Azhar, Afridi help Blues to second successive win
LAHORE: A fine century by Azhar Ali and an aggressive knock of 90 by veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi enabled Pakistan Blues to record a 13-run win, their second consecutive, against Pakistan Greens in the second practice match at the Gaddafi Stadium here on Wednesday.
The three practice-match series is being played as part of national team’s final preparations for the upcoming limited-overs series in India.
While Azhar hit exactly 100 off 107 balls, Afridi smashed a typical 64-ball 90 featuring 11 fours and a couple of sixes to help the Blues get an imposing 309 all out in 48.2 overs.
In reply, Pakistan Greens tried hard to get close to the demanding target through a responsible knock by Mohammad Hafeez, who cracked 114 off 115 balls. However, the Greens ended at 296-9 off the stipulated 50 overs. Hafeez cracked 13 boundaries and one six. The Pakistan T20 captain was ably supported by Kamran Akmal, who contributed a 44-ball 56 studded with 10 fours. Wahab Riaz made 33.
Lanky medium-fast bowler Mohammad Irfan fared well for the Blues taking four wickets for 46.
Earlier, Azhar belted nine fours and one six during his century knock. Afridi also appeared in fine form when he registered his second consecutive half-century in the practice matches.
Wily off-spinner Saeed Ajmal claimed 4-68 for the Greens while Wahab picked 2-47.
PAKISTAN BLUES 309 in 48.2 overs (Azhar Ali 100, Shahid Afridi 90, Imran Farhat 34, Umar Amin 24, Ahmed Shehzad 21; Saeed Ajmal 4-68, Wahab Riaz 2-47, Mohammad Hafeez 1-23, Umar Gul 1-43, Junaid Khan 1-80).
PAKISTAN GREENS 296-9 in 50 overs (Mohammad Hafeez 114, Kamran Akmal 56, Wahab Riaz 33, Nasir Jamshed 24, Younis Khan 23; Mohammad Irfan 4-46, Anwar Ali 1-32, Adnan Rasool 1-39, Asad Ali 1-48, Sohail Tanvir 1-50).—Sports Reporter