Pak vs SL ODI-3: Misbah Wary of Bowling in Death Overs


Expressing concern over his bowlers’ inability to prevent the rival batsmen from plundering runs in the death overs, Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has urged them not to replicate the mistake in the third One-day International against Sri Lanka in Sharjah on Sunday.

Pakistan failed to defend a competitive total of 285-run target as the visitors’ exploited the slack bowling to secure a series-leveling two-wicket victory in Dubai on Friday.

Even in first ODI in Sharjah Pakistan barely managed to defend a gigantic 323-run target and secure 11-run win, with Sri Lankan lower-order benefiting from the hosts’ listless death bowling to turn what seemed to be a lop-sided contest into a heart-stopping finish.

 “Death bowling is an issue for us, we need to address that if we want to win the series,” said Misbah.

Pakistan has recalled veteran pacer Umar Gul for the remaining three ODIs in a bid to rectify the death bowling issue.

Gul had been away from competitive cricket since March due to knee injury.  He was expected to make a comeback in the home series against South Africa in October this year but was left out due to lack of match practice.

“The national selection committee in consultation with the tour selection committee has decided to send Umar Gul to UAE as part of national ODI squad,” the Pakistan Cricket Board said. “He will join the Pakistan team on December 22.”