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Babar hits 88 as Pakistan post 277-7 in warm-up


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COLOMBO: Pakistan captain Babar Azam smashed eight fours and four sixes in a fighting 113-ball 88 as Pakistan finished the first day of the three-day warm-up game against Sri Lanka Cricket XI at 277 for seven at the Colts Cricket Club Ground here on Monday (today).

After Pakistan elected to bat, Babar had to walk in early after the openers were dismissed inside five overs on a damp pitch that had a covering of grass. Under a heavy cloud cover, Babar shared 134 for the third wicket with former Pakistan captain Azhar Ali, who scored 43 off 119.

The partnership ended with Azhar’s dismissal off Lasith Embuldeniya, who returned two for 83. Left-handed batter Fawad Alam and Pakistan vice-captain Mohammad Rizwan scored 22 and 31 respectively, while Saud Shakeel and Agha Salman were unbeaten on 30 and 43, respectively at close.

SLC XI’s Lakshitha Manasinghe took 3-83. To make the most of the match and provide maximum match time to all the players in the squad, Pakistan’s all 18 players will feature in the match. Pakistan are in Sri Lanka to play the hosts in the two ICC World Test Championship fixtures. The first Test will run from 16-20 July in Galle. For the second Test (20-24 July), the visitors will return to Colombo to play Sri Lanka at the R. Premadasa International Stadium.



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