After Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by an enormous margin of 263 runs within the Karachi Take a look at on Monday to win the historic two-match sequence 1-0, an elated house facet skipper Azhar Ali hailed each his bowlers and batsmen for stepping up of their respective departments at hand the facet a a lot wanted sequence win.
The sequence additionally marked the return of Take a look at cricket to Pakistan after 10 years as Sri Lanka had been the final workforce to play Exams there in 2009, when their tour was reduce brief by an assault on the workforce bus.
Talking after the match, Azhar mentioned: “The final yr has been robust for us as a Take a look at workforce and enjoying at house after a very long time was emotional for us, however we needed to begin contemporary on a constructive observe. And it has been passable. There’s a lot expertise in these children, clearly expertise will include time.”
“They’re the perfect bowlers in Pakistan and we’ve to again them, Abbas got here again sturdy and Shaheen stored asking for the ball to get his fifer. The platform was laid by the openers for us then. Centuries are essential, however Babar and Asad bought essential fifties within the first innings. After which Naseem was excellent,” he added.
In the meantime, the Pakistan skipper additionally thanked the islanders for paying a go to to their nation: “Undoubtedly we would have liked this efficiency. An enormous thanks to the Sri Lankan workforce from the underside of our hearts; they do not know how a lot happiness they’ve given us by enjoying right here at house after so lengthy.”
Then again, Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne felt their opponents made a powerful comeback within the contest and lack of persistence from his workforce price them the match.
“I assumed we did rather well within the first two days. However Azhar and his workforce got here again strongly and put us beneath stress. We misplaced our persistence as effectively and in Take a look at cricket we have to be affected person. However they outplayed us,” the Lankan skipper expressed.
“A lead of 80 was actually good, however we bowled plenty of free balls. We had been beneath stress and so they had been scoring round ten in an over and could not come again. They dominated after that,” he added.
Earlier, the primary Take a look at of the sequence had resulted in a draw as steady rain and dangerous climate had washed out nearly 4 days of play in Rawalpindi.