SHARJAH: Pakistan could not whitewash West Indies in the test series as they lost the final contest by five wickets in Sharjah. Despite of winning the series 2-1, Misbah Ul Haq apologized Pakistani fans for losing the test match.
West Indies were given a low target of 153 runs that they chased at the cost of 5 wickets after some hiccups early in the inning. Kraigg Brathwaite, the hero for the visitors during third test along with Shane Dowrich took his side over the line.
Pakistan won all games during West Indies tour to UAE that included three ODIs and three T20 internationals, they won 2 tests as well, but, lost the third one.
In the presentation ceremony, Misbah Ul Haq collected the winner’s trophy, but, also expressed his disappointment.
“Yes, the series is important but it’s not good to lose.”
“Credit goes to West Indies. They kept improving, while we kept losing momentum. We were well below our standards, especially in the batting department,” said Misbah.
He blamed the poor shot selection for their downfall in the Sharjah test, “The shot selection of Pakistani batsmen was also not good.”
“Also, if our main weapon is not getting any sort of turn on the last day, then that is also disappointing.”
However, the 42-year old is still determined and positive for the upcoming challenges.
“Everyone is hurt from this defeat. But I am sure we have the ability to come back strong.”
He admitted that their outing in New Zealand will surely not be easy, but his troops will look to put up a good show.
“In Tests, you at least need to score 350 when the pitch is really good. This was a batting paradise and we just collapsed in both innings.”
“We made a lot of mistakes and I apologise to the fans who supported us throughout the tournament,” Misbah concluded.