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Rana Naved-ul-Hasan in ominous form for Sussex


Rana Naved-ul-HasanEngland’s Test series against Pakistan is still two months away but Rana Naved-ul-Hasan is already looking in ominous form. The Pakistan opening bowler demolished Yorkshire last Friday with superb reverse swing bowling that brought him seven for 62 and a match return of 11 for 148, his best in county cricket (story reported in ‘The News’ on Saturday).

Rana clearly relishes English conditions and has now taken 71 championship wickets in just 11 matches since his debut last July. Sussex will miss Rana when he reports back for international duty at the end of next month. Yorkshire already have. He was a prolific wicket-taker with Pudsey Congs in the Bradford League, but Yorkshire showed little interest.

Rana exposed Yorkshire’s fragile middle-order by taking four wickets in nine overs. The prized wicket of Darren Lehmann was claimed with a long-hop driven to extra cover. Lehmann again batted beautifully, taking three leg-side sixes off Mushtaq Ahmed in an effortless 87. But his fifth wicket stand of 136 with Michael Lumb was the only one of substance.

Jason Lewry gave Rana excellent support as Yorkshire lost their last five wickets in seven overs before Sussex had problems of their own. Matthew Hoggard recovered from receiving a painful blow on the right knee to take two early wickets and Lehmann then snared Chris Adams to leave the game on a knife edge.

Source:The News

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