Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Dubai November 11, 2011

Afridi proved he's a matchwinner - Misbah

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Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, has said Shahid Afridi proved he was a matchwinner in his first ODI since coming out of a conditional international retirement. Afridi took 3 for 27 in 9.3 overs in Dubai, helping bowl Sri Lanka out for 130 and set up an easy Pakistan victory.

"Shahid Afridi is a matchwinner and he proved that today," Misbah said. "He came on when we needed wickets and also needed to keep the runs down. He bowled a wicket-to-wicket line, didn't give away runs and also made key breakthroughs. He's started his comeback well and I hope he continues to perform."

Afridi's wickets came after Pakistan's seamers had got a couple of early breakthroughs. Misbah said it had been the constant pressure his bowlers asserted that had been Sri Lanka's undoing. "The pitch played well and was the same across both innings. Credit goes to our bowlers. We pressurised them right from the start by being disciplined with the ball. The seamers were disciplined early and then the spinners came on and did really well."

Tillakaratne Dilshan, the Sri Lanka captain, said it was once again poor shot selection that was behind the batting failure. Sri Lanka's batsmen had struggled in the Test series too, getting dismissed for first-innings totals of 197 in Abu Dhabi and 239 in Dubai. Dilshan said it had nothing to do with any technical faults but was down to making bad choices.

"Our mistake again was shot selection," Dilshan said. "It's not the technique of the batsmen because they are all getting starts but throwing it away with poor shots. There were one or two good balls today, the rest were all bad shots. We knew this was not a 250-280 pitch but felt that with four seamers we could defend something around 220-230. But 130 was obviously too low."

Dilshan had chosen to bat, as he had in the Test at the same venue. There was a little help for Pakistan's seamers early but Dilshan said it wasn't the pitch that got Sri Lanka's batsmen out. The next ODI is also in Dubai, on November 14, and Dilshan said if the game was played on the same pitch he would not hesitate to bat first again.

"The track was not bad. If we are playing on the same track in the next match I think batting first will still be the right option."

Dilshan also said Mahela Jayawardene was a doubt for the next game as he had hurt his knee. He said Jayawardene would have a scan on Saturday after which the team would take a call on whether he would be fit for the second ODI.

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  • on November 14, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    Afridi deserve Man of the Match as his performance is more stronger then other bowler, he gave the Breakthrough of Patnership which's building up with Jayawerdana.

    We have proud on Afridi that he's 3rd Pakistani Player who received huge Number of Man of Match Award like 25 now he's following Saeed Anwer who's on 28 and on the Top is Sachin with 61 and InshAllah he will break this records and as he's holding Fatest Century, Most Sixes and Highest wicket as all rounder records and he's great acid for Pakistan as an Captain and Player and agree he's not consistant like Responsible this is the Mistake of PCB Coach in Past who dont polish but still he's playing for Pakistan and get the winning cup for us.

    InshAllah he will bring 2015 World Cup in Pakistan like he did in T20 Cup and remember he's the one who give this Happiness to Pakistan.

    We should remember Good thing of our Team why we always point out their Mistake this is the reason Whole Pakistan in Crisis.

  • on November 14, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    @USApakcricfollower, all that is needed is stability etc etc? man you just spelled disaster for the team right there :)

  • on November 13, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Test Team::::>>>>> 1>Hafeez 2>Taufeeq Umar 3>Azhar 4>Younis 5> Yusuf 6>Misbah 7>Adnan Akmal (wk) 8>Gul 9>Ajmal 10>Junaid 11>Wahab Riaz/ Abdur Rehman / Tanvir Ahmed / Aizaz Cheema.......

    ODI Team::::::>>> 1>Hafeez 2>Asad Shafiq 3>Younis Khan 4>Umar Akmal 5>Misbah 6>Abdur Razzaq 7>Shahid Afridi 8>Sarfarz (wk) 9>Gul 10>Ajmal 11>Junaid/Aizaz......

    T20 Team::::::>>>> 1>Hafeez 2>Imran Nazir 3>Umar Akmal(wk) 4>Shahid Afridi 5>Misbah 6>Shoib Malik 7>Abdur Razzaq 8>Hammad Azam 9>Gul 10>Ajmal 11>Junaid......

  • on November 13, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Pakistan should get Azhar Mahmood back in the team he has been forgotten by the PCB it has been a long time since he last played for Pakistan and he only has about 2 years of cricket left In him and he should play for Pakistan in all formats and with the ICC T20 World Cup 2012 coming up next year he would be a great choice and would add great all round strength for Pakistan with Afridi and Razzaq.

  • USAPakCricFollower on November 12, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    I don't get it. Why was Afridi the Man of the Match? There is too much hype about Afridi and his performance does not corroborate. He took 3 wickets, 2 of which were tail enders, and he was not the most economical either. Other bowlers took more important wickets and were more economical. I guess they had to give it to a bowler as the bowling won the match, so they gave it to him. To me the choice is questionable and has more to do with creating hype to fill seats.

  • USAPakCricFollower on November 12, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Pakistan is getting back to what the talent is capable of. All that is needed is stability, lack of distractions, and a well balanced captain. I wonder where all those Indian fans are that were predicting doom for Pakistan before the Sri Lanka series stating this is not Ireland and Zimbabwe that Pakistan is now playing? Oh, and just a year ago they were calling for Pakistan's ouster from ICC. I can only guess their disappointment now.

  • on November 12, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    after a long find some stabiltily in pak team

  • Saqib_Sheraz on November 12, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    don't forget to praise S Ajmal, who also played a vital role.

  • on November 12, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    @prbath, whose crying? us or the team that was 131 all out ;)

  • AlanHarrison on November 12, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    Nothing very surprising here. Afridi showed during the world cup what a good ODI bowler he is, notwithstanding his inconsistencies in other disciplines of the game, and is now showing it again. Meanwhile Sri Lanka are really struggling without Murali, but the real cause for concern about that lies in test cricket, not ODIs. According to my calculations that's 13 test matches now against proper opposition home and away without a win for Sri Lanka since he retired. Sri Lanka will always produce talented players, but statistics about Sri Lankan test history all the way back to 1982 show just how reliant they have been on Murali's presence and wickets to win test matches.

  • on November 14, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    Afridi deserve Man of the Match as his performance is more stronger then other bowler, he gave the Breakthrough of Patnership which's building up with Jayawerdana.

    We have proud on Afridi that he's 3rd Pakistani Player who received huge Number of Man of Match Award like 25 now he's following Saeed Anwer who's on 28 and on the Top is Sachin with 61 and InshAllah he will break this records and as he's holding Fatest Century, Most Sixes and Highest wicket as all rounder records and he's great acid for Pakistan as an Captain and Player and agree he's not consistant like Responsible this is the Mistake of PCB Coach in Past who dont polish but still he's playing for Pakistan and get the winning cup for us.

    InshAllah he will bring 2015 World Cup in Pakistan like he did in T20 Cup and remember he's the one who give this Happiness to Pakistan.

    We should remember Good thing of our Team why we always point out their Mistake this is the reason Whole Pakistan in Crisis.

  • on November 14, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    @USApakcricfollower, all that is needed is stability etc etc? man you just spelled disaster for the team right there :)

  • on November 13, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Test Team::::>>>>> 1>Hafeez 2>Taufeeq Umar 3>Azhar 4>Younis 5> Yusuf 6>Misbah 7>Adnan Akmal (wk) 8>Gul 9>Ajmal 10>Junaid 11>Wahab Riaz/ Abdur Rehman / Tanvir Ahmed / Aizaz Cheema.......

    ODI Team::::::>>> 1>Hafeez 2>Asad Shafiq 3>Younis Khan 4>Umar Akmal 5>Misbah 6>Abdur Razzaq 7>Shahid Afridi 8>Sarfarz (wk) 9>Gul 10>Ajmal 11>Junaid/Aizaz......

    T20 Team::::::>>>> 1>Hafeez 2>Imran Nazir 3>Umar Akmal(wk) 4>Shahid Afridi 5>Misbah 6>Shoib Malik 7>Abdur Razzaq 8>Hammad Azam 9>Gul 10>Ajmal 11>Junaid......

  • on November 13, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Pakistan should get Azhar Mahmood back in the team he has been forgotten by the PCB it has been a long time since he last played for Pakistan and he only has about 2 years of cricket left In him and he should play for Pakistan in all formats and with the ICC T20 World Cup 2012 coming up next year he would be a great choice and would add great all round strength for Pakistan with Afridi and Razzaq.

  • USAPakCricFollower on November 12, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    I don't get it. Why was Afridi the Man of the Match? There is too much hype about Afridi and his performance does not corroborate. He took 3 wickets, 2 of which were tail enders, and he was not the most economical either. Other bowlers took more important wickets and were more economical. I guess they had to give it to a bowler as the bowling won the match, so they gave it to him. To me the choice is questionable and has more to do with creating hype to fill seats.

  • USAPakCricFollower on November 12, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Pakistan is getting back to what the talent is capable of. All that is needed is stability, lack of distractions, and a well balanced captain. I wonder where all those Indian fans are that were predicting doom for Pakistan before the Sri Lanka series stating this is not Ireland and Zimbabwe that Pakistan is now playing? Oh, and just a year ago they were calling for Pakistan's ouster from ICC. I can only guess their disappointment now.

  • on November 12, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    after a long find some stabiltily in pak team

  • Saqib_Sheraz on November 12, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    don't forget to praise S Ajmal, who also played a vital role.

  • on November 12, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    @prbath, whose crying? us or the team that was 131 all out ;)

  • AlanHarrison on November 12, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    Nothing very surprising here. Afridi showed during the world cup what a good ODI bowler he is, notwithstanding his inconsistencies in other disciplines of the game, and is now showing it again. Meanwhile Sri Lanka are really struggling without Murali, but the real cause for concern about that lies in test cricket, not ODIs. According to my calculations that's 13 test matches now against proper opposition home and away without a win for Sri Lanka since he retired. Sri Lanka will always produce talented players, but statistics about Sri Lankan test history all the way back to 1982 show just how reliant they have been on Murali's presence and wickets to win test matches.

  • ahilcool on November 12, 2011, 10:25 GMT

    muruli and sanath could go for anther 2-3 years couldnt they

  • ahilcool on November 12, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    he is was and always will be a match winner if you see his records he did no bat well after the world cup and that means because of his despute with waqar and if you saw him in county he was brilliant agaiin so that means he can bat but wasnt because of the despute so if you see him now he is going to be the same afridi that he use to be BOOM BOOM AFRIDI PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • on November 12, 2011, 10:19 GMT

    good luck Pakistan........................carry it on

  • on November 12, 2011, 9:32 GMT

    @Zubair Peer: Fully agreed with ur's comment Zubair!

  • on November 12, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    Thats true it is bowling base game, Pakistan has bowled well the is not supporting for the bowlers, Pakistan is now in good shape having back thier talented players and new look managment, We will pray for the best future of pakistani team and nation Good Luck

  • khurramsch on November 12, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    good performance from all pakistan team. all bowled well. afrid, ajamal, hafez & gul and chema started well. Dilshan';s coments are just excuses . its very strange where SL is heading. a while ago they were vey good team.

  • on November 12, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    @Fahad Tajamal Tarar, Dont cry man....you make laugh

  • on November 12, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    it was quite easy for dilshan to say that 1 0r 2 good delieveries. if that was the case then what about the non scoring phase in the srilankan innings. Actually seamers bowled tight lines and so did the spinners giving away nothing. And when the runs seamed hard to come, the batsmen got frustrated and were drwan into playing rash and false strokes. And i think it was a result of hard work frm pakistani bowlers, not just false strokes.

  • on November 12, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    Something wrong going on with Srilankan Cricket............... I think Players are not very keen to playing under Dilshan......such players like Jayewerdene

  • on November 12, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Pakistan played very well rounded game as a team, and this rise in game from Pakistan is really good sign for cricket. Sri Lanka on other hand went without a fight, there is some real thinking needed on their part.

  • on November 12, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    the official BOOM BOOM is back!

  • on November 12, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    Long Live the UNITY between BoOm boOM and TuK tUk!!

  • on November 12, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Dilshan is not at all captaincy material,i even doubt his place in SL team

  • Happy_AusBang on November 12, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    Let's not get ahead of ourselves though. Afridi is match-winner but with the ball, not with the bat. His selection should be only on the basis of bowling considerations and for ODIs and T20s only, never for tests.

  • DINESHCC on November 12, 2011, 6:01 GMT

    SYED ASAD SOHAIL: IF ANY ONE WHO CAN GET WORLD CUP FOR PAKISTAN WILL BE EITHER MISBAH OR ABDUL RAZZAQ AND CERTAINLY NOT SHAHID AFRIDI.

  • Romenevans on November 12, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    Dilshan is below par level player, he should be dropped immediately, and forget about making him the captain.

  • on November 12, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    I think sangakara should have retain the captaincy after the world cup as reaching in the world-cup final is also enough for any team !!!

  • on November 12, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    Shahid Afridi had rocked yesterday in his comeback match.he is the genuine match winner for Pakistani team.

  • malik86 on November 12, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    lets keep an eye on pak consistency and if our team remain united, thn they can beat any team. talent is never prblm 4 pak, its unity & discipline which disturbed us

  • on November 12, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    Pakistan cricket has been like this...when they play as a team 11, they win, sometime they have 10+1 combination where 10 is the performance of one individual and the rest just one (they win and sometimes they loose) but at times when they are 11 different individuals...they loose and loose with big margins....

  • Hummi on November 12, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    Nice work by all team members of Pakistan! Shahid lala you really are a match winner!

  • zerotollerance on November 12, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    Mahela injured for next game... Maybe blessing in disguise..time for a new cricketer to make his mark...

  • bthiban on November 12, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    Cricket board is not giving their salary, so why should they play?

  • on November 12, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    @Madhu Sudhan I am a big fan of Srilankan team, the side got talent it is some kind of mental block they are facing eversince they lost the world cup final. You can sense that the morale of the team is seriously down, its not the same srilanka what we are used to of seeing over the years. Dilshan is not the right choice for captaincy, his own performance is in qs i am sure he must be facing hard time in motivating other players, the management/board is quickly required to make right decisions otherwise the team will further fall apart.

  • on November 12, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    It's not self denial or too much ego from Dilshan. He is not very good in handling English. He can explaining exact his thoughts in English as Sang or Mahela. I have seen him speaking very well n Sinhala.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 12, 2011, 3:56 GMT

    ha ha ha Afridi will retirire before the end of this series!

  • Desihungama on November 12, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    Dilshan's comments are a joke. It was rather one or two bad balls.

  • NoorusSabbahKhan on November 12, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    and thats y thousands of us dont like watching cricket when Afridi is not playing :D

  • on November 11, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    Sri Lankan cricket in crisis... who is to be blamed ???

    captain ? or selectors ?

  • shaanidesi on November 11, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    ya cheetay! shaid afridi is the man.

  • on November 11, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    Where is Afridi's Fohawk! ?

  • on November 11, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    Dilshan never gives credit to opposition. Even now he is saying "There were one or two good balls today". Its not with 2 good balls than a team is bowled out for 130!!!!

  • donda on November 11, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    This was good bowling display by pakistan and even good batting display too. Afridi is match winner from day 1 when he scored 102 of 37 balls. Misbah has shown respect for senior players and i hope that he will stay as captain for long and will give stability to pakistan cricket. Winning is not every thing, the spirit , fairness and playing cricket like gentlemen is all about. Pakistan need it respect back after 2010 english tour and i hope that Misbah is the man to do it. I hope Pakistan win this series to become a better ranked team.

  • mrmonty on November 11, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    Since Sanga moved on, Dilshan has come crashing to the ground. SL need to make somebody captain who is less temperamental. Mahela, may be?

  • on November 11, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    self denial continues by dilshan . it would have been better to accept that other team bowled well . what if they repeat the performance in next game?

  • on November 11, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    Yeah I agree with Misbah, as in world cup matches, Afridi is only one who give breakthroughs to Pakistan at crucial moments. He should remained in team till 2015 world cup. He will certainly give world cup to Paksitan after Imran Khan.

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  • on November 11, 2011, 20:36 GMT

    Yeah I agree with Misbah, as in world cup matches, Afridi is only one who give breakthroughs to Pakistan at crucial moments. He should remained in team till 2015 world cup. He will certainly give world cup to Paksitan after Imran Khan.

  • on November 11, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    self denial continues by dilshan . it would have been better to accept that other team bowled well . what if they repeat the performance in next game?

  • mrmonty on November 11, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    Since Sanga moved on, Dilshan has come crashing to the ground. SL need to make somebody captain who is less temperamental. Mahela, may be?

  • donda on November 11, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    This was good bowling display by pakistan and even good batting display too. Afridi is match winner from day 1 when he scored 102 of 37 balls. Misbah has shown respect for senior players and i hope that he will stay as captain for long and will give stability to pakistan cricket. Winning is not every thing, the spirit , fairness and playing cricket like gentlemen is all about. Pakistan need it respect back after 2010 english tour and i hope that Misbah is the man to do it. I hope Pakistan win this series to become a better ranked team.

  • on November 11, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    Dilshan never gives credit to opposition. Even now he is saying "There were one or two good balls today". Its not with 2 good balls than a team is bowled out for 130!!!!

  • on November 11, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    Where is Afridi's Fohawk! ?

  • shaanidesi on November 11, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    ya cheetay! shaid afridi is the man.

  • on November 11, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    Sri Lankan cricket in crisis... who is to be blamed ???

    captain ? or selectors ?

  • NoorusSabbahKhan on November 12, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    and thats y thousands of us dont like watching cricket when Afridi is not playing :D

  • Desihungama on November 12, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    Dilshan's comments are a joke. It was rather one or two bad balls.