Pakistan in SA
Pakistan thump young Cobras
Younis Khan (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Pakistan's left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Irfan made a claim for a Test place and senior batsman Younis Khan played himself into form on the second and final day of a practice match against an Emerging Cape Cobras team at the Western Province Cricket Club on Monday.
Irfan followed up his first innings haul of four for 20 with three for 20 as the home side, comprising amateur players from the Western Cape franchise, were bowled out for 78.
Set to make 59, the tourists romped to a ten-wicket win. They batted on until they reached 126 for one, enabling Younis Khan to score 74 not out after his first four innings on tour yielded only 34 runs. The second Test starts at Newlands on Thursday.
Rahat Ali was preferred to the tall Irfan for the third seamer's role in the first Test in Johannesburg, which South Africa won by 211 runs, but Ali did not take a wicket.
Umar Gul and Junaid Khan, the two senior fast bowlers, were rested and Irfan's match haul of seven for 40 was easily the best return for the tourists in the practice match, with none of the other pace bowlers taking more than three wickets.
Brief final scores on the second and final day of a 15-a-side (11 bat, 11 field) match between Emerging Cape Cobras and the touring Pakistanis at the Western Province Cricket Club on Monday:
Emerging Cape Cobras 156 in 47.5 overs and 78 in 29 overs (K. Petersen 33; Tanvir Ahmed 2-18, Mohammad Irfan 3-20, Ehsan Adil 2-19, Abdur Rehman 2-2). Pakistanis 176-6 dec in 50 overs (Faisal Iqbal 33, Misbah-ul-Haq 44 rtd, Asad Shafiq 45 not out; J. Bothma 3-24) and 126-1 in 43 overs (Imran Farhat 34 rtd, Younis Khan 74 not out).
Result: Pakistanis won by 10 wickets (batted on after winning).
Toss: Emerging Cape Cobras