Right-handed batsman Asad Shafiq rated the pitch easier to bat on day 3 of the second test match against South Africa in Newlands on Saturday.
While talking to the media after day three ended, Asad said that the ball was coming good on the bat which helped him notch runs against the hosts.
“The pitch was different than the last two days and I got my shots well on it,” he said.
It is pertinent to mention here that Shafiq played a fighting knock of 88 runs at a time when Pakistan were in a need of someone to race their score.
To a query regarding pressure on him, Shafiq said that obviously there was pressure on him as a senior batsman but he tried to stay firm throughout his whole inning.
“As a senior batsman pressure was on me but my planning was to stay positive and play my natural shots,” said Shafiq who thinks that pull shot helps in getting runs on this pitch.
Shafiq, who fall just 12 runs short to the century, said that his aim was to get to those golden three figures but unfortunately it didn’t happen.
“Obviously I was aiming to score a century which would have its own worth,” he said.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan were bowled out on 294 with a lead of just 40 runs on day three of the second test. South Africa now need 41 runs to win the test and three-match series 2-0.