Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq continued his brilliant run of form with his second century against Cricket Australia XI in Perth ahead of the first Test against Australia in Brisbane.
At one stage Pakistan were four down for just 120. Left hander Haris Sohail and wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan failed to avail second successive chance before the first Test. Abid Ali could not open his account and fell for a duck in just the second over of the day’s play denting his hopes of a debut in first Test.
Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq built an important partnership of 117 runs together on the sixth wicket to steady Pakistan’s innings. Babar scored a quick 63 off just 66 balls.
Pakistan finished the first day of the tour match at 386-7 on Friday. Four Pakistan’s batsmen have crossed 50 against an inexperienced team. Shafiq scored a tremendous unbeaten 101 to give Pakistan a hope ahead of their real test against the likes of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson.
Lloyd Pope, who is South Australia’s legspinner, has done well with ball as he claimed a 5 wicket-haul in Perth.
Pakistanis: 386/7, Shafiq 101*, Masood 76, Babar 63,
Cricket Australia XI bowling: Pope 5-100