Originally Posted by jeevan
Look at the partnerships he had though, Younis, Razzaq were bigger culprits for strike rate. Umar Akmal was doing well - and getting enough of the strike - was just fooled by a variation and certainly Pakistan were very much in the game with little run rate pressure till just before that delivery. Perhaps only Afridi might have felt run rate pressure, but you couldn't tell if that altered his style of batting.
He didn't have a great day for sure. But the main story that innings (except Hafeez) was Indians bowling their opponents out at very regular intervals to good bowling.
If you have th blame Misbah, that catch of Tendulkar was probably a bigger miss on his part
The thing is it's difficult to quantify what effect exactly Misbah's innings had on the others. When your mind is free and there's no (RR) pressure, you tend to play the good balls better. It's possible that I'm being too pedantic, but I'd wager that the undue pressure had a role to play in at least two of the wickets that fell. And even if Umar Akmal hadn't got out to Harbhajan Singh, he would have likely got out sooner or later after skying one. Because of the pressure that was put on him by Misbah's inability to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
Have a look at this :
Misbah's mystery innings
Misbah-ul-Haq's strike rate at the end of his innings was 73.68; Tendulkar's rate for his 85 was 73.91. That, perhaps, is as good an example as any to illustrate the fact that stats without context is meaningless. Misbah's inexplicable go-slow through the first half of his innings resulted in the asking rate climbing to unmanageable proportions, and it also forced the other batsmen to take risks that might otherwise have been unnecessary. He tried to make up for it later, but apart from helping him reach a personal landmark and improving his strike-rate, his late hits counted for little.
Overall, Misbah played out 42 dot balls, which was the most among Pakistan's batsmen. In his first 42 balls, he scored only 17 and played 27 dots. During this period, Pakistan's asking rate went up from 6.07 to 8.45. Younis Khan's sluggish innings didn't help either - add his 13 from 32 balls to Misbah's 17 in his first 42, and Pakistan have every reason to feel their two most experienced batsmen didn't serve them well: in those 74 balls, the two batsmen got a grand total of 30 runs, with no boundaries. Even with the power-hitters to follow, that was a bridge too far.
India v Pakistan: The crucial first 15 overs, and mysterious Misbah-ul-Haq | Cricket Features | ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 | ESPN Cricinfo
I would agree that he wasn't the sole reason for defeat, as is being suggested by some. Younis Khan and Mohammad Hafeez also deserve criticism.
All said and done, I am very happy Misbah played the way he did.