Team White 249 and 244 for 5 (Rizwan 81*, Azam 58, H Ali 51) lead Team Green 181 (Shafiq 51, Khan 5-51) by 313 runs
Pakistan batsman Abid Ali was cleared of significant injury but will take no further part in Pakistan’s opening intra-squad match after he was hit in the helmet while fielding at short leg at the Incora County Ground in Derby.
Abid Ali required lengthy treatment on the field after he was felled by the full force of a Haider Ali clip to leg and, after an ambulance was driven to the middle to help tend to him, there was palpable relief when he was able to get on a stretcher unaided and sit up as he was taken from the ground. Abid Ali later underwent scans which cleared him of concussion.
“Abid is absolutely fine. He underwent a precautionary CT scan which has also returned normal,” Pakistan team doctor Sohail Saleen said. The opener, who has played three Tests, will sit out the final day of the warm-up match and is scheduled to return to training on Wednesday.
That will come as relief to the tourists following a day in which their batsmen found form in the bright sunshine. After the bowlers had dominated on the first two days, Pakistan’s coaching staff will have enjoyed seeing Babar Azam bat for more than three hours for a half-century while wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan top-scored with an unbeaten 81, his second fifty of the game.
Teenager Haider also made 51 as Team White closed on 245 for 5 – with a lead of 313 runs – after Team Green slumped to 181 all out with Sohail Khan taking 5 for 50.
Asad Shafiq’s hopes of building on his overnight half-century were ended by Babar’s direct hit from cover in the third over of the morning which sparked a collapse in which four wickets fell for three runs. Faheem Ashraf edged a lifting ball from Shaheen Afridi who then tempted Yasir Shah into cutting a wide ball to gully.
Imad Wasim fell across his stumps to be lbw to Sohail and after a few defiant blows, Wahab Riaz skied a pull to long leg.
That gave Team White a lead of 68 but they lost Imam-ul-Haq cheaply to Naseem Shah for the second time in the match when he edged a ball that moved away low to third slip.
When the players returned after lunch, Abbas brought one back to have Shan Masood lbw but Haider Ali grew in confidence and he reached 50 by cutting Yasir for his seventh four. But the 19-year-old was out in the next over when Ashraf got one through his defence and Fawad Alam got a leading edge off Yasir to backward point.
Yasir had a fascinating duel with Azam who dispatched his team-mate over the ropes at long-on and clipped him past mid-on for another boundary.
But it was far from one-way traffic and after Yasir almost defeated an attempted cut, he had the last word when Azam was lbw playing forward and the rest of the evening session belonged to the increasingly fluent Rizwan.