Azhar Ali hundred after Amir’s subtle bowling spells set the tone of the series
Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali scored an unbeaten hundred on the final day of the first tour game of Pakistan against Somerset at Taunton on Tuesday.
The right-handed batsman Ali and Asad Shafiq have scored 101 not out and 69 respectively. They have built a partnership of 138 in 30 overs as Pakistan made 236 for 4 declared in their second innings.
Pakistan have given Somerset a massive 468 runs target in 73 overs. Somerset in their first innings bowled out for 128, with fiery paceman Mohammad Amir took three wickets conceding 36 runs. How holding up a draw will be a big achievement for the country team.
However, a sunny day at Taunton meant there was less swing in the air for Pakistan’s pacemen than earlier in the match.
Former England opener and now Somerset opener Marcus Trescothick drove both Amir and Sohail Khan down the ground. He also late cut Khan for a couple of fours.
On Day three Pakistan resumed their innings 140 for four, with Ali 50 not out and Shafiq unbeaten on 26. Shafiq went on to complete a 76 ball fifty with seven fours.
They were severe on Somerset spinners on Tuesday, with the 31-year-old Ali lifting teenager Dom Bess for two huge sixes over long-on in successive balls.
As Ali has scored his 26th first-class hundred in 168 balls which was comprised of 12 fours and two sixes Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq declared the innings.
Amir has taken three wickets in 11 overs in Somerset’s paltry first innings total.
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