Saeed Ajmal went wicket-less. Junaid Khan was tidy. Bilawal Bhatti was ineffective. Mohamamd Hafeez was under-bowled and Rahat Ali was unlucky. That was a story of Pakistan’s bowlers on a second day in Dubai. They managed to take usually 3 wickets, conceded 261 as Sri Lanka walked divided with a decent lead of 153 runs and 6 wickets in hand. Pakistan walked divided with few positives in terms of a bowling, on a representation that is approaching to get agree and exam them further.
Pakistan stumbled to 165 after losing a toss yesterday – an alleviation from their 99 after opting to bat initial opposite South Africa on a same representation in October. The toss was a disproportion though bowlers toiled tough on both occasions to mend a mistakes finished by a batsmen from day one.
The gibberish in a press box was especially about Rahat being ‘unlucky’. He toiled for 26 overs with small success, with several edges dropping in front of a slips and a law take that was spilled by a wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed. Ajmal was careful though unsuccessful. Bhatti, personification in his second Test, was a quickest – clocking 147 kmph – though lacked discipline. Coach Dav Whatmore pronounced before a Test that his bowlers had a ability to take 20 wickets to win a competition though today, a bowlers struggled to take half that series to try and shorten a Sri Lankan batsmen.
“The representation played improved than yesterday and it was unequivocally apparent when they (Sri Lanka) won a toss and bowled first,” Mohammad Akram, Pakistan’s bowling coach, said. “There was a bit of extract in a representation yesterday. We knew that a representation will get improved (for batting) though still, a bowlers hold them well. But yes, they indispensable to be some-more disciplined.”
There was occasional join transformation though a lengths didn’t work and a bowlers frequency uneasy a Sri Lankan batsman. Rahat was in fact propitious when Kumar Sangakkara’s bat was stranded underneath his boot, usually to be trapped in front of a stumps. It was Rahat’s usually wicket. Akram pronounced a bowlers didn’t put in adequate effort.
“When we are bundled out for 165, there is a bit of disappointment (among bowlers), and we demeanour to collect adult wickets,” Akram said. “That’s a time when we unequivocally need to be disciplined. At times we bowled too many lax balls as good though a bid was there as a bowlers still ran in with their heads up.
“We lacked trained in a bowling. You can’t offer a lax round early in a day and let a batsman get set. The representation is distant opposite currently to what it was on a initial day so had we batted realistically and survived, it could have been a opposite unfolding for us.
“Our bowling conflict is still a best in a world. But what we are lacking is a knowledge and if we supplement a series of matches a seamers have played it is frequency 17 or 18. Unless these bowlers play, they won’t thrive.”
Akram wasn’t disturbed about Ajmal being off-color, acknowledging that a conditions had challenged him. Ajmal had picked adult a six-wicket transport in a Test opposite South Africa.
“Ajmal is a categorical bowler, though there was a lot of weed on a representation and hence not most squeeze for Ajmal,” Akram said. “The seamers had to do a job. We need not panic and there is no reason to be undone if he (Ajmal) isn’t picking wickets. It happens and we can’t decider him on these dual matches as he has finished a lot in a past.”