Gidman takes 5 as Kent dismiss Pakistan

Saturday 28th April 2018

Men’s First XI

Tour Match

Gidman takes 5 as Kent dismiss Pakistan

Kent all-rounder Will Gidman picked up his maiden five-wicket haul for Kent as Pakistan were dismissed for 168 at The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

The 33-year-old took 5/47 in 15 overs after the tourists elected to bat first under gloomy skies and floodlights in the opening match of their 2018 Tour of Britain and Ireland.

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He broke the deadlock from the Pavilion End by bowling opener Azhar Ali, currently the world’s tenth-ranked Test batsman, for 15.

Harry Podmore (2/35) removed his partner, Sami Aslam, LBW for 13 in the following over in a superb spell from the Nackington Road end where he made the most of swinging conditions to beat the bat on several occasions.

Gidman took his first of three LBWs to complete his Kent career-best by trapping Haris Sohail for 5.

Calum Haggett (2/41) removed Babar Azam, caught behind for 11, and bowled Shabad Khan for 6 in successive overs either side of Gidman dismissing Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed LBW for 4.

Gidman completed his tenth career five-wicket haul by trapping Mohammad Amir for 4 before Hasan Ali counter-attacked with two fours and two sixes in a knock of 24 before he slogged Podmore to Haggett to end the innings.

In reply, paceman Hasan trapped Daniel Bell-Drummond LBW for 1 in gloomy conditions.

Sean Dickson (24*) and Joe Denly (13*) survived a tricky mini-session under gloomy skies before bad light curtailed play.

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