Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd T20, Dubai November 14, 2013

Pressure on Pakistan to liven up contest

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Match facts

Friday, November 15, 2013
Start time 2000 local (1600GMT)

Big Picture

If Wednesday set the tone for this four-match, two-country mini-series then we don't have much to look forward to in the next week. It was as one-sided an affair as you can get in the shortest format and both teams will hope for something more competitive as the UAE leg of their contest comes to an end.

It will be up to Pakistan to make it more of a duel. Their batting collapses have become the source of serious concern as poor shot selection and lack of application continues to haunt them. They need someone to bat through, another few to bat with him, partnerships to form and more resistance put up. In short, they need more dedication and more fight.

South Africa's bowlers have hardly been challenged so far and it would make a welcome change if they were. Their batting has improved consistently through the ODIs and although they didn't have to do much beyond the formalities on Wednesday, they will want to assert themselves even further before heading home, where batting is likely to be more difficult.

Form guide

(last five completed games most recent first)
Pakistan LWWWW
South Africa WLWWL

In the spotlight

Shoaib Malik spent 35 minutes at the crease - the second-longest stint of any Pakistan batsmen (Umar Akmal batted for 55 minutes) - faced 23 balls but only had 12 runs to show for it. He demonstrated the right mindset in wanting to give himself a little bit of time to settle in but the wrong intent when he grew so frustrated that he fell into the trap of chasing a wide ball and being stumped. If he can avoid making a similar error, Malik is the likeliest candidate to take responsibility in the Pakistan line-up, a quality they certainly need.

He does not have the aggression and pace of Dale Steyn but Lonwabo Tsotsobe has played an equally important role with the new ball. In conditions where he has found some swing and bounce, Tsotsobe has been a perfect partner to Steyn. After concerns over his fitness in Sri Lanka, he has come back committed and performing well. He dedicated his showing on Wednesday night to his father and brother - incidentally it was their birthday although the former has passed - and said he wants to follow up with something just as special in the final match.

Team news

Neither Ahmed Shehzad nor Sohaib Maqsood was successful at the top of the order so Mohammad Hafeez may consider returning there despite the prospect of having to face Steyn early on. Nasir Jamshed may also come into contention if Maqsood is dropped. The middle order should remain the same but Abdur Rehman could find himself out of the XI. Mohammad Irfan is due a break and may make way for Junaid Khan.

Pakistan: (likely) 1 Mohammad Hafeez (capt)/Nasir Jamshed, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Hafeez/Sohaib Maqsood, 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Umar Akmal (wk), 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Abdul Razzaq, 8 Sohail Tanvir, 9 Saeed Ajmal, 10 and 11 Junaid Khan/Mohammad Irfan/Abdur Rehman

South Africa have sent Morne Morkel and JP Duminy home to give the pair, who play in all formats, some rest ahead of the home summer. That may make room for Henry Davids to come back into the XI, with either Hashim Amla or Quinton de Kock moving down the order. The team management also indicated that AB de Villiers would need to have a break and if he sits out, David Wiese could come into contention. South Africa may also consider swapping spinners with Imran Tahir making way for Aaron Phangiso.

South Africa: (likely) 1 Henry Davids, 2 Hashim Amla 3, Quinton de Kock (wk) 4 Faf du Plessis (capt), 5 AB de Villiers/David Wiese, 6 David Miller, 7 Ryan McLaren, 8 Wayne Parnell, 9 Dale Steyn, 10 Lonwabo Tsotsobe, 11 Imran Tahir/Aaron Phangiso

Stats and trivia

  • If South Africa win the series 2-0, they will go up to No.2 on the ICC T20 rankings, from their current position of fifth. If Pakistan manage to square the series 1-1, they will stay second, with South Africa staying at fifth place.
  • The head to head record between these two teams is not exactly the same. Both have won four matches.

Quotes

"We're just playing really good cricket at the moment. We're understanding what we want to do in T20 cricket. If you understand your roles, you will be the best you can be."
Faf du Plessis believes South Africa's T20 side is on the right path and its showing in the way they outplayed Pakistan.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • POSTED BY I_amMirza on | November 15, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Batting inconsistency has been a problem for Pakistan since ages. while against SA they have completely lost their confidence. Pakistan Batsmen have a mindset now that they can not play in pressure situation. Dale is world class bowler, it Does not mean that e is unplayable. Pak Batsmen should regain confidence and come into the field with positive approach. I hope Pakistan do better today and we will see a good contest tonight. GOOD LUCK GREEN...!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    same old story a collapse pakistan very familiar

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Let's see what happens to day.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | November 15, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Jamshed in place of A.Rehman is good news. But Continuance of S.Tanvir is bad news. Junaid should have come in place of Tanvir. Still the problem is not solved. Still I dont see Malik & Razzaq getting to bowl. And according to me they are not specialist batsmen.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Its Friday and pakistan in past didnt loose on friday and even their first ODI win was on Friday against SA . Today is also friday

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Big never wins match its combinations which wins matches for you, we were unbeaten through out the year , still we changed the combination, we made changes and include 4 all rounder and still we have long tail, that showed how our think tank is working. when you include all rounder it aims to reduce the tail but we are playing all rounder reducing our batting which is already reduced in skills :P. Try to make combinations for t20 WC. don't make nervous decision. hope today shoaib, ahmad and razak will fire and we will see good contest if we cross 150. GO green

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | November 15, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Posted by Wahab Jan on (November 15, 2013, 13:41 GMT)

    I agree with you. Also I want to add that not only S.TANVIR but also S.MALIK, M.HAFEEZ, W.RIAZ, U.GUL & M.SAMI should be dropped for ever.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Go Pakistan

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | November 15, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Unfortunately there is no fun watching this series because SA are simply too good for Pakistan in all the three formats and on all the pitches. With this batting line up Pakistan has no chance of putting up even a half decent contest.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    If SA wins 2-0 they will jump at 2nd position then on which position Pak will move to??

  • POSTED BY I_amMirza on | November 15, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Batting inconsistency has been a problem for Pakistan since ages. while against SA they have completely lost their confidence. Pakistan Batsmen have a mindset now that they can not play in pressure situation. Dale is world class bowler, it Does not mean that e is unplayable. Pak Batsmen should regain confidence and come into the field with positive approach. I hope Pakistan do better today and we will see a good contest tonight. GOOD LUCK GREEN...!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    same old story a collapse pakistan very familiar

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Let's see what happens to day.

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | November 15, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Jamshed in place of A.Rehman is good news. But Continuance of S.Tanvir is bad news. Junaid should have come in place of Tanvir. Still the problem is not solved. Still I dont see Malik & Razzaq getting to bowl. And according to me they are not specialist batsmen.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Its Friday and pakistan in past didnt loose on friday and even their first ODI win was on Friday against SA . Today is also friday

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Big never wins match its combinations which wins matches for you, we were unbeaten through out the year , still we changed the combination, we made changes and include 4 all rounder and still we have long tail, that showed how our think tank is working. when you include all rounder it aims to reduce the tail but we are playing all rounder reducing our batting which is already reduced in skills :P. Try to make combinations for t20 WC. don't make nervous decision. hope today shoaib, ahmad and razak will fire and we will see good contest if we cross 150. GO green

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | November 15, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Posted by Wahab Jan on (November 15, 2013, 13:41 GMT)

    I agree with you. Also I want to add that not only S.TANVIR but also S.MALIK, M.HAFEEZ, W.RIAZ, U.GUL & M.SAMI should be dropped for ever.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Go Pakistan

  • POSTED BY keptalittlelow on | November 15, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Unfortunately there is no fun watching this series because SA are simply too good for Pakistan in all the three formats and on all the pitches. With this batting line up Pakistan has no chance of putting up even a half decent contest.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    If SA wins 2-0 they will jump at 2nd position then on which position Pak will move to??

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | November 15, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    I think Pakistanneed to try new players on the tour to SA regardless if they win or lose today. All of the older players seem to be a selfish bunch who only score for themselves and wouldn't give their spot on the team no matter what happens. If India can leave out ghambir and sehwag then our players like Malik and Hafeez definitely have no right to be in the team. We also need to persist with young guys like India did with rohit sharma. I hope Pakistan play today with a positive approach and win this t20. More importantly I hope all of the youngsters show their true talent and bat/bowl well. Pakistan has to avoid a batting collapse at all costs today cuz that's what hurts most not the losing. Sure SA have one of the best bowling attacks and have today's best fast bowler along with amazing fielding but they aren't unplayable. Even two W's in their prime were not completely unplayable. With a little bit of research and planning Pakistan can go a long way. Insha Allah Pak will win.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    its all because Afridi n Hafeez both are trying their level best to become d captain.. Thus team is underforming so Misbah can b removed as a Captain.. unity is the best strength which is lacking in team Pakistan..

  • POSTED BY cricktarian on | November 15, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    I think we need more spinners in the team Alongwith afridi, ajmal, hafeez, shoaib malik we need some one who can really do spin bowling bowl well. Imagine we have nine spinners in the team who can really bowl out a team under 30 runs in 20 overs who need 5 or six batters right. long live pakistan and cricket in pakistan..

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    hafeez has been playing non stop cricket, has tons of experience but yet can't be relied on. he needs togo along with others including afridi and malik.

  • POSTED BY Asimaasi on | November 15, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    I dont Know how PCB think that hafeez is future captain of pakistan........ His batting average is around 20s sith strike rate below 70... He can only play good against minnows..... He is a selfish player that is on the record.. and it is very very easy to get him out at any time.... PCB and Selectors.. Pls pls get rid of Hafeez, Afridi and Malik ASAP... They are Paper tigers...........

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    feel pressure and pakistan.......hehehehe...... noway....all old players of Pakistan feel that place in team is their own property......

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Pak should play Nasir jamshad in place of Abdur rehman and Junaid khan in place of Sohail tenvir.they should dropped Sohail tenvir for ever.he can't bat he can't bowl he can't field I don't know why he is playing in the team .umer akmal should always bat at number 4.

  • POSTED BY RankPace on | November 15, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    All that we can hope is that this is the last series for Mohammed HAFEEZ. Further we can only hope that MISBAH AND YOUNIS KHAN will not come back to haunt the Pakistani fans. As far is this series is concerned I do not see enough batsmen to construct a proper playing eleven. And for some strange reason HAFEEZ thinks Malik & himself are better than Jamshed. I gues the selectors have sent Malik as a specialits batsman.

    After failing (he got only 4 wickets in 5 ODI's) in the entire ODI series again Sohail TANVIR is back in the T20I. This is shocking and that is an understatment. By leaving out JUNAID so consistently HAFEEZ is only proving beyond any shadow of doubt that his senses have taken his leave.

  • POSTED BY TeamSelector on | November 15, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Pakistan should try a different approach this game. Rely on their spinners ... 1-Shehzad, 2-Jamshed, 3-Maqsood, 4-Amin, 5-U.Akmal, 6-Hafeez, 7-Malik, 8-Razzak, 9-Afridi, 10-Ajmal, 11-Junaid

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | November 15, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Can we stop talking about "batting collapses" and start just admitting that we can't bat? Whenever someone in the team talks about "potential" or "talent", al they're talking about is that some players can smack it around in training. They have no idea what they are doing when they're out in the middle in a match situation. Misbah's the only one who can keep some composure throughout his innings. There is no such thing as "form" here. Hafeez scoring one century isn't going to convince anyone that he suddenly knows what he's doing with the bat.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    We need South Africa to bat first, so that atleast we can watch first half interestingly.

  • POSTED BY ihaq1 on | November 15, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    this is a t20 and pakistan can probably bat better...with batting in trouble one feels that they should play all available batsmen and drop abdur rehman, umar amin and tanvir...i think the next team should include the likes of sharjeel, sami aslam and even talha if he can bowl 150k's..te selectors should bring in upcoming players in t20's as a start and even fill in teh batting vacancies in teh one day team

  • POSTED BY ICCexpert.... on | November 15, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Can Pakistan be bold enought 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.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    i dont think we neeed abdur rehman in the team . we already hav 3 spinners.i think nasir jamshed can come and play as an opener with hafeez in at 3 at mqsood 4.the rest of the team is fine

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    they need to get rid of hafiz,he is not a good captain.get younus and start all over ,get rid of sohail tanver,umar amin,akmal brothers and even afridi,need fresh blood,when something is not working you make a change.

  • POSTED BY Habi on | November 15, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    IMO Pak does not lack talent but they need only psychologist to fine tune their minds. Also they have to rid off politics. Just see how Akmal played last innings. After all he is Pak's best bat and future and playing him at 6 in ODIs is ridiculous. Team should be 1 / 2 Nasir / Shehzad 3. Sohaib 4. Akmal 5/6/7. Razaq / Malik Afridi 8. Hafeez 9. Sohail 10. Ajmal 11. Junaid. Let Irfan take rest. If Hafeez fears Steyn that much then its better to take rest against SA matches...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 15, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Earlier it was supposed that there is rift among team and politics prevails but after misbah exit the things didn't change which shows that there are some more serious issues to be addressed

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 15, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Pakistan will have to bat extraordinary to win this match. they need a strong performance to lift the team up. easier said than done. every thing is going wrong so far for Pakistan. selection, board crisis, performance of batsmen. some individual performance needed from sm1 desperately.

  • POSTED BY 2nd_Slip on | November 15, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Nice to see Henry Davids finally get a chance. The best limited overs opener we have at in the country at the moment. Amla should come in at 3. Hate to say this but for me it looks like Greame's days in limited overs colours for the Proyeas are numbered.Davids,de Kock and Henino Kuhn should take over now and Greame must stick to tests where he is more valuable. Should be another easy victory for Pak lol #just kidding

  • POSTED BY ICCexpert.... on | November 15, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Can Pakistan be bold enought 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.

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | November 15, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    @shinewindies: Good luck to your featherbed centurions on competitive tracks of South Africa gainst world class bowling attack. I am wondering how will your "pace" bowlers survive against the best batsmen of test cricket. 3 tests and 7 ODIs whitewash would have been fun to watch. But you have to save your rankings I understand.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Where is number 8??? You've only named 10 players for the Pakistan probables!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    i Pakistan play with Bangladesh i m sure Bangladesh will be win all match

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Pakistan should play a series with Afganistan or Ireland. Not even Bangladesh or Zimbabwe as we have seen how these two teams have played recently esp BAN. Pak should form a new team with youngsters and keep Ajmal and Misbah as their only senior player and tour weaker nations to get more confidence. We dont want to see Pak get bashed by Zim with a big margin in wcup15.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    why don't they drop the stupid sohail tanvir????? He is a laughing stock as a fielder and as a batsman. And he is a very useless bowler whos job is to make the opponent batsman set..How can a player like him be a part of pakistan team? please use some brain....1.Nasir jamsed 2. shezad 3. akmal 4. Maqsood 5. Malik 6. Hafeez 7. Razzak 8. Afridi 9. Azmal 10. Irfan 11. junaid. Try this combination. Give inform akmal a chance to bat higher. Hide hafeez from stein at 5 and allow razzaq and afridi a go at 7 and 8. with this combination u have 8 batsmen and 7 bowlers...

  • POSTED BY shinewindies on | November 15, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    @mzm149, well thank heavens u actually consider 1 match out of so many ICC tournament matches in which India has defeated Pakistan( Be it ODIS or T20)

    All these matches were pressure matches in which Pakistan crumbled all the time.( Even when Pakistan had a decent team in 90's and early 2000's).

    Also read heading of the above mentioned article carefully.

    Pakistan under pressure TO SHOW FIGHT, not Pakistan under pressure TO WIN. Have a great day ahead.

  • POSTED BY SuperSharky on | November 15, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    The giant, Mohammed Irfan, is really a special player, also because of his height. Pakistan should rest his ankles and knees so that he could play a lot more ODI's & Test cricket. I think a good twenty twenty substitute could be Umar Gul. It's difficult to score from his bowling and he is able to reach the boundary, aerial route or down the ground style, with his bat. And maybe Misbah Ul Haq ahead of Malik. Believe it or not, but you do need sensible anchor innings also in twenty twenty cricket. The rest who played the last game should play again, because they've got dangerous qualities that can fire against the Proteas.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Pakistan will loose this match as usual......

  • POSTED BY Nabeell on | November 15, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    Funny to see people comparing Bangladesh and India with Pakistan by comparing their current performances & forgetting the fact that India and Bangladesh playing in home land and Pakistan away. India will be tested in SA in December and Bangladesh will know its standing in International Cricket once they face Ireland or Afghanistan!! For Pakistan, i strongly believe that local cricket has to be improved, with recent structural reforms in KPK (1 of the province in Pakistan) i believe that new emerging players will soon be part if Pak 11. Pakistan should play more batsman and trust their top 3 bowlers as much as India trust Sachin, Kohli and Dhoni. Irfan, Junaid and Saeed Ajmal should take responsibility of 30 overs and all rounders like Afridi and Hafeez should fill gap & play as bowling all rounders providing Pak11 a space to be filled with 2 specialist batsman

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    Pakistani still got great talent of players but only problem is selecting the right team... instead of going for too many all rounders they should consider couple of Specialist batsmen and bowlers... All the best for 2nd t2o...!

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | November 15, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    @shinewindies: I knew you will come up with World Cup records. Out of all defeats, India just beat Pakistan ONCE to reach finals and actually won the cup. I therefore just consider one World Cup win of 2011 to be significant. The rest are all ordinary ODIs.

  • POSTED BY shinewindies on | November 15, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    @mzm149 well totally agree with the overall record but i'll take this below mentioned record anytime:

    In ODI World Cups- Pakistan has always lost to India.

    In T20 World Cups- Again Pakistan has always lost to India.

    Again agreed that Pakistan defeated India in India recently as they played good cricket but i'll take the win in the Champions Trophy anytime(which ofcourse India Won without losing a game in the whole tournament including Practice matches).

    Mate just be patient for the two countries to start playing bilateral series again and you'll see the gap narrowing very soon. Cheers.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Pakistan has no cjance of improving all the more true as they have taken a backward step by selecting Malik and Razzak. The new player is struggling as well shows that the talent is not there, bringing in new players is the only hope............

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    Pakistan is not an unpredictable side anymore, we are now most predictable batting line-up. We have consistently failed to score runs, I used pray for Pakistan success no matter what but now for betterment of Pakistan cricket I'm praying for more batting failures so that we get rid of those old obsolete players (Hafeez, Malik, Razzaq, Misbah, Afridi, Wahab, Tanveer) forever. Unfortunately we will have to fail more to get rid of this mess.

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | November 15, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    @LionsofLanka: Look who is talking. Your full fledged team with Malinga, Herath, Kulasekra cannot defend 190 odd runs in 23 overs against New Zealand C team.

  • POSTED BY Captain_Tuk_Tuk on | November 15, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    @LionsofLanka Lots of people are saying lots of things our team always used to play like that against South Africa but Afridi's performance was good last year when Pakistan visited South Africa but he is under serious critics thats why he is unable to perform.

    Neither players are playing as a team nor fans are allowing them to play as a team there are two type of fans, Misbah fans and Hafeez and Afridi fans and statements that you see are from those fans. I wonder where are Pakistani fans? When will they realize that their team needs there support and when will they start supporting them? Its a team game we might have individual stars but we need to play as a team to win and fearless players like Afridi and Shoaib Maqsood are also unable to perform right now because of the lack of support or critics rest of the team, they are finding a way to hide from Steyn and Morkel. This strategy will take us no where.

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | November 15, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    @ shinewindies: Remember whichever game you like. The overall record of 71-50 in ODIs and 12-9 in tests in favor of Pakistan against speaks for itself.

  • POSTED BY shinewindies on | November 15, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    @mzm149 , well i dont go to much into past but the last time India played Pakistan this mediocre bowling line up of ours bowled you out for 150 and then we hammered the so called best bowling line up in the world to win by 8 wickets. And on top of every thing this happened in THE CHAMPIONS TROPHY.

  • POSTED BY LionsofLanka on | November 15, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    So which format does Pakistan play better?

    Test, ODI or T20???

    Nope.

    Where are the street bowlers in Karachi who are better than any team's bowlers? We have heard a lot about them from their fans on this forum. At present, their current crop struggling to take SAFA even 1 or 2 wickets. AB, Faf, De Cock & even Mclaren are drubbing this attack. Least to say about batting.

    So what next???

    Under arm in Local area is not bad IDEA.

  • POSTED BY kupakwasheem. on | November 15, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    the first t20 i would believe pakstan was now beginning to learn their lesson. Pakstan needs to bring a slogger at the top of the order, to make a flyer start. You would all agree with me that, the Pakstan team that toured to India with Afridi oppenning innings. That was really the best Pakstan team that was exiciting to watch. My line would be t20 1. Afridi 2. Shehzad 3.Jamsed 4 Masood 5 Umar Akmal 6 Hafeez 7 Razzaq 8 Rehman 9 Ajmal 10 Khan J 11 Ifran...... Haffez shld steer the innings at the end with Razzaq. At the top order he has been struggling.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    please bring misbah back ,atleast he can stay at wkt longer than other .

  • POSTED BY Mr.Blacksmith on | November 15, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster! are you joking? Bangladesh is better than Pakistan? never my dear, Pakistan has pressure on bangladesh as they are pressurized by SA right now. Put any other team against this pak team they will show u fight. this is mental approach, they need only one win and they will on their way. bangladesh is winning only on their backyard otherwise they always struggle even against Ireland and Afghanistan. Don't under estimate this pak team. only 3 struggling batsmen hafeez, afridi, jamshaid are better than 11 bangladeshi batsmen. i m not insulting banladesh or overrating these pak batsmen, but this is reality. proof is statistics. you can check it on espncricinfo. they are loosing its not mean that they are incapable but SA are more capable than them.

  • POSTED BY ICCexpert.... on | November 15, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Until club level cricketers like Hafeez, Malik, Tanvir, Akmal, and old players like Afridi, Razzaq (get a bone scan done and you will know their real ages, both are close to 39 and Misbah is 45) are all dropped and we induct a new young team of players like Sharjeel Khan, Harris Sohail, M. Talha, Hammad Azam, Usman Qadir, Sami Aslam, Mohammad Rizwan, Raza Hasan, Usman Salahuddin etc we will never win against major teams.

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Doesn't matter what Pakistan will do tomorrow they will loose again it's lack of temperament lack of decpline and short in confidence.also poor team selection, playing with 7 or 8 bowlers where batsman are letting the team down. Also they need to work on their fielding .

  • POSTED BY haris001 on | November 15, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    pak team should be .......... ahmad nasir hafeez sohaib malik umar razzaq afridi tanvir ajmal irfan

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | November 15, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: Pakistan should play a bilateral series with India to regain confidence. Your bowlers like Ishant, Dinda etc will give enough confidence to Pakistani batting lineup. Last time we played in India with pretty much the same team our batting performed better and we won the series.

    As far as losing to Bangladesh is concerned, I remember last time India played Bangladesh in Asia Cup the results were in Bangladesh's favor courtesy your world class bowling line up.

  • POSTED BY SHER-A-PANJAB on | November 15, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    SA should play this game positively ,they must try to sweep it .if they don't so it means a choke again because they have to tackle these kind of situation like Q..final ,and Semi final.thus this is must win for SA , .D.Kock and Davi should open and Amla come down PAk team nothing to loose. So Let's see good game.....Good Luck

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    I hope Hafeez goes for duck, Afridi goes for duck to ( well no need to hope for that). Shoaib mailk goes for duck and Umar akmal makes 30-40 odd run and then give it away. Razzaq may or may not tick however there are no expectations. So conclusion we have two batsmen Shezad and Maqsood they gotta make really big score otherwise Pakistan will barely make it to 100

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    wher is umar gul ?

    can anybody answer

  • POSTED BY on | November 15, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    the problem is not with Pakistani team. the problem is with management and coaching staff. why there are 3 to 4 coaches??? who need them??? n wht abut management and selectors wht they are doing??? There should b only 3 officials with the squad 1. Senior coach can b Wasim Akram the best choice. 2. Batting Coach can b Inzamam-ul-Haq n 3. Is Doc.. And these coaches should first mentally prepare boys then need to give them alot of practice. Annd for captain Misbah is best option n when he will b retire a youngster should b given a chance who can b captain of team in long run.. please send my advice to Pak board I think tis is only way to save our taem...

  • POSTED BY cricktarian on | November 15, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    No planning in team selection, no planning in batting, no planned preparations to face Dale etc, no commitment at all.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | November 15, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    Sorry my dear Pakistani friends, but your team is unfit to play international cricket. With such a poor batting line up, PAK is struggling to even put up 100 runs in T20 cricket. What a shameful state of affairs. I bet Bangladesh will whitewash PAK if they played each other now. Really really feel sorry for PAK cricket. SA should win this game too.

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    I cannot understand why Pakistan is playing with 7 bowlers i.e hafeez, Razaq, shoib malik, shahid afrdi, sohail tanvir, saeed ajmal and M Irfan. It would be good to retire tanvir and bring some batsman

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | November 14, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    They need someone to bat through, another few to bat with him, partnerships to form and more resistance put up. In short, they need more dedication and more fight. LOL. You mean they need Misbah back.

  • POSTED BY Shantul on | November 14, 2013, 22:53 GMT

    Well Pak only took 14 man squad for the t20. three sitting outside were Jamshed, Amin, and Junaid. If I am selecting the team I will bring in all three for rehman, tanvir, and Irfan (he deserves a rest)! definitely bring both batsman to strengthen the batting line-up. Pak do have bowling line up!! I hope hafeez don't make the same mistake AGAIN!!!! GO Team Green!!!

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

    Firstly Drop Hafeez he is useless ( you play hafeez steyn will kick his butt yet again or play him at number 11 only as a bowler if you want him in the team ) .. The best 11 which can cope up with SA attack can be : 1. Ahmed Shahzad 2 .jamshed 3 . Razzaq 4 , Shoaib . 5 Umar akmal 6 .malik 7 Afridi , 8 tanvir 9 irfan 10 ajmal 11 junaid

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 14, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    if someone gets out or should i say scred of bowler like tahir wht worse can be

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    After watching domestic cricket closely, I have prepared the below T20 team for Pakistan:

    1) Ahmed Shahzad 2) Sharjeel Khan 3) Zain Abbas 4) Sohaib Maqsood 5) Umer Akmal 6) Rehan Afridi 7) Mansoor Amjad 8) Abdul Razzaq 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Junaid Khan 11) Muhammad Irfan

    This line up gives you hard hitting new talent and six bowling unit (including Sohaib Maqsood). If you think the bowling goes a little too inexperienced then add Shahid Afridi in place of Rahan Afridi and Muhammad Hafeez in place of Mansoor Amjad.

    Thanks

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | November 14, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    Umar Akmal should be in the Pakistan team for all forms of the game. He's a terrific young batsmen, just behind Rutherford, Williamson and Darren Bravo, and a bit further behind Kohli and Joe Root. His 2nd innings at Lords in the "%spot-fixing match" was magnificent and memorable, and showed a brilliant amount of skill, courage and fight in the face of adversity.

    Surely Pakistan have better bowlers than Sohail Tanvir. He's a poor bowler. When he played for Hampshire this year he was very unpopular among the members because of his frequent 9 and 10 ball overs and his joke laziness and embarassing ability when fielding. Move on from him.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 14, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    I just can't understand why they are not giving chance to junaid in first three Odis I don't why they kept going with whahb he is a useless bowler who can a bat a bit if u want all rounder than pick a batting all rounder who can bowl like hammad azam because I had enough of players like wahab Amin and tanvir the are useless and please give chance to maqsood he is looking like future captain

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    M. Hafeez threatened by Shoaib Maqsood's form floated the middle order batsman to open the innings so that he wouldn't have to face Steyn. Very little chance of Pakistan bouncing back, more than a batting coach, the team needs a batting psychologist to take them out of this Steyn trauma.

  • POSTED BY Raja_naveed_khan on | November 14, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    i think main problem is the selection of Playing 11. Pak batting Is weak so they should consider more specialist batsmen than little allrounders, Afridi /hafeez, Ajmal, Junaid , Irfan and Razzaq. 5 Bowlers, jamshed,shehzad, maqsood,Amin,Akmal and one more specialist batsman, when you have 5 bowlers you don,t need to select any player for his bowling abilities if you want to strengthen the batting.

  • POSTED BY roook on | November 14, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    Pakistan lacks proper batsman with sound technique all our younster are struggling against short balls bring back muhammed yousuf he still have three to four cricket left in him else pakistan will get more embarssment

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    Pakistan should have given Shan Masood (left handed) a go with Ahnmed Shahzad in ODI's and maybe T20's if he was selected, if not Nasir Jamshed at the top. Sohaib is a classic one-down player, we should keep it at that. AND please remove these so called all rounders from the team like Malik, Tanvir, Hafeez, Wahab, they never play for the team. Keep Razzaq, he always delivers when the team is in need of him and groom Hammad Azam along with other players. Pakistan need to develop a pool of players for the top-five batting postion, i would include Shahzad, Shan, Nasir, Sharjeel, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam, Harris Sohail, Sohaib Maqsood, Usman Salahuddin, and Umar Akmal. These are the payers that should feature for Pakistan in preparation for the WC, so we can select our best eleven.

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    AB de Villiers vs Dale Steyn .. Watch in Youtube what a beauty ,i mean it. You will enjoy it. Steyn has variety and he tries to bowl that variety of bowling to perfection mark and he just practice;s that for every match nothing else. For example to say a few: Yorker (every time he tries to bowl just see in any match its at exact same spot every single time and this is because Steyn has practised these things over and over again , slow ball aimed at wickets then bouncer just the right height etc.So its his hard effort;s that have put him up there, for anything hard efforts are the key to success and that is real homework for individual performances. He has exact plan if he gets hit for four or six what he;s to bowl next its well thought out bowling logic and a batsman who first face him thinks that its just amazing and the impression;s of Steyn;s Body Language to the Batsman does the real harm to the batsman;s confidence and Steyn nurtures his confidence from this successful efforts :)

  • POSTED BY roook on | November 14, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Pakistan could not develop a single proper ODI batsman for last 3 year. In every series we go with a new batting line-up. Misbah is a confused captain first we bring younis khan then azhar ali, shoaib malik then umar amin all of them failed and we are going to repeat this cycle once again. First we need to bring stability in our batting line up with roles. Shoaib malik nor Younis khan deserves to be in ODI both averages 30 and have pathetic strike rates. Umar akmal should be playing at 4 or 3 dwon else discard hime from ODI he is not a finisher.

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    Pakistan should make a team combination with young & experienced cricketer.These young cricketer has talent but need some body to hold their nerve at crucial period.A cricketer like Afridi should be kicked out. Cuz he think his job is for bowling only. Now shorter formats of game a team need at least seven genuine bats man who will never throw their wicket for the crowd. If they play for their nation then public will salute them even in their off form. Pakistan should get the hard hitter like Paterson,Devilliers,and complete batsman like Hashim Amla. If you want to follow from your own then be like Miandad,Saeed Anowar & Ingi. Ramiz always a bluff master.He says that Hafiz is a professor but I feel he is just don't know how to bat against a bowler like Steyn. Even Imran Tahir is a threat for Pakistan!!!Hahhh celukas...

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | November 14, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    If Pakistan select a team as suggested by Moonda in this article, they are sure to repeat the performance of the 1st T20 game. Pakistn do not need 4 specialist bowlers and 4 all-rounders. They need a lot of specialist batsment. Their bowling purpose will be better served with Irfan, Junaid, Razzaq, Ajmal, Afridi & Hafeez . Others have to be good specialist Batsmen. I find no place for Malik & Tanvir in the team. I am inserting Umar Amin only because there are no other batsmen in the squad.

    My XI - Jamshed, Shehzad, Maqsood, U.Akmal, Hafeez, Amin, Razzaq, Afridi, Ajmal, Junaid, Irfan. BUT I AM SURE HAFFEZ WILL NOT MAKE THE SELECTION ON THESE LINES. I am sure he will repeat a selection like the 1st game and we will see the same result again.

    .

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | November 14, 2013, 19:35 GMT

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

    With this XI Pakistan should have batting ability up to 9. Mohammad Irfan should be dropped cuz he will be tired by now. This team doesn't have the overrated Tanvir in the line-up. Pakistan should go with this line-up cuz all of the people with batting capability in the squad r in the team and Hafeez is safer from Steyn at no. 5/6 while still using a regular opener. Seeing that Hafeez really likes his bowlers there are still 7 bowling options (Amin counted) in the team and Maqsood can be a good part-time bowler as well. But Pakistan need to keep in mind that their fielding will need to be great as well to win this, simply picking the best 11 is not enough to ensure victory if the fielders cant stop runs, take catches or hit the stumps.

  • POSTED BY PureProteas49 on | November 14, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    @Andre Kol, Brilliant, you have summed it all up, these guys and every other team see Steyn tearing in at 160+km/h they just about mess themselves

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | November 14, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Playing a left hander up the order against Steyn will be a good idea. Steyn's outswingers will become inswingers for him. Nasir Jamshed appears to be perfect choice. He is the most technically sound batsman in this current lot. He usually doesn't get out in slips and is a good player of swing. The problem with him is that he sometimes throws his wicket away by slogging. He needs to overcome this weakness and he will become one of the greats. The best way to overcome ones weakness is through practice and international exposure. We need to give him more chances. He had some fitness issues and we saw he has worked them out already.

    If you have batsmen like de Villiers, Pietersen, Watson, Trott and Hussey etc in your team, then it makes perfect sense to rest promising youngster like Jamshed. But when you have Hafeez, Malik, Afridi, Akmal and Misbah in your team, then I would not consider any other factor apart from favoritism in keeping Jamshed out.

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | November 14, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    Pakistan need to plan well before they come out to play tomorrow. SA show a lot of respect to the current best spinner in the world Ajmal and we should do the same to the current best fast bowler in the world Steyn. Pakistan need to learn how to play short balls and to leave wide balls. Pakistan can win if they play Steyn cautiously by making only 20 something runs off him and attack the others including Tahir. Pakistan need to bring in more batting options and not bowlers(they had 8 bowling options in 1st t20). If Hafeez messes this up to then I think it might be time to give someone else captaincy. I think Umar Akmal could be given a chance cuz responsibility may make him better and he would be smart enough to play himself at no.3 or 4 and he might make some one else wicket keep. He could become captain in t20s and ODIs whereas in tests either Azhar Ali or Asad Shafiq could be captain. Pakistan need to put fate in youngsters like India did with Kohli and SA did when Smith was young.

  • POSTED BY asim229 on | November 14, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    I think pak lost because the anti-Misbah lobby was trying too hard to win this game to prove to the board that we can do better without Misbah being captain but by doing so they panicked and lost badly. But I like the fact that atleast they were trying something different yesterday rather than just waiting for something to happen.

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | November 14, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    Pakistan need to believe in their youth, if u look at Pakistan's t20 squad only shehzad, junaid, jamshed, maqsood, tanvir, akmal & amin are under 30. On the other hand SA's t20 squad only Amla, Davids, Tahir, Mclaren and Steyn are 30 or over(although they a lot of the people under 30 are 29). SA is getting the rewards of playing young guys from de Kock and even Pakistan got rewarded for this from Maqsood in ODIs and Akmal in t20s. Pakistan need to give a chance to young batting talents such as: babar azam, sami aslam, sharjeel khan, fawad alam, haris sohail etc... and bowling talents such as: Raza Hassan, Anwar Ali, Hammad Azam, Usman Qadir etc... If new guys fail its ok cuz its not as bad as seeing these older, much more experienced players making fools of themselves and the country. As long as Pakistan young guns are given confidence and given many chances to prove themselves Pakistan cricket team will move forward. But by selecting old guys we r moving backwards.

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    one thing that our players need to practice......SHORT BALLS.a lot of our players keep getting out on that kind of ball. the south Africans know the will get wickets whit that ball and we need to learn how to counter it

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | November 14, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    For this next t20 I wont be expecting Pakistan to win(I'll still hope they win) cuz they have completely destroyed expectations every time they were given a chance. I thought Hafeez is a better captain then Misbah but he made bad mistakes due to fear of facing Steyn (Faf probably would've made sure Hafeez faced Steyn anyways) so he doesn't deserve captaincy in ODIs. A captain that fears an opposing player (even if that player is the current best fast bowler) doesnt deserve to be captain cuz he wont even be able to play with confidence. An unconfident captain will just do things like Hafeez did and he wont be able to encourage his team. Its time to make some bold decisions for Pakistan cricket. They have to think with logic. They must give young players loads of chances and be impatient seniors. If there is anything we can learn from India its that u should trust youth and no one should be in the team based on past performances. Pakistan have to take a risk to get out of this mess.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 14, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    @imranmujtaba i diagree. Although a poor batsman, hafeez is an excellent captain, way better than the likes of misbah, afridi and younus. The fault isn't with the captain, its with the whole team. Even Imran wld have failed with a team like this.

  • POSTED BY imranmujtaba on | November 14, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Although Hafeez as bad captain as Misbah but Pakistan will bounce back T20 as this format suit Pak player. Pak need Nasir & U Ameen (no choice, keep him at no. 9) in and S Tanvir & A Rahman out. As A Razzaq and 4 spinners can fill the Gap.

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    TO Hafeez Buddy : Your biggest enemy is your Fear and Not Steyn.

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    SA had well known the danger Abdul Razzaq poses to any team , so they indeed considered themselves lucky as the way he had started he was certainly looking in good form and looking to take on SA bowlers however again SA had done their homework and they had thought Abdul Razzaq will be out on short ball so credit to their bowling plans on this occasion and similarly the plan against shoaib malik that he will come down the pitch to hit for six for that sort of delivery as he done in his past career was well devised plan too. Pakistan Bowling needs to make strong statement too in the second T20 its just not batting. Please Pakistan do your homework before coming to the pitch.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 14, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    I mean whos idea was it to change the batting order it was fine the way it was. batting we cnt bat 2 save our lives

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 14, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    If our batting is so weak why don't just go with 2 regular bowlers, Ajmal and Junaid/Irfan/Gul (when he's back). i think Hafeez, Afridi, Razzaq and Malik are more than capable of bowling the other 12 overs. In this way, we'll bat deep, till No. 9 to be precise. Our playing eleven is usually full of all rounders who don't even get to ball a single over.

    Go with 5 batsmen, 4All rounders and 2 bowlers and you'll be able to get a decent score on the board

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 14, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Pakistan need to play good.openers are afraid of Steyn with the new ball

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | November 14, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    I would say if Hafeez has problem facing Steyn which we know surely is, it would be better for him to come further down the order may be at no. 5 or 6. Playing XI in next match should be:

    1. Shehzad 2. Jamshed 3. Maqsood 4. Akmal 5. Hafeez 6. Malik 7. Razzaq 8. Rehman 9. Ajmal 10. Junaid 11. Irfan

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 14, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Pakistan will win this t20. Don't insult my team calling club team. They will bounce back hard with same players. They selected wrong team in ist t20. There were only 2 specialist batsmen 3 bowlers and 5 all rounders and keeper. They need 4 specialist batsmen 3 bowlers 3 all rounders and keeper They need to get over from odi defeat. We r better team than chokers if our batting gets back on the track. Good luck pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    SA are going to go with same team in second T20 , you should have plans for their every batsman even for their lower order as SA did in last game. Have plans to Bat first or second , Look Carefully who is the weakness in your team and your strengths. Combination of Batsman & Bowlers what's needed exactly, Whats the role of your openers and whats the role of All-rounders . What score realistically you should aim from batting perspective and know limitation what score you can defend with your bowling. All Players should have a clear defined role in the team and so do the bowlers, whom Batsman each bowler will be looking to target. What fielding plan upsets SA players and what mindset of SA Batsman troubled them in their past performances, There;s lots of weaknesses just exploit them and thrive on your strengths. SA batsman going to be feeling the pressure too as their labelled as Choker;s never forget that and there's one thing if they don't do right Pakistan will have the upper hand.

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    SA are a very good side, and the investment we made into youth over the last 18-24 months is now finally starting to pay off, with Parnell, De Kock, Miller, getting Duminy back from injury, and Tahir & Tsotsobe hitting their peaks.

    Not to mention, DALE STEYN.

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Please dnt make extravagant expirience. Dnt give chance to Aaron phangiso,He will give 40/50 run in 4 over,if u give rest tahir than give chance Wiese,Henry David will make spinning option. But dnt give chance to worst baller lyk phangiso. DNT GIVE REST abd in final put Henry Davids in place of amla

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Pakistan should announce new captain I would suggest Sohaib Maqaood, guy has got a masters degree, he looks decent, and see has good head on his shoulders, PCB should set an example and appoint him captain like SA did 11 years ago. My 11s for tomorrow's match Nasir, Shehzad, Sohaib, Umer Akmal, Shoaib, Hafeez, Razaaq, Afridi, IRfan, ajmal, Junaid

  • POSTED BY GermanPlayer on | November 14, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    @Warraich. Not being able to play matches at home should only make them stronger! By the way, it has been a ling known fact that the clay for pitches in UAE goes from Pakistan!

    Just so you know, during the current rankings period, Pakistan has played 50 ODIs, only second to India's 55! Pakistan have in no way any dearth of cricket. Stop using excuses to hide the pathetic abilities and politics of your team and board!

  • POSTED BY aztecs on | November 14, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    I agree with some of the comments. Hafeez aka Professor (what a insult to the academics) is a useless captain. The captaincy should be handed to Umar Akmal for potential grooming. Younger players need to be tried in this format. If you persist with the same retarded sorry I meant retired players then at least show some spine. Hafeez needs to face his demons but is cowardly hiding away. I agree hafeez is not an opener as his technique like many Pakistani Batsman is flawed. They need to also get rid of Whatmore, despite him being a brilliant coach his services are rendered useless on a bunch of goat herders. What you need is another goat herder like Inzi, if a playa don't listen he gets slapped up. Its the only way to discipline these Pakistani Batsman and get the best out of them.

  • POSTED BY Aura123 on | November 14, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Come on Cornered Tigers :)

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 14, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Hafeez needs to go for good

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Shahid Afridi has really put himself under the belts of critics and its due to his so bold stance of not accepting his people want to see him score runs and not get out every time with few 5 or 10 runs on board , in short take responsibility. Umar Akmal was indeed lucky to be given not out as it was 50-50 chance of survival/out so decision was given in batsman's favor. If Pakistan is to win next match they need to figure out how they are going to manage few singles in each over. Think Small and Achieve Greatness. Pakistan perhaps should aim at 50-70 runs with wickets in hand then later overs go all guns blazing and aim at 140-150 score. Play with Plan and not under pressure is the Key , realize your individual weakness and improve it. This team really had the potential to win the first T20 but it rather went with the weak mindset and having not learnt from its fate of not learning & practicing already practiced short ball poor form , in short i want to see a new energized Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    Pakistan's ability to fight against a top side like South Africa is finished as yhey have Malik and Razzak back they need to find new players from domestic ccricket rather than trying these useless cricketers

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 17:17 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

  • POSTED BY umairaslum on | November 14, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    The only disappointing thing was failure of Shehzad and Maqsood. Rest have no part in Future in terms of success. Afridi is more suited to advertisements. He likes himself more than playing for the country. Hafeez has served and his services are no longer required. Plus he is too scared of steyn. SA is wasting time with Pakistan. Toothless opposition won't help in preparation for T20 cup.

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Pakistan's batting is more vulnerable after the inclusion of Razzaq and Malik they are tried tested and failed players no right to be in the team..............

  • POSTED BY s381769 on | November 14, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    No 15 players in PAK who can really lift PAK people's hopes up to the expectation , it's really unfortunate that a land who produce players like Saeed Anwar, Inzamamul Haq, Muhammad Yusuf, Javed Miadad, Haneef Mohammad, Zaheer Abbas, is now struggling for perfect 15 members, at the moment domestic tournament is in progress and non of the player looks like a consistant.

  • POSTED BY Mr.Blacksmith on | November 14, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    cricket is not interesting and hilarious without pakistan, but this pak team is just licking the dust. we as a cricket fans want pak team to come to blows. they were unpredictable but now they are even worse. com'on pakistan get back your pomp. we are waiting your counter march towards your GRANDILOQUENCE in cricket world. Hope we will be served with some best performances from both sides in the next game.

  • POSTED BY Abd_125-pak. on | November 14, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Pakistan need to drop sohail tanvir, Abdul Reham (4Spinners already) and Irfan(fitness) and bring in Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz (As batting Allrounder And bowl if necessary) with Nasir JAmshed (He may Provide a batting strength up the Order).

    Pak should on play 1 fast bowler and Attack with Abdul Razzaq with the other end

  • POSTED BY Z.Saleem on | November 14, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    they need to open with regular openers, and Hafeez should come at 4-5 as its very clear he can't come of the Steyn fear, 1) Jamshed and 2) Ahmed should open, with U. Akmal on 3, followed by 4) Maqsood, 5) Hafeez, 6) Malik, 7) Razzaq, 8) Afridi, 9) Tanvir, 10) Ajmal, 11) Junaid.

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    The way Pak batsmen are playing it is a shame ,we could see one person still fighting out(Misbah)is out.Ah...........

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 16:44 GMT

    please stop criticizing Pakistani Players. Think about the fact that Pakistan cannot play international matches at their home. I am pretty much impressed with Hafeez's captaincy. with this kind of a batting one cannot apply his captain skills on the team perfectly. Hafeez is a brave captain.

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

    Boom Boom Shahid Afrdi should score 50

  • POSTED BY mattandy on | November 14, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Frankly guys, don't hope for a Pak win. If they win, BIG IF, it will probably due to the all rounders and the bowlers. Pak will never win with these Club level batsmen. Therefore, don't count on your Captain and the young talents. Only player that impressed me and may change the game is Abdul Razzak. He seemed to have a fluency in his batting and if he fails Pak will go down with him...

  • POSTED BY Captain_Tuk_Tuk on | November 14, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    @Stark62 Agreed Misbah and Younis are not needed as its not about surviving 20 overs even Shoaib Malik wasted 4 overs for just 12 runs. Its not about surviving 20 overs its about scoring runs :)

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Can someone plz explain why pakistan pick sohail Tanweer every time this guy can not bowl.Bat and is fielding is even worse than Mohammed Irfan

  • POSTED BY sharab_Kabab on | November 14, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    For SA Tour and T20 World Cup, DROP losers like Afridi, Amin, Shafiq and Hafeez. Bring in young talent like Sami Aslam, Sharjeel, Harris and Maqsood. Give them more consistent chances and build a unit. Get rid of worst captains in the world Misbah/Hafeez.

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    pakistan batting is under alot of pressure but learning from failure is the most wise thing. I consider this failure before world T20 as a point for Pakistan to rethink and made a stand that who will be captain for the next ODI world cup 2015. and who will given chances for how many matches, it shoud be clear in everyones mind that a new player will be given 5 chances of 10 chances to show performance, not like the present situation in which every one is uncertain about their future. why not Pakistan gave a chance to young players like Sami Aslam, Kamran Ghulam (Under 19 players) and anwar ali and remove shahid afridi and ther other old players from the team but keeping misbah as he is the only reliable player and he can groom those youngsters.

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | November 14, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    @ aishmal Before this mach, Pak's form guide read as the following: W W W W W.

    That was achieved without the services of Younis or Misbah and they are definitely not needed in T20's but Misbah maybe of use in ODI's (not as captain), whilst Younis is only good for Tests.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 14, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Pakistan need to win this match at all costs to preserve their ranking. Best of luck to the green shirts for tommorow!!!!

  • POSTED BY aishmal on | November 14, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    i think without misbah and younis pakistan batting is absolutly zero. They r the trump card and back bone of pak batting and without them pakistan couldn't handle the precise, swing and seam bowling of south africans

  • POSTED BY Mr.Blacksmith on | November 14, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Hafeez has proved himself as a coward captain in tha last match. He was so afraid of Styn gun as he sent Maqsood to open the innings (and maqsood has never open an innings in domestic career) but his bad luck continued as shahzad caught on slip early, again to avoid styn he sent afridi befoer himself, this trick also didn't work and this time maqsood trapped against styn, now he had to come on the crease to face his fate, now styn realigned towards hafees and coward hafeez is quivering and trembling against the gun and result is as usual. styn making fun at him as he taken down the peg and hafeez inclining his head got back to the pevillion. Shame Shame really Shame on Hafeez.

  • POSTED BY Asif111 on | November 14, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Best Pak Team in Batting orderand it have all the good players in form ,,,Nasir Jamshed,Maqsood,Shehzad,Hafeez,Malik,U Akmal,Razzaq Afridi, Sohail Tanvir,Ajmal,Mohammad Irfan

  • POSTED BY Smahuta on | November 14, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    I hope SA don't experiment too much and go for the jugular by taking a win and the number 2 spot! Go South Africa!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Pakis hae got a great side and talent .. Main thing is on the day brilliance.. and they are capable of doing that .. They have to take the politics out of the team and play as a unit .. the only thing I can see in them is they are not playing as a Unit and to be fair you can't win matches at that level by doing that .. !! Secondly roles should be defined to everyone in the side ..

    Hope for the best .. (Y)

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    in my opinion some changing need in pakistan side first change the captain and back imran nazir into T20 squad and awais zia new batsman shoaib masood played very well and give rest to afridi and back junaid in bowling side and ahmed shezad is perfect open with ahmed shezad and imran nazir and make team with those people who perfrom with bat

  • POSTED BY ketaann on | November 14, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    good to see steyn playing t20i after big gap. He is just too good. One more think why pak selectors ignored misbah n younis both are far better than this youngsters.

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    @qasim ali: yes i agree with you. Not only fitness but also form is a problem at the moment. But the available squad has left not many options. the squad was packed with bowling all rounders & bowlers. in 1st game only amin & jamshed were left out and come in batsman category. Jamshaid is far better than amin to me.

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | November 14, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    I could easily see Pakistan winning the next game. T20 is an unpredictable format and Pakistan is the most unpredictable team in the world. Yes their batting is struggling, but with only 120 balls to face it only takes one or two batsmen to perform. The game is 50-50 and I say that as an SA supporter.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 14, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    for me wht available for selction ideal pak team 1 shahzad 2 jamshad 3 hafeez 4 maqsood 5 amain 6 u akmal 7 afridi 8 razzak 9 ajmal 10 junaid 11 irfan no place for tanveer use razzaq instead of him and for capitan he will have 6 bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    i think pakistan must drop irfan from this format because t20 is a different format and we need more fitter players sohail tanveer is good variety but his ground fielding is terrible is not fit enough to play in this format and guys are talking about nasir jamshed again i also wish to see him as an opener but question mark is on his fitness do you guys agree with me?

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

    Playing so many all rounders ( more bowling all rounders not batting ) was a mistake.

    They should go with this. 1-Nasir 2- Ahmed 3- Maqsood 4- umar 5-Malik 6- hafeez 7- Razak 8-Afridi 9- Ajmal 10-junaid 11-Irfan

    Or even try to strengthen batting by dropping Junaid for a batsman. razak is more than capable of bowling 2-3 overs of medium fast as 2nd option. Though i dont think umar amin will make much difference as he & nasir were only 2 batsmen left out in 1st game and squad is full of bowlers and bowling all rounders.

  • POSTED BY xylofon on | November 14, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed or theres no point. And if he fails dont count him out, give the man a bit of rope - HE certainly deserves it.

    Interesting comment about Shoaib Malik, indeed, if he can keep himself from suicide batting it might be good idea to play him but at the same time it raises the question if this is the right format for him. if they play him then please not later than nr 4.

    It is wonderful to see Umar Akmal playing mature batting for once - he does not do that often.

    A Rehman failed in a situation where hafeez would never take the bowling. Rehman is a great bowler! Maybe T20 is not for him though.

    My playing X1 from current squad incl. hafeez and afridi whom I think shouldnt play but one is captain and the other cash/entertaimnet important:

    Malik/Shehzad/JAMSHED!/Maqsood/Akmal/Amin/Hafeez/Afridi/Razzaq/Khan/Ajmal

    DREAM TEAM T20:

    Shehzad/K. Akmal/Jamshed/H Sohail//U Akmal/Sharjeel Khan/NEWBATMSAN/U Gul/J Khan/E Adil/Ajmal

    This is a GREAT fielding unit too!

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Good Luck Pakistan Team. I know U r the best in this Business. Time to Stand Up and prove Ur worth now! Enough criticism. U have made till the stage, only thing left is performance. We Support U and believe in all of YOU!

  • POSTED BY ARID88 on | November 14, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    jamshed shehzad hafeez maqsood malik akmal afridi razzaq ajmal junaid irfan winning order nd combination

  • POSTED BY Hasith287 on | November 14, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    oh come on south africa.win series

  • POSTED BY Captain_Tuk_Tuk on | November 14, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Pakistan shouldn't panic they should just stick to the game plan. Maqsood on top order was terrible mistake. Nasir Jamshed should come back for Rehman as we played 2 batsman short last time this time we should be ready as we are a better team just show some faith guys. Hope to see some fight tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY imranmujtaba on | November 14, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Pak should bring in Nasir J instead of Sohail T. As they need 8-9 batsman not 8 bowlers. Abdul R can open the spell with Irfan/Junaid. Nasir and Ahmed Should open the innings for Pak with Maqsood, Umar, Abdul R & Afridi in middle order. Hafeez and Malik lower middle order. I bet Pakistan can put good total. This look good batting line up for T20, even ODI. Just these bunch people need to gain some confidence.

  • POSTED BY TexanBlue on | November 14, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Firdose did you forget to name the #8 player for Pakistan? I guess it doesn't matter who plays and who misses out because the result seems so obvious now after a series of continued batting disasters. Pakistan should consider Haris Sohail, Kamran Akmal and Imran Nazir for T20s and bring back Azhar Mahmood as captain. For Friday's match play Nasir and Ahmad as openers followed by Sohaib, U.Akmal, Hafeez, Malik, Razzaq, Afridi, Ajmal, irfan and Junaid. This will be the most correct batting order IMO and a very balanced team composition with four proper batsman, 3 all-rounders (sorry I don't count Afridi as an all-rounder, he's only a bowler deserves to be batting at 8 and lower, and 3 bowlers. The captain will have the option of using as many as 7 bowlers including himself, 4 spinners and 3 pacers. The batsmen should play their natural game and must go on an all out attack to give them some confidence ahead of the return series. No need of any fear guys, just enjoy the game and savor win

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    1-Ahmed , 2-Nasir , 3-Sohaib , 4-Akmal(Keeper) , 5-Amin , 6-Shoaib , 7-Afridi* , 8-A Razzak , 9-Saeed , 10-Irfan , 11-Junaid This is my Pak XI. Hafeez should not play, as if captain is afraid from opponent member(s), how could we expect better performance from rest of the team. In this combination, we have 4 front-line bowlers (Irfan/Junaid/Ajmal/Afridi), 2 alrounders (A Razzak/Shoaib) and fighting captain (Afridi).

  • POSTED BY kevaldedhia813 on | November 14, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    There are too many changes and too much pressure on pakistani batsman. I think should stick around with the same players to give stability to the side. With World Cup coming up round the corner you cant afford to have unsure players in your team. Baber, jamshed razzak malik junaid and afridi and many others are always shaded out of blue which creates problem for the team. make them play till world cup and you might seem them winning T20 world cup.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 14, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    my team would be jamshed shehzad hafeez maqsood akmal amin afridi razzaq ajmal junaid irfan

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | November 14, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Why would Maqsood be dropped? I'm an SA supporter but I thought he was impressive in the ODIs and anyone can fail in a T20. Pakistan would be better off getting more young players like him in the team and they could start building for the future instead of sticking with old players who are not delivering.

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Tsotsobe is admirable for his commitment and revitalised work ethic - now this is the man I admire and remember. He merits his place and is a superstar. Watch out cricketing world, the man is back with a vengeance!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 14, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    why would anyone put amin in he doesn't have any power in his shots malik is a better option as hes got experience and ability to hit the ball !

  • POSTED BY ICCexpert.... on | November 14, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Ahmed Shehzad Nasir Jamshed Sohaib Maqsood Umar Akmal (wk) Mohammad Hafeez (c) Abdul Razzaq Shahid Afridi Umar Amin ( has to be in the team as there is no other choice) Saeed Ajmal Junaid Khan Mohammad Irfan

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    we want to see last kick of a dying horse

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    we want to see last kick of a dying horse

  • POSTED BY ICCexpert.... on | November 14, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Ahmed Shehzad Nasir Jamshed Sohaib Maqsood Umar Akmal (wk) Mohammad Hafeez (c) Abdul Razzaq Shahid Afridi Umar Amin ( has to be in the team as there is no other choice) Saeed Ajmal Junaid Khan Mohammad Irfan

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 14, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    why would anyone put amin in he doesn't have any power in his shots malik is a better option as hes got experience and ability to hit the ball !

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Tsotsobe is admirable for his commitment and revitalised work ethic - now this is the man I admire and remember. He merits his place and is a superstar. Watch out cricketing world, the man is back with a vengeance!!!

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | November 14, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Why would Maqsood be dropped? I'm an SA supporter but I thought he was impressive in the ODIs and anyone can fail in a T20. Pakistan would be better off getting more young players like him in the team and they could start building for the future instead of sticking with old players who are not delivering.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 14, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    my team would be jamshed shehzad hafeez maqsood akmal amin afridi razzaq ajmal junaid irfan

  • POSTED BY kevaldedhia813 on | November 14, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    There are too many changes and too much pressure on pakistani batsman. I think should stick around with the same players to give stability to the side. With World Cup coming up round the corner you cant afford to have unsure players in your team. Baber, jamshed razzak malik junaid and afridi and many others are always shaded out of blue which creates problem for the team. make them play till world cup and you might seem them winning T20 world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | November 14, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    1-Ahmed , 2-Nasir , 3-Sohaib , 4-Akmal(Keeper) , 5-Amin , 6-Shoaib , 7-Afridi* , 8-A Razzak , 9-Saeed , 10-Irfan , 11-Junaid This is my Pak XI. Hafeez should not play, as if captain is afraid from opponent member(s), how could we expect better performance from rest of the team. In this combination, we have 4 front-line bowlers (Irfan/Junaid/Ajmal/Afridi), 2 alrounders (A Razzak/Shoaib) and fighting captain (Afridi).

  • POSTED BY TexanBlue on | November 14, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Firdose did you forget to name the #8 player for Pakistan? I guess it doesn't matter who plays and who misses out because the result seems so obvious now after a series of continued batting disasters. Pakistan should consider Haris Sohail, Kamran Akmal and Imran Nazir for T20s and bring back Azhar Mahmood as captain. For Friday's match play Nasir and Ahmad as openers followed by Sohaib, U.Akmal, Hafeez, Malik, Razzaq, Afridi, Ajmal, irfan and Junaid. This will be the most correct batting order IMO and a very balanced team composition with four proper batsman, 3 all-rounders (sorry I don't count Afridi as an all-rounder, he's only a bowler deserves to be batting at 8 and lower, and 3 bowlers. The captain will have the option of using as many as 7 bowlers including himself, 4 spinners and 3 pacers. The batsmen should play their natural game and must go on an all out attack to give them some confidence ahead of the return series. No need of any fear guys, just enjoy the game and savor win

  • POSTED BY imranmujtaba on | November 14, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Pak should bring in Nasir J instead of Sohail T. As they need 8-9 batsman not 8 bowlers. Abdul R can open the spell with Irfan/Junaid. Nasir and Ahmed Should open the innings for Pak with Maqsood, Umar, Abdul R & Afridi in middle order. Hafeez and Malik lower middle order. I bet Pakistan can put good total. This look good batting line up for T20, even ODI. Just these bunch people need to gain some confidence.