SAFF Cup Player Ratings: Pakistan vs. Bangladesh
Pakistan’s goalless draw against Bangladesh was much improved performance by Zaviša Milosavljevi?’s men. There were many poor performers, while some played their heart out. Newspakistan rates the Pakistani side, which came quite close to causing an upset.
Jaffar Khan – 8.5 (Man-of-the-Match)
The veteran shot stopper was a surprise performer at the Jawarlal Nehru Stadium. With his experience he was able to command his penalty box with authority and distributed the ball impeccably. His world-class save was one of the main reasons why his side
emerged with a point from the game.
Samar Ishaq – 6.5
Generally read the game well and churned out a decent display to confirm himself as a first-choice starter.
Kamran Khan – 6
Communicated quite well with his teammates, but like the rest of the backline chose to thump the ball up field rather than opt for a short pass. Did a good job of silencing the Bangladeshi attack though.
Faisal Iqbal – 7
Showed his attacking prowess by continuing to maraud up and down the field. Although he put in an excellent display, his guilt-edged miss from a Jadeed Khan cross should have found the back of the net with ease. Will look to improve as the tournament goes
Rizwan Asif – 7
Omitted from the World Cup qualifiers by Tariq Lutfi due to “lack of commitment”, Asif was fielded as a right-back but still managed to catch the eye. His tackles were superb and he occasionally managed to sneak forward and assist up-front as well.
Saddam Hussein – 6
Not the best of displays by the midfielder, showed good skills on the ball but was a little bit out of his depth in this one.
Kaleemullah – 6.5
Whether it was the case of playing in his natural position or something else. Kaleemullah, who has often been labeled as flop turned his attacking flair in New Delhi yesterday. His superb solo run should have taken Pakistan 1-0 up but he failed to provide
the finish. Looked deadly and almost scored a wonder goal by mis-hitting a cross.
Adnan Ahmed – 5.5
A subdued performance by the Bradford Park Avenue man. Adnan was expected to be the heart and soul of the team but he rarely had the ball at his feet and failed to make an impact.
Atif Bashir- 6.5
Deployed as the target man, Atif tried his best to influence proceedings and almost scored early on with a long-range strike that unfortunately hit the bar. Taken off in the second half after picking up a knock on his toe.
Jadeed Khan Pathan – 7.5
The Afghan FC man was a definite candidate for the man-of-the-match award and narrowly missed out due to the heroics of Jaffar Khan. His vision and ability going forward were notable and he should definitely retain his place against the Maldives.
Husnain Abbas – 6
A decent display from the youngster but he shouldn’t have started the game.
Shakir Lashari – 7
A well-deserved re-call to the National team. Came on as a substitute and showed glimpses of his talents with a mazy dribble and shot at goal. In contention for a starting role in the next game.