Misbah hits ton against Guyana
Georgetown, Guyana, CMC – Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq made a flawless hundred on the opening day of his side’s two-day tour match against Guyana on Sunday.
The right-hander led the way with an undefeated 101 that anchored the visitors to 330-7 declared in their first innings, after choosing to bat, when play started half-hour late due to rain.
Azhar Ali supported with 57, Mohammad Hafeez scored 52, Umar Gul was not out on 40, Umar Akmal got 26, and Asad Shafiq 21 in a solid Pakistan batting effort.
Leg-spinner Amir Khan, a member of the successful West Indies Under-19 side that just returned from Dubai, was the pick of the Guyana bowlers with 3-88 off 26 overs. Off-spinner Zaheer Mohammed took 2-68 from 16 overs.
Guyana, whose batting line-up includes veteran West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, reached 25-0 in reply when bad light stopped play on the opening day of the two-day match at Bourda.
Misbah raced from 68 to 84 with a four and two sixes off consecutives deliveries from Mohammed before slog-sweeping Khan into the Guyana Football Club ground in the next over to reach his milestone from 132 balls to prompt the declaration.
The 36-year-old Misbah struck seven fours and four sixes in just over three hours of batting, and resurrected Pakistan, after they stumbled to 136-3 in the period between lunch and tea.
He added 69 for the fourth wicket with Akmal before Pakistan ran into further trouble, slumping to 244-7. But Gul came to the crease, and made merry in an unbroken stand of 106 for the eighth wicket to send a strong message to West Indies that he could a danger late in the order.
The match is the only warm-up for the Pakistanis before the first Digicel Test against West Indies, starting on Thursday at the Guyana National Stadium. The visitors are seeking their first Test series victory in the Caribbean.
Pakistan 1st innings
Mohammad Hafeez c Barrington b Beaton 52
Azhar Ali c and b Khan 57
Asad Shafiq b Joseph 21
Misbah-ul-Haq not out 101
Umar Akmal lbw b Mohammed 26
Hammad Azam c Barrington b Mohammed 5
Mohammad Salman lbw Khan 12
Abdur Rehman b Khan 3
Umar Gul not out 40
Extras (b8, lb2, w1, nb2) 13
TOTAL (7 wickets declared; 75 overs) 330
Did not bat: Wahab Riaz, Saaed Ajmal, Tanveer Ahmed
Fall of wickets: 1-92, 2-136, 3-136, 4-205, 5-215, 6-242, 7-244
Bowling: Beaton 10-1-62-1 (w1); Joseph 10-2-44-1 (nb1); Mohammed 16-2-68-2; Fudadin 10-1-42-0 (nb1); Khan 26-2-88-3; Deonarine 3-0-16-0
Guyana 1st innings
T. Griffith not out 20
S. Barrington not out 5
TOTAL (without loss, 5.3 overs) 25
To bat: S. Chanderpaul, A. Fudadin, N. Deonarine, L. Johnson, G. Singh, D. Christian, A. Khan, R. Beaton, K. Joseph, Z. Mohammed
Bowling: Umar Gul 3-1-4-0; Wahab Riaz 2.3-0-21-0
Players-a-side: 12 (11 batting, 11 fielding)