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'Sarfraz wicket was crucial blow'

ESPNcricinfo's Andrew Fernando reports from Dubai where Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by nine wickets in the second Test

Reporter: Andrew Fernando

January 12, 2014

Posted by roook on (January 13, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

Difference was srilankan and pakistan top oder. Hafeez, Ahmed Shezad double failure are to blame.

Posted by VKohlitheGreat on (January 13, 2014, 5:55 GMT)

In my honest opinion, it was Pak missing their first choice players, SL getting to win the toss, getting to bowl when pitch supported bowling, getting to bat when the track was pretty flat (it dint do anything for the bowlers on the 5th day too), Pak's dropped chances that altogether helped SL win this match. Come the 3rd test and if we get to see any one of the above thing going Pakistan's way, I am sure the result will be in the favor of Pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2014, 2:11 GMT)

If our top order batsmen failed again, we couldn't ask any thing more from our tail, who already did more than we could have asked for. The result was doomed to happen,,,, I'm surprised the match lasted till the last session of the 5th day. We only scored 165 in the first innings,,, need I say more? Pakistan lost the match on the 1st day, the pain was just prolonged for another 4 days. If Misbah was a brave and guttsy captain, we should have won the 1st Test when the target was achievable, but he played for a draw result right from the 1st ball of the 2nd innnings chase. Series should have been 1-1 tie going into the 3rd. Test. But unfortunately we can only loose or tie this series!!I REST MY CASE

Posted by TahirMukhtar on (January 13, 2014, 1:46 GMT)

Totally wrong to blame Sarfraz. The title should be top order as usual and senior batters at crucial times failed as always.

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