Sunday, June 28, 2009

Pakistanis in Australia: Krejza gets a 100, Wahab picks 5, McKay picks 6!

Pakistan A is on a tour to Australia for 2 tests, 3 ODIs, and a T20 game.

Did you know that?

The 1st 4-day test match started 3 days ago and is set for an interesting final day tomorrow with a potential declaration and a rivetting chase on the cards.

Sounds more interesting than the ODIs going on between India and the West Indies.

It will sound even more interesting when I tell you who top scored for Australia A in their 1st innings score of 399.

Jason Krejza!

Not only top scored, he scored a century - 101 of 160 deliveries with 4 sixes and 7 fours!

His first ever first class century.

His highest score in all forms of cricket before this was 65.

What were the Pakistanis doing letting a discarded Australian offie get to 101?

They had them down at 211-6 before Krejza joined Henriques (76) for a 7th wicket partnership of 120.

Wahab Riaz, who played a few ODIs for Pakistan last year, picked up a 5 wicket haul for the 'A' Pakistanis.

They then responded with 338 in their 1st innings with opener Azhar Ali top scoring with 78.

Azhar Ali has been one of the leading run scorers of the last two domestic seasons in Pakistan and has been on the fringes of Pakistan's senior squad for a year now.

A good showing in Australia will do his case a lot of good.

Azhar got good support from Umar Akmal (54), Kamran's younger brother, Fahad Iqbal (42), Faisal's younger brother, and Sarfraz Ahmed (56), Pakistan's backup wicketkeeper.

Fast bowler Clint McKay picked up 6 wickets.

I don't know much about him, but he's Victorian; I'm sure Jrod will have more information on him for us.

Australia A are on 128-6 in their 2nd innings and tomorrow is the final day - here's the scorecard.

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