Pakistan batting collapses, a big worry for Arthur

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‘Look, it’s a pattern and I can’t sit right here and say that our batting line up is a younger line up as a result of that is worldwide cricket’

Abu Dhabi: For Pakistan, it was the identical outdated story of strain sucking them in. And maybe with or with out the previous two stalwarts — Misbah-ul Haq and Younis Khan — they’d have nonetheless received tangled in Rangana Herath’s magical spell of spin bowling.

This was not a one off incident, it has been a perennial drawback for Pakistan — one which they haven’t been in a position to sort out but. Since 2016, 5 occasions Pakistan has misplaced 10 wickets in someday and on this case, it resulted of their first loss in Abu Dhabi; a fortress the place that they had not misplaced a match within the final 9 Assessments earlier than this, since 2010.

South African coach Mickey Arthur accepted that Pakistan need to discover a resolution for his or her collapses which is now turning right into a malaise.

“Look, it’s a pattern and I can’t sit right here and say that our batting line up is a younger line up as a result of that is worldwide cricket. You bought to catch your enamel in worldwide cricket and any expectation if you end up in a Check match. That’s actually anticipated from our batsmen. It’s disappointing. Name it strain, I’m undecided and that’s one thing which we are going to sit down, focus on and dissect going ahead,” stated a dejected-looking Arthur on the post-match press briefing.

Although Azhar Ali and Asad Safiq each failed in No three and No four slots, respectively, the coach was of the view that he would nonetheless favor them being there for the following match.“Sure, I feel that’s our greatest batting line-up. I feel your greatest batsman ought to bat at three and our greatest is Azhar. Asad has batted at six for many of his profession and he has to come back up and take duty,” stated Arthur, who has his job lower out to get the mix lifeless proper earlier than each groups meet once more in Dubai on Friday.

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmad, main the workforce for the primary time as captain, accepted that it was a painful loss particularly after getting Pakistan to a place from the place they might have gained.

“That is a part of the sport however I’m very disillusioned as a result of we had recovered very well on this sport. We should always have gained this. We now have a couple of points, particularly on the fifth day once we come beneath strain. Some issues have to alter, we would have liked a partnership and didn’t get one,” stated Ahmad, who felt among the gamers didn’t present the spirit that newcomer Haris Sohail confirmed.

“Sohail performed very well. It’s not simple to come back again like he did. We’ll try to bounce again within the subsequent sport. Our batsmen performed properly, however they didn’t play lengthy innings and didn’t construct partnerships. If we try this, we’ll do properly,” stated Ahmad.

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