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Imad century powers Pakistan to win over Kent

April 28, 2019
Imad century powers Pakistan to win over Kent

Photo Courtesy: ESPNcricinfo

Allrounder Imad Wasim’s career-best List A score of 117 helped Pakistan clinch a 100-run win over Kent in their tour game at Beckenham.

He scored 13 fours and four sixes which helped the visitors post a commanding total of 358-7 in 50 overs. In reply, the hosts were bowled out for 258 with more than five overs to spare. Only Alex Blake and Ollie Robinson managed to provide some resistance to the Pakistan bowlers.

Faheem Ashraf sent Kent openers Sean Dickson and Zak Crawley back in the pavilion within seven overs.

Adam Rouse was the next to be dismissed as he was caught at deep midwicket off Yasir Shah’s bowling.

Blake scored a 132-run partnership with Robinson on the fourth-wicket. Blake scored a season’s first 50 off 31 deliveries with three fours and as many sixes. He fell 11 runs short off his century as he fell victim to Hasan Ali.

Robinson was the next to be dismissed as he caught behind for 49 off Hasan Ali’s bowling. Shane Snater and James Harris headed back to the pavilion after failing to make the most of Yasir Shah’s woeful half-trackers.

Kent’s tail could not do much and the side were dismissed in 44.1 overs.

Electing to bat first in cold weather, openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq put on a 50-run stand in only 6.4 overs.

Imam survived early on as he was dropped by Rouse while attempting to glance the ball. However, Fakhar went on to score his half-century from 39 deliveries with six fours and a six.

Rouse made up for his dropped catch by taking Imam off Snater’s bowling after standing up to the stumps.

Left-arm spinner Imran Qayyum struck as he knocked over Babar Azam for seven to make it 123 for 2. He then dismissed Fakhar for 76. He also got the wicket of skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed who chipped the delivery straight at mid-off for 10.

Qayyum bagged his fourth wicket as he bowled Shoaib Malik for four.

Haris Sohail and Imad Wasim steadied the Pakistan side with their 139-run partnership on the sixth wicket. Sohail reached his half-century from 51 balls with three boundaries and a six to his name. Imad reached his 50 with the help of five fours and a maximum as Qayyum finished with 4 for 45 – his best in List A cricket in England.

Kent missed out on the opportunity to dismiss Haris on 72 but got him out three runs later.

Fred Klaassen had Faheem caught in the deep by Jordan Cox off a which left Imad to score a 73-ball century with 11 fours and three sixes.


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