NZ v Pakistan, World T20 2012, Group D, Pallekele

All-round Hafeez downs New Zealand

The Report by Siddhartha Talya

September 23, 2012

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Pakistan 177 for 6 (Jamshed 56, Hafeez 43, Southee 2-31) beat New Zealand 164 for 9 (Nicol 33, Ajmal 4-30) by 13 runs
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Nasir Jamshed was playing his fifth international T20, New Zealand v Pakistan, World T20 2012, Group D, Pallekele, September, 23, 2012
Nasir Jamshed scored a rapid half-century with shots that were well chosen and timed © AFP
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Pakistan's batting line-up is their weak link this tournament but its top order dominated New Zealand's bowling, leaving its own superior attack with a relatively easier task of defending a formidable total - one that was achieved successfully, albeit not without a scare. There was consolation for New Zealand: having brought down the margin of defeat to 13 runs, they ensured they reached a net run-rate high enough to take them through to the Super Eights.

Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed cashed in on a below-par performance from New Zealand in the field, putting together an impressive partnership during which their timing and apparent effortlessness in building on an aggressive opening stand stood out. The depth and variety in Pakistan's bowling, Hafeez's miserly spell and New Zealand's questionable tactics in the chase combined to put a target of 178 beyond reach, producing a winning start to Pakistan's tournament.

New Zealand had their chances. Hafeez decided to give his inconsistent batting the first go under sunny skies but in conditions where bowlers had assistance. Kyle Mills found early swing and should have had an initially-tentative Hafeez third ball, but Ross Taylor fluffed a straightforward chance at slip. Having dropped his Pakistan counterpart, the New Zealand captain was left flapping his lips when Hafeez launched Daniel Vettori for a six over long-on the next over.

Imran Nazir looked the more assured of the openers, using the depth of the crease well to dispatch Mills' two short deliveries for boundaries on either side of the ground, and continuing the treatment against Jacob Oram's half-trackers. Nazir fell in the last over of the Powerplay, caught and bowled by Tim Southee, but by then Hafeez had got into his groove with a couple of flowing drives and was about to be joined by a partner who wasted no time in keeping the momentum intact.

Tall, well-built and powerful, Jamshed was nowhere near brutal in his style of play. He didn't have to rely on sheer power to achieve what timing, placement and a sound technique did. Against Nathan McCullum's round-the-wicket line, he drove inside out, lofting the ball in the vacant space behind extra cover and clearing the ropes twice. He was equally wristy, clipping the ball square and through midwicket and slicing Mills over point for four. Mills was again unlucky, as a perfectly-positioned Rob Nicol at deep square leg spilled a chance off Jamshed, making matters worse by palming the ball for six when the batsman was on 42.

As Jamshed attacked at one end, Hafeez was content to rotate the strike, collecting runs down the ground, jabbing, steering and nudging the ball around for singles and even bludgeoning Nathan McCullum for six over midwicket. He was bowled trying to pull James Franklin in his first over but the 76-run stand with Jamshed had set an excellent launching pad.

New Zealand, though, pulled things back, dismissing Kamran Akmal and Jamshed in successive overs that yielded just 10. But Umar Akmal and the rest counterattacked in the last four. Even though Southee conceded just three in the 18th over, with third man and fine leg inside the circle, a generous dose of length, and misdirected, deliveries helped Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik score 42 in the last four.

New Zealand opened with Kane Williamson, a solid but less-attacking option, and played Vettori, busy, accumulative but not renowned as a big hitter, at No.3. The batting order suggested a strategy that relied heavily on the ammunition in the middle order to lead the surge in the late overs. Though that surge did come, and gave Pakistan plenty of anxious moments, it arrived at a time when the required-rate had reached 14 an over and, in hindsight, a touch too late.

Williamson made 15 in 13 but he had a fluent Rob Nicol at the other end. Nicol showed early intent, charging out to Sohail Tanvir and smacking him over long-on, and going over the top against Yasir Arafat with mid-off inside the circle. Pakistan bowled just one over of spin - from Hafeez, who conceded just 15 in his four-over spell - inside the Powerplay, and their slow bowlers stifled the innings once the field spread out.

Afridi mixed it up well and even found turn but Nicol was dislodged while attempting to cut one that went on straight. Williamson was run out shortly after, and the five overs after the Powerplay produced just 26 runs, with Vettori and Brendon McCullum at the crease. Saeed Ajmal's first over ended the deadlock with Brendon McCullum, who reverse-swept, stepped out and also cut well, picking him for boundaries. But with the asking rate climbing, the wickets came, Ajmal dismissing Vettori for 18 off 16 and Umar Gul yorking Brendon McCullum, who left his team with 70 needed off 29 balls. By then, Hafeez had completed his spell, with his first three overs only going for five runs.

It was too much to get in the end, despite Oram and Franklin's quick cameos and Taylor's assault of three fours in a row against Gul that brought down the equation to 22 off 9 balls. He was run-out brilliantly, courtesy a flat throw to the striker's end from the deep from Umar Akmal next ball, and the biggest threat in Pakistan's way, at that point, was eliminated.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay (0-6) 16-20 overs NB/Wides
Pakistan 41 15 7 51-1 46-3 0/4
New Zealand 46 17 4 57-0 56-6 0/5

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Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

Hafeez is a good captain...thanks god pak team is performing well now...but the thing is they are not capable enough of scoring 190's and 170's in every match... so again pak team is relying on there bowlers...i hope pak batters will put there best efforts...otherwise there will be no chance of survival against giants like SA and Aussies...Best of luck Team Pakistan.

wait...one more question...what the hell is Yasir Arafat doing in the team...???

Posted by Wasifali35 on (September 25, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

Afridi time is over he should now live the team to make chance for youngsters As he is not scoring a 20 runs from last three four series he could not be taken only for lase shots . One could net believe on him that if 20 runs remaining and hs is batting that he won the match.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

Good to see pak team is winning but why they still relaying on imran nazir when they had Ahmed Shehzad and Hammad Azam for Abdul Razzaq no doubt Razzaq is great all rounder but Hafeez is not using him as bowler Pak team should give more chance to Hammad Azam he could be future inzi.

Posted by imrankhan76uk on (September 24, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

To everybody...people who say Afridi was not good or he is not good anymore...you just talk rubbish.... Number of times he has taken Man of Match awards is 2nd to non. also he is 2nd highest wkt taker in T20 just about 4 or 5 wkts behind Ajmal...so people who consider Ajmal is our best bowler (which he is) then Afridi is not just behind him in bowling and has bigger advantage of being a good hitter... and dont forgot his performances in semi- and final of the t20 cup which we won.... he has been and he is true hero for us

Posted by PakoP on (September 24, 2012, 19:33 GMT)

Yasir Arafat ??? why and who???

Posted by kamranmalik7 on (September 24, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

Whats the use of yasir Arafat ? I feel he has a BIG push in PCB. Hafeez should go with Razzaq in next game. Raza Hassan is also a better option. And why to just stick with Imran Nazir. I think Hafeez is supersticious about changing the batting orders at this stage....i mean to open with nasir and hafeez. In that case we would have Asad Shafiq in place of Imran Nazir. And if we still insist of Imran Nazir 14-15 runs, Shahid Afridi should open along with Hafeez with Nasir Jamshed on 3, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik and Razzaq.

Posted by siddiqi on (September 24, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

Why they have put Pakistan and India in the same super8 group? I was hoping for a Pak vs India final or semi final...

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

When Amir Suhail struck 92 on his first (or second) ODI in UAE, I remember Sunil Gavaskar saying, "Now I know Pakistan's problem, all the talent is just hiding somewhere". Like Shahid Afridi, it look a lot of public pressure to include him in the team. His being one down, waiting to take an opener's spot, was the pressure that made the openers perform. He also send a wake up call to Akmal brothers that Asad Shafiq is there to take middle order spot if anyone fails. I would have given MOM award to Nasir Jamshed.

Posted by Real_Champs on (September 24, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

I saw some id!ot comments from some people about Afridi But for me he will be always a part of starting 11.. I cant understand Sami's inclusion instead of Junaid Khan ..He was very good in these pitches.. If he would be the part of our team I surely have him instead of Sohail Tanveer

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

Veldon guys we as Pakistani are proud of you all, BUT truely speaking Azhar and Rana should replace Shoaib and Razzaq and may be Junaid or Anwar come in place of Sami, this would have been a greater ever team of Pakistan for T20, but lets talk in current scnario fairly speaking that Razzaq should be in for Yasir Arfat for upcoming matches, i never understand about the mystry of Yasir inclusion in Pak team not only this time but earlier too.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

Playing 11 must include Abdul Razzaq he must not be left cold and then given chance in some key game.. he needs to be warmed up and be regular part of the team.. if Saeed Ajmal had not bowled well we would have LOST the game. Tanveer is OK but will get wacked against strong oponents and I am not sure about the inclusion of Yasir Arafat !!

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

Playing 11 must include Abdul Razzaq he must not be left cold and then given chance in some key game.. he needs to be warmed up and be regular part of the team.. if Saeed Ajmal had not bowled well we would have LOST the game. Tanveer is OK but will get wacked against strong oponents and I am not sure about the inclusion of Yasir Arafat !!

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 13:12 GMT)

Hafeez and Whatmore, please bring in Abdul Razzaq and Raza Hasan in place of Sohail Tanveer and Yasir Arafat.

Posted by X.2. on (September 24, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

Pakistan Should Play A Pure Bowler Or A Pure Batsmen Instead Of Playing Abdul Razzak Or Yasir Arfat.

Raza Hasan Should Play I Think In Place Of All Rounder Or Asad Shafiq

Posted by starkhurrum on (September 24, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

to be honest i am not much satisfied with the Pakistan Performance i must say they have two problems first of all they have a problem of getting collapse by losing wickets suddenly and second one is that that don't get the manner of how to finish a match in last you can see in newzland match how much they scored in last 16 to 19 overs in 3 overs they punished more than 44 runs . In next stage they will not get any chance for correcting their mistakes because RSA IND AND AUS are such a teams who just need a chance to win so PAkistan should now take a serious concern on this.

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (September 24, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

Umar Gul if don,t know how to yarker ask wasim or waqar both are now in SL....but don,t make full toss and..................

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

@Mohammad Ramaz: the groups are pre decided. Had NZ won they would still have qualified for the same group.

Posted by Fady042 on (September 24, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

Well Played Pak Team !! And best ov luck for match against India !!

Posted by Faiziiii on (September 24, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan.... I think Abdur Razzaq is better then Sohail Tanveer in all formats like bowling or Batting.. Next Match with Bangladesh Pakistan team have must try Abdur Razzaq instead of Sohail Tanveer ...

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

Taylor was spot on, coming in late. All New Zealand wanted was to qualify and by losing the match they have made sure of being in the easier group. ie England, W Idies, Sri Lanka and New Zealand. The second group is: India. Australia, S Africa and Pakistan. This assuming that Pakistan beat Bangladesh and the W Indies beat Irland.

Posted by pitch_curator on (September 24, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

Good win by pak. They are always a dangerous side in T20. Cant wait for Ind-Pak match next sunday. Want to see how Kohli plays Ajmal. Pathetic organization by ICC to have India, Pak, Aus and RSA in the same group. Ideally these should have been the semifinal line up (maybe SL in place of Aus). Now the only side with a guaranteed place in semifinal is Srilanka. Either India or Pak will be knocked out in the first group and thats a pity...

Posted by sumit176 on (September 24, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

well done pakistan.....they are the only asian team to be labelled favourites...,anyways i am also thankfull as many of pak fans congratulated team india,,,,,wish sri lankan fans take a leaf out of pakistan fan's book

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 24, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

SO PEOPLE TALKNG ABOUT DROPNG IMRAN NAZIR,COME ON FOLKS! THS Z HIS LAST CHANCE, LET HIM AVAIL THESE N I HOPE HE WOULD RESPÖND IN HALF NO. Matchs he gets to play in latter stages.EVEN HIS 20s,30s would do a world of gd to our team@ALL PEOPLE POINTNG TOWARDS TAYLOR'S BATNG ORDR,WEL THATS VRY SIMPLE:"TAYLOR WAS FEARFUL OF PAK SPIN TRIO,CASE CLOSD".@getsetgopk,U R QUITE CORCT SINCE KIWIS T20 team z far more formidable than there odi,test team.NOOO WAY SAMI,ARAFAT SHOULD B SELCTD N MALIK CAN B HANDY WITH HIS SPIN

Posted by rafay87 on (September 24, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan!!!!!!! Taylor run out is turning point of the match. Yasir selection strange in front of me. Either you play with Razzak Or Raza Hasan

Posted by ALATIFUSMAN on (September 24, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

pak pace bowling is a big concern sohail tanvir hmmm dont why was he selected in the first place also sami where is anwar ali and junaid khan. who says pak does not have pace bowling its the selector who are living in other world to choose such a pathetic pace attack.

Posted by getsetgopk on (September 24, 2012, 9:01 GMT)

Some arguing Pakistan let it too close but they need to know that NZ is a very good team, the hammering they gave BD was a fine example of that. Well played Nazir, Nasir and Hafeez.

Posted by Hammad-Hasan on (September 24, 2012, 8:49 GMT)

Guys for those who are confused abt how Super Eight Groups populated, its based on Seedings with in the group. Teams just need to qualify for super eight but net run rate will not be counted. Once teams are qualified super eight groups formed based on seedings. so its India, Australia, South Africa and probably Pakistan will be in one group and Sirilanka, New Zealand, WI and England will be in other group (if WI win against Ireland).

Posted by AbidGymaholic on (September 24, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

Somehow Pakistan managed to beat kiwis..sorry to see Gul and Tanveer's recent form...playing with sami will be nothing less than a suicide...razzaq is not that effective once he use to be...only left over options are Yasir and raza hassan...for how long these idiots are gonna rely on Ajmal? In super eight games we'll be playing against India, so our fast bowlers should better be prepared for this particular encounter as even bagging 5 indian wickets is going to be an uphill task

Posted by saeedahmedtunio on (September 24, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

we realy very proud on the pakistani team its realy dangerous team inshallah we will the world t20 cup To play the our hero saeed ajmal is realy very difficult in cuming up matches in the stage of super eight we will play with the real teams like england ,S africa and england Saeed Ajmal has quality to pick the wickets on every ball I am realy big feign of saeed ajmal

Posted by Solid_Snake on (September 24, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

@Everybody->Play Junaid in the next game,junaid junaid everyone saying it...I myself want him to play as i know he can win games for you..But so sad he is not even in the Squad..You suggesting that we should include him now in the squad.Dosnt make any sense.Please go through the list of selected players in this current Tournament.Comment after that

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

I don't know why Ross Taylor comes so down the order, I think he was worried to face the PAK bowlers. But when he saw franklin hitting tanvir, then his confidence comes back and he hits 3 consective boundaries to gul. Taylor don't hide take responsibility. What happened to Mucullum? Kamran Akmal Athletic pickup of throw was cause of Taylor runout. Well done Kamran Akmal. I am fan of Abdul Razzaq, i want to see him.

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (September 24, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan but some 'strange' decisions by NZ really helped them. I mean c'mon Daniel Vettori at No.4 when ur chasing 180 against a very good attack. If the Pakistanis had done something similar I've a feeling the ICC Anti-Corruption Wing would be all over the place. Different yardsticks for different teams eh?

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

I think Sohail tanweer is not doing his job as seamier ... that is why there is alot of pressure on Gull . Good job done by spinners once again ...... Afridi is back in form that is a good thing for PAK side ...................... Malik , Akmals are in good form but I think Sohail should be replaced by Razzaq... or youngster Arfat is also good

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 24, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

@SyedAbidhussain,what do u expect 4rm pak fans regardng afridi?i thnk he z already way too much hypd n rated(needlesly many times),so do u want him to b givn d title of "SIR SHAHID AFRIDI" BT I M SORY TO SAY HE WOULD NEVR B THERE.AFRIDI ALONG MALIK,RAZAQ,NAZIR SHOULD NEVR BE CONSIDRD 4 ODIS 4RM NOW ON BT I HOPE THEY WOULD BE PROVNG MORE THAN EFECTIV 4 T20s.

Posted by imghani on (September 24, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

I must appreciate SL support during the match. There is some sincere advices for the T 20 Team. Drop Imran Nazir, Sohail Tanveer. They are good for nothing. It is better to give chance to another opener who can at least give a good start. I do not think that Sohail Tanveer can make any positive result in the next game.

Iqbal Ghani

Posted by champhero on (September 24, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

Wonderful match.. but I couldnt understand why BM hasnt started the inning for NZ and why DV came before Ross T and Jacob O. If Ross came onedown place they had a definite chance of winning the match..... Bad luck Kiwies.........

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 24, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

@SyedAbidhussain,what do u expect 4rm pak fans regardng afridi?i thnk he z already way too much hypd n rated(needlesly many times),so do u want him to b givn d title of "SIR SHAHID AFRIDI" BT I M SORY TO SAY HE WOULD NEVR B THERE.AFRIDI ALONG MALIK,RAZAQ,NAZIR SHOULD NEVR BE CONSIDRD 4 ODIS 4RM NOW ON BT I HOPE THEY WOULD BE PROVNG MORE THAN EFECTIV 4 T20s.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

I guess PCB done a great job by not selecting JK as we need him at test level and too much cricket may ruin him as he might get a injury, good job PCB if this was your actual motive behind not selective him

Posted by Smack-DAT on (September 24, 2012, 4:52 GMT)

congrts for the win PAK and all the best for super-8..lets try and bring back the cup to ASIA

Posted by mumerashfaq on (September 24, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

Great show displayed by Pak, Keep it up. Expect you to win this qorld cup.

Posted by ifrakurshid on (September 24, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

CONGRATULATIONS TO TEAM PAKISTAN FOR PUTTING UP A REASONABLE GOOD TEAM EFFORT. THE NEXT MATCH IS A TRICKY AFFAIR BUT THAT IS WHAT THE PAK TEAM HAS TO PROOF WIN THE MATCH WITH BANGLADESH WITH MORE OR THE THE SAME COMBINATION OR THE COMBINATION THE TEAM HAS TO FACED IN THE SO CALLED THE GROUP OF DEATH I CALL GROUPS OF UP SETS THAT PAK TEAM HAVE TO BEAT TEAMS LIKE AUSTRILA AND SOUTH AFRICA WISHING YOU BEST OF LUCK IN THE NEXT 3 GAMES THE PPT TEST FOR PROFESSOR (CHEMISTRY) AND COACHES AND TOUR SLECTION TO-GATHER YOU CAN ACCOMPLISHED THE PLAYERS DO HAVE A POSITIVE POTENTIAL TO DELIVER. MAKE 3 PLANS PRIMARY, SECONDARY, ALTERNATE. TO OVERCOME THE WEATHER AND PITCH UN-CERTAINITY & BEHAVIOUR. USE SAEED AJMAL VERY WISELY IN THE FIELD. BEST OF LUCK TO ALL.

Posted by reywob on (September 24, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

Typical NZ,Win one game and then dick around with the batting order,guptill replaced with a bowler!!Hesson and co grow up and sort it out-you are not as good as you think, to be able to make wholsale changes to a team just so every one gets a bat before the super eights-this is not the school yard if you don't come first, your nothing.

Posted by Shazia_Javed on (September 24, 2012, 3:14 GMT)

Pak is lucky to have some good spinners... otherwise they dont have better seam bowlers or batsmen than many teams. Sohail Tanveer is greatest every bowler that no one is taking risk to drop him for poor perfomance for quite sometime... Shoaib Malik's role in the team is a mystery that other teamswill spend their career thinking about it, one of the tactic that Pak team has to confuse other teams (and the fans as well)... I wonder what did Abdul Razzaq did to be dropped to give a chance to Tanveer or Yasir Arfat... I wonder what these two has accomplished that Abdul Razzaq failed to achieve. Umar Gul... living a life based on 2009 performance. I feel it funny when the commentators keep on announcing him for the best death bowler (i wonder if this death is for his own team chances to win)... it might be a tactic by the opponent media to encourage Pak team to keep him in the side and dont give a chance to younge better bowlers... I wonder how far talent and politics can go together

Posted by balajik1968 on (September 24, 2012, 3:05 GMT)

I see a lot of promise in Pakistan batting, in the Test version. Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq already look good. If Jamshed is able to translate his limited overs form to test cricket and Umar Akmal starts to put his head down, Pakistan will have a good batting lineup. I'd worry about their bowling, because it looks anaemic without Ajmal. Pakistan needs to find some new ball bowlers fast. It is ironical that someone should be saying this, because Pakistan have never lacked for fast bowlers. I guess that the ban on Asif and Amir is still hurting. Anyway, from an Indian fan, good luck Pakistan.

Posted by r4rehanuet on (September 24, 2012, 2:31 GMT)

I think Pakistan should replace Yasir arafat with Abdul razzak.He is the best player of the pakistan under pressure situations. So he should always be in a team.And Asad shafique should be given preference over shoaib malik.He is a good middle order batsman. The remaining team of pakistan is excellent on their day and worst when they are non serious.

Posted by Desihungama on (September 24, 2012, 2:25 GMT)

IMO NZ strategy was good enough with Taylor coming in late. He almost won them the game if not for that unnecessary second run. Well played both team. Pakistan held the nerves due to their experience at this format. Maybe Pak should look to use the quota of their pace bowlers earlier.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (September 24, 2012, 1:57 GMT)

Pakistani fast bowlers have disappointed big time.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (September 24, 2012, 1:57 GMT)

Playing YASER ARFAT is the worst decision by Pakistan management. Abdul razzaq is a much better bowler of the new ball. Each and every time Razzaq has bowled, he has done so with giving away about 6 runs per over. He isn't a death bowler but he is much better than Arfat whome we have seen in last few T20s being hammered arrownd for lot of runs. Any over bowled by Arfat can be bowled by Shoaib more economically.

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 0:55 GMT)

why u ppl are saying again and again that Junaid khan shld play.... he has nt been selected for world cup so how can he play now until there are few injuries u cant call any player frm Pakistan

Posted by   on (September 24, 2012, 0:43 GMT)

TEAM PAKISTAN won narrowly and I think as the tournament progresses and wickets begin to assist spin there is a case for playing another spinner. Today three Pakistani spinners gave away 75 runs in 12 overs and picked up 5 wickets, a run rate of 6.25 per over. By introducing another spinner or getting Malik to bowl also and provided similar run rate can be maintained the opposition would only get 100 runs in 16 overs. Additionally, if Gul gets his bowling / yorker right TEAM PAKISTAN can restrict the opposition to a manageable score given their batting is suspect. In my opinion following XI would be the best combination: 1. Nazir, 2. Hafeez, 3. Jamshed, 4. Kamran, 5. Malik, 6. Umar, 7. Afridi, 8. Gul, 9. Ajmal, 10 & 11. Raza/ Sami/Tanvir/Razzaq/Yasir (two from this five). My preference would be Raza and another seamer. I am tempted to include Razzaq due to his batting. There is hardly any reason for three seamers given Yasir only bowled one over in today's match.

Posted by waqar727 on (September 23, 2012, 23:58 GMT)

well played green team:) we love yeu:)

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 21:57 GMT)

sensible display of disciplined cricket by team Pakistan. beat wishes for semi-es

Posted by DragonCricketer on (September 23, 2012, 21:54 GMT)

I am Australian. Pakistan has always been my 2nd favourite team. Through the 80,s etc can beat anyone on their day. Saeed Ajmal my current favourite player. Love watching batsman having no idea which way the balll will go..

Posted by PakCric786 on (September 23, 2012, 21:54 GMT)

Thank you SL fans for supporting Pak team during the game.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

i think asad shafique should be given a chance replacing imran nazir on top,junaid khan instead sohail tanveer and abdul razaq instead yasir arafat ..undoubtedly this side would make the best playing eleven in this world cup

Posted by aaaa2aa on (September 23, 2012, 21:11 GMT)

if the pitches have become bouncy as some have commented then pak should bring in junaid in place of arafat and abdul razak in place of sohail tanvir and give them a shot against bd overall very gud performance from pak even though comming so latein this wc whereas the rest of the teams have almost finish their round matches i don't care who you are anyone who played their first game that late in the tournament must be under pressure just wishesed mhd.aamir and asif would have been playing we would have owned everyone.good luck pak well done....lol

Posted by imrankhan76uk on (September 23, 2012, 20:58 GMT)

Job Well done Pakistan.... Next I would say play Junaid instead of Yasir.. as he is most likely the future bowler for pakistan and surely way better than Yasir... Keep Sohail in T20 format but just get him to bowl 3 overs with new ball as He does take wkts...whether good bowling or bad shots,,, he is wkt taker with new ball...our batting line up was fine...this should remain as it is barring injury..sprecially when batting first.... wish very best pakistan... inshallah

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

I do'nt no how many chances will be given to Imran Nazir, he never be a world class player let him to play domestic cricket where he can play his short, There is no chance for him in the national side any more Hafeez should open with Nasir Jamshed, also there iis no place for Tanwir, don't spoil Junaid Khan he should share new bowl with Omar Gul

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 20:49 GMT)

All is well that ends well and Pakistan eventually won it. I don't understand to play Yasir Arafat when we have a much much better all rounder in the form of Abdur Razaq sitting at benches. Captain and Selectors shall include Razzaq to make the team combination more potent. Moreover, with the kind of pitches in Sri Lanka -- an accurate and thinking medium pacer like razzaq is much better than Sami or Arafat. In fast attach dept , I believe that Sohail Tanvir has passed his time and he shall be replaced with Junaid instead. Sami cannot be an option as he simply does not possess cricketing mind and always bowls with out mind presence -- A must in today's cricket. Best of luck Pakistan and we pray & hope u bring the cup home.

Posted by ahsanuleee on (September 23, 2012, 20:45 GMT)

Please return back Amir to strong Seam.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

overall job welldone by pakistan

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

It is a wake up call for our fielding department as well, our fielding was far from being even an average one. We must realize that we have to be 100% in our fielding. Otherwise we will loose the big matches, Normally Victory hides your weaknesses but we must take a lot of negatives from this game. Our score could also have been much better if we could have scored better at the end, nearly 220 was possible.

Posted by Hawk_Pk on (September 23, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

bye the way BRAVO TEAM PAKISTAN...Proud to be a Pakistani..

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

was NZ only trying to use this game to qualify for super8's by only reducing the net run rate gap or were they really serious enough for winning (considering their in-explainable fiddling with the batting order, had Ross Taylor come earlier same in case of McCullum, could have proved more attacking) . may be they realized just in the end that they could win also....

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 20:07 GMT)

It was really very scary,lucky won the match. Both teams played their best, good luck to both.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan !!! Jamshed is a good player for he future. All the best against BD.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (September 23, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

Nasir Jamshed is future for Pakistan team. He has an abaility to play big scores. He is calm and sensible. I hope he keeps his fittness in check. Please dear Umer Akmal dont waste yourself. No place for Arfat in squad.

Posted by madeforcricket on (September 23, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

Moving towards super eight I think it will be better for Pakistan to lose against Bangladesh in such a manner that they finish second on the points table.in this way they will be placed in the lesser of the two competitive groups.

Posted by rehanahmeds on (September 23, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

honestly we won the match, but i am not impressed with pakistan , in-fact newzland impressed me alot with their batting experiments/depth.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (September 23, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

India SL and Pak will be in semis as it was in WC 2011

Posted by usayed06 on (September 23, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

Arslan Chohan : I was thinking the same thing! lol.. Oh no this better not turn out like the semi final against Aus and Mike Hussey... Thank God it didn't. Sad part is, we technically still haven't qualified for the super 8 because of run rate? So stupid.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

Finally Afridi get rithum, its a good sign for Green Shirts. Captaincy is not up to mark, Hafeez should utilize Afridi & Malik in a good manner if they want to play semi final & final.

Posted by MattyP1979 on (September 23, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

Well played PAk. Could well go all the way in this WC. Good to see and a pretty decent match.

Posted by roman.hamza@yahoo.com on (September 23, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

First of all Pakistan must know their strength is Spain bowling. Pakistan should replace Yasir with Abdul Rehman . Against South Africa and Australia Pak must also play Reza . They must go with Hafeez , Shahid , Ajmal , Abdul Rehman , Reza then they have a gud chance of going all da way If pak goes with current team they used against New Zeland again Aus or SA and they lost a toss then i am 100 percent sure Pak will loose . Hala Madrid

Posted by SyedAbidHussain on (September 23, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

@All Afridi haters: Go hide your face. @All Malik fans: Where are you ??

Posted by kc69 on (September 23, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

Ross Taylor's wicket was crucial or else Pak would have lost.However lets see what Bangladesh has in store for Pak??

Posted by Cric_info_pak on (September 23, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

well played nz against stronger blowing attack specially type of spinner pakistan got ... well for pakistan impressive batting their blowing is always good but they win this game because of their batting

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

GOOD WIN FOR PAK.THEY SHOULD HAVE WON QUITE EASILY BUT PAKISTANS BOWLING WAS JUST A BIT RUSTY TODAY,,BUT GAIN A GR8 CAPTAINCY BY HAFIZ,,AJMAL WAS EXCELLENT AS USUAL,,GOOD TO SEE AFRIDI PLAYING SOME GOOD SHORT

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

very well played Pakistan. I wish you all the best. A Bangladeshi fan!

Posted by ultimatechamp_1 on (September 23, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

The main worry for pak is , out of form pacers. Gul is nowhere to his form of world T20 2009. Tanveer too went for too many runs. Bowling is heavely dependent on ajmal. One off day of ajmal and pakistan may be out of the tournament. Only good thing was afridi returning to sum bowling form.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 23, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

@Smith Robertson,there z no end to dreamng,lolz.....i must apreciate kiwis comeback in d last ovr as i was anticipatng an easy victry 4 my pak team.Stil I strongly feel that kamran's batng nature briliance n Refrshng form z being delibritly wastd by hafez,the captain! Kamran z nt a sloger bt a proper batsman who needs some time in d midle.NASIR Z A SHEAR BRILIANCE N TALENT,UNFORTUNATLY HE HAS NT ACHIEVD THAT STATURE WHICH HE SHOULD HAVE BY NOW DUE TO INJURIES,BUT BETR LATE THAN NEVER.IF AFRIDI CAN FIND HIS T20 TOUCH PROPRLY IN UPCMNG MATCHS,PAK WOULD B UNSTOPABLE(INSHALAH),I M THOROUGHLY DISAPOINTD WITH GUL N TANVER,RAZAQ WOULD ATLEAST PROVID FINISHNG TOUCH WITH BAT ALSO AS TANVIR Z JST SURVIVNG WITH BOWLNG.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

wow What a performance by pak and india.. does any body says its asian day ;)

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

Now i am getting feeling the tourney has started.. it was good match allround, i still dont get the one thing.. how did NZ have already qualifies for the super8 ? if BD beats pak by good margin, wouldnt they have chance to advance in super8? or they determine the 2 top team on head to head record?

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 18:01 GMT)

guys saeed ajmal, afridi will eat your team:))

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

Pakistan team played well ..hope they will continue through the rest of the series. yasir Arfat should be replaced by Abdur Razzaq ..Arfat is county level player..and Sohail tanvir needs to improve as well.. Good Luck Afridi and Pakistan Team

Posted by PakCric786 on (September 23, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

@ Smith Robertson you said NZ will win and Pak got no chance, next time comment after the match is over.. i have great respect for Kiwis and i never underestimate them anyway thank you for your comments thought.

Posted by FaisalAsghar on (September 23, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

Well lets not get too carried away by this win. Pakistan fans shouldnt forget that they had Amir last time the won the world cup and frankly Tanvirl has failed to make an impact after a reasonable debut. Both Arafat and Tanvir are average players at the international level. I dont know how Ramiz can say Arafat is a t20 expert?! Umar gul looks off color and so does shahid afridi. Point is Pakistan looks vulnerable as a bowling unit. Imagine if NZ had taken all the catches it would have been a different story. This great bowling unit of Pak hardly saved 177 and as far as batting goes, i dont see the top three doing well consistently. Both NZ and Pak IMO are 'ifs and buts' teams. For now Aus and SA look like finalists.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (September 23, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

Pak is the only team to qualify for the Semi Finals in all T20 WC's..Won once and was runner up once.Means 2 times in the finals..Dont underestimate this team. If our batting keeps on clicking like that,then there is no stopping for us IndhaAllah

Posted by india_better on (September 23, 2012, 17:36 GMT)

ross taylor run out was the turning point ....good luck to nz

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 17:19 GMT)

Good win...but IMHO Pakistan should open with the pair of Imran Nazir and Kamran Akmal, the cappo needs to come down the order and bat at 4 or 5. And Abdul Razzaq should be playing instead of Yasir Arafat, Razaaq has got the skills and the experience and doesn't belong in the dugout. The batting order should be Kamran Akmal, Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Razzaq, Afridi, Tanvirl, Gul and Ajmal. Pakistan got 12 overs locked down between Ajmal, Hafeez and Afridi. The next 8 overs can be divided between Gul, Tanvir, Razzaq and Shoaib Malik. That to me is the right combination of skills and experience. Hafeez needs to come down, the added responsibility of being a captain is making him look shaky at start. He's a skillful player and a good tactician, coming down the order at 4 or 5 will release some pressure and he will flourish.

Posted by BoonBoom on (September 23, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

I find it totally strange why Shoiab Malik is not being used in an efficient manner. Spin has proved very effective in T20 therefore no logic to get Tanveer bowling his lollypop style juicy medium pacers. Hafeez must use Shoaib to get his off spin that has always proved good and economical.

Posted by cric4world on (September 23, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

i believe the only team that can beat pakistan in this world cup is pakistan itself . m nt saying coz they won the match, but they have excellent spinners, reasonable pace and their batting seems to b picking up. n best thing is that afridi seems to b getting better as well. oh and they r not dropping catches either. no other team has 5 front line bowlers for sri lankan pitches combined with top and bottom order hard hitters

Posted by saintsinister on (September 23, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

Still dont understand why they left junaid khan out.. i had high expectations from tanvir but he has been disappointing consistantly.. Batting is in good form mashallah.. just gotta watch out for imran.. im hoping he starts delievering big innings from super 8s onwards.. he's always been a slow starter but a one man army when onsong..Nasir Jamshed is the next Saeed Anwar inshallah.. Best of luck Pakistan for future matches.. Shudve won this match with a bigger margin though.. We need the same old intensity of smelling blood and going for the kill..

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

hafeez proved himself a good captain.good played like a unit...carry on hafeez 11.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

i was rofling earlier today reading the comments of some bashers saying that pak hav no chance against nz, mc cullum wil bang pakistan, pak cant win on a pace frndly track blah blah ... guys, the current pak team is undoubtedly one ov the strongest contendrs , their batting is clicking more often these days, and the bowling attack is all good, and good to see afridi getting his form :)

Posted by khurramsch on (September 23, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

Good win. Its always good to win. A little bit scare. Pacers were not up to mark today. Gul started well. Razak should play instead of 1 of sohail &yasir.he can bowl 2 overs for 20 as well.some poor shot selection in middle overs slowed pak down. That slowed pak down.should have scored a bit more with the start they got.&some silly bowling changes could have gone wrong for pak. When u have resources u need to use them.

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (September 23, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

And I Would Like to Say 1 More Thing ..Nz Actually Deserved to lose This Match Because They were Very Defensive...I didnt see any Aggresiveness in them which they showed against BD...Taylor coming in at 6 and Vettori in T20 going in at 4 while chasing 178 ? Surely NZ Lost and they deserved it

Posted by Ammar.Asgahr on (September 23, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

Nasir Jamshed Is A World class I Think That The he is Batting he Should Open the innings for pakistan Because he is a opner

Posted by Zain_Ali on (September 23, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

very very close and wake up call for pakstan, we have to realise that our bowling is not invincable, we really have a issue in our seam bowling department, need to try reza out with the new ball, arafat bowling just over is just not enough

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

The last 5 overs reminded me about the semi final between Pak v/s Aus. But it went well that R.Taylor disn't turned out to be M.Hussey...!

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

New Zealand should've won this if only they had picked the right players and had a better strategy for example Taylor before Vettori and not selecting Milne who only bowled 1 over but anyway New Zealand are through and Pakistan as well considering the run rate even if Bangladesh did beat Pakistan. As for Bangladesh, only have yourselves to blame wrong selection but the worst was that even though chasing 190 was impossible for you guys you still should have gotten 160 to reduce the run rate so you at least had a realistic chance and quite frankly, deserve to go home early because of the way you gave up in your run chase Bangladesh. You guys at least have a chance to win for pride now and I'll be proud and show some sympathy if you managed to do win your last game. As for these super 8 matches my moneys on a Non-Asian team to win it this time around should be a cracker though especially group e.

Posted by Sinhaya on (September 23, 2012, 16:03 GMT)

Great work Pakistan. Jamshed seems the best of all Pakistani batsmen.

Posted by UK_Chap on (September 23, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

What is Sohail Tanvir still doing in this side, what a total load of rubbish he is, and someone please show Gul videos of how he bowled in the 2009 T20 world cup to remind him of what a yorker looks like.

Posted by Nehans on (September 23, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

in the end Pak win and finally a good game to watch in this tournament ...next matches will be tough better to have yasir arafat a rest for the entire tournament and include raza hassan

Posted by Zubair_baltistani on (September 23, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

Very BAD fielding by Pakistan

Posted by PakCric786 on (September 23, 2012, 15:42 GMT)

@WickyRoy.paklover We not in super8 yet but InshAllah we will be

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

Well done pak but we wanted you guys to beat NZ by big margin, it would be very unlikely you guys to lose to a team like NZ. I wanted Bangladesh & Pakistan to go to super eights but looks like Pak & NZ will go through unless Bangladesh annihilates Pakistan (very, very unlikely) ... Anyway congrats Pak

Posted by PakFan1209 on (September 23, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

Pak played wellbut im still not happy with the batting after hafeez got out wickets began to fall really quickly so they need to work o that the fielding was not bad just missed some run outs but took all the catches and the fast bowling wasnt good spinners were excellent all the spinners did a great job good to see afridi back in form but most importantly pak won PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

Posted by vkypak on (September 23, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

mccullum was dancing against afridi ajmal and hafeez.....he had no clue what to do, how to play these masters of spin....great performance by nasir too...he is pure class with solid technique...congratssss all pakistani ....

Posted by intrepid_khan on (September 23, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

This format is tailor made for Pakistan ... so much talent that even if anyone clicks , its over for the opposition, however am also impressed by some foreign teams like SA, Eng , Aus n WI , they r also doing really good in this format for the last couple of months !

Posted by ejsiddiqui on (September 23, 2012, 15:34 GMT)

Food for thought: The 5th bowler (Taveer+Sohail) has cost us 45runs in four overs. I wish somehow Junaid Khan can be called in.

Posted by BrutallyHonest on (September 23, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

Ajmal's continuous good performance is a BIG SLAP on ICC and it's award nomination committee...

Posted by BravoBravo on (September 23, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

Indeed it was first good game of this tournament. NZ certainly gave PAK scares in last overs. Finally it was PAK's day and they won. Well congrats to both teams for providing much needed entertainment in this tournament, the tournament which was mired by rain and 'mismatches'.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

I can only laugh on those people who were claiming that it will be an easy job for the blackcaps to beat Pakistan HAHA! Pakistan is one of the best sides of T20 Cricket and their stats show that! 2007T20WC Finalist,2009 T20 WC Champions, 2010 T20 WC Semi-Finalist!

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

Pakistan zindabad. good match good captaincy mr hafeez

Posted by mazii on (September 23, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

Who said that this match gonna be cake walk for New Zealand. I didn't speak because you have to think before uttering any word. Pakistan showed today where Kiwis belong. Well played though by Kiwis. Middle order batting was pathetic, end was just O.k, Middle overs were phenomenal and As usual You can't hit Ajmal consistently. Afridi showed he can bowl, and last but certainly not the least why Abdul razzak sitting in the benches. I hope this don't happen again. Those who said that New Zealand hammered Bangladesh and this is gonna repeat again, those people are either gullible or envious. Well played Kiwis and Pakistan keep working hard because the next stage won't gonna be easy as every team has something in it to life the trophy.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

Well Done Pakistan.....:-)

Posted by intrepid_khan on (September 23, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

i don't go bully over my team ever but ....some kiwis were saying that they will win it easily as they won against Bangla brothers ...and that they will show Pakistan where they belong ... i hope the world now came to know where New zealand belongs to !!

Posted by PakCric786 on (September 23, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

Both teams played some good cricket but Pak spinners were great as usual so they came on top. Good luck to both teams for up coming games.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 23, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

Great opening,poor midle ovrs batng,n jst OK FINISHNG BY PAK with the bat.OK start with the bowl,BRILIANT MIDLE OVRS BOWLNG,REASNBLE FINISHNG WITH BAL,ALL IN ALL A GD PERFRMANCE NT GREAT THOUGH.CNGRATS! We R in super8s,that was d thing realy matterd in d end.

Posted by Hommi on (September 23, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

you simple don't cut afridi.. or he clean bowls you.. :)

Posted by PakCric786 on (September 23, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

Both teams played some good cricket but Pak spinners were great as usual so they came on top. Good luck to both teams for up coming games.

Posted by pak78 on (September 23, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

congrats team pakistan.... and well done again spin king saeed.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

Finally, an exciting match in the World T20 competition.

Posted by keep_simple on (September 23, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

what a great match for pak... they came here as a weak batting side but jamshed provided them reinforcement. a short but a good knock from imran nazir... malik and akmal showd their good hands against india... now i think it became a good batting side... good luck pakistan

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (September 23, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

Hafeez....Jamsheed..Saeed ajmal done it for Pak...good to see afridi today he is getting back his form....Ajmal you are best...you don,t need ICC award you Proved again.....Congrats to All PAKISTAN fans

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 23, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

I still think Sohail Tanvir should be bowling slow, when all through the game it's the slow bowlers that have choked the scoring. When you're going at 11 an over, is it not time to try something different? Pakistan still favourites at the moment, but it's their game to lose...

Posted by kc69 on (September 23, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

This match will settle the fate of team Bangladesh(Whether to keep their bags packed or stay in game)

Posted by kc69 on (September 23, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

i really feel Bangladeshi fans are watching this match and praying for Pak defeat

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 23, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

Pak should have postd around 180.190 by the way they startd.

Posted by WaqarIMC on (September 23, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

Why shoib Malik is in the Line up ...i didnt find any good reason.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (September 23, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

Nasir jamsheed slaughtered the kiwis... Brilliant batting..so far pak batting is superb. I hope pak wins after this exceptional batting performance

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (September 23, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

Wow, Pak looking good here, hot stuff !!

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

Lets go pakistan beat newzealand with a huge margin so we can top the table

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