Pakistan v England, 3rd Twenty20, Dubai February 26, 2012

Who can provide the strong finish?

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Match Facts


Monday, February 27, Abu Dhabi
Start time 2000 (1600 GMT)

The Big Picture


After two whitewashes we now have a series decider following England's slick victory in the second Twenty20 international in Dubai. Twenty20 matches can swing on the smallest of factors, but the intensity and sharpness of England's display on Saturday suggests they are the side finishing stronger.

A series victory will help consolidate England's position at the top of the rankings, although the bigger picture, and it applies to both teams, is putting in place plans for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka during September and October. Twenty20 internationals are few and far between - three-match series are a new breed in this format - so each game is important towards building a unit.

England learned quickly between the first and second matches in Dubai while Pakistan regressed quite significantly, especially with the bat. Jonny Bairstow showed that England's young players are soaking up their experiences while the incisiveness of the bowling attack is now consistent across all three formats.

Form guide

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Watch out for...


Hammad Azam showed some spark in the second Twenty20 and while he was cutting loose, in a manner reminiscent of Abdul Razzaq, Pakistan were not out of the match. For a 20-year-old playing his first Twenty20 international innings it was a display of impressive confidence. It might be worth Misbah-ul-Haq giving him a bowl.

Graeme Swann was out-bowled in the Test series by Monty Panesar and often overshadowed by the quicks in the 50-over matches, but he has come into his own in the Twenty20s. His eight overs have brought figures of 5 for 30, which should provide him a nice rankings boost at the end of the series. And he still likes cracking the jokes.

Team news


The form of Shoaib Malik is causing Pakistan problems, which became even more acute when Misbah struggled to score in the second match. The middle order could do with some more kick and it may be worth promoting Azam. Imran Farhat is also in the squad if they decide Awais Zia has proved just too hit and miss.

Pakistan (probable) 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Awais Zia, 3 Asad Shafiq, 4 Umar Akmal (wk), 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Hammad Azam, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Aizaz Cheema

With the series on the line England won't be tinkering as they did in the last ODI, which means Tim Bresnan is unlikely to find a place.

England (probable) 1 Kevin Pietersen, 2 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 3 Ravi Bopara, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 Jos Buttler, 7 Samit Patel, 8 Stuart Broad (capt), 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Jade Dernbach, 11 Steven Finn

Pitch and conditions


In Dubai a score of around 140-150 proved defendable and the nature of the pitch at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi during the ODIs suggests something similar could be par for this final match. It will be another late finish for fans and players with an 8pm start.

Stats and trivia

  • Pakistan's defeat on Saturday was Misbah's first as captain in a Twenty20

  • In 16 innings on tour (including the warm-up matches) Eoin Morgan has made 190 runs with a top score of 31.

Quotes


"In this game we won last night, I thought Bairstow's innings was outstanding - very skilful, and very powerful as well. That's a very good combination to have."
Andy Flower offers his praise

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on February 27, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Most likely the team batting first will win it.

  • on February 27, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    misbah ul haq doesnt deserve to be in this side , kick him out of the t20 squad and bring someone like kamran akmal (as a batsman)

  • davidatlas999 on February 27, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    does inclusion of @Mian Abdur Rehman Arif. makes sense in cricinfo????

  • on February 27, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    insha 'Allah Pakistan will win

  • PAKIZINDABAD on February 27, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Who evver wins the toss will win because they will bat first and put pressure on the opposing team and defend any total that has been put up. Come on Misbah, lets hope Broad calls incorrectly.

  • sunnysaeed on February 27, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    hope pakistan will win this match and grab the series as they have upto No.8 batting including some master blaster if they dont make silly mistakes. Insha allah they will win.

  • Bacflip15 on February 27, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    I definitely believe this is going to be a last over match, this is very interesting. If Peitersen can not play stupidly and stay in for 50+ Runs, England can score upwards of 160+ Runs. But if Peitersen play's the same way he has so far, England (if they bat first) would need to score 140-150 to keep Pakistan under control. It seems on these pitches it is far easier to bat first and then defend. I think the toss winner will surely bat first. So, if Pakistan bat first the need 130-140, if England bat first 140-150. Good Luck! GO ENGLAND

  • jmcilhinney on February 27, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    @vamshi_teamindia, you've jumped on the bandwagon a bit late with that comment. If England don't deserve to be #1 in Tests then how is it that they were so far ahead of the rest that they can lose 0-3 to Pakistan and it will still take a 3-0 win to SA over NZ for England to be knocked off? I'd say that that's rather deserving because you don't get that far ahead by luck. No realistic England fan thinks that this England team can compare to the great WI and Australia teams of the past but they are the top of the current crop. If they learn their lessons from this UAE Test debacle then they won't be overtaken easily.

  • on February 27, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    I think Pakistan is going to lose again with this batting order. Afridi should show some guts and play on the top as opener. Go with the full strength upto # 6, If there is disaster then Misbah and Malik can come out and play the remaining overs. 1) Shahid Afridi 2) Owais Zia 3) Hafeez 4) Azhar Ali 5) Umar AKMAL 6) Hammad Azam 7) Asad Shafiq 8) Misbah 9) Gul 10) Adnan Akmal 11)Saeed Ajmal

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

    I think both Misbah and Malik can do well and can accelerate if required. Recent situations have called for a cautious approach which is what they have done. I would drop Zia and bring Farhat and possibly drop Cheema and bring Rehman. I know we will have only 1 fast bowler but that is all we need. Hafeez,Rehman or Ajmal can open the bowling with Gul. Batting looks good and we need Afridi and Hammad at the end rather than pushing down Misbah or Shoaib Malik down. I hope one of the opener lasts 10 overs as the recent starts have been poor.

  • on February 27, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Most likely the team batting first will win it.

  • on February 27, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    misbah ul haq doesnt deserve to be in this side , kick him out of the t20 squad and bring someone like kamran akmal (as a batsman)

  • davidatlas999 on February 27, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    does inclusion of @Mian Abdur Rehman Arif. makes sense in cricinfo????

  • on February 27, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    insha 'Allah Pakistan will win

  • PAKIZINDABAD on February 27, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Who evver wins the toss will win because they will bat first and put pressure on the opposing team and defend any total that has been put up. Come on Misbah, lets hope Broad calls incorrectly.

  • sunnysaeed on February 27, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    hope pakistan will win this match and grab the series as they have upto No.8 batting including some master blaster if they dont make silly mistakes. Insha allah they will win.

  • Bacflip15 on February 27, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    I definitely believe this is going to be a last over match, this is very interesting. If Peitersen can not play stupidly and stay in for 50+ Runs, England can score upwards of 160+ Runs. But if Peitersen play's the same way he has so far, England (if they bat first) would need to score 140-150 to keep Pakistan under control. It seems on these pitches it is far easier to bat first and then defend. I think the toss winner will surely bat first. So, if Pakistan bat first the need 130-140, if England bat first 140-150. Good Luck! GO ENGLAND

  • jmcilhinney on February 27, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    @vamshi_teamindia, you've jumped on the bandwagon a bit late with that comment. If England don't deserve to be #1 in Tests then how is it that they were so far ahead of the rest that they can lose 0-3 to Pakistan and it will still take a 3-0 win to SA over NZ for England to be knocked off? I'd say that that's rather deserving because you don't get that far ahead by luck. No realistic England fan thinks that this England team can compare to the great WI and Australia teams of the past but they are the top of the current crop. If they learn their lessons from this UAE Test debacle then they won't be overtaken easily.

  • on February 27, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    I think Pakistan is going to lose again with this batting order. Afridi should show some guts and play on the top as opener. Go with the full strength upto # 6, If there is disaster then Misbah and Malik can come out and play the remaining overs. 1) Shahid Afridi 2) Owais Zia 3) Hafeez 4) Azhar Ali 5) Umar AKMAL 6) Hammad Azam 7) Asad Shafiq 8) Misbah 9) Gul 10) Adnan Akmal 11)Saeed Ajmal

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

    I think both Misbah and Malik can do well and can accelerate if required. Recent situations have called for a cautious approach which is what they have done. I would drop Zia and bring Farhat and possibly drop Cheema and bring Rehman. I know we will have only 1 fast bowler but that is all we need. Hafeez,Rehman or Ajmal can open the bowling with Gul. Batting looks good and we need Afridi and Hammad at the end rather than pushing down Misbah or Shoaib Malik down. I hope one of the opener lasts 10 overs as the recent starts have been poor.

  • Zamana on February 27, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Responding to one of the contributors. Misbah is critical even for T20. He is usually faced with a situation where he has no option but to consolidate.

  • on February 27, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    In T20 no team is favorite, or ahead, as its one of the most unpredictable of the three formats.

  • on February 27, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Pakistan will win tonight because their batting as per my hope will click for sure this game.

  • smjr on February 27, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Pakistan should play Rehman in place of Malik. Misbah must know that his team strength is not batting so keeping England under score of 140 can be done if you have variety of bowlers. It is really be folly to pack the team with batsman knowing that batting is our weak link. In the last match Afridi bowling is very poor and I doubt that Bairstow, Bopara, Kieswetter can bat freely against Rehman who bowl wicket to wicket and give no width.

  • SDHM on February 27, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    YorkshirePudding is right - there aren't really any favourites in T20. England turned it around quickly in the second game, so what's saying Pakistan can't here? Whoever wins the toss seems to have a huge advantage, so I'm sitting on the fence and waiting to see the outcome of that before making any predictions!

  • on February 27, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    people afridi cant play pace so he should come in at 5 the most

  • on February 27, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    I agree with @mo-kee khan i believe that zia, afridi and azam should be down the order to accelerate the run rate in the last five or six overs and that misbah and malik should be up the order to stable the innings till the latter part of the innings

  • Dr.Hasan on February 27, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Pak are gonna lose this one. They are niether good enough nor likely to be lucky enough to pull off another victory. Hope really HOPE that I M WRONG but doesnt look like it.

  • on February 27, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    Too be honest, i dont know there is some thing major missing in Pakistan Line up, or may be i am missing some thing, i am having a feeling that with this line up, we cannot even make it to Semi's or even to Quarter's in the World Cup, why cant we do some experiment with bringing Imran Nazir and Ahmed Shehzad in, or bring Kamran Akmal in as a batsman only ? they are T20 specialists

  • on February 27, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    I wud love to see some replies on this one. Afridi is not Razzaq. He shd be up the order. Hafeez, Misbah & Asad shd play anchor roles, while Zia, Afridi, Umar Akmal n Hammad Azam shd play n attacking role. Shoaib Malik is a luxury to have in this team atleast, so we shd play adnan akmal as full-time keeper, moreover adnan's batting shdnt be a problem so low down the order, he is able enough to play for 5 overs i m sure. Wahab shd accompany Gul in the attack as he is the best one among the others in the fast bowling bracket, plus his bat may provide us with some valuable hits too. I think batting order should be: 1) Awais Zia. 2) Shahid Afridi 3) Hafeez 4) Misbah 5) Asad Shafiq 6) Umar Akmal 7) Hammad Azam 8) Adnan Akmal 9) Umar Gul 10) Wahab Riaz 11) Saeed Ajmal

  • on February 27, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Does inclusion of Misbah makes sense in T20 internationals?

  • on February 27, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    insha'Allah pakistan is gonnA WIN IT

  • on February 27, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    TEAM PAKISTAN's batting is so poor that winning the third T20 would require some exceptional batting from Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Hammad Azam and a steady hand from Misbah Ul Haq. All others cannot be relied on. Hafeez is a handy player but cannot cope with quality fast bowling. Zia is still unknown quantity and looks out of depth. Shafiq is definitely not T20 or ODI player and as a test player he is still work in progress. Malik played well in 1st T20 but seems out of form. I hope they do not select Imran Farhat, he is an ongoing disappointment and should be made to retire from international cricket. I would prefer TEAM PAKISTAN to play Wahab instead of Cheema as he is a better batsman and a bowler. As long as TEAM PAKISTAN do not have quality batsmen they will always struggle to beat TOP opposition in any format of the game. For today's match my XI would be: 1. Hafeez, 2. Zia?, 3. Malik, 4. Umar, 5. Misbah, 6. shafiq, 7.Afridi, 8. Hammad, 9. Wahab, 10. Gul, 11. Ajmal.

  • vamshi_teamindia on February 27, 2012, 10:24 GMT

    England is the Worste performer of all the teams overseas!! They dont deserve to be NO. in TESTs! In odi'a they dont deserve top-5 also...........SO england is only damm T20 top team

  • richardror on February 27, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    I think England will win the next match, however if they don't, at least they have the dignity in knowing they lost to the best team in the sub-continent!

  • on February 27, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    pakistan will definitely win tonight \!

  • YorkshirePudding on February 27, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    In T20 no team is favorite, or ahead, as its one of the most unpredictable of the three formats.

  • on February 27, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    according to me.. Pakistan doing well but some changes will be fine. 1) Hafeez 2) Awais Zia (if he able to connect the ball in nets) 3) Shoiab Malik / Asad Shafiq 4) Umer Akmal (WK) 5) Misbah 6) Shahid Afridi 7) Hamad Azam 8) Umer Gul 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Abdul Rehman

    what do u say fellows? Hamad Azam should be use as 2nd fast bowler as Hafeez or Abdul Rehman use new ball well for Paksitan since long.

    In the end . Best of Luck Team PAKISTAN.. We love u Always & Foreever

  • on February 27, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    We need Malik in good touch in the late order Hammad was good with bat last time,he should be given a chance to bowl

    Owais career might be short enough Akmal needs to show more discipline Hafeez needs to put more on batting cards

    1-Farhat 2-Hafeez 3-Asad 4-Umar 5-Misbah(for the last time ever) 6-Hammad 7-Malik 8-Afridi 9-Gul 10-Ajmal 11-Khan/Riaz

  • Dannymania on February 27, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    hammad azam is such a huge pure talent,finally we got someone good.For me,umar akmal is the only player in the last decade(Out of all the new ones) that pakistan can be proud of.now hammad azam is here,and i really hope he bowls too.i've seen him bowling in first class matches that i attended.He is a medium fast bowler,has a pretty decent line and length.he is basically a batting allrounder though.but i think he should be given a ball soon.Misbah doesnt bowl him at all.Misbah shows more confidence in Malik than in any other player.may be they've something going on in the side.i dont know.i just know that misbah is a very good test captain,because he has the temperament.he is not a good captain in odis and in t20s.the reason for that is,that he doesnt like to change stuff.batting order,bowling options,field chages,bowling changes..he doesnt like change at all.

  • on February 27, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    why there is no Imran Nazir in Pak t20 squad...

  • koldmeat on February 27, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Drop Malik. Get Imran Farhat in. Hamad Azam should open. Hafiz should play at no 4. Mishbah should come as the last recognised batsman. Do all these, Pakistan will win.

  • FaheemAhmed on February 27, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    A child was batting in his street, he hit the ball so hard that his own home's window glass broke, his mother ask him not to hit hard, he was an obedient child so never in his life he hit the ball again, he only play tuk tuk cricket, now the world known him as misbah-ul-block.

  • gm47 on February 27, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    @subbass 100% agree.. my exact thoughts :)

  • mansoorJ on February 27, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    itz deciding match, who will take the serries? Positive mind set team will be the winner. To put the target and to chase the target in both ways teams have to be Positive mind set. I am for pakistan's win and will suggest Misbah to promote fighting instinct in each player. SINGLE AND DOUBLES ARE VERY IMPORTANT not like in the 2nd T-20 " 51 dott balls" I will suggest on every stroke towords boundry they shd try to get double with fast running during the wicket, not like the break dancing movments like in the 2nd T-20 amoung Misbah n Shoaib malik. to keep run rate up play ball to ball or at least over to over. Its a Strokes format so let they batsmen play their strokes but intelligently for sure. my team may be .1. Hafeez 2 owais 3 Asad 4 Hammad Azam 5 Umer Akmal 6 Misbah 7 Afridi 8 Umer Gul 9 Saeed Ajmal 10 Junaid khan 11 replave Shoaib with any youngster with Allrounder instinct when nt possible then Shoaib Malik let play WISH U GUD GAME

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on February 27, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    PAK dont want big changes in there squad but for only this t20 coz this playing XI is perfect combination at present,there is no replacement of MALIK & ZIA in present squad so MISBAH need to persist with last t20 playing XI...I think only 1 change is possible & could be effective that is REHMAN in place of CHEEMA...I know it is hard replacement but REHMAN is wicket taking option as well as economical bowler 2...ENGLISH opener will surely struggled against REHMAN's straighter one & it is hard to find quick runs against him...Toss is the deciding factor for both teams...I think REHMAN is far better option as CHEEMA,plz MiSBAH give opprotunity to REHMAN...guys r u agree with me...i hope so...if not so plz tell me why...???

  • on February 27, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    MY COMMENT MAY BE CONTROVERSIAL BUT WHAT I AM SAYING IS WHAT PAKISTAN NEEDS! ENGLAND HAS DIFFERENT CAPTIANS FOR TESTS ODI AND T20's! MISBAH SHOULD RETIRE FROM T20 AND HAFEEZ Should MADE THE CAPTIAN of T20! BCZ THIS IS NOT ODI!! MISBAH SHOULD REMAIN IN ODI AND TESTS AS A CAPTIAN! @ CRICALLi ::: U R RIGHT THAT REHMAN SHOULD BE BROUGHT IN BUT HE CANT BE REPLACED BY AJMAL OR SEAM! NEITHER SHOAIB MALIK BCZ HE CAN ALSO BAT!!

    WE NEED PLAYERS LIKE HAMMAD AZAM!!! OWAIS ZIA SHOULD BE REPLACE WITH FARHAT AS AN OPENER OR SHOULD BE REPLACED BY A MIDDLE ORDER BATSMAN!!

  • Lakpj on February 27, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    There are better Pak players playing in the BPL than some of those who are in the team. Akmal, Shezad, Nasir Jamshed, etc..

  • shauketbhat on February 27, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    @Pak team, Misbhah has done well so far but i think T20 doesn`t belong to him and he should retire from this platform..... Give chance to youngsters instead of playing Shoib Malik...... Give chance to Kamran Akmal, Shahzad Ahmad both have done well in BPL......

  • on February 27, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Guys you can't ask Hammad to open batting!!! Some players are made for these situations, Australia never ask Hussey or Bevan to open there preferred slot were at No.6, So let Hammad in at 6 or 7 but not at 8.

  • on February 27, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Misbah Tuk Tuk will also lose this game

  • ProfMahmood on February 27, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Zia, Afridi, Malik good sloggers to take advantage of fielding restrictions, then Misbah to consolidate then rest of the batting order would work out itself. Preferably, follow with Hammad, Umer Akmal, and Abdul Hafeez. The latter would play the fast bowlers well during the closing stages of the game. Best of luck.

  • PAKISTANSTARS1 on February 27, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    hey cricketbigfan dnt to worry about captain of the team in limited overs bcoz a man of aggression is come back soon guess who is it.?

    a challenge for all users!

  • PAKISTANSTARS1 on February 27, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    i think if they should drop hafeez and open the innings with malik because i think malik is good opening player, hafeez not going well since last 3 or 4 innings.or change his batting order down the side and they must replace aizaz cheema with wahab riaz bcoz he is a owesome bowler of limited overs.and they are wasted him. in my opinion batting order should like this 1) malik 2) zia 3) asad 4) u.akmal 5) h.azam 6) misbah 7) hafeez/ rehman 8) afridi 9) ajmal 10) riaz 11)gul and if they drop zia at only base on the performance of 2nd t20i so it will b a huge mistake.bcoz i think he is good hard hitter at time.

  • tjsimonsen on February 27, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    @Khwaja Rizwan: I don't think that anyone is denying that.

  • on February 27, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Pakistan must win this.Today we are expecting much more from Awais Zia,Umer Akmal,Hammad Azam,Malik and the BIG BOOOM BOOM SHAHID AFRIDI.Todayz match will be hot n thriller.

  • on February 27, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Can anybody tell me how many among pak's currnt t20 batng lineup are of intrnatnl standard? If anybdy considrs hafez,misbah,asad ,malik ,farhat lyng in ths catogry then ths z a bigst joke for ths year.

  • on February 27, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Its a shame that somebody z discardng awaiz claimng he z nt of intrnatnl standard n askng for imran farhat as his replacemnt lol! Mr. Farhat z nt even of club standrd. Afridi n zia should l√łok to open rehman should b in 4 hafeez as both R performng with ball only

  • on February 27, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    Posted a comment earlier but page refreshed. Apologies if it appears twice

    Pakistan team that id like to see

    1) Zia 2) Imran Nazir 3) Ahmed Shahzad 4) Umar Akmal wk 5) Azhar Mahmood 6) Hammad Azam 7) Abdul Razzaq 8) Afridi 9) Hafeez/Rehman/Sami/Rana Naveed ul Hasan 10) Gul 11) Ajmal - Remaining Reserves Raza Hasan, Shahzaib Hasan, Junaid and Wahab

    9th position should be condition based and yes Hafeez is a hit and miss player whose better side is his off spin. Thrusting him to open again and again and failing means he needs to be given competition. Rana has been amazing every where in the world where he has played, big bash, friends life T20, BPL, you name it and he has been amazing there, deserves a recall and so does Azhar Mahmood. A much matured, experienced and improved t20 player than ever deserves a recall. Srilanka is fielding four seam all rounding all rounders, India is having good bowling option pool for medium pacers, its high time we move back to our strength.

  • shaan1112 on February 27, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    First of all we need to change the batting line up,since we can't change the player at this moment. We should just line them up better for now, so we can give pakistan a litttle better change to win. Here how's it should be : 1.Asad shafiq 2.afridi 3.misbah 4.umar akmal 5. hafeez 6.hammad 7. zia 8.gul 9.shoaib 10.saeed ajmal 11.riaz BEST CHANGE TO WIN AT THIS MOMENT HAVE TO PLAY WITH THIS TEAM IF PAKISTAN WANTS TO WIN.

  • on February 27, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    What is happening to Abdul Rassaq?

  • on February 27, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    the way Afridi plays, he should open the bat or come in top three when fielding is in the circle, there will be few fielders in the ring, more chance of runs. But Misbah is not a 20/20 material. He is good for test and one day.

  • Desihungama on February 27, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    Zia failed because he was asked to curb his enthusiasm. Wrong. He seem like a natural hitter of ball. Hammad could not finish it because he was forced to up the tempo which may not be his strongest game. Wrong again. Playing combination and order is all wrong. Pakistan's best short version players are at the moment delighting the crowds in Bangladesh. Good going BPL.

  • aiksa on February 27, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    I totally agree after watching Awais Zia in the 2nd match that he is NOT the international stuff, unless he changes his game DRASTICALLY. He must understand that cricket is not about POWER. Hammad Azam has some serious potential and needs to be promoted in batting and given some bowling too. Time for Malik to move on I guess. Misbah needs to give up T20 for the format is too dynamic for his captaincy and aggressive for his batting.

  • on February 27, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    Actually Malik's innings was instrumental in winning the first one day match. I am deeply disappointed with Awais Zia. At this stage players should know that opponent bowlers are not stupid, they will figure you out by watching your videos and find your weekness. Same thing is true for Afridi, Razzaq and Umar Akmal to some extent. Opponent bowlers have figured them out where to bowl them. English bowlers kept bowling Awais Zia outside off and he was try to hit those balls over midwicket when he should have tried to play square. Please publish my comments.

  • criclover88 on February 26, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    Cheema should be out for Rehman. Batting orer: Hafeez, Zia, Akmal, Safiq, Azam, Afridi, Malik, Misbah, Gul, Ajmal, rehman.

  • Sports4Youth on February 26, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    England definately hold the edge. But if some of these pak players like Awais, Hammad, Afridi, U.Akmal fire then things can change very quickly

  • Sports4Youth on February 26, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    @ Talha Hassan on (Feb 26 2012, 22:35 PM GMT) :-- Consider this batting order : 1.Awais 2.hafeez 3.umar 4.hammad 5.asad 6.afridi 7.malik 8.misbah 9.umar gul 10.ajmal 11.aizaz . That is your team reshuffled. But i would suggest get rid of Cheema get in one more hard-hitter and share 4 overs between Malik-Azam.

  • CRICALLi on February 26, 2012, 23:02 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'.

  • Sports4Youth on February 26, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    @ smjr on (Feb,6 2012, 18:48 PM GMT) : - TOTALLY AGREED. The only thing that remained in your batting order was Shoeb Malik. At what position should he bat. I believe either Malik or Misbah should bat higher up, so that they can be separated. Because in the end when accelaration is required they just slow down the proceedings.

  • CRICALLi on February 26, 2012, 22:38 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.

  • Sports4Youth on February 26, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    @ Nithesh Rathod on (Feb, 26 2012, 19:03 PM GMT) :-- You are right about the similarity about the pitches. But there will be one difference that may help the English bowlers in DXB. Unlike the Abu Dhabi Stadium the Dubai stadium is open. with good wind blowing in the evening. That may enable swing to the enlish seamers.

  • on February 26, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    batting order should be: 1.hafeez 2.awias 3.asad 4.hammad 5.umar 6.afridi 7.malik 8.misbah 9.umar gul 10.ajmal 11.aizaz

  • Zahidsaltin on February 26, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    Pakistan should change a whole thing by bringing Asad Shafiq lower down the order and letting Hammad or Misbah take over take over one down place.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 26, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    ONE doesn't need to be a Sunil Gavesker to find out that Awais Zia is not a player for international stage. You even didn't need to watch his second match innings to reach that assesment. First was just enough. English are just too clever to feed him balls which can be hit on leg side. I dont think he is better than Gul. But smell that Misbah will do exactly what no one wants. He will play him. It may be the first time that I am asking for Imran Farhat to be played. I also hope that some how we can get rid of Malik as I feel that he is done with cricket. I think God always does the justice.

  • ManHOOS on February 26, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    I fink Pakistan should play same XI but promote Hammad up the order coz Malik n Misbah slow down the runrate like a fast n furious tortoise !!!!!!!

  • sibtayn on February 26, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    i think hammad is being wasted at no.8 he should be promoted possibly to no.7 but in order to do so shafiq or awais need to sit out for a.akmal or a.rehman

  • on February 26, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    I think this may be Pakistan's killer batting line up: 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Asad Shafiq, 3 Umar Akmal (wk), 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Awais Zia, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Hammad Azam, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Aizaz Cheema The top order seriously needs to be there until altleast 10 overs though.

  • pkcricfan101 on February 26, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Drop malik and move hafeez down the order for gods sake!

    1 )farhat 2)zia 3) asad shafiq 4) umar akmal 5) hammad azam 6) hafeez 7) afridi 8) misbah 9 )gul 10) ajmal 11) cheema

    Zia failed last game but lets just see how he goes for one more game. Im not a fan of farhat but he is more in form than malik at the moment.

  • Sports4Youth on February 26, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Pakistan is lucky to have won the 1st T20. Pakistan is lucky that atleast this time a white wash is not possible. Otherwise the way Misbah is going it deserved to be a white wash. I just hope he does not get ever appointed the captain of the limited over format. Some player just need to go from the limited overs game.

  • Sports4Youth on February 26, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    It will be a miracle if Pakistan win the 3rd T20. Misbah is just not gettng anything right. Just like Dhoni is bent upon promoting Jadeja, So is Misbah bent upon promoting Shoeb Malik as a pure batsman. Hammad Azam is being wasted. Pakistan do not have proper batting and what ever is there is not being utilised properly. Bowlling also looks iffy. I would say England firm favorites.

  • on February 26, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    i feel dubai and abu dhabi stadium pitches are almost similar. so, i feel the one which bats first should win the final match.

  • subbass on February 26, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Dunno about having the edge, 50/50 game in my eyes.

    For me it will depend on whether the pitch offers any help to England's quick's, or if it helps the Pak spinners, that is the game decider for me anyway, plus I guess both sides would want to bat first so the toss is vital.

    I suppose I might make England slight favourites but only by a tiny margin and really, as I say, it is 50/50, or put another way, 51 49 to England..

  • liaqathussain on February 26, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    i don't see how pak can beat england,

    england have pwer hitters in the middle order while pak have malik and misbah,

    droppin malik and bringin in farhat would be like shooting yourself in both legs,

    simply don't see how pak can win the last match, unless something out of the abnormal happens and i cant see england letting that happen

  • on February 26, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Kindly note that a test series white-wash is more significant than an ODI one.

  • smjr on February 26, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    It will be cracker of match with both teams fighting for the pride of taking two different formats of series (Test & T-20 for Pak and ODI + T-20 for Eng) with them. Whatever be the result it will be cricket at its best during last few weeks in UAE. England has an edge over Pakistan in tomorrow match due to their superior fielding and batsman having wide range of shots. However Pakistan as usual may surprise England. Pakistan should change batting order with Uamr Akmal at 3 Hammd Azam at 4 Asad Shafiq at 5, Afridi at 6, Misbah at 7. Hafeez to open the inning with Zia. All Pak batsman should play sensible attacking shot and if they batted first and score in excess of 150 they will win.

  • on February 26, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    I know your strength and I do believe you can outclass them again..... but Please don't pick Malik again Good Luck Team Pakistan

  • Resultpredictor on February 26, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    England will win this match as long as Misbah is the captain of Pakistan....

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  • Resultpredictor on February 26, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    England will win this match as long as Misbah is the captain of Pakistan....

  • on February 26, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    I know your strength and I do believe you can outclass them again..... but Please don't pick Malik again Good Luck Team Pakistan

  • smjr on February 26, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    It will be cracker of match with both teams fighting for the pride of taking two different formats of series (Test & T-20 for Pak and ODI + T-20 for Eng) with them. Whatever be the result it will be cricket at its best during last few weeks in UAE. England has an edge over Pakistan in tomorrow match due to their superior fielding and batsman having wide range of shots. However Pakistan as usual may surprise England. Pakistan should change batting order with Uamr Akmal at 3 Hammd Azam at 4 Asad Shafiq at 5, Afridi at 6, Misbah at 7. Hafeez to open the inning with Zia. All Pak batsman should play sensible attacking shot and if they batted first and score in excess of 150 they will win.

  • on February 26, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    Kindly note that a test series white-wash is more significant than an ODI one.

  • liaqathussain on February 26, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    i don't see how pak can beat england,

    england have pwer hitters in the middle order while pak have malik and misbah,

    droppin malik and bringin in farhat would be like shooting yourself in both legs,

    simply don't see how pak can win the last match, unless something out of the abnormal happens and i cant see england letting that happen

  • subbass on February 26, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    Dunno about having the edge, 50/50 game in my eyes.

    For me it will depend on whether the pitch offers any help to England's quick's, or if it helps the Pak spinners, that is the game decider for me anyway, plus I guess both sides would want to bat first so the toss is vital.

    I suppose I might make England slight favourites but only by a tiny margin and really, as I say, it is 50/50, or put another way, 51 49 to England..

  • on February 26, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    i feel dubai and abu dhabi stadium pitches are almost similar. so, i feel the one which bats first should win the final match.

  • Sports4Youth on February 26, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    It will be a miracle if Pakistan win the 3rd T20. Misbah is just not gettng anything right. Just like Dhoni is bent upon promoting Jadeja, So is Misbah bent upon promoting Shoeb Malik as a pure batsman. Hammad Azam is being wasted. Pakistan do not have proper batting and what ever is there is not being utilised properly. Bowlling also looks iffy. I would say England firm favorites.

  • Sports4Youth on February 26, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Pakistan is lucky to have won the 1st T20. Pakistan is lucky that atleast this time a white wash is not possible. Otherwise the way Misbah is going it deserved to be a white wash. I just hope he does not get ever appointed the captain of the limited over format. Some player just need to go from the limited overs game.

  • pkcricfan101 on February 26, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Drop malik and move hafeez down the order for gods sake!

    1 )farhat 2)zia 3) asad shafiq 4) umar akmal 5) hammad azam 6) hafeez 7) afridi 8) misbah 9 )gul 10) ajmal 11) cheema

    Zia failed last game but lets just see how he goes for one more game. Im not a fan of farhat but he is more in form than malik at the moment.