England Lions win despite of Sharjeel’s ton
English batsman, Ben Duckett simply took the game away from Pakistan ‘A’ with his brilliant flamboyant innings of 163 runs off 104 deliveries chasing 244 runs in 50 overs.
David Malan won the toss for England Lions and invited Pakistan ‘A’ to bat first. Fakhar Zaman couldn’t repeat his batting performance in this game and fell after scoring just 18 runs.
However, the aggressive left-hander from Hyderabad, Sharjeel Khan continued his form and hammered England Lions’ bowlers all around the park. Khan scored a fast paced century, he made 125 runs on 101 deliveries. His innings comprised of twelve 4’s and seven 6’s.
Other than the experienced Sharjeel Khan, none of Pakistani batsmen could stand on the occasion. Mohammad Nawaz remained the second highest scorer with 35 runs and Umar Siddiq made 33 runs.
Tom Curran remained the best bowler for England Lions with 4 wickets in 9 overs leaking 39 runs. English pacer, Mark Wood was also playing for the Lions and hunted 3 Pakistan ‘A’ batsmen for just 27 runs in 10 overs.
Pakistan ‘A’ only managed a moderate total of 244 runs despite of Sharjeel Khan’s brilliance.
England Lions didn’t have an ideal start to the chase, they lost their first wicket in shape of their skipper, David Malan at score of just 5 runs.
Daniel Bell-Drummond and Joe Clarke had a solid partnership of 68 runs that provided a suitable platform for the incoming aggressor, Ben Duckett.
Bilawal Bhatti removed Clarke that brought Duckett in and he took on Pakistan ‘A’ bowling attack from the word go.
Ben Duckett completed his century merely on 65 balls that knocked down Pakistan ‘A’ and England Lions chased down the target with ease in just 36.2 overs.
Pakistan ‘A’ defeated Sri Lanka ‘A’ last night with Sharjeel Khan and Fakhar Zaman’s heroics with the bat and Mohammad Ashghar’s performance with the ball.