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Century-maker Shafiq leads Pakistan run-spree

AFP  |  London 

made a hundred as several batsmen spent valuable time in the middle ahead of Test matches against and England.

At stumps on the second day of four, were 357 for seven in reply to

Northamptonshire's first innings 259 in their warm-up match at Wantage Road.

was 135 not out, with having made 79 and 57.

provide the opposition when make their Test debut in a match starting in Malahide, near Dublin, on Friday and they then return across the for a two-Test series against England.

Two days of their tour opener against Kent were lost to bad weather without a ball bowled but conditions have so far proved kinder in where Shafiq, dropped twice, made his 20th first-class century and shared with Sohail a third-wicket stand of 136. Sohail was in good touch but fell trying to hit off-spinner against the turn when he got a leading edge and was caught at point.

An increasingly fluent slog-swept a second six off Keogh before hitting the same bowler to long-on to complete a 98-ball fifty and he later brought up his hundred, Pakistan's first of the tour, with a well-controlled sweep shot.

Northamptonshire took the new ball but Shafiq responded by taking three boundaries in one over off paceman -- a leg glance, pull and extravagant uppercut over cover.

Azam then enlivened proceedings with an attractive fifty off just 61 balls, including six fours.

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First Published: Sun, May 06 2018. 09:40 IST
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