Hamilton Masakadza scored 85 to inspire Zimbabwe to their first win against Pakistan since 1998. -Photo by AFP
Hamilton Masakadza scored 85 to inspire Zimbabwe to their first win against Pakistan since 1998. -Photo by AFP
Mohammad Hafeez smashed 70 off 71 balls to propel Pakistan. -Photo by AFP
Mohammad Hafeez smashed 70 off 71 balls to propel Pakistan. -Photo by AFP
Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shezhad, center, walks off the pitch after being stumped out by Zimbabwean wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor (1) on the first match of a one day international series in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. — Photo by AP
Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shezhad, center, walks off the pitch after being stumped out by Zimbabwean wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor (1) on the first match of a one day international series in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. — Photo by AP
Players and coaching staff of the Pakistani cricket team pose for a group photo before a match against Zimbabwe on the first day of their one day international series in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. — Photo by AP
Players and coaching staff of the Pakistani cricket team pose for a group photo before a match against Zimbabwe on the first day of their one day international series in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. — Photo by AP
Players and coaching staff of Zimbabwe's cricket team pose for a group photo before a match against Pakistan on the first day of their one day international series in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Pakistan is in Zimbabwe for a month-long tour which will see them playing ODIs and Test matches against the host. — Photo by AP
Players and coaching staff of Zimbabwe's cricket team pose for a group photo before a match against Pakistan on the first day of their one day international series in Harare, Zimbabwe, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Pakistan is in Zimbabwe for a month-long tour which will see them playing ODIs and Test matches against the host. — Photo by AP
Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor shakes hands with Pakistan captain Misbah Ul Haq after loosing the toss ahead of the first game of the three match ODI cricket series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club on August 27, 2013.  — Photo by AFP
Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor shakes hands with Pakistan captain Misbah Ul Haq after loosing the toss ahead of the first game of the three match ODI cricket series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club on August 27, 2013. — Photo by AFP
Zimbabwean cricket captain Brendan Taylor, left, tosses a coin next to his Pakistani counterpart Misbah-ul-Haq on the first day of their one day international series in Harare, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Pakistan is in Zimbabwe for a month-long tour which will see them playing ODIs and Test matches against the hosts. — Photo by AP
Zimbabwean cricket captain Brendan Taylor, left, tosses a coin next to his Pakistani counterpart Misbah-ul-Haq on the first day of their one day international series in Harare, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. Pakistan is in Zimbabwe for a month-long tour which will see them playing ODIs and Test matches against the hosts. — Photo by AP

HARARE: Zimbabwe beat Pakistan by seven wickets on Tuesday as Sean Williams launched a six over long-on to secure the lowly-ranked African team's first one-day international win in a bilateral series against the Pakistanis in 15 years.

Williams capped a solid all-around performance by the Zimbabweans, who restricted Pakistan to a below-par 244-7 at Harare Sports Club and then batted confidently and with composure to reach 246-3 and beat their opposition for the first time since 1998.

Hamilton Masakadza made 85 and fellow opener Vusi Sibanda 54 to anchor the chase, and captain Brendan Taylor was 43 not out alongside Williams (39 not out) to guide their team home with 10 balls to spare.

“It's a pretty awesome feeling,” Taylor said.

“To beat the quality team that they've got, it shows we're doing the right thing.”

Zimbabwe not only overcame poor form where it had only won three ODI games since late 2011 before Tuesday, but also significant off-field problems having only just avoided a strike by players ahead of this tour after they complained of being underpaid and poorly treated in the struggling country. Zimbabwe cricket has battled for years.

But having lost the Twenty20 series against Pakistan comfortably, the home team responded to take the lead in the three-match one-day series. Zimbabwe hasn't won an ODI series over a test team other than Bangladesh since 2001, when it beat New Zealand.

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq's 83 not out and Mohammad Hafeez's 70 earlier were in vain for the tourists, as was spinner Saeed Ajmal's 2-44 with the ball.

“We could have played better but still I think that Zimbabwe deserved that,” Misbah said.

Zimbabwe had lost its last three ODI series against Pakistan 3-0, 5-0 and 5-0 before seamers Tendai Chatara and Brian Vitori took two wickets each to restrict Pakistan and give the hosts a chance of victory on a good batting strip.

Misbah and Hafeez had given the tourists some impetus in their 99-run partnership for the third wicket but Zimbabwe kept Pakistan largely in check. Misbah's 83 not out from 85 deliveries came with three fours and two sixes on his return to lead the team after sitting out the T20 series. Hafeez hit 70 from 71 balls with six fours and three sixes.

Other than that, there was little else from Pakistan's batsmen as the openers struggled to score and the middle and lower order were removed cheaply.

Masakadza made 85 with nine fours and a six and shared a 107-run opening partnership with Sibanda to set the platform, and only Timycen Maruma failed out of Zimbabwe's top five.

Williams suggested it would work out for Zimbabwe when he bottom-edged a delivery onto his leg stump in the 45th over, but the ball skipped away to the boundary and the bails stayed on. The left-hander clubbed the winning runs off Mohammad Irfan, ripped off his helmet, punched the air and celebrated with his captain.

Taylor said “I couldn't be happier.”

Scores: Pakistan 244 for seven in 50 overs (Misbah-ul-Haq 83 not out, Mohammad Hafeez 70; T. Chatara 2-32)

Zimbabwe 246 for three in 48.2 overs (H. Masakadza 85, V. Sibanda 54).

Zimbabwe lead three-match series 1-0.

Teams: Zimbabwe: Brendan Taylor (capt), Hamilton Masakadza, Vusi Sibanda, Timycen Maruma, Sean Williams, Malcolm Waller, Elton Chigumbura, Prosper Utseya, Tinashe Panyangara, Tendai Chatara, Brian Vitori.

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Amin, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan


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imtiaz Hydari
Aug 27, 2013 03:36pm

Nothing has changed. The same defensive mindset

Shafi
Aug 27, 2013 05:55pm

Our youngsters are really pathetic apart from Umar Akmal. Unfortunately we dont have any quality batsmen and even bowlers to perform constantly.Bowling looks (Irfan and Junaid is too busy playing in ad) too ordinary. Without Misbah and Hafeez we dont have ability to score even 120!!!! The way we plaid we will be whitewashed by SA and SL in U.A.E. We should get rid of bulky and flat track bully Jamshed.

Ali
Aug 27, 2013 07:46pm

Pak bating failed even against Zimbabwe. Whatmore must resign after this loss if he got any respect left for himself.

Shafi
Aug 27, 2013 07:47pm

Pakistan team should concentrate performing on Pepsi or other ads rather than cricket. Get rid of flop youngsters and bring retired players!!!

Sarah
Aug 27, 2013 07:57pm

Please send back Harish Sohail,Umar Amin,Nashid Jamshed to Pakistan.There batting is worse than Number 11.Enough chances given to prove talent which is just not there.Its just mirage in dessert.These 3 made sure that Pakistan lose the match.

PakCricFailure
Aug 27, 2013 08:35pm

Hi,

this is what has to be expected after looking at Pakistan Cricket the last 10 years. It's not just the administration which is to be blamed nor is the cricket school at gras route level. It is the mental weakness whitin the Pakistani team and nation itselve. You can have all the talent but in the end of a game it is the mentality that beats the talent. Once Pakistanis were a mently strong people, unfortunately today Pakistanis are weak and this is because of lost faith, selfishness and unwilling to learn. It is not an issue having lost to Zimbabwe, they have already shown their skills by loosing to minnows Bangla Desh and Ireland in World Cups. Shame to this nation which is unable to learn from past mistakes.

milli
Aug 27, 2013 08:38pm

Hmm,

Wonder what scandal this will reveal?

optimist
Aug 27, 2013 08:39pm

Zulfikar Baber should have been retained for the ODI. No point in keeping Asad Shafiq in ODI. Asad Ali is also an average medium pace at best, Sohail tanvir is much better. Pakistan may drop Nasir Jamshed and open with Shahid Afridi. Umar Akmal absence is also felt.

wen
Aug 27, 2013 08:39pm

Ha ha ha ha, what an embarrasement. Kudos to Zimbawe.

anwar khushab
Aug 27, 2013 08:41pm

@Shafi: Absolutely correct

pct
Aug 27, 2013 08:43pm

very upset defeat,,but guys don't pounce upon them they are also human beings if we are upset then they will be much upset than us don't forget our recent victories against WI..i hardly controled my tears in front of my parents..but never mind defeat is a part of game Regards: Zainab

Umer
Aug 27, 2013 08:46pm

Isn't this what we did with Sri Lanka as well. For years we beat them every year. Then one year, they beat us and then took the world cup in the next round.

A Shah
Aug 27, 2013 08:56pm

I wonder how much money our players took to lose?

jai
Aug 27, 2013 08:59pm

Recently india's second strength team beat Zimbabwe 5-0 and pakistan's full strength team has beaten by Zimbabwe what a shame

Shan Ul Haque
Aug 27, 2013 09:10pm

I think this loss is a blessing in disguise and should be an eye opener for Pakistan, The Openers played as if they were playing against South African or Australian bowling attack. Misbah's innings on the score card always looks good, but he was blocking in the power play, that makes the player on the other end uneasy and puts them under pressure. We should have made atleast 300 against Zimbabwe, stop complaing about the pitches please. If you are playing Umar amin as an all rounder than give him to bowl ... otherwise play Shafique, who should never be dropped. Misbah when playing against difficult teams send shafique at 4 and comes at 5, now against easier opponent he should have sent harris or umar so they can prove them selves. Misbah played 30 overs and couldnt make his maiden century.Shame on Misbah and his dubious captaincy for loosing aginst a team like zimbabwe.

Sarah
Aug 27, 2013 09:11pm

Now the three youngesters Umar Amin,Harish Sohail and hyped Nasir Jamshed,time to vacate their spots to experienced guys.Now please stop the youngster trial process.

aftab
Aug 27, 2013 09:14pm

Zimbabwe has won only once one day match against Pakistan in 15 years, this can happen with any team on a bad day. we should congratulate ZIM team & we should not worry much about this defeat. Pakistan team will make a strong comeback & will win the series against ZIM in a grand way.

Pakfan
Aug 27, 2013 09:19pm

Lower Middle order batting is useless. Abdul Razaq is the only ANSWER.

Nadeem Mirza
Aug 27, 2013 09:20pm

So much for the thought and push to try bench strength against underdog Zimbabwe. Openers were really dissapointing 56 runs in 15 overs. Most teams are scoring at faster rates in Test matches now. I think we missed Umar Akmal big time! He would have contributed 25-35 in no time instead of Sarfaraz 7 off 18 balls. In short, pathetic performance Pakistan!

Azam Chowdhry
Aug 27, 2013 09:28pm

Well, it is a good lesson for Pakistan. They must learn and practice to do better for the rest of the games. Umar Akmal and Kamran Akmal need to be included in the team.

Rogers Evans
Aug 27, 2013 09:32pm

Conratulations to Zimbabwe! They deservd it. Loss for Pakistan is good. It will awaken the sleeping giant ( I hope so). This defeat is not end of the world.

Rogers Evans
Aug 27, 2013 09:32pm

Conratulations to Zimbabwe! They deservd it. Loss for Pakistan is good. It will awaken the sleeping giant ( I hope so). This defeat is not end of the world.

Yasin Chinoy
Aug 27, 2013 09:41pm

Zimbabwe batted very well, it was a good match. Pakistan did well too, but Zimbabwe were better today.

syed wasim haider
Aug 27, 2013 09:46pm

Waste of our money on overseas coaches, bring back Mohsin.

Nasr
Aug 27, 2013 09:48pm

This defeat is the Hall Mark of an unreliable team

Mohit
Aug 27, 2013 09:59pm

pakistan back on lossing track. non-consistent performance. Minnow of crickets are far better than pakistan

Ashfaq
Aug 27, 2013 10:03pm

There is no other way to say this.. Its Shameful.

A Fan
Aug 27, 2013 10:03pm

Well done... the odds were 1:9 for Zimbabwe to win. I am sure some of the team members are smiling in their privacy while the fans continue to suffer on your behalf.

cricketlover
Aug 27, 2013 10:08pm

POLITICS? Once again, it just feels like it. With Misbah regaining his captainship in the ODIs, it appears that the 'magic' has deserted Pakistan for the umpteenth time in the past two years.What can one make out of this except that there is some sort of discord/dissent among the ranks of the likes of the 'fighter' Afridi et al. Wrong strategy to put him at No. 7 or 8 when the preceding 'newcomers' (Umar Amin and Haris Sohail) have very little under their belts in ODIs. Is Moin Khan going to do something about this all too familiar scenario?

cricketlover
Aug 27, 2013 10:15pm

Correction: Afridi was sent at No. 6, but after Umar Amin. However, the fact still remains that he (Afridi) did not perform with either the bat or the ball. When H. Masakadza said that he knew that the wicket would ease out later in the game, why did Misbah opt to bat first? Is he trying to override his Manager? Need some answers here before it's too late for the Pakistan cricket team to recover from an embarrassing series loss and, more importantly, loss of morale for the Test series to follow.

Ali
Aug 27, 2013 10:17pm

Shame to Pakistani. Sub Budeh lag te hai

satyendra
Aug 27, 2013 10:17pm

Its just one match friends!! This just means that Zim played better than Pak TODAY .Im from India and always amazed at the amount of talent that Pakistan produces (particularly Fast bowlers) and im sure that Pak will bounce back!! Go luck to the men/boys in green!! peace from Indian cricket fan!

singh
Aug 27, 2013 10:20pm

The match looked fixed.pakistan cricketers r nothing but a bunch of crooks.they have no shame or selfesteem.should learn from their hockey counterparts who play their hearts out, every time they play.

Farhan
Aug 27, 2013 10:27pm

Wining deserve to winners.

Well played

Chand
Aug 27, 2013 10:30pm

It really surprises me the flak Misbah gets. If it wasn't for him Pakistan wouldn't have a win to show in the last year or two.

Rizwan Pasha
Aug 27, 2013 10:43pm

to win (regardless of bench strength) requires determination, consistency, innovative out of box thinking and will power... all these components are questionable with various aspects of Pakistan team... Zim just exposed that, they are not the best team but all those elements I mentioned they incorporated to "create" a win for themselves... well deserved Zim!

Karim Khan
Aug 27, 2013 10:46pm

except for 2 or 3 guys the entire Pakistan batting us utterly un-reliable and useless... now even the bowling is showing signs of useleness except for the 2 or 3 consistent performers. To win the "ENTIRE" team has to contribute as "ONE SINGLE ENTITY". At this match Zimbabwe delivered a better performance with consistency and application as a "TEAM" so they got the deserved result!

Ali
Aug 27, 2013 11:06pm

Pak coach should resign

Paracha
Aug 27, 2013 11:14pm

Most of this pakistani team is "sifarshi", Umer Ameen must have an uncle who is a General in pakistan Army and rest of the players have some connections as well. its not the most talented one who plays in pakistani Team, its the most connected one, usually from the big Province.

Sitaram
Aug 27, 2013 11:17pm

Zimbabwe se bhi haar gaye........hahahahaha Arrey isi team ko humaare bachchon ne 5-0 se dhoya tha....hhahahha

Pakistan team should start playing Emerging cup with the likes of Afghanistan, Ireland, Holland

hahahahhaha Jai Hind!

jag chadha
Aug 28, 2013 12:14am

Was it a real defeat or one arranged by bookies.

U_B
Aug 28, 2013 12:24am

Rigged?

Aamir
Aug 28, 2013 01:14am

Everyone relax, we lost one ODI and not the series. We still have two ODIs left. We are trying new players and unpredictable so results might not be as expected. The reality is that Zimbabwe played a better game and so they deserve to win. Anyone making allegations of match fixing, please show some maturity and don't make accusations if you don't have any proof. Pakistan just did not get the breaks at the right time and had some bad luck but that is part and parcel of the game. Inshallah we will win the next two ODIs.

zaffar
Aug 28, 2013 01:39am

Too many dot balls.Pakistani players should learn to play long innings.

Zuhaib
Aug 28, 2013 02:44am

Every now and then the seniors perform and youngsters start getting the flak and similarly when most of the time, the tried, tested and tested time and again SENIORS scored some runs and still couldn't manage to win, they seem to be the pillar holding the team..

I think us as a nation need to develop a game sense, we think that these SENIORS are the part and parcel of Pak cricket and the youngsters, if any, get a chance in 2 or 3 matches in a series and can't handle the POLITICS and PRESSURE, they are blamed and bashed by us.

This loss today was on the cards from the previous 2 t20 matches which were closely lost by zimbabwe (not won by Pakistan), any prudent cricketing guru would have come up with a different game plan to counter the opposition but SENIORS yet again showed that they went to this tour to get some runs under their belt rather than guiding the team and those 2 or 3 youngsters for future series and world cup. if your top 4 occupies the crease for majority of the match and still team do not manage to reach 300 or closer to 300 then responsibility lies on them, not on any one coming later in the batting order..

MZM
Aug 28, 2013 03:16am

@Sarah: How long will these experienced players play for the team. Eventually youngsters will have to take the roll. So we should start preparing them now and this is common practice everywhere.

BTW all the youngsters you mentioned are better than seniors like Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat, Kamran Akmal and Shahid Afridi. Give Nasir Jamshed some full series and he will develop. There is always some replacement awaiting after his just one bad game. Whereas Afridi and Hafeez perform once in a year and they reserve their place for next 2 years.

thulluka kolli
Aug 28, 2013 03:31am

If there is any shame left, the entire pakistan cricket team will hang themselves after this.

Haroon
Aug 28, 2013 04:52am

Explain this defeat in one Word: Misbah He has such a flawed batting philosphy that it often doesnt work, particularly when the bowling fails. He is the wrong captain for the next world cup, with his defensive mindset he made it impossible to put a challenging total on the board.

conspirashid
Aug 28, 2013 05:17am

Behruni mulk ki taqatein, israel, amrika, india, bangladesh. kisi ka bhi haath ho saqta hai.

Johar
Aug 28, 2013 07:04am

@Chand: Excuse me-if he wants to score he needs to score at a winning rate. His strike rate is not for ODI. And after all we had 3 more wickets remaining why he did not hammered in the end? Mind boggling and no wonder we do not win as we have a mind set as such. By the way Misbah absence from T20 was fine. And I will come back to you when Misbah is long gone with the coach. T20 and ODI needs aggression and these two are restricting the team. By doing so they fail. Misbah is also putting others under pressure for his slow scoring. Remove these two and see the team performance just once.

aamir cheema
Aug 28, 2013 08:58am

Well all Moin Khan's doing' I will use the stick on players' this is what he said on eve of departure...get rid of Moin..and everything will be fine

fowez
Aug 28, 2013 09:01am

@jai: "Recently india's second strength team beat Zimbabwe 5-0 and pakistan's full strength team has beaten by Zimbabwe what a shame."

That's true but also recently Pakistan won a series in India 2-1... what a game!

RAJ
Aug 28, 2013 09:43am

MISBHA AND HAFEEZ WANTS TO HIDE THE BEST PERFORMER AFRIDI FROM BALLING AND BATTING AS HE IS A MATCH WINNER AND THEY ARE SCARED HIS MATCH WINNING PERFORMANCES MAY WIN HIM BACK LEADERSHIP REALLY BAD ON MISBHA'S PART ALWAYS BEHAVING LIKE A POLITICAL LEADER NOT AS LEADER WHO LEADS FROM THE FRONT AND NEVER BEEN A MATCH WINNER....

RAJ
Aug 28, 2013 09:44am

THE ONLY SOLUTION IS MISBHA AND HAFEEZ MUST BAT DOWN THE ORDER AS THEY ARE MOST TEST AND STABLE PLAYERS...

Khanzada
Aug 28, 2013 11:02am

Selection makes no sense. If we are playing Umar Amin only as a batsmen then Asad Shafiq is much better and should be in the side. The margin of defeat could have been bigger had Zimbabwe not dropped so many catches, so this was a hopeless performance by a mediocre Pak side vs worst team in world cricket. Misbah was involved in Amin's runout and also slow scoring from 38-50 overs when the batting collapsed. As a Captain why did he try and farm the strike and score quicker? Reminded me of his slow and futile effort in world cup semis loss to India in 2011. With Misbah as Captain the Pk team will never be a good ODI side due to his negative and defensive style of Captaincy. Fast bowling which is overhyped has looked poor in T-20's and ODI. Where is the pace and swing and yorkers? Afridi's presence in the side continues to ruin the balance of the team as he is no better than a tailender as a batsmen and no longer a good bowler. Afridi must be dropped for good and retained only for T-20 format!

Ossy
Aug 28, 2013 11:10am

Zimbabwwe deserved to win this match... really well done to them!

Only issue with Pakistan was the overly defensive batting by the two openers - not understandable, especially after A. Shehzad's great form with the bat in the two T20s.

MZM
Aug 28, 2013 12:11pm

@Sitaram: The same team bashed your world champions 2-1 in the beginning of this year. Pakistan has better head to head record of 40-3 against Zimbabwe as compated to India's record of 44-10. Moreover Pakistan has won more ODIs against India (71) as compared to lost (49). Same is the record in test matches where Pakistan won 12 and India won 9. So uou can assess yourself who is the better team.

Shahryar Shirazi
Aug 28, 2013 12:36pm

What a shame! Just like ever thing else in Pakistan, Cricket is also heading in the "right" direction. Congrats to Zimbabwe. Shahryar.

pct
Aug 28, 2013 12:45pm

@Sarah: you mean not to prepare for WC and play the TTFs

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad
Aug 28, 2013 01:18pm

Highly shameful, absolutely unwarranted, grossly disgraceful and completely uncalled for performance by the green-shirts' to say the least. For sure, Misbah-ul-Haq and party are at their lowest ebb of on-the-field performance at the moment. May God Almighty save the Pakistani cricket and cricketers. Aameen, Tsum Aameen.

Cosmic Lion
Aug 28, 2013 01:22pm

People can blame Misbah till cows come home..If not for him pakistan would be bundled out for 150

Sam
Aug 28, 2013 01:25pm

@singh: Oh yeah whats going on with IPL saga. Who is crook?

Indian
Aug 28, 2013 02:24pm

@Sam: Why do you think Pakistani players are so eager to join IPL?

Haq
Aug 28, 2013 03:00pm

@Karim Khan: It comes down to team selection, thats it. They underestimated Zim and played a batsmen more then they would have played against another top tier team. They would have played 3 seamers in another match against another country. There lied the core problem in this defeat. With Umar Akmal not playing, thats a dilemma now. One less batsmen, team selection is unbalanced.

Sheena
Aug 28, 2013 03:27pm

Misbah scored 83 not out from 85 deliveries, what is bad in it. Have those people gone out of mind who are criticizing Misbah Ul Haq. What other batsmen are doing in the team. Please be neutral to the one who is putting his heart and soul for his country. I wonder, why people are not questioning the rest of the batsman who are totally inconsistent and unreliable.

insomniac
Aug 28, 2013 03:43pm

embarrassing defeat.. pakistan cricket needs some immediate overhaul to avoid any such re-occurrence... if not for misbah this bunch would have lost on any surface around the world.

Kudos to Zim for playing with their heart... its not like they would never win against any side, today its pakistan, tomorrow may be some other side in the world if they keep on playing the way they did.

Allah Hafeez
Aug 28, 2013 03:41pm

@fowez: Pak will loose 0-3 ,what a game that would be.

pct
Aug 28, 2013 03:46pm

@Sitaram: don't forget your defeat against Bangladesh in asia cup..

Shahid Khan
Aug 28, 2013 05:16pm

@Aamir: I agree 100%

Shahid Khan
Aug 28, 2013 05:18pm

@satyendra: I wish we had more like you on either side of the border. Cheers.

Hyder
Aug 28, 2013 06:37pm

Sir,

Another embarrassing defeat for Pakistan once again raises the need for change. Misbah consumed 30 odd overs for another 70 runs but now a days players like Shikhar Dhawan change the complex of the game within 30 overs and Pakistan do have game changers waiting for their chance in domestic cricket.

If India had not dropped sehwag, gambir, Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan and Harbajan singh they would never have found Dhawan, Vijay, Ravendra Jadeja, Ashwin or Yadav.

Another important factor is to make each batsmen bat in their right batting order otherwise they would never pose or chase a challenging score.

Time is surely running out to raise a winning eleven for the 2015 world cup with a fighting captain.

Regards,

Kaazi Saab
Aug 28, 2013 06:51pm

@RAJ: What's your definition of a "match winner"? When was the last time Afridi won a match for PAK asides from that ONE odi in West Indies? Give up the ghost buddy.. the "match winning" Afridi is long gone. All that remains of him are his fans.

mohit
Aug 28, 2013 07:33pm

Absouletly wrong headline " Zim stun Pak". what do you mean by stun ?? zim did not stun the pakistan but won match comprehensively. It was not at all closed match. there was no sign of pakistani wiining this match. so no sense in saying "stun" . its not stun its comphrehensiveness.

Sarah
Aug 28, 2013 07:55pm

Please don't forget that key batsman Umar Akmal has been consistent performer for Pakistan in recent victory in West Indies.With Number 1,2 batsman not performing ,means that was key to Pakistan future.Umar Amin.Harish Sohail and Nasir Jamshed cannot be relied upon currently to lead Pakistan batting.Team fortune and win is dependent on who all are in playing XI

aijtroy
Aug 28, 2013 08:31pm

Everybody talks about Pakistan politics have you ever noticed why it took 15 years for Zimbawae to defeat Pakistan, how they stop producing world class player like Andy Flower,Health Streak etc right from the black armband protest by Andy Flower and Henry Olongo on racial descrimination which ultimately led to their dismissal and retirement which led to wave of retirement.Zimbawae is fighting their own battle of racial discrimination and poverty, have anyone wonder why their present No.1 boweler Kyle Jarvis is not playing this series, because he has quit international cricket just before this series to play for county because he will earn more than double playing in county than playing for his country over the years all the good players playing outside their coutry earn their livlihood.Cricket is a religion which goes beyond the nation boundary, this is a celebration day for Zimbawae people pray for them. As for Pakistan team is considerd they are the most incosistence sides in the world they will someday again win the world cup and again be inconsistance thats why West Indies and Pakistan series was so interesting because two of the worlds most unpredictable sides played the game.

aijtroy
Aug 28, 2013 08:55pm

Everybody talks about Pakistan politics have you ever noticed why it took 15 years for Zimbawae to defeat Pakistan, how they stop producing world class player like Andy Flower,Health Streak etc right from the black armband protest by Andy Flower and Henry Olongo on racial descrimination which ultimately led to their dismissal and retirement which led to wave of retirement.Zimbawae is fighting their own battle of racial discrimination and poverty, have anyone wonder why their present No.1 boweler Kyle Jarvis is not playing this series, because he has quit international cricket just before this series to play for county because he will earn more than double playing in county than playing for his country over the years all the good players playing outside their coutry earn their livlihood.Cricket is a religion which goes beyond the nation boundary, this is a celebration day for Zimbawae people pray for them. As for Pakistan team is considerd they are the most incosistence sides in the world they will someday again win the world cup and again be inconsistance thats why West Indies and Pakistan series was so interesting because two of the worlds most unpredictable sides played the game.

aijtroy
Aug 28, 2013 08:58pm

Everybody talks about Pakistan politics have you ever noticed why it took 15 years for Zimbawae to defeat Pakistan, how they stop producing world class player like Andy Flower,Health Streak etc right from the black armband protest by Andy Flower and Henry Olongo on racial descrimination which ultimately led to their dismissal and retirement which led to wave of retirement.Zimbawae is fighting their own battle of racial discrimination and poverty, have anyone wonder why their present No.1 boweler Kyle Jarvis is not playing this series, because he has quit international cricket just before this series to play for county because he will earn more than double playing in county than playing for his country.Cricket is a religion which goes beyond the nation boundary, this is a celebration day for Zimbawae people pray for them. As for Pakistan team is considerd they are the most incosistence sides in the world they will someday again win the world cup and again be inconsistance thats why West Indies and Pakistan series was so interesting because two of the worlds most unpredictable sides played the game.

sohail Khan
Aug 28, 2013 09:44pm

Pakistan batting past 2 or 3 down is useless as exposed by Zim, this useless line-up we will be demolished by Sri Lanka and South Africa in U.A.E someone in PCB please wake up and fix this situation before it is tool late... also why are we continuing to give useless players opportunities while so many in domestic cricket are desperate to perform at the top level and we keep tagging along a bunch of inconsistent, unreliable useless combinations.

Aslam Khan
Aug 28, 2013 09:46pm

this is a useless combination for our team please send these inconsistent and unreliable people back they are utterly useless and dragging our team down.

Rehman chaudry
Aug 28, 2013 09:48pm

the entire PCB is useless.. not just this combination. utterly unreliable and useless at every aspect..typical Pakistani administration.

Salman Khan
Aug 28, 2013 09:49pm

utterly unreliable and useless batting. Good win for Zim

shina
Aug 28, 2013 10:37pm

We must learn from the Indian cricket team. They perform always for the team and for their nation. That is y they have won the World Cup and then champions trophy, series win against England, Tri-series against Sri lanka and windies. and then they white washed Zimbabwe by 5-0. all the wins were back to back. they are on rank one and they truly deserve that...

Salman Khan
Aug 29, 2013 01:38am

can someone shed light why Pakistan has such useless and unreliable batting line up? why did it happen who let this useless bunch into National team?

Nitin Agarwal
Aug 29, 2013 01:55am

logical analysis needed:

  1. Any team can have a bad day.
  2. Worrying sign for future could be that bowling that was suppose to be Pakistan's strength is losing its shine. especially AJMAL/Afridi/Junaid/Irfan.... I don't consider Hafeez as a regular bowler nor batsman
  3. I believe people from Zimbabwe can't even name 11 players from their own team. so this ZIMBWAWE team was nowhere close to be as it used to be in 1999.

I would have my doubts about the legality of the game since AJMAL/AFRIDI (googly's)/Junaid (swing)/IRFAN (height) can power over any strong opposition.

Especially the same Zimbabwe team could not handle Indian B grade bowlers (like Mohit Sharma, Ahmed and Unadkat)

Hopefully Pak will bounce back..

I don't remember many games were PAK bowlers were not able to defend 244 against a weak side.

Sarah
Aug 29, 2013 04:55am

@pct: You have tried 3 of the new young babies Umar Amin,Harish Sohail,Nasir Jamshed.All 3 are big flops.Because there onfield performance is absolute dismal.I would rather have Younis Khan against this constant failing guys who are good for nothing.You cannot your present just for some thing in future.

Nadeem Mirza
Aug 29, 2013 05:35am

@MZM: You nailed it!!!

Sachin
Aug 29, 2013 09:45am

@MZM: While i appreciate your statistics, when it comes to comparing the team, overall records do not count. The Pak team has changed many times in the last 40-50 years that it has been playing cricket with new players coming and old ones retiering. Same with Indian team. So overall records does not tell you if current team is better. If you see the record of India against Pak in the last 10 years, that will tell you which is the better team currently. The pak team of 80s and 90s was surely better but the current team is not even at par to zimbabwe is my honest opinion. Also note that currently, Pak team is best in 20-20 format and in this format it is lagging against India.

Sandeep Singh
Aug 29, 2013 11:14am

Aah! So much cry babies. It was just an individual match. Cricket is not played by religion.

Que
Aug 29, 2013 11:42am

@cricketlover: Afridi is not to be blamed here! Misbah is the culprit!!!

nasim khan
Aug 29, 2013 04:06pm

@Sheena: the bad thing in this that he never tries to score around 300 runs, but keep tuk tuk tuk, and have wrong perception that he will manage to win every time

robin kognati
Aug 29, 2013 10:25pm

@MZM: Just keep these stats with you. Can we have stats for last 4-5 years and see who is better team? Before 70-80s Pak economy was also better than India but now whose economy is better or here also you are going to compare.