Cricket: Concerned Misbah calls for ‘responsible’ show

Pakistan aim to level series in final ODI against Sri Lanka today.

Our Correspondent June 17, 2012

KARACHI: Stunned after a shock defeat to Sri Lanka in the fourth One-Day International (ODI), Pakistan go into the final match in Colombo today with more than just an aim to level the series.

For long, Pakistan’s batting has been criticised for not being consistent and spoiling the bowlers’ good show but on Saturday it reached another low. A poor form was already exposed during the second ODI and it continued in the washed-out third game.

However, on Saturday, a sensational collapse saw the tourists lose seven wickets for 13 runs, including four in one over delivered by Thisara Perera as Pakistan went down by 44 runs in a game they should have won.

Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq, whose wicket was the first to fall during the collapse after he had contributed a half-century, said his team needed to show more responsibility.

He rued a missed opportunity of winning the fourth ODI and called on the batsmen to up their game.

“We will have to stop repeating our mistakes,” said Misbah. “We needed a run-a-ball and the batsmen should have taken more responsibility. Having played so many batsmen, each of them realise their responsibilities.”

Jayawardene hails team effort

On the other hand, Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene was a delighted man and was confident ahead of the final game.

“We were on the back foot and knew we’ll lose the match if we didn’t take wickets.

“It went our way and the bowlers should get the credit. In that situation, they put their hands up and bowled well. It was a team effort.”

Qasim hopes for comeback

Meanwhile, Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Selector Iqbal Qasim hoped for a comeback in the series.

“The players’ performance in the fourth match was concerning,” said Qasim. “I was also dejected on the loss like the whole nation. But I am hoping that team will bounce back and level the series.”

To a query about a struggling Younus Khan after another failure in the fourth ODI, the chief selector said that saying anything on the batsman’s  career was premature.

“Let’s wait and see his performance in the Test series.”

Published in The Express Tribune, June 18th, 2012.

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Dr. Saleem Siddiqi | 8 years ago | Reply

6 Zeros by an opener one after one in a one day international match is a world record. We must get rid of Hafeez. Umar Akmal and Younis Khan are good for nothing.

Young players sitting on benches must be given a chance over them to prepare a team of World Cup.

Regards Dr. Saleem Siddiqi

Jan Sher | 8 years ago | Reply

Replace hafeez score =0, Yunus Khan =1 and Umar Akmal=0 with three New batsmen who can run one run per ball. Any one batsman can score 2 runs which is better than combined total of these three batsmen. It's time to bring other new faces in. Without this change team will not win even a single match. It's not Bowling, it's the batting that fails every time. I simply do not understand No one bring nay change to it. Same team despite failure keep playing andkeep repeating the same outcome. Is it that difficult to find out who s not scoring consistantly and sit them outside?

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