Keeper-batter Kamran Akmal hit out on the Pakistan cricket workforce over their 246-run defeat to Sri Lanka within the second Test in Galle on Thursday (July 28). Akmal claimed that the Inexperienced Shirts didn’t present a need to win the collection and have 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 means of their opponents’ batting because the Lankans drew the two-match collection 1-1.
Sharing his views on Pakistan’s abject give up, Akmal questioned the lackadaisical angle of the workforce. Criticizing their lack of effort, he stated on his official YouTube channel:
“The Pakistan workforce have been happy with only one Check win. Now they may beat the Netherlands and play properly within the Asia Cup and survive. Individuals will overlook this Check collection. They may promote 1-2 good innings out there. This has been the narrative for the final 3-4 years.
“Their physique language didn’t seem like they have been right here to play a Check match. They have been simply there to finish the formalities.”
Pakistan’s batting was poor within the first innings as properly. 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 workforce 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 attributable to poor mild, the guests have been in with a real probability 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 persistence. 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 does not deviate from his size.
“As a batting unit, you want persistence too, and we have been barely missing in that division. And that goes for our decrease order as properly.”
At one level of their second innings, the guests have been 176 for two. Nevertheless, they ended up dropping eight wickets for 85 runs.