Pakistan v Australia, 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi August 30, 2012

Need to read game well - Whatmore

ESPNcricinfo staff

Although Pakistan spinners gained a stranglehold on the Australian batsmen to make their chase of 199 difficult on a slow wicket in Sharjah, coach Dav Whatmore stressed on his team's need to "read the game well" to gain positions of advantage in matches, ahead of the second ODI in Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan lost their last six wickets for 38 runs to capitulate for 198, which proved costly as the low target allowed Australia to cut out the risks as they pushed for a win.

"Reading the game is very important. If the players can read the game well, they are in a better position to respond. It is not just about losing wickets. It is also about why, how and what you do next. We have some wonderful young players and they have to change their thinking sooner rather than later," Whatmore said.

Saeed Ajmal took three wickets and Mohammad Hafeez two as all six wickets fell to spinners, who together maintained an economy rate of 3.20. Whatmore praised them for putting Australia under pressure early.

"Our spinners did well against Australia. Their economy rate was very good. We bowled like I expected them to. But credit has to be given to Australia for the way they countered our spinners. But if they had a few more runs to chase, it would have been a different kettle of fish.

"I'm disappointed that we could not win the first game. We made a couple of errors."

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  • Dummy4 on August 31, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    there is no doubt Afridi commands his place with his bowling alone... Would be nice if he worked on the consistency of his batting, but I guess it's a bit late for that...Great, game-changing player... He will be remembered long after any of the other players in this Pakistan team.. Who else thinks his charisma really affects opposing batsmen? :P

  • Cricket on August 31, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Posted by nck483 on (August 31 2012, 09:59 AM GMT) : - I agree with you about S.Mallik, I.Nazir & Kamran. But regarding Afridi i completely disagree. Afridi is a speciallist bowler, Most successfull in the World Cup 2011. He had a great 2011 with the ball. He is in great company in the all time highest wicket takers in ODI. Please look at the records. He is a match winner, a match turner single handedly.

  • Cricket on August 31, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Posted by nck483 on (August 31 2012, 09:59 AM GMT) :- Regarding S.Mallik I agree, You are RIGHT. But regarding afridi I think you are completely wrong. Afridi bowled well in the first match, he is the best fielder in the Pak team. His batting has always been like this, if he clicks he will demolish everyone. Doesn't he command a place in the team on the streanght of his bowling alone ? Behind Akram & Waqar his is Pak's highest wicket taker in ODI's. What is your problem with Afridi ?

  • Cricket on August 31, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    I hope Junaid & Anwar Ali replace Tanvir & Cheema, but trusting Misbah's lack of vision and guts, I dobt if he will do it. Even trying one more spinner or a spinning all-rounder in place of a pacer will not be a very bad idea. BUT JUNAID IS A MUST. In the 1st ODI Misbah shocked everyone by not playing Junaid.

  • Munaf on August 31, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover : Yes our bowlers could not defend 290+ score against BD in Asia cup. But boy am I glad we defended 250 score in Worldcup Semifinal against Pakistan. Ouch. Anyway in the same Asia cup some team with so called superior bowlers failed to defend 320. Cant remember which country it was. Since your Asia cup memory is so strong , would you care to post the name of that country?

  • atul on August 31, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    There was a time when Pakistan had flamboyant players like - Imran, Wasim , Waqar, Salim Yusuf, Abdul Qadir, Ejaj Ahmed, Inzamam, Mohsin, Moin, Saeed Anwar among these any of them on their day could take the team to victory. At present I can only think of Afridi, Umar, Kamran in that category.

    Do we have more of these type of players in the Pakistan domestic cricket?

  • Dummy4 on August 31, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    @Hyderabadiplayer : Why do I get the feeling that if we win 2-1 you will say |"Pakistan have beaten a weak Aus team in what is equivalent to their own backyard, heat notwithstanding, since Pakistanis are made of some ultra-heat-sensitive composite material?

  • SANTOSH KUMAR on August 31, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    First of all... what afridi and Malik is doing in the team. Not useful at all. They them self confused what they are capable and what can they do? Imran Nazir is the man they ignored. Always behind kamran brothers.?? is that going forward wil it be only kamran keepers?

  • Dummy4 on August 31, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    For god sake plz misbah retaire , are the captin of the side and played aproximately 100 odi matched and did not scored a single when you will do 1st match you have a lot of overs to stay their and score a hunderd as a only senior batsman and being the caption of the team....but you are not capable to scoring a century in a 50 over game .....just get misbah out anb get malik in and get junaid for aizaz cheema. all other things are fine. Hafeed should be droped down and should only play as a bowller.My 11 Nasir-kamran-azhar ali- umar akmal- asad -malik-afridi-hafeeez-tanvir-junaid and ajmal......and on a fast track you can play razzaq or hammad for malik or hafeez.

  • Wicky on August 31, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    @Atuljain1969,he would be there 4 t20s in dis series as for wcp

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