Ish Sodhi © Getty Images
Ish Sodhi took four for 58 © Getty Images

Nov 3, 2014

Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi and paceman Tim Southee shared seven wickets as New Zealand restricted Pakistan A to 215 for nine on the opening day of a warm-up game in Sharjah on Monday. Sodhi finished with four for 58 while Southee took three for 20 as the Black Caps got a good bowling work out in the three-day game at Sharjah Cricket Stadium ahead of their Test series.

Pakistan A won the toss and decided to bat but the second string, comprising some talented players, failed to stand up to some fine bowling, with only opener Shan Masood scoring 67 and Adil Amin making 43. Masood, who played two Tests against South Africa last year and was in the 16-man squad during Pakistan’s 2-0 win over Australia, hit seven boundaries during his patient 173-ball knock. He added 61 for the fourth wicket with Babar Azam (24) before both fell to Sodhi.

Amin, who hit five boundaries, added a further 44 with skipper Anwar Ali (21) for the seventh wicket to take the score past 200-mark. New Zealand will play the first of three Tests against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi from Sunday. The remaining two Tests will be played in Dubai (November 17-21) and Sharjah (November 26-30). The two teams will also play two Twenty20 and five one-day internationals. Pakistan’s national team completed a 2-0 whitewash of Australia with a big 356-run win in the second Test in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

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