Faisalabad v Otago, CLT20 qualifier, Mohali September 17, 2013

McCullum powers Otago to win

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Otago Volts 142 for 2 (McCullum 83*, de Boorder 30*) beat Faisalabad Wolves 139 for 8 (Misbah 46, Butler 2-23) by 8 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A menacing opening burst from Otago Volts' fast bowlers and a well-measured mauling from Brendon McCullum delivered them an eight-wicket victory over Faisalabad Wolves, who failed to compete in any discipline. All four Otago's quicks bowled out, but none conceded more than 6.5 an over and shared seven wickets between them.

Misbah-ul-Haq the batsman might have his reputation embellished, after hitting a 34-ball 46 that ensured that there was a contest, but as a captain he will perhaps attract yet more scrutiny for misreading the Mohali pitch, and handing the opposition a clear advantage by batting first. McCullum's thoughtfully-constructed 83 not out from 65 made light work of Faisalabad's 139, and Otago reached their target with 13 balls to spare.

James McMillan might not even have played this match, had Jacob Duffy been fit, but his impact on the match was immediate and far reaching. Ammar Mahmood struck the first ball of the match powerfully for four, but could not get McMillan's first ball further than point, who knelt to take a straightforward catch.

That over cost one run and had reaped one wicket, and were it not for an inside edge off the last ball, McMillan's second over would have been no less impressive. Otago's seam collective wasted little of that early momentum, as they rarely veered far from the stumps in the early overs, and had Faisalabad hobbling at 34 for 3 in the eighth over.

With that dismally familiar scoreline beckoning Misbah to the crease, he rolled up his sleeves to launch another dutiful recovery, as he has done for Pakistan so many times in the last year. He found a like-minded partner in Khurram Shehzad, and the pair began reclaiming ground in steady shovelfuls at first, before Misbah felt he had the measure of the pace-friendly Mohali dirt.

A legside six off Nathan McCullum in the 12th over foreshadowed the aggression to follow, which would yield Faisalabad their most profitable over of the innings. In the 14th, Misbah walloped two more sixes and a four in the same cow-corner region, off the same bowler, hauling his side's run rate beyond six for the first time since the first over.

Though Khurram had clung on in Misbah's company to help forge a 61-run stand, he could not match his captain's attacking competence, and departed for 27 off 36, just as the innings might have moved into a phase of dominance, had he stayed around. Misbah's progress slowed, as Otago's disciplined pace bowlers returned in full force, and he was bowled making room to hit through the offside, off the last ball of the 17th over.

McCullum did not allow poor balls to go unpunished early in his innings, but atypically, he did not go looking for trouble either. Neil Broom had departed in the first over, and with a modest score to chase, a return of 16 from his first 20 balls did not seem to irk him. Three Hamish Rutherford sixes saw Otago eclipse the required rate in the Powerplay overs, and McCullum sought nothing more than to maintain that steady momentum for the majority of his innings.

Eventually he grew bold, after he and Derek de Boorder had put on more than 50 for the third wicket, and Faisalabad's efforts sagged as the game slipped from them. Having progressed to 50 at just under run-a-ball, McCullum took them home with a flurry of thumping hits, and secured a fine net-run-rate, should it be required further down the line.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • dheeraj007 on September 17, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Otago deserved to win the match.It was all Otago from the start to the end.Just can't keep thinking why Misbah came down the order to no. 5.If he is the best player in Pakistan and FW why do repair work rather than construct the innings along with lesser experienced players at this level. On the other hand it was Brendon McCullum who came at no.3 and played the way an international player should play and took the responsibility.

  • on September 18, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Some people criticizing FW team here. These are the players which play in FW. it is not international team so not that type of selection available.

    secondly, some people say FW is over hyped & some say that they are best or blah blah . THose who say that should know that it is not the case. The fact is that they were the least strong team in domestic circuit. they have won only 2 t20s in their whole career. apart from ajmal and misbah, no body else is of that caliber.

    Some people criticizing misbah as a captain, problem is guys that his team has won the last domestic competitions in all 3 formats this year.

  • on September 18, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Don't feel bad Pakistan / Faisalabad supporters... You were simply outplayed by a far superior T20 team. A team which, with its win over the Kandurata maroons, who will beat you too, went top of the table tonight and have won 12 championship games on the trot. A team with 8 current or former internationals and Ryan ten Doeschate, a player who is better than any player in the Faisalabad line-up. Cricket isn't won on paper of course. As NZ teams, and especially this team, are also much more determined bowlers and much better fielders - attitudinally-speaking and in execution. You need to learn to stop in-fighting and squabbling and blaming your team when. at their best, they are the inferior team. You lost to a team that is deservingly packing their bags for the tournament proper.... you can just pack your bags. The Pakistan national team would lose to Otago. Credit and respect where it is due.... or you get your come-uppance. Blue 'n' Yellow Blue 'n' Yellow

  • on September 18, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    I was backing FW yesterday and I was hoping it was the other team to qualify along with SRH. Sadly, it did not happen. Let's hope something good happens for FW and then these two teams do qualify eventually, hopefully.

  • danish0079 on September 18, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    disappointing to watch FW played horrible, Misbah should open the bat so he can contribute maximum, he should experiment here and see if he can win matches for FW, if he succeed as opener he can apply same formula in Pakistan team, Except Misbah, Ajmal and 35 years old Samiullah Khan rest look very ordinary, they have no technique, all they try to do is to hit 4s, they have no technique to find 1s n 2s. FW have two matches they need to learn from their mistakes quickly I hope they will do better against Sunrises

  • on September 18, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    missing sialkot stalion, they are world best

  • AMEERCI on September 18, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    i agree with the comments of Mayank Srivastav

    fw has similar story as pak team :-(

  • on September 18, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Well we had enough about misbah. I hate this man as a captain and no doubt he's one of the worst captain ever in the history of cricket but we do not have better option that means we do not have talent but people are still saying that we have talent and we are not promoting them. Where is the talent, those who are playing in the street they need alot of grooming to become a talent.

  • on September 18, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Faisalabad wolves got creamed against the Kiwi side what chances do they have against Sunrisers Hyderabad with players such as Steyn, Ishant, Dhawan, Mishra and Sammy in their line up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on September 18, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    fw has similar story as pak team

  • dheeraj007 on September 17, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Otago deserved to win the match.It was all Otago from the start to the end.Just can't keep thinking why Misbah came down the order to no. 5.If he is the best player in Pakistan and FW why do repair work rather than construct the innings along with lesser experienced players at this level. On the other hand it was Brendon McCullum who came at no.3 and played the way an international player should play and took the responsibility.

  • on September 18, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Some people criticizing FW team here. These are the players which play in FW. it is not international team so not that type of selection available.

    secondly, some people say FW is over hyped & some say that they are best or blah blah . THose who say that should know that it is not the case. The fact is that they were the least strong team in domestic circuit. they have won only 2 t20s in their whole career. apart from ajmal and misbah, no body else is of that caliber.

    Some people criticizing misbah as a captain, problem is guys that his team has won the last domestic competitions in all 3 formats this year.

  • on September 18, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Don't feel bad Pakistan / Faisalabad supporters... You were simply outplayed by a far superior T20 team. A team which, with its win over the Kandurata maroons, who will beat you too, went top of the table tonight and have won 12 championship games on the trot. A team with 8 current or former internationals and Ryan ten Doeschate, a player who is better than any player in the Faisalabad line-up. Cricket isn't won on paper of course. As NZ teams, and especially this team, are also much more determined bowlers and much better fielders - attitudinally-speaking and in execution. You need to learn to stop in-fighting and squabbling and blaming your team when. at their best, they are the inferior team. You lost to a team that is deservingly packing their bags for the tournament proper.... you can just pack your bags. The Pakistan national team would lose to Otago. Credit and respect where it is due.... or you get your come-uppance. Blue 'n' Yellow Blue 'n' Yellow

  • on September 18, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    I was backing FW yesterday and I was hoping it was the other team to qualify along with SRH. Sadly, it did not happen. Let's hope something good happens for FW and then these two teams do qualify eventually, hopefully.

  • danish0079 on September 18, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    disappointing to watch FW played horrible, Misbah should open the bat so he can contribute maximum, he should experiment here and see if he can win matches for FW, if he succeed as opener he can apply same formula in Pakistan team, Except Misbah, Ajmal and 35 years old Samiullah Khan rest look very ordinary, they have no technique, all they try to do is to hit 4s, they have no technique to find 1s n 2s. FW have two matches they need to learn from their mistakes quickly I hope they will do better against Sunrises

  • on September 18, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    missing sialkot stalion, they are world best

  • AMEERCI on September 18, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    i agree with the comments of Mayank Srivastav

    fw has similar story as pak team :-(

  • on September 18, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Well we had enough about misbah. I hate this man as a captain and no doubt he's one of the worst captain ever in the history of cricket but we do not have better option that means we do not have talent but people are still saying that we have talent and we are not promoting them. Where is the talent, those who are playing in the street they need alot of grooming to become a talent.

  • on September 18, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Faisalabad wolves got creamed against the Kiwi side what chances do they have against Sunrisers Hyderabad with players such as Steyn, Ishant, Dhawan, Mishra and Sammy in their line up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on September 18, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    fw has similar story as pak team

  • on September 18, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    To all those who are cheering for Misbah:

    My friends, he is the captain and he should behave like one. He don't have to just bat and score 40-50 runs every match, rather he has to build a strategy to win matches. Did you see his strategy? When Ajmal took wicket in his first over, he didn't let him bowl a second over. Similarly, the field placing and all that stuff makes Mesbah as one of the worst captains I have seen. Play him as just a batsman, not a captain, and he might produce better results, trust me. He can't handle the pressure of being the captain.

  • half_blood-prince on September 18, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    how silly the excuses are from FW..they say FW is a pure team..but the reality is club cricket promotes different players from different countries otherwise there are domestic matches going on why increase the expenditure..those who cant afford them give these type of excuses.imagine real madrid w/o ronaldo and barcelona w/o messi.

  • on September 18, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    @BravoBravo: u must be the only one who wants dravid not to play in this competition... but anyway... u just have to bear him for 3-5 matches and then he is going to hang up his boots. Then u can enjoy watching mindless batters swinging their bat at anything... would be a great sight, isnt it?

  • on September 17, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    Those who are suggesting if Lahore lions were there then this and that would av happened, But let me tell you Greed of Hafeez cost Lahore place in CLT20, Why don't you just support FW instead of humiliating them, Simple fact is it was Asif and Misbah's batting got them to CLT20. I still believe if they promote Asif Ali as opener with Ali Waqas, Then Misbah at 3, they still have chance to make it next round. Anyway must say Misbah played brilliant as he always did in the past for Pak. Good Luck for tomorrow's Game, plz change your batting order. I hope cricinfo publish my post

  • Zuhaib999 on September 17, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    Karachi dolphins could have played much better

  • on September 17, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    Gsingh, Wolves just 2 recognised faces and all other teams packed up with internationals.. You must remember Lahore Badshas do you, if not then check it out.. Include four International players in Lahore Lions and try beating it lolz

  • kc69 on September 17, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    Well today's match was the difference between the two batsmen (and captains) where Misbah got out in vain trying to score more runs and the wickets falling at other end and on the other hand McCullum stayed till the end and ensured his team wins.Congrats Misbah ul Haq once again you have bought your team to a similar situation of Do or Die.This match also showed having the best spinner may not always win you a match.

  • on September 17, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    Good to see Indian crowd cheering wolves. Faisalabad Wolves became the champion by Misbah's brilliance. Their batsman struggled even in the domestic tournament. So no surprises. It was expected that they will struggle. They are lucky to be in the CL. To be honest they do not truly represent the quality of Pakistan cricket. Cricket is a team game Misbah or Ajmal can't win every game for them individually.

  • brittop on September 17, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    Another boring one-sided T20 match. People haven't got the time to spend watching terrible entertainment like this.

  • BRUTALANALYST on September 17, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    The best T20 opening batsman by a long shot the power,destruction and consistency is just unmatched what a player !

  • on September 17, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    Fsd wolves need to gear up and get ready for the next match..Although Sunrisers Hyderabad is considered as one of the strongest qualifier team...Fsd Wolves though lucky enough to get opportunity in Clt 20..Besides every one should consider the most important fact that..Indian domestic teams comprises of " RENT A PLAYER" followed by other teams as well..Otogo Volts also consists of RENTED players..where as Fsd Wolves is a team consists of players purely from Faisalabad region...so being a Pakistani i am proud that Fsd Wolves is a pure team consists of only 2 star players...i will always cheer for wolves...best of luck!

  • on September 17, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Look... no offence.... but followers of Asian teams - international or domestic - from Asia especially... do not respect teams they do not know much about. Otago has a very good team - a team minus Duffy (their best bowler in many regards) and Ryan Ten Doeschate (their best batsman statistically for the HRV season that got them to the CLT20 qualifiers and the season that saw them win 10 straight in a strong domestic competition). Asia does not know the prowess of Neesham (who hit a hundred not out off 40 balls the warm-up match before this game, in India).... but should have been aware of the prowess of International cricketers McCullum x 2, Butler, Rutherford et cetera.... Frankly it would not have mattered if they were playing Pakistan themselves, let alone a superior (even though Faisalabad WON the comp, so must be the best by virtue of this, no???) club team from that region.... Otago would have probably still won. RTD is a world class batsman. The game versus Kandurata is the test

  • Sundararajan on September 17, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    To all those saying FW should not have been sent for CLT20 and Lahore or some other team is better, let me remind all of you that no one 'sends' a team to CLT20. Someone has to win the domestic T20 league to qualify for it. So if Lahore or some other team is the best in Pakistan, how come they did not win it.

  • Ibrarhunzai on September 17, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Faisalabad is the weakest team of this CLT20. I dont think it will be able to win even a single game. I have absolutely no idea why this team was sent to play the CLT20 as it won the faisal bank super 8 t20 tournament(where 8 teams participated) only. The major tournament in which 14 teams participated was won by Lahore Lions. They should have been playing the CLT20.

  • mohibraza on September 17, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    we should to be positive and hope for the best i m sure FW will come back in next match

  • BravoBravo on September 17, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    "McCullum powers Otago to win", I am pretty sure that is the only inning of substance BBMcCullum played and he will be a failure in rest of the league matches, and for rest of the year. Same hold true for Chris Gayle. Palyers like Misbah, Kallis, Dravid, Ponting, etc should not be playing in any T20 format.

  • on September 17, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Lahore Lions is the best domestic team in the Pakistan which comprises the batsmen's like Ahmed Shehzad Nasir jamshed Hafeez Umer Akmal Kamran Akmal Wahab Riaz And Abdul Razaq And I'm sure if Lahore lions would be there I'm ClT20 it would have been better for all of us

  • ReverseSweepIndia on September 17, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    read in newspaper that FW was being cheered by Indian fans. Sad that they lost. As some other posters mentioned looked like FW is not the strongest domestic team, no wonder they will find it difficult. But they still have Ajmal and Misbah both of them very highly regarded.

  • on September 17, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    we should hope for the best and groom more paki players. at this stage we can see pak has inexperienced players with so less exposure to to league matches outside pakistan. the might be wolves in their area but the fact is they are still mice to the outer world. the more pak plays cricket. the more regional team gets these chances, the more experience they get. ipl has been a great success to india for grooming their players. before that we used to think gambhir sewag best opening pair. yuvraj best middle order for india. you dont see these names anymore but india I believe has gone further to improve cricket. at this time instead of saying which team deserved more to go for CLT20 consider this as an opportunity and hope one of the pakistani regional team gets an invitation next year. and hope this benefits cricket in Pakistan.

  • on September 17, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    pakistan is really weak in batting, you know it is nearly impossible to defend 140 in t20, where mcullum is batting. we should realise that we are missing quality batsmen, ahmed shahzad a national team player and was reknowned for his aggression, made 27 in 36 balls in t20, also 8 wickets loss tells the whole story. Sorry performance once again :-(

  • on September 17, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    pakistan is really weak in batting, you know it is nearly impossible to defend 140 in t20, where mcullum is batting. we should realise that we are missing quality batsmen, ahmed shahzad a national team player and was reknowned for his aggression, made 27 in 36 balls in t20, also 8 wickets loss tells the whole story. Sorry performance once again :-(

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on September 17, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    @AdnanAfridi I agree with you Lahore Lions or even Karachi Dolphins is better they are the two strongest teams we have in our domestic cricket but Faisalabad Wolves were just lucky to win as they were up against Sailkot and Afridi wasn't captaining Karchi Dolphins and Lahore Lions choked at semis so our domestic cricket quality is better than shown in CLT20.

  • awan305 on September 17, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    this is the worst show by the faisalabad wolves perhaps they are what they are doing missing the basics of batting..... there bowling is also not impressive a very wrong decision by the misbah as a captine. at first place pakistan government should not have to put so effort for the participation of faisalabad wolves they are underdoge they never perfome

  • gsingh7 on September 17, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    all the hype by wolves fan and we see such average cricket for them. are they best team from pakistan? otago volts played good cricket and won comfortably. if wolves lose 1 game out of 2 others then they are out of qualifiers. they have yet to meet strongest side in qualifiers i.e. sunrisers hyderabad who boast very strong bowling side and some of best batsmen in the world such as shikar dhawan and duminy and hard hitters perera and sammy. hope wolves atleast put up a decent fight in next games.

  • AdnanAfridi on September 17, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    First of all, FW didnt deserve to be sent for CLT20, Lahore team who won the T-20 main tournament deserved..FW is quiet a weak team as compared to other Pakistan domestic teams..When I see mediocre players like Asad Ali and Ehsan Adil picked to Play for Pakistan It means things wont get better for our national team any time soon !!

  • siddhartha87 on September 17, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    team OTAGo looked really good today. They are pretty underrated but in truth they got 3-4 international players in their squad.McCullum brothers are really good in this format. Another pretty underrated team is Titans. They got some real beasts in their teams. Looking forward to them now.

  • FAB_ALI on September 17, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    And once again its only Misbah who has scored the substantial runs. He seems to be the only man in Pakistan at present time who can score at international level.

  • m812 on September 17, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Sialkot stallions or Faisi Wolves...whenever a Pakistani team is allowed permission to play in BCCI sanctioned champions league, I see a lot of Pakistani fans overhyping their local T20 champions and believing in the their self created myth that Pakistani local cup T20 club team is better than IPL teams and how they will demolish all IPL teams in the Champions league. But reality seems to be even NZ club team has thrashed them again this year. Forgetdefeating IPL team...its tough or almost impossible for the club level teams in Pakistan to defeat teams from NZ and Caribbean or even SL club teams

  • Smack-DAT on September 17, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    @Ihtisham Ul-haq: Two questions for you, 1) If FW have the best bowling line up, then why are doubting whether they will qualify or not? (by the way the bowling line of PAK was best even in CT and in ZIM series also but we all know what happened!!) 2) If they will bat like this, how will they qualify?? And cant resist to ask another question!! Is Misbah the best talent PAK got in batting?? If yes, then PAK got a big reason to worry, because he is already 39, and its true that bowlers win matches but before that we need batsmen to save them!!

  • on September 17, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    dear imran misbah pys gud but if team could not do that then what should he do baby sit them captain makes plans not the performance its all about team work.other players like hafeez should pay 4 this not misbah. dont 4 get cricket is a non-individual game.thanx

  • DD_f0rever on September 17, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Same story. Last season, it was Sialkot Stallions that didn't win even a single match of qualification let alone playing main tournament and this time it is Faislabad Wolves that seems to be following the same path. Otago Volts is a team that is being viewed as the one of the weakest teams. And Wolves couldn't beat them either. It is apparent that Pakistan's domestic teams are over-hyped, consisting of over-rated players of course except a few like Ajmal or Misbah. Man ! Both are 35+. And you expect them to win for you every time ? Youngsters of Pak lack skills especially in batting dept.. May be they score plenty of runs on flat tracks in Pakistan against domestic level bowlers but it is certain they have lots of trouble facing good bowlers of other countries.

  • on September 17, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Its good! Such experiences will impose higher pressure on Pakistan domestic teams do strengthen up and do better. The audience would like stronger teams in the domestic competitions that could further compete at such levels. It was a good game, and certainly the better team won!

  • on September 17, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    faisalabad wolves is most poor team in pak domestic but luckily misbah guided his team in domestic tournment for victory

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on September 17, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    Faisalabad Wolves are the weakest team of the qualifiers they don't stand a chance of winning a single match to be, but underdogs can cause some upsets. I wish Lahore Lions would have qualified for the Champions League.

  • romirom on September 17, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    the lose show how poor is the pak domestic cricket. How wolves had won the domestic t20 frm pak without any emerging batsman. All players are old aged player who i thnk never gona make place in pak team specialy batsman. Same on pcb for a such a low standard domestic circuit.

  • on September 17, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    faislabad wolves batting technique is so narrow. . nw I remember wy pak will have weak batting unit

  • on September 17, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    @ mohammad tanker...brother i think you are the one who needs a memory check , you remember one innings pakistan reaching 300 when misbah got out cheaply but forgot numerous pakistani innings when only misbah played well. At least appreciate what is good.

  • on September 17, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    no meter which team is good are bad. ....... wolves are the champions from pak t20 league ..........

    thay have most dangerous bowling attack in this league if they qualify then they show what thay have ........ belive me......

  • on September 17, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    @Morfi. I think your memory is a little weak. There was only one match in Zimbabwe (the second ODI) when Mesbah only wasted 2-3 overs and got out. That was the only match Pakistan touched 300 which was the highest score from Pakistan on the tour. So I agree to Imran Mohammad :)

  • gsingh7 on September 17, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    otago will win with a canter and then it will be difficult for wolves to beat both sunrisers(best team in qualifiers ) and kand maroos (?). without misbah wolves wud not even be top 4 in pakistan , let alone play in champions league. batting is dismal from wolves side.

  • on September 17, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    misbah has always been a class player no matter what the critics say pls take out the consistent 40 runs he scores in any format of the game... he can b calld mr.dependable for pakistan.

  • Morfi on September 17, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    @Imran Mohammad: how is that clear from this pre-match preview, may I ask? He is the only one who "plays" in the team. You would rather have him get out and let the team fold for under a 100 every time.... would that satisfy you?

  • on September 17, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Misbah is only dependable batsman in faisalabad wolves

  • on September 17, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    I feel sorry for misbah critics. cleary they dont know the first thing about cricket. how many times has misbah arrived at situations in odi tests nd t20s at 20/3 30/3 and given the yeam a respectable total to defend.

  • on September 17, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    misbah clearly plays for himself and his figures not for the team.

  • on September 17, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    misbah clearly plays for himself and his figures not for the team.

  • on September 17, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    I feel sorry for misbah critics. cleary they dont know the first thing about cricket. how many times has misbah arrived at situations in odi tests nd t20s at 20/3 30/3 and given the yeam a respectable total to defend.

  • on September 17, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Misbah is only dependable batsman in faisalabad wolves

  • Morfi on September 17, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    @Imran Mohammad: how is that clear from this pre-match preview, may I ask? He is the only one who "plays" in the team. You would rather have him get out and let the team fold for under a 100 every time.... would that satisfy you?

  • on September 17, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    misbah has always been a class player no matter what the critics say pls take out the consistent 40 runs he scores in any format of the game... he can b calld mr.dependable for pakistan.

  • gsingh7 on September 17, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    otago will win with a canter and then it will be difficult for wolves to beat both sunrisers(best team in qualifiers ) and kand maroos (?). without misbah wolves wud not even be top 4 in pakistan , let alone play in champions league. batting is dismal from wolves side.

  • on September 17, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    @Morfi. I think your memory is a little weak. There was only one match in Zimbabwe (the second ODI) when Mesbah only wasted 2-3 overs and got out. That was the only match Pakistan touched 300 which was the highest score from Pakistan on the tour. So I agree to Imran Mohammad :)

  • on September 17, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    no meter which team is good are bad. ....... wolves are the champions from pak t20 league ..........

    thay have most dangerous bowling attack in this league if they qualify then they show what thay have ........ belive me......

  • on September 17, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    @ mohammad tanker...brother i think you are the one who needs a memory check , you remember one innings pakistan reaching 300 when misbah got out cheaply but forgot numerous pakistani innings when only misbah played well. At least appreciate what is good.

  • on September 17, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    faislabad wolves batting technique is so narrow. . nw I remember wy pak will have weak batting unit