Pakistan v Australia, 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi August 31, 2012

Jamshed and Ajmal help Pakistan level series

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Pakistan 249 for 3 (Jamshed 97, Azhar 59*) beat Australia 248 for 9 (M Hussey 61, Ajmal 4-32, Junaid 3-52) by 7 wickets
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Nasir Jamshed batted across two months to deliver Pakistan a series-levelling victory in Abu Dhabi, where the extreme humidity left Australia's players dripping, and in some cases dropping, by the time the match finally finished at 2.27am local time. Despite being confounded by Saeed Ajmal again, Australia's batsmen posted a reasonable total of 248 for 9, but Jamshed and Azhar Ali helped Pakistan secure a seven-wicket win that meant the series would be decided in the final match.

Jamshed fell just short of a century, lobbing a catch to mid-off when he had 97 and Pakistan needed a further 82 runs, but Azhar and the captain Misbah-ul-Haq ensured Jamshed's fine work was not wasted. Facing Mitchell Johnson after 2am should be a daunting prospect but the humidity appeared to sap Australia's bowlers of all their energy - at one point Mitchell Starc hunched over and left the field exhausted during his over - and Azhar and Misbah were able to cruise to the target with 38 balls to spare.

Azhar finished unbeaten on 59 and Misbah on 35 and for them as well as the Australians, this match, which started at 6pm on August 31 and ended well into September 1, was a feat of endurance. The outfield was so dewy that the Australians all carried large towels in the back of their trousers as if they were off to a sauna, but in fact they were already in one. The bowlers struggled to grip the wet balls and Michael Clarke was left wondering why on earth he chose to bat first.

But none of that can take away from the performance of Jamshed, who batted in a helmet for 98 balls in those same conditions, and scored at a run a ball. Jamshed found runs all around the ground, forcing off the back foot through the off side, finding the gaps through - or over - the leg-side fieldsman, and later in his innings he sought to drive in the air down the ground.

His half-century came up off 59 balls and with solid support first from Mohammad Hafeez and then from Azhar, it gave Pakistan precisely the start they needed. The Australians thought they had Jamshed in the second over of the innings when he was adjudged lbw to James Pattinson, but the batsman asked for a review and replays showed the ball had pitched outside leg stump.

The opening stand ended at 66 when Hafeez pulled a short ball from Daniel Christian straight to Michael Hussey at deep midwicket for 23. The shot was timed sweetly but didn't have the elevation Hafeez wanted, though a pair of similar pulls from Jamshed off Christian did have the height and cleared the boundary.

Eventually it was Johnson who got rid of Jamshed and Pattinson picked up a wicket when he bowled Asad Shafiq for 9, but Pakistan were never in serious danger after the strong start from the openers. At the halfway point of the match the target looked like it would be a real challenge, and the Australians had Michael Hussey to thank for getting them to 248 as Ajmal again caused problems throughout the top and middle order.

Pakistan did not help themselves in the field, dropping catches and missing run outs, and it could have been worse had the Australians capitalised more on the five free hits given up due to no-balls from Sohail Tanvir. It was left largely to Ajmal to keep Australia in check and he was not only dangerous but also economical, slowing the scoring rate towards the end after removing Hussey for 61 and the dangerous Glenn Maxwell for 28.

Ajmal finished with 4 for 32 after he picked up both Hussey and Maxwell in the same over, Hussey bowled attempting a tired slog and Maxwell advancing down the pitch, missing the doosra and finding himself stumped by a matter of metres. But Hussey and Maxwell had done their job, continuing the rebuild started by Hussey and George Bailey after the top order wobbled to 87 for 4.

Maxwell launched two consecutive sixes off Abdur Rehman, one a slog sweep and the other a drive over long-on, and that was followed by six more from the next delivery when Hussey pulled a short ball from Junaid Khan. As usual, Hussey was good at finding the gaps and rotating the strike, and he brought up his half-century from 59 balls.

Maxwell helped keep the scoreboard ticking over, although he should have been caught on 21 when he top-edged a slog sweep off an Ajmal doosra and was put down by Asad Shafiq running in from deep midwicket; the ball had sailed so high the batsmen were able to run two. Maxwell had come to the crease after Bailey departed for 39 from 46 balls when he pushed a catch back to the bowler Rehman.

But Bailey, through a calm 66-run stand with Hussey, had played a key role in Australia's recovery after the top order struggled against the spin of Ajmal and Hafeez. After the early loss of Matthew Wade, Michael Clarke and an unconvincing David Warner moved the score along to 74 for 1 before three quick wickets set back their progress.

Warner, who never looked comfortable and had taken 19 deliveries to get off the mark, was lbw playing back to Ajmal and looked almost relieved that his ordeal was over. Clarke followed soon after, lbw to Hafeez for 37 and David Hussey was lbw to Ajmal for a duck shortly afterwards.

It was a shaky period for the Australians, who had rebuilt after the early loss of Wade, who drove at a wide ball from Junaid and played on for 7, one ball after he was dropped by Umar Akmal at point. Junaid returned in the dying overs to pick up two late wickets and finished with 3 for 52, but this night belonged to Ajmal and Jamshed.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY PakFan1209 on | September 3, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    @muhammadHassan YOUR playing 11 are really good but Aizaz Cheema should not be in your playing 11

  • POSTED BY gyusuf6 on | September 2, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    @biggus, you are right, they are dangerous because may be for their unpredictability and yes i must agree that Packer cricket(i hope you remember) and Imran khan's rise in 76/77 test brought pakistan into the lime light. And i vividly remember during that time in England were massacred by Australia by two fast bowlers Dennis Lillee and Bob Massie--I believe bob took 13 or 16 wickets in one test. by the way, what happened to him??? I also remember, India with the players Like Gavasker and Vishwanath(Two of my many favorite players) bowled out in the 2nd innings at lords for 42 runs(June 20-24, 1974--I believe). I was so devastated by the fact that my favorite players let that happen. Anyway, those are the memories of old times i will cherrish rest of my life. I am a Bangladeshi living in Virginia, USA for the last 32 Years but always follow Good cricket all around the world. I do'nt have a favorite team but love to see good cricket, little biased towards bangladesh, support the underdog

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | September 2, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    I think kamran should be oppening with nasir. Hafeez might come no 3. and play malik down the oder at 7 with no place for azhar. my side would be. Nasir J- Kamran- Hafeez- Asad Safeeq- Umer akmal. Misbah- Malik- Rehman/afridi- Sohail tanvir- Ajmak- Junaid K.

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    I wish indians could see this.. Pakistanis are actually sleeping lions... they wake up at times and do their job... such a strong & brave nation, PAKISTAN <3

  • POSTED BY musa441 on | September 2, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    ok wait whats happening here?? have pakistan lost the series??? have pakistan played poorly in the 2nd ODI?? no no pakistan won against australia damn thats cool. but i cant understand why pakistan fans are still quarreling over the issue of who shud be int he team and who shudnt be. comeon guys be a little logical as far as team wins dont think of changing it becoz whenver pakistan has done experiments they have started losing their way like they dd by makiing hafeez as captain of t20 and see their performance have dippped in t20 and odi both!! this is why experimentaion is not valid for pakistan team it maybe valid for other teams but pakistan team icnludes a lot of politics so the winning combination shud be allowed to go untill they start performing really badly!! changing a winning combination even when ur team is winning back to back series like pakistan was in 2011 can really dent the jel between the team !! so stop quarelling that who shud be in the team.

  • POSTED BY haq33 on | September 2, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Some people say that Afridi is in the category of "seniors who have lost their zeal". I disagree. Yes there are plenty of seniors like that in the squad, however Afridi still has the enthusiasm of a young cricketer. Moreover, his ODI bowling figures speak for themselves and his fielding is great.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | September 2, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    @gyusuf6-Pakistan are ALWAYS dangerous mate, they are the 'Calypso Cricketers' of Asia, and are capable of anything. I saw their first test win in Australia, during the 3 test series of 76/77, when Imran came of age as a star, taking 10 wickets in the match, and I've enjoyed watching Pakistan play ever since. That 76/77 side was pretty formidable but still seemed to have trouble believing in themselves. The Sydney game seemed to change things, they'd beaten a strong Aussie side (by an innings, from memory) on their own turf and it seemed to break a mental barrier. Maybe I'm seeing things from an Aus-centric viewpoint but I saw that as the birth of Pakistan as a modern cricketing superpower.

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    so much for keeping Ajmal wicketless, come on guys, lets win the last one.

  • POSTED BY gyusuf6 on | September 2, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    @biggus, mate i agree with you. We all support our own country's cricket and we must respect that. Australia test team, Since mid ninetees have been the most dominant team until the last couple of years(although they are rebuilding and i'm sure they will be back on top very soon). I remember, in 1980's West Indians were the dominant ones and Pakistan were very close behind them. Although In 2000's India was a pretty good team but not as good as the west indians or Australians. Mostly due to weak bowling side. And they kept their Number One ranking for a while due to their world class batting performance.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | September 2, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover: I see your point bro but a few things, if Afridi hadn't taken wickets against canada we would've lost that match, you do realize that right? If Afridi took wickets why didn't the others? They all had 10 overs each? Afridi took a broken team to WC SFinal had a successful tour of WI only to be informed through media reports that he's been sacked as captain though he was the first one to go to the media against Waqar but that was mostly politics and nothing to do with cricket so IMO there was no justification for Ijaz Butt's regime to sack him. Afridi the bowling captain is the best solution. Re U Akmal its my personal opinion that he cant improve his shot selection, Azhar's avg 46 with a strike rate of 66 but i'll take a player who can play us 50 overs rather than score quick and get out.

  • POSTED BY PakFan1209 on | September 3, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    @muhammadHassan YOUR playing 11 are really good but Aizaz Cheema should not be in your playing 11

  • POSTED BY gyusuf6 on | September 2, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    @biggus, you are right, they are dangerous because may be for their unpredictability and yes i must agree that Packer cricket(i hope you remember) and Imran khan's rise in 76/77 test brought pakistan into the lime light. And i vividly remember during that time in England were massacred by Australia by two fast bowlers Dennis Lillee and Bob Massie--I believe bob took 13 or 16 wickets in one test. by the way, what happened to him??? I also remember, India with the players Like Gavasker and Vishwanath(Two of my many favorite players) bowled out in the 2nd innings at lords for 42 runs(June 20-24, 1974--I believe). I was so devastated by the fact that my favorite players let that happen. Anyway, those are the memories of old times i will cherrish rest of my life. I am a Bangladeshi living in Virginia, USA for the last 32 Years but always follow Good cricket all around the world. I do'nt have a favorite team but love to see good cricket, little biased towards bangladesh, support the underdog

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | September 2, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    I think kamran should be oppening with nasir. Hafeez might come no 3. and play malik down the oder at 7 with no place for azhar. my side would be. Nasir J- Kamran- Hafeez- Asad Safeeq- Umer akmal. Misbah- Malik- Rehman/afridi- Sohail tanvir- Ajmak- Junaid K.

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    I wish indians could see this.. Pakistanis are actually sleeping lions... they wake up at times and do their job... such a strong & brave nation, PAKISTAN <3

  • POSTED BY musa441 on | September 2, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    ok wait whats happening here?? have pakistan lost the series??? have pakistan played poorly in the 2nd ODI?? no no pakistan won against australia damn thats cool. but i cant understand why pakistan fans are still quarreling over the issue of who shud be int he team and who shudnt be. comeon guys be a little logical as far as team wins dont think of changing it becoz whenver pakistan has done experiments they have started losing their way like they dd by makiing hafeez as captain of t20 and see their performance have dippped in t20 and odi both!! this is why experimentaion is not valid for pakistan team it maybe valid for other teams but pakistan team icnludes a lot of politics so the winning combination shud be allowed to go untill they start performing really badly!! changing a winning combination even when ur team is winning back to back series like pakistan was in 2011 can really dent the jel between the team !! so stop quarelling that who shud be in the team.

  • POSTED BY haq33 on | September 2, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Some people say that Afridi is in the category of "seniors who have lost their zeal". I disagree. Yes there are plenty of seniors like that in the squad, however Afridi still has the enthusiasm of a young cricketer. Moreover, his ODI bowling figures speak for themselves and his fielding is great.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | September 2, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    @gyusuf6-Pakistan are ALWAYS dangerous mate, they are the 'Calypso Cricketers' of Asia, and are capable of anything. I saw their first test win in Australia, during the 3 test series of 76/77, when Imran came of age as a star, taking 10 wickets in the match, and I've enjoyed watching Pakistan play ever since. That 76/77 side was pretty formidable but still seemed to have trouble believing in themselves. The Sydney game seemed to change things, they'd beaten a strong Aussie side (by an innings, from memory) on their own turf and it seemed to break a mental barrier. Maybe I'm seeing things from an Aus-centric viewpoint but I saw that as the birth of Pakistan as a modern cricketing superpower.

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    so much for keeping Ajmal wicketless, come on guys, lets win the last one.

  • POSTED BY gyusuf6 on | September 2, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    @biggus, mate i agree with you. We all support our own country's cricket and we must respect that. Australia test team, Since mid ninetees have been the most dominant team until the last couple of years(although they are rebuilding and i'm sure they will be back on top very soon). I remember, in 1980's West Indians were the dominant ones and Pakistan were very close behind them. Although In 2000's India was a pretty good team but not as good as the west indians or Australians. Mostly due to weak bowling side. And they kept their Number One ranking for a while due to their world class batting performance.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | September 2, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover: I see your point bro but a few things, if Afridi hadn't taken wickets against canada we would've lost that match, you do realize that right? If Afridi took wickets why didn't the others? They all had 10 overs each? Afridi took a broken team to WC SFinal had a successful tour of WI only to be informed through media reports that he's been sacked as captain though he was the first one to go to the media against Waqar but that was mostly politics and nothing to do with cricket so IMO there was no justification for Ijaz Butt's regime to sack him. Afridi the bowling captain is the best solution. Re U Akmal its my personal opinion that he cant improve his shot selection, Azhar's avg 46 with a strike rate of 66 but i'll take a player who can play us 50 overs rather than score quick and get out.

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    THIS IS PERFECT PLAYING XII 1. MUHAMMAD HAFEEZ 2. NASIR JAMSHED 3. AZHAR ALI 4. MISBAH UL HAQ* 5. UMER AKMAL/ASAD SHAFIQ 6. ABDUL RAZZAQ/SHOAIB MALIK 7. KAMRAN AKMAL 8. SHAHID AFRIDI 9. AIZAZ CHEEMA 10. SAEED AJMAL 11. JUNAID KHAN. (METHOD) THREE FAST BOWLERS , THREE SPINNERS , ONE WICKET KEEPER AND FOUR GENEVAN BATSMAN . WHAT DO U THINK BUDDIES ???

  • POSTED BY PakFan1209 on | September 2, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    Well done PAK team after a long time we are seeing some good batting frm PAK Nasir Jamshed played really well but he should have gotten a century but anyways wats important that PAK won and we should replace sohail tanvir with Afridi

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | September 2, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    @MattyP1979-you say, "Aus would be a decent side if they were not so rubbish. All they need is 9 players and they could be right up there. Cmon Pak win the series and see more Aussie fans convert to SA supporters ( if there are any left)." If by 'SA' you're suggesting that we start supporting England the short answer is no. I'm usually loathe to dwell on the make up of the England team but when you make a comment like your's the gloves come off. No matter how bad things may get I will be supporting neither of the South African sides. When your team is the most successful side in the history of the game you can afford to be less than devastated by temporary slumps, safe in the knowledge that a resurgence isn't too far away. Really poor Australian teams are as rare as really good English ones, and if you spot any of these rare species you should take a photograph, or people are apt to think think you've been at the liquor cabinet, so unlikely a story would it seem.

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | September 2, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    @getsetgopk,well apart 4rm nasir jamshed ,who has come up to d expectatn since he ist startng playng crickt,no othr youngstr(as a batsman) have provd himslf at d highst levl 4 d gd last year or so ,hamad z nt intrnatnl material,SHAHZAD ,jst like khald latef,have provd to b domestic t20 champion nthng else,AZHAR ALI hav gd tempramnt bt he z nt there 4 odis at al,asad loks gd though,my point z,among tried youngstrs in pak,umar holds d aces.OK UMAR Z NT PERFRMNG,WHO ELSE? U mean misbah,hafez,afridi,younis r al at their peaks of batng form?afridi took most of wickts against minnows in wcp(i.e canada,zim,ken),in dis afridi vs misbah tug of war, who z sufrng? It z pak cric obviously which z so disheartning to see since i suport n love pak cric abov individual heroes,pak z losng odis with or without afridi,so i gues umar should b givn at least half no. Of matchs then afridi playd n he would prove himslf inshallah unlike "crowd favrit " afridi.

  • POSTED BY MattyP1979 on | September 2, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Aus would be a decent side if they were not so rubbish. All they need is 9 players and they could be right up there. Cmon Pak win the series and see more Aussie fans convert to SA supporters ( if there are any left).

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | September 2, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    @getsetgopk,well apart 4rm nasir jamshed ,who has come up to d expectatn since he ist startng playng crickt,no othr youngstr(as a batsman) have provd himslf at d highst levl 4 d gd last year or so ,hamad z nt intrnatnl material,SHAHZAD ,jst like khald latef,have provd to b domestic t20 champion nthng else,AZHAR ALI hav gd tempramnt bt he z nt there 4 odis at al,asad loks gd though,my point z,among tried youngstrs in pak,umar holds d aces.OK UMAR Z NT PERFRMNG,WHO ELSE? U mean misbah,hafez,afridi,younis r al at their peaks of batng form?afridi took most of wickts against minnows in wcp(i.e canada,zim,ken),in dis afridi vs misbah tug of war, who z sufrng? It z pak cric obviously which z so disheartning to see since i suport n love pak cric abov individual heroes,pak z losng odis with or without afridi,so i gues umar should b givn at least half no. Of matchs then afridi playd n he would prove himslf inshallah unlike "crowd favrit " afridi.

  • POSTED BY Muttee on | September 2, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    Michael Kane you are right on the money, only that balance is needed and also as millions have already requested, Hafeez playing down and Kamran opening the innings..

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | September 2, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    Great job Nasir Jamshed. The best part of his innings was that he has managed to keep Imran Farhat out. I am glad that he has performed against a quality opposition. I hope now he will be given a fair chance to prove his worth in the long run. Junaid Khan has also proved that he is better than Sohail Tanvir and Umar Gul. by the way Gul got hammered in the SLPL.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | September 1, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover: Umar Akmal is not an asset, he never was, he shown sparks of brilliance here and there but thats about it, look at someone like Kohli now compare the averages and strike rate and you shall see what is an asset and whats not. All the Akmal brothers apart from Adnan are hit and miss unfortunately, I wish that wasn't the case but thats where we are now he's a 20 or 30 runs player. As far Afridi, he was your highest wicket taker in WC right? Logically speaking you'd replace him with a batsman that was the highest run scorer in WC or a bowler with the same number of wickets in WC or anywhere close to it. First find someone like that and then talk about replacing.

  • POSTED BY Fawwad_Siddiqui on | September 1, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    as for Nasir jamshed...the guy has impressed me since his debut... hard luck as imran farhat took his share of matches....but Pak should continuously give him a place as openner...look at his batting average and strike rate...he is an asset.... I would rather back kamran akmal to be nasir's partner..... if they stay for even 10 overs....there is definitely gonna be a run rate that is above run a ball....Hafeez has lost his form after 2011....he needs to take a rest and rediscover his batting abilities if he really wants to be an opener.... since if he is in the side for opening...that should be his prime job...instead of bowling.... we already have afridi h

  • POSTED BY Fawwad_Siddiqui on | September 1, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    I've been in favour of Junaid Khan's inclusion even before the start of the series...looked how he has improved in SriLanka....Cheema is a waste...by the time he gets enough experiance...he will retire so there is no point in investing in him....tell me a single match he single handedly has won a match for pakistan like wasim waqar shoaib amir asif or even gul has done.....

    Sohail tanveer is again a waste...a wrong footer...with no reverse swing and no good pace....They should have continued with wahab riaz after 2011 WC...so that he could have retained his form..that guy has swing...pace....and ability to reverse the ball...the aggression thats the basic ingredient of a genuine fast bowler....and...a handy ability to bat if there is some good batsman at the other end...

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    well done to pakistan but they should do better this win is not a good win as weather was in favour of pakistan team

  • POSTED BY Naveed85 on | September 1, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    great to see Pakistan opener scoring big runs that too in chasing welldone Nasir Jamshed

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | September 1, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    One should b moraly brave enuff to call spade a spade,afridi z nevr been reliable with bat 4 us,he survivd 4 so long due to 2 things,1.HE Z A CROWD FAVRITE,2.HIS HIGHLY IMPRVD BOWLNG,BT IT DOESN'T SEEM CONVINCNG AT AL 4 QUITE A WHILE NOW,THS AGAIN MIGHT b due to 2 reasns,1.he has some pernal score to setle against misbha n co n hence delibrtly undrperfrmng,2. He has past his prime n jst survivng on some past glory,RAZAQ WAS ALWAYS a betr talnt then him bt was sidlind unfortunatly,he z stil a betr finishr then afridi by miles.UMER AKMAL,with all his mental unstabilities has stil a fantastic average n more than aceptable strike rate,we have only kamran,umar,nasir,asad as odis specialists, haris ,shahzad,usman,babar might join them in future( i realy wish 4 them)

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | September 1, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Sohail tanvir is only good in seaming conditions. He will be handy in t20 wcup. Nasir is good find. He must concentrate on his fittness. Hafeez should be replaced with Kamran Akmal in batting order. Pakistan needs a giunine fast bowler and fast bowling allrounder.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | September 1, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    got to give Ajmal credit he can bowl well.Aussie are still not up to it though are they

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Whether you agree with me or not, I think Pakistan have won more matches chasing than batting first since the time misbah has taken over the captaincy so I feel Pakistan should opt to bowl first

  • POSTED BY gyusuf6 on | September 1, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    WOW!!!!@landl47, mate, you are talking about dew and weather, think about English weather when subcontinental players have to deal with. Rain and cold one time and sunny and warm at another. Be fair, Subcontinental players also (as english, Australians and Newzealand Players) face allien conditions when they tour your countries and never complain about--OH cold weather and that is why they don't do well(Like you just mentioned about australians in your comment). Next, Frankly mr landl47, I enjoyed more Thrashing your then NUMBER 1 test team 3-0 than losing 0-4, Period.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Cricket is an amazing game,but fact is that,in current Austrailian team only Clarke and Hussey has the technique to play the likes of saeed ajmal

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | September 1, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Everybody speak on subcontinent teams to prepare bouncy wickets y cant they say teams like Aus ENG SA to prepare turning pitches as they don't know how to play spinners

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Afridi is good enough bowler to be included in the team even if he bats at no. 11.

  • POSTED BY Ammar.Asgahr on | September 1, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    No Afridi is needed in this team because he is a good bowler not a batsman And we donot need Kamran Akmal he is not a good batman and not good keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed Was Alot better than kamran akmal

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | September 1, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    It's interesting that Warner has done so well in the IPL yet, from what I've seen and read of him, has not really had a great deal of success against spin at international level. Not quite sure what to make of that. I'm sure that there are some fairly ordinary spinners in the IPL but plenty of good ones too, and in conditions that would help them. If Warner simply couldn't play spin then you'd think he'd have trouble in the IPL but he seems to have so far been unable to duplicate his success there at international level. Maybe he's trying to play more responsibly in longer format games and that's just not his thing.

  • POSTED BY s.a.91 on | September 1, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    @Michael Kane: You just said what I've been trying to put across. If Afridi comes in place of Tanvir, then Pakistan will be difficult to deal with. Junaid and Hafeez can then open the bowling and mind you, they'll be deadly.

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | September 1, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    As I predicted long back. Pak 2 Aus 1. Aus r clueless against spin bowling even their so called great ponting don't know how to play spin

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | September 1, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    @sabir786 U R SPOT ON! Akmals r asset to dis odi n t20 pak side,IF AFRIDI CAN B GIVN CHANCES FOR 348 MATCHS,WHY NT THSE EXCITNG STROKE MATKRS.INSTEAD,IT Z AFRIDI WHO MUST GO NOW

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | September 1, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    We dn't need afridi at odi levl as he z merely waste of positn,he always thinks of himslf as being above team's intrest n provs with consistntly inconsistnt batng,howevr he should b in t20 which suits him most,nasir along with umar,asad r futur 4 pak in quickr formats,ahmd n haris pls talha,wahab,zia should b givn chance. Kamran z inevitable 4 dis team n he should open .REHMAN DESERVS MORE CHANCES,1 match z nt enuf to judge his form.

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | September 1, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    ...and its all gone pear shaped, once again, for the green & yellows

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    @ davidpk,what on earth are u talking about,Nathan Lyon and the best spinner in the world,i think after Brad Hogg,Australia have not been able to find a reliable bowler in the spin bowling department.It might be a different case in the upcoming years,but for now,Aussies are definitely struggling not only in finding good spinners but playing good spinners as well,dont u remember what bowlers like James Tredwell and Greame Swann did to u a few days ago.Moreover,i rate the Indian and Bangladeshi spinners a lot higher than yours,even the Muralitharanless Sri Lankans are much decent!

  • POSTED BY JBerger on | September 1, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    @Hyderabadiplayer: That was quite some prediction you had, quite early too. What're you thoughts now?

  • POSTED BY Aziz_Hassan_Sangra on | September 1, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    As per last game the team combination Was; 5 Batsmen (Nasir, Azhar, Asad, Misbah, Umar), 1 WK Batsman (Kamran), 1 All Rounder (Hafeez) , 4 Bowlers (Saeed, Rehman, Sohail, Junaid I will slap if any body will say either Sohail or Rehman is allrounder). I f we replace Rehman with Aridi & Sohail with Anwar / Gul / Razzaq I think combination will be still same or may have some additonal All rounders but Bowling options will be still same (i.e. 5). I think we have to remove one of specialist batsmen even though they are performing well but for the combination we have to add One All rounder (Malik / Razzaq) on place of a batsman not for the bowler. So I think One shud be playing from Azhar & Asad. Anyone agrees ???

  • POSTED BY pak78 on | September 1, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    congrats team pakistan well played nasir jamshed and spin king ajmal...

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | September 1, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Not a game you can read anything into- it was won and lost on the toss. Clarke thought, based on the previous night, there wouldn't be too much dew, and it turned out to be soaking wet. It's hard to bowl with a ball as slippery as a bar of soap. Well done, Pakistan, for making the most of the conditions, but Australia shouldn't beat themselves up over this one. 249 was a decent score if the second half of the game had been played in the same conditions as the first. Still, it makes the series interesting. @tommytucker: did you enjoy England whipping Pakistan 4-0 in the ODIs and 2-1 in the T20Is just as much? No? You do surprise me.

  • POSTED BY UK_Chap on | September 1, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    DavidPk : do you really think Lyons is the best spinner in the world ? you clearly have not watched any other spinners this year at all. If he is a good as you think, then we ought to see him in the T20 world cup coming up should`t we ?.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | September 1, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    @SyedAbidHussain: You actually have a very valid point and I agree Afridi hasn't got injured in a prety long time, I dont even know when was the last time he got injured, to me I think Afridi feels like sidelined and neglected, I dont see him in the team mini confrences out in the middle, he seems distant from the senior bunch of players, something is not right there, maybe he declared himself injured or was dropped im not sure about that but clearly somethings going on there.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Where did Nanthen Hauritz go? As far as I remember, he gave Pakistanis a pretty tough time in the 2009 series and also later when Pakistan went on to play Australia in Australia 2009/10.

  • POSTED BY saabir786 on | September 1, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    congrats to pak team for win nasir played the beautiful inning with the bat while with the ball it was ajmal and Junaid,credit goes to pak think tank for selecting Junaid ahead of Cheema.dont know why people are after Kamran Akmal he is the wonderful batsman he should open with Nasir in Odi while hafeez batting is very very poor he is a bowling allrounder

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | September 1, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    @Stark62: You hit the nail on the head bro! Great to see a sensible batsman in Nasir Jamshed, if he could continue to feature with the bat then Pakistan would be the team to beat, very refreshing to see a free flowing stroke maker, was efortless, productive and precise. I was very impressed to see him bat, thats what was missing from this Pakistan team, Azhar, Asad and Nasir are the key pilars of Pakistan bating where as Umar Akmal, Hafeez and Misbah are passengers in my opinion but Misbah would sooner or later drop out of ODI team, Hafeez has already secured a place as a bowler, and Akmal would be in and out of the team until someone solid grabs his spot.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    Credit to Pakistan to overcome the odds and win. Australians are fantastic and can really perform any given day, each given day. And Pakistan was playing with 2 down having played the Akmal brothers. So kudos yes, but do we really have to give up that much of a handicap.

  • POSTED BY s.a.91 on | September 1, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Somebody keep Junaid in the team, please. If we play Hafeez, Ajmal, Afridi and Rehman for spinners and Junaid alone for pacer, we'll be a pretty invincible bowling side! Tanvir and Cheema should not be tried for the decider, neither should Anwar Ali (although I'm all for him getting a chance in the future).

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Firstly, kudos to both teams. Pakistan played really well to beat a very good Australian side. The issue with Pakistan has always been team selection. At many occasions, in-form players have been left out for no reason. A great example of this includes the exclusion of Junaid from the T20 World cup side. He has shown great deal of promise at such a young age and he should have been selected ahead of Tanvir or Sami. Pakistan will do well, if the right players are selected and there is a good mix of youth and experience in the team. Lastly, Afridi is a match winner as he is the leading Pakistani Man of the Match award winner in ODI's. His batting from has dipped but he has been taking plenty of wickets in bunches. All the best for the next match Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    the king of dosra and king of spin saeed ajmal done hard work.nasir jamshad played inning of his life

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | September 1, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    i cannot understand why Lyon is not playing hes the best spinner in world cricket

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Afridi is bigger than the team, thats why we never win when he is playing....I would drop him for good, he is on the decline. His bowling is not the same, his batting is not the same, his fielding is not the same...how many more chances we need to give him to realize he is past it.....

  • POSTED BY Addu01 on | September 1, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Pak team: Nasir Jamshaid, Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Asad, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Afridi, Razzaq/Anwar, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan...AZHAR as a 4th spinner if needed...

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | September 1, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Nice try @RandyOZ, but I haven't seen a single name on here that hasn't posted throughout the Eng:SA series. Phil Hughes, are you kidding us? About as consistent as the UK weather... Judging by your posts prior to- and throughout- the Aus:Eng ODI series, you are a massive fan of 'Switch-Hit Warner' no? If Pup fails, Aus. seem to fail... does that spell out 'total dependence' or what?

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Good Performance by Pakistan Team but the consistency should be improve Better Luck for the next series

  • POSTED BY Addu01 on | September 1, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    Excellent performance by Pakistan. Pak needs to bring back Afridi in Team because if we would have options then Afridi could be dropped but in comparison to Abdur Rehman I think Afridi is better bowler, fielder and a batsman. Also an experienced player with over 300 ODIs...Also Tanvir should not be in a team and they should try Anwar Ali or Abdul Razzaq...Good luck to Pak for the rest of the series..

  • POSTED BY SyedAbidHussain on | September 1, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Done with your crazy experiment ?? Happy with 3 bowlers conceding 5.5+ RR ?? now bring back Afridi, we all know he is not injured, he has never injured himself in 16 years of cricket, how can he get injured in training ?? Dont fool the fans. Afridi, Ajmal and Hafeez are your backbone of bowling, they never give 4.5 RR even one of them missing and you will concede 250+ score.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | September 1, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    @ ansarjsa Why drop Afridi for the next match?

    Did you not see Rehman get clobbered?

    Most fans are living in the past and still see Afridi as a batting allrounder, plus expect him to get a century @ no. 8, which is ridiculous!!

    Do Eng expect Bresnan or Broad to get a century? SA with Peterson or Philander? or Ind with Ashwin or Pathan? I don't think so and Afridi was greatly missed in the last match for his bowling because Rehman gave away 54 runs in the match, which is 17 more runs than Afridi (1-37) conceded during the first ODI.

    Also, what has Hafeez been doing lately with the bat? He should either get runs or be demoted down the order.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Pakistan Selectors plz put Anwar ali or any other best bowler who can take wickets in a match and bowl 145 speed and also play a role in the win of Pakistan... bcz sohail tanveer not prove there self as a best allrounder option for this and last series he plays.. he is totally out of form... if he play as a all rounder, then plz tell me when he play a suprb role or match winning inning in past... i don't know why you gave him chance again and again. plz gave chances to youngster's..... In all over pakistan a lot of Fast bowler assets available, plz consider them for your next selection.... thnx thnx a lot in second match Azaz cheema not played... if he play in second match, then Aus score must be almost 300... :D Nasir jamshad, Junaind khan , Saeed Ajmal, Azhar ali and Misbah (captain) they all played very well and in next games also they play a goodCricket... Inshallah

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    a terrific win.well played by ajmal , jamshed & azhar ali

  • POSTED BY Snick_To_Backward_Point on | September 1, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    RandyOz - this is the difference between reality & your world....

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    @Zahidsalti. Agree with your comment on having 2 or 3 of big hitters, in every team, in every match. Yes, even if one of them hits form, it is worth it. Teams with them are like Tandoori Chicken; and without them they are like the cold cuts they serve at a la carte buffet tables in English hotels!

  • POSTED BY arunmp3 on | September 1, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    pak has best bowling attack

    i mean best spin bowling attack [;)]

    ajmal was superb! afridi too is one f the best spinners in shorter formats rather thn a hitter he once used to be.......

    if i was pak selector i wud hv razaaq instead f tanvir , n may be gul or hazam in the side........

    afridi shud be sent above kamran akmal in 35 over stage where pplay is taken , akmal's shud be given responsibility of rebuilding if afridi falls.........

    on match over all pak played well but has beaten only a team which plays average cricket in subcontinental conditions..

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Shahid Afridi 10 overs 37 Runs and 1 wicket, and who ever seen that match, can clearly see that Afridi bowled brilliantly and beaten bats quite regularly...A.Rehman is a very good spinner, good in test matches but , he is not as good as afridi is...Don't forget Afridi was the highest wicket taker in the worldcup! Now the problem with afridi is that he is a bowling allrounder...A dependable bowler who can bat well on given day, or else a slogger and that's the way people should follow him! When ever tim bresnan, robin peterson, R. Ashwin, Thisara Perera, etc bats well, every one acknowledges but when the bat badly, no one critisizes as they r bowling allrounders...Similarly when ever Kallis, Bopara etc bowls well, every one appreciates but when they bowl badly no one shouts... So similar should be the treatment with Afridi.. People must quit thinking him super human! He is a dependable bowler since 3,4 years...

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    why afridi missed!!!!! its ridiculous!!!

  • POSTED BY Aziz_Hassan_Sangra on | September 1, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, Ajmal & Jumshaid were awesome. Still it was a great effort by Aus to rebuild upto 250, they need to flavor their attack with some specialist spinners. Afridi & Anwar shud repalce Rehman & Tanvir for the next game. The gud thing about the match was that Pak did't loose a single wicket during the power plays.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    Very good batting perfo by Nasir Jemshd He is playing proper cricket shots with brilliant timing and his partnership wirh Azhar ali was good to see Nasir should be in test team as well

  • POSTED BY deardr on | September 1, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Its good to see Pakistani batsmen played with confidence after long long time,carry on folks,we want similar results in all future games!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Warner's inability to play off-spin is a serious concern for Australia. There's a batsman in Australia who is of Pakistani-origin Usman,that young lad. Not a bad option to give him chance ahead of Warner in sub-continent.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    pakistan played great today if we forget the fielding cuz that matter will never resolve the should fight in them and real hunger to win matches hafez was playing very good but the problem is that he has to control his shots and he will score bilions. as for australia they always underestimate teams even they will underestimate india'batting .bowling was very good but ofcourse pakistan need a good fast bowler with junaid khan and the idea of four spinners is a bad idea cuz abdur rehman is not that consistent and afridi is a bit predictable if these two bowlers are smashed and including the fast bowler the only wicket taker left is saeed ajmal and even hafeez can't do anything at that stage becouse he is also very predictable bowler for a settled batsman.....so pakistan needs a good fast bowler with pace who can handle pressure and bowl some good yorkers and bouncers

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | September 1, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    good win. well played by ajmal , jamshed & azhar. still few questions for pkaistan. 2nd seamer in todays game sohail tanvir was weak link. & pak need a batting medium pace allrounder. going in with only 5 bowlers not a good idea. if any1 has a bad day it will be very difficult.

  • POSTED BY ahmad25 on | September 1, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Well played Jamsheed and Pakistan.Well Played Azhar too.the people who are saying azhar is test player,so the answer from my side is yesss.and Pakistan need atleast 2 pure test player in ODI also, other wise they cant bat 50 over believe me bro.Well bowled JUNAID KHAN your remind me after many years the agression of Great Pakistan fast bowlers and lastly selectors please please Select Anwar ali in place of sohail tanveer .eles team is good .

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | September 1, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    I believe Paksitan is good enough with youngsters rather than oldies please sack seniors such as Shoaib Malik,Sohail Tanveer and Afridi these youngsters are lot better than them.Stick to them and future of Pak cricket will be bright.

  • POSTED BY mtalhas on | September 1, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    jamshed is a player who is displaying elegance and technic..he will be tested in SA if he is selected but hopefully he will do well..seems to be a sucessor of saeed anwar....on the other hand ajmal has been fantastic..he has reinvented the art of spin bowling and made it attacking and entertaining..its because of this spin that the 30 overs in the middle have become so entertaining..looks great when he makes a batting legend his bunny!

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 7:21 GMT

    Shahid Afridi 10 overs 37 Runs and 1 wicket, and who ever seen that match, can clearly see that Afridi bowled brilliantly and beaten bats quite regularly...A.Rehman is a very good spinner, good in test matches but , he is not as good as afridi is...Don't forget Afridi was the highest wicket taker in the worldcup!

    Now the problem with afridi is that he is a bowling allrounder...A dependable bowler who can bat well on given day, or else a slogger and that's the way people should follow him!

    When ever tim bresnan, robin peterson, R. Ashwin, Thisara Perera, etc bats well, every one acknowledges but when the bat badly, no one critisizes as they r bowling allrounders...Similarly when ever Kallis, Bopara etc bowls well, every one appreciates but when they bowl badly no one shouts... So similar should be the treatment with Afridi.. People must quit thinking him super human! He is a dependable bowler since 3,4 years...

  • POSTED BY KarachiKid on | September 1, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    Brilliant Pakistan. Nasir Jamshed seems to have that x-factor in him. If Hafeez can improve his batting, our top four are all good, Nasir, Azhar, Shafiq, Misbah. Pretty decent. But the two Akmals are very unpredicatable. In fact playing Kamran Akmal means that Pakistan does not really have any talent, because if there was ANY talent, Kamran Akmal would have been replaced 5 years ago. I also felt for poor Aussies for having to bowl in such sauna like conditions. But they were still a very professional fielding outfit. Thats the difference between Aussies and Pakistanis, our fielders would have let Australia reach the target in 32nd over !

  • POSTED BY Dannymania on | September 1, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    good one sided game in the end.thats how easy it is to beat good team away from their homes.this is pakistani home ground now,and they should win anything on these wickets.Ajmal,Jamshed,Azhar ali and Hafeez.these all played terrific cricket yesterday.it was the good opening start which set the foundation for the victory.well done pakistani team,but please continue the good work.dont do what you always do,flashes of brilliance and then massive collapses and losses.

  • POSTED BY wnwn on | September 1, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed is a more elegant version of Graeme Smith.

  • POSTED BY tommytucker on | September 1, 2012, 6:43 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan, good to see you guys back in world cricket. I thouroughly enjoyed your whipping of England in the UAE earlier this year - good to see. Pak always has produced good seamers, something india could learn from.

  • POSTED BY vertical on | September 1, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Has Jamshed lost weight, he looked chubby during the Asia cup.Anyways I was impressed by his strokeplay and timing.Reminded me of Saeed Anwar.A good prospect for Pakistan. -India fan

  • POSTED BY Baber_Baloch on | September 1, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    just drop afridi from next matches ...also open jamsheed with kamran akmal you gona win...good luch green green

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | September 1, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Underestimate. That's what Aussies did. Clarke thought if they could put up 230 plus Pakistan won't chase considering (Aussies) Pak's fragile batting line up. Bad idea. How else you explain non urgency from them in the beginning of the match and throughout the innings? Pak stars do not win them games consistently enough; it's always 'someone' with a mercurial performance on a day and you scratch your head and ask who the heck was he? It's just great to see two teams sweating out and giving their best. Well done Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. Love you Greens. Pakistan need not to take easy rest of matches to prove that they're impossible. Our tigers are world's no.1 tigers but they need to play with great zeal and enthusiasm. PROUD TO BE A PAKISTANI :)

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Go with 4 spinners in the last match. Replace Sohail Tanveer with Shahid Afridi. Opening attack would be Junaid Khan and Muhammad Hafeez. Pakistan's strength is spin and they should make use of it competely.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | September 1, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    @ Desihungama-Read 'Don Quixote' by Miguel de Cervantes, from where the term originates. It's a truly great book and absolutely hilarious.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    Nasir batting was flawless. He played so well MA. watched him playing in SLPL and making a fifty and that fifty was also with very good shots.

    I think Azhar is not a player. He need to be improved a lot.

    Our bottom need a player a lassi player which can play well at 6 or 7 position. Just ne good batsman and Pakistan will be balanced side. Kamran Akmal should be played at the top.

    and about tanvir so he's not performing he need improvement as well and als he's not a bowler to start with. after 10 overs atleast then he should have given the bowl. Junaid khan was OKKKK not great.

    So Improvement Still Needed.

  • POSTED BY El_Toro_Loco on | September 1, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Good come back victory. Keep Afridi away for the rest of series & Pak will own the series. Drop Tanvir & give the new kid a chance. Ciao

  • POSTED BY funnykid on | September 1, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    I am sorry but I must stay it is not fair, subjecting players to perform in such a hot and humid conditions. Its a sport meant for entertainment, it should not become a torture for players as well as spectators.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Felt for David warner, he had a work out and a half at point, Jamshed was peppering the point region with some of the cleanest and sweetest shots ever!

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | September 1, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    @Biggus - Pakistan are mercurial, the very definition of quixotic? I had to google that one - Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality. Amazing! Good one mate.

  • POSTED BY khaledys2 on | September 1, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    with that heat i don think any team in the world will win against pak lol

  • POSTED BY salman_0902 on | September 1, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    It was a great match. Ausies were great in rebuilding innings and their feilding was top notch. Pakistan is always generous in giving away free runs. But at the end Nasir and Azhar made sure the series is decided in the last match. Afridi should come in place of Suhail tanvir for the next match.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 1, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    I think Afridi is now not at his best. Great Pakistan won without Afridi as his batting is no where near what it was once a upon a time. Australia should have played both Lyon and Doherty instead of Starc and Christian.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    Wow Nasir what timing you were awesome!

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 1, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    @Harmony111, last night's game was in Abu Dhabi and not Dubai. Dubai will host the 3 T20s. Anyway, can you recall India having their "Independence Cup" in 1997 when games started at 5.30PM due to high heat in India at that time of the year? Same applies in UAE too as at this time of they year, only 6.30PM start is the most conducive.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    When the going gets tough (and humid), the TOUGH get going. So the winning formula for Pakistan in the decider will be "Win the toss, and let Aussies bat first" !!!

    WELL DONE PAKISTAN, you make us proud.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 1, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    @Jindal Priyank, you are right. Pakistan has given away many matches from the jaws of triumph all due to their poor batting. But it clicked well yesterday. All augurs well for them as Azhar Ali, Shafiq and Jamshed are no doubt going to takeover the responsbilities of Younis and Misbah. Hafeez must go down the order. Pakistan are unpredictable but their spin bowling is worldclass.

  • POSTED BY Crazy_Pk on | September 1, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Good show by Jamshed. It was very nice & cool to watch his batting and confidence level how is hammering aussis bowlers. Hope to continue this session in next (final) match. I see only one two changes in existing Pak line up Anwer Ali replaces Tanveer & Afridi is in for Rehman. Good Luck for Pakistan

  • POSTED BY OhPakistan on | September 1, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Herculean all round performance (against inexperienced/green Australians). Ajmal's spin, Jamshed's controlled aggression and Heat + humidity were too much for Australians. Tying up of Warner in knots was a sight to behold ! A series win ( ODI & TT ) will do wonders for Team Pakistan's confidence ahead of "The Cup" !

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 1, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    @ Hyderabadiplayer, you are totally wrong! Pakistan have chased many scores above 200 and won.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | September 1, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. Simply great to see Pakistan batting click. Australia missed a trick by not playing specialist spinners. Dew will mainly affect the fast bowlers and not spinners.

  • POSTED BY romirom on | September 1, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    after long time i saw any pakistan batsman dominate opponant blower. Gud to watch. Jamshed is future of pak cricket. His techniq is sound and read tha game wel. Apart from his fitness which improves in past few years, he loks better batsman in current pak team.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    now anwar ali shuld be given a chance in next odi in place of tanvir, and i think kamran akmal should open with nasir,hafeez is not good enough for batting he should play at no 8....

  • POSTED BY shabbasus on | September 1, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    Great innings by Nasir, he should now be a regular part of this pak batting line up. I think Kamran and Nasir make a perfect opening pair, hafeez should come one down followed by shafiq and misbah. It gives stability to the struggling middle order..Sohail Tanvir now should be rested in favor of Anwar ali and also shoaib malik needs a chance in place of afridi.. Well played pakistan and all the best for the third odi..

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    Pakistan will win matches consistently if they get the right combination in the side. More young players should also be recruited, especially those who have done well in the domestic league; Talha, Sadaff, Anwar and Azam. Also, it's surprising to see Sami getting selected in the t20 cup side, instead Junaid! PCB must avoid nepotism, politics and should select players on merit. Kudos to Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    From what I gather by reading this article is the Aussie's were playing in extreme heat, and when Pakistan's were fielding the AC's were on.

    Great job Pakistan

  • POSTED BY kzc117191 on | September 1, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. However, I still feel Azhar is not a One-day or T20 player. He should be replaced with Ahmed Shezad. Also, Pakistan seriously needs one good left-handed batter in the middle order. As far as bowling is concerned, Sohail Tanvir looks out of sort and Anwar Ali should replace him in the net match.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan. PCB should give more chances to young players now; Anwar Ali, Azam etc and get rid of tried and tested players such as Farhat, Malik and Cheema. Shafiq, Azhar, Junaid and Jamshed have displayed that, despite only playing handful of matches, they have what it takes to succeed in international cricket. Good luck to the team.

  • POSTED BY BowledYa on | September 1, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    This is a good side for Pakistan. Only replacement should be Tanvir, maybe. Keep Rehman instead of Afridi who is a liability in most matches. Rehman is a better bowler if all Afridi is going to do is bowl, and Rehman will probably score more runs as well.

  • POSTED BY azmaftab on | September 1, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    What a fantastic knock by Nasir Jamshed! The lad was absolutely class today. Over all a good victory for Pakistan but kudos to Australia for putting up a fight! Even with a few runs remaining and having spent hours in the sweltering heat they were throwing around dives and trying to save runs right till the end! Great attitude by the Aussies! The final should make an interesting contest! Can't wait! Pakistan Zindabad!

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    Muhammad Hafeez should not open for Pakistan. His average is very low and losing an early wicket always leads to an extra pressure and Pakistan has been consistently doing that. I think he should come out to bat at number 6, just before Kamran Akmal. Nasir Jamshed and Azhar Ali (two specialist batsman) can open and give solid start to Pakistani innings.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Well done pakistan, for showing Australia where they belong when it comes to playing a turning ball .. the strike rate of David Warner shows it all

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed has showed somethng no other pakistani batsman for a long time has showed which is a longevity and skill to reach larger scores. His technique/footwork was decent but more importantly he CALMLY and CLEANLY hit the boundaries when it was required.

    All the rest of our batsman only know how to block or slog. Umar Akmal, Shafiq, Azhar are all guys who can make half centuries some times but their run rate is usually below par because their inning consists of blocks, missed slogs (esp akmal) and failed attempts at singles.

    Mohammad Hafeez has never been and will never be a solid opening batsman. At his best he can get us 30's and 40's, when the ball swings even a little he is lucky to even last 5 overs. He has no place as an opener but merits a place just as a spinner in ODI's....get him up the order and bring down either Azhar Ali or SHahid/Kamran depending on the kind of start required.

    Kamran can also never find gaps after powerplay overs but can hit a little in early o

  • POSTED BY RaadQ on | September 1, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Good match for Pakistan. The only weak links were fielding and Tanvir. He has failed again and again, and was absolutely lazy in the field. No more chances for him, give Anwar Ali a chance to produce a young, LH/RH pace combo with Junaid. Afridi should come back to replace Rehman, who performed adequately. Jamshed looks slimmer, fitter and better in the field. He looks like a guy who's worked hard and deserves to be permanent opener for a time being. Hafeez must continue to get starts to support him from the other end, and now and then convert those starts against strong teams! Can't wait for the third match!

  • POSTED BY Tahir_Anjum on | September 1, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    Good to see Jamshed batting, he is talented but there is always been problem with physical fitness. I remember in Asia cup 2008 vs Ind he was retired hurt after making aggressive 50,also in Asia cup 2012 vs India. any way good to see Pakistan winning. Ajmal a class bowler and he proved once again.Pakistan should replace Sohail with anwar ali.And I am impressed with Bailey and his approach towards the game. Best of Luck Pakistan for 3rd ODI. Plz publish

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | September 1, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    Firstly, welcome back to all the poms, who have gone mysteriously quiet throughout the entire South Africa series. Secondly, our openers definitely need to change. Warner is just too shaky. Phil Hughes should be there. Leading runscorer in England.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 1, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. I'm a bit irritated that the article says that "...where the extreme humidity left Australia's players dripping, and in some cases dropping..." - I would imagine it should of been the case for BOTH sides. Probably not one of Pup's better ideas to bat first or rather, field 2nd. Impressed that Pakistan did it without Afridi.

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    I am glad Afridi did not play .he is totally out of form. First ODI, he gave an easy catch in the second slip to the first ball he played, at a time when the team needed him. This is his style for a long time .Its about time, Selectors must make room for new faces. J Miandad must be persuaded to coach new blood

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    Congrate!! somwineones heroic effords always make Pakistan win. I belive still Pakistan fielding coach have to do lots of job to improve catching and hitting the stump

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | September 1, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Australia wanted practice on low, dry wickets, well they are certainly got it last night! So the loss isn't such a big deal. They actually did well to post 250 odd, given that getting the ball away off the wicket was real tough work with slow bowlers. By contrast, the extra pace of the Aussie quicks was pretty impotent - the wicket just didn't have the bounce of the first game, and there wasn't much movement. Made it easier to score, actually. In such conditions fast bowlers have to be very accurate and use a variety of pace, and that is where they fell down. Pattinson, as usual, looked average, from the bit I saw of him. In fact the previous game is the only time I can ever remember him bowling well in an ODI. Going into conditions like this with all pace and no spinner is a big risk. PAK spinners on the other hand lapped it up. Still have big reservations about Ajmal's action - the ball that got Warner an obvious example. Must be a congenital deformity.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | September 1, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    Great effort from Pakistan to level the series. As always they are dangerous when they play with a clear purpose. We Aussies would never underestimate them, Pakistan are mercurial, the very definition of quixotic.....but they are always richly talented and Ajmal is clearly the best spinner in the world at the moment. It bodes well for the decider and all I really care about is seeing some good cricket, win or lose.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | September 1, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    Why are the matches starting so late? Can't they start something like 5 pm local time in the evening? It becomes a huge torture in the final overs, spare a thought for the spectators in the stadium. Dubai may be a hot place but cricket has never been played there so late in the past.

  • POSTED BY BG4cricket on | September 1, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    Very good effort from Pakistan. I can't help thinking there are 2 problems stopping Australia at the moment. Firstly we need a better opening start and I don't think Wade is good enough to do it consistently at the top of the order, especially as opponents have worked out Warner is not a great player of spin early - solution I think is to have Clarke or Hussey open in this squad although Smith might be worth a thought, particularly in context of the next problem. The second problem is that Maxwell's bowling is just not upto this standard of cricket as can be seen by Clarke bowling him for a max of 6 overs in a match so far and this is not sufficiently compensated by some useful stroke play at the end. I would bring Doherty back and move Christian up 1 spot which provides 5 genuine bowlers plus useful part-timers from D.Hussey and Clarke. Personally I would open the batting with Clarkey and have Bailey at 3 followed by the Hussey brothers and then Wade

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | September 1, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    @Jose Puliampata, true analysis but you always need a couple of players from the latter group too as they can accelerate or bang some 100 runs in last 10 overs. Pakistan used to have Moin, Razzaq and Afridi in Wasim Akram's team and that lack of consistency was negated because you could always persume that at least one of them will fire.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | September 1, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    Time and again one thing is proved that young talented Pakistani new commers are much better performers than the older horses. SOHAIL TANVEER is not a bowler who should be playing against any major team. And we still want to stay with a 125 kph guy then why not Razzaq? Pakistan must introduce Zia-ul-Haq and Taha soon. Hafiz is still not the opner who can take us forward but he can not be replaced due to his bowling. ABDUL REHMAN is a poor replacement for Afridi. In ODIs, at least I would rather takie Reza Hasan instead of Rehman. We should try playing Hafeez down the batting order and promote Kamran to opening slot.

  • POSTED BY Jedi029 on | September 1, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    Unlucky Australia, playing a one-dayer that goes through two days and in scorching heat is still a good effort. Pakistan's spin brigade in ODI's is probably the best out there and they got some young talent emerging and staring to perform more consistently now. Well done to both sides, doubt any other would have the guts to play cricket past midnight and in scorching heat

  • POSTED BY on | September 1, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    Good cricketers are good in any format. Players like, Misba, Amla, Kallis, Dravid et al were touted as just good for test cricket. See how they performed in shorter formats. Even Tout & Bell illustrates the same point. On the contrary, players like Warner,Sehwag, Afridi and even Gayle ... you can't totally rely on their swash buckling talents, to show up consistently. Of course, I enjoy the latter group, when they are on a song. Consistency & reliability are the issues.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | September 1, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    Good effort from Pakistan. Well played all round. We just didn't put it together, but take nothing away from the excellent Pakistan effort.

  • POSTED BY Shazia_Javed on | August 31, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    Well done Nasir for a fantastic innings. Abdur Rehman is a good bowler and we should not judge him just by one match... his records/stats are far better than today's match... unfortunately he was hit for 2 sixes on his last two balls which took his economy rate bit high. Sohail Tanvir dont deserve thee place for a pace bowler... he has been pathatic in recent matches, nothing big on his credit in one day matches. Anwar Ali should be given a chance, he deserve it. I foresee two changes in next match... Sohail replaced by Anwar Ali... and Abdur Rehman replaced by Afridi (which I dont agree).

  • POSTED BY thebarmyarmy on | August 31, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    Again Australia looked clueless against spin. Pakistan on a roll now and troubling times for the green and yellow.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | August 31, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    Good match to watch - Australia were brilliant in the field. It's a shame the dew was such a problem, if only boards could honour their touring commitments, so the players didn't have to suffer. Still, it's cool to see something a bit different in ODI cricket. Both sides have had a go at bowling second, and both matches have yielded different results. Looking forward to the 3rd match

  • POSTED BY Afridynamite on | August 31, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    Ajmal was massive yet again!

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    congrats Pakistan =) well played and keep it up.. Sharjah awaits yrt another epic encounter IA .. 90s revisited, eh ... :)

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | August 31, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    Hats off to Australlians very committed and professionals. Playing in such a heat deserves great Admiration. Thanks for coming to play with us. Just more to go guys. thanks for shoeing brillaint cricket.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | August 31, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    Bat up but head down. celebration for 97 but disaapointment for not getting 100. Well played nasir jamshed. you are master blaster. Pakistan must win this series. And hafeez must score runs in next match. Rahman is a good inclusion. Congrates team Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    Add (2) good Left Handed Batsman in Middle Order... it will redress issue of failure of Pakistani Batting from time to time.

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    I think Nasir has been good through out look at his career he hardly played a bad innings there so I would like to see him more then any other opener

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    Please accommodate any 2 Good Left Handed Batsman in Middle order... it will redress the issue of failure of batting from time time in future.

  • POSTED BY piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on | August 31, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    Good game, I enjoyed following it. It will be interesting to see how Azhar, Hafeez, Jamshed etc perform under pressure against better teams and while chasing big targets. I think they are quite fragile in temperament like Afridi, Razzaq, Shoaib etc. Good luck to these youngsters anyway.

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    Well played Nasir Jamshed! Keep it up! Why Junaid Khan is not playing in World T20? Surely, he was much better than Sohail Tanvir.

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    Wow... Congratulation to all pakistaniz around the world

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | August 31, 2012, 21:53 GMT

    Nasir is good play. What i really like about him is his abaility to score big. hafeez should be replaced with kamran akmal at top. well done nasir.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | August 31, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed 97 (98), 11x4, 2x6. I am happy that Jamshed has dished out this fantastic innings. Now we can be assured that Imran Farhat wont get into the final 11 for the next match. I hope Jamshed is played in the T20 leg of this series.

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    Pakistan have a great morning today .suddenly bating work for Pakistan and Pakistan is near to get victory...Nasir jamshed played a great inning today but unfortunately missed out his very 2nd century overall good bating by him ..sohail tanveer did not play well in both games so Misbah and Watmoor should think about ANwar Ali who may b good choice in the current situation.....Hopefully Afridi will be fit for the next game because he is better bowler than Abdul rehman.......

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    Pakistan will win this match unless some blunder happens ... thank God Nasir Jamshed has clicked at right time...he was dismissed in the previous match due to a good delivery as well...but he seems to be better player than Imran Farhat...and i still dont understand why Anwar Ali is not in playing eleven...

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | August 31, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    I am not surprised at all by the fielding effort shown by Pakistan. They have always been poor fielders. What irritates me though, is that No one is bothered about it, Not the selectors nor the coaches nor the Captain. Why can't fielding be given more weightage in selecting the 15 member squad and also in the final 11. Bad fielding is one more reason why I hate Umar Gul.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | August 31, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    After 15 overs: Pakistan 86/1, Nasir Jamshed 45 n.o. , I am glad that Nasir Jamshed has played well, otherwise somehow Imran Farhat would have got in, in the next smatch. Also clearly Junaid Khan has proved himself to be better than S.Tanvir & U.Gul. I hope in the next match Anwar Ali is selected in place of S.Tanvir. By-the-way, for those who may be interested in Umar Gul's performance in the SLPL, he has got some hammering giving away 33 runs in 3 overs without getting any wicket. Though Jacob Oram from the other end gave only 13 runs in 4 over and claimed one wicket. That says it all, Now he is not even a good club level bowler, what justice will he do in the International level.

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    Malik should replace Azhar, it is long time since he has been given the opportunity. He is more technically sound for long partnership...

  • POSTED BY Prodems on | August 31, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Pak will win today!!!!! Pak is my 2nd best Fav team after India!!!

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | August 31, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    All those who wanted Abdur Rehman in place of Afridi :- Now 54/1, is that good enough ? Wasn't Afridi better ? Though this has happened for Afridi's back injury. I hope Afridi is fit before the next match. Now we know that Afridi definately commands a place in the Eleven just for his bowling alone, add to that his fielding and the occassional batting. He is definately better than Abdur Rehman in the ODI format. Today if Anwar Ali would have played in place of S.Tanvir it would have been better. Now with Pakistan requiring 249 to win, I am pretty siure Pakistan cannot get this score against this Australian attack. Misbah will make a mess as usual. I hope Naskr Jamshed Performs well, otherwise somehow Imran Farhat might get in , in the next match, which I do not want to happen.

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Good competitive score by Aussies. Pak are a batsman short today (though they still have 7 + Tanveer and Rehman, both can hold bat) If Pak's opening pair don't let Aussie bowlers pick a wicket or two early on, Pak will have a good chance of winning the match. Ajmal would be the saddest man if Pak lose the match. What a bowler he has been for Pak, always gives his more than 100% but their batsmen generally let everyone down.

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    I have a gut feeling that pakistan is gonna win today. Call me crazy :p

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    difficult for pak to win....................

  • POSTED BY Kak-mal_Khan on | August 31, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Terrible display in the field by Pakistan, dropped catches, missed run-out opportunities, horrendous no-balls by Sohail Tanvir. Why does Pakistan have a fielding coach? I can't ever see Pakistan have their fielders back up their bowlers, such a shame because the bowling is of high class, apart from Tanvir who has as many lives as our beloved wicketkeeper. Also if Kamran Akmal fails to score today and in the 3rd ODI should he be persisted with? after all he has been selected ahead of others because of his Gilchrist-esque batting (I do not lie, that is how he is viewed within some quarters). Australia have this in the bag, Pakistan pls make me eat my words!

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Pakistan usually warms up in their first encounter. Now, they are going to win this match, most likely. However, the final, i.e., the third ODI result is hard to predict. This match they shall win as the batting is going to click and most likely they would be chasing a target of less than 250.

  • POSTED BY aiksa on | August 31, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    As I said yesterday, Pakistan's batting & fielding are pathetic and their bowling above-average. Look at how Umar Akmal dropped a sitter & missed a run out. How do you expect them to win against quality teams likes Australia. they are going to lose 3-0.

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Pak will loose this match as well.

  • POSTED BY therahber on | August 31, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    malik should be in place of azhar, it will give pakistan much needed additional spin bowling option

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | August 31, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Pak losing toss means they will lose the match and series as Pak cant chase target even above 150.

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  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | August 31, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Pak losing toss means they will lose the match and series as Pak cant chase target even above 150.

  • POSTED BY therahber on | August 31, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    malik should be in place of azhar, it will give pakistan much needed additional spin bowling option

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Pak will loose this match as well.

  • POSTED BY aiksa on | August 31, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    As I said yesterday, Pakistan's batting & fielding are pathetic and their bowling above-average. Look at how Umar Akmal dropped a sitter & missed a run out. How do you expect them to win against quality teams likes Australia. they are going to lose 3-0.

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Pakistan usually warms up in their first encounter. Now, they are going to win this match, most likely. However, the final, i.e., the third ODI result is hard to predict. This match they shall win as the batting is going to click and most likely they would be chasing a target of less than 250.

  • POSTED BY Kak-mal_Khan on | August 31, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Terrible display in the field by Pakistan, dropped catches, missed run-out opportunities, horrendous no-balls by Sohail Tanvir. Why does Pakistan have a fielding coach? I can't ever see Pakistan have their fielders back up their bowlers, such a shame because the bowling is of high class, apart from Tanvir who has as many lives as our beloved wicketkeeper. Also if Kamran Akmal fails to score today and in the 3rd ODI should he be persisted with? after all he has been selected ahead of others because of his Gilchrist-esque batting (I do not lie, that is how he is viewed within some quarters). Australia have this in the bag, Pakistan pls make me eat my words!

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    difficult for pak to win....................

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    I have a gut feeling that pakistan is gonna win today. Call me crazy :p

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Good competitive score by Aussies. Pak are a batsman short today (though they still have 7 + Tanveer and Rehman, both can hold bat) If Pak's opening pair don't let Aussie bowlers pick a wicket or two early on, Pak will have a good chance of winning the match. Ajmal would be the saddest man if Pak lose the match. What a bowler he has been for Pak, always gives his more than 100% but their batsmen generally let everyone down.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | August 31, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    All those who wanted Abdur Rehman in place of Afridi :- Now 54/1, is that good enough ? Wasn't Afridi better ? Though this has happened for Afridi's back injury. I hope Afridi is fit before the next match. Now we know that Afridi definately commands a place in the Eleven just for his bowling alone, add to that his fielding and the occassional batting. He is definately better than Abdur Rehman in the ODI format. Today if Anwar Ali would have played in place of S.Tanvir it would have been better. Now with Pakistan requiring 249 to win, I am pretty siure Pakistan cannot get this score against this Australian attack. Misbah will make a mess as usual. I hope Naskr Jamshed Performs well, otherwise somehow Imran Farhat might get in , in the next match, which I do not want to happen.