Pakistan v England, 1st ODI, Abu Dhabi February 13, 2012

Cook and Finn star in England's first victory

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England 260 for 7 (Cook 137, Bopara 50, Ajmal 5-43) beat Pakistan 130 (Finn 4-34) by 130 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Alastair Cook's right to the England one-day captaincy is routinely questioned, but he could have hardly done more in Abu Dhabi to end the carping. His highest one-day score reasserted his right to the job and stilled suggestions that Pakistan's whitewash in the Test series would be followed by another mismatch in the one-day format as England secured a convincing 130-run victory.

Cook's 137 from 142 balls was the only innings of substance in a match comprehensively won by England as Steven Finn took four wickets in a hostile new-ball burst. Cook's Essex team-mate, Ravi Bopara, managed 50, but needed some good fortune; only two other batsmen reached 20. England's captain has given this series a new flavour.

The figures spoke for themselves. Only his Essex and England mentor, Graham Gooch, has made a higher England one-day score against Pakistan. This was the first England hundred on a troubled tour of the United Arab Emirates. Cook also made the highest ODI score at the Sheikh Zayed stadium. Beneath the roof of a stand that looks like the body of the Starship Enterprise, as captains go, he was beginning to rival the intergalactic kudos only normally given to James T Kirk.

Cook aside, the bowlers prospered. Saeed Ajmal, who took 24 wickets in the three-Test series, went unrewarded until his seventh over, but he then rounded up England's innings with 5 for 15 in his last 23 balls, his menace briefly suppressed but never eradicated. Cook was his penultimate victim, cleverly bowled behind his legs as he planted his leg outside off stump to sweep.

For Finn, who carried the drinks during the Test series, it was then not as much 'lights, action' as lights, traction, as he put weeks of inactivity behind him to settle the match, making full use of the encouragement brought by evening dew under the floodlights and a fresh breeze in an incisive new-ball burst of 4 for 20 in six overs.

Criticism is never far away when it comes to the assessment of Cook's worth as England's captain in 50-over cricket. Moments after England had been trounced 3-0 in the Test series, Ian Botham called for him to be replaced by Stuart Broad in the one-day series. England had not played a shot in anger all series, said Botham, and under Cook's one-day stewardship nothing was about to change.

When Cook fell, 23 balls from the end of the innings, the rest of the batsmen had made 78. His one-day striking rate is not far short of a run a ball now and that he can achieve this while looking so orthodox is testimony to his resourcefulness.

That his game is developing is undeniable. He tucked the ball confidently into the legside, stretched into some pleasing off-side drives and opened up gaps with subtle footwork and shrewd placement. If his slog sweep against Shahid Afridi to reach 50 was an example of a newish shot in his armoury, his cut to reach a hundred when Saeed Ajmal dropped short was conventional punishment of a poor delivery won by a batsman whose consistency of thought and deed had gradually asserted his authority. If he still looks stilted at times, at least he can now do it in 100 different ways.

England's restive batting otherwise had little else to commend it. Shahid Afridi must have watched England's distress against spin during the Test series and licked his lips at the fun to come in the ODIs. He was not to be disappointed. He bamboozled Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott in successive balls, a quick legspinner and googly respectively, and he also had Bopara stone dead lbw on two only for the umpire, Ahsan Raza, to turn down the appeal.

Pietersen, at the top of the order for the fifth time in an ODI, might have been run out on nought if Imran Farhat had not fumbled at mid-on and also needed a reprieve from DRS when he wandered across his stumps to one that Umar Gul cut back. Pietersen's incredulity at Raza's lbw decision summed up his desperate state of mind. Never has a man formally tapped the top of his bat to request a third-umpire ruling with such a BAFTA-winning performance.

Cook needed a reprieve himself, on 30, when Simon Taufel's decision that Hafeez had dismissed him lbw was overturned because of a big inside edge. He reviewed in a quiet, matter-of-fact manner, lacking Pietersen's penchant for the theatrical.

Ajmal then reminded England that he was around. Eoin Morgan perished to a reverse sweep, his preferred one-dayers bringing no immediate sustenance. Craig Kieswetter was spared the ignominy of the Test series and has wintered on the sub continent, attending to his method against the spinners, but he was the latest England batsman to have little inkling against Ajmal and fell to a desperate heave.

England's 260 was only a few runs above par in Abu Dhabi, but Finn swung the match in England's favour, touching 90mph at times and maintaining a straight, fullish length. Two of his four victims, Mohammad Hafeez and Asad Shafiq, fell lbw and Younis Khan's inside edge was athletically grasped by the wicketkeeper, Kieswetter, who then held a second catch to dismiss Imran Farhat. The coltish look about Finn in his early England games has all but departed, the improvement shown during England's 5-0 ODI trouncing in India in October when he was one of the few successes of the tour rousingly confirmed.

Worse followed for Pakistan as the captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, who was dismissed lbw five times in the Test series, was against struck in front, this time by the left-arm slows of Samit Patel. Shoaib Malik had been called up to Pakistan's squad on the insistence of his captain, Misbah, and a confused innings, 7 from 23 balls, did nothing to justify the captain's choice.

Add the fact that Umar Akmal was struggling with a strained back, for which he could not have a runner because of ICC playing conditions - a ruling that the MCC, custodians of the Laws, strongly opposes - and Pakistan were out of contention. Afridi brought cheers from the Pakistan supporters with a few ebullient shots, but most interest in that came from a Nottinghamshire sideshow. After Patel dropped Afridi off Graeme Swann at long-on, Swann then caught Afridi off Patel at long-off. On the coach back to the hotel, Patel would have been well advised to put his headphones on.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • on February 15, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira i agree india have got batting talant but lets be honest as a nuetral fan you much rather have watched Pak VS Eng than the last two series india have played no disrespect.... pakistan have become boring your right being bowled out for 99 and still winning or defending 140 odd may not be exciting for you but i was jumping for everytime there was a wicket!... pakistan were much more exciting in the past but never managed to acheive there potential and were very unpredictable... but to find consistency pakistan have had to give up on a little flare... every team to get to number one had to play boring cricket... i for one dont care if pakistan are not no.1 as long as we win!

  • mudassar786 on February 15, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Gerard Pereira on (February 14 2012, 22:23 PM GMT). Agree totally with u. if india gave us 2 top batsmen an we gave india 2 top bowlers u would be looking at the 2 best teams in world cricket.

  • mudassar786 on February 15, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    DAYNIGHTERS - win the toss = win the game - look at the stats, nuff said

  • on February 15, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Lost one match is not an issue but lost in a way like this raised several question. Cook and Finn superb in the match. But Pakistan Team Management has to select one day portfolio team and desired player for positions. Never saw Farhat batting against tough competitor. Malik continuously our of form. Amazingly Cheema had been benched and Finn performed. Middle order woes yet not prevented.Team should be best for one Day. Permanent wicket-keeper is need but not siblings as we showed cramps raised to Umar Akmal while Sangakara is playing since debue. Scurtinize the team, keep favouritism a side and put best XI in course to win.

  • on February 15, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    @Gerard - Having killed test cricket?? Are you out of your mind? Pakistan/England matches were being followed all across the world and were extremely entertaining. Empty stadiums were no good but TV audiences had a thrilling time. Sorry to say but when India loses so badly - then my friend is no fun to watch. Hope they improve and their old time good batsmen show their game again before they say good-bye!

  • A_Vacant_Slip on February 15, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira on (February 14 2012, 15:23 PM GMT) You HAVEN'T GOT A CLUE. If "England killed test cricket" why did 50,000 people try to get in to Lords last year to watch England beat India? Lords - a ground that holds 27,000. "Empty stadiums", "lack of atmosphere", "lack of thrills and spills". Man YOU REALLY HAVEN'T got a clue. Go to ANY ASHES Test match in Aus or England - that's if you can get a ticket, and see if dribble you talk is true. And all this from a follower of a team who cannot even buy a test match win against either Aus or Eng. "fighting over a comb". What a joke your posts are. LOL. Please publish.

  • on February 14, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    Asghar Maqsood. I am not trying to disrespect Pakistan cricket and am really glad they beat England in the test series however they did that on the bowling performance of just three bowlers, Gul, Ajmal and Rehman. Truth be told they are not the most exciting side to watch in world cricket, especially in ODIs and neither are England.There is a ODI series being played down in Oz with all the matches going down to the wire. Nobody of the calibre of Inzy or Javed coming through and a great shame about Amir. I will agree with you that India's bowling has always been inferior to Pakistans but right now man for man India have by far the stronger and more attractive batting lineup.

  • JG2704 on February 14, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira on (February 14 2012, 15:23 PM GMT) - You're absolutely right again. We can't all play in such nailbiting test matches as the last 8 away tests India have been involved in. We have a saying that People In Glass Houses Shouldn't Throw Stones.

  • on February 14, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    @Posted by Gerard Pereira on (February 14 2012, 17:44 PM GMT)... seriously? are you saying indias bowling is good because they got pakistan out in the World Cup? most pakistan fans know that we cant chase a score plus you may recall we lost a few players at that point....

  • hhillbumper on February 14, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Randy Oz.Yep Finn looks pedestrian indeed.ironically though he is not injured all the time.Slim picking indeed in the Ashes next year. You lot are going home empty handed once more.Broad,Finn,Anderson and swann or Monty. Yep pretty pedestrian against your attack that we smacked around last year.

  • on February 15, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira i agree india have got batting talant but lets be honest as a nuetral fan you much rather have watched Pak VS Eng than the last two series india have played no disrespect.... pakistan have become boring your right being bowled out for 99 and still winning or defending 140 odd may not be exciting for you but i was jumping for everytime there was a wicket!... pakistan were much more exciting in the past but never managed to acheive there potential and were very unpredictable... but to find consistency pakistan have had to give up on a little flare... every team to get to number one had to play boring cricket... i for one dont care if pakistan are not no.1 as long as we win!

  • mudassar786 on February 15, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    Gerard Pereira on (February 14 2012, 22:23 PM GMT). Agree totally with u. if india gave us 2 top batsmen an we gave india 2 top bowlers u would be looking at the 2 best teams in world cricket.

  • mudassar786 on February 15, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    DAYNIGHTERS - win the toss = win the game - look at the stats, nuff said

  • on February 15, 2012, 5:10 GMT

    Lost one match is not an issue but lost in a way like this raised several question. Cook and Finn superb in the match. But Pakistan Team Management has to select one day portfolio team and desired player for positions. Never saw Farhat batting against tough competitor. Malik continuously our of form. Amazingly Cheema had been benched and Finn performed. Middle order woes yet not prevented.Team should be best for one Day. Permanent wicket-keeper is need but not siblings as we showed cramps raised to Umar Akmal while Sangakara is playing since debue. Scurtinize the team, keep favouritism a side and put best XI in course to win.

  • on February 15, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    @Gerard - Having killed test cricket?? Are you out of your mind? Pakistan/England matches were being followed all across the world and were extremely entertaining. Empty stadiums were no good but TV audiences had a thrilling time. Sorry to say but when India loses so badly - then my friend is no fun to watch. Hope they improve and their old time good batsmen show their game again before they say good-bye!

  • A_Vacant_Slip on February 15, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira on (February 14 2012, 15:23 PM GMT) You HAVEN'T GOT A CLUE. If "England killed test cricket" why did 50,000 people try to get in to Lords last year to watch England beat India? Lords - a ground that holds 27,000. "Empty stadiums", "lack of atmosphere", "lack of thrills and spills". Man YOU REALLY HAVEN'T got a clue. Go to ANY ASHES Test match in Aus or England - that's if you can get a ticket, and see if dribble you talk is true. And all this from a follower of a team who cannot even buy a test match win against either Aus or Eng. "fighting over a comb". What a joke your posts are. LOL. Please publish.

  • on February 14, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    Asghar Maqsood. I am not trying to disrespect Pakistan cricket and am really glad they beat England in the test series however they did that on the bowling performance of just three bowlers, Gul, Ajmal and Rehman. Truth be told they are not the most exciting side to watch in world cricket, especially in ODIs and neither are England.There is a ODI series being played down in Oz with all the matches going down to the wire. Nobody of the calibre of Inzy or Javed coming through and a great shame about Amir. I will agree with you that India's bowling has always been inferior to Pakistans but right now man for man India have by far the stronger and more attractive batting lineup.

  • JG2704 on February 14, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira on (February 14 2012, 15:23 PM GMT) - You're absolutely right again. We can't all play in such nailbiting test matches as the last 8 away tests India have been involved in. We have a saying that People In Glass Houses Shouldn't Throw Stones.

  • on February 14, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    @Posted by Gerard Pereira on (February 14 2012, 17:44 PM GMT)... seriously? are you saying indias bowling is good because they got pakistan out in the World Cup? most pakistan fans know that we cant chase a score plus you may recall we lost a few players at that point....

  • hhillbumper on February 14, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Randy Oz.Yep Finn looks pedestrian indeed.ironically though he is not injured all the time.Slim picking indeed in the Ashes next year. You lot are going home empty handed once more.Broad,Finn,Anderson and swann or Monty. Yep pretty pedestrian against your attack that we smacked around last year.

  • JG2704 on February 14, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer on (February 14 2012, 14:42 PM GMT) I'm not disagreeing with you re Finn. I've always liked him. Anyway regardless , after Tremlett got injured they decided to go with an extra spinner in Monty and we can't really fault what Monty did out there. I feel they missed a trick by not bringing Monty and Finn in for the second test and to not change anything (not even Bopara for another batsman) for the third test to me defied belief. They were ok about dropping Finn in the 2010/11 Ashes series when he was taking wickets but not ok about dropping a batsman in this series who wasn't scoring runs. After the 1st test Finn could have come in for Tremlett and Monty for Bell,Morgan or KP. What also narked me was that not one Sky pundit suggested this to Flower/Strauss etc.

  • Shan156 on February 14, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer, perhaps but you never know. We bowled Pakistan out for 99 in the third test and our batsmen responded with only 146. I agree that early wickets would have put pressure on Pakistan's batsmen but even if we had restricted Pakistan to within 100 runs of our total, I don't think our batsmen had it in them to post a reasonable target for Pakistan to chase. Of course, that was the only time we batted first and, who knows, had we set a target of 150, Pakistan might have buckled under pressure. Our new ball attack failed in the first test, I agree, but that was when they were getting used to the conditions and, maybe, Finn may have done better but you never know. As @JG2704 says, I was put off by England's refusal to change their strategy. Perhaps they could have played 5 bowlers as the extra batsman wasn't scoring much anyway. At the end though, the batting was totally responsible for the debacle.

    @brittop, agree 100%.

  • on February 14, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    Posted by aaloo69uk on (February 13 2012, 21:30 PM GMT) I suppose you were laughing your head off when India's rust-bucket bowlers trundling in, turned over a blazing domineering Pakistan side in a world cup semi final about this time last year.

  • Ali752 on February 14, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    My Pak XI:

    1.Hafeez 2.Umar Akmal 3.Azhar Ali 4.Younus Khan 5.Misbah 6.Asad Safiq 7.Hammad Azam/Abdul Razzaq/(need seam all-rounder) 8.Shahid Afridi 9.Aizaz Cheema/Wahab Riaz/Abdur Rehman 10.Umar Gul 11.Saeed Ajmal

  • steve19191 on February 14, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    LOL @ RandyOz I see those sour grapes are not getting any sweeter.......when your boys come again they will be whipped like dogs again :)

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Having killed test cricket, Pakistan and England have embarked on killing ODIs. Empty stadiums, lack of atmosphere, lack of thrills and spill. Two bald men fighting over a comb.

  • on February 14, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    This match showed some serious problems in this Pakistan team,for one days n twenty20,you need more young players.Don't expect Test team will give the same result.One extra bat will not solve the problem.Why persist with players who are out of form,i think when two new balls are used,you need bowlers who can bowl with new balls,otherwise,it will hurt Pakistan.England will take advantage of this rule.Need some one like Ahmed Shehzad or Nasir Jamshed in the team.i think Ahmed Shehzed can be used as one down,he is very talented and have a Technic to play fast and the spin equally good.Imran Farhat and Hafiz will never perform against big teams consistently.We need new captain for one days n twenty20,think for the future,we are wasting time to carry on with old guns in one days,You can see now Misbah misses straight delivery reason is only one age.Will PCB will think on this after this series!

  • CricketingStargazer on February 14, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    JG2704, who was the only pace bowler who looked the real deal in the ODIs against India? Steve Finn took wickets and the Indians did not much enjoy facing him. Unlike Jade Dernbach who rarely looked like inconveniencing anyone except his own captain, Steve Finn bowled with pace and aggression and took wickets. I think that a few people who haven't seen him since the Ashes will be surprised how much he improved last season: he has added about 5mph (he is regularly in the 90s now instead of just getting the odd effort delivery around 90) and far more accurate. Chris Tremlett relies more on bounce from slightly short of a length, but Steve Finn is getting wickets by being quick and straight and pitching the ball up. If people expected Tremlett to do better it s perhaps because they expected more bounce than there actually was. Possibly nothing would have saved England but, if you had taken 100 off that Pakistan first innings score it would have totally transformed the match situation.

  • dmqi on February 14, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Well after watching the 1st one day between England-Pak, I lost interest. Then I watched the Australia-India last one day, a thrilling one and last night Sl-Ind one day tie, one of the most thrilling ODI. Everyone should see these two matches. Pak England Test first, now the ODI in Australia. People will move to where the money is.

  • ICCexpert.... on February 14, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Imran farhat should be dropped and Ilyas his father in law should be asked to open.....

  • saintsinister on February 14, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Really good batting by Cook and outstanding bowling by Finn.. What i dont understand is how the umpire couldn't give Bopara out lbw on 2.. I understand abt DRS but that doesnt give the right to the umpires to make blind blunders like that..Shoaib Malik should look more towards other business ventures like marketing for Sania Mirza or something.. Hafeez needs to sort out his batting woes fast and Imran Farhat should be replaced by the new Left hander to give some sort of agression in the start.. Instead of Shoaib Malik they should bring in Azhar Ali at number three to bring some sanity, instead of being sittin ducks to incutters.. 4 should be younus, 5 Akmal, 6 Misbah and so on..

  • ExplicitPlatinum on February 14, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Misbah needs to realise that yes, England have trouble playing spin, but that doesn't mean that including ANOTHER spinner. There was no need for Malik as Afridi was a much better allrounder who is capable of getting wickets and is in good batting form as you lot saw. Hafeez bowled tightly here but he isn't the right choice to open the bowling with in ODI's (Tests are ok). Riaz isn't terrible, Misbah made a mistake by not giving the new ball to Riaz and not giving the 20 over ball to Hafeez. Batting line-up isn't good either. We need to groom Azhar into a future Younis Khan by having Azhar at NO 2. Hammad should replace Malik as Hammad is confident and Afridi can look after him. ODI XI 1.) Hafeez 2.) Azhar 3.) Younis 4.) U.Akmal (WK for now...) 5.) Misbah 6.) Asad 7.) Hammad 8.) Afridi 9.) Riaz/Junaid 10.) Ajmal 11.) Gul. The most predictable change is bringing in Aizaz Cheema who is ordinary. Azhar can build more runs than Farhat can ever could. Asad should be removed soon for a WK.

  • on February 14, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Malik and farhat is just a useless player Pakistan have to do one thing is to clear a POLITICIAN MESS in the team .... bring in Azhar ali and hammad azam instead of Malik and Farhat.... Open with Hafeez and Asad.. My Line up would 1-Hafeez, 2-Asad, 3-Azhar, 4-YK, 5-Umar, 6-Misbah, 7-Afridi, 8-Hammad, 9-wahab, 10-Gul, 11-Ajmal..

  • RandyOZ on February 14, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Finn did ok but you cant help but notice how pedestrian he looks compared to Cummins and Pattinson. Gonna be slim pickings for England in the next Ashes, just like it was in the UAE whitewash.

  • zubi_dubi on February 14, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    inshallah Pak Perfom well in next match....

  • Sakthiivel on February 14, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    Hahaha Pakistan is the best Team in the world. All team are afraid of Pakistan.

  • AmjadZork on February 14, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    I have one question - Why they didnt took the Batting power play when Umar akmal & Afridi were playing. Also, Shoaib Malik should be kicked out, instead Hammad Azam should have been given chance.

  • kam_uk on February 14, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    Various factors here - Hafeez selfishly wasting a review which could have been used by Afridi on Bopara for the plumb LBW- Eng would have been 3 down at 60 odd and their fragile middle order would have been exposed and possibily skittled out for less then 130. Why does Misbah always give into these reviews? Riaz completely out of sorts, Umar Akmal having to keep wicket with a sore back which ruined his batting possibly for the series. Fragile batting exposed, Farhat and Malik are sitting ducks which we are likely to literally see in the coming matches. There seems to be a distinct lack of planning by Mohsin & Misbah, they need to re-group quickly as a poor series now will reduce the creditability built up over the last 18 months.

  • Malti65 on February 14, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Has Pakistan given up completely in the Fast bowling department. They do not want to look beyong Gul who has shown no improved since his debut in 2003. As Shane Warne would put it, Gul has not played 100 ODI's but has played the same ODI 100 times. Also W.Riaz seems to be a complete waste. Pakistan will be better served in looking for young and fresh fast bowlers. Or is is that they have just stopped producing good fast bowlers since Shoeb Akhtar.

  • aracer on February 14, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Still lots of questions for England - not least being how bad does Pietersen have to get before we consider dropping him?

  • ProfMahmood on February 14, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Azhar Ali can steady the innings at Number 3. Get Hafeez to be steady and get him a sound opening partner. Get a good pacer. Get rid of the dead wood. Do not delay to0 much the introduction of Saeed Ajmal and you would be on the way to tremendous improvement.

  • on February 14, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Misbah is a good captain? But he needs a little more imagination! Opening attack with Umar Gul was predictable and England was anticipating it. However, Misbah could have used a surprise element if only for a few overs he had opened with Riaz and Hafeez with a first change with Umar. Asad Shafiq would do better down the order. Misbah should take the responsibility of batting at Number 3 and should find a solid replacement for opening the innings. Shoaib Malik has lost his verve! He should himself quit while he is ahead. Too much attention usually spoils could players. The team also needs a real good pacer with quite a sting or at least consistent with line and length. Finn can be a model. Pakistan would really have to get serious to win even a single ODI. With this kind of a set up and with such a lack lustre attitude defeats are likely to stare Pakistan in the face. Best of luck, though!

  • JG2704 on February 14, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (February 14 2012, 01:50 AM GMT) Re KP . Obviously he was trying to be too responsible. I'd prefer him to get out playing an audacious shot having scored at a decent rate than yesterday's effort. I still worry about our inability to rotate the strike. If you take boundaries and balls where we scored a boundary out of the equation Cook scored 81 off 128 - which isn't too bad , Bopara scored 36 off 65 and then the rest down to Patel were woeful. KP 10 off 35 is really awful and Morgan 2 off 8 and CK 9 off 19 were also terrible. I do wish we'd learn to try and look for the singles straight away. Re runners. I think I agree. Even a faster runner might not make much positive difference as there is the communication thing to take into account

  • JG2704 on February 14, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer on (February 14 2012, 08:10 AM GMT) To be fair - even though I called for a 5 man attack before the series started - re the 1st test the 4 man bowling attack had done well in tests and likewise the 6 man batting line up. Tremlett probably was slightly ahead of Finn in most folks side (if we're going by articles on here) and also just because Finn took a load yesterday doesn't mean he'd have done similar in the 1st test and Tremlett could just as easily have taken wickets and he didn't bowl too badly. I've always felt they should have added even more to the bowling attack as the middle order batsmen were doing FA anyway. I've used other examples of where the 5th bowler might have helped. Also I felt it would have reduced injury risk to the other pacers and as you put it chasing lesser scores may have meant less chance of failing. Having said that 146 wasn't a mammoth total to chase and they failed.

  • JG2704 on February 14, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    @Posted by on (February 14 2012, 03:19 AM GMT) I think maybe England should continue with KP , using this series as a vehicle to try and get him back into nick for the SL series. Buttler was injured anyway and although I'd like to see him in the side I see no avenue but for a WK position and I didn't feel Craig looked too bad in India so this is one bad batting performance.

  • JG2704 on February 14, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    @Posted by on (February 14 2012, 03:15 AM GMT) By making such comms it is only yourself who is comparing England to the great WI side. No one else has , You're the 1st.

  • JG2704 on February 14, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    @Shan156 on (February 13 2012, 22:29 PM GMT) A like for like bowler would have changed little. As you put it was our batting which let us down. However could they not have tried Finn for either Morgan,Bell or even KP? There's nothing to say you can't drop a batsman for a bowler. I know it was not our bowling that was the problem but there were times when I felt we couldn't get the breakthrough wicket where I felt the extra bowler might have come in use such as Paks 2nd inns in the 2nd test when they were 4 down and the 2nd inns in the 3rd test when they scored over 300. And even on the occs when we got runs it was the top 3 or Prior and Broad. It may have made no difference whatsoever but the fact that the selectors never changed anything - even with a like for like batsman - annoyed me.

  • JG2704 on February 14, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    @Haleos on (February 13 2012, 14:54 PM GMT) Who's making comparisons with who? I don't remember any Pak fans coming on the threads when India were England's opponents

  • drdani on February 14, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    pakistan outplayed by two england cricketers !! in my humble opinion, pak is taking huge risk playing shoaib malik n not playing a regular keeper..their bowling was decent but an outstanding spell by finn blew them away...i dont agree with the comments that pak team is inconsistent-they were before, but those days r long gone n their past 1-2 yr record is a proof of that..misbah will surely realise what went wrong n would certainly give us few exciting matches.

  • on February 14, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Guys, its a game, you win some and you lose some. Why do we have to have a Waterloo out of everything. It was Cook's day, so England won. Another day and another match, things can be different. So cheer up and well played COOK, not England, as he was the difference.

  • Truthlives on February 14, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Pak team did not even workout a strategy against Eng for the ODIs. 8 batsman were played and only managed 130 runs on UAE pitch. Wait till we bat again in Eng, Aus or SA; result might be worse. Serious thinking is required to play effective ODI batsman with correct technique, potential future and domestic record. Farhat and Malik are history and should be replaced with Azhar Ali/ Ahmed Shahzad or a specialist all rounder. Bowling with 4 spinners (ajmal, afridi, hafeez, malik) is a very defensive strategy. Fielding needs tremendous work. Unless Pak team plans for the future, with the retirement of younis and misbah, we will be in deep trouble. Nowadays teams poised for top rankings are continuously developing new players, new strategy & planning for tests, ODI and T20.

  • on February 14, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    both teams can simply not chase....... Pakistan especially!

  • jimmi73 on February 14, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    I never ever expect this team to get the 200 runs target , neither in test cricket nor in ODI, I again must say that they are not capable to get the target of 200 runs , so Its not surprising pakistan loose the match. England can win the all matches against pakistan ,if they restrict pakistan below 200 runs in every comming match . I am the openion that pakistan did'nt well in all the test match ,but its England who played very poorly .

  • zenboomerang on February 14, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Good win to England - congrad's... Again the bowlers did their job, but for Cook & Bopara Eng would have been bowled out for under 100... With Extra's being equal 3rd highest score for Eng there are still many concerns in this batting line-up... Still haven't read any of the Cook bashers after this performance - the sour grapes must be tasting so good right at this moment... lol...

  • brittop on February 14, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    @shan156: certainly have to give kudos to Pakistan. Their bowling was relentless and their batsmen did what our couldn't - score runs against some very good bowling. I was never worried about our bowling, but then I thought our batsmen's struggle against spin would be confined to the ODIs when they have to score a 5-6 an over, so what do I know! Have to say I reckon that Pietersen and Morgan looked far more at sea than Strauss (but then see last sentence!)

  • on February 14, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    we need azhar ali in please... that man was troble for england and he is still waitting out just because because imran farhat is a son in law of our team manager?????

  • khurramsch on February 14, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    well played by cook & finn. but positives for pakistan is that still england batsmen apart from cook not in form. yes bopara did score 50 in partnership of 137 but he was very shaky early on. he gave stumping chance & got lbw life early on. so apart from a very good cook inings no 1 else stand in england batting so pak can hope to better. pakistans team combination is not good enough. maliks inclusion is now very suspisious. he isnt doing anything with ball & bat so they should include either azahr or rehman in to get a complete bowler or batsman.hamad azam can also b included.& keeping from umar is also failed as he sustained an injury.

  • on February 14, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    By losing one match and saying pakistan inconsistent all the time .Not fair.remember pak not lost a series since newzeland tour.

  • on February 14, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    I would suggest to do these changes for 2nd ODI Bring in : Azhar Ali, Hammad Azam, Umar Akmal (injured) & Abdur Rehman In place :Shoaib Mailk, Asad Shafiq , Adnan Akmal & Wahab Riaz.

    Azhar can be quite handy in ODI as well, like Hashem Amla for SA.

  • jmcilhinney on February 14, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Pietersen seems to have become England's Mitchell Johnson. Johnson was still an effective ODI bowler when he was injured but his place in the Test team was based on his mythical match-winning ability that was seen once in a blue moon. Pietersen is still an effective Test batsman but his place in the ODI team is based on a perception of what he is capable of rather than what he is doing. Every batsman has form slumps but, where ODIs are concerned, Pietersen seems to have genuinely lost the magic. The move to open indicates that the selectors aren't going to drop him right away but if he doesn't do anything special for the rest of this series then I'd question his being picked for ODIs in Sri Lanka. Buttler has had recent success there, albeit against an A side, so it would be great to have him in the side there at least. As for opening, I guess either Kieswetter could move back up, Hales could step in or maybe Bell could be given a last chance in a position I think might suit.

  • Sports4Youth on February 14, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    Misbah has been rightly credited for the rise of Pak circket in recent times. But if he continues selecting the XI like this, very soon he will be held responsible for the downfall of pak cricket.

  • Haleos on February 14, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    Afridi as usual maintained his average, improved his strike rate and played irresponsible shot. What a waste.

  • CricketingStargazer on February 14, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    @Shan156 true and no one is denying it, but you are forgetting something fundamental... Let's go back to the 1st Test. England made 192 and, if they had struck back quickly, as they did in the 2nd and 3rd Tests things might have played out differently. Instead, for the only time in the series the new ball attack FAILED. Pakistan put on 114 for the 1st wicket, their only good start of the series. Tremlett took 0-53 in 21 rather unthreatening overs and Jimmy Anderson 2-72. Pakistan passed England's total with only 3 wickets down - in a low scoring series - and the match was lost. Would the batsmen have done a little better if they had batted second time around with less pressure on them? We will never know! Letting Pakistan get on top then and stay on top set the tone for the whole series. Had Finn played instead of Tremlett just possibly England would have bowled Pakistan out for about 100 fewer and made it a much closer game.

  • on February 14, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    This article, while giving the praise to Cook and Finn and acknowledging Bopara's part in the win, failed to mention the fourth man who seems always to be ignored. At the presentation Alistair Cook praised quite a few, including Broad who didn't achieve much in this game, but mysteriously the name Bopara was not mentioned.

  • ICCexpert.... on February 14, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Imran Farhat ??? does anyone remember when did he play a match wining knock in his loooooonnnngggggg career, the answer is never......he does not deserve a place even in his domestic team....forget about Pak side.....

  • anver777 on February 14, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Excellent start to the series.... if Eng carry this morale boosting win to the next match then Pak will surely struggle even on conditions in UAE....... anyway we like to see a close battle between them !!!!!!!!

  • as27 on February 14, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    Still thinking where England Surprised Pakistan

  • jmcilhinney on February 14, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    I can't say that I agree with the current rule on runners for batsmen. I can only assume that the ICC thought there was abuse, or at least the potential for abuse, with the old rule. I really do think that an injury sustained during the current match warrants a runner though. I have no issue with a runner being refused in situations like where England didn't allow one for a cramping Graham Smith. Cramp is not an injury. I don't think Umar Akmal would have made a significant difference in this game even with a runner, but I think that they should be allowed as a general principle.

  • sherishahmir on February 14, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Congrats to Eng team they played better cricket than Pak, target though was nt big1, but our batting let down as usual. Fairly speaking, ODI should also be day game rather day night as it poses too much disadvantage to team bat in night. Despite that we have to admit Finn bowled superbly in particular along good show by the rest of english bowlers. Hoping it will be an eye opener for Pak and they will come back strongly & we will have exciting cricket in coming days by these two world cricket formidable sides.

  • on February 14, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    The problem with Pakistan in this match was their team combination....Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik? Really? They shouldn't even make it to the Pakistan A side let alone the national outfit. Plus Wahab looked completely out of sorts. This is the time to infuse young blood and bring in Hammad and maybe try Azhar Ali. I am afraid till Aamir's ban is complete we'll be stuck with a mediocre 2nd pacer as I see no world class pacer other than Gul.

  • SillyPoint2CowCorner on February 14, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    well done pak.never mind loosing cook out-scored whole team

  • DINESHCC on February 14, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    One fluke win is not going to help England. The series win of 4-0 for pakistan is now reduced to 3-1. Thats all.

  • smjr on February 14, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Same old problem for Pakistani batsman against good fast bowling. All batsman planted their front foot too much across the stumps and when the ball came in they have no clue.Pakistani batsman should place their back leg in front of off stump which will give more time to see the ball. Fortunately Finn did not play in the test matches. He looks to be the most menacing fast bowler of England and I may see him troubel SL and Indian batting line ups on their flat pitches even in test matches. Other issue with Pakistani team is inclusion of tried horses such as Farhat & Malik (having debut for about 10 years). I cant remember Farhat or Malik playing any significent inning or winning role.Our fielding is pathetic we gave away 20 to 30 runs more. Our bowlers are also not too tight and give away width. In the next match Azhar should open Farhat should be dropped. Younis come at 3, Akmal at 4, Misbah at 5 Asad at 6. Rehman should replace Malik as we need wickets than containment.

  • fijiguy on February 14, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    Well if you don't expect Pakistan to win they win...and when you expect them to win they lose...so nothing new...still the same old Pakistan...unpredictable and inconsistent all the time.

  • Thowfeekklm on February 14, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    The Pakistan does not have guts to win England. Pak won the test series because of weakness of England's batting. when we see Pakistan through out the series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh the Pak batsmen did not do well or many balls which left behind the keeper without touching it. I am sure Pak will loose one day series unless its batsmen not do well.

  • on February 14, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    when Pak will learn to use power play effectively ??? its a million dollar question !!! Why Afridi was hitting everything ?? Y dont he took power play and justify his game then !

  • M.Y.Ali on February 14, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    Congratulations. It was a splendid performance by England, and easier than they would have thought after the Test series - that's as good as Cook could have hoped to have played, playing proper cricket and not trying to do anything silly, he looked a different man from the Test series. Pietersen looked out of sorts opening the innings as if the lack of Test match runs was weighing on him, Kieswetter down the order looked out of his depth, Samit played nicely and Bopara played well, although he had two big slices of luck with a missed stumping and an lbw that was as plumb as you can see. Cricket in like a variable in C++ which continues to change its value and the values may change dramatically if an lbw is favored to batsman or stumping chance is lost. I remembered Waqar firing-in in Sharjah under lights playing second. Beware of toss in next games.

  • on February 14, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    England and Pakistan two most boring ODI teams in the world today minus Afridi and african KP no neutral is interested in your Boring display England and Pakistan no better than 5 and 6 rankings ICC rankings are completely justifiable for both england and Pakistan..

  • on February 14, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    All this talk about Trott; how about Pietersen? Surely he's reached his use by date? Is there noone good enough coming through to replace him?

  • Harry_Kool on February 14, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Good stuff from the Poms. Just shows that there is almost no correlation between ODI & Test form. And no team wins veery game they play ( or lose either).

  • satish619chandar on February 14, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    A very good win for England.. Cook's innings was a treat to watch.. Good rotation of strike from him and Bopara.. They were almost doing the same thing by playing too many dots at the start but Bopara came and changed the momentum.. Good to see a freshened approach.. When it is not working, u need to change something.. Change worked for good this time..Nice batting order and exceptional performances from Cook and Finn.. Finn just continued from where he left in India and the luck which deserted him there with no edges came back and got it right.. Good performance and all the best for rest of the series.. Pakistan just need to regroup.. They have the resources to do it and just lacked application.. Hope we see good contest next time..

  • jmcilhinney on February 14, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    A good win for England but I expect Pakistan to come back strongly. Most Pakistan fans seem to think that the team selection was wrong, so we might see some personnel changes helping them in the next match. I'd be shocked if Rehman doesn't come in at least. Also, I think that England winning the toss was a help. Hopefully England can use this win as motivation to keep going and improve. The main thing is that they look to play positively against Pakistan's spinners, which I believe was their main downfall in the Test matches. KP started to look good in the one innings where he did, as did Morgan. Bopara's innings was a fine example of the fact that, if you can get past the early stage, either by luck or skill, then you can do some damage. KP, Trott, Morgan and Kieswetter can all do that so hopefully England won't be so reliant on Cook in the upcoming games. We don't need to talk about the bowling other than to say that it's been good all tour.

  • on February 14, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    A heartening win for England, but let's not get carried away: essentially, it was Cook, Bopara & Finn vs. Pakistan. Our middle-order fallibility against quality spin is *still* there for all to see: Pietersen & Morgan look shot to pieces, psychologically, & Kieswetter was pretty much clueless as well. Surely time now to give the clean-hitting Buttler a run in place of Kieswetter & perhaps even experiment with Jonny Bairstow as an opener in place of KP. We'll be stronger if Bresnan comes in for Anderson, too; & let's hope Pakistan keep on picking Malik, Farhat & Riaz, neglect to select Azhar Ali (who can surely adapt to the ODI game in much the same way as Cook's done) & continue to bat both Afridi & Umar Akmal in positions unsuited to them...

  • Pak117 on February 14, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    Congrats! to England for a well deserve win. Bravo to Cook and Bopara...if Bopara hadn't supported Cook, wickets may have keep falling on the other end. These two, in my opinion, made the difference today. Looking forward to 2nd ODI. Good luck from a Pakistan fan

  • kp289 on February 14, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    england are back!!!!!!!! pakistan glory is always short lived...... finn and cook true match winners!!!!!

  • jmcilhinney on February 14, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    This batting display by England presents a dilemma for the selectors. Like many, I'd like to see Buttler in the team if he's fit but, if that is to happen, who gets left out? Before this game, Bopara was the likeliest candidate, but could they really drop him now? If not Bopara then whom? On form, probably KP or Morgan should go. I don't see that happening though, especially to KP after their having moved him up the order. Trott is unlikely to make way either so that leaves either Kieswetter, which means giving Buttler the gloves too, or Patel, which means only one spinner and Bopara/Trott/Pietersen bowling some overs.

  • on February 14, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    oh my God, if england wins this series, English media says " the greatest cricketing team has born and it can bewell compared to the great windies"

  • tntshah on February 14, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    Its a wonderful and well plan victory because pak batsman always are up to date against good fast swinging bowling.I think england has had dond their home work, good luck to them for future matches.

    Farhat Ali Zaidy

  • sheenu on February 14, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Well done, captain Cook for a brilliant knock!! He scored more than the whole Pakistan team combined. Time for Pak players to wake up and smell coffee......they were smelling only leather when Cook was batting!!

  • Meety on February 14, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    Good job England. Didn't even know this match had even been played until I saw "@front_foot_lunge" commenting on an India v Oz article & realised that he hadn't died of a brain embolism after the recent test series. Given the ODI side is somewhat different to the Test team, this was a good result to restore some confidence after the poor ODI tour in India. This also could (may not), help boost some battered confidence of some batsmen ahead of a tour to SL. Pakistan are very unpredictable & I would imagine a win is not far away. Cook is a better captain than Strauss, but I think playing ODIs will be a negative for him in tests in the mid to long term, (wafting outside off).

  • SnowSnake on February 14, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    Congratulations England. Try for a series win. Good job by Cook and Ajmal as well. Ajmal is probably the greatest spinner in the game today.

  • Whip on February 14, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    Pakistan's weakness is its batting, and it was clearly exposed today by England. If Alastair Cook continues to play consistent cricket, he may likely break a few batting records that is out there.

  • Sports4Youth on February 14, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    Out of the five quicks on either side, Finn was the only one to be successfull (also Broad got the last wicket). He was the difference between the two sides. but more than that the Pakistani quicks were absolutely nonesense. Misbah got his selection horribly wrong. Wahab, shoeb should not have been in the team and the gloves have to be with a reguler keeper.

  • jmcilhinney on February 14, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    It seems that most England fans have a problem with either Cook or Trott or both in this ODI team. For me, it's Trott. I don't have an issue with his being in the team. My issue is with his strike rate and the fact that he doesn't seem prepared to make the effort to lift it. Obviously we can't make a judgement on that from this game and I don't see Trott playing too many shots like that one, so we'll see what he does for the rest of the series. As for Cook, I can understand people having reservations when he was first recalled to the team as captain but, even before this game, I don't really understand the criticism he has received. As has been pointed out in several stories on CricInfo, his stats since his return have been excellent. His overall figures are not great but his recent average and SR are both excellent in an ODI team that have been routinely under-performing. Trott could learn from Cook. Cook has made specific efforts to up his SR and it has worked. Trott can too.

  • jmcilhinney on February 14, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    This is an great result for England, although it was hardly a well-rounded batting performance. It's certainly not the first time that a win has been built on just one or two good scores though. Does anyone remember the third Test in the series just gone? 284 runs out of 464 in two innings by Pakistan were scored by two batsmen in the second innings. That's 18 wickets to score the other 180. Cook was obviously brilliant in holding the innings together and scoring over half the runs. Bopara was a bit lucky early but, even if you have a life, you still have to score the runs afterwards, which he did. Finn was great and is fast establishing himself as England's first-choice limited-overs bowler. He must surely be moving ahead of at least Tremlett in the pecking order for a Test spot too. The bowlers did well as a unit, as they did in the Tests, but there is still plenty of work to do with the batting. I agree with JG2704 that KP is there to attack so that's what he needs to do.

  • TGVJ72 on February 14, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    This victory ensures that England and Pakistan switch places in the ICC ODI Rankings. England has now gone above Pakistan to stand at 107.3 points and in fifth position, while Pakistan has dropped to 107.2 points and in sixth position.

  • emmech on February 14, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    ok, move along lads. nothing to see here. come on, move along.

    there you go.

  • on February 14, 2012, 1:06 GMT

    1) It was Captain Kirk Cook all the way. Amazing, that Finn was benched throughout the test series. While carrying the drinks, he might have been drinking all those energy drinks. May be, shark_FINN_soup, as the Chinese prefer, to energize and strengthen themselves. KP is fast becoming England's Sehwag. Hyped, but useless for the team, living on past glorious deeds. England, please don't follow India's habit of relying on 'names' and 'history' than current form.

  • me54321 on February 14, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    Lovely to see England actually win a game, but I still can't understand why can't we put these nothing ODI contests before the test series. We've lost the tests, and that's the important bit done with. If they had played the ODIs first, it would have been a gradual build up to the main event, and also given England a much better chance of preparing for the test series.

  • Sports4Youth on February 14, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    Strauss missed it. He should have played Finn in the test series.

  • Sports4Youth on February 14, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    Finn has been a revelation. I wonder what could have been the result if Finn would have played in the recently concluded Test series.

  • OhhhMattyMatty on February 14, 2012, 0:25 GMT

    England could even afford to rest Bresnan, Panesar, Bell, Buttler, Dernbach and Tremlett! Yet still win by 130 runs! Astonishing stuff!

  • on February 14, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    Indians are waiting for Tendulkar's 100th century. Pakistanis are waiting for Malik's 100th Run...

  • pakfan2010 on February 13, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    pakistan relying to much on spin, this is not test matches where you can put fielders around the bat. I think cheema is better than junaid and riaz. azhar ali needs to open with either younis or umar akmal at 3. also need a specialist keeper. farahat should be dropped and also malik.

  • fata7280 on February 13, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    The weakest link in the Pakistan team currently are Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz. They all need to be replaced. Why Hammad Azam is not playng? Where is Fawad Alam, Nasir Jamshed, Umer Amin, Shahzaib Hassan etc.??. Today clearly there was confusion in the selection of pakistan team and also in utilizing the available players.

  • T.M.M on February 13, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    Well done England. Congratulations on such a convincing victory. Pakistan was lethargic in field, bat and too defensive. MISBAH! That defensive strategy was good for test, but this is one day, a different format. Pakistan should have been attacking from the very start. I dont know what is the use of Imran Farhat in Paksitan team, apart from smiling. Get Rid of Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik and bring Zia and Abdur Rehman.

  • dmqi on February 13, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    I EXPECTED A MATCH BETWEEN #1 AND #3 BUT TURNED OUT TO BE ONE BETWEEN # 1 AND #8. SHOWS REAL PAK BATTING STRENGTH.

  • Love-Pak on February 13, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    WAKE UP CALL FOR PAKISTAN'S TEAM As we carried away with test matches weries win over England, i have mentioned this before that we should not get over confident and there is lot of room for improvement and it has been proven in 1st ODI.People will not like this but this is the fact that Players like Misbah, Malik and Imran Farhat msut not be in ODI and T20 team.Misbah is already 38 years old, there is no other player of 38 except Tendoulkar who is still playing ODI and Tendoulkar don't play T20 anymore but Misbah not only playing but he is captain of ODI and T20 teams too !!!!!!. With his age and his slow strike rate around 30 to 40 this is really surprising. And on top of that he influenced entry of Malik back into the team, no one can understand this except one logic, FAVOURISM. One more thing,they have made poor Asad Shafiq once again an escape goat to make Umer Akmal place at # 6. Why the hell they change Asad position from # 6 to # 3 when he has been performing very good at 6??

  • myaqoob on February 13, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    Imran Nazir Kamran Kamal Mohd Hafeez Abdul Razack Umar Akmal Younis Khan Shahid Afridi Mishbah -Ul-Haq Wahab Raiz Umer gul Saeed Ajmal

  • JG2704 on February 13, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    One other thing. I noticed England seemed alot more at ease vs the spinners. I'm guessing that not having so many men around the bat made them feel more comfortable. So from an England point of view I feel it says what we all have already said that we should have tried to bat more positively in the tests. From a Pakistan point of view should they maybe bring players in more. Also agree that Pak should have played Rehmane as I feel it might have given them a psychological edge.

  • JG2704 on February 13, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    @anuradha_d on (February 13 2012, 18:32 PM GMT) To be fair all of our bowlers did ok in the tests. Broad and Monty stood out. I couldn't see why Finn could not have come in for a batsman to alter the balance and was screaming out for this to happen throughout the series. It is a different format , but maybe even England selectors might consider a 5 man bowling attack now?

  • JG2704 on February 13, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    @mazii on (February 13 2012, 18:40 PM GMT) Thanks for being so gracious in defeat.

  • JG2704 on February 13, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    Well - dont want to get carried away but as an English fan its good that we won't get the"Whitewash"gloats from the minority which we'd have got til we won a match.As for the game Ive been a critic of Cook in this format but cant fault his innings today.All of our bowlers again did us proud with Finn doing the main damage and Patel the only one going over 5 an over and he had to endure Afridis miniblitzHowever re our batting,Bopara could easily have been stumped early. Mogan looked scratchy still as did Kieswetter and maybe we have to also give credit to Swann and Patel's mini revival towards the end.Re KP I thought he was still lacking confidence and was trying to be too responsible. I'd prefer to see him come down the pitch more and start seeing some more of those extravagent shots he has in his locker.I feel we have Cook and Trott to play the responsible innings. I'd like to see Buttler (when fit) given a go but can't see how they can replace anyone unless he comes in as WK for CK

  • Shan156 on February 13, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer, I don't think any changes to England's bowling would have changed the result. Remember, it was the batting that failed. Bowling was fine - not exceptional like Pakistan but good. We all knew that Pakistan started favorites despite England's #1 ranking but few England fans would have expected a whitewash. It was a nightmare but hopefully England have learned their lessons. I don't expect too much improvement against SL and India though - it is not a matter of loss of form or concentration or patience. It is, rather, a lack of ability to play quality spin assuredly. And, SL and India possess a lot of quality spinners. I didn't expect a quality player like Bell to fail like that. Most England fans, including yours truly, thought he was England's best player of spin. He was England's best batsman against Pakistan, by some distance, the last time England played Pakistan away (although, England were mostly undone by the pace of Akhtar then).

  • donda on February 13, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    Thanks england for finally wining a match in sub continent after a while. I hope england win this series and Pakistan also move on. As a pakistan supporter i don't expect Pakistan to win this series because they did play above expectations in test cricket. So it's time for Pakistan to have fun. We should give credit to england for this win .

    England should easily win the series , if not now then when. Pakistanies are satisfied and no need to win at all. They are not hungry any more so englland it's your chance to grab the series. It will be easy series for england.

  • PakCricSpin on February 13, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Its all about fielding. Misbah did not create pressure on the English batsmen. They were taking easy singles and converting singles into doubles. Pakistani fielding has always been subpar. This created too much pressure on the Pakistani bowlers to perform and pull off something extraordinary.

    Pakistan admittedly this time around has a weak pace attack. However its not completely useless. This attack coupled with some better fielding can still win matches easily for Pakistan.

    Lastly, the reason Pakistan suffers in chasing is because it requires a Team effort on the part of all the batsmen to pull their weight. And Pakistan is a team that relies on individual effort. As in they hope that perhaps today Younus Khan or Misbah or Hafeez might click and win it for them in a chase. Everyday is not sunday.

  • cric_freak88 on February 13, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    well i wanted this to happen ...or was knowin this would be happening ,, this match tells us the reason that why pakistan needs dav whtmore as the coach ,, with mohsin khan all these technical faults r not being rectified .. mohsin is a great person , but i see him more of a manager in the team ( who is keeping the team united )

  • TonyRai on February 13, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    why shoaib malik? why? why not someone like fawad alim, hamad azam, abdul rehman, nasir jamshed, rao iftikhar, sohail tanvir, rana naveed, imran nazir, adnan akmal, or azhar ali?

  • Imad_K on February 13, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    To continue from my previous point - Pakistan will be good when they start scoring 350/400 plus per innings in a test match consistently, when they have 5/6 batsmen scoring consistently, when they can chase down a score over 250 in a one day match. Not winning test matches scoring 100/200 runs in an innings and then relying on S Ajmal to get the opposition out for less because other teams will be better at playing spin. In this one day team they need to replace W Riaz with someone else. A Ali needs to be in the team and Asad Shafiq needs to bat down the order. Maybe they should give S Malik a few more chances even though he looked completely out of sorts in this match.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on February 13, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    @Gerard Pereira - the funniest of the Indian funny guys is back! What a surprise (not). Mate - I'd rather watch paint dry than watch India playing (and losing) test matches. Paint is cheaper, especially white emulsion. I don't know anyone who would pay to watch India. But - oh! I forgot - according to you; "test matches are outdated and dying". I bet you weren't saying that when India were "number 1 in Tests". The only reason for any india supporter to be on this Pak V Eng forum should be be either congratulate England or commiserate with Pakistan - and you do neither. Speaks volumes for you.

  • Imad_K on February 13, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    People seriously I said after Pak won the second test and even the third beating Eng 3-0 that this means nothing. It's the same old story and just winning a T20 WC, a test match where someone like M Amir runs riot through the opposition with his bowling or the series 3-0 because England are struggling against spin and they can't play S Ajmal doesn't all of sudden mean your problems are all gone. For the last 10/15 years the problem with Pakistan has really been their batting. They rely on 2/3 batsman to win matches for them and previously when they did have more talented batsmen they would throw their wickets away playing stupid shots now it seems they are just lacking in their technical ability. But scores of 20/3, 30/3 which is typical Pakistan needs to stop. I can't believe Azhar Ali is not playing. Pakistan need to forget strike rates - they have so much batting that they need people to stay at the crease and spend time like Misbah and Ali and take the match to the last 20 overs.

  • on February 13, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    Looks like Pakistan are having there own whitewash hangover.

  • chandru25 on February 13, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    When England lost 0-3 best team or No 1 team were thrashed by not very good in-form team. But now in ODI's not very good in-form team has thrashed Pakistan to their worst defeats... lols...

  • Guernica on February 13, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    Well done England - just a fraction of pride restored. No surprises about the star performers who have been England's best ODI players in the last year, despite all having their places questioned. A genuine quick bowler like Finn who can take wickets in the first 10 overs is so much more valuable than a so-called one-day specialist like Dernbach.

  • on February 13, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    Well played Cook and Bopara. Bopara could have made different in test as well. PLEASE can some one get rid of Misbah from Pakistan ODI & T20? He only performs ODI when top order performs otherwise he just waste balls or give away his wicket.... NO place for Misbah and Imran Farhat - please get rid of them give chance to new players and PLEASE back Yousuf - LOVE TO WATCH HIM BATTING! CLASSY!!!

  • gkannuchamy on February 13, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    Come on England. Well done.

  • aaloo69uk on February 13, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    in response to anonymous re: eng vs pak is like watching paint dry, wathcing India getting battered 11-0 and their rust-bucket bowlers trundling in one of the most hilarious things you could watch - even funnier than the inbetweeners!

  • AnotherCricketer on February 13, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    On thing to learn from Australian Cricket is that meritocracy wins the day. When the current roster has been deemed as weak in batting, the options are either to try new faces or pray for a good showing. PCB is content on doing the latter. Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik haven't perform in the past three series. And the reward is more face time on national TV. Hard to imagine this to be the case in other countries who has so much domestic talent wasting away.

  • yasser211 on February 13, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    Hafeez keeps slipping under the radar. An opening batsman is supposed to score big hundreds and not be averaging a mediocre 25. Farhat is only in the team because his father in law is the chief selector. He has been around since 2001 and has never performed against quality opposition. Umar akmal is by far the best batsman in this team barring Yunis but only gets to bat once the match is lost. The test series could have been easily 2-1 in England's favor but for the outstanding performances by our bowlers. Pak needs to bring back the gutsy Ahmed Shehzad.For God's sakes we have to play a combination of 3 seamers and 3 spinners. Since when did Pak cricket become all about the spinners. Bring in Abdur Rehman for the TERRIBLE Hafeez and give Hammad Azam a chance in place of Shoaib malik. Junaid Khan looked a million dollars against Sri Lanka but has been cast aside.Wahab Riaz is a good talent as well and needs to be persisted with.Cheema is decent but these guys dont ger a decent run

  • cricket0007 on February 13, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    hahaha as expected pakistani fans have started crying after their first defeat in this series. they r the most impatient fans ever.. and for those who r crying y malik was played.. well i must say misbah got that right.. when all ur bowlers were going for plenty in the middle of the english innings, it was malik who kept things under control from one end , when afridi and ajmal were leaking 12 13 runs in an over. Malik played as a bowler not as a batsman... but at the same time he got out in a very very embarassing manner hahaha i think it is time pakistan realises that no matter how good ur spinners r , still u have to give the new ball to fast bowlers.. u need wickets with a new ball and wahab wud have been more useful with the new ball than a 20 over old ball.. this containing policy at the start of the innings wid hafeez operating wont help u win games..!

  • Rakim on February 13, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    Pakistani batsmen (all of them) need to be warned about their places in ODI team. Especially Farhat, Malik.

  • CricketingStargazer on February 13, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    @mazii, how right you are! :-) Except that Ravi Bopara also scored almost double what any of the Pakistan batsmen managed and only two Pakistan batsmen passed Sambit Patel's 17*... For England it's a case of "what if?" Had Finn played instead of Tremlett in the 1st Test would the result have been different? Possibly not, but you have to wonder what would have happened had Pakistan been bundled out cheapy.

  • Shan156 on February 13, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Fans are being unfairly harsh on the Pakistani seamers. While I believe England's seamers are better, you also have to consider the conditions. The toss played a vital role. England's bowlers bowled under lights. It is always difficult for batsmen to counter it. Same thing happened in the 2003 league match between these two teams in SA (and then again between India and England). Cricket is indeed a funny game - England were expected to perform better in the tests and lose all the ODIs and T20s.

  • on February 13, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    Pakisatan as we all know are a poor batting side. In the test matches guys like Azar Ali and Misbah can hang around for hours on end eking out runs ODIs require a more dynamic approach that is why India and Australia are the two most attractive sides playing ODI cricket. Nobody like Sehwag, Tendulkar , Kholi, Gambhir, Dhoni, Warner, Ponting, Hussey on either side. Watching a Pakistan England ODI is like watching paint dry.

  • Dannymania on February 13, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    The batting order is CRUCIAL for the next match,also,a couple of changes.My team would be..1:Azhar Ali 2: Imran Farhat 3: Asad Shafiq 4: Younus khan 5: Umar Akmal 6: Misbah ul Haq 7: M.Hafeez 8: S.Afridi 9: Wahab riaz 10: Saeed Ajmal 11: Umar Gul..I really wanted Rehman to play but i can't adjust him in the one day team.i had to make sure that i pick the team that a captain like Misbah would pick.Nevertheless,the adjusted the batting order in a way that it balances the attack and defense.If a goof like me can do this,why can't the real team members think about something like this?i dont believe that my order is 100% correct,but i'm not a cricketer,and not a part of the management.If ordinary people like me can point this out,why not the people who know cricket really well and are on higher posts?!Comment on this people,lets see if we agree or not..

  • Precioustar84 on February 13, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Job well done indeed Team England!! Tough luck Pakistan but chasing has always been a weakness for the Pakistani team. England will gain much confidence from this win going forward so good for them. I expect Pakistan to come out harder in the next one though.

  • Shan156 on February 13, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    @brittop, I agree. Most England fans prefer tests over ODIs and even an improbable ODI series win won't compensate for the drubbing we received in the tests. But then, we got to admit that Pakistan played better than us. The positive was the fact that England did bowl well. Most people were saying that England bowling would struggle in the sub-continent but they didn't do too badly. It was the inept batting that led to such a reversal; when you could only barely score 50% in a 144 run chase, what could you expect? England's frailties against spin in Asia remain a big worry especially considering the fact that we have two more such series this year. While almost all our batsmen are culprits, the biggest one is the captain Andrew Strauss. It looks as if bowlers around the world have worked him out. Despite his past glories, if he fails in SL, he should be shown the exit.

  • pakfan2010 on February 13, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    why is farahat, shoaib malik and riaz in the team. to much politics involved. pakistan team should be- hafeez, azhar ali, younis, u akmal. shafiq, misbah, afridi, a akmal, ajmal,gul, cheema.

  • Dannymania on February 13, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    First off,i dont think it was a huge total which couldnt be chased,260 runs now a days are pretty manageable especially on a batting wicket like this.The bowl was bound of swing and seam at the start of the second innings due to flood lights and moisture in the environment.Basically there was nothing that the pakistanis didn't know,or would surprise them.Hafeez,is just very weak techniqally,He'll always struggle when the bowl swings.Farhat tried his best,full marks to him.Asad's fault was again a weak technique,although he got a better delivery than hafeez.Younus fell to swing and seam too.misbah tried but he perished.umar akmal was unfit because he isnt a regular keeper.and its unfair to want an innings from afridi,who's the team's best bowler with saeed ajmal.Anyways,it was very good cricket from England and a very poor performance overall from pakistan.England beat pakistan in batting,bowling and fielding.Pakistan didnt deserve to win today,but i hope they come back.

  • on February 13, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    i think pakistan team need MUhammad yousaf.they should call him back,under his guidance young players will flourish.

  • TexanBlue on February 13, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    Terrible show by Pakistan. When you have players like Farhat and Malik in youur side only because of the chief selector and the captain's backing then you'll get only this sort of result. Promoting Asad over Umar at #3 is a blunder. Pak's batting order was a mess tonight. What's Farhat doing when you have so many promising youngsters waiting to get a chance including A.Shahzad and N.Jamshed. And what's Malik still doing in the team after continuous failures even before this series? Here he bowled only a few overs and then batted at #7 with no success either way. Pak is relying too heavily on spin disturbing their team composition. Giving U Akmal additional burden of keeping is nothing short of destroying his batting. Let him focus just on his batting and play him at #3 and bring back Kamran at the top of the order only for ODIs & T20s. If Australia can bring back Hogg for T20's then Pak can recall Rana Naveed and Azhar Mahmood as well as we need a pace allrounder while Razzaq is out.

  • on February 13, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    Well, a cab driver out there in the UAE is probably wondering if could have changed the events of the game :). They had it coming. Even in all the test matches the batmen did zilch with the bat except for the second innings of the third test. All the games were won due to some superb and fantastic bowling from the spinners. Again here the spinners did their job, especially Ajmal with his five-for. But the batsmen failed. Not good for Pakistan considering their screech of consecutive wins.

    Excellent work by the English though, Finn, Bopara and Cook were great. Congratulations to the English and better luck to the Pakistanis for the game on Wednesday.

  • ahmedabbasi69 on February 13, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Really can't figure out the selection of shoaib malik in the squad, he hasnt done anything in the domestic circuit and today the way he missed that juicy fulltoss, seems to me that there is nothing left in him. Lets hope that sanity will prevail and youngsters will be given fair chance of proving their metal.

  • KarachiKid on February 13, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    Get rid of shoaib malik, imran farhat and wahab riaz. Bring in hamad azam, yasir arafat, fawad alam, tanvir ahmed (in tests) and khalid latif (in tests).

  • on February 13, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Thats good for the series, now Pakistan has an eye opener. They should have not been complacent. Now, we would have good competitive series.

  • Vilander on February 13, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    I really thing England can benefit from a player like Dravid in county cricket, some one who can play spin while sleeping who can pass on the knwoledge to English batsmen, if England can play world class spin then they can become true world number 1.

  • CorneredTiger92-09 on February 13, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    Finn and Cook were outstanding. No excuses from me. Inshallah Pakistan will bounce back next game but i think next game they should play Hammad Azam and Aizaz Cheema. shoaib malik has been given too many chances

  • on February 13, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    The Only Problem Of PAKISTAN Is the Poor Batting Side. How Can South Africa Chase The Target Of 434 Runs And Why Not PAKISTAN Can Chase 260 Think About It, It Is Serious Problem With The Batting Side...

  • MN-USA on February 13, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    Pak team was totally off color today with both ball and bat.Everything was creepy on the field. What the heck team management is doing? why can't they accomodate a few yougsters in the playing eleven. Pak needs to give chances to yougsters who have been waiting on side benches for so long now in place of Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat. Open with Afridi and Hafeez, bring in Azhar Ali at #3. Its of no use using the same combination and tactics over & over again. Do something different, make changes to the batting order, bring in new blood if you wanna be competitive, otherwase the game card can be flipped over...a whitewash in one dayers.

  • Nutcutlet on February 13, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    2nd post: Pakistan can, to some extent, explain this defeat away. The toss was obviously a good one to win (& a bad one to lose!) and whilst their famous spinners, Afridi & esp.Ajmal (of course) troubled all of the English bats, apart from Cook & Bopara, their 2nd seamer let them down. Now, Gul is good - he just didn't fire today, but Wahab Riaz did nothing to justify his selection; it was he who served up a couple of half valleys that got Bopara firing - and leaking 47 runs in seven overs undid much of the tight work earlier on. I am fairly sure that the next match will see Pakistan introduce another spinner in his place. I know that England will do their best to build on this win, but it would be a grave mistake to think the remaining matches will be easy with two bats & not six. Cook, & to a lesser extent Bopara, can't be expected to deliver every time. Who else looks like stepping up? Not exactly a queue, is it? ( And I hope Buttler is given a place as soon as he is fit.)

  • Sports4Youth on February 13, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    @ Sahir Chaudhary on (Feb 13 2012, 17:59 PM GMT) : - .. let us see how much Misbah learns from his mistakes in this game. The mistakes that he committed in the games should not have been committed in the first place. Shoeb Malik, Wahab Riaz Should not have been in the team.What was wrong with Junaid/Cheema. Keeping Wickets is a full time specialist job. Umar Akmal missed a stumping that proved costly in the end. Get a regular keeper. Malik may be Misbah's friend, but friendship should be kept at home. I think Azhar Ali needs to be inducted. In the post match analysis Waqaar Younis hinted at the technial problems in Farhat's batting. Get Azhar In place of Farhat.

  • Riz81 on February 13, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    I'm a Pakistani supporter but I am very happy that we lost today because there is nothing like a defeat to make you realize the mistakes that you are making. 1. Faulty selection - Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik should be chucked away immediately. These two add no value to the team. Bring in Azhar Ali for Imran and Hammad Azam for Malik. 2. Umar Akmal's batting number - he is too good to be batting at #6. Get him in at #3 or #4 even if that means shifting Younis and Misbah back a bit.

  • OhhhMattyMatty on February 13, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    I told everyone yesterday this could get verrrry messy for Pakistan. With Finn, Bresnan and Patel back, England are much stronger now. And Pakistan's best hope is Ajmal taking 10 in 10 overs. Finn is the quickest and best young seamer in the world. He can either bowl like McGrath or crank it up and bowl 95mph! Amazing!

  • on February 13, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    as usual pakistan showed they get bored by so many victories and when again thy be under critcisem in couple of days then strong comback..thats good we have good series to watch and its good for england as well...

  • phoenixsteve on February 13, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    A good performance from England although the batting is still quite shakey against a good spin attack. Professionalism showed in the field and England looked streets ahead of Pakistan today. It doesn't detract from the great Pakistani display in the series that mattered though..... the Test Series! England may be able to restore some confidence in the ODIs but they must still be trembling when they think about their recent test batting? Roll on Wednesday... COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • hhillbumper on February 13, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    yep Steve Finn can certainly bowl.Can we please drop Morgan as he is so out of form it is ridiculous.Time he was dropped and when Butler is better he should get picked.

  • brittop on February 13, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    @Shan156: "Scant consolation for a demoralizing whitewash in the tests but England fans will take it" - no consolation to this England fan!

  • on February 13, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    familiar pakistan batting collapse...

  • CricketingStargazer on February 13, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    Good win for England. Good knock by Ravi Bopara. Superb bowling by Steve Finn (who some people would have replaced with Jade Dernbach). It doesn't change a jot what has happened before, apart from bringing a little self-respect that will help the side in Sri Lanka. Let's see another win on Wednesday though to show that this was not just a flash in the pan.

  • on February 13, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    i think it was an off-day and was very unlucky day for Pakistan including not good captain decisions, had there been a review left for Bopara's LBW, he was plum LBW but sadly Misbah had taken the review on a pointless appeal in 3rd over. Secondly, it was some repeated "unplayable Asif-like" In-dippers from Finn who took the game away from start and every batsman in the world can get lbw/bowled on those goodlength in-dippers but Pak fragile batting makes it look worse, so all in all luck was favoring England this time, i think this series may end up as 2-2

  • sophocles on February 13, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Ends justify the means. Barring Cook's performance, there was nothing spectacular about England batting. It was simply a dismal and irresponsible batting fiasco by the Pakistani batsmen. They will surely bounce back but I hope they do it without Shoaib Malik. (I thought cronyism was a crime). As for England, they would have to come up with a better all around performance to re-establish themselves.

  • Nutcutlet on February 13, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    No real compensation for the 0-3 loss in the Test series, but well done to Alistair Cook and his men. Cook is the first English batsman to demonstrate a soundness of technique on this strip. After a piece of luck, Bopara prospered and deserves his plaudits. And Finn's bowling was high class; he'd have troubled better bats than Pakistan possesses on this showing. Samit Patel too did all that was asked of him, apart from a dropped catch. So everything in the garden is rosy then? Not in the slightest. These fine performances covered up yet more inept batting from KP & EM. Indeed, the bright idea of promoting KP to open (billed as an 'exciting prospect!') could, on another day when AC isn't in such great form, have set the tone for a mass-dithering, the sort we have seen in the tests recently. Throughout his knock, he utterly failed to convince. Had Pak bowled Afridi up front (as I surmised they might), he would've gone more quickly than he did.Time for both to go, but they won't! Why not?

  • Stark62 on February 13, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    That's what you get when you play useless ODI players like Younis, Misbah (both should only play Tests), Malik and last but not least the worst opener of all time Farhat!

    Umar is tailor made for the no. 3 spot but is being over looked and Pak are paying the price for that stupidity. Nasir Jamshed is light years better than farhat but still no call up, heck I'll even take Shazhaib Hasan over him.

    This a better line up: Hafeez, Azhar, Umar (wkt), Shafiq, Misbah (unfortunately), Hammad, Afridi, Riaz, Gul, Ajmal, Junaid/Rehman

  • big_al_81 on February 13, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    @landl47. Really sensible comments. The only difference that mattered in the Test series was England's batting failures. Otherwise the sides were very evenly matched. Take your point about the limited number of players who scored well but if you're aiming for a score of 300 you only need a couple of big scores and lots of bits and pieces to get close - that's what happened and if others can chip in there will be plenty for our bowlers to feast on in Pakistan's frail batting line-up. Have to say I'm genuinely surprised though that we lost the Test series so spectacularly (in scoreline if not balance of play) and have started so well in the ODIs at which I feel we're generally pretty mediocre still. First win on the tour should have come in Abu Dhabi last time having set up a winning position so well, at least we've got there in the end.!

  • No1cricketfan on February 13, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    I said that before, and i say it again U Akmal is wasted at no5, he needs to open or come at one down

  • ExplicitPlatinum on February 13, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Things that Pakistan have done that made them lose. It was proven that Spin troubles England but Malik's spin DOESN'T and nor does his batting. Malik's gone, leave him. Hammad Azam should have been at his place. Younis was going great but credit to Finn, he bowled superbly by grabbing wickets of cruising Hafeez and Younis. Afridi has proved that he is getting his batting form back but it was Umar Akmal's misfortune that he had a bad back. Yet again, get rid of Farhat and replace Farhat with Ahmed Shehzad. 3 Seamers along with 3 spinners is the best. Something is definately wrong with Wahab Riaz, he hasn't been in good touch and has been VERY expensive. My ODI XI 1.) Hafeez 2.) Ahmed Shehzad 3.) Younis Khan 4.) Umar Akmal (WK) 5.) Misbah ul-haq 6.) Asad Shafiq 7.) Hammad Azam 8.) Shahid Afridi 8.) Umar Gul 9.) Saeed Ajmal 10.) Wahab Riaz/Sadaf Hussain 11.) Junaid Khan. The quicks need desperate help to get them back in stump rattling form. Pakistan shouldn't be spin and defence heavy.

  • ERROR_CODE00 on February 13, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    Well done England! that's how you do it. A classic ODI knock by Captain Cook, who led the team from the front, backed up by Bopara and then Superb fast bowling by Finn. English fast bowlers are better than Pakistanis, which i saw in the Tests & now in the ODIs too. Pakistan should really improve their Fast bowling. I know they have got a lot of talent but why don't they give youngsters a chance instead of playing the bowlers who didn't prove good in Tests and now in ODIs, while the English fast bowlers were good in Tests which were favoring the spinners. Pakistan's batting collapsed as usual, and they lost hope at the very beginning of their innings. On the contrary, the English batsmen continued struggle after losing early 2 wickets. Pakistan should address their batting, and each player should identify, know, remember, and do their role while playing. I was hoping for a tight contest but I hope the next matches will be good to watch.

  • mazii on February 13, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    it is just one bad day for Pakistan...don't forget only cook scores a century and others were just dumb...toss was crucial and to see through the new ball wasn't easy for this Pakistani batting line-up under lights and Pakistan have been poor chasers...in the next game if Pakistan batted first or able to control England under 200 then it'll be easy foe them to grab this series too. I think this game was an aberration and the green boys will come hard at England. 260 was way too much of an ask for this Pakistani batting line-up. I think fast bowlers were not steady today and unable to exert pressure from both side of the wicket, but spinners again did their job-especially ajmal- but I think it was a bit too late. He could have been employed much earlier when England were 50/2. Misbah needs to change his game according to the situations and should show some kind of flexibility and innovation. well played England..for Pakistan it was just a bad day.

  • anuradha_d on February 13, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    Finn...proved yet again...after the series in India....that he should be the first choice pacer in tests......

    Eng under Flower picks bowlers for their battign abilities....hence Bresnan, Broad and Swann play ahead of Finn, Tremlett and Panesar....assuming all were fit

  • ammarhassan on February 13, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    pathetic team selection and batting order .. what is malik is doing in the team ? why umar akmal is keeping ?? why asad shafiq is at number 3 ?? and icing on cake is the "taking the reviews" .. somebody please tell our bowlers what are rules of LBW .. :@

  • on February 13, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Not even a single chance for Pakistan in next 3 games...Will anybody tell me how many times Pakistan lost their 5 wickets before putting 100 runs on the board in the recent past (like 3 years or 5 years)? Almost in each and every match?

  • voma on February 13, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    An easy win for England , who would of thought of that ! . If a decent score is put on the board , 250 plus . England definetly have the bowlers to win , against anyone .

  • on February 13, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    It was True un-justice with Abdul Rehman by not playing him today, as he was un playable in tests, could be devastating in onedays too,

  • Sports4Youth on February 13, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    All the talk of Pak inflicting one more white wash against Eng is gone in the very first match. But today Pak had a very bad playing XI. Alteast in regard to Shoeb Malik Misbah will have to take the blame. Also i did not see the point in suddently bringing in Wahab Riaz, after all Junaid and Cheema have been doing well. Looks like Pak are going back to the policy of recycling failures based on past reputations. But the biggest mistake according to me was leaving out a specialist Wicket Keeper. Today Umar Akmal missed a stumping chance against Ravi Bopara and that according to me was a costly miss. Because he was the only one who gave support to Alister Cook. The rest of England batting was not good at all. If they need the extra bowler, then get Abdul Rehman instead of Riaz or get a batsman (Azhar Ali). Riaz is a bad fielder also. The combinatin of the XI was bad.

  • on February 13, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    If Pak victories over the one to two years are colsely analysed, they are made possible only by world class bowling of Ajmal, Afridi, Hafeez & Gul... The Batsman doesnt perform just fer once in trying conditions. Pak has to bring fresh talent in there batting and develope 'em for future.

  • on February 13, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    by khuram , pakistan lost to aliaster cocck by 7 runs , not bad.

  • mansoorJ on February 13, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Here we having the fruit of wrong selection of the playing team, who the ghost gave an idea to put shoaib malik in the first ODI and now rather he's absolutly not gud for any more expierence. Wahab is not a bad bowler though hes not doing well at the moment then we have 2 other pacers sitting arround namely CHEEMA N JUNAID. Wicketkeeping is an other issue too. I sugesst to play the serries with the specialist not with the dreamers( IF MISBAH REALLY WANT TO WIN THE SERRIES). Failling of top orders is the third issue as well as we know very well about pakistani tailenders and they can never put decent runs on the board, this why top orders must keep this point in the mind and maintain themselves accordingly......ITS only first lost the serries have 3 more matches n i am sure pakistan will come back with full concentrations Luv u guys !!!

  • on February 13, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Brilliant Innings By Cook & Superb Bowling From Finn, Congrats England Team! I Hope My Team Will Bounce Back In Next Match! Wishes From Pakistan!

  • on February 13, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    It is same old story pak batting collapse while chasing ....after having 7 batsmen in a side ..d worst part is pak is only relying on spin against england the fast bowling dint luk gud as well shoaib mailik shud be replcaed with hammad azam who can bowl a bit seem bowling pak definately need a 3rd seemer !!!!hammad can be next abdul razzak ..

  • likeintcricket on February 13, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    Ok, there are no superstars in Pakistan's batting lineup but they are consistent enough to win so many matches.They will come back and beat England in the one days but their main worry are their openers. This is the same side which has won so many one dayers lately and reached the semi finals in India and lost to eventual winner. They did beat the other finalist at their own home ground. Today it is just an off day for Pak.Mark my words, Pakistan can chase down any target if they get a little better start and England simply cannot chase any target with their current batting.

  • aracer on February 13, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Not a lot has changed for England - Cook has always looked like he was going to get a score, and the only other England batsman to have a decent knock didn't make the Test team...

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 13, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    New cricket bat - £150 TV License - £160 Watching Shahid Afridi telling his partner to keep the big shots in the locker - Priceless!

  • nadeem-toronto on February 13, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Well played England for deserving win. Alastair Cook inning is one of the best in recent past. However Pakitan made the things difficult at their own. First they pick wrong side. They dropped one of the best bowler of test series " Abdur Rehman " and then they pick out of form Shoaib Malik. The ideal choice should be Abdur Rehman in place of Shoab and to strengthen batting plus pace attack they should have played with Hamad Azam. Pakistan have to improve their referal also. If they will learn from mistakes then still a chance to bounce back.

  • on February 13, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    SHOHAIB MALIK SHOULD BE THROWN OUT OF THE TEAM!!! i think there is a problem ni the dressing room cause of shohaib malik how is NOT performing!! Mr. Miabah cannot dictate who he wants in the team for eg sohaib malik....

  • on February 13, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Much disappointing batting performance by green team.As Misbah said that people do show patience when team lost some match but today both batting and bowling were very disappointing also fielding was not so good.Than how people show good faith in you when you are really disappointing in all three departments.Our team really need a "COACH". I hope in next match the same situation may not repeated.

  • ummii on February 13, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    The Truth is that Pakistan Batsmen are not capable to play under such bowler frirndly conditions, and it will worse, there weakness will get more exposed when they play on England/Aus/S.Africa Fast wickets.

  • Vilander on February 13, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    I am yet again impressed with Steven Finns pace. He definitely is not fast medium,must be termed Fast. But Umesh was quicker than him yesterday in Aus Ind match.

  • on February 13, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    For the first time after 13 International matches Pakistan has lost a game. Like I said earlier on we learn from our mistakes and will look to get back to winning ways as Wednesday is the day for the 2nd ODI. Today, Alastair Cook led from the front with a magnificent 137. Ravi Bopara helped out with his 7th ODI Fifty. With the ball Finn was the chief destroyer claiming 4-34. Well played England.

  • landl47 on February 13, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    I guess you see what happens when England puts a halfway decent score on the board. England's bowlers were always able to control the Pakistan batting, but England's batting was so dismal that Pakistan was able to win anyway. Cook gets a good score and England win easily. It's not all good news for England- apart from Cook, only Bopara and a little flutter at the end provided worthwhile runs- but it shows that when England can set a total, their bowlers can defend it against this Pakistan side. A pity it didn't happen in the tests.

  • on February 13, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    One of the best performances by England over the last 12 months. Pakistan's batting is hit or miss, they are useless at playing the moving ball. Someone needs to do some coaching on this issue.

  • on February 13, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    How can a promising young talent like Hammad Azam be ignored by playing Shoaib Malik!!!?? Shoaib Malik looks like he has never picked a bat in his life before. I is high time for Hafeez to start getting runs as an opener. Umar Akmals batting position is really puzzling. Pakistans best Oneday batsman coming in when the team is already on the verge of a defeat. Misbah and Mohsin really need better planning for their limited overs side.

  • Purple-Patch on February 13, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    No surprises here. Pakistan's batting lets them down "AGAIN" , well done to England on a good bowling performance and well done to Cook on a great knock. How many times has it been said but Pakistan need to sort out their batting , if they can do that, they could realistically become No 1 in all formats of the game. They don't and they will always be a number 3 to 5 team simple as that! I tipped Pakistan to win the Tests but I'm tipping this to go in England's favour, only just though but on this performance it may be a little more one sided.

  • Shan156 on February 13, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Scant consolation for a demoralizing whitewash in the tests but England fans will take it. At least, we won't be whitewashed in the ODIs now:-) Anyway, I think Pakistan will be back in the next few games. They probably under-estimated England. Bravo Captain Cook. Perhaps, it is time to rest Strauss and ask Cook to captain the test team in SL. Despite the huge margin of victory, England need to realize that their batting is still struggling. Perhaps, they should get tuition from the Indian batsmen on how to play spin.

  • jimmy777 on February 13, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    Pakistan has one of the best bowling attacks, but their batting is still thier weakness, even in the test series victory against england it was mainly due to their bowling, and also they are very poor chasers in any forms of the game, they need to develop their batting.

  • wrenx on February 13, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Can it really be that while Pakistan were busy becoming a better test side than England, England became a better one-day side than Pakistan? Going by today, England should be full of confidence to take the remaining 3 ODIs - Pakistan didn't know which way to turn to find the runs that they needed. Any score 200+ should be enough to keep Pakistan at bay.

  • mansoorJ on February 13, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Wota disopinting batting from Pakistan, I mean its not heartbreaking if u r loosing the game but what about showing character and thats Pakistani players are not showing , cricket is a game to be played till the last wicket; One is not looser still the last wicket is playing. Have loved if the pakistani team has showed a bit character n fought till 50 overs

  • honestno2 on February 13, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    So Pak lost but how can a 9 men team can beat 11 men team ??? hw can u count Imran farhat and Shoaib Malik........

  • on February 13, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Pakistan deserve to loose this game as Misbah and Mohsin picked the wrong team... i think we should had junaid khan and proper wicket keeper in other ukmal bother.... if you would ask shoaib malik he would tell you he should not be in Team... POLITICS are back in pakistani team..

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 13, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    New cricket bat - £150

    TV License - £160

    Watching Shahid Afridi telling his partner to keep the big shots in the locker - Priceless!

  • Romenevans on February 13, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    LOL! Boom Boom Phusssss Afridi!

  • wrenx on February 13, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    It's all descending into farce- - the familiar Pakistan batting collapse is with us once more. Well played by England though. Pakistan need a serious rethink - there is absolutely no place for Farhat or Shoab Malik in the side. Afridi needs to open with Hafeez, Umar needs to be in at 3, and Asad back to where he's comfy at 6. This leaves a slot open for a proper wicket keeper like Sarfraz in at 7. And Wahab needs to get his head on straight, his bowling has been too erratic for too long. Otherwise, he needs to go and Junaid or Rehman need to come in. Wahab could do with watching how Finn is bowling, and start being more disciplined or he should head back to carrying the drinks.

  • ilyas on February 13, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Pakistan need to re-evaluate their team here. Pakistan did an unbelievable job in winning the Test series and we all compliment them on that. However, England's bowling attack has been improved by Finn so Pakistans batting struggles (hidden by our bowlers during the Tests) having again come to the surface. Persisting with Farhat is a waste of time - against good quality bowling he is simply useless and Shoaib Malik has had so many chances but continues to fail like today. We need to reassess our batting order and add a batsman and a proper wicket keeper (instead of Shoaib and Farhat) as it looks like keeping has finished Umar Akmal today. Pakistan must realise that England are a strong side, especially bowling and that they need to up their batting game.

  • Sports4Youth on February 13, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    It was a very bad idea to play Malik for his 5 ovrs and W.Riaz in the same game atleast one has to go.

  • Sports4Youth on February 13, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    69/6. Malik may have played the last innings of his. The same can also be said about Wahab Riaz. Pak should play regular Wicket Keeper. They are obsessed with giving the glove to a batsmen. it does not work.

  • Sports4Youth on February 13, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Finally 2 boundaries in one Anderson over, one by Maik and Akmal each. Thats the way to go. Don't be sitting ducks. If you have to go down, do it fighting.

  • foooooooooooooooooo on February 13, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    Comeon England.

    Cruch them to pieces.

    They cant chase anything above 240 specially under lights.

  • Sports4Youth on February 13, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    To get to 50 they already lost 4 wickets. To get the next 200 runs they will need 16 more wickets. They can get it, if they are allowed to bat twice.

  • Sports4Youth on February 13, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    40/4. The inevitable is coming faster than expected. Pak , Pak. fielding and batting when will guys improve. today was a standard Pakistan game of old. Can't believe this is the same pitch on which Gul & Riaz bowled.

  • Sports4Youth on February 13, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    When ever Pak have played Gul & Riaz together, they have ALWAYS lost.

  • Sports4Youth on February 13, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    27/3. Younis gone. Only he looked good. This is the problem of Pak. Whenever they loose early wicket, they just cannot comeback.

  • Malti65 on February 13, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    What happened to both the teams ? . A complete turn around. at 11/2 this is unbelievable. Today England played spin much better. Though all the wickets to go down were to spin, but they scored the required runs. On the other hand Pakistan is strugling big time. I can't believe what a change of format can do.

  • chemist.rashid on February 13, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    cook made century because of rehman absence . now let see what happend in batting

  • JG2704 on February 13, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    @anuradha_d on (February 13 2012, 11:39 AM GMT) Why was Bres sent in a rush to Eng? Sorry I don't understand that comment.Patel actually bowled ok in India and can bat. Also Bresnan isn't actually playing so maybe that is a fitness thing. One thing I will say is that Flower could have played an in form bowler (Finn) instead of an out of form batsman (take your pick) in the tests. In respect of this I feel the selection has become a bit Indian like

  • Sports4Youth on February 13, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    I guess it is aways difficult to defend the world champions reputation. Now they don't have that pressure and look how they have played. Everyone thought ODI was Pak's forte. But how well have England bounced back. How does Pak comeback if they loose this one. (This one almost looks gone). Only the dew can save them frm the England fast bowlers.

  • chemist.rashid on February 13, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    cok made century because of abdur rehman absence

  • Sports4Youth on February 13, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Greate comeback by England. Pak - 11/2. Fin in great form. This is the difference between England fast bowlers and Pakistan Fast bowlers. Pakistan quicks were pathetic. Eng fast bowlers getting swing. (If Pak want now they can accuse Eng of ball tampering - Pun intented). Now this is a situation from which Pakistan can never ever come back. Batting has always been their weekness. Now wickets will just keep falling. And Misbah will not learn from his mistakes. Adnan Akmal should come-in for W.Riaz. Shoeb Malik was not bad with the ball.

  • SirEngland on February 13, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Bopara was put! Instead of just one review, they should have 5 for each side only then the umpires will realise how incompetent they really are.

  • khurramsch on February 13, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    i think its not avg score, its very good score & difficult to chase under lights pak will need to bat realy well to do this. england has good bowling. good inings from cook. england may win this but worry still continues that apart from cook ( he was good in tests) no 1 else getting up. yes bopara did to day for 50 but he was very shaky in start ( may b nervous after so many matches on bench) if he was rightly given out at 2 then it would be more sad story for england. i think craig's batting down order does not help he was good at opening.

  • pioneerzovcric on February 13, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    Well balanced innings played by COOK....

  • Yasir_xpert on February 13, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    I dont understand why people arguing over pakistani team...It is perfectly alright Even the Selection of Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik is correct one!!!Yes correct! Imran farhat has proved it against Afghanistan...While Shoaib Malik is really a great batsman...you people forget 144 that he made against india??and lot of scores he made when he used to play at number 3...Ofcoursse he can bat at any number and he is one of the best and definately give strength to team...so top arguing over pakistan team...Dont expect your 11 players to be Shahid Afridi!

  • MrBrightside92 on February 13, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Half time....it depends which Pakistan turns up. It if was India chasing I would have them winning 9 times out of 10...Pakistan SHOULD do it...but England need to FIELD well...I think their bowling is usually ok (famous last words)...at least Eng are fighting...it should be close..

  • Haleos on February 13, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    why do some pakistan fan have to make a comparision with India everytime their team does some good work. If ur memories serve u, India beat pakistan during the world cup. In ODIs India will win any series against pakistan. bring it on I say.

  • on February 13, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    260 not a big total pak will win it

  • on February 13, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    how is it zeeshan now? never say anything untill the last ball is bowled...

  • on February 13, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    After posting 260-7 riding on a hundred from Cook who scored the highest score of the ground making 137, England's confidence is on a high even after a superb bowling spell of 5-43 from Ajmal. England has a chance of winning this ODI but the team need to believe on four important things and they are effort, dedication, determination and motivation and work on these things well so as to outplay the Asian team Pakistan. All the best to England.

  • jmcilhinney on February 13, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    An interesting innings in the end. A decent return for England in the end, although not as good as it looked like it could be at a couple of points during the innings, especially when Cook and Bopara were going well. It needed Morgan or Kieswetter to stand up and push the total up to 280+ but it wasn't to be. Great innings by Cook, good support by Bopara and a nice little surge at the end by Patel and Swann, but it feels like it should have been more. I think that England are a good chance here as they did bowl well during the Tests, but this is a different Pakistan team with a different attitude, so who knows. I'd be uneasy putting money on either team right now. The Pakistan spinners were the danger men again, but not the destroyers some thought they might be, at least not when Cook was facing anyway. Looking ahead to the next game, I can't see why Pakistan wouldn't drop Riaz and bring in Rehman.

  • netcricketfan4ever on February 13, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    For all those knee-jerk critics who are predicting a whitewash of England against Pakistan based on their poor performance against India, here are my thoughts. While Pak do enter as favorites, they WILL NOT whitewash the Poms. Pak batting line up is vulnerable and especially when they chase they don't quite have the depth in their batting. I am writing this comment before the first ODI is completed, so mark my words. Pak may still win the series but don't be surprised if the Poms srping up a surprise.

  • zeeshan1991 on February 13, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Pakistan has clearly lost this match now 181/2 , at least 300 runs. Pakistan cannot do it even in ten turns of batting.

  • 14.08.1947 on February 13, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    i dont understand why Pakistan is picking always those AKMALS for keeping the wicket...Umar Akmal missed the stumps of Ravi Bopara and now he is scoring runs...Just Adnan is a ordinary keeper,but just for the Test Matches...We need Safraz Ahmed or Mohammad Salman for the ODI'S as WICKET KEEPER..Umar Akmal is just a goog Fielder but not as a good keeper.His talnet will waste because of this pressure....

  • on February 13, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    no!! difficult for pak to win Poor captaincy from Pakistan - worked in Test but in ODI different game. Didn't give any oppurtunity to fast bowler in test now Wahab is totally out of shape and bring in the around 15 overs don't make sense - poor guy can not seem or reverse swing ........ it is discourging PAK FAST BOWLERS :$ I hope batting Misbah will take back seat and let play afridi, akmal and Malik at higher otherwise too much work for akmal and afridi.

  • on February 13, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Never seen such a strong pakistani Team in recent times..... 100% better than indian contingent 4 sure... Good luck Pakistan

  • anuradha_d on February 13, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    If Bresnan wasn't fit WHY was he sent in a rush to Eng.........Eng are becoming like India....picking stars, based on past stats......and not on current fitness....and anyway as a bowler Anderson should ALWAYS be piked ahead of Bresnan.......just like Monty should always be picked ahead of Patel.....Flower's keenness on picking bowlers for their batting abilities is what might sink Eng quick

  • ProfMahmood on February 13, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Will Pakistan miss the spin of Abdul Rehman? Won't he be needed to trouble the left-handed English Batsmen? Misbah is a good captain but his choice and insistence on the inclusion of Shoaib Malik is inexplicable?

  • SHAHBABA103 on February 13, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    insha allah today pakistan will won the match and i think keep imran farhat out and give a chance to youngster because imrsn farhat is doing nothing and also shoaib malik.

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  • SHAHBABA103 on February 13, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    insha allah today pakistan will won the match and i think keep imran farhat out and give a chance to youngster because imrsn farhat is doing nothing and also shoaib malik.

  • ProfMahmood on February 13, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Will Pakistan miss the spin of Abdul Rehman? Won't he be needed to trouble the left-handed English Batsmen? Misbah is a good captain but his choice and insistence on the inclusion of Shoaib Malik is inexplicable?

  • anuradha_d on February 13, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    If Bresnan wasn't fit WHY was he sent in a rush to Eng.........Eng are becoming like India....picking stars, based on past stats......and not on current fitness....and anyway as a bowler Anderson should ALWAYS be piked ahead of Bresnan.......just like Monty should always be picked ahead of Patel.....Flower's keenness on picking bowlers for their batting abilities is what might sink Eng quick

  • on February 13, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Never seen such a strong pakistani Team in recent times..... 100% better than indian contingent 4 sure... Good luck Pakistan

  • on February 13, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    no!! difficult for pak to win Poor captaincy from Pakistan - worked in Test but in ODI different game. Didn't give any oppurtunity to fast bowler in test now Wahab is totally out of shape and bring in the around 15 overs don't make sense - poor guy can not seem or reverse swing ........ it is discourging PAK FAST BOWLERS :$ I hope batting Misbah will take back seat and let play afridi, akmal and Malik at higher otherwise too much work for akmal and afridi.

  • 14.08.1947 on February 13, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    i dont understand why Pakistan is picking always those AKMALS for keeping the wicket...Umar Akmal missed the stumps of Ravi Bopara and now he is scoring runs...Just Adnan is a ordinary keeper,but just for the Test Matches...We need Safraz Ahmed or Mohammad Salman for the ODI'S as WICKET KEEPER..Umar Akmal is just a goog Fielder but not as a good keeper.His talnet will waste because of this pressure....

  • zeeshan1991 on February 13, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Pakistan has clearly lost this match now 181/2 , at least 300 runs. Pakistan cannot do it even in ten turns of batting.

  • netcricketfan4ever on February 13, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    For all those knee-jerk critics who are predicting a whitewash of England against Pakistan based on their poor performance against India, here are my thoughts. While Pak do enter as favorites, they WILL NOT whitewash the Poms. Pak batting line up is vulnerable and especially when they chase they don't quite have the depth in their batting. I am writing this comment before the first ODI is completed, so mark my words. Pak may still win the series but don't be surprised if the Poms srping up a surprise.

  • jmcilhinney on February 13, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    An interesting innings in the end. A decent return for England in the end, although not as good as it looked like it could be at a couple of points during the innings, especially when Cook and Bopara were going well. It needed Morgan or Kieswetter to stand up and push the total up to 280+ but it wasn't to be. Great innings by Cook, good support by Bopara and a nice little surge at the end by Patel and Swann, but it feels like it should have been more. I think that England are a good chance here as they did bowl well during the Tests, but this is a different Pakistan team with a different attitude, so who knows. I'd be uneasy putting money on either team right now. The Pakistan spinners were the danger men again, but not the destroyers some thought they might be, at least not when Cook was facing anyway. Looking ahead to the next game, I can't see why Pakistan wouldn't drop Riaz and bring in Rehman.

  • on February 13, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    After posting 260-7 riding on a hundred from Cook who scored the highest score of the ground making 137, England's confidence is on a high even after a superb bowling spell of 5-43 from Ajmal. England has a chance of winning this ODI but the team need to believe on four important things and they are effort, dedication, determination and motivation and work on these things well so as to outplay the Asian team Pakistan. All the best to England.