West Indies v Pakistan, 5th ODI, St Lucia

Steady Misbah steers 3-1 triumph

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

July 24, 2013

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Pakistan 243 for 6 (Shehzad 64, Misbah 63, Best 3-48) beat West Indies 242 for 7 (Dwayne Bravo 48, Samuels 45, Charles 43, Junaid 3-48) by four wickets
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Ahmed Shehzad drives straight during his 64, West Indies v Pakistan, 5th ODI, St Lucia, July 24, 2013
Ahmed Shehzad made his first substantial score of the series © AFP

With his fourth half-century in five games this series, the world's leading ODI run-getter of 2013 shepherded his volatile band of batsmen home in another tricky chase. Misbah-ul-Haq battled falling wickets at the other end, a charged up Tino Best, and a rain interruption as late as the 98th over of the game to take Pakistan to their third successive away bilateral series win over West Indies. Yet again this series, Umar Akmal was called upon to overcome the asking-rate towards the end, and once more, he did not disappoint, delivering the series to Pakistan with a 3-1 margin.

Misbah formed partnerships with Ahmed Shehzad, Haris Sohail and Akmal before falling in the last over trying to slog the winning hit, with the scores tied. He had already ensured Pakistan had won the series; a tie would have meant the margin would have been 2-1.

When Sohail became the latest profligate Pakistan batsman to fall, chasing a wide Best delivery, Pakistan needed 83 from 12 overs. Best, having conceded 25 off his first three overs, was in the mood for a furious comeback. Pinging down bouncers in the mid-140s, he smacked one into Misbah's fingers. While the storm was being weathered by the captain, Akmal did his act at the other end.

The inexperienced Jason Holder was taken for three successive fours in the next over, the 41st, the second of those coming off a poor effort at fine leg from Marlon Samuels. It wasn't the first time West Indies had messed up in the field today, and it wasn't to be the last. Akmal steered a short ball to the fine third man rope next ball. Holder cracked further under pressure, four leg-byes resulting off Misbah's pad down the leg side off the last ball of the over.

Misbah managed a four off an inside edge to Sunil Narine next over and held his nerve to reverse-sweep the offspinner for four more. Then arrived the moment which once again highlighted what a farce a watered-down DRS has been in this series, in the absence of HotSpot. West Indies were sure Misbah had gloved a Best bouncer to the keeper down leg, the on-field umpire did not agree, and the third umpire had too much guesswork to do with only replays and sound as tools. Misbah was on 49 then, and Pakistan would have needed 53 of 46 had he been given. Darren Bravo had been given caught-behind on referral on the basis of sound earlier and West Indies had a right to expect consistency.

Though Best predictably lost his temper, West Indies were not giving in. Dwayne Bravo, who often disappears for plenty at the death, delivered two tight overs. But Akmal found the big stroke when Pakistan sorely needed it. Narine was cut for four, Best was carted over mid-off for six. A top-edge flew over the keeper for four more, but even as clouds swept in over the stadium, Akmal holed out to mid-off for 37 off 28.

A 20-minute break followed but Pakistan were ahead on D/L by five runs, and safe in the knowledge that the series was theirs, in case no further play was possible. Sunshine followed soon, though, and Shahid Afridi weighed in at the hit end of the hit-or-miss scale. Bravo was pulled for six over deep midwicket and punched past point for four. Game over? Not yet.

Misbah hit Holder to short midwicket second ball of the final over, and Saeed Ajmal took three deliveries to get bat on ball. Had the throw from mid-on hit, it would have gone down to the final ball. It didn't, and Afridi and Ajmal hugged, as did their team-mates in the Pakistan dressing room.

Credit for the win also went to Shehzad, who made his first substantial score of the series, and guided Pakistan's chase amid tight bowling from Narine and Darren Sammy. The pitch eased out further in the second innings. Cutting and pulling without trouble, Nasir Jamshed and Shehzad brought up Pakistan's first 50-run opening stand in 17 innings, excluding a game against Scotland.

Trust Pakistan to blow such a rare promising start. Jamshed was stranded for the second game running, Shehzad taking a few steps and stopping this time, after Mohammad Hafeez in the previous game. Hafeez himself got a start and then had a heave at Sammy. However, Shehzad had Misbah to steady things.

The opposing captain's cameo had earlier taken his side to to 242 for 7 from 170 for 6. Dwayne Bravo, with 48 off 27, was assisted by his predecessor, Darren Sammy, who made an unbeaten 29 off 18.

The West Indies top six never managed any sort of sustained partnership. Two of them, Johnson Charles and Samuels, got forties, but were also the ones who struggled to score the most. Devon Smith fell early yet again. Chris Gayle and Lendl Simmons were unable to convert starts.

Junaid Khan was outstanding, barring the last over when Sammy went after him, making a case for him to have played through the series. Mohammad Irfan was unlucky not to break through in his opening spell, but came back even stronger to remove Charles and Samuels. West Indies took 64 from the last five overs, but Misbah's calm and Akmal's aggression were enough to overhaul that.

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Posted by IdreesAhmed95 on (July 27, 2013, 0:19 GMT)

@getsetgopk interesting points you say. I agree about winning vs WI (i think ranked 8th?) who are going through a transition phase. I think Pakistan are going through a phase too, and I still think Misbah will be there for WC15 LOL. I was watching old videos of Pakistan, we'd get 70 in 10 overs. Where's that now? I gotta agree, Misbah's calm approach has not helped the progress of some aggressive batsmen who's natural game is to score quick, like Jamshed. This is why he must NOT be the captain of Pakistan, but we still need him in our team. Like I said earlier, he needs to rotate the strike more. Although his stats are SR 71, ave 57 (2013), he MUST rotate strike more! I also agree with FINALLY MALIK, FARHAT GONE, RIAZ MUST GO TOO! He cannot bowl at all. ER always 6+ with no wickets. AND agree with rest of team must do their bit. Openers must do better! Look: Openers out -> adds pressure to middle order -> Misbah goes slow -> more pressure on power hitters -> score under 250.

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 26, 2013, 17:35 GMT)

The people who just look at Misbah higher average, my question to them is that if Mibah see that no player is able to hold one down position, then why Misbah is reluctant to play on one down? In fact it suits Mibah 2, 3 down so he can bat slowly. Misbah is 40, than whats wrong with Younis Khan 35? if we look at the stats, younis khan record in tests is far better then Misbah, and younis khan 21 centuries, his double/triple century too. If he can stand on wicket for 150 overs, it is possible for him too to stand in ODI for 50 overs, and not scoring. but fact is that when you try to rotate strike, or hit some shots you increase your chances of out, and Misbah don't care about strike rotatio, he leave it to Uakmal & afridi, include any other test player in ODI team and ask him to just stand on the wicket, every body will do it. but those who want replacement, Fawad Alam is replacement, He is young, his stats are better than Misbah in test, first class, and even 37 ave in ODI (allroudne

Posted by getsetgopk on (July 26, 2013, 12:30 GMT)

Fast_Track_Bully: The problem is right there in front of you and you are looking at it but somehow can't see it and I dont know why. As you put it, consistent performance is better than a record breaking one every 10 to 15 games. Even if I take your words, there is no one other than Misbah and Afridi who one can expect to show either sporadic brilliance (Afridi) or slow but dependable (Misbah) performance. The problem is neither Afridi nor Misbah (the batsman not the captain), the problem is with the rest of team not pulling its weight. I've always had issues with Misbah's captaincy, I think he's only fit to lead in Tests. Someone younger and aggressive should be the captain but looking at the team as it is, there is no one able to be captain than Afridi. I am happy with having Misbah as a batsman in the middle order. We just won a meaningless series against WI, we should be building team for WC 15, where will Misbah be by then? Its all a waste of time.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (July 26, 2013, 12:03 GMT)

@ Solid_Snake : I compleately agree with you on all the points. Specially more about repeating the same mistakes over and over again and expecting a different result everytime. This mistake they also did in selecting M.Sami, S.Tanvir & S.Mallik so many times. Now they are doing the same mistake with W.Riaz. Misbah Thinks that W.Riaz is a match winner. He is copletely wrong. Moreover, Misbah himself should not be in the team, because it is because of his slowness that the other players are under pressure to score at phenomenal rates and then they loose their wickets. While Misbah continues his tuk-tuk ways of blocking without rotating the strike. DONT KNOW WHEN THINGS WILL CHANGE IN PCB.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 26, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

@getsetgopk Consistent performance is enough. 20+ scores every time is better for a team than a score 50+ in one game and single digits in all other games.

Posted by getsetgopk on (July 26, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

Fast_Track_Bully: If you could name another player in this side that has even performed once in the past few years, a cricket team has 11 players in it. If all of them could perform every 11th time, Pak would thrash their opposition almost every time. Asking one player to drag the weight of the rest of 10 is not being funny, its silly.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 26, 2013, 4:05 GMT)

@getsetgopk. Just remove that one permance 76, 7/12 and learn where Afridi stands. Funny to see that Pak fans still not learned from his previous performances at crucial stages!

Posted by   on (July 26, 2013, 3:21 GMT)

Since Shiv Chanderpaul "retired" from ODI there were 11 different players who batted at No. 5 in the last 47 ODI that West Indies played. There were one hundred, six 50s and seven ducks and one not out. Total of 1189 runs at an average of 25.85.

In Shiv's last 47 ODI innings he scored 2039 runs at an average of 60.0 with 11 50s, 5 hundreds, one duck with 13 not outs. (Shiv only has six ducks in 251 ODI innings).

Would West Indies won more games in the last 47 ODIs if Shiv was in the team? We would never know but I think he would have been more consistent than the 11 players who batted at No. 5.

Posted by Chaudry_Cricket on (July 26, 2013, 2:06 GMT)

Good series win overall the boys will have gained some confidence. But we should analyse this series and see what changes we should make. For example Umar Akmal and Hafeez should swap batting positions. And who should play Afridi or Hafeez only 1 should be in the final 11 as two disrupt the balance. We need to completey drop Abdur Rehman from the odi squad seeing as he wont get a game .

Going forward we should carry this squad forward ...

Openers . Jamshed. Shehzad and Sharjeel Khan Middle order. Misbah. Haris. Umar Amin. Usman Sallahudin Wicketkeepers. Mohammad Rizwan and Umar Akmal Finishers. Hafeez, Afridi and Hammad Azam Fast Bowlers. Junaid, Irfan, Asad Ali ( Needs to develop good prospect ) U Gul (when he returns) Spinners. Saeed Ajmal and Raza Hasan

Obviously final 11 should be picked seeing the pitch etc.

But 1 thing in this series I hope Misbah and Whatmore have learnt is that we still have problems in death bowling and STRIKE ROTATION!!!

Posted by Solid_Snake on (July 25, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

@Sports4Youth:I also said this thing on a no of occasions that we should not get carried away by this victory.It's WI we playing against currently & they are facing Batting issues as well.This defensive technique of Misbah is okay for the time being but this technique was a big flop from day 1..People just dont think what happened with our team in SA,CT & tournaments before that.With this Defensive approach of Misbah,If Pak had been winning the matches consistently then i would have praised Misbah a lot.But if Pak is losing most of the matches then what's the point of repeating same mistake again & again.Only you understand this thing what i am trying to say.Rest of the fans would take me as a fan of Afridi which i am not

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 22:29 GMT)

I cant understand what people means about 'Oldies'. Who played most matches OR Who is older in age? Afridi is the man with most matches 357 and at 6th number in the word with most played ODIs but no sense of situation yet. Old guys are Ajmal and Misbah. We cant afford them to be off from the team. Right now, the team is best. All we need to focus on coaching and extra matches on yearly basis with competent teams like SA, Aus, India. Those who played a few test matches are coaching our teams for batting and bowling. Current team combination is good, any new talent will not start making 100s in each match since first day.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (July 25, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

@ IdreesAhmed95 & Pakistani_not_punjabi :

I agree that MISBAH's overly defensive captaincy and tuk-tuk approach in batting is doing more harm to the Pakistani team than good. WEST INDIes is a bottom of the table team, still they struggled. We have seen what had happened to Misbah & his planning during the SA series & the Champions Trophy, that is against better teams this approach just does not work. Against the WI that late order succedded in accelarating in a few games because WI did not have a good bowling attack. They were playing with only 2 specialist bowlers and the rest were all all-rounders. This was the secret of their success in WI.

Posted by IdreesAhmed95 on (July 25, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

I agree 100% with Pakistani_not_punjabi. I don't like his captaincy but as a batsman, we NEED him in our team. I've had faith in Misbah since last year when everyone was slating him off :) I still think he needs to rotate strike a LITTLE bit more, maybe strike rate more 65, than 55 and hopefully get it to 80+ alike Sangakarra. I am very concerned since Misbah is 39, and he won't go further than age 43, even 42 (he seems very fit) and Pakistan need a replacement but currently, there is no one to replace him (Mohammad Yousef? haha, not Youmis Khan). Shehzads only 21 and will get much better. Haris should get more game time, and Afridi must be more consistent. Include Umar Gul instead of Asad Ali and that's the best Pakistani XI. I feel. Really impressed by U Akmal, and hopefully he will be better than Kohli (hate that guy)

Posted by Sports4Youth on (July 25, 2013, 17:09 GMT)

The best tihing that MISBAH did in the 5th ODI was to drop WAHAB RIAZ and bring in ASAD ALI. I thought he could have done better by bringing in UMAR AMIN instead. That would have bolstered the fragile Pakistani batting lineup and also Amin could have been handy to do some overs with the ball if required.

Now that UMAR AKMAL has played well in this series, he has presented a good case for his own promotion in the batting order. Whereas HAFEEZ continues his poor string of form with the bat, so it would not be a bad idea for Hafeez and Akmal to swap places in the batting order. In anycase, Hafeez always had a poor technique against the new moving ball.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

I agree we need to replace oldies like misbah, hafeez and afridi. its clear from the telecast misbah and hafeez collude together to keep afridi out of the game whether in the field or in batting. Hafeez even didn't let razzaq play, can't believe loser like hafeez is dictating the selection and involvement of players.

On another note, harris sohail looks very ordinary, twice he has got out to balls which should have been dispatched for boundaries.

Harris needs to relax and play his natural game, selfish misbah and hafeez should let Harris bat when there is more time in the game but again all they care about is getting a game for themselves rather than let build a team for future.

Posted by t20cric on (July 25, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

A much needed series win for Pakistan and a thrilling series through out. Pakistan and WI definitely need to play against each other more often. Pakistan's batting and WI batting was similar but in bowling Pakistan was by far the better side. West Indies lost 41 wickets across 5 matches vs. Pakistan's 35 wickets. Pakistan still have somethings to improve on: -rotating strike to make sure required rate never goes too high -communication- it would have helped a lot if when going for a catch the fielders would just yell MINE and then only one fielder would go for the catch, they also need to communicate better when going for a run (Nasir was run out twice cuz of this) -recognizing potential in players to know which ones are good for which situations such as death bowling (Wahab at death is horrible) -have an attacking approach both in batting and bowling -give new players many chances If Pak does all these they will become a much better team.

Posted by t20cric on (July 25, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

Great win for Misbah and for Pakistan. If Misbah haters still hate him then theres nothing that can change their mind. He is a true team player and with 260 runs in only 5 matches he averages 52 this series.the next highest scorer is Samuels with 243 runs including 1 century and NO 50s. Misbah scored a quick 50 in the 4th match showing he can score fast as well. The only thing he may be missing is the ability to rotate strike and finish off the innings but one player cannot have it all.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

Shame on those who are against Misbah. Show me a single player in whole Pakistan currently who is better than Misbah. Its not your fault you have no cricketing knowledge, whole world accept Misbah performance. Drop Afridi and Hafeez, we always lose games due to these worst players. Bring new talent.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (July 25, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

Forget about the names for a while and tell me who will you choose among two batsmen where one has an average of 45 with 20 centuries and the other with an average of 45 with no centuries?? I will go for Mr. consistent 100 out of 100 times because he earns his average by performing in about all the matches.

Posted by andrew27994 on (July 25, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

I'm an Indian fan but a big follower of the game. About the whole Misbah debate, I would like to ask his critics if not Misbah, then who are their proper batsmen who can consolidate the middle overs when the team is in crisis ? There really isn't anyone else who can do it for Pakistan. Pak supporters must realise that Misbah is playing the very same role that Trott and Kallis do for their respective nations. I remember when I saw Misbah about 5 years ago, he was a different batsman and was more aggressive. He almost won Pakistan the T20 WC 2007 and one can't blame him considering he was batting with the No.11.

Posted by PAKISTANI_NOT_PUNJABI on (July 25, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

As a batsman, I have no problem with Misbah. His strike rate is no different than the greatest ODI batsman Pakistan ever had i.e. Javed Miandad. Javed anchored Pakistan batting for over a decade. First 50 in 15 overs, then 100 in 25 overs use to be norm. I think Misbah is the same state of mind. He is no Javed though. Javed use to rotate strike better and was a finisher. My main problem with Misbah is his defensive captainship. I have noticed that players, specially openers like Jamshed are not playing their natural game. Bowlers are also not of the same mindset. Pakistani bowlers use to be more aggressive and that was partly due to attacking mindset of the past captains. I would not mind Misbah in the team as a batsman but we need an attacking captain with a slightly better cricketing mind than Misbah.

Posted by BowledYa on (July 25, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

@sairam23 and paalenom. I agree with you 100%. Misbah is the backbone of the team. His consistency is the reason for the win. He helped Shehzad with his fifty in the last match. People think he should score at 100 run rate, but forget that is not his role. His role is to anchor the middle order, keep the wicket, score runs and get others like Umer score at a higher rate. He played that role to perfection. I am not worried that Pakistan won with one ball to spare - the batting had it under control all the way. If Afridi had not scored in the end (which was likely given his risky shots) then Misbah would have. As for Afridi, except for the first game (he performs once in 15 matches) he failed in the series. He should be out and let a young allrounder get a chance.

Posted by android_user on (July 25, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

now its time for T20 it will a good game and i am excited about that inshaallah pakistan will win the T20 series

Posted by playitstraight on (July 25, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

Misbah, wow. Misbah is a fantastic player, so I can't understand the argument regarding his batting. Yes, his strike-rate is from the 1980s, but he has a calm head that gives Pakistan that extra advantage. Just look at the whole series, if Misbah had gone for single-digit scores in all the matches, I guarantee you WI would have won this series easily. Mainly because Pakistan's tail cannot bat at all, and Afridi as an all-rounder is extremely unreliable. I think Pakistan should worry though, with Misbah 39 and near the age of retirement, they'll need to find a replacement for him.

Posted by Shantul on (July 25, 2013, 12:43 GMT)

@ "Misbha is a good fighter but not good finisher . Pakistan need captain like Dhoni ." Misbah role is not a finisher, thats why Pakistan has U. Akmal and S. Afridi. Misbah played well to his role and put Pakistan in situation where he knew Pakistan could win it. I agree with comment about TEAM being playing with slow strike rate. For example, yesterday the target was 242 and Pak barely made it in the last over. So i would expect moving forward from Pakistan to not drag the match to last few overs, but finish is early which come from little fluent batting. One last thing i would say is STICK WITH THE LINE UP WE GOT FOR YEAR GOOD OR BAD!! bring in Hammad Azam and Raza Hassan..

Posted by Solid_Snake on (July 25, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

I only want Hafeez to be out of this team..I mean how come a player like this still given chances one after another.Noone criticizes him.That's kinda strange.He was said to be the future captain of Pak team.But he went overconfident & the result was,he lost his form in batting & Bowling both..He is a liability now & needs to be removed as soon as possible.

Posted by paalenom on (July 25, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

Well played Misbah, despite of the tuk tuk, he gives a stability factor to a very fragile batting line. I say to critics, give me a replacement and say goodbye to Misbah. He is the most consistent scorer, one of the most agile fielders and most of all the fittest (even at 40). These factors indicate the seriousness and dedication of an individual towards the role and responsibilities he is paid for(true professionalism). I think it is very difficult to replace Misbah because we don't have a system which produces such professionals any more. Mind it, we need a system not individuals, to produce, and keep on producing, professionals to build a team.

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 25, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

People who blame Afridi for inconsistency, and blame that he performs once in 10 matches, to them Afridi performed in 3 matches here, but you people just see him as a batsman, minus Afridi yesterday, Pakistan would have seen another defeat and Misbah was not Man of the Match. and Minus Afridi , this series , Pakistan would have lost this series by 2-1, and Misbah was not man of the series. and if you people look at the Man of the Match awards of all big players there ratio is 1 man of the match per 10 matches, and same for Afridi.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 11:26 GMT)

Misbha is a good fighter but not good finisher . Pakistan need captain like Dhoni .

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (July 25, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

@bouncer709 I agree with you that Misbah and Hafeez don't show class when team needs them most, I am an Afridi fan and Afridi is the 3rd person in the current team dude. I am his biggest fan but if he want me to trust him again he must win it so far so good he played well but he needs to play like this and rescue team more frequently. Hafeez's selection is still a mystery wicketless in series and only one 30+ score. Misbah is not a match winner but again Afridi needs to show some consistency.

Posted by Shahzadhussan on (July 25, 2013, 11:18 GMT)

@ Daniel Ahmed: Misbah had almost lost this match. Fundamental requirement of one-day anchor-player is ability to rotate strike with singles, enhance scoring rate gradually and after having stayed on the wicket for 20/30 overs make strokes even on relatively difficult balls without waiting for loose ball. You can look at all big batsmen like Miandad, Inzimam, Yousuf, Ponting, Tendulkar, Lara ... a whole list. Misbah lack all these qualities. He was the top-scorer Pakistani in WC2011 but he lost quarter final the most important match only because of his extra slow strike rate and putting pressure on other batsmen to compensate largely for his slow scoring rate. I completely agree with BOUNCER709.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 25, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

I will see when Dhoni will scores runs when he reaches above 36, Because he is not Fully fit lol Misbah was not given enough chances in his younger days, he is a gentle man, he doesn't show off, doesn't even complain. A very down to earth guy. Hafeez So Called Future Captain Bats Number 1 or 3 in ODi 126 Innings, 3295 Runs, Average 27.23, Strike Rate 69.91 Misbah :- 114 innings 3819 Runs Average 44.44 strike Rate 73.38. So who is Slow and Waste of Time. The Truth is People Blaming Misbah for Losing The Semi of WC 2011. Even though they Needed 92 of 72 when Afridi gave them catch, he should av bated like captain, if he had played 36 balls out of 72 , Pak would av won, but Afridi is finisher, he finishes the hope of winning matches 20x but wins 1 or 2 out of 20, so he is good finisher lol. if both Pakistani openers bat like Misbah , 100 ball each score 73, that would give Pak 146/2 with 100 balls left , Pak could easy post 280 from that position, but when Misbah comes, Pak is always 50/3 We really need top 3 who can bat like Misbah, then Pak would never lose, because of their strong bowling.

Posted by cerratic on (July 25, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

Dwayne Bravo gave the most embarrasing post match interview by a captain--ever. "A few key decisions" .Although Field umpire said not out. 3rd umpire said not out. No sound etc. They still argued with the umpire. Tied match: Were it not for the one short run given Pakistan would have won. The commentators said "lets hope this match is not decided by one run" Pakistan did not complain. Last match WI blamed the rain break for losing !!! Stop whingeing and stop being a bad loser.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 25, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

I don't love Misbah, but I love the way he plays, he has good head on his shoulder, if u look at his strike rate, he as same strike rate as Inzzi but misbah's average is better then inzaman , Inzzi was blessed he played with some of the greats, likes Saeed Anwar, Saleem Malik, Ijaz,Aamir Sohail Yousaf and Basit. He didn't have any pressure on him, But Misbah only had one reliable player that was Younis Khan, I hope Umar Akmal will become more reliable player against good bowling unit. Dhoni is good finisher but he is also blessed with huge talent , India's Ishant sharma can bat but Pakistan Ajmal even struggles to score 1 run. So you can't say Misbah is not Good, Same India Team when they had players likes of Pakistan now in Gavaskar era, they were hardly winning any matches, even though Gavaskar was world top class player, When you have your number 3 player who only scored 626 runs in last 27 matches including 200 runs against Ireland and Scotland with average of less then 20 lol Then I think Misbah is doing a Great Job, even better then Inzzi and Dhoni , Because Misbah doesn't have world class players.

Posted by RaadQ on (July 25, 2013, 11:01 GMT)

I think the problem isn't Misbah's strike rate (although he could take more singles), but the problem is the strike rate of those surrounding him. I think Umar Akmal needs to be promoted up the order so that he can balance out Misbah's low strike rate. Hafeez should take his place at #6, as he cannot bat in the top 3 if there is any movement with the ball.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (July 25, 2013, 11:00 GMT)

Good breather for Pakistan after losses in South Africa and Champions trophy. Hats off to Misbah for his consistency, patience and composure through out the series. He excels with an average of 65 with 4 half centuries that is really commendable. Other than him only batsman who makes mark is Umar Akmal with an average of 58.33 but his wicket keeping was far below international standards. All other batsmen are below 25 with one half century each. Now the question do they deserve to be in team with this much of performance? Bowling side also Junaid, Irfan and Ajmal have consistently done justice with their roles alongside Afridi's one match heroics. Hafeez went wicketless through out the series but his economy rate still supports his case as an all rounder in the team. Overall good performance but still so many questions to be answered. Where to find consistent batsmen? Can Umar Akmal keep? And last but not least debate on dearest Misbah role as captain goes on.

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (July 25, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

@by bouncer709 I agree with you Misbah's tactics are wrong he should take responsibility rather than playing like nightwatchman. MS Dhoni showed an example against SL in tri-series final and managed to score 16 of four balls and let Ishant play previous over. He could have took single on 1st ball but he preferred not to. Misbah may not be lucky every time to get man of the match and man of the series, he is 40 already if he retires now he will be remembered as great captain like Inzamam-ul-haq. I respect Misbah but there was no reason to save wickets in 49th over if Afridi hadn't brought it to 2 runs from final over and ensured that Pakistan don't lose the match we would have witnessed another defeat.

Posted by PakCricSpin on (July 25, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

What the hell happened with the 3rd Umpire. Sammy was clearly run out even in the replays. He was walking towards the dressing room. We all saw the 3rd Umpire replay. His bat was clearly on the line or behind the line while the bails were off. Everybody was waiting for the red light and the 3rd Umpire gave the green. What a joke! Next ball he hit successive 4s and 6s.

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 25, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

The people who think if Misbah is not there, Pakistan will not score 100, 200. they are just stupid enough, when Misbah will not be there, player Like Akmal will bat on no 4. and there will be any other young player replacing Misbah, where Misbah score 50 of 100 balls, they will score 100 of 100 balls.

Believe me in this team there are two players, who will play so call good innings, but they will SINK Pakistan in crucial times and Big games, One is Misbah and other is Hafeez, and they have proved it many times.

Posted by anver777 on (July 25, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

Well played Misbah, you richly deserves this Man of Series award... Good team man who always hold one end when Pak is under pressure & battling for survival !!!!!!

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 25, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

I think it is best time for Misbah to get retirement from ODI with honour after this series, He played an Inning that gave him Man of the Mathc but at the end it was proved that Match had slipped from his hand, and once again his tactics proved to be wrong, and left dirty work for Afridi, the rule is that, when new batsman come to the crease the already settled batsman should took charge, but even in 49th over when Afrdi took single, Misbah took another single to bring Afridi back on fire line. Had Afrdi been out without six, they could have put blame on him for inconsistency... where do Misbah play according to the situation.... In 49th over when Big Hit was required he took single ... and when in the last over single was required he was unable to take single and left Pakistan Sinking....

Posted by indian_wi_fan on (July 25, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

I really do think WI is lacking skills in batting otherwise why Devon Smith again? And Bravo should stop bowling for few matches until he gets back his bowling line. WI should rotate Pollard and Bravo keeping Sammy as captain in the team. That guy is a genuine persona. We have been tired watching WI defeat whatever may the reasons are. I can not ensure WI win chasing 200 even WI is 160 for 2 . Once thay loose a wicket at this time they could easily be all out with in 180. weaknesses are prominent, vulnerabilities are exposed for quite a long time still there is no professional expert to rectify. In today's world there are experts in each and every fields starting from physiologist to dentist in the team. AND WI still can afford to omit CHANDAPAUL , SARWAN, DWAYNE SMITH, BISHOO,PERAMAUL etc. Wake up before it is too late....

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

Hats off to Misbah !!! I think the only problem is that we have a long tail our tail starts from afridi who is just not good enough to be called a batsman so that puts pressure on misbah everytime when he comes to the crease knowing there isnt much batting to come so he has to take it all the way !!! Misbah You beauty well played !!!

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

Think Ahead and Pakistan need a captain who is NOT more then 40 years and bats like test match innings in an "ODI" World Cup thus the need for a NEW captain to take his place now and get the experience, Misbah can stay in the team if he manages to be fit to play by the time so this way the preparation of team and World Cup is not a HIT & Miss chance like the Pakistan tour of Champions Trophy.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

Sigh of relief after a humiliating show in Champions Trophy by Pak. Final clincher brought Pak 3-1 victory over WI. Pick of the Player Misbah who steadied the ship and proved all his critics wrong. Getting runs had never been the issue which we can label him BUT the strike rate which strikes the critics, however he did marvellous job with his bat to ensure Pakistan safe sailing. Shehzad, Akmal, Misbah participated to strengthen fragile Pakistani batting. N.Jamshed again unlucky to got run out. Bowlers as always did well to contain the opposition. especially the way J.Khan dealth with C.Gayle. little cameo by D.Bravo took WI into such position. but they could'n capitalize in field, messed up in the field. Did show little immaturity into the field. They needed a strike bowler which could make an impact rather than looking for mere economical bowling figure, It was the Spark dat was missing in that game by WI bowlers. Congratulations Pakistan...!

Posted by TruthBites on (July 25, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

Pakistan's death bowling is a BIG CONCERN!

Posted by Sorcerer on (July 25, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

Windies supporters think they deserved consistency from umpire? How about the same for leg-side wide rule application? Also regarding the caught behind appeal, there was no "sound" when the ball passed or brushed the glove on its way to the keeper.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

to quote sir alex "on you go". its unbelievable to see people here still complaining about Misbah. Specifically complaints that he hogs the crease, which i think is a bit perplexing since the other 10 pakistani batsmen all seem in a hurry to get off the crease and back in the hut as quickly as possible.

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (July 25, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

Good to see Afridi making his mark in 1st and last match of the series and U. Akmal back in form without them again Pakistan would have lost like they did in CT13 where Misbah was saving wickets and Pakistan didn't reached 200 mark but in WI series U. Akmal was consistent don't know why he is wasted at number 6 for Hafeez who scored only 1 30+ score at number 3 and was wicketless and still he is in the side.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

It is not fare to only mention the third umpire's decision about Misbah, you should shed some light on the NOT OUT given to Sammy was it any doubt,so many replay showed his bat was on the line, and the line belong to umpire , so why he was given not out can you explain ,that decision was given and how many runs after that Sammy got,technology is driven by Human so its not technology but the driving force behind it who can close eyes at the given time.

Posted by BDforever on (July 25, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

If umpiring was 100% accurate throughout the series Pakistan could have won the series by 4-1. WI have been very inconsistent for last 15 years or so. They should identify their weaknesses other than blaming umpiring.

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (July 25, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

How original for a write to comment about Tino Best's character. What a nice change it would be if somebody noted his penetration and wickets - a valuable member of the team, with a heart that others would certainly do well to match.

Posted by AbdulWahab_Pak on (July 25, 2013, 7:57 GMT)

Misbah's performance could have went in vain had Afridi not hit those boundaries (four and six) to turn the game around. Overall it was a good series, some character and fight was shown by WI. Looking forward to T20s :)

Posted by raihan927 on (July 25, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

There are two types of cricket fans living in Pakistan 1. Who knows about cricket 2. Who knows nothing about cricket Those who have got cricketing sense are supporting MISBAH as he is the only one who is consistent and just because of him our team is scoring more than 200 runs as he keep doesn't give away his wicket cheaply. While there are some people who keeps on supporting AFRIDI no matter how poor he plays .performing in one match and getting fail in rest is not what Pakistani team wants at this stage.His supporters does not have any kind of cricketing sense all they want to see is SIXES & Fours which is not required in every game or we can say situation is different in every game so batsman has to adjust according to situation.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan.... I want just one change for ODI team, replace Asad Ali/ Wahab Riaz and put Hammad Azam.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

Well played pakistan ! Well done misbah ! I think he's d most matured cricketer in pakistani setup i have come across in a decade. On & off the field, he's very measured in his interactions, unlike the brash & arrogant pakistani players who keep on boasting/ criticising their own players & administration. ppl criticise him for his slow approach while batting but i think he brings stability & consistency 2 their line up. As an indian, i really admire his unfazed attitiude towards his critics.

Posted by xylofon on (July 25, 2013, 7:40 GMT)

Oh and one more thing: WE HAVE SPINNERS ALREADY, if hafeez wants to have a place in the team as allrounder then please perform with bat or get lost!!!

Posted by xylofon on (July 25, 2013, 7:34 GMT)

The reason I have a problem with Misbah is when they send him in later than nr 3. Ok, let jamshed and someone else powerplay first ten overs but then right away Misbah should come in, even if its the last part of the powerplay overs. DO NOT let him hog the wicket and put Akmal and Afridi under pressure - they deserve to have a little time at the wicket as well. I never take Afridi under protection but this time both Afridi & Akmal were unnecesserily put under pressure because Misbah was still there after 35 over. This is my problem with Misbah and his performance. If he wants to play ODI he has to play for the team not just up his "consistent performance."

Haris Sohail showed sound technique, he deserves a chance. Uman Amin looked VERY nervous during CT but that when everybody else failed and left EVERYTHING to him when hes inexperienced. Let him have a chance but if he doesnt cut it, he doesnt. Asad Ali, no thanks, Ehsan Adil. Afridi yes, but kep an eye on him, drop if necessery.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 7:33 GMT)

This series has shown us something about under-rated players. Sammy and Misbah should hold their heads high; with this much adversity to them being in the team, they have constantly delivered when it mattered.

Posted by abeeb33 on (July 25, 2013, 7:12 GMT)

I hope we do not see Bravo leading the side ever again!!! He is much better player when he is not leading. His batting is far better than his bowling in ODI's. And why is it that Devon Smith is in the team? I rather have Pollard naughts than Devon Smith.. What is more devastating is that Dwayne Smith is not picked for the T20's I mean how come the Mumbai Indians want him and Westindies board doesnt? And we sit and wonder why Cricket is a dying sport in the carribeans... Disappointed FAN!!!

Posted by getsetgopk on (July 25, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

For those who are still criticizing Afridi for inconsistency needs to look at the series averages first. AFridi has 3rd best batting average of 25.5 after Mishbah and U. Akmal even when he came out to bat at No. 7! The best bowling figures for a bowler with 10 wickets at a good economy rate. Hafeez had the 7th best average with batting at 3. He needs to be dropped ASAP if we are to look forward to the WC in Auss with any kind of a realistic chance.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 25, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

Well done Pakistan team and once again thanks misbah you make us proud

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

One should realize about Umar Akmal (3rd Highest Scorer: 175) with 10 Dismisles (8Ct+2St)... One Fifty. Whatever you are needed from this fella. If someone put effort on this man. He can be the 2nd Gilli.

Posted by mjrvasu on (July 25, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

Pakistan, like many other countries now, are learning to cope with Narine. He is no more mysterious, and when he does not take wickets, it means a likely loss for Windies. Gayle's continuing failures with the bat has not helped either. Sad to see such a richly talented team being beaten time and again.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 7:06 GMT)

Misbah the lone wolf \\\\

Posted by Siddharth_zenox on (July 25, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

Funny! 125 ODIs with average of 44.40 without a single 100... Just consistency. pakistan doesnt have Younis khans, Inzamans or Mohd Yusufs.... i am not sure who can bat this consistently in the Pak current team... He is already 39.. its just a matter of time he retires, lets see how thsi team performs... People have to think twice before pointing fingers at someone who had brought consistency in this pan flash pak team.

Posted by KaRaN_24 on (July 25, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

Well , I think he is one of the best batsman Pak have who can look to bat through the innings and guide the team home .... dont know why people in Pak are so much against him !!!

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 7:03 GMT)

WI: i think they selected too many out of form players in playing 11. and that costed them heavily. won 1 handsomely and drawn other by luck . the main problem was the part time bowling and bowling changes. i would say Bravo's captaincy was not good. Sammy should be captain. if he can captain one day & test then why not here.

Bravo thinks he is good end overs bowler but continuously given 8+ runs per over in so close games. i dont know what he thinks and why he is bowling at the end. even in last game others were economical and he was going 8+.

apart from simmons no 1 looked inform and convincing . Marlon had a 100 but in last game again looked troubled. opener failed continuously. Gayle is also out of form. I would say wrong captain and wrong playing 11.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

For PAK: good series win. they were the best side apart from 2nd odi which they lost. 1st was a afridi special and in rest of games they just holded together. batting still a worry for pak. Haris looked good and decent. hope to see more of him.

Misbah was exceptional, umar akmal was consistent , ahmed made a 50 in last game . good for him as he will be in t20s. hafeez only1 contribution. should think of demoting himself. Afridi was inconsistent as always but had a good game. Nasir looked out of touch. Bowling was also ok.

for pak's weak batting, they need a batting medium pace allrounder as 3rd pace bowler. wahab's batting may be plus but he is often too expensive. they cant afford to go with 4 bowlers and afridi in batting line up. afridi can be inconsistent and that gives a long tail.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

Misbah might have a consistent way of scoring runs, but it won't help the team's cause in crunch situations against better teams... in this series, it was a competition between the two sides on who would play worse and the Windies succeeded! Though Misbah hits a half century in almost every match, he crawls at a strike rate of around 70-75 which becomes criminal in crucial matches! Whether he remains not out or not becomes immaterial... We saw that in 2011 WC SF against India- a match which could have gone Pakistan's way had Misbah been more attacking... As recent records suggest, Misbah's style of play can definitely ensure dignified defeats and 1 win out of 5 matches against top teams!

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 6:43 GMT)

good work misbah - why to pakistanis hate him so much. but why wasn't umar akmal playing in CT. Pakistan definately would have put a better fight making 220-230 instead of being knocked out for 170-180. He is also a good fielder.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 6:42 GMT)

West indies team is really missing Andre Russell

Posted by codegreen on (July 25, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

Mohammed Hafeez again dissapointed,,he is good for nothing..he should be dropped and be replaced with a proper batsman..

Posted by android_user on (July 25, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

Great performance by pakistan and good to c that Afridi jit a four and a six today and didnt get out. Well done team Pakistan.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (July 25, 2013, 6:03 GMT)

DJ Bravo must be the most delusional cricketer who thinks consider himself as a bowler. Having Bravo as their captain is a liability for Windies. Anyway It was a good show presented by Misbah. He played very sensible Cricket n grabbed the series comfortably. Kudos to Misbah n Co. !!!

Posted by SHER-A-PANJAB on (July 25, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

This is series was very intersting both teams were equal to fight for win and they showed good cricket.West Indies fast attack is looking now much batter than after Walsh ,Ambrose ,Bishap..'s departure ...So now WEST INDIES has good team..good shape of batting ,bowling,alrounders....they can show much batter cricket in coming series (2015 ).....PAKISTAN always a star team ...they can beat any team easily on any kind of pitch and in any part of the world.But the problem in the PAK team is personal grudge and some other reason that comes from behind the scene...At all PAKISTAN is full of allrounders and real lethal bowling attack and solid giants of batting.So WIN always follow PAK team but some time PAK team follow the defeat,,,WHY ...?because...

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (July 25, 2013, 5:58 GMT)

Great show from misbha ,congrats to PAk fans ..i also very impress Haris Sohail please give him more chances he is future of pak team...junid must be a part of team...Umar akaml done well he should bat on 3 & 4 number.

Posted by Suvin-notout on (July 25, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

More than the articles I enjoy reading a comments section of just concluded series between Pakistan & West Indies. After the victory of Pakistan in the first match, all the Pakistani supporters were loaded with praising Afridi's heroic performance with both bat & ball. After the loss in the 2nd ODI there was lot of criticism about Misbah's slow batting and Hafeez's role in the team. What Pakistani supports don't understand is the nature of wicket in the West Indies, it is not a typical roller-costar for batsman to go and swing from the word go. While some supporters again started critizising Afridi's batting after the first match. The batsman like Afridi will only show such heroics in once in 10 matchs not every time and that's what his records and stats suggest. By the end of series Misbah showed his class and essence for the team by winning the series for Pakistan.

Posted by FaisalSaya on (July 25, 2013, 5:35 GMT)

Good performance over all shown by Pakistani cricketers but still there are lots of room for improvement. Except Misbah, no other batsman emerged as reliable batsman whether in the top or middle order. Most of the players were experienced one-day cricketers, while new comers couldn't impress too much. Above all, Pakistani batting lineup needs steady and reliable batsmen instead of unreliable big hitters. Afridi's batting is still a matter of concern, as well as his bowling. To me, he is nothing more than a part-time performer with no such consistency whatsoever. I think, the same squad will be in much trouble when facing much better teams like South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Posted by smartguy786 on (July 25, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

Great win Pakistan, Congrats after Dismal Champions league a gud show, Well done Misbah.....

Posted by S.h.a.d.a.b on (July 25, 2013, 5:25 GMT)

Old saying that Victory removes all tears. Pick of the bowler is Irfan for Pak and Holder for WI. Misbah and Sameuls played similar type of innings all together in terms of strike rate. Both should be picked anyhow as runs which matters in 50-over format. Allrounders... Bravo and Afridi. WK were matched too. Pak had slight edged in that. Overall a very good series as both sides evenly matched. Pak just had more luck.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 25, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

Lets c for how long PCB will not kickout Haris Sohail...he got some solid middle order style of a batsmen.That's what we needed after Misbah!

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

Most of the people who are against Misbah, is mainly people who have not got much sense of cricket, they are interested in playing 20 overs. I can bet at the moment if Misbah did not play, Pakistan would fail to reach to even 35 over. You need some one solid, rock solid, and all other players should built their innings around him

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 5:18 GMT)

@welovepakistan it's based on your preferences set on cricinfo. If you have selected your country as Pakistan then Pakistan WI heading will come first.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 5:14 GMT)

When will be, that one wonder fifty medicore batsman tafiz , dropped. Or will he be playing for upcoming two years on this fluke fifty ,i mean he should be kicked out with worest kick, he is total failure in both one day and tests ,but he can play that circus game t20 ,no mattter whether he perform there or not ,but should be kept away from tests and one days . """Cheeers from j & k"""'.

Posted by swingstowin on (July 25, 2013, 5:06 GMT)

I seriously hope Pakistan persist with Harris Sohail. He looks likes a fine batsman. Didn't score many runs,ok, but the way he was playing indicated that he is a good player. Much better than Shafiq who was always found groping for the ball.

Posted by WaqarIMC on (July 25, 2013, 5:01 GMT)

This is not the matter of criticism, Misbah did a good job but on which cost ?? the cost is match is out of grip.

Posted by CrazyforcricketIII on (July 25, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

Leave Misbah alone. He is a good and consistent player who is one of the reason Pakistan won the match and the series.He is the highest ODI run-getter in the world so far for 2013 which was a pleasant surprise to know. Leave him alone and comment about the others in the team who have to learn and contribute to Pakistani team!!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (July 25, 2013, 4:46 GMT)

Well done Mishbah. Earlier in this series there was lot of criticism against him. But as I said earlier, without his solid performance, Pak team cannot score even 200. Afridi proved as one time wonder one more time. 1 good performance in 10 matches!

Posted by Geeva on (July 25, 2013, 4:41 GMT)

West Indies IPL stars failed to put performances for the team!!! No IPL for,Gayle Pollard and Bravo..Simmons,Holder and Sammy were the best players in the SEries for WI...Should have included Tests...I think Pakistans bowling attack would have ensured a Test Series victory as only Chanderpaul would have scored...

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 4:16 GMT)

All in all it was a good series. One remarkable thing I saw was that in W. Indies there are more women watching cricket than men. It seems that the women are more interesting in this gentleman's game. High time they have their National team to play men as women.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 4:12 GMT)

Well played Pakistan Team, Best of Luck for future!!!!

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 4:02 GMT)

The way Misbah played last power play over Maiden, That's not called playing according to situation at all, as misbah had claimed on many times Since, Pakistan had won it so it won't matter according to cricketing norm. But Misbah really needs to learn how to pace his Innings. It was too unplanned Innings by him. Pakistan won due to incompetency of WI bowling attack

Posted by vsssarma on (July 25, 2013, 3:48 GMT)

How well Pakistani batsmen fared in ODIs in the last 2 years ? DMAC has the answer.

Umar Akmal - 41; Misbah 39; Nasir Jamshed 38; Azhar Ali 31; Younis Khan 30; Hafeez 30; Farhat 29; Umar Amin 27; Shahid Afridi 26; Asad Shafiq 25; Ahmed Shehzad 24; etc.

How well their bowlers bowled ?

Abdur Rehman 69; Saeed Ajmal 68; Hafeez 68; Irfan 60; Sohail Khan 55; Junaid Khan 55; Shahid Afridi 50; Asad Ali 50; Cheema 46; Tanvir 42; Gul 40; Abdul Razzaq 39.

Hafeez and Afridi appear in both the lists. These two players should never be dropped.

Hafeez not taking a wkt doesn't matter at all. He conceded just 3.53 runs per over in the last 47 matches which is great bowling. In a ODI, conceding low is enough. Taking a wkt is not always needed. Most of the times, a match yields about 13 wkts only, not 20.

Posted by Iceman29 on (July 25, 2013, 3:36 GMT)

Congrats Pak..Wishes from an Ind fan...Hope your team continues this form in every match..

Posted by welovepakistan on (July 25, 2013, 3:29 GMT)

india-zimbabwe match hiding is above pakistan-westindies? cricinfo its not fair......overall good performance by pakistan, haris shoail, umar akmal, umar amin looking good for pakistan bating.

Posted by Yah-pak on (July 25, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

@MichealT: Well no matter what you say or the other critics, one cant just stop loving him. Besides he came back with a big bang yes the mother of all come backs in his 1st game against Westindies in this series.

Posted by jimwhatever on (July 25, 2013, 2:45 GMT)

all these games a tight situation occurs. dwayne bravo will bowl an over and pakistan is home. worst captaincy and arrogance and over confidence of bravo cost windies this series

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 2:43 GMT)

West Indies lost this series because of poor captaincy especially in the bowling department. Bravo I believe abused his power as captain by bowling to many expensive overs. Bravo bowled 22.5 overs for 201 runs and pick up 5 wickets, on the other hand Darren Sammy bowled 31 overs 126 runs and 2 wickets. There were times sammy should be bowling instead bravo. 75 runs differential between Bravo and Sammy that's the series there. Personally, personally Dwayne Bravo do not have the head to captain West Indies, he is strategically very weak.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 25, 2013, 2:21 GMT)

Misbah all times wall of solid plasma

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 2:14 GMT)

Final words from HOLDER: " I KNOW MY PITCHING AREA "... better luck next time dude.

Posted by applethief on (July 25, 2013, 2:09 GMT)

Why the comparison between Bravo and Misbah's reviews? No, there should not be consistency, because with Bravo there was sound and deviation - if there had been Hotspot we'd have seen a supernova light up on Bravo's bat. Misbah's had neither sound nor deviation. In the last ODI Irfan had a clear edge to Johnson Charles turned down. He didn't whine, he got on with it and bowled. If I were a West Indies fan, I'd be more annoyed at my team's rubbish fielding as it cost them the match. Glad as I am to see Pakistan take series, it's closer to the truth to say that WI handed them this win than to say Pakistan outplayed them.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 1:58 GMT)

Once again Waste Indies proved wrong...they cant win matches with Bravo as captain. his bowling figures are worst. Waste Indies batsmen are just throwing away their wickets at crucial moments...it reflects lack of a good domestic circuit in Waste Indies.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 1:33 GMT)

misbhah is gentalman.ilike him.

Posted by WI_KDoct on (July 25, 2013, 1:29 GMT)

DJ Bravo continues to captain and bowl poorly.

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 1:26 GMT)

Another death over by Bravo caused the damage. They could've used Samuels. I still don't understand why Sammy was changed. Just because they lost to BD, does not mean he has to be changed. BD also beat SL in SL, but Angelo is still the captain.

Posted by Jda123 on (July 25, 2013, 0:51 GMT)

Well done to Pakistan & Misbah.

Misbah played great throughout the tournament and deserved it as the team at certain times crumbled and he was the man who stayed in the middle.

Afridi did well coming into the last over 2 overs as it was a crucial time as the game could have gone either way.

Umar Akmal did great with his WK role and also his batting was very good, better than India & SA T20 game that he played.

Shezad fielding was great but his batting wasn't there still though I believe he deserves a chance for ODI against SA.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 25, 2013, 0:50 GMT)

Well done green team?

Posted by Snambidi on (July 25, 2013, 0:47 GMT)

In every stage of this series,the WI deserved to win it ,especially because of the tied match tailored by the Tail Enders Holder& Roach.

But the real person responsible for gifting the series ins none other than the Gannam specialist Chris Gayle.

He did not shine in any match despite his high success in the recently concluded IPL.

It looks Gayle can perform only in front of His fans abroad& not home.

It was destiny that denied a series win for West Indies..

The Gail of abroad had become a tender breeze of Home! ,

Posted by   on (July 25, 2013, 0:35 GMT)

I think all WI grounds should have DRS system at 3rd umpire disposal for fair decision making. What WI captain's buzz is all about during presentation ? One of WI batsman was clearly run out but was given 'Benefit of Doubt'. It's a game without review system, some where you win and lose so WI captain please accept it and push your cricket board to acquire and install proper review system. I think this is a wake up call to take step further in right direction for West Indian cricket grounds !

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 25, 2013, 0:35 GMT)


Posted by getsetgopk on (July 25, 2013, 0:06 GMT)

Sports4Youth: Right about Hafeez, he just had good couple of years with the bat and ball since 2010 but most of hafeez's runs and wickets came against teams like BD, Zim and WI and he was elevated to vice captain in tests and ODI's and captain in T20. Well the reality is that he is a very ordinary player and has performed entirely on lifeless pitches. If you look at his entire career, there are probably one or maybe two instances where he had a match winning impact on the game on not so batting friendly surfaces. He used to perform well against WI but even that has evaporated now. If not for the first game win by Afridi, the series would have ended at 2-2 so yea call it a once in a blue moon or whatever performance but he's won us this tournament and as far rational thinking go, we all need to be thankful for that. Well played Misbah and if you could replace Hafeez with some young proper batsman, you'll do justice to your job. Hafeez is a sheer burden on bowling friendly conditions.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 23:47 GMT)

Well done misbah. 2013 high scorer is misbah with 8 fifties. This victory was very much needed. Middle order did well and opener have put a decent start. Well done green shirts. Pakistan zindabad

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 23:39 GMT)

in his last 8 matches since champions trophy misbah scored 6 fifties with 433 runs and he faced 636 deliveries people critisize him about slow strike rate but u always have to see the pakistan team situation whenever he comes to bat and wickets always gets falling down from the other end so he's been playing the anchor innings for pakistan hope he will continue his great form well done misbah and many congratulations for winning the series...

Posted by Gowza on (July 24, 2013, 23:27 GMT)

hafeez and afridi are just to inconsistent, not consistent enough with either bat or ball to make the team. good series for misbah, and umar, hopefully shehzad gets a few more chances.

Posted by android_user on (July 24, 2013, 23:21 GMT)

slow.. but productive... well done misbah..

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 23:20 GMT)

Once again, bewildering strategizing by the windies camp. Team played with 4 openers today, two at the top, Gayle and Simmons. As always, the planners seek to protect the "golden boy": previously it was Chanderpaul shuffling back and forth on the escalator of batting positions to accommodate a struggling Brian Lara; now Gayle is receiving immunity with equally disastrous consequences. I think it is becoming evident, quite sadly, that a quality, penetrating attack such as Pakistan's offers no refuge for struggling batsmen. I would even venture that Gayle is incapable of handling a dynamic and consistently probing bowling attack. For Samuels the situation is no different, especially when one looks at the consistently sluggish strike rate. Wake up call, yet again. In the WI we have a big laugh--the side is turning the corner, just that it is not a single corner, but a series. Rally! Even that anthem is becoming trite.

Posted by android_user on (July 24, 2013, 23:18 GMT)

Best DRS was put down to Misbah that should be wide ball. not given by umpire

Posted by roook on (July 24, 2013, 23:18 GMT)

A good serious win but we still have issues, Pakistan has a long tail including afridi so last 5 of our batsman cannot bat afridi, ajmal, junaid, asad/wahab, irfan . So We have five batsman which cannot contribute a lot. I consider this is a reason misbah bat so cautiously because after losing opener early he has only 4 batsman to play 50 overs.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (July 24, 2013, 23:11 GMT)

Bowling Coach Akram must train our bowler for the death overs. They were consistantly poor bowling last 6-7 overs.

Posted by DANGEROUS.DON on (July 24, 2013, 23:10 GMT)

Misbah leading from the front this average batting side. he plays according to conditions, he played quick inning in fourth match where it was required. Misbah got the new equation MISBAH = CONSISTENT PAKISTANI

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (July 24, 2013, 23:09 GMT)

Haris Sohail and Ahmad Shehzad should be persisted with. Haris look to be a very good batsman. Hafeez is the weakest link in this batting line. Do not forget our batting problems on faster wickets.

Posted by android_user on (July 24, 2013, 23:08 GMT)

well done green shirts

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 23:07 GMT)

Misbah ul haq is mr.consistent the leader of men of pakistan cricket...

Posted by Haiderpakawsome on (July 24, 2013, 23:03 GMT)

Hats of to you Misbah! You are the real "Captain Cool". Well done boys.

Posted by swingstowin on (July 24, 2013, 23:02 GMT)

Dear Cricket Analyst! Change your profession.Cricket aint your thing!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 24, 2013, 22:59 GMT)

Still I don't know whether to praise Misbah or being critic , he needs to find a way to rotate strike.

Posted by BravoBravo on (July 24, 2013, 22:52 GMT)

Most exciting and entertaining game. Both teams played to their potential. Congrats to both teams for providing such a thriller of a game.

Posted by android_user on (July 24, 2013, 22:52 GMT)

great misbah an iron man of pak cricket

Posted by greek-paratha on (July 24, 2013, 22:46 GMT)

Captain Fantastic is on the ball again.How cool was that! I salute you Sir Misbah ul Haq.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 22:42 GMT)

Hafeez and afridi both are spin alrounder. pakistan badly need a fast bowler allrounder. who can fill the place of third fats bowler. i hope hamad azam could increase his bowling speed up to 135km. we must need changes to build a strong team.

Posted by malepas on (July 24, 2013, 22:38 GMT)

I think by now who ever selected the CT team should hang his/theirs head in shame for not selecting UMAR AKMAL in the team, this guy has more talent and shots then all the batters put together and still he was sidelined in SA and not picked for CT,,look the difference he makes, without him, PAK would have lost this series even with Misbah's runs, he scores runs but he can't win the games, Umar is a gem and PAK should play him in Tests as well. Test team also needs Bat like him in the middle as nearly all the batters are very similar. All PAK needs now is a fast bowling all rounder,like Hammad in ODI's. The openers are fine but tail needs to enhance their batting skills, its too barren. Well done PAK TEAM and best of luck for T20's.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 22:36 GMT)

it is amazing but how pak 'll face another team..

Posted by Guytn_B on (July 24, 2013, 22:21 GMT)

I think the bowling was horrible in this series. Was Mr. Gibson really the bowling coach for England? I expected better

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 22:19 GMT)

Misbah keeps critics at bay .. yet again, again n again.

Posted by BowledYa on (July 24, 2013, 22:17 GMT)

@ rook, rajcan, bouncer, etc. etc. all the Misbah critics - eat your heart out. Misbah is the man of the match, man of the series, winning captain, and highest run getter in ODIs of ALL batsmen in 2013! He leads from the front, and gets the job done. Well done, my man!!! You all in the meantime can rest your little fingers, until next time.

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 24, 2013, 22:15 GMT)

Congratulation Pakistan, Best of luck WI for incoming T20. Misbah you rocks, Umer Akmal & Afridi once again proved they are Men of Crises, Misbah once again solid innings, kept his own way going slow and steady, but sorry to say poor tactics and wrong calculation, you should not leave the match to go in last over, you must keep eyes on the target to achieve it in 48 over, So if it slip from your hand it go to 49th over but not to 50th over.... but no body knows whats gona happen next. You work hard but winning shot is written for somebody else to play. Felt sorry to listen Bravo, you should accept defeat, what "key decisions" went against you? In last match you were complaining about rain, today rain did not took match from you. and today complaining about "Decisions". Do you know some sportsmanship?

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 24, 2013, 22:14 GMT)

Misbah and akmal rocked

Posted by android_user on (July 24, 2013, 22:10 GMT)

stick with the same time , nasir jamshed , ahmed shezad might have failed but they seem serious and willing to perform as against likes of imran farhat and shoeb malik, umer akmal is a gem, hafiz will have to improve his batting average,

Posted by android_user on (July 24, 2013, 22:08 GMT)

Good job UMAR AKMAL.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 22:07 GMT)

Oh come on Bravo! if ALL the key decisions were over turned you COULD have won this match but still lost series 3-2 due to THAT short run in third ODI HA!

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 24, 2013, 22:06 GMT)

Lala afridi starting match like a boss and finish match like boss PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

Posted by darren_1146 on (July 24, 2013, 22:02 GMT)

What's that???.....West Indies cricket is turning the corner???.......Yeah right!!

Posted by Equanimous on (July 24, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

Misbah makes another 240 odd look like 340 odd.

Posted by android_user on (July 24, 2013, 21:58 GMT)

finally pakistan have won the series good work by the bowlers and then the batsmen i hve enjoyed pak batting ahmed does well and as so as misbah brilliant knock by umar akmal and lala done well to get pakistan over line i lke the most that afridi was not out and played good hand in the last pakistan win the series 3-1 and nw is time for the T20 inshaallah pakistan will win the T20 also

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 24, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

Nice work by everyone

Posted by 11MP on (July 24, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

Awesome job by Pakistan team! Good to see U.Akmal and LaLa contributing to the team. Please don't start Bom Bom and next Viv.Richards conversations here, let these guys start winning consistently. Good luck for T20

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 21:55 GMT)

Time to raise flags high...Well Done Team Green.... U made all pakistanis proud back home.... Stay High :)

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 21:52 GMT)

Well Bravo has done again thinking he can bowl at the death and just gave it away. It was going to be close but Bravo just does not get it. Bravo at 8.20 per over versus Samuel at 5.00 per over and he still insists at bowling at the end. 13 runs from his last over. Can't blame Holder, he is a junior so he to just do what he had to do, but the WI are not playing their best 11 at all. They play Pollard fir way too many matches that cost them this series. He batted and bowled poorly but was always retained and dropped when it was too late. Why not have Best and Roach play in a must win match and rest Holder and bring in another bats for Smith? Bottom line, Pakistan bowling better than our batting and our bowling weaker than their batting so we were up against it from the get go. A better 11 would have made a difference. Congrats to Pakistan though. Well played. Otis Gibson, please get your act together.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 24, 2013, 21:49 GMT)

Ahaaaa Dhazzzz Dhazzzz Great Afridi u complete our victory Fast ....

Posted by MichealT on (July 24, 2013, 21:48 GMT)

It is time to play a tri series b/w India-Pak-Sri Lanka.

Posted by android_user on (July 24, 2013, 21:48 GMT)

bravo is the worst captain, west Indies have ever had....he is an embrassment!

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 21:47 GMT)

Yes MR Samuels and Bravo what's the excuse for today's loss?Again rain?

Posted by Dark.Matter on (July 24, 2013, 21:43 GMT)

due to misbah and akmal, we won the series

Posted by android_user on (July 24, 2013, 21:40 GMT)

and pakistan. . .wins we are proud of u greenshirts.

Posted by android_user on (July 24, 2013, 21:35 GMT)

Darren bravo is the worst captain west Indies has ever seen!...disgusted!

Posted by android_user on (July 24, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

wow . . . amazing akmal.

Posted by android_user on (July 24, 2013, 21:05 GMT)

hats off to Mr Talent

Posted by kc69 on (July 24, 2013, 21:03 GMT)

Batting wise both teams looks similar but when it comes to bowling Pak bowling is lot superior than WI.Hope to see Dwayne Smith(not Devon smith who is currently playing) in opening for T20 games coming up instead of some injured batsmen. WI can run away with matches but its Pak bowling that dominated.

Posted by MichealT on (July 24, 2013, 20:47 GMT)

Counting Afridi as a tail-ender I would say this is the worst tail of all One Day playing nations. I don't expect anyone to score more than few runs. On the other hand England and Australia tail goes down to #11 who is a century maker. One time they have Saqlain and Mushtaq coming at eleven who were a decent batter. They can't be a good one day side without some good allrounders.

Posted by rajcan on (July 24, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

Mishbah is always like " I am occupying the crease, others bat around me". It is good someone build the innings and others bat around, but for others to bat around, at least Mishbah should rotate strike, playing maiden overs in the last 10 overs and playing too many dot balls wont help the team.

Many of the Pakistan ODI players are not suited for ODIs including Mishbah...

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 24, 2013, 20:39 GMT)

In mY opnion pak won this game because middle order works

Posted by roook on (July 24, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

When will misbah learn how to pace his innings. This is a 50 over game not a 20 over match. 80 runs with afridi out of form i doudt we have any chance unless misbah will show some heriocs.

Posted by roook on (July 24, 2013, 20:17 GMT)

That not how chase works 80 runs in last 10. Pakistan should learn the art of taking singles.

Posted by shohag23 on (July 24, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

I don't see pakistan is going to win this game because of their negative batting approach.They really need to work hard on batting.Bring Inzi as the batting coach.And say good bye to Wahab Riaz.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (July 24, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

Hafeez has scored 105 runs @ avg of 26.25 in this series. His strick rate of 68 was not impressive at all. To top it all he went wicketless in the entire series. Looks like the professor will have to appear again in his exams.

Posted by Haris_USA on (July 24, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

Coach need to put Jamshaid on P90X training. He will be super fit after that. I am so tired of seeing getting run-out constantly just because of his physique and non-fitness.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (July 24, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

Now the entire series is over & Hafeez has been wicketless in the series, though he has been economical largely.

Posted by Haris_USA on (July 24, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

You guys need to understand that this tournament is not about winning, it's about overcoming the weaknesses. Pakistan need to learn how to play fast, and chase a target. I was hoping the target would be 230+ so our batsmen would play with a purpose. Pakistan should NOT have opted to bowl first. Keep playing Ahmad, and other young batsmen, without dropping anyone. They need to get as much exposure as possible. Even if we lose a game or two, then be it.

Posted by bajan0123 on (July 24, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

The WI selectors are pathetic and it is part of the reason why the team is so inconsistent. How many chances do they think Devon Smith deserves? Time to move on with the players like Kirk Edwards and Kraig Brathwaite who are batsmen that can help this team. I hope Bravo use his brain and bowl the bowlers who economy rate are better than his. Good luck WI.

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 24, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

@Cricket Analyst: Poor thinking, 60 runs were expected in last 6 overs, they are still short 20 runs of last match. Wicket is looking straight and simple to play on.

Posted by Equanimous on (July 24, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

@khurram S Chaudhry. Do you mean poor death bowling?

Posted by android_user on (July 24, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

it would be a close match pakistan openers have to fire today to a win all batsmen have to contribute inshaallah lala today have to make fifty to see pakistan home and inshaallah they will win

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (July 24, 2013, 17:07 GMT)

finally bravo played confidently and good cameo by him, would be a crucial runs. As a captain he needs to bat consistently.

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (July 24, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

Early blows required by Tino and Holder - put the tourists under pressure and lets see what happens

Posted by android_user on (July 24, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

Opening of Pakistan is the key for this match

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

72 runs in the last 6 overs.....this could be the difference. Bravo played a match winning innings. Pakistan cannot even get close to that target. Its going to be easy victory for WI. Pakistan controlled first 43 overs like a champion but lost in last 7 overs because of some wayward bowling. Match decided in just 7 overs. Kudos to WI and there captain. Congrats WI for winning this match and leveling this series

Posted by Dark.Matter on (July 24, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

LionsofLanka and cricketstarbest............why not by 243 runs.

Posted by Bazinga81 on (July 24, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

Good comeback by WI though I fail to understand what the third umpire was thinking at the end with Sammy's run out?? It was clear out, what "benefit of doubt"? His bat is outside when the bails go off. You dont need to be a genius to know that that is out. Either way the WI batsmen did good to come back and post a reasonable score.

Posted by rajcan on (July 24, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

Sammy is a very good batsman and have a good head above shoulder. Most of the time he is not given enough time to build innings. On the other hand, Gayle goes early and play many dot balls and then fire up. But most of the time, when he failed to fire up, he simply eat many deliveries.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

well last 6/7 overs power hitting resulted in good score for WI . 242. a good score.

I think not good decision to bowl 1st. these pitches doent offer too much swing early on. it happened in last match and again now. Sammy survived a close call and hit a few in the end but i think Bravo's innings was the one which made the difference.

some poor depth bowling by pak.

Have to bat again very well now to chase it down. Nasir and ahmed have been poor in this series so far. t20 series coming up. good to get some runs for that. and if they want to chase this down they need a good batting effort from all today.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

Good knock by Samuels once again and Gayle is back in form.....No mercy for Pak bowlers

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (July 24, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

gayle lost his confidence completely.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

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

Posted by Resultpredictor on (July 24, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

Samuels again playing match winning innings. Charles, Gayle, and Simmons all are tormenting Pakistan bowlers. Pakistan are on the way of losing this match by big margin. Congrats WI for series levelling win. Samuels will be man of the series.

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (July 24, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

DB Bravo gets another bad decision.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 13:50 GMT)

Devon Smith- perennial failure we all know, but what perplexes me is the selectors' continued myopia recycling "domestic stars" with historically abysmal records. I pray this is the last we see of Smith and players of his ilk, but we have all grown accustomed to seeing their reappearance.

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

WI will loose this match. Looks like Hafeez and top order are coming together, good for Pak.

Posted by LionsofLanka on (July 24, 2013, 13:30 GMT)


By 195 runs

Posted by android_user on (July 24, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

roach out , best in

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

Posted by Venkat Sraman(July 24,2013) It is going to be an interesting battle between bat and ball to decide the series winner.

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

Hello friends, by how many runs will WI win this match?

Posted by android_user on (July 24, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

i think its a good decision to bowl first n takes early wickets i am happy that riaz is been left out inshaallah no rain today

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

Misbah should score 50+ today and Hafeez have to play well for better result.. ....

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

bowling again. i think not a good idea for pakistan. they are not good chasing side and if WI can post anything above 220-230 . it will take some effort from paksitan. so far the ball have not moved much on these pitches so should have batted 1st. Ahmed and nasir should perform perform today. they have been poor in whole series and t20 coming up.

Posted by android_user on (July 24, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

I would like see good opener partnership Jamshed and shazad

Posted by   on (July 24, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

Misbha allow afridi to bowl full 10 over quota. ajmal 10 irfan 10 afridi 10 junaid 10 hafiz 6 and asad ali 4

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