Fighting Ashfaq Ahmed shines on bowling wicket of Day 2 of practice match


Lahore: The 32-year-old Ashfaq Ahmed was the only batsman who showed some good display with the bat for Team two as the Team one bowlers dominated the day 2 of the three-day practice match in Gaddafi Stadium.

Ashfaq was the highest run-scorer for Team two scoring 64 off 101 balls. Left-handed Fawad Alam also looked good but only managed to score 38. Faizan Riaz and Haris Sohail scored 19 and 17 respectively. Imam-ul-Haq got out early in the innings on a score of 6.

Shaheen Shah Afridi, Muhammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Faheem Ashraf, Yasir Shah took one wicket each. Team two at stumps scored 173 for the loss of five wickets.

Earlier Team one declared on 359 for five. Wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan (59) added 14 runs in his overnight score of 45.

Yesterday, Shaan Masood and Babar Azam scored centuries. Shaan scored 103 runs off 155 balls faced with 13 fours and a six. T20I skipper Babar made 101 at a fast pace which included 15 boundaries and a massive six. Both got retired after scoring centuries.

The 19-year-old Musa was the pick of the bowlers for Team one picking up two wickets whereas off-spinner Bilal Asif claimed the wicket of Asad Shafiq.

The selection committee has decided to review the performance of the players in the three-day match before the team’s announcement. The team for the first Test will be announced tomorrow.

It must be noted that Pakistan and Bangladesh will play the first Test at Pindi Stadium in Rawalpindi from February 7-11.