Sarfraz Ahmed was withering in his evaluation of his personal quick bowlers within the wake of South Africa’s nine-wicket win that sealed the collection right here in Cape City. Within the post-match press convention, a visibly irritated Pakistan captain bemoaned the “massive distinction” between his seamers and South Africa’s, saying the dearth of tempo with which Pakistan had bowled “will not get you wickets”.
For a lot of the second day, which noticed a 156-run partnership between Faf du Plessis and Temba Bavuma successfully take the sport out of the guests’ attain, Pakistan’s tempo had declined. Mohammad Amir‘s decreased pace was essentially the most notable, with the left-armer bowling 61% of his deliveries between 120-132 kph, the slowest he has bowled in his profession, in line with CricViz. Sarfraz mentioned it was not the primary time his bowlers had been down on tempo in Cape City, however was at a loss to clarify why.
“If you happen to discuss our bowling and their bowling, I feel there is a massive distinction within the two,” he mentioned. “The best way our bowlers are bowling is just not on top of things on this Take a look at match. If you happen to see our bowlers, they’re bowling 128-129, and the common pace is 130, whereas their bowlers are bowling at 145. If you’re going to bowl with that lack of tempo right here you will not get wickets.
“I do not know what is going on on there. Beforehand it occurred, too, once I got here right here in 2013, the identical downside occurred. On the time we had [Mohammad] Irfan, Umar Gul and Tanvir Ahmed. Their tempo was down too. I do not know what’s occurring right here in Cape City.”
He made clear he thought South Africa “had been fitter than us”, and whereas he acknowledged the batsmen did not put sufficient runs on the board, he repeatedly criticised the bowling for not maintaining his aspect within the contest, even unfavourably evaluating them to Pakistan’s batting.
“Credit score goes to their bowlers, they bowled rather well and didn’t give us any unhealthy balls,” he mentioned. “If you happen to have a look at our batsmen, our batsmen performed some high quality pictures. After they batted, they performed good pictures too, however we gave them so many free balls.
“We’re very dissatisfied, however as a crew we’re not taking part in properly in Take a look at cricket. We’re taking part in worse in Exams than all different varieties. The best way we bowled in Centurion was much better so we had been hopeful we might get wickets right here. But when we took wickets right here on this Take a look at that will have helped as a result of we did not have sufficient runs on the board; we had simply over 170 runs [in the first innings]. If we had taken wickets we might have restricted them to 250, 300 or one thing like that. I feel that will have been a unique story however we did not capitalise in these moments.”
Sarfraz’s castigation of the bowlers marks a dramatic fall from grace of a tempo assault that was considered Pakistan’s finest hope of maintaining this collection aggressive. Earlier than the collection, Sarfraz had talked concerning the bowling being “our power”, whereas South Africa captain Faf du Plessis had praised Pakistan for “having a unbelievable group of bowlers”. It was additionally shocking, in that the majority observers attributed Pakistan’s lack of combat to the failure of the batsmen to place runs on the board; Pakistan’s second innings was the primary time this collection they crossed 200 in an innings.
It additionally brings into sharp focus the talk surrounding Pakistan’s determination to go together with 4 specialist bowlers and leave out Faheem Ashraf, who would have bolstered their seam-bowling choices with out lengthening the tail. Nonetheless, Mickey Arthur mentioned after the second day he wasn’t but assured sufficient in Ashraf’s batting to view him as a reliable allrounder, resulting in the choice to play six specialist batsmen at Newlands.
Sarfraz praised the batsmen for the combat they confirmed on the third day, serving to Pakistan keep away from an innings defeat, however mentioned in the event that they had been to transform combativeness into wins, they wanted to get the opposition out twice.
“For the third Take a look at match, we have to bat like we batted within the second innings,” he mentioned. “I feel we’ve got nothing to lose. If you wish to win Take a look at matches, you must take 20 wickets. If you happen to do not take 20 wickets, you are not going to win. All Asian groups who win away, like India did in Johannesburg final 12 months, take 20 wickets.”
Sarfraz additionally mentioned Pakistan’s determination to rejig the batting order, selling the inform Shan Masood to open whereas pushing Fakhar Zaman right down to No. 6, was an try and play to Fakhar’s strengths and defend him from the brand new ball. Whereas Masood managed to file a half-century in his common place, Fakhar taking place the order did not assist him uncover the shape he has looked for all collection, scoring simply 7 earlier than being dismissed off yet one more brief ball.
“Fakhar likes to play pictures. He is going through issues with the brand new ball and Shan Masood is taking part in rather well, in order that’s why we modified the order to see if Fakhar performed higher at quantity six.”