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Pakistan batsmen aim to score in Hamilton

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/11/2016

Pakistan's batsmen will look to have their feet on the gas a little more in the second Test as they try to avoid their first series loss to New Zealand in 31 years.

The second of the two-match series begins in Hamilton on Friday and if the tourists don't win it will break a run of seven series, dating back to 2014, where they have been unbeaten.

New Zealand have a loftier goal to win or draw - not having beaten Pakistan in a series since 1985.

Pakistan were beaten by eight wickets in the first match in Christchurch, bowled out for 133 and 171, and while some top order batsmen dug in, none got more than 31.

Spending time at crease isn't the wrong approach, says batsman Asad Shafiq, but the lack of an aggressive scoring rate in Christchurch hurt his side.

"We have to score some runs as well as long as we are spending time out there," he told reporters on Thursday.

Hamilton's Seddon Park pitch seemed like another bowler-friendly wicket.

"This kind of wicket seams and swings a bit so it's just a matter of time you get a good delivery so before that you have to take it on."

Shafiq also believes 111-Test veteran Younis Khan will bounce back from scores of 2 and 1 in Christchurch.

Khan was one of Pakistan's greatest batsmen and had been in similar situations before, Shafiq said.

"He always bounces back, he has that ability to bounce back and I am sure he will bounce back and score some runs in this match."

Pakistan haven't yet chosen who will replace Misbah-ul-Haq, who left the tour early because of the death of his father-in-law.

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