Shaan Masood, Babar Azam score centuries on Day 1 of practice match


Lahore: Opening batsman Shaan Masood and number sixth-ranked Test batsman Babar Azam has scored centuries on Day 1 while playing for Team one in a three-day practice match at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Team one at stumps scored 302 for the loss of five wickets. 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.

Wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf are batting at 45 and 21 respectively.

Opener Abid Ali only managed to score 33 and was trap upfront by young Muhammad Musa. Soon after Musa got the better of Test skipper Azhar Ali who went back for naught.

The 19-year-old Musa was the pick of the bowlers picking up two wickets whereas off-spinner Bilal Asif claimed the only 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 after a three-day practice match.

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