India v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Delhi

Weather made the difference in chase - Misbah

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January 7, 2013

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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."

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Posted by likeintcricket 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.

Posted by JustIPL 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.

Posted by ProdigyA on (January 8, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

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

Posted by Nampally 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.

Posted by TheProfPak 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 ;).

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (January 8, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

Was it really the weather Misbah??

Posted by   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.

Posted by Nampally 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.

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (January 8, 2013, 0:32 GMT)

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

Posted by FRRR on (January 7, 2013, 21:07 GMT)

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

http://cricketnext.in.com/live/news/mom-award-handed-to-dhoni-to-boost-his-morale-report/70457-13.html

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 21:04 GMT)

Really sad and dishearted to see Pakistan loose the way they did. I guess it all started from a couple of umpiring errors and Misbah ul Haque approach which has become a routine in crucial chases. Nevertheless I am happy to see our bowling unit as a whole and Nasir Jamshed too. I wish if someone could highlight the poor umpiring decisions rather than calling it close or tight, let's admit at least two of them was clearly not out. If they are close or tight, under such condiitons should be given not outs. India has a great captain in the form of MSD. If he makes absurd excuses it is because he knows admitting failure doesn't go too well with Indian and subcontinent public.

Posted by da_man_ on (January 7, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

No excuses please Misbah. You'll get mistaken for MSD. Pakistan team and our fans need to understand we are no better than 5th in ODI cricket, and we'll be exposed in S African conditions will be tough. The test series should be more keenly contested.

Posted by Cric_info_pak on (January 7, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

@SK5983 india players are out of form for more then one year ... com;on admite it you are not good enough to win against pakistan .. see the quality of pakistan bolwing your indian batting is over rated well pakistan bolwing is real quality from last one year beating england 3-0 srilanka 2-0 ties against aussis 1-1 in england and now beat india in india by the way u were trash in second game while india was lucky due to poor umpiring and condition they lsot last game u were not good enough

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

gsingh...first get Sehwag on the Indian team and then we can get him to start by scoring 19 first and you can talk about adding another 200 to make it 219!....the weather did change from noon to 7 at night by several degrees...although Pakistan just batted poorly so I dont buy the weather excuse....

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan. I must congratulate Pakistani selectors for picking 2 bowlers who were never faced by India. The key for Junaid and Irfan would be to sustain themselves. I only hope that Pakistan selectors are persistent with them. This series was also good for India as it gave them a lot of lessons - bowling unit has improved and will only get better when U Yadav and Varun Aaron are fit.Batting needs improvement and I think selectors will learn something from wonderful Pakistani selectors and give more chances to Rahane, Pujara and M Tiwary keeping an eye on bouncy/seaming Aussie wickets where India need to defend their title.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

i didn't watched Pakistan chase bu whatever it is tht being as a Pakistani sill proud ov our boys thy really played v well to b honest i wasn't expecting tht much easy win in one day series spcly the way indian batter batted in 2nd t20, on the other hand indian didn't played to their potential spcly there batting sorry to say but it was worst then shit coz even if thy won the 3rd odi it wasn't coz ov there batters bu coz ov Pakistani batters n weather bu still never the less we won the series which is more then anything else for us thy make us proud its spcl coz indian played many series in home conditions bu unfortunately we didn't get enough chance ov tht but still done a fantastic job but this series done to indian thy really lose confidence in themselves n u can c the result not sending there team for visit but what else some1 can expect from bcci.... LOve u Pakistan n our cricket team u made us proud....

Posted by likeintcricket on (January 7, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

It wasn't weather or a bad chase. It was just politics. There was nothing wrong with the pitch or weather. Indian bowling and fielding was as usual and there was no swing and turn. Misbah and Umer gul never tried and Hafeez just made it worse. There was no pressure on the batsman and it was very simple to hit the bowler out of the small ground. Lahore and Pindi and all the punjab grounds has similar foggy condition during winter. By loosing today they make sure to play more series against Indians and probably sneak into IPL.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

One odd win in dead rubber game and all Indians started out against Pakistan,lol. Okay, celebrate your victory but thinking that Pakistan won the series by luck is biggest joke, they won by some world-class bowling display, classic batting display by Jamshed,Hafeez,Younis & Malik. World's strongest batting line up looked so ordinary against Junaid & Irfan...and it was not an easy job to dismiss sehwag,gambhir,kohli,yuvraj,raina thrice in their home-grounds..doing nothing! i didn't remember when was last time India lost while chasing the target of 250 in their grounds, credit should be given where is due. Ashwin got for runs in all matches but he was the only bowler who is troubling Pakistani batsmen regularly..even Bhuvneshwar is good but his late spells doesn't look that much threatening.

Posted by CricketMaan on (January 7, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

So its weather and not Pak's woeful batting that lost the match..it was a repeat of your semi final loss at Mohali in 2011. On both occassions your batting strategy was baffling. You should have just let the likes of Nasir and Umar express themselves rather than saving for end. your batting reminded me of India's woeful strategy in the 2nd ODI where they thought 250 is gettable as long as they keep wickets till the end. A possitive cricket would have won you the game.

Posted by swat1999 on (January 7, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

It was not really weather but failure of Pakistani batsman. Pakistan worst batting display at Delhi. Kamaran Akmal now follow Afridi's fate, Yunos, Shoib also disappointed Once again Umar Akmal shown irresponsible stroke. Misbah unfinished his job asusual. Pakistan loose in Delhi is hurt its supporters. Pak batsman never deserve a pride for the series, it is only Pakistani bowlers who really win the series

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

If weather was the reason for Pak defeat, in the same breadth one can say, it was DUE TO WEATHER that Pak was able to win the first ODI. lol. this always implies that whatever would be the score, in this weather Pak would have lost due to weather. In other words, had India been shot out for a paltry score of 100 or less, then due to weather, they would have still won the game. lol loud!!! No doubt Pak has an outstanding bowling combination with a variety but they have equally an (OUT)standing batting lineup that would negate their bowlers so that any palty score they would be unable to chase due to weather.lol even louder. So, does it mean that instead of Dhoni (last ODI) and Jamshd (first ODI), weather should have been declared the MOM. LOL further. Overall there is no doubt that Pak deserved to win the series with contribution of the weather (first and the last ODI).

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 7, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

@gsingh7 ->The same If's & buts comes out of Dhoni's end each time India gets defeated..I guess you forgot the first ODI of this series which was played not long ago..All Indian fans were crying out loud that 'IF' we had won the toss,result would have been the opposite.Because of the bowling friendly conditions in the early morning..What's the difference if Misbah said the same thing? The difference is that he is not using if's & buts Like Dhoni..Just telling the weather condition to the people who got no cricket knowledge..

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 7, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

@SK5983 ->Yes i agree..Whole Indian team..all 11 players were out of form & Misbah was only lucky to win the series..Lol Indian team got lucky to win the last ODI by a narrow margin.Anyone could see yesterday how pitch was behaving.It is no excuse at all but i remember similar excuse came from Dhoni after the 1st ODI..What was that..Sour Grapes???

Posted by QingdaoXI on (January 7, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

Sour grapes by Misbah, you were just lucky to win this series, as due to more cricket Indian players were out of form. Still new Indian Bowlers made Pakistan look very ugly, series was won by palkistan becuase of the toss they won in first ODi, otherwise it would have been clean sweep, as pakistan get momentum in first half of the first odi and due to poor umpiring.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

Every losing captain has to say something all of them have excuses :) There is big money involved in professional cricket u just cannot say we lost.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

Akmal brothers r responsible for the defeat. Harris sohail is much better batter than umar akmal he shud have been there. Hafeez waited too long to start hitting reminds me of semi final where misbah did the same.

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 7, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

sore grapes from misbah on losing the match with low score to chase , i thought indians fielded and batted under same cold weather, u should accept ur defeat graciously , ifs and buts have no place in sports, if sehwag had scored 219 then pakistan might have suffered biggest defeat in history

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (January 7, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

What an excuse Misbah lol.... its called a serious batting collapse...

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

Pakistan has always chased poorly, regardless of the required score, and yesterday was no different. Misbah once again batted poorly, as indeed he did in last year's world cup match in India, and he has to reconsider his position in the line up - no team can afford to waste as many balls as Misbah consumes in playing an innings of any length of time in a 50 over game. On the field, Misbah still remains a very good captain but as a batsman he is a luxury that a brittle batting line up cannot afford, after a good start, in an ODI match. The series was essentially won by the bowlers and the openers and the absence of an effective middle order needs urgent attention before the team lands in South Africa, where the openers will be facing a much more hostile and potent pace attack.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

Misbah was playing well, and if he was there for another 10 overs Pak would have won, but he played a leg glance when leg slip was in instead - poor batting. The Akmal Bros also failed and Malik was unlucky, conditions got harder, but knowing you only have to chase 167 makes it much easier, so not too many excuses.

Posted by joshofali on (January 7, 2013, 10:19 GMT)

absolutely agreed with Major85D drop misbah he dont deserve a place in Pakistan Squad and im surprise to see him as a captain

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

Dear Mr. Mesbah this is 50 overs match not took, tak test match. U hv lost so many ball & others players also. So, finally u can't white wash to India. Hope in future u will be careful like matches.

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

@bayndele - So I guess that's why the Indian team won the series! oh wait...

Posted by Major85D on (January 7, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

the only reason why pakistan lost, is because of mr. tuk tuk misbah. this is a 50 overs game, not a test match! once again his slow batting cost pakistan the match! he should be droped from any format as soon as possible!

Posted by   on (January 7, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

poor batting no doubt but good series win and deserved so well done by pak bowlers specially. they are the winners. batting was just ok in 2 games and failed in last game. reckless shots played in 3rd games . when they started collapsing it was 55 of 95 balls .

Posted by Baundele on (January 7, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

Money made the main difference. BCCI is richer than the PCB and therefore, they can spend more on their players.

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