Pakistan v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur

Pakistan consumed by waves of panic

The performance against Australia gave Pakistan fans hope but, not for the first time, they produced a polar opposite display

Abhishek Purohit in Dhaka

April 1, 2014

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Denesh Ramdin stumps Shoaib Malik, Pakistan v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur, April 1, 2014
Shoaib Malik was one of four players stumped as Pakistan were consumed by panic © AFP

Pakistan never fail to surprise us, do they? If you had come expecting a thriller between two similar, explosive T20 sides, what you got instead was Pakistan showing us multiple, and all equally self-destructive, states of panic.

Two of their best bowlers, Saeed Ajmal and Umar Gul, cracked under pressure and gave away a combined 59 runs in three overs at the death. The top order went down heaving, and the middle order shut shop in response.

It was one of those nights from Pakistan. As was the night when they had sparked that incredible Australian collapse earlier in the tournament. We know both happened, separated by a matter of a few days. We also know Pakistan are capable of both kinds of displays within such a short span. We can try to delve into what happened and how it happened. Exactly why it happened, we will never really know.

Each wave of panic against West Indies only brought about another, albeit different one, from the following cast. When the opposition is 84 for 5 after 15 overs, and you have overs left from two of the most experienced and best T20 bowlers in the world, the last thing you are expecting is for both of them to lose it suddenly. And Gul lost it so much in the 18th over that as many as three fielders ran up to him at various points in the over with words of advice, or encouragement, or whatever it was that they felt could work at that moment.

Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir. All those interventions did not stop the over from going for 21. They also revealed Pakistan's state of mind at that point. When three different men are needed to rush to your premier fast bowler, all in the span of half an over, you tell the opposition you are on the edge, and are expecting the worst.

And the worst came in the next over. Ajmal is usually the master of these situations. He will toss one up a bit more, or he will hold it back a bit more, or he will bowl the one that turns the other way from which the batsman was expecting it to. And the batsman will have a clueless slog and fall. None of this was happening. Ajmal instead bowled short, he bowled flat, he bowled quickly. He became what your average spinner is usually at the death in limited-overs cricket - a massive risk. For that one over, he lost the aura that makes him Saeed Ajmal. He will doubtless regain that, as he did after the 2010 World T20 semi-final, but the damage had been done again.

Heaven knows how the Pakistanis felt walking off the field at the break, having allowed West Indies to nearly double their score in five overs. Heaven knows what was spoken in the Pakistan dugout at the break. All we saw was that their top order and middle order came out in two extreme states of trance - one suicidal by dint of action, one suicidal by dint of not acting at all.

Ahmed Shehzad can be excused for getting a ripper of an inswinging yorker first ball. Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik cannot be. Not for facing a collective, unproductive 14 deliveries between them. But for reacting in such a frenzied manner that would have you believe they had been collectively unproductive for 14 overs, and that frenzy was the only way out.

To be 13 for 4 in the sixth over is nowhere near the start you want when you are chasing 167 in a virtual quarter-final. To bottle up like Sohaib Maqsood, and particularly Hafeez, did is probably the worst response you want from your middle order when you are 13 for 4.

Pakistan consumed 40 deliveries before they hit their first boundary. One-third of a T20 innings without a single boundary. One-third of a 20 innings that had already seen a batsman heave to mid-off, and two batsmen stumped. And yet, there was not a single boundary during the fielding Restrictions. Maqsood and Hafeez added 24 in five overs. And then fell within an over of each other. It was like the cast of a play frozen in extreme stage fright after the opening acts had bungled their lines by trying too hard too soon.

If you admire Pakistan cricket for showing you the Australia collapse, tonight you were dealt so many shocks you went numb. You then attempted to make sense of each of them. Batsmen throw their bats around in T20, and as Dwayne Bravo said, even the best bowlers go for runs at the death. The top order had no choice but to try and make the most of the fielding restrictions. The downside was that they could fall while doing so, and they did. The middle order, as Hafeez said, was faced with too many jolts too soon and had absolutely no momentum to build on.

You weigh up all these arguments. Maybe they are justified standalone, maybe they are not. But how do you find explanations for such a collective and varied brain freeze? Which is why, exactly why it happened, we will never really know.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by waja_hussain on (April 4, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

I think this is the best time to replace misbah as a captain by afridi in odis,though misbah is the best player recently in pak team.but there should be someone to lead the team from the front and to lead them aggressively.and afridi have the guts to do that.and i hope that malik should not be in the team no more bcz his game is over.

Posted by gdalvi on (April 3, 2014, 4:11 GMT)

I see many Pak fans suggesting a house cleaning - but don't forget what happened when Aus did the same late last decade - they are still building up. Pak should weed out non-performers but keep some seniors around to mentor and mold the team. Otherwise you will be re-building for a long time.

Although many criticized India for keeping the seniors (Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag) - the real unexpected benefit was that many of the batsmen matured quickly in the presence of and under the influence of seniors. As a result even after their depature, India was able to find able (though admittedly still not fully proven) replacements). Don't try to follow Aus/Eng way of doing things - in our sub-continent we learn things differently. An appeal/request from Indian cricket fan. Please publish.

Posted by SenseStatement on (April 3, 2014, 3:36 GMT)

Pakistan Cricket Management please wake-up this is the right time to make right decision,,,Bring 7-8 new players to T20 and groom them for the next WORLD CUP from now.

Get rid of old players we believe they are two old to play this format.

Please understand.

Posted by SenseStatement on (April 3, 2014, 3:30 GMT)

I think it is too much now for giving chances to the seniors specially in T20, Pakistan cricketing should take some BOLD decisions to remove all the players above 30 years even Afridi and Hafeez should keep away from this format we should give chance to young players,,,organise T20 talent hunt program in the country and find-out 7-8 new talented and hard hitting cricketers,,we should understand there are very less techique involve in the T20 cricket.

Sorry Kamran, Malik, Hafeez and Mr. Afridi we salute your contribution to Pakistan Cricket and off-course that can be remembered forever but please make room for young cricketers. Thank you

Posted by Toescrusher on (April 2, 2014, 22:23 GMT)

Pakistan's batting problem is only one and that is, all players are selected from one region. Karachi is known to produce great batsmen here are the list: Hanif Mohammed, Zaheer Abbas, Miandad, Asif Iqbal, Mustaq Mohammed, Tasleem Arif, Mohsin Khan, Shoaib Mohammed, Basit Ali, Qasim Umer, Saeed anwer ... There are no batsmen selected from Karachi in this current team, why? It is not a rocket science to figure this out. There will be more humiliations if we continue to ignore deserving batsmen from Karachi.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

There has always been one thing between Pakistan Cricket and Success and that is Frame of Mind.They lost the game when their premier spinner went round the stumps and bowled nothing bt quick and short deliveries. NO one plated spin that good in this Wt20. Saeej should have gone positively and tossed the bowl up.He made a mess of it and those five overs disturbed their mind set up and they were as negative as they are in their worst performancea.Nevertheless they should learn rather than ignore...

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 18:18 GMT)

It was totally a mismanagement, your inform, matchwinner player is coming at No. 7 to bat when already match has been slipped from your hands. Kamran, malik and even shehzad were wrong choice. Hafeez should come down the order, Sharjeel and Fawad should come in and Please make Afridi captain again coz he is having the positive attitude.

Posted by FicklePak on (April 2, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

Can't figure out why include Malik and keep Misbah out??? Makes no sense. Pick a team of young quality players and stick with them for a season and see how they mature...we are not going to get anywhere if keep bringing back the likes of Malik, and play the revolving door game with the batsmen

Posted by FicklePak on (April 2, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

Simply - both Ajmal and Gul were over confident. When I saw Ajmal bowl those short pitched deliveries I knew this was over. It was sheer PANIC, and they never recovered.

If the goal is to win big events, and I am managing Pakistan, I would put the opposition in every single time and chase until the team is mentally strong enough to handle it!

They say controlling nerves is half the battle - I don't think so, it is the entire battle...if you can't keep calm, you're done, TOAST (the krispy and totally burnt kind!). Very disappointing.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 16:28 GMT)

This is what happens when you don't have any reasonable domestic cricket. You can pull couple games but consistent performance need physical and mental endurance which is lacking. Nothing will get better for Pakistan cricket until domestic situation improves and this is the situation in every field for the country at this point. whoever performs at this point is one-off exception we should respect that. Rest is just bad management, poor skill assessment and personal choices that play in these situations.

Posted by Topgun10 on (April 2, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

As I see it, the match was for PAK to win and WI to loose. It was not a big total to get... the only PAK batsmen that seemed who had the confidence and fighting spirit were Shohaib MAqsood, Afridi and Sohail Tanwar - why did they not bat earlier in the innings??? Beats me completely... they came when the match was pretty much in WI kitty, meaning it was too too damn late.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 14:17 GMT)

I still ajmal will play till 2016 t 20 and he should, really cant blame him for bowling round the wicket but we need a new captain. Shahzad can be a good choice but he is not consistent so I wont go with him, hamad azam can be a good choice as he has experience for u 19 but i highly doubt he will be even selected leave the captaincy alone. Umer akmal dont deserve to be in a team leave captaincy, afridi wont be playing any more it means hafeez, gul, kamran and malik will be out of the squad, like i said before pick two aggressive domestic class openers and give them license to go for the attack. 2 years sounds a lot but we are running out of time we need to select young team and aggressive captain

Posted by PMadhavarao on (April 2, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

@BRUTALANALYST - Abhishek's analysis is per the title "Pakistan consumed by waves of panic" - so focus on Pakistan's failure is appropriate in this column.

Great analysis Abhishek.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 13:51 GMT)

t20 is unpredictable...when opposition has got 3 or more good bowlers you more than likely to use...India has ashwin jadeja and mishra whereas shami and bhuvi knows how to bowl in these conditions...also west indies has santokie, badree and narain all excellent bowlers and nothing less...sri lanka has malinga, sennayke, nuwan and even mendis...south africa got in but had pakistan been in 2nd group it would have surely made through.

Posted by rizwan1981 on (April 2, 2014, 13:50 GMT)

Its a fact that Pakistan, unlike India , hardly produces technically correct batsmen-Except Umar Akmal , not a single other batsman is as skilful as their Indian counterparts. Even in Test cricket , only Younis Khan and Misbah is world class as against 6 top class Indian batsmen.

Pakistan can win only if its bowlers do well and when they do not perform up to expectations , the batting collapses and results in a heavy defeat.

Posted by SaudAlvi on (April 2, 2014, 13:47 GMT)

People don't understand Pakistan cant bat aginst quality spin, swing, sideways movemnt or sharp bounce. WI had it all good sping accurate yorkers .. sharp bouncers. I don't know why is any one surprised - Once we were saved by U. Akmal once by shahzad ... Afridi did his bit always .. rest were never going anywhere in any game.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (April 2, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

Why is all the focus on Pakistan's failure rather than the great cricket played by West Indies? Bravo was just incredible easily one of best batsman in the world right now in Limited overs and Sammy is a man on a mission massacring anything. Likely every batsman would of been out to that Santokie yorker he Badree and Narine are easily the best T20 bowlers in the world having to go at 8's v 2 mystery spinners isn't going to be likely for any side.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

pakistan coaches are coaching team other than pak e.g saqlain , mushtaq, waqar, and zaheer abbas for 2020 batting coach and fast bowling coach mohd akram , moin is okay a bit aggressive

Posted by jokerbala on (April 2, 2014, 12:49 GMT)

Pakistan were ambushed by Bravo and Sammy and Pak were caught unawares . Pakistan were complacent after a superb bowling display for 15 overs and thought westindies could be contained but WI had other plans. It reminded me of the last T20 final between WI and SL where samuels and sammy similarly ambushed SL.

Posted by mani86 on (April 2, 2014, 12:36 GMT)

These humiliating defeats are basically due to a lack of killer instinct/aggression in the Pakistanis. They need to improve this, but how? The problem may be due to their diet.

Posted by Manoj1234 on (April 2, 2014, 11:51 GMT)

The elephant in the room is obvious. Something about which most people want to be politically correct about. And that is that the current Pakistan team just does not have the talent. Against a small Indian total in asia cup they stuggled until 2 sixes from an old hand helped them out. They may win some but overall against a full strength side they will continue lose a lot more frequently. Lack of match experience due to geo-political issues is playing a part in it too.

Posted by Zycr9 on (April 2, 2014, 11:03 GMT)

Very disappointed with Pak performance.. Was expecting much better batting display .. this is terrible. I dont know how other pak fans are feeling but as an indian fan I am very sad to see such meek display of batting.. With all the talent shehazad and hafeez, afridi.. they still bundled out for 82 .. What pak needs is good captain.. one who can handle both failures and success in same way.. This is where captain like Misbah comes into play. He might not be best captain around but he is balanced person and can handle this team well. Indian team is lucky to have Dhoni and Virat .. if Dhoni not around.. Virat can take care of the captaincy.. I hope pakistan team finds their best captain soon.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 10:31 GMT)

pakistan is scheduled to play very less cricket this year. and t20 s are also not played much. thats about 15 t20s or so till next cup. hafeez afridi ajmal will more likely not playing that time.

so best way forward is to make new captain. any young or fawad or ahmed. and dont select aging players in t20s. hafeez,afridi, malik,kamran, gul and even ajmal. continue with likes of ahmed fawad, maqsood, haris,nasir, sharjeel, anwar,bhatti, junaid, sami, hammad azam,baber azam , raza hassan, or any top domeatic t20 performers.

afridi, ajmal can play a bit more but if you make afridi captain the it will be short term solution. new captain and players will have only 10-15 games before world change it as soon as possible.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 10:06 GMT)

i think that selectors gave malik the last complete chance to prove his worth. hafeez was really cruel that he never used him as a bowler, what i think was a better option on the low pitches. hafeez was a biased captain as he thought that if malik performed as a bowler, may be people insist on keeping him as a all rounder which hafeez cannot afford, as he wants to remain in the team as something of an allrounder, otherwise he loses his post. on the whole hafeez is to be blamed. and should be sacked as captain at least. afridi now is a better choice if not misbah.

Posted by Pathiyal on (April 2, 2014, 9:53 GMT)

the last few matches were all full of batting collapses and surprises. i wonder if this format is right!!!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

A while ago during meeting of 5 previous captains of Pakistan and India cricket teams. Saurav Ganguly and Imran Khan made a very good comment. Difference between India and Pakistan cricket team today is not shortage of talent. It's the Leadership. Good batsmen can be bowled out and great bowlers can be hit out the ground. At the time of crysis team players look at the Captain and he needs to be a role model.But Pakistan has lost there edge after departure of Wasim Akram. Situation is also made worse by PCB not using legends like Miandad, Saqlain Mushtaq, Saeed Anwar, Mushtaq Ahmed, Aaqib Javed, Asif Mujtabah correctly as coaches for Pakistan Team. Pakistan bottle it every time under pressure. Players need to take responsibility and play with strategy. Take an army of lions and place a dog as their commander, all the lions will fight like dogs and perish. Then take an army of dogs and place a lion as their commander, all the dogs will fight like a lion and succeed WI was the better team

Posted by eastkwekwe on (April 2, 2014, 9:50 GMT)

Pakistan supporters don't worry such is the nature of t20 cricket. Australia 86 all out vs India, England 88 all out vs Netherlands, New Zealand 60 all out vs Sri Lanka. Of concern only is the selection of Kamran and Malik who have performed dismally in all formats for Pakistan in last three years!

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 9:46 GMT)

Pakistan is still one of the best bowling sides. But their batting has been brittle to say the least. The match against the spirited West Indies was a non-event. Pakistan just imploded and Ajmal's expression in the death overs was a give away.

The Pakistan teams performance can be totally unpredictable on any given day. But they have never deserved to be in the semii-finals in this tournament. Their only notable win was against Australia who were a shadow of what they were last winter against England.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 9:29 GMT)

i never liked hafeez,hes the worst captain. pakistanis have been winning by luck,misbah s better but he also sometimes jitters. at the end they will have to find talent and that also aggresive one

Posted by A.Ak on (April 2, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

Still Ajmal and Gul are very good players. Give the credit to the Bravo and Sammy for putting that pressure and scored incredibly.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 9:04 GMT)

as expected with inconsistant batting line who lack confidence, almost all trying cement their place in the team and even worse Guls and Ajmals failure. WI team is full of batsmen who can win matches on their own and even better their bowling attack could not be faulted. Pak. proved mismatch in all areas.At last we may have seen end of Shohaib Malik and Kamran Akmal. Xpt for shohaib malik, Sohail and possibly team selection was not too bad. Pity Sharjeel, a man who can be a match winner on his own, was not tried in the whole series in place of Shohaib Malik.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 8:45 GMT)

pakistan need to have a plan to chase targets ... why pakistan lose 75 % of matches when chasing more than 150 in t20 which is average score ...pakistan will never able to imorove any major title if this aspect of the game is not improved.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 8:30 GMT)

Pakistan team selection was bad. The selectors should never have gone for kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik. They have not played international cricket for a long time. How they got selected is a mystery OR The criteria for team selection is flawed. Also there were 4 spinners and 2 fast bowlers playing in the game with west Indies. They should have gone with 3 spinners and 2 fast bowlers instead. Because they know that they have weak batting. they should have opted for 1 more batsman.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 8:22 GMT)

The issue with paksitan is they cant take pressure. they have lost almost everything when something was at stake recently. they have been to semis of all the events since 2007 ( except Ct2013 ) but made to final only once & won only 1. that shows that they just fell to pressure.

They somehow run out of gas after 2-3 games. When was the last time they won 5-6 games in a row in space of 2-3 weeks. Losing is not a problem but after few good games they almost lose without any fighting. It shows the issue is mental block. Against india and yesterday, they simply couldnt get going.

They depend far too much on Ajmal & bowling and when main person and strong point has been blown away they were shell shocked. they were simply not out of that shock when they came to bat and then 1st ball & century maker's wicket put them further under pressure.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 8:01 GMT)

I have noticed 1 thing that some times if ajmal was hit , he stays shell shocked for some time. & umar gul has been average in last few months. even in asia cup he was like that.

The issue is consistency. Umar Akmal played a good innings and then followed by poor. Hafeez and consistency is simply not achievable.

Kamran & Malik were selected on the reasons known to selectors only. Not much contributions at all. They were dropped from squad after CT and then came back for such an important tournament.

Maqsood is also going no where. He has good start in career but after that he is slowly going down.

Sohail tanvir is also another example. often termed as t20 specialist. but no performance at all. may bowl economically but we need strike bowlers.

Need to leave out failing and past their prime players now. Especially in t20s.

Posted by muzika_tchaikovskogo on (April 2, 2014, 7:50 GMT)

Given how quickly the pendulum of Pakistan cricket can swing, a performance like this was perhaps pretty much on the cards. As an outsider, it beggars belief that the likes of Malik and Hafeez still merit a place in the side, despite doing precious little in the last few years.

Posted by deconstruct on (April 2, 2014, 7:44 GMT)

Well said, Abhishek. Pakistan seems to compound their problems by weird team selection. Leaving out a bowler of the merit of Junaid and relying on a mediocre Sohail Tanveer and an over-the-hill Umar Gul, is unforgivable. And the point about Misbah and Shoaib Malik was also spot-on. Misbah is actually by far a better batsmen than the likes of Hafeez and Shoaib (though I'm not advocating his return to this format of the game, for his own good). Its time Pakistan realizes that the professor is out of his depth playing world class cricket. He simply doesn't have the talent. The earlier arrangement of having Afridi as captain in the shorter versions and Misbah in tests was perfect, but it was spoiled thanks to the former PCB chairman, Ejaz Butt - a man who did more damage to Pakistan cricket than any other official I can think of.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 7:36 GMT)

afridi is good perfomance now he is now qualfy t20 captain misbah test and odi joint razzak next matches .and gd team pak

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 7:34 GMT)

afridi is best this tournment misbah is great captain pak team afridi and misbah want pak team

Posted by first_slip on (April 2, 2014, 7:16 GMT)

Lets be Brutally honest, Simply pakistan Does not have Enough Talent to compete with the best, yes they do have couple of good aged players in Ajmal and Afridi, who could change a game, but others are over hyped and they come up with one good performance in blue moon (i.e Umar Akmal), their batting fundamentals are not right, just take a look at Umar Akmal, he is just a slogger and you cant expect him to score every time coz he does not play good safe crickets shots like Kholi. I like Pakistan team but that's the truth, cricinfo pls publish

Posted by Biso on (April 2, 2014, 7:13 GMT)

WI have better batting than Pak when it comes to the short game. Their T20 bowling attack is better than Pak for the sub continent conditions. Pak do not have the batsmen to hold on when the slide begins. The result was only worse than that which was actually expected. WI were in fact the more fancied team to win.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

Well written piece. Typical of Pakistan team performances. I can't think of one reason why Shoaib Malik is in the team.. and why he keeps on being a part of it. Not one. Sigh..

Posted by Vnott on (April 2, 2014, 7:08 GMT)

West Indies batted well to reach 166. Pakistan could have chased it if they started well. Fact is Pakistan batting has been poor for a long time. The moment they lost quick wickets in the first 3-4 overs, the match folded. Have to go to the roots and get 2-3 good batsmen established. no other choice.

Posted by Haleos on (April 2, 2014, 7:07 GMT)

@Jagger - Against pakistan always bat first. The wave of Panic comes more often than not when they are chasing. 100 is enough in T20. 150 in ODIs. If they are defending they can defend even 100 in any format. The last 3 overs of the WI innings killed the contest. I expected the result though not as big a margin.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 6:48 GMT)

First of all Saeed Ajmal must ask all off spinners to bowl with short sleeves.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 6:45 GMT)

Team Pakistan has old tendency that it loses 75% of its matches while chasing the target

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 6:19 GMT)

Don't blame only Ajmal, he is tiered one no one support to him unfortunately pak not pick the abdul rehaman. pak fast bowling is not effective this time and batsman not give more runs to bowlers for depend the score.

Posted by krishna_cricketfan on (April 2, 2014, 5:58 GMT)

How about saying WestIndies well played? Nothing was gifted to WI. They truly went for their shots and they were bidding the time by not losing wickets early on. I hope you know they are the defending champions. When the shots started flowing, bowlers would feel the pressure and err. That is the case here as well. So, I do not agree with the tenor of this article.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 5:45 GMT)

Only yesterday I got to know that Junaid is fit and if he is not in playing 11, I don't know what to say. Junaid is one of the best young bowlers in the world and then you keep Bilawal Bhatti in his place?

And it seems Misbah was too heavy for this team to carry but Shoaib Malik is given a place. Sorry Pakistan but what were you thinking?

Posted by fayyaz03 on (April 2, 2014, 5:27 GMT)

Lets hope that the we can get some positive out of this defeat and the positive is to get rid of Kamran Akmal and Shoiab Malik for good. Even if they score double century at domestic level in any format, please don't bring them back again.

Posted by harnav5 on (April 2, 2014, 5:25 GMT)

Very disappointed by the pakistan's performance, they simply gave up.I was thinking of another Indo Pak final but pakistan just panicked under pressure. Pak needs to get rid of non performers like Malik & K Akmal & also produce some quality spinners to support Ajmal.Two of their best spinners are coaching foreign teams(Mushtaq Ahmed & Saqlain), I wonder why didn't they appoint one of them as spin bowling coach. Windies are in prime form showing killer instinct, Beware Sri Lanka!

Posted by tashan329 on (April 2, 2014, 5:21 GMT)

Pakistan bowling without Hafeez will be more horrible.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (April 2, 2014, 5:14 GMT)

A team running over some average bowlers cannot win matches. They need proper support from batsmen. Its a shame that Pak are not able to find someone who can hold the bat from 179.2 million. lol.

Posted by Jagger on (April 2, 2014, 4:58 GMT)

George Bailey winning the toss and bowling first against Pak didn't give the 'waves of panic' a chance to work their magic for us. What a telling mistake that was...

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 4:01 GMT)

Pakistan's batting after Inzy and Yusuf era is dismal in general…It's their bowling which makes them a force in the shortest version of the game. Their batsmen are erratic and inconsistent with lack of regard for technique. There has to be two guys in a team's top order whom you can bank on in all kinds of conditions. Pakistan has none. However strong your bowling is, it is going to have an off day from time to time…Good players are going to sort out the doosras and mistery balls from time to time…Pakistan will never be able to win anything consistently unless they develop a decent batting order whom they can trust in all conditions.

Posted by DC75 on (April 2, 2014, 3:43 GMT)

I was expecting a much closer match than this but it was all over in the first 6 overs of Pak batting. I cannot understand how a sub continent team can be all at sea against spin bowling - 6/26 (Narine and Badree) is unbelievable stats against any sub continent team.The only thing that comes any where close for comparison is the returns of Monty and Swann against India in Mumbai test, that is the key point that was a test on rank turner, this is a T20 on slow turning wicket - not unplayable at all. Pakistan needs to drop passengers from the team - K Akmal, Shoib Malik for sure. I am indian fan and am happy for WI but I am disappointed by Pak batting at the same time.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 3:30 GMT)

Well played, West Indies! You showed the value of never saying die. Pakistan showed their immaturity by not being able to handle the pressure. By the way, I am a Pakistan fan.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 3:19 GMT)

Correction: Pakistan was consumed by entry of Kamran Akmal and other tried and tested failures like Shoaib Malik & Sohail Tanwir. Pakistani team was doing fine and there was no need to contaminate it with the injection of Kamran Akmal et el

Posted by tashan329 on (April 2, 2014, 3:16 GMT)

Saed Ajmal is not the best spinner in this tournament. He is not in top 10. Mishra, Narine, Ashwin, Badree, Muirhead, Herath, Mendis, Senanayaka, Tahir and a few from the associates, all bowled a lot better then Ajmal.

Posted by fahim-akhter on (April 2, 2014, 2:48 GMT)

Job well done by Akmals & Malik together, as captain said Akmal did a really good keeping in t20 2014, now I got to know why he's professeor

Posted by RajeshNaik on (April 2, 2014, 2:45 GMT)

It is a team that flatters to deceive. They keep shifting between good and mediocre. But I always enjoy seeing them lose. People lie Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal are contributing to pak's losses in big way. Well Pakistan, keep playing them and keep losing, I enjoy it anyway.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (April 2, 2014, 2:45 GMT)

One can't just put the blame on the batsmen only. Look at our much hypped spin bowling. Where as Saeed Ajmal (4 wkts) Afridi (4 wkts) Zulfikar (4 wkts) Hafeez ( 1 wkt) altogether failed to make any impact, Imran Tahir ( 11 wkts) Badree (10 wkts) Mishra (9 wkts) Ashwin (7 wkts) Herath ( 5 wkts in one match) are the real spin deals in as many matches. While Saeed Ajmal got blasted for 7,50 and non other had an economy under 6, Badree, Narine, Mishra, Herathetc all bowled with an economy of about 5. Actually, our spinners were not better than a single prominent spinner who played this tournament. Even Mendis, Jadeja and Shakib gave better performances than all the Pakistan spinners.

Posted by rayinto on (April 2, 2014, 2:24 GMT)

Pakistan let down their fans- the last 5 overs in the West Indian innings and their lack of application when batting. If they had batted sensible they were fully capable of getting the 166 runs.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 2:07 GMT)

When this West Indies side turns up, there is no one in the world that can beat them in T20 currently. WI has turned up in there last 3 matches. Lets hope they stay.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 1:36 GMT)

Simple answer, there is no depth, confidence or discipline in the the side, and that is primarily because of the way the cricket board is managed, the same way at the rest of the country is managed, on an ad-hoc basis. The lack of mental strength is telling, and one wonders, what is the cause of it? Why the sudden lack of confidence?

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 1:31 GMT)

The West Indies played like West Indies we knew 30 to 40 years ago.

West Indies produces a very strong T 20 side. They will be like that for a very long time, simply because that is how the 'back yard and road side cricket' is played. It is 'Hit and Run' all the way.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 23:42 GMT)

I could never see Pakistan winning the World Cup. Reason # 1 is their captain whose body language and pre and post match comments show negativity more often than not. Top that off with two absolutely unjustified selections of Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik. Not to mention persistence with them despite repeated failures. That is a perfect recipe for disaster. Till politics plays a predominant role in team selection and cricket administration in Pakistan, expect more of the same from Pakistan cricket.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 23:18 GMT)

Pathetic death bowling. Gul has completely lost it. Cannot find the yorker length. Ajmal had a bad day. Batting was awful. Malik and K Akmal flopped in Champions trophy and here again as did Hafeez. Build batting line up around Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad. Sharjeel should have played if malik wasn't going to bowl . Fawad Alam should play in all three formats. Try Hammad and Babar Azam and Haris Sohail.

Posted by CricketAficionado on (April 1, 2014, 23:16 GMT)

I guess, pak were completely rattled by bravo and sammy's onslaught. All along until 15'th over they were expecting a target of 130 or less which they would feel comfortable to chase. but top order just threw the wickets away, it was quite clear they felt that the target was out of their reach. Its lack self belief in chasing. look at India's case, they are pretty confident of chasing whatever the opposition throws at them (of course in subcontinent). Its not that easy to hold the nerves and construct the innings while chasing, that is precisely the same reason, i feel Virat Kohli is worlds apart from the majority of the cricketers. This Pakistan performance doesn't reflect their actual talent and ability, they got used to set targets and defend them with their impressive bowling, but here on wards they got to be more positive and they need to bat second if they win the toss n get used to the pressure while batting second in bilateral series, that will come good in bigger tournaments.

Posted by indianzen on (April 1, 2014, 23:15 GMT)

What else can you expect having Afridi, Gul, Kamran in the playing XI ? Consistent players should have been given more priority...

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 22:57 GMT)

Oh dear......not again! Now we'll have watch the Indians win the trophy again

Posted by cricketforpeace on (April 1, 2014, 22:56 GMT)

As an Indian cricket fan, I am disappointed that Pakistan could not make it to the semi-finals. I have always appreciated good cricket and I know the Pakistan fans have been badly let down. Mercurial as the team may be, I was expecting Pakistan to beat West Indians. My feeling is that the composition of the team was not proper. Secondly, the desire to win seems to have somewhat disappeared. Selecting Shaoib Malik and K Akmal was a big mistake. My best wishes for an improved and more consistent performance by Pakistan at the next World T20. From an Indian fan.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 22:21 GMT)

These kind of things happen in cricket, Pakistan should have played responsibly, but at the end of the day it is a mental game and it gets to each and everyone of us. Complimeted with that Look at the score from England, Australia, and Newzealand, all under 100 batting 2nd in the innings. Surely, there Is some juice in the pitch in the 2nd innings. I don't know about the pitch report, I feel there is an issue with batting 2nd in terms of the conditions. I could be wrong. At the end of the day, it's just cricket and the best team happened to be the windies won. I feel a bit disappointed , as I thought Pakistan might make it to the semi's.

Posted by amumtaz on (April 1, 2014, 22:16 GMT)

Certain players like Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez have outlived their usefulness. They need to be dropped permanently to give a chance to the likes of Sharjeel, Fawad Alam, Hammad Azam, Bilalwal Bhatti, and others

Posted by pipsonian on (April 1, 2014, 22:12 GMT)

Awesome and awful within space of couple of weeks. I never give up on Pakistan but when i got up this morning i had a feeling that there is something this drastic around the corner. I don't know why i had that feeling.

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