AUS v PAK 2018

Fakhar Zaman reveals reason behind slow debut innings

Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman has revealed the reason behind his slow batting stating that he adopted this style due to the situation of the game.

The 28-year-old — who is known for his aggressive style of play — made 94 runs at a strike rate of 47.47 runs in his debut innings against Australia in Abu Dhabi during the second Test.

Pakistan were 57 for 5 in the first session of ongoing Test match which is why Zaman — who came into the side after Imamul Haq was ruled out from the tour due to finger injury — completely changed his style of play due to tumbling wickets.

“Actually I changed my game because of the situation,” the left-handed batsman told the radio. “Before the game I was just looking to play my natural game. But after that situation, 57 for 5, after that, I was just looking to take my time because we weren’t in a good position to play naturally.”

Fakhar Zaman (L) and Azhar Ali run between the wickets during day two of the second Test in Abu Dhabi on October 17, 2018. Photo: AFP

Both Zaman and captain Sarfraz Ahmed put on 147 for the fifth wicket and rescued Pakistan from a precarious situation.

“Actually Sarfraz plays spin really well always and he was feeling comfortable. I was not feeling comfortable with the spinners, so I was just blocking balls and taking my time,” said Zaman.

The Pakistan opener also stressed on the importance of spending time on the wicket here in order to score runs.

“After those wickets we were just talking about taking our time. There was a bit of moisture on the wicket. After lunch we thought it would get better and it was after a while, so then we started scoring our runs,” he said.

Zaman’s composed knock played a crucial role in helping Pakistan post 282 runs on the board in their first innings.

Medium pacer Mohammad Abbas registered a five-wicket haul to steer Pakistan into a dominating position in the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Abbas finished with five for 33 to bowl out Australia for a paltry 145 to give Pakistan a 137-run lead in the first innings on the second day at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Pakistan stretched that lead to 281 as they were 144 for two at close, with Azhar Ali not out on 54 for his first half century in the series and Haris Sohail was 17 not out.

With eight wickets in hand Pakistan were in a great position to force a 1-0 lead in the two-match series after the first Test ended in a fighting draw in Dubai last week.

Azhar, who fell for disappointing scores of 18, four and 15 in the last three innings, batted with resolve, having so far hit three boundaries.

But it was once again debutant Fakhar Zaman who lifted Pakistan with a brilliant 66 following up his 94 in the first innings, before giving a return catch to Nathan Lyon who took an evasive action but still managed to hold onto the ball.

Zaman hit seven boundaries in an enterprising knock.

Zaman said Pakistan were in the driving seat.

“Yes, our position is good,” said Zaman. “If we score 100-150 runs more on Thursday then with a turning wicket we have a very good chance of winning this Test.”

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