KARACHI: Pakistan’s two-day side match with Worcestershire ended in a draw as the bowling attack faced a tough challenge, with the county side finishing 260-6 after 76 overs while replying to Pakistan’s 261 first-innings score.
The touring team’s management had made as many as six changes for the practice game, giving opportunities to the likes of Sami Aslam, Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmad, Zulfiqar Babar, Sohail Khan and Imran Khan.
Worcestershire’s top-order was among the runs with two half-centuries being scored by Joe Clarke and Tom Kohler-Cadmore, who top-scored with 73 off 133 as he smashed two sixes and 10 boundaries.
Openers Daryl Mitchell and Tom Fell put up a 77-run stand to keep the fast-bowlers at bay with the new ball. Rahat Ali provided the breakthrough for Pakistan when he dismissed Fell, who made a 65-ball 35.
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His opening partner Mitchell, who consumed 120 balls for his 49, was the next to join him in the dressing room when his innings was cut short by Sohail Khan.
Joe Clarke and Tom Kohler-Cadmore got together and scored 46 runs together before Clarke fell to Rahat after making 58 off 90 with help of a six and nine boundaries.
Among the new inductions, Sami could only score 17 while Iftikhar and Rizwan scored unbeaten 41 and 49 respectively.
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Left-arm spinner Zulfiqar, Imran and Sohail bagged one scalp each.
Iftikhar Ahmad, who scored 41 not out, was given just one over despite being selected as a batsman with a chance of doubling up as an off-spinner on the tour.
On the other hand, Pakistan’s senior players worked on their game while being rested for the match as Mohammad Amir, Younus Khan and Sarfraz Ahmed were seen working in the nets with Mohammad Hafeez also working on his bowling action.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 31st, 2016.
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