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Azhar Ali's patient masterclass in County

Pakistan’s Test specialist Azhar Ali is continuing to have a profitable outing in the County Championship in England. The veteran campaigner, who announced his retirement from ODI cricket last year, has been in stunning form in the red-ball format of late.

Batting under unhelpful conditions, Azhar showed immense caliber and marvelous application at the crease to lead his team, Somerset, to safety and give them a competitive total to defend in the fourth innings. Batting at no.3, Azhar scored a patient 65 not out from 185 deliveries, batting for over three hours.

He stayed till the end of the innings as he ran out of batting partners and Somerset were all out for 169 on the scoreboard. Somerset was eventually able to defeat Nottinghamshire featuring Azhar’s Indian counterpart Ravichandran Ashwin by 122 runs.