Pakistan v South Africa, 1st ODI, Sharjah October 30, 2013

South Africa pull off one-run heist

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South Africa 183 (Parnell 56, Ajmal 4-30, Afridi 3-37) beat Pakistan 182 (Shehzad 58, Tahir 3-45, Parnell 3-41) by one run
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With 19 runs needed off 55 balls and six wickets in hand, the match seemed safe, even by Pakistan's standards. But as if allergic to cricket without high-drama, Pakistan conspired a dispiriting collapse as the pitch deteriorated in Sharjah, while Imran Tahir, playing his first ODI in two-and-a-half years, led South Africa to a one-run win.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe began the slide when he dismissed the well-set Umar Amin at the end of the 41st over, and Tahir struck immediately after, taking three wickets in his next 11 balls. Pakistan's last batting pair - Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Irfan - needed to score seven to win, together, and were doing it in leg byes and inside edges, with plenty of close calls in between. With three to get for victory, Ajmal took a single, exposing the clueless Irfan to Morne Morkel, and the bowler needed only two balls to secure the win. He hit the top of off stump, beating Irfan's lazy prod, sparking wild celebrations on the field, as a stunned crowd looked on in disbelief.

For a team that veers so wildly between genius and calamity, Pakistan played prudently and professionally for 90 overs of the series-opener, in Sharjah. Irfan had set the tone for the bowlers with a hostile, yet disciplined spell after Pakistan were asked to bowl, while Sohail Tanvir provided tight, intelligent support. The spinners ruthlessly exploited South Africa's frailty against spin, on a turning track, and remained collected in the face of Wayne Parnell's late surge.

The chase was measured, sometimes dour - even boring. Needing less than four an over, Pakistan travelled at a steady pace; taking few risks, biding their time. The only surprise was Misbah-ul-Haq throwing away his wicket to a wide half-volley on 31. Reasoning that he ought to have remained there, Misbah will probably blame himself for what happened late in the match. No doubt many others will as well.

If this was a tough defeat for Pakistan to swallow, it was almost as hard for the spectators to get their head around. Tahir was not getting any more turn than Ajmal had managed earlier in the day, it was just that balls had now begun keeping low - but not unpredictably so. Umar Akmal got himself into a tangle playing the first ball of the 42nd over, shaping to paddle-sweep, then deciding against it, then playing all around a slow straight one. And all of a sudden, panic erupted.

Surely not, you thought, but there was Tanvir edging a wide Tsotsobe ball to the keeper, leaving Pakistan seven down, ten runs still to get. Shahid Afridi had whacked a four off a long-hop in Tahir's previous over, and then when you felt even he could not be as irresponsible as to throw his wicket away, he got himself caught on the midwicket boundary, trying to hit another long hop for six.

Wahab Riaz was lbw to a nicely-delivered googly from Tahir later in the over, which brought the final pair together, and from then on, Pakistan's fate was held hostage by blind fortune. Luck smiled on them through a close lbw review - the result of another Tahir googly - and a series of edges and plays and misses, but it deserted Pakistan when they had two to get and 22 balls left.

Parnell's 56, much of it scored in the company of Lonwabo Tsotsobe, who himself contributed 15 to their ninth-wicket stand of 52, became a crucial contribution in the end - which it had not seemed to be for so much of the match. South Africa were 86 for 6 when Parnell arrived, and while he was technically out of his depth to the spinners, the seeds of defiance were sown in Parnell during a 39-run stand with David Miller.

When Tsotsobe arrived, with the score on 129 for 8, Parnell found a partner that found a way to survive as he did - through a series of inside and outside edges that were almost willed into falling safely. There were 15 overs remaining in the innings when they joined forces, and they played the match situation well, defending everything that was not susceptible to their limited range of attacking strokes. Occasionally they grew bold - Parnell reverse-swatted Saeed Ajmal over point for four and Tsotsobe launched him high over cow corner - but the majority of their efforts were directed towards gleaning value from the remaining overs. By finding the batting wits that had escaped a panicked top-order, the pair lifted South Africa to a total that they could conceivably defend.

Earlier, Ajmal's arrival at the bowling crease in the 11th over prompted familiar timidity in an already cautious batting effort. South Africa had groped their way around Sri Lanka two months before, and despite assurances that lessons from that series had been internalised, they lost seven wickets to Ajmal and Afridi in this match, as the each of the top five fell before eclipsing 20.

Graeme Smith had not been on that trip to Sri Lanka, but he overreached in Ajmal's second over, desperate to get to the pitch of the ball after having his outside edge beaten, and when one spun past his blade, Umar Akmal completed a simple stumping. Faf du Plessis couldn't decide whether to play forward or back and was lbw in Ajmal's next over, while AB de Villiers fell to a doosra, dancing down the pitch to offer a leading edge that Ajmal took on the second grab. At the end of his first six over spell, Ajmal had conceded nine runs, and bowled two maidens - his three scalps leaving South Africa at 68 for 5 after 21 overs.

Afridi bowled flatter and with less venom, but was soon extending South Africa's slide, albeit at a less dramatic rate.

Nasir Jamshed was out early in Pakistan's response, but that dismissal prompted so steady a response from the rest of the top order, that five maidens were bowled in the first ten overs of the innings. Ahmed Shehzad's 92-ball 58 contained only five fours - many of them behind square on the off side - and the run rate barely rose above four, such was the calm that pervaded the innings.

Sadly for Pakistan, but in a strangely familiar fashion, they swung from one extreme to the other in a matter of minutes, and made a mockery of themselves, in the face of some spirited but manageable bowling.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | October 30, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    This is why I NEVER stop watching a Pak/SA match. Of 64 played, 11 were decided by under 23 runs, & 5 by 3 or less wickets. That's a quarter of all their ODIs. SA now has a 1 run win to match Pak's 1 wicket win. Before that, SA's 5 sub-23 run wins totaled 69 runs, & Pak's 5 totaled 65 runs. Each has won by 9 runs, by 8 runs & by 3 wickets. What a close record of close matches!

    As a Saffa I know Pakistan deserved to win. SA's top order was awful: only their tail saved them. Pak's top order batted well, but as he came out I said if he keeps cool, Pak will win: if not, SA have a chance! Sure enough, Boom-Boom went bust going for glory, the tail froze, & SA's bowlers went in for the kill. Previously wasteful with wides & short balls, when Umar Amin fell to the extra delivery after a wide, they smelled blood, & conceded just 1 more wide - with that extra ball dismissing Riaz!

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Posted by Desihungama on (October 31, 2013, 19:21 GMT) This was basically a slap to all Pakistani Fans who are Misbah naysayers. From Misbah to Fans; "Here is your Pakistan Team without me". From what I noticed was NO Pakistani batsmen took responsibility for the chase. Everyone came in joyously and played horribly thinking "next man" will cover. And they forgot there is no next man in Pakistan Team. I blame Umar Amin, Umar Akmal and Afridi for this debacle. And what Ajmal thinking exposing Irfan to Wayne?

    this is the real fact. anything else is garbage.

  • POSTED BY deconstruct on | November 1, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    This defeat should not be taken as an aberration. It is a continuation of the malaise that Pakistan cricket suffers from. One could write volumes on long-term measures, but in the short-term, Pakistan need to bring in both Younus and Asad Shafiq into the ODI squad. Forget about strike rates; we need batsmen who can last 50 overs. Pakistan's strength is bowling, and when the bowlers set targets of around 200 or less, you just need the likes of Misbah, Younus and Asad who can stay there and see the team through. With Misbah alone, it exposes the ridiculous fragility of this batting. But then, as captain, its his call. And can we PLEASE stop calling Shahid Afridi an all rounder?? He is just a good leg spin bowler and a useful tail-ender who can slog a bit.

  • POSTED BY Amerpaki on | November 1, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    i think being a pakistani ,, the most worst day in the history of pak cricket when afridi hit 100 runs on 37 balls and from that day he in pak team.. people saying he is the match winner but for 1 match out of dozens ,rest of that he is real match loser.. i wish with this standard of pak team SA should with this series 5-0. maybe after that some real tialant and new faces may come...unless shoaib,farhat and other use less players still there....

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | October 31, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    @Greatest_Game:

    And oh, coming back to the original point, you had said ---"We'll see how india's mighty batting fares on a real test pitch, and not an airport runway, when they face SA, in SA"---

    But when I told you that leave India for a while and let us see how SA themselves fare AT HOME, facing a much weaker bowling attack, on Day 2 of a test match, in the 2nd innings and what did we see? We saw that SA in fact fared worse than what an unprepared India fared on Day 1 of the 1st test match facing a much superior attack.

    You didn't say much about this point. Why?

    Also, in the match where Aus were 47 for 10, SA themselves fared not much better. They did a 47 for 9 in the same test match.

    Empirically, SA too don't seem to do anything great on greentops & worse in two diff ways when pitted against India recently.

    Indeed SA are a better team than India at the moment but don't use words like "we will see". What we saw I've just described to you above.

  • POSTED BY jaashky on | October 31, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    what good are so called allrounders riaz and tanveer are if they are not able to make just 19 runs? The ideal team from this squad should be simple, you have to drop non performing over weight Nasir Jamshed, ask Hafeez to open the innings or leave the team. In Asad Shafiq as one down. Further the last match is a slap on those who hate SHOAIB MALIK because almost in the current situation it was Shoaib Malik who took Pakistan to home in the PAK SA series in SA, if u guys do remember. He should in squad and if Afridi is not performing he should be replaced with malik, if he performs then still includes malik in the squad to have a pressure on Afridi in order to clearly communicate him that Mate either you are going to play responsible or will be replaced. THE TWO CULPRITS which continuously destroying the team are Shahid Afridi since 2007 and Muhammad Hafeez since 2011.

  • POSTED BY jaashky on | October 31, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Pakistan lost match because of the poor selection of team and the squad. We pakistanies are always run after the glitters but not for the gold. Craps like Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar are praised here. Pakistans irritating irresponsible media just want to achieve fan following and TRPs mentione these craps as larger than life figures. Can any one with a slightest of a cricketing mind accept what Afridi was doing yesterday, he was shown this attitude a number of times in past and the most amazing part is that whenever his place is in danger he suddenly comes to know how to take singles and doubles. Shahid Afridi and players like him are the real curse to pakistan cricket. It is not that he was out, it is because the way he got out. Further, why we have three seamers and all who are left armers playing in a match? Riaz and tanveer were playing as allrounders what allrounders are they who can not

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | October 31, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    This was basically a slap to all Pakistani Fans who are Misbah naysayers. From Misbah to Fans; "Here is your Pakistan Team without me". From what I noticed was NO Pakistani batsmen took responsibility for the chase. Everyone came in joyously and played horribly thinking "next man" will cover. And they forgot there is no next man in Pakistan Team. I blame Umar Amin, Umar Akmal and Afridi for this debacle. And what Ajmal thinking exposing Irfan to Wayne?

  • POSTED BY cricket_craze234 on | October 31, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    afridi's shot wasn't irresponsible, he just couldnt hit a bad ball. I think that's enough indication he isn't what he used to be. A batsman is judged by how he punishes a bad ball, if he cant then its suffice to say he isnt a good batsman.

  • POSTED BY msharif911 on | October 31, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    This match was won by self belief. One thing SA are never short on and Pak never have.

    Do Pakistan not have Sports Psychologists? The talent is clearly there to do way better.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | October 30, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    This is why I NEVER stop watching a Pak/SA match. Of 64 played, 11 were decided by under 23 runs, & 5 by 3 or less wickets. That's a quarter of all their ODIs. SA now has a 1 run win to match Pak's 1 wicket win. Before that, SA's 5 sub-23 run wins totaled 69 runs, & Pak's 5 totaled 65 runs. Each has won by 9 runs, by 8 runs & by 3 wickets. What a close record of close matches!

    As a Saffa I know Pakistan deserved to win. SA's top order was awful: only their tail saved them. Pak's top order batted well, but as he came out I said if he keeps cool, Pak will win: if not, SA have a chance! Sure enough, Boom-Boom went bust going for glory, the tail froze, & SA's bowlers went in for the kill. Previously wasteful with wides & short balls, when Umar Amin fell to the extra delivery after a wide, they smelled blood, & conceded just 1 more wide - with that extra ball dismissing Riaz!

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Posted by Desihungama on (October 31, 2013, 19:21 GMT) This was basically a slap to all Pakistani Fans who are Misbah naysayers. From Misbah to Fans; "Here is your Pakistan Team without me". From what I noticed was NO Pakistani batsmen took responsibility for the chase. Everyone came in joyously and played horribly thinking "next man" will cover. And they forgot there is no next man in Pakistan Team. I blame Umar Amin, Umar Akmal and Afridi for this debacle. And what Ajmal thinking exposing Irfan to Wayne?

    this is the real fact. anything else is garbage.

  • POSTED BY deconstruct on | November 1, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    This defeat should not be taken as an aberration. It is a continuation of the malaise that Pakistan cricket suffers from. One could write volumes on long-term measures, but in the short-term, Pakistan need to bring in both Younus and Asad Shafiq into the ODI squad. Forget about strike rates; we need batsmen who can last 50 overs. Pakistan's strength is bowling, and when the bowlers set targets of around 200 or less, you just need the likes of Misbah, Younus and Asad who can stay there and see the team through. With Misbah alone, it exposes the ridiculous fragility of this batting. But then, as captain, its his call. And can we PLEASE stop calling Shahid Afridi an all rounder?? He is just a good leg spin bowler and a useful tail-ender who can slog a bit.

  • POSTED BY Amerpaki on | November 1, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    i think being a pakistani ,, the most worst day in the history of pak cricket when afridi hit 100 runs on 37 balls and from that day he in pak team.. people saying he is the match winner but for 1 match out of dozens ,rest of that he is real match loser.. i wish with this standard of pak team SA should with this series 5-0. maybe after that some real tialant and new faces may come...unless shoaib,farhat and other use less players still there....

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | October 31, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    @Greatest_Game:

    And oh, coming back to the original point, you had said ---"We'll see how india's mighty batting fares on a real test pitch, and not an airport runway, when they face SA, in SA"---

    But when I told you that leave India for a while and let us see how SA themselves fare AT HOME, facing a much weaker bowling attack, on Day 2 of a test match, in the 2nd innings and what did we see? We saw that SA in fact fared worse than what an unprepared India fared on Day 1 of the 1st test match facing a much superior attack.

    You didn't say much about this point. Why?

    Also, in the match where Aus were 47 for 10, SA themselves fared not much better. They did a 47 for 9 in the same test match.

    Empirically, SA too don't seem to do anything great on greentops & worse in two diff ways when pitted against India recently.

    Indeed SA are a better team than India at the moment but don't use words like "we will see". What we saw I've just described to you above.

  • POSTED BY jaashky on | October 31, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    what good are so called allrounders riaz and tanveer are if they are not able to make just 19 runs? The ideal team from this squad should be simple, you have to drop non performing over weight Nasir Jamshed, ask Hafeez to open the innings or leave the team. In Asad Shafiq as one down. Further the last match is a slap on those who hate SHOAIB MALIK because almost in the current situation it was Shoaib Malik who took Pakistan to home in the PAK SA series in SA, if u guys do remember. He should in squad and if Afridi is not performing he should be replaced with malik, if he performs then still includes malik in the squad to have a pressure on Afridi in order to clearly communicate him that Mate either you are going to play responsible or will be replaced. THE TWO CULPRITS which continuously destroying the team are Shahid Afridi since 2007 and Muhammad Hafeez since 2011.

  • POSTED BY jaashky on | October 31, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Pakistan lost match because of the poor selection of team and the squad. We pakistanies are always run after the glitters but not for the gold. Craps like Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Akhtar are praised here. Pakistans irritating irresponsible media just want to achieve fan following and TRPs mentione these craps as larger than life figures. Can any one with a slightest of a cricketing mind accept what Afridi was doing yesterday, he was shown this attitude a number of times in past and the most amazing part is that whenever his place is in danger he suddenly comes to know how to take singles and doubles. Shahid Afridi and players like him are the real curse to pakistan cricket. It is not that he was out, it is because the way he got out. Further, why we have three seamers and all who are left armers playing in a match? Riaz and tanveer were playing as allrounders what allrounders are they who can not

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | October 31, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    This was basically a slap to all Pakistani Fans who are Misbah naysayers. From Misbah to Fans; "Here is your Pakistan Team without me". From what I noticed was NO Pakistani batsmen took responsibility for the chase. Everyone came in joyously and played horribly thinking "next man" will cover. And they forgot there is no next man in Pakistan Team. I blame Umar Amin, Umar Akmal and Afridi for this debacle. And what Ajmal thinking exposing Irfan to Wayne?

  • POSTED BY cricket_craze234 on | October 31, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    afridi's shot wasn't irresponsible, he just couldnt hit a bad ball. I think that's enough indication he isn't what he used to be. A batsman is judged by how he punishes a bad ball, if he cant then its suffice to say he isnt a good batsman.

  • POSTED BY msharif911 on | October 31, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    This match was won by self belief. One thing SA are never short on and Pak never have.

    Do Pakistan not have Sports Psychologists? The talent is clearly there to do way better.

  • POSTED BY BEN-pak on | October 31, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    @stark62 - I agree with you to a point. This match was a done deal - with so many overs and wickets in hand there was no need for Afridi to do what he used to do well. He seems to be a distraction in the team. The team seem to be on edge when he's around. I feel sorry for the fans who had great expectations when he came in...and lasted a few balls as usual. He lacks discilpine for man who has played so many wonderful innings in the past.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Pakistan lack the killer punch. Every time they get themselves in a commanding position they switch off. And as the opponents invariably start fighting back, they panic. Wahab Riaz fielding in the deep in final South African onslaught allowed not one but two balls through his legs to get to the boundary which even a club cricketer would easily have stopped. There is a glaring lack of match awareness and cricketing intelligence. Pakistani batsmen are or ought to be cognisant of their on dramatic collapses. They just seem incapable of learning. After Umar Amin's dismissal, the next two or three overs should been batted out to ensure wickets were preserved. The run rate was no issue. Umar Akmal had earlier lost his place due to him repeatedly getting out playing idiotic shots just as he looked dominant. He is back to his own ways. Shahid Afridi started off sensibly but as usual it didn't last long. Winning is a habit. Pakistan simply do not have the crucial self belief ingredient to win.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    The brilliant match to watch, Its feature of Pakistan cricket team that they maintain their level of cricket according to opposition. Against zimbabwe they played at their standard. For onward ODIs the best 11 for Pakistan is: Ahmed Shehzad, Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Sohaib Maqsood, Afridi, Ajmal, Tanveer, Irfan. Taveer, Irfan, Ajmal, Afridi Regular Bowlers. Hafeez, Umar Amin, Sohaib may bowl remaining 10.

  • POSTED BY NixNixon on | October 31, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Dhoni says its better to ply against bowling machines, thats because pitches in india are flat. Easy to bat on. Players like Dharwan look better than he really is. He want to see him score that runs agains aus or sa or eng. Even sachin (and I probably should not dare to mention his name). If sachin playing cricket in SA his stats would have not have looked that good. Yes he averages high in sa as some have mentioned, but the ridiculous amount of easy runs he has scored in india boosts his record, and with this help he still averages less than Kallis, that bowls as well with almost 300 wickets.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    didn't wach this game but sounds like an exciting match. it is these low scoring games that have been missing a long time ago. The add a sense of variety to the game. This game changed my mind on this series being meaningless. Infact it made me realise that it wasn't the bilateral format that I was annoyed with, it was the sight of bowlers being a punching bag in such series that put me off.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Why is everyone shooting down Pakistan's batting - SA did not much better either - in the end it came down to small margins - since SA are labelled as chokers, I would have expected Pakistan to win this easily considering the number of wickets in hand and only 20 odd runs to get.

    Give the bowlers and fielders of SA some credit for now just giving it away - it shows you how unpredictable cricket can be - no other sport has the capacity to give you result you do not expect until the final ball

    Great entertainment, not good for the nerves - who need thriller or horror movies - this was both rolled into one, depending on your vantage point

  • POSTED BY gimme-a-greentop on | October 31, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    @samincolumbia...you can mock the slow scoring rate but that was far more exciting than the predictable boundary fest going on in India...even Dhoni said the bowlers think they should just use bowling machines...where's the fun in that? Also..you act like India has never lost a match they were in control of, rubbish! I hope the SA fans who always say Parnell is useless are starting to look again, I'm telling you that if he stays injury free he is going to be our main all-rounder in the future. Also give Tahir and Lopsy some credit, they bowled really well at the end, I dont know how outside edges and plumb LBW's when the batsman were looking to defend are considered ''irresponsible shots." Afridi tonking a long hop to the fielder was the only one.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Pakistan lost due to defensive strategy...you cant be defensive in ODIs...the problem coach & captain both have defensive mindset. Pakistan wasting talent of umer Akmal by sending him down the order...he should open or one down position as he is the best batsman in the team. But the problem is ther were defensive right from the sart. If they open with Afridi and sent Omer Akmal 1 down Pakistan would have won this in 30-35 overs... Poor Show!

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | October 31, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    @Greatest_Game:

    I saw nothing but a concise expression of facts in Ranvinder Sunda's comment. He said absolutely nothing about SA yet you think he was belittling SA. Where exactly was he wrong?

    The wickets in Sharjah are not that bad that 183 can't be chased. In any case, I won't be too critical of Pak cos I know they have their own issues, I sympathize with them. You may want to read one of my earlier posts here...

    Talking about the coming tour, AFAIK I don't see any Ind fan saying that Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli etc will def get on top of SA bowling. I don't see any Ind fan saying that Ind will def win vs SA. We are all eager to see what happens but know we are a bit behind in the contest overall.

    Pak did win vs India but they were not THESE tracks + India was damn tired at that time.

    Btw, Choking is partly what you say but choking is mostly the tendency to collapse at the slightest pressure.

  • POSTED BY Just_love_it on | October 31, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Don't understand Y people r complaining so much here ? I mean when a good batting unit SA could be bowled out for 180 then pakistan is not exactly known for having any great batting abilities , do they ? Look at their recent performance in champions trophy they were bleakness 0-3 even recently Unranked zim won over them in test ,ODI so nothing really shocking or surprising here ,yes SA collapse were a bit surprise and unusual in first innings.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | October 31, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    @ BEN-pak You do realise without Afridi's three wickets, SA would have posted a total in excess of 220?!?!

    The people bashing Afridi fail to realise, he did his job superbly in the match by taking the crucial wicket of Miller and breaking the ominous looking stand between Miller and McLaren.

    If your top 6 batsmen cannot finish off the game, then they should not be in the team because it was their job to seal the game, plus the ball was a long hop and needed to punished for Six but unfortunately, Afridi didn't time it well enough.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 31, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    I have been following the Pak team for the past 40 years. There's one thing you can guarantee from the Pak team is that they would let you down without fail. My advice to fellow Pak supporters is to leave the team well alone and get on with your lives as it's not worth the heartache. My message to Pak team: 'Thank for being so CONSISTENT at being INCONSISTENT!

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Besides Cultural , linguistic and quite a few other similarities , Pakistan and India have one more thing in common, no butter how bad Indian bowler may perform batsmen were almost always there to make up for it AND no matter how brilliant our bowler might bowl our batsmen are almost always there to ruin the advantage

  • POSTED BY Saghir_Rizvi on | October 31, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Whatever..!!!, It was Great to watch the that Extremely Tensed match with Friends at Hostel, and guess what..??, it was my Databases Exam today and very similar result expected as Pakistan Team... Cheers..!!

  • POSTED BY Ali_Chaudhary on | October 31, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Saffies take Pakistan as they are Bangladesh or Zimbabwe. We can never win against South Africa .periods.

    Even our greats like Waqar, Imran, Wasim, Inzi, Saeed struggled big times agains SA then what to expect from Misbah n Afidi?

  • POSTED BY BEN-pak on | October 31, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Even I could have performed better than these clowns, Yesterday's events were a circus and not an entertaining one either. The biggest clown in all this is Afridi - BOOM BOOM to BUST in three balls. The paying public deserved better than this - they would have been better off going to a proper circus where they would have seen professional clowns rather than this pathetic Pakistan cricket team.

  • POSTED BY Hassan_U on | October 31, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    what a performance by Pakistan.....its time to drop Hafeez, Afridi, and those who have been given free ride.

    Dav Whatmore has failed to build the confidence of the batsmen...since champions trophy we have been seeing the same mistake after mistake been repeated.

    Time to drop the players who don't want to perform and get those who have hunger and will power to win.

    Feel very sorry for those fans who had victory in their mind yet the over rated players failed !!!

  • POSTED BY Pak_Guru on | October 31, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Pathetic display of batting - The batting unit lacks confidence. Wow, its a delight to watch young batsmen from Team India. Even a Ravindra Jadeja shows more character and confidence while batting than so called Pak's specialist batsman. Shame on them. I really pity their bowlers. Ajmal had done is job, but it would have been better if he had played Morkel, that single was not the situation asked. Dont blame him but team also lacks cricket sense. Dont think anyone know's the LBW rule, even if the batters a plum out they selfishly waist a decision, surprisingly no non stricker has the confidence to tell them to go back and not waste it. Even the selectors lack vision, when Inzamam ul haq wanted to retire from ODI's and continue to play test matches, the seletors forced him to quit. Just imagine with his experience and less burden of ODI's how well he would have performed in Tests. They should have atleast tried him for a year. Very Sad .

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 31, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    It was a bizzarre game of cricket.

  • POSTED BY AbdulRauf-99 on | October 31, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Then again Pakistan disappoint me but that doesn't mean i completely lost faith in them, And i am sure they will come hard in next game, Yes they disappoint me sometimes but at most of the times they surprise me, Unlike most of the people who think if a team loses one match, they lost all of there skills, Besides They're positives in this match like Ahmed shezad looks in good form, Saeed Ajmal back in form, Umar Akmal look in fine touch, And i am sure that junaid khan will play the next game.

  • POSTED BY grizzle on | October 31, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Pakistan choked. No other word for it.

    What a contrast between the two ODIs played yesterday! As far as I am concerned, a low scoring ODI (160 to 230 runs per side) is any day more exciting than a high scoring slugfest. (probably because the latter has become so commonplace...)

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Pakistan cricket team is no better than my high school team when I was living in Pakistan . Our HS team had to face often test players or budding players. I have no Idea who are selectors and who are their coaches. Entire Pakistani cricket staff should be replaced by Austrlian or South African staff and must be given full authority for training and responsibility to bring the tallent rather than all the relatives and friends of ministers are in the team.

    As far bowlers are concerned they are all very dangerous and fully justifies their inclusion. However they should given daily 3 hours batting practice so there is no more one run defeat. They should at least score average 10 when Pakistani tail comes one can expect last 5 players cannot score more than 20 runs. So in fact Pakistan has no tail or tailless cricket team. Pakistani spectators spent money to see win and have good memory. I was disappointed to see the faces and tentions on spectators as this was one of the most tense game

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 31, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    pathetic batting from Pakistan. Nasir has lost everything as an opener. Doesn't have any shot whatsoever. he has been completely worked out by all the teams. he should be dropped.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | October 31, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    @ Harmony111. I have stated repeatedly that the last India vs SA series was perhaps the best I have seen. India recovered brilliantly to win the 2nd test - and by the way I would never call Harbajan or Zaheer "weak bowler." The third test was incredible - Tendulkar vs Steyn, Kallis' 2 centuries with broken ribs. India fully and deservedly drew that series.

    But that was then - this is now! India's greats - Tendulkar, Dravid & Laxman - men who could bat anywhere, have retired. India's new crop are promising, but have shown only what they can do on flat, batting friendly tracks, yet posters routinely hold them up as examples of mastery while they are yet untested in conditions that favor bat AND ball. When they compare apples and oranges, they need to be shown the trees. I don't see you doing that. Because india & Aus ran up the runs on a flat track, with weak bowling, is no reason to belittle SA & Pakistan, as the poster did. Remember, Pak beat India on those tracks, this year!

  • POSTED BY Mr.PotatoesTomatoes on | October 31, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    I couldn't watch the game,but was following it on cricinfo.It was a game that Pakistan should have easily won,but threw it away.Credit to the Proteas,but I believe it's the Pakistani players who even the Saffers would be really thanking for sending it their way.Sometimes you wonder during Pakistan games,is it Pakistan vs. other sides or Pakistan vs. themselves. And,about the game being exciting to watch:while there's no doubt that the match's fate hung in the balance till the very end,which kept people on the edge of their seats,but wasn't it only because of Pakistani batting's lack of discipline and their inability to close out a game from a way too comfortable winning situation?It was a sorry display by their batting line up,and while good on Saffers to win this one,this was a match both sides would want to forget.

  • POSTED BY reality_check on | October 31, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    This is what happens when you keep the ODI specialists like Razzaq out of the team for political reasons.

  • POSTED BY reality_check on | October 31, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    @ICCexpert: Same "club" players in Pakistan team beat India in India this year in five match ODI series. This means Indian team is not even comparable to club players. Well said.

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | October 31, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    @Cricdew: I know my team is incapable. In fact we have one of the worst batting lineups. But your team is also not that capable as the scorecard shows. The reasons I have already mentioned in my previous post.

  • POSTED BY Cricdew on | October 31, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    @mzm149....Oh come-on ..Don't hide your team incapability .....17 runs more then 5 wickets in hand & number of overs...Its not like that African had been kept taking the wickets at regular intervals.Its Pak batsmen ultimate failure ...who can't score 17 or more to win with 6 wickets in hands on flat deck...Please publish

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | October 31, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    @Greatest_Game:

    Ok, let's see what happened when India went to SA the last time in 2010-11.

    In the 1st test match, on Day 1, on a green pasture of a wicket, an unprepared India scored 136 vs a high quality SA bowling attack that had the world's best Dale Steyn & a true blue A1 grade fast bowler Morne Morkel.

    Note that India scored 136.

    India lost that match & afterwards, SA captain Smith said that had it been SA they won't have been a.o. for a mere 136. I am unable to find a proof that he said this but I distinctly remember that he did say this. Perhaps any other fan can help with a link.

    Even if Smith did not say this, how did SA fare later?

    In the 2nd test in Durban, Ind batted FIRST, SA batted SECOND & were bowled out by a much inferior Ind bowling for 131. Yeah, that's all SA could manage on Day 2 vs weaker bowling on a Fast n Bouncy wicket.

    Ind scored 459 in 4th innings in 1st Test while SA couldn't score even 300 in 4th innings of 2nd Test.

    NOW Enough said ...

  • POSTED BY Samee0324 on | October 31, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    I watched the match till the last ball cause i knew unpredictable team PAK can lose match in the end and thats exactly what happened last night!! now we people must think about MR. TUK TUK, who was out yesterday, who is the match winner and finisher of a game for PAK

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    I think this is something Pakistani batsmen should learn from Indian batsmen. If you are set stay till the end and finish the game. Now days its always difficult for a new batsmen to come in and score. Set batsmen should be held responsible for this loss.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | October 31, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    DRS_Flawed_NeedsLessonsinCricket clearly has a problem understanding the concept of "choking." Choking does not mean losing. If so, india would be the kings of choking. I mean 8-0 in tests … from #1 to nowhere … really! Choking means "losing when you are in a position where it is almost impossible not to win." Now that did NOT happen to SA today, and did happen to Pakistan, and therefore, again, DRS_Flawed_NeedsLessonsinCricket was clearly wrong, again, a speciality he has perfected! Sorry, but SA were simply NOT choking.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | October 31, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    @ SLslider wrote:"@ Greatest_Game Rest are minnows? ...

    1 WRONG. SA HAVE won a major tournament - the Champion's Trophy.

    2. Tournaments are one offs. Teams have an off day & are out. In bilateral series, teams have multiple chances to compete - a true test of relative strengths & weaknesses.

    3. Since 1992 SA have not won a World Cup, but during those years they have consistently outplayed EVERY country, except Australia. The records are irrefutable. SA's test & ODI Win/Loss ratios are streets ahead of all but Aus, & ONLY since the last series is SL ahead in ODIs by 2 wins

    4. SA has not won a World Cup, but has won one or more test series in EVERY country. NO asian country has won a series in SA, nor have NZ or WI. Eng has won one, Aus won 4.

    The World Cup is 1 tournament. It is NOT 20 years of consistent success. Check the records, & see the FACTS. Truth is truth!

  • POSTED BY bouncer709 on | October 31, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    The result at the end of this game is logical if you look at the approach how Pakistani openers started. The whole team is responsible, few people blame Afridi and Umer Akmal, but if you look at Pakistani team, Afridi is playing as a bowler, Umer Akmal is playing as a wkt keeper, and he came to bat at no. 6. Now look at the 5 batsman who are just playing as specialist batsmen. 5 top batsman played 230 ball (38.2 overs) and scored 137 runs. 230 balls were not enough to get to 183? Actually, Nasir Jamshed, Hafeez, Umer Amin and even shahzad too, they are trying to secure their place in team. Can't understand who is supporting Umer amin in place of Asad Shafiq and even sent him to bat before Umer Akmal, who is supporting Hafeez to play at one down? and who is behind Nasir Jamshed, who prefer Wahab Riaz over Razzaq as an all-rounder.

  • POSTED BY Chaudry_Cricket on | October 31, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    First of all congratulations South Africa that was an amazing bowling effort at the end to snatch vicotry from the jaws of defeat. Well played.

    Pakistan just lost the plot towards the end it was just went bust to be honest. What I would propose is not changing the 11 but changing the batting order as such; Jamshed, Shehzad, U Amin, U Akmal, M U Haq, M Hafeez, S Afridi, S Tanvir, W Riamz, S Ajmal and M Irfan and watch the difference in the next game. By the way someone should tell the openers to be aggresive and set the tone for the middle order.

    Good luck Green Team.!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Captain_Tuk_Tuk on | October 31, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Well 184 to chase and people blaming number 7th batsman Shahid Afridi who took 3 wickets two of them were McLaren and Miller had they stayed a bit longer target would have been 230+ and with Pakistan's wickets in hand approach we would have never reached this close either.

    @Greatest_Game I agree with you Pakistan have won a few matches like this before but its not easy to be on the receiving end, batting collapses happen but of course we need someone to blame for the lose, cricket is a funny game and we must to brave enough to accept such defeat as well.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    i cnt believe that afridi is still considered a batsman! even more unbelivable is the fact that a majority of pak fans want him as the captain instead of misbah!!! so, misbah got out to a shot he shudnt have played, but that is an exception. however wen afridi goes "boom boom" and plays shots as ridiculous as the one he did, at a match stage where he shud hv jst taken singles, it is always expected. someone that irresponsible and bereft of grey cells cannot (or rather, should not) be made captain...even of a school level team. recognize him as a specialist spinner that can throw his bat around, and dnt make him out to be someone he isnt, and never will be

  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | October 31, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    Though there were lesser than less boundaries in the match, still I enjoyed this match much much than Ind-Aus.

  • POSTED BY Advanced_Donkeys on | October 31, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    What a game of cricket! Wonderful to see such contests.

  • POSTED BY Mogy on | October 31, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Is it possible that Pakistan are dare I say it 'Chokers'?

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    What a great game of cricket who cares who won what excitement couldnt believe what I was seeing Nearby in India another brilliant one dayer Was difficult to watch two games at once flicking back and forth on the TV screen Thats what makes cricket the greatest game of all

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | October 31, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    @G Srikanth Reddy: Losing by 1 run on a competitive pitch is better than chasing 350 on a road. At least curators at Sharjah left something in the pitch for opposition bowling unlike Nagpur where bowling was taken out of the equation completely. Good for your team they won. But they will be thoroughly exposed on lively pitches of Australia and South Africa. Mohali and Pune pitches were competitive and there Australia made them bite the dust. Nagpur and Jaipur pitches were roads where outcome of the match depended only on toss. Whoever chased won.

  • POSTED BY umair110 on | October 31, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Pakistan's got a very good opportunity to win their first series against SA. I haven't seen a much weaker South African ODI outfit. Moreover, they should give De Kock a chance as he seems to be a natural stroke player. Ingram like Rudolph has failed to make an impact in the international arena.

  • POSTED BY rocknrola on | October 31, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    TommytuckerSaffa: Well said man. I don't know if the batting of both teams is so good or bowling is so pathetic in this Aus-Ind series. 7 one day series is a joke and waste of time. Instead they could convert 2 match test series with SA to three match series.

  • POSTED BY LionsofLanka on | October 31, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Greatest_Game on (October 31, 2013, 6:19 GMT)

    "...only Aus has even been competition for SA. The rest are minnows! Check the record......"

    Really, you need to check the records how poor Saffa is against Aus. Your board is more calculative in ranking only who decides the quantum of series to maintain it. I haven't heard Saffa winning any big championships. Don't repeat Champions trophy in BD as it was sudden death tournament.

    Greatest_Game on (October 30, 2013, 21:28 GMT) - Featured comment

    It's amazing how could one be happy in seeing statistical wins than actual. Saffa didn't win yesterday but Pak surrendered to defeat. If any team other than Pak was there, it could have been all over in 35 overs, even bangladesh or Nzl could. Sri Lanka is beyond imagination.

    Still if you are fond of close matches, you can watch associate teams playing.

    Please prepare green top pitches against India at home but there will be no guarantee of Saffa batting. We will see how good ur team is.

  • POSTED BY cricinme on | October 31, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Winning against Pakistan in UAE for any team itself is a miracle.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    @ICCexpert, Same goes for indian bowlers :)

  • POSTED BY rocknrola on | October 31, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    @Greatest_Game: Well said. I think SA and Eng are the only teams giving good importance to test matches. SA proved how good they are in Test matches which is a challenging task. From past many ears they never lost overseas test series.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    India chases down 350. On the same day, Pakistan fails to overhaul 183. Something is terribly wrong here. Think

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Now 183 is a magic number in cricket specially for India and Pakistan!

  • POSTED BY Naseer on | October 31, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    There was a time when Pak team was considered unpredictable, because they generally pulled off matches that they were supposed to lose with some great bowling, but now a days this attribute faded away from Pakt team, now every opposition team is always sure that they have chance of comeback no matter in how worse situation it is against pak. and by losing such matches pak team is losing its fan cricket is being hurt very badly, which is already in decline. we dont know what is the man factor behind such poor batsmenship on international level becoz such collapses have been consistently happening since last few years, there must be somthing wrong, even teams like Bagnladesh, Irland and Afghanistan have batter batsmen than Pak. one major problem is Misbah's batting approach because all batsmen are following him and playing very negatiave cricet, which is called tuck tuck cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    ITs completely rubbish to blame Misbah! He is the only one who is saving pakistan cricket in captancy and in batting also Why dont you talk about the biggest culprit like Afridi and akmal yesterday we loss the game becos of these two, Cricket is the game of brave people and every body should play their natural game Misbah is not telling shahzad or jamshed not to hit boundries they are scared they just want to make some runs to stay in the team they not playing for the country, in this team maximum are selfish and haters of Misbah thats y no unity, I strongly believe that if you give misbah one club players team he will make them to win on international level ..

  • POSTED BY SLslider on | October 31, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    @ Greatest_Game Rest are minnows? Your couldn't put bat to bowl in the first test match and was very lucky that pak choked yesterday. You have not won a single major tournament and teams that have won are minnows compared to mediocre SA. GREAT LOGIC.

  • POSTED BY Piyush.rughani on | October 31, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Agreed.....Afridi and his team mates are large hearted persons unlike Indians who crushed Ausies yesterday chasing 350.

  • POSTED BY ICCexpert.... on | October 31, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    why are the same players selected again and again, how come Sharjeel khan the best opener in pakistan is not in the team and Jamsheed after failing continuously is in the team ?? why is Sohaib Maqsood not playing, and Umar Amin is rated so highly when he is only a domestic player ?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 31, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    guys guys whtevr pak did yesterday is soooo pathetic. supporting pakistan and watched the last wicket falling 1 run short was simply heart breaking. guys now relax and watch bangladesh wining d series today against newzealand. the way BD is playing now no team is safe now against them. go tigers go.

  • POSTED BY ICCexpert.... on | October 31, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    the current pakistani players are lucky to be palying for pakistan, if they were born in India they wouldnt be even be selected for club cricket. Players like Sehwag, Gambhir, Rahene and Pujara are not given a chance even tough they are world clasee payers, but in Pakistan third rate players like Hafeez, Misbah, Afridi, Sohial Tanver, Wahab and Jamshed are stars. Hahaha, how many of you agree with me ? please comment....

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | October 31, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    If Afghanistan play against Pakistan, I am SURE Afghans will win easily. PAK don't know how to bat. Shame on them. I used to be a fan of Inzi, Saeed Anwar, Javed Miandad, and Mohd Yusuf. This team is embarrassing those great players. How can any team lose from a winning position ? Unbelievable PAK team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Pathetic Performance by Pakistani Team....Selectors should drop Wahab, Sohail Tanvir, Nasir Jamshed and Umer Amin. We need match winners not those people who are burden. Bring back Razzaq or give chance to any other bowling all rounder like Hammad Azam. He can bowl well or he can deliver 4/5 overs whereas Sohail Tanvir, Umer Amin and Wahab Riaz have not delivered match winning performances.

  • POSTED BY TommytuckerSaffa on | October 31, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Unlucky Pak. Don't worry we know what's it's like to lose close games... Indian fans coming onto this thread saying what a great batting display the 350+ game was against oz is just laughable. All it tells me is how poor the bowling is or how flat the tracks are. The flat tracks in India is what is killing the ODI game as there is NO contest between bat and ball.

  • POSTED BY BellCurve on | October 31, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    Few of the twists and turns could be described as statistically highly improbable. I guess it would be investigated in Dubai, and so it should.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | October 31, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Okay, I cannot believe my eyes when I woke up this morning. HOW did PAK lose this game ?? They lost 6 wickets for 19 runs ??? Is this a nightmare or was this real ? Now I can understand PAK are unpredictable, but this is TOO MUCH even for them. I wonder how their fans must be feeling. Even Bangladeshi and Zimbabwe batsmen would have chased this total down. I cannot believe it. Very frustrating.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    The chocker's tag is engrained is SA cricket as far as limited overs cricket is concerned, but watching this match and the manner in which Pakistan lost this match, they illustrated the definition of being CHOCKERS: - "Losing from a winning position." Can you imagine the comments if it was SA?

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    Afridi is so irresponsible in batting that it looks like he does not care what is situation and he just wants to add his tally of sixers to make his record.The rest go to hell he thinks.And Pakistan keep him playing for fun and records.!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Center of point misbah... Some people are blaming him that his approach has been the real culprit.. For God sakes stop watching cricket when you do not have any sense at all... Were SA comfortable batting here? No not at all. It was just a game which was ought to be won with steady ones and twos, 17 runs and six wickets in bag... OMG what else our top order needed to do to handover the situation to the likes of Afridi, umar akmal, wahab riaz and sohail tanvir, they all can bat but they didnt but still blame is on great Misbah..

    This win was one of the easiest ones for pakistan but unfortunately we did not held onto the chance. Win or loose doesnt matter if the game is played in true sprits.. All the best team Pakistan

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | October 31, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    @ Ranvinder Sunda says "On a day when India score over 350 to win, Pakistan fail to score 183...enough said!!"

    Sorry, mate, not quite enough said. Your post would better have reflected reality if it read "On a day when India score over 350 to win on a dead flat road that any schoolboy could post a hundred on, against Aus's alarmingly weak bowling, Pakistan fail to score 183 n a pitch that that aided both pace and spin, facing a newly fired up SA attack...enough said!!"

    Pakistan beat india, in india, in ODIs, this year. We'll see how india's mighty batting fares on a real test pitch, and not an airport runway, when they face SA, in SA. Enough said now?

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    I really like the way pakistans played yesterday.....the really fought well in yesterday match.....Chasing 350+ is not a big thing than loosing by 1 run as said by some people in other comments...i dont understand....Ok as you said i like the way pakistan handled the match.....Really pakistan youngsters must learn from pakistan batting yesterday rather than Kohli from Aus vs ind match..

  • POSTED BY ICCexpert.... on | October 31, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    cant the selectors see that Misbah is only good for tests, not for one dayers, he is making the whole teams approach tuk tuk, please groom a new captain for world cup 2015.

  • POSTED BY ICCexpert.... on | October 31, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    the current pakistani players are lucky to be palying for pakistan, if they were born in India they wouldnt be even be selected for club cricket. Players like Sehwag, Gambhir, Rahene and Pujara are not given a chance even tough they are world clasee payers, but in Pakistan third rate players like Hafeez, Misbah, Afridi, Sohial Tanver, Wahab and Jamshed are stars. Hahaha, how many of you agree with me ? please comment....

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | October 31, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    @ kahvas, during a bilateral game, suddenly decides that it is time to start talking about big championships, writing "Frankly, SA have never ever been like they were under Cronje's captaincy. They're ok when it comes to bilateral series, but when it comes to big championships, knockouts, they crumble under pressure."

    Please tell us what that has to do with today's game, or was it just a weak excuse to bash SA?

    SA are more than ok when it comes to bilateral series: no losses on the road for 7 years, test #1, Test & ODI Win/Loss ratios that show only Aus has been in even the same league. Besides Aus, SA have consistently beaten the rest of the world for over 20 years, & you are hung up on the not particularly important fact that they have only won 1 "big championship."

    Apart from Aus, SA has relentlessly thrashed all those other teams who have won 1 or 2 "big championships." In the BIG scheme of things, only Aus has even been competition for SA. The rest are minnows! Check the record

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Any team of first class can easily chase this target, O God. when we have a real Batsman in Team Pak. Nasir Jamshiad will make a record of playing maiden overs very soon.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Pak fans, you might come hard at me for saying this, but you guys have to only blame the so called boom boom. He's definitely talented, but aren't you guys bored like we're bored at watching Sachin?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 31, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Same old story.... A sluggish fall for Pakistan, I wonder if Sharjah has more thrillers like this. Thrillers like this is indeed a treat for a cricket lover !

  • POSTED BY SLslider on | October 31, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Pakistan is such a mediocre team and their fans hype up their team so much. We find better batsmen in our street cricket in SL. They should learn from Sanga, Chandimal, Thirrimanne, Ironman, Mahela & even mendis. Its a sad day to see pakistan loose against such a pathetic SA ODI side. Please Pakistan don't choke against the chokers.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    only pakistan can do such miracles...

  • POSTED BY Zeb1978 on | October 31, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Its true that Misbah is the leading run scorer in ODIs this year but he is the main culprit of bringing down the Pakistan ODI cricket. Ever since he has been made the captain of ODI team, our players have totally forgot how to play ODI cricket. Every batsman of the team is playing in the tuk tuk mode. Every team feels safe against Pakistan by just scoring around 200 runs in ODIs. Its all the mental thing and Misbah's approach as a leader has destroyed the Pakistani aggression. Even fluent players like Ahmad Shahzad are under the shadow of tuk tuk approach. We should forget to even reach to the semi final of the coming world cup under Misbah's captaincy. Winning the world cup under Misbah is a far cry.

  • POSTED BY Cricdew on | October 31, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Pakistani batsmen played loose shots to chase 17 odd runs ..And they are saying its great contest between bat and ball......what a utter nonsense.Truth is ,Any other team would have easily won this match from that condition except Pakistan(lol)

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 31, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    guys in this game responsibility was on umar akmal, amin, and more importantly afridi after seeing 3 wickets fell in 10 balls he was experienced enough to realize the situation. and then rest of the reaponsibility was on sohail and wahab and bowlers.

    misbahs approach has nothing to do with it

    19 off 55 balls and they should have won it easily. you guys tell me was afridis shot sensible after seeing 3 wickets fell in 10 balls and knew he is only batsman left?

    sohail is not an all roundet and also wahab pakistan lacks a medium pace batting all rounder. they simply can not afford to go with 4 bowlers and afridi at no7 means their tail was up after 6.

    some 1 said there is lobby against nasir, i dont know lobby but after india series he has done nothing aignificant really so lobby or no lobby his performance is not helping the cause,

  • POSTED BY FAB_ALI on | October 31, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    Misbah needs to stay till the end every time he comes to bat or Pakistan will keep losing even the games right there in the pocket. He is the only reliable one.

  • POSTED BY BokkeForever on | October 31, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Is it just me or are other Saffa's patience also running a bit thin with Faf. 43 games and only averaging 27. Not good enough. Time for some new blood?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 31, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    PCB should get rid of these akmal bros.had umar akmal played sensibily result would hve been diff he has played rash shots in a lot of games also shahid afridi hitting sixes is not called batting its long time pcb should understand at least now.we can only pray

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 31, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    mohammed irfans wicket is always a free wicket bcoz of his extra ordinary height. so pak plays with 9 batsmen actually

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | October 31, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    @ Posted JustIPL proudly posted "Ajmal demolishes SA top order." Pity - for him - he did not wait to post "SA crushes Pakistan's last 6."

    I guess that watching just IPL makes him think the match is over after 20 overs?

  • POSTED BY Zeb1978 on | October 31, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Miserable, Pathetic, heartbreaking, disgraceful, shocking……. What should I call it!!! These players are humiliation for the country. They have no regard for the country and for millions of fans. SA didn't beat Pak in this match. In fact Pak beat themselves. If the match was lost due to superb bowling from SA then it would have been acceptable. But there was no extraordinary bowling rather Pakistan presented the match in a plate to them. I remember Pak defending small totals so many times during the days of Wasim, Waqar and Shoaib but that was due to extra-ordinary bowling. All the fans are feeling really down after watching yesterday's match.

  • POSTED BY Fan1969 on | October 31, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    I am amused by the reaction of Pak fans. They hate Misbah who performs so well and seems to be the sole performer in atleast 50% of recent matches. They love Afridi who cannot even deliver a victory that is just 10 runs away. Going for a 6 at that stage of the match is foolish for a man playing for 15 years with over 300 ODIs and so many 100s to his name.

    Afridi must be dropped as a punishment for being careless. Kapil Dev was dropped for a similar shot in a Test against WI in 1983 else he would have played the longest uninterrupted stint of test matches by anyone in history.

    As an Indian I wanted to see Pak win against a western side but Afridi will never learn. Incorrigible.

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | October 31, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    My suggestion: Pakistan should select the top 11 batsmen (no- not even all rounders like Afridi or Hafeez) and play them all- for about 10 matches. Rotate their batting order, try them all in various situations. You may lose most of these matches. However, this will help in them arriving at who are their top 5 or 6 batsmen that they want to persist with for long term. I am unable to see any option other than this 'discovery' process. You guys always had world class bowlers- so, focus and identify your top 6 batsmen and now- before the World cup!

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | October 31, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    People here are bringing in 350 run chase to prove that India is a great batting side. What does it tell you of the Indian bowling unit which actually let Australia make 350 runs on a spinning track at their home ground when they had 3 regular spinners and 3 part time spinners. Don't forget Jadeja was in the side too who is supposedly the best bowler in the world currently.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Yesterday was a memorable one. In subcontinent two matches have been played. One was High scoring and another was small target. High target could be achieved do to fine batting display and right shot selection and small target was missed due to poor shot selections and panic. What a day for cricket frenzy fans. Long live CRICKET for your uncertainty.

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | October 31, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    @Arun Bose: Please check the rankings before posting misguiding comments.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/rankings/content/current/page/211271.html

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 31, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    afridi is the waste in batting down the order.He shd bat at number 4 as he use to few years ago

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    What a day.. Watching the team you support-India win in what was a terrific chase and watch the team you want to see losing everytime (almost)-Pakistan lose that too in such a fashion..

  • POSTED BY Marktc on | October 31, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    I think the big point here is that the win is a tribute to the South African never say die attitude. They believe they can defend any total, until the match is won or lost. The batsmen of both teams let them down. Both teams have great potential and are definitely better than they are playing.

  • POSTED BY oxfordtaj on | October 31, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    @ arun bose Pakistan are 4th in tests rankings!

  • POSTED BY Shahbaz_Alam on | October 31, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Plz have someone must be taken to task i mean Afridi, Tanveer and Riaz (Afridi) When a person plays 350+ matches and cannot win you a match or everytime you need him why you bank on him plz get rid of him. Even No.11 like McGrah, Dolland, Waqar, Bradshaw wins you match with their bat or at least they try to protect their wicket but on one is dare to ask Mr. Afridi what you have done. At least management should taken him to task but I know no one is bigger than Afridi If he was playing in Imran Khan time he would only play only a dozen matches. We have more competent bowlers than Afridi like Rehman or Usman Qadir or even Yasir Shah but as far as Moin & Co. are attached with the team, I see no changes in the next match.

  • POSTED BY oxfordtaj on | October 31, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    @ Arun Bose writing for a second time as moderator didn't like the first one PAKISTAN ARE 4th in test rankings NOT 6th

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    Shahbazchaudhary : I don't agree that Misbah is not a good captain. Other batsmen should also realize their responsibility & try to finish off such games without Misbah being there till the end. He is only one who is consistent & has improved alot on his SR. Look what Umar Akmal & Afridi did...totally rash/stupid shots.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 31, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    @oxfordtaj-Pakistan ranks 6th in test rankings..

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | October 31, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    I don't get it what some people have against Jamshed. I think there is a lobby who want Asad Shafiq, Khurram Manzoor and the likes in the team and they don't let go any chance to defame Jamshed.

    He failed in this game but so did Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir. They all actually completely destroyed the game in hand. No one is against them. Ask your favorite players to open the innings. Even Misbah doesn't have technique to do so.

    Leave the man alone. He has second best average. Bring him down the order if you can't bear him at top.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | October 31, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    @Saud Choudhry. Infact it's Warne is the one who took many tailender wickets. Murali Dismissed Sachin 8 times and on the other hand Warne got thrashed by sachin everytime.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    This current Pak team is a joke and should be downgraded to an associate level. Alternatively, PCB should log a petition to legalize human cloning in Pakistan so more Misbah's could be reproduced or demand ICC to introduce IPL style auctioning - it would be a win win for all; India can acquire a few Pak fast bowlers and Pak could get some batsmen from India's C team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    afridi should be the captain odi and tzo i sure they will gave u good result because he is aggresive men plz do this pcb

  • POSTED BY oxfordtaj on | October 31, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Pakistan are ranked 4th in Tests, 6th in ODI's and 2nd in T20's so not so miserable compared to a few years back. Forgive me if I'm wrong but I think that makes them a world class team? They are getting there slowly but surely so cut them some slack. Teams such as Bangladesh can play without abandon because nothing is expected of them (except in big tournaments where they just crumble) so there is no where near the same pressure as on Pakistani players. Our younger players deserve more loyal fans!

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    1 batsman short .. 1 bowler extra cost the match. Sorry but the captain and coach have no Cricket sense at all. Why Abdul Razzaq is out of the side ? Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik are kicked out but Mr. CAPTAIN is still continuing with bogus Hafeez. Umar Amin has no good cricketing shots. He can never be the future of Pakistan . Why is Sohaib Maqsood out Simply the captain and coach have brought Pakistan to the brink of destruction.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    Take Umar Amin as opener & bring in Shohaib Maqsood down. Drop Nasir Jamshed. Umar Amin has limited strokes & plays too safe, which is fine as an opener. Also drop Wahab Riaz & bring in Junaid.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    afridi playing for pak team since long time but still need to learn how to handle situation when pak in trouble,honestly he is not matured as far as his age is concern

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    I predict Pakistan to make a strong comeback in the next game....and lose comfortably without dramatizing their defeat!!

  • POSTED BY amlyaa on | October 31, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    people are such a bunch of hypocrites...the match btw aus & saf where 432 runs were scored and successfully chased!!! is called as the best match ever and when something similar happens in india they will start with the lame...centuries old whine of flat tracks...if jaipur and nagpur were flat tracks, what do u reckon johannesburg was..and for the record most of the successful highest run chases were outside india!....so get ur facts rights..and they talk...

  • POSTED BY Shahbazchaudhary on | October 31, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    Simply, Misbah should be change from captaincy, His negitive approch is going to destroy pakistan cricket, his mind is still like tuk tuk as he batted,, PCB take this action as soon as possible if you want to save pakistan cricket, Misbah as a player is good, But as a captain ?????

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 31, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    Sharjah too provide dead flat tracks for batting but both SA and Pakistan team doesn't have batsmen of Indian batsmens' calibre.. If you can't score runs on sharjah wicket, You can't score anywhere.. India has the batting line-up to chase huge scores unlike SA and Pakistan.. Both mediocre batting line-ups.. whoever says sharjah has fast and bouncy pitch is dreaming.. You need proper skill to bat and chasingg down 350+ scores is not easy on any wicket... So, Please stop whining abt flat tracks..

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    Pakistan is very bad day and all player very low confidence. All player is slow game play why? Take high confidence plz misbah always slow game why? Africa always high conidence in the match because pakistani player always one game plan and slow and poor plan.afridi come on plz your confidence take on high plz misbah akmal and hafiz. And plz pcb select umar gul . Gul is only bowler to yorker ball. Pcb chance to sami aslam young replacing jamshed.

  • POSTED BY bplusa on | October 31, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Well; the pitch was tough to bat on but was not so difficult to loose six wickets just for 17 runs. There were some irresponsible & poor shot selection by some of the Senior Fellows. It was all about handling the pressure and match situation. Absence of a Genuine Allrounder like Abdul Razzak paved the way for defeat. Full Marks to SA for pulling things back and snatching the victory.

  • POSTED BY Shahbaz_Alam on | October 31, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    The mistakes Pakistan made Hafeez is our best bowler against left handers but Cap. continue with Tanvir (2)Ajmal took three wickets in five overs but was changed when SA was seven down (3)Cap. allow SA to built come back in the game (4) Useless bowlers Riaz and Tanveer, no way they can win you match with ball and they even not able to win the match with bat with only 10/15 runs required (5) Riaz mis-fielding of 8 runs cost Pak the match (6) on one is able to bear the pressure coz with same opp. Razzaq win match in the last series (7) since Moin Khan's inclusion, strange things starts to happen (8)After playing 350+ games and you are not able to win a match you should not be included in squad coz no one is bigger than game (9) management should taken to task the repeated blunders made by batsman (10) when 8 needed and you hit such shot, you should not be included in the next four matches (11) play limited abilty players not big brands like LALA

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | October 31, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    The most amazing thing about this game was the crowds! There were more people in this game than the number of people that showed up for all the days the 2 test matches were held. And we are told that India is killing tests!

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    ha ha ha being a pakistan cricket fan i cant just believe that pak lost it,pak u dnt deserve to play internationaly lolplay with ireland and kenya and some small team,dnt dare to play with bangladesh as they r more stronger then u guys.lol

  • POSTED BY SaudFaruqi on | October 31, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Request to Pakistan Cricket Board: Dock 100% match fees for the whole team (playing 11) and see how they turn things around in the coming matches.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | October 31, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    @Mitty2. Spot on, bud, spot on with your comment. Totally agree.

  • POSTED BY Ray24 on | October 31, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    Play Asad Shafiq instead of Umar Amin. Umar Amin is a waste of space.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    Pakistani openers need a navy seal type training like playing in the dark where you don't see the ball but can only hear it miss it and you're dead.Openers need to have situation awareness and need to adapt quickly Not to have the bowlers chilling out to come out and bat and win matches. Orchestra Dr Watson why is the drummer now playing the violin or the guitarist playing the flute.If not possible only all rounders should be a criteria for selection in a limited overs team ,can bowl cannot bat hit the road jack ! Next please.

  • POSTED BY Baber_Baloch on | October 31, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    Afrid is fully responsible for lose this match beacuse more than 300 ODI he not yet know what is match stage now he just wana make six shame on him......if mishbaha is notthere in team they will all out just for 100 only..very very poor performance....afridi, nasir jamsheed & Hafiz need to show exit door.

  • POSTED BY MShariq on | October 31, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Please remove Hafeez, Afridi and other old players if Pakistan wants some future in Cricket. These are the used ammunition which has no worth.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | October 31, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    Is Afridi still 18 years old...his maturity level suggests so.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    i am happy on south africa win what a cricket played south africa taking 5 wicket for just 18 runs

  • POSTED BY Philippe on | October 31, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    why boom boom afridi is in the team? he seems useless most of the times.. he plays once in 25 innings then retire from cricket then again comes back..... & this goes on....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 31, 2013, 3:45 GMT

    now the bowlers should be bowlers not beggers. right should be given for ldw wicket if the ball is going to hit wicket, if obstructed by pad, irrespective of the fact that where it pitched.

  • POSTED BY ReverseSweepIndia on | October 31, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    Being an Indian, it gives me immense pleasure see our batsmen bat. Say whatever you want to about the technical superiority/deficiency against the short ball/score only in subcontinent, but what biggest thing is that all of them read the game situation very very well. Any one of Kohli, Dhawan, Sharma, Raina, Yuvi or Dhoni can nicely close the deal once they know they are in slightest of chance with the hunt. And here, in this match, we have a guy with 300+ matches experience who chose to go for personal glory rather than the team. It hurts when a team which you support other than your home team, keep on finding the ways to lose. Loan us your 2 fast bowlers, because you (Pak batters) do not deserve them and if we (Indian batters) have them, we will have the same awe and aura which Aus & WI had in their prime.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | October 31, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    @blade-runner. Same old flat track whining again? Is that the best u got?

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | October 31, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    Great allround performance from Parnell. Thank god we picked Tahir Instead Peterson.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    Pakistan needs Yunis Khan to lend stability to its batting. In the current team only Misbah is capable of doing that and if he fails, as happened in this match, Pakistan is in trouble. Also, Afridi is wasted down the order. The boom boom chap is best suited to open. Even if he is able to score a quick 40-50 at the start, it will serve his team's cause better than single digit scores at number 6 or 7.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | October 31, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    @blade-runner, exactly. Despite the huge scores the series - as an Australian fan - has been incredibly flat and predictable. There's no pressure and the bowlers just have no chance. it's not cricket unless there's a contest between bat and ball. Simple as that.

  • POSTED BY team_india_no1 on | October 31, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    What a comeback by W Parnell i thought his career was over. Pakistan did what only they can.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 2:46 GMT

    Abdur Rehman would have been a better choice over Shahid Afridi,almost twenty years of cricket has taken its toll on LALA he shows brilliance in patches not enough to win in international cricket matches. Abdur Rehman on the other hand is a cool customer low profile invisible to opponents but can be deadly when chips are down. Really hope to see AR play more often.Umar Amin the golden boy does not have the Aggression for limited over cricket.Wahab riaz test cricket material leaks too much Runs bad for limited overs.

  • POSTED BY gnanzcupid on | October 31, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    Wow.What a match! Anticipated the saffs to choke but they dint.But an exciting finish towards the end. @blade runner comes up with these 'flat track'comments every time india wins.The wicket was slow towards the end. Even The indian captain found it difficult to get set. Lol. Sweet lol.Let jealousy be shun and love the game mate.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 31, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    pakistan knows how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | October 31, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    This is typical pakistani batting where u dont knw u gonna surely win or lose the match.. no matter in which possition u r...

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    As usual, nothing strange & even no one will take the responsibility . Who cares?

  • POSTED BY Chanred on | October 31, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    On a day when India Shoots down 350+ for the 2nd time ( Just to prove that the first time wasn't a fluke ) Pakistan contrive to lose 6/17 and the match. AGAIN. For a nation that is so India centric, this must hurt badly.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | October 31, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    I told that Pakistan's first test victory was a random chance. They are showing typical face of them now.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | October 31, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    TYpical Pakistani cpllapse...lol They can't even chase less than 200 scores. No other team can achieve such a Pakistanization. Thesy are such a ordinary bunch of players. We can find better players in our domestic arena. See how we chased 350+ against mighty Aus bowling line up.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    let's all blame Misbah for this as well...*feel my sarcasm*

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    Afridi has played 363 ODI but... he does not bother that 10 runs are required and how to achieve that target......this is not won by SA but Pakistan team has reminded the cricket world ...how to embrace defeat when u need just 10 runs in 44 balls with 4 wickets .... Mueen Hameed...Toronto

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    Pakistan is a MEDIOCRE team .They have been proving it again & again .Even Ireland & Afghanistan are playing better cricket than this overrated Pakistan team

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 31, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    Only Pakistani team can display this kind of performance. Great selection and good preparation for Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 31, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    Great show by Misbah and co..

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    It is real Pakistan . They proves again that the 1st test victory against South Africa was simply a fluke . It was simply an UPSET.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 31, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    pak selectors are worst I ever seen .why afridi playing this team , he himself don't know it. its the biggest puzzle in world cricket- what is afridi? is he bowler or batsman or other? pak has two great talents u. akmal and a.shehzad but they are misusing them why not they r in test side. and the treatment with hafeez is worse. And I also don't want to see Mr. tuktuk misbah,plz get rid of him.

  • POSTED BY Silly_Me_Don on | October 31, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    Pakistan has truly mastered the art of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. No once comes close!

  • POSTED BY johntycodes on | October 31, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    How come all these weird occurences seem to always happen to pakistan. How do the icc still let pakistan compete with the other nations with all this funny buisness going on.

  • POSTED BY gr8-cricket on | October 31, 2013, 0:53 GMT

    Now the real holes are showing up in Pakistan's selection in the form of humiliating defeat like this.

    Pakistan's selectors will keep on playing the out of form players and they will keep on receiving the same results in the form of defeats.

    Follow India/Australia model and the results will be different than what Pakistan team have experienced today.

    Please, please get rid of these non performing players.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    Fully agree with bouncer709. Hafeez, Amin and Jamshed are waste. Add to this Tanveer and Wahab Riaz. Some of our so called experts call them all-rounders but both of them are useless bowlers and even more mediocre batsmen. I want their supporters to check the ODI statistics of both Wahab and Tanveer and decide. Pakistan team needs a complete overhaul.

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | October 31, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    I really do feel the pain of the Pakistani fans, they must feel like the first innings of the game is almost irrelavent because they are waiting for a collapse with the bat. IMO they have the most balanced bowling options in the global game but they will never win games of cricket with only one aspect firing. Something has got to be done about the cricket as it is not good enough at the moment.

  • POSTED BY jb633 on | October 31, 2013, 0:27 GMT

    This is not even surprising given Pakistan's recent woes with the bat. As soon as Misbah was out I felt the inevitable was going to happen. It really was simply pathetic batting not even so much outstanding bowling. Pakistan just can't turn the corner with any of these young batsmen they have. The Pakistani fans who constantly bleat about Misbah can't see the wood for the trees. There are no young quality batsmen coming through, this is hugely worrying even from a neutral perspective. The best bet the Pakistan management have is to push any promising young batsmen into playing a season in English county cricket. These players need to be groomed away from international cricket and away from the constant pressure they are under in a failing team. Even if they are offered little money the Pakistan board should subsidise them as it will be so beneficial in the long run. Forget these T20 leagues these guys have got to learn how to bat somewhere, preferably away from each other as well.

  • POSTED BY dj_dhananjay on | October 31, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    ODI Cricket is truly a remarkable sport !!! On one side you have a game in which a team is restricted to 183 & then manages to defend it and win by a run !!! On the other side you have a team setting 350 & still ending up loosing ....Truly Awesome...ODI Cricket Rocks!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    It was disgraceful cricket by team pakistan, they had match in their pocket but their over confidence drowned them to hell of 2 run defeat.

  • POSTED BY shaz101 on | October 31, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    the bottom line is that I have been watching Pakistan cricket for 30 years and despite trying to convince myself that they will change but nope it never happened and will never happened until the end of time. There is no respect or pride in these players for the flag they supposedly wear on the body. Come one why its only pakistan that has to crumble every time. I have never witnessed a team so badly represent their country... There is no pride in their heart. Afridi you are shame to your career.. there is no words to describe your career to date... all these runs and wits you've taken in your career is due to luck and prayers from Pakistan fans.. you have no talent..today again you wanted to become a hero but became villain as you have done all your career.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 31, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    Amazing work by Pakistan today!! Just when u think something is impossible Pakistanis can find a way like winning century by razzaq few yrs ago against SA or today a spectacular collapse. Nothing is impossible when Pakistan play with chance of records galore. Well done Pakistan..keep up the good work.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    this type of match is more intresting than a chage of 350 in a flat pitches

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | October 30, 2013, 23:58 GMT

    Pakistan batting has fallen to shameful lows. There are too many worthless players included in the team. What has Umar Amin done to earn a place in the squad. Why is Afridi included again when it is so obvious that the man is not fixable. He plays for show off and doesn't care what the team asks him to do. Why was Asad Shafiq not played instead of Umar Amin. When are we gona get rid of Jamshid? Who is so brainless to count Sohail Tanvir a allrounder?

  • POSTED BY IndiaRulesEverybody on | October 30, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    South Africa played and the 'C' word was present ... just not for them this time. Pakistan really choked big time here. Very irresponsible batting from Pak but quite an exciting low scoring game.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 30, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    Its rediculous to discuss the performance of pakistan batting line but 163/4 and required just 20 odd runs with 6 wickets in hand i think any team in the world even the associate members as well take it and win it from there by hook or by crook but not pakistan its the only team in the world who can do wonders 1 day and blunders other day Feel realy bad and cant express my self what i am feeling rite now. 5-0 result against pakistan may have been the result of this series if pakistan batting do the wonders what they already did.

  • POSTED BY Shongololo on | October 30, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    'Responsibility' and 'Afridi' don't belong in the same book, let alone the same sentence. He's what we would call a full-on loskop...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 30, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    Terrible

  • POSTED BY GeoffreysMother on | October 30, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    Phew: who would have bet on a turnaround like that?

  • POSTED BY BEN-pak on | October 30, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    No Misbah is not the reason for this loss and neither is Jamshed. It's Afridi - he's a bad influence on the team. When he's not there the team play a good unit. Afridi has passed his sell by date. BOOM BOOM and BUST, the man is a clown. The paying public would be better off seeing proper clowns at the local circus. I am ashamed to say I support Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Fijicricket on | October 30, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    Preparing especially flat tracks (doctored pitch) will not work against the mighty SAfrica- Try some thing new

  • POSTED BY BEN-pak on | October 30, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    Utter disgrace - they should be ashamed of themselves. Even I with crooked legs would have got the runs. There was no pressure at all. Afridi was the main culprit again - BOOM BOOM - what a joke. This man should be publically flogged for his stupidity. With all his experience he lacks temprement. The paying public (a large one) simply saw clowns at a circus. Redemption for them is to win 4-1. Nothing else will do.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    pakistan cricket is just total waste of time just watch today mtach of ind vs aus..... the pplz who think umar akmal is same as kohli shld take a cup of water and suicide. pak team is bunch of craps together no talent at all even bng is better side then them.... go home pakstani players learn how to play then come play... icc shld ban them for at least 20 years

  • POSTED BY PakCricSpin on | October 30, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    -- Pakistani Men Can't Bat --

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 30, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    This is beauty of cricket so enjoy stop cretisizing

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 30, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    This is beauty of cricket so enjoy stop cretisizing

  • POSTED BY mbshez on | October 30, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    Its okay Pakistan's national sport is Hockey

  • POSTED BY jamfai on | October 30, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    I am now officially done with watching Pakistan cricket matches. The team has disappointed me so often that its not worth waking up really early AM to watch a match in the US. Team Pakistan - You have disgusted me for the last time.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | October 30, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    Wow, was there even another ceremony where the "Choker" Tag was officially presented to Pakistan by its worthy long term holders?

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    Bouncer, i agree with what you said in your posts. Bit and pieces players are killing us and Pakistan persists with them. 1. I still don't know what Umar Amin has done to be a highly rated prospect in domestic(mid 30's avg) and in int'l(21avg) his numbers do not standout. The guy sitting behind him Sohaib Maqsood(51avg) has much better credentials.

    2. Hafeez - Professor is our #3? What else can anyone say? #3 is reserved for your best batsman. Hafeez is not even the best batsman if he was on Pakistan U19 team.

    3. Nasir - he has dropped of the face of the earth. His career looks closer to the end than the beginning.

  • POSTED BY Omar-Briganto on | October 30, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    Only Pakistan team can do this for you. After watching this collapse I am kind of speechless. All the hard work of Ahmed Shehzad went in vain, shame on you Pakistani Batsmen. If you cannot win this game then I am afraid the hope of winning you any major tournament is very dim and glim.

    Being a Pakistani supporter I am so sad and disappointed, on the other hand many congrats to India and specially Virat Kohli.

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | October 30, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    I think in the absence of quality batting, Pakistan should always choose to defend. With their quality bowling they can defend even smaller totals. But chasing their batsmen are very susceptible.

  • POSTED BY ilililililililililililililx on | October 30, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    Unbelievable really. This is painful to read. 6 years ago our batsmen would play with freedom, enthusiasm and aggression and look us us now. They are scared to even hit the ball! Replacements and new strategies are required now. Test new youngsters or bring back experienced players for the out of form players like Nasir Jamshed and Wahab Riaz. I suggest Shoaib Maqsood or Shoaib Malik. Even Anwer Ali and Hammad Azam would do the job better that our other players.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    Forget all the ruminations,criticism and such....this was just a damn fine sporting contest with something for all types of cricketers to excel in...batsmen could score runs with application,spinners got wickets and seamers got reward.The finality of that beautiful delivery Morkel ended the innings with was fitting...pitching middle and off and taking off.Imran Tahir's exuberance as well as Ajmal's passion,the agony and tension in the Pakistan dressing room,Misbah's anxiety watching Irfan bat,etc.Now this was a fun match!

  • POSTED BY Mr.Chandu on | October 30, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    Wow... The most number of international matches played by any pakistani current teams player such a shame once again pak lose the pride bcuz of his heroics ... One of millions skyier he hit today just for his own selfishness heroism...still this pakistan says misbah plays tuk tuk lol such a shame one single time u cannot take team just guide ur team to victory simple ask just stay n win....its a shamble for nation who chose him!!!

  • POSTED BY roook on | October 30, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    Somebody must end the misery of nasir jamshad he is really struggling he has the slowest strike among all the batsman in this calender year of 62 misbah second in the list with 72.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    we should learn from india how they promoted rohit sharma a middle order batsman with a strong technique and become a huge success similarly we can promote asad Shafiq or even umer akmal. we are destroying umer akmal by placing him number 6 in the batting order . nadir jamshed should be removed immediately .

  • POSTED BY tests_the_best on | October 30, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Classic reverse-choke!! Good one SA, turning it around this time! Now if only you don't choke that often going forward.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Pak fans get used 2 these non batting performances as they Will b a regular accurance once misbah retires....

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 30, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    Misbah is just rubbish. when Irfan was batting he is so upset. If he is .. Then he should finish the match trying scoring quickly. without completing his job he cannot gt upsets with the bowlers who cant bat. Misbah is the boring captain on earth.

  • POSTED BY cricket-crazee on | October 30, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    2 great games with high contrast! First: 700 runs, 7.0 rpo, 10 wkts, 70.0 avg; Other: 365 runs, 3.75 rpo, 20 wkts, 18.25 avg! ODI is ALIVE!

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Very very disappointing and upsetting. Why does Pakistan have to collapse with there batting,Why cant they learn to chase. When ever they are chasing i always have butterflies in my stomach and have this feeling they are going to collapse. I feel so sorry for captain Misbha ul Haq as its not his fault. its his useless team. He is the only player who is scoring. I suppose if he is would not be in team we would be all out for less than 100. Although Shahid Afridi is my favourite player i am not sure when he will learn his lesson. Why could he not play sensibly rather that play shots and get out.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 30, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    Pakistan should really watch india and australia bat. So bored these pakistani players have become. Im completely lost interest in watching pakistan bat. Teams habe found their the way to score quickly nowadays and only team pakistan are in early 90's

  • POSTED BY AbdulRauf-99 on | October 30, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    Then again Pakistan disappoint me but that doesn't mean i completely lost faith in them, And i am sure they will come hard in next game, Yes they disappoint me sometimes but at most of the times they surprise me, Unlike most of the people who think if a team loses one match, they lost all of there skills, Besides They're positives in this match like Ahmed shezad looks in good form, Saeed Ajmal back in form, Umar Akmal look in fine touch, And i am sure that junaid khan will play the next game.

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | October 30, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    This is unbelievable batting from Pak and feel sorry for the loss! SA was truly outplayed but somehow ended up winning. At the current rate SA should play qualifiers with non-test nations to qualify for the 2015 WC. I am sure all the teams will add more spinners to their bowling line up :-)

    Pak need a strong middle order. If the current young talent is failing bring back a senior to teach them. SL has a similar problem with Sanga, Dilshan and Mahela on the verge of retiring in the next couple of years.

    Ind has plenty of problems in bowling. Eng seems to be the only settled cricketing unit at this point.

  • POSTED BY Crick_Chater on | October 30, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    Any side bowling against Pakistan should take this advice; Keep bowling within the stumps and Pakistani batsmen will find a way to get out themselves.

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | October 30, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    What an amazing match. Contrast this with that utter bore (except for the partisan Indian fans) between Aus and India. Cricket needs a good balance between bat and ball to produce great results.

  • POSTED BY jasim_udd on | October 30, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    PAK again proved that they are not beliveable team..in the past,i saw a lot of match that was faver in pak bt they lost like this match..how funny? pak needs only 10rus with 54 balls but afridi try for a six and out.why u try to hit six? afridi is not a perfect allrounder in this time..he is a best bowler bt not a good batsman in last few years..pak selector will take him in team as a bowler nd pick a perfect allrounder like sakib al hasan, shane watson, jadeja nd bravo..they can bating and bowlling well...congrts SA ND best of luck pak for next match..Please forgive me if u think i am wrong. thanks

  • POSTED BY roook on | October 30, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    What happen wrong for Pakistan is their defensive and loose approach with chasing low target. We lost to india in similar way chasing 150 why we are adopting obsolete approach of seeing off new ball with new rules of two new balls. I wonder what chase is achievable with this batting lineup 120 or 80 and we still need 50 overs to achieved that

  • POSTED BY IggyNtw on | October 30, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    Interesting batting by Pakistan. SA needs Amla and kallis back in the batting department. Also Philander must get a run.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | October 30, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    Pak chasing this is so silly that it's not even funny. Couldn't chance 180..the new chockers I guess.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    PAK is welcome to offer Migration offer to Mr.Ishant Sharma from india... may be thats y they call Right man for right Job. :) :) :)

  • POSTED BY Major85D on | October 30, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    pakistan lost because of their captain tuk tuk ul haq. why don`t let shazad and jamshed play their own game? 16/1 after 10 overs. pakistan is not able to chase 184 down, what a shame. it`s time for some changes. please drop misbah and coach whatmore, i`m still wondering what he is doing.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    Afridi being a senior prk should stopmslogging every ball. He let slip thevadvantage by going for a pull while easy singles would have taken Pak home. He scores runs in tons but loses his wicket at a crucial juncture. Hope he will lead by example in the next match. Kashinath

  • POSTED BY Xandier on | October 30, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    This is the only standard of cricket that, our players can provide consistantly.. Guys live with it!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    Wow now this is what happens when our misbah has a bad game.!!#pls play on until ur 50 pls pls misbah...

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    Simply the Shame ... when will we get rid of irresponsible Afridi?

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | October 30, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    I think choking has become a contagious disease now.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Well done Proteas! 2 b perfectly honest, I thot it was all over whn Ul Haq and that other guy were still there, but Pakistan played poorly and we capitalized so I am happy at least. But I still believe that we play poor ODI & t20 cricket even though we hav 1 of the best teams in world cricket. It's sad really..., but at least we won hey

  • POSTED BY Batmanindallas on | October 30, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    What happened to Afridi? The guy cannot bat anymore...

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    ha ha ha !Mr. Younus Khan, Please hand over your pakistans ODI status to Ghana... :P

  • POSTED BY 200ondebut on | October 30, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    Wow - who would have bet on that with 9 overs to go?

  • POSTED BY i_amVIVA on | October 30, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Now the SA passes the C-word to Pak; how ironical that is. Well, it may be their coach that's causing all these, he may not be a good fit, time to fire that What.. who???

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Dear Pak friends lets exchange 2-3 batsmen and bowlers... As per your batting standars sehwag,gambhir will easily get a go in your xi until dey are 50. please give us some bowlers, the bowlers you dont need or atleast naved-ul-hasan,sami et al...

  • POSTED BY senator333 on | October 30, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    @Blade-Runner Even in flat Indian pitches your team can't chase 250.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    90% of the day was one sided but Pakistan entertainers team in 20 mins made it full of sensation, suspense and drama. This is one day cricket from Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Only Pakistan can loose from this situation!! What a pathetic performence from a team that had imran Khan like champion leader.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | October 30, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    This is a match Pak lost than SA winning. Pak is better off batting first if they can help it. Like in the old days, Afridi should open batting with a license to throw his bat around. If he clicks even for 30 mins, Pak would win.

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | October 30, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    Umar Akmal is the reason this team fails. He is a burden on this team. Stop picking him.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | October 30, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    I'm not surprised with the result because Hafeez batting in the top 5 is a curse!!

    If Hafeez doesn't want to go down the order then drop him forever and let him waste his career for being unprofessional and arrogant.

    Also, Jamshed needs to stop this tuk tuk style or leave the team because it has been torture watching him bat for the last couple of months and there are good aggressive replacements waiting like Sharjeel, heck I'll take Awais Zia who has zero technique over him currently.

  • POSTED BY JK_1982 on | October 30, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    lol... pathekistan lost 6 wickets in 17 runs. Amazing performance by SA. Only pakinstan can convert super easy task into impossible task.

  • POSTED BY m812 on | October 30, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    @Imran Ahmed Ghumman : This was eggactly (exactly) the reason why first test win was accurately called an UPSET by cricinfo

  • POSTED BY AbdulRauf-99 on | October 30, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Then again Pakistan disappoint me but that doesn't mean i completely lost faith in them, And i am sure they will come hard in next game, Yes they disappoint me sometimes but at most of the times they surprise me, Unlike most of the people who think if a team loses one match, they lost all of there skills, Besides They're positives in this match like Ahmed shezad looks in good form, Saeed Ajmal back in form, Umar Akmal look in fine touch, And i am sure that junaid khan will play the next game.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Great display of bowling from SA. Pak bowled well too but succumbed to pressure, as always. I think Nasir Jamshed should be given a rest for a while...

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    funny 6 players couldnt score 19 runs in the end.

  • POSTED BY m812 on | October 30, 2013, 19:45 GMT

    Co Pakistan choked. Was not really a surprise. On a flat track they could not chase 180 odd and India easily chased 350 on flat track....twice ;))

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    PCB quickly arrange to send SHAOIB MLIK to Dubai for rest of oneday mataches very poor performance expacted , , who give suh advise to promote new talent in this series HAVE SEEN the resulf and also add asad shafeeq and younus khan otherwise series result would be SA 5-0 Pak

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    I think Pakistan should seriously kick out some players, for good. They are many half-baked batsman in the team, who play for themselves and not care about the team and country once they get their odd fifty. I am talking about the likes of Hafeez, Amin, U.Akmal, and afridi, they are not team players. Not one of them, wanted to stay to finish the game. I guess now we know the importance of Misbah. Next step should be kicking all these lazy bumps out, and selecting the players in domestic who are breaking their backs in the heats, and batting throughout the day,. Alteast, the outcome than wouldn't be much worse. REALLY DISAPPOINTING and SHAMEFUL.

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | October 30, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Even though Pakistan lost this one I still think this match was better then Ind vs Aus today. A low scoring thriller is better then a slogfest. Plus Pak vs SA saw some great bowling as well. Pak vs SA was 365/20 and Ind vs Aus was 701/10. It really shows how flat the pith in India was. And people comparing Pak's batting with India's should know that SA's bowling is superior to Australia's and the pitch Pak were batting on was not as helpful for batting as the Indian one. Pakistan's batsmen failed but India's bowlers (conceding 350 runs) failed as well. It makes sense cuz Pakistan is bowling team and India is batting team. On the other hand Pakistan's bowling was great and India's batting was great. A team with Pak's bowling and Ind's batting would be unbeatable no matter how good the team.

  • POSTED BY straightbat12 on | October 30, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    When will pak understand that they dont need an extra bowler ..wht they require is an extra batsman especially when they have the worst tail ever( starts from afridi) Even the batsman should come out with confidence....body language is just not right...please drop tanvir/wahab for shafiq or whoever other batsman they have . Unbelievable performance...how can they call themselves international players with this kind of performance. Please give afridi some extra practice in the nets and maybe consider opening with him. Cant do any worse than whats happening at the moment....atleast his mishits will clear the infield and land where there are no players.

    Please try somethign different misbah....time for some changes at least

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | October 30, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    well its more like Pakistan has lost the match than SA has won the match...and lol, its funny to see that keeping wickets for Pakistan have been kept within Akmal family.

  • POSTED BY Nair_saab on | October 30, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    pathetic batting by Pakistan....one thing i have realized is if misbah is batting pakistan may loose but if he gets out pakistan surely will loose even if 20 run needed with 6 wicket in hand ..typical sachin scenario of 2000's

  • POSTED BY Riz000 on | October 30, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    As i said before the match Mohmaad Hafeez is wasting some genuine talent (Harris Sohai)l by being selfish why cant this guy just GO with some shame!!he has no respect 4 another player this guy is seriously connected above PCB Umar amin unfortunately not a international level yet and should be axed along with shahid afridi and Hafeez what is the point taking shoiab maqsood when you not gna give him a game bring younus khan back in odi for world cup Sohial tanvir should be replaced by gul junaid khan seems like an ordinary bowler no where near Amir.

  • POSTED BY gibbs.175 on | October 30, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    HI SA fans ...Southafrica again won a match with low score cost ..why ? Pakistan knows much batter than us..? why PAK captain did mention here 1999 match vs Sri Lanka ? To put a cover on his defeat .MAY BE ? Pak can do anything in cricket because they are so talented in every department of cricket and...???? AB should leave one thing(GLOVES or CAPTAIN SHIP ) D.KOCK 's talented is being wasted for SMITH /.....? good luck SA ....win this series #3-0 dnt make it chock .!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Sad thing about Pakistan cricket is that you new this was going to happen. Just like the last test.

  • POSTED BY Highflyer_GP on | October 30, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    I can't stop laughing, that is the most epic choke I've ever seen!

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    why people say SA are chokers? i think for last few years Pakistan has got that tag.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    A few ppl below who commented prematurely before the match was over are now eating humble pie. Well done South Africa

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    lol pakistan though they decided not to win this match .not complaining as a saffer.but i really feel for their supporters

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | October 30, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    @Pak fans: dont get upset. Still many more horrible performances are going to come in this series. So dont expect that Pak will win this series. Pak is losing this series, Pak will only lose and Pak will definitely lose this series. MARK MY WORDS Its 100% true and it will happen for sure. Just wait and watch.

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | October 30, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    Sure Pakistan is umpredictable but this just another level losing a game when you only ned to get 184 runs. I think Wahab needs to be dropped. Let Umar Amin do some part time bowling. The line-up should be 1.Nasir Jamshed, 2.Ahmed Shehzad, 3.Mohammad Hafeez, 4.Misbah-ul-haq, 5.Umar Amin, 6.Umar Akmal, 7.Sohaib Maqsood, 8.Shahid Afridi, 9.Sohail Tanvir, 10.Saeed Ajmal, 11.Mohammad Irfan. In this line-up everyone before Ajmal can bat. Or another idea is: 1.Nasir Jamshed, 2.Ahmed Shehzad, 3.Umar Amin, 4.Misbah-ul-haq, 5.Umar Akmal, 6.Sohaib Maqsood, 7.Mohammad Hafeez, 8.Shahid Afridi, 9.Sohail Tanvir, 10.Saeed Ajmal, 11.Mohammad Irfan. If this line up still fails then bring Rehman for Ajmal cuz of Rehman's batting or replace failing batsman with Shafiq. If fast bowling fails then Junaid should replace bad fast bowler.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 30, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Have a look at the match between ind vs aus , india rocks....

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    OHHHHHHHHHH Come on man give me a break,, what else they want. Just fire those who are not performing.

  • POSTED BY SHER-A-PANJAB on | October 30, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    WAO....SA won the match ! how....? PAK knows batter this...any way win is win .But AB is a poor Captain ,proved again .because FAF is a much batter option ,he always gives a call to D.KOCK means new latent ,faces. but Smith and AB have same old thinking to call INGRAM (Ingram is a talented batsman without a doubt but as a opener no ,NEVER ) anyway congratulations to all SA players and fans .....

  • POSTED BY bangkdhuli on | October 30, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    I think only Pakistan can choke against SA...

  • POSTED BY MAN_AT_WORK on | October 30, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    stop watching the game thought Pakistan gonna win it easily but now here we go this is Pakistan lol

  • POSTED BY roook on | October 30, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Same old story Misbah scored but team lost there is so much fear in pakistani batsman it seems they just want to be in team and are playing for themselves. 189 target seem 300 when they are playing.Misbah plans has failed again and again and again as a captain he has defensive mindset that is costing pakistan. Same thing happen in 3rd ODI India Pakistan could chase down even more smaller target of 150. I pity Younis khan he is a better captain than Misbah. Misbah always made three.

  • POSTED BY duncanmoo on | October 30, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    I realy thought SA had lost it with that batting, and that PAK would easily finish them off, well I was wrong! Nice to see Wayne Parnell delivering on the promise he showed when he captained U19 (his knock was the difference, a bit expensive bowling but three wickets).

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 30, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    Once again Shahid Afridi proved that he does not play for his country, it was a moment required to bat sensibly to chase down 9 runs in 7 overs rather than trying to be HERO despite knowing that Pakistan was down with all batsmen. If a cricketer can not learns his lessons in 373 matches then he should be OUT from the team

  • POSTED BY Tokai69 on | October 30, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Very heartbreaking to see Pak to slip this match! It reminds me the match Pak won against Ban in the last Asia Cup final. Best wishes for the next one from a Bangladesh fan.

  • POSTED BY WorldWideCricket on | October 30, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Shame Pakistan, you should not be playing cricket anymore.

  • POSTED BY ChrisMartin on | October 30, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    How good is it not being able to chase a modest 184 to win? Whether chasing/defending a big score on a flat track or chasing/defending a low score on a slow track, Pakistan is only equal to Pakistan in making a mess of it. Kudos to India for chasing 350.

  • POSTED BY alihassanbhatti on | October 30, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    Such a shame.We should learn from Indian batting line.Pakistan should drop nasir jamsheed and they should start looking for an allrounder like abdul razzaq.

  • POSTED BY WorldWideCricket on | October 30, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Pakistan, you cant chase 183, you bowled out for 99.. Are you sure that you are playing cricket? Shame on you.

  • POSTED BY 2nd_Slip on | October 30, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    I'll pay my last dollar to watch these kind of matches rather than the slogfests happening in India.

  • POSTED BY WorldWideCricket on | October 30, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    Only and only Pakistan can lose from a winning position. Oh My god ! What a team Pakistan. You can not even chase down 183!, look at India, today they chased down 350+ runs. Pakistan should not play cricket anymore.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    When SA was dismissed for 183, I told my friend that this score is too much for Pakistani batting. Anything over 150 is hard for Pakistani batsmen to chase. Need to stop wasting time with people like Nasir Jamshed.

  • POSTED BY WorldWideCricket on | October 30, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Only and only Pakistan can lose from a winning position. I think its time to take a away Pakistan test and ODI status and give it to AFG or IRE ASAP.

  • POSTED BY ICCexpert.... on | October 30, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    When will Pakistan act sensibly and drop a super flop like jamshed and bring in the best opener in Pakistan Sharjeel Khan ? Umar Amin is over rated while as Sohaib Maqsood deserves a place. But this is Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | October 30, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    I am very very very disappointed right now. As an Indian I have never liked Pakistan team but this does not mean I do not respect them. As our rivals, they have been tough ones and India owe a lot of our golden moments to matches played against Pakistan. Together we share some very historic memories. I have always wanted Pakistan to lose vs India but this does not mean I have wished ill-will or "die" sort of things to Pak.

    This is why I am now very concerned about Pakistan's future. They still have some very talented players but as a team they are just not able to integrate. They have the likes of Umar Akmal, Ajmal, Afridi, Riaz, Junaid. That is 4-5 top class players in a team of 11. Few teams have this kind of mix. Yet Pak get a.o. for 99 in tests and can't chase 180 odd.

    As an Indian I should be pleased to see Pak losing but no, I am not. I am sad and I am worried.

    Pak are suffering due to no Intl cricket in Pak + poor FC. I fear Pak are the new WI. May god help them ... soon.

  • POSTED BY Natesan333 on | October 30, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    I'm an Indian but an admirer of Pak bowling attack. This has to be psychological, Indian batsmen just believe they can chase any total, just like Pak bowlers believe they can take wickets at any time. It is there respective counterparts that loses games for them. How do you fix that?

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    And saf win!! Tahir and co Just made my day :D.

  • POSTED BY PPL11 on | October 30, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    Only class act in current pakistan team is Misbah and if he fails then forget chasing even 180 odd !!

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | October 30, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    To start with, Pakistan should have thrown AFRIDI out a long time ago. He is blocked some where in his head and does not know what situation require of him. He has done it a hundred times what he did today.

  • POSTED BY WorldWideCricket on | October 30, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    I hope Pakistani fan will learn a lesson from here (especially leaglale), they are very much busy with "Bangladesh's Performance" instead of their own team. Please Pakistani fans, pay attention to your own team. It is a classic example that hatred against Bangladesh did not bring a victory for Pakistan against South Africa today. Well done and Congrat South Africa.-- Love from Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    South Africa win! Yes! Yes! Yes! Hahaha, who are thee chokers now?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    it started with Irfan and it ended at Irfan. I dont feel sad pak lost. I feel sad that none of the batsman took responsibility and got out after getting starts esp the senior player. Afridi was slogging when he could play single doubles.

  • POSTED BY Jadejafan on | October 30, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    haha Pakistan somehow lost it. Lack of quality players.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    OMG what a comeback from the Saffers. Typical Pak collapse. One of the best comebacks of recent times, ie from the jaws of defeat.:D:D:D Great going SA:D

  • POSTED BY nainil0683 on | October 30, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    That makes me laugh pretty hard. Pakistan should withdraw their batting unit and Indian, their bowling unit and then it should be a combination of India batting and Pakistan bowling. Even before Pakistan innings progressed, I was in firm belief that Pakistan can loose this one. Even when Umar Amin and Umar Akmal were playing and only 50 runs to chase, I felt that South Africa can sneak-in any time, or rather, Pakistan can start loosing anytime and that's what happened. If you can't chase 183, you probably need to do some serious thinking. Bring back Younis, Yousuf. They can atleast get you across these small scores.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Well played by SA. it was lucky for them but important thing was that they didnt gave up at 165/4. with just 19 runs remaining. still they were disciplined. that is what professional teams do. Hats off to them.

  • POSTED BY fozybear on | October 30, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Some one need to check the betting statistics to see who betted on Pakistan losing when they were 165 for 4 down with10 overs to go to get the remaining 19 runs, they must have made a few millions on this bet. This seems like a setup.

  • POSTED BY K_Srini on | October 30, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Pak losing by 1 run. SA - I think you can now gradually hand over the 'chokers' tag to Pakistan....

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | October 30, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Pakistan are an old declining team now. Cannot even chase a score of 182 lool!

  • POSTED BY Oraclebob on | October 30, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    omg i can't believe this finish Pakistan have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 30, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    On a day when India score over 350 to win, Pakistan fail to score 183...enough said!!

  • POSTED BY Smahuta on | October 30, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    What a win from South Africa. Whos the chokers now?

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | October 30, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Seriously enough is enough..I hate to say this thing as a Pakistani..This sight is enough to depress any Cricket loving fan.I just dont get it.From where Pakistan team learnt this Art to lose the matches which are 100% confirmed to be won.Out of whole Cricketing world,only Pakistan team is the one to repeat this miracle over & over again

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Rubbish from pakistan middle and lower order.

    Pakistan surely know how to make things interesting out of no where. 165/4 to all of sudden 182/10

    Apart from 1 or 2 there was nothing in the balls. poor by amin,umar,afrid, sohail

    Umar amin has soft dismissal, and then akmal got out, sohail is not a no8 batsman really.

    Afridi was biggest culprit, because that was the time when they lost 3 quick wickets. and Afridi didnt realized the situation that there are only bowlers left and just trying it finish in 1 over. Afridi should have stayed till end and not hit. with so many balls remaining there was no need to hit really.

    wahab has a poor day in field.

    That is why you need a batting medium pace allrounder. can not afford to have 3 fast bowlers who can not bat much.

    pathetic show really. so they need bowlers to score winning runs after bowling opposition for 184. Over confidence or too poor.

    Lucky escape for SA. but credit to them that they stayed there till the end and not gave up.

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | October 30, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Clash of the chokers! How can Pakistan be 9 down chasing a paltry 183? Please don't tell me it's outstanding SA bowling! lol.

  • POSTED BY Fogu on | October 30, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    For those Misbah ditractors: See what happens when he is not there at the end. You can not rely on Afridi or others in this team. You should appreciate him while you have him.

  • POSTED BY Jda123 on | October 30, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Wow Pakistan are just a bad team, the batting is horrible, 183 was such an easy chase and should have been done with many wickets left but nope Pakistan bowled out and lost.

    Just poor and I don't get what they were doing in the opening partnership wasting balls, Pakistan has no chance winning this, if they wanted to win this they needed to win the first 2 games, soon Amla and Steyn will be back and then Pakistan can actually fold over.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    you may find very honest cricketers but a really few ones who will walk away "out" before the umpire raises his finger. hats off to Umar Amin

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | October 30, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    @samincolumbia: LOL, PAK and SA still stuck in test match mode. What a boring game. These kind of games are the primary reason for all this talk of getting rid of the 50 over format. PAK should accelerate and finish this game soon.

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | October 30, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    @samincolumbia: This is because the pitches have something for bowlers too unlike flat tracks where 350 is chasable.

  • POSTED BY samincolumbia on | October 30, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    This chase is so exciting...going at 2 runs an over when 3 is the required run rate. Need to keep telling myself, it is an ODI, not a test!

  • POSTED BY kahvas on | October 30, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Frankly, SA have never ever been like they were under Cronje's captaincy. They're ok when it comes to bilateral series, but when it comes to big championships, knockouts, they crumble under pressure.

  • POSTED BY bouncer709 on | October 30, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    Hafeez gone 28 runs, this is what his capacity. Stage is set for Misbah today, he can play his natural tuk tuk, but i request please keep eye on target to finish in 45 overs, do not stretch to 50 overs.

  • POSTED BY fr600 on | October 30, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    How is it that all 3 Akmal brothers are wicket-keepers?

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Now its enough.... how many chances the selectors will give to Jamshed. For God's sake please drop him. Its almost a year now he has been out of form. Why don't selectors consider Mohammad Rizwan, Sami Aslam and many more hidden talents in Pakistan playing domestic cricket and waiting for their chances to be selected. Pakistan is full of talent and we can have strong batting line up like India. Our bowling is good but when will the selectors try to remove the weak-links in our team and produce strong batting line up.

    I would suggest if Hafeez shifts his place with Umar Akmal

    Or other solution is to remove Iqbal Qasim and bring someone who can do the selection based on the merit of each player.

  • POSTED BY Blade-Runner on | October 30, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    This match is golden compare to that flat track slogfest in India I just witnessed. Here, batsmen and bowlers have fair chances. Thank you Pakistan and South Africa for not committing CRICKETI-CIDE.

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | October 30, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Can any one believe SA is going to win this match. Thats for sure just wait and watch

  • POSTED BY bouncer709 on | October 30, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    Today before start of this match I wrote, 3 players, Hafeez, Umer Amin and jamshed are waste, but lucky to get chance here on flat track, yet I hope they fail today. (one gone for duck after facing 12 balls).

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    how many chance you will give to nasir jamshed he is out of foam you should give chance to umar amin play one down and let hafeez and shexad opening

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    lol why can't Pakistanis never support the playing 11. Everyone loves to give their piece of advice. At least when they good give managment some credit. Sohail tanivr is an allrounder just so you guys know he plays plenty of T20 all around the world. Junaid Khan has been rested.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    everyone is whining about how Junaid Khan has been left out, he has been rested just like Dale stayn. there is no point of Playing a 6th batsman that's why Wahab is included in the playing 11.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    Ajmal is No.1. I hope now his detractors will stop saying that he takes tailender wickets only. Incidentally, this is the same thing that Shane Warne said about the Majical Murli. And we all know that Shane Warne is not a jealous guy.

  • POSTED BY am5786 on | October 30, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    Again and again Pakistan selection committee making same mistake, I don't think there is any place for both Wahab and Sohail in the team, instead we should have Junaid and either an all rounder or another batsman (may be Shafiq). Hafeez and Afridi didn't bowl full quota of their overs and Amin bowls regularly in domestic circuit and he use to bowl earlier in his career.

  • POSTED BY duncanmoo on | October 30, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Parnell and Tsotsobe both improved on their best ODI scores, apart from Miller nobody else scored CLOSE to their average. Perhaps the bowlers can pull something out of a hat here.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    bowlers did their job up to the batsmen. it is not an easy task. we have seen Pakistan failing to chasing small targets. Most players are coming from a break.

    Good bowling by ajmal & afridi.

    Wahab has been poor in fielding. I think paksitan seriously need a medium pace batting allrounder. Poor batting line up can not afford to go with 4 bowlers and afridi. who is not consistent. why cant they pick any medium pacer who can bat good to fill 3rd seamer role?

    Every team has many all rounders these days but pakistan failing to find any after razaq.

    Good 9th wicket partnership. and well played by parnell . at least SA bowlers got something.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | October 30, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    SA selectors continue to destroy a brilliant ODI record. Kirsten took over, Smith resigned the captaincy, & SA, level with AUS with the best ODI Win/loss ratio's, became a joke. Kallis stopped playing ODIs, many thought to be preserved for a test career. Truly, he was disinterested in seeing a successful ODI team destroyed.

    Kallis was supposed to play this series. Even out of form he could do no worse than Ingram - 34.95 ODI ave, Faf du Plessis must go. A 27.62 ODI ave in 42 ODIs means FAIL. One good test match does not a career make.

    Kallis was the anchor, the ballast, & the heart of this team for over a decade. Get him back, & bring in de Kock. SA need experience, & promising talent, not well established failures. Smith, Amla, de Villiers, Duminy - these men learned international cricket under the guidance of a master - JH Kallis. It shows - & without him, it shows even more!

    Finally: AB de Villiers is a terrible skipper. He has GOT to go. Recall Smith to train Duminy. NOW!

  • POSTED BY duncanmoo on | October 30, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Top score Parnell, come on! Someone is giving the SA team lots of caffeine just before they play so they get the jitters. They are not chokers they are all bunnies in headlights, frozen!

  • POSTED BY ICCexpert.... on | October 30, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Another match where Umar Amin didn't get to bowl. He bowls regularly in first class. Misbah need to learn from Dhoni about how to convert part timers in to complete all rounders

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    and there will always be someone crtisizing this performance by Pakistan. at least start crtisizing after the match is over and applaud now for what you see

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    I hope now my Indian and other cricket fellows understand why Pakistanis were not happy on calling the first test win as upset.

  • POSTED BY I_amMirza on | October 30, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Well Done Afridi, But I want you to be Consistent

  • POSTED BY roook on | October 30, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Whats wrong with misbah opposition is 6 down and we are using part timer againt for 100/6 we will end up in 200/6

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    who will tell misbah sb the great, when someone like saeed ajmal are pressing hard and taking wickets, don't change them. when he will learn???

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    can rsa do 100? the batting line is very fragile. duplesis, dumini, ingram should be out of the team. how they can get chance in the rsa team.their performance is very low.kaliss should back in the team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Why the hell is Wahab Raiz playing cant see him selected in Banladesh or zimbaveteam..What wrong has juned khan and Shoib Maksood do to be left out no matter even if v win 2day becoz of Ajmal ...selectors need to rectify there mistake becoz it can cost us a match.. Haffez will play defensively and score runs to show the world he belongs to top level..come on he is not a no 3 batsman..Why select the higest domestic rungeter when u dont want to give him a chance...Shoib maksood is the future of Pak batting plz dont waste him and Umer Akmal should bat at no 3 or 4 not at 6..Ajmal showed Class is permanent and form is temporary. .Hats off to the King of Spin..I some times think what will pak do with out Ajmal and Misba...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    SA should know he is the bloody good spinner in world. he has proved again today.

  • POSTED BY DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on | October 30, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    south africa chokiinnngggg... Pak should give them moralblow.

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | October 30, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Ajmal demolishes SA top order

  • POSTED BY Riz000 on | October 30, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Can some one please explain me what is Mohammad Hafeez & sohail tanivir doing in the team? these guys are total failures & have been tried and tested but failed 8/10 times i guess they are connected to PCB Pakistan is wasting talent like Harris Sohial Shoiab maqsood Mohammad Rizwan and umar gul is being ignored again i just cant believe why are pakistan destroying young talent? how long are we going to see same side again n again failing its finally time to groom a young captain in test and odi & t20 my choice would be groom Nasir jamshed as a captian in test odi and t20 play him in all formats move azhar ali to 5 put Harris sohail in 3 My test and odi side Nasir Jamshed,Ahmed Shahzad,Harris sohial,Younus khan,Azhar ali,Asad shafiq,Umar Akmal,Umar gul,Saeed ajmal,Wahab riaz,Mohmaad irfan add Mohammad Rizwan to squad who agrees with me???

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    two left hander,s batting Mclaren and miller still Hafeez is no bowling...poor captaincy by Misbah..

  • POSTED BY I_amMirza on | October 30, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    now Pakistan should adopt aggressive approach, dot let them settle. try to strike and rip SA.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    All Pakistan need to do is to take ABD and Miller wickets as cheaply as possible, All SA need to do is not to give these wickets till 30th over... The one who succeeds will win most probably..

  • POSTED BY duncanmoo on | October 30, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    15 overs 54 / 4 SA are no longer chokers in ODIs, calling them chokers would be flattering, you have to look like you are going to do well in order to choke! Really it is just getting worse, they are trying to bat too aggressively or something.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Smith's first stumping!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    sa 225 if they ll be lucky enough

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 30, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Pak, go get em!

  • POSTED BY DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on | October 30, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    bcci doing right thing.. Opposing drs.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    y specialist wicket keeper is not included in the squad....??

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    why junaid khan is missing.....??

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 30, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Pakistan is playing 7 specialist batsmen. They will win

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    I would not even pick Sohail Tanvir if I was playing street cricket. Like seriously you have dropped Junaid Khan for this wrong footer!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    I would not even pick Sohail Tanvir if I was playing street cricket. Like seriously you have dropped Junaid Khan for this wrong footer!!!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 30, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    Pakistan is playing 7 specialist batsmen. They will win

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    why junaid khan is missing.....??

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    y specialist wicket keeper is not included in the squad....??

  • POSTED BY DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on | October 30, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    bcci doing right thing.. Opposing drs.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 30, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Pak, go get em!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    sa 225 if they ll be lucky enough

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 30, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Smith's first stumping!

  • POSTED BY duncanmoo on | October 30, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    15 overs 54 / 4 SA are no longer chokers in ODIs, calling them chokers would be flattering, you have to look like you are going to do well in order to choke! Really it is just getting worse, they are trying to bat too aggressively or something.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    All Pakistan need to do is to take ABD and Miller wickets as cheaply as possible, All SA need to do is not to give these wickets till 30th over... The one who succeeds will win most probably..