Paks start tour with a big win

Mercury (Hobart) - - CRICKET - SCOTT BAI­LEY

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.

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