Poor fielding let Pakistan down: Misbah-ul-Haq

Misbah-ul-Haq was upset about the innumerable chances that were missed by Pakistan on the field AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Colombo: Jun 19, 2012

Misbah-ul-Haq was visibally upset about Pakistan’s poor fielding after their series defeat to Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by two wickets on Monday to wrap up the five-match one-day international series 3-1 their first since beating West Indies at home in February 2011.

Pakistan were sloppy in the field where they dropped two catches and missed two run outs apart from innumerable misfields.

“Again there were too many fielding lapses and in my opinion this was the difference. Throughout the series our fielding has hurt us,” Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said.

Sri lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene was happy to end Sri Lanka’s dismal run over a 15-month period in which the team suffered four bilateral ODI series losses, lost in the World Cup final, failed to qualify for the Asia Cup final, and lost the finals of the Australian tri- series. In that period, Sri Lanka also lost four straight test series.

“We had a big challenge against a good side. We worked hard in winning this series,” Jayawardene was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

“As a captain I am very pleased and we need to move forward from what we have learned,” he added.

“This win means a lot for the team and the country. We have played good cricket and there has been a lot of hard work put in and hopefully we will keep improving and be consistent in all forms of the game,” Jayawardane concluded.