The primary Check in opposition to England in Manchester final week uncovered the chink in Pakistan’s armour as soon as once more. It was a story of two matches for Pakistan in two totally different innings. Within the first one, Pakistan got here out on prime, scoring 300+ and bowling out their opponents with over a 100 runs quick. From then on, it appeared that this match could be a easy crusing for Pakistan. However issues turned sideways in a short time.
Pakistan had been bundled out for 169 within the 2nd innings, setting a goal of 277 for England to chase. With half centuries from Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes, the hosts went on to chase down the goal with three wickets remaining.
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In a video on Youtube, Pakistan tempo bowling legend Shoaib Akhtar stated that the workforce’s batting allow them to down in Manchester. “Pakistan obtained a chance to place a giant rating however they made the identical mistake that they’ve been doing since partition. That the batting lets us down,” he stated.
“We wanted partnerships, stroke-making solely once you get free balls. It was an excellent likelihood for Pakistan to place 350-400 runs on the board,” Akhtar added.
The previous Pakistan seamer went on so as to add that if a batsman can’t capitalise of 107-run lead, then he’s of no use to the workforce. “However once more, none of Pakistan’s star batsmen may rating runs. If you must turn out to be a giant participant and earn a reputation, these are the conditions.
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“If you’re not capable of capitalize on a 107-run lead, nevertheless huge a batsman you might be, you’re of no use,” Akhtar stated.
Babar Azam scored an excellent half century on the primary day of the Check, however was dismissed early on the 2nd day, and will solely rating 5 runs within the 2nd innings. Akhtar stated that Babar must turn out to be a match-winner to make a reputation for himself.
“Shan Masood was unfortunate however he had already performed his half. Asad Shafiq obtained run out, it’s once more his fault. However Babar Azam has to come back out with one thing good, since you can’t create a reputation like this. You may be a very good participant, however you must set up your self as a match-winner,” Akhtar stated.
England have taken 1-Zero lead within the three-match Check collection in opposition to Pakistan. The 2 groups will meet once more within the 2nd Check which begins from Thursday.