Pakistan Vs England, Younis’s high against Somerset
Younis Khan scored an unbeaten 99 while Mohammad Amir remained looking for batting chance as Pakistan released their trip of Britain with 324 for five on the first day of three against test match series on Weekend.
This was Pakistan’s first first-class match on British ground since their questionable “spot-fixing” trip of 2010.
During that season’s test match against England at Lord’s, Amir and Pakistan new-ball associate Mohammad Asif bowled no-balls to get on the guidelines of their leader Salman Butt as portion of a hurt function taken out by a paper newspaper.
All three obtained five-year prohibits from cricket and, together with activities broker Mazhar Majeed, prison conditions.
However, Amir came back to international cricket a few months ago and could create his return at Lord’s, where Pakistan experience Britain in the first of a four-Test match series by July 14.
Although chosen for the test matches, his go back to activity in Britain was late when Pakistan leader Misbahul Haq won the throw and batted.
Misbah was out without making any score but several other associates of Pakistan’s likely test match top-order stayed at the center at a sun-drenched Taunton.
After the captain was dismissed, Younis and Asad Shafiq (80) shared a fifth-wicket stand of 179.
Pakistan opener Muhammad Hafeez hooked Somerset and Scotland paceman Josh Davey over fine leg and pulled him over mid-wicket for two sixes in as many balls.
He was then reprieved by Davey on 17 when the bowler dropped a return catch.
But Dutch bowler Paul van Meekeren, who only joined Somerset last week, made the breakthrough when he bowled Hafeez for 20.
Pakistan were 79 for one at lunch but lost three wickets in the second session against Somerset’s multi-national attack.
Azhar Ali (20) was well caught by diving wicket-keeper Alex Barrow off van Meekeren.
Left-handed opener Shan Masood, strong off his pads, was dropped by Davey on 17 when the bowler failed to hold a return catch and missed down the legside on 39 when Barrow couldn’t cling on to a tough chance.
But in between the reprieves he batted attractively until, on 62, he was lbw to seamer Tim Groenewald.
Two balls later Groenewald, born in the same South African town as former England batsman Kevin Pietersen, had Misbah out for a duck with the aid of a fine slip catch by Tim Rouse.