Pakistan determine to fight back against England
Misbah-ul-Haq feels that Pakistan did not get the help of fate at a crucial time in the Manchester Test against England. Despite the disappointment of the loss, Pakistan coach is not willing to think about it. He’s urged the players to stay positive to turn the series around.
Chasing 277 runs, Pakistan kept England in much pressure in the last innings of the first Test on Saturday. The visitors took 5 wickets for 117 runs and took the momentum of the match. But Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler’s 139-run stand in the sixth wicket changed the scene. Joe Root’s team went ahead in the three-match series with a great victory of 3 wickets.
Misbah is not stingy in giving credit to England for winning. In a column on the Pakistan Cricket Board’s website, the former captain said he’s determined to make a comeback in the second Test.
“We are feeling frustrated, just as the fans are, after the Old Trafford Test match but this is how cricket is. There are very small margins between victory and defeat and it’s easy to curse yourself when you’ve lost. But, we should remember that we were right on top until pretty much the last session of the game and we played very good cricket. Sure, we need to improve 10 to 15 per cent and deal with pressure situations a little better but we shouldn’t be mentally down,”
Misbah said in an official release issued by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
“There is a disappointment, of course, but we must not keep that feeling in our minds otherwise it will be difficult to come back but the team believes we can fight back. It was a thrilling Test match and full credit must go to England for the way they fought back, came from behind and took the game away from us. There was wonderful cricket played by both teams. Sometimes luck doesn’t favour you, sometimes the opposition plays well – that’s the beauty of the game,” he added.
Pakistan will fight to save the series in Southampton next Thursday (August 13).