The Pakistanis put on a sterling show with both bat and ball to decimate Cricket Australia XI in their 50-over tour game at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Tuesday (January 10).
Put in, the Azhar Ali-led side compiled a massive 334 for 7 from 50 overs, courtesy Babar Azam’s 98, Sharjeel Khan’s 62 and Umar Akmal’s 54. In response, CA XI folded for 138 in 36.2 overs, despite Josh Inglis’s 70, to hand the Pakistanis a 196-run win.
Hasan Ali was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan, finishing with figures of 3 for 18 from 6.2 overs. Imad Wasim and Shoaib Malik had two wickets apiece.
The Pakistanis, who will lock horns with Australia in five One-Day Internationals starting with the opener in Brisbane on January 13, went into the game without Sarfraz Ahmed, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir.
It wasn’t a good start for the Pakistanis though as they lost Asad Shafiq to Henry Thornton for 4 runs. Thornton would finish with figures of 3 for 69 from 10 overs and Cameron Green bagged 3 for 59, but that didn’t halt the visiting side’s charge.
Sharjeel came up with a smashing 62 from 39 balls with 11 fours and a six. Azam put on a composed 98 from 113 balls with 12 boundaries. Shoaib Malik contributed with a sturdy 49 from 60 balls. Umar Akmal’s 39-ball 54 with six fours and two sixes boosted their total further.
In pursuit of 335, CA XI stuttered to 26 for 4 as Imad and Hasan bagged two wickets each. Jason Sangha offered some resistance with his 20 runs, but it wasn’t until Inglis that CA XI saw a fightback. Inglis scored 70 from 64 balls with seven fours and two sixes. Notwithstanding, the Pakistanis ran through the lower order to seal the game.
The victory will come as relief for the touring side, who suffered a humiliating 3-0 whitewash against Australia in the recent Test series.