Revealed:October three, 2017 12:04 am
Pakistan misplaced the primary Tes of the two-match sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka by 21 runs and coach Mickey Arthur insisted that it was Azhar Ali’s early departure that emerged out to be a “massive blow” for his facet.
“This can be a younger batting line-up, clearly looking for their manner. Dropping Azhar Ali early was a giant blow,” Arthur informed.
“We mentioned at lunch break that we wanted one good partnership and needed that up entrance, however didn’t get that. That put us underneath stress. We have been at all times going to be underneath stress as the sport goes on as a result of we couldn’t anticipate the tail to get us over the road,” Arthur added.
Rangana Herath scalped 6 wickets within the second innings and speaking in regards to the left-arm spinner Arthur instructed “We did numerous homework on him. We now have performed him rather a lot. However clearly on the final day he was at all times going to be an element and you have to present him extra respect however I’d most likely have favored to see our batsmen take him on.”
Furthermore, Arthur mentioned that if the batsmen would enable a bowler like Herath to settle, he would absolutely push the facet on backfoot.
“As soon as you’re taking him on and that goes for any bowler, the sport form of settles down. For a interval when Sarfraz (Ahmed) and Haris (Sohail) have been happening, it was trying good. They needed to stay constructive and never getting tentative and in search of runs. In case you enable Herath to cool down, he’ll do what he did right now. So I’d have favored him being attacked extra,” he mentioned.
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