Pakistan start tour with Somerset draw, after Trescothick rolls back the years with mighty ton

Pakistan have drawn the opening game of their tour to England, in a three-day match at Taunton against Somerset

Pakistan start tour with Somerset draw, after Trescothick rolls back the years with mighty ton
Azhar Ali made a century on the final day of Pakistan's warm-up fixture with Somerset (image via: Getty)

Pakistan will be happy with the performance they put in in their opening game of their tour to England

Playing against Somerset at Taunton, the game ended in a draw, but the tourists were on top for large periods with both bat and ball. 

Unlike Sri Lanka who really struggled against county opposition in their warm-up fixtures, many of Pakistan's top players look to be in good form ahead of the Test series with England which starts in nine days time. 

Azhar Ali backed-up Younis Khan's first innings century with one of his own in the second innings on day three, while Mohammad Amir and Sohail Khan each picked-up three wickets on the second morning. 

Ali and Shafiq look in good touch during unbeaten century stand

Returning on day three at 140-4, Pakistan added 96 runs in 14.4 overs without losing a wicket before declaring to give their bowlers more than two sessions out in the middle.

Allowing the players time to become accustomed to English conditions will be vital for the tourists, with just one more warm-up game against Sussex on Friday before they face England the following week. 

Azhar Ali became the second Pakistani batsman to reach three figures at Taunton, after Younis Khan had done likewise in the first innings. Ali and Asad Shafiq (69*) had shared an unbeaten stand of 138 before the declaration was called, with both batsmen tucking into the Somerset spinners during the morning session.

Asad Shafiq smashes his way to his second 50 of the match (image via: getty)

Following the declaration, Mohammad Amir and Sohail Khan each bowled five overs without finding the breakthrough as Somerset started brightly in their second innings.

Yasir Shah was then thrown the ball with lunch approaching, and with his fourth delivery he had Adam Hose trapped LBW  for 8, to leave Somerset 47-1 at the interval, with the target of 468 always out of the question.

Trescothick makes 47th Somerset century before wickets tumble

Up against an international attack, Somerset responded extremely well to being dismissed for 128 in their opening innings, by batting for much of day three to claim the draw.

Marcus Trescothick sweeps on his way to 106 (image via: getty)

Marcus Trescothick was the main man to thank, with the Somerset opener reaching his 47th century for the county, which sees him move to second on the overall list for the Taunton-based club. 

He was ably assisted by 20-year-old Tim Rouse during the afternoon session, with the Bath schoolboy showing maturity beyond his age to craft 41 runs to his name before becoming Shah's second LBW victim of the day. 

After tea the wickets started to tumble, with Trescothick first to go for 106 from just 111 balls, after edging Rahat Ali behind to Sarfraz Ahmed

In Ali's next over, he got Peter Trego to play-on, with the Somerset captain dismissed for nought and then Alex Barrow was the next man to lose wicket after being trapped LBW for seven to Sohail, as Somerset slipped from 183-2 to 203-5. 

James Hildreth had batted well on his way to 48, but unfortunately could not push on for a half-century, after he edged behind an Amir delivery to Sarfraz. 

Five overs passed without a wicket falling, before Shah's leg-spin proved too good for Josh Davey, bowling him comprehensively for seven and then trapping Dominic Bess in front for 21, but Pakistan could not force the victory with Jack Leach and Tim Groenewald blocking out the final few overs of the game.