T20I defeats to Sri Lanka a big eye-opener: Misbahul Haq
LAHORE (92 News) - Pakistan coach Misbahul Haq conceded that defeat to Sri Lanka in the first two Twenty20 Internationals has been a wake up call for the team, which is placed No1 on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Rankings.
"We can see a deficiency in every department: bowling, batting, and particularly the way we got out against spin, and also our death bowling. Worryingly for Pakistan, Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad, who were recalled for the series, have failed on each occasion. Babar Azam, who is No.1 on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Batting Rankings, has also endured rare failures, which has exposed the frailties of Pakistan's batting. Misbah defended the decision to bring back Akmal and Shehzad, but insisted that experimentation was needed to discover a larger pool of match-winning batsmen. "There are a lot of reasons for this experimentation," Misbah said. "Yes, we are the No. 1 team in the world, but mostly our strength has been standing on Babar Azam scoring runs, and with him not scoring in two games, we are exposed badly. department, and it's a big eye-opener for us. We didn't play to our strengths and couldn't deliver. We are looking for more batsmen, rather than just relying on one or two." The third and final T20I takes place on Wednesday, 10 October, at the same venue.
A superb all-round team performance helped Sri Lanka seal the T20I series over Pakistan.Report 👇 https://t.co/f82bdoecCK — ICC (@ICC) October 8, 2019