West Indies v Pakistan, 5th ODI, St Lucia

Tough contest set for final scrap

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July 23, 2013

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Match facts

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Start time 0900 local (1300 GMT)

Chris Gayle smashed one six in his 30, West Indies v Pakistan, 4th ODI, St Lucia, July 21, 2013
Will Chris Gayle adapt his style? © WICB
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Tough, hard-fought cricket, along with the usual doses of excitement when you least expect them. Star player makes umpteenth comeback, walks in at 47 for 5, cracks 76 off 55 and then takes other-worldly figures of 9-3-12-7. Home side rebound from the thrashing with a convincing win in the second game, then follow it up with a last-ball, last-wicket train robbery of a tie when they are all but derailed. West Indies and Pakistan, true to reputation, have given us what they were expected to.

And the Caribbean has given us another ODI series with twists and turns, following the tri-series also involving India and Sri Lanka. The balance between bat and ball, the absence of which renders so many one-day contests into one-dimensional batting gluts, has set this series up for one, final tussle between the two sides.

In what has become unfortunately recurring due to the forced change in the West Indies home season, rain influenced the result of the fourth game. It arrived while the Pakistan chase was on, and imposed a revised target. West Indies found their three specialist bowlers had already bowled most of their quota; Pakistan had lost only their openers. Although the conditions and the situation were more in favour of the chasing side than the defending one, it must be said that more than those two, Pakistan's self-destructing tendency often proves to be their undoing. That they didn't succumb to any of the three is creditable, and irrespective of what happens in the final game, they have maintained their record of not losing a bilateral ODI series in the West Indies since 1988. They have, in fact, won the last two, in 2005 and 2011; even another tie will suit them fine.

A lot has been said about West Indies' improvement, recent and continuing, in limited-overs cricket. The improvement, however, does not seem to be translating itself clearly into results yet. In the past year, away series losses to Bangladesh and Australia, the latter a 0-5 whitewash, have been followed by an early exit from the Champions Trophy in England, and failure to make the final of a home tri-series. They are now faced with the task of winning the fifth match to avoid losing another home series to Pakistan. It is also crucial for Dwayne Bravo's fledgling captaincy that he comes out of this scrap with a tied series.

Form guide

West Indies LTWLL (most recent first, last five completed matches)
Pakistan WTLWL

In the spotlight

This is Chris Gayle's worst year in ODIs, after his debut year in 1999, with an average just above 20. In a way, he is to the Caribbean what Shahid Afridi is to Pakistan. The star who towers above the rest of his team-mates, peerless in fan following. You don't drop Afridi without expecting a backlash from the public; the same applies to Gayle. At 33, though, he is at an age where similar batsmen such as Virender Sehwag, batsmen who rely more on timing or power than on technique, have found it difficult to reinvent themselves in the face of dwindling returns. He was demoted to as low as No. 5 in the previous match and made 30 at a strike-rate of 65. How will he respond to this late challenge in his career?

Mohammad Hafeez needed that fifty in the previous game. He'd gone 11 innings for a lone score of 50-plus, a century against Ireland. While Hafeez's bowling in limited-overs is always handy, he is also a top-order batsman, and the Twenty20 captain. Given the long struggle to prove himself that Hafeez's career has been, you sense that the feeling of insecurity somehow still lurks somewhere inside, and is likely to worsen matters when the runs are not coming. It also does not help that Hafeez is a rhythm player, and when the rhythm deserts him, it really does. Has he regained it after that 59?

Team news

West Indies demoted Gayle and chose Devon Smith to open instead in the previous game. Another failure for Smith followed, but it will be unfair on him if he gets just the one chance.

West Indies: (probable) 1 Devon Smith, 2 Johnson Charles (wk), 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Chris Gayle, 6 Lendl Simmons, 7 Dwayne Bravo (capt), 8 Darren Sammy, 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Sunil Narine, 11 Jason Holder

Given Ahmed Shehzad's continuing struggles, Pakistan have the choice of opening with Asad Shafiq, who's batted at the top before on a few occasions. Umar Amin played the tour match against Guyana but hasn't got a game yet in the series. He is another option.

Pakistan: (probable) 1 Nasir Jamshed, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Haris Sohail, 6 Umar Akmal (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Wahab Riaz, 9 Junaid Khan, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Mohammad Irfan

Stats and trivia

  • Dwayne Bravo has the worst economy-rate in the series - 6.44. Hafeez has the best - 3.24
  • Including the fourth game, Gayle has batted at No. 5 only eight times in 248 ODI innings


"I had a good talk with Dr Scott Hamilton [West Indies' sports psychologist] and I was trying to refresh my memory of the way my style of play is. My style of play is give myself a chance and push it around, and then I can definitely make up at the end."
Marlon Samuels, on rediscovering his touch

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Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

One advice to Afridi " Dont try to hit a six in your first 10 overs of the innings and your the best batsmen in the world insha Allah"

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

Good Change pak. bringing back asad ali is a good change ...bt misbah shud give him new ball becaz he's not the best with an older one...

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

Let Gayle b on the top... it has been said that ' please leave the concern work on the specialist, let the expert do the job'

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

It will be a good game.but i hope team pakistan will win

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

i think abdur razaq is a beter player then wahab why is he not gatting chance

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

pak should have asad give chance new qamar wahab out and try a rehman

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

pakistan must have do couple of chenges whab go out and rehman must get in and this is only change than pakistan have more warity in his bowling . Sajjad butt

Posted by Solid_Snake on (July 24, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

@Dark.Matter:When the performance is like this (WTLWL)...I see no winning combination there..This we call a Fluke..When you are like this (LWWWW),there you can say that don't disturb the winning combination.Corrected now :)

Posted by xylofon on (July 24, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

Continued...Afridi, please play RESPONSIBLY or get lost. Ok, the last few matches (minus the absolute last one) its Misbahs "cannibilising" of crucial overs (never mind the total he gets in the end) which have put Umar Akmal and Afridi under pressure to play risky shots BUT Afridi still doesnt show any intent of converting his extra Messi-like gear into something to rely on. Maybe he just doesnt get it. Sad.

If Zulfiqar Babar and especially Hammad Azam dont get a chance in the T20s coming up, (and in proper playing order too mind you), I dont know what I will do.

Why dont West Indies and Pakistan play each other more often? There is so much happiness going around. Love the windies crowd, makes for a dream vacation one day inshallah. Pakistan are looking for Bangladesh to play the brother role to come over and play in Pakistan but if they are not ready (or whatever) Windies would get supergreat treatment from Pakistan cricket crowds. PCB should work on safety issues NOW.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

Pakistan will go unchanged - you will all see that..

Posted by xylofon on (July 24, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

Unfortunately, if you play well against India in one match and if youre not good enough PCB will keep you forever, that is the case of Wahab Riaz. Umar gul didnt play well in that semifinal in WC because Shoaib Akhtar wasnt there - not many people will understand even this much. So it was 100% opportunist performance by Wahab Riaz off of Guls negative performance. PCB doesnt have the wit to understand this, hence Riaz gets a thousand and one chances.

We┬┤ve tied this series and dont need to win it desperately, NOW is the time to try the youngsters, when there is REAL pressure. And you also have to put them in the top order so they have time. Asad Shafiq is pure test player, if he should play (+plus Misbah), they should open the batting so they can REALLY take their time. Sacrifice the first of the two Powerplays, its ok.

Ahmed Shehzad, continue to give him a chance (plus T20) then make an evaluation, fine. Asad Ali, not Pak A material. Ehsan Adil maybe yes. continued...

Posted by nenez on (July 24, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

I WILL KEEP SAYING THIS AGAIN AND AGAIN. There is no point in having Sammy, Dwayne Bravo and Pollard in the team because they can NEITHER BAT OR BOWL. They've got rid of Pollard, now get rid of the other two. After that, get rid of Smith, Gayle and Samuels (The last 2 because their attitude stinks)! After that we will see where the team will go.

Posted by Dark.Matter on (July 24, 2013, 8:31 GMT)

Mr......junk.....you are talking about awais zia. This guy only has one strong shot, which is a pull. He is below avg. in square of the wicket and avg. in straight shots. There is no comparison of him with the likes of gilchrist and viv richards. I am not buying you.

Posted by Dark.Matter on (July 24, 2013, 8:18 GMT)

A lot of people are talking about giving a chance to other player instead of this player. I do not agree with them. Changing the winning combination is always the bad idea no matter how bad a player is performing. For example, the great Imran Khan always kept some players in the final of 1992 world cup who did not even deserve to be in the team. Why? because he did not want to disturb the winning combination. So, let the guys settle.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

Misbah has been Pakistan's "best" batsmen lately and is currently the leading run scorer in 2013, but Umar Akmal has clearly been the best ODI batsmen for Pakistan in this series. Pakistan needs to rethink their batting order, and that too for the long haul. If Misbah wants to anchor the innings and secure one end, he needs to do it from much earlier. And Umar Akmal needs to be given a chance up the order even though his record is better at 5 or later. It is tricky if you want to play 3 openers. The issue with the top 3 currently is that only Hafeez plays his strokes freely. At least one of the openers needs to do that - they're not getting high returns for their negativity anyway.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

Umar amin should in for shehzad and A rehman for W Riaz. Hafeez and Jamshed should open.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

should anyone explain me why wahab riaz is getting so many chances he always leaked too many runs if there is any other bowler get as many chances as wahab riaz he would become a good asses for pakistan too lucky wahab riaz he is becoming bad after game by game

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

Pakistan needs to be aggressive yet careful in this last match of the 5 match series which they are already leading by 2-1.Pressure is already on West Indian side so Pakistan batting needs to click.They should go with the same side from the last match because experiments are not needed in this match.Pakistani batters have to play the whole 50 Overs with confidence from the last match & they will find themselves winners of this Series

Posted by SaadRocx on (July 24, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

Asad Ali won't be a bad choice to replace Wahab (Atleast he's young and bowls at decent line and can bowl the yorkers at the depth too)...Sorry but seen Umer Amin in CT..didn't impress me..

Posted by wasim_007 on (July 24, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

Please open with Afridi...he will score quickly...mark my word the current style of play have cost Pakistan Champions Tropy and will cost more in coming time...What a joke...playing One Day like Test...and give all burden to tail to score just double what they made in 40 over......

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 5:22 GMT)

My team for the West Indies is this,drop Smith. Open with Charles and Dwayne Bravo, Darren Bravo, Samuels, Chris Gayle, Simmons, Pollard, Sammy, Narine, Roach and Holder. Pollard needs to be in the team fielding and a few overs from a 6th bowler is important. when ever he gets runs as well with the bat, it normally results in a win.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (July 24, 2013, 5:11 GMT)

WI batting is in prime form and no bowler can stop Samuels, Simmons, and Gayle from playing wonderful innings. WI has the momentum and they are going to win this match. My prediction for today is "WI WILL THRASH PAKISTAN TODAY". Pakistan have the ability to lose the matches in crunch situations.

Posted by SaadRocx on (July 24, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

Posted by Stark62 on (July 23, 2013, 15:45 GMT) I completely agree with you,Shehzad would greatly be missed if he's been dropped for next series maybe..He's the best fielder in the site at the moment since we don't have Umer Akmal fielding inside the circle at point anymore...Shehzad,UmerAkmal,Fawad Alam are the Best fielders Pakistan have at the moment..Shehzad, i wish he performs with the bat..otherwise I wouldn't mind his presence in the team just because he's a Brilliant Fielder..

Posted by jack500197 on (July 24, 2013, 4:47 GMT)

Well played Pakistan. Misbah continues to show his calmness and accumulation of runs. He is the highest run scorer in ODI in 2013 as of now. We needed a solid innings from Hafeez and got it. I think Hafeez is a T-20 player and should consider not playing tests. Excellent performance Umar Akmal, he is showing a lot of maturity and calmness in this series. Our bowlers are doing amazing, Irfan and Junaid are a good pair. We need to think about a third medium pacer, Wahab is not bowling at the same speed and accuracy as he did in the Champions Trophy. Selectors and coach will need to find a third medium pacer bowler. Inshallah we will win the game today and win the series. Go Pakistan!!!

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 4:46 GMT)

Not much will be changed for tomorrows game, as I can only see Asad Ali replacing Wahab Riaz. For the future I want to add this as my playing XI for ODI's in the following batting order: Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad, Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail, Umar Amin, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Anwar Ali(good batsman as well), Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan. Hafeez and Afridi should only be kept for T20's. With this team you've got the best fielding circle for Pakistan in a long time with proper one day batsman. Play this team, and inshallah we will be second to none!! Tell me if you guys agree or disagree.

Posted by everfaithful77 on (July 24, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

The current panel of West Indies SELECTORS must be disappointed with their own efforts in regards to selection of ODI squads. By now if they were not convinced by the myriad of calls for dropping of under-performing players like Pollard then the results thus far(from loss to Bangladesh to present series) would help to do this. No team in international cricket could afford to carry for several matches out of form players. You only have to look at the current Indian ODI squad in comparison to the squad that won the 2011 WC to see my point. That new look Indian squad made up of mostly young players just won the Champions Trophy followed up with Tri-Series victory in which West Indies were reduced to second-class playing at home. What a shame! If you look at all int teams they are all recruiting their most talented young players. The selectors failed to blood not even ONE young player in a 5 match ODI series and yet couldn't win it. This is a FAILED STRATEGY. I hope new WICB takes note.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 3:25 GMT)

Shahid Afridi is the best bowler and seventh best batsman in the series, he single handedly won one match (in the four played so far) how much more do you expect from one player (out of the 11).

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 2:29 GMT)

Drop wahab get all rounder hammad azam in

Posted by BravoBravo on (July 24, 2013, 2:00 GMT)

I love both WI and PAK teams. If (and big IF), Gayle performs, he will win the match for WI. But lately, I realized that Gayle is becoming more like BB McCullum (of NZ), they just play one inning of substance once a year, and then slack. I don't know what T20 has done to them. I wish that my observation may be wrong about Gayle. Ironically, I have a gut feeling that Afridi will perform to his potential in this final ODI. Whatever, it may be but this match will be the most exciting one. No rain please, because a match truncated by rain does not give satisfaction either to audience or to the players.

Posted by applethief on (July 24, 2013, 1:01 GMT)

It's true about D/L favouring Pakistan as the chasing side. But then, 2 years ago, also in the 4th ODI between these two teams, West Indies were only a matter of time before being bowled out before D/L awarded them the match for hitting a single 6 and cutting the game short there. At least West Indies were given a fighting chance, unlike Pakistan who were pretty much told to forfeit the match due to D/L. Th bit about Gayle here forgets to mention that he was dropped on 0, so an even worse outing for him. Think he needs a break, or at least some first-class cricket under his belt - I wouldn't put him in the Sehwag bracket, I think Gayle's got the class to keep going and score big ODI totals to win matches for his team

Posted by BravoBravo on (July 24, 2013, 0:56 GMT)

Mr. Purohit, nice article. Very true when you said, "West Indies and Pakistan, true to reputation, have given us what they were expected to." This is a very exciting ODI series. I am anticipating 5th ODI to be a thriller. Both team are geared for the win. However, a tie to this series will be like a grand finale.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 0:48 GMT)

Shehzad and Afridi should open, than Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Nasir Jamshed, Misbah, Asad Shafiq, Wahab, Saeed ajmal, Junaid and lastly Irfan

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 0:47 GMT)

Reply to Djj the squad u have Chosen Is not perfect Amin is not good enough to be in the squad in any format he is a total flop they should give a chance to razzaq if u r so worried about the bowling and batting he will balance the team and afridi is must in odi and t20 bcz he bring. aggression In the team

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 0:42 GMT)

i have never liked riaz and still dont, at all! Either he bowls a wide, full toss, or just a juicy short ball that gets smacked around. He needs to be dropped for either Asad Ali or Umar Amin. Also I think that Misbah should open and Umar Akmal should bat and #4. So the squad would be: 1. Misbah, 2. Jamshed, 3. Shehzad, 4. Akmal, 5. Hafeez, 6. Sohail, 7. Afridi, 8. Amin/Ali, 9. Ajmal, 10. Khan, 11. Irfan.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 0:39 GMT)

I am so dissapointed in comments here. When Afridi performs, we win match single handed. If he performs in every game than lets make everyone sit at the bench as there wont b any need for any other player. He is a bowler and the day you accept him for that you will have a different opinion about him. If we play any bowler and he gets smashed do you all replace him the next game?? Tired of listening to all you whinning. They are out there to represent us. Support them thru thick n thin. Whoever plays, I wish Pakistan best of luck. May the best team win.

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 24, 2013, 0:27 GMT)

Umer Amir can't bowl 10 overs, so he can't replace Shahid Afridi,, people might say that Afridi did not bowl 10 overs in last 2 games, but that is still debatable, give chance to Asad Shafiq, or WK Rizwan, remove Wahab Riaz, if required Haris Sohail can do few overs as part time. Hafeez should have been dropped but he performed in last match, so they can not drop him today, but demote him to 7 position, bring Afridi to open with Ahmed Shehzad. Let Jamshed play one down.... Captain do some aggressive decisions.. Give surprise to opposition, this is the only way to panic the opponent.

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

Team For Today's Match Should Be, 1:-Nasir Jamshed 2:-M Rizwan (WK) 3:-Haris Sohail 4:-Umar Akmal 5:-Misbah Ul Haq (Cap) 6:-Hafeez 7:-Afridi 8:-Rehman/Umar Amin/Asad Ali 9:-Ajmal 10:-Junaid 11:-Irfan

There is no point selecting Rizwan and Rehman if you don't give them Chance. Pakistan should try out these players, there is nothing to lose out for them.

Good Luck Lion Misbah

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

Hiddy Sonday, Haris Sohail is already in the team!

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

i am not going to keep any HIGH hopes for this match as whenever i did. they LOST. so if they win i am happy if they dont. then its another crucial match they have lost... best of luck.. GO team GREEN

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

I think like WI Pakistan should rest Wahab and call Umer Amin as he is good all-round performer and they should change batting line up as afridi should be given opening chance once again to hammer the ball in power play overs as the fielding is quite suitable for his shot selection otherwise he wouldn't produce runs down the order in any kind of situation as he has proved in recent past. If i am not mistaken then Afridi himself chosen down the order position during his times but it doesn't suit him and his game especially. Good Luck Pakistan and Misbah

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 22:43 GMT)

Give rest to Afridi n Wahab n make room for asad n umer amin

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 22:42 GMT)

Umer Amin n Asad Ali should play 5th ODI in place of wahab n Afridi

Posted by 14.08.1947 on (July 23, 2013, 22:33 GMT)

Afridi was always usefull for Pakistan when he opened along with a humble batsman. Hafeez might help Pakistan more, if he plays at No. 7. Playing XI: 1.Shezad 2.Afridi 3.Jamshed 4.Misbah-ul-Haq* 5.Haris Sohail 6.Umar Akmal+ 7.Hafeez 8.Wahab 9.Junaid 10.Irfan 11.Saeed...Lets see!!

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 22:30 GMT)

For the love of the game please send umer akmal at number 3

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 22:06 GMT)

I think Afridi and Jamshed should come out as a opening pair in final ODI. Just try

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 21:54 GMT)

I don't know why Pakistan did not open the bowling with Hafeez when Smith was batting. (Recall the last Pak WI series)

Posted by Saqib_Sheraz on (July 23, 2013, 21:53 GMT)

just want one change, Asad Ali in place of Wahab Riaz. expecting performance from Afridi is useless. good luck team Pakistan.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (July 23, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

I dont agree that Umar Amin can be brought in place of Ahmed Shehzad. I think UMAR AMIN should be defiantely brought in in the last match, but at the expense of the expensiive WAHAB RIAZ. Wahab not only leaks runs but also fails to get break throughs. He is bocoming another M.Sami.

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

afridi mainly got his runs as opner and if I am the captain I would love to see him open

Posted by USAMAAJMAL678 on (July 23, 2013, 21:28 GMT)

now i get why pakistan dont develop good batsmen....umer amin a very talented batsman scored 30 odd runs notout along with the tail in his last innings against india...and he hasnt been played a single match in this series...instead they are playing asad shafiq a very very mediocre odi batsman and haris sohail who looked an average player in the last odi he played....plz play umer amin brainless pakistan team management he is a very good batsman...

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

I don't know that they want to take out of riaz..he took only 5 wickets once and that was 2 years ago and they still keep going and going on with him....they are just forcing him to take 3 or 4 wickts in a match and then thry can keep playing him for 1 more year...why they can't bring in umar amin in place of him or hammad azam (if he was in odi squad) when they already have junaid khan irfan afridi ajmal and hafeez as 5 bowlers...they all can bowl 10 overs and if anyone goes for runs hammad azam or umar amin can bowl few overs...and that will give some more batting power which we need badly....

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

Afridi is not suited in situations where he has to come and strike the ball. Whenever he had performed, he came earlier when he has time to play himself in while dispatching lose balls. Whenever he has to go after the bowlers from the start, he usually fails.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

I know Pakistan wont juggle with playing XI..bt ideally team should be this. Ahmed Shehzad Nasir Jamshed M.Hafeez Umer Akmal Misbah ul Haq Haris Sohail Umer Ameen Junaid Khan Asad Ali Saeee ajmal M. irfan.. ...ths shud be the paying XI for all the tournaments and for all upcomin ODIs...

Posted by sophocles on (July 23, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

Every dog has his day. And Afridi definitely had his. Sporadic sparks of brilliance can ignite his fans to euphoria. But a team demands a more consistent, dependable performance from its members. Let's get over this love-hate relationship with Afridi and move on. And what about Wahab Riaz? But he is 28. Did someone say - he's up to no good? Fine. But do we have a replacement for him? We do? Good. Then its settled.

Posted by DurtyWurk on (July 23, 2013, 19:29 GMT)

I don't think the Pakistanis will tamper much with the squad. If anything, they may bring in Asad Shafiz in place of Shehzad but it's highly doubtful. Wahab needs to be rested and Umar Amin needs to brought in as he is a handy bowler as well.

Inshallah, we ll win tomorrow.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

Never ever under estimate Chris Gayle - it is not correct to say that he relies solely on power - watch as he regains the limelight and deservedly so

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

change lala with umer amin and raiz with asad ali...

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

i agree with an earlier comment ... hafeez would be best suited to come in after umar akmal ... if u r gonna use afridi ...utilise him properly to get something from him ... have him as an opener where the field is in ... so many times he gets caught on the boundary with nothing to show

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

Best of luck team Pakistan. Hope they win the series. I dont know y nasir jamshed is out if form. Afridi should perform.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 18:40 GMT)

afridi plz plz plz make at least fifty to be consistent lala blast in the 5 odi and proved ur critics wrong

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

i would drop wahab and bring in asad ali...too many extras from wahab...also, even though he got 59 in the last game..i would move hafeez to number 6 and bring haris sohail in @ 3...hafeez likes playing his shots (like he showed in the last innings) and i think he would be more useful/productive at 6 after umar akmal... 1. nasir jamshed 2. ahmed shahzad 3. harris sohail 4. misbah 5. umar akmal 6. hafeez 7. afridi 8. asad ali 9. ajmal 10. junaid 11. irfan

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

may be rizwan comes instead of nasir/shehzad and hafeez to open.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

its last game , i dont think they will rest/drop ahmed shehzad. but both nasir and ahmed have been poor so far. nasir had one 50 but with 5 chances.i hope haris sohail gets some useful runs and time in middle. they cant rest afridi. its impossible for any captain to do that if he is in team. then only wahab is left to may be drop or rest but he gives good batting option at no8. may be rehman instead of wahab but going in with 4 spinners is too much.

Pakistan was better side in this series. apart from 2nd game. even in the tie they were on top for most of the day till last 2/3 overs.

hope to see another good game.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

pakistan have to u win the series to gain some confidences they not perfoming since the champions trophy the bowling was very good but the batting lets down but in the previous match the batted really well i think pakistan should change the batting order hafeez should open the batting and umar akmal should come in at no 4 left out ahmed and riaz and bring in umar amin and give a chance to a youngster and i would love to watch lala hundred in the final match it has been 3 years back when lala scored a hundred in the 2010 asia cup i would love to watch with blazing guns inshaallah lala do it for us plz

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

well new day & new game but people still on same issue " main bowlers were bowled". roach has 1, Sunil had 2, sammy 3, holder 2. thats 8 of the 14 after resumption. 5th bowler is always required. the fact is sammy ignored and they bowled poorly.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 18:28 GMT)


Thet are the real match winners. 1.Imran Nazir 2.Mohammed Aamir (If he return to the Squad) 3.Asad Shafiq 4.Misbah-ul-haq khan (Captain) 5.Ahmed Shehzad 6.Abdul Razzaq ( Vice-Captain ) 7.Umar Aklam 8. Shahed Khan Afridi 9.Umer Gul 10.Junaid Khan 11.Saeed Ajmal

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

So glad that Pollard is out. Bravo if he intends to be captain needs to start acting like one. He continues to bowl at the death and he is no good there at all. A good captain finds a way to get his best bowlers bowling there but he somehow thinks he can do the job, he even went as far as giving the ball to Pollard and costs us runs and the match again. Hope that the coach who i'm losing faith in makes that change in tactic. Can't believe we have so many players sitting by while the coach continues with players like Bravo. Does he not have any confidence in these players or does he think some players can only play one form of the game. If he could let Pollard go out there and makes ducks after ducks and still get selected he can sure;y give one of the much better youngsters get a run.

Posted by Chaudry_Cricket on (July 23, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

I think we should let Shehzad have the next game. We should let Haris Sohail bat at 4 with Misbah moving to 5 to gauge Haris and see what he is capable of. Umar should bat at 3 and lets give Rizwan a go at 6th to see what he's like and Hafeez at 7. Replace Wahab with Asad Ali. Just try a different combination and play aggressively and with intent.

Posted by bingster on (July 23, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

I hope they dont drop shahzad..Only one change bring in rehman for afridi that will provide some variety in the spin department with rehmans left arm.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (July 23, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

With Ramdin and Pollard finally out W.I just need Dwayne Bravo to go I have no idea why he is in the 11 let alone was made captain or why he has now prioritized himself as a bowler over Sammy not even using Sammy's full overs whilst he continues to serve up complete rubbish. Tino Best needs to be in side constantly to add some fight to the the impotent bowling attack sop messing with him giving him a game here and there bowlers need rhythm and W.I have looked there "Best" lately when Tino and Roach have been playing together. Holder should also be in the 11 sick of the IPL all-rounders thinking they can get away as bowlers in the international game !

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

Drop Wahab Riaz and bring in Haris Sohail. He cant bowl far worse than what Riaz is bowling currently and he can bat. This comes from a South African of Indian origin.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (July 23, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

Lets change a bit to give chances to other players too. Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Hafiz, Haris Sohail, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Rizwan, Hammad, Junaid, Irfan, Ajmal

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

i think we need imran nazir rather then afridi and abdul razak rather then wahab riaz....

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (July 23, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

Dont drop Shehzad, let him have the chances which other have been getting for years. Play Haris Sohail at 4 and let him show his talent. Its unfair that he comes in when you need to slog or play faster than a new boy should be exposed to.

Posted by Jda123 on (July 23, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

I don't thin Shezad should be dropped, he should get a chance to play in the ODI against SA which is coming in a few months in the UAE, he did good against SA in the one T20 and on them pitches it should feel a lot like home

Afridi time has came to end unfortunately, as exciting as it is when he is in a team he shown why he should be excluded from ODI, what he has done in the last 3 games, is waste a wicket, he plays stupid shots, even missing a few ball he still plays poorly and gets himself out.

If he goes wicketless and out for under 30 runs in the final game his ODI career is over and it should be, he isn't a team player.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

shahzad should be ruled out and umer amin should get a game.hafeez and nasir should open and amin should bat in the middle order

Posted by Farrukh.91. on (July 23, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

Despite being a Pakistani, For me the series is 1,1,1 till now. 1 match won by each of Pak, WI and the rain!

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

If ever there is a match to rest Afridi and intro Umar Amin....this is it, Pakistan cannot loose, the team should have all all YOUNGNS on tour at the moment. It is disappointing to see Afridi struggle ever once in a while he does fire but recently the ravages of aging and being out of form have shown up at the same time for him, I think he should gracefully retire from cricket his days are done, harris sohail is an explosive youngster who is being wasted due to Afridi, Hafeez is another player who may be on the edge of being axed. Only reason hafeez survives is he is a dam fine spinner and the youngsters just don't measure up at the moment, lastly, its time for Pakistan to consider Umar Akmal as a permanent fixture in he ODI side. He is a far better player than making him sit on the benches warming them, yes he is not complete but amongst the young guns he is best batsman in ODI's while Asad Shafiq remains by far the best TEST batsman currently.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

Dropping out Ahmed Shehzad is a bad option. Incase, Misbah needs a change he should play with Abdur Rehman instead of Wahab Riaz. Shehzad is electric fast in the field, dives and tries to put his 100 percent. He needs to prove himself with the bat as well. One more change would be to send Haris Sohail at number 4. He has to show his class as well to impress the selectors for his future.

Posted by   on (July 23, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

Afridi plz plz plz make a come back from !st ODI into 5th with blastering innings or get few more wickets to survive in a team.

Posted by Haris_USA on (July 23, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

I don't think they should drop Shehzad. It shouldn't be about winning the tournament, but giving youngsters as much exposure as possible, and preparing them for major championships. I also think that Misbah should be included in the T-20 squad.

Posted by t20cric on (July 23, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

I'm really hoping Ahmed is not dropped cuz its unfair to any player to let them play just one ODI. Ahmed is also an excellent fielder, only Misbah is better then him. Ahmed is probably the youngest in the team so he will be in the team long after many of these guys retire. Ahmed is a more aggressive player then the other 2 replacements being named. The only change I think makes sense is Asad Ali in for Wahab Riaz. I'm hoping for Hafeez to bat good in this match as well, if he doesnt then I think he's more of a t20 style player. Hoping for a good exciting match but a Pak win.

Posted by Stark62 on (July 23, 2013, 15:45 GMT)

Shezhad will be greatly missed in the field if he is dropped, hence someone like Umar should to be deployed in his position because he is the second best fielder in the team and not too far behind Shezhad.

That would mean Rizwan should come into the team and play as a wicket keeper, plus he should be allowed to open.

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