Runs for Masood as Pakistan’s practice match ends in draw

Pakistan’s only practice match before the first Test against Sri Lanka ended in a dull draw as the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI, set a target of 264, ended day 3 on 129/3 on Saturday.


Resuming the last day of the three-day match on 27/1, Pakistan scored 257 on the back of a sedate 69 off 122 balls by opener Shan Masood and a patient 48 by ODI skipper Azhar Ali. There were runs too for Younis Khan (35) and Asad Shafiq (31) as Pakistan looked to accelerate in a bid to force a result on the last day.

Leg spinner Jeffrey Vandersay, who picked up five wicket in the first Pakistan, was again the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka Board President’s XI. Dimuth Karunaratne, included Sri Lanka’s Test squad, and Upul Tharanga hit fifties as SLBP finished on 129/3.

Pakistan will play three Tests, five one-day internationals and two Twenty20s on their 53-day tour of Sri Lanka.

The first Test begins on June 17 at Galle.