India v Pakistan, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 21, 2014

Main course goes cold as Pakistan falter

After Ireland and Netherlands served up a run-fest in what was meant to be an appetiser to the big clash of the day, Pakistan's batsmen failed to get out of second gear in a disappointing defeat to India
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It was unfair to expect Pakistan to match what Netherlands did 272km northeast of Shere Bangla National Stadium. But the batting performance that came an hour or so after the six-binge at the Sylhet Stadium was a damp squib even in absolute terms.

Andrew Poynter, Kevin O'Brien, Stephen Myburgh and Tom Cooper concocted the perfect appetizer ahead of an India-Pakistan game, but despite the plethora of stroke-players in both sides, the main course only had six sixes after those 30 big ones in the Ireland-Netherlands game. Boredom seeped into the Mirpur crowd as they went for the Mexican Wave as early as the sixth over of the Pakistan innings.

Pakistan were underwhelming from the start, never threatening India with a spell of batting at any stage. They were restricted to 130 for 7, a below-par total by any standard. They wouldn't have been expected to defend the total too, having defended a total below 130 only once in Twenty20s - against Sri Lanka in Hambantota two years ago.

But the biggest disappointment was their batting as a whole, which was built through four poor clusters. Mohammad Hafeez picked out the Kamran Akmal run-out as the reason for the poor start but Ahmed Shehzad and the captain himself failed to force the issue in the first six overs.

Pakistan made 34 runs in the Powerplay, after which they lost the way further by losing two more wickets and adding just 16 more runs till the 10-over mark. From 50 for 3, Pakistan still had hopes from the remaining batsmen, particularly the pair in the middle - Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik - who were steadying the ship and slightly threatening. But as it happened, the danger was minimal for India.

"You have to set the tone right from the start," Hafeez said. "But unfortunately one run out at the start of the innings and the pitch - the ball was not coming on to the bat and there was some spongy bounce in it. That's the reason we couldn't get that total in the first 10 overs.

"But still I believe that partnership between Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik gave us some hope that we can score 150 on this track. But those three overs after the 15th, we couldn't get the momentum right and we couldn't get that total."

In the three-over period after the 15th, Pakistan added just eight runs and lost two wickets, enough to derail them. Sohaib Maqsood tried a few angles and was briefly successful, hitting two fours and a six, but that was the only six of the innings, and it was never going to be enough in the last few overs.

In the Powerplay overs, Pakistan's average RPO is 6.95, and in the next two slots, from the seventh to the tenth over and from the eleventh to the fifteenth, they usually score at 6.70 and 8.29 per over respectively. They batted below par in those three slots, and finally in the last five, they were 34 for 4, as opposed to the 8.71 they usually get in this time.

Hafeez said the wicket wasn't good enough to have a target in mind, but bemoaned the lack of one big score. Akmal made 33, the highest score in the innings.

"In a match like this, you need one big knock which unfortunately we didn't get this time," Hafeez said. "But still, these conditions - the ball turning - that is more suited to us against Australia and the other teams and our batting must play its role, there is no doubt about that."

As far as the opening match of the Super 10s is concerned, this was below-par. Pakistan, having always had the tag of being one of the favourites in World T20s, have to turn up with a better plan next time.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY Adnan-Ahmed on | March 21, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    A very low-on-confidence batting effort...whether we like it or not, I do feel that no-win in World-Cups against India led to the defensive approach in the first innings. They were showing immense nerves which could have been broken had one of the openers got off to a flying start.

    Knowing how unpredictable PAKISTAN is, they are likely to overpower Australia in the next game or perhaps merely implode and catch the next flight out of Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY Naseer on | March 23, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Hafeez's poor captaincy, over analyzing of match situation his so called professorizm actually cost Pak match, selection of Shoib Malik in playing 11 was anti common sense , the entire team approach was very negative, and demotion of Maqsood in batting order was like promoting Abdul Rahman over Afridi in Asia cup against Bangladesh, how on earth would you promote Malike over Maqsood, who is far more good and dynamic batsman, he has the ability to strike and defend, and he has been in Bangladesh in Asia cup as well, knows conditions better than the flop Malik. The reason that why Pak does not win Against India in WCs is they make drastic mistakes which cause them match generally.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    why not fawad alam was picked for middle order strength as he proves in asia cup he was the only was in ind and bangladesh match to be stood at one side I know its t20 but his form shows he can do well in this format as well

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    I think the management has to be blamed...Shoaib mallik is a liability and am not saying this as a indian but as a cricket lover.. Sad to see Pakistan team like this.. The team which produced great Zaheer Abbas or the wasim akrams or the.miandas or the inzamaam hul Haas in such shambles is a loss to the cricketing fans like me...get Miandad or imran to head the Pakistan cricket and u will see the change

  • POSTED BY Rexton87 on | March 22, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Hafeez is the culprit and selection of Kamran Akmal an Shoiab Malik were the death toll for Pakistan. These players have the worst body language and seems very nervous and edgy and defeated and so it proved. Kamran chose a very poor run to get himself out and Hafeez had the audacity to call Ahmed Shehzad for a run when the fielder was standing over the ball. When Shehzad declined the run for its sheer stupidity Hafeez sent tough glare of resentment to his partner, Pakistan will loose all matches in this tournament and I hope this happens so that everyone come to their senses.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    NZ, SL, Aus, Ind in semis Ind vs Aus Final Ind wins T20 WC 2014

  • POSTED BY Saadcricketlover on | March 22, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Hafeez, you should blame your self you can't be the next one day captain. You are the one who destroyed the momentum.

  • POSTED BY alipk52 on | March 22, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    @Rajendra Nath calm down mate, and take a look at Indian fans comments in previous matches after they lost, in sports, one wins and one lose, but fans of every nation wants their team to be at top, I am really surprised to see your comments especially as Indian fan, lots of bashes, numerous suggestions of players (even some fans wanted Raina to never been selected), and today he has become the hero...wow, so Afridi is our hero although he failed, but he really is our important player, well apart from that, lets get to upcoming games. The lack of one spinner that's Zulfiqar Babar, has really hurted us big time in the last game, selection of Bilawal bhatti and Shoaib Malik is real failure, they still keep giving them chances after chances, this will definitely hurting Pakistan campaign already, and I would be surprised if they advance over group matches.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | March 22, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    I have rarely seen such a stupidity in the selection of a captain and a team for Pak who can have a much netter team and a captain. What is the job of the selection committee? What is the coach doing?

  • POSTED BY naumanhyderi on | March 22, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    The result of opening game was inevitable after the warm up game b/w Pak vs SA where Team Pakistan did not last for 20 overs at an average of 4 runs/over. The Pak team selection has included failures like Hafeez, Kamran, Ahmed Shezad & Shoaib Malik. The top 4 should be able to play proper cricketing shots and rotate the strike. If the same team plays the next game the result would not be different. Though I must appreciate that 130 in 20 overs is actually an improvement from 71 in 20 overs. Next performance will be better than this one but Australia is going smash Pakistan out of the ground.

  • POSTED BY Adnan-Ahmed on | March 21, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    A very low-on-confidence batting effort...whether we like it or not, I do feel that no-win in World-Cups against India led to the defensive approach in the first innings. They were showing immense nerves which could have been broken had one of the openers got off to a flying start.

    Knowing how unpredictable PAKISTAN is, they are likely to overpower Australia in the next game or perhaps merely implode and catch the next flight out of Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY Naseer on | March 23, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Hafeez's poor captaincy, over analyzing of match situation his so called professorizm actually cost Pak match, selection of Shoib Malik in playing 11 was anti common sense , the entire team approach was very negative, and demotion of Maqsood in batting order was like promoting Abdul Rahman over Afridi in Asia cup against Bangladesh, how on earth would you promote Malike over Maqsood, who is far more good and dynamic batsman, he has the ability to strike and defend, and he has been in Bangladesh in Asia cup as well, knows conditions better than the flop Malik. The reason that why Pak does not win Against India in WCs is they make drastic mistakes which cause them match generally.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 22, 2014, 23:32 GMT

    why not fawad alam was picked for middle order strength as he proves in asia cup he was the only was in ind and bangladesh match to be stood at one side I know its t20 but his form shows he can do well in this format as well

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    I think the management has to be blamed...Shoaib mallik is a liability and am not saying this as a indian but as a cricket lover.. Sad to see Pakistan team like this.. The team which produced great Zaheer Abbas or the wasim akrams or the.miandas or the inzamaam hul Haas in such shambles is a loss to the cricketing fans like me...get Miandad or imran to head the Pakistan cricket and u will see the change

  • POSTED BY Rexton87 on | March 22, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Hafeez is the culprit and selection of Kamran Akmal an Shoiab Malik were the death toll for Pakistan. These players have the worst body language and seems very nervous and edgy and defeated and so it proved. Kamran chose a very poor run to get himself out and Hafeez had the audacity to call Ahmed Shehzad for a run when the fielder was standing over the ball. When Shehzad declined the run for its sheer stupidity Hafeez sent tough glare of resentment to his partner, Pakistan will loose all matches in this tournament and I hope this happens so that everyone come to their senses.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    NZ, SL, Aus, Ind in semis Ind vs Aus Final Ind wins T20 WC 2014

  • POSTED BY Saadcricketlover on | March 22, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Hafeez, you should blame your self you can't be the next one day captain. You are the one who destroyed the momentum.

  • POSTED BY alipk52 on | March 22, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    @Rajendra Nath calm down mate, and take a look at Indian fans comments in previous matches after they lost, in sports, one wins and one lose, but fans of every nation wants their team to be at top, I am really surprised to see your comments especially as Indian fan, lots of bashes, numerous suggestions of players (even some fans wanted Raina to never been selected), and today he has become the hero...wow, so Afridi is our hero although he failed, but he really is our important player, well apart from that, lets get to upcoming games. The lack of one spinner that's Zulfiqar Babar, has really hurted us big time in the last game, selection of Bilawal bhatti and Shoaib Malik is real failure, they still keep giving them chances after chances, this will definitely hurting Pakistan campaign already, and I would be surprised if they advance over group matches.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | March 22, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    I have rarely seen such a stupidity in the selection of a captain and a team for Pak who can have a much netter team and a captain. What is the job of the selection committee? What is the coach doing?

  • POSTED BY naumanhyderi on | March 22, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    The result of opening game was inevitable after the warm up game b/w Pak vs SA where Team Pakistan did not last for 20 overs at an average of 4 runs/over. The Pak team selection has included failures like Hafeez, Kamran, Ahmed Shezad & Shoaib Malik. The top 4 should be able to play proper cricketing shots and rotate the strike. If the same team plays the next game the result would not be different. Though I must appreciate that 130 in 20 overs is actually an improvement from 71 in 20 overs. Next performance will be better than this one but Australia is going smash Pakistan out of the ground.

  • POSTED BY majboor on | March 22, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    Pakistan is a team Unfit for Playing High Profile Games. They're Alway's Afraid of Playing India.Forget about Opening pair or middle overs. They've never really progressed for Years.Batting is an Art which they have never skilled. Even Teams like Netherland & Ireland can win easily given a chance against pakistan.

  • POSTED BY ABKhanISB on | March 22, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    Whatever anyone say is the reason, but the real reason is Hafeez himself. He only included Shoib Malik in the team so no one can notice his inability to bat. He is the one who always run out the set batsman. Pakistan team could have been better if they were playing with 9 players only and Hafeez and Malik were dropped.

  • POSTED BY ICCexpert.... on | March 22, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    Pakistan cant win with players like Shahzad as opener as he blocks too much and Hafeez is not an aggressive captain like Afridi used to be

  • POSTED BY Ajay_999 on | March 22, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Hafeez, not once did he accept the batting failure was due to his inability to lead from the front by playing fluently. You cannot expect a player of the experience of him to play such an innings and blame the pitch and other factors. At the end of the match, when you look at it, they didn't bat well.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    just watched the first over Perera played against Steyn and compared that to Pak whole innings where they didn't even try to go for a big shot, this is what makes the difference positive intentions and mental blockage....now Imagine what would have happened if Hafeez was playing that first over against Steyn??

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 9:21 GMT

    I have read the comments with interest. One loss and look at the negative comments from pakistani fans. The team lost no doubt, but the fans have deserted them. If they had won the same fans will be praising. Have a big heart and play well in the next match.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    I think they did not have any Plan B. they were just hoping they will win toss and bowl 1st. as soon as they were put in by india, they were shaky. Top 3 and first 3-4 overs tells the story. A run out. And almost 2 month run outs if fielder had hit directly. mix ups. and totally going in the shells. They were simply not mentally strong enough and were looking nervous. Ahmed is playing for few years, kamran & hafeez are there for ages along with malik.

    but it looked like as if some one playing his 1st ever career game. no confidence at all.

    they were slow to start. 34 in 6 overs.But umar-malik partnership did picked up. and were about 90 odd in 15th over.with plenty of wickets in hands.

    But out hitters/finishers are simply not consistent enough. overs 16,17,18 only 8 runs with Umar, afridi & Maqsood in middle was criminal.

    Thats y they are not consistent enough. lacking mental strength to win consistently and somehow run out of gas when pushed harder.

  • POSTED BY Hira1 on | March 22, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    This is the first time in any cup Pak lack energy and planning, I am sure Pak will keep on experimenting the opening pair the entire tournament. Pak is still not sure about the WK slot ..........no team can even think of winning the cup with this kind of haphazard approach.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    T20 is about aggression, whether it is batting, bowling or fielding. Comparing the teams in this match, yes! India was way better in all three departments. If i had a chance to analyse Pakistan performance in this match, i will say that Pakistan Team has the best talented players on papers. So What went wrong? 1. Brain Chemical LOCHA describes that they were not trying to COMPETE but they were just only PLaying as a casual match, may be a warm up match, i.e; to get your self in for match practice for the rest of the tournament. Yes! it was a pressure tensed match but Pakistan Should not worry about wickets falling. Its always the runs that matter not the wickets you have after 20 overs. It is said that "Fear of Loosing, leads to Loosing" 2. Winning Formula (Can anyone tell me?)

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | March 22, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Dear Pak fans, do not think the hit and miss Afridi can save your team always. If it is less than 20 runs while chasing, Afridi may got it with his slogging. Pakistan will do better if they can throw oldies like Hafeeze, Afridi and Malik from the team. Invest on newbies which is worth.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | March 22, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Before the match : Beating India will give us momentum - Hafeez. So, now India got that momentum.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    Bravo india and continue the same work in further matches. Yuvi has to come into form with both bat and ball which will be a nightmare to any side. any body remember the sixes against broad. god please show us the old yuvi. please please.....

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    No team can defeat Pakistan , they just defeat themselves .. They threw their own wickets ..

  • POSTED BY MuneebShakoor on | March 22, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    This is horrible. Pakistan team has nothing left in them to me. Ajmal cannot play 11 players role! Previously with the usual pathetic batting that Pakistan has, bowlers were used to overcome that but now I can't see any bowler giving challenge other than Ajmal regularly.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | March 22, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    A comparison between Pak team and Indian team: Captain ; MSD, top class batsman and seasoned captain vs M. Hafiz, who dies not deserve to be in the top 5 pick in the team. No Shewag and Gamvir, but rotten Malik and Kamran. Rotten Umar Gul vs feash Mohammad Sami and V. Kumar. India knows how to pick players, rotten Pak selector likes old rotten players. No new idea. Pak team know they will be beaten from the 1st ball so they go into hideout.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | March 22, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    How many times in a year we have to hear about pathetic Pak batting excuse? What about bowling? Is that any better? Be ready to loose to Aus, SL for sure. Need to replace that cry baby.

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    There must be some game plan which Pakistan should have when they play against giant team like India. It looked like the whole team played not to win. Still they have time to revamp. Get rid of Shoaib Malik. Promote Afridi in batting order though not as opener.

  • POSTED BY Insaf786 on | March 22, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Main reason is pakistan always try to protect their wicket and play, until end of the match, team like India to attack they need minimum score 180 in the board, pakistan try to keep score on 6.00 per over as a 50 match, if wicket or two lost they try to protect wicket does not think about score card, and afridi need promotion on the line, then only he can play big role, other wise 2 or 3 overs not enough to boost him self.

  • POSTED BY coastalindia on | March 22, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    well done............... hats off to MSD & his guys...keep the tempo going, good thinking, effective bowling changes...nice to c raina back tactically playing ajmal along with virat....

  • POSTED BY on | March 22, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    I think shehzad threw his wicket away and dhoni actually used their bowlers brilliantly

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 22, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    Pakistan loose a match and everyone becomes an expert who should play and who should not. The positive thing Pakistan is fighting till the end and this will bring results in long term. I don't see any bigger and strong capt like Misbah who has brought Pakistan team from verge of death to surviving condition. Try to appreciate opponent efforts some time.

  • POSTED BY mazdonal on | March 22, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    Bemoaned Pakistan's batting performance? Tell me something new, my friend

  • POSTED BY Ammar72 on | March 22, 2014, 3:25 GMT

    I think we must now get rid of this person who is ironically our T-20 & ODI captain along with Umer Gul. Muhammed Abdul Hafeez seems to be too coward from inside against India and not to forget Steyn. He has become a laughing stock against Steyn. What a pity that mind goes to Afridi despite his inconsistencies for being captain so atleast it may induce some bravery and positive approach in team. The same mindset also appears to affect Team in Tests due to Misbah who despite his temprament and skill could not infuse such mindset in the team.

  • POSTED BY mensan on | March 22, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    Pakistan's batting is pathetic. They have no power hitters except unpredictable Afridi and Umar Akmal. T20 needs batting lines like AUS and IND, batsmen who can start hitting from ball 1. Slog sweep against the spinners is a must against spinners which is hardly ever played by Pakistani batsmen. Each over must contain at least 1 boundary. Only then you can hope to have a fighting score. Shoaib Malik is totally useless in T20. I don't know how he comes into team again and again.

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | March 22, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    This is what happens when you have Shoib Malik and Shehzad in the team. Other than Umar Akmal, Ajmal, it was just a set of 9 Jokers in the set...

  • POSTED BY challagalla on | March 21, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    Surprised to hear Hafeez comment on the pitch about spongy bounce . All the commentators were saying throughout the match that the bounce was good. That disastrous run out in the beginning and tensed batsmen in the middle is more likely the real reason for the under par score.

  • POSTED BY on | March 21, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    First wicket of Pakistan that too run out was the turning point of the match in India favour,

  • POSTED BY born2DIE on | March 21, 2014, 21:55 GMT

    Misbah is the responsible for this lost...

  • POSTED BY on | March 21, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    Pakistan Team is afraid of India they, loose before match starts and that's because of coward captain. India takes pressure well that's because of calmness of Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY on | March 21, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    this guy talking about setting the tone from the start, he came in early and prodded around for 15 off 22 in t20. this guy does not deserve to captain or play for pak

  • POSTED BY imad_lala on | March 21, 2014, 21:18 GMT

    All the pressure was made by hafeez on pakistan batting ...because he was playing as a last wicket.

  • POSTED BY Khans_word on | March 21, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    Nerves. Mental weakness. Too much hype about momentum. All of the above and a lack of positive aggression. This is not the way Pakistan play. Imran Khan stated a few days ago that they have to play aggressive from ball one! The docile defensive mindset has been doused into the players over the past few years that it now counters and nullifies the natural flair of the batsman. Shehzad was a bundle of nerves, like a terrified jack-rabbit. Shehzads headless running led to Kamran Akmal losing his wicket and that turned the game south. Hafeez as a captain didn't inspire or formulate a strategy of attack or show true intent but just let the game turn passively dull. Poor performance and now we will wait for the next game from crickets masters of stunning unpredictability.

  • POSTED BY bouncer709 on | March 21, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    why they can not take chance on one opener and ask him to go for all the kill, if it works they will be pretty on track if this fails, I don't think it will be a big issue, its not difficult yo play out 20 overs with 10 players... but fortunes always favour braves... and they didn't played brave.... Indian shekhar dhawan was also clueless against pak bowling, and when he realized it, he went for Saeed Ajmal, it was a brave thing to do and it worked for him...

  • POSTED BY globalviewer on | March 21, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    For Pakistani team, absolutely poor performance: in batting, bowling and fielding. You cannot win by scoring 130 runs. There should not be any lame excuses by Professor Hafeez. Wicket was same for both the teams. It was a 40 overs match. Pakistani team failed to click as a winning unit. T20 cricket is different from Test and One day cricket. Good Luck next time to Pakistani team! But all credit to India to win the match in a convincing manner.

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | March 21, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    Give credit to the fielding and spin bowlers from Ind. Apart from Kamran Akmal run out all the other wickets were from pressure exerted by the bowlers and fielders. Afridi produced magic in Asia cup in similar pitches but failed this time becoz he had too much to do and Ashwin did not bowl much to him. It was Ind fielding and spinners who setup the win as was correctly called out by the cricinfo title.

    Pak should go for chasing against Aus and WI as they are really powerful batting sides and in great form at this point.

    Ind have started well. If they win against WI on Sunday their confidence will be high and stand a good chance of making it to the semis.

  • POSTED BY Kamal0702 on | March 21, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    Kindly make a correction here.. Sohaib Maqsood's six was not the only six of PAK innings.. Shoaib Malik also hit a six off Amit Mishra.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 21, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    pak didnt play well today. I think they forget they were playing t20 not test.

  • POSTED BY on | March 21, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    Hafeez should understand that Indian batting is packed with talent and they can't even think about a score less than 150-160. As long as Raina and Kohli in the crease, any score is gettable. Good job India !!!!

  • POSTED BY mzm149 on | March 21, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    I hate those matches where toss decides the outcome. This was one of them. Umpiring has always been poor against Pakistan and today was no exception.

  • POSTED BY on | March 21, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    Pakistan is a Hit or miss team. Even their Asia cup victories were just that. They have no plan, just go and hit and see if it works.

  • POSTED BY samraghuvanshi on | March 21, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    same guy was happy to have a opening match vs. India..... may be bcoz he also wanted to show pak that who is the boss..... GO TEAM INDIA.... maintain this record of defeating pak in world cups..... the fan comment earlier showed the desperation and dissapointment of pak fans on seeing india in big3 in world of cricket....... CHAK DE INDIA

  • POSTED BY on | March 21, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Pakistan lost because of their batting failure. There were not enough runs to defend. India won the game fair and square. Pakistan' batting still has weakness.

  • POSTED BY TNAmarkFromIndia on | March 21, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    I feel that Pakistan plays with a lot of pressure when it comes to playing India in the World Cups, especially since the 2007 T20 World Cup onwards. Since then, they've usually been an inferior side compared to the ones from 2003 and earlier, both talent-wise and mentally, whereas India have evolved in that time and are a lot calmer. I guess a lot of that could also be attributed to India's skipper MS Dhoni. There are a lot of little things that India gets right and Pakistan don't which is why they usually are a step ahead in World Cup clashes.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | March 21, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Pakistan team is not young and future looks bad. Hafeez is overrated.

  • POSTED BY on | March 21, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    shoaib malik was playing with no reason, sharjeel should be better than him. if Kamran gets out than afridi should come at top of order.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | March 21, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    Yes you are right, 15 from 22 balls is pathetic is stating the obvious. you should not be any where near the team because you are neither a wicket taking bowler nor a dependable batsman. You are the king of mediocrity and that influence is like a plague and has now become a custom with Pak side. The whole team is filled with club level batsmen, why should it not be? The captain himself plays at number 3 but guess what, he isn't a proper batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | March 21, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Shahid Afridi performs once in a blue moon. Salim Malik is obsolete. Where is Misbah, the unheralded stalwart?

  • POSTED BY PakSelectorsRbad on | March 21, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Pakistan have talent but talented players were not included to play in this match. Nobody had T20I average of 22 or better...Total runs/innings played = average runs per inning...first 5 wickets expected to make less than 100 and that is what they did..no surprise..Pakistan played a losers teams and they got what they were looking for..Good job selectors ...Looking for less than a 100 vs Australia..if you go with stats of this team

  • POSTED BY Shoaib0910 on | March 21, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    I am not really upset with PAK losing the match, than they came into this game without any sort of Planning. Where as INDIA came with a planning and executed perfectly. Well played INDIA. I Hope Pakistan learn from this game moving forward into the tournament.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 21, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Disappointing defeat in all sense. Will be pretty hard for them given the others teams in this group.

    Sorry Hafeez, but this time the early exit is on the cards now.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 21, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Wher is the "boom boom afraidi ", hafiz , Gul , Azmal . How many time pak beat vs india in World Cup come on man wake up.???

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 21, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Wher is the "boom boom afraidi ", hafiz , Gul , Azmal . How many time pak beat vs india in World Cup come on man wake up.???

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 21, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Disappointing defeat in all sense. Will be pretty hard for them given the others teams in this group.

    Sorry Hafeez, but this time the early exit is on the cards now.

  • POSTED BY Shoaib0910 on | March 21, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    I am not really upset with PAK losing the match, than they came into this game without any sort of Planning. Where as INDIA came with a planning and executed perfectly. Well played INDIA. I Hope Pakistan learn from this game moving forward into the tournament.

  • POSTED BY PakSelectorsRbad on | March 21, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Pakistan have talent but talented players were not included to play in this match. Nobody had T20I average of 22 or better...Total runs/innings played = average runs per inning...first 5 wickets expected to make less than 100 and that is what they did..no surprise..Pakistan played a losers teams and they got what they were looking for..Good job selectors ...Looking for less than a 100 vs Australia..if you go with stats of this team

  • POSTED BY on | March 21, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Shahid Afridi performs once in a blue moon. Salim Malik is obsolete. Where is Misbah, the unheralded stalwart?

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | March 21, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    Yes you are right, 15 from 22 balls is pathetic is stating the obvious. you should not be any where near the team because you are neither a wicket taking bowler nor a dependable batsman. You are the king of mediocrity and that influence is like a plague and has now become a custom with Pak side. The whole team is filled with club level batsmen, why should it not be? The captain himself plays at number 3 but guess what, he isn't a proper batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | March 21, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    shoaib malik was playing with no reason, sharjeel should be better than him. if Kamran gets out than afridi should come at top of order.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | March 21, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Pakistan team is not young and future looks bad. Hafeez is overrated.

  • POSTED BY TNAmarkFromIndia on | March 21, 2014, 19:16 GMT

    I feel that Pakistan plays with a lot of pressure when it comes to playing India in the World Cups, especially since the 2007 T20 World Cup onwards. Since then, they've usually been an inferior side compared to the ones from 2003 and earlier, both talent-wise and mentally, whereas India have evolved in that time and are a lot calmer. I guess a lot of that could also be attributed to India's skipper MS Dhoni. There are a lot of little things that India gets right and Pakistan don't which is why they usually are a step ahead in World Cup clashes.

  • POSTED BY on | March 21, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Pakistan lost because of their batting failure. There were not enough runs to defend. India won the game fair and square. Pakistan' batting still has weakness.