DUBAI - Following their 4-0 drubbing at the hands of England in the ODI series, Pakistan came up with a refreshing performance in the opening Twenty20 to silence the critics and they will look to wrap-up the series today (Saturday) when they take on England in the second T20 of three-match series

England will consider the loss in the 1st T20 to be one-off and will look to put the pressure back on Pakistan like they did in the 50-over games.

Misbah-ul-Haq came in for a lot of criticism after the ODI series loss but he did remarkably well as captain in the opening 20-over game to help Pakistan go 1-0 up. Misbah's captaincy skills were not at their best in the 4-match ODI series, but in the Twenty20 match, he maneuverer his resources well, using the right bowlers at the right time and placing the fields correctly.

Misbah Friday hit back at criticism after his side's 4-0 defeat in the one-day series against England, urging a change of mindset among detractors. "I have said that even after the Test series win that we have to keep patience," said Misbah.

"We should talk of the ground realities but we talk on other points. We should talk of the bad performance (and) the areas where we showed weaknesses. We must talk of ground realities and the media should be positive. We committed mistakes: they scored four hundreds, we managed only four fifties and their bowlers took wickets, ours didn't," said Misbah of the one-day series. He  said the country had under-performed in the past because of such a response to defeats, insisting that his side had not become bad players overnight just because of the loss of the one-day series.

"We have to change this thinking if we are to lift Pakistan cricket," he said, calling for a more reasoned debate about strengths and weaknesses rather than a potentially counter-productive knee-jerk response to change personnel. Misbah has not lost a Test series since taking over the Pakistan captaincy in October 2010 and the defeat against England was his first since taking charge as one-day captain in June last year. Pakistan had won the preceding two one-day series before he took over. "Drastic changes will not help. These same players won us the last six series. Now if, on one defeat against a top team, we change players and captains then we could change six captains till the 2015 World Cup."

"That can never bring improvement in Pakistan team." Misbah said he hoped Pakistan will carry the momentum in the next two Twenty20 matches, which take place in Dubai on Saturday and Abu Dhabi on Monday. "England is a good team and can come back strongly, so we have guard against complacency and do our best," he added.

Looking at England's performance in the opening match, it can be said that they were good only in particular stages of the game but could not deliver in the crucial stages. Stuart Broad has not captained England in too many games in the shorter format and is still in his formative years as skipper. His inexperience clearly showed as he did not go for the kill when Pakistan were five down for 73.

Graeme Swann, who produced his career-best figures in Twenty20 cricket during the first match of the series, said that he was unaware the performance was his best until he was told after the game. "I'm very happy with that. The ball came out of the hand nicely. It's always nice to get Afridi out early, as he's a very dangerous player and we were delighted with how it went in the field. It's just disappointing it wasn't part of a winning performance."  Swann said the defeat was part down to the inexperience of the England batsmen, part the way Pakistan bowled.

 "They have world-class bowlers at the death and we didn't cope with that as well as we should have done," he said. "Having said that, we got ourselves in a winning position and, nine times out of ten, we'd expect ourselves to cross the line. It was disappointing not to do that. We've got two games left in the series to make amends. We've just beaten these guys 4-0 in the one-day series so confidence is still sky high. I don't see any reason why we can't win the next two."