South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd T20, Cape Town November 22, 2013

Akmal, spinners help Pak draw level

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Pakistan 176 for 4 (Akmal 64, Steyn 2-29) beat South Africa 170 for 4 (Amla 48, Afridi 3-28) by six runs
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A 102-run stand between Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Akmal allowed Pakistan to put on their most competitive batting display in limited-overs matches against South Africa in the last month and break a six-match winless streak. With both batsmen enjoying their first half-centuries in 13 innings, South Africa were required to chase the second-highest total in T20s at Newlands.

The hosts started as though they would get there but their innings was halted by Pakistan's spinners, led by Shahid Afridi who took the first three wickets. Bilawal Bhatti, in just his second match, showed the variations needed to stem the run flow of runs so that even a 34-run blitz in two overs by David Miller and JP Duminy at the end was not enough, with Sohail Tanvir bowling low full tosses at the death.

The example for seamers was set by Bhatti, who used both the yorker and the slower ball bouncer to good effect, unlike South Africa's seamers. They lacked the control that is usually provided by Lonwabo Tsotsobe. Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn started well but both fell into an over-reliance on the short-ball.

This time, Pakistan's openers were able to deal with them comfortably. They saw off the barrage and attacked the rest. Nasir Jamshed showed ominous signs when he tore into both South Africa's front-liners.

Ahmed Shehzad was equally confident but he slashed at Wayne Parnell's first ball and was caught at slip. That over turned into a wicket maiden as Mohammad Hafeez gave himself time to settle in.

The next shot in anger was off a free-hit, when Parnell overstepped and Hafeez sent his bouncer into the stands. Jamshed tried to charge Aaron Phangiso, off the first ball of spin he faced, and was stumped, to allow South Africa to pull Pakistan back to a scoring rate of under six an over before Hafeez really got going.

He beat Steyn at short third man to hit his first four, played a delicate leg glance off David Wiese and then launched Phangiso for two straight sixes down the ground. Akmal started his boundary count with a similar shot. Hafeez brought up his half-century - the first of this marathon limited-overs series against South Africa - with a sweep off Duminy.

With the spinners nothing but cannon fodder, Faf du Plessis brought back Wiese but he could not land two balls in the same area. Morkel's third over was similarly wayward. He pitched it up and Akmal hit him for six, he went short and wide and Akmal did the same, just with a different shot. Parnell was also unable to contain and it was only when Steyn came back that runs dried up.

Hafeez was caught at mid-of, trying to hit Steyn over the top and that slowed Pakistan down. They promoted Shahid Afridi up the order in the hope of finishing strongly but he was horribly out of touch. He played and missed at most of the next over before handing back to Akmal.

While Afridi was a liability to Pakistan at the end, and they managed just 31 runs in the last four overs, he made up for it with the ball.

Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock seemed up for the task as they motored their way to 49 runs in the first five overs. De Kock played the expansive shots, a drive through extra cover, a pull off Junaid Khan, while Amla accumulated runs with the fine-tuned placement and timing he is known for.

Saeed Ajmal kept things quiet in the last over of the Powerplay before Bhatti continued his impressive start to international cricket. Nine runs came off their first two overs and it was enough to prompt de Kock into going for a big shot.

He tried to slog sweep Afridi's first ball but did not get enough on it and Jamshed took a good catch at fine leg to give Pakistan their first breakthrough. Bhatti kept up the strangulation with an array of short balls and varied pace to frustrate du Plessis.

In Afridi's next over, de Plessis pulled to deep midwicket to take the catch. With AB de Villiers still at the crease, South Africa's hopes stayed alive. But when he tried to be innovative against Afridi, he failed. De Villiers stepped outside the leg stump and was bowled.

South Africa needed 90 runs off 51 balls and despite Amla and Duminy's efforts to work the ball around and find the occasional boundary, the required run-rate became too great. Miller and Duminy turned it on against an out of sorts Junaid Khan as the end approached to leave themselves with 17 runs to get off the last over.

Tanvir took the pace off while keeping his length full to ensure Pakistan squared the series and moved up to No.4 on the rankings. South Africa have dropped from second to third.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • alipk52 on November 23, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    Slowly and gradually the change will come in Pakistan's Batting line-up, its funny to see Pakistan is still experimenting bowlers despite having good showing almost everytime, but batting line-up is not getting attention despite consistantly poor showings since last 2 to 3 years specially, they keep on rolling same batsman who failed in the past like Jamshed, Amin etc, now as we see Nasir Jamshed failed to impress, they'll recall imran farhat who failed in the very recent past too, this needs to be changed now, what I see yesterday was a natural game from Akmal, and he delivered, he was halted by Misbah before and wanted him to play the way Misbah likes.

  • proteasfire on November 23, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    Wonderful win for Pakistan!! Well played Hafeez and U Akmal and a great final over by Tanvir to finish things off. Q DeKock and Amla gave a great start for second time in a row and these two now seem to be a settled T20 pair for SA. The runrate dipped little bit in the middle and leaving 60 runs in 27balls to Miller and Duminy was always a tall order and they did reasonably well to get them that close. SA middle order played much better when compared to first T20 but still need to improve to beat teams like India or WI in a T20 game. Deserving win for Pakistan and they fought so hard to restore the pride after losing in home series. Hafeez led from the front. Overall a fantastic game and a series. Congrats Pakistan!

  • Buck_Vass on November 27, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Now then, to quote Robin Jerkman - " There can only be one winner here"! - While AB was providing the onslaught .... Not only did this victory gave great satisfaction to prove Robin Jerkman wrong. This series should provide enough material to the PCB selection committee that the new Pakistan Guns are now in place - S. Maqssod, Anwar Ali, Bialwal " Unmatched" Bhatti, Umer Amin, Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shezad, Junaid Khan, etc. And throw in the mix of the "old' Guns with experience of Misbah, Ajmal, Afridi and Hafeez ... Plus bring in the "Burj - Khalifa" In Mohd. Irfan. Now is ask you .. Is there a better Bowling attack? With this much variety in the mix? The only thing missing is Putting Hafeez in the Middle or lower Middle to cement that side (which, I think he is a perfect foil for, not the top - He is a sitting duck to a newish ball/ seaming and swing deliveries).Plus, bring back Mohsin Khan as the Head Coach... A-G-A-I-N!!! Now this makes for a spicy mix of players, coaching & Mgt!!!

  • on November 23, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    @Mahi Kashmiri, Absolutely right mate, that's exactly the team i would have selected for world T20 and even for the WC. Just hope the Pakistani selectors see this and implement the batting order exactly the way you have listed their. Bravo.

  • on November 23, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    The batting for Pakistan was superb and it looked from the begining that this time they are serious and will go out to defeat the host @ their home. Well done guys ,you are great .Keep up the good work.

  • t20cric on November 23, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Great win for Pakistan. Hafeez today did wonderful captaincy by showing captaincy in all his players it almost makes up for his poor captaincy in UAE. Its good to see Akmal was promoted to no.4 where he truly belongs. Hafeez seems to be scared that Sohaib will take his spot thats y he didn't let Sohaib play. Bilawal was a star bowler today even though he didn't get any wickets. One can say it was the pressure created by Bilawal that caused SA to lose the match. It really was amazing to see a new, young bowler bowl so well that he didn't concede any boundaries in his full 4 overs (that too in a T20). It was refreshing to see Tanvir bowl well as I lost confidence in him. Infact I thought we were going to lose the game when I saw that Tanvir was bowling the last over. Some consistency from him will help Pakistan a lot. Junaid Khan disappointed and almost lost the game for us. I dont think T20 is the game for Junaid as it will just destroy his confidence. Hafeez could have bowled instead.

  • on November 23, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    I like the Pakistan team batting game plan right from the word "Go" in the 2nd T20 against SA. The body language was positive in all the batsmen.

    The end result was in Pakistan favor, but if it would not, even then, we would not be dejected as it was a fighting game in the ground. This is what a true sports lover wants.

  • on November 23, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    well played by Akmal and Hafeez

  • Ramu444 on November 23, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Hafeez and U Akmal play 1 knock after every 10/15 innings,so rest assured and don't expect any thing from them in next matches.Hafeez only play when he is the captain.Bhatti looks good so far.Junaid was rubbish and so highly overrated,he should be replaced in ODIs by Anwer Ali.

  • mzm149 on November 23, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    @Xylofon: You are absolutely right about Nasir Jamshed. He is basically a one day player. He should regain his confidence by playing in his domestic team. He can be very handy in Sri Lanka series. In order to improve his habit of not throwing away wicket, he needs to play tests matches as a middle order batsman. This will definitely help him.

  • alipk52 on November 23, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    Slowly and gradually the change will come in Pakistan's Batting line-up, its funny to see Pakistan is still experimenting bowlers despite having good showing almost everytime, but batting line-up is not getting attention despite consistantly poor showings since last 2 to 3 years specially, they keep on rolling same batsman who failed in the past like Jamshed, Amin etc, now as we see Nasir Jamshed failed to impress, they'll recall imran farhat who failed in the very recent past too, this needs to be changed now, what I see yesterday was a natural game from Akmal, and he delivered, he was halted by Misbah before and wanted him to play the way Misbah likes.

  • proteasfire on November 23, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    Wonderful win for Pakistan!! Well played Hafeez and U Akmal and a great final over by Tanvir to finish things off. Q DeKock and Amla gave a great start for second time in a row and these two now seem to be a settled T20 pair for SA. The runrate dipped little bit in the middle and leaving 60 runs in 27balls to Miller and Duminy was always a tall order and they did reasonably well to get them that close. SA middle order played much better when compared to first T20 but still need to improve to beat teams like India or WI in a T20 game. Deserving win for Pakistan and they fought so hard to restore the pride after losing in home series. Hafeez led from the front. Overall a fantastic game and a series. Congrats Pakistan!

  • Buck_Vass on November 27, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Now then, to quote Robin Jerkman - " There can only be one winner here"! - While AB was providing the onslaught .... Not only did this victory gave great satisfaction to prove Robin Jerkman wrong. This series should provide enough material to the PCB selection committee that the new Pakistan Guns are now in place - S. Maqssod, Anwar Ali, Bialwal " Unmatched" Bhatti, Umer Amin, Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shezad, Junaid Khan, etc. And throw in the mix of the "old' Guns with experience of Misbah, Ajmal, Afridi and Hafeez ... Plus bring in the "Burj - Khalifa" In Mohd. Irfan. Now is ask you .. Is there a better Bowling attack? With this much variety in the mix? The only thing missing is Putting Hafeez in the Middle or lower Middle to cement that side (which, I think he is a perfect foil for, not the top - He is a sitting duck to a newish ball/ seaming and swing deliveries).Plus, bring back Mohsin Khan as the Head Coach... A-G-A-I-N!!! Now this makes for a spicy mix of players, coaching & Mgt!!!

  • on November 23, 2013, 23:56 GMT

    @Mahi Kashmiri, Absolutely right mate, that's exactly the team i would have selected for world T20 and even for the WC. Just hope the Pakistani selectors see this and implement the batting order exactly the way you have listed their. Bravo.

  • on November 23, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    The batting for Pakistan was superb and it looked from the begining that this time they are serious and will go out to defeat the host @ their home. Well done guys ,you are great .Keep up the good work.

  • t20cric on November 23, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Great win for Pakistan. Hafeez today did wonderful captaincy by showing captaincy in all his players it almost makes up for his poor captaincy in UAE. Its good to see Akmal was promoted to no.4 where he truly belongs. Hafeez seems to be scared that Sohaib will take his spot thats y he didn't let Sohaib play. Bilawal was a star bowler today even though he didn't get any wickets. One can say it was the pressure created by Bilawal that caused SA to lose the match. It really was amazing to see a new, young bowler bowl so well that he didn't concede any boundaries in his full 4 overs (that too in a T20). It was refreshing to see Tanvir bowl well as I lost confidence in him. Infact I thought we were going to lose the game when I saw that Tanvir was bowling the last over. Some consistency from him will help Pakistan a lot. Junaid Khan disappointed and almost lost the game for us. I dont think T20 is the game for Junaid as it will just destroy his confidence. Hafeez could have bowled instead.

  • on November 23, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    I like the Pakistan team batting game plan right from the word "Go" in the 2nd T20 against SA. The body language was positive in all the batsmen.

    The end result was in Pakistan favor, but if it would not, even then, we would not be dejected as it was a fighting game in the ground. This is what a true sports lover wants.

  • on November 23, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    well played by Akmal and Hafeez

  • Ramu444 on November 23, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Hafeez and U Akmal play 1 knock after every 10/15 innings,so rest assured and don't expect any thing from them in next matches.Hafeez only play when he is the captain.Bhatti looks good so far.Junaid was rubbish and so highly overrated,he should be replaced in ODIs by Anwer Ali.

  • mzm149 on November 23, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    @Xylofon: You are absolutely right about Nasir Jamshed. He is basically a one day player. He should regain his confidence by playing in his domestic team. He can be very handy in Sri Lanka series. In order to improve his habit of not throwing away wicket, he needs to play tests matches as a middle order batsman. This will definitely help him.

  • Llik2 on November 23, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Well done pak.but you are still out of form.the pitch was holding the ball.you will be tested in quick nd bouncy pitch.so be prepared.

  • on November 23, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    WC T20 Squad 1:- Sharjeel Khan 2:- Sami Aslam 3:- Haris Sohail 4:- Sohaib Maqsood 5:- Umar Akmal 6:- Hafeez 7:- H Azam 8:- Bilawal 9:- Umar Gul 10:- Ajmal 11:- Irfan 12:- Junaid 13:- Razzaq 14:- Ahmed Shehzad 15:- Raza Hassan/Z Babar

  • ICCexpert.... on November 23, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    A few changes for Sri Lanka T20 and One day series, Drop Misbah, Afridi, Jamshed, Amin, Shafiq, Junaid. Bring in Sharjeel Khan, Harris Sohail, A. Talha, Hammad Azam, Raza Hasan. No place for Malik and Razzaq as well.

  • on November 23, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    I think if Pakistan had played average cricket in UAE they could win both one day and t20 series against SA and losing the one day games and T20s when they were in complete in control and could not finish was the only reason but that was above low level cricket pakistan played hopefully they will get there confidence back and inshallah play with there potential and finish they game as a international team should play.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 23, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Bilawal is a hard hitting batsman as well, we might have found an alrounder. Sharjeel needs to be added for Sri Lanka series because he is the best opener in Pak right now as pak lacks a good opener.

  • PureProteas49 on November 23, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    another drawn series, phangiso went for way too many (as usual) we wont make the same mistake again

  • on November 23, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    I would like to add something which south african fans added after the 2 test matches in UAE. 2 match series is not a decider. another match would have shown who plays better in south african conditions

  • Pindia on November 23, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    Good display. Bilawal was great. The batsmen finally stepped up. Tanvir is to be commended. For the T20 world cup this team should b fine but changing Junaid for Umar Gul and I'm not sure about Umar Amin yet. Seem to remember I ran Nasir being good at the last T20 world cup...

  • mzm149 on November 23, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    No doubt Hafeez played a good innings on one of the flattest of tracks without any swing or seam. But this doesn't justify his place as ODI opener or one down batsman. Pitches in ODIs are tougher. With two different balls for even and odd number of overs, balls take time to get older and first ten overs are very tough to bat. He has weakness against Dale Steyn and any good fast bowler in particular. But there is no doubt he is one of the finest players of spin bowling. He should bat down the order. He can be good finisher which we badly need in ODIs.

  • on November 23, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    It is refreshing to see youngsters being given opportunity to play for Pakistan. Insha Allah with time we will see induction of few more capable youngsters who have the passion and hunger to succeed for Pakistan. So far both Maqsood and Biliawal are showing potential and therefore they with players like Jamshed, Shehzad and Akmal must be persevered with. For the ODI on Sunday my XI would be: 1. Jamshed, 2. Shehzad, 3. Maqsood, 4. Akmal (w/k), 5. Misbah, 6. Hafeez, 7. Afridi, 8. Bilawal, 9. Ali, 10. Ajmal, 11. Junaid. I hope Hafeez bat down the order as he is not a number 3 batsman in ODI or test. Akmal needs to bat high up the order as he is a quality batsman and his strike rate is also good.

  • on November 23, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Salam....First of all great congratulate to Pak Team to get the winning streak against South Africa which is now a days is in full form whether bollowing or batting.Pakistan team selection team need to change their minds,should fresh and young blood for future like Bahati,there are so many talented players are rusting just because of selection's team negligencies consistently....Mashallah.....the soil of Pakistan generates history making players in cricketing world as in the past and now,You can see the talent of another promising youngester,Suhaib Maqsood, a corben copy of Inzimamul Haq, Inshallah will be the future's Inzimam for Pakistan team and world will see another classic batsman in every kind of cricket If selection put their rain of selection on him to take bath in................Best Luck for Pakistan Team...

  • ICCexpert.... on November 23, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    it is still a few months till the t20 WC, till that time we have to give full chance to Sohaib and Bilawal Bhatti, they can be the heros for us. And we also have to include Sharjeel Khan and Harris sohail in the t20 side and get rid of Amin and Asad as they are test players.

  • Sports4Youth on November 23, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    @ Greatest_Game : I totally agree with you. If a guy can go upto 144.xx and yet maintain good control, you got to salute him.

    AVMD is just trying to find faults in a otherwise very impressive FAST bowler. I will surely categories him as a FAST bowler. I think is is much better than medium fast. He certainly got tons of brain. If he can trouble the likes of Amla & Deviliers etc, then I can assure you he will trouble most of the batsmen in the world. In one of the earliesr articles I had read that he can bat. If it is true then this is great news for pakistan. (Although such claims were made about WAHAB RIAZ & S.TANVIR also and they dissapointed bigtime.). WISH YOU BEST OF LUCK BHATTI.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on November 23, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Those people who wanted to see Misbah in the T20is claimed that Pakistan can't either play 20 overs without Misbah or score big without him well he is in the ODI series lets see what difference he makes there.

    Congrats to Hafeez and Umar Akmal for gaining there form back and great move to play Umar Akmal on number 4. Great bowling spell by Afridi like always they played as a team and fought well till the end. Also some credit to Tanveer for last over but initial spell of him and Junaid got us in that position otherwise Ajmal and Afridi pull things back nicely.

  • on November 23, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Good performance by Pakistan but still a long way to go as far as their batting is concerned. Really impressed with this new kid bhatti. only playing his second t20, he had nerves like a pro. I just hope Pakistan takes this momentum into Odis. I dunt expect them to win but I do expect them to put up a good show and take fight to SA

  • on November 23, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Both new faces doing well(Maqsud and Billal).Pak selecter plsss bring 2/3 more new comer like sharjeel,Haris Sohail,Bazam I think insa allah pak will very gud team for WC2015. SORRY TO SAY that Misbah scare that he may lost his place

  • Shazy777 on November 23, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    S.A loss match due to duplessis he scores 6(10) In Last mach 22(22)... in t20 the strike rate is very important & Faf strike rate is poor... I thimk Ab should bat at no.3 he is the best player...

  • SamRoy on November 23, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Umar Akmal's biggest weakness is that he hits the ball too much in the air and sometimes bats a little too cross-batted (taking too many unnecessary risks). While that is fine in T20s, it can cause trouble in ODIs and will definitely cause a lot of trouble in test matches. Hitting the ball in the air was the same problem which dogged Michael Clarke in his first 3-4 years of international cricket, once he rectified it he became a less flamboyant but a much more consistent run getter.

  • masoodali150 on November 23, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan. Best of luck for the one day series . .. .

  • Greatest_Game on November 23, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    avmd made this interesting observation: "BHATTI has pace, energy and brain but unless you're a Malinga, fast bower of such a short status don't go too far in International cricket."

    I'm not sure how tall Bhatti is, but never forget that the great Malcolm Marshall, one of the finest quick bowlers ever, stood 5' 11", and he managed a test average of 20.94 and SR of 46.7. Dale Steyn is even shorter, at 5' 10". Height is not everything! Waqar Younis was just an inch taller than Marshall, standing at 6'.

    Bhatti looks promising.

  • funnykid on November 23, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    Bilawal Bhatti has impressed everybody, where was he?? Why was he not selected much earlier?He is said to be a good batsman as well. This is the problem with Pakistan selection committee, they only see the averages, number of runs scored and wickets taken but they don't have the eye to spot a talent in younger age. Now we see people making tests debut in their 30s whereas traditionally Pakistan have always allowed raw talent to blossom in international cricket. Pakistan can re-gain their lost gory in world cricket by following the old method of spotting talent rather than looking first class averages.

  • on November 23, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    thanks God pak at last after a long time time against afica won the match . that was the true colour of pak. that was the team of pak. now africa will feel the heat. shabash to lala for excellent bowling, shabash to hafeez for a very good innings, and shabash to our chotay miyan umer akmal.all played nicely. the last three overs were given wrongly by hafeez. junaid in and out in and out has lost his confidence, so hafeez should give 19th over to tanveer and last one to junaid. it was possible that tanveer might get out miller. hafeez should bowl one more over too. all my friends are vry happy at the winning bc they recoverd a lot. hahahahhaha

  • Greatest_Game on November 23, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. Excellent bowling from Bhatti, who has some impressive 1st class, List A and Twenty20 bowling figures. Hopefully this will earn him a few more games - he looks an exciting prospect for Pak, whose batsmen stepped it up today and played with intent.

    Looking forward to the ODIs.

  • Behind_the_Wicket on November 23, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    We have to admit that Hafeez came in T20 series with a plan and I believe if rain was not interrupted the 1st T20 then we were the winner of T20 Series anyhow We didn't lose it is level. That thing also admitted by Faf that they were in danger in 1st T20 too but lady luck was with them that day. Congrats to Faf for getting merry.

  • on November 23, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    this again showed who is their best player! umar he is best talent in Pakistan almost same genre with kohli. if there is a talent meter umar get 9 out of 10 shehjad get 8 where misbah would get atmost 5.pak selectors are terrible for not selecting their best talents.

  • deshwani on November 23, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Though Tanvir did good with last over and saved the match but he is not good so, doesnt have pace like others we have, Bhatti is good, Junaid was unlucky but he must be in squad now in absence of Aamir, its very annoying that we are the only fast bowler factory in the world but now we are missing this place unfortunately after Shoaib, Wasim, Waqar, Aamir, Asif, Gul !! Tanvir is an average bowler! Its time to leave for him please as he cannot bowl as dander as previous did. Also Jamshed got lots of chances and he cannot approved himself except Asian batting wickets!! He cannot make runs against top bowling so leave him now please as he is not batting doing only comedy which make us laugh!! Afridi has gone in batting, let him down the order on 10th or 11th, he is only good bowler just. We can make a good team if we work and think with brain. We can win matches, big tournaments as well. We are luck to found two great players like Maqsood and Bhatti. Good luck Pakistan for ODI's.

  • Yuosufahmed on November 23, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    Congrat Pak! You should definitelty be in the top 3 along with SL and SA.

  • umar.khalil83 on November 23, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    FAO Alipk52, It was never Misbah who restricted Umar Akmal from playing his natural aggressive game, if you have watched the recent matches, Umar Akmal was repeatedly out giving charge and trying to hit too hard and most of the times either miss timing the ball, pushing it straight to a fielder or missing it all together.

  • on November 23, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    the curious case of fans... :) 1 win and these players are considered world beaters. guys dont forget that same guys lost 3 t20s just before this 1 match.

    and the 1 of the 2 who batted well, hafeez, is known for 1 in 10 match batsman. just like he blasted 86 vs SA in march and then became just a walking wicket for steyn for rest of matches. and umar akmal is also known as inconsistent player.

    they and fans should not be carried away by just1 win. pakistan always is an inconsistent team .

    some comments saying they played attacking cricket so thats why they scored. i dont see any difference in their approach. they started slowly like always. you can see 1st 6 overs. and then 1 st 15-16 balls hafeez played. thats how he started most of his innings recently. its just that they were able to accelerate later on this time. this works some time but mostly got out around 20-30 runs. umar plays same always. trying to hit. can work and fail at times. good win but inconsistency is problem.

  • PPL11 on November 23, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    @Adnan Kauser - Yes Batter team always loose series 2 - 0 in almost home grounds (We can say UAE as home ground for Pakistan as there is no cricket in pakistan and conditions are almost same !!)

  • on November 23, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    mr nxt it is also too tough for africa to beat PAK if they play with gul irfan and razzaq

  • on November 23, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    Pakistan can in if the team is selected properly no personal grudge be open in selection and select the best team.waiting for amer to come back then see Pakistan's bowling steyn will be no where amer will beat all and be the next left arm wasim akram if not better,even asif is world class bowler so uor team does not have the best people wait till yhey all come back inshallah.

  • Pavinasen on November 23, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    SA Still has a long way to go in T20

  • bouncer709 on November 23, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    @mensan: Bowling in 1st over and 20th over is totally different, Sohail Tanveer gave 10 runs in 20th over, it seems to you he did well, but if he do the same bowling in first over and give 10 runs, you will cry... Yorkers doesn't work much in start overs, it needs accuracy and lot of energy, if you miss spot in beginning overs, the batsmen can hit you very easily. In start overs, batsman are calm and playing with soft hands, and judge variations from the bowlers, but towards the end they trying to send every ball out of park, their grip on become become tight, so variations from bowler works more.

  • ProdigyA on November 23, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Akmal n hafeez r all set for the next 10 matches.

  • on November 23, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Pakistan is one of the best T20 team and I still feel that SA were very lucky to win they Series in UAE and first T20 because of rain ... I still think Pakistan was better team in UAE

  • on November 23, 2013, 5:23 GMT

    I will not agree with Faf that they giving chances to some other players and that was the reason that they loss this match ... I still the score was a little short of you see the lighting fast field and a true wicket to bat on.... SA didn't bat well ... how can SA captain claim that Styen Morkel and Wayne P. were playing I don't see Tsobeye and Imran a threat on this wicket

  • on November 23, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    thats the way to play in t20 butt some poor selection is still there razzaq must be in the squad plllzzzzz he is real match winnerrrrr

  • NXT_Gen on November 23, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    Oh, wait! It's pretty easy to say that PAK was the better side y'day. But all should agree that like Faf said at the presentation they just wanted to give chance to the bench. Phangiso's experimentation wasn't good enough though. Could PAK get 170 if tsotsobe and tahir play? But, credit must go to Hafeez, was very good last night and the young man Bilawal. But i think SA will be more tough to beat if they play their regular/full strength squad.

    But from SA Batting point of view, Amla should try to hit every single ball if he get a chance to bat after 10 overs. He should not just try to get single and waste as many balls that could come costly at the end, just like last night(High Scoring games). Miller/duminy can't hit everything from the word go. David Wiese and Phangiso must be omitted.

  • neo-galactico on November 23, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    Well played to Pak and a good win for them. Personally, I don't think SA would mind too much for the loss. We just don't take T20 cricket seriously, although every team wants to win all the time. SA death bowling is a concern without McLaren, who bowls well at the death with his slower bouncers, and has an ability to bowl yorkers. But it was good to experiment with the bowling just to expose some guys to international cricket. Let's face if it wasn't the strongest possible side though.

  • MShariq on November 23, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    I agree Balawal is impressive however, Muhammad Hafeez, Shahid Afrid and Tanivr should go from the team.

  • on November 23, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    We the fast bowling factory, keep producing brilliant fast bowlers.Bhatti another one now. & is impressive like many of our pacers are.Good knock by Hafeez but Umar was out standing.Best of luck Pakistan for ODIs

  • greenluv on November 23, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    good win it should give them a bit relaxation to gather their selves and gel up for ODIs good luck. and well played Hafeez, Akmal, Duminy and well balanced over by tanvir at the end.

  • on November 23, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Well played Pakistan.. This is from an Indian fan.. Hafeez and Akmal played well but I have to say Afridi mustn't bat higher up the order cz His batting has deteriorated beyond imagination..He's a good bowler though.. This new guy Bilawal Bhatti looks a good prospect for Pakistan and he will do well in all formats too.. His bowling action looks good as well.. Pakistan is a good team but they are inconsistent..

  • Zahidsaltin on November 23, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    My ideal playing team in the T20 World cup would be, Ahmad Shehzad, Imran Nazir, Hafeez(C) , Umar Akmal, Sohaib, Shoaib Malik, Afridi, Bilawal Bhatti, Umar Gul, Said Ajmal and Irfan. Reserves: Hammad Azam, Razaq, Raza Hassan, Jamshed and Sohail Tanveer.

  • on November 23, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    Mr Singh1699 said Akmal is good batsman but he cannot play fast bowling. I guess mr 1699 missed akmal's batting or Pakistan should get help from 1699 to play fast bowling.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 23, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    I have always wondered, what are our coaches doing about Afridi. Why does he want to slog everything which comes his way. It is like he doesn't even look at the line of the ball while swinging the bat. He used to be a fairly good batsman who had a test average of about 37 with 6 hundreds but in the last 3 years he has totally changed his approach where doesn't want to even play a few rolling shots before sloging them. The coaches are there for fun or what? Moreover, I also think that Junaid Khan has never proved to be a T20 bowler. And Sohail Tanveer is an ordinary bowler too. Our preference in the worldcup should be having Irfan and Umar Gul fit. Umar Amin looks to have a very solid backing otherwise he won't be even near to selection, possibly connected to Sharifs or Sethi.

  • GRVJPR on November 23, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    No where are big mouthed south african fans blaming India that they are playing West Indies. Pakistan isn't ranked higher in world rankings and south africa is playing them and are being beaten left, right, and center.

  • on November 23, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    thnx God, finally we won. bilawal impressed a lot.

  • SHER-A-PANJAB on November 23, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    This is good victory for pakistan cricket team, but I think FAF did not use his bowler well because Morkel is not able to be ODI and T-20 bowler .He must do home work.When Hafeez and Akmal was firing ,FAF should have called DAlE back . Akmal is good batsman but he can not play Quality fast bowling.After all it was good match in the fast class of Cricket . SA must be planned to win these kind of matches : high scoring one......good luck

  • on November 23, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    Bilawal,is a good fine bowler.he must be given a chance in odis'.khalid

  • on November 23, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    Well done hafeez n umer good cricket

  • on November 23, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    really heartening to c Pakistan win. Well done keep it up.

  • on November 23, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    we won series tied 1-1

  • on November 23, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    wow atlast some good luck for pak, I think affridi is trying to hard with batting, he needs to wait for bad ball, and play every ball on his merit. good luck with one ODI..

  • on November 23, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    Congratulation's team Pakistan.

  • on November 23, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    The turning point of the match was the Six by Hafeez off the Free hit. It gave confidence to Hafeez and along with Akmal, they Capitalised on some loose bowling and average fielding by SA. Also the luck was on Pakistan side today. Mis fieldings , ball bouncing bin front ofcthe fielders. Overall a good performance and Misbah team should continue the momentun in Odi's. I don't understand why all the 3 Odi are all day matches Good Umpiring as well

  • on November 22, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    Pakistan are a good t20 side. but in one day and test they are failures

  • mensan on November 22, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    B. Bhatti should be encouraged to keep bowling with pace and aggressively. He should not be asked to reduce speed to bowl line and length. That will destroy him. He looks a good find for ODI and T20.

  • mensan on November 22, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    Afridi was pathetic with bat. Decision to promote him backfired. I fail to understand 2 things: 1. Why didn't Junaid bowl yorkers in 19th over? 2. Why can't Sohail Tanvir bowl yorkers in opening overs like he bowled in 20th over?

  • 2nd_Slip on November 22, 2013, 23:36 GMT

    Faf please play for the team and NOT for your personal glory, cricket is a team sport (look at what Duminy did when the situation required him to take risks for the team to get close as possible to the target). Im also very disappointed the replacements (Phangiso and Wiese) who played a huge part in us losing the game, taking nothing away from Pak though, that was a good batting display from them for a change.

  • shahnbej on November 22, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    Very bad Hafeez Dale will targeting you. Hafeez and umar played superb today but how Hafeez out maked sara maza kharab kardia. He should out before dale over. The level of confidence facing Dale is very very low and in ODI Allah he hafiz.

  • Cric_fever_forever on November 22, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    well the way they played last match and in the end of the match Jp Duminey said that they got away showed that win for pak was around the corner. again good character showed by the boys and amazing brand of cricket they played from ball 1. wat makes this win special was that it was won on capetown S.A den so good going . however i think 1st they should hav send shoaib maqsood before lala the score would hav been even bigger one. mangement should develop players and not utilizing such chances would cost pak future.2nd Afridi Fans must open there eyes and see that afridi with the bat is done age factor maybe all his boundries were outside edge. 3rd naseer jamshed is clearly struggling and must be dropped. and 4th mr tanvir is soo inconsistent bolwer. he has given mangement huge headache b4 all important odi series.he almost cause nervous breakdown to fans today. bilawal has been good find for pak hope he continues in same fashion. cheers everyone!

  • Fijicricket on November 22, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    @Amaar Iqbal on (November 22, 2013, 20:08 GMT) Make no mistake India will do better than lowly Pakistan in South Africa. For example if Pakistan was bowled out for 49, India willmake at least 50! Your interest in India proves the old fact why India has more following outside the home fans-

  • Fijicricket on November 22, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    @Amaar Iqbal on (November 22, 2013, 20:08 GMT) India has won a world cup in South Africa!

  • on November 22, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    very well done. it. need to be professor man of the match. would like to see positive batting in odi,s. umar amin should be axed for odi,s.

  • avmd on November 22, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    FEW FACTS FROM THIS GAME: 1- SHEHZAD's six to Styne was ahot of the day. 2- AFRIDI is still a good lilited over bowler but no more an all rounder. He is finished as batsman. 3- THAT was real Umar AKmal, its the captain's job to bring best out of any young playes. Under Misbah, he will struggle, as the approach is defensive. 4- BHATTI has pace, energy and brain but unless you're a Malinga, fast bower of such a short status don't go too far in International cricket. Yasir Arfat is an example. He has to prove he is a handy batsman to make himself a useful player in limited over cricket. He is not in my list of future test players.

  • Fineline on November 22, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    At last a wonderful performance from Pakistan Team.Hopefully all contributors in the match will try to contribute in the ODIS as well.

  • ZAB41 on November 22, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    If it was not for three wickets Afridi took, he was due for proper lynching for his batting display.

  • roook on November 22, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    Pakistan need to be competitive at ODI level 20-20 is completely different game.We lack innings maker in our batting lineup and strike rotation is a problem. We should have figure out steyn solution by now after playing too much against SA this year

  • malepas on November 22, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    Everybody here saying and I'm saying from ages that U.Akmal is like Kohli and he should bat at no-4 both in T-20 and ODI's and at no-3 in tests,,give him a longer run and see how he transform this fragile batting line up, just shame everybody knows this but team management don't,,they play him down to save other player's weaknesses, what a mindless approach. Bhatti surprised me,,a very good find like to see how his batting,,if he could bat,,it will be a great news for PAK but I'll keep him as a bowler as well,,he seems to have a good head on him, ODI series will be very close now.

  • on November 22, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed technique is useless,his shot selection very poor same applies to Ahmad Shehzad & Afridi but Afridi is a world class leg spinner,Pak board should send Umer Akmal & Suhaib to county cricket for two seasons to take top berths.Look for new sensible openers.

  • on November 22, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    Excellent Show by Pakistan thumps up! Junaid Bowling? here in South African condition, i suggest Abdul Rehman over Junaid in this last t20 Game, but All iz Well as pakistan won the GAME, but i still suggest Abdul Reman should get a chance in 1st ODI Match Against S/A, The Rest are Ok. Gud Luck Pakistan for ODI Series

  • on November 22, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    It was a equally fought T20 match. AB Devillier's and Hashim Amla's wickets were crucial. JP Duminy proved his one of the best players of T20 but it was too much for him to score against a quality attack. Umar Akmal should be playing up in the order. He is like Suresh Raina of India who can accumulate runs without opposition knowing. It was a much needed victory for PAK since they lost last 3 T20 matches against SA.

  • roook on November 22, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    Please donot embarssed afridi anymore his eyes were closed on every ball he want to slog. It was a close match and those vital deliveries wasted by afridi might be game. Not Sending Maqsood is a bad decision and Pakistan lost some 20 odd runs.

  • AbdulRauf-99 on November 22, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, As i said before Pakistan have the ability to bounce back from nowhere, Bhatti is a real talent bowling with pace and good lines, brilliant yorkers, good bouncers, brilliant, Afridi bowled brilliantly and turns out it was a mistake to send Afridi before Maqsood, Some major improvements for fielding from Pakistan in this series, Caught everything, save some runs as well... Nasir looked in good touch but then again he has lost his form, Overall good performance.

  • mzm149 on November 22, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    Afridi is in good bowling form so we can't ignore him in ODIs. The problem is when he plays at no. 7, our tail starts too early. If we play him in bottom 4, we already have another spinner in Saeed Ajmal. We are therefore bound to play 2 pacers in South Africa which doesn't sound a nice idea. If Umar Amin has to be in playing XI, he should be relied with his bowling too because he is an all rounder. Otherwise we badly need a genuine medium pace all rounder.

    Playing XI that appeals more from this squad is:

    1. Shehzad 2. Jamshed 3. Umar Akmal 4. Maqsood 5. Misbah 6. Hafeez 7. Afridi / Amin 8. Tanvir 9. Bhatti 10. Ajmal 11. Junaid

    Umar Amin shouldn't be completely ignored based on just a few bad performances. Like other nations, we should also adopt rotation policy.

  • on November 22, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    @ICCexpert , Sleep without losing fear , Pakistan have won without Maqsood played a ball, Be happy about Pakistan win , don,t cry for nothing.

  • likeintcricket on November 22, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Pakistan could have won the first one also if they have played with a better planning. Here the toss was crutial but Tanvir last over was the difference. Pakistan can win against SA if they win tosses and play sensibly. Indians are in great form and the way they handled Australians they can play anybody,

  • on November 22, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Good inflow of domestic players in this series in the shape of Maqsood and Bilawal. They are both quality players specially for the shorter version. There are some other players that deserve a chance specially Sharjeel Khan (Awesome Batsman) and Sadaf Husain (Test bowler). There are some good young players to look after like Sami Aslam, Zain Abbas, Babar Azam, Raza Hasan and Aamer Yameen. Inshallah team Pakistan will rise again!

  • Tariqroofi on November 22, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Lost by 1 run....lost by 6...lost by 4....pakistan fought well but was not lucky enough....

    2nd thing is 100% result....two new young talent tested...sohaib and bilawal...both delivered...

    Give trust to umar akmal...playing him up...sohaib...bilawal and ahmed shahzad....we have a good chance

  • Stark62 on November 22, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Afridi said before the game: "Alhamdulillah (Thank God) Malik and Razzaq are injured"!!

    Personally, I agree with him because Bilawal would have never been given a chance to showcase his talent and Anwar should be given another go in place of Tanvir (only good in T20's) during the ODI's.

    Also, Jamshed may be regaining his confidence, hence give the 3 ODI's and finally, U. Akmal was given a chance to bat up the order.

    Lastly, I hope Hafeez (no problem at no. 3 in T20's) is kicked to the no. 6 spot with Maqsood at no. 3 and U. Akmal at no. 4 in the ODI's.

  • on November 22, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    @mzm149: agree about maqsood. its too early like umar akmal.

    about nasir and ahmed. if 4 matches were criteria of selection in pakistan then many of these players like nasir, hafeez, sohail, afridi, asad , amin etc were out of team months ago. over here 1 score gets you selected for next 10. comparing nasir and ahmed: yes ahmed has been poor in last 4 t20s . he was top scorer from pakistan in odi series just before these t20s. and if you compare nasir and ahmed this year then there is a lot of gap between both in t20s as well ahmed 9 matches 300 with 37.50 and sr of 130 nasir 7 games 100 runs avg 14.28 sr 97.80. and t20s are squashed between odis so performance in odis do matter as well. in this squad though, nasir should be in playing 11 ahead of asad and umar amin as he is better than 2 and not much options left. but he should be sent to domestic team to get his form back. they are having plenty of domestic games since last month. he would have been back to form by SL series.

  • promy_cric on November 22, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan, but still they have to do a lot of work. They have to fix their batting positions. In the opening, i think jamshed is not trusted one and also he is out of form. Also, the justification of sending afrid instead of shoaib is questionable. Shoaib is also good hitter and team management have to give him more opportunity to bat on. Hope, he will not be become an example like azhar ali, asad shafiq(ODI). Team management have to give confidence to their young players. Let them allow to play, 15-20 matches continuously. otherwise, we will see desultorily similar Pakistan team.

  • xylofon on November 22, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    Imran Nazir instead of Jamshed? ; ))))) HOHOHO

    Jamshed releases a calm the rest feed off of even when hes gone. He is an ODI player, hes used these matches to get back a little bit and will be ready for ODIs. I hope they play him in all three matches, tell him that he will play in all three matches no matter what and then see if he has form or not - the attitude of please score a century everytime is just silly. And he should tell himself the same thing, just aim for 40 runs.

    Bilawal was a feist for the eyes. I liked the way SA batmsen kept ducking but are Adil/Khan/Gul better?

    Shehzad is ok player but is not an opener who faces pace bowling and bouncers well.

    The single most embarrising batter in the world - Afridi. ABSOLUTELY 110% A W F U L !!!

    Hafeez saves himself, someone said hes a pinch hitter of the old ball and he proved it today, period.

    Why not a tournament in UAE with PAK, SA, Lanka? ENG could be convinced then?

    SA is the perfect match for PAK. Cant wait for ODIS

  • on November 22, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    I think Pakistan Bowling site is still weal spacially for comming ODI serias Vs South Africa... where is Gul if any knows?

  • ICCexpert.... on November 22, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    Maqsood and Bilawal, 2 finds for pakistan. Need to add Sharjeel Khan instead of Jamshed.

  • on November 22, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    Pakistan should play few matches with teams like India and bangladesh , SO their batting line up can click, playing all the matches abroad and then louds of matches against quality bowling Like SA is nt fair on pakistan batsmen.

  • on November 22, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    For ODI;s Format Selection should be like this insha allah

    1)Azhar Ali (Bat Average)50 (2)Khurram Manzoor 46 (3)Sohaib Maqsood 52 (4)Misbah-ul-Haq 48 (5) Fawad Alam 46 (6)Umar Akmal 36 7)Hafeez 33 8)Abdul Razzaq 30 9)Umar Gul/ Mohammad Irfan/Bilawal Bhatti 10)Saeed Ajmal 11)Junaid Khan

    [In Squad]: {--Batsman} Taufeeq Umar 40 (bat & wk) ,Khalid Latif 48,Afaq Raheem (45), Sharjeel Khan (52) {--Bowlers} Abdur Rehman , S.tanvir, Ehsan Adil --- I was expecting khurram manzoor to be given chance after his performance against SA in the test matches, however even his Odi stats are very good to be enough for ODI's selection insha allah. I spent lots of time for thinking through selection taking into regards merit, so its not based on guess work and is reliable insha allah.

  • on November 22, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    Pakistan will not win ODI's with only 3 batsman in squad: Misbah-ul-Haq , Maqsood & U Akmal. You need more then that to win any ODI matches, thus either bring in quick replacements i.e Azhar Ali, Khurram Manzoor, Fawad Alam for batting line-up . Don;t tell me i didn't inform you earlier about your another series loss this would be 5th against SA within few weeks , i am ashamed are you not? i think not as you are again playing mediocre selections.Your best chance is your bowlers get them out within 180 otherwise your chances are severely dull for winning any ODI's or there's another option your opponents leave out their Best players and play with inexperienced new players to test against this side, in one way sympathy for pakistan team and another for checking there new talent. i don't like making jokes about serious things however when it's about pak team selection i don;t even have to try making jokes; its pretty much already quite a serious joke.Testing bowlers instead of batsman's.

  • on November 22, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    For t20 you should have included Taufeeq Umar he;s your best t20 performer in

    domestics and his batting statistics stand out from all players you have in your

    current international team by great margin so his selection will be very good for

    pakistan t20 team insha allah I am not making up just look at his t20 batting

    figures.If was part of selection his selection for me would have been an instant

    click insha allah .

    1) Taufeeq Umar(average 41) as opener, 2) Ahmed Shehzad (32) 3) Misbah-ul-Haq (38) 4) Shahzaib hasan (29) /Sohaib Maqsood (28) 5) Umar Akmal (27) 6) Imran Nazir (29) 7)Abdul Razzaq (27) 8) Hafeez (28) 9) Shahid Afridi (19) 10) Sohail Tanvir/ Bilawal Bhatti 11)Junaid.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 22, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    @mzm19...how many chances did Hammad, Harris Sohail, Raza Hassan and M. Talha get, they all got selected and dropped, same will happen with Maqsood because of hafeez and misbah.

  • on November 22, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, for a change. In Bilawal we may have found another quality pacer. I hope they don't mess him up.

  • zzby on November 22, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    I written in last match Bhatti would be a champion bowler and he was bowling at 146.7 today. If get proper chances he would become the best...

  • mzm149 on November 22, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    I don't get it why are people feeling sorry for Sohaib Maqsood. He is young and will get many more chances. If he proves himself, he will cement his place and batting position. Where is it written that he is number 3 batsman and should bat there? Btw how many matches has he won so far. Give him time. Don't make him Ricky Ponting or Hashim Amla already.

  • lalaman on November 22, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    shahid afridi is a bowling allrounder who should come after all the specialist batsmen, this is the basics of cricket

    for ODI's maqsood should come at number 3 and umar at 4. hafeez should drop down to 6

  • bouncer709 on November 22, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    Thanks to every body for their contribution in this win. I think the difference was Ajmal and specially Afridi spell. They should give Bilawal Bhati chances in ODIs. Umer Akmal proved he is a player of top order. .. In ODI they should try him to open with Shehzad..and should be like Shehzad, Umer Akmal, Sohaib, Misbah, Asad/Nasir, Afridi, Hafeez, Sohail Tanveer, Ajmal, Junaid, Bilawal, .... with this combination they can win.... and my request to Misbah, please start thinking out of box.

  • on November 22, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    big test for india ..beating teams like west indes is a east task.... but in south africa i willing to watch indian batsmens bat well as they bat against weaker sides

  • senator333 on November 22, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    Well played pak & good job once again by afridi & ajmal .And for SA just got hit all around the ground by average pak batsmen I can't imagine what well those solid Indian bating line-up will do to these SA bowlers.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 22, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Maqsood and Bilawal, 2 finds for pakistan. Need to add Sharjeel Khan instead of Jamshed.

  • on November 22, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    well played pakistan. Afridi fails in batting.I wish substitute rule come back and Afridi will bowling all the time no more batting for this oldman.

  • mzm149 on November 22, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Wow what an innings by Umar Akmal and Hafeez. I always say Umar Akmal should bat up the order and playing him there paid.

    Hafeez is much better captain than Misbah because he comes up with fresh ideas about game plan. He gives chance to every player in squad, tries different bowling combinations, is very energetic in field and his field placements are better. Having said that there were some flaws too. He should give new ball to Junaid Khan. He should never send Afridi up the order.

    Nasir Jamshed was much better and much more confident today. He played some good shots. Even if people criticize him now they should also keep Ahmed Shehzad in mind too. His last 4 t20 scores are 0, 21, 9 and 9. Nasir Jamshed will bounce back in ODIs, the format where he belongs more.

  • on November 22, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    thank God afteral we have won a match against them .in penultimate over duminy captured 19 runs which made us very worried but full credit to sohail who holds his nerves in control .

  • on November 22, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    Pakistan "won" by 6 runs, have not seen that many times this past month! Finally some runs from Hafeez. Superb innings from Umar (a keeper who can bat a bit). Good bowling from Afridi and Batti also!

  • ICCexpert.... on November 22, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    feel sorry for Sohaib Maqsood

  • ICCexpert.... on November 22, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    sohaib Maqsood needs a captain like Dhoni, he can make him like Kohli, Hafeez is playing with his career by not givin him a chance, pathetic captaincy

  • SurlyCynic on November 22, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Faf once again slowed down the innings, scored 6 off 10 balls. That's 1/12th of the innings! And Miller only got to face 13 balls again. Surely AB should come in first wicket down when chasing such a stiff rate?

    Anyway, well done Pakistan. Great innings from Akmal deserved to win the game.

    As for Phangiso, can't turn a ball, most expensive bowler, couldn't complete his 4 overs, bats 11. Can someone explain how he makes the T20 team and has a national contract?

  • on November 22, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Pakistan has lost 4 series to SA; won 1 and drawn 2 within few weeks and last ODI series to start within few days which i don't expect Pakistan to win.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 22, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    bilawal can be a nice death bowler because of his slower deliveries and fast and dangerous bouncer, his nippy yorkers. he is a total package, a hard hitting batsman too.

  • on November 22, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    These 4 t20s were good preparations for t20 Wc in coming months. Not many games to go for both teams.

    SA: played well. They have batted well. Bowling very good. Trying their bench strength and i think they are setteling in a good combination for the big event. Most importantly they have left that chokers tag behind them. Trying to finish things off.

    Pakistan: They are always good t20 team. Because this style suits many of pak players. Like umar akmal, hafeez, afridi. They are good player of t20s.

    Problem is their inconsistency. Still there is a lot to work and answer about selection & batting. But again this is t20 and nothing is as such certain in this format. Not many games left now. They will play SL and AFGH before t20 WC . so these 3 games are there to test what combination they will go with.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 22, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Good to see Akmal coming at 4. You just need to play Imran Nazeer instead of Jamshed and Irfan instead of Junaid Khan to have it a good combination. Umar Amin, the tourist has no place in the team and should be out to be replaced by some hard hitting player.

  • Zahidsaltin on November 22, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    If you draw the patterns for Pakistan; (1) Junid Khan was never a T20 bowler and won't be the he bowls (2) Pakistani bowlers can never collect the ball when thrown at wickets by a fielder (3) Pakistani fielders can never hit the stumps unless it is just through luck (4) Pakistan never has a good score in first 10 overs.

  • on November 22, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    What a pace sensation this young man is ,and with mind too ,who was devilering yorker after yorker ,bouncer after bouncer , good chin music lad ,well done !!!

  • on November 22, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    I think the squad they have on this tour, they should go with same team which played today just misbah in place of umar amin. If nasir is in squad then he should be playing ahead of umar amin/asad shafiq.

    they dont have much options in squad so sohail tanvir will be playing. and i hope bilawal will be preferred . he bowled well but need to see his batting skills. Should get chance in odis.

    For odis: Nasir - Ahmed - Hafeez - UmarAkmal - Maqsood - Misbah - Bilawal - Afridi - Tanvir - Ajmal - Junaid.

    no amin please.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 22, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    Bilawlal is a hard hitting batsman as well

  • on November 22, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    the final over by tanvir should shut all his critics. once again hafeez got out by styen :p well played pakistan

  • on November 22, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    well played by Pakistan . Just managed in the end. it was close in the end. The slow end to paksitan's innings proved vital in the end.

    Nasir is out of form and need to work in domestic matches to gain his form back soon. He is a class player and pak need him in future. Well played by hafeez and umar akmal. That partnership was great and made game for pakistan.

    Sending Afridi up the order was mistake. his batting days are gone. The sooner every 1 understands it the better. Wild slogging of good bowlers will not work every time. He couldnt connect at all. Got 2 fours of edge.

    Spinners were good as usual. Afridi bowled good. Junaid was poor. i think he is not as good in t20s as he is in other formats. Sohail was expensive early on but made up for that in last over. Bowled well in last over.

    Bilawal is a real find. bowled really well. 4 overs for 19 runs and no boundary. I hope he get chance in Odis as well. still need to see his batting as he is in as all rounder.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 22, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    @aleem...Bilawal already touche 92 miles today, and he is only 22 playing his 2nd match, time will tell if he can be express, but what he has is the control, which shoaib and Lee didnt when they were his age.

  • on November 22, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Billawal bhatti 4 overs for 19 runs and no 4s or 6s. Very impressive.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 22, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Bilawal bowling with real pace. Reminds me of Malinga

  • ICCexpert.... on November 22, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    i wish Maqsood had a captain like Dhoni, he would make him just like Kohli, but Hafeez and Misbah will ruin his career, because they are selfish captains, they are paying for there own place

  • ICCexpert.... on November 22, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Afridi and also Hafeex should know that Aridi is a bowler, not a batsmen, so sending him ahead of Maqsood is a blunder.

  • promy_cric on November 22, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    IN last ten overs, i will eager to see contest between ajmal and AB.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 22, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    i have a feeling the match will finish in the last over, and pakistan will lose because of the last 2 overs wasted by afridi. would be interesting

  • on November 22, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    TO Afridi BUDDY: You learned the art of batting next to SAEED ANWAR and his shots were just PURE timing and you have forgotten that skill so regain it insha allah. TO coach please remind him {Thank you} , i watched today;s match but didn't watch last match , they(pakistan side) are not unpredictable;s for me insha allah.Please publish courtesy of cricinfo :-)

  • romirom on November 22, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    now i am fully agree that afridi is not team player. He just play for himself. Any batsman in the world would give strike to the other batsman who is striking ball so well. Even the power hitter like ms dhoni would have given strike to other batsman in tis situation even he can easily clear any boundary in the world. I want to repeat afridi is just play for himself not for pakistan.

  • on November 22, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    at last after a long time (in unlucky days time walks turtle like) waking instead of sleeping would be worthfull.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 22, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    for all those question why Hafeez doesnt allow Maqsood to play is very simple. He is a no 3 batsman, he is very talented he can easiy take Hafeez's spot and kick him out of the team. He is a useful spinner as well. So the lobby of Misbah and Hafeez would not let him settle.

  • Rifard_SL on November 22, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    This is what really these men in Green can do.. Making u guyz feel they never lose a game before.. Only team to scatter all the bad impression in a single day.. Go destroy the rest..Green dozer.. Sri lankan fan..

  • on November 22, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Still need lots of things to learn and utilising talents rather wasting.

  • promy_cric on November 22, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    After long time, happy to see that Pakistan batsman played according to some planning. More importantly, they executed. Now, It is time to bowlers to defend this runs. If they bowled and fielded similar to yesterday, then it is definite chance to them to win the match.

  • on November 22, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Afridi needs good diet he's gone too weak. Hardly can swing his bat now....such a disgrace to Pakistan. Should make way for fresh blood. Did not understand why he was preferred over Maqsood, he is a solid stroke player.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 22, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Afridi disrupted Akmal's momentum and rhythm there. He needs to give up his pretence of being a batsman and concentrate on his bowling. Shahid Afridi with Misbahian batting stats in a twenty20. I never thought I would see such a day.

  • on November 22, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    well afridi's batting days are gone. It was a poor decision to send him early on. He couldnt even smack a free hit. just swinging widely against good bowlers will not work. just got 2 fours on edges and plenty of wild slogging.

    anyway good score in the end. Well played by Umar Akmal and hafeez. That partnership was great and made the game for pakistan.

    Nasir should work with his domestic team and get back his form for SL series.

    177 is a good score and will take some effort to chase.

  • on November 22, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    What's Afridi doing in the middle? Umar Akmal asking for strike in urdu and hindi from non-striker position but Afridi just wasting deliveries.. Look like a swarm of flies are hounding him.. Just pathetic..

  • romirom on November 22, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    i dnt understand the logic behind sending afridi above maqsood who is in very good nick. Afridi is in worse form of his life these day. Five length bowl he missed in a row.

  • Wajih1728 on November 22, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    i m happy to see Pak natural game today finally after long time.....this is wht imran khan shoaib akhtar, waseem akram and other great cricketers r always talking abt..... wht thy have done different today is they have changed their mindset and played free shots...

  • on November 22, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Nasir is a good player but he needs to play some domestic matches to regain his form. In last the month they have plenty of domestic matches and even at the moment they are having a tournament. he might be back before SL tour.

  • on November 22, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    miss u misbah ul haq...... in so much run rate pakistan needs u......

  • on November 22, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed should not be considered for ODI matches, he can't bat and his fielding is worst.

  • asim229 on November 22, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    To all those Misbah fans who were missing him in the T20s.Sethi told a news channel yesterday that he has been named captain till WC2015 so they can chill now and enjoy his tuktuk.Dont worry Afridi or Hafeez or anyone have no chance at captaincy till Misbah is alive:).I hope Highcourt suspends the jokers like Sethi who dont have any cricketing knowledge and appoint a former cricketer as a chairman of PCB.

  • on November 22, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    it's insane how they are not playing Sohaib maqsood. nasir struggled so much last game ...

  • on November 22, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    it's insane how they are not playing Sohaib maqsood. nasir struggled so much last game ...

  • asim229 on November 22, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    To all those Misbah fans who were missing him in the T20s.Sethi told a news channel yesterday that he has been named captain till WC2015 so they can chill now and enjoy his tuktuk.Dont worry Afridi or Hafeez or anyone have no chance at captaincy till Misbah is alive:).I hope Highcourt suspends the jokers like Sethi who dont have any cricketing knowledge and appoint a former cricketer as a chairman of PCB.

  • on November 22, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed should not be considered for ODI matches, he can't bat and his fielding is worst.

  • on November 22, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    miss u misbah ul haq...... in so much run rate pakistan needs u......

  • on November 22, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Nasir is a good player but he needs to play some domestic matches to regain his form. In last the month they have plenty of domestic matches and even at the moment they are having a tournament. he might be back before SL tour.

  • Wajih1728 on November 22, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    i m happy to see Pak natural game today finally after long time.....this is wht imran khan shoaib akhtar, waseem akram and other great cricketers r always talking abt..... wht thy have done different today is they have changed their mindset and played free shots...

  • romirom on November 22, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    i dnt understand the logic behind sending afridi above maqsood who is in very good nick. Afridi is in worse form of his life these day. Five length bowl he missed in a row.

  • on November 22, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    What's Afridi doing in the middle? Umar Akmal asking for strike in urdu and hindi from non-striker position but Afridi just wasting deliveries.. Look like a swarm of flies are hounding him.. Just pathetic..

  • on November 22, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    well afridi's batting days are gone. It was a poor decision to send him early on. He couldnt even smack a free hit. just swinging widely against good bowlers will not work. just got 2 fours on edges and plenty of wild slogging.

    anyway good score in the end. Well played by Umar Akmal and hafeez. That partnership was great and made the game for pakistan.

    Nasir should work with his domestic team and get back his form for SL series.

    177 is a good score and will take some effort to chase.

  • ICCexpert.... on November 22, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Afridi disrupted Akmal's momentum and rhythm there. He needs to give up his pretence of being a batsman and concentrate on his bowling. Shahid Afridi with Misbahian batting stats in a twenty20. I never thought I would see such a day.