Sodhi & Southee reduce Pakistan A to 215-9
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — New Zealand leg spinner Ish Sodhi took four wickets and fast bowler Tim Southee struck late with successive deliveries to reduce Pakistan A to 215-9 on the first day of a three-day warm-up match on Monday.
Pakistan A, which won the toss and elected to bat, lost three wickets without a run in a dramatic eight balls before stumps.
Southee (3-20) had Adil Amin (43) and Adnan Akmal caught behind in the penultimate over of the day before Anwar Ali drove hard at Sodhi and was caught at mid-on in the final over.
Opening batsman Shan Masood top-scored with a fighting 67 off 173 balls, hitting seven fours before he tried an expansive sweep off Sodhi, but left a gap between bat and pad, and was bowled.
New Zealand’s spinners had lengthy workouts and gained some feel for slow wickets in the United Arab Emirates ahead of Sunday’s first test against Pakistan. Sodhi claimed 4-58 in 20.3 overs and offspinner Mark Craig finished the day with 1-68 from 26 overs.
Haris Sohail, a century maker against Australia in last month’s warm-up, scored only seven from 31 balls before he drove to gully off Trent Boult as the Pakistan A batsmen struggled to build partnerships.
Pakistan A 1st Innings: 215-9 (Shan Masood 67, Adil Amin 43; Ish Sodhi 4-58, Tim Southee 3-20).