Loss exposes Pakistan frailties

Loss exposes Pakistan frailties


Pakistan entered day 5 amid prophecy of complicated sleet in Dubai and nonetheless thick clouds prevailed over a track all day, a sleet never came down. Pakistan might have deliberate themselves unfortunate, though they were out-batted and out-bowled by an fit Sri Lankan group that kick them by 9 wickets – their biggest win in terms of wickets, opposite Pakistan. The home group might have walked out with positives after a pull in Abu Dhabi, however, a detriment in Dubai, once again, unprotected a array of chinks in a Pakistan team.

Top-order conundrum
Pakistan’s tip sequence was praised for their grant in a initial Test though their disaster in a second means a group will have to take a uninformed demeanour during their options. The No. 3 position stays a articulate indicate after Mohammad Hafeez, drafted behind into a Test side after a stellar run in a ODIs, couldn’t reprise a same form, scoring 21 and 1 in a second Test. Ahmed Shehzad’s introduction as an opener didn’t work either; a pierce uneasy a left-right multiple of Khurram Manzoor and Shan Masood that had set-up Pakistan’s win opposite South Africa in Abu Dhabi in November.

Middle-order frailties
Pakistan’s over-reliance on Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq is no tip and it’s high time other batsmen started delivering. The technically sound Asad Shafiq, who scored a century opposite South Africa during a same venue 3 months back, has been struggling since. Though he played some superb back-foot shots on a fourth day, he wasn’t means to stay for an extended period; he contributed 6 and 23.

The busy workhorse
Saeed Ajmal has toiled for 114.2 overs in a dual Tests in this array and conceded 248 runs. On tip of a workload, he also took a blow on his feet while batting in a second innings. It can be argued that Sri Lanka batsmen played him with counsel and neutralised him well, though he did demeanour suggestive with his line and length.

The ineffectual seamer
Rahat Ali, who went into a array as a second seamer, unsuccessful to make an impact in a dual Tests. His inability to collect adult wickets was immune by a captain, a manager and a group manager, who suggested a bowler had been unlucky. But for someone who bowled some-more than 100 overs in a array for only dual wickets, it can’t be only about luck. It also points to a miss of skill.

The prosaic tenure
Dav Whatmore’s reign as a manager of Pakistan is shortly entrance to an end; he is with a group for another 9 days. In a dual years with Whatmore during a helm, Pakistan didn’t uncover any signs of alleviation and unsuccessful to win a singular Test series. The record will leave a peck on Whatmore’s coaching credentials.

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