Poor shot selection cost us the game: Misbah
Posted on: 12:20 PM IST Jul 17, 2013
Guyana: Pakistan made a mess of their run-chase in the second ODI against West Indies here on Tuesday to lose the match by 37 runs, and visiting skipper Misbah-ul-Haq blamed "wrong shot selection" for the loss.
West Indies posted a challenging 232 on the board and then exploited the slow and low nature of the pitch through their spinner Sunil Narine, who took 4 for 26, to bowl Pakistan out for 195 despite half centuries from Nasir Jamshed (54) and Umar Akmal (50).
Neither Jamshed nor Akmal could kick on to finish the game for Pakistan, who suffered due to irresponsible batting from the rest of the line-up. None of the other Pakistan batsmen could cross 20, which proved to be the difference in the end.
"It  was a good total on this pitch. I got the feeling that it [pitch] got slower and slower and it got turn; so credit to them, they bowled well," Misbah said. "There was not much difference in the pitch between the innings, but I think they handled the bowlers better. For us, it was wrong shot selection and we kept losing wickets at the wrong time during the chase. We have been winning games while chasing - we won in South Africa that way - but today, we just played some bad shots."
The teams travel to St. Lucia to play the last three games of the five-match series, which is now locked at 1-1. The third ODI will be played on Friday.