South Africa v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Cape Town

Debutants Bhatti and Ali sink South Africa

The Report by Firdose Moonda

November 24, 2013

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Pakistan 218 for 9 (Ali 43*, Bhatti 39, Steyn 3-33) beat South Africa 195 (Kallis 50, Duminy 49, Bhatti 3-37) by 23 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Anwar Ali picked up two wickets on his ODI debut, South Africa v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Cape Town, November 24, 2013
Anwar Ali was pivotal to Pakistan's victory, with both bat and ball © AFP

The debutants Anwar Ali and Bilawal Bhatti had been selected primarily to bowl Pakistan to victory. They did that with five wickets between them, headlined by Bhatti's superb use of the yorker at the death. They were not expected to bat Pakistan to a win, but they did that too, with a 74-run partnership for the eighth wicket that breathed life into an innings that was gasping for air.

Pakistan were floundering at about three runs an over for two-thirds their innings before the rookie pair got together to post a defendable total. The buoyancy that stand gave Pakistan was evident in the field. They put in a disciplined performance to strangle South Africa, and even though Jacques Kallis, who was playing in his first ODI in a year and nine months, scored a half-century, the hosts could not find their way back.

With a modest total to defend, Pakistan needed to make early incisions and Junaid Khan bowled Hashim Amla behind his legs in the third over. Misbah-ul-Haq immediately brought on Mohammad Hafeez to trouble Quinton de Kock but the offspinner got the better of Graeme Smith, when the Test captain reached forward to play him on the leg-side and was stumped.

South Africa's oldest and youngest players put on the team's highest partnership - 42. Kallis appeared in particularly good nick, hitting Junaid when he was too full and too short, launching Hafeez over midwicket and pulling Bhatti. He ushered de Kock through nervous periods but the left-hand batsman eventually played a lazy drive and was bowled through the gap between bat and pad.

Still, South Africa had no reason to be concerned, until AB de Villiers was bowled by Shahid Afridi, playing on the back foot when he should have been forward. Kallis was also bowled, by an Anwar Ali delivery that kept low and ricocheted off the toe end of his bat. Anwar also had David Miller caught behind to finish with 2 for 24. South Africa were 123 for 6.

With the big-hitter dismissed, Pakistan gave away only 26 runs in the next seven overs, before Misbah brought Saeed Ajmal back on. The plan worked as Vernon Philander looked to defend but was surprised by one that leapt up and took the edge to give backward point a catch. Duminy had to hold it together but was caught behind reverse-sweeping Ajmal.

South Africa's tail wagged vigorously but Bhatti saved his best for last. Pinpoint yorkers got rid of both Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel to give Pakistan their first ODI win at Newlands, a South African fortress.

In hindsight, South Africa paid for the many chances they missed in the field. Despite the seamers employing tight lines and using the short ball well, it took South Africa 15.2 overs to make the first breakthrough. By then Nasir Jamshed, who was let off three times, and Ahmed Shehzad had posted 49. Steyn dropped Jamshed at fine leg and the batsman was well short of his ground twice while attempting singles, but South Africa could not pull off any direct hits.

Steyn eventually accounted for Jamshed, chasing and edging a ball outside off, and his bunny Mohammad Hafeez, but it was only when Shehzad, Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal had been dismissed that South Africa dictated proceedings. At 98 for 5, Pakistan could not get out of first gear and Sohaib Maqsood's efforts to do so only created more chances.

He offered Imran Tahir a return catch, which the legspinner dropped, skied one between cover and mid-off that neither Smith nor Philander moved to take, and was dropped by de Villiers at long-off. Kallis eventually claimed Maqsood, when he slogged to mid-on.

Instead of folding from 131 for 7, after Afridi was dismissed, Pakistan ended up accumulating their most important runs. Bhatti and Anwar were together for 11.4 overs, responsibly rotated strike, got a little lucky, and accelerated at the right time.

Anwar took three fours off Kallis' eighth over and Bhatti brought out his power-hitting against Morkel. Both men have first-class centuries to their name and showed the potential to become the seam-bowling allrounders Pakistan have missed for some time.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by   on (November 26, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

mzm149, dude, Anwar Ali and Bilawal scored against the same bowlers at the same time, how can you call one of them a fluke? You really are prejudice aren't you?

Posted by mzm149 on (November 26, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

@bouncer709: As if you don't get pain with the selection of non-Karachi players. You always rate Asad Shafiq better than Umar Amin when both fail in a game even knowing Umar Amin has played less games and Asad Shafiq has never ever played a match winning innings in 50 ODIs and has no century to his name. Even after good bowling performance from Hafeez you never appreciate him and are always in favor of dropping him. You always prefer Sarfraz Ahmed over Umar Akmal when Umar Akmal is performing good job as a wicket keeper and is miles ahead of Sarfraz in batting. Expect to receive similar comments from others when you yourself always post biased ones.

Posted by mzm149 on (November 26, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

@bouncer709: People like you and @ICCexpert together with our biased media are hell bent on overrating Karachi players and downgrading others. A good innings from a bowler doesn't make him Kallis or Watson overnight. Wahab Riaz has some good batting innings this year like 45 in Johannesburg, 47* in Dublin, 33 in Abu Dhabi. Sohail Tanvir made 31 in Abu Dhabi. Mohammad Amir had one good innings of 73*. Umar Gul made us win t20 against South Africa with his performance with bat.

Anwar Ali was pathetic with ball in Zimbabwe and in first t20 in Johannesburg. That is why I called him joker. Even today he was very erratic in first over. When he came in second spell, other bowlers had already taken grip on the game. He was not better than Bhatti and Junaid Khan.

Ask Anwar Ali to open innings against South Africa. We will get to know how good he is. Its not easy at all to play new swinging and seaming ball. South African death over bowling is nothing as compared to their new ball spell.

Posted by harsidhu on (November 26, 2013, 7:44 GMT)

Even I m indian i always follow pakistan cricket becoz PAK team is my fav. after india.Pls get rid of Ahmed shezad he is not a batsmen he is just selfish player and this is TRUE.Ask hafeez to bat at no. 7 and get rid of Afridi no. 8 bhatti, 9.10,11 ajmal and 2 fast bowlers. OPEN with abDUR RAZAK and Kmaran akmal, UMAR AKMAL,MAQSOOD,SHOAIB MALIK,MISBAH.

Posted by Pindia on (November 26, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

Bhatti and Anwar put in amazing performances on debut/ re-emergence. They should play in short formats for their batting plus Ajmal and Irfan to complete the bowling attack. Umar Gul has to come back in when he is fit. So for the T20 world cup I would go with: Shehzad, Jamshed, Hafeez, Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Afridi, Bhatti, Anwar, Gul, Ajmal, Irfan. I remember Afridi was in poor form with the bat in the 2007 T20 and came good. If Pakistan have success in the near future it will mainly be due to their bowlers.

Posted by MSMAK on (November 26, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

@Barney: We have known this very fact all along. Thanks to PCB for finally giving Bhatti and Ali a chance. Will this be a turning point for our team selection process?...hmm, only time will tell. BTW - There is still plenty more in the talent pool that have yet to play a match/series. I have my fingers crossed for the next ones.

Posted by   on (November 26, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

One reason people believe the young, talented players in Pakistan are sidelined because Pakistanis have an old captain (40 plus years). He feels there is job security in keeping the old non-performers like Hafeez and Afridi.

These players may have been good a long time back, but the luster has worn off now.

It is time for Sethi to retire also for trying the same old, tired, tried and failed players.

There are many talented, young players waiting in the wings; and every time Pakistan has tried a young debutant, he has earned the wings for the whole team.

And,we, the people, cannot take that lightly!

Posted by   on (November 26, 2013, 4:52 GMT)

Most commentators have said time and again that it is the batting that has failed, stupid!

I am glad Misbah and the selectors have gotten their wake-up call.

Hafeez is not technically sound to play ODI and Afridi is too old, lacking good hand-eye coordination. Booth batsman cant just bat, except for a few fllukes off and on. They both both need to be rested and replaced.

We need good batsman, period!. With the availability of young batsman like Hammad Azam (who can bat and bowl), who needs same old. non-performers.

The selectors should also look at Khurram, Shan, and Harris also. Almost every time Pakistan has won, it is because of young debutant, not because of the same old, non-performers like Hafeez and Afridi. Even Ajmal needs to be retired because he does not know the abc of batting.

We should have batting depth till 10 or even 11.

There are plenty of talented batsman/bowler in the que, who are waiting for the call.

It is time for the Pakistani selectors to wake up

Posted by OverDcovers on (November 26, 2013, 4:19 GMT)

It is Political people like Hafeez who have not allowed youngsters to come forward and make a permanent place in the team so that mediocres like him keep their place in the team. Now can someone look at this fellow's ONE Decade record and ell me weather he deserves to be in any team let alone be the captain? He is not Mike Brealey's calibre that he can be the captain: HAFEEZ-TEST MATCHES Years Matches Inns NO Runs HS Ave

2003-2013 34 66 5 2061 196 31.23 HAFEEZ-ONE DAYERS 2003-2013 135 135 7 3640 139* 26.96 HAFEEZ-T20z 2003-2013 51 49 2 1169 86 23.86

Posted by   on (November 26, 2013, 4:12 GMT) for thought to all pakistanis.....anwer ali ...almost single handedly bowled out the under 19 indian cricket team roughly about 4 - 5 yrs ago in an under 19 world cup final...Virat Kohli was also a part of that same under 19 indian team...where is kohli now...and where is Anwer ali!....

Posted by Desihungama on (November 26, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

Mr. Sethi PCB Interim Head should be equally credited for this upswing. Gradually, he is injecting new players and it's started to pay dividends. Young players are winning games for Pakistan Again!

Posted by Reverse-_-Sweep on (November 26, 2013, 2:08 GMT)

The two debutants really were the difference between the two sides. This shows what youngsters can do, if given the chance on the big stage. Pakistan really need to bring in some youngsters with being Afridi being the captain. Good Luck to the both teams for the 2nd match. I hope its a thriller :D

Posted by ICKY on (November 25, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

There should be accountability for spoiling the career of talented youngsters and new pcb admin should take over. New players from U19, U21 and U-23 be inducted in team to make a young team for 2015 WC. These 40 year olds have done a good job but their is always a time to go home and give the batton to youngsters. These ultra seniors should not be stubborn to stay in the team coz they can do tuc tuc to stay on crease without scoring even singles and lose the match but take credit for not getting out.

Posted by Discrm on (November 25, 2013, 20:40 GMT)

Anwar Ali is a great find for Pakistan team. Unfortunately a lot of his critics are trying to throw dirt his way by pinpointing lack of swing in his arsenal. They forget that he won us U19 world cup single handedly on the basis of swing. And now he has won us another game on his debut match. I request my friends here to show respect to this rising talent and believe in his bright future. Peace.

Posted by am5786 on (November 25, 2013, 20:05 GMT)

Its a good sign we introduced new players. I always say at least give a chance to best bowler and best batsman of the year a chance to spend some time with seniors even if they are not selected for final 11. There are bunch of Under19 players performing for Pakistan, specially openers Sami Aslam and Babar Azam then there is an all rounder Kamran Ghulam and a spinner Gohar. There are few fast bowlers on domestic circuit like Zia ul Haq, Muhammad Talha and there is a spinner who took three wickets in an over in his T20I debut, Mansoor Amjad this guy can bat too. They all need some chances they all are young and can serve for Pakistan.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (November 25, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

@Asif Kidwai & All others:All of you are blaming PCB for not introducing Anwar Ali sooner.You guys seem to remember that U19 match & every detail of it but you forgot something..Where's that crazy Swing that Anwar ali had? He simply lost it.He was just not good enough to be given chance in national side.I can count many other Pacers far better than him who are not getting chance.Anwar ali mainly made his way through batting...He became an allrounder.I would love to see more youngsters in the team.But i hate it when fans like us start predicting the future of players just after 1 match..We did the same with Nasir Jamshed.Where's he now?Just sit tight & enjoy cricket without being overexcited

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

It is clear what is wrong with Pakistan cricket. Hero of 2006 Jr. World Cup given chance after 7 years. They must have thought Anwar Ali is all washed out by now, and has nothing left in him. See what he did on his debut. How many MoM debutants are out there?

Posted by Harmony_not_Discord on (November 25, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

A marvellous player Jonathn Trott has shown professionalism and selflessness and has bowed out of the Ashes tour. He could have battled on, living on reputation and not allowed anyone else an opportunity in his place. But he thought of his team and country first and bowed out. I wish him speedy recovery.

Pak players, management and captain should take a leaf out of this lesson - enough of favouritism. Hafeez should learn from that example and take a break as Dale Styen has abundantly exposed Hafeez' technical flaws against good fast bowling.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

Yes Attaullah Shah he is the same talented bowler who made the history at Under 19 and now did it again and amazing part of this is is against a powerhouse just like he did in Under 19. Remember, india made really high score in that tournament and in final they were all out for 89. Sad part why PCB did not bring him in the side earlier just like india did with Kohli, Rohit, Dhawan , Raina ..............we have been performing so well in Under 19 and Under 21 but this parchee system is not letting the talented one come forward. But i am happy for him and may God give both of these youngster their fair share to represent pakistan.

Posted by android_user on (November 25, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

yes this is the one who got five against india. but look to india how many of them have got chance to play in the national team but to say sorrey in pakistan how many players are playing in the merit and his game quality. most of them are having approach and relationship with the pcb. had he been given a chance earlier he may have got more talent and experience

Posted by android_user on (November 25, 2013, 17:28 GMT)

yes he is tat same anwar ali lol

Posted by Harmony111 on (November 25, 2013, 17:21 GMT)


The point is, SA can't chase even 220s wtheter AT HOME or on FLAT TRACKS of Dubai, Eng too failed to chase 130 in the CT13, so one should appreciate the skill needed to regularly chase 300+ scores.

A series that was played without any planning & was crammed between the bifurcated Eng tour to India against a really tired Indian team is all that you got. We all saw how Pak fared in the CT13 vs India, didn't we?

You should know that of late, India have scored 300+ not only in India but in Aus (321) and in Eng (344, 305, 334).

@Tawqeer Wani:

It seems you too have completely failed to understand my argument but nevertheless...

India faced SA in the CT13 in England & scored 334.

India faced Pak in Asia Cup and won chasing 330.

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (November 25, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

Few points: 1. Has anyone noticed that Pakistan's catching and wicket-keeping was of an uncommon good quality in this match - otherwise we would have still lost the match. 2. The first 7 batsmen scored 125 runs in 215 balls @ run rate of @3.49 rpo, while Anwar and Bilawal scored 74 in 70 balls @ 6.34 rpo, and were the 2 highest scorers, with Anwar unbeaten. 3. The pace bowling allrounders also took 5 of the 10 wickets. 4. Looking to the future any new Pakistan player must be given a run (say 5 matches) before being dropped, in order to give them the confidence that they will get the chance to prove themselves if they belong at the highest level. 5. Selection should be based on performance alone, and not age; except that younger players should be given more chances to develop as we always have to plan for the future too.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

a superb perpormance but i am not sure that is he that one anwar ali who took 5 wickets in under19 w cup final against india. any one knows please replay.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

Lot of praise being showered on the two youngsters. Anwar being young by playing too less cricket at this level though he has served the game for quite some time. Bilawal a real prospect. I am amazed at the speed he can generate and the head on his shoulders has a good brain too. He batted wisely and stylishly.But what about the top order? Are they trying to prove some thing else? Conspiracy or mere sluggishness? Unfortunately PCB is very slow in reacting to senior players. Ideally performance should be the criteria and not the seniority. And one more thing different players for three formats. We have already lost Irfan to overwork. Saeed Ajmal is no lad by any means. We should give rest to players and introduce young players regularly. Good luck for he next match.

Posted by Morfi on (November 25, 2013, 14:31 GMT)

A much needed boost to Pakistan cricket! Apart from Anwer Ali (AA) and Bilawal Bhatti (BB), we must recognize the excellent captaincy from Misbah-ul-Haq in defending a small total. timely bowling changes, persistent attack in fielding and lots of energy - his critics should take a back seat for now, please!

Only one change in this team is required - make Hafeez bat at no. 6 and maqsood and Mibsh shd come at 3 and 4. Haf is not a top order batsman and this move could revive his career as an allrounder!

Posted by alipk52 on (November 25, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

I just hope these two debutants keep getting chances regularly, Anwar Ali needs proper coaching, he has everything in his bank, pace, reverse swing, in swing, proper execution of yorkers, his line is more often than not wayward, this will improve as long as he will keep playing, this performance will surely lift him up, but well, bowlers new or senior all are doing their job All right, It's the batsman, who need to sit back, and try to learn what is going wrong, these same Batsman have done brilliantly in the past, they're like held into some kind of mind problems these days, this is where coach comes into play, and with their continued failure due to same mindset, it's clearly seen coaches are not doing their job correctly, they need to put in some additional skills into the talent they already have.

Posted by Kirk-at-Lords on (November 25, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

I found the post-match commentary on SuperSport amongst Pommie Mbangwa, HD Ackerman & Shaun Pollack to be very enlightening. At one point Pommie asked, almost out of desperation, what can possibly be wrong with Saffer batting in a simple chase on a fortress home ground like CT/Newlands. No one had an answer, but I suggest two: 1. Jacques Kallis is now 38 as of last month; any batsman of his vintage is going to start missing what appear to be unmissable deliveries. Lately we have seen similarly aged players such as Ponting and the great man himself Sachin Tendulkar experience exactly what Kallis did right after reaching what appeared to be an imperious 50 in this ODI. That is why the others have retired, and Kallis will soon. 2. This is much more important in that it appliies to everyone else, present and future: the impact of T20. Players have historically struggled to balance Tests + ODIs; some cannot manage it. Now they are asked to balance 3 formats. This is just not on!

Posted by thE_baCk_beNcHer on (November 25, 2013, 13:41 GMT)

Well Played Pakistan :) hafeez should bat at 6. Anwer Ali & Bilawal Bhatti did extremly well both with the bat & Ball. this will not happen everytime. so Pakistani batsman needs to sort out their problems. wish both teams good luck for the remaing matches. Hoping for Pakistan to win a series agains SA.

Posted by Pavinasen on (November 25, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

What would SA do if Pak win one more toss,they win the series??

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 13:21 GMT)

Today misbah score no runs but still we win match not what reason left for him to be in team u must drop tuk tuk and assign new captain that must be aggresive thats good for paksitan team and fans.

Posted by CricketChat on (November 25, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

Pak would be better served to add a batsman in place of Hafeez. Steyn Vs Hafeez is all too predictable to keep him in the team. Also, need to replace Nasir and Umar who both have become something of a burden to Pak's chances.

Posted by Pavinasen on (November 25, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

I think the 1st match(ODI) in UAE set the tone for paks loss in that series.The batters let them down badly in the end overs.Its safe to say that SA wesurprised to win that watch,what a fluck.Had pak won that match,they would have been much more ruthless in the coming games,and Sa would not not have been able to win the series.I hope the tides change in their favour.I always admired the pak team,they play fearless cricket and very entertaining.As for the 2 new yougsters,they need to be given a long run with the pak team to realise their full potential.

Posted by Ehsan787 on (November 25, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

awsome performance by Pak :)

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (November 25, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

Sharjeel Khan should replace Jamshed for Sri-Lanka series

Posted by Ramu444 on (November 25, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

Thanks God at last we found 2 good all rounders,so hopefully no more Wahab Riaz,S Tanvir,Razzak ,Malik.i think Bilawal is Ok but Anwer Ali has to work on his bowling.looks like he has lost the swing which we saw in his bowling in U19 WC.need to find new openers as we'll no more Jamshed please.this guy needs to spend some time in domestic level

Posted by MNGholfers on (November 25, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

Someone please get Smith out of the ODI side!!!! He's become a Test batsmen and we should keep him there!! Secondly, although I like Philander, I believe he should also be kept for tests, both Parnell and Mclaren is much more suited to the ODI game than Philander!! And Please, someone tell AB that he should be batting at NR3!!! He is our best batsmen and he MUST BAT AT 3!!! 1De Kock 2Amla 3deVilliers 4Kallis 5Duminy 6Miller/Faf 7Mclaren 8Parnel 9Steyn 10Morkel 11Tahir

Posted by BMDeep on (November 25, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

I am an Indian I have been very disappointed by d way d results hav gone with Pak in last series.I have always been a huge fan of their cricket.But I was very happy to see some coming in their way.While it is encouraging to see d last two wins,it is still alarming dat d top order r yet to come to party.They cannot always expect bowlers to win them games.The kind of mentality they are showing at the start of the innings is pathetic to say the least. They should some how try to up the scoring rate in the first 15-20 ovs.Perhaps one of the two openers should be solely given the role of attacker jus to see hw things fare.I am quiet sure Shezhad is up to it nd v all know Nasser is gud at anchorage (until suddenly he becomes mad nd throws away his wkt).Bilawal bhattis bowling is very good. His ability to bowl accurate yrkers make him much more brighter prospect.I lastly feel pak board and fans in particular should atlast show some confidence on this team nw that they r winning.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

Pakistan has the best talent in the world but they never get a chance. I think Imran Khan should select the team and groom talent. Those talent can be exported to other countries as they have no chance in Pakistan. Look at Imran Tahir no one gave him a chance in Pakistan and he has defeated Pakistan couple of occasions.

I am from Pakistan and I know talent is never selected early and not groomed.

Under 19, under 17 ,15 you can recognize, give scholarship, send to Australia for training, and then send it to UK , and other countries. Let all other Pak team stay as they are . Mostly Pak team is selected by politicians and influential ppl.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

Pakistan should have 11 bowlers in their team, because our bowlers bat better then our batsmen, atleast there would be 10 options for bowling, and i think bowlers would be scoring then our current team.

Posted by I_amMirza on (November 25, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

After a Long time Pakistan's pace department showed that kind of aggression we lacked previously. they took wickets at breath taking moments, and they batted well when all batsmen got failed. Their approach of building partnership and selection of shorts against furious bowling attack was impressive. Congrats to Bhatti and Anwer. I can foresee great bowling all rounders like Razzaq & Azhar again in Pakistan fumbling team. Yorker accuracy of bhatti and Movement of ball by Anwer remember me Pakistan's past era of Successful bowling attack. May they have a brilliant career and stay away from Bookies. GOOD LUCK GREEN..!!

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

OverDcovers, young man, you say NONE from Lahore, yet you list four from the city. Then you name players from Karachi that aren't even playing, or part of the squad, to bolster the numbers to prove Amber Brooks wrong! Wow! It's Asad Shafiq, Anwer Ali and Shahid Afridi, only, and only two are playing. In the T20s, it was just Afridi. Younis Khan may have learned his cricket in Karachi, but he plays for Peshawer and HBL. By the way, while you're at it, would you like to answer the question that Amber raised, regarding the performance of the domestic teams compared to their representation in the national squad?

Posted by anwar62 on (November 25, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

Bowling performance was excellent. look at our so called Mr BOOM BOOM, after playing so many ODIs the guy doesn't understand how to play..look at the way he through his wicket. What a waste of talent. I think the arrogance of Shahid has killed his batting talent.

Posted by chelnov on (November 25, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

Sadly once Irfan will be fit. One of these player has to be droped. I think it's Hafeez who is backing Jamshed in the pak team as they're teammates in domestic and Asad Shfiq is paying the price. I know both Yonus and Yousaf were not that great when they debut, but with consistent chances they developed and became the backbone of the Pakistani batting even helping in chasing 300+ scores.

Now selectors are not even settling the Middle order. Misbah has only one or two years left and we need a constant player in middle order.

Posted by Stark62 on (November 25, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

It's nice to see the right youngsters finally being given a chance and not guys, who have averages of 30's in domestic cricket.

Next two must youngsters for SL series should be Haris (all formats) and Sharjeel (limited overs only), along with Sadaf, Fawad (definitely Tests), Ehsan and Hammad (although Bahtti seems to have taken his spot). Babar, Zia-Ul-Haq and Aslam are too young, hence they should gain a bit more experience domestically before being introduced internationally.

Also, M. Rizwan should be a must for wicket keeping in Tests.

Lastly, Kallis looked stupendous and out of this world with some of the most marvelous shots you'll ever see in ODI cricket, in his time at the crease.

Posted by Ali_Chaudhary on (November 25, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

There you go. Kallis was away SA wer winning. Here he return and the losing habbit stars again. I think he must think of retirmenet now. He hardly bowls 10 oevrs These days. He isnt a all rounder anymore.

Posted by roook on (November 25, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

Sorry to say there was no guidance to Maqsood he was driving every ball which is his signature shot. With bouncy tracks you should go for cut or pull shots and not for driving and will be undone by shot balls

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (November 25, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

mran khan proven right yet again when he bashed Najam Sethi for saying there is no talent in domestic circuit. Sethi needs to sacked because here is the talent for you, Sohaib, Bhatti and Anwar Ali. But how can you see that until you dont give them a chance and keep playing players like Hafeez, Malik, Jamshed, Afridi and Misbah. Sharjeel Khan is the best opener in Pakistan but never given a chance.

Posted by anver777 on (November 25, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

A match winning debuts for both Bhatti & Anvar.. good start by Pak in ODI series!!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 25, 2013, 9:27 GMT)

Team no:5 Vs team no:6 and they only thing to watch is does they exchange their rankings at the end of the series?

Posted by -tanZeeEeel- on (November 25, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

Defending such a total against ... the depth batting attack. Simply .... . . woW !

Unpredictables oN movE ... :D ;) ONCe agaiN .. B)

Posted by dariuscorny on (November 25, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

funny to see Pak fans mocking IND,bhatti has ugliest action and its just matter of some time he wud be thrashed all over the park,it was more of a dread ful performance by SA batsmen,im sure SA will win it 2-1....

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (November 25, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

some one please tell Hafeez and Jamshed that they are not fit to play outside the sub continent. They should opnly be selected for matches played in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (November 25, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

Imran Khan blasted Najam Sethi when he said there is no talent in Pakistan domestic cricket, and today so far SOhaib, Bhatti and Anwar proved Imran right. Sethi should be sacked for making such false statements and shelliding players like Misbah, Hafeez and Malik. We shoudl try some more talented plaeys like Sharjeel Khan and Sadaf Hussain.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (November 25, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

Its a blessing from Allah Malik and Razzaq went back. Bhatti was the actual man of the match. Great find for pakistan bowling 90+ at 22 already Masha'Allah. He should learn from akhtar on getting his body stronger to get even faster and keeping that pace consistent. Misbah needs to only use him in 4 over spells, I hope somebody teaches him how to take care of genuine fast bowlers. He injured Irfan, and I hope he doesnt do the same to bhatti.

Posted by M.Sagheer on (November 25, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

How PCB chairman can say that we are short of talent. Look at Sohaib, Bhatti and Anwar all are performing much more competive to senior ones.

Posted by alisaqib610 on (November 25, 2013, 8:11 GMT)

This is a good win for Pakistan. Their bowlers bowled their heart out as usual and covered up another relatively poor batting performance. Despite this win Pakistan still need to get their batting fixed up. The approach from the openers was completely negative which added pressure onto the incoming batsman. I believe if the openers show a bit more aggression Pakistan may start to get better results from their batting. However our bowling looks good and promising. And I think we may have found a few all rounders in Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali.

Posted by HASSANYASIR on (November 25, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

i think Pakistan played brilliantly specially in last 10 over in both innings and we should have give to credit Pakistani boys who have spark to win this match

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 7:58 GMT)

What a refreshing display of tail-end batting by both the Pak debutant bowlers, Anwar and Bilawal. However, it seems unlikely that these two will be batting at 8 and 9 down in the near future. Their batting skill spoke volumes in order to nudge them higher in the batting order in future matches. Well done boys!!

Posted by Kumaranuj on (November 25, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

Good to see a PAK victory. I never turn the channel for this match when Afridi got out & PAK looks like they don't go beyond 160. But happy to see the match turn around by PAk specially by the two débutante men. But want to see SA player in good form as IND is coming to their home, & I want to see a very good series.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 7:35 GMT)

Well moral boosting win for Pakistan.It was badly required to bring them up to reshape them and confidence level.

Posted by Pak_Guru on (November 25, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

Brilliant.... debutants what a performance. Wake up selectors, also this move only after a blessing in disguise injury to non performers. Push Hammad Azam and a few more young batters in, and some one please teach Jamshed to cover drive. Also both openers " some aggression please " discuss between yourself on running between the wickets and strike rotation. Wow... Dale Styen you are a superstar, just cannot wait to see you bowl to Dhoni and Co. Misbah on the verge of creating history. Good team combination, Still feel, Umar akmal should come 2nd down. Afridi is brianless while batting and will remain till he retires so no point in discussing him, But Maqsood dissapointed me, hope coach and captain give him a piece of their mind. Superb effort by both the debutants - both deserve the MOM award.

Posted by SHER-A-PANJAB on (November 25, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

Hi SA fans..REASON # 1 poor fielding is the main cause of southafrica cricket lose ,PHILLANDER does not have idea to field. That is why he has been dropped after pak series (2003 )REASON #2 Smith is another week link in SA 'squad because when Smith comes in side some players feel themself under pressure ,especially DE KOCK .And De villiers also feel little pressure to make free decisions.So call ELGAR (spinner all rounder ) drop smith,,...let's see ! Good luck for good cricket!

Posted by bouncer709 on (November 25, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

@Faizan Khan: I agree with you, this guy mzm149 have no sense o cricket, he feel pain in heart, if any player from Karachi selected in team. Yesterday he called Anwar Ali joker. I think he have some relation with Nasir jamshed... or might be he is Naisr Jamshed posting with this name mzm149 :) . Because if Nasir jamshed score 20 runs, he will say he did well. but 43 rusn and 2 wkts from a karachi player is fluke. Lol

Posted by Samee0324 on (November 25, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

Lots of comments already registered so no need to write full story. Just want to say, Pakistan has lot of potential young players ready to perform for the nation. Its now on PCB and selectors to groom them, give them confidence by selecting them for "A" team. Send them for other countries tour and make them ready for National Team. Talent like Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Maqsood, Shan Masood, Khurram Manzoor, Sami Aslam, Muhammad Talha, Bilawal Bhatti, Anwer Ali, Asad Ali, Muhammad Irfan, Junaid khan, Raza Hasan and all others who keep scoring runs in domestic and waiting for a chance in national team must get bit attention from PCB and Selection committee until they lost their temperament

Posted by dmqi on (November 25, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

I wish I could see at least one match in which Hafiz, Afridi (older group) and Jamshed ( now struggling) will take rest and new players will be given chances. This is extremely important to build future team. Pak has given too many chances to older players who are not at good form now. When will Misbah understand this? Try in the next match, Mr. Captain.

Posted by sameesafee on (November 25, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

Still batting is a worrying sight which is need to be improved, just 3 batters like Virat,Rohit and Raina...with the combination of current strong bowling line up with Irfan added... Pakistan will be tuff to beat anywhere.

Posted by dmqi on (November 25, 2013, 6:40 GMT)

It looks like that Pak fans are better selectors. I have heard few names many times who were not getting chance . Now two of those names from the fans, have proved that they have potential. Bad news for Malik, Razzaque, Afridi. Time for old players to make room for the youngers. These new players should have played earlier. I hope they play few more matches.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

I always wonder where did that fellow vanished after sweeping indian batting line up in under19 worldcup 2006, and there you, he is coming after 7 years into his debut, shame on Pakistan for wasting such talent for so long

Posted by siddiqi on (November 25, 2013, 6:23 GMT)

Well Done Misbah and team. Bilawal was great on debut and deserved MOM award. Pakistan should play the same team and continue with this winning combo. Both teams are struggling with batting. Ahmad, Nasir, Umar, Shoaib are best new talents available and InshaAllah they will perform.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 6:12 GMT)

Excellent start for the Pakistani team.. Its always nice when the youngsters chip in and don't entirely depend on the seniors... Afridi's 26 looked promising but he needs to get that big score the entire world is waiting for...

Posted by likeintcricket on (November 25, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

Despite obvious batting problems, Pakistan lost In the UAE because of the toss. Somehow Pak batsman looks good when batting but than they play very amateurish shots and got out.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 5:53 GMT)

yes time to drop smith...i don't understand...te exciting partnering of alma and de kock had such momentum..why break that up....if mclaren or parnell were brought in instead of smith we would have an extra bowler and pinch hitter or at worst case scenario someone who won't register 10 fifteen non scoring this game about winning or having an experienced side...we see that the last few debutants from both sides have changed the game..and experience more often than not has brought failure

Posted by OverDcovers on (November 25, 2013, 5:48 GMT)

@Amber Brooks: FYI In the present team following are the teams/areas of belonging for the players: 1. Misbah-Faisalabad & SNGPL/Mianwali 2. Hafeez-SNGPL/Sargodha 3. Nasir Jamshed-Lahore 4. Sohaib Maqsood-Multan 5. Ahmed Shehzad-Lahore 6. Asad Shafique-Karachi 7. Younis Khan-HBL/Karachi 8. Umer Akmal-Lahore 9. Saeed Ajmal-Faisalabad 10. Junaid Khan-Peshawer 11. Rahat Ali-KRL or ZTBL-Rawalpindi 12. Sohail Tanveer-Rawalpindi 13. Irfan-Googo Mandi 14. Umer Amin-Rawalpindi 14. Khurram Manzoor-KPT-Karachi 15. Adur Rehman-HBL Lahore 16. Bilawla Bhatti-SNGPLGujranwala, 17. Anwar Ali-PIA & Karachi 18. Shaoib Malik-PIA & Sialkot,,, Now you yourself can see how many confirmed players are there in the team from Lahore! Indeed-NONE! So lets talk about Pakistan and not Areas! P.S. I have intentionally written Karachi for Younis Khan despite knowing that he's from Mardan because he's played all his cricket in Karachi.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

indeed a matter of relief for the whole nation. Now the team should focus on keeping the impetus going & for Mr Hafeez get over with Steynophobia please.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

Well played young debutants. I think upper order should learn something from them & should try to play more openly. They have to come out of their shells. They have to take safe risks & try their ground shots with more force & placement, so that later batsmen should play without much pressure.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

good perfrmance from bowlers but still batting is our big worry nasir sould b out if not perform well in remaining matches

Posted by CherryWood_Champion on (November 25, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

Performance of Anwar and Bhatti bodes well for Pakistan. Was surprised they were not given a chance until now. With just one win, I have seen so many posts in this forum comparing it to India's defeat against WI. Demeaning India's inability to defend their total in one match shows how immature some cricket fans are. Cricket is a team sport ... Just batting or only bowling will not get us a win ... it has to be combined effort. For Pakistan cricket to climb up into the ICC rankings, their top order needs to fire on a consistent basis, which unfortunately is not the case. And foreign teams refusing to play in Pakistan is not helping its cricket either.

Posted by SamrPK on (November 25, 2013, 5:29 GMT)

In my opinion, despite al,l Hafeez is a good team player with his bowl, bat, captaincy and in field. Only need to settle him at No. 5 or 6. He is a very good utility player much better than Afridi which i think should be dropped as we have much better bowling options or bowling all rounders now. Nasir should take rest for atleast 2 seasons. Give chance to Haris Sohail, very impressed with his domestic figures.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

good good performance by bhatti and anwar ali butt our main problem is still there that our ordinary batting is stiill going

Posted by taslu613 on (November 25, 2013, 5:05 GMT)

@ GRVJPR ,Each and every players should be praised.No doubt India is playing well.but as a cricket lover this sort of comment unacceptable.We should players respected regardless of which country he belongs to.I knew what wasim akram,waqar and shoaib were capable of.Think before commenting.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

Great stuff from Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali, just makes you wonder what Sohail Tanvir was doing all that time, because he is a mediocre one-day bowler, and a nothing batsman. However, our batting is still a worry, i don't understand the way our openers approach the game, Shahzad plays selfishly, while Jamshed still trying to find his feet. Less said for Hafeez the better. I personally like Shahzad, and think his only problem is with guidance and that if someone motivates him to play his natural game, he could be unstoppable. Would really want either Shan Masood or Sharjeel Khan filling in the openers role, because one is very good at rotating the strike while the other is a fire cracker. This will go well with Shahzad at the top. The only other change being dropping Hafeez for Harris Sohail. Best of luck to Pakistan, for remaining matches.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 4:55 GMT)

Excellent performance by Bhatti. He really is a future of Pakistan. Thumps up Bhatti for introducing a new life and spirit in a team who was going down the tubes.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (November 25, 2013, 4:52 GMT)

Well played pakistan. You guys deserved this win. As I mentioned before, Pakistan will be competitive side in green tracks. Thanks for giving some entertaining games. I think its time for us to drop Smith. His time is up now. He should only focus on test matches. Let De kock to open the innings.

Posted by Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on (November 25, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

Debutants all round show break Cape Town jinx ! With Pakistan score reading at 131 for 7, it was business as usual and another loss on cards. Thanks to match winning run-a-ball stand of 74 between Bilawal Bhatti & Anwar Ali, the final score was lifted to defendable 218. I especially like the look of Bilawal Bhatti. For sure will be hearing more of him on fast bouncing tracks. While the back of length stuff keep batsmen guessing, his reversing yorkers crashing into stumps are "a joy to watch". This boy ( Bilawal Bhatti ) is simply DYNAMITE. The debutants performance further enhances the need to induct youngsters (esp. batters) to unearth new talents and bolster the frail batting department. Go Pakistan Go, ya beaut !

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 4:42 GMT)

mzm149, brother, where did you get that Mannan is recommending a team for Karachi Dolphins? only 3 out of 18 players are from Karachi, among his recommended team - that makes it a Karachi team? Wow, buddy! You are so dead set against Karachi players, why? Do you mind answering a simple question for me? If Karachi players are so horrible, how come teams from Karachi keep winning the domestic championships? Karachi has 20 QeA Trophies, while Lahore has four? Nowadays, you barely find one to two Karachi players in the national squad; while Lahore gets twice that much, or more. If your favored players were so much better to merit selection (and they do get selected), why don't they make a killing in domestic competitions?

Posted by Gappistan on (November 25, 2013, 4:38 GMT)

@jack500197 and please pray Umar akmal stop his irritating chants while standing as keeper. viewers can tolerate Sidhu, Rameez or Siva but not akmal's blabbering. He wants to motivate like moin khan which is not possible.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 4:36 GMT)

CORRECTION Aiman, Bhattis fastest ball was 148kph

Posted by OverDcovers on (November 25, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

Pakistan should neither become complascent nor should they try and hush up lingering issues under the dillusion of this victory. Hafeez has to be replaced as his major contribution is only coming from the bowling and the batting which is supposed to be his Forte continues to be "Steyned"! The PCB should accept the fact that Hafeez can not bat anymore as his last 10 innings n both T20z as well as ODIz has yielded him a shameful aggregate of 206 with a tailender like average of 20.6! What can more be said for a player's shattered confidence as his Steyn Phobia has plunged him to No. 4 slot in T20z and #3 in ODIZ. His issue is swinging deliveries and life is going to be equally miserable against SL pace attack as well in the forthcoming series as they too master the art of swing bowling. So give someone else a chance to blossom and make a place in the team by getting rid of Hafeez!

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 4:33 GMT)

I think it will be better that Bialwal and Anwer Ali should be trained by Waseem Akaram ,Waqar and even by Sarfaraz.

Posted by android_user on (November 25, 2013, 4:28 GMT)

well played Pakistan. SA will come hard at us in the next game. Beating them in a bilateral series that too in their own backyard would definitely help Pakistan restore some confidence with their fans. we really needed this after the kind of turmoil we have been in the past few months. go Pakistan go

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 4:25 GMT)

GRVJPR: Seriously, dude? You should appreciate a good talent when you see that. And for your kind information, Bhatti was constantly touching the 143-145 kph mark and he even clocked 148 kph in this match. So, you should get your figures right, otherwise, you will keep making a mockery out of you, as you just did.

Posted by Omar-Briganto on (November 25, 2013, 4:15 GMT)

Now Umar Akmal should come at 3 and hafeez at 6. In ODI`s Hafeez is struggling at top spots , so there is no harm in coming at 6 for teams cause.

A superb performance by Pakistan and I am sure If Pakistan top order improve their batting a little bit and become consistent, then it would be really a pleasing sight.

Posted by A_A_Mamun on (November 25, 2013, 4:08 GMT)

Well done young guys.... You i mean young pakistani comes as a storm and go away in the same way.

Posted by Saif-Ali on (November 25, 2013, 4:06 GMT)

Gud to see new tallent in pakistan bilawal and Ali

Posted by jack500197 on (November 25, 2013, 3:52 GMT)

Great Job Pakistan!!!! Excellent bowling and extraordinary batting by Ali and Bilawal!! Pakistan viewers please be happy for the team. Please don't be critical, we won and will hopefully win the series.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 3:51 GMT)

Congrats to Men In Green.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 3:41 GMT)

When even non international teams are playing with furious aggression in batting then we still seeing the same history (glorious 1992) approach, stay in the crease & charge after 35th - 50th over. In last T20, I have seen some great aggression from Hafiz & Akmal - & first time I have seen the South African bowlers were worried how to check runs.

That should be the trick, Cricket is a psychological game so I believe if PAK players try to show less respect to the seamer (gun-shoot of steyn, off,leg,middle break of Tahir)& if they really try to attack I believe the SAF captain will be in serious problem how to keep them quite in the crease.

Mr. Gull is gone for sure, Bhatti seems very mature bowler & the way he bowled I believe he will be the next dangerous bowler of Pak team. Pace, Aggression, Swing, & most importantly the deadly yorker enjoyed a lot last night.

Posted by android_user on (November 25, 2013, 3:39 GMT)

1st ODI Pakistan won 1-0

Posted by android_user on (November 25, 2013, 3:32 GMT)

well done

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 3:23 GMT)

indians will sweep both series................why some pakistanis are so jealous of indian batsman.what pak bowlers done in champions trophy.

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 3:07 GMT)

@Harmony, bring these indian batters to SA and let them face SA or Pak bowling attack and we will see if they can ever manage 300plus scores..

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 2:43 GMT)

Bhatti and Anwar have my approval .. it doesnt take 100 matches to spot the match winner within .. couple of outings are enough.

Posted by mensan on (November 25, 2013, 2:28 GMT)

Thats what I was saying new blood is must for breaking the spell of SA. Bhatti seems to be good find for ODI and T20. Nasir Jamshed and Hafeez are weak links in batting.

Posted by iBAHAR on (November 25, 2013, 2:16 GMT)

The daring, dashing and doughty debutant duo discontinue SA dominance.

Posted by shahnbej on (November 25, 2013, 2:05 GMT)

Congratulate Pakistan team. Misbah defensive approach destroyed batting abilities. Same players a couple of days age show a brilliant batting skills and today they played as they don't know how to bat. All cradit goes to Bahti and Ali, both played excellent but I am afraid after some time under Misbah captaincy they will change same as other player did. Misbah don't reliaze that if you stopping a stroke playing batsmen and asking him to play like him destroyed his batting nothing else.

Posted by Equanimous on (November 25, 2013, 1:53 GMT)

I think we should stick with Nasir Jamshed. He is good enough for international cricket unlike some other openers we have tried. We just have to decide that he is the best we have and we are going to stick with him no matter what. He will mature with time and will pay back what we invest in him. The worst thing to do now is to discard him in mid stream and go fishing for another half measure.

Posted by SamRoy on (November 25, 2013, 1:49 GMT)

Boy Pakistan is so naturally talented. Great to see talented youngsters come to the fore. Cricket needs talented new cricketers. There is nothing more than I love seeing than a talented new fresh face. I love a De Kock as much as Bhatti. Greetings from India. Don't bring washouts like Malik, Farhat, Razzaq and get Hafeez to bat 6.

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (November 25, 2013, 1:42 GMT)

what to say about these chokers? Always choking! How could they are going to win against india?

Posted by shchoudhary on (November 25, 2013, 0:57 GMT)

bhatti's runup..his action...his yorkers n the way he celebrates after dismissing a all reminds me of waqar opinion..

Posted by   on (November 25, 2013, 0:07 GMT)

well don pak yuo played good pls give chance to more young players give them confidence keep rotation policy do not play politics

Posted by Alexk400 on (November 25, 2013, 0:03 GMT)

Whats going on with SA? They lack fighters

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 23:59 GMT)

Bowlers who've dismissed AB de Villiers the most in intl cricket : Stuart Broad 9 times, Shahid Afridi 7, Saeed Ajmal 7

Posted by Omarrz on (November 24, 2013, 23:57 GMT)

These both are allrounders.. I hate it when tv commentators and here at espncricinfo don't do their research! Everybody has been calling them bowlers, SA into the tail etc etc!! Check the stats first please!

Posted by roook on (November 24, 2013, 23:54 GMT)

So mostly likely we are going to replace nasir jamshad with Asad Shafiq if he is not the first choice of captain why he is in the team.Secondly He has played over 45 matches and just averages 26 thisis even more worse than hafeez.Even his list A average is not impressive and in his 45 innings he just manages to score 4 fifty plus score and no hundreds.

Posted by RetiredGenius on (November 24, 2013, 23:44 GMT)

I am very happy for Pakistan that they won but still not satisfied with their winning in the first ODI.

The bowlers did all the contribution with both the bat and ball. The main batsmen of Pakistan should not feel relaxed after this win or be happy in any manner whatsoever!!.

The batsmen are supposed to score the runs and the bowlers are supposed to defend the total. That is teamwork. Sure if some bowlers or batsmen have to contribute either side, that is great but DO NOT HAVE TO PUT THE BURDEN ENTIRELY one-sided!!.

Please, fix your batting errors and show some improvement. Show why you are chosen to bat for your country!!.

Posted by scorpionmg on (November 24, 2013, 23:26 GMT)

Mr. Najam Sethi the new PCB Chief said the other day in a local TV Channel" we cant' bring all the young guys in the team" really???look what the young guys did for you OVERSEAS not even in a HOME GROUND like Middle East. Its time you open up your POLITICIZED Eyes Mr. Sethi......young blood brings CHANGE.......gone are the days of JUST need to learn from BD....someday you start beating big teams. Its absolutely important to get rid of OLD HORSES who are just proud of their Histories, never work out on their weaknesses and techniques, leaving pressure for the whole team during crunch games. Then your so-called overseas Coaches do nothing but withdraw Pay checks in foreign currencies. Only and ONLY Young blood can bring laurels in these age of modern day cricket so WAKE UP PCB...ENOUGH OF THE SLEEP....

Posted by mtayyabrana on (November 24, 2013, 23:03 GMT)

Congratulation to All Pakistan! At least we have won 1st ODI :D

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 23:01 GMT)

in last decade pakistan mostly won their matches because of their bowlers, or all rounders ,,here also all rounders got them through,,, there are no real batsman left after inzi,, younus is good but leaving him out too and also yousuf,,afridi cant bat hafeez cant bat nasir cant bat who is going to bat ,,bowling world class ,fielding and batting poor than afghanistan,,even afghanistan show courage,,they all lack corage even when two wickets are lost,, soemthing needs to be done in here , or else we are gonna lose against now sides like ireland and afghanistan

Posted by gyusuf6 on (November 24, 2013, 22:46 GMT)

@Posted by mzm149 on (November 24, 2013, 18:58 GMT) Anwar Ali's performance with bat was a fluke as it comes for any bowler in one out of 20 innings. His bowling came at a time when everyone else had contributed and took almost half of South African team. Performing there is not a class act. Give him more games to find him out. SORRY to tell you my friend YOU ARE WRONG!!! He was the man who won Pakistan the U19 World Cup 2006 against India. Go and Check it out in Youtube. His vicious Banana Swing wrecked entire indian Batting lineup including Sharma(I may be wrong). Please have some respect for this kid who helped his country win BIG!! These kind of comments of yours may not go well with the people who know the real facts not emotional and biased like you!!!!

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 22:41 GMT)

congrats to PAKISTANfor a magnificient victor Bhatti and Ali both deserved to be given a big big pat on the backLooks like Pakistan have arrived just before the world cup.again congrats. I thank the Allmighty Allah for making Pakistan win . Alhamdulilah.

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 22:36 GMT)

great win for pakistan but we still new more youngsters like sami aslam ,haris sohail,sharjeel khan,,talha,muhammad nawaz jr,jamal anwar (wc)muhamad rizwan(wc) in our team!!!

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 22:13 GMT)

this year only 3 hundreds have been scored by Pakistani players in odi which is a shame :( I hope we overcome our batting collapse

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 22:06 GMT)

there are many things to fix in pak team but first but not least to check these boys paradigms irrelevant of win or defeat ! The paradigm by which they approach the game, any player who is new to team can play to their strength but once they have been in the system become rotten Nasir Jamshad one example and hafeez is psychological undermine by dayle. Misba has pathetic approach with new ball 15overs 49run another thing your best players should be and given the opportunity not at no. 6 or 7 like umar akmal ( we waste razzak same way as he made 109* vs Sa two years back ) we use to compare Umar Akmal talent with V kohli where playing at one down but akmal goes with not much left or team has immense pressure, they send him too many advices. pak team give too much energy to their Fears rather their Goal.

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 22:04 GMT)

i feel bad for maqsood they really messed up with his confidence its clear tat he should b one down and umer akmal should b second down and then the wall misbah then after tat u can shuffle arround with haffeez nd afridi it was a well deserved victory for both debutant really happy to see wat we were lacking frm a long time two good alrounders i can see a bright future fo pakistan

Posted by roook on (November 24, 2013, 21:55 GMT)

Harris sohail averages 51 in first class and was given only three matches to proof himself . He was even dropped from T20 squad in favor of umar amin. How many chances can nasir, hafeez and asad shafiq will get. Our Captain and team management should give everyone a proper chance before closing door on him.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 21:50 GMT)

Bilawal Bhatti 3 wkts Bowled De koak on in cutter with 147 kph ,Bowled Styne on full length 144 kph and Bowled Morker on swinging yorker with 145kph ....

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

Many Pakistan batsmen still batting as club players. Players like Akmal and Maqsood got talent but need application. They should learn from players like Kohli/Amla/Kallis.

Posted by Tariqroofi on (November 24, 2013, 21:26 GMT)

It was a difficult track and 49 in 15 overs against class fast bowling was not a bad effort by the openers.....Ahmed Shahzad is highest scoring in the world in is 3rd or 4th close to 50 partnership. Guys give some confidence to these youngsters....ahmed..nasir...umar akmal..sohaib..bilawal. .anwar...asad shafiq...junaid khan

8 quality players ...average age just in early 20s....this is future...just have a good finish of these diamonds

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (November 24, 2013, 21:21 GMT)


"Pakistan have quality bowling and two debutant put the defend-able total and quality bowling did their work.. thatz it"

Poor batting by both teams leads to make impression on you about quality batting. This is happening since considerable time with SA & PAK. Fans are making overhype of quality bowling. Your entire statement is hilarious. When main batsmen failed poorly & two debutants scored, isn't it funny to read???? I think people like you to come out of such sick mind & should accept that your team has lost SHEEN totally. When 2 balls are used in ODIs right now, why did they need to change balls on number of times in Vizag? It was dew which help WI to bat with more ease. Still WI won in last overs & only 2 wickets remaining. Pak had won 1 T20 & 1 ODI in this tour. It's full stop from now.

Posted by roook on (November 24, 2013, 21:18 GMT)

Asad Shafiq is not always given a whole series like umar amin and nasir jamshad he is in and out. Nasir Jamshad is out of form for long he average has dropped his strike rate is gown down we donot dare to give a chance youngster . We talked about experience and if malik and razzaq were not injured both bilal and anwar would not given chance at first place.Our Selector sents bowling replacement but batting replacement for nasir and hafeez.

There is no stability in Pakistan batting order and misbah mess it up all the time. Every match we play with new batting order. Hafeez doesnot qualify for three down position he averages below 30 and should be playing as 5 or 6 batsman down the order.

Posted by hasanjawaid on (November 24, 2013, 21:17 GMT)

Pakistan needs to learn lessons from today's game to perform better next time. This would be my take if I was heading the team. In bowling: 1. Focus on seam & swing all along as opposed to pace, particularly this needs to be hammered in Junaid. He had beautiful seam and swing in India, Misbah needs to emphasize & remind this continuously to him. If he can deliver this in the next game, Pakistan should be able to strike earlier in the initial over & put S/Africa under pressure. 2. Anwer needs to improve his swing & seam because this can be very damaging just the way it has been to Pakistan. Batting. 1. For heaven sake, tell senior players not to chase balls on offside, if they have to play such balls, just come in line & then play or just leave it. Why is it so difficult? Look how Anwer & Bilawal played. 2. Opener, just stay for 15 overs & rotate strike, no need to hit every bowl. Finally, play to the merit, believe me, you have done it & you can do it. Just follow the basics 101.

Posted by deshwani on (November 24, 2013, 21:05 GMT)

poor Hafeez is not an opening batsman.. he just can bat... he is actual an off spin bowler who can bat a little... not talking about this tour, no against steyn... look at his bat avg 27?????????????? should it be avg like this an opening batsman??? we need attacking openers like hayden, gilchirist, dhawan, rohit, de coke, sehwag, sachin, gayle, dilshan etc..... we dont have openers like these all..... shahzad is ok, can try for few more matches.. bring sharjeel khan he has potential like this... Hafeez should bat at NO. 7.8..

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 21:05 GMT)

well play Pakistan

Posted by devil_in_details on (November 24, 2013, 21:02 GMT)

Congrats to Pakistan from an Indian fan. Now that you have two more superb bowlers can you donate a few to us for the SA tour- or give us Junaid if you can let go only one. That should suffice;)

Posted by hasanjawaid on (November 24, 2013, 21:00 GMT)

Pakistan needs to learn lessons from today's game to perform better next time. This would be my take if I was heading the team. In bowling: 1. Focus on seam & swing all along as opposed to pace, particularly this needs to be hammered in Junaid. He had beautiful seam and swing in India, Misbah needs to emphasize & remind this continuously to him. If he can deliver this in the next game, Pakistan should be able to strike earlier in the initial over & put S/Africa under pressure. 2. Anwer needs to improve his swing & seam because this can be very damaging just the way it has been to Pakistan. Batting. 1. For heaven sake, tell senior players not to chase balls on offside, if they have to play such balls, just come in line & then play or just leave it. Why is it so difficult? Look how Anwer & Bilawal played. 2. Opener, just stay for 15 overs & rotate strike, no need to hit every bowl. Finally, play to the merit, believe me, you have done it & you can do it. Just follow the basics 101.

Posted by Greatest_Game on (November 24, 2013, 21:00 GMT)

What a great debut by Bilawal Bhatti & Anwar Ali! They scored the runs and took the wickets that gave Pakistan the victory. Hopefully this was not a flash in the pan performance, & they fulfill their promise.

Kallis showed once again that form is temporary, class permanent. Punished the bad balls, defended well, showed exactly why he is still SA's best spin payer, and put in a chanceless innings. A few more games for his timing to settle, and, as always, he'll be SA's rock. As usual, as went Kallis, so did the team. As soon as he went, Pakistan knew they could take the game. Duminy & Kallis put up more than half SA's score, while the rest of the top order fell stupidly. de Kock should work with Kallis, & learn focus , but is fulfilling his promise. de Villiers should be dropped for his poor batting, on top of his poor captaincy!

SA certainly threw the game away in the field, and Pakistan used every reprieve and misfield to their advantage, and deserved the win.

Posted by MA.Mirza on (November 24, 2013, 20:59 GMT)

A very good win of Pakistan securing the total of 218 runs against a very strong batting line up pf South Africa. Once again, Pakistan has proven that it has a very good bowling attack specially "Spinners". Two Pakistani debutantes showed their a wonderful performance and registered themselves for next few matches. I could be wrong if they would show consistency in future. At this time, no need to make them heroes but let them play for other 10 to 15 games.The point of thinking that what did the batsmen. They throw the wickets like old fashion history of this team. They should treat themselves against "Steyn Fobia". PCB should to add some new players like Sohaib Maqsood and also need to replace current selector's panel.

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

@mzm149: this series is short 1 and obviously they will not send him in middle of the tour. so it wilk be after this series.

yes politics is there but delaying it more will damage nasir more. had they released him for domestic event 2 weeks ago, he would have been back in form by now or for SL tour as in during last month or so they had plenty of matches going on. once domestic season finished he will not get any game for months. like this each game will put more pressure on him and when they drop him after being fed up then it will be more hard to come back.

its not new thing. almost all big or small player has to go through it. and best place is to play for his domestic team and score some runs.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (November 24, 2013, 20:39 GMT)

Really happy with pakistans performance...i always though pakistan were going to win if they score anything above 200 and they prove me right everytime...good performance by the debutants and i hope this can be the start of a new era for pakistan cricket...pakistan could easily have won the 1st and 4rth odis in uae and the 1st t20 in south africa...but no problems..still happy with the team...go team green and beat south africa at home

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

Both new caps shine. Congratulations , also encouraging .

Posted by roook on (November 24, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

Both teams cannot chase South Africa won in UAE because they won 4 tosses and always choose to bat first. Misbah belongs to old schools of though to see off new ball which is not working at all 15 overs and 49 runs that pathetic approach. Both debutant played their natural games and played with sense which Afridi lacks.Atleast it is more pleasant to see nobody making fifty rather than misbah making fifty and still lossing the match

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 20:19 GMT)

@mzm149..what are you talking about? Fluke? This guy Anwer used to open the innings for his club, and you are talking about fluke. The reason he was selected ahead of tanvir was because of his batting.

Posted by ultimatechamp_1 on (November 24, 2013, 20:19 GMT)

I think Bhatti has closed the doors for Razzaq forever. Pakistan will be tested when they will chase targets, Hafeez should immediately be brought down the order.

Posted by shchoudhary on (November 24, 2013, 20:18 GMT)

@mzm 149...cnt u just stop criticizing pak for once n enjoy the taste of victory...a well earned victory..i must say

Posted by deshwani on (November 24, 2013, 20:17 GMT)

@Karthik Bollam... why shocked????? it was poor indian bowling as usual that WI chased the total.. India always win matches with their batting power not for bowling... Pakistan have quality bowling and two debutant put the defend-able total and quality bowling did their work.. thatz it

Posted by aiksa on (November 24, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

What a wonderful performance from the two young debutants. Bhatti had already impressed with his bowling in the last T20. But the way they batted together was a lesson for the so-called specialist batsmen both senior and junior who had done their best to throw this match away. Problem with PCB has been the lack of faith in younger players and "Parchi" system. Players with parchi who have failed frequently are given chances again and again while new talent is ignored. I hope these young players will be given their due share of chances to prove their talent.

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 20:05 GMT)

Pak played all 3 matches very well in South Africa and they made them under pressure even in first t20 , It was lucky DL helped to save their face otherwise Pak was clearly winner.

Posted by Harmony111 on (November 24, 2013, 19:49 GMT)

First of all, it is good to see Pak winning. They won the last T20 and have now won the 1st ODI too. Pak would be feeling that they lost at least 2 matches vs SA in the last 2 weeks that they should have won (The 1st ODI in Dubai & the 1st T20 here). But still, Pak have shown some improvement, even Hafeez got some runs in the T20.

Q for SA: SA folded up for ~140 chasing 206 in Dubai. Here too, SA couldn't chase 218. Losing per se is not the point here, the main point is, SA lost not due to stunning spells but due to disciplined bowling of Pak who never really allowed you to go close to rather low scores of 206 or 218.

Ind routinely chase 300s, in 37 or 44 overs, for just 1 wicket. Dhawan/Rohit/Kohli pile on 100s. But guys like Amla/ABD/Kallis/Smith aren't good enough to chase even 206/218 !!!

Don't talk of Flat Tracks cos its not as if SA are chasing like champs. SA can't chase even ~220. Small grounds? India chased 350 in Nagpur whose ropes are 80 mtrs, nearly as large as MCG.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

Now where are all the statistician ??? why no one tells that how many times did Afridi got AB De Villiers ?

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

So nice to see! Pakistan team winning on a foreign soil.This win will definitely be a source to bring the Pakistani team together. A humble request to all the players in Pakistan team please play to your potential because you are representing Pakistan. Once you do so individual glory will automatically come to you. Congrats to all cricket lovers in Pakistan. Arshid Jan, Charsaddda

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

when misbah fails pakistan wins and when misbah performs pakistan looses

Posted by ameen786 on (November 24, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

Good Performance by new players i think Anwar ali has a potential to become a good allrounder PCB should take care of them also Bilal who can bowl 145. I think Pakistan has the best bowling attack in the world @ present. Once the batting Improves no one can beat this team. Its not the matter of changing coach or Captain its the matter of team work and taking responsiblities as as player.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 19:05 GMT)

guys like bilawal, anwar, and maqsood showed slectors that you dont need old and tried horses to win the race all the time. These both would not have been in playing 11 if malik and razak were there. Batting looks ok for no 7 or 8 level. and bilawal's bowling is great with some pace. Anwar bowled well but need to work on his bowling.

Posted by Gooner.Shaikh on (November 24, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

@mzm149 does Akmal ,ajmal maqsood , misbah and others play for Karachi Dolphins??

Posted by Joe-car on (November 24, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

Congradulations to Pakistan, fully deserved win. They were clearly the best team. Also congrats to the two debutants, always great to contribute to a convincing win on debut. Hope the boys bounce back next game and show a bit of agression against Ajmal and Afridi. Good night chaps. And a special good night to Pakistan fans, enjoy this win.

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

congrats pak..keep it up.. please try out some new openers atleast they will score more than hafeez at afridi only on spinning tracks at 8...from an Indian fan

Posted by ahassan on (November 24, 2013, 19:00 GMT)

I hope Pakistani selectors have now learned about the importance of introducing new blood in the team. All three Sohaib, Bilawal and Anwar have done well in their debut matches. On a lighter note, if Miabah had batted a litter longer and made a fifty Pakistan would not have crossed 200 mark and would have lost the match.

Posted by mzm149 on (November 24, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

Anwar Ali's performance with bat was a fluke as it comes for any bowler in one out of 20 innings. His bowling came at a time when everyone else had contributed and took almost half of South African team. Performing there is not a class act. Give him more games to find him out.

Bilawal Bhatti as a bowler is a good find I must say, specially his spell at death was awesome.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

People id like to as a question and hope that everyone reading it will reply with whatever ther thoughts are.


A young man come into the team scoring 50 on gis Internatioma Deput (very WELL DONE) follows that up with another 50 in only his 2nd game.. tyen the fomat changes and he is moved down the order personally ( I gought that to be a bit odd

Posted by Hashimbaig on (November 24, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

Pakistan has play very well but they are still worried by the batting line up. They got to a good start and then they middle order failed to put some runs. Pakistan was Lucky to get 218 because they could easily be all out on 150-160. About Jacques kallis comeback i think he played wonderfully well for his team to give them a chance. Before hes comeback all has written than hes old now and he couldnt not get more runs, but he get runs today:) Pakistan not need to put asad shafiq in the NeXT match he is a test player not a odi player, so that is right to get him out of the team

Posted by mzm149 on (November 24, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

@ The squad you are suggesting is for Karachi Dolphins or Pakistan National team?

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

Excellent victory....proud feeling

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

Very grateful to SouthAfrica that by playing them at least our players are learning how to be professionals on the field. Playing weaker teams has left Pakistan cricket in tatters and the defects will only be bought into the limelight by playing teams of the standard of SA, Aus and Eng... I also cant agree more with another comment that Hafeez needs to come at No.6 so that he does not have to face the moving ball, and more importantly Steyn.. His quick wicket at the top really sets a bad tone for the rest of the innings.

Posted by Gooner.Shaikh on (November 24, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

Muhammad Rizwan should be selected as the wicket keeper he is better keeper and batsmen than all Akmals

Posted by mzm149 on (November 24, 2013, 18:42 GMT)

@Khurram S Chaudhry: you raised a point about sending Jamshed to domestic cricket to regain his form. I completely agree with you. He should definitely go. But the problem is that there is so much politics going on in our team. Once you get out of team, it is nearly impossible to get back.

But in this series I see no one replacing him. Hafeez was as usual pathetic with moving ball which was 15 overs old. How can he open innings? I am sorry to say Asad Shafiq and Umar Amin are too pathetic to be included in middle order.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

All Pakistan needs to do is score 200 and then trust me, SA batting line up is as fragile as Pakistan...

Posted by anjum170674 on (November 24, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

Great win but also luck was an important factor.Batsmen as usual doomed the team but today difference was that pakistan tail wasn,t as fragile as usually it is and that was due to inclusion of these two all the next match nasir jamshed should be rested and asad shafiq should open the inning as he is good against fast day and T20 team need hafeez and against SA may be he should bat later in the middle order.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

Day of shockers @India vs Westindies and Saf vs Pak

Posted by pak_lover1190 on (November 24, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

pak player done very good job.superb efforts from debuntants.

Posted by on (November 24, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

Excellent performance by two debutants!

@Naqash; You must be kidding , right? for God sake get over with Imran Nazir, that guy and Imran farhat ruined the careers of many young batsmen who deserved chance ahead of them. Hasan raza passed his prime and never looked an International class player. How many relatives and family members of Akmals will keep getting into team so NO to babar azam as well. Only Sharjeel Khan in your list looks a worthy name to be given chance in plac eof out of form Jamshed or a a selfish Shehzad who keep getting those ugly 30s to stay in team

my ODI squad for WC 2015

Sharjeel Khan, Khurram manzoor, Asad Shafiq,Sohaib Maqsood, Misbah, Umar Akmal,Bhatti, Anwar,Afridi,Junaid, Ajmal

reserves Jamshed, shehzad,Zulfiqar babar,Arehman,Irfan, hafeez,Gul, Hammad azam

Posted by BravesBattallionXI on (November 24, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

Umar Akmal is largely wasted being used as a full time wicket keeper and so Hafeez as a top order batsman. Good to see Pakistan winning courtesy of the talented Bilawal & Anwar but this won't gonna happen for whole series. Batsmen must take responsibility of scoring runs. Bowling's never been an issue with Pakistan, its always batting, fielding & bad captaincy. Wish to see Pak score card with 50's from top 2 or 3 batsmen, a century would be a dream come true :) Keep winning Pakistan!

Posted by bbmm on (November 24, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

Imran Nazir is much improved batsman now please give him chance....please please please please

Posted by Fineline on (November 24, 2013, 18:23 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan.Credit goes to the hardworking youngsters Bilawal and Anwar.I am only worried about Juniad Khan right now as he is not able to swing the ball both ways and also not able to ball proper yorkers.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

Anwar Ali's batting is ok, but he has to work on his bowling. He bowled well today though. But Bilwal Bhatti is superb!! Very good find for Pakistan. He is young and he will be the perfect replacement of Razzak. Remember he was superb in the last T-20 also. From an Indian fan.

Posted by avmd on (November 24, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

Bhatti should be the MOM, but Ali played great too. He has to work hard on his bowling to be successful at international level. His pace is very friendly. He is not a 20/20 player also, keep him to ODIs. Jamshed had enough chances, someone needs to replace him. Hafeez has to bat at number 5 or 6 in ODIs definitely. Time to try some other youngsters against SL, particularly Zia-ul-Haq and Talha. Zia is your future and if Talha proved he has improved, he is very good pacy option.

Posted by shot274 on (November 24, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

Hafeez needs to play as an allrounder and come at 6 with Akmal at 3. And afridi probably at 9 if he is going to gift his wicket with 15 overs left. great win but batting is still embarassing!Also there are so many comments about individual run rates ; it is meaningless what ones run rate is if you are repeatedly struggling to bat 50 overs!

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

well played pakistan give more chances to youngsters dont rely on old players

Posted by alipk52 on (November 24, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

This is what A proper look at the domestic level do, Bhatti and Anwar Ali finally enforced selectors the look for someone other than same bunch of players with different series, Jamshed fails get imran farhat inn, imran farhat fails, recall Jamshed, and don't look for anyone else from domestic circuit, Bilawal and Anwar, You beauty! i thought its only Pakistan who cant chase down gettable totals, its south africa also traveling in same sheep, Steyn celebrates his wickets like he is the world leader, and get hammered on flat tracks in India etc against great batting line-ups, You're not even on par with Pakistan bowlers who can even restricts oppositions on absolute flat tracks, hmm...lets see how good you're against world's best batting line-up coming up. Pakistan on the other hand only need to score mere 200 against SA, and the bowlers will do the rest, this is expected the same way as its expected Hafeez will stumble against Steyn everytime he face him. :)

Posted by Mujji_28 on (November 24, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan !!! Its always the bowlers who does the job for Pakistan. Here the bowlers did the same and showed the batsman how to bat. All the seniors batsman goes in nut shell and play to many balls before getting out without showing aggressiveness. Its time to pump new blood who can show aggressiveness instead of old horses like Hafeez and Misbah. Hafeez is getting out in the same fashion and is not learning from his mistakes. One thing I have noticed that he gives 100% when he is captaining T-20. Shahzad scored 35 of 70 balls and that was too much for one day. Its now up to selectors to give chance to youngsters so these senior citizens will find themselves in dangerous position and might start performing better. Anyways good performance by two debutant from Pakistan and hope that they will perform in the same way in future. Good luck for rest of the series

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

Congratulation to Pakistan. I think Bilalwal Bhatti and Anwar Ali are real find for Pakistan. I am very impressed with both of them the way they have bowled and batted. I think both of them deserve consistent opportunity from Pakistani selectors and team management to prove their worth.

Posted by Naqash123 on (November 24, 2013, 17:59 GMT)

Good to see pakistan won the first match. Now they need to give chances to batters from domestic cricket like babar azam,hasan raza,sharjeel khan,and they need to give a chance to imran nazir.

Posted by Ray24 on (November 24, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

Anwar Ali won Pak the world cup against India almost 5-6 years back. And yet he wasn't given enough chances but the likes of Shoaib Malik, Tanvir, etc were playing. So unfortunate that the guy has now lost the prodigious swing and is nowhere near the class he could've been. Still he wins it with Bhatti, who hopefully has a luckier path forward.

Posted by mzm149 on (November 24, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

This is why good bowling attack is needed. It can defend 218 in front of best batting attack on their home whereas bad bowling can fail to defend 288 at home.

Posted by Nabeell on (November 24, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

Pakistan successfully found 3 good players Sohaib Maqsood, Anwar Ali and Bhatti. I hope these guys can now replace the oldies and take over the team. The way Bhatti fielded and bowled really showed that he is putting everything into the game to WIN it for Pak. Really impressed by these young fighters

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

Pak defend 218 & India cant defend 288, bowling is the difference.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

as I keep saying these new comers are really talentd now turn h sohail,sharjeel khan and might be h.azam(but I think bilalwal going to cement his place at 7)

Posted by senator333 on (November 24, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

@ EnglishCricket Dude you must worry about overrated English Bowlers they are getting nice beating down under even in bowling friendly wicket English Bowlers struggling to get wickets.

Posted by Llik2 on (November 24, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

Pakistan have talented youngsters.pak selectors should bring new players to win more matches.they shlud get rid of old wishes from bangladesh.

Posted by rizwankamal on (November 24, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

Well played by Anwar Ali and Bilawar Bhatti, and welcome win for Team Pakistan. Batting is still a worrying factor, especially for opening, and number 3 position. It time to make some changes, especially dropping Jamshed, Hafeez and Umar Akmal. Hafeez is not a solid and proper batsmen, and very inconsistent performer. Jamshed is out of form, and Umar Akmal has destroyed his batting skills to become a part time keeper, better to give chance to specialist keeper. Sharjeel or Shan should pair with Ahmed Shahzed, followed by Younis Khan, Maqsood, Misbah, Sarfaraz, Afridi, Bhatti, Anwar Ali, Junaid and Saeed Ajmal.

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

well done! the young guns really did best for the team . they both played their natural game and thus got success . The top 5 players were once again following the orthodox approach. the team will hauteto play their natural game with attacking cricket. Top 5 normally gets themselves trapped into a shell and remained their . Senior players will have to change their approach. Captain should lead from front and should face the music at number three . AfridI should learn from the morkal . how cool minded he was . full marks for their approach .

Posted by Faisal27 on (November 24, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

Well done Pakistan Anwar Ali and Bilawal bhatti will not be forgotten easily by proteas.

Posted by zzby on (November 24, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

B Bhatti and A Ali are really delight to watch, clean strike by Bhatti and rotation of strike by Ali was the key. In bowling every body bowled excellently but speed by bhatti @147.8 is rare in Pakistan.

Posted by FAB_ALI on (November 24, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

That's what happens when you give chances to youngsters who have the hunger to succeed.

Posted by Rifard_SL on (November 24, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

Well done Pakistan.. Deserved win.. Awesome finds Bhatti nd Anwar Ali.. Bt you still needs a Dhoni and Malinga.. Sri lankan Pakistan Supporter..

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

poor SA can't win without solid batting.solid batting like India and Australia against each other in their previous serious.SA must one thing reminded one thing in their mind that without learning to how to loft the ball out of the fence ,they never be stand as champion .learn for H.GIBBS and GARRY or INDIAN players like kholi and dhoni. Hart hittting is match winning always.

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (November 24, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

Yet another addition of good fast bowlers from NURSERY of FAST bowlers.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

First of all congratulations to Pakistan team from India. I have always wondered is the Pakistani domestic league is so barren that the same people gets picked again and again and the question has been answered that it is not the league is not the problem but the selectors itself. How can we explain see to debutants seeing so comfortable and thrashing South Africa at their home. As for Bilawal Bhatti, wow, it seems he is the real deal for pakistan, does not have the height, but have real pace and batting was real gutsy. It is good that the slectors are finally showing some spine. We have been knowing several names through various forums especially cricinfo the names of different pakistani players that are playing well in domestic set up. By this evidence, bring them on, especially batsmen!!

Posted by xylofon on (November 24, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

I dont agree with the article regarding Jamshed, Shehzad said something to Jamshed who replied and Shehzad accepted guilt by not saying anything back, his face language revelaled all; the second time Shehzad said "maine jaan bhooj karr thori kiya hai" meaning I didnt do it on purpose, you know...clearly accepting the guilt. Having said that Jamshed needs guidance, something PCB cannot provide with for anyone today - sad.

Anwar Ali and Bilawal did well and I want to do everything to commend people from the domestic league but dont get carried away people - being good over the course of years is something else. Either way, Pakistan still showed same basic problem with batting. I think SA´s attack is good but not as good as Pak are making them look.

Pakistan needs to ask if its time to pick in Babar Azam or keep him in U23 which might also be a good idea. Tough decision.

I want to see Gul return, Sharjeel and HARIS SOHAIL & FAWAD ALAM PLEASE!

I hope Pakistan win 3-0.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

Wow what a day day we had, ever since matches started I wanted Pak n WI to win and they made my day. SA is always poor when its 3 ODI game they even lost to NZ. I have a feeling Pak is gonna win it this time GO PAK GO :) Bhatti what a find 4 Pak

Posted by bouncer709 on (November 24, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

Well 6 SA batsmen were clean bowled, Anwar Ali got Man of the match, but this match was really team performance from Pakistan Bowlers, once again Saeed Ajmal the real hero of Pakistan remain unsung, Afridi 22 and removing AB was another great performance. and Bilawal was superb, both with bat and bowling. He also deserved to be Man of the match, but at the end I think it was given to the right person, who got rid of 2 dangerous players with bowling. Anwar Ali, his confidence was bit low in T20, hope this boost his confidence.

Posted by avmd on (November 24, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

Bhatti should have been MOM. He contributed with bat, almost equal to Anwar and his death bowling was great, better than any one in the game. Anwar was a close second, I'm happy with his selection also.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (November 24, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

Thank God for once the selectors gave these younsters a chance. They should have done this long back, but then they kept on recycling the old failures or Sami-Riaz-Tanvir-Gul-&-Malik. Now I hope the selectors stick with these guys and gives them a decent opportunity. Well done - both the debutants. Altough according to me BHATTI should have been the man of the match for his rapid and gutsy batting and his sensational pace & yorkers. But anyway it was a close calll that could have gone either way. I hope atleast now the doors will be closed on Sami-Riaz-Tanvir-Gul-&-Malik and the selectors will learn to move on.

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (November 24, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

Well I would say South Africa gifted this win to Pakistan poor fielding and when it was time to attack two débutantes DeVilliars saved his best bowlers for the last that was a big mistake but again our top order must play aggressively now especially when they know that they have a batsman till number 9 position.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (November 24, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

Thank God for once the selectors gave these younsters a chance. They should have done this long back, but then they kept on recycling the old failures or Sami-Riaz-Tanvir-Gul-&-Malik. Now I hope the selectors stick with these guys and gives them a decent opportunity. Well done - both the debutants. Altough according to me BHATTI should have been the man of the match for his rapid and gutsy batting and his sensational pace & yorkers. But anyway it was a close calll that could have gone either way. I hope atleast now the doors will be closed on Sami-Riaz-Tanvir-Gul-&-Malik and the selectors will learn to move on.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

Bhatti and Anwar give the victory to Pak team

Posted by senator333 on (November 24, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Awesome play Pakistan & once again great bowling these overrated SA players deserve such beating.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (November 24, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

Well done Pakistan! although batting is still embarrassing as ever. Yet you are just proving how much of a wonderful team you are with the ball. 100 x better bowling attack than overrated India who cannot even defend high totals like 288 whereas Pakistan 218 against a much stronger team away as well.

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

well played pak...

Posted by Gooner.Shaikh on (November 24, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

Player of the Match is Anwar Ali

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (November 24, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

Well done boys and thanks to all especially the Indian fans

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

a brave and good decision to bench tanvir at last especially after he won it for Pakistan in last over

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

what a performance by Anwar Ali this kid has been kept out of team by parchi like Malik

Posted by mzm149 on (November 24, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

Pakistan beat full fledged South Africa team at Cape Town where they had never won before. Steyn, Morkel, Philander, Amla, Kallis, duminy, de Villiers you name it were there.

Posted by GRVJPR on (November 24, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

Well played pakistan. Congratulations from an Indian fan. Now keep the pressure in South Africa until India goes there. South africans were making fun of subcontinental players. Lets both beat them in cricket. It is tough but not impossible.

Posted by Anwy on (November 24, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

Bhatti and Anwar Ali are real nice finds for Pak. They should be given time to settle in the team. Finally tail wagged for Pak. This is much needed for Pak.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

Well played by Pakistan . You can easily say that this win was by 2 debutant all rounders . Bilawal & Anwar scored good runs and took 5 wickets between them. Bhatti looked more good bowler & batsman and got good pace with control. Anwar was good with bat and good with bowl in this match but need to work with his bowling. Spinners bowled good.

for a weak batting unit like pakistan need to bat deep like today. If it was irfan & tanvir or wahab it would have been over.

still questions remain on batting. but its a short series and with the squad they have i think same line up should go for next 2 games.

I dont have issue with Strike rates but they need to make their slow starts count. nasir,ahmed,misbah,maqsood,afridi all just couldnt convert starts in to big scores.

Maqsod played poor today with lot of chances & unnecessary shots. Nasir's time is running out fast now. With the form afridi is in, his 22 looked like a 100 today with sensible batting.

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

both bhatti and anwar deserves man of match

Posted by Sports4Youth on (November 24, 2013, 17:01 GMT)


That was a fantastic performance.

Posted by yorkslanka on (November 24, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

well done to Pakistan on a great win, the bowlers did a great job with the bat and ball and as i said a long time ago, Dav Whatmore has turned this team around..Dav, please come back to SL when your tenure with Pakistan ends..

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (November 24, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

Still SA has its chance

Posted by Solid_Snake on (November 24, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

Bilawal Bhatti has got great Pace & his line is also superb.In 2nd T20,he bowled with such a tight line that SA batsmen were unable to slog. Good to see some youngsters coming into the side & performing well.After a long time i can see a new bowler coming up with this much crazy Pace..Wahab Riaz is also there in the Race but his zero control over the ball always lets him down. And about our goddamn awful batting.We would have all bowled out on less than 150 if our Tailenders were not there lol..What a pathetic batsmen we got in our team.Other people do mistakes but they do something to correct it.What our batsmen do is simply the opposite.Perfect example is Nasir Jamshed,Hafeez & i will exclude Afridi from this list.Because Afridi does not deserve to be even in this list.He lives in his own world.He's only there because he take some wickets.

Posted by SurlyCynic on (November 24, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

Well played Pakistan, amazing recovery from 130/7. As for SA, they had a perfectly good opening partnership of De Kock and Amla but changed it to bring Smith in. Why? Drop him and bring in a middle order batsman who can play spin.

Posted by Wajih1728 on (November 24, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

This is really unfair that every time v r expecting and looking at our bowlers to defend the below average total and take us through... this is injustice.... trust me with our vulnerable batting v wl b lowest in the rankings in all formats BUT thanks to our bowlers tht v still b consider as an average team which cud do anything on its day.... hope every1 remember wht happened with us in Champs trophy where top teams were competing.

lets consider ourselves with present Indian team ... thy don't have match winning bowlers but their batting can achieve 300+ target quite frequently and against any opponents....

v r talking abt battng Techniques... but trust me I m following Pak cricket like anything... me being a viewer can easily tells which Pak batsman wl gets out on which delivery.... simply thy r not learning frm their mistakes.. v want someone not to coach them but just to change their mindsets and tel them to play every delivery on merit

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

my good friend now you got on what basis that joker was selected. he has just played very little t20s. though many of us do think he is not that good bowler but in this squad it was either anwar or sohail. and i think 95% would agree for anwar ahead of sohail. already scored good runs and bowling is oj.

bhatti is a good find though. both played were responsibly today. didnt throw away when pressure wad on.

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

wonderful all rounder Bilawal Bhatti

Posted by Sports4Youth on (November 24, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

Now one delivery at 146.1 kmph. It looks like as his confidence is building up he is able to crank up the pace as well.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (November 24, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

BILAWAL BHATTI : His running between the wickets was a lesson for the regular batsmen. He was extremely positive in his shot making. Was very good on the eyes. I will say he was extremely impressive. I hope he gets a good run and I also hopes he developes into a fine all-rounder for Pakistan.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (November 24, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

Bilawal Bhatti and Sohaib Maqsood should encourage the selectors to pick some more youngster like Sharjeel Khan, Harris Sohail and M. Talha. Come on show some guts, get rid of the old stock, like Hafeez, jamshed, Malik and Razzaq.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (November 24, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

Bilawal clean bowls De Cock with a 93mph delivery

Posted by CodandChips on (November 24, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

Hafeez is not a batsman. I'm upset that Umar Akmal got a duck because I really like him.

Big innings for Kallis.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (November 24, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

I totally agree with ICCexpert. I have been greatly impressed with the little guy, BILAWAL BHATTI. I think if supported well he can become a very usefull allrounder for Pakistan. Today his batting was very gutsy. Just like Abdul Razzaq, old times. This lad has some serious pace. He hits the bat real hard, He surprises most of the batsmen with his pace. He looks really nippy. I also liked his FIELDING, something in which Pakistanis are generrally weak. I think he is definately better than S.Tanvir, W.Riaz, U.Gul, Sami & S.Mallik. After this find I hope the selectors do not go back to the old failures. This guy can also make Abdul Razzaq look redundant.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (November 24, 2013, 14:16 GMT)

Bilawal Bhati looks bowls 145 kmph, and he is not tall.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

Where is Asad Shafique? Why is he not the automatic choice for a team which cant bat even 20 overs?

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

I think hafeez should change . because he could not play steyn.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (November 24, 2013, 13:39 GMT)

Bilawal Bhati looks likea complete package, serious pace, hard hitting batsman, great fielder.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 13:36 GMT)

I bet if Shazaib hassan get as many chances as Nasir Jamshed he may win more matches for Pakistan than Dhoni win for India.

Posted by Riz000 on (November 24, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

Can some one please explain me Why cant selfish Hafeez be dropped?? this guy is a selfish cricketer Pakistan's future looks dull with players like hafeez unbelievable sooner Imran khan takes over soon it will b better

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (November 24, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

Drop Top 3 from This list then Add Sharjeel Sami and Haris , Just move Sohaib 3 then Haris 4 Drop Afridi even if he bowls well today, bring in Irfan for Afridi Umar Gul for Junaid and Rizwan as WK That will be The Unbeatable side 1:- Sharjeel 2:- Sami Aslam both lefties 3:- Sohaib Maqsood 4:- Haris Sohail 5:- Misbah 6:- Rizwan 7:-Bilawal 8:- Anwar Ali 9:- U Gul 10 Ajmal 11:- Irfan Reserve:- Umar Akmal Junaid Raza Hassan and Hammad Azam

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

Pakistan has a chance if misbah uses his bowlers correctly. 3 spinners 3 pacers. just start of with junaid and anwar give anwar 3 overs and then introduce bhatti share anwars overs with hafeez.

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (November 24, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

@ senator333 they are all-rounders tail starts from Junaid Khan :)

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

Kick out Hafeez & Play Misbah as batsman. The only reason Jamshad, Maqsood, Shazad,etc failure is Misbah, He wants them to play like him, which is un-natural to them. Misbah is cause of all defeats. Misbah and Hafeez lobby will not let anyone youngster to settle in the team.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

whoever says this is the best lot of Pakistan cricket is lying, see all youngsters who're given chance performing, time for oldies to rest !

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (November 24, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

@mzm149 Could you explain how Misbah got out? Afridi, Anwar Ali and Bilawal Bhatti scored quick vital runs down the order man learn to give credit :)

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

guys I simply don't expect anything now from pak, all I wish when they play lose, with putting some kind off fight up. ...

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

If silt wasn't for Anwar Ali and bilawal Bhatti,Pakistan would have only scored in the range of 160s Pakistan should be thankful to them.

Posted by mzm149 on (November 24, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

@bouncer709: He should definitely be criticized but not criticized alone. Only he should not be discarded from team after this performance. Today our middle order collapsed even though openers survived 15 overs to take shine off new balls.

Sohaib Maqsood looked over ambitious. After so many chances he could only make 22 when he was in form and came when ball was not that new.

Posted by shchoudhary on (November 24, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

mark my words....shoaib is a slogger...hafeez shuld bat dwn the order..u.akmal shuld bat at 3, pak opners need to shw sme aggression.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

Bilawal and anwar really played well. I was also among many who had thought that Anwar should not be in. But he proved us wrong in batting. Its his bowling which will be under some scanning as he is not good bowler. Bilawal though looks good in batting and bowling. And with this batting line up, their batting looks deep on papers. Let us see what bowlers will do as it is very much young attack. Junaid and 2 young guys will try to stop a good batting unit.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

The captain has a direct impact on the team. The other night the Pakistani batsman were attacking the bowlers ie being positive minded, as soon as misbah was back the body language of the team suggested that they wanted to defend their wicket and almost got out in a similar fashion DEFENDING, maybe a positive approach would do the trick.

Posted by ispaewbi on (November 24, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

So our two debut tail-enders just showed our whole line of 'experienced' batsmen how to bat, run, rotate strike and hit boundaries. Hafiz needs to be dropped to #6 at least, when will they realize he is not a top order batsman. And I hope Sohaib situation was just this match, he has such potential.

Posted by bouncer709 on (November 24, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

Look At Pakistan score card, and batsmen strike rate, Nasir (52), Shehzad (50), Hafeez (50), Sohaib (51).. Misbah (51)... the top six batsmen played 214 bals (99 runs)......... While tail Afridi , Bilawal, Anwar Ali, they played 105 balls (scored 108 runs)...

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 12:54 GMT)

Few things can never change in this paksitan team. Hafeez vs Steyn, I think people have lost count now for his dismissals vs steyn.

why jamshed should not go back and play and domestic events to regain his form? will he be 1st good talented player out of form to be dropped for few matches to play in domestic and get his form back? If they had released him 2 weeks ago then he could have been back by SL series as lot of domestic matches going on.

Ahmed is another player who does not make his starts count. we have seen in UAE and now. good starts but never go further.

Misbah also got out early today. Gave 21 overs to others. Umar akmal got a good ball early on but he is better than this.

I am disappointed by maqsood for the way he got out, It was unnecessary shot at that point.

afridi looked a bit sensible today. the form he is in at moment, this 22 looks like a 100.

Well played by Bilawal & Anwar. Batting was deep today and thay paid well. Anwar's bowling is not that good.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 12:50 GMT)

Goodness, looks like are batsmen need to learn how to bat from our bowlers. Go Anawar Ali and Bilawal!

Posted by senator333 on (November 24, 2013, 12:38 GMT)

Excellent counter attack by Bilawal & Anwar.Even the tailenders of pak are smashing these overrated SA bowlers.

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

That was an unnecessary shot by Maqsood. Not according to situation. You should read cric info on that dismissal and also tv commentators and experts before saying that his shot was for team and run rate. He was also playing slow and very ugly today gave away lot of chances.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (November 24, 2013, 12:22 GMT)

Bilawal and Anwar showing Hafeez and Jamshed how to play.

Posted by Jda123 on (November 24, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

You cant all blame Afridi for getting out... It's Afridi, he hasn't changed his game forever and wont do now, he did good to get 26 and then did his usual, the blame for this defeat as it will be defeat as not even SA can choke this bad is Pakistan top order.

Posted by afrozhawari on (November 24, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

the captain sinks his ship with defensive approach. well done misbah for making shoaib maqsood another misbah.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (November 24, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

Bilawal is the alrounder pakistan were looking for

Posted by bouncer709 on (November 24, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

@mzm149: If Misbah, Hafeez, Maqsood, Ahmed Shehzad... got out on zero... it doesn't prove Nasir Jamshed is a good player, or he should not be criticized... See the performance of Nasir Jamshed in last 20 ODIs, T20, and Test (30+ matches)... where he stands?

Posted by romirom on (November 24, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

i don't understand what captain and coach tell the batsman while the team having game plan. I can predict it. For opener and no 3 batsman, try to play at least 15 overs no matter if the team score is 50 or under 50. And for rest batsman go after the bowler even the score is 5 down in 60 to 70 runs. Pathentic planning. Lok how jamshed an shezad ware playing today. And maqsood, i think he got frustated and lost his patient. In this type of situation he sud try to play all 50 overs even at the strike rate of 50 to 55 . But opener ned to attack. Saf bowler doesn't gona bowl lose delivery unles u wont attack them.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (November 24, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

I feel for Sohaib Maqsood, he was trying to accelerate as the run rate was too low, atleast he plays for the team, sacrifices his wicket. Doesnt play tuk tuk, Like Shahzad, Jamshed and Misbah.

Posted by mzm149 on (November 24, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

@ bouncer709 : The way Afridi got out tells how pathetic he is.

Posted by kc69 on (November 24, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

Guys stop criticizing Akmal and Hafeez remember they hit a fifty in last t20 which should be good enough for next 10 matches.

Posted by mzm149 on (November 24, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

Those criticizing Jamshed must look at scores of Sohaib Maqsood, Misbah, Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad too.

Posted by bouncer709 on (November 24, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

The way Afridi scored first 13 runs (14 balls, no boundary) tells the story how easy it is to rotate the strike and how pathetic other batsmen are....

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 11:37 GMT)

disappointment from Maqsood. While afridi was looking bit sensible today, there was no need for maqsood to do anything silly. it was a scratchy innings. got few chances but failed to make the count

Posted by   on (November 24, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

same old story. Nasir is not looking good. Should play domestic games and get back his form. Hafeez simply can not play steyn any more. It is better not to play him vs SA. So funny to see him getting out again and again to same bowler and almost same ball. ahmed Always throws away starts.

And this time misbah out as well. in 29 overs. This gives umar and shoain and others 21 overs to score something.

But just when i am typing, umar is gone.

Up to 2 new guys to show some batting skills.

Posted by mzm149 on (November 24, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

After this performance from others, innings from openers don't look that bad.

Posted by Izzmail55 on (November 24, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

Shahzad ruined the game with too many dot balls and so many run out chances

Posted by bouncer709 on (November 24, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

Pakistan started from where they left in UAE, same old story, same tactics, and poor Jamshed and Hafeez,.... Jamshed... total failure, ... and same strategy from Misbah,,, what a useless captain he is, can't ask hafeez " Baita 7 number per batting karo"....

Posted by mzm149 on (November 24, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

On what basis did they select that joker Anwar Ali again?

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (November 24, 2013, 11:03 GMT)

How can Pak managemnet be such cowards, its time for the team management to be bold and tell Hafeez he is nither an openr nor a no 3 batsman. Please drop Jamshed and Hafeez. Bring in Sharjeel and Harris

Posted by maria_01 on (November 24, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

ahmed shahzad 35 of 70 balls, his 35 runs has no usage, only built pressure on the team, nothing else

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (November 24, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

Team management isnt bold enough to drop hafeez and jamshed. hafeez has a strong Parchi

Posted by lionslanka on (November 24, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

Dear M. Hafeez,

I wish you must take own evaluation and need to take one last decision to hang your shoes for another well deserving young talent and that is for great respect for pakistan and also for your prestige too.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (November 24, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

please please drop Hafiz and Jamshed, be bold. stop this partiality, select Sharjeel, Sami Aslam and Harris Sohail.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (November 24, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

enough of Hafeez....when will he and the team management understand he nither is an opener nor a one down batsman ?

Posted by PureProteas49 on (November 24, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

wooohoooooooooo , hafeez officially Steyns bunny ha ha ha

Posted by maria_01 on (November 24, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

nasir jamshed deserve no place in the team, he play so many dot balls and build a pressure on the team and when the time comes for hitting some boundries he throw his wicket straighy away, imran nazir and kamran akmal are much better openers than jamshed, he deserve no chance anymore

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (November 24, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

Ahmed Shehzad and Hafeez both flat track bullies should be shown the Doors forever, SA did trick again, providing flat tracks for T20 , just to make Hafeez look super star lol I hope selectors pick Sharjeel, Haris Sohail and Sami Aslam in place of Hafeez , Shehzad and Umar Amin, Infect I would like to see Sohail and Afridi making way for some younger players, Bilawal shown some guts and I hope he carries away where he left off Pak 34/0 11 overs Dasher Shehzad playing again for his place

Posted by android_user on (November 24, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

very very poor team salaction.must chance asad and amin .

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (November 24, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

Poor team selection would result in bad team combination. Asad Shafique should be replacing Nasir Jamsheed and Umar Amin should play instead of Anwer Ali. Ajmal, Junaid, Bilawal, afridi and hafeez should bowl 10 each and Umar Amin could do part timer.

Posted by Pindia on (November 24, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

Team selection for Pakistan looks fine. Predictions: century for Jamshed, solid middle order batting and a great debut for Bilawal Bhatti. And obviously the spin magicians being capably lead by the master Ajmal! Come on Pakistan!!!

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