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Naseem Shah shows great promise as tour match ends in a draw
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Naseem Shah shows great promise as tour match ends in a draw

Shan Masood geared up for the upcoming Test series with a half-century while Iftikhar Ahmed showed his class with a fifty as well in the tour game that has ended in a draw.

Both batsmen spend a fair amount of time in the middle before the first Test against Australia on November 21. Pakistan declared at 152/3 to give their bowlers another crack at Australia A batsmen.

Australia didn't start as poorly as they did in the first innings and safely negotiated the new ball for first ten overs, played with a lot of caution and exercised prudence.

However, both openers couldn't push on after getting decent starts; Joe Burns got caught behind on a ripper from Shaheen Afridi while Marcus Harris surrendered to Naseem Shah's bodyline attack.

Tearaway fast-bowler Naseem darted some jaffas and bowled at an attacking line relentlessly, showing signs of great promise and he gave fans a glimpse of his sheer prowess. He didn't look overawed by the occasion and was right on the money.

Naseem was quick through the air, generated ferocious pace with a small run-up and also hurled some well-directed bumpers to Usman Khawaja.

The 16-year-old remained wicketless in his opening burst but looked spot on in his eight-over burst and could have gone on to pick more wickets had slip fielders clung onto regulation catches - an area of concern ahead of stern Test series.

Usman Khawaja battled out the probing spell from the frontline pacers and fended Yasir Shah's delicious leg-breaks. The leggie started to get vicious turn out of the rough patches in the dying hours of the final day of the tour match but the seasoned campaigner didn't give away his wicket.

Usman and Travis Head knitted a substantial partnership and took the score to 91/2. They made sure that there were no hiccups akin to the first innings as both captains shook hands an hour before the scheduled close of play.

Pakistan will play another tour match starting from November 15 against Cricket Australia XI.