Pakistan were outsmarted by Australia in the second and final Test match of the ongoing bilateral series at the Adelaide Oval on Friday. Riding high on confidence, Aussies scored 302 for the loss of 1 wicket in 73 overs. Azhar Ali-led Pakistan lacked the killer instinct to pose a threat to the Aussies in the pink-ball affair and they were on the receiving end on Day 1. Pakistan great Wasim Akram was not at all pleased with what he has seen from his team.
David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne took the game away from the Pakistani bowlers in Adelaide. Warner was the top scorer for the team with 166 runs while Labuschagne scored 126 as both remained unbeaten after scoring centuries. Pakistan bowling unit led by the returning pacer Mohammad Abbas hardly made a difference to the side and to make things worse, they were sloppy on the field.
During the post-tea break session, Shaheen Afridi lost his concentration as he helped Warner go past 50 with four overthrows. His nightmare run during the passage of play continued in the first session after the dinner break as he was seen running in the wrong direction after David Warner middled the ball through the point region off Iftikhar Ahmed’s over. Afridi had also irked Yasir Shah by inadvertently kicking the ball over the boundary for four runs.
Wasim Akram rips apart Pakistan for sloppy fielding
Wasim Akram had a lot to talk about Pakistan’s disappointing performance on Day 1 and he launched a scathing attack on the Pakistani pacer and added that he was in ‘lala land’. The former Pakistan skipper who is on commentary duty during the Down Under tour also criticised Yasir Shah and Shan Masood.
“Shaheen Shah was in lala land at fine leg. Yasir Shah and Shan Masood were probably yawning. That’s the problem with Pakistan cricket. They should be on the ball. Nobody was backing up and you as a fielder, it doesn’t matter how inexperienced you are, you set yourself, new batsman in, they just came out, I’ll probably start five-ten yards inside the boundary line not on the boundary,” he added.