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Brisbane Hero Asad Shafiq Praises Pakistan’s Lower-Order Comeback After Narrow Loss

Asad Shafiq believes that playing in-front of such a massive crowd at MCG might make their side nervous.

Pakistan, on Monday, fell short by 39 runs to script one of the greatest run-chase in Test cricket history, as they tumbled down to 450 runs, chasing down a hefty total of 490 at the Gabba. Asad Shafiq, who scored a magnificent century, showered praise on lower-order’s resurgence, saying their performance was inspirational and the entire squad is proud of their efforts.

“It is hard to believe we’ve lost after coming so close [to the 490-run target] but we are very, very proud of our game in the last innings. Nobody expected us or gave any chance of taking the Test down to the wire.”

Australia might have escaped a narrow win over Pakistan in the first Test but are yet to set the tone for the series, considering the meek situation they were left in during the last innings of the match.

Asad Shafiq was among the run-scorers for Pakistan, as his gallant 139 in the second innings brought some life into the game. Well supported by Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah, Pakistan helped themselves cut down the run-gap and raised some hopes of an epic win too.

“I’m very pleased at the way lower-order batsmen supported me when everything seemed lost. It was wonderful to have [Mohammad] Amir, Wahab [Riaz] and Yasir {Shah] all contributing when it really mattered.”

Looking drained in the outfield, the hosts made their seamers bowl over 100 overs among, a rare sight for any team in Tests nowadays. Shafiq stitched over three fifty-plus partnerships with the tail, toying with the bowlers and delaying Australia’s chances of going up one-nil in the series.

“I owe them a lot and dedicate this innings to all these guys because without their support I couldn’t have aspired to play like this in a knock that means so much to me. It was very special for several reasons.”

Talking about his own form, Shafiq sounded a bit relieved with the hundred.

“I had been through tough times in recent Test matches [0, 0, 16, 17, 23, 0 and 2 in last seven innings] and was desperately in need of a long outing to make amends for those failures despite hitting the ball well during [team] practice sessions. I felt in the right frame of mind in this innings. The ball was coming on nicely and I thought to myself this could be the moment, and make it count,” he said. 

Misbah-ul-Haq’s men will look to square the series at the MCG, starting from December 26.

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