Imamul Haq’s properly-made sixty one was the spotlight for Pakistan as they have been dismissed for a meagre 168 on the primary day of their tour opener towards Kent at Canterbury on Saturday.
When a mixture of dangerous mild, which had threatened to curtail play all day, and drizzle lastly pressured an early shut, Kent have been 39 for one in reply.
If Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed needed his prime-order to expertise typical early season English circumstances, he might hardly have made a greater determination than to bat first on this 4-day fixture after profitable the toss on an overcast morning.
Unsurprisingly, most of his batsmen discovered life troublesome, even with the floodlights on for a lot of the innings, and Kent medium-pacer Will Gidman loved the circumstances by taking 5 for forty seven as Pakistan have been dismissed inside fifty six overs.
However left-hander Imam, the 22-yr-previous nephew of Pakistan chief selector and former Test batsman Inzamamul Haq, nonetheless struck 9 fours in a 111-ball innings.
“It was troublesome to be trustworthy, as a result of it was a really wet day and the circumstances favoured the bowlers as nicely,” Imam advised AFP as he mirrored on his innings. “However we had excellent (coaching) periods over the past two days.
“I used to be simply making an attempt to adapt to the circumstances as fast as I can and I used to be making an attempt to play with constructive intent — that basically helps.”
This was not Imam’s first expertise of cricket in England.
“I have been right here a few occasions with the Pakistan Beneath-19s,” he stated. “The circumstances are troublesome, it is totally different, however we’re right here to win the video games and we’ll attempt our degree greatest to do one thing excellent.”
Imam got here in after opener Azhar Ali (15) was bowled by Gidman going for a booming drive and will solely watch as 28 for one turned 28 for 2 when Sami Aslam (thirteen) was lbw to Harry Podmore.
However Imam, displaying a sound defence in addition to good aggression, then held agency for almost three hours and an admiring Gidman stated: “He appears a superb participant. He shapes up properly, his stability was nice on the crease. He appears to have the suitable kind of temperament for English cricket.”
The skilled 33-yr-previous Gidman added: “Crucial factor about batting in England is with the ability to do the fundamentals for an extended time period. Typically, in bowling-pleasant circumstances like this, you’ve got simply obtained to attempt to keep in your ‘bubble’ for so long as you possibly can. He clearly managed to try this and obtained his rewards.”
Uncapped at Test degree, Imam — who made a century on his one-day worldwide debut towards Sri Lanka in October — cowl-drove two trendy fours off seamer Calum Haggett.
He then superior down the pitch to drive off-spinner Adam Riley for a boundary shortly earlier than lunch.
A sq. minimize 4 off Ivan Thomas noticed Imam to an 89-ball fifty earlier than the bespectacled batsman was lbw to Gidman.
Hasan Ali added late impetus with two sixes in his 24 earlier than he was final man out.
Kent have been quickly one for one in reply when Hasan Ali, one of many stars of Pakistan’s one-day Champions Trophy event win in Britain final yr, had Daniel Bell-Drummond lbw.
However Sean Dickson (24 not out) and Kent captain Joe Denly (12 not out) noticed the hosts by means of to the shut with out additional loss.
After this match, Pakistan face Northamptonshire earlier than offering the opposition for Eire’s inaugural Test, in Malahide, from Might eleven-15.
They then return throughout the Irish Sea for a two-Test collection towards England.
Kent: Daniel Bell-Drummond, Sean Dickson, Zak Crawley, Joe Denly (capt), Alex Blake, Will Gidman, Adam Rouse (wkt), Calum Haggett, Harry Podmore, Ivan Thomas, Adam Riley
Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Sami Aslam, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wkt), Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan Umpires: Jeremy Lloyds, Steve O’Shaughnessy
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