Emerging Cape Cobras v Pakistanis, Cape Town, 2nd day

Pakistan bowlers set up thumping win

The Report by Firdose Moonda

February 11, 2013

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Pakistanis 176 for 6 decl. (Shafiq 45*, Bothma 3-24) & 126 for 1 decl. (Younis 74*, Bothma 1-10) beat Emerging Cape Cobras 156 (Kleinveldt 36, Irfan 4-20) & 78 (Petersen 33, Irfan 3-20) by 10 wickets

Towering seam bowler Mohammed Irfan continued to put himself in contention for a Test debut while Younis Khan came good as the Pakistanis completed their first win on tour in South Africa. They triumphed over the Emerging Cape Cobras - a team made up of cricketers who play in the second tier of the first-class competition - to get valuable game time ahead of this week's Test match.

Not much can be read into the result, given the quality of the opposition, but the match allowed for some insight into Pakistan's strategies. That they seem to be debating the opening position is obvious. Mohammed Hafeez played no part in the tour match but Imran Farhat batted at the top in both innings. He made a solid 34 on his second attempt.

Nasir Jamshed, the other opener from the Wanderers match, also sat out. He turned his ankle on Sunday and required rest but Pakistan's team manager Naved Cheema confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that Jamshed is available for selection for the second Test. Azhar Ali remains a concern and managed only 11 and 12 in the practice encounter. He may be the one to make way for Farhat, should Pakistan decide to go that way.

Misbah-ul-Haq retired overnight on 44, perhaps feeling he had made the necessary adjustments for the conditions while Asad Shafiq, who was on 21, went on to get 45. Sarfraz Ahmed did not spend much time in the middle, 16 minutes to be exact and the Pakistanis declared with a lead of 20.

Their bowling attack continued to trouble the Emerging Cape Cobras. Only three batsmen managed to get into double figures and they lost their last seven wickets for 14 runs. Tanvir Ahmed was much improved from the first innings and took 2 for 18 in five overs. But it was Irfan who was impossible to ignore. He finished the match with seven scalps and conceded only 40 runs.

Ehsan Adil also enjoyed a good return with the spinners, Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman, taking three wickets between them for seven runs.

The Pakistanis needed just 59 runs to win and promoted Younis up the order to give him time against the new ball and to find form. He obliged and, with Farhat, took the Pakistanis to the victory total.

With time still left, they asked to bat on and were granted their request. Younis went on to make a classy 74 and took on the bowlers in the latter part of his innings. Given the value of his experience, Pakistan's management will be pleased that he found his feet in South Africa. The second Test starts on Thursday at Newlands and Pakistan must win to square the series.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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Posted by   on (February 13, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

i donno why pakistan keep taking azhar ali all the time when its very obvious that he cant bat at all, i just simply hate that dude as a batsman... smh!

Posted by t20cric on (February 12, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

I think Pakistan should open with 2 left handers and shift hafeez down also they should keep Younis khan because he batted good. They should drop Rahat to bring in Mohammad Irfan and also keep Saed Ajmal because this place will have some help for spinners. Maybe they should even drop Umar Gul for Abdur Rehman if they think they need two spinners. The rest of the team should be kept the same because they have recently faced SA and SA will probably not make any changes to their winning team.

Posted by RankPace on (February 12, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

@ uzairamir :. I agree with you & many other commnents here. From the stats it is clear that he is a T20 bowler. With a bwoling average of 33.53 he is not fit to play test cricket , let alone lead the attack. Also in the ODI's he averages 27.94 and eco 5.07. these are very poor numbers. If you compare Gul wth Juaid's figs it will be clear that the young Junaid is miles ahead of Gul. If more younsters would have been given chances then they also would have gone ahead of him & by now Gul would have been out of the team.


Posted by RankPace on (February 12, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

@ Faisal Bajwa :

M.Irfan Stats --> http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-pakistan-2013/content/current/player/429981.html

From where do you get your stats. Now M.Irfan's age is 30 years. Ten years ago he was not into serious cricket. Then he was playing street cricket. PCB send him as replacement for some players for the England series in 2010. Due to the sudden call, lack of preparation & no time for acclamatization he broke down in both the matches. His speed was 132-135 kmph. But I must admit that then also I was impressed with him. Since then he started believing in himself and has improved big time. The package that you see now was incomplete (work in progress) a few years ago.


Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

Muhammad Irfan should have played 10 years ago (he is 33). Why he was dropped?? None of these players deserves to be in the team. Misbah, Asad Shafiq, Umar Gul, Asad Ali, Younas Khan or Imran Farhat. Why not pick a new side that are not scared of bouncers and can ball?

Posted by uzairamir on (February 12, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

pcb has to take tough measures and replace umar gul he is of no more use and is there in the team for 2 years without performing good

Posted by mkamd on (February 12, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

While everyone is focused on batting, I think Pakistan bowling did not do well either in first test. Definitely bringing Irfan on bouncy pitches is a reasonable move ( I am surprised why he was left out in the first place. South Africa's weakness is spin and bringing Abul Rahman in place of Gul is worth while. As far as batting is concerned its worth trying newer guys in place of Younis/ Azhar. They will continue to have problems against SA bowling line up as they let SA bowlers to dominate them. Faisal/Farhat are worth trying in remaining two games due to their better domestic cricket form.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 12, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

I agree with some comments here that if they want to cross 300 mark they should play against some school team.

Also Pakistan feilded well in the 1st test. I hope they continue to field well, this will give their bowlers some chance of remaining in the game.


Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 12, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

Before the start of the series even I had started getting the impression that this batting line-up was better than the one that went to England in 2010. Back then out of the eight innings that they played atleast on four occasions they were bowled out under 100. (70's & 80's). This time in the 1st innings they were bowled out for 49. The semi-solidity of the batting line up was restricted to flat wickets only.

The bowling was ok in the first innings. Getting bowled out for 250 , was something that even the proteas would not have expected in their own backyard. Now if they just add Irfan to the bowling lineup, the bowling will only improve with some agression from Junaid and Irfan. I dont expect much from Gul. Though Ajmal can show his magic in the second innings if the match goes to the 4th & 5th day, though i find it improbable.


Posted by NasserAliKhan on (February 12, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

May be Pakistan play a South African school team next time. This will help them to score 300+ in an innings - hopefully! This match was a non-event, except it showed AGAIN how incompetent our batting is, even against players who do not play first class cricket.

Posted by AamirAbuOzair on (February 12, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

Guys, we need to learn and learn fast. Saeed Ajmal struggled with bowling and Hafeez emerged better as a bowler. So I would leave Saeed Ajmal and bring in Abdur Rahman. This will give us a variety in spin bowling with Hafeez and Rahman. I would also bring in Imran Farhat in place of Azhar Ali. And he should open the batting with Nasir Jamshed. Hafeez should bat at no. 6, as he struggled with opening. Bring in Faisal Iqbal in place of Younis Khan and he should bat at No. 5. Promote Asad Shafiq to No. 3 and Misbah to take No. 4. Bring in Irfan for Rahat, Ehsan Adil for Gul and keep Junaid Khan. There are news that Junaid might not be fit and if this is the case then bring in Tanvir. Good Luck for the match. Let us put our best foot forward!

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

1. Hafeez, 2- Nasir, 3-Farhat, 4. Younis 5. Misbah, 6. Asad, 7. Sarfaraz, 8. Tanvir, 9. Abdur Rehman, 10. Junaid, 11. Irfan No need for Azhar, Gully n Ajmal as they are out of form and Farhat ahad an extra advantage as he is a LHB. But again ......... very slim chance of winning (01%), may be draw (10%) or South Africa will win (89%) .... Only prays can save our team ... May Allah help them....... ..Ameen!

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

3 changes are very important for the pakistani team in the 2nd test match muhammad irfan,imranfarhat,& umer gul is not looking in goood touch in the first test match but umer is the most experienced bowler in the lineup of pakistan.give a proper chance to azhar ali he is the leading test scorer for pakistan in recent years.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

You know the thing is everybody is getting worked up by the fact that the Pakistani's beat the Cobra's 2nd team. The fact that they lost 6 wickets in their 1st innings should be a truly worrisome stat. Unless Pakistan can come forward with some of the resolve the that the English have shown against us I cant see any other result than another massive drubbing.

Posted by HennopsRiverEnd on (February 12, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

The worst thing Pakistan could do is drop Ajmal.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

1 hafeez 2 farhat 3 nasir 4 yonis 5 misbah 6 asad 7 sarfraz 8 irfan 9 junaid 10 rehman or ajmal 11 gul or tnvir

Posted by mthi4life on (February 12, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

Ajmal will have a huge role to play in this Newlands test match.You can talk about the Pakistani fast bowlers all day they won't make the Proteas loose any sleep. If Ajmal is bowling in Newlands on the forth and fifth day then Pakistan will wind.It will no only turn on those days it will have BOUNCE.If Smith wins the toss,he will bat first so that he does not face Ajmal on the forth and fifth day.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

whatever team pakistan chooses. the result will be the same. The difference is the quality of the other team.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 12, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

Pakistan should retain the same team from the 2st test, except bring in M.Irfan in place of Rahat. Ideally I would like to see Irfan comming in place of Gul and Rahata continuing. But I know that will never happen. Young Ehsan Adil is definately good, but without any guidance from a senior pro this stage is too early for him and that too against SA, in SA.

Akram & Waqar were lucky to have Imran Khan guiding them in their budding days. Now Rahat, Ehsan & Irfan are not so lucky. Although I am happy with the development of Juanid Khan. I think by now Junaid is already proving to be a better bowler than Gul.


Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 12, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

@ Abid Shah :

You said the Pakistani bowlers performed well. But you left out the best performing bowler from your team. Do you really think that Gul & Tanvir deserve to be in the team ahead of M.Irfan. The bowling provided by you will never be able to get 20 SA wickets.


Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 12, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

According to me people are expecting too much from this over-hyped bowling attack. As far as their batting is concerned, they are in the dumps and that is no secret. Umar Gul who is supposed to be the leader of the pakistani attack would not have been in the team if Pakistan gave sufficient opportunities to other younsters at the right time. Also their star performer Ajmal, will get no assistance from the surfaces in SA. He will be reduced to the status of a mere passenger in this series. The batting is so poor that they cannot even get close to drawing a match, so they have to loose all the games. Though if their bowlers click and the batsmen give some support they can win an odd game. But that is a BIG IF.


Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 12, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

It is asking a bit too much from a no.4 ranked team to beat a no.1 ranked team in their own backyard. In this case it becomes a little more difficult because for the last 30 months Pakistan have played on flat surfaces. Most of these players are seeing such bouncy and pacey wicket for the first time. Moreover they have realied very heavily on spin (Ajmal-Rehman-Hafeez). Now suddenly they realise that they did not develop the fast bowlers required for such surfaces. Umar Gul who has played all practice games and all formats at the highest level including Bangladesh series is not good enough according to me. Pakistan should have rested Gul in the Bangladesh series and also against some lesser teams. But now they are left with trying all the younsters against such a formidable opponent and that too in their own backyard. This is poor planning by PCB.


Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

pakistan batting line should be :: 1. jamshed 2. azhar ali 3. M. hafeez 4. asad shafeeq 5. Misbah 6. Yunus 7. sarfraz

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 7:07 GMT)

Younis Khan scored runs and bowlers did a good job. Based on performance and match practice so far in this series. Pakistan should play following line up: 1, Hafeezm 2, Farhat, 3. Nasir, 4. YK, 5. Misbah 6. Asad, 7. Sarfaraz 8. Gul, 9. Tanvir 10. Ajmal 11. Junaid

One can argue for Irfan instead of Tanveer but on SA green wickets, Tanvir experience and pace is best suited to swing the ball. Plus he can bat better than Irfan,

Posted by javed.agrawala on (February 12, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

Thankfully Younus has scored. One necessary good innings and with his experience maybe he should be persevered with. Poor Azhar Ali is still without a score in, I believe, 9 (India and SA). He is good but is lacking confidence and to bank on his finding form in Cape Town would be unwise.

Imran Farhat is what we have and he did play a great innings at Headingley (as did Azhar ) in 2010, and is without any gross recent run of failures such as that of Azhar. Imran is brash and didn't handle Jimmy Anderson and the like in England well at all, but we don't have adequate bench strength. Faisal is an option but Imran does open and is a left hander! All combinations can be argued positively, actually.

In bowling Irfan should play without doubt as he presents us that vital chance of an otherwise impossible victory due to his disconcerting hight and aggression.This is a must win case or else the series is done and dusted.

Posted by Vehari-Express on (February 12, 2013, 4:51 GMT)

Practice with 2nd tier first class team....South Africans are providing enough chance for Pakistan team to have a good practice match against quality bowlers

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 3:17 GMT)

@hamza1982 Haris Sohail was reported to be injured during training and will not play in the tour.

Posted by sohail83 on (February 12, 2013, 2:12 GMT)

pakistan should definitely win and must utilze Farhat, Irfan and Abdur Rehman in place of Azhar, Rahat and Saeed keeping in view containment by Abdur Rehman , Lefty of farhat and surprise of irfan

Posted by   on (February 12, 2013, 2:06 GMT)

@hamza1982 haris sohail got injured on SA tour

Posted by Atifkhan3489 on (February 12, 2013, 2:05 GMT)

I think batting order will remain same but my suggestion is that in place of rahat,ihsan adil should be given a chance.i was a bit shocked in 1st test when i saw that adil is not playing.i hope he should get a game and perform very well

Posted by Sinhaya on (February 12, 2013, 0:33 GMT)

Well done Pakistan and congratulations. Hope the 2nd test will be exciting.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 12, 2013, 0:32 GMT)

@ The_big_j :

I completely agree with your comment regarding Azhar-Farhat. In the last 3 years Azhar has proved to be a better player with better technique and temperament. Just a few failures against a very high quality opposition in very difficult conditions should not spoil his hard work. As far as Farhat is concerned he did not even deserve to be in the team after his umpteen failures. He just keeps comming back because he is the son-in-law of Mohd.Ilya (an ex-chief selector).

Had Taufeeq & Harris not been injured, I would have advocated for their inclusion. But not Farhat. Infact the PCB has limited Misbah's resources by having Farhat & Faisal Iqbal (relative of J.Miandad) together in the squad. Poor Misbah has limited options.


Posted by maddy20 on (February 11, 2013, 23:51 GMT)

172-6 against Cape Cobras? if Pakistan keep batting this way then we can expect more under 100 scores from them in the series. I am guessing there will be atleast one more!

Posted by Desihungama on (February 11, 2013, 23:10 GMT)

A. Rehman for Ajmal, Irfan for Rahat and Azhar Ali needs to make way (Only in this series) for Farhat. They can perhaps play Tanvir for Hafeez because both are going to score same number of runs and take same number of wickets so why not surprise the opposition?

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 22:36 GMT)

This is South African trap, remember the first tour game, pak batsmen played a few shots against a third class attack and thought they would be able to counter Steyn and co.. hehe same here now before 2nd test

Posted by t20cric on (February 11, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

@Sports4Youth I think Misbah knows that Irfan is a good player but the question is will he be able to bowl for long periods of time because against SA you will certainly have to. Irfan should really work on his fitness so that he can be selected easily. there is no question of his skill but he needs to be more fit and field better.

I think adding Abdur Rehman instead of Ajmal will be a good idea as long as there is atleast one spinner on the team.I'm not sure doubting Ajmal is a very good idea but its worth a try. Also getting rid of Hafeez will be a little expensive because he bowled very well against SA in their first innings and can bat well usually.

Posted by SaadRocx on (February 11, 2013, 21:05 GMT)

I agree with Rolling_in_The_Deep, Its time to make a Brave decision...Drop Ajmal for either Rehman or another batsman...as Proteas have read him quite well..and Drop Rahat Ali for either Tanvir Ahmed or Mohd Irfan...Batting Needs to Click!!!

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

At least Pakistan have now had some practice in Cape Town; that should stand them in good stead. The big issue is gonna be how they handle the seam attack on SA's favourite wicket. Their best hope for salvation may lie in SA's frequent complacency, thought hey have improved on this in recent test times.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (February 11, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

such a missed oppertunity for Harish Sohail.. Pakistan middle order was struggling and he could have made his way in. Umar akmal should have been sent to replace him.

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 20:47 GMT)

Looking forward to watching that 7-foot-tall beast bowl at Newlands... should be a cracking encounter

Posted by DeckChairand6pack on (February 11, 2013, 20:40 GMT)

A nice performance from the 49ers whose confidence must have taken a battering after the Wanderers. I'm looking forward to more of a contest in Cape Town. But this is a ground where the Proteas play well and I cannot see passed a home win, or at the very least a draw. The Pakistan bowling looked a bit underpowered in Joburg and unless they improve I think someone in the Proteas line up is going to get a very big ton.

Posted by yasser211 on (February 11, 2013, 20:39 GMT)

I would drop Hafeez and bring in Farhat. No way that Hafeez is overcoming this attack.

Posted by Iddy on (February 11, 2013, 20:35 GMT)

I have no issue with Azhar Ali. However looking at his form recently he has not looked comfortable in his batting for a while now. He struggled in India and looks out of sorts here. He plays too many deliveries not for many runs and then gets out. For me Imran Farahat should open with Nasir Jamshed and Mohammed Irfan replace Rahat Ali. Faharat can attack and if it comes off then he can spoil the bowlers rhythm. I would not dismiss Rahat Ali altogether yet but for now who is available for the 2nd Test I would like the following 11. Jamshed, Fahrat, Hafeez, Younus, Misbah, Shafiq, Sarfraz, Gul, Ajmal, Junaid, Irfan.

Posted by hamza1982 on (February 11, 2013, 20:02 GMT)

please Pak dont play Farhat. He is an example of the nepotism that still exists in Pakistani cricket. My XI: Hafeez, Jamshed, Azhar, Younis, Misbah, Shafiq, Sarfaraz, Gul, Irfan, Ajmal, Junaid

By the way, why has Haris Sohail not been tried in the warm up matches???

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

I agree with jimmy2s, Azhar showed a lot of grit in the first game and deserves to play on. He has a decent average, and a tight technique. The problem seems to be in his game plan, he has to work out a model where he nudges the ball around for sufficient runs in the form of ones and twos before he gets an unplayable ripper.

Posted by The_big_j on (February 11, 2013, 19:19 GMT)

Misbah is going to stick with the playing 11 maybe he brings in irfan for rahat but I don't think Irfan is going to have much impact SA are not bothered by bounce they have plenty of tall bowlers in their cricket. Azhar Ali is a solid number 3 and Imran Farhat is not better than him his technique blows so Azhar Ali should play, I think younis should bat after misbah in the batting order. Also Abdur Rahman should be brought in instead of ajmal as he can slog to a good 10-20-30 runs lower down the order.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 11, 2013, 19:05 GMT)

I would prefer the following team for the 2nd test :

1.Hafeez, 2.Jamshed, 3.Azhar, 4.Younis, 5.Misbah, 6.Asad, 7.Sarfraz, 8.A.Rehman, 9.Junaid, 10.Ehsan, 11.M.Irfan.

But I think Misbah will play Ajmal & Gul inplace of A.Rehman & Ehsan. Except that Abdur Rehman can streangthen the batting, it wont matter too much.


Posted by Rolling_in_The_Deep on (February 11, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

Time for a brave decision.. Drop Ajmal and get another batsman.. Three pacers gul, junaid and irfan.. Hafeez as a spinner.. Drop Azhar ali and bring in Farhat because azhar not only score runs at snails pace but he is also out of form these days..

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

Pakistan certainly needs to take few bold decisions, Ajmal the world class spinner should be rested in newlands as A Rehman bowls quicker through the air and can come good against SA middle order who play off spin so well. with the nature of pitches and quality attack of SA, Pakistan needs to beef up middle/lower middle order as they will get plenty of opportunities to score once the ball gets 25-30 overs old. Farhat to open with Jamshed and push Hafeez down to number 3 or 4.

Posted by peercricket on (February 11, 2013, 18:10 GMT)

IF PAKISTAN WANT TO LEVEL THE SERIES then Misbah have to take some brave and timely decisions...No doubt Saeed ajmal is world class bowler but he is looking off color so far ,so y shouldn,t try A.Rehman who grab the opportunity with both hands in the practice match or try another pacer may be tanvir depending upon pitch condition similarly Azhar is a promising young prospect but he is out of touch as well so why not included one more lefty in the batting line up to eliminate Styen out swing threats...???

Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 11, 2013, 17:20 GMT)

Except Misbah nobody has doubt that Irfan if good. After the Indian tour even the selectors felt that he is much improved and deserved to be in the original squad for SA. But for some strange reason Misbah asked for additional re-inforcements and drafted Rahat straight into the playing eleven. Poor Rahat after being ignored in the original squad, would not have been mentally prepared for the sudden debut. Meanwhile it was Irfan who was high on confidence after the indian tour.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 11, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

Proud of our Bowling Unit now its time for Batsmen to Improve during 2nd Test.My Playing XI: Hafeez, Jamshed, Azar, Younis, Misbah, Shafiq, Sarfaraz, Gul, Irfan, Ehsan, Junaid...All the Best Pakistan.Come On Green Army Come on....

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

At last an international Class Performance for Team Pakistan where quality performers came into grips nicely. Tanivr and Irfan both should be inducted in the final 11 for the cape town test even it is going to be on the cost of losing Umar Gul as he seems to be too tired to bowl. Batting should not be shuffled and the same batting order that struggled in the last match should be tried again. They have performed in the past and they will perform again. One more things that Pakistan should do bravely is to drop Saeed Ajmal. He is undoubtedly a great bowler but Abdur Rehman brings more utility on SA Tracks as he creates the left arm angle. My best wishes with the green team...

Posted by   on (February 11, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

Good job. Just need to get through first twenty overs of new ball then you can play the way SHAFIQ and MISBAH did in second innings in first test.

Posted by AK47_pk on (February 11, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

A great confidence booster win. I wud like to see hafeez batting at 6 nd asad promoted to number 4. Let imran nd nasir open as both are left handers nd it, ll be easy for them to play steyn. Imran, nasir , yunis , asad , misbah , hafeez , sarfraz , gul , ajmal , junaid nd irfan

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