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Pak Cricket Skipper On Cause Of Defeat

MULTAN: Pakistan Cricket Skipper Babar Azam said that the injury of the main fast bowlers before the test series against England cost a lot as the team could not get a remarkable achievement in the fast bowling attack.

Talking to journalists at at Presser after the second test match at Multan Cricket Stadium on Monday, Babar Azam said that the team lost the match again after getting closure to victory like in Rawalpindi but we failed to finish it well to get desired results.

He said that the absence of senior and experienced players in the team could also be a reason for the defeat adding that the young players also played well and they were getting experience from every match.

Babar said that decision of Saud Shakeel’s out was the turning point but players were bound to honor the decision of the umpires whether it was in favor or not.

He said that after the dismissal of Saud and Nawaz it was the tail to face England pace bowlers but Abrar and Salman kept pushing pressure on the guest team.

“I accept the responsibility of loss,” Babar said and added that efforts were being made to overcome the mistakes in the upcoming events. He said that the team would enter the Karachi test with the best combination and positive mindset.

To a question about pitch conditions, he said that pitch conditions were different in every country and players had to perform in every situation.

He said that the surface offers limited support but there was no issue with the surface in Multan as there was most of the soft dismissal of Pakistani batters.

He said that England’s bowling attack was effective and their bowlers did well for their team.

Babar said that Abrar Ahmed performed well in his debut match and he dismissed the top seven players of the guest team in the first inning and also grabbed four wickets in the second inning.

He said that he changed his batting order to play at number three instead of four by accepting the challenge to face the situation.

Pakistani batting lineup collapsed against some accurate England bowling that wrapped them up in the first session well short of 281 posted by the visitors, on the second day of the second Cricket test in Multan on Saturday.

Pakistan entered the day two proceedings with 107/2 on board aiming to cross the modest 281 first innings runs of the visiting team, but they fell flat losing all eight remaining wickets adding just 95 to finish 202, thanks to spin magic by leach and fiery attack by Mark Wood.

Pakistan started the day at 107/2 with sipper Babar Azam on strike at 61 and Saud Shakeel at 32. Batting collapse set in when Ollie Robinson dismissed Babar on the second ball of the 6th over of the session at an individual score of 75 when the total was 142.

Saud Shakeel was later dismissed at 63 after 16 more were added to the total. England bowlers kept pulling up pressure on Pakistan batters with another dismissal of Muhammad Rizwan at 165, Muhammad Nawaz at 169, Salman Ali Agha at 169, Muhammad Ali at 169, Zahid Mahmood at 179, and the claimed final dismissal at 202.

The battling line returned to the pavilion after facing only 30 overs in the first session on the second day of the second test match.

England resumed the second innings with an advantage of 79 run lead with ambitions to give the host a formidable target.

From England, Jack Leach took four wickets, Mark Wood took two, Joy Root two and Anderson and Robinson took one wicket each.


M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.