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Misbah-ul-Haq has no answers after Pakistan collapse to defeat vs West Indies

Misbah-ul-Haq rued Pakistan’s failure with the bat in their chase for victory against West Indies in the second Test in Barbados

cricket Updated: May 05, 2017 14:11 IST
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Azhar Ali of Pakistan is dismissed as Shannon Gabriel of West Indies celebrate on Day 5 of the second Test between West Indies and Pakistan at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, Thursday. (AFP)

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq lamented his side’s inability to cope with West Indies’ bowlers as they slumped to a loss in the second Test. Chasing 188 for a series win in Barbados, Pakistan were all out for just 81 on day five on Thursday. (SCORECARD)

At one stage, the tourists had been reduced to 36-7, with five players failing to score and Sarfraz Ahmed top-scoring with 23.

Misbah-ul-Haq said batting on the final day was always going to be tricky, as he praised the Windies’ bowlers.

“You can easily say that it’s about batting on a day-five pitch,” he said.

“We all know from the first day that it was going to get worse, so that was the difference. First innings, we should have got a bigger lead.

“And finally, on the last day, West Indies bowled their heart out and we were left with no answers.”

Pakistan had taken an 81-run first-innings lead before Yasir Shah (7-94) triggered a Windies collapse in the second innings.

However, the target of 188 proved too great as the Windies squared the series at 1-1 ahead of the third Test starting on Wednesday, thanks largely to Shannon Gabriel (5-11).

Windies captain Jason Holder said he always felt his team were in with a chance on a tough Kensington Oval pitch.

“It was obviously a very good game for us. It was a collective team effort,” he said.

“I always thought once we could give them in excess of 170, I felt we would be in with a very good chance on a day-five pitch, the way it has deteriorated here.”

First Published: May 05, 2017 12:14 IST