Lawson removes Umar Amin but Pakistan’s batsmen plough on

Tuesday 29th June 2010

Mark Lawson bowled well in tandem with James Hockley

Kent v The Pakistanis, Day three of three, Canterbury.
By Mark Pennell
Crease occupation was the order of the morning for Pakistan“s top-order players as the tourists took time for essential batting practice on a good St Lawrence pitch in this their opening first-class fixture of a near three-month tour.
By lunch on the final day of this three-day friendly the tourists had reached 175 for two – an overall lead of 276 – with Shoaib Malik, new in the middle on (11*), together with Fawad Alam, who batted through the session to reach 68 not out.
Alam had enjoyed a second-wicket stand worth 141 in 36.4 overs with Umar Amin who, after posting an attractive 72-ball half-century, finally went after 170-minutes for 73.
Leaning back to pull a ball from leg-spinner Mark Lawson, left-handed Amin got a top-edge to one that appeared to skid onto him and skied a comfortable catch to Joe Denly at mid-wicket.
Alam“s half-century came in a shade over two hours from 101 balls and with seven fours as Lawson, bowling in tandem with off-spinner James Hockley, started to restrict scoring opportunities and cause the pair a few problems.
Though their talismanic captain Shahid Afridi was absent from the ground undergoing a precautionary scan on a troublesome rib injury, it would seem almost certain that the tourists will bat on for much of the final day.

Photo: Sarah Ansell