West Indies v Pakistan, 4th ODI, St Lucia

Misbah, Hafeez secure lead in shortened game

The Report by Sidharth Monga

July 21, 2013

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Pakistan 189 for 4 (Hafeez 59, Misbah 53*) beat West Indies 261 for 7 (Samuels 106*, Simmons 46) by 6 wickets (D/L method)
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Marlon Samuels is ecstatic after getting to his century, West Indies v Pakistan, 4th ODI, St Lucia, July 21, 2013
Samuels scored the first century of the series, but was brought down to earth as Pakistan won the shortened match © AFP
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When the rain finally subsided to revise Pakistan's target to 189 in 31 overs, leaving them 121 to get in 14 remaining overs, West Indies' captain Dwayne Bravo was clearly not happy. He looked at the sheet of paper given by the umpire in disgust, and handed it over to a team-mate. Pakistan, who had eight wickets in hand, had to give up further Powerplay overs, but all of West Indies' main bowlers had bowled by then and didn't have many overs left. West Indies were sluggish, almost resigned, whereas Pakistan chased with intent, and took an unassailable 2-1 lead with only the final game to go.

During the chase, Misbah-ul-Haq went past Wasim Akram's record of most ODI runs without a century, but saw Pakistan home with a cool unbeaten 53 off 43, which complemented Mohammad Hafeez's 59 off 62. The stand the two put together meant that Marlon Samuel's century earlier in the day, scored in what was then a 49-over game, and instrumental in setting up the biggest total of the series, went in vain.

Until rain arrived, though, West Indies were doing it just right. They had weathered a quickish start from Pakistan, dried up the runs, eked out two wickets, but because only two batsmen had been dismissed, Pakistan's revised target was not out of reach. In hindsight, Misbah's decision to bowl in a series that no side had won chasing until then, and despite no forecast of rain, ended up giving them the advantage.

The grumpy West Indies came out, and resumed with part-time bowlers at each end. Bravo himself began with a wide first ball after rain. Hafeez and Misbah, the unbeaten batsmen, seized the momentum, taking 17 off the first two overs. West Indies knew they could have given one of Sunil Narine, Kemar Roach and Jason Holder two overs, and the other two just an over each.

Hafeez went after Holder, pulling him for two sixes in the 21st over. Even as Bravo continued to go for runs, bowling ahead of Darren Sammy who went for just 10 in three overs, West Indies turned to Narine at the other end. Pakistan played that over out peacefully, which brought the target down to 62 from 48.

In the next over, Roach got slightly lucky with Hafeez's wicket, who played a square-drive straight to point. Shahid Afridi was closer to the miss on his hit-or-miss spectrum. When He fell, Pakistan needed 45 off 34.

Misbah had quietly made 38 off 33 by then. And for company, he had Umar Akmal, who might have missed a stumping earlier in the day but was in good touch with the bat. The third ball he faced, he square-drove for four. After that, they calculated the chase well, choosing to sit back in Narine's final over, the 29th. However, towards the end of that over, Narine provided Misbah with a log hop, which he duly dispatched for six, bringing the equation down to 15 off 13. Seven of those 13 deliveries were not bowled as Akmal ran through the target in the 30th over.

West Indies were left dazed, and it was not hard to see why. Earlier in the day, they had put up the best batting performance of the series, by either side, to break free from the middling range of 220-235. They were led by the return to form of the best batsman in recent times, Samuels, who converted a slow start - 19 off 33 - into the first century of the series - 106 off 104.

The day began with rain, which reduced the game to 49 overs, and dampening news for Chris Gayle, whose recent poor form pushed him down to No. 5. Turned out it didn't save him from the new ball. The balls were only eight overs old when West Indies lost three wickets. Devon Smith, the man brought in as opening replacement for Gayle, managed to score his first run in three innings, but soon bottom-edged Mohammad Irfan through to the keeper.

Gayle walked in at 63 for 3 to face the big test of having been demoted at this stage of his career. Like the rest of the series, Gayle was unsure again, and had two left-arm quicks, a variety that has troubled him of late, bowling at him. It should have become 64 for 4 immediately as Gayle followed Riaz outside off, but Hafeez spilled it. Gayle looked determined after that, and along with Samuels began to rebuild the innings.

Samuels lost Gayle in the 30th over, after a 57-run stand, but the signs of a Samuels special had been there. The next 20 overs were all Samuels, although Lendl Simmons, Sammy and Dwayne Bravo were worthy support acts. Samuels either danced down to spin or sat back to set up base for big hitting off the quicks. Simmons continued his form at the other end, helped of course by a missed stumping.

Ninety runs came off the last 10 overs with Samuels' century coming up with just one ball to go. He celebrated elaborately, letting out a scream and taking three bows. At the end of the day, when named the Man of the Match, he was bitterly disappointed.

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Posted by bouncer709 on (July 23, 2013, 21:03 GMT)

@t20cric: Well you are right that PCB selected Saeed Ajmal in age of 30, but I think you forget or don't know the more dark side of the picture, Saeed Ajmal is known by his doosra to the world, but do you know who invented doosra? Saqlain Mushtaq, yes he was the inventor and he was the master of doosra using it since 1996, and he was on peak of his game, when PCB discarded him in the age of 27. and do you know for whom place was created in the team by kicking out Saqlain Mushtaq, it was Shoaib Malik who was later promoted as batsman, and he forgot spin bowling... this is how our PCB select and discard players. Shame on PCB. Saqlain Mustaq was so creative, he invented doosra. in ICL he did another delivery which he called "Jalebi", people can watch it on youtube. I wish Harish Sohail get chance to bat in last ODI and score some runs, otherwise I am afraid PCB will drop him for next tour.

Posted by DOCRIAZ on (July 23, 2013, 21:00 GMT)

@BowledYa, i think Misbah is a selfish player who keeps his averages good and his attitude doesn't help anyone, as a captain he demoralizes everyone with his sluggish batting style. I do how ever admire him for keeping a healthy average. there are many famous players dropped out of the cricket squads with much higher averages and many centuries under their belts for having a selfish attitude in cricket, BC Lara was one who used to be dropped off because of that.. anyhow we need a captain who can come in with a positive frame of mind and lead his team.

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 23, 2013, 20:42 GMT)

@Solid_Snake: Well Hafeez, simply did not deserve to be in the team, He is neither a bowler nor he is a batsman. But this is PCB who make such players captain and vice captain. Hafeez is the only players in the current team who is playing continuously without being dropped for any match. Hafeez is such a clever guy that he as a captain did not give Razzaq any over in a match, but at the end when 9 runs were required in one over to opposition he called Razzaq to do the dirty work in last over, but Razzaq saved it and match was tied. and in next games he dropped Razzaq. He knew Razzaq is the player who could capture his position as an all-rounder. Now he has scored 59, so he will keep batting on one down. This is joint venture by Hafeez and Misbah, all other fails but axe always fall on Asad Shafiq.

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 23, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

@BowledYa: Well I did not gave MOM to Afridin the match where Misbah scored 83, but infact Srilankan openers were palying well and when all other pakistan bowler failed to get breakthrough, it was Afridi who broke the opening partneship on 87, and also packed srilankan top order. Credit goes to younis khan because when he came to bat Pak openers were struggling, at the situation was same like nowadays, Misbah is facing but instead of blocking the balls, Younis Khan kept going on with singles. I never listened to Younis Khan making excuse that when he comes to Bat it is pressure situation. I agree that they should handle situation, and if 2 or 3 are down, Misbah should not make excuse about pressure, he should rotate strike. and you came with example of a match where Afridi was man of the match, and comparing with Misbah with zaheer Abbas, see the strike rate, and centuries, Man of the match awards got by Zaheer Abbas. Misbah is nowhere in comparison with him.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (July 23, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

@dmqi->Hafeez is simply destroying the team combination.I wonder why he never comes under discussion.When Someone else plays bad,all points it out.But when Hafeez repeatedly fails,nobody say anything about it..He lost the opening slot & he cant bat down the order.So i say simply kick him out & bring in another All rounder who can bat down the order & bowl as well..

Posted by BowledYa on (July 23, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

@bouncer709 Arbitrary and isolated examples. These are professional batsmen and pressure is part of the game, they are supposed to handle it according to the situation. To blame Misbah for the pressure is putting the cart before the horse. Misbah correctly believes that you have better chances if you play out 50 overs. Time and again the failures happen when the teams get bowled out early, not when they plays 50 overs. BTW, Misbah is one of the best in the game in rotating strike and taking singles. Issue with Misbah haters like you is that you want to blame him for every one of the other players failures (Misbah put pressure on them and that's why they failed), and want to give credit to other players for his successes (Misbah top scored with 83 but credit goes to Younis for 72 and Afridi for 4/34). And stats and numbers don't mean anything to you either, because you will only use selected examples to make your point.

Posted by t20cric on (July 23, 2013, 15:32 GMT)

All Misbah haters now have nothing to say as this time he scored his strike rate was only less then Umar Akmal. After rain this game was like a slightly smaller t20 and Misbah played excellently. Hafeez finally made a respectable total and didn't throw it away he just got out to some excellent fielding. Umar Akmal is playing great as a batsman and he finishes the innings well.

But honestly shame on PCB for not noticing Misbah and Ajmal earlier. Misbah made his international debut (tests) in 2001 when he was about 27 and Ajmal made his international debut (ODIs) in 2008 when he was about 30. Now these two amazing players are close to retirement but we are so dependent on them cuz they are the most consistent. Now Pakistan desperately need to find a younger Misbah ideally under 25.

Posted by dmqi on (July 23, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

Can Pakistan coach and captain explain why is Hafiz is playing at number 3 after repeated failures and causing the team's defeat. 1 in 6 matches' score will not justify his number 3 position, Umar Akmal gets that now. Wahab Riaz is out after last match, Afridi should take a break and Umar Amin, and another bowler should be in. Misbah needs to know how to use players to win matches. This series has become dull one. No Gayle's actions yet.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

Bowling performance in this tournament Afridi is top with econ 3.62. Misbah not allowing afridi to complete his 10 over quota very bad misbha

Player

Mat

Inns

Overs

Mdns

Runs

Wkts

BBI

Ave

Econ

SR

4

5

Shahid Afridi (Pak) 4 4 29.0 3 105 10 7/12 10.50 3.62 17.4 0 1 JO Holder (WI) 4 4 32.0 6 124 7 4/13 17.71 3.87 27.4 1 0 Mohammad Irfan (Pak) 4 4 37.0 3 149 7 2/17 21.28 4.02 31.7 0 0 DJ Bravo (WI) 4 4 24.5 3 160 7 2/9 22.85 6.44 21.2 0 0 Saeed Ajmal (Pak) 4 4 37.0 1 149 6 3/36 24.83 4.02 37.0 0 0 KAJ Roach (WI) 4 4 32.0 6 120 5 2/38 24.00 3.75 38.4 0 0 Junaid Khan (Pak) 2 2 19.0 3 93 4 3/54 23.25 4.89 28.5 0 0 SP Narine (WI) 4 4 29.0 1 142 4 4/26 35.50 4.89 43.5 1 0 KA Pollard (WI) 3 3 13.0 0 69 2 1/25 34.50 5.30 39.0 0 0 DJG Sammy (WI) 4 4 31.0 2 121 2 1/30 60.50 3.90 93.0 0 0 Wahab Riaz (Pak) 4 4 28.0 2 150 2 1/42 75.00 5.35 84.0 0 0

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 23, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

@BowledYa: Now see an example here how stats lie. Compare two batsman who both scores 30 runs of 40 balls. 1st batsman from the start of his inning keep rotating strike, he keep scoring 7, 8 runs per every 10 balls. And manage to score 30 runs of 40 balls. 2nd batsman: he blocks first 20 balls and score only 2 runs of first 20 balls, and then on next 20 bals he score 28 more runs and end with 30 runs on 40 balls. Now if you see both have scored 30 runs with strike rate 70+. But what is the difference, the way 1st batman is playing it will not create any pressure. The 2nd batsman when block 20 ball in first part, he build pressure on his team, now suppose the batsman on other end with him is Hafeez who also took 20 balls to score 1st run. What will happen? They will score only 3 runs of 40 balls. Now if they took 20 balls each to score 1st run, and after 20 balls they get out, will it be possible for next coming batsman to increase the run rate?

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 23, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

@BowledYa: First of all I am sorry I was also refring to Zaheer Abbas, erroneously wrote Zaheer khan, So at the time of Zaheer Abbas Pakistan team was hardly scoring 200, 220 runs(55/60 over match). 2nd is that Misbah started his careers in 2001, but his tuk tuk approach was misfit in the presence of Inzi , Saeed, so he was discarded. and the match you are refring to, in that match Mibah was not only performer, Younis khan also scored 72 with better strike rate then Misbah, and SHAHID AFRIDI was the man of the match(4/34) in that match who destroyed Srilankan top order after they had settled. and he scored quick 16 runs too. and we appreciate Misbah for scoring 83 of 91 balls, even if he score 75 of 100 balls , I do appreciate. but scoring 50 of 100 balls is beyond understanding, and doing this in every match and using excuse that it was pressure game, is like making fool of people. and taking 20 balls to score 1st run is making fool of himself too.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

Don't drop hafiz or Afridi .Drop wahab riaz bring umar amin or asad shahfiq in place of wahab riaz. Afridi did well in first odi pak won and hafiz did well in 4th odi pak won . misbah and umar akmal going very well . if pak drop hafiz or afridi with uamr and asad 100% pak will loose the match.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

PCB runied the genius like Misbah-ul-haq if he has played at an age of 20-25 then he would have been one of all time greats. Look at the man at age of 40 how good he is and the other 10 around him knows nothing how to bat. Shame on all of you who critics over Misbah. You need to listen commentators they only praise Misbah from all Pak batsman's.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 6:06 GMT)

huh u r making hafeez a big player wat is the diff between hafeez n afridi once in a blue moonn specialy on flat pitches ONLY ....... u can call batsman misbah who can play in every condition n in every pitches wether its flat bouncy or spin

Posted by Naikan on (July 23, 2013, 3:15 GMT)

Cricket is so obssesed with Statistics that only cricket could come with a DL method (or any similar method for that matter). While it may be a good mathematical process, I just feel that the results sometimes ignore physical, psychological, social, etc. processes that govern Humans. Such factors need to be taken into account. It is not the same if a team has lost 2 or 3 of their biggest hitters at the moment of the revised target as compared to if they had not. I recall a match where the batting side was left with a few overs and a ridiculous & almost impossible target. If the number of overs of a bowler are governed, then why should not the number of wickets that can be lost also be taken into account? In reality, Games need to be well planned based on weather patterns> if that process failes then if ridiculous targets result, it should be overruled by addition of time to the match.

Posted by cooldxve on (July 23, 2013, 2:16 GMT)

West Indies should not feel disappointed for this loss because they displayed a much improved performance than the previous games. They have certainly raised the standard of batting in this series.

And as a Pakistani supporter I would hope that Pakistan carries on the same batting approach while chasing a target in future. For the last match I think Afridi and Riaz should be dropped because of their inconsistency, and be replaced by Asad Ali and Umar Amin.

Posted by nemonemo on (July 22, 2013, 23:38 GMT)

No matter how well Misbah plays in every mach still that wont help pakistan team to win coming world cup. If pakistan has any plans to win or come near semis than Misbah should be left out, and new young captain should be groomed.

Posted by BowledYa on (July 22, 2013, 21:51 GMT)

Part of Pakistan's problem is we rotate the players too much. We need to give some of the young players extended run - like Umer Akmal. He has been up and down, but his confidence is shot when he is dropped after 2-3 bad performances. Give him 2 years of run time and he will be a great batsman. Some of the all rounders in the 20s also need a long run to get experience, patience, and confidence. All of the top countries do that.

Posted by BowledYa on (July 22, 2013, 21:25 GMT)

@bouncer709 Yes, I can give you a perfect example of world cup 2011. The toughest group match was against SL. Pakistan narrowly won with 11 runs. Misbah top scored with 83 not out in 91 balls (so much for the tuk tuk claim). He has been the most consistent batsman with 44 runs average at 73 strike rate in his ODI career - which is 2nd best to Zaheer Abbas (not Zaheer Khan as you stated - ZK is Indian). Numbers don't lie and a 73 strike rate is nothing to sneeze at. If you look at the stats of the most successful ODI batsmen, their SR is between mid 70s to mid 80s. Anything above 85 is not sustainable (ala Afridi) and anything below 70s is sub par. Misbah's is right there in the best range, which shows he plays smart. If he had started earlier in his career he would be among the elite batsmen all time, no doubt.

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 22, 2013, 21:17 GMT)

@bingster: For your information Afridi was leading bowler in 2nd ODI too. And this is another stupid way of dealing by Misbah that Afridi did good bowling in 1st ODI, then 2nd too and in 3rd ODI he was going well, only one bad over in 3 ODI, and Misbah did not gave him over again, and every body then saw Misbah was choiceless in the end, and preferring Wahab over Afridi won a defeat for Pakistan. In 4th ODI Afridi was hit for 13 runs in over but then he got Wicket of Gayle too. but once again Afridi was not allowed to complete overs. In that match in last 9 overs Pakistan gave 100 runs, so who gave these 100 runs? was Afrdi bowling?... by the way in champions trophy Afridi was dropped for whom? It was Umer Amin, So see the Misbah choice , can Umer Amin be replacement of Afridi as a bowler?

Posted by DOCRIAZ on (July 22, 2013, 21:09 GMT)

Well Pakistan did a great job by pulling this one off, chasing a hefty runrate of almost nine an over, rain disrupted match over a damp pitch with no batting power plays, i odnt agree with the start of this column that it was all too easy after the rain delay, earlier pakistan required an av of 5 per over where as afterwards 9 and with the damp pick and field conditions was very difficult. it was all in winde's court till they blew it! Well done captain (misbah), hope he brings his team with a positive frame of mind every time when he steps in the field and lead from the front. I agree with team members being shuffled in order as well as replacing some and resting others, and "PAKisTANeee786" you have a game plan!

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 22, 2013, 21:03 GMT)

@BowledYa: Scoring 189 in 30 overs is better , or scoring 200 in 50 overs is better. It is not about playing slow or fast, the critics is about playing dot balls, 2, 3 wickets down does'nt mean that you start blocking balls, If you are a big player and having higher average then why don't you rotate strike, and if you are playing 121 balls and hit only one boundary(and that by reverse sweep), it doesn't mean that opposition bowlers are very good that they don't give you any loose balls. If Misbah is better then why don't we include another player like him, some test player Azhar Ali, Asim Kamal, and what was wrong with Younis Khan. So they all score 50s.

Posted by bingster on (July 22, 2013, 20:49 GMT)

@bouncer Look at his bowling after the 1st odi he hasnt even completed his 10 overs and he is in the team as a bowler well then i guess abdur rehman would be a better choice with his left arm also adding variety to the attack and also rehman can hold a bat..Consistency is the problem with afridi and there is another left arm spinner raza hassan who could be brought in as a bowler he was really good

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 22, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

@BowledYa : you said "You quote the WC match against India, but forget all the earlier matches in which Misbah was a key to the wins"... can you give us example where Misbah was key to win? If he was key to win why he have only 4 ODI Man of the match awards, but I can tell you many occasion where he was caused to failure despite of his scoring run in the game. Now I tell you high scoring average does not mean that you are match winner, see the ODI average of Saeed anwar less than Misbah, but yet he got 28 Man of the match awards, you are linking Misbah with Zaheer Khan, but do you know at the time of Zaheer Khan Pak team hardly scored 200, and Zaheer khan played in era of 60 overs ODI matches. Other like Inzi, Saeed Anwar, Yousuf, even Younis khan got to score centuries but Misbah even after playing 40-50 overs he can not score century. Ijaz, Inzi when required they come to open too for Pakistan, but see Misbah mentality he is even not ready to accept the challenge of one down.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (July 22, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

Pak team for the last ODI

1.Shehzad, 2.Jamshed, 3.Hafeez, 4.Misbah, 5.U.Akmal, 6.H.Sohail, 7.U.Amin, 8.Afridi, 9.Ajmal, 10.Junaid, 11.Irfan.

Hafeez & U.Amal at 3 & 5 because they played good in the 4th ODI. AND FOR GOD'S SAKE, PLEASE, NO WAHAB RIAZ. In the 4 ODI's he has bowled one over less than Hafeez & Afridi, he is too expensive and does not get wickets. Please, not anymore. Giver your bowlers some chance by putting some runs on the board.

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Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (July 22, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

Drop Afridi for ever; should have been done 2 years ago. No need for 2 fast bowlers, and Wahab Riaz is not up to standard as he is inconsistent and very expensive. Bring in Azhar Ali and Hammad Azam. Keep an eye on Nasir Jamshed (he is more test than limited overs cricket, a rare Pakistani quality) as he may have to be outsted. Give further run to Ahmed Shehzad as he looks promising and decide after the next series to keep him or not. Drop Misbah as captain (although Pak's best historically).

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

I see no threat from WI to PAK as far as this series is concerned. No hopes for WI to win last match. PAK can use any formula but they won't loose. Personally I feel sorry about Afridi & Wahab. But this is subcontinent taste that keep on changing with every match. Each match become last for any players if he can't perform. The Criteria also varies with different players. There is no uniformity or standardization. Misbah has to make Tuk Tuk and Afridi has to do boom boom for making same numbers of runs at the costs of contrast numbers of balls. I read comment that Umar Akmal outclass Virat Kohli with 2 matches performance & Misbah is called Mr. Cricket. Hope to see comment at the end of series that PAK outclass IND. PAK fans happy then we are also happy. Sorry for Faizan Khan, Solid_Snake, bouncer709, Stark62,..........

Posted by BowledYa on (July 22, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

@stark6 and solid_snake. Again, you guys are only talking about selective instances in which the rest of the team is getting bowled out and misbah was left defending. In 90% of those cases the team would be out even earlier had it not been for Misbah's caution. As far as the WC semi is concerned, the team's strategy was to be cautious in the beginning and rely on late order to hit out (understandable when you have the likes of Afridi, Razzaq and Umer). It wasn't just Misbah's strategy. Unfortunately none of those shining examples of batting talent did their job and Misbah was the last man out. Misbah's 73 ODI strike rate proves he is a faster player than many of you claim. Give me facts, not selective examples. Numbers don't lie.

Posted by PAKisTANeee786 on (July 22, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

Pakistan batting order in the last game: Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Umar Akmal, Harris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Asad Ali, Juanid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Mohd. Irfan (No Wahab Riaz for the love of god, he is not an int'l level players and i am very suspicious about his cricketing ethics after the english summer.

Pakistan line-up for the T20's: Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Harris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq, Hammad Azam, Shahid Afridi, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Mohd. Irfan (Bring Hafeez up the order for T20'S And replace Hammad Azam for Asad Ali who replaces Wahab for the last odi according to me.

Posted by Desihungama on (July 22, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

I reckon Pakistan will see much better results going with 6-4-1 combination. They need to immediately drop Wahab Riaz and bring in a specialist batsman (Asad Shafique, Fawad Alam or Azhar Ali). With 2 fast bowlers, Ajmal and Hafeez, it means Afridi can only be dropped for Hammad Azam. I bet this is a winning formula.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (July 22, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

well done misbah. please keep playing umar akmal, harish sohail and nasir jamshed in team. they are our future batting talent.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

Ok, so this is whats's happening in the current Pakistan batting line-up, firstly all the stroke makers or natural players are being driven by Misbah's mentality which is putting their game in two minds. Secondly, the tactic used then benefits Misbah as the top-three players get out cheaply simply because they are asked to do something they never did and then Misbah comes in and thrives with making a 50 with a S/R of a mere 50. He does have the ability to take the charge, but really don't understand why he doesn't, i mean we are just asking for 5 or 6 runs an over. Even, he himself said how easy it is to do that in the interview yesterday, so why not do it more often and take the pressure of other guys. In a nutshell, the reason for Pakistan batting failure is Misbah's poor tactics or overly defensive mindset. Whatever you call Afridi, but when he was captain you saw the batsman with intent and aggression, and i once heard Shahzad complementing him and saying how much he helped him.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 18:33 GMT)

Well, All Praise to Misbah ul Haq a "Mr. Consistence" for Pakistan who is doing 50 almost in all recent matches, he is showing the best in what we required in different Circumstances. Right now, we have seen some real maturity and have some aggression in Misbah Batting and he is improving in every match and for Umar Akmal, he out Class Batsman like Virat Kholi of India but he should be batsman only and team Selector should place Professional Wicket Keeper in Pakistan Side.

Posted by t20cric on (July 22, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

Pakistan did great batting yesterday especially after that disappointing tie in the 2nd match. Misbah may finish this series without ever being man of the match but I think he's man of the series. He has made 197 runs so far in 4 matches which means his average is almost 50. Shahid Afridi just had a one-off performance but his bowling is pretty good. Wahab Riaz is not a good bowler and should be replaced by Asad Ali. Wahab has conceded 150 runs from 28 overs and only 2 wickets across 4 matches. Asad Ali has conceded 48 runs from 11 overs and has 1 wickets from only 2 matches. So Asad is more economical and he puts variation in to the Pak pace attack (2 left hand, 1 right hand). He also knows how to bowl yorkers.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (July 22, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

@Stark62:Completely Agreed...Nasir & Shahzad both were aggressive player but both of them had to stop themselves from hitting strokes.Now both of them blocks each & every Cball,pressure rises & then wicket falls down.Coach & Captain both are to be blamed for that.You change the natural stroke player like that & the end product you get is a failure.Even Hafeez is good when it comes to playing strokes.When he defends,he gets out.Check out his recent ODI,Test & T20 perfomances. Night & Day difference

Posted by Solid_Snake on (July 22, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

BowledYa:I guess there is no situation like that in a cricketing world where you block each & every ball after the field spreads.Wickets fell,top order collapses thats common.But it does not mean that you stop making even singles.You have to keep on taking singles even if the team is in trouble.The problem with Misbah is that he blocks every ball.This creates even more pressure.Lets say he comes out when the top order collapses say in the 10th-15th over.He stays there & his score would still be under 50 after 40 overs.Even if he stays there till the end,he barely would have crossed 50.What is this?Ive seen no player who plays like that.Not even in test matches.. Only in the 4th ODI he played a good inngs.It's a miracle that he jumped up to 100+ strike Rate..

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

Wahab Riaz needs to be replaced. I am a South African and dont know some of the players too well. The change suggested by another writer to bring in Haris Sohail and bring in Rizwan to keep wickets sounds good.

Posted by BowledYa on (July 22, 2013, 17:33 GMT)

@Stark6 Unfortunately facts and figures don't bear out your assertions on Misbah. Sure, once in a while he has a bad performance, but just as you can't bank on Afridi's once in 15 matches good performance, you can't blame Misbah for a few mistakes. You quote the WC match against India, but forget all the earlier matches in which Misbah was a key to the wins. Here are the FACTS: his ODI strike rate is 73, on par with the likes of Inzi, Majid Khan, Kallis, Sanga, Ganguly, Chanderpaul - you won't call any of these players tuk tuk, and thus not Misbah either. AND his ODI avg. of 44 is in the top 10% of batsmen. In fact he is the 2nd highest avg. ODI batsmen in Pak history and only Zaheer Abbas has a better record when you combine avg. score and run rate. Let's talk real facts and not selective examples only.

Posted by WI_KDoct on (July 22, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

121 runs required in 14 overs (84 balls) D/L revision. This was easy for WI to win if they bowled a tight proper line and length. But when Holder bowled an over for 19 runs and DJ Bravo yet again bowled one for 16 runs, the game then became one for Pakistan to lose, esp having 7 wickets in hand. Yet another display of WI substandard performance.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (July 22, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

@bouncer709 :I am not saying that Afridi is any better.I dont consider him a Batsman.A guy who has played 350+ matches.Still he gets out on the same short pitch delivery.He was like that in his first match & he has not changed at all till now.His wicket is the easiest to get in the whole cricketing world..Even a child knows how to get him out.But he never learns.

Posted by Jda123 on (July 22, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

Afridi showed how smart he truly is...

I think it is time sadly that he is excluded from all ODI games.

Hafeez performed well and it was much needed for him, shame we didn't get to see Sohail play today.

Umar Akmal is looking good now also.

Why cant Pakistan play like this in a normal ODI game, in a normal game they cant ever rotate the strike and just take an ODI game into a real boring Test cricket game.

I look forward to the return of Gul soon though, he is needed in these shorter formats of the game.

Posted by smjr on (July 22, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

I do not feel great on this Pakistan victory as both sides are at the mid-bottom of ODI ranking. Given the condition and the bowling of W.I which gives width to batsman any side could score these runs.Pakistan batsman are used to the width bowling that was offered as they free their arms and makes their limited shot selection worthwhile. We need batsman who manufacture shots against tight bowling in ODI. Only Umar Akmal possess this trait. Also we need to play sides like India, SA, Eng, Aust most often in order to learn and improve the batting techniques and temperament.

Posted by Stark62 on (July 22, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

@ BowledYa What nonsense!!

Please, do explain what happened in the WC semi-final?

He and Younis blocked everything, then expected the likes of Umar, Razzaq and Afridi to hit sixes every ball.

Btw, his batting also puts pressure on his partner, like the last game, where Harris was making his debut and needed to score runs, to show his worth and cement a place for the next game but he was not able to that because Mr. Tuk, Tuk was blocking at the other end.

Lastly, Nasir used to be aggressive by nature but now he blocks most of the time and that's because he was replaced by farhat, who made a sluggish 80 odd and stole Nair's position, even though he made back to back centuries in the previous series, hence Misbah is solely to blame for Nasir's decline!!

Posted by SaadRocx on (July 22, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

Plz remove Wahab Riaz and put Hammad Azam (If he's available,im not sure) in the team...If not then pursue with Asad Ali (He's medium pace but certainly better than Wahab, bowls at decent line and can at-least bowl Yorkers at the death)..Wahab is just rubbish..Give Asad Ali chances until Umer Gul or Muhammad Amir (Hopefully) become available..He'll improve..!!!

Posted by BowledYa on (July 22, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

@Solid_Snake Absolutely disagree with you. Misbah only plays according to the situation. Please look up the information carefully. Whenever Misbah plays slow it is when all the top order has gone without much runs to show and Misbah had to hold one end with wickets falling all around. If he gave away his wicket as well we would not even get the score we end up with. He has proven as the best Pak batsman time and again. All the cricket experts and commentators agree Misbah plays according to the situation (as again he did in the 4th ODI). The only ones who criticize Misbah are the fans who know nothing about cricket. Those same fans think Afridi is a great cricketer because he has score 7,000 runs at 100+ strike rate.

Posted by ilililililililililililililx on (July 22, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

Pakistan played well as Misbah scored scored unnaturally quick and Haffez showed class, responsibility and control with his batting. Umar Akmal seems to be getting better and better. Pakistan has seen this pitch and knows that there is some moister for seamers to exploit but not much rough for the spinners to use. Haffez and Afridi could not spin the ball in both matches at this pitch. So we need those two to bowl line and length and to try and give away nothing. I Think Pakistan now needs to change Wahab for Asad Ali. Wahab does not swing the ball much and needs work at death bowling. Ali swings the ball old or new and his action means it is easier to bowl in the blockhole more consistently.

Keep the same team. 10 overs of Junaid, Irfan and s

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 22, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

@Solid_Snake: Agree with you, only you and I understand that scoring 50 of 90 balls will be of no use while playing against India or SA. Like Afrdi can not change his habbit, in the same way I don't expect Misbah will change. So the people who are tired of tuk tuk be prepared , this tuk tuk will continue.

Posted by La_Bangla on (July 22, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

This Windies team has no future in ODI or test cricket. Samuel is dreaming but he is one of the main culprits. All the unnecessory and overly kool attitude and bravado doesn't bring a win for the team. It takes focus, disciplined and team work besides skill. And Marlon lacks most of it. And Gayle, Pollard and coupe others are right up there with Marlon. Windies is better of having 11 players with Sammy's attitude.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (July 22, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

Last match proved that Pak is good for T20 only..When you need to score fast,Pak is a Champ there..When you need to play sensibly,Well Pak batsmen dont understand it's meaning & they act as they dont know What batting is..

Posted by Solid_Snake on (July 22, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

@bouncer709->Misbah always scores runs but the point that he never plays according to the situation.All he do is tuk tuk & make an ODI look like a test match.When you make 50 runs off 90 balls once..this is what you call playing according to the situation.When you again score 50 runs off 100 balls..lets say it also was justified.But when you repeatedly do this thing again & again & again..This we call a Habbit.This slow batting puts up a lot of pressure on the batsman at other End.So chances has to be taken from the other guy & thus wickets fall down.This is one of the primary reasons of Pak batting failure.Misbah plays always like that whether Pak is in trouble or no trouble.. PS->Btw those 50 Odd runs that Misbah scores,they are of no use at all when Pak goes against Teams like SA,Eng,India,Aus..This is WI we are facing currently who themselves are having trouble with batting.The 220,230 target that we give.It would be a piece of cake of other teams.& this has been proven recently

Posted by arifzakaria811gmail.com on (July 22, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

No surprises that its such a close series and in all probability will end in 2-2 deadline score since both teams are bottom of ODI rankings and in terms of talent both are almost similar with perhaps WI having better bowler in Sunil . Otherwise frankly speaking there is not much to choose with both teams having inconsistent hard hitting players who fire once in 15 matches or players like samuels, Misbah, Hafeez who play with strike rate of a run per two balls. The ICC should conduct two 4 nations tournament . The first one should involve WI , Pakistan, Australia and Ireland. It will be a tough and exciting tournament of equally matched teams. The another tournament where India , Eng , SA and SL can compete for a trophy should be exciting as well.

Posted by android_user on (July 22, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

well done pakistan n misbah specially we realy need him wi fragile batting line up keep it up guys n win the next game too inshallah god bless pakistan

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

I think Afridi is in form only he always comes in that situation where he have to hit and gets always out i think if you let him bat higher 3 or 4 he will use his brain and play the game with sense. Drop Wahab Riaz and bring an inform all rounder because pakistan have really good bowling side.

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 22, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

@bingster : Afridi is playing as a bowler, in this series Pak has taken lead as 2-1, so don't forget, it is because of Afridi, otherwise it could be West Indies leading with 2-1. For people like you he is a waste because you think a batsman batting at no 8. @Fogu: Why you comparing Misbah with Afridi, compare Misbah with AB Devillier, Compare him with Sangakara, and other players who play in the middler order. You think if Misbah is not there in Pak team will be bowled under 100 , but I think it was Afrdi who saved Pak from getting bowled under 100 runs in 1st ODI of this series.

Posted by Fogu on (July 22, 2013, 12:38 GMT)

I wonder why some PK fans dislike Misbah. He is a great captain and leads from the front. He plays according to the situation. When you find yourself at the crease with 3/4 wickets down with less than 40 runs on board, as Misbah finds himself often, he consolidates and ensures that they don't lose more wickets. Unfortunately he has gotten out lately before he can accelerate (we know he can accelerate as today's game proved). He is the reason PK is not out for less than 100 often in the last year. He gives his bowlers a target to defend. Unfortunately, these fans are enamoured with Afridi who is like the lightning. Flashes once in a while and it is amazing but he is not dependable. I would take Misbah over Afridi anyday of the week and twice on Sundays.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 12:34 GMT)

Wahab riaz umer akmal misbah and now hafeez are in form I sense doom for west indies in t20

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (July 22, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

So W.I go off the field as complete favorites to return all but out of it unless of a miracle . . . this D/L system needs to be revised this was ridiculously unfair and a shame to what has been such a close contested series.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

1st i would like to said that WI play well and make 260+. 2nd that was bad day for WI rain spoil then game for WI. Its advantage to Pakistan when rain start then using DL method, giving 121 run to chase in 14 overs. That is easy job when u have 8 wicket left. So for sure Pakistan will play like T20 match. If rain not came the match will be very tie because pakistan start with slow that is 70+ runs in 19overs (3.6+ Average). Anyways In game its normal luck nad badluck for every team. Anyways Pakistan play well. And wish WI will play well in next match too. I hope gayle will in form and be ownself. Lately i think he too stress coz people pushing him! Gdluck to both team!

Posted by Balb on (July 22, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

The D/L is what is out there to determine match results. It may or may work for a team depending on how you look at it. Regardless of which side has the advantage, it all hangs on your application, and team performance for a result for the rest of the game. It is what it is. Pakistan won which actually shocked WI.

Samuels, Pakistan won or should there be indoor cricket now?

Samuels did made a good century but don't forget the replay did show he was LBW without scoring and the umpire Nero decision was in favour of him.

Again the WI brought back D. Smith to open the batting and lower Gayle's position to keep in the team.

Sarwan who scored all his runs between number one and three position was dropped when he was not scoring at position five or six. I am still confused on how the West Indies selectors are thinking and why they are doing this to him.

Dwayne Bravo, you are showing your real colours as a young West Indies captain. Your cricketing skills are beginning to fail.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

It seems that PAK don't want Afridi anymore as fans term him wasting a place in the team who has no brain. You don't need brain to block & block overs by overs and then got out. If some body needs 50-90 balls for pacify his inning, then give at least 15 overs in spare. It is unfair to call Afridi not performing when only 4-5 overs left. If he had not performed in first one-day international, PAK would have the same story as like in CT with scoring 130-140 runs. There would have been no scope of recovering back for PAK if first ODI won by WI handsomely. At least keep in mind that we say we are in position of winning series 3-1 thanks to SHAHID AFRIDI...................

Posted by Solid_Snake on (July 22, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

This game Proved that Pakistan Batsmen Have got no Defence at all..Which means test cricket is not for our Batsmen for the time being.When we do tuk tuk & go into defensive mode,we always lose.When we go into Attacking mode & hit hard like we did yesterday,We play like Champs.When will our Coach & Captain learn this thing & start using their brains..Hafeez was not that Hafeez which was there in previous ODI's or test matches.He was the same Hafeez of T20..Played like a champ.I say just unleash Shehzad & Jamshed & gie them full freedom.Them see what they'll do to the opponent bowlers.When you ask them to go into defensive mode,hey get out early & dont perform as we expect from them

Posted by bingster on (July 22, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

Drop afridi for the last game and get a proper player in the team..Afridi is wasting a place in the team its like we are playing with 10 players get a decent cricketer who has brains and can read the game..Inshallah pakistan will win this 3-1..Goodluck to misbah and his team.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (July 22, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

Why does Misbah need the luxury of 6 bowlers when his batsmen keep failing regularly?

From the figures of this series WAHAB RIAZ is clearly the sixth bowler who has failed to deliver. Why keep persisting with him. He is expensive and does not take wickets. Against better teams his beating gets even more expensive.

The figures of this series are below.

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/bowling/most_wickets_career.html?id=8245;type=series

Posted by saadrasheedarain on (July 22, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

It was a great game to watch. Happy with Misbah's performance who improved his strike rate massively. As for Afridi, he has stopped performing after the first game. For West Indies, they started negatively after the rain without the belief that they could contain Pakistan within 189. Bravo should have planned West Indies bowling when rain started pouring in. He was helpless with a negative attitude.

Posted by uksar on (July 22, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

Two things you will never see in the ground 1. Afridi values his wicket in a crucial stage of a match 2. Isantha Sharma bowls a yorker in the same stage. I don't know how many years they will take to learn these (probably millions of ---).

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

I wonder what's going through Dwayne Bravo's head...Sammy has proven time and time again that he is WI's most economical bowler, he's not a wicket taker, but when the batting does go after him, wickets do fall...I think WI need to reconsider Bravo's captaincy...too many irrational decisions...IMHO

Posted by Chaudry_Cricket on (July 22, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

Misbah is so frustating we know he has tremendous hitting power but why he does not play like this is beyond me ..... Hafeez I will still maintain should bat at 6 and Umar Akmal at 3. But anyways good innings by Hafeez. Jamshed was tad unlucky. Shehzad he needs to give a big innings next game or his future is looking very bleak. Next match we should replace asad ali with wahab riaz. I hope the team bat with the samd intesity every match against every oppenent in any condition.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 9:45 GMT)

a very good victory for Pakistan. Misbah needs to continue this intent in the next games to carry pakistan towards more victories. Afridi man you need to seriously work on your temper if you want to play WC 2015. They only thing lacking in Afridi is loose temper & throw his wicket even in crucial stages. He has the class, talent flair to destroy the opposition but he first needs to apply himself according to the situation. Hope he will come up with the repeat of the first One Day & contribute his role in the series victory for pakistan in the last ODI. ALL the best Team pakistan & Shahid Afridi.

Posted by vsroc on (July 22, 2013, 9:44 GMT)

Posted by Venkat Sraman on (July 22,2013) It was a fine victory for Pakistan against West Indies in the 4th ODI which was curtailed by rain.The match was ultimately won by Pakistan under D/L method. Timely and comeback century scored by M.Samule of W.Indies went in vain.

Posted by mainul079080 on (July 22, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

Where is Afridi fans now? I commented after first ODI that it was too early to say highly of Afridi-as he is so inconsistant. He is proving my words-even he could not bowl his full quota of 10 overs in last 2 matches because of loose bowling.His bowling figure was 4-023-0 and 6-041-1.He scored 5,1 and 7 with the bat after 1st ODI.Thats why i am always against inclusion of this ''crowdpuller playboy''. He is certainly not a teamman.He never plays for the team. He is too casual.He dont want to understand the situation of the match.He is labelled as ''Boom Boom'' and he most of the time gets out cheaply with brainless stroke. No doubt he is wasting a place in Pak team as previously wasted by Malik ,Kamran

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

if pakistan won the match why the give the Main of the match award to samuels

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

Bravo is not fit for captaincy material. His decision not to allow full quota of Darren Sammy is surely questionable. He is not using Sammy's capability in the interest of the TEAM. His own bowling standard is poor. He was really good once upon a time but not now. WI must think team composition.

For all critics of Afridi..... For getting decent result, Afridi has to be utilized to full optimum capacity. I suspect he has been deliberately used very very late. He can bat in middle order but present batsmen are consuming space there leaving no room for Afridi. Yesterday's match was exceptional but top 6 batsmen are consuming 45 overs. Had he bat earlier, PAK would be 4-0. He seems to be sidelined same way as Sammy in WI.

Posted by AmmadAzeem on (July 22, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

That's the quintessential Pakistan approach. Openers got a flying start than suddenly WI put speed breaker to stop the run flow, Hafeez got 1 run after consuming 18 balls at one point of time just before rain, things started to shake for Pak when Jamshaid got run out. just B4 rain it was WI but rain played out WI mindset, Bravo clearly looked disappointed on what was written on the paper. Hafeez looked much determined to run chase in short version of the game alongwith Misbah, who is been so consistent in 2013 leading from the front. WI body language was way down.gave away easy singles, went defensive which made Pakistan to easily seal the victory with 2-1 lead in the series. Samuels classic 100 went in ashes though he acknowledged it as one of his greatest innings as we witnessed his reaction once he completed that! A good game of cricket in the end! Pakistan can fancy the chances to grab the series in next game. Drop Wahab & Bring other medium pacer...!

Posted by JustIPL on (July 22, 2013, 9:25 GMT)

It is really a joke that just 14 overs to get 121 runs that also after rain and you consider target was made simpler for Pakistanis. D/L makes targets difficult for chasers that is very general opinion.Anyway wonderful effort by pakistan to secure lead.

Posted by LionsofLanka on (July 22, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

Posted by criclover44 on (July 22, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

'When the rain finally subsided............................Pakistan chased with intent, and took an unassailable 2-1 lead with only the final game to go.' describes two extreme opposite psychology of Dwayne & Misbah. It appreciates MIsbah's intent to win at the same time explores Bravo & WI's disgust, resigned & sluggish attitudes. You may thought because the article was written by some Indian(I don't have idea). I won't appreciate your perceptions of "downplaying Pakistan's victory at the beginning". Lions have same king of intent to win and they are more successful since so many years. Pakistan's poor performance because of this lack of intent. Need to discard the suspicious mindset.

Posted by Baundele on (July 22, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

West Indies lacked brain in cricket, because everything is spent in politics. Sammy remained unused, Pollard is now dumped, a certain Andre Russel is in the history book; and it is off-form Bravo's term to loss matches from strong positions.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

WI lost due to wonderful batting display...UNDER STRESS Pakistan is beyond control.....DIVINE HELP..main factor...it is equal for everyone..

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

Great Victory. I hope they will do well again in the upcoming last and final ODI. Misbah proved himself a great Captain. Only one a player whom I trust that he will do some thing to victory.

Posted by everfaithful77 on (July 22, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

Windies were well on the way to winning this match until the rain came. What's it that captain Bravo or Windies leadership doesn't understand about DUCKWORTH LEWIS ? If the Champions Trophy (WI vs SA) debacle wasn't ridiculous enough this performance was worse. Duckworth-Lewis has been used in international cricket for several years now. It's not a NEW thing. Once there's any significant delay due to rain etc D/L comes into play. The entire Windies team incl mgt must take time off to discuss strategy for D/L method. After the rain Pakistan needed under D/L method 189 to win or 121 in 14 overs at almost 9 per over. Before the rain rate required was under 6 per over so to some extent WI were better off than Pakistan under D/L. Instead the impression one got was that Bravo was not happy with the figures given him and that transcended to his team mates. Bravo must learn something here that he's not just a member of the Windies team but the LEADER. His NEGATIVE energy may affect the TEAM.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

I wonder why Pakistan cant chase in other matches in the same aggressive approach which they did in this match.

Misbah is a great hitter of the ball. If Misbah works on his strike rate right from the start and then He would prove lethal to opposite teams!

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

"Now ,that medicore batsman have free ticket, atleast for two years .It is such an injustice with other fellas if there is any , but pace trio is exciting , that should be appreciated ,. I am happy atleast, those akmals ,maliks and frahats has been dumped in a deep gloam ,to spare the world ckt. from there torment """.cheers from J & K""".

Posted by criclover44 on (July 22, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

'When the rain finally subsided to revise Pakistan's target to 189 in 31 overs, leaving them 121 to get in 14 remaining overs, West Indies' captain Dwayne Bravo was clearly not happy. He looked at the sheet of paper given by the umpire in disgust, and handed it over to a team-mate. Pakistan, who had eight wickets in hand, had to give up further Powerplay overs, but all of West Indies' main bowlers had bowled by then and didn't have many overs left. West Indies were sluggish, almost resigned, whereas Pakistan chased with intent, and took an unassailable 2-1 lead with only the final game to go.'- Typical Indian. Downplaying Pakistan's victory right at the beginning itself.

Posted by hcool on (July 22, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

today again misbah proved all his critics wrong once again like he always do ,everyone keeps criticizing him for his slow batting but those people lack cricketing sense who say so ,he has been playing slow due to poor top order performances again and again and i think if misbah also fails or is out of team then pakistan will create world records of lowest scores in odi's and i have backing of stats which proves my point he has scored 6 to 7 half centuries in last 12 to 13 matches and no one"s average is even near his in last 1 or 2 years although jamshed was promising but highly inconsistent and yesterday he proved he can play according to situation bymaking 50 at a strike rate of 120 and if u take out his runs from the team then pakistani team"s overall average is in category of zimbawe,bangladesh or west indies

Posted by my_comments on (July 22, 2013, 8:03 GMT)

IPL take the pakistanis in, it will bring in more excitement and narine will get hammered, and dont worry about gayle and afridi. gayle is only good in IPL and afridi once in so many matches

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

well played by pakistan. wahab was expensive and looks like he is going to Sami's way: few good balls follwed by poor. misbah should avoid giving him bowling in last few overs.

Openers once again failed to make good score. though they started fast this time. Ahmed need a big score in this series. Hafeez finally got a 50. i hope he doesnt go afridi's path.

afridi again failed. & in this nobody can say that it was too much to do for him. when he came 45 off 34. misbah also not slowing run rate so i think no silly excuse this time.

umar akmal played well again. should always bat up the order. misbah was also good. he should play like this in all games. not at s/r of 120 but atleast 80-90.

after rain WI didnt bowl well. bravo bowled himself and marlon instead of sammy.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

this statement" WI main bowlers were already bowled" .

when it resumed, roach have 1, naraine has 2, holder 2, sammy has 3 = thats 8 out of 14. and 5th bowler is required even in 50 over match. so sounding it like because of D/l WI got no bowling options left.

the fact is they bowled bad after rain. Holder was the 1 who started leaking runs. even naraine was expensive. and bravo didnt gave any overs to sammy at all who has been very decent. so putting it all on D/L is not that right. they had 8 out of 14 overs left from 1st 4 bowlers used. 5th bowler is always required. but bravo used him even though he is not that good in the last overs of innings.

after resumption he should have started with top 4 bowlers, roach , naraine, sammy , & holder. he started himself and then sammy.

D/L is confusing as always but its there for many years and known to everybody. it helped pak but also to WI. pak RR went up to 8.64/over from 6 per over. which is not easy in t20 if bowled well.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

D/L is confusing as always but its there for so many years. and some say it helped pak as score was reduced but it also helped WI. when rain arrived, PAk required @ 6.06 Runs per over. when it resumed Pak target was @8.64 runs per over. & 1 good over it was above 9 . and even in t20 if you bowl well thats not that easy to get in t20s.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 22, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

Pakistan is typical al T20 team....The have to play every odi/test like T20

Posted by android_user on (July 22, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

afridi and shahzad should open and let and let them get a flying start nasir should get groomed in middle order inatead of opener we already missing younis

Posted by android_user on (July 22, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

well played Pakistan nice to see umar akmal getting runs

Posted by android_user on (July 22, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

so Afridi came in early today to bat. Misbah was sitting fast so there was no extra pressure on Afridi to up the strike rate. The man still throws away his wicket knowing that there are three men deep on the leg side just for him. Once again, after scoring his annual fifty and getting 7 wickets in one match, he's back to doing what he did best. On a separate note, Hafeez's fifty is a bad news because now he won't be dropped.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 22, 2013, 4:12 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan!!! All the best for the final match....

Posted by android_user on (July 22, 2013, 3:48 GMT)

well a much needed performance from batting point of view. Good to see Hafeez back in some confidence. it will hv real impact on other players as well. great game of cricket

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 21, 2013, 23:38 GMT)

Some display of positive approach in Pakistani batting. Much needed victory

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2013, 23:35 GMT)

Umer Akmal played very well I want to see him 1 down position because he is a future top batsman of pak team.

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2013, 23:33 GMT)

good allrounder show today by pakistan cogrates team pakistan

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 21, 2013, 23:29 GMT)

Congratulations to pakistan. Well played dl may have shortened the game but was still a lot of runs to get in those overs. Hats off to hafeez, misbah and Akmal. Faster strike rates is a good sign. Afridi well what can you say he'll never change! Look forward to Wednesday!!!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 21, 2013, 23:03 GMT)

I dont understand the role of afridi!! He should be promoted up in the order to make him realise his worth in team! Well done team pakistan today

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2013, 22:56 GMT)

looking @ today's performance of Misbah particularly it is proved that he has the efficiency to rotate the strike i.e. Six 1, Fours 3 out of 53 means just 18 runs scored of boundaries. and apart from that he has 100+ strike rate. Is it not a big question mark sign for couch and himself? or according to his words that he plays according to the situations all along.

I ask you all to deliver some thoughts if possible.

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2013, 22:48 GMT)

a captains knock by Misbah.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 21, 2013, 22:29 GMT)

Finally some good cricket from Pakistan! Specially their batting today, hopefully we continue like this, and I hope openers use power play proper at beginning and don't slow the run rate down! Anyways Congrats to all all Pakistani's :)

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 21, 2013, 22:22 GMT)

Ohhhh Really good to see Pakistani batting forms .

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 21, 2013, 22:19 GMT)

This is the Misbah we want to see? We expect this kind batting FM him?

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2013, 22:15 GMT)

really its amazing when tuk tuk is playing with the striking rate of more than 100 also umer akmal played nice inning

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 21, 2013, 22:15 GMT)

Afridi would've finish the game? he lost his foam no momentum? I think he lost his sponsorships in his bat? Babowls

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 21, 2013, 22:11 GMT)

Mishbah...., well done. Good to see misbah's batting form. Good luck n well done Pakistan .

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 21, 2013, 22:09 GMT)

Misbah has silenced his critics today and has showed everyone he plays for the situation and is more than capable of playing with pace too... All those people who say he is slow or tuk tuk as they call don't understand cricket at all... What would you do if your team is 5 for 70 would you try to smack it out of park? Off course misbah is best batsman we have today along with YK

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 21, 2013, 21:51 GMT)

Afridi will never change just give away his wickets? poor batting?

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2013, 20:17 GMT)

Samuels is the best. good to see him gain some lost form

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2013, 17:50 GMT)

I want to see decent batting contributions from top order and not just leave it to misba. Although Misba's ancor role we need right now, as mor often than not we loose first 2 to 3 wickets quickly. HAFEEZ may be riding his time.

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

it may b tough to pak....by allowing dem to bat first......

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 21, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

Hafeez is destroying pak playing 11 combination , i wish he go for 6 sixes in same over so we get rid of him

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2013, 14:08 GMT)

no rain... n still delayed.. rubish... they just want all the moisture to evaporate.. dis is unacceptable

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2013, 13:49 GMT)

I agree with Saidur Molla.

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

why is hafeez in squad of curent match wht rubish is this because of poor perfomance..... bad slection........

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

they, WI noticed that gayle is strugling up front so they changed their batting order, misbah should send umar akmal at num 3 pisition instead of outta color hafiz.

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

any one have idea about starting

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

Not a good decision to put the Windies into bat, to my reckoning. Pakistan are not good at chasing, for sure!

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2013, 13:30 GMT)

Misbah ul haq should sent a aggresive player on no 4th Haris Sohail or Umat Akmal is best option and they should play they natural game played shorts on marit formula is simple runs on the board put the presure on the bowler and it is the best chance to submit a Hansome total comeon guys show your class captain will defend the team

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 21, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

Very impressed with Haris, hope he makes his 50 today...

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 21, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

Like the change, poor pollard!!!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 21, 2013, 13:23 GMT)

Do we know when play may begin?

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 21, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

Pakistan openers need to play aggressively rather than go slow and then get out with scores in in the 20s. I hope they can come out of their shells and fire today. Afridi needs to play for his team and not try to smash everything. I hope they can perform with the bat, one good performance can make a change in mindset.

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2013, 13:14 GMT)

boom boom needs to come in at 4 when there are lots of overs left so that he can play an innings, have you seen him go out to lbw, caught at slip or bowled? no, cuz he always gets caught in the deep, he came on early during the first game and made 76, came on late during next 2 Games and made 1 and 5, does anyone see the pattern?

Posted by android_user on (July 21, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

how much time wuld it take to start the match

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