Keeper-batter Kamran Akmal hit out on the Pakistan cricket group over their 246-run defeat to Sri Lanka within the second Check in Galle on Thursday (July 28). Akmal claimed that the Inexperienced Shirts didn’t present a want to win the sequence and had been happy with their triumph within the first Check.
Set an inconceivable goal of 508, Pakistan resumed Day 5 on 89 for 1. Nevertheless, their second innings folded up for 261 in 77 overs. Skipper Babar Azam was the lone ranger for the guests, scoring a defiant 81 off 146 balls. Nevertheless, Prabath Jayasuriya (5/117) and Ramesh Mendis (4/101) ran by their opponents’ batting because the Lankans drew the two-match sequence 1-1.
Sharing his views on Pakistan’s abject give up, Akmal questioned the lackadaisical angle of the group. Criticizing their lack of effort, he mentioned on his official YouTube channel:
“The Pakistan group had been happy with only one Check win. Now they are going to beat the Netherlands and play nicely within the Asia Cup and survive. Folks will neglect this Check sequence. They may promote 1-2 good innings available in the market. This has been the narrative for the final 3-4 years.
“Their physique language didn’t seem like they had been right here to play a Check match. They had been simply there to finish the formalities.”
Pakistan’s batting was poor within the first innings as nicely. Responding to Sri Lanka’s rating of 378, they managed solely 231 runs in 88.1 overs. Agha Salman (62) was the only real batter within the group to achieve a half-century within the first innings.
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam rues lower-order failure
Half an hour earlier than lunch on Day 5, Babar Azam and Co. had eight wickets in hand. With the potential for the sport ending early on account of poor gentle, the guests had been in with a real likelihood of securing a draw. Nevertheless, they misplaced three fast wickets earlier than the break and ultimately stumbled to defeat.
Reflecting on the disappointing batting effort, captain Azam admitted:
“The decrease order falling cheaply was disappointing. Credit score to Jayasuriya for a way he bowled, he was excellent. He was affected person; in Check cricket, you want endurance. He is a constant bowler. He plugs away at a size and sticks to it. Even when he will get hit for a boundary, he would not deviate from his size.
“As a batting unit, you want endurance too, and we had been barely missing in that division. And that goes for our decrease order as nicely.”
At one level of their second innings, the guests had been 176 for two. Nevertheless, they ended up dropping eight wickets for 85 runs.