South Africa v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Bloemfontein March 10, 2013

Misbah ponders all-round failure

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A batsman to see off more than half the overs, bowlers who could continually apply pressure, and committed fielding on the biggest ground in South Africa, is what Misbah-ul-Haq felt he needed in Bloemfontein. In other words, "everything went wrong," and he admitted as much.

Everything from selection - Pakistan were a seamer short - to the toss, where AB de Villiers was happy Misbah sent him in, to the efforts with bat and ball.

On a flat pitch, Misbah conceded that although he would have preferred a target of around 280, "even nine an over was chaseable," to fall so far short was not a good reflection on Pakistan. The bowling was challenging - there was some swing from Lonwabo Tsotsobe and some bounce from Ryan McLaren - but it was not impossible to score.

What Pakistan lacked was someone with the temperament to stay at the crease. Mohammad Hafeez was unlucky - "what can you do?" Misbah said in response to questions about the run-out - but Nasir Jamshed and Younis Khan chased wide deliveries, Asad Shafiq misdirected a hook, Misbah was found wanting against the short ball and Shoaib Malik did not pick a slower one.

"We needed someone to bat through," Misbah said "It's difficult when you are losing wickets to chase a total like that. Wickets in hand is key. You want your main batsmen to go in and keep scoring."

Having conceded a large total, it was important that Pakistan's batsmen showed more discipline than their bowlers. The attack did not escape Misbah's criticism. "We did not manage to take wickets, we could not manage to create pressure and the fielding was mediocre," he said.

It is not the time for crisis talks yet, though. Misbah chose to take a measured view of the defeat. "Everybody knows what we did wrong. We need to improve the areas we are bowling, build more partnerships and every batsmen who is set needs to carry on."

Not so for South Africa. Even though the next match is five days away, AB de Villiers said the boost this has given the team will serve them well for the rest of the series. "We've got confidence now," he said. "We had a really good performance with a lot of pressure on us."

Expectation on South Africa was low before this series because they appeared an unsettled unit. It is only one performance but already they look ready to shelve that notion as the former bit-part players had starring roles. Colin Ingram, Farhaan Behardien and Ryan McLaren were under the most scrutiny coming into the match and all three put in impressive performances.

Ingram had to build an innings and a partnership, and faith in him appeared low when de Villiers came in at No.3 instead of him. "It's taken us a while to come up with some sort of plan for batting. When we have a solid foundation, like we did today, it's a good time for me to come in," de Villiers explained. "I enjoy playing against the spinners and I can work it around a little."

Ingram followed soon after and helped de Villiers create the "game changer," with a 120-run stand. "We hussled between deliveries, we showed intent and we showed two good cricket brains," de Villiers said. "We played the spinners well so it was easy for me to bat with Colin."

Behardien showed his ability to finish, something that he has not managed to do so far. The end result was that the bowlers went into the second half with an advantage and McLaren exploited it fully.

On his home turf, he used the short ball well and formed an important part of the seam quartet that tied Pakistan down. McLaren has not had his standout performance in ODI cricket yet, and with Dale Steyn returning and Morne Morkel close to recovery, he needed to do something to prove his worth.

"It's probably the most pleasing thing of all to watch Ryan develop," de Villiers said. "Every game I have ever played against, he has been a real fighter and even though he struggled in the past, to see him perform like this is great. He looks comfortable at this level now."

With an all-round effort from his charges, de Villiers found the captaincy less of a burden and "felt more in control." He was also able to gauge the level of commitment from the men he commands, and on the evidence of this effort, he was satisfied. "I can see guys wanting to be in this team and perform in this team," he said. Even those who didn't do that emphatically in previous games.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    Pakistan need to change the combination..not playing in subcontinent where u r going with 4 spinners...After beating india in india with 3 fast bowlers how can any one change the winning combination n play a less quick bowler on pitches which always help fast bowlers. Bad selection misbah bring irfan or wahab in bring umar akmal in..N pls do something with the fielding bring jamshed inside the circle in last 15 overs he is not a good mover.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | March 13, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Pakistan team for odi should be: (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Kamran Akmal (3) Hafeez (4) Asad Shafeeq (5) Umar Akmal (6) Haris Sohail (7) Afridi (8) Anwar Ali (9) Ajmal (10) Junaid Khan (11) Irfan For God sake please try this combination for once. there is no place for misbah, younas, azhar, gul and imran farhat in odi's. Misbah and Younas should only play in test matches now. shoaib malik and gul are only good in t20's. pakistan must find a replacement of Abdul razzaq quickly.

  • POSTED BY revolution72 on | March 13, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    will u pls retire misbah and give young players a chance

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Hafeez comes in and gives his best every game. It is the others who need to pay attention and value the selection in the national team. They should be proud to play for Pakistan but also learn the skills that are necessary for a professional cricketer.

  • POSTED BY spellbinder76 on | March 12, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    Pakistan has the best ODI player Fawad Alam with an average of 40+ and a temprament to bat under crisis. He has played many match winning knocks for Pakistan and Karachi. After the efforts of Misbah and Youn us Khan in the ICC WC semi-final they should never ever have been consi9dered for any ODI. Both are good test players. I would select Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzak uin place of Asad Shafiq, Younus Khan, Misbah and Imran Farhat. The selectors kicked out Fawad Aolam after one bad performance, while Kamran Akmal, Younus and Misbah are failing regularly. Pakistan need a new captain, a new coach and a couple of middle order batsmen who can play in a crisis situation.

  • POSTED BY spellbinder76 on | March 12, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Fawad Alam has an average of 40+ and he is the best ODI player under crisis. His records are for everyone to see. After the disasterous show of Misbah and Younus Khan in the ICC WC semi-final they still get selceted is a mystery. They are good test players. Asad Shafiq, Younus Khan, Misbah and Imran Farhat have tried anf failed many times. The selectors did not selcet Fawad Aolam after one bad performance, while Kamran Akmal, Younus and Misbah are failing regularly. Pakistan need a new captain, a one reliable middle order batsmen who can play in a crisis situation.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Afridi has started getting his batting form a bit. Even with good batting his bowling was just horrible. Misbah,younis,asad should be replaced with umar akmal, ahmed shehzad, and abdul razzak. Instead of having shoaib malik in the side replace him with muhammad irfan. As you know Kamran akmal is a horrible wicket keeper and hasn't been batting. If possible replace him with Adnan Akmal. My selection and batting order would be: Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shezad, Mohammad hafeez, Afridi (capt) , Umar akmal, Abdul razzak, Adnan Akmal (wkt), Umar gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid khan, Muhammad irfan.

  • POSTED BY PakCricSpin on | March 12, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Well like everyone else said, the gap between the teams is just huge. Pakistanis don't have the batsmen who can stay at the crease. Their skills are mediocre. I don't want to say the bowling is THAT bad, but it could be better if the fielding gets better and the bowlers show some discipline.

    I think it is all about intent and dedication. These Pakistani players are not out there for greatness or victory. It is a culture of survival. Each player wants to stay in the squad as long as possible to earn the money. With that mindset you can only go this far. That's it.

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | March 11, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    kingsland selection board ODI TEAM 1.Afridi(CAPT) 2.Razzak(Vice-Capt) 3. Hafeez 4. Ahmed Shahzad 5. Imran Nazir 6. U. Akmal(WKT) 7.Irfan 8. Junaid 9. Sohaib 10. Ajmal 11.Haris/Owais Zia

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    On a batting wicket Misbah opted to field first. That was wrong. With this batting unit they can't chase a total of 300 against a time like south africa in south africa. The selection was also wrong, they should have played irfan or wahab. Kamran may be used as opener and hafiz at 3. Pakistan team should also learn to bat full 50 overs so that margin of defeat would be lot lesser than this.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    Pakistan need to change the combination..not playing in subcontinent where u r going with 4 spinners...After beating india in india with 3 fast bowlers how can any one change the winning combination n play a less quick bowler on pitches which always help fast bowlers. Bad selection misbah bring irfan or wahab in bring umar akmal in..N pls do something with the fielding bring jamshed inside the circle in last 15 overs he is not a good mover.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | March 13, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Pakistan team for odi should be: (1) Nasir Jamshed (2) Kamran Akmal (3) Hafeez (4) Asad Shafeeq (5) Umar Akmal (6) Haris Sohail (7) Afridi (8) Anwar Ali (9) Ajmal (10) Junaid Khan (11) Irfan For God sake please try this combination for once. there is no place for misbah, younas, azhar, gul and imran farhat in odi's. Misbah and Younas should only play in test matches now. shoaib malik and gul are only good in t20's. pakistan must find a replacement of Abdul razzaq quickly.

  • POSTED BY revolution72 on | March 13, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    will u pls retire misbah and give young players a chance

  • POSTED BY on | March 13, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Hafeez comes in and gives his best every game. It is the others who need to pay attention and value the selection in the national team. They should be proud to play for Pakistan but also learn the skills that are necessary for a professional cricketer.

  • POSTED BY spellbinder76 on | March 12, 2013, 23:05 GMT

    Pakistan has the best ODI player Fawad Alam with an average of 40+ and a temprament to bat under crisis. He has played many match winning knocks for Pakistan and Karachi. After the efforts of Misbah and Youn us Khan in the ICC WC semi-final they should never ever have been consi9dered for any ODI. Both are good test players. I would select Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzak uin place of Asad Shafiq, Younus Khan, Misbah and Imran Farhat. The selectors kicked out Fawad Aolam after one bad performance, while Kamran Akmal, Younus and Misbah are failing regularly. Pakistan need a new captain, a new coach and a couple of middle order batsmen who can play in a crisis situation.

  • POSTED BY spellbinder76 on | March 12, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Fawad Alam has an average of 40+ and he is the best ODI player under crisis. His records are for everyone to see. After the disasterous show of Misbah and Younus Khan in the ICC WC semi-final they still get selceted is a mystery. They are good test players. Asad Shafiq, Younus Khan, Misbah and Imran Farhat have tried anf failed many times. The selectors did not selcet Fawad Aolam after one bad performance, while Kamran Akmal, Younus and Misbah are failing regularly. Pakistan need a new captain, a one reliable middle order batsmen who can play in a crisis situation.

  • POSTED BY on | March 12, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Afridi has started getting his batting form a bit. Even with good batting his bowling was just horrible. Misbah,younis,asad should be replaced with umar akmal, ahmed shehzad, and abdul razzak. Instead of having shoaib malik in the side replace him with muhammad irfan. As you know Kamran akmal is a horrible wicket keeper and hasn't been batting. If possible replace him with Adnan Akmal. My selection and batting order would be: Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shezad, Mohammad hafeez, Afridi (capt) , Umar akmal, Abdul razzak, Adnan Akmal (wkt), Umar gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid khan, Muhammad irfan.

  • POSTED BY PakCricSpin on | March 12, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Well like everyone else said, the gap between the teams is just huge. Pakistanis don't have the batsmen who can stay at the crease. Their skills are mediocre. I don't want to say the bowling is THAT bad, but it could be better if the fielding gets better and the bowlers show some discipline.

    I think it is all about intent and dedication. These Pakistani players are not out there for greatness or victory. It is a culture of survival. Each player wants to stay in the squad as long as possible to earn the money. With that mindset you can only go this far. That's it.

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | March 11, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    kingsland selection board ODI TEAM 1.Afridi(CAPT) 2.Razzak(Vice-Capt) 3. Hafeez 4. Ahmed Shahzad 5. Imran Nazir 6. U. Akmal(WKT) 7.Irfan 8. Junaid 9. Sohaib 10. Ajmal 11.Haris/Owais Zia

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    On a batting wicket Misbah opted to field first. That was wrong. With this batting unit they can't chase a total of 300 against a time like south africa in south africa. The selection was also wrong, they should have played irfan or wahab. Kamran may be used as opener and hafiz at 3. Pakistan team should also learn to bat full 50 overs so that margin of defeat would be lot lesser than this.

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | March 11, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Misbah, Younis, Asad should say BYE to ODI. Lala Afridi should be CAPT, bring back fast players like; Ahmed Shahzad, Abdul Razzak, Haris Sohail, Imran Nazir and little boom Owais Zia.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Misbah is not changing batting order as per situation of the match is the one of the reason for defeat.As per analyst our fast bowlers bowled 60 percent good length balls in their first spell.Second spell they bowled 60 percent fuller balls.We have seen most of the batsmen out because they did not use their feets.They did not come in line of the ball .They did this because of the run rate pressure and good bowling.Putting SA after winning the toss and not getting early breakthrough is also the reason of the defeat.

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | March 11, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Pakistan won in India due to Nasir Jamshed. He has looked a pale and fragile player this tour. Someone like Misbah or hafeez would have to take the responsibility themselves

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | March 11, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    Misbah himself should bat up the order as he seems to be the one with a calm head and he can make up for the dots he plays even later in the innings or atleast he should back himself to do that. Let younis at 4 and Shafiq at 5, they can finish the innings for you against the old ball.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | March 11, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    this is not acceptable at all. they need to learn the value for playing a national side. most of players are taking all this forgranted. hafeez n rest should stop their dirty politics. Pakistan need format specialists. Umar Akmal must play in middle order. give him confidence. get haris sohail in middle order and play kamran opener and haffez at 3. Malik gul and afridi are only for t20 now.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | March 11, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    If you're going to pick Afridi, you HAVE to shove him up the order. He's a hit and miss player, and if he's having a 'miss' kind of game, then the team needs to find out sooner rather than later. And by the same token, if he's having a 'hit' game, then he needs some batting partners with him, not just tail enders. He needs to open or bat at 3.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    It is a very brittle and weak batting line up...where no batsman gives the opposing bowlers any jitters like sehwag, tendulkar, kohli, cook,pietersen, sangakkara, gayle, de villiers, amla, smith, kallis do... After '99 we havent had a solid (atleast on paper) line up when we had Anwar, Sohail, Ijaz, Yousuf, Miandad,Salim Malik, Inzamam, Moin, Rashid, Wasim, Razzak, Saqlain, Waqar, Shoaib, Mushtaq, Aqib Javed.

    We need to unearth batting talent to be a force in cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Dear Pakistani fans, pl note many teams before you have suffered same disasters in South african pitches. No need to go overboard in taking your team to the gallows...they are not that bad an outfit as you makeout to be ..

    Ravi

  • POSTED BY revolution72 on | March 11, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    1. Nasir 2. Kamran 3. Shafiq 4. Hafeez 5. Umar 6. Malik 7. Rahman/Irfan 8. Afridi 9. Gul 10. Junaid 11. Ajmal

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    yes PAk faile in allround. 1st they selected only 2 fast bowlers on SA wickets? and then choosing to bowl 1st. if the reason for that is the early on seaming conditions then why not 3rd fast bowler. going in with 4 spinners in SA is too stupid decision. thats where they need a medium pace batting allrounder to balance.

    chasing is never their stronghold and they never chased more than 260 in last 3 years.

    jamsed chased a wide 1, younas,asad kamran akmal were too slow to score & fell to their own pressure, misbah out cheaply down leg side, and misbah -younas partnership was too slow when RRR was over 7.

    Dont know why hafeez is persisting with opening. he should come down the order. kamran akmal is waste down the order. he should open.

    Good to see some afridi shots. Malik should give way to a 3rd fast bowler. Asad/younas should give way to Umar akmal. asad/misbah/younas can not be in same 11. all too slow to chase big targets.

  • POSTED BY CricketMaan on | March 11, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    What is Misbah doing in this team? Is he part of the 2015 WC plans? Hafeez has shown he can lead in the shorter format, so why not push the button now? Bring on the likes of Harris Sohail etc. and see how they perform, can't waste oppurtunities to play on bouncy wickets for that is what they will get in Aus-NZ

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    bring new blood in the team. my team for 2nd ODI.

    1) Hafeez, 2) Kamran akmal, 3) Misbah 4) Asad Shafiq 5) Umer Ukmal 6)Shoaib Malik 7)Afridi 8) Saeed Ajmal 9) Wahab Riaz 10)Umer Gull 11)Muhammad Irfan

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Well honestlyy ridiculous decisions in the 1st ODI...Shahid Afridi and Malik just dont deserve a chance in this team. V serously need a Fast Bowling all rounder and v havnt tried or found in so many years now...there is so much talent in this country in every department of the game...every child, youngster plays cricket and follows it...v serously need to invest in our youth and giv some economical stability for the emergence of new players....no infrastructure at grass root level...we hav all the RAW talent which has been wasted now for so many years...just unacceptable...

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    improve everytime you do mistakes?...this team with misbah keeps repeating same mistakes over n over again....worst captain, worst batsmen, worst fielders, now even the bowling looks average, this team belongs below west indies in ODI rankings.

  • POSTED BY docsunny on | March 11, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    The main problem is that Pakistan team is not up to snuff. There is a huge gulf between the two sides.The strength of a team is gauged by their bench . Just look at the two sides , there is no comparison. The truth of the matter is that Pakistan batsmen don't have the skills and mental strength that it takes to stay at the crease and perform at international level. Their much touted fast bowling is mediocre at best , and their inept fielding makes it look even worse. Their only class bowler Ajmal has been sorted out by the saffas. They have the longest tail and the worst wicket keeper batsman in present day cricket. Majority of teams including BD have a dependable WK/ Batsman. They cant expect to win any games in this series unless SA screws up badly.Winning is not always important and there is no shame in being beaten by a better side but the lack of application and dedication is embarrasing.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    There were huge lack in the playing XI same as 1st test match irfan dropped again. Lack of 1 fast bowler, Asad shafiq was not the first choice to play at no. 4, u need to send Kami at 3 or 4 but all the things were unpredictable regarding Misbah's captaincy. now, Pakistan needs to make a strong comeback in the rest of the matches, RSA shows again the can dominate Pakistan in shorter formats too....

  • POSTED BY Resultpredictor on | March 11, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    Misbah be ready for more defeats and prepare well in advance for the excuses as Pakistan is not going to win this series at any cost. At present this Pakistan side is worst than a club team. Even club team can perform far better than this mediocre Pakistan team

  • POSTED BY Toescrusher on | March 11, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    They just can't bat; this is how simple it is. If you are hopping that they can still bat then you are simply hoping against the hope! Pakistan once had very strong batting line such as during the Kerry Packer World X1 Team where top five batsmen were from Pakistan; reason behind that strength of batting was selection on merit.

  • POSTED BY Omarrz on | March 11, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    Playing only 2 fast bowlers and then opting to bowl first was the most crappiest decision I have ever seen by any team management. You know your strength is spinners. And 2nd innings in a day game always help spinners.

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | March 11, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    It a time Misbah, Younis should retire from ODI. Wrong decision to bat first from Misbah. Asad not deserve for ODI game. PAK team should bring Abdul Razzak, Imran Nazir, Haris Shoail, Ahmed Shahzad. Great performance from LALA Afirdi, and CONGRT for 301 sixs in ODI. LALA should be ODI CAPT.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    I can,t understand why Pakistan always expect miracle,s from a player like Afridi who is neither a bowler/batsman nor a full fledged all rounder.He has had enough of time to prove himself at all levels but he is consistently failing to prove his worth .He has batted on all positions from 1 to 10 but times and again he keeps on failing. If Pakistan wants to prepare themselves for next WC they need to look for full fledged specialists bowlers /batsman and an all-rounder could do rather than relying on these bits and pieces of players who neither Bastmen nor allrounders. Look for good wicket keeper who can bat like a specialist batsman not lie kamran akmal who doesn,t know even his traits of trade Leave out Afridi, Akmal,Misbah Look for a specialist opener with Nasir and move down Hafiz and bring in Umer Akmal and provide these bunch of players with specialised coaching in different departments of the game.

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    Pakistan are clearly missing someone like mohd. yousuf who could bat throughout the innings as misbah said. sad that no one yet emerged for the place of yousuf :(

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    Fawad Alam is Pakistans best batsman overall. And also misbah is way to old. most players who were old and played cricket were actually good. Pakistan also has to give some new young players a chance. They took a young batsman named haris sohail to the tour in india. he did amazing in the u 19 also there is anwar ali who can beat the batsman always. Also there us a lot of discrimination. Just because some players are form Karachi or other places they will not take the players. Most of the selectors also only take their reletives or friends. Like Imran Faarhat. He couldnot bat for his life but he was still selected for being the son in law of the selector. There has to be some big changes in the team if we want to compete with teams like south Africa

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    I want pak lost 5-0 So atleast pak selector drop Misbah n Yunus which will b great for Pak team,plsss don.t select them for Champions Tropby

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    I wonder .. why was shahid Afridi sent so late... even if his batting is unpredictable and out of form ... they should taken chances ... sent him earlier ... if he stayed there for 5 overs ... the RR would have been reduced to very much doable

  • POSTED BY on | March 11, 2013, 0:17 GMT

    Not surprisingly the home team won. The dilemma for Team Pakistan is that there is no justification for playing all three of Yunus, Shafiq and Misbah as their strike rate does not justify their inclusion in the XI unless they can rotate the strike on an ongoing basis. On the other hand if they include all rounders like Hafeez, Malik, Afridi and Kamran they are unlikely to cope against good quality fast bowling on a consistent basis as they lack high level of technical skills particularly as there are now two new balls in ODIs. Remember although in this match Hafeez was unlucky to get out but prior to do this he was dropped. I could not understand the logic of not playing Umar Akmal. For the remainder of the ODIs team management will have to be ruthless and take risks by choosing the following: 1. Jamshed, 2. Hafeez, 3. Kamran, 4. Misbah, 5. Umar, 6. Malik, 7. Afridi, 8. Wahab, 9. Gul, 10. Ajmal, 11. Junaid. Also TEAM PAKISTAN desperately need to find some world class players.

  • POSTED BY imranmujtaba on | March 10, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    Could anyone tell me how many time Misbah was MoM in ODI's?

  • POSTED BY imranmujtaba on | March 10, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    Poor Misbah, do not accept he is a weakest link in this team! He should STOP criticising bowlers, as Pak only win because of good bowling performance. 300-350 is always on card on this wicket but Misbah and Younis need 100 overs to score 300-350. Why Kamran and Afridi didn't play in top 4/5 after knowing the target?? Poor captaincy disturbing whole team and a nation. GO MISBAH PLEASE!!

  • POSTED BY ekirmani on | March 10, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    Name me a single TOP side in the world that plays ODI's with two seamers? Pakistan's team composition is horrible, and isnt it painstakingly obvious that Misbah and Younis do not belong in the ODI team? With the amount of balls they waste how can we win a single match? And Kamran akmal doesnt belong in ANY format, he hasn't performed with the gloves OR the bat ever since he was let back into the team. Tough decisions have to be made with these "Senior" players otherwise dont expect Pak to win anything ever again.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    Pak Batting Order should be : 1) Shahid Afridi 2) Nasir Jamshed 3) Mohammad Hafiz 4) Misbah-ul-Haq* 5) Asad Shafiq 6) Shoaib Malik 7) Younis Khan 8) Kamran Akmal 9) Saeed Ajmal 10) Umar gul 11) Junaid Khan Bowling Criteria Give Younis Khan atleast 3 overs in a match; shoaib malik 3; saeed ajmal 10; umar gul 7 ; Mohammad hafiz 9 ; Shahid Afridi 9 ; junaid khan 9 overs. Consider opening bowling with spinners " pak has more spinners then seamers in their side so they should put their trust and confidence into opening with their spin bowling" . I reinterate pak has 100% talent more then any other team to be no1 team for cricket format there;s issue of game strategy i.e bowling order/batting order and level of confidence and one consistent performer for batting up- in the order is certainly the pre-requisites pak would need for long term success.

  • POSTED BY Shahzadhussan on | March 10, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    As long as Misbha is in the 11 there is no chance of Paksitan to achieve any thing sustantial. Having Misbah in the team is the biggest unfortunate for Pakistan team

  • POSTED BY Kak-mal_Khan on | March 10, 2013, 22:18 GMT

    Pakistan excitedly celebrated the mickey mouse one-off T20 victory like winning the world cup - this level of response separates the men from the boys. SA will destroy Pakistan 5-0 in ODI, even SA have the nerve to leave out Steyn, Kallis, Morkel, Philander - Im sure had this series been against India, England, Australia the big guns would have come out to play!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    Pakistan doesn't need to follow the game plan south africa is setting them self's up and must have unique plan for every game so bring in ABDUL REHMAN into bowling as if he had been selected for tests then pak would had fair luck to beat SA in tests for sure. Pak team has every reason and talent to win the series but there game plan is poor , they are afraid to play attacking shots and trying to play defensive strokes otherwise if the batsman had enjoyed batting then they wouldn't be scared and wouldn't play so defensive with fear of getting out as if they were facing Shoaib Akhtar bowling against them. Batting order certainly requires changes. One thing Pakistan batting need is ONE consistent performer almost every match "up" in the order that will have their moral's up-high for their batting performance and will build good batting side for pak. Batting order should be: 1) Shahid Afridi 2) Nasir Jamshed 3) Mohammad Hafiz 4) Misbah-ul Haq 5) Asad Shafiq 6) Shoaib Malik 7) Kamran Akmal

  • POSTED BY Atta95 on | March 10, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    Pakistan did not loose because their bowling or batting. It was the fielding!!!!! Miss fielding put Pakistan bowler in pressure. The setting of the fielding was wrong. Too many singles. If you notice afridi played well today with the {bat} and in the last match. he should come at no 4 remove Kamran and malik and bring umar and one all rounder.

  • POSTED BY avmd on | March 10, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    Misbah is consistent, he does the same act again and again. Tuk Tuk, a six then Tuk Tuk. With his slow batting, he always brings the team at the position of no hope and gets out. Leaving the batsmen after him to do a miracle. His captaincy and tactics are even worst. Hope this is his last tour, as a player and as captain. FGS, get rid of him. Officially he is 37 and the way players manage to hide their age in subcontinents, India, BD, SL included, we have to add at least 2 years in everyone's stated age, that makes him 39.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    On a flat track like this, when you decided to field first is considered to be a very defensive tactic. Misbah is just not learning with his mistakes, bowling choices were so limited, he had to give a chance to wahab riaz. Secondly kamran akmal's keeping is getting worst n worst, I'm sure that a club level keeper is far far better then him, his batting already sucks, so I thik they have to groom umar akmal as a keeper just like Africa did, also our main attacking fast bowler Gul is so inconsistent, like often a match winning performance followed by 10 to 12 matches getting thrashed by the batsmen all around. Usually pak win matches just because of some fantastic performances from one or two players which is just not good enough to beat a team like this. If they want to beat south africa, they have to give a whole unit performance, otherwise Africa will easily thrash 'em.

  • POSTED BY kickassPakistan on | March 10, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    what an ordinary and senseless decision to bowl first after winning the toss on a pitch that was clearly there for the taking.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    when half of the team members are captain and ever individual wants to be a hero then we got such type of results

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Hopeless situation for Pakistan. They look worse than a club side playing against a thoroughly professional side.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    I think we need to be patient with this Pakistan team however they still need to be held accountable for lack of direction from senior members as well as the team selection Why is Umar Akmal ignored he is easily the best ODI batsmen in this Pakistan side. He has a healthy average around 39 and SR of 86 why is he ignored? Team management really needs to explain their decision of excluding him. Also why are people like Malik and Kamran Akmal who have been average to poor for 3-4 years now consistently getting games, while Umar and Azhar are ignored. Misbah will feel the pressure if Pakistan fail to be competitive.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Pakistan should drop Younas & shoaib.bring in akmal & wahab and send kamran akmal on one down position

  • POSTED BY Major85D on | March 10, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    With misbah as captain, and whatmore as coach, there is no hope, pakistan will win one of the five ODIs!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    That's what a quality opposition does - lay bare all your flaws and weaknesses. That's what has happened in Pakistan's case.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    That's what a quality opposition does - lay bare all your flaws and weaknesses. That's what has happened in Pakistan's case.

  • POSTED BY Major85D on | March 10, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    With misbah as captain, and whatmore as coach, there is no hope, pakistan will win one of the five ODIs!

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Pakistan should drop Younas & shoaib.bring in akmal & wahab and send kamran akmal on one down position

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    I think we need to be patient with this Pakistan team however they still need to be held accountable for lack of direction from senior members as well as the team selection Why is Umar Akmal ignored he is easily the best ODI batsmen in this Pakistan side. He has a healthy average around 39 and SR of 86 why is he ignored? Team management really needs to explain their decision of excluding him. Also why are people like Malik and Kamran Akmal who have been average to poor for 3-4 years now consistently getting games, while Umar and Azhar are ignored. Misbah will feel the pressure if Pakistan fail to be competitive.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Hopeless situation for Pakistan. They look worse than a club side playing against a thoroughly professional side.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    when half of the team members are captain and ever individual wants to be a hero then we got such type of results

  • POSTED BY kickassPakistan on | March 10, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    what an ordinary and senseless decision to bowl first after winning the toss on a pitch that was clearly there for the taking.

  • POSTED BY on | March 10, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    On a flat track like this, when you decided to field first is considered to be a very defensive tactic. Misbah is just not learning with his mistakes, bowling choices were so limited, he had to give a chance to wahab riaz. Secondly kamran akmal's keeping is getting worst n worst, I'm sure that a club level keeper is far far better then him, his batting already sucks, so I thik they have to groom umar akmal as a keeper just like Africa did, also our main attacking fast bowler Gul is so inconsistent, like often a match winning performance followed by 10 to 12 matches getting thrashed by the batsmen all around. Usually pak win matches just because of some fantastic performances from one or two players which is just not good enough to beat a team like this. If they want to beat south africa, they have to give a whole unit performance, otherwise Africa will easily thrash 'em.

  • POSTED BY avmd on | March 10, 2013, 19:52 GMT

    Misbah is consistent, he does the same act again and again. Tuk Tuk, a six then Tuk Tuk. With his slow batting, he always brings the team at the position of no hope and gets out. Leaving the batsmen after him to do a miracle. His captaincy and tactics are even worst. Hope this is his last tour, as a player and as captain. FGS, get rid of him. Officially he is 37 and the way players manage to hide their age in subcontinents, India, BD, SL included, we have to add at least 2 years in everyone's stated age, that makes him 39.

  • POSTED BY Atta95 on | March 10, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    Pakistan did not loose because their bowling or batting. It was the fielding!!!!! Miss fielding put Pakistan bowler in pressure. The setting of the fielding was wrong. Too many singles. If you notice afridi played well today with the {bat} and in the last match. he should come at no 4 remove Kamran and malik and bring umar and one all rounder.