WORCESTER: Pakistan’s bowlers shared the wickets as their two-day warm-up match with Worcestershire, their final fixture before Wednesday’s third Test against England, ended in a draw. Utv Pakistan Report
The tourists declared their first innings on 261 for three before Worcestershire ended Friday’s first day on 30 without loss at New Road.
Saturday saw Pakistan spend a day in the field as Worcestershire moved on to 260 for six before a draw was agreed.
The main purpose of this match, from Pakistan’s point of view, was to run the rule over candidates pushing for international duty and, if possible, let some of their ‘regulars’ spend time in the middle.
This was Pakistan’s only fixture between their 330-run defeat by England in the second Test at Old Trafford — a result that left the four-match series all square at 1-1 — and the third Test at Edgbaston starting on Wednesday.
Tom Kohler-Cadmore and 20-year-old Joe Clarke both made fifties for Worcestershire at the Midlands club’s New Road headquarters in Worcester, while Rahat Ali led the attack with two for 29.
Rahat and fellow left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz, who took one for 40, were the only Pakistan bowlers on show to have featured in the Test series so far.
Imran Khan, Sohail Khan and spinner Zulfiqar Babar looked unlikely to force their way into the side for the third Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham after taking just one wicket each.
And when Pakistan batted, it was stand-in skipper Azhar Ali (81) and opener Shan Masood (67), both already in the Test side, who top-scored for the tourists.
PAKISTAN 261-3 declared (Azhar Ali 81, Shan Masood 67, Mohammad Rizwan 49 not out, Iftikhar Ahmed 41 not out); WORCESTERSHIRE 260-6 (T. Kohler-Cadmore 73, J.M. Clarke 58, D.K.H. Mitchell 49, T.C. Fell 35; Rahat Ali 2-29).