Pakistan’s Test pacer, Mohammad Abbas, marked his return to the County Championship with a magnificent bowling display as he picked up a five-wicket haul in Hampshire’s first innings against Warwickshire.
Abbas finished with figures of 5 for 29 in his 18 overs, including 8 maiden overs.
Abbas ripped through Warwickshire’s batting unit and picked up the vital wickets of England’s Test opener, Dom Sibley, and Warwickshire’s captain, Will Rhodes, as the opposition was dismissed for 116 in a low scoring encounter.
Earlier, Hampshire was dismissed for 89 runs as their batsmen were unable to handle the seaming conditions at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Abbas’s five-wicket haul has brought them right back in the game, as Warwickshire could only manage a lead of 27 runs in the first innings.
Here is the video of Abbas’s five-wicket haul:
Video of Mohammad Abbas's wickets today for Hampshire, which included England opener Sibley and Warwickshire captain Rhodes.
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Abbas was part of the Hampshire squad earlier in the season but was only available for a few matches due to his international commitments. He was re-signed by the side for the remainder of the season and will be available for three matches in the competition.
The right-arm seamer previously represented Hampshire for seven matches in the ongoing season. He picked up 27 wickets at an average of 15.96. His best figures came against Middlesex as he picked six wickets for 11 runs, including a hat-trick in the match.
Abbas will be crucial for Hampshire as they look to win their first County Championship title since 1973.