Pakistan v South Africa, 2nd T20, Dubai November 15, 2013

Du Plessis, bowlers secure 2-0 win

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South Africa 150 for 5 (du Plessis 58*, Amla 48, Ajmal 3-25) beat Pakistan 144 for 9 (Maqsood 37, Parnell 3-25) by six runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Dale Steyn bowled it full, Shahid Afridi hit it cleanly, the boundary was in sight but there was something in the way. Faf du Plessis moved to his left, cupped his hands and snatched the ball out of the sky. In that moment, the match and the series was won.

It ended a period in which Pakistan lost six wickets for 38 runs in the space of 32 balls, which included a South African team hat-trick, to collapse one final time in the limited-overs leg of the tour. They squandered a good start and a resilient effort by Sohaib Maqsood, surrendered to a South African attack which has been exceptional throughout the series and left themselves with a lot of questions ahead of the return leg in South Africa.

For du Plessis, there are no such worries. His team has jumped to No. 2 in the Twenty20 rankings, behind India by one hundreth of a decimal point, showed composure and confidence with bat in hand and defended with venom.

Although South Africa's bowling won them the match, their foundation for victory was set-up by a batting line-up which has progressed through their visit to the UAE. They had an explosive start from Quinton de Kock followed by a hard-hitting fifty from du Plessis and both contributed to an above-par total.

De Kock took on both Irfan and Abdul Razzaq, whose medium pace was ineffective upfront. Irfan left the field with what looked like a hip injury in his second over, leaving Pakistan without their most imposing player but Sohail Tanvir assumed the responsibility. He bowled a tight opening over before spin was introduced and Pakistan clawed their way back.

Saeed Ajmal tempted de Kock with flight and had him caught in the deep slog-sweeping. That wicket made Ajmal T20's highest wicket-taker, going past his compatriot Umar Gul and kept South Africa quiet for a little while.

Hashim Amla had quietly watched de Kock, without scoring many, but targeted Afridi. Amla took a risk when he hit him inside-out over extra cover and then tried to launch it back over Afridi's head. Instead, he presented a catchable chance but Afridi spilled it. Dropping Amla often proved costly in the next over when he hit Mohammad Hafeez over long-on for six.

At the halfway stage, South Africa were 67 for 1 and du Plessis decided to up the ante. He also took on Afridi, finding good placement down the ground and brought up South Africa's 100 with a premeditated slog-sweep off Ajmal. Amla played one more big shot, off Shoaib Malik, before holing out off Ajmal.

Pakistan used that as an opportunity to drag South Africa back. They gave away just 35 runs in the last five overs and punctured the middle order, leaving du Plessis to muscle his way to the end. Tanvir made good use of the slower ball while Ajmal ensured questions over David Miller's ability against spin will continue to be questioned as he trapped him lbw.

In between that, du Plessis reached his fourth T20 half-century, much-needed runs in what has been a lean tour for him. He may remember his innings a little less than the catch that sealed the match which came after Pakistan's opening pair posed 39 in the first five overs.

Both Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad took on Lonwabo Tsotsobe before Wayne Parnell undid their start. He had Shehzad caught at fine leg, as he went on the pull, and Hafeez lbw for a first-ball duck. Hafeez was the victim of a poor decision but with no technology available to contest it, Pakistan had to focus on rebuilding rather than being wronged.

When Jamshed became the third wicket to fall in nine balls, Pakistan could have unraveled but Maqsood and Malik found a good balance between attack and defence. They went after anything short while treating Imran Tahir with respect as he found sharp turn.

Malik had his innings interrupted when he had to retire with a finger injury which brought Umar Akmal to the crease. He batted with his usual aggression but started the collapse when he hooked a Ryan McLaren short ball straight to Tahir. When he departed, Pakistan needed 50 runs off 39 balls and were still in control.

Malik returned, only to chop Tahir onto his stumps before Razzaq left a googly and was bowled. When Maqsood was caught behind, brilliantly as de Kock dived to his right, the equation had tipped. Pakistan needed 39 off 29 balls but had only three wickets in hand.

Tanvir and Afridi could still get them over the line but Tanvir was bowled by Steyn - who turned the pace up as his spell came to an end - and then there was that catch. Game, set, catch, match. Pakistan's fight was over.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on November 16, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    What Pakistan team has selected for SA tour, thereafter no question remains SA will win again another series in their home ground . Pakistan seriously lack in Batting department because of this biased selection system this selection cant be justified in any way by PCB its just rotating few below average players after every series loss and tournament loss to keep the bigger audience quiet and bringing in players from influential background with no credibility. If they were sincere with this cause the team would have been this: 1)Azhar Ali (Bat Average)50 (2)Sharjeel Khan 52 (3)Sohaib Maqsood 52 4)Misbah-ul-Haq 48 5)Khurram Manzoor 47 6)Umar Akmal 36 7)Hafeez 33 8)Abdul Razzaq 30 9)Saeed Ajmal 10)Junaid Khan 11)Mohammad Irfan/Umar Gul In Squad: Taufeeq Umar 40 (bat) (wk) ,Umar Gul (bowl), , Abdur Rehman (bowl),S.tanvir (bowl), Fawad Alam 46(bat),Khalid Latif 48(bat) ,Afaq Raheem 47(bat). Play this team anytime they will be excellent in field with bat or bowl Allah willing. But PCB.....

  • cricktwins on November 16, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    @deshwani: I partially agree.. but that was australian team in the 90's (pre t20 era).. If pakistan could have fielded well and took catches properly and save 10-15 runs.. they wouldn't have lost so many matches.. I think difference is batting and fielding.. youngsters may fail so what atleast they ll learn to win another day..

  • Tmalik on November 16, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Its disgusting performance by Pakistan, We are the best T20 team in the world, and they should play like champions...Hafeez needs to take challenge of Styen and whack him which he can do it.. just need to lift themselves, i am positive they can do it.. Pak should take revent and kick SA at their home, and I am positive its only Pakistan that can do it....

  • deshwani on November 16, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    @cricktwins... age is not a big difference .. you can check 90s Aus team in which all players was above 30.. and what was their performance!!!!

  • mansoor777 on November 16, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    More the shoiab malil and haffez play , more loss should be expected.

    Stop playing hafeez and malik should have retire 5 yrs back

    umar akmal is playing to just keep family rotation of 3 brothers.

    why Misbah ul haq not in team

  • Sorcerer on November 16, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    You cannot beat a top team in the world, if one or two of your players are not on merit. Hammaz Azam may well have tipped the 5-run balance yesterday with ease.

  • cricktwins on November 16, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Razzaq-33 years, malik 31, Afridi-33,Abdur rehman-33, saeed ajmal-36, Hafeez-33 years, kamran akmal- 31 years,younis khan -35,misbah- 39, mohd irfan-31 years..

    Youngest team in the world!! And they bat and field like amateurs..

  • Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on November 16, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Basis following factors, Pakistan cricket think-tanks are responsible for on-going debacle. 1) "Lack of planning" to unearth future players is nonexistent. 2) "Murder of merit" while selecting the team - deserving young/upcoming players are ignored and persevering with MUMMIES (players whose shelf-life expired long time back). In present scenario, its O.K. to give exposure to young players and LOSE matches - definitely in due course will unearth talented batsmen. 3) No strategic planning to see-off/counter short pitched stuff and batsmen remain clueless against swinging balls. Who is in charge of video analysis ?????? 4) Its evident that the present lot desperately need a psychiatrist to boost up mental strength. *** P.C.B. need to realize that after the decline of hockey and squash, cricket is only sports popular among the masses and must react quickly and take appropriate measures to address the batting problems.

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    When your young lads make player like afridi an inspiration , this is what happens. We don't see any batting talent in Pakistan . Everyone likes to be afridi and the world knows how bad afridi is.

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    @bouncer709: the names you are mentioning , i already wrote that these should not be playing. i think you dont even read more than afridi's name in comment? Where did i said that hafeez/malik/amin should play& afridi not play ? :)

    Agree with you about all the names you wrote mate.

  • on November 16, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    What Pakistan team has selected for SA tour, thereafter no question remains SA will win again another series in their home ground . Pakistan seriously lack in Batting department because of this biased selection system this selection cant be justified in any way by PCB its just rotating few below average players after every series loss and tournament loss to keep the bigger audience quiet and bringing in players from influential background with no credibility. If they were sincere with this cause the team would have been this: 1)Azhar Ali (Bat Average)50 (2)Sharjeel Khan 52 (3)Sohaib Maqsood 52 4)Misbah-ul-Haq 48 5)Khurram Manzoor 47 6)Umar Akmal 36 7)Hafeez 33 8)Abdul Razzaq 30 9)Saeed Ajmal 10)Junaid Khan 11)Mohammad Irfan/Umar Gul In Squad: Taufeeq Umar 40 (bat) (wk) ,Umar Gul (bowl), , Abdur Rehman (bowl),S.tanvir (bowl), Fawad Alam 46(bat),Khalid Latif 48(bat) ,Afaq Raheem 47(bat). Play this team anytime they will be excellent in field with bat or bowl Allah willing. But PCB.....

  • cricktwins on November 16, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    @deshwani: I partially agree.. but that was australian team in the 90's (pre t20 era).. If pakistan could have fielded well and took catches properly and save 10-15 runs.. they wouldn't have lost so many matches.. I think difference is batting and fielding.. youngsters may fail so what atleast they ll learn to win another day..

  • Tmalik on November 16, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Its disgusting performance by Pakistan, We are the best T20 team in the world, and they should play like champions...Hafeez needs to take challenge of Styen and whack him which he can do it.. just need to lift themselves, i am positive they can do it.. Pak should take revent and kick SA at their home, and I am positive its only Pakistan that can do it....

  • deshwani on November 16, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    @cricktwins... age is not a big difference .. you can check 90s Aus team in which all players was above 30.. and what was their performance!!!!

  • mansoor777 on November 16, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    More the shoiab malil and haffez play , more loss should be expected.

    Stop playing hafeez and malik should have retire 5 yrs back

    umar akmal is playing to just keep family rotation of 3 brothers.

    why Misbah ul haq not in team

  • Sorcerer on November 16, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    You cannot beat a top team in the world, if one or two of your players are not on merit. Hammaz Azam may well have tipped the 5-run balance yesterday with ease.

  • cricktwins on November 16, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Razzaq-33 years, malik 31, Afridi-33,Abdur rehman-33, saeed ajmal-36, Hafeez-33 years, kamran akmal- 31 years,younis khan -35,misbah- 39, mohd irfan-31 years..

    Youngest team in the world!! And they bat and field like amateurs..

  • Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on November 16, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Basis following factors, Pakistan cricket think-tanks are responsible for on-going debacle. 1) "Lack of planning" to unearth future players is nonexistent. 2) "Murder of merit" while selecting the team - deserving young/upcoming players are ignored and persevering with MUMMIES (players whose shelf-life expired long time back). In present scenario, its O.K. to give exposure to young players and LOSE matches - definitely in due course will unearth talented batsmen. 3) No strategic planning to see-off/counter short pitched stuff and batsmen remain clueless against swinging balls. Who is in charge of video analysis ?????? 4) Its evident that the present lot desperately need a psychiatrist to boost up mental strength. *** P.C.B. need to realize that after the decline of hockey and squash, cricket is only sports popular among the masses and must react quickly and take appropriate measures to address the batting problems.

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    When your young lads make player like afridi an inspiration , this is what happens. We don't see any batting talent in Pakistan . Everyone likes to be afridi and the world knows how bad afridi is.

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    @bouncer709: the names you are mentioning , i already wrote that these should not be playing. i think you dont even read more than afridi's name in comment? Where did i said that hafeez/malik/amin should play& afridi not play ? :)

    Agree with you about all the names you wrote mate.

  • bouncer709 on November 16, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    @Khurram S Chaudhry: Check Afridi T20 record this years, 7 matches bating average 29 higher then his overall bating average 17. What you people don't understand is that, you ignore the players who are playing as specialist batsman, Haffez, Malik, Nasir Jamshed, Umer Amin. and people dont try to understand if you are bating on 7 and no 8, you are more likely to get chance on a pitch which is difficult to bat on, because when the pitch is very easy to bat then these so called specialist batsmen, Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed also become lions and score 100. moreover while bating at 7, 8 the pressure is more on, specially in chasing. Before this SA tour i wrote 3 players Umer Amin, Nasir Jamshed, Hafeez, they are just waste, and I am stick with this. They are mediocre. They are playing as batsmen but actually they are not. 4th one is Shan Masood. I am sure he got chance because of some relative in PCB on good position due to recent crisis and changes in PCB setup.

  • Sorcerer on November 16, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    i'm an ardent Pak fan, but am pleased at this loss, because it will help our cricket in the long run. We have a most corrupt cricket set-up which has to be overhauled. Najam Sethi is the blue-eyed boy of Nawaz Sharif and has been rewarded as a token of thanks for his contribution in elections as caretaker CM of Punjab. Had we won yesterday, he would have lapped up the praise whereas he has to go for the benefit of Pak cricket. More so, we seem to be carrying one or two passengers in the team in every match - in this one, it was Razzak (where is Hammad Azam?) and Malik.

    Regarding the notion of giving Razzak more "practice", all the signs were of a player out of sorts..he bowled absolute pies in the lone over and when he batted, it was a show to behold in the solitary delivery - a masterclass for the purists and the photographers.

  • I_amMirza on November 16, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    The Aggression that Pakistan's players showed yesterday is positive for Pakistan. Although they Lost the match but gained momentum up to some extent. SOHAIB is new discovery of Pakistan at the end of the day. Shahzad,Jamshed,Sohaib,U Akmal should concentrate on their technique and hard work. Some Blunders by umpires cost Pakistan. Now it will be interesting to watch When Pakistan Visit SA. Pak Batsmen should work to play Some Firing short pitch deliveries from Steyn and Co.One thing for SA " TAKE A BOW GENTLEMEN".

  • I_amMirza on November 16, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    The Aggression that Pakistan's players showed yesterday is positive for Pakistan. Although they Lost the match but gained momentum up to some extent. SOHAIB is new discovery of Pakistan at the end of the day. Shahzad,Jamshed,Sohaib,U Akmal should concentrate on their technique and hard work. Some Blunders by umpires cost Pakistan. Now it will be interesting to watch When Pakistan Visit SA. Pak Batsmen should work to play Some Firing short pitch deliveries from Steyn and Co.One thing for SA " TAKE A BOW GENTLEMEN".

  • on November 16, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    @bouncer709: i am not blaming razak for this loss. my point is same as yours that this lot is past their prime. and i did name others in my main post not razak alone. i dont know why people take it as blame if we point out some1s performance. well razak got more chance in SA tour so let us see that is there any spark left in him or not. regarding afridi yes he scored 26 in that match but 1 off innings of 20-30 is enough in whole series? my point is always that he is bowler or bowling all rounder. not batting all rounder. yes i agree that its good in a sense that they are going with same team in sa tour and i am also hopefull that selectors will wake up after SA tour.

  • bouncer709 on November 16, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    @Khurram S Chaudhry: He was man of the match because of his all-round performance, other wise Saeed Ajmal had done good bowling too in that match. As concerned about Razzaq, it is stupid to blame a person who is brought into the team after years, make him play one or 2 matches and drop him. Check the performances of other players who are playing test, ODI and T20, but zero performance. Regarding Team selction for SA tour, and no change in team, I hope this will be last nail in the coffin of leeches and their co-party. So you should write about the people who are the cause of the loss, the specialist batmen. On the scorecard if you look Razzaq and Hafeez both got zero, but Hafeez is playing continuously, without being dropped from any match, he is the player who have played more then 100 matches continuously, without being dropped for single match. The other opener Nasir Jamshed , Specialist batsmen in last 16 T20 matches, his average 20.

  • on November 16, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    @captain_tuk_tuk: Agreed mate. We need change of selectors more than anything else. they have selected same team for SA tour. and even more complex. they have mixed squad so apart from misbah rest might be available for both formats. more interesting playing 11s coming up.

  • GermanPlayer on November 16, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Congratulations to SA. They invested 18-24 months in young players and look at the results. The confidence of Dekock and the abilities of Tahir have transformed this team into something else.

    On the other hand, Pakistan seriously need to think if they want to allow any more politics in the game. On a talk show yesterday, Shoaib Akhter and Muhammad Yousaf agreed to the fact that many players in the team have their place guaranteed and therefore do not worry about performance. It is high time players like Afridi Hafeez and Malik were taken to task.

    Pakistan Hockey team failed to qualify for the next World Cup. There was a time when every single trophy in Hockey was in Pakistan. Cricket is heading the same way...

  • Blackcaviar on November 16, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    After having lost the Sri Lankan ODI series, then winning the T20 series vs SL, SA have stepped it up a gear by mainting consistent selections. There was a slow start in the Pak series in the first 2 ODI's and then some outstanding cricket to gallop away and take the series culminating with the clean sweep in the T20's. Firdose Moonda question's Miller's inability against spin. My advice to Ms Foonda is to be wary of making such contradictory statements. This wonderful talent has given us much joy this year and this same journo stated that Miller was one of the few SA batsmen to impress during the SL series (do they not have quality spinners?) Now she does a 180 degree turnabout. Yes Ajmal did get him out during the series, but he also got alot of other SA batters out. The LBW decisions at best were marginal ones just clipping leg stump. Miller, De Kock and Parnell are 3 brilliant young members of the team and are SA's future. I would be excited if I were u Ms Moonda...not sceptical!

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on November 16, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    @Khurram S Chaudhry I read your comments most of the time :) And I agree changing the captain will do the trick for Pakistan and the best part is it will take extra pressure of captaincy from Misbah I personally feel its injustice criticizing him for everything same way I feel for Afridi of course.

    Afridi or Malik are two only options we have for captaincy as captaincy is a different job it has nothing to do with performance PCB will have to think about it and sooner the better.

  • on November 16, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    @bouncer709: he was man of the match and it was more for his excellent bowling. that is what i am saying. you are not getting my point. He is bowling all rounder treat him like that. Our problem in pakistan is that we are living in past and our team is selected on names. India builded a team by making some unpopular decisions. dropping big names. Over here we are now going backwards and in circles.

    Just now they have announced squad for SA tour and after this poor tour, they are still going with same players. not even change in captain. and all the rumors that misbah will not be captain & resting proved wrong.

    Yes razak did that what you told. Now you tell me when was it?

  • on November 16, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    and they have announced team for SA tour. apart from anwar ali and bilawal bhatti there is no change .

  • on November 16, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    @captain TUk TUK: No body is talking about bad shots, I was saying to the people who want him to play at top of the order,. His batting days are gone. The sooner we understand it the better. He is a bowling all rounder. And you look a good afridi fan and just read afridis name and start typing it? you couldnt find any other example in t20s of bad shot than misbah's in odis? I am saying that misbah needs to go as well. this post is about t20 so obviously will be talking about t20 players.

    You are contradicting your own statement here, You say we cant blame individual for losses but same time you are saying just change captain and it will work. It will not work my dear. It will work for few months. Like we have seen in past. when Yousuf was captain, then malik, then younas, then misbah, hafeez, it will work for few series and then again because we are recycling sme old players again and again. Misbah,afridi,razak, malik, tanir all are done now.

  • on November 16, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    SA well played. Each game they played showed the improvement from previous game. Their fielding is so good that it saves 20-30 runs at least in each game. In each game some 1 stood for them. And they are playing like a team. Each player contributed on this odi - t20 tour at some stage. They are certainly not chokers any more. Many close games this time but they bowled and fielded their heart out. Hats Off.

    PAK: its just not captain-coach. You need major over haul. Tried and tested faliures & past their prime players need to go. Some un popular decisions needed. Need to explain roles in playing 11. Too many players who may be bowlers but not batsmen. And soft dismissals again and again. they are not learning from previous games.

    In pak they have simple solution to everything. Change captain-coach but recycle same players. It ll work for few months but fail again.

    They should start overhaul from t20. get new guys in. Afridi, hafeez, Tanvir,Malik , even razak need to find replacement

  • bouncer709 on November 16, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    @Khurram S Chaudhry: I bet with you, historians will write about Razzaq and Afridi as best al-lrounders, not about Hafeez and Misbah. and If you want to see Razzaq recent, So just check last time when he played he was not given any over in the whole match, but when match seemed slipped from Pakistan hands, Hafeez brought Razzaq in last over, the match tied, and then in super over Razzaq won the game. In current ODI , T20 series, Pakistan Won one match, and Afridi was Man of the Match.

  • on November 16, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    well some things can never change for pakistan. Many people said after odis that it was captain only. change captain and it will be good. But problem is selection. Even if you change captain coach but if you select same old failures/past expiry date players nothing will change ever.

    Poor Umpiring played its part in today's game. really pathetic. amla then hafeez. But losing 3 quick wickets at top and then 3 in 3 balls and 4 in 3 overs is just too much. Ahmed & Akmal fell to short pitch. Nasir & malik have soft dismissals. Razak and malik are contender for most crazy dismissal of series.

    You dont even know sohail is a bowler or batsman. He bowled good last over but need batting. afridi's batting days are just gone now. He looked a bit good today. But his once in blue moon innings never came during this tour.

    Pak need some hard & unpopular decisions in selection. guys like hafeez, afridi, malik, razak, tanvir are not there to bowl only.

    Get some good & bold selectors to fix it.

  • on November 16, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    I have to say this, Imran Tahir brings a wonderful balance to our bowling

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on November 16, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    @Khurram S Chaudhry Only in 1st ODI he played wrong shot but that happens even Misbah got out in 5 ODI playing bad shots right? If a batsman doesn't makes a mistake how he'll get out? In 1st T20 whole Pakistan batting folded like they did in 2nd Test match they were out for 99 and Misbah was in playing 11 so we can't blame an individual for loses.

    We just need to change the coach and captain in Test/ODI and this team will win for sure and for T20 we won against South Africa in South Africa so captain is good they were just demoralized in 1st T20 but in 2nd T20 they didn't went down without a fight and well played Maqsood, Shehzad and Afridi they were middling the ball quite well.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on November 16, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    People still blaming Afridi knowing that he was batting with the tail and couldn't even rotate strike and they think they have cricketing since lol.

  • on November 16, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    some people saying that afridi and razak can be utilized at top order. guys afridis batting days are gone . the sooner we understand the better. he himself said it many times. during this tour only 2 times he came at crease when no of balls were little less than runs. on all other occasions just staying at wicket would have worked. its nothing to do about captains un secure about themselves. and captain alone doesnt make these decisions. coach ana manger can input. in1st t20 he came at no3. 3 quick wickets fell but he was slogging with out merit. for razak, though we have not seen much of him on his come back but he is also past his date. look at his recent games he played in any domestic events.

  • CrICkeeet on November 16, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Thats the thing what (losing) habit can do...

  • TommytuckerSaffa on November 16, 2013, 7:12 GMT

    PAK should have won that game, no doubt about it. 100/3 - they should win it from there. As a team they are performing well below their potential.

    I have been saying this the whole series - when will Afridi take responsibility for his actions and put his team first instead of looking for big shots for personal glory? How much longer does he need to 'mature' - he has over 370 ODI games now. Why does PAK always select average all rounders (Hafeez / AFridi) instead of solid batters or solid bowlers?

  • on November 16, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Its an excuse that bowling was good Pakistan batting is hampered by four batsmen in Malik,Afridi,Razzak and Umer Akmal making it below par

  • bouncer709 on November 16, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    @Siraj.Ahmed: Well the selectors do not decide the bating position it is by captain. and captain can change bating position in any match in accordance to the situation and best benefit of the team... but here is a big problem, because both ODi and T20 captains just want to secure their positions. Earlier Inzimam and Wasim Akram used Afridi and Razzaq in top order, because they had no fear of Afridi capturing their place. In now team how could you expect Hafeez to send somebody else in top order. If he think pitch is straight he will come himself to open, if see styen doing magic with ball, he will delay himself. Out ODI captain always make excuses that whenever he comes to bat Pak is 3,4 wickets down, but he never answers why don't he dare to come to open, or at-least one-down. All the great players inzi, lara , Sachin , Kalis played on one down and also did opening too.

  • deshwani on November 16, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    @LionsofLanka.... look at your team , there is no any Hero in your team and they are continiuously losing matches whether it is t20, ODI or Test...!! what is your bowling attack after Murali or Vaas???? who is your best young players after Sangakkara, Mahela???? look at your own team and then comment to Pak Team which is still better than SL in any format and still have a chance to win the t20 WC instead much better than SL....

  • bouncer709 on November 16, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    @LionsofLanka: Pak Vs SL ODIs ( 132) Pak (won 77 ) (Lost 50) ... T20 (10) Pak (won 6) (lost 4) ..... Test 26 .. Pak (won 16) (lost 10)....... And currently Bangladesh beat Newzealand... newzealand beat srilinaka,,,, which means BD > NZ> Srilanka

  • MSMAK on November 16, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    To PCB: Guaranteed sold out venues for future games, player endorsements, experienced players teaching the newbies i.e. when they do retire, recognition around the world, hopes for the next World Cup...is it that difficult to see where this ride is headed??? @LionsofLanka, How is the view from space? I like your flow of selective comparison(s), SL being the best in Asia...Nov 16th, 2013 really??

  • nomanpakistani on November 16, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Africa playes very well.and steyn is a greatest bowler i like him very much.please kick out hafeez umerakmal afridi & misbah And tanveer from pakistani team.i feel very happy when was dale styen bold again & again hafeez.

  • on November 16, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    Pak selectors always prefer all-rounders over proper batsman. The problem is not with bowling, it;s batting and FIELDING. In ODI's, you can't play both Afridi and Hafeez, they weaken your batting.

    Fans cheer with BOOM BOOM signs and Afridi gets carried away. Small 10-15 ball innings will not help the team. He should bat like MS Dhoni or Eion Morgan......get set and then accelerate (that too not on every ball). Bring Younis Khan for ODI's, it will help younsters like Umar Akmal, Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad (who throw their wicket) when they can with him.

  • Siraj.Ahmed on November 16, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    I Don't know. PCB selectors why don't understand that afridi should on top. B Coz Afridi can't play in pressure.. Please Please Do some thing. T 20 world Cup Coming Soon..

  • Mukarram_Hussain on November 16, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    Pakistan Team Selection Committee Member Cricket History

    1. Iqbal Qasim - Chief Selector Bowling averages - (ODIs - Mat 15, Runs 500, Wkts 12) Batting averages - (ODIs - Mat 15, Runs 39, NO 100 -50)

    2. Azhar Khan - Member Bowling averages - (Tests - Mat 1, Balls - 18 Runs 2, Wkts 1) Batting averages - (Tests - Mat 1, Runs 14, NO 100 -50)

    3. Saleem Jaffar - Member Bowling averages - (ODIs - Mat 39, Runs 1382, Wkts 40) Batting averages - (ODIs - Mat 39, Runs 36, NO 100 -50)

    4. Farukh Zaman - Member No Cricket History

    5. Asif Baloch - Member No Internation Cricket History

  • romirom on November 16, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    now pcb should hire sachin as pak bating coach at any cost. Even if they have to shift their training camp to uae due security issue in pak, pcb should hire him. Look what happening in india, they are using wasim akram so wel to develop young bowler. Then why not pak do the same thing. Sachin is a legend. Every cricketer want to be like him and play like him. There was the time when sachin alone won the game for india. I am sure pak youngster learn lot from him if he even spend few times wit pak team. He is inspiration for entire cricketing world.

  • kirkbrae on November 16, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    @LionsofLanka , grind your head on how lanka lost against second string kiwi side, rather taking pain on explaining about other teams.

  • on November 16, 2013, 4:22 GMT

    @lions of lions .u dont feel shame to right that srilanka is still good .we felt shame as cricketer

  • MShariq on November 16, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    When will pakistan learn that Shahid Afridi, Muhammad Hafiz, Shoab Malik, Umer Akmal are the main cause of loss of Pakistani cricket. How many chances for the god sake please get rid of these B class players

  • LionsofLanka on November 16, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    Pakistan was never ever good team. Pak was pretty ordinary team but very few times they won against top teams unpredictably. It has younger outfit now & lacking serious talent in their nations. This tour exposed this reality about their current status where they are right now. Last match of the tour had shown some fighting spirit to their fans. But the conditions was better& easy for batting second as compared to batting first when SA posted 150 in very difficult conditions. They will struggle in South Africa surely. Sri Lanka is having best record in Asia among all countries and against Pak too. India has poor record against Pakistan & that is why pak fans feel good about their own team. Hence their fans are not accepting these facts boldly. They feel Pak will win if they change every other player in every match. They should be proud to see they had won 2 matches in this tour which they can't even one against next Sri Lanka's tour in UAE.

  • team_india_no1 on November 16, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    I liked this series very much though Pakistan with better play could have made this series more interesting. The return series against South Africa will be good for Pakistan as not only will Pakistan would have learned from their mistakes but also India would have dented South Africa's confidence.

  • syed.r.karim on November 16, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    The results are good for Pakistan, it will force the selectors to inject new blood in the system.

  • on November 16, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    The problem with the Pakistan cricket team is that they don't know who's the boss,is it Whatmore , Misbah or Hafeez .PCB itself is not a entity yet , so selectors onwards it's all a mess.

  • on November 16, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    India is at no.2 in T20 team rankings and Pakistan has slipped down at no.3 after losing to SA 2-0.. What a gift from our neighbours! We didn't know you love India so much.. Thank you..Have a good day.. :)

  • Zahidsaltin on November 16, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    @Hamza Malik, Sohaib is no batsman, he is only a slogger who plays only airborn shots Falling here and there but luckily not in the hands of fielder. It won't be more than a couple of more matches that every one will find him out and nail him as they started doing to Afridi at last. Young Afridi was though much better than Sohaib as most of afridi's sirborn shots then were flying out of ground. Don't count on Sohaib as such players are only fun for a match or two. Pakistan's future; Jamshed (needs to correct a thing or two), Sami Aslam and Haris Sohail.

  • on November 16, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    India is at no.2 in T20 team rankings and Pakistan has slipped down at no.3.. Thank you neighbours for this gift.. hehehe.. :)

  • on November 16, 2013, 1:43 GMT

    @Rajesh_india_1990 if Sohaib is ugly then what u say about MS Dhony he is the most ugly style player in the world.

  • on November 16, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    Abdul Razzak is brought back again. Why do our fans keep demanding his inclusion? The Indians are blooding young exciting talent and our incumbent pensioners are being reveried to the front line!!!

    Why has Hammad Azam etc, not being groomed???!

    Osteopath in harrow_Osteopath in wembley views

  • on November 16, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    After a long time I have seen an off drive six. It came from latest batting sensation of Pakistan. How could the report not mention it. Am surprised.

  • TheRisingTeam on November 16, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    Pakistan Cricket is simply going downhill and future looks bad. South Africa just proving how top quality they are overall in Cricket. They also have very promising youngsters on the scene like Wayne, Miller and especially De Kock.

  • PUNJABISTAN on November 15, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    So I see,the OLD timers like Razzak,Shoaib Malik,Hafeez,Sohail Tanveer,etc,etc have really performed WELL (Maybe for the opposite side). Now lets see the same players again,in the Future Matches.

  • Shongololo on November 15, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    Good to see d Kock has done nothing wrong and plenty right since being given a run but that shouldn't surprise anyone. For despite the best efforts of some journalists, the objective and cricket savvy among us have long known that Quinton de Kock is an exceptional talent. May I just say the 'protection' by Cricinfo - in the form of barring critical comments, however polite and justified - does nothing for your credibility as a cricket site.

  • on November 15, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    Pa;istan shouldhave wonthismatch, They were unlucky tonot win. SharjeelKhan BabarAzam and Fawad Alam should come in the side

  • jb633 on November 15, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    I say this not to try and win anyone up but as a neutral fan who wants good cricket but can some Pakistan fans tell me what is going on with their side? I have been saying for some time now that I would very much like to see some of their younger guys go and play a few seasons in English county cricket to learn the art of batting against seamers but there doesn't seem to be anyone being proactive in looking to the future for these guys. Players like Hafeez, the Akmal brothers, Afridi should be ditched for good. They have had numerous chances and yet never deliver. There surely must be some younger talent around to at least blood in T2O games. The bowling attack is solid and I think Irfan could be a world beater (if he can stay fit). It seems to however that the bowlers do not need to bat at all and this is worrying. In every other side the tail end has days where it wags and it wins cricket matches. The tail enders need to be working relentlessly in the nets to improve their batting.

  • on November 15, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    Those ov you who are saying shoaib maqsood is great player, no he's not he is just a slogger and gives his wickets away, look at the talent ov virat kohli, sharma, dhawan they are young and talented and gifted players with so much class

  • on November 15, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    The minute I came to know that Shoaib Malik retired hurt I knew that was a big drama and he's going to come back when the situation is less needy. Wow some people too so much of drama just to get away. We wasted a precious place we could have had anyone instead of Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq think PCB think!

  • on November 15, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    Yes surprise to see junaid khan not playing, the whole team looks tired don't want to play and not supporting each other..

  • spellbinder76 on November 15, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    Pakistan needs to try something different for the SA tour. Tried, tested nd failed Hafeez, Razzak, Malik, A.Rahman, Nasir Jamshed, Umar Amin, Misbah, Asad Shafiq and Irfan [injured] all needs to be dropped and bring in Younus Khan, Fawad Alam, Imran Nazeer, Khurram Manzoor, Rizwan and Umar Gul.

  • xylofon on November 15, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed looked strong and the only one with Sohaib Maqsood who looked calm. Umar Akmal threw it away as usual. Afridi had too much pressure on him with from a batsman. Abdur Razzaq never gets out like that and maybe should be given a chance although a youngster is more welcome, obviously. I think we can all agree that Tanvir is NOT an allrounder, he will never bat under pressure. Ahmed Shehzad looked ok but the ball went through him a few times, still ok looking at all his performances lately.

    Hafeez got unlucky but had such a low confidence that he didnt even appeal. Pakistan played well and almost made the chase. If Pakistan play Jamshed(as nr 3) , Haris Sohail, Maqsood, Sharjeel, Akmal in T20s + one more specialist batsman and Umar Gul returns with J Khan and Ehsan Adil + Ajmal we will be the best team in the world. Then Mohd Amer can join as well. Hafeez must never captain the t20 side, maybe not even odi´s. The nation is sick of Hafeez.

  • Ramu444 on November 15, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    i hope this will be last time we saw those expired and out dated players i.e.Razzaq and Malik.this should be an eye opener for all those who never tired of asking for inclusion of these two players.hope they will now shut up.i am sure if Misbah was playing we should have won at least one of the T20.i hope none of them should be left near the team,both of them are very very useless players.on the other hand i would like to see Hammad Azam in the team.more importantly we need a leg spinner and a new fast bowler as i think irfan should be rested for the Sri Lanka series.

  • aztecs on November 15, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    Errrm im lost for words nothing to add. Pakistan are always gonna lose with so many players that are past their sell by date. Abdul Razaq/Shahid Afridi/Wahab/Sohail/Umar Amin (another mark ramparkash)/Malik. The team selection is all wrong. T20 is about young firey players not about old slow is gold. The whole idea of T20 is to try out new young blood. Hafeez needs to hand the captaincy to Umar Akmal. New players need to come in, T20 isnt important and it is good exposure to intl level for younger players. The sooner the selectors understand that the quicker we can get on the road to recovery. But it would appear that too much importance is placed on T20. The only players that should be playing from the current squad are Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shezhad, Umar Akmal, Shoib Maqsood, S Ajmal and possibly Hafeez.

    @ Rajesh India T20 is about slogging not about defending...oh and now Tendi is gone we'll see how India Get on :-)

  • on November 15, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    Well, At least Pakistan put up a fight. I am happy for that. Hats of to Irfan who came into bat in that condition for country. All in all Pakistan bowlers did good job by restricting SA to 150. But SA handled the pressure very well and won the match. Congratulations SA for wonderful performance. Looking forward too see Pak in SA for some more action. Hopefully Pakistan can show some character and win in their home.

  • binu.emiliya on November 15, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    @Rajesh_India,Sohaib Maqsood is a fine player PAK got , I don't know how they will tream him but he is a rare talent, he is fearless,having good timing, I feel he is like Basit Ali, I am also from India , please give credit where it is due

  • on November 15, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    I thing Pakistani cricket team sham on you.

  • shot274 on November 15, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    Pakistan cannot win close matches? if only! Pakistan cant win ANY matches!!!

  • Karthik78 on November 15, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    It is a kind of movie where hero (SA) always win against villain (Pak). Pak is always play villain role.

  • on November 15, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    Why send Afridi at number 7-8 when he simply can't finish the job? Instead send him at a higher number and if he makes 15-20 quick runs, take that as a bonus to up the run rate.

    Too many similar all rounders are being played just to splash the ball. Hafeez and Malik, Razzaq and Tanvir. I would kick out Shoib Malik and bring in Misbah in T20 so that we can at least chase lower totals, successfully. I would also kick out Tanvir and bring in Umer Gul once he gets fit or Junaid Khan for now. There is a bowler called Bilalwal Bhatti - I think he can be useful in T20 format. He is short and bowls in-swinging yorkers at around 140 kph.

    My ODI XI for SA series: A. Shahzad, Nasir J/Azhar Ali, Umer A, Maqsood, Misbah, Hafeez, Afridi/Razzaq, Ajmal, Umer G/Wahab R, Junaid K, M. Irfan

    My T20 XI for SA Series: A. Shahzad, Sharjeel Khan, Umer A, Maqsood, Misbah, Hafeez, Afridi. Razzaq, Umer G, Junaid Khan

    Reserves: Zain Abbas, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Rehan Afridi, Atif Maqbool, Raza Hasan

  • on November 15, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    Hafeez, Afridi, Sohail Tanveer, Shoaib Malik !! please leave cricket, specially, Mr.Professor and Mr.Boom Boom, have some mercy on this poor nation, and leave cricket, for God sake. Whole nation will be obliged to you for this.

  • on November 15, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    I would like to know who's idea was to play 5 all-rounders and one injured/unfit blower (Mohammad Irfan) in this match? PCB needs to go back to the drawing board and kickout any sifarishi and so call Senior players who haven't performed and doesn't derves to be in the team. Where in the a player can't perform but still stay in the team, not only that he was entrusted to be given the captaincy. It is time to kick out Mohammed Hafeez is getting the free Ride without performing. PCB must make tough decision, It's best for Pakistan cricket that PCB drop Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanveer, Shahid Afridi from the team. I think Nasir Jamshed, Umar Akmal should be rested. Umer Amin may need to spend sometime correcting few technical flaws. Some younger more talented palyers should be select for next tour. Sami Aslam should replace Nasir Jamshed, Fawad Alam (as an allrounder and should play 5th down) should replace Hafeez, Hammad Azam should replace Shahid Afridi.

  • on November 15, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    Zahidsaltin ........i wonder how many matches misbah has won for pakistan .making 30 or 40 wen these runs have novalue is not greatness,its about time that we groom new talent...we dont need to bring back the old and used guns.w need fresh and young blood.and believe me pakistan has never failed to produce a star out of nothing.its about time that we set things right.....misbah is not a hero so dont try to paint him like one.we have witnessed wat he can do.and that is nothing..

  • mzm149 on November 15, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    We all saw in last game how Shehzad, Maqsood and Hafeez were vulnerable against Steyn or swing bowling in general. Nasir Jamshed played very well and provided good start. He protected the above mentioned batsmen from fiery bowling of Steyn. His dismissal was unfortunately very soft. He has this habit of throwing wicket and he will have to overcome this. He has every shot in his repertoire what a complete left handed batsman must possess. He is the most technically sound batsman in entire Pakistani team. Our selectors will have to give him more chances instead of selecting him for one game and resting him for four.

  • on November 15, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    8 batsmen nd they lost again shame on Pakistan players

  • on November 15, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    well i really thinks those were the friendly matches .and Pakistan don`t wanted to win them .Come on 7 player cann`t get 50 of 38 balls .well what ever the results are we found a good player.never worried about the past matchs....and a point clearly pakistani bats men are giving them wickets .

  • on November 15, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    The most unbelievable cricketing side of the current international cricketing nations. Needs lots of changes not only in Players but also in the management too, for the sake of Pakistan Cricket.

  • on November 15, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    how come afridi gets a chance with uncountable failures ?

  • on November 15, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    The fault lies with us Pakistani fans. We watch a team that gives old and jaded horses like Shoaib Malik and Razzak eternal chances.

  • Greatest_Game on November 15, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    @ Oraclebob replie so Sajeebs comment, writing "Sajeeb, SA played a good ODI match, and that was enough. The only thing to add to Oraclebob's astute observation is that Pakistan did not play a good enough ODI.

  • LaKe_pLaCiD78 on November 15, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    This is why Pakistani team is called so much humdrum.. It's time to get rid of some old folks in the team now. Bring new blood like Sohaib, Ahmed, Haris, Umar & let them play for one year atleast. No matters win or lose. No matters what scores they will do… We cannot hold more expectations from these perished players like Afridi/Misbah/Razzaq/Shoaib & most importantly Hafeez… Even our PCB body needs complete overhauling… Coaches/Selectors/Board management… Wake up PCB... Wake up Pakistan… for the sake of game of Cricket :(

  • on November 15, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    How is Hafeez a better captain than Misbah? somebody please explain that to me. Pakistan has still got time and i hope they change their decision to 'rest' Misbah. Sad to see there is a media lobby (for which Najam Sethi works) working actively to keep Misbah out of the team. Numbers never lie. Look at Misbah's numbers. The only man in the team who scores.

  • asim229 on November 15, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    @ZahidSultan. Lol,all you guys thinking starts with Misbah and ends with Misbah and maybe at this rate Misbah will be nominated the next PM of pakistan:). Some people saying that at least with Misbah there we bat out whole quota of overs.If you guys start playing with this negative strategy then what is the point of playing cricket at all.Atleast in these two matches pakistan tried out different things rather than just waiting for something to happen like a statue the way Misbah captain the side.He was sacked from the T20 team because we were losing continously in T20s.The loss in this T20 series have more to do with the low confidence due to the loss in ODI's .I am also not a big fan of Afridi or want him the next captain but pls pls get rid of Misbah forever because otherwise he will finish pakistan cricket forever with his negative mentality.

  • neo-galactico on November 15, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Pak has to drop Afridi if they're going to improve as a team. There shouldn't be room for a player who doesn't want to do what's best for the team, playing for the crowd just shouldn't cut it. See Steyn out, he's the best bowler in the world for a reason. Although Pak deserved to win I'm happy SA crossed over the line though. Now for the return leg

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on November 15, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    Thats why everyone said Irfan needs rest, today we had a terrible bad luck to be honest. Amla's out was not given, Irfan was injured, Hafeez was given out and in the end Afridi's bat was broken.

  • cricktwins on November 15, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    The worst dismissals ranking

    5)Shoaib malik- wrong ball to late cut..

    4)Ahmed shezad- poor shot,straight to fielder

    3)Umar akmal- shot was unnecessary,nothing shot straight to fielder

    2)Nasir jamshed- very ambitious, attempting to hit wide ball for six and top edge to fielder

    And the worst

    1) Abdul razzak- watching ball hit his stumps and reacts with horror..

    when will they learn to use their skills??

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 15, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    Even Afghanistan can thrash Pakistan if they both played each other. Pathetic team PAK. Doesn't know how to even play T20s now. I used to be a huge admirer of PAK cricketers back in the day. Now, these are a bunch of clowns. I hope SA wins all the remaining games too.

  • supacricfan on November 15, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    Shoaib maqsood is pure slogger..cant see hjm making any impact in longer versions...another minnowy performance!

  • CricketChat on November 15, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Anyone still think Razzaq and Shoaib Mailk be given more chances? How about Hafeez? With the return trip to SA beckoning in a few days, Pak selectors should send a revamped side to SA, not this tried and failed team. They have nothing to lose by trying some new faces.

  • kc69 on November 15, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    I guess this loss was somewhat better compared to what Pakistani fans saw in this series.However did anyone notice that the announcer at the stadium was requesting crowds not to throw bottles on the ground from 16th overs onward and Shahid Afridi shook hands with Steyn as soon as he was dismissed.Well how can you expect to win when you have given up already.Waiting for the second leg of this series in SA hope to see some good quality cricket.

  • on November 15, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Don't play "confirmed" wide deliveries and let it be 1 run free run on the board instead thinking that you will get 4 off the wide delivery is the wrong approach that looses wickets. Afridi was a positive so did Hafeez today everyone was there today to battle it out to make a win (GOOD) , Umar Akmal & Shehzad playing the short ball to get 6 wrong approach as even 1 would be good for the cause from a "short ball". Always remember whenever Steyn gets hit for 4 his next ball is always a yorker , why didn't you study him is just unbelievable to "sohail tanvir" however GOOD depth bowling by him. Shoaib Malik had finger issue so he got out can be understandable. Two Bad umpiring decisions proved to be very crucial for this game & set the tone for this match. Pakistan should be happy as i could see there was a plan in place for this T20. Now Pakistan team should start preparing ahead for t20's in SA and Umar Gul has been good in t20 depth bowling in past, so? no Irfan means.GET um in SA :D

  • Mannan.81.pk on November 15, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    @PakCricZindabad

    Agree with your most of your selections but unfortunately our fans and team management want to see a certain type of players in limited overs cricket

    my team for ODIs

    Khurram Manzoor, Ahmed Shehzad/Nasir, Younis/Misbah, Maqsood, Asad, Fawad Alam/Hammad, Rizwan/Sarfaraz, Afridi, ,Ajmal, Junaid/Gul, Irfan

    for T20s

    Nasir,Shehzad,Maqsood,Haris,Malik,Umar Akmal,Hammad/Amin,Afridi,Ajmal,Gul,Irfan/junaid

  • on November 15, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    Duminy is so much better because he is much more experienced than davids.

  • on November 15, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    Hafeez is the the main issue. He has a bad influence on everyone. Drop him for good and the team will win.

  • mzm149 on November 15, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    Today openers gave a good start. Nasir Jamshed shielded most of players from new ball of Steyn. Same old strory we lack a finisher.

    But I must say umpires gave two horrible decisions and both times Hafeez was on receiving end.

  • on November 15, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Dear pakistan batsmen please retire form cricket before Sachin

  • Sports4Youth on November 15, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Even though this time Pakistan fought back quite well, but frankly speaking at the back of the mind, this result was feared. HAFEEZ got a really bad decision and RAZZAQ made a terrible error of judgement. SHOHEB MAQSOOD has been the stand out performer in this limited over series. It is a pity that he did not get to play the entire ODI series. Also M.IRFAN who bowled so briliantly in the entire series has suffered an unfortunate injury. I just hope that he recovers soon, so that he can play the series in South Africa. I am happy that finally JAMSHED got back into the team and got some runs. But I am sad that again JUNAID missed out in the T20I. Through out this series SHEHZAD has been impressive.

    But frankly speaking I just hope Pakistan does not go back to YOUNIS Khan for the ODI's and MISBAH for the T20I's. It is high time that guys like Sharjeel, Harris, Fawad and the other youngsters doing well in the doemstic games be given a chance. Otherwise Pakistan is loosing time.

    .

  • Solid_Snake on November 15, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    This is the best possible combination for Pakistan.Good fight from Pak.Shahzad is such a beast.Once he is free from shackles,he go all out mad..Right now only weak link in our team is Shoaib Malik & Tanvir.When will our selectors understand that Shoaib Malik is not okay for T20..He scores runs by taking singles mostly..This technique is perfect for ODI but not for T20..& what's up with Razzaq..He was talking so high & mighty on tv but he got nothing to prove.All he proved today is that he is just good for talking behind others..He has played so many matches,faced so many bowlers yet he was totally clueless against Googly.For God sake this is Tahir not Ajmal that one just cannot predict.

  • Oraclebob on November 15, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Sajeeb, SA played a good ODI match, and that was enough.

  • NP_NY on November 15, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    How did Juanid Khan get dropped? I remember there was a time when Pakistan will never lose a close match. Now they cannot win any close matches. No match winners at all with the bat.

  • on November 15, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    it's all because of misbah........lol, no matter whatever happens they always blame their best player.

  • on November 15, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    dont get upset we have got a new star in this match

    ... sohaib maqsood ......

    real talent

  • Zahidsaltin on November 15, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Hafeez does not need to cry. If he can't even play the ball then risk of getting LBW is always there. It surely was a Little high but then what if it was 2 inches lower. Those who want to make him captain and get Misbah out of the team, need to think again. They want Misbah to be aggressive? they have seen Hafeez' aggressiveness too in whole of the series. I am sure if Misbah was playing here, Pakistan could have won at least a T20.

  • PakCricZindabad on November 15, 2013, 19:30 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 Jamshed, Farhat, Amin, Azhar, &/or Irfan.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on November 15, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    Shoaib maqsood is an ugly slogger..

  • on November 15, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    The difference is the no of runs scored by running.

    in 12 overs . 90 runs and 50 and only 40 were scored by boundaries. that is good.

  • on November 15, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    same old story again. 1 gone by short ball, 1 done by umpire ( may be steyn unlucky there :) ) and 1 goes chasing a wide one.

  • on November 15, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Now Hafeez is CLEARLY not out but given out by the umpire. This is second unbelievable decision. Umpires are playing there too i see some extra fielders on SA side this is not helping Pakistan cause its so unbiased.

  • Wajih1728 on November 15, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Chase is OOONNNNNNNN... comeon guyz.... this is ur game...u like this format of cricket .....

  • on November 15, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Come on pakistan stay strooong

  • on November 15, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    south africa played an good odi match.

  • Asimaasi on November 15, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    151 Target seem too much for pakistan........... Hoping Nasir Jamshed play well today and give pakistan a good start....... goodluck greens...

  • on November 15, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    they are again counting on too many 50-50 all rounders to do some good batting for them. Pak need specialists batsmen or some good batting all rounders not bowling all rounders.

  • on November 15, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    That plumb out of amla off hafeez bowling not given out is just unbelievable. It was perfect time for taking wicket too to create pressure. Its just not right

  • on November 15, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Why isn't junaid khan playing, I'm totally confused

  • Prasanna_310 on November 15, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Pathetic selection, far too many allrounders with far too little to offer.

  • on November 15, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Pakistan plays with 7 bowlers, one less than 1st T20. Will Shoaib Malik & Abdur Razzaq bowl today, or they still think they are specialist batsmen?

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  • on November 15, 2013, 16:15 GMT

    Pakistan plays with 7 bowlers, one less than 1st T20. Will Shoaib Malik & Abdur Razzaq bowl today, or they still think they are specialist batsmen?

  • Prasanna_310 on November 15, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    Pathetic selection, far too many allrounders with far too little to offer.

  • on November 15, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Why isn't junaid khan playing, I'm totally confused

  • on November 15, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    That plumb out of amla off hafeez bowling not given out is just unbelievable. It was perfect time for taking wicket too to create pressure. Its just not right

  • on November 15, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    they are again counting on too many 50-50 all rounders to do some good batting for them. Pak need specialists batsmen or some good batting all rounders not bowling all rounders.

  • Asimaasi on November 15, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    151 Target seem too much for pakistan........... Hoping Nasir Jamshed play well today and give pakistan a good start....... goodluck greens...

  • on November 15, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    south africa played an good odi match.

  • on November 15, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Come on pakistan stay strooong

  • Wajih1728 on November 15, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Chase is OOONNNNNNNN... comeon guyz.... this is ur game...u like this format of cricket .....

  • on November 15, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Now Hafeez is CLEARLY not out but given out by the umpire. This is second unbelievable decision. Umpires are playing there too i see some extra fielders on SA side this is not helping Pakistan cause its so unbiased.