Faisalabad Wolves v Kandurata Maroons, CLT20, Mohali September 20, 2013

Misbah delivers consolation win for Faisalabad


Faisalabad Wolves 146 for 6 (Misbah 93*, Lokuhettige 3-21) beat Kandurata Maroons 136 for 7 (Sangakkara 44, Adil 3-26) by 10 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The two eliminated teams produced similar performances in a dead rubber that ultimately ended in a tame finish in Mohali: poor top-order contributions, shoddy catching, inconsistent ground fielding, and one solid effort with the bat. The primary reason Faisalabad Wolves won, and Kandurata Maroons did not, was that Misbah-ul-Haq batted the distance for his team, while Kumar Sangakkara could not.

The result ended the run of victories for the chasing team at the PCA Stadium, and ensured Faisalabad had something to show for their trip to India, which had seemed uncertain due to confusion over visas. Kandurata Warriors, the hastily formed Sri Lankan T20 champions, ended their campaign with no wins from their three games.

The opening over of the game, bowled by Nuwan Kulasekara, was error strewn and set the tone for a tepid game. Ammar Mahmood mis-hit the first ball, but just cleared the leaping fielder at mid-on, treading on the right side of the thin line between failure and four. Mahmood mis-hit the second too, this time offering a catch to mid-off, where Thilina Kandamby dropped a waist-high sitter. Off the fourth, he survived an lbw appeal and ran a leg bye. While Mahmood lived through three mistakes, his partner Ali Waqas departed after his first, edging an outswinger behind to Sangakkara.

Amid strong gusts of wind in Mohali, Kulasekara returned in the fourth over and induced another edge, this time from Asif Ali, leaving Faisalabad on 20 for 2, needing to be rescued once again by their captain and Man of the Match, Misbah.

It nearly didn't happen. Faisalabad were 27 for 3 and Misbah was on 1 when he lofted Milinda Siriwardana to long-off, where the fielder misjudged the catch and parried it for the innings' first six. In Siriwardene's next over, Misbah carted him again, this time clear over the sightscreen.

After ten overs, Faisalabad were only 58 for 4 but Misbah finally had a steady partner in Mohammad Salman. The acceleration came against Suraj Randiv, with Misbah cutting and sweeping the spinner for consecutive fours before hitting a clean straight six in the 16th over, which cost Kandurata 19 runs. Another big over followed - 16 runs off Kulasekara - and the partnership was worth 74 in 8.4 overs before Salman fell for 21, via a one-handed catch from Lahiru Jayaratne, leaping backwards at deep midwicket.

A six off the first ball off the final over and a brace of doubles took Misbah into the nineties but Kulasekara finished strongly, limiting Faisalabad to 146, of which Misbah had made 93. He had made 195 runs in three qualifying matches; the rest of the Faisalabad batsmen had only 190.

Totals of this size had been chased comfortably in the previous games, and Kandurata got going with three consecutive fours from Upul Tharanga in the second over of the innings. However, a couple of mis-timed lofts and slow scoring reduced the Sri Lankan side to virtually the same position Faisalabad had been at the end of ten overs - 57 for 3.

Faisalabad did not help their cause, dropping Sangakkara on 17, and Silva on 2. However, Sangakkara did not find a partner like Misbah had, and with the burden of scoring falling squarely on him, he eventually holed out to deep midwicket for 44.

The asking rate rose steadily after that, to beyond ten an over, and the contest was killed off by Ali Asad in the 19th over. With 25 runs to defend, he conceded only 2, ensuring Misbah's rescue act with the bat was not in vain.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • bouncer709 on September 24, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    @Mahi Kashmiri: So you mean Had Afridi stayed in WC semifinal Pakistan could have won, I also agree with you, but here you must agree with me, if Misbah stay on wicket for 50 overs, Pakistan is going to lose the match, the same he did in WC semifinal,.. and you remember Afridi's scoop, but here, you should mention the suicide scoop by Misbah in last over in T20 WC. and recently again against West Indies Misbah got out in last over and was near to give WI a win.. and I think you know who saved you there... In this team Hafeez is playing one down, and every body like you know he need to be sacked but only Misbah don't know and he gives him chance time and again on one down. You want Haris Sohail to bat on No. 3, but I don't think Misbah is too brave to make such decisions.

  • espncricinfomobile on September 23, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Some experts here blaming Misbah for WC T20 Final ( how could you win when your Team score is 65/6 in 12 overs) he actually saved Pakistan from big humiliation , WC 2011 semi final (Younis khan 13 of 32 but I guess you could only see Misbah's slow batting not others) Pakistan required 88 runs in 9 overs and so called aggressor Afridi was on the crease with Misbah , He scoped one in the air with closed eyes, as he normally does, If he had played sensible with Misbah Pak would have won easily. Some people asking here why Misbah can't play ODI in aggressive mood, Well it's big diffrence in ODI and T20 format, Misbah has to play out the overs between 15 to 40 , if he shows aggression earlier , if he gets out then Pak won't last for 35 overs, Pakistan need sensible middle orders players , I would prefer Haris at number 3 and Umar Amin at 4 , Misbah 5 and U Akmal at 6 in ODI. Hafeez needs to be sacked, Anyway Misbah you are a legend

  • Crick_Expert on September 23, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    PCB shoud fire Mr. tuktuk and give chance to new players that a bottom line.

  • Crick_Expert on September 23, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    To improve batting line PAK TEAM really need to get rid from Mr. tuktuk/Misbah. He is too defensive mind person who plays without any plan. He scores 30 in 300 balls just to cement his place in team. I never saw he fought for team and win the game, YES he loose a lot games like T20 WC, WC semi-final. PAK TEAM should fire Mr. tuktuk and hire good batsmen and groom them for WC 2015.

  • bouncer709 on September 22, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    @Mahi Kashmiri: you said when he comes to bat for Pakistan, they are 3/40, due to this Misbah can not play briskly, but here Faisalabad were 3/22, then why Misbah played with strike rate of 155? .... this innings itself prove Misbah's logic wrong that he plays slow due to pressure, he was successful to score 93 here because he was aggressive from the beginning of his innings and did not waste too many balls in start. and also the last match proved that playing aggressive can win match for you,.. going defensive you can score few runs to cover you average but can't win matches.

  • Biggus on September 22, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    @Mudassar Khan:-For the real cricket lover, as opposed to a fan of one team or the other it's a tragedy that Pakistan can't play at home. I LOVE watching Pakistan play, win or lose they play positively and produce exciting players seemingly at will. A great many non Pakistanis feel this way, despite the feeling of some Pakistanis that everyone is against them, and I for one will be thrilled when the time comes for international cricket to return to Pakistan. We can only hope that the authorities there can settle things down enough for other sides to return, and international cricket will be all the better for it. You are our cricketing brothers, and we hope for the best.

  • android_user on September 22, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    our batting is weak only bcuz of hafeez he should play on number 7 cuz he cant play against new ball cuz his technique is way below the average pakistan team should be nasir ahmed umer akmal harris sohail misbah umer amin abdul razzaq/hamamd azam shahid afridi umer gul saed ajmal junaid nd irfan i bet u no one can beat this team nd cap. should b afridi ty

  • android_user on September 22, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    our batting is weak only bcuz of hafeez he should play on number 7 cuz he cant play against new ball cuz his technique is way below the average pakistan team should be nasir ahmed umer akmal harris sohail misbah umer amin abdul razzaq/hamamd azam shahid afridi umer gul saed ajmal junaid nd irfan i bet u no one can beat this team nd cap. should b afridi ty

  • espncricinfomobile on September 22, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    Our Batting was never weak, I have been watching cricket since Miandad's famous 6, we produced some good players, Miandad, Saleem Malik, Saeed Anwar, Aamer Sohail, Ijaz Ahmed, Basit Ali, Inzamam , Yousaf , and Younis Khan , 3 or 4 of them played same time for Pak on their Era, so some people r saying Pak batting was weak then this is a big joke, Now we only have Misbah "The Lone Warrior" those who r saying why he can't play shots in 50 over game, Simple fact is when he goes to bat, Pak Team score is 40/3 in 15 overs, if he plays shots then gets out, Which means we would bundle out in les then 30 overs and probably won't score 100 runs, Misbah you are doing great job

  • dontlikecricket on September 21, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    Strange comments by some "experts" here. So Misbah is a club level/ country level player according to some really clever and smart "fans". So I thought should check the stats. Test ave: 44.67 ODI: 45.13 T20I: 37.52 First-class: 49.90 List A : 49.30 Twenty20 :36.95 Wondering what's average of so called quality players like Boom Boom and flashy unpredictable 11s!!

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