ABU DHABI: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq termed a one-day victories over South Africa and Sri Lanka as “special wins” that meant his group finished a tough year on a high.
Pakistan kick South Africa 2-1 final month – their first-ever one-day array win over a Proteas – before clinching a Sri Lanka array 3-2 on Friday.
Even yet Pakistan mislaid a fifth and final compare by dual wickets in Abu Dhabi, Misbah pronounced a array win was satisfying.
“I consider it was a tough year for us though a dual array we won in South Africa and now opposite Sri Lanka, they are really special and finished a year on a high note,” Misbah pronounced after Friday’s game.
The win over Sri Lanka was Pakistan’s seventh one-day array win this year — their best-ever in a calendar year — that also enclosed a 2-1 feat opposite India in January.
Misbah hoped a one-day array win over Sri Lanka would lift his team’s spirit forward of a three-Test array starting in Abu Dhabi from Tuesday.
“We did onslaught in a center of a year,” pronounced Misbah of Pakistan’s detriment in a Champions Trophy in Jun in England.
“We have to urge a fielding since we had Friday’s compare in a hands though we let it go since of bad fielding.”
Misbah strike a plain 51 to finish a year with 1373 runs in 34 one-days — a top by any actor in 2013 — to lead Pakistan to 232 all out. Sri Lanka sneaked by in a final over with Dinesh Chandimal attack an dominant 64.
Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews showed beating over a array loss.
“We were good adequate to get over it though we consider we were nowhere nearby a code of cricket and unhappy that we mislaid a series,” pronounced Mathews, describing better in a initial compare as a branch point.
“If we demeanour during a series, a initial diversion was really crucial, we mislaid that by 11 runs and had we won that diversion we would have been sitting 3-2 winners,”said Mathews of a compare in Sharjah.
Sri Lanka leveled a array in Dubai with a two-wicket win before Pakistan won a third and fourth matches to take an unbeatable 3-1 lead.
Mathews pronounced his group will be some-more rival in Tests with gifted batsman Mahela Jayawardene and ace spinner Rangana Herath fasten a squad.
“We played though Herath and Jayawardene in a one-days though they will behind for a Tests and so we will be during a full strength and we will be some-more competitive,” pronounced Mathews.
The second Test will be played in Dubai (January 4-8) and a third in Sharjah (January 16-20).