Asad Shafiq led on Friday, November 15, another strong Pakistani strike performance in the second practice match on his Australia tour.
Shafiq continued his century from the first game with another hundred against Cricket Australia XI and ended the first day of the two-day game at WACA, Perth, unbeaten at 101.
Shan Masood (76), Babar Azam (63), and Kashif Bhatti (56 *) grew up half a century while Imam-ul-Haq was also underway. The Pakistanis ended the day with 386/7, having hit particularly fast in the last hour.
Among the eight bowlers used by an inexperienced lineup for the hosts, leg spinner Lloyd Pope was the standout player who collected five wickets.
On a course where fast-paced bowlers are expected, the Pakistani pacers, who played 122 against their opponents in the first game, are likely to play a role again on Saturday.
“It’s going to be a good competition,” said Azam PCB in a chat, looking at the two-test series. “Our batsmen and bowlers did a good job, our teens are in good shape and have a good hand bottom and hopefully we will put the services into the tests.”
The first test will start on the 21st of November in the Gabba.