If there was one particular aspect that could be used to portray the Pakistani team, it would surely be the unpredictability factor. No one and safe to assume, no potential human being on this planet would have imagined Pakistan scoring over 450 in the fourth innings in Brisbane, after they were once reduced to 67-8 in the first innings. Such has been the swinging unpredictability of the Pakistan team, that they end up surprising themselves.
Chasing a mountain of a target of 490, the visitors got ever so close, as powered by Asad Shafiq’s gritty century, Pakistan made 450 in the fourth innings. Shafiq’s heroics were not enough as Australia ended up winning the Test by a minute margin of 39 runs. However, post Pakistan’s defeat, skipper Misbah Ul Haq admitted he was proud of his team’s performance.
“I am very happy. After the first innings when we got out for 142, it looked very difficult for us to make a comeback into this game and am very happy with the way we came back. A lot of positives, Younis getting into form, Azhar Ali doing well at the top, Asad Shafiq playing superbly and the way the tailenders responded was amazing as well. Very proud of this team and our performance in the fourth innings,” Misbah said.
Misbah expected his side to take a lot from this game and replicate that in the next two tests to follow. “The hope was always there, I have a lot of belief in this team and that is exactly the reason why we are doing so well in the last six years. Even when Asad fell I was very hopeful. After what we showed in the last couple of days, everyone in the team now has the belief that we could pull things back in the coming matches,” Misbah added.
Shafiq was named Man of the Match for his spectacular ton and he was proud of his efforts.
“Yes I feel very proud and was trying hard. Was hitting the ball well in the nets and it was just a matter of time before I had a good innings. Very thankful to all the tailenders who showed a lot of courage and a lot of firm and from nowhere we almost chased 490. The energy was always there and we were always going to go for the win. Yes it was a brilliant delivery and I wasn’t expecting it from him at that stage of the game.”