West Indies v Pakistan, 1st T20, St Vincent

Babar takes Pakistan home off last ball

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

July 27, 2013

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Pakistan 158 for 8 (Amin 47, Afridi 46) beat West Indies 152 for 7 (Pollard 49*, Babar 3-23, Hafeez 2-4) by two wickets
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Zulfiqar Babar picked up three wickets on debut, West Indies v Pakistan, 1st T20I, St Vincent, July 27, 2013
Zulfiqar Babar, 34, had a dream debut for Pakistan © WICB Media
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You get a chance to play international cricket at 34, becoming the second-oldest debutant for your country. You are hit for six second ball. What do you do? You dismiss three key batsmen for just 23 runs. You are then called on to finish the game. With the bat. Understandably, you are tied down. But with six needed off six, you loft over extra cover for four. You think you have more than pulled your weight as a debutant. You have, but it is not over yet. It comes down to the last ball. One run needed. Everyone is in the circle. No sweat. You go big over mid-off, so big that you clear the rope. Zulfiqar Babar, welcome to international cricket.

It should not have come down to the last ball the way Shahid Afridi sensibly steered the chase from 86 for 5. After that became 116 for 6, he did it with the tail for company. He made 46 off 27, but barring the 27th delivery, he hardly hit a desperate, reckless stroke. With eight needed off 11 though, he tried to seal it with a straight six, and mishit to long-on.

West Indies sensed a chance. Babar played out a few dots. Despite that early boundary in the last over, Saeed Ajmal was run out off the fifth with the scores tied, before Babar roared one final time.

The way they bowled and fielded, West Indies were lucky to have taken it down to the last ball. Shannon Gabriel took three wickets, but he crumbled under pressure each time he was called upon to deliver. Umar Amin, who played a blinder on T20 debut, took three fours off Gabriel's first over, with a flick and two pulls.

Amin then took Samuel Badree apart on a turning pitch. Never giving the ball a chance to spin, he repeatedly stepped out to loft Badree down the ground. When the bowler dropped it short, Amin pulled. When he overpitched, Amin drove. Even as Amin was toying with West Indies, the hosts were striking at the other end.

The Pakistan top order fell to miscalculated hits, but Amin's brilliance meant the asking-rate was always under control. That still didn't stop Amin from walking out to Samuels and getting stumped to make it 86 for 5.

Afridi took over now, striking Samuels first ball for six over long-off and drilling the third to the extra cover rope. Thereafter, he settled down into cruise mode, rotating the strike, picking the odd boundary and also lofting Sunil Narine to become the first man to reach 400 international sixes. He did everything right except the stroke on the ball he got out to, but then, it was to be the debutant's day in the end.

Babar, and the other Pakistan spinners, had shocked West Indies initially on the turner but the hosts recovered and then took apart the fast bowlers to post a challenging total. Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard came together at 42 for 4 and put on 56 before Darren Sammy cracked 30 off 14. Pakistan's slow bowlers did their job, taking 5 for 74 in 14 overs but the fast bowlers, missing the yorkers too often, disappeared for 1 for 73 in six. Mohammad Hafeez, who opened the bowling and dismissed the openers, gave himself just two overs.

Babar squared up and bowled Lendl Simmons with his fourth delivery and in his next over, found himself in the way of a powerful hit from Samuels, but managed to hold on. Samuels had been cutting Mohammad Irfan for boundaries amid all the wickets.

Bravo and Pollard, although not always in control, rotated the strike, a refreshing thing coming from a West Indies pair. Bravo was quick to hit with the turn through the off side, and Pollard made sure he put away the rare half-volleys for boundaries. Sammy went after the fast bowlers as he and Pollard looted 53 in four overs. As Sammy said after the game, 152 should have been defended on that pitch, but Babar was to have the perfect debut.

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Posted by t20cric on (July 28, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

What a dream debut for Zulfiqar, I think he should have been the man of the match. Mohammad Hafeez should have bowled all 4 overs when he gave away just 4 runs from 2 overs and picked up 2 wickets as well. If hafeez bowled all his overs WI might have been 130-145 all out. But Sammy made up for that by under bowling himself as well. A good sensible knock by Afridi and Amin played a great innings to. The top three once again got out to unnecessary shots. Amazing fielding by Pollard to take those catches. Gabriel was really gifted wickets cuz his bowling was bad but the fielders held on to catches. The next t20 will be played at the same ground so Hafeez should use all 16 overs of spin and make sure Irfan and Junaid dont bowl to short. For the next t20 I think both teams will want to keep the same players

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

Many of my comments r never published. Well I break the rules I suppose. But it is not easy to sugar coat WI consistently poor performances. In Guyana the WI team gets its poorest support,and with no Guyanese in the team it is worse. WI success means a lot to me, as a Guyanese. And by the way talent and a good cricketing brain is the solution to WI woes. I hope u pick my drift.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

i belive let Afridi play on the same spot he is playing ,, he is better performing at no 8 .. once he get settle then can change his batting order ,, otherwise this is perfect place for him to bat ,, even though if it is powerplay or no powerplay if he hit in both case either it will go out of the ground or straight to the fielder

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 28, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

Hafeez is very clever guy, he always do bowling when batsman are not settled, If he starts to complete his overs quota, His bowling will be exposed. He is destroying career of Hamad Azam by putting him in the middler order and not giving him any over. Jamshed should be dropped immediately, he is not performing and his fielding is worse. I think Afridi went for last hit because he did not want to give strike to Zulfiqar babar who had scored 2 runs on 9 balls. I wonder on one side people talk Afrdi 33 is now old, but PCB give chances to 35 year old guy, PCB very pathetic, they discarded best spinner in the world "Saqlain Mushtaq" when he was 27 and on peak of his game. They took Abdul Rehman for ODI series, and as usual they did not give him chance, Now zulfiqar babar, but I am sure they will drop him for next series despite of his good debut. They did same thing with Mansoor Amjad, he played one match, only did one over, and got 3 wkts. But he was never given chance again.

Posted by Reuelsean on (July 28, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

Well nobody can blame Dwayne Bravo for this loss, and it is clear as day for all to see now, how much of a poor captain Darren Sammy really is. Not Blaming Gabriel for this loss because Darren Sammy should not have given him anymore overs after his first two, he was clearly struggling. Well played Polly, good to see you back in the runs. Ha ha ha ha to all those who claim that Darren Sammy is a good captain. Would like to see Barnwell playing in the next Match.

Posted by android_user on (July 28, 2013, 13:20 GMT)

afridi should comeback as an opener& todays squad afridi ahmad hafij umaramin umarakmal nasir hammad tanvir wahab babar ajmal

Posted by android_user on (July 28, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

i think Afridi should comeback as an opener .why not a chance for an opening batsman he is more better than the others

Posted by android_user on (July 28, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

hammad azam is one of the best batsmen in pak team he is one of the good finishers, he will prove it in future. he just need some confidence. ppl who are asking for his axeing seriously don't understand cricket. this guy is a future captain material.

Posted by android_user on (July 28, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

Boom Boom Afridi done it again for Pakistan and well done by both Debutant Babar and Amin.Pakistan have to win the next game and win the both series t20 and odi.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

"IT was a match where wager was on for poor captaincy....Sammy outcasted Hafiz by a fair margin though...The score was not bad at all but Sammy's poor captaincy cost this for Windies...!".

Posted by Stark62 on (July 28, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

Now, that is the Pakistan I know and love watching!!

It was nice to see positive intent and aggression, plus some active captaincy on the field and regarding, team selection. Had Hafeez not been captain, we would have seen the likes of Riaz, Tanvir or even both play and I don't mind seeing Hafeez at no. 3 in T20's but not ODI's.

In addition, the players seemed rejuvenated and there was a healthy environment in the dressing room, which was missing in the ODI's because it seemed as, if they were being constrained and scolded, to play a certain way.

On another note, I'm glad Zulfiqar has got a chance and I've said it before, he should replace Rehman in Test matches because his domestic record speaks volumes and he is the best left arm spinner in Pak.

Lastly, I know it's irrelevant but sky sports host (paul allot) and pundits are awful!!

Posted by android_user on (July 28, 2013, 12:24 GMT)

This was AFRIDI's way of winning a match. No matter how he plays , simple thing is he did it for his country again.

Posted by mhk21 on (July 28, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

I know a lot of you guys are praising afridi right now because the things worked out for him .....but he wasn't any different from what he normally is .... I mean he came out when we needed 70 odd runs and a decent deliveries still left knowing this pair is the last recognized one ...and what does he do .... he bashes his first ball for six ..and he was lucky that his his style of batting worked in this game but highly doubt that it will work more consistently .... and also even as the match went along he tried at times to much to hit the ball hard though we had the runrate required under 7 and had pretty much in control of the match .... I am not criticizing but this method of batting is not sensible as most of you say though he was lucky that it worked out for him ....

Posted by Chaudry_Cricket on (July 28, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

First of all congratulation Zulfiqar Barbar. I think he would be a fantastic test prospect. Really happy for Umar Amin I hope he continues like this. And please Pcb don't let Junaid and Irfan play t20 because this format is not worth the injuries and shattering their confidence

Posted by vsroc on (July 28, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

Posted by Venkat Sraman on (July 28,2013) Pakistan once again showed their supremacy in winning on the last ball of their first T20 match out of the two match series.Kudos to Paskistan and their team members.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 28, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

Pak XI for 2nd t20

Nasir Ahmed hafeez umer amin haris Sohail umer akmal Afridi wahab zulfiqar saeed Sohail Tanveer

Wahan eco in much better than junaid khan

Posted by android_user on (July 28, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

umar amin shows his talent with the bat and guided pakistan home

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 11:06 GMT)

Truly umer gul, is the most complete bowler in shorter version of game ,no one is near to him in that business ,yesterday i missed his death bowiling when i have watched those pathetic bowlers i,e junaid and Irfan ,so i mean junaid is never a t20 bowler ,he should be confined to tests and one days ,Really,, Umer Gul ,, is genius in t20 s ,if he would have played yesterdays game at maximum he would have given 11 to 15 runs i,e maximum and 3 odd wickets in his quota , so let this junaid be discarded from t20s.. """"Cheeers fro J & k""""

Posted by android_user on (July 28, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

thanku boom boom u r hero

Posted by imran_naqvi on (July 28, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

well played. hammad azam should be replaced by haris sohail.

Posted by FIPL on (July 28, 2013, 10:25 GMT)

I think Pakistan can rest M. Irfan and bring Haris Sohail in to strengthen the batting

Posted by SNIFFLEATHER on (July 28, 2013, 10:21 GMT)

Re: Rally_

I agree that Charles' performance with the bat has tapered off somewhat since he donned the gloves, but I would rather see Simmons keep wicket than allow Baugh or Ramdin back into the side. It is an area of general concern though, that West Indian keepers are unable to provide a decent contribution with the bat. I speak here of when it really matters, i.e. test matches. This shortened format cricket serves its purpose - as we all know, but frankly I am rather tired of how much is played nowadays. The regional game is lacking in young players who excel in the keeper-batsman role and this is essentially due to them playing too much "kiddie cricket".

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

Congratulations Pakistan for winning the game. I want few changes in the next match As we can't loose the series,we should apply few of the changes to see what POSITIVE OUTCOMES can we extrude out

*Rest Irfan and Bring in Sohail Tanvir (Pinch hitter lower down the order and the a skilled death bowler)

*Rest Nasir Jamshed and bring Haris Sohail (No grudges with Nasir, He is premier find for Pakistani fragile batting)

*Rest Junaid and bring wahab in (Not because of junaid's performance, he is doing exceptionally well, just to give wahab confidence by providing him 1 over upfront, 1 in the middle period and 2 in the death) Team should be like

M.Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail, Hammad Azam, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Zulfiqar Babar, SAEED ajmal

With this team, we will have 7 bowling options, Reasonable batting till 6, pinch hitting from 7,8,9, and some solidarity from 10 and 11

A good fielding unit, and a unit, having skill in all courses

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

great debut by Amin and Babar. Why are you people considering dropping Hammad Azam? I thought he looked solid rotating the strike. He didn't play a good shot which got him out however he wasn't the only one to play a bad shot. Afridi, Amin, Jamshed all played poor shots to get them out. He is still young and should be able to improve over time. He looked good in the field. Batting looked solid for the most part.

SaadRocx: I totally agree that the situation pretty much forced Hammad Azam to rotate the strike and give strike to other batsman. He did well in that regard. He looks good in the field. I would like to see us drop Shehzad, he hasn't played well in the ODI except one innings and didn't look good today. If any thing you can drop One of the fast bowlers and put in Haris Sohail.

Posted by getsetgopk on (July 28, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

It took the PCB regime some 4 years to drop proven non performers like Malik, Farhat and it appears its going to take them the same amount of time if not more to drop another proven liability, Hafeez. If a mega star like Afridi who has a bag full of international records can be dropped why can't he be dropped in favor of a stable batsman which Pak desperately needs. AFridi can lead the T20 team way better than a proven liability like Hafeez.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 9:49 GMT)

Yup it was a really gud match onething for sure the way Afridi played it showed he has a cricketing brain.Nice to see Pollard and Sammy playing a very good knock.Two debutant from Pakistan did wonders.Congrats to both team for there fighting spirit.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

Its been two weeks since i used my Nail Cutter :) v hav witnessed some Genuinely Close Contest. Pakistani player are much more suited for T/20 version. regardless of fall of wicket during run chase they kept score board ticking. top order could'n capitalize their time on the pitch. strange inclusion of AGED Babar into the side though he did well with the ball :) pitching the ball short was getting a suicide on such an Eden Garden looking pitch :) IRFAN, JUNAID & GABRIEL got tested on short bowl deliveries. I think Pakistan need a batting all rounder @ 6. Azhar Mehmood should be called upon who is doing so well in this format since ages. Todays forcast suggest 60% chance of rain. Hope final clincher of the series will be an exciting contest as well...!

Posted by SaadRocx on (July 28, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

I really don't see any point in dropping Hammad Azam, I mean oh Common it was his 1st t20 game and its not His fault if the situation demands that he should stay on the crease and look for singles and he looked Promising to me...He was unfortunate in getting out of the short ball...(that too due to a brilliant catch from Pollard).It was not his fault if Hafeez didn't give him any overs to bowl..and he's a pretty good fielder aswell and the only Genuine Fast Bowling All Rounder Pak has..Give him time He'll Improve...and by the way Why no ONE is talking about Mohd Irfan going for 40 odd runs in 3 overs???

Posted by Baundele on (July 28, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

It was a competition of who can lose the match, and WI succeeded in doing that.

Posted by asim229 on (July 28, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

@mike sheikh. I dont think they have to bring those 3 players but will just have to bring everyones favourite mr tuk tuk misbah back to bring that normalicy. If he was playing today then he would have started blocking every ball after the openers got out. Although he would have made a 50 that way but would have left a runrate of above10 to chase for the lower order.Have you seen the difference in the way amin played today then how he was playing under misbah. Thats what aggressive approach can do.Finally good to see a match without mr tuk tuk.I think Imran farhat is not as bad batsmen as people think. Have you seen his innings in a domestic t20 final two days ago where he made 65.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

2nd odi should be nasir.amed .hafeez .haris sohail .umar amin . umar akmal .afridi . zulfiqar babar .ajmal .irfan .junaid

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 8:36 GMT)

The way Umer Amin played he should also play in this way in one day matches too, because his natural game should not be wasted on ant cost

Posted by SaadRocx on (July 28, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

What an exciting match..Pakistan team looked pretty Young and talented...though the bowling and fielding was pathetic and poor captaincy from Hafeez really...why didn't he bowl himself 4 overs when he bowled first 2 at an economy of 2.0 and took 2 wickets...Why he pursued with Irfan and let him bowl last over when he was the Most Expensive Bolwer of the match??????? and Fielding was pretty pathetic from Pakistan...Pakistan need to improve their bowling and fielding for the next Game...

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

Too many bowlers in the team with a very long tail. Drop Hammad and play another batsman, sohail. Play horses for the courses and use a medium pacer than a outright fast bowler.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (July 28, 2013, 7:46 GMT)

Well done Pakistan. Congratulations and keep going, hopefully you will end up top in the table of ICC Ranking (But I don't care the ranking.). You can do it. From a Sri Lankan. Needless to say West Indies is also very talented, we all know that.

Posted by Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on (July 28, 2013, 7:44 GMT)

Taking nothing away from the mercurial Pakistan and the exciting debutants ( Babar & Amin ), after doing all the hard work and posting a competitive total (on a gripping surface), Darren Sammy has himself to blame for the loss. Instead of Bravo and/or himself, Sammy let Pakistan "off the hook" by bowling the erratic/expensive/inexperienced "Gabriel". Look forward to another "thrilla" today.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 6:52 GMT)

Age doesn't matter wether you're making debut at 34...its mean new birds (Hammad Azam, Haris Sohail & many more) should be understand that they need to do in coming days for Cricket of Pakistan, Lala understand this ........... .....Keep going Pakistan ..... (Y) Well Team efforts

Posted by MuFTi_007 on (July 28, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

Nothing is going well for the Windies since the T20 World Cup. They lost to Bangladesh 2-3 (away), couldn't reach the Semis in Champions Trophy, didn't do well in the Tri-series, and then lost to Pakistan 1-3 (at home). Then this defeat in the 1st T20 too. It's good to see Pakistan recovering from their worst performance in the Champions Trophy. Pakistan is more likely to win the 2nd T20 too. They have the momentum with them.

Posted by avmd on (July 28, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

Don't know what this overrated "allrounder" Hammas Azam is doing in the playing 11. His bowling is not even of club standard and if he is in the team as a batsman, we have Haaris Sohail, who should be playing as a batsman. Haaris has been in great form not only in FC cricekt but also in 20/20 matched in Pakistan.

Posted by Surajrises on (July 28, 2013, 6:15 GMT)

Nice to see Afridi back to form. Would have loved to see him finish the match himself nevertheless, a good innings by him.

Posted by fayyaz03 on (July 28, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

this was the tussle of two very unpredictable sides. There was also some good cricket by Umer Amin, Babar and Kieron Pollard (oh yeah afridi as well) but overall, the match was not decided on the brialliance, it was decided on committing the less no. of mistakes then the opponents. Pakistan: 1. Hafeez only bowled two overs 2. death overs by two pacers (knowing the fact that W.I loves pace on the ball than facing spinner) 3. ridiculuous shots by nasir, shehzad, hammad & Mr Man of the match (at a very wrong time) 5. club level running b/w wickets by U. Akmal. WestIndies: 1.Bad fielding and above all 2.Worst captaincy ever!!!

Posted by Unconstitutional_PCB_Chief on (July 28, 2013, 5:33 GMT)

Abhishek Purohit: Thank you for writing about debutant Zulfiqar Babar. This article you have written at the right place at the right time - Pakistan cricket was in such a man made turmoil that no news about Pakistan cricket was good news. Seeing good Pakistan's ODI, T20 performance, Umer Amain and Zulfiqar Babar doing what country expects from them is a great feeling. Please keep on encouraging the deserving players, thanks.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 5:28 GMT)

If Gabriel crumbled it doesn't mean you are not going to give youngster anymore chances. Bring on the real stuff, strong in nerves and immaculate in technique with a little grooming and polishing at national level and they will certainly deliver.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

It is good for pakistan that umer amin performed as per his tallent

Posted by android_user on (July 28, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

why pakistan do not have good wicket keeping batsman like all the other teams have like ab develliers b.mcclum johson charles dhoni sangakara prior

Posted by android_user on (July 28, 2013, 4:47 GMT)

hafeez is a big problwm in pakistan team you can't get him out and you bcauz he bowls well but you need a goo nuber three batsman which he is not you should bat at down the order

Posted by BravoBravo on (July 28, 2013, 4:02 GMT)

I don't mean to be nasty, but I don't care who wins between these two teams. But it remains the undisputed fact that WI and PAK teams are the greatest entertainer in the history of cricket game. Since their inception they produced the cricketers with unmatched flair, none other teams come close to them. Sammy and Babar, you guys are beauty. I was not expecting that Gayle will contribute to WI as he plays one inning of substance per year. We should expecting him to play a defining inning sometime after Christmas this year. Congrats to PAK and Congrats to WI for providing such an entertaining thriller.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (July 28, 2013, 3:57 GMT)

Zulfiqr should have been MOM..I just dont get it..If Afridi could get it then why not Amin who made more or less the same runs?Zulfiqar took 3 wickets & then in the end he helped Pak win by his batting.Why was he not given mom

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 3:41 GMT)

Zulfiqar Baber is GOOD,but he is not 33. he looks older than Misbah,who is at least 45

Posted by Kak-mal_Khan on (July 28, 2013, 3:32 GMT)

Well done Pakistan, did not give up the fight - West Indies team was determined, despite mistakes committed.

Hafeez & Sammy, you both let your respective teams down by not completing your alloted overs? was this due to the pace of the game, that during captaincy you were unable to calculate your remaining overs. Did no one in the team have the sense to come up to you and say why are we going with the pacers they are getting tonked!

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 3:32 GMT)

Umer Akmal is in very good Form . change his bating order to 2 Down. My Pak Playing XI with Bating Order: Ahmed,Jamshed, Afridi, Amin, U Akmal , Haris sohail , Hafeez , Hammad Azam, Saeed Ajmal , Junaid, Irfan.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 3:26 GMT)

The last ODI and this 20/20 was so thriller , I will say cricket won the games and people's heart and minds .These two matches could go either way , luckily in PAK favour but WI also put their hearts out during these 2 matches . Congratulations to both countries for giving such a nice entertainment to us which will be remembered for long.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 28, 2013, 3:20 GMT)

Just praying for Pakistan and batman can bat well and Afridi profome same in 2 t20 match can't lose but can win!! (Hope)

Posted by Navaidzuberi on (July 28, 2013, 2:18 GMT)

Great debut match for both Babar and Amin. Good to see that Pak at least winning matches in WI but they fumble in almost every game. Today fielding was pathetic, especially by Nasir. Amin also dropped Sammy at crucial stage. Top order failed again. Too many runs given in last 2 overs (36). Hafeez under bowled himself, only because he wanted to finish with good bowling figures.. To give Irfan last over, even after seeing his battering in first two of his overs, was a terrible decision. Hafeez batting form is poor since too long. If Afridi can be dropped to give massage that everybody needs to perform, why not Hafeez. He is playing continuously in all formats and consistently performing below average (his batting averages in Tests/ODIs/T20s are 35/27/24). Misbah should be back in T20s...

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 2:04 GMT)

Haha really funny game... both team were seems to be trying to lose it... some dubious captaincy, brilliant batting, shabby fielding, wayward bowling made it a really interesting game in the end.... good entertainment !!!

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 1:39 GMT)

The two debutant & Afridi played exceptionally well. I am not sure what Hafeez was doing not bowling his full quota of 4 overs given Irfan and Junaid were bowling poorly. For tomorrow's match I suggest drop Irfan and Junaid and bring in Wahab and Tanvir, this will also make batting stronger.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 1:34 GMT)

Great game. Last minute finish, 150+ runs. Wow. Middle order batsmen for both teams came through.

Cant say the same about captaincies. Hafeez was the the stingiest of bowlers and yet he only bowled 2. Then Sammy comes in and bowls a relatively inexperienced Gabriel in the 19th, that pretty much gave the match away.

BTW, still dont understand Sammy's inclusion. Not good enough as a bowler and too sporadic as a batsman. Surely someone can be selected for captaincy, not that he is too good at that either.

And what is with Gayle failing again. Is it just bad form for this series only or he is overrated overall. After all batting against pedestrian bowling in the IPL is not the same as batting against a world class attack. What gives.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 1:21 GMT)

Mohammad Sami also should have been included.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 1:14 GMT)

Two teams which are avowedly capricious. Windies, on that track, registered a challenging total and then set about sabotaging themselves. Pakistan, cruising along effortlessly, reminded us that they too are equally capable of shooting themselves in the foot. Gabriel, on the basis of his bowling today, reminds us that certain players have limited situational awareness; Gayle's form is tied to capitalism--the truth of that shall be borne out from Monday. I never like seeing WI lose, but unfortunately, at this juncture, I have forgone hope with the home team.

Drop Gabriel, play Barnwell. Then move Simmons to the top of the order with Gayle coming at 3.

Posted by android_user on (July 28, 2013, 0:59 GMT)

great debut.sensible afridi.reckless hafeez n umar

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 0:48 GMT)

poor captaincy from hafeez...running away from pollard in last over..almost cost us a match...poor captaincy from Sammy also running away from bowling..shud hav given bowl to Gayle instead of gabriel WI wud hav won atleast they wud nt hav given 9 wides

Posted by bouncer1021 on (July 28, 2013, 0:44 GMT)

Pakistan were one batsman short in this game. Without Misbah, you have seniors like Hafeez and Afridi so the batting can be fragile. If Hammad Azam is not good enough to bowl two overs when Irfan and Juanid are going for runs then he shouldn't be in the team...a specialist batsman like Harris should be give a chance. Tail is too long and Pakistan were just lucky to win because of poor bowling (no Bravao or Polak or Sammy) by pacers.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (July 28, 2013, 0:40 GMT)

AFRIDI might have scored good runs but one day he will have to have a thinking head to find out when to hit high strokes and when not to. For the second match, they shoul bring in Haris and shail Tanveer instead of Hammad og Junaid.

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 0:26 GMT)

A bit disappointing captaincy from hafeez. when fast bowlers are going for runs and with figures of just 4 runs in 2 overs and 2 wickets he didn't bowl his full quota of overs. with the start they got west Indies should have been restricted to a far less total. apart from afridi and amin the batsmen again failed to perform.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (July 28, 2013, 0:17 GMT)

Great debuteS for UMAR AMIN & BABAR. I was very impressed with the positive intent that he batted. I still feal Haris Soahail needs to be fitted in soimehow. Everyone knows how fragile Pakistan's batting can be.


Posted by Sports4Youth on (July 28, 2013, 0:14 GMT)

Where are all the AFRIDI bashers? Hello WAQAR. Well BOOM-BOOM is back with two bangs. With a man of the match in the ODI's and now in the T20 series he is definately a more than useful player.

Still the Afridi critics would want to point out that Afridi was wicketless, but let me remind you that 4-24-0 are decent figures for an all-rounder. Look at the the WI bowlers and the pacers in general. I thought HAFEEZ comitted one big blunder by not bowling his remaining 2 overs. He should have bowled his full quota and reduced the overs of the pacers. The professor got it wrong.


Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 28, 2013, 0:14 GMT)

Well done Team Pakistan Come out of your shell You are capable of becoming best team of the world

Posted by   on (July 28, 2013, 0:08 GMT)

give all the credit by westindies bowler because there bowling are worst ever and they leaked many boundries specially in powerplay

Posted by Needii on (July 28, 2013, 0:07 GMT)

i was surprised, why they were not giving a chance to him. He was performing in domestic circuit consistently and having better stats even from our magician "Ajmal" i was praying for his inclusion today, my long long wait was over finally today thanks to Hafeez.. He got a chance and he proved himself..! Zulfiqar Babar, you are hero of the day..!

Posted by Solid_Snake on (July 28, 2013, 0:04 GMT)

& once again We created a big Drama out of nothing..What was the need of Afridi's last shot which took him to the dressing room?There was no need to hit at that time.Just singles were needed at that time.But no..he had to hit a six no matter what.

Posted by Needii on (July 28, 2013, 0:02 GMT)

Zulfiqar Babar, you did it, you did it brilliantly.. i was waiting for you in intl cricket from a long time.. a warm welcome to intl cricket..!

Posted by android_user on (July 28, 2013, 0:02 GMT)

one just cant exclude afridi from the team. importance of match winner should never be ignored.

Posted by Square-Driver15 on (July 28, 2013, 0:00 GMT)

Fantastic debut by Zulfiqar Babar and Umar Amin on the t20 stage. Spinners did really well, although it's a bit unusual to see Irfan and Junaid struggling to this extent. Refreshing to see Afridi play so sensibly for the bulk of his innings. One change I would like to see in the Pakistani XI is perhaps Harris Sohail back in over Hammad Azam.. Hammad is an allrounder, and we solely used him to bat today, so why not take in a specialist batsman in instead? Besides, Harris did make a decent ODI debut- and after this match we do know not to make assumptions on a t20 batsman on their odi form (Umar Amin).

Posted by android_user on (July 27, 2013, 23:58 GMT)

A Good Game of cricket Indeed . . well played PAKISTAN

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 27, 2013, 23:57 GMT)

I think it was a match between two poor captains. Hafeez was bad but sammy was even worse. In the end one lucky old guy played his most memorable match.

Posted by Pak_Green on (July 27, 2013, 23:55 GMT)

I have read a comment by "Kajini" arguing like about the Jamsheds controversial SIX and a single missed out by a West Indian pair on the last ball. Just be reminded about the 1 short run signaled by Umpire during an ODI and Pakistan failed to win that by just a single run.

So bro these things do happen and see here is the end difference is SIX runs so even those two glitches wouldn't have made any difference to the end result of the match ;)

Weldone Afridi, Umar Amin and Zulfiqar Babar and team Pakistan.

Posted by dmqi on (July 27, 2013, 23:52 GMT)

Poor captaincy from Hafiz took WI to 150 +, they should have been at 140 or below. It should have been an easy win. 34 year old debutant won the match for pak.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 23:44 GMT)

West Indies lost again. And they are T20 Champions. They need at least one Guyanese on the team to win. Hope Barnwell gets a chance to play tomorrow instead of DJ Bravo who apparently doesn't bowl in T20 anymore. They still need to get rid of Opiss Gibson as Coach before 2015 WC.

Posted by TMuhammad on (July 27, 2013, 23:42 GMT)

Finally Zulfiqar Babar after a long awaited debut got chance and proved himself. Well done Zulfiqar Babar. What has Hammad azam done so good to be in the team. His 8 ODI figures are: 8 matches 76 runs 36 highest with average of 19. In bowling he bowled 150 balls gave away 126 runs with 2 wickts. Where as Khurram Manzoor with 7 matches 236 runs 3 highest with averagre of 33.71 and 3 50s is does not deserve chance to be in the team.Also Please give some chance to Sharjeel Khan of Hyderabad, He is a very good layer performing nicely in domestic as well as Hongkong 6s and also with Pakistan A team.

Posted by android_user on (July 27, 2013, 23:39 GMT)

Bravo pakistan.Congratulations to Umar umin, zulfi miandad Babar and yes Lala as well.Bleed Green.

Posted by bouncer709 on (July 27, 2013, 23:37 GMT)

Well , I think this was show between Sammy and Hafeez to do poor captaincy, wrong team selection from Pakistan, and wrong batting order, Hafeez is simply destruction for Pakistan at one down, but he is captain and he is professor, how could you tell him, please don't spoil the things to save your career. and why are you Afraid to do complete over quota, Sending Hamad Azam ahead of Afridi and sending Zulfiqar Babar Ahead of Saeed Ajmal, it make no sense. Things just clicked otherwise, there was no taste of win after such win, the win came because today Sammy won "poor captaincy show".

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 23:29 GMT)

4 specialist spinners Saeed Ajmal, Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Zulfiqar Babar. 2 specialist pacers Junaid Khan, Irfan. 2 batsmen bowlers Hammad Azam, Umar Amin. With Umar Akmal keeping, Pakistan played with only two specialist batsmen. Must be a world record.

Posted by kc69 on (July 27, 2013, 23:28 GMT)

As a neutral supporter I had to wake up till 3.30am here in India but still the match was worth it. Two aggressive T20 sides put on a good show as Ramiz Raja summarized it Pakistan didn't win the match but West Indies lost it. Sammy needs to show some faith in bravo sometimes when it comes to bowling and Hafeez looks to perform well as a player when his is the captain which is the other way under Misbah's Captaincy.

Posted by android_user on (July 27, 2013, 23:26 GMT)

When Pakistan players play as per their potential, they can beat any side.

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

Credit goes to hafeez for trusting new comers and they have proved that they can fight till last ball.

Posted by android_user on (July 27, 2013, 23:20 GMT)

ohh yes you've done it chosen one , zulfiqar

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 23:13 GMT)

Afridi really played well! all the best Pakistan for the second T20

Posted by sweet2hrme on (July 27, 2013, 23:10 GMT)

Very poor captaincy by sammy! WI lost the match becoz some very-very poor and ordinary decision by made by sammy on the field. WI had leaked too many easy boundaries during power play. Tino asked to bowl whn half of runs pak had already scored. Grabiel worst bowler pitching too many short balls all the time. Sammy showing overconfident on Grabiel, clearly his overs cost the match for WI. For Gyale, he becomes burdgen for team. Lots of improvement still required in WI bowling and batting department as they cant play quality spin or fast bowling. Thanx!

Posted by android_user on (July 27, 2013, 23:08 GMT)

Fun match to watch. Couldnt tell till the end which it would go. Kudos to mid order batsmen from both sides.

Have to wonder about captaincy from both sides. Hafeez was the stingiest bowler and yet bowled only 2. Why was Shannon bowling the 19th. What were the captains thinking?

Have to question Sammy's inclusion in the side. His batting is chancy and bowling not good enough for inclusion on the national side. Isn't there ANYONE else who can.captain.

And what about Gayle. Is this just a bad series or he truly struggles against world class bowling. I mean bowling in IPL is bit of a joke. Playing good bowling is something else.

Posted by android_user on (July 27, 2013, 23:06 GMT)

Hafeez, Shehzad, Amin, Jamshed and Afridi out by playing loose shot.... To give over to Gibreil at start and second last over was purely the wrong decision by Sammy... Amin and Zulifqar Baber played brilliantly and no Afridi also played a crucial inings

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 23:06 GMT)

Will played Pakistan and Congratulation

Posted by Ray24 on (July 27, 2013, 23:05 GMT)

Well played Afiridi. Umar Amin's ordinary fielding showed what a dropped catch can do - if he had caught Sammy, Pakistan would've had an easy chase. He batted really well though, but spoilt it with the rash shot. Wonder what people would've said if Afridi had played that shot! Afridi has won two games out of 4 so far - good going. No way Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat or Kamran Akmal would've won it from that situation. Good to see new faces, Hamad Azam, Babar (although 34 years old, but hey, why not), and Umar Amin. Shahzad and Jamshed are due to score. Wonder why Hafeez didn't bowl more?

Posted by android_user on (July 27, 2013, 23:03 GMT)

good work by pakistan tooked up early wickets and batted good umar amin played a very good innings and babar also played good and picked up three crucial wickets shahid afridi bowled and batted brilliantly i am happy with the afridi perfomance today and i am hoping he will do well in the 2 T20 and inshaallah made a fifty and all important is pakistan win

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 23:03 GMT)

Too much pressure for Gabirel after being away from the International game .He should not bowl all those overs with so much pressure out in the middle . It seems like a tic for tac between Sammy and Bravo in the bowling department . .

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 23:00 GMT)

What a player babar is feel really good at the age of 35 he is playing like a young dude

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (July 27, 2013, 22:59 GMT)

So W.I try 2 strike pace bowlers for T20 not in ODI ? and on a slow wicket, why why why did Gabriel get given ball again and Samuels last over ? Sammy bowled 1 over Bravo 0 Pollard 0 surely on this slow pitch there control and tennis ball like bounce would of been better optionsl. T20 is when you need control and more allroudners not experimenting with young fast bowler who is making these decisions ridiculous Barnwell should play next game 100%

Posted by WILAD on (July 27, 2013, 22:58 GMT)

For all those people who said that WI should only play young bowlers. I hope they see this game and how Gabriel bowled. Experience means alot in cricket.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 22:53 GMT)

Love to see while batting One & Only BOOM BOOM

Posted by android_user on (July 27, 2013, 22:52 GMT)

It was a good performance from Pak team...Although they need to be more Mature in run chases...However The good news is that Umar Amin has improved his game and has shown his talent to the selectors and to the world that he is capable of playing all the formats of the game.

Posted by android_user on (July 27, 2013, 22:51 GMT)

well done pakistan. ur the future world champs. played well w.i.

Posted by Attractivue on (July 27, 2013, 22:50 GMT)

What a game, Afridi you've done it again! It looked like it was one of his slowest innings he still made 46 off only 27 balls! LEGEND!

Posted by WILAD on (July 27, 2013, 22:40 GMT)

Bad Captaincy by Sammy under bowling himself.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 27, 2013, 22:37 GMT)

What Sammy was thinking to put Gabriel back.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 27, 2013, 22:19 GMT)

Good trap set by Sammy. Great catch Pollard

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (July 27, 2013, 22:18 GMT)

Best of luck afridi wish u all the best

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 22:06 GMT)

some poor show by pakistan. run out of umar akmal and then a poor try from amin. there should be no pressure of run rate. its achievable. afridi also looks in rush.

some smart batting should do it for them

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 21:53 GMT)

Some poor shots by pakistani batsmen . Nasir, ahmed, hafeez have more part to play in those dismissal and umar akmal was poor and un necessary running. 76 required of 71 balls no need for such silly mistakes.

Umar Amin playing very well. started really well . doesnt look like the same umar amin we have seen in odis .

Posted by LionsofLanka on (July 27, 2013, 21:20 GMT)

What a lame shot by PAK opener Mr. Nasir Jamshed. He wanted to break 6 sixes in a match. Caught at deep square leg while pulling nasty ball. Another defeat at stake for pakistan. score Pak 7/1 in 0.4 overs.

Posted by android_user on (July 27, 2013, 21:05 GMT)

In the end Captain should bowl himself. Some decisions went wrong and they made good fighting total. Pakistan fielding is very poor. Boys fear from sliding. Nasir Jamshed is very bulky, he should reduced his weight. However, Good luck Pakistan and play without pressure.

Posted by tizik on (July 27, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

Pakistan just felt the brunt of Sammy and Pollard batting for WI. They thought they might have to chase just 120 after their good start. Congrats to WI on a good come back.

Posted by   on (July 27, 2013, 20:50 GMT)

its very good score. good power hitting by WI in last overs. Sammy and Pollard played well.

What was hafeez thinking? 2 - 2/4 and he has not bowled himself again when pacers are going for plenty and spinners are economical.

Good debut for Baber. Pak will have to bat too well to chase this down. pitch is supporting spinners and WI have good spinners.

Posted by Equanimous on (July 27, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

Pakistan are a batsman short. Don't need 7 people who can bowl 4 overs. . Haaris sohail should've played.

Posted by android_user on (July 27, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

pakistani bowlers finally done done their quality trick .Westindies is facing world class bowling attack

Posted by Solid_Snake on (July 27, 2013, 19:39 GMT)

Today is the day when Hafeez once again will play as a Champ..It is T20 after all and on top of that he is the Captain.I so desperately want to ask Hafeez how he change his form like that.He has got a big secret up his sleeves i guess :P

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