Misbah-ul-Haq has expressed his displeasure with Pakistan losing the first test despite having an upper hand in the first test which England won by three wickets to lead the three-match test series 1-0. Misbah-ul-Haq was disappointed with both the below-par batting as well as poor bowling in Pakistan and England’s second innings respectively as England won despite being reduced to 117 for five.
Chasing a stiff target of 277, England lost wickets at regular intervals before Jos Buttler who scored 75 and Chris Woakes who scored an unbeaten 84 not out stitched a brilliant stand of 139 for the sixth wicket.
Misbah-ul-Haq disappointed as Pakistan loses despite England reduced to 117 for five
While Buttler was thinking of retirement due to poor performance with the gloves, Woakes did not feature in the team too often. But the win inspired them and probably cemented their places in the squad.
“…we are disappointed that we let England off the hook after they were five wickets down at one stage. The way Buttler and Woakes counter-attacked our bowlers it was very skilful,” Misbah said after Pakistan went 0-1 down in the three-match series.
Woakes and Buttler
“Over all, we could have done better with the bat in the second innings. It would have been a different scenario if it was a 300 above target. It is very important to put up decent score in the second innings against England’s quality bowling attack in their own conditions,” he added.
Wasim Akram also felt Pakistan had lack of attacking instinct
Wasim Akram, Pakistan’s former pacer felt that Pakistan failed to attack and lacked flair and was unpredictable while defending the target. He felt that there was a requirement to put pressure on both Buttler and Woakes. He noted that while Buttler was fighting for a test spot due to poor wicket-keeping, Woakes averaged just 5.22 while batting in the last six tests.
Misbah, however, denied to issue a statement and only maintained that the partnership between Buttler and Woakes was the turning point of the test match.
“I think till then the match was in our hands. That partnership completely took the game away from us. The turning point of the match was that England produced a brilliant partnership under pressure,” he said.
“It was a tough game for us but we will have to come out of that soon. We can play munch better cricket and this team has the capability to make a comeback,” he added.
The second test will be played in Southampton and will commence from August 13.