Abdullah Shafique expressed ‘pain’ following Pakistan’s batting meltdown in Melbourne. Pakistan are trailing by 124 runs after Day 2.
Pakistan’s batting unit collapsed under pressure again after a humbling 360-run defeat in the first Test in Perth. After losing Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafique and Shan Masood put on a key 90-run stand, giving Pakistan a big boost. However, Australia captain Pat Cummins broke the stand, completely derailing the visiting team’s momentum.
Pakistan trailed by 124 runs after Day 2 after losing six wickets for 46 runs. They are currently on 194/6 and will need some outstanding hitting from Mohammad Rizwan and Aamer Jamal on Day 3 to get back into the game. Meanwhile, speaking about their poor batting performance, Shafique stated that losing wickets in short succession bothers him and the batting unit, but he expects the squad to recover with the continuous partnership.
“It hurts us as a batting unit to lose these wickets back to back.” But I’m optimistic that we’ll be able to recover thanks to our continued collaboration. In comparison to Pakistan, the conditions here are vastly different. Pat Cummins is a strong bowler, so you have to take your chances as a hitter. He will not give you loose deliveries, so you must make them yourself. “He was planning something for me because I was playing well there, but I think he also took a good catch,” Shafique was cited by ESPNcricinfo as saying.
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As a bowling unit we’ve done a good job: Shafique
Pakistan’s pacers did an excellent job on Day 2 by bowling Australia out for 318 runs. Labuschange was Australia’s lone half-century scorer, while Mitchell Marsh was dismissed after hitting 41 runs. In terms of bowling performance, Shafique stated that the bowlers performed well in compared to the first Test.
“In comparison to the first Test, we did a good job as a bowling unit.” “We bowled well here,” added Shafique. “No fielder enjoys dropping a catch, but it’s part of the game.” “Of course, if I’d caught that, we’d be in a better position,” he remarked of dropping David Warner’s catch.