Shadab Khan applauds debutant, Jacob Duffy

NZ v PAK: Shadab Khan praises debutant Jacob Duff after losing the first T20I

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Shadab Khan rued the loss of early wickets in the powerplay as Pakistan were defeated in the first T20I by New Zealand on Friday. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, but got off to a horror start, losing four wickets in the powerplay, three of which were picked by debutant, Jacob Duff.

“If we lose the first powerplay it’s difficult to come back,” Shadab said. “We went down to 20 for 4 and then we did exceptionally well to get to where we did. But if you get into that position it is difficult to come back. We were a bit rusty, and the conditions here are different to Pakistan. They are young players who will learn quick.”

Pakistan managed to recover well but could only manage a score of 153 runs, which was chased down by the Kiwis. Shadab Khan ended as the highest run scorer for his team and was dismissed by Jacob Duffy who picked up four wickets in total. Shadab Khan praise Duffy by calling him very good after delivering an exceptional first spell.

“Duffy is very good,” Shadab said. “That was an exceptional first spell. But it’s not easy for us. They are all good bowlers who play a lot of cricket in these conditions, and they have other bowlers coming back from the second game.

“It’s tough for us because we haven’t played much in these conditions. They did well in the National T20 and played well in the series against Zimbabwe series too. But the conditions are different because we played against Zimbabwe at home, not New Zealand. But the more cricket they play here, the better they will do.”

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We missed Babar Azam: Shadab Khan

Shadab Khan who his assuming the captaincy duties for Pakistan in place of the injured Babar Azam stated that they missed the presence of the latter to anchor the innings. However, he believed that Pakistan did well to recover from the situation and post a total of 153 runs.

“We could make changes for the next games but we’ve done well. We were rusty and we didn’t play any international cricket here, but we’ve done well,” he said.

“We missed Babar because he has the anchor role that he plays so well. Fakhar [Zaman] gives us an aggressive start in the powerplay and he’s not here either, but this is a good opportunity for youngsters to do well,” Shadab added.

“It was great to play in front of a crowd for the first time in a while. We were very happy and we will hope we make the crowd happy next time.”