New Zealand v Pakistan, 4th ODI, Napier February 1, 2011

Vettori laments top-order slump

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Daniel Vettori lamented an unsatisfactory batting effort as New Zealand lost the fourth ODI by two wickets in Napier. The hosts slumped to 79 for 5 on a McLean Park pitch favourable for batting, as they completed yet another top-order capitulation on a tour that has been fraught with dreadful performances from New Zealand's top five batsmen. A familiar lower middle-order recovery was then launched through half-centuries to James Franklin and Nathan McCullum, and New Zealand posted 262 for 7. The total was not enough to keep Pakistan from going 2-1 up in the series, however, and the visitors chased down the target with an over to spare.

"I think we walked off the park thinking 300 was a par score, so we were short," Vettori said. "We knew we had to scrap pretty hard to give ourselves a chance, which I think we did."

James Franklin made 62 to provide the foundation for New Zealand's innings. Franklin took New Zealand out of immediate danger alongside Brendon McCullum, as the pair put on a valuable 61-run stand, before he raised another 64 runs with Nathan McCullum, who made an unbeaten 53 from 58 balls to provide impetus to the New Zealand innings towards the end. Their efforts were not enough to compensate for a string of soft dismissals at the top of the order, however, as Martin Guptill, Jamie How, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson all got themselves out playing ill-advised strokes.

"Five for 80 at McLean Park is unacceptable because it's a great batting deck. I'm pleased with the way that the two McCullums and James Franklin scrapped to give us a score and give us a little bit of credibility, but 5 for 80 was just not good enough. Some guys got out to balls that you shouldn't really get out to. I know they'll be disappointed with themselves and they'll be looking to rectify it in the next game. "

The New Zealand bowlers performed creditably on the flat surface, giving their side a hope of a win with breakthroughs right through to the penultimate over of the match. But Vettori's gamble of bowling out his strike bowlers in search of wickets backfired when the first three balls 48th over, bowled by Scott Styris, were dispatched for eleven runs, effectively swinging the game in Pakistan's favour. "The bowlers, particularly Hamish Bennett and Scott Styris, stepped up and gave us a chance of winning and in the end we just ran out of resources really. I hoped to win in the 45th or 46th but it wasn't to be. Asking the likes of Scotty to bowl in the death, which is not his normal role, is tough. We were looking good up until that over."

Vettori also praised Misbah-ul-Haq, whose 93 not out provided the backbone for Pakistan's innings for the umpteenth time on the tour. Misbah built steadily alongside Younis Khan during the middle overs, before accelerating towards the end as the asking rate began to climb. His innings in Napier was his highest one-day score. "I don't think [Misbah] has missed out, he's got almost over 50 in every match. He's played well and he's been their rock really, and that's what we require - a guy who can bat through the innings and set it up for the big hitters. He's managed to do that almost every game."

The New Zealand captain was confident his team could bounce back to win the last two games to take the series, but claimed it would take special individual performances to get his side over the line. "There's still an opportunity to win the series with two games coming up. I think the teams are relatively level. It's just that one individual performance wins the game and I think Misbah tonight, the way he battled through early on and then finished it off for them - it was a great innings. We need two of those really to give ourselves a chance in Hamilton and Auckland."

He also hoped to play in the fifth one dayer in Hamilton on Thursday despite picking up a hamstring niggle while bowling. "About my third over I twinged my hamstring so I'll see how I go over the next couple of days. It's important for me to play [the next game] if I can, but the unfortunate thing about three games in five days is that it makes it difficult to recover."

Andrew Fernando writes for The Pigeon and blogs here

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  • Jim1207 on February 4, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    Yes, really like the way they are playing this series well. They are playing like they played in those T20 world cups, doing right things at right moments, like the run-outs this 5th ODI. Their bowling is really good, even without Asif and Amir, it's Amazing. We can pay anyday to watch Pak bowl. And, Misbah is playing the same way he did in 2007. Vow, the world cup is really getting interesting suddenly with many teams in reasonable form, not to mention Pak who could surprise anybody anyday. Watch out England, SA, Aus, SL and Ind: Pak is also in good form. And, Bangladeshis would definitely defeat many countries this time with home venues and spin pitches. It's world cup time!!

  • Crazy4cricket40 on February 3, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    @jim 1207: I am really desperate to read ur reply @ zn264 after pakistan comfortably defended 268 . I would defenetly like to say it was bowling who fully supported batting dept. 268 was really chaseble on this wicket byut pak bowl brilliantly.

  • Jim1207 on February 3, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    Let's see how Pakistan defends 268 today.

  • Jim1207 on February 2, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    @zn264: If you can see the replay closely, any professional cricket player could have saved that boundary if he could have fallen on the path, Vettori could not because of his injury. Ok, adding those 7 runs, the target would have been 20 from 2 overs, which means a tailender could not play freely like he did when it was 13 from 2 overs. You had talked about batsmen letting NZ down. Vettori also laments the same! What would he say if their score was 220, he would have said we were probably in short of 40 runs. Now they had 260, and still blames the batsmen! A team can win a game only if they are able to defend a score, not by blaming the batsmen all the time. If they could not defend a score of 265, however flat the ptich was, they are never going to win by their confidence. Vettori's post-match comments would only hurt the confidence of their batsmen. World cup coming up, NZ should not blame batsmen all the time, should try to bowl-out opposition, by saving as much by quality fielding

  • zn264 on February 2, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    @Jim1207 The four that went past Vettori would have needed Usan Bolt after it to stop that ball going to the boundry. Yeah he probably could have come off the field...he certainly didn't loose us the game...but did keep us in it until the end. I'm no die hard Dan fan either, was just very impressed with the way he captained the side on the day. You say 7 runs was the difference? Well they had another over to go so they were home anyway, good on him showing some sack and staying on the field.

  • aztecs on February 2, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    NZ are a good side. Just becuase they have lost a game doesnt mean they are bad, they are simply out of form. Pakistan on the other hand have somehow despite the turmoil and dressing room fights have finally settled and started performing. Amazing...! Nonetheless, its great to see good cricket and alot of cricket fans supporting good cricket. @Markm33 Oz always had someone who stepped up and took the bull by the horns during the 90's, most teams do so its no different whether Misbah, Yonous, Afridi, Akmals or Razzaq does it as long as someone performs. No offence to NZ but i think Pakistan are a more balanced side than NZ, they have match winners from number 1 all the way to number 9, whereas NZ have only have two or possibly three in Taylor, Gupitil, Mcullum, the others are medicore...sorry! Anywayz may the better side win the series whether it be Pakistan or NZ just wanna see good cricket played in good spirit the way these two teams are, well done to both.

  • Jim1207 on February 1, 2011, 23:55 GMT

    @zn264: Sorry to say something against Vettori, which I never thought of doing so far. The match was probably lost because of Vettori's abysmal fielding in the end overs. He just left 1s into twos, even did not attempt to stop a sure boundary and etc., as he was injured. Everyone loves him and does not want to blame him for anything, but the truth has to come out. In a crunch situation, Vettori almost gave Pakistan 7 runs or so because of his fielding, which in last 2 overs might have been very useful to win the game. Bowlers did not bowl well but when they bowled well, Razzaq hit straight to Vettori many times knowing that he wouldn't field well. Vettori finished his spell, got two wickets and was injured. He must have gone out letting a substitute field and save runs for the country. What's more important? Getting a good name of playing with a injury or giving up the job to somebody else to win the game for the Country? This occassion, commentators were correct and NZ lost coz of Dan

  • nzoilerfan on February 1, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    So when is Ryder looking at being fit enough to bowl maybe four overs per game? He is capable of containing one end quite well and pick up a few wickets. His death bowling is quite good also. I like keeping Franklin in the team over Oram as He is on very good form right now whereas Oram hasn't been in good form for a few years now... Once Ryder can bowl again the current team that just played (ryder in for How) should be competitive at the world cup.

  • shamzah on February 1, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    I think Pakistan are playing pretty good cricket. If they can work on certain aspects of their game (30 extras are too many, and I think they missed out on 20 runs in their running between wickets) they would be winning these games easily. Plus, they need a better game plan. Playing 20 overs at 3.5/4 runs per over in the middle of the game isn't going to get us far at the World Cup. The players either need to take calculated risks, or we need to see Umar Akmal come before Misbah. Or maybe having Younis as number 3 and Kamran Akmal at 5.

    No offense, but I can't see New Zealand having a good World Cup. They haven't been great at home, apart for the first game. Excellent in the field, pretty good in the middle overs but I don't think they have the firepower.

  • Stark62 on February 1, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    Misbah may have justified his place but I'm still not 100% certain of his place in the ODI side.

    But Younis isn't and never was ODI material!!!!!

    Why was he picked in the first place?

    You could have given that place to someone like Azhar Ali, N. Yasin or N. Jamshed!

  • Jim1207 on February 4, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    Yes, really like the way they are playing this series well. They are playing like they played in those T20 world cups, doing right things at right moments, like the run-outs this 5th ODI. Their bowling is really good, even without Asif and Amir, it's Amazing. We can pay anyday to watch Pak bowl. And, Misbah is playing the same way he did in 2007. Vow, the world cup is really getting interesting suddenly with many teams in reasonable form, not to mention Pak who could surprise anybody anyday. Watch out England, SA, Aus, SL and Ind: Pak is also in good form. And, Bangladeshis would definitely defeat many countries this time with home venues and spin pitches. It's world cup time!!

  • Crazy4cricket40 on February 3, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    @jim 1207: I am really desperate to read ur reply @ zn264 after pakistan comfortably defended 268 . I would defenetly like to say it was bowling who fully supported batting dept. 268 was really chaseble on this wicket byut pak bowl brilliantly.

  • Jim1207 on February 3, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    Let's see how Pakistan defends 268 today.

  • Jim1207 on February 2, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    @zn264: If you can see the replay closely, any professional cricket player could have saved that boundary if he could have fallen on the path, Vettori could not because of his injury. Ok, adding those 7 runs, the target would have been 20 from 2 overs, which means a tailender could not play freely like he did when it was 13 from 2 overs. You had talked about batsmen letting NZ down. Vettori also laments the same! What would he say if their score was 220, he would have said we were probably in short of 40 runs. Now they had 260, and still blames the batsmen! A team can win a game only if they are able to defend a score, not by blaming the batsmen all the time. If they could not defend a score of 265, however flat the ptich was, they are never going to win by their confidence. Vettori's post-match comments would only hurt the confidence of their batsmen. World cup coming up, NZ should not blame batsmen all the time, should try to bowl-out opposition, by saving as much by quality fielding

  • zn264 on February 2, 2011, 9:44 GMT

    @Jim1207 The four that went past Vettori would have needed Usan Bolt after it to stop that ball going to the boundry. Yeah he probably could have come off the field...he certainly didn't loose us the game...but did keep us in it until the end. I'm no die hard Dan fan either, was just very impressed with the way he captained the side on the day. You say 7 runs was the difference? Well they had another over to go so they were home anyway, good on him showing some sack and staying on the field.

  • aztecs on February 2, 2011, 0:13 GMT

    NZ are a good side. Just becuase they have lost a game doesnt mean they are bad, they are simply out of form. Pakistan on the other hand have somehow despite the turmoil and dressing room fights have finally settled and started performing. Amazing...! Nonetheless, its great to see good cricket and alot of cricket fans supporting good cricket. @Markm33 Oz always had someone who stepped up and took the bull by the horns during the 90's, most teams do so its no different whether Misbah, Yonous, Afridi, Akmals or Razzaq does it as long as someone performs. No offence to NZ but i think Pakistan are a more balanced side than NZ, they have match winners from number 1 all the way to number 9, whereas NZ have only have two or possibly three in Taylor, Gupitil, Mcullum, the others are medicore...sorry! Anywayz may the better side win the series whether it be Pakistan or NZ just wanna see good cricket played in good spirit the way these two teams are, well done to both.

  • Jim1207 on February 1, 2011, 23:55 GMT

    @zn264: Sorry to say something against Vettori, which I never thought of doing so far. The match was probably lost because of Vettori's abysmal fielding in the end overs. He just left 1s into twos, even did not attempt to stop a sure boundary and etc., as he was injured. Everyone loves him and does not want to blame him for anything, but the truth has to come out. In a crunch situation, Vettori almost gave Pakistan 7 runs or so because of his fielding, which in last 2 overs might have been very useful to win the game. Bowlers did not bowl well but when they bowled well, Razzaq hit straight to Vettori many times knowing that he wouldn't field well. Vettori finished his spell, got two wickets and was injured. He must have gone out letting a substitute field and save runs for the country. What's more important? Getting a good name of playing with a injury or giving up the job to somebody else to win the game for the Country? This occassion, commentators were correct and NZ lost coz of Dan

  • nzoilerfan on February 1, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    So when is Ryder looking at being fit enough to bowl maybe four overs per game? He is capable of containing one end quite well and pick up a few wickets. His death bowling is quite good also. I like keeping Franklin in the team over Oram as He is on very good form right now whereas Oram hasn't been in good form for a few years now... Once Ryder can bowl again the current team that just played (ryder in for How) should be competitive at the world cup.

  • shamzah on February 1, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    I think Pakistan are playing pretty good cricket. If they can work on certain aspects of their game (30 extras are too many, and I think they missed out on 20 runs in their running between wickets) they would be winning these games easily. Plus, they need a better game plan. Playing 20 overs at 3.5/4 runs per over in the middle of the game isn't going to get us far at the World Cup. The players either need to take calculated risks, or we need to see Umar Akmal come before Misbah. Or maybe having Younis as number 3 and Kamran Akmal at 5.

    No offense, but I can't see New Zealand having a good World Cup. They haven't been great at home, apart for the first game. Excellent in the field, pretty good in the middle overs but I don't think they have the firepower.

  • Stark62 on February 1, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    Misbah may have justified his place but I'm still not 100% certain of his place in the ODI side.

    But Younis isn't and never was ODI material!!!!!

    Why was he picked in the first place?

    You could have given that place to someone like Azhar Ali, N. Yasin or N. Jamshed!

  • on February 1, 2011, 21:28 GMT

    there wasnt any error. It was just pakistan's day :)

  • MarkM33 on February 1, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    What's the difference between the 2 teams?? Pakistan have had one player who has had a really good game. In game 3 it was Afridi and in this game it was Misbah. Otherewise, if you look at the scorecards they're pretty similar.

    From an outsiders perspective, I wonder if Pakistan's game plan of bash (from 1-3), accumulate (Misbah, Younis), bash (6-11) will get them anywhere near the WC final. It's actuall quite a risky game plan especially if the bash at the end of the innings doesn't come off. NZ are currently in some really poor form as a team and the Pakistan game plan will work in this situation. However, when they come up against India, SA, Sri Lanka and Australia (on a good day) they may find themselves a bit short of runs.

    As for NZ - if they can just have the 15 squad members together and pick the top XI on the day they should improve significantly. I'd suggest they get rid of How and Williamson and bring in Nichol and McGlashan. Selectors know best I suppose....

  • NZPurist on February 1, 2011, 21:02 GMT

    Two things: woeful batting by NZ top order. Jamie How shouldnt be there, he is inept against spin and will be useless in the subcontinent. replace him in the squad with McGlashan and bump everyone up a spot. Secondly: as soon as Vettori was injured he should have gone off. He was a liability in the field in the final 5 overs and leaked a large amount of runs. Granted, the game was lost at 79 for 5 but leaking 20 runs is no excuse. Between Taylor, McCullum, Styris and (dare i say it) Franklin the brains trust would have got them through. Finally, funny how when we drop Oram we seem to compete a lot better...i told you so

  • btu10 on February 1, 2011, 20:42 GMT

    Something NEEDS to be done about Ross Taylors decision making. The guy is a great batter on paper, but put him in the middle and it's just a matter of time before his brain explodes, tries to tonk a good ball and is on his way back to the pavillion.

    We're a good team, we just need someone in the coaching crew to slap the players upside the head for their decision making, maybe a bit of elctro shock therepy...? "Pull an outswinging length ball outside off? Yeah that sounds like a goo.. ZAP!"

  • cricket_for_all on February 1, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    Mr.Ibbani: This is not club match like IPL. The international match and Tylor has to face quality bowlers. I have seen some IPL bowlers in Indian team with 127 km/h fast (instead of choosing from Ranji cup lol!!!). Players must be selected by their local 1st class matches not by the baseball matches.

  • USAPakCricFollower on February 1, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    Misbah for captain! His maturity is what Pakistan needs, rather any team for that matter. A swatter who only performs once in 10-15 games is not what Pakistan needs to go far in the Worldcup. Not much has been said of Younis, but he has also played a major role in this series and will be crucial to perform well in the WC. The fast bowlers, apart from Umar Gul, worry me. They will have to raise their level a few notches.

  • Crazy4cricket40 on February 1, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    good reply to all critics abt his SR and not rotating the strike. good to see people actually accepting (hasan, unbiased22) their mistakes. since we don't have mhd.yousuf we need someone like him who can stay their and play 50 overs. we don't have anyone. younis played good tooo but he is not consistent. well played misbah and younis. all the best for the remainig tour and wc. if amer come we will have very strong chances for wc.

  • on February 1, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    THE LARGER VIEW:

    FOR NEW ZEALAND WHO DID NOT WIN A TEST FOR TWENTY NINE YEARS, BUT AT THAT PRODUCED PROBABLY THE BEST LEFTHAND OPNER B.SUTCIFFE,JUST AS THE ALL ROUNDER JOHN RIED - BUT MORE THAN ELSE WAS THAT THEY CARRIED THE BEST SPORTSMAN SPIRIT ABOVE ANY OTHER. TODAY THEY ARE GOOD AS THE BEST UNDER RIGHT CONDITIONS AND CAN BEAT ANY WITH THEIR BAT AND THE BALL AND A GREAT ASSET BEING THEIR CAPTAIN VATTORI - THIS SEEMS GOOD SERIES FOR TWO ALMOST PARALEL SIDES AND IMPORTANTLY FOR PAKISTAN MORAL ALMOST BATTLING TO REJUVINATE ITS SPIRT.

    TO THE OTHER, AFRIDI IS DOING FINE - HE HAS THE ADVANTAGE OF BAT OR BALL AND HIS STAR PRESENCE ON THE FIELD WHICH IS IMPORTANT TODAY AND SHOULD REST CONFIDANCE IN THAT - FOR NOW, LUCK TO BOTH SIDES..........

  • sunnymachoo on February 1, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    I have always spoke in favor of Misbah and his place in ODI. He has always proved to be a match winner for Pakistan. Well, I'm really glad to see that even his criticizers are all praise for him. Younis and Misbah are ideal for our middle order. Without them, we would have collapsed for some 170 or 180 today. So lets keep both younis and Misbah in the team and support them as well!

  • ibbani on February 1, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Ross Taylor is the star batsmen, he should click for Newzealand to win matches in the world cup, unfortunatley he is not in form. Hopefully he remember his IPL 2009 form and try to play the next 2 matches a huge innings for Kiwi's to win the series. He is the only batsmen who can turn matches as he did for RCB against KKr in IPL 2009, 79 of 33 something deliveries. Hopefully Kiwis make into the semis with Ind, Eng, and SA

  • zn264 on February 1, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    I think NZ can be proud of their captain today, he did everything he could to try and claim a much needed win. I thought his bowling changes were spot on, field placements and his own fielding efforts considering the injury were exceptional. Our batsment let us down AGAIN...good game all round, well done Pakistan. Having to bowl Stryis late in the game is just one of those things u have to live with when you decide to field a team with such batting (if you call it that) depth.

  • cricket_fan_1980 on February 1, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Misbah's intelligent batting is critical for Pakistan's world cup hopes ...

  • on February 1, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    What a Inning by Misbah, A perfect slap on the faces of his criticizer [including me:)]....

  • poderdubdubdub on February 1, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    Pakistan batting was not much better than the NZ batting, except for Misbah who has answered all his critics today (including me). We all know he is a great Test batsmen who never panics and slowly builds his innings, well the same strategy only works in an ODI if one can step up scoring when needed, and that's what Misbah accomplished today. I wish he could complete his well deserved century, though Sohail Tanvir did the right thing and hurriedly won the game for Pakistan. Sohail Tanvir who is a genuine all rounder should bat ahead of Wahab Riaz.

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  • poderdubdubdub on February 1, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    Pakistan batting was not much better than the NZ batting, except for Misbah who has answered all his critics today (including me). We all know he is a great Test batsmen who never panics and slowly builds his innings, well the same strategy only works in an ODI if one can step up scoring when needed, and that's what Misbah accomplished today. I wish he could complete his well deserved century, though Sohail Tanvir did the right thing and hurriedly won the game for Pakistan. Sohail Tanvir who is a genuine all rounder should bat ahead of Wahab Riaz.

  • on February 1, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    What a Inning by Misbah, A perfect slap on the faces of his criticizer [including me:)]....

  • cricket_fan_1980 on February 1, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Misbah's intelligent batting is critical for Pakistan's world cup hopes ...

  • zn264 on February 1, 2011, 15:36 GMT

    I think NZ can be proud of their captain today, he did everything he could to try and claim a much needed win. I thought his bowling changes were spot on, field placements and his own fielding efforts considering the injury were exceptional. Our batsment let us down AGAIN...good game all round, well done Pakistan. Having to bowl Stryis late in the game is just one of those things u have to live with when you decide to field a team with such batting (if you call it that) depth.

  • ibbani on February 1, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Ross Taylor is the star batsmen, he should click for Newzealand to win matches in the world cup, unfortunatley he is not in form. Hopefully he remember his IPL 2009 form and try to play the next 2 matches a huge innings for Kiwi's to win the series. He is the only batsmen who can turn matches as he did for RCB against KKr in IPL 2009, 79 of 33 something deliveries. Hopefully Kiwis make into the semis with Ind, Eng, and SA

  • sunnymachoo on February 1, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    I have always spoke in favor of Misbah and his place in ODI. He has always proved to be a match winner for Pakistan. Well, I'm really glad to see that even his criticizers are all praise for him. Younis and Misbah are ideal for our middle order. Without them, we would have collapsed for some 170 or 180 today. So lets keep both younis and Misbah in the team and support them as well!

  • on February 1, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    THE LARGER VIEW:

    FOR NEW ZEALAND WHO DID NOT WIN A TEST FOR TWENTY NINE YEARS, BUT AT THAT PRODUCED PROBABLY THE BEST LEFTHAND OPNER B.SUTCIFFE,JUST AS THE ALL ROUNDER JOHN RIED - BUT MORE THAN ELSE WAS THAT THEY CARRIED THE BEST SPORTSMAN SPIRIT ABOVE ANY OTHER. TODAY THEY ARE GOOD AS THE BEST UNDER RIGHT CONDITIONS AND CAN BEAT ANY WITH THEIR BAT AND THE BALL AND A GREAT ASSET BEING THEIR CAPTAIN VATTORI - THIS SEEMS GOOD SERIES FOR TWO ALMOST PARALEL SIDES AND IMPORTANTLY FOR PAKISTAN MORAL ALMOST BATTLING TO REJUVINATE ITS SPIRT.

    TO THE OTHER, AFRIDI IS DOING FINE - HE HAS THE ADVANTAGE OF BAT OR BALL AND HIS STAR PRESENCE ON THE FIELD WHICH IS IMPORTANT TODAY AND SHOULD REST CONFIDANCE IN THAT - FOR NOW, LUCK TO BOTH SIDES..........

  • Crazy4cricket40 on February 1, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    good reply to all critics abt his SR and not rotating the strike. good to see people actually accepting (hasan, unbiased22) their mistakes. since we don't have mhd.yousuf we need someone like him who can stay their and play 50 overs. we don't have anyone. younis played good tooo but he is not consistent. well played misbah and younis. all the best for the remainig tour and wc. if amer come we will have very strong chances for wc.

  • USAPakCricFollower on February 1, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    Misbah for captain! His maturity is what Pakistan needs, rather any team for that matter. A swatter who only performs once in 10-15 games is not what Pakistan needs to go far in the Worldcup. Not much has been said of Younis, but he has also played a major role in this series and will be crucial to perform well in the WC. The fast bowlers, apart from Umar Gul, worry me. They will have to raise their level a few notches.

  • cricket_for_all on February 1, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    Mr.Ibbani: This is not club match like IPL. The international match and Tylor has to face quality bowlers. I have seen some IPL bowlers in Indian team with 127 km/h fast (instead of choosing from Ranji cup lol!!!). Players must be selected by their local 1st class matches not by the baseball matches.