England v Pakistan, World Twenty20 2012, warm-up

England win low scoring warm-up

The Report by Abhishek Purohit in Colombo

September 19, 2012

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England 111 (Wright 38, Ajmal 4-14) beat Pakistan 96 for 9 (Briggs 3-15, Dernbach 3-14) by 15 runs

Stuart Broad dismissed Shahid Afridi for 5, England v Pakistan, World Twenty20 2012 warm-up, Colombo, September 19, 2012
Stuart Broad dismissed Shahid Afridi for 5 © Getty Images
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England's batsmen were suspect against spin but their bowlers, without Graeme Swann, worked their way through Pakistan's brittle line-up to comfortably defend 111 at the P Sara Oval. On a slow pitch with turn and bounce, left-arm spinners Danny Briggs and Samit Patel did the early damage before Stuart Broad weighed in with a testing spell. Jade Dernbach ensured there would be no resistance from the Pakistan lower order and sealed England's second warm-up win. While England's struggle against quality spin was not unexpected, what was heartening to see was the way the defending champions scrapped to defend an insubstantial total, after their lower order had capitulated against Saeed Ajmal.

After winning the toss, England had crumbled from 106 for 5 to be bowled out for 111, losing their last five wickets in eight balls, three of them to Ajmal. Their innings never really took off, with only Luke Wright making an impression with a steady 38.

Both sides opened the bowling with left-arm spin, and England found that Raza Hasan's flat and quick deliveries were difficult to get away. Alex Hales lasted three balls and Craig Kieswetter's attempt to hit out ended when he was caught at deep midwicket off a slog sweep, both men falling to Hasan.

The innings meandered along, with England unable to find a way to attack the spinners. Eoin Morgan summed up England's approach. He tried to paddle Ajmal's first ball and missed, succeeded the second time, and was caught behind trying to cut a quick one.

Jos Buttler was bowled after he missed a sweep off Ajmal and the lower order had no clue what the offspinner was upto. Stuart Broad lobbed a catch to Mohammad Hafeez first ball; Steven Finn guided Ajmal to slip second ball.

Pakistan seemed much more comfortable against spin, but started self-destructing soon. Young Briggs flighted the ball consistently, and Pakistan took the bait immediately. Hafeez survived a stumping opportunity off Briggs after a big charge, but slog-swept the bowler to deep midwicket off the last ball of the first over. Imran Nazir did the same a few overs later, after which Patel sneaked in a tossed-up delivery through Nasir Jamshed's defences. Asad Shafiq and Umar Akmal were largely in control before throwing it away through needless forcing strokes against Broad and Briggs.

Broad was unplayable at times, getting short deliveries to straighten around off stump, and his mid-innings effort of 4-1-12-2 started to turn the game England's way. He got Shahid Afridi nicking one such ball to the wicketkeeper in the 15th over, a wicket-maiden.

Pakistan still needed only 39 off 34 deliveries with four wickets remaining, though. But the asking-rate rocketed to more than nine following tight overs from Finn and Patel. Against Dernbach's variations, Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq never looked like middling the big strokes Pakistan needed. Failure to chase 112 with all the batsmen in the squad playing today was a reminder to Pakistan of their batting frailties as they head to Pallekele for their group games.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by syed.r.karim on (September 21, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

@g.narsimh: Jokes and immature comments. Big Bases and County Cricket are more Popular than IPL. Is there any special in your country but every year controversy IPL while cricket is concern, if Honkong offer more money than IPL, every player will go for HongKong and kick IPL sorry India…, what is your opinion? Ask any ipl international player about his opinion on that satiation, than comment.

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 21, 2012, 3:54 GMT)

SYED R KARIM- the country in which one have to really metters other wise why no international team is visiting u r place , country is important , ask any ipl international player about his opinion on india , than coment ,

Posted by cric-doctor on (September 21, 2012, 1:07 GMT)

all Pakistan need is sensible batting,just build some partner ship of 30 odd runs and for GOD sake utilize Abdul Razzaq better and kick off Sami from the team.If we able to post 150 or 155 on the board that going to be enough for our bowling unit to win or at-least give a tight fight to opposition. GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN..

Posted by Smack-DAT on (September 20, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

@syed.r.karim: yes you are right my friend and we not only believe but we are beating PAK nowadays..refer statsguru for further information..

Posted by Smack-DAT on (September 20, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover: wat to do bro..we dint find any place to comment in IND-AFG match because all the space is already occupied by PAK fans..so we are here..and tell me one thing how you can be so sure that this commenting competition is started by us..going by our nature and history we dont initiate such thing..we only respond to what ever thrown to us..focus on your team rather than supporting Afgans..they still have a long way to go..

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

@Sachinawsome, actually Pak batting is School boyish, this is coming from a Pakistani!

Posted by syed.r.karim on (September 20, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

@ Haleos- comparing to India or others country is allays justified, but the comments should be meaningful; the match is nothing but an experiment. Pakistan is no. 1 team in this format though their batting is allays poor. Pakistan have been performing well in all T20 world cup, hope will do again. So, don't criticize Pakistan. Now a day's Indian are more challenging unlike 90's, because they believe they can seriously beat Pakistan. But Pakistan did the right thing to ignore misbah, because lucky India needs misbah to get another world cup.

Posted by Smack-DAT on (September 20, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

@ imrankhan76uk: Finally a sensible comment from a PAK fan..ya agree with your thoughts but what to do its our love for each other that we keep on commenting on each other post (just like I am doing here and PAK fans in IND-AFG post)..we just love to return favor..and thats why an IND-PAK match is always consider as mother of all matches.

Posted by Swarancool on (September 20, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

look at boom boom afridi in that picture.......is he going to smash stuart broad...hi...hi.. afridi should be the 11 th man in the team......

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 20, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

@g.narisma,dear frnd! Ths war of words would b continued 4 ever considrng many of ur fellow indian fans deem it as their birth right n moral obligatn to demean pak cric in any sense of imaginatn,so we pakis would always b capitalisng on opportunities provided by ur team in ordr to give u a taste of what othr thnks when ur country men do mud.slinging on othr teams,OH YES IT WAS PAK'S MATCH,MY QUESTN Z THEN WHAT D HEL INDS FANS DOING HERE.

Posted by Hammond on (September 20, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

Another abject failure of a comment from RandyOz..

Posted by Haleos on (September 20, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

@ RandyOZ - So a win is a failure? @Some Pak fans - Dont compare everything to India. When will start dicing your teams performance rather than pointing finger at India. Ridiculous.

Posted by saj_92 on (September 20, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

why are people complaining about imran nazir he's only started his comeback it will take him time!! lol first the fans wanted him back .. now that they have got him back.. now they he should be out of the team how pathetic

Posted by cooldxve on (September 20, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

Pakistan batsmens' biggest problem is self-destruction. The bowlers don't need to do anything special to get them out. They give away their own wickets happily.

Posted by imrankhan76uk on (September 20, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

To Everybody... I dont know why the hell we have india on these posts.. it was match against England and Pakistan... For Indian Fans.... guys thing is... u r the world cup winners so people will magnify india's poor performances and for better performance people will just consider it normal... so u guys should get use too... just like Aussie in their good days... every team considered a single win (in any format) as a gr8 success Now for Pakistani Cricket...uuuffff.... we have so many rubbish BATSMAN that u can't even count so lets not go there at all...... I have serious doubts even if we will qualify for super eight or not.... out of 3 teams in our group, we are 2nd most inconsistant team.... best wishes for pakistan cricket

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

lesson learnt. Pakistan must have asad shafiq in side to save a collapse besides they should play umar gul n sohail tanveer. i still cant understand y have not they selected junaid khan

Posted by Desihungama on (September 20, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

@khankijaan Posted by Desihungama on (September 19 2012--This team reminds me of "our" 2003 50 WC squad.

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 5:04 GMT)

Just a warm up, but shouldve been won easily. Kamran needs to open with Nazir.

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 20, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

A VACANT SLIP - ITS not INDIA which lost to ENG in this game , u r team could not reach to three figures so think of u r batting for coming matches , now i can say a fluck inning by a player who is not even a regular won u against us thats it but win is a win ,we are not fnding excuses u r s was a great win ,win of the century over IND ,u people must cherish it for ages but in present senario it is better think of u r team istead of worrieing or counting our weaknesses , if we could not defent 280+ one day but just other day we dismissed home team for 120 , besides winnjing series in sl few days back which u r great team could do so forget ind , best wishes for u r team in real games .

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 20, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

SHAHYAAR AZHAR- JUST AROOGANCE , the other day BD lost to a minnow , even than u r worrieng about india ,in a t-20 game 20+ run win is agreat win agreed there was no intencity , JUST WAIT & SEE WHO STAYS WHERE first of all just worry about u r team its not apropriat to post insulting coments on a team which is no way concerns u , if u r still in the memories of one off win in ASIA cup such things doesnt happen every day , now its confirmed we will be in super 8 , lets see what is in store but iam cofident as we just few days ago won both odis, t=20, against sl in thier own back yard besides lone t20 warm up match which we won by dismissing home team just 120 runs but u great people cant see those performance u just remember only our bad outings , i cant under stand why this hatrade towards india ? best of luck for u r team in this tournment .

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 4:45 GMT)

Hhahahahahahhahaha couldn't even chase 111 ..Pak need some batting classes from v kohli 8|

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 20, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

KHAAN KI JAN-EVERY day is not sunday, no body can declare we will beat but u have pradicted that u wil defeat us in eliminations if encountered, u r talking too much of u r practice match win over ind , at the same time u r down grding u r defeat in which u r team failed to reach even three digit mark with justifications i dont mind even u r team again beats us in real time cricket who ever wins, that team is better on that day ,so best of luck for this cup.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 20, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

@Patchmaster on (September 20 2012, 03:18 AM GMT), I've got nothing against Tredwell but to say that he's a better batsman than Patel is a bit rich. In domestic T20 Tredwell averages 12 at 106 while Patel averages 25 at 124. Patel also averages 39 in division 1 of the CC while Tredwell averages 23 in division 2. I'd say that they're picking Patel probably 50/50 as batsman and bowler whereas, if they were to pick Tredwell, it would probably be 90/10 as a bowler, where he does have an advantage over Patel. With Swann and Briggs in the squad though, they don't need another frontline spinner. Also, the fact that Patel is a left-armer offers some variety compared to Swann, where Tredwell is usually considered a direct replacement for Swann when he's injured or rested.

Posted by RandyOZ on (September 20, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

Another abject failure by England.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 20, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

Good grief people! Why does every story have to degenerate into an argument about India?

Posted by Smack-DAT on (September 20, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

@ syed.r.karim:dude read carefully..I didnt abuse any nation..I just replied to what been addressed to me..am just a cricket lover and Indian fan..and it need no brain to judge people want to join IPL for money and exposure and not only IPL any professional league for the same..

Posted by Patchmaster on (September 20, 2012, 3:18 GMT)

Samit Patel did the early damage - are you kidding me, how is this man keeping Tredwell out of the side. Tredweel is a better bowler, better batsman and better fielder. Ridiculous.

Posted by syed.r.karim on (September 20, 2012, 3:04 GMT)

@From-INDIA-with-LOVE- Loving India and IPL is great, but please don't abuse other nation. We all know every cricket playing nation want to join IPL because of money not for your nation. The entire professional player love money not IPL. Please don't jokes anymore.

Posted by syed.r.karim on (September 20, 2012, 2:32 GMT)

I really frustrated by Imran Nazir performance. He is got his international debut on 1999 but still can't develop 1%, batting without any brain and same for the Afridi. Afridi's bowling can be compensating of his poor batting. Nazir disappoint all the selectors and PAK fan also, Pakistan should look for Shafiq as per consistency is concern. At least Shafiq can score ran a ball 20- 30 regularly, that is good for low scoring game.

Posted by ifrakurshid on (September 20, 2012, 2:09 GMT)

Pak did wel in the first half by restricting england to 111 runs. Handling of capt utilising the players in the field was not satisfactory alongwith field placing.the coaches and the capt needs close co-ordintions.TOUR management NEEDS RE-ORG. LOT OF FEED BACK WAS GIVEN FOR 1st WARM UP MATCH which they applied 80%plus they managed 2 perform wel. In the next match one thought they will stick 2 newly found team combination but they did same mistake as they did agnst aussies in last series poor selection of team topsy turvey batting order SHOULD not have gone for experiment with their current problems in cricket affairs never permits them to doso They should have struck with same team with minor changes equal defaulters are pak anchors for not being stright forward & honest 2 their countrymen due own grouping & petty intrest as said eailer poor capt & un-settle coach were helped in this age they can't change.PCB 2 warn coach tour slection men & capt for + results Fm horses mouth 509

Posted by   on (September 20, 2012, 0:23 GMT)

@Afridi haters : you people are so ruthless on Afridi ... after all he has the most man of thematch awards in the recent past due to a reason , that he really is a match winner and deserved those awards ... everyone faces ups and downs but goins so harsh on him ..... u shud rememba the no of matches he won us single handedly ... the only T20 wc we hav won was courtesy amazing afridi ... his 50s in semis and final <3

Posted by Dark.Matter on (September 20, 2012, 0:14 GMT)

An experimental day for Pakistan. Every thing went as usual. Bowling was good . Bating was pathetic as usual(harsha ke shehar ka jamai was out on 7). these grounds will be difficult for blind hitters like afridi and imran nazir. because these players do not use their brains in bating. What a good team pakistan is on paper. everyone by looking their squad may say boom boom ,what a squad. But they are failing time and time again to trasform that on paper boom boom into reality . only hope ....bowling . cricket is the game of bowling bating and fielding. so the chances of pakistan winning a match and world cup are just 33% . moreover by looking their group,i feel that its an extremely tough group.

Posted by khankijaan on (September 19, 2012, 23:05 GMT)

@DESIHUNGAMA : i can understand ur emotions for the team-india and hatred for PAk..but u gotta look at the score-card 1ce again..u'll come to know that it was altogether an experimental day for Hafeez ,which in the end failed badly,,Kamran-the match winner of the last warm-up game against india batted at no. 9 in this match against england,,so u can say Pak didn't play at their best and was not up with their best possible squad,,,and my dear only the time will tell us who's gonna crash soon ,either ur team or Pakistan's team 1st...Pak's campaign will begin on 23rd and u will see the class of this team...and that X factor u r talking about ,will become only X(eliminated) when ur X-factor possessing teams will face England,SA,AUS ,PAK,,1 thing more,u r gonna see another defeat at the hands of PAK in super 8s (after that warm-up defeat)

Posted by Anam on (September 19, 2012, 22:57 GMT)

old players old story...I dont know what is Afridi doing in the lineup...someone said hafeez is more or less equal to Afridi "statistically"...maybe stats says so but atleast he's captaining well and scoring AND bowling at the same time! Pakistan aint gna make it to the super eights...it was nice watching the warm up match!

Posted by Jawed_Saleem on (September 19, 2012, 22:05 GMT)

Loss ( to Eng ) is "Blessing in disguise" really. No more experiments onwards ! Slow-turning track contributed to both England & Pakistan disastrous batting and low scoring contest. Pakistan need to focus now on group matches against N.Z. + B.D. Pakistan will have to be at the top of their game to qualify from " Group of Death" !!!!

Posted by JG2704 on (September 19, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

Obviously the KP absence is a huge loss , but I wonder if it has made our side even more determined after so many people saying we can't do a thing without KP. We have just beaten 2 of the most inconsistent sides of the main 8 narrowly so we should not get too carried away and obviously would have had no chance of winning this game had the opponents been taking it all seriously. I'd like to see Briggs keep his place , whether it be in place of bits and pieces man Patel or for a seamer. Good to see Broad showing some form . Still a bit worried about Afghanistan as they put up a competitive vs the mighty India today.

Posted by JG2704 on (September 19, 2012, 21:54 GMT)

@CricketingStargazer on (September 19 2012, 10:05 AM GMT) Re Finn - it's a difficult one. I thought he was very poor in the rain affected SA game and I feel he is a gamble as he's most likely to take wickets but also the most likely to go for runs in this format. In the 50 over format he seems afforded more respect from the batsmen but in this format I'm not so sure and I'm even (just in this format) slightly favour Jade over him as I think he is more likely to bowl the Yorker length required, Not sure if our group is particularly weak or strong. Afghan could yet be a banana skin as they got closer to India than I thought.

Posted by pak78 on (September 19, 2012, 21:08 GMT)

well played england defending a low total u bowled exellent. i wonder how many more wake up calls does hafeez need.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 20:25 GMT)

When was the last time Afridi performed as an all-rounder? He is more of a liability than an asset.

Posted by SyedAbidHussain on (September 19, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

@All Afridi haters: In the last 12 months, Afridi's ODIs average is 21 with bat and 33 wickets at avg of 28. For T20Is, batting average is 20 and bowling average is 27. Hafeez's record for last 12 months, ODI batting average of 24, bowling average of 30. T20 Batting average of 15 and bowling average of 24. So, there is nothing to chose, if Pak does not have replacement for Afridi and Hafeez, its not their fault. Now, dont tell me that Abdur Razzaq, Yasir Arafat and Hammad Azam are replacements for Afridi and Hafeez. They are worse.

Posted by Shazia_Javed on (September 19, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

Losing the simplest of matches and winning becasue of one players performance.... feeling proud to have that unpredictability factor and forgetting that most of the times this factor back fires... No matter how much they twisted the batting order, they still should had win this match (any team would had won it)... there was no pressure of playing slow or playing shots and still everyone failed. Coach Whatmore or Consultant Miandad will never be able to rectify it because it is not batting technique... it is the mentality... fragile! I wonder if Afridi deserve any place in this team? what about Shoaib? Imran Nazir, he is wasting this last chance, so far he is no where near to what he is being expected... Sami and Arfat...to me this is really a crazy team selection. They are not brave (or honest) enough to give chane to young players. Same old sheeps. No one is there to make them 'beleive'... as they used to have some in past.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

haha...Afridi is a very good bowler but don't call him an all-rounder because to be just an all-rounder you have to bat 'consistently' and Afridi simply has failed doing that. What is it? 1 per 10 or more innings on average his batting comes into affect :)

Posted by sirvivfan on (September 19, 2012, 19:21 GMT)

What a pathetic batting performance by Pakistan....brainless exhibition. Chasing 111 knowing the target yet they could not apply themselves. All games are important to get winning habit. Briggs is not a world beater yet we made him look like it, charging down the wicket hitting in the air. What does the coach do, because it does not seem to be getting through their thick skulls. These guys are letting their bowlers down. Batters should be paid less than the bowlers. I agree Pakidtan will struggle against New Zealand particularly if they plat pakelle ground know for Desmond conditions.... So def will not go through super eights!

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 19, 2012, 19:07 GMT)

I 'm surprised with some indian fans comments who r treatng ths narow loss of ours as a punching bag,wel ist of all pitch war away 4rm been ideal 4 t20s,2ndly both teams strugld,3rdly it was too casual aproach 4rm hafez n co n too much experimentatn which was gd in a way as evry playr have d feel of being in d midle,on the whole morale wouldn't be too down bt it would have been a difrnt story had we lost to india

Posted by Desihungama on (September 19, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

As I predicted before Pakistan is going to crash out in the first round. This team reminds me of our 2003 50 WC squad. I dare say India and SL are favorite to win. They both have the X factor and so as Australia. Team Pakistan will capitulate mentally. No. 2. Winning over India in warm up certainly means a loss to them when game matters and that is IF they make it Super 8. Otherwise, Good luck! My final are Aus and SL.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

Pl, some body can answer for my question. Are T20 warm up matches are counted for ICC official rankings Thanks

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

From-INDIA-with-LOVE ... u need not to worry boy... we have seen u won soo hardly by afghanistan.... pakistan will make place in final I.A but what about u people... accept kohli u people specially ur bowling is lik bowling in streets .. every 1 can chase ur target.. u should b thankfull to icc not to put bangladesh in ur group.. otherwise u were unble for scnd stagee..

Posted by Subrat33 on (September 19, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

For me the go to man is always razzaq. I always have hope till he's there n always lose hope when he gets out. Come on razzaq. Come on pak!!!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 19, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

@Ravian-106: Well.. the Pakistan batting is AVERAGE if not worse. The other day it was Kamran Akmal vs India !!! The rest of the Pak batting just withered away. I can't even imagine WHY Shahid Afridi is still in the Pakistani team. He should be contributing a lot more with the bat. England should have NEVER won this warm up game. Pakistan for all their wisdom are an inconsistent side and they should be REALLY worried about their prospect of getting into the super 8s. NZ and Bangladesh could prove mighty, you never know.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

None of the matches so far, including the warm up ones didn't come up to a World cup standard. All teams look at lest out of sorts; if not giving the impression of lackadaisical. Feeling of going to a reputed restaurant with a global menu, but still returning home hungry. That includes the just concluded India -Afghan match. I can't use the word UNSATISFACTORY, but definitely non-satisfying!

Posted by Ozzbozz on (September 19, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

Typical game from Pakistan a real inept showing with the bat, although not denigrating England's bowling, as they had to put in the right spot, but this is probably Pakistan giving thier wickets away again. I mean if it wasn't for an innings that is few and far between from Kamran Akmal we probably would have lost against India aswel. Super 8's if we are lucky, we just can't rely on Ajmal alone, these so called batsmen and support bowlers need to turn up.

Posted by Juiceoftheapple on (September 19, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

@cover_drive12345 Sorry fella, I was being sarcastic/ironic. Broad gets loads of stick on these boards and I was responding to that. I think Broad is excellent and have been saying so for years. Must try harder with my posts....We always stumble against spin, not sure how we can keep the score ticking against good spin.

Posted by cover_drive12345 on (September 19, 2012, 15:50 GMT)

Don't think we should read too much in this game, England need to play spin better and Pakistan need Afridi to fire. Glad to see Broad bowling, held the whole attack together well. Don't know what will happen in Eng vs. India. If Kohli makes a fifty then probably India will win. @juiceoftheapple, a bit hard on broad perhaps? Ajmal's still looking mighty fine holding the whole of Pakistan together...

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

Today's performance against England is the reason I doubt TEAM PAKISTAN will do well in T")I WORLD CUP. TEAM PAKISTAN's batting against good quality bowling is sub standard, there just isn't any world class batsmen in the squad although Nasir Jamshed and Umar Akmal have potential but seem to self destruct. Whilst Asad Shafiq is not a T20I player TEAM PAKISTAN may have to include him in the XI particularly against good bowling sides such as Australia, England, South Africa and to some extend Newzealand and West Indies.

Posted by Ravian-106 on (September 19, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

@Shrikant25... This third class team smashed Indians all over the park few days back. Are you new to cable Television,,,

Posted by Smack-DAT on (September 19, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

@Crazy_Pk:No we didnt forget anything,win and loss are part of game (and offcourse warm up games) and good to see PAK winning after a long time..dont worry we will definetly qualify for Super 8 and teach the next chapter on next meeting..and as far as IPL is concern..every cricket playing nation want to join the gang of 'jokers' and love to dance for one month..but what to do,'grapes are sour'..

Posted by whatawicket on (September 19, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

this win means little, but what annoys me is the talk of england cannot play spinners, which we cannot ( goods 1s anyway ) but other asian teams are any better. most teams on wickets that take spin big time will struggle. the only asian team that can are india and thats maybe more the legends of the old batters than the majority of the present 11. if pakistan struggled against englands average at least for the moment then it does not bode well for the pakistan side. not sure if england are in the same group in the latter stages but i take the aussies and england in final. as the mighty aussies annihilated the irish today.

Posted by Wasiq.K on (September 19, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

@RaXa Abbas ..... Cloud :-O :-P..its "Sky" mate ;)

Posted by swat1999 on (September 19, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

The way Pakistani cricketers batting today and last T20 against Australia i worry that Pakistan may loose the game against New Zealand and Bangladesh. You never be surprise and that will be no news for upset also....

Posted by subbass on (September 19, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

Never write off Pakistan. They're a good tournament team and they are far better than this showing for sure. Still, credit to England as some of those bowling figures are outstanding.

Posted by Cricketintheblood on (September 19, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

Once again the pak team fails to deliver on what was a fairly easy set up given the bowling success. The changes in batting line up for the sake of experimentation can be damaging if the results achieved are negative.Specially when you know the batting line up is fickle. I fail to understand what the team management has achieved by doing this. Nothing worked accept the bowlers who have been bowling well. But we did manage to mess up the moral going in the cup. What would have been obvious is that Pakistan put up their best line up, players playing in positions that they will actually occupy in the cup and give them a practice round. Then see if it does not work and fix it. Good luck Pakistan !!!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 19, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

Well.. well... well. This result goes to show how inconsistent Pakistan are as a team. It also proves how WEAK the Indian bowling was that they couldn't defend a mighty 180+ total against an average batting team in Pakistan. Good for England though. They will be up for it now. I would personally be pleased to see England do well in Asia. It's been their major Achilles Heel through out history. Nevertheless, the REAL contest is a different ball game. Hopefully England can maintain this all the way. They ARE the defending champs and these 2 warm up performances show they mean business.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

well pakistan lost the match not a big issue......pakistan was able to win and could win that game but one thing is good that pak atleast those player who didn't get chances against AUS and India....good for Pak ;)

Posted by jb633 on (September 19, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

Despite the win this victory should ring huge alarm bells. Once again we have capitualted against slow bowling. Throughout the tour of the UAE last winter we saw how our batsman try and play spin from a stationary position. It looks like no lessons have been taken on board and we are falling in the same manner again. When will we learn. Watch the way Kholi uses the crease to play spinners. He is the perfect model of how to play slow bowling ( get down the track or right back). I can't see us doing much unless we figure out a proper game plan against spinners, rather than just ignoring the problem and hoping they will bowl 20 overs of seam against us.

Posted by Narbavi on (September 19, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

@colombo_SL: Ya man, that's why we witnessed an upset last night as well when lanka beat zimbabwe, really an unpredictable format!!

Posted by Shrikant25 on (September 19, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

Pakistan is not good side. Always former pakistani player create hype. But many time they are failed. There batsman are joke.afridi has 14 experiance but still don't know how to bat.same apply with nazir. Razzaq old guy not liable to get place in afaghan. Team .why pak. Select this 3rd class player.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (September 19, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

I thought warm up games happen before the tournament begins????

Posted by Talal -TAK- on (September 19, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

well let cee but there would be set backs

Posted by Juiceoftheapple on (September 19, 2012, 12:48 GMT)

What!? How can England have won another game, given that every pundit writer and blogger south of the equator doesn't give England a hope in hell in this tournament. And that the stats and record of current cup holders and World ranked No.1 must some how be fundamentally flawed. And what is Broad doing being good again!? surely he must have done something rubbish, he was probably unshaven, he's clearly rubbish and should be dropped. Well done England, all the best to Pakistan. Does Ajmal have a distant Irish aunty? If so we'll have him! haha. Briggs and Dernbach in my opinion should be there with Swann, Finn and Broad all the way.

Posted by jb633 on (September 19, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

@jmcilhinney- because that is the way Yorkshire folk tend to think.

Posted by Crazy_Pk on (September 19, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

@INDIAwithLOVE... my dear bro, i think you forgot the lesson we did you on 17th, never mind. will repeat this on 29th or 30th of this month (If Ind qualifies for Super 8) Otherwise you guys can enjoy your so called big tournament like IPL. hehehe.. No doubt that you are champion in this league bcz only jokers can dance continue more than one month. hehehe. Pls dnt take serious...

Posted by abdullahiqbal on (September 19, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

why umar razap and afridi playing inteam now they are not best player shafiq hassan are best cheema is best from sami too opening will be imran and jamshed 1down hafeez kamran

Posted by PakCric786 on (September 19, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

Well played Eng.. like i said before Eng is 1 of the fav to win this if they can play spin well and for Pak they really need to set-up with their batting. InshAllah we will win.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

Slowest run rate 33 (2 runs in 6 balls) by Kamran Akmal. Second slowest rate 45 (10 runs in 22 balls) by Umar Akmal. Way to go Akmal brothers, you are our heroes and that is why only an Akmal has to be a wicket keeper.

Posted by Cricket_Master_Mind on (September 19, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

Thank GOD Pakistan Lost. They always do well if they lose. If they win big in the next Day they will Shock you. Just like they win from India by chasing BIG and Lost to English by chasing low score. Being a Paksitani i am Happy pakistan Lost that will be a Eye Opener for them They will understand. Day Dreaming kills in T20's

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

@Rajavel-cricket- same goes with india, if they beat pakistan, they are KING OF THE WORLD and nothing can stop them from winning trophie but if they lost WARM UP KIDDO match against pak then Every one blaming and Curse Dhoni. grow up man!

Posted by landl47 on (September 19, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

As I've said every game, warm-ups don't count. Having said that, it was encouraging to see England's bowlers and especially Broad do well. Pakistan's batting must be a real concern considering that Pak used all 13 players, so Pakistan played 2 extra batsmen- Ajmal and Hazan bowled but didn't bat. They'll be two batsman less in the real games. England used only 11, so Lumb and Bresnan neither bowled nor batted. England once again didn't play spin well, though Pakistan has by far the best spinners so at least they've faced the best early.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (September 19, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

I feel Pakistan should have done chase with plan. It is always tricky when you get that type of target where you cannot decide to attack right away or play safe taking singles with occasionally boundary and slogging after 15 over keeping wickets in hands. Pakistani players should have not lost wickets to spinners of England. To fast bowlers it's fine. Congrats England. Good luck to Pakistan in tournament.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

Afridi has totally lost it...i loved harshaz words during ind-pak match " where is afridi the batsman..he has been hiding for so long"...indeed..his bowling is even below average now...i guess its just the name left...he just looks like an employee in a firm who doesnt want to work but just manage coz of experience :P

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

Pakistan results are based on probability phenomena. by losing they have decreased their losing probability and increased the winning probability.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (September 19, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

Its not the first time that Pakistan batting capitulated under a 100, they have confirmed today they are indeed a very brittle batting line-up.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

if pakistan changes their batting order keeping the same squad they can be the most powerful team open up with nazir and jamshed. send asad shafiq at 1 down and hafeez at 2 down then kamran akmal after him afridi/malik (the one who plays the match) and then umar akmal.

Posted by Zaid_sl on (September 19, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

Basic principles of opening are 1.Good coordination of hand,eye,foot 2.Ability To drive through the ground and penetrate the gap. Only players who has all this are nasir jamshed n k.akmal

Posted by frendz27 on (September 19, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

Cant beleive , England actually pulled this 1 ...so much for juss a warm up game... if England keep showing this level of intensity , they can definitely defend their title easily...

Posted by Hommi on (September 19, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

Ahh.. Afridi is a match winner but Nazir should be replaced.. same is the case with razzaq he neither bowls nor bats well.. Good going England.. i hope to see thrilling cricket ahead.. Pakistan should do something about their batting

Posted by intrepid_khan on (September 19, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

Nice bowling from both sides !!!

Its good that Pak lost this match ...had they won it ....it would have been a lose lose story afterwards ... Now atleast they will put their 100% in the real WC games :)

Posted by reality_check on (September 19, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

Afridi is becoming a burden on the team. He is not taking wickets and his batting is attrocious at the moment. Play the same 11 that played against Australia in Dubai. That was the best team on paper and on pitch for Pakistan.

Posted by gbqdgj on (September 19, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

Fantastic result, not because England won (though as a proud Englishman I'm delighted that they did) but because this shows that this is the most wide open tournament in World 20/20 cricket so far. That said, I am going out on a limb here and will say that the winner will be either England, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Ireland or Afghanistan. (Obviously just kidding, but this is geniunely going to be a great tournament and no clear favourites at all... BRILLIANT!!!

Posted by screamingeagle on (September 19, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

So far the warmups have been more interesting than the real WC. :D

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

it was a bad day at work for the Pakistani team. They just didn't put the best of line ups but the top 3 or say 4 should have been good enough to do that but unfortunately they didn't.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

Its good that they have lost the 3rd t20 vs aus and this match :) bkz aftr defeatng india they would have been on 7th cloud :) but know they have faced reailty guys plz take thiss warmup match too :)

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (September 19, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

PAKISTAN has a big problem in their batting. Afridi, Umar Akmal and Razzaq have not been scoring runs for a long time now. If it stays like this, they can be heading home after only two matches.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

hardly maters guys :) bkz the battng order shows that hafeez was exprmntng :) still played with 9 batsmen and lost thats not good :( and what is afridi nazir umar akmal doing in playng XI and shafiq is kept out :( as hafez have scored 38 agnst india so he will open the inings for a long time now he will not step down now :( miandad plz ask hafeez to leave

Posted by Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on (September 19, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

England looks like it's gonna win the World Twenty20 Cup 2012 !!

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (September 19, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

pak has great bowling line-up but their batting always been a problem.they chased 185 against india and in this match they got cudn't even reach 100runs.as they say pak is the most unpredictable team.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (September 19, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

This looked like a good win for England defending a small total against a good side who had got close in the chase with wickets and overs in hand. Interesting that both sides collapsed horribly as soon as they had to up the tempo; it suggests that this was a poor pitch for a T20. Not sure that Danny Briggs will make the starting XI unless the pitch really is a raging turner - having just 2 front-line seamers is a real risk and would you really leave out Steve Finn??? - but it is good to see that he is ready, if needed. It is also good to see Stuart Broad firing. England are lucky to be in a rather weak group, which should see them qualify comfortably if they concentrate and, once in the second phase, anything is possible with the seedings likely to give England the weaker of the two Super-8 groups.

Posted by Rajavel-cricket on (September 19, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

if pakistan wins they played with true spirit,, if they losw they didnt play upto the mark,, what a non sense

Posted by mazii on (September 19, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

Another pathetic display of batting from Pakistan. I wonder when it will come to an end. If they were complacent against England then this is not a sign of worry, but If they were out-played by England then I don't think this Pakistan line up can win the world cup. Any how England deserved the victory and I don't want to say that was a warm up match. Pakistan should give their best in warm up or other matches. I think this is a worrisome sign for India, but I must say their batting line up with the like of Kohli and Shewag looks above average and If they click then they will thrash England, but England is also a good team. Pakistan should give chance to Asad shafique and for GOD sake drop Sami because he is goof for nothing. Ajmal, alone, can't win us world cup. Batting have to give its best. Any how India wreak havoc on England, and its coming from a Pakistani fan. Best of luck Pak team for its future endeavor.

Posted by Hammond on (September 19, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

Where did all the Aussies go?

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

Hahaha, That's Pakistan For You ! !

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 19, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

Batsmen frm both sides were equaly pathetic,........so basicaly it means that pak have only kamran,malik,nasir,asad as realibl batsmen while othr(afridi,umar,imran R liability) i m nt surprisd with this trio as they r tryng their best to prove who z in worst form,i m hapy 4 afridi though n i m dead sure that he would spoil d party 4 pak(i mentiond all these in pre.tournamnt posts) havng said that pak should hav cros d final line befr poms n so no excuses should made,howevr,pak definitly didn't play with same intensity as they did against ind.@aoni,evry match n evry series bcomes useles when our respective team fails to compete,i m refrng to ur previous post on pak vs ind thread.

Posted by Great_Chucker on (September 19, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

@Jindal Priyank yeah and next day you will find how ordinary is Mendises and Malingas against Mighty Kohlis

Posted by Smack-DAT on (September 19, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

@Muhammad Umair : Thanks for telling the time mate, but its 7:30 pm..oh boy am just keeping my fingers crossed..and hoping IND will not repeat what PAK did today..and dont forget to tune in on Sunday Sep 23 at 14:00 GMT..will show you how to beat ENG..at free of cost..ohh btw before that please make sure that PAK dont drop Taylor this time..or else 30 SEP will be so dull for IND..LOL

Posted by sidh78 on (September 19, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

now this is called unpredictible team.but not to worry it is just a warm up.so best of luck for real matches.

Posted by Shrikant25 on (September 19, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

Pakistan will not make semifinal.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 19, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

While it means very little, I get a slightly warm and fuzzy feeling from the fact that Ireland and England were the only two teams to win both their warmup games, although SA did only play one. I guess that's your two finalists right there then ;-)

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 19, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

Afridi is not anymore a allrounder and is now a fading bowler. His batting has lost all its charm but was a good bowler. Now he is giving more runs than what he usually does while bowling. Perhaps, i feel he is bowling more shorter deliveries and some full tosses too. He is such a vital cog in the Pakistani setup. If he can get his act together and accompany Ajmal in more purposeful manner and bat with the composure he did in England 2009 WC, he would regain the Boom Boom back.

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Posted by colombo_SL on (September 19, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

@Jindal Priyank; 100% agreed with you bro. This format is so unpredictable. No one can't exactly tell who is going to be the winner. Your comments are highly appreciated. Good luck for both teams!

Posted by gaNg. on (September 19, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

When will Nazeer Click :(

Posted by Gary_the_Pom on (September 19, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

fancy losing to Englands B team. What do the Pakistan fans blame now.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

do anyone believe pakistan is the best team than india?..remember previous one was their first t20 win ever against india .. and also look at their perfomance against england......only 96 in 20 overs..even zimbabwe could have won the match..lol i dont think india have weak bowling line up ..they r strong enough to win the match...they concluded home team for just 120 runs in first warmup also pakistan were 95 for 5 at a moment........... but they succeeded to chase the target... but indians are also succeedede to take 185 on the board against self calling "POWEFULL " bowling line up. ...........................its t20 man and its all happens!!!!

Posted by Khans_word on (September 19, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

A low scoring game makes me concerned about the pitch now. Pakistan spinner really did well, especially Ajmal and Raza. England's batting stuttered badly against spin. Although England rested Bresnan, I think that they would still have struggled. On the other side of the contest, Pakistan batted very poorly, but again Hafeez changed the batting line-up so that players like Asad Shafiq got a go and Umar Akmal tried to get some form back. Shafiq's run a ball might get him in. Umar Akmal failed once again, potentially the best batsman in the side, it is worrying. Kamran Akmal was pushed all the way down to 9th and really had no chance to turn things around. Razzaq had five overs to make an impact and wasted it. Umar Akmal had 22 balls and only made 10. England bowlers bowled exceptionally well the squeeze on, but Pak should have kept to the winning line-up. The only think that can read from this game with some certainty is that the bowling from both teams has come to the party!

Posted by Mohit_Loveforcricket on (September 19, 2012, 8:59 GMT)

ansarjsa:- Big time for Afridi to make a way for newcomers...Like Saurav, Sachin , Rahul did for India in T20's. I know he is a good player on his day but it is 5/100 times and it is not good for the team....Rest is up to Pak....Suggestion from India...:)

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

@Aoni party not over man...........see what india do against afg. the warriors at 7 pm boy.......and at 30 sep.......if goes to next stage dud......and don't take it personal .........lolx ;)

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

It simply shows how unpredictable this format of the game is. One day, Indian bowlers hunt in a group where Irfan led them (against SL) and the next day they were as ordinary as Gali(Road) Bowlers against Pak. Same with Pakistan batsmen now.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 19, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

@yorkshirematt, if you see this, please tell me why it is that you think that I am anti-Yorkshire because I can assure you that I am not and I can't think of any comment that I've made that would suggest that I am.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 19, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

@pauliangenius on (September 19 2012, 08:15 AM GMT), certainly the result doesn't count for anything but to say that it doesn't matter is just plain silly. In fact, your excuse is exactly the problem. If Pakistan didn't put in their best effort (and I'm not saying that they did or they didn't) then they should be ashamed. Fair enough that teams tinker with their makeup in these games but each player on the field should be putting in their best effort while they're there because practising at less than full intensity at this level is a great way to set yourself up to fail. If they did do their best then it's a worry that they folded so easily with such a small total to chase. Even without their best batting lineup they should have been able to chase that down and they need to do better if they expect to last long in the tournament.

Posted by Stark62 on (September 19, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

I'm glad Pak lost or else, they would have gone into the tournament thinking they are going to storm the through the competition and win it.

This will be a HUGE wake up call and one, that was badly needed!!

Thank you England

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 19, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

@RednWhiteArmy on (September 19 2012, 08:13 AM GMT), so you're happy with England's batting in this game? Perhaps you could try contributing something worthwhile some time, or just change your name to RandynWhiteArmy because your comments are almost on a par for inanity.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

well well! against genuine fast bowling how many times we have seen our batting line up exposed poorly. specially against those sides whose strength lies in their fast bowling attack. i mean to say England & Australia. pakistan needs to cut out there work against fast bowling of these teams else otherwise it will surely become difficult for them to face them in big matches.

Posted by Mohit_Loveforcricket on (September 19, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

Pakistan needs to maintain consistency to win the world cup..!!

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (September 19, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

shame what a batting line of PAK...Razzaq and Afridi is hitting power and agr is over....don,t be it was warm up...but if Pak continue same then................

Posted by Nutcutlet on (September 19, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

It looks as if Briggs has put his hand up for selection v Afghanistan. Assuming that Swann'a name is inked in & Patel is necessary for the balance of the side, it looks as if England must play all three spinners + Broad + Dernbach. No Bresnan, no Finn. And if England beat Afghanistan convincingly with further success for Briggs, does Eng stick with that attack, or will the thought of India's ability v spinners focus the mind and effect a re-think? I'd always play Finn v India, but it will be interesting to see how this conundrum is resolved.

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (September 19, 2012, 8:18 GMT)

Hopelessly biased report here, but only England could collapse from 105/5 to 111 all out and only bowler of calibre of Ajmal could induce it. I like Pakistan to at least make the semi final in this also England. Pakistan have thrashed India showing them hopleless weakness of what pass for "bowling" in India set up these day. Meanwhile - England have shown again that they can squeeze a top top Pakistan side out of the game even on spinner pitch, and they have done that without Swann. India do not have Ajmal, they have nothing. Briggs look good and Derbach and Broad are back to their best. India beware.

Posted by Smack-DAT on (September 19, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

Party over PAK fans..though not a very great way to get over the IND match hangover..but it will do I guess..@vkypak: but you need not worry, your clock might have got struck on 17th Sep..after all you love history..no hard feeling am just kidding :) :)

Posted by sachinisawesome on (September 19, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

Now Pakistan have lost to England(without Swann) so can we term Pakistan as the worst batting lineup or "School batting lineup" as other team fans are referring to Indian bowling. I would say it was one of those days when nothing clicked for Pakistan and scoring 111 worked in favor of England as top order Pakistan batsmen were thinking that somebody will score 40 odd runs and they will win but it didn't happen. My point is we should respect all cricketers as they have worked hard for their entire life to achieve a goal that is to play for their country. Having said that I still feel India has one of the weakest bowling lineups today. But it is not SCHOOL BOYISH.

Posted by pauliangenius on (September 19, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

this match did not mattered. After all Pakistan di not played with a true spirit.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (September 19, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

Yep, looks like the mighty, mighty England will defend their trophy.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 19, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

It's hard to know how much the surface did or didn't contribute but I think that it's safe to say that England need more from their batsmen. Wright has done well so far but he'll be looking to convert some of those excellent starts into 50+ scores during the tournament. Buttler didn't exactly fail but England needed more form him at that stage of the game, having lost Bairstow and Wright in quick succession. That near-hattrick from Ajmal was devastating too. I assume that Hafeez was at slip when he caught Broad and Finn. Kieswetter again played out too many dot balls. 12 of the 16 balls he faced before getting out were dots, compared to 7 of his first 16 for Wright. He's eating up deliveries that other batsmen could be scoring off and the 5-10 runs that might cost England could be crucial. I kinda wish that England had faced another spin-focused attack in their first warmup instead of Australia, because that's where England need all the practice they can get.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

Pak is self destructive with small totals. They tend to take things too easy & top batsmen try to pass the responsibilty of chasing to lower order. Pak should not think beating india in the warm up game has made them the T20 champion. So they have to think right & make their brains work optimally for chasing small totals.

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

Good wake up call. It was necessary for the team & the nation. Who was celebrating after 1st game that we have already won the cup....

Posted by Mohit_Loveforcricket on (September 19, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

there is serious trouble with this Pakistan team....Sometimes they click and sometimes they just blow themselves off.......:| There is no consistency in the team and i don't think with this they would able to win this cup.......

Posted by khurramsch on (September 19, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

this shows that this ia wide open tournment. poor battig from pakistan. too much experimenting but rightly so as to give a game to all before main event.problem for pak last 5 t20(including 2 warmups), nazir is a failed selection. i would say 1 more game & drop. he is now just domestic player. afridi is also not performing with bat, questions on razaks batting as well, umar akmal seems to be off color. that makes only hafez/jamshed/kamran/& malik(1 inings in past 5 games) . they will have to bring in asad for some 1 sooner or later. its a tough event this time with every1 fav.

Posted by Vicky_G on (September 19, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

Pakistan is pretty good team but i don't know whats happened today in this match.........

Posted by nthuq on (September 19, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

Wow, looks like it was Pakistan's day in the first innings and then wasn't in the second innings. Wish they could control what day it was! Congrats to England for a very interesting win.

Posted by cyberstudent on (September 19, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

Wata shame... Pakistan taking these for granted, they exhibit such marvelous display of batting regularly so nothing new. They need Misbah in their team for stability else this is the future.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 19, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

After such a low-scoring game I figured that the surface may have been a difficult one, although the report suggests that it wasn't all that bad. It's funny that we've been told that SL pitches aren't so spin friendly any more. Spin-friendly by English standards is Old Trafford, so these pitches are still spin-friendly. Despite this not necessarily being Pakistan's first choice batting lineup, with Kamran Akmal coming in at #9, it was still a good effort by England's bowlers to defend such a small total. It sounds like maybe the Pakistan batsmen were complicit though. It's a relief to see an improved performance from Broad and here's hoping this is a sign of things to come. Excellent stuff from Brigg's too. Barring that one-over pasting from Mike Hussey, he's had an excellent lead in to the tournament. As much as I like Steve Finn, bringing Swann in in his place might create England's best attack while strengthening the batting a little too.

Posted by Hira1 on (September 19, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

wake up call for Pakistan and warm up matches are not to give all your players a chance but to get the combination right .....i wonder now how many chances will Imran Nazir gets, since his return he has not one inning to justify his selection, the batsman who is suffering the most because of imran is Nasir Jamshed he is loosing his number 1 position...God knows why??

Posted by   on (September 19, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

its really unbelievable. What happen to Pakistan team. They played very well against India. Chasing less than 120 is not a huge task. Anyway all the credit should be given England. Gudluck

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