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2016-07-28 10:33:03

Woeful performance: Euphoria of Lord’s test evaporates

Pakistan are not noted for doing things by halves. So perhaps it should not be such a surprise that after their triumph at Lord’s they should lose at Old Trafford by such a monumental margin – 330 runs. The oddity is that there had been no obvious disintegration of their resolve in this match. Yasir Shah kept bustling in throughout, brimful of energy, the only problem being that Chris Woakes was his solitary victim. The pacemen kept striding in earnestly. The batsmen, meanwhile, kept finding ways of getting out. Perhaps this is where the gulf between the sides is most obvious. England possess two of the best batsmen in the world in Alastair Cook and Joe Root, who contributed an obscene number of runs – 506 between them – in this match; Pakistan, for all the figures that Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq possess, cannot match them. England batsmen Alastair Cook and Joe Root combined for a total of 506 runs with only two dismissals in the Test while the 20 Pakistan wickets in the two innings posted only 432 runs between them. England’s batting showed that the pitch did not have any demons in it, but as soon as the Pakistanis turned up with the bats in hand, it started resembling a minefield. The top-order quartet of Mohammad Hafeez, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali and Younus Khan have had two forgettable Tests now and their lack of runs are making the task a most arduous one for the middle and lower order. Only captain Misbahul Haq and Asad Shafiq have tried to withstand the English bowlers’ onslaught but they came nowhere close to matching the class of Cook and Root at Old Trafford.The bowling attack of Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali, Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah must have been scarred by the comfort with which the England batsmen toyed with them. Yasir, especially, took a fearful battering after his Lord’s heroics. The fielding, too, has been a cause of real concern with dropped catches being a regular feature. After the defeat, Misbah put on a brave face and claimed that his team had the ability to bounce back. One really hopes that his belief in his players is rewarded in the third Test; otherwise the series can turn into a woeful nightmare very quickly. Pakistan need to pull up their socks in quick time before the Birmingham Test kicks off next week.

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