Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd ODI, Dubai November 2, 2013

'Shouldn't relax after winning' - Misbah

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Misbah-ul-Haq warned his team against complacency after their series-leveling, 66-run win against South Africa in the second ODI, stating there were still problems in Pakistan's batting that needed to be rectified.

"We shouldn't relax after winning and we still need to improve. Our batsmen are getting good starts but aren't converting them so we need to rectify that," Misbah said.

"We have a very tough series on our hands, they are very tough opponents and are going to give us a hard time," he added.

Pakistan, who lost six wickets for 17 runs in their one-run defeat in the first ODI, put up an improved score of 209 in the second match. However, apart from Ahmed Shehzad, who scored his third consecutive ODI fifty, none of the batsmen crossed an individual score of 30. Mohammad Hafeez and Misbah both got starts and shared substantial partnerships with Shehzad, but their failure to carry on until the latter half of the innings saw Pakistan struggle towards the end.

Their bowling, however, more than made up for it, getting South Africa all out for a score of below 200 for the second successive time. Mohammad Irfan and Sohail Tanvir got key breakthroughs, but it was the spin attack of Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez that smothered the South African batting. Between them, the spinners bowled 23.4 overs, conceding 66 runs and picking up six wickets, including four of South Africa's top six batsmen.

"It was a really good performance especially after getting out for a low score, our bowlers did the job for us again," Misbah said. "[A score of] 220-230 is par on this ground, whenever you score 200+ you have a chance here, especially if you get early wickets. The way Hafeez started, he bowled very well and Afridi took some important wickets and Ajmal put the pressure on. They were well supported by the fast bowlers. Tanvir got the first wicket and Irfan came back to take more wickets."

Afridi followed up his three-wicket haul in the first ODI with figures of 3 for 26 in the second game. Introduced into the attack in the 22nd over, he dismissed Faf du Plessis off the first ball, and then had AB de Villiers edging the ball to Umar Akmal in his next over to turn the match in Pakistan's favour.

"We learnt a lot from the last game. Misbah and the management realised that we lost the last game badly and we did a great job today," Afridi said.

AB de Villiers, South Africa's captain, admitted that his batsmen failed against "some of the best bowlers in the world".

"Our bowlers bowled really and we had great intensity in the field," de Villiers said. "It's all about attitude and we had that in the field. McLaren, Morkel and Tahir bowled very well and I'm proud of the way we played in the first half. Morkel started with great intensity. We have a few issues in the batting and it's up to us to turn it around, I'm very disappointed and Pakistan were too good for us tonight, no excuses for us. We have to face some of the best bowlers in the world and we weren't good enough."

De Villiers backed his team to make a comeback in the series and said that he was enjoying the experience of leading the side.

"To be very honest, I am feeling pressure," said De Villiers after Friday's game. "I think any captain that leads a proud nation like South Africa and the Proteas team feels pressure and I do feel pressure. But I am enjoying my captaincy more than ever and feel that I am getting good response from the guys, especially on this tour, it didn't show tonight but I have full confidence that it will come through in the next one. They have two bowlers in the top five in one-day rankings and it's world-class spinners we are playing against, but once again I have full confidence that we will come back."

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  • POSTED BY Fineline on | November 4, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    Jamshed has been given enough chances and now its time for the selectors to try some young blood.From young blood,I mean Sohaib Maqsood and if possible replace Amin with Shafiq who is much better and consistent than Amin.

  • POSTED BY on | November 3, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    I wish I had watched the game. Looking forward to watch all the rest of the matches and I hope we win BIG TIME! Go Team Pakistan!

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | November 3, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    @Khurram S Chaudry: Nasir is a walking wicket I agree but he is the only player in the entire squad who can score a century against this South African team. Coaches can work with him but there is no better way to get into form than playing international cricket.

    I have a suggestion. Why shouldn't we play Nasir at number 3 for a while while opening with Hafeez. Nasir has played at number 3 in t20s. If the openers get a good start, an out of form player can build his innings based on that. Opening innings is tough for an out of form player. Have your say.

  • POSTED BY on | November 3, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    guys, with nasir in , hafeez is almost opening . coming in 2nd or 3rd over is same as coming to open game. it is not the case where hafeez is coming to bat when ball is getting old. the logic you gave is right that we dont need to put hafeez back on opening but for that you want to play with 10 batsman only as nasir will be a walking wicket. He is out of form and in last 11 innings he has scored 194. and during that period 31 in 3 t20s. he needs to be rested and coaches should work with him. had full series of WI and ZIM. this series is important 1 as pak has never won against SA. and this is their best chance because SA is not in good form.

    Maqsood should get a chance along with asad instead of Nasir & umar amin. asad is far better than what umar amin is doing and secondly you have a new guy in squad who avgs good in list A.

  • POSTED BY Pak_Guru on | November 2, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    Well played Team Pak, should have been 2 nil up actually. Still terrible batting, batsmen just dont know and looks like do not want to learn the art of taking singles and rotating the strike. Whatmore should make batsmen practice with 8 fielders in the ring and take quick singles, get them out of nets and practice like you play in match. Stick to same team give players more chance and confidence. Superb bowling unit.

  • POSTED BY Omar-Briganto on | November 2, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed should be given a chance in all five matches, he is a class player we need to be a little patient with him.

    Hafeez should bat at number 6 & Umar Akmal at number 3.

    Moreover Asad shafiq should replace Umar Amin and wahab riaz need to make way for Sohaib Maqsood we dont need 3 pacers and 3 spinners, two pacers will do. This way Pakistan will further strengthen its fragile batting line up and would definitely give South Africa a run for their money.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 2, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    take asad n place of amin and give chance to debutant n place of jamshid

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | November 2, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    You can drop Nasir but who will open in his place? Hafeez? Remember Steyn will be back. He will trouble both the right handers specially Hafeez with his outswingers.

    Hafeez is a bowling all rounder not an opening material to say the least. After dropping Hafeez down the the order to number 3, if we promote him up the order again we will be back to square one.

    Say we open with Hafeez. Who will bat at number 3? Umar Amin? Umar Akmal? They can't negotiate old ball as they showed in last two innings. How can they play relatively new ball. Sohaib Maqsood? Is he that capable to debut on such an important position. I think nobody is. Asad Shafiq? Are we gonna persist with him there? Is he regular member of the team?

    Now if we have selected two regular openers why don't we give them entire series. Learn from India who after consistent failures of Rohit Sharma kept on persisting with him. See the result. He scored double ton today.

  • POSTED BY Ray24 on | November 2, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Umar Amin should be dropped for Asad Shafiq. Asad is by far a more competent batsman than others youngsters. He should be given more and more exposure even if he fails as he will come good for sure. With Amin, we are just taking a chance based on favoritism and poor judgment. Nasir needs an extended run, as he has the capability. Drop Tanvir or Wahab for Junaid, as like Shafiq he needs more and more games.

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Hafeez and Shehzad should open. This team should be A Shehzad,M Hafeez,U Akmal, M Ul Haq, S Maqsood,S Afridi,A Rehman,S Ajmal,M Irfan,J Khan Jamshed out of form and amin is overrated.

  • POSTED BY Fineline on | November 4, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    Jamshed has been given enough chances and now its time for the selectors to try some young blood.From young blood,I mean Sohaib Maqsood and if possible replace Amin with Shafiq who is much better and consistent than Amin.

  • POSTED BY on | November 3, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    I wish I had watched the game. Looking forward to watch all the rest of the matches and I hope we win BIG TIME! Go Team Pakistan!

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | November 3, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    @Khurram S Chaudry: Nasir is a walking wicket I agree but he is the only player in the entire squad who can score a century against this South African team. Coaches can work with him but there is no better way to get into form than playing international cricket.

    I have a suggestion. Why shouldn't we play Nasir at number 3 for a while while opening with Hafeez. Nasir has played at number 3 in t20s. If the openers get a good start, an out of form player can build his innings based on that. Opening innings is tough for an out of form player. Have your say.

  • POSTED BY on | November 3, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    guys, with nasir in , hafeez is almost opening . coming in 2nd or 3rd over is same as coming to open game. it is not the case where hafeez is coming to bat when ball is getting old. the logic you gave is right that we dont need to put hafeez back on opening but for that you want to play with 10 batsman only as nasir will be a walking wicket. He is out of form and in last 11 innings he has scored 194. and during that period 31 in 3 t20s. he needs to be rested and coaches should work with him. had full series of WI and ZIM. this series is important 1 as pak has never won against SA. and this is their best chance because SA is not in good form.

    Maqsood should get a chance along with asad instead of Nasir & umar amin. asad is far better than what umar amin is doing and secondly you have a new guy in squad who avgs good in list A.

  • POSTED BY Pak_Guru on | November 2, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    Well played Team Pak, should have been 2 nil up actually. Still terrible batting, batsmen just dont know and looks like do not want to learn the art of taking singles and rotating the strike. Whatmore should make batsmen practice with 8 fielders in the ring and take quick singles, get them out of nets and practice like you play in match. Stick to same team give players more chance and confidence. Superb bowling unit.

  • POSTED BY Omar-Briganto on | November 2, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed should be given a chance in all five matches, he is a class player we need to be a little patient with him.

    Hafeez should bat at number 6 & Umar Akmal at number 3.

    Moreover Asad shafiq should replace Umar Amin and wahab riaz need to make way for Sohaib Maqsood we dont need 3 pacers and 3 spinners, two pacers will do. This way Pakistan will further strengthen its fragile batting line up and would definitely give South Africa a run for their money.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 2, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    take asad n place of amin and give chance to debutant n place of jamshid

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | November 2, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    You can drop Nasir but who will open in his place? Hafeez? Remember Steyn will be back. He will trouble both the right handers specially Hafeez with his outswingers.

    Hafeez is a bowling all rounder not an opening material to say the least. After dropping Hafeez down the the order to number 3, if we promote him up the order again we will be back to square one.

    Say we open with Hafeez. Who will bat at number 3? Umar Amin? Umar Akmal? They can't negotiate old ball as they showed in last two innings. How can they play relatively new ball. Sohaib Maqsood? Is he that capable to debut on such an important position. I think nobody is. Asad Shafiq? Are we gonna persist with him there? Is he regular member of the team?

    Now if we have selected two regular openers why don't we give them entire series. Learn from India who after consistent failures of Rohit Sharma kept on persisting with him. See the result. He scored double ton today.

  • POSTED BY Ray24 on | November 2, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Umar Amin should be dropped for Asad Shafiq. Asad is by far a more competent batsman than others youngsters. He should be given more and more exposure even if he fails as he will come good for sure. With Amin, we are just taking a chance based on favoritism and poor judgment. Nasir needs an extended run, as he has the capability. Drop Tanvir or Wahab for Junaid, as like Shafiq he needs more and more games.

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Hafeez and Shehzad should open. This team should be A Shehzad,M Hafeez,U Akmal, M Ul Haq, S Maqsood,S Afridi,A Rehman,S Ajmal,M Irfan,J Khan Jamshed out of form and amin is overrated.

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Series really should be 2-0 right now Pakistan need to learn to maximize their opportunities team. In terms of talent Pakistan are right up there with South Africa but the issue is with confidence and mental strength, South Africa has us beat by miles in those two very important aspects of the game. I miss the days of Wasim, Waqar,Inzi, Miandad, Imran and such when we were capable of winning the game from any given situation now we are capable of losing it from any given situation and its all due to lack of mental strength and confidence.

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Jamshed and Umar Amin should make way for Maqsood and Shafiq. And Pak is preparing spin pitches, whats the use of playing three fast bowlers? Add another spinner/batsman/allrounder.

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    The problem should not be addressed by dropping young talent. Let the guys between 20 - 25 play, let them learn , fall , fall and finally learn to stand up. Dropping will only dent their confidence.

    As highlighted by several posters, Umar Akmal has to be promoted.

    1. Jamshed 2. Shehzad 3. Misbah 4. Umar Akmal 5. Amin/Maqsood 6. Asad Shafiq (To control the rot , just incase of a landslide) 7. Afridi 8. Tanveer 9. Ajmal 10. Junaid 11. Irfan

    For this series.

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    yes they won but there were still areas of concerns in batting especially.

    Some body need to tell ahmed shehzad that the match lasts longer than a 50. he play well tell 50. and we have seen in WI, ZIM and 2 matches now, as soon as he scores 50, his concentration was gone.

    Hafeez again is back to old hafeez: pretty 20s-30s & thats it.

    Youngsters need to take some responsibility, Umar Akmal has been there for 4 years and played many matches. Yesterday they had 23 overs to do some thing.

    Umar Amin is highly talked about in media/board , not sure for what. but performances like this will not help.

    Nasir is talented but out of form. Last 11 odis 194 runs. & 3 t20s during this period only 31 runs. He needs some rest & should be worked with in academy.

    In batting they should give chance to maqsood, & Asad instead of nasir & Amin. or at least 1 change is must. Hafeez is already coming to bat in 1st 2-3 overs so he can open.

    In bowling ideally junaid should be in place of sohail/wahab

  • POSTED BY Bhatnaseer222 on | November 2, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    I believe pak r doing it wrong,they need to shuffle their batting,send hafeez and shazad as openers followed by jamshed amin misbah akmal afridi rehman tanvir ajmal and irfan

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    give nasir a lil time...i am ok with it but please promote umar akmal up the order so he starts to realise his importance to the cause of the team...all he does is score a quick 20-30 runs and get out...may be a lil extra tiime to play would bring the best in him...i know when he comes to the crease he usually does have a lot of overs to face but in essence he has pressure of the wickets that have fallen before him....and one thing that pakistan should do is bring another batsamn in the team to replace either tanvir or wahab...

  • POSTED BY Omarrz on | November 2, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    I'd like to see Asad in for Nasir. And Rehman in for Wahab. If RSA is struggling against spin then add one more to just knock them out mentally even before the start of match. Rehman is considered an all-rounder in the domestic circuit so even if he contributes 15-18 runs then it will be good for the team as well.

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Selection is major issue for pakistan 1) Hafeez should open with shehzad 2) Asad(inform) should come in place of nasir(out of form) 3) if wahab is not used for bowling then include sohaib maqsood to strengthen the fragile batting. it will also improve hitting power of pakistan. 4) The team should be: shehzad, hafeez, umar amin, misbah, umar akmal, asad shafiq, sohaib maqsood, afridi, sohail tanveer, ajmal, irfan. 5) if any main bowler has an off day, then umar amin and sohaib maqsood can bowl.

  • POSTED BY DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on | November 2, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    SA cricket team never dominated in asain conditions. They should play 3 test match series to prove their performance in sub-continent. They are beaten by srilankan when they toured last time (2-0), they draw 1-1 against pakistan recently and against india few years ago. They are GOOD but NOT BETTER. And also they lost odi very badly against srilanka recently and struggling against pak now. so clearly SA struggling to dominate bcz their inability to play spin.

  • POSTED BY EngineerKhan on | November 2, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    Bad thing about wins is that they conceal your weaknesses and get you complacent.

    Pakistan still have lot of areas to cover, like:

    1-) Ahmad Shehzad is playing too slow in ODIs. Hard to believe someone known as master of T20 around is having a Strike Rate of 67 in ODIs. (This is not Gavaskar or Boycott's era). Dubai pitches are slow, but still when facing new ball, you have more opportunities of scoring shots. He throws away the good start. This is where he needs coaching on pacing up his innings.

    2-) Hafeez was the only fluent batsman in the line-up. He needs to stay and make big score (hope he does soon)

    3-) Umar Akmal must come ahead of Umar Amin as both Misbah and Amin are slow batters (especially in start of innings) and given the slowness of tracks, its necessary to let Akmal get his eye in.

    4-) What is Wahab Riaz's role in the side?? They should replace him with Junaid and give him full quota of overs.

  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | November 2, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    sa won first match flukely, they are worst team than bangladesh and zimbabwe. If odi is only form of cricket, SA would be last ranking team in the list. When will SA learn to play spin bowling?

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  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | November 2, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    sa won first match flukely, they are worst team than bangladesh and zimbabwe. If odi is only form of cricket, SA would be last ranking team in the list. When will SA learn to play spin bowling?

  • POSTED BY EngineerKhan on | November 2, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    Bad thing about wins is that they conceal your weaknesses and get you complacent.

    Pakistan still have lot of areas to cover, like:

    1-) Ahmad Shehzad is playing too slow in ODIs. Hard to believe someone known as master of T20 around is having a Strike Rate of 67 in ODIs. (This is not Gavaskar or Boycott's era). Dubai pitches are slow, but still when facing new ball, you have more opportunities of scoring shots. He throws away the good start. This is where he needs coaching on pacing up his innings.

    2-) Hafeez was the only fluent batsman in the line-up. He needs to stay and make big score (hope he does soon)

    3-) Umar Akmal must come ahead of Umar Amin as both Misbah and Amin are slow batters (especially in start of innings) and given the slowness of tracks, its necessary to let Akmal get his eye in.

    4-) What is Wahab Riaz's role in the side?? They should replace him with Junaid and give him full quota of overs.

  • POSTED BY DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on | November 2, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    SA cricket team never dominated in asain conditions. They should play 3 test match series to prove their performance in sub-continent. They are beaten by srilankan when they toured last time (2-0), they draw 1-1 against pakistan recently and against india few years ago. They are GOOD but NOT BETTER. And also they lost odi very badly against srilanka recently and struggling against pak now. so clearly SA struggling to dominate bcz their inability to play spin.

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Selection is major issue for pakistan 1) Hafeez should open with shehzad 2) Asad(inform) should come in place of nasir(out of form) 3) if wahab is not used for bowling then include sohaib maqsood to strengthen the fragile batting. it will also improve hitting power of pakistan. 4) The team should be: shehzad, hafeez, umar amin, misbah, umar akmal, asad shafiq, sohaib maqsood, afridi, sohail tanveer, ajmal, irfan. 5) if any main bowler has an off day, then umar amin and sohaib maqsood can bowl.

  • POSTED BY Omarrz on | November 2, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    I'd like to see Asad in for Nasir. And Rehman in for Wahab. If RSA is struggling against spin then add one more to just knock them out mentally even before the start of match. Rehman is considered an all-rounder in the domestic circuit so even if he contributes 15-18 runs then it will be good for the team as well.

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    give nasir a lil time...i am ok with it but please promote umar akmal up the order so he starts to realise his importance to the cause of the team...all he does is score a quick 20-30 runs and get out...may be a lil extra tiime to play would bring the best in him...i know when he comes to the crease he usually does have a lot of overs to face but in essence he has pressure of the wickets that have fallen before him....and one thing that pakistan should do is bring another batsamn in the team to replace either tanvir or wahab...

  • POSTED BY Bhatnaseer222 on | November 2, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    I believe pak r doing it wrong,they need to shuffle their batting,send hafeez and shazad as openers followed by jamshed amin misbah akmal afridi rehman tanvir ajmal and irfan

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    yes they won but there were still areas of concerns in batting especially.

    Some body need to tell ahmed shehzad that the match lasts longer than a 50. he play well tell 50. and we have seen in WI, ZIM and 2 matches now, as soon as he scores 50, his concentration was gone.

    Hafeez again is back to old hafeez: pretty 20s-30s & thats it.

    Youngsters need to take some responsibility, Umar Akmal has been there for 4 years and played many matches. Yesterday they had 23 overs to do some thing.

    Umar Amin is highly talked about in media/board , not sure for what. but performances like this will not help.

    Nasir is talented but out of form. Last 11 odis 194 runs. & 3 t20s during this period only 31 runs. He needs some rest & should be worked with in academy.

    In batting they should give chance to maqsood, & Asad instead of nasir & Amin. or at least 1 change is must. Hafeez is already coming to bat in 1st 2-3 overs so he can open.

    In bowling ideally junaid should be in place of sohail/wahab

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    The problem should not be addressed by dropping young talent. Let the guys between 20 - 25 play, let them learn , fall , fall and finally learn to stand up. Dropping will only dent their confidence.

    As highlighted by several posters, Umar Akmal has to be promoted.

    1. Jamshed 2. Shehzad 3. Misbah 4. Umar Akmal 5. Amin/Maqsood 6. Asad Shafiq (To control the rot , just incase of a landslide) 7. Afridi 8. Tanveer 9. Ajmal 10. Junaid 11. Irfan

    For this series.

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Jamshed and Umar Amin should make way for Maqsood and Shafiq. And Pak is preparing spin pitches, whats the use of playing three fast bowlers? Add another spinner/batsman/allrounder.