Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka 2017: We Should Have Won This Game – Sarfaraz Ahmed
Pakistan are known to play a unique brand of cricket. This brand remains unparalleled as no other team can even come close to matching the ever-mercurial side in this aspect. Unpredictability has been one issue which has defined Pakistan cricket for ages now and even today after the team shocked everyone to win the ICC Champions Trophy, the quality remains in abundance.
Highlighted by a colossal batting failure on the fifth day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, the Sarfaraz Ahmed led outfit made an absolute mockery of the 136 runs to chase. Their nemesis was the evergreen Rangana Herath, as the 40-year-old spin wizard took a five-wicket haul in the dying moments of the day to decimate Pakistan.
For the Pakistanis though, there were a few positives, such as the solid knock by Haris Sohail on debut. Sohail has emerged as a top candidate to replace the likes of Misbah Ul Haq and Younis Khan in the middle order.
Post the loss, Sarfaraz Ahmed admitted that his team should have won the match.
“Win and loss – it’s always a part of the game, but we should have won this match,” said Ahmed. “There are some batting issues in our team and we were put under pressure. Needed one partnership and the game was ours.”
“There was a bit of bite and turn with the new ball, that was one of the reasons for us losing so many wickets. Haris had a wonderful debut, hopefully, he will continue to perform well for us. Need to comeback well in the second Test, the batsmen must pull-up their socks and deliver,” he added.
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