Pakistan captain Azhar Ali, on Tuesday, said one bad session has cost them the just-concluded three-match Test series against England. The third and final Test ended in a draw as England clinched the series 1-0. The second game of the series had also ended in draw due to inclement weather.
England had won the first Test in a dramatic manner to take the lead. After Pakistan dominated most part of the game, the hosts staged a stunning comeback thanks to half-centuries from Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes to register a win.
After taking a 107 run lead and setting England a target of 277, Pakistan were looking set to win the game when they reduced the home side to 117 for 5. However, the Pakistan bowlers had no answer to Woakes and Buttler’s counterattack as the England stars scored quick fifties to take their team home in style.
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Azhar Ali dissects Pakistan’s loss:
After the third Test ended in draw, Azhar Ali stated that one session cost his side the series as he rightly said Pakistan dominated the series-opener. And while he rued losing that one session, he also pointed out the positives from the series.
“The (loss in the) first Test obviously cost us the series. The way the weather played a role, had we won the first Test then we would have won the series. But there are so many positive things from this series. The way we played our cricket, even the team management had this message to us, that we played good cricket in the first and the second Test. Unfortunately, we lost the session that mattered the most. Otherwise, we dominated the first Test,” Azhar Ali said
“And later to fight it out…teams sometimes lose heart after such losses, the morale becomes low and people start pointing fingers. But nothing of that sort happened. Even now I spoke to the lads…that we as a group felt that loss and moved forward, which is a good sign for us as a team. There is disappointment but we have to move forward and hope that we can win the T20 series and do better than this in our future tours,” he added.
Both the teams will now lock horns in a three-match T20 series. The first game of the series is scheduled to take place on August 28.