Misbah has won the toss and Pakistan will bat first. He says, ” we know the ball doesn’t do much in the first half and there will be help in the second half for the fast bowlers. We are going with the same team. I believe they played well in 95% of the game, so we need to stick with them.”
AB de Villiers would have batted first as well, but he says he is not too fussed about it. South Africa are also going in with the same team.
Kepler Wessels says the pitch is dry and should help the batsmen recover from their slump. The Average score is just below 250, but he expects more than that today.
Zain: “Cricinfo please upload my comment or answer my question. When was the last time Pakistan made 300+ score or when was the last time Pakistan successfully chased a 250+ score or when was the last time Pakistan batting clicked?” —– You’ve asked three questions in one Zain, but let me try and answer the first. Pakistan have scored more than 300 twice in two years, but both times, they lost – once to India in Dhaka and once to SA earlier this year.
Pakistan batsmen need to play without fear. The smaller the total, the more they go into their shell… And someone needs to show Jamshed his performances against India.. The guy has forgotten how to bat!!
Misbah and Watmore need to make some stern decisions after the fiasco in Sharjah. This series should be Afridi’s last chance. He has consistently under performed and needs to be replaced with someone more reliable. Next, Riaz should be replaced by Junaid Khan. Hafeez to open with Shehzad. Nasir to be at 3 clearly he struggles against the new bowlers. Umar Akmal needs to come in 4. He’s a class batsman and cannot be wasted for Misbah’s sake… —— Afridi’s last chance before his next big comeback?
The amazing thing is that after his crazy shot in the last game, many comments on Cricinfo called for Afridi to be made captain. Does this prove Pakistan fans are as unpredictable as their team?
Stop blaming Pakistan batsmen for everything. They were just trying to create a last ball six situations like Miandad’s. After all it is Sharjah.
It was an old-fashioned thriller two nights ago in Sharjah, much better to watch than any 700-run match. Bowlers ruled, batsmen had brain fades, and an ODI was interesting to watch. Pakistan somehow conspired to lose the game from a position from where they could even have chased down 230. They wouldn’t want to make same mistakes though. South Africa had question marks on their ODI batting before the start of the tour and they didn’t help by putting up a below-par total. So the focus, for both teams, maybe on their strong bowling attacks, but their batting worries remain. Here is the preview.
It’s a Friday and a huge crowd is expected, this being a holiday in the UAE and here is a stat that would bring a smile on Pakistani fans’ faces – Pakistan have won 73% of their matches played on Friday, says Prasanna, SA team’s video analyst.. Some record this.