Captain Hafeez Stars As Pakistan A Beat Senior Side
Pakistan A 145-3 (Asad Shafiq 48, Mohammad Hafeez 41) beat
Pakistan 143-8 (Abdul Razzaq 39no, Mohd. Hafeez 2-21) by seven wickets
Twenty20 tour game, Abu Dhabi
Pakistan suffered the same fate as England, losing to their reserve side in the build-up to the two-match Twenty20 International series in Abu Dhabi.
Whereas England were beaten by the Lions by five wickets with no balls remaining, Pakistan were beaten by seven wickets with three balls in hand.
Pakistan were indebted to a late charge from Abdul Razzaq, who thumped 39 in 17 balls to drive them up to a score of 143 for eight but that proved to be insufficient, as Pakistan A were guided to victory by innings of 48 from Asad Shafiq and 41 from captain Mohammad Hafeez.
Off-spinner Hafeez had earlier opened the bowling for Pakistan A, taking the wickets of Imran Farhat (8) and Fawad Alam (14) as Pakistan struggled desperately having been put in to bat.
Tabish Khan also picked up a couple of wickets and although Wahab Riaz matched that feat for Pakistan, the A side held their nerve to get home in the final over, Umair Khan unbeaten on 28 and wicket-keeper Naeem Anjum on 12.
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