Australian captain Steve Smith was all praising towards Pakistan side and especially Asad Shafiq. In his interview after the game Smith said that Pakistan played brilliantly and they almost took the game away. Asad Shafiq hit a record breaking hundred while batting at number six.
There was a time when it looked Pakistan will get this one. Asad was batting really well in the middle. He did mention that as well saying that there was always a hope inside him about the total and the chasing. Asad said that he was just waiting for his moment.
He failed in the first innings but in the nets he was middling the ball properly so he knew it was just a matter of an innings and he will get back with runs. That is what happened in the second innings. He scored his 10th ton, 9th while batting at number six position.
Asad said that he was not expecting that ball from Starc which took him out. He was right about this one. The ball was 60 odd overs old and the wicket was not doing much as well and yet this one bounced high and surprised Asad with the pace on it. The Pakistani middle order batter praised his bowlers a lot. Asad produced some great partnerships with Amir, Wahab and Yasir. These three partnerships and they were big if you look at the scorecard put Smith and his men under a lot of pressure. All three of them were above 50 runs each.