Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Hambantota August 27, 2014

Last ten overs made the difference - Misbah

ESPNcricinfo staff

Misbah-ul-Haq has said that the latter stage of both innings was the difference between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the second ODI. Sri Lanka were 194 for 6 in the 38th over before Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera put on 87 off 57 to boost the total to 310 for 9. Pakistan were 192 for 4 in the 36th over when Misbah fell for 36 and the side collapsed to be dismissed for 233.

"Till 40 overs everything was in control," Misbah said. "In the last ten overs with six wickets down, we gave away too many runs. They played really well too, they played calculated cricket. We did not get many wickets in the last ten overs which was damaging."

Pakistan needed 123 from the last 15 overs but Misbah swept Rangana Herath straight to square leg in the first over of the batting Powerplay. Misbah said he had taken a risk that did not pay off, and felt that an asking-rate of eight was achievable had Pakistan not lost so many batsmen.

"We were right on track when we were chasing. We just kept on losing wickets. In the last 15 overs even 120 was very much achievable but the key is when your set batsmen are there, if one of them goes on till the end, whether you are setting a target or chasing… but we lost too many wickets in the Powerplay.

"With four fielders outside the circle we have noticed that eight runs an over is not difficult if you have got wickets in hand. That is what we were trying to do. Even in the last 15 overs, if you require eight an over with five overs of Powerplay, that is very much achievable. But at the same time if you lose wickets, it becomes really difficult."

Misbah said his spinners Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez had done their jobs, but added that Pakistan could have done with Saeed Ajmal on the Hambantota pitch. "Shahid and Hafeez bowled well. He (Afridi) did not get wickets but he came in and performed his role and restricted runs.

"It really makes a difference especially (with) the kind of pitch this was. Saeed Ajmal always makes a difference in the Powerplays, in the last overs. It was really difficult the way it was turning today."

Ajmal had travelled to Brisbane to have his action tested and missed the first two ODIs, but Misbah said he would join the team ahead of the third and final match in Dambulla on August 30.

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  • asad on August 28, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    @Muhammad Furqan Siddiqui: Our openers don't play like other openers cuz they aren't selected on merit or aren't given consistent chances. OUr middle order batsmen have potential (fawad, Sohaib, sometimes Umar Akmal) but even there we don't pick our best batsmen (Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed etc.). I don't know who is better from Ajmal or Herath but we should stop saying Pakistan is good against spin. There are plenty of spinners who we've failed against in the recent past but that doesn't mean our spinners aren't good. Watch how good our team is if we play even this group of batsmen at their best positions. When it comes to conceding 300 runs then even teams with good bowling have done that recently (Aus, SA, Eng). These days ODI is more leaning towards batsmen so scoring 300 is normal. That being said I think we bowled pretty well until the last 12 overs. 1 loss is not enough to bash your own team as much as you are doing but I do agree with somethings you said, especially Umar Akmal.

  • Tughral on August 28, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Pak was 100/1 in 12 overs run rate of over 8.When Shehzad got out in the 29th over Pak was 147/4.So basically in 17 overs Pak scored a mere 47 runs that is 2.76 runs an over. You cannot score at 2.76 runs an over for 17 overs and then hope to chase a total of 311.Agree with Misbah that 123 in 15 over was still chaseable.But that involves taking risks and that is what Misbah took when he got out.Hafeez and Shehzad stalled the rate too much by the end of their partnership. I give them credit for bringing Pak into the match but sadly they also took Pak out. After 12 overs the required rate was 5.5 so the logical thing would have been to pick singles and hit the odd ball for four simply to maintain a run rate of atleast 5 but dont drop it so low that you have to score 8 runs an over in the last 15.Misbah's statement shows that he thinks the incoming batsmen should have scored at 8 an over when in fact Hafeez and Shehzad should have taken advantage of the great start they had.

  • Sarfraz on August 28, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Maqsood should be up in order and sarfraz should be as keeper in place of umer akmal. Because he his (umer) not playing well due to his brother is not there in the team. I am surprised that since fast bolwing coach and spinner coaches are there in the team, bowling is going down day by day. Now a days batting is not a problem, only bowling.

  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    Dear All Who Comments, Why our openers can not play like others team openers? Why our middle-order batsman can not play like other teams middle-order batsman? Did Herath is un-playable? He is better then Ajmal if so why we are calling our slow bowlers called best in the world (Shahid Hafeez Ajmal & so on)? our batsman playing that bowlers @ net so why they can not play Sri Lankans slow well? note following. 1, No place for Misbah 2, Hafeez 1 down good genven fast bowler he can not play well and out behind. Umar Akmal should come two down when he will be sense able cricketer? how many more years he need now he he is married then when? some one says in the comments that we can not afford 3 tuk tuk batsman in playing 11 more over we should stop saying that our bowling are very good. Playing 11 should be 5 top batsman one top wicket keeper & 5 top bowlers if Hafeez can bowl some overs then very good other wise 5 top bowlers duty they will do & 5 batsman do their duty to made 300 runs in

  • asad on August 27, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Definitely the last 10 overs made the difference but Misbah as captain was not good. He enforces his plan A no matter what situation cuz he doesn't have a plan B. When Mathews & Jayawardene were scoring easily against spinners then Wahab & Irfan should have been given a few overs to break the partnership? Why weren't a few of Hafeez's overs left for the last 10 overs knowing that he's very economical? Why wasn't Fawad allowed to bowl when we know he can bowl reasonably well sometimes? When Hafeez raced to his 50 then what was the point of telling Hafeez to slow down?(BTW very well played by Hafeez yesterday for his 50 & 3 wickets). When the required run rate was rising then why not promote Afridi up the order to have a swing & simplify the equation? I would say Misbah's unimaginative & defensive captaincy lost us this match & nearly lost us the 1st match. Misbah is too dependent on Ajmal & thats a bad sign as no top team is dependent on only 1 player.

  • roy on August 27, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Umer Akmal is as childish as ever. Sarfaraz should be playing the ODIs. Also Anwar Alii need to be playing in the line up. He is a good stable batsman.

  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    Waqar should step in and take some bold decision such as drop Afridi and Junaid and replace with Ajmal and Babar. Replace Sarjheel with Anwar will be a good idea. Batting order needs to be reshuffle as well. Send Umar at 6/7 will be beneficial. Akmal still immature enough to play as a top order batsman. 1. 1. Shehzad 2. Hafeez 3. Fawad 4/5 Misbah/Maqsood 6. Anwar 7. Akmal 8. Wahab 9. Babar 10. Ajmal 11 Irfan

  • Dummy4 on August 27, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    pakistan bowling is consistently giving around 10 rpo in last 10 odd overs for some time now. Junaid looks totally different bowler when he bowls with new ball and when he bowls after 40th.

    SL spinners did a great job to get things under control. Hafeez was good against fast bowlers but was stuck before getting out.

    The innings already stalled after the 100 in 12th over. Before misbah came in to bat, 7 overs for 18 runs. Then misbah -ahmed partnership was slow starter. Ahmed always goes slow when nearing 50. He was clearly struggling in later part of innings. Alam was also not that fluent.

    However it was still chase able. 123 in 15 overs with 6 wickets should have been ok. But pakistan started going after bowling a bit early. Misbah already had a boundry, maqsood had a six just before he got out.

    Even when Afridi got out, it was still chase able. all they needed is to drag it till end. on start of 35th over, they required 123 and 2 set batsmen were in the middle.

  • Sachit on August 27, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    Not sure what most of the Pak fans see in Shahid Afridi to project him as captain. The person can't keep himself disciplined? How would be handle team's pressure. Misbah is doing good job. People complain about his defensive approach but I feel that approach can only change if team shows more consistency and becomes more reliable. You can't be aggressive if you are 40/4 in 8 out of 10 matches.

  • ahad on August 27, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    the captain should be shahid afridi or younis khan. afrter this series misbah should retire from all format.

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