Misbah happy with ‘special wins’
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq termed the one-day victories over South Africa and Sri Lanka as “special wins” which meant his team ended a tough year on a high.
Pakistan beat South Africa 2-1 last month — their first-ever one-day series win over the Proteas — before clinching the Sri Lanka series 3-2 on Friday.
Even though Pakistan lost the fifth and final match by two wickets in Abu Dhabi, Misbah said the series win was satisfying. “I think it was a tough year for us but the two series we won in South Africa and now against Sri Lanka, they are very special and ended our year on a high note,” Misbah said.
The win over Sri Lanka was Pakistan’s seventh ODI series win this year — their best-ever in a calendar year — which also included a 2-1 victory against India in January. Misbah hoped the one-day series win over Sri Lanka would lift his team’s morale ahead of the three-Test series starting in Abu Dhabi from Tuesday. “We did struggle in the middle of the year,” said Misbah of Pakistan’s loss in the Champions Trophy in June in England. “We have to improve our fielding because we had Friday’s match in our hands but we let it go because of poor fielding.”
Misbah hit a solid 51 to end the year with 1373 runs in 34 one-days — the highest by any player in 2013 — to lead Pakistan to 232 all out. Sri Lanka sneaked through in the final over with Dinesh Chandimal hitting an unbeaten 64. Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews showed disappointment over the series loss. “We were good enough to get over it but I think we were nowhere near our brand of cricket and disappointed that we lost the series,” said Mathews.