SA Invitation XI v Pakistanis, East London, 1st day

Pakistani batsmen wobble after strong opening

Firdose Moonda

January 25, 2013

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Pakistanis 178 for 6 (Jamshed 68, Hafeez 55, Hendricks 2-39) v SA Invitation XI
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Nasir Jamshed hits out against the Zimbabweans, Patron's XI v Zimbabweans, Karachi, 2nd day, January 15, 2008
File photo: Nasir Jamshed led the Pakistani batting, constructing a century stand with Mohammad Hafeez © AFP
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The in-form Nasir Jamshed showed his promise as the touring Pakistanis had their first run on South African surfaces ahead of the three-Test series that starts next Friday. Jamshed opened the batting with Mohammad Hafeez and they were the only two batsmen to profit on a day interrupted by rain and bad light.

South Africa's backup bowling talent impressed with Kyle Abbott, Beuran Hendricks and Simon Harmer taking two wickets each, while Wayne Parnell made a return from his wrist injury with an economical outing. The South African Invitation XI benched Ayabulela Gqamane despite his consistently good showings this summer.

With adjustment to South African conditions being the major challenge facing touring batsmen, Pakistan's top two seemed to have few problems. Hafeez and Jamshed, playing in place of regular opener Taufeeq Umar, put on a century stand and seemed to handle the pace and Harmer's offspin with ease.

When Hafeez was caught off Abbott's bowling, the slide began and none of Pakistan's middle order was able to stop it. Azhar Ali managed only two singles off the 29 balls he faced before falling to Harmer. Younis Khan also showed patience but his 25-ball 5 ended when he was caught behind off Hendricks.

Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq followed in the next four overs. Each only scored four and dealt with the pace far more awkwardly than the batsmen who preceded them. Jamshed stood firm through the collapse but, after a rain delay, he too fell.

The Pakistanis' six wickets fell for 40 runs, which will be of some concern to them ahead of the main event. With only the tail to follow Sarfraz Ahmed, their focus will be on bowling on the second day. Mastering the slightly shorter length that will lead to success in South Africa will no doubt be on the agenda.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by hamza1982 on (January 28, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

@ Narbavi- Firstly, its the first day of a WARM UP MATCH. Do you understand that much? Secondly, I didn't hear anything about Pak fans saying they would or wouldnt blow anyone away, we are not prone to arrogance, like some fans. So keep your anti Pakistan sentiment to yourself thank you very much...

Posted by Surajdon9 on (January 26, 2013, 22:25 GMT)

@mahjut No need to worry mate.Cause of wicket falling at that period is neither Poor shot nor Swinging Brilliant pacy bouncy ball Cause is loss of concentration of Batsmen due to frequent in and out due to rain...

Posted by mahjut on (January 26, 2013, 20:40 GMT)

surajdon9 ... if your assessment that this track only had juice for 25 overs in the first day is true then the PK batting line-up have a LOT to worry about ... they lost their first wicket in the 28th over for 105 runs and lost the next 7 for under 120 runs in less than two sessions! ...back to positives for PK; openers survived the new ball ... PK bowlers used the new ball well.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (January 26, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

@ Solid_Snake Thats why I'm praising Our bowling attack to get out 7 wicket within 2 session is massive on a this flat track but initally for 20-25 Overs on day 1 their is plenty of swings and lateral movement but now its dead pitch n our brilliant bowlers remove all top order cheaply thats massive huge positive...

Posted by mahjut on (January 26, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

@solid_snake ... i didn't say PK had the best attck in the world - but spmeone here certainly did (8|). in any case it looks like an attack that will make SA sit up a little - i'm looking forward to this series a lot. I think PK are short in the batting dept but i don't see this as a walk in the park for SA - though SA should be ahead enough not to let PK win a test imho! should be a goos few weeks of cricket

Posted by BowledYa on (January 26, 2013, 18:07 GMT)

What's up with Azhar Ali scoring 2 runs in 29 balls? I understand the idea to is to stay at the wicket and get some experience but you have to play as well. Not playing your shots and scoring runs is not the kind of experience you need to play when the tests start. He is a good batsman and should not be so cautious playing against a B team.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 26, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

@mahjut ->How can this be the best attack..Irfan & Adil playing their first test match.Junaid yet to prove himself.Gull alone cannot do things.These are inexperienced but very talented bowlers.So expecting some fireworks from them :)

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 26, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

@Surajdon9->Actually this track is rather batting friendly then the other pitches. Johannesburg pitch is not like that.I hope Pak survive the 1st test match..Our middle order has disappointed us

Posted by Stark62 on (January 26, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

I suspected Mo Irfan, would nothing but a good T20 bowler and useless against the likes of SA, Aus and Eng because they can handle the short ball very well.

Should have taken Sadaf Hussain, who has played 32 FC matches and taken 171 wickets, with an average of 17.43 and a strike rate of 34.5, plus has already taken 4-10W hauls and 15-5W hauls.

Posted by mahjut on (January 26, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

Birds_eye...this is, to be fair, not even the "B" team for SA - the SA B team is busy playing ODIs vs NZs B team. Neither did PK make 220 - they made 320 and instead of choking to 100 or so runs after being 30/3 this untested SA side have battled to over 200 and counting vs what have been described on numerous occasions in this thread as "the best test attack in the world at the moment". I expect PK to improve a lot as the series goes...they will certainly need to on this showing

Posted by Gull-e-Sindh on (January 26, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

@MSJSA... Thanks for vary warm welcome and preparation for PAKI's! Just to have an idea about Pakistan team preparation..., We start playing on the roads, streets and cement pitches with Tennis ball wrapped with loads of plastic tap( really it fly like bullet and swings all ways) than once fully trained we move to hard balls on same tracks. Than comes the 2 peace leather ball (after 10 - 15 overs it changes shape from round to oval) and Finally 4 peace Kookaburra... So dear.. Paki's have lived ages on these pitches -- Lats see How SA teams play against swings and mystery bowling of Gull, Junaid, Irfan Ajmal and Hafeez. Best of luck to both teams = keen to watch best cricket!

Posted by Surajdon9 on (January 26, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

wat a bowling attack i agree that is B Team but they had 43 overall batting average and 23 bowling Average and Mind it this batting average off Pacy Bouncy Tough Green Track not like indian bully track yes???

Posted by uzairamir on (January 26, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

@birdz_eye this is not the south african team its just a warm up match with B team.

Posted by birdz_eye on (January 26, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

As I said earlier even 220 to 240 is enough for Pakistanis to Choke the portease & it looks just like that.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 26, 2013, 15:04 GMT)

As the series goes on the Pakistani batsmen & the bowlers will get a better grip on the pitch and thins will improve. The middle order will not always be so bad as it appeared in his practice game.

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Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 26, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

I am glad that Sarfraz Ahmed justified his talent with the bat. Umar Gul & Junaid gave excellent support. The present Pakistani tail can wage and that is a good sign for the team.

Now it is upto the bowlers to prove their reputation.

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Posted by mahjut on (January 26, 2013, 12:38 GMT)

I suppose the positives for SA from this game is the fact that PK 'batsmen' have not scored runs - bar the openers of course. I think SA are fully aware of what Gul brings to the table (and it's a pretty full plate), but SA have a tendancy to struggle against players they haven't seen much of, so Irfan and Junaid may have a good series. - I read on these threads that those two bowl at "145 clicks" - why are they then described by cricinfo as lmf (?) ... Also, anyone know why Thami was not selected for this match? Ok, a FC match was fine but he didn't keepfor the Lions and had just the one innings - of course, he may have done no better vs this pk side if given an innings but that innings he did have makes it's clear he needs time in the middle (surely vs the pk test bowlers would've been ideal) - it must have been better practice if indeed ABs back injuries reoccur!?

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 26, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

Amazing Batting by Sarfaraz..So finally he is on to save his place in the team. Glad to see Gull bat like that

Posted by MSJSA on (January 26, 2013, 11:00 GMT)

Pakistan fans , don't be fooled at what's happening in this match, this is nothing but a practice session, mere game time,the conditions at this ground is completely different to what Pak team houldexpect from the other venues, especially the venue of the first test.Playing the practice match at Buffalo park is actually a disservice to Pakistan team. This is the worst venue to get acclimatized to SA conditions. Pray that they can adapt quickly to conditions at the Wanderers pitch.Buffalo park is like a cemetery compared to Wanderers pitch.

Posted by kami_alvi on (January 26, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

@Narbavi Look at the scoreboard now my dear friend! :)

Posted by wakaPAK on (January 26, 2013, 10:27 GMT)

@Narbavi We'd would want every saffer to think like you... but mind you, this is a complete different game for SA. Yes you are the no.1 but Pak defies logic... dont rationalize things when you are playing against Pak for your own good ;)

Posted by   on (January 26, 2013, 10:01 GMT)

I think if Pakistani team scores 250+ in every single test inning, then it will be very challenging for Saffers, If you watched India-Pak series in India, these Pak bowlers were dangerous on indian dead pitches, then they love to bowl here. Junaid khan will be the best bowler of this tournament with his accuracy and sharp swing on both ways. Don't say anything about Azhar Ali he is the backbone of Pak batting from last 1+ year. Taufiq is a complete failure. Hopefully Pak batsman will adopt these conditions.

Posted by Khans_word on (January 26, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

I totally agree that the Green men needed more game time to acclimatise to South African conditions. At least 2 practice matches and perhaps arriving maybe 3 weeks before the first Test would have been a better strategy. However with the rain, the first game seems to providing an up-and-down pitch so we can't really access or blame the middle order batsmens as conditions were continuously changing. Although it is interesting to note that we lost all the wickets to an old ball. The positive sign other than the openers is the amazing lower order fight back shown. I like all the fans am now anxious to see how well the bowling performs. Hopefully the batsmen will get another go if the weather holds. Judging by the way South Africa were under the pump by the Kiwis, perhaps we do have a glimmer of a chance at an upset! All the best to the star in the crescent moon!

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (January 26, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

Just wonder how can they fit in Tafeeq umar in team by keeping Nasir Jamshed as well.. May be be keep nasir at number 3 and sacrifice Azhar or Shafeeq. Pakistan definatly should have more practice matches.

Posted by philosopher007 on (January 26, 2013, 6:48 GMT)

Taufeeq Umer must be in the playing 11, Pakistan might have to give away with either Asad Shafiq/Younis Khan/Azhar Ali to make way for the genuine opener. Nasir should bat at number 3, he is good enough to adjust to any position. Very difficult tour for Pakistan and still just one practice match, it won't do too good to them. Very good outing for Jamshed and Hafeez but the middle order must not show too much complacency by just ducking out deliveries and surviving. As I remember from previous tours all the centurions from Pakistan in SA during tests were aggressive and positive batsmen: Azhar Mehmood, Taufeeq Umer and Saeed Anwer. Batsmen must take a leaf out of their book. Having said that I am expecting the bowling line up to do really well in this tour match. Really excited to see Junaid-Irfan-Gul operate in first test and followed by the magician: Saeed Ajmal and the support from Hafeez will be vital too. All the best men in green :)

Posted by birdz_eye on (January 26, 2013, 5:25 GMT)

Well playing a length game after nearly six months, thats not a bad start at all with rain interrupted match it sounds like outfield will be dull & pitch will have more juice. Score line between 220 to 240 in first innings will be just fine for Pakistanis. They need to smack the bowlers in the start to quickly come out bowling at porteas B team, hopefully bowlers will do their job and dis-mental the opposition batting line up with some lead. Go hard at porteas boys tell them that their time is up, our time is now!

Posted by   on (January 26, 2013, 5:25 GMT)

Pakistan's performance was pretty dismal after 105/0 but some of these comments are just ridiculous.

Azhar has been our best test batsman for well over a year. One failure does not warrant his dropping. Shafiq has been solid at number 6 and has a fairly good technique. Younis is one of the only Pakistani players who has played A LOT outside Pakistan; you can't discard his experience for such a tough tour. Misbah has been influential as captain and his defensive abilities will be needed against SA's tough bowlers.

I see Umar Akmal being brought up again. His recent performances have been beyond frustrating. He has the ability, but he needs to play first-class cricket in Pakistan as well as abroad and learn how to build an innings, and learn the concept of 'resilience' and fix his temperament. As for Haris, he is too raw at the moment. An away tour to SA isn't a very kind way to debut a youngster. He needs some experience at home.

Have some faith; keep your expectations reasonable.

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

I think all players were just trying to stay in there and play as many balls to get accustomed to conditions. Scoring did not really matter. Hafeez and Jamshed being openers played with more freedom and were rewarded. Over all, Okay practice. I actually expected them to have scored lot less than what it is. Duly impressed considering alien conditions and time away from Test Cricket.

Posted by Narbavi on (January 26, 2013, 3:54 GMT)

People who are saying the game isn't over yet, yes the game isn't over yet, but my point is you people were disappointed of the quality presented to you, but your struggles are clearly seen against this team as well

Posted by Cricket_Man on (January 26, 2013, 3:47 GMT)

Pakistani fans and team, no need to panic. Pakistan is playing test cricket after 6 months and the condition were overcast too. Just have faith and patience, positive result are going to follow. I have a feeling that Pakistani batsmen will click if they remain focused, don't get panicked and start believing in their ability. Also, we should focus on our bowling. We've been talking about our batting but the Proteas have really good batsmen so our bowlers shouldn't take them easy. More importantly the fielding has to improve. I don't care about the batting but NO catch must be dropped. Please post

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (January 26, 2013, 3:45 GMT)

This bowling is undisciplined and wayward i can't believe the pak would so brainless to throw their wickets away.Lets see how they bowl.

Posted by david44 on (January 26, 2013, 1:55 GMT)

"jamshed and hafeez put on a century stand and seemed to handle the pace and harmer's off spin well"...remember guy's over cast clouded conditions a positive sign pak opener's doing well negative sign middle order, needs to stick around.I was surprised 100 for no wicket and then not surprised 178/6 should've been the other way round hopefully pak will be able to bat again needs more batting practice

Posted by razar on (January 26, 2013, 1:42 GMT)

My brothers &sisters we got it all wrong this Pak x1 is the right choice trust me this first days perfomance is exactly wat the batsmen needed A reality check the saffas come the 1st test will undermine us in batting but our batsmen will after this showing will have a very big point to prove for me a big cricket anlyst this is very big blessing in disguise. Trust me reputations & careers will be judged all the playing Pak x1 understand that fact

Posted by doosraFun on (January 26, 2013, 1:41 GMT)

This is only first days and armchair pak experts on this board are already up to get rid of Misbash, Younus, Asad etc.. Come on guys this is first day for a tour match! I think folks forgot these players perfomance over the past 15 months and their great test records... grow up please!

Posted by appkhi on (January 26, 2013, 0:43 GMT)

I do not know why Pakistan does not look at their bating lineup....whatever the matches they won...they won because of bowling....they stop taking players from Karachi...most of the good batsmen came from Karachi...punjab always produce good bowler....

Posted by appkhi on (January 26, 2013, 0:39 GMT)

@UmarRiaz.......how many chances you want to give umar akmal? He got so many chances ....

Posted by Zain_Ali on (January 25, 2013, 23:03 GMT)

amir look at pakistans last test both azher and asad got centuries, seriously do you even bother checking your facts or passomg your judgments

Posted by   on (January 25, 2013, 22:32 GMT)

the game changed from test match, since its a four day match, interupted by the weather. this match will properly start when the 2nd innings starts, which will decide win or loss and i doubt it that these 2 teams are playing for a draw (no result).

Posted by wakaPAK on (January 25, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa Yes this is a weak team compared to your national team and by that I mean much weaker.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (January 25, 2013, 22:09 GMT)

Hmmm well played by openers.. Taufeef should be in playing 11.. dont know how though but he has been doing a good job and he has a good record in SA.. Also i was hoping that they will give Ehsan adil a chance.. i think they should have atleast one more side match before test series to test all strength..

Posted by AK47_pk on (January 25, 2013, 21:49 GMT)

I think scoreboard is pretty good. 250 will be a top score here nd every1 will see the difference when pak will bowl.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (January 25, 2013, 21:48 GMT)

PAK fans complained about the quality of the SA invitational team saying it was too weak....Well, whats your thoughts now?

Posted by Always_pakistan on (January 25, 2013, 21:45 GMT)

Guys dont start with the preditions pakistan will play test cricket after six months. Have faith in all the players they need a little bit time to the adjoust conditions. Cricinfo please publish

Posted by UmarRiaz on (January 25, 2013, 21:37 GMT)

Pakistan's middle order is very fragile. Players like Younas, Misbah, Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed wil all flop in this tour. It was a very unjust teal selection. In reserve we have flopped faces like Taufeeq and Faisal Iqbal who got millions of chances. It was very unjust team selection. Umar Akmal and Adnan Akmal should be in the team.

Posted by Saddam_Rasool on (January 25, 2013, 21:33 GMT)

Ridiculous comments about dropping Azhar, Asad and Younus khan. Azhar Ali is the main stay in Test for Pakistan for the last 2 years, Asad scored a match saving century in his last innings and Younis is still a gem.

Posted by Saddam_Rasool on (January 25, 2013, 21:28 GMT)

Relax guys.. This is just the start. Azhar Ali is our most successful batsman lately and a failure in a practice match doesnt mean anything. Also there is only one practice match so Pakistan have gone with their best line up since both bowlers and batsmen need alot of adjustment on SA surfaces, so there is no point in playing the back up and resting the main players. The only decision that Pak team management took was to drop Taufeeq umer and played Nasir instead since he is in such a good form. Please remember that Pakistan need a cool captain in Misbah. Also his somewhat defensive approach is suited for Pakistan in Tests. Last year he missed one test for Pakistan against Srilanka and Pakistan simply collapse, so please stop complaining.

Posted by AamirAbuOzair on (January 25, 2013, 20:51 GMT)

Strange selection, I would have rested Gul and played Adil. If Adil would have failed to perform then play with Gul. Gul does not need a match practice. Similarly Haris Sohail should have also be picked. I donot see any contribution from Asad or even Azhar lately. And it would be a disaster if they keep the same playing 11. Hafeez, Nasir, Toufeeq Umar, Younis, Misbah, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz, Junaid, Ehsan Adil, Ajmal and Irfan should be picked as playing 11. Other deserves the bench!

Posted by Zain_Ali on (January 25, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

boom boom 95 what do you mean YK is the only batsman to come close to the top ten Azher ali is 11 and Misbah is 13, YK has been in slump recently without that hundred against eng he averages in high 20s in the last two years, the only question is can he regain his touch

Posted by farhan4050 on (January 25, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

On the other hand, Peoples saying Pakistan failing against ordinary bowling, dudes please have a glimpse on their stats. Both the pacers averages 20+ in First Class Cricket and are the best domestic bowlers. So PLEASE!

Posted by farhan4050 on (January 25, 2013, 20:30 GMT)

Como'n peoples. You can't expect Misbah, Azhar and Shafiq to perform straightaway while never playing in these conditions ever before. However, I will blame Younus. I mean he is such an experienced cricketer and I'm sure he'd perform. If he or Shafiq doesn't then they could be replaced with Harris. He averages 45+ in first class, much more then Shafiq. On the positive side, Jamshed playing 150+ balls is a great sign. This lad is showing patience now. Hafeez was always expected to form, he is in great form. Only if we score 250+ in every innings, I'm sure we'll cause them a huge upset, weather it be the SA 'A' team or the SA International team!

Posted by BoomBoom95 on (January 25, 2013, 20:16 GMT)

all of the people complaining about younis should maybe first have a look at the test rankings http://www.espncricinfo.com/rankings/content/page/211270.html he is currently placed 9th the only pakistani test batsman to come even close to the top ten his average in test is 51.69 for god's sake he is easily our best test batsman and you want him out, unbelievable

Posted by Shahzadhussan on (January 25, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

I just pray for Misbah to get injured in this practice match, get out of the series, replaced by Umar Akmal. Haris sohail should have been tried and I. Adil too to see their ability. Its difficult to win the series in SA but I donot see even a fighting loss in the presence of Misbah. We need one courageous batsman to fight.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

I think YOUNIS should be replaced by Taufeeq as he is one batsman that is tried and tested in these conditions. I also think that Hafeez should be in at No3. Don't forget that England lost the practice matches in India but beat them 2-1 so these are exactly what they are named, practice matches that has no bearing on the real tests. My prediction 2-1 to Pakistan and that it will be.........

Posted by uzairamir on (January 25, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

taufeeq shouldnt be played at any cost he makes big runs when hes dropped once or twice.Faisal iqbal should also not be played he and taufeeq can only play well in domestic not anywhere else

Posted by uzairamir on (January 25, 2013, 19:26 GMT)

they should have tried something haris sohail making runs at almost 150 average this season why not him.This condition will show how good sarafaz is now he has time to show what he can do and also ehsan adil bowling average of 17 why not him it was just a practice match so they should have tried these 2.

Posted by appkhi on (January 25, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

@Solid_Snake_ It is the same pitch Hafeez and Naseer Jamshad played very well and these three batsmen Misbah, Azhar and Younas were not able to do anything....go back and watch the last Azhar Ali match in India...and see how he lost his wicket...Anyway I have best wishes with Azhar but I do not think he will perform well in SA....

Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 25, 2013, 19:11 GMT)

I agree with the comments below that Hafeez & Jamshed whethered the storm while the pitch was Juicy and the ball was new. Thereafter, batting should have been easy, but the Pakistani middle order made it look so difficult. What will they do against Styen, Philander & Morkel ?

Also Misbah will have to rethink about Taufeeq Umar as he is the only one who has a good average on South African pitches. Someone may have to go.

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Posted by jhabib on (January 25, 2013, 19:09 GMT)

I don't have much hope for Pakistan's batting line up against S. African bowling in such conditions, or any conditions for that matter. Geoffrey Boycott called it when he said it's Pak's batting vs. Saffer's bowling and not the other way around.

Pakistan's middle order has not failed to disappoint in the recent past. It made India look competitive in the recent ODI series and was the reason of Pak's loss in the 3rd ODI.

I have no doubt that Pakistan's batting will continue to look ridiculous in the upcoming test series against S. Africa.

Lose all hope all ye (Pakistanis) who enter ...

Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 25, 2013, 19:05 GMT)

On second thought, I don't expect the Pakistani batsmen to perform in SA. Not long ago they kept collapsing against the English bowlers in UAE, but that time they got out of jail because the English batsmen coult not handle Ajmal & Abdur Rehman on spinning tracks. Those were dead tracks for fast bowlers, yet the english bowlers blew them away regularly. And Pakistan was totally dependant on spin.

This time around SA have pace & bounce and movement in the pitches. Pakistani batsmen will struggle even more in the test matches against Styen, Philander & Morkel.

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Posted by Resultpredictor on (January 25, 2013, 18:52 GMT)

As usual Pak batting collapsed but against some ordinary bowling. this is a sign that Pak batsman cannot play quality fast and spin bowling. so SA will win the series easily, there is a great chance for SA to whitewash Pakistan 3-0 in test series

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 25, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

@appkhi->Then who do you think should have been included in the team instead of these 3?No matter what Pak batsman you throw on such pitches,they'll be the same. Pak team is just unbelievable.They survived the first overs but collapsed when batting should have rather easy.I think middle order took things lightly.

Posted by heartbreakerz on (January 25, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

i m not surprised by this batting collapse, infact i was pleasantly surprised by d 100+ opening partnership...it seems that the conditions were overcast so batting was difficult...younis n misbah disappointed but i expect them to perform on this tour as they are quality test batsmen

Posted by octopus1 on (January 25, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

I agree with apphki. Its time for Younis Khan to move on make room for new blood. Great cricketer during his time but not anymore, he is taking up a very important position which he doesnt deserve. Thank you for your services Younis bhai but you really have to go and take up a coaching job. We need more of Nasir Jamshed's in PAK team... wow what a find for Pakistan! In 3 games against India he scores 3 centures! now thats what i call a batsman.

Posted by Dannymania on (January 25, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

Its nice that there are these tour games. This game should give the Pakistanis enough to see what they lack in. Misbah, Azhar Ali, Younis khan and asad shafiq have to go well. Any team's middle order is extremely important. The openers usually play well for Pakistan but they cannot be trusted that well against the likes of Steyn, Philander, Morkel etc.. Azhar Ali WILL score sooner or later, He is a diamond that Pakistan have found. I am more worried about Asad shafiq and Misbah. These two need to do particularly well against this great bowling line up. Ah, I'm looking forward to this tour with full zeal and zest, Irrespective of who wins i'ld love this competition. Pakistanis, if they play to their potential, WILL beat the South Africans undoubtedly. Fingers crossed!!!

Posted by Abdullah1991 on (January 25, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

@Narbavi We r going to see tough competition. Both SA & Pak teams are good at this time.

Posted by Dishonored on (January 25, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

@Narbavi - This match is not over yet, Pakistan can still blow them away

Posted by appkhi on (January 25, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

Misbah, Younas and Azhar should be out of the team. I know few Paki fan will be frustrated but it is reality these three batsmen are useless...wait and see they will fail again with SA team.

Posted by sidzy on (January 25, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

i must admit looking at that batting line-up NZ's 45 runs record seems to be in real danger.....

Posted by dadalowg on (January 25, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

@Narbavi: Game is still not over.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2013, 17:27 GMT)

@ Narbavi : Only Indians said that, we Pakistan like to prove ourselves by actually winning, e.g. 3-0 against England, when everyone siad, it will be an English wash. Let the match finish and then we will see, also the tour games are different to the actual matches.

Posted by appkhi on (January 25, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

@snake....some time ago before the SA tour start I mentioned Azhar, Younas and Misbha will fail...you reply to me by saying you do not know anything about cricket...Did you see today what happened ... all these three so called batsmen did not do anything bcos they does not deserve to be in the team...more will come when they will play with SA....

Posted by Umbra on (January 25, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

There are always complacency-ridden people to be found in foul places of all countries. Take the Indians predicting a whitewash of the Pakistani tour of India, for example. Arrogance as stiff as a board. It happens. And in both these cases, it was wrong. Don't be so immature about it since, let's face it: you're doing nothing more than having a go at the Pakistanis with any ammo you can scrape up.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

Gayle was booted out of International cricket for over a year by Gibson & his short sighted cronies for calling a spade a spade or in this case a user a user. WiCB need a coach who can handle constructive criticism which Gibson proved he could not.

Posted by Major85D on (January 25, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

That`s no surprise. it`s allways the same scenario: younis khan comes and goes for a few runs. and then the captain, mr. misbah: i can not remember, he scored 50 or more runs. even the pakistani bowlers score more runs! why is he still captain? he does not lead the team in any way. With this batting lineup, they have no chance against this strong south african team. Please drop younis khan and misbah, they don`t deserve to be in the team anymore, they should retire!!

Posted by Sports4Youth on (January 25, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

Yes Narbavi, you are right. The Pakistani batting has always been a worry. Especially in foreign conditions. However, if the Pakistani batting can go past 250 in each innings in the test, then they can be quite dangerous as their seam & spin attack is quite potent too.

Posted by Cricketfan08 on (January 25, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

Don't get carried away anyone. These were highly seam friendly conditions with rain interruptions. It is only the first tour game. This Pakistan team has the talent and will to succeed, I can tell you that.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

I just hope Pakistan does not get white-washed in the test series. The middle order looks really weak and Azher Ali appears to be out of form.

Posted by bangash5555 on (January 25, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

Looking at Card it show that pitch might have been easy one, i would love to see pitch report and then Score Card. and Irfan bowling at this level would be of great intrest for many , m sure.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 25, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

Opening stand was awesome..Then came the middle order..Azhar,Misbah & Younis have disappointed us

Posted by Stark62 on (January 25, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

Please get rid of Shafiq and Iqbal!!

Both have a far worse FC average than the likes of Umar Akmal, Fawad, Yasin and Salahuddin but yet, they are still selected ahead of them.

Pak should play this 11 in the first test match: Hafeez, Nasir, Azhar, Younis, Misbah, Harris, Sarfraz, Gul, Ajmal, Junaid and Irfan/Ehsan.

Or you could play Taufeeq and send, Nasir down to nbmer 6.

Posted by ReverseSwingMaster on (January 25, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

@Narbavi, brother it is just a first day, would like to hear from you after 3rd day :)

Posted by PakPacer on (January 25, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

I dont know anyone who would have thought that. With our history on foriegn conditions nothings a cake walk. Having said that i think our middle order should and could have done better.I hope we start Nasir in the first test. If Younis doesnt perform in this series I think its time to move past him and look at guys like Umar Amin and yes even Umar Akmal.

Posted by Narbavi on (January 25, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

When this south african invitational 11 was announced, lot of pakistani fans were disappointed and said that their team would blow them away, i would like to hear from them now

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