Pakistan v England, 2nd Twenty20, Dubai February 25, 2012

Bairstow sets up series-levelling victory

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England 150 for 7 (Bairstow 60*) beat Pakistan 112 (Finn 3-30) by 38 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Jonny Bairstow revived memories of his brilliant England one-day debut with a maiden international fifty to set up a resounding 38-run victory against Pakistan under the Dubai floodlights and level the Twenty20 series at 1-1 with one to play.

Bairstow's 41 from 21 balls against India in Cardiff on a rainy night last September identified him as a one-day cricketer of immense promise but it had remained his highest score in eight innings in ODIs and T20s as England awaited confirmation that he could follow up his flash of brilliance by proving that, at 22, he was ready for the international stage.

Slow Asian pitches have forced some self-analysis for Bairstow but the Yorkshireman indicated it had been time well spent as he came alive against a high-class Pakistan attack. If Cardiff had brought excitement, Dubai, with the ring of fire blazing down, confirmed that it was not misplaced. An immensely watchable series will be decided in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

A dead surface made it a demanding night for batting and Pakistan, who had successfully defended 144 for 6 on the same ground two days earlier, floundered against one of the most skilful and intelligent England T20 bowling displays of recent memory. They never got close, even if while Shahid Afridi is around a distant target is seen as if through binoculars. Afridi was last out for 25, hacking Stuart Broad into the offside, kept off strike so successfully that he faced only 23 balls of the 58 delivered while he was at the crease.

Pakistan lost half their side for 50 by the ninth over, leaving their captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, to try to remedy a situation that he is not really designed to address. In both matches, slower balls have not as much deceived him as stripped him bare. He has done much to stabilise Pakistan in Test cricket, but the argument for a new one-day captain is a persuasive one. Bairstow had a say in his dismissal, too, a brilliant diving catch at long-on as Misbah charged at Graeme Swann.

Consolation for Pakistan came in the promise of Hammad Azam. Misbah has yet to allow him a bowl in this series, which is short-termism at its worst with World Twenty20 approaching, but even at more than 10 an over he posed a threat until a steepling blow was held at long-on by Jos Buttler, who had been off the field with an injured hand sustained when he dropped Umar Akmal at short midwicket, and who in one moment proved his fitness.

But the night belonged to Bairstow. Against an excellent Pakistan attack, his unbeaten 60 from 46 balls were runs well earned. He is that rare commodity for England, a power hitter, and after he squirted Umar Gul into the leg side to secure his half-century four balls from the end of the innings, he emphasised the fact it by slapping a slow ball from Gul, a shot he did not really middle, over long-on for six.

He was determined to provide impetus from the outset. A flat six into the sightscreen bolstered his confidence; in his examination by Pakistan's spinners, he had at least gained pass marks on the subject of Afridi's googly. His most exceptional stroke, though, was reserved for Saeed Ajmal with slick footwork to make room followed by a regal off drive. There were muscular sweeps against the spinners and there was fun, too, as he grinned at Ajmal after daring a reverse sweep. He relishes a challenge and it will serve him well.

For another England batsman, life is not so grand. Eoin Morgan's tortured tour continued. He has yet to manage a half-century and, although he briefly hinted at better with two successive cover boundaries against Gul, he poked forward to Mohammad Hafeez and was lbw. He should have been lbw the previous ball, when he was defeated on the cut, but the umpire Ahsan Raza, unsure whether the ball had hit bat before pad, gave him the benefit of the doubt. Morgan insists that playing spin is a strength of his game, but the evidence that he is deluding himself is irrefutable.

When Craig Kieswetter, who had looked more threatening than at any time on tour, holed out at long-off for 31, with four wickets lost by the 10th over, England split their two greenhorns, Bairstow and Buttler, with Samit Patel, himself a veteran of only seven Twenty20s but more proven in these conditions and with a solid T20 record at Nottinghamshire behind him. Patel's run out, eschewing a dive to the crease as Ajmal hit direct with a throw from long leg will not find favour with England's management. It was careless from a player whose athleticism is forever in focus and whose fielding has shown signs of improvement.

Gul at the death - predominantly bowling yorkers with a hint of reverse swing - was again excellent and it did nothing for the reputation of Buttler's trademark shot, the step to leg and horizontal-bat shovel over his left shoulder. As Gul hit the stumps with a low full toss, the shot had got Buttler out on two successive occasions.

England again exposed the fragility of Pakistan's batting line-up and this time they did it with the aid of excellent catches. Hafeez made nought as a tall fast bowler, Steve Finn, was backed up by a tall first slip, Kevin Pietersen, who had received a rare invitation to the catching cordon. Jade Dernbach's reflexes were in good order, too, as he held Asad Shafiq's return drive and Morgan's catch was the best of the lot, intercepted at backward point to silence the dangerous Akmal.

But nothing was more impressive than the way they unravelled Awais Zia, mini Boom Boom, who had briefly flared in the first Twenty20. Zia faced 12 balls and managed only one scoring shot - a straight, length ball from Finn, just the delivery he feasts upon, which he clobbered over midwicket for six.

That apart, his limitations as a legside hitter were intelligently exposed as England nullified him with width and changes of pace. It is doubtful whether he has ever gone so many balls without scoring in his life. His last shot, which fell to Dernbach at mid-off, told of his desperation. It will be intriguing to see how he responds.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • SatishBalramChhetri on February 27, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    This is to the PCB and all the Pasktani cricket lovers Dear Chairman

    Please change the captaincy for ODI and T20 Misbah is not good enough for these format but a effective captain for Tests.

    13 runs from 24 balls in T20 really sucks... and the way he was out too was embarrassing for any Pakistani cricket fan....

  • Dannymania on February 27, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    @saintsinister ..wow bro.i dont agree with everything u said but i do agree with most of it.the comparison of misbah's batting with Jason gillespie's is funny.made me laugh.but sadly,it looks like it true.i agree that misbah needs to be removed from the odi team and the t20 team.not in favour of removing asad shafiq though.umar akmal needs to be rested for a year or something.he is such an immense talent that he'll always come back in the team.I still wanna see more of asad shafiq though.i think he should be there in the team for now.the problem is always with the batting lineup though.players like m.hafeez cant cope with stuff when it comes to the thing called "Technique".i dont even like Azhar Ali's technique but he wants to score a lot atleast.pakistan need openers,and i refuse to accept that in this country of magically talented cricketers,there arent any openers that are world class.Imran farhar,hafeez,taufeeq,,all these need to be "Rested".

  • I.Aziz on February 27, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Pakistan cricket team has always surprised world with young and exiting talent in ODI's & T20's. Point once again proven that it is still the case seeing Hamad Azam so why current management & captain is more inclined to relying on experience more & more. I am totally for the captain but this pint only at least for T20's & request him that don't mistrust your youth especially this boy Hamad Azam use him properly as he deserves to be. More than 1 year on sidelines can destroy the young lad even last innings he looked frustrated

  • on February 27, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Misbah ate to many delieveries everytime and Pakistan looses every match becoz of his sleeping nature

  • on February 27, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    dots balls maximum by Misbhah ul haq the captain he consumes a lot he always sleep till the match is lost.

  • CRICALLi on February 26, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    Someone should try to sponsor Mohammed Amir; this very talented young man so that he can further his studies while waiting to play again. This will give him renewed confidence in himself as a human being. Also, His ban on cricket does not mean he cannot play another sport like Base ball, Lawn tennis, Squash etc; this will certainly keep him fit in the meantime. Who knows maybe he can become a star in one of these sports. You cant wait to live life; you must do so now with the opportunities/possibilities that are before u Now!!! Covey the wise, once said that ...'the past is history, the future is a mistery, the present is a gift; use it wisely'.

  • CRICALLi on February 26, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    Given its own batting problems( Lack of experience NOT Talent - New players will take time to get Expperience)-Pak must find a way to reduce England's Score; perhaps try rehman who was the most Economical ODI Bowler for Pak in the ODI Series; He can pobably save Pak 15 Runs making a target 135 instead of 150. in fact in last ODI he was better than the 10 other bowlers on both sides. I would consider switching ZIA with Afridi. Afridi has lost his MOJO as a dependable Slogger. He also scores more runs, plays more responsible when he bats earlier in the innings. Misbah is doing a fine job in all formats-record speaks for itself-He is doing extremely well against the NO. 1 T-20 Team in World.

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on February 26, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    MISBAH is not a perfect captain for limited overs coz his approach is very defensive & this defencive approach cant win matches now a days,thats why PAK team mostly fail to score 250 on board...cricket is very fast now a days & PAK need an attacking approach in all department specially in ODIs & t20...hardly 1 or 2 attacking batsman in ODIs squad & tail is too long coz our bowlers as well as our wicket keeper too dont know how to bat...defensive approach of captain,long tail,no advantage of power plays,poor w.k batsman & poor fielding r the main factors of poor performance of PAK team in ODIs specially against strong sides...need lots of improvement in every department specially in squad selection...AFRIDI should be appointed as ODI & t20 captain & replace old & fail guns such as MISBAH,YOUNUS,FARHAT,ADNAN,MALIK,CHEEMA etc to young & specialized guns like SHEHZAD,JAMSHED,KAMRAN,SAMI,RAMEEZ,RAZZAK etc...

  • Love-Pak on February 26, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    It is very clear that Misbah must be out of ODI and T20 side.There is no there 38 years old player in any cricket team playing at age 38 who is playing ODI\ T20.With his age, pathetic low strike rate he don't deserve even to be in the team in limited over version of the game. One recent and big example is E. COOK who have played so well in ODI series in UAE but he was not even selected as a player in T20.Englane has 3 different captain for 3 formats, look around, u will see most of the team in the world have different captain and at least 5 to 6 different players in ODI and T20.Players like Misbah, Malik, Farhat, Adnan, Azhar Ali etc don't belong to ODI and T20. Player like Owais Zia is not internal level class, just by blind swinging don't make u ''BOOM BOOM'' or good player. He don't have any thing else except swinging on eevry bowl towards mid wicket.Young and talented players like Nasir Jamshad, Shazaib Hassan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Hammad should be in ODI\T20, AFRID SHOULD BE THE CAPTAIN

  • JG2704 on February 26, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    @billbowden311 on (February 25 2012, 21:43 PM GMT) Strange post on the whole but what are you mentioning Broad for as not leading by example. He bowled outstandingly in the tests , ODIs and the T20s - even though he is only captain in the T20s - and even scored a 50 in the low scoring test series. He is primarily a bowler may I remind you. Also re Dhoni - I like the guy - but he's not exactly coming out with flying colours when captaining the side in Australia - that's when he's not banned for a slow over rate , great example that is.

  • SatishBalramChhetri on February 27, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    This is to the PCB and all the Pasktani cricket lovers Dear Chairman

    Please change the captaincy for ODI and T20 Misbah is not good enough for these format but a effective captain for Tests.

    13 runs from 24 balls in T20 really sucks... and the way he was out too was embarrassing for any Pakistani cricket fan....

  • Dannymania on February 27, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    @saintsinister ..wow bro.i dont agree with everything u said but i do agree with most of it.the comparison of misbah's batting with Jason gillespie's is funny.made me laugh.but sadly,it looks like it true.i agree that misbah needs to be removed from the odi team and the t20 team.not in favour of removing asad shafiq though.umar akmal needs to be rested for a year or something.he is such an immense talent that he'll always come back in the team.I still wanna see more of asad shafiq though.i think he should be there in the team for now.the problem is always with the batting lineup though.players like m.hafeez cant cope with stuff when it comes to the thing called "Technique".i dont even like Azhar Ali's technique but he wants to score a lot atleast.pakistan need openers,and i refuse to accept that in this country of magically talented cricketers,there arent any openers that are world class.Imran farhar,hafeez,taufeeq,,all these need to be "Rested".

  • I.Aziz on February 27, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Pakistan cricket team has always surprised world with young and exiting talent in ODI's & T20's. Point once again proven that it is still the case seeing Hamad Azam so why current management & captain is more inclined to relying on experience more & more. I am totally for the captain but this pint only at least for T20's & request him that don't mistrust your youth especially this boy Hamad Azam use him properly as he deserves to be. More than 1 year on sidelines can destroy the young lad even last innings he looked frustrated

  • on February 27, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Misbah ate to many delieveries everytime and Pakistan looses every match becoz of his sleeping nature

  • on February 27, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    dots balls maximum by Misbhah ul haq the captain he consumes a lot he always sleep till the match is lost.

  • CRICALLi on February 26, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    Someone should try to sponsor Mohammed Amir; this very talented young man so that he can further his studies while waiting to play again. This will give him renewed confidence in himself as a human being. Also, His ban on cricket does not mean he cannot play another sport like Base ball, Lawn tennis, Squash etc; this will certainly keep him fit in the meantime. Who knows maybe he can become a star in one of these sports. You cant wait to live life; you must do so now with the opportunities/possibilities that are before u Now!!! Covey the wise, once said that ...'the past is history, the future is a mistery, the present is a gift; use it wisely'.

  • CRICALLi on February 26, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    Given its own batting problems( Lack of experience NOT Talent - New players will take time to get Expperience)-Pak must find a way to reduce England's Score; perhaps try rehman who was the most Economical ODI Bowler for Pak in the ODI Series; He can pobably save Pak 15 Runs making a target 135 instead of 150. in fact in last ODI he was better than the 10 other bowlers on both sides. I would consider switching ZIA with Afridi. Afridi has lost his MOJO as a dependable Slogger. He also scores more runs, plays more responsible when he bats earlier in the innings. Misbah is doing a fine job in all formats-record speaks for itself-He is doing extremely well against the NO. 1 T-20 Team in World.

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on February 26, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    MISBAH is not a perfect captain for limited overs coz his approach is very defensive & this defencive approach cant win matches now a days,thats why PAK team mostly fail to score 250 on board...cricket is very fast now a days & PAK need an attacking approach in all department specially in ODIs & t20...hardly 1 or 2 attacking batsman in ODIs squad & tail is too long coz our bowlers as well as our wicket keeper too dont know how to bat...defensive approach of captain,long tail,no advantage of power plays,poor w.k batsman & poor fielding r the main factors of poor performance of PAK team in ODIs specially against strong sides...need lots of improvement in every department specially in squad selection...AFRIDI should be appointed as ODI & t20 captain & replace old & fail guns such as MISBAH,YOUNUS,FARHAT,ADNAN,MALIK,CHEEMA etc to young & specialized guns like SHEHZAD,JAMSHED,KAMRAN,SAMI,RAMEEZ,RAZZAK etc...

  • Love-Pak on February 26, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    It is very clear that Misbah must be out of ODI and T20 side.There is no there 38 years old player in any cricket team playing at age 38 who is playing ODI\ T20.With his age, pathetic low strike rate he don't deserve even to be in the team in limited over version of the game. One recent and big example is E. COOK who have played so well in ODI series in UAE but he was not even selected as a player in T20.Englane has 3 different captain for 3 formats, look around, u will see most of the team in the world have different captain and at least 5 to 6 different players in ODI and T20.Players like Misbah, Malik, Farhat, Adnan, Azhar Ali etc don't belong to ODI and T20. Player like Owais Zia is not internal level class, just by blind swinging don't make u ''BOOM BOOM'' or good player. He don't have any thing else except swinging on eevry bowl towards mid wicket.Young and talented players like Nasir Jamshad, Shazaib Hassan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Hammad should be in ODI\T20, AFRID SHOULD BE THE CAPTAIN

  • JG2704 on February 26, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    @billbowden311 on (February 25 2012, 21:43 PM GMT) Strange post on the whole but what are you mentioning Broad for as not leading by example. He bowled outstandingly in the tests , ODIs and the T20s - even though he is only captain in the T20s - and even scored a 50 in the low scoring test series. He is primarily a bowler may I remind you. Also re Dhoni - I like the guy - but he's not exactly coming out with flying colours when captaining the side in Australia - that's when he's not banned for a slow over rate , great example that is.

  • on February 26, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    England are a very hard team to beat when they play like this. Pakistan cant match batting, bowling and fielding - yup .. cricket is three dimensional - fielding really matters in this format. Not just that -England obviously think a great deal about how they will play - like not bowling to the batsmens strengths... so although not England's batting not entirely convincing their brand of total cricket way ahead of anyone else.

  • ishaq28 on February 26, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    I think Pakistan team need to pick Imran Nazir for T20 because he is forming Well in BPL he is a good opener batsmen They should not panic about all they r performing well

  • on February 26, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    what happen to the selector why they are not picking player like Ahmed Shehzaad, Imran Nazir, Rana Naved, I dont know Misbah ul huq playing t20 and why Asad Shafiq and why Shoib Malik why why why....?

    This is my question to selectors.

  • OhhhMattyMatty on February 26, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Prior, Bairstow, Davies, Kieswetter and Buttler. The five best keeper batsmen in the world are ALL ENGLISH! :-D

  • smjr on February 26, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    The series is leading to a decider in Abu Dhabi tomorrow. Pak win 3-0 in test matches, Eng 4-0 in ODI while the T-20 is delicately poised at 1-1 right now. It is a matter of honour and dignity for both the teams to win the last match of this tour although T-20 has no comparison with ODI and both (T-20 and ODI) stands far below the test matches but the manner in which the cricket is played it will be a cracker of the match tomorrow. I hope the series should finishes with good spirits for both sides and there should not be any controversy.

  • on February 26, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    these are realistic comments. I would like to add one more. this team is ok. it needs a bit shuffle. misbah is under utilizing hammad. he should be four down max. afridi should be used to take care of first five overs . hammad is a talented guy his bowling should be utilised too.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on February 26, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    One problem that no one has ever realised is that Asad Shafiq is not suitable for T20. I have seen him play in some matches, his body language isn't really that confident and he is just a Test and ODI player. Get rid of Asad in this format. Hafeez as a batsmen, also has unconfident body language, though his bowling is decent and tight. Hafeez has mostly been his best in Test matches as a batsmen, but hasn't really been playing his best against top teams. Most people are blind and don't realise that Hafeez has been a low scoring batsmen in ODI's and T20's. I don't mind Misbah in Test's or ODI's for his batting, but he is not good enough for T20's. Younis realised it, but not Misbah. To win the next match, Asad NEEDS TO BE DROPPED. You can't afford a blocker like him in T20's. Zia has been strange, he has been exposed to be only playing the pull shot and we need to give him another chance. Malik shouldn't be in the squad anyway. Afridi needs to be promoted with Hammad.

  • cric_fan__ on February 26, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    U AKMAL was unlucky to get out last day. don't blame him.He played a T20. but MISBAH did not. No one knows why MISBAH even blocks in T20 cricket!!! Why can't he just rotate the strike????

  • Sports4Youth on February 26, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    @ MurtuXa A Khan on (Feb 26 2012, 10:35 AM GMT) :-- FULL AGREED with your comments, specially that Malik should not even be in the team, But more importantly I feel Misbah should not be in the Limited overs game. It is he who disturbs the balance the most. Misbah is a good Test Captain but i am sure he does not deserve to have a place in the limited overs format of the game. Also Younis Khan for that matter. Unless you get in younsters and give them time to grow, Pak cricket will keep going backwards.

  • CricketingStargazer on February 26, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    I was curious about Shahid Afridi's recent record. In effect, in his last 37 matches since the start of 2011, he has passed 25 just 6 times, but he has taken 56 wickets @ 23.08. He scored 2 centuries in 3 matches in June 2010 but, if you count from the start of 2010 instead of 2011, his batting average is actually *lower* than over the last year and his bowling average much higher. Afridi is really becoming more of a bowler who can slog a few down the order (his figures are not disimilar to Graeme Swann who frequently bats at 9 or even 10 for England).

  • MrBrightside92 on February 26, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    This is the third retort to RandyOz, two previous ones have not been published. It's just a feeling of disappointment, you used to make such constructive (though bullish) comments, you now sound like an extreme Indian fan who thinks their team can thrash anybody. With such a rich recent history of Ozzie cricket domination I would think you'd be the last person to show such jealousy, of an ENGLISH team who we both admit had been in the gutter for a long while. A couple of slips but excellent catching by the England boys...glad Butler got that steepler, it should do his confidence no end! Glad not to have to rely on KP to win. MOrgan should drop down the order to add a bit more experience down there...he can move up if situation demands. At least if KP/Morgan are out of touch they get out....Bopara, when he doesn't play well can use up vital overs, was very pleased when he got out quickly. Glad the series went to a decider and Eng retain No1 T20 ranking whatever the next result.

  • mansoorJ on February 26, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Different format means different techniques of playing cricket. TEST FORMAT: Stay at wicket play dott balls too and score at the loose ball.ODI FORMAT: mixture of Test format technique and fast scorring like in T-20. T-20 FORMAT: is simply stay at crease hit the ball its boundry or caught. well dear friends we were watchin T-20 Format which requires go n hit boundries / scoring fast) bring excitment in the game and FOR THE FANS, this format requires singles and doubles as well means every ball should be turn in the RUN thats why this format was interduced....Hafeez / asad / Umer /Afridi / HAMAD / umer GUL did the right way....Misbah, Shoaib played dott balls, owais played senseless especially when playing broad's bowling ( slower ball he didnt managed how to play it , so he cud use sense and change the technique, All in all pakistani players okay n credit goes to England team who won the match on his bowling techniques and senses....lets watch third T-20 and hope fantastic game

  • Resultpredictor on February 26, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    This Pakistan side is the worst side for T20 match, this team does not deserve to win....

  • on February 26, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    every one is criticizing misbah and senior players that they are not performing can any one tell what youngsters are doing umar akmal is not scoring asad shafiq is doing nothing awais zia even dont know that we can take single in cricket he is just trying to hit six on every ball junaid khan is giving runs in every match your youngsters are just throwing wickets in that situation its responsibilty of senior players to come and stay on wicket

  • RandyOZ on February 26, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Bairstow looks like a good young prospect but is a mile off becoming a test quality batsmen. However at least there is someone now to take over the keeping when Prior retires, who isn't a South African. It is totally embarrassing for England when you see Pietersen and Kieswetter batting. They are probably not even communicating in English. Total farce the 'English' side is.

  • on February 26, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    No space 4 misbah,asad in t20.team managment should give 5 or more matches to awais n hammad and gonna wait wha they can pull of for the team.nobody should look to criticize youngstrs at ths stage since they hav nt been provided with adequate time n matchs to show their worth.only seniors are to be blamd for poor odi show n loss in 2nd t2o.if some fans would continue critisizng umer,azhar,wahab etc then who r they going to replace vetrans with in near futur? If names of sami,fawad,shazeb,sarfraz come to mind then situatn z going to b worst in futur 4 pak team as these R big flops at intrnatnl scene.Fawad should try his luck in ladies cricket as boundaries r too short there.

  • on February 26, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    i dont know whats the problem with misbah and selectors..Destroying youngsters like ahmed shehzad,shahzaib hassan,hammad azam etc.. ! if selecting owais zia was the priority then i should have been selected...anybody can close his eyes and hit out of the park if it connects..he needs proper education of cricket..you cannot throw ur bat at every ball..Because of loosing like this and poor captaincy..Players like Afridi,ajmal,hafeez and akmal are loosing their touch...Malik should'nt even be in the side..he doesent deserve!

  • JG2704 on February 26, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    @ncurd on (February 25 2012, 18:21 PM GMT) To be honest - + maybe I'm biased being a Buttler fan looking for excuses - I think he'd have felt under less pressure if he had more overs regardless of who was at the other end. I'd have been happy to see him at the crease with Bairstow as they both must know each other from Lions games if he had more overs so he didn't feel under pressure to score big runs almost straight away. Apart from the ODI every time Buttler has played he has had very few overs to bat and been under pressure to hit bigger shots straight away. Why can't they give him a similar chance to Ravi? Also Buttler came in when Gul and Ajmal were bowling.

  • JG2704 on February 26, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Good game up until the last over or 2. I always felt Pakistan were dangerous. Bairstow played magnificently and the guy seems to have a very safe pair of hands when fielding. I did wonder about some of our bowling changes. I was livid when they brought Bopara back on as I could see Afridi blitzing him but fair play it was a tight over.Finn again was a little expensive early on. Broad again did a job and Swann is answering his critics with sublime , tight bowling. I think it's fitting that it goes down to a decider

  • JG2704 on February 26, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    @Salman Zahidi on (February 26 2012, 00:54 AM GMT) agree with you there. Winning an ODI series and levelling a T20 series is nothing to be smug about when we lost the test series 3-0 , esp when Pakistan fans by and large were so respectful during and after the series.

  • JG2704 on February 26, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer on (February 26 2012, 09:10 AM GMT) - I agree with you. I think his captaincy would also be missed. His form was poor in Pakistan but not the worst. I do think they need to drop Morgan for Finn and possibly Bell for Bopara or Patel. I may seem like I'm also being kneejerk but I feel that Bell is a confidence player and right now it would do him better to rebuild away from the pressure of another tour. Sometimes I get the feeling that the selectors by dropping a batsman feel that they are dumping him for good. Maybe someone could tell them that they could change things just for one test and always recall the player a test later if necessary. They don't seem nearly as concerned about changing bowling options.

  • JG2704 on February 26, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    @smjr on (February 26 2012, 09:24 AM GMT) Thanks for the comms. Maybe they could play Bopara or Bairstow in tests. Bopara has had chances before but he maybe a better choice than Morgan right now. Bairstow has never really been mentioned as a test player for the near future and before these T20s Buttler would have been ahead of him , however Bairstow has probably overtaken Buttler now.

  • JG2704 on February 26, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    I really don't understand the couple of comms re Finn. I thought the 1st comment was aimed at Finn for possibly nudging into one of their batsmen earlier on and while it was a little petulant I didn't see anything too bad about it. Then I realised that it was for the Ajmal incident which was basically an accidental collision which no one from either side made an issue of. Maybe ICC could impliment a bell or a horn so that a batsman can let the fielder know when he's coming in his direction?

  • on February 26, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    Criticising young playeers is just stupit..., give them chances let them improve and prove themselves. If you dont want Zia then alternate is Imran Farhat(All knows why), imagine if ZIA would have been given chances against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

    If you have watched the mtach what Misbah was doing in over bowled by Broad? He was worst then Zia in that over

  • smjr on February 26, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    I am sick of Afridi he has taken 3 wickets in 4 ODIs and only 2 wickets in two T-20 in this series and also get hammered. He is playing since 1996 and lost his form now as a bowler as well. His fielding and catching is very very poor. Get rid of old horses who are poor fielders such as Malik, Misbah from this team of T-20, otherwise we cannot win the T-20 World cup. Selectors look at Australian T-20 team. In T-20 fielding, running, throwing & catching is of paramount importance, just look at the catches which England team took in the 2nd T-20 and their ground fielding and compared with our ground fielding,running, throwing the ball and catching which is awful.

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

    I am not a English fan but my advise to English selectors is that to include Ravi Bopara and Johnny Bairstow in Test matches in SL and India later this year. They have a very good technique to judge the flight of ball and plays accordingly on the front as well as on back foot, a technique required on sub-continent wickets and also have wide range of shots. Get rid of Bell and Morgan from middle order. I dont think Pakistan would have won the test series 3-0 have Ravi Bopara and Bairstow were in the team. England Bowling and Fielding is just perfect and the best in the world even better than SA. I expect Eng to beat SA and WI in the summer of 2012 and with proper team selection may even beat India in India and SL in SL. I guess they will remain the Top test ranked team for at least 2 to 3 years.

  • imranmujtaba on February 26, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Excellent bating by Jonny Bairstow & Hamad Azam!!! I thought couple of days ago Misbah was defending his captaincy ... I think he is worse captain Pakistan ever had, contain him in test ---- any one can win test with match winner like saeed ajmal, Umar gul & abdur rheman - on there day. Still there long way to come from Pak batemen in test cricket..... how long does Misbah need to learn captaincy and taking singl double in ODI T20 ?????? tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk tuk massster can you please leave the team??????

  • Malti65 on February 26, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Pakistan should look at other countries and bring youth into the T20 game and also try to keep the ODI team relatively young. I think enough of Misbah and Younis in the limited overs game. They are just too slow.

  • smjr on February 26, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    The batting of Umar Akmal is very poor as he is not learning from his mistakes. It seems he has not got a plan for his innings and lost somewhere since emerging with a bang two years ago. Batting against Bangladesh,Zimbabwe, NZ, or even SL is not tested. It is the teams like SA,Eng, Aust SA where you are tested and your weaknesses are emerged. Asad Shafiq is good but he has not got power in his strokes, he may use heavy bat. If we want to stay at top 4 in T-20 or ODI we must get rid of Afridi and Malik they both are now very poor fielders coupled with very non-penetrative bowlers. Must bring players like Hammd Azam , such as Rameez Raja junior. Also bring Reza Hassan a very good bowler who did not give width. I has sympathy with Awaiz Zia as he was tested against the best bowling of the world. He must learn to play on the off side very quickly, he has the power and can blast any bowling on his day. If not then he cant survive long. Get rid of Junaid & Wahab being low level bowlers.

  • CricketingStargazer on February 26, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    @Honeymonster, if England lose in Sri Lanka I think that it is inconceivable that Andrew Strauss will continue. However, you are doing what you have accused me of in the other thread. This guy has led England to #1. He scored 158 against India in India in an ODI less than 12 months ago. He's won the Ashes twice. He was dropped from the side and came back with a career-saving 173 and you want to discard him as useless after one losing series. And in that series he was one of the few batsman in the top 5 to score a 50!! In the Tests against India and Pakistan he failed just once to get into double figures, although he managed just 2x50, which suggests that the form is there, but his problems are mental. If we lose in Sri Lanka Alistair Cook will lead the side in the Tests this summer: he won't hang around, but let's not bury him yet. Ideally, England would like him to lead us in the 2014 Ashes before handing over to Alistair Cook for the winter tour that year.

  • getsetgopk on February 26, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    like it or not but Misbah is not good captain in limited overs format both ODI's and T20's, Misbah naturally is a defensive player and he has molded the whole team into a defensive mindset which is awesome for test matchs but unfortunately in ODI's and T20's you can only play for a win and if you cant win you will lose. there is hardly any hard hitter up the order, the much boasted U akmal is a flash here and flash there batsman nothing more. Its high time to drop misbah from ODI's and T20's and make Afridi the captain, there is just no other option available right now.

  • Malti65 on February 26, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Awais Zia has suddenly become the talk of this series. No doubt his battng is exciting if it clicks as we saw in the 1st T20. But looks very ugly if he cant pull it out as we saw in the 2nd ODI. In the 2nd ODI it looked like his batting is very one dimensional. He wants to hit every thing over midwicket on the leg side. So England started bowling to him outside the off stump and it appears he had no answers. I hope it was just a one-off day. I hope he gets to play the 3rd ODI. I hope we get to know a bit more about him. I hope he shows more talent in the last game. If he gets Pakistan to a flying start as he did in the 1st game it surely improves pakistan's chances. Also Hammad Azam should be given more better opportunities by promoting him. Because like this at no.8 with hardly any opportunity he will keep getting rusty, then suddenly to expect from him will be a bit too much. Young players should be given more opportunities and responsibility.

  • smjr on February 26, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    England shows traits of a champion team with a very quick reaction time and raise their level of game. On the other hand Pakistan repeat same old mistakes i.e batsman plays shot too early and have less range of shots compared to English batsman, bowlers gives width on average 2 deliveries in every over exception being Umer gul, cheema. Afridi has lost his touch in the bowling as well since the start of this ODI series. Fielding and catching (especially Malik) is awful. England lost the first match due to poor ground fielding otherwise they may also won that match too. Weakness of Owaiz Zia is exposed as he knows only one shot on the leg side. Mr. Ilyas and company is responsible for his selection, i cant see Zia survives at this level of competition. The only beacon is Hammad Azam. Our poor selection committee has to visit and see the first class matches and see the player technique and his suitability for each of the format and importantly the opponent bowling before selecting.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 26, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Now that everyone's minds seem made up about Misbah's captaincy and how terrible it is, Broad is looking quite the opposite, and looks a fantastic captain: Putting Pietersen at fourth slip in the first over turned out to be an inspired move.

  • wasim_007 on February 26, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    SIMPLY Misbah is not good for ODI and T20..he should gracefully exit the game is is not cut out for these..he will keep losing the game as long as he will be in the side regardless as player or captain. He said " I don't know" in the presenting ceremony when asked for the poor performance of the batsman...Pathetic if captain doesn't know then who knows. Cure:-->Appoint Afridi Cpatian in ODI and T20..Bring Backup Nazir...Open with Afridi.. drop Hafeez from T20 atleast for the timebeing...I am a supporter of Cricket and Pak Cricket and not a hard core fan of Afridi...but he is who ...inject the lives in the field and to the team..his agresion is good for game and good for Pakistan Cricket...He did well by opening in T20 leagues...Please open with Afridi and Appoint Afridi is captain....Good Luck Pakistan Cricket...

  • on February 26, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    To all so called "CRITICS".Dn't base ur ALL criticsm on jst 2 t20 inings of awais zia.he z a bright prospect bt stil to young.So being a pak cric fan,1 should encourage himThre z no space of Mr.MISBAH in t2o format bt its extrmly pathetic n heartrendng to see hm captaining pak t20 team

  • Baber_Baloch on February 26, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Dear All, don,t blame misbah for everything,,,, he is not totty wrong....why not Coach or other some tell Umar ukmal & Afridi to select theire shots acording to situation Afridi aims to hit just 1 six each game....same following Umar akmal...ok its, T20 its not mean that just i 3 over u lose 3 wicket and score one six...same on these too...they should think...Razaq game is over now.

  • KarachiKid on February 26, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    I think for Pakistan, Hammad Azam was the only positive, apart from Gul's coming back to form. Rest was pretty disappointing yet again. I don't know where are we going to get the batters for our next few years. There seems no one to even replace the likes of Yousuf, Younus and Inzimam, our batting spine during the last decade. Asad and Azhar show resilience in test format but not much beyond. It would be totally pointless considering Hafeez a batsmen, he is an off-spin bowling all rounder, nothing more. Amongst Akmals, I only think Adnan is good for tests only. The other two, Kamran and Umar, are both useless batters, unfortunately they seem to have more than compensated their batting limitations with Ramiz Raja being on their personal payroll.

  • on February 26, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Simple is That Misbah should Quit t20. Totally stupid batting last night, Afridi should Open innings in T20. and Should be captain of atleast T20 Format.

    ((((((((((((((Reality is We Lost last night due to Misbah,s dot Balls)))))))))))))))))

  • Sports4Youth on February 26, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    saw some comments wanting back Sarfraz Ahmed. No doubt he is a professional Wicket Keeper. Not a bad bat also. I thought in the Bangladesh and Sri Lanka series Misbah was a bit too impatient with him and kept dropping him and kept giving the gloves to Umar Akmal. I think that was not only a bad move but a big blunder considering that this big tour was comming up. It appeared as if Misbah does not like him. The selectors may have also got that impression. So they gave him Umar Akmal inplace of Sarfraz for the ODI series also. And didn't that turn out to be a huge mistake. The ODI Series was badly messed up with the two Akmals taking the gloves one by one. Adnan could not bat at all in the ODI series. I hope atleast now Misbah may have learnt his lesson and will try to reseetle Sarfraz in the next series. By now he should know that Umar cant keep wickets for 50 overs and Adnan can just not bat in the limited overs format.

  • on February 26, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    It would be a decisive match for the T20 Series, All the Series and the Tour, so pressure is up. Hammad Azam should get a chance in Bowling. He is going to take the place of Abdul Razzaq once Razzaq retires.

  • mugheesabbasno1 on February 26, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    i think we should put hammad azam as a opener in the t20 and should bring back sarfraz ahmed he is a very good wicketkeeper and shahid afidi should also be an opener

  • ICCexpert.... on February 26, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Misbah should resign from T20 gracefully and make place for a youngster like Rameez Raja Jr..........he is good for tests....Zia and Hammad look promising....its a pity Misbah does not allow Hammad to bowl...he is a good pace bowler with good pace....

  • Percy_Fender on February 26, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    I have always been a great admirer of Abdul Razzak who I feel never got his due with the PCB. He could have been the Captain of Pakistan because he was a calm and undemonstrative player despite his unmatched skills. I remember he once hit a fuming Glenn Magrath for four fours in an over in a ODI in Australia when the abusive Australian was just fuming. Razzak was as peaceful as a monk. It was great to see this. I am reminded of him when I see Hammad Azam. He seems just as cool and has the strokes to go with.The thing he must remember is that these days bowlers work out ways to sort you out. A bright prospect for Pakistan.

  • drnaveed on February 26, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    if misbah and the management didn't had any faith in young hammad, than why selected him to play in the first places,he was not given the ball to bowl,and when he was forced to come out and bat, he showed his power and some class in the small innings he played at number 8 position.20-20 is not suited for players like misbah and some others, and to those it suits ,are not given ample chance to show their full potentials.hammad should come much earlier than that position.

  • drnaveed on February 26, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    if misbah and the management didn't had any faith in young hammad, than why selected him to play in the first places,he was not given the ball to bowl,and when he was forced to come out and bat, he showed his power and some class in the small innings he played at number 8 position.20-20 is not suited for players like misbah and some others, and to those it suits ,are not given ample chance to show their full potentials.hammad should come much earlier than that position.

  • drnaveed on February 26, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    i think misbah did well this time with his field placements and bowling changes he made, but his batting was very pathetic,playing a 20-20 game like a test match.he should have looked for singles more frequently than blocking almost every ball in this short version of the game, creating unnecessary additional pressure on the other batsmen,it was difficult to think ... for which side he was playing for. owais zia,well he may be good in our domestic 20 - 20 level, but he has no class on international level, he has limited range of strokes ,and that too only on the leg side.he doesn't know how to play on off side. we don't need a player who will win a match for us once in every 15 to 20 matches.in the end , fielding was the main difference separating the two teams,they took some excellent catches, and their ground fielding was also of top level. we need to learn as quickly as we can from our mistakes ,... sooner the better.

  • on February 26, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Well I dont think Owais Zia is good choice.. He even cannot want to watch the ball only want to hit.. his wicket is more easier to take for any team.. we need good hitter not blind hitter.. Also its already proved that Misbah is not T20 format player.. dont forget its misbah who make reason for lost in T20 Worldcup final 2007 and its Misbah who played really slow in worldcup 2011 semi final.. Need some new blood in this format of cricket.. wake up Paistan Cricket Board

  • pkcricfan101 on February 26, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    Ive been reading some of theses comments and the changes suggested seem too harsh. Misbah is doing a fine captaining job, its not his fault his top order keeps failing. At the same time the only person i would drop is Malik. Otherwise everyone else has potential they are just not clicking. Definitely bring hafeez down the order he needs to get his form back by going whacking the old ball. Also Awais Zia seems too immature for this level of cricket bring in ahmed shehzad instead.

  • jmcilhinney on February 26, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    @billbowden311, what stupid statements. Cook was lucky? He scored 2 centuries and an 80 in the ODIs and he gave only one additional chance during those three innings. He played exceptionally well and the Pakistan bowlers had no answer. He doesn't have Dhoni's finishing ability (few have) but I'd like to see Dhoni open the innings and perform as well as Cook did. As for Broad, he is a primarily a bowler and he performed very well in that capacity and his captaincy proved more than adequate. There are things to be critical of on both sides but Cook's batting is probably the last thing that anyone should be having a go at.

  • touqeer777 on February 26, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    The best thing happened today is Hammad.Hammad proved again he is best replacement of Razzaq.Misbah should respectfully resign from T20 cricket.T20 does not suit to his slow style of batting like lot of players(Dravid,Laxman,Pointing,Strauss,Younus)have done.My team for T20 is Hafeez,Shahzad,Asad,Umer,Malik,Afridi,Hammad,Razzaq,Gul,Ajmal,Wahab.Make Hafeez T20 captain as step forward.

  • on February 26, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    As a fan of English cricket for nearly half a century, it was truly gratifying to see that true blue blooded Englishmen like Bairstow performing so well. Hope, Butler does well too. If this trend continues, England will be able to wean off from the opportunistic mercenaries. They will stop coming in and blocking the way for more English youngsters getting opportunities to proudly play for their country. Encouraging young and highly talented boys like Broad to take on leadership responsibilities is also a good sign for English cricket. Good show.

  • Happy_AusBang on February 26, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    The T20 series offered a good opportunity for PAK to try out the young and fringe players so I am surprised that PAK are still persisting with more or less the same unit that played the tests and ODIs. It is okay to keep Afridi because this is the game that suits him most. Other then that, perhaps Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq and Shoaib Malik can be in it too. The rest of the team should make up of those players who don't get to play international cricket that often. PAK should definitely not be playing Hafeez, Misbah, Ajmal, Gul in the T20. Try Hammad, Awais, Ahmed Shezad, Nasir Jamshed, Sohail Tanvir, Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz, etc. Even if they lose a few, it will be good for PAK cricket in the long run.

  • on February 26, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    Enough is enough ...now it is time to bring back Kamran Akmal as opening batsman / keeper. All we know that he is performing very well for quite sometimes now. He has scored highest runs in BPL.It will solve our opening pair as well. Hafeez is not doing up to his reputation any more. My T20 team...1) Kamran Akmal....2) Qwais Zia....3) Asad Shafiq....4) Umar Akmal....5) Shoaib Malik....6) Afridi....7) Hammad Azam....8) Misbah....9) Abdul Razzaq.....10) Umar Gul.....11) Saeed Ajmal ....(12 Hafeez

  • on February 26, 2012, 1:26 GMT

    This match and most of the ODIs in the tri-series going on in Australia, show the importance of opening pair giving a decent start. When the openers flounder, the team fails, and vice versa.

  • wrenx on February 26, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    @Mansoor Iqbal Agree about Hammad, his bowing's decent too, so he gives another option. I wouldn't worry about Awais, he was just having fun, like you're supposed to in T20 cricket, no point taking it too seriously like the English are. Shezad is too much of a hot head, he needs to mature before coming back to the national team. Might pick Rehman ahead of Ajmal in the last match to give him a break after a long time (Ajmal's played pretty much non-stop since the Sri Lanka tour) + Rehman bowls very economically, which is great for T20. And who cares if Pakistan lose? They should just enjoy themselves at the end of a victorious tour.

  • on February 26, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    After the series against England,Pakistan needs to do little soul searching and take steps to build up a T20 Team that could win the International T20 tournament due to be played in September.It has to be done urgently as time is runing out.They have to draft in Ahmed Shezad and Nasir Jamshed to open the batting.Hafiz should be called upon to lead the Team and to bat in the middles order.Misbah should opt to withdraw gracefully as he would be successfully replaced by Hafiz without destabilizing the Team.

  • zaids on February 26, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    just take out HAFEEZ MISBAH MALIK UMAR AKMAL................BRING THIS TEAM FOR T20S.........1.IMRAN NAZIR 2.KAMRAN AKMAL 3.ASAD SHAFEEQ 4.AZHAR MEHMOOD 5.NASEER JAMSHED 6.HAMMAD AZAM 7.SHAHID AFRIDI (CAPT)8.ABDUL RAZZAQ 9.UMAR GUL 10.SAEED AJMAL 11.WAHAB RIAZ/SOHAIL TANVEER.............WORLD CUP COMING IN SEPT WANT TO WIN JUST BE WITH THIS TEAM.....ODI......1.YASEER HAMEED 2.AZHAR ALI 3.YOUNUS KHAN 4.UMAR AKMAL 5.AZHAR MEHMOOD 6.HAMMAD AZAM 7.MISBAH UL HAQ 8.SHAHID AFRIDI 9.UMAR GUL 10.SAEED AJMAL 11.WAHAB RIAZ..........

  • on February 26, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    @OhhhMattyMatty

    Are you comparing test matches with ODIs ?:D lol dude one test match is equal to 2 ODIs and 1 ODI is equal to two 20-20s so keeping this in mind Pak leads Eng by 6.5/4.5.

  • RAVI_BOPARA on February 26, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    PAKISTAN MIGHT AS WELL CALL UP RAMIZ RAJA THE COMMENTATOR, WHO CAN BAT AT THE TOP ORDER!!!!

  • on February 26, 2012, 0:30 GMT

    thats it PCB should kick misbah out from both Odi's n T20 he isn't good for both, he is test player n awais zia is shocking tht guy cant even take singles or play ground shots he tries to hit six on every ball he should get kicked out PCB have some many options for openers for IDO n T20 they have imran nazir who is good for t20 n other like Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzed these two r also good for ODI's n on misbah place i think PCB have to look for good player who have good technique n who can can bat defensively and aggressively if the situation demands it. n plz guys dont even talk about Kamran Akmal, i hope he never comes back in Pak team, he is match fixer n he plays for his self not for country then why would we give him another chance

  • on February 26, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    1.imran nazir 2.nasir jamshed 3.(VICE CAPT)mohmad hafeez 4.ahmed shehzad 5.umar akmal 6.kamran akmal 7.(CAPTAIN) afridi 8.anwer ali 9.ajmal 10.mohmad sami 11 umar gul............... 12. asad 13. shahzaib hassan 14 .hammad azam 15th naved ul hassan / mohmad talha 16. malik

  • on February 25, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    why selectors still opt for shoaib Malik, instead of some new players. what is the worth of former captain.

  • Guernica on February 25, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    Jonny B. Good. If Buttler can get going, things are looking very promising in the middle order. I'm sure Morgan will get back to form soon. Bopara showed why he is vital for the balance of the side - you simply have to have a 6th bowling option and there aren't many other candidates for a batsman that can bowl. Awais seems like Pakistan's answer to Michael Lumb.

  • GreensFan on February 25, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    Very Unprofessional, Inconsiderate, Unconscientiously, Impulsive from England bowler Finn. Shame on you finn there was no need for you to push World Number One Saeed Ajmal at 16.6 run out. But i guess it showed how much bipolar disorder he brought to your team in Test Series. With that 2nd T20 England Win you brought disgrace from them.

  • landl47 on February 25, 2012, 23:26 GMT

    For the first time in this series there won't be a whitewash! England's bowlers, as they have throughout the tour, didn't let Pakistan's batsmen gain control and now the batsmen are making (just) enough runs to get the job done. The decider should be interesting, or at least as interesting as T20 ever gets.

  • on February 25, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    Misbah's first loss in T20, crawling to 13 off 24. His technique suggests he doesn't have a winning mindset. What works in tests doesn't work in ODI or T20. Looks like the media were right to criticise him after all. Being 37, T20 is more of a young man's game. Cracks are starting to appear in the captaincy. PCB should seriously review its one day and T10 set up. Moshin Khan believes Pakistan will be the best in the world. He should go and east his words. They could only be the best in test matches. Dav Whatmore should takeover after the series.

  • GreensFan on February 25, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    Very unprofessional from England bowler Finn. Shame on you finn their was no need for you to push World Number One Saeed Ajmal at 16.6. But i guess it showed how much bipolar disorder he brought to your team in Test Series.

  • kriskini on February 25, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    If there is a test series now England will win. Its just England needed some time against spinners especially against Ajmal.

  • SDHM on February 25, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer - I've been struggling with the same question myself. I think Gooch only being part-time had something to do with it, along with lack of preparation and a good deal of quality bowling! Maybe too, it's time to start questioning Strauss and his position in the team - his captaincy has shown signs of becoming (slightly) more proactive of late, but his batting only seems to have gotten worse, and a fairly similar top order in the ODIs looked an awful lot better without him in it. On this game though, top knock by Bairstow - it won't be long before he's knocking on the door of all three England sides. As to the decider, whoever wins the toss on Monday has a huge advantage!

  • on February 25, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    rameez raja is another player who should be tried in place of umar akmal as he iz a similar sort of batsmen (young and agressive) coz umer is just dissappointment..

  • soyl187 on February 25, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    My side would would be 1. Ahmed Shazad 2. Shazaib Hasan 3. Asad Shafiq 4. Umar Akmal 5. Mohammed Hafeez 6. Kamran Akmal 7. Hammad Azam 8. Shahid Afridi 9. Umar Gul 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Mohammed Sami. 2 young openers will develop, Asad a good innings builder, Umar will learn, Hafeez better down the order against older ball, Kamran best keeper batsmen we have. Azam has proved he is one for future. Rest speak for themselves. Can't disregard Hafeez, need some experince plus he is intelligent on the pitch, can hit/bat, field and ball. If Razzaq plays then him instead of Sami.

  • on February 25, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    150 was a gettable score (i guess 4 a team like Pak) umer akmal , malik, misbah and hafeez had to prove their spot in t20's and i might say in ODI's ..

  • anwar1947 on February 25, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    Watching Misbah bat is like chinese torchure, slow & painful, when he comes to the crease the required run rate is around 7 to 8 ,by the time he departs its 11 to 12. He does not have a single positive shot, all he does is cut, glance & defend. The selectors are as naive as he is,someone should have the courage to tell him limited over game is not your cup of tea, or if you take my advise he should give uwar p cricket all togather & take to fishing,cause that's a laid back hobby that he might well adjust to. Anwar1947

  • OhhhMattyMatty on February 25, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    5-4 to England and Bairstow is the new Gilchrist. England's keeper position is in safe hands for the next 15 years with Prior, Bairstow and Buttler!

  • Sports4Youth on February 25, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    After winning the 1st T20 Misbah hitout hard at his critics. But at some stage he has to realise that the critics are right. If Misbah does not realise then the selectors have to realise that in the shorter format Misbah is not suitable at all. Barring a few exceptions he is just lost and cannot accelarate. He takes a long time to get in and by that time the match has gone out of reach. For the Shorter Format better get some good younsters and be patient with them.

  • ABHIJATJOSHI on February 25, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    I don't want to be harsh on the writer. But I visit Cricinfo essentially to read some superb prose on cricket. I am spoilt by the brilliance of the writers who contribute regularly. This piece is not up to the very high standard of I have grown accustomed to read. There is a lack of clarity and some really labored and mannered construction. I only liked the following two sentences: "There were muscular sweeps against the spinners and there was fun, too, as he grinned at Ajmal after daring a reverse sweep. He relishes a challenge and it will serve him well." These sentences show promise, but more effort is needed.

  • on February 25, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    I must keep an eye out for this Broad celebration. Thanks to all for their intelligent comments.

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on February 25, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    friends r u still in favour of MOHSIN KHAN...guys MOHSIN is perfect only as selectors head not as HEAD coach...PAK batsman continuously attempt poor shot throughout the whole tour but this man cant improve any of the player shot selection,only spinners r responsible for test whitewash...now,PAK desperately need WHATMORE & a genuine batting coach who can work on batsman techniques,shot selection,strike rotation etc...UMAR,SHAFEEQ,AZHAR,HAMMAD,JAMSHED,SHEHZAD,RAMMEZ,HAFEEZ etc all r talented but need to improve their game mentality...throughing wicket is the habit at crucial stage amoung them,they need to improve this big weakness by the help of qualified coach...BATTING,BOWLING & FIELDING r the main aspect of this game & PCB need to appoint perfect & qualified coach for each department as soon as possible coz these coaches will surely improve the standard of each department...if this will happened then the performance of PAK will surely improved...

  • on February 25, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    Pakistan Asia Cup Squad 1:- Kamran Akmal (WK) 2:- Ahmed Shehzad 3:- Nasir Jamshed 4:- Asad Shafiq 5:- Misbah (cap) 6:- Umar Akmal (vc) 7:- Razzaq 8:- Afridi 9:- Hammad 10:-Gul 11:- Ajmal 12:- Sami 13:- Sadaf 14:- Raza Hassan 15:- Azhar Ali

    i would kick out Mr Professor,,he cant perform against Top side,,look at his average.

    T20 Squad:- Shahzaib Hassan 2:- Ahmed Shehzad 3:- Nasir Jamshed 4 Umar Akmal (captain) 5:- Kamran Akmal 6:- Razzaq 7:- Afridi 8:- Hammad 9:- Gul 10:- Ajmal 11:- Sami 12:- Sadaf Hussain,,13:- Sohail Tanvir 14:- Asad Shafiq 15:- Wahab Riaz Feel free to give your opinion plz.

  • billbowden311 on February 25, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    Guys, why are all of you lashing out on Misbah, I personally think that Misbah is doing a fine job and he should retire in 2015, after he brings Pakistan the cup, because i believe he his the right and perfect man to do it, he leads from the front, by example unlike Strauss or Broad (out on two), Cook got lucky, did you see him in India, no comparison to Dhoni!!

  • CricketingStargazer on February 25, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Question of the day: why weren't England so authoritative in the Tests??? With each new win that Test series pains me more.

  • on February 25, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    The problems with Pakistan team is the inclusion of Misbah in both ODIs and T20s.He does not belong to these format.He also made way for a non-performer like Shoiab Malik purely due to his friendship with Malik.I wonder when Hafeez last time performed with bat in ODIs and T20s.He is bit and pieces player.He is better a bowler than an opening batsman.I am amamzed by those people who criticize Afridi.Afridi has been our best limited-over bowler over the last 4 years.He bats at No.7 or 8.So, we should not expect lot from him in terms of batting, especially when our top 6 batsman can not manage a score of even 150. Pak Bowling has been excellent throughout the tour.It allowed England only once to score pass 300 in 6 test innings.It didn't allow England to go beyond 260 in 4 ODIs on excellent batting surfaces.It didn't allow England score freely even in both T20s.What to expect more? Why don't we criticize our batting failures throughout the series?

  • JG2704 on February 25, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    Good game up until the last over or 2. I always felt Pakistan were dangerous. Bairstow played magnificently and the guy seems to have a very safe pair of hands when fielding. I did wonder about some of our bowling changes. I was livid when they brought Bopara back on as I could see Afridi blitzing him but fair play it was a tight over.Finn again was a little expensive early on. Broad again did a job and Swann is answering his critics with sublime , tight bowling. I think it's fitting that it goes down to a decider.

  • diteras on February 25, 2012, 21:15 GMT

    good win England - unlucky Pakistan - its a T20 guys - be cool

  • big_al_81 on February 25, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    @ Zawais. I hope you'll be encouraged to hear that neither Ajmal himself nor anyone else in the Pakistan team has made any complaint at the run-out incident. I expect Finn was steadying himself and had nowhere to go - he's a 'big unit' and Ajmal isn't so no doubt it looked worse than it was. Finn himself has also confirmed that he had no intention of pushing Ajmal over via Twitter. He always comes across as a very pleasant and straightforward bloke so don't worry about it!

  • JG2704 on February 25, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    @ncurd on (February 25 2012, 18:21 PM GMT) To be honest - + maybe I'm biased being a Buttler fan looking for excuses - I think he'd have felt under less pressure if he had more overs regardless of who was at the other end. I'd have been happy to see him at the crease with Bairstow as they both must know each other from Lions games if he had more overs so he didn't feel under pressure to score big runs almost straight away. Apart from the ODI every time Buttler has played he has had very few overs to bat and been under pressure to hit bigger shots straight away. Why can't they give him a similar chance to Ravi? Also Buttler came in when Gul and Ajmal were bowling.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 25, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Yet again AMAZING bowling from Finn, Pakistan had no answer for him yet again. Broad showed his usual brilliance with the ball, yet another good bowling performance from the English bowlers.

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on February 25, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Again poor performance by PAK specially by his leader...In next match PAK dnt need to change anyone from this SQUAD,give another opportunity to AWAIS ZIA,I know he is really POOR this time but he deserves LAST & FINAL opportunity to prove himself...I think SELECTORS r responsible for this continuous disaster,SELECTORS need to trust his young generation as the others countries do...AFRIDI should appoint as captain of ODI's & t20 & give a proper chance to JAMSHED,SHEHZAD,KAMRAN,SAMI,RAZZAK,RAMEEZ RAJA jnr etc...My SQUAD for ASIA cup... 1.HAFEEZ (v.c) 2.JAMSHED 3.SHEHZAD 4.AZHAR 5.HAMMAD 6.UMAR 7.SHAFIQ 8.KAMRAN (w.k) 9.AFRIDI (c) 10.MALIK 11.REHMAN 12.AJMAL 13.JUNAID 14.GUL 15.SAMI 16.WAHAB...<>...PAK need young generation in their ODI's SQUAD with 3 4 experienced ODI's players...I know it is HARD to drop player like MISBAH & YOUNUS for selectors but the time is come to prepare young team for 2015 WORLD CUP...whatever the results but selectors need to persist with this young PAK team...

  • Stark62 on February 25, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    See, this is the problem with Misbah!!!!

    When his setting a target, he can play his natural game but when chasing he can't and he can't be aggressive either.

    Pak need someone like Naved Yasin, who is a bit like Hussey; he can bat defensively and aggressively if the situation demands it.

    Also, shame on Misbah for not playing Hammad in the ODI's because he showed today what he can do but I love how he kept giving Malik a chance and lastly, Zia can only play through the on-side and Nasir Jamshed would be a far better option.

  • on February 25, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    @Zawais - You need to read the rules of cricket.

  • on February 25, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    Finally hammad got a chance to something other than fielding

  • wrenx on February 25, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    Well, that was fun to watch. Best part? Broad's now customary "watch me adjust my bra" celebration after taking a wicket. And of course, Finn doing his usual level best to improve his reputation. Azam was entertaining, as was Bairstow tonight. I reckon if there was a form of the game that was 10 overs long, Pakistan would find a way of losing all their wickets in that too.

  • on February 25, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Its England's best luck that Pakistan is relying on bowlers like Umar Gul and Cheema, and the so-called all rounder Shahid Afridi-who has never played a responsible game of cricket. I wish Muhammad Aamir was there who could have bowled these English players out below 70, things would have been different. This is the weakest of Pakistan team I have ever seen. Every day they try a new player with the hope that he would do better.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 25, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    CHOICE of Zia is exposed. He was chosen by Ilyas to prove that Farhat is needed. When there are established players like Ahmad Shehzad, Shahzaib and others, you go and pick some one who isn't better than Gul in batting. You leave those who have performed over years but pick a legside slogger just because he made 30 odd score in a domestic match. When I saw him playing in the first T20, I only laughed in disappointment. Hafiz is back where he has always been and Asad Shafiq is the most overrated player in Pakistan team. BOTH ZIA & ASAD should be sent out packing and replaced by Ahmad Shehzad & Shahziab Hassan in future. Kamran Akmal is a better Wicketkeeper than Umar and a better opner bastman than Zia would be in 10 years time.

  • GreenTeam-Elite on February 25, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    Finally England Bounced Back!!! In 2nd T20 Cricket Match England Played Far Better Then Pakistan!!! Now Last Match Will be The Final For T20 Series!!! Hope We Will See Good Cricket From Both Sides!!! Good Luck Pakistan

  • Clive_Dunn on February 25, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    I've heard there was a typo in Misbah's rulebook, he's actually playing a game of 200/200.

  • nadeem-toronto on February 25, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Well played England. I am still wondering why they are not giving chance to Cook. Pakistan is not learning any thing in run chasing. They have won in past because of their bowling otherwise in last nine matches they failed to chase targets. With a strong batting power these losses reflects poor strategy. They need to define clear roles in batting order. Hafeez & Misbah have to take role of rotating strike and have to stay till end and give opportunity to their key hitters Zia, Asad, Malik, Akmal, Afridi, Hamad and Gul. But the key is to understand that some one has to play anchor role & should give chance to their hitters. With current team selection, I still feel Imran Farhat is better choice than Owais Zia as he can play all around the wicket. Kamran Akmal or Nasir Jamshed would be a better choice if selected in this team. Best luck to them for final T-20.

  • Sports4Youth on February 25, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    @ cric_bd on (Feb 25 2012, 18:27 PM GMT) :-- Regarding Zia, look he is young and fresh at this level. Also keep in Mind at present Eng have one of the best Bowling backed up by Razor Sharp fielding. This will be tough on any youngster making debute against a quality side like England. There will be nerves. Also don't forget that Eng are ranked no.1 in this format for quite some time now. They are also the current World Cup holders. They are a settled side, with some big names. Pakistan not even close to being settled. I think if Misbah gets his selection right, Pakistan can give a better fight. Still i would say Pak have not done too bad, though they could have done better. I think Misbah should persist with Zia, H.Azam etc as they can form the nucles of the future. And a littile shuffeling of the batting order is required.

  • zawais on February 25, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    I am literally shocked at how Finn pushed ajmal ven he ran him out, he should definitely by penalized for his irrational and abusive behavior, i a sure umpires will look into that and serve justice, it is not acceptable @ all at this level.....

  • on February 25, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    This Hammad Azam kid seems impressive, apparently has the same technique as Razaaq. Awais Zia seems out of place, Ahmed Shehzad seems a much better prospect.

  • saintsinister on February 25, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    LoL.. It's a joke to even say 36 with 4 "BATSMEN" out.. to call these guys batsmen i think is an insult to the likes of Zaheer Abbas, Miandad, Saeed Anwar, Inzi etc ppl.. Our real batsmen start at number 6.. Misbah at best i think plays like Gilespie :D, no pun intended towards Gilespie coz he actually has a double hundred in tests against a top side.. What we really need is to inject more fresh blood.. Kick out Misbah, Umer Akmal and maybe even Shafiq.. Get in technically sound batsmen who know that if a ball cuts or swings u r supposed to cope with it, that is supposed to b the difference between a batsman and a bowler.. I have been a big supporter for Umer Akmal and even Malik, but enough is enough.. their fool hardy shouldnt cost newcomers their chances, competition for each and every spot is a vital key to batting success which for some reason either isn't there or isn't allowed to be there..

  • Sports4Youth on February 25, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney on (Feb 25 2012, 17:38 PM GMT) :-- 150 on board is a massive advantage for England considering Pak's fragile batting and Eng good bowling and excellent fielding. For me At half time Eng were firm favorites.

  • on February 25, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    hamad iz awsum... y not PCB tries all fresh blood in T20.

  • jmcilhinney on February 25, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    I will just say that I hope noone tries to make a big deal about Finn pushing Ajmal. The collision was unavoidable and, while I concede that there was a push, I really don't think it was malicious. Finn is quite a nice guy and I would say that it was either just a reflexive reaction or maybe a sign of a little frustration from Finn at having been a bit more expensive than he would have liked. While I don't know for sure, I would imagine that Finn apologised when he handed Ajmal his bat back because he is not a spiteful person.

  • Sports4Youth on February 25, 2012, 19:56 GMT

    Dont think that Misbah is learning his lessons about the batting lineup. Persisting with Shafiq at no.3 is too bad. Shafiq had done much better at 5 or 6. Two slow batters (Misbah & Malik) down the order does not allow Pak to accellarate. Ideally if Malik has to play as a pure batsman he should bat at no.3. I think Misbah is trying to protect him by having him down the order. If Malik's experience can be used it is at no.3 where his nudges and pushes for singles and twos can be of help. Regarding Zia, I hope Misbah does not drop him in the next match. But instead allow him to take first strike instead of hafeez taking the first strike. Today Zia got to face his first ball (6th of the innings) after Hafeez had fallen. And got to face the 2nd ball (12th of the innings) after shafiq had fallen at 2/2. This puts too much pressure on a hard hitter. Thats not the way to go. Give him a free hand. Also think about promiting Hammad Azam. Cant waste him like this, no bowling no batting.

  • yakironi98 on February 25, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    The key for T-20 is the young guns! We saw Bairstow play so very brilliantly and other young lads from England who are looking very impressive. Pakistan in my honest opinion need to sort out their selection, we saw Hamad play wonderfully today and I'm sure Pakistan has better openers than a one dimensional hitter of the ball(referring to Zia)

    Misbah has to learn to pace his innings and be more responsible as a captain and so does Hafeez

  • NomZia on February 25, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Again if Pak batsmen avoided playing aerial shots, they could have easily chased the target. Can someone get this message to the coach and captain!!

  • codegreen on February 25, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Really was an ugly innings of zia (also hafeez) , rarely seen an opener at high level play such an innings,,,,'8-)

  • FZ.Meer on February 25, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    really sensible bowling from england in the last 6 overs.......they never allowed Pakistan batsmen to continue with the big shots and got wickets at the crucial times....felt sorry for awais zia :)

  • ExplicitPlatinum on February 25, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Eh... I'm kinda bored so I just want to muck around for a bit. I'm going to make the worst XI of Pakistan just for the sake of it. 1.) Imran Nazir 2.) Imran Farhat(Captain Yay!! :P) 3.) Taufeeq Umar 4.) Yasir Hameed 5.) Shoaib Malik 6.) Kamran Akmal(WK) 7.) Azhar Mahmood 8.) Sohail Tanvir9.) Danish Kaneria 10.) Mohammad Sami 11.) Iftikhar Anjum So guys, how worse could you make this squad? Can be any format of your choice.

  • subbass on February 25, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Great, now we have a final ! Even the Pak fans will appreciate this surely ?

    Love watching both these teams bowl especially, but well done Bairstow, a brilliant innings.

  • on February 25, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    Bairstow 's inning was the major difference. But I do feel that Pakistan could have won had they not lost crucial wickets in the early overs. Misbah need to come early and Hammad Azam needs to bat higher than no.8, Rating Awais Zia as a new"'Boom boom Afridi" is a mistake. He need to prove whether he can play crucial innings like Afridi to be given that title.

  • palfreyman on February 25, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Followed this on The Guardian and Radio 5live, but came here for the report. Was pleasantly surprised by the high quality of the writing until I looked at the byline: inevitably it was the much-missed Parson Hopps. Nice one, thanks!

  • on February 25, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Bad display of play tonight, make place for kamran akmal and imran nazir, muhammad sami should be in place of cheema and junaid, why do the replace cheema and junaid after every match? Rana naveed is even better than cheema and junaid, well played hammad azam, Awais zia played very bad, team should work on taking singles and doubles, they miss 5 balls and hit the next for a six and got out, what is this? this is not a team of street or any school, they should play sensibly

  • jmcilhinney on February 25, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Generally good bowling from England tonight. A few expensive overs but Pakistan have some good hitters so that is always going to happen. Finn again looked a little less effective than in the ODIs but three wickets and a run out isn't too bad. Broad was impressive again and Dernbach looks much improved so far. He actually bowled an in-swinging yorker near the end! How often do you see that from an England bowler? Not nearly enough unfortunately. I thought it was a mistake for Broad to bowl Bopara for that third over but it turned out to be a master-stroke.

  • R_Mr_Dependable on February 25, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Hammazd Azam seems to be a good find for Pakistan but he should be kept away from politicians like Shoaib Malik, and PCB should educate him NOT to get involved in what his ex-New Comer Amir did which brought shame to the whole nation and the Cricketing World !!

  • Trickstar on February 25, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    @JG2704 Since when do the likes of Flower listen to Sky commentators, simple answer is he doesn't, very much his own man is Andy Flower.

    Anyway great performance from the lads, Bairstow was excellent and as a Yorkshire member I am chuffed for him, great lad to talk to as well. Swann was brilliant as ever, backed up by Broad and Dirtbag, Finn isn't exactly suited to 20/20 but he's learning to develop more variation and he's a wicket taker. They really impressed me in the field and the younger guys have added a great deal, even fat Sam is looking the part.

  • jmcilhinney on February 25, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    The England batting isn't quite clicking even now but they are still looking quite good. It might be that this pitch is a bit tricky but I doubt that they'll be less tricky in SL. Not too many big scores but noone really looks out of touch exactly. Great to see Bairstow looking to fulfil some of his potential. He started well in England but then looked all at sea in India. Hopefully this excellent innings is a sign that he is coming to terms with spin bowling and spin-friendly wickets.

  • My.AlterEgo_U.Knw_dSarcastic.Bichy1 on February 25, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    All sloggers in Pak batting line-up except Misbah. Pathetic fielding as well (as always) . Kick this useless Shoaid Malik out of the team. He is as 'useful' as a water-boy !! What a pity ! A genuine shorter-format player named RAZZAQ has been allowed to make money in Bangladesh Premier League when his team needs him the most ! Its only due to the bowling that Pakistan is surviving in World Cricket else there would have been No difference b/w them and Kenya !!

  • Sports4Youth on February 25, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    If Misbah cannot sort out the 2nd seamer quiz, then get in a hard hitter or a hard hitting allrounder and share 4 overs between H.Azam - S.Malik - AllRounder. Also i would like to see what decision Misbah takes on Owais Zia. Looks like England have sorted him out. But still deserves to be given another chance.

  • jmcilhinney on February 25, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    That looks a comfortable win on the scoreboard but the match was exciting almost until the end. England were always ahead throughout the chase but you felt that Pakistan were always in with a chance right up until Gul went. Pakistan batted aggressively but the bowlers and fielders kept there heads and got the job done. Just the one blemish in the field really and some good catches taken. After the early wickets fell England always had the upper hand and, despite some string hitting, they hung to it. Given this result, maybe Broad's decision to bowl first last game was a significant factor. Ah well, you live and learn, and you have to be able to chase anyway so hopefully they will have learned from that loss.

  • on February 25, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Steven Finn should be suspended for his brutal act on Saeed Ajmal :-@

  • on February 25, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    it's the time that misbah has to retire from Odi and t20. He has no tempo of these kinds of cricket. Some one who has great attacking thinking should give the captaincy.I think the best choice is Afridi and he deserves.

  • Sports4Youth on February 25, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    With series leveled, the 3rd game is a virual final. England win by 38 runs. big margin. Pakistan still cannot sort out the 2nd seamer. Misbah continuesly changing the 2nd seamer is not allowing Junaid/Cheema to settle or gain confidence.

  • on February 25, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Misbah does what he does best. Mohali and now here again. He is my man of the match for today.

  • Ammy_rd on February 25, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    Misbah has been exposed again...why doesn't he come one down and take responsibility at a crucial time. Look at what he has done to Hammad Azam. He was as good as not playing the game but his luck gave him a chance to display his talent, Alhamdolillah! Wonder what he has to say to the press now?

  • cric_bd on February 25, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    zia is awsome.....................bt he don know which level he is playing for..........wat he hd played today nd if this is his original playing type then he must send back 2 pak baseball team nd azhar ali should open with hafiz........thats far better 4 pakistan........

  • ncurd on February 25, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    @JG2704 Have to agree every time Buttler is at the crease for England they appear to be under pressure. He also hasn't had the benefit of an experienced man at the other end. I get the sense of test mentality a little in that players are lower down the order to protect them. Sadly it's more like the reverse in ODI's T20's and you probably protect new players by putting them up the order from pressure. I do have to question whether at 21 it's too early for Buttler yet but now he needs a chance of good run..

  • on February 25, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Awais cannot play off side at all infact he is even worse then Imran Nazir. As usual fans here were talking big about him,shameful selection. Can't believe that selectors can select such a limited technique player in a national team.

  • JG2704 on February 25, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    150 is an OK score but I must admit I wish England wouldn't listen too much to the Sky commentators.When England were 3 down with 10 overs to play IMO it was an ideal time to put Buttler in. He was trying to play his scoop shot before he got his eye in properly and surely if you want to ease the pressure on these young guys then surely bringing them in with less overs to go and more pressure to play bigger shots from the off. I actually feel they should drop Ravi down to 6 and Patel should be at 7 with everyone else moving up a place. Brilliant inns from Bairstow who has taken his opportunity with both hands. KP also looked good again whilst he was there and despite him not getting a big score this is still how I like to see him bat

  • jmcilhinney on February 25, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    With 150 on the board I'd give England a slight edge but we know that the momentum in a T20 game can swing quickly and repeatedly, so it's really anyone's game still. England had some good starts but they could have done with at least one other batsman to go on with it. That was a very good innings by Bairstow and encouraging that he has played that way outside England. They'll need that sort of performance consistently. He looked composed and very balanced as he hit the ball. Buttler probably needs to shelve that scoop shot. It relies on the ball being just right but that's twice now that it hasn't been. He has the ability to make runs with more orthodox shots so he should look to do so.

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  • jmcilhinney on February 25, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    With 150 on the board I'd give England a slight edge but we know that the momentum in a T20 game can swing quickly and repeatedly, so it's really anyone's game still. England had some good starts but they could have done with at least one other batsman to go on with it. That was a very good innings by Bairstow and encouraging that he has played that way outside England. They'll need that sort of performance consistently. He looked composed and very balanced as he hit the ball. Buttler probably needs to shelve that scoop shot. It relies on the ball being just right but that's twice now that it hasn't been. He has the ability to make runs with more orthodox shots so he should look to do so.

  • JG2704 on February 25, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    150 is an OK score but I must admit I wish England wouldn't listen too much to the Sky commentators.When England were 3 down with 10 overs to play IMO it was an ideal time to put Buttler in. He was trying to play his scoop shot before he got his eye in properly and surely if you want to ease the pressure on these young guys then surely bringing them in with less overs to go and more pressure to play bigger shots from the off. I actually feel they should drop Ravi down to 6 and Patel should be at 7 with everyone else moving up a place. Brilliant inns from Bairstow who has taken his opportunity with both hands. KP also looked good again whilst he was there and despite him not getting a big score this is still how I like to see him bat

  • on February 25, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Awais cannot play off side at all infact he is even worse then Imran Nazir. As usual fans here were talking big about him,shameful selection. Can't believe that selectors can select such a limited technique player in a national team.

  • ncurd on February 25, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    @JG2704 Have to agree every time Buttler is at the crease for England they appear to be under pressure. He also hasn't had the benefit of an experienced man at the other end. I get the sense of test mentality a little in that players are lower down the order to protect them. Sadly it's more like the reverse in ODI's T20's and you probably protect new players by putting them up the order from pressure. I do have to question whether at 21 it's too early for Buttler yet but now he needs a chance of good run..

  • cric_bd on February 25, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    zia is awsome.....................bt he don know which level he is playing for..........wat he hd played today nd if this is his original playing type then he must send back 2 pak baseball team nd azhar ali should open with hafiz........thats far better 4 pakistan........

  • Ammy_rd on February 25, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    Misbah has been exposed again...why doesn't he come one down and take responsibility at a crucial time. Look at what he has done to Hammad Azam. He was as good as not playing the game but his luck gave him a chance to display his talent, Alhamdolillah! Wonder what he has to say to the press now?

  • on February 25, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Misbah does what he does best. Mohali and now here again. He is my man of the match for today.

  • Sports4Youth on February 25, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    With series leveled, the 3rd game is a virual final. England win by 38 runs. big margin. Pakistan still cannot sort out the 2nd seamer. Misbah continuesly changing the 2nd seamer is not allowing Junaid/Cheema to settle or gain confidence.

  • on February 25, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    it's the time that misbah has to retire from Odi and t20. He has no tempo of these kinds of cricket. Some one who has great attacking thinking should give the captaincy.I think the best choice is Afridi and he deserves.

  • on February 25, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Steven Finn should be suspended for his brutal act on Saeed Ajmal :-@