Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Harare

Hafeez helps Pakistan draw level

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

August 29, 2013

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Pakistan 299 for 4 (Hafeez 136*, Amin 59) beat Zimbabwe 209 (Taylor 79, Waller 40, Junaid 4-15) by 90 runs
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Mohammad Hafeez walks back after making an unbeaten 136, Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Harare, August 29, 2013
Mohammad Hafeez scored his second century in Harare © AFP
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With the series at stake, Pakistan hit back strongly by posting a total well beyond Zimbabwe's reach, thereby giving the final match greater context. Mohammad Hafeez led the way with an attacking, unbeaten 136 to lift Pakistan to 299, and although Zimbabwe had their moments in the chase, they failed to stretch Pakistan over a sustained period. A clump of wickets towards the end widened the gap between the two sides, as the margin of victory suggested.

Both sides, while batting, were removed from their comfort zones. Pakistan didn't have the safety net of a steady Misbah-ul-Haq innings for the other batsmen to bat around. A rare failure from Misbah gave Hafeez the chance to step up and guide the innings. Zimbabwe, for a change didn't have the luxury of a solid opening stand in the face of a daunting total, and the middle order couldn't cover the slack. Pakistan, though, responded better to the challenge.

Put in to bat, Pakistan had a better idea of the kind the score needed to intimidate a confident Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe were guilty of dropping catches in the first ODI but those let-offs, fortunately, didn't cost them in the end. While they were relatively better today, one lapse cost them plenty of runs. When on 30, Hafeez went for the slog sweep but as the ball dipped towards deep square leg, Brian Vitori was a touch too late on the dive. He couldn't hang on and Zimbabwe were made to rue the missed chance.

Hafeez's driving, flicking and defense against the seamers was solid and he used his feet against Prosper Utseya, lofting two sixes over long-on. He launched Elton Chigumbura over the same region as he progressed to his fifty off 65 balls. Following Misbah's departure - he limped to 3 off 23 balls - Pakistan had lost all their experienced batsmen, but Umar Amin stepped up to give Hafeez the support he needed. Amin looked busy at the crease, trying to push the singles and attempting the odd slog, looking on nervously at his senior partner who urged him to play straighter.

Amin opened up at the start of the batting Powerplay, taken in the 36th over, clipping Utseya wide of midwicket and then launching him over cover the next ball. He found the gaps with ease through the off side and reached his maiden fifty in ODIs off just 61 balls. Pakistan smashed 43 in the Powerplay without losing a wicket, setting the platform for their late-innings acceleration.

Amin was eventually run-out from a direct hit by Tendai Chatara, but not before adding a valuable 129 with Hafeez. Hafeez made sure his side didn't lose the initiative, like they did on Tuesday with a collapse, batting positively and finding the gaps. He had all but bettered his highest ODI score (139*), made on the same ground two years ago. A blazing cameo from Shahid Afridi took Pakistan to the doorstep of 300.

Hamilton Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda had, until this game, produced opening stands of 53, 50 and 107 so it was a relief for Pakistan that the openers disbanded early in the third over. Masakadza found early momentum with some powerful boundaries off Mohammad Irfan before he was beaten for pace by Junaid Khan, losing his off stump. Much depended on Brendan Taylor to lead the way. He and Sean Williams weren't afraid to take on the spinners, reverse sweeping them regularly. They targeted Pakistan's main bowler, Saeed Ajmal, in his first over, playing the conventional and reverse sweeps to give the chase some momentum.

Taylor kept Zimbabwe's hopes alive with a positive fifty - his first in 13 innings - and it got to the stage where Pakistan were in need of a breakthrough. Ajmal provided that when he beat an advancing Williams, getting him stumped. Taylor had added 70 with Williams and 65 with Malcolm Waller, but all along they failed to keep with the rising asking rate.

The slide started towards the end of the batting Powerplay - taken after 35 overs - when Taylor top-edged a sweep off Ajmal, only to be caught one-handed by the 7ft 1" Irfan. Any other fielder, it would have been a boundary. Zimbabwe lost three wickets for one run, as Junaid ran through the lower order. Zimbabwe were rolled over with more than seven overs to spare. The lack of a match-turning partnership hurt them in the end.

*1651 GMT, August 29: The article had said "Pakistan lost three wickets for one run, as Junaid ran through the lower order". This has been corrected.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Fineline on (August 30, 2013, 20:46 GMT)

First time in this year,Pakistan won the match without Misbah's help.If we look at the past,we will find Misbah scoring fifties regularly and winning matches.Misbah you are a real player of this team,no one can be as consistent as you.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

@Vaseem Siddiqui - Why Azhar Ali, Umar Amin and Nasir Jamshed given the chance to groom - why not Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam ........ were not given the chance to groom

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

Hafeez is good for nothing. He plays well against the teams like Ireland, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. Got a century here and now this is enough for the rest of the year. He will not score more than 100 in all the year now

Posted by ZCFOutkast on (August 30, 2013, 9:23 GMT)

I really don't know what to say about this game. Been struggling to get my head around how it gradually unfolded! It was expected that Pakistan would come back stronger & Misbah was due a failure, both of which happened. Hafeez should have been caught off Utseya, which would've left an easy 260 target but lazy Vitori did not oblige.

Contrary to stats&Junaid Khan's gods smiling on him - only Irfan improved&Ajmal was casually more effective, but other than them the attack posed little threat. It did not seem to me that Pakistan could defend 300 runs against us. However, Vusi, Hami, Taylor, Williams&Malcolm all threw it all away. Stupid dismissals! Vusi didn't even waste time pretending to be up for it, but why did they all even flatter to deceive! All they had to do was finish the job and the series was there for Zim's taking! Even the umpire pretty much chipped in gifting Chigumbura's wicket since everyone was being generous!

The result does not tell the real story. Something's amiss!

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

Against Zimbabwe both seniors Hafeez and Afridi performed well. What was pleasing was Afridi batted sensibly, he did not try to slog from the first ball he faced. However, both Hafeez and Afridi can only perform on an inconsistent basis and are weak against quality side. I therefore would be hesitant in playing both of them in ODI XI. My side would be: 1. Jamshed, 2. Shehzad (give him time), Azhar Ali (VC), 4. Umar Akmal, 5. Misbah (C), 6. Hafeez / Afridi, 7. Kamran (W/K), 8. Gul, 9. Wahab / Irfan, 10, Ajmal, 11. Junaid. Azhar must be groomed as a future captain of both Test and ODI teams. He should also be encouraged to bowl. There are also other young promising players and their opportunity will come once players like Misbah, Hafeez, Afridi, Ajmal, Kamran and Gul call it a day or dropped from the team for lack of performance. No ones position in the team is permanent and if better players come along than they should play.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

It came as no surprise that Hafeez made runs against Zimbabwe, he is an expert at scoring runs against minnows or on dead wickets. I would like to know what his average against good bowling sides such as South Africa, England, Australia and to lesser extend against West Indies and Newzealand. One of the main reason TEAM PAKISTAN did poorly in Champions Trophy was the inability of Hafeez to score runs at the top of the order against top quality bowling sides. However, I am glad youngsters like Junid Jamshed, Shehzad Ahmed and Umar Amin are being given opportunities to play for Pakistan. The other thing I cannot understand is why TEAM PAKISTAN are only playing with two fast bowlers in the side? The balance of the bowling attack does not look right and again what is the point of playing so many spinners and not giving opportunities to the young and promising fast bowlers in the squad?

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 7:25 GMT)

Let me sum up: Miabah 3 off 23. Afridi 39 off 23. R.I.P.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

@ESPNCRICINFO , nowadays in mactch report, your writer don't mention record which are created in match, for example which record is created and whichmis borken , please give statistics about century, fifty, partnership individual record..............

Posted by mani51214 on (August 30, 2013, 6:24 GMT)

well played by hafeez no doubt but Misbah id good captain for pakistan.Unluckely he can't perform in second ODI.but his consistency in batting is useful for pakistan.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

people speak about hafez will be better captain than misbah. true. but his failed batting again better teams is bcoz he is nt captain secondarily n primarily due to new swinging balls in initial overs. misbah wont be able to score half of hafiz runs at no 3 when openers usual out situation.hafiz shows footwork,counter attacks opponents but new ball dissmisses good batsmen as well.so he should rotate strike to survive on fast pitiches ,green pitches n wc aussi pitches firstly then can be unbeatable.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2013, 4:12 GMT)

Surey, Umer Akmal become much better and preferable option instead Sarfraz providing the team a match winning batsman and a wicket keeper of same standard what the alternates have.

Posted by crick_sucks on (August 30, 2013, 3:44 GMT)

the best part of watching this series on TV is that there is not a single commercial break. Not 1 ad in between. makes for good viewing. But bad for the boards. Zim is a minnow but what about paksitan? no one interested in sponsoring them?

Posted by BravoBravo on (August 30, 2013, 3:09 GMT)

I wouldn't criticize Mr. Hafeez, a century is a century especially when it is scored on a foreign soil, in a do or die situation. And the century is worth more when it is included in a winning match. I would give due credit to ZIM, as they are improving by each match. It is not that PAK played bad, but it is the fact that ZIM played with heart and soul. People have tendency to write off ZIM, BD but look at IND and NZ when it comes to WIN to LOSS ratio they are at the bottom of the pool in every format of the game even after playing for some 85+ years.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 23:19 GMT)

@Adil mazhar u mad bro first of all misbah is an absolute wonderful captain for pakistan even though he plays defensive he has saved pakistan in many situations mainly due to his batting and hafeez no doubt a good player with both bat and bowl but he has not shown consistency with his batting against top sides misbah is the right man to lead pakistan to the 2015 world cup he just needs to rotate better or else he a world class player simple as that and if u watch cricket than u would know misbah has scored the most runs for any batsmen in 2013 this shows his pedigree and u must be mad to think it is because of misbah we dont score big fool if it was not partially for misbah and our bowlers we might have lost against west indies

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 23:16 GMT)

I think the best player in this pakistan side is Sharfaraz Ahmed. Pakistan, where did you find this player? What a talent he is? He is the best wicket keeper batsman I ever seen in my life. Luckily he did get the chance to bat today otherwise Zimbabwe could win this match too.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 22:40 GMT)

The reason Pakistan made 299 is because Misbah only faced 23 balls. The less balls he faces the greater the chance of Pakistan making a high score. Great innings from Mohammed Hafeez and well supported by Umar Amin hopefully this innings will make him believe he belongs in the side and a good cameo by Afridi at the end. Also good to see Junaid back among the wickets was in vad patch of form.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 22:17 GMT)

Vijay can u tell what is batting average of Indian players against aus,sa,uk :@

Posted by Ahmad1121 on (August 29, 2013, 21:56 GMT)

If Misbah is not on the crease then the young players can actually groom and play their natural game. Amin had played couple of good innings so far in his short career but have done nothing if Misbah was on the other side. as I always say and I strongly Believe that all of Pakistan's batting problems could end if Misbah is out.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 21:55 GMT)

Get Misbah out early and win the game, as simple as that. Even if we score 150 there is a chance to win if there is no Misbah's innings shadow on the team. He really goes nowhere with his efforts. Gets himself a 50 and thinks he has done his job. Hafeez on the other hand, can be a better captain than Misbah, although his performance against better teams is in question. Shocked to hear the statement at the press conference " we were looking for 260 odd runs" are you serious? Who goes in with that mindset against a weaker team, knowing how easily they chased the target of 244. Good luck to both teams for the next game, hopefully Pakistan takes the series inshallah:)

Posted by santhoo24 on (August 29, 2013, 21:43 GMT)

congrats team Pakistan, well played Zimbabwe. Scoring 300 in first innings in Zimbabwe is not easy, so special praise is in order for Pak batsmen. Good luck to both teams for the next game.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 21:16 GMT)

And the lesson we learn from todays batting performance is .... Keep Misbah out of the crease and everyone will bat well. LOL ,,,, Idk if anyone else notices it but for a perfect example Umar Amin had played couple of really cool innings so far in his short career and he got some serious potential, nice strokes but any time if Misbah is on the other end a young batsman cannot play their natural game. Misbah consume too many balls, puts a pressure on other batsmen, doesn't rotate the strike. Our batting will never get better as long as Misbah is in the line up. I'm not even going to comment about Hafeez performance, he is minnow basher but at least he doesn't put pressure on other young batsmen and Amin was able to play his natural game.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 20:47 GMT)

Nice c0me Back bY M.Hafeez after a few yearS in ODI's... !!!!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 29, 2013, 20:36 GMT)

Okay.. now that Pakistan have won. Their fans will claim everything is okay with this inconsistent team. I see a lot of flaws within the Pakistani setup and it's not just their batting woes. First of all, some of their players are simply not world class. Apart from Saeed Ajmal, Misbah, and young Shahzad, the rest are average players. Shahid Afridi should retire this time for real ! Hafeez knows only to score against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. The middle order batting is a joke and the list goes on. The bowlers can't save this team often. This Pakistani team will be found out against superior teams. We already seen that in the Champions Trophy.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 19:53 GMT)

what about sachin tendulkar hamza1982 ????

Posted by Chaudry_Cricket on (August 29, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

Finally got rid of the ridiculous notion that if Misbah does not score 'then pakistan would not score 100'.

'THE KING OF MINNOW BASHING' Hafeez scores against Zimbabwe and people declaring him as a good batsman 'Funny'.

Good to see Umar Amin amongst the runs the way he settled himself whilst picking easy singles and then he upped the ante.

Worrying thing is Ajmal looking of colour but I gurantee that he will come back with bang next game. Cant wait to see him against South Africa and Sri Lanka in U.A.E later this year. (Such an entertainer).

Congratulations to Junaid Khan on 50 o.d.i wickets (Amazings strike rate). Hope he continues to improve. The thing I like about Junaid is that he is a very good o.d.i bowler and even better test bowler.

Shezad is a t20 batsman who looks out of depth in odi he should be dropped next match for Haris Sohail. (Shezad has a horrible strike rate for an odi opener).

(We still need a new captain and team managment who are fearless than this bunch)

Posted by Solid_Snake on (August 29, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

Cricket_is_Unpopular :Add India as well in your List :)

Posted by Solid_Snake on (August 29, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

@ Btw what's wrong with Umer Amin..Getting run out again & Again..This is just pathetic.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (August 29, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

thE_baCk_beNcHer:Yeah..Judge a player by one series..What a great analysis lol.. Hafeez is a champ against minnow teams thats why he was given chane again & again in 100+ matches.That's the reason he is said to be the next Captain.& that's the reason he scored a century today

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

Hafeez got 16 man of march performance awards, highest since January 2011. Kholi got 15 and Afridi on 12

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

@Posted by a.syed81 on (August 29, 2013, 16:40 GMT): to be honest, i still think he is not. His domestic record isnt that promising than haris. and also he has played 9 odis and today was only 1 significant innings. BUt i do agree with you that he looked more confident than before. and may be this 50 helps him gain more confident.

Posted by kc69 on (August 29, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

at 200 for 4 in 38.5 overs with 2 well set batsmen Zimbabwe were definitely in the game...but after that everything went the other way.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 17:21 GMT)

I am not sure how people are cheering for Hafeez, and want him to be a captain. He just had this one century against the team Zimbabwe, but look at his past 15+ games performance or performance against any top level team, and for me he doesn't even deserve to be in the team as a top order batsman.

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (August 29, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

Much improvement was seen in PAK unit than the last game. One of the top 3 batsmen played till the end of innings & scored big hundred. Young Amin displayed heartening performance. He along with Hafeez built the inning before unfortunately getting run out. 86 runs scored of last 45 deliveries changed the complete scenario for PAK and credit should be given to Afridi. Well played professor particularly in last 7 overs. You proved me wrong today. Anything beyond 270 is difficult for ZIM & looked out of the game when top 3 failing cheaply. Taylor & Williams kept hopes alive. Still I feet they played well. Series is alive now & ZIM is improving with every game. Well played PAK too!! But……except fielding & wicket-keeping. Is he regular wicket-keeper or a batsman who forcefully converted into Wk?

Posted by thE_baCk_beNcHer on (August 29, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

:@ vijay Singh : spot on bro ;) misbah the tuk tuk :D and mr.hafeez who is a chanp against weaker teams but bully against good bowling unit.. recent example. vs SA in test matches earlier this year.

Posted by hamza1982 on (August 29, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

Hafeez is the king of minnow bashing......

Posted by grahaam on (August 29, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

Bowling those final overs with Afridi at the crease proved too much for the inexperienced seamers , however they do not have a bowling coach to help them through these difficult phases, that apart No4 batsman was weak and used up vital time and deliveries. Having said all that there is a big improvement from the India series for Zimbabwe

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

@mzm149: i agree with your pact thing :)

other than that i dont think that misbah early wicket has helped to achieve big score.

Difference was hafeez, in 1st odi he was going well with misbah & a partnership of run a ball but gave away cheaply. he was there in 1st odi & today so got full chance in both games. but doubled his score today & very high Strike rate in the last few overs.

2nd difference was afridi's good and sensible innings. hardly played any bad shot. in last odi he cam in to bat in 38th over, and today 42nd. so he had more time in last game than today. so misbah's early exit has not helped anything.

but knowing how inconsistent hafeez can be vs top teams & Also afridi , its not right to say that problem solved & misbah's early wicket the issue.

Only person misbah's failure heled was umar amin who got more time for 1st 50 at an ok SR.

Nasir looked better today. ahmed failed again.

Another big differnce was better bowling by pakistan specially junaid & irfan

Posted by a.syed81 on (August 29, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

@ Khurram you still think umar amin is not good HUH!!! he can in pressure situation. I've seen him as improve batter since he came back. Nothing to take away from Harris but at the moment Umar Amin is more confident and better player.

Posted by Omarrz on (August 29, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

"Pakistan lost three wickets for one run, as Junaid ran through the lower order. "

Please correct this.

Posted by ivehadit on (August 29, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

"Pakistan lost three wickets for one run, as Junaid ran through the lower order."

please correct.

Posted by hamza1982 on (August 29, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

Hafeez has to be King of minnow bashing. And the pak fans show their fickle nature by acting as if hes a great batsmen.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 16:06 GMT)

Good come back by Pakistan hafeez , junaid , Afridi were excellent

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

Pakistan played a great game, awesome batting by Hafeez...

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

Pakistan wins because Misbah gets out early......

Posted by Cricketon on (August 29, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

Encouraging win!...I still insist that we need a new captain and new strategy. Someone who thinks and plays attacking cricket. This 200-250 scores are not good enough anymore!

Hafeez: "We were actually looking for a score around 260, not 300"

After seeing how easily Zimbabwe chased 244, you are still looking to score around 260? Huh?

I wonder against which team will they be looking to score more then 300+ from the get go. With this coach and captain...maybe never.

Posted by mzm149 on (August 29, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

Well played Hafeez and Amin and thanks for playing sensibly Mr. Afridi.

Thank God Misbah didn't perform in this high scoring game. Otherwise everyone would be praising his slow batting approach. Was this game high scoring because he got out early? I actually think all the other players have made a pact that they wont perform if Misbah is having a good game and will do good if he gets out early :-).

It is nice of selectors to give Nasir Jamshed another go and this time he showed signs of improvement. Actually he got out on a better ball instead of throwing away his scalp. He played positively instead of going in a shell. One or two more good games and he will regain his form.

They should bring back Harris Sohail in next game. Some senior should sacrifice his place for him. It can be Afridi or Ajmal in my opinion.

Misbah should learn from Dhoni and give captaincy to Hafeez for a game just like he gave a chance to Kohli for Zimbabwe tour. This will let us assess Hafeez as a captain.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

pakistan will win the searies

Posted by Fineline on (August 29, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

Finally our batsmen performed.I was tired of seeing Misbah every time saving Pakistan in tough situations but today Hafeez and Amin did the job.

Posted by mgr125128 on (August 29, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

Well an upset was always on the cards? Wasn't it?

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

Good batting by hafeez and amin. Ahmed shezad is a very talented player as we saw in T20, but in ODI he is struggling to score runs. He must perform in the match otherwise he should be dropped from the odi side.

Posted by hunter77 on (August 29, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

where are the anti-afridis now? before he walked, there was like 6 comments about his bad form, after he walked out, slince. BOOM BOOM AFRIDI!!!!!!

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

Pakistan felt relax in last match. That's why they lost. Today they proved that they amongst the top teams in the world.

Posted by roook on (August 29, 2013, 14:58 GMT)

Zimbadwe bowler miss the trick today to keep the misbah wicket intact he always create pressure for other batsman and to play rash shots.

Posted by Shazaib_ali on (August 29, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

Pakistan wins!!! YAHOoooooooooooooo

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

its funny to see the comments like that pak scored 299 because misbah out early. i mean come on guys. have to be realistic in criticizing. he is slow but today was nothing to do with him.

The difference was Hafeez, who scored double runs and accelerated well in the end. Whereas he was there in last game and scoring quickly & his partnership with misbah was run a ball. he played bad shot and thrown it away. But today played till end and scored double than last game. he was there in 1st odi got full chance.

and 2nd difference was afridi, in 1st odi , when afridi came 13 overs were left and today only 7 overs were left. so he had more overs in last game to do something. you cant say that because misbah out early today afridi had more overs.

So i dont think its about misbah getting out early.

we all know that how inconsistent hafeez can be vs any top team and afridi also.

only effect misbah's wicketwas on umar amin, who got 1st 50 but with normal SR.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (August 29, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

Now Zimbabwe are favorites to win this series. Ajmal going for runs and Pakistan are struggling to take wickets. Is this the downfall of Pakistan cricket.

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (August 29, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

Misbah's batting is the cornerstone of Pakistan's batting. His regular scores while everyone else fails or mostly fails gives some chance to Pakistan. The greatness of a player is not only to perform when everyone else has failed BUT ALSO that when he fails to perform, his performance, FOR A CHANGE, is not really needed. HATS OFF TO THE ONLY TRUE TEST STANDARD BATSMAN that Pakistan has.

Having said this, Misbah needs to know that a great batsman is one who can steal singles, by using angles, improvising, and being busy at the crease. Not all of us can be Javed Miandad, but not scoring for long periods causes many a downfall for Pakistan. This Misbah has to correct and Pakistan really needs him, given the kid batsmen that we have.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

Hafeez is must for pakistan future odi captain.misbah should be drooped permenantly from pakistan cricket to win more matches and worldcup.didnt u seeing guys how pakistan scored so much 299/4 thats a big total after our defensive captain misbah gone.inshallah muhamad hafeez umer amin and shaid afridi will be main batsmen who play 2015 worldcup semifinal and final and win the worldcup trophy for pakistan.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (August 29, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

Maruma shouldn't even be in the Zimbabwe team. He is just not good enough and domestic record nothing great either. Batting has always been a problem for Zimbabwe these days.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

misbah out for 3 & pak team not out for 300 so his out can bring aggressive runs in end. he didn't hit in death overs in last match even if wickets at hand. problem for pak is razaq replacement which umar akmal fulfills but bowers dnt hit like sami akhtar rana. or likes ago except gulf.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 12:33 GMT)

Obviously we miss Abdul Razzaq. He should have been in the team. Azhar Mahmood failed when given the chance last time. New talent is always welcome but we should also focus 2015 world cup which is in Australia. Tours should also be designed to visit alike locations so as our chaps could be familiar with the conditions. Today's inning, though against a little side, is superb as statistics show. We should take it as Confidence-Booster and should replicate such performances against bigs consistently...

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 11:56 GMT)

Misbah Ul Haq 3 runs from 23 balls against Zimbabwe! Why try to get him out.

Posted by ArhamCricketLover on (August 29, 2013, 11:53 GMT)

I don't agree with u guyz.. Just check out the target set up by Pakistan Muhammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi and Umar Amin played really well. Now let's see if Pakistan can get good with the bowling. Hope fully if Pakistan wins today's game they can win the series. Just chill. Don't abuse your own pakistani players. Insha'Allah Pakistan will win this series.. Pakistan Zindabad...!!!!

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

@hellothereeveryone Hafeez is playing since last 10years and has never ever produced a single match winning inning till death .... go and surf out his stats . In this tour he will score runs and should coz hes facing low category bowlers and will again make sure to stay in team as a sack of sand which will create hurdles for better n brighter stars then him by da way he is an over rated player who has only talent to ball not to bat. Recall 3rd ODI in India he was there in the death overs but couldn't win match for Pakistan.

We always had players like Razzaq, Afridi, Azhar Mehmood who never disappointed whole nation & as far as opening standards are concerned he was never even abit closer to it, now he has taken slot of one down lol after 10 years this guy is still not sure where to fit in???

Match Winners of Pakistan were Miandad, Imran Khan, Inzamam, Youhanna, Younus Khan, Afridi, Razzaq, Akmal bros even Shoaib Malik, we can always recall their innings many a times wot abt Hafez?

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (August 29, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

@ Baber_Baloch Without Misbah not 250 but 299 as Misbah wastes too much deliveries.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 11:42 GMT)

after a marvelous target of 299 there is a hope of win for pakistan. if they will win they will remain in series

Posted by Captain_Tuk_Tuk on (August 29, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

I will give this credit to Misbah if he hadn't been out early Pakistan would have never reached to that 299. Good running by Afridi in the end he also made Hafeez run hard between the wickets, Hafeez hopefully gains some form with the bat and play as an opener and become captain before 2015 WC in ODI format as well.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

@babr baloch i think you have seen that what has happen without misbah....hahahah loll

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

Please do not judge Pakistani Batsman performance against ZIMBABWE. Hafeez is not a good batsman for sure. He is not performing against good opposition.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

Improved show from Pakistan.

ahemed failed again. Nasir looked a bit better than last game, more fluent but couldnt do much damage.

Misbah failed this time, wasted 20 balls. many would say thats why paksitan scored more - :)

Amin scored 1st 50 which will be good for his confidence.

But the real difference was hafeez, who added double than last game and accelerated very well in last few overs.

Afridi also played a nice little sensible innings.

with 1 extra bowler it will be hard for ZIM. i am not sure going in with 4 spinners is good idea on these wickets or not.

Posted by hellothereeveryone on (August 29, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

I see people criticising Hafeez all the time. What I dont understand is why? Not only that he is Pakistan's leading scorer most of the time but only his class as an offspinner alone (he is in top ten bowlers in ICC rankings) will win him a place in most international sides. I agree he had a hard time in South Africa against steyn but most genuine batsman struggle against quality bowling (especially Steyn) and remember Hafeez is an all rounder who opens for Pakistan or takes the important number 3 spot. Most of the genuine batsmen like Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam have not been able to score this many runs as Hafeez has consistently. So please stop criticising Hafeez unjustly.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

@loki897: he played whole WI series. though i dont agree with arslan . he is slow always a slow starter. even in these 2 t20s he was slow early on and accelerate later on. which he has not been able to do so far in 2 odis. this can not work all the time.

Posted by Kingzzzz on (August 29, 2013, 9:47 GMT)

lol Hafeez according to stats mainly scores against teams like Zim, Ire, Ban etc.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

funny this.. how hafeez comes back into form against weaker bowling attacks like zim, bangladesh and india and struggles to put bat on ball against steyn and co

Posted by Resultpredictor on (August 29, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

With Misbah out, this match is completely in Zimbabwe's favour. Pakistan cannot win this match now. How Pakistan cricket has changed, once they were power to reckon with but now they are struggling to win against minnows. This is pathetic state of Pakistan cricket at present.

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (August 29, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

there no Misbah..so today we will see ..pak youngster what give hope....but without Misbah not possible even 250...haris sohail shopuld be in..aslo drop ahemd shahzad keep in shoaib maqsood.

Posted by crick_sucks on (August 29, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

Zimbabwe will win the series 2-1.

Posted by loki897 on (August 29, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

@Arsalan Ali, I don't really qgree with that because I think he is getting inconsistent opournitess before this tour. He was in one match and out in another, so he loses the rhythm of batting.

At the end of the series, you can judge him because I assure you he wasn't slogging in the T20s.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

Shaid afraidi needs to open with hafeez

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

Ahmed Shahzad the in form batsmen showed his class In Twenty20's but he's batting has flopped in ODI's shows his nothing but a T20 player .. ridiculous.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

rehman for haros sohail? and both irfan & junaid in. thats very strange decision. they are depending too much on spin. and umar amin retained may be treating him as an allrounder then he should be given some overs. haris should play. umar amin is not that good.

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