Pakistan v Australia, 2nd ODI, Abu Dhabi

'Confidence, dew helped us win' - Misbah

ESPNcricinfo staff

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

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.

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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.

Posted by getsetgopk on (September 1, 2012, 22:58 GMT)

@RandyOZ: I think you got it all wrong there, Misbah is a good 'Test' captain not a very good ODI captain, Afridi 'was' a good ODI captain but he's not captain anymore why? well lets not go there, as for Australia well you guys need to put your thinking/hunting cap on, you need players that can play spin and bowl spin, the cupboard is not thinly stocked but rather empty as Harsha would put it. You cant be a good team unless your not able to play spin or bowl it, as it is Pakistan made a match out of defending 199 but Aus was hammered defending 249.

Posted by Desihungama on (September 1, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

Nasir Jamshed has been good ever since his debut but you are not going to see him playing long. At best, he'll give 2-3 years of International Cricket. He is injury prone and has a problem with keeping himself in shape and he's got to shed some pounds. Now, I truly hope that all changes with David Fountain and they get him to work toward longevity. I really like his stroke play and can easily be in the likes of next Saeed Anwar.

Posted by MattyP1979 on (September 1, 2012, 20:34 GMT)

Pak have always been an exciting cricket nation. If they manage to sort out/get rid of the politics outside of cricket they could be a team on the rise. Aus are a team in decline and with the iminent retirement of Hussy/Punter who just so happen to be their only 2 good players this trend could go on. SA are up next for them and they may find themselves embarassed. For now I hope Pak can teach them a lesson in humility. Cmon PAK.

Posted by Stieprox on (September 1, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

thanks ejsidduqi for explaining the brackets

Posted by   on (September 1, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

How to write a thousand words passage,

This is how u can do it..:P.:D

Posted by warneneverchuck on (September 1, 2012, 17:37 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 Thushaa on (September 1, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

@RandyOZ, mate I think you guys are still living the in the past of OZi glory. But that past is in the past. And Pakistan can really outplay the Australians easily.

I think the Australian Cricket is in a steep decline, compared to the progress made in Asian countries, especially with INDIA. With several instances, the Australian team have come out of some series scraping wins , mainly cause of luck and their mental confidence, not because of their cricketing talent. But now their fortunes have run out, and the Pakistan team have totally dominated them. Even after returning from their SLPL DUTIES, and not having the luxuries of the team Australian, Pakistan have done well and will only do well in the coming matches. The Australian team is in a obvious decline, so as their future in the world. Kudos from a Indian fan.

Posted by Ammar.Asgahr on (September 1, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

I Like Nasir Jamshed He is really Good player but we need afridi in our bowling department

Posted by ejsiddiqui on (September 1, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

Brackets are added to connect the statements with context. As these are answers to questions and we don't know what was referred in question to which Misbah replied.

Posted by   on (September 1, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

With every match it becomes obvious that Saeed Ajmal is really an artist who enjoys his bowling by continuing to surprise and confuse top class batsmen. Moreover it was exbitiion of excellent batting by Nasir Jamshed who played his natural game and was not afraid to play his shots wisely. He was unlucky to miss a very well deserved century. If Pakistan stays positive like they did is 2nd match they should be able to win the series.

Posted by   on (September 1, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

Happy to see pak victory and level the series...but poor team batting order some selfish peoples are destroying the special natural talent of Umar Akmal instead of using it properly.first they dropped from test in odi send him at no 6 or doing so they are making another afridi.if why management and CAP send him between asad and misbah order at no 4 it can be very usefull.if they use him properly he can next KP.Mostly peoples said he is throw his wicket carelessly but when u have 10 or 12 ovr bat every one will try score quick.the people compare him kohli who at no 3 in all formats,i hope management and CAP use him properly.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (September 1, 2012, 16:09 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   on (September 1, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

Com on team Pak. This team australia is not of Ricky or under legendary captain. as their ranking rounding near team Pak. be enough brave to win the next match.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (September 1, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

@ randy. U can't win series against BD in subcontinent. Prepare some turning tracks in AUS so that yor batsman can learn how to play spin

Posted by Stieprox on (September 1, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

can anybody tell what is the significance of these brackets in Misbah's statments.

Posted by   on (September 1, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

why important is written in brackets ' [] '......

Posted by PageCricket on (September 1, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

Well played Pakistan . What happened to the NASA technology of Cricket Australia introduced to avoid the meltdown of these Aussie cricketers ??

Posted by RandyOZ on (September 1, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

Misbah is a good captain, but unfortunately his team isn't good enough to win this series.

Posted by   on (September 1, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

Yes Misbah, the dew helped and it was a great toss to lose, BUT you know very well that all the dew in the world can't make us chase and win if our batsmen have decided to be stupid. Its been simply ages since we last chased a 200plus total. Alhamdulillah and long may it last. Kudos to Nasir and long may he play and do us proud. Now alongwith Azhar, we officialy have another excellent find.

Posted by saabir786 on (September 1, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

Comeon Mishbah Aussies are no longer the no.1 side in the world in any format after the departure of great players like Glenn mcgrath,Warne,Brett,Gilly,Punter,hayden and Symonds i wonder if gilly would have been playing instead of Warner he would have taken 19 balls for open his account

Posted by   on (September 1, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

good luck team Pakistan tough luck team Australia

Posted by proud2beApakiztani on (September 1, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

I was wondering the same thing whats with the brackets? Lets hope [Pakistan] side can win the third and final game of the series. Would be a huge relief for team(pakistan) who have been struggling (in odis of late)

Posted by   on (September 1, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

"[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."

What's with the brackets?

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