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Positive mindset worked for us - Mohammad Hafeez

Positive mindset worked for us - Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez opined that his team were well served by adopting a positive approach against England on day one in the first Test match in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
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Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez opined that his team were well served by adopting a positive approach against England on day one in the first Test match in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

Pakistan lost the wicket of Shan Masood early, but a 168-run partnership between Hafeez and Shoaib Malik helped them post a good total by the end of the day. 

Hafeez expressed his view that having played in the UAE for the last five or six years, he knew that it will be easy to score runs after seeing the new ball off.

“The mindset was always positive," he told Sky Sports.

“That is what we worked on.

“We are used to playing in these conditions in the last five or six years.

“We know that once you go through with the new ball, as a batsman it gives you more help on the first day.

“That was in my mind. The positive (mindset) worked for us.” 

Hafeez played fluently until he moved into the 90s, which was when the nerves started showing and he eventually got out for 98.

This is the third time that Hafeez has been dismissed in the 90s, but the 34-year-old is hoping that his contribution will help the team win the match.

“I hope (I will not) not (have) anymore (dismissals in the 90s) in the future.

“This is what the game of cricket is. I was not under pressure.

“I was just trying to take my time. 98 is hopefully enough for the team to win the game.” 

Pakistan were also assisted by the fact that the pitch had plenty of support for the batsman and had very little in it for the fast bowlers.

There was support for the spinners but Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali went wicketless on a day when England dropped two catches and took a wicket with a no ball.

Asserting that the conditions are very batsman-friendly, Hafeez is confident that if Pakistan bats well over the next two sessions, they will have a chance to put 500 runs on board.

“I think the conditions were very much suitable for batting to be honest.

“I think they bowled very well with the older ball.

“We could not score as much as we should (have).

“We are in a position where we can play a little bit better in at least the next two sessions.

“That will help us score nearly 500, it depends on how we react.

“We believe we are in a position to score 400 runs on the board and that will help us.” 

At the end of the first day’s play, Pakistan posted a total of 286 runs for the loss of four wickets with Shoaib Malik unbeaten on 124.

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