After registering a win against Ireland, Pakistan faced Leicestershire in a two-day warm-up match ahead of the two-Test match series with England.
Fakhar Zaman, Sami Aslam, Usman Salahuddin and Hasan Ali were all named in the starting XI. Imam-ul-Haq, star of the match against Ireland was rested along with Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam and Mohammed Amir.
Azhar & Fakhar Deliver Solid Opening Partnership
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first and declared for 321 runs after the loss of 9 wickets. Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman made a solid foundation to the innings after scoring 73 and 71 runs respectively.
Sami Aslam’s debut performance for Pakistan ended in sorrow after he was bowled for just 8 runs. However, it was a different situation for Usman Salahuddin, who showed great temperament and scored 69 off 154 deliveries.
Sarfraz Ahmed, yet again, failed to bat convincingly and departed cheaply for 17 runs.
English conditions have always proved to be suitable for the fast bowlers as the pitches offer swing, bounce and often reverse swing. However, Pakistani pacers have been struggling to adapt and it is evident from the statistics.
After a stupendous performance against Ireland, Mohammad Abbas was the only pacer who managed to pick up a wicket as Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf and Rahat Ali all failed.
Hasan and Rahat, however, were extremely economical as they only conceded a collective 28 runs off 24 overs bowled between them.
Shadab Khan carried his good form and made a breakthrough twice in his 13 overs. Saad Ali and Fakhar Zaman were the unlikely candidates but managed one wicket each.
Pakistan has always relied heavily on its formidable pace attack and it does not look as if the attack is in full flow.
The Green-shirts will face England on the 24th of May at Lord’s.