Misbah hails Maqsood as find of the series

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Captain Misbah-ul-Haq found consolation in the performances of batsmen Sohaib Maqsood and Ahmed Shehzad and seamers Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan, after Pakistan fell to a 117-run loss – and four-one series defeat – to South Africa.

Captain Misbah-ul-Haq found consolation in the performances of batsmen Sohaib Maqsood and Ahmed Shehzad and seamers Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan, after Pakistan fell to a 117-run loss – and four-one series defeat – to South Africa in Monday's final ODI in Sharjah.

Maqsood and Shehzad scored two half-centuries each throughout the five-fixture affair, while Irfan and Junaid shared 13 wickets – and extracted plenty of pace and bounce from otherwise placid conditions.

"Again in the middle order we had a collapse and we really have to think about that. The best thing that came out of this series is Sohaib and the way he played. Our bowling was really doing well in the way Irfan, Junaid bowled. Shehzad batted well, so that was a positive," said Misbah.

Pakistan's batsmen, bar Maqsood and Shehzad, struggled against the opposition seam attack – and require a quick turnaround ahead of five more limited-overs matches in South Africa later this month.

"We had no answers in the way they outplayed us. It's an old story now, regarding batting collapses. We really have to think about that. That's a big worry for us, the upcoming SA tour. With this sort of batting line-up we need to do something quickly because in those conditions we have to play well," added Misbah.

Proteas skipper AB De Villiers was named Man of the Match thanks to a fine century, while all-rounder Ryan McLaren took the Player of the Series accolade on the back of 105 runs in five innings at the decent average of 35.00 and nine wickets at 19.88 each.

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