Final day failings were a one-off, says Misbah

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Final day failings were a one-off, says Misbah
Misbah-ul-Haq during practice ahead of second Test against England.

Dubai - Veteran Pakistan captain is bullish about his side's batting

By Alex Leach

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Published: Thu 22 Oct 2015, 8:30 PM

Misbah-ul-Haq insists Pakistan's forlorn fifth-day display in the first Test was just a blip that won't be repeated in today's (Thursday's) second installment of the three-part series here with England.
Misbah's men gave the tourists a slender shot at an unlikely victory late on in the national capital after surrendering a first-innings lead and then being restricted to 173ao during their second spell at the crease. Indeed, they lost their lost their last six wickets for a paltry 33 runs.
However, England could only reach 74-4 in an increasingly frantic chase thereafter before bad light stopped play and the match disappointingly ended in a high-scoring draw. That result understandably proved something of a reprieve for Misbah and Co and the skipper has vowed the costly errors won't be made again at the Dubai International Stadium on a track that seemingly suits them.
"Everybody knows that we made mistakes and we don't have to repeat that," the Pakistan captain, 41, said.
"Our batting performances - even on the third and fourth days - have been quite professional over the last couple of years.  "We've really done well, especially if you look at the last Test match in Sri Lanka, where we chased 377, and we played very well in the fourth innings on the fifth day here against New Zealand.
"We've still put up a lot of good totals and saved a lot of matches in most of our fourth innings. It simply wasn't our day and we just have to forget that, but we have to be really professional in this next game. We're confident here in Dubai."
Double centurion Alastair Cook and England may find it a lot tougher to rack up the runs on a deck that is expected to be a lot more bowler-friendly and progressively conducive to spin.
Misbah may have a far stronger hand in terms of his attack to boot, with key leg-spinner Yasir Shah available for selection again after being ruled out of the first Test with a debilitating back spasm.
"He will have a big impact," Misbah stated. "He has been superb over this past year and he's the standout bowler for us.
"Regardless of whether we've been playing against an Asian side or a team not from the subcontinent, he has really bowled well, taken wickets at the right times and just created a lot of pressure on the opposition batsmen.
"He's a big impact player and bowler and we'll be really confident if he just comes back in the side."
alex@khaleejtimes.com



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