That Pakistan win over South Africa

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No-one comes here for the clever headlines, right?

As most of you know, Pakistan did indeed win the first Test against South Africa, doing so in typically Pakistani style. Chasing 40 to win, they fell to 7-3. At this point, Misbah-ul-Haq, who continually strives to be the most dour batsmen in the world, hit 28 off 26 balls, finishing things with a six.

The question now is whether Pakistan can somehow engineer a series defeat after going one up with just one Test to play. We reckon they can – which means they won’t.

Asked to assess his side’s bowling performance, Misbah-ul-Haq said:

“With Pakistan, it’s a mental game.”

You can decide for yourself which meaning he intended there.

25 comments

  1. Pakistan hasn’t lost a test in UAE since 2002 (they lost two against the pre-incompentence Australians). Since then they’ve played 9, won 5, drawn 4. There’s clearly something in the soup in UAE that suits them.

    1. I like the idea of pre and post-incompetence. When exactly was year zero for Australia? After McGrath and Warne retired?

    2. Yeh, that sounds about right. That makes it about 2007 doesn’t it? That puts them currently on Year Minus Six.

    1. I like the confident sounding “No. 1” edition counter. Also, the video at the end made me laugh, and I needed a laugh today.

    2. I am spreading the word about Cricket Badger and have declared to my friends that I am receiving a 20% commission on subscriptions referred by me.

      That’s a super commission percentage, 20% – it’s just a shame that 20% of nothing is nothing.

      I always hated sums.

    3. The badger was very good. Except now I’ve decided I really like George Bailey. I guess that’s fine as long as he doesn’t make the test team.

    4. Hurray! (Although that’s not for the Bailey love – which, unfortunately, we are actually with you on.)

  2. another vote for the badger from this end 🙂

    laughed out loud more than once, and the video is absolute class… ok, you can’t quite take credit for the amusement value of that one but deserve some kudos just for including it…

  3. I understand that I must be punished for tardiness, but is there a way I can read this week’s badger having signed up 5 minutes ago?

    The archive page doesn’t have anything yet.

    1. You may. Although we’ll certainly have forgotten about it by the time we get round to doing one. You may need to suggest it again.

  4. I come here specifically for the clever headlines.

    I’m feeling a little short-changed at the moment…

    …and dissed by the opening line of this feature.

  5. What? I am not reading you unless you publish it in this site (or cricinfo).
    How many websites should I bookmark or remember?
    And I won’t give out my only email address – at work – for subscription to web newsletters.

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