Good knock shows bounce no worry for Khan

Shadab Khan
Shadab Khan
Not everybody in the Pakistan batting line-up is struggling with the extra bounce the New Zealand pitches have provided.

All-rounder Shadab Khan has been rather enjoying the opportunity to get his bat under the ball.

The 19-year-old leg spinner swatted three fours and a six during a valuable knock of 52 in Nelson earlier this week.

He combined with Hasan Ali (51 off 31) to help the tourists post 246 for nine.

The game was at an interesting stage, with New Zealand 64 for two after 14 overs, when rain arrived.

The Duckworth-Lewis-Stern calculation left the Black Caps chasing an adjusted total of 151 from 25 overs and the home side overhauled the target with more than an over to spare and eight wickets in hand.

But Khan’s innings was a reminder that this Pakistan team bats deep and is capable of much more if it can get off to a good start.

The tourists trail 2-0 with three games to play in the series and simply must win today’s ODI at the University Oval.

Khan said his side had been playing well before arriving in New Zealand but was struggling to adjust to the conditions, particularly the extra bounce, which he said you did not tend to get on the subcontinent.

"It is difficult for my bowling but batting-wise it is good, because I love pace and bounce," he said.

He might like the bounce but the top order has found it difficult to deal with. But the pitch at the University Oval has traditionally offered less bounce and pace, so Pakistan might feel more at home.

"Yeah, maybe. If it is slower and lower then it should suit them."

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