South Africa v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Centurion March 14, 2013

Pakistan look for batting revival

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Match facts

March 15, 2013, Centurion
Start time 1430 local (1230GMT)

Big Picture

It has been five days since South Africa delivered one of their more convincing ODI victories but the time in between matches means it's likely the only momentum around will be the sponsors' name. The hosts enjoyed a short break with the most important change being that of regaining their premier strike bowler while Pakistan have had time to digest and regroup.

The series is almost starting anew this weekend with a double header on the Highveld which could end with the contest being decided by Sunday. For South Africa, that would signal the Champions Trophy preparation is well on track. Pakistan have to derail them to ensure next week's fixtures in Durban and Benoni provide a fitting end to the summer.

To judge Pakistan's one-day side on the Bloemfontein effort would be as unfair judging their Test outfit on the 49 all out at the Wanderers. As they showed in the longer format, they improved steadily as the contest went on and they can be expected to do that and more in the shorter version.

Tactically, they made poor decisions in the first match particularly in the make-up of their bowling attack. But crucially, they lacked energy, so much so that they asked stadium management to place a case of Red Bull in their dressing room hours before the match. The lethargy resulted in a mediocre showing in all departments and Misbah-ul-Haq conceded that a collective improvement is needed if they hope to compete.

South Africa, on the other hand, had a near-perfect showing. Their opening batsmen were slow and steady, the middle order piled it on and the bowlers finished off with enough menace and skill to satisfy captain AB de Villiers.

He still wants them to improve, not on anything specific as much as on consistency. Their recent one-day form has seen performances like theirs on Sunday, followed up by performances like Pakistan's. De Villiers wants to see them continue to apply themselves throughout the three weeks this five-match series goes on for. Only then will he consider them properly prepared for the challenges to come.

Form guide

(Most recent first)
South Africa: WWLLW
Pakistan: LLWWL

In the spotlight

It has been a quiet few matches for Faf du Plessis , who has not scored a half-century since the home series against Pakistan began. If there is a venue where he would like to change that, it must be Centurion. Du Plessis grew from a boy to a man at the venue and has played all his domestic cricket for the Titans franchise. Although the South Africa middle order looked decidedly firmer in Bloemfontein, it is far from completely solid and du Plessis will play an important part in firming it up.

Mohammad Hafeez is one half of the alleged battle for power in the Pakistan setup. Although any suggestion of strife has been dismissed by the team management, if anything was simmering below the surface the loss last Sunday could have made it boil over. Hafeez claims he would prefer to open but, as in the Twenty20 squad, it may be better for him to drop down a place in order to provide either security or the ability to accelerate. Hafeez's bowling will also be important to Pakistan's chances of successes and he will be depended on to squeeze the hosts when needed.

Team news

Morne Morkel is still nursing his hamstring strain and will not be risked for this match but Dale Steyn has returned from Los Angeles and is available. Steyn has not had many overs under his belt over the last two weeks and with training washed out on Wednesday, he may be held back until he has had more time to prepare. Should that happen, Kyle Abbott will keep his place. David Miller was released to play for the Dolphins on Friday and will probably miss out again, with Farhaan Behardien keeping his place.

South Africa: (probable) 1 Graeme Smith, 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Colin Ingram, 4 AB de Villiers (capt & wk), 5 Faf du Plessis, 6 Farhaan Behardien, 7 Ryan McLaren, 8 Robin Peterson, 9 Rory Kleinveldt, 10 Dale Steyn/Kyle Abbott, 11 Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Given their batting problems, Pakistan may look to make changes and the possibility of Kamran Akmal opening may come up. He could either be a straight swap for Nasir Jamshed or he could slot into Hafeez's spot, and Hafeez could move down into Asad Shafiq's place. They should play an extra seamer on a spicier surface after the lack of one cost them in Bloemfontein and Mohammed Irfan would be the ideal replacement.

Pakistan: (probable) 1 and 2 Nasir Jamshed/Kamran Akmal/Mohammad Hafeez, 3 Younis Khan, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Asad Shafiq, 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Umar Gul, 9 Saeed Ajmal, 10 Junaid Khan, 11 Mohammed Irfan

Pitch and conditions

More bounce and carry than in Bloemfontein but the biggest difference will be the size of the field. SuperSport Park's outfield is not as large as the one the teams played on on Sunday so singles and twos are less likely to be on offer than boundaries. Afternoon thundershowers have made an appearance all week and are likely to visit the ground again, although the interruption should be brief.

Stats and trivia

  • South Africa have played 28 matches at SuperSport Park, won 18 and lost 10. They have won batting first exactly half the time. Pakistan have won two matches at the ground, in 1993 and 1994.
  • Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers still sit at No.1 and No.2 on the ODI batting rankings. Pakistan's highest ranked batsman is Umar Akmal at No.15 although he did not play in Bloemfontein.

Quotes

"You get value for your shots in Centurion. In Bloemfontein, the strategy was to run Pakistan off their feet and we did that well but you have to protect the boundary here. It should be a high-scoring game."
SuperSport Park will deliver a run fest according to AB de Villiers

"Normally wherever you go in one-day cricket, conditions are good for batting. The second T20 was really a wicket that suited Pakistan so if it is like that, it will really suit us.
Misbah-ul-Haq expects the Centurion strip more to his team's liking

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on March 14, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Misbah is Good Player , the problem is not with him its the game plan & strategy that's missing even a best team can under-perform due to lack of plan & strategy. Afridi should seriously be given chance to open with dazzling striking performance to surprise the opponents but he's been put under the ladder where no one can see his performance and that's just not fair. Younis should be given opportunity to develop as all-rounder with giving him few overs every match and off-field bowling training. Pak's management need to build on these players and play them for long and everyday stop adding new players as its not helping to build a solid pak team and only when you see a real/unique/rare new talent then give him a chance otherwise give these players to build themselves with more experience with bat & bowl in matches and they will be able to play mature cricket soon.

  • on March 15, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    dont think even with Abdul Razzaq in the squad there would've been much difference ..i mean admit it beating South Africa in South Africa is a tough job ...the only way pakistan can do that today if Hafeez scores a ton upfront

  • Sir.Ivor on March 15, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    The days of Shahid Afridi as a devastating opening batsman may be over because people may have worked out the ways of getting him out. He will be destroyed by the South African quicks if he is thrown to those wolves at the top. It is better that he plays at No 6 and bowls his quota of overs. To me he is more a bowling all-rounder. Pakistan;s captains have not given him his due perhaps. And the proud Pathan just cannot stomach it. He has to be made to believe that the team depends upon him. That is how his best can come out.In his day he could make bowlers quake in their socks.

  • dreamliner on March 15, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    How come Ahmed Shezad's batting performance in t20 goes unrewarded? He should be played in merit in this game considering the previous one. Pakistan team selection remains dubious.

  • Pablo123 on March 15, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    I hope Jaques Kalllis plays at least one of these matches - miss him in the set up.

  • on March 15, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Every thing is fine in team..... only ! think we need and that is we have to bring back Abdul Razzak

  • on March 15, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    On a side note. It was heart felt to see S Afridi to hit that huge six in the last match. Havent seen him throw everything at the ball for a very long time. i think the choice at toss was the first wrong step to take on a batting track. M Haq must try to walk in on the field after consulting with his gut rather than everyone else. I can empathize with his fears as a non performing captain when he is at a stage where the PCB has to decide his fate at the end of this tour. "M Haq" this might be your last show, entertain us! :)

  • on March 15, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    I dont know why people insist on bringing umar akmal in the team..... he is a good player if team bats first and worst player in chasing a total. he gets out on crucial situations and make the situation worse for the team. Pakistan team needs good start, and a in form keeper, thats all, middle order has been performing for the last couple of years

  • Porky_PigTheToon on March 15, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Where's is Abdul Razzaq ?

  • Sharib1985 on March 15, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    I would like to see three changes to Pak team: 1. Ahmad Shehzad in place of Asad Shafiq; Umar Akmal in place of his brother Kamran and should take up the keeping responsibilites. He cant be worse than his bro anyway. 3. Finally, Irfan should get in place of Shoaib malik

  • on March 14, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Misbah is Good Player , the problem is not with him its the game plan & strategy that's missing even a best team can under-perform due to lack of plan & strategy. Afridi should seriously be given chance to open with dazzling striking performance to surprise the opponents but he's been put under the ladder where no one can see his performance and that's just not fair. Younis should be given opportunity to develop as all-rounder with giving him few overs every match and off-field bowling training. Pak's management need to build on these players and play them for long and everyday stop adding new players as its not helping to build a solid pak team and only when you see a real/unique/rare new talent then give him a chance otherwise give these players to build themselves with more experience with bat & bowl in matches and they will be able to play mature cricket soon.

  • on March 15, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    dont think even with Abdul Razzaq in the squad there would've been much difference ..i mean admit it beating South Africa in South Africa is a tough job ...the only way pakistan can do that today if Hafeez scores a ton upfront

  • Sir.Ivor on March 15, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    The days of Shahid Afridi as a devastating opening batsman may be over because people may have worked out the ways of getting him out. He will be destroyed by the South African quicks if he is thrown to those wolves at the top. It is better that he plays at No 6 and bowls his quota of overs. To me he is more a bowling all-rounder. Pakistan;s captains have not given him his due perhaps. And the proud Pathan just cannot stomach it. He has to be made to believe that the team depends upon him. That is how his best can come out.In his day he could make bowlers quake in their socks.

  • dreamliner on March 15, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    How come Ahmed Shezad's batting performance in t20 goes unrewarded? He should be played in merit in this game considering the previous one. Pakistan team selection remains dubious.

  • Pablo123 on March 15, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    I hope Jaques Kalllis plays at least one of these matches - miss him in the set up.

  • on March 15, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Every thing is fine in team..... only ! think we need and that is we have to bring back Abdul Razzak

  • on March 15, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    On a side note. It was heart felt to see S Afridi to hit that huge six in the last match. Havent seen him throw everything at the ball for a very long time. i think the choice at toss was the first wrong step to take on a batting track. M Haq must try to walk in on the field after consulting with his gut rather than everyone else. I can empathize with his fears as a non performing captain when he is at a stage where the PCB has to decide his fate at the end of this tour. "M Haq" this might be your last show, entertain us! :)

  • on March 15, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    I dont know why people insist on bringing umar akmal in the team..... he is a good player if team bats first and worst player in chasing a total. he gets out on crucial situations and make the situation worse for the team. Pakistan team needs good start, and a in form keeper, thats all, middle order has been performing for the last couple of years

  • Porky_PigTheToon on March 15, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Where's is Abdul Razzaq ?

  • Sharib1985 on March 15, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    I would like to see three changes to Pak team: 1. Ahmad Shehzad in place of Asad Shafiq; Umar Akmal in place of his brother Kamran and should take up the keeping responsibilites. He cant be worse than his bro anyway. 3. Finally, Irfan should get in place of Shoaib malik

  • on March 15, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    The only reply to continous criticism from all circles is to win big against south africa. We are there to support our team even if they lose provided they lose with dignity. Giving away the match through fragile batting line up, continous shuffling of batting order, sticking to old guns, letting bowlers bowl as they desire without considering what the situation demands, poor fielding and defensive tactics. They can only win with their backs to the wall. Play with open mind and determination to WIN. once they let loose themselves and play to thier potential, not even south africa can beat them. They need to show team spirit which clearly is lacking and hafta prove the notion "Unpredictables" wrong.

  • Yasin.Gujjar on March 15, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    What Pakistan did at Bloemfontein was not a mistake. It was not a blunder either. It was one of the most senseless and nitwitted decisions they made while picking the eleven players. To accommodate big names they packed the line-up with three all-rounders, never mind all of them were spinners - it is baffling to know Pakistan camp is without an all-rounder who can fill the gap of third or fourth pacer. To add insult to injury, they had three slow starters Younis Khan, Asad Shafiq and Misbah-ul-Haq in middle order followed by out-of-form Shoaib Malik. Pakistan must look for sensible selections, only then they will find way to win.

  • ICCexpert.... on March 15, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    i miss the agression of Ahmad Shahzad, Hammad azam, Sharjeel Khan. time to drop, Misbah, Yunis and Malik.

  • on March 15, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    No.3 batsman has to be the most versatile player of the team.At present two batsmen are fit for the role M.Hafeez and Umar akmal.But going with Hafeez would be a bettar option as he is more reliable.Pak is stuck with Kamran Akmal so he should be fully utilised by sending him as an opener.My 11 would be 1.Nasir Jamshed 2. K Akmal 3. Hafeez 4. Asad Shafiq 5. Umar Akmal 6. Misbah 7. Malik/Afridi 8. Ajmal 9. Gul 10. Junaid 11. Irfan.

  • on March 15, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    in my opinion this is good team.hafeez kamran asad umar misbah malik afridi gul riaz junaid ajmal. no one can lose them thats all

  • Yasin.Gujjar on March 15, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Kamran should be open and Pakistan if win the toss should be electing to bating first because they are not good chaser in bating first Pakistan make able to 275 and 280 it will be a good score I hope with Pakistan and inshALLAH Pakistan will win the match today,,,

  • on March 15, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Where is Umar Akmal.....................Why they are neglecting such a Classical talent..................they are totally ignoring him. He must has a place in all format.I think Misbah & Selectors must rethink about Misbah's place.There is no two reason of Umar Akmal Inclusion.......... My Eleven 1.Kamran,2.Nasir/Hafeez,3.Younus khan,4.Umar Akmal,5.Shoaib Malik,6.Shafiq/Misbah,7.Afridi,8.Gul,9.Riaz/Irfan,10.Ajmal,11.Junaid Khan

  • on March 15, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    As long as Younis khan is Playing in ODI pakistan Pakistani team cannot dream for a single win against south africa..I dont know what kind of selectors we have he is failing and still giving him chances match after match..Misbah does not deserve in ODI games ..We are loosing all the games just because of these two players..We should give chances to young agressive players like Umar Akmal and ahmad shahzad they are the match winners whole world noticed their performance but our selectors cant see it because they have good relation with younis and misbah..

  • Yasin.Gujjar on March 15, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    Kamran should be open and Pakistan if win the toss should be electing to bating first because they are not good chaser in bating first Pakistan make able to 275 and 280 it will be a good score I hope with Pakistan and inshALLAH Pakistan will win the match today,,,,

  • Crick_Expert on March 15, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    PAK Team should drop TT(tuktuk tola=Misbah, Younis, Asad) from ODI. We have much better batsmen at home who can perform well in SA. In current team Only Ahmed Shahzad, Afridi, Imran Farhat and Razzak can plays well to Dale Steyn yorkers. Looklike PCB sleeping or wish & waiting for ODI whitewash then they will get a good reason to build a new team.

  • Albert_cambell on March 15, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    Is Duminy still injured? If he gets fit then that will be the perfect ODI side for us. Mclarens inclusion gives good balance to the side. But I expect him to contribute more with the bat. The batting looks thin with Behardien and mclaren in the side. We need to win 5-0 to take the No1 spot.

  • on March 15, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    I say dont play younis mishab and asad shafiq in a same match it is way we slow down

  • on March 15, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    jamshed n afridi should b openers drop asad n malik n bring back umar n razzak

  • shaan1112 on March 15, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    lets consider a few things: 1-game plan 2- right order of batsmen in the match. we cant keep misbah,asad and younis in a row, its just does not make any sense.it will only keep the run rate slow,because they are all slow and tuk tuk players. my suggestion is to play 3 seamers and saeed and use hafeez as a fifth bowler.(we only need to bowl 50 overs we do not need an allrounder). please consider a winning team: 1)naseer jamsheed 2)asad shafiq 3)hafeez 4) kamran 5)younis 6) umar ukmal 7)misbah 8)saeed 9)irfan 10)umar gul 11) junaid khan good luck pakistan Hafeez you need to understand you are the best batsmen in team you need to be responsible and come at number #3

  • GermanPlayer on March 14, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    @Nawaz Ahmed, for a player who has played about 325 ODIs, i think you are not right to say that it is unfair to not let him open. Shahid Afridi has been persisted with despite the fact that he has a less than mediocre batting record. The fact that he can hit sixes with ease doesn't make him a good batsman. He has had his fair share as an opener and sorry to say he has disappointed. There are players in the world who have played less than half the games he has played and have impressed despite the fact that they do not play at the position they played all their domestic cricket at.

  • Desihungama on March 14, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    PCB selectors should be able to recognize by now which player is suitable to which conditions and play them accordingly by series.

  • Paki_expert on March 14, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Kamran should be opener if he's in the team, Umar Akmal MUST be brought in instead of Younis, my playing 11: 1)Nasir Jamshed 2)Kamran Akmal 3)Mohammad Hafeez 4)Misbah Ul Haq 5) Umar Akmal 6)Asad Shafiq 7)Shahid Afridi 8)Umar Gul 9)Saeed Ajmal 10)Junaid Khan 11)Muhammad Irfan... there is no place for Shoaib Malik in the team

  • on March 14, 2013, 22:21 GMT

    (probable) 1 and 2 Nasir Jamshed/Kamran Akmal 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 6 umar akmal, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Umar Gul, 9 Saeed Ajmal, 10 Junaid Khan, 11 wahab riaz

  • Sports4Youth on March 14, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    Regarding Mudassar Nazar and Mohsin Khan's comment that Kamran should open, it is clear that they have become too old and are not following cricket. At least they have not been following Pakistani cricket for the last couple of years. They should know that he was opening for quite sometime now, but because of his consistent failure he was dropped from the team and has lost his position as an opener. Now they want to repeat the same mistake. I SAY THAT IT WILL BE A DISASTER AGAINST THE PRESENT TEAM, ESPECIALLY IN SA.

    Actually the real burning question is weather he deserved to be in the team? Also Yonis Khan, Misbal & Shoeb Mallik should be dropped from the ODI team along with Kamran. Only then a perfect balance can be achieved. Bring in younsters like Harris Sohail and build a new team. PLEASE STOP RECYCLING OLD FAILURES.

    .

  • Sports4Youth on March 14, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    Firdose, you have made a mistake with the Pakistani team probable you have shown 12 players as three are stacked in 1 & 2.

    Corrected Pakistan: (probable)

    1.Jamshed 2.Kamran/Hafeez, 3.Younis, 4. Misbah (capt), 5.Shafiq, 6.Hafeez/Kamran 7.Afridi, 8.Gul, 9.Ajmal, 10.Junaid, 11.Irfan

    another possiblity.

    1,2 & 3 Jamshed, Kamran, Hafeez, 4.Younis, 5. Misbah (capt), 6.Shafiq, 7.Afridi, 8.Gul, 9.Ajmal, 10.Junaid, 11.Irfan

    .

  • PakoP on March 14, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Players are Talented, Selection is good, Urge to win and fight is their too .... but their is "No Game Plan".

    Pak team seems to play according to Players Needs and not what Team require and what a game situation require. Players are not bigger then The Game. Play according to a plan not according to what a Players need.

  • Dannymania on March 14, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    I have no expectations whatsoever from people like Kamran Akmal,Umar gul,Misbah ul haq and Shahid Afridi.They've proven over and over again that they dont deserve to be playing in the international arena. I do have expectations from players like Jamshed,Hafeez,Younis khan,Asad Shafiq,Junaid Khan AND UMAR AKMAL! They dont play umar akmal,thats fine with me.But i do think they should give Rehman an opportunity.He hasnt gotten any chance to show his talent on this tour.And i know as a Pakistani fan that he WILL play,but he'll play when pakistan have already lost the series. I wanna see a good match.I dont care who wins bcoz i'm not a crazy pakistani fan anymore.I am now a cricket fan and would like a good match.The Proteas are the best team in the world and they'll give a great fight.Its hard to beat them,NOT impossible at all. What bothers me is that the team selection is leading to the losses.Misbah PLease for GOD sakes step down and get the heck out of OUR team.WE DONT WANT U anymore.

  • on March 14, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    I don't know what Shoaib Malik & Younus Khan are doing in the team? Shoaib Malik is good in Asian wickets and against Asian teams. Younus Khan must be utilized in test. He comes in and starts playing test cricket in Odi matches. It's totally regretting. I don't know why they have to play in every formats. Pakistan seriously lacks game plan. Umar Akmal is a attacking batsman and he should play. Their is no reason to bench him. Ahmed Shahzad was sent off. Surprising! Afridi's bowling form has gone down. Does he realize it at all? Moreover, there is no reason to go defensive. Pakistan must play attacking cricket. Mohammad Irfan must play. The line up must be:1)Nasir Jamshed 2)Mohammad Hafeez 3)Kamran Akmal 4)Umar Akmal 5)Misbah 6)Asad Shafiq 7)Shahid Afridi 8)Umar Gul 9)Junaid Khan 10)Mohammad Irfan 11)Saeed Ajmal. ... Best of luck! Pakistan got talents. Pakistan must utilize it. Don't exploit old boys too much. They are failing drastically.

  • Stark62 on March 14, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Drop Malik and Younis for Irfan and Umar.

    Play Nasir and Kamran as openers, with Shafiq @ 3 and Umar at 4, whilst Hafeez should be demoted to no. 6!!

  • on March 14, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Seriously red bull?

    They need to get selection right. 3 seamers are must in sa. That's where pak need a batting medium pace allrounder to balance. They need to develop 1 fast. Going in with 4 spinners isn't going to work in sa,

    With afridi getting runs, malik should give way to irfan. Yonas misbah shafiq can not stay together in team. 1 of asad/younas should give way to umar akmal. I woukd say younas give way.

    Kamran should open with jamshed and hafeez comes down to stablise more and he can play well down. Kamran worst down the order.

  • mzm149 on March 14, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Kamran Akmal should open so that we all know he is not capable to play at any position. Hafeez should come one down because Steyn will be opening with the ball and Hafeez will be low in confidence in playing him after debacle in test series. Nasir has to score big at least once in this series to prove his worth. He throws away his wicket after a good start and it is detrimental to his reputation. I have no expectations from Misbah, Younus and Shoaib Malik (if he plays). Pakistan should not let the South Africans score above 250 if they have to chase because our batting is not worth scoring above that.

  • on March 14, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    I think Pakistan have a quite better chance tomorrow.........

  • on March 14, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    1) S.Afridi 2) Nasir Jamshed 3) Hafeez 4) Misbah 5) U.Akmal 6) Asad Shafiq 7) Shoaib Malik 8) Kamral Akmal 9) Umar Gul 10) Junaid Khan 11) Saeed Ajmal. Consider about this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • fah4 on March 14, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Its time to get rid of Younis and Shoaib get Umar Akmal and Wahab Riaz in. I think Wahab is better bowler in one day then Irfan. If they select Irfan they increase the tail plus a bad fielder.Pakistan should open with Kamran Akmal and Nasir Jamshed. My line up for 2nd Odi 1.Nasir Jamshed 2. Kamran Akmal 3. Mohammed Hafeez 4. Umar Akmal 5. Misbah ul Haq 6. Asad Shafiq 7. Shahid Afridi 8. Umar Gul 9. Saeed Ajmal 10. Wahab Riaz 11. Junaid Khan. Best of luck to Pak team...

  • Faridmalek on March 14, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Steyn with new ball vs afridi opening on a bouncy pitch is a bad idea

  • Faridmalek on March 14, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Suprise every one was criticizing afridi to be dropped. Now all sudden they want him to be promoted to opener hahaha

  • on March 14, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    How come you win the toss and invite opponent to Bat first, knowing your batting power. Pakistan rearly chase the target. Misbah advise for you, if you win the toss, always go for batting. My team for fridat one day: 1Nasir 2 Hafeez 3 ASAD/Younis 4 umer akmal 5 Misbah 6 Kamran akmal 7 afridi 8gul 9 junaid khan 10 ajmal 11 Irfan /wahab riaz. Pakistan Must concentrate on more on singles in the middle of game. Shoaib malik need to be out, he is done. Younis khan must resign from Oneday. Pakistam must focus on ASad shafiq, Umerakmal & hamad azam as a middle order batsmans. Pakistan must play aggresive on SA pitches.

  • on March 14, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Try this combinaiton

    1) imrani 2) Nasir Jamshed 3) Hafeez 4) Misbah 5) Younis 6) umer akmal 7) afridi 8) Kamral Akmal 9) Umar Gul 10) wahab11)irfan

    try younis afrid and hafeez as 20 over bowler then irfan gul and wahab 30 over bowler.

    l

  • on March 14, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    pakistani should be really win the match then ,they play aggresive cricket

  • on March 14, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    Afridi should be promoted as an opener!

  • on March 14, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Yes the batting order needs CHANGE 1) Afridi 2) Nasir Jamshed 3) Hafeez 4) Misbah 5) Younis 6) Asad Shafiq 7) Shoaib Malik 8) Kamral Akmal 9) Umar Gul 10) Junaid Khan 11) Saeed Ajmal/Abdul Rehman/Irfan This is perfect batting order , You will see amazing results with this batting order!

  • mhk21 on March 14, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    Now the team needs to be in the right composure after the 1st ODI disaster... shohaib malik needs to be surely dropped along with younis khan who has been failing consistently and ruining an important batting position no 3 ....3 quicks for sure my team : 1-Jamshed 2-Kamran 3-Hafeez 4-Shafiq 5-Misbah 6-Umar akmal 7-Afridi 8-Gul 9-Ajmal 10-Junaid 11-Irfan

    while umar akmal can swap place with misbah according to the situation ....but as centurian being a more pacy and bouncy ptch i say 3 quicks are a must

  • Ibrarhunzai on March 14, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Hafeez is a sensible player. Hafeez and Nasir is the best ODI opening pair off late, so Pakistan should not change their opening combination. Kamran may be promoted to number 3 though. Only two of Younus, Misbah, Asad and Azhar should play in the ODI team. Also Umar akmal should play in the final eleven.

  • romirom on March 14, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Umar akmal deserve game in this series. and captain have to put faith on him not just give him one game and if he will not perform then drop him. give confidence to him to play his natural game and make sure he will be in the team for whole series. look how he perform. I have seen every time he get chance to play he is playing for his spot in team. It will hamper his performance. He can be easily in any team in place of misbah, younis or shafiq. and either irfan or wahab should be included in place of malik or afridi.Malik doesn't play fast bowler well so afridi is a good choice. Still pak has to battle hard for a win against saf at their home ground.

  • t20cric on March 14, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    I think this team is alright if they get rid of Younis, Asad Shafiq and Shoaib Malik. Instead they should bring in Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad and Abdur Rehman. This way you have people who can score at a quick rate and a skilled bowler (abdur rehman). The line up should be: 1 and 2 Nasir Jamshed/ Umar Akmal, 3 Kamran Akmal (wk), 4 and 5 Mohammed Hafeez/ Ahmed Shehzad/ Misbah-ul-haq (capt), 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Abdur Rehman, 8 Umar Gul, 9 Saeed Ajmal, 10 Junaid Khan, 11 Mohammed Irfan

    This team has only one tuktuk (misbah) so there will be a lot of aggressive cricket and Pakstan have more of chance of winning.

  • on March 14, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    i think there is mistake in Pakistan line up, total 12 players. u akmal need to be in, shoaib malik need to sit out

  • xylofon on March 14, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    A complete mystery how mr tuk tuk Misbah is captain for any limited overs format. Im also afraid that a one show from him or Younis Khan will make them and maybe a few others think they have something to bring to ODI which they do not.

    They are making their place in the team on the cost of grooming new batsmen. simple as that.

  • on March 14, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    why misbah, younis, malik and shafiq, four similar batsmen together in the middle order? if you play seven batsmen, you should give umar akmal chance. to beat south africa in south africa you need to play aggresive cricket like you played in second T20. The team should be kamran, jamshed, hafiz, umar akmal, misbah, shafiq, afridi, gul, ajmal, junaid and irfan.

  • on March 14, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Where is Ahmed Shahzad? A man who is in form and better than the ones who are in the team. amazing selection...

  • on March 14, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    I think it is a waste to take Misbah in the team. Neither can he bowl or field superbly and doesn't know how to play good shots. Imran Farhat should be given a chance after a solid performance in the 3rd test. Hafeez should go at no.3 and we should get Mohammad irfan in and give a chance to Abdur Rehman who bowled and batted solidly in the practice match. Well Misbah should still be given chances as he was the one to handle the team when 3 Pakistani players had gone to prison, we should put our trust in him. I would like Dave whatmore and Misbah to read this and try being a little agressive because if the captain is not agressive so how can the team be.

  • Great-shot444 on March 14, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Pakistan will win the series or not BUT one thing is shure that pak will never be white washed and give a big slap on all bashres face

  • Crick_Expert on March 14, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    same team for PAK?.....mean once another defeat on same route.....

    PCB should open eyes now...PAK should drop TTT(tuktuk tola)Misbah, Younis, and Asad from ODI squad and add Abdul Razzak, Imran Farhat, Ahmed Shahzad, Imran Nazir, Shahzeb Hasan, Owais Zia.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on March 14, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    This is so unfair with Umar Akmal.. he is your best odi batsman along with nasir jamshed. He is overly criticised and many others like shaoib malik are playing from ages without giving any performances.. why do u need malik? when u already have 3 other spinners in side.. umar akmal must be in playing eleven. even afridi is laibility as we have 2 spinners in hafeez and ajmal. Kamran and afridi's selection should be havily dependent on their batting problem. Pakistan needs to find Razzaq's replacement to get a balance in team.

  • AamirAbuOzair on March 14, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Pakistan would have to make drastic changes in the team to put in any effort. Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik they all need to sit on the bench. Bring in Imran Farhat, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz and M Irfan in their places. I would rate Wahab Riaz better than Malik for South Africa. I am not a big fan of Umar Akmal but this is what we have selected for this tour, there is no Harris Sohail in the squad. Asad Shafiq is struggling big time and IMO he is good test cricket prospect and would always struggle to score runs at a healthy pace. Imran Farhat and Nasir Jamshed to open, followed by Kamran Akmal, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid and Irfan. Good Luck and please, please make these changes. I am sure we will get a good match to watch. Otherwise it would again be a one sided affair.

  • on March 14, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    @Riz000 hafeez is the most improved player of the PCB he has worked hard. According to me he should be playiing 2 down as he is agressor and younus has'nt got a good strike rate.. So hOpe for the best... As afridi has shown some signs of form.. :)

  • on March 14, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    Hafeez was looking a bit selfish in the T20 Match. Neither he uses Afridi in the bowling nor he utilized Umar Gul's over properly.

    When Umar Gul was taking wickets, he quickly replaced him with his own. So silly. I was a big fan of him but not Any more. He is doing silly things. Please Nobody qoute me for the only win in this tour so far.

    I bet, if you took my notebook and handed me a Bat and push me out to open up the innings for Pakistan in 6 consecutive innings, i will manage to score more than 43 runs. A must bet.

  • imranmujtaba on March 14, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Misbah and Hafeez must be dropped from the team to maintain decipline in the team (learn from CA) - U Akmal should be playing in top 4 with Kamran and Naseer J openning .... please PCB decide for Future - sack Misbah & Younis !!!

  • wasim_007 on March 14, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Please open with Afridi...he is waste at number 8....he can accelerate the inning and set the platform for the team in the beginning.....

  • Resultpredictor on March 14, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    One more big and humiliating defeat is waiting for Pakistan. Pakistan is worst than New Zealand as NZ was able to win the series but Pakistan cannot win even a single match. Whitewash is for sure. Congrats SA in advance for victory as Pak cannot win anymore. Bad luck Pakistan

  • ICCexpert.... on March 14, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    hope Pak is white washed in one dayers too, thats the only way the PCB will bring in youth in the team, otherwise we we never see any change.....

  • on March 14, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    One more thing. For God Sake, NEVER NEVER include Umar Akmal in the Team. He need some more time to grow up and mature.

    I can't remember if he has played a match winning innings. Hardly there will be one. Lets Go with Haris Sohail or Make Asad Shafique as a permanent middle order batsman, way way better than umar akmal.

  • Major85D on March 14, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    @Shahzadhussan i totally agree!! pakistan will not win any of the five matches because of misbah. slow batting and wrong decisions in every game from him. he should retire! and pakistan should drop coach whatmore and younis khan as soon as possible!!

  • on March 14, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    What is YK role in the team?? leave him out please.. bring in U.Akmal we already have 3 steady players (Misbah tuk tuk haq, Asad, Malik) play hafeez at 3 and open with K.Akmal

  • on March 14, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    My playing X1: 1) Nasir 2) Kamran 3) Younus 4) Misbah 5) Malik 6) Hafeez 7) Afridi 8) Gul 9) Ajmal 10) Junaid 11) Irfan

    We must bring down Hafeez in the batting order. We can drop Younus because he is the man who can lift the team out of any situation by scroing run a ball. Misbah should need to feel some more responsibility with Bat. But NEVER NEVER drop him from captaincy. Never make Hafeez as one day captain.

    Dont know the problem with Hafeez. 6 innings in Misbah's Captaincy, just 43 runs and a singl T20 match innings as a Captain, he scored 86.

    Dont know why he left Faisalabad Wolves in Domestic T20 League and Took off Captaincy from Muhammad Yousuf of Lahore Lions.

    Best of Luck Team Pakistan, You are the World's most unpredictable team.

  • on March 14, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    With misbah, younis, asad shafiq in playing 11 pak can't chase the target more than 250. and 315 was out of reach of the players.

  • Third_Gear on March 14, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Its going to be another boring match ! No doubt. SA will win convincingly.

  • on March 14, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Hope for the Best...Best of Luck to Pakistan Team in tomorrow's match...

  • Shahzadhussan on March 14, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    As long as Misbah is in the 11, I do not have any hope from Pakistani team. This man has a big impact for losing matches by slowing down the required run rate and putting pressure on other batsmen to follow. I am a Pakistani fan but unfortunately do not have any interest in these matches as long Misbha is in the team

  • Riz000 on March 14, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    @ P3rfectionist mate are u feeling okay??? Younis khan was the 2nd highest scorer in the last game why dnt u ask for Hafeze to get drop???? u dnt make sense to me & u dnt no nothing abt Cricket Hafeez lovers must be glad that he is still playing despite being worst cricketer ever Pakistan produced!!

  • on March 14, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Pakistan team should be like this: 1) Nasir Jamshed 2) Kamran Akmal 3) M. Hafeez 4) Asad Shafiq 5) Misbah[because of captain] 6) umer akmal 7) Shoaib malik 8) S. Afridi 9) saeed ajmal 10) M. Irfan/Wahab Riaz 11)junaid khan. there should be Haris shohail in middle order but he is not in 15 squad.

  • on March 14, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    it is strarting too late....

  • P3rfectionist on March 14, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Drop Younas For the sake of God.... What is the use of younas when Pak have misbah and Asad for stability Purpose... Bring Umar Akmal in place of Younas... Drop Shoiab Malik because Shoaib Malik and Hafeez both are of same kind in bowling style.... Bring some new blood in batting ... Pak selectors should get rid of Misbah and Younas as early as possible ...... and Regarding Nasir ... dont even think to drop him... guy has the caliber .. give him a long run.....

  • P3rfectionist on March 14, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Drop Younas For the sake of God.... What is the use of younas when Pak have misbah and Asad for stability Purpose... Bring Umar Akmal in place of Younas... Drop Shoiab Malik because Shoaib Malik and Hafeez both are of same kind in bowling style.... Bring some new blood in batting ... Pak selectors should get rid of Misbah and Younas as early as possible ...... and Regarding Nasir ... dont even think to drop him... guy has the caliber .. give him a long run.....

  • on March 14, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    it is strarting too late....

  • on March 14, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Pakistan team should be like this: 1) Nasir Jamshed 2) Kamran Akmal 3) M. Hafeez 4) Asad Shafiq 5) Misbah[because of captain] 6) umer akmal 7) Shoaib malik 8) S. Afridi 9) saeed ajmal 10) M. Irfan/Wahab Riaz 11)junaid khan. there should be Haris shohail in middle order but he is not in 15 squad.

  • Riz000 on March 14, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    @ P3rfectionist mate are u feeling okay??? Younis khan was the 2nd highest scorer in the last game why dnt u ask for Hafeze to get drop???? u dnt make sense to me & u dnt no nothing abt Cricket Hafeez lovers must be glad that he is still playing despite being worst cricketer ever Pakistan produced!!

  • Shahzadhussan on March 14, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    As long as Misbah is in the 11, I do not have any hope from Pakistani team. This man has a big impact for losing matches by slowing down the required run rate and putting pressure on other batsmen to follow. I am a Pakistani fan but unfortunately do not have any interest in these matches as long Misbha is in the team

  • on March 14, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Hope for the Best...Best of Luck to Pakistan Team in tomorrow's match...

  • Third_Gear on March 14, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Its going to be another boring match ! No doubt. SA will win convincingly.

  • on March 14, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    With misbah, younis, asad shafiq in playing 11 pak can't chase the target more than 250. and 315 was out of reach of the players.

  • on March 14, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    My playing X1: 1) Nasir 2) Kamran 3) Younus 4) Misbah 5) Malik 6) Hafeez 7) Afridi 8) Gul 9) Ajmal 10) Junaid 11) Irfan

    We must bring down Hafeez in the batting order. We can drop Younus because he is the man who can lift the team out of any situation by scroing run a ball. Misbah should need to feel some more responsibility with Bat. But NEVER NEVER drop him from captaincy. Never make Hafeez as one day captain.

    Dont know the problem with Hafeez. 6 innings in Misbah's Captaincy, just 43 runs and a singl T20 match innings as a Captain, he scored 86.

    Dont know why he left Faisalabad Wolves in Domestic T20 League and Took off Captaincy from Muhammad Yousuf of Lahore Lions.

    Best of Luck Team Pakistan, You are the World's most unpredictable team.

  • on March 14, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    What is YK role in the team?? leave him out please.. bring in U.Akmal we already have 3 steady players (Misbah tuk tuk haq, Asad, Malik) play hafeez at 3 and open with K.Akmal