Pakistan Batsmen Take Chance To Impress

Azhar Ali
Azhar Ali was one of three Pakistanis to register a half-century
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South Africans 354-8 dec. (Kallis 70) v
Pakistan 'A' 230-4 (Ahmed Shehzad 66)
Tour game, Sharjah, day two

The specialist batsmen selected for Pakistan 'A' did their bit to launch a strong response to South Africa's score of 354 for eight declared on day two of their tour game in Sharjah.

Half-centuries for Shan Masood (50), Ahmed Shehzad (66) and Azhar Ali (54) laid the foundations for them to close on 230 for four.

With three places - including an opening berth - still available for the Test series, runs for the top three in the order were well-timed.

They came after JP Duminy retired out on his overnight 49 and by the time South Africa had batted through the 100th over, the point at which they were obliged to declare, Faf du Plessis had made 34, Robin Peterson eight and Vernon Philander was unbeaten on four.

Half-centuries on day one from Alviro Petersen (58), Hashim Amla (50), Jacques Kallis (70), and AB de Villiers (58) had set them on their way.

Masood, who faced 104 balls, and Shehzad, who faced 105 and hit 10 fours, then put on 106 before Shehzad was caught by Petersen off Peterson.

Masood and Azhar both retired having reached their half-centuries and Faisal Iqbal (10) was caught by Graeme Smith off Morne Morkel.

Asad Shafiq was unbeaten at stumps on 32 and captain Umar Amin had 10.

The first Test between Pakistan and South Africa begins on 14th october in Abu Dhabi.

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