Babar Azam, Pakistan, Afghanistan, World Cup 2019 warm-up game
Babar Azam scored 112 off 108 balls but found hardly any support from the fellow Pakistani batsmen. @Twitter/Cricket World Cup

Babar Azam scored a hundred but the Afghanistan bowlers restricted Pakistan to 262 in their first warm-up game ahead of the World Cup 2019 at the County Ground in Bristol on Friday.

Opting to bat, Pakistan enjoyed a positive start as the openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman put up a 47-run partnership before Hamid Hassan dismissed the former for 32.

The Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side lost Fakhar and Haris Sohail as Mohammad Nabi struck twice in quick succession to reduce Pakistan to 65/3. Mohammad Hafeez too failed to score big with the bat.

However, Shoaib Malik’s arrival in the middle gave Pakistan some much needed stability as he and Babar added 103 runs together before Nabi struck for the third time and removed Malik. (AFG vs PAK, FOLLOW SCORECARD)

The former Pakistani skipper scored 44 from 59 balls, hitting 4 fours and a six. Babar, meanwhile, notched up a hundred. The right-hander scored 112 off 108 balls, hitting 10 fours and 2 sixes.

However, barring Malik, he did not find any substantial support from the other Pakistani batsmen, including from the skipper Sarfaraz, as the Gulbadin Naib-led unit did not let Pakistan post a big total. (ALSO READ: Cricket World Cup 2019: I see Pakistan as one of the semi-finalists – Shahid Afridi)

Pakistan, who were 220/5 at one stage after losing first four wickets when the score was hundred, lost their last five wickets for 42 runs in 45 balls and squandered an opportunity to end their innings with a flourish.

For Afghanistan, Nabi scalped three wickets and Dawlat Zadran and Rashid Khan scalped two wickets each.

Brief scores: Pakistan 262 all out (Babar Azam 112, Shoaib Malik 44; Mohammad Nabi 3/46) vs Afghanistan