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Misbah-ul-Haq delighted on gifting victorious send off to Dav Whatmore

Dav Whatmore relinquished his duties as a coach after the Sri Lanka series © AFP
Dav Whatmore relinquished his duties as a coach after the Sri Lanka series © AFP

Sharjah: Jan 20, 2014

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq showed delight in giving coach Dav Whatmore a happy farewell by winning the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Sharjah on Monday.

Pakistan clinched a thrilling five-wicket win in the third Test in fading light in Sharjah, chasing their second best target in all Tests of 302 with nine balls to spare that levelled the three-match series at 1-1 and gave Whatmore a winning send-off.

“It was really a much wanted win, especially for Dav (Whatmore). We wanted to win it for him and level the series,” said Misbah of the head coach whose two-year tenure ended after the match.

The former Australian batsman, who coached Sri Lanka to World Cup glory in 1996, took over in March 2012.

Under Whatmore, Pakistan failed to win a Test series, losing to South Africa (2013) and Sri Lanka (2012) and drawing the remaining three.

But Misbah said his team enjoyed Whatmore’s coaching.

“We really enjoyed being with him for all two years. We love you and we wish him all success (in future),” said Misbah.

Pakistan, set a five-plus run an over, owed their win to a brilliant 103 by Azhar Ali, Misbah’s 68 not out and 48 by Sarfraz Ahmed.

“It’s a great effort and all the players showed the will to win the game, so I am really happy about the youngsters, Ali’s performance, Ahmed Shehzad’s peformance in the first innings and Sarfraz performance, Mohammad Talha bowled really well so it’s really pleasing points for Pakistan cricket,” said Misbah, who is leading Pakistan since 2010.

Sri Lanka were bowled out for 214 in their second innings, which gave Pakistan a chance to force a victory after losing the second Test in Dubai by nine wickets.

The first Test ended in a draw in Abu Dhabi. Misbah said the intent was to go for a win.

“There was no pressuere, clear message was there when our innings started, we sat together and in the meeting we clearly decided we are going for it at any cost, whether it turned into 2-0 no problem, but we will try to do it 1-1,” said Misbah.

Misbah said it was one of the greatest victories.

“As a game this was one of my best victories, but still I think I rate our 3-0 victory against England higher, we white-washed the number one team,” said Misbah of Pakistan’s win over England in United Arab Emirates in 2012.

“But the match we won today, I guess we haven’t won chasing like that so it’s an amazing victory,” said Misbah.

Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews blamed poor batting in the second innings.

“We actually got only 214 and we couldn’t step it up and we couldn’t get a good lead, it wasn’t a 214 runs pitch and that’s where we lost the game,” said Mathews, declared man-of-the-series for his 412 runs in three Tests.

The defeat also deprived Sri Lanka of registering their first away series win in six years.

“Yes, it was a great opportunity that we haven’t won a series away since 2008 (in Bangladesh) and we were 1-0 up in the series and sort of needed to bat more in the morning, we went wrong in our batting,” said Mathews.

“But we can still take a lot of positives and move on to Bangladesh,” said Mathews of his team’s next tour where they play two Tests, three one-day and two Twenty20s, starting next week.

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