Pakistan played better than Australia in second Test, says Hafeez; gets response from Pat Cummins

Pakistan played better than Australia in second Test, says Hafeez; gets response from Pat Cummins

Despite losing the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Pakistan’s interim head coach and Director of Cricket, Mohammad Hafeez, was satisfied with the performance and claimed that they were better than the Pat Cummins-led team.

Notably, Pakistan dismissed Australia’s four batters with just 16 runs on the board in second innings but Abdullah Shafique dropped Mitchell Marsh’s catch, and the all-rounder smashed 96 runs to put the sub-continent team out of the contest.

Chasing 317 runs, Pakistan tried their best but fell short by 79 runs on Day 4. Captain Shan Masood once again struck a fifty, while Babar Azam accumulated 41 runs. After their dismissals, Mohammad Rizwan and Agha Salman added important runs.

Rizwan was dismissed in a controversial fashion as the on-field umpire declared him not-out. Pat Cummins decided to take a review and the third umpire ruled the decision in favour of the bowling team despite a lack of concrete evidence. The batter was furious but had to go back to the dressing room. Hafeez spoke about the same call and said that Pakistan could have won the game had some of the decisions went in their favour.

Replying to Hafeez’s comments, Cummins mentioned that Pakistan played well but it doesn’t matter to him what one thinks about the match.

“Ahhhh. Cool. Pakistan played well. I am glad we won the game. It doesn’t really matter in the end. It is the team who wins the contest gets the ultimate satisfaction,” the captain said.

Cummins took 10 wickets in the game and was named the Player of the Match. Australia are currently leading 2-0 in the series and are number three on the World Test Championship points table. The third Test will be played from January 3 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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