PM’s XI vs Pakistan Tour Match 2023/24: A Detailed Match Report

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The day before Pakistan captain Shan Masood stressed the importance of his top order converting starts. He then set the standard with an almost flawless century on the opening day against the Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra. Pakistan made reasonable use of a chance to bat first but it was only Masood who fully cashed in as Abdullah Shafique, Babar Azam and Sarfaraz Ahmed all departed before making the most of their opportunities. Faheem Ashraf was brilliantly caught at slip by Cameron Bancroft off what became the last ball of the day as Pakistan closed on 324 for 6. “Shan’s innings was pretty much flawless. He played brilliantly,” Jordan Buckingham, who took three wickets for the PM’s XI, said. “The wicket was obviously conducive to batting but you still have to get out there and get the runs. For him to barely give a chance, it was an outstanding innings. Think he’ll be in for a pretty good summer.” Pakistan will face a different pitch in Perth next week. The lack of pace was clear early on when an edge from Shafique did not carry to the slips who were stood reasonably close, while later in the day wicketkeeper Jimmy Peirson was stood up to Buckingham and Beau Webster with a ring field. However, time in the middle can’t be discounted for those who managed decent stints. The lack of pace on the surface played a part in Shafique’s wicket when he drove to short cover shortly before lunch. Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo.

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