Pakistan v South Africa, 4th ODI, Dubai November 4, 2010

Series win beckons for South Africa

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Match Facts

November 5, Dubai
Start time 15:00 (11:00 GMT)

The Big Picture

South Africa have an opportunity to wrap up the five-match series in the fourth match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, but to make sure that happens, they will have to improve on an area that they are traditionally world class in: fielding. Daryll Cullinan, the former South Africa batsman, labelled the current team "the worst fielding side since readmission", and while the situation may not be quite that dire, the number of dropped catches and missed run-out chances in Tuesday's match suggested there is still some work to be done.

The bowling has also been a concern for South Africa, and although they successfully defended 228 in the third ODI, Pakistan came within two runs of a thrilling win. The bowlers leaked 56 runs during the batting Powerplay in that match and have to find a way of plugging the gap soon.

The likely return of Dale Steyn should help in that regard, but Lonwabo Tsotsobe's withdrawal due to a back spasm is unfortunate. Tsotsobe had done a great deal to further his claims for a full-time spot as South Africa's limited-overs new-ball bowler on this tour, picking up six wickets in the first three games at a parsimonious 3.13 runs to the over. His canny changes of pace and unhittable lengths played a major role in South Africa's triumph on Tuesday, and he will surely be missed.

Pakistan have already pulled off one magnificent series leveller, in the second match, and will have to aim for a repeat performance. Their bowling, Mohammed Hafeez in particular, has kept the pressure on the South Africans and Akhtar also showed how vicious he can still be, even on a slow, low Dubai wicket, in Tuesday's match.

It's the batting that has really let Pakistan down. Abdul Razzaq's magnificent century bailed them out in the second ODI and Fawad Alam's gutsy, unbeaten 59 almost did the trick on Tuesday, but without a strong performance from the top six, Pakistan are always at risk of being found wanting.

Form guide

(most recent first)

South Africa: WLWWW
Pakistan: LWLLW

Watch out for...

Such is the nature of the role of 'finisher' in the one-day game, a particularly acute focus is brought to bear on the successes or failures of any player designated with that position. Fawad Alam's place in Pakistan's middle order has been open to such scrutiny since his inauspicious debut on one of their previous visits to Abu Dhabi, but he appears to be settling into the role and registered his fourth ODI fifty in the third match. With another close finish a distinct possibility, his contribution at the death could prove the difference.

Wayne Parnell wasn't quite at his best on his return from injury against Zimbabwe in October, but appeared increasingly confident with each outing and his enviable limited-overs record suggests he'll have a leading role to play - particularly, as a left-armer, in Tsotsobe's absence. His value is increased by his stubborn batting and youthful energy in the field.

Team news

Graeme Smith has recovered from the blow to his hand courtesy of Shoaib Ahktar in the first match, and returns to the top of the order. Steyn's return will go some way towards making up for Tsotsobe's absence, while Parnell slots in as an allround option.

South Africa (possible): 1 Graeme Smith (capt), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Jacques Kallis, 4 AB de Villiers (wk), 5 Colin Ingram, 6 JP Duminy, 7 Albie Morkel 8 Johan Botha, 9 Wayne Parnell, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 Morne Morkel

Pakistan need something inspirational to draw level with South Africa, and so the temptation to bring back Umar Akmal's X-factor will arise once again. It's unclear who might make way for him, with Asad Shafiq the likeliest to sit out. With Umar Gul yet to recover from injury, and Wahab Riaz performing admirably in his absence, the bowling line-up should be settled. However, Shahid Afridi has hinted that left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman could come in for Saeed Ajmal, who has been less effective than it was hoped he would be.

Pakistan (possible): 1 Imran Farhat, 2 Mohammad Hafeez, 3 Younis Khan, 4 Umar Akmal, 5 Fawad Alam, 6 Shahid Afridi (capt), 7 Abdul Razzaq, 8 Zulqarnain Haider (wk), 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Shoaib Akhtar, 11 Saeed Ajmal/Abdur Rehman

Pitch and conditions

The wicket generally played true, although slightly slow and low, on Tuesday and there's no reason for conditions to be any different on Friday with the same strip being used for all three games. With the wear and tear from the last match, there should be a little life in the pitch to keep both the seamers and spinners interested. Hot, sunny conditions should prevail in the afternoon with a warm, dry evening to follow.

Stats and trivia

  • South Africa's 228 for 9 in the last game is the highest ever total at the Dubai International Stadium, although it was also just the third ODI to be played at the venue. It has hosted 12 Twenty20 internationals, many of which have also been low-scoring affairs with Pakistan's 161 for 8 against New Zealand last year the highest score in that format.

  • Hashim Amla has scored eight international hundreds, three in Tests and five in ODIs, this year, with 1782 runs at 81.00 in 20 matches. His 119 in the last match took him straight to the top of the list of leading run-scorers at the Dubai International cricket stadium.

  • Shahid Afridi tops the wicket-takers' list for this venue, with 10 scalps in three games here.

Quotes

"The victory in the second one-day match and the close finish here has given us the confidence. If we can play with a positive mind, we can win the fourth match."
Shahid Afridi urges his troops to stay positive and keep the series alive

""The wicket is not going to be easier as it is going to be same strip for all three one-dayers and that is going to be interesting."
South Africa's stand-in captain, Johan Botha, hints that Friday's game could be another low-scoring affair.

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  • Mr.AAM on November 5, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    haha Pakistan have just won in a nail biting - Dramatic finish! Hope to win the series in this mode too. Kamran Akmal is out due to a Appendix Operation. Mohamed Yousuf was selected but he got injured too. Imran Farhat and Shahzaib Hassan were the replacements of Akmal and Salman Butt. (Personally i think Farhat is better than Hassan) Shoaib Malik is not selected due to bad form. He's gone to captain the hong kong super sixes team. Imran Nazir is not selected because of Bad form too. He did perform in the Domestic T20 Cup but Sialkot couldn't qualify for the next round so they couldn't see more of him he's also gone to the Hong Kong Super Sixes.

  • on November 5, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    @Razor88: Well Team India is playing really good because they have current best bating lineup and reasonable bowling attack and Pakistan as always dependant on some individuals and usual natural talent. I understand the fact that natural talent and individual performances counts a lot but Pakistan really & badly need to shape it in a proper way. Rest peace ;)

  • F.M. on November 5, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Good luck to pak's team... But it's hard to expect a win!! When we've got bhaanja jee in!!!! Imran Farhat should be replaced!

  • on November 5, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    where is kamran akmal?????and why fawad alam is still in team.plz add him to test team squad.he has no place in one day.and i dont know afridi ko kb pata chlna hy k konsi short pic krni hy and konsi pr single lyna hy?why he is in hurry in every match. :P

  • on November 5, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    IF PAKISTAN WANT TO HE MUST BRING BACK IMRAN NAZIR IN OPEN WITH AFRIDI, HAFEES OR KAMRAN.WICKET KEEPER BATSMAN AKMAL WIL ALSO POSITIVE ADD IN BATTING IF IJAZ BUTT WILL ALLOW TO PLAY EVERY ONE IS WATCHING THAT HAIDER CANT EVEN HOLD HIS BAT AND DROP CATCHS AS WELL.YOU CAN SEE THAT COACH IS SAYING AKMAL IS UNFIT BUT ON THE OTHER SIDE HE IS PLAYING DOMETIC AND MADE FAST FIFTY. AFRIDI MUST B CAPTAIN UPTO WORLD CUP. MY OPINION TEAM MUST BE 1-IMRAN NAZIR,2-KAMRAN,3-HAFEED,4-YOUNAS,5-ASAD SHFIQ,6-UMER AKMAL,7-AFRIDI,8-RAZZAQ,9-SOHAIL TANVEER,10-SHOAIB AKHTER,11WAHAB RIAZ BEST OF LUCK PAKISAN INSHALLAH WE WILL WIN.......

  • on November 5, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    I think shahid afridi should take most of the blame for the loss on tuesday, his reckless approach with the bat is becoming frustrating for the team and the long suffering fans.

  • on November 5, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    add in umar akmal as a wicketkeeper batsmen.. this will give pakistan a chance of playing an extra batsman and strengthening their major weakness (batting)

  • Acton49 on November 5, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    \Desihungama is right in his assesment, the Captain is ill informed. How can he fail to score over and over again. Shahid Afridi is a liability as is Imran Farhat. Fawad Alam is not a no. 6. He should come in at 4 or 5, with specific instruction on singles to be "created". Umar Akmal to be the keepe until Kamran is fitr. We need to get rid of Umar Gul, unless he start thinking that the game is not about banging the ball half way outside of the offstump. He has been a huge disappointment for Pakistan Cricket for a few years. He was touted as a complete bowler but the man does not learn the art of fast bowling. He has pace but not brain, He has forgotten the art of yorkers and reverse swing. I blame the two bowling coaches (Waqar and Aqib). Perhaps Gul is on instruction to bowl fast and without brain. Younis will take another two matches then you will see his batting! All is not lost. Get Yousef and the team will get the World Cup.

  • on November 5, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    i want that my below advice read Shahid Afridi before starting match.i m a drop of sea(supporter).Kindly utilize Umer akmal as wicket keeper.bring Shaziab back as opener with hafeez.Ur side Would be as below 1.Shahziab,hafeez,younis khan,asad shafiq,umer akmal,afridi,razaq,wahab,gul,shoiab,abdur rehman, here is ur current team that will win all the matchs Best regards Muhammad ahmed Lahore

  • dhino008 on November 5, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    I'm really agree wit comments of mairajhoda bcs they should drop zulqaranain haider and saeed ajmal and bring back umar akmal and abdur rehman...it will help to make batting more strong and DOSSRA posted must needed comment it shows how some world cricket board trying 2 destroy pakistan team so pcb should bring back suspended pakistan players bcs they are such brilliant if pakistan wanna win or make any impact on next years WC da team should be 1.kamran akmal 2.salman butt 3.mohamed hafeez 4.mohamed yousuf 5.umar akmal 6.fawad alam 7.shahid afridi 8.abdul razzaq 9.mohamed aamir 10.wahab riaz 11.shohaib akthar...pls pcb do it immediately and save pakistan cricket

  • Mr.AAM on November 5, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    haha Pakistan have just won in a nail biting - Dramatic finish! Hope to win the series in this mode too. Kamran Akmal is out due to a Appendix Operation. Mohamed Yousuf was selected but he got injured too. Imran Farhat and Shahzaib Hassan were the replacements of Akmal and Salman Butt. (Personally i think Farhat is better than Hassan) Shoaib Malik is not selected due to bad form. He's gone to captain the hong kong super sixes team. Imran Nazir is not selected because of Bad form too. He did perform in the Domestic T20 Cup but Sialkot couldn't qualify for the next round so they couldn't see more of him he's also gone to the Hong Kong Super Sixes.

  • on November 5, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    @Razor88: Well Team India is playing really good because they have current best bating lineup and reasonable bowling attack and Pakistan as always dependant on some individuals and usual natural talent. I understand the fact that natural talent and individual performances counts a lot but Pakistan really & badly need to shape it in a proper way. Rest peace ;)

  • F.M. on November 5, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Good luck to pak's team... But it's hard to expect a win!! When we've got bhaanja jee in!!!! Imran Farhat should be replaced!

  • on November 5, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    where is kamran akmal?????and why fawad alam is still in team.plz add him to test team squad.he has no place in one day.and i dont know afridi ko kb pata chlna hy k konsi short pic krni hy and konsi pr single lyna hy?why he is in hurry in every match. :P

  • on November 5, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    IF PAKISTAN WANT TO HE MUST BRING BACK IMRAN NAZIR IN OPEN WITH AFRIDI, HAFEES OR KAMRAN.WICKET KEEPER BATSMAN AKMAL WIL ALSO POSITIVE ADD IN BATTING IF IJAZ BUTT WILL ALLOW TO PLAY EVERY ONE IS WATCHING THAT HAIDER CANT EVEN HOLD HIS BAT AND DROP CATCHS AS WELL.YOU CAN SEE THAT COACH IS SAYING AKMAL IS UNFIT BUT ON THE OTHER SIDE HE IS PLAYING DOMETIC AND MADE FAST FIFTY. AFRIDI MUST B CAPTAIN UPTO WORLD CUP. MY OPINION TEAM MUST BE 1-IMRAN NAZIR,2-KAMRAN,3-HAFEED,4-YOUNAS,5-ASAD SHFIQ,6-UMER AKMAL,7-AFRIDI,8-RAZZAQ,9-SOHAIL TANVEER,10-SHOAIB AKHTER,11WAHAB RIAZ BEST OF LUCK PAKISAN INSHALLAH WE WILL WIN.......

  • on November 5, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    I think shahid afridi should take most of the blame for the loss on tuesday, his reckless approach with the bat is becoming frustrating for the team and the long suffering fans.

  • on November 5, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    add in umar akmal as a wicketkeeper batsmen.. this will give pakistan a chance of playing an extra batsman and strengthening their major weakness (batting)

  • Acton49 on November 5, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    \Desihungama is right in his assesment, the Captain is ill informed. How can he fail to score over and over again. Shahid Afridi is a liability as is Imran Farhat. Fawad Alam is not a no. 6. He should come in at 4 or 5, with specific instruction on singles to be "created". Umar Akmal to be the keepe until Kamran is fitr. We need to get rid of Umar Gul, unless he start thinking that the game is not about banging the ball half way outside of the offstump. He has been a huge disappointment for Pakistan Cricket for a few years. He was touted as a complete bowler but the man does not learn the art of fast bowling. He has pace but not brain, He has forgotten the art of yorkers and reverse swing. I blame the two bowling coaches (Waqar and Aqib). Perhaps Gul is on instruction to bowl fast and without brain. Younis will take another two matches then you will see his batting! All is not lost. Get Yousef and the team will get the World Cup.

  • on November 5, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    i want that my below advice read Shahid Afridi before starting match.i m a drop of sea(supporter).Kindly utilize Umer akmal as wicket keeper.bring Shaziab back as opener with hafeez.Ur side Would be as below 1.Shahziab,hafeez,younis khan,asad shafiq,umer akmal,afridi,razaq,wahab,gul,shoiab,abdur rehman, here is ur current team that will win all the matchs Best regards Muhammad ahmed Lahore

  • dhino008 on November 5, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    I'm really agree wit comments of mairajhoda bcs they should drop zulqaranain haider and saeed ajmal and bring back umar akmal and abdur rehman...it will help to make batting more strong and DOSSRA posted must needed comment it shows how some world cricket board trying 2 destroy pakistan team so pcb should bring back suspended pakistan players bcs they are such brilliant if pakistan wanna win or make any impact on next years WC da team should be 1.kamran akmal 2.salman butt 3.mohamed hafeez 4.mohamed yousuf 5.umar akmal 6.fawad alam 7.shahid afridi 8.abdul razzaq 9.mohamed aamir 10.wahab riaz 11.shohaib akthar...pls pcb do it immediately and save pakistan cricket

  • Nuxxy on November 5, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    If Smith is playing, he will be captain. But when are SA going to realize that days of Kallis, Pollock and Klusener (and Hansie) are gone? You don't need 5 all-rounders in a team...traditionally you only need 1. They have two in Kallis and AB, and between Duminy and Kallis they will get the 5th-10 overs. Rather put 4 proper bowlers in, and wait for Pakistan's batting to implode, instead of Albie "Hit Me" Morkel.

  • psu19976 on November 5, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    reason pak lost 3rd ODI lack of leadership from Fawad Alam. He shoud have kept the strike instead of letting Saeed Ajmal waste the balls. Hopefully next time he'll learn more responsibility. Learn from Razzaq. Maybe Shoib Akthar should have come at #10 instead #11. Anyways some tough decisions have to be made regardless of seniority of players.

  • SirDoNKhan on November 5, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    I think Pakistan team and its management should not waste Umar Akmal...We all know he is talented batsman...But if we see his short career about 80-90% when he came to bat pakistan is under pressure....so how one can play upto his potential when he faces the same situation every time?....I think Umar Akmal should be used as an opener with Hafeez....He can play Sehwagish Role for Pakistan both in Test and in ODIs and infact in T20 too.....he has got shots...he is attacking....he can provide solid stand......what u say guys????...r u agree with me??....if agree someone should forword this advice to Pakistan team...or may be cricinfo itself...through columns of Osman or Kamrab Abbasi or anyone else.

  • Nameez on November 5, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    Wel i think Umar Akmal should be in, there are hard times also for a batsmen but thats the time when the team is to support him, cos he is one of the match winners for Pakistan, and has the capacity of becoming a Future Captain!!! All the best for Shahid afridi's 11

  • SR_SAJJAD on November 5, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    Pakistan needs to bring in Abdul Rehman for out of form Ajmal.They must open with Farhat and Hafeez.Asad will be unfortunate to lose his place for thrilling Akmal. Fawad has so far failed to prove his mettle but unfortunately he will be a part of the set up. Return of Malik and Yousuf in the upcoming series will bring the batting into best shape. However bowling is going to struggle if Aamir and Asif dont return

  • on November 5, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    well inshAllah they will pakistan team cricket well afridi has to shoe responsibility in batting that for sure

  • on November 5, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    yes umar akmal as a keeper in 1 day or t20 i agree with mairaj :)

  • on November 5, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Oh Come on all you Wannabee Cricket Gurus....I doubt if most of you have ever held a cricket bat in your hand...Pakistan Team's Performance is a lot more complicated then to open with Shahzaib Hassan or bring Razzaq down the order...There are way too many variables involved such as Afridi Slapping Umar Akmal in the dressing room before the game starts or Shoiab Akhtar verbally harassing Fawad Alam...so sit back and enjoy the only team that defies statistics...Lets see which side turns up tomorrow...the cornered tigers or the limp politicians

  • on November 5, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    I wish people would stop being cruel to Zulqarnain!!!! I agree that he lacks batting technique and talent, but he has something the Akmal brothers will never have, and that is his attitude. He is brave; he mostly knows his weaknesses, he tries his level best for my country and he certainly doesnt offer his wicket on a platter unless its a sacrifice. I noticed people thought he isnt good enough for ODIs and we should have Kamran Akmal instead. However, I wish people would remember that batting is the second priority and wicketkeeping is the first. I hope people dont start trying to convince me Kamran has better keeping than Zulqarnain :@ As for the batting, what should I do with their talent if they are not willing to exert themselves???? Id much rather have Zulqarnain doing better batting than he is capable of than Kamran doing worse than HE is capable of. Having said that, Umar Akmal SHOULD come in the team with a stick hovering over his head. However, he should replace Asad.

  • Razor88 on November 5, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    @Salman Hussain - It will be Evaluated(Checks if there is Verbal Abuses or Inappropriate stuffs) By Cricinfo and then only It will be Posted. So that PPLZ don't swear..

    With Team India Performing and Pakistan playing competitive Cricket against Proteas, I can't ask for a better month of Cricket :D

    All the best fellas!!!

  • Ayan_11 on November 5, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    Hi Pakistani Management

    Pakistan can not win with Right Combination all teams in the world now playing with right combination like South Africa and one thing is importenent WK Keeper is now days play a very importent role with behind Wk and with Bat aslo but now this time pakistani Wk Keeper is not right selection so far.

    I think Pakistan Play Umer Akmal As WK keeper inclusion of Umer Akmal as WK Keeper Pakistan Include one Bolwer or Extra Bastman in the Saqud

    I suggest to the Shaihd and his Management that following Combination is the best for 4th ODI 1. Muhammad Hafiz 10 2. Umer Akmal 3. Younis Khan 4. Fawad Alam 5. Asad Shifque 6. Misba-ul-Haq 7. Shahid Afridi 10 8. Abdul Razaq 5 9. Wahab Riaz/Umer Gul 10 10. Abdul Rahman/Saeed Ajmal 10 11. Shoaib Akhar 10

  • Adeel-Shehzad on November 5, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    Umar Akmal must play in this crucial match..he is able to dominate any bowling attack when he is on song...as we've seen in many t20's against the aussies...& Abdul razzak must be sent 4th or 5th at the batting order as he needs some time to adjust at the crease...

  • on November 5, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    Farhat out, Akmal in... folks who are weining about Younis Khan...stop complaing about Younis , he is not a majician to turn things around in a day. Wake up remember he has been out of the international team for quit some time, I am sure he still have more runs then more players in the game so far in this series.

  • on November 5, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    yaar whenever i post something but it didnt show here...whats the problem??

  • on November 5, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    I suggest bring in Shazaib (as opener), Hafiz, Younis, Asad, Fawad Alam, Umar Akmal(in replace of Saeed Ajmal), Shahid, A. Razzaq, Zulqarnain, Wahab & Shoiab. Now Hafiz is using as a regular bowler and he performed well in this conditions so he will be OK with Afridi in the middle. Well utilization of Razzaq must be very important and Afridi should has keep him as main striker as I believe he will better perform than Tsotsobe on these condition so need to work out in this area...!!! Fawad Alam could be use a partnership breaker and as sixth bowler...!! Umar Akmal must come as additional batsman and we really need it:) In the end Pakistan must come with positive, focused and really wild attacking mind set ... !!!

  • on November 5, 2010, 3:08 GMT

    PLEASE do not play Albie Morkel! Send him back to MTN40 cricket and let him get back into form there if he is truly to be a contender for the WC. McLaren or Frylinck should be looked at if an all-rounder is wanted.

  • ather_aziz on November 5, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    the only reason y he is in the team is bcz his fatherinlaw is in the board simple which is a disgrace just like him

  • on November 5, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    umar akaml should be brought in for younis khan. he is a young sensation.

  • mairajhoda on November 5, 2010, 2:41 GMT

    Mairaj Hoda from CANADA Considering that SA will bring in Dale Steyn and Wayne Parnell along with Graeme Smith, I would suggest Pakistan team Management to consider playing Umer Akmal as WK / Batsman to strengthen their batting line up. This would be my team for 4th ODI: 1 Imran Farhat, 2 Mohammad Hafeez, 3 Younis Khan, 4 Asad Shafiq, 5 Fawad Alam, 6 Shahid Afridi (capt), 7 Abdul Razzaq, 8 Umar Akmal (wk), 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Abdur Rehman, 11 Shoaib Akhtar

  • shovwar on November 5, 2010, 0:34 GMT

    SA HAS A BETTER CHANCE WINNING THE NEXT 2 GAMES IF THEY PLAY THEIR NORMAL GAME. ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS STAY COOL AT HE DEATH OVERS. THERON HAS ACTUALLY BOWLED GOOD IN THE LAST GAME...HE CREATED SOME EASY CHANCES WHICH WAS DROPPED BY THE FIELDERS. ACTUALLY HE WAS THE ONLY BOWLER WHO BOWLED SOME YORKERS. HE WAS JUS UNLUCKY BUT HE STILL STOPPED THE BATSMEN FROM RUNNING THE WINNING RUNS AT THE END. HE SHOULD BE IN THE SQUAD.

  • dossra on November 5, 2010, 0:30 GMT

    As the website does not allow to post on the fixing scandal. I would like to add it here. I believe the the whole thing is a big bullshit to elbow Pakistan aside. I do not recall any Pak Eng series that the media had not tried to create a chaos. Last time around the Ball tempering where an English umpire looses his job. but this time around they have sidelined our players. India, South Africa and English cricket boards are busy every minute to ban the Pakistani team. And a one time Looser in court of Law Ian Botham came out openly in the media to ask for a banning of Pakistani team. Things are getting ugly and I will not be surprised if Pakistani players are again targeted in the world cup in India. I believe as a low income generating team Pakistan fac a very different fat than any other team because no one can come to Pakistan to play.

  • swat1999 on November 5, 2010, 0:02 GMT

    Umar Akmol must come back, besides Impran Forhat not fit for limited over cricket, Yunos Khan contribution is hopeless. Pakistan needs new generation of batsman for the limited over cridket

  • Desihungama on November 4, 2010, 23:35 GMT

    Lot of people including our "Ill Informed Captain" are commenting on how Ajmal has lost his form or Zulqarnain is not performing. This is a dead pitch with long boundries. The blind Pakistan coaching staff failed to see that when it was obvious in the form 20 acres. The key to this particualr pitch requires batsmen to take as many singles as they can. This is what Pak batsmen failed to do and came short. Not every ground is made for Bang Bang or how do you say Boom Boom. I put it on Shahid Afridi's shoulder that we lost the match. After 303 ODI's, he should be the master in reading pitches and advising rest on how to play that day.

  • Arthaurian on November 4, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    i highly doubt that Miller will be left out for Albie Morkel. The fact that Albie didn't bowl in the 3rd game suggests he's - again - holding on to dear life for his place. For his bowling. And the really unfortunate thing is that he is such a talented batsmen. He stabbed himself in the foot because now Miller has taken his batting position.

  • khurramsch on November 4, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    one more major concern is Zulqarnain's batting. he wasnt any comfortable in any game of this tour. & that makes PAkistan 1 batsman short.

    so pak can take a brave decision to include umar akmal as keepr.he did in couple of matches & was quiet ok.that can give 1 more bats man in pak side. & top order need to score & score at good rate not like 3rd ODI. Keep in mind that dubai is not abhu dhabi. wicket is slow. ground is big ( 70-73-80-81 m 0 so boundries are not easy. only 12 fours SA scored & pak only 11 fours & 2 6. so pak players need to run.same is the case with afridi & razak. this pitch is not like abu dhabi to hit every ball.

    my team prefrnc: 1- Hafez, 2- Younis, 3- Alam, 4- afridi, 5- Razak, 6- Shoaib, 7- Wahab riaz, 8- Saed Ajmal / ABDUL REHMAN / UMAR GUL 9-11: 3 of these Farhat / Akmal / Asad / Zulqarnain. i prefer FArhat / Akmal / Asad. Umar as keeper.

  • khurramsch on November 4, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    wel if umar gul is injured then include Abdul rehman for saed ajmal. Ajmal seems to have lost his form in this tour.if gul fit then bring in gul for ajmal. But main thing will be top order batting. Afridi & razak needs to be more responsible. (specialy afridi, in 3rd odi when he got out rrr 6 per over, when razak gets out its 11 per over). & top order hafeez, younis, & who ever opens with hafez need to perform. ALAM looks consistant in these 2 games.

    Umar akmal can come in place of asad shafiq / imran farhat both plyed very slow.in 3rd game & put presure on lower midle order.

    fielding must be improved. it was good in 3rd ODI but hiting the stumps was very poor they hit stumps only once. & for sure mised 3-4 close chances.

  • on November 4, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    pak boys stand up, finish the job, kick out useless farat and bring akmal in

  • on November 4, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    INSHALLAH Pak will win =D BOOM BOOM PAKISTAN

  • AhmadSaleem on November 4, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    At least four out of top six will have to perform tomorrow. In first ODI, top order fired but middle order let them down and in other two matches, middle order did well but top order couldn't put good show on display. They'll have to put up a fight together. Otherwise, it will be very difficult for them

  • on November 4, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    I dont know why Imran Farhat is in the team. Do you guys have any idea?

  • on November 4, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    i m sure,inshallah pak will again mke a cmeback.RAZZAQ,AFRIDI and umar akmal (if he plays) will play a big role in their win.iN the bowling department everything is going f9 bt saeed ajmal phuuffff he is a big question mark he can take 5 wickets on a given day and cn go for 100 which is nt his day rehamn might b a better option.FINGERS CROSSed

  • cricket_fan_1980 on November 4, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    Come Pakistan, lets win this !!!! Pakistan has been very good in the series so far. Very inspirational! It feels like they have belief again.

  • sharprider on November 4, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    Although South Africa is on the threshold of sealing the ODI series in Dubai, it should be borne in mind the glorious uncertainties of cricket, meaning anything could happen in the 4th match. So, projecting it this way (series win.....) should have been toned down to give both sides something to work towards so that some life may be injected into this series rather than sounding like a foregone conclusion, and, therefore, nothing to look forward to. Having said that, I can easily predict that Pakistan will give its 100% to make things exciting because that's the very reason they are playing cricket, while also keeping their focus on the forthcoming World Cup. May the better team win!

  • on November 4, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    yas we can .................. come on boom boom

  • poderdubdubdub on November 4, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Pakistan batting is in terminal decline. Just one miracle innings from Razzaq gave them a rare victory, well miracles dont happen in every match. This batting side can be summed up as "Fluke, Hit, Miss", they are all street sloggers. Tragically PCB is not interested in appointing a batting coach which clearly shows how wrong there priorities are.

  • on November 4, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    pakistan squad for the next odi should be Mohammad hafeez, imran farhat, younus khan, asad shafiq, umar akmal, fawad alam, shahid afridi, abdullrazzaq, wahabriaz, abdurehman, shoib akhtar,......... there they will note that oh what a team this is. and also they can made me their cheif selecter. wooooooooooooow

  • on November 4, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    asad shafiq is the good batsman to play in the middle order. pakistan need to bring umar akmal instead of zulqarnain haider bcoz he can be keeper and also a good batsman.

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  • on November 4, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    asad shafiq is the good batsman to play in the middle order. pakistan need to bring umar akmal instead of zulqarnain haider bcoz he can be keeper and also a good batsman.

  • on November 4, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    pakistan squad for the next odi should be Mohammad hafeez, imran farhat, younus khan, asad shafiq, umar akmal, fawad alam, shahid afridi, abdullrazzaq, wahabriaz, abdurehman, shoib akhtar,......... there they will note that oh what a team this is. and also they can made me their cheif selecter. wooooooooooooow

  • poderdubdubdub on November 4, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    Pakistan batting is in terminal decline. Just one miracle innings from Razzaq gave them a rare victory, well miracles dont happen in every match. This batting side can be summed up as "Fluke, Hit, Miss", they are all street sloggers. Tragically PCB is not interested in appointing a batting coach which clearly shows how wrong there priorities are.

  • on November 4, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    yas we can .................. come on boom boom

  • sharprider on November 4, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    Although South Africa is on the threshold of sealing the ODI series in Dubai, it should be borne in mind the glorious uncertainties of cricket, meaning anything could happen in the 4th match. So, projecting it this way (series win.....) should have been toned down to give both sides something to work towards so that some life may be injected into this series rather than sounding like a foregone conclusion, and, therefore, nothing to look forward to. Having said that, I can easily predict that Pakistan will give its 100% to make things exciting because that's the very reason they are playing cricket, while also keeping their focus on the forthcoming World Cup. May the better team win!

  • cricket_fan_1980 on November 4, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    Come Pakistan, lets win this !!!! Pakistan has been very good in the series so far. Very inspirational! It feels like they have belief again.

  • on November 4, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    i m sure,inshallah pak will again mke a cmeback.RAZZAQ,AFRIDI and umar akmal (if he plays) will play a big role in their win.iN the bowling department everything is going f9 bt saeed ajmal phuuffff he is a big question mark he can take 5 wickets on a given day and cn go for 100 which is nt his day rehamn might b a better option.FINGERS CROSSed

  • on November 4, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    I dont know why Imran Farhat is in the team. Do you guys have any idea?

  • AhmadSaleem on November 4, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    At least four out of top six will have to perform tomorrow. In first ODI, top order fired but middle order let them down and in other two matches, middle order did well but top order couldn't put good show on display. They'll have to put up a fight together. Otherwise, it will be very difficult for them

  • on November 4, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    INSHALLAH Pak will win =D BOOM BOOM PAKISTAN