Pakistan v Australia, 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi

'Confidence, dew helped us win' - Misbah

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September 1, 2012

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Saeed Ajmal sends down a delivery, Pakistan v Australia, 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi, August 31, 2012
Saeed Ajmal has led Pakistan's spin attack with seven wickets in two games against Australia © AFP
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Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, has said he was fortunate to have lost the toss to bowl first as the dew in Abu Dhabi in Pakistan's innings helped them chase 249. The Australian bowlers found it hard to grip the ball as the opener Nasir Jamshed led with 97 in a series-levelling victory in the three-match series.

"It was a good toss to lose because both the teams were not sure what may happen. The day before the match there wasn't much dew and also in Sharjah it wasn't that bad, but today dew really played a major factor," Misbah said.

Australia recovered from 87 for 4 to score 248, courtesy Michael Hussey's 61 and contributions from other middle-order batsmen, but the total proved inadequate as Pakistan reached the target with more than six overs to spare. Misbah said the batsmen were given instructions to bat through the innings, as he knew runs would be scored quickly as long as the likes of Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez stuck at the crease.

"Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed are [naturally] aggressive batsmen. If they stay at the crease they will score runs quickly. [Jamshed], especially, played many shots and [had a] wonderful balance. The key for us [was that] he batted through and he made this chase easy.

"[In] chasing a big total there is bound to be pressure, especially against a good [Australian] side. We got a good start and that added to the confidence and made our task easy. [Importantly] dew helped."

The target, however, may have been a lot more had Pakistan's spinners not pegged Australia back for brief periods. The spinners, led by Saeed Ajmal, have been successful against Australia on the slow UAE tracks, with 12 out of 15 Australian wickets in the two games falling to them. Misbah said he wouldn't rule out the possibility of playing an extra spinner in the third ODI in Sharjah, though the decision would depend on the pitch.

"[Playing a fourth spinner] depends on what sort of wicket we get [in Sharjah]. One more thing we have to keep in mind is that we may have to bowl second again, so it might be a problem for the spinners [because of the dew factor]. We have to look into everything."

Misbah praised the fight the side showed in the first ODI, as the spinners made it difficult for Australia to chase 198, which gave the side the belief to beat them in the next game.

"The way we fought despite having only a total of 198, we were nearing a win at one stage. It was this performance that gave us the courage to come into this game and all of us believed we could win it.

"Australians are the No.1 side in the world, so we have to play really well in the next game. They will come hard at us and we have to get ready for the next game."

He said he wasn't certain, however, whether Shahid Afridi, who missed the second ODI due to injury, would be ready for the next game on Monday.

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by Hammond on (September 3, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

@Thushaa- "so as their future in the world"- I really hope you weren't referring to my country there mate, the cricket team may be going off, but the country itself is the envy of the whole planet. The singular best country in the world. Cricket is in a bit of a crisis here, but that is nothing new. And we were due a fall after dominating the world (so awfully) for so long.

Posted by Bay-Lagaam on (September 3, 2012, 8:12 GMT)

Today's Prediction, Pakistan will win the toss and they will bowl 1st, Aus will make 250 and it will be chased by Pakistan on the lost of 4 Wickets, Asad & Hafeez will make 50s.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

please give Anwar Ali a chance in the team!! He would be a better allround option in place of Sohail Tanvir.

Posted by   on (September 2, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

A class act in humility and honesty by Misbah for acknowledging that the dew helped. Any other captain would have never attributed their win to anything other than their teams performance.

Posted by ajayrcs on (September 2, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

Hey Imsrk! Ponting is best player against spin. Any spinner takes his wicket becomes great. Ask Harbhajan.

Posted by getsetgopk on (September 2, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

@crickeymate: Spot on about the humility, yes we all need it from time to time but give credit where its due not not hide behind dew as I dont think Aus would have chased that target even with dew.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 2, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

@RandyOz,cary on man! Ur comment always provoks gd amount of laughtr in me.lolz

Posted by applethief on (September 2, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

Jamshed certainly played well, but we shouldn't get too carried away. He was served up a lot of rubbish by the Australian bowlers - just look at the wickets in innings: 1 drag on, one hole-out to mid wicket, and another shot from a cramping batsman Jamshed's other big score came against India, which isn't much to boast about. Let's give him some time to develop, and make sure he keeps playing as much first-class cricket as he can

Posted by crickeymate on (September 2, 2012, 3:26 GMT)

To all you people who want to talk aus down and pak up, in mishbah's own words:DEW REALLY PLAYED A MAJOR FACTOR! Many results in cricket are attributed to pitch and weather conditions. You win some this way and lose some. It's the games where conditions are equal where you see which team is the stronger on the day. Australia has had it's share of luck in this regard.This game pakistan had the luck. It will all even it's self out in the long run. And as for humility,we all need some of that.Especially when we win !

Posted by heathrf1974 on (September 2, 2012, 2:02 GMT)

Australia has to work on consistency. One day they have a good game and the next they have an ordinary one. This is largely due to the batting which is over reliant on the older players the new ones have to begin lifting their game or lose their spots. I think our overall bowling at test level is pretty good, however, our batting depth is our biggest concern.

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