Pakistan v England, 3rd Twenty20, Abu Dhabi February 27, 2012

England seal series in thriller

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England 129 for 6 (Pietersen 62*, Ajmal 4-23) beat Pakistan 124 for 6 (Shafiq 34) by five runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

England produced world-class death bowling coupled with moments of brilliance in the field to snatch a five-run victory in the deciding Twenty20 against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi and seal the series 2-1. With Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal together, needing 35 off the last five overs, Pakistan were in control but Stuart Broad and Jade Dernbach showed nerves of steel to finish the tour on a high.

Broad bowled the 16th and 19th overs which cost just four runs apiece and that included a misfield by Jonny Bairstow at long-on in the penultimate over which gave away a boundary. Broad removed Akmal, who skied a catch to long-off after missing the first two balls of the 19th over, and Bairstow redeemed himself in the last with a powerful throw to Craig Kieswetter which found Shahid Afridi short of his crease.

Dernbach, who bowled the 17th over for six runs, was left with 13 to play with for the last and was in control except when a slower ball looped out short to be called wide. That left Pakistan needing eight off three deliveries but Hammad Azam and Misbah could only muster two singles before a trademark slower ball from Dernbach castled Misbah and set of wild celebrations from the bowler.

The series win, a notable result for Broad who is still in his infancy as a captain, will give the England squad a significant surge of confidence ahead of their title defence at the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. Their remaining T20s before that tournament are all at home, so success in conditions similar - if not identical - to Sri Lanka will have provided a wealth of knowledge especially for the younger players.

Misbah, meanwhile, could well face further criticism after ending with 28 off 32 balls but it should have been the anchor innings to guide his side home. Only in the final four overs did the asking rate hit eight-an-over and some of Akmal's wild heaves to leg didn't show very clear thinking. It had been difficult to hit boundaries all evening - the match produced 15 fours and three sixes - and huge credit must go to England's bowlers and fielders. Graeme Swann built pressure for the quicks with a guileful spell and Jos Buttler, having endured a poor series with the bat, manufactured a wicket with a flat throw that was superbly collected by Kieswetter to remove the well-set Asad Shafiq.

It is a fine line batsmen tread in Twenty20. For the failure of Misbah to get his side across the line there is the success of Kevin Pietersen after his unbeaten 62, made from a sedate 52 balls, gave England a defendable total. It was clear early on that this wasn't a 150 pitch and Pietersen judged it was better to stay until the end than aim too high. Samit Patel contributed a spritely 16 and Pietersen finished the innings with a last-ball six off Aizaz Cheema which ultimately proved the difference.

What Eoin Morgan would give for some of Pietersen's end-of-tour form. His last innings of the trip was a tortured affair, as many of the 16 before this one had also been. He chipped short of long-off against Afridi on 6 and should have been stumped on 8 as Akmal added another error to a long list. But this one didn't prove costly although Morgan was left cursing a team-mate rather than himself. Pietersen drove firmly to cover, where Misbah fumbled, and didn't adhere to the adage of "don't run on a misfield", leaving Morgan stuffed when he changed his mind again.

Bairstow couldn't repeat his showing from two days ago as he misjudged the length against Saeed Ajmal, who claimed 4 for 23, and England's other young middle-order batsman, Buttler, had another tough innings. He scored four runs off the nine combined deliveries he faced from Ajmal and Afridi and was then given lbw against Ajmal playing a sweep that left him on his knees in the crease. This tour hasn't launched Buttler's international career as it appeared it could do but he can still make the World Twenty20.

Crucially, however, Umar Gul had a poor day. Trying to react to Pietersen's movement in the crease, he conceded five wides down the leg side and, in his final over, sprayed another wide outside off stump with Pietersen proceeding to hit the seventh ball to the midwicket boundary. That's all it takes to change a tight Twenty20.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • wrenx on March 1, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    @Raymond Oliver : Hilarious. Does telling yourself that story really change the result of the test series? Not like Rehman made a fool of the entire England lineup or anything...oh, wait. Say what you like, results won't change. Pakistan won the tests, England took the limited-over matches. I know which result I prefer, if you're satisfied with England's performance on this tour, then more power to you. When it comes real cricket, England got BEAT DOWN

  • revolution72 on March 1, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Bring back Imran Nazir.. he is a big match player.. T20 finals against india, ICL finals and now BPL finals.. He is like sehwag, warner or gayle.. not consistent..but when he goes going - can rip off any attack

  • fata7280 on February 29, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Misbah its mental torture to see your batting in ODI and T20's. Other teams now realize the fact that if they let Misbah play till the end of innings then automatically they will win the match as he is POOREST FINISHER of the game. Misbah you don't deserve any place in ODI and T20 not only as a captain but also as a player. Misbah who can forget your T20 WC final (2007) stupid shot that cost us the WC and also your 2011 WC semifinal innings when you played 42 DOT Balls. And now again you cost us this decider series. Misbah you are a crunch match CHOKER and will always be.

  • JG2704 on February 29, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    What a shame that some of the recent posters have resorted to gloating and sniping. Truth is England underperformed with the bat big time in the test matches. Pakistan probably underperformed with the bat in the ODIs and both teams had magic and woeful moments in the T20s.It doesn't matter what would happen if Pakistan played a test series in England , they played the series in conditions which were good for them just like England and Australia would play on pitches which would suit them better.

  • JG2704 on February 29, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    @GreenTeam-Elite on (February 27 2012, 21:37 PM GMT) Thanks for the decent comms - both on this and throughout the tour. Now we don't have to play each other I hope that your team can build on the test whitewash and climb those rankings

  • JG2704 on February 29, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    @Raju Rajput on (February 27 2012, 20:59 PM GMT) To be honest as an England fan I feel we should have chased 35 off 5 in the 1st match Truth is in the ODI matches and T20 matches England won it was a combination of England better/Pakistan worse. The reverse is the case in the tests. It's natural to criticise one's own team when they lose.

  • JG2704 on February 29, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    @Fawad Rehan on (February 29 2012, 07:41 AM GMT)re "I think all the English fans, trying to prove that it was Ajmal or the DRS that was the reason for 3-0 test whitewash" What ARE you on about.? When England lost the test series to Pakistan we were lambasting our own players and giving credit to Pakistan. There may have been one or 2 comms when there was a thread on Ajmal's action but at the end of the series no one was mentioning it. DRS is the same for both sides and Pakistan used it well. What's the point in bringing yesteryear's stats up? Also this was a thread on the ODIs. Maybe you should actually find some comms where English fans are saying these things rather than "think" these things up?

  • jonnybtestmatch on February 29, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Why are all the Pakistani fans so quick to turn inwards. The reason Eng won this game is that they have a far, far better attack. The batting is relativley similar, but PAK missed a trick not picking Rehman, which consequently made their attack comparitivley weaker than England's. Misbah had a bad game but the reception he has got on these threads seems unjustified. As an ENG fan it does worry me how many of our players look against the turning ball. Surely IND and SRI will produce bunsens and we will struggle again. England need to take the Aussie approach and get down the track. It is so rare that we have ever seen an ENG player who can sweep well and if you don't use your feet either, then realistically you can only score of a rank bad ball. Against the spinners you need to create your own scoring areas and I don't think we do this well enough. If you watch the footwork of the Sri Lankans and Indians you see how well they use the crease. We need to start using our feet. And quick

  • on February 29, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    I think all the English fans, trying to prove that it was Ajmal or the DRS that was the reason for 3-0 test whitewash, should recall the visit of a similar high-flying Ashes-winning English team, which came to Pakistan in 2005. That time, it was neither a spinner nor DRS to be accused of their defeat. It was Shoaib Akhtar who bamboozled them at that time. And after facing & handling Aussie quicks in previous tour, they failed to handle Shoaib in Pakistan's slow, low tracks. Result = Eng narrowly escaped whitewash; 2-0 to Pak.

  • dariuscorny on February 29, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    @Raymond Oliver very well said man but there is also the other way round.very similarly u guys also cannot become world champs as u play on one dimensional fast pitches that is the reason u guys are not able to cope with the spinning ball in the subcontinent.am i right.u just came out of ur den and u lose it 3-0 to Pakistan.isnt that a relevant proof.i shud say Pak played English brand of oneday cricket rather u guys played well

  • wrenx on March 1, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    @Raymond Oliver : Hilarious. Does telling yourself that story really change the result of the test series? Not like Rehman made a fool of the entire England lineup or anything...oh, wait. Say what you like, results won't change. Pakistan won the tests, England took the limited-over matches. I know which result I prefer, if you're satisfied with England's performance on this tour, then more power to you. When it comes real cricket, England got BEAT DOWN

  • revolution72 on March 1, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Bring back Imran Nazir.. he is a big match player.. T20 finals against india, ICL finals and now BPL finals.. He is like sehwag, warner or gayle.. not consistent..but when he goes going - can rip off any attack

  • fata7280 on February 29, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Misbah its mental torture to see your batting in ODI and T20's. Other teams now realize the fact that if they let Misbah play till the end of innings then automatically they will win the match as he is POOREST FINISHER of the game. Misbah you don't deserve any place in ODI and T20 not only as a captain but also as a player. Misbah who can forget your T20 WC final (2007) stupid shot that cost us the WC and also your 2011 WC semifinal innings when you played 42 DOT Balls. And now again you cost us this decider series. Misbah you are a crunch match CHOKER and will always be.

  • JG2704 on February 29, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    What a shame that some of the recent posters have resorted to gloating and sniping. Truth is England underperformed with the bat big time in the test matches. Pakistan probably underperformed with the bat in the ODIs and both teams had magic and woeful moments in the T20s.It doesn't matter what would happen if Pakistan played a test series in England , they played the series in conditions which were good for them just like England and Australia would play on pitches which would suit them better.

  • JG2704 on February 29, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    @GreenTeam-Elite on (February 27 2012, 21:37 PM GMT) Thanks for the decent comms - both on this and throughout the tour. Now we don't have to play each other I hope that your team can build on the test whitewash and climb those rankings

  • JG2704 on February 29, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    @Raju Rajput on (February 27 2012, 20:59 PM GMT) To be honest as an England fan I feel we should have chased 35 off 5 in the 1st match Truth is in the ODI matches and T20 matches England won it was a combination of England better/Pakistan worse. The reverse is the case in the tests. It's natural to criticise one's own team when they lose.

  • JG2704 on February 29, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    @Fawad Rehan on (February 29 2012, 07:41 AM GMT)re "I think all the English fans, trying to prove that it was Ajmal or the DRS that was the reason for 3-0 test whitewash" What ARE you on about.? When England lost the test series to Pakistan we were lambasting our own players and giving credit to Pakistan. There may have been one or 2 comms when there was a thread on Ajmal's action but at the end of the series no one was mentioning it. DRS is the same for both sides and Pakistan used it well. What's the point in bringing yesteryear's stats up? Also this was a thread on the ODIs. Maybe you should actually find some comms where English fans are saying these things rather than "think" these things up?

  • jonnybtestmatch on February 29, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Why are all the Pakistani fans so quick to turn inwards. The reason Eng won this game is that they have a far, far better attack. The batting is relativley similar, but PAK missed a trick not picking Rehman, which consequently made their attack comparitivley weaker than England's. Misbah had a bad game but the reception he has got on these threads seems unjustified. As an ENG fan it does worry me how many of our players look against the turning ball. Surely IND and SRI will produce bunsens and we will struggle again. England need to take the Aussie approach and get down the track. It is so rare that we have ever seen an ENG player who can sweep well and if you don't use your feet either, then realistically you can only score of a rank bad ball. Against the spinners you need to create your own scoring areas and I don't think we do this well enough. If you watch the footwork of the Sri Lankans and Indians you see how well they use the crease. We need to start using our feet. And quick

  • on February 29, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    I think all the English fans, trying to prove that it was Ajmal or the DRS that was the reason for 3-0 test whitewash, should recall the visit of a similar high-flying Ashes-winning English team, which came to Pakistan in 2005. That time, it was neither a spinner nor DRS to be accused of their defeat. It was Shoaib Akhtar who bamboozled them at that time. And after facing & handling Aussie quicks in previous tour, they failed to handle Shoaib in Pakistan's slow, low tracks. Result = Eng narrowly escaped whitewash; 2-0 to Pak.

  • dariuscorny on February 29, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    @Raymond Oliver very well said man but there is also the other way round.very similarly u guys also cannot become world champs as u play on one dimensional fast pitches that is the reason u guys are not able to cope with the spinning ball in the subcontinent.am i right.u just came out of ur den and u lose it 3-0 to Pakistan.isnt that a relevant proof.i shud say Pak played English brand of oneday cricket rather u guys played well

  • on February 28, 2012, 23:58 GMT

    @jimmy2s. I know this is not Pakistan. But UAE is the alternative venue considered Pakistan's alternative home. Okay so Pakistan doesn't care about the world cup or T20 world cup? A Big insult really, when they play with pride and passion and a lot of fans have attacked the Pakistan team and captain on here when you're the only one that praises them for test matches only, maybe you are still living in an era before ODI and T20 started. England will know they lost the tests, but came back strongly in the other formats. Pakistan have been losing ODI and T20 more often than India, Sri Lanka, Australia and South Africa. Some of the Pakistani's limited overs careers will be under the microscope. You can't win a world cup with Misbah in it. No problem with their test team. England copped the loss on the chin.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on February 28, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    Guys, when Afridi was captain, he was the one who told each batsmen to how they should play. He told Misbah to play as a backbone with a steady run rate and hit bounderies of which he is capable. Afridi told Misbah to take risks and Misbah did it (except in the WC Semi's). If Misbah is the captain in ODI's and T20's, then he will make his decisions himself. Misbah should play Tests (Being captain himself) and ODI's but Afridi should captain the ODI and T20 teams. Misbah needs to be in the squad in the ODI's as he will play in what Afridi will tell him to, so guys, don't be so harsh on him.

  • ShezadK on February 28, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    Pak Team can play one type of cricket; last year they were good T20 team and were playing test cricket and ODIs like T20. Now they can play good test cricket so Pak team is playing T20 like a test match. See the approach of Indian's today although its v difficult to reach in final but they had good approach in the match. If I would Indian fan I can forgive if they loose today's match because of good try. Com'on Misbah leave the captaincy of T20 and ODI's... Let Afridi do it. focus on test cricket.

  • Usman_Jilani on February 28, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    Poor performance by both teams I would say but many congratulations to England for the great bowling at the death and for taking the series. I think it's amazing what slight tweaking can do in world Cricket. If this was the Misbah of World Twenty20 2007, he would be great where he is batting now, but I think he should be promoted up the order with Awais because whenever he comes into bat, he's batting under pressure. I think he'll enjoy his batting up the order and really express him self with the bat more, and let Hafeez take Misbah's current spot lower down the order. I think this will do wonders for Pakistan. I just believe that there should be at least 1 defensive player in the 2020 form to hold everything together.

  • perkhan on February 28, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Time for Misbah to go as captain - he batted wrongly, and in all One Dayers, he had poor command of field placings - he did not give the spinners the chance to attack, instead letting the England batsmen carry on picking ones and twos. That's what cost us all the ODI and the T20s. Not forgetting that the Pakistani batsmen did not use their brains at all!

  • on February 28, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Jimmy2 - I watched most of the cricket during the tour and I'm afraid to say that the last couple of weeks has just proved how poor Pakistan is. You won the test series on wickets prepared to resemble those in Pakistan - and because of DRS. Take 'Chuckmal ' out of the team and you would struggle to beat Bangladesh. You'll never be World champs because you play on low, slow wickets (which is why Pakistan nor any other subcontinental team as ever won a series in Australia).

  • CricketingStargazer on February 28, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    @JG2704, amen to your comments on the Pakistan fans. In the end, both sides can take some comfort from the tour, but England's won't last long if the Test series in Sri Lanka is lost. If it is, it is hard to see Andrew Strauss staying on, particulary if he is short of runs. This is a captaincy crisis that England would like to avoid because I am sure that the selectors would prefer Alistair Cook to take over for the 2013 winter tour rather than in summer 2012.

  • farooq.ahmed.khan on February 28, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    i think ,now the selectors must think about misbah to get rid of him from t20 and odi

  • MalolanR on February 28, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Just A Month ALL you Pakistan Fans were praising misbah for his leadership but just after losing 4 odis and 2 t20s u are cursing him.....wat a funny game cricket is....

  • yorkshirematt on February 28, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    Only a series win in Sri Lanka will banish the memories of the test series for good, but England have at least laid a few ghosts to rest with the two limited overs series wins.

  • Mashood_Pakistan on February 28, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    bye bye Uncle Misbah. young blood is needed to be induced in Pakistan's veins.

  • drnaveed on February 28, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Misbah really disappointed the whole nation,and it was not for the first time he did so with his batting, in shortest format of the game,he has done it a number of times.every one knows he is not fit for 20-20 format games,except he himself.he just blocks and blocks every ball,does not rotate the strike,which is so important in limited over games. he should see how a limited over game is played,by watching todays game b/w Ind and SL.from nowhere India fought all the way and won it with about 80 balls to spare, luckily for them, misbah was not there in their side,otherwise they would have lost it, for sure.it is time either,he should retire from 20-20 games, or if not,then our cricket board should be bold enough not to select him for 20-2- games.yes,we need his services for test matches,both as a captain and a batsman.

  • shah_nawaj on February 28, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Pakistan should look forward.... Misbah is near about 38 right now. He has no ability to play in T20 & ODI....this is real fact. Give a chance to Rajjaq, Kamran Akmal. Next big question, who will be the captain?

  • RoyFialho on February 28, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Like many others i think Misbah should give up on playing 20/Twenty because of his age & intrest of the country if u may go a few years back even in the 20/Tewenty World Cup if right 2009 he could not bat & that was the same yesterday.

  • on February 28, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    pleasee gett rid offf misbah enough is enoughh iam thierd of seeing misbah costing us games that we should have had won...take out misbah malik and farhat out of the odi and t20 they aint that great..replace them with upcoming stars...sadaf hussain is a great bowler and nazir is doing well bring him in..there more better players out there...batting needs improving and attitude plus fielding...if you make pakistan chase most likely you will win...and fire the dam coach he is useless...

  • wrenx on February 28, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    @ Chris Sun Dunno what you're on about - English fans have short memories, but Pakistanis don't. We'll remember the test hammering handed out for a lot longer than a few piddly one-dayers. And in case you were confused, the UAE isn't in Pakistan. And no public-schoolboy English batsman can hold a candle to a common day-labourer like Misbah who now captains his country; he out-batted the lot of them. Pakistan made some mistakes, but all in all, this was their tour, and you can't pretend like England are happy with being beaten at their own game. Time for England to lick their wounds and move on after being humbled in the desert

  • JG2704 on February 28, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    @fata7280 on (February 27 2012, 21:46 PM GMT) re "Question: What is common between South Africa and Misbah? Answer: Both are CHOKERS" - He won the most meaningful series of the tour. And on yesterdays game I'd say U Akmal was more to blame. If Misbah's game plan was to pick it off at 6 or 7 per over and then Akmal decided to try and be the unnecessary hero , then Misbah suddenly has to alter his game plan and play risky shots which looked difficult on that pitch.

  • JG2704 on February 28, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    May I just say again , how refreshing it is that , by and large fans of team Pakistan have been a breath of fresh air on these boards.When your team won the test series by whitewash we had plenty of celebratory comms but very few of the gloating and sniping variety. When Eng won the T20s and ODIs , while there were plenty criticising their own team/captain , there were also plenty of folk congratulating England. I would list members individually but I know I'll miss someone out , but just to say all the best to you all.

  • wrenx on February 28, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Meh. Still take 3-0 in the tests over a few one-day losses every time. Was good fun though, Pakistan can head on home from a victorious tour, and leave England to contemplate their humbling. Hope the boys get a break - should send a team of young folks for the Asia Cup.

  • zaf100 on February 28, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    We are all very angry with Misbah-ul-haq because what he did yesterday was unforgivable, a simple run Chase messed up completely by skipper because he wanted to be a hero to stay till end and finish the game himself, I am afraid he got it all wrong and probably dig his own grave. I don't think Misbah-ul-haq will ever lead Pakistan in 20/20 again. It was tricky Chase but Misbah-ul-haq left it too late for others big hitters to win easily. At one time we only needed six runs per over with eight wickets in hand and fifty odd runs to score that was the time he should have gone for aggressive approach and put England under pressure plus brought the run rate down to less than run a ball. If we had lost the game by scoring the same total for all out than I can say we tried but failed but we had shown no intentions and few eye brows were raised yesterday. Time to select three teams for three different formats. Interesting headaches for Pakistan board ahead. Good luck.

  • Munkeymomo on February 28, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Good end for the English fans, and in general with such a tight game, to a great series. Back and forth, and unpredictable. Overall a brilliant series played in excellent spirit. Nice to see a series between Eng and Pakistan without controversy.

  • Stark62 on February 28, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Bravo Misbah, bravo!

    I've reached a point, where it's futile to talk about Misbah's frailties in the shorter format and won't talk about it.

    Anyway, Zia showed control today but his NOTHING compared to Jamshed or Shezhad but I guess he was in the team to prove Farhat is good. Give Afridi back the captaincy and start including youngsters in the team, who have performed well in FC cricket not T20 league or one off T20 performance.

    Youngsters like: SADAF, N. Yasin, H. Sohail, Rahat Ali, Junaid Nadir, Nayyer Abbas and of course ALAM (should play Tests only) have excelled in FC cricket and deserve a call up more than anyone else but they are being neglected.

    Asia cup 11: Shezhad/Hafeez, Jamshed, Umar, Shafiq, Yasin/Sohail, Rizwan/Sarfraz (wkt), Hammad, Afridi (cpt), Nadir, Ajmal, Sadaf/Rahat or maybe Abbas if pitch is turning for Nadir.

  • on February 28, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Congratts to English team for wonderfull bowling fielding which result in series win....Wt abt Pakistan team... with the inclusion of players lyk Msbah & Malik hw we should expect winnn. Captain came at number 4 when 7th over just began and out on the last ball when match ends. He played 32 balls & scored 28 runs... Grt Strike rate fr him in t20, He ll b very delighted bt v all Pakistanis are shocked after last night defeat....... Tym came to give captaincy of T20 & ODIs back to Shahid Afrdi & make Asad Shafiq his deputy to groome him as future captain.......

  • captainpermod on February 28, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Pakistan deserves all the beatings. I rate them worst chasers ever amongst top 6 teams. They stick to Javed Miandad school of thought while cgasing any total. Formula is simple, opposition scores 250+ one can easily write off Pakistan (wc semi final is one of the example). In case opposition scores less than 250, its guarnteed that they will try to win not before last over. During 90's Pakistan could afford to start chasing in tuk tuk style and then in the last 10 overs launch furious attack over opposition teams. They had the fire power in the likes of Akram, Moin, Azhar, Razzaq and even Ijaz Ahmad/Inzmam they all were six hitters. Present Pakistan team don't have six hitters except Umer Akmal and Afridi. They usually fail and so does pakistan team.

  • Sports4Youth on February 28, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Misbah has proved to be a good Test Captain and player since he has taken over the Captaincy. This we can say because he proved againt a quality side like England in Tests. BUT IN ODI's and T20's HE IS A HORRIBLE PLAYER AND ABSOLUTELY NONESENSE CAPTAIN. His fielding is noting close to good. Pak will be better served without him.

  • on February 28, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    I never know y people take Misbah as great captain ... winnign tests agaist BD, WI and SL?? Whats his prforamce in this test series agains england??? two bowlers took 42 wkts .... negate that and pakitsan losing 3 nil..... Eng lost 2 tests just due to pak spinners...what Misbah did??? Misbah always lost matches for Pak... one dimensional player.... no innovative skills..... He shud say bye now

  • MrBrightside92 on February 28, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    I know the Pak fans were hurting a bit but some of the vitriol handed out towards Misbah is just too much. I agree he probably miscalculated a little bit but the reason he's at the death at all these big games is no other Pak batsman will take any responsibility! They chases 141 against SL not long ago on the same pitch...who top scored? Who was an integral part of the score that won the 1st T20? Afrid? Akmal? Hafeez? Penry the mild mannered Janitor? He is a tad slow for T20, like Bopara (I always cheer when he's out early!) but currently there is NO ONE ELSE that will get Pak a decent score. Drop him and will be all out for 80 every game. He did get a few things wrong...but the fielding was superb (ex Broad run out of Akmal and Bairstow nutmeg). Great series, thanks to Pak fans..sorry we weren't much good in the tests but I'm sure you appreciated it!

  • on February 28, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    This match clears the picture for Pakistan team management that T20 is the game of young blood not of half dead body like Misbah & Malik............................. Pakistan should give the chance to new young players in T20 and ODI's.

  • maktareen on February 28, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    one day has become game of youngsters ... old buddies failing in indian team also its better for misbah to retire now from one days and t20's he plays slowly even in test matches too time to throw young guns in team like rameez raja, ahmad shehzad, nasir jamshed and so many other talented guys are waiting... its better to capitalize young milky cows than to persist on dry buffalos

  • on February 28, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Every time bowling cover the mistakes and weakness of batting, but not everytime. Pakistan should improve their batting and fielding to sustain in the top cricket.

  • on February 28, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Enough for Misbah he must only lead and play test and leave other things to Afridi or someone more suitable ! Sarfraz should be included as wicket keeper for all formats enough of Akmal,s phobia

  • on February 28, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    Well, I donot know why are there people still believing in the ability of Misbah. Misbah doesnot have the technique, does not know how to improvise and at best he is only better than walsh (in comparision of batting techniques). There are talented cricketers out there, When someone in the calibre and genius of Ponting can be shown the door, Misbah should know his weakness and step aside from Captaincy and better if he leaves cricket pakistan and it would serve world of good to Pakistan cricket or else, Pakistani fans would soon forget that there is a game called as CRICKET. Pakistan board should intervene and restore the dignity of this game by removing Misbah.

  • shoaibChangezi on February 28, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    At one stage pakistan required 90 of 90 balls with 9 wickets in hand.the biggest problem was the approach of pakistani batsman there was no need to took the game to the last over they afforded some risk once they got upper hand in the game else wasnt a problem.imagine u just need 130 of 120 balls and players like afridi and hammad only gets 2 balls to face and u lose the game by 5 runs pathetic

  • Sports4Youth on February 28, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    @ demon_bowler on (Feb 27 2012, 20:44 PM GMT) :-- Sorry sir i dont agree with. U.Akmal started swinging only becuase the situation required him at that stage. But when he failed he got out and went but just look at what Misbah did. Misbah was also swinging in the end without connecting. But Misbah did not make way for the HardHitters. Instead he just stayed there till the end AND MADE SURE THAT PAKISTAN LOST.

  • ZeeshMalik on February 28, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    I don't Know Much About All This Debate. I Just Know One Thing - HEROES NEVER DIE, And Misbah Reborn After World Cup 2011 Semi...

  • ProfMahmood on February 28, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    There is too much reliance on Umar Gul. Hammad should have been given at least an over. After all Gul went for 16 in one of his over, Hammad might have done better. Also, get Sami back. What about Amir, should he be forgiven? Where is Asif? Hafeez should bat at number 7 or 8 to do well with the fast bowling in the last overs! Try Afridi and Zia as openers and if there are quick wickets, Misbah can consolidate at number 4. We would need Misbah as a middle orderer consolidator only if we have quick wickets. Otherwise, others can do the job and he can remain without batting in a given innings when others are performing the job well.

  • on February 28, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Miscalculation by Misbah or he is booked. The way he played T20 is an eye opener. This game should have been finished much earlier. The low total should have been a walk in the park with so many wickets in hand. Once again Pakistan's excellent bowling restricted the opposition and the batting couldn't deliver. There's no other explanation. Misbah should reconsider his captaincy role as an ODI and T20 captain. He just isn't the right guy. He should remain the test captain.

  • kazizain on February 28, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    GOOD ARTICLE ,BT I MUST SAY BECAUSE OF MISBAH DEFENCIVE TECH.PAK LOST LAST 20,HE SHOULD START TO HIT WHEN 23 NEEDED IN LAST 18 BALLS,7 WKT INHAND Y NT STATRTED TO HIT,ATLEAST FOR T20 PCB SHOULD APPOINT AFRIDI AS A CAPTAIN BRING YOUNGSTESTER LIKE SHEHZAD & NASIR JAMSHED

  • on February 28, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    Broad bowled 5 dot balls (including a wicket) in the 19th over. (And one was misfielded for 4.) Pakistan really needed to get 6-8 runs in ones and twos from those 5 balls. Wasn't to be. But great close game with a last ball finish.

  • musa441 on February 28, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    dont blame only misbah blame umar akmal and hafeez as well umar akmal is a big hitter misbah came up the order to stabilize the innings by thinking that players like umar akmal and afridi will blaze away in the end misbah's idea was to keep wickets in hand for that blaze. but umar akmal played a slow innings we know abt misbah that he plays slow but what abt umar akmal he doesnt play slow but he played a run a ball innings which wasnt the requirement at all and what is hafeez doing??? has hafeeez forgotten to bat??? seriously its time to change the team get nasir jamshed and ahmed shehzad in for opening in asia cup and also sami as a fast bowler as he clearly is a genuine fast bowler no worries if he goes for runs but he can take wickets and thats what umar gul and others have been lacking in the one day series!!its time for misbah to leave t20 cricket and concentrate on one days and tests i think he can do better in future in one days and tests!!

  • on February 28, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Miscalculation by Misbah. This game should have been finished much earlier. The low total should have been a walk in the park with so many wickets in hand. Once again Pakistan's excellent bowling restricted the opposition and the batting couldn't deliver. There's no other explanation. Misbah should reconsider his captaincy role as an ODI and T20 captain. He just isn't the right guy. He should remain the test captain.

  • ProfMahmood on February 28, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Misbah should have opened with Afridi and should have brought Hammad in earlier. Tactics have to overrule strategy in situations of contingency but apparently Misbah is not sophisticated enough to realize this. He goes through a pre-set order and when he makes changes they are not suitable. Thus, for example, when Aizaz Cheema was set there was no need to take him off as the last over could have been bowled by Umar, or if you prefer spin, by any of the spinners in the team. Similarly, there was no need to change Saeed Ajmal after he bowled his first successful over. Pakistan should consider Making Asad Shafiq the T-20 captain or Afridi, or someone else but Misbah is certainly a misfit as a T20 captain.

  • Zaaid on February 28, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    No doubt England played really well in the ODIs but last night's match was more a poor performance by Pakistan rather an extra-ordinary from England..

    Misbah and Mohsin both are exposed. They were being over-praised. And it was really Waqar's team for which Mohsin was getting all the credits !

    Also i believe Sunil Malik's inclusion was a factor in ruining our team-combination. If Hammad had been given some confidence in ODIs. We never know, with the abilities he has; he could have fnished well in the last 2 t20s.

  • Navaid-Hussain on February 28, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    No surprise, Pak lost soon they lost the toss. They did not learn form their mistakes; repeat those same mistakes again and again. Misbah, UAkmal , Afridi and Mr. professor (Pak fans gave too much praise to Hafeez, which he is paying back). I would like to advice pak fan that do not watch if Pak bat second.

  • shahdi990 on February 28, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Well done team England...nice performance by Broad and Dernbach poor by Misbah....its time to think out for Pakistan....let some fresh legs like Nasir jamshad, Ahmed sheazad, come in to the game...England finish the seris on high theh deserv the credit...and best of luck to Pakistan for Asia cup....

  • YorkshirePudding on February 28, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    I see the knives are out for Misbha, and a lot of it is without reason, especially on the T20 game. Restricting england to 129 last night was a very good achievement, the problem was that the england bowlers were able to bowl very good at the death. I've said it before T20 is one of the most unpredictable formats, any team can beat any other (that includes Associates), if one team has a bad day and the other just hits its straps.

  • smjr on February 28, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    I saw lot of comments against Misbah. Personally I have sympathy with him he has his limitations as batsman, he is basically a one dimensional batsman, so what could one expects from him in T-20 where reaction time is very very less. He is OK for Test and ODI, his captaincy is fine. You cant write off his success of 3-0 test white wash against England. I saw the grief and pain in the eyes and faces of England players beneath their smile due to 3-0 loss of Test series despite winning 4-0 ODI and 2-1 T-20 series. England play ODI and T-20 like cornered tigers. On the other hand Pakistan lost the hunger of win after 3-0 success in Test series. Look at England getting whitewashed in ODI series (0-5) against Aust after winning ashes 3-1 and again losing to India in India (0-5)after whitewashing them in test series (4-0). This shows that the weightage of Test match win is far more than bilateral ODI, T-20 series exception being World cup.

  • bohra_1 on February 28, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    It is not fault of Misbah, in this loss. It was England actually who really bowled tight throughout the 20 overs. We won the first T20 because of Misbah partnership with Malik. The T20 analysis Actually there are 120 balls. And run a ball makes 120, few odd 4's and 6's makes 150 or more score. We need wickets in hand till 15 overs. A score of something around 100 runs, and then shoud come the big hitters like umar akmal, afridi and the alike. The team order in my opinion should be Open with Azam & Hafeez Asad Shafiz & Misbah Shoaib Malik & Umar Akmal Afridi & Ajmal Rehman & Gul Cheema This team has Azam, hafeez, afridi & Malik as all rounders. Batters are Asad Shafiq, Misbah, Umar Akmal bowlers are Ajmal, Rehman, Gul & Cheema

  • fqr65 on February 28, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    I am hoping that series defeats in one day and t 20 will bring some positive changes in the Pakistan team formats. Time has come we should look for youngsters in the limited overs team. We should restrict our players like Younus , Misbah and Azhar for the test matches only. Even we can recall Yousaf for the tests. For one day team , either Afridi or Hafeez to be named captain.Bring back openers like Ahmed Shahzad, Kamran Akmal, Nasir Jamshed for short version of the game. Please don't repeat same mistakes of forcing Umer Akmal to keep wickets. We need to protect our young players also from injuries. All is not lost. Our team under Misbah leadership has done great job by defeating England 3-0, so celeberate the victory and hope for the best. TIME HAS COME FOR ZIKA ASHRAF TO SHOW HIS QUALITIES. We must also honour Mr.Mohsin Khan efforts. He has done his job outstandingly. Hope to see him in some more important position in the board. We need such 100% result oriented person.

  • smjr on February 28, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    We have a record of losing ODI series against top ranked teams when it come to crunch games. We lost series against SA, Eng , Australia and India when it matters. I cant see we progress in ODI and T-20 unless few of the players like Misbah, Hafeez, Farhat and Malik should be kicked out from this team.

  • smjr on February 28, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    Congratulations to England for ending the tour on winning note. I have already said yesterday that the only difference is England fielding and wide range of shots of English batsman. That is absolutely true. Just compare the running, fielding the ball, throwing at the stumps as well as catching of English batsman with Pakistani players and you should know why we lost. Similarly Pakistani batsman especially Misbah and Afridi are one dimensional batsman they have few range of shots. I fail to understand why Misbah is playing his shot early on the on side and why he not play on the off side. He has play 7 or 8 dot balls and had there been singles on the off side we could have been won easily. To me Misbah is the main culprit for this defeat. He should retire gracefully from T-20 and dont wait for sacking. He is good however for ODI and Test. I am very happy to see the learning of Awaiz zia who show very quick reaction time. He will also do good in ODI as well

  • Kamcricfan on February 28, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    The only way you can lose a low scoring T20 is to run out of wickets, if you can't hit 130 with four wickets in hand in 20 overs you don't deserve to win the game, its as simple as that. well played england. Pakistan !!! please get rid of misbah before he costs you more. Think about it ?????

  • maktareen on February 28, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Misbah has failed in all one dayers and t20's he plays for himself he always tries to take match in last over and puts pressure on others while other keep on losing their wickets and misbah keeps on making his average and when it comes on finishing he always fails ... he has no shots in his book only a slog sweep and a reverse sweep how can a player of his calliber be a match winner he should retire from both one day and t20's atleast M Yousaf is much better player than him if PCB wants to give experienced players chance in team than no body matches Yousaf

  • SyedArbabAhmed on February 28, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Misbah yet to finish a match for #Pakistan, worst finisher in the game. Pakistan again lost a match courtesy Misbah, I wonder why Pakistan wanted to drag the match till the last over, As part batting order was very poor, Asad and Misbah both slow batsmen were batting together, why not inform Hammad was promoted?

  • on February 28, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Humble request to PCB, Please remove the old stuff from 20 T and One Day..

  • sharj33l on February 28, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Hay thats the spirit.... thats the result of proudness after winning test series....pakistani team deserved it

  • on February 28, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    england won by 5 runs.....................................................................

  • mohanan on February 28, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    @Hassan.Farooqi: I like your "stunning" comments! :)

  • on February 28, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    aaah. Once again, Misbah was unable to do it. He played well but left too many thing for the end and you never expect from a new player to get 13 runs off 6 balls in a decider like this.

  • on February 28, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    Misbah shud concentrate only on Tests n ODI's. even the great Muhammad Yousuf could have done the job if he was given the chance,he is natural gap finder!!But Misbah,ahhhhh Umar Akmal n Misbah missed nothing short of 10 to 15 deliveries wid thr wild swings..

  • getsetgopk on February 28, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    Can't afford to have Misbah continue as captain in ODI's and T20 any more I think it would now even be clear to Misbah himself (who somehow doesn't seem to be getting it) that he is not a limited over player and certainly not fit to lead the team. He keeps on playing as if he didn't get the score the match would end up in a draw like in test matches. Time to throw captaincy back to the one and only Afridi. Period.

  • on February 28, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    Pakistan are one of the worst teams when it comes to chasing totals. They could not hide that weakness even in the shorter T20 format. I knew it even before the game. All England needed to do was win the toss, bat first and put some sort of a total on the board. As KP said after the match, England could have defended even a run a ball 120.

  • jonesy2 on February 28, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    pakistan need to shape up quickly, they lost to a side with some of the worst bowlers in international cricket (dernbach, broad, patel)

  • satco on February 28, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    wlldone mr misbah u r a lovly guy in the team,never give a chance to PAKISTAN team winning in limited overs game,we r so proud of u.plz carry on,you r going wll

  • Equanimous on February 28, 2012, 2:36 GMT

    Good batsmen: see ball--> hit ball Misbah: See ball--> block ball.

  • on February 28, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    Out of everything that happened in this series I hope Finn gets his shot in what should be his best format - Tests. He is a great talent with real pace.

  • on February 28, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    T20 is a circus game,its not a cricket,its a shame for cricket when good players like umar gul can become a zero or bad bowler,which is surely not true,Gul is the world best bowler in Test and One day matches,players cannot be judged in T20 games its a crazy game hit and hit only.Test and One days are real cricket.

    T20 are introduced to make money for ICC.

  • adillove on February 28, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    90 were needed from 90 balls I think but Misbah made a total mess of the game what were his need when it was 90 from 90 to come out and screw everything? At two down it must had to be Afridi or Akmal to come out with three power houses remaining(Afridi, Akmal, Azam) how could you lose to 90 from 90? The answer is you gotta be a Misbah to lose in such a condition.

  • on February 28, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    A six of the last ball and Misbah is a hero. Pakistan fans would comment on umar akmal's swishes and brainless cricket that it got so close, not misbah who struggled and left it late but stood up well under pressure. Maybe Misbah should have done better, the pakistan team needs to work out how to play this incredible death bowling from England, like England STILL needs to work out how to play Ajmal(barr Pietersen). Alas the tour is over and all will be forgotten quite quickly. I would say to Pakistan fans that to blame Misbah that you are hurting your own cause as it is silly to be so fickle and rate players on a game by game basis. Misbah may have failed a few times, but he is an outstanding player for you guys in ALL formats IMO.-(like Morgan is still nailed on T20 player+ODI tests?). Plus he's captain and he's galvanised a team. That quality should not be underestimated especially given Pakistan's history of unorganised amazing talents without consistency as a team

  • getsetgopk on February 28, 2012, 1:43 GMT

    I've said that before and I'll say it again, Misbah is a gem of a player but only for test cricket, he's not a limited over captain nor a player, its high time to give captaincy back to Afridi and get us back to winning ways, I think selectors now need to step up and talk to Misbah and explain him the whole dire situation, if we can't beat England who are worse on sub continent pitches then we have a serious leadership issue here, personally I think there is nothing wrong with the personnel, its just that they are playing with defensive mindset as if they were all playing test cricket.

  • on February 28, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    Misbah Ul-Haq, you lost 2 series in a row at home. Sounds like the test whitewash was a lifetime ago. Should you still be captain of the ODI and T20 sides? Your tactics and strategies are not match winning ones, apart from tests, they won't work in the shorter formats of the game. Some of your players should consider retiring or not be in the Pakistan limited overs squad. Saeed Ajmal can't win games for you single handedly in ODI and T20 games. Your real test would be trying to win in SA, Aus and ENG. Time for you and your team to start rebuilding.

  • on February 28, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    First of all Misbah is an immensely talented player and one of the persons responsible for pulling Pakistan cricket to where it rightly belongs i.e top of the world! Whitewashing # 1 test team (although England has still to prove themselves in Asia) was no mean feat. And it was a pleasure to watch. Don't forget that everyone! Having said that, he may not be the ideal guy for T20. We know he can hit but is trying to play anchor role and gets bogged down. The guy who won us the World cup - Younis Khan is still the best choice for T20 and also One dayers. He plays an anchor role and doesn't get bogged down. He is an aggressive player by nature. Perhaps we need him again to lead us in the upcoming World cup. Misbah can still be part of middle order. He is still the best test caption we have and we love you for that Misbah. Thanks for bringing immense pleasure in this series.

  • jmcilhinney on February 28, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    It's odd that KP batted right through but scored less than half the total runs. He was looking to be aggressive but it was obviously difficult on that pitch and thankfully he didn't throw his wicket away, which would have left England in real trouble. It's nice to come away with a win but there's still plenty of batsmen not performing.

  • jmcilhinney on February 28, 2012, 0:51 GMT

    After the ODI series, I guess we England fans all expected Finn to be devastating in the T20s as well. I don't know whether he has gone off the boil a little or whether it's just that he's less suited to the shortest format but, while he wasn't bad, he certainly didn't shine. Dernbach, on the other hand, was the "find" of the T20 series. He has been much maligned and much of the criticism has been warranted, given his performances, but he was a revelation in this series. There's no guarantee that he will keep it up against other opposition but he has definitely guaranteed that he'll get the chance. He seems to have concentrated on bowling his stock ball better and more often, so his slower balls then become more effective. You have to feel for the guy as he has pretty much never bowled an over for England that wasn't in a high-pressure situation, and maybe that pressure got to him a bit. If this series is anything to go by, he seems to have that pressure back under some control.

  • jmcilhinney on February 28, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    I see several comments to the effect that Pakistan lost the game rather than England winning it. While Pakistan did not bat as well as they could have, some credit has to go to the England bowlers. The spinners were both very economical, showing that the pitch was more suited to slow bowling, and Broad and Dernbach both also very good. Funny that Finn should be the let-down in the T20s after performing so well in the ODIs. If you're a Pakistani and you think that Pakisatn had a hand in winning the Test series for themselves rather than it just being a case of poor batting by England then you must also admit that England made batting difficult for Pakistan here and that was at least part of the reason they batted poorly. Some were accusing England fans of not giving due credit to Pakistan then, so don't make the same mistake now.

  • Manush on February 28, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    KP proved once again why he so important to England, thus silencing his critics .He is the backbone of English team for some more time to come.He came out from the initial embarrassment of test debacle and hit the very same bowlers out of the ground, exposing all his stumps,repeatedly,which needs skill and guts. Congrats once again for KP. He is the current version of King Richards !!i

  • on February 28, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    Well done England.

    Pakistan need to learn a lot and have a lot of catching up to do. The three forms of the game are very very different and require different qualities in the players and it is no easy to adjust between them. England virtually have 3 different teams and I believe that is the right way to go. Pakistan, other than minor changes fielded largely the same team for all 3 forms. It doesnt take a genius to see that Misbah is not a T20 player just as Afridi is not a Test Match player. We should play to our strengths and the strengths of each player.

  • Dadu786 on February 28, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    Pakistan lost, simple answer Misbah, what a poor player as well captain, Hafeez is not allrounderno more, sorry but that is true

  • on February 28, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    Good job Misbah, just like WC SF we lost once again because of you!

  • chakay-pay-chaka on February 27, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    COngrats to England on their victory. Their fielding & death bowling was excellent. However, other teams may not be as easy to roll over. Other captains will be less passive then Misbah for a start. Also, luck will not always go their way - winning the toss on all three occasions (the pitch just got slower & slower), Peiterson (the major match winner) not given out when plumb LBW, Awais Shah (batting beautifully) wrongly adjudged LBW, for example. Why is there no DRS in T20?? I hope Pakistan have learned the lessons - drop Misbah, bring in some new fast bowlers & young guys which will improve the fielding & running between wickets. Plus, get a batting coach quick!

  • Jimmers on February 27, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    Can't blame Misbah for that loss. The others need to learn to control their wild swinging and find a way to think clearly under pressure. Superb display of death bowling from England though - Dernbach is an artist.

  • cric_freak88 on February 27, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    misbah does it again , he can never do the finisher job for pakistan !

  • on February 27, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    Dear Pakistanis, I understand your feeling, but please learn to give credit to others.

  • fata7280 on February 27, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    PERFORM OR PERISH that principle should be applied on Team Pakistan with immediate effect.

  • SDHM on February 27, 2012, 23:40 GMT

    Demon_bowler's hit the nail on the head for me - it was Umar Akmal's panicked slogging, rather than Misbah, that sent the jitters through the team. You could say that Misbah's batting caused him to play that way, but the run rate was under control - the lad can't handle pressure, simple as. Until he matures, he'll continue to frustrate. On a more positive note, nice to see some off-side shots from Zia!

  • Z_Ali on February 27, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    Misbah was responsible for Pakistani defeat in this match. Pitch is turning why he gave last over to a fast bowler... miscalculation of overs. He introduced himself instead of Afridi and Hammad .....bad capitancy. He is not T20 captain asa well as player.

  • on February 27, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    good match england play very well

  • Hassan.Farooqi on February 27, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    Misbah had "stunning" victories against out of form West Indies and kiddos like Ireland, Bangladesh, and Zimbabwe. However his real worth was exposed against the first good team. He would have lost test series too, had it not been some stunning performances from Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman. We can imagine his performance in Australia, England, and India.

  • avmd on February 27, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    Misbah is a " big match players", loses big matches for Pak. Thanks to him, Pak lost T20 WC final 2007, semifinal of WC 2011 and now this. He should play only test cricekt for a year or so and no more limited over cricket.

  • on February 27, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    Dernbach... Pakistan's nemeis....

  • pak94fan on February 27, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    Well played England, must say I'm very disappointed with our inability to chase targets though... today was a case of good death bowling from England and poor planning from Pakistan... I have defended Misbah week in and week out, but today sorry to say, he was at fault... you can not take 32 balls to make 28 runs in a T20, specially when you have hitters waiting to come in... I reckon Hammad should have been sent before Misbah, to prove what kinda mettle he has as a batsman, if he would have failed, there was plenty of batting to come... at least Umar tried to do something.... Well, either way, congrats to England for their performances in the limited over games. Great bowling all around and well played to Pietersen, shows what a difference an in-form KP makes for England. Pakistan need to rethink their strategy for limited over games I reckon, hope we can do well in the Asia Cup insha'Allah.

  • on February 27, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    we dun hate misbah we jst feel he is not suited fr odi n t2o captaincy i hope chairman zaka ashraf notices dis so do selectors n bring afridi back atleast he is aggressive

  • on February 27, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    I think two key descisions went against pak, Pieitersen against Hafeez and Awais Zia. Awais was actually showing something uncommon with Pak batsmen, and thats learning a lesson from your previous innings. As for Pietersen, he's not someone you want to get out twice especially with the form he is in. Kamran Akmal should be opening batsmen with Zia, Hafeez should be number 5 in place of Misbah. Bowling as ever, was good. Have to put my hands up and say I leaned into Zia saturday calling him a one shot amateur, but maybe there is something about his batting. As for all these comments, it's useless. PCB going to keep Misbah, Imran Farhat will be back in, who has done 12 years of nothing and for some unknown reason bowling will change... As for England, congratulations it was a great tour for both teams. England showed they wont roll over in sub-continent and Pak showed they can push the best to the limit. Hope they will do this again and that time to only the cricket will make the news.

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

    Misbah does not have the ability at gross level to fight against world competent cricket teams. He has really deficiency of technical solutions against such teams . Winning from low competent team is not difficult. Afridi was the one who has fought well against competent teams . Don't forget world cup 2011 . Where this man was again culprit . Misbah failed in the field plus bowling combination in both series which is a successful captain techniques.

  • fata7280 on February 27, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    Question: Who is the champion player of Tuk Tuk in ODI and T20 world cricket?

    Answer: Title goes to none other than Misbah ul Tuk (He beat all other players by a large margin)

  • gkannuchamy on February 27, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    I have always believed England would pull off this victory as long as they had Misbah at the crease. Congrats England.

  • fata7280 on February 27, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    Question: How many players were included in todays England Squad?

    Answer: 12 (Misbah is playing as 12th man for England).

  • on February 27, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Misbah has already cost Pakistan one T-20 championship, one World Cup and now this series. He is a good test player and a test captain. He should retire from T-20 and maybe also the one dayers and let someone young and agressive to take over.

  • kriskini on February 27, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    Hit out or get out. Misbah did not realize this till the last ball of the match when requiring six runs he got out everybody.

  • on February 27, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    What an emphatic England win!! Dernbach's bowling was absolutely sensational as was KP's batting. I never thought we had it in us to win these limited over games after the test series, but it proves that the test series result was a freak result, and had England been in the batting form they have shown in the ODI's, Pak wouldn't really have had much of a chance, as I think we sussed out eventually their spinners, especially KP. But hats off to the vast majority of Pak supporters, who have been gracious in defeat and respectful in victory. I think this England team, with the bowling resources we have in depth (Bresnan can't even get back in!), we can do extremely well in the coming years in all forms of the game. BARMY ARMY!!!!

  • Ifty_Khan on February 27, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Oh dear what a dismal display... :(

  • Z_Ali on February 27, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    No.1: Misbah misscalculated the overs. we all know that pitch was turning why he gave last over to a fast bowler why not a spinner. No.2: Why he came in as a bats man leaving Afridi, Hammad and shoaib in the bunches. He is not an aggressive leader and batsman in T20. He should be replced as quickly as possible.

  • OhhhMattyMatty on February 27, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    England are the world's best T20 side. Even with a bunch of kids playing, we're still unbeatable! Only 5 of the World T20 winning side played tonight and we're still winning!

  • on February 27, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Out of last 12 balls, Pakistani batsmen failed to touch 4 of them. That was poor batting rather than some magnificent bowling. Poor judgement in running by Shafiq and Afridi caused the problems. Pakistan needs a different T20 Squad. Misbah 27 of 31 balls, pathetic indeed.

  • on February 27, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Out of last 12 balls, Pakistani batsmen failed to touch 4 of them. That was poor batting rather than some magnificent bowling. Poor judgement in running by Shafiq and Afridi caused the problems. Pakistan needs a different T20 Squad. Misbah 27 of 31 balls, pathetic indeed.

  • on February 27, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    Misbah dude u r now 33+... plz get retirement from t20

  • rock.rockyin on February 27, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    I am an Indian myself. Just wondering abt all u Pakistani fans blaming Misbah. Without him making a partnership with Shoaib Malik would u guys have atleast won the first T 20 to make a decent 150 RUNS to end? Ans is NO WAY. Or if Misbah wasnt there in the team today with inexperience and bad shots from umar akmal and Afridi can u gaurantee that u would have reached atleast that 125 score to the end. In both first and 2nd T20 Pak lost 5 wickets for 75 approx. The whole problem is Total pakistan present team cant win with decent teams at home and away for sure. Pak once a great producer or fast bowlers is lacking the quality bowlers. No athletic fielding. Frankly I am not taking any sides but I bet India are getting whitewashed away in Test series but Pak will be whitewashed in all formats if u continue with same bunch of set. Also I think India and SL can comfortably beat Pak at their adopted home ground. I am now more confident of revived Sri Lanka than India. Good Luck Pak

  • Setmax79 on February 27, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    The way Pakistan played it was totally defensive strategy. It was better to send Afridi, Umar or may be Gull at up order to give them authority to slog the ball, but just because of defensive strategy Pakistan lose the series. I guess Misbah should consider his T20 career. Also, i backup Kamran Akmal to become T20 member. I guess Afridi will be the best choice for only T20 captain.

  • Colorslondon on February 27, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    He wanted to get the credit for an easy chasing score while defending his failure captaincy against a competent team. That's why he came 2 down and stretched the whole game to a tense situation where even younger players went under pressure . That's what he always does . Keep it Misbah . Good for you .

  • fata7280 on February 27, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    Question: What is common between South Africa and Misbah?

    Answer: Both are CHOKERS

  • on February 27, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    It is not only Misbah (Captain) who is not performing well, although he is scoring less than run a ball in T20.... But the surprise is no one is pointing a finger to M. Hafeez who was giving the worst start in ODIs and T20s.... M. Hafeez is opening Batsman not an Opening Bowler.... his primary Job is Batting... and people are continuously forgetting it.... this is the main reason PCB dropped him previously from ODI squad due to inconsistency in batting at Top Order..... Its time to give captaincy to UMAR GUL (no Afridi, Hafeez, Younis, Misbah and Malik drop them all from team)... and select player in ODIs and T20s who are less than 30 years if and only if PCB wants to prepare for Next 50 Over WORLD CUP... other wise I believe Cricket will not improve in Pakistan

  • madman1234 on February 27, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    Whilst I applaud Misbah for stabilising the team over the last year or so it is evidently clear that has batting style and even more importantly his style of captaincy is not suited to the shorter format of the game. The PCB really need to think about the structure of the team for the ODI's and T20's as well as the captaincy as we will continue to struggle if things do not change.

    Personally I would choose Afridi to captain the ODI & T20 teams just because he has a more aggressive,positive approach and is respected by the players. I think we are also struggling for decent seam bowlers to support Gul. We need to choose someone suitable and allow him to develop instead of constantly swapping around the seamers.

  • on February 27, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    u guys unneedingly hate misbah wen he has given our country its best cricket since the 90's

  • Nick_W_123 on February 27, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    Great game, and as an England fan I'm delighted. But also really good to see some very gracious comments from Pakistan fans here too, good sportsmanship, the way it should be.

  • GreenTeam-Elite on February 27, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    Well Congratulation to England Team & Nation!!! England Played Far Better Then Pakistan in ODI & T20 Series!!! England Really Exposed Pakistan in ODI & T20 Series Which is Good Enough for Whatmore to Work On!!! Good Luck Whatmore Hope You Will Find Real Telant of Pakistan and Bring It Up!!!

  • on February 27, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    Well played England but they should be thankful to Misbah for his typical pacy innings. If Pakistan wants to win 20-20 WC later in the year, then Misbah has to go. He can remain as ODI and test cricket captain but twenty twenty is just not his cricket. He cannot hit fast bowlers are cant pace his innings. Today's match was perfect example of it where he left too late for the hitters to hit the ball out. Pakistan team needs Razzaq in limited overs cricket asap.

  • landl47 on February 27, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    A lot of the Pakistan commenters are putting down their side, which I think is unfair. This was a horrendous wicket for playing shots, very slow and low, and KP judged correctly that 130 would be a hard score to chase. The England bowlers have never made it easy for Pakistan (even in the tests England had the first innings lead in two of the three games, due to tight bowling) and in a game that was always going to be low-scoring England got a total which proved to be enough. Swann continued his great series (an economy rate of 4.16 compared to Ajmal's 5.75, no doubt who won that battle), Broad bowled well as he has done all series and Patel and Dernbach chipped in with useful overs. Only Finn hasn't had a great series, because these wickets haven't suited him at all. KP batted brilliantly, apart from the Morgan run-out, and he saw England through. A good series- though it doesn't in any way make up for the tests.

  • Love-Pak on February 27, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    ODI TEAM

    1-M.HAFEEZ 2--NASIR JAMSHAD 3-SHAHZAIB HASSAN 4-YOUNUS KHAN 5-ASAD SHAIQ (VICE CAPTAIN) 6-UMER KMAL 7- SHAHID AFRIDI (CAPTAIN) 8-SARFRAZ AHMED (WICKET KEEPER) 9-UMER GUL 10-MUHAMMAD SAMI 11-SAEED AJMAL

    T 20 TEAM

    1-M HAFEEZ 2-NASIR JAMSHAD 3-SHAHZAIB HASSAN 4-ASAD SHAFIQ (VICE CAPTAIN) 5- UMER AKMAL (WICKET KEEPER) 6-SHAHID AFRIDI (CAPTAIN) 7-HAMMAD AZAM 8-ABDUL RAZZAK 9-UMER GUL 10-MUHAMMAD SAMI 11-SAEED AJMAL 11-MOHAMMAD TALHA

  • gab.pk on February 27, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    @Team spirit; I hope you are not joking; Azhar Mahmood?? I also completely disagree with most of your selection.Nasir Jamshed, Mansoor Amjad, Shahzaib Hasan are not good enough for international cricket. I would also leave out Umar Akmal as he is gradually becoming a mindless slogger who needs huge improvement in his technique and temperament. Abdul Razzak is past his prime and when we have Hammad Azam then there is no place of Razzak. Muhammad Sami has been given so many chances but he has not really matured for International cricket, his head go down very easily when he gets smacked and he does not use his brain at all.

    My team for T20

    Ahmed Shahzad,Muhammad Hafeez(c),Asad Shafiq,Ramiz Raja Jr, Umar Ameen,Hammad Azam,Sarfaraz Ahmed,Shahid Afridi,Wahab Riaz/Junaid Khan,Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal.

    My team for ODI

    Khurram Manzoor,Muhammad Hafeez(c), Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq, Misbah-ul-Haq, Hammad Azam,Sarfaraz Ahmed,Shahid Afridi,Wahab Riaz/Junaid Khan,Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal.

  • JG2704 on February 27, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    Well,a great spectacle - even if it was as much due to both teams inefficiencies/inconsistencies as their skills. Have to say from England's point of view - with the exception of KP - our batting looked woeful.Also I would drop Ravi down the order.While I was very impressed with Broad as a player I thought - despite the win - that some of his bowling changes weren't the best. Thought Finn could have come off after one over as Zia was milking him. Also was surprised he didn't bowl Bopara considering the job he did in the last match and the success the slower bowlers Swann and Patel were having. Swann was immense again and 2 shows of character from England with Broad following an expensive over with a possible game changing tight over and Bairstow letting the ball through for 4 and then throwing the ball at the right end to run out Afridi. PS Well bowled Dernbach - he gets a lot of stick on here when his performances have been bad but he's been better than Finn in the T20s

  • JG2704 on February 27, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    Have to say from a Pakistan point of view I think there were bigger or at least as big culprits than/as Misbah. I'd say Gul's bowling (which has always been hot and cold) was very much on the cold side today and his overs in a low scoring game were very significant. Also am I the only person who noticed Akmal seemed to be panicking , going for the bingo shot when all was under some sort of control , rather than batting sensibly , making sure he was keeping the scoreboard ticking. Had he not decided to go for broke and kept the scoreboard ticking over as it was the pressure would have built more on England's bowlers than Pakistan's batsmen. Maybe there is a case for him to be dropped as a player but I'd say it was the batsmen's fault rather than Misbah's captaincy.

  • JG2704 on February 27, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    @ExplicitPlatinum on (February 27 2012, 19:54 PM GMT) As an England fan , I want to congratulate Pakistan for winning the test series 3-0 and matching England well in the T20s. I'd say England and Pakistan supplied us with some hugely entertaining and competitive cricket and even though England were whitewashed in the test series they had Pakistan on the ropes at the times and likewise Pakistan with England in the ODIs. Full respect to team Pakistan for the cricket they played and the majority of their fans inc yourself for the respect they have shown on these threads.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on February 27, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    Loving to see KP smash last ball out of the park. This was the difference between the teams only ONE hit! Very very close. Nice work from England top quality bowling. Bowling has never let England down all tour. Batsmen have to find ways of making sure they do not get out. Now in Sri Lanka we will really see if England have got over this rubbish batting phase in Test match in Sub-continental tracks. One thing at least there will be no Ajmal to bowl hand grenade and terrorise England in Sri Lanka. Go England!

  • hhillbumper on February 27, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    This proves 3 things.1 Morgan should go back to Ireland and take his great technique with him. 2 England know how to win games 3. None of this matters as we lost the tests and as long as I live I still don't know how we lost.

  • on February 27, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    Pakistan lost the game when Asad Shafiq got out. You cannot rely on Umar Akmal as throws away his wicket whenever the going gets tough. Misbah again proved once again that batting in t20s and One dayers is beyond him. He and Younis should retire from limited overs editions and concentrate on test matches.

  • on February 27, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    Twenty20 world cup final 2007 ,, world cup semi final mohali,,, and Today ,,,, I HATE YOU MISBAH

  • deardr on February 27, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    What a pathetic performance by Pakistan batting line up especially misbah ul haq! Needing 35 runs in 30 balls with 7 wickets in hand and still they lost that is awful and i totally blame misbah for this loss today!I mean why can't he learn from his past mistakes ??? Plays slowly and making stiff target at the end.This match could have been easily won in 15 overs In t20 every dot ball matters and even if there is very high target there should be a sustained effort to finish the match at least 2 overs before I mean the team batting 2nd should always think of winning in 18 overs no matter whatever the target is but this man misbah has neve realized this thing and as usual ends up loosing

  • LOVEUCRIC on February 27, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    it was painic loss, but friends really when i saw misbah is coming to bat, beilieve me it was 100% that we are going to lose the match, i told the friends who were watching this match with the hope that today we will win inshallah, if Misbah watch or read these comments i request you please misbah don't break our hearts like this, please stop at least playing in the T 20 Format. we have great T 20 Players, the selectors should give them the chance,,, and very sad for Imran Nazir he is a match winner bats man why all the selectors ignoring him please bring him and give him confident, Hafeez needs some rest. it will be wonder for all the nation, and beilive me if Misbah is playing in any T20 Match i will be one who will not watch the Game... best wishes for young and fresh blood,,, Misbah you are a good player for Test Format not for T20 at least.

  • shizam on February 27, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    I am really happy for England tonight. The professionalism and character shown by England tonight by defending a very small total only tells me one thing. They deserved to win tonight. That is why they are No.1 T20 team in the world. On the other hand Pakistani batting looked below average and was very ordinary. As a matter of fact if Pakistan want to have any chance in the coming T20 world cup and the ODI WC in 2015, they have to rebuild from here onwards. This was their lowest point. You simply cannot get any pathetic than this. They will have to get rid of Misbah on top of the list, then Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal (Mr. swing and a miss), and Hafeez and bring in youung blood like Hammad Azam. Pakistan needs youngsters in their ODI and T20 squads.

  • Clive_Dunn on February 27, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    I'd like to echo Allblue's comments, some of you might have a downer on Misbahs limited overs batting style but its a lot more enjoyable playing an outwardly unified and competitive Pakistani team than some of those we've seen over the past few years. Thus series had the potential for some needle after last years debacle but it was played in a good spirit throughout. Nice to win the ODI and T20 series, but in no way makes up for the tests. A lesson in overconfidence learnt i hope.

  • on February 27, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    Pretty funny comments here. In first T20 when England failed to make 35 of 30 balls it is credited to the quality of Pakistani bowlers. Same scenario in 3rd T20 and suddenly no credit to bowlers (just because they are from Englad) and the analysis of loss is bad batting. Pretty strange how one can analyse same scenario with different sets of glasses. Not bieng judgmental...Dermbach and Broad bowled excellent and fielding was exceptional. Thats what pulled the game in England's favor..and England players deserve credit for their great performance.

  • H-Shakil on February 27, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    No doubt England is T20 champ! But it was a pathetic display from Misbah that lead to Pak's un doing more then anything else (Chris Retter)

  • Patchmaster on February 27, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Well done KP ! I would like to see Morgan go back to Country Cricket and regain his form, he'll be back again, but in the meantime, lets give someone else a go. Well done Broady lad !

  • oze13 on February 27, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Don't be to critical of Pakistan and Misbah. Derbach's last over was amazing and the last ball he bowled was simply incredible.

  • shizam on February 27, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    What additional evidence does PCB need to get rid of Misbah from the ODI and T20 format of the game. As a matter of fact if Misbah has any dignity left in himself after tonights debacle, he should quit before he is humiliated even further. I mean, COME ONNNNNNNNNNNNNN. 23 runs needed off the last 3 overs with 7 wickets in hand and they somehow managed to lose the game. This is really unheard of. The reason Pakistan won the test series was not because of Misbah. It was because of the bowlers like Ajmal, Rehman and Gul. MISBAH I beg you please retire from ODI and T20. You are too old for this format.

  • on February 27, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    Besides criticism over Misbah. On the whole contrary we could have lost this match by a huge margin, but Misbah brought to the stage in the last three overs that we could have won the match. It was again England which was the better team which should patience and dedication to win the Match. Yes I do agree Misbah lacks aggression which Pakistan paying a price.

  • zarasochozarasamjho on February 27, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    All Pakistanis are mainly blaming Misbah. I, a big fan of Misbah in test cricket, would agree that he is not fit for limited overs cricket, both for his batting and captaincy. Strange though, he is a clear winner in both aspects when it comes to test cricket.

    As expected, no Pakistani has commented upon fielding, as if it is not part of cricket. Pakistan's fielding is as poor as England's is as good. It is in their culture. How can you otherwise explain, Bairstow, a 22 yr old new-comer, throw the ball to the wktkeeper from long-on. The throw was direct, flat and fast; but what impressed me most was that he chose the RIGHT end of the wicket to throw the ball to. Hats off to England. A Pakistani win would have been a travesty of justice. The better team won. As a Pakistani, I am disappointed with the performance of our team. The ONLY shining part of our cricket is our bowling - one out of three wouldn't take us far.

  • wc1992 on February 27, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    it was ment to be easy win .... few changes needed and they will some in due time ...but still HAPPY win 3 - ZIP win of TEST ... that will not change

  • on February 27, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Congratulation to England for defending small total.Reasons for victory is their excellent fielding and controlled fast bowling.Pakistan has help them by aimlessly running out two players.Shafique's run out is due to quick pick up and accurate throw.Afridi was slow in getting to his crease.Pakistan's fielding was poor as before and their batsman have no confidence in chasing score.As I wrote before they always play cross batted shot or uppish shot to get quick runs.Except Shafique all players tried to play predetermine on legside irrespective the ball is outside the off stick as far as seventh wicket.This score is definately achiveable.They also unable to read slower ball from their fast bowlers.

  • anuradha_d on February 27, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    now then... Mr. Dobell has material for anothee couple of stellar neo-Anglo-cricketing-rennaissance article :)

  • sonubhai1 on February 27, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    Very exciting game from both sides, England held their nerves in the end. Pakistan should have won this game but i guess the pitch was difficult for both sides. On the topic of misbah yes is a good captain for test and one days but for t20 he should give up the captaincy. Shahid Afridi is not the savior that everyone expects him to be but he is an aggressive captain and maybe that's what Pakistan needs or groom hafeez for captaincy for all 3 formats and start by giving him the captaincy for the t20 format. And for God's sake find a proper keeper Umer Akmal is not a keeper. and stop talking about bringing in Kamran Akmal back. There are so many teams playing in Pakistan there should be one decent keeper that we can bring up for t20 and the ODI's.

  • BellCurve on February 27, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    No a great summary by Andrew McGlashan. He seems to accredit the win to the bowlers and the fielders. A quick look at the scorecard suggests that the standout performance of the evening was Pietersen's 62* of 52. Thankfully the MotM adjudicators were not as blinkered as this Pietersen anti-fan.

  • Akhtar_Butt on February 27, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Pak boys, Although we lost the game but still you all did very well. You gave tough time to World No. 1 team. Only one team wins,, this time its England,, It was a great thrill as match went up to last ball. Sit together, Analyse your mistakes and try to overcome them.

  • Sports4Youth on February 27, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    Posted by Asim Ali on (February 27 2012, 17:55 PM GMT) :-- WHY ? Whats wrong with Hafeez. Atleast he will be better than Misbah. Though i would prefer Boom Boom as captaan. But if for any reason the selectors are not happy with him, then Hafeez is not a bad choice. He will be better than Misbah. Today Misbah is in the team only because he is captain. If he looses his captaincy, he will loose his place in the team automatically. So some new youngster like Hammad or Zia and come in and play according to the situation.

  • demon_bowler on February 27, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    It wasn't Misbah who lost it for Pakistan, but Akmal who tried to hit every ball out of the park. Misbah had the run rate under control, it only needed sensible batting with the occasional boundary, not childish swinging and missing.

  • Colorslondon on February 27, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    Misbah could be a wining captain but against low order teams but agains competent teams ? Sorry dear Misbah !! just stick to the test cricket because you have got technical deficiency against competent teams.  PCB has to really think about those technical deficiency which a captain need against competent team. Otherwise Pakistan will never bring his dreams come true in the upcoming ODIs and T20s.  Straightforward answer good bye Misbah you have done enough and let the team lead by Afridi who has done well before  against competent cricket teams.

  • Sports4Youth on February 27, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    @ fata7280 on (Feb 27 2012, 19:54 PM GMT) :-- Fully Agreed. But i dont expect Misbah to do any favors to pak cricket by retiring. Also i am wondering when will the selectors wake-up. In India there is a similer quandary regarding Sachin Tendulkar, but there the case is understandable because Sachin is such a Giant figure that no selector wants to touch him, but what is the problem in dealing with Misbah. Just Sorry state of Pak cricket.

  • Colorslondon on February 27, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    There you go ! Misbah greedy nature has proved once again that he has not the ability to fight at all at gross level against the competent cricket teams. He has failed almost in all decider matches to prove that he can even be a good player not a formal captain to play in ODIs and T20s. Why Misbah came 2 down in today T20 ? Because he wanted to take the credit for an easy chasing match and become hero of series wining and eventually to defend his failed captaincy and position against competent teams .He should have really let the other players to come and finish the decider Umar akmal, hammad, shoaib , afridi and even Umar Gul . But he has something els in mind which at last give Pakistan a blow to loose a wining series.

  • Hit1968 on February 27, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    I'm highly disappointed in a way Misbah Batted and he also slowed Umar Akmal. They consume 8 overs together. He is now confused as every one told hm to bat earlier but he is not in a great form either. What he needed to do is to sent Hammad he batted good in the second game , but instead he came in to prove that he can still handle pressure or trying to prove him self worthy for T20. The point is he needs to removed from T20 and ODI's. The formula is simple perform or no place in the team.

  • myaqoob on February 27, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    PAK 20/20 side Imran Nazir Mohd Hafeez Kamran Akmal Abdul Razack Umar Akmal Shahid Afridi Asad Shafiq Shoiab Malik Mohd Sami Umer Gul Wahab Riaz Saeed Ajmal Azher Ali

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on February 27, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    Finally MISBAH proved that he is not a limited over player as well as captain...m a PAKISTANIII supporter but m happy coz this shocker will surely open the eyes of SELECTORS & PCB...MISBAH captaincy track record is far superior than AFRIDI but the main difference is against which team...BANGLA,ZIMBA BOYS & DLSHAN STRUGGLING LANKANS...presently AFRIDI is a perfect choice as captain for LIMITED OVERS GAME...If PCB want improvement in PAK performance specially in ODIs & T20 then they should appoint AFRIDI as captain & select young & limited overs specialized team...& appoint new & qualified coaching staff for each department specially a batting coach who can improve the shot selection of talented UMAR,SHAFIQ,HAMMAD,AZHAR,SHEHZAD,JAMSHED,SHAHZAIB,RAMEEZ etc ...PAK need to persist with youngster if they want to achieve a higher rank in ODIs as well as T20s...plz PCB select specialized & young PAK boys for future,there is no need of MISBAH,YOUNUS,MALIK,ADNAN,FARHAT etc at least in ODIs & T20

  • on February 27, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Too much swinging the bat and hoping from Pakistan, over attacking at the death, which caught them out in the end. Great stuff from England, pulled off the win when it looked lost ... they look like T20 champions.........

  • on February 27, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    oh misbah u have proved ur critics right but today i think awais zia umar shafiq and misbah all played very bad cricket one little cameo would have been enought but everybody was below par hats off to englands depth bowling and fielding

  • on February 27, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    @Sportrs4youth! how could Pakistan have gifted England the match! Cricket is not a game of bat only my friend; for it is also a game of ball!!" appreciate top class death bowling and master class fielding and stop moping!

  • pakflag on February 27, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    I didn't see the whole match, but after analyzing what has happened towards the end, either Pakistan's batsmen failed to avoid arrogance, failed to play properly and sensibly when chasing targets (this isn't the first time), and failed to take things seriously even when chasing a modest score, or England's bowlers were top- notch masterful. Derbach's picture of him dismissing Misbah says it all.

  • Love-Pak on February 27, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    MISBAH DID IT ONCE AGAIN.HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE FOR PCB TO REALIZE THAT MISBAH IS NOT GOOD FOR ODI AND T20 BY ANY MEANS. With his age 38 and patehtic low strike rate he don't deserve to be in ODI and T20 teams but what a shame and big joke that he is the captain of Pakistan's ODI and T20 teams !!! Can PCB indicate any 38 years old players playing ODI or T20 in any inetrnational team? Jay Sourya, Ponting, Dravid, Hershell Gibbs all were much better players then Misbah of all 3 formats but they quit playing ODI and T20 once they reach 36 or 37. Why the hell PCB still dragging Misbah with the ODI/T20 team at age 38? Afridi should be the captain, he is positive minded captaiin and has already shown his worth as captain in the past. Misbah, Malik, Adnan, Farhat, Azhar should never be included in the ODI/T20 team.They should bring young and talented players like Nasir, J. Shahzaib H. Sarfraz A. (wicket keeper), Hammad A. and Sami performing so well in BPL, he should be given another chance.

  • 14.08.1947 on February 27, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    Well iam not among those people, who critices his team direct after a loss. But fact is, we need a seperate Team for the ODI- T20 Format, no doubt about that!....My dream squad for the T20 Format ist....1.Shezad Ahmed 2.Nasir Jamshed 3.Azhar Mahmood 4.Umar Akmal 5.Hammad Azam 6.Khalid Latif 7.Afridi* 8.Naeem Anjum+ 9.Umar Gul 10.Mohammed Sami 11.Saeed Ajmal..Back up: 12.Shahzaib Hassan 13.Abdul Razzaq 14.Raza Hassan 15.Mansoor Amjad 16.-18.(Youngster's in age of 18-21).....

  • Toescrusher on February 27, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    No, the truth is they just cannot bat. Anyone expecting that they can bat they are hoping against their hope. The truth is batting is not comprise of deserving players. This result is an expected result, no one should be surprised! If you are surprise then you just don't under Pakistan cricket and its network of bureaucracy. Next one is in line to get anointed is M. Hafiz, I really wondered why?

  • Masroor_Canada on February 27, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    I think it is time to bring fresh blood to the Pakistan cricket team Misbah and Younus should retire from T20 and ODi

  • AbdulHanan on February 27, 2012, 20:26 GMT

    Misbah's cricket reminded us old days of 90s. If Misbah sent Afridi to bat instead of himself, the match would be different as at that time spinners were bowling. If he (Misbah) is not good player, he should use atleast his mind. Now on all Pakistanis should protest and decide not to watch any T20 if Misbah is playing. Atleast I wont watch if Misbah is there.

  • on February 27, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Simple Is BRING AFRIDI BACK in CAPTAINCY. Lets allow Him to Play His own Game, Control The Team like he did in World-cup 2011, He is Much Better Then this OLD Misbah, Who only can Creat Trouble for Pakistan

  • Rizwan1435 on February 27, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    every one who remembers the t20 worldcup... Who was it wo took Pakistan to the last over? Who was the captain when Pakistan clean sweeped England in Tests??? Who led Pakistan to a series win in Tests and ODIs in NewZealand??? I think all Misbah haters should shut up. One bad match does not make a player bad....

  • Crikoot on February 27, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    After the series is done now,Pakistan can decide to introduce two coaches - one for t20+ODI (Dave Whitemore) and Test(Mohsin Khan). Misbah should not play t20 or ODI (forget about captaincy). Yes he still will be captain for test team. Afridi should retire. He could be responsible for a bad team chemistry, no matter how much is his individual brand value. India is paying heavily for brand value ( Tendulkar). Pakistan played like as if they are an ICC associate member;playing against a giant. Credit goes to Pakistan bowlers.

  • allblue on February 27, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    A thrilling finish to a fascinating tour. In this T20 leg it was probably England's fielding that was the difference between the sides, in these grafting low scoring matches every run and crucially every missed chance really counts and England were excellent in that regard. Regarding the whole tour, credit goes to both sets of players for playing the game, the odd small incident part, in the right spirit and it makes a nice change after England Pakistan matches to have the cricket rather than controversies as the talking points. I'd also say that in this forum the Pakistan fans have for the most part been good value, showing good grace both in victory and defeat so well played you guys as well. We must do this again sometime.

  • on February 27, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE----Misbah You Should Quit Cricket. Because You have Proved once again, You are only behind all this .

    You are not good leader You are not active fielder you are not aggressive batsman( JUST wasting balls and run rate Jump from 7 to 11 You are not Bowler

    THEN WHAT ARE YOU DOING THERE. ????? You Should be Ban from Pakistan cricket. Lost worldcup/ Lost Series / Lost ODI,s =============================================

    HE IS Better Then Afridi???? LOLz

  • zawais on February 27, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    I reckon it's time 4 misbah to quit t20 and concentrate on tests n one day....he is being greedy by playing all 3 formats......board need to act fast as the world cup is approaching

  • on February 27, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Very amazed to find Pakistan in a situation to give away a match from a winning position. Who is to blame? Captain cool who was in test match mode? Afridi who is always expected to win matches with a few balls to play with? Or Umar Akmal who is looking to hit every ball out of the park. This match was a perfect example of "Disarray". Looks like Abdul Qader has point to split the team and captaincy for all 3 formats.

  • on February 27, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    WELL DONE MISBAH... YOU SCORED VERY WELL TODAY...

  • Dannymania on February 27, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    hahahah.such a good game.23 required of last 3 overs with 7 wickets in hand and the batting team loses.you know guys,after the world cup 2011,i really thought that it wasn't misbah's fault.somehow he was my favorite player.but now,after today,i appologise to all of you that i thought that.pakistan clearly lost the match courtesy of misbah ul haq.the other poor guys did their best,but misbah was one person who batted and managed to make the worst of the game.especially as a captain,he never took the responsibility.i honestly think that the english players were trying their best not to get misbah out.see,they got him out when they wanted to,last delivery of the match,when misbah couldnt do any further damage than he already had done to pakistan.well done misbah,well done man.you were my hero misbah,you were my favorite player.now i want you OUT of the odis and t20s.

  • Sports4Youth on February 27, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    Today's Match was not won by England. It was gifted to England by Misbah.

  • Sports4Youth on February 27, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    Awais Zia has given some scares to Finn. I think before todays match Finn might have been getting nightmares about Zia.

  • Rage468 on February 27, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    a good and entertaining play from both sides.... keep the spirit of cricket alive..

  • on February 27, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    misbha played against pakistan in t20& odi.pcb why misbha in this team?take him only test.kick his ass through out this foul from odi &t20 from t20 &o

  • Sports4Youth on February 27, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    Gul is not a good bowler. Just that sometimes he gets lucky with some wickets and sometimes he gets his line and length horribly wrong and gets punished. Today Gul was the worst bowler on either side. All-Rounders Hafeez & Afridi were great with the ball, though Hafeez did dissapoint with the bat. One thing that i enjoyed most about Awais Zia was that in the 1st & 3rd T20 games he made Finn look like a very ordinary bowler. Really Zia was not only the one to take him on but he actually took Finn apart in the 1st T20. Other than Zia no ohter Pakistani batsman has played Finn that well.

  • intrepid_khan on February 27, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    hope PCB will finally realise that misbah /shoaib malik shouldn't be near T20 squads...shame on Misbah who is too arrogant and always plays according to his sluggish nature ... if umer akmal , Afridi,hammad azam had a early entry we could have easily won .... t20 is not about defensive approach !!

  • on February 27, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Pak should add Younus, Azar, Farhath, Fawad and Kurram Manzoor for T20 squad. And they need to drop Afridi, Umar akmal, Zia, Hammad... b caz its t20...... well done misbha... you are the real match winner.... your are the best captain for t20...

  • BaraanKhattak on February 27, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Once Upon a time there was a Kid. He used to Hit long long sixes to break the windows of the Neighbors. His mother advised him not to play long shots. From that day he hasn't tried to play a six. The kid then grown and became the captain of Pakistan Cricket team. Jiye Misbah...

  • Ra_Thore on February 27, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    this series was every bookie's dream.

  • on February 27, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    Well played England. This was Pakistan's game to lose. England held their nerve.

  • Sports4Youth on February 27, 2012, 20:03 GMT

    Misbah and his friend (S.Mallik) should be relieved for the limited overs format. It will be much better for Pakistan Cricket. But with PCB you never know, they may throw up another surprise. Better Pak gave ODI & T20 captainship to Afridi, get rid of Misbah, S.Malik, Y.Khan & U.Gul. Awais Zia is a great find. Today he was more impressive on a difficult pitch. So we can see once you try a few youngsters you get a few good ones. Hafeez is struglng with his batting, but he is a good bowler & fileder so he can be persisted with. May be try him at no.5 or 6. If Pakistan are to move forward they should start building a new team and forget the old failures. Otherwise instead of progressing they may actually go backwards.

  • on February 27, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    sham sham sham misbah sham on you, everybody knows you are not able for short format of cricket, and now he has been also selected as a captain in Asia cup. Oh! God you always do batter for us.

  • yakironi98 on February 27, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    What a match! To think Pakistan lost from such a Position or more like England won from such a position! Absolutely Horrific batting in the death by Pakistan, it was their game to lose and they sure as hell lost it. Dernbach was amazing and so was Broad in the death overs. KP is a such a class act to have batted 20 overs in this maniac of a pitch. That last ball 6 by Kp literally proved to be the difference of the match!

  • mansoorJ on February 27, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    NOW WHAT ....Should Misbah carry on as captain ???????? century Question !!!! Pakistan lost this match only only becoz of Misbah dull thinking abt cricket. He is never gud skipper for fast format and again he didnt use his brain while staying on the crease and act fast after overs running away ......HE SHOULD BE CHANGED OTHERWISE HE WILL RUIN PAK'S ODI N T-20 CRICKET....sorry Saeed Ajmal your hard work ruined fromn your captain

  • jibran_ahmed on February 27, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Misbah should take the remaining five wickets to his home so he could enjoy the test cricket at his home....

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 27, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    England are just too good.

  • fata7280 on February 27, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    Misbah Tuk Tuk should immediately be removed from captaincy and as a player in both ODI and T20. These 2 formats doesn't suit him. We lost some crucial matches because of his selfish and stupid batting like in 2007 T20 WC Final, then in 2011 WC semi final and now again in today's deciding match. How many more crucial matches we will loose b/c of him. Misbah has no common sense. He has no ability to play according to the situation. Only one shot is his favourite which is TUK TUK. The worst thing about Misbah batting is that he don't even take singles and just waste balls by TUK TUK which puts more pressure on other batsmans and they get out by trying to score fast. For better future of Pakistan cricket he should immediately be sacked from the ODI and T20 format cricket. Target of 23 in last 18 balls could definitely be achieved but b/c of Misbah we lost it. Misbah please do favour on Pakistan cricket and fans and leave space to someone which deserves more than you in ODI and T20 format

  • ExplicitPlatinum on February 27, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    As a Pak fan, I would like to congratualate England on a great thrilling win along with the series win. Misbah's captaincy is not something to target. It's the batting and the batting order. Misbah isn't suited for this format. Look at England, Stuart Broad is the captain and Pakistan needs to have a different captain for this format. Afridi is the right choice and what was the need for Misbah to come up before Umar Akmal? Sure, he is the backbone but the youngsters NEED TO ANNOUNCE THEMSELVES!! Afridi let Azam announce himself before Afridi himself and Azam performed well! Misbah is just prolonging the arrival of youngsters. Let Afridi captain this format and Hafeez is on a duck spree so far though his bowling is great. He needs to sort out this out-of-form batting as soon as possible. The T20 XI needs to be 1.) Hafeez 2.) Ahmed Shehzad 3.) U.Akmal 4.) Afridi (C) 5.) Hammad 6.) Misbah 7.) Sarfraz (WK) 8.) Gul 9.) Ajmal 10.) Cheema 11.) Junaid

  • Sports4Youth on February 27, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Pakistan started playing badly from the 16th over onwards. But they really lost the match in the 19th over. At that point Misbah should have got out and Hammad Azam should have been the next man in. Obviously that did not happen and Misbah decided to stay till the end and personally see England home. He virtually ensured it. Misbah is a choker. He chokes on the big stage. He chokes when it really matters. And above all i am wondering, what was Shoeb Malik's role today. He took one good catch and made mess of one that could have been easier. Thats all. He is being persisted with by Misbah since the last 3 series (SL, Banglades & now Eng). and except one 39 he has produced nothing. why carry this extra baggage. A good wicket keeper like Sarfraz would have help to down more opprosition wickets and restrict scores. Sarfraz was not bad in the limited opportunities provided to him. Atleast he would have batted better than Malik. And Finally Gul up & down as always. Please try Sadaf Hussain.

  • gunnerr4life on February 27, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Misbah-ul-Haq is a legend . I thought Pakistan will have to try very hard to loose this match and guess what Misbah made it look soo easy ... It is the time for Misbah to retire from ODI's and T-20's because we have to build a team for 2015's world cup and He will be 43 by then . Players like Zia , Hammad azam , Shahzaib Hasan , Ramiz Raja jr. , etc . needs to be given more chances because there is alot of potential in these lads . Pakistan lacks a quality fast bowler , so I believe that Mohammad Sami is more than capable to lead our attack in tests and Odi's . At the end of the day , a more professional , organised and deserving side won the ODI and T-20 series !

  • jmcilhinney on February 27, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    The low-scoring games are often the most exciting and this was no different. England never really got going but you could tell that the pitch was difficult when KP batted for the full 20 overs for a relatively modest score. Pakistan looked to be rolling early and may have been a little unlucky to lose Awais Zia. England pulled them back with some good bowling though. Pakistan need 35 off 30, just as England did in the first game and, just as England did, failed to knock them off. Very encouraging to see England tough it out in difficult conditions and bowl very well yet again.

  • Indus11 on February 27, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Misba-UL-HAQ's batting is so slow that he was instrumental in losing the World Cup Quarter Final against India last year. While he has been instrumental in keeping the side tempered and unified, his slow run acquisition in both the ODIs and this T20I series coupled with his lackluster and unimaginative captaincy has helped lose both these series. He has no place in these short games either as a captain and/ or as a player. Those people who have been calling for Afridi to return as captain in the short form of the game are experienced observers of the game and do know what they are talking about - and it is good that they made the necessary noise before the completion of these games - now they will be taken note of.

    Misba Ul Haq is - however - to be appreciated for excellent work done in bringing pride back into the Pak game.

    Management will now look to devise different teams for the short form and the long form with requisite captains.

    Thanks you Misba - You have done Pak Proud!

  • ICCexpert.... on February 27, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Misbah should retire from T20 and one dayers gracefully.............28 runs only and wasted so many deliveries

  • on February 27, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    How many times Misbah had been playing till the end and Pakistan eventually lost the match? I think someone in Pakistani camp should speak to Misbah and get his calculations right! If he would have increased the tempo a little from overs 14 on wards with 7 wickets in hand, it would have been easy win for Pakistan.

  • on February 27, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    Pakistan are pitiful in field placing and fielding and their batting leaves much to be desired. Misbah is a big culprit, batting out the deliveries and unable to hit big shots. He is not a T20 player. The batsmen need to adapt to smart bowling, and they have to improve their technique. A lot of homework is needed.

  • ICCexpert.... on February 27, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    please get rid of Misbah.............he is the reason for the loss

  • on February 27, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    England played well. I think pakistan should change T20 and Odi captain. Misbah is only gd for test cricket.

  • salim1cl on February 27, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Its time to rest Misbah 4m t20 & one day internationals......

  • coverdrive80 on February 27, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    I have finally diagnosed the disease that afflicts our Pakistani batsmen. I call it the "de-morono-lemming syndrome" or "DMLS" for short. This is a serious disease that has received little international attention as, so far, it has been limited to the Pakistani Batsmen. Let me break down the various components of this debilitating disease. The "de" stands for "deafness"; the sufferers are, sadly, extremely hard of hearing thus explaining why all decisions on whether a single is warranted are made in the middle of the pitch. The "morono" piece of the disease explains the moronic hallucinations of seeing each and every ball sail miles over the boundary regardless of a sense of occasion, the line and length of the ball and the opposing team's field positions. Finally, the "Lemming" part of the disease; sufferers spend an inordinate amount of time trying to replicate the shot that the previous moron got out to!. Congrats to England - a thoroughly deserved series victory.

  • PAK-92 on February 27, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    He may have played well in tests but odis and t20s are not Misbahs cup of tea. He needs to go now. Afridi should have remained captain of odi and t20 sides. We have good enough players who can replace him in these formats.

  • billbowden311 on February 27, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    You know what I personally think, I think Pakistan played well, the only disappointment was Umar Gul, Pakistan could have won if Cheema did not have got hit for six on the last ball. Pakistan will prevail next time, they just had got unlucky Misbah was kind of slow but he should remain as captain, the only problem is Pakistan's Batting order, we need a professional batting coach for Asia cup, get Muddasar Nazar or get some foreign batting coach because Pakistan's perfect in all areas except batting and a bit of fielding, Pakistan needs to maintain a strong batting line up, because it is currently quite weak Thank You.

  • on February 27, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    its that last ball six from pietersen that made the difference. i thought from the beginning england only have to get 125 to win and until that last ball six i.e england scored six - won, pak could not and lost, its as simple as that

  • FaheemAhmed on February 27, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Thank you misbah-ul-block for another match and series lost by you, everyone sees your slow tactics cost the matches/series and even world cups to pakistan but don't know when will change your lazy style.

  • Hassan.Farooqi on February 27, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    Misbah did what he always does i.e. played an "anchor inning" while smashers like Shoaib Malik, Hammad Azam, and Shahid Afridi sits on bench till the last over. After wasting all those overs, he would get out to make Pakistan lose. As I always say, "He is the 100 meter runner who leads, and then faint just before the finish line". Simply put, he is not a finsher.

  • mohammedshuja on February 27, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    What a drastic finish to the series. England proving they are far better ahead of Pakistan in certain departments, especially fielding. First thing first. Get Misbah ul Haq out of T20's. Give me a break. He is not even a match winner. He ruined our hopes first in the T20 World Cup, then the World Cup match against Indian and the final today. Who on this holy earth asked him to promote himself up the order when he has some big hitters waiting to get out there and cruise Pakistan to victory. We all know Hafeez is in the team only because of the influence of Misbah. This dude cant even score properly in T20's. Get in young talent like Ahmed Shehzad, Shazaib Hussain, Imran Nazir & Nasir Jamshed. Where is Sadaf Hussain the best talent of pace bowling as of now in the domestic circuit. We need to have specialists playing for Tests, ODI's and T20's. Thats how we can take Pakistan cricket to next level. We have to look for next world cup. Let Misbah handle Test's and Afridi ODI's.

  • jibran_ahmed on February 27, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Misbah the great. Always leading from the front to take the Pakistan to back side....... he use to play always from opposite side.................either it is India or England...... he always use to be helpful for others........ If I use to call names then I should be calling him big names today............ He should be retired from all types of cricket.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 27, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    FOR GOD SAKE some one take this man AMIR SOHAIL off the air. He need to improve his speaking abilities and needs flow in his words. He is so boring to listen to with his stop start english.

  • on February 27, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    England is probably the best T/20team around at the moment,I hate to say that but its true.

  • on February 27, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    Hammad Azam should have been sent up the order, he has better technique and ability than Umar Akmal and Afridi. Opponent bowlers haven't figured out Hammad as they have done with Afridi and Umar. Also I think Pakistan insisted too much on saving wickets. Umar Akmal should have given free hand. If he had got out and Hammad had got more balls to play, Pakistan could have been in better situation. Please publish my comments.

  • LoftierMuffin on February 27, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    I can't understand why Misbah-ul-Haq is playing t20 cricket

  • Sports4Youth on February 27, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    CHOCKER !!! Misbah has once agiain confirmed himself to be the proven Choker.

  • adillove on February 27, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    A total misery from Misbah I'm sure if it was in English team choice they would've selected Misbah as man of the match because he turned the game in England favour. Why don't PCB get him out of international cricket or at least from T20I because his second big match losing performance after giving first T20I world cup final to India.

    Go Misbah Go out of cricket!

  • wrenx on February 27, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Well, wasn't that entertaining? Pakistan did an England from the first game! Shame about Zia's decision, he looked in ominous form today and really has Finn's number. Time to try him out in the ODI team. Hafeez could use some time in the nets. And the fielding was hilariously bad from both sides. T20 cricket, at its hare-brained finest.

  • davidatlas999 on February 27, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    get rid of this man misbah he is not t 20 kind of.just wast of time to watch him in pak t 20 ore odi team.it is the time to say him bye bye sir!!!!!

  • light389 on February 27, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    I think this was disgusting, what Misbah did. He was the cause of this defeat. With such power hitters on the bench, he had no business going ahead of them. Poor Afridi and Hammad. They were asked to do too much after the tortoise used up precious deliveries. I think that he should truly be sacked from the One day and T20 forms of the game. If he stays he will be answerable to the people of Pakistan!!

  • shizam on February 27, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Misbah and Afridi don't even know how to hold the bat correctly let alone scoring runs. The runs they score come off edges and mis-hits. Both of them are a disgrace to Pakistan cricket and should be axed immediately. After todays mess up if they are part of Pakistan cricket, then I can confidently say that Pakistan cricket has no future.

  • wnwn on February 27, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    The Pakistan fans demand the immediate retirement of Misbah-ul-Haq from limited overs cricket. We simply cannot compete with him in the side.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 27, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    MISBAH...cant you see that people cross their finngers and wish you to get out. Win or lose but I wished you out long ago before the ending overs. Each and every match you start with a asking rate of 6 or 7 and you make it to 10 or 12 for Afridi razzaq or any one who is arriving later. Plz retire from T20 otherwise you will be made too.

  • on February 27, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    i dont know what misbah want to prove by trowing the controlled matches.T20 Final, World Cup semi Final and Now Series decider. i request the think tank of Pakistan to please include young player and dynamic captain for the coming T20 World cup. Bring AFRIDI to play his role.

  • Nadeem1976 on February 27, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Most disrespectful batsman in T2020 history. Misbah. I have no words to explain how much i hate his batting style. He should be fired by PCB at the spot now in T2020. Come on old man just retire or never show up. You are worthless.

    This is so disgraceful batting that i want to cry. So sad to see the way this guy batted.

  • TestIP on February 27, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Pakistan cannot make 130 in 20 overs? Are you kidding me! The batting line up should be changed....and Misbah ul hack was batting so slow....this guy is not an attacking captain and is not ready for 20-20 or one day. He is too slow. With his style of captaincy and batting tatics I cannot see this pakistan team beating anyone. They need to change the batting line up and fast. What happened to Imran Nazir, Abdul Razzaq and all those one day and 20-20 specialist who can make quick runs?

  • on February 27, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    wht was it??????wht was it????? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ?????????.............. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>ENGLAND scores>>>>>>>>>>3

  • on February 27, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Forget The Ashes. England V Pakistan really does result in some of the best cricket for any spectator. What a fantastic game. Hats off to Dernbach, but particularly Broad. Excellent captaincy AND bowling under immense pressure.

  • Sports4Youth on February 27, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    So Misbah spoils one more match. Who can forget the WC Semi Final and the T20 Fianal. At the 15th over who would have thought that England could win this. Awais Zia & Shafiq were great today. Misbah was the biggest culprit. Hope atleast now the selectors realise that Misbah can only spoil a game in the shorter version.

  • Hmahmud123 on February 27, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    I think this has always been Pak's strategy to finish the game in the last over. T20 cricket has changed the mindset for all cricketing nations except Pakistan's. Misbah is NOT a T20 player, period. He can only hit spinners some big shots. It was by far the get-able total in 17-18 overs, why wait till the last moment.... Pathetic strategy. All credit goes to England's bowlers.

  • on February 27, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Kick Out Misbah not from Pakistan team, Even Kick Out from Pakistan too. Look at His batting at the end

  • on February 27, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    misbah is the only person responsible here..if he sould not have promoted himself before akmal things could be different.he sucked the life out from the chase :@:@

  • khurramsch on February 27, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    good win from england they hold their nerves. poor show from pakistan specialy misbah in bat. they delayed too much to hit. with 3 wickets down they should have start bit early. last ball 6 from KP proved crucial & free dollies of wides from gul were realy poor. misbah failed in this game as he persisted with gul where he was going 10 an over. poor umpiring from umpire to give awais zia out . his job was to concentrate on decision not see how hard & loud is the appeal.he fell under presure from swans long appeal.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 27, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    MISBAH.... main batsmen in each team bat along to bring the asking rate down. You have always played to make the asking rate double for the ending overs. ALWAYS you lost it for pakistan by doing that even if all the wickets are still intact. You lost worldcup, you did it today and you will always do that. An asking rate of 6, you made it to 11 for afridi and Umar. PLZ play tests and leave the rest to some capable boys. SHAMEFUL PERFORMANCE

  • on February 27, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    This is a shameful effort by the Pakistan team. England didn't successfully defend their subpar total, Pakistan failed to chase a subpar total. 2 run outs? Why? Misbah should have run himself out instead of Shafiq. But then again, England didn't want Misbah, they wanted Shafiq. Its good for the opposing team if Misbah stays on the wicket lol

  • on February 27, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    just a quick question , mr misbah is playing test game or t20? today pak lose this game becouse of MISBAH. request to PCB please remove him from t20 n odi format pleaseeee.

  • on February 27, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Congratz...Engand team...And Thanks to Misbah who did same just like he did in Semi Final Against India which is just blocking and put other player underpressure.

  • Eric2505 on February 27, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    what a waste of players like Hammad Azam, Afridi, Umar Akmal, no one to blame, but just the Captain. we don't need the good players, we already have many, but we really need a brave captain. if i could be Misbah ul haq, i will definitely resign on my today's performance.

  • CrazyforcricketIII on February 27, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Misbah is not a 20/20 player. He was the reason for loss today!

  • SDHM on February 27, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    How crucial was that last ball six from KP! Can't help but think Pakistan had the game, but Umar and Misbah seemed determined to make it as difficult as possible. Broad and Dernbach bowled superbly at the end.

  • on February 27, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Its Misbah again!!! so is Umar Akmal!!! huh can't belive they lost this one !!!

  • saintsinister on February 27, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    there we go another reason y misbah shudnt b in t20s n odi.. kick him out..

  • on February 27, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    seriously .... misbah needs to be kicked out. horrible performances, and bad choices ...plus his snail speed has gotten us no where in the odi and t20 .... logic is against keeping this 38 yr old..

  • on February 27, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    19th over of the innings and Misbah plays 2 dot balls. wow....... what a player...a player that would have never made it to the side if he was not the captain.

  • on February 27, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Misbah will surely mess this up again.

  • on February 27, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    England should relook at their T20 team… Why is Arister Cook not playing ?

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

    very poor decision by umpire to give zia out. as umpire job is to focus on decision not how hard & loud is apeal. he was simply under presure by long appeal by swan. real poor umpiring & ionexperienced showd

  • on February 27, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    agree with khurramsch. thats Misbah for you bro. just because he had decided he would bowl his main bowlers, he completely forgot that he has been playing Hammad as an allrounder. not a single ball to bowl in any match. in the last game, he was sent too low for my liking and till that time Misbah himself had buried any chances of winning by playing dot ball after dot ball. How can this guy Misbah be thrown out of limited overs side. He is playing because he is the captain.

  • on February 27, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    LOL.....Hafeez for captain!!

  • Malti65 on February 27, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    A target of 130 seems gettable. But the big dissapointment today Umar Gul. Never steady. Umar Gul continues his up & down performance. Cheema bowled splendid until he gave a full toss to Petersen t pack it for a six. Cheema was lucky to get away. That could have been given a no-ball. Now much will depend on the likes of Awais Zia, Hammad Azam, Umar Akmal & Afridi. I think with these mercurial big hitters Pakistan will fancy their chances, they will hope atlest two of their big hitters come good.

  • khurramsch on February 27, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    inings break; i think good score by england as pak batting fragile. 1 thing i fail to understand, in odi & 1st t20 why misbah continue with main bowlers even when 1 of main bowler not bowling good. today gul was awful bowling 9 wides, & 39 from 4 overs missbah could have gone with shoaib malik for 1/2 over in middle. these runs by gul may prove critical.

  • on February 27, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    I wish it is going to be a cracker of a contest with both teams playing out of their skin and the best wins in the end. England has edge over Pakistan with the momentum, with the better team on-field, with more positive frame of mind and importantly winning the toss yet again; however no one can rule Pakistan out because of their unpredictability. I hope the best XI of the tour will come out and perform for Pakistan.

  • on February 27, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    best ov luck pak..........................

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  • on February 27, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    best ov luck pak..........................

  • on February 27, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    I wish it is going to be a cracker of a contest with both teams playing out of their skin and the best wins in the end. England has edge over Pakistan with the momentum, with the better team on-field, with more positive frame of mind and importantly winning the toss yet again; however no one can rule Pakistan out because of their unpredictability. I hope the best XI of the tour will come out and perform for Pakistan.

  • khurramsch on February 27, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    inings break; i think good score by england as pak batting fragile. 1 thing i fail to understand, in odi & 1st t20 why misbah continue with main bowlers even when 1 of main bowler not bowling good. today gul was awful bowling 9 wides, & 39 from 4 overs missbah could have gone with shoaib malik for 1/2 over in middle. these runs by gul may prove critical.

  • Malti65 on February 27, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    A target of 130 seems gettable. But the big dissapointment today Umar Gul. Never steady. Umar Gul continues his up & down performance. Cheema bowled splendid until he gave a full toss to Petersen t pack it for a six. Cheema was lucky to get away. That could have been given a no-ball. Now much will depend on the likes of Awais Zia, Hammad Azam, Umar Akmal & Afridi. I think with these mercurial big hitters Pakistan will fancy their chances, they will hope atlest two of their big hitters come good.

  • on February 27, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    LOL.....Hafeez for captain!!

  • on February 27, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    agree with khurramsch. thats Misbah for you bro. just because he had decided he would bowl his main bowlers, he completely forgot that he has been playing Hammad as an allrounder. not a single ball to bowl in any match. in the last game, he was sent too low for my liking and till that time Misbah himself had buried any chances of winning by playing dot ball after dot ball. How can this guy Misbah be thrown out of limited overs side. He is playing because he is the captain.

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

    very poor decision by umpire to give zia out. as umpire job is to focus on decision not how hard & loud is apeal. he was simply under presure by long appeal by swan. real poor umpiring & ionexperienced showd

  • on February 27, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    England should relook at their T20 team… Why is Arister Cook not playing ?

  • on February 27, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    Misbah will surely mess this up again.

  • on February 27, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    19th over of the innings and Misbah plays 2 dot balls. wow....... what a player...a player that would have never made it to the side if he was not the captain.