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Lack of spin frustrates Misbah

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq was critical of the flat pitch in Dubai after seeing his side lose to Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the second Test.

The defeat leaves the home side 1-0 down in the two-match series and needing a victory in the final match in Sharjah to avoid a first series defeat in their adopted home of United Arab Emirates.

Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has picked up just five wickets in the two Tests to date and he admitted he had hoped for more of a turning track to assist his star bowler.

"We are not getting support as per our strength (of spinners) and that is a worry for us," said Misbah.

"Groundsmen are preparing pitches but as far as satisfaction, it's not there because we have not given instructions of such flat tracks.

"Maybe the groundsmen want to make (our) kind of pitch but they are not able to do that. It is surprising that there was no break here on the pitch, not even on the fifth day."

Pakistan lost the toss and were put into bat by Sri Lanka, whose seamers caused problems as their opponents were bowled out for 165 in the first innings.

An improved performance in their second knock saw Misbah's side score 359 but the skipper was nonetheless critical of his batsmen.

"Once we lost the crucial toss, as there was lot of moisture on the pitch, we could not really get back in the Test match," he added.

"I think the batsmen should have applied themselves more. You could see that there was some seam but still we played some indisciplined shots and that put us in trouble."

In contrast, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews was understandably delighted with his side's performance as they edged ahead in the series.

"Apart from the first day, this was a regular Dubai wicket. The spinners weren't that successful on this wicket, it became a bit slow, but still good for the batsmen, as usual," he said.

"This is a wonderful victory with the help of the whole team.

"The Pakistan team is a very good one (though) and against this team you have to play positive cricket because if you give them even a little opportunity they will trample all over us.

"We played well throughout and won the difficult moments."