India v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Delhi January 7, 2013

Weather made the difference in chase - Misbah

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan's captain Misbah-ul Haq has said changes in conditions through the course of the day were responsible for India securing a ten-run victory in the third ODI in Delhi. Defeat for Pakistan, who won the series 2-1, came after their attack put on another quality display, restricting India to 167, but their batsmen failed to chase down the target.

Delhi had recorded another cold day, the minimum temperature dipping to 1.9 degrees late into the night, which made the run chase difficult for the visitors.

"The weather made all the difference. Survival became difficult as the fog descended," Misbah said. "The pitch, which looked like a batting track, changed its behaviour as the temperature dipped. I did not expect such moisture. So weather played a crucial role."

At the toss, Misbah had said Pakistan were used to playing in cold conditions because Lahore also has similar weather conditions at this time of the year. But the fog along with the cold made it more difficult for his batsmen to settle down during the chase.

"It was very cold. We played under such conditions during our domestic T20 league back home and when we were preparing for the India series, but [we've not experienced them] in international matches on the subcontinent," he said. "It was very difficult to bat on. It will be difficult for India and England in the coming series to play under such cold conditions.

"When we started the run chase, the Indian seamers got movement and swing, the spinners got the required turn and bounce. When they batted, only Mahendra Singh Dhoni could manage to score runs, when we batted it was opener Nasir Jamshed. Apart from the duo, no other batsman from both the sides could score runs."

Jamshed and Dhoni were the only batsmen with more than 100 runs in the series, making 241 and 203 respectively. While Dhoni's knock of 113 not out in Chennai was in vain, Jamshed's hundreds in the first two matches ensured Pakistan's victory and earned him the Man-of-the-Series award.

Pakistan's failure to capitalise on the start they got in Delhi, thereby missing out on a cleansweep, was a source of some frustration for them but Misbah credited India's effort. "We missed the chance to sweep the series," he said. "The Indian bowlers exploited the conditions well. Their fielding was great as they saved at least 30-35 runs. It was an exceptional bowling and fielding effort."

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Tom on January 10, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Pakistan could have beaten India in both forms of the game but due to some strange reasons they didn't do it. Pakistan's Test side is much better than their ODI and at this moment they are clearly among top-3 in all forms. It is amazing that after loosing such good players like Aamir, Asif and Salman and with so many players on the side lines they still can challenge the very best. That is why great players like Gavasker and Shastri are so generous in saying that Pakistan is the best Talented side of the world.

  • Tahir on January 8, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Nampally: Your tone suggests that you have not accepted the defeat. Strange weather was a factor after all on the other hand after India's showing in the last four encounters, Pakistan bastmen took indian bowling lightly while indian bowlers got some more help this time. If you prepare to accept defeat then you will realize that you lost to the top ranking bowlers who ensured that bales were flying all over the place. Pakistan bowling attack is let down by their batting unit against any team and india are no exception even with their current strength. Mind you England are not as stronger a bowling unit as Pakistan are and this may be a sigh of relief in the upcoming series.

  • Shiv on January 8, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    @FRRR - nice try in trying to spread a convenietely forgot to put the question mark (?) at the end, which means there is no proof of it. Stop believing in conspiracy theories.

  • Ashok on January 8, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    @Tahir Hussain Syed: India defended 167 runs with a bunch of young bowlers playing their first few matches. If Younis was laughing at Kumar, he paid the penalty by being clean bowled.Dhoni, Raina & Yuvraj are the best short format batsmen. If only India had got half decent start, these 3 batsmen are capable of butchering any bowling in the World. That is why Pujara in the top 3 would have made all the difference between winning & losing. Yes, it is the dumb Indian selectors who made the blunder of excluding Pujara afte he had a batting average of 87 vs. England in 4 tests that preceded the Pakistan ODI. India is still the power house in ODI & they will find their Mojo & get going as soon as they get their rythm. Even India "A" beat England in the ODI on the same day that Dhoni's team beat Pakistan. I don't need to keep my fingers crossed. If India play to their potential with right XI, they will beat any team, inl. Pakistan. That is why they are the current ODI world cup Winners.

  • Adnan on January 8, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    @Zahidsaltin: Yes, it was due to weather that Misbah and co. freezed in the field and were unable to score runs :). He knows how to freeze a scoring rate ;).

  • shahid on January 8, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Was it really the weather Misbah??

  • Dummy4 on January 8, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Nampally, you are still living in the past. All new talent you are talking about is already tried, tested and discarded. Remember, england have better batting than pakistan and their bowling is not weak either. The way India lost wickets was totally different from the way pakistan lost them. Younis was laughing while facing Kumar and that proved little bit costly. Shami could only take a wicket of a tailender also he was totally new experience for pakistanis but now he is looked at and future will tell about him as well. Ashwin got hit giving close to 50 runs. If you are reading too much India's win in the last ODI then keep your fingers cross.

  • Ashok on January 8, 2013, 1:45 GMT

    Misbah beat Dhoni in coming up with an original & brand new Excuse!.Why can't Misbah just admit that India played better & won. Defending 167 runs is not easy. Fine accurate bowling backed up by determined fielding just sealed the Pakistani fate. Jamshed's batting was a "One Man Show" for Pakistan just like Dhoni's batting for India. If only India had included their best batsman Pujara in the team, Pakistan would not have won the first 2 ODI's.So it is poor selection by Indian Selectors that cost India the series. There was very little to choose between the 2 teams if the best players were facing each other. New Indian Selectors have now included Pujara to play in ODI's vs. England after lot of hue & cry from the Fans. India is still missing one good spinner in S.Nadeem+the seamers Yadev & Aaron + new openers like Mukund, Dhawan & Vijay. It is the "Rookie" Selectors who have hurt India more than the Pakistan bowlers. At least India played as a Team to win 3rd ODI.

  • Thyagarajan on January 8, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    Yes, he is right! Pakistan made a big weather of a small total.

  • Faisal on January 7, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Dhoni got the Man of the Match award to boost his morale ... :)