We missed our possibilities, credit score to Woakes and Buttler: Pak captain Ali

Manchester, August 9

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali rued the missed alternatives and lauded the Jos Buttler-Chris Woakes partnership that helped England snatch the primary Test right here.

He stated Pakistan didn’t match upto the problem thrown at them by England on the fourth day at Old Trafford, resulting in their three-wicket defeat.

“It’s been a wonderful Test, disappointing to be on the wrong side of it. We had our opportunities to bat England out of the game, We lost run-outs which are a crime in Test matches, but this total should have been enough,” Ali stated after the match.

“They took the game on and the pitch started to do nothing. They changed the momentum and we couldn’t reply what they threw at us.”

Buttler (75) and Woakes (84 not out) stitched a superb 139-run stand for the sixth wicket to assist England chase down 277 and win the primary Test by three wickets on Saturday. 

“I would give credit to their partnership, tough to keep the field up and the boundaries dry. One of the best innings of recent past was Stokes v Australia and this one is not far behind because conditions were tough,” stated the 35-year-old captain.  

“Surprised there wasn’t reverse swing, but there was enough there, when we had five wickets we were happy with our discipline, but the partnership changed everything.”

Ali stated taking part in in entrance of a packed home would have been extra satisfying for each the edges, which was not doable in view of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

“But watching at home on TV, they (fans) will have been entertained, and we’re happy to be a part of it.” England captain Joe Root stated he knew a particular innings or a partnership could be wanted to chase down the goal of 277.

“Couldn’t be more proud of the lads, approach was outstanding and that partnership was magnificent. We knew it would take something special but after last summer we knew not to stop believing. It’s a real strong trait of ours,” Root stated.  

“Jos, it shows the mental strength, to play that situation and manage different passages of it, calculating risks, manipulating the spinner, brilliant innings, and Chris was magnificent too.”   

Man-of-the-match Chris Woakes stated the situation of the pitch left him and Buttler with no alternative however to play a counter-attacking sport.

“After that ball that Ollie (Pope) got, we knew that was the way to go on this pitch. It made up our minds for us, and worked into our hands, take it to them and put them under pressure,” Woakes stated. 

“I was second fiddle to Jos (Buttler), I’d have loved him to be there to the end. One of the best white-ball players in the world and one of the best run-chasers. Today he showed why.”

Talking concerning the 4 wickets he additionally took within the match, Woakes stated, “It’s pleasing to pick up the big scalps. I feel really good with the ball, not much cricket coming into the series, but found good rhythm and I hope that can continue.” PTI

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