MS Dhoni. -File photo

KARACHI: Pakistan’s one-day international captain Misbah-ul-Haq praised MS Dhoni’s game-changing hundred while adding that Junaid Khan and Nasir Jamshed were the match winners for Pakistan.

“We were lucky to get the better of the conditions but India still gave us a tough time. It was more difficult to play in the first half, very well played by Dhoni,” Misbah said of Dhoni’s 113 not out while also admitting that Pakistan were lucky to get the better conditions.

Dhoni steadied his side, after coming in when they were tottering on 29 runs for the loss of five wickets in just 10 overs, playing a brilliant knock off 125 balls and giving India a fighting chance in the first ODI in Chennai which looked all but lost for the hosts after Junaid sliced through the top order.

Junaid, who finished with figures of 43-4, was also praised by the captain.

“The spell by Junaid Khan was very good. He has done it before in a Test match in Sri Lanka. Good to see that the bowlers pitched in the right areas in helping conditions,” Misbah added.

In reply to India’s 227, Nasir Jamshed was the rock for Pakistan after Bhuvenshwar Kumar took two quick wickets, playing out a calm and steady century to guide the tourists to a six wicket win.

“Nasir played an extremely good knock and showed the way by finishing the game,” Misbah said.

Dhoni, who was adjudged the man of the match for his innings, said his side had put up a good score which unfortunately was not enough in the end.

"I am happy with my batting. Once we lost five wickets, it was difficult to come back. We delayed the slog to get to a respectable score. 227 was a good score from where we were, but not enough in the end,” he said.

Updated Dec 30, 2012 08:50pm

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noorilhuda
Jan 01, 2013 05:48am
Indian cricket team NEVER praises us. They make it a point to mention strengths & weaknesses of their own players in interviews. By saying that the conditions were bad for playing, moronic Misbah undermined the efforts of Junaid Khan and Nasir Jamshed. Dhoni should NOT have been given the MOTM. It is pure racism on the part of Indian cricket officials. I only ask if Dhoni was a Pakistani and Junaid Khan & Nasir had been Indian players - and performed the way they did, and India had won the match - would a pakistani Dhoni still be given the MOTM???? NO.
Vishwa
Jan 01, 2013 08:40am
Love the game in right spirit! Don't live in past... otherwise I will start talking about all the world cup matches between us :-)
Ali
Dec 31, 2012 08:00pm
Should have also mentioned the Indian crowd. The most sporting I have seen yet from a subcontinent home nation . They cheered every 6, 50 and landmarks for the Pakistani players as well.
raj
Jan 02, 2013 08:37am
Nothing to praise about Pak skipper as he has never won any match single handedly instead Misbha being in the team is big loss from Pak cricket.....
Deb; India
Dec 31, 2012 02:58pm
And so are Haffez and Yunis khan.
Bbbb
Jan 01, 2013 12:31am
Clever Misbah, trying to keep Dhoni in the mix. Will try for Tindulkar too. He wants to keep as much paper tigers in the opposition as he can.
Devil
Jan 01, 2013 11:38am
To whom are you explaining? On one hand Afridi was desperate to play in IPL and on the other hand criticizes us! Moreover we do not have to prove our large heart when crowd cheers for Pakistani players even after knowing that it was their people who did 26/11 on us !! Do you we to prove anything after that !!!
ysk
Dec 31, 2012 06:39am
Hafeez is a good enough captain to replace Misbah. Gives us a choice to replace Misbah with a decent batsmen. I think Azhar Ali can play the part of tuk tuk
Amir
Dec 31, 2012 02:05pm
We don't live in what-ifs scenario. Dhoni capitalized on the chance and played a masterful innings in some of the most physically demanding conditions.
HM
Dec 31, 2012 03:37am
Congrat Team Pakistan for 2nd victory in India. Sorry to see player of the match given to Dhoni, who scored run but failed to help India win the match as a player or captain. The player of the match should have been given to Nasir Jamshed or Junaid(for destroying India's main batting line up)
Sabih
Dec 31, 2012 11:41am
He was the reason for Pakistan win yesterday, had he stayed till the end, we would have lost :)
Deb; India
Dec 30, 2012 10:00pm
Just what I expect from Misbah. Always a gentleman cricketer. Gracious in victory. Congrats.
Faisal
Dec 31, 2012 06:30am
Pakistan need some one like Misbah in all format of cricket as a captain.
Siva
Jan 01, 2013 05:56pm
Dont worry bro, they will get man of the series :-)
Siva
Jan 01, 2013 05:58pm
I too have same opinion on Misbah.......he is excellent in n out of the field. I still remember his best innings in first t20 world cup final match.
Tauqir
Dec 31, 2012 02:10am
Can Pakistan get rid of Misbah! pathetic performance, he always becomes reason for Pakistan defeat.
Fahad
Dec 31, 2012 07:29am
Please be gracious like Misbah here
Shaz
Dec 30, 2012 11:42pm
Maybe if Misbah was awake to take his catch when he was on 16 he would have not played this "heroic" knock..
Fahad
Dec 31, 2012 07:27am
Every one get chances. Champions convert them. Dhoni took his brilliantly. One of the best knocks i have ever seen. Deserved Man of the Match. but it just couldnt steal victory from us.
Ghalib Khan
Dec 31, 2012 06:20am
Nasir Jamshed deserved the man of the Match more.
nayyar51
Dec 31, 2012 07:04am
We must not forget that MSDhoni was dropped by Misbah when he was on 16, later on MSD scored another 97 runs. In a way MSD must thank MH for his favour, otherwise, who knows India would have reached even 100 or not.
Yawar
Dec 30, 2012 10:39pm
Excellent mature and correct remarks by Misbah. He said it like it was. Also, very nice of him to praise Dhoni's batting.
Talkingpoint
Dec 31, 2012 04:18am
Nation and relation building the real winner and take away from this excellent cricket series. Forgetting what has happened in the past , let us all enjoy the time we are together on the same page !
Owais
Dec 31, 2012 04:23am
its Pakistanis' usual style that they praise without any discremination unlike India who always give remarks coated in discrimination
amit
Dec 31, 2012 04:52am
Misbah is a a gentalmen cricketer, so was Inzamamul-haq...
Yawar
Dec 31, 2012 07:37pm
I dont consider my remarks disrespectful towards anyone nor am I full of hatred towards India.
Ranganath
Dec 31, 2012 09:36am
Misbah, this is the way you win hearts. Many congrats on the victory. Keep up the good work and the sports spirit. Good luck for the entire series. Ranganath, Banngalore
Talha
Dec 31, 2012 04:55am
Great Remarks by Team Pakistan Captain. But I think organizers must keep the heroic innings of Nasir and suberb spell of Junaid in the back of their mind for future appreciation.
Sajid
Dec 31, 2012 04:58am
Why did he not comment on the support he extended to Dhoni for his century by dropping a sitter of a catch when Dhoni was playing at just 16? Also, the way he got bowled was just ridiculous. Misbah's gentleness is also due to the fact that he has gone old and his reflexes in both batting and fielding have vanished, so he is trying to compensate listless performance by behaving like a extra-sugary gentleman. Pakistan needs a shrewd, astute, ruthless, performing all-rounder like Hafeez as captain in all the formats.
Sajid
Dec 31, 2012 05:01am
Why did he not comment on the support he extended to Dhoni for his century by dropping a sitter of a catch when Dhoni was playing at just 16? Also, the way he got bowled was just ridiculous. Misbah’s gentleness is also due to the fact that he has gone old and his reflexes in both batting and fielding have vanished, so he is trying to compensate listless performance by behaving like a extra-sugary gentleman. Pakistan needs a shrewd, astute, ruthless, performing all-rounder like Hafeez as captain in all the formats.
Sajid
Dec 31, 2012 05:02am
Why did he not comment on the support he extended to Dhoni for his century by dropping a sitter of a catch when Dhoni was playing at just 16? Also, the way he got bowled was just ridiculous. Misbah’s gentleness is also due to the fact that he has gone old and his reflexes in both batting and fielding have vanished, so he is trying to compensate listless performance by behaving like a extra-sugary gentleman. Pakistan needs a shrewd, astute, ruthless, performing all-rounder like Hafeez as captain in all the formats.
ram
Dec 31, 2012 05:27pm
Few days back Dhoni was worst in eleven... Let they practice....You win and then I win game Dont call it fixed...say Friendly!!!
omar
Dec 31, 2012 09:19am
teams lose because of its mistakes, what would you say had some of the decisions by Indian empire gone India's way, which should have and did not. Yuvi also dropped a sitter. when you mention "ruthless" i can only remember the Taliban.
ram
Dec 31, 2012 05:24pm
This was better. I win and then You Win....No hardfeelings....Continue in 50 oves too. No bashings No riots....and get friendly
Deb; India
Dec 31, 2012 02:31pm
Thanks. omar. Well said. Lets not let the spoilers dampen the spirit.
Nizar
Dec 31, 2012 05:06pm
learn to enjoy the game and rid yourself of this pettiness.
Sheetal
Dec 31, 2012 05:56am
Appreciate his sportsmanship. Good luck to both teams for next matches.
Yawar
Dec 31, 2012 02:08pm
yes you are correct, I think Nasir did seem to thank and smile at Yuvraj immediately after the winning runs were scored
Rajesh (USA)
Dec 31, 2012 06:04pm
Pakistan played well and they deserve to win this game. Good effort by MSD and his team to bounce back in the game but the effort was no enough to win the game.
Raj
Dec 31, 2012 10:39pm
Really? do you know that most of the Indians think that Sachin is a batting god and Wasim Akram is a bowling God? comeon man, give me a break, stop skeptism and hatred, it is not true the way you think. You have to understand one thing there are good and bad people on both the side but there are people in the middle who should not get persuaded by the pad people. I consider Afridi is one of those bad people because he spreads too much hatred.
Raj
Dec 31, 2012 10:51pm
What kind of discrimination? Why are you generalizing Indians like that? When Pakistani cricketers visit here, they are treated like celebrities. We have lots of respect to Pakistani cricketers. We may not like few ones like Afridi who spew so much of venom against us for no reason. Just stop looking at us from a hateful eye and think that we are friends, you will not see us in the way you are seeing us currently.
ganesh
Dec 31, 2012 02:10pm
though misbha told but pakistan team desrve this one day series title bz better team wins in this tournament
jami
Dec 31, 2012 12:39pm
Andy, do u think Misbah is doing disrespect to indian captain Dhoni?
Kay
Dec 31, 2012 07:21pm
Well Said:)
Asif
Dec 31, 2012 06:29pm
Its amazes me when we keep praising Indian team for any of their effort but not once I heard from any indian team praising Junaid or Nasir performance or for any other occasion. Yeah sometimes you hear few complimentary words hear and there from the Indian team but that's pretty much it. I think Pakistan cricket team should focus on their good or bad performances not starting praising Indians because simply they don't respond the same way. I guess that's what Shahid Afridi meant when our hearts are bigger then the Indians!
andy
Dec 31, 2012 07:49am
Why do u guys in pakistan behave like this, full of hatred for India. Why dont you learn be more respectful in life. Only then will the world around give you some respect.
kashif
Dec 31, 2012 05:44am
After humiliating defeat of India by Pakistan under leadership of great Imran……the deal for Pakistan playing in India is ‘either the series will be drawn or India will win…..’Yani Pakistan will never win there. What a rootu sport loving nation. & on top of all Pakistan go there to play with all the consent….as if they will die if they don’t play in India…..
Mohsin Khan
Dec 31, 2012 09:51am
why we all people are so narrow minded...look his batting just...one chance he got and how well he converted that into a heroic knock. What about jamshed who got one decision in his favour and a drop catch by YUVI. These are jus part of a game anf one should admire the good cricket played by anyone.
Oz
Jan 02, 2013 05:57pm
Totally agree with you. We need our version of Kohli instead of Misban, his name is Usman Salahuddin.. check him out on cricinfo. He has average a mahoosive 78 in the current first class domestic season of Pakistan.. But, as they say in Pak cricket... where is politics, there is a way. Poor guys like him seldom get their chances.