PAK vs WI: Pakistan’s bowling coach, Waqar Younis reckons that Pakistan’s sloppy work in the field didn’t help their cause in the first Test against West Indies. He stated that the dropped catches by the Pakistan Cricket Team in the first Test tilted the first Test in the favour of the West Indies.
“We would not get a better advertisement for the beauty of Test cricket. Both teams fought very well but unfortunately, we didn’t avail some good opportunities at a crucial stage of the match which cost us at the end,” Waqar said in a release issued by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
“The pitch was conducive to seam bowling and our pacers bowled really well. Undoubtedly, It was a low target that we had to defend yet we fought really hard and it was only some dropped catches that took the game away from us,” he added.
A gritty knock from Kemar Roach in the fourth innings helped West Indies win the first Test by 1 wicket. Waqar Younis heaped praise on Pakistan bowlers for exhibiting stellar performance with the ball in the first Test.
“I am very proud of my bowlers. Shaheen Shah Afridi and Hasan Ali bowled brilliantly. I have full confidence in the abilities of Mohammad Abbas. He was very impressive in the match but unfortunately, he didn’t get many wickets,” said Waqar.
He finished with praising the likes of Babar Azam and Yasir Shah and is confident that Pakistan will make a comeback in the second Test.
However, the Pakistan bowlers do deserve a lot of credit. Hasan Ali gave an all-round performance, returning figures of (3-37) while scoring 28 from 26 balls at No. 9. The day was meant for West Indies though, which they earned through sheer grit and determination. Rizwan also put up a good fight and Pakistan was on the brink of victory but sloppy fielding and some stunning performances by the hosts cost them the game.
The two teams will next lock horns in the second and the final match of their two-match Test series on Friday.
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