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Shadab Khan rues "repeated mistakes" by Pakistan in Powerplay
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Shadab Khan rues "repeated mistakes" by Pakistan in Powerplay

Pakistan skipper Shadab Khan has voiced his disappointment at the top-order's dismal batting performance in the Powerplay for the second time in a row in the T20I series against New Zealand.

After once again winning the toss and deciding to bat first, the script for the first six overs of Pakistan's innings and the manner of dismissals felt like a xerox copy of the first T20I failure.

Similar to how debutant Jacob Duffy ran through Pakistan's top-order, the experienced Tim Southee wreaked havoc with the ball leaving the opposition three down for 33 in the Powerplay.

"Winning or losing is a part of the game but we will have to learn quickly from our mistakes. We are making the same mistakes over and over again, which we should avoid," Shadab commented after Pakistan crashed to a series defeat.

"The second match we have also lost in the Powerplay because when you lose three wickets in the first six overs, 80% of the match is in the favour of the opposition."

Pakistan could have been bundled out for a paltry total had Mohammad Hafeez not struck one of the great T20I knocks witnessed in recent times.

Hafeez improved upon his golden duck in the previous outing to smack five sixes and 10 fours in his tremendous stay at the crease. Hafeez's outstanding display was marked by shrewd handling of the extra bounce in the surface as other batting partners faltered around him to the same issue.

Shadab believed his team could take lessons from Hafeez's impeccable application and succeed in the final match of the series on Tuesday.

"The way Hafeez played, we will take it as a huge positive into the next game. The rest of the batsmen, especially the young lot, will be keen on learning from Hafeez's game and applying it.

"Yes, our main player [Babar Azam] was missing in the batting unit but this should not be an excuse as cricket is not is a team game, not an individual sport. As a team, we need to perform," he added.

Pakistan's ground fielding was also quite ordinary compared to the series opener in Auckland. Slip-ups in the field failed to build any real pressure on the duo of Kane Williamson and Tim Seifert, who eased their way to the 164-run target.

"As a fielding unit, we did not do well today, maybe that cost us 20 runs in the field," Shadab admitted.

"The conditions are different from Pakistan and our young players have come here for the first time. They had the opportunity but couldn't grab, hopefully, they will do so in the next game."