Pakistani cricket team captain Shan Masood shone brightly on the first day of the four-day match against the Australian Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra.
Pakistani Captain, demonstrating his skill and leadership, hits an unbeaten century, propelling Pakistan to a strong position of 324-6 at stumps on Wednesday.
The day ended with Pakistan scoring 324/6, courtesy of Shan Masood’s impressive 156 off 235 balls. The team’s performance was commendable despite Faheem Ashraf’s dismissal on the day’s final ball after contributing 17 runs.
The match began with Pakistan winning the toss and opting to bat first. However, the team faced an early setback as opener Imam-ul-Haq was dismissed after scoring just 9 runs. A significant partnership was formed between Shan Masood and Babar Azam, adding 92 crucial runs before Babar’s dismissal at 40 runs.
This match sets the stage for the bilateral series beginning at Perth’s Optus Stadium on December 14. The Melbourne Cricket Ground will host the second fixture on December 26, followed by the final Test scheduled for January 3. Having never won a Test series in Australia, Pakistan sees this as an opportunity to make history with Shan Masood at the helm.
The squads for both teams are geared up for the upcoming tests, with Pakistan featuring a mix of experienced and new talents and Australia fielding a strong lineup for the first Test.