Amin impresses for Pakistan

Farhat fails but opening partner Butt makes 50 at Grace Road

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Amin impresses for Pakistan

Amin: made 51 before retiring out

Tour Match
Grace Road - Day Two
Leicestershire 296-7 dec (G P Smith 87, W A White 79) v Pakistan 280-7 (Yasir Hameed 58, Salman Butt 57, Umar Amin 51)
Leicestershire drew with Pakistan

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Umar Amin boosted his hopes of a place in Pakistan's side for the first Test against Australia with a half-century against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

The 20-year-old was one of three batsmen to make 50 for the tourists before retiring out as the two-day match against the county side ended in a draw.

Stand-in skipper Salman Butt hit 57 at the top of the order but opening partner Imran Farhat failed to make the most of an opportunity for some batting practice, labouring for his six runs from 41 deliveries.

Having arrived in England on Wednesday Azhar Ali took his time to get acclimatised at number three, his patient 41 taking two-and-three-quarter hours.

Yasir Hameed had no such problems finding his feet, though, hitting seven fours and also a six off spinner Jigar Naik during an 80-ball knock of 58.

Azhar and Shoaib Malik, who made just 10 before being trapped leg before by Wayne White, departed in the space of six runs to leave the total at 193-5 shortly after the tea break.

However the uncapped Amin then took centre stage, the left-hander hitting eight fours to make 51 from 72 deliveries before retiring out.

Naik bowled wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider for 15 shortly before stumps were drawn with Pakistan reaching 280-7 in reply to the home side's innings of 299-7 declared.

Day One

Pakistan's Tanvir Ahmed departed the field with cramp on the opening day of their tour match against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

The seam bowler took two wickets as Leicestershire reached 277 for six but left the field in the middle of his 14th over having accounted for opener Will Jones (23) and Steve Adshead (3).

It had been feared that Tanvir had picked up an injury but Pakistan coach Waqar Younis later revealed he was suffering from cramp having only arrived in the country on Wednesday evening.

Former Leicestershire favourite Mohammed Asif, who is expected to be part of Pakistan's Test attack for their upcoming schedule of six matches against Australia and then England, bowled 17 overs in four spells during the day but remained wicketless.

Leicestershire's Greg Smith hit 87 - his best for the club - and shared half-century stands with Joshua Cobb (23) and Wayne White (65 not out), the latter hitting 10 boundaries in all.

The new ball, taken at 212 for five, finally accounted for Smith, who top-edged a short-pitched delivery from Wahab Riaz to square leg after reaching the boundary 14 times.

There was disappointment for both sets of fans, however, with the decision to rest Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, who became another crowd favourite during a spell with the county back in 2001.

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