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Babar, Haider, Rizwan compile fifties after Sohail picks five wickets
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Babar, Haider, Rizwan compile fifties after Sohail picks five wickets

Babar Azam, Haider Ali and Mohammad Rizwan superbly expanded Team White's first-innings lead of 68 as they took control of the four-day intra-squad practice match in Derby.

All three batsmen struck fifties as Rizwan top-scored with an unbeaten 81 to allow the Babar-led side to 245-5 at stumps on day three.

The platform for Team White's dominance in the game was established by Sohail Khan's outstanding bowling spell earlier in the day as he completed his five-wicket haul.

Sohail and fellow pacer Shaheen Afridi wreaked havoc on the Azhar Ali-captained Team Green as the opposition could manage to add only 19 runs to their overnight score of 162-5.

Asad Shafiq's misjudgment in running between the wickets eventually resulted in his dismissal for 51, paving the way for Sohail and Shaheen to prise out the remaining scalps for cheap contributions.

Sohail, who last played a Test match for Pakistan in December 2016, registered five wickets for 50 runs while Shaheen returned figures of three for 33.

In reply, opening batsmen Imam-ul-Haq and Shan Masood were sent back to the pavilion for low scores before the duo of Babar and Haider restored stability with a 50-run stand.

The uncapped Haider was fearless in his stroke play as he launched elegant drives during his 75-ball stay at the crease that yielded 51 runs.

Team White were in a spot of bother when Fawad Alam fell for just three and the scorecard read an ominous 118 for the loss of four wickets but Rizwan and Babar regained hold of the game with a fluent partnership.

After Babar got out to Yasir Shah for 58, all-rounder Shadab Khan ensured Team White did not suffer further losses to their total.

The other highlight amidst the battle between the two sides involved Abid Ali's unfortunate blow to the helmet while fielding at short leg. He was forced to leave the field at that point but was later cleared of a concussion injury.