Shan Masood’s Spectacular Double Centuries Against Prime Minister’s XI

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Witnessing History: Shan Masood’s Masterclass

In a thrilling cricket encounter at Manuka Oval in Canberra, Pakistan Test captain Shan Masood showcased his prowess, crafting a phenomenal double century on the second day against Australia’s Prime Minister’s XI. Let’s delve into the riveting details of this monumental innings.

A Glorious Display on the Pitch

The day commenced with Masood resuming his overnight score of 156, displaying unwavering determination. With precision and skill, he added 45 more runs to his tally, culminating in an unbeaten 201 from 298 deliveries. Masood’s inning comprised 14 boundaries and a maximum, marking his third first-class double hundred.

Buckingham’s Five-Wicket Haul

Jordan Buckingham, the right-arm fast bowler, proved instrumental for the Prime Minister’s XI. Following his three-wicket feat the previous day, Buckingham secured two more dismissals, removing Aamir Jamal and Mir Hamza. His relentless performance resulted in a well-deserved five-wicket haul.

Pakistan’s Strategic Declaration

The declaration came after Khurram Shahzad fell victim to a direct hit by Nathan McSweeney, with the scoreboard reflecting Pakistan’s total at 391-9 in 116.2 overs.

Prime Minister’s XI Counterattack

Responding with vigor, the Prime Minister’s XI opening duo, Cameron Bancroft and Marcus Harris, forged a commendable 96-run partnership. However, Abrar Ahmed’s breakthrough, dismissing Harris, and Khurram Shahzad’s LBW trap for Bancroft, provided Pakistan crucial breakthroughs.

The Resilient Stance of Prime Minister’s XI

As the day concluded, Cameron Green and Matt Renshaw batted resolutely, adding 37 more runs to reach a total of 149-2. This left the Prime Minister’s XI trailing by 242 runs, setting the stage for an intriguing continuation on the third day at Manuka Oval.

Key Scores

  • Pakistan: 391-9d, 116.2 overs (Shan Masood 201*, Sarfaraz Ahmed 41, Babar Azam 40)
  • Prime Minister’s XI: 149-2, 60 overs (Cameron Bancroft 53, Marcus Harris 49)

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