Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Harare, 2nd day

Younis, Misbah stabilise Pakistan

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

September 11, 2013

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Pakistan 163 for 3 (Younis 52*, Manzoor 51) trail Zimbabwe 294 (Masakadza 75, Taylor 51, Junaid 4-67) by 131 runs
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Younis Khan plays off the front foot, Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Harare, 2nd day, September 11, 2013
Younis Khan went past 7000 Test runs © AFP
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It was down to the old firm of Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq to stabilise Pakistan after the top order wobbled again. Khurram Manzoor did make a determined half-century in his comeback series but Mohammad Hafeez had another failure at Test level and Azhar Ali fell early as well, leaving it to the experienced hands to start the repair job at 96 for 3. By stumps, Younis had become the fourth Pakistan batsmen to go past 7000 Test runs on his way to one more fifty, Misbah had dug in for the long haul as usual, and the stand had grown to 67.

There was almost an air of inevitability to this familiar partnership, which was saying a lot on a pitch where a batsman was never quite in. The expected deterioration hadn't happened yet, but there were many deliveries that stayed low. Scoring was difficult through the day but Younis and Misbah were assured, Younis pushing and driving straight, Misbah guiding and nudging square. There was the occasional play-and-miss and lbw appeal, but that could induce no change at all in the men's temperament or their methods.

Manzoor had shown excellent composure till he rushed out for a single to square leg soon after tea and was stranded, Younis' refusal coming a touch late. The opener had kicked on from an uncertain start to play several aggressive drives with superb timing through point, cover and straight down the ground.

Zimbabwe's fast bowlers came nowhere close to matching the kind of bite Junaid Khan had generated on the first morning. They weren't able to target the good length areas, where there were cracks, as well as Junaid had. Often, they overpitched, and Pakistan, chiefly Younis and Manzoor, capitalised.

Manzoor could have gone without scoring. In the sixth over, he seemed to have got some glove off Brian Vitori for the wicketkeeper to take it down the leg side - there was a clear deviation - but the umpire probably felt it had come off the thigh pad. He was 1 off 23 at one stage and it was Hafeez who began with confidence, flicking and straight-driving for three fours as Pakistan got through the potentially tense period of eight overs before lunch unscathed.

He fell in characteristic fashion soon after the break, though, poking at a Vitori length delivery to edge to first slip on 22. Azhar could have gone fourth ball, when Tendai Chatara hit his pad in front of middle but the appeal was turned down. But he was to fall in similar fashion, trapped leg-before off Tinashe Panyangara for 7.

By then, though, Manzoor had got over his early nerves, and Zimbabwe had turned to Hamilton Masakadza, possibly to give their specialist seamers some leeway after the workload they carried in the first Test. However, Brendan Taylor stuck with Masakadza for four overs after Younis came in, allowing the batsman to settle in against harmless, gentle length deliveries outside off.

In the morning, Chatara and Vitori also had had few problems settling in, as they batted into the second hour of the day in a last-wicket stand of 46 that stretched the Zimbabwe innings to 294. The hosts began the day on 237 for 8, hoping to make the most of the remaining two wickets with the surface expected to deteriorate significantly later. There was quite some sense on display from Nos 10 and 11 as they defended resolutely and earned precious runs.

Pakistan felt they had got Chatara caught behind on 1 when Junaid ripped a lifter past the batsman's prod. There was a faint sound as ball passed bat, but umpire Steve Davis was unmoved. It would be an hour-and-a-half more before Pakistan finally ended the innings.

Chatara was fortunate again when a couple of close lbw shouts were turned down, off Ajmal and Hafeez, the latter one appearing especially tight. Abdur Rehman ultimately broke through in the 20th over of the day when umpire Ranmore Martinesz decided ruled the latest leg-before shout against Chatara, on 21, was far too plumb to be turned down.

Panyangara had one lbw appeal negated against Misbah when he was on 18, the ball hitting the Pakistan captain high, on the back thigh pad. That was about as close as Zimbabwe came to separating the familiar partners.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Aristotle01 on (September 12, 2013, 18:24 GMT)

@Mustafa Fyaz: Mate, Pls read my 2 comments below. You are another one of your breed whose lack of common cricketing sense is just completely embarassing. NO PAK batsman is an all time great. India have about 6 in that category, The mighty Aussies have about 10, England have about 4, NZ has 1, SL has 1, WI have about 6, SA have about 4-5. Your batsmen are flat track bullies good enough to score agaisnt Kulasekara, Randiv, Shaiful Isslam, and those types. They are boring, unattractive, strokeless and Spineless. Their currrent performances agianst a club level side like ZIM speaks volumes of their ineptitude. They have prodcued NO great batsmen. ZERO. They come a cropper against top sides and just kep getting swept no matter what decade they play. (Pak 0-3 IN AUS 1999,) Pak 0-3 against Aus 2002, 0-3 against Aus 2004, 0-3 Against Aus in 2009, 0-3 in SA 2013, 0-3 in Eng in 2006&2010, O-2 in India in 2007, 1-2 agaisnt India in Pak 2004........and it goes on . Cricinfo Pls Publish.

Posted by AlanHull on (September 12, 2013, 10:06 GMT)

We should get Younis Khan back at Yorkshire. It seems there is life in the old dog and he would be playing a higher standard of cricket at Yorkshire rather than playing against Zimbabwe.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

@BravoBravo. You must be kidding. Funny to see Younis celebrating 7000 only! Even a hard hitter like Sehwag reacheee your attempt to present him as a great batsman! lol. He is not even considered in Pak cricket history.BTW, are you a Pk fan or WI fan or BD fan?

Posted by   on (September 12, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

pakistan should reach...SHOULD REACH 294 by the end of tea. and play about 30-40 overs with a run rate over 3.5 to 4.5 and the declare giving zimbabwe to bat the 4th day and if by miracle the pitch does not do much then aim for a draw. 60% chances are of a draw. I.e if zimbabwe bats well in second innings. 7-10% chances of loosing for Pakistan if their batting collapse in the second innings. now misbah nd coaches need a plan at lunch on how to bat and if there is a chance then when to declare. now after tea or tomorrow before lunch

Posted by   on (September 12, 2013, 8:01 GMT)

@ imran haider

are u sleepy, pak was in even worst postion in last match, toght they won with big margin, lets see on 4th day. another comment about YK, impatience, i believe u havent watch must test cricket, he is the most calm and patient batsman in pak team

Posted by Philippe on (September 12, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

for everyone's information, please keep this in mind while commenting anything: sachin scored total ~15000 runs. 8000+ runs Outside India (average 54+). 7000+ runs In India (average 54+). Also note that his average has gone down by almost 2 in last 2 years (particularly after SA 2011 series). Younis is nowhere around Inzy even. He is not any class. Scoring runs is never a parameter but still batting is all about scoring runs. Quality runs.

Posted by Iddy on (September 12, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

By the way everyone. Younis khan has scored 5 centuries against India 5 against SL and 4 against SA who are all top teams and not so called minnows. To me that makes him a top test batsman. Hafeez must now be dropped for future tests.

Posted by Philippe on (September 12, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

Quality of runs, consistency, attitude & most importantly love of global fans is missing in current Pak players as it used to be with Inzy & Anwar.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

my bro sachin played 198 where younis played 84

Posted by   on (September 12, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

These are pretty foolish arguments. Pakistan plays almost half the test india and england play or aus. obviously they will have more runs. and naturally they have less time to get used to test cricket. Poor cook who folks consider a really god batsman could not do anything against a poor aussie team in 5 test. Bell flying high theses days is biggest bunny of all time of Ajmal. Pieterson anothet of your great scored so many runs in the UAE series. Barometer of success is not runs it never was. if it was runs sachin would be considered the all time greatest umfortunately he is not. Bradman took that cake long time ago. whether younis is great or not, no one can really tell. Scored that 100 against steyn and co last time he played a test series in SA. for me that was good enough to say that he is a great Pakistani batsman. you can celebrate meaningless flat track 15000 runs all you want if it makes you happy.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (September 12, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

@BravoBravo. You must be kidding. Funny to see Younis celebrating 7000 only! Even a hard hitter like Sehwag reached that milestone long time back! Funny to see your attempt to present him as a great batsman! lol. He is not even considered in Pak cricket history.BTW, are you a Pk fan or WI fan or BD fan?

Posted by   on (September 12, 2013, 6:48 GMT)

Wow, Zim goes to the third day with a lead of 131 runs, am most impressed but it's not over, wickets still need to be taken.

Posted by Philippe on (September 12, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

Mr. Bravobravo. Get your fundamentals right dude (forget about facts & figures). Younis khan cannot be compared to other players forget about even thinking about comparing him to LARA, SRT. what a joke dude? White washed team, India? India is only team that could put up a fight against SA, Aussies & Eng in their own pitches.

Posted by Aristotle01 on (September 12, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

@Bravo Bravo : The only way to shut your gibberish up is by presenting you the cold facts. Pak is a weak team who needs to bat twice very often and so younis has a high century per match ratio. What counts is centuries per inns and lara and sachin and kallis are way way way ahead. India is the most whitewashed team.? Mate I am an Aussie and from 2000-2010 the only team to really give the aussies a fight is India. They drew the series in 2003-4 in Aus, FOUGHT VERY HARD IN 2007-08 and won the CB series there. PAK IS THE MOST WHITE WASHED TEAM IN ASIA. White washed agiasnt Aus in 1999, 2002, 2004, and 2009. WHITE WASHED IN ENGLAND IN 2006, and lost 3-0 in 2010. White washed IN SA EVERYTIME, where India drew in 2010-11. You are in a dream land of your delusions mate Get well soon champ. Pls Pubish.

Posted by Pathiyal on (September 12, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

Congrats to Younus, one of my all time favorite batsman for his double (he has > 7,000 runs in ODIs as well). But the fact is he looks greater than those number of runs scored, in terms of his capability in both forms of the game. Hope he will carry on to amaze us for more years.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

I have analysed some interesting facts about Hafeez v Afridi test career. Hafeez Test batting average is 34.08 while Afridi has scored with 36.51 in test batting. In bowling department Hafeez took 34 wickets and Afridi took 48.

Why Pakistani Selectors usually quoted that Afridi is not a test player? if Afridi is not a test player keeping in mind the better record he is having in comparison of future captain of unfortunate Pakistan team.

Posted by JustIPL on (September 12, 2013, 6:02 GMT)

Please can anybody can reply to the comments of rk0007. There should be no problem with the inclusion of seniors as long as they are performing and leading the way. They need to be kicked out if they become a liablility by just making up numbers and their team suffers humiliation. As mentioned by rk0007 pakistan falter too often then I will honestly add that Pakistan have been a side without any home advantage and cannot doctor pitches like india. India also depends on home advantage and reducing number of tests played against stronger nations like SA to achieve that objective.

Posted by calcu on (September 12, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

@BravoBravo Your stats are outdated. In past 2 years, Pak is just slightly ahead of ind in tests whereas Ind is miles ahead of pak in Odis.

Last 2 years (tests)

Ind 9-6 (wl 1.5) 3rd rank Pak 7-4 (wl 1.75) 2nd rank

Last 2 years (Odis)

Ind 35-14 (wl 2.5) 1st rank Pak 25-20 (wl 1.25) 5th rank (lower than ireland and netherlands)

I think that ends the argument. Where you guys celebrate when your player reaches 7000 test runs, We celebrate when our player reaches 15000 test runs.

Posted by calcu on (September 12, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

I cant believe it. Pak is having trouble beating Zim! I knew that their recent performances were poor but this much poor!!

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (September 12, 2013, 5:22 GMT)

It is hilarious to see the changing vibrant visions & approach of some nation's fans (PAK/SL) towards ZIM perspective before & after touring by their respective national teams to ZIM. Most of these fans even commented about Zimbabweans that they are anybody's cup of tea. Even IND travelled there, ZIM were termed as weakest team. Forget about ZIM's final results against IND, they looked very impressive in those losses too. They found little inexperience & much short of match practise in playing with IND. And now same fans feel ZIM is a good team. Strange enough for them that they need to travel & experience of playing with them. One of them is BravoBravo who still counting win/loss statistics for a scoring point over IND. Suddenly he apprised of the facts that WI & ZIM are good teams now. He needs to measure out current unresolving shortcomings (disabilities) of his PAK team rather than bashing & comparing histories every time with IND who is many miles away from his home team now.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (September 12, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

Lol @ Headline...So now we need someone to save us from tough situations even when playing against Zimbabwe..Our Standard has sunken that low..I just dont get it.What's the Job of Whatmore here?Our Batsmen are getting worst day by day. They Batsmen who used to perform consistently,all of them are acting as if they forgot how to Bat..I know that National team players just need Polishing but here it seems to me that our star players should be sent back to the academy.I feel sad while watching my team performing like that.My This is the worst Pak team ever.I can point out 5 or 6 players who don't qualify to be in any national side..Such low standards..It's a shame.. Please publish

Posted by dmqi on (September 12, 2013, 4:44 GMT)

How many of you remember the circus played by several Pak players to oust Yonus from Captaincy few years ago? He did not yield, rather quit playing. Now he is back with captains support and playing to his full potential. Hafiz now seems to the problem in the team. He does not deserve a place in the playing 11, but still he has to play. Does Pak management have guts to give chances to deserving players and drop the undeserving one? Misbah and coach need to show some guts.

Posted by hotcric01 on (September 12, 2013, 4:26 GMT)

@BravoBravo,I agree WI have produced so many greats.But Pakistan?I can name only few fast bowlers likes of wasim,waqar, imran khan.There are no legend batsmen emerged from Pakistan except Miandad.How do you forget Australia,And Sri Lanka even with a relatively short history? win loss ratio doesn't mean too much.WI's high win-loss ratio is due to their past performance. In last decade they have been weak in all formats.On other hand Pakistan's performance in recent history hasn't been too consistent.Best test team in recent memory is South africa and India is the most consistent ODI team and SL have been the most consistent team in t20 internationals.

Posted by Philippe on (September 12, 2013, 4:16 GMT)

They serious need a young blood in team atleast for the sake of preparations for next world cup. players like younis, misbah are not that good prospects. they are just burden on team in short as well as long run.

Posted by Philippe on (September 12, 2013, 4:15 GMT)

It seems that pakistani players can only score against weak teams or minnows. After departure of Inzy, Youhana & Anwar they could never find a world class batsmen in last 10 years or so. Pakistan looks like much overhyped team that underperforms on regular basis. they were rated highly by pak fans before champions trophy but they failed to win even a single match there. I hope they should start scoring against big teams like Aus, Eng, Ind, SL, SA which has not been the case in yesteryears.

Posted by BravoBravo on (September 12, 2013, 3:38 GMT)

It is surprising that when it comes to ZIM, people always criticize ZIM being the worst of all teams. Have anyone noticed that NZ and IND are playing cricket for 85+ years and still never acme out of the rut, they both have the lowest Win to Loss Ratio in every format of the game among top 8 teams. I remember when IND was winning its 100th test match in Mumbai, India against SL, the same day or the following day PAK was winning its 104th Test match against NZ in New Zealand. By that time IND (the most white washed team) has played twice as much test as PAK. I have always said that WI and PAK are the only teams who have produced magnificent cricketers, player with flair and panache, no other team come close to them. The best cricketer of nineties and early 2000 is undoubtedly Wasim Akram, who changed the game with his finesse and his artistry. If ZIM wins this game, it will simply mean that ZIM is a good team, not that PAK is a weak team. Please stop bashing ZIM and BD

Posted by   on (September 12, 2013, 3:17 GMT)

Younis demonstrated today how Pakistan cricket lost 2-3 yrs of his test services,at the peak of his form due to board incompetency,team factions and personal ego.Moh. Yousuf was the other victim of this, showing how substandard players in our team make factions and kick out deserving players.It seems now that hafeez's support and friendship alongwith the boards difference is interfering in his removal from the test squad.He def. has a place in the odis and t20(maybe not opener of #3). I agree with most here, Taufeeq should be brought back, try Umar amin in tests alongwith Ahmed Shehz and give Babar Azam a go at the test level.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (September 12, 2013, 1:50 GMT)

Huge congrats to Younis. 7000 runs and counting. I am really amazed by the PCB treats him.He deserves much more respect. But still it's true that he is vulnerable to quality pace attack.In my opinion he is just in the league of Jaywardhene who is very good in Subcontinent and dry and slow wickets.i will not Younis in the class of Lara,Ponting,yousuf or Tendulkar but yes he is still very good.

Posted by Crick_Expert on (September 12, 2013, 1:37 GMT)

Great batting from Great Younis Khan, PAK Team win/defeat depending only on Younis batting. Continue weak performace from Azhar Ali, Asad Safiq, Khurum Manzoor again cricket baby team. What we can expect from them again world class team? PCB should say bye them now. PCB should see players performance in open eyes, and open door for new talented players like Shan Massood, Sohaib Maqsood, Ahmed Shahzad, Nasir Jamshed.

Posted by syed.r.karim on (September 12, 2013, 1:02 GMT)

Hafiz should be brave hearted like Afride. He never have test playing material , he should concentrate in short format , this will good for him as well as Pakistan also. Opening is bigger issue in every team, south Africa have tried with Mckenzie, Rudolph and now they got Alviro Petersen as a permanent basis. Australia has tried with warner, EJM Cowan and now they got crish Rogers as permanent basis. India have tried with Dhawan and succeed, England still finding cook's partner. So, one thing is very clear for every successful opener, they are all mature and got amounts of run in their domestic series. So, Pakistan should experiment with experience mature batsman like Alviro Petersen , crish Rogers , Dhawan

Posted by   on (September 12, 2013, 0:07 GMT)

hafeez shouldn't be in test team. pakistan also missing a main fast bowler.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 23:44 GMT)

I wonder what falsified and made-up statistic Misbah's short-sighted critics will come up with next? "He scores too slow..." blah blah blah. "He doesn't get hundreds..." blah blah. So what? Misbah solidifies the middle-lower order for Pakistan - something which they have lacked of late. He only has 3 hundreds because he has often run out of partners. The fact is, Misbah is too good and too responsible for Pakistan's batting order.

Posted by Aristotle01 on (September 11, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

@BravoBravo: Thats the most hilarious peice of nonsense I have read mate. Younis Khan is nothing more than just a good batsman. You can talk about stats as much as you like, but they dont mean anything to the common cricket fan. He may be a prolific batsman by PAK standards. Keep him there. Its just complete dribble to say he is better than SRT, Lara, or Ponting. Younis, like most pak batsmen, is nothing more than just a good batsman as he has struggled to play outisde the SC. Scoring unattractive centuries against the likes of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in countries like UAE Aand SL is no big deal. Get a perspective. He is a good batsman, and a lovely man. Thats it. Most prolific of this age? Codswollop mate. That title belongs to Lara and SRT jointly, followed by Ponting, Dravid, Steve Waugh and Kallis. Please get some perspective champ. Having said that, Younis is a good bat and easily the most accomplished of the current Pak batsmen. Pls Publish cricinfo. Fair , honest view

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

@ Imran Haider, U must be kidding man... U r talking about a man who have scored 7000+ runs with an average of above 50 runs can not play Zim bowlers and can not handle the pressure.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 21:00 GMT)

Dnt praise this perfomance as it is against the weeker opponent .A class of batsman can be judged only against world class bowling attack .if pak bats are struggling against minor zimbabwe then what we can expect from them against stronger teams hafeez Always scorred against weeker teams and also getting out in same fashion as he was against south africa he is a handy t20 player but not sutable for test or t20

Posted by t20cric on (September 11, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

COngrats to Younis for getting another half century and making the 7000 test run mark hope u go on to make a big century in this match cuz Pakistan really need it. Pakistan bowling is not up to par in this match they let the tail enders score about 20 each and they also gave a whole 22 extras which makes it feel like Zimbabwe have 12th batsman. Misbah and YOunis both must make centuries to give Pakistan a good first innings lead. Mohammad Hafeez doesn't deserve to be in the test team and is fast losing his right to play for Pakistan in any format. Taufeeq Umar should come back for the SA series and fawad alam should be given a chance, he has played only few test but his average is low 40s and his first class average is mid 50s as well he can bowl spin and is younger then Hafeez so Fawad should be given a chance in tests.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 19:17 GMT)

Well, I really don't understand why on earth have they dropped Toufiq. He has a test batting average of 38 which is better than any current opener in Pakistan. Furthermore, Hafeez's inclusion in the test side is also mind boggling. There is a big question mark on the credibility and capability of these selectors.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

@Posted by BravoBravo on (September 11, 2013, 17:34 GMT) Amazing stats mate. Thanks for sharing..

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

Congratulation Younis for completing 7000 test run. He is truly Pakistan's best test batsman of modern era.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

every one talk about young players but to the hill with these so called young players like Asad shafiq, Manzoor, Azhar Ali, Rahat Ali. Their techniques what we say about their techniques ridiculous .

Posted by Iddy on (September 11, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

@Imran Haider. I have no idea what you are trying to say or suggest. I agree Pakistan batting is a concern overall. However there are some good individual batsmen in the Pakistan team in all 3 formats. Just need some consistency but please don't write Pakistan off.

Posted by BravoBravo on (September 11, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

Congrats to Younis Khan, the most prolific batsman of this era, for completing his 7,000+ run. The Younis per match century ratio (22 Centuries in 83 matches or 23/83=0.2650) 0.2650 is only bettered by 0.2820 of Sangakarra (SL), 0.2716 of J Kallis (SA) and 0.2660 of Mohd Yousuf (PAK). Other than Younis Khan per match century ratio is higher than BC Lara, AN Cook, SR Tendulkar, RT Ponting, MJ Clarke. The stats speaks him in volumes, how fascinating and classy batsman he is. Younis is a god's gift to modern cricket. God bless him.

Posted by bouncer709 on (September 11, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

@Imran Haider: Did you ever played cricket in your life? It is easy to talk but difficult to apply. but I just want to say players like Younis Khan need no certificates from people like you.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

@ Imran Haider. you are saying Younis is impatient. He batted over 400 deliveries and 500 minutes in his last inning. try surving a couple of overs in test match cricket and get your head examined too while you are at it.

Posted by romirom on (September 11, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

hafeez once again. Omg how many chances pcb will give to tis hafez. He is ok for limited over game. But u need a consistent top order batsman for test match. I hope he doesn't score few runs in 2nd innings if he does than we will see him again against saf. Anybody like haris, maqsood, taufiq or umar akmal would be gud choice insteed of him.

Posted by grahaam on (September 11, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

Just need to get of these guys early tomorrow, and it will be another good performance by Zimbabwe , maybe not good enough but good all the same considering all things. Interesting to see Kyle Jarvis left on the bench by his new team Lancashire today!.

Posted by am5786 on (September 11, 2013, 16:29 GMT)

I was reading comments on this match leaving few which make sense rest of the comments are from people who should only watch T20 or ODI, please stop comparing TEST with other formats. This needs patience and don't judge players by only one or two innings performances. I feel you guys are lucky you didn't see Mudassir or Hanif Muhammad playing. So, my conclusion just like we need different players for different formats and few for all formats similarly there should be fans for different formats.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

pakistan must do better in both batting and bowling as against south africa they dont stand a chance.

Posted by GoldenAsif on (September 11, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

Hafeez does not belong in tests (neither do Khurram Manzoor despite his runs today or Rahat Ali). Misbah should admit that or at least tell Hafeez this harsh truth in private

Selectors need to explain why they dropped Taufeeq for no reason. Taufeeq and Azhar or Jamshed should open in test matches

AzharAli is also struggling for form. He is not doing full justice to the most important batting position (#3)

I do not believe that Pakistan is playing the best test XI against Zimbabwe. This should be our team against RSA in UAE

Taufeeq Umar Nasir Jamshed/Azhar Ali Younis Khan Umar Akmal Misbah-ul-Haq (c) Asad Shafiq Adnan Akmal (wk) Abdur Rehman Saeed Ajmal Junaid Khan Irfan/Ehsan Adil

Posted by Rubic on (September 11, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

Misbah - with his limited batting skills..do not count him to score big like any other world class batsman..at best (with his 50s-60s)..he is a supporter...Which is fine for a struggling Pak test batting line... Hafiz batting - Good at 10 or 11 in test, 7 or 8 in ODI and 1-3 in T20.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

Not surprisingly Hafeez failed again and he still continues to be in the test XI. It seems PCB's methods including selection is based on the basis og bhai, chacha, cousin and I. The question of merit or fairness is never discussed. It is ridiculous players like Younis, Misbah and Ajmal are representing Pakistan for series against Zimbabwe. For them it is like playing against children and the selectors should have sent young promising players on tour. However, in that team there would be no place for Faisal Iqbal and Hafeez, they simply do not deserve to be considered for test matches. So far I refuse to watch these matches as it should be one sided affair and if TEAM PAKISTAN loose then they do not deserve their current test ranking of being the fourth best.

Posted by asim229 on (September 11, 2013, 15:03 GMT)

I was looking down the list of highest run getters and Misbah have 2541 runs in 41 matches and Imran Farhat have 2400 runs in 40 matches and Hafeez is much lower in the list.One of them is called Mr.Dependable and the other is the most disliked player. Let me clarify first that I am not a big fan of either Imran Farhat or Kamran Akmal and Taufeeq Umar or some youngster should open the batting. I was just comparing average players with below average players in the batting line up and the inconsistancies the selection process in pakistan where selection committee is so generous to some players like Hafeez and keep giving them chances and harsh on other players.

Posted by Smiling on (September 11, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

Horrendous wicket...it's about survival....for both sides and it won't get any better as the days go on. Was definitely a toss to win but Pakistan didnt and they will bat last. Can we pray for rain????

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 13:41 GMT)

Pakistan will loose this Test Match 100% if Zimbabwe managed to take 90 runs lead . Key for Zimbabwe is just to remain patient and ball right line and length, there is no one in PAK side with so much talent that he could give 2 bad deliveries in a row the right treatment . They will eventually crumble under pressure as they do not have enough patience . The worst is yet to come for Pakistan team and especially for the player whom they consider Great like Ajmal, Younis, Misbah and Hafeez (don't know why Hafeez). Zimb. bowlers are too much to handle for this below average batting side . They through bats on good deliveries and cannot score on bad deliveries. If any body reads my comment just notice Yunis Khan their great batsman he wont be able to play well timed grounded shot on long on even if the ball is there full on middle and leg , he ll always hit it to the fielder on mid-on , reason being due to impatience he cannot w8 for the ball to leave the bowler's hand and his head falls .

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

When will Pakistan say enough of Hafeez? With his atrocious showing against Zim., what chance does he have against the stronger teams. The Professor should consider a lecture circuit and allow other and better batsmen to replace him. It is time.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

some of the comments are really funny. best of luck to manzoor and I hope he continues batting good

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

some of the comments are really funny. best of luck to manzoor and I hope he continues batting good

Posted by IndvsEngseries on (September 11, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

How many runs lead is Zimbabwe going to take in first innings? I think something around 50-70. Though Pakistan won the first test from coming back but Pakistan cannot do this time. Zimbabwe victory will be confirmed by day after tomorrow. Congrats Zimbabwe in advance.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 11:45 GMT)

i wisj i had the right to write an article on cricinfo.an article about why pakistan treats its players unfairly i do not understand take taufeeq umar for instance a player who has shown class through out his test carrer a player who averages around 40 better then most pakistani batsman right now. a true test player an opener he was replaced by nasir jamshed first a player who just begin his odi career. i could write more then 20000 words about all these players i hope my message gets through we need him he is the most stable test opener we have please bring him back

Posted by roook on (September 11, 2013, 11:30 GMT)

Hafeez getting highest of 22 in last 10 innings even ajmal got 49 and he will play the SA series and Sri lanka series that the way thinks are done by PCB.

Posted by Lach-Ferragh on (September 11, 2013, 10:26 GMT)

Waste of space Rahat Ali didn't do anything AGAIN. If he's the best Pakistan can produce as a test bowler, we're in serious trouble. Innocuous; very little passion and aggression; thinks he can just waddle up and bowl it and hope for wickets?! Forget it. Even one of his two wickets was given to him rather than him earning it. Get in someone with more skill... like Ehsan Adil, or even Aizeez Cheema; much better than Rahat Ali.

Posted by Tashfeen on (September 11, 2013, 9:50 GMT)

Well played Zimbabwe but it also means, they way the lower order batted, that the wicket instead of degenerating has eased out and has not much assistance for bowlers. There may not be a 4th innings if Pakitsan can bat for 2 whole days from now on, score about 500 or more and then ask Zimbabwe to bat. Keeping with the lack of experience of the Zimbabweans and the added pressure of the the 2nd innings, there are chances that Pakistan can win by an innings margin. I am not even considering a Pakistan loss.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 9:48 GMT)

r zimbabwe frustrated pakistan on 2nd day scoring 57more runs in morning.46 runs on last wicket. wicket looks easy now but some time hve low bounce. Pakistan should hve to ply steadly.they should hve take first inning lead otherwise its chances fir losing the game. the wicket will b difficultcto bat in 4th inning..today is vital day for Pakistan . batsmen to stay at wicket for longer time. good luck.

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