Misbah laments Pakistan’s consistent batting ‘collapses’ after Oz defeat

Islamabad: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq expressed disappointment over his team’s batting performance against Australia in the first of the three match one-day series.

Pakistan lost the match against Australia by four wickets here on Tuesday after another batting collapse saw them bowled out for 198 in 45.1 overs, their last six wickets going for 38 runs.

In contrast, Australia fought hard through skipper Michael Clarke’s resolute 96-ball 66 and George Bailey’s responsible unbeaten 57 off 88 deliveries, winning in 48.2 overs after Pakistan spinners threatened to blight the chase.

Misbah was disenchanted with his team’s performance despite including seven regular batsmen in the side.

“I think the strategy (to include seven batsmen) was obvious from the collapse, we are struggling in batting since the England series and then in Sri Lanka so that is why we kept seven batsmen,”

Pakistan is 1-0 down in the series and they have now lost their last two one-day series 4-1 against England here and 3-1 in Sri Lanka.

Misbah believes with the decent spin bowling attack they had, he thought they were around 30 runs short.

“At one point we thought we can make 230 and considering our spin bowling it’s a good total but a lot of players are new and, maybe, because some senior players are not there so we couldn’t reach that point,” Misbah said.