England v Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Cardiff

England aim to continue winning momentum

The Preview by Andrew McGlashan

September 6, 2010

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Match facts

September 7, 2010, Cardiff
Start time 6.00pm (1700GMT)


Graeme Swann takes a light-hearted route to training, Cardiff, September 6, 2010
Spirits remain high in the England squad as they keep their focus on maintaining their Twenty20 winning streak © PA Photos
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A cricket match was completed at Cardiff on Sunday which, given what had happened over the last week, was something to be very grateful for. England, in their first Twenty20 outing since winning the world title in May, were impressive with the ball and in the way Eoin Morgan and Michael Yardy chased down the target, while familiar Pakistan failings came to the fore in the field.

However, the hosts will know it wasn't a perfect performance. Three catches went down and the batting subsided to 62 for 5 as Pakistan threatened to turn the game around. England will want to sharpen their skills in the second match ahead of the five ODIs, but such is the confidence in the team it is hard to see past another home victory.

Pakistan need to rethink their strategy because it was a complete waste to leave Abdul Razzaq in the dug-out for 20 overs and Shahid Afridi needs more time in the middle. One of them has to bat in the top three. Shoaib Akhtar bowled quickly to rattle England's top order, but his fielding was an embarrassment with the drop of Morgan the turning point in the game.

Form guide (last five completed matches; most recent first)

England WWWWW
Pakistan LLWLW

Watch out for...

Craig Kieswetter is facing his last international innings of the summer and, if Steve Davies takes his chance over the next two weeks, what could be his last international innings for quite a while. England's next Twenty20 isn't until January following the Ashes and Kieswetter's form has been on the slide since the World Twenty20. He was undone by Shoaib's pace in the opening game, but has the backing of Paul Collingwood to continue with his attacking mindset. However, he really needs a substantial innings to remain central to the team's future plans.

Shahid Afridi has returned to lead Pakistan in the midst of a crisis and has tried his best to move the talk away from spot-fixing allegations. He remains one of the finest Twenty20 cricketers in the world, but couldn't have much impact with the bat on Sunday as England's death bowling proved hard to get away. With the ball, though, he caused problems with two wickets and almost turned the game around. If anyone can change Pakistan's fortunes it's Afridi.

Team news

There is no reason for England to change a winning formula so James Anderson is likely to remain on the sidelines of the Twenty20 team. However, Luke Wright needs a much-improved display after dropping a catch and making a duck on Sunday while the captain could also do with a few runs.

England (probable) 1 Craig Kieswetter, 2 Steve Davies (wk), 3 Ravi Bopara, 4 Paul Collingwood, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Luke Wright, 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 Michael Yardy, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 Ryan Sidebottom

It's always a guessing game with Pakistan, but given the lack of options in a reduced squad the same XI is likely to take the field. However, it would be very strange if they didn't alter the batting order to make better use of Afridi and Razzaq.

Pakistan (probable) 1 Shahzaib Hasan, 2 Kamran Akmal (wk), 3 Fawad Alam, 4 Mohammad Yousuf, 5 Umar Akmal, 6 Shahid Afridi (capt), 7 Abdul Razzaq, 8 Umar Gul, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Shoaib Akhtar

Pitch and conditions

There was more turn than anyone expected in the first match and this game will be played on the same surface so the spinners are likely to be key again. The large boundaries cut down on the fours and sixes - there were none of the latter - and when even Afridi can't clear the ropes you know it's hard work. Heavy rain is forecast on Monday and showers on Tuesday, but the new outfield drains well.

Stats and Trivia

  • Pakistan's 126 for 4 on Sunday was the first time they hadn't hit a six in a Twenty20 international.

  • Graeme Swann, who took 2 for 14 in four overs, is now England's second-most economical bowler in Twenty20s behind Andrew Flintoff for players with at least six caps.

Quotes

"I didn't have to say anything. You just look at each other, and those smiles go on your faces. We've got great memories of that. But from a captain's point of view you've got to try to tell the guys to restart ... and we did it 100%."
Paul Collingwood enjoyed having most of his World Twenty20 winners back together

"We missed some opportunities, like catches and run-outs. So next time I hope we will avail these opportunities. In this kind of cricket, fielding is a main weapon if you want to win."
Shahid Afridi knows what his team have to improve on

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Posted by Badreshian on (September 7, 2010, 18:22 GMT)

I think Pakistan have to seriously think about positive changes right from board member, management to players. Being a Pakistani and a crazy cricket fan I am dishearted. I want to see my team back like the one with Great Khan. Sadly the enviroment is not suitable to cricket at the moment. The political affiliation of board members with President house and the players' power structure and lobbying. I would request great Khan to come to the rescue of Pakistan cricket, for him politics is a waste of time in this dead minded people.

Go Ijaz Butt Go for the sake of Almighty we are mainly suffering because of your incompetency as Chairman board. Clean down our cricket from the black sheeps and spot fixers. I still believe that we have young talent in enough quantity with in our country. The only thing is selection on merit and then proper mentoring with good management and inshaAllah with in two years we would be back with like Imran cornered tigers..... I hope and wish so....

Posted by mr.abduzz32 on (September 7, 2010, 16:50 GMT)

I think that there is no need of shoaib akhtar to be included in the team....... he cant even walk properly, then how do u expect such a person to bowl..... he"ll be hammered by english players like pietersen and etc........ the only thing he can do is to dance with indian actress....... :|

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (September 7, 2010, 16:43 GMT)

Pakistan is ruining the cricket world by consistently producing tainted players.

Posted by ihatebrazil on (September 7, 2010, 15:38 GMT)

To the PCB, Waqar Younis and Shahid Afridi..

Abdul Razzaq is being totally wasted down the order....in my opinion he should open the batting in both the T20s and also the ODI's...if u guys ask me why, then i'll give u a few reasons. He is not as destructive as he used to be at the end of an innings ( i predict that he will score a maximum of 1 half century each year(even that i doubt) if he ends up wasting his batting talent coming in at no. 7/8).

He has the experience of batting in the top order having played for Pakistan at no.3 on more than a few occasions and it must be said he played a few useful innings even though his role at that position was quiet different to what its going to be if he opens the innings...my simple point is that he has the experience of playing against the new ball...... .........contd

Posted by baarrish on (September 7, 2010, 15:22 GMT)

Assalam-o-Alaikum to all.

Pakistan if united can never be beaten and if the spot fixing issue is true then i would say shame on pakistanis., after rashid latif, ijaz ahmad, salim malik, wasim akram, rameez raja etc... now amir, asif and butt etc are doing such rubbish.. shame on pakistan players... shame

Posted by   on (September 7, 2010, 15:11 GMT)

i agree with Zain Ul Abideen. Pak did win two consecutive T20's before Sept 5th T20 against england. cricinfo needs to make some correction here..

as for the game, yes i really hope Pakistan field well and use their batting & bowling line up properly, this team deserves a win under the present circumstances, go Pakistan go we can do it inshALLAH we will win :)

Posted by   on (September 7, 2010, 14:48 GMT)

@Salman Danish & Sparty, I'm not saying Pakistan are a bad team despite recent controversy, it's because that they don't play as a team. As you said, Ajmal, Aamer, Gul and Umar Akmal were exceptional at the 2009 T20 World Cup as well as Boom Boom Afridi but they need the whole side to contribute. Players like Shoaib Ahktar, Wahab Riaz, Shaziab Hasan, Fawad Alam and Razzaq are all making no runs as well as being equally inconsistent with the ball. I still keep my money on England though.

Posted by Shahnawaztarar on (September 7, 2010, 14:32 GMT)

If there is some thing true in the mind of pakistan management they should play this team today . i am sure they will win against england if they will play this team 1-kamran akmal: 2-shahaib hassan: 3-A razzaq: 4-Shahid Afridi: 5-umar Akmal: 6-Muhammad Yousaf: 7-Hafeez: 8-Fawad Alam: 9-Gul: 10-Akhter: 11-Ajmal

There is one option that you can exchange the batting order of Razzaq With Muhammad Yousaf if the ist wicket falls in the ist or Second Over.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2010, 14:11 GMT)

Well.. Its not that big an equation to solve. We simply lost the match because of some sloppy test like batting in the middle. We used to be good spin playing nation.Swann was balling fine but i didn't see any plan to face him rather than playing him away from stumps. How could Fawad Alam connect the ball when he is all the time trying to play it to point. He faced 30 deliveries meaning 5 overs out of 20 (1/4 match). No technique, no aggression. Found it difficult to justify him as part of squad and a batsman either. Unfortunate part of this is we will see his 20scores and opt him in for next match too without realizing he costed us match(single thandedly).Shazaib again was always looking to make an edge to keeper rather than playing cross over midwicket. We surely lack a batting coach not of miandad times but saeed anwar kind.

Posted by shafshahid on (September 7, 2010, 13:57 GMT)

Hope full Pakistan will do well in 2nd t20 every body supporting Shahid Afridi the fair cricketer pak team we will INSHALLAH !!!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2010, 13:21 GMT)

England WWWWW Pakistan LLWLW....???

Didn't Pakistan won two twenty matches against Australia at the start of the tour??? I dun think so that they have played any T20 since....

Posted by Domzo on (September 7, 2010, 12:37 GMT)

"Also, why is Anderson being left out for Sidebottom?"

Average of 30.66 vs. an average of 19.76 I would guess. Sidebottom is a much more effective 20/20 bowler, though Jimmy was showing a pretty good yorker in the Pakistan tests, if he works on that he might be a good death bowling option.

Posted by khurramsch on (September 7, 2010, 12:05 GMT)

i think batting lost the 1st T20. match was quiet balanced in half way but fielding was poor. Pak should change batting order. Kamran is not in form drop him to lower position Razak can open ( he opened for somerset this season & he is more experience with these conditions than any one else) 1- Razak 2- Shahzaid two hitters

3- Yousaf calmness in order

4- Umar - 5- Afridi two hitters

6- Fawad Calmness in order

7- Kamran 8- wahab 9- umar 10 Akhter 11 ajmal

Posted by   on (September 7, 2010, 11:58 GMT)

no suhail today pakistan will win dear if they chose bat first

Posted by   on (September 7, 2010, 11:57 GMT)

i think fawad alam should not be in team instead fawad , azhal ali is good option for pakistan,and they should consdntrat their fielding . If they field well in privious match result would be change. i hope they will win today

Posted by ihatebrazil on (September 7, 2010, 11:53 GMT)

C'mon PCB..are u guys insane??? even though Mohammad Yousuf played well in the last game but still... having Mohammad Yousuf at no.3 and Fawad Alam at no.4 in a T20 just ruins the game from a supporters point of view as well as from the teams point of view too (you knw like scoring 3/4 runs an over between overs 5-15 ). T20 doesnt go on for 5 days ....its lasts for less than 5 hrs so plzz do us supporters a favor and replace either one of them....

Posted by   on (September 7, 2010, 11:41 GMT)

match fixing is not big issue in cricket everybody knows what happend in IPL????? but in IPL issue nobody say whats going on encluding icc?????????? i don,t know pakistan is involve in spot fixing?????but every one he say banned of pakistan cricket!!!!!!!!!!!!! But why????

Posted by   on (September 7, 2010, 11:31 GMT)

pakistan is a good team! only one problem we got!!!we don,t have a nice management!!!! I hope so pakistan is must be won this t20 game!!!! pakistan is got a nice players with Shahid Afridi,Abdul Razzaq,Umer Akmal,Shoaib Akhter,Saeed Ajmal i think so in t20+ODI 5 players is most dangerous for rngland! those players is just need a support for others player then pakistan is must be won every game against any countery!!!!INSHALAA

Posted by Shahnawaztarar on (September 7, 2010, 11:05 GMT)

i totally agree with nabeel ahmad khan that there is no place for wahab riaz in the presence of three pacers and two regular and one irregular spiner fawad aalam ,but the fact is that afridi and management does not using razzaq well . because in a 20 over game you could not afford to send razzaq to bat at no 8 and afridi at no 7. i think both of them should bat at the top of the order.

Posted by shabeebhussain786 on (September 7, 2010, 10:58 GMT)

if pak should win today means they should play with this team with same batting order 1.shazaib hasan 2.mohammed hafiz3.mohammad yousuf.4.shaid afridi.5.umar akmal. 6.abdur razzaq.7.kamran akmal. 8.umar gul 9.shoib akthar. 10. sajeed ajmal. 11. w.riaz

Posted by   on (September 7, 2010, 10:51 GMT)

Still shoib showing indecent activities in the first match, when he took wicket he show kiss and all other bad manners to Eng batsmen, common Pakis be nice for some more days

Posted by vinmon143 on (September 7, 2010, 10:15 GMT)

lolz...wat oldies like Moyo or Yoyo watever doing in pak 20-20 team..pak lacks resources..who made afridi's boom down the order...i hope t-20 series not fixed..but the way akhtar dropped a dolly, it supplis food to suspicion..hmm yummy pounds..

Posted by   on (September 7, 2010, 9:52 GMT)

they are going to losse again tday .inshaallah

Posted by Hirafi on (September 7, 2010, 9:27 GMT)

i think say anything good or bad doesn't make any sense to the cricketer because player play the match with true spirit but the management and the board make the horrible effect if you have examples in past that player mingle with outsider u have to make an eye and what for the team coach and Team manager is sent along with the team main person to punish i think basically when any team visit to any country they need to surrender all the person belonging to team manager and left the decision to manager that if very personal thing then they can use the mobiles or personal visit and it need to done with team manager or report to team manager if not the team manager need to take strict action against the player to avoid this type of controversy Thanks

Posted by tqhussain on (September 7, 2010, 8:29 GMT)

Fawad alam is a very good player. Pakistan are not using him right. He should not be playing T20's but should certainly be part of the ODi and test team. pakistan never utilize his bowling, which they should have done in the last game. Anyways T20 team should be as follows; imran nazir, kamran akmal (only for t20's n ODI's), umar akmal, m yousaf, razzaq, afridi, fawad/yasir arafat, ajmal, gul, sohaib, abdur rehman.

Posted by raahils on (September 7, 2010, 8:07 GMT)

if pakistan wanna win the match than they have to take this team

1 abdul razzaq 2 kamran akmal 3 shahzaib hasan l 4 mohammed yousuf 5 umar akmal 6 azhar ali 7 shahid afridi 8wahab riaz 9 umar gul 10 saeed ajmal 11 shaoaib akhtar

this is good team and by same order they can win

Posted by   on (September 7, 2010, 7:49 GMT)

Agreed Wid osama Point Ov View ... Fawad Alam Is Not A Good Player Of T20 Format ... But He Is in The Pakistani Playing XI Due To His God-Gifted Fielding ... And Nowadys We Are Losing Much Ov Our Matches Due to Our Poor Fielding ..Its Best Example Is the lst T20 Match Against England in which Akhter Dropped the catch of Eoin Morgan which was the turning point of the match ... So Fawad Had a Concrete Reason to be there in the team .. Secondly .. Wahab Riaz Has No place In the Playing XI cox Already there are three pacers in the side .. along wid 2 regular spinner and one Irregular spinner (fawad) ..So the management should give a chance to Hafeez Or Azhar ali to show their talent .... InShallah .. We Shall Won the 2nd T20 ... (Ameen)

Posted by mansoorafzal on (September 7, 2010, 7:44 GMT)

last five matches for Pakistan are: LWWLW

Posted by a4ahsange on (September 7, 2010, 6:39 GMT)

If pakistan wouldnt win this t20................ then i dnt think they can win ODI seriess

Posted by a4ahsange on (September 7, 2010, 6:36 GMT)

Where is S malik............. Wats wrong with our selection management............... Com on bring hm back, u cant afford to drop hm right at this moment

Posted by a4ahsange on (September 7, 2010, 6:32 GMT)

Is it me who doesnt know, or u guys r thinkin the sam as me,...... After the test series........... Wheeree is Shoaib Malik...... He is Vanished............... where is he, y they drop him right at this moment.................... our pcb is fulll of nobats........... they r mentally thik

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (September 7, 2010, 6:32 GMT)

the bookie agreed, the players agreed, the pcb agreed, the team mate(yasir)agreed(everyone agreed that the trio took money from the bookie)....but you immatured fans dont.

Posted by guru_43 on (September 7, 2010, 6:25 GMT)

fawad alam plaYed very well in the practice match while hafiz was out for duck that iz why he was selected ahead of hafiz! Now i think fawad should be replaced by hafiz. I don't think now razzak has place in team as an alrounder his bowling is below par in t20 he should be placed at no. 3 ! Hope it's pakistan 's day at cardif today! Best of luck pakistan

Posted by OutdoorMiner on (September 7, 2010, 6:13 GMT)

why are they playing? Pakistan is just going to throw the game to make some money

Posted by sharprider on (September 7, 2010, 5:54 GMT)

What is Afridi trying to do by coming in lower down the order? He has to lead from the front and move Razzaq up with Kamran and Umar to do the slogging in the death overs with ample support from Gul and the tail after a good start. The coach needs to show an aggressive (rather than a passive) approach in the remaining games. Our bowlers should bowl to their field plan and the captain should have faith in his bowlers and try to start with Ajmal and Hafeez (if there is a place for him in the side) as had been done by some of teams in the last World Cup.....remember?

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (September 7, 2010, 5:54 GMT)

unless pakistan cricket is dissolved, fixing cant be eradicated from cricket....

Posted by Shaikh-s on (September 7, 2010, 5:52 GMT)

I just cannot understand why all are after fawad he is basicaly is a batsman to anchir the inning and all of them should play around him but yes did not play well in the last game but he is one very tough person mentaly i think he should be in the team all the time as he is a superb fielder as well

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (September 7, 2010, 5:50 GMT)

Pakistan is a depleted third class team now.....

Posted by karthikfromchennai on (September 7, 2010, 5:48 GMT)

Will there be spot differences in this match too?

Posted by Omarrz on (September 7, 2010, 4:59 GMT)

Pakistan LLWLW

This is all wrong... Pakistan have only lost their last game and before that they won 2 (against Aussies)

Posted by xuqi on (September 7, 2010, 4:44 GMT)

No need of FAWAD ALAM. Put some other player instead of FAWAD. And Afridi should also change his order and come in top order and also change the order of RAZAQ.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2010, 4:10 GMT)

HOPE FOR THE BEST, SUCCESS WOULD BE NEXT.........!!! GOOD LUCK TEAM PAKISTAN................................!!!

Posted by AMD. on (September 7, 2010, 4:07 GMT)

There is a Mistake in Pakistan's Formguide Pakistan LLWLW -Before the 1st T20 vs England, Pakistan beat australia twice in England. The correct Formguide is, LWWLW

Posted by landl47 on (September 7, 2010, 4:06 GMT)

England showed again that they have excellent bowling and fielding and deep batting. Pakistan will have to improve their level of play in all areas if they are to win. England would easily have got another 25 runs- they won with 17 balls to spare. No team in the T20 World Cup scored 150 against England, so Pakistan must get at least that to have a chance.

Posted by SJShah on (September 7, 2010, 3:59 GMT)

I think Fawad Alam should replaced with Imran Nazir, as he is specialist for T-20 and Limited Overs game. And M. Hafeez should also broght in place of Wahab Riaz...

Posted by jtstriker9 on (September 7, 2010, 3:56 GMT)

Why do England persist with Luke Wright? He never bowls, hardly contributes with the bat and is an average fielder!! Surely he and Bopara are vying for the same spot in the side when KP comes back? Also, why is Anderson being left out for Sidebottom? The selections for this side baffle me.....

Still enough to handle the current Pakistan team tho....

Posted by Psyc_s on (September 7, 2010, 3:32 GMT)

It is nice to see all our friends started talking about cricket again forgetting what had happened in past weeks...All the best Shahid, to level this T20 series...I think England have more chances of winning going into this match but i would like to see the famous pakistani fight back instinct...

Posted by   on (September 7, 2010, 3:25 GMT)

WHAT SO EVER MATES. YOU INSTRUCT ARE N0T BEING LISTEN BY PAKISTAN TEAM.. .. BUT COULD ANY B0DY TOLD ME, KIS NE KAHA PEPSI SE 5 RUPEE KAM KAR D0....

Posted by   on (September 7, 2010, 2:37 GMT)

best ov luck pakistan abt pak cricket team less said iz better coz they r unpredictable best on there day and vice versa

am hoping for the best

Posted by satanswish on (September 7, 2010, 2:16 GMT)

Pakistan's pathetic batting & fielding continues their super form, so no chance of winning in second T20.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2010, 0:30 GMT)

That's right, Pakistan DID win 2-0 against the Aussies earlier before this T20I

Posted by Khan_Asad on (September 6, 2010, 23:43 GMT)

GET RID OF FAWAD ALAM...I NEVER APPRECIATED HIM IN ANY FORMAT OF THE GAME...HE CANNOT EVEN TOUCH THE BALL WITH THE BAT...HE RUINED THE GAME FOR PAKISTAN...I REMEMBER HIS STATEMENT ONCE THAT HE WANTED ANOTHER CHANCE...HE PROVED HIMSELF WRONG...GET RID OF HIM...WASIM AKRAM SAID IT HIMSELF DURING THE WORLD 20/20 IN THE WEST INDIES THAT HE SEES NO PLACE FOR HIM IN THE SQUAD...

AND WHERE IS IMRAN NAZIR??? AT LEAST HE CAN PROVIDE AGGRESSION IN THE TOP ORDER LINE UP.

IMRAN NAZIR, KAMRAN AKMAL, UMAR AKMAL, AFRIDI, RAZZAK, YOUSEF, MALIK, RIAZ, GUL, AKHTAR, AJMAL

MALIK GUIDED PAKISTAN TO VICTORY ALONGSIDE AFRIDI IN THE 2009 WORLDCUP, WHY IS HE OUT OF THE SQUAD??

Posted by   on (September 6, 2010, 22:55 GMT)

Watching the previous test series and the first t20I I found a very strange tactics(!!!) of Umar Akmal. In tests he wants to hit every delivery he faces, but in t20 none of them! Did anyother notice it, or I'm the only one?

Posted by   on (September 6, 2010, 21:30 GMT)

Well to be honest, if your going to play mohd yousef so low down, it doesn't make sense because he is not really a hitter. I believe since spin is going to play an important role in tomorrow's game, wahab riaz should be removed and replaced by mohd hafeez. Knowing that we don' have any more recognised batsmen in the locker room, i believe fawad alam should stay or malik should play . Open with shahzaib and kamran, followed by mohd yousef to steady the innings and should play through the innings, even if he goes at a run a ball. thats good enough. He can hold one end. then 2 down should be umar akmal followed by afridi, hafeez and razzaq, keeping fawad alam/malik hanging at the end. Iif we have a good start, maybe send razzaq at number two, but i believe that mohd yousef can handle the spinners very well. but if your honestly going to send mohd yousef so low down the order, he will be completely useless. wahab riaz is not required cause we have akhta, gul and razzaq and 4 spin options

Posted by Umair_umair on (September 6, 2010, 21:05 GMT)

@Andrew McGlashan : Pakistan's Form guide is LWWLW and not LLWLW.

Posted by imad_lala on (September 6, 2010, 21:00 GMT)

the first match was lost coz of fawad alam. his poor bating lost the match from pakistan.

Posted by imad_lala on (September 6, 2010, 20:58 GMT)

afridi should come at 3 and hafeez should be there tomoro instead of fawad kodo. and they should give razzaq early batting and shahzaib hassan should play aggressive. where is ajmal and afridi's balling attack. they were the best ballers in the last world cup. hope they could come back. all the best team pakistan. we are still with you.

Posted by imad_lala on (September 6, 2010, 20:54 GMT)

i don;t know what pakistan team selector wants from fawadalam kodo. he is not t20 player.

Posted by AK47_pk on (September 6, 2010, 20:52 GMT)

turning point was when shoaib dropped the catch...had that catch taken, england wouldve been out for 80 or maximum 90.....pitch was poor cuz ball was comin so slow nd pakistan batsmen didnt wiat for the ball to reach but tried to reach to ball...a good batsman,s quality is to judge the pace of wicket in couple of deliveries....fawad was embarsing to wath playing agaist swan...he should be dropped for hafeez( dnt know why he is there when we have best T20 opner Imran Nazir) catches win matches so plz mr Akhtar try not to sleep or think, how im looking on TV....Umar akmal should open with shazaib, yusaf 2nd nd razzaq nd afridi should bat according to their bowling plan...i mean we all know razzaq is not a good player on spin so send him when fast bowlers are in....AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE AFRIDI PLYAING AGAINST SWAN CUZ WE ALL KNOW HE CAN HIT BIG SIXES AGAINST ANY SPPINERS......PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU GREEN SHIRTS....WE NOT GONA STOP SUPORTING OUR TEAM JUST CUZ OF FEW IDIOTS.. GO PAKISTAN:)

Posted by   on (September 6, 2010, 20:39 GMT)

Why dont they give a chance to Moahamed Hafeez who can bowl useful off spin, also he can bat as well, they have to re think their batting order as Shahziab and Razzaq should open the innings followed by Afridi and yousuf in the middle order so that Umar Akmal can make some later innings blow and post some decent score also Afridi should rotate their bowlers to keep get wickets, their fielding once again made them pay the price, if they could have taken either Morgan or Yardy catch (Specially kamran he is a usual catch misser, why dont they find a good keeper who can catch the ball)

Posted by SaudAlvi on (September 6, 2010, 20:17 GMT)

I being my T20 team Cap. always go with the hitters up front , I don't understand why anyone should do any different ... Look there is no point in holding back you have only 20 overs and most people need a ball or two before they can hit out crazy , hitter play the natural game and if you have a huge failure the nudgers play out the 20 overs and make whatever they can- I call it the brave approach.

Pakistan should go with this K. Akaml,Shahzeb, U. Akmal , Afridi , A. Razzak, M. Yousaf , Hafeez -or- Fawad , Gull, Akhter ,Ajmal Actually leave Riaz out .. he is no good anyway bring Irfan height is a BIG advantage in cricket Im sure he will do good even if he is half as talented.

Posted by SaudAlvi on (September 6, 2010, 20:17 GMT)

I being my T20 team Cap. always go with the hitters up front , I don't understand why anyone should do any different ... Look there is no point in holding back you have only 20 overs and most people need a ball or two before they can hit out crazy , hitter play the natural game and if you have a huge failure the nudgers play out the 20 overs and make whatever they can- I call it the brave approach.

Pakistan should go with this K. Akaml,Shahzeb, U. Akmal , Afridi , A. Razzak, M. Yousaf , Hafeez -or- Fawad , Gull, Akhter ,Ajmal Actually leave Riaz out .. he is no good anyway bring Irfan height is a BIG advantage in cricket Im sure he will do good even if he is half as talented.

Posted by SaudAlvi on (September 6, 2010, 20:08 GMT)

Seriously I have my doubts about this game , given how Mr. Afridi did not bring on Ajmal in 7th over (seeing what swan was doing .. how can he bring himself before Ajmal - also given the known fact that Ajaml is not good against lefties) and the the field placing !!! and just the ups and downs of the game were so unnatural , everyone is talking about how there was no six hit .. I am more concerned how there was little effort to hit any.

Posted by ARROGANT on (September 6, 2010, 20:02 GMT)

PLS,Note that Fawad Alam played last three T20 for Pak faced 70 odd ball and unable to hit any boundry.The way he played against Eng,It was a shame.Probably it cost the match for Pak.For God sake get rid of him from T20 squad.

Posted by sparty on (September 6, 2010, 19:59 GMT)

@Jonathan Dnt underestimate Pakistani team! They are the runners up of 2007,champions of 2009 and semi finalists of 2010.And talking about the inconsistent then go through the previous 5 innings of Umar Akmal 36,56,53,54,38 are his previous 5 sc0res!! Afridi? No need to tell you about him!! Had the catch of morgan been taken,Pakistan wd have won that match also!! Bowling dept Ajmal,Afridi,Gul n Akhtar i guess you cant demand more better bowling dept than this.Akhtar was the best bowler in previous match for Pakistan!! Non of the english batsman was comfortable against him!! I'l go for Pakistan ...Better watch out!!

Posted by AhmadSaleem on (September 6, 2010, 19:29 GMT)

Yep,the form guide for Pakistan is wrong.. it should have been LWWLW instead of LLWLW, Pakistan won there last 2 matches against aussies

Posted by   on (September 6, 2010, 19:29 GMT)

@ Amler: It is surprisingly you say that. Except 4 players in the current squad, it is the same squad that won Pakistan the T20 world coup in 09. Pakistan lost the game not because England played better but because of poor Pakistan fielding. Gul's bowling was one of the winning ingredients in the 2009 T20 World Cup. If Pakistan plays like they did with Aussies in the past two T20s, then England is history.

Posted by Adysol on (September 6, 2010, 19:11 GMT)

In the last 5 matches result for Paksitan it shows like this Pakistan LLWLW

But Pakisan win two consecutive T20 with Australia in England this summer. Please correct it.....

It sould be Pakistan LWWLW

Posted by shah30 on (September 6, 2010, 19:01 GMT)

@cricket_fan_1980P: you think fawad alam is better then MoYo. MoYo played better then all of these so called t20 specialist. it was highly embarrassing to watch fawad alam play. he played like 10 year old unable to play one start short.

Posted by shah30 on (September 6, 2010, 19:01 GMT)

@cricket_fan_1980P: you think fawad alam is better then MoYo. MoYo played better then all of these so called t20 specialist. it was highly embarrassing to watch fawad alam play. he played like 10 year old unable to play one start short.

Posted by EkThaSharu on (September 6, 2010, 18:57 GMT)

@Cricket_Fan_1980.

You want to bench the only player who looked comfortable in playing all the strokes? Really? Alam is the one who isn't needed for the 20/20's..Yousuf we need..

Posted by D.S.A on (September 6, 2010, 18:43 GMT)

Whilst Collingwood's strike-rate is decent, the number of runs he has made this year is appalling. He bats at number 4, which isn't too low, so it cannot be an excuse, and furthermore, his last ten scores is proof that he is only in the team because of his captaincy. His scores are: 0, 11, 6, 0, 16, 14, 3, 10, 12 and 4. The captain should be able to hold their place, regardless of being the captain, and if England wish to continue to use two spinners, Michael Yardy is an appropriate replacement as he is the captain of his county, Sussex.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2010, 18:34 GMT)

Pakistan Cricket Board has given every body a chance including shoaib malik, shoaib akhar, Mohammad yusuf etc...why can't they give a chance to Imran nazir? he is one of the best T20 and One-Day cricketer..

Posted by BapiDas on (September 6, 2010, 18:32 GMT)

T20 demands innovation in batting for the sheer necessity to score quickly. But the basics of the game remain unchanged. Staying at the wicket and building partnerships are key to the batting efforts. Bowling the right length and line supported by alert fielding and holding on to catches make the fielding side dominate. Both England and Pakistan performed below par and must concentrate on the game. Competition is what the fans and viewers want and THAT is what must be evident. Cricket must win!

Posted by   on (September 6, 2010, 18:31 GMT)

England, are you that scared that you might lose against a controverisially effected Pakistan team? You made mince meat out of them in the Tests and outplayed them in the T20, you surely cannot doubt you will lose! Who have Pakistan got anyway? A few inconsistent big hitters like the Akmal brothers, Afridi, Razzaq and Fawad Alam, their bowling even weaker, depending on the guile of Ajmal and the death of Umar Gul won't win you a game, plus Gul has just come back from injury. Shoaib Akhtar has become so wild, he will probably be hit for thirty off Stuart Broad (more match-fixing?!) and as in the Test series, Wahab Riaz demonstrated that he can bowl some good spells but be costly at the same time. Expect a thumping from the English team Pakistan!

Posted by   on (September 6, 2010, 18:06 GMT)

hope pakistan try to finish it with win.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2010, 18:05 GMT)

i think pak should put muhammad hafeez instead of fawad so have an inteligent bowler with som one who can hit spinners cz with fawad these cant be happend

Posted by   on (September 6, 2010, 17:55 GMT)

Go Pakistan ! GO GREEN ! We are hoping for you guys to win back home

Posted by Azam_Ali on (September 6, 2010, 17:51 GMT)

It was a terrible batting display by pakistan in first match..Shahzaib should play aggressive even if it means getting out early...Though my fellow citymates were all shouting for karachi talent being neglected in form of fawad alam,i seriously believe he doesnt belong to international arena esp T20 format...I mean unable to score is one thing but how he played out there was embarassing to say the least..get hafeez in for tomorrow

Posted by   on (September 6, 2010, 17:42 GMT)

whats the purpose of fawad alam in the t20 ? he is not t20 class batsmen.good for ODIs. batting order should be

Shahzeb,Kamran,Hafeez,Yusuf,Umer,Afridi,Razzak,Gul,Ajmal,Wahab

Afridi should have to play in middle order.why he always wait for the last over games in which he play wild game and give wicket.

Posted by LeftBrain on (September 6, 2010, 17:38 GMT)

Pakistan was not that bad in 1st T20, but they need to re-think their batting order big time. Insisting with this useless Kamran Akmal is not going to help Pakistan in any way. He need to be shown the door and that door should be closed tight once he is out of it. Similarly, Kaka, Afridi or Umar Akmal, one of them should open the innings.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2010, 17:37 GMT)

the form guide for Pakistan is wrong.. it should have been LWWLW instead of LLWLW, Pakistan won there last 2 matches against aussies

Posted by   on (September 6, 2010, 17:30 GMT)

Well Pak batting according to this squad should be like that Shahzaib Akmal Razzaq Yousuf Afridi Little Akmal Fawad Ajmal Gul Riaz Akhtar

If Pak waan win this game then afridi need to use razzaq in a better way, we all know razzaq is better then afridi and he is the biggest hitter in this format. You can not blame razzaq if he i coming in 17th over or not batting at all, I think razzaq should come ahead of Afridi and ugly akmal.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2010, 16:56 GMT)

hope pakistan will end with win.

Posted by cricket_fan_1980 on (September 6, 2010, 16:40 GMT)

Pakistan's batting order should be the following: Shahzaib, Kamran, Razzaq, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Fawad Alam, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhter, Ajmal + one more bowler

As much as I love MoYo, I don't think he needed for the 20/20's

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