Paks start tour with a big win
LEG-SPINNER Shadab Khan claimed three scalps as Pakistan warmed up for its T20 series against Australia with a comfortable six-wicket win over a Cricket Australia XI.
After Shadab took 3-30 in Pakistan’s first match of the tour at Bankstown Oval, the visitors chased down their target of 135 with 13 balls to spare.
Fakhar Zaman hit 43 off 39 in the pursuit, while Babar Azam hit 34 and Harris Sohail powered to 32 from just 22 balls before being bowled by Ben Dwarshuis (2-18).
Pakistan quick Muhammad Irfan also began the tour with a wicket on the first ball of the match, producing an inswinging yorker to bowl Ryan Gibson. But Shadab was easily the tourists’ best, after he went through the CA XI’s middle order.The former Brisbane Heat spinner had Alex Ross (17) and Nathan McSweeney (30) both caught on the sweep and trapped Baxter Holt (16) lbw to finish with 3-30.
Chris Lynn whacked 24 off 16 for the inexperienced hosts, with all but two of his runs coming in boundaries. But he was bowled by Wahab Riaz after hitting him for six, denting his push for a return to Australia’s short-form side.