PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Pakistani spinner Yasir Shah raised his thumb and four fingers one hand, and two fingers on the other, marking the number of times he has got Smith out in test cricket, in an act noted as "interesting" by the Australian. Ever since his return to Test cricket from his year-long ban, Steve Smith has looked like he could do no wrong. That was until he came up against his old rival Yasir Shah when Australia took on Pakistan in their first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane. The wily legspinner had claimed Smith's scalp six times in five matches heading into the match, and in Australia's first innings, he outfoxed the world no.1 Test batsman to bowl him out for just four runs. If the rare failure was not enough, Yasir Shah then raised up seven fingers in celebration to rub in the fact that he had now sent Smith back to the dugout seven times.
The seven-digit send-off has Australia batsman Steve Smith motivated for an improved performance against Pakistan in the second cricket test. "It gave me a bit more motivation next game to not get out to him," Smith was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au when asked about Yasir Shah's seven-finger salute. "I'll be a little bit more disciplined against him," he added. However, Smith did not seem to think that Yasir Shah had his number. The ace batsman said that a lot of times he got out to the spinner when trying to up the tempo and get quick runs. He praised the spinner, who picked up four wickets on a pitch that did not provide much assistance to spinners. But some members of the Australian dressing room think that Yasir Shah may have just ‘woken up the beast’.
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