New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st Test, Hamilton, 3rd day January 9, 2011

Bowlers won it for us - Misbah


Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq credited his bowlers, who sparked a dramatic New Zealand collapse in the evening session to seal his team's crushing win. Abdur Rehman and Wahab Riaz began the demolition, picking up three wickets apiece, while Umar Gul came in to blast out the tail as the hosts were rolled for 110. New Zealand lost all ten wickets for 77 runs in the final session of play, bringing a premature end to a Test match that had promised a closely-fought contest at stumps on the previous day.

"We didn't feel like we were going to win today because the wicket was a bit flat and a bit slow," Misbah said. "It wasn't easy to get batsmen out here, but I think the bowlers did a fantastic job and they won the match for us today. They stuck to the job and did very well for the team."

He said the aim for the Pakistan bowlers had been to keep a good line and length and limit scoring opportunities. "The pitch is slow so it's not easy to score runs. The way I batted, I felt that it was a really tough wicket to score runs on. Batsmen get frustrated when they get stuck there and have to face a lot of deliveries without scoring many runs.

"So that was the key, to bowl in the right areas and just keep the batsmen frustrated and they are going to make mistakes."

Misbah also praised his batsmen for sticking to their plans, as they attempted to bat time and accumulate steadily. "We batted well. Our plan was to bat a bit longer and we wanted a bigger lead, because it looked like batting in the fourth innings was going to be trouble on this wicket."

Misbah put New Zealand's woeful collapse in the second innings down to inexperience and lack of patience, while affirming his side's efforts in the field. "I think that most batsmen are not used to these kinds of wickets where run-scoring is really difficult. You have to be a bit patient. As a batsman you feel under pressure when there are maiden overs and dot balls and you do make mistakes. We bowled and fielded well, and a 92-run lead would have been another thing on the batsmen's mind. I think all these things came together and we were able to get through."

Andrew Fernando writes for The Pigeon and blogs here

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  • DILEEP on January 10, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Hi guys, like John Silva, I too am an Indian and I too am a fan of Pak cricket. I root for Pakistan (except when they are playing India !). I watched the NZ test and Pak performance was awesome. The margin of victory was huge and that also on NZ soil. One thing I would like to add is that I loved the body language of the Pak players - no unnecessary aggression and sledging. (Hope some of my own country players take a leaf out of this). The bat or the ball should do the talking. I believe there should be fire but it should be inside in the belly. The outside should be civil and players should behave decently towards their opponents. Just look at the ENG-AUS series. The Aussies were doing the sledging and the English were doing the winning ! Look at the greats - Sachin, Laxman, Dravid, Inzamam, Saeed Anwar - very very decent behaviour. Some Aussie ex-players said Aussie should sledge more in order to win ! English bowlers never or sledged very little ! Riaz and Gul also didnt ! Great !

  • Mohammad on January 10, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA ............................................... Congratulation to Pak team !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well done ................................ Keep it up .............................All the best for the 2nd one !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • khurram on January 10, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    well one must admit that both teams are equally matched. both are known for their batting collapses. both have some good bowling & both are inconsistant. pak played well now they need to stay focused & win test series after losing t20 series

  • khurram on January 10, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    @Sehwagologist : yes dear pointless series yes very well said that nobody is intersetd BUT it seems that YOU are more intersted than the 2 playing nations.

  • muhammed on January 10, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    Well doen Pakistan, good result. However must remain focussed to win the next test match. We have many detrators of Pakistan on this forum. Mr Sehwagolist may i remind you how India beat New Zealand at home, ha ha ha ha, how many double hundrerds were scored by New Zealand!! Wake up, you guys are suppose to be number 1 test playing nation. How can that be with a use less bowling attack!! Just returned from Cape Town Newlands, what a cowardly performance from the indian batsmen, could not bat against an attack who were a bowler short and a useless spin bowler in Harris, on a hot clear day! Come on England you can thrash this over rated team in England. I cant wait! SirViv

  • jan on January 10, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    If there were no need for descipline, mantality and maturity, Pakistan would have been by far the greatest team in the game. Go back to summer in England, they had a completely different team (only Gul and Azhar are in the side) and they could beat both Australia and England, now with almost another version of the team they beat Newzealand. that shows how much Cricket talent is there in Pakistan. Just think of removing 5 players of indian team, let alone a whole new side, and who would expect them to beat even Bangladesh.... No big win can be expected as a dawn for a new era for pakistan. the thing they need is to work on their desciplinary issues, and team management. they need a mentor rather than 4 or 5 coaches at a time, like once the had Bob woolmer together with a captain like Inzi or Wasim in order to nurture these guys. everybody has talent but raw talent, and if it isn't feed with right directions, these guys will also fade away like many others......

  • Iqbal on January 10, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    Well said, Misbah! I believe this is just a reflection of what I had written in my comments after the first day's play that the spinners should have been used more and that the objective of the Pakistan team should have been to corner the Black Caps. This was exactly the stratregy used by Misbah and the bowlers in their second innings and, thankfully, it paid off. This truly has to be a victory attributed to the bowlers primarily even though the batsmen did their part in getting the lead of 92, which, surprisingly enough, proved to be too much for New Zealand. One more thing; the inclusion of the Man-of-the-match Abdur Rehman was a blessing in disguise to begin with, but, really speaking, it was overdue...... a fact that had thus far been overlooked by the selectors for some very odd reason. Now, I believe that there is a sense of fairplay and dedication being injected into this Pakistan team. Moreover, this kind of comprehensive win had eluded India in their own series against NZ.

  • Sayyed Azhar on January 10, 2011, 6:25 GMT

    Great to see the Pakistan team perform well. With all the distractions and turmoil of the recent past, it is good to see a nice result on the cricket field for Pakistan. Hope they can continue with this good form. Just shows what this team is capable of even without some of the first choice players (read bowlers).

  • ahamed on January 10, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    it was already said that pakistan would win after 2010.It happened

  • hasan on January 10, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    well done pakistan....... misbah proved his worth as captain.. even i thot that appointing misbah (who couldn't find a place for himself in the english tour) would be a rubbish... GEOFF LAWSON is correct... He said misbah shud hav been made captain six yrs ago... best available cricketing brain in pak...evry1 has accept his comments, bcoz the strategy used and field placements for the same.... mashallah he himself makes him available at the crease and gains good respect as a captain.....keep tanvir out and bring in sohail tanvir for wellington....

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