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29-Apr-2018 06:14:00 GMT
Kent v Pak XI, tour match, Canterbury

Pakistan struggle in opening tour game

Canterbury: Pakistan struggled with the bat on the opening day of their tour of England as they were bowled out for 168 inside 56 overs by Kent at Canterbury.

Captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss but most of his top order failed to cope with the overcast conditions as bad light threatened for most of the day.

Only Imam-ul-Haq - nephew of chief selector and former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq - impressed, scoring 61 as Kent medium-pacer Will Gidman took 5-47.

Kent were 39-1 when rain ended play.

Bespectacled left-hander Imam, 22, is uncapped at Test level but hit a century on his one-day international debut last October.

In Canterbury, he belied his tender years and outshone his more experienced team-mates, hitting nine fours in his 111-ball innings before being trapped lbw by Gidman to leave his side 129-6.

Brief scores:
Kent 39 for 1 (Dickson 24*) trail Pakistan 168 (Imam 61, Gidman 5-47) by 129 runs

After this four-day encounter, Pakistan have another warm-up game against Northamptonshire (4-7 May) before heading to Dublin for Ireland's inaugural men's Test (11-15 May).

They then return to England for Tests at Lord's (24-28 May) and Headingley (1-5 June).


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