Mount Maunganui: Shaheen Shah Afridi believes dropped catches on Day 1 of the opening Test against New Zealand hurt them a lot.
Shaheen, who took two early wickets to put Pakistan in driving seat, said with this type of fielding, they can’t win matches. “We dropped a couple of catches and it really hurt us. You have to take catches to win matches. Our fielding was poor today, we need to improve it,” he said.
“Tomorrow, we will try to take early wickets to put pressure back on them and make our position strong,” he added.
Taking about his splendid spell of 3-55, Afridi said his plan was simply to put them on backfoot. “My plan was to pick up quick wickets to put them under pressure and I successfully did it. Unfortunately, our fielding didn’t work but I am confident that we will take early wickets tomorrow as the ball is still new and getting a break,” he concluded.
It must be noted here that New Zealand finished Day 1 of the Boxing Test at 222-3. Kane Williamson scored 94 not out after getting two lifelines. Henry Nicholls remained not out for 42 off 100 balls.