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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson lavished praise on Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik for his ability to hit “lusty blows”.
Williamson also lauded Malik for being able to bat through an innings and hurt the opposition.
In the T20 World Cup, Malik scored 100 runs in six games, which included the fastest T20 World Cup fifty by a Pakistan player, at an average of 50 and a strike-rate of 181.81.
“It was a tough surface to time the ball on. Pakistan had someone like Shoaib Malik batting through and hitting some lusty blows,” Williamson was quoted as saying by Saj Sadiq on Twitter.
In the three-match T20 series against Bangladesh, Malik featured in two games but didn’t score any runs.
Pakistan recently won the first Test against Bangladesh by eight wickets.
They will now be looking to win the series 2-0 when the second Test begins in Dhaka on Saturday.
Pakistan squad for Bangladesh Test series: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Bilal Asif, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Ghulam, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Afridi, Zahid Mahmood