Published On: Sat, Jul 16th, 2016

Misbah’s decision to bat first was ideal



An insolent century by Misbahul Haq, in company with a supporting thump from middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq, assisted Pakistan to rim England on the initial day of their opening Test at Lord’s.

Pakistan was making the effort at 77-3 when Misbah appeared to bat but the expert crafted little stubborn associations — initially included in a half-century plunk with Younus Khan prior to setting on a century company with Asad — to assist Pakistan out of strain and into a place of a few promise.

Ex-Pakistan captain Wasim Bari thinks England is at the present in stress later than Pakistan put them in a place to set on a big score.

Bari stated in an interview that “It was a decent day for Pakistan and anything above 300 puts pressure on the hosts,”

Nevertheless, the 68-year-old thinks there is still effort left to work for Pakistani batsmen in the initial innings.  He further added, “The remaining batsmen need to dig deep, with one player holding up one end and others playing around him.”

By the sun out, the Lord’s pitch — one of the much passive ones across in England — did not bid the sort of dramatic movement sometimes on show in the state, and Bari considers Pakistan can obtain a 1-0 lead in the series.

E continued by saying that “There are no demons in the pitch and I think Pakistan have a good chance of winning this Test, especially considering England don’t have their frontline pacer James Anderson, all-rounder Ben Stokes and middle-order batsman Jos Buttler.”

Bari further stated that whereas the batsmen were not at their glib paramount, as a minimum they displayed gravel and determine to make sure that the hosts did not get any trouble-free wickets.

One more ex-cricketer of Pakistan, Shoaib Mohammad, admired Misbah for his verdict to bat first later than winning the toss.

Shoaib told that “Misbah must have been hoping to win the toss and he didn’t hesitate in batting first,”

He further stated that “It’s a good decision for two reasons — the first is that Yasir will come into play in the fourth innings because he’ll get more purchase on the fourth and fifth days but [for that] we need runs on the board,”

He further continued “Secondly, it will give Mohammad Amir time to get rid of some nerves by just sitting in the dressing room. When you sit on the ground for some time, automatically you feel relaxed. It would have been much worse if he had been asked to come and bowl straight away.”

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.