23 September, 2014 / Ziqa'ad 27, 1435
South Africa's Ryan McLaren celebrates one of his four wickets -Photo by Reuters
South Africa's Ryan McLaren celebrates one of his four wickets -Photo by Reuters

Welcome to Dawn.com’s live coverage of the crucial Champions Trophy Group ‘B’ encounter between Pakistan and South Africa. It will be a match that both sides must win to harbour any hopes of making the tournament's semi-finals. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has tried to take the pressure off his side by insisting a 'do or die' clash against South Africa was nothing new for the team but both teams will be feeling the heat after having lost their first matches. Pakistan's batsmen, in particular, must step up their game against a side which will be missing the services of its two strike bowlers.

This is Taimur Sikander, stick around as Dawn.com brings all the action, comments and analysis from the match.

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00:23 PST

WICKET! That's it! The Pakistani fans will be glad this over, it was a surprisingly overcautious attempt with the bat by Misbah's men! McLaren knocks Junaid off-stump out of the ground and South Africa, deservedly, win by 67 runs. Clearly, no lessons were learnt by Pakistan from their first game against the West Indies, team selection was once again questionable, and it is safe to say, there are no realistic chances for Misbah's men in the Champions Trophy now! They will now face-off against India on June 15 in what may still be a cracking, albeit meaningless match if it doesn't come down to run-rate by then. According to Cricinfo, there is hope yet for Pakistan though, but only if Windies win both their remaining matches, and Pakistan beat India. Then Pakistan, India and South Africa will all have one win each, bringing NRR into play. If any of those results don't happen Pakistan are out. Coming back to this match, the stars were no doubt Hashim Amla (81) and Chris Morris, who had a memorable debut match with 7-25-2. Morris did the early and the most decisive damage and Ryan McLaren later picked up four wickets for 19 runs from 8 overs.

Pakistan came into the tournament with question marks over their batting. Two games in, there's still question marks all over it. In the end a very comprehensive victory for South Africa. Pakistan have got some work to do even if they're going to threaten in the next game. - Dirk Nannes, BBC Test Match Special

00:19 PST

WICKET! Ajmal falls attempting the pull off McLaren and walks off in disgust, most likely reserved for the team's batsmen!

00:13 PST

WICKET! Wahab smacks Phangiso for couple of boundaries before being bowled! Why try the reverse sweep when you have just picked up two fours with normal shots? But Wahab can't be blamed here, the 'batsmen' left too much to be desired! PAK 163/8 in 43 overs.

00:05 PST

WICKET! Misbah falls and perhaps that's the game! He tried to heave it over mid-wicket but only managed to find Hashim Amla in the circle! PAK 148/7 in 41.3 overs!

00:02 PST

Required rate 9.77 as Tsotsobe comes in to bowl! Wahab and Misbah are probably sweating in their gloves because mentally they will know this will take some doing!

23:57 PST

SIX! Misbah smacks Peterson over long off, that was a flat six! Many, many more need if Pakistan are even going get close to this! PAK 141/6 in 40, 94 needed!

23:53 PST

WICKET! Umar Amin falls and is quickly followed by Kamran Akmal who's fierce cut is picked up brilliantly by Du Plessis at point! Pakistan looking down the barrel now! PAK 134/6 in 39 overs.

23:47 PST

FOUR! Umar Amin made room for himself before smacking Morris straight down the ground for a boundary. They pick up seven from that over, 107 needed off 12 overs! PAK 128/4 in 38 overs.

23:45 PST

Pakistan have scored 13 in the last two over, a little bit of activity at least but this won't win it for Misbah's men. PAK 121/4 in 37 overs.

23:37 PST

FOUR! Two boundaries in that Morris over after drinks. First, a very unconvincing looking attempted pull from Amin, the ball catches his thigh and races towards fine leg. The second very convincing though! Misbah smacks the bowler over mid-on's head.

23:32 PST

The batting powerplay has been taken! Misbah and Amin still blocking though and with the required rate over 8, this is looking very tough now for Pakistan. Ehsan Adil had come out with a message from the Pakistan camp, what could it have been? Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz, the 'hitters', if you can call them that, in the bank. PAK 108/4 in 35 overs as players take drinks. 127 required off 15 overs. 23:22 PST

Phangiso living up to his reputation as a constrictor and Duminy looking like Graeme Swann to the Pakistani batsmen. Misbah and Amin currently seem to have know answers. The required rate has climbed to over 7 an over, how long before the big shot comes out? PAK 98/4 in 32.

23:06 PST

WICKET! Jamshed goes! Tsotsobe held that one back a little and Jamshed was early into that shot, simple caught-and-bowled that! Pakistan lose another batsman just as a partnership was developing. Umar Amin is the new man in and he will have to play a big hand for sure today and justify his selection over Asad Shafiq! He is capable, very capable.

22:56 PST

Pakistan have scored 23 in the last five overs, Misbah and Jamshed picking up a boundary each. Much better, but there's a big task up ahead and whatever they do, the Pakistanis cannot afford to lose another wicket here.

22:31 PST

WICKET! Duminy get the breakthrough! Malik a little unfortunate there! He put a long stride to block that one and the ball after hitting the bat rolls onto the stumps. This is not looking good for Pakistan! Misbah walks in. Morris back into the attack.

teams are making chasing look like such a task! ..need more belief.. they need to eliminate fear. Shruti Chopra ‏@itstarot now (Twitter)

22:23 PST

FOUR! Jamshed gets that stride in and picks Phangiso over mid-off for four! Seven runs from that over, and by current standards, that is a big one! Pakistan must look for more. Duminy into the attack now. PAK 47/2 from 17 overs.

22:19 PST

Every South African player inside the circle is at least 10 yards in from the line - they're charging in. There's no alarm bells for Pakistan yet, but on a wicket like this you can't really go at over six an over for too long. - Dirk Nannes, BBC Test Match Special

22:11 PST

FOUR! That's come out of the blue! Jamshed pulls McLaren towards square-leg and that almost lands over the ropes. The first real stroke of aggression from the Pakistanis! PAK 35/2 in 14 overs.

22:01 PST

Aaron Phangiso comes into the attack, he's got a first-class average of 35.39 in 59 matches and is known for his immaculate accuracy. Ryan McLaren bowling from the other end, Pakistan's strike rate 2.41 at the moment! Pakistan do want to play catch under lights, it will be tricky! PAK 27/2 in 12 overs.

21:48 PST

WICKET! Hafeez falls to the short ball! That delivery was heading towards the batsman's head and he was in no positional at all to play that! That's poor batting and for a man of Hafeez's experience, much more was expected! Malik in now. PAK 18/2 in 7.5

21:45 PST

FOUR! Jamshed clips it Morris off his pads for a much, much-need boundary!

21:40 PST

Pakistan move 12/1 in 6 overs. Chris Morris has been fast and accurate, he's in the mould of a classic fast bowler who also has a few things to say to the batsmen! Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been tight and he will keep on pitching it in the right areas and create pressure.

21:30 PST

What is the future of Imran Farhat? Fans and critics keep wondering why he keeps making the squad despite an average of 31 in an ODI career spanning more than a decade. True, he's been in and out but he really hasn't rectified the mistakes because of which he has been dropped countless times. Does he provide stability at the top? Is he a dasher? Is he a great fielder? The answers to all these are pretty obvious and for this the Pakistan management must be held accountable. Surely, Pakistan could gamble with Kamran Akmal at the top if scoring runs is not a priority?

21:21 PST

WICKET! Pakistan have gotten off to the worst possible start, as Imran Farhat is bowled by Chris Morris. There was a big gap between bat and pad and the knives will be out once again for an opener who just doesn't seem comfortable at the top level.

20:42 PST

WICKET! And the South African innings ends with yet another run-out! Pakistan have been alert in the field and also hit the target! Four run-outs in all and after Amla's fluent 81 off 97 balls, there was nothing substantial from the Proteas. Pakistan were great with the ball all day, Hafeez being the pick of them with 10-38-1 and Irfan with his 7-27-1 providing great support! Despite the cloudy conditions, the wicket was not too bad for batting. Under lights, though, it may be a tricky proposition. The 234/9 could have been much bigger had AB stayed for a little longer. The onus, once again, is on the Pakistani batsman, who have been given a more than achievable task through the brilliance of their bowlers. Imran Farhat will have a lot to prove after being hounded by fans and critics recently for his repeated failures and Jamshed will need to be steady and mature about the way he goes about.

20:39 PST

WICKET! Another run-out. Wahab bowls it quick and straight, Peterson hits it straight to bowler who gathers and hits the stumps at the non-striker's end to run Chris Morris out! Wahab's been on the money here!

20:35 PST

WICKET! 4,4,4 and gone! Junaid picks up the dangerous Miller as Misbah takes a neat catch! SA have a decent score though, 231/7 in 49 overs.

20:26 PST

FOUR! As we have seen in the past, Wahab does have a tendency to lose his focus, the last couple of deliveries have been low full-tosses and Miller helps one towards the fine leg boundary! SA 216/6 in 48 overs.

20:23 PST

Wahab into the attack now, Miller takes guard and the left-handed batsman will be looking to repeat his fireworks in the IPL. He's joined by Peterson on the other end. SA 208/6 in 47 overs.

This could be another of those tight, low-scoring matches; the score is struggling to go to an imposing total. The way Pakistan have been batting, anything could happen. - Jim Maxwell, BBC Test Match Special

20:15 PST

WICKET! Malik picks up McLaren LBW. The batsman reviewed that one but the ball was just clipping the leg-stump. South Africa's late charge hasn't really come because Pakistan have picked up regular wickets.

20:07 PST

WICKET! Another run-out! South Africa, often guilty of not handling pressure well, have given away two big wickets to Pakistan, Duminy, who was involved in the run-out of skipper AB, has now suffered the same fate. David Miller and Ryan McLaren at the crease now and they can yet repair the damage, both are capable hitters. Ajmal back into the attack against the two lefties. SA 199/5 in 44 overs.

When you've run out yourself and the captain, don't expect a warm return to the dressing room. Find a corner and sit in it. - Charles Dagnall, BBC Test Match Special↵ ↵ 19:52: PST

WICKET! Pakistan pick up the prized wicket of AB de Villiers, well it can be safely said that his partner, Duminy, sold him a dummy! Duminy clipped it straight into the hands of Misbah at mid-wicket and rushed out but hit the brakes but unfortunately for AB his spikes did not help him much there. Misbah ran up to the stumps to take the bails off while AB was still on the ground! This is big for Pakistan because AB could have easily propelled South Africa to something substantial in the final few overs.

pak need to gear up for SA onslaught in the last ten overs. They got wickets in hand. -@awaIs_dotcom

19:35 PST

Wahab Riaz bowls a couple of short deliveries and South Africa keep up their momentum with singles, taking five off the over.

only in england you can see pakistani doing the 'bhangra' on dil dil pakistan. -@QuickCkt

19:30 PST

The batting powerplay comes to an end as South Africa look comfortable with 163 runs for the loss of three wickets after 36 overs.

19:24 PST

FOUR! Duminy slams Ajmal threw the covers where a diving Wahab is unable to stop the ball from reaching the boundary! JP Duminy and AB will be busy here and look to attack. SA 155/3 in 34 overs.

19:20 PST

WICKET! Amla goes attempting another reverse-sweep off Ajmal. He showed his cards to early and Ajmal kept it short and fast, the ball hit Amla's gloves and lobbed to short third-man where Hafeez took a neat diving catch. SA 146/3 in 32 overs.

19:11 PST

SIX! AB puts Malik into the stand, picked the length of that shortish delivery very early and hit it over mid-wicket. SA 144/2 in 31 overs.

19:06 PST

South Africa move to 134/2 in 30 overs, at 4.46 runs this is not bad, keeping in mind that JP Duminy and the highly-explosive David Miller are yet to come. Shoaib Malik into the attack now, bowling his first over of the Champions Trophy.

18:59 PST

WICKET! Irfan gets the breakthrough! This was much-needed for Pakistan. This banged in short and the ball hit the bottom of the bat as Du Plessis attempted to pull only for the ball to lob straight into the hands of Shoaib Malik at cover! AB de Villier comes in.

18:53 PST

FOUR! Faf du Plessis pulls out the big slog sweep against Ajmal, South Africa are scoring over 4 here and with 9 wickets still in hand, there could be some late fireworks from the Proteas!

18:50 PST

Wicket, wicket, its time 2 get a wicket! But boys bowling nice & tight so far. But seriously, a wicket soon pls. ‏- @alexwhatmore (Pakistani coach Dav Whatmore's daughter weighs in on the situation. SA 109/1 in 26 overs.

18:40 PST

FOUR! Quite a deliberate attempt by Amla to throw Ajmal off, he's tried clipping it towards square-leg, used his feet and twice reverse-sweeped him, one of which is hit very fine into the third man boundary! Great batting, Amla has an average of over 50 in England, needless to say he enjoys these conditions. SA 105/1 in 25 overs.

18:32 PST

Hashim Amla raises his bat for another fine half-century as Saeed Ajmal comes into the attack now. Amla vs Ajmal will once again be a great battle! 85/1 in 22 overs.

18:24 PT

FOUR! Amla looking more and more assured now, not that he's never too circumspect. Wahab has not been able to find the same lines and lengths as he did against the Windies and the odd one he has thrown a little wide, Amla has made full use of them. SA 78/1 in 20 overs.

18:15 PST

FOUR! Hafeez throws it up and Amla attempts to throw it out of the ground but only manages an outside edge, the balls flies by where first slip should have been! SA 64/1 in 17 overs.

18:10 PST

"It must be 95% Pakistan - all around the crowd there are flags waving. The South Africans are all sat on their flags." - Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

18:03 PST

WICKET! Hafeez traps Ingram and thus continues his great run against left-handed batsmen! The batsman tried to sweep, the ball straightened after pitching and was heading quite comfortably towards the stumps. Ingram was deceived by that 'little' variation in length by Hafeez. SA 56/1 in 15 overs.

18:01 PST

FOUR! After bowling a tidy few balls, Wahab gives just a bit of room to Amla outside off who times this perfectly to the left of point! SA 52/0 in 14 overs.

17:54 PST

Wahab Riaz starts his spell well here, 6 from that over which included a 'Chinese cut' from Amla. Riaz has won back quite a few of his fans back after that performance against the West Indies where he had Samuels and Pollard hopping. There's no doubt that he can crank it up which the Pakistani fans, spoilt by the feats of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis get easily excited by, but he must maintain discipline which is not something that comes easily to him.

17:49 PST

Is the yorker dying, metaphorically if not literally? Osman Samiuddin asks. The Pakistani bowlers should take note, read here.

17:47 PST

Mohammad Hafeez has come into the attack now as South Africa have slowly moved to 37/0 in 10 overs. Hafeez has a great record against lefties and Ingram will be cautious here.

17:38 PST

The talking point from the Pakistan-West Indies game was quite obviously Pakistan's thin effort with the bat as a courtesy of which Asad Shafiq has been dropped today. Imran Farhat has somehow survived once again despite being one of the most loathed among the fans. Shoaib Akhtar aptly put it when he said in one of his recent interviews that 'Farhat is getting out the same way as he was 10 years ago' but perhaps this is another opportunity for the left-handed opener to put things right. The other opener, Nasir Jamshed, also came in for a stick after recklessly giving his wicket away against the West Indies and prompted Misbah to publically reprimand the young batsman. The two along with Shoaib Malik must step up today!

17:33 PST

FOUR! Two great shots by Amla. Minimal effort with the first as he clips Junaid toward deep midwicket before following it up with the classic 'leg glance' for another boundary! SA 28/0 in 8 overs.

17:24 PST

FOUR! Colin Ingram swivels and puts that short delivery from Junaid Khan to the square-leg boundary! Barring the little bit of cloud cover, these are good batting conditions. SA 19/0 in 6 overs.

Yorkshire teen breaks 91-year county age record: Teenager Matthew Fisher turned his thoughts to schoolwork and a pending French oral exam after becoming the youngest cricketer in 91 years to play in a competitive English county match on Sunday. The seamer, aged 15 years and 212 days, turned out for Yorkshire in a three-wicket defeat by Leicestershire and took one for 40 from seven overs as well as scoring 10 runs off four balls. He broke the previous mark for a youngest player, set by Glamorgan's Royston Gabe-Jones in 1922, by 62 days.

17:18 PST

DROPPED! It was a tough chance, Amla smashed this once again and the ball thuds into the outstretched left hand of Umar Amin at point. SA 15/0 in 5 overs.

17:17 PST

FOUR! Amla cuts Irfan over point for the first boundary of the innings! Like an artist's brush stroke that.

17:15 PST

The conditions are heavy and there's no doubt who the crowd is supporting here, great atmosphere. Both Junaid and Irfan are are trying to pitch it up more often unlike the game against the West Indies where there were a barrage of bouncers against the likes of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels and Kieron Pollard. SA 9/0 in 4 overs.

17:06 PST

Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan have started off well here, there's a bit of life in the pitch here and South Africa have moved cautious to 3/0 in 2 overs.

Pak fans gave the SA squad a "warm" welcome as they left the team bus. A few verbals & lots of shouts of Pakistan Zindabad. - @Saj_PakPassion (Twitter)

TOSS

South Africa won the toss and chose to bat first in their Champions Trophy Group B match against Pakistan at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Monday.

Both teams lost their opening matches of the tournament, South Africa beaten by India by 26 runs and Pakistan going down by two wickets to West Indies.

South Africa made two changes, Chris Morris replacing injured fast bowler Morne Morkel and spinner Aaron Phangiso coming in for Rory Kleinveldt.

Pakistan brought in middle-order batsman Umar Amin for Asad Shafiq.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said of the conditions: "With these overcast conditions you never know..."

Squads:

Pakistan: Imran Farhat, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Amin, Misbah-ul-Haq*, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal†, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan

South Africa: HM Amla, CA Ingram, F du Plessis, AB de Villiers*†, JP Duminy, DA Miller, R McLaren, RJ Peterson, CH Morris, AM Phangiso, LL Tsotsobe


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Hassan
Jun 10, 2013 05:34pm

I am from Lahore and really disappointed that Asad Shafiq was replaced with Umar Amin. The kid doesn't get enough chances and I can imagine what this does to his confidence. Umar Amin should have replaced Imran Farhat or Malik who have gotten a good long run in the side.

Farooq Shaikh
Jun 10, 2013 05:36pm

Good luck Pakistan.

sali
Jun 10, 2013 06:30pm

I have a lot of respect for Misbah as a player but he has proven to be blindsided with his friendships and making decisions that are hurting Pakistan's chances of winning. Playing Rahat in place of Irfan in South Africa. Dropping Asad Shafiq who has better technique than Shoib Malik, Imran Farhat, Hafeez...He is the only batsman who has shown consistency and solid temperament. Why Shoib Malik is playing in English conditions is beyond me? We already have two off spinners and he has no batting skills.

Sarah
Jun 10, 2013 09:27pm

@sali: At International level ODI you don't have time to go into trial and error method.Asad was given enough chance and has failed to show in ODI.Technique has no meaning if you cannot survive on the crease and score runs.Ultimately every one is only interested in how many scores beside your name.Umar Amin in place of Shafiq was needed.There are many others could be dropped too.

jaf
Jun 10, 2013 09:48pm

Why we keep on playing Imran Farhat?

Hassan
Jun 10, 2013 09:47pm

@Sarah: I am all for bringing in Umar Amin but in place of Imran Farhat who is the worst opener when compared to other 7 teams' openers. He may be able to bat but is now where near where an international opener should be.

Ahsan
Jun 10, 2013 10:06pm

@sarah AT International level, Shoaib Malik average 32 in 214 matches, Hafeez average 27 in 119 ODI and Imran Farahat average 31 in 57 ODI.....why they are still in team and seems to be integral part of our failed batting line up.......however Asad shafique has palyed 40 ODI and his average is 29. Please note that Asad shafique average is considerably higher then these three idiots in test cricket that is reflecting his capability as batsmen.... Justification for asad and amin to be in team is future investment however keeping these three in team is overhead......

Fouad
Jun 10, 2013 10:54pm

PLEASE IDENTIFY YOUSELF. WHO IS SHOAIB MAILKS PAWA. I NEED TO BE FRIENDS WITH YOU>

Hassan
Jun 10, 2013 11:39pm

This is just a sorry lot of batsmen I must say. Never in my life I have seen Pak batting depleted like this. They may pull off a win but that wouldn't change the fact that poor and sifarshi selection is in the name of game.

raja hindustani
Jun 10, 2013 11:44pm

Pakistan seems to be forgotten that this is ODI series; not Test series. ;)

Ahmer
Jun 10, 2013 11:59pm

It is painful to watch the match.

ONLOOKER
Jun 11, 2013 12:08am

Between the 25th and 35th over the rate of scoring was very poor. It proved disastrous for Pakistan.

Dr. Dang
Jun 11, 2013 12:09am

Oh Man !!!! How i wish India was the one sending Pakistan out of the competition. Anyways bye bye .

ONLOOKER
Jun 11, 2013 12:18am

A stroke player like Misbah should become aggressive very early and not allow crisis to build up.

Ali Tahir
Jun 11, 2013 12:18am

What a pathatic performance by Pakistan. I even can't comment on what they are doing in the ground. Some people think or say that keep your emotions and feeling away from the sport as its just sport and take it like sport. But my argument is that the every single game/sport is being played on this planet must have a emotions and feelings behind it to strive forward otherwise without passion no one can survive as sportsman. Winning and losing is the part of the game but IS THERE ANY S.O.P to follow while losing? Is there someone having told Pakistani players how to loose if you can't win. There must be some respect in loosing too. There must be an honour if you loose a match by putting a solid fight on the ground but not in this shamless way. Every one is responsible for this awful defeat.....

Afif Naeem
Jun 11, 2013 12:24am

When sifarshi players like Imran Farhat and Shoaib Malik are in the team, and they consistently fail to perform, Pakistan can never win.

Afif Naeem
Jun 11, 2013 12:25am

This Pakistan side will be whooped by India on Saturday. I will be willing to bet my money on it.

Ahmer
Jun 11, 2013 12:27am

Misbah is a good batsman but not a captain material.

jamal
Jun 11, 2013 12:28am

Ah.. finally the ordeal is over. The sorry lot is ready to come back home soon. Someone asked for the Pawwa for these players. Here they are: Imran Farhat - Son in law of Mohd. Ilyas - selector and goon Shoaib Malik - Nephew of former Information Minister (can;t remember her name) Kamran Akmal - Crony of Satta Mafia

Rogers Evans
Jun 11, 2013 12:31am

Nothing to add. Just CONGRATULATIONS to selectors. It will be honourable act if all selectors including Iqbal Qasim resign without further delay. As I said earlier in my comments, this team will be back on 16 June after losing to India on 15th.

Ahmer
Jun 11, 2013 12:33am

We must totally overhaul our team or stop playing at international level.

Saeed
Jun 11, 2013 12:34am

Pakistani team doesn

Allout
Jun 11, 2013 12:43am

The batsmen seems took lot of money for not palying.

p.mohamed faheem
Jun 11, 2013 12:52am

pakistani players are mentally weak they need tough exposure in australian premier league example azhar mehmood and rana naved

Shahid
Jun 11, 2013 12:52am

Like all other institutions in pakistan, cricket has been ruined by selecting players without merit and nepotism plays a big role in the process. Imran Farhat, Shoib Malik, Hafiz and even Amin and Asad Shafiq are selected on the basis of liking and disliking. Mohammad Hafiz has kept us hostage because of his bowling option for years now. Enough is enough, you don't select batsmen like that. He scores against minnows are at dull wickets and then manages to stay in the team for years. It is time to throw all these out and give chance to some new real talent. Iqbal Qasim should be ashamed and should resign now.

Anuj Sharma
Jun 11, 2013 12:53am

Pakistan lost to Styne-less africa

Raza
Jun 11, 2013 12:56am

What a mindless, clueless, negative and pathetic batting performance by Pakistani superstars. Hope we would not see such batting display again. Is it still not the time to say Good bye to the veterans/burdens on Pakistani team and inject new blood. They may also lose but we will build a team for future. need to change the coach and the leadership as well.

Sami Qureshi
Jun 11, 2013 12:57am

Except three, none is there in the team, who could be even worth to be selected to play as most of them lack aptitude to play cricket. But unfortunately, the Board and the selectors are "Choosy Persons", who are only interested into their perks, luxurious facilities and International tours.

P. Ali
Jun 11, 2013 01:01am

I am surprised that the cricket think-gurus still think that Imran Farhat is better then for example even Razzak, Shahid Afridi or even Yunus for that matter Come on grow up, and give the youngsters more chances. Hammad was hardly given a chance and dropped. Asad Shafiq has been shifted here and there, and then dropped. Why in the world Akmal is not opening, don't you think he is more useful there ? Why Shoeb Malik is in the team. It is better if our selection committee thinks about the future of Pakistan cricket, and not about their relatives, and friends.

Hardik
Jun 11, 2013 12:58am

Ridiculous batting performance by Pakistan, you really have to feel for their bowlers. I think India and Pakistan really need to consider a bowler-batsman tradeoff. Give us a good quality fast bowler and you can have one of our many batsman. Sounds like a deal that would do both sides good.

Sam
Jun 11, 2013 12:59am

This is one of the worst team in the history of Pak cricket. Misbah is such a drag as a captain and player and so uninspiring. He has lost so many crucial games for Pak. It's a torture to see Pakistan bat. It's painful to see the team average 2.5 rpo in the first 20 - 30 overs in every single match. The score was 105 in the 35th over. The batsmen let the bowlers down every time. The only thing the batsmen have mastered is hitting the ball straight into the fielders' hands. They are blind to the gaps between the fielders. The poor bowlers are left to achieve targets which the top and middle order can't. Imran Farhat why the hell is he in the team? and Shoaib malik? just bec he is married to Sania Mirza? Kamran Akmal should have been kicked out long ago why is he back. Nasir Jamshed is overrated. Hafeez is going thru a bad patch but he is a better captain than Misbah anyday. The selectors and the management lack vision and creativity. They should all be sacked.. along with most of the players and the coaches as well. Pakistan deserve to be kicked out of the tournament.. and I feel bad for the bowlers who are so good and do their job well.

Sam
Jun 11, 2013 01:00am

This is one of the worst team in the history of Pak cricket. Misbah is such a drag as a captain and player and so uninspiring. He has lost so many crucial games for Pak. It's a torture to see Pakistan bat. It's painful to see the team average 2.5 rpo in the first 20 - 30 overs in every single match. The score was 105 in the 35th over. The batsmen let the bowlers down every time. The only thing the batsmen have mastered is hitting the ball straight into the fielders' hands. They are blind to the gaps between the fielders. The poor bowlers are left to achieve targets which the top and middle order can't. Imran Farhat why the hell is he in the team? and Shoaib malik? just bec he is married to Sania Mirza? Kamran Akmal should have been kicked out long ago why is he back. Nasir Jamshed is overrated. Hafeez is going thru a bad patch but he is a better captain than Misbah anyday. The selectors and the management lack vision and creativity. They should all be sacked.. along with most of the players and the coaches as well. Pakistan deserve to be kicked out of the tournament.. and I feel bad for the bowlers who are so good and do their job well.

Tariq Hanif
Jun 11, 2013 01:00am

I am sorry no body is talking about the real issue, Pakistan has lots of talent but it will never work if we decided not ot select players from Karachi (specially urdu speaking players). It is joke that Fawad Alam iout while Imran/Kamran/Shahid/Soaib are in. The only criteria for selection in Pakistan team is where you are from. I am sorry to say but I think Karachi Cricket Association should starts thinking seriously to select their own team and register with ICC as separate team and participate in those matches and I am sure results will be better then rest of Pakistan's team.

fahim khan
Jun 11, 2013 01:06am

Please refrain calling it Pakistani team while we all know it is the representative of only ONE province.

DK
Jun 11, 2013 01:17am

It is funny how DAWN writes when India beats S.A. "India, the reigning World Cup champions, brushed aside injury-hit South Africa by 26 runs in Cardiff after an impressive batting display saw them post a commanding 331-7." or "India wins S.A., Steyn-less!! " So why can't Pakistan able to beat the same S.A. team??