Imad shines as Pakistan beat Kent in a tour match


Left-handed batsman Imad Wasim shined with his century knock of 117 runs which laid a solid foundation for Pakistan to beat Kent by 100 runs in the first tour one-day game at Beckenham on Saturday.

Yasir Shah took three wickets to make the most of the first opportunity Pakistan got in England to start their tour on a winning note.

While batting first, Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman provided Pakistan a solid opening stand of 92 runs as both openers looked in good knick.

Imam struck three boundaries to score 39 runs while Fakhar with the help of nine boundaries and a six smashed 76 runs off 59 balls.

Imad Wasim in the middle order played aggressively following the pressure situation where his team lost three wickets in a row after a good opening start. Imran Qayyum bagged Babar Azam for nine, Shoaib Malik for 4 and Sarfraz Ahmed for 10 to put the visitors under immense pressure.

The 25-years-old Middlesex spinner finished with outstanding figures of 4-45 as Kent overcame the middle-order batting of green shirts.

Haris Sohail raced the inning for Pakistan along with Imad Wasim as both left-handers score 139 runs together for the sixth wicket. Haris contributed 75 runs to the team’s total.

In reply, Kent were short with a good opening start as both of their openers fell earlier. Alexander Blake was the highest scorer for Kent with 89 runs. With the help of six boundaries and as many sixes, Blake released pressure from his team for a while but due to wickets tumbling at the other couldn’t help him continue for long.

Robinson added 49 runs to his team’s total.

Faheem Ashraf along with Hasan Ali and part-time spinner Fakhar Zaman bagged two wickets each to help Pakistan finish the job well.