Misbah calls for consistency in Colombo

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Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has begged his team to play more consistent cricket when they face Sri Lanka in the second Test in Colombo, having lost the first match in Galle by seven wickets.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has begged his team to play more consistent cricket when they face Sri Lanka in the second Test in Colombo, having lost the first match in Galle by seven wickets.

Pakistan had not played a Test in six months before that game, and there thus rusty, doing well for an hour at a time but then dismally an hour later. The skipper hoped they'd be able to produced a more all-round effort this time.=

Misbah said: "We did play well [in Galle] but we weren't consistent. We played well in patches and lacked the consistency in every department so what we are going to do is to ensure we are on our toes in every session.

"Our batsmen did score runs in the first innings and are still in form and in good shape. There are things that need to be improved and we will ensure that we will go hard to pull this one our way.

"Every game is a new game regardless what happened in the previous game so we are looking forward to win this one to level the series.

"We obviously need to improve in every department as there is always room for it. We are concentrating on the present and forget what was in the past, whether it was good or bad, because after all we have a new day ahead with a new game that will be entirely different.

"I think this time we will ensure that we are on the money throughout the game."

Misbah then commented on retiring Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene, saying, whether jokingly or not is unclear, that the plan against him was simple: Get him out before he scores damaging runs.

The skipper said: "Plan against Jayawardene is simple. Get him out as soon as possible and spoil their party. But at the same time we know how good he can be at his home ground.

"He is a class player and particularly at his own ground he is a different man. He has scored ample runs and he could be dangerous, so as a team we obviously would want to take him down."

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