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Test probables partake in practice match ahead of Bangladesh Test
Practice Match Day 2

Test probables partake in practice match ahead of Bangladesh Test

A three-day practice match is underway between top-flight cricketers who are in contention for a place in the squad for Bangladesh Test. 

Azhar Ali is leading one team and the other is spearheaded by Haris Sohail. The match is taking place at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore and Azhar Ali-led side is batting first.

Shan Masood, continuing his rich vein of form, got ample batting practice and retired out after making a century while his opening partner Abid Ali made an exit after getting to a solid start of 33.

Abid was trapped LBW by Musa Khan while Azhar Ali got caught behind without troubling the scorers.

Babar Azam seldom misses out and he didn't take the practice game for granted. He bludgeoned his fellows all over the park and raced to 101 before retiring out to let his batting partners spend some time in the middle.

Asad Shafiq miscued a shot when he was batting on two runs and got snared by Bilal Asif - who has been in terrific form lately and took heaps of wickets in Quaid-e-Azam trophy.

The wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan scored 59 and then retired out. He looks to have cemented a spot in the national team after Sarfaraz Ahmed ousting and has been in good nick since the Australia tour.

 Players in contention for the Bangladesh Test engaged in practice match ©PCB

Players in contention for the Bangladesh Test engaged in practice match ©PCB

Faheem Ashraf has recovered from the injury and is making a case for yet another comeback in the national team. He made a quickfire 40 runs cameo before getting castled by a corker of a delivery from Musa.

A the end of the first innings, team one put up 359 on the board in 89 overs.

Musa bagged three scalps while Bilal Asif got one solitary wicket. Imran Khan, Usman Shinwari and Kashif Bhatti remained wicketless.

2nd Innings

Imam-ul-Haq struggled against the new cherry and got outgunned by the dexterous seam moving methods of Mohammad Abbas. 

Zeshan Malik was up against Pakistan's premier new ball bowler - Shaheen Afridi - who has grown voluminously skill-wise over the last few months. He was too hot to handle for Zeeshan who got pinned LBW.

Thereafter, Ashfaq Ahmed took control of the situation and calmed things down by soaking up 101 deliveries for his 64-run knock. 

Faheem managed to trigger an error eventually and Ashfaq couldn't push on and convert the fifty to a hundred. Faheem also got better of Faizan Riaz and the middle-order batsman's brief stay of 19 runs forced Haris Sohail to come early than he would have like to.

Fawad Alam amassed 38 while Adnan Akmal was picked on a duck by Yasir Shah. Team 2 has mustered 178 runs in 50 overs at the close of second day's play.

Team One

Azhar Ali (capt), Abid Ali, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah and Bilawal Bhatti

Team Two

Haris Sohail (capt), Imam-ul-Haq, Zeeshan Malik, Mohammad Ashfaq, Fawad Alam, Faizan Riaz, Adnan Akma (wk), Kashif Bhatti, Imran Khan (Sr), Usman Shinwari, Mohammad Hasnain, Musa Khan, Bilal Asif