Azhar Ali guides his team in the intra-squad match
An intra-squad match was played between the Pakistani team which was won by the side led by Azhar Ali who played a captain’s innings.
“A captain’s innings from Azhar Ali, and half-centuries from Asad Shafiq and Fakhar Zaman led Team Green to a six-wicket win over Team White at The Incora County Ground, Derby on Monday,” the Pakistan Cricket Board said.
“Chasing 352 to win the match, Team Green lost opener Mohammad Hafeez for two in the first over.”
Meanwhile, Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman got together and constructed a 159-run partnership for the second-wicket. Azhar cracked 120 runs from 225 balls, hitting 10 fours before he was retired, while Fakhar was dismissed on 99 as his 128-ball innings included 10 fours and six sixes.
Shafiq, Fakhar and Ali’s innings shows the three are in form and are likely to give a tough time to the England side in the upcoming test matches.
After Fakhar’s departure, Asad Shafiq joined in and contributed a 129-run partnership for the third wicket with Azhar. Asad was too retired after contributing 67 runs from 95 balls, laced with nine fours and two sixes.
Iftikhar Ahmed (28) and Sarfaraz Ahmed (19) remained unbeaten as the side chased down the target in the 89th over.
Muhammad Musa and Shaheen Shah Afridi took a wicket apiece for Team White.
Earlier, resuming their second innings on the overnight score of 245 for five in 77 overs, Team White declared their innings on 284 for five in 83.4 overs.
In addition, Mohammad Rizwan top-scored with an unbeaten 100 off 159 balls, hitting 14 fours. Shadab Khan came to bat at number seven and chipped in with a 62-ball 39 laced with four fours and two sixes. The duo added a valuable unbroken 109-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
The two teams will now feature in the second intra-squad four-day game from 24 to 27 July at the same venue.