Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st T20, Hambantota June 2, 2012

No excuses for failed chase - Mohammad Hafeez

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Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan's new Twenty20 captain, has said there was no excuse for his team not chasing 132 in the first match against Sri Lanka, despite them returning to the international circuit after a two-month layoff. Hafeez made an encouraging start to his new role by restricting the hosts' strong batting line-up, but his first-ball duck was the start of Pakistan's slide.

After the defeat in his maiden game as captain, Hafeez was philosophical, admitting that Pakistan were beaten by a better team. He said the pitch was difficult to bat on, but didn't offer that as an excuse for his side crumbling to 95. He didn't attribute the loss to Pakistan's lack of match practice over the last couple of months either.

Pakistan had the upper hand at the start thanks to Sohail Tanvir's incisive new-ball spell and some poor shot selection. Sri Lanka were struggling 96 for 7 at one stage but Thisara Perera's late 32 converted a paltry score to a match-winning one.

"As a bowling unit we did well to restrict them to 132. Tanvir was brilliant with the new ball," Hafeez said. "This was a difficult pitch to bat on and we were hoping to restrict them to 110-120 after getting seven wickets. But in the end Perera made the difference. He took the game away from us."

Umar Gul, one of Pakistan's most effective slog-over bowlers, had a poor game, conceding 43 in four overs. "We also thought that on this pitch, had we batted first, we would have posted 140," Hafeez said. "But we did not finish well when we bowled. Umar Gul is usually our match-winner but today he wasn't able to do that job. Having said that, 132 was still chaseable but if your main batsmen fail then it's very difficult to win such games."

Pakistan were jolted early when Hafeez and debutant Shakeel Ansar were dismissed with the first two deliveries of the chase. The number of dot balls in the first half of the innings increased the pressure, as did Sri Lanka's effective fielding. Two experienced batsmen capable of changing the game, Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi, were sent back by terrific catching. Commenting on Pakistan's approach, Hafeez said there was no specific plan to be watchful after the loss of two wickets.

"There was no such instruction for the two batsmen [Ahmed Shehzad and Khalid Latif] to be defensive," Hafeez said. "They were trying hard and Angelo Mathews bowled a good spell. I think as a batsman it's up to him to decide how to approach the situation, how to build the innings."

Hafeez is leading an experimental Twenty20 side with a few new players, after Misbah-ul-Haq was dropped from the format. He backed the squad to come good ahead of the World Twenty20 in September.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 5, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    I respect Hafeez that he agreed dat pakistani team failed chasing 132, as other captains never did so . My T20 Pakistani Team: Imran Nazir(no doubt best t20 player in da world equal to gayle) Mohammed Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, Umer Akmal, Shahid Afridi , Abdul Razzak , Hammad Azam, Ahmed Shehzad,SOhail Tanvir, Umer Gul,Saeed Ajmal. Best T20 Combanitation and Hard to Defeat This team , i am sure.! All Big Guns Wid Spinner and Fast Bowler Combination.

  • luvPaKcric4ever on June 4, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    I'm sorry to say that Umar Akmal should not be included. He has done nothing for Pakistan but only makes 20-30 runs and then throws his way carelessly. True, he is a talented player but talent is useless until and unless you use it correctly.

    My Pakistan Team:

    1. Imran Nazir - effective and fast opener.

    2. Muhammed Hafeez - good combination with Imran, not too fast or slow.

    3. Kamran Akmal - should be bought back.

    4. Ahmed Shahzad - great 4rd number batsman.

    5. Younis Khan - good game mover.

    6. Hammad Azam - excellent T20 player.

    7. Shahid Afridi - will rock everyone with his boom boom skills.

    8. Abdul Razzaq - excellent in shot selection.

    9. Umar Gul - good bowler and average batsman

    10. Sohail Tanvir - can be effective

    11. Saeed Ajmal - King of Spin

  • on June 3, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    To those of you displaying your content for not having Azhar Mahmood, why now? He is and was an excellent player, Pakistan ignored him, and its only fair that he returns the favor. He is now a Brit, don't forget that, he might still be a Pakistani at heart. Time has changed and at his age, the priority is different i.e. go after the league. He no longer needs to prove himself - so why should/ would he even consider playing for Pakistan side that kicked him out - just like Saqi ?

  • on June 3, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Hamad Azam not being there is a bit strange....also make these silly people practice how to play an out going ball ....in the 2009 series SL was all over us because of our inability to play the outswinger

  • Abdul_Rehman99 on June 3, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Where is Azher Mehmood????? he perform well in bpl and ipl also...

  • on June 3, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    Hambantota cricket ground is a bowling wicket.sri lanka need more good batsmen.fast bowlers bowled well.so two spinners no need.

  • Abdul_Rehman99 on June 3, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Plz vote 4 Imran Nazir...................

  • Abdul_Rehman99 on June 3, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    Hi m new here...... I hope my new friend will b find it in best of ur health and spirit.... I really agree with mr. sharjeel.... y selection cometti always ignore to Azher mehmood, Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq and specially Imran Nazir........? even Imran Nazir a most power ful player 4 T20 format.... Y Shoiab Malik and Sami called back? Shakeel Anser is batter than Kamran Akmal....? Khalid Latif is batter than Asad Shafiq? i dont know about their planing......

  • on June 3, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    Afridi should be captain for t20s and odis nad he'l solve the probs

  • on June 2, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    smart moves- bringing Ahmed Shehzad, Khalid Latif into the squad. dumb moves- bringing Shakeel Ansar, Shoaib Malik into the squad. What has Malik done so far to deserve this. Shakeel does not have a good List A or First Class average to bring him at number 3. What were they thinking?

  • on June 5, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    I respect Hafeez that he agreed dat pakistani team failed chasing 132, as other captains never did so . My T20 Pakistani Team: Imran Nazir(no doubt best t20 player in da world equal to gayle) Mohammed Hafeez, Kamran Akmal, Umer Akmal, Shahid Afridi , Abdul Razzak , Hammad Azam, Ahmed Shehzad,SOhail Tanvir, Umer Gul,Saeed Ajmal. Best T20 Combanitation and Hard to Defeat This team , i am sure.! All Big Guns Wid Spinner and Fast Bowler Combination.

  • luvPaKcric4ever on June 4, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    I'm sorry to say that Umar Akmal should not be included. He has done nothing for Pakistan but only makes 20-30 runs and then throws his way carelessly. True, he is a talented player but talent is useless until and unless you use it correctly.

    My Pakistan Team:

    1. Imran Nazir - effective and fast opener.

    2. Muhammed Hafeez - good combination with Imran, not too fast or slow.

    3. Kamran Akmal - should be bought back.

    4. Ahmed Shahzad - great 4rd number batsman.

    5. Younis Khan - good game mover.

    6. Hammad Azam - excellent T20 player.

    7. Shahid Afridi - will rock everyone with his boom boom skills.

    8. Abdul Razzaq - excellent in shot selection.

    9. Umar Gul - good bowler and average batsman

    10. Sohail Tanvir - can be effective

    11. Saeed Ajmal - King of Spin

  • on June 3, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    To those of you displaying your content for not having Azhar Mahmood, why now? He is and was an excellent player, Pakistan ignored him, and its only fair that he returns the favor. He is now a Brit, don't forget that, he might still be a Pakistani at heart. Time has changed and at his age, the priority is different i.e. go after the league. He no longer needs to prove himself - so why should/ would he even consider playing for Pakistan side that kicked him out - just like Saqi ?

  • on June 3, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Hamad Azam not being there is a bit strange....also make these silly people practice how to play an out going ball ....in the 2009 series SL was all over us because of our inability to play the outswinger

  • Abdul_Rehman99 on June 3, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Where is Azher Mehmood????? he perform well in bpl and ipl also...

  • on June 3, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    Hambantota cricket ground is a bowling wicket.sri lanka need more good batsmen.fast bowlers bowled well.so two spinners no need.

  • Abdul_Rehman99 on June 3, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Plz vote 4 Imran Nazir...................

  • Abdul_Rehman99 on June 3, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    Hi m new here...... I hope my new friend will b find it in best of ur health and spirit.... I really agree with mr. sharjeel.... y selection cometti always ignore to Azher mehmood, Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq and specially Imran Nazir........? even Imran Nazir a most power ful player 4 T20 format.... Y Shoiab Malik and Sami called back? Shakeel Anser is batter than Kamran Akmal....? Khalid Latif is batter than Asad Shafiq? i dont know about their planing......

  • on June 3, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    Afridi should be captain for t20s and odis nad he'l solve the probs

  • on June 2, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    smart moves- bringing Ahmed Shehzad, Khalid Latif into the squad. dumb moves- bringing Shakeel Ansar, Shoaib Malik into the squad. What has Malik done so far to deserve this. Shakeel does not have a good List A or First Class average to bring him at number 3. What were they thinking?

  • MAK123 on June 2, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Oh by the way, while Sohail Tanveer did take 3 wickets, one still thought that he is a useless bowler and we must get rid of him sooner than later!!

  • fjedai on June 2, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Pakistan have very strong bowling force. 90% of time they will be defending or chasing 120 to 160 runs. So they need to build a batting line up which can score 8 runs per over in 20 overs. They don't need even Afridi like batsman in middle order. Misbah type of batsmen would have chase 132 runs easily. Too early to retire Misbah from T20. Kamran Akmal should play T20.

  • on June 2, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Drop shahid Afridi and sami,bring in Hamad azam and Yasar arafat.Please donot pick players on reputaton,only performance should be the critera.

  • on June 2, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    I am 101% agree with Mr. Nisar Ahmad, i will go ahead more and say that Azhar Mehmood and Rana Naveed should ALSO consider for T20 format, let me arrange my team with batting order for Pakistan, there you go with ......... Imran Nazeer, Ahmad Shahzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Umer Akmal, Asad Shafeeq, Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Sohail Tanweer, Rana Naveed, Umer Gul, Saeed Ajmal, I believe if we have this team format no any team of the world will dare to beat Pakistan, (PER KITHOON) I AM SORRY FOR NOT INCLUSION OF AFREEDI BUT HE CANNOT FIT IN THIS TEAM PLEASE WITH NO FIFTY IN LAST 50 MATCHES AND LESS THAN 17 AVERAGE IN T20 SO FAR.

  • on June 2, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    and other thing is SL are our best friends on and off field so we are happy for them that they won the match they deserved very good loving ppl

  • on June 2, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    i don understand why imran nazir has been ignored and khalid latif has been selected in 20 20 and also sami can be replaced by legendary abdurrazak . I hope after last 20 20 some changes should be made for world cup .

  • golgo_85 on June 2, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    Why don't they just open with Afridi since they don't have someone as swashbuckling as Nazir to open alongside Hafeez? What's the worst that could happen? They also need to replace Sami with a seam bowling allrounder (Tanvir is not much of a batsman, he should concentrate only on his bowling) permanently - if they don't want Hamad Azam to gradually find his place in the team then why not bring back Razzak or even Azhar Mahmood?? And picking Malik again in expense of a genuine bowler or a batsman - what is that about? The team selection has been killing Pakistan the last few months. I'm really hoping that Nasir Jamshed won't lose his place when he recovers from the injury. And only a show off, begrudging (of course we are missing something here) captain will let Afridi bowl for 2 overs only. Ultimately, Pakistan need to change their batting approach if they want to be respected as a T20 side again.

  • on June 2, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    There has to be someone like younis khan or Misbah ul haq in the middle order of t2o game because u need such a player who can stay at the crees for a long time. I mean u need a backbone to stand Is it clear.

  • on June 2, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    i dont think hafeez should be in competetion to be captain He is no where godd player as good captain

  • on June 2, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    Pakistan was a disappointment in the 1st 20/20 game. They batted as if they were playing a Test Match. Hopefully, they play a 20/20 game. Malik is finish, how was he selected?

  • on June 2, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    It was on the cards for pakistan team keeping inexperience factor of this team in mind and instability in the batting order....

  • on June 2, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    @ Abdullah Masroor Hashmi u are asking why shoiab in team so lemme know why shakeel ansar, kalid lateef, umer akmal, mhd hafeez in team ? u cant blame only shoiab btw he is the leader of pak t20 champion league ;)

  • on June 2, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    ahmad shehzad. imran nazir. haris sohail. malik. hafiz. shakil. afridi. hmad azam. razak. ajmal. gu l

  • shamlaatu on June 2, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    lol hahahaha... what a statement! The captain is saying there is nothing wrong with our batting, it's just that SL bowling was too good. I mean if Pakistan's batting has stooped to this level where THIS Sri Lankan bowling attack is deemed " too good to handle " then I guess Pakistan should not qualify to play T20 WC.

  • S.Alis on June 2, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    And again. Why Shoaib Malik is in the squad? I don't know about Sialkot Stallions neither i saw any match. If he was THAT good then please keep him in club cricket.

    And where is Abdul Razzaq? this type of matches always need him. I don't remember anymore when Afridi take us home in chasing.

    And Who was that guy who got survived from mahila slip catch and then gave his wicket after 2 balls. Is he better than Hammad Azam? I don't know what selectors are doing anymore.

  • getsetgopk on June 2, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    @Desihungama: Got that spot on! But its Hafeez who started it I mean two overs and a bowler like Afridi? That was a clear and deliberate but a strategic move there by Hafeez to undermine him. And the kind of shot Afridi played to get out is mostly a thing of the past when you remember how he won us that WC in 09. Its an ugly tussle and only Pak cricket will suffer unfortunately. Same thing happened in the last two ODI's on the WI tour while this T20 was hardly a competition. I can't accept that every player played to their potential including Afridi and Gul.

  • pkcricfan101 on June 2, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Just a few questions for hafeez...if mohammad sami was only going to bowl 2 overs (and be expensive at that) then why not replace him with a batsmen and let afridi finish his four overs? Another question is why is umar akmal being sent in so low down the order? He should be in at number 3. 1)Hafeez 2)ahmed shehzad 3)umar akmal 4)khalid latif 5)shoaib malik 6)haris sohail 7)shahid afridi 8)shakeel ansar 9)sohail tanveer 10)umar gul 11)saed ajmal. Im not cricket expert, just a fan but my opinion is you should have experienced players in between new players sending in khalid latif right after shakeel ansar is not a good idea.

  • Haseefvia on June 2, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    forget 1st t20 match. try tomorrow match win. this is not test match this is t20 afridi move 3rd place. Imran Nazir wont to back pakistan one day and important t20 match one day or t20 afridi move to 3rd or 4th place. sami droop hammad back.

  • wrenx on June 2, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    At least he's not making excuses - Pakistan played well-below par, and deserved to be beaten soundly by a much, much better Sri Lankan side who themselves didn't play to potential. A couple of dropped catches as 17 wides meant that Pakistan didn't really deserve the 95 they got. Hoping they can sort out their selection and open their eyes a little wider so the series can be a competitive one, instead of the 1-sided drubbing we saw.

  • abdullah75 on June 2, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    no problem hafeez it is just 1 loss

  • Syed_imran_abbas on June 2, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    How can u select guys like shakeel ansar in international game? he cant even hold the ball in gloves.. kamran akmal is far better choice in t20,s... and for God sake stop trying again and again with shoaib malik in green shirt.. how many bowlers do you need in 11 players?? and sami didnt bowl that bad.. bit rusty but he took a good wicket.. atleast he bowled better then gul.. give a chance to Haris sohail and you need a replacement of misbah and yunas khan in t20 and that could be asad shafiq and haris sohail to rotate the strike in middle order and build a innings.. and one last thing for afridi.. please stop being selfish

  • on June 2, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Pakistan batting line up is ordinary bring back yunis,misbah,k akmal to make stronger middle order.

  • Desihungama on June 2, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    I am more concerned about some of players approach toward change of guard specifically, Afridi. Dissent anyone?

  • on June 2, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    As usual another batting collapse and why is shoiab malik in the squad ?

  • junaid2754 on June 2, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    it was a reality bite ... a reminder of the 90s .. bst of luck for the 2nd game :P ps: Hafeez cudnt ask for a betr capt. start . lol :P

  • on June 2, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Why is no one blaming Hafeez for not bowling the last 2 overs of Afridi's spell??? And also, why did he not play Asad Shafeeq??!! Ideal T20 team for next match: 1) Hafeez 2) Ahmad Shahzad 3) Umar Akmal 4) Asad Shafeeq 5) Haris Sohail 6) Hammad Azam 7) Afridi 8) Tanvir 9) Arafat/Sami 10) Gul 11) Ajmal Any thoughts??

  • ravikini on June 2, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    happy that Pakistan lost. So many new names in the team and no one of the caliber of Misbah...come on... T20 is not only about young blood. Experience is a must in all forms of cricket. Wake up PCB.

  • on June 2, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Guyssssssss....where is abdulrazaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaak????..he was not that bad of a player to be kicked out..so do we have better then him?? who is it??plz tell

  • on June 2, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    SL is way better than pakistan cant you see. SL is very good team ..is pakistan who cant even make 100 runs and take 10 wickets

  • on June 2, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    As i think, Sami should replace with Abdur Razaq/Hammad Azam, Khalid Latif replace with Imran Nazeer, Shakeel replace with Kamran Akmal. Then Pakistan can stay in 20 20 format.

    And hafeez should improve his 20 20 strike and need to look positive instead of defensive approach all the time.

  • on June 2, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Don't worry guys...you can see the same result on second match..we will win it also..

  • farooqee on June 2, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    i predict the same will happen in the next game.Misbah captained in 46 matches in all formats and lost only 9 (including 6wins from 8 T-twenties). This is the best record for a captain in the cricket history of Pakistan. when u will remove such a successful captain,it will result in the same. My playing-11 for wc. 1. Shahid Afridi 2.Imran Nazir 3.Haris Sohail/Ahmad Shehzad 4.Misbah-ul-Haq(c) 5.MuhammadHafeez 6.Umar Akmal 7.Kamran Akmal/Sarfaraz Ahmad(wk) 8.Hammad Azam/Sohail Tanveer/Abdul Razzaq 9.Raza Hassan/Aizaz Cheema/Junaid Khan 10.Saeed Ajmal.11. Umar Gul

  • Ammy_rd on June 2, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Hammad Azam can hardly be rated as an allrounder. He is more of a dasher who can bowl 2 or 3 overs, so his place can not be justified. Having an inexperienced player like Shakeel Anser who is on the wrong side of 30s is incomprehendible. He may have scored a century at domestic level but it was more a result of school standard fielding than his batting skills. Khalid Latif should be persisted with as he has an outstanding record in limited overs cricket with around 7 centuries in less than 80 First Class ODIs. He also had a decent run in the Faysal Bank T20 tournament and is capable of hitting long shots. Haris Sohail should be given a chance ahead of Malik also.

  • Navaidzuberi on June 2, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Simply poor batting by Pak. Not acceptable by any means. Restricting SL to 130s is very commendable, but good bowling needs to be backed up by sensible batting. Too many changes in the batting line also not worked for Pak.

  • truthhh on June 2, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    well done srilanka,love you always!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on June 2, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    I think Pakistani bowlers have done wonderful jib by restricting Srilankan team despite Umer gul and M.Sami were expansive.Afridi was also off color. But main reasons of our losss was batting failure.This is like addiction that when they have to chase a small total, they always fail.Reasons are simple.

    1) They always think winning the match after bowling opposition in small total. 2) They lack of technique in handling swing and bouncy balls. 3) They paniced after loosing quick wickets early. 4) In this team after Hafiz's early loss they do not have stablizer batsman like Younus,Misbah and Asad Shafique.Shoaib tried his best but his inning ended due to brilliant catch.

    We should not panic but try to win the next match.I think Harris shohail should be included inplace of Khalid Latif and Raza Hasan should be included in place of Sami. If wicket is helping fast bowlers then give a chance to Yasir Arfat or Hammad Azam. As usual Umer Akmal and Afridi throw their wickets.

  • on June 2, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    well done iqbal qasim u r back after terrible 2010.u dn't pick youngsters u only picked failed guys .look at there ages and u call them young .what is ur problem with abdul razzaq.pls leave pak cricket where r young fast bowlers its not about losing one game but its ur team selection.therer shudnt be rocket science to pick national team i can help u. imran nazir shahzad afridi umar razzaq hafeez kamran/ansar sohail gul saeed talah /anwar/rahat

  • on June 2, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Nice fielding by Srilankans but poor batting exhibition from top order , the bat like they are playing test match .game changed thanx to tissara's (batting + fielding) and mathews (ONLY balling ) contribution.

  • on June 2, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    Pakistan should have had asad Shafiq and kamran akmal they are amazing batsmen shoaib malik was useless Afridi and umar are always losing their wickets cheaply in T20Is Misbah Was good in T20Is Where is Nasir Jamshed??? Hammad Azam should come in t20Is as a lower order batsmen

  • Sports4Youth on June 2, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Look at SL, they have faith in their all-rounders. And on a responsive wicket they delivered. why cant Hafeez do the same.

  • Herath-UK on June 2, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Well done Sri Lanka for snatchina a win from jaws of defeat;this should satisfy the Lankans more than a facile win with the top order firing because it proved low order resilience. Pakistan bowling somehow looked incisive and varied though batting looked very thin. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • fizzy09 on June 2, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    I feel judgements are passed way too early..i see a potentially a really strong captain, he just needs some time. And let us not forget its an experimental team!

  • Sports4Youth on June 2, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    I think if you used S.Mallik as an all-rounder he would not have done worst than Sami. Afridi deserved his full quota. He was a match winner through out the world cup and last year for his bowling. You removed him after 2 overs. He was doing just fine. Simply get rid of Sami and Gul and replace them with Hammad Azam, Harris Sohail / N.Jamshed. Have faith in Afridi , he is your best bowler alongwith Ajmal and try S.Malik in bowling with more courage or replace him with Raza Hassan.

  • agent001 on June 2, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    Poor team selection for the match by Pakistan's team selectors. Poor execution of the bowlers during the last 5 overs by the Captain.

  • Sports4Youth on June 2, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    To chase any score you need to have some specialist batsmen and some good hard hitters. Instead you chose to go with 7 bowlers (Gul, Sami, S.Tanvir, Ajmal, Afridi, Hafeez, S.Mallik). that was too bad. In any case two of your specialist fast bowlers got hammered real bad. Gul & Sami conceeded 65 run in 6 overs. Afridi was doing good with 9 runs in 2 overs. You decided to get rid of him, for what ? Mallik did not bowl a single over. Whats the point, in that case Mallik should not have been in the team. You were 2 Batsmen short for any run chase.

  • on June 2, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    What were Pak doing yesterday! All the batsmen were just defending and only 2-3 runs per over. There should be a balance even if the target is low. The runrate should be atleast 6.5 for this target. Playing defensively wont'ease the pressure or stop the fall of wickets.All batsmen will just score at a strike rate of 55-60 and eventually get out because the required rr will be at 10-11 per over in the end.

  • Hasan999 on June 2, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Summary of Comments:

    ● Sami, Khalid Latif, Shoaib Malik, should not be playing

    ● Hammad Azam, Raza Hasan, Harris Sohail should be given a chance

    ● Abdul Razzak, Kamran Akmal, Imran Nazir should be in the team as well

    ● Hafeez cannot be blamed for just one loss

    ● Umar Akmal should bat at 3

  • Extraz on June 2, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Once again our batting let us down,Ahmed shehzad really played well if only 1 2 batsmen have supported him we would have won the match...but well Lankans really played well their fielding was outstanding they deserves this win...best of luck to both of them for the next match.

  • on June 2, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    My humble suggestion to selection committee ...if they want to select more player from Karachi (whether they deserve or not) then bring some more players in Pak team for morale support of Sami I "recommend"...Jala ud din, Tauseef Ahmad Basit Ali & Mansoor Akhtar. In such case Iqbal Qasim will become hero of Karachi cricketers. Oh.....and manager should be Dr. Mohammad Ali. For God sake.......dont make too many changes. Bring back Kamran Akmal as opener/wk becoz u can have another all rounder if Kamran is in as opener...call Abdul Razzaq & Imran Nazeer for T20 & ODI. send Sami back home on first available flight.

  • Sports4Youth on June 2, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    You are absolutely right Professor. There cannot be any excuses at this level especially when Sohail Tanvir had managed to provide you with a dream start. But then you bungled it, not only with your bowling changes but even before that with your team selection. What were you doing with 7 bowlers in the team. S.Malik woud not have done worst than Sami. If you play S.Malik then he shoud be used as an all-rounder and not a specialist batsman in T20 , he is too slow for that. Gul is your permanant failure. If you simply do away with Sami & Gul and ask for H.Azam, Awais Zia, A.Razzaq you would certainly do much better than what you have done yesterday. Shahzaib Hassan & Harris Sohail are worth a look.

  • on June 2, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    Hafeez captained very well for a first game atleast during the fielding. Pakistan has had this chasing cancer for the past two years atleast; everytime we lose the toss, we are made to chase, whatever the pitch, and we lose the match. It isn't Hafeez's fault as a captain anymore than it was Misbah's. Hafeez as a batsman can be blamed though. Looking at this batting lineup, the only real batsman was Hafeez. None of the others deserved to be counted. Maybe Ajmal should be made an upper order batsman. As for Ahmed Shehzad, had Misbah made 36 off 42 in a t20 game, people would be lambasting him as usual, and Misbah wasn't hitting 4s and 6s in a certain Bangladesh Premier League, if nothing else he is consistent. If so-called power hitters like Ahmed are doing this, I don't see why we can't let Asad Shafiq or Azhar Ali play the same kind of innings instead. Are they kept out because they are not faux batsmen? Umar Akmal will never grow up and Shoaib Malik has nothing left to give Pakistan.

  • Stark62 on June 2, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    There is no excuse for picking you as the captain and bowling your full quota of overs, whilst the the no. 1 wicket taker in T20I's only bowls 2 overs!!

    Hafeez knows, that he is mediocre batsmen and only in the side because of his bowling. Nazir should take his place or Jamshed and that would mean a strong top order with Shezhad, Nazir and Jamshed at no. 3 with Umar @ 4 and Sohail down at 5 followed by Kamaran (wk for T20's only), Hammad and Afridi (cpt), then the bowling of Gul/Talha, Ajmal and Rahat. If it's a rank turner, then play Raza Hasan.

  • masterofslaves on June 2, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Come on guys, give some credit to the Lankans, they played better cricket than you guys did, so instead of whining and groaning at your guys give some credit for some super cricket from the Lankans. These comments seem to say that the Pakistanis were the ONLY team playing !!!

  • on June 2, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Don't lose heart pakistan team just cincentrate game and win the match

  • Hayat22 on June 2, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Hafeez was right in one thing: Pakistan is rusty and has missed high intensity T20 environment lately, while quite a few SL players have been recently involved in the IPL, so they are more acclimatized to the pace of this format at the moment.

  • Z.Saleem on June 2, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    its only the start.....next match will be better!

    Just relax guys and please don't even think about getting Misbah (Tuk Tuk) back into the T20 side.....it took ages to get rid of him and no Kamran 'I can catch even the the elephant size hands'. The are out for better!

  • drsaadi on June 2, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    ahmed shehzad played really. being a opener he was meant to take charge on opponent bowlers but instead he focused on how to play long enough to become a permanent member of team. his slow batting mounted the pressure which cost a defeat secondly their is no place of shoaib malik in team by any means especially when their is hafeez in team. shoaib and hafeez both have same roll. instead of shoaib had there been hammad azam there would have an extra advantage of bowling.

  • getsetgopk on June 2, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Its one thing to think of oneself as a 'good' captain and quite another to actually be one. Most fast bowlers were going over 8 runs an over except Tanvir so why would you persist with Gul in the final overs? Why not go in with Afridi? Either you have a 'thing' against Afridi or you simply dont know how to captain? Which one is it? I think its both. And we dont need another spinner please enough with these spinners, Hafeez is supposed to be a stable batsman making useful runs not scoring mighty DUCK that too on the very first ball of the innings.

  • PakFan1209 on June 2, 2012, 11:00 GMT

    I think Mohammed Hafeez was trying to show that he can perform well for his team so on the first ball he was trying to hit a four but he got catch out usually when he was not the captain he rarely tried to hit a four on the first ball and i also think that there was pressure on Hafeez because if he does not perform well as a captain or PCB would remove him from captaincy and i think Shahid Afridi should concentrate on his batting and Umar akmal should not play silly shot. Afridi and Umar Akmal both need to improve there shot selection and timing.

  • on June 2, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    it was not well executed captaincy by hafeez!! Afridi bowled only two overs .. If he bowl complete four over score wouldn't get past 100runs!!

  • on June 2, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Playing three fast bowlers on a slow track was a stupid decision. In total Pakistan played with 7 bowlers!!! I mean, is hafeez out of his mind. Bad captaincy. I think Pakistan team looked so much better when they played against England. May be I am giving my verdict too soon but this experiment just a few months before the world cup is a bad idea.

  • on June 2, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    I don't understand why Pakistan can't get their batting order right... The inclusion of Khalid Latif and Mohommad Sami yesterday was simply ridiculous. My XI would go Ahmad Shehzad, Imran Nazir, Mohommad Hafeez, Umar Akmal (wk), Shahid Afridi, Hammad Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Aizaz Cheema.

    Umar Akmal needs to bat wayy up the order at either 3 or 4, or should not be included. For t20 he is an ideal keeper. Possible get Kamran Akmal back in the side as a specialist batsman. Hammad Azam proved himself against England as a useful lower order batsman and fielder.

    Pakistan have left their best batsman too little balls to play with, we have to accept that Afridi and U Akmal need balls to play with. Afridi top scored for the Melbourne Renegades when he came ine at 3!

    As for Imran Nazir, I have no idea why he's not playing. Possibly our best t20 batsman.

    Shohaib Malik is only in there because I couldnt think of anyone else. I would prefer Misbah to him.

  • on June 2, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    There is no use of playing Sami in 20-20, the batsmen just use his pace he should be given a chance in tests and odis. Khalid Latif is mediocre batsman, malik useless as usual, afridi irresponsible as usual. Shafiq should be playing t2os at least he is a reliable bat. Dont think Hammad azam is that useful we have plenty of bowlers and he is also an attacking batsman who cannot be relied on to play a long innings.

  • shauketbhat on June 2, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    @All Pak fans..... that is the answer for all those who were telling Misbah should retire from T20 cricket....... we see pakistan was not able to bat for 20 overs and were bold for 95 runs. Get back senoir players like Misbah, Razak and Kamran Akmal..... and Pak Team and Management should understand that by bringing so many youngsters together in team is not Good. You can`t make so many changes at once.

    THANKS

  • on June 2, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Sami should be dropped for good after this series, no point having him in the team at the expense of young deserving fast bowlers..it was a tactical blunder to send shakil ansar at 3, especially after the departure of hafeez on the first ball of the match..we shouldnt jump to conclusions after just 1 loss, lets give hafeez some time to adjust as captain and try out different combinations before judging him as captain

  • on June 2, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    One loss doesn't make Hafeez a bad captain, let's wait for a few more games before judging him. Though, his first ball duck didn't help Pakistan's course either. harris Sohail should definitely be in the squad as well as Raza Hssan.

  • on June 2, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    gul is a match winner as well as lala and ummu we should not blame them like that cricket is a chance game bro be patient and back the team........

  • codegreen on June 2, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Sami was exciting with his pace but he needs to adjust to the length, guys look at pakistans record in t20's for the last 4 years,we won mostly because of good starts and seriously Kamran akmal was the reason,,

  • khurramsch on June 2, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    very poor from pakistans specially all the come back men, only ahmed shehzad stayed a bit longer but still no where near control. rest of them very poor. khalid latif havent got 20 over strike rate more than 100. you cant pick only on basis of bpl. sami failed as ever. shoiab malik always good in domestic for past many years but international comebacks very poor.

    afridi & akmal played iresponsibly as usual. umar gul was also expensive. pakistan should have played hamad azam or 1 more batsman. they didnt even bowled malik & afrid also not bowled full.they badly need a batting medium pace allrounder.

  • on June 2, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    Bating is always a concern to Pak team specially when the pitch offer assistance to bowlers so what is the surprise if Pak can not cross the 100 mark. I think the only reason for any loss for Pak Team is the batting. Can you just count on matches who Pak Team loss due to bowling, you can just count on fingers but if you are talking about the matches loss by batting, these are almost countless. So, our batting needs to be improved and some stability should be there.

  • drsaadxb on June 2, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Pathetic line up / performance and no intelligent captaincy either. Asl already mentioned , the team is packed with ex captains / openers . Inspite of new coach / practices, still Umar Akmal / Afridi out to same shot selection, they have been out a trillion times . Sami , now what justifes his selection , a pathetic stint at BPL????

  • on June 2, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    I think pakistan have the best bowling attack in the world, SL have a great team as well...SL probably have a little edge with their strong batting and home conditions, but PAK always has new talent and unknown names come up and perform...

    After IPL and these T20, it is going to be tough to go back to watching ODIs and Tests..they should have more T20s, maybe a asia cup T20....IND PAK-SL-BAN. This year's World T20 will be the best one...

  • on June 2, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    I agree definitely atleast Hammad Azam should be in ODI AND T20 teams also Ahmed Shehzad he has the best real talent out of all of these new guns but his mental state needs to be looked after.

    Tbh I was disappointed with the overall quality of cricket both Pak & SL today, besides some great fielding from SL both bowling and batting were pretty club cricket like quality.

    Hoping for a better show from both sides next game, and also Umar Gul is OVERRATED he is a mediocre bowler without reverse swing which he rarely gets these days

  • on June 2, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    No room for Sami and Khalid Latif.Bring in Haris Sohail And Hammad Azam

  • Navaid-Hussain on June 2, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    Please realize that Gul is not a real match winner, win one match and badly perform in so many matches. Afridy and Akmal both always disappoint. Too may fragile batsman, very difficult make a plane? Watmoor has a real challenge to control fragile bating lineup.

  • on June 2, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    No one took the responsibility in the middle, most batsmen were looking out of touch whereas, Afridi and Akmal played useless shots. Losing two early wickets were never a problem, the attitude of remaining batting lineup decided teh fate of this game. Bowling was good but was not exceptional, team PAK lacked the will to produce a good show. having said this i see no real problems with selecting a younger squad we need to move forward and these players will have to come good.

  • on June 2, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Why can't we bring players like Kamran Akmal to open for us and then what is the purpose of playing Umar Akmal and then have him come at number 6?

  • WildAmigo on June 2, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    So many young players avaiable for selection and they keep ending with Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal, Shoaib Malik, Yasir Arafat and Sami.....

  • WildAmigo on June 2, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    Totally out of sort batting order.. Don't know why they keep selecting so many openers in a single game??? Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Khalid Latif, Shoaib Malik

  • Sinhaya on June 2, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    With Angelo and Thisara, Sri Lanka has a very good run controlling bowling attack cos along with Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Dilshan and Lokuarachchi, there is depth in the bowling making run scoring not that easy for the Pakistani batsmen. Just have a look at Sachithra's domestic statistics. He simply has the best domestic bowling average among all Lankan bowlers.

  • Nadeem1976 on June 2, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    Best of luck to our new T2020 captain. I am not disappointed by this loss because it's new team under new captain. I am happy that boring Misbah is not captain and we will build this young team into a strong team by giving them proper chance. Mlabah should only play Test cricket he is perfect for that.

    Credit goes to Sri Lanka that they played well because they are very good team at home.

    I hope Hafeez learn from his mistakes and play better in next match. I hope the senior players in Pakistani team come to the help of hafeez to save the series.

    I don't want Misbah to come back in to T2020 team so please play better and save the series.

  • Sinhaya on June 2, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    Pakistan badly missed the services of Usman Salahuddin, Babar Azam and Hammad Azam yesterday. Simple as that. Why are they playing Khalid Latif and Shakeel Ansar who have below par batting averages?? Salahuddin and the 2 Azams have far better averages! Pakistan must start giving ample chances to Salahuddin and Babar Azam so that they could be even better than Younis Khan. I adore Pakistan by all means. I think if Pakistan loses any of the remaining matches, it will be due to their batting.

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  • Sinhaya on June 2, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    Pakistan badly missed the services of Usman Salahuddin, Babar Azam and Hammad Azam yesterday. Simple as that. Why are they playing Khalid Latif and Shakeel Ansar who have below par batting averages?? Salahuddin and the 2 Azams have far better averages! Pakistan must start giving ample chances to Salahuddin and Babar Azam so that they could be even better than Younis Khan. I adore Pakistan by all means. I think if Pakistan loses any of the remaining matches, it will be due to their batting.

  • Nadeem1976 on June 2, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    Best of luck to our new T2020 captain. I am not disappointed by this loss because it's new team under new captain. I am happy that boring Misbah is not captain and we will build this young team into a strong team by giving them proper chance. Mlabah should only play Test cricket he is perfect for that.

    Credit goes to Sri Lanka that they played well because they are very good team at home.

    I hope Hafeez learn from his mistakes and play better in next match. I hope the senior players in Pakistani team come to the help of hafeez to save the series.

    I don't want Misbah to come back in to T2020 team so please play better and save the series.

  • Sinhaya on June 2, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    With Angelo and Thisara, Sri Lanka has a very good run controlling bowling attack cos along with Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Dilshan and Lokuarachchi, there is depth in the bowling making run scoring not that easy for the Pakistani batsmen. Just have a look at Sachithra's domestic statistics. He simply has the best domestic bowling average among all Lankan bowlers.

  • WildAmigo on June 2, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    Totally out of sort batting order.. Don't know why they keep selecting so many openers in a single game??? Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Khalid Latif, Shoaib Malik

  • WildAmigo on June 2, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    So many young players avaiable for selection and they keep ending with Imran Farhat, Faisal Iqbal, Shoaib Malik, Yasir Arafat and Sami.....

  • on June 2, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    Why can't we bring players like Kamran Akmal to open for us and then what is the purpose of playing Umar Akmal and then have him come at number 6?

  • on June 2, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    No one took the responsibility in the middle, most batsmen were looking out of touch whereas, Afridi and Akmal played useless shots. Losing two early wickets were never a problem, the attitude of remaining batting lineup decided teh fate of this game. Bowling was good but was not exceptional, team PAK lacked the will to produce a good show. having said this i see no real problems with selecting a younger squad we need to move forward and these players will have to come good.

  • Navaid-Hussain on June 2, 2012, 6:11 GMT

    Please realize that Gul is not a real match winner, win one match and badly perform in so many matches. Afridy and Akmal both always disappoint. Too may fragile batsman, very difficult make a plane? Watmoor has a real challenge to control fragile bating lineup.

  • on June 2, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    No room for Sami and Khalid Latif.Bring in Haris Sohail And Hammad Azam

  • on June 2, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    I agree definitely atleast Hammad Azam should be in ODI AND T20 teams also Ahmed Shehzad he has the best real talent out of all of these new guns but his mental state needs to be looked after.

    Tbh I was disappointed with the overall quality of cricket both Pak & SL today, besides some great fielding from SL both bowling and batting were pretty club cricket like quality.

    Hoping for a better show from both sides next game, and also Umar Gul is OVERRATED he is a mediocre bowler without reverse swing which he rarely gets these days