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Shan Masood stakes Test claim as Pakistan 'A' falters

Opener Shan Masood staked claims for a Test spot with a dogged half-century as Pakistan 'A' faltered on the opening day of the three-day warm-up game at Sharjah Stadium on Monday.

Masood, who played two Test against South Africa last year but has been since waiting in the wings, hit seven boundaries in his dour 173-ball knock.
New Zealand's leg-spinner Ish Sodhi took 4-58 and paceman Tim Southee had figures of 3-20 as the Black Caps got good bowling workout ahead of their Test series.

Pakistan 'A' won the toss and decided to bat but the second string comprising of some talented players failed to stand up to some fine bowling, with only Masood and Adil Amin, who made 43, stood out.

Masood, who was in the 16-man squad during Pakistan's 2-0 win over Australia, held the innings and added 61 for the fourth wicket with Babar Azam (24) before both fell to Sodhi. 

Amin, who hit five boundaries, added a further 44 with skipper Anwar Ali (21) for the seventh wicket to take the score past 200-mark.

New Zealand will play the first of three Tests against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi from Sunday.

The remaining two Tests will be played in Dubai (17-21 November) and Sharjah (November 26-30).

The two teams will also play two Twenty20 and five one-day internationals.

Pakistan's national team completed a 2-0 whitewash of Australia with a big 356-run win in the second Test in Abu Dhabi on Monday.