We would not like to chase anything above 150, says Asad Shafiq

Asad Shafiq Pakistan England Jos Buttler Dominic Bess

LONDON: Pakistan’s senior batsman Asad Shafiq said his team will not like to chase anything above 150 on the fourth day of the first Test at Lord’s on Sunday after England’s fightback averted a three-day finish on Saturday.

Pakistan were running away with a victory on the third day — which could have been the first by any visiting team over England in 106 years — but a rearguard action by Jos Butler (66 not out) and debutant Dominic Bess (55 not out) through an unbroken 125-run seventh wicket stand averted an early finish.

At close England were 235-6 with a lead of 56.

Shafiq said Pakistan will try to get the four wickets early with the second new ball due after two overs.

“We will not like to chase anything above 150 so we will try to get the remaining four wickets with the second new ball which we will get after two overs,” said Shafiq who scored 59 in Pakistan’s first innings total of 363.

England had made 184 in their first outing, while Pakistan managed to attain a lead of 179 runs by scoring 363 runs in the first inning.

Shafiq said Butler and Bess should be praised for the way they have stepped up for their team.

“There was scorching sun so the bowlers got tired after a spell but you have to give credit to their batsmen especially the debutant who batted solidly and we could not get their wickets.”