Sohail stars as wickets tumble in Pakistan warm-up

Pakistan will begin three-Test series against England at Emirates Old Trafford on August 5

Last Updated: 24/07/20 7:57pm

Veteran Pakistan seamer Sohail Khan made light work of Pakistan's top-order batsmen
Veteran Pakistan seamer Sohail Khan made light work of Pakistan’s top-order batsmen

Pakistan’s leading batsmen fluffed their lines on the opening day of their final intra-squad warm-up game before the first Test against England at Emirates Old Trafford next month.

Experienced pace bowler Sohail Khan took 5-37, dismissing Abid Ali, Shan Masood and skipper Azhar Ali cheaply as Team Green were bowled out for 113 at the Incora County Ground in Derby.

Only three batsmen reached double figures, most notably Babar Azam, who scored 32 from 77 balls, and in reply Team White were 88-3 from 34 overs at the close.

England vs Pakistan Test series

1st Test: August 5-9, Emirates Old Trafford
2nd Test: August 13-17, The Ageas Bowl
3rd Test, Augus: 21-25, The Ageas Bowl

And, on such a difficult day for batsmen, there was further worry for the tourists when opener Imam-ul-Haq was hit on the left hand by a ball from Naseem Shah and was forced to retire hurt on 19.

Unless there are injuries to the bowlers, Pakistan’s attack at Manchester is likely to be Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Khan and legspinner Yasir Shah, but Sohail has certainly given the selectors food for thought.

After Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss for Team White and elected to bowl first on the same pitch used for the first warm-up match, the 36-year-old blew away the top order in a disciplined opening spell from the City End.

He was rewarded for maintaining a full length which allowed the ball to swing, but there were question marks over some of the shots on show as three wickets fell in the first 11 overs.

Abid would have been looking for time in the middle after a blow to the head in the previous warm-up game prevented him from batting in the second innings, but he made only one before he was lured into edging a drive in Sohail’s second over.

Masood survived a dropped catch at third slip off Imran Khan but failed to make the most of his reprieve, out lbw to a full-length ball that swung in late and caught him on the crease.

Azhar made a century in the previous game but another swinging delivery from Sohail defeated his forward push, although his reaction suggested he thought he had got outside the line.

A stunning catch at second slip accounted for Asad Shafiq and although Azam looked set for a substantial innings, he went in the third over after lunch when he edged Imran behind.

Shadab Khan left a big gap between bat and pad and lost his middle stump and when Mohammad Rizwan missed an expansive drive at Faheem Ashraf, the chance of posting a respectable score was fading.

Sohail claimed his fifth wicket when Shaheen played across a full length ball, leaving Team Green in need of quick wickets to repair some of the damage.

Naseem obliged by trapping Fakhar Zaman lbw and he had Haider Ali dropped first ball at second slip, although he soon fell to a loose drive at Masood.

When Ul Haq was rapped on the fingers late by a ball that leapt off a good length, he was unable to continue and headed to the dressing room for ice treatment, with initial reports suggesting the injury is not serious.

Yasir lured Iftikhar Ahmed down the pitch before bad light ended play with Team White only 25 runs behind in a game that has been given first-class status and is being played to Test-match rules.​

Source : Sky Sports