Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Harare

Zimbabwe chase history amid gloom

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August 28, 2013

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Brendan Taylor congratulates Hamilton Masakadza after the latter reached his half-century, Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Harare, August 27, 2013
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Zimbabwe's shock win in the first ODI was their first against Pakistan in 15 years, but now the beleaguered team has a chance to go one better - a win in one of the remaining two matches will give Zimbabwe their first bilateral series win against a top side since beating New Zealand 2-1, 12 years ago. The win on Tuesday gave Zimbabwe a chance to celebrate amid the gloom; a series win would inject some much-needed faith.

Zimbabwe coach Andy Waller said the success was the fruit of two months of hard work, during which the team has attempted to fine-tune its game plan of the top order making sure they lay the platform for the stroke-makers in the middle order. The manner in which the top three handled the chase in the first part exemplified the team's methods and Zimbabwe will pin their hopes on the three to do the same at least one more time.

The batting plan has seemed to work in the last few matches and the bowling has been steady for the conditions, but Zimbabwe need to focus some attention on the fielding. Once one of the best fielding sides, Zimbabwe's fielding has withered away. Had they taken all the chances that came their way on Tuesday, they could have restricted Pakistan to an even lower score. Waller said that one of his goals is to take Zimbabwe's fielding to the level it used to be in the '90s and the team is working hard towards it, but poor performances during the matches pull the team back.

The fielding didn't hurt Zimbabwe on Tuesday as Pakistan made a few errors of their own. Apart from losing the tempo during their batting and the sloppy fielding towards the end of the match, Pakistan misread the pitch and batted first on a surface that Masakadza later said "gets better in the afternoon". They are armed with the knowledge now and Zimbabwe expect Pakistan to come back harder at them. But Pakistan can be the most beatable of the top sides and unbeatable on the same day. They are the Harvey Dent of cricket: which side turns up on a day seems to be a result of an imaginary coin toss.

In the spotlight

Zimbabwe's openers, Hamilton Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda, have been batting together since their school days and that familiarity with each other helped them focus during their century partnership on Tuesday. Masakadza later said that they talked about how their stand was going to be critical for the team's chances in the chase. The two negated Pakistan's bowlers with ease and that opening stand will again be crucial to Zimbabwe's chances.

It wasn't long ago that Shahid Afridi, on his comeback trail, ripped through West Indies with bat and ball. Since that explosive performance, Afridi has gone into a shell. He hardly caused a flutter with the bat in the first ODI when the team needed some late push, while his bowling lacked zip and he was taken for easy runs. Pakistan would hope the allrounder doesn't wait to fire till his place in the side is in doubt again.

Team news

Pakistan's bowling lacked incisiveness on a pitch that flattened out later in the day, so they could consider bringing in Abdur Rehman in place of a batsman.

Pakistan (possible) 1 Nasir Jamshed, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Umar Amin, 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Haris Sohail/Abdur Rehman, 8 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 9 Saeed Ajmal, 10 Junaid Khan, 11 Mohammad Irfan

Zimbabwe are unlikely to disturb the team combination that won them a historic match.

Zimbabwe (possible): 1 Vusi Sibanda, 2 Hamilton Masakadza, 3 Brendan Taylor (capt & wk), 4 Timycen Maruma , 5 Malcolm Waller, 6 Sean Williams, 7 Elton Chigumbura, 8 Tendai Chatara, 9 Prosper Utseya, 10 Brian Vitori, 11 Tinashe Panyangara

Stats and trivia

  • Eleven times in the last 10 years, Zimbabwe openers have registered century stands. Eight of those have involved either Hamilton Masakadza or Vusi Sibanda.
  • If Shahid Afridi's epic show against West Indies is taken out, he has 163 runs and three wickets from 10 matches this year.

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Posted by QAMRUL07 on (August 29, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

every one says pakistan have very good talented youngster. But when they come in national level they fail to perform well why. i didn't saw any such player who perform consistently like VIRAT KOHLI, ASHWIN ETC.

Posted by ammar7may on (August 29, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

With 6 spinners (and replacements also spinners), how can you pressurize the opponents. 240 or under 200 are still good total from current Pakistan batting, but nobody is there to create pressure like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar could do after taking wicket, whenever they were given ball. The wicket taking ability of these bowlers (Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar) helped other players to take wickets and rely on low scores, and then groom and become great. Now, no Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar or similar bowler... And even we don't expect them for next 5-6 years as recent talent hunt camp in Pakistan could not find any bowler having pace more than 135 km/h. I am expecting similar ups and downs with Pakistan team next 10 years as well. However, Australia will grow back and become threatening in 2 years maximum, because they has 3-4 wicket taking pacers (all now young and inexperienced, but will get experience in 2-3 years). Change plans....

Posted by shaantanu on (August 29, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

Afridi is a iconic player but how responsible is he.with great power comes greater responsibility.he has been given the power(being selected even after non performances)its time he showed some responsibility.......in my view razzaq was a better performer,God knows why he has been sidetracked.........time pakistan bloods some youngester to replace Afridi.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (August 29, 2013, 7:17 GMT)

Main reason of PAk batting failure..Ahmed Shehzad & Nasir are not playing their natural game.Plus Misbah is not changing at all despite the fact that whole world is asking him to score fast runs but he wont budge..Also i dont understand what's the role of Whatmore here..HE should be kicked out of the team.Pak batting has declined so much after Whatmore joined us..

Posted by ZCFOutkast on (August 29, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

No doubt Pakistan will look to hit back with a vengeance today. They have enough quality to do just. That toss call in the first game cost them dearly, Zim have just won the toss today and will bowl. The Pak batsmen will be forced to attack so they can set a target beyond Zimbabwe's reach, but the questions are - will they be able to do so while avoiding collapsing, and an even bigger question is can Misbah continue his streak and match Andy Flower, Sachin&Ponting's five consecutive fifties? He will need that record if Pakistan are to do well here, but in truth, he's due to fail. Hope that's today.

Big chase on the cards, Taylor should be tired from his clumsy keeping so let's see some imagination from Andy Waller. Send in Williams&Malcolm at 3&4 respectively to show what they're really made of, with Taylor,Chigumbura&Maruma to follow in that order.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

lolx now Pakistan fans want Shoaib Malik in the team again please anybody ell me when he last scored a 50 in an Odi.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

A victory for ZIMBABWE, which was well deserved, so congrats to them

For Pakistan, only 1 sentence

"Play the game you people are famous for and rip through the RED SHIRTS"

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 6:59 GMT)

Misbah has ruined Pak cricket, he will not let any player settled in the team or he always support un-merited players. I as Pakistani knows we have lot of good players wasted. Player like U.Akmal or Abdul Razzaq In and Out everytime, but hafeez will be their Hafeez the worst player only know to score against Zim/Ban i don't think he will do anything even in UAE against S.A Misbah plz get rid now your lose confidence impact is on whole team and it will last after 2 years of your retirement. We need aggressive captain either he is a junior cricketer. Misbah play his game but why he force other to play like him otherwise you will be out in next game. Cricket now a days is different Mr. Misbah

Posted by Solid_Snake on (August 29, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

@GRVJPR:Lol enjoy the current series..I hope you will enjoy the SA tour as well :P

Posted by GRVJPR on (August 29, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

India beat zimbabwe 5-0 despite sending their B team. On the other hand zim is giveng pakistan a run for their life. Really enjoying it.

Posted by chaksiipm on (August 29, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

One of the prime thing to notice in misbah batting he can make you reach to a decent respectable target rather than a winning score.They are still in mid 90s they have the player to raise tempo but consistency is missing.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 5:58 GMT)

I simply can not understand the approach of our Captain towards the game. He is very much on the defensive, takes unnecessary pressure on himself and give the same to the others. Ahmed Shehzad was the same player who played handsomely and with ease in the T20s and became the man of series. But here in the ODIs when he is under the captaincy of Misbah-ul-haq, he feels or made feel reluctant to play his natural game. On the other hand Nasir Jamshed, to me, is wasting himself he is an ideal player on the on side best player of pull, hook, leg glance but when it comes to play the off drive, cut shot or mid/off, he CAN NOT play shots there.he needs to work on this particular area. Haris Sohail has disappointed me a lot, heard lot of him but turn nothing in the end, replacing Saeed with Abd-ur-rahman is surely a good idea. and we must play a relatively sound batsman in place of Haris Sohail.

Nasir Shehzad Hafeez Misbah Ameen Maqsood Afridi Sarfaraz Rahman Asad Ali Junaid Khan But Misbah :)

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 5:56 GMT)

Well , Zimbabwe have to crack this somehow .... Taylor needs to be at his best... We all know he's a class batsman and want to see him perform....

Posted by THOR7 on (August 29, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

This is clearly not the Pakistani brand of cricket! This is not the way Pakistanis play cricket... When did the last time Pakistan had openers who had a strike rate below 100? Guys like Anwar, Salim Malik, Ijaz Ahmed all had far better strike rates than the new lot... What on earth has happened to guys like Imran Nazir? I really don't understand this new tactic of not attacking the opposition... Can someone explain please????

Posted by mohdmajiduddin on (August 29, 2013, 5:45 GMT)

1-shahid afridi,2-nasir jamshed,3-haris sohail,4-misbah,5-umar akmal,6-asad shafiq,7-hafeez,8-ajmal,9-junaid,10-riaz,11-irfan. give shahid afridi responsibility for the start nasir jamshed should play half the overs with sohail misbah stabilize the inning akmal,asad,hafeez will gear up the inning

Posted by npc_cricketlover on (August 29, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

afridi is the most over-rated player in this world. He does a one man show in one out of 40 matches and he still finds place in the squad. Allrounders like Abdul razzak are the need of the hour.....

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 5:12 GMT)

I think Pakistan should bring kamran akmal or adnan akmal and play 3 fast bowlers 1)haffez 2)shehzad3) jamshed 4) misbah 5)shafiq 6) afride 7) kamran 8) ajmal 9) riaz 10) irfan 11) junaid

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 5:00 GMT)

I think pak should dropped afridi in future which is good for pak..best playing 11 1 hafez 2 nasir 3 sad shafiq 4 misbha 5 umer amin 6 shoib malik 7 umar akmal(wk) 8 gul 9 irfan 10 junaid 11 ajmal

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 4:31 GMT)

My Team 1) Hafeez 2) Jamshed 3) Shoaib Malik 4) Harris Sohail 5) Miabah Ul Haq 6) Fawad Alam 7) Mohammad Rizwan 8) Zulfiqar Babar 9) Junaid Khan 10) Mohammad Irfan

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 4:25 GMT)

Harris Sohail, Shoaib Maqsood, Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, Usman Salhaudin, Mohammed Riwan. Yet they say we dont have batting in Pakistan. SMH!

Posted by Anti_ZCFOutkast on (August 29, 2013, 3:39 GMT)

Zimbabwe, under the expert coaching of Andy Waller have a great chance to secure a series victory tomorrow. Let's hope Maruma and Utseya are replaced however as they have been under performing as of late.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 3:28 GMT)

For it's the need of the time to back Misbah (who has proved his worth) if want to improve Pak-Cric and want to appear respectfully in 2015 WC.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 2:43 GMT)

i donot know why the team pakistan is gambling with umar amin, bring back razzak in the place of harris n replace wicket keeper

Posted by TeamSelector on (August 28, 2013, 23:04 GMT)

Pakistan have two problems they need to address asap. First, they need a "Razzak" type player & secondly they need a Batsman/Keeper.This is a team that can only carry three bowlers (along with three allrounders). Here's a team for the future:- 1-Shehzad, 2-Jamshed, 3-Hafeez, 4-Misbah, 5-Shafiq, 6-Umar Akmal(wk), 7-Hammad Azam, 8-Fawad Alam, 9-Ajmal, 10-Junaid, 11-Irfan.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 22:22 GMT)

Hafeez should open for Pakistan, which means either jamshed or Shehzad will be dropped according to what i am saying i think they should drop jamshed bring rehman in

M.Hafeez, A.Shehzad, U.Amin,Misbah,H.Sohail, S.Afrdi, S.Ahmed, A.Rehman,S.Ajmal,J.Khan,M,Irfan

we need consistent middle order players who can hit and make partnerships playing sensibly

my dream team odi xi for this year

Hafeez,Jamshed/Shehzad (depending on their form), Haris Sohail,Misbah,S.Maqsood,U.Akmal, H.Azam,S.Afridi, J.Khan,M.Irfan,S.Ajmal

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 22:12 GMT)

Agree with Engr Zia 100%.

Posted by am5786 on (August 28, 2013, 20:21 GMT)

Umar Amin need to step up a 12 Test average and 13 ODI average not gonna help Pakistan middle order. I don't understand why Sohaib Maqsood has to go back to Pakistan even with a very good T20 performance. Team should have him stayed there for ODI or even for Test after watching his performances in ODI who know we may get a good middle order.

Posted by t20cric on (August 28, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

I'm not sure why people are saying that Pakistan need young players 10 players in the ODI squad (U. Akmal included) are under 30 so thats a pretty young team. The problem is that they don't select the right young guys sohaib maqsood could replace afridi and fawad alam should be able to find a place on this team easily. Mohammad Rizwan should replace Sarfraz as wicketkeeper and Umar Akmal should be in the team for his batting alone. Nasir and Ahmed should try to play there natural aggresive game. With this squad I think the best team is 1.Nasir Jamshed, 2.Ahmed Shehzad, 3. Harris Sohail, 4.Mohammad Hafeez, 5.Misbah-ul-haq, 6.Anwar Ali, 7.Shahid Afridi, 8.Sarfraz Ahmed, 9.Saeed Ajmal/Abdur Rehman, 10.Junaid Khan, 11.Mohammad Irfan. If someone other than Sarfraz in these 11 could wicketkeep then Umar Amin could keep his spot on the team.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

if pak want to win matches then we need impact players like umer akmal, sohaib maqsood etc, otherwise we can't win even against zimbabwe by scoring 220 to 240. misbah is not a match winner, he remain notout but still pakistan can't cross 250 against zimbanwe. often he bats 35 overs but still has no 100 tells the story itself. he is test captain, not a oneday captain, too much defensive, if you are afraid of losing you can't win. he plays for himself to maintain his average, not to win a match, if pak won 1 match due to him then lose 5 due to him as well.

Posted by ibrahimpirpiai on (August 28, 2013, 19:14 GMT)

I dont know why everbody is blamming Shahid Afridi, In last series he won two matches for Pakistan in ODI, and 1 match of T20. He is not that type of palyer to score centuries, he is a type of palyer who will perform in 2 out of 5 matches and will grab the match from the opponent. So please stop balmming Shahid Afridi and pray for the comeback of Abdulrazzaq from now and PCB shoudl think and plan for 2015 WC.............Thanks for reading my comment

Posted by Crickeyboy07 on (August 28, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

All I want is to Zimbabwe win this series, I am a Pakistan fan but want them to lose the series so that selector can open their eyes and give chances to Young and fresh blood into the team not for bench warming... Is Fawad alam injured, If no then why they are not considering him into the team..

He can be test as a opener, very good in picking gaps and rotating strike.. Ahmad Shehzad is a very good talent but only for T20, ODI is not his cup of tea..

Is there any chances of comeback for Razzaq before 2015 worldcup or shall we consider his International career is over..

Afridi is good for nothing, he can be try at opening if he hit good for pak or else everyone knows the result.. niether he is good at no 7 position, so why not test him as a opening in the powerplay overs..

Would like to see more of Umar amin, Haris sohail, Sohaib maqsood, fawad alam..

Pak team need Misba till 2015 worldcup, either as a captain or non-captain - His service will be very useful for pak team..

Posted by sam25mehra on (August 28, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

The idea of young pak team is definitely right but there r not too many wetterns in the team. Atleast team have 5 to 6 young players. They will learn how 2 play out of home from their seniors. So team combination is right, however, not so strong, but how can u forget those t20 wins. If zimbabve won a single match from pak after 15 years of gap then why are u crying so badly, console urself from their happy faces after that win & chill. Pak will fight back. So enjoy the cricket rather than making issues. Happy cricket ti all cricket lovers ---- with love from sam.

Posted by Karthik78 on (August 28, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

Not sure why Afridi is there. He is a kind of player who plays one in 10 matches. If he hit, it may either catch or six and his bowling is low standard to Pakistan. So it is better to give chance to younger player to create good standard team instead of high risk Afridi.

Posted by spellbinder76 on (August 28, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

Pakistan has not produced any international standard cricket player after Inzimam, Saeed Anwar, Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Akhtar, Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal. The rerason is that proper playing facilities are only available in Lahore while the rest of the country is deprived of proper playing conditions and facilities. Unless they have a healthy competition with equal opportunities the standard cannot improve. PCB always talks of merit but only on paper. Talent like Fawad Alam is allowed to rot while sifarshi like Faisal Iqbal, Imran Farhat, Wahab Riaz and Adnan Akmal are on most tours with nothing to show as merit.

Posted by Troyd on (August 28, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

Amazing how one result can change perspectives. Suddenly all is well in Zimbabwe Cricket? As a Zimbabwe fan this was beautiful to watch, however I cant help but think it is nothing more than a wonderful flash in the pan. As a big picture i would like to see ICC support the Associates better so its not such a step into the financial wilderness to be part of them, and then see a relegation/promotion going on between bottom Test and top Associate. I would be happy watching Zim spend a few year playing Ireland and Afghanistan a bit more, get a few more victories, while we widen and deepen our player base - and then when we are good enough, we return. There is always WC to play in, and some of the T20 Leagues for our better players..

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (August 28, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

I am sure pak will lose the series because of old horses, it would have been fun had they sent a young team, even if they lost but we might have un-earthed some fresh talented players like Inzi, Anwar and Imran.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

Misbah scored 83 off 85 and people are still saying that it was because of his selfishness that Pakistan lost. Really!!! Name a batsman in our side that we can trust? There is no one, even Hafeez's average of under 30 tells it all. Nasir Jamshed is not self assured and Umarl Amin and Harris Sohail has just started their career and they need someone responsible at the crease to take the pressure. I also cannot understand people saying that we should drop Misbah and include young blood as if Shahzad, Nasir, Umar and Harris Sohail are not young. Our Bowlers apart from Afridi and Ajmal are also not mature enough. So a team with only 4 experienced players(Afridi, Ajmal, Hafeez and Misbah) cannot afford to lose its most reliable player who is fighting a lone battle each time he comes to play.

Posted by mzm149 on (August 28, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

The thought that Zimbabwe will win the series is equivalent to that sun will rise from west tomorrow.For all those who are against Nasir Jamshed, they must keep in mind that he has second best average after Misbah in the entire squad. Learn from other teams who make their players by giving them chances instead of dropping them after one or two bad games. Examples are duPlessis, Rohit Sharma, David Warner, Shane Watson and Eoin Morgan etc. Why are coaches there if they cannot help a struggling player. He had some talent that he scored two consecutive centuries against India at their home and had a good series against Australia in UAE and a good Asia Cup and World T20. How many chances did Misbah get before coming into form? Hafeez and Afridi have been part of the team for ages and they perform once in a year. How many chances were given to Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Umar Gul and Imran Farhat were given before they were thrown out.

Posted by roook on (August 28, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

Pakistan cannot have a decent replacements safraz was sent for akmal and did some pathetic batting. Secondly it was amusing to see that nasir jamshad, haris were worst fielder i have ever seen.

Posted by IAS2009 on (August 28, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

misbah captaincy to blame for this debacle, it was bad move to bat first in Zimbabwe, look at India ODI, even with India explosive batting they struggled and lost many wickets in the early stahes but they have good explosive batting at 4,5,6 and 7 position, and we have misbah in middlle orde, he makes every one a tortoise playing with him , no sharp singles only tuk tuk. Pakistan should have send a young side to Zimbabwe who can play without fear of loosing, you loos it any way with poor defensive technique.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (August 28, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

Pakistan team for world cup 2015 : Sharjeel Khan, Ahmad Shahzad, Umar Akmal(wc), Umar Amin, Sohaib Maqsood, S. Afridi (c), Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan, Syed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, M. Irfan. Reserves : Nasir Jamshed, Zia-ul-Haq, Rameez Raja Jr, Ahmad Jamal, Wahab Riaz, M. Nawaz, Sadaf Hussain and Harris Sohail. If Pakistan selectors start playing theses payers now, I bet Pakistan can be world beaters. What do you say friends ?

Posted by spoil_boy on (August 28, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

Ahmed Shezad and Nasir Jamshed played so many dot balls.They need to show more intent and play their natural game i.e to play aggresively.

Posted by Chaudry_Cricket on (August 28, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

@96NotOut ... As a batsman Misbah deserves appreciation but as a captain he is spineless for example look at clarke even on the last day of the ashes 5th test he tried to force a result he had that fighter attitude which as a captain Misbah lacks.

But I think he can continue as a senior batsman in the team but we should have a new captain.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (August 28, 2013, 14:05 GMT)

Pakistan preparing for world cup 2015 and hoping to perform on Australian tracks, what a joke. Pakistan need to get rid of the grand fathers of cricket, Misbah, Hafeez and Afridi should retire voluntarily and players like Sohaib Maqsood, Sharjeel Khan, Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan and Rameez Raja jr should be selected.

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

Move Timycen Maruma out of the team

Posted by maria_01 on (August 28, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

for me pakistan has lost the series, if they do not play attacking cricket against zim then against which country they show aggression. can any one tell me, is umar umin a better technique cricketer than sohaib maqsood...feeling sorry for sohaib maqsood..nasir jamshed has got so many chances, he has to be replaced by some other opener but alas pcb has not produced and develped any other opener

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (August 28, 2013, 12:50 GMT)

time for Misbah to take retirement. Sohaib Maqsood deserves a chance

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

A very shocking, surprising and calculated victory by Zimbabwean. Congratulation to them. Actually Pakistan, to utter surprise of Taylor and many others took batting first on the pitch which could be beneficiary to bowling in the first half. Secondly Hafeez rapid pace can't be followed by others. Even Misbah's run rate should be over 120+ at the end, he was almost run-a-ball which was however helpful, but post a total which Zimbabwe always felt under chase, which was so in the end. I thought once that sending Maruma again-and-again up in the order could be proved fatal yesterday and it was almost done but the heroics of Williams denied it. I think Misbah's captaincy was also not upto the mark, Hafeez could have done much better. All in all a great and deserving win for Zimbabwe and more threat for the rest of the ODI's for Pakistan.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (August 28, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

time for a young agressive captain. Drop Misbah and include Sohaib Maqsood instead.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (August 28, 2013, 12:47 GMT)

Why is Misbah so selfish ? he plays for himself and not for the team. Please retire

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (August 28, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

another defeat because of Misbah, please change him as captain, we need an aggressive captain. He is good for test. Misbah pleaseeeeeee retire from ODI's, thanks.

Posted by 96NotOut on (August 28, 2013, 12:46 GMT)

@Jave Rana and Chaudry_Cricket: I agree, we need that to happen. I don't really care much for Zim, but Pak need to realize their position. But, Chaudry, do you really still think Misbah should leave? He deserves more appreciation.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (August 28, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

it is long time due now, Pak needs to change Misbah form ODI's he is goood for test cricket. He is not a role model for aggressive players like Shahzad, Jamshed etc, he moulds them into defensive approach, he islike a virus. He is plaguing the team with negativity, and we need to address it sooner than later. He scored 85 of 90 balls but does anyone know he should have made atleast 125 of those 90 balls, he batted defensively even on a placid track, it was a 350 track. His defensive approach early on cost us the run out of Amin and then Afridi and then the rash shot from Harris. He is totally responsible for the defeat.

Posted by aminur3095 on (August 28, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

The main problem was the the decision at the toss. Absolutely wrong decision was taken there. Playing Haris Sohail in the late middle order will never bring good fruits. Give him chance in no-4 or 5, otherwise don't destroy his confidence by playing him in the late middle order. And it's high time for Afridi to quit with respect. It will be better for him and the team also.

Posted by Buckers97 on (August 28, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

I hope Zimbabwe get up for the sake of their country and I hope the test series is close, but Pakistan, if you do lose the odi series, take it easy ok. Don't go being all weird just because you lose to Zimbabwe. It's got to happen for the good of world cricket.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (August 28, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

No way Chigumbura should be batting 7 he's one of the most destructive batsman around totally wasted there.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 12:25 GMT)

i am missing razzaq if he was there we have a hitter at last number

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

Despite being Pakistani fan I would love to see Zimbabwe win the series. 1) It'll be a reality check for team Pakistan and 2) the confidence and the faith Zimbabwe will gain from this series win will go far with them on the other hand it'll push Pakistan to reflect on their plans for the WC and make tough decisions if necessary.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

Rehman instead of batsman? mean 1 more spinner on these sort of wickets? Depending too much on spin may not work all the time.

well there are many who sholdnt be in and some one else should be in like sarfraz, maqsood, umar akaml etc etc. But talking from current squad, i think they are playing umar amin as allrounder, which he is not. so give a chance to anwar ali as he is the only option left in squad. and may be sohail tanveer in for 1 of junaid khan / M irfan.

Other than that there are not much options left in squad. only batsman sitting out is asad shafiq.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

Afridi should have to perform well because if the Lala does not perform then it will be very shameful for us

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

@faizan hayat khan: writer said epic show taken out. referring to 1st odi vs WI where he took 7 wickets and 88 runs.

Posted by Chaudry_Cricket on (August 28, 2013, 10:56 GMT)

Good luck Zimbabwe I hope you beat us and then I pray that someone in the circus known as the PCB realises we need to bring in a new team managment and a new captain to replace the spineless Misbah and Whatmore duo.

(It hurts to want your team to lose but for the long tern its best we do lose).

Posted by MustansirMukhi on (August 28, 2013, 10:44 GMT)

Sarfaraz Ahmed seems a total liability with the bat in his hand. He was completely out of sorts in the finishing stages of the batting. He is decent with the gloves but he/we should understand that now is an era where keepers are supposed to be accomplished batsmen. Prior, Sangakkara, Dhoni, Karthik, Brendon Taylor, Haddin,Wade, De Villiers are few examples. If i am not mistaken, Ahmed Shahzad can keep wickets...why not try him...we need to work on our batting line up other wise even the fishes (lower ranked teams) will start to prey the sharks (higher ranked team - Pakistan). Its time we have aggressive batsmen in the line up and the calming influence of Misbah around them.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

your stats and trivia is wrong shahid afridi only took 10 wickets from west indies series and and he played more games as well and secondly he scored 239 in 11 MATCHES :P

Posted by PPL11 on (August 28, 2013, 10:34 GMT)

Good luck to both Zim and Pak may the best team on the day win !!

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