Amir and Rahat strike after Younis fifty

Cricket Australia XI 4 for 3 (Amir 3-3) trail Pakistanis 208 (Younis 54, Sarfraz 39, Valente 4-36) by 205 runs

Younis Khan cuts the pink ball during his 32nd first-class fifty © Cricket Australia/Getty Images

Mohammad Amir took three wickets with the pink ball, including two off his first two balls, in Pakistanis’ day-night tour game in Cairns, ahead of the day-night Test against Australia in Brisbane, starting December 15. Amir’s burst came after Pakistanis stumbled around Younis Khan‘s half-century to 208 all-out.

Amir’s new-ball partner Rahat Ali also picked up a wicket in his only over as Cricket Australia XI closed the day at 4 for 3 in three overs.

Having opted to bat, Pakistanis were kept in check by regular strikes from Cricket Australia’s seamers. Mark Steketee and Cameron Valente did the bulk of the damage, claiming combined figures of 7 for 83.

Younis Khan, who managed all of 16 runs in four innings in New Zealand, hit form and briefly steadied Pakistanis’ innings with 54 off 138 balls, including four fours. Barring Younis, Sarfraz Ahmed was the only other batsman to pass 25.

Captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who had missed the Hamilton Test, following the death of his father-in-law, returned with 20 off 44 balls, before Valente had him caught behind. The visitors were ultimately bowled out in 84.5 overs.

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