Babar Azam’s knock destroys Cricket Australia XI

Published: January 10, 2017
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Babar Azam scored 98 for Pakistanis in Brisbane against Cricket Australia XI. PHOTO: COURTESY: Cricket Australia/Getty Images

Babar Azam scored 98 for Pakistanis in Brisbane against Cricket Australia XI. PHOTO: COURTESY: Cricket Australia/Getty Images

Pakistan right-hand batsman Babar Azam played a match-winning innings in Brisbane on Tuesday to help his side win by a margin of 196 runs against Cricket Australia XI in a tour match prior to the five-match ODI series.

In the 50-over match at the Allan Border Field, Pakistanis posted a total of 334-7, courtesy Babar’s 113-ball knock of 98, which included 12 fours. Other batsmen who shined in the encounter were opener Sharjeel Khan (62), all-rounder Shoaib Malik (49), and middle-order batsman Umar Akmal (54).

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Meanwhile, Cricket Australia XI bowlers Henry Thornton and Cameron Green were able to claim three wickets apiece.

However, faced with a towering target of 335, the hosts capitulated in the 36.2 overs, scoring only 138 runs despite the heroics of wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Inglis, who scored 70 off 64 balls.

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Pacer Hasan Ali was the pick of the bowlers from the visitors, claiming three wickets in 6.2 overs, whereas Shoaib and all-rounder Imad Wasim received two scalps each. Additionally, left-armer Rahat Ali and spinner Mohammad Nawaz, alongside captain Azhar Ali, claimed one wicket apiece.

The first match of the ODI series starts from Friday in Brisbane.

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