Pakistan v England, 2nd T20, Dubai February 24, 2012

Momentum swings again

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Match facts


Saturday February 25, Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Start time 2000 (1600 GMT)

Big Picture


Thirty-five runs from the last five overs with seven wickets left are, as England's Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad ruefully observed on Thursday night, "the positions you want to win from". But it was Pakistan who closed out England by eight runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

That points to England's quandary six months before the World Twenty20. In Jonny Bairstow and Joss Buttler, they remain convinced they have the best two young T20 players in the country. But they have only nine T20 international appearances between them and minimal experience in Asian conditions. With the World Twenty20 to be played in Sri Lanka in September, England need them to learn fast.

Pakistan's win caused Misbah-ul-Haq's reputation as an international captain to lurch back to the positive. In the Tests he was portrayed as just the sort of experienced hand Pakistan needed. In the ODIs he was held to be unimaginative and ready to be moved on. In the first T20, he played a decisive role with the bat and then, in England's innings, fielded tactical suggestions from rather more senior professionals than he would have liked before receiving excessive praise for doing the blindingly obvious and saving his best bowlers until last. If Pakistan win the series he will probably lead them into World Twenty20.

Form guide


Pakistan: WWWWW
England: LWLWW

Players to watch


Hammad Azam made his T20 international debut in the first match, not that many people would have noticed as he did not bat (he was due in at No. 8) and then Misbah chose not to bowl him in a tense situation. He is 20 years old, from Attock in the Punjab. England eyes will be on Eoin Morgan more than most. He has yet to hit a half-century on the tour.

Team news


Pakistan will have no appetite for changes after winning on Thursday. England often give a defeated side a chance to make amends and seem to have taken a view about Alex Hales batting limitations in Asia ahead of World Twenty20. Any clamour for Alastair Cook to play - well, it would be a good story - is likely to be resisted, but the choice between Tim Bresnan or Steven Finn might be more open.

Pakistan: (probable) 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Awais Zia, 3 Asad Shafiq, 4 Umar Akmal, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq, 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Hammad Azam, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Junaid Khan

England: (probable) 1 Kevin Pietersen, 2 Craig Kieswetter 3 Ravi Bopara, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Jonathan Bairstow, 6 Jos Buttler, 7 Samit Patel, 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Jade Dernbach, 11 Steven Finn

Pitch and conditions


The par score in Dubai is around 140 and Pakistan just achieved that with 144-6 in the opening match. Expectations are for something similar on Saturday.

Stats and trivia


  • If Pakistan win the last two matches they will equal their best run of seven consecutive T20 victories.

  • Mushtaq Mohammad, the former Pakistan all-rounder, has named Mohammad Hafeez as the man who should become Pakistan's next one-day captain.

  • Graeme Swann's three wickets on Thursday moved him up to joint sixth in the T20I wicket-takers' list, level with Broad on 37.

Quotes


"Broady is a single man and a good-looking man. He's England captain. Why wouldn't she want to marry him? But, having heard her voice screeching through our ears all night, I'm not sure he'll be too keen to accept her offer."
Graeme Swann, England's eternal optimist, reflects on the praise offered by one of Broad's female admirers on the PA system during the opening T20 international.

"I would like to see Pakistani players participating in the IPL. The BCCI and the PCB should sit together and sort out the issue."
Azhar Mahmood, the former Pakistan allrounder, who has an IPL contract because of a British passport, argues that Pakistan's T20 stars deserve licence to join the world's leading T20 tournament

Edited by Alan Gardner

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ishtiyaqrasool on February 25, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Kamran akmal & ahmed shehzad must be there in the team.

  • Khans_word on February 25, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    After 3 T20 World cups, it obvious except to the oblivious that we need a sensible calm intellectual captain. Misbah is the best choice by far. Remember Pakistan won the cup with Younis Khan as captain, who is not too dissimilar to Misbah in temperament. We lost the semi's of a World Cup (actually 2) with Afridi at the helm. The extra tact and strategy could have got us to 2 more finals. Recommending Hafeez as a future captain is fine, but stirring up divisions in the team is stupid and has a hint of jealousy and sinister evil intent. Please support the team, the captain, help him trust his youngsters and prove his mettle!

  • Khans_word on February 25, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Misbah can clinch the series here with a win. This will be a major boost for their preparations for the T20 World Cup. Although they lost the ODIs badly, it has little relevance to a World Cup 2015 some three years away. England know this and are just as desperate to get some momentum. I agree that it would good to see Afridi and Zia opening. The start by Zia in the last game really boosted the flagging confidence of the Pakistan team and their performances we're brilliant for the majority. Gul the dozer was back to his lethal best. Hafeez was sublime. Ajmal was masterful at the end. Afridi was okay, but he got KP! Junaid was England's twelfth man, leaking runs like a sieve.

  • on February 25, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    England will win today....

  • on February 25, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    shoaib malik,hafeez,afridi ,umar akmal,hammad azam,umar gul,saeed ajmal,asad shafiq,junaid khan,misbah,adnan akmal

  • pom_don on February 25, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    I think (hope) England will bounce back in this series but it is still a shame that they insist on not playing Prior & having him bat at say six even if they keep Keiswetter in as a bat & drop one of the young guns Bairstow or Buttler, I would like to see Bresnan in for Finn today....but that might not happen either & I am also of the opinion that Cook & KP opening might prove a better option than CK, lets face it Cook was supposed to be not very good at one day cricket & he proved his doubters wrong there. I am a a fan of our coach Andy Flower but think he can be just a touch too unmoving at times......here is hoping for a bit of light entertainment later today & of course an England win would be nice.

  • on February 25, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    I would like to see kamran akmal in team.He is a good batsman who can open.AWais zi a seems a mindless whacker with limited strokes.We need a pacer.I hv doubts about Hamas azam.I have seen him playing and may not capable to cope with ball in front of good batsman...so not sure.

  • FaheemAhmed on February 25, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    England is lacking experience and fire power in middle, they should bring back Cook to open with KP, Kieswetter to come at 3 and bopara at 6 so that he can handle the pressure after quick blows like Misbah and Malik did for Pakistan.

  • on February 25, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Having assessed the way the first T20 went,I am convinced that Pakistan will win the second T20 as well,provided they bat first.If England could not win from a position where they were 35 runs to score from 5 overs with 7 wickets in hand, it proves that they equipped not equipped to win any T20 matches against Pakistan in Dubai, Pakistan's bowling missiles are superior and more effective in the conditions prevailing in Dubai.If Junaid Khan bowls as well as Umar Gul England will certainly be routed.If Shoaib Malik could replicate his performance in this match too, then Pakistan's prospect of winning is further bolstered.

  • on February 25, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Ayaza Ali, I think you you don't have cricketing knowledge. Asad shafiq is better batsman then all three non serious akmals. Misbah-ul-haq we are proud of you and always pray for you.

  • Ishtiyaqrasool on February 25, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Kamran akmal & ahmed shehzad must be there in the team.

  • Khans_word on February 25, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    After 3 T20 World cups, it obvious except to the oblivious that we need a sensible calm intellectual captain. Misbah is the best choice by far. Remember Pakistan won the cup with Younis Khan as captain, who is not too dissimilar to Misbah in temperament. We lost the semi's of a World Cup (actually 2) with Afridi at the helm. The extra tact and strategy could have got us to 2 more finals. Recommending Hafeez as a future captain is fine, but stirring up divisions in the team is stupid and has a hint of jealousy and sinister evil intent. Please support the team, the captain, help him trust his youngsters and prove his mettle!

  • Khans_word on February 25, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Misbah can clinch the series here with a win. This will be a major boost for their preparations for the T20 World Cup. Although they lost the ODIs badly, it has little relevance to a World Cup 2015 some three years away. England know this and are just as desperate to get some momentum. I agree that it would good to see Afridi and Zia opening. The start by Zia in the last game really boosted the flagging confidence of the Pakistan team and their performances we're brilliant for the majority. Gul the dozer was back to his lethal best. Hafeez was sublime. Ajmal was masterful at the end. Afridi was okay, but he got KP! Junaid was England's twelfth man, leaking runs like a sieve.

  • on February 25, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    England will win today....

  • on February 25, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    shoaib malik,hafeez,afridi ,umar akmal,hammad azam,umar gul,saeed ajmal,asad shafiq,junaid khan,misbah,adnan akmal

  • pom_don on February 25, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    I think (hope) England will bounce back in this series but it is still a shame that they insist on not playing Prior & having him bat at say six even if they keep Keiswetter in as a bat & drop one of the young guns Bairstow or Buttler, I would like to see Bresnan in for Finn today....but that might not happen either & I am also of the opinion that Cook & KP opening might prove a better option than CK, lets face it Cook was supposed to be not very good at one day cricket & he proved his doubters wrong there. I am a a fan of our coach Andy Flower but think he can be just a touch too unmoving at times......here is hoping for a bit of light entertainment later today & of course an England win would be nice.

  • on February 25, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    I would like to see kamran akmal in team.He is a good batsman who can open.AWais zi a seems a mindless whacker with limited strokes.We need a pacer.I hv doubts about Hamas azam.I have seen him playing and may not capable to cope with ball in front of good batsman...so not sure.

  • FaheemAhmed on February 25, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    England is lacking experience and fire power in middle, they should bring back Cook to open with KP, Kieswetter to come at 3 and bopara at 6 so that he can handle the pressure after quick blows like Misbah and Malik did for Pakistan.

  • on February 25, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Having assessed the way the first T20 went,I am convinced that Pakistan will win the second T20 as well,provided they bat first.If England could not win from a position where they were 35 runs to score from 5 overs with 7 wickets in hand, it proves that they equipped not equipped to win any T20 matches against Pakistan in Dubai, Pakistan's bowling missiles are superior and more effective in the conditions prevailing in Dubai.If Junaid Khan bowls as well as Umar Gul England will certainly be routed.If Shoaib Malik could replicate his performance in this match too, then Pakistan's prospect of winning is further bolstered.

  • on February 25, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Ayaza Ali, I think you you don't have cricketing knowledge. Asad shafiq is better batsman then all three non serious akmals. Misbah-ul-haq we are proud of you and always pray for you.

  • ProfMahmood on February 25, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Let Afridi open with Zia. Bring in Hafeez at number 3!

  • on February 25, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    IPL mean INDIA PAKISTAN LARHAI!!!

  • on February 25, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Team is ok, We actually need Razzak as our 3rd seamer and he is a good hitter. Without Kamran and Razzak our ODI and T20 team is incomplete. In present team may be Rahman is better option than Hammad

  • jmcilhinney on February 25, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Bairstow and Buttler do present a bit of a conundrum. They do both have a lot of talent but they are both inexperienced. At their positions in the order, they are likely to have to come in and hit pretty much immediately and they were both unable to do that in the last game. Bairstow's 22 of 21 doesn't look to bad but he was unable to hit boundaries when they were needed. Buttler does looka bit to keen to get cute early in his innings, which we also saw in the last Champion's League. That said, the best way to learn is to do. Even if England lose 3-0 in this series, if it provides experience for those two and others enough that they can perform well in the upcoming T20 WC then I'm happy enough. It's just a shame, from this point of view, that there are no T20s to be played during England's upcoming brief tour of SL.

  • on February 25, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    Ayaz Ali, what is your reasoning behind asking for Asad Shafiq to be dropped; he is one of the more consistent performers and is one for the future - do u want to have another Akmal in the line up?

  • on February 25, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    Ayaz ali,what is your logic being asking for Asad Shafiq to be dropped, he is one of the consistent and talented batters in in the team, u probably want to get another Akmal in there

  • TalhaD on February 25, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    Stats & trivia "Mushtaq Mohammad, the former Pakistan all-rounder, has named Mohammad Hafeez as the man who should become Pakistan's next one-day captain"

    Have they run out of things to talk about? Never mind the fact that it's completely irrelevant to a T20 preview, that barely cuts it as a "trivia" Cricinfo needs to step up their game!

  • Zahidsaltin on February 25, 2012, 1:11 GMT

    Pak players in IPL, is a need for brand IPL not any more other way around. To revive the dieing brand, BCCI needs to include Pak players which will hated, liked and discussed and the teams having a couple of them will be loved or hated and so more viewers will watch and attend.

  • on February 24, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    i prefer: hafeez shafiq zia misbah umar akmal azam afridi adnan akmal(because he is a specialist keeper) ajmal gul

  • on February 24, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    Well on the other hand , he has all these bad things about him . But the worst thing you can do to this team is change your captain again . It would be the biggest joke and can bring you team to number 0. So dont even think about him being removed and Misbah should learn from his mistakes.

  • on February 24, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    Afridi should be the pakistan t20 and Odi Captain. Misbah has no strategy watsoever when the game is being played on ground & thats reality.I am not a critic but look at his field positions , pakistan only won t20 when shoaib malik and other players infact warned misbah to change his fielding positions in last t20.The way he played with bat he is no way seem to have captaincy qualities for t20 or Odi. Pakistan could have won the last t20 easily due to the talent they have put in their team but it was again all down to captaincy that they won due to prayers and mere luck! Afridi may not be the best batsman but when you give make him captain then look at the wonders he performed in old matches insha Allah.

  • Omarrz on February 24, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    1. Awais 2. Hafeez 3. Asad 4. Afridi 5. Umar 6. Misbah 7. Shoaib 8. Imran 9. Hammad 10. Saeed 11. Gul

  • Omarrz on February 24, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Bring in Imran in place of Junaid. Stuff one more batsman. Hammad can do the 2nd seamer job.

  • on February 24, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    Pakistan should drop Asad Shafiq

  • cric_bd on February 24, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    azhar mahmood and imran nazir..........both should be include in pak t20 team.........only bolwling cant give them wining oppoptunity in sporting track or bating friendly pitch.........pk t20 team is best if team like 1.nazir 2.hafiz 3.umar akmal 4.misbah 5.azhar mahmood 6.afridi 7.shoaib malik 8.hammad azam 9.naveed ul hasan 10.umar gul 11.ajmal...........in any condition this team can challange any team in t20 and even odi these are best for pak2012 team........

  • touqeer777 on February 24, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    I think Wahab should play instead of Junaid b/c Junaid gave lot of runs.They should change the batting order .My team is Hafeez,Zia,Asad,Malik,Umer,Afridi,Misbah,Hammad,Gul,Ajmal,Wahab.

  • on February 24, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    pakistani selectors cant u see the performence of azhar mehmood this illias type personalities should be eradicated from pcb include azhar mehmood

  • on February 24, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    ya we want to see pakistan and indian players to play together.......

  • Dannymania on February 24, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    well,i dont think junaid khan will play again in this match.but then again,with people like misbah as captain,even imran nazir can play.misbah doesnt like to change the team much,he's not an experimental guy.he got a team and he likes certain people like cheema,junaid khan etc,so he prefers them to better players like wahab riaz who've potential to be heart break kids.anyways,good luck to pakistan.if the bad players like hafeez,malik and gul keep performing,they'll keep on winning,no doubt about that.afridi and ajmal are our bowling heroes,but we need some pace action.we wont get any pace in the team if misbah continues as a captain.everything stops when misbah is the captain.its a huge thing for me to say all this because i'm a huge misbah fan when it comes to his batting.i like the old-day cricketing style when they used to make themselves count.and i love that misbah has good stats 2.he's a tremendous player but a very ordinary odi and t20 captain.play as a player misbah,NOT captain

  • karun1889 on February 24, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    sending kp to open is the biggest mistake that the england team only in t20.because if they loose him early then there is a lot of pressure on the fairly young team down the order.this is what i belive is the winning squad for WC2012. 1.luke wright/owais shah,2.kieswetter,3.kp,4.morgan,5.patel,6.buttler/bairstow.7.bopara,8.bresnan,9.broad.10.swann,11.dernbach. put this team out there andy flower,andi you are sure to get some world beating dominant results. take a serious note of this and dont just put it aside.i wonder what happened to luke wright,he smashed the fastest hundred in big bash as an opener,and he is nowhere to seen!!!!!!!!

  • GreenTeam-Elite on February 24, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Well Both Teams are Equally Good in T20 Format of the Game!!! Hope Next Two Games Will be More Interesting to Watch because England has Ability to Bounce Back!!!

  • on February 24, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Junaid will be replaced may be wahab or Cheema takes his place!!!!

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  • on February 24, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Junaid will be replaced may be wahab or Cheema takes his place!!!!

  • GreenTeam-Elite on February 24, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Well Both Teams are Equally Good in T20 Format of the Game!!! Hope Next Two Games Will be More Interesting to Watch because England has Ability to Bounce Back!!!

  • karun1889 on February 24, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    sending kp to open is the biggest mistake that the england team only in t20.because if they loose him early then there is a lot of pressure on the fairly young team down the order.this is what i belive is the winning squad for WC2012. 1.luke wright/owais shah,2.kieswetter,3.kp,4.morgan,5.patel,6.buttler/bairstow.7.bopara,8.bresnan,9.broad.10.swann,11.dernbach. put this team out there andy flower,andi you are sure to get some world beating dominant results. take a serious note of this and dont just put it aside.i wonder what happened to luke wright,he smashed the fastest hundred in big bash as an opener,and he is nowhere to seen!!!!!!!!

  • Dannymania on February 24, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    well,i dont think junaid khan will play again in this match.but then again,with people like misbah as captain,even imran nazir can play.misbah doesnt like to change the team much,he's not an experimental guy.he got a team and he likes certain people like cheema,junaid khan etc,so he prefers them to better players like wahab riaz who've potential to be heart break kids.anyways,good luck to pakistan.if the bad players like hafeez,malik and gul keep performing,they'll keep on winning,no doubt about that.afridi and ajmal are our bowling heroes,but we need some pace action.we wont get any pace in the team if misbah continues as a captain.everything stops when misbah is the captain.its a huge thing for me to say all this because i'm a huge misbah fan when it comes to his batting.i like the old-day cricketing style when they used to make themselves count.and i love that misbah has good stats 2.he's a tremendous player but a very ordinary odi and t20 captain.play as a player misbah,NOT captain

  • on February 24, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    ya we want to see pakistan and indian players to play together.......

  • on February 24, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    pakistani selectors cant u see the performence of azhar mehmood this illias type personalities should be eradicated from pcb include azhar mehmood

  • touqeer777 on February 24, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    I think Wahab should play instead of Junaid b/c Junaid gave lot of runs.They should change the batting order .My team is Hafeez,Zia,Asad,Malik,Umer,Afridi,Misbah,Hammad,Gul,Ajmal,Wahab.

  • cric_bd on February 24, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    azhar mahmood and imran nazir..........both should be include in pak t20 team.........only bolwling cant give them wining oppoptunity in sporting track or bating friendly pitch.........pk t20 team is best if team like 1.nazir 2.hafiz 3.umar akmal 4.misbah 5.azhar mahmood 6.afridi 7.shoaib malik 8.hammad azam 9.naveed ul hasan 10.umar gul 11.ajmal...........in any condition this team can challange any team in t20 and even odi these are best for pak2012 team........

  • on February 24, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    Pakistan should drop Asad Shafiq

  • Omarrz on February 24, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Bring in Imran in place of Junaid. Stuff one more batsman. Hammad can do the 2nd seamer job.