Pakistan's discarded Farhat hits century in India tour match
by AFP

Ground:Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore
Scorecard:Pakistan A v Indians
Player:Imran Farhat

DateLine: 8th January 2006


Left-handed opener Imran Farhat hit a brilliant century against India on Sunday after the tourists declared their first innings closed at a mammoth 414-7.


The 23-year-old Farhat scored 107 to help Pakistan 'A' reach 212-4 at close on the second day of the three-day tour match at the Bagh-e-Jinnah ground.


Pakistan's two other Test players Faisal Iqbal (13) and Asim Kamal (four) were at the crease at close when bad light stopped play eight overs before the scheduled end of play.


Farhat, who played the last of his 15 Tests in Australia in December 2004, led a home team recovery with a solid 160-run stand for the third wicket with skipper Hasan Raza who made a 62-ball 75.


Farhat saw his opening partner Bazid Khan and Mohammad Waseem fall with the home team score at 26, but he kept his composure to blunt a combined pace and spin Indian atack.


He got a reprieve at 95, when Yuvraj Singh put him down at mid-wicket off paceman Irfan Pathan, before hitting off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for a couple to reach the three-figure mark off 143 balls with 16 boundaries.


He hit Harbhajan for a six before falling to the same bowler in the next over.


Raza too played some well-timed shots during his breezy knock, flicking Pathan for a six to add to his eleven fours.


Ajit Agarkar provided the tourists with the initial breakthrough when he forced an edge off Bazid before Pathan trapped another Test discard Waseem leg-before in the ninth over.


The tourists resumed at 298-4 and called Venkatsai Laxman (54) and Yuvraj Singh (59) back in the pavilion with declarations after both had good stints with the bat.


Wicket-keeper Mahendra Dhoni hit five boundaries in his rapid 22 before India declared their innings at lunch.


India play Pakistan in the first Test at Gaddafi stadium here from Friday.

(Article: Copyright © 2006 AFP)