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

Misbah delivers consolation win for Faisalabad

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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!!

  • on September 21, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    biggus: i do appreciate your thoughts and memories. and to pak fans i must say stay patient and support pak team in such atrocious situation. once international cricket is back to pakistan then pak will start producing good batsmen of zaheer, inzi, saeed and yousuf caliber!

  • bouncer709 on September 21, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    There is a popular quote in our language, I don't know what exact in English it is. but it translate "If you remember a punch after a fight, punch it at your own face"... the problem with Misbah is not that he can not hit few shots, but actual thing is the timing when he play shots and when to block, Now in T20 you hit 93 in 20 overs, but when you are playing for Pakistan you score 50 runs playing 50 overs. In WC semifinal he kept blocking until 49 over, and then he required 30 runs in last over, and it looked very stupid trying to hit 5 sixes in last over. I agree that other players are not performing in Pakistan team, and lets agree they are not good players, but what is wrong with you, in IPL you play with strike rate of 155, but playing for Pakistan you play with strike rate of 55 only. Pakistan lost to Zimbabwe, and then you were already out of champions league, so hit the punch on your own face that you remember after the fight.

  • Biggus on September 21, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    @Desihungama:-With regard to my initial "Beg to differ" in response to your earlier comment, "Our batting was always weak" I think it's obvious that's not the case, unless of course you're rather young and define 'always' as 10 or 15 years.

  • Desihungama on September 21, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    @Biggues - That was 1976 and we don't live in 1976 any more.. And if I needed your opinion. I'd ask your opinion. I stated my opinion that our bowling has always been superior to our batting but lately it is our bowling that worries me and is not world class any more. We never had a consistent scorer but now we do in Misbah and yet results are even worst. If you do not agree move on to the next comment or try to get my point.

  • on September 21, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Very bad performance by Kandurata Maroons having 9 Sri Lankan national players in the team and loosing all 3 matches

  • on September 21, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    Strange that Misbah is not included in the T-20 format at the Pakistan National level

  • reality_check on September 21, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    With these three matches, I hope Misbah has shut all his critics in Pakistan. Although his team performed miserably, he scored at will against the three quality oppositions.

    I hope he gets picked by a good T20 league (Not IPL) in his last couple of years as a professional cricketer.

  • on September 21, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Hilarious comment above! "Misbah's knock proves that he is only a county or league level player". I said yesterday on the cricinfo FB page that this guy deserves to play for a better country, a country who understands cricket and values his worth. I stand by my statement. That he has been by far the most prolific run scorer for Pakistan this season, has been the most consistent run getter for Pakistan in a while (at the international level) speaks for itself.

  • Biggus on September 21, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    @SamRoy:-Imran hadn't really matured as a bat at that time but he murdered us with 10 wickets in the 3rd test and drew the series 1-1. Was a pretty handy bowling line up too:-Imran, Safraz, Saleem Altaf, Iqbal Qasim with Mudassar, Mustaq, Javed, Majid and Asif Iqbal to provide some variation. I was at the WACA when W.A. beat them in a three day warm up on that tour by chasing something like 333 in a couple of sessions on the last day and that's the most exciting game I've ever seen in person with Kim Hughes at his electifying best. I also remember Zaheer miscuing a hook off Thommo soon after lunch on the first day 1st test and the resultant tragic collision with Alan Turner. Imagine a player with glasses and no helmet hooking Thommo. The thought of it maks the blood run cold, but that's how it was back then. Ah, memories, sweet memories......

  • SamRoy on September 21, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    @Biggus, I second you mate. Asif Iqbal, Zaheer Abbas, Mushtaq Mohammed, Mudassar Nazar, Javed Miandad, Majid Khan and Imran Khan is a great batting line-up and I do mean great!

  • Biggus on September 21, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    @Desihungama:-Pakistani batting always weak? I beg to differ, the team that toured Aus in 76/77 was anything but weak in the batting department. The last 10-15 years? Sure, it's been poor lately.

  • Biggus on September 21, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Once again the player that many Pakistanis consider useless proves himself to be very useful indeed. One couldn't blame Misbah if he was resentful towards those foolish 'fans' who undervalue him so, but I think he's a bit too sensible to let it worry him too much. I think he's a fine cricketer, but then I also rate 'sensible' more highly than 'silly'. Where would Pakistan be without him? In about the same place as we Aussies would be atm without Michael Clarke. We're both producing far less world class batsmen than we used to. I first saw Pakistan play when they toured Australia in 1976/77 and that was a tremendous team with some fine batsmen (Sadiq and Mushtaq Mohammed, Zaheer Abbas, Asif Iqbal, Majid Khan, Javed Miandad). I do hope Pakistan can once again play tests at home but I think it's going to be some time. Cricket's a wonderful game, but it's not worth dying for.

  • Crick_Expert on September 21, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    Great performance from Misbah, but that not enough or safe him as time has been passed. He must resign from PAK team and leave his chair for young players.

  • Crick_Expert on September 21, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    Great performance from Misbah and proof that he is only county or league level player.

  • Crick_Expert on September 21, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    CONGRAT. Great performance from Misbah and proof that he can plays well only at county or league level.

  • Crick_Expert on September 21, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    Great performance from Misbah and proof that he can plays well only at county or league level.

  • on September 21, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    I think Misbah proved himself greatly . Well now all the IPL franchises may try to get misbah in their team as one cant play so easy like him . Even he can hit easily to Steyn and Kulasekrs too . Amazing player of the world .......

  • Desihungama on September 21, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    A bit far fetched but I reckon if Misbah get that one year with Mohammed Amir we would see teams fortune change. Our batting was always weak but we mostly won due to an occasional individual brilliance and almost always penetrating bowling. Our bowling is not penetrating any more yet Misbah is providing consistent individual performances.

  • on September 21, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    well done Misbah and guys. for majority of Fsb players, this was first major experience to play against real world class players and if they won 1 out of three means they can won 2 out of three with little international exposure. and we all know 2 out of three can lead to main stage of champion league. well done guys.

  • cricfan77449 on September 20, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    Misbah can run, bat and field at age 39 with such energy and then there is Jamshed who can barely move sideways while fielding. I hope they add Misbah back to the T20 team, he is in form and even if he scores at a strike rate of 100 it will be a plus for pak team

  • on September 20, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    He had made 195 runs in three qualifying matches; the rest of the Faisalabad batsmen had only 190.

  • avmd on September 20, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    Great knock from Misbah. But, when a 40 year old is the only batsmen to score runs for the team in all the games, its very depressing for a "champion" team. I was watching but stopped watching when Sanga was dropped by that off spinner on his own bowling. It was a catch my eight year old would not had dropped. Pathetic standard of cricket shown by Wolves. I won't comment on any other team as I care more about Pakistan and its cricket future, which at the moment is not looking promising.

  • on September 20, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    Come on George Binoy! show some respect for champions. At least both teams are champion of their domestic leagues. Take one game at a time. This was a good contest and you reported this match in a bizarre way.

  • shahbazhussain on September 20, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    i see some guys arguing Misbah's captaincy? How come? Misbah has two hands, two legs and two eyes, so all have. Misabh has a brain so all other players too... Misbah is the leader but others not. Being leader he scores 44, 56 and 93. But the followers? where have they gone? 0/100? infinite performances from reset of the pakistan talent except misbah!!! This is not the fault of his captaincy but the lack of acknowledgement from his team mates including the management and the board who are not assisting him. The players now a days are struggling for their place in the team to make some good money playing a few matches and then disappearing. Misbah is so consistent and perfect which nobody is able to take easily from their throats and throwing his performances in a politics web. I dont see anything wrong with his approach, his captaincy, his use of bowlers, his user of fielders and his tuk tuk batting. He is so perfect doing a lot more than expected but the guys with him are like rats!

  • CricketChat on September 20, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    Misbah has proved beyond doubt that he can adjust to T20s very well. He should be included in Pak T20 team based on his current form.

  • shahbazhussain on September 20, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    Misbah is a great player and a rare talent you will ever find in Pakistan team. He is exactly the same you saw in Inzi and Mohammad Yousuf. They were the backbone of Pakistan middle order and they both proved on similar situations. Misbah is doing the same, he should be praised on his performances. Victories dont count for the unit if it fails on its entirety. The only thing counts here is that which part of the unit was long standing and was working till the end. Misbah is a genuine player, he knows the basics of cricket. No matter if he blocks dozen but he covers a lot. See his strike during these 3 matches, can you imagine a tuk tuk king can do that? 93 for 60? almost a near a fastest hundred! I love his batting, i love his style, and I am the Pakistani who love misbah just because he entertains me when he is playing. He is a very very talented and good player in the came you will ever see.

  • shahbazhussain on September 20, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    well being pakistani i notice what pakistani fans want. they want Afridi like silly players who hit a shot or two and then get out... next match gets duck, next match scores another 6 on two and series is over! while misbah, reads the situation, stays until he understand how pitch is reacting and how the bowlers are using it. Thats the intelligent game which Bradman, Sachin, Dravid and Virat are doing. The thing with Indian players is that they have firepower in their other batsmen so the ones i mentioned take risk, rotate the strike and slog every now and then. Whilst in Misbah's case he does not have any body in his ship who can stand in front of opposition and even when he rotates the strikes its already too late, they are gone! Look at today's match, Khurram Shehzad did lot of mistakes during his stay. no sense of running, no sense of judging the ball... and he got out in a pathetic way. Look at Misbah's face he literally told him "what did you do?", Misbah was surprised on that!

  • dontlikecricket on September 20, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Great batting display by Misbah. So called PAK fans want Misbah out of the team, however he is the most consistent batsman in the team. PAK domestic circuit is not producing quality batsmen like the way it use to. Most batsmen lack feet movement, poor technique and no temperament. Some of them can hide in t20 and one day, but the truth is test quality batsmen are in short supply. Without a doubt this is the weakest team in last 30 years , even may be more!! PAK has not produced a quality batsman since Mo. Yousuf and Younis. Anyone who thinks that PAK currently has a single batsman in that category has obviously no idea how poor our domestic first class cricket is now as compared to 10/15 years ago. Anyway Wasim Akram likes Misbah and understands the current situation of PAK cricket. No doubt he is more qualified to comment on PAK cricket then so called fans, most of them have actually never even played club cricket!!!

  • Sudhir65 on September 20, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Shed a tear for Sangakarra. He lost twenty percent of his salary due from Sunrisers because he chose to play for another team in CLT20. In addition his patriotism and love for his country was questioned when there were reports that he may not play for his country's team.

    Sangakarra had earlier said that no matter what the outcome, he would come out the biggest loser out of this. And he certainly did. He lost $200,000 (1.4 crore rupees) and SL Board lost $150,000. Not very smart.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 20, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    2 average teams knocked out finally ! Now the tournament can start properly. Feel sorry for this Misbah. He seems to bat all his teams out of trouble every time, whether it is Pakistan or Faisalabad.

  • riverbaby11 on September 20, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    I always wondered why Misbah does not get a lot of support from pakistan fans. I finally realized its because this man is way too predictable and consistent for Pakistani Cricket which thrives on being unpredictable.

  • Ibrarhunzai on September 20, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Misbah is best suited for either the shortest or the longest format, but not so for the ODI's. He has good defense and can hit long sixes at will, but not so good at rotating strike.

  • on September 20, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Dilhara Lokuhettige played well all matches. poor performance by the captain .

  • cnksnk on September 20, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    For those of us who have read Casablana, Misbah reminds me of the boy who stood on the burning deck , be it playing for Pak or for FW. For all the criticism he is coping shudder to think where his team would be without him.

  • Morfi on September 20, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    @Rohan_K: "...he WAITS for the other batsmen to get out??" You mean the other batsmen cant bat and have to get out and he is the only one who can bat? Well, in that case, that is what everyone else is saying. If that is selfish, then what is unselfish for you, that Misbah should get out first and then let the rest of them fail even more miserably? I dont call it selfish, I call it selfless - knowing exactly what the rest of the team is capable of and still giving them a chance to pull things off.. When they almost always fail, he has to come to the rescue - if he also fails, then the whole team would score less than 50 runs!!! Talk sense!

  • on September 20, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Misbah has a shoddy team, even the Pakistan side he has it bits n pieces. Even if Wasim was captain, less could be achieved. Hats off to Misbah, never gives up! Keeps trying, doesnt accept he has a pathetic team and he could easily not perform either, but sign of a leader, hes the engine running useless bogies along.

  • mazii on September 20, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    gsingh7...Dear when did the last time India beat England, Australia and SA in their own den? There is no international cricket being played in Pakistan since 2009 and it has been adversely affecting Pakistan cricket and yes the standard of cricket has gone down drastically since that unfortunate event. India was thrashed by England and Australia 8-0, and if that was not enough India was beaten by England 2-1 in India. Well, India is a good ODI team and capable of beating any team anywhere, but my dear to beat the likes of Australia, England and SA in their own backyard requires an extra ordinary effort. I don't think India can do that and unless you beat them you can't claim to be #1. India recently beaten the weakest Aussie side that had no world-class spinner. Yes, India is an improved team but if the likes of SRT, Dravid and laxman couldn't able to beat these team in test in their home, I doubt that Kohli and others can do it. Cheers and don't live in day dream.

  • on September 20, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Well done FW for winning this encounter. Looking at the teams in the qualifying rounds FW was most definitely the weakest of the lot. Lahore Lions would probably gone a long way in this event as they possess some of the biggest names in Pakistan cricket. I hope that the future CLT20 invites the winners of T20 competition in their respective countries to the main event. The current format is too biased and is essentially there to line BCCI's ( already very deep ) pockets. Come on BCCI, India isn't the only cricket loving nation. Show some CLASS and be fair or stop calling this event CHAMPIONS LEAGUE!

  • Jay.Raj on September 20, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    Its very confusing to see that most of the pakistani supporters dont want one of the top batsmen in all forms of the game in pakistan team. i mean what else does Misbah have to do to you to prove that he is beyond the best in the team right now. I really feel bad for Misbah. If he was part of India, he would have been praised as much as Dhoni right now. Pakistan supporters are the main reason that pakistan cant produce quality batsmen!!

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on September 20, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    @gsingh7 Thanks for your advice mate but you haven't seen our domestic tournament we got talent but problem is with our captain Misbah he doesn't want to take risk of trying younger payers or new player if you can compare him with Clarke how many debuts were made during his captaincy. Problem is with the thinking of our captain, we need to change the captain and hopefully we'll be on the top again but seriously I can't hope of winning any ODI or Test championship in near future in T20s Hafeez is giving chances to players like Shoaib Masood and he even dropped Nasir Jamshed. We know the problem but hopefully our administration can solve it.

  • gsingh7 on September 20, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    @captain tuk-- u should see where the problem lies. it lies in not admitting that standards have fallen in pak and even last placed team in test cricket cud beat them . same team india whitewashed 5-0. sl too is suffering from lack of talent and were recently whitewashed by aus 3-0 just as pak lost 3-0 to sa. both teams need new talent to rise from their fallen rankings. hope pak will one day again be as competitive as yesteryears.

  • gsingh7 on September 20, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    @rubic-- ur point is not valid. this is not ipl and kand maroons are sl team. also apart from misbah no other player from wolves or pakistan performs well. even ajmal was useless in these matches and batsmen have found ways to play him . he averaged more than 60 in three matches. if this is pakistan champion team , this tells u story of how far standards have fallen in domestic circuit . even last placed ipl team with players like uthapa,yuvraj,finch wud win them quite easily.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on September 20, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    @Huzaif Leghari I agree with you he is not good captain but lets leave him today as today he played well to earn some pride for Pakistan. @Rubic I agree with you IPL has batting pitches thats why Gayle only performs in IPL but today only Misbah scored that shows that he is good batsman for straight pitches like Nasir Jamshed and Hafeez.

  • Rohan_K on September 20, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Finally Misbah have delivered in a match winning cause, so be it in a dead rubber. He almost waits for the rest of the key batsmen to get out and they tries to score alone in an impossible position, still takes his team close and then throws it away. 2007 T20 wc finals, 2011 WC SF have been few of the many examples. Selfish, if I have to sum it up in one word.

  • kc69 on September 20, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    For Faislabad Wolves its a simple tournament..Misbah-ul haq Vs rest of the teams.Only one batsman for FW and almost same story for Pak international performance in limited overs.

  • alipk52 on September 20, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    I think its better for us to play Misbah and 10 bowlers alongside him, there are numerous batting talent in Pakistan, who are true young players, but Selectors keep selecting above 27 and 30 aged players and they call them young...I mean come'on how on earth 30 years old could be a youngster? This is the only reason of Pakistani batting downfall, the same batsmen keep on coming who have failed before and performed well in domestic and they get their place back....no sign of youngsters, Example is very clear for our batting failures, when you see our bowlers, there will always a mixture of youngsters and seniors, where as in batting you'll never see more than 1 player who is below 22 or at least 25, I believe once our selectors will learn who is called youngster, who isn't, you'll see a completely different Pakistan batting line up, so this exactly is the case in FW team, very very fewer youngster in the team, i don't know what will happen when Misbah retires from cricket!!

  • on September 20, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    Go Misbah Go... Steal the Show... :-)

  • on September 20, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    How to simple,,, score 93 of 60 balls at the 39 age

  • rob_damn on September 20, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    @chechong0114 ... expecting a jampacked stadium at Mohali... for a (dead rubber) match between domestic T20 teams from Pak and SL... during a qualifier stage of Non-ICC tournament.. and that too on a weekday... I guess its too much to ask for... Chill mate.. enjoy cricinfo..

  • Rubic on September 20, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    That is the whole point..Misbah is good for IPL..but NOT for Pakistan cricket...

  • on September 20, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    That's the point nobody denies misbahs play we just deni his captaincy he has nt groom players and truly he is cool and cool on players that they get over cool or should I say over confident we need afridi as C but misbah will play as a middle order batsmen

  • on September 20, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Hail king Misbah in the desperate times he with his wit conquers the opponents.I was i'm and i'll always be a die hard fan of yours.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on September 20, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    One thing is clear now Faisalabad Wolves are not the weakest team of the qualifiers they are 2nd from the bottom. Though it was solo effort by Misbah but thats the way it goes at the end of the day Pakistan's domestic team which was not the strongest in domestic circuit manages to beat Srilanka Champions who were best in there domestic circuit so I don't see any problem with our domestic cricket.

  • Criclover123456 on September 20, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Just wait for the main tournament to begin.....especially Ranchi you will not see an empty seat in that stadium....sachin's and rahul's last T20 tournament so gonna be a joy ride for the spectators and the TV viewers as well....

  • rob_damn on September 20, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    so much for having Stars in the team (as our pak friends said about SRH), we can see where Kandurata stands (despite having big players)... for FW, they simply couldnt apply themselves despite having a super performer Misbah with them... well played misbah.. hope we see a better team from pak next time... Cheers..

  • IndianCoolGuy on September 20, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Alas... Sanga has not changed the fate of Kandurata. No surprise.. Expected result.

  • chechong0114 on September 20, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Is there any contingency plan out there in the near future to deal with the ever increasing disease of empty seats at major cricket tournaments like this one, this is such a beautiful tournament going on and the stands are so empty.

  • on September 20, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Hats off to Misbah! Anyone who ever wanted to see Misbah play aggressively should have seen his knock today. He was magnificent .

  • on September 20, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    It looks like Misbah Vs Kandurata Maroons. Rest of the Wolves seem marooned atthis level (except for Amjad)

  • on September 20, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Misbah can play aggressive. And looks like FW is only based on Misbah's batting.

    This is the match which will tell which team is more weaker. Both have lost their both opening games. FW is one of the weakest in pakistan domestic circuit and only 2 big players in it misbah & ajmal with Adil & Asad a little bit experience at intl level.

    KM on other hand is packed with some good SL players and a great player like sanga. Both had disappointed tournament so far.

  • akahmer on September 20, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    i think misbah deserve to be the sportsman of the year!! ICC should definly think about him this year! poor guy always stands alone.

  • on September 20, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    King Misbah, the best Pakistani Cricketer. Sad no one with him to support. Missing Legend Abdul Razzaq due to politics.

  • IndianCoolGuy on September 20, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Lets see if Sanga alone wins the match for Kandurata. lol

  • DJstriplefive on September 20, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Misbah What is this guy made of???.......I hated the defensive batting a year ago then it turned to envy to see his fight.....slowly it is turning me into becoming a fan...How can he fight and the spirit up for so long and all alone....wat ever is the format or team he plays for seems to having a huge hole in its ship...This lone man becomes the taker of all burden...Respect from me(an Indian) for his fight after all the media,fans,board and critics bashing.....Gr8 person.....one phrase to describe him " Lone gladiator ".....

  • on September 20, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Great work man, hats off for Misbah ul Haq

  • on September 20, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Misbah, Great player The real fighter

  • mraza67 on September 20, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    I wonder why Pak fans keep criticizing Misbah always. He is the most sincere and under rated cricketer of our times like Darren Sammy. He is the only consistent batsman in an otherwise an absolutely third grad Pakistani Cricket team who plays for themselves. It is high time that people pay attention to other players and admire Misbah's contribution. An Honest Indian Cricket lover.

  • mbvinaykumarreddy on September 20, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    misbah keep fighting for your team as always

  • on September 20, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Its not Faisalabad Maroons in the heading mentioned in the Toss Label, please correct it !!

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  • on September 20, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Its not Faisalabad Maroons in the heading mentioned in the Toss Label, please correct it !!

  • mbvinaykumarreddy on September 20, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    misbah keep fighting for your team as always

  • mraza67 on September 20, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    I wonder why Pak fans keep criticizing Misbah always. He is the most sincere and under rated cricketer of our times like Darren Sammy. He is the only consistent batsman in an otherwise an absolutely third grad Pakistani Cricket team who plays for themselves. It is high time that people pay attention to other players and admire Misbah's contribution. An Honest Indian Cricket lover.

  • on September 20, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Misbah, Great player The real fighter

  • on September 20, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Great work man, hats off for Misbah ul Haq

  • DJstriplefive on September 20, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Misbah What is this guy made of???.......I hated the defensive batting a year ago then it turned to envy to see his fight.....slowly it is turning me into becoming a fan...How can he fight and the spirit up for so long and all alone....wat ever is the format or team he plays for seems to having a huge hole in its ship...This lone man becomes the taker of all burden...Respect from me(an Indian) for his fight after all the media,fans,board and critics bashing.....Gr8 person.....one phrase to describe him " Lone gladiator ".....

  • IndianCoolGuy on September 20, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Lets see if Sanga alone wins the match for Kandurata. lol

  • on September 20, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    King Misbah, the best Pakistani Cricketer. Sad no one with him to support. Missing Legend Abdul Razzaq due to politics.

  • akahmer on September 20, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    i think misbah deserve to be the sportsman of the year!! ICC should definly think about him this year! poor guy always stands alone.

  • on September 20, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Misbah can play aggressive. And looks like FW is only based on Misbah's batting.

    This is the match which will tell which team is more weaker. Both have lost their both opening games. FW is one of the weakest in pakistan domestic circuit and only 2 big players in it misbah & ajmal with Adil & Asad a little bit experience at intl level.

    KM on other hand is packed with some good SL players and a great player like sanga. Both had disappointed tournament so far.