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

Nazir takes Pakistan to Super Eights with super chase

The Report by Sidharth Monga

September 25, 2012

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Pakistan 178 for 2 (Nazir 72, Hafeez 45, Jamshed 29*) beat Bangladesh 175 for 6 (Shakib 84, Tamim 24, Arafat 3-25) by eight wickets
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Imran Nazir slogs towards the leg side, Bangladesh v Pakistan, World Twenty20 2012, Group D, Pallekele, September 25, 2012
It wasn't all pretty, but Imran Nazir was effective enough © AFP
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Pakistan's celebrated bowling unit's rare off day put a latch on it, but their batsmen smashed through the qualification door by chasing down 176 - their highest successful chase - with eight balls to spare.

To progress in the tournament, Bangladesh needed to not only post their first win over Pakistan in 13 years, but win by at least 36 runs. On a true pitch, Shakib Al Hasan posted the highest score by a Bangladesh batsman to facilitate their second-highest total, but Imran Nazir whacked his way to the fastest fifty in this World T20 to calm down any nerves there might have been after the effort in the field.

It was also a night that will be remembered for shoddy short bowling on a flat track and shoddier catching by both sides. Sohail Tanvir put down one of the simplest catches ever put down in international cricket, Kamran Akmal let through a regulation take, but it was the drop by Abul Hasan, brought in to replace Elias Sunny, that proved decisive in the end. Had he held on, Nazir would have been gone on 1 and Shafiul Islam would have got off to a confident start with a first-ball wicket. Nazir ended up with 72.

It didn't help that the chance had come off a short delivery, which encouraged them to keep bowling short, and Nazir, often good with the horizontal bat, took full toll. In his second over, Shafiul kept bowling short and was carter for four, four and six. Another short ball that went for five wides made it 20 off the over, and Pakistan had had a head start at 43 for 0 after four overs. Clearly they were not going for just the qualification. The win was on their mind.

Smart stats

  • Imran Nazir's strike rate of 200 is the second-highest for a Pakistan batsman for a fifty-plus score. Umar Akmal is on top with a strike rate of 206.45 during his 64 against Australia in 2010.
  • Shakib Al Hasan's strike rate of 155.55 is the fourth-highest for a fifty-plus score by a Bangladesh batsman in Twenty20 internationals.
  • The target chased (176) is the highest for Pakistan in Twenty20 internationals. Their previous highest was 165 against Australia in 2007.
  • The 124-run stand between Nazir and Mohammad Hafeez is the second-highest opening stand for Pakistan in Twenty20 internationals. The highest opening stand for Pakistan (142) also came against Bangladesh.
  • The run-rate in the game (9.12) is the seventh-highest in World Twenty20 matches (minimum 30 overs in the game) and the second-highest in a World Twenty20 game involving Pakistan.

Mohammad Hafeez remained the calm man at other end, chipping and pushing runs as Nazir kept up his power hitting while getting at least one short ball every over. After Shakib put the brakes on with just four in the seventh over, Nazir stepped out of the crease to hit Abdur Razzak over mid-off to break the rhythm. That four took him to 42 off 18, and the fifty came when Shakib provided him with a long hop for six in the 10th over.

That even Shakib was making mistakes was sign enough. Relief arrived for Bangladesh when Nazir and Hafeez fell in one Hasan over, after which came a quiet five-run over, bringing the equation down to 45 needed off five overs. For the first time it seemed Pakistan might be conscious of that qualification mark - now nine runs away - but Nasir Jamshed quashed those thoughts with two of the finest shots, four through point and a flicked six over square leg, off the next two balls.

That was cue enough for Kamran to open up too, and the rest was just a stroll. Had you mentioned the word stroll in the first innings, though, Pakistan's coach Dav Whatmore would have given you a piece of his mind. For the most part, it was a stroll for Shakib, who capitalised on the brisk start provided by Mohammad Ashraful and Tamim Iqbal.

Shakib had the extra responsibility after playing a significant role in Tamim's run-out at 61 for 2 in the sixth over. He had himself raced away to 16 off 11 by then, took it easy for the next three overs, and then resumed the charge with two fours off Saeed Ajmal in the 10th over. When Tanvir dropped a dolly from Mushfiqur Rahim in the 13th over, Shakib had reached 42 off 30. He introduced a second wind to that innings now, hitting short deliveries from Yasir Arafat for four and six to bring up his fifty.

Another period of calm followed when Arafat and Shahid Afridi managed two wickets in five deliveries, but Kamran failed to make it three in eight when he dropped a sitter from Nasir Hossain. At 133 for 4 in the 16th over Shakib remained the main threat. He moved around the crease in the 18th over to pay with Umar Gul's length, scoping, flicking and cover-driving for fours. With 33 coming off the last three overs, Pakistan's travel agent might have had a look at Karachi fares, but Nazir put them back on their way to Colombo.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay 16-20 overs NB/Wides
Bangladesh 53 22 3 61-2 39-2 1/8
Pakistan 41 21 5 64-0 28-0 (18.4) 0/7

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Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

Next match is quite tough.. i think Asad Shafiq, Abdul Razzaq and Raza Hasan should be include instead of Shoaib Malik , Sohail Tanvir and Umar Gul..

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

Abdul Razzaq should be included instead of Sohail Tanvir. Sohail is a pathetic bowler and fielder. He can't control his line and length. Abdul Razzaq is a good hitter, better bowler and best fielder. My XI for next match. 1-) M. Hafeez 2-) Imran Nazir 3-) Nasir Jamshed 4-) Kamran Akmal 5-) Umar Akmal 6-) Shahid Afridi 7-) Abdul Razzaq 8-) Yasir Arafat 9-) Umar Gull 10-) Saeed Ajmal 11-) Raza Hassan

Posted by Fantasywinnerchamp on (September 27, 2012, 8:12 GMT)

guys guys guys....noone gave this idea..but we need to remove sohail n bring in Raza Hasan.>! Not Razzaq..! his bowling is unpredictible these days

Posted by eagle-pk on (September 27, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

I really don`t know why they have not given chance to Abdul Razak and Junaid Khan in group stage matches ? now as it seems that Gul and Tanvir are sound expensive how would they give other un used bowler to come and bowl in the tensed matches ? or the team management has decided to go with the same Eleven ? i think they should .

Posted by Desihungama on (September 27, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

Relax guys. The grouping is based on the rankings. Let them all fight out and watch England prevail. I think that was the idea. Forget the finals. These group matches will be crackers. Out of these 4 will win it all. Good luck Pakistan.

Posted by   on (September 27, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

Grouping is very unfair.and razzaq should b in for tanveer and should bat at 5

Posted by manwar12 on (September 27, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

Lot of people are asking why all the group toppers are placed in same group. Answer is super eight groups are made as per original seeding. So A1 B2 C1 and D2 are grouped in one group and incidentally they are all group leader.

Posted by Shazia_Javed on (September 26, 2012, 21:31 GMT)

I did some stats and here is my findings: Umar Gul (last 25 matches): 82.1 overs @8.36; 686 runs, 24 wickets @28.58 = Sohail Tanvir (last 25 matches) : 82.3 overs @7.2; 593 runs, 23 wickets @25.78 = Abdul Razzaq (last 25 matches) : 43 overs @6.7; 288 runs, 15 wickets @19.2...... AND.....Umar Gul (last 10 matches): 37 overs @8.08; 299 runs, 11 wickets @27.18 = Sohail Tanvir (last 10 matches) : 31.3 overs @7.3; 228 runs, 12 wickets @19= Abdul Razzaq (last 10 matches) : 14 overs @7.2; 101 runs, 6 wickets @16.83...... Can anyone help me understand why Abdul Razzaq is being ignored, specially when we all know his added ability with the bat? and also, why there is so much hype for Umar Gul, he has been pathetic in crunch matches specially.

Posted by kc69 on (September 26, 2012, 21:17 GMT)

Being an Indian fan i always watch and appreciate Pak cricket(especially T20).Let this be a IND-PAk final.However is still believe the tournament is grouped on unfair basis.

Posted by JG2704 on (September 26, 2012, 20:21 GMT)

@kumarcoolbuddy on (September 26 2012, 12:56 PM GMT) Sorry , are you talking about English fans , media or players?

Posted by PakFan1209 on (September 26, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

BattosaiXX there is only one BOOM BOOM u cant replace him untill he retires

Posted by PakFan1209 on (September 26, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

My XI for match against south africa 1 hafeez 2 nazir 3 jamshed 4 k.akmal 5 u.akmal 6 shoaib malik 7 afridi 8 razzaq 9 gul 10 ajmal 11 raza hasan

Posted by Real_Champs on (September 26, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

@iliasalich I think there should be ARAFAT instead of SAMI sami is also too bad as we dont have Junaad KHAN and also we cant take rislk by having TANVEER so better option will be RAZZaQ instead of TANVEER and ARAFAT and GULL .. razzaq experience may prove handy for us

Posted by bilal_muzaffar on (September 26, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

I feel soory for Abdul razzak. I dont think that they are using his potential . wont be a bad idea to send him up the order. Most of the times he gets to play 1-2 overs and is thus wasted.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (September 26, 2012, 18:38 GMT)

@ i_amVIVA, I am sorry man I was not disrespecting any team. I was just saying that it was very innovative and funny sentence. Infact I was supporting BD to atleast win as qualifying was very difficult. And I think even if Nazir would have been dismissed then also Pakistan had enough batsmen to score 140 odd on that pitch. It was just that Nazir made it easy for them. Peace.

Posted by Cric_info_pak on (September 26, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

@ Rajesh_india_1990 it is india team who is over rated not pakistan blowing ,, three top wicket taker in T20 are pakistani ajmal, umer and afradi, it is T20 in small ground on batting wicket but pakistan always chase only last couple of T20 game is did not click ... but your indian batting is over rated never click in england and australila full test series which is real cricket.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

i think Hafeez shouldn't come as opener,his strike rate is not impressive and chances for win increases if u score in first 6 overs of power play.i vil recommend follwing descending batting pattern for pakistan in order to compete effectively against strong teams like aus,india and south africa 1.Nasir jamshaid as opener 2.imran nazir as opener 3.kamran akmal 4.Abdul razzaq 5.Umer Akmal 6.Hafeez 7.Shoaib Malik 8.Yasir Arafat 9.Shahid Afridi 10.Umer Gull 11.saeed Ajmal

Posted by iliasalich on (September 26, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

My suggested XI against South Africa is : 1-Mohammad Hafeez................4 Overs Complete 2-Imran Nazir 3-Nasir Jamshed 4-Kamran Akmal 5-Shoaib Malik 6-Umar Akmal / Asad Shafiq 7-Shahid Afridi................4 Overs Complete 8-Abdul Razzaq................minimum 2 Overs 9-Umar Gul................4 Overs Complete 10-Saeed Ajmal................4 Overs Complete 11-Mohammad Sami................minimum 2 Overs

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

as far as pakistan is concerned, good to hear their batting is clicking , and i believe gul will deliver the good, he has the class , but tannvir , he has no class , infact he is useless at this level , i suggest is to bring razzak in for tanvir , i saw some potential in arafat to bowl good at death ... though he is not world class but with great spin attack he can do the job ... great to see afridi doing his job finally !! Hope gul comes back, and i believe he will

Posted by ashekahmed on (September 26, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

i dont know why many guyz are always against bd.i think those guyz also cant sleep at night as bd still have test membership.india were defeated by bd in 2007 world cup and asia cup and knocked out from the tournament.does that indicate that india is poor and raise any question about their membership?obviously not.bd team is in a progress and now at least they play like they can beat any team any day which is really a good improvement.bangladesh defeated all the test playing nations and no one can underestimate bd team if he is in sense.

Posted by dodi4diana on (September 26, 2012, 16:40 GMT)

i always new nazir would make a comeback and malik would be close behind but did not catch jamshaid and akmal leading the charge along with hafeez.who knows what happens if afridi and umer akmal fires along with sohail tanvir in batting.no score would be high enough.pakistan zindabad

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

@g.narsimha....Best wishes to Indian team as well bro hope to see PAK and IND qualifying for the semis...i think it's bit unfair groups with all teams that top their groups are in one group it should two teams that top their group with two teams that came second in their group but well the groups have been made so hope to see good competitive cricket and no more one sided matches.

Posted by gibbs.175 on (September 26, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

why all the top ones goes to the same group A1,B1,C1,D1.......INDIA, SOUTH AFRICA,AUS,PAK......WHY ?WHAT IS THIS...???????????????????

Posted by .virk on (September 26, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

In colombo, i guess pak team will be ok with their bowling (if they will drop to Tanvir & go with Razzaq or Raza) but their batting will be tested..esp against spinners but how many teams are having good spinners (ashwin, botha, hogg) in colombo group :) .. Naraine, Swan, Mendis will play in pallekele..where they will be easy to play

Posted by Pak_Fans_Youth on (September 26, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

I agree with jcdale that Sohail can't win a match for Pakistan. His fielding and bowling is very pathetic. He drops so many catches. Abdul is much more better than him. Sohail can't bat also while Razzaq can hit big. Inclusion of Razzaq gives us hope that Pakistan has a player who can hit big in the match and can be a match winner.

Posted by X.2. on (September 26, 2012, 15:46 GMT)

Pakistan the entertainers that's it

Posted by Farrukh.91. on (September 26, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

Now I m thinking about the team that would have been the strongest if Pak and BD were still united; the batsmen would have been Tamim, Nasir Hussain, Imran Nazir, Kamran; all round skills of Shakib and Afridi and the bowling including Ajmal, Mortaza and Gul; that may have been my dream team! :(

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

India v Pak is worthy of a knockout stage match... It's ridiculous to have the best 4 teams in the same group... India v Pak would be a dream final with an Indian win of course.. LOL! But all the best Pakistan, hopefully we will meet in the finals!

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

pakistan rocked they are the best team and insha allah they will win this year also

Posted by Solid_Snake on (September 26, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

@Rajest_india_1990->I am not saying that our pak bowling is great now a days..It used to be great.It still is not that bad that you say such comments. BD thrashing Pak yesterday..Well if there is a dead flat pitch+A do or die situation for any team.Then i guess if you bring Wasim Akram,kapil dev or any other bowler.He would get thrashed if the opponent batsmen go crazy like BD did yesterday.Also i am amazed that you judge bowlers on such parameters ie flat pitch and a 20 over game.So if in a single game gull takes 5 wickets,he becomes a legend.Then in the 2nd match if he gets thrashed,he becomes a pathetic bowler.. Lol what a great judgment..Currently the top 3 wicket taking bowlers in this format are Pak players still playing for their country. 'SO CALLED BOWLERS'...

Posted by SKKhan on (September 26, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

@Rajesh_india_1990, it sure is a world class bowling attack, everyone has a day off, if you think otherwise, go and look at the leading wicket takers for T20s and then give your opinion.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (September 26, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

Rajesh_india_1990->Yes it is the same BD team who defeated India in recent Asia cup lol..India couldnt defend 290.The same Shakib,Tamim and BD captain thrashed all indian bowlers all over the ground. So whats common in that match and our match? Both were do or die situation for BD and BD played really well.Well they had to play all out crazy because they had to survive in the tournament. Atleast we managed to win against them..Dont make me repeat how india was unable to get past BDand how BD won so easily by 5 wickets lol...

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

@all the ppl who say ireland and afganistan is better than BD...............do u expect them to win a series 4-0 over NZ??? do u expect them to thrash ind and SL in a single tornament and qualify for the final??? BD is NOT a minnow, they r 10000000 times better than ireland or afganistan........

Posted by i_amVIVA on (September 26, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

@sachinisawesome: funny indeed, had nazir been caught at 1, with the whole game turned around then! you surely need some luck sometimes...

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

Rajesh_india_1990: U call pakistani bowling over-rated? They didn't had their day and the pitch wasn't supporting the bowlers. Should we call Indian Batting over rated because they scored 'only' 159 agnst Afghan. ? Every one have their day.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

owesome batsman .. imran rocks ...

Posted by MANSOB on (September 26, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

I am surprised why WAHAB RIAZ was not selected for T20 squad. PAK bowling and fielding are seriously under fire. PAK have not utilized Wahab Riaz properly after WC 2011. Sami is also not bowling well. He is not that reliable. v need to train Anwar Ali, Mohammad Talha, Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz for future. Umar Gul is also not learning at all. rather the bowling wicket to wicket he is not controlling his line and length. Wahab Riaz has also played well in SLPL. PAK batsmen real test will be in against SA, IND and AUS and bowling as well. Our bowling is below par in this T20 WC. Our bowlers need to pull up their socks and bowl on good line and length otherwise they will be thrashed by SA, IND and AUS.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

Most of the ^Indian fans ..they just know one thing,bullying their neighbours. First it is only after 1997 ICC trophy , cricket becomes growing popularity. even after getting the test status ,same stadiums being used for both football and cricket. neither we had the tradition, popularity, exposure or the passion before that time. Cricket was far behind then football in 90's. Now players like leaders are coming . we just need another 2/3 top bowlers and batsman. in 90's we had just a pro Dhaka cricket league!!

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (September 26, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

@JG2704, usually countries give great respect to visiting countries. There were few series like recent ENG series of India where ENG treated India badly. I am referring only to last series in 2011 which I followed. I think being desperate for No.1 ranking made ENG like that. At least I don't forget that series regardless win or loss because of ENG's bad treatment. Most of your comments I saw are sensible so I am not criticizing on anything.

Posted by MalikAdiArjs on (September 26, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

First of All congrulates For all da Pakistanies... Pak ix da TOP of da Group D.. In Sha ALLAH Pak'll be toped in da Supet Eight.. My ALL Bxt Wixhes With Pakistan....... Regaeds: Malik Adi Raza "Arjs"

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

@Rajesh_india_1990, this is t20 can happen anything, look English best batting line destroyed by the poor Indian bowling....

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

Most people saying India is not a good team, india playing with 7 batsman, india bowling is not good. I want to say just wait and watch. world know what is india.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

Pakistan looking good, now its real test of nervs begins, lets see who win the title, good luck pakistan

Posted by saeedahmedtunio on (September 26, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

pakistan did a gr8 job by chasing a huge total it means we are not going to leave other teams like india africa and australia we will through into the final with india and we will repeat history of t t20 worl cup 2007 not by loosing the finals but inshallah winning by huge amount of runs are u agree be ready ok

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

@Asma Ahmad Virk : yes its injustice for Pak,SA,AUS as well.... would have loved to see them all in the semis....

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

@ProdigyA : yes me also confident that india will make it to semis.

@balooshi : yes the group matches becomes the semis and semis become group matches :)

The below review is mentioned in commentary of the match

"Just to confirm, the Super Eight stages were pre-arranged by the seedings so it doesn't matter who has won the groups, the teams in each section of the next phase were known long ago. Pakistan, therefore, take their place alongside India, Australia and South Africa in Colombo. "

Very unfair... teams should be decided on their current performance.... not past

Posted by letsgoproteas on (September 26, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

Watching all the dropped catches and Bangs good batting I was hoping some magic would happen. Unfortunately it wasn't a good day...

Posted by intrepid_khan on (September 26, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

@ smith robertson , bro if you like to live in a dreamy world then i request my all Pakistani / asian friends to plzz don't disturb mr. smith robertson :) i hope you will taste the reality that might be a lil bitter !! excited for indo-pak match !

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (September 26, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

AS EXPECTED PAK BEAT BD EASILY BUT THEIR REAL TEST STARTS NOW EXCEPT AJMAL PAK BOWLING IS LOOKING VERY THIN,GOOD BATTING SIDE CAN REALLY SCORE HEAVY RUNS AGAINST THIS PAK BOWLING....ANYWAY LOOKING FORWARD TO IND-PAK MATCH I'M SURE IND WILL TAKE REVENGE FOR THAT WARM-UP GAME....

Posted by cric4world on (September 26, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

@Rajesh_india_1990. pakistan's bowling is overrated, their batting is implosive n least good in world cricket, their fielding is pathetic, they keep changing captains all the time,they dont have any international cricket at home, their cricket board is least active in world. still they keep winning and reaching semi finals n finals of big tournaments is like their habit n they r above india in test ranking. so wat does it tell u about pakistan? just imagine wat if half of these things were good for pakistan ,, u will feel scared to the last core of ur body .lol

Posted by Rock_cricket on (September 26, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

Forget about these two ordinary ckt countries. my sl will take the cup

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (September 26, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

@saquib shehzhad lol..the so called World's best bowling team(according to their fans) was thrashed to all corners of the ground by the Bangladeshi batsman..PAKISTAN BOWLING IS SERIOUSLY OVERRATED..

Posted by Hafeez_Malik on (September 26, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

Smart Stat: Pakistan is now the most seccessful team of ICC World T20 Cup tounaments.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 26, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

g.narisma,bst of luck to ur team as wel.@ibbani,I ENDORSE EACH N EVRY Wrd u said about bd team."BD CRICKET Z A JOKE"

Posted by reality_check on (September 26, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

Everyone with Ooh's and Aah's on Imran Nazir's innings please remember that to hit Bangladesh's bowling and that too on an easy pitch is not something to gloat about. Real test will be if he can hit Steyn, Morkel and Starc in the same fashion. I think Ind and Pak have better chance of going thru to the semis. Australia will go thru ONLY if Watson and Warner get going and score something like 60 or 70 in first 5 overs. Aussie MO is like a deer caught in the headlights when facing Ajmal and Ashwin. Same goes for SA. They go as Amla go.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (September 26, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

umar gul need to maintain his length and line tight and accurate.....

Posted by DINESHCC on (September 26, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

SIRI12345: Actually where are you from? You have good sense of humour than KIWIROCKER, RANDYOZ, MEETY, KEVINSL, 5WOMBOATS AND WICKYROY.PAKLOVER. Keep it up

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

I must say it was a poor performance...pak team's luck played a big part in this win otherwise nazir was out for 1 run only...and with the pressure of 140 runs to get with 1 wicket down at the start of match...it washard for pakistan to get the par score...secondly now pak is against the best contenders of this world cup in super eight...the fielding efforts were poor from pakistan and if they keep on spilling the catches and doing misfields it will be very tough for them...i hope luck will keep on favoring pak team as the tournament progresses.

Posted by jcdale on (September 26, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

Please no Sohail Tanvir for the next match! I do not know when was the last time he won a match for PAK. His fielding is really pathetic and he can become a big burden when PAK plays against world class teams.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (September 26, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

Siddahrth Monga amazing last line "With 33 coming off the last three overs, Pakistan's travel agent might have had a look at Karachi fares, but Nazir put them back on their way to Colombo.". Very funny.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

Nasir is Good Talent still very young, But can't Compare with virat kohli, Virat have its own class, Dashing Batsman, Understand the situation. more ever pretty experience than Nasir Jamshed! Iam disagree with harbhajan Come Back, And iam sure Watson will take a class to him in next time!!

Posted by Solid_Snake on (September 26, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

I think that Aus would progress to the Semis easily.The next reserved slot is yet to be decided .The clash between India,SA and Pak.. I know we can beat SA but match with India is always 50/50.. So i am all out having chills..Dont want to think about the result lol Lets hope we win our first match against Aussies and then we will have a super advantage...God bless the Greens.Go and win with ease

Posted by Solid_Snake on (September 26, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

@ Cricketer2010->This pathetic grouping is done by ICC.Super 8 groups were already decided before the Tournament.So the Group position has got nothing to do with it.If Suppose BD had beaten Pak and NZ,in that case BD would have switched its position with the team getting knocked out of the Tourney. If NZ got knocked out then BD would have been placed in the group along with SL,Eng and WI And if suppose Pak was the one getting knocked out,in that case BD would have been placed in the group of death ie India,Aus and SA. Thats a very strange grouping and the other groups has got such an unfair advantage.So sad but we cannot do anything except just sitting and watching.Imagine India in the group with WI,NZ and SL..India would have cruised to the Semi with super ease..Or imagine if Pak was in the other group..Same could be said about Pak as well.

ps->I have so much faith in my Pak team but t gives me chills when i think about our opponents in upcoming super 8.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (September 26, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

I don't knw hw people can say Shakib is the best allrounder in the world. He is undoubtedly the best allrounder in Sub continent and for me the best player that BD has produced but he is not the best in the world. And I feel we don't even have a good all rounder in the world at the moment. Only Shane watson and kallis can be considered as good allrounders in the world coz they can perform in any conditions. Shakib is yet to be tested outside sub continent. But having said that he is a very fine player and age is also on his side. And he is so motivated.

Posted by JG2704 on (September 26, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

@Cricketer2010 on (September 26 2012, 06:36 AM GMT) The format itself maybe a bit of a fiasco but the seedings are not that hard for the knowledgeable cricket fan to work out. They are done in conjunction with the ICC rankings. Maybe the form groups are in the 2nd group but that is form from the 1st round of matches which can change in the 2nd round of matches. Even in the warm up matches within a week or so of the tournament starting England (in the supposedly weaker group) beat 2 of the teams in the supposedly stronger group and NZ in the weaker group beat India in the stronger group. All these teams have game winners. Eg IF Gayle bats most of the overs against ANY team for WI the likelihood is that WI will win. Same with Guptil/Mccullam for NZ and Dilsh,Sanga with bat and Mallinga with ball for SL. Before the tournament started many were saying how poor Aus are - now they are top 4?

Posted by siri12345 on (September 26, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

lol to all those people who really thinks that one group in super 8 is easy and another difficult.they think that one group contains all the winners and another contains all the loosers.guys let me explain u a thing.srilanka in league stage lost to a team which would have beaten any team that day in those pacy,bouncy conditions and india beat a team which would have lost to anyteam that day in those spin friendly conditions.so does it mean that india are in top 4 and srilanka are not.?absolutely not.the truth fact is that srilanka played the best opposition and west indies were unlucky due to rain to loose their league games while india and pakistan both of them beat a little better than minnows opponent eng and nz .so it is wrong to assume based on league stage that ind,pak,sa and aus are the 4 best teams .if it is true how did nz beat india in india not so long ago and england beat aus and pak in warm up games.sl,wi,nz,eng group is the real deal and winner will be from this group

Posted by Nishchupp on (September 26, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

let the best team win. let pakistan team win the world cup

Posted by vkypak on (September 26, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

FROM PAKISTAN....FOR THOSE MY FRIENDS WHO R SAYING THAT PAKISTAN WILL SUFFER SUPER8 THIER BOWLING IS STRUGGLING ETC ETC , GUYS U PEOPLE R RIGHT TO SAYING BUT U HAVE TO REMEMBER I THING FOR SURE , THEY R BIG MATCH PLAYERS LET THE SUPER 8 BEGIN AFRIDI GUL AJMAL HAFEEZ WILL SHOW U Y CRICKET PLAYING NATIONS CALL THEM DANGEROUS TEAM, RAHUL DRAVID AND IAN BISHOP SAID YESTERDAY FORGET ABOUT THE GULL PERFORMANCE HE WILL B BACK IN SUPER 8 HE IS DEADLE YORKER WILL COME ....SIT TIGHT AND CALMY WAIT MY FRIENDS PAKISTAN IS WAITING WHOSE THIER OPPONENT IN FINAL...........

Posted by JG2704 on (September 26, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Credit to both teams, Pakistan for chasing down a decent total and Bangladesh for setting a decent total esp after the way they played vs NZ. Now onto the super 8s. From an England fan , I really hope that Pakistan qualify for the super 8s - maybe hoping along with Australia. Pakistan fans - by and large - showed us great respect when we toured there despite wiping us in the test series and I like to think we were respectful - by and large - when we won the lesser shorter format series there. Realistically I think SA may finally end their wait for a trophy but if Eng don't do it then I'd like to see either NZ or Pak do it.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

Congratulation Pakistan! dont know how to wait for next sunday evening.....can icc gt that match bit early

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

@dariuscorny u call India batting world class?? on wot grounds? Dhoni has not decided top order yet? Dhoni have to play with 7 batsmen? if the batting is so out the world y he is confused lol... come-on be realistic Indian batsmen are just too over rated. Virat is good batemen but he is becoming a new tendulkar i hope if you know wot i mean saying "Tendulkar" lol. Street talent is umer gul, whahb riaz, Muhammad irfan, Junaid khan, Nasir Jamshed, Ramiz Raja (Junior), Imran Nazir etc. all these and more players are not produced by IPL but better than most of IPL produced palyers.. Peace out!

Posted by gizel on (September 26, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan for entering the super eights. Please play well and ensure that you win against all the teams. bowling has to improve, but if the batting continues to be the same. . . we can win against any side. please select the best 11. sohail is inconsistent and the depth bowling has to improve. Praying for the victory of Team Pakistan. God bless hafeez and his team.

Posted by cricmad81 on (September 26, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

Hats off to Shakib for a truly outstanding performance ! Absolutely loved the quaity and range of his shotmaking.If he could have got better support from the other batsmen bangla would have scored above 200 and perhaps this game woud have been more interesting.

Anyways,bangladesh cricket authorities need to put more pressure on other boards for organising tours and specially test series.It wil go a long way in developing the temperament to win such matches.

Best of luck to bangla boys for their future series from india.

Posted by kkk999 on (September 26, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

with d start bangladesh got, 6 overs 60/2 at 10 rpo they should have gotten atleast 200.. which would hv atleast given them a chance 2 win not qualify... i think they messed up their innings in d last 4 overs....

Posted by Manzoor59 on (September 26, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

Pakistan have the ability to beat any team in the world.Abdul Razzaq must be the part of playing 11 replacing Sohail tanvir

Posted by dariuscorny on (September 26, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

@Saqib Shehzad mate if im not wrong this was said even for a guy called Yasir hameed like street talent and all that,jamshed is new let him prevail,why are you comparing him with Kohli,a string of poor innings and you wil say throw him out.had it been a case of street talent Pak wud hv been world class batting unit and IND wud hv fielded 5-6 world class India National Cricket teams

Posted by India_boy on (September 26, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

I have gotten sick and tired of treating minnows as one.Its high time they be stopped treating as minnows, some exceptions are there.BD has been playing international ODI cricket for 33 years now and Test since 2000, and yet they enter every tournament as minnows and exit as minnows. SL within this time frame had already won a WC and were a force to reckon with.Same with WI, Pak and Ind. Its not just the team performance, they had already produced test legends such as Hanif Mohd., Lala Amarnath, Learie Constantine etc. but BD has nothing to show even yet.They blame their cricket infrastr. and lack of opportunities but those teams earlier had worse infrastr. and even rarer opportunities. Its really time they stopped "taking heart" from 1 or 2 average performances in a year and start getting disappointed about it. They have got their test status too soon so they have become very complacent,they need to work harder.All the excuses they give have ceased to be valid now.cricinfo pls publish

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

Forget Everything, and Now starts the CLASH of TITANS of Cricket,The best of them will be on monday when Pakistan will look forward to their 1st win in world cups and India will look to continue their Domination. Will be a nail biting thriller BEST of LUCk PAKISTAN

Posted by Aaryabhatta on (September 26, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

India,Pak,S af-my 3 fav.teams in group8 best wishes

Posted by Cricketer2010 on (September 26, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

in Super Eight its ridiculous grouping. Group 1 A2, B2, C2, D2 Group 2 A1, B1, C1, D1

I never saw top four in one group and bottom four in one same group. is this some sort of error? Grouping should always be Group 1 A1, B2, C1, D2 Group 2 A2, B1, C2, D1

can anybody explain what the Fk is going on?

Posted by Dilbar786 on (September 26, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

i thought we were only good in bowling lol

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

I think Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa, England will go to the semis.. India don't even has a chance :DD

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

@ashka, It is not to shield SL but to shield present world champion England from getting bashing from India (who already did that in group match), Australia and South Africa and ensure their place in in Semi Final.

Posted by DINESHCC on (September 26, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

For the first time in WC history, there is no upset victory in this year

Posted by sachinisawesome on (September 26, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

Bangladesh were really unlucky in this tournament. First they had to suffer Macculum's innings and then Nazir's. Their decision to bat first was horrible. I will say any team from Ind, Aus, SA, PAK can go through. I am an Indian supporter so would love India and Pakistan to go through and meet again in the finals. With an Indian win.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (September 26, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

Common Pakistan.............

Posted by Talented007 on (September 26, 2012, 6:06 GMT)

@dmqi I disagree with your comments i think you don't know about the cricket INSHALLAH Pakistan will beat AUS and SA as well as Pak will beat India badlyyy. jut wait and watch...!!!

Posted by vijsingh on (September 26, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

@Zeeshan Syed,...probably his different bowling action qualifying him in playing XI as they don't have quality bench strength in bowling department.pakistan has a no chance to win this T20 world cup ,and surely their batting line will collapse against quality bowling attack,if nazir catch was taken in initial stages result might be different,.,.,

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (September 26, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

what is use of shoaib malik in team...please use him as bowler he is good bowler too...hafiz should think.

Posted by SamRoy on (September 26, 2012, 5:37 GMT)

One thing is for sure. Pakistan are going to get the thrashing of a life time in SA with these pop-gun bowlers and out of form Umar Gul. Ajmal is world's best spinner but won't be too much of a threat in SA CONDITIONS.

Posted by Real_Champs on (September 26, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

Pakistan had made a huge mistake BY leaving Junaid KHAN in Pakistan I thnk now the best thing is START WITH GULL AND ARAFAT and include RAzzaq instead of SOHAIL TANVEER or the other option would be ,its better for Sohail TAnveer or SZAMI to get injured as soon as possible so that JUNAID can come intead of there place ..BECAUSE sami has also bowled very bad no chance for him in starting 11

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

Invest 2 billion USD and produce Virat, Rohit and Raina but on the other hand walk down the streets of lahore invest 0 and produce Jamshed! that is the brilliance of pak talent. No words for imran nazir on his day he would be pain for for opponents. Ajmal is magical he is key palyer and have been used wisely by hafeez....Pak might be not favourites to win the cup but they are threat for favourite teams......a serious planning would be needed to stop pakistan and that is what a pakistani fan likes to see.....I would say "Pakistan try to win it OR make it hard for others to win it".

Posted by colombo_SL on (September 26, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

Congratulation Pakistan! All the best to make your way to Semis.

Posted by Nigah on (September 26, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

@dmqi keeping watching the super eight round and the time will decide who is a greater team then all, its not yours fault you don't know Pakistani team as well as you have to be. see you again.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 5:04 GMT)

Still cant understand Logic of Making these Groups. All Top Team from all pools are on one side where as weakerz are on other..... ????

Posted by laggard on (September 26, 2012, 4:58 GMT)

The identities of A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2, D1 and D2 were decided according to seedings and were in place before the group stage began. So India Was A2 and England A1 no matter what position they finished in as long as both qualified. Among other reasons, this helps travelling fans know at which venue their team will play in the Super Eights. Had Afghanistan beat both India and England and qualified first, they would have taken the identity of the team that did not make it from Group A: A2 if India had failed to qualify, and A1 had England been knocked out.

Source: Cricinfo

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 4:57 GMT)

Bangladesh fans take that ah.

Posted by cricket.lover.at.his.best on (September 26, 2012, 4:52 GMT)

@ Smith Robertson: This was a belter of wicket. Still Ajmal bowled well.... And mind you even Shakib al Hassan is a much better player of spin than your Aussies and English players. Warner and Watson just cannot even imagine of hitting Ajmal.... They just cannot take on him. They will again try to go after the others but not against him......

Posted by ibbani on (September 26, 2012, 4:46 GMT)

@ all BD fans - reason for BD as MINNOWS and the team staying at 9th is MNNOWS which is BD itself. BD is not an improved from last 20 years, SL was earlier BD, but since 96, they are no longer minnow. IRELAND are 50-50 minnows, but 1000 times better than BD. if you look at the matches played by IRELAND and BD at the entry time, IRL have done wonders, BD still biting their backs for the performance shown with associates. WCs are for grownups not for newborn. Just pointing on a couple of wins against India in 2007WC, 2012 Asia cup, 99 WC against Pak,win against Aus does not need to be pointed always, if you really boast of them, perform consistnetly, they all teams will fear of BD. at presetn your team is paper tigers and nothing more than tat at all. your team does not deserver to be in top 10 ratings either. I would put IRL and AFG ahad of your team. dont ever try to point against IND, remember the way IND and WI thrashed you in WC2011, 375 by IND, 58 allout against WI on your own soil

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

The best thing for Pakistan is that the wicket in super eight matches will assist spinners :D And the bestest thing for them is that Afridi is looking good again :D

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 26, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

They usually say - Learn from your mistakes. But in faster pace, you will not get enough time to make a mistake yourself and recover to learn from that. So you need to learn from other's mistakes too. Pakistan badly suffered by the short pitch stuff. Whenever Tanvir pitched up and allowed the ball to swing, it worked too good. Gul was trashed on his short bowling and Arafat too was hit mostly off short stuff only. What does BD do? Come in and apply the same short stuff and got trashed even worse. What a knock it was from Shakib though. A wonderfully paced knock. Loved each and every shot of his. Deserved a win atleast if not for a lot in the super 8.

Posted by Smack-DAT on (September 26, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

Spare of thought of Shakib but anyway well played PAK and all the best for Super-8

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 4:19 GMT)

India Out Pakistan In The Final

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 26, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

WICKY ROY PAK LOVER -No body from IND is frustrated , infact i am enjoying the way pak playing ,forget IND ENJOY U R CRICKET I AM SURE THE CUP WILL NOT BE GOING OUTSIDE OUR AREA .

Posted by scandalboy on (September 26, 2012, 4:00 GMT)

Nice batting by Shakib but still you cant beat a super class team like Pakistan with the lights of nazir, nasir, kamran coming in the start of the innings. Excellent batting By Pakistan and specially nazir. For the 1st time, Pak is looking strong in batting rather than bowling

Posted by xylo on (September 26, 2012, 3:45 GMT)

I believe Bangladesh were let down by their bowling and fielding. They probably thought that they had the match in the bag after their good score. Tanvir dropped a sitter, but Pakistan have never been a good fielding side. Bangladesh cannot simply afford to drop catches or miss run outs. Bangladesh's batsmen played like there was nothing to lose, and their bowlers and fielders played like there was everything to lose. On the positive side, Imran Nazir hitting form will only bring back memories of Kaluwitharana to other teams.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 3:24 GMT)

Pallekale looks like a batting paradise! who knew, it should rain a bit in pallekale, then the pitch start to go weird and bounce!! :D

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 26, 2012, 3:19 GMT)

INSPITE OF ALL MISERIES OF SEAM BOWLNG 4RM PAK,I THNK AUS,SA R STIL IN BIG TROUBLE AGAINST THS BOWLNG,HOPFULY PAK WOULD KICK OUT SAFAS THRICE IN A ROW 4RM THS T20 WCPs,AUS WOULD B SHOWN AGAIN WHERE THEY BELONG,IND batsmen might play wel against pak bowlng bt then again there r too many dynamits in our batng,hopfuly they would come gd against ind,ALL IN ALL PAK SHOUD B FAVRITE PROVIDED TANVIR Z Restd 4 ever.@golgoal,OH YES! Nasir came gd against 'Vry Avrage' indian bowlng bt I m afraid my frnd.he z perfrmng against evrybdy n evrywhere,I CAN UNDRSTAND HOW FRUSTRATNG IT WOULD B 4 SOMEBDY WHO HAILS 4RM A LAND OF "FLAT TRACK BULLIES"

Posted by ashka on (September 26, 2012, 3:09 GMT)

Funny looking groups for super eights.... is it to shield the hosts from the likes of PAK, IND, AUS and SA....

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 26, 2012, 3:04 GMT)

@smith Robertson,IS THERE ANOTHR @RANDY OZ in Action?hahahaha.btw who told u That experts pointng aus and ind to come with shining colours,as per knowlge of readng experts n fans,its eithr pak,ind or pak,sa NOOO WAAAY ANYBDY THNGS OF AUS TO QUALIFY furthr,bt u nevr know its t20,let me tel u why ajmal got 4 few,1.HE Z MAGICIAN BT HUMAN ALSO,HIGHS N LOWS R PART N PARCEL,2.BD HAD NTHNG TO LOSE,BD WERE GOING 4 EVRYTHNG,3.D WICKT WAS TOO GD,IT WAS 200 RUNS WICKET,PAK CAME BACK WEL in d last 10 bowlng ovrs.I TEL U IF THERE Z EVEN VRY Minute assistance in wickt 4 pak bowlrs,UR 2Ws R IN BIG TROUBLE.

Posted by secondopinion on (September 26, 2012, 2:58 GMT)

Pakistan has some super bowlers in Ajmal and Umar Gul, and a clutch of exciting batsmen. It is fantastic to see how young cricketers keep coming up. As a team, Pakistan always underperformed given their strength and needs a toughie like Imran Khan to handle them. I doubt if they can string together 4-5 steady performances to win the world cup, but will continue to entertain like Nazir did. Bangladesh frankly didn't have a hope of qualifying, but could have taken home a consolation win after Shakib's brilliant if chancy inning. Someone should knock some sense into BD medium pacers that you can't bowl short on a dormant pitch at 130 k speed; you will gget walloped. BD would have done better with another spinner - just check the economy rate of Razzak and Shakib.

Posted by SaeedKhanNiazi on (September 26, 2012, 2:50 GMT)

To those of you who are confusing the " in the history of the tournament", the writer of the article is implying THIS tournament. Don't confuse tournament with format of the game. He would be incorrect if he stated " the fastest half-century in this history of T20." but he stated tournament, meaning the performance only within this T20 world cup. Not the previous ones. Hope that helps. "Imran Nazir whacked his way to the fastest fifty in this World T20." Keyword THIS.

Posted by dmqi on (September 26, 2012, 2:37 GMT)

Sorry for Pak fans, they have no chance ( less than 20%) to beat Aus, SA and less than 30% chance to beat India. Their batting against good bowling is not up to the mark. Their bowing is just pathetic except Ajmal. One bowler can not win a match. The two joker bowlers should be replaced who will concede 15 runs an over against a weak Bangla bowling. Bring 2 new bowlers to test. Why Razzaque is sitting?Where is Junaid?

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 2:10 GMT)

watch out pakistan vs india hope for the best

Posted by ifrakurshid on (September 26, 2012, 2:06 GMT)

TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE REMEMBERED PAK ATTACK BATTERY SURVIVE DUE YASEER ARFAT CANT SAY THAT I.E GUL,TANVIR OFF COLOUR THEIR WEAKNESS EXPOSED ON A PITCHED CONDITION WHICH WHICH SUPPORTED BATTING SLIGHTLY MORE THEN BOWLING BOTH FAST AND SPIN PAKISTAN MUST RE-CONSIDER PLAYING SAMI ALONG WITH YASIR ARFAT FOR FAST BOWLING ATTACK WITH NEW BALL IN ROTATIONAL BOWLING POLICY MIXED WITH SPIN AS PER CHOICE KEEPING THE OPPONENT OPPNER IN MIND. THUS EITHER GUL OR TANVIR BE RESTED USE OF ABDUR REHMAN IN THE COMMING MATCHES MUST BE CONSIDERED IN CASE SAEED AJMAL FAILS OR TACKLED BY THE OTHER TEAMS. PROFFESSOR LEADING THE TEAM NEADS LOT OF IMPROVENTS & ADVISED EXAMPLE USE OF TANVIR INSPITE OF GETTING RUBBING IN FIRST OVER BY BANGLADESH SHOULD HAVE NOT BEEN USED GIVEN A LONG BREAK SHOULD HAVE BEEN RE-INTRODUCED AFTER FALL OF 2 OR 3 WICKETS FIELDING OF PAK SHOWS INTERNAL FRICTION AMONG PLAYERS SPECIALLY FAST BOWLERS. IMRAN CASHED ON LUCK MAY NOT BE SUITABLE VS TEAM LIKE AUSTRALIA & SOUTH AFRICA MUBRAK WIN.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2012, 1:55 GMT)

Can someone please enlighten me why Sohail Tanveer is in the team? I can't come up with a logical answer at all. May be I am missing some important piece of information?

Posted by Siva-The-Human on (September 26, 2012, 1:40 GMT)

when this medicore player shakip can score against ajmal, why cannot we. Because we have world best bating lineup and most dangerous batsman also.

Posted by golgoal on (September 26, 2012, 1:32 GMT)

Just another average Pakistani batsman, who just happened to have a good day... He will be found out against other teams, like all other Pakistani batsmen get exposed. Just wait till tournament ends...

Posted by balajik1968 on (September 26, 2012, 1:32 GMT)

Nasir Jamshed is slowly emerging as a fine limited overs player. It is time for him to take the next big step, into the Pakistan test team. With Shafiq and Azhar Ali already showing their temperament, Jamshed could really strengthen the batting, considering that Pakistan will have to consider replacing Misbah and Younis Khan within the next 2 years. But of course, he has to play to potential. I have seen too many Pakistani players failing to live up to their early promise.

Posted by Legaleagle on (September 26, 2012, 1:19 GMT)

Bangladesh can NEVER come close to challenging Pakistan!! They are and will remain a minnow for next 20 years. Well played Pakistan!!

Posted by sfarazi on (September 26, 2012, 1:06 GMT)

The phrase 'catches win matches' couldn't be more accurate in the context of this game. It was a briliant batting effort shown by Bangladesh but in the end a poor bowling performance did us in. Pakistan genuinely looked worried during Bangladesh's innings and if Pakistan looks worried then you know that you're doing something right. As for the person who told all of us 'dreamy bd supporters to wake up,' we are awake and we're facing reality like every other day and we're not sore losers so I think you need to wake up and see that we're proud of our team. I hope Pakistan goes onto win because they truly deserve to win this tournament big time!

Posted by himohan007 on (September 26, 2012, 0:56 GMT)

@ hst84 @rbisaad Nobody concerned abt BD.They actually want scrap minnow from test status which is actually good for cricket

Posted by Chris_P on (September 26, 2012, 0:03 GMT)

I still say, beware of the real Pakistan. Their unpredictability is the very reason they should be respected. And BD, you need depth, both in batting & bowling to consistently perform. A great effort in the Asia Cup was brought undone by some very ordinary efforts. There is still a lot of work to be done to get to where you target yourselves. As for these games, although I don't have much time for this format, I believe the ICC need to reassess the weighting of points in world cups. A win here is the same as a win in a non descript tournament. In tennis, Grand Slams are worth much more than basic tournaments. This way, India would be rewarded for their ODI World Cup success, unlike now where their victories were worth the same as normal series.

Posted by cric4world on (September 25, 2012, 23:38 GMT)

@Smith Robertson. dude u should read ur comment before clicking post your comments button. ''they didnt wanna embarrass him by hitting 4's and 6's'' ?? looks like u r embarrassing urself by saying this bcoz international cricket is not played to save opponents from embarrassment lol. 250+ against pak?no team has ever scored 200 or more against pakistan in T20I but aus has conceded 4 totals of 200+. so u tell me chances of 250 runs against pak? and ur last comment about predictions by cricket experts? well dude they predict the predictable and pakistan is called unpredictable for a reason ;) if u wanna win, just hope pakistan gets out of wrong side of bed when they play against u bcoz i think the only team that can beat pakistan in this wc is pakistan itself.if they dont implode nobody stands a chance to win against them.look at their recent so many games, they only lost when they imploded, once they get going there is nothing stopping them

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 23:18 GMT)

Chokers,IPL Giants & Kangaroos get ready to meet unpredictable men viz Team Pakistan. hope to have a great contest. P.S .... 30th Sep. Come soon Win/Lose not matters rivals are at their heat :)

Posted by desi1 on (September 25, 2012, 22:55 GMT)

For me Pakistan was the most likely team to win this WC. But their bowling is not up to their usual high levels. Afridi is certainly off .. and GUL is certainly some indian bowler in disguise ;) Tanveer should be replaced, so that leaves only the spinners who are the BEST. With pakistan and India in the same group i fear for India, highly unlikely that they will both progress. I think it should be pak and SA but i hope it is India and Pak with India, Pak in Finals.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

Now Pakistan's batting is doing well and their bowling is doing terribly.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 22:28 GMT)

Pakistan are now playing against a SA, AUS, India, the teams which pakistan can never beat easily.

It was a fluke that Kamran Akmal came through in the warmups , Its been a while since we have played against SA and AUS will not make the same mistakes again what they did in Dubai

Posted by immithegr8 on (September 25, 2012, 22:26 GMT)

@Smith Robertson So u decided it by one match performance? Ajmal is the best spinner of the world, he's a champion and you'll see what he does to ur 2 Ws iA. BTW, this Palakelle wicket was the flat batting track and Pak will play rest of their matches in Colombo (Remember what happened to England's batting against India the other night ;)

Posted by Aishluqman on (September 25, 2012, 22:20 GMT)

Pakistan should only replace sohhail tanveer with abdul Razzaq.. I think Arafat has the talent to bowl yorkers

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 22:19 GMT)

i dont understand why sohail tanveer and yasir arafat are in WC 11, they are good for nothing, its better to take razzak who can be expensive in bowling just like tanveer but can crash the otherside with his bat.... @battosaiXX there is no replacement of Afridi

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 22:19 GMT)

Replace ,sohail tanvir with junaid khan, or razaq, Pak need to be hard for up commin matches. though matches ahead . play for the final pak..

Posted by intrepid_khan on (September 25, 2012, 22:17 GMT)

I reckon we still have plently of pace bowlers in our bucket but they are not selected for the world t20 may be bc PCB thought its gonna be spinner's heaven :) we have Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz ,specially Junaid is a star bowler !! hope they call Junaid for the upcoming matches !

P.S : hey Bangla brothers now i hope you will support the other green team of Asia :))

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 21:56 GMT)

@mazii: Funny guy!, yeah I remember that recent PAK-AUS series the 2 Ws Warner and Watson were actually testing out Ajmal so they can show their true ability against this 'magician' they didn't really want to embarrass him and hit him for all 4s and 6s, like they say "save the best till last" isn't it? But my advise to you mate and your fellow Pakistani fans is to just hand us the match because everyone knows who's going to win this match. Mind you if your bowlers played like that against Australia, you're looking at a 250+ score the least but yeah best of luck to all teams. One more thing even Cricket experts are predicting Australia and India will progress from this tough group so yeah I'm happy :)

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 21:40 GMT)

I dont understand.. why on earth tanver is still playing the matches... he is not even the guy who should be in the 14 man sqaud.. For God sakes replace him with sami/razzaq or else forget about make it to the semis... I hope Gully will srot out his lenght in upcoming crackers - he will be the key

Posted by indirockz on (September 25, 2012, 21:30 GMT)

Where are those day dreaming bd fans from yesterday. C'mon time to wake up....

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (September 25, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

Well batted Pakistani guys. Nazir is playing far sensible than before. Nasir jamshed is shinning. I feel like crying after seeing pakistan fast bowling condition. Gul should rahter after getting beaten like this. Arfat and tanvir are waste of space. literly them two playing WC 11 quite unbelievable for me. PCB should take fast bowling issue very seriously. Its getting out of hand now.

Posted by PakCric786 on (September 25, 2012, 21:24 GMT)

@Smith Robertson.. haha good joke on Ajmal please stay around we need people like you to entertain us through out the WC. Cheers

Posted by BattosaiXX on (September 25, 2012, 20:48 GMT)

Give Shakib pakistan nationality and he can replace Afridi.

Posted by maqk on (September 25, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

Yes mentioning drop catches really seems silly

after all they all all humans, they can make a terrible mistake any time, you think you are dealing with robots ? All gr8 batsmen have their chances, all gets out on duck, or low score, so its game of cricket, game of chances :)

Awesome innings Nazir bhai

Not to forget the 4 over spell of Afridi though :)

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 20:44 GMT)

Why is Pakistan playing with 7 bowlers? Shoaib Malik did not bowl one single ball. I think Pakistan should drop Umar Gul or Sohail Tanweer and add a batsman. Asad Shafiq has shown in domestic T20 that when it comes to this format, he changes from defensive batsman to aggressive stroke player.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 20:44 GMT)

for gods sake replace sohail tanveer with abdur razzaq .and umer gul better start reverse swinging the old ball .or if he doesnt this is what happens.

Posted by cricketguru55 on (September 25, 2012, 20:22 GMT)

great performance by pakistan

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 20:22 GMT)

The practice matches are over now for every team, time for real contest......

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

hafiz , nazir , jamshed , kamran , umar , afridi , razak , malik , arafat , gul , ajmal.. malik can b relplaced with any other bowler as pak doesnt need so many batsman.......

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

this doesnt make sense..according to the schedule i got 4 the world cup..it shud be england,srilanka and australia against pakistan.what is the benefit of topping ur group if u get to gace the tougher opposition?

Posted by mazii on (September 25, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

Smith robertson...I assume you are from Australia. Waoooo man with watson and warner in your side you could have whacked Ajmal all over the park, but the wizard showed warner what it takes to hit him. I feel pity for you because the match between Pakistan and Australia will be played in Colombo, I guess. There the pitch will assist spinners and then the test of Warner and Watson will start again. I hope that they could hit him at least for four. I can understand your grudge man after the last T20 series between Pakistan and Australia. Don't worry he will show you again how good Watson and Warner are. lolzzzzzzzz

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 20:01 GMT)

Wow, what an awesome attacking batsman he is... Imran Nazir! Pakistan has looked the best of the lot from the big teams alongwith SA...

Posted by Dr_Nasir.. on (September 25, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

typical imran nazir innings...always love to see his bating...and nasir jamsehd wat a talent...well played young man..but sohail tanver hate this guy...dont know why he is in the team..

Posted by Solid_Snake on (September 25, 2012, 19:58 GMT)

Our Great bowlers gave away the most runs in all 12 playing teams in current WC... Gave away 339 runs,So thats why we are at top of our group yet our Net run rate is far below NZ's.The way our bowlers are giving away runs,its a big concern

Posted by livelifeup on (September 25, 2012, 19:57 GMT)

I feel for the Bangladeshi fans because Bangladesh are constantly being ridiculed as 'minnows' and considered easy pickings. That's why they get so cocky when they win, because all the ridicule when they lose is paid back. Bangladesh has improved by leaps and bounds, especially with two-three great players in Tamim, Shakib and Mortaza, and I'm sure that in 5 years time they will be considered a strong team. Having said that 'lack of experience' is an excuse for teams like afghansitan and you don't expect that from bdesh :) Also to the person below saying 'grant shakib pakistani nationality' how is that different from England poaching Irish players :)

Posted by Mian.Invader on (September 25, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

with such kind of bowling effort, i don't think pakistan can give any kind of tough time to their oppositions. and with bowl not spinning much, indians will murder our bowling attack. but still i want india in semi final at least. but we can't write off SA or AUS either. IMO pakistan is not going to make it to semis this time, or they may require a really top class effort, specially from our consistently failing fast bowlers. best of luck to pakistan and india.

Posted by UK_Chap on (September 25, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

Why do people keep mentioning dropped catches etc...... what you are describing is simply the game of cricket. It justs comes down to how well any team plays and the catches are a part of fielding alongside the other disciplines of batting and bowling. what we have here is simply some mediocre fielding by some mediocre players.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (September 25, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

Well played bangladesh. It was good match. In the end Pakistan is able to produce two best matches of the tournament so far. Go ahead Team green and play better in super 8.

Pakistan super eight group is insane. all top teams from their respective groups are in one group. ICC seems like sleeping here. How come top 4 teams meet each other in super 8. Sad very sad.

Posted by BowledYa on (September 25, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

@Monjurul Haque. The term minnow is used more so on the basis of performance vs. the main teams. If BD goes ahead of WI or New Zealand then yes they should not be termed as such. But BD is FAR from doing so. It is performing at the minnow level and thus the term has stuck with them. There's only one way out.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

team composition of super 8 shud be hafeez,nazir,jamshed,kamran,umar akmal,malik,afridi,razzak,arafat,gul,ajmal

Posted by KarachiKid on (September 25, 2012, 19:37 GMT)

Yasir Arafat is the most under-rate bowler in Pakistan set up. This guy as uncanny ability to maintain his nerve in difficult situations. Another bowler with similar nerve is Aizaz Cheema. Gul loses it once he is hit for a six. Sami is even worse. Sohail Tanvir is dangerously off color. I would want Razzaq to be part of this team but can think of any clear cut choice to replace him with Razzaq. i think they have right balance. Only Sohail Tanvir and Gul should get their rythem back. I have a feeling that poor fielding might cost Pakistan heavily now onwards. Hope not !

Posted by madeforcricket on (September 25, 2012, 19:34 GMT)

So finally now the real competition begins with best 4 in one pool.Seems like a little injustice.Lets hope the rain stays away in order from Colombo

Posted by UK_Chap on (September 25, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

This forum does not allow the words that I wish to use to describe what I thought of Gul and Tanvirs bowling today. Bangladesh did not really try and go after Ajmal. It was a dead wicket though, great for batting. Selectors, please get rid of Tanvir and again I plead with someone in the PCB / team management or even the tooth fairy to show Gul how to bowl yorkers.

Posted by wnwn on (September 25, 2012, 19:31 GMT)

I don't think we can win it because our seamers are not good enough.

Posted by Mytale on (September 25, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

Well done Imran Nazir & Shakib-ul-Hassan. I agree with Smith Robertson about Shakib. He belongs to a poor side.

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

Tigers or cats? The jury is in. Its kittens!

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 19:22 GMT)

well done Green SHirts...

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 19:17 GMT)

Good performances by Afridi, Arafat, Nazir & Nasir.... Once again Afridi porved that he is a match winner. Although our batsmen played well but spell from Afridi was the turning point, Ajmal had his bad day today. I want to see Razzaq in place of Sohail in next game. We have Arafat and good T20 bowling all rounder and if we are attacking with spinner I don't think after such performance Sohail should be given another chance as we have all 3 big games coming. All the best to team Pakistan...

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

Is the definition of 'minnow': the 9th team in ALL ICC rankings? So lets say BD goes one step up to be 8th in either Test/ODI/T20 ranks, would you guys all start calling whichever team becomes 9th a 'minnow'? i.e. New Zealand or West Indies?

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

Well done Pakistan Keep it up.In T20 every match is crucial.SA in S8, we want to see some more brilliant performance, Keep eye on Final Caz "Eagle always dare on...." .

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

As Ban batting was going on...I already expected that the pitch is flat and its not supportive to bowlers...So, i have also expected the same batting power boost from PAK..Good Luck for super 8..Go Green Shirts and beat INDIA!

Posted by landl47 on (September 25, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

I guess the minnows are still minnows. A good effort from Bangladesh, but none of the smaller teams made it through.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 18:53 GMT)

So far they are winning without Afridi, when they lose will they blame him?

Posted by Solid_Snake on (September 25, 2012, 18:52 GMT)

One more thing.Nazir catch was dropped once.And it was such an easy catch.It wont happen again in the next round so Nazir you should be more careful..You are my fav player and i want to see you hit a ton but not like that when you tried to give away your wicket so easily.Luckly it was dropped or else..well match result would have been changed

Posted by rbisaadh on (September 25, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

u dont need to be concern abt bd ok mr. deep bishwash.....

Posted by hst84 on (September 25, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

@deep biswas: really man? wht abt the afghanistan scare? forgot about it? you should thank them that they dropped the catches of your two best players in the game..we'll see on sunday who's the better one..

Posted by LeftBrain on (September 25, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

An expected result, and expected performance by Sohail Tanvir too...... he must be the luckiest cricketer around, playing despite of this contribution for the team

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 18:45 GMT)

Well, BD were sloppy with their bowling and feilding.You see, its not that they don't have talent, its their in abundance. It's just that mental strenght what is lacking. Bangladeshi team needs physiological coaching. Yes they are young, but they do not lack experiance. BD cricket board had some serious serious task ahead of them. its rather dissapointing now

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

Well Shakib Al Hasan is d best All rounder I hv seen in Bangladesh team, He is a talented player, Moreover, Pakistn bated well today but should Improve there balling and fielding more before facing South Africa In Super8 and also Gudluck Pakistan team for rest of the tournament matches :)

Posted by tpjpower on (September 25, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

This was not the fastest 50 in World T20 history - that record still belongs to Yuvraj Singh (2007 vs England). Nazir took 25 balls; Yuvraj 12.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (September 25, 2012, 18:36 GMT)

I dont know what this Bowling coach is doing..I just watch cricket and i can clearly see whats wrong with our fast bowlers.Our coaches are blind or what..Should smack Gull,Tanvir and Arafat.Is this how bowling is done.You wont find such bowling noteven in any club level match.I know it was a flat pitch but still the way our bowlers were doing short balls as if trying intentionally to make BD batsmen hit it for a 6 or 4..Even Wasim Akram said the same thing while commentary.that somebody needs to tell them where to bowl

Posted by atharsherwani on (September 25, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Can someone explain as to why all group winners are in 1 group and all teams which came 2nd are in 2nd group for Super 8. It does not make sense. Normally 2 winners and 2 2nd teams should be in each group.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

hmmm, I didnt follow the whole match but it was a great run chase!

Posted by AkhilSood on (September 25, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

How is a fifty in 25 balls the fastest in the history of the tournament? The tournament is five years old and there was a someone called Yuvraj Singh who scored a fifty in 12 balls in the inagural edition.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

i think the fixtures for pakistan is wrong,,it should be england,srilanka and australia...

Posted by MEHATELK on (September 25, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

wot criteria used by icc to select the supper 8 group. i couldnt understand

Posted by A.Shibly on (September 25, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

this is great team work from Pakistan & Since 1992 i have been watching Bangladash matches but no improvement so far.good wishes for the pakistan to get the cup

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

Surprisingly Saeed Ajmal didn't take even a single wicket today. .i'm totally shocked

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

well-done pakestan, wish you do well in super8 but this game showed some fielding flaw which I hope they would sort out before playing big teams next. Ban batting was okay but balling was horrible, it was predicted because this is a team that always depend on spinners. If ban want to develop as a proper cricket nation they must produce some decent pacers, otherwise forget cricket, cant always expect spinn-friendly pitch.

Posted by khurramsch on (September 25, 2012, 18:17 GMT)

good confidence boosting win for pak. a great effort by bangla but off no use. good inings from imran nazir though after a chance but will give him confidence. he was not doing much since coming back. strange thing paks bowling not up to mark so far and thats a bit worry now. tough group ahead with india, sa & an inform AUS.need to get everything in order if pak want to go to semis.will be tough. pacers totally failing in tournment.

Posted by saimon143 on (September 25, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

Pakistan's bowling faltered for the 2nd time in two matches in a row today. Everyone except Afridi looked clueless... Pakistan got lucky that Bangladesh provided them with some of the worst bowling in the tournament so far, as well as some tactical goof-ups by New Zealand in the previous match. Nasir Jamshed, Imran Nazir and Mohammad Hafeez will not fire every day... When they'll have to defend a 140-odd score on a pitch like this, I wonder how the bowling will come through...

Posted by Herath-UK on (September 25, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

The Tournament proper starts now only;hopefully both Mendis & Mathews will be fully fit against the New Zealanders. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

pakistan is alwayes dangrous , they can do anything what so ever , we ned to improve our blowling if we have to progress more in t20 world cup good luck pakistan , we even loves u win or loss

Posted by Amerpaki on (September 25, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

it was a good game... but not intresting like so for.. and next on groups i am surprised on ICC how they make non sense groups.. all four best teams on there groups on one side and 2nd position teams on one group.. there should be balanced groups.. any how so for this tournement is very very boring.. hope in super 8 we can see good matches.. ALL THE BEST FOR ALL TEAMS.. CHEERS..

Posted by 123234 on (September 25, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

take out sohail tanveer and get abdul razak in.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

Congratulations to Pakistan team! Pakistan's both matches were close games, whereas all other matches have been one sided affair so far..

Posted by IndianROCKstars_2011_ODIchamps on (September 25, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

Gul went for 40 runs in his overs....

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

End of the day it was fine but it wasn't that much hard game as Pakistani bowlers and fielders made it,anyhow batting line compensate that very well especially good to see Imran nazir back in rhythm, hope he will improve more in super 8 and make things easy for Pakistan in similar fashion, anyways still its a cricket and very well said cricket is by chance as Imran got a chance and made 72 to lead Pakistan in to super 8 easily. best of luck in next round and for rest of the tournament.

Posted by Legaleagle on (September 25, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

Pakistan is AWESOME!! Well played guys! Loved the way they decimated Bangladesh!!

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

@ Mohommed Ali: If India has to play SA, Australia and Pakistan, all those sides are taking on tough opponents, not just India. England and Srilanka have it easy so we will probably see better games before the final stages of the event...

Posted by balooshi on (September 25, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

M.Ali is spot on! How come the four top teams are all in one group - it's like having Fed, Rafa, Djoko and Murray in one section of the draw! If it is based on a certain ranking system, it is obvious that the system needs to be overhauled ! By the time the Aussies, Pakistanis, Indians and RSA are done with each other, they may have little left to take on the two teams from the other group! They should be playing across the groups - not within them.

Posted by hasnain1212 on (September 25, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

Awesme win fr Pakistan... :)

Posted by radically on (September 25, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

Whats the point of winning the group if have to join all the group winners, ending up in the same group? quite illogical and unfair? should have two runner ups with winners of each prelimianry group? fancy those who made such scheme of ties were boggling!!!

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

Breaking News: A warning has been issued in Colombo. There's a storm coming their way and its GREEN! :D Pakistan Zindabad!

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

Breaking News: A warning has been issued in Colombo. There's a storm coming their way and its GREEN! :D Pakistan Zindabad!

Posted by dbk86 on (September 25, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

Well played BANGLADESH! can someone explain me why Abul is picked up?! He luckily got those 2 wickets! Very poor captaincy by Mushy...Still bd team played outstanding today but today's match turning point is the drop catch of imran nazir! :( :( ANYWAYS BEST OF LUCK PAKISTAN FOR THE UPCOMING MATCHES!

Posted by Crazy_Pk on (September 25, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

Good show by BD and very well played by Pak specially Nazir. What a clean hitting he did. Hope he has got his form now and it will help Pak in S8. My SF teams are Ind, Pak, WI, Eng. Lets C

Posted by le_stephenois on (September 25, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

"Imran Nazir whacked his way to the fastest fifty in the tournament's history". didn't Yuvraj score a fifty off 12 balls in the match where he hit Broad for six 6s in T20 WC 2007?

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

HAHAHA But I must say Pakistan fans what happened to the magician? 4 overs 0 maidens 0 wickets for 32 runs against an ordinary side tells me that Warner and Watson will taken on Ajmal easily now in the S 8s.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (September 25, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

you beauty nazir.Pak will surely win this tournament with the form of nasir,nazir,boom boom,kamran,hafeez,ajmal we meed to improve our pace attack....

Posted by kc69 on (September 25, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

Shakib-al-Hasan:an excellent player in an below average team.Bad cricket from all minnow teams.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

Deep Biswas : Remember the Asia Cup 2012!!! or World cup 2007! when teams like India, Srillanka, Safrica were down under by BD...!!! T20 is not a complete game yet!!!!!!

Posted by ProdigyA on (September 25, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

@Mohammed Ali - Yes, Its unfair that the best teams are in one group but dont worry India will still be among the top 2 to make it to the semis.

Posted by drnaveed on (September 25, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

congratulations to Pakistan for going into the super 8 round. i think,with this pair of fast bowlers( umar gul ,sohail tanveer) , it will be difficult for us to face teams like AUS and SA in the next round.we should think about some other options also. these two are not bowling well at all. sohail tanveer not only dropped that simple catch , but i think he also dropped his place from the side. why , shoaib malik is seldomly used in the recent matches, he is also a fine bowler.so is abdul razzak,why he is sitting outside. i think, in the next match abdul razzak should come in , in place of sohail tanveer ,and shoaib malik should be given the bowling.secondly ,it is an unfair distribution of the two groups.the strong teams should have been equally divided. who is responsible for it ???.the other group is comparatively weak.there should have be an extra day for the matches ,during this rainy season in SL.

Posted by Canuckistani on (September 25, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

Best overall player of the match. Got to feel for Shakib. His heroics with bat and ball went in vain as the rest of the team did not capitalize on it, once again.

Pakistan would go to super8 with great confidence now. They face the in-form team South Africa at first, roll them over, then it's easy.

Posted by screamingeagle on (September 25, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

Good game. Just a note for all these questions on why India plays all the tough teams in S8....Is winning the WC supposed to be easy? :)

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

All top teams from their respective groups placed in same group in super 8's! Very strange Isn't?

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

First of all congrats to Pakistan for qualifying :( … and well done to both teams' batsman. Unlucky bowlers for both teams! Had imran nazir been caught by abul hasan (which was a complete sitter) the match would have been different!! Bangladesh is not 'minnow' but a bit better. Comparing Bangladesh with Ireland and Afghanistan is complete rubbish, Bangladesh are miles ahead of them. Since 2005 technology has improved significantly and bats have become better and thanks to new technology finding weaknesses of other teams is much easier.. thats why teams like Ireland and Afghanistan are doing very well and i doubt very much had these teams got test status they would be better than where Bangladesh were at when they first got their test status. However i admire Afghanistan's progress for such a poor country :)

Posted by S-A-M-1994 on (September 25, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

Well done Pakistan...But Dont know what Gul and tanvir was trying to do?

Posted by Nehans on (September 25, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

Brilliant Pakistan only they have to work on their catching ...next matches will be tough and dropping Kohli, Watson, Amla or AB in crucial matches will be dangerous...

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

welll played bangladesh...but congrats to pakistan... one of d nice t20... both team played well but better team won..........

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

The ISI Bells would start ringing again now ;-)

Posted by Faizan_memon19 on (September 25, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

At last when will Bangladesh beat Pakistan? :P

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (September 25, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

very pooooooooooooor bowling from PAk....why hafiz is not use shoiab malik ,,when other like gul got boundary,,,he must try malik he is good useful........but in the end pak safey at home......good show from bangla too.......plez hafiz 11 u need to worry in super 8 for your pooor bowling.

Posted by liskal on (September 25, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

Instead of plucking eoin from ireland, england should've given a shot at shakib...

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

Shahid Afridi 4-0-20-1; He is my Man of the Match11

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 17:32 GMT)

Imran Nazir was not given a plum LB from Sakib .. or else it would have been different.. Bd is not minnow why this comment ? after scoring 175 against Pakistan, where nz could not make 150

Posted by senthil25 on (September 25, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

Sorry for Bangladesh, they bated really well, both team bowlers are Funny to watch. But Pakistan bated really well tonight. But the real test is waiting for u. yes. India vs Pakistan. This time its not a worm up match so be care full. India going to win that match sure any body bet.

Posted by PakoP on (September 25, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

BD was Short 5 bowlers ... :-)

Posted by Sanawana on (September 25, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

Gotta feel for BD team! Shakib is the best all rounder in the world in my opinion! They have good talent but they are inexperienced and that's the main issue; most of them are in their early twenties. I'm happy for my team though.... great show.. Our Achilles heel(the batting) is finally healing I guess or is it the fielding?

Posted by mumerashfaq on (September 25, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

Great victory for Pakistan and commiserations for Bng..

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

Can we give granted Shakib, Pakistan Nationality? This lad is outstanding.

Posted by Afridynamite on (September 25, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

@Smith Robertson good point! Bangladesh fans should be realistic about their team. It is still a minnow. Inspite of a very poor effort, Pakistan won easily.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

Pakistan Zindabad! chasing a good total isnt any ordinary effort. Bangladesh isnt any Ireland and Afghanistan. Well Done so far :)

Posted by Mian.Invader on (September 25, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

i didn't see the match live, but the way both teams were scoring boundaries and sixes, i think it was a total batting track.

Posted by Muneeb.B on (September 25, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

Guys pakistan has to regain its bowling form and maintain its batting form to stand out and progress to the semi finals after this

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 25, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

VERY SIMPLE ADVICE 4 "PROFESOR",I U HAVE PLANED TO MAKE SOHAIL PLAY IN EVRY MATCH,THEN NO NEED TO PLAY 3 MATCHS MORE,PLZ PACK UR LUGUAGE N RETURN HOME IMEDIETLY,"GULDOZER" WIL GULDOZ PAK'S chances this time around.

Posted by Zeeshan_Team on (September 25, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

What is this rubbish ? how comeall four toppers be in 1 pool of super 8 ... S Africa Australia,India and Pakistan ??

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

Bdesh proved that they ar still a 2nd class team...better go nd play with same size teams nd grab more experience.

Posted by ibbani on (September 25, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

BD is no team to match Pak though, even 220 was chasable with Pak's batting today. BD shud be ripped off the status of ICC team status itself.

India 49%, SA 21%, Pak 30% - is th poll for best teams in ICC T20 this tournament,

Posted by cricketkhan on (September 25, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

Pack your bags BD, and stop dreaming.....

Posted by pak78 on (September 25, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

well played pakistan........congrats 2 all fans.

Posted by Talhacroft on (September 25, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

Bangladesh played well..but for them to win against Pakistan is a different league all together.

Posted by Wacco on (September 25, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

With this match all the minnows are back to their hut, now the real competition begins. Hope at last cricket becomes watchable.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

Well Pakistan made it into the supper 8...phew that was close!

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

BD still a minnow. Go play with Nepal and Bermuda first.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 16:44 GMT)

Feel so bad for a player like Shakib because really he doesn't belong in this ordinary team. Also 'some' Bangladesh fans please stop dreaming and be realistic.

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

imran nazir rocks. he could have made the 100 like he made in ICL finals when he was playing for lahore badshah

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

interestng match today. BD effort is good.

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

well done Bdesh..........................:)

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

Why india in super eights has to play to all top teams (south africa, australia, pakistan) in their respective groups.... isn't it unfair...??? as two top teams from each group will qualify for semi finals....

Posted by cricfan2007 on (September 25, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

BD is about 15-20 runs short to make a 36 run difference to qualify.

Posted by ibbani on (September 25, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

Pak and NZ thru - congrats for super 8

Posted by Abu.Ashhad on (September 25, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

what happened with our bowling? even with NZ we didnt come up strong. Lets see!

Posted by shaun65 on (September 25, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

good game,even if bangladesh win,there is much chances pak will qualify...by the way i want intresting match....plz no more rain...best of luck both teams....

Posted by streetblader on (September 25, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

I hope pakistan makes it to 140 at least. It would be a shame to see bd in super 8, a minnow spoiling the fun when serious teams are playing some serious cricket...

Posted by khurramsch on (September 25, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

@ inings break: very poor by pakistan. poor by gul & sohail tanvir. and most importantly very poor by hafez he continued with gul, himself and sohail when they wre leaking runs. and misfields, overall poor performance & on if pak go to super 8 their group will be very tough with SA, india & an inform AUS. sensible thing is to target 140 now.

Posted by kickassPakistan on (September 25, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Good batting bangladesh though it seems Pakistani players were playing for you guys

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

Come On Bangladesh ! Show Pakistan the doors .

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

Pray for that ! need to win by 36 to qualify

Posted by AkDoN on (September 25, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

Even of BD reaches 170 ..its easily PAK's game......BD has to score at least 190+ & get PAK bowled out in 130 to get in S8....highly impossible they dont have that much calibre for sure. Welcome PAk to S8...bye bye BD go hom,e & learn basics

Posted by   on (September 25, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

Well the way Bangladesh is playing till now (13th over) their victory with the required margin is a realistic chance now. I'm not saying that they'll surely win it, but the chance is there. We all know Pakistan is bad at chase and who knows a couple of quick wickets may see Pakistan getting all confused and eventually losing with more than 36 runs. I pray it does not happen but.....Anyway, it's good to see Bangladesh putting a real good fight.

Posted by Afridynamite on (September 25, 2012, 14:20 GMT)

Pakistan should have rested Hafeez and Ajmal for this game. It is time to test bench strength ahead of the Super 8s.

Posted by PakFan1209 on (September 25, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

Hope Pak qualifies for the super eight really nervous

Posted by dodi4diana on (September 25, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

PAKISTAN ZINDABAD! watchout for pakistan team batsmen specially imran,kamran,jamshaid,malik,hafeez and AFRIDI.and bowlers umar gul,ajmal

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