Faisalabad v Sunrisers, CLT20 qualifier, Mohali

Sunrisers progress, Faisalabad knocked out

The Report by Mohammad Isam

September 18, 2013

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Sunrisers Hyderabad 131 for 3 (Dhawan 59) beat Faisalabad Wolves 127 for 5 (Misbah 56*) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details


Misbah-ul-Haq's 56 took Faisalabad to 127, Faisalabad Wolves v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Champions League Qualifiers, Mohali, September 18, 2013
Another Misbah-ul-Haq half-century went in vain © BCCI
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The match was over as a contest in the 14th over of Sunrisers Hyderabad's chase. Saeed Ajmal had bowled his last over, remained wicketless and mostly ineffective. Shikhar Dhawan soon reached his second consecutive half-century in the Champions League Twenty20, setting up Sunrisers' comfortable victory over Faisalabad Wolves which eased them into the main competition.

The result also ensured that Otago Volts, who had beaten Kandurata Maroons earlier in the day, also qualified. Both Faisalabad and Kandurata were knocked out. Sunrisers look to be the most well-balanced side among the four qualifiers, and will provide competition for the rest of the pack.

Dhawan's fifty came off 48 balls, and it had his usual dose of pleasing off-side strokes as well as some slogs. His only six was hit between reaching his fifty and getting out to left-arm spinner Imran Khalid. He added 68 for the first wicket with Parthiv Patel, before a 44-run stand with Jean-Paul Duminy during which they got over a tricky period when the ball kept low. Biplab Samantray got out for a duck to a beauty from Khalid, but Duminy and Darren Sammy completed the win.

Dhawan, Patel and Duminy tackled Ajmal quite well, but the offspinner was tasked with defending a low total in a ground favoured by chasing sides. The Faisalabad bowling was as insipid as their batting, except for their captain Misbah-ul-Haq who, like his time as Pakistan captain, played a lone hand.

Faisalabad's innings ran out of juice as soon as the Powerplay overs were completed, by when they had raced to 44 for 0. But two wickets fell in the next two overs and the run-rate fell too, as Sunrisers reclaimed momentum.

Amit Mishra made the difference at that stage, as he bowled four tight overs on the trot. His figures, 4-1-13-1, stunted Faisalabad's hopes of getting the score past 150. He started off with a wicket off his second ball when Ali Waqas flicked him to deep midwicket. Mishra's line was immaculate for most of the four overs, as he accumulated 17 dot balls. The only boundary in a spell that caused plenty of damage to Faisalabad's confidence was in his final over when Misbah launched him straight down the ground.

There was a danger of the Pakistan Twenty20 champions slipping further, but with Misbah around, they had fight at one end. Misbah struck five sixes and a four in his unbeaten 40-ball 56, becoming the oldest batsman - at the age of 39 - to score a fifty in the Champions League Twenty20.

He was playing a young man's game but his running between the wickets, the five sixes and the fight he provided showed he was in his element. He slammed four of his sixes down the ground, and the last one off Thisara Perera over square-leg, a timely and powerful swivel of the bat.

But despite all his efforts, Faisalabad's first Champions League campaign is set to be a short one as there was too much for Misbah and Ajmal to do.

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Posted by s.g.a. on (September 24, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

now u can understand about srilanka domestic cricket structure, thats why this happen to kadurata marrons. also very near future this will happen to nationa team . especially sanga & mahela retired. so when till that day comes please sleep srilanka cricket management.

Posted by harithavsoman on (September 20, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

@Herath-UK now the great KM team will win on the same pitch batting second.

Posted by DINESHCC on (September 20, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

REALITY_CHECK: When you give statistics, please give it in full. Why 20-20 is not there in your statistics?

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (September 20, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

@Sultan Ahmed Warraich, No need to go that much. Just check CT matches where India won trophy and Pakistan whitewashed and kicked out by India. Do you need to compare ZIM series of both teams?

@reality_check. Why are you not mentioning the T20 stats here which is relevant now? :) BTW, WI has the better Win loss ration than most of the teams in the world and do you count them as a good team now?

Posted by JohnnyRook on (September 20, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

@Sultan Ahmed Warraich. Get real mate. India hs won last 5-6 series against Pak and you are getting happy about the one which you won. India is world cup and champion's trophy winner. Pak is not even able to defeat Zimbabwe side which India defeated 5-0 with a second string team.

Coming back to CL,Faislabad is free to hire internationals. It is not India's fault that internal Pakistan circumstances don't allow it. By the way, did you see Styn's or Duminy's perfromance against Faislabad. It is safe to say that SRH would have won even without them. Also you know well that IPL teams have 4 foreign players. If that makes it so unfair, why so much crying if you are not invited in it. You can't keep harping about a country all the time and expect friendly relations...

Posted by Mirzawaseem on (September 19, 2013, 20:18 GMT)

Now that Kandurata Maroons are out of the main tournament, can Kumar Sangakkara play for Sunrisers Hyderabad?

Posted by bbnn on (September 19, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

I am still remembering the Lahore Badhshaws in ICL and what a team it was there also some players not played any Internationals but that team was a truly a champion team led by Insamam Ul Haq, But this team seriously lack quality except Misba Ajmal and Ehsan Adil , I don't know why they are not giving chance to youngsters who played in U19 cricket Instead they are giving chance to players who passed 30

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

Misbah is unlucky for his team no matter which one it is. If you look at batting order around him for some unkown and yet very strange reason the strike rate for those batsmen goes down just like his. Also he ends up to be the stand alone performer that has no meaning. I would keep him out of the any team. He just needs to hang his boots coz he plays for himself. If his cricts are saying that his strike rates needs to improve then it needs to or else stop playing and give a chance to someone fresh that can be used. I dont think we should play him until WC 2015 but PCB is a system based on favoritims so no use.

Posted by Herath-UK on (September 19, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

Basically there is no competition here,all the games won by the batting team second time. Difficult to bat initially then batting becomes much easier I was surprised to see how easily the NZ T team scored against in Kandurata. It is typical indian wicket there is no bite to the bowler batting second looks great. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by sandeep33 on (September 19, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

well what were the predictions and dreams by pakistani fans,,ajmal again getting sachin's wickt,,winning champians league,,cant stop laughing,,,and now they are argueing they dnt hav intnational players,,so by knewing this y did they made such funny comments b4 the league?anyway gudbye FW...

Posted by Nampally on (September 19, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

I personally think that the Pakistani supporters have over rated the capability of Faisalabad team in these qualifying rounds. Blaming Misbah for the poor performance of this team is totally unfair. In fact Misbah was the only batsman who showed guts & held the team batting together, with 56* @ a S/R of 140! Thanks to Misbah, that FW put up some show. As for SRH, it is a good all round side who finished 4th in the IPL 6. With the inclusion of Duminy & Sammy as the "Regulars", it will be a force to reckon. Dhawan is one of the best opening batsmen in the world & Steyn the best fast bowler. Mishra & Karan make a formidable spin duo in addition to other players in the XI. The reality is that FW was simply outplayed by a much superior team in every department of the game.

Posted by DaGameChanger on (September 19, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

@reality_check...you can keep you stat about head-to-head..You need to know India has almost beaten Pakistan exclusively on all major tournaments. You can keep that record but I am very happy with us winning trophies when it counts.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

Faisalabad was a team of local kids with only one superstar ie Saeed Ajmal (plz dont count Misbah as superstar), and lead by the oldest captain in Pakistan history (yes Misbah broke Imran's record). Hyderabad was a team of international superstars. Faisalabad kids played for respect. Hyderabad players played for millions. All in all, Faisalabad qualified due to technicalities, otherwise they are not the top team of Pakistan at all.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

Yet another fantastic innings by shikhar dhawan. I am sure that SRH will play in the main tournament.

Posted by Nampally on (September 19, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

@kc69:Mishra is in a class where he can handle both RH or LH batsmen. He has a googly & a top spinner too which are both potent weapons Vs. LH batsmen. But he relies more on variation of his flight & bowling at the right spot. So ignoring a top class spinner just because there are "Lefties" is not the answer. The real issue here was Dhawan in his first game as Captain, did not know too much about either Mishra or Karan Sharma. Karan is a faster leg spinner - more like Kumble whilst Mishra is a slower one, more like the great SP Gupte (not yet in his class). Both have been economical in IPL 6 & were the main guys carrying the brunt of the bowling attack. In fact Mishra was a leading wkt. taker in IPL 6. Dhawan had since reviewed his bowlers again & did much better as a Captain, as Moody rightly stated. Captaincy is a tough job in the T20 format. A single 20 run over often swings the game to a Loss.

Posted by Morfi on (September 19, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

Lo and behold! Nothing new about this performance. Misbah is the lone ranger.

Lo and behold! Pak team fails and Afridi suddenly wants to be captain, because he sees a chance. He will ruin the team and himself. He dosent even deserve to be in the team and he is asking for captaincy. Opportunism at its peak!!

Posted by Haleos on (September 19, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

@reality_check - take sharjah out where your team played with 13 players. remember? 3 LBW's in a row for Aaqib. I think the bowler was actually the umpire. Also check the record for last 10-15 years. Not to mention the most important world cup matches. Sour grapes?

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

@JohnnyRook Yes it's an IPL team, not an Indian side.It may be 4th ranked but still it has likes of Styen, Duminy, Perera & Sammy.On the other hand Faisalabad side had Ajmal only and Misbah of course who no longer plays this format for PAK.If you're still under this false illusion that India is way better than Pak, just recall the results of recent bilateral T20 & ODI series between the two sides at your soil.

Posted by MrCricketFan1981 on (September 19, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

I will always consider Misbah in the league of Sachin, but not as good as Sachin. In my mind even batting legends like Ponting etc. don't come close to Sachin or Misbah. Anyone who plays or even follows cricket knows it is easy to perform well when you team is performing well, but its a different story when your team is inconsistent or bad. The thought in the back of your mind, that your team will win only if you score is a hard thing to play with. But these two have done that consistently. Sachin has done that over almost the entire 1990s, which has made him the legend he is. Misbah didn't start his career as early as Sachin, but had carried similar burden most of his career so far. Imagine how good he could have been with a team with some consistency (talent is always there in Pakistan). I have always thought Pakistan produced the worlds most talented cricketers, unfortunately they don't end up being the "Greats" when they finish. I will always be a fan of Misbah.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

Can pak sports again rise as in the past? Can it happen again?

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

two best team qualified for the next round. Sunrisers looked too strong for both kandurata & faisalabad in their respective matches. Kandurata had put together a team without considering the area relevance of the players. Sri Lanka cricket just wanted to send a team to compete in champions league so that they can get the money given by BCCI for taking part in the competition. Because SL premier league fell apart after just one tounament, they wanted to set up a tournament to select a team to play in the champhions league. Pakistan's team didn't look good either. Only misbah ul haq could show some kind of a quality in batting. All in all, I think we are in for a good tournament given the quality of teams in the tournament.

Posted by SyedArbabAhmed on (September 19, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

yes Asif Ali was playing, I was looking for Asif Hussain but he was not in the squad, and not only Pakistani cricket, every sport is declining fast.

Posted by khurazi on (September 19, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

Pakistan T20 is one of the powerful team apart from that pakistani player are not in the IPL and no international player available in local tournament... sunrisers having most of the well known international player on the other hand FW having only Misbah and Saeed Ajmal, Misbah is not even playing for ther home t20 side but still he perform well i think icc should try to provide all teams the level playing ground. FW unfortunately come day before the match having lest time to prepare themself for the tournament

Posted by reality_check on (September 19, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

@JohnnyRook: FW went to CLT20 because of luck of draw and not because it had best players or it was the best team. I will blame PCB for this fiasco. It is far from being a "Pakistan's champion" team as you put it. If it was you would have seen Gul, Afridi, Razzaq, Hafeez and few others in it. Probably the same team which toured India recently and won the ODI series LOL.

I did not bring up historic head-to-head to begin with. I was merely replying to someone who did. Read my comment again. It is fair to bring out the historical facts to someone who is trying to beat you up as if history started this week.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

if 4th placed ipl team cud do this to wolves,think what will champion teams csk or mumbai indians wed do to them? maybe win by 10 wickets or inside 6 overs.

Posted by JohnnyRook on (September 19, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

@reality_check. You keep getting happy with historical results. But it doesn't matter one bit. What matters is the present. Most Indians would be more than happy to acknowledge that India team was loads weaker than PAk's before mid 90s. But more important fact is that a fourth ranked IPL team beats the Pakistan's champion team black and blue....And on top of it, you want an automatic selection in main draw.

Posted by reality_check on (September 19, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

@humdrum: These are club matches but with top class international players and ICC backing. A big difference.

Funny you mention head-to-head between Ind/Pak. Tests: Played = 59, Won by Pak = 12, Won by Ind = 9. ODI: Played = 125, Won by Pak = 71, Won by Ind = 50.

You were saying something about eating a humble pie !! :)

Posted by Haleos on (September 19, 2013, 8:36 GMT)

'@kalyanbk - it wont help. they will be hammered and then their confidence will take a beating. They needs to have better structure.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

Misbah is like sole performer in entire nation at the moment. Even at 39 he is batting very well and tirelessly working to save his teams. On the other hand Dhawan is as well compiling big scores routinely and hope his run continues for long period.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (September 19, 2013, 7:57 GMT)

@ Bilal Raza Its very clear from your comment that you are frustrated with SRH's victory. And ofcourse Indians will think its their victory as it is Indian domestic tournament team. Nobody stopped FW to recruit international players. And just so you know in last 2 matches apart from parera's 32 no other international player had any influence on SRH's win.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 7:15 GMT)

No surprise, this is the weakest team in pakistan domestic events. God knows how they won the domestic event. No way near big level. Their batsmen were playing like they are playing some street cricket. But good experience of these guys. Most of these guys are no where near the list of next international selection.

If K Maroons of SL with so much star power can loose both games then nothing expected of this FW team.

Posted by Criclover123456 on (September 19, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

Its hard luck that the so called Champions of Pakistan T20 are not going through....Well BCCI and Indian Cricket is on a rise so you can't say that its a mini-IPL...its altogether a chance for new players to rise as Pollard, Narine etc...FW does not have the talent or players to even compete at a domestic level....one person changed d fortune of tht team.....so called emerging fast bowler ehsan adil looked like a club bowler nd batsmen waqas, khurram asif shud all play street level cricket....dey were mere filling up the numbers for FW team....

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

though SRH are a great team and Dhawan is an aggressive guy, i still cant see the aggressiveness in his captaincy.. Even yesterday, he replaced karn sharma after he was hit for a six... I really like the guy and his attitude, but Dhawan's captaincy reminds me of KP....

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

Majority of the players were 30+ & only Misbah was playing out of the whole bunch. You need young players for T20 style. No one was able to hit the ball with prope cricketing shots.

Posted by KishoreMalladi on (September 19, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

Sunrisers qualifying is not a big surprise considering the form they have been in and the kind of players they have in their ranks. Faisalabad Wolves never looked in competition against SRH in all the three departments. Barring Misbah, no one else made a mark in the batting scorecard. The strike rates of 76, 80 etc gives a picture of how the batsmen did not get off to a goos flying start. The bowling too looked ordinary. Never they threatened to trouble the SRH batsmen. While Samiullah Khan did generate some swing, pitching in the right areas was a problem - in short, inexperience. The way Ajmal went wicketless and way the other bowlers responded and bowled shows the kind of impact the FW bowling had on SRH. In all, SRH had the upper hand and dominated the game entirely. Will be interesting to see how they perform in the main event, and well, it will good if they continue this excellent form.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

To be frankly, the only team I see capable enough of playing in a CLT20 is Lahore Lions, because that team comprises of players who have played Intl cricket for Pakistan. The Likes of Hafeeez, Shehzad, Jamshed, Yousuf, Akmal Brothers, Wahab Riaz and Abdul Razzaq can make an impact. This was an all new experience for the Faisalabad players to have played in an International Event. Just goes to show that our domestic cricket system needs to be ravamped. Also the fact that other teams have players tht have tasted intl cricket/have intl cricketers so this gives them an edge

Posted by Sir_Ivor on (September 19, 2013, 5:10 GMT)

I can assure all my Pakistani friends that they will be in the IPL 7. Though Misbah is old, I think he will get a contract. The IPL is about individuals. So the Indian Govt should allow players without any question.

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (September 19, 2013, 5:08 GMT)

2014 IPL is likely to be in S. Africa. Pakistani fans should understand that the IPL teams will never pick Pak batters including Misbah, their best. It is a completely different story when it comes to the bowlers. I can think of at least 5 to 6 Pak bowlers who will be in demand. Hafeez and Afridi will be picked because they are bowling all rounders!

Posted by humdrum on (September 19, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

@reality_check:First of all,these are club matches,not international ones in case you don't know. Secondly, what is head to head record of Ind v Pak in intl T-20 incl T-20 WC ? thirdly,what is current ICC ranking of Pak in all three formats ? Now,hope you feel humble.

Posted by vish57 on (September 19, 2013, 4:53 GMT)

even the last finished IPL teams Pune Warriors or Delhi Daredevils are much stronger than teams such as Faislabad Wolves or Kandurutha Maroons; these 2 teams are really state teams will few internations, few discards and few youngsters; the qualifiers have become meaningless, 4 out of 9 IPL teams in the league makes us feel as if it is a mini IPL. Some how even in India matches are being played in empty stadium, a concern for BCCI

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (September 19, 2013, 4:52 GMT)

@Muhammad Taha Naseer Ansari , No body denied FW from recruiting international players!. Look att other teams too, they are not 100% local players. And we have a 4 day domestic ranji season for local players to show talent and some other ODI tournaments too. The uncapped players got chance from that. What I can say is even Indian state teams are far better than FW. Even a team from Kashmir or Kerala (which do not have national team players in it) are good enough for FW.

Posted by sreehk on (September 19, 2013, 4:28 GMT)

I do not buy the argument IPL teams win because of international players, Kandurata had some 8 international players, why did they not win? Or Why most of IPL teams failed to win champions league in the last years despite having them? What's the fun in watching Champions League teams again playing with whole national squads?!!! For SRH win feel sorry for Wolves as they have university level players. Somehow with JP in the side, SRH batting looks better it did with White or Sangakkara. SRH just need one more proper batsman in the side may be in place of Sammy and they will be a side to beat and My God what balance they will have!!!

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 4:18 GMT)

missed the match but seeing the score card one feels the team is looking very strong. batting looks very strong with parthiv finding form. good spin department with amit,karan and duminy. perrera is predictable in bowling but not in batting .Darren Sammy is a match winner. other teams got to watch out.

Posted by himanshu.team on (September 19, 2013, 3:49 GMT)

PCB should ban Misbah. When he plays he is the only one to fight it out, whether it is tests, ODIs or even T20. If you want other 10 to perform, axe the only one who is performing right now

Posted by tanstell87 on (September 19, 2013, 3:25 GMT)

PCB should have sent strongest team for CL T20

Posted by Sir_Ivor on (September 19, 2013, 3:20 GMT)

Frankly speaking I thought Faisalabad Wolves did not belong to this league. It was too lop sided and embarassing Misbah's heroics notwithstanding.There was a team by the name Sialkot stallions in the IPL. That was a very good team. I wonder what happened to them. Among others Inzy too was there providing the skills and maturity.

Posted by Cricdew on (September 19, 2013, 2:19 GMT)

@Startk62 .Please stop making excuses and accept it gracefully

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 1:10 GMT)

disappointed everyone in fsb. they tried but couldn't match the clas of SRH. few bad days for Misbah but shouldn't forget he is the man for pak. Bleed green

Posted by BreakingNews on (September 19, 2013, 0:50 GMT)

IPL's 4 best team v/s Pakistan T20 champions. Result is out. Nothing to see more for all shouting fans of FW.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 0:42 GMT)

I think now Pakistani fans should realize that y they need to play this round to go further To compete in this level they need to spent some money like other teams did PCB is just sinking domestic cricket ship

Posted by   on (September 19, 2013, 0:32 GMT)

Well this is a tragedy...the fact that Wolves qualified SIMPLY because Hafeez joined the Lahore Lions for the Super 8's. If Razzaq and Yousuf (2 true class players compared to bits and pieces Hafeez) remained for the squad there was no way Wolves would enter because if you look at it, they have nothing except Misbah. Ajmal is decent but not quite what he was an year or two ago.

Misbah however, has played his best and shown that he is a capable batsman, he plays too slow for the Pakistan team but in both the T20s he paced his innings the way he should for Pakistan ODIs on a more regular basis, by far the best batsman for Pakistan asides from perhaps Umar Akmal atm.

Posted by Fijicricket on (September 18, 2013, 23:12 GMT)

When Wolves were having problems getting visas, Pakistan fans claimed India was scared to lose . Well a lesson- theres nothing to be scared of as winning or losing is part of the game and Pakistan sides are not up to standard required.

Posted by avmd on (September 18, 2013, 22:57 GMT)

That tells you the sorry figure of Pakistan's domestic cricket. Was that really the top team from Pakistan ? The batsmen were not of first class standard, and with the exception of Saeed Ajmal bowling was not impressive at all.

Posted by Rohan_cric on (September 18, 2013, 22:44 GMT)

What will Dhoni do when SRH meets CSK? Will he let his international bowlers know of Shikhar Dhawan's weaknesses, how to bowl to him? thereby potentially putting his best batsman in current Indian line up at risk when they play International matches against lets say Australia or SA?

Posted by   on (September 18, 2013, 22:33 GMT)

no hard feelings for sunrises but I would like to mention a fact and say at least a regional pakistani team was given the chance for CLT20 unlike ipl indian team. I would like to see an indian regional team (not ipl team having players around the world) to play at this level. and if they win... hats off to them

Posted by   on (September 18, 2013, 22:13 GMT)

Faisalabad Wolves team is not good enough to compete in such tournament, alone misbah can't do anything, however instead of them i wish Lahore Lions or Karachi dolphins playing this tournament, the picture would be different.

Posted by kc69 on (September 18, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

@Nampally: Dhawan did what was bets for SRH in previous game because Sanga was in Maroons team he had a very good idea about SRH strengths and weaknesses that was the only reason 5 left handed batsmen were included to tackle the two legspinners.So what Dhawan did was infact masterclass by giving JP Duminy 3 overs as compensation for leggie's.In India for any team to succeed spinners have a big role to play so will be the same with SRH.But i still think JP Duminy has to prove himself with the bat.

Posted by Ahmad1121 on (September 18, 2013, 21:33 GMT)

This come with no surprise that Wolves are out. There is no international cricket in Pakistan therefore majority of the domestic players aren't expose to international teams and players. Any realistic Pakistani would know that Wolves are only there to learn and get experiences and that certainly they did. Wolves was not the best team in pakistan (in fact any team lead by Misbah is far from being the best). It was just experience was those players and nothing else but unfortunately most of the players in that team were over 30 smh so not much prospect there. There is big question mark on Future of Cricket in Pakistan, domestic and international. Since there is no international cricket in pakistan, PCB should seriously try to play more A games or under 23 etc to groom their future players.

Posted by Temuzin on (September 18, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

What's that all fuss about Pakistani team losing? Lankans lost too but no body is criticizing. Faisalabad Wolfs are young team and will learn the tricks along such exposure. Pakistani young players have not been exposed to much cricket due to condition in their country but they have natural talent. Let them play a little more and they will become a good team again.

Posted by snbirdi on (September 18, 2013, 21:12 GMT)

Lol, I can't remember the last time I saw the scorecard of either pakistan's international team or any of their regional teams where anyone other than Misbah proved useful.

Posted by   on (September 18, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

@DaGameChanger Mishra turns into an average bowler as soon as batsman start attacking him, we have seen it when he played for india in tests. faisals batsmen showed no intent against him except misbah. also if yuvi and zaheer were dropped from the team because of the fitness then mishra is maybe the most unfit guy in the whole CLT20 :)

Posted by   on (September 18, 2013, 21:00 GMT)

I watched Faisalabad Wolves vs Lahore Lions Domestic T-20 semi-final match which Faisalabad won. At that time I was happy that Faisalabad (the underdogs) won against a strong Lahore side. It was by sheer luck and with Misbah's efforts that Faisalabad won against Lahore. Otherwise, Lahore Lions had Ahmad Shahzad, Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Nasir Jamshed and Aizaz Cheema in the team. They would have done extremely well in India. Just take out Misbah and Faisalabad is a miserable domestic T-20 team. Today, I was disappointed that Lahore Lions could not win that semi-final, otherwise we could have enjoyed today's match. I find it very amusing to see Steyn, Sammy and Parera playing for an Indian domestic side and how Indians feel it is their victory only. A domestic champion should only have their domestic players. However, being a cricket lover, it is always treat to watch Shikhar Dhawan batting. We're all set to witness another mini-IPL which makes this tournament extremely boring

Posted by asim229 on (September 18, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

I hear a lot of comments from Misbah supporters that imagine if he wasnt there then what would have happened and we need him when we are 3/10 otherwise we wont be able to score a 100.I think this is main reason that pak cricket is in this state and they need to come out of these ifs and buts otherwise they will never succeed.How will you guys know that there is a better captain unless you try him.I can tell you guys what will happen if Misbah is removed from the captaincy.He will loose his form because then he will not be able to bat at his favourite no5 position and then will be dropped from the team and pakistan team will not become worst than it already is under the new captain.

Posted by BoonBoom on (September 18, 2013, 20:34 GMT)

The two matches of Faisalabad clearly demonstrate the quality of players in Pakistan. The truth is there is absolutely no talent available and I don't think Pakistan will ever make to top teams in the world in the next 50 years!

Posted by Naresh28 on (September 18, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

There is no doubt now that MISHRA should br the third spinner in team INDIA. After Ashwin and Jadeja. He probably pips Ohja. Pacers/seamers are more tricky to choose, but Pandey could be in the reckoning. One hopes that Zaks could gain form and reclaim his spot. There is far too many choices for the batsman. Anyway exciting times await India on overseas trips now.

Posted by reality_check on (September 18, 2013, 19:59 GMT)

@Rohit. Let's compare the two teams first. SRH has four international players including Steyn. SRH plays all IPL matches on these grounds every year with other international players in IPL. Faisalabad has two recognizable names with Misbah not even a T20 specialist. No international players and no exposure to the amount of T20 as SRH at the international level like IPL. So the result is predictable although I liked the fight Misbah showed. They just did not have the firepower required to post a big total or to defend a small total.

At the end of the day with the amount of T20 exposure that Indian players have in IPL etc and the international exposure, India managed to win exactly one ICC T20 tournament .... same as Pakistan although Pakistan reached the final twice and semis three times.

Now if I were you I would feel a bit humble about these facts.

Posted by Rohit... on (September 18, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

@ Stark62 : Well the point is Pakistan doesnot win matches because of the entire team... Pak wins because of Misbah & Ajmal... Rest all are playing for the sake of participation and not for a winning cause... So, my point is Misbah & Ajmal represents the Entire Pakistan Strength and the rest 9 players represents their weakness...So a team of such 9 players couldn't beat the team of Misbah & Ajmal... It was proved in the domestic circuit also... But all Misbah haters tend to become blind when the facts are shown to them.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 18, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

Once again, Misbah proving he's the ONLY quality batsman in Pakistan. This is shocking performance by Faisalabad. I expected them to play much better against Hyderabad Sun Risers. Now they are eliminated from the CLT20. The last match is a dead rubber and will be played for pride. Hopefully, next year we see a better Pakistani domestic team like Lahore Lions or Karachi Dolphins.

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (September 18, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

@Desihungama & @Stark62

We would be happy to invite your best outfit here. After all we want best team to be viewed here. If Lahore Lions was the best team why didn't they apply? Rohit is upset & critical of bad performances by FW. Yours teams are certainly better than NZL. Why do you feel you don't have stars. Sunrisers have many international stars but look at local performances comparing with these internationals. Ishant was better at both games and steyn couldn't pick single wicket giving a lot of runs. Mishra & Karan did good job too. All the best for last game against Kandurata Maroons.

Posted by danish0079 on (September 18, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

How good player Misbah is, he scored in both games but I think Misbah missed the trick if he had opened the innings he'd have score a century on this wicked, anyway Pakistan need to improve the quality of Cricket, they need a competitive domestic structure, improve club level cricket, and polish raw material so we never have to face humiliation in tournaments like this, I hope FW will win last game, best of luck team Faislabad

Posted by DaGameChanger on (September 18, 2013, 19:05 GMT)

Move Over Ajmal..Mishra is coming. Mishra is top-rated bowler and only if Indian selectors give him 15-20 nonstop chances to show his worth. Not to mention, he can bat little bat, makes him a worth a try. India are lucky to have spin bowling all-rounders. Can they stick to Mishra as they have done with Rohit Sharma...?

Posted by   on (September 18, 2013, 19:01 GMT)

cant believe all the people slagging misbah,i admit he is à slow batsman compared t other international batsman ,but look his contribution compared t other players in his teams ,can u imagine what state pak n faislabad teams would b in

Posted by DD_f0rever on (September 18, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

I feel for Misbah. It reminds me some of the knocks of SRT where he used to score but other members let him down. I think, now Pak fans are realizing how it feels when one guy does everything to win but others don't.

Anyway, as most of our Pak frnds saying Lahore shld have been there... so lets see what that team does next time if they manage to win domestic tournament in Pak first.

And plz dont bring the issue of 4 overseas players here bcoz if you put players in a team according to their state then beating Delhi wld be very difficult. Gauti,Viru,Dhawan,Unmukt,Kohli,Ishant,Nehra,Mishra ...All Delhi'ites.

Posted by Nampally on (September 18, 2013, 18:39 GMT)

Well done SRH with second convincing victory in a row- thrashing Faisalabad with more than 2 overs to spare! Faisalabad were restricted to a meagre 127. This time Dhawan did his home work as a Captain & included both Mishra & Karan in his bowlers. Mishra had 1 for 13 in 4 overs whilst Karan had 1 for 11 in 2 overs. These were the 2 star bowlers who carried SRH to the top 4 teams in IPL 6. Dhawan somehow failed to give them bowling in the first match. When SRH went in to bat Patel & Dhawan gave them a flying start as in the first match. Dhawan scored another big score of 59 whilst Patel fell in 30's. It is heartening to see the SRH openers in such terrific form. They need to continue this form in Group stage games for SRH to continue winning. SRH is a strong all round side. Dhawan, Patel, Duminy aided by all rounders Sammy & Perera will be force in batting. Mishra, Karan, Steyn, Ishant will add their guile in the bowling. If they field well & take their catches, they will win Matches!

Posted by Desihungama on (September 18, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

Rohit - You need to understand the make of the teams is not fair. IPL teams are stacked with International Players and Superstars where as teams like Wolves and some others have only One or two Internationals with sole Superstar. Naturally the batting would be weak and on top of that most players (Wolves) have zero International games experience. This is what I expected from them. Just chill and watch one of your IPL teams lift the trophy.

Posted by Stark62 on (September 18, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

@Rohit You wouldn't have been saying that, if the Lahore Lions (who won the main tournament) were chosen to represent Pak in the clt20 because they compose of quality players like Jamshed, Shezhad, Hafeez, Akmal brothers, Riaz, Cheema (represented Pak), plus future intl. Pak players Zia-Ul-Haq and Irfan, in addition to top it all off with a certain someone named, Razzaq.

All in all, 8 intl. players and two future representatives.

Posted by Out_Swinger on (September 18, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

Love to see Sangakara back in Sunrisers team for the main competition...!!

Posted by Fineline on (September 18, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

Misbah you are a great batsmen but you should play only as a batsmen and sacrifice captaincy for other players which is better for our cricket.At least you will get rid of this stress and tension that is increasing day by day.

Posted by cricexpt on (September 18, 2013, 18:13 GMT)

Misbah's go slow approach is affecting both pak and wolves. He bats that puts pressure on other batsman to score quickly, and he loses wicket. It is plain stupidity from Misbah to put pressure on other batsman and emerge as saviour whereas he is the real culprit.

Posted by MAK123 on (September 18, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

agree with Rohit... this team sent a very wrong message to the world: that all Pakistani new comers are pathetic

Posted by Stark62 on (September 18, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

I feel sorry for the Lahore Lions because they won the main competition and should have been sent to the clt20 but unfortunately, the Wolves won the super eights (which is a second rate tournament) and somehow, won the competition.

The pcb should inform the teams as to which of the two T20 tournaments will allow you to participate in the clt20 because Afridi wasn't playing in the super eight tournament and his team would have at least reached the semi's, leaving behind the Wolves.

Posted by   on (September 18, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

Well I feel sorry for Parthiv patel(or dinesh karthik, any wicketkeeper batsmen) because no matter how well they play replacing Dhoni will be tough ask.So will be replacing Dhawan as team India opener because Shikhar Dhawan is on fire.Go Sunrisers

Posted by Rohit... on (September 18, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

To all Pakistani... When Misbah & Ajmal led side cannot win matches for you, then it's clear that none of your side can... Just claiming that Afridi or Akmal led side could have won matches, then why are they not in the current senior team??? Outside Pakistan, Afridi is not considered as an allrounder but only as a bowler.... And a tournament is not won by 1 or 2 players... Pak invited humiliation by applying for Champions League... They should have followed the England way by staying out of the tournament and would have saved some dignity.

Posted by   on (September 18, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

now sikhar is looking matuared as a captain also,he is very consistancy.

Posted by ProdigyA on (September 18, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

Age seems to be catching up with Ajmal, he looks tired and bulky and his fingers are not strong anymore.

Posted by   on (September 18, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

this is the least strong team in pakistan domestic competition. and God knows how they won domestic event. never consistent and never was that good.

Posted by   on (September 18, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

Sides were not balanced.. pak have to improve their bating .. Good luck eagles for the next time.. (Y)

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (September 18, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

@romirom Faisalabad is not even 3rd best team in our domestic cricket, they qualified by pure luck Champions were Lahore Lions but PCB decided to send winner of another tournament of super 8 teams and Faisalabad is one of the 8 best teams in our domestic cricket if Lahore Lions wouldn't have bad luck they were good enough to beat sunrises and even Mumbai Indians CSK is tough target for any team as its lead by MSD and he is one of the greatest captains I have ever seen but Lahore Lions can beat IPL team but CSK to be honest.

Posted by   on (September 18, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

Disappointing performance by the wolves. Apart from Misbah, I saw no one else who had the gutts to play complete text book shots. Our cricket indeed is in turmoil be it the international side or the domestic side. Waqas ali and Ammar Mahmood played abit sensibly but obviously due to to the lack of techniques, their batting was lost in shades of Misbah's performance. Overall a very poor effort from the side altogether.

Posted by   on (September 18, 2013, 17:34 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 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.

Posted by   on (September 18, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

Pathetic performance by Faisalabad they were never in the tournament problems for Misbah after the Zimbabwe tour.................

Posted by romirom on (September 18, 2013, 16:55 GMT)

pak domestic game doesn't have a proper batsman, have a average bowler, not have a proper wicket keper who can bat a bit and have a sloopy filders. How they compete in intl level?

Posted by fahad_pakistani on (September 18, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

Dunno how faisalabad team won the domestic t20 tournament!! The lahore team shud be playing, which includes jamshed, shehzad , all akmal brothers, an old geezer called razzaq, and in short almost the whole pakistan team.

Posted by   on (September 18, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

it is not a great decision becz the faisalabad team very dangerous to bat first.

Posted by   on (September 18, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

go sunrisers. good choice for shikkar dhawan to bat second

Posted by   on (September 18, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

good choice by the captain shikkar dhawan. Must win game for the wolwes to keep the lowest team in the point table alive. Go Sunrisers.

Posted by   on (September 18, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

sunrisers are having the edge in this match. They are having world class bowlers and equally world ckass batsman too who could adjust to the pitch as early as possible

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