New Delhi:Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson believes his wards lost the battle of the middle orders against India, which eventually led to the side's six-wicket defeat against the hosts in the first Test on Monday.
A dejected Lawson pointed out that barring the glorious exception of Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistani middle order cut a sorry figure in the match, while their Indian counterparts came up with a solid show that tilted the scale in the hosts' favour.
"Performance of the (Pakistani) middle order was very disappointing. (Mohammad) Yousuf, Younis (Khan) and the captain (Shoaib Malik) did not score. I was disappointed with Malik's batting," Lawson said at Ferozeshah Kotla.
"Anyway, it was good to see Misbah evolve as a genuine Test player after a slow start to his career," Lawson said of the batsman, who scored 82 and 45 in the match.
In contrast, Indian middle order did a smart job, said Lawson.
"(Rahul) Dravid, Sachin (Tendulkar), (Sourav) Ganguly, (VVS) Laxman - all are quality players and they did very well. I think their middle order made all the difference. Otherwise, there is not much between the two sides," he explained.
Pakistani run-machine Yousuf's contributions in the Kotla Test has been 27 and 18, while Younis (7,23) did not look like the batsmen who feasted on Indian attack till the other day.