Pakistan v South Africa, 1st Twenty20, Dubai November 13, 2013

South Africa seamers set up crushing win

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South Africa 99 for 1 (de Kock 48*, du Plessis 37*) beat Pakistan 98 for 9 (Akmal 49, Steyn 3-15) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Forget Twenty20. Two overs was enough to decide this contest.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Dale Steyn sliced through Pakistan's top order to effectively end the match before it had even properly begun. They drilled the holes from which Pakistan's structure collapsed, eventually succumbing to their fourth total under 100 in this format and giving their bowlers no chance.

While South Africa's attack used the short ball cleverly, poor shot selection accounted for most of Pakistan's undoing and none were guiltier than the three batsmen who were dismissed early. With non-existent footwork, they chased tempting deliveries placed outside the offstump and laced with a hint of swing.

Ahmed Shehzad flayed loosely and got a thick edge to slip, where Hashim Amla took a good catch. Sohaib Maqsood was equally irresponsible, proding at a Steyn delivery to give Quinton de Kock a simple chance. And Mohammad Hafeez did as expected, against Steyn. He tried to cut one that was just back of a length and also sent an edge de Kock's way.

Pakistan were 4 for 3 after two overs and there was no way back even after Shahid Afridi had been promoted to No.3. He watched the carnage from his end before launching Tsotsobe over mid-off to try and play his normal game.

Contrastingly, Shoaib Malik was not in the mood for any risks and saw off an entire Tsostobe over while remaining watchful against Ryan McLaren. While he ate up deliveries, Afridi grew impatient and when Tsotsobe gave him a short ball, he pulled it straight to deep-backward square leg.

Umar Akmal arrived with some defiance. He delicately played late to send McLaren to the fine leg boundary and found the gap on the leg side to drive Parnell. When Malik tried to show the same force, he played into Imran Tahir's plan. A wide ball, outside Malik's reach, enticed him out of his crease and when he missed, he was stumped.

Abdul Razzaq seemed as though he would be able to form a partnership with Akmal but holed out needlessly off McLaren. Tahir had a second stumping off a wide - this time by accident when he bowled one down the leg-side and Sohail Tanvir could not glance it away.

Akmal was Pakistan's last man standing and the only one who seemed at ease against the short ball. He accounted for half of Pakistan's total but in his haste to add a half-century to his feats for the evening, he was run out off the penultimate delivery for 49. At least Pakistan could take some consolation from batting out their overs. Defending 98 was always going to be tough but Pakistan made it harder for themselves when they missed a chance off the first ball. Hashim Amla edged to slip but Sohaib Maqsood barely moved. After Amla had played two classy drives, he moved across his stumps to whip Tanvir away but was bowled.

Quinton de Kock and Faf du Plessis looked set to finish things quickly as they reached 37 for 1 after five overs but were forced to be more careful against the spinners. They dragged the match past its halfway stage and then accelerated.

Abdur Rehman's first over went for 18 as du Plessis scooped him over Akmal's head and launched him down the ground. De Kock's good form from the one-day series continued. He smoked the ball over midwicket for six, twice. Two more fours took him within two runs of his fifty but he let du Plessis hit the winning run. The pair went on to add 83.

South Africa won the match with five and half overs remaining and sent a powerful message ahead of the remaining fixture in the UAE and the two return legs back home.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Noman-205 on November 13, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    Major lack of confidence the Pakistan team is facing of late and with confidence levels so low running through the entire team, it is impossible for them to win against any team in the world right now. The performance given in the T20 game earlier was poor. The batting has to take 80% of the blame. The irresponsible seniors like Afridi are taking up space that could be used to nurture new and young talent, but having said that, the new talent that is being given chances are not proving themselves on the International stage either. With confidence levels so low and players of great talent not performing, one can only hope for a miracle win to go Pakistan team's way which may spark a glimpse or a hope of a confidence boost in the team that can start learning to at least challenge their oppositions and victories may just follow. The greatest bowling attack in the world one might say nevertheless.

  • on November 15, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Pakistan needs technically and mentally sold players those can observe the pressure of opponent with calm head and quick response but unfortunately we don,t have players like Dhoni , Inzimam ,Ranatunga ,Michel Baven and Sangakara's class.We don,t have any finisher . Misbah is too slow with limited shots and Hafeez is so confuse and under pressure , Afridi is irresponsible, Umar is Over active with less sense. Nasir is nerves. Malik never deserve. Razzaq to slow. Maqsood not good fielder but a good batsman.Shehzad is good.Tanveer I think never deserve in team.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 15, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Can Pakistan be bold enough to try out new players for teh South African tour, Can they rest Misbah, Hafeez, Afridi, Malik, Razzag, Tanvir and Ajmal. Can the selectors show the guts to include deserving domestic players like Sharjeel Khan, Harris Sohail, Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan, M. Talha, Sami Aslam,Osman Salahudin and Rameez Raja Jr. Come on selectors time for you to be honest and pick up a team who can show to the world that we were and we are world beaters. Worse comes worse we will lose but thats what we having been doing for so long now, we can see at the brighter side, we might un-earth some new talented players for the future.

  • on November 15, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    Bring in Hammad Azam and make him the skipper! He has the talent, the confidence and the guts! Just show trust on him as much as you have shown on Misbah and see if he did not turn it around like Dhoni did with India!

  • Ramu444 on November 14, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    I think this should be an eye opener for all those people who were blaming Misbah for defensive mindset.by the way there was no Misbah in this match was there any difference,the performance was worst.i am sure if Misbah had wasted the same number of balls wasted by that Mr Sania Mirza then all the comments would be saying is just because of Misbah .SA will win the next match comfortably as well.and if Hafeez has any self respect and self esteem he should retire from international cricket.

  • on November 14, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Domestic T20 Batting Averages of current players Mohammad Hafeez 28, Ahmed Shehzad 32, Sohaib Maqsood 29, Umar Amin 26, Shoaib Malik 39, Umar Akmal 27, Afridi 19, Abdul-Razzaq 27, Abdur Rehman 9, Sohail Tanvir 15, Junaid Khan 6, Mohammad Irfan 8,Saeed Ajmal 8. (Others: Misbah-ul-Haq 37,Younis Khan 27,Kamran Akmal 26,Fawad Alam 27,Nasir Jamshed27,Imran Nazir29)

    International T20 Batting Averages of these players Mohammad Hafeez 25, Ahmed Shehzad 32, Sohaib Maqsood 26, Umar Amin 23, Shoaib Malik 24, Umar Akmal 27, Afridi 18, Abdul Razzaq 23, Abdur Rehman 8, Sohail Tanvir 8, Junaid Khan 6, Mohammad Irfan 4, Saeed Ajmal 8. (Other: Misbah-ul-Haq 38,Younis Khan 22,Kamran Akmal 22,Fawad Alam 18,Nasir Jamshed 22,Imran Nazir 22)

    Other T20 Domestic Batting Players: Taufeeq Umar 42,Hasan Raza 32,Shahzaib Hasan 29,Asif Ali 29

    Its amazing Misbah-ul-Haq has best Averages in t20 domestic & Intern @ sr rate of 110 & Taufeeq tops domestics.Domestic & intern averages near 2 same 4 all players

  • gyusuf6 on November 14, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Please instead of criticizing the all rounders people should blame the batsmen specially the top orders, i.e., Hafiz, Shehzad, Maqsood, NOT AKMAL!!!!!HAFIZ should not be in the team at all let alone The Captaincy!!! He opens but have no clue to think like an opener, can't face the swings, pace, turn and also have a lack of patience as being a Captain. Plainly, He is a Joke of a batsman let alone an opener. I solely blame Hafiz for the Pak batting catastrophy. Simple, He needs to go!!!!

  • Solid_Snake on November 14, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    There's only one solution to this problem..Get rid of all the players who are eyeing for the Captaincy.Hafeez,Afridi,Malik & Akmal should be kicked out of the team immediately.PCB have to go for such harsh decisions or else things would always be like that.

  • aliveforcricket on November 14, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    The whole series has been the nightmare of our emotions and love for the cricket. T20 match loss is the height of embarrassment, i have felt all my life. Being cricket lover, game is my one aim of living, second wife, dear daughter and dear son. I have played all my life and especially all levels in pak and just cannot believe, our batsman cannot play LEFT ARMERS or OUT SWING. Hafeez should only needs to learn, to play aggressively, why he seemed scared all the time. new ball or OLD ball, please donnot be afraid... just see a ball and strike... Team lack self believe and passive approach is KILLING them... Can some one teach these guys OFFENCE IS THE BEST DEFENCE.... Hafeez please feel the embarrassment STYN action showed, we donot need professors, WE NEED COURAGEOUS PLAYERS WHO CAN KEEP THE CRICKET PASSION ALIVE FOR US

  • ICCexpert.... on November 14, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Sharjeel Khan the most prolific run scorer and the most gifted and aggressive batsman of Pakistan right now. But the selectors cant see that. Misbah says we dont have an alrounder, but did he do justice to the number on run scorer and a nice medium pace bowler Hammad Azam ? he was treated so badly, so how can they make an alrounder ? harris Sohail, look at his domestic average, he is million times better than Malik, Hafeez and Afridi, but the selectors keep dropping him without even lettign him play. This is Pakistan cricket for in a nutshell.

  • Noman-205 on November 13, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    Major lack of confidence the Pakistan team is facing of late and with confidence levels so low running through the entire team, it is impossible for them to win against any team in the world right now. The performance given in the T20 game earlier was poor. The batting has to take 80% of the blame. The irresponsible seniors like Afridi are taking up space that could be used to nurture new and young talent, but having said that, the new talent that is being given chances are not proving themselves on the International stage either. With confidence levels so low and players of great talent not performing, one can only hope for a miracle win to go Pakistan team's way which may spark a glimpse or a hope of a confidence boost in the team that can start learning to at least challenge their oppositions and victories may just follow. The greatest bowling attack in the world one might say nevertheless.

  • on November 15, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Pakistan needs technically and mentally sold players those can observe the pressure of opponent with calm head and quick response but unfortunately we don,t have players like Dhoni , Inzimam ,Ranatunga ,Michel Baven and Sangakara's class.We don,t have any finisher . Misbah is too slow with limited shots and Hafeez is so confuse and under pressure , Afridi is irresponsible, Umar is Over active with less sense. Nasir is nerves. Malik never deserve. Razzaq to slow. Maqsood not good fielder but a good batsman.Shehzad is good.Tanveer I think never deserve in team.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 15, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    Can Pakistan be bold enough to try out new players for teh South African tour, Can they rest Misbah, Hafeez, Afridi, Malik, Razzag, Tanvir and Ajmal. Can the selectors show the guts to include deserving domestic players like Sharjeel Khan, Harris Sohail, Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan, M. Talha, Sami Aslam,Osman Salahudin and Rameez Raja Jr. Come on selectors time for you to be honest and pick up a team who can show to the world that we were and we are world beaters. Worse comes worse we will lose but thats what we having been doing for so long now, we can see at the brighter side, we might un-earth some new talented players for the future.

  • on November 15, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    Bring in Hammad Azam and make him the skipper! He has the talent, the confidence and the guts! Just show trust on him as much as you have shown on Misbah and see if he did not turn it around like Dhoni did with India!

  • Ramu444 on November 14, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    I think this should be an eye opener for all those people who were blaming Misbah for defensive mindset.by the way there was no Misbah in this match was there any difference,the performance was worst.i am sure if Misbah had wasted the same number of balls wasted by that Mr Sania Mirza then all the comments would be saying is just because of Misbah .SA will win the next match comfortably as well.and if Hafeez has any self respect and self esteem he should retire from international cricket.

  • on November 14, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Domestic T20 Batting Averages of current players Mohammad Hafeez 28, Ahmed Shehzad 32, Sohaib Maqsood 29, Umar Amin 26, Shoaib Malik 39, Umar Akmal 27, Afridi 19, Abdul-Razzaq 27, Abdur Rehman 9, Sohail Tanvir 15, Junaid Khan 6, Mohammad Irfan 8,Saeed Ajmal 8. (Others: Misbah-ul-Haq 37,Younis Khan 27,Kamran Akmal 26,Fawad Alam 27,Nasir Jamshed27,Imran Nazir29)

    International T20 Batting Averages of these players Mohammad Hafeez 25, Ahmed Shehzad 32, Sohaib Maqsood 26, Umar Amin 23, Shoaib Malik 24, Umar Akmal 27, Afridi 18, Abdul Razzaq 23, Abdur Rehman 8, Sohail Tanvir 8, Junaid Khan 6, Mohammad Irfan 4, Saeed Ajmal 8. (Other: Misbah-ul-Haq 38,Younis Khan 22,Kamran Akmal 22,Fawad Alam 18,Nasir Jamshed 22,Imran Nazir 22)

    Other T20 Domestic Batting Players: Taufeeq Umar 42,Hasan Raza 32,Shahzaib Hasan 29,Asif Ali 29

    Its amazing Misbah-ul-Haq has best Averages in t20 domestic & Intern @ sr rate of 110 & Taufeeq tops domestics.Domestic & intern averages near 2 same 4 all players

  • gyusuf6 on November 14, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Please instead of criticizing the all rounders people should blame the batsmen specially the top orders, i.e., Hafiz, Shehzad, Maqsood, NOT AKMAL!!!!!HAFIZ should not be in the team at all let alone The Captaincy!!! He opens but have no clue to think like an opener, can't face the swings, pace, turn and also have a lack of patience as being a Captain. Plainly, He is a Joke of a batsman let alone an opener. I solely blame Hafiz for the Pak batting catastrophy. Simple, He needs to go!!!!

  • Solid_Snake on November 14, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    There's only one solution to this problem..Get rid of all the players who are eyeing for the Captaincy.Hafeez,Afridi,Malik & Akmal should be kicked out of the team immediately.PCB have to go for such harsh decisions or else things would always be like that.

  • aliveforcricket on November 14, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    The whole series has been the nightmare of our emotions and love for the cricket. T20 match loss is the height of embarrassment, i have felt all my life. Being cricket lover, game is my one aim of living, second wife, dear daughter and dear son. I have played all my life and especially all levels in pak and just cannot believe, our batsman cannot play LEFT ARMERS or OUT SWING. Hafeez should only needs to learn, to play aggressively, why he seemed scared all the time. new ball or OLD ball, please donnot be afraid... just see a ball and strike... Team lack self believe and passive approach is KILLING them... Can some one teach these guys OFFENCE IS THE BEST DEFENCE.... Hafeez please feel the embarrassment STYN action showed, we donot need professors, WE NEED COURAGEOUS PLAYERS WHO CAN KEEP THE CRICKET PASSION ALIVE FOR US

  • ICCexpert.... on November 14, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Sharjeel Khan the most prolific run scorer and the most gifted and aggressive batsman of Pakistan right now. But the selectors cant see that. Misbah says we dont have an alrounder, but did he do justice to the number on run scorer and a nice medium pace bowler Hammad Azam ? he was treated so badly, so how can they make an alrounder ? harris Sohail, look at his domestic average, he is million times better than Malik, Hafeez and Afridi, but the selectors keep dropping him without even lettign him play. This is Pakistan cricket for in a nutshell.

  • on November 14, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Why are ppl blaming Razzak & Malik. They just came in, give them some breathing space. Alot of you ppl were complaining that why Razzak is not in team & now when he is in, you say "Why is he in" :) ..human nature. Always complaining. Team needs support & confidence, so back them up. They have this psychological pressure which they need to over come. So cheer up Pak team !

  • ICCexpert.... on November 14, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    please please please select Sharjeel Khan, Hammad Azam, Harris Sohail. Why is PCB recycling old and tested failures like Malik, Afridi and Razzaq....why ???????

  • on November 14, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Pakistani players are not playing for team and country,they are distributed in groups Pakistani cricketers should learn from South Africa and India,SINDH province of Pakistan has so much talent but Sindhi players are ignored,PCB should select a new team and select players from all over Pakistan then no any team of world can beat us.

  • stormy16 on November 14, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Pak outplayed on all fronts by a classy SA team but it's hard to workout where Pakistan are going wrong with so much talent around! Yes the batting is a bit of a concern but have they got the right blokes on the park. What on earth is Shoab Maliks role in the side? He played so many one dayers for such a long time and did very little to be selected but continued to do so and now he is appearing in the T20 side. He is not a T20 player and if its experience they are seeking look no further than Misba and Younis. Abdu Razaak is not far behind but he atleast offers two genuine T20 skills but running out of gas.

  • Sports4Youth on November 14, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    PLEASE STOP RECYCLING OLD FAILURES. If you want better result do something better. If you cant do better then atleast try to do something new. There are so many players who have great numbers at the first class, List A & T20 levels, when will those numbers be respected? And if the PCB does not intend on doing so then why ask the younsgers to prove themselves there?

  • Stark62 on November 14, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    @ TommytuckerSaffa Believe it or not but the entire playing 11 selected yesterday, can bowl.

    Shezhad has bowled in intl. cricket, U. Akmal bowled for the U19's and it is rumoured Maqsood can bowl a doosra, heck even Amin can bowl and has taken 3 wickets in his 4 Test matches at 21.00.

    All in all, all of them can turn their arm over (except Jamshed) like Faf or Elgar do for SA.

  • AmanullahHussaini on November 14, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    no doubts world class batsman all of them here like hafeez, malik,afridi but surprising here all world class worst performance.very hartfull performancfe.need a big change here no senior no junior only one think select base on performance

  • chechong0114 on November 14, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Great vision by ESPN Cricinfo to advertise the Pakistan, South Africa series in such a BIG way on this website. This is the kind of vision that cricket needs and hats of to u guys for taking the initiative to do it, awesome!

  • halflife13 on November 14, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Finally T20 results are same as well, selectors they are still sitting in the past and bring the players like Razzaq and Malik back. They excluded Razzaq when he was performing well on what grounds only God knows. Great Mr Malik, no performance again but playing for Pakistan. I think the selectors have lost their senses. We are listening for a long time now we don't have talent what about players like Hamad Azam and Yasir Araft. These results show that we Pakistani are not honest in any field, this is only cricket. Selectors are not doing their job with honesty and the player, even if they are getting the opportunity, no performance. Do you thing we going in the right direction????????????? Both World cups are around the corner.

  • afaques on November 14, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    its seems pak have no any other players so he always plays with tanvir,shoib malik,afridi,hafeez,abdur rahman,wahab ryaz,razzaq.who will perform good is t pcb not take in the team

  • 2nd_Slip on November 14, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Another thing that i feel has contributed to Paks poor showing in the limited overs series thus far is the fact that Pak team and fans alike have under estimated SA capabilities in limited overs cricket which is something you must never do nor matter the rankings.

  • xylofon on November 14, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Pak lost because they didnt play Nasir Jamshed who can fail twice and get sidelined for several matches unlike Afridi/Akmal/Hafeez/Razzaq/Malik who can fail miserably over and over and over again and still be let in.

    And why is Tanvir being chosen over Junaid Khan?

    New batsmen are needed, they said before the match they want to decide who plays in the T20 WC. So wheres Sharjeel Khan, Hammad Azam, Haris Sohail?

    All of these issues, batting averages from the domestic league, poor selection of players , horrible domestic setup etc is ALL PCB´S FAULT. Its really that simple. If you have incompetent people like at the top things will never be right in the end, we won against india and thought everything was right. ITS NOT.

    And should we cheer for a team who gets saved each time (from performances from Ajmal/bowling) so PCB & bad players who keep getting selected can keep getting away with it?

    Lastly, who not Misbah test captain, Hafeez ODI and Afridi T20 but never together?

  • Solid_Snake on November 14, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    What's up with Afridi.Played 300+ matches but still one Short pitch ball & he gets out on that.When will he understand that you dont need to hit all short pitch deliveries.Even a kid can get him out..If we had all 11 young players in our team & getting out on 99 runs..It would have been better than what we got now..all old & experienced play doing nothing but coming in & then marching off the ground after a few mins..At least the youngsters would have gained some experience.What good are these experienced players if they cannot do anything good for their country.

  • mzm149 on November 14, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Its time for arranging another bilateral series with India. Last time we played with them with pretty much the same team our batting performed better and we won. Ishant Sharma, Ashok Dinda and co. will give confidence to our batting. But wait, the batsman who scored two centuries in three ODIs and was man of the series has been sidelined now.

  • PureProteas49 on November 14, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    @Asim Rao, Are you really sure about that? The last time we toured Pakistan (Gary K was still playing) we beat you, Once again in a certain ODI you collapsed, If you cant beat us in the UAE I am not sure where you can beat us

  • Pak_Green on November 14, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    When Hafeez said "the results of t20 series will be different .." I had no doubt that he is right as the result of a two match series can never be a 4-1 thrashing, as in the ODI series, though wished that Hafeez is proved wrong but Oh My God he was spot on when he predicted .. so be ready for a 2-0 or even 4-0 result this time BUT certainly not a 4-1 result.

    A very disappointed Pakistan Team supporter ..

  • on November 14, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Wow Shoaib Malik wasted 5 overs if he wanted to get out why did he stick around and waste so many balls? Why couldn't he get out faster grrrr at least akmal and party could have gotten more time. Was he playing a test match? :@

  • Karthik78 on November 14, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Why pak is still stick with old players, Afridi, Hafeez, shoaib and Abdur? Don't they have good young people? If they would have tried young players, the result can't worse than this. At least they may find good batsmen or their youngsters would have got some experience. Afridi is very lucky to be pakistani else, he would have shown door if he is in other team. Afridi and hafeez should be removed and then Pak will start to win

  • aamir2194 on November 14, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    with 2 proper batsman Ahmad Shahzad and sohaib maqsood(umar akmal keeper) no team won any format of match. Question is why you play with future of youngsters like junaid and maqsood?... junaid is dropped from 3 ODI and play 2 matches perform better than tanvir and he is dropped again from T20, what confidence he gain from that and maqsood is not an opner, hafeez send him to open to avoid his weakness to face steyn like asad shafiq who also perform well on no. 4,5 but they send him opner in 3 matches his confidence shake..........SO Please misbah, hafeez and whatmore please leave pakistan cricket......and where is umar gul nowadays

  • Romanticstud on November 14, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    I think Pakistan must sort out their problems at home ... So they can start playing at home again because it seems as if they on holiday in the UAE ... Maybe then Afridi might get back his bowling and batting form and Pakistan can play normal cricket ...

  • on November 14, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    junaid will be doomed already doomed.

  • alwayskric on November 14, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    Thoroughly disheartening to see Pakistan offlate.Richly talented,spectacular side with a lot of variety,but as of now gone with the wind.The governing body in disarray,issues over coach,players selection prejudice all adds salt to wound.time for rebuilding a young side.

    my ideal ODI team - Sharjeel Khan,Ahmad Shehzad,Umar Akmal (Vice Capt & Wk),S.Maqsood,,F.Alam,H.Sohail,A.Razzaq (Capt),Anwar Ali,S.Ajmal,Junaid han,M.Irfan.

    Test - Taufeeq,Fawad.Alam,Younis,Misbah,Asim Kamal,Umar Amin,Hafeez,Kamran (wk),S.Ajmal,Junaid han,M.Irfan

    Head Coach - Zaheer Abbas, Batting - Inzamam Bowling - Wasim Akram

  • manii-ji on November 14, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Why pakistan lost this game, because south africa had planned to just bowl short pitched deleveries. They knew that pakistan players will struggle to play short pitched deleveries. Only umar akmal managed to play south africas bowling. Afridi swinged his bat on every ball, it seemed like he is exercising and trying to find out how to play a shot. If you put razzaq at no.7 then dont expect more than 10 runs. Razzaq is an excellent hitter in t20 and if you send him out at no. 3 or 4 then he will deliver. Playing with eight bowlers, is that a bowling competition or what? You need to add more batsmen not bowlers, pakistans batting is already weak so add some proper batsmens in the team...

  • ICCexpert.... on November 14, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    good decision, make Yunis captain and give him a young team, Sharjeel Khan, Harris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood, Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan and M. Talha. Drop, Hafiz, Malik, Razzaq and Afridi.

  • on November 14, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    @asamrao even rsa are not playing in their backyard mate.its not about venue rather its all about pure cricket.

  • on November 14, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    It was a pathetic display by pakistan yesterday including poor captaincy and poor team selection. They should pick 7 batsmen and 4 bowlers (irfan, junaid, ajmal and any other who deserves). They are playing road cricket as always, need to have proper technique and patience or else they will be doomed for sure

  • on November 14, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Actually Misbha is asked to do rest for SA tour by PCB,seriously every sports is in miserable condition coz of no international games in Pak so rather than finding other failure's factors PCB need to work out on this issue. If same SA would have visit of Lahore,Pindi or Khi then styen will hammered like IPL. Pak is playing home series away from home..

  • on November 14, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Between current featured comment right now from "nouman" is very negative one whereas a positive note of Pakistan's cricket's bright prospects and good hours of hard work written earlier featured comment is no longer visible, Please put it back there again its needed as that itself gives the confidence the players need instead of nouman comments i quote " it is impossible for them to win against any team in the world right now" & " an absolute joke in all departments of the game" this is no confidence boosting or is it? . Thanks :')

  • on November 14, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Make younis khan captain of odi and test team,............ cricinfo please publish.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on November 14, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Everytime I watch Afidi bat, I realise he isn't a batsman. Why did PAK field 8 bowlers in a T20 game?

  • on November 14, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    @ Saad Amjad. I'm reading the comments and strangely you seem to be the only one thinking as I am. Give the young guys time. Jamshed for one . From what I've seen he can become a great player. The there is Maqsood and Shezad. Experience and application is all that these guys need. The chopping and changing does the team no good. The opportunity for players like Jamshed to soak up some knowledge from Misbah, Younis and Afridi would be now. Give them the time they need to develope - not the older players who after years, still do not seem to be able to make the step up. Remember: Kallis, AB. Amla was not instant successes - they became great players with application and perseverance. All the best Pakistan.

  • rock.rockyin on November 14, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    pakistan not willing to change the old players is what bothering the nation.. Indians were poor in 2011 2012 in test cricket..whitewashed..and in an year the whole team was revamped... it doesnt matter if they acheive results in future.. atleast if someone is willing to change ....the results will follow ...

  • Julzio on November 14, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Can we please play against other countries for a change...the no.1 Test cricket team in the world needs better practice than this!!! India or something just better!!!

  • pakfanfromnepal on November 14, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Credit goes to SA for this aggressive bowling. They set the tone with wicket of inform Shazhad and Maqsood. Stayn and co. bowled with plan and well backed up but Tanir and Mclaran…they fielded brilliantly and held all the catches and batsman did rest of the work. In addition, the team selection is also very good.

    On other hand the Team selection of Pakistan is questionable so as the batting order. The weakness is batting and they opted for more bowlers. Maqsood is doing great job in ODIs at no. 3 but he is promoted for opening. Junaid khan is better than Tanvir but he didn't get the chance. I would have given chance to both Nasir Jamsade and Junaid Khan. Hafeez again failed to Stayn….He has to bat at No. 6 or 7. Also the technique against short-pitch balling is again exposed and SA used it exceptionally. ….Saying that PAK have to think out of this skin to compete with SA again…..Congralutation SA and Good luck PAK...

  • shiyammbbs on November 14, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    This is best ever Pakistan side for future . Test side: 1.Taufeeq Umar, 2.kuraam Manzoor, 3.Yonus Khan 4.Umar Akmal(Wk), 5.Misbha(Cap), 6.M. Hafeez, 7. A.Safiq, 8.Saeed Ajmal 9.Junaid Khan, 10.U.Gul, 11.A.Rahuman/ M. Irfan

    ODI & T20 side: 1.A.shezhad, 2.U.Akmal(Wk) 3.Maqsood, 4.S.Malik(Cap), 5.Misbha, 6.M.Hafeez, 7.S.Afridi, 8.A.Azam, 9.U.Gul, 10.S.Ajmal, 11.J.Khan/M.Irfan

    Umar Akmal Want to play top op the order he is the lot of talent & very good Technique, Hafeez is Very good Middle order player

    team Coach : Moosin Khan , Bowling Coach: Wasim Akram , Batting Coach : Inzamam Ul Haq

    pls post the my comments this is the pakistan future cricket

  • on November 14, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Pakistan is seriously lacking some support from their batsmen. Its really a shame that a country where cricket is nothing short of a religion, some deserving candidates do not get the chance. Steyn has had Hafeez's number right from the word go. And his celebration of that wicket said it all. This was the reason why Hafeez demoted himself down the order that he would not have to face the venom of Steyn with the new ball. But i think he underestimated the power of his own team. Bad shot selection, wrong shuffles in the batting order, lack of self confidence, drop catches, too many loose deliveries for a low total defense. Pakistan had too many cracks in their boat. It just had to sink. Hope PCB learns from this. Instead of changing the coach, why dont you try changing the batting order because the batsmen have started taking their spots for granted.

  • Julzio on November 14, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Its one thing getting whipped in your own backyard but with your own weapons is sad! That said... What type of competition has 2 matches anyways....scared from the start plus thats just to show how much faith PCB has in their team. What a confidence boost!!

  • on November 14, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    i was listening to aftermatch commentary on Supersport and one thing was said that even the previous pakistan teams had the same problem, not the coach but the culture of the team, when pakistan won the world cup they had a strong leader thereafter it was down hill they dont listen to the coach they decide who will play and not improve their weak points. i mean pakistan has a great bowling attack, so why cant the batsmen face their own bowlers in training and rectify their faults, so i think the fault lies with the culture of the team thats why its always been said before a match "i wonder which pakistan team will play today" as a saffa ive always regretted that our team does not like attacking batsmen in the fold of klusener, quinton comes close with his youthfull exuberance that said tahir is just a joy to watch steyn well nothing i can add at all, but realy pakistani team culture needs to change and listen to the coaches

  • Basil777 on November 14, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Dont need say anything as a Protea supporter this performance just confirms our believe in our team and their ability we are the best in the world when we get it right. Sorry Pak its going to be tough for you this next few weeks ahead

  • on November 14, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    where is all the Pakistani fans who sai in the beginning of the tour that they woul win everything. Tests, oi's and t20's. As I said then. lets see after the tour is done.

  • mthi4life on November 14, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    Pakistan have a world class bowling unit which needs a few runs from their batsman in order to defend a total.I think 135 would have been an interesting total.Well done to my team the Proteas but the must be careful not to under estimate Pakistan's bowling attack.

  • bouncer709 on November 14, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    Change the captains in all formats, T20, ODI and Test, the one and only solution. The only player who can bring back the confidence in the team as a captain is Younis Khan.

  • Marktc on November 14, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    It always amuses me when they say that the batsman gave their wickets away from silly shots....could it also be seen as the bowling was so tight that forced them into playing daft shots...South Africa play good cricket, but never seem to get the credit they deserve. It is always seen as the opposition lose the game as opposed to SA winning it..

  • Cricket_Man on November 14, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    The coach should be either Michael Bevan, Chris Harris, Stephen Fleming, Justin Langer or Graham Thorpe. No local coaches please!! Mohammad Akram and Fountain should remain as bowling and fielding coaches and Saeed Anwar should be persuaded to become batting coach. Local coaches aren't aware of the international growth and mechanism of cricket, they play politics and don't allow players to be selected on merit. Chief Selector should be Majid Khan and their should be regional selectors for each region. For Sindh Rashid Latif, for Punjab Aqib Javed and same for KPK and Balochistan. Chairman PCB should be Asad Omar who always means business and has a clean background. National Cricket Academy should be handed over to Mudassir Nazar and should be fully utilized. More and more A and under 19 tours should take place and youngsters should be fully developed at NCA. No place for Intikhab Alam as he is over-aged. Domestic Cricket Operations should be handed over to Aamir Sohail.

  • on November 14, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Don't Worry Guys This Team will Allah willing win the second T20 comfortably , this current t20 team selection is above average selection looking at younger players there records just match so close to these current players or less. This was same team that recently won against SA in SA in T20. There were few things that coach hasn't addressed No Game Plan,Short BALL practice , Taking singles/doubles revise the techniques with players & lastly in difficult times if you cant take singles don't start playing at every ball yet still make your shot selection with good thought recollection and importantly influenced by pressure loosing wickets puts your team 10 times in worse situation then loosing few balls. The Dismissal of Shoaib Malik by Imran Tahir was well planned so this proved to me SA had plans for all Pakistan players probably looking back at their dismissals of past & they were easily to carry out as Pak players were not vigilant as their minds was stressed of recent ODI series.

  • on November 14, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    As I predicted, the outcome was spot on South Africa is too good for the weak pakis in ever aspect Miserable batting, bowling once again after failing numerous of times before Poor leading from Hafeez poor team selection by not adding more batsmen in the squad on a good batting surface, only good thing they ever did was to add shoaib and razzaq to the squad but too late wasting a good 4-5 years of razzaqs career would have been a good alrounder, they doing it now with imran Nazir he could be a good t20 specialist if given consistent chance and worked on good asset, pakistan wont get better but get more worse in years to come.

  • Cricket_Man on November 14, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    Hafeez should play in all formats BUT at no.6 ONLY and should be bowled regularly. Misbah should continue to captain Tests where Azhar Ali should be his deputy so that he can be groomed for Test captaincy. In ODIs Misbah should captain till 2015 world cup and Hafeez should remain vice captain. In T20s Hafeez should stay as captain and Shahzad should be his vice captain. U. Akmal should play as keeper-batsman in T20s and ODIs. Adnan should keep in Tests. However, Jamal Anwar and Mohammad Rizwan should be developed as keeper-batsman. Irfan and Junaid should be opening bowling pair in all formats. Junaid needs to work on his in-swing though. Ajmal should be a bit more aggressive with his field positions.

  • PureProteas49 on November 14, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    I find it quite interesting that there are hardly any comments from South African fans here, With that said I have to say my piece, this game was over before it even started, That was decided by Dale and Lopsy in the first 2 overs, It was as if we were up against a side that had never held a bat or a ball in there lives before, What will Pakistan's plan for Friday be, Do they have a plan? Guaranteed we will be coming at you just as hard if not harder, We now have a series to win, Have a great day all, Cheers

  • on November 14, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    8 bowlers in a T20 match huh give me a break!What can these 8 bowlers can do when the batsmen get out on just 98.I thought that Hafeez was scared of Steyn thats why he didn't come out to bat at no 3.Afridi isn't a batsman now so he should bat at 8 and selectors should include sharjeel khan,babar azam,sadaf hussain and raza hasan.The t20 team should be:1.Ahmed Shehzad 2.Mohammad Hafeez 3.Sohaib Maqsood 4.Babar Azam 5.Shoaib Malik 6.Umar Akmal 7.Abdul Razzaq 8.Shahid Afridi 9.Saeed Ajmal 10.Sadaf Hussain/Mohammad Talha 11.Mohammad Irfan

  • Cricket_Man on November 14, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    If this is how they are going to bat then me and my street-cricket mates can play for Pakistan. We would bat better than these guys. Sometimes I feel sorry for them, sometimes I just wonder when are they going to retire. Yes times are tough for Pakistan because of the administrative issues in PCB, guys getting banned and not playing at home. But how can this performance be pardonable especially if it is repeated so many times in the past few months. PCB needs to show some courage and ask players like Afridi, Malik and Razzaq to retire. A talent hunt program should specifically be started to find a genuine all-rounder as Tanvir is not an all-rounder. In fact Tanvir should be dropped as his performances are very weak. Jamshed and Shahzad should be given "PERMANENT" opening spots for the ODIs and T20s and Khurram and Shan for the Tests. Maqsood should be given a very long run at no 3 spot in ODIs and T20s. He should not be hurried into Tests. Please post.

  • on November 14, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    Afrisi's good innings is like Halley's comet.. once in 75 innings :-\

  • on November 14, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    I think yest selection was fine but the team is quite shaky wrt confidence. So they have to clear up their minds & do a right shot selection. Ahmed Shahzad who was performing is also feeling the heat. So they have to relax & bat.

    Also Hafeez should come after Steyn finishes his quota. & they have to work on how to handle a short ball. Some batting expert can give them that tip. Well really feel bad for spectators who pay & goto stadium to watch these matches.

  • on November 14, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    I wanted to comment something about my favorite team Pakistan,this is what it is an outlet to frustration or happiness But I couldn't come up with anything.But there is one thing that I will say I am not going out of my way changing my schedules to watch them play I have had it.

  • Biso on November 14, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    You cannot play international cricket with so many players who are some kinda bowlers and a bit of batsman. Is this the only feasible selection strategy?

  • Biso on November 14, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    I sometimes wonder , how can an international team's batting be so pathetic? How is it possible to consistently underachieve as batsmen? Considering the fact that Pakistan's bowlers are certainly good their batsmen must have had enough exposure to quality bowling at the domestic level. But, what is dished out by the batsmen, frequently, is mind boggling. The only time the Pakistan batsmen make any honest effort to bat is when they are playing India. Now, that is more to do with spirit than any skills. I fear the Pakistan bowlers are natural and are produced despite lack of domestic support while development of batsmen requires far more inputs at all levels ( which is obviously missing ) and hence, the results show. How else do you explain the difference between bowling and batting abilities. The current Pakistan team has NO, I repeat NO batsmen of international level.

  • on November 14, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    Look it's simple. When Pakistan as a nation was thriving our cricked team was doing well. Now that we have been reduced in stature the last thing we could have been proud of is withering away! Someone asked me that why does the National cricket team of Pakistan lack discipline? The answer is straight forward. We as a nation lack discipline and that translate into our cricket. The same thing happened to our hockey team, squash players and so on an so forth. Our cricket has gown down the tubes and if we want to win again we would have to correct ourselves as a nation. No one is accountable for anything in Pakistan anymore so why should our cricket be held to a different standard. Look at India, they are rising as a nation and their cricket follows suit. This is my opinion,if you disagree please be civil about it.

  • on November 14, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    If I was a selector of Pakistan National Team, this is what I would do. I would select these 2 teams and let them battle in best of 5 games to select a national team.

    Team 1: Taufeeq Umar (Avg 41.95) Imran Nazir (Avg 28.88) Sami Aslam (Avg 49.26) Fawad Alam (Cptn) (Avg 45.85) Babar Azam (Avg 63.66) Haris Sohail (Avg 62.57) Rehan Afridi (Avg 43.76)l (wk) Hammad Azam (Bwlr)(Avg 63.00) Ehsan Adil (Bwlr) (Avg 49.00) Junaid Khan (Bwlr) (Avg 45.33) Hasan Raza (Bwlr) (Avg 25.66)

    Team 2: Pakistan's Current Team Ahmed Shahzad (Avg 31.47) Mohammad Hafeez (Captain)(Bat Avg 28.62)(Bwlr 34.50) Sohaib Maqsood (Avg 54.50) Shoaib Malik (Bat Avg 38.72) (Bwlr 36.36) Umar Akmal (Wk) (Avg 37.22) Shahid Afridi (Bat Avg 23.31) (Bwlr 33.68) Abdul Razzaq (Bat Avg 29.70) (Bwlr 31.83) Sohail Tanvir (Bwlr 34.33) Abdur Rehman (Bwlr 36.41) Saeed Ajmal (Bwlr 22.47) Mohammad Irfan (45.33)

    To find the right team before World T20 in 4 months, its essential for Pakistan to start looking for right combination.

  • MShariq on November 14, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    Pakistan still have time to send back Afridi, Hafeez and Shoaib Malik and bring back Misbah and other young blood if they want to win in any game

  • PUNJABISTAN on November 14, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    The Team is a TRUE reflection of what the Country has become.

  • on November 14, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    To Pakistani batsmen: I am not a batting coach but here is a simple suggestion... please play the balls to its merit and avoid hitting the balls in the air or come down the track by a mile well before the delivery when your team is already in trouble. Thats all!

  • on November 14, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Really funny to observe all these self pity and extreme disappointment at display by the Pakistani fans after the losses to South Africa.

    Cant understand what it is for. Considering that they won a Test Match against this South African side, actually they have over achieved in this series.

    Get Real, pakistani fans. Currently your team is the only thing worthy of comparing with Ishant Sharma's bowling. With that, they have won a Test against the Saffers.

    That is some achievement.

  • AltafPatel on November 14, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    They need experienced batsmen like Afridi, Razzak on top order who can boost morale of youngsters.

  • AltafPatel on November 14, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    so this is now third time Pak scored 99 on this ground. Insecond test against SA, out for 99 and last year in the test against Eng. with same score.

  • on November 14, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    8 bowlers in a team? Then why we need batsmen in a team? Pakistan has always shown their arrogance towards being a very good bowling side but their batters forgot to even hold the bat properly..You need runs on the board so that ur bowlers can defend them.. 98 is really not enough.. Afghanistan can chase it down without wearing helmets.. The best what Pakistan can do right now is to accept the fact that their all-rounders are not proper batsmen..They are just bowlers.. And also to accept that they need a proper solid defensive batsman.. If you can't score runs then bowling means squat..

  • on November 14, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    Bad team selection, why are to many bowlers in playing eleven? They should add any two batsmen and leave Sohail and Abdul Rehman from playing eleven. Why Hafiz did not try Abdul Razaq for bowling? at least when there was no hope for win. He should also get match practices and Hafiz also get some idea about his present form.

  • on November 14, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    the problem is that the selectors keep changing, if you had same selectors over a period of time, they will stick with same playets a not keep chopping and changing. too many good pakistani batters have been dropped over 1 bad series. if u had the same selectors this wouldnt happen.

  • PakCricZindabad on November 14, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    Players Who Should Be Selected Based On PERFORMANCE TEST TEAM Playing 11 1. Khurram Manzoor (Avg: 39-46 w/ 30 FC 100's) Opening 2. Ahmed Shahzad (Avg: 41.04 w/ 11 FC 100's) Opening 3. Younis Khan (Avg: 51.17 w/ 22 Int'l 100's) #3 4. Harris Sohail (Avg: 51.98 w/ FC 100's) #4 5. Misbah ul Haq Capt (Avg: 46.03 w/ 4 Int'l 100's) #5 6. Fawad Alam (All Rounder) (Avg: 41.66 Int'l & 55.75 FC w/ 19 FC 100's) #6 OR (1st Pick) 6. Asad Shafiq could be considered , Avg: 39.11 Int'l & 38 FC #6 7. Mohammad Rizwan Wk (Avg: 42.72 w/ 3 FC 100's) #7 OR 7. Sarfraz Ahmed (Avg: 11.75 Int'l & 40.75 FC w/ 6 100s & 34 50's WOW) #7 8. Abdur Rehman (No Description Needed) #8 9. Saeed Ajmal (No Description Needed) #9 10. Umar Gul (No Desciption Needed) #10 11. Rahat Ali Junaid Khan (178 FC Wkts w/ 9 ,5 Wkt Hauls & 14 Int'l Wkts) OR #11 11. Junaid Khan (42 Int'l Wkts w/ 3, 5 Wkts Hauls & 259 FC Wkts w/ 18, 5 Wkt Hauls) #11

    **Would not mind cover-up players such as Nasir Jamshed, Imran Farhat, Umar Amin, etc**

  • proteasfire on November 14, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    A solid start followed by solid finish for South Africa. They ran all over Pakistan in all departments of the game today. Tsotsobe and Steyn set it up in first two overs and from then on Pak was playing catch up game. Tahir took crucial wickets in the middle to dent further. DeKock was good behind the stumps and batted nicely to carry the team through though its a small chase. Its a great learning for the youngster and he has matured well enough compared to SL tour. Faf is captaining the T20 side well after SL series victory. SA need to continue this consistency to be among the top in ICC rankings!! Congrats SA!! Well played today!!

  • Army_rangers on November 14, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    @Tokai69,not those teams please.!!bcz they all have the ability to thrash pak..so its better to play against canada,kenya,nepal,namibia,etc..

  • on November 14, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    guys stop blaming the players all the time let them play a while as a team you look for change all the time ........... Stick with players back them Misbha ul haq is a world class player....... kicked him out ? HAPPY NOW ? i remember what you guys did with mohammad yousuf, Saqlain .......... PCB needs to respect talent how can you treat them like that this is cricket , new players need time to learn and perform and if possible convince Wasim to be your coach

  • on November 14, 2013, 1:07 GMT

    The problem is the best batsman bats at number 6 or 7.

  • on November 14, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    PARNELL: In all the hoopla, one man and his recent series of poor performance are going unnoticed: WAYNE PARNELL. Even for Pune Warriors, his poor show never attracted much criticism. I think, some players are just lucky and escape under he radar!

  • on November 14, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    Either there is something wrong within Pak camp and they want Afridi to be the captain or they simply can't play under lights.

    Afridi needs to be considered as a bowler only. If he makes 10-20 runs, that is a bonus - do not expect anything more from him now. Abdul Razzaq looked good before he got out - give him more time, he will deliver.

    The major issue with Pakistani young batsmen and some old flashers (Afridi) is that they are not good in keeping the bowl on the ground and taking singles and doubles. They just want to block tough bowls and hit an odd boundary but the main issue is that a bowling unit like SA is not going to give you too many bad deliveries to hit boundaries.

    I think the current line up has too many all rounders - why do you need so many bowlers for a 20 over match any ways?

  • bobbsy on November 14, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    Pakistan's best batsman for all formats is Misbah- why is he not playing opted out or the selectors seriously thing the ones playing are better than him???Even replacement batsmen of India England Australia are better than these bunch of Pakistani non-performers.

  • on November 13, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    Poor performance by are batters is disgusting .team definitely needs new faced.its time to say goodbye to old players like afraidi.our fielding is upto the mark.

  • manii-ji on November 13, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    Pak team require a lot changing if we really want to perform and win some games. The selectors should not get scared of selecting new youngsters for the national team. If I was a chief selector then I should try these youngsters for T20 with some excellent averages.

    1.Ahmed shehzad, 2.Zain Abbas, 3.Babar Azam, 4.Sohaib Maqsood, 5.Umar Akmal (WK), 6.Abdul razzaq, 7.Mohammad Hafeez, 8.Umar Gul, 9.Yasir Arafat, 10.Saeed Ajmal, 11.Mohammad Irfan

    12.Zulfiqar babar, 13.Ehsan Adil, 14.Haris Sohail, 15.Sharjeel Khan

  • Morfi on November 13, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    This performance from Pakistan should prove that the batting malaise is not a creation of Misbah. Sacking Misbah will achieve nothing except that Pakistan will lose the only capable batsman and leader in the present lot. If at all someone needs to be dropped from ODI team, it is Hafeez, Afridi and Sohail Tanvir. And please dont bring back Shoaib Malik in an format anywhere again!

  • Navaidzuberi on November 13, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    I think this is the most pathetic state of Pakistan team batting. Consistently keeps on failing again n again, in a similar manner. We lost the counting of how many times they scored under 100 runs in an innings.. Steyn reaction after Hafeez's dismissal said it all. Simply "no clue about batting". Professor is trying to do doctorate on " how many ways to get out on Steyn's bowling".

  • manii-ji on November 13, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    The problem with pak batting is just because of the batting line up and team selection. Pakistan played with 8 bowlers today, hafeez, afridi and tanvir they are not allrounders if you look at their batting averages, they are just part time bowlers nothing else.

    To perform better in the next game they need to have this batting order.

    1.Ahmed shehzad, 2.Nasir Jamshed, 3.Umar Akmal, 4.Sohaib Maqsood, 5.Abdul Razzaq, 6.Shoaib Malik, 7.Mohammad Hafeez, 8.Shahid Afridi, 9.Saeed Ajmal, 10.Mohammad Irfan, 11.Junaid Khan

  • gibbs.175 on November 13, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    HI SA FANs ...it is a good victory ,nice cricket. But QUINTON should been MAN OF THE MATCH 48 runs ,2 catches ,2 stumps and 1 run out .I think, enough to be in T-20 . FAF is really a good captain ,he knows well his team 's strentgh so he can try DAVIDAS as a opener and bowling option .good luck

  • on November 13, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    It is such a shame that PCB showed no respect to Pakistani fans , and put together one of the most embarrassing team that I have ever witnessed in my forty years of age , old retired age players playing the game today , the young talent is always been wasted by the board, when will we realize that the names like Afridi, Shoaib Malik,Abdul Razzak, Abdur Rehman,Umar Akmal, Hafeez,Misbah, these are players with no more desire to play for the country but for their bank account, and PCB is supporting them, we should recall , Shoaib Akhtar for five overs in one day and three overs in T20 to see if he is OK with the idea, unfortunately it's like our country politics we the fans don't have any saying in any matters so we will always be disrespected by them , I don't think we have enough talent to waste them and choose who is good for one day games and who is good for test matches etc, Asad, Nasir,Maqsood, mansoor, ali,junaid, irfan,adnan,aAjmal,Shahzaad,Sohail,that's our young and goodtalent

  • kc69 on November 13, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    Wel somebody said it correctly they bat like a team of 11 tail enders.If you are a Pak supporter then you need to have a strong heart I believe more such performances are on their way.All the best to both teams

  • on November 13, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    Thank you pakistan for keeping it short :) I HAD TO STUDY :-*

  • on November 13, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    As usual, the result doesnt surprise me at all. But what is surprising is the attitude of Shahid Afridi. Having played for more than 350 ODIs, he still havent changed his game as per the team's needs.I feel its high time to find a replacement for Afridi. Pakistan team will pay heavily in coming matches, if he plays irresponsibly like this. Also, Pakistan team getting repeatedly bowled out below a score of 100 (although today they lost 9 wickets) shows how bad the batting unit is.

  • on November 13, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    I have a request to SA team management. Plz for the sake of cricket do not play Dale Steyn in the upcoming matches. He is destroying world cricket in a way. Batsmen are too frightened by him mentally. Specially from Pakistan. Plz Plz Plz do some thing. He should be banned from all forms of Cricket. I think this is what so called Professor is going to pray fo the remainder of his short career. LOL

  • on November 13, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    Really don't understand the logic of playing 8 bowlers in a T20. They could have added an extra batsman in place of rehman or tanveer. Should open the bowling with Irfan and Razzaq if Junaid isn't playing. Very hard to believe but Pakistan lost the match in first two over. I've never seen this happen. Well played by SA truly the deserving winner.

  • on November 13, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    All Pakistan Friends

    Please do not abuse your team. I think what the team need is young bloods. They have to find a captain who is consistent in all formats. The world cricket is boring with Pakistan not doing good. Being an Indian i am following cricket for the past 35 years the great of Zaheer ,javid imran two ws inzi.

    I think they will be able to achieve this

    My two cents

    Venkat

  • Dark.Matter on November 13, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    Steyn's reaction after picking the wicket of Hafeez was epic. I think he felt shy for Mr. so called professor lol

  • on November 13, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    Feeling bad

  • on November 13, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    Why hafeez in the team.. Look at his form..he is not a top order batsman.. He should play at number 5 Cz clearly he can't handle new bakk

  • t20cric on November 13, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    This was a horrible match by Pakistan and that to in the format that they had the biggest chance of winning. Except for Sohaib, Ahmed and Umar all the other players were either all rounders or bowlers. Why did Hafeez need so many bowling options especially when he used only 6 of them. Hafeez completely changed the batting order today, infact he did it so much that only Ahmed and Umar among the batsmen were the ones who kept their batting position. Pakistan badly need specialist batsmen in their team now. Also give Irfan a rest in t20s and play Junaid instead, Irfan is looking tired.

    My XI: 1.Ahmed Shehzad, 2.Nasir Jamshed, 3.Sohaib Maqsood, 4.Umar Akmal, 5.Shoaib Malik, 6.Mohammad Hafeez, 7.Shahid Afridi, 8.Adbul Razzaq, 9.Abdur Rehman, 10.Saeed Ajmal, 11.Junaid Khan

    Pakistan also need fielding to compliment their bowling. If Steyn were in Pakistan team he would have atleast 20% less wickets he has right now cuz of our pathetic fielding.

  • spellbinder76 on November 13, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Afridi again got out to a bouncer. SA are targheting him with short pitched deliveries. It is the job of the coach to advise players about the tactics of the other teams. I know what to do of Whatmore but I can't put it in print, except say "Nomore",.

  • on November 13, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Iam amazad to find old hogs ( Razzaq and Shoaib) back in the team, both are over with their utility years and are a pure burden on the team, I think we should now drop Hafeez, Shahid Afridi and old vetrens

  • AJJ2 on November 13, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    Is Pakistan the worst batting team in the HISTORY of cricket? Seriously, they STRUGGLE to score 200 runs in any form of cricket! I will take bets that, in SA, Pakistan will fail to score 100 runs in at least one match, and they will never score above 200 in any match!

  • on November 13, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    There is nothing to surprise . This is pakistan typical batting style .

  • senator333 on November 13, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    Its real sad to see Pakistan in such a position from last few weeks whenever Pakistan loses I have same sad feelings as i feel when my India loses. Inzi , Anwar, Yusuf I really miss those great batsmen today.The only solution for the Pakistan's crumbling batting line-up is to bring back the old aggressive approach.

  • on November 13, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    They say a lot of it can be lost or won in the mind and I think this Pakistan team has lost the match in the mind even before it started. They are so short of confidence and so scared of the SA bowlers that they are playing like club cricketers at best. I can't believe this is an international team. I think Zim and Ireland are a much better batting line up then this Pakistan team. And I think the biggest problem is in their mind set. They should play fearless cricket. Don't worry who is bowling, Steyn or no Steyn, play the ball on merit. Even if you slog you should be able to get more than 100 in a 20-20. So go out their and express yourself. And all this coming from an India. So poor is the Pakistan team that even I feel pity on them and want them to do better!!

  • on November 13, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    Pak played with 8 specialists bowler, so making only 98 makes sense. What doesn't make sense is those 8 bowlers taking only one wicket, and two of the bowlers ie Shoaib Malik & Abdur Razzaq did not bowl at all

  • on November 13, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    I dong know how much other agree or disagree but I m a fan of imran nazir opening t20 for pakistan

  • cricktwins on November 13, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    Pakistan never learns!!! 1) why select 4 spinners (ajmal, rehman, hafeez, afridi)..

    2)Is Tanvir(80%bowler), Afridi(95%bowler), Hafeez(50-50) are alrounders??

    3) why give chances to old cricketers like shoaib malik, razak, afridi, ajmal... except ajmal, all past their expiry dates..

    4) normally a team will have 1 or 2 allrounders who can bat and bowl a bit.. here afridi,hafeez,tanvir,malik,razak,rehman= 6 players..

    5) And bowlers Irfan,ajmal=2 players...

    6) 8 bowlers or bowling allrounders so remaining 3 players akmal,shezad,maqsood.. akmal is keeper.. so only 2 specialist batsmen(maqsood,shezad)..

    7) And hafeez is no amla or rohit sharma..

    8) why no junaid?

    How can pak win with 3 batsmen and remaining sloggers?? what they need is specialist batsmen like kohli, maqsood, akmal till 7th position in batting order.. No wonder they cant even cross 100 in 1st T20..such a bowling dominated team..

  • on November 13, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    It looked like street boys were playing with tennis ball and out on duck. those boys even do not cross 100. today's match remind me my childhood

  • Eric2505 on November 13, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    i am very disappointed with the Pakistani cricket team.

  • fr600 on November 13, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    It's hard to believe that PK is #3 on T20 ranking.

  • mzm149 on November 13, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Some people are concerned here that Maqsood is not an opener. He is one down batsman. That is why he failed. I think batting order should not matter for a proper batsman specially in shorter formats. When an early opening wicket falls, one down batsman virtually becomes an opener. Moreover Sohaib Maqsood is not yet settled in Pakistan team and he should not be rigid about his batting position. He failed against a good bowler playing poor shot. He should improve his technique.

  • on November 13, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    i can't understand why pak batsman try to hit six on front leg on shot pitch ball. if they really want to hit or trap to hit than they should try to take single on hitting down.

  • jb633 on November 13, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    As a neutral fan the standard of much international cricket is seriously disappointing. I mean Pakistan have seriously got to do something about this batting line up. They need their youngsters to go and play county cricket and learn how to play against seam bowling. They really are very poor at this moment in time.

  • SurlyCynic on November 13, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Thought De Kock had a superb game behind the stumps - catches, the run out of Akmal, 2 stumpings (could have been 3 if the 3rd umpire had looked more closely).

    Good to see, given his ability to open the innings at a good rate. Keepers improve with some experience and I hope he keeps doing the extra hours.

  • rogues13 on November 13, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    I still cant understand how someone as talented as umar akmal is being wasted at number 6....i expected kohli and umar to be the next batting stars from Asia....also apart from Irfan and ajmal, the bowling is also surprisingly average....being an Indian, one thing we expect to see is world-class bowlers... not sohail tanveers and shoaib malik...

  • ICCexpert.... on November 13, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    good decision, make Yunis captain and give him a young team, Sharjeel Khan, Harris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood, Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan and M. Talha. Drop, Hafiz, Malik, Razzaq and Afridi.

  • on November 13, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    It was almost funny how people were saying yesterday in their playing XI "i want malik here, i want afridi there". Simple thing to understand is it doesn't matter where u move a dead horse, nothing's gonna change. Malik's strike rate was hilarious! Also u need a straight bat to attack steyn, his pace will work against him, cant forget the basics!

  • Smiling on November 13, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    Why do these selectors keep on with the same failures?? Frustrating to the max. I would want to leave too Mr Whatmore. No say to change it, but get the blame....pathetic.

  • Stark62 on November 13, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    I think Pak should give Sami Aslam a go, who is fine form with the bat and is only 17 years of age.

    His previous 4 domestic scores (FC and One day) have been 109, 0, 126, 191 and recently, just made a 96 in his last one day game, plus he excelled in Eng during the U19 tour.

    Lastly his statistics, he has a FC average of 42.47 (13 matches) and 49.86 One day average (15 matches), might as well role the dice and hope to strike luck, in addition Hammad Azam (Razzaq replacement) made a 91 not out off 47 balls in that match too.

  • on November 13, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Nice to see de kock is really getting matured day by day, he really is a very exciting batsmen, hope to see him among the bests after 5-7 years.

  • Sports4Youth on November 13, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    According to me S.Malik, A.Rehman and S.Tanvir should have been replaced by specialist batsmen. Althogh I personally feel that now Hafeez also does not belong to this level but for now he is captain, so no point discussing him.

    If the Pakistani Captains and selectors continue selecting the team like this, soon all the Pakistani Fans/spectators will dissapear for the stadium (allready their support has diminished).

    Guys like Hammad Azam, Sharjeel, Harris Sohail etc have to be groomed. PLEASE STOP RECYCLING OLD FAILURES. The results will not change if you keep repeating the SHAME old experiment again and again.

    Keepers job is best left to the likes of SARFRAZ & RIZWAN. By doing that you will get a good fileder (U.Akmal) at point/cover/mid-on region.

  • Midnight- on November 13, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Until this mental block that Pakistani players have got wrapped up around their potential is broken, nothing is going to go their way. Doesn't matter whether you bring out the best from the domestic circle or, heck, bring back Inzi or Miandad out of their retirement or whether you play associate teams even. There is zero intensity, application and confidence level across all players.

  • 2nd_Slip on November 13, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    For all their experience Afridi and Hafeez are just not good enough for international cricket and most of the Pak batsmen for that matter( don't mean to be rude by the way just stating an obvious fact) the excellent bowling unit that they have is what sets them apart from Zim,Bang and NZ at the moment.

  • CrazyforcricketIII on November 13, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Another brutal loss and story continues with Pakistan. There is no hope and end to this saga. Where are all those experts in Pakistan who see lots of talent in Pakistan? Everybody was blaming it to Misbah but now what?? Guys- we are doomed- just accept it!!

  • Sports4Youth on November 13, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    I am not at all surprised by the result of the 1st T20 game. Althogh I was hugely surprised when the playing Eleven was declared. Only Two specialist batsmen (Shehzad & Maqsood) and one Wicket keeping all-rounder - Umar Akmal. rest all bowlwers and all-rounders. Out of which only Ajmal completed his quota. The next best bowler M.Irfan bowled only 2 overs. A.Rehman bowled just the solitary over and went for plenty. Abdul Razzaq & S.Malik did not get to bowl. What were so many bowlers and all-rounders doing there. Where were the batsmen who could get the runs on the board.

    Although I personally like Abdul Razzaq but I am sure he is not a specialist batsman, though according to me he is a very good all-rounder. SHOEB MALIK accroding to me can never be classified as a specialist batsman in any format of the game. Till date I am strugling to understand S.Tanvirs role in the team.

    And the beauty is that all these bowlers are backed up by some horrible fielding.

  • on November 13, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Pakistan in all series against SA struggled in three things SHORT BALL, SINGLES strangled by SA , Playing at everything at tough times (rough shots selection when struggling against a bowler) . I strongly believe the coach is responsible for not addressing on any of these issue;s . Moreover changing batting line in today's match when in past this t20 team was doing well as a unit and are on 2nd in t20 rankings , this up-down plays a lot in players minds. Coach is responsible for today's t20 horrors and given that he's leaving you might mike as well make it fast for him otherwise you still have some series.Sacking any coach makes him unhappy and he's not going to make you happy in return. For next match players should be vigilent and look back at their individual problems and try to address them with practical batting practice and be careful from the way they lost their wickets :D.Be Happy BE COOL and GO with Different fresh minds for next match like its your thing! & no 1 can do better

  • on November 13, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    To all the Pakistani fans: Dont feel distraught, we (as Proteas) always win pointless matches where there is no pressure. Just wait for the next ICC tourny to roll around and you will pummel us. You win when it counts, we dont.

  • on November 13, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    So funny! Until yesterday people were advertising their playing XI. I want malik here i want afridi there. Its a simple thing moving a dead horse up n down doesn't change anything. Malik's strike rate was hilarious! They need to attack at steyn with a straight bat like indian batsmen do. U cant forget the basics!

  • on November 13, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Pak Really Devastating batting line up....Poor performance ...need to develop all sections ...

  • on November 13, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    Dont worry guys I read on here Pakistan was to win these t20s easily...

  • Harmony111 on November 13, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    This ODI series and this T20 strengthens the belief that Cricket is a batsman's game.

    No matter how strong a team's bowling or fielding may be, it is high quality batting that makes cricket entertaining. High quality bowling of any kind or sharp fielding/catches make for great view too but when it comes to sustained entertainment then the batting aspect of cricket outshines everything else.

    Another lesson is that no matter how good a team may be in bowling, it will generally do poorly if its batting is bad. Pak have a very nice bowling attack but they have been doing poorly of late. Reason? Their batsmen are not doing well.

    Look at India, they have been traditionally poor in bowling but have won more titles & are current #1, mainly due to batting. SA are called chokers cos their batting has choked time & again. Kind of QED.

    Great Batting + Poor Bowling will 'generally' overcome Poor Batting + Great Bowling. At least it will be a lot more entertaining than a dull match of low score.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on November 13, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Cmon guys.. are you kidding me? 8 bowling all-rounders in a team is in huge batting crises already.. infact ahmad shahzad can bowl a bit as well. tottaly insane selection.

  • Stark62 on November 13, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    @ Andre Kol Sorry to say but Haris Sohail and Babar Azam have the best two T20 averages in domestic T20 with 62.57 after 15 matches for Haris and 63.66 after 8 matches for Babar.

  • on November 13, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    i'm frm india........everyday i came 2 watch pak match only for shahd afridi hoping that today this guy will play some shots...bt alas after playing 350+ odi matches nd 60+ t20i afridi isnt being matuerd...still he is loving 2 play that miserable pull shots..i am big fan of u since childhood...nd i know there r a huge fan followers of u in ur country.....@afridi..one request 2 u..plzz dont 2 that..that a hurts a lot........

  • ICCexpert.... on November 13, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    good decision, make Yunis captain and give him a young team, Sharjeel Khan, Harris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood, Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan and M. Talha. Drop, Hafiz, Malik, Razzaq and Afridi.

  • on November 13, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    So all the talk about the best bowling attack in the world??...Haha dont make me laugh!!

  • greenluv on November 13, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    just to save your self MR Cap do not ruin this new guy s future. Maqsood played well down the order what was the reason to send him to open? Afridi again playing like he practicing in nets you can not just hit two big ones and get your self out of pressure you should stick around play like Mr Tuk Tuk and watch after that we all know you have guts to hit but for Pakistan either leave or if you play just do not rush. Do not day dream anymore. Disappointment is what we can take since we got used to it but your selfishness or rather greediness of playing for own selves cant bear anymore. cant take anymore a hurtful dishearten Fan.

  • on November 13, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    pakistan team requires new talent to gv a long run not call back old players who are not going to play next t20 wc

  • on November 13, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    team selection is not Hafeez's fault alone. Many of us were criticizing misbah that he didnt selected junaid and nasir. the tour selection committee is coach-manager-captain. Rember that is said by hafeez last year when he dropped razzak in t20 cup semi final. todays selection is not fault of hafeez only like misbah.

    Problem is when you have hafeez as captain, afridi, malik, razak in squad then they will make it in the playing 11 anyway. this much dependence on spin is hurting paksitan. 5 spin options in a t20? with 3 fast/medium bowling options?

  • ICCexpert.... on November 13, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    good decision, make Yunis captain and give him a young team, Sharjeel Khan, Harris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood, Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan and M. Talha. Drop, Hafiz, Malik, Razzaq and Afridi.

  • on November 13, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    hafeez so afraid of styen had to mess up the batting order never in my life ive seen anything like this maqsood was better suited at number 3 as he is new comer to international cricket hafeez shouldve showed responsibility as he is the senior and experiencef player sending afridi at 3 was even a bigger joke altough in all formats he has played 400 matches he still to this date doesnt know how to bat umar akmal shouldve batted before shoaib malik and razzaq as both are making comebacks if as a supporter i can come up with this then why cant the management think of this seriously no one cares about pak cricket any more and we the fans stay up all night take time off work spend our hard earned money to go and watch pak play and in return we get nothing the players should be ashamed of the way they are performing putting the green top on.should mean something at least show some fight and intention to win fight till the end not roll over by losing the toss we wont win the match come on

  • Baba_Sehgal on November 13, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    My request to PCB. Please force Misbah to retire, and make Afridi the captain for ODI and t20, and Hafeez the test captain. That way the fans will not have to suffer for 50 overs to see the team lose. With Afridi and Hafeez leading from the front, the team can get out in 15-20 overs, and it'll be over quickly.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 13, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Drop Misbah and make Yunis captain and give him a young team, Sharjeel Khan, Harris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood, Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan and M. Talha. Drop, Hafiz, Malik, Razzaq and Afridi.

  • ispaewbi on November 13, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Replace Sohail/Ifran and Abdur Rahman with 2 proper batsmen. We don't need so many bowlers when we clearly struggle with batting. Learn the lesson already for God's sake.

  • Cric_fever_forever on November 13, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    enough is enough im fed with this story day in day out. if these players are not mentally strong enough then pcb should kick them out. god this soo embrassing. harsh but fact even t20 captain is mentally down his place in the side is big question mark.

  • Jda123 on November 13, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Geez Pakistan are just so poor... Afridi should be embarrassed, he never learns, really don't understand why he is in the squad, for the SA tour which will be a whitewash Misbah should be rested just so everyone see how poor Pakistan really are when they are bowled out under 100 in the 50 over game 3x

  • on November 13, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    if hafeez was trying to avoid styen why did he ev3n come to bat at no.4 I guess he shouldn't be playing at all. pathetic team selection pathetic captaincy everything was pathetic

  • cooljack_143 on November 13, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Pakistan every time search new IDEAS to Loose..like all all-rounders in T 20 game & then suddenly bringing Razzak out of blue.

  • A.B.Khan on November 13, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Pakistan need serious practice in terms of matches; PCB should arrange a competitive league of domestic T20 if they want to compete with other teams in World Cup 2014

  • on November 13, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    I don't know what is wrong with our team selection. we are a strong bowling unit, batting is our weakness and still we fill our line up with bowling all rounders. we are lucky to beat India last year. if we would have played on flat tracks, we would have got murdered. please do not select these seniors anymore. let us build a new team.

  • Kahn_N on November 13, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    It is very disappointing to see such a rubbish batting performance. Best bowling attack can't do anything if your batting does not support it. I think Pakistan need to be bold enough to take harsh decisions. In 1996-97 Australia was losing One day Internationals frequently (Titan Cup, C&U Series 96-97, 0-3 to England), they removed Mark Taylor from ODI captaincy and give it to Steve Waugh. Adam Gilchrist who was previously playing in Middle Order promoted as Opener. As World saw they became champions in 1999 due to bold decisions.

  • Resultpredictor on November 13, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Test matches was WON by team who LOST the toss. ODI'S was WON by the team who WON the toss and T20s was WON by the team win LOST the toss.

  • on November 13, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Domestic T20 Batting Averages of current players Mohammad Hafeez 28, Ahmed Shehzad 32, Sohaib Maqsood 29, Umar Amin 26, Shoaib Malik 39, Umar Akmal 27, Afridi 19, Abdul-Razzaq 27, Abdur Rehman 9, Sohail Tanvir 15, Junaid Khan 6, Mohammad Irfan 8,Saeed Ajmal 8. (Others: Misbah-ul-Haq 37,Younis Khan 27,Kamran Akmal 26,Fawad Alam 27,Nasir Jamshed27,Imran Nazir29)

    International T20 Batting Averages of these players Mohammad Hafeez 25, Ahmed Shehzad 32, Sohaib Maqsood 26, Umar Amin 23, Shoaib Malik 24, Umar Akmal 27, Afridi 18, Abdul Razzaq 23, Abdur Rehman 8, Sohail Tanvir 8, Junaid Khan 6, Mohammad Irfan 4, Saeed Ajmal 8. (Other: Misbah-ul-Haq 38,Younis Khan 22,Kamran Akmal 22,Fawad Alam 18,Nasir Jamshed 22,Imran Nazir 22)

    Other T20 Domestic Batting Players: Taufeeq Umar 42,Hasan Raza 32,Shahzaib Hasan 29,Asif Ali 29

    Its amazing Misbah-ul-Haq has best Averages in t20 domestic & Intern @ sr rate of 110 & Taufeeq tops domestics.Domestic & intern averages near 2 same 4 all players

  • on November 13, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    All of the Pakistan team players should be playing in a local Sunday league division 3. Not in front of cameras

  • on November 13, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    having 8 bowlers in the team who cannot handle the bat properly, i was not expecting anything more than 100... lets see what the bowler do.... finally well played safs.....

  • on November 13, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    pakistan needs to drop hafeez nd i dnt understand y they sand both inform batsmens to open

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 13, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    I think Pakistani "batsmen" should take up jobs as bat manufacturers instead because I don't know how to describe them. They seem to even have forgotten to even hold the bats properly. What a miserable performance ! I am surprised people even turn up to watch these guys. SA should chase this down in 10 overs.

  • mzm149 on November 13, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    Hafeez played all the tactics to avoid playing new ball and came at number 4. But Steyn got hold of him. Hafeez deserves this and even worse. I am so happy. Steyn's expression after his dismissal was priceless.

    Shehzad, Maqsood, Afridi, Malik, Razzaq, Tanvir all played bad shots.

    I still don't understand why is Nasir Jamshed again dropped. He should start looking for options to play in another country.

  • shoaib.rasheed on November 13, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    I am really surprised by watching the team selection, a team which was struggling with their batting played with Only 2 Specialist batsman, Shehzad and Sohaib, Umar akmal as Wicket Keeper, All others are all rounders or bowlers. 5 Spin Options are playing in same match by Pakistan, Afridi, Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Shoaib Malik, Worst team selection i have ever seen.

  • chilled_avenger on November 13, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Steyn's stats in T20Is are now 42 wickets in 30 matches at an average of 15.8 and econmoy of 6.2. And still people say he isn't good in limited overs even though he has an excellent record. Compare this to Malinga, who is often considered one of the best T20 bowlers, who has taken 51 wickets in 45 T20Is at an average of 22.6 and econmoy of 7.4! It shows how IPL has made the cricket fans ignore performances in international T20s.

  • Tokai69 on November 13, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Pak should immediately cancel all the big tours ahead, and build their confidence playing with Afg, Ire, Zim and Ban !

  • on November 13, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    dont worry guys. Pak playing with 8 bowlers in a t20 so they are playing with their strength .. :)

  • on November 13, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Lolz...Pakistan fans in Dubai asking for Dhoni & men to show as they are totally fed-up of Pakistan's batting. Pakistan can't even bat 20 overs and score 100 runs?? really-really Pathetic.

  • on November 13, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    7 batsman and number 8th is kukri(sohail tanveer) And 3 fast bowler and 5 spinners And what else any cricket team need more ? And if hafeez got any shame after what stayen did with him he should retire from any format of cricket Your opinion guys

  • Rubic on November 13, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    Afridi & Abdul Razzaq..welcome to Malik, Hafeez & Sohail Tanweer's club...Why don't you guys make you rown team with Akmals and leave the Pak cricket and fans...

  • on November 13, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    can some 1 tell me that if maqsood has ever opened in his domestic career? or he has just been sacrificed by hafeez trying to avoid Steyn? afridi on his current batting form is also a bad decision.

  • romirom on November 13, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    now one thing pak have to realize that hafez, afridi, malik n tanvir is not an allrounder. They are just bowler who can bat a bit. You ned to play with specialist and play only 1 allrounder among these 4.

  • on November 13, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    well somebody might have told them that t20 is game of all rounders . but batting all rounders not these types of bowling allrounders

  • CrazyforcricketIII on November 13, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan- for making us laughing stalk of the cricketing world! What a pathetic performance! Look at the captain - The Professor- Dale Steyn has to only show up and stare at him and he will give his wicket without facing a ball! Look and the young promising talent throwing their wickets and worse come from the experienced players likes of Afridi and Shoaib! Does anybody know how to play cricket??

  • diehardINDIANcricketfan on November 13, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    I am still waiting for T20 to start.. Pakistan can never let me down

  • on November 13, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    I over estimated the ability of pak team when I said they will be 55-3 after 10

  • on November 13, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    On card 8 batsmen in pak team.....still not able to get runs.....

  • on November 13, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    blame it on misbah if u don't reach over 100 runs B-)

  • romirom on November 13, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    god shake 8 bowler in a team. Who gonna hold the bat.

  • CrICkeeet on November 13, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Hey.. um watching Jordan vs Uruguay fifa wc qualifing nd at the same time changing the channel nd checking this match... just after a free kick i returned nd saw 1 down, SA players r cheering, then go again, after another shot on post i returned nd saw 2 down nd high five going.. nd then i went their again, only after a foul the game paused nd returned again I SAW New batsmen stat showing "shoaib malik"... 3 down on the card.. just thinking which one complete first.. 2nd half 45 MIN. or pakistan's ings... :p (Note- if pakistan recovered next.. dont blame me as I not gonna change the channel as the jordan vs uruguay match looks more interesting 2 me rather than this game :p )

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on November 13, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Pakistan 4-3...someone please tell me which one are the runs and which one are the wickets..

  • on November 13, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Horrendous batting by Pakistan, terrible shots, great bowling from South Africans.

  • on November 13, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    selection already proving wrong now. 2 extra bowlers who can not bat much rehman and tanvir . Plus hafeez & afridi as bowling all rounder.

    And many were saying for Afridi's promotion to top of order. he is at no 3. but too much pressure.

    4/3 in 2 overs.

  • on November 13, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    its funny what he said about toss. Strange selection really. We have 5 spin options ( afridi, ajmal, hafeez, rehman, malik ) and 3 fast bowlers. And a relatively weak batting line up really.Whats the need of so much bowling options in t20? and definately some of all rounders are not batting all rounders these days.

    It can still work in this format as any 30-35 runs make huge difference in t20s. But this type of poor selection will not work that much each time.

    And 2 of inform batsmen have already been gone. Maqsood and ahmed. 4/3 in 2nd over.

  • on November 13, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    its funny what he said about toss. Strange selection really. We have 5 spin options ( afridi, ajmal, hafeez, rehman, malik ) and 3 fast bowlers. And a relatively weak batting line up really.Whats the need of so much bowling options in t20? and definately some of all rounders are not batting all rounders these days.

    It can still work in this format as any 30-35 runs make huge difference in t20s. But this type of poor selection will not work that much each time.

    And 2 of inform batsmen have already been gone. Maqsood and ahmed. 4/3 in 2nd over.

  • on November 13, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    selection already proving wrong now. 2 extra bowlers who can not bat much rehman and tanvir . Plus hafeez & afridi as bowling all rounder.

    And many were saying for Afridi's promotion to top of order. he is at no 3. but too much pressure.

    4/3 in 2 overs.

  • on November 13, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Horrendous batting by Pakistan, terrible shots, great bowling from South Africans.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on November 13, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Pakistan 4-3...someone please tell me which one are the runs and which one are the wickets..

  • CrICkeeet on November 13, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Hey.. um watching Jordan vs Uruguay fifa wc qualifing nd at the same time changing the channel nd checking this match... just after a free kick i returned nd saw 1 down, SA players r cheering, then go again, after another shot on post i returned nd saw 2 down nd high five going.. nd then i went their again, only after a foul the game paused nd returned again I SAW New batsmen stat showing "shoaib malik"... 3 down on the card.. just thinking which one complete first.. 2nd half 45 MIN. or pakistan's ings... :p (Note- if pakistan recovered next.. dont blame me as I not gonna change the channel as the jordan vs uruguay match looks more interesting 2 me rather than this game :p )

  • romirom on November 13, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    god shake 8 bowler in a team. Who gonna hold the bat.

  • on November 13, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    blame it on misbah if u don't reach over 100 runs B-)

  • on November 13, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    On card 8 batsmen in pak team.....still not able to get runs.....

  • on November 13, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    I over estimated the ability of pak team when I said they will be 55-3 after 10

  • diehardINDIANcricketfan on November 13, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    I am still waiting for T20 to start.. Pakistan can never let me down