Saeed Ajmal provided Worcestershire a fighting opportunity against time and the weather with 8 wickets on Tuesday, to see them within a more 9 away from causing an innings defeat on Division 2 rivals Hampshire. Saeed Ajmal first-innings 7 for 63 matched the haul of his career best 7 for 19, which he has done in the previous Championship match at New Road against Essex.
With the Hampshire top order looking more confident against the home side’s seamers, Saeed Ajmal was brought into the attack for the 18th over of the day. At first, Jimmy Adams and Will Smith dealt with him well, before he removed them both before lunch break, spending the middle session working away at the Hants batting card. A counter-attack from James Vince and Glenn Maxwell, who put on 48 runs in 9 overs, was quelled with the wicket of the latter, before the last 5 Hampshire wickets fell for just 29 runs.
Trailing by 183 runs, the tourists were asked to follow on and almost saw out the day without more difficulty until, in the penultimate over, Adams failed to connect with a sweep shot off Saeed Ajmal for the 2nd occasion and was adjudged LBW. Hampshire trail by 152 runs and, with a good predict for Wednesday, will look to play much better cricket against an uncontrolled Saeed Ajmal.