Pakistan v England, 3rd T20, Abu Dhabi February 27, 2012

Wash 'n go for Afridi

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the third T20 between Pakistan and England in Abu Dhabi

Run out of the day
Eoin Morgan was given little chance when his partner, Kevin Pietersen, called him for a run and then, having seen him commit, sent him back. It was, by any measures, an unfortunate end. But in truth, this was almost a mercy killing. Morgan looked horribly out of sorts. He was lucky to survive on five, when he mishit a ball just short of mid off, and again on seven, when Umar Akmal made such a mess of a stumping that it could have been an outtake of a Laurel and Hardy film. Pietersen has shown on this tour how quickly form can swing but, with Morgan clinging by his fingertips to a place in the Test squad, it was not an ideal time to produce such a wretched innings.

Catch of the day
For all the good things that Pakistan have done over the course of this tour, their fielding has remained poor. So it was a welcome surprise when Shoaib Malik produced a fine catch to end Craig Kieswetter's impressive innings. Running around the boundary from long on, Malik judged a tricky catch perfectly and finally took the ball diving on his knees. It was an important contribution in a low scoring game and an encouraging moment for a side with some work to do on that aspect of their game.

Redemption of the day
Moments after an out-of-character fielding error on the boundary cost England two runs, Jonny Bairstow made amends with an outstanding throw that brought the key wicket of Shahid Afridi. Perhaps Afridi, labouring for a second run in the final over of the innings, did not expect Bairstow, at long on, to throw to the keeper's end. But Bairstow, again showing the cool temperament that promises so much, spotted the opportunity and produced a remarkable throw - fast, flat and accurate - that proved too good for Afridi. The dismissal drove a nail into the coffin of Pakistan's hopes.

Odd sight of the day
Shahid Afridi having his hair washed on the playing area before the start of the game as a marketing gimmick for a brand of shampoo. It's hard to imagine Misbah-ul-Haq or, for that matter, Andrew Strauss, agreeing to undergo a similar experience. Quite where this might lead is anyone's guess: will Umar Gul have a dental examination at the break between innings? Will Graeme Swann see a chiropodist? Might Jade Dernbach have a tattoo? But bearing in mind the way the game finished, it was hard to avoid the impression that Afridi might do well to worry a little less about style and a little more about substance.

Decision of the day
Awais Zia may have had a shocker in the second T20 but he has twice helped Pakistan off to brisk starts. On this occasion his bright start was ended by an unfortunate umpiring decision. Shozab Raza, an inexperienced official standing in just his third international match, adjudged Zia out to a delivery from Graeme Swann that replays showed was pitching outside leg stump. The call ended what had been a controlled innings from Zia, devoid of the wild swinging that were a feature of ugly innings in the first two matches of the series.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on March 1, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    when there is a good bowling our playars never perform thats the case against england our bowling was good but some lose shots we cant blame any perticular player for loss misbahs record as captain is very good as compare to shahis afridi he only win one series dont forget he played more than 300 hundred matches in his career & more than half we loses because of him i dont know why his lobby always start blaming misbah

  • Dummy4 on February 28, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Its more than painful ,shamful,n pathetic to learn comments frm some die hard Misball,s haq fans who are still putting nonsense n ridicolos excuses to shield him.Nobody has logic behind criticisng akmal,afridi.MISBA z one and the only culprit found behind any batng nightmare displayd by pak for last 4 yrs or so and even then if some dn't realize this then thy must turn to somethng than commentng on crickt here

  • Dummy4 on February 28, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    Same old story ,Pak lost Bt Misbah won out of his total inablity to play at this level and his shear stubborness to not to change his static mindset as a captain as well as batsman ,"THE GREAT MISBAL HAQ". Great and expectd reply to his followrs.I MUST THANK HIM AS HE KEPT MY WORDS. Also i want to tel evrybody from now on that situatn z going to b worst in long run as long as these below average and a minor club levl playrs in the team(reffring to misbah,farhat, hafeez).SO PAK FANS READY 4 WORST

  • IMRAN on February 28, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Who asked misbah to bat at number 4? when umar akmal, afridi, hammad & Malik were suppose to play????

  • Dummy4 on February 28, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    The third T20 was lost by Pakistan because of the inept batting of Misbah.He yielded too many dot balls to enable England to regroup and launch a counter attack that hampered Pakistan's progress towards the target.It is time for Misbah to leave the limited overs arena for Mohamed Hafeez to take over.Pakistan need to build up a sound T20 Team to assert themselves at the next T20 World Cup scheduled to be played in September in Sri Lanka.I am convinced that Whatmore will relish this challenge and will have the distinction of leading Pakistan to win this Trophy for the second time ,thereby justify his appointment as the coach of Pakistan Team.

  • Dummy4 on February 28, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    I dont understand what the selectors doing with persisting with PARCHI player like Shoaib Malik. He is good for nothing at this level and never was worth his selection in the team. Look at players like Shahzad and others who are doing wonders in Bangladesh League If only criterion for selection in the team is that you have to be in the Constituency of Information Minister then there are hundreds of ministers in Pakistan, lets get one from each of there constituency. As long as the team is not selected on merit these defeats will continue to haunt us.

  • Zuhaib on February 28, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    @ - Syed Nayyar Uddin Ahmad @ - legaleagle @ - Jairam Amrith @ - nurdleoffpads... - guys what do yau want from AFRIDI,He is a simple human being not a sixer machine,I think yours & MISBAH thinking is that you have a SIXER MACHINE whenever you want that machine delivered sixes & win a simply want that AFRIDI always win matches for PAK has a substitute of AFRIDI at present i think no coz he is still perfect ODI player & speciallised leg spinner in the world...In this series AFRIDI performances is average but tell me what about other players such as MISBAH,FARHAT,HAFEEZ,YOUNUS,ADNAN,GUL,CHEEMA etc...they all r failures in ODIs & some of them r failures in t20 as well...AFRIDI still has lot of cricket to offer & he is presently a perfect choice for captain in limited overs games... @ - Ray24... - buddy m totally agree wid u,only our captain is responsible for this defeat,he batted more than half of the inning but cant win match for PAK...

  • hibbatur on February 28, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    This was another Misbah classic where he managed to lose almost a won match. He still does not realise that it is extremely difficult to make up for the duff balls in the earlier overs of the innings. It was so unfortunate that Asad Shafiq who was playing with good technique ran himself out once again.

  • Dummy4 on February 28, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    It is not the fault of Misbah ul Haq, People should realize that it was a preplanned drama byAfridi and Umer Akmal both are playing for them selves ,ofcourse commmitment of Afridi is visible from his washing of hairs to promote shampoo products, both of them have ensured that Pakstan should loose these ODI and T20 series, Afridi wants to be the captain again thats why he played below par and Umar wants his elder catch dropper match fixer brother back , so intentionally both series have been lost , just remember the speculations and stupid questions by journalists during post match conferences thrown at Misbah Ul Haq, these questions were asked delebrately in order to put the captain under stress and bring rift in the team

  • B on February 28, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    Pakistan did not lose because England were great but they didnt execute what was needed at the right time. FOR ONCE what was needed and what Pakistan could afford was risky shots (to some extent) but at the hour of need U Akmal couldnt provide.

    TV Commentators said he was told off in the dressing room after his performances in especially 2nd t20 but he should have the brain to change gear into max if that is what was needed at a particular momment. I have been following Pakistan cricket again now for the last three years and wanted them to play tuk-tuk (meaning singles) and leaving the attack to the bowlers but the one time they shouldnt do that they played too slow instead, very unsettling factor to live with. But this defeat is not a world cup defeat. Lessons must be learned and we all agree PCB mut take action to kick misbah out of limited overs cricket as a player as well, DOES ANYONE REMEMBER WHAT THE DID IN THE FIRST T20 FINAL AGAINST INDIA? AND THE ODI final against india?

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