Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Harare August 31, 2013

All-round Pakistan hit back to take series

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Pakistan 260 for 6 (Misbah 67, Shehzad 54, Chatara 3-48) beat Zimbabwe 152 (Waller 48, Ajmal 2-15, Rehman 2-23) by 108 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A lot of expectations were heaped on Zimbabwe as they sat on the threshold of a rare series win against a top side, but they couldn't summon the temperament to beat Pakistan, who came from behind to win the series 2-1. While Zimbabwe's bowlers did well to restrict Pakistan to a par score of 260, the batsmen failed to put up a fight. Pakistan, in the process got a bogey off their backs by winning their first bilateral series in ten years after the series was leveled (either 1-1 or 2-2) going in to the decider.

The match took place on the backdrop of a payments dispute that threatened a Zimbabwe boycott. The players put the distraction aside to take the field, but the batsmen were nowhere close to competitive despite encouraging signs even in Thursday's defeat.

Brendan Taylor stuck by his faith that his side was better at chasing by putting Pakistan in to bat. The Pakistan openers, Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad, put on their best stand of the series - 66 - to set the platform for another big score. Pakistan suffered a blow when their in-form batsman, Mohammad Hafeez, hobbled off with a hamstring pull on 12. Hafeez had been Pakistan's attacking option at the top, but with him unavailable, it was down to Misbah-ul-Haq to shoulder the responsibility.

Shehzad couldn't replicate the fluency from the two T20s but rather than hit his way into form, chose to play a steady knock. Jamshed's dismissal impacted the run-rate as Pakistan struggled to find momentum in the middle overs. The boundaries had dried up and in the 32nd over, Shehzad broke a drought that lasted close to ten overs when he cut Sean Williams past the keeper. Shehzad consumed 81 balls for his fifty, showing the control the bowlers had over him. He perished trying to push on, lofting the part-timer Hamilton Masakadza straight to long-off.

Umar Amin batted positively in the batting Powerplay, taken after 35 overs, cutting and flicking Tendai Chatara for two boundaries in an over. He used his feet to Prosper Utseya, flicking him stylishly against the turn to deep midwicket and then over extra cover before the bowler struck back with a sharp return catch. Amin's 25-ball 33 infused some life into the innings that was craving for acceleration.

Misbah had plodded to 8 off 35 balls when he finally opened up, slogging Williams to deep midwicket to pick up his first boundary. He started to find the boundary regularly after the 43rd over, shuffling across his crease and punishing the length deliveries. With Sarfraz Ahmed showing some urgency, Pakistan scored their last fifty in just 28 balls. Misbah fell to a skier to deep midwicket after scoring his 11th half-century of the year. Hafeez returned in the penultimate over to salvage as many runs as possible and, fortunately for Pakistan, was swift between the wickets after resting his hamstring.

A total of 261 was competitive but Pakistan couldn't afford to relax, having failed to defend 245 in the first ODI. They introduced spin as early as the second over and Hafeez struck when Vusi Sibanda slogged him to deep midwicket where Amin took a running catch. Masakadza, like he did in the second ODI, showed a lot of promise with a couple of jaw-dropping boundaries off the seamers. Using the crease, he effortlessly lofted Junaid Khan over his head and the following ball pulled a six over deep square leg.

Seeing Mazakadza's confidence against pace, Misbah brought on Abdur Rehman's spin the next over and he had immediate success, beating Masakadza in both flight and turn, and having him stumped. Zimbabwe struggled to get back the momentum gained via the Masakadza-Taylor stand. Taylor had his moments where he swept the spinners and found the gaps, and had it not been for the calling, Zimbabwe would have had a mainstay at the crease to put up a fight.

Sikandar Raza dropped the ball towards cover and set off, hesitated on seeing Misbah attack the ball but carried on. Taylor was struggling amid the confusion and was dismissed via a direct hit. Misbah was in action once again when he underarmed the ball to the keeper Sarfraz who broke the bails before Williams - who was ball-watching - could make his ground. It was a close call but nevertheless, a single that should never have been attempted. It was a period in which Zimbabwe lost four wickets for 21 runs and by the halfway mark, lost six. Malcolm Waller, the only specialist batsman around, played the lone hand with 48 as Pakistan wrapped it up with ten overs to spare.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Chaudry_Cricket on September 2, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    @gsingh7 ..... Come on man ... Admittedly the pakistani youngsters being picked are not the best but you got to understand the circumstances they come in. Meaning they have to contend with a almost non-existant domestic circut and when they manage to enter the national team they have to deal with a team managment who expect them to perform right from the word go and if they fail in a few games a 'senior' will take their place forever. Yeah o.k Pakistan cricket is not exactly prospering at the moment but this is a phase (p.s I am not rubbing this of as a phase but every top team faces these challenges and thats exactly whats happening with pakistan)

    Besides india just went through a horrible phase itself losing series in austrailia, england and not to mention the england test series in india but yeah now they have a fantastic squad and thats good because stronger teams make cricket more intresting. Belive me Pakistan will improve in time.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 2, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    @El_Toro_Loc. and the same lineup lost almost all other matches till now. Pakistan played 21 ODIs- won10/ lost 9 . where India played 22 - won 17/ lost 5. Need more proof?

  • El_Toro_Loco on September 2, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    @ piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda: Didn't this batting lineup defeated your team india in ODIs in your back yard not too long ago? And that series defeat was for sure!

  • on September 1, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Congratulation Team Pakistan.

  • gsingh7 on September 1, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    @mzzm-- u should be willing to agree to me that pak younger talent is not internatinal class yet, unlike some other countries like sa and india.u also selectively said india lost to pak in tight 2-1 series but ignored that pak lost all their games at major tournament like ct2013.jamshed is proven to be a flat track bully who averages 21 away from sub continent. pak need better bowlers as well because newer bowlers like adil asif even junaid and hasan raja are lacking in some basic skills to bowl well when batsmen are set.u ignored to look at official icc rankings to see that pak is lacking their neighbours in all rankings.misbah is only batsman who gives some credibility and only results on field will make icc ranking charts.as far as india goes they have been drawn last 4 series with sa.whereas pak lost last series with a whitewash3-0.cannot falsify some obvious facts.pak needs improved cricket teams to get results.

  • on September 1, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Always remeber please Pakistani Team.

  • on September 1, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    conrats to pakistan for winning this series but they shouldnt have lost the 1st odi.misbah should play only as batsman.he is good batsman but needs to rotate the strike more.His defensive mindset has influenced the team and puts pressure on others.Openers ahmed shehzad and nasir jamshed used to be so agressive they should play positive cricket .Hafeez or afridi should be made captain.we should have a good late hitter like abdul razzaq in the team to train players like hammad azam.afridi is too unpredictable sometimes.asad shafiq and younis khan should be in the odi squad as well.

  • ICCexpert.... on September 1, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Misbah puts so much pressure on other by blocking, how can you call him international player when he is not able to take even singles ? forget about fours and sixes.

  • laho111 on September 1, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    It is good but alarming. If Pak senior never perform against baby of cricket how we give chances to juniors? Now there is need to remove Afridi, Nasir etc.. New talent introduce like Akber ur Rehman, highest scorer in domestic QAT with 90 average. Sarfraz need more chance also in test as he bat well with excellent wicket keeping in ODIs. Adnan akmal is similar as his brother made 36 runs with 5 dropped catches. Gives chance to Khurram Manzoor and Fawad alam for all type of cricket.

  • ICCexpert.... on September 1, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Misbah need to be shown the door now for ODI's

  • Chaudry_Cricket on September 2, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    @gsingh7 ..... Come on man ... Admittedly the pakistani youngsters being picked are not the best but you got to understand the circumstances they come in. Meaning they have to contend with a almost non-existant domestic circut and when they manage to enter the national team they have to deal with a team managment who expect them to perform right from the word go and if they fail in a few games a 'senior' will take their place forever. Yeah o.k Pakistan cricket is not exactly prospering at the moment but this is a phase (p.s I am not rubbing this of as a phase but every top team faces these challenges and thats exactly whats happening with pakistan)

    Besides india just went through a horrible phase itself losing series in austrailia, england and not to mention the england test series in india but yeah now they have a fantastic squad and thats good because stronger teams make cricket more intresting. Belive me Pakistan will improve in time.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 2, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    @El_Toro_Loc. and the same lineup lost almost all other matches till now. Pakistan played 21 ODIs- won10/ lost 9 . where India played 22 - won 17/ lost 5. Need more proof?

  • El_Toro_Loco on September 2, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    @ piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda: Didn't this batting lineup defeated your team india in ODIs in your back yard not too long ago? And that series defeat was for sure!

  • on September 1, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Congratulation Team Pakistan.

  • gsingh7 on September 1, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    @mzzm-- u should be willing to agree to me that pak younger talent is not internatinal class yet, unlike some other countries like sa and india.u also selectively said india lost to pak in tight 2-1 series but ignored that pak lost all their games at major tournament like ct2013.jamshed is proven to be a flat track bully who averages 21 away from sub continent. pak need better bowlers as well because newer bowlers like adil asif even junaid and hasan raja are lacking in some basic skills to bowl well when batsmen are set.u ignored to look at official icc rankings to see that pak is lacking their neighbours in all rankings.misbah is only batsman who gives some credibility and only results on field will make icc ranking charts.as far as india goes they have been drawn last 4 series with sa.whereas pak lost last series with a whitewash3-0.cannot falsify some obvious facts.pak needs improved cricket teams to get results.

  • on September 1, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Always remeber please Pakistani Team.

  • on September 1, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    conrats to pakistan for winning this series but they shouldnt have lost the 1st odi.misbah should play only as batsman.he is good batsman but needs to rotate the strike more.His defensive mindset has influenced the team and puts pressure on others.Openers ahmed shehzad and nasir jamshed used to be so agressive they should play positive cricket .Hafeez or afridi should be made captain.we should have a good late hitter like abdul razzaq in the team to train players like hammad azam.afridi is too unpredictable sometimes.asad shafiq and younis khan should be in the odi squad as well.

  • ICCexpert.... on September 1, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Misbah puts so much pressure on other by blocking, how can you call him international player when he is not able to take even singles ? forget about fours and sixes.

  • laho111 on September 1, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    It is good but alarming. If Pak senior never perform against baby of cricket how we give chances to juniors? Now there is need to remove Afridi, Nasir etc.. New talent introduce like Akber ur Rehman, highest scorer in domestic QAT with 90 average. Sarfraz need more chance also in test as he bat well with excellent wicket keeping in ODIs. Adnan akmal is similar as his brother made 36 runs with 5 dropped catches. Gives chance to Khurram Manzoor and Fawad alam for all type of cricket.

  • ICCexpert.... on September 1, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Misbah need to be shown the door now for ODI's

  • ICCexpert.... on September 1, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Pakistan should look at south Africa and India, how they appointed young captains, like Smith and Dhoni. Why dont they this defensive and tuk tuk Misbah and appoint a young captain, either Umar Akmal or Umar Amin. And give them a young talented side with players like, Sohaib Maqsood, Sharjeel Khan, Harris Sohail, Rameez Raja Jr, Raza Hassan and Asgar Ali. Start plying them now and win the WC 2015

  • ICCexpert.... on September 1, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Its high time for Misbah, Hafeez and Afridi to retire. Players like Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Amin, Sharjeel Khan, Hammad Azam, Raza Hassan and Harris Sohail to be groomed for world cup 2015 by giving them chance against coming series with South Africa and Srilanka.

  • ICCexpert.... on September 1, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    PCB should not be happy by this series victory, pak should had won all three matches convincingly but lost the first and the second was tight as well, what will they do when they face, Eng, Aus S.A and India ? Misbah should retire because of his selfish approach and putting pressure on youngsters.

  • on September 1, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Although TEAM PAKISTAN beat the minnow team Zimbabwe there is still lot of work ahead if they are going to succeed against top international sides. Whilst I have lot of respect for Misbah, he would become a world class batsman if he did not play so many dot balls. His style of batting is too risky especially when he does not come off after consuming too many dot balls, it puts lot of pressure on rest of the batting. In the second ODI if Amin and Sarfraz had not come off TEAM PAKISTAN probably would have scored around 230 runs. This would have been a competitive score against a minnow but not necessarily a winning score. I am not suggesting Misbah has a similar strike rate to say, Umar Akmal but he must learn to rotate the strike and reduce the number of dot balls he plays.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on September 1, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    @Stark62 ... First of all Shezad should have acted as the aggresor seeing as he had the 'better understanding of the pitch'. Misbahs game is like this and Shezad should have used his brain and finally played his shots instead of blocking full tosses and edging everything through slips. Shezads career strike rate is considerbly lower than Misbahs.

    Another fact they both faced the same amount of balls with Misbah scoring more runs and even attacking the towards the end of his innings. Whereas Shezads innings was horrible and selfish.

  • Stark62 on September 1, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    What a selfish innings by Misbah!!

    Shezhad was clearly the more settled and had a better understanding of the pitch, hence he should have been playing the anchor role but instead, Misbah blocks and puts pressure on Shezhad to hit out, plus made Amin to go at a brisk pace. He has never hit a century in his life and it seems, he doesn't want others to hit centuries either.

    Hafeez got his century, due to Misbah departing early and Amin reached a fifty by having Hafeez as his partner because he rotated the strike well and didn't put pressure on him to score quickly.

    I can't wait for Misbah to retire from ODI's, so we can see youngsters like Harris, U. Akmal, Fawad and Maqsood blossom.

  • Lakpj on September 1, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    Misbah is doing well but can't imagine what will happen to Pak when he retires. They are so dependent on him when it comes to batting. he is already close to 40 and i doubt for how long he can carry on this. May be till the 2015 WC, but that too is nearly 1 and half years away. Pak really need to find answers otherwise they will find them selves in big trouble.

  • Engr_sohail on September 1, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Please PCB its high time appoint Batting coach. Misbah ability is good as batsman but not as captain. Change Captain make bold decision for future. I think Umer Akmal or Umer Amin be given captaincy role. Dont waste Nasir Jamshed/ Ahmed Shehzad.

  • Worldcricketlover on September 1, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    I have seen all posting . All Pakistani are referring one series win when india was struggling . However Pakistan has lost all matches in CL 2013. They win two matches in india while lost all matches in row. Indian has won all matches in Zimbabwe, Under 23 ( won final aginst Pakistan despite have few international players). Yes we have big series in south Africa but we tied last time . We bowled out SA on 75 still lowest by any visiting team. So clearly no comparison with Pakistan . However it is good to see Umar amin's performance is good. Indian selectors are wise while Pakistan is lacking on that front.

  • on September 1, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    So finally Pakistan came to bowl in this series. Honestly, i thought they were throwing darts at the batsman in the previous games with no game plan whatsoever. I guess they were confused between either finding form or beating the opposition. They were tangled in between, and hence our bowling suffered. That's why it is better to select a young team for these tours, so the selected players perform to their abilities to make a mark in the future. No point in playing established to semi-established players in these series, specially with a complacent side like Pakistan. Well, Congrats to Pakistan for winning the series none the less, Best of luck for the test matches. Kudos to Zimbabwe as well for putting up a fight.

  • on September 1, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    Pakistan wins but loose on fututre batting thought process - Misbah a good capatain, a batter but is weak leader with limited fututre vision. With his batters not batting well for last two years everyone continues to be on expired lease - he had two young guns who would have much more hunger but were not tried in one dayers - the only way they could try new ones if all batters get injured and misbah and selcetors ae forced to change them.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on August 31, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    The big problem I saw was Jamshed he has been a serious dissapointment since the indian series. He is one of the lucky youngster to be given a long run in the team but it is unbelivable that he still gets out fishing outside the offstump. Now his strike rate has dropped considerably. He does not look comfortable against the spinners at all now. He is a lbw candidate very early in his innings. He can NOT run between wickets. His fielding is a liabilaty.

    I think we do have to drop him at put him in the NCA with Sabih Azhar and Mansoor Rana and give him a month to lose certain amount of weight and to work on his technique or we could let him play the south africa series because the flat tracks in UAE could help him regain form and most importantly confidence but something seriously needs to be done about his weight which causes bad running between the wickets and very very sloppy fielding. Hope the PCB take action because Jamshed has potential to be a very good batsman.

  • Chaudry_Cricket on August 31, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    First of all the people criticizing Misbah should watch the game again. Because the person who played a really selfish, slow and ugly innings was Ahmed Shezad it was really annoying to see him playing such a selfish knock. Misbah played a good knock, people need to understand that this is his style of play and a faulty top order aint exactly helping him (Dont get me wrong I hate Misbah as a captain because he is spineless but I do appreciate his batting).

    But the thing that really annoys me and I am sure many Pakistani fans is the defensive mindset of the team. The fact that we are content to just reach 240 and let our bowlers do the rest is wrong. The team managment seriously should wake up from their slumber and addres this issue because we are putting too much pressure on a young and inexperienced bowling attack.

  • Omar-Briganto on August 31, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    I am sure Misbah's inability to rotate strike will cost Pakistan against top teams, Ahmed shahzad got out only because of Misbah, because Misbah put all the pressure on him by ducking balls in very important phase of the game where he should have been taking atleast 4-5 runs per over in singles. Pakistan batting line is a major concern again, against top level teams. Pakistan team need to learn to cross atleast 280 often, if not all the time. I still wonder why afridi is unable to improve his batting despite being having such natural hitting ability and so many chances, even irfan pathan of Indian has improved his batting a lot. Come on afridi use some brain, please practise hard in batting, work on your defence learn some front foot drives. Congrats to Pakistan anyway a win is a win and it boosts confidence.

  • on August 31, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Misbah is a slow starter yet he accelerates at the end,but due to his slow start pressure starts to mount on other batsmen,due to which they throw away their wickets.Icing on the cake,Ahmad Shehzad has also joined Misbah's league of laziness,his strike rate is even less than Misbah's in ODIs i.e 64 which is not affordable by any means in ODI especially by an opener.Only find of this tour is Umar Amin,Pakistan quickly needs to re-plan their strategy by dropping Ahmad Shehzad and bringing back Hafeez as an opener with Umar Amin at number 3.If Jamshed is not performing,give him rest and bring back senior Akmal as an opener.His 20,30s are far more useful than Shehzad's 50s.Other than these openers we can have Sami Aslam in the side,a young kid who performed splendedly well in England few weeks back in tri nation U-19.Furthermore,Pakistan badly needs Umar Akmal back in the side and bring in Sohaib Maqsood in the side as well,this will certainly bring aggression in our middle order.

  • on August 31, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    congrats to Pakistan for winning the trophy and Misbah is realy doing well as a bastman and captain

  • swingstowin on August 31, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    @Gsingh: i partly agree with you. Our batsmen need to improve their technique and conduct. But honestly why do you keep referring our contests with India as one sided affair? It was not long ago that Pakistan defeted India 2-1 in their own backyard.And that is the ONLY series we have played in a long long time.As for South Africa,it went down to the last game in South Africa earlier this year. Who knows what would've happened if Y Khan had held on to AB's catch. Yeah we did poorly in CT2013 but its a little unfair calling this an even series. Pakistan is still one of the best the cricket world has to offer. Best of luck to Pakistan in the tests.

  • mzm149 on August 31, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    @gsingh7: One loss to Zimbabwe in 15 years and you think both teams are similar. By the the same token India and Bangladesh are quite similar because India lost to Bangladesh in Asia Cup last year.

    As far as I remember Pakistan defeated India in ODI series in the beginning of the year in India. What to speak of excellent bowling of Junaid, Irfan and Ajmal and excellent batting of Nasir Jamshed and Younis Khan.

    Pakistan is just below India in test rankings and remained above for quite a long time. India has upcoming series against South Frica in South Africa and beating them at home is impossible for any team. Whitewash is on cards for India as was in Australia and England. Remember India lost to England in India in test series whereas Pakistan whitewashed England at their "home".

  • Shantul on August 31, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    It funny how everyone is saying good job Pak!! I still do not understand the reason behind Misbah's slow scoring rate?? The start was good, and misbah came in good time, yet he could not score freely. This shows inability of misbah scoring freely. On other hand Amin and Sarfraz scored freely against same bowlers!! Misbah needs to change his tactics in batting department! and let everyone play their natural game! Shehzad was good in t20's but he lost his way in ODI's because misbah's captaincy! TOO MANY BLOCKED BOWLS by PAK openers and middle order! If a team cannot cross 300 every now and then, then that team cannot compete with bigger teams, such as India, SA, and SL...

    GJ on winning the series at least!!! GO PAKISTAN!

  • on August 31, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Disappointment for Zimbabwe. I had high hopes for the underdogs. It was not to be.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on August 31, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    I saw Afridi got out two times while playing together with Misbah and following Misbah's advice I think Afridi should play his natural game instead following some wrong advices and getting out.

  • grahaam on August 31, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Simple issue really , Zim have proved capable in this series , but the stop start training , whilst waiting for wages must be extremely unsettling. A bowling coach to guide them into the the last 10 overs is paramount , because in the last 2 games this period has been a major problem. Running out the best 2 bats was also a coaching blunder , that G rant Flower must address . Still good signs but really the issue od ICC fund distribution must be resolved, In March this year ZC was provided with 1 million Sterling from the ICC, 333000 a year for 3 years, this would have provided very respectable income for a large squad (15+) for 3 years. The ICC announcement at the time quoted this was for International Teams, therefore where is this cash? http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/story/624809.html

  • gsingh7 on August 31, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    good luck pak in future. well played zimbabwe. this series shows there is hardly any difference between strengths of both sides. only zim have more weaknesses in bowling. even series. test series will be close and i call 1-1 draw.but this series shows why pak are lacking when faced with superior sides like sa and india. they were defeated in ALL matches in ct2013 because youngsters are either not good enough or they get nervous when facing bowlers of top sides.misbah still is best batsman in country and he plays slow.so pak have not scored 300 plus runs vs top sided in years now,which shows they need to improve batting immensely or they will remain in mid table of icc rankings in ALL formats.

  • on August 31, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    Misbah is one of the best batsman in the Pakisrtan Cricket team. If you remember Mohammad Yousuf played a key role in the Pakistan batting line up along with Inzamam and Younus Khan but after reaching 35 he lost all the maturities and could not retain his place in the side. On the other hand, Misbah is 39 but still athletic and a very good ambassador for cricket.

    Well done Misbah.

  • on August 31, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    So finally Pakistan came to bowl in this series. Honestly, i thought they were throwing darts at the batsman in the previous games with no game plan whatsoever. I guess they were confused between either finding form or beating the opposition. They were tangled in between, and hence our bowling suffered. That's why it is better to select a young team for these tours, so the selected players perform to their abilities to make a mark in the future. No point in playing established to semi-established players in these series, specially with a complacent side like Pakistan. Well, Congrats to Pakistan for winning the series none the less, Best of luck for the test matches. Kudos to Zimbabwe as well for putting up a fight.

  • on August 31, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    ZIM can take alot from this series. 1st they won 1 game against paksitan and also apart from this 3rd odi, they batted a bit better. their top order was consistently among runs. its their middle order and lower order which couldnt perform, and bowling in later stages of game wasnt good. in both games they gave away lot of runs

  • Desihungama on August 31, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Tell any side to play away from home for four years and maintain the winning streak. This was not a batting wicket. Ball was not coming on and it was hard to score and Zimbabwe bowled real well and in the right area and hitting the deck hard. Misbah did exactly what's required off him. Look at our last five bats. Junaid can't hold the bat, Irfan can't spell the bat, Sarfaraz does not know what a bat is and then the two spinners. Thanks to Misbah for breaking the jinx of losing deciders after 10 years. This much is established people who criticize Misbah do not know Cricket.

  • on August 31, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Well done Pakistan.!! and me too. because my prediction is correct. After the first ODI defeat, a wonderful fight back from pak. Pakistan Proved their strength. And zim proved fist match win is their lucky win, because Pakistan played lazy cricket in first ODI. Zimbawe's win always a gifted from opposite team. They are inexperienced team.

  • on August 31, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    positives for pakistan are Umar Amin, finally he showed up in last 2 odis. a bit unlucky today as that was a extra ordinary catch. and a confidence building 50 in 2nd odi.

    Hafeez was into runs and consistent but again thats what he always do vs small teams.

    Rehman showed that he can bowl in odis, he isnt just a bench warmer but problem is that with hafeez, ajmal & afridi in team you cant have him all the time.

    Finally an innings from sarfraz where he looked good. it was surprising.

    Misbah as usual scoring runs but at poor rate.

    Pakistan need a batting keeper in. i think M Rizwan is the only option if they arent going with Umar Akmal, And umar akmal needs to be in playing 11.

    They also need a medium pace batting allrounder to balance the team. any 1 from domestic circuit.

    Maqsood has good domestic record with SR of 97. and haris sohail has also good domestic record. these guys should be given more chances.

  • Hassan24K on August 31, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Performance is a relative term. Misbah knows what exactly is the strength of Pakistan batting up and hence he stays on to build innings. What's the end result today? We were able to put together a reasonable total and bowlers did their job. There are no Inzamams or Saeed Anwars in the team hence Misbah has to strategize. Look at the stats and you will get your answers.

  • on August 31, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    justified criticism should be done on misbah. he is slow, his strike rate is poor and always consume so many balls. he doesnt take singles early on which he should. justified & understandable.

    but unjustified criticicm that because of him ahmed's game changed, or because of him others got out, because of him at crease paksitan couldnt reach 300 like 2nd game is not right.

    Ahmed was playing just like he always does, look at his t20 innings and look how many balls he took to reach 40 runs and how many after that. his List A SR is 76 which is marginally greater than misbah's .

    we shouldnt forget that the heroes of last game got their chances today, hafeez retired hurt and afridi got same number of balls he got in last game.

    the only difference in 1st , 2nd & 3rd ODI was hafeez's innings . in 1st he gave up. in 2nd he doubled it up, in 3rd he was unfortunately retired hurt.

  • on August 31, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    @sandip: he is slow no doubt but in all those losses we need to check what others did. most recent example is CT where you cant find score from any 1 else. today he was slow and poor. but the real difference was less contribution from afridi & hafeez who scored 170 runs in last game. & today apart from umar & sarfraz no 1 else scored even at SR of 80.

    The openers are also slow. nasir looked out of form but he is coming back to form as his last 2 innings were better.

    Ahmed's issue is not that because of misbah he has changed his approach, he is always a slow starter. in both t20s he was slow starter and accelerated later on . his List A SR is 76 . which tells that he isnt that aggressive as we all consider him. he is good in t20s but in odis not. even today he was going well on his pace ( as he always does that ) but got out in acceleration. this may not work all the time, it worked in 2nd t20 but not today.

  • Smiling on August 31, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    I really laugh at the derogatory comments of Misbah...do you people not read the stats??? And to the person who called the wicket a batting paradise...have you not bothered to read any of the reports on the wicket? Its as if you think every game and every wicket is begun at the same level. Every country, every state/area/county has totally different soil, grass, humidity, dryness...the list goes on. AND the condition of each pitch can vary considerably in 100 overs of a game, especially dependent on how the pitch is prepared. This wicket is a shocker to bat on first and difficult to get wickets later in the game. Well done Pakistan. I wonder how any other team could keep the momentum up when EVERY game for more than 3 yrs now has been an away game. Exhausting, draining, mind numbing. But they keep managing to lift their spirits and mind sets and push forward. I take my hat off to you all.

  • SandipManjrekar on August 31, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    This is why Misbah being criticized.

    Misbah made 961 Runs in 21 Matches with average of 60.6 in current calendar year 2013. But PAK WON 9 of those 21 matches in which 6 of 9 WON games are against WI, ZIM, IRISH & SCOTS. Secondly he came at the end of 24 overs today. He got 26 overs to push & modify the inning in which he consumed more than 14 overs (OUT of remaining 26 overs). It wasn't rebuilding state. It is unacceptable in Today's Modern Cricket. His position at no.4 demands healthy situation whereas he is playing his usual game. It looks like he is rebuilding the inning with early wicket breaks. The problem with PAK is that they have same type of defensive approach batsmen in top 4. It could have been OK if they have openers like sanath-kalu or hyden-gilly. Thanks to bowlers who took PAK back into the game. This total (250-260) can't be enough against top 5 ODI teams unless PAK develop their bowling attack seriously.

  • on August 31, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    I don't get it, why is Misbah being criticized? How many times has one got to be reminded of the fact that he bats at no. 4? A strike rate of 78.82 is not bad. Well done Misbah on yet another ODI half century!

  • SaadRocx on August 31, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    Poor Stuff from Misbah seriously, on a batting Paradise he has batted like this...against a mediocre bowling attack that's just selfish...He's developed defensive approach in Pakistan's batting line up..and now i can't recall when was the last time Pak scored 300+ runs...poor stuff wonder what will happen against SouthAfrica and Srilanka..

  • on August 31, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Taylor and Williams are backbone of this Zimbabwe side and as long as they are at crease Zimbabwe are in drivers seat.

  • RaadQ on August 31, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Why all the criticism of Misbah? Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez BOTH have lower strike rates than Misbah and average way lower. By the same logic, why are they not criticised as much? Or do people prefer the tried-and-failed (Farhat, Malik, etc)? I think the key for Pakistan is players like Umar Akmal (when he comes back) and Umar Amin should be promoted so their aggression can compliment the slower strikers and keep the game going. My squad would be: [1] Jamshed [2] Shehzad [3] U Akmal [4] Misbah [5] U Amin [6] Hafeez [7] Afridi + 4 specialist bowlers. I personally think Ajmal's time is up, particularly with Hafeez & Afridi in the squad. Once Afridi or Hafeez expire, I think H. Sohail should replace them.

  • piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on August 31, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    @Ahmed Waqas Khan - The reason Misbah has so many runs in a year is not obvious to you even now? He just keeps playing to secure his place in team and his captaincy intact. Otherwise how can a number 4 batsmen who has been playing crickets for so many years now not have a single century? Misbah and other Pak batsmen will not even find a place in Bangladesh, or Kenya team. Better borrow some players from your neighbor's under 17 team. They will be better than your current lot I am sure.

  • zeeshan1991 on August 31, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Horrible batting by Misbah. Must thrown out of the team. Pakistan lost 1st odi because of him,now again on the brink of loosing 3rd odi. So selfish batsman. Scoring 7 runs off 40 balls is so terrible and triggers the panic button for other players. Worst batsman in the history of Pakistan Cricket. Very Sorry to say!!!!

  • on August 31, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    What's wrong with you guys. It's not a selfish innings. Misbah has either 1st gear or 5th gear in his batting. But, don't blame him, if he is not skilled enough to rotate the strike. I would prefer to have the safety of 250 odd score rather than 150 all out especially against a team like Zimbabwe.

  • simplestguy on August 31, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    I will never blame Misbah, he is doing his job well. I am confuse what the hell is going in the top order, when they will score freely. Shahzad and Misbah really a poor display in recent ODI even against WI. Reality is they start slow in every match, after 20 overs score is 70 or 80 with the loss of 2,3 wickets and then Misbah plays his natural games. You all are Afridi's fan I know but you must admire Misbah. If he gets out at 2,3 runs there is every possibility that we will score not more than 200. Umer Amin is really a positive prospect and should bat at no. 4.

  • on August 31, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Before saying anything to Misbah please check as under http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?class=2;id=2013;type=year He is highest scorer in ODI for 2013, 961 Runs in 21 Matches with average of 60.6

  • SandipManjrekar on August 31, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    Repeat of 1st ODI & reversal of 2nd one. Only difference in between 1st & last ODI is 16 more runs thanks to injured Hafeez's re-entry on 22-yards. Again sorry state for Misbah-Ul-Haq. It took 12 balls to open the account; 7 in 34 balls; 20 in 50 balls; 33 in 64 balls. From here on, he got accelerator with 50 in 74 balls and finally seccumbed at 67 in 85 balls. He carries both accelerator and decelerator with him. Now then it's up to PAK bowlers how they control ZIM batsmen. Its dicey situation with anybody's game. Let see good game of cricket.

  • jack500197 on August 31, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    What do you expect Misbah do that? We have a tendency to fall like dominos after losing a few quick wickets. I would have done the same thing, probably tried to rotate strike often. Misbah did score a valuable 65 some runs and improved strike rate significantly. He supported Umar Amin and Sarfraz... What did Afridi do? Consistency is the key here......All those calling him selfish need to understand the circumstances and the game. We are certainly missing Umar Akmal but I think Sarfraz played a good innings.

  • mzm149 on August 31, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Hats off to you Misbah. You are a very clever man. You come in a situation where score is quite good. You make the situation tough for yourself and for others by keep on blocking and then score in the end to show as if you saved the day. If you can take singles and doubles towards the end of the innings why not in the beginning. Why dont you rotate the strike. In this process you keep on putting pressure on the other end and get the other player out because of scoreboard pressure. Look what you did to Shehzad and Amin today. Misbah will get man of the match awards and will climb the ranking ladder but his selfish approach will never help the team. No awards for guessing when Misbah "fires" why does Pakistan not reach 300.

  • on August 31, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    guys, mibah accelerated in the end. the problem ahmed, nasir didnt. Difference was hafeez retiring .

    It doesnt matter what misbah did in start. the end result that matters most. and people who say that because of him it gets slow & ahmed played slow & got out should know that Ahmed is always slow starter. he was in t20s. infact in 2nd t20 he scored 38 of 1st 49 balls faced. but accelerated later on. today he failed to do that. His List A Strike Rate is 76 which shows he is not that aggressive which many consider him.

    the point i want to make is that apart from sarfraz & umar nobody scored quickly. and if it was misbah's impact then young & new umar & a poor sarfraz would have also not accelerated.

    Umar amin played well today a little cameo. afridi failed. and a very surprising performance from sarfraz.

    if fast bowlers bowl well then it will be a win for pak. but if both junaid & irfan fail, spinners may not be able to control it.

  • zzby on August 31, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Misbah showing by his performence that he dont deserved to be selected in ODI's but no body is listening.

  • ArhamCricketLover on August 31, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Misbah is playing good... But with Hafeez retired I don't think Pakistan can set up a big target but there is a chance if Afridi hits a big score.... Fingers crossed.. :(

  • nasimmushtaque on August 31, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    i hope that pcb should take any decision with misbah in regard to the odi concerned. it is not that he is not capable, he is the best technical batsman in pak team, but his mind set is such where he does not know that how he should bat

  • nasimmushtaque on August 31, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    i wish that mr. tuk tuk presents this series to Zim by batting in this tuk tuk style

  • Resultpredictor on August 31, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Misbah is playing below test standard cricket. With this run rate Pakistan is going to make around 240 to 250, which will be easily chased down by Zimbabwe.

  • on August 31, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Misba is once again digging a massive hole for Pakistan this man has not a ounce of positive frame of mind..... The sad thing is you will see this man lead Pakistan in World Cup 2015

  • romirom on August 31, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    misbah playing very selfish innings. Jst wan to improve stats. Doesn't matter team lose or win.

  • Izzmail55 on August 31, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Misbah what is wrong with you it looks like you for got to play international cricket or any cricket SO SLOW!!!!!!!

  • on August 31, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Wat a pathtic innings by misbah 5 runs against zim in 35 balls wat is wrng with this man should he b in the team even. Very selfish innings.

  • on August 31, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    nasir looked better but couldnt continue it and fell same way.

    Ahmed is always a slow starter. even in t20s. and also under pressure because have not done better in odis. i hope he continues and accelerate

    with hafeez hurt, its now up to ahmed , misbah to do some thing. cant leave to much for afridi & sarfraz.

  • on August 31, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    in my opinion ZIM should have batted 1st. but yeh Taylor knows his team more and have own plans.

    Hope Nasir & ahmed score some runs to let off some pressure from Hafeez, misbah & afridi.

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  • on August 31, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    in my opinion ZIM should have batted 1st. but yeh Taylor knows his team more and have own plans.

    Hope Nasir & ahmed score some runs to let off some pressure from Hafeez, misbah & afridi.

  • on August 31, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    nasir looked better but couldnt continue it and fell same way.

    Ahmed is always a slow starter. even in t20s. and also under pressure because have not done better in odis. i hope he continues and accelerate

    with hafeez hurt, its now up to ahmed , misbah to do some thing. cant leave to much for afridi & sarfraz.

  • on August 31, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Wat a pathtic innings by misbah 5 runs against zim in 35 balls wat is wrng with this man should he b in the team even. Very selfish innings.

  • Izzmail55 on August 31, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Misbah what is wrong with you it looks like you for got to play international cricket or any cricket SO SLOW!!!!!!!

  • romirom on August 31, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    misbah playing very selfish innings. Jst wan to improve stats. Doesn't matter team lose or win.

  • on August 31, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Misba is once again digging a massive hole for Pakistan this man has not a ounce of positive frame of mind..... The sad thing is you will see this man lead Pakistan in World Cup 2015

  • Resultpredictor on August 31, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Misbah is playing below test standard cricket. With this run rate Pakistan is going to make around 240 to 250, which will be easily chased down by Zimbabwe.

  • nasimmushtaque on August 31, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    i wish that mr. tuk tuk presents this series to Zim by batting in this tuk tuk style

  • nasimmushtaque on August 31, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    i hope that pcb should take any decision with misbah in regard to the odi concerned. it is not that he is not capable, he is the best technical batsman in pak team, but his mind set is such where he does not know that how he should bat

  • ArhamCricketLover on August 31, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Misbah is playing good... But with Hafeez retired I don't think Pakistan can set up a big target but there is a chance if Afridi hits a big score.... Fingers crossed.. :(