In response to CSA Invitation XI’s first innings total of 318 runs, Pakistan declared with the scorecard reading 306 for 7 during the second day of Pakistan’s tour game in South Africa. So, here is a look at a few talking points from the practice game.
Babar & Azhar Show Form
Azhar Ali and Babar Azam hit tons and hence, showed form during the side match. Azhar Ali decided to retire after completing his 100 runs while Babar remained not out on 104. Also encouraging was to see that both batsmen scored their runs at a healthy strike; something Pakistani batsmen had not been doing off late.
Everybody Else Was A Disappointment
Fakhar Zaman could only score 19 while his opening partner Imam-ul-Haq was dismissed for 23. Shan Masood stayed on the wicket for a little while and was sent back for 41. Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq and Sarfaraz Ahmed were dismissed for 4, 0 and 7 respectively. Thus, other than Azhar and Babar no one else was really able to make use of the opportunity which from Pakistan’s perspective is obviously disappointing.
No Sign Of Abbas & Shadab Yet
There was no sign of Abbas and Shadab once more when Pakistan came out to ball again. This then would be a worrying sign for the men in green who most definitely need Abbas when the real action begins.
Bowlers Leaked Runs Again
Pakistan bowled 12 overs before the day’s play came to an end. All Pakistani bowlers i.e. Mohd. Amir, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf and Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled during the final moments of the day. They were all expensive again which quite clearly shows that the personnel in the bowling department are still rusty and have a race against time to get acclimatized with the conditions before the first Test starts next week.