"Its back to square one for Pakistan" - PP's Review | Test 1 | Day 4

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It was almost inevitable. It had to happen. Good news in the first 3 days that had been in abundance for Pakistan in the form of good bowling backed up by great catching and some resolute batting, came to a screeching end on Day 4.

Yes, Pakistan made some headway towards the all important first test victory but the clumsy manner of its approach will leave many shaking their heads tonight.

With Sangakkara holding fort for Sri Lanka with a defiant 161, the visitors have a slim chance of pulling this off – ie walkaway with a draw but its Misbah and his men who will walk away with a lot of thinking to do tonight.

Foremost amongst Pakistan’s problems today was the fielding. Sangakkara dropped on 56 By Younis Khan was the most expensive and potentially match changing miss – dropped by none other than the normally dependable Younis Khan. But this wasn’t the only misdemeanor. Five catches were dropped by Pakistan in a day - 3 By Hafeez, 1 by Younis and 1 by Wahab.

As if dropping catches at this level isn’t a bad enough, the fact that such chances were refused on a placid pitch where the bowlers were toiling away under extreme conditions makes this, in our minds, almost a criminal offence.

One is reminded of Mohsin Khans comments during the recently concluded FBt20 tournament where he singled out fielding as an issue at the domestic level. From what we saw today, the international side under his tutelage has a bigger problem in this regard.

All in all a disappointing day for Pakistan but there were a few bright sparks. The fact that Sri Lanka are down to last 5 wickets is more of an indictment on Sri Lankan batting – especially given 5 chances at redemption! However, it would be unfair not to mention some fantastic bowling by the likes of Junaid, Gul and Ajmal – all under extreme conditions and a lot of pressure.

With Sri Lanka ending the day at 298/5, just 16 runs behind Pakistans first innings lad, Pakistan have their work cut.

They need to remove Sangakkara tomorrow and end this stubborn resistance and partnership of 65 with Jayawardene.

Hopefully with a good night’s rest, they will come out with all guns blazing. What is not clear is whether they have the desire to accept chances that come their way or is it back to square one for Pakistani cricket.

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The old demon of dropped catches came back to haunt pakistan once again. Reminds me of mohali and Sydney.
 
yup some tention there
but i hink that they cannot go for the draw........n probably after 1 n half or 2 sessons we might have small target around 80 to 120 that we can achieve and can win the game
 
younis khan is the big culprit

because sangakara was out, younis definently had his fingers under the ball, but by doing so much nakhray and shaking his hand he caused doubt and the third umpire had no choice

if he had remained adamant it was out and gone up to sangakara and told him he caught it the umpire would have backed him up because the fingers were clearly under the ball.
 
Pakistan should go for attack.. this is really disgraceful fielding... Bowlers are bowling their heart out and these fielder want to sleep. For god sake you guys are playing for your country,.,.
 
Pakistan could be in for a very tricky chase tomorrow if we get the last 5 sri lankan wickets!

Wouldnt be shocked if we threw the game away completely from here!

The bowlers did a good job today, sadly the fielders didnt! Also Misbah is going to have to be postive tomorrow and ensure we give no easy or cheap runs away!

None on the nonsense off the 1st inns!
 
i am fearing the worst....either a Pakistan loss somehow...or Sri Lanka bat too long for us to chase anything.....need to really rip through the line up tomorrow or else we are in for a failure
 
Some of the dropped catches were insane. Really disappointed.
 
disgusting preformance by the fielders. some of the catches are easy, wahab's catch was as joke,
not forgeting pak's batting tactic;s if pak played abit more positive they could have had 100 odd runs still in the bank and that would have given them more cusion,

alot of work still required from pak to become a professional outfit,
 
IF we fail to win this game, the players need a proper chitrol for the dropped catches. This game should have been wrapped up by now
 
Pak look to be in control but Sangakkara and co. could still set us a tricky 150 to chase on the final day
 
They would have been allout very early

If we had taken the catches professor failed butter in hands
wahab was in other world at field:yk
 
This is why when I hear posters say "fixing" after dropped catches, I shake my head.

We truly are horrid when it comes to catching and the excuse of fixing is an insult to fixing itself. :))

Pakistan will have to work hard from here. Hats off to Sangakkara for showing how it's done when you give a good batsman chances.
 
Pretty dismal fielding performance by Pakistan. Seems like their catching disease will never go away. The drop miss by Wahab was unforgivable.

Malik should have been on the field instead of him any way as Wahab is one of the poorest fielders out of the young crop. Wahab seems avery indisciplined player along with his numerous no balls and his poor fielding. Very unprofessional like. Even the commentators were calling that drop AWFUL.

Seems like they are trying their best not win this one. Who knows if SL get a lead of 150 say then I would say SL have a slim chance of victory.

As the OP says its definitly back to square one
 
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Pretty dismal fielding performance by Pakistan. Seems like their catching disease will never go away. The drop miss by Wahab was unforgivable.

Malik should have been on the field instead of him any way as Wahab is one of the poorest fielders out of the young crop. Wahab seems avery indisciplined player along with his numerous no balls and his poor fielding. Very unprofessional like. Even the commentators were calling that drop AWFUL.

Seems like they are trying their best not win this one. Who knows if SL get a lead of 150 say then I would say SL have a slim chance of victory.

As the OP says its definitly back to square one
to be fair I dunno why Malik wasn't in there. He might not be a test standard player, but he's one of the best fielders in Pakistan. Should have been there, especially since umar akmal is out of the squad.
 
I am once again very disappointed with our fielding effort, really for so long we are throwing games and efforts of our bowlers with this kind of fielding.

No one to blame except our own fielding if we don't win this one.
 
Looking ahead: The match is open and Sri Lanka has the potential to save this match if they bat over half the day or more like it up to tea. Pakistan is likely to have to bat again, but will not want to chase more than 150/200. Kumar is the key. As things currently stand Pakistan will be disappointed not to go on and win this, but still there is work to be done. Sri Lanka has had a top day 4 and is definitely still in it. Defeat is not inevitable for them. I would say it would be 53% Pakistan win/42% Sri Lanka draw/ 5% Sri Lanka win in terms of a proportional verdict. It's all set up for a fascinating final day from the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. King Sanga just does NOT looking like getting OUT. I won't be surprised to see Sri Lanka hold on here
 
There is some issue with concentration for Pak fielders - simple catches are only dropped due to lack of it
 
to be fair I dunno why Malik wasn't in there. He might not be a test standard player, but he's one of the best fielders in Pakistan. Should have been there, especially since umar akmal is out of the squad.
Pakistan coaching staff should pay every attention to detail and should have known to put their best fielders on the park. Especially in such a series against a top outfit.

When will they learn not to take things easy when on top of the opposition.

It was definitly a blunder not have your gun fielder on the park. Cant believe Wahab was on the park. He is known for his unproffessionalism on the field.

That crucial drop by Wahab could turn out decisive and cost them the game and who knows a series win.
Such minor detail is all it takes between success and failure.

I really hope by the end of days play tomorrow we dont rue those dropped catches and say 'If only' or ' Oh dear'
 
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now Pakistan has to bat in 2nd inning and chase. Misbah's decision to bowl first may come back to haunt Pakistan.
 
Really disappointed to wake up and see all those dropped catches. Pakistan had this one in the bag but now they'll have to work extremely hard to win it. No run chase is small with our batsmen.
 
I think everyone is being way too negative. YK catch of sangkarra was a tough one, Hafeez dropped a sitter but why is Misbah not at first slip. Just cause you are captain you cant field at slip?! Malik should have been 12th man, he would have had a better chance of taking the catch. Take the last 5 wits for 100 odd and knock off the 100 odd. Cmon guys stay positive.
 
I think it's most likely a draw to be honest. Even if we get an early wicket, who knows how long the tail may stick around? I see them batting for 2 sessions, and making 160 in one session on that pitch is near impossible. And of course, Sanga could just hang around all day.

Pretty disappointing. However of course, we still have a decent shot at a win.
 
I think everyone is being way too negative. YK catch of sangkarra was a tough one, Hafeez dropped a sitter but why is Misbah not at first slip. Just cause you are captain you cant field at slip?! Malik should have been 12th man, he would have had a better chance of taking the catch. Take the last 5 wits for 100 odd and knock off the 100 odd. Cmon guys stay positive.

Agreed but 3 Days of domination almost thrown away

Good news is that there is no rain forecast tomorrow in AD !
 
With the amount of resources available, it is baffling that we don't have a qualified fielding coach! One would've thought that a couple of lost matches due to dropped catches would have caused panic in administrators minds, but the guys we have in charge are just as smart as kindergarten students!
 
I think we were one of the first ones to introduce a fielding coach outside cricket, the baseball bloke and yet we cant resolve this issue. Its more of pakistani fielders having lack of concentration.

Additionally, why isnt misbah or taufeeq in the slips who are specialist slip fielders?
 
Could someone summarize all drops, missed chances, umpiring decisions etc for the day?
 
Could someone summarize all drops, missed chances, umpiring decisions etc for the day?

Hafeez dropped two sitters at first slip both of consecutive Junaid deliveries...

Sangakara nicked one to YK but the ball didn't quiet carry, well atleast replays were inconclusive... YK gestured like he wasn't sure...

Wahab fielding at midwicket dropped Jayardene (the keeper) off a Gul short delivery... God knows why he was 12th man and Malik was sitting in the stand....

Bowling was decent all the way through, creating chances on an extremely placid wicket.

Junaid is improving game by game!!

My prediction: Pakistan to win by 8 wickets...
 
junaid and gul bowled brilliantly today but had lots of chances go begging due to our poor fielding
 
Deduct match fees for whoever drops a catch. Phir dekho improvement.
 
first slow batting cost us 50-60 runs and now the age old problem of butter fingers...nothing surprises me anymore...

we have to get Prasana Jaya out quickly tomorrow morning to have a chance of winning...
 
OR no one will want to field in the slips and our players will go hungry!!!

Money, as a little case in a court in England indicates, is a significant motivator.
 
Pakistan's worst nightmare has come back to haunt them and us again! Horrible fielding!

On one of my reviews after day 2 I called it then that Pakistan's slow batting is really going to hurt this game. Had they played with abit more positive intent and targeted 300 runs both on day 2 and 3, this game would have been way above reach for the Lankans.

Its not all the time Sri Lanka will get out cheaply and I did mention that this lead of 300 will be knocked down in no time by Sri Lanka with the likes of Sanga, Jayawardene in the team them 2 r a class of their own!

Now the slow batting below par lead and fielding has now cost Pakistan a win!

We know Pakistan struggle to maintain a rr of 3-4 consistently and can hardly reach 250 in a day. If the target set by Sri Lanka is around 150-170 with around 35-40 overs to spare then mark my words we will c total defense with mind set on a draw!

I got blasted for saying that at this rate if we go at slower than a snails pace even in the slowest and toughest format of them all then we will never climb up the ranks or win against teams like India, Australia, South Africa, England etc.. bcoz those teams can easily rack up 300+ in 90 overs and make 600-700 in 2-2.5 days!

I don't know I see Sri Lanka back in this game with a strong hand to either draw or win bcoz chasing a target above 150 or above for Pakistan is like chasing 400 to win! They just do not have the positive mind-set in any format of the game!
 
Now its all upto Misbah to either go for the kill and win the match or say lets not looze but save the match. he have seen the defensive approach in the past aswell by misbah but i wish and hope PAK attacks tomorow and removes the lankans soon and end up with a targer 100 then win the match. a serious chitrol should be given to HAFEEZ. becoz he started thee awfull fielding scene. shame on em becuz playing at such a level you cant just dropp back to back easy catches. i wont blame yK, he did his best. didnt saw riaz drop catch but i wish PAK makes history and win the match wihtout any hassle.
 
if it was Adnan Akmal who dropped any catches, we would've had an integrity committee on the case by now. Fielders should stop looking at sri lankan aunties in the crowd and concentrate
 
Deduct match fees for whoever drops a catch. Phir dekho improvement.

:))

Would be a nice idea, if the captain implemented it.

Something like a "dropped catches" jar. You put in a certain amount of money (not too less and not too much) each time you drop a catch.

What would happen with that money in the jar?

Each time a fielder takes a stunning catch (adjudged by whole team) he takes a certain amount out to take home for himself.

It's kind of amateur but these things help motivating in the dressing room. However, such initiative has to come from the players, it would never work if it came from a coach.
 
Money, as a little case in a court in England indicates, is a significant motivator.

I'd like to think that Hafeez and YK always give it there all!


The solution ofcourse is that our coaches instil importance of fielding at grass roots level...
 
Painful fielding, really grade school stuff. If Sri get 150 odd ahead, which is very possible with KS there, we wont win this. That would leave us 35-40 overs to score those runs and Misbah is a cautious captain.

We might have thrown away a fine chance by shoddy fielding and slow batting.
 
Would it not be better to pay fielders for catches rather than taking money away? Nothing big but just enough so we can afford it and it can be enough for the fielders to take catching seriously.
 
:))

Would be a nice idea, if the captain implemented it.

Something like a "dropped catches" jar. You put in a certain amount of money (not too less and not too much) each time you drop a catch.

What would happen with that money in the jar?

Each time a fielder takes a stunning catch (adjudged by whole team) he takes a certain amount out to take home for himself.

It's kind of amateur but these things help motivating in the dressing room. However, such initiative has to come from the players, it would never work if it came from a coach.


Same thing is going on in my team. :))

Dropped a catch the other day, thankfully it was a no ball :asif

nd payment was avoided :butt
 
My guess is that they will give us 150 some to chase and we will block every ball to tie the match!

:facepalm:
 
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