Pakistan v South Africa, World T20 2012, Super Eights, Colombo September 27, 2012

Hafeez banks on value of quicks

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Fast bowling has always been Pakistan's most prized asset. To borrow from finance, it has been akin to a treasure chest of US government bonds, usually one of the safest investments on the planet. The batting in recent years has been like mid-market stocks, capable of volatility. Spin bowling has become a productive investment of late, with blue chips in Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi. But as capital from across the world flees to the safety of US government bonds in times of uncertainty, Mohammad Hafeez is confident his fast bowlers will recover from the expensive outings in the group stage and bowl like the match-winners they have been as the World Twenty20 gets tighter.

"We are blessed with some of the greats in Twenty20s, especially Ajmal and Afridi," Hafeez said. "This is our strength, even though we rely on our fast bowlers who unfortunately could not do well in the group matches. We are hoping they come up with good performances. Umar Gul is one of them."

The economy rates of Gul, Sohail Tanvir and Yasir Arafat after two games are 11.71, 9.66 and 9.25 respectively. The form of Gul, the joint-second highest wicket-taker in T20Is after Ajmal, is particularly worrying for Pakistan. Hafeez, though, said Gul was experienced enough to handle the issue.

"He realises when he is not doing the basics right," Hafeez said. "The good thing from what we can see is that he is very focused and working hard in practice. Bowling coach Mohammad Akram is working with him. We know he is our match-winner.

"Pitches in the group matches were really good for batting. Our bowlers tried hard to get something out of them but sometimes you can have an off day. Anyone can have an off day, anyone can bowl badly. But with the positive attitude among our bowlers, I am confident they can return to rhythm soon."

Pakistan played both their group games in Pallekele but Hafeez said that with the side having experience of playing in Colombo, the change of venue for the Super Eights would not make much difference. "I know the conditions will change from Kandy to Colombo, adjustability will be a factor. We have played enough here in Colombo, we know the conditions well."

Hafeez said playing the Super Eights in Colombo gave the Pakistan spinners more opportunity to make an impact. "The pitches in Colombo in the tournament have been batting pitches so far. Spinners play a role here, there is some turn. There was not much turn in Pallekele. We feel with the kind of spinners we have, we will do well here in the Super Eights."

While Afridi's role as legspinner will be crucial, Hafeez said Pakistan were also looking forward to his contributions with the bat. "We are relying on Afridi with both bat and ball. And we are very happy with his attitude during practice. He is batting very well during practice, and when the time comes, he will surely win the game for us."

The return of Kamran Akmal to the side has also boosted the batting, Hafeez said. Kamran smashed an unbeaten 92 as Pakistan came back from 91 for 5 to successfully chase 186 against India in a warm-up game. He also made an unbeaten 22 against Bangladesh, hitting the winning runs after Pakistan had sealed their qualifications to the Super Eights. "Kamran has been an excellent package for Pakistan as a wicketkeeper-batsman. Our batting has been strengthened by his comeback after a year."

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Areeb_Pakistan on September 28, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    @STRIKER14: Man your both predictions have gone wrong , Australia and Pakistan are the winners now !

  • Areeb_Pakistan on September 28, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    @ STRIKER14 , Now what you say man ??? Your one prediction has been dusted to ground by Pakistan !

  • Sanjiyan on September 28, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    @Sohaib_khalil.10 Winning by 7 runs is hardly a crushing. Pakistan played exceptionally well in that match, and as i recall Afridi was the one who did it for pakistan. Lets hope pakistan dont have to rely on him again

  • STRIKER14 on September 28, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Pathan should play today.Warner will always play in leg side.The bowling sholud be low and outside off stump.If u put that delivery he will get out.

  • STRIKER14 on September 28, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Pakistan and Australia will loose today.SouthAfrica and India will qualify to semifinals.

  • EvilAvi on September 28, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Pakistan has been very consistent when it comes to World T20s. But Still they need to bat well against the duo of 'styne' and 'morkel' and also have to be careful while fielding against the world's best fielding team. Hoping to see a great competition when Pak face us on 30th...

  • baranasai on September 28, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    For Pak Akmal brothers and Ajmal and Afridi are awesome Same here In SA Hasheem,Devilliers and Dale are very good. Iam sure it will be a mouth watering contest . Let us pray it turns out to be a red hot game.

  • mu05 on September 28, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    shame on those people who still thinking to bring aamri i dont think Pakistan need him we have lot of young talented fast bowler but important thing Pakistan board and selector should give them proper chance . after wasime and waqar pakistan have not any fast blower played 50 test matches coz we are always see we see short term advantage not planning for long tarm

  • nagios on September 28, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Best of luch green shirts....May the Almighty Allah grant you the full strength and wisdom to win this and all rst of matches for Pakistan

  • Always_be_Pakistani on September 28, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Crucial Match for Pak Team... I think If Pak team Wins the Match Against SA (Hope & Trust) then the major contributors in the team will be,,

    Batting:: Akmal Brothers & Nasir Jamshed,, Bolwing:: Gul,Ajmal & Afridi

    For those who criticize the selection of Umer Gul, The Top 3 wicket Takers in T20I and umer Gul is one of them..

    Yap umer Gul doesn't performing well since 2011 but every player has a bad patch in the career so as Shahid Afridi also has.... but why people doesn't criticize him too ??? Because people knows that the "LALA" can be a match winner in any circumstance when the day belongs to him, so as the Umer Gul Case, when his line n Length comes back to the form, NO one can survive against his Superb yorkers... so Please be Positive and Always supports Pakistan in any case.

  • Areeb_Pakistan on September 28, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    @STRIKER14: Man your both predictions have gone wrong , Australia and Pakistan are the winners now !

  • Areeb_Pakistan on September 28, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    @ STRIKER14 , Now what you say man ??? Your one prediction has been dusted to ground by Pakistan !

  • Sanjiyan on September 28, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    @Sohaib_khalil.10 Winning by 7 runs is hardly a crushing. Pakistan played exceptionally well in that match, and as i recall Afridi was the one who did it for pakistan. Lets hope pakistan dont have to rely on him again

  • STRIKER14 on September 28, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Pathan should play today.Warner will always play in leg side.The bowling sholud be low and outside off stump.If u put that delivery he will get out.

  • STRIKER14 on September 28, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Pakistan and Australia will loose today.SouthAfrica and India will qualify to semifinals.

  • EvilAvi on September 28, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Pakistan has been very consistent when it comes to World T20s. But Still they need to bat well against the duo of 'styne' and 'morkel' and also have to be careful while fielding against the world's best fielding team. Hoping to see a great competition when Pak face us on 30th...

  • baranasai on September 28, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    For Pak Akmal brothers and Ajmal and Afridi are awesome Same here In SA Hasheem,Devilliers and Dale are very good. Iam sure it will be a mouth watering contest . Let us pray it turns out to be a red hot game.

  • mu05 on September 28, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    shame on those people who still thinking to bring aamri i dont think Pakistan need him we have lot of young talented fast bowler but important thing Pakistan board and selector should give them proper chance . after wasime and waqar pakistan have not any fast blower played 50 test matches coz we are always see we see short term advantage not planning for long tarm

  • nagios on September 28, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Best of luch green shirts....May the Almighty Allah grant you the full strength and wisdom to win this and all rst of matches for Pakistan

  • Always_be_Pakistani on September 28, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Crucial Match for Pak Team... I think If Pak team Wins the Match Against SA (Hope & Trust) then the major contributors in the team will be,,

    Batting:: Akmal Brothers & Nasir Jamshed,, Bolwing:: Gul,Ajmal & Afridi

    For those who criticize the selection of Umer Gul, The Top 3 wicket Takers in T20I and umer Gul is one of them..

    Yap umer Gul doesn't performing well since 2011 but every player has a bad patch in the career so as Shahid Afridi also has.... but why people doesn't criticize him too ??? Because people knows that the "LALA" can be a match winner in any circumstance when the day belongs to him, so as the Umer Gul Case, when his line n Length comes back to the form, NO one can survive against his Superb yorkers... so Please be Positive and Always supports Pakistan in any case.

  • Samee6345 on September 28, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    i dont agree with kingsland.. first of all yasir is not a junk if you see who has given break throws and taken wickets in T20, you will find Yasir arafat. i am not in the favor of Yasir but he is the right choice as compare to Razzaq in bowling. Razzaq has given so many chances but he is not performing in batting. Question is Umar Gul, when Umar gul performed last time. He is the highest wicket taker after Shahid Afridi but in practice matches and group matches both, he is not proven to be Pakistan's fast bowler. he is the most senior bowler in pakistan team but not performing on that mark whereas selectors did not given a chance to Junaid Khan who could be a triump card this time

  • Irfan01 on September 28, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Afridi's come back in both batting and bowling is of great essence for Pakistan, his presence in final eleven in itself keep the opposition under pressure. And If openers give a stand of about 60-70 Runs with the average of more than 8 runs/over, it will increase the chances of Pakistan Win by bringing the SA under pressure. Sohail Tanveer should not be in Final eleven instead Abdul Razzaq(Specialized in dealings under pressure) or Junaid Khan should be given a chance.

  • Sohaib_khalil.10 on September 28, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    @talmaeena1 ..... pleaze stop seeing dreams during the day.... and try to remember 2009 t20 world cup semi final .... SA was totally crushed and inshaallah the same things gonna happen today

  • badmaash on September 28, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    Where is Junaid Khan??????

  • on September 28, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    its going to be pakistan today...as we want dem in finals against insia...

  • ABLcric on September 28, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Both teams are in great form. If Pakistan team gets Amla early, then it's gonna be easy for them. Similarly, if South Africa team plays Ajmal well, it's gonna be easy for them. Ajmal and Amla will pay critical role in this crucial and exciting match.

  • on September 28, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    Raza Hassan should be included in place of Yasir Arafat or Sohail Tanvir... Two fast bowler is enough for pakistan with the spin attack of ajmal, afridi, hafeez, malik and raza. I think raza would be a good choice against protius in colombo.

  • ummii on September 28, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Looking forwarding for a great contest again b/w the great rivals S. Afridi vs Kallis,,, No one can forget that flying kiss in 2009 T20 W/cup semi finals... a repetition today will be refreshing..

  • on September 28, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    I remember on d other day when Tanvir Dropped a catch, a fellow commentator was telling it's a drop of the tournament and Rameez was telling i think it's a drop of d decade! shame on you Tanivr. At this level no body can teach you catching!!! Beside Remove him and Replace Razzaq!!! Indeed Sami is Nightmare for pakistani fans!!! I wonder if he plays against India how Virat Kohli Treats him!!! send him back to Pakistan let him have some good food and enjoy with his family!! And i suggest him to open a cricket club!! so that he can survive with it!!!

  • on September 28, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    for you, talmaeena1, I think you forgot the 2010 Semi Final, please remember it.

  • JINNAH0001 on September 28, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    PRAYERS ACCEPTED......"Sohail_tanvir_not_playing" Good chances of Pakistan winning!!!!! yaaay

  • xym on September 28, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Seriously why did Pakistan opt for Sohail when they have two better left handers like Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz. Arafat is going to get beaten up badly in the Super 8s against quality batting. Razzaq is always a better option if you want 2 decent overs from an experienced cricketer.

    Now that you think of it, with the inclusion of the recent bowling coach, the fast bowlers department has been a real let down.

  • on September 28, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    Pak will win inshallah, need punching start from nazir & hafeez if bat first or guldozer from gul if bowl first.

  • sajjad.kernel on September 28, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    replace Tanvir and Arafat with Junaid and Aizaz....

  • Glorizee on September 28, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    See, I am sure Pakistan is going to throw the match against some wicket to wicket bowling and some hefty batting and that is it.

    Pakistan is not that much capable.. a simple equation. There is no match, guys! Wish all best luck...

  • on September 28, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    i think Ajmal will Blast Today by African batsmens.

  • on September 28, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Pakistan have beat them in 2009 semi final, and also in 2010 group stages of super eight and proceeds to semi final... Both teams are 50/50. It will be a nail biting match

  • hst84 on September 28, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    @talmaeena: dont worry, still your team wont be progressing to the semis like you are thinking..as far as Pakistan is concerned, if it improves its bowling and fielding then it will go all the way..

  • maddy20 on September 28, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    Tanvir has lost his edge. His wrong-footed bowling is not confusing anymore and batsmen are used to playing him now. I wonder why Razzaq is out of the team. He is very good bowler and a handy lower order batsman. If they bring him back, then this Pakistani Juggernaut will roll on to semis easily. Best wishes from an Indian fan!

  • on September 28, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    SA will be a push over, they say Pakistan is volatile, no one chokes in crucial games more than SA

  • aiksa on September 28, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    Sohail Tanvir is nothing but a liability and I fail to see any reason for him being in the team. Abdul Razzaq is a much better option. I don't know why they are not playing Junaid Khan who has tremedous potential and future of Pakistan fast bowling. Yasir Arafat has also failed to impress despite his vast T20 experience. Sohail & Yasir MUST be replaced if Pakistan wants to reach semis.

  • cyberstudent on September 28, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    Indian Fast attack is better than Pakistan...Thanks to M. Akram

  • yuvi_fan on September 28, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Should be a great match (only 2nd to Ind vs Pak later on). Possible a preview of the final. Good luck pakistan, from an indian fan.

  • on September 28, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Well, I do believe that SA is quite a hard team to beat these days, but this was exactly the same case when they were up against Pakistan in 2009 T20 WC, and it was quite a tough contest at that time. I do believe that Pak has a slight edge this time around as they have kings of spiner these days and they are Playing at the slow wkt and turning wkt of Pramedasa.....

  • on September 28, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    talmeena 1 , you live in fool paradise SA will be caught by spin and they will loss thier glory today.

  • on September 28, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    No one can outwit SA except PK and IND , pakistan can beat using its strong bowling and india would beat SA through its powerful bating line .

  • on September 28, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    come on PAK.wishes from SL

  • FaisalRana on September 28, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Wait and watch Nasir Jamshed against Stayen and Morkel ..... Other SA bowlers will not be a problem for Pakistan batsmen ....

  • on September 28, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    @talmeeena i will pst my comment at the end of the match.lets wait n watch

  • AHZ-Dubai on September 28, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Zeeshan. Its an oxymoron to use Fast Bowling and India in one sentence. Irfan Pathan and Zaheer are slow medium pacers. Pakistan high schoolers bowl faster than them. Our pace bowlers maybe bowling horribly but they always will be bowling FAST.

  • on September 28, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Pakistan team may be like this structure.. Hafeez, Imran Nazir, Jamseed, Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Afridi, Malik, Abdur Razzak, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Junaid khan Extra Asad Safiq and Ahmed Shahzad Please guys...comment your self

  • on September 28, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    Oh ya. Like this nis the first time Pak is underperforming and SA is over performing right? Forgot 2009? SA still had partically the same team then, with Morkel and Steyn bowling. Umar Gul started out with almost the same economy during 2009 World T20 as well. Its a 50/50 game since this time we have better batsmen and SA have Amla.

  • on September 28, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    I dont know what is the point that Abdur Razzak always ignored by selectors. Abdur razzak is the match winner and very good all rounder. Yasir Arafat is out stand player. He is giving more runs. Hafeez wanna decide about Abdur Razzak.

  • Saad.Navaid on September 28, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    the main problem with Pakistan has been their selection... i think they should give a chance to razak insteaad of sohail and sami instead of arafat... our spin is already world class we dont actually need raza hasan (who is by far the worst feilder and cant even hold the bat in the right manner)... for sami i would say that with sohail and gul in this condition you might as well use sami before its too late... whats the worst that might happen... mediocre bowling....? thats what we been doing in the past two matches.. atleast he has pace and yorkers... all in all best of luck for Pakistan... make us proud guys... may Allah grant you victories all the time...

  • ziazai on September 28, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    No doubt that there are few fast attcking bowlers in SA team but remember Pakistan is the team who can beat any team of the world. Specially they are unpredictible.

  • Surajdon9 on September 28, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    Gul need to keep length and line tight......................

  • zubidoobi on September 28, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Pakistan's batting will certainly be a problem. Although the inclusion of Nasir Jamshed and Kamran Akmal being in good form has stabilized the team a bit but it would be interesting to see how they play against the world's best fast bowling attack.

  • on September 28, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    @talameena1, please can you wake up and stop day dreaming! SA is gona bite the dust as usual :), no doubt the are the best opponents but they don't stand a chance winning against Pakistan.. i do agree with my other friends, Pakistan should play Abdul Razaq instead of Sohail Tanveer and if wicket is spinners friendly they should replace Yasir Arafat with Hasan Raza. My bet of semifinals is Pakistan, Austraila, Sri Lanka and West indies. Good luck to Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabaad Pakistan Paindaabaad....

  • on September 28, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    Pakistan will beat south Africa as they did before in T20 world cup 2009 then 2010......

  • on September 28, 2012, 1:48 GMT

    PCB should think about M.Amir Who can struggle any Batsmen in any format!

  • ifrakurshid on September 28, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    PAK CAN CAUSE UP SET TODAY BY BEATING SOUTH AFRICA BUT THEY HAVE TO GET THE CHOICE OF FIRST 11 PLAYERS RIGHT BY DEPENDING MORE ON SPIN RATHER PACE THEY MUST GO WITH 2 FAST BOWLERS JUNAID AND YASIR AS SOUTH AFRICA HAS INVESTED ON TANVIR RECEANTLY BY PLAYING HIM IN THEIR DOMESTIC GIVE HIM A REST IN THIS MATCH ALONGWITH GUL DUE BELOW PAR BOWLING IN THE LAST MATCH A JOLT WILL WORK GOOD FOR THEM IN OTHER MATCHES IF JUNAID AND YASIR FAILED TO SUPPORT AJMAL THE LEFT ARM SPINNER EQUALLY GOOD & RUN STOPPER ABDOR REHMAN BE FIELDED AS A SPIN WEAPON DUE SHAHID AFRADI BEING LEG SPINNER USUALLY COSTLY AND NOT IN TOP BOWLING FORM. THEY SHOULD NOT RELY ON OPNER IMRAN NAZIR WHO VERY LUCK TO SCORE AFTER GETTING A CHANCE DUE POOR FIELDING OF THE OPPONENT AND MUST ADD SHAFIQ IN THEIR BATTING LINE UP WHO IS MORE RELIABLE THAN IMRAN NAZIR AT NO3 0R 4. A TEST FOR TOUR SLECTION COMMITTE COACH & THE UNTRAINED CAPT UNDULY ADVERTISE TO MOLD PUBLIC OPONION A WEAK LINK AS LEADER OF THE TEAM WILL BE UNDER PRESSURE

  • Dark.Matter on September 28, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    Don't bring RAZA Hassan in this crucial stage just replace some one like tanvir or yasir Arafat with razzaq. Don't ask Imran nazir to contain and target Johan Botha and jack kalis . There can be a third bowler as well to target. Last but not the least , hold on to your catches and don't lose nerves. Remember that opponents are famous as chokers so use it to calm your nerve. It all gona be easy . Best of luck hafiz and co.

  • talmaeena1 on September 27, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    The Proteas are gonna take them to the cleaners. The Banglas were easy desert with their mediocre bowling. Wait until Morkel and Stern attack. Pakistan to lose by 45-60 runs.

  • on September 27, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    be frank no one can beat SA in league stage.But anyone can beat SA in knockouts.. This is real ..beleive me

  • on September 27, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    At this rate, we'll have a fast bowling unit that'll look almost as horrible as that of India.

  • on September 27, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    Please take out Sohail Tanvir and bring Abdul Razaq I am sure he can bowl a lot better then him plus he can be very use full in batting if the middle order fails.If the wicket is turning then arafat should also replace with hasan .

  • on September 27, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    PCB should also focus on bringing Mohammed Amir in the team. He is an asset for Pakistan cricket.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on September 27, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    PCB must concentrate on fast bowling issue. Get your best coaches. get ww's and make a fast bowling acadmey. This is getting out of hand now. Can't see this insane avg fast bowling attack.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on September 27, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    Arfat and sohail tanvir and raza hassan are really waste of space. junaid khan and Rehman could have been alot better options. I hope Umer Akmal and Afridi clicks tommorow onwards. Gul must do yorkers. that is his strength not short balls. Arfat should be replaced with razzaq.

  • Solid_Snake on September 27, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    last time it was Afridi who won the match for us single handedly.. Lets see who does it for us tomorrow.i am relying on my instincts that Pak would and they have to win tomorrows match.Because right now Australia is in such a deadly form.And India..Well our match against India is always a 50/50 So in short tomorrows match is a do or die situation for Pak if we want to progress into the Semis :) Go Greens..God bless you

  • cricket_fan_1980 on September 27, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    One of the huge improvements I've seen in the Pakistan camp is their fielding (overall; they still have some ironing out to do in that dept, but overall it has improved). The one major negative fielding show was Tanvir's dropped catch in the Beng game. Other than that though, the boys have really been top notch. Pakistan HAS to keep working on that dept and keep improving further. Umar Akmal, Imran Nazir, Shoaib Malik and Asad Shafiq are top quality fielders, as good as the best of them out in world cricket. Patrolling the outfield with these guys genuinely saves 20 - 30 runs even in a T20 innings. And, at least 2 or 3 runouts have been made from the outfield, Umar Akmal being particularly impressive. The weak links in fielding are Sohail Tanvir and Ajmal. Ajmal we can forgive becz of his bowling quality, but Tanvir more and more for me is a liability in the team. If it is a spinning track bring in Raza Hassan instead of him, and if the track has some pace, use Razzaq for 2 - 3 overs.

  • saintsinister on September 27, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    well.. 2 weak links in pakistan team at the moment.. fast bowling and fielding.. i just dont understand the selection process for Gul and Sami.. both have been mediocre for a whole year (sami's case his entire career), they might have been good in the Indian Bowling attack but not here.. We have quality bowlers sitting in Pakistan waiting for their turn.. Junaid and Sadaf hands down.. fielding well can't do anything, we just plainly have never been athletic or agile enough due to rough grounds back home. SA on the other hand do not have any weaknesses so normal circumstances SA hands down should win but problem with pakistan is brilliant individual performances that takes those stats out of the window.. so best of luck Pakistan.. Make us proud guys :)

  • justtogood on September 27, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    @everyone- do u really think SA are going to struggle tomorrow??? Thats real funny, PAK wont score 130 if they bat first, the SA attack will mow them down and all this talk of Afridi PLEASE do me a favour he's not even half the player he was!!!! He will get smacked all over the park as will hafeez wait and see!!!! SA can play spin watch they ain't ENG!!!!

  • on September 27, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    Gully will come handy in upcming crackers, dont worry boys !

  • on September 27, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    Pakistan must change its batting order before it is too late. They are not giving enough time to Afridi and Umar Akmal to hit out and put a huge total. I think Hafeez should bat at 7 or 8. Batting order should be.

    Imran Nazir Nasir Jamshed Kamran Akmal Umar Akmal Shahid Afridi Shoaib Malik M Hafeez Sohail Tanvir Yasir Arafat Umar Gul Saeed Ajmal

  • khurramsch on September 27, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Razak shoul b playing to boost batting. Hafez and nazir both r shaky starters and sa fielding will not let thm chances. 3 seamers were very poor in both games. More importantly pitches are not supporting spin so with this much poor bowling pakistan is in a bit of worry

  • on September 27, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    Have to strangle the proteas so that they choke ... oh wait ... they can do that themselves

  • criclight on September 27, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    cant chase, cant bat, cant score century, useless players like umar akmal in team. and if bowlers dont bowl we get home flight soon.

  • BowledYa on September 27, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Tanvir has not had any success in any of the matches. I don't understand why a short format specialist like Razzak is continuously ignored. That is the only change needed in the team, besides having a good talk with Gul.

  • on September 27, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    so now Pakistan has 5 more matches remaining in this WC T20 2012 :)

  • on September 27, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    Fast bowlers are match winner for Pakistan since long and unfortunately at the moment we have no genuine fast bowler we can rely. Umer Gul seems too ordinary as well as Sohail Tanvir. We dont have back up or replacement for them. Sami is also not reliable. so we can only hope and pray for success.On the other hand Shaihid Afridi lost his form both as a bowler n batsman,his golden years has ended now and he shud retire soon after world cup.

  • on September 27, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    The Playing 11 should be HAFEEZ NAZIR JAMSHED KAMRAN UMAR MALIK AFRIDI ARAFAT GUL AJMAL HASAN

  • on September 27, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    I think fielding will make the difference in this encounter.

  • on September 27, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    If there is little bit help for spinners on pitch then i think Pak will win this by a huge margin against africa. Pakistan Previous record is also better agains africa. So Hoping for a great Battle.

  • OhPakistan on September 27, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    ACID TEST for both sides. Contrary to Hafeez's observation/statement regarding "value of quicks", Pakistani spinners hold the key/will play the pivotal role towards the outcome of the match ! IMO, Hafeez has fired the first salvo ( bluffing the S.A. think tanks ).Pakistan pace bowling has not hit top gear yet and is the weakest link! Also, slower pitch at Colombo will not suite the quicks. Pakistan's best chance is to "dent" the morale of S.A. and hope they (SA) continue to "CHOCK" - GET AMLA B4 HE SETTLES & then focus to outfox A.B.! In present scenario, surely the spinners ( Ajmal, Afridi and Hafeez ) will have to dismantle the efficient S.A. Batting ! The ( Pak ) think tanks should have formulated strategy to counter the "express" pace South African attack ! Pak. MUST play their EXPLOSIVE/IMPACT batsmen ( Kamran, Nazir, Jamshed, Umar, Afridi & Razak ) in top order to play majority of overs; Hafeez & Malik should bat lower down! Good luck to Pakistan ( they will need lots of it).

  • on September 27, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    If the pitch gets flat then it would be a chance for PAK batting to blast off S.A bowling attack...otherwise PAK's bowling should be more focused specially fast bowlers...Cheers for PAK..Inshallah we will Win.

  • on September 27, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    If Pakistan Won the Toss and they even have 40-45 runs in 6 over for none then that will help Pakistan to make a reasonable total, and i believe if Pakistan able to get about 175-185 then SA feel difficult to chase on Colombo pitches.

  • Solid_Snake on September 27, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    @Chirs-Cry->Akram is a great bowler himself..It was so unlucky for him to make his appearance while the 2 WW's ie Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis both were dominating the cricketing world..So making a place in team with those 2 W legends isnt an easy job..I remember the same thing happened with Stuart Mcgill of Australia.He never got to make a name for himself Because of another legend Shane warne.So these things happens and one cannot say that Mcgill or Akram the two unlucky guys are bad bowlers.Both are really good bowlers but just unlucky

  • Hunbbel on September 27, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    I think that Arafat should be played as a 6th bowling option. He is one of the best outfielders/deep catchers in the team and can hit with the bat as well. With Sohail out of form, Razzaq can be exceptional on these Sri Lankan pitches if he bowls more cutters (Look at Shane Watson). However, I like Hafeez's approach. There is no time to push the fast bowlers. Only rhythm and confidence can do these geezers any good. But the main problem was in the selection policy. By selecting Sami and Sohail over Junaid/Wahab/Anwar Ali and Sadaf Hussain, they started with the wrong tactics and now the captain, team and the fans are paying for this.

  • Kantotay on September 27, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    I agree with kingsland.........

  • WickyRoy.paklover on September 27, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Pak have d bettr of saffas in t20s,raza hasan should b emplyd in place of tanvir n razaq 4 arafat as razaq playd one of d bst odi ining evr against d same side so he should get his inspiratn 4rm there,afridi,s t20 magic z enuf to win us against safas,i thnk safas,aus gona strugle against ajmal,raza,afridi,hafez.STEYN,MORKEL R BRILIANT BT WOULD NT B AUTHORITATIVE CONSIDRNG D PITCHS WHICH WOULD B ROADLIKE N SLIGHTLY TURNING(MAY B),Imran would strugle against sa,aus bt would b demolshng against ind 4 obvious reasns,all in all pak would b slight favorits here.

  • hasnain1212 on September 27, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Abdul Razaq should play instead of Yasir Arafat...

  • Mr.Rola on September 27, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Umer Gul will perform tomorrow INSHAHALLAH. We want to see Abdul Razzaq in playing X1 in replace of Tanveer.

  • on September 27, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    @kingsland: i think u dnt have any sense of cricket my friend. . u r playing with 9 batsman LOL :s

  • xylo on September 27, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    wow... Pakistan has to worry about their fast bowlers?

  • on September 27, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Team is Going Well, Hafeez should Use Shoaib Malik as blower, Yasir Afraat is a good All rounder but abdul razzaq is a good finnisher, whoch is useful at the last moments of the Game, He should be in the team.

  • El_Toro_Loco on September 27, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Wishful thinking Hafeez it ain't gonna happen soon, better put your energy & concentration on the batting skills. Ciao....

  • DibblyDobbler2 on September 27, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    SA should win this easy ....best of luck for the game to Steyn and Co.

  • cyberstudent on September 27, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    M. Akram should take coaching lessons from Yasir Arafat... YA is better than him. Wata shame PCB has make the things worse for Pak fast bowling. Waqar Coaching era was best for Pak Fast bowling.. and Junaid Khan will be missed alot, he should be in place of Sammi.

  • boomboomumer on September 27, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    pakistan zindahbaad ,though sa are my 2nd favrits but pak should win 2morrow

  • boomboomumer on September 27, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    promote BoomBoom in batting order ,u need him in big games atleast ahead of U.akmal and malik

  • Chirs-Cry on September 27, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    A country of great fast bowlers, and they still choose M. Akram as a bowling coach ? No wonder Pak bowling suffered in the group matches. Not ony Pak almost every bowling line-up will suffer with such an average and less experienced bowling coach but then ofcourse Indian can learn from him.

  • Zubair_baltistani on September 27, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    Inshallah Pakistan will win the matches.The thing is to focus is neither balling or batting Pakistan should work hard for their fielding which is very poor against the group matches they have not chance to make the same mistake again.

  • Crick_Expert on September 27, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    PAK team management should open eyes and kickoff trash players ASAP before super Eigh matches. The team should be as; HAFFEZ, NAZIR, NASIR, K. AKMAL, U. AKMAL, AFRIDI, SAHOIB, ABDUL RAZZAK, SAFIQ, GUL, AJMAL Hafeez should use Sahoib Malik and Abdul Razaak as bowlers. Junk players Tanvir and Yasir should be kickoff from team.

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  • Crick_Expert on September 27, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    PAK team management should open eyes and kickoff trash players ASAP before super Eigh matches. The team should be as; HAFFEZ, NAZIR, NASIR, K. AKMAL, U. AKMAL, AFRIDI, SAHOIB, ABDUL RAZZAK, SAFIQ, GUL, AJMAL Hafeez should use Sahoib Malik and Abdul Razaak as bowlers. Junk players Tanvir and Yasir should be kickoff from team.

  • Zubair_baltistani on September 27, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    Inshallah Pakistan will win the matches.The thing is to focus is neither balling or batting Pakistan should work hard for their fielding which is very poor against the group matches they have not chance to make the same mistake again.

  • Chirs-Cry on September 27, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    A country of great fast bowlers, and they still choose M. Akram as a bowling coach ? No wonder Pak bowling suffered in the group matches. Not ony Pak almost every bowling line-up will suffer with such an average and less experienced bowling coach but then ofcourse Indian can learn from him.

  • boomboomumer on September 27, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    promote BoomBoom in batting order ,u need him in big games atleast ahead of U.akmal and malik

  • boomboomumer on September 27, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    pakistan zindahbaad ,though sa are my 2nd favrits but pak should win 2morrow

  • cyberstudent on September 27, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    M. Akram should take coaching lessons from Yasir Arafat... YA is better than him. Wata shame PCB has make the things worse for Pak fast bowling. Waqar Coaching era was best for Pak Fast bowling.. and Junaid Khan will be missed alot, he should be in place of Sammi.

  • DibblyDobbler2 on September 27, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    SA should win this easy ....best of luck for the game to Steyn and Co.

  • El_Toro_Loco on September 27, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Wishful thinking Hafeez it ain't gonna happen soon, better put your energy & concentration on the batting skills. Ciao....

  • on September 27, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Team is Going Well, Hafeez should Use Shoaib Malik as blower, Yasir Afraat is a good All rounder but abdul razzaq is a good finnisher, whoch is useful at the last moments of the Game, He should be in the team.

  • xylo on September 27, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    wow... Pakistan has to worry about their fast bowlers?