Dropped catches behind Pakistan’s troubles in Trent Bridge Test: Butt

August 1st, 2010 - 3:43 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Aug 1(ANI): Pakistan captain Salman Butt has blamed dropped catches for his team being in the backseat in the first Test against England at Trent Bridge.

“We dropped too many catches in the first innings. Our bowlers had gave us a very good chance of gaining an upper-hand at the start of the match, but we dropped too many catches and that turned out to be crucial,” The News quoted Butt, as saying.

“I do not think the way we were bowling, England had any chances of scoring over two hundred. Had we accepted catches at that time, England would have been bowled out for around 200. I think it was there we lost the grip on the match,” he added.

Wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal has had another nightmare Test behind the stumps, where he dropped couple of sitters to strengthen claims that he is no way near his best form.

He had the opportunities to have early dismissal of Andrew Strauss, Eoin Morgan and Paul Collingwood, who guided England to 354 in the first innings.

Butt further praised his fast bowling trio of Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and Umar Gul, saying that they carried on from where they left against Australia.

“I stick to my early statement that Pakistan have got the services of the best attack in the world. It is possibly the best attack on these sort of pitches,” he said.

” Mohammad Asif bowled a marvellous spell on the second day and that gave us hope to bounce back in the match,” he added.

After being left to chase a record fourth-innings target of 435, Pakistan has slipped to 15-3 by the end of proceedings on day three. (ANI)

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