Hasan Raza~~s century gets Pak A out of trouble

Published: Tuesday, September 20, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Rawalpindi:Hasan Raza (111 not out) struck a chanceless century to pull Pakistan A out of trouble in the second four-day cricket 'Test' match against Australia A at the Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) Stadium here on Monday.

Thanks to the brilliant hundred by Hasan, Pakistan A reached 249 for six at the close of play on the penultimate day of the match.

Following a complete day's washout on Sunday's second day, play finally got under way in time on Monday morning and Australia A lost three more wickets in an effort to add quick runs to their overnight total of 318 for five. They managed 89 more runs before declaring their innings closed at 407 for eight.

However, it was left to Hasan to make full use of the slow and almost dead track of the KRL Stadium. Pakistan lost Ashar Zaidi (8) early. Imran Farhat (47) and Bazid Khan (26) then put on 54 runs for the second wicket.

As both departed one after another, Pakistan A were left reeling at 88 for three. Misbah-ul-Haq (11) also went cheaply. However, Hasan stayed on and played a fighting knock to pull his team out of trouble. The right-handed batsman who struck fifteen boundaries and two sixes took 159 balls to reach 111.

Off-break bowler Daniel Cullen was the pick of the Australia A attack claiming three for 60 while the new ball bowler Michael Lewis got two for 54.

The four-day match that has turned out to be a three-day affair after a complete days washout on Sunday, is now heading for a draw.

Earlier, in an effort to bring about a result, Australia added 89 runs from just 17 overs in the morning session. However, all their attempts to force the follow on were foiled by Hasan who turned out to the saviour for the home team.

Australia skipper Brad Haddin (15) got out early but Shane Watson continued his good work with a timely 50. He struck seven fours in his 71-ball knock. Mohammad Asif who got rid of Haddin early in the day finished with three for 99.

ScoreboardAustralia A won tossAustralia A 1st inns (overnight 318-5)M E K Hussey lbw b Asif 15J R Hopes b Asif 146M J North b Mansoor 18B J Hodge c Bazid b Najaf 68D J Thornely run out 21S R Watson b Mansoor 50J Haddin c Mansoor b Asif 15C L White not out 40M L Lewis c Bazid b Ashar 2D J Cullen not out 1Extras (b5, lb3, w1, nb22) 31

Total (8 wkts dec, 107 overs) 407

Did not bat: S R Clark

Fall: 1-84, 2-149, 3-243, 4-284, 5-308, 6-328, 7-393, 8-400

Bowling: Mohammad Asif 25-3-99-3; Najaf Shah 17-4-52-1; Mohammad Irshad 16-2-86-0; Mansoor Amjad 27-3-96-2; Ashar Zaidi 15-0-42-1; Imran Farhat 7-1-24-0

Pakistan A 1st innsAshar Zaidi c Watson b Lewis 8Imran Farhat c White b Lewis 47Bazid Khan lbw b Cullen 26MIsbah-ul-Haq c Hussey b Cullen 11Hasan Raza batting 111Faisal Iqbal c Hussey b Cullen 11Zulqarnain Haider c Clark b Hodge 10Mansoor Amjad batting 12

Extras (lb7, nb6) 13

Total (6 wkts, 74 overs) 249

To bat: Mohammad Irshad, Mohammad Asif, Najaf Shah

Fall: 1-16, 2-70, 3-88, 4-114, 5-175, 6-214

Bowling: Clark 11-1-38-0; Lewis 14-3-54-2; Cullen 24-7-60-3; Watson 9-1-24-0; White 11-0-44-0; Hodge 5-0-22-1

Umpires: Nadeem Ghauri and SiddiqKhan. Match referee: Khatib Rizwan. Official scorers: Adnan Farooq and Shakeel Ahmed.

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