Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Sharjah, 5th day January 20, 2014

Misbah hails 'amazing victory'

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Who would have thought that four days of dull Test cricket would suddenly transform into a thriller on day five at Sharjah Cricket Stadium? And, more surprisingly, who would expect Pakistan to become the fastest team to chase a target of 300-plus target in history? Both things happened, as Pakistan achieved a daunting total of 302 in 57.3 overs at 5.25 runs per over to level the series at 1-1 and stun Sri Lanka. It was truly, as described by Pakistan's captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, an "amazing victory".

"The biggest victory for me is 3-0 against England but, as a match, it's a very, very big victory for the team," Misbah said. "As a game, this was one of my best victories but still I think I rate very highly our 3-0 victory against England, [when] we whitewashed the No. 1 team. But the match we won today - I guess we haven't won chasing like that, so it's an amazing victory."

The series in UAE had been a tedious one but day five of the third and final Test turned into a dramatic contest. In the final session, with loud music suddenly filling the stadium, Pakistan went at a rapid pace to reach the target. Azhar Ali, the No. 3, blazed 103 off 137 balls, with six fours, and Misbah remained unbeaten on 68 as Pakistan won with nine balls remaining, for their second-highest successful run chase in Test matches.

Misbah said his men lived up to expectation and played like a unit. Dav Whatmore, Pakistan's outgoing coach who has now finished his contract, may not have been expecting such a send-off on his last day but Misbah was pleased that Whatmore could leave on a high, despite failing to win a Test series during his time in charge.

"It's always important, because he had been working with us for the last two years, so we have an attachment and you always want this type of thing if somebody leaves you," Misbah said. "He finishes on a good note, so I was really praying for that, we should win it for Pakistan and win it for Dav so that we can say we have given him a good send off. It was really a much-needed win for us as a team, to level the series, and to send off Dav it was also important.

"It's a great effort and all the players showed the will to win the game, so I am really happy, especially for the youngsters. Azhar Ali's performance, Ahmed Shehzad in the first innings and Sarfraz [Ahmed in the second], Mohammad Talha bowled really well, so it's really pleasing for Pakistan cricket."

Pakistan seemed to have given up on winning the game, as things coasted on day four, but after bowling Sri Lanka out for 214 in the morning session, the players made a positive decision over lunch. "There was no pressure, a clear message was there when our innings started. We sat together and in the meeting we decided we are going for it at any cost, whether it turned into 2-0, no problem, but we will try to make it 1-1," Misbah said. "I think there was clarity in the minds of our players, and all were positive, me too, especially after youngsters had done their partnership, it was easy, you [just] had to score run a ball. Thanks god we have won the match."

Pakistan's openers gave the team a perfect start, hitting 35 in six and a half overs, before Shehzad lofting to deep square leg. The run rate kept on fluctuating but remained around five runs per over throughout, apart from the third-wicket stand between Azhar and Younis Khan, when the scoring rate started to dip for a while. But Sarfraz, promoted to No. 5, and Azhar swaggered along during their partnership of 89 in 14.5 overs.

"It was easy for us once Sarfraz played that innings with Azhar, that was an important partnership and brought down the required run rate to almost 5.5," Misbah said. "They also cut down the target to 120-something, so that was simple, we could continue to play at the same rate. Don't let it go up [above] run-a-ball, that was our main target. Nothing much was happening with the wicket so that was the target."

Pakistan's next Test series is in nine months, against Australia, and Misbah said that was not ideal. "When you win Test matches, you gain confidence ... had there been a Test series in near future, it would have benefitted us. This team has been notching such victories, like winning against England and winning a Test match against South Africa."

"Except for Younis Khan, we don't have many players who have played more than 50 Test matches that's why you see sometimes we suffer collapses and we face problems and our performances are not consistent. Whenever they play up to their potential, they win such matches, if they play consistently and gain experience their performances will get better and better."

Misbah said playing Australia after a gap of nine months will be challenging. "Australia, South Africa, England they are all very professional teams and against them you need to be focused and you have to play with a lot of hard work because they come out with lots of plans. So, I think it will be a big challenge for us to play against Australia but it would also be challenging for them to face our spinners in these conditions. I think we will try to play the way we played against South Africa and repeat the same performance against them."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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  • on January 23, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Hardwork always pays. Misbah came to Pakistan cricket team at a time of worst crisis, match fixing, terrorism and players politics. He showed the real power of self confidence, discipline, sheer hardwork, one dimensional focus on team work and consistency. Misbah in some ways better than a lot of Pakistani captains. The best thing about him, he puts his head down and talk with his performance. A gem o role model or international cricket. I am hopeful that keeping the tradition alive Pakistan cricket board and players will try to make him down in an ugly way. But the best thing about Misbah, he is really good in all departments especially off the field. Good luck Misbah.

  • on January 23, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    I really think we are forgetting someone. We are definitely forgetting Sarfaraz Ahmed. To me his innings was of the greatest importance. It was only because of him Azhar Ali relaxed and Misbah took his time

  • on January 23, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    Great victory, good team work, commendable captaincy.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on January 22, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    well done misbah and other guys, Great win. Pakistan must look after the fitness of their Pace attack. Irfan and Gul must come to play with junaid. keeping bhatti and anwar ali on bench strength. I think Asad shafeeq should be replaced by Sohaib Maqsood or Umer Akmal for number 6 spot in test matches now. Taufeeq Umer is far better opener than khurram manzoor, he can do keeping as well in required circustances. he should be brought back in test side. my test side for next series would be... (1) Taufeeq Umar (2) Ahmad Shahzad (3) Azhar Ali (4) Younas Khan (5) Misbah (6) Umar Akmal or Sohaib Maqsood (7) M. Rizwan (8) Ajmal (9) Rehman or Gul (10) Irfan (11) Junaid ............... (14) Bhatti (15) Haris Sohail

  • greenluv on January 22, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    A good Win. Well done guys . I was a fan of SL team but looking at approach towards the game a bit Disappointed.

  • ALiQamar on January 22, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan!! Soon Pakistan will be a side to beat. Pool of players is getting bigger and better. Players like Haris Sohail and Shahzaib Hassan are in line. Good news is that all the player now know that they place in the as long as they are performing. Example is axing of Hafeez from Test. I know I never thought to see this day but I am glad I did.

  • BloodBeat on January 22, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Misbah really was magnificient throughout this whole tour.A truly great captain who leads from the front

  • on January 22, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    I wouldn't compare Imran khan with Misbah. Imran did contribute in the final by scoring crucial runs with Javed Imran khan is a legend not just in but out of cricket to. A great victory to Pakistan Misbah a great leader and he's been leading from the front for years all the best to Misbah Let's hope he can bring us another World Cup down under inshallah

  • Ali_Chaudhary on January 22, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    "me too, especially after youngsters had done their partnership, it was easy, you [just] had to score run a ball - Misbah" what a humble guy. The best captain from Pakistan. I never liked Imran Khan. He was self praising selfinsh guy. HAd it been Imran he would have sáid "ist me who has won u this match otherwise you would have lost this". He still say that WC 1992 victory was bcoz of him. Even though he had no contribution in that victory. It was Wasim, it Was Mushi, It was Miandad, It was Inzi. but not Imran.

  • on January 22, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    All credit to Misbah and his boys. 95% of the time, other teams would not attempt such a total at that asking run rate, regardless of whether they were 1-0 down. If Misbah can start converting his very poor ratio of 50s to 100s, then I would put him amongst the all time batting greats.

  • on January 23, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Hardwork always pays. Misbah came to Pakistan cricket team at a time of worst crisis, match fixing, terrorism and players politics. He showed the real power of self confidence, discipline, sheer hardwork, one dimensional focus on team work and consistency. Misbah in some ways better than a lot of Pakistani captains. The best thing about him, he puts his head down and talk with his performance. A gem o role model or international cricket. I am hopeful that keeping the tradition alive Pakistan cricket board and players will try to make him down in an ugly way. But the best thing about Misbah, he is really good in all departments especially off the field. Good luck Misbah.

  • on January 23, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    I really think we are forgetting someone. We are definitely forgetting Sarfaraz Ahmed. To me his innings was of the greatest importance. It was only because of him Azhar Ali relaxed and Misbah took his time

  • on January 23, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    Great victory, good team work, commendable captaincy.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on January 22, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    well done misbah and other guys, Great win. Pakistan must look after the fitness of their Pace attack. Irfan and Gul must come to play with junaid. keeping bhatti and anwar ali on bench strength. I think Asad shafeeq should be replaced by Sohaib Maqsood or Umer Akmal for number 6 spot in test matches now. Taufeeq Umer is far better opener than khurram manzoor, he can do keeping as well in required circustances. he should be brought back in test side. my test side for next series would be... (1) Taufeeq Umar (2) Ahmad Shahzad (3) Azhar Ali (4) Younas Khan (5) Misbah (6) Umar Akmal or Sohaib Maqsood (7) M. Rizwan (8) Ajmal (9) Rehman or Gul (10) Irfan (11) Junaid ............... (14) Bhatti (15) Haris Sohail

  • greenluv on January 22, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    A good Win. Well done guys . I was a fan of SL team but looking at approach towards the game a bit Disappointed.

  • ALiQamar on January 22, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan!! Soon Pakistan will be a side to beat. Pool of players is getting bigger and better. Players like Haris Sohail and Shahzaib Hassan are in line. Good news is that all the player now know that they place in the as long as they are performing. Example is axing of Hafeez from Test. I know I never thought to see this day but I am glad I did.

  • BloodBeat on January 22, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Misbah really was magnificient throughout this whole tour.A truly great captain who leads from the front

  • on January 22, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    I wouldn't compare Imran khan with Misbah. Imran did contribute in the final by scoring crucial runs with Javed Imran khan is a legend not just in but out of cricket to. A great victory to Pakistan Misbah a great leader and he's been leading from the front for years all the best to Misbah Let's hope he can bring us another World Cup down under inshallah

  • Ali_Chaudhary on January 22, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    "me too, especially after youngsters had done their partnership, it was easy, you [just] had to score run a ball - Misbah" what a humble guy. The best captain from Pakistan. I never liked Imran Khan. He was self praising selfinsh guy. HAd it been Imran he would have sáid "ist me who has won u this match otherwise you would have lost this". He still say that WC 1992 victory was bcoz of him. Even though he had no contribution in that victory. It was Wasim, it Was Mushi, It was Miandad, It was Inzi. but not Imran.

  • on January 22, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    All credit to Misbah and his boys. 95% of the time, other teams would not attempt such a total at that asking run rate, regardless of whether they were 1-0 down. If Misbah can start converting his very poor ratio of 50s to 100s, then I would put him amongst the all time batting greats.

  • on January 22, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Pakistan will do well to arrange a 5 match T20 series against West Indies both of whom are free from any cricket for next month or so. This will do a lot of good for both the teams before the next T20 WC.

  • Nautika on January 22, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    Now that Dav Whatmore is leaving , it is high time that we bring back Mohsin Khan as coach whose short tenure yielded the best era of Pakistan test history.

  • on January 22, 2014, 2:57 GMT

    Admirable, yet amicable performance from both teams

  • on January 21, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    One of the greatest win of Pakistan.

  • on January 21, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    Sri Lankans love positive play,our boys must now realize the fact that playing negative cricket won't always guarantee a draw. Had Matthews and others played their normal styles of plays we could have easily saved this match.

    Well played Pakistan! From a cricket lover in Lanka

  • BowledYa on January 21, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    Misbah is the man! Misbah is the man! Misbah is the man! He is truly a Pakistani hero who was given the captaincy when one captain had quit mid-tour and the other one was found to be a cheat. He's led the team through a transformation, brought youngsters along, gained worldwide respect, experience, and a lot of wins along the way. He's played selflessly for the team and deserves a medal of honor.

  • on January 21, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    Misbah is a supremely fit and ageless character (aka cricketer). He is a testimony to the fact that for longevity as a sportsman the hunger to perform and fitness matter, not age.

  • Lion_96 on January 21, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    This was probably the only time, I supported the opposition against my team in Tests. They were so negative, it seemed like Sri Lanka were trailing 0-2, and trying to avoid a whitewash. Pakistan were really special in that run chase, Azhar Ali was magnificent. A young batsmen to produce that kind of innings when the team needed it. Talk about match winning innings! #Respect

  • on January 21, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    Amazing victory as the Captain Misbah Said. A historical Victory on which every cricket loving Pakistani is happy and proud. Now more consistency is required by Team Pakistan to win Test Matches. Next Seri is some 9 months away, in the meantime Pakistan must play test matches with either Afghanistan or Bangladesh. A lot of practice is required on test levels, Pakistan must involve themselves in one way or the other.

    About Sri Lanka I will once again repeat that they dug their grave themselves by adopting negative approach right from the day the match started. They kept one win and Seri in their pocket and were happy. From an experienced side like them it should not be expected. They kept this in their mind and paid the price. Well I wish them best of luck and positive thinking for future.

    Well done Team Pakistan. Aman Ullah Khan/Brooklyn,NY USA

  • on January 21, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    MISBAH-UL-HAQ #Legend Support from India!!!

  • Pak_Guru on January 21, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    Superb victory.. and brilliant once again- Misbah.. he scored runs in ODI's and in Test matches, he is just awesome.... Pak selectors should realize the importance of his mental strength and the confidence he brings to the team with his presence on the pitch.

    Misbah should be part of the T20 WC team. Let Hafeez be the captain but Misbah at No. 5 or 6 is a must for Pak chances of winning the T20 WC. Selectors be proactive, spontaneous and practical in your decision.

  • Samee0324 on January 21, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    Misbah i love you!! you are a pride of Pakistan!! all those who always criticize this guy can see him now!! he always play for Pakistan!! never think of his own 50 or 100!! Geo Misbah!! The whole Pakistan is with you!!

  • cricketcritic on January 21, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan, world cricket is so much better off when you are strong. I must say that Misbah's consistency and application is incredible. What he has done for Pakistan these last few years should not be underestimated in the wake of the spot fixing controversies. I really hope Pakistan can maintain its consistency and challenge the top four. For now they are underrated and a serious threat.

  • on January 21, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    Go Greens Go .... :) ICC T20 World Cup coming ... Hope to see more from you Guys ... All the Best ...

  • Salman_Shakeel84 on January 21, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    I never expected such below the belt tactics from Sri Lanka:

    -Fake injuries -Fielders instead of chasing the balls pointing that they could not see even though Misbah and Azhar Ali could see it like a football -SriLanka batting run rate dropping less than a run and bringing game to standstill

    Bravo Pakistan, you make us proud by not only wining the test match but also becoming a great ambassador of Test Cricket.

    On the other hand, Sri Lanka you must learn how India played with big heart and sportsman spirit against South Africa, SA were almost near to win but India never got into negative tactics of bowling leg side or doing deliberate delays.In the end, India earned a respectable draw played in a very positive spirit of test cricket. Sri Lanka not only you lost match but you lost many fans (including me) who thought of Sri Lankans to be fearless lions. I am afraid not anymore.

    BTW I am a Pakistani supporter.

  • Smiling on January 21, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    So proud of Pakistan playing like the champions they are! Misbah awesome, Azhar Ali incredible, in fact everyone of the guys amazing! Brilliant send off for Dav Whatmore and well deserved all round. Please keep playing with such strength, courage and determination!!

  • bouncer709 on January 21, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    Wonderful Pakistan, and Excellent Misbah unleashing his player, this is what we expect, and this is called team work, first the bowlers reduced Srialankans, then Batsmen kept Srilankans out of the game. Misbah, Sarfraz, Ahzhar Ali they are the visible heroes of the Match, but I think we should applaud Shehzad and Manzoor too, though they could not capitalize, but actually they set the Srilankan to go on defensive mode early on.

  • sherishahmir on January 21, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    Well done team Pakistan and commiserations to Srilankan team, overall its a good series and this match proved the importance and excitement of test cricket. In future, the PCB should consider the importance of sporting and lively pitches in the UAE, since its now a home of Pakistan cricket to make test cricket further interesting and results oriented.

  • muzika_tchaikovskogo on January 21, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    Hats off to Pakistan for pulling off a rare and even heroic win. I was neutral until the final hour, when I started rooting for Pakistan. Its tragic that they're not playing test cricket for another 9 months, by which time the gains of this victory might be all but lost.

  • Bhrams on January 21, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    Misbah is a legend. Can never quite fathom as to why he is criticized so much by Pakistan fans - possibly a hangover from the 2011 WC semi-final defeat, which was not really attributable to him. He has been the glue holding together Pakistan cricket for quite sometime now. Hopefully he will get due credit from his countrymen going forward.

    And what a positive attitude shown by his team. Especially admired Azhar Ali's selfless batting even in the 90s and his sprint to the pavilion after getting out - so that no time was wasted further.

  • Manzgam on January 21, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    Sarfaraz should not be included in 20 20 and one day there should be three different keeper batsman's for different formats, for test sarfarz,for one day kamran Akmal,for twenty twenty Umar Akmal

  • Biggus on January 21, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Well done Misbah and the rest of the team. Pakistan cricket is, it would appear, having somewhat of a renaissance under Misbah's astute and measured leadership, good news for not only Pakistan but also world cricket. Nice comeback that will, one hopes, do wonders for keeping enthusiasm for the game high back in Pakistan.

  • Sachit1979 on January 21, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    Really a miraculous win for Pak and hats off to great batting performances by Azhar, captain Misbah and keeper batsman Sarfaraz. Not sure which shop Misbah purchases his patience and consistency from. He is the best Pak captain post Imran era and really deserves to lead the side until next world cup atleast. Ahmed Shehzad also deserves kudos for his great batting performance in first inning. Talha made an impact with the ball on a lifeless track. Overall now Pak looks like a side in making. I wish Dav Whatmore had continued for atleast an year more until next world cup. He was doing a good job. But anyways now what Pak team needs is to consolidate from here, be more consistent with its performance and unite as brigade. If they do so then they would definitely be a strong force to face for any other rival in next world cup.

  • s-holmes on January 21, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    I second Matt.au! Absolutely, com'on - the cricketing world needs Pakistan to be playing more Test cricket!

  • Shahbazchaudhary on January 21, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    Welldone Pak Team,,, great team efforts, But one thing that i saw only in this inning that Misbah is going with positive approach, and at the end we won this match, If you lose this match we dont care because you & your team work hard in the 4th inning,, Pakistan is a best Team of the world but we need a Brave captain Or we need Misbah s 4th inning captaincy. Misbah you see the difference when you order to your team just go & play for wining, Plz PCB management & misbah should think about this issue, If you want to save Pak cricket.

  • on January 21, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    misbahhhh is greatt youinis is greattt wel doneee pakistann i likee misbahh batingg greatt teamm pakistann this timee not boringg pakistan cricket actions beauti matchh misbahh is man of the serise really

  • Sharath274 on January 21, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    I think Pak deserved to win this match, especially considering the SL attitude in both the innings where they only wanted a draw as a result.So much negative cricket they played and deserved to lose... Well done Pak..

  • harshthakor on January 21, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    Heartiest congrats to Pakistan for making one of test cricket's most spectacular comebacks to win a game.They proved ho much the game is played in the mind.Yesterday test cricket learnt one of it's most abject lessons when witnessing the contrasting approaches of the opposing teams.Fittingly the team that played to win triumphed.In fact it does credit to test cricket by proving that the game has to be played to win.

  • on January 21, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    I find no word to see this performance of pakistan. If they continue like this very soon they will be no 1 cricket team.

  • SaleemHatoum on January 21, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    Great win for Pakistan and Misbah has established himself the best captain Pakistan ever had.

  • sandy_bangalore on January 21, 2014, 2:52 GMT

    Hearty congrats to Pakistan, from India! Shows why Pakistan are such a watchable team. Hope the so-called big 3 are watching

  • ladla30 on January 21, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    Very well put Sankar. It was one of the best performances we have experienced in a while. Most of the time teams take the path of the least resistance. We are living in times when it has become almost acceptable for Sri Lanka to score at an average of 2 runs per over. Or South Africa to go for a draw when they need only 7 runs with more then two wickets in hand. Such a bold decision from a subcontinent team can turn into a recipe of a disaster. But the way Lankans reacted towards the umpires decision of the continuation of the paly was heart wrenching. What ever happened to the gentleman's game? When the likes of great Viv Richards, Majid Khan and Gavaskers who use to walk without even looking at the umps. I can understand the Mathews and the lakmals who do not have a huge test experience backing them up but what ever happened to the greats like Mehila and the Sanga my main man is mystery we would be talking about for a long period of time.

  • YogifromNY on January 21, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    As a US-based fan of the Indian team, I am happy and glad that the Pak test team seems to be slowly but surely coming into its own. Here's hoping to a renaissance of cricket there (and in SL and the other smaller countries which will help to keep this great game a truly international game, not just confined to Ind-Eng-Aus)! SL won the second test and Pak the third. Good result for cricket in both these countries, I feel!

  • Matt.au on January 21, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    Surely someone wants to play an exciting Pakistan team in the next 9 months.

    Come on some of the other test nations, fit them in, let them grow as a team - financially as well.

  • on January 21, 2014, 1:13 GMT

    I second Jahanzez. We need more tests PCB!

  • ThatsJustCricket on January 21, 2014, 1:02 GMT

    That was some win. Who could have imagined this? Great work by Pak, keep it up.

  • on January 21, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    Good on Misbah, good on Pakistan, they need more tests to get stronger!

  • left_arm_unorthodox on January 21, 2014, 0:53 GMT

    For his combination of runs and leadership, I think Misbah is right up there with any captain Pakistan have had in my time watching the game. I hope he plays many more years! Of all players from any country, I think he is currently the best at getting runs when the pressure is on. He would be in my current-players world 11, no worries.

  • andrew-schulz on January 21, 2014, 0:50 GMT

    My question is: where was this in the first Test? Set an identical target, with 8 more overs to get the runs. Can Pakistan only do this to draw a series? What a lame, pathetic, draw-oriented effort from both teams, until Pakistan clicked into gear at tha last possible moment. Misbah spoke of the England series-Pakistan have still not won a series since then, not even against Zimbabwe. Amazing Test victory: yes, but pathetic series draw.

  • aliasad106 on January 21, 2014, 0:46 GMT

    Love you King Misbah ! ! I am very happy in this cold and boring winter this is something to joy.. :D

  • Cricket_theBestGame on January 20, 2014, 23:01 GMT

    well done misbah. keep this winning mentality and pak will be a serious contender in w/c 2015.

    good point by misbah if pak has more tests then it would be in top 4 for sure. no team likes to play pak because this is exactly what they are capable of !

    keep going team misbah and all the best

  • on January 20, 2014, 22:52 GMT

    Well done Pakistan... good stuff

  • on January 20, 2014, 22:50 GMT

    misbah has just played out of the world in last 3 months. he has won great ODI series against SA in SA and now won an unbelievable test match on 5th day just 1 over before end of match.

    this is great great effort by Misbah and dave what more. thanks Dave for your time and effort for Pakistan.

  • Desihungama on January 20, 2014, 22:26 GMT

    From 2010 and onwards Pakistan has beaten all major teams Australia, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies in a Test match. Exception is India who they did not play and NZ. You can't possibly fathom of such a team as Tier two? I wouldn't just as purely cricket lover. Remarkable Misbah!

  • Amit_13 on January 20, 2014, 21:48 GMT

    Hats off to Pakistan. For a country ravaged by political mires and for a team playing at "home" in a different country, they still can match the best teams on their day. There remains a certain romance about Pakistan cricket for me, a certain innocence matched by raw talent like no other. Shame they continue to be differentiated against by the other members.

  • Cric_fever_forever on January 20, 2014, 21:45 GMT

    This Guy always give me tears in my eyes.... Dont worry guys its tears of joy. One of the best thing ever happned to pak.... cheers!!!

  • on January 20, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    Misbah has turned out to be an iconic captain and Mr.Reliable ...best Pakistan captain since Imran.

  • truth1 on January 20, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    Watching this Test match proves a few points. If Azhar can score at such a rate then why doesn't he play ODI. I think Azhar and Pujara should play ODIs for Pak and India respectively. You need solid players even in ODI. I am not sure about them 2 playing T 20 but no harm in trying. It might further boost their reflexes for fast scoring in ODIs and Tests.What a win! Misbah keeps on defying his age and critics. He should have been in Tests 10 years earlier than when he started.

  • Gangnam_Gangsta on January 20, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    I am disappointed in SL crickets attitude towards test cricket. I don't want to indulge in 'i told you so' except to make this larger point: any game is at the core played for fun. Sl forgot that basic fact. They tried to subject Pakistan to the slow Chinese torture but as they say 'what goes around comes around'. In the end Pakistan demolished them in a blaze of glory and proved to many (not all) SL fans, who were defending the slow go approach, that in cricket if you are not going forward, you are going backward. Ultimately, it is runs and wickets that ensure victory and not some cynical plan on paper to demoralize a young but vibrant cricket opposition.

  • on January 20, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    Really good captaincy from Misbah Ul haq by promoting sarfraz Ahmed up the order, the positive aggression in Misbah's approach benefitted Pakistan as it is said by Misbah too that sometimes situation make you to decide better, and what a way to win. Really negative approach from Mathews cost him a match. He is a good allrounder but a very bad captain. !!!! Hope he will learn now

  • on January 20, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    i think they will play WI before that. the series which was scrapped last year. well played by pak. it was brilliant.

    most amazing thing that it was done by 1 who has question marks on his batting. 2 who we know as slow batsmen. huge difference in their career strike rates and this game. azahr was amazing. had a poor year. been dropped but what a come back. not his style but did it.

    misbah , i think most consistant player. limited but always scores. excellent batting.

    sarfraz played extremely well. often crticized for his batting before this series but batted great in both games. deserved full credit for fightback and attack and should be given more chances in tests.

    ahmed has also impressed. 4 times in 6, he got out while looking for runs so just temprament required. khurram has some issues, good fast bolwers will get him 7 out of 10 times. both started well and gave the early momentum . talha is a good find. junaid good as always. asad disappointed. need to play domestic now

  • TrueIndian4ever on January 20, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    Misbah, you are a living legend. The best of pak.

  • on January 20, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    Well done Misbah. Keep your aggressive alive in future as well. Hail Team Pakiatan. Respect for Lankan friends

  • on January 20, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    PLease give us more test matches .. we will go to sleep mode for next 9 month or so ! very sad !

  • on January 20, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    Well done Misbah. Keep your aggressive spirit alive like today. Well done Team Pakistan. Respect for Lankan friends

  • Pindia on January 20, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    Misbah is a modern great and is certainly unique. I don't think there has been anyone at 39 whose game is on the rise; who is so consistent; and who can defend like boycott or smash it like David Warner. He is truly unique. What's more he seems like a really humble, decent man. Credit to him that he has orchestrated the greatest chase in the history of test cricket, and fittingly saw it through himself...

  • on January 20, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    I am an Indian living in the US. I watched this match from 5:30 am in the morning for the last 25-30 overs supporting Pakistan all the time. I hated the way in which Mathews was trying to hold on to the 1-0 advantage and batting at such a snail pace; ridiculous. This is not the SriLankan team which consisted of such exciting players like Duleep Mendis, Roy Dias, Aravinda de Silva and Jayasurya.. they were always positive even if they were losing. And when Pakistan hit a boundary in the last 2-3 overs, Lankan fielders gesticulated as if they couldn't even sight the ball.. very silly. Justice is served in that Lanka lost; and Pakistan deserved to win with their positive attitude.

  • on January 20, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    PCB come on get these guys another test series. If Pakistan were playing 10-12 test matches a year we would be definitely among the top 3.

  • on January 20, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Well said Misbah, please keep the momentum going and make this a permanent habit of win matches, our full support is with you, play as long as your body and fitness allows you and keep playing the way you playing! We Love you Misbah, Pakistan Zindabad!

  • cricketkhan on January 20, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Misbah you are a beauty.....

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  • cricketkhan on January 20, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Misbah you are a beauty.....

  • on January 20, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Well said Misbah, please keep the momentum going and make this a permanent habit of win matches, our full support is with you, play as long as your body and fitness allows you and keep playing the way you playing! We Love you Misbah, Pakistan Zindabad!

  • on January 20, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    PCB come on get these guys another test series. If Pakistan were playing 10-12 test matches a year we would be definitely among the top 3.

  • on January 20, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    I am an Indian living in the US. I watched this match from 5:30 am in the morning for the last 25-30 overs supporting Pakistan all the time. I hated the way in which Mathews was trying to hold on to the 1-0 advantage and batting at such a snail pace; ridiculous. This is not the SriLankan team which consisted of such exciting players like Duleep Mendis, Roy Dias, Aravinda de Silva and Jayasurya.. they were always positive even if they were losing. And when Pakistan hit a boundary in the last 2-3 overs, Lankan fielders gesticulated as if they couldn't even sight the ball.. very silly. Justice is served in that Lanka lost; and Pakistan deserved to win with their positive attitude.

  • Pindia on January 20, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    Misbah is a modern great and is certainly unique. I don't think there has been anyone at 39 whose game is on the rise; who is so consistent; and who can defend like boycott or smash it like David Warner. He is truly unique. What's more he seems like a really humble, decent man. Credit to him that he has orchestrated the greatest chase in the history of test cricket, and fittingly saw it through himself...

  • on January 20, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    Well done Misbah. Keep your aggressive spirit alive like today. Well done Team Pakistan. Respect for Lankan friends

  • on January 20, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    PLease give us more test matches .. we will go to sleep mode for next 9 month or so ! very sad !

  • on January 20, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    Well done Misbah. Keep your aggressive alive in future as well. Hail Team Pakiatan. Respect for Lankan friends

  • TrueIndian4ever on January 20, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    Misbah, you are a living legend. The best of pak.

  • on January 20, 2014, 20:26 GMT

    i think they will play WI before that. the series which was scrapped last year. well played by pak. it was brilliant.

    most amazing thing that it was done by 1 who has question marks on his batting. 2 who we know as slow batsmen. huge difference in their career strike rates and this game. azahr was amazing. had a poor year. been dropped but what a come back. not his style but did it.

    misbah , i think most consistant player. limited but always scores. excellent batting.

    sarfraz played extremely well. often crticized for his batting before this series but batted great in both games. deserved full credit for fightback and attack and should be given more chances in tests.

    ahmed has also impressed. 4 times in 6, he got out while looking for runs so just temprament required. khurram has some issues, good fast bolwers will get him 7 out of 10 times. both started well and gave the early momentum . talha is a good find. junaid good as always. asad disappointed. need to play domestic now