Pakistan County Championship round-up: Shan Masood piles on the runs, Hasan Ali’s nine-for routs Gloucestershire


The third spherical of the 2022 County Championship concluded on Sunday, with one other robust exhibiting from the Pakistan representatives. Right here we check out how they acquired on.

A joyous introduction to Previous Trafford for Hasan Ali, who’s already properly on his option to feeling as at house in his northern environment as Lancashire’s most well-known Pakistan import, Wasim Akram. Hasan’s exuberant shows with the ball have been matched by his ordinary power-surge celebrations – on 9 separate events on this match, and 14 in two outings thus far – as Gloucestershire have been overwhelmed by one of the eye-catching county assaults of latest classic. His match haul of 9 for 96 comfortably outshone the returning James Anderson, albeit Anderson’s second-innings show of two for 25 in 25 overs was a touch of nice hauls to come back, as Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson accomplished a formidable assist act. With tempo and swing on a hostile full size, Hasan’s most interesting second was the fierce stump-smashing yorker that dispatched James Bracey on the third night to finish any real looking hopes of a Gloucestershire rearguard.
Haris Rauf
Match figures of 3 for 128 in 44 overs do scant justice to Haris Rauf‘s spirited makes an attempt to hold Yorkshire’s ill-balanced assault towards Northants. Shorn of the providers of the newly-capped England fast Matt Fisher, they have been finally thwarted on one of many flattest fourth-day decks that Wantage Street has produced in latest occasions, however not earlier than Rauf had produced two bona fide snorters within the area of three balls within the day’s opening exchanges – a pair of round-the-wicket splice rattlers to see off Ricardo Vasconcelos and Emilio Homosexual, and prise open an innings that the younger allrounder Matthew Revis did his finest to wash out. However with Northants five-down and weak come the second new ball, Rauf dissatisfied himself along with his failure to complete the job. Specifically, the Australian Matthew Kelly, coming in at No.8, stood agency towards a reprisal of Rauf’s short-ball method, twice pulling him for six over sq. leg, and Rauf’s work was concluded with a annoyed kick of the turf.
Zafar Gohar
There wasn’t a lot quarter given by Lancashire whereas Josh Bohannon was grinding out his career-best 231, least of all whereas he and Dane Vilas have been including 203 for the fourth wicket throughout the second night and third morning. However in rising from the ordeal with 4 for 135 across 65 tidily compiled overs, Zafar Gohar‘s left-arm spin confirmed as soon as extra the dependability in adversity that would but be translated right into a matchwinning functionality when circumstances are extra in Gloucestershire’s favour. Every of his scalps was hard-earned and properly prised out, not least Luke Wells, trapped on the knee-roll for 59 by one which turned again in. Gohar additionally popped up with a vigorous piece of fielding at sq. leg to expire George Balderson early in Lancashire’s innings, earlier than the visitors had turned one-way.
By no means thoughts the legendary landmark of 1000 runs earlier than the tip of Might; Shan Masood is within the temper to have a dart earlier than the tip of April. He is acquired 611 to his title in 4 innings thus far, with final week’s 239 towards Sussex mixing seamlessly into this week’s 219 against Leicestershire – an innings finest summed up by a straight drive for 4 off Beuran Hendricks that left Twitter weak on the knees. As soon as once more, he’ll encounter stiffer bowling assaults than was on present at Grace Street, however as he confirmed on Pakistan’s tour of England in 2020, with a swish 156 within the first Take a look at at Previous Trafford, the purity of his approach means he’s properly outfitted for a return to the nationwide set-up.
Mohammad Rizwan started his week with a notable accolade, after being introduced as Wisden’s Leading Twenty20 Player in the World. Sadly for Sussex, he ended it with a (hopefully) non permanent blip to his first-class kind, making scores of 0 and 4 in a crushing innings defeat against Worcestershire at New Street. It was a disappointment, too, for these onlookers craving for a show of Indo-Pak concord out within the center – we did a minimum of get a glimpse of Rizwan and Cheteshwar Pujara batting collectively for the primary time this season… however just for one ball, as Rizwan nicked his first supply from Joe Leach to the keeper. An inducker from Ed Barnard noticed him off second time round. However he did a minimum of choose up a sensible diving catch off Ben Cox for one in every of his two dismissals within the match.
A curious season thus far for Hampshire – innings win, innings loss, and now another innings win, with Kent powerless to withstand a middle-order mashing by the hands of James Vince, Liam Dawson and Ben Brown. And both facet of that towering complete of 652 for six declared, Mohammad Abbas merely did the needful, choosing off 4 wickets within the match in a assist position to Keith Barker’s first-innings six-for and Kyle Abbott’s match-sealing 5 for 29. With out but hitting the heights of earlier Hampshire campaigns, Abbas has quietly picked off ten wickets at 22.60 in three matches, together with a wicketless show at The Oval. His guileful, edge-threatening medium-pace will probably proceed to carry the slips into play for a while but.
A really box-office debut for Shaheen Shah Afridi – who is sort of presumably probably the most fascinating signing of the summer season throughout all competitions (not least the Hundred). His eagerly anticipated bow for Middlesex got here inside a leg-side snick of a first-day hat-trick against Glamorgan at Cardiff, and although his returns diminished thereafter, his impression didn’t. His 4 wickets within the match included Marnus Labuschagne, the ICC’s No.1-ranked Take a look at batter, in each innings (in addition to Sam Northeast for a first-baller) as Glamorgan’s batting twice folded in his absence for scores of 122 and 132. Afridi had enjoyable with the bat too, biffing a fast 29 from 39 balls in Middlesex’s 336, earlier than Labuschagne extracted a measure of revenge by having him caught within the covers.
Azhar Ali
It has been a gradual begin to the marketing campaign for Azhar Ali, with this week’s innings of 20 taking his tally to 23 from three innings. Nevertheless, Worcestershire hardly struggled within the absence of his large runs – because of Brett D’Oliveira’s unbeaten 169, they wanted to bat simply the as soon as to trounce Sussex by an innings.

And the non-combatants …

Naseem Shah has been dominated out of motion a minimum of till the beginning of the T20 Blast subsequent month after struggling a shoulder damage, however in his absence, Gloucestershire have pulled off one thing of a coup, with the information that Mohammad Amir can be popping out of his red-ball retirement as a short-term substitute. He linked up with the squad in Manchester this week, and is in line to make his return to first-class cricket towards Surrey on Thursday.

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