Pakistan side match against the SLCP XI ended in a draw. However, there was plenty of interesting developments and so, here is a look at 3 things we were able to learn from Pakistan’s only practice match ahead of the first Test against hosts Sri Lanka.
Hasan Ali Shows Signs Of Return To Form During The SLCP XI Practice Match
Hasan Ali returned with decent figures in both innings. The pacer’s career suggests that he is a real threat if he can make the ball skid and is of little or no use if he fails to. Seems like the 29 year old has found his rhythm again which of course is a good news for the green shirts ahead of the Galle Test which begins on coming Sunday.
Shaheen Afridi Should Be Treat To Watch Even On Sri Lankan Wickets
Shaheen Afridi also retuned with good figures in the side match and so, there is no doubt that if the left-arm pacer continues to bowl in similar fashion; he should be a treat to watch even on docile Sri Lankan wickets.
Rizwan Is Under Pressure
Rizwan has been in horrific form in the longer version of the game for a while now. He failed once more during the practice match. It seems that the pressure of an in-form Sarfaraz Ahmed is playing on the mind of Pakistan’s first choice limited overs wicket-keeper batter. Therefore, it is obvious that green shirts at least for this series are better off playing Sarfaraz in both Tests. With the ICC ODI world cup only a few months away, Rizwan should anyway be allowed rest.