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Misbah happy with batting performance after win in Dubai

Misbah happy with batting performance after win in Dubai
Misbah-ul-Haq celebrating his century in the first innings of the second Test against England in Dubai.
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Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq expressed his happiness at the efforts of his batsmen after defeating England by 178 runs in the second Test match in Dubai to claim an unassailable 1-0 lead in the series.

After winning the toss and batting first innings, Pakistan scored 378 runs in their first aided by a hundred from Misbah and fifties from Shan Masood, Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq.

In their second innings a hundred from Younis Khan and fifties from Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah, and Shafiq helped Pakistan set a target of 491 runs for England. 

Reserving special praise for Shafiq, Misbah is pleased with the way every batsman is contributing to the team at some point of time or the other.

"With the way Asad Shafiq is batting, he is getting better and better with every test match.

"Shan Masood is also there.

“He has been contributing well.

“Hafeez played a really good innings.

“Younis and I scored crucial runs but others are also contributing."

At the start of the fifth day, Pakistan needed seven wickets to win the Test match and the bowlers managed to reduce England to 187 for six by the end of the first session.

However, a rearguard performance from the England lower order stretched the game into the final hour of the match, with Pakistan scoring a victory with just 6.3 overs left in the game.

Adil Rashid’s half-century was the highlight of the England fight back, as Mark Wood and Stuart Broad rallied around the leg-spinner to keep Pakistan at bay.

Crediting England for making it a close contest, Misbah lauded Rashid for batting well to mount the pressure on Pakistan.

"It's a game of patience and they gave us a tough time and took the game so close.

"Sometimes, even the last wicket can play for a whole hour or 15 to 20 overs.

“We know the pressure is going to be on them when close and that's what happened.

"Rashid, who played really well, made a mistake and we just managed to win.”

Nevertheless, Misbah is happy with the win but admitted that the final session of the game was indeed a tense situation.

"It was tense in the end, because it was touch and go.

"I think credit to England as it was tough to play on a last-day Dubai pitch, in the last innings, when the ball was turning from the rough and two quality bowlers were bowling.

“Obviously we missed a few chances, but I think still a win is a win, no matter how close it was.”

Pakistan, who enjoy a 10:3 win-loss ratio in Test matches in the United Arab Emirates since 2010, will head to Sharjah to face England in the third match which will get underway on 1st November.

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