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Nasir’s dismissal hurt us, says Misbah

Pakistan captain looks at the positives, says if batsmen can give bowlers enough runs to bowl at, Pakistan can still be a force to a reckon with

Nasir’s dismissal hurt us, says Misbah - Cricket News
Misbah ul Haq, captain of Pakistan talks to the media.
Can I ask you, on the catch the wicket keeper took when you were naught, were you happy that he claimed the catch?
What can I say about that? I think he should have told them what happened, but I don't know what he was thinking at that time.  

Five of the top seven batsmen scored eight runs between them off 28 deliveries. We keep hearing about responsibility, Misbah. How responsible do you think the five batsmen were today? 
Yeah, I think it wasn't easy in the start from thi pitch to play. But I think after me and Nasir Jamshed got set that was really a good partnership. I think that shot played by Nasir, I think that really cost us. From there, it was really a game changer, because at that stage we were looking at it could have been easily 240, 230 on the cards. And looking at the surface of what I was just guessing that it's a good total if you just cross 230, something like that.

But I think we need to just be responsible. Anybody gets set on these sort of conditions, we need to just carry on.  

Misbah, just going back to the catch, would you have been happy if your wicket keeper was claiming the catch in those circumstances when he quite clearly didn't hold the ball? 
I don't think so. I think in the spirit of the game, we should just ‑‑ if we know ‑‑ if we don't know anything, then it's fine. But if you know clearly that it's not a catch, you should not claim that because it's not in the spirit of the game.  

Once again, nearly a century -- you missed that -- what are your feelings, because it's the only thing you haven't gotten in your career, a one-day international century? What are your feelings?
It's really something special whenever you've get to one hundred, and specially when it's your first hundred in any form. It's really something that you never forget for all your life. But I think more disappointing thing for us is to just lose this game. These scores and centuries will come, but I'm really disappointed after losing this game.  

It wasn't an easy match for you, especially when it was overcast. But as a captain, what do you think three things should have happened for you to win the match? 
I think the first one, it was really a big advantage if we’d have won the toss and bowled first. That would have been a big advantage. And the other one, I think I already told that partnership was really important. I think that shot from Nasir, that was I think was really, really a match turner. And Gayle, the way he survived in the early overs of Irfan, those three things could have really made the difference.  

Wahab was preferred over Ehsan and Asad today; was that because of the way he played against Ireland, because of his batting, or because you thought he was a better choice? Was that his batting assignment? 
I think you've watched on this specially bowled wicket, you've really got some serious pace and bounce. If a guy you know that he can bowl 150 is really handy and he showed it against South Africa and today even the way he bowled I think that was something special.  Just near roundabout he was going to 150-mark and really gave us a good advantage.  So that's why.

Also, I think he's really something special down the order for our team. For tail enders, I think really sometimes create a problem for you, and later overs, I think he's the one who can really bat well with the batsmen if somebody set. Unfortunately, today he got run out.  But I think he gives a balance to the team.  

We have seen that the idea of going in with the regular opener is not really working. So any plans for changing the batting order in the next game, like maybe bringing in Kamran Akmal or bringing in another batsman like Umar Amin?
I think sometimes it doesn't work, but in the last game it worked very good. So the games -- Hafeez already got a century, there in Ireland. It happens today they got out but it happens.  I think it's nothing to worry, nothing to panic. They are scoring runs, they’re addressing well, but I think they need to be a little bit more responsible.  

What's it like for you not being able to play at home? You come here and play in front of a crowd like that? To what extent do you want to perform for a crowd that's right behind you, and to what extent do you lift your game for that?
Yeah, it is always like that whenever you're not playing at home, you feel for it. You really want to play at your home grounds and in front of your own crowds. But I think here, again I'd say there was a big support for Pakistan. Whenever you look in the crowd, everybody was supporting Pakistan. It looks like we were playing at home. So it's really nice to be playing here in front of your own crowd, and it was really good to see that.  

What are the positives you are taking from this?  Basically in Birmingham where it would be more of a Pakistan crowd, so how much of an advantage will that come? 
I think the biggest positive from this game was our bowling. All the seamers bowled really well. Saeed Ajmal bowled well, all the bowlers, you can say, they really bowled their heart out and taking wickets. And one time we were really in the hunt, so it's really a big positive, and it just creates pressure on the opposition. They bowled really well against South Africa and even today. So, I think it gives confidence to the team and also to the batsmen that if they can go and just give them a good total, this bowling attack can really win the matches for us.  

You came in at number 5 today and early wickets went down. Do you contemplate moving yourself to number 4? 
I mean, it's too early after one game. You just can't just change things here and there to just create panic in your camp. I think what we need to do as a batting unit, what our plans are, how to execute those plans. Go there and try to play out 50 overs and that's what normally in these sort of conditions you can do. Today even losing three wickets I think ‑‑ at one stage the game was under control, but then we made mistakes. So it's just taking responsibility and taking the games to the end. The batsmen needs to be more responsible and just carry on.  

What is the lesson you're taking from this match? 
I think the lesson is very much clear especially for our batting side, that if we can hang around, and if we can give a good total and then 30, 40 more runs could have really made a difference. Even 15, 20 runs could have made the difference. So nothing to worry, just go there, apply yourself, and try to get those extra 20, 30 runs.  

Your fans were really dejected with the performance. What message would you give to them? Does Pakistan really have a reliable chance of getting to the semifinals? 
I think it's almost now a good state for us to just go there and try to win every game, and it is possible. Pakistan did it so many times before. So just be positive as players, as supporters of Pakistan team. Go there and try to play positive cricket and try to win every game.    

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