Misbah commends Zim performance

HARARE – Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has commended Zimbabwe for putting up a solid performance in their momentous 24-run win over his side in the second and decisive Test match last week.

The series ended in a draw after Pakistan had won the first Test match by 221 runs at Harare Sports Club.

The Test and One-Day Internationals skipper said the Southern African side mastered the art of playing in their own conditions and were in top form throughout the levelled two-match Test series.

“I think all credit to Zimbabwe in both Test matches, they won most of the sessions, they were right on top in every session and every day,” said Misbah.

“I think they played better than us, they bowled better than us, batted better than us and bowled better than us and so they deserved to win the second Test. I think they were too good in their own conditions, they exploited those conditions really well and their seamers bowled really well against us.”

Zimbabwe regained its ICC Test ranking and now sits in ninth position following the famous first win over Pakistan in 15 years. The win was also the locals’ first victory in 12 years against top Test playing nations other than Bangladesh since the June 2001. They had last beaten India by four wickets in Harare.

But for Pakistan, the defeat saw the Asians sliding two places down to number six from position four. The defeat was also met with disappointment by former Pakistan cricketers and a cross section of fans in the country.

Former Pakistan express paceman Shoaib Akthar told reporters in his country that the team had hit rock bottom.

“Misbah is leading the worst-ever Pakistan team. We don't have good bowlers, we don't have good batsmen and if Misbah is prominent amongst the batsmen then it shows because, with due respect, Misbah is not world-class.”

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