. I am totally against Shoaib Malik who has created the whole mess, and selfishly so.I think Waqar Younis has shown potential to be a good strategist but he has to do it consistently regardless of the opponent. He should strengthen and apply the same formula in future. Well done Pakistan. Well done Australia.

  • Mehnaz on May 16, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Thank you Waqar thanks to Afridi, Kamran and Umer God Bless you and give you all the strength, one day we will beat Australia Insha Allah. Pakistan zindabad. I feel proud as they played like warriors.

  • sair on May 16, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    no matter Pak lost from aus but they played bravely till the last over it was luck that come over Pak and hats off 2 hussy who played such a great inning PAKISTAN lost but still LONG LIVE PAKISTAN we are with you LOVE YOU PAKI PLAYERS

  • ayoob on May 16, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    I am not able to digest this loss, we batted so well,i am an indian, i have lost my total happiness, i cant digest this, i dont know wen i wil forget dis,score was great, ajmal shud have bowled in blockhole area or outside offstump, pak cric in unpredictable, but they have the habit of performing wen it matters most, they did but i think mentally they have feared of aussies,we shud get rid of this and insha allah we will.

  • Hammad Khalid on May 16, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    .v sld also keep in mind dat pak wsnt at their full strngth this tournament..consider Umar Gul playin in place of Hafeez(who did not face a single ball this match) ..Australia mite not have been able to reach 170 evn..and there wasnt Rana Naved as welll whho (if i remember corectly) bowled 4 consective Maiden overs against australia in the Champ. Trophy...And V were without Malik...our middle order didnt look that strong..!..i hope Australia win the T20 crown...come July..Pak faces Aus in a 2 off t20 series..and Pak (hopin they have no controversies..and will be with their best T20 team)....will defently take Australia Out.! and besides LUCK FAVOURS THE BRAVE

  • h h vasi on May 16, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    Great match. Of course very disappointing for Us Pakistanis. But why the heck do we have that comic Misbah. All he did was allowed that boundary to go thru his legs. Because of him, we could have had one extra fast bowler.

  • usaf on May 16, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    it was the most disappointing match i seen in a while, and i dont know there guys writing above is pleased with Pakistan. The team did not improve at all, showing again how to loose matches (that are considered to be won). Same as loosing the test in Australia. So what has changed NOTHING. Captian is using same strategy in every game, all planed out for him, then what the need of him. Bottom line Pakistan cant keep composure for a full 40 over game. No way they can keep it for full 50 over match or 5 days test. No hope for the teama for another 4-5 years

  • Abhishek on May 16, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    i have been thinking what to write since the match ended.Now i realised why M. Hussey is called Mr. Cricket........

  • fvistr01 on May 16, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    @Divine_downunder: Mate Pak gave u hard time, dn't 4get that thay were without their top players like (Yunas,Yusuf, Shoaib and one and only Umar Gul)... you got ur full strainght whereas we have our B team. We will kick ur as* next time wen we play T20

  • fvistr01 on May 16, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    @Divine_downunder: Mate Pak gave u hard time, dn't 4get that thay were without their top players like (Yunas,Yusuf, Shoaib and one and only Umar Gul)... you got ur full strainght whereas we have our B team. We will kick ur as* next time wen we play T20

  • Mirza on May 16, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    Pakistan DID play well for 37-38 overs of that game. And yes, in their minds and everyone else's minds watching, they DID control Australia's chase. To need 50-odd off the last 3 overs is called the bowlers being in complete control! Like I said before, it was Aussie attitude and Hussey's performance which won the game. But to these Pak-haters who say that Australia dominated the run chase...nonsense! Australia were STRETCHED to breaking point. And Pak didn't choke, for the 50th time, they were beaten by a heroic performance. When SA and India choke, it doesn't take a superhuman innings/bowling spell to beat them. That is the difference for all you jealous SA's and Indians.

  • Mirza on May 16, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Not choking. Choking is when for the most crucial game, you play RUBBISH and SURRENDER after playing well, or being hyped up all tournament. We didn't choke. We were simply bettered by a cricketing master. South Africa did choke. And as for India, they should stick to IPL...oh in Pakistan we are soooo uncontrollably jealous of IPL by the way (Ha!).

  • Attia Khan on May 16, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Defeated but not disgraced, so true. Proud of you guys.

  • Touseef on May 16, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    Its Called JUSTICE from FATE.... Aussies worked Hard, played well throughout the Tournament, and accordingly, the FATE favoured them, May Be, they deserved More than Pakistan to be in the Final. BUT no hard feelings, PROUD to Be a PAKISTANI. I am living abroad, and around 30 people (Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi, SriLankan) were seeing Match toegether in the Room, and We All Pakistani Walked Out the ROOM with Our Heads High. Hats Off to PAKISTANI Team,... God Bless Pakistan.

  • mohammad khurrram on May 16, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    on the day of the semifinal of pakistaan i was not happy because i know that they will loss surely due to their poor play earlier in game and of course they can't beat australia. I went out of home and not seen match but i when listen match on FM i thrilled that they have 100% chances. I am enjoying with every wicket of Australia.So done so well but yet they lost. I felt so bad that i don't want to eat food, i felt everything lost because they have every right to play final with england. But after i read ur article i am feeling relieved that how bad they are feeling if i m feeling so bad. But well done pakistaan, they went down after battling so hard. But still i m feeling, many are not those days when Australia will loose . Well done Pakistaan thats it i can say only

  • Cric_123 on May 16, 2010, 7:00 GMT

    No regrets on this loss! We should just take our lesson and get going. And the lesson is: Be as good as Australia

  • dilruk on May 16, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    I'm a sri lankan and I would have loved to see an australia sri lanka final.but sri lanka didn't have enough runs on the board to defend in the semi final.for pakistan,they played well in patches.they lost 3 out of 5 bfr the semis.I thought pakistan will not b able to match australia.But they had their moments batting first by scoring 191.It was just unfortunate that they lost the match after posting a good total.hussey completely changed the course of the match.

  • raja faisal on May 16, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    Great fight, well-done pakistan team... i love u more, win or lose means nothing to us, u just played well, thats what matters... respect for saeed ajmal... u still r our hero... it was just a good day for australia and they're a better team too... but atleast we narrowed it guys...

  • Uy on May 16, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    Its like a great battle, in Which Achillis kills Hector, but after a great battle. We will soon learn the weakness of Achillis.

  • amira dhedhi on May 16, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    very well said, itotally agreed.

  • Zia on May 16, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    We lost match against England in Karachi when Saqlain Mushtaq bowled the last over. Drifter are strength of Saeed Ajmal and Saqlain. It was a bad call from the captain to bowl the last over with Ajmal and his strength became weakness for Hussey. I hope Afridi admitted his mistake and will not make it again next time.

  • Extra Spicy on May 16, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    As far as i think that all Pakistani players took it very very easy in last five overs but hats off ot Australian Cricketers they were 7 down and still trying and trying really they are great cricketers all other teams give up when they are 7 down especially Sub continent teams (Pak, Ind, Ban, Afgh). All I need to say that PCB please think about the future of Pakistan's Cricket not your pockets and to Pak players that please never take anything easy in life.

  • IFFI shah on May 16, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    I'm wondering, everyone is saying Pakistani team made them proud and they played well. Pakistan and India suppose to be always on the top. nowhere craze of cricket like these two countries. No big population playing cricket in Aus, NZ, SA, Eng... this all about craze, when poor African countries qualify for 'Soccer WC' just bcoz of their craze. And we are happy after giving tough time to Aussies.. Whata shame. I think people forgot that, at least 20-25 runs came through byes, edges and wides. And Pakistan gave them just couple of wides. 99 times team wins after scoring 191. Even so, if team loses, game always goes very close. Any team can defend this total. Millions, billions people playing in streets in Ind and Pakistan not in Aus, NZ, SA or Eng but we r happy for being in last fours 'out of 9 countries' and giving tough time to Aus. This is Shame not Pride. Thanx...

  • Ahmad Ashraf on May 16, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    WOW... The Best Match In History of T20..! Well Played Pakistan, Without so much cricket played if you can produce such matches and result i Salute You Sir....! Even We Lost this match i will buy a dvd of it to see the Tigers Dieing ..! For Me This year with team composition there was never a chance I thought Australia and SouthAfrica Will go all the way... Inda on the other hands didnt disappointed me i know them they just play good on pitches made by them ;) but Sirlanka was below par....I will say If Fighting like this and dieing on the bettel feild is like this then i wish i could be there going down with them... I love u Each and every one in the team... Atleast so called champions :P InDIAns Were never upto the mark ..i was expecting Much More From them after playing so much cricket... Well Done Team PAKSTAN ;)

  • shiva on May 16, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    What a spectacular chase!! Amazing game of cricket!! Go Aussie Go

  • Zamiruddin on May 16, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    Salaams; I agree with the comments by everyone. But I still feel that its Pakistan who lost the match, ofcourse Australia won it in the end. Hats off to the Aussies, but at 7 wickets down and 48 required in 17 balls it was Pakistan to win 99.99% out of 100. But they lost bcoz of the defensive field by Afridi, but I dont blame him, it had be like this, this is what was to happen and Pakistan lost. Dear Pak bros, I felt shattered when they lost the match but at the same time I was very happy in the manner in which Hussey won the game, it was really once in a life time innings of such brutal assault. Saeed Ajmal will never forget this over for his life bcoz if u notice the way he bowled the last over it was not going to force errors from Hussey in particular. All the tournament he was flighting the ball and he stemmed the flow of runs. In that particular last over he again flighted the ball may be 2-3 times more, we did not c a single yorker from him when Hussey was going for everything.

  • sherishahmir on May 16, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    Great match, virtually the final of T20. No words for Pak performance completely upto the mark but in the end luck went in Aussie way.

  • David Anthony on May 16, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    Guyz, I am an Indian but a religiously follower of the game called Cricket. The semi-finals actually belonged to Pakistan for their superb show, just that it was not destined. But hats-off to the team and to Waqar Younis for building the fighting spirit.....All Pakistanis should be proud of this team...they did very well...I wish them luck and more success in the future.

  • Salman Aziz Michigan on May 16, 2010, 6:00 GMT

    i am so depressed that i feel like someone dear to me died. i am in a stupor, all alone in the US i wish i had a pakistani to hug and cry. Amid all of the shame i feel these days here in the US, this was a day when i felt proud to be a pakistani. In defeat i am proud that a win might not have matched. Pakistani Zindabad.

  • kaka_in_usa on May 16, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    Perhaps we only batted well and bowled poorly?

  • David Anthony on May 16, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    Guyz, I am an Indian but a religiously follower of the game called Cricket. The semi-finals actually belonged to Pakistan for their superb show, just that it was not destined. But hats-off to the team and to Waqar Younis for building the fighting spirit.....All Pakistanis should be proud of this team...they did very well...I wish them luck and more success in the future.

  • Sanjeev on May 16, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    I'm an Indian, but tears swelled in my eyes when hussey struck those blows. each one pierced. all of my known people were backing pakistan (it may surprise my pakistani friends), but we all love to watch salman butt, shahid afridi, misbah, umar and all. these are brave gentlemen and deserved to win! i,m gutted.

  • Tanweer A, Houston on May 16, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    CHOKED...Pakistani dictionary has different defintion than world dictionary...Choking is called GREAT fight when its Panikistan playing

  • Syed Zaki Ahmed on May 16, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    We played very well. Aleast we gave a tough target to other side. matter of fact is we don't need a coach, we need moral boster. Our team is the best in the world but when we play against AUS we mentally lost the game this is the problem. Thanks

  • Aslam Khan on May 16, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    Great match, Pakistan lost, Heartbroken but it's history now. To be honest, Only few players performed well for pakistan in whole tournament. I don't know why Misbah, Khalid latif, Fawad alam are in the team? They were complete failures! Why Hammad Azam didn't get any chance? I watched him play U19 and he is indeed the future star of pakistan. He should have got chance in earlier matches.(By dropping Misbah or Latif or fawad who were flops). Afridi's performance is deteriorated due to captaincy no doubt about that. Overall Pakistan's performance was very poor except the semifinal thanks to Akmal brothers and Salman Butt. Pakistan needs to improve in many areas if they want to be T20 champs again. They must have better game plan for each match and against each opponents. Inshaallah We'll get there one day! All the best to Pakistan team!

  • Farooq on May 16, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    Wake up guys....we could not defend 191....stop masking your lack of performance by praising the Pak team. They are the new chokers when it comes to Australia. I agree that just like the 90s when Pak could never beat SA, now in the 20s thay have mentally accepted that they will never beat Aus. Afridi should have given the last over to Razzaq. But it shows that he is lousiet captain we have (in fact best of the lot); or perhaps Mr so called boom boom's personal issues with Razzaq took preference. This Pak team is carrying a lot of excess baggage like Misbah (hasn't done much since his previous effort of losing the 1st T20 WC), Fawad Alam, Butt (who is a selfish player), Kamran who is perhaps the lousiet's WK in the world. Apart from the bowlers, Umar, and Razzaq, the rest are all a disgrace now. They should be replaced with teh U19 team with Razzaq as captain. There is no point in losing matches with superstars, at least with new players we will lose but eventually they will get there.

  • Asad on May 16, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    Saad, I disagree with you in labeling the Aussies "history's best team". Without a doubt this is the first time a team had dominated a T20 world cup with such a huge margin but they are still vulnerable. Pakistan nearly pulled off the miraculous and in my opinion mediocre captaincy in putting a spinner in front of a rampaging Hussey did us in - true that Ajmal in the last over worked in past games for Afridi but there is a good reason spinners usually don't bowl the last over in a limited overs match and Afridi shouldn't have merely repeated his formula in an extraordinary circumstance. Regardless, kudos to Pakistan for showing why they are the best T20 team in the world (based on win-loss stats) and true defending champions. Hopefully the beginning of many good things for the team. The two teams playing the best cricket throughout the tournament are in the final and Pakistan can head home proud of themselves and ready to rebuild.

  • alex on May 16, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    Very well palyed Pakistan, it was a true semi-final.

  • someone who loves cricket on May 16, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    the lost really really hurt me but now im trying to forgive them. this picture makes me cry. i feel really bad for saeed ajmal. they tried and they did their best and only one team was going to win. i hope they come back to be the best in the next word cup. i hope people in pakistan dont trash them like they usually do when the team loses. people should give them second chances.

  • someone who loves cricket on May 16, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    the lost really really hurt me but now im trying to forgive them. this picture makes me cry. i feel really bad for saeed ajmal. they tried and they did their best and only one team was going to win. i hope they come back to be the best in the next word cup. i hope people in pakistan dont trash them like they usually do when the team loses. people should give them second chances.

  • ARIES99 on May 16, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    Australia did play better then us on tht fateful day and had more self-belief and determination to win, even when they needed 50+ from 3 overs.

    But we still need to analyze this defeat minutely to learn from it. I think Afridi should have brought the field in in the 20th over to stop Johnson from taking that single and giving HUSSEY the strike. Plus he should have bowled the last over himself or allowed Aamer to do that if he had bowled them in such a way to have that one over remaining.

  • Pakistan_Fan_Forever on May 16, 2010, 1:36 GMT

    Pakistan keeps making the same mistake our team has always been about good pace bowler and not so many spinners. After that game I kept wondering what would have happened if we would have had one more good pace bowler. Even though they played great but they have to find another good pace bowler for the team.

  • Prakash on May 16, 2010, 1:26 GMT

    We can always be Second Best. Thats our Subcontinent Mentlality. If India or Pakistan or Srilanka were in a similar positon ( 105/5 after 13 overs), the result would have been 160 All out kinds. To be in the World Stage we have to learn that ruthlessness..There is no Pride being Second best... We have some Serious work to do India Pak and Srilanka...

  • Ghufran Ahmad on May 16, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    Only Pakistan could produce such a semi final. Either a collapse or extreme height were the only two expectations I had from Pak side. Nothing in between. They are the only brave tigers who showed the world how to face and score mercilessly the bowling which all other teams fear most. They played Australian bowlers as if they were playing Indian or Bangladesh bowlers. They must have shattered the confidence and self belief of Aussie bowlers and that could show in tomorrows final by England taking the advantage and learning the lesson from Pak. If England bowlers could tame Aussie batsman, England batsman could take the cup. Hats off to Pak in helping England take this cup and to make us all happy and proud and for showing the world what they are capable of doing. Pakistan is Pakistan and its their inconsistansy that I love and makes the game exciting

  • Zafar Iqbal on May 16, 2010, 0:42 GMT

    Nice artical, indeed needed to help shake off this loass. No doubt winning and loosing is part of game but just a thought of washing off bad memories with Australlia with one semifinal win in front of the whole world just is hard to get rid off. i just kept going thru all different scanarios, What if Razaq bowled the last over then you thoink how could you change him he had dome so well and also gave only 4 runs when White was just hitting everybody out of the park. The you think what if Gull was there....anyhow, I think only consolation is that we showed the world that we might have hit a bad patch like anybody else but on our day we can take on the best of the best and if can only acquire Australlian strength of NEVER Giving up. thsi is the second time they taught us by example when no one believed that they could win except them. looking forward to Pakistan keeping this form going and hope Pakistani fans do justice when the team arrives because they need us as we need them.

  • Mazhar Rafi on May 16, 2010, 0:31 GMT

    I couldn't agree more with most of the things that have been said int the article, but I agree most with is the fact that Pakistani fans are most certainly notoriously unforgiving, and that with this kind of performance in the Semi Final that had all but a qualification to the next level, they certainly deserve to be PRAISED. Australians were certainly lucky to have qualified, because it wouldn't have been the case with out that unprecedented achievement that has made even Hussey call his best ever achievement. Congrats to both teams for a phenomenal display of skills and resolute. Thanks.

  • Anonymous on May 15, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    Australians nearly lost the game. Watch out England! Australia had the losing feeling so they will come hard.

  • Harish on May 15, 2010, 23:45 GMT

    Excellent.. Marvellous, Superb. Even these terms will be less to describe Australia Vs Pakistan Match. Pakistan Played 38 overs of Great cricket and lost in the last 2 overs to "Mr Cricket". Thats it. There is no shame in losing to any Australian team in this way. Good win for Australia. Great pride to be a pakistani player, Guys Keep you heads high. You did a marvellous job.

  • Sunil Gautam on May 15, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    Pakistani team can hold its head high. Only the best team in the world could have achieved that target and they did. I am also impressed by the grace with which they reacted to the loss. Hussey was sublime but Australia needed nothing less to overcome this committed Pakistani squad. well done boys.

  • Adnan on May 15, 2010, 23:29 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.

  • Ali Zohaib on May 15, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    "If only we had Umar Gul"

    sad that one line sums up how limited and hollow our bowling options were

  • Ali on May 15, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    i just hardly believe that if that last over was given to razzaq pakistan would have been into the final today.

  • Ahsan on May 15, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    After this briliant match of cricket ... everyone think Austrlia can be beatable ... pakistan taught to the world how can handle the pace attack of Oz

  • Srini on May 15, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    Have the heartburn still..... Just did not even like to watch the highlights....Watched it only after reading this article. and feeling little better now. Thanks for the little soothing.

  • Rami on May 15, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    chokers!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous on May 15, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    you never give last over to spinner.No matter, how good he is.

  • SteveL on May 15, 2010, 22:25 GMT

    As an Aussie, I have to congratulate Pakistan on the caliber of their cricket in that last match. No-one else has come close to stretching Australia in the series. Your batsmen lifted their game against the lead pace bowling attack in the tournament and the team kept applying pressure all the way through the match - very well done. Hussey's innings was freakish, and there's no shame in being beaten by an innings like that. I don't care who people think should have bowled, the way he was striking the ball the result would have been the same I think. Be proud - you would have beaten any other team in the world the way you played, including Australia...it took a stunning innings to beat you.

  • Sheharyar on May 15, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    Finally a game that we lost but we can be still proud of. Well done team Pakistan you boys did one hell of a job out there. Australian's did held their nerves a little bit better. Lets see it this way we were the world champs and it had to take a special effort on any Australia's part to knock us out. At least our team will return back home with loads of pride, unlike our arch rivals India. Once again boys thank you for going down like champs!

  • Abrar Afzal on May 15, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    I Tottaly agree with you SIR that Pak Fans Dont Forgive their team easily after losing . But to be honest the way my team played was amazing . I hate People Saying IFS & BUTS, We all are Proud with our guys performance. Remember INDIA LOST ALL 3 Mathes. We Played Semi..

  • Muhammad Nabeel on May 15, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    well what can i say. First of all team batting apart from Salman Butt, Akmal brother on couple of occasions, Ajmal bowling, bit Razzaq Bit Hafeez here and there. Sami Asif getting treatment by weaker as well as stronger teams. Team weak performance i should say in fielding yet again because of which we lost semi final where singles were taken by batsman to Afridi and Co. like walk in and walk out easy like it says. I dont know why Pakistani team does not learn from mistakes. They need Pshyctarist as well as Fielding trainer permanently as well as what was need of Fawad Alam in team if he was not allowed to ball or bat up in the order. No idea about it.

  • Malik Naeem on May 15, 2010, 22:00 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.

  • isanali on May 15, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    t20 was at its best in this game no wins but what a entertainment we have witnessed thanx to both team but one thing to ask to pakistan slectors,how does Misbah ulhaq fit in this format he is simply looser in the international arena waste of space also hafeez????????

  • Farhan Bukhari on May 15, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    In a semi-final against Australia, Pakistan played with 4 Spinners, 1 Fast, 1 Medium pacer. Last time the leading wicket taker was Umar Gul. I missed him alot in a event, the bowling attack was not sufficient to beat Aus but they tried really very well, Pakistan is team with full of natural talent and can reverse the dies very easily and every team accept that. But the problem with sub-continental team is that they are not consistent. In last match risk was taken against South Africa and it worked, but remember S.Africa is not the team for big matches, but Australia always look for oppertunity and they make no mistake in availing the oppertunity. Saeed Ajmal have no words to express his talent, but cricket needs sense as well. I believe Pak was the only team in this tournament who can beat Australia but unfortunatly we loss. Hats off the Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal and M.Hussey, White for providing such a wonderful entertainment. Pakistan Zindabad, Insha Allah we will win next time.

  • Dr Nusrat Mirza on May 15, 2010, 21:37 GMT

    It has been a long time to have seen Pakistan team to put a wonderful circket. The did very well, their performance was praisewothy. Every cricket loving person should be proud of their performjance. It was a win almost a win game for Pakistan team - may be they got bit relaxed towards the end of the game and may be the correct selection of the bowler could have brought the desired results. It is over now we all should maintain the sports spirit and learn a lesson that management and planning should go till the last ball.

    Pakistan team still deserve encouragement and uplaud.

  • Malik on May 15, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    Well written Mr. Shafqat. One just can't believe how Hussey too the game away from us. It's like bowling to someone who's a complete cricketer, am not saying that Ajmal isn't, but the fact is that Hussey played like Michael Beaven but with twice the strike rate. We put a really good fight, we showed the world who can send short balls out of the park, who can post a score of 191, who can dominate the game for over 38 over. It was very disappointing, but in the end all what matters is that we played with No Fear. We fought till the end, we fought like champions. It just wasn't a game of T20, it was a competition in which two champions were against each other. Australians were meticulously professional, the shot selection was mesmerizing, the pressure absorbing power of hussey was nothing but a miracle. With so much turmoil and hopelessness, Pakistani team were out there with a hope and I reckon, that hope almost perished what was the unbeaten team of the World Cup. Well done both sides

  • Faraz Paracha on May 15, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    Very well written my friend. I feel like crying, again:( I wish....!

  • ayaz on May 15, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    This result shows that pakistan needs Younis Khan to be back as captain with conditions of players supporting him. Inexperienced team can not win world cups...

  • Hassan on May 15, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    I didnt think they had a chance against Aus before the match but my hearts go out to Pak after their loss. It shows that cricket is unpredictable, you can't say you've won until the last ball. Secondly, against Aus you can take nothing for granted at any stage of the game. Aus is special coz of their technique, game plan, self belief and their ability to convert half chances. During the Pak innings there were moments I thought they did not convert the 1s into 2s, the 2s into 3s, lean last over and in the bowling dept should have been attacking - the screws should have been tightened from the 17th over, that shot for 4 by Hussey in the last over should have instead been caught. Pakistan played a brilliant game but I felt they gave 98% and it shows that vs Aus you must give 100% on the field and in the mind. Anyway this is all in hindsight-wouldnt be saying this if they won. I am shocked, sad but not disgraced. I wish PAK win next time. I love the PAK team. You are my best. GEO PAKISTAN.

  • Cricket_Lover on May 15, 2010, 20:48 GMT

    Folks, take it easy. It was just a game and PLEASE do not put national pride on line for this darn game. In any game, teams win and lose. That's that. Please do not spoil your own health thinking too much about it. Think about your own lives and see where you can do better and be a better peaceful human beings. Just give cricket a break and enjoy your own lives for a change. Please. Thank you.

  • Noel. on May 15, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    I believe that if the last over was bowled by a fast bowler the result would have been different.Hussey was well set & easily hit the spinner all over the ground. Lack of a second paceman cost us the match.

  • Azmat on May 15, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    Wonderful game of cricket, but one last mistake, why Ajmal finished last over when Hussey was throwing everything against spinner, the last over should be bowled by Razzaq AND he mighr be get few boundries but aslo few dots balls as compared of spinners. just basics you get more time to adjust your shots when you throwing everything behind it

  • UK on May 15, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    I just want to see my team as Australia. Every team after losing the game should say "Ofcourse Pakistan team is the strongest, they deserve the WIN"

  • Noel on May 15, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    I believe our mistake was to pack the team with spinners & only one paceman. If the final over was bowled by a fast bowler the result would have been different. Using a spinner in the final over is fatal. Hussey was set & had plenty of time to see where he could hit the ball & he did just that.

  • Noel on May 15, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    I believe our mistake was to pack the team with spinners & only one paceman. If the final over was bowled by a fast bowler the result would have been different. Using a spinner in the final over is fatal. Hussey was set & had plenty of time to see where he could hit the ball & he did just that.

  • Sudhir on May 15, 2010, 20:40 GMT

    Very Well done Pakistan Cricket team,you guys played very good cricket. Good Job.

  • Danish on May 15, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    thank u Mr. shafqat for making us all so much better.

  • Asrar Ahmed on May 15, 2010, 20:27 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.

  • Hussain Mirza on May 15, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    The most amazing cricket game I've ever witnessed. Pakistan and Australia did spectacular, and in my opinion, both won in their own ways. Pakistan proved to the world that even after such dark conditions at home, they can still put up one of the greatest fights in Cricket history. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • umran on May 15, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    I was disappointed for about an hour after the lost to Australia but you have to accept that comebacks do happen in every sport and a lot of teams have lost in winning positions so if you think of it that way, you'll probably feel a whole lot better. Also I think that Pakistan gave Australia the best game, even during the group stage. Australia hammered, India, sri lanka and west indies but not us. I'm very proud of them.

  • Chokkashokka on May 15, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal became the Chetan Sharma of Pakistan cricket - immortal in cricket lore!

  • Tanweer A, Houston on May 15, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    Game itself was a winner. Period.

  • Ali on May 15, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Come on guys, we made 191 and could not defend that and everyone was saying Pakistan has the best bowling attack. The last over should have been given to Razzaq because Australians were tearing apart all the spinners. I thought Afridi would make an excellent captain but he looks tired and depressed throughout the tournament. WE SHOULD HAVE NOT LOST THAT MATCH. I am just so saddened the way Pakistan lost. We just cannot beat Australia and this scar will be there for some time. We have to wait another 2 year to watch the 20/20 world cup. Nobody have time to watch ODI and Test cricket.

  • hammad on May 15, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    Please you all great pakistanis, dont forget that our team was without Shoaib Malik, Rana Naveed and Umergul. Key Players. If we can give such a bad time to australians with pakistan A team playing in westIndies, imagine what we will do when TEAM PAKISTAN will play against them?

  • Molvi on May 15, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    I think Afridi got it wrong , you never give the last over to a spinner.

  • Md. Fahmuddin Hasan on May 15, 2010, 19:51 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.

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

    I think all you fans are reducing Pakistan to the level of non-test playing teams like Kenya, Afghanistan, Ireland, Zimbabwe etc. The reason they won only two games in the tournament and with 192 against Aus you feel the pride is won. It's same as India, who won the first edition by fluke but felt they are proud champions. You need consistency and both teams lake it. I told my friend two years back that Aus will be back in two years. They did not do homework for this type of game. That's what happening now.

  • Imran on May 15, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    It seemed that there was a tussle going on between two tigers and eventually one got the triumph.Indeed these two sides are the best side as far as t20 is concerned.

  • Zohaib Ahmed on May 15, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    I am just lost for words.. its been more than 24 hours and I can't overcome the grief.. When I got up today the last over was on my mind .. too many positives can come out but we lost and we lost to a better side.. wish things could be different .. well done Australia

  • saad khan on May 15, 2010, 19:40 GMT

    HATS off to our brave pakistani lions..who went down fighting..even with the limited resources..(e.g umar gul missing,no cricket in our country,and corrupt board). v have shown that we can target any one at any time. but in the end it was australia's day. long live pakistan.proud to be a paki. pakisan zindabaad.

  • Abid Ali on May 15, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    Good Game. Pakistan played brilliantly however, they were in commanding position to close the game out and they did not come through in the clutch. Not coming thru in the clutch? I ask; that is what pakistan cricket is built on and what we hang our hats on. Today we started the game well, something our teams do not do, but they could not hold true to our identity as the clutch performers. I think the leadership of the team needs to take the blame for this loss (Captain of the team). He had more than enough runs (as pointed out by the australian captain) yet they could not defend and that is bad management of the game. Imran Khan would have never let this happen. I do not want to pretend that "all is well" with pakistan after this heart wrenching loss because winning is what matters, nothing else, nothing else. And for that matter our team needs strong leadership who understands that in teams sports nothing, and I mean nothing is above WINNING!

  • Adnan on May 15, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    Great article. All Pakistanis should be proud of our effort to give the Aussies a run for their money. Hats off to Hussey.

  • Salman Rizvi on May 15, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    Excellent Match and very well played Pakistan but Hussey played the inning of his life! I totally agree with Saad.

  • Syed Hassan on May 15, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    Pakistan did everything that they could have done. An amazing match indeed. A big shout out to both the teams for providing us with such an epic match. Long Live the Land of PURE.

  • Furqan Hussain on May 15, 2010, 19:24 GMT

    I am still in SHOCK....! Can't believe yet that we are not playing final tomorrow......

  • nasir raza dar on May 15, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    HATS OFF TO LIONS OF PAKISTAN THE WAY THE SHOWED TO THE WORLD OF CRICKET THAT WE DESERVED MORE RESPECT & SPECIALLY TO THINK TANK OF IPL THAT THEY ARE THE REAL HEROES OF CRICKET FIELD NOT THE LIONS ON PAPER. ZINDABAD LION`S OF PAKISTAN,ZINDABAD.

  • hassaan chaudhary on May 15, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    well fought pak team.ur still the champions and will be..but at the end of the day only one team has to win..hussey showed his class and gave a msg to the cricket world that whatever the situation is, never give up and fight till the last moment.clarke rightly said "HE IS A FREAK"..but no probs pak team..v r proud of u..

  • Who Cares on May 15, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    Pakistan entered the semis riding on their luck. They were the least-deserving team to be there in the final four. It's only fitting that their campaign ended with a heartbreak-- that too, a colossal heartbreak!

  • M.Bilal Farooq on May 15, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    well after the match i had no words to say but after some soul searching i found that boys played really well......it was their game but Allah Almighty had other plans..no regrets in the end as SHAHID AND HIS YOUNG GUNS PLAYED LIKE TIGERS...boys u made us proud....u are awesome and insHALLAH next time u would do better than this...proud to be A PAKISTANI and we are behind are team as a nation.......thumbs up team PAKISTAN...PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!

  • Sanjay on May 15, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Pakistan was on top for 38.5 overs of the game and yet lost it in the next 6 balls. Hard luck to them. But they were the only team in the tournament to handle the Aussie pace battery.

  • Shesh on May 15, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    As an Indian fan, I would like to say..Take a bow Pakistan. Kudos to Afridi and his team. Yes, it was a defeat, but losing to a team that played like the way did is not a defeat, but a fight lost to a deserving opponent. Hope the Indian team and our stupid arrogant captain takes a leaf out of this performance from Pak and more so from Australia. Again, kudos to Team Pak and hats off to Umar Akmal and Mohd Ameer.

  • Ravi on May 15, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    Great game...but come on, I would be very unhappy had Australia lost this game. They haven't lost any game so far in this tournament, beaten every team very comprehensively. Pakistan got in semis courtesy England, just won two games, one against lowly B'desh, finally their luck ran out, Pakistan should not complain at all. Great show Aussies, go and win the trophy, you deserve it.

  • Ahmed on May 15, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    Sir I am biggest fan of Pakistani Cricekt team and I am excited the way team has performed in the Semis against Aussies...!!!!

  • Anneeq Anwar on May 15, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    You can trully say in this game that the best team lost. Australia's bowling was flat, fielding was average and were seriously out gunned in the batting department. Pakistan beat them in every single department out their, they beat them in captaincy, fielding, balling and batting.

    It is an extremely bitter pill to swallow, I hate it when Australia win, there was only 1 man on the pitch that thought Aus would win and that was Hussey. Clarke had given up, he thought Pk made 15 runs too many. Really disappointed Pk got knocked out but if there's a way to go this is it. If Aus managed to get 191 when they were 107 for 5 in 14 overs then England might as well not turn up!!!!!

    Im very proud of the Pk, a great attempt to defend their title. Every single Aus fan know that their team had their bum smacked out their for 35 overs. But Hussey delivered an almighty KO in the last 5, an thats essentially the difference!!

  • masum on May 15, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    nothing did wrong pakistan team, the australians did better than pakistan. only the last over what make pakistan price. nbut if gul was available there the result can be some thing better. but i really proud to pakistan for the contest they givin to aussies. pakistan is best as always i am not angry with this performance. good luck pakistan

  • Ravi on May 15, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    Great game...but come on, I would be very unhappy had Australia lost this game. They haven't lost any game so far in this tournament, beaten every team very comprehensively. Pakistan got in semis courtesy England, just won two games, one against lowly B'desh, finally their luck ran out, Pakistan should not complain at all. Great show Aussies, go and win the trophy, you deserve it.

  • Riaz on May 15, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    Every pakistani after watching this game is heartbroken. But hats off to the team! Well played Pakistan. Your mind is full of questions that where we lost this game. It was not possible at all to score 50 odd runs in 20 odd deliveries and also against the team who are defending champions. I still cant' belive it. Anyways team performance made me so proud and head high. I am proud they fought hard till the end. After seeing the above picture, I am feeling so sorry for Saeed Ajmal. Dont worry we'll beat them the way they beat us very soon. Keep smiling!

  • Himayun Mirza on May 15, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    Pakistan dominated the fight but ultimately the champs knocked them out! For eighteen overs in their innings Pakistan dominated while batting. In the last two death overs despite Pakistan's best hitters they did not score a single boundary in the last 10 balls. If they would have scored another 20 or 25 runs then even the Australians would not have reached that target. On the contrary, the champs scored 3 sixes and 2 fours in their last 6 balls. That has been the main difference between the winners and the losers. Pakistan did the same in the death overs against their defeat at the hands of Kiwis. Butt carried his bat through their innings but only 2 to score he ran for a suicidal run to give the strike to tailender Rehman. Luckily there was no run out, otherwise Pakistan would have to score two and not one from the last ball and another new tailender would have been exposed. Pretty smart but again what can you expect from the kids who have not been to a higher place of learning!

  • Sidd on May 15, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    I guesss we always had a pace bowler short. If Asif was to play i guess the scenario would have been quite different in the final overs. But in the end a resounding performance by the green caps. Hail to you lads !. keep it up ! we have always been the ONLY side in the world who has always given aussies tough time when it mattered the most. Felt really great to see we still can be the most dangerous side in the world! good luck for upcoming tournaments! JEEVE PAKISTAN!

  • Asif on May 15, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad

    Proud to be a Pakistani

  • Larry Zimmerman on May 15, 2010, 18:28 GMT

    Pakistan team gave everything but still CHOKED...Oh sorry I guess choking word is used only when others cant defend a 192 score which they got luckily in first place due to Akmal brothers one good day after consistent failures..Frankly for me the most enjoyable part was Afridi post match speech where he almost cried or perhaps did cry and Ajmals desperation squat on the ground..because they were starting to feel like invincible after their lucky sneak into the semifinals which was a place rightly deserved by NZ. I remember some fans making jokes about Vettori's face when NZ failed to qualify...but now when it was Afridis turn ..all have sudden compassion and caring attitude...funny double standards....It seems Pak fans cant digest the same dish they like to dish out when others loose....Cricket served out justice eventually to some overhyped team and delirious fans who ignored facts that they were lucky to get to semis.

  • shuaib on May 15, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    I am a very proud supporter of Pakistan Cricket team. We played super. It was only a matter of being who was more lucky. We still won. Pakistani team has won the hearts and minds of their supporters with this super performance. Saeed bowled fantastically. Hussey just swung the bat and then he got lucky. Nothing to feel bad or low. We are the best Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Ashraful_rox on May 15, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    It was nothing but CHOKING of the highest order. Pakistani fans are consoling themselves about it being a great fight blah blah...Facts are bieng twisted to make one feel good and avoid depression. Fact is if SA or India or even Australia had faced same scenario...Pakistan fan would have laughed their butt out...But now its Pakistan who choked and how can they be called CHOKERS..after all same yardtick does not apply ...does it...Fact is 2 batsman (no denying their talent) but who are never consistent had a lucky day and managed to reach 191..but eventually so called overhyped bowlers choked ...and Ajmal choked big time and bowled the worse over in history of T20 is not judged on same yardstick when accolades for Aamirs maiden 5 wkt over flowed albeit in a meaningless cause. Pakistani fans make lot of fun of SA when they loose ignoring..but off late in tests and ODI and now in T20 Pakistan have becomes chokers chokers and big time chokers

  • Gal on May 15, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Great writing. i'm still extremely sad Because these players are like my own family and I feel sad when they lose and happy when they win.

    Australia DESERVED IT!!!!!!!!! Because as Muslims our job is to tell the truth, not hide it, and the truth is that Australia did it, not Pakistan. But Pakistan was veryyy close i still wonder what the outcome would be if Gul was playing,,, or Tanvir, but the truth is that we lost.... and we can learn from it.

    Not only a learning experience for Pakistan team...it's also a lesson for us fans too.......because cricket is a reflection of our day-to-day lives....and our own personal struggles and fights..... In life we lose and pick ourselves up. Same in cricket. In life we win and move forward. Same in cricket.

    So with patience + work, in normal life, + also cricket, we can move forward even stronger!!

    i will always support our dear team.PAKISTAN ZINDABAD! ALHAMDULILLAH because there is something positive in this loss! :)

  • Nikhil on May 15, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    Hey guys, i was watching the match live and btw i was neutral...but in my opinion pakistan should definitely not be ashamed but at the same time they must LEARN from this... its like australia clinched victory frm the jaws of defeat and exactly the opposite for pakistani's I think pakistan should never bowl a spinner in the last over since there is no pace on the ball and "at times" it becomes much more easier to loft it...that said putting a pacer might have been the right choice but some other day, some other time i am sure they will win again

  • shuaib on May 15, 2010, 18:11 GMT

    I am a very proud supporter of Pakistan Cricket team. We played super. It was only a matter of being who was more lucky. We still won. Pakistani team has won the hearts and minds of their supporters with this super performance. Saeed bowled fantastically. Hussey just swung the bat and then he got lucky. Nothing to feel bad or low. We are the best Pakistan Zindabad.

  • shahab on May 15, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    terrible feeling... and i was making my sunday plans when aussies were down n out but destiny and captaincy...ughhh ..Razzaq was the guy who shouldve bowled the final over cuz of his experience. The spinners were going for twin sixes at regualr intervals ,every over. WHAT WE MISSED? A scorchign 1 over spell from Shoaib Akhtar. I dont think he wouldve given away 18... we need him back

  • umar on May 15, 2010, 18:06 GMT

    saad bhai...really your article is very motivational...i reall appreciate u...n thats the best pakistan could do...but that was not our day...n MR.Cricket outclassed us...

  • Zeeshan on May 15, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    We love you PAKISTANI Team.It just wasnt there for us...we still believe your the winner of our hearts...Come back with your heads held high !!!

  • Omar Hussain on May 15, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Well said! Normally we curse our team when they lose!But our team should take heart from the fact that every once in a while a cricketer reaches full gear and it just happened to be Mike Hussey.He could easily have been bowled by Ajmal!Australia means never say die never mind their uncouth behaviour they have the will and spirit to survive.Fantastic!Our boys should keep up the tempo and hopefully they will avenge their defeats.I wish them luck!

  • Adnan A on May 15, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    Australia is not good, you just do not know how to crack them. Australia can be cracked, Pakistan team now make it a number one priority that it should try to win all the games against Australia. I know Politics is a big problem in PCB but players need to hold the national honour.

  • Chandrasekaran TA on May 15, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    Pakistan was lucky enough to be in semis. For me, Australia deserve more to be in Finals than Pakistan. Result proved who is better team. Pakistan tried their level best still I feel they are lucky enough to play semis. The way, Hussey toyed Pakistan bowlers shows how good Aussies are coz Pakistan owns the pride for better bowling attack in the world. End of the day, best team won the game. Cricket is the winner here.

  • Dr Akram Khan on May 15, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    I just had this gut feeling that Team Pakistan were due to shock the Australians by knocking them out. However, as it happened yes I was partly right. Bu then Me and my son were both shocked when Hussey masacred the final over from Ajmal and created a win for his Australian team. Afridi did not do any research on Cameron White(right hand batsman) and Mike Hussey(left hand batsman). He was deluded by the South African win at the super eight stage in which Saeed Ajmal performed well. That was his folley. He should have had Sami in for Misbul-Haq, as a choice fast bowler who can also bat. Had he not used Ajmal at the death stage and used either Amer or Sami we would have won comfortably. It seems Pakistan learns lessons the hard way. Sorry but I blame bad captaincy. He also gave too many two's instead of one's through out the match. Pakistan are due to play Australia again in England this summer and I wonder how much wiser the management and team captaincy would be. Pakistan Zindabad

  • UTBA HUSSAIN on May 15, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    sooo sad that we lost.i still cant believe it.was soo sure till the 17th over that hussey will get out some how n we will win the match but it was shocking the last 3 overs.still hurting

  • Zain Ul Abideen on May 15, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    Absolutely,we are proud of our country.They did go down,but went down being defiant and honoured.At the end of the day,people surely were talking about Mike Hussey's brilliance,but in reality,it was Pakistan all the way through except the final over.No team in this tournament has given Australia such tough time as Pakistan gave them.And last but not least,I can feel the sun rising again,the dark cloud seems to have gone,InshAllah shining days will be back soon and once again we would be able to rejoice.

  • Adrian on May 15, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    Pakistanis once again proved that they're a bunch of sore losers. It was basically a competition between "educated, professional and talented" Aussies and "lice infested" Pakistani peasants. I'm so proud to be an OZ!!!!

  • Ibtsam on May 15, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    Guys, i still cant believe that we lost. Its unbelieveable. Its shocking for me. They scored more than 50 runs in the last three overs. Spare a thought for Saeed Ajmal. He is the best spinner we have and we should back him. There shouldnt be any rubbish reaction from fans calling for his head. It was just a bad day for us. We should have won it...

  • Mir.A on May 15, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    Im impressed with two things here.1) the Article itself and 2)The comments by the readers.I feel proud of my team,the way they played the way they fought! Hussie in his own words played an inning of his lifetime hence it can be judged that how hard one needs to play to beat Pakistan(when its' on Roll!) ..Great Play Pakistan!

  • Nasar Ahmed on May 15, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    Very proud of the pakistani team who played like champions yesterday. We competed with the best team with half of our t20 specialists. If any one is to be blamed then it has to be Mr dictator Ijaz Butt. He chose the squad before announcing the coach or the captain and banned players like Rana Naved who is a good death bowler. Afridi was forced to rely on ajmal at the death. Pakistan can hold their heads up high as they showed they can perform when it matters, it was just never meant to be. Ijaz Butt needs to go!. He is damaging pakistan cricket yet he has the nerve to come on screen in the semis. The sight if him makes me sick. Well done boys and keep your heads up.

  • Mushir Ahmed Basheer on May 15, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    I just love cricket...

    They just went down fighting. And when you go die fighting, you die with honour intact.

  • Graham White on May 15, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    Such a superb game that does credit to both teams involved. Pity there had to be a loser; I was wishing for Pakistan to go through against Australia and up to the last 2 overs I felt it was going to be so, but Michael Hussey...what a series of strokes. Unbelievable. Totally agree with the article, Saad; Pakistan can hold their heads high for their superb effort.

  • Shah on May 15, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    Hats' off to PK team as thy gave much more than wht thy had!BUT to be honest whatever the situation was I had this feelin' tht PK would cock it tp @ sum point becuz thy always seemz to b mesmerised with the OZes in crunch GAMES! To succeed in 1day or test, we need: EJAZ BUTT KICKED OUT (RAMEEZ/WASEEM/MIANDAD IN),The captain MUST GROOM HIMSELF by watching alot of videos& reading etc!, Asif&Gul,M Amir in, Yousuf+Younus+Malik back in professional mentality (The shud be heavily fined and all team members must sign an aoth mentioning if NE 1 of thm perceived by the Coach+selectors not giving 100% MUST be fined soo heavily+ life time banned tht the others wudnot ever think abt it!! To make thm physically n mentally tough, IT MUST BE MADE IMPERATIVE tht evry member of the squad (30) MUST go for the 3day extensive military drills by the end of evry mth. I THINK WE ALL WILL SEE THE DIFFERENCE AS ONE THING IS FOR SURE THAT THESE GUYS ARE IMMENSELY TALENTED BUT THY NEED RIGOROUS POLISHING(AMEEN)

  • Ifzal on May 15, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    I think Pakistan took it easy after they removed White since he is the most dangerous T20 batsman in Australian team. they assumed they had won the game, never underestimate an old dog. but hats off to both teams, like most of bloggers said, there were no losers in this game... Lets hope that Pakistan team unites and win the world cup next year.

  • Faisal Khan on May 15, 2010, 17:21 GMT

    I did not feel dejected, I was proud of my young and nomad team, the had the Australians by the balls from start to the very last over. Australians were bled thru the noses on this one, wasn't a stroll in the park for them and this shows me why Pak was a fighting teamba k in 80s and 90s, like Aussies today, we had ppl like Waqar who wod not go down fighting, Hat off to the coach and captain who almost defended the title with a second string team, handed over to them by incapable PCB administration. I wonder what would have been the impact of tall bowler Irfan, but maybe we will avenge all these defeats at the hands of Aussies, by send them packing at 2011 WC,

  • Ehsan Ullah on May 15, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    I am a big fan of cricket and love the moments when Pakistan wins. Yesterday it was not a good moment when Hussey stroke six to beat Pakistan but beleive me it was just a minute or two when I felt low, after that I was feeling good and that was I think the first ever day of my life when I was not humiliated by Pakistan defeat.

    After reading this column, I felt that I was right. We must give some respect to the efforts our team put during the game. There are certain technicalities which could be debateable otherwise Pakistani teams went down fighting like champions.

    Lake of confidence is a major reason which caused bad selection and ultimately we lost the match but otherwise with the available resources our team played to their potential and was very close of beating the best looked team of the tournament.

  • irfan on May 15, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    brilliant both teams....period..

  • mahmoud on May 15, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    after a truly herculean effort to try and topple the sons on hercules himself we have to face a few harsh home truths in pakistan. afridi has not performed as batsman, bowler or a captain. misbah, hafeez,latif and razzaq along with afridi must be discarded into a distant memory. we must blood some new youngsters like umar and aaamer as we have plenty in waiting.we must not pick the same team for every format of the game and finally ijaz butt should be pushed if he hasn,t got enough pride to go himself. well done pakistan but we must look to the future and we know the future is bright. pakistan zindabad.

  • asok adhikari on May 15, 2010, 17:11 GMT

    yes, defeated but not disgraced....sports means fraternity & sortsmanship should be the reason to celebrate....the act of diplomacy doesn't work in sports, or lets say, competition..either u loose or win....this time it was australia, & who knows, it'll be pakistan achieving the similar glory like australia.....so, let peace be acquired in pakistan so that the international cricket will revived once again in pakistani soil......

  • Umair on May 15, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    The parallels that you have drawn with Sharjah Match is justified.The only real positive that Pakistan could take from this match is to realize the significance of the innings played by Javed Miandad, which took Pakistani cricket to a dizzying height, but Javed never received the admiration from his team mates that he truly deserved at that time.People like Javed Mianadad are born in centuries, and he was the greatest batsman that pakistan has ever produced. As for this match,All the credit must be given to Micheal hussey who won the match for Australia single-handedly.

  • Yagnesh on May 15, 2010, 17:03 GMT

    Pakistan cricket team did their best. 191 runs is very good score, everybody delivered. Eventhough you guys lost the GAME, you should be proud of yourself. better luck next time

  • Jason on May 15, 2010, 17:02 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.

  • nomi on May 15, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    There is no doubt, Pakistan played really well despite the defeat. The most satisfying thing for me as a passionate supporter was to see that they did not throw up n put guns down particularly in Batting. I completely agree with comment by Bosco Martyres about certain things to look after

  • Jason on May 15, 2010, 17:02 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.

  • fahad_bangladesh on May 15, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    pakistan was certainly missing the quality of umar gul.if you take a look at pakistan's performance in 2009 & 2010 T-20 world cup semifinals,you definitely have to say that it is the absence of umar gul that has made the difference.you can't give the crucial final to an offspiner while m.hussey on wicket.Aamer is not experinced enough to deal with situation like this.two overs with less than 8 runs in the final five overs will surely took pakistan in the final.That was the job of a fast bowler.But pakistan simply didn't have such a fast bowler who can cotinuously bowl yorkers on the legs.Fans are very upset but we should admit that pakistan was missing umar gul.

  • Sudesh on May 15, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    I don't think the article reflects the reality because Pakistan did not play well in the Tournment. Making into semis was a flue. Indeed, the article conceals the true facts about the Paistan's performance in the tournment.

    Anyways, good job Paistan.ONLY FOR THIS MATCH. Otherwise it was an ordinary performance from you.

    Sudesh

  • N Khan on May 15, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Amazing, stunning, freakish, heart-breaking, surreal! What more can I say!

    The pitch was as flat as a pancake. Pakistan should have won it, and they would have won it with the same bowling outfit of 2009 et al Umar Gul the death bowler extraordinaire.

    But werent Pakistan given no hope or prayer of making it out of the super sixers let alone the semis, especially when they took their B-team to the World Cup. So respect for the acheivement.

    Congratulation to Australia, I am certain that their finger nails will grow back! I hope that future matches between Pakistan and Australia has as much gusto. May this be a turning point in Pakistans fortunes. Good Luck!

  • KSNarayanan on May 15, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    The semi final was truly amazing. Credit to Pakistan they played well and may be became slightly complacent as the game progressed that they thought Aussies can not make it . However Aussies are true champions irrespective of the result tomorrow . Other nations have a lot to learn how the board of cricket of Australia manages the game and its players and how committed the players are to their nation.

  • Ali on May 15, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    Pakistan Team played so well in every department no doubt, but one thing I have to criticize. When you have 191 on the board there is no need to be arrogant. That is what some Pakistani players did, show arrogance towards Australien players. That gave me the feeling that Allah will punish us for that fault and that happened. We should learn to be humble, even if it seems that we will win easily. Even though my best wishes and prayers are with you Pakistan Team. Pakistan Zindabad

  • Kamran Ansari on May 15, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Heads of to Pakistan…. No doubt that things could have been better but don’t forget that what Pakistan cricket is gone through … And look at the Indian team that they didn’t even made to semi’s of all the ICC event Since 2007….. I was so happy seeing the Australian team so worried and chewing there nails no one else than Pakistan could have done that…. Love u team Pakistan you made me proud….

  • Anonymous on May 15, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    well played Pakistan - Especially given how the team missed the services of some really talented cricketers (Younis Khan, Yusuf, Shoaib etc.). While Pakistan's big match temperament and gigantic heart is appreciable, I have to agree with an earlier comment, that poetic justice has been done in that the two teams that played the best cricket over the last couple of weeks are in the final. But surely, given their performance in this game, the Pak team can really come out with its collective heads held high!

  • Sudesh on May 15, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Whoever is the moderator for this blogs, seems to publish only pro-pakistani messages

  • Kazmi on May 15, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    It is time for Pakistani fans to undersatnd the game and accept that Australia is a better team and was a better team in the semi final but give credit to young Pakistani team for making this semi final one of the classic semi final ever. they played the best they can but on this day thier best was just not good enough well played Pakistan and keep up the good work

  • Kamal on May 15, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    While countries like India and Pakistan talk about destiny, fate, corrupt boards, inconsistent fitness levels and consolation wins, here is a different perspective: It has been said before but it's worth repeating here. John Arlott had written about it in 1948 at the end of a successful tour of England by Don Bradman's men. ""Australianism," wrote Arlott, "means single-minded determination to win - to win within the laws but, if necessary, to the last limit within them. It means where the 'impossible' is within the realm of what the human body can do, there are Australians who believe that they can do it - and who have succeeded often enough to make us wonder if anything is impossible to them. It means they have never lost a match - particularly a Test match - until the last run is scored or their last wicket down." Its not just about heart or guts or doing your best. Its a lot bigger than that. Australia live it. We even have a hard time understanding it. Well played Australia!

  • Jay on May 15, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    Pakistan's best performance wasn't enought to stop Australia. Having said that I must also say that there isn't any other team which can win from that position that Australia found themselves in at the end of the 17th over. And not many teams would have lost from that position, except Pakistan's neighbour. So, we shouldn't overlook the fact that Afridi played poorly in this pressure match and in this tournament and indeed for the most part of his career against good teams. Playing Australia with two seamers, one of whom is Abdul(r)Razzaq and four spinners, one of whom is Mohammed Hafeez was bad strategy.

  • Kamal on May 15, 2010, 16:44 GMT

    While countries like India and Pakistan talk about destiny, fate, corrupt boards, inconsistent fitness levels and consolation wins, here is a different perspective: It has been said before but it's worth repeating here. John Arlott had written about it in 1948 at the end of a successful tour of England by Don Bradman's men. ""Australianism," wrote Arlott, "means single-minded determination to win - to win within the laws but, if necessary, to the last limit within them. It means where the 'impossible' is within the realm of what the human body can do, there are Australians who believe that they can do it - and who have succeeded often enough to make us wonder if anything is impossible to them. It means they have never lost a match - particularly a Test match - until the last run is scored or their last wicket down." Its not just about heart or guts or doing your best. Its a lot bigger than that. Australia live it. We even have a hard time understanding it. Well played Australia!

  • Yash on May 15, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    Excuse me everyone.what is this all abt pakistan didnt deserve to loose and they dominated the match till the last 2 to 3 overs??did anyone watch the match at all here?agreed that 34 runs were scored of the last 2 by aussies but do u forget that they managed 157 in 18 overs prior to that to keep them at a winning distance??u forget cameron whites towering sixes??u call that absolute domination as u refer it to??pak didnt deserve to be in the semis in the first place and all of u know that.they had won jus 1 major match before this out of 4! no doubt they played better than they had done before in the tournie, hell they played better than what they had done in the last year but please stop using the blanket of "they played amazingly well, they dominated" to sleep.

  • Aqeel on May 15, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    Great match, Loved the way the akmal brothers batted and put up a great score, but you wins some and lose sum, pakistan put up a good fight no doubt, i really thought muhammed amir should have bowled the last over, we were missing some top players such as umar gul. P.S Hussy played awsome tho!

  • Aqeel on May 15, 2010, 16:41 GMT

    Great match, Loved the way the akmal brothers batted and put up a great score, but you wins some and lose sum, pakistan put up a good fight no doubt, i really thought muhammed amir should have bowled the last over, we were missing some top players such as umar gul. P.S Hussy played awsome tho!

  • Zain Farid on May 15, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    After the loss I felt something different. Usually I feel both anger and sadness, but this time there was no anger. I saw the effort in all departments. First we batted out of our skins against the 'feared' Australian attack. Then we bowled our hearts out. Each and every bowler did their best to contain the Aussie batsman in these small grounds. The fielding was great. Each opportunity being taken. I'm a firm believer in destiny and I feel like Pakistan gave their all to win, but it was not our destiny to win this match. But I'm proud to say that we pushed Australia to the ultimate edge, like no one in this whole tournament.

    At the end of the match, all I could thing about was Ajmal. The poor guy. He will get targeted by our media, because our media is pathetic and they like to point fingers. The media can say whatever they want, but as the comments here show, we will support our team and are proud of them. All of them. I would bowl him again in the 20th over without any hesitance.

  • Divine_downunder on May 15, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    It is absolutely apalling to read some of the sad comments from pakistani fans about Aussies winning by luck or suspecting mischief by the umpires. You people are a disgrace to the cricketing community and more importantly to your nation. As an aussie, as appreciative as I am of your team's gallant efforts, I am incensed by some of the cheap comments here. @batti: 'Pak played real well but some decisions went against us'. Oh yeah! Which ones?? Also, @Tansah: 'Well done Pakistan... it was really you who won... Austrailia just got lucky.' Mate, you need a life. It was Pak that got lucky that you ran this close. We have hammered you loathsome guys 11 times this summer. Take that!

  • Peter on May 15, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Arrogance and boastfulness??? Disappointing that you are unable to be gracious in defeat, unlike the Aussies who are gracious in defeat and in victory. They do have self belief and they never give up. Pleasing characteristics one would have thought.

  • Tesh on May 15, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Good luck to australia....they deserve to go through against a very mediocre pakistan side. it was gods will for pakistan to lose. God willing australia win the final. inshallah aussies win.

  • assssl on May 15, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    Its good that Pakistan lost. They were not expected to be in the semis anyway.

  • Pappy chulo on May 15, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    Well done to australia. A fantastic team with quality in all areas. Playing with pakistans emotions was really enjoyed by all indian fans. Pakistan choke once again like 2007 final. Australia Zindabad....

  • assssl on May 15, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    Its good that Pakistan lost. They were not expected to be in the semis anyway.

  • wow on May 15, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    happy to see pak having a permanent scar itched in their brains and hearts

  • Abhishek on May 15, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    Pakistan awesome.they shows to do wat india fail

  • aziz on May 15, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    Pakistan lost and such was written in their destiny and when something is written ahead of time by the one up there watching i think if you need 35 from the last over hussey would have done it. To be conclusive the australians work really hard everyday on their fitness and game plans more than anyone i believe. And when you work hard it definitely pays off even in situations like this semi final. Australia deserves it. I dont like it but you have to give it to them for how they played in the world cup so far. Salam.

  • shadab mallick on May 15, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    I thanks to allah for giving d pakistan a courage and strength that they played superbly in semi final against australians.pak didnt lose the match,australia just qualified for the finals. no regrets for u paki team,we are still our heads high. but plz continue this momentum and try to put ur all efforts and abilites which allah blessed u for ur country.afridi bhai..u r still a lion,but sometimes they may tired.may be" allah ko yahi manzoor tha". hav faith on allah and keep struggling, inshallah u will get success.i am requesting paki fans all over the world,plz no regrets for pak team and keep supporting them.

  • shadab mallick on May 15, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    I thanks to allah for giving d pakistan a courage and strength that they played superbly in semi final against australians.pak didnt lose the match,australia just qualified for the finals. no regrets for u paki team,we are still our heads high. but plz continue this momentum and try to put ur all efforts and abilites which allah blessed u for ur country.afridi bhai..u r still a lion,but sometimes they may tired.may be" allah ko yahi manzoor tha". hav faith on allah and keep struggling, inshallah u will get success.i am requesting paki fans all over the world,plz no regrets for pak team and keep supporting them.

  • Khalil on May 15, 2010, 16:28 GMT

    Very well siad and summarized Saad!!!! Pakistan yesterday were at their best. With not much of international cricket in the last couple of years and as well the poltical crises the Pak cricket is going through, this was a great performance. Well, there were a few costly mistakes in on the field leadership. We will definitely learn with our own mistakes and continue on the great foundation laid yesterday by this young team!!. A few faces now have to go and replaced by some new ones.

    Good job Pakistan team!

  • KSNarayanan on May 15, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    The semi final was truly amazing. Credit to Pakistan they played well and may be became slightly complacent as the game progressed that they thought Aussies can not make it . However Aussies are true champions irrespective of the result tomorrow . Other nations have a lot to learn how the board of cricket of Australia manages the game and its players and how committed the players are to their nation.

  • chou lee on May 15, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    game is a game. one should loose and one wins. it is not a big deal.is there any one in this world who can define what does a game means. it is a promise of GOD to us human beings.what ever you ask for he will surely give you.CAUSE HE ALWAYS KEEP GIVING AND GIVING , AND WE HUMAN BEINGS ARE ALWAYS FORGETTING HIM . UPS AND DOWNS ARE ALWAYS IN HIS CONTROL.SO WE SHOULD LEARN HOW TO ASK HIM WHAT WE NEED OR WANT. AUSSIES HAD WORK HARD AND DESERVE TO HAVE VICTORY. ITS JUST A NORMAL THING FOR SOMEONE TO UNDERSTAND.

  • Bilal Ahmed on May 15, 2010, 16:24 GMT

    Great article Sir, Respect `for the Pakistani Team. We played very very well. But Australia played better.

  • Haroon Mughal on May 15, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    I can't say I was not sad. I was. But team Pakistan did give their everything to this game. I was sad but not ashamed. This time we did lose to a better team. But take nothing away from the awesome aussies. The moment White was hitting those out of the ground sixes, a strange feeling had already started in my stomach. And then Hussey... what a player. Well played Australia. Play the final even better!

  • Farid on May 15, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    I agree with Ali Wazir, this article gave me the strength that I needed to overcome this defeat. I'm a die hard fan for cricket and specially Pakistan cricket. I have followed them with all their ups and down but I'm just a fan. Think about the Pakistani players themselves...they fought this game from ball one in batting and bowling. They did all they could to win this game, even until the 20th over. It is always very difficult to make 18 runs in one over but M Hussey showed his brilliance. I can't even imagine the emotions the team going through now. This is the time I think either Waqar or someone who give them a speach and tell them they have done nothing wrong. One great team had to lose and it was us. If we continue playing like that, we can win the ICC One Day world cup next year. We must keep their heads up and ask them to tell the world "we don't get mad but we get even" on the ground of cricket.

  • Waseem on May 15, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    I was just shocked when Auz won that match. I m kind ov person who always belive that some miricle can happen but i m a person who always use to see positive view of any sight i didnt lose hope any time But i was shocked Hsussey snached away the match from us. Literly i felt tears in my eyes. And i still had. I still cant belive that. Even in this morning when i woke up i thought it was just a nightmare.

    But well played Pakistani Lions we proud on our heros...you didnt gave up in this war. It was Aus who snached the win from you guys. Dont be embrassed dont lose hope.. Cricket will back in pakistan Inshallah. I love you guys we love you guys you all are our hero

  • SALIL on May 15, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    sport is the ideal metaphor of life, uncertainity coupled with courage and the result was this twinkle in the sea of mediocrity.The winner here was cricket and not often in the players careers' will this be repeated.We the spectators who make the value and significance of sport should embrace this moment and recognise it as such.-all this from and India fan!

  • RagsTweets on May 15, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Fabulous match. Kudos to Pakistan for their wonderful display. Thank you for putting up a good total - the world got a chance to watch an epic battle, an epic chase, an epic innings

  • Asad on May 15, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    Pakistan played the best cricket of all time. Australia are a strong team, but Pakistan put their heart in the game. Everyone contributed. We depart with full honors. Where other teams failed we prevailed. We delivered the best game of the tournament. It truly shows the potential of Pakistan when they all have One goal. One Purpose.

  • Shafiq on May 15, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    The semi final was a match that will be remembered for many years. We saw outstanding cricket from both sides. Pakistan lost the match but very truly, not disgrassed. Pakistanis were at the top. They now need to keep this passion. I did not feel sad, the reason is that we did everything we could. I told my friend two years before when Pakistan lost to India in final, the same thing that Pakistan will bounce back. And they came next year to take the cup. Good Luck Pakistan and Well Done.

  • Saif on May 15, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    The team gave their best... As always when this happens, irrespective of the outcome, they earned the repect of not only the entire country but also beyond its borders... Giving your best is this amazing... It is all that matters....

    Just goes to show what the team is truly capable of if only they are inspired, motviated, and in the right frame of mind..

    Austrailia is not that great a team in terms of skills... What keeps them at the top is the mind frame, self-belief, preserverance and the attitude of never ever giving up...

    Hopefully 160 million can learn from this, as this is the only difference between sucesss and failure..

  • Ahmed Raza Shah on May 15, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    I can't point out where Pakistan went wrong! This time they didn't even miss any catch .. may be it was just not their day

  • Amir Siddiqui on May 15, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    Mr. Chopra, I have been reading your blog for a long time just because I have never found another who writes with so much neutrality yet with passion. So keep doing the wonderful job. On the loss, I would say Pakistan lacked the management skills how to manage overs and the captain's inability to know when and why to use a particular bowlers. That comes with management skills. For example when Ajmal did 2 good overs, he should have been kept on and it would have choked the Australian. But I think the captain was too hung up with pre planned thinking that Ajmal would do the last over. But over all well fought game.

  • FatSal on May 15, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    I really feel sad for the team. I was in Barbados for a couple of Pak games and saw these guys giving their best in practice and in the game. The way they played in the semi against the Aussie Giants gives me nothing but hope in the future for these boys. They really played like the cornered tigers and showed the Aussies that going thru finals is no joy ride. Yes we are all heartbroken but surprisingly this defeat makes me love the Pak team even more after all they have gone thru in last 2-3 years or so. The cricket critiques (especially you Mr. I. Chappell) should really open up your eyes and stop giving these boys some credit for what they have achieved under the circumstances. These boys are mentally much more stronger than you think and they go thru hell to make it where they are now.

  • Muhammad Usman ul Haq on May 15, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    Yes you are right mr Shafqat, and this is not the end. After losing the match I also appriciate the performance of Pakistani team because I was thinking such a great performance from Pakistan but not expected so much but our team has proved that they are champions and played like champions. We lost but with respect.

  • Kashif Anwar, M.D. on May 15, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    one plays inning like this once in a life time...should learn what hussey showed us today...character...we got beaten by Australianism..very sad but proud to see pak be the part of highest standard of int'l cricket one can imagine. future is ours!!!

  • Najm Faqir on May 15, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    For the first time I felt proud about Team Pakistan even after a defeat. Funny ha? But true. These guys were so charged, they had this huge winning spirit and appetite. Wonderful cricketing day ever. God bless you all my heroes. Every Pakistani witnessed this obsession of winning in each one of you, the whole world witnessed it. Saeed Ajmal, you are a super sweetheart, every Pakistani loves you and we are proud of you, you are the brave, talented son of Pakistan. Don't even worry about what happened in the last over. Your efforts and contribution will be remembered and hope to see you keep contributing to Team Pakistan. Akmal brothers, hats off really. Well done. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Nabeel Alvi on May 15, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    I think this has been the best match for this T20. There can be a lot of "if" about the whole match but no team has given this fight to Australians the way Pakistan did. They really fought very well I am happy that it was not a one sides like asian tigers. I can bet that even the australians were amazed. Hussey is MR Cricket!. Well played!!

  • Tansah on May 15, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    Pakistan, in my opinion, have put in their best performance against an unbeaten Australia. M. Hussey and Cameron White to an extent were the ones who took the game away. Austrailia have shown that they do need a bit of luck... and you certainly do when you need 50+ off only 18 balls. Well done Pakistan... it was really you who won... Austrailia just got lucky.

  • mahmood on May 15, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    it doesnt matter if pakistan has lost, becoz they did try their best and i felt very sorry for them when they lost. next time inshallah we will win!

  • Zahid Ashrafi Orlando on May 15, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    Best game I have ever seen in both in wining and defeat. Hats off to australia for not giving up and hats off to Pakistan for showing the grit. I have never seen better game and I live and breath cricket. Kudos to Afridi men!! Keep your chin up and Godspeed team Pakistan!!!!

  • Sajid on May 15, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    In fact, it was not a defeat! Fo future, I will like Pakistan captain to trust more in Abdul Razzaq as he is the most experienced bowler in the team at the moment. One more thing, it is not a good idea to give ball to a spinner at such a cruital time, in front of a good batsman because it gives them more time to adjust and hit the ball.

  • Ammad Fazal on May 15, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    It was heart breaking to see pakistan lose the semifinal after dominating australia for almost 38 overs! But thats how it is! Australia showed once again how mentally tough they are. But i would say "Well played team pakistan! We are proud of you!"

  • Mohammad Khan on May 15, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    They fought like champions and truely played their hearts out. Nothing to be ashamed of and they can return in pride.

  • M Bhatti on May 15, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    Good game of cricket. Pak played real well but some decisions went against us. At the end, team who handled the pressure well, won the game.

  • Faisal Hussain on May 15, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    The best performance by Pakistan team! I was sad about losing the game. Pak team deserves standing ovation for the semi final performance. Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal and Saeed Ajmal you are our heroes!!

  • suhaib on May 15, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    surely one of d greatest t20 matches...well tried pakistan....no shame in this loss

  • syed moiz hasan on May 15, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    i will agree with Tariq .. Austrailia's level is way2 high .. winning and loosing is a part of the game the fyt that pakistan gave to austrailia i can bet no side in da world would h ave given them in the semis

  • Tabassum Nazir on May 15, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    I do agree with Mr. Ali Wazir when I awoke today's morning I did not still beleive the last night loss for Pakistan but the way they played was very encourage for sensible Pakistanis. I love my Countery and Pakistani Team. Boom Boom you did a geat job in semi final. good luck for futur tours.

  • irfan on May 15, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    thers much more in life than to be heartbroken for a sports game , cheer up n never let ur emotions ruin urself specially supporting inconsistent players.

  • Ramiz Amin on May 15, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    No doubt Akmal brothers did well in the batting department.. There was an outstanding performance in all areas of pakistan cricket.. The captain used the same strategy but that didn't work unexpectedly.. Even though, we came to know that we have the courage and determination to set a huge target against Aussies of 191.. Proud to be a Pakistani.. Defeated but not disgraced.. Absolutely

  • Suhaib Jalis Ahmed on May 15, 2010, 15:36 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.

  • Zaheer ahmed on May 15, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    Shafqat bro i agree that pakistani team did their best for this match. Australia's victory was not due to bad pakistani bowling rather it was due to day that belongs to Hussey. I remember Razzaq's 48 runs on 18 balls at Dubai against england in similar situation. The difference is only that this was a big match. That's why we feel much sorrow for our defeat than what England feel at Dubai. its game so such things may happen every day. But credit goes to Pak team as defeats were all at close point. God bless PAK team.

  • Qamar Zamir on May 15, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    Well said Kamran, Pakistan played like true champions yesterday against Australia's ‘feared’ fast bowlers. It is very heartbreaking and I just can’t believe that Pakistan lost but it really was an amazing run chase by the Aussies in the end.

    Pakistan should not feel disheartened because they fought and fought well, it was just not to be this time.

    Saeed Ajmal was unlucky but he bowled well the entire tournament and was one of the key bowlers for Pakistan making it this far. Aamer should have been given the last over, as I’m pretty sure he would have not gone for many and would have sealed the win.

    Also one should not forget that Pakistan was the only team that challenged the Aussies and they showed them what they can do when they click.

    With some good bowlers, Pakistan has the players available to build a good team for the future, they just need to play with the same aggression, intent and passion at all times.

    Pakistan Zindabad!!!

  • Hasan Tanvir on May 15, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Mr. Saad, you really did a good job by writing such an article. Ever since yesterday's match, I kept checking cricinfo to read if someone really appreciated our cornered tigers.

    It was a shame yesterday that except Rameez and very few lines of Ian Chapell, the rest were just discussing Australia.

    I mean even if we were taking wickets or tighting things up by stopping runs in any over, there was no appreciation except commentators kept on taking about Australians.

    Give us a break!! We deserve some applause. We, Pakistanis, are playing half the number of matches (any format) than any other test playing nation. There is a very poor Board who is mananging cricket in our country but still our Team really gave everything.

    PS: I feel bad for Saeed Ajmal, such a talented lad but unfortunately two wrong deliveries to a on-side hitter(Hussey) and then last over was left with nothing much.

  • Sumeet on May 15, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    Awesome match. one for all true cricket fans. Even as an Indian i could not help but see the entire match, though it was well past midnight here in India. There were times when I thought that once again Pakistan's ability to raise their game to an unbelievable level has helped them sneak through, but Hussey had other ideas. Tough luck Pakistan, but i think most of your fans would agree that poetic justice is done and 2 best teams of the competition are through to the final

  • leonidasalexis on May 15, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    The best match in T20 history so far. I just felt that Pakistan thought they already won the match by the 17th over. Pakistan can be really proud of their performance. But, I get a feeling that now Pakistani's have made up their mind they cant beat the Aussies no matter how favourable the situation they are in. 11 matches in a row, including heartbreakers in Sydney and now, its just so tragic. But, both these teams served up a classic. The solution to this lies in the mindset of Pakistani's. They must convince themselves that they can beat the Aussies. India too were at one time getting bashed by the Oz. But the last decade they matched and sometimes overpowered them by playing a lot of matches against them. Maybe Pakistan should be playing a lot of cricket against top sides like Australia, England and India.

  • Arsalan on May 15, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    This was the best T20 match ever !! best of the best !! Australia was just too good.. But I'm sure we'll get up from this defeat differently than all the other past times. We lost with dignity. BRAVO team Pakistan and AMAZING team Australia !!

  • Adnan on May 15, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    Defeated but not disgraced! That's exactly how I feel! As long as our champions keep giving a 100%, I don't mind them loosing! As it's just a part of the game. Their fight is what gives me inspiration! Goodluck for the futur pakistani Heros! You are the ony thing we Pakistani have hope on!

  • Bill on May 15, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    There was no loser in this game, it's just one team won and the other didn't.

    We can wait Pakistan and we will wait Pakistan, for your cricketers to regain their focus. Hopefully this is a sign we shan't wait too long.

  • Shaubt on May 15, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    I can only see the positives in this game. This match was a master piece played by the two most entertaining teams. All the cricket pundits were not even giving Pakistan a credit to reach the semis but they have proven everyone wrong that Pakistan duely deserved to be in the semis. Cricket will be boring wihtout Pakistan team, Ask Aurstralians, I'm sure they would agree!!!

  • Umer Mohammad on May 15, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    Well, I feel like crying. Indeed Pakistan played pretty well, but they made a huge mistake by giving Ajmal the last & cruicle over. Why would u ball a spinner at the end? If a fast bowler was in his place, he would have done a lot better. Take example of Shaun Tait. Running were flowing, it was ranning sixes, but how did he manage to pull back things. He bowled an emaculate length. When he gave only 6 runs in the last over, i knew some thing is gonna happen. Every now & then if a team doesn't score well in the last over, they often lose. I had bad feelings & huh.......

  • dev on May 15, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    i do agree that pakistan played well....but then consistency is not something u attach with pakistan...morover the comment about the sydney test is sheer stupidity born out of the patriotism of the author..its a lame effort to mask the sheer lack of performance of this side in other formats of the game...as of now pakistan played really well...young akmal was going great....

  • Nasir Ayub on May 15, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    The Pak team teed credit for such a great performance. They batted well, the bowled well and specially Kamran; not only in batting but but also behind the stumps, perhaps for the first time in his career but at the end of the day it wasn't a Pakistan's day. They didn't make any such mistake. They seemed to be a bit too defensive at the end just like Sydney earlier this year which is something they should work on (Hussey was the man on both occasions) I feel for Indians now realising the real experience of their feelings after that Miandad six but after all its sport and winning oe loosing is part of it. Its time we change out attitude toward cricket and take it as sport. This will not only take pressure off but also our team and it will be easier to move on for all of us. They lost to a better team and after a fight. Apart from the India/SL match, the Pakistan matches were all worth watching and provided real entertainment

  • Heartbroken_Fan on May 15, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    Mr Cricket is one of my fav cricketer ever and only he can deliver like that.

    Congrats to Australia for the win.

    For Pakistan, I am heartbroken but I know they played well and wanted to win. Better luck next time.

    We are playing some cricket over the summer but I fear for far worse results :(

    What does Pakistan need to do to win against Australia? :) I think they are mentally blocked against the Aussies.

  • Danish on May 15, 2010, 15:20 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.

  • haider nawabi on May 15, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    I am so proud of my team! we fought like tigers and there is no shame in losing. I really hope the boys get a great reception when they get back home. As long as the players fight hard for the country, no one should complain about losing

  • sherali virjee on May 15, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    Pakistan did not lose the match. Austrial won it. There cannot be any blames, any after thoughts. Pakistan played superbly.They could not have played better.I just want to say that Australia came out of woods in a miraculous way.

  • ahmed juneid on May 15, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    very well written mr Saad....but i also belive that pak were playing without one quality bowler (umer gul) he used to be the one who stopped the flow runs + took wks to ease pressure on pak. he did in 2007 t20, and not to forget 2010 semi final yorkers to JP Duminy and co.On this occassion pak lost on 2 counts.their 4 umer gul overs neither stoped flow of runs nor fetched wickets.pak gave 100% but no team can beat aus with only 1 quality fast bowler.

  • aftab on May 15, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    The Pakistani team had the previledge of watching Australians upclose in a dire situation and making it through tremendously. The loss is a good price to pay for this. I hope that they take it home and use it next time around they are under pressure. Also, I am sure that all those Ausie fans have great respect for this Pakistani team. This match has created a bond of sorts between the two fan bases.

  • Bosco Martyres on May 15, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    After the euphoria of Pakistan's fabulous showing has died down, some sobering thoughts remain. 1. Pakistan need more depth in their batting. Other than the Akmals and Salman Butt, which other batsman has really produced? 2. The strategy of going into a match with only one genuine quick should be re-thought. It limits the captain's options.3. I still do not think the captain is a good strategist who has enough flexibility in his field placements, bowling changes etc. 4.Is enough being done on analyzing opposing batsmen's weaknesses, and is there a plan on bowling to the danger men? ( Hussies, White etc.)5. Is Pakistan fielding the best team, or is politics still playing a role in the selection process? On the plus side, this game should give the players confidence that they can beat any team in the world. Waqar Younis as coach is an excellent choice. Pakistan is looking very good in the field. With a little fine tuning as suggested above, they will be world beaters. Well done guys!!

  • Shikhar on May 15, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Absolutely true. It wasn't a match that Pakistan lost, it was a match that Australia won. Pakistan would have come out of the match with their heads held high, Australia with their heads held even higher.

    It was the perfectly hard fought competition, not even tied matches have shown so much competitiveness between the two teams. Its just that Australia doesn't give up before sealing a victory.

    For all the batting errors and the judgment errors made by the captain, the Australia-Pakistan clash in 2009 Champions Trophy was one more battle where Pakistan lost with pride.

  • vijay on May 15, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    consoling article for pakistani fans.....Really pakistan had put everything on the field to win the match but hats off to the person who is perhaps from mars or venus....dont know but is the king of cricket in a true sense....

  • fahad on May 15, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Kamran, I am a pakistani, but i dont like ure comment about aussie arrogance and boastfullness. I think this aussie team is the most likeable ever. Hussey seems to be such a nice and down to earth guy...its unbelievable, he is my newest cricket hero. This aussie team is not just invincible, but also a team you can bring yourself to support.

  • Umer' Fan-chicago on May 15, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    It is indeed hard to swallow. But lots of positives have come out of this event. Consistency of salman butt, and a great Talent of U.Akmal. Well played Australia. It hurts to stomach to know Ijaz Butt is the PCB Boss. This man is ruining everything of pakistan cricket. The memmories of Sydney Test, and now the semifinal of T20.

  • Rahi on May 15, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    I agree to some extent and no doubt Aussies played awesome cricket. But the defensive tactics of Shahid's captaincy let us down. He was not able to choke the new batsman and gave easy singles by keeping all his men at the boundary ropes... pathetic approach when you have a massive total... in the end boys really played well but one more time we off-hook Australia

  • Obaid on May 15, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    I have no complaints, atleast we had put some fight against a team who had ruthlessly murdered every other side. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Bonzi on May 15, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Dude , this was epic ! Bless you - heart isnt healed but this helps -

  • Arsham ali on May 15, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    That was awsome. even tho pakistan lost this match but they realy did post a threat on every other country,s cricket board that they are never easy to be conquered,if they wana win a match they wont even care putting their lives into it. i always opposed pakistani cricket cos of their inconsistencies but this semi final made me love pakistan team. it was just awsome.God bless u guys.

  • E Ahmad on May 15, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Very Well Said Saad, Amazing performance by Pakistan, i mean how many team had score 191 against them in this tournament ... NONE !! No doubt they were the batter tema in the last 3 overs of the match, but WELL PLAYED TEAM PAKISTAN, you made us all proud 2 finals and 3 semi in a row in 3 years not bad at all. Keep your Chins up lads, you had made us all proud. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD !!!

  • Anonymous on May 15, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    "t is galling that they made good on their arrogance and boastfulness"

    What on earth are you talking about?

    Clarke said before the game how Australia were not underestimating a dangerous Pakistan

  • tariq hussain on May 15, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Australia are just too good to be honest. The fight they showed just shows the level they are at. As for Pakistan, I hope they can show this courage in the up coming games, there was no shame to this semi-final loss.

  • Ali Wazir on May 15, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Mr.Shafqat, after the loss, I was so heartbroken, so sad, everything was so gloomy around me. This morning when I lay in bed, I did not want to get up. I kept thinking about our players, about the Akmal brothers, especially the younger one. With so much passion did he bat, and when he kissed 'Pakistan' on his helmet after reaching his 50, I got goosebumps. Yet we lost the game; I felt so sorry for myself and for the team and for Pakistan:-( Your article has given me strength and courage to move on, and take all the positives from this game! Thanks Mr.Shafqat for making me feel much much better!

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  • Ali Wazir on May 15, 2010, 15:00 GMT

    Mr.Shafqat, after the loss, I was so heartbroken, so sad, everything was so gloomy around me. This morning when I lay in bed, I did not want to get up. I kept thinking about our players, about the Akmal brothers, especially the younger one. With so much passion did he bat, and when he kissed 'Pakistan' on his helmet after reaching his 50, I got goosebumps. Yet we lost the game; I felt so sorry for myself and for the team and for Pakistan:-( Your article has given me strength and courage to move on, and take all the positives from this game! Thanks Mr.Shafqat for making me feel much much better!

  • tariq hussain on May 15, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Australia are just too good to be honest. The fight they showed just shows the level they are at. As for Pakistan, I hope they can show this courage in the up coming games, there was no shame to this semi-final loss.

  • Anonymous on May 15, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    "t is galling that they made good on their arrogance and boastfulness"

    What on earth are you talking about?

    Clarke said before the game how Australia were not underestimating a dangerous Pakistan

  • E Ahmad on May 15, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    Very Well Said Saad, Amazing performance by Pakistan, i mean how many team had score 191 against them in this tournament ... NONE !! No doubt they were the batter tema in the last 3 overs of the match, but WELL PLAYED TEAM PAKISTAN, you made us all proud 2 finals and 3 semi in a row in 3 years not bad at all. Keep your Chins up lads, you had made us all proud. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD !!!

  • Arsham ali on May 15, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    That was awsome. even tho pakistan lost this match but they realy did post a threat on every other country,s cricket board that they are never easy to be conquered,if they wana win a match they wont even care putting their lives into it. i always opposed pakistani cricket cos of their inconsistencies but this semi final made me love pakistan team. it was just awsome.God bless u guys.

  • Bonzi on May 15, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    Dude , this was epic ! Bless you - heart isnt healed but this helps -

  • Obaid on May 15, 2010, 15:10 GMT

    I have no complaints, atleast we had put some fight against a team who had ruthlessly murdered every other side. Pakistan Zindabad.

  • Rahi on May 15, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    I agree to some extent and no doubt Aussies played awesome cricket. But the defensive tactics of Shahid's captaincy let us down. He was not able to choke the new batsman and gave easy singles by keeping all his men at the boundary ropes... pathetic approach when you have a massive total... in the end boys really played well but one more time we off-hook Australia

  • Umer' Fan-chicago on May 15, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    It is indeed hard to swallow. But lots of positives have come out of this event. Consistency of salman butt, and a great Talent of U.Akmal. Well played Australia. It hurts to stomach to know Ijaz Butt is the PCB Boss. This man is ruining everything of pakistan cricket. The memmories of Sydney Test, and now the semifinal of T20.

  • fahad on May 15, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    Kamran, I am a pakistani, but i dont like ure comment about aussie arrogance and boastfullness. I think this aussie team is the most likeable ever. Hussey seems to be such a nice and down to earth guy...its unbelievable, he is my newest cricket hero. This aussie team is not just invincible, but also a team you can bring yourself to support.