The Pakistanis responded strongly to Leicestershire, on the second day of their three-day opener on the 2006 tour of England, here at Grace Road on Sunday with their batsmen compiling an impressive 304 runs in their first innings, for the loss of five wickets before the declaration came.
The Pakistanis in fact were still 11 short of the Leicestershire score of 315-9 declared on Saturdayâ€™s opening day, when stand-in skipper Younis Khan applied closure. The hosts, 45-2 in their second innings, are now ahead by 56 runs with eight wickets standing.
The form of the Pakistanisâ€™ first-wicket pair was most encouraging. Salman Butt and Imran Farhat, both left-handers, gave their team a solid 145-run start. Salman struck form with a sedate 68 that came off 133 balls with 12 boundaries.
Imran, called back to the pavilion after having made 81 and declared â€˜retired outâ€™, faced 132 deliveries for his runs and hit 12 fours and a six.
Fast-medium bowler Nicholas Walker then struck with three wickets for Leicestershire, but the sixth-wicket Pakistanis pair piled up an unbroken stand of 103 that took the total to 304-5.
Wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal hammered five fours and fours sixes in a quickfire 62 not out off 81 balls. Faisal Iqbal was more watchful, scoring an unbeaten 40 off 72 balls with five hits to the fence. The visitorsâ€™ opening bowlers Mohammad Sami and Umar Gul, who had figures of 3-53 and 2-52 respectively in the first innings, took a wicket apiece when Leicestershire batted a second time yesterday late afternoon.
Pakistanis won toss
Leicestershire 1st inns 315-9 dec (D Mongia 129*, J L Sadler 92)
Pakistanis 1st inns (overnight 14-0)
Salman Butt b Walker 68
Imran Farhat retired out 81
Shoaib Malik lbw b Henderson 18
*Younis Khan lbw b Walker 9
Faisal Iqbal not out 40
Shahid Afridi lbw b Walker 13
â€ Kamran Akmal not out 62
Extras (b4, lb6, w2, nb1) 13
Total (5 wkts dec, 85 overs) 304
Did not bat: Mohammad Sami, Umar Gul, Shahid Nazir, Danish Kaneria
Fall: 1-145, 2-182, 3-185, 4-201
Bowling: Walker 24-5-47-3 (1w); Cummins 16-1-94-0 (1nb); Liddle 14-4-34-0; Henderson 26-7-101-1 (1w); Snape 5-1-18-0
Leicestershire 2nd inns
D D J Robinson not out 13
M A G Boyce c Shoaib b Umar 6
H D Ackerman b Sami 4
â€ T J New not out 12
Extras (b4, lb4, nb2) 10
Total (2 wkts, 10 overs) 45
To bat: D Mongia, J L Sadler, *J N Snape, C W Henderson, N G E Walker, R A G Cummins, C J Liddle
Fall: 1-18, 2-25
Bowling: Mohammad Sami 5-0-28-1 (2nb); Umar Gul 4-1-9-1; Danish Kaneria 1-1-0-0
Umpires: N L Bainton and J W Holder.
Source:The NewsMore on:Imran Farhat, Leicestershire, Pakistan, Pakistan in England 2006, Salman Butt, Younis Khan
Thank you for reading this post. You can now Leave A Comment (0) or Leave A Trackback.
Post InfoThis entry was posted on Monday, July 3rd, 2006 and is filed under General.
Previous Post: Batsmen of Sri Lanka historic blitz makes it 5-0 »
Next Post: Oldest ODI centurions »
Read MoreRelated Reading:
- South Africa Disappoints PCB
- Former umpire Col Egar dies at 80
- 2009 Champions League scheduled for September-October
- Ranatunga insists Sri Lanka will tour England
- Arthur concerned over fatigue and Kolpaks
- ICC set to move World Cup Qualifiers
- Disciplinary issues won’t affect Symonds’ selection
- Greg Chappell accepts Australian Academy post
- Smith won’t return until he’s 100% ready
- Walters calls for Symonds to clean up his act