Scotland v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Edinburgh May 17, 2013

Misbah, bowlers set up 96-run win

The Report by Callum Stewart
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Pakistan 231 for 7 (Misbah 83*, Farhat 49, Haq 3-39) beat Scotland 135 (Coetzer 32, Ajmal 3-25) by 96 runs
Scorecard

Pakistan began their tour of England on a good note, registering a 96-run win over Scotland in the first ODI between the two sides. In Edinburgh on Friday, Pakistan successfully defended a total of 231 for 7, as Scotland went down to the bowling of Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan.

Chasing 232, Scotland had a nervy start, losing their first wicket for no score when Neil Carter was bowled by Junaid Khan in the second over. Mohammad Irfan's pace and bounce created problems for the hosts early on, but Kyle Coetzer brought his county experience to the fore, playing shots and hitting boundaries early in the innings. Josh Davey also hit a few fours before he was smartly caught down the leg-side by Akmal. The wicket-keeper was involved again when Irfan got Coetzer caught behind, leaving Preston Mommsen and Moneeb Iqbal to rebuild.

The pressure began to show in the 28th over, when a mix-up left Iqbal stranded and he was run-out for 10 off 42 balls. The long-awaited introduction of Saeed Ajmal restricted the Scottish batsmen as they looked to push singles and hit boundaries to cope with the rising run-rate.

Scotland had one card left to play - Richie Berrington, who had scored a T20 century against Bangladesh last year, came to bat at No. 7. However, Berrington's time at the crease was short-lived as he was caught on the midwicket boundary off Ajmal for just 10. By the time Murphy arrived at the crease, the game was all but done, and Scotland needed some T20-style hitting from their last three batsmen to have any hopes of winning.

Pakistan, however, had other ideas. Ajmal had Mommsen stumped with ease off the last ball of the 36th over. Murphy was trapped leg-before by Junaid Khan off the first ball of the 37th over, and he followed it up by dismissing Majid Haq for a first-ball duck. Junaid narrowly missed out on his own hat-trick bowling to number eleven Wardlaw, who got a bottom edge playing a drive. Taylor hit a few boundaries before Ajmal finished the rout.

Earlier, the visitors won the toss and chose to bat on a decent pitch with Imran Farhat and Nasir Jamshed taking the crease. Pakistan cruised early on, playing their way in and punishing the bad balls with straight drives and pulls for early boundaries whilst looking very comfortable. Too easy in fact, as Jamshed pushed a nothing drive into the covers off a decent Rob Taylor delivery to give Preston Mommsen an easy catch at cover.

Mohammad Hafeez took his time to play himself in while Farhat went swinging from the other end. Scotland brought spin on early with new face Matt Machan, in an attempt to keep the runs down to singles rather than boundaries. Pakistan, though, had patience and backed their ability to score runs in the middle order. But Hafeez was out to an errant cut shot after smashing a boundary, and Umar Amin fell slogging for 3.

Majid Haq was brought on with his experience and took an early wicket to become Scotland's leading ODI wicket-taker, while Machan got rid of Farhat, who dragged one on. Pakistan were reduced to 117 for 5, and with runs ticking at under four an over it was left to captain Misbah-ul-Haq and wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal to rebuild the innings and set a competitive total.

During the batting Powerplay, Akmal nudged the ball around gaps but played one safe shot to many, trapped in front by seamer Neil Carter. At six wickets down, Misbah had work to do with the bowlers, as Scotland looked to keep him off strike. With one wicket down and 22 runs scored, the batting Powerplay had backfired on Pakistan.

In the last 10 overs, there were too many precious dot balls for Scotland. Pakistan knew that anything around 220 would give their bowlers a good chance. There were some interesting shot-selections, as paddle scoops were attempted with varying degree of success. Misbah controlled most of the strike and reached his half-century in the 45th over. Scotland continued to rotate the bowlers which meant Pakistan couldn't establish any rhythm with their batting stuttering toward the 200 mark. Saeed Ajmal played an entertaining run-a-ball innings of 28, full of big swings and boundaries, before being clean bowled playing one paddle too many.

Misbah finished strong on an unbeaten 83. Misbah attacked Carter in the penultimate over which went for 17, but Iain Wardlaw bowled an excellent final over with four dot balls, a lucky four, and a single. Pakistan accelerated well at the end to finish on 231 for 7

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  • TexanBlue on May 17, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    I wont call this a convincing win. If Pak can't even score 250 against Scotland then what to expect from them against more competitive teams? Even their bowlers wont be able to defend such a below par score against major teams. Nasir will remain a flat track bully who can only score in the sub continent. Is this what their coach refer to about Nasir returning to form? Pak's mid order is simply terrible; take out Misbah and you'll find a big void there. Just look at the strike rates in today's match and if Ajmal's is 2nd only to Misbah that's a very sorry score card. Pak batsmen's strike rate was simply horrible. Then they ruined the power play as well. Amin has no place in the XI. Very unfortunate that Razzaq is being overlooked for such a long time now. You don't have a decent striker in the mid order nor late order and you're continuously wasting the top-order skills of Kamran Akmal by sending him to bat way too low. Pak can enjoy easy goings b4 the CT but the real test awaits them.

  • wrenx on May 20, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    @Kahn_N You're forgetting that Razzaq's argument was rooted in more than a modicum of truth; he came out to bat way down the order and only got to bowl an over or two in each game. Is that's not under-utilised, then what is?

  • on May 19, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    sorry to say, but this team looks unbalanced... if u add one bowler, the batting becomes weak, and if u add one batsman, the bowling becomes weak...there should be an allrounder at number 8 to counter this...

  • on May 19, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    where can we see this match live?

  • on May 19, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    Pakistan should play fahrat, hafeez, jamshed, Kamran akmal, misbah, U akmal, azahar Mahmood, razzaq, ajmal, irfan, junaid khan.

  • Surajdon9 on May 18, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Since January 2011 in ODIs: 14 Half-Centuries (11 in wins) Most Runs in Pakistani team - 1808 Runs! 15 not outs. Most sixes in the team Averaging 49. Only 14/52 innings where out for under 25 4 Man of the Match Awards. Most balls faced at the Crease. Average 55+ when the team Win.

    These are not the facts of multiple players, but one and only, King Misbah, the Mianwali Wall !!

  • anwarma on May 18, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Yes, Pakistani battling should not have collapsed against Scotland only Misbah did some damage in terms of batting. Pakistani's need to pay attention to this issue.

  • dmqi on May 18, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    @Kahn_N. Your comment is baseless and totally wrong. Razzaque never complained for his failure, he complained for not being included or given opportunity to play when included. Just check how Wasim Akram used him vs how Afridi used him, when both were captains. And please check how many comment writers are pleading for his inclusion vs how many like you are opposing after the team was declared. In the last world cup, when he was taking wicket, Afridi replaced him with other bowler. He was the most underutilized quality all rounder and captain/selectors destroyed his career. Yes he has lost his touch to great extent, but still better than Malik in English condition.

  • on May 18, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Well done to Misbah for playing a sensible knock, 3 days of consistent rain made outfield very slow. hitting fours was almost out of equation. Pitch was not very good for batting point of view, specially if you you know Scottish conditions. Hafeez, Farhat, Umer Amin, Asad Shafiq payed price for playing on the back foot. Pakistan were 20-30 runs short but good bowling by Junaid and Saeed made even 230 runs, look like a total of 250-260. Conditions were no way a 300 plus ones.

  • Happy_AusBang on May 18, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    I don't know what many PAK fans have against Imran Farhat. The guy is having to do more to prove himself simply because he happens to be somebody's relative. It is not as if PAK cricket is brimming with talent in their batting. Preserving their wickets and scoring a few runs without setting the world alight has become a challenge and Farhat seems able to achieve that more than many others. Once again, he is a one of the top scorers in the innings - 2nd after Misbah, and that too batting at the top, which is a weak spot for PAK batting since ages; and he did that at a rate of more than 65% which is not bad at all. I would rather have someone who can preserve their wicket for about 10 overs and score between 60 and 70% rather than a quickfire Afridi type innings of 10-20 at the rate of 150%.

  • TexanBlue on May 17, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    I wont call this a convincing win. If Pak can't even score 250 against Scotland then what to expect from them against more competitive teams? Even their bowlers wont be able to defend such a below par score against major teams. Nasir will remain a flat track bully who can only score in the sub continent. Is this what their coach refer to about Nasir returning to form? Pak's mid order is simply terrible; take out Misbah and you'll find a big void there. Just look at the strike rates in today's match and if Ajmal's is 2nd only to Misbah that's a very sorry score card. Pak batsmen's strike rate was simply horrible. Then they ruined the power play as well. Amin has no place in the XI. Very unfortunate that Razzaq is being overlooked for such a long time now. You don't have a decent striker in the mid order nor late order and you're continuously wasting the top-order skills of Kamran Akmal by sending him to bat way too low. Pak can enjoy easy goings b4 the CT but the real test awaits them.

  • wrenx on May 20, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    @Kahn_N You're forgetting that Razzaq's argument was rooted in more than a modicum of truth; he came out to bat way down the order and only got to bowl an over or two in each game. Is that's not under-utilised, then what is?

  • on May 19, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    sorry to say, but this team looks unbalanced... if u add one bowler, the batting becomes weak, and if u add one batsman, the bowling becomes weak...there should be an allrounder at number 8 to counter this...

  • on May 19, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    where can we see this match live?

  • on May 19, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    Pakistan should play fahrat, hafeez, jamshed, Kamran akmal, misbah, U akmal, azahar Mahmood, razzaq, ajmal, irfan, junaid khan.

  • Surajdon9 on May 18, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    Since January 2011 in ODIs: 14 Half-Centuries (11 in wins) Most Runs in Pakistani team - 1808 Runs! 15 not outs. Most sixes in the team Averaging 49. Only 14/52 innings where out for under 25 4 Man of the Match Awards. Most balls faced at the Crease. Average 55+ when the team Win.

    These are not the facts of multiple players, but one and only, King Misbah, the Mianwali Wall !!

  • anwarma on May 18, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    Yes, Pakistani battling should not have collapsed against Scotland only Misbah did some damage in terms of batting. Pakistani's need to pay attention to this issue.

  • dmqi on May 18, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    @Kahn_N. Your comment is baseless and totally wrong. Razzaque never complained for his failure, he complained for not being included or given opportunity to play when included. Just check how Wasim Akram used him vs how Afridi used him, when both were captains. And please check how many comment writers are pleading for his inclusion vs how many like you are opposing after the team was declared. In the last world cup, when he was taking wicket, Afridi replaced him with other bowler. He was the most underutilized quality all rounder and captain/selectors destroyed his career. Yes he has lost his touch to great extent, but still better than Malik in English condition.

  • on May 18, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Well done to Misbah for playing a sensible knock, 3 days of consistent rain made outfield very slow. hitting fours was almost out of equation. Pitch was not very good for batting point of view, specially if you you know Scottish conditions. Hafeez, Farhat, Umer Amin, Asad Shafiq payed price for playing on the back foot. Pakistan were 20-30 runs short but good bowling by Junaid and Saeed made even 230 runs, look like a total of 250-260. Conditions were no way a 300 plus ones.

  • Happy_AusBang on May 18, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    I don't know what many PAK fans have against Imran Farhat. The guy is having to do more to prove himself simply because he happens to be somebody's relative. It is not as if PAK cricket is brimming with talent in their batting. Preserving their wickets and scoring a few runs without setting the world alight has become a challenge and Farhat seems able to achieve that more than many others. Once again, he is a one of the top scorers in the innings - 2nd after Misbah, and that too batting at the top, which is a weak spot for PAK batting since ages; and he did that at a rate of more than 65% which is not bad at all. I would rather have someone who can preserve their wicket for about 10 overs and score between 60 and 70% rather than a quickfire Afridi type innings of 10-20 at the rate of 150%.

  • Kahn_N on May 18, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    In his last 17 games Abdul Razzaq scored only 159 runs (avg. 15.90) with only one half century and got 10 wickets. Whenever Razzaq failed he blamed captain for under-utilizing him but you need to perform yourself.

  • Kahn_N on May 18, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    On which performance Umar Amin selected for this important tour? If he is selected as all-rounder then it is a very huge blunder because in 66 List A matches he got only 11 wickets. On international level he averages 12 in tests and 9 in ODIs. In this scenario, Shahid Afridi would be better option.

  • on May 18, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    MISBA u saved pak from humilation against scotland.pak need to realize they need players like umer akmal. fawad alam. harris shoel. and shoieb maqsood in the middle order.plz get rid of imran farhat bcoz of him jamshed is not able to play freely.bowling looks great hope eshan adil can proof himself as a allrounder.pak middle order is too weak.haffez has played so many match but cannot proof himself as a batsman.jamshed will fire in ig matches.farhat is too slow becoz e wants to show he is better than jamshed.hope they give asad ali few matches before CT starts.get rid of farhat. amin shoieb malik. kamran akmal and haffez then pak will be worlds no 1 odi team.

  • on May 18, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Before the match started I knew Pakistan will win, but I also knew why they will win because of their bowling. This was a pathetic performance by Pakistan batting department. 232 against scotland is not going to cut it. I am glad they cut out Younis Khan, Afridi and Umar Akmal because they had their chances but bringing fail batsmen like Umar amin, Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal is a very bad choice. Imran Farhat scores run but he scores runs at the strike rate that just puts Pakistan behind the scoring rate. Kamran Akmal has performed in a while, and that is the only reason he is been called. Kamran Akmal is a batsmen not a wicket keeper. He will drop catches and crucial one in the tournament. Umar Amin had his chance before and he failed miserably, bring Razzaq and bring other new players. I think it is time for Nasir to go too, he seems to look like a flat track bully.

  • Mannan.81.pk on May 18, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    @TexanBlue:I have to disagree with certain points you made: 1st match after quite a gap, in overcast conditions, 2 young players(Umar Amin & Ehsan Adil) and return of Asad to ODIs first XI, considering all these factors and the margin of victory, as a cricket fan I am quite happy even if the opposition is Scotland. Having said that batting has always been our weaker point and particularly in seaming conditions. I would give atleast one complete series to Nasir before discarding him as a flat track bully. You mentioned Nasir but forgot to point out Hafeez?. I am tired of listening that Kamran is being wasted at lower order, if he was such a great player of top order like gilchrist,sangakarra, dhoni etc then he would already had established himself as top order batsmen but despite given constant opportunities in his long career as opener/one down he never showed the consistency which is required from a top order batsmen. For god sake forget razzak, my fav player but he is finsihed now.

  • on May 18, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    hammad azam is a rare talent what the slectors are doing picking umar amin he dont deserve to here hafeez has to match up with misbah calm ann cool misbah

  • syed.r.karim on May 18, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    Pakistan need some big hitting all-rounder like Razzak or Hamad Azam. There is no place for Umar Amin in place of Umar Akmal. I don't know why Sadaf Hussain have been ignoring for continue basis. His First-class Blowing Avg is 18.21. Pakistan need to find out replacement of Imran Farhat they never been a professional player

  • TazzyMan on May 18, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    Why do people keep going on about Afridi as a batsman? He has played one or two good innings in the last few years. Else it's zero or single figures. The posts on here show why Pakistan never move forward; because the fans don't give the team a chance to develop. Here's an idea; Pakistan are not good enough to win the CT so why not just support them and give them confidence rather than have unattainable hopes and keep putting the team down.

  • Fogu on May 17, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    Batting stars like Afridi. Reallly? ODI avg of 23 and T20 avg of 17. I have noticed Misbah is called tuk tuk but time and time again he saves PK from humiliation with mature batting. Not to mention he has saved PK team with his mature captaincy. PK would have been in deep trouble had Misbah not taken the reins of the team a few years back. Currently I rate him as one of the best captains in the game. His maturity sets him apart from some of the childish PK players. It was a good start by PK. It was not an easy pitch and PK won it easily. From a BD fan who also admires PK cricket.

  • on May 17, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    Pathetic Batting by Pakistan. Excellent Bowling by Pakistan

    Somehow reminds me of one of Andy Zaltzmann's immortal lines (in "World's Dullest XI"): "If Shastri could have bowled to himself, Cricket would have died".

    I shudder to think what would happen if Pakistani could bowl to itself.

  • on May 17, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    Guys relax. This is just a start of a very alien conditions. Pakistan would get better. Dropping Younis and Afridi was justified. They not only failed to perform in ODIs but also did nothing in the recently concluded domestic ODI competition. Afridi score a cracking fifty in a losing cause and his scores were miserable apart form a 34 in another loss and to top it off he didnt get any wicket in SA. Pakistan is one allrounder short though. Ajmal at number 8 is a very week batting line up. Dropping Abdur Razaq was not a wise decision since there was no replacement for him as yet and he was the only match finisher in Pakistan other than Misbah. Pakistan chances rests on other teams performances though. India has the tendency to fail after their IPL and West indies is as mercurial as Pakistan. Add a struggling Australia and Srilanka and you know Pakistan has a real chance.

  • on May 17, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Although TEAM PAKISTAN won the batting apart from Misbah was not at all convincing. If TEAM PAKISTAN are going to have any success in CHAMPIONS TROPHY the batting better improve quickly. I personally feel batting is too weak and I can see end of careers of some of the batsmen after Champions Trophy. The selectors made huge mistake by not including Umar Akmal in the squad.

  • golgo_85 on May 17, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    Out of form or not, you need experienced players in big tournaments which Pakistan are lacking. In Younis, Afridi and U Akmal Pakistan would've had that covered given the tricky English condition. What they definitely needed was a seam bowling allrounder in Abdul Razzak or Hamad Azam or both, ahead of U Amin. This is amateur team selection, I mean, why would you still have Malik, Farhat, K Akmal and Riaz in any team when they have been proven failures? Post Asia Cup, 99% of Pak loss in all formats have been have side of timid team selection. They have had a 3rd seamer issue for a while now and they are still adamant in not including a seam bowling allrounder. This is the most embarrassing team combination I've seen in a long time.

  • shahzaibq on May 17, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    @DrAtharAbbas I think the six is credited to Misbah, as it says he finished unbeaten on 78, but his score is hown as 83 in the scoresheet. Plus he's the only one on the scorecard with sixes to his name...

  • ICCexpert.... on May 17, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    time to get rid of flat track bullies like, Farhat, Hafeez, Mallik and Kamran. We need to groom players like, Sharjeel khan, Hammad Azam, Hassan Raza, Rameez Raja jr, Zia-ul-haq, Harris Sohial, Anwar Ali and Ali Waqas.

  • ICCexpert.... on May 17, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    i really want to laugh at the selectors on the selection of players likes, Hafeez, Kamran, Malik and Farhat, the way they played today and couldn't cross even 250, what will they do when they face the real bowlers in the champions trophy. I hope they get a good thrashing so that the selectors are removed and some sensible ones are appointed.

  • DataQue on May 17, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Extremely disappointed with the batting!!! The top order has failed as usual; Hafeez just cannot play but he is selected in all the matches!!! The world knows that the team needs Afridi, Umer Ak, Razzaq & Imran Nazir but the 'high school drop out' Iqbal Qasim cannot see that... Go Figure!

  • DrAtharAbbas on May 17, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    It is mentioned above "Ehsan Adil hit the first six of the match", teh six is also there in the commentary, but his score is given as 5 in the score sheet. Can the match official scorer check? it is strange to see such a thing in an international match score-sheet.

  • papay65 on May 17, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Was at the match, this Pakistan batting is going to struggle big time in the Champion's Trophy. Apart from Misbah no one's in form and quite frankly no one has the class to perform in UK conditions. Keep going back to the likes of Akmal, Farhat and Malik and this is what you get a 2nd class batting line up. Why was Hammad Azam not included in this team, we are crying out for an allrounder. Champion's Trophy, we have no chance.

  • Stark62 on May 17, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    If Jamshed doesn't find form soon, Pak will been in heaps of trouble come the CT.

    Amin proving, that he is all hype and was only selected because of his T20 innings and a one-off one day innings. Amin never deserved a place ahead of Umar, Harris or even Naved Yasin, with a measly FC average of 38.07 and a mediocre list-A average of 32.62.

    Hafeez, Malik and Kamran have been woefully out of form for quite sometime and it would have been better to include some youngsters (mentioned above).

    Lastly, Shafiq and Farhat are way too slow and will put a lot of pressure on the lower order (if there is one) to up the tempo.

  • Crick_Expert on May 17, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    SHAME full weak batting.....Mr. tuktuk & side should goback PAK without play anymore match, without hurt PAK cricket lovers.

  • Crick_Expert on May 17, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    very Disappointment - weak performance in batting against weak team.

    PCB should drop Asad Safiq and Umar Amin ASAP, they don't have skill to play for PAK TEAM.

    Where are batting stars like, AFRIDI, RAZZAK, IMRAN NAZIR, AHMED SHAHZAD, HARIS SOHAIL, SHAHZEB HASAN, AWAIS ZIA?

  • mzm149 on May 17, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    @criccrazyfan1973: Have you forgotten T20 match. Amla scored just one century and no fifty in five ODIs. This is what you call thrashing by player of caliber of Amla? Only de Villiers was invincible throughout the series. As far as the "coy" (co.?) are concerned only Ingram played well in just one game. Rest were not extra ordinary. It is our batting which always lets us down.

    Junaid Khan completely thrashed Indian heroes in their home when conditions just slightly favored him. England is known for swing bowling which is his strength. I didn't mention any Indian batsman in the list earlier because I know that wont be any competition at all. Junaid and Irfan will annihilate them.

  • Desihungama on May 17, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    This is absolutely brilliant from Pakistan. People commenting on brittle bating today are not aware of the dynamics of the game and need to know batting in cold morning of Scotland after a lay off of two months suggests the team is extremely focused. If the batting was ever brittle, then the score card should have read Pak 150 all out. I would have called the brittle.

  • haq33 on May 17, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    I still do not understand how Pakistan can begin a tour of England in the Scottish city of Edinburgh playing against the Scottish team of Scotland.

  • on May 17, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    Misbah a 40 year old teen stunned everyone.

  • ImmadAzim on May 17, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    @ mzm149. wasn't the thrashing of Pak bowlers u saw in SA by ABD, Amla & Coy sufficient that u can't wait to watch contest of Junaid, Ajmal,Irfan vs them.

  • Dannymania on May 17, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    King Misbah huh? Nah! Anyways, Pakistani bowling always shows us that they can destroy any line up most of the days. I'm a huge Rehman fan but when pakistanis play like this,i dont care if he doesnt play. Hats off to Misbah and others for outplaying the scottish here. But Scotland showed that they had talent. Hope that the Scottish keep on playing more and more international cricket.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on May 17, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Worst selection of batting.. Misbah must understand quickly that he meeds to bring Umar Akmal and Haris Sohail in middle order. enough with malik n co.. no matter how many chances you give but Umar Amin will stay just a domestic player. he is not an international standered player. how can you prefer him on likes of Umar Akmal and Haris Sihail???

  • on May 17, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Misbah continues as rock solid once again. hes a champ

  • Jda123 on May 17, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Shafiq I think was a bad a choice... As far as Amin I don't know.

    Still think Farhat and Jamshed open up with Kamran to follow then Hafeez...

    Like someone also said, Kamran makes more opening then coming in towards the end..

  • on May 17, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    The bowlers are too amazing. But the Batsman, No need to say

  • Ajmal-Kasab on May 17, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Pakistan's batting is as brittle as ever. ^True Sire...

  • mzm149 on May 17, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Pakistan's bowling is too good. I can't wait to watch contest of Junaid, Ajmal, Irfan against de Villiers, Amla, Cook, Watson, Warner, Clarke and Morgan. The only concern is Pakistan's batting.

  • on May 17, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    good batting by misbah and ajmal. Farhat was too slow. some poor shots by hafeez, farhat, amin, asad.

    jamshed looks terribly out of form. nothing in SA series and then nothing in domestic events.

    time is running out and there will be calls for him to be dropped. only being talented may not be enough.

    Kamran should open and hafeez at no3. kamran an jamshed should open. kamran a worst batsman down the order than he is at top. middle order looks too weak.

    I guess malik will be in for umar amin/asad shafiq.

  • on May 17, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Pakistan's batting is as brittle as ever.

  • on May 17, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    well done MISBAH.great ining

  • on May 17, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    Great inning By King Misbah....

  • on May 17, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    Great inning By King Misbah....

  • on May 17, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    well done MISBAH.great ining

  • on May 17, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Pakistan's batting is as brittle as ever.

  • on May 17, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    good batting by misbah and ajmal. Farhat was too slow. some poor shots by hafeez, farhat, amin, asad.

    jamshed looks terribly out of form. nothing in SA series and then nothing in domestic events.

    time is running out and there will be calls for him to be dropped. only being talented may not be enough.

    Kamran should open and hafeez at no3. kamran an jamshed should open. kamran a worst batsman down the order than he is at top. middle order looks too weak.

    I guess malik will be in for umar amin/asad shafiq.

  • mzm149 on May 17, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Pakistan's bowling is too good. I can't wait to watch contest of Junaid, Ajmal, Irfan against de Villiers, Amla, Cook, Watson, Warner, Clarke and Morgan. The only concern is Pakistan's batting.

  • Ajmal-Kasab on May 17, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Pakistan's batting is as brittle as ever. ^True Sire...

  • on May 17, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    The bowlers are too amazing. But the Batsman, No need to say

  • Jda123 on May 17, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Shafiq I think was a bad a choice... As far as Amin I don't know.

    Still think Farhat and Jamshed open up with Kamran to follow then Hafeez...

    Like someone also said, Kamran makes more opening then coming in towards the end..

  • on May 17, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    Misbah continues as rock solid once again. hes a champ

  • Syed_imran_abbas on May 17, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Worst selection of batting.. Misbah must understand quickly that he meeds to bring Umar Akmal and Haris Sohail in middle order. enough with malik n co.. no matter how many chances you give but Umar Amin will stay just a domestic player. he is not an international standered player. how can you prefer him on likes of Umar Akmal and Haris Sihail???