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Pakistan lack massive boundary hitters – Arthur
Pakistan tour of West Indies

Pakistan lack massive boundary hitters – Arthur

We set ourselves up for 160-165 at one stage and then we lost six wickets for 45, says Pakistan head coach.


Pakistan’s batting line-up has failed to keep up with the pace of the international cricket. Their batsmen struggle to find boundaries and the side’s scoring rate is aggravated due to the lack of regular strike rotation.


During their ongoing tour of the West Indies, Pakistan put up mediocre scores of 132 and 137 in the second and the third T20Is respectively when they batted first. Meaning, the Windies batsmen required not to fight the scoreboard pressure during their chases.


Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur lamented the dearth of boundary hitters in his team after Evin Lewis’ 51-ball 91 saw Windies chase 137 with five overs spare. “We don't have those massive boundary-hitters,” Arthur said. "We need to find some balance with our batting. For us it was an opportunity to close out a series and we didn't do that. We've put ourselves under pressure, we can't lose the series, but still we've put ourselves under pressure.”


Pakistan failed to capitalise on the platform provided by an 88-run stand between Kamran Akmal and Babar Azam. They were two down four balls into the match, but the duo’s clear-headedness brought their side back in the game.


Akmal’s wicket in the 13th over initiated a mudslide from which Pakistan never recovered. They lost their last five wickets for 40 runs, as, no batsman in the lower-order, save Fakhar Zaman, entered the double figures.


"It was a really good partnership between Babar and Kamran. They played really well on this wicket. We set ourselves up for 160-165 at one stage and then we lost six wickets for 45, and that's a massive mountain to climb. In the last four overs we only got 19 [21], those are stats we can't afford in games like these. So we'll continue working on that.”


Talking regarding the ordinary outing that Shadab Khan had after back-to-back Man-of-the-Match performances in the first two T20Is, Arthur said that it is quite natural for the batting sides to find him out as the 18-year-old’s international career progresses. Shadab gave away 38 runs for a wicket during the third T20I. Before, he had been bowling at an economy of under 3 per over and a strike rate of 6.85.


"Teams are going to take him on, teams are going to analyse him now, we've got to try and stay one step ahead with him. But he's a great kid, he's a great bowler, and he has got such a big future. For us it's about giving him the right guidance now, and keeping him nice and grounded."