“As such there is not much pressure, but obviously we were in a situation where we should have won the match but it was our bad luck that we didn’t play well on the last day and because of that we lost the match,” Sarfraz said on Thursday (October 5). “Pressure is there, so we have motivated the players and I am very hopeful that we will win the last game and level the series.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed admitted that there would be pressure when they take on Sri Lanka in the second Test in Dubai given their capitulation in the first, but he believes that it won’t be insurmountable. Pakistan, chasing a paltry total of 136 in Abu Dhabi, succumbed to the left-arm spin of Rangana Hearth who picked up his 400th Test wicket in Pakistan’s rout. With Sri Lanka’s 21-run win and a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series, Pakistan now are faced with the possibility of losing their first-ever series in the UAE since adopting it as their home since 2010.
“As such there will be no advantage. We played a Test with the pink ball last year and there are some players who will be playing with the pink ball for the first time. Like I have played, Azhar, Amir, Yasir, Asad and Wahab. We have an idea, but I think the advantage will be for both the teams,” said Sarfraz.