Pakistan v South Africa, 1st Test, Dubai, 5th day November 16, 2010

Younis and Misbah return in style

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Younis Khan reminded Pakistan just what they had been missing as his 17th Test hundred guided them to safety on the final day in Dubai. Together with another returnee, the new captain Misbah-ul-Haq, the pair combined to defy South Africa for 57 overs, sharing an unbroken stand of 186 to pull off a result which looked unlikely after Pakistan conceded a 132 first-innings deficit.

Shorn of Younis' services since July last year, the brittle Pakistan line-up have struggled against Australia and England but his resilience alongside Misbah, playing his first Test since the Sydney debacle, ensured a satisfying return. Younis will rightly take the plaudits, anchoring the rearguard with third hundred against South Africa but, as Misbah himself acknowledged, it was the he who was under most scrutiny.

"This feels like a win. The team put in a wonderful effort under pressure," he said. "I was under quite a bit of pressure before this Test but I think my performance today will make it easier for me."

Pakistan's first-innings collapse from 176 for 2 to 248 all out underlines just how important Misbah's contribution was, all the more so given that the next man in was Umar Akmal. It ensured that the "fresh start" Misbah promised on the eve of the game ended well and he singled out praise for his partner. "On the second day the bowlers brought us back into the game the plan today was to be positive and not just try to stick it out. Younis' knock today was a special one."

Returning as the senior batsman in a volatile side, Younis could have been forgiven for feeling the burden of responsibility. Yet after a cautious start his increasingly expansive and certain strokeplay betrayed a man just relieved to be back where he belongs.

"There wasn't any pressure on us because the wicket here is different to those in the subcontinent," he said. "It didn't have the kind of uneven bounce that causes the ball to bounce up off the pads. On this wicket it was possible to bat positively and that's what I was trying to do. I was trying to hit the bad balls for boundaries."

Both batsmen, impressive as they were, had some generous South African fielding to thank. Younis was put down twice, on 16 by Mark Boucher and again by Jacques Kallis when on 70, and Misbah got a slice of luck when Hashim Amla spilled a chance at short leg just before lunch.

It meant another final-innings disappointment for South Africa after twice being denied by England last year but on a flat track Graeme Smith was happy enough with his side's performance.

"We knew it was going to be hard because on this wicket once the batsmen get in it was tough to get them out," he said. "The wicket got slower and slower as the Test went on. Credit must go to Pakistan, especially to Younis, he played really well.

"Missed chances are always costly but nobody does it on purpose. It was unusual for those guys to miss those chances because they have been stalwarts of the team for a long time. So obviously they are disappointed with that. But we've played good positive cricket throughout the game and we'll take that into Abu Dhabi."

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  • on November 21, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Mr. snowSnake ,It was achieveable total, in the past, pakistani team has achieved target of 164 runs in karachi test against india by loosing only 2 wickets in last session of 5th and final day.

  • short_cover on November 19, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    It is great to see a great player come back to his own and we should expect good things from him. However, we may be going on a familiar path here we've seen too often. He is still the only choice for the Test (and ODI) captain... don't really care much about T20 (Afridi can stay with that). But let's not get too carried away. We all praised him like anything when he made the double against India and triple against Sri Lanka, but we are the same people who threw so much rubbish at him later on (ICC trophy). I really hope now that he doesn't take captaincy as we will not hesitate to bring him down on the first mistake he makes or doesn't perform. So let's give him time, he may or may not perform well in the 2nd test. But what we all know as a fact is that he is probably one of the only lions left in the team who is smart cricketer and not mustered with scandals. He will need our support to rebuild this broken team…. People who understand Test know the brilliance he showed in this game

  • Razor88 on November 19, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Finally!!,Younis Shuts Ijaz Butt(hope his good form continues).Its Seriously a Pain to see Ppl write bad abt them(Dravid,younis).Its been a wild month for me,all my Favorites have played good cricket.And Please Spare a thought,100 in 14 overs on a Fifth Day Wicket is hard.Critics can say what they want,But You jus Try and Stand there on Fifth Day pitches,U will Understand it.its very hard for the new batsmen to face on a 5th day track.Even if SA or Ind tried it(108 with 14),they would have failed relentlessly.Well they both have better batting depth,But still its one heck of a task.Well Paks are prone to collapse,I'm sure both Misbah and younis had tht thought.If tats the case,well thought out by them.Inspite of that Teasing Target,they Did what a Good Team would do(Know their resources n settle for a draw).Its way better than Trying to win and Collapse to Lose it,while a Draw is still in the bag.Well Played Pakistan.All the best for the Series.

  • Nadeem1976 on November 19, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    Better than Bangladesh. Pakistan as great cricketing nation knows that in difficult and bad situation the best way is to play for draw. Its a wonderfull performance by new captain and young team against experienced SA team. I dont know when Bangladesh will start learning this technique of drawing test matches. Bangladesh always try to win it and in the end always lose it. They need to understand for a low nation Draw is as equal to win. ICC should promote this message to Bangldesh that play test cricket for long hard five days and try to save match first and then if possible try to win. Inclusion of bangladesh in Test arena is a failure. They dont have approach and system to play test cricket. Let them play ODI and remove them from test. Create elite 8 test nation teams and let them play.

  • on November 19, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    @hiran lakmal i really apreciate your good thoughts for pakistan i think we have kind of self distracted ourself but if we play with a spirit and use bit of brains we can achieve good results

  • on November 19, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    nice job by the pakistani team i think should take out umar akmal and bring in asad shafiq i thought that they should have won the match but it is not a t20 its a test so its a better decision to draw it.

  • shot274 on November 18, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    This was a great performance though to be frank , nowadays when Pakistan make above 250 it seems like a victory to me!This still remains a weak batting side and without Amir and Asif an even weaker bowling side.To win you need to get 20 wickets and i cant see that happening against most teams leave alone SA. There are positives though. Azhar Ali was very promising; Hafeez looked the part and the batting looked a bit less brittle than it has for a while. Room for further improvement? Without doubt. Get rid of Umar Akmal(for a very long time) and get Asad Shafiq in.

  • ahmednaveed on November 18, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    I think Pakistan team played well but they did not choose to win the match and went for easiest option ,that have shown the lack of confidence of the team captain on his squad . It gave a chance to SA team to fight back and win the series .

  • SnowSnake on November 18, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    Guys, stop blaming the Pak. batsmen. 108 runs in 14 overs cannot be done. This is not ODI or T20 where you have power plays and fielding restrictions. If Pak. would have tried it then losing would also have become an option because there are no bowling restrictions in test cricket. Stop treating ODI, T20 and tests as same games.

  • on November 18, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    What a player, what sportsman spirit.

    Slap on Ijaz Butts face who kept him out of the team without any reason.

  • on November 21, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Mr. snowSnake ,It was achieveable total, in the past, pakistani team has achieved target of 164 runs in karachi test against india by loosing only 2 wickets in last session of 5th and final day.

  • short_cover on November 19, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    It is great to see a great player come back to his own and we should expect good things from him. However, we may be going on a familiar path here we've seen too often. He is still the only choice for the Test (and ODI) captain... don't really care much about T20 (Afridi can stay with that). But let's not get too carried away. We all praised him like anything when he made the double against India and triple against Sri Lanka, but we are the same people who threw so much rubbish at him later on (ICC trophy). I really hope now that he doesn't take captaincy as we will not hesitate to bring him down on the first mistake he makes or doesn't perform. So let's give him time, he may or may not perform well in the 2nd test. But what we all know as a fact is that he is probably one of the only lions left in the team who is smart cricketer and not mustered with scandals. He will need our support to rebuild this broken team…. People who understand Test know the brilliance he showed in this game

  • Razor88 on November 19, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Finally!!,Younis Shuts Ijaz Butt(hope his good form continues).Its Seriously a Pain to see Ppl write bad abt them(Dravid,younis).Its been a wild month for me,all my Favorites have played good cricket.And Please Spare a thought,100 in 14 overs on a Fifth Day Wicket is hard.Critics can say what they want,But You jus Try and Stand there on Fifth Day pitches,U will Understand it.its very hard for the new batsmen to face on a 5th day track.Even if SA or Ind tried it(108 with 14),they would have failed relentlessly.Well they both have better batting depth,But still its one heck of a task.Well Paks are prone to collapse,I'm sure both Misbah and younis had tht thought.If tats the case,well thought out by them.Inspite of that Teasing Target,they Did what a Good Team would do(Know their resources n settle for a draw).Its way better than Trying to win and Collapse to Lose it,while a Draw is still in the bag.Well Played Pakistan.All the best for the Series.

  • Nadeem1976 on November 19, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    Better than Bangladesh. Pakistan as great cricketing nation knows that in difficult and bad situation the best way is to play for draw. Its a wonderfull performance by new captain and young team against experienced SA team. I dont know when Bangladesh will start learning this technique of drawing test matches. Bangladesh always try to win it and in the end always lose it. They need to understand for a low nation Draw is as equal to win. ICC should promote this message to Bangldesh that play test cricket for long hard five days and try to save match first and then if possible try to win. Inclusion of bangladesh in Test arena is a failure. They dont have approach and system to play test cricket. Let them play ODI and remove them from test. Create elite 8 test nation teams and let them play.

  • on November 19, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    @hiran lakmal i really apreciate your good thoughts for pakistan i think we have kind of self distracted ourself but if we play with a spirit and use bit of brains we can achieve good results

  • on November 19, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    nice job by the pakistani team i think should take out umar akmal and bring in asad shafiq i thought that they should have won the match but it is not a t20 its a test so its a better decision to draw it.

  • shot274 on November 18, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    This was a great performance though to be frank , nowadays when Pakistan make above 250 it seems like a victory to me!This still remains a weak batting side and without Amir and Asif an even weaker bowling side.To win you need to get 20 wickets and i cant see that happening against most teams leave alone SA. There are positives though. Azhar Ali was very promising; Hafeez looked the part and the batting looked a bit less brittle than it has for a while. Room for further improvement? Without doubt. Get rid of Umar Akmal(for a very long time) and get Asad Shafiq in.

  • ahmednaveed on November 18, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    I think Pakistan team played well but they did not choose to win the match and went for easiest option ,that have shown the lack of confidence of the team captain on his squad . It gave a chance to SA team to fight back and win the series .

  • SnowSnake on November 18, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    Guys, stop blaming the Pak. batsmen. 108 runs in 14 overs cannot be done. This is not ODI or T20 where you have power plays and fielding restrictions. If Pak. would have tried it then losing would also have become an option because there are no bowling restrictions in test cricket. Stop treating ODI, T20 and tests as same games.

  • on November 18, 2010, 20:33 GMT

    What a player, what sportsman spirit.

    Slap on Ijaz Butts face who kept him out of the team without any reason.

  • ABKD on November 18, 2010, 18:07 GMT

    I WISH THAT PAKISTAN SOMEHOW SOMEHOW SOMEHOW BEAT SOUTHAFRICA IN THE FINAL TEST. I KNOW THAT IT WILL BE TOUGH TO BEAT SOUTH AFRICA BECAUSE THEY HAVE THERE FULL STRENGTH SQUAD BUT CMON PAK U CAN BEAT THEM CMON MATES, JUST DONT GIVE UP, JUST WANT TO SEE PAKISTAN WINNING A SERIES, IM REALLY HUNGRY TO SEE PAKISTAN WINNING A SERIES AGAINST A REALLY GOOD SIDE HAVENT SEEN PAK WINNING A SERIES FOR SUM TIME NOW .....

  • hamzah_Muhammad on November 18, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    hold on guys.....108 runs in 14 overs with 2 settled batsmen playing .... did any of you watch this game .... i was watching this game and they needed 108rus in 14 overs and they chose to draw the game i think that was a very bad decision thank you for reading my comments

  • ishfaq_shah on November 18, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    love this mans spirit.....going by his temperament he is the best in that

  • Cricketlover645 on November 18, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Younis and Misbah very well played. great fight from Pakistan under pressure. Greatings from Sri Lanka

  • on November 18, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan I'm pleased to see the performance of Pakistan team. We know the Pakistan team has a unbelievable fighting spirit, we saw it in the ODI series too. But unfortunately the team cannot manage this habit continuously, if they can do it they will be the most dangerous team in the world. Actually the problem is they couldn't capitalized the opportunities that they got. And the other gud thing I see from Pakistan is that they haven't any swollen heads comparing to other top ranked teams... So I realy like to see the Pakistan team to become a one of the greatest cricket nation as soon as possiblle llike when they were in the era of Miandad,Akram,Waqar and Imran..... wish u all the best.

  • on November 18, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Can you imagine he is the most reliable batsman of the time, Younis Khan, having the best ever record of scoring hundreds in Fourth Inning of a Test Match. Now can anybody tell me why he was out of the squad from almost one year as he is the Best No. 3 Batsman of all time for the country. Can Ijaz Butt give the answer???

  • on November 18, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    I cant understand how sum indian fans calling pakistan team as minnows. Well see the statistics, we still have won more games in any format other then this so called no 1 team. remember the 90's wen indian great batsmen piised off in front of sheer pace and rewerse swing of Wasim, waqar, shoaib. They didnt had courage to face pakistan team.

  • on November 18, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    HOW LOW PAKISTAN CRICKET GONE A DRAW NOW FEELS A VICTORY FOR CAPTAIN I FEEL WE NEED TO GET RID OF ALL THESE PLAYERS WHO SEEMS TO BE SMILING WITH DRAW. LIKE THE GREAT IMRAN KHAN USE TO SAY NEVER WORRY ABOUT DEFEAT ALWYS TRY TO WIN.

  • swat1999 on November 18, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    This drawn match was very speacial & this type of performance is more than a win, Pak supporters enjoy the match very wel.

  • on November 18, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    @Rajeesh Nangariyil...well being a pakistani,,i dont feel any disparity on cricinfo..(but there sure is in ICC acts)...cuz i've seen many articles and a detailed analysis on many partnerships as well as prominent innings from a player not indian...and many gud innings of Indian players have not been analysed on cricinfo...so i feel no dis-parity :)

  • rocky_94 on November 18, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    this is y pakistanis and pathans love him pakistan will win the world cup

  • on November 18, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Thaks Rajeesh Nangiriyil for pointing it out. This disparity has been going on for quite some time now and needs to get ended. We cricket lovers need to know all the details about every team and every match. Harbhajan's brilliant knocks had full lenght detailed articles which everyone read which are not being seen here. Cricinfo has to remove this disparity and provide us with detailed analysis of every prominent innings or partnership etc.

  • girikula on November 18, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    YOUNIS is the man! He has answered all his critics in style, using his bat. Way to go! Give him the due respect - all the Pak cricket officials and supporters ... please....

  • raj040686 on November 18, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    @myaqoob: Where is Zulfi Haider in your squad? Went missing again? Jokes apart, according to PCB standards, any retired player should be recalled in a few months, ryt? Oops..I did it again. :P

  • raj040686 on November 18, 2010, 7:09 GMT

    As far as Pakistani players are concerned, there are only two types. Come back kings and Go back losers!!!

  • Hasnainf on November 18, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    I cannot agree any less than Rajeesh Nangariyil. I have in the past felt many times this disparity and even wrote comments that have never been published. This was a great partnership and deserved all the accolades.

  • on November 18, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    It was a very good decision by Misbah and its really feels like a win. Anyway if Pakistan played a attacking game in last 14 overs so you can not let down SA....I am sure smith had alternative plans to stop younis & misbah, like to bowled wide balls (normally not given wides in test matches) & there could be chances of fall of wicket on 5th day pitch. And rest of the batting line up was not reliable.

  • on November 18, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    Lost of people have written off Misbah. Great going Misbah, you proved them all wrong. The other factor is if the same act has been done by an Indian batsmen or an Indian pair, there would have been much more article, more statistical analysis. Why this disparity. I guess its cricinfo.com and not cricinfo.co.in.... I am Indian but I guess you guys need to write more about our neighbours too.. :-)

  • nzcricket174 on November 18, 2010, 1:17 GMT

    As a neutral, I still see the need for Yousuf. He's their country's top batsmen (in stats and technique). He's a bit out of form, but as soon as he is available he needs to be playing.

  • jqamar on November 18, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    Dear all! for a win you need an upgraded mind and some sort of risk involves in, it is is good that newly elected Captain Misbah understands that his team could be out class under 72 runs in first innings and there is no difference for his team to re-perform. Tony or any other commentator has said said golden words for Pakistan team "Pakistan team has the ability to be dissolved even after very good partnerships". Believe me if one of them out any time others would have not face one ball each, thats what our comeback captain thought it may reality, it is possible that rest of the batsmen planned something otherwise.

  • cricket_for_all on November 18, 2010, 0:14 GMT

    Good luck Pakistan and It was real work from Yunis and Misbah. I don't understand why some of Pak fans are crying for victory. How can Yunis and Misbah will trust on Umar and his brother. I want to make another point here. This is Pak vs SA comment why India coming to play here?.

  • on November 18, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    Misbah thinks it feels like a win but no Misbah we dont think it feels like a win because it was not a right decision to call off the match, they shouldve tried to chase the target when they had 2 set batsmen at crease but I think to chase a target of 450 batsman need to play with 3 balls.

  • Engr_Khadim on November 17, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    There is no doubt that Younas, Misbah & Azhar Played a great inning to save the match. I also agree that Umar is not reliable and Younas / Misbah were not seeing any support from bottom line. I also like their defence strategy which has really frustrated South African Bowlers. However, I don't like their decision to call off the match while Pak was in attacking position. I don't say they should play like 20/20 or any thing else but their decision to call off the match was against the sportsman spirit. They must fight till the end even if they defend for a draw or they loss the match. It could boost the morale of the team and they are there to play.... not to make deal or compromise on the outcome. They must play with whatever the outcome...The message I got from this decision... that they don,t believe in their self and.... we are still supporting them.. I don't know why.... for what..

  • SnowSnake on November 17, 2010, 19:48 GMT

    @Sriram: There is no need to justify India's #1 ranking. It received its ranking fair and square. If you look at top 10 batsmen and bowlers, India has fair share among those. So, most "deserving" comments are useless. As for Pakistan. It is nice to see that the team is gaining confidence. I hope that team stays away from controversies and becomes stronger. A solid Pak. will make WC 2011 fun.

  • myaqoob on November 17, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    PAK ODI SQUAD FOR WORLD CUP: 1.kamran akmal 2.mohd hafeez 3.younis khan 4.mohd yousuf 5.misbah -ul-hq 6.umer akmal 7.abdul razack 8.shahid afridi 9.umer gul 10.mohd sami 11.shoaib akther 12.imran nazir 13.shoaib malik 14.suhail tanvir 15.saeed ajmal

  • on November 17, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    Good to these two players back to form..... Keep going...

  • on November 17, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    As a neutral I would say that it is a pretty positive result for Pakistan. For Saieen's information it is not easy to chase runs in a test match. Nothing like T20 as no fielding restrictions or leg side wides etc. Very hard to chase 7 runs an over without taking huge risks.

  • PrasPunter on November 17, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    couldnt stop laughing about the so-called No1 team. Aus, even with the weakest team in recent times by their standards, won 4 out of 4 tests against NZ on either side of the Tasman sea. The so-calleds ..... less said the better. Just a bunch of stars with bloated egos. If at all Pak had Amir/Asif, they would have been the best. Unfortunately... Any way, good luck Pak. Please discover a Waqar/Wasim and you shall soon be getting back to winning ways.

  • cricketeria on November 17, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    Honestly they might have gone for the win but you can see what's happened with Pak cricket lately. Right now we'll take the draw over a loss. Umar Akmal has the shots but not the brain. Not sure why no Pakistani batsman under 30 has a test temperament at all.

  • on November 17, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Why dont we just leave the Cricket up to players in the middle, as they are a better judge of the situation. those people who are arguing about why Younis and Misbah didn´t go for the win, are forgetting that the so called 7 wickets in hand were capable of making 7 runs altogether, at best. didn´t you see Umar Akmal in the first innings?? Can you really trust that guy?? I am certain that if Misbah/Younis went for the victory and in process lost thier wickets or even worse lost the match, same people (who are criticising them for being defensive) would want thier head on a platter for being irresponsible. Safety First is def. not a bad tactic, specially from a team with fragile bating line - up as Pakistans. Live today, Fight tomorrow.

  • on November 17, 2010, 17:13 GMT

    @Snowflake : We do not bring India's number 1 ranking to the table in all the articles. We just defend our ranking when other scream that our # 1 ranking is not justified. Any fair Indian will acept that we are not the undisputed number 1 team like Australia was for the last 10-15 years. But over the last few years, we have played good and consistent cricket, possibly better than most of the other teams. Just realize that it is an objective ranking system and does not take into factors like "India have not beaten South Africa in South Africa." Also realize that it is the first time that we have been ranked #1 in test cricket. We are just proud of our cricket team for that. We know we have a long way to go to become the undisputed test champions. But being ranked 1 in the ICC ranking table is probably a good place to start.

  • on November 17, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    Everyone who says that Pak should have gone for the win, are you forgetting the batting line-up? After Misbah, there is no batting to come, Umar Akmal would've got himself out, Adnan doesn't look like he has any quality, and even if he does he is on debut and not used to test match pressure. Had either Younis/Misbah got out Pak would've been staring at a batting collapse and subsequently a defeat rather than a draw from what looked on Thursday like a losing position. We should be commending the batting of Younis/Misbah in sticking around for a day (longer in the case of Younis) rather than lambasting them for their (actually fairly sound) tactics

  • vinodkd99 on November 17, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    Proteas have been known for their fielding prowess, but sadly for them they have been appaling in this series. They lost 4th ODI on account of fielding, almost lost 3rd ODI on same account. It was no different in 1st test as well. Last day when Proteas had their nose ahead, Boucher dropped a regulation nick of ultimate MOM and so did Amla during the first session only. No wonder Younis was able to get Pakistan a draw by being the 1st Pakistan batsman to score a test century after a gap of 7 test matches in between (Salman Butt was the previous batsman to score a 100 in the famous SCG match some 11 months back)

  • Delta4C on November 17, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    India has prove to be # 1 by consistant wining. It good artical but doesn't make sence if you conside DRAW as WINNING.

  • vinodkd99 on November 17, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Well for the guys who feel that Umer Akmal is one of the best batsman (as per some comments over here), just have a look at his record. He has played 13 tests so far and is averaging about 37 an innings. Well in case we take out his 1st 3 tests in New Zealand, he is averaging a meagre 26 in 10 test matches. DOES this auger well being a great bastman.

  • on November 17, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    if a draw seems like a win to misbah then a loss will be a draw. with this logic Pakistan will never lose. i was hugely disappointed to see the same tame batting in the last session when not many runs were needed to secure a win. they went about their business as if 500 runs were still to be scored. with 7 wkts in hand and about 6-7 RPO rate required, i was hoping that with 15 overs left they'll go for the kill. it was a perfect time to play T20 type of innings and go for the win. but alas, their defensive set of mind brought the test to a tame and lame end. Pakistan squandered a huge opportunity to go 1 up in the series.

  • Arthaurian on November 17, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    The worst pitch i have ever seen. Utter rubbish.

  • SnowSnake on November 17, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    @SFGoldenGate. Quite mixing ODI performances and Test performances when you compare teams. For Indian fans, stop bringing India's #1 ranking in all the articles that are not about India. It just starts emotional rumbling from both sides of the aisle.

  • DesiCricketfan on November 17, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    Guys, I m not saying that Bangladesh is not a good team.I only said we can not consider any team great on the basis of one series. Bangladesh's problem is there board and the short of players. they did great in that series. NZ failed to play good because of the OVERCONFIDENT that they will beat BD easily. As far as the India, i blame the pitches that are made in India. Pitches are perfect for huge run fest's for ODI's where the result is possible but not for the test cricket. I also agree that Bhajji needs to know "Why is he in the team?". The champion teams should be like WI of 80's and Australians of the past. India has been winning in there backyards "TRUE", and that i swhy they are #1, i would say partial truth. I am eagerly waiting for SA series and see what happens. Anyway onc again... PLEASE do not call SL,PAK & NZ as minnows "IT HURTS". Let us watch and enjoy cricket.

  • khmayecha on November 17, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Younis khan no doubt has bolstered the pakistani side..but i was really disappointed with their planning..the test was there for the taking an they settled for a draw..if they had started a little after tea with limited risk and then increased the tempo towards the end..it was definitely on. Maybe the team is presently so demoralised that a draw is a huge victory for them...Younus should have gone for the kill and misbah should have behaved like a tail ender taking the strike in the last ball or so. If younus goes, then the shutters should have been put down for a draw....A beautiful test match ending tamely....an absolute anti climax...

  • on November 17, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    UMAR AKMALl should OPEN the innings in one dayers and Twenty20 formats of the game. He can destroy the bowling attacks like Sehwag, Jaysurya, and his peer Saeed Anwar. In fact Umar Akmal could become one of the most destructive opener the game has ever seen. Umar Akmal should bat at #4 in test cricket. I think Umar Akmal is the most talented batsman after Brian Lara in the last two decades, but seems to have an empty head over his shoulder. The other factor that seems to be affecting Umar's game is uncertainty in the Pakistan team and turbulence in Pakistan cricket all the time. Umar Akmal should learn a few things from Sachin Tendulkar who has made the most of his talent, and utilized every opportunity to make record for himself. Pakistan should open with Umar Akmal the World Cup. Pakistan has a realistic chance of winning this World cup if they properly use their brains. UMAR AKMAL should OPEN the innings in one dayers and Twenty-20.

  • diri on November 17, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Add Imran Thahir to that SA team and they will be unstopable...They just need to wait till he is able to get into the team now, for all of you who dont know Thahir is a legspinner and has been doing really well in the SA domestic competition

  • SFGoldenGate on November 17, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    @DesiCricketfan,

    You said, "NZ is a good team and we all know that, They might have lost in Bangladesh but that does not make Bangladesh great." Hey man, 4-0 win does not make a great team ? then can you explain what does? Be respectful to others. For instance , if Inida won 4-0 then you will not hesitate to say that India is no 1 , great team etc. The truth is India failed to take 20 wickets in two tests in their own soil against a NZ team that was defeated by BD 4-0 recently. I am not saying that India is not playing well , but they are playing worse than AUS series for sure and NZ is playing better than BD series. But, hey No 1 team should win in whatever condition . Remember AUS won 16 consecutive tests in different soils. SA series is coming, if India and Indian fan indulge in how they are doing well in home for two years they will face stiff test in SA. Yes, India's only away series after AUS in AUS in late 2007 is iin NZ. "NO 1" LOL

  • Beertjie on November 17, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    @Nuxxy: I agree entirely about Imran Tahir being needed if SA is to win games abroad (maybe even at home!). With all due respect to Boucher who's been great over the years, the balance of the team requires AB to don the gloves, leaving Botha to bat 7 and play Tahir as a second spinner as soon as he becomes eligible (Newlands vs India?). Well done Pakistan and good luck in re-building the team. If Umar Akmal doesn't play responsibly in Abu Dhabi, axe him until he learns to use his undoubted talents properly! I hope Sohail Tanvir can replace Wahab Riaz, but I fear Sami will get the opportunity to add to his growing bowling average.

  • ash556 on November 17, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Don't forget to mention another comeback--that of Taufiq Umar. He did play well and managed to set the right tone for the incoming batsmen. Which really leads to the question of how PCB is managed (not).

  • jinder.bal on November 17, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    go paki go ..good for world cricket that paki show fighting on the field

  • klobania on November 17, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    @DesiCricketfan i partially agree with u that target was not an easy one by looking at first inning collapsed but if u really feel that harbhajan's ton shows depthness in indian batting then i m afraid its not good sign for champion team where their captain is continuously failing to score runs n dropping catches at crucial times n when their prime spinner is scoring runs but giving away more runs without taking a wicket. i mean a cricketer must know his role well otherwise teams donot remain at top positions for longer periods

  • Nuxxy on November 17, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    South Africa will never be a dominating team without an attacking spinner (and a captain who knows how to use him). That was the big problem in this test. Botha is fine as a supporting spinner, but Harris wastes time, that's all. Bring on Tahir!

  • on November 17, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Edrich, J H England 77 127 9 5138 *310 12 24 43.54 Ranatunga, A Sri Lanka 93 155 12 5105 *135 4 38 35.70 Zaheer Abbas Pakistan 78 124 11 5062 274 12 20 44.80

    the conversion rate of younis khan is best among all time great

  • on November 17, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    Gilchrist, A C Australia 96 137 20 5570 204 17 26 47.61 81.96 Atapattu, M S Sri Lanka 90 156 15 5502 249 16 17 39.02 44.40 Crowe, M D new Zealand 77 131 11 5444 299 17 18 45.37 44.66 Younis Khan* Pakistan 64 114 8 5426 313 17 21 51.19 53.70 Hobbs, J B England 61 102 7 5410 211 15 28 56.95 Walters, K D Australia 74 125 14 5357 250 15 33 48.26 Chappell, I M Australia 75 136 10 5345 196 14 26 42.42 Wright, J G New Zealand 82 148 7 5334 185 12 23 37.83 Slater, M J Australia 74 131 7 5312 219 14 21 42.84 53.30 Pietersen, K P * England 66 117 6 5306 226 16 20 47.80 62.26 Kapil Dev India 131 184 15 5248 163 8 27 31.05 Lawry, W M Australia 67 123 12 5234 210 13 27 47.15 Botham, I T England 102 161 6 5200 208 14 22 33.55 60.71 Boucher, M South Africa 135 190 22 5183 125 5 33 30.85 50.06

  • on November 17, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    I totally agree with Mr. Fiaz jan.commentators always say S.A dropped catches.WE can say it was poor fielding of pakistan which was made hindrence in getting victory

  • on November 17, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    @chris ... I thought the light conditions were bordering on bad. As the shade from the stadium was covering the entire ground. On top of that, I saw at least one over where Steyn maintained a near bodyline line and length. Not blaming him .. he seemed to have lost his temperament after the Kallis drop. It happens.

    It's both batsmen and captains who negotiate for a draw or result on the field and given the conditions, Pakistan made the right choice. There's no point in pushing for a result when there's a possibility of someone getting hurt.

  • DesiCricketfan on November 17, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    i am big fan of Younis Khan. This is a great knock from him and this will definitely bring a lot of confidence in him and his team. Every time Younis and yousuf were in the crease every team had hard time to get them out. Being an Indian i really would like pakistan to come back in there prime form. If people are jealous because India is # 1 , a suggestion for them and that is " Go Bang your head in the Wall","Pull your hair", Do what ever you want to do but the truth is THEY ARE CURRENTLY #1.... LOL..LOL...

  • DesiCricketfan on November 17, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    Actually The runs required were 164 in 31 overs. Out of which Pakistan sored 57 in 17 overs and decided to drwa the test.Even if after 100th over of the innings they have decided to push,pakistan would have won this game and made a new record of chasing a huge score. I am an Indian but really loved to see a Win for Pakistan. And for the people who are calling Pak,SL and NZ minnows, the comments for you guys given in this article are perfect. an people calling India as undeserved #1, I am sorry that we are #1. Yes our bowling attack is little weak but atleast we excel in batting. As for Bhajji scoring back to back 100's it just shows that any one in the team can score and that is really a true champion team, where a #8 and # 11 batsman can score. a comment that India can not take 20 wickets even of Bangladesh.. please do not forget what happened to Australia few weeks ago. NZ is a good team and we all know that, They might have lost in Bangladesh but that does not make Bangladesh great.

  • on November 17, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    A win for the pakistani players, loss for the PCB, and a draw in the match. We can only imagine what would have been the last few series with Younis, Yousuf, Ali, Aamir, Gul, Zulqarnain and Ajmal. Good job Waqar!

  • on November 17, 2010, 3:02 GMT

    they talk so much about the drop catches... when pakistan drop catches, they still say batsmen played well..

  • on November 17, 2010, 1:53 GMT

    Well played Pakistan and all, but what was with calling it off as a draw? 108 needed off 15 overs or so, two batsmen well set seeing it like a football, seven wickets in hand and Younis seemingly hitting sixes at will? I was looking forward to following a great last hour, then some lame duck decides to call it off. Honestly, people wonder why Test cricket's dying, well here's one answer. I know England would have done the same (probably worse - block 90 overs for 150 or something) but in the great scheme of things a wonderful win or a fighting defeat would be remembered a lot better than a draw however well Younis and Mishbah played.

  • on November 17, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    YK jst showed his worth... get Asad, Fawad, mohammad yusouf back in and we have a formidable steady battin order!

  • on November 17, 2010, 0:33 GMT

    What hurts is the fact that Younis Khan missed out on 10 test matches since last July! His presence in the team would have ensured at least that paklstan wouldn't have idiots such as Salman Butt in charge and there probably would have been no spot fixing either! Lets not forget that in 2008 the Pakistan team didn't play a single test match, so that's almost 2 good years of test cricket that has been taken away from Younis Khan. I believe the blame lies squarely with the PCB and Ijaz Butt in particular who to some extent has ruined the image of our team and also of Younis Khan! Having players who don't even average 35 in first class cricket on flat decks in Pakistan, then get given the chance to play test cricket amongst the best, just shows as to how childish this administration is!

  • SurlyCynic on November 16, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    Tashfeen Masood Qayyum : Not sure how you can say a side that declared their 2nd innings on 318-2 could have ended up on the losing side if it wasn't for the umpires on the first day. Sorry, this is just a bizarre theory.

  • on November 16, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    South Africa is gloating over their performance but for the UMPIRING decisons on the first day, they could have ended up on the losing side. Dropped catches evened it out but South Africa, England and Australia are not the sides, the media makes them out to be. Give Pakistan a steady two years of cricket and we can beat any one including the socalled No 1 team, playing at home at all times.

  • SurlyCynic on November 16, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    Why are all the Pak supporters giving 'Ryan Stephen' a hard time when it wasn't him who called Pak a minnow, he was quoting an earlier post? Why not read the whole comment before losing your temper!

  • AsimNC on November 16, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    y not any rules favoring bowlers. i personally feel that 15 over restriction was much better than new powerplat rule

  • le_stephenois on November 16, 2010, 20:59 GMT

    I am disappointed, Pakistan should have won this game, we should have had a first innings lead of over a 150. SA's bowling is rubbish, how I wish we had Asif, Aamer and Kaneria to expose the South Africa batting as well.

  • BUTT_093 on November 16, 2010, 20:42 GMT

    With respect to South Africa's fielding performance in the final innings, remember what happened in England when Pakistan's fielding farce was being highlighted in comparison to England's, and in the very next game Paul Collingwood could'nt hold on to even the simplest of chances under pressure.

  • OT12 on November 16, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    @Ryan Stephen: Are you in your senses or in ur menses:) SL, PAK AND NZ are not minnows infact for your kind kind info all of these 3 teams have reached final or semi finals of World events, WORLD CUP SL AND NZ, T20 PAKISTAN, SL NZ, Champions Trophy PAK, NZ yes india have made through to T20 2007 title once and that is it:)))) a little bit of research is always good and also before the start of 2007 WC ODI Pakistan was ranked NO 2 in world :)))) a little bit cricket knowledge can help you understand the game better:)

  • klobania on November 16, 2010, 20:02 GMT

    @harsh_vardhan2002 r u in ur senses or what. we all know india is most undeserving no.1 team in the world right now. i mean do u really think pak as minnows. they r playing without their prime bowlers even then getting SA out on second was great achievement. what that indian team doing. do u seriously think that bowling attack can get any team out twice even bangladesh.

  • on November 16, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    Domination NZ is going so well in india, that indian fans are seeping through here to check out the minnow.

  • on November 16, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    @ Ryan Stephen: Pak, SL and NZ arent really minnows my friend, in any form of cricket

  • OT12 on November 16, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    I just do not understand why media and commentators talk about how SA or any other team who is playing against Pak can win i mean no one wants us to win or play on top, even i noticed Rameez Raja praises SA players too much, Finally i would like to share with the whole world that from late 80's to 2000 Pakistan have dominated the world cricket, and very soon Inshallah we will again be on top we just need some time and good board to admin our players.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 16, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    ANY OTHER TEAM would have fancied their chances with 107 needed with 14 overs and 7 wickets in hand. They had at least tried untill loss of 4th wicket. Scoring 8 per over on this dead track with two settled batsmen was surely possible. It shows what you can expect of pakistan batting line. hahaha they were even not sure that remaining batsmen can play 10 more overs if one more wicket was fallen in next 4 overs. So they accepted a draw offer

  • on November 16, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    Result seemed very likely on Monday - of course in SA's favour but remarkably well done by the two veterans. I'd still call it a one-off resilience effort. Hope that these guys are persistent in their approach in future.

  • on November 16, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    great innings from younis just showed what they had been missing for a long time but south africa just haven't got that finishing touch in them despite the best and the most balanced attack in the world

  • U.A.1985 on November 16, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    seems a week of drawn test matches in cricket

  • sharprider on November 16, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    What a turnaround for Pakistan as they smothered the pressure as well as the Proteas' strong bowling unit to earn a well-deserved draw on the momentous occasion of Eid ! Bravo to the team as a whole because there defiinitely is an air of self-belief within the team which augurs well for Pakistan cricket in general and particularly for the individual team members. It is further proof that, with proper grooming, encouragement and confidence-building measures, coupled with a tension-free and scandal-free atmosphere, this team is capable of performing outstandingly against all odds. Best of luck for the coming matches, both, against South Africa as well as New Zealand.

  • on November 16, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    minnow who southafrica certainly doesnt look like a top 5 team and pakistan certainly isnt a minnow

  • on November 16, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    harsh_vardhAN2002:" IN FACT THE THREE MINNOWS GAVE TOUGH TIME TO NO 1,2,3 RANKED SIDES IN TEST MATCHES" Actually, SA declared with eight wickets in hand, whereas India relied on Harbhajan and flat batting wickets to save them from sure defeat after being 15 for 5. That's the difference

  • on November 16, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    Shows just how much of a traitor Ijaz Butt and other PCB admins are for robbing Pakistan of Y. Khan's services. Once again, shame of Butt and co.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on November 16, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    POOR CRICKET FROM SA THEY LET THEM OFF THE HOOK AND PAID THE PRICE PAK SHOULD HAVE FORCED FOR A WIN FROM THAT SITUATION A BIT MORE AGGRESSION WOULD SURELY HAD YIELDED A RESULT AS EVEN SA BOWLERS WOULD HAVE TIRED IN FACT THE THREE MINNOWS GAVE TOUGH TIME TO NO 1,2,3 RANKED SIDES IN TEST MATCHES

  • on November 16, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    Great knock from Younis Khan nd Misbah well done and keep up the good form

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  • on November 16, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    Great knock from Younis Khan nd Misbah well done and keep up the good form

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on November 16, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    POOR CRICKET FROM SA THEY LET THEM OFF THE HOOK AND PAID THE PRICE PAK SHOULD HAVE FORCED FOR A WIN FROM THAT SITUATION A BIT MORE AGGRESSION WOULD SURELY HAD YIELDED A RESULT AS EVEN SA BOWLERS WOULD HAVE TIRED IN FACT THE THREE MINNOWS GAVE TOUGH TIME TO NO 1,2,3 RANKED SIDES IN TEST MATCHES

  • on November 16, 2010, 16:29 GMT

    Shows just how much of a traitor Ijaz Butt and other PCB admins are for robbing Pakistan of Y. Khan's services. Once again, shame of Butt and co.

  • on November 16, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    harsh_vardhAN2002:" IN FACT THE THREE MINNOWS GAVE TOUGH TIME TO NO 1,2,3 RANKED SIDES IN TEST MATCHES" Actually, SA declared with eight wickets in hand, whereas India relied on Harbhajan and flat batting wickets to save them from sure defeat after being 15 for 5. That's the difference

  • on November 16, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    minnow who southafrica certainly doesnt look like a top 5 team and pakistan certainly isnt a minnow

  • sharprider on November 16, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    What a turnaround for Pakistan as they smothered the pressure as well as the Proteas' strong bowling unit to earn a well-deserved draw on the momentous occasion of Eid ! Bravo to the team as a whole because there defiinitely is an air of self-belief within the team which augurs well for Pakistan cricket in general and particularly for the individual team members. It is further proof that, with proper grooming, encouragement and confidence-building measures, coupled with a tension-free and scandal-free atmosphere, this team is capable of performing outstandingly against all odds. Best of luck for the coming matches, both, against South Africa as well as New Zealand.

  • U.A.1985 on November 16, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    seems a week of drawn test matches in cricket

  • on November 16, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    great innings from younis just showed what they had been missing for a long time but south africa just haven't got that finishing touch in them despite the best and the most balanced attack in the world

  • on November 16, 2010, 19:06 GMT

    Result seemed very likely on Monday - of course in SA's favour but remarkably well done by the two veterans. I'd still call it a one-off resilience effort. Hope that these guys are persistent in their approach in future.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 16, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    ANY OTHER TEAM would have fancied their chances with 107 needed with 14 overs and 7 wickets in hand. They had at least tried untill loss of 4th wicket. Scoring 8 per over on this dead track with two settled batsmen was surely possible. It shows what you can expect of pakistan batting line. hahaha they were even not sure that remaining batsmen can play 10 more overs if one more wicket was fallen in next 4 overs. So they accepted a draw offer