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.

© Cricket World 2013

Fixtures & Results

14th-18th October: 1st Test, Abu Dhabi
PAK 442 & 45-3 beat RSA 249 & 232 by 7 wickets
23rd-27th October: 2nd Test, Dubai
RSA 517 beat PAK 99 & 326 by an innings & 92 runs
30th October: 1st ODI, Sharjah
RSA 183 beat PAK 182 by 1 run
1st November: 2nd ODI, Dubai
PAK 209 beat RSA 143 by 66 runs
6th November: 3rd ODI, Abu Dhabi
RSA 259-8 beat PAK 191 by 68 runs
8th November: 4th ODI, Abu Dhabi
RSA 266-5 beat PAK 238 by 28 runs
11th November: 5th ODI, Sharjah
RSA 268-7 beat PAK 151 by 117 runs
13th November: 1st T20I, Dubai
RSA 99-1 beat PAK 98-9 by 9 wickets
15th November: 2nd T20I, Dubai
RSA 150-5 beat PAK 144-9 by 6 runs