PAK v SA 2018-19

Mickey Arthur abused senior players after dismal batting performance?

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has lambasted senior players after team’s second dismal batting performance in two days during the first Test against South Africa in Centurion.

After being bowled out for just 181 in the first innings during the first day, the Green Caps made a great comeback after bowling the home side out for just 223 at the stroke of lunch on the second day.

But the Men in Green lost their nine wickets for just 89 runs during the last session of the day to set Proteas 149-run target to go 1-0 up in the three-match series on Thursday.

Having been disappointed with  the senior players’ performance, as they failed to post a big lead against South Africa in the ongoing first Test, Pakistan coach flayed the top order batsmen.

Mickey Arthur,  known for his aggressive approach, had an  heated argument with skipper Sarfraz, top order batsmen Azhar  Ali and Asad Shafiq where he criticised them heavily and threw objects in the dressing room which made a lot of noise, reports claimed.

A well-informed source told Cricket Pakistan that Arthur lost his cool during the meeting after the day’s play and openly criticised seniors – captain Sarfraz Ahmed, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq – for their irresponsible batting performances.

Head Coach Micky Arthur had heated arguments with three senior cricketers of Pakistan cricket team Captain Sarfraz Ahmed,Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq. He blamed them that they intentionally got out in the 2nd Inngs. It is all happening when PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani is in SA.

The source also confirmed that Arthur abused the senior trio openly and threw things at them in anger, slammed doors and banged walls while showing disappointment for letting go what he believed was a golden chance of claiming a famous win in South Africa.

It should be noted here that Sarfraz, Asad and Azhar managed to score just 49 runs combine in both innings during the match.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ehsan Mani, who is in South Africa to watch the first Test between both sides, has been informed about the incident.

The source further added that the incident might have severe impact on the team’s performance in the coming days as it might result in the sacking of either the head coach or the captain.

However, the management is unlikely to take such a decision until the end of the ongoing series.

Earlier, A magnificent spell of fast bowling from Duanne Olivier inspired a Pakistan collapse after tea on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Thursday, leaving South Africa needing 149 to win.

Pakistan slipped from 100 for one at tea to 190 all out, at one point losing five wickets for 25 in 11 overs.

The last wicket fell shortly before the close of play which did not leave enough time for South Africa to start their chase.

Olivier took two wickets in four balls immediately after the tea interval and went on take five for 59 for match figures of 11 for 96 following his six for 37 in the first innings.

Imam-ul-Haq (57) and Shan Masood (65) gave Pakistan hope of setting a difficult target for the hosts on a pitch which has helped the fast bowlers throughout.

But Imam was bowled off an inside edge in the first over after tea and Masood quickly found himself effectively fighting a lone battle before he was ninth out after a fighting 120-ball innings which included seven fours.

Kagiso Rabada and Dale Steyn supported Olivier with three and two wickets respectively.

It was the second successive day on which 15 wickets fell. Although the pitch appeared to be playing slightly easier than on the first day, Pakistan will seek to make early inroads on Friday after restricting South Africa to 223 all out in the first innings.

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