Pakistan v West Indies, Champions Trophy, Group B, The Oval June 7, 2013

West Indies overcome Misbah heroics

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West Indies 172 for 8 (Gayle 39, Samuels 30, Irfan 3-32) beat Pakistan 170 (Misbah 96*, Jamshed 50, Roach 3-28) by two wickets
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Whatever your persuasion when it comes to one-day cricket the Champions Trophy looks set to offer something for everyone. After the high-scoring opening match in Cardiff, there was a low-scoring nail-biter at The Oval with West Indies surviving major problems against Pakistan's pace and spin combination to secure a priceless two-wicket victory.

Amid a passionate, excitable crowd dominated by Pakistan support - this is arguably the closest they will get to a home crowd given their current situation - West Indies, who themselves used to have a vast following at The Oval in the 1970s and 1980s, threatened to throw away their outstanding work in the field with a nervous batting display. They eventually limped over the line with Denesh Ramdin and Kemar Roach at the crease: a wicketkeeper and a pace bowler, as it was in the darkness for the triumph in 2004.

Perhaps aware that pushing and prodding was dangerous, Ramdin and Sunil Narine did not try to eke their way to the target after Dwayne Bravo, in his first match as captain, was lbw to Saeed Ajmal with 28 still required. The bold, and occasionally reckless, approach quickly sunk the requirement down to six only for Narine to edge Mohammad Irfan behind. A few tense deliveries followed until Roach, in the spirit of Ian Bradshaw, scythed a boundary over the off side.

Pakistan's bowlers, as they have regularly in the past, so nearly rescued their batsmen. Irfan's bounce was intimidating, Wahab Riaz's pace unsettling and Saeed Ajmal's variations beguiling. But, after just two of their batsmen reached double figures - Misbah-ul-Haq ended unbeaten on a career-best 96 - they were just short of runs.

Despite losing two early wickets against the towering Irfan, a partnership of 63 between Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels had made significant inroads into the chase and brought the requirement down below 100. Then a well-flighted doosra from Ajmal flummoxed Gayle as he tried to launch it over the leg side and Pakistan sensed their opening.

Wahab, on the ground where he took a five-wicket haul on his Test debut in 2010, bowled with pace and controlled aggression throughout - occasionally nudging 90mph - and produced a lifting delivery which brushed Ramnaresh Sarwan's edge.

Samuels had unfurled a couple of the sparkling off-drives which lit up the previous English season, but when he charged at Mohammad Hafeez and was beaten by the drift the game had edged back in Pakistan's favour.

Kieron Pollard, shelving almost all his natural instincts apart from one straight blow for six, produced probably his most cautious one-day innings - taking 18 balls to get off the mark - alongside Bravo which changed the balance of power again. But Pollard was another batsman undone by pace and bounce as Kamran Akmal completed the fourth of his five dismissals and West Indies' lower-order depth was severely tested.

It was a fantastic match for those who enjoy their cricket with the ball holding sway. Roach knocked over the top of Pakistan's batting with three wickets in his first four overs, leaving them 15 for 3, and Narine sparked another collapse in the middle order with six wickets falling for 33.

Either side of those wobbles, Nasir Jamshed and Misbah repaired a lot of the early damage with a fourth-wicket stand of 90, only for it to be wastefully given away amid rash shots and run outs from the lower order. Only Irfan, at No. 11, showed the common sense to try and stay with his captain but could not quite help him to a maiden one-day hundred.

During the tense finish, the 32 runs added for the last wicket were shaping as vital, as was the let-off Misbah received before he had scored which did not cast Ramdin in a glowing light. It was not just a simple dropped chance; Ramdin initially gathered the inside edge which would have given Roach his fourth wicket but in falling to his left the ball escaped his gloves.

Although it was clearly grounded, Ramdin then rolled the ball to the square-leg umpire and claimed the catch. Perhaps he was unaware of the Law that the fielder has to also be in control of the release - and not just the catch - but it did not look good for Ramdin on replays.

If the chance had been cleanly taken, Pakistan would have been 17 for 4. Roach roughed up their top order with an outstanding six-over spell which had begun by removing Imran Farhat in the opening over. Hafeez was bowled by a full, straight delivery which he played around and then Asad Shafiq, suckered in by some extra bounce, cut to third man. By now, Bravo was responding with the "attacking" brand of cricket he promised by setting fields that included three slips, a short leg and a leg gully.

Mishab took 14 balls to score - not that he gets flustered by such issues - and when he burst out of his shell with a straight six off Pollard, Pakistan were beginning to prosper for the first time. But it all began to unravel again when Jamshed, two balls after reaching a grafting fifty, picked out long-off. Three deliveries later Shoaib Malik - surrounded by close fielders - chipped to short midwicket and Akmal became Narine's third when he edged a cut. Despite Misbah's resilience, and the skills of his bowlers, it was a costly collapse.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | June 7, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    One half of the Pakistan team (the bowlers) are trying their guts out to win a match and the other half (the batsmen) are trying to lose it. The batsmen seem to be in competition with their own ironically. Somebody needs to tell them to change their direction and be in competition with the opposition bowlers. The moment they know that a 230 will be a safe target they make sure they stay well below that mark. Almost feel sorry for our bowlers, they certainly shouldn't be paired with this mindless bunch. I thought our batsmen are good enough to put up 30 to 40 runs each but they lack spine and character to be honest. The pick among non performers was Shoaib Malik, chosen as a specialist batsman but bats well against India only, that too in sub continent. And needless to say anything about Imran Farhat, never performed and never will. Hafeez, a bit more life in the surface and he's no more than a club cricketer, probably worse. Well played WI though, you deserved it.

  • POSTED BY Haad_nm on | June 11, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    The selection for the Pakistan cricket team in the Champions League was all wrong.Pakistan went in with a fragile, unreliable and vulnerable batting line-up forcing players like Umar Akmal, Ahmad Shehzad, Hammad Azam and Shahid Afridi out of the team. The Pakistan selection committee has to go back to the drawing board, and chalk out a worth-while strategy.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    misbah is 38 and performs far better thn youngster like shafiq,kamshed,hafeez and co.....my question is why malik ,shafiq and hafeez are in the team?hafeez is useless....asad is not trust worthy or match winner as umar akmal.....look at akmals average and shafiq.......misbah needs support from batsmen not only from bowlers.......

  • POSTED BY nadeemaktg on | June 9, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    bring back abdul raqqak in squad to win all the matches ...as all we know for what he is being capable .,........or ortherwise bring youngster allrounder hammad azam

  • POSTED BY nadeemaktg on | June 9, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    i dont why the selection commitee is not looking over the battling line problem of pakistan cricket team by what class shows by imran farhat that again and again he is getting selection in pakistan national team i wont think that in india imran farhat is deserve a place in a gully cricket ....pakistan cricket is spoiling the future of youngster player like .umar akmal , hammad azam .they are the better option to be played in the previous match againts the west indies ..

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Pakistan's batting is struggling big time. Weather will be a big factor for the outcome of the games. But they are missing a 'X FACTOR' player down at number 6 or 7. Imran Farhat shouldn't be playing at all in ODI's for Pakistan. They need some one to partner with Dashing Nasir Jamshed at the top and look to have a BIG HITTER ALL ROUNDER like HAMAD AZAM OR ABDUR RAZZAQ at number 6 or 7. It will allow Misbah to have a extra medium pace bowling option as the english conditions will surely suite the style of bowling of ABDUR RAZZAQ. More so, ABDUR RAZZAQ has vast experience playing for counties so that can be pivotal for PAKISTAN. The selectors shouldnt see the issues too far ahead. ABDUR RAZZAQ is the best replacement they have which SHAHID AFRIDI left in the lower middle order of the fragile batting line up of Current Pakistan Team. I urge Pakistani Selectors look in to this matter seriously.

  • POSTED BY Daredevil123 on | June 8, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    Shoaib malik is like the rohit sharma of pak i dont think once in a blue performance is good enough for selection where is haris sohail? Y doesnt he play

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | June 8, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    As an Indian fan and an admirer of Pakistani cricket, I'm disappointed with Pakistani batsmen. Only two batsmen reaching double figures sums it up. The bowlers tried their best but didn't have enough runs to play with. Pakistan seriously need to get some quality young batsmen in their team ASAP. It's time to move on from Farhat, Malik etc. Misbah will retire in a couple of years which will further weaken the batting lineup. Anyway, all the best for your next match.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | June 8, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    @Harmony1111. Stop day dreaming. your team going to be out with 3-0 loss.

  • POSTED BY somethingdifferent on | June 8, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Whatmore must be a very good strategist but all his planning has to be executed by the on field players and if these so called experience and talented players are unable to modify their batting style as per the demand of the situation then they do not deserve to play international cricket. Irfan provided good support to Misbah, more than what he was expected off. Ajmal and Riaz were needlessly run out. Hafeez played a shot instead of defending a straight delivery. Malik was out, like always, to a nothing shot. Farhat, Jamshed, Shafiq, Akmal and Junaid all were out playing outrageous shots which should have been avoided. It looked as if they were in self destruction mode. Do not know what to do with them.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | June 7, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    One half of the Pakistan team (the bowlers) are trying their guts out to win a match and the other half (the batsmen) are trying to lose it. The batsmen seem to be in competition with their own ironically. Somebody needs to tell them to change their direction and be in competition with the opposition bowlers. The moment they know that a 230 will be a safe target they make sure they stay well below that mark. Almost feel sorry for our bowlers, they certainly shouldn't be paired with this mindless bunch. I thought our batsmen are good enough to put up 30 to 40 runs each but they lack spine and character to be honest. The pick among non performers was Shoaib Malik, chosen as a specialist batsman but bats well against India only, that too in sub continent. And needless to say anything about Imran Farhat, never performed and never will. Hafeez, a bit more life in the surface and he's no more than a club cricketer, probably worse. Well played WI though, you deserved it.

  • POSTED BY Haad_nm on | June 11, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    The selection for the Pakistan cricket team in the Champions League was all wrong.Pakistan went in with a fragile, unreliable and vulnerable batting line-up forcing players like Umar Akmal, Ahmad Shehzad, Hammad Azam and Shahid Afridi out of the team. The Pakistan selection committee has to go back to the drawing board, and chalk out a worth-while strategy.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    misbah is 38 and performs far better thn youngster like shafiq,kamshed,hafeez and co.....my question is why malik ,shafiq and hafeez are in the team?hafeez is useless....asad is not trust worthy or match winner as umar akmal.....look at akmals average and shafiq.......misbah needs support from batsmen not only from bowlers.......

  • POSTED BY nadeemaktg on | June 9, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    bring back abdul raqqak in squad to win all the matches ...as all we know for what he is being capable .,........or ortherwise bring youngster allrounder hammad azam

  • POSTED BY nadeemaktg on | June 9, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    i dont why the selection commitee is not looking over the battling line problem of pakistan cricket team by what class shows by imran farhat that again and again he is getting selection in pakistan national team i wont think that in india imran farhat is deserve a place in a gully cricket ....pakistan cricket is spoiling the future of youngster player like .umar akmal , hammad azam .they are the better option to be played in the previous match againts the west indies ..

  • POSTED BY on | June 9, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Pakistan's batting is struggling big time. Weather will be a big factor for the outcome of the games. But they are missing a 'X FACTOR' player down at number 6 or 7. Imran Farhat shouldn't be playing at all in ODI's for Pakistan. They need some one to partner with Dashing Nasir Jamshed at the top and look to have a BIG HITTER ALL ROUNDER like HAMAD AZAM OR ABDUR RAZZAQ at number 6 or 7. It will allow Misbah to have a extra medium pace bowling option as the english conditions will surely suite the style of bowling of ABDUR RAZZAQ. More so, ABDUR RAZZAQ has vast experience playing for counties so that can be pivotal for PAKISTAN. The selectors shouldnt see the issues too far ahead. ABDUR RAZZAQ is the best replacement they have which SHAHID AFRIDI left in the lower middle order of the fragile batting line up of Current Pakistan Team. I urge Pakistani Selectors look in to this matter seriously.

  • POSTED BY Daredevil123 on | June 8, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    Shoaib malik is like the rohit sharma of pak i dont think once in a blue performance is good enough for selection where is haris sohail? Y doesnt he play

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | June 8, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    As an Indian fan and an admirer of Pakistani cricket, I'm disappointed with Pakistani batsmen. Only two batsmen reaching double figures sums it up. The bowlers tried their best but didn't have enough runs to play with. Pakistan seriously need to get some quality young batsmen in their team ASAP. It's time to move on from Farhat, Malik etc. Misbah will retire in a couple of years which will further weaken the batting lineup. Anyway, all the best for your next match.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | June 8, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    @Harmony1111. Stop day dreaming. your team going to be out with 3-0 loss.

  • POSTED BY somethingdifferent on | June 8, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    Whatmore must be a very good strategist but all his planning has to be executed by the on field players and if these so called experience and talented players are unable to modify their batting style as per the demand of the situation then they do not deserve to play international cricket. Irfan provided good support to Misbah, more than what he was expected off. Ajmal and Riaz were needlessly run out. Hafeez played a shot instead of defending a straight delivery. Malik was out, like always, to a nothing shot. Farhat, Jamshed, Shafiq, Akmal and Junaid all were out playing outrageous shots which should have been avoided. It looked as if they were in self destruction mode. Do not know what to do with them.

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | June 8, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    I dont know y few people thought this pak team is favourite you can never win big tournament like this with such pathetic batting and fielding

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    @getsetgopk on (June 7, 2013, 20:46 GMT) - Featured comment: I can see pain and disappointment in your comment.And well man....you have summed it all.Got to say very very honest assessment.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | June 8, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Proud of WAHAB RIAZ. Touched close to 150 km/h

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    The WI need a third Sean option for India's game, this team has one of the strongest batting lineup and for success they should replace sarwan with Sammy who will also strengthen the batting giving the WI team a longer tail. The team yesterday was too top heavy and if Pakistan had 30 more runs on the scoreboard WI would have lost the game. India's strength is the middle to ending over when teams r faced with tough bowling change to fill quota that's the time dhoni goes to work and in my opinion the best captain out there this guy I very smart, as a WI if our bowling is not strengthen then we gona have problem inrespect of we bowling out pk who showed poor application

  • POSTED BY swarzi on | June 8, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    KiwiRocker, the only thing is that Lara is peerless! He was "eleven batsmen in one person". Imagine a single player chalking up 501*, 400* and 375. This is unheard of. It never happened before he played and it will never happen again from any individual player, especially one who played for such a relatively short period of time! I usually give Bradman the edge over him though! This is because I also think that no other individual player can ever bat in so many innings and still end up with an average of 100 "to the nearest run"! I wonder why people say that Bradman's average is 99, when it is more a 100 than 99? It is possible that when the real figures are assessed, Lara's record may look more UNBELIEVABLE than Bradman's, but I still give it to Bradman. It's a BIG JOKE when you hear other names (except Sobers') are banded about, to say that they are equal to any of these two guys!it is also great to see Misbah trying to emulate one of the two greatest of All Time! Bravo Misbah1

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | June 8, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    @spiritwithin ->& where is it written that if you make a Century then you'll win the match for your team for sure?You are not getting my point.What's wrong in it if Misbah is not having a Century.He need no century to prove himself

  • POSTED BY azizsab on | June 8, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Needless to express my emotions on the Pakistani Batsmen but I still dont figure out what Hafiz is doing in this batting line up . The ball he got out to .. Well..childish really .....They say that you have to send your best batsman at 3 or 4 who can take the game to the opposition , well I dont see Hafiz doing that in another 50 , 60 lives...

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | June 8, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Misbah batting average is inflated with a lot of not outs and playing minnows that's why check the stats thoroughly :)

  • POSTED BY Jadejafan on | June 8, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Pakistan future doesn't look that promising. The average age of their team is 33 the oldest of all teams while the average age of the West Indies side is only 26 and was probably in my the difference. Just imagine this team once without their senior experience players :)

  • POSTED BY GIRIDHAAR on | June 8, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    I am an Indian and i couldn't take my eyes off irfan yesterday.. I was loving the way he had gayle huffing and puffing... Hope for a great indo pak match....

  • POSTED BY MichealT on | June 8, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Pak chances are slim now thanks to the tough group. They lost to a slightly weak team but they got rid of favorite tag and now they can play freely.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | June 8, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    pak is going down, now they have to win by 100 runs against world champions to even have a chance, india will beat them as we always do in big tournaments , bye bye pak.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    whole batting line up should be changed we need new and young batsman the old ones are too old enough

  • POSTED BY PricelessPak on | June 8, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Brilliant, batting from Misbah and even better bowling by Pakistan, well played Misbah and bowlers.Everything good about this game except Pakistani batsmen except Misbah.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | June 8, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    @hamza893 Keep dreaming mate, India will never worry about the number 6 team who will be out of the tournament even before India vs Pakistan match. It's all over for pakistan!

  • POSTED BY imranmujtaba on | June 8, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Pakistan is missing aggression, fire work and impact in the batting and in captaincy. No doubt Pak is missing Afridi, Razzaq and umar big time. Good news is that Misbah has learned how to bat in middle order but still long way to go for Misbah but age is against him. Lets hope PCB will make good change after CT and stop playing with Pakistans' fan.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Pakistan without afridi,umar akmal and razzak will loose all remaining match.umar amin asad shafiq and farhat should replace with afrdi,akmal and razzak

  • POSTED BY coldcoffee123 on | June 8, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Ok, tell me why on earth is Champions trophy getting scrapped??? It is one of the few times the best teams in the world come together in a no-nonsense, do-or-die you-blink-you-are-out-of-the-tounament cricket. This is way better than the cheerleaders-lead, giggly T20 cricket.

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | June 8, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Very funny many indians forgot Pakistan won the recent ODI series in India. That makes them favorites here and its played in England, in Birmingham, SA reaping the rewards of playing in IPL. Wish Pakistan makes up the champions trophy finals, as they really need a boost. Given the conditions India will never defend any total less than 270 but Pakistan have the quality to grind any opposition with their fierce bowling. SA will soon permenantly own the CHOKERS Tag. cricinfo please publish.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | June 8, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    @Harmony1111: So it turns out that you are actually a Pak fan who was masquerading as an Ind fan on other fora, perhaps to make people think that it was I who was making all those comments.

    Each team plays 3 matches in its group so if one loss is not serious enough for you then may be two losses would be. Talking about fav conditions, that will be better for India actually. Our batsmen are more capable than your batsmen to survive on those wickets and it will have a balancing effect on our bowling, which is somewhat weak compared to Pak.

    So Pak's best chance is to get a super flat track where their batsmen bat first and score something like 320-350 and then stop India from chasing it down. If India were to bat first, they will score 320+ too and Pak's poor batting will never get there.

    Btw, did you see how Bhuvi had clean bowled Hafeez & others? He was a total newbie then, now he is more shana. Give Bhuvi swinging conditions & he alone will clean Pak up.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Well done West Indies! Times before we would have crumbled under the pressure, now the tail helps out, like the old days with Marshall, Holding, Bishop, Ambrose. (Best not to mention Walsh's batting!) However I can't tell you how pleased I was to hear Umar Gul wasn't playing! That must have also been music to West Indies players ears, Gul would have won the match for Pakistan. His bowling is immense and big hitting might have taken Pakistan to probably 190-200 and that might have been a bridge too far for us!

  • POSTED BY Mussab_XI on | June 8, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    What is Umar Akmal doing back in Pakistan? Probably he's enjoying loadshedding back there. Honestly how on the earth can you prefer people like Malik and Farhat even Asad Shafique over him. He's the highest ranked batsman of Pakistan in ODIs. I am against Umar Akmal, but atleast every time he goes there to bat,he makes 20s and 30s atleast. There was no need to drop YK for CT if you were taking Imran Crap with you.

    P.S This was a close fight because it was against a mediocre team like WI. Good teams like India and SA will take Pakistan as a piece of cake.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    One thing- leave out Nasir and Misbah(in some cases, Hafeez), Pakistan's batting line is a total flop. Bowling has always been our mojo- but the thing is, Batsmen HAVE to perform, or in the worst case, Chip in. At least, bat so that we can get a respectable total. Till when will our bowling will save our neck, despite being one of the best bowling attack in the world. Misbah- he was phenomenal. Playing his first game in unforgiving English conditions- he proved his mettle. This is high time for Pakistan' dressing room to seriously reconsider the Batting order and future of Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat. P.S: Congratulations to WI, they deserved this. Planning was terrific.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | June 8, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Each and every game is important in this format as there is no minnows to beat. Pak Vs SA on June10 will decide the first team which will be out of this group.Most probably it will be Pakistan as there are yet to find a way to score 250+. Even 300 will not be enough against SA!

  • POSTED BY hamza893 on | June 8, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Pakistani bowlers have given a threat to SA & India that they will be there if there batsmen flop.What a spell of pure fast bowling from Wahab,this man has to be praised.Bouncers at 150k's,that is unbelievable.I hope our team forgets what happened in THE OVAL ,concentrate and plan for the next two games. Imran Farhat must be pulled out and we must try Kamran Akmal as an opener with Nasir as we did in T20 WC in England.Shoaib must be retained because we don't have any other option.Umar Amin along with Wahab Riaz as punch hitters.Umar is a good talented All rounder + we can have one more bowling option. I am confident enough in my team that they will qualify for the semis as they always do after nervy situations. Good Luck TEAM PAKISTAN ,We are proud of you whether you lose or win <3,prayers :)

  • POSTED BY delboy on | June 8, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Hope Irfan has time to recover he was visibly in some discomfort after his first 3 overs and sitting behind him I witness him being drugged up in order to get through.

  • POSTED BY Electric_L0ser_Wacko on | June 8, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    I still remember the last time india lost to aus in the last t20 wc..many pk poster boys were out in full swing on indias forums bidding us goodbyes... well the jokes are on you now mates..well played WI...pk lost the plot with their mediocre batting...bowling kept them in the game for sometime.. but when d batting is so pathetic its hard to expect them to blow the opposition away evrytime. Anyway good luck fr d rest of games..may d best team win.

  • POSTED BY arfharwinder on | June 8, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    @Waqas Tanveer: you just worry about your team performance, don't need to make logic about India and as concern with practice matches early wickets down, I don't think you have seen Ind vs SA where India's top order scored runs! The thing is you people just can't digest your own team loss and find excuses to blame others! Pakistan is a great team though and bowling unit is admirable but it does not mean you make early predictions just like you ppl did before CT opener as Pak is fav to win the tournament. I wish good luck for both teams, but pls dnt post harsh comments! good day!

  • POSTED BY shabdwahal on | June 8, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    In my opinion it only boils down to TALENT..PAK team in general is one the most IMBALANCED team with talented BOWLERS and UNCERTAIN BATSMEN.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    oh my word chin music ,chin music was at epitome in yesterdays game, irfan at his best what a bowler he is progressing by leaps and bounds ,i mean he was just a scary demon and whaib just beast at the pace 90m/ph ,itwas just a sight which i cherish the most in ckt . i mean pace bowlers has start to thrive again i,e irfa, whaib ,junaod ,roach ,starc ,morkel , etc. i,e why i follow the ckt . of these nations i,e pak ,aus and wi ,they have tradition to produce these beast of pace legends , what z game it was yesterday i mean if only batsmen can support this lethal pace battery of pakistan ,they can become unbeatable. """ cheeers from j & k""""

  • POSTED BY riverlime on | June 8, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Congrats WI, on playing as a TEAM. everyone put their hands up and contributed something towards the result. The bowlers operated as a pack, and in the batting lineup, there were multiple small contributions, unlike Pakistan, where 2 batsmen did all the work.

  • POSTED BY Raaackerrr on | June 8, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Pakistan bowling has always been on top of their batsman . personally i was a bit on back foot when i got to know that we dont have gul for CT as he is master in such kind of conditions but paki bowlers have played their part while SA is not looking in a good shape for semis there is a chance for Pak to make it through to semis . pak vs india is all about nerves and destroying the opposition and knocking them out through ur +points( i.e india batting , pak bowling ) .but its too early to say for indo pak match . it all goes down to the late matches in the group .. this is the beauty of cricket . i believe in my team . InshAllah we will play well .Pakistan Zindabad

  • POSTED BY harshthakor on | June 8, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    A great game for cricket containing all the ingredients of an enthralling contest.It rang bells of some of the classic West Indies-Pakistan classics of yesteryear.Infact the most intense battles in past years have been between these 2 sides if you remember the world cups of 1975,1979,1987 and some games in Sharjah.The Calypsos held their nerves after the brilliant bowling assault of Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY greatkhan on | June 8, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Dear Pakistan team, you cannot expect to win matches when you have your 9 Players scoring less than 20 runs, Misbah Scored 96 & jamshed 50 so that makes 146 add to that the number of extras & you laughf at the figures. How on earth can a team perform well when your batsman are playing worse cricket than club cricketers. My advise for the remaining matches, please open with Kamran Akmal, he cannot fit in any other position at the moment.

  • POSTED BY Mussab_XI on | June 8, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    I am not going to watch any more of Pakistan's match unless and until they throw Farhat and Malik out and promote Akmal as opener. Useless batting order! Cant find a single good batsman from population of 180 million. Pathetic!

  • POSTED BY andrew27994 on | June 8, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks : In reply to your previous comment in a different article, I want to let you know that my problem with you is not merely just the hate towards Indians but rather your favouritism towards only SL players. Your comments are too biased. You need to be a genuine cricket fan as well as an SL fan. People like Harmony111 have actually acknowledged that SL is a great team. You, on the other hand, call India and even West Indies a mediocre team which is not really true. What really bugs me is that whenever your team SL loses or your least fav. team India wins, you always seem to find excuses rather than acknowledge the result. You can criticise the fans all you want but don't hate the enire country. G'day !

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | June 8, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Pakistan bowling comes good only against mediocre sides like netherlands, west indies, scotland. Royal thrashing awaits them in the tournament. And least said about their batting is better becoz its not even standard of club side.

  • POSTED BY twistatwistaa on | June 8, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    i think hafeez should come down the order maybe 4th or 5th bcaz depending on situation he should not be exposed to fast bowlers when bowl is doing too much he is good against spinner and he is a street smart he will get you runs in middle overs when there is no power play to open you need to have kamran akmal he is good against pace and plays shots all round misbah i still dont consider him batsman

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | June 8, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    I don't know why Younis khan and Umar Akmal were dropped from this team.But Pakistan is gonna miss them for sure.Umar Akmal in my opinion is a very good ODI batsman.Younis surely under performed in ODI s against South Africa where he scored 116 runs @23.20 in 5 matches but still to me he,Umar Akmal and Misbah are the best batsmen of Pakistan.Akmal has an average of nearly 38 and strike rate 85.Pakistan needs a batsman like him.He complements Misbah perfectly.IMO Pakistan Xi should be- 1. Jamshed 2. Farhat 3.Younis Khan 4. Hafeez 5.Misbah 6.Umar Akmal 7. Kamran Akmal 8.Riaz 9.Ajmal 10.Junaid 11. Irfan

  • POSTED BY PAKISTANiLive on | June 8, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    What a fightback by Pakistan, well played both teams, Insha ALLAH Pak will bounce back in next 2 games, & will qualify 4 semis!

  • POSTED BY andrew27994 on | June 8, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Great victory from West Indies. They didn't chase very well but still held their nerve. Was very impressed with Narine for both his bowling and batting. He's a much better batsman than we give him credit for. He's only going to improve as a player and will add more value to the WI in future.

    Pakistan don't need to be too disappointed. They just need a few of their batsmen to pull up their socks for the big matches. They easily have the best bowling attack so they can challenge any side in these conditions.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    This was Pakistan's best bowling performance so far I have seen in a while. More energetic, fast and furious! Only if, the batsmen had done a bit better, even 20-30 runs added more and the game could certainly have been in Pakistan's favor. The bowlers need to keep this attitude up and it could be interesting against SA and IND. Though I'd say they've lost half a chance already going further in the tournament, so they'll have to work (especially bat) extremely hard to get past remaining teams. Either-way, best of luck!

  • POSTED BY twistatwistaa on | June 8, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    biggest mistake was naser jamshed throwing away his wicket . did any body saw misbah gave him signal to hit just at the bowl he got out

  • POSTED BY g.narsimha on | June 8, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    just cant discribe with words , i just selut this great team man - called MISBAAH- truely deserved 100, but at the end of the the it proved more than a century , hard luck to PAK , really enjoyed quality bowling by both the teams -Meerkat-55- so in u opinion INDIAN TEAM bought the WC cup thancan u tell the truth who sold it - it appears u have not came out of the shock for the SEMIFINAL DEFEAT.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    @ GRVJPR Running your mouth as always, wait for your matches...i do not think Indian batting is good enough to win this tournament..and your bowling is no where.You watch practice matches?? 4 or 5 wickets down in 10 overs..Dhoni is saving your team in batting for ages.

    Wet indies is a good team, strong deep batting lineup and decent attack for these pitches..lol India should win against west indies, because vs Pakistan i am seeing India losing to Pak..we have a very strong bowling attack, even a total of 230 is enough for India, Pak will win against South Africa, i am sure Pak batting will click in this match as they get thewake up call.. SON, JUST WIN AGAINST WEST INDIES AND WAIT FOR INDIA VS PAKISTAN.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    i still cant believe pakistani's fan think thaat their team cn go to the semi's,a very mindless batting performance with good bowling can't help a team,India will surely beat WI next match and pakistan will b facing India in a must win situation.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Imran Farhat , Shoaib Malik , Kamran Akmal : Why are they in the team ? When PCB can make AFRIDI sit outside then why dont they take action on them. I am sure FARHAT & MALIK will score against SA & India respectively to secure there place for next future tournaments. Last night in an interview SHOAIB AKHTAR righty said that Farhat's technique is same as was in 2002-03, he gets out in the same fashion. Better Luck next time.......

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | June 8, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Pakistan needs Umar Akmal, i know he has been a flop show given so much is expected of him, but there is this thing about him that charge up the side and he can score those vital 30-40 runs that can make the difference. (Good luck Pakistan, Great fan of your bowling - An Indian Fan)

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | June 8, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    @ Abhijit Biswas It wasn't a great match at all mate. Poor batting by both teams made it look close. There was no application, determination or dedication. No hunger to win. Some of these teams as soon as they loose early wickets resign to fate unlike number 1 team India who always score 300 plus runs despite loosing toss and early wickets.

  • POSTED BY Harmony1111 on | June 8, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    One game is not a big issue for us. Even though our batting is not up to expectations we have a really good bowling attack. Pakistan team's strength is good enough to beat both SA and India. Pakistan recently beat India in India. Here we play on bouncy fast wickets so no matter Pakistan will easily win against India. Match against SA can be a tight one. Anyway if we can bowl out SA for around 200 we can win. I want to see SA in semis. Anyway SA have already lost one match if they lose against us SA will be gone. Consecutive defeats against us and WI means India will be also gone. So hopefully we can see Pakistan and WI in semis.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | June 8, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    Very happy that my team bounced out pakistan who had no clue to play short pitch bowling. Catching needs to be improve. If catches were caught the target would have been 34.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    well played WI, it wasnt easy to bowl pak out for just 170 with such a bowling attack and then to get that against world's best bowling attack. WOW, the 2 strongest contender of the finals , in just their 2nd game, will try to knock out the other to stay alive in the tournament

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    grt match,but the way these two sides bat...there is no consistency...always floundering under pressure,show no signs of patience...their batting is heart in the mouth stuff,just depending on few individuals doesnt make a great team...misbah batted beautifully,but no support...with these teams there is a big IF,if gayle plays well,if imran can stick around....unless they bring back consistency they cant go far in the tournament

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    All Pakistan needed was one more batsman to perform reasonably well and score 30-40 runs. That wd have taken them to 210-220 in the process. But none of the top order (except Nasir Jamshed) showed technique and none of the others (bar the usual suspect Misbah) showed the temperament. It must be heartbreaking to be a Pakistani bowler when your batsmen keep undermining your heroic efforts. The bowlers deserved all the kudos for making a match of it after Misbah and Jamshed gave them atleast something to bowl at. On the other hand, WI showed what we always fear they will. A good bowling performance that was almost torpedoed by unimaginative batting making a heavy weather of a paltry target. An England style batting approach - strong and steady - could have seen them overhaul the target with plenty of wickets to spare. WI got away with it because they knew the target plus some sloppy fielding by Pakistan. In sum both teams held a mirror to the other but neither chose to look into it.

  • POSTED BY Nuwas on | June 8, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    well played PAK regardless of whatever thrash talk by some... best bowling attack in the tournament for sure you guys are with, get some fire power in batting & you could win the remaining two games for sure. As usual some Ind fans talk nonsense in a game they had no involvement with. Good luck for the rest of the tournament guys....

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | June 8, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    @ Romain Khan Don't worry mate they have potential to improve while pakistan has no chance of improvement because unlike you they don't accept their shortcomings and live in dreams. Pakistan is surely gone out of this tournament and India and west indies can celebrate together.

  • POSTED BY cjchanaka on | June 8, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    What a game of cricket, this shawn how English pitches are turning drastically according to the weather conditions, cloudy humidity conditions was clearly enjoyed by the seamers, eventhough PAK lose the match their bowllers were so impressive, Irfan will be a threat for other teams as well, Anyway best of luck for WI and they will definetly go through to the semis.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    I am West Indian and when I saw the score, I knew WI would not get home easily. Chanderpaul might be older than many of the young Windies brigade, but I guarantee that had Shiv played today, Wahab and even Irfan would have been innocuous. Most of the current crop of Windies bastmen are either afraid, irresponsible and downright injudicious. Forgetting that the game comprised 50 overs, that the score was relatively paltry, and that a modicum of rationality and patience would bring victory, we witnessed batsmen rising to meet the steep bounce, instead of evading it. Of course the pace of Wahab and Irfan would have surprised many, but clearly, the Windies batsmen were conspicuously ill-prepared for bounce. Against Finn and Broad, and Morkel (thankfully he is not around), they would perish, and any score above 200 would be too much. My appeal- please demonstrate some acumen!

  • POSTED BY WildAmigo on | June 8, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    The non performers Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal and Imran Farhat never will perform with the bat. We keep seeing this again and again in warmups they are world beaters and in official matches they are just bowling pins. Instead of selecting so many openers PCB should give the regular chances to players like Hammad Azam, Babar Azam, Harris Sohail, Fawad Alam, Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad and many others waiting in the ranks who are better than these three stooges. don't know what is the strategy behind this. While Mohsin was coach i think Pakistan team was doing very well. For this match Instead of selecting Imran Farhat as opener Shoaib Malik or Kamran Akmal should have been opening the innings with Nasir Jamshed.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | June 8, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    @KiwiRocker: so you are mocking tendulkar and kallis? Arguable two of the greatest cricketers in the modern game, lol, anyway you don't have any batsman who can be considered even close to them and stop giving excuses for the defeat!!

  • POSTED BY somethingdifferent on | June 8, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    I am already 51 and do not think I am fortunate to live long enough to see the retirement of Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal ( they are all around 31) because that is the only way the will be out of the Pakistan side. Otherwise our selectors will keep persisting with them no matter how much disgrace they bring to our country with their terrible performances.

  • POSTED BY cric_gates on | June 8, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    And with this loss, Pak chances of Semis have gone.In a dream too they cant beat SA and India.Its not a test match.Its a One day where batmans needs to perform otherwise you cam smashed by any associate team too. Some are saying that India got worst bowling attack. Are they sure because having two quality spinner like Aswin n Jadeja, swing of Bhuvi and Pace of Ishant n Umesh makes India a good bowling unit.Yes Ishant is a weak link in this attack.And mind it with this bowling attack India beat Aus by 4-0 in Test series. Pak will be in tremendous pressure against SA as steyn will back in d side and SA will come on harder.SA should not regret their loss agaist India as India is better n stronger one day unit.They can easily beat Pak n WI.Now with pak loosing against WI meant SA will sure other team to reach semis with India the first.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Good match by my West Indies team to win and good luck continues to strive to do better

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    The way some West Indians batted it seemed as if they thought they were still in the IPL.

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | June 8, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    Win or loss is a part of the game and I have been following cricket even when I did not know how to properly utter words. What saddens me most is the approach of some Pakistani players who are taking their places for granted. One of the best decision's Pak selectors made was to drop Afridi and U.Akmal. I could understand the logic based on merit, however, what I can not understand is why SHoib Mailk is in team while he scored even less against SA than Afridi? On other hand Afridi could bowl few overs that Mailk can not even manage.Shoib Mailk only scores against India and it is not good enough.It also saddens me how great Mibah Ul Haq continues fighting for Pak. It is remincent of Lara's days! Saeed Ajmal, Irfan and Misbah spent years fighting in domestic cricket and it shows. They value their place. It is time to drop K.Akmal,Malik and Farhat. Hammad Azam, Khurram Manzoor, Ahmad Shahzad and Rizwan deserve a chance! All Mailk and Akmal had to do was what Irfan did..Just hang around!

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | June 8, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    Agreed with GetsetGoPak: I am tired of reading Pakistani fans with no knowledge of cricket taunting Misbah and crying for Afridi's return. Misbah averages 43 in ODI's. I do not care if he has not score da century. Best modern day batsman J.Kallis scored a test double century only recently and another so called indian great Tendulya has not scored a triple ton in last 25 years of his career. Pakistan's other batsmen should be ashamed of themselves in particular Shoib Malik and Kamran Akmal. Misbah Ul Haq is 39. He spent years playing in Pakistan's domestic cricket like Saeed Ajmal. These players have earned a right to represent Pak unlike some non performers. Misbah Ul Haq is Pakistan's best batsman in present form. It shows Pak's selection for tournament was wrong!.Imran Farhat and SHoib Mailk should have been replaced by Ahmad Shahzad and Hammad Azam. What does Mailk offer? No batting, no bowling! K.Akmal was playing like he had to catch a train.Rizwan needs a chance!

  • POSTED BY CricketSundar on | June 8, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Well Played West Indies and Equally well played Pakistan.Yesterday's match was a classic example of how bowlers can defend even a below par total. West Indies were never comfortable throughout their chase.With the quality fast bowlers in action , Pakistan can very easily clean up the opposition if their batsmen put up a score of 230+. West Indies on the other hand lack technically correct batsman to handle quality fast bowling attack.Though Pakistan lost the match yesterday, they showcased their bowling talent to the world and I will not be surprised to seem them in the finals, if their batsmen do their basics correctly and play classic cricket.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | June 8, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Pakistan selectors have possibly a psychological problem. They can not think normal. At least 80% comment writers think that Farhat, Malik, Kamran has no reason to be in the team and Razzaque, Umar Akaml, Hamad Azam should be in the team. Why this pathetic selectors can not understand the simple logic? Because they do not care Pakistan's win. Misbah should have the guts to select team like Imran Khan did or retire. For heaven's sake bring the right players.Otherwise, you will be badly beaten by most teams. Bowlers will not save every time. Even Indians feel sorry for Pak team but Pak selectors and Captain do not care. What a shame!

  • POSTED BY batman_gothamcity on | June 8, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    great match of cricket . It could have gone either way . For a neutral fan feel that Misbah should bat higher in this conditions he can play the swinging ball well and hold the batting he really deserved the century . The Bowling looks solid as usual . Now the next group matches are very interesting PAK v SA the loser is practically out and IND v WI the winner gets a foot in the semi final. All the best to all teams .

  • POSTED BY david44 on | June 8, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    That was a horrible batting display by Pakistan i would like them to loose against SA too and be the first team to be eliminated from the CT that's the way to have an whole sale change in Pakistan cricket get rid off selectors sack the coaches (including the new batting coach) and of course need to see some fresh faces but i would like Pakistan to beat india if SA can manage to score 300 plus without Smith and Khallis Pakistan should do it too no matter which ever Pakistan team show up they always play well against india.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | June 8, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    By the time this great and talented pakistan side will take on India they would be already out of the tournament, depsite the height of Irfan khan! I think bangladesh should be invited in place of pakistan to make the group B more interesting. West Indies played below potential yesterday and they will improve.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | June 8, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Why can't pakistan fans accept the fact that their team is ranked number 6 in world despite so called great and talented batsmen and bowlers. I think Germany should start to claim the same since performance on the field doesn't seem to matter. Bowling attacks looked good yesterday due to childish batting by both sides. Both doesn't deserve to cross the group stage.

  • POSTED BY shortsillypoint on | June 8, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    Misbah was pretty lucky to survive those first few overs - if he didn't it would have been a rout. Well done WI - they will be hard to beat

  • POSTED BY TeamSelector on | June 8, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Pakistan should just play nine bowlers with Misbah & the Keeper. There's no such thing as a Pakistani 'batsman' anymore. They're as extinct as the dinosaurs. I bet they would have been happy with an Umar Akmal 'thirty something' today & where the heck is Mohamed Yousuf ???

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | June 8, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    Very simple. a team that struggled 2 get 220, 230 against IRE, SCO, how can dey score 200 against WI? those matches were a red alert bt dey still nt aware ab8 it.

  • POSTED BY JaDeD_INDIAN on | June 8, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    Wow time with Wasim has made the strong Pakistani bowling lineup even more disciplined , what a great performance today it was 50-50 till the end.With little more patience in batting Pakistanis are strong contenders for this trophy. Best of luck for next match.

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | June 8, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    Among all the countries, Pakistan has the best bowling unit and the worst batting unit. India is exactly the opposite, the best batting unit and the worst batting among all. To me, this is simply an 'internal' competition for both India and Pak. Don't bother about all the analysis, the opposition! Their batting units will 'compete' against their own bowling units to decide whether they win or lose.

  • POSTED BY TMuhammad on | June 8, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    Had there been Azhar Ali in place of Imran Farhat Pakistan may had have some more runs on the board and Had Afridi played in place of Shoaib Malik means some hard hitting runs plus an extra bowler.

  • POSTED BY on | June 8, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    WI deserved this win,they bowled really well and their batting was little better than PAK...PAK always had good bowlers but their batsmen r way too ordinary even associate nations like netherland,ireland have better batsmen to play in these conditions....now they lost against WI,it will be really difficult for them to beat sa and ind...IND and SA r better batting sides than WI so they will have no problem in facing PAK bowlers,remember they will face IND in edgbaston which is a good batting pitch so PAK bowlers will find it difficult to bowl against IND batsmen ....and when ball moves around little bit PAK batsmen becomes school kids and throw their wickets away....cricinfo pls publish...

  • POSTED BY PakWinners on | June 8, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    I think Pakistan can win against any country, and I say any country, it is just that they are very striking batsman, see now when they strike they hit it in the air or to the keeper and not to the boundary. Pakistan got the strength they need but they just need to use it at the correct time, or part. Batsman are careless, they don't see where they are hitting, they just hit it sometimes, only sometimes. Every player can do their best, like if they need a 6 on the last ball of the match, they have the strength to do it. Misbah-ul-Haq is a very clean hitter and he showed that today against West Indies. He can do anything for Pakistan just like Shahid Afridi does sometimes. I think he is the only one that should actually be the captain of team Pakistan. Still, for the upcoming matches against Pakistan. My votes, favorites go to team Pakistan. And I will be pleased to see them again on June 10, 2013 against South Africa. Cheers go to Pakistan from the crowd that will be on June 10, 2013!:)

  • POSTED BY PakWinners on | June 8, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    I think Pakistan is in deep trouble for winning the Champions Trophy, if they couldn't beat an easy team "West Indies" then I think it is going to be hard for them to fight the other teams back and strike them... (SAD)

  • POSTED BY JustAnotherCricketFan on | June 7, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    @getaetgopak Haha your comments are really funny man. Funniest was when u mention how the team is split into bowling which is top 4 team worthy and batting is bottom 4, and they should never be paired with this sorry bunch. But you might find some respite in the fact that the bowling side is top class. and as for batting, they will be facing SA and IND, none of whom have the same bite in their bowling atm with injuries and new faces, so Pak batting will be able to put competitive/defendable score against them for the bowlers.

    Side note: Well done Misbah! truly deserved a century!

  • POSTED BY Ra_Thore on | June 7, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    This was NOT a close game as one would think. WI's NRR is +.830. This is a HUGE advantage over both teams Pak (for win) and India (for NRR).

  • POSTED BY sanjaycrickfan on | June 7, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    Pakistan batting lineup is the worst in this tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    Even though the WI won the match, they should still be worried. From 70-2,they slipped to less than 100 for 5. CG shouldn't give his wicket away like he did. After having 39 runs to his name, he should have milked the bowling and then hit the right ball to the boundary ala Misbah and some of the Indian players. Sarwan looks COMPLETELY out of sorts and the captain Dw. Bravo played a terrible attempted sweep as well. Although it wont happen but SChanderpaul for Sarwan in ODI's any day. Surely DSammy would add value to this current WI team especially batting down the order and steady bowling. Wish the guys all the best but Im still not confident going into a match with 20 overs being bowled by Bravo, Samuels, Pollard.

  • POSTED BY alarky on | June 7, 2013, 22:51 GMT

    West Indies played its best team and win or lose, that is all that matters.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    Sounds like a very good and exciting match. I feel that we will see these two teams in the final again - opening and closing of the tournament. All the best, Misbah and team and Gayle and company!

  • POSTED BY darsh127 on | June 7, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    India Vs Pakistan will be a game of best batting line up vs best bowling line up and worst bowling line up vs worst batting line up although i feel india have the upper hand with Sir Jadeja :)

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    Misbah plust Nasir plus extras = 152. Other 9 batsmen contributed a total of 18 runs! This says it all about Pakistan's batting! What a wonderful selection committee that selected this bunch.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    I miss Umar Akmal and Afridi.... The result of this match shows why we need Umar Akmal and Shahid Khan Afridi. Please drop Asad Shafiq and Imran Farhat. Let Kamran and Hafeez open. They had a good record opening together. Whats the point of having Kamran Akmal in the team and sending him in the lower order when he is the lone hitter and there is no Afridi or Razaaq. We also need to change our batting approach.. We need to play aggressive cricket during first 10-15 overs because we don't have big hitters in the team at the moment.

  • POSTED BY imranmujtaba on | June 7, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    Pak kept good chances to win in last 3-4 years was due to bowlers and impact batsmen - now in absence of impact batsmen it is impossible for Pakistan to progress to next stage. Well done WI!

  • POSTED BY zshanto on | June 7, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    It was a low scoring game but entertaining . Good to see gayle , narine , roach , pollard and captain bravo contribution . well done bravo , keep going on and bring the cup to West Indies . Very good impression and should be in good confidence all over team as they win their first match in the tournament . Good luck for rest of the game

  • POSTED BY ImpartialExpert on | June 7, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    I think Pakistan got their tactics wrong. SA got them wrong yesterday. They should have looked to preserve wickets in the first 15 to 20 overs and slowly build towards a bigger target. I don't know why but teams other than India are not looking to preserve wickets during the first half of their batting. But with the changed rules that is the best way to go. If you still want to go after the bowling in the first 10 overs then you should use a pinch hitter for that and not a regular batsman. Teams do not understand that you can score 150 runs in the last 20 overs easily with the new rules.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | June 7, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    It's great to see some real fast bowling today form both sides (although I was disappointed W.I didn't use Best)The Pakistan attack and Roach were on fire the 2 bouncers were utilized well by both sides and has definitely made an impact and change back in the right direction of evening up the balance between bat and ball.

  • POSTED BY Sadiq1952 on | June 7, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    Great game and great competition among two of the top one day teams. Other than India and possibly South Africa I don't think the rest have a chance to beat these awesome teams. West Indies have finally found a well-balanced and competitive team. Pakistan's bowling is formidable. Both teams will challenge the remaining competition.

  • POSTED BY delboy on | June 7, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    @Sal I hope you understand why there are armchair critics and professionals. Best comes to the party as a BOWLER, the team is not a bowler short why introduce BEST? What has Pollard done wrong, he BATS, BOWLES and is the sides BEST fielder when he is focused. Do not break what is not broken. It generally takes one good ball to get a batsman out so based on your suggestions had the WI bowled PAK out for under 60 which at one stage it looked possible you might have asked that the entire team is changed as you would not get a chance to see them play any significant part. Look at the wider picture. If you really want to make a change, wait for Sarwan to fail again then send him back to Leicestershire and give Sammy a chance. I remember sitting behind him in 2004 when he was on water duty, this year he is doing it again difference is this time he came one for a while.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    I am proud of Misbah and our bowlers. This performance shows that it is not easy to chase a small target like 170 against Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Neo2K on | June 7, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    Tremendous display of fast bowling by Pakistan... All 3 front line fast bowlers, Wahab, Irfan and Junaid were ferocious and consistently beating the bat. Ajmal is awesome as usual with his magical spell. Wish the batsman can learn, inherit the same fighting spirits and dedication as the Pakistan bowling unit. They are very exciting to watch.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    i totally agree with somethingdifferent. I was at the game today bowling has and never will be pakistans problem its the batting that lets us down all the time hafeez is a subcontinental player farhat is a joke malik and k akmal are passed their sell by dates if misbah at the age of 39 is out scoring them then that says it all shafiq is a tape ball player havent seen any decent innings from him yet if we need to get team for 2015 WC get players like haris sohail hammad azam u akmal raza hassan sami aslam baber azam should come in to the team

  • POSTED BY FredJ000 on | June 7, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    If Pakistan bowl like that they will be fine in this tournament.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    WI selected the correct team, a well balanced team, darren bravo and sarwan did not score but that is why you have five frontline batsmen, the whole team chip in, replace pollard with tino best and the team becomes better. sir bravo did a great job as captain. all the way fellas.

  • POSTED BY Divinetouch on | June 7, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    As a Guyanese I am extremely happy with the West Indies victory.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | June 7, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    That was too good a game for accusations to hang over. After limiting Pak to a meagre 170 reached only by an incredible cool as a cucumber innings by Misbah, the Pakistan attack came out and changed the complexion of the game quite spectacularly. They obviously believed they could win and if you ever wanted to see Gayle look a bit scared then his innings v Irfan provided the proof. he did get away but the atmosphere of menace he began continued throughout the innings, whether through trial by seething pace through Wahab or mental torture through Ajmal.The game was a complete rollercoaster which had one on the edge of one's seat,the difference between the sides paper thin. Windies won in the end but it could have been either side who did. I would expect that losing this game will not depress Pakistan too much as this sort of situation is what really gets them motivated in these internal tournaments.

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | June 7, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    I'm a bowler, so low scoring games in any format are always more to my taste than runfests. Well played both

  • POSTED BY delboy on | June 7, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    PAK got what they were allowed to get, well under 200. When there is a sizeable score to chase, BATSMEN apply themself. I was good to see Gayle exercise patience; Pollard was tentative and Sarwan unlucky but Marlon needs to stay in the UK and compete in this seasons come dancing; used his feet well but just danced past one that matter. Narine did it with bat and ball but Roach bowled with control throughout and deserved MOTM having started and finished off PAK's day of misery. Got tickets for SA but none for WI vs India as yet.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | June 7, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    Brilliant batting by Misbah, jamshed supported well untill gave his wicket away. Very good bowling by West indies and Pakistan. Roach, Irfan and Wahab were excellent. Some body please tell our selectors that for goodness sake Imran Farhat, Malik and Kamran akmal have no place in ODI,s. even asad shafeeq seems to be only good in Test. Pakistan Missing Talented Haris Sohail and Umar akmal in middle order, Ahmad shahzad in opening and Rizwan to replace as a WK in ODI,s and test.

  • POSTED BY pakassasin on | June 7, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    Pathetic selection cost us the game. I have no idea how many times players like Imran Farhat, Sir Kamran Akmal and Malik will be selected. How much more Pak cricket is willing to invest on them? Obvious choices were Ahmad Shahzad, Younus Khan in the middle and Umar akmal for finisher role. Our batters needs to understand that their job is to score runs and if they cannot then PCB should demote them and include in C category of contracts as thats wat they deserve. On the contrary, all our bowlers should be in A category as this will justify their class too. With this batting line up I have no hope and it seems like we are only waiting for miracles in CT.

  • POSTED BY meerkat55 on | June 7, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    If India can, certainly Pakistan can survive the brutal English early summer conditions. I don't understand some Indian fans, they got their noses everywhere and can't shut up since they bought the WC.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    Fantastic bowling, both sides. Pakistani batsmen really need to get some sense of swing. There are better bowling sides here and this tournament would be a non starter if they dont

  • POSTED BY somethingdifferent on | June 7, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Thats what happens when players who have always failed in the past ( like Farhat, Malik, Kamran and Riaz) are included and deserving players like A.Shazad, H. Sohail, Umer Akmal and Hammad Azam are left out. To compound the problems the selection committee failed to understand that Pakistan's batting is fragile and brittle specially in the english conditions and included only one extra batsman ( Umar Amin) and 3 !! extra bowlers in the squad, when the bowling is their strength. The issue is that there is no back up batsman at the benches to replace these non performers. All it needed was some common sense and understanding of the conditions by the selection committee to send a balanced squad.

  • POSTED BY shinewindies on | June 7, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    refering to my last post, how on earth could I forget his name, he is a cracker, guys apologies have another look at westindies a team which could have also beaten Pakistan tday. keiron powell, lendyl simmons(wk), Dwayne smith, devon smith, shivnarine chanderpaul, darren Sammy(c), andre russel, shane shillingford, tino best, Shannon Gabriel, fidel Edwards, 12th man- Adrian barath

    rip........

  • POSTED BY bushmanZ on | June 7, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    Where are all those people who were justifying Sarwans place on the team? You are surprisingly silent today! One century against ZIMBABWE and a so so run in county cricket and you wanted him back on the team deliberately forgetting past poor performances and his penchant for throwing away his wicket in the most ridiculous manner. WI selectors really need revise their selection criteria. Sarwan had the potential to be a great batsman but unfortunately it has never come to pass.

  • POSTED BY mancricbd on | June 7, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Dont know whats wrong with some people? Only team WI should have scared about was Pakistan. I cant see anyone can stop WI now. Dont say india will win against WI. U must be having a lough. Its not eden garden. This is england. If india was in WI position and facing this tough bowling attack ...trust me this over rated indian team would have collapsed just like this. Without morkel and steyne i dnt think SA can stop windies either. I have to say pak still has a good chance. If they find a pitch like that again. And lets the over rated 8ndian team face this attack. You will see the real joke.

  • POSTED BY jhabib on | June 7, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Pakistan's hopes for making it to the next round are pretty much extinguished after this loss. This was the one group game they could potentially win. They tried but failed. It's sad to say this but Pakistan cannot win games unless they learn to bat.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    Misbah !!Gem of a cricketer. Performs under pressure .I wanted to see him bat and score his first ODI hundred. Close enough.Sad for him and pak that they ended up loosing the match.He fought well!!

  • POSTED BY truguynese on | June 7, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Brutalanalyst, I'm so happy you are not a selector. After reading your posts, you remind me of the captain who changes the field every ball to cover where the ball was just hit. After all its a game of cricket, catches will be dropped, run out chances will be missed, etc. Just enjoy the game, support the boys out in the middle, leave the selection process to the experts. Peace.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 7, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Small run chases are never easy. Glad my boys got the win. Now rest and prepare for next game against India. RALLY.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    Well Played Pak...defending such a low score was never easy. Good effort better luck next time.

  • POSTED BY cyborg on | June 7, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    well played to the windies boys , this match showed what a good bowling unit can produce , this match was all about wickets , cant wait to see england get blasted by australia , good game thanks

  • POSTED BY aqeel1376 on | June 7, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Pak were 25 to 30 runs short. Farhat, love story of farhat and slip fielder, Hafeez, he is only a player of a batting friendly wickets, little swing and he is totally blind, Asad, one good innings in 5 matches, not good enough...... Malik, i most of the time backed him but i believe its over now, its time to go for malik Akmal, he was never in my team at all, in batting again and again cut and caught behind, like farhat this is a love story of Akmal vs Keepers...... My all time team: Nasir, ahmed shahzad, azhar ali, younas, Misbah, Sarfaraz, Hammad Azam, Saeed AJmal, Junaid khan, Irfan and Umar Gul.

  • POSTED BY rohan8579 on | June 7, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    "WI prevail in low-scoring thriller"....Cricinfo didnt call a HUGE win for WI...in spite of winning the game in 40 odd overs....did it? But they called yesterday's India win as Huge Win....do you guys know why? I am sure you does....if not then you are new to the game called "Cricket"....anyway let me make it easy for you to explain it... SA yesterday lost the match in 40 odd overs even tho some great shots in the end by McLaren...So they called it Huge and being SA one of the toughest competitor of the game...it is actually a HUGE win...for WI...till the last shot by roach WI still could have lost the game to Pak ..kind a bowling attach Pak has...so the title...close match :-) hope you guys (specially SLans) now understand difference between HUGE and close match...:D

  • POSTED BY shinewindies on | June 7, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    just a thought, just wanted to share this with evryone. if westindies a team is to be selected tday, the selectors will go for the below.

    dwayne smith, lendl simmons(wk), devon smith, narsingh deonarine, shivnarine chanderpaul, darren sammy(C), andre russel, shane shillingford, shannon gabriel, tino best, fidel edwards.12th man- adrian barath i have taken tdays xtras also just for fun sake. i think even this team could have beaten pakistan tday. hmmmm i see great days for windies and plenty of headache for selectors moving forward with such talent pool, hope everything is managed properly and in few years to come we see windies where they were in the 80s.

    always shinewindies.

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | June 7, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    With the kind of fielding and batting pak has they can not win a single match

  • POSTED BY Crikoot on | June 7, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Hafiz needs to wake up! His mode of jubilation after taking Marlon,s wicket shows his lack of resolve. In a similar situation Imran Khan or Wasim Akram would have been calm instead of punching feast in the air as if his team won the match.

  • POSTED BY parikshit_Ops on | June 7, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Its funny how Pakistanis criticize Misbah-Ul-Haq. Its proven that this guy is one of the best in the world under pressure, may not bat really fast but then who does in Pakistani team. Time and again this guy plays when wickets are falling at other ends. He can hit too..remember how he brought Pak to the brink of victory against India in 1st T20 world Cup. Its ridiculous to see them praising So called Boom Boom Shahid Afridi who gets bowled 1st ball trying to play a shot. One of the worst captains in history of the game. Truth is Pakistani batting is ridiculous, most probably worst of the 8 teams. It has been for some years. Time of the fans to realize this, your bowlers are good no doubt but not so great to win you matches with you batters, Pakistan doesn't rank in top 5 surely..mainly because of incorrect emphasis on important talents..

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    We witnessed a wonderful game of cricket today. The bowlers bowled beautifully, especially Roach, Narine and Irfan. It was very nice to see bowlers dominate, considering how batsmen dominate the game these days. Misbah played a great knock. He had to bat under pressure as wickets kept falling regularly at the other end. Great performance by him even though he was on the losing side.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | June 7, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    I guess Afridi, Shezhad, U. Akmal and Harris Sohail must be at home, laughing their pants off at the pathetic batting display.

    Malik has been woeful for almost a year but still gets selected and doesn't bowl either, whilst Farhat has failed continuously, Amin is just hype and nothing special, plus Shafiq is a bit shaky and should be put on red alert.

    Misbah averages 45+ in FC and the only other guys in the domestic scene that also average 45+ are: U. Akmal, Harris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin and Fawad Alam but yet, none of them have been selected.

    Pak are out of the tournament but at least the selectors may see the light (hopefully) and finally get rid of the excessive baggage, plus Pak team as a whole is not "mercurial" and "unpredictable", it's just the batsmen.

    Lastly, the way Ajmal set up Gayle, was a masterpiece of spin bowling.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Misbah has very intelligently hand-picked his players, especially his batsmen. He has ensured that he is the only star batsman in the team. He is obviously in the fag end of his career and he is wants to make the most of it ans so he has contributed to the ouster of other players.

    While he never allowed Mohammad Yusuf to make a comeback, he also ensured that the likes of Younus Khan, Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq remained out of favor. I just cannot imagine what prompted PCB to send such a weak team (from the batting point of view) to England. The team doesn't have a genuine all-rounder. They had disposed off Azar Mehmood (one of the best players of fast bowling Pakistan ever produced... his three test centuries against RSA testified it). Since last few years, Razzaq has gone out of favour. And now Afridi who is good enough to qualify as a bowler alone... despite his recent poor form with the bowl. And where is Hamad Azam?

    As an Indian, I really feel sorry for Pakistan cricket!!!

  • POSTED BY JiggsBda on | June 7, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Well done WI,

    How can you bloggers draw so many conclusions from 2 matches. Watch the games and enjoy the ride

  • POSTED BY Zee_1203 on | June 7, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Well, I am not surprised by the batting performance, now one can imagine when they play with SA and India, pretty soon BCCP will realize what Mohsin Hasan Khan did for Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Wakenaam1103 on | June 7, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Misbah should get Player of the Match award. It seems like no player from the losing side ever gets any recognition these days.

  • POSTED BY dontlikecricket on | June 7, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    A good win by WI. Once again weak PAK batting let them down. Misbah played a wonderful innings, team needed just one batsman to stay with Misbah until around 40 overs and the game could have been won by the PAK. However on the positive note PAK very new fast bowling attack has shown great fight and spirit. I have no doubt future of PAK fast bowling is very good and soon Amir will also be back (2 years) Comments about which team is better out of Asia is kind of useless. IND has a good batting line up but their bowling cant be considered great (PAK one day series win in IND has shown which team is better) and PAK has a good bowling line (although still inexperienced). SL also has a very decent batting but bowling is little weak. The matter of fact is, if any team has a good batting and bowling then they are going to be number one just like SA in test now and AUS of 90's and early 2000 (both one days and test). So people just enjoy cricket like true fans without belittling rivals.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    8 Pakistani batsmen scored a total of whopping 18 runs and the remaining two score 146 runs. Were they batting on the same pitch? Pakistan deserves this for dropping world class players like Younis and Yousuf. Nobody is even close to their class in current Pakistani batting line up Younis is 35 years old and Yousuf is 38. Both are younger than Misbah. Pakistan dropped them despite having no other younger batsman in contention for these spots. Now the only redemption for Pakistan in CT is to beat India.

  • POSTED BY QingdaoXI on | June 7, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    Well played Pak and WI, Pakistan needs to change there batting order and also need to change some personnel, I hope Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik gets injured tomorrow during the practice session, so replacement Ahmed Shezad and U. Akmal or A. Razak are called to join the squad. To play such type of touranamnet you need atlest 2 hard hitting batsmen one as a opener and one in the middle order, but PCB selectors didnt do this and selected all of the batsmen who will play good in test. Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malllik are tried and tested failure and we all know outside subcontinent Hafeez is not the same batsmen. Pakistan Selctors should take some strict decision in near future to build the team for 2015 world cup. See what our new selectors within one year has done with Indian team, poor performers after certain chances have been drop and young blood who are in the form are all in batting order except Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara who were not considered for this Champions Trophy

  • POSTED BY mgr125128 on | June 7, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    If one visited Pakistan forum a week before the CT started , one could find fans had almost assumed that if their team shows up on the ground the WI would accept defeat before a ball being bowled just because Pak bowling seemed superior on paper. Well Roach and Sunil took 3 ...a lot more than any other Pakistani bowler. Pollard was dismissed as useless batsmen but he made fighting valuable 30. If it was not for Misbah ,Pakistan would have folded for below 100. I doubt if Pakistani fans will ever learn based on past history where before any competition they come out chest beating and self declaring their team to be favorites and all treating all other teams as just bieng there to make up numbers. Cricket is a great teacher and leveller and today WI showed its performance on field that counts and not bieng paper tigers that counts. In past also one has bnoticed Pakistan fans going gaga over warm up match wins only to be brought down to earth by teams like Ireland & WI leave alone the top

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Imagine a combined India and Pakistan team...no one would be able to stop them...

  • POSTED BY SaadRocx on | June 7, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    Got to feel for the beauty of a crowd we got at The Oval. It was so lively so green,so eye catching,cheered both teams...!!!they must be shattered to see the pathetic batting performance from pak...!!!i think its goodbye to pak (better select goodplayers next time)!!

  • POSTED BY siddharth1982 on | June 7, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    What superb batting from Misbah...time and again he's proving to be the only good batsman in the team (something like was tendulkar was to india in the 90's). I would rate this innings right up there compared to some of the best as he single handedly made this match competative. I only wish pakistan had some other decent batsmen as with this lineup i doubt if they can post decent totals in this tournament. Pakistan always had great bowling and a weak batting but in the 90's they had mindad, ijaz ahmed, saeed anwar, ameer sohail and not to far back they had md yousuf and younis....this time the batting looks really weak....can't wait for a pak-feast next sunday ....mmmmm delicious :P

  • POSTED BY TNAmarkFromIndia on | June 7, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    With this kind of batting, Pakistan is not going to get past South Africa or India. Their fielding isn't exactly strong either. India can play their bowlers a lot better than West Indies can. What will they do then?

  • POSTED BY bbnn on | June 7, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    What a game of cricket! Congrats WI, well played PAK ,Mohammed Irfan bowled very well in the opening spell reminds me the best days of the legend sulthan of swing the great Wasim Akram.As expected Nasir Jamshed batted with guts but he should played more overs with his skipper at least 5 more overs the result would have been diffrent anyways great game of cricket

  • POSTED BY Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on | June 7, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Down but not out - after pathetic display from batsmen, well done Pakistan bowlers, titanic effort ! Winning/losing is part of game. **Pakistan bowling sizzles - Ominous signs for South Africa & India !

  • POSTED BY Raki99 on | June 7, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    If pakistan can have a decent batting, their bolwing has always been world class, only in the 90's if you guys remember they has a great batting as well bowling and they beat he crap out of everyteam. This pakistani team is just not good enough batting wise.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    So the Sarwan experiment has failed...... I will say no more

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | June 7, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    @Murtaza Moiz Farooqui Good lecture, but pakistan has lost it badly against the number 8 team in world. And don't even think of their chances against number 1 team. Good bye pakistan, as always!

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Not sure what Shoaib Malik is doing in this team, he is not making runs, nor is he bowling.

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | June 7, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    @mehdiagha Talk about present. If you are talking about past then India has thrashed pakistan in every world cup. And Shikhar dhawan is not a one match wonder like your Shahid Afridi. The problem with pakistan is that they assume that they are highly talented, but they are far from it and it is not a street cricket of pakistan where every slogger prevails.

  • POSTED BY Young_Hindustani on | June 7, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Good ODI match showcasting bowing telant from both sides...but pakistan need to find good bestmen... i wonder if india can produce such bowlers and pakistan such bestman. anyways well played Pak and Wendies... I believe CT is as good as over for pakistan as indian supportes i was hoping it will come down to last group B match between India and pakistan to see who stays in england and who go home...but with this loss i believe pakistan is going home early regardless...

  • POSTED BY GRVJPR on | June 7, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Despite no one giving them any chance despite being number 1 and current world champions, the young inexperience Indian Team will be the first team to reach semi finals. As far as pakistan and south africa are concerned the flight back home is waiting.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | June 7, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    WI were looking as if they were going to make a mess of their chase thanks to their tail-enders who played some brave shots and was really surprised when Ravi Rampaul was not sent ahead of Sunil Narine and Kemar Roach for batting.However now things will all come down to the next match between SA and Pak where the losing team will be out of the tournament for certain.

  • POSTED BY Hira1 on | June 7, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    If a team has too many batting coaches how it will perform? exactly in a same way as Pak batsman plays today. One can understand Pak batsman were unable to play Roach and afraid facing the new ball but the best part was they were equally afraid of facing sunil Narine. Running between wicket was as poor as always, looking at the dismissal of Wahab Riaz and Ajmal it looks as if they have never attended any training camps and were playing the first game in their life. Looking at our batting line up we really need a miracle to reach semis, what is more worrying for pakistan that no matter how much we criticize these batsman there is no one in the reserve that can replace these batsman as our squad is not even balance with too many good bowlers waiting for the chances (which they might not get as bowlers did exceptional job) where as only Umar Amiin is there that can replace Shoaib Malik (unfortunately both are equally talented and not much is expected from any of them)

  • POSTED BY vsroc on | June 7, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Posted by vsroc on (June 7,2013) K.Roach of W.Indies bowled extremely well to restrict Pakistan to less than 200 runs.However,Pakistan bowled splendidly and came close on their heels to achieve stunning victory but finally in vain.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    BRING BACK PLAYERS LIKE ABDUL RAZZAQ , MUHAMMAD YOUSAF , HAMMAD AZAM, AZHAR MAHMOOD... PAKISTAN HAVE PLENTY OF OPTIONS... They must utilize these options and make a team full of all-rounders ! Muhammad Hafeez is not good for top 4 in lineup just put him next to the bowlers in the line-up . You don't want to put players up in the order who always disappoint and put pressure on the rest of the team. For now i would suggest shift the batting line-up it aint doing peanuts to help the cause of pakistan batting, i would suggest send in Saeed Ajmal even he can defend the first 10 overs and get runs moving all the time . Really disappointing pakistan batting management indeed , just like bowlers pakistan is no short of batsman also its just that you are leaving your talent out simples

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    the only team which no one would bother if it wins the trophy is WEST INDIES INDIANS AUSSIES PAKIS POMS no one would mind them winning they are the perfect entertainers but please include SAMMY we love him SAMMY and GAYLE are the showstoppers BRING HIM BACK

  • POSTED BY Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on | June 7, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    @mehdiagha: After Pakistan loss today and looking the way they are batting I would be more worried about Pakistan. Team India has 8 batsman who can win on their own on a given day and their fielding makes up 20 runs and atleast two wickets in an innings. Pak bowlers could swing the bowl at will because of the overcast conditions. What happened at the end when sun came out? Narine and Roach (pure Bowlers and have a batting avg of 20) with Deenesh (Who has an avg of just under 30) took 25 runs at 15 balls in the end. This shows how bowling strengths are nullified once sun is out. But honestly Pakistan batting looks a complete JOKE! Fielding (they dropped three catches, missed two runouts) and Akmal behind the stumps, less said the better.

  • POSTED BY ARJa on | June 7, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Typical performance from both the teams. Pakistan nearly pulled off a win through the talent of their bowlers after another miserable batting failures. West Indies giving away the game both when they were bowling and batting. First they had Pakistan 15/3, then could have had them on 17/4. But they dropped Misbah on 0 and he made 96. When WI batted, they were 78/2, but somehow managed to lose six more wickets in making less than 100 more runs. Clumsy batting will cost both these teams the tournament.

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | June 7, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    @CricFanster->Lol no one can be compared to SRT..no player got as many chances as SRT in Cricket.Respect for him.But as far as Misbah is concerned,he need no Century to prove that he is good..Century is not the only thing here.That's my point.I hope now it made some Sense :PMisbah is the Captain,He makes runs.If his team doesnt performs then only Misbah shouldnt be blamed..

  • POSTED BY roook on | June 7, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    PCB showing favoritism by selecting Shoaib Malik we donot need a all rounder we have good bowling line up. We need proper middle order batsman Asad shafiq should play at 5 down as he is not good with new ball. Imran Farhat and malik seems to be enforced by PCB as must whether they perform or not. India dropped yuvrag, sehvag why we could not. I doudt pakistan has any chance with this batting line up unless our bowling bowl out our opponent for less than 200

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    osum game by both teams. Congrats WI, Just say for Pak.... Bravo Bowlers :)

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Pakistan short of two all-rounder like Abdul Raza, Afridi, and a Bats man like Umor Akmal. Sorry to say we can't expect win from this team. So funny to see a test player is given Responsibility of Meddle over in one day game.

  • POSTED BY shinewindies on | June 7, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    well great performance by the windies, i thought pollard's innings was great, he is really maturing to be one of all time greats at no.6 though would have liked him to finish the game, well played pakistan but u have to do sumthing about your batting.

    at solidsnake, dear maintaning an average of 44 takes more effort and consistency across 400 games rather than 150 or 200 games, if u can understand this good if not u dont understand cricket.

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | June 7, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Pak's batting is really big let down even though they have great bowling unit. Other big sides could have wrapped this total under 35 overs even with Pak's bowling as they are not good fielding side and so cant exert pressure with ground fielding.I wanted Pak to win this match but their batting is too weak.All they needed to score was just few runs more than 200 and result could have been different.Anyway congrates WI and bad luck Pak.Cant say you goodluck as I'm Indian fan and you will play one match against us as well.lol

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | June 7, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Amazing game. Congratulations West Indies! Great fightback by Pakistan too. I really wish India had a bowling attack like Pak. How about Sunil Narine?! So many Pak fans ridiculed Narine and said he can only perform well in the IPL, Pak batsman can thrash Narine, Ajmal is much better, etc. This is a match where both bowlers played so it is easy to assess both their performances. There is a reason Narine is number one in the rankings. SA and India will surely be more careful against Sunil the spin king.

  • POSTED BY rohan8579 on | June 7, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Awesome game tonight...mind blowing bowling from Pak side.... but a great bowling from WI team too to restrict Pak at 170...there they won it already...but Pak bowlers did put up a good fight...But just a good fight for bowlers doesnt make you win the match... you need decent enough score to defend it too no matter how good bowling unit one have...Pak has this issue to deal with it for rest of the CT...SA has great batting side with decent (without styne & morkel, its a decent unit or else great unit), still better than WI team...so tough task for Pak again SA and now even SA is in must win situation, expect a great fight from SA....and India has Greatest batting unit (being most of the batsmen in great nick, Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Dhoni, DK in one of the greatest nick) and bowlers doing enough to win the matches... So all in all PAK has uphill task in tournament!!!! Good luck anyway..may the best team progress to playoffs...

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    @ BRUTALANALYST clearly you are from Barbados favoring Smith and Best in the team. Charles made runs in the practice matches and 2 centuries in his last ODI's. Best was extremely poor in the practice matches. Young Bravo also made 2 half centuries in the warm up games. Based on these reasons is why ppl get picked. They deserve their spot in the team!!!

  • POSTED BY Fogu on | June 7, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    A very funny comment by Rahul17_1983. He assumes what other fans may say and than makes a comment on that comment and then says LOL. You make your own fun, don't you? Nothing positive to contribute but want to put your rubbish comment out there.

  • POSTED BY Mujji_28 on | June 7, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Pakistan can not win matches every time with their bowlers. They need backing from batsman. but unfortunately, no body showed character except the great Misbah. We have often criticized him for his slow batting but what can he do when wickets are tumbling at other end. Farhat, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal had been given ample chances to prove, but they havent come up to to the expectations. I think a major changes are required in this batting lineup after CT. Asad Shafiq is not a one-day material. We are strongly missing Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq in this line up. Nasir Jamshed played for himself today and threw away his wicket after scoring half century. What on earth Shoaib Malik was doing. He is becomin headache for team now. Now its do or die situation for Pakistan. they need to win next two matches and with good margin as they are at the bottom of table with -0.830 R/R. Lastly congrats to WI for winning this match.

  • POSTED BY sukmad on | June 7, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Very fine match.. Its always nice to see good quality bowling that produces a thrilling match than a batsmen dominated thriller! The pitch actually was an ideal Test match pitch.. But it appears that if conditions favour bowling, both WI as well as Pak will prove a handful. Congrats to both the teams...

  • POSTED BY Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on | June 7, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Pakistan did bowl some great deliveries and most wickets West Indies panicked and gave away. Charles threw his wicket, so did Gayle, Bravo, Pollard and Samuels. Darren Bravo and Sarwan were nervous even before they faced the first ball. Thanks to Narine and Roach for playing two wonderful shots at the end to see Windies through. Pakistan batting is a complete joke - What was Hafeez, shoaib, and Farhat doing? Not every team can consistently produce 300 every time they bat, you need skill and determination. Not every game is a T20 game where you come and slash at every ball. Misbah is only lone warrior and you can count on him every time. He is slow but he holds the innings so well. I think Saf and India will clearly make it to the Semis. Pakistan will be at the bottom if they continue to bat like the way they did today.

  • POSTED BY roook on | June 7, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    I doudt West Indies has any chance against India and South Africe unless they bowl out them under 200. Technically Pakistan Vs India is a must win game for Pakistan else they are out of CT.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | June 7, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Very good game and simply great to see low scoring thrillers rather than high scoring games.

  • POSTED BY Massey_T on | June 7, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Giving away runs for technical errors like using the wrong number of fielders in the circle and not taking singles whilst batting to preserve a tailender. Hmm, I dont know if these were costly errors from Misbah, but this man deserves credit for all those years of rigid determination. On a different note, a request to the espn moderators; when you say our comments will be published pending moderation, I hope you mean it as some people deliberately make the atmosphere disgusting here with their comments creating a bad aura out of nothing. Examples of such individuals include members with names like Baseball-sucks etc. Please note and avoid such comments and let pak, ind and sl fans along with wi, aus and eng fans to speak and enjoy in peace! else many have left speaking here, and many more wouldnt feel it enjoyable and will leave.

  • POSTED BY Speng on | June 7, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Two teams afraid of each others bowling... If there's any other tam in this group that has to be afraid of Pakistan or the West Indies it is not India, after all India won their match...

    For tha mandatory selection comments i would have rather had Sammy than Pollard as he's a better ODI bowler for sure and Pollard is too easy to tie down (despite his overrated reputation) with spin and moderately intelligent fast bowling. Question: what has Darren Bravo done recently? Another question: is his borther brave enough to drop if he continues this insipid streak of batting?

    I wish we had another pure spinner in the squad as we have some good ones back home cooling their heels. I guess if we'd been in the other group with Australia and new Zealand it would have been a better choice.

  • POSTED BY Massey_T on | June 7, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Giving away runs for technical errors like using the wrong number of fielders in the circle and not taking singles whilst batting to preserve a tailender. Hmm, I dont know if these were costly errors from Misbah, but this man deserves credit for all those years of rigid determination. On a different note, a request to the espn moderators; when you say our comments will be published pending moderation, I hope you mean it as some people deliberately make the atmosphere disgusting here with their comments creating a bad aura out of nothing. Examples of such individuals include members with names like Baseball-sucks etc. Please note and avoid such comments and let pak, ind and sl fans along with wi, aus and eng fans to speak and enjoy in peace! else many have left speaking here, and many more wouldnt feel it enjoyable and will leave.

  • POSTED BY Paras.Rishi on | June 7, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Pakistan will find to very tough to win next two games with a good net run rate. The batsmen have let them down again, poor application of batting skills here!

  • POSTED BY aby__prasad on | June 7, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Saw the match. The good thing for both teams is that they got proper exposure to swinging conditions. The way both teams bowled, albeit in good bowling conditions, make me thirst for such a bowling attack with venom. Well played and a good battle to the teams. Tomorrows match is another good one, aus vs eng!

  • POSTED BY santhoo24 on | June 7, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    well played both teams, tough luck to Pak, congrats to WI. I would have been genuinely happy had the result been the other way around, I am happy for WI.

  • POSTED BY mehdiagha on | June 7, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Pakistan beat India in the champions trophy last time! and after the dreadful tour we had in SA we were never expecting to win and if you call this WI side weak! you need to get your eyes checked! this a hugely talented team though do lack a quality bowler. And India did play an excellent match yesterday but they also gave away 300+ runs in a chase. What if Shaker Dhawan is a one hit wonder and rohit loses his wicket to careless shots again? the only immensely talented India batmen is current crop is Virat Kohli. your era of laxmans and dravids is over too.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    I personally feel that yes the CT is over for Pakistan, no doubt we fought well but still as expected and whatever fear in the minds of Pakistanis that what if overcast conditions prevail in Pakistani games? CAN PAKISTAN survive brutal English weather? How much can we be depending on our bowlers only? Batters need to perform else bear from some ... that they possess both batters and bowlers, they possessing bowlers, in their dreams. No doubt Pakistan lost the game but I don't think in current CT13, there is no team except Pakistan who can perform that well while defending a below par score. I have great respect for Indians but kindly do remember that if you guys possess tongues, than we also do, and this goes for only those who are saying Blah Blah for my country, not to every Indian, because I am seeing many Indians praising Pakistani performance despite on a losing cause! This is a sport and there is a thing called SPORTSMEN SPIRIT.

  • POSTED BY CricFanster on | June 7, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    @Solid_Snake Sorry Mate but u make no sense at all comparing Misbah with SRT cuz if you forgot it is an commendable job to keep up the batting average even after playing that many innings .

    Misbah is unlucky he did not get enough chances when he was young and would have been a great asset for Pak cricket because at that time Pak had solid middle order with Inzi,YK and Yousaf but you cannot compare him with SRT & to remind you SRT have better avg piling up 18K + runs .

  • POSTED BY spiritwithin on | June 7, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    @Solid_Snake...if a batsman averages 42 after 120odd matches without any century than it means most of his scores rarely had any impacts on the match,now dont say that misbah is equal to Viv richrads,sachin,lara etc who also had similar averages with many centuries

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | June 7, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    A team with ordinary batting and fielding cannot lift trophy

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Great match! Pakistan's bowling would be one to reckon with in English conditions but their batting still relies too much on Misbah, what a competitor. Not sure why they are still carrying Shoaib Malik. Hopefully we see an India v Pak in Semis or Finals!

    A question... where is Afridi, has he been dropped or is injured?

  • POSTED BY SachBro on | June 7, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Now Pak has to beat Ind and SA to get to the semis, I don't see that happening. Their batting is in tatters right now. Misbah will still say that it is not his fault that he was consolidating. But let's be honest, this kinda strike rate in today's day and age is inexcusable.

  • POSTED BY Jda123 on | June 7, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    Stated that a good chance Pakistan can go 0-3 in the group and it showed it, they need senior experience players like Younis & Afridi...

    Poor batting by Pakistan, SA will finish them and India will hammer them and once again kick them out of a ICC tournament.

    At least these embarrasing defeats yet still to come by the hands of SA and India will be a major change for Pakistan cricket.

    Many people give no respect to Misbah and say he shouldn't be in the ODI side but Pakistan have a seriously weak batting line-up.

    Without him today, Pakistan would be done and dusted with a score of under 50.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    WI need Dwayne Smith, averaging a whopping 16.69 in ODIs. Come help us champion Dwayne.

  • POSTED BY latecut_04 on | June 7, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    What was Shoaib Malik doing in the side today.He is the most experienced player and saw his misfield in the dying stages of a game leaking valuable runs in an otherwise good fielding performance(mostly)by Pakistan.could the experienced players step up..Misbah hats off to you for leading from the front. for Pakistan you are like Imran kHan right now.Juniad's swing,Irfann's pace and bounce,Wahab's nip,Ajmal's spin..what a bowling unit.BUT all will amount to nothing in ODis if more than half the batsmen make scores similar to Telephone codes.From India..may be Pak should try a reshuffling in batting because they really are a dangerous unit. as i had predicted earlier they find themselves in a situation where they just cant get a DEFENDABLE total from their batsmen.Not completing quota of 50 overs is nothing short of criminal injustice in ODIs....

  • POSTED BY kumarcoolbuddy on | June 7, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    I think lack of good batting line-up is the issue for both the teams. This proves that combination of "good batting & average bowling" or "Good bowling & average batting" or "Good batting & bowling" is needed. I don't know if these 2 teams come under any of these categories but WI proved its better than Pak by winning this match.

  • POSTED BY ball_boy on | June 7, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Pakistan has a great bowling unit but a bowling unit can win matches only when backed by shrewd captaincy.Although Misbah made the game interesting with a well compiled 96, a poorly placed field overly defensive made pakistan lose the plot.Dwane Bravo showed the way and Misbah should have taken note of it.The only time when you found the fielders close in on the batsman and create pressure was towards the last when you had Narine and Ramdin on strike But twas was too late.

  • POSTED BY whatawicket on | June 7, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    shows you do not need 300 runs to make a good game. although Pakistan will think about their poor start. another say 30 runs, but the W indies bowled well. nice to see pace bowlers getting getting wickets and not slows bowlers bowling on tired pitches.

  • POSTED BY Fogu on | June 7, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    I would like to see the Misbah detractors comment on his play today. They call him Tuk Tuk, really! No single PK players passed 6 runs beside Misbah and Jamshed. I will take players like Misbah anytime over Afridi type players. Misbah gave PK a chance with his batting and bowling changes but the score was too low. He could have tried to go for his century but didn't. Great job Misbah but a great team win by WI. They played like a team. Good win by the Windies. Great job.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    BRUTALANALYST Charles made back to back hundreds in his last two matches as well as two fifties in the two warm up matches. He has one game and he not good enough? That's why I can't understand our people sometimes. You just favor Smith and you're blinded.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Great Game Windies, Charles , should not have being Selected ahead of Dwayne smith, Smith is a More Experience player under these Condition, Charles just look out of sort / even in the t20's , WI nee the Best Combination , the Stakes will be tougher with the pro teams ahead, good luck

  • POSTED BY lakjak on | June 7, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    A lethal bowling unit like Pak and WI will make IND to surrender it their toes. I can see WI and Pak in Semis from group B. - Indian fan here

  • POSTED BY Rahul17_1983 on | June 7, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    I think probably Pakistan will say the loss was due to bad luck that there 10 players got all out.Also,what if Afridi,Inzi and miniadad wuld had been batting here.So final analysis is Pakistan wuld had won had there been no badluck..LOL

  • POSTED BY Stat1977 on | June 7, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    What a match..Kudos for both teams for their fighting spirit.Welldone WI!.Welldone Pakistan! They proved both are favourites to win the cup!

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | June 7, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    v2krules - India have bowlers and batsman who can win games for them, unlike ur one-sided team which only looks good but produces no results. Pak lost the match here and could not defend 170...Nuff said.

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | June 7, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Bye bye Pakistan, you are out of CT. When Pakistan cannot win against weak WI then how can they win against top and strong teams like India and SA. Pakistan will definitely lose the remaining two matches. The road is end for Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 7, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Even though the result and the net-run-rate effect was expected, but still the Pakistani bowlers, especially Irfan made a good fight out of this game. But lets be frank, the result of this loss is that most likely now Pakistan will not make it to the Semis. In any major tournament Pakistan has a reputation of loosing against India.

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  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Well bowled by WI, they showed lot of character and decipline while bowling.

    Pakistan, poor show with bat, only 2 got unplayable balls, rest could have avoided it. 1st 3 could hide behind moving ball, but rest can't. Nasir played well and good recovery but after getting 50, he played unnecessary shot. Then quck wickets of malik, akmal, wahab made it worse for pak. Top of that 2 unnecessay run outs.

    Misbah played very well, hatts off to him but run out of partners, may be should have taken control of strike more when wahab came in.

    Very well bowled by pak bowlers, they bowled there heart out but simply not enough runs on board.

    Now not good for pakistan have to win both games with good margin. So important to get good start in short format.e

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 7, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    Misbah's captaincy was amazing given is predicament -- and he led from the front with the bat. De Villiers could learn a few things...

  • POSTED BY supadupamonk on | June 7, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Pak has an awesome bowling unit.they are making 170 luk like 270....Pak's attack is far better and versatile than the saffer's.....am sure our team will find it very difficult to defeat Pak....we truly admire your bowling attack...Ind fan here..

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | June 7, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Always some indians and pakistanis criticize dhoni and misbah respectively i always wonder why? pakistanis gone ahead and named misbah as tuk tuk. u dont need every player too play 90+ SR some body should hold the innings together. Some criticize him for lose in WC semi final and T20 WC final.My view is its yonus khan and afridi r to be blame for semi final yonus khan shift the momentum and afridi didnt take batting PP and final its bad shot but he is d one who took closer. Atleast give some credit to dis fellow not easy to play such innings at 40 years age it take lot of hard work and practice to keep in shape. Shoib malik is absolute waste i dont know why they pick ahead of Umar akmal

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Bravo must fire in the chase to boost his confidence.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | June 7, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    @Solid_Snake Actually he would have done had Ramdin or Pollard been able to catch today, Misbah was dropped by Ramdin on 0 and then on 4 by pollard. Roach was incredible today and Rampaul did his job nicely W.I juts lacked 3rd strike bowler.

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | June 7, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    @Jadejafan->So what if he has got no Century? The guy is averaging 42..He showed the world that such high Avg could also be achieved without smashing 100 Centuries.Unlike other players who play 400 plus matches,put up piles & piles of centuries & get an Avg like Misbah

  • POSTED BY v2krules on | June 7, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Ajmal is highly underrated.. The ball to Chris Gayle was classic Ajmal.. Go Pak!! Wish India had such good bowlers...

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | June 7, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Charles is not an opener like I said at the time of selection how does he get picked ahead of Dwayne Smith ? even for T20 world cup let alone ODI's he looked completely out of place even in T20 where he struggled to rotate strike. Dwayne Smith has played a lot of cricket in English conditions has faced most the Indian and South African bowlers in IPl and has been in great form with a bunch more experience. Charles opening and Darren Bravo 3 is very weak, 2 young guys with little experience and minimal consistency at 2 vital batting positions will be W.I undoing along with 3rd pace bowler short without Best.

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | June 7, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    @Rally_Windies->Roach is an excellent bowler i agree..But conditions also favoured him in the first few overs.If he was so good then he would have gone forward & at least taken a 5 wicket haul.But no..He could not take a single wicket after wards.Okay..If the wicket is so good to bat on then why is the score board telling me some other story..Pak collapsed early & now WI are 15/2 in 4 overs..If this is a fair pitch then i would like to know that a bad pitch reaally is like..Also it means that Pak bowlers are doing an amazing job..

  • POSTED BY Indian_Rule on | June 7, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    now the match looks interesting after 2 wickets....

  • POSTED BY shamszameer on | June 7, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    This is really disappointing for Pakistani Fans. Being a Pakistani we expected better from Pakistan Team but 170 is just not enough. We can only hope that bowlers do their job in second half otherwise this is already a win for West Indies.

  • POSTED BY cricl0ver on | June 7, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    i think that the selectors have made a fun with the selecti0n of pak team.. there is no aggressive batsman n the whole team so h0w can u win a title in modern day cricket...lake of technique...and ahhhh how can bowlers defend such a small t0tal...even though they r having a go0d bowlng attack but they have nothing to defend...they carry alot of burden really the pak bowlers...its always been the bowlers who give pakistan the victories...

  • POSTED BY Jadejafan on | June 7, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    lol The young Misbah missed out on a 100 yet again. Almost a 120 matches and still no 100 but deserved 1 today. The only good performance by Pakistan oh well!! :P

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | June 7, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    It looks like the Pakistani net-run-rate is going to take an irreparable damage today. Misbah unlucky on 96*. But frankly speaking he is to be blamed. He selected a bad team with Farhat, S.Malik, Kamran & W.Riaz. Regarding Hafeez, I think it is well established that he is a Asian pitch bully, who cannot play outside the sub-continent. It looks like after this Trophy his place in the side will be under some intense scrutiny. And that would be just fair.

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  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Pakistan has mostly won on their BOWLING performance not BATTING performance , so if you think this game is over then you are not rationale . Pakistan has defended very low scores then this.

  • POSTED BY mar2000 on | June 7, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    No Sammy in the final eleven . The writing was on the wall from the time WI made BRAVO captain.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    Pak should watch out for Chris Gayle especially if he is on song, might end the game in under 30 overs

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | June 7, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    @ Solid Snake ....

    Kemar Roach, is no ordinary bowler ...

    The wicket is fair ...

    Roach made it LOOK like a bowling wicket ....

    but it is just a fair wicket ...

    You would notice, only Narine and Roach took the bulk of wickets ...

    that would suggest, that quality bowling would take wickets...

    it has nothing to do with the surface ....

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Inning break. well bowled WI and showed lot of character in field and great decipline.

    Again a poor show from pakistan, apart from kamran and hafeez others have their part in that dismisal. Farhat, hafeez, shafiq can hide behind moving ball excuse but after playing well and building innings it wasn't required at that stage by nasir. His wicket changed it. After that malik and kamran failed. And on top of that 2 runouts of ajmal and wahab was too poor. Junaid khan played shot as if he was a top order batsman.

    Misbah played very well, unlucky in end . Should have taken control of strike when wahab came in. Deserved 1st 100. Refused singles but still didn't manage strike.

    170. Simply not enough on this wicket which will get better. Amost near to imposible to stop WI .

  • POSTED BY Natesan333 on | June 7, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    If Pak is going to win this game it is because of Misbah, what a warrior. I just wish he got a (well deserved) ton. From an Indian fan.

  • POSTED BY Harris_Ali on | June 7, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Misbah has showed experience and maturity and delivered at the right time....Feel pitty for Jamshed who played well but his immaturity showed him the way....overall the performace of Pak batting unit was below par but this is what is expected of them. Scoring modest and then defending those scores.....Dont compare Pak with the likes of India, Australia and South Africa who are capable of scoring 300s with a modest bowling attacks

  • POSTED BY CoolCharlie on | June 7, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Seriously : Pak batting is pathetic and except for Jamshed i dont see any world class batsman in this team. Its seriously their bowlers who carry all the burden . Bowling talent is amazing .. _ from Indian Fan

  • POSTED BY SaadRocx on | June 7, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    even the commentators were laughing the way pak batsmen were playing and the way those 2 stupid run outs happened (sad lol...) its really high time to remove players like farhat,shafiq(he,s a test player),malik (cant bat,cant bowl?for what reason he,s in the team for?fielding eh...!!!need fresh blood ie hamad azam,ahmed shehzad,harris sohail,umer akmal aswell)...

  • POSTED BY dontlikecricket on | June 7, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    A very good performance by WI. They bowled and took advantage of conditions well. However despite the good bowling, PAK batsmen have to blame for low score. Had only one PAK batsman stayed till the end with Misbah, PAK could have scored in region of 230/240 which would have been a competitive score. Misbah batted nicely and with responsibility. Its well enough to score when there is less pressure but it seems PAK batsmen cant play when pressure is up. Unfortunately there is not a single batsman in PAK domestic cricket who has potential to be like Inzi, Yosuf, Miandad etc (I may be wrong). I suspect despite decent PAK bowling, batsmen have not done enough. If Misbah keeps on playing like that he will be probably playing until he is 45 as I cant see many decent batsmen coming through the ranks!!!

  • POSTED BY shinewindies on | June 7, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    At the half stage i still think Pakistan stand a chance with their strong bowling attack but who on earth gave them the favourates tag especialy when they were about to be whitewashed by Ireland

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | June 7, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    So I'm guessing that Pakistan are no longer the favourites to win the CT. It's all but impossible to pick a winner as you could make a case for any of the 8 teams and it will just take one very good or very bad performance at the right or wrong time to turn everything on its head.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | June 7, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    pak batting cupboards are as bare as england or aus . no talented replacements and present batsmen not upto the mark. 10 wicket win for wi 150 for gayle and 20 for charles

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    feel sad for Misbah, guy's a legend and never gets the respect he deserves :/

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    You are missing the POINT . Both teams are unpredicatable as said earlier wright? if thats wright then pakistan has perfect chance for bounce back. Wait for the thriller!

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | June 7, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Misbah ul Haq, that was one fantastic innings, 39yrs old but by far the best batsman in the team, kudos to you!!

  • POSTED BY JPrats on | June 7, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks - you are very optimistic mate yet, your comment sounds very trag'comical. I agree that Pakistan team has got a good bowling attack but I suppose there should be some more runs on board to defend it. Anyways hope the match is interesting in the second half and is not boringly one-sided.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Aw Come on PAK ..... Surely you can do better than that !!! You won against SA, but u cant even score 200 against the Windies ??? And what happened to "This pitch and conditions will be good for batting and a big score is expexted from both sides" ??

  • POSTED BY rsnl on | June 7, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Some one supporting PAK here against WI because WI beat his country team in T20 WC Final. Same guy was criticizing India yesterday Despite of very good win against SA because India beat his country team in ODI WC final 2011.

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | June 7, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    @cricketstarbest->Lol...Lovely Pitch tp bat on? I guess you need to go & ask WI captain why he chose to bowl first. Conditions were not good at ll for the batsmen in first few overs.3 wickets of Pak fell early & i can digest this thing.But the wickets that fell after Jamshed's dismissal..Well that was pure pathetic performance by Malik & Kamran..I mean are these even batsmen?They cant bat properly.Even bowlers of other teams can bat better than these guys..Hats off Pakistan..What a great performance..We are proud of you

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | June 7, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Pakistan can still win this match if they can get somewhere around 220-240 coz they've got a very good bowling unit. And there is a plenty of assistance for bowlers on this pitch. So it won't be an easy chase for W'indies against this quality bowlers. GO PAKISTAN !!!

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | June 7, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    Does Pakistan know how to bat? Pakistan stop playing international cricket to avoid humiliation. At present Pakistan team is worst than Afghanistan. I dont know who taught Pakistan are favourites to win this CT. Just see Pakistan is struggling to even score 150 on a lovely batting pitch.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    As long as imran farhat n shoib malik playing, only chance pakistan will win ie. no chance

  • POSTED BY Jda123 on | June 7, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    As I said... Pakistan came in thinking they had some expert batsman... with Shafiq, Malik, Farhat and Amin...

    They needed experience not the likes of Shafiq...

    I am guess I will be correct when I said Pakistan will go 0-2 in all games in the group.

  • POSTED BY Jadejafan on | June 7, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Pakistan are a declining team. Their team in this tournament is by far the oldest and their young players don't look that promising. They struggle against pace even when the ball is not moving so a big worry for them. Their best batsman by far is their 'oldest' Misbah but he's no getting much younger is he? :) despite all these matches against Associates and extra warm-ups, for some reason, its just no clicking but good luck :)

  • POSTED BY SaadRocx on | June 7, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    We are really missing Ahmed Shehzad top the order...Imran Farhat is of no use,he keep on failing and and failing and failing for years now,when will the selectors gonna realize that Asad Shafiq is a test player,his technique is of test player.I really hope that selectors open their eyes after pak flies home early after getting thrashed,we need an all rounder like hamad azam in middle order and ahmed shehzad at top!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    What the WI selector doing now about Sammy the people saw it 2 years ago. Still Sammy is a good back up for the team if someone needs a rest. Good luck WI!

  • POSTED BY Assasinator_007 on | June 7, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Pakistani crowd so desperate for boundaries...cheering every ball that is pushed to outside circle.

  • POSTED BY Neutral77 on | June 7, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    WI easily the winner. It was rightly said "winning Toss" is crucial. With ball moving, it won't be easing for Pakistan to get on top of WI bowler. Pakistan better luck in next match

  • POSTED BY malik-muhammad-basit on | June 7, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    and i also read some people talking about nasir jamshed should not play comeon people who else in pakistani team can score hundreds like him

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | June 7, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    WHY is Best not playing ? and with 2 new balls at the oval ? if Sarwan is playing and both Bravo and Pollard Ramdin has to go and Charles has to keep to fit Best in. Look a bowler short again here W.I Ramdin isn't exactly special keeper nor batsman.

  • POSTED BY SaadRocx on | June 7, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    im going to sleep now!!! 17/4. unbelievable.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | June 7, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    15/3 at this rate pak will be all out on 49. ring a bell?

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | June 7, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    wi will win big here aqlready weak pak batting lineup exposed by rampaul and roach 15/2. expect 10 or 9 wicket win for wi.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    What a mess 2down for 14 runs.

  • POSTED BY umars101 on | June 7, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    imaran farhat is a waste of a player .He is neither a batsman nor a bowler or fielder.I dont know what is in the coaches mind

  • POSTED BY damith91 on | June 7, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    where is Sammy??????

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | June 7, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Go Pakistan !!!! Come outta this match VICTORIOUS. I'm anxiously waiting to see some cracking innings from Hafeez. Best of Luck !!!! -a SL fan-

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | June 7, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Go Pakistan !!!! Come outta this match VICTORIOUS. I'm anxiously waiting to see some cracking innings from Hafeez. Best of Luck !!!! -a SL fan-

  • POSTED BY damith91 on | June 7, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    where is Sammy??????

  • POSTED BY umars101 on | June 7, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    imaran farhat is a waste of a player .He is neither a batsman nor a bowler or fielder.I dont know what is in the coaches mind

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    What a mess 2down for 14 runs.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | June 7, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    wi will win big here aqlready weak pak batting lineup exposed by rampaul and roach 15/2. expect 10 or 9 wicket win for wi.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | June 7, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    15/3 at this rate pak will be all out on 49. ring a bell?

  • POSTED BY SaadRocx on | June 7, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    im going to sleep now!!! 17/4. unbelievable.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | June 7, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    WHY is Best not playing ? and with 2 new balls at the oval ? if Sarwan is playing and both Bravo and Pollard Ramdin has to go and Charles has to keep to fit Best in. Look a bowler short again here W.I Ramdin isn't exactly special keeper nor batsman.

  • POSTED BY malik-muhammad-basit on | June 7, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    and i also read some people talking about nasir jamshed should not play comeon people who else in pakistani team can score hundreds like him

  • POSTED BY Neutral77 on | June 7, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    WI easily the winner. It was rightly said "winning Toss" is crucial. With ball moving, it won't be easing for Pakistan to get on top of WI bowler. Pakistan better luck in next match