‘I am pretty angry’ with Pakistan’s batsmen, says Dav Whatmore

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“We orchestrated most of our dismissals ourselves”

Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore has announced that he is “pretty angry” with the batting display he witnessed today as the national team’s batsmen crumbled under the pressure of South Africa spinner Imran Tahir on day one of the second Test in Dubai.

Tahir recorded his maiden five-wicket haul, while Dale Steyn finished with three wickets and Morne Morkel chipped in with one as Pakistan were bundled out for a dismal 99.

“It wasn’t according to plan,” Whatmore said. “We expected the opposition to come back strong but I don’t think they did. We orchestrated most of our dismissals ourselves.

“I am trying to get a reason for it, whether its complacency or whether they thought they could carry on from 400 runs where they left off.”

When asked if he was going to berate the entire batting line-up, Whatmore said: “You need to do what you need to do and they have to allow me to do that. When it’s time to be firm, you have to do that. They’re expecting that. We will be having a little talk. We need to get it off our chests.”

Whatmore also revealed that he was absolutely fuming with Shan Masood and Azhar Ali as both of them made starts, but failed to convert them into bigger scores.

“I am pretty angry with those two,” he said. “You can’t spend time and get a foundation and then get out when they did.”

Whatmore added that Tahir’s “first wicket was lucky”.

“We played against him in a practice match in Kimberley earlier this year where he picked up wickets but he also got knocked around a bit,” Whatmore said. “He did bowl pretty well. His first wicket was lucky and then he went on from there. We need to improve second time round.”

Despite South Africa already having a 29-run lead, Whatmore believes Pakistan can still claw their way back into the game.

“We really need to pull the proverbial out to get back into this match,” he said. “We still have to get another seven wickets. If we can do that in a reasonable time, then we will hopefully be able to bat at some point tomorrow. And then we need to bat and bat and bat.

“[A score of]150 came into my mind. But I am not sure. We will know a bit more tomorrow.”

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