Pakistan batting lapses down to fatigue, claims Arthur
Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has cited fatigue as the primary reason for his side's batting collapse against West Indies.
Arthur's side - currently ranked as the world's second best Test nation - lost five wickets for just 33 runs on Wednesday in Sharjah, setting West Indies a target of just 153.
And despite a quality Pakistan bowling attack, Kraigg Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich's unbroken stand of 47 put the West Indies within 39 runs of victory heading into the final day's play of the third Test.
"We haven't been at our best in this Test match and we will continue to talk about it," Arthur said. "We didn't meet our standards but I can't fault the players.
"They have been here for eight weeks now after having a 10-day break after a very long UK tour. And it was almost mission accomplished for us before this Test match.
"I think we should have been way more patient with the bat. West Indies' tactics were good, they set us up and made us make mistakes but then we gave them opportunity to do so.
"This got us in trouble in these conditions particularly, where we needed to score big in the first innings.
"We didn't do that and ultimately that put us under pressure for the rest of the Test match.
"Maybe a bit of fatigue has crept into our performance. We really wanted to win every Test match, every game we play, and this game is not over by any stretch of the imagination.
"We would like to be more clinical and it's a pity that we got ourselves into this situation, but we still can get ourselves out of this."