Pakistan start off NZ tour with a convincing win in the practice game

Pakistan start off NZ tour with a convincing win in the practice game
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Pakistan registered a convincing win in the practice match by 120 runs against New Zealand XI ahead of their ODI series against the home team commencing from January 6.

New Zealand XI won the toss and elected to field first. Pakistan had a convincing start as both of their openers, Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman struck centuries before getting retired out on 104 and 106 runs respectively.

However, Pakistan’s middle-order performed poorly with Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik scoring 6, 5 and 1 run respectively.

Sarfraz Ahmed once again failed to deliver significantly with the bat and managed to put just 21 runs on the board. Whereas, Hasan Ali put on an impressive show, providing the finishing touch to Pakistan’s inning with his blistering 36 runs off 15 balls.

Shadab Khan scored 24 and Faheem Ashraf contributed with 17 runs, which gave Pakistan a firm total of 341/9 in their quota of 50 overs.

New Zealand XI’s Aniket Parekh was the best bowler with 3/74 in 10 overs in the inning.

New Zealand XI never looked in a shape to chase down the target as they found it tough to face Pakistani bowlers and lost wickets at regular intervals.

The highest scorer for the NZ XI was Michael Davidson with 54 runs. Other mentionable performance for the local team was of Matt McEwan with 28 runs. The two openers, Jack Boyle and Ben Beecroft with 20 runs apiece.

Shadab Khan remained the hero for Pakistan in the bowling department courtesy of his 4 wickets for 52 runs in 9.4 overs. Faheem Ashraf took two wickets, while Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees, Hasan Ali and Fakhar Zaman struck once in the inning.

New Zealand XI got all out for just 221 runs that gave Pakistan a morale-boosting victory ahead of an ODI series.