Pakistan toil in warm-up ahead of Windies Tests

Mohammad Amir
Mohammad Amir took 3 for 66 in 22.1 overs. — AFP/File
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Batsmen conceding a large first-innings lead and bowlers unable to take quick wickets against the West Indies President’s XI — that’s how the warm-up fixture before the upcoming Test series against West Indies went for Pakistan.

The home team chose to bat at the Trelawny Stadium in Jamaica and made 419 in the first innings, courtesy half-centuries from Shimron Hetmyer and Kieran Powell, and an unbeaten hundred from Vishaul Singh, all of whom were eventually called up for the first Test.

Mohammad Amir took 3 for 66 in 22.1 overs, while Yasir Shah toiled for 37 overs for his two wickets.

Right-arm pacer Hasan Ali strained his groin while fielding in the first innings, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) remained hopeful that he would be available to play in the series.

The hosts were bowled out in 126.1 overs, on the second day, and Pakistan did not start off their reply well.

Apart from Ahmed Shehzad, who made 55, none of the top five batsmen made it to 20, with Younis Khan and captain Misbah-ul-Haq scoring 7 and 8 respectively.

Sarfraz Ahmed made a quick 50 to shore up the innings but Pakistan were bundled out in 68 overs for 192, trailing by 227.

The West Indies President’s XI opted to bat again, though, and Powell made another half-century as the match ended in a draw.

Pakistan were able to take only two second-innings wickets in 42 overs, as the hosts posted 152.

Ali did not bowl in the second innings.

The first Test between West Indies and Pakistan begins in Kingston on April 21.