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Asad Shafiq Impresses With Another Ton in Practice Match Against Australia

Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq is turning on the heat as he scored yet another ton, this time in the second practice match against Australia on Friday.

Cricketnext Staff |November 16, 2019, 12:12 PM IST
Asad Shafiq Impresses With Another Ton in Practice Match Against Australia

Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq is turning on the heat as he scored yet another ton, this time in the second practice match against Australia on Friday.

The middle-order batsman followed up his ton from first practice match with yet another hundred against Australia XI, finishing the first day at Perth, unbeaten on 101.

He was ably supported by Shan Masood (76), Babar Azam (63) and Kashif Bhatti (56*) who were among the runs too. The Pakistanis finished the day on 386/7, having scored especially briskly in the last hour.

Among the eight bowlers used from an inexperienced line-up for the hosts, leg-spinner Lloyd Pope was the standout, picking up five wickets.

On a track expected to favour fast bowlers, Pakistan's pacers, who rolled over the opposition for 122 in the first game, are likely to again play a part on Saturday.

"It's going to be a good contest," Azam told PCB in a chat, looking ahead to the two-Test series. "Our batsmen and bowlers are performing well. Our youngsters are in good form and have bowled well. Hopefully, we'll carry forward the performances into the Tests."

The first Test begins on 21 November at the Gabba.

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