Pakistan’s captain, Sarfraz Ahmed stated after winning the second Test against New Zealand at Dubai that it was tough for the team to recover from the defeat in the opening Test of the series after doing all the hard work.
Pakistan went down 1-0 in the three-match Test series after losing the game by just four runs, while chasing 176 runs.
Whereas, Pakistan outclassed Kiwis in the next game by an inning and 16 runs, levelling the series by 1-1.
“The way we lost the first Test match, it was tough for the team to recover from that defeat after getting so close to the win,” he said while talking to ARY News.
The skipper revealed the secret behind their success in the second Test against the Blackcaps that they had a meeting where they decided to forget the mistakes and focus on the next contest.
“Just before leaving for Dubai, we had a team meeting where we decided to leave our mistakes back at Abu Dhabi,” he said.
Talking about Yasir Shah’s magical performance in the game, where he took 14 wickets, eight in the first and six in the second inning, Sarfraz said he had never seen such a bowling spell in his Test career.
“He bowled outstandingly well in the match,” he said. “I believe it was only Yasir Shah who supported our bowling in the encounter. The way he bowled on the third day, where New Zealand were 50/1 and he turned things around by getting them all out for 90, it was outstanding.”
The third Test of the series will be played from December 3 at Abu Dhabi.