ABU DHABI: Pakistan Coach Mickey Arthur was disappointed with the batting performance displayed by Pakistan’s young line-up against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi.
He also showed his disappointment during the post-match press conference at Sheikh Zayed stadium.
Replying to a question by Geo News, Arthur stated that Pakistan had needed only one stable partnership to reach the target.
“Definitely, we will discuss the poor batting performance in the team meeting,” he said.
Speaking about the Sri Lanka’s second innings, the coach said that he believed that one good inning from top order would taken Pakistan to the finish-line, but unfortunately it did not happen.
He acknowledged that the pitch had been deteriorating, but it was the responsibility of senior batsmen to face the challenge and achieve the target.
Referring to the batting form of Asad Shafique and Azhar Ali, he said that both are very skillful and the backbone of Pakistan’s batting line-up.
He added that both players would take the responsibility for winning the game.
“Asad Shafique is a very good batsman and I think he should have scored a century,” said Arthur.
The Pakistani batting line-up crumbled in the face of Sri Lanka bowling, losing the first Test on Monday despite a five-wicket haul by Yasir Shah giving Sarfraz XI an easy 136-run target.