We want to fight today – Arthur

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur wants his team to fight hard on the third day of the second Castle Lager test against South Africa at PPC Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.

The sub-continental side are up against it as they trail South Africa by 205 runs with the home side still having four first innings wickets in hand. Quinton de Kock is still at the crease on 55 with allrounder Vernon Philander with the wicketkeeper on six.

South Africa dominated the first two days, first by bowling Pakistan out for 177 on day one before ending day two on 382 for six with captain Faf du Plessis making his ninth test century and first against Pakistan before falling for 103 while Temba Bavuma (75) and Aiden Markram (78) both scored half-centuries.

“I really want to see us fight hard tomorrow, and particularly fight hard with the bat – that’s my expectation,” stated Arthur at the end of play press conference.

“I’d say we’ve been outplayed here significantly,” added the former Proteas coach.

Pakistan were bowled out for 181 and 190 in the first test at Supersport Park in Centurion and have yet to taste the 200-run mark in this series. The biggest frustration for the Pakistan side was particularly evident in the second innings of the Boxing Day test when they reached tea on day two at 100 for one.

“My issue is, i think, at Centurion we got ourselves at 100 for one in innings three and if we had got 250 ahead, which in Centurion would have been a very, very good game of cricket, and I would have backed our bowlers there,” said Arthur.

“It was a missed opportunity,” added Arthur.

Arthur was forthright in his assessment of the current match in which his side has been outplayed in every department.

“I don’t think here we’ve played quite well enough yet to say it was a game of missed chances,” said Arthur.

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