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Sohail Khan bags five wickets as Pakistan's leading batsmen flounder
Warm-up Game

Sohail Khan bags five wickets as Pakistan's leading batsmen flounder

Sohail Khan starred with a magnificent spell of swing bowling on the opening day of Pakistan's second intra-squad warm-up game to skittle Team Green for a paltry score of 113.

Sohail's rampant charge outfoxed the opposition's power-packed batting line-up, arguably featuring Pakistan's first-choice set of players.

The experienced seamer bowled the bulk of his side's overs and caused immediate damage on the first morning by nipping the ball sharply both ways.

Abid Ali, who endured a concussion scare in the last practice game, perished via a tame drive off Sohail while fellow opening partner Shan Masood was undone by a cracking in-swinger that trapped him lbw.

The woeful form of both openers might be a bit of a concern as they are yet to get a substantial score across the two games thus far.

Skipper Azhar Ali, whose splendid ton drove Team Green to victory in the previous encounter, also fell to the guile of Sohail.

The in-form Mohammad Rizwan and elegant stroke-maker Babar Azam failed to resuscitate the team's innings as they were two of the only three batters to reach double figures.

Fast bowling all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and right-arm paceman Imran Khan successfully dismantled little resistance offered by the middle-order before Sohail returned to complete his five-wicket haul.

With a second five-fer in as many games, the 36-year-old would certainly be in contention for selection come the first Test against England on August 5.

Sohail's last appearance for Pakistan in a Test match came almost four years ago but his impressive record in England boosted by outstanding performances in Derby could end his long wait for a return to the team.

The Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Team White opted with only 19 balls of spin in the entire innings with Kashif Bhatti snaffling the last wicket of No. 11 Naseem Shah.

In reply, Team White met with an obstacle early in the innings when Imam-ul-Haq suffered a blow to his left hand from Naseem that prompted the batsman to leave the field retired hurt.

According to initial reports, Imam's injury is not serious and he is expected to resume his stay in the middle the following day.

Naseem then removed Fakhar Zaman for a cheap score while the part-time seam bowling of Masood accounted for the scalp of Haider Ali.

Iftikhar Ahmed was the final batsman to fall on day one as he was lured outside of his crease by Yasir Shah and Rizwan whipped off the bails.

Team White went to stumps on 88-3, just trailing 25 runs behind the first-innings total of the Azhar-captained side. The game has been awarded first-class status.