We have to capitalize on opportunities: Sarfraz Ahmed

Top-order, tail-enders have to to take responsibility: Sarfraz Ahmed

New Zealand managed to defeat Pakistan in a Test series away from home after a long wait of 49 years as the Men in Green crumbled in the fourth inning on 156 runs while chasing 280 on the final day of the third Test.

Sarfraz Ahmed said during the post-match presentation ceremony that they failed to cash in the opportunities found the Test series.

“We did not capitalise on the opportunities, we got our chances in both the first and the third Test, but we failed to make the most out of them, especially as the batting unit, where we could get a lead, we missed those opportunities,” said Sarfraz during the post-match presentation.

The captain mentioned that they are working hard with tail-enders and they have been told about the importance of their role in batting, but they are unable to contribute with the bat.

“We tell tail-enders that your batting is quite important, but unfortunately we are not getting runs from our lower order, it is a small area from where you get precious 50-60 runs and it helps a lot, but that area is not strong enough,” he added.

The 31-year-old said that Pakistan team is unable to absorb pressure in the fourth inning, which is why they collapse on the final day of the Test.

“It has been four or five Test matches, where we have collapsed on the fifth day of a Test, I think we have to handle the pressure better and have to be mentally stronger, if we have to bat on the fifth day, we should see off the new ball,” he mentioned.