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Yasir Shah captured two wickets in the Sri Lanka innings but was thwarted by Angelo Mathews on the third day of the third Test at Pallekele. AFP picture by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi

Sa’adi Thawfeeq reporting from Pallekele

PALLEKELE: Pakistan coach Waqar Younis blamed his team’s poor batting in the first innings which has placed the team in tough position from which they need extract themselves in the third Test against Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Stadium.

“We didn’t bat very well that is why we are in a situation where it’s tough for us to control things around,” said Waqar.

“The bowlers especially Yasir (Ali) did well regardless of what sort of pitch he was bowling but he bowled extremely well and gave us the chance to score big but apart from the first session we didn’t really make it easy for us.

“We played bad shots and it has put us in a situation where they managed to take a lead,” he said.

“Rahat (Ali) coming from an injury bowled excellently and brought us in the game but then (Angelo) Mathews and (Jehan) Mubarak gave us a real fight and took it away from us.”

Waqar said his team didn’t create opportunities thereafter but hope that Yasir would do something.

“Ehsan Adil almost had Mubarak taken at one stage but credit should be given to the Sri Lankans as they batted very well. The way Mathews batted he not only scored runs but also took the youngsters with him to give us a fight.”

Waqar said that in the second inning the Pakistan attack lacked penetration or they could have taken more wickets with the new ball.

“It’s tough to come back from where we are it’s not really easy from here, but we obviously are going to fight and never let it go tomorrow,” said Waqar.

“We will try to slow things down, fight hard to take the other wickets and then see how it goes. Regardless of the new ball this pitch is still good for batting we will try to make the best out of it.”