Pak skipper Misbah happy with performance of players



Pak skipper Misbah happy with performance of playersAbu Dhabi: Pakistan skipper Misbah ul Haq is happy with performance of his players after opener Nasir Jamshed aggressive 97 helped them to a seven-wicket win over Australia in the second one-dayer of the three-match ODI series in Abu Dhabi.

The 22-year-old left-hander took the attack to the Australian bowlers during his 98-ball innings, hitting 11 boundaries and two well-timed sixes to help his team successfully chase a 249-run target in the 43.4 overs at Abu Dhabi Stadium.
Abu Dhabi: Pakistan skipper Misbah ul Haq is happy with performance of his players after opener Nasir Jamshed aggressive 97 helped them to a seven-wicket win over Australia in the second one-dayer of the three-match ODI series in Abu Dhabi.

The 22-year-old left-hander took the attack to the Australian bowlers during his 98-ball innings, hitting 11 boundaries and two well-timed sixes to help his team successfully chase a 249-run target in the 43.4 overs at Abu Dhabi Stadium.

Australia owed their recovery to another left-hander Michael Hussey (61) to post a challenging total despite an impressive performance by Pakistan``s ace spinner Saeed Ajmal (4-32).

“I am really, really happy that we showed remarkable improvement and won this game. The bowlers did a wonderful job and then Jamshed and Ali played good knocks, so it`s satisfying,” said Misbah.

Australia had won the first match by four wickets in Sharjah on Tuesday. The third and final match will be played in Sharjah on Monday.

Pakistan’s batting, which folded in the first one-day for 198, showed a remarkable improvement as Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez (23) raced to 66 by the 12th over to set their team on course for a win.

Australian pacers Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson, who shared eight wickets between them in the first ODI, found the ball hard to grip in the humid conditions and dismissed just one batsman.

Australian captain Michael Clarke said: “Full credit to Pakistan. I was difficult to bowl under lights but there are no excuses.”

ANI