Pakistan v England, 1st T20, Dubai February 23, 2012

Gul and Ajmal deny England at the death

148

Pakistan 144 for 6 (Malik 39, Swann 3-13) beat England 136 for 6 (Bopara 39, Gul 3-18) by 8 runs
Scorecard

For the first time since Pakistan and England locked horns in the United Arab Emirates, the atmosphere came alive. The advent of Twenty20 attracted a raucous crowd under Dubai Cricket Stadium's ring of fire and such was the delight at the outcome that Pakistan might almost have imagined they were at home.

As the clock ticked around towards 11.30pm local time, Pakistan squeezed to an eight-run victory, recovering their self-belief after a 4-0 caning in the ODI series with an excellent bowling display in defence of a competitive but far from daunting total. Umar Gul, who began the night with a maiden, was back to his best, Mohammad Hafeez burst with competitive edge and Saeed Ajmal's penultimate over was masterful. England needed 18 off the last over, from Junaid Khan, who had been the weak link in Pakistan's attack, but they never came close.

Pakistan's captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, had termed this series a "decider" after his side had pulled off a clean sweep in the Tests and England had responded in kind in the ODIs. There was plenty to play for and one of the most passionate cricket crowds Dubai has ever witnessed galvanised Pakistan.

Kevin Pietersen excelled with the bat for England, a batsman convinced that he is heading for the IPL with his superstar status reconfirmed, his 33 from 21 balls beginning with a calculated assault on Junaid and ending unluckily when he pulled Shahid Afridi and picked out the only fielder within many a mile, Asad Shafiq, at deep forward square. For the rest of England's batsmen it was a struggle, a succession of scrambled ones and twos.

Craig Kieswetter backed away so far to the leg side that he could not reach a delivery from Hafeez even though it bowled him leg stump. Ravi Bopara's 39 from 32 balls kept England in contention, but it was a gruelling affair, his sweep shot malfunctioning so often that he will be able to count the bruises.

Jos Buttler was out to his signature shot, shovelling Gul over his left shoulder but picking out Ajmal at short fine leg. When Samit Patel fell lbw to Gul first ball, at 121 for 6, England needed 24 from 16 balls, but they failed to hit a single boundary in the last six overs.

Stuart Broad, England's third captain in 17 days, inserted Pakistan, perhaps sensing their batsmen were low on confidence, but Awais Zia's debut had been eagerly awaited and he did not disappoint, playing with wanton aggression before he was undone by a slower ball from Steven Finn.

Zia has already been called "Young Boom Boom", and such is the reputation in Pakistan of the original "Boom Boom", Shahid Afridi, that accolades of that kind are not given lightly. The name might stick. He is a slim, lightly moustached 25-year-old and displayed a sharp eye and an appetite for swinging from the hip.

Pakistan need an injection of youthful ambition into their Twenty20 team, especially at a time when they need to proclaim they can renew despite being precluded from playing internationals at home because of fears of terrorist attacks.

Finn had looked all but unplayable in the ODI series, but Zia deposited the second ball he faced over midwicket and, in Finn's next over, top-edged a murderous pull for six. He will be loved for his freewheeling style. Finn, though, gave him a send-off - a tyro himself, transformed into a bit of a grump. Finn had a bad night, his four overs costing 39.

It was a late start in Dubai - 8pm, not too far short of the time when Graeme Swann begins to wonder where his cat is. He responded with his best T20I figures, 3 for 13 as his off-spin removed Hafeez, Afridi and Umar Akmal in the space of eight balls - and he began with the run out of Asad Shafiq for good measure.

It was left to the two old salts of a Pakistan side with only two players under 30 to organise a recovery from 73 for five. Misbah and Shoaib Malik staged a sixth-wicket partnership of 71 in 9.2 overs, only halted on the final ball of the innings when Shoaib fell to a brilliant diving catch in the deep by Jonathan Bairstow.

Swann, not one of the most natural athletes in the England side, has had a modest time in the field throughout England's stay in the UAE. Another blemish came when a slower ball from Dernbach should have accounted for Shafiq, but was dropped by Swann over his shoulder at mid-off.

Swann then ran out Shafiq , breaking the wicket with his elbows after the wicketkeeper, Craig Kieswetter, had gathered a loose ball sharply at short square leg. His mood lifted, he dismantled the Pakistan top order. Hafeez slog-swept to deep midwicket, then "Boom Boom Senior" fell for seven when he clipped Swann tamely to short midwicket. The most headstrong dismissal of all was that of Umar who was out before scoring as he planted his third ball into the hands of the diving Dernbach at long off.

Sixes in the hands of Zia smack of youthful confidence; when Misbah and Shoaib cleared the ropes it felt like needs-must, a calculated show of aggression once a full risk assessment had been carried out. Shoaib slugged Samit Patel over long-on, Misbah put him over long-off. Thanks to some magical bowling later in the night, they judged their requirements perfectly.

Edited by Alan Gardner

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • on February 25, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Awaiz Zia Did Good he showed aggression to the ODi Series Top Bowler And He was entertaining through it was his first match but he did not disappoint he will do good in his future he should be given a change in ODI's as well

  • ProfMahmood on February 25, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    In the T20s, let Afridi open with Owais Zia or give Afridi the number 3 position.

  • on February 25, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    My team for world cup 1.Imran nazir 2.Awais Zia 3.Muhammad Hafeez 4.Kamran Akmal 5.Umar Akmal 6.Shahid Afridi 7.Abdul Razzaq 8. Shoaib Malik 9.Umar gul 10.Saeed ajmal 11.Muhammad Sami

  • JG2704 on February 24, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    @yorkslanka on (February 23 2012, 20:48 PM GMT)/ ncurd on (February 24 2012, 14:07 PM GMT) - re Bopara - His running was excellent but I thought his shot selection/execution to begin with was poor. Then when he got going and started looking good as if he was going to see us home he got out. Re Jos , I'm a massive fan of his but when I saw how the field was set that was the one shot I was hoping he wouldn't try , esp to a ball which was bowled wide of the leg stump making it a much more risky shot to play. Part of me thinks he may have somehow missed where Ajmal was standing. I still think Jos is a guy they need to persevere with.

  • on February 24, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    pakistani selectors wake up and incl azhar mehmood

  • on February 24, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Will WhiteWashhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • on February 24, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    kick Junaid bring Abdul Rehman because i think pakistan now dont have any good fast bowler except Umer gul.Junaid,wahab,Cheema is not a world class bowler !

  • GreenTeam-Elite on February 24, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Very Well Played by Pakistan and Gul, Ajmal are Truely World Class Players!!! Good Luck Pakistan For Next Two Games!!!

  • iBilal on February 24, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Finns gesture to Awais Zia's dismissal was unnecessary. Its not the way how u greet a debutant.

  • wrenx on February 24, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    @mazhar1 it's just their way. They don't realise how silly and childish they look, but feel like it makes them feel big and manly. Oh, and "adrenaline". England has't produced a gentleman cricketer in generations.

  • on February 25, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Awaiz Zia Did Good he showed aggression to the ODi Series Top Bowler And He was entertaining through it was his first match but he did not disappoint he will do good in his future he should be given a change in ODI's as well

  • ProfMahmood on February 25, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    In the T20s, let Afridi open with Owais Zia or give Afridi the number 3 position.

  • on February 25, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    My team for world cup 1.Imran nazir 2.Awais Zia 3.Muhammad Hafeez 4.Kamran Akmal 5.Umar Akmal 6.Shahid Afridi 7.Abdul Razzaq 8. Shoaib Malik 9.Umar gul 10.Saeed ajmal 11.Muhammad Sami

  • JG2704 on February 24, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    @yorkslanka on (February 23 2012, 20:48 PM GMT)/ ncurd on (February 24 2012, 14:07 PM GMT) - re Bopara - His running was excellent but I thought his shot selection/execution to begin with was poor. Then when he got going and started looking good as if he was going to see us home he got out. Re Jos , I'm a massive fan of his but when I saw how the field was set that was the one shot I was hoping he wouldn't try , esp to a ball which was bowled wide of the leg stump making it a much more risky shot to play. Part of me thinks he may have somehow missed where Ajmal was standing. I still think Jos is a guy they need to persevere with.

  • on February 24, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    pakistani selectors wake up and incl azhar mehmood

  • on February 24, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Will WhiteWashhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • on February 24, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    kick Junaid bring Abdul Rehman because i think pakistan now dont have any good fast bowler except Umer gul.Junaid,wahab,Cheema is not a world class bowler !

  • GreenTeam-Elite on February 24, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Very Well Played by Pakistan and Gul, Ajmal are Truely World Class Players!!! Good Luck Pakistan For Next Two Games!!!

  • iBilal on February 24, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Finns gesture to Awais Zia's dismissal was unnecessary. Its not the way how u greet a debutant.

  • wrenx on February 24, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    @mazhar1 it's just their way. They don't realise how silly and childish they look, but feel like it makes them feel big and manly. Oh, and "adrenaline". England has't produced a gentleman cricketer in generations.

  • ncurd on February 24, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    @yorkslank, have to disagree with you there. First off if the shot was a couple of inches higher he wouldn't of been caught. Secondly that's Buttler's game and at the age of 21 we don't want to trying to stifle him too much. He was probably told to go out there and play like he does for Somerset. Sadly it didn't come off this time.

    I've seen calls for him to be dropped but that's quite frankly madness after 2 innings both of which he wasn't out by complete stupidity and required good fielding skills. However you can't drop a real youngster for failing to perform immediately need to let him play more. I'd argue he's possibly too far down the order currently and was under way too much pressure when he did arrive to perform. I'd certainly like to see a more experienced player between himself and Baristow to decease the likelihood it'll be the two of them at the cease.

  • crazier on February 24, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    The only thing i want to tell here is y ur crying if someone is playing in england who belongs to any country. It is shame for those countries whose players are playing in england.

  • RandyOZ on February 24, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Boy England looked bad. The two formats in which they are the so-called number 1 they are terrible at. England make Indias number 1 ranking look good.

  • MrBrightside92 on February 24, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    @jmcl...it was an ok ball that got Bopara, but a legstump yorker is no surprise from the Guldozer. With KP, MOrgan gone RB HAS to stay there until the end, let Jos, Bairstow, Samit take the risks...Eng were behind, they hit Ajmal for 10 then Khan for 14...you only need one or two good overs and Khan still had one over left..he walked across the crease exposing his leg stump, against a fast, experienced bowler who was bowling well...STUPID unneeded risk! Gul bowled great but did any ENgland batsman stand out of their crease? Turn yorkers into full tosses..leave Morgan at 6...that's where he had his success...

  • on February 24, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Pakistan's victory yesterday in the first T20 played in Dubai was indeed exalting.In a keenly contested match Pakistan could prevail thanks to the swashbuckling innings played by the debutant Awais Zia.His performance set the momentum for Pakistan's batting,though it derailed before Shohaib Malik in the company of Misbha staged a recovery to put on a competitive total.The bowlers particularly Umar Gul rose up to the occasin to defend the total and win the match.We eagerly awaiting to see the replication of this feat by Pakistan tomorrow in Dubai.

  • on February 24, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    well played PAK, in my opinion Wahab Riaz should replace Junaid Khan.

  • kunderanengineer on February 24, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Maybe I'm from the old school, but why do more and more bowlers now - a- days feel it necessary to heap abuse at the batsman they just retired? What's wrong with just showing plain old-fashioned enthusiasm? Is this something that started with one-day cricket? Just wondering.

  • soyl187 on February 24, 2012, 12:27 GMT

    Okay, so much nonsense published here all the time. Let's face it, Umar is only 21 and our team is relying on someone so young we have problems in the batting order. Our batsmen have all the talents just need to plan a little better. As for Bairstowe and Butler, they're young and very successful domestically, time will tell. Unlike us Pakstanis England don't disregard players after a few bad innings, they believe, back and stick with, Big KP is perfect example. Instead of talking about screw-ups and players, Talk about two good selections that provided an exhilerating game cricket in which only no team had won until the last over of the game. Great captaincy by both captains and good performances with bat and ball by individuals from both teams.

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    @deepu111 Well, they did beat the World T20I Champions. That's why we are congratulating them. Can't wait for Asia Cup and World T20 Championship. May the best team win!

  • Engriftikhar on February 24, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    @deepu111, yup we shud forget india whitewash by australians plus the performance they r giving in CB series, bcox its not a worldcup or somethng :)

  • SuperSharky on February 24, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    Just the other day, most of the Pakistan fans shouted for Gul's head. Claiming that they want new blood. Over a period of cricket you will find that Gul is consistent in good form. His bad days are few. To me, Gul pulled one of the best 20/20 performances against South Africa in a 20/20 World Cup semi-final. I reckon Umar Gul and Lasith Malinga as the best 20/20 fast bowlers presently. Dirk Nannes, Zaheer Khan, Fidel Edwards, Brett Lee, Dale Steyn, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Southee, M. Morkel are close but no cigar.

  • on February 24, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Welcome victory fpr Pakistan.I hope Awais Zia will prove himself a good selcetion in future.

  • mazhar1 on February 24, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    what's with some of the england players swearing all the time...??

  • JG2704 on February 24, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    BTW - what is all that MCing nonsense all about. Got to be honest I quite like the IPL and like the T20 format in general but I really do wish they'd put a ban on the cheerleader MCing. Not a fan of the dancers (which happen in England too)

  • JG2704 on February 24, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    @Zinnooran Tahir on (February 24 2012, 05:15 AM GMT) Out of interest , how many times have you seen Jos bat?

  • JG2704 on February 24, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    @Mervo on (February 23 2012, 22:00 PM GMT) What are you on about? There were no debutants in that England team , South African or other. If you're going to spout stuff designed to try and stir things up , please make sure it's at least factually correct. ESPN please publish

  • JG2704 on February 24, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    @Red Man on (February 23 2012, 20:30 PM GMT) You could say it was a bad decision from Broad to bat 1st but there seemed to be no benefit either way re conditions as to whether you bat 1st or 2nd. When Eng needed 7 an over from the last 5 it would have looked a good decision. Also England might have gone too gung ho with the bat trying to set a total which was unrealistic. Just over 7 per over wasn't unchaseable

  • gulraiz680 on February 24, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    i am still surprise the way ravi bopara got out.it look he got out willingly.morgan as well trying to got out again again first akmal drop him then a catch near misbah and in the end bowled. Jonathan who is famous for his sixes can not get a bundry in last five overs.in the end of day i feel badly that England lose willingly due to gambling.my personal opnion

  • on February 24, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    ZIA should be given license to Kill, look how Fin was looking like rooster after Zia onslaught. In T20 players like him make opponents hiding...

  • yorkshirematt on February 24, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    @ms.pk_93 I wish I was in your position mate. Where a simple game of cricket is the only thing preventing you from getting a good night's sleep.

  • yorkshirematt on February 24, 2012, 10:04 GMT

    @jonesy2 This so called "worst team ever assembled" is currently no.1 in T20s and tests. Not saying they will stay there but that still doesn't make them a terrible side. Why do cricinfo publish this rubbish time and again?

  • ahsan-rashid on February 24, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    i wud term tis win as luck and ofcource individual brilliance from gul n ajmal.. but batting is still way short of desired level.... for hw many more matches are the management goin to give chances to umar akmal... neighter is he batting well and to make matters worse therezz always a chance of him missin a vital chance behind stumps...

  • on February 24, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    congrats to pakistan team once again.

  • on February 24, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    congrats to pakistan team, i really hope that awais zia will score a fifty in the next game, as we all know that if he scores a fifty it will be a fast one, and it will help pakistan to score big or if they bat 2nd in that case it will pakistan to chase down the target..

  • on February 24, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    Pakistan were plain lucky to win on the back of great individual performances from the likes of Umar Gul & Saeed Ajmal. Otherwise their batting was below average, and their fielding was most apalling of all. Can someone please give me a half-excuse as to why Shoaib Malik didn't even attempt a catch which he should have take comfortably and just let the ball fall one foot away from him.

  • on February 24, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Well played Pakistan outstanding performance awais zia the pakistani gayle he Will be a great player in the futur inshallah but it Will be better if he can loose some weight and think hard on his fielding and batting but i think Pak has to go with this team in the next match and this batting order too hafeez,zia,asad,malik,Afridi,misbah,U.akmal,hammad,gul,wahab/cheema,ajmal

  • wisdom350 on February 24, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Inshallah it will be a clean sweep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MrBrightside92 on February 24, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    I think overall Pakistan wanted it more..you could see how much the ODI losses hurt. With Zia, they just came out and went bang..and although we recovered more to stupid shots than top draw bowling...maybe slightly unkind to Swann..but his fielding/batting were awful..it gave Pakistan a lift. I was more annoyed that for about 5 mins I thought that Bopara had turned a corner...there was no satisfaction in being proved right...he is a squad player..Morgan has won numerous games for Eng (double figures)...I remember Bopara winning one (with Broad) againt India right at the start of his career..still unsure of Broad as captain..like Dilshan..the same group of players look better under Jawa...it's the same with Swann...well played Pakistan...one in the eye for the Gul/Malik naysayers...

  • on February 24, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    my batting order for available 16 1-afridi -2-awais 3 shoib 4 hafeez-5 misbah- 6 asad 7-umarakmal-8 hammad -9umar gul 10-saeed ajmal 11-junaid khan

  • on February 24, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    yessssss pak and gul i love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu plus afridi

  • drnaveed on February 24, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    congratulations to the Pakistan Team, but i think they gave away too many easy singles and especially doubles to the England side ,when they were batting in their early and middle overs , by placing the fielders very deep on the boundary lines,thus there was no pressure on the England batsmen to take any kind of risk what so ever.secondly,that last over by junaid khan,it was a miscalculation on the part of our captain.Pakistan won ,so no one is thinking about it now,had we lost every one would have said that last over should not have been given to junaid khan. he should have been given his over a bit earlier and the last over should have been bowled by some senior bowler, either by Gul or Ajmal.Misbah ,no doubt is a very lucky Captain but he needs to be aggressive in his field placement at times,which he is lacking at present.

  • 30-30-150 on February 24, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    Many of the people here are congratulating the Pak team as if they have won the World Cup or something.. Come on guys, its just a T20 match....

  • on February 24, 2012, 8:28 GMT

    Where is Abdul Razzaq and Imran Nazir/Ahmed Shahzeb? Why can't they select best possible side?

  • gunnerr4life on February 24, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Can anyone explain me the run-out of Asad Shafiq ? It was clear that Swan hit the stumps with his shoulder and he himself was surprised after it was given out ... Is it allowed to use your shoulder or any other part of your body to take off the stumps ?!?

  • Valavan on February 24, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    A full form Gul made the difference, inexperienced middle order of England is exposed, since one of 2 openers marshalled all 4 ODI victories. Hope to see, Stuart Board learns from here and pull 1 of next matches as this is valuable practice for T20WC defence. Swann and Kieswetter were sloppy throughout the game, other than Swann picking 3 wickets. Nevertheless full marks to Pakistan bowling and fielding, the slightest of improved field rewarded Pakistan. cricinfo please publish.

  • Proud_To_Be_A_Pakistani on February 24, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    Well well well !!! are we going to witness another WHITEWASH in T20s this time???

  • on February 24, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Where is Imran Nazir? Why couldn't Afridi bat earlier at one down when fielding restrictions were still in place? Why can't be imaginative changes made to the preordained batting order?

  • FLying.Horse on February 24, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    a cleap swweep by paksitan will make an history in world cricket where 3 cleen sweeps could take place by 2 different teams,, it has never ever happerns in history , lets see wots cooking next..

  • Zohair.ul.hasan on February 24, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Pakistan must win one more match

  • on February 24, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    yesssssssssssssss......................

  • badmaash on February 24, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    Where is Abdul Razzak?? He's one of the best all rounders in the world!

  • on February 24, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Congrattttttttttttt pak time and manezing time

  • on February 24, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    well done happy to see malik in form

  • on February 24, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Great congratulations to all Pakistanis. Good play by Pakistan but some how thanks to Umar gul to got Pakistan back to the game.I think Pakistan is an unpredictable team as all people knows some time the expectation high from them but they don't do as so.Any how it's was a very good win that's led Pakistan to pumpt up....

  • on February 24, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    The most SENSIBLE batsman of PAKISTAN team delivered MALIK

  • on February 24, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Anyone sensing a clean sweep?? Not yet but if and only if they done that, England will be thrown down to 4th place from 1st whereas Pakistan will be on 2nd place from seventh. I am waiting for that to happen and then this tour will be long remembered by both side fans. Best of luck to Pakistan for that. For England, they should open the 2nd match with KP & Cook dropping out butler and kieswetter will come at his place. Or else, Pak will again look for 2 wickets and the match will be over.

  • alonetiger on February 24, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    pakistan should learn from their mistakes.hammad azam is a question mark..what is his role and place in line up?bring him up in top order or open with afridi with zia and make the batting line long..junaid khan is the weekest link .should b replace with wahab riaz or a any gud all rounder..pakistan surely need all rounders in the line up now.and one more thing that shoaib malik proved once again that he is a three formate crickter and knows exactly how to bat in crises..good job...

  • Navaid-Hussain on February 24, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    Well done pak, but fielding is pathetic as always, gave too many free runs and Malik did not try to caught, suppose to be a good fielder. Afridi as usual causal, played as per his instinct rather then situation or team requirement. Gul bowled well but do not know he maintain that or we have to wait long to see the similar performance.

  • on February 24, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Now, the old Umar Gul is back. Best of Luck Pakistan for future games.

  • on February 24, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    What were the secrets of success in the Pakistani victory against England in the 1st T20 in UAE? No.1, selection of a very balanced team. No.2, exploding aggression of Awais Zia. No.3, mature batting display of Shoaib and Misbah. No. 4, much improved fielding and catching by all Pakistani players and No. 5 excellent bowling by the Pakistani bowlers in the last five overs (26/3). However, I think Hafeez is responsible for getting out Awais Zia. Remember, a ball before Zia got out playing a slower one with double mind, Hafeez told him to be careful in his hitting. There was no need for such an advice in a T20 match, when Zia was midling the ball perfectly. Many a failures in life happens, when we pull up a horse while he is leaping.

  • on February 24, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    well done pakistan kepp it up for upcoming games

  • iRaihan on February 24, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    NO Cook,Staraus,trott .What can we except from here.

  • jonesy2 on February 24, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    haha well well, pakistan were pretty darn terrible for most of it but they were playing one of the worst teams in the world with no players to speak of. i said the same thing with the ODI series and pakistan did play really really badly to lose to one of the worst international teams assembled

  • adnan_rifat84 on February 24, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Again our batting collapse !!! our batsmen can only score 20,30,40 runs now a days which CAN be suitable for T20 but not gor ODI's we need to get improvement in our batting line up lot. Stop playing Gul in ODI's and Test matches now because we haven't gave him any rest since long time. He is now become a T20 bowler. Best of lucks for Pakistan to get 2nd position by winning next 2 matches in T20 rankings.

  • landl47 on February 24, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan for holding their nerve in the last 5 overs when England looked favorites to win. England made a silly mistake, having the two least experienced players, Bairstow and Buttler, at 5 and 6. With 5 overs to go England only needed just over 30 with 7 wickets in hand; then Bopara was out and the two youngsters froze. 2 1/2 overs later the run rate was up to almost 10 and England couldn't pull it back. Earlier Misbah and Malik dug Pakistan out of the hole Swann had put them in. Finn had an uncharacteristically wayward day and that enabled Pakistan to reach 144. That should still have been well within England's reach and was until the last 5 overs.

  • jmcilhinney on February 24, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    I thought that England would open with Hales and bring KP in at #3 but they apparently thought that he could carry forward his form from the ODIs, which apparently was the case. He probably should have been able to carry on further but, frankly, I don't want England to be overly dependent on KP. The others need to step up too. Bopara also carried forward his ODI form, i.e. he got a decent score in scratchy fashion. England really needed him to stay to the end but it sounds like a really good ball that got him. Kieswetter does love to back away and this is not the first time he has gone too far and been unable to reach the ball. 22 off 21 for Bairstow looks OK but no boundaries when England needed them didn't help. I'd still look to play Buttler ahead of Bairstow, although it doesn't look justified based on this game alone.

  • yakironi98 on February 24, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    It was a great competition between both teams. Pakistan was all out and gone but fortunately for them Gul remembered his good old T-20 WC games and won it for them!

    England in all honesty should of really have won this game. Finn is lucky he didn't get his match fee reduced because his send off and constant cursing towards Zia was totally uncalled for!

  • on February 24, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    mr .karachikid is right in his saying that ,just kick out this akmal too feom team, and this fluke malik , on this fluke 39 runs he will be selected for another decade or so ,he is such an ordinary player ,please kick him out from team , and this win was due to the two masterful overs from mr.guldozer.

  • on February 24, 2012, 1:56 GMT

    Good to see Malik back in form he brings stability to this team

  • CrazyforcricketIII on February 24, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    Cricketing gods had favoured Pakistan this time but don't take it granted. Pak has to improve the batting line up otherwise there is BIG trouble. Congratulations Pakistan!

  • Rakim on February 24, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    Pak desperately need good openers. I hope Zia score as many centuries as possible... Malik showed today he isn't finished yet

  • wrenx on February 24, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    @Imad_K: U mad? U mad, bro?

  • Desihungama on February 24, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    It was thrilling and exhilating. Disciplined bowling won PaKistan the game, few nb's and wides. Gul's bowling effort was reminiscent of his exploits against NZ in the semi final of 2009 Twenty20 WC. This is how usually PaKistan likes to win.

  • yorkshirematt on February 23, 2012, 23:34 GMT

    As T20s go this one sounds like it was one of the best. Shame Jonny couldn't win it but the total proved too much for him. The lad has promise.

  • jmcilhinney on February 23, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    This game started at 3AM Sydney time so I didn't see much of it. I did wake at 6AM and see the last few overs though. With 35 needed off 30 and a set batsman at the crease England were well in the hunt. Once Bopara went and the new batsmen had to start hitting from the word go, they were just unable to get going against some very good bowling from all the Pak bowlers at the death. Well done Pak and especially well done to the much-maligned Umar Gul.

  • soyl187 on February 23, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    You cannot kick out Umar Akmal. He has exceptional talent. He can't keep because he isn't a keeper. Remember he is only 21. If there's no improverment by the time he is 25, then look elsewhere. I remember when Inzamam came into the team and 1992 he didn't look the part early on. Two innings made him realise his talents. He bacame a great. One time Umar will play a great innings and that will make him as a batsmen. The balance of this T20 team was good and shouldn't be changed. If they are not going to allow Hammad Azam to bowl then they could have a genuine keeper in his place to allow Azam to develop in the Pakistan A team. Juust bring back Kamran Akmal because he can bat/hit and the rest of the keepers haven't done anything great. Junaid had a long way to go to develop and they could think about trying Sadaf. On the plus side Avais Zia looked good, but hopefully he wont be another Imran Nazir and will use his head to bat. Still he looks better than Farhat, whos been 13 years of crap.

  • m3in_h00n_k0un on February 23, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    Today match reminds Pakistan vs. South Africa t20 Semi Final 2009. SA was in control until 17th or 18th over. Then Pakistan pulled it back in last 2 overs. Great recovery once again. Well Done Pakistan. You will always be Unpredictable. Long Live Pakistan !!!

  • m3in_h00n_k0un on February 23, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    If SA could defend 6 runs of the 6 balls, so could Pakistan defended 35 off 30 balls with 7 wickets in hand. Superb come back by Pakistan with bowling.

  • wrenx on February 23, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    I think the whole Umar Akmal debate can be simplified. Let's all just agree that he needs to be told he is a BATSMAN. That means taking the gloves off him, shoving him up the order and telling him to go out and score some runs. That way, you treat him like every other out-and-out batsman and stop complicating things. Stop worrying about shot selection or pace or being aggressive - just leave him to his natural game. And the beauty of treating him like a normal batsman is that his life in the team is straightforward: score runs, or you're out of the team. This backdoor entry through keeping wicket helps no-one. He needs a run in the side at #3, unfettered by all the sideshows, and if he ain't scoring, he can go back to carrying the drinks.

  • fata7280 on February 23, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    First of all congrats to Team Pakistan. My question is why Hammad Azam didn't give any chance of either in the bowling or batting department. What a waste of a player. In next matches he should be given chance in both batting and bowling to prove himself. Afridi is a SLOGGER only so he should open innings with Owais and try to take full advantage of 6 over field limitation. There is no point of bringing Afridi down the Order as he just gifted his wicket so many times. Umar Akmal although he is a talented player but the way he throws his wicket (as usual) is just PATHETIC. He needs to either learn from his mistakes OR he should be kept OUT from the team for sometime. In today's match there were some KEY turning points which went in favour of Pakistan. Firstly Misbah and Shoaib partnership when Pak was batting and then when England was batting, SUPERB catch of KP by Asad Shafique which opened the door for Pakistan. Lastly Gul's remarkable performance specially when he bowled Bopara.

  • BowledYa on February 23, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    Well fought match, very thrilling. Batting is still a concern. We keep winning with bowling alone. Would like to see bowling and batting clicking in one match for a change. Its a relief to see the fielding has improved a lot - all due to the hard work put in by the team and it has paid off. Getting KP out was the key to winning the match as he single-handedly would have swayed the result the way he was batting. So we only win against the #1 ranked teams, but not against the #6 ranked team. Puzzled.

  • Mervo on February 23, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    I see yet another South African, recruited from their Under 19s, made his debut for England. Incredible. This just like soccer and the IPL. Will the "English ' team be franchised soon so we can have lots of them?

  • m3in_h00n_k0un on February 23, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    One more time Pakistan Bowlers gave us that Win. I hope we see a win by a batting some time soon too. Love you PAKISTAN !!!

  • on February 23, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Afridi and Awais should open innings in T20. There is absolutley no point for having afridi at the lower order. He isnt useful at all. Its not even difficult for pakistan team mngmt to figure out such a small thing.Bad team managment.!!

  • on February 23, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    England No 1Test team blanked by 5th ranked Pakistan.6th ranked England thrashes 5th ranked Pakistan in ODI.England No1 ranked in T-20 and Pakistan at No 7.One down andtwo more to go.This is real desert Classic.So far cricket is the winner

  • Patchmaster on February 23, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    Can we keep carrying Morgan this way ? I don't think so. Bairstow looks the part, Bopara was WAY TOO SLOW as usual.

  • KarachiKid on February 23, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Asad Shafique's catch of peterson at boundary was commendable - if this catch was missed by somone like gul or malik or junaid khan, pakistan would habve lost in 12th over. on the other hand Shoaib maliks lack of effort to take a catch off hafeez was a pathetic show...umar akmal, same story with the bat and missed catch and stumping...time to kick this akmal as well out of the team.

  • cheets7894 on February 23, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    @Imad -

    agree with your frustration but umar akmal is NOT a great player - he may be a talented cricketer but not even close to a great player - until he gets his head straight he may never be - pakistan may as well open with him so that he can hit and get out rather than breaking momentum of the whole innings

  • shovwar on February 23, 2012, 21:08 GMT

    This series is all about white washes...hope this t20 also become a 3-0 whitewash.... Go pakistan, beat England and do us SA fans a favor....lol

  • JG2704 on February 23, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    @faisalbinyahya on (February 23 2012, 15:54 PM GMT) Wasn't it Misbah and Malik that steadies the ship for you today? And re Younis Khan he didn't even play today or the last few ODI's. BTW I thought Misbah's captaincy was superb today , the timing in which he brought Gul back

  • JG2704 on February 23, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    Obviously Hafeez bowled superbly but I also have to give it to Junaid for the way he came back at the end. From an English point , Finn had an awful game. I like Dernbach but I think he can overcomplicate things at times. Swann bowled magnificently and I thought Broad also bowled well. KP looked awesome and (inc his recent OD series) it's the best/most positive I've seen him for ages.Bopara looked good once he'd got in but to me by taking so long to get going he really should have been there at the end after starting to flourish.He didn't impress me with his inability to maintain the runrate when he fist came in but I really liked his positive running between the wickets once he got in.The rest of our batsmen looked flaky. I'm afraid Jos (who I've championed for a while) played a bad percentage shot. I actually looked at the field setting and was praying that he would not try that shot with the man positioned where he was.

  • JG2704 on February 23, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. This was a decent spectacle with many momentum shifts. I loved Zia's start to the Pakistan inns (well would have done if I wasn't an England fan) . Even Gerrad P can't boo about non excitement.Then Pak fell apart and then steadied the ship and posted a respectable score. England (well KP) started well , then when he went they seemed to lose it for a while. Then Bopara seemed to take the game back in Engs favour before Gul took his leg stump and that was it.

  • a.syed81 on February 23, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    Glade to see new opener Zia in team. I understand Misbah didn't try Hammad in bowling because it was a tight game but we all want to see him doing both batting and bowling so that we can have Razzaq'a replacement. It's time to groom him. BTW it's just me or others here as well want to see Zia and Ahmed as openers :)

  • yorkslanka on February 23, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    great match to watcha s a neutral but congrats to pakistan for getting across the line...two things i noticed...raviBop needs to learn how to run and secondly, buttler played a really STUPID shot and should establish himself in the team and at this level before trying stupid shots like that...he may have won the match for England if he played properly as he seems to have the ability from the recent a tours he has played...

  • on February 23, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    Stat Alert: This is the first six Shoaib Malik has hit after getting married!

  • on February 23, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    @Faisalbinyahya: actually your comment and all yours like are non sense who doesn't know much about cricket.

  • on February 23, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    All I saw was Pakistan crawling their way back in the match from 73/5, by Misbah and Malik (who most believe SHOULDN"T EVEN PLAY T20/ODI). Boom Boom fans believe that we need more people like boom boom in T20 cricket. If God forbid that ever happens, they might as well it T5 cricket, because Pakistani team full of boom booms won't last more than 5 overs. ODI without Misbah, A Ali, and Shafiq, should be called 30 over cricket, because Pakistan batting line up won't last more than 30 overs with the boom boom mentality.

  • mohammedshuja on February 23, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    @ Imad_K. Dude you need to chill out. We won the match and thats what matters.

  • on February 23, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    A very disappointing result after so much joy in the ODI's. Firstly, I thought it was a shocking decision by Broad to bowl first, you do not elect to bowl first in this part of the world. Secondly, I think a rare poor day from Finn was very costly as the other bowlers did very well. Thirdly, we lost wickets at completely the wrong times, and whereas Pak had experience down the batting order, per contra, we had inexperience, and Morgan's poor form is a huge concern. We threw our wickets away, which was frustrating, but 35 of last 6 with wickets in hand, as world champions, should be very much do able. Well, here's hoping for an improvement in the next game.

  • CRICALLi on February 23, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan. Well done!! Excellent decision for batting order. Would like to seeAfridi/akmal take singles/two's off their 1st two overs; they can still score at 7 an over like this; treat these 2 overs like a warm up. then take calculated risks(not every ball for a boundary, still keep some singles). Hit balls wisely-DONOT try to hit over fielders but over open gaps just in case it does not go all the way. Stay properly Hydrated for Peak Performance. Good luck in next ODI & try not to be disturbed by so many Bonehead negative comments. Would like to know what happened to Azhar in last ODI; he was scoring at a strike rate of 75 & after Asad Out' the rest of his runs were scored at less than 50; did someone ttell him to slow down so that Akmal can take over(he never did take over) i think this is where Pakistan used up a lot of balls & lost the Match. Manage your strike rate throughout & You will win most of the time.

  • Thontor on February 23, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    Imad_K @ I have hardly ever watched a match where Pak have lost because of their run rate. They normally lose because they haven't scored enough runs.

    you are talking about the same thing here, if you dont score "enough runs" it is because of your slow run rate. You contradicted yourself here!

    Imad_K @The only reason Eng lost the test series was because of their inability to play spin bowling and mainly S Ajmal. Did Pak really deserve to win the test series with the runs they scored?

    So what if pakistan didnt score enough runs, cricket is not only about batting. Pakistan has always been a strong bowling side and wins most matches because of their good bowling. Then according to your logic pakistan hasnt ever deserved to win a single game because they didnt score enough runs.

  • on February 23, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    PAKISTAN NEED TO DO ALOT BETTER IN BATTING DEPOT; AND THEY NEED TO KEEP THE SAME TEAM FOR REST OF THE SERIES; WHEN THE PIETERSON WAS BATTING I TURNED OF MY FOR FIVE MINUTES AND THAT WAS THE TURNING POINT

  • touqeer777 on February 23, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    where are Malik haters today.he is the one who saved pakistan to got out less than 100.But everyone criticize him right from his selection in the team.Sloggers(Afridi,Umer) can not win all the matches you need some players who can play all overs like Malik,Asad.Pakistan got such a great start like in most of the ODI then wickets start falling quickly as usual.Thank God old guns Malik and Misbah saved them.What Hammad wad doing in whole Match,no blowling,no Batting.Misbah should give some overs to Hammad atleast,he is best allrounder pak have right now.

  • Stark62 on February 23, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    Zia was a breath of fresh air and this what an aggressive batsmen can do at the top on innings!

    But I prefer Jamshed or Shezhad because they are much better and have much more controlled aggression whilst, this guy batted like a young Afridi out there tonight.

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

    Fantastic game. Great spirit from both Pakistan and England. Its nice to see everyone hand shaking with good nature.

  • Ammy_rd on February 23, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    good comeback by Shoaib but Misbah needs to push his average performances higher otherwise he would be wasting a spot a youngster may ably fill.

  • Sports4Youth on February 23, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Fantastic win against the a very good T20 team. England are ranked no.1 in the ICC rankings in this format. They are also the current T20 WC holders. They have some great T20 players. But today Pak just out classed them. The only thing dissapointing to me was no bowling to Hammad Azam and Shoeb Malik. ALSO NO BATTING TO THE HARD HITTING H.AZAM. Inspite of todays performance from Shoeb Malik, I am sure that in order to make it into the team, S.Malik has to be used as an all-rounder, and he is not too bad as an all rounder. I doubt his place in the side as a specialist batsman. I think Pak could do away with one of the specialist bowlers by sharing 4 overs between Hammad Azam and Shoeb Malik. Get one more hard-hitter in the team. Or may be a hard hitting all-rounder.

  • Ifty_Khan on February 23, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    What a strange headline "...Swann helps keep Pakistan to par score..." should it not be "Gul helps Pakistan to victory" or "Swann drops a catch and the match with it"... ridiculous headline.

  • Wexfordwonder on February 23, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    Oh please if Allah willed it they would have won the ODIs in their arab land. This is cricket, I hope Pakistan win not because their god wills it but because they play better cricket. England look like they may be toppled by South Africa from heir two persches methinks.

  • Imad_K on February 23, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    People keep going on about people like Afridi,U Akmal etc. Afridi is just a slogger and should only be relied on for his bowling. Yes if he bats sensibly that's a different argument but how often does Afridi bat sensibly. U Akmal is a great player but too often gives his wicket away. People like Misbah, Y Khan, A Ali, S Malik need to be part of the setup to offer some kind of balance. Players that aren't going to throw their wickets away and bat sensibly. I never understand the mentality of cricketers when they play shots like those of U Akmal today - hitting the ball straight in the air to the fielder. Fair enough Afridi was unlucky today because he just tried to flick the ball off his legs and got caught but how often does he bat sensibly anyway. Pak should forger powerplay etc and just look to score 70/80 runs off 10 overs with losing more than 2 wickets. Then watch how many runs they score.

  • Imad_K on February 23, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Watching Pakistan is just so frustrating. Pakistan will never learn and I'm not just saying that but many ex Pakistani players say that. The fact is Pak never deserved to win this T20 but were lucky because their bowling saved them again. Why doesn't Pak understand that you don't need to be 400 runs off 10 overs. Just get to 70/80 off 10 overs for the loss of 1/2 wickets. Wickets in hand is the key in ODI and T20. Pak were 73/5 off 10 overs and still managed to get to 144 - just imagine if they had more wickets in hand and bigger hitters to come. Losing 3/4 wickets early on puts all the pressure on the lower batsmen. The Pak players, supporters keep going on about strike rates, big hitters - forget all that, with Pakistan they need people who don't throw their wickets away. I have hardly ever watched a match where Pak have lost because of their run rate. They normally lose because they haven't scored enough runs.

  • on February 23, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    great performance ;D specially by Shoaib Malik n Umer Gul

  • Imad_K on February 23, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Like I been saying for years - the problem with Pak is their batting which has been the case for the last 10/15 years. Pakistan's victory in the test series against Eng means nothing and won't make any difference to Pak until they sort their batting out. The only reason Eng lost the test series was because of their inability to play spin bowling and mainly S Ajmal. Did Pak really deserve to win the test series with the runs they scored? The problem with Pakistan in all formats is that they give their wickets away playing stupid shots, chasing wide balls, getting run out, hit balls needlessly in the air direct to the fielder and get caught, lose their wickets at the wrong time, 20/3 or 30/3 and then rely on 2/3 batsmen to score runs for them.

  • wrenx on February 23, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Good game to watch. Best part was watching Swann and Bairstow milling around with the Pakistanis at the end for handshakes and smiles. That, and seeing more new young faces in the 2 sides. We should stop taking T20 cricket so seriously and remember that it's supposed to be fun.

  • on February 23, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Many Many Congratulations to Pakistan Teams...The Way they Played...its OutStanding...Awesome...U guyz Rockzzzz.Salute the Pakistani Team The way The Played after Losing 4 One Days....Its Totally Team Effort! Gulldozer By Umar Gull Crunch By Hafeez,Ajmal and Malik...! Credit Also Goes To Afridi for Knocking Down Kewin Pieterson...! Hats off to Pakistani team!

  • on February 23, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    GO GULLLLLLLLLLL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally some swing and length from him

    Good Performance from both Pakistan and England !!!! FANTASTIC GAME OF CRICKET

  • on February 23, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan :) How many times would Pakistani bowlers save the day ??? Its time for the batsmen to step up and play their part !!!!

  • nomiravian on February 23, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Enthralling game of cricket,,,,,,very close game....took everyone to its feet........happt dat pak won it...

  • on February 23, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    So Pakistan is going to whitewash England in the T20 series? What a strange tour...

  • Dannymania on February 23, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    yeah,pakistan won in the end but the match left us(The spectators) dissatisfied.i want more than this from pakistan.I think England should've won this match after restricting pakistan for 144.May be they took things a bit lightly.Umar gul somehow managed to bowl well today,alas..now he'll remain in the team.mohammad hafeez also bowled well,again ALAS..that'll keep him in the team again.shoaib malik batted well,ALAS,that'll keep him in the team.basically what i mean is,that all the bad players managed to play well today due to english ignorance.May be thats the reason,the english team lost because they didnt expect these stone heads to perform.I'm personally not impressed with this win.blah blah blah....

  • on February 23, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    what a game What a game !! Loved it !!!!

  • kazimusman on February 23, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    Great match, great tour of England, we are all going to remember this tour for a long time......

  • Sports4Youth on February 23, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Great performance, at 15/16th overs the game look firmly in Englands hand. But great bowling by Hafeez, Gul, Afrid and Ajmal. In the end Junaid did well as well. After all Pak win in limited overs format.

  • ICCexpert.... on February 23, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    Awais Zia was ballistic, this is what youth can do to the team....he gave Pak the start they needed even though brief.....they need to bring in some more youth for Asia cup......

  • on February 23, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    YES... WE HAVE WON... PAKISTAN ZINDABAD...........

  • sagsaw on February 23, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Ravi Bopara is the player for England ... dunno why Eoin Morgan is always preferred ... enough chances are given to him ...

  • xylofon on February 23, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Umar Akmal should not be allowed to play the next match. Pakistan must start to apply this method if they are to control these guys out there. Pakistan also need to find a real wicketkeeper. Adnan Akmal is ok as a desperat choice but nothing compared to a real wicket keeper.

    All in all, Pakistan need to give these new batsmen a real chance. Go Pakistan! Cant wait for Saturday.

  • on February 23, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Excellent bowling display by Pakistan. The big guns did it tonight. 145 was not supposed to be challenging for England but the Asian giants managed to strangle the visitors and in the end, triumphed. Pakistan started off like a house on fire but in next to no time, found themselves reeling at 73/5.

  • ms.pk_93 on February 23, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    i will try my level best to go and watch the next one.....

  • abhi026 on February 23, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Good really good from pakistan.they proove it again n again that as an opponent of pakistan your status dont really matter to lose a game.England would be world champions but pakistan is really universe champion on their own day.

  • on February 23, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Thank you Stuart Broad for giving us the batting. You are our Man of the Match. :)

  • TestIP on February 23, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Pakistan has a few slow batsmen in this line up that should not be there for the 20-20. Where is Imran Nazir, Abdul Razzaq and Rana Naved? These are 3 good 20-20 players that should be in the team. It should be Hafeez, Nazir, Misbah, Razzaq, Malik, Akmal, Afridi, Ajmal, Gul, Wahab Riaz, Rana Naved. Right now I think even the one day side needs to be changed. Too many batting flops.

  • ms.pk_93 on February 23, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    finally we did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Boom Boom PAKISTAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! great job by Umar and Hafeez.....so today i can sleep without any worries :)

  • MadihaKhan on February 23, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    weldone team pakistan, winning 1st T-20 by 8 runs.

  • onkar4in on February 23, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Thanks to shoaib malik ... pakistan wins...

  • on February 23, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Congratssssssssss, Pak win. Lots of smiles in the Pak camp. Junaid Khan has bowled a quality final over. The last ball was right on the stumps, dragged wide of long on, there is a fumble in the deep, but that doesn't matter. All England get is a couple.

  • badmash911 on February 23, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    seriously AFRIDI sucks, we seriously dont need him, he cannot bowl or bat, he only performs once in a blue moon. umar akmal should be dropped to teach him a lesson. he hasn't done anything in ODI and again this match too. PPL who hate MISBAH .....need to know this is again the cool head saved the big collapse.... junaid khan shouldnt have been taken we should have taken aziz cheema instead.

  • Resultpredictor on February 23, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    worst bowling display by top 3 leading bowlers.........Ajmal should learn from Swann how 2 bowl in T20...

  • on February 23, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Play AFRIDI and Umer AKMAL at one down and two down, cuz you never tame them. If they play well, you can get huge score, if they got out in 6 overs, other batsmen have enough time to adjust and play

  • on February 23, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Insha Allah,Pakistan Will Come Back .Allah Will Bless Them In Arab's Holi Land ,There Is No Doubt

  • CorneredTiger92-09 on February 23, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    well done to shoaib malik. need him to perform these innings consistently

  • on February 23, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Yup, Good Move KPs Average Is Much Better At The Top.

  • Guernica on February 23, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Stat alert: Afridi, Ajmal and Gul are the top 3 wicket takers in international T20. They have 150 wickets between them. They all average under 20 and all have gone at less than 6.5 runs per over. So Pakistan should be favourites really.

  • on February 23, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Pakistan will win the match because Pakistani team is in high spirates

  • on February 23, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    hope boom boom pathan fires tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on February 23, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Pakistan has to make a good opening partnership in combination with Mohammad Hafeez and Asad Shafique with a good run rate. Best of Luck Pakistan

  • faisalbinyahya on February 23, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    I ask the experts, Ian Chappell , Sanjay Manjrekar, Waseem Akram, Imran Khan - Malik, Misbah & Younis Khan should retire from one dayers & they totally make nonsense playing T20s. Why is our Team Selection is so poor and our vision so narrow?

  • on February 23, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    inshAllah pakistan will won!!!!!!!!

  • No featured comments at the moment.

  • on February 23, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    inshAllah pakistan will won!!!!!!!!

  • faisalbinyahya on February 23, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    I ask the experts, Ian Chappell , Sanjay Manjrekar, Waseem Akram, Imran Khan - Malik, Misbah & Younis Khan should retire from one dayers & they totally make nonsense playing T20s. Why is our Team Selection is so poor and our vision so narrow?

  • on February 23, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Pakistan has to make a good opening partnership in combination with Mohammad Hafeez and Asad Shafique with a good run rate. Best of Luck Pakistan

  • on February 23, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    hope boom boom pathan fires tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on February 23, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Pakistan will win the match because Pakistani team is in high spirates

  • Guernica on February 23, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Stat alert: Afridi, Ajmal and Gul are the top 3 wicket takers in international T20. They have 150 wickets between them. They all average under 20 and all have gone at less than 6.5 runs per over. So Pakistan should be favourites really.

  • on February 23, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Yup, Good Move KPs Average Is Much Better At The Top.

  • CorneredTiger92-09 on February 23, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    well done to shoaib malik. need him to perform these innings consistently

  • on February 23, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Insha Allah,Pakistan Will Come Back .Allah Will Bless Them In Arab's Holi Land ,There Is No Doubt

  • on February 23, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Play AFRIDI and Umer AKMAL at one down and two down, cuz you never tame them. If they play well, you can get huge score, if they got out in 6 overs, other batsmen have enough time to adjust and play