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Positive intent key to success for Pakistani openers

  • Sports Correspondent from Chattogram
  • 28 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Positive intent key to success for Pakistani openers

Pakistani opener Abid Ali said on Saturday that they tried to play with positive intent against Bangladesh despite all the odds on the second day of the two-match series opener in Chattogram.  Abid along with debutant Abdullah Shafique took Pakistan to a commanding position against Bangladesh as Abid made unbeaten 93 runs while Shafique scored 52 not out to help their side score 145-0 after bowling out the hosts for 330 in the first innings.

 “Debutants always feel pressure but I told him not to be tense. We will wait and utilize the bad balls,” said Abid after the end of the second day’s play.

 “It was a new day, a new target and we looked to utilize the bad balls. The ball was getting low a little bit and there was also some spin. But we remained positive. Our target was to play with positive intent. I was successful in utilizing bad balls. “As the ball became old with the evening approaching, it was spinning, gripping and started doing all sorts of things. We will look forward to staying on the wicket and our first target will be to reach 330 and then we will aim to achieve a big lead that will help our bowlers,” he added.

The right handed opener urged that he is reaping the benefit of their first-class set-up and the trust of the team management.

“The most important thing was our first-class setup and I got confidence from there. Here I got the support from my team management,” he said. “They analyzed the bowling of opponents and with my confidence getting from the first class I set my mind for doing better. I got successful doing so,” he added.

The duo already batted 57 overs and would be looking forward to carrying on the momentum when they start on day three at the ZACS.