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Shadab Khan glad to see leg-spinners doing well at World Cup
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Shadab Khan glad to see leg-spinners doing well at World Cup

Pakistan's Shadab Khan is glad he and his fellow leg-spinners from other sides are all doing well in the ongoing World Cup.

Shadab himself produced a solid performance in Pakistan's crucial win over South Africa at Lord's on Sunday that revived their slight hopes of making it to the semi-finals.

He returned with figures of 3 for 50 as Pakistan restricted South Africa to 259-9.

For South Africa, Imran Tahir took 2-41 in his 10 overs which provided some encouragement for Shadab to do well on Lord’s wicket.

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"Imran bowled well in our innings so I thought that I will also get some help and grip and it turned out to be like that," said Shadab.

Shadab also reached a landmark of 50 wickets in his 38th ODI after dismissing South African opener Quinton de Kock.

"When there is dry weather and the pitch is also dry then leg-spin will come into equation.

"That's why I am happy to have played my part in the wins against South Africa and England," said Shadab.

Pakistan, currently sitting at seventh spot on the table after two wins from six matches, still have a chance of breaking into the top four to qualify for the semi-finals.

Shadab admitted Pakistan were now in a must-win situation in all their remaining three matches, starting with Wednesday's clash against an unbeaten New Zealand side.

Pakistan’s net run-rate has been on the lower side which needs to be bolstered besides hoping other results go their way.

"We know the situation," said Shadab. "We need to win our remaining three matches to harbour any hopes of reaching the semi-finals, but the confidence is there so we will be taking it match by match."

After the New Zealand clash Pakistan play Afghanistan in Leeds on June 29 before playing their final group-stage campaign against Bangladesh at Lord's on July 5.