Top order clicks as Pakistan beat Cricket Australia XI in a practice match


Babar Azam (34) and Fakhar Zaman (43) provided a solid opening stand to Pakistan while chasing as they beat Cricket Australia XI by six wickets in a practice match in Sydney on Thursday.

Haris Sohail also batted well as he scored 32 off 22 balls which helped Pakistan chase 135 runs target with 13 balls to spare.

After deciding to bat first, Cricket Australia XI posted 134-6 in 20 overs. Nathan McSweeney made highest 30 runs for the host team. Chris Lynn made 24 runs.

Shadab Khan, who received man-of-the-match award, bagged three wickets conceding 30 runs. Mohammad Irfan, Imad Wasin and Wahab Riaz took a wicket each.

In reply, openers Babar and Fakhar provided 78 runs opening stand to laid a solid foundation for the green shirts.

Ben Dwarshuis bagged two wickets.