PAK 64/0 (23.0 Ovs) CRR: 2.78
Day 2: Stumps – Pakistan trail by 355 runs
Mahmood also conceded that the problem also was Pakistan’s inability to start well with the new ball for which they eventually paid the price, but was not too displeased with how they finished. “The main thing is that we didn’t bowl well with the new ball, the first six overs I mean,” Azhar said. “So we need to learn how to take wickets with the new ball because if you get wickets at the top, it helps Yasir to attack. But we gave 419 runs in five sessions which is okay.”
“The coach had tasked me with getting wickets with the new ball,” Abbas said. “I wasn’t successful in doing that. Our plan on the day, if we don’t get any wickets, was to bowl a tight line and length, and contain runs. We were, to an extent, successful in doing that. And at the end, I got an opportunity to take wickets,” he said, after finishing with figures of 3 for 75 in 26.5 overs.
“The challenge in a Test is to take 20 wickets and win it,” said Azhar Mahmood, Pakistan’s bowling coach on Friday (September 29). “The best thing is that we bowled well. There was a lot of talk that the pitch has grass or we should have played with three spinners but we went on our strength. We played Test matches in the West Indies with three seamers.”