On This Day - Classic Pakistani Matches, Blast From The Past

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    Sharjah Cup, Final: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Sharjah, April 17, 2002

    Pakistan v Sri Lanka

    At Sharjah, April 17 (day/night). Pakistan won by 217 runs. Toss: Pakistan.

    The 20,000 hollering fans saw a colourful but one-sided spectacle. After elbowing Pakistan aside in both qualifiers, Sri Lanka were trampled underfoot. Waqar Younis won an important toss, and Imran Nazir made a smash-and-grab 63 off 61 balls. However, the real damage was done by Yousuf Youhana (Mohammad Yousuf), with a career-best 129, and Younis Khan. Darting between the wickets for ones and twos, they sentenced Sri Lanka to the death of a thousand cuts. With Muralitharan in hospital after tearing shoulder ligaments - on his 30th birthday - no one could staunch the flow. The pair put on 155 before perishing in successive balls, aiming for the leg-side ropes. At 52 for one from nine overs, Sri Lanka were on course, but they were soon buffeted by quality quick bowling: Jayasuriya, pulling, and Sangakkara, fencing, were both beaten for pace by Shoaib Akhtar. The middle order capitulated with shocking speed. Sri Lanka, minus Murali, were all out inside 17 overs for 78, their second-lowest one-day total.

    Man of the Match: Yousuf Youhana (Mohammad Yousuf).

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65802.html

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    @XYZ i hope you can help turn us this thread in to a classic. Would love to read up on some great days for Pakistan cricket from the vault.
     
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    Pakistan tour of India, 6th ODI: India v Pakistan at Delhi, April 17, 2005

    6th and final odi at Delhi, Pakistan won by 159 runs and won the series by 4-2. Remarkable comeback by Pakistan after losing first two odis and going down 2-0, only three times in the history of game a team has won a series after going down 0-2.

    Man of the Match - Shoaib Malik

    Man of the Series - Rana Naveed

    This was a historic series and I will rate this as one of the best in our odi history. India were no mugs and to beat them at their ground 4-2 was beyond excellent.

    This series has everything, Inzy bhai calmness both as a captain and as a batsman, especially as a finisher. Afridi mad knock at Kanpur. Rana naveed 6fer where he blew the strong Indian batting and the usual Indian bashing by Shoaib Malik

    Scorecard of this match - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/64943.html

    At Delhi, April 17, 2005. Pakistan won by 159 runs. Toss: Pakistan.

    Pakistan's resurgence culminated in a spectacular victory: they sealed the series 4-2, an amazing comeback from 2-0 down. Their fightback had relied on collective will and climaxed with their most accomplished communal performance. In front of their president, Pervez Musharraf, and Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh, almost every batsman contributed. Shahid Afridi threatened a repeat of Kanpur, with 44 in 23 balls, and a chillingly composed 72 from Shoaib Malik gave the innings a solid base. Yousuf Youhana and Inzamam-ul-Haq made languid fifties, both terminated by doubtful decisions, and an impromptu 40 from Younis Khan helped them accelerate to 303. Then, fired up after Naved-ul-Hasan dismissed Sehwag - for the fourth time in this series - Pakistan's bowlers and fielders did the rest as a newly laid pitch crumbled alarmingly. There was a 20-minute interruption when Mohammad Kaif was sixth out at 94 and disgruntled spectators threw bottles on to the field. It would not have soured the sweetness of Pakistan's biggest one-day win by runs over India.

    Man of the Match: Shoaib Malik. Man of the Series: Naved-ul-Hasan.

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    Yes it was one hell of a series and remember the kanpur massacre?
     
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    Yup that was when I became an Afridi fan
     
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    I remember staying up all night and then watching that game with my cousins.

    Like @Passionate Pakistani mentioned, this series had a bit of everything in it
     
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    These were 2 really good matches. Remember them like it was yesterday.
     
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    Austral-Asia Cup, Final: India v Pakistan at Sharjah, Apr 18, 1986


    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65816.html


    Flashback: Miandad conquers India on April 18, 1986



    Who can ever forget this one?


    Pakistan-India cricket encounters end up heartbreaking for one side of the fans, while the other come out as jubiliant like anything. Something parallel to this notion takes us back to April 18, 1986 when Pakistan batting great Javed Miandad played his life-changing innings against the arch-rivals.

    It was the Austral-Asia Cup final between the rival Asian neighbours and its dramatic end with Miandad sealing victory for Pakistan with a last ball six shattered India to the core.

    The arch-rivals India not only lost the game, but also suffered psychological dent that reflected in most of their clashes against Pakistan with the latter emerging as triumphants.

    It was a match played at Sharjah cricket stadium. Pakistan’s skipper Imran Khan had won the toss and opted to field first.’

    India put on board a decent total of 245 runs with classic knocks of their top their batsmen K Srikanth, Sunil Gavasker and DB Vengsarkar scoring 75, 92 and 50 runs, respectively.

    Comes Pakistan to bat with an unimpressive start. Pakistan lost its first wicket for 9 runs and kept losing their batsmen in regular intervals. Hardly anyone would know the Miandad factor will rule on top till victory.

    It was only Miandad smashing 116 runs off 114 balls with three sixes and fours each at a strike rate 101.75. Marvellous of a batsman to pace innings at this rate during the era. Isnt it ?

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    After the thrilling win, Miandad and team mates take a round of stadium to wave at fans.

    No other Pakistani batmen could score a half-century as the second highest score was 36 runs by Mohsin Khan.

    Last over thriller and virtually fate-changing one for Miandad. It was a moment that fans from both countries recall whenever the two teams meet in one-day cricket: four required by Pakistan from the last ball, and Miandad swinging Chetan Sharma over the ropes. Pakistan fans cherished the last-ball thriller triumph to date, only to find solace when it needs.

    http://arynews.tv/en/flashback-miandad-conquers-india-april-18-1986/
     
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    Memories upon memories.
     
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    India tour of United Arab Emirates, 1st ODI: India v Pakistan at Abu Dhabi, April 18, 2006

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/244510.html

    Report - At Abu Dhabi, April 18, 2006 (day/night). Pakistan won by six wickets. Toss: India.

    Watched by their president Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan, who had lost their previous four oneday internationals against India, reversed that trend by winning the first such match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Although the pitch was sluggish, India's 197 rarely looked enough, and despite a testing, speedy opening burst from Sreesanth, Younis Khan - all angles and deflections - and Inzamam-ul-Haq took them towards victory. India, who rested Sehwag, were set back by four runouts, and by the canny off-spin of Shoaib Malik, who claimed three late wickets, two of them caught by Iftikhar Anjum at deep midwicket. The only sustained resistance came from the inexperienced pair of Raina (before he was also caught in the deep by Iftikhar) and Venugopal Rao, who was left high and dry with 61 at the end.

    Man of the Match: Younis Khan

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    My first full series of cricket watched :'(
     
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    Wow those two games were 11 and 14 years ago. Still at school lol
     
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    Cable & Wireless One Day International Series, 1st Final: West Indies v Pakistan at Bridgetown, April 19, 2000

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/66254.html


    West Indies v Pakistan


    At Bridgetown, April 19 2000. Pakistan won by 17 runs. Toss: Pakistan. International debut: S. C. Joseph.

    A tense, low-scoring game was clinched by Pakistan, who won their first toss of the tournament and held their nerve when it mattered. Only Inzamam-ul-Haq, with seven fours in an accomplished 86-ball 66, broke free against the disciplined home attack; he became the tenth batsman to score 7,000 one-day international runs and also passed 1,000 against West Indies. However, his 49-run stand with Younis Khan took up 18 overs, and wickets fell when Pakistan tried to accelerate. West Indies were in control at 144 for eight before Wasim Akram, coolly supported by Mushtaq Ahmed, smashed 42 off 36 balls: the last two overs cost 28. Wasim and Waqar Younis then stalled West Indies' reply, which laboured to 21 for one in 12 overs. A second-wicket stand of 86 had lasted almost 25 overs when Wallace fell to Mushtaq's final ball; Hinds soon followed as five wickets tumbled for 24. Only Sylvester Joseph, playing because Powell injured his ankle, raised hopes with a busy 28 off 32 balls, but Shahid Afridi completed victory with his career-best three for 16.

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    Pakistan tour of West Indies, 2nd Test: West Indies v Pakistan at Port of Spain, April 14-19, 1988

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/63482.html

    WEST INDIES v PAKISTAN 1987-88


    14th-19th April 1988

    In a nail-biting finish to a dramatic final day which had seen each side achieve a match-winning position, Abdul Qadir, the No. 11 batsman, survived the last five balls from Richards to maintain Pakistan's lead in the series. Requiring 372 to win, Pakistan were 31 runs short of victory after Javed Miandad had drawn them nearer and nearer the target with a flawless 102 compiled over seven hours seven minutes. His seventeenth Test hundred, it came from 240 balls and contained seven fours and a five. On his dismissal, in the over before the last twenty overs began, 84 were still needed; but when Marshall dismissed the hard-hitting Wasim Akram at 311 the odds favoured West Indies. Salim Yousuf and Ijaz Faqih defended tenaciously until the last over, when Yousuf's dismissal, lbw to the first ball, brought in Qadir to play out the last tense scene.

    Pakistan were unchanged from the First Test, but West Indies were able to bring back Richards and Marshall, and Benjamin retained his place because Patterson was unfit. Put in, West Indies lost Greenidge to the last ball of the Imran's first over and Haynes with only 25 on the board. Richardson and Logie added 55, and a stand of 58 in thirteen overs between Richards and Dujon improved the situation. Richards struck 49 in 43 balls with eight fours, and when he was seventh out, Imran and Qadir quickly wrapped up the innings, each finishing with four wickets. Imran, in bowling Walsh, became the fourth-highest wicket-taker in Tests.

    Pakistan's jubilation was soon dashed as between tea and stumps they lost five wickets for 55. Two more wickets fell on the second morning for the addition of only 13 runs, but Malik and Yousuf dropped when 3 by Dujon, put on 94 valuable runs, a record for Pakistan's eighth wicket against West Indies. Malik batted 171 minutes for his 66. By the close, West Indies were 58 ahead with Haynes, Greenidge and Logie all out to Imran. The third day's play was dominated by Richards, who reached his 22nd Test century in 232 minutes off 134 balls. He soon lost Richardson, who the previous afternoon had passed 2,000 Test runs, but found support from Hooper and Dujon in stands that yielded 94 and 97 runs respectively. Early in the day, when he was 25, Richards became embroiled in a dispute with the Pakistan fielders, threateningly waving his bat at Yousuf after an appeal for lbw off Imran's bowling had been rejected by umpire Cumberbatch. Imran protested to the umpire about Richards's behaviour, and the situation was soon defused. In the later stages of his innings, Richards was suffering from cramp and nausea.

    By the close of the third day, Qadir had taken his 200th Test wicket, that of Marshall, but Dujon was still there, and next morning he added 90 runs for the last two wickets with Benjamin and Walsh. He also completed his fifth Test hundred, having batted for five and a quarter hours and hit thirteen fours. Imran and Qadir again took the major share of the wickets. By lunch Pakistan had begun their second innings. Ramiz provided them with an attacking start, but when he was the third wicket to fall in the space of 7 runs, Miandad and Salim Malik withdrew to a defensive position. It was only after the rest day that Miandad, adding 113 for the sixth wicket with the nineteen-year-old Ijaz Ahmed, raised the prospect of victory. With their dismissals, first of Ijaz and then Miandad, Pakistan's most realistic chance disappeared.

    Man of the Match: I. V. A. Richards.

    • Thu, 14 Apr - day 1 - Pakistan 1st innings 55/5 (Saleem Malik 5*, Ijaz Ahmed 1*)
    • Fri, 15 Apr - day 2 - West Indies 2nd innings 78/3 (RB Richardson 39*, IVA Richards 7*)
    • Sat, 16 Apr - day 3 - West Indies 2nd innings 329/8 (PJL Dujon 70*, WKM Benjamin 4*)
    • Sun, 17 Apr - day 4 - Pakistan 2nd innings 107/3 (Javed Miandad 19*, Saleem Malik 17*)
    • Mon, 18 Apr - rest day
    • Tue, 19 Apr - day 5 - Pakistan 2nd innings 341/9 (129 ov) - end of match
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    Pepsi Austral-Asia Cup, 2nd SF: New Zealand v Pakistan at Sharjah, Apr 20, 1994

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65833.html


    A phenomenal partnership between Aamir Sohail and Inzamam-ul-Haq put Pakistan in the final. Joining forces at 57 for one, they put on 263, the highest stand for any wicket in one-day internationals, in 42 overs. The previous record was an unbroken 224 for Australia's third wicket, by Dean Jones and Allan Border, against Sri Lanka in 1984-85. Sohail scored 134 from 146 balls, with 12 fours, and Inzamam's 137 not out - a record for Pakistan in one-day internationals - came from 129 balls, with 15 fours. But it was their sharp running between wickets which made the record possible.

    New Zealand gallantly attempted to pursue an asking-rate of six and a half an over - Young opened with a run-a-ball 36 and Parore and Thomson added 133 - until they lost five wickets for 19. Nash was fined $US350 for swearing at Saeed Anwar, who had punished him heavily during his 23-ball 37.

    Man of the Match: Inzamam-ul-Haq.

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    1st ODI: Pakistan v New Zealand at Karachi, Apr 21, 2002

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/64765.html

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    Bowling with fire and venom, Shoaib Akhtar ripped out New Zealand's heart with a career-best six for 16 in a single nine-over spell. The tourists had raised 53 inside ten overs before Waqar Younis broke through, but slipped to 60 for three when Horne was run out in a mix-up. Then Shoaib struck in each of his first three overs. He beat the Kiwis in the air, touching 97mph and disturbing the furniture of four batsmen; Pakistan romped home with 20 overs in hand. Earlier, Yousuf Youhana clobbered 14 fours and a six in his second century in five days, after the Sharjah Cup final. As at Sharjah, he shared a big stand with Younis Khan, this time 161, which was halted for 20 minutes when Adams was hit by a projectile in the field. Abdul Razzaq slapped two sixes in an 18-ball 30 to round off a total of 275.

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    Look at Afridi and Akhtar. Peak of their jawani.
     
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    Afridi hasnt reached the peak of his jawani yet.. he is going through his teen phase atm
     
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    Pepsi Austral-Asia Cup, Final: India v Pakistan at Sharjah, Apr 22, 1994

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65834.html

    Pakistan beat India for the second time in a week to retain the Austral-Asia Cup. They scored only 250, despite an entertaining opening stand of 96 between Saeed Anwar and Aamir Sohail. Off-spinner Chauhan ended this and dismissed both Inzamam-ul-Haq and Salim Malik in one over, before Basit Ali made 57 from 58 balls.

    India started badly, when Jadeja was out in Wasim Akram's first over and, despite 59 in 11 overs from Tendulkar and Sidhu, slumped to 83 for four. Kambli found an ally in Bedade, who overcame a nervous start to score 44 from 45 balls, with four sixes, in his fourth international match. He was caught attempting another six and the last five wickets could add only 48. Sohail claimed the match award for his 69, two wickets and two catches, one of them in the covers, cutting off Tendulkar in full flight.

    Man of the Match: Aamir Sohail. Man of the Series: Aamir Sohail.

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    1st ODI: Australia v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Apr 22, 2009

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakvaus2009/engine/current/match/392616.html

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    A team desperate to erase painful recent memories immediately settled in at their new, adopted venue, with a four-wicket win against a struggling Australian side in Dubai. The devastation caused by Shahid Afridi's career-best 6 for 38 had all but shut Australia out of the match before the halfway stage of their innings. A late recovery pushed them to 168 but it wasn't enough to seriously challenge an unpredictable Pakistan outfit. Pakistan stuttered, rebuilt, stumbled again and a late push by Afridi, contributing an adrenalin-filled yet brief 24, pushed them towards a win.

    The ultimate difference between the two sides was spin. While Pakistan's pair of Afridi and Ajmal shared eight wickets, Australia's Nathan Hauritz bowled four overs and failed to pick up a wicket. It wouldn't be fair to blame Australia's lone specialist spinner for the defeat. It was a collective failure of their middle order to read the spinners who mercilessly ran through the batting and effected a top and middle-order crumbling to the tune of 8 for 27.

    Australia's rapid demise was a reflection of their ordinary recent one-day form. A collapse of this magnitude exposed a weakness against spin which was also on show in South Africa, even with a number of familiar returning faces in the ranks. With the ball gripping and turning, Afridi's mixture of googlies and topspinners caused most of the problems, but the relatively inexperienced Ajmal offered little respite with his doosras.

    At 95 for 1 in the 19th over, Younis Khan's pre-match prediction of chasing a target of 260-270 seemed a reality. That was until Afridi got the ball and the crowd to dance to his tunes. He began by getting rid of the most well-set batsman, Brad Haddin, for a brisk 40, tamely chipping a flighted delivery to short cover. Michael Clarke's struggles against the spin trio of Paul Harris, Roelof van der Merwe and Johan Botha in South Africa were well documented and the nightmare didn't end with the move to another country. He was flummoxed by an Ajmal doosra and edged behind before Afridi worked his magic.

    A rusty Andrew Symonds nicked one to a refreshingly sharp Kamran Akmal, before Shane Watson, who had played neatly on his return to the side after injury by adding 54 with Haddin, was beaten by one which turned through the gate. Safe catching helped Pakistan and Misbah-ul-Haq showed his sharp reflexes to cling onto Callum Ferguson's edge to remove one of Australia's few in-form batsmen. Hauritz completely misjudged Ajmal's line, shouldered arms and lost his stumps.

    The score suddenly read a shocking 110 for 7 and it brought back bad memories of their collapse at Centurion very recently. It wasn't the kind you would expect of the second best team in the world even in the worst of days. The spinners sensed a weak link and exploited it with clinical efficiency. Afridi's googlies proved too much for the tailenders Stuart Clark and Nathan Bracken as he collected his best ODI figures and Pakistan's best figures against Australia.

    James Hopes enjoyed a free swing of the arms in the third Powerplay with an unbeaten 48 to push the score to 168, a big improvement from a hopeless 122 for 9, but the momentum was still with Pakistan.

    The Australian seamers failed to get enough early breakthroughs to cause a serious flutter in the Pakistan camp. The dangerous Salman Butt was trapped lbw for 5 in the seven-over period before the dinner break before a fidgety Younis Khan holed out to midwicket.

    Spin was introduced in the 13th over but Hauritz couldn't extract the same turn and bite that Afridi and Ajmal managed against his batsmen. He overpitched too often and that allowed Akmal to get forward and drive through the line. He used his feet well and chipped down the track to bisect the gaps in the infield.

    Shoaib Malik contributed only 12 in a stand of 48 with Akmal, content to let his partner hog the strike. However, as Akmal motored along, a flashy drive outside off cost him his wicket and Clark had his revenge after being slashed for a four past slip two balls earlier. A loose dab by Malik brought Afridi to the crease, who began by clipping his first ball - a low full toss - past square leg and then pulling the next past midwicket.

    He took Pakistan within 31 of the target before mishitting one to mid-on. The chase thereafter was scratchy, with Misbah holding fort as Pakistan got home with 35 balls to spare. It wasn't the most convincing of chases but good enough to prove a point. Moreover, they played with a hunger to win against a team dogged by injuries and knackered after a back-breaking summer.

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    Love reading this thread.

    Good work @chandtara bhai
     
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    Cant beat a trip down memory lane
     
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    2nd ODI: Pakistan v New Zealand at Rawalpindi, Apr 24, 2002

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/64766.html

    For once Pakistan did chase well, despite a rather nightmarish start. And that they made a sizeable target of 278 must give them loads of confidence. They had prevailed, by three wickets and nearly three overs to spare, because of some resolute, methodical batting, which made up for some sloppy bowling and fielding early in the afternoon. This time there was no crumbling under the pressure of runs; this was Pakistan's second highest successful chase and the victory gave them unassailable lead in the three-match series.

    Abdul Razzaq made his highest score (86, off 84 deliveries, 10 fours, 1 six), Younis Khan (70, off 92 balls, 7 fours) his third successive score of 50-plus, Shahid Afridi (40, 37 balls, 4 fours, 1 six) combined caution and belligerence. They all made major contributions, and when three wickets fell, quite needlessly more or less in a bunch, nearer the close, Rashid Latif (28, off 25 deliveries) kept his head about him and produced the little cameo to deliver the victory.

    Pakistan was off to a really bad start, with Imran Nazir gone first ball, Daryl Tuffey finding him plumb in front. And seven deliveries later Yousuf Youhana, the man who had scored two glorious back to back hundreds which played such a key role in Pakistan's wins. But then two stands of well over 50-plus brought Pakistan right back into the game. And with Razzaq going great guns Pakistan got near the target, and Latif was not going to give it away from this close.

    Younis scored his third score of more than 50, and partnered in two big stands, the first of 73 with Afridi and then another one worth 93 with Razzaq. From here on Razzaq took over and led in two partnerships of 46 and 34 with Inzamam-ul-Haq and Wasim Akram.

    Afridi played a mature little knock, mixing aggression and sensible defence, but as is his wont, overdid the aggression bit in trying to sweep Scott Styris once too often to get himself leg before.

    From then on it was Younis and Razzaq, promoted in the batting order, who held the fort by rotating the strike skillfully and playing attacking strokes in equal measure to stay abreast of the asking rate. The two between them had set the stage for a final assault on the target, when Younis fell. This would have been a real setback had Razzaq not been at his fluent-best. And he staved off any ideas that the Kiwis may have harboured of a comeback. And by the time, Razzaq was dismissed, having clouted Tuffey for a six and a four in the previous over, the victory was pretty much in Pakistan's sights.

    Black Caps put up an imposing total:
    Earlier, the Black Caps seemed to have learnt a thing or two from their trial at Karachi. Once Fleming won the toss and elected to bat, the accent throughout was on preservation of wickets, on cutting out the element of risk, and on rotation of strike. As a result, they put on 277 for the loss of five wickets. A commendable comeback after the previous defeats in Karachi and Sharjah.

    Even without Nathan Astle, out of the series because of a knee injury, the Kiwi openers got off to a decent start, seeing off the spearheads of Pakistan attack, Akram and Younis. Akram though had cause to be aggrieved as he induced an edge from Chris Nevin on a slower delivery only to see the ball fall disappointingly short of 'keeper Rashid Latif.

    Akram, having conceded 22 runs in his first spell of four overs, was taken off early and Abdul Razzaq was introduced in his place. Nevin impudently lofted him over extra cover for a four. The very next delivery, Razzaq bowled him neck and crop with a peach of a delivery that cut back to knock off Nevin's (23 runs, 26 balls, 3 fours) off and middle stump.

    The fall of Nevin slowed down the scoring, but Black Caps having posted the 50 (off 70 deliveries in 11.4 overs), went about the task of consolidating a good start in the middle overs. They added 78 runs between overs 16 to 30, losing just one more wicket, that of Mathew Horne (62, off 92 balls with the help of 7 fours).

    Craig McMillan, the man who started the slide with an injudicious shot against Akhtar at Karachi, rose to the occasion, with an outstanding innings. In the process, he posted his second limited-overs hundred, and his career's best, 105 off just 116 deliveries with the help of 8 fours and 1 six, imperiously hooking Shoaib Akhtar over deep square leg fence.

    And more importantly, McMillan held the Black Caps innings together, staying in the middle till the very fag end and only being dismissed going after Younis with only four deliveries remaining. And in two major partnerships with Mathew Horne and Andre Adams, worth 96 and 92 runs respectively, he put his team in a strong position.

    The Black Caps nemesis, Shoaib Akhtar, not just remained wicketless today but also conceded 51 runs to boot.

    After having consolidated the innings in association with Horne in the middle overs, McMillan and Andre Adams, promoted in the batting order by skipper Stephen Fleming, took the fight to Pakistan bowlers in an eye-catching stand for the third wicket. Adams made his intentions clear from the word go, by cutting Afridi to point for four and then driving Akhtar to midwicket for another boundary.

    McMillan posted his individual 50 (70 balls, 4 fours) and cut loose immediately, by hooking Akhtar's leg-side bouncer over square leg fence. From the other end, Adams punched Saqlain to the cover boundary and followed it up with a ferocious drive off Akram to long-on fence. Such was the sway McMillan and Adams held that the fourth 50 was raised, to take the Kiwis to 200, off mere 38 balls.

    Waqar made some desperate bowling changes, bringing on one wicket-taking bowler after another, but to no avail. He took himself off to bring on Akhtar, and Adams drove him to mid-wicket fence, and McMillan took two fours off Razzaq next over.

    Finally, Akram, in his third spell, delivered Adams' wicket. Bowling round the wicket, he got through Adams (45 off 45 balls, 6 fours) defences to rattle his middle and leg stump. But 232 for three, in the 44th over the damage had already been done as with plenty of wickets in hand, the Kiwis seemed well set to a big total.

    Waqar got Oram and McMillan in the 48th and 50th overs, but not before McMillan had posted a magnificent hundred. Imposing total indeed, but in the end, the self-belief and the confidence level of the Pakistanis was too high to be overawed by it.

    Abdul Razzaq was named the Man of the Match and the teams will be heading to Lahore for the final one-dayer followed by the first Test.

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    2nd ODI: West Indies v Pakistan at Gros Islet, Apr 25, 2011

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/489214.html

    Unlike the island on which this match was played - St Lucia - the cricket was not arresting at the Beausejour Stadium. The stands were sparsely populated, the outfield patchy and the West Indian batsmen once again failed to combat Pakistan's spinners, their ineptness at reading variations making the contest a mismatch. Pursuing a middling target, Pakistan's only fault was their crawl in the first half of their chase, raising fleeting hopes of a competitive finish. Ahmed Shehzad prevented any such thing, his century securing a seven-wicket victory and a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

    For the briefest of whiles West Indies, spurred by Lendl Simmons, were making a more spirited effort in this game compared to their struggle in the first. Simmons, however, had no support as his team-mates either flickered and perished, or struggled to rotate the strike. Pakistan stacked up dot balls as Simmons looked on, and his dismissal for 51 was the beginning of the unraveling of the West Indian challenge. Eight of their first nine batsmen made it to double figures, but only three got past 20.

    Pakistan's first break was a fortunate one. Devon Smith was struck on the pad outside off stump by Hafeez while playing off the back foot but umpire Asoka de Silva thought otherwise. While Simmons was batting with Darren Bravo, though, the signs were promising for West Indies. They were 53 for 1 after the mandatory Powerplay.

    Ajmal had bowled without deserved reward in the first one-dayer. He had teased and beaten Darren Bravo in that game. There was none of that today. Ajmal pitched his first ball just outside leg and spun it across the left-hander. Darren Bravo attempted to cut, and edged to first slip.

    Marlon Samuels then dragged West Indies into the mire. The run-rate plummeted after he entered, as only 14 runs came off the bowling Powerplay. Simmons tried to counter by launching Shahid Afridi out of the ground over midwicket and then charging and hitting Junaid Khan for a straight six. Samuels, however, had scored only 3 off 36 and Simmons felt the need to attack some more. Soon after reaching his half-century, Simmons drove Afridi to short cover, where Umar Akmal parried the ball above his head and caught the rebound.

    It became imperative that Samuels improve his strike-rate but he became Hammad Azam's first ODI wicket, bowled for 29 off 74 balls. Of the threatening batsmen, only Dwayne Bravo remained, but he soon perished to Wahab Riaz, charging and slogging a wide ball towards deep cover. West Indies eventually reached 220, though at Dwayne Bravo's dismissal - 148 for 6 in the 34th over - it didn't look like they'd last 50 overs.

    Pakistan reached the target with only 12 balls to spare but they were never in any realistic strife. Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez took their time, seeing of the Kemar Roach threat and settling in at leisure against the rest of the West Indian attack. The outcome was an uneventful passage of play that lacked shots and appeals but had an abundance of defence.

    Roach hustled with the new ball, beating the bat several times and providing no space for stroke play. West Indies could have done with a similar bowler at the other end, but Jerome Taylor was in India, making his IPL 2011 debut for Pune Warriors. Instead they had Darren Sammy, who was flicked and cut for consecutive boundaries in his first over by Shehzad. Sammy wasn't loose, but he just didn't have the weapons to threaten batsmen with.

    Pakistan had scored only 35 after the mandatory Powerplay and Hafeez soon raised the pace, jumping out in the 13th over to cart Sammy over long-on and pulling the next ball for four. The next boundary came only in the 31st.

    Legspinners Devendra Bishoo and Anthony Martin, who was making his debut, pulled Pakistan's run-rate back. Bishoo even provided the breakthrough, inducing Hafeez to cut in the air to point, and snapped the opening stand on 66 in the 19th over.

    Shehzad didn't waste his start, though, and continued anchoring Pakistan's innings. He got to his fifty off 94 balls and his century off 143. Only after he was dismissed in the 46th over did the asking-rate inch over a run a ball. Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal then struck a flurry of boundaries to secure the victory.

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    Austral-Asia Cup, 3rd Match: India v Pakistan at Sharjah, Apr 27, 1990

    Match scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65819.html

    At Sharjah, April 27. Pakistan won by 26 runs. Toss: India. India's second successive defeat cost them a place in the semi-finals. Needing 236 to win, they were bowled out in the 47th over, having succumbed at vital stages to the pace of Waqar Younis. The only batting of note came from their captain, Azharuddin, whose unbeaten 78 from 98 balls included two sixes. Pakistan's innings was established by Salim Yousuf, who had been promoted to open the batting and hit a calculated 62.

    Man of the Match: Waqar Younis.

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    3rd ODI: Pakistan v New Zealand at Lahore, Apr 27, 2002

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/64767.html

    At Lahore, April 27 (day/night). Pakistan won by 66 runs. Toss: Pakistan.

    Shoaib Akhtar ostensibly broke the 100mph barrier when he clocked 161kph on a sponsor's speed gun. But the TV gun was not working, and in any case the ICC described speed records as "pretty unofficial". Previously, the fastest delivery on record was bowled by Australia's Jeff Thomson, timed at 99.8mph in the nets in 1975-76. Shoaib still failed to add to his six wickets at Karachi. Pakistan's victory owed more to Shoaib Malik, one of three home players introduced for the final game. First, Malik ran up 115, his highest international score, with 12 fours in 142 balls; he added 93 with Yousuf Youhana, who dashed to 53 in 51 balls. Then, Malik scooped three for 37, also a career-best, as New Zealand slumped to their seventh successive one-day defeat by Pakistan. Two days earlier, Malik had been married in a ceremony conducted by telephone. His bride was studying in Saudi Arabia, and he had met her during the ARY Gold Cup at Sharjah a year earlier.

    Man of the Match: Shoaib Malik.

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    3rd ODI: West Indies v Pakistan at Bridgetown, Apr 28, 2011

    Misbah stays calm to secure series victory

    Match scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/489215.html

    Pakistan overcame a blistering spell from Ravi Rampaul and some late panic against the impressive Devendra Bishoo to secure the series against West Indies with a three-wicket victory in Barbados. The hosts had collapsed feebly once again, but Pakistan were jolted by Rampaul's four strikes and needed the calm head of Misbah-ul-Haq, who remained cool as Bishoo threatened to turn the game again.

    It became a more compelling contest than looked likely during another insipid batting display from West Indies. Then Pakistan again appeared to be cruising at 127 for 4 after a composed stand between Misbah and Hammad Azam. However, Bishoo benefited from some poor umpiring and hot-headed strokes to leave them needing 24 when Wahab Riaz joined Misbah, but there were eventually 29 balls to spare as Wahab launched two sixes in four deliveries to hurry a conclusion.

    Misbah was roundly criticised for Pakistan's World Cup semi-final exit against India when his poorly-paced innings proved costly, but in this series he has provided vital ballast in an inexperienced order. Without him here, Pakistan would have lost. This was his third unbeaten score to secure a run chase - although he could have been stumped on 20 if part-time keeper Lendl Simmons had gloved the ball - and showed a technique, and composure, that was lacking among some of his team-mates.

    Despite the early clatter of wickets the required rate was never an issue for Pakistan, which allowed Misbah to bed in and weather the tough passages while Rampaul was in action. This tour started on the slow, low pitch in St Lucia, where the ball barely got above knee height, but this Kensington Oval surface had far more pace and carry for the quick bowlers who were willing to bend their backs.

    Ahmed Shehzad, fresh from his hundred three days ago, tried to pull Rampaul's first delivery and top-edged to a back-tracking Simmons and next delivery Asad Shafiq edged to second slip; suddenly the West Indian fans started to find their voice. Mohammad Hafeez was the next to fall to another top-edged pull, which was well taken by Bishoo, running towards deep square-leg, to leave the visitors 12 for 3.

    Misbah's natural game is always to cut out risk and bat time; for Umar Akmal it is the opposite and he took the aggressive route. He struck five boundaries in a 27-ball stay before being undone by a wonderful delivery that bounced and shaved the glove as he tried to sway out of the line.

    However, from there West Indies couldn't force another breakthrough as Misbah continued to be a steadying presence. Azam, in his first ODI innings, showed composure and pulled a free hit from Andre Russell for six. He also did well to leave the crease so swiftly after Asoka de Silva failed to spot a huge inside edge when he gave an lbw decision in Bishoo's favour - there is no DRS in this series.

    Shahid Afridi's batting has disintegrated and, after two boundaries, it was predictable when he attempted a slog over midwicket. Mohammad Salman then showed his inexperience by not running hard when he thought the ball would reach the boundary and was bowled by a flipper that he shouldn't have been facing. Fortunately for Salman it didn't cost the match.

    But while West Indies showed spirit in the field their innings followed a depressingly familiar pattern as they lost 8 for 53 after Simmons and Darren Bravo had formed a solid platform with an 86-run stand. Once they were separated, the innings almost came to a stand-still and soon fell in a heap amid a mixture of prods, pokes and hopeless slogs.

    Marlon Samuels, who is struggling to adjust back to international cricket, was again culpable in the loss of momentum as he took 35 balls over his 18, while Kirk Edwards laboured until being run out by a direct hit from backward point. Aside from Simmons, and to a lesser extent Darren Bravo, there is precious little confidence in West Indies' line up and it showed as the innings faded away with Wahab taking two in three balls.

    Devon Smith's horror trot against Hafeez's offspin had continued when he was trapped lbw first ball, the third time in a row he had fallen in such fashion. After reaching fifty from 61 balls Simmons had time to double his score, but drove a fraction too early and offered a low chance to Saeed Ajmal who took it well in his follow through.

    The onus was on Darren Bravo not to follow a similar path of giving away a useful innings, however, having struggled to increase the tempo, he then played across a full ball from Hafeez as the stall kicked in. Any hopes of pushing past 200 vanished in the space of three balls from Wahab as he had both Darren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo caught at long on. A little bit of sensible batting and this could have been West Indies' match.

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    Austral-Asia Cup, 5th Match: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Sharjah, Apr 29, 1990

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65821.html

    At Sharjah, April 29. Pakistan won by 90 runs. Toss: Sri Lanka. After a solid start from Salim Yousuf and the left-handed Saeed Anwar, Javed Miandad and Ijaz Ahmed set about the Sri Lankan bowling in the most thrilling manner. Miandad's 75 came from 85 balls and included five fours, while Ijaz hit three sixes and eight fours in an electrifying 89 off 65 deliveries. Waqar Younis never allowed the Sri Lankan batsmen time to take up the challenge and finished with six for 26 from his ten overs. Ratnayake provided a momentary respite to Pakistan's dominance by hitting three sixes in his nineteen-ball 26.

    Man of the Match: Ijaz Ahmed.

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    Austral-Asia Cup, 1st SF: New Zealand v Pakistan at Sharjah, May 1, 1990

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/65823.html

    At Sharjah, May 1. Pakistan won by eight wickets. Toss: New Zealand. Having elected to bat, the New Zealanders were humiliated by the young Pakistan fast bowler, Waqar Younis, who finished with five wickets for 20 in nine overs to assure Pakistan of a place in the final. Pakistan reached their target in the sixteenth over for the loss of only two wickets. New Zealand never recovered from being 44 for four by the fifteenth over, and only Jones, who was last out, came to terms with the struggle. He hit four boundaries in his 47 from 85 deliveries.

    Man of the Match: Waqar Younis.

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    4th Match, Group A: Bangladesh v Pakistan at Gros Islet - May 1, 2010

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/world-twenty20-2010/engine/match/412680.html

    Pakistan survived a Mohammad Ashraful scare to begin the defence of their world title at St Lucia with a 21-run win over Bangladesh. Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt had laid the foundations with a 142-run stand that should've put the game beyond Bangladesh. But Ashraful, with Shakib Al Hasan for company, took a real pop at an imposing 173-run target, before Mohammad Sami swung a slow-burning game decisively Pakistan's way.

    Bangladesh had been poor for vast chunks of the game, first with the ball, and then in starting the chase. But Ashraful's forceful 91-run stand with Shakib brought them close enough to get Pakistan jittery with five overs to go. Sami, on his T20I debut, ensured it wasn't to be with a fine two-wicket over to effectively end the game.

    Mohammad Aamer had throttled Bangladesh's start and Ashraful arrived with trouble brewing. Having typically tried all manner of unnecessary improvisation initially, Ashraful settled down to playing normal strokes. It's asked often why he doesn't play those more, and let this be another time. He quickly deposited Abdul Razzaq for a wonderful six over midwicket, but really cranked up the heat when he took on Pakistan's captain next.

    The first ball of Shahid Afridi's spell, the 11th over, was driven exquisitely over extra cover but it was in his next over that he really shook Pakistan up. Again he lofted Afridi, but with such grace and timing that the ball fairly sailed over long-off. A couple of balls later, he went squarer and soon after brought up his fifty.

    Shakib meanwhile was showing the world once again why he is such a special young man. He never panicked, which can't often be said of Ashraful, and went about choosing his spots almost at will. Saeed Ajmal was heaved for one and Mohammad Hafeez was slog-swept for two maximums and suddenly Bangladesh had recovered from 36 for 2 to 115 for two after 14.

    As so often, however, it wasn't to be and the surprise was that it was Shakib who perished first. Afridi took a gamble in bringing back an uncertain Sami, but it paid off as Shakib fell and Mahmudullah followed a few balls later. Ashraful still went on, dishing out some serious stick to Afridi, before falling, inevitably, to an improvised paddle, signaling a brave end.

    Pakistan's big bonus, alongside Sami's effort, was Butt's earlier contribution. He has appeared ill-suited to the format, unable to work gaps and not blessed with the power that gets poorer batsmen more runs. But he has a good ODI record and the intent was there from the start with a first-ball boundary. From thereon, at regular intervals he would dance down, move away, find gaps or go aerial and went about as quietly as you can in reaching fifty off 29 balls. There was no violence, just clear-headed intent and faith in his regular strokes.

    His improved leg-side game was on display as well; in three successive overs after the 10th, he swept Shakib, slog-swept Abdur Razzak and slapped debutant Suhrawadi Shuvo over long-on for sixes.

    Akmal gave him predictable company, almost immediately trying to set the agenda. A bold statement was made against left-arm spin - Bangladesh's most potent weapon - straight away, as he twice swept away Abdur Razzak in the second over.

    He was the one who took risks, almost paying for it when a miscued pull was fluffed by Ashraful. They were to pay for it as Akmal did what he does best. Out came the cuts, the scything cover drives, the pulls and the occasional mind-boggling slap over extra cover. All the while singles and doubles flowed on the large ground, giving Akmal a comfortable 73.

    Bangladesh were unable to string together an over of good balls. It wasn't until the 16th over, when they claimed Akmal finally, that they bowled an over without conceding at least one boundary. They recovered, not allowing any more in the final overs but the damage had been done.

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    5th ODI: Australia v Pakistan at Abu Dhabi, May 3, 2009

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakvaus2009/engine/current/match/392620.html

    A scintillating century from Kamran Akmal helped guide Pakistan to book-ending victories in the five-match ODI series against Australia. Akmal's knock off 115 balls, his fifth ODI century, meant he top scored in both of Pakistan's successful run-chases this series and begged the question as to why he had not batted in the top four throughout.

    Akmal combined superbly with Misbah-ul-Haq to reel in Australia's total, the highest run-chase of this tough series, after being thrust together with Pakistan in trouble at 56 for 3. Their unbroken stand of 198 was an ODI record for the fourth wicket against Australia.

    Misbah was the ideal foil for Akmal, who was ignited by Misbah's energetic running, and the pair complimented each other perfectly to frustrate the Australian bowlers. While Akmal pounced on any width from either the fast bowlers or spinners, flaying the majority of his 13 boundaries through the off side, Misbah walked across his crease frequently, working the bowlers into the vast expanses on the on-side. Their running between the wickets was outstanding but it was the constant flow of boundaries that kept the scoring rate high.

    Pakistan began their pursuit horrendously with another terrible mix-up between Ahmed Shehzad and Salman Butt, resulting in Butt's run-out in the first over without facing a ball. The problems compounded when Younis Khan, after his most fluent innings of the series, holed out to deep long-on and Shehzad made a horrible error in judgement to gift Nathan Hauritz two wickets and leave Pakistan struggling at 56 for 3.

    But the promotion of Akmal proved a master-stroke from Younis while the experience of Misbah was invaluable.

    Australia had one chance to break the pair. Michael Clarke could have ended a cramping Akmal's day on 97 as he strained for a single. The usually deadly Clarke missed from backward point and from there it was a fait accompli with Akmal cutting loose after Pakistan took the batting Powerplay in the 46th over.

    It was a disappointing result for the Australians after they produced their best batting display of the series on the back of Shane Watson's second one-day international century

    Watson's unbeaten 146-ball stay was a superb mixture of power and patience as Australia controlled the opening half of the dead rubber and pushed for a 4-1 result.

    The Queenslander continued a rich vein of form following his 85 not out on Friday, but today he was far more fluent. He punished the bad balls that were presented. He was particularly vicious on anything fractionally short - the highlights being two massive straight sixes complimenting six boundaries. But a real feature was his composure against the spinners that have so frustrated him throughout this series.

    Watson was the anchor to three partnerships of more than 50 - the highest was an unconquered 84 with Callum Ferguson. Ferguson, starved for opportunities through most of this series, overcame a nervous start to provide sound support for Watson finishing with 41 not out. Neither player panicked despite an unproductive batting Powerplay. However they did have a near-calamitous mix-up, with Ferguson fortunate to escape thanks to an awkward throw that was not collected by Saeed Ajmal. But for the most part the running was sound whilst Ferguson's placement and timing was superb.

    Earlier, Watson and Brad Haddin (36) produced the brightest opening stand of the campaign by racing to 51 in just eight overs with some glorious strokeplay on a very good batting surface.

    After conceding 71 from the first ten overs, Younis Khan applied the brakes in the form of Ajmal and Shahid Afridi. The spinners operated through the bowling Powerplay, with Ajmal claiming Marcus North with a crafty piece of work from around the wicket. He delivered a doosra first before flighting an offbreak that lured a tentative North down the track and Akmal completed the simple stumping.

    Ajmal and Afridi were the pick of the bowlers but could not wreak the havoc they did in the first match in Dubai.

    Clarke and Watson picked up where they left off last Friday combining for 57, before Umar Gul found some reverse-swing in an impressive second spell to find Clarke's prized outside edge.

    Australia took their batting Powerplay in the 36th over but could not capitalize as Younis again held his nerve turning to his two most experienced spinners in Afridi and Shoaib Malik.

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    Austral-Asia Cup, Final: Australia v Pakistan at Sharjah, May 4, 1990

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65825.html

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    At Sharjah, May 4. Pakistan won by 36 runs. Toss: Pakistan. Pakistan's mercurial all-rounder, Wasim Akram, hitting 49 off 35 deliveries and later finishing the Australian innings with a hat-trick, enabled Pakistan to retain the trophy they won four years earlier when they beat India, with a six by Javed Miandad, off the last ball. With almost four overs left, Australia required 37 to win with three wickets in hand, but Akram dashed any hopes they might have entertained by clean-bowling Hughes, Rackemann and Alderman. The architect of Pakistan's innings was Salim Malik, whose polished 87 from 104 balls contained a six and seven fours. Saeed Anwar got them going with a swashbuckling 40 from 37 balls, but it needed Akram's devastating hitting to bring 60 runs from the last five overs and so set the Australians a challenging target. Two of his three sixes came in the final over, both landing in the stands, as he took 18 runs off O'Donnell. Leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed's three wickets put the brake on Australia after Waugh and O'Donnell had added 54 for the fifth wicket.

    Man of the Match: Wasim Akram.

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    1st Test: West Indies v Pakistan at Georgetown, May 5-9, 2000

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/63880.html

    Inzamam holds the fort

    Inzy Scored his 10th test hundred.

    The West Indies ran into a formidable and impenetrable brick wall, mounted by Inzamam-ul-Haq, Pakistan's one batsman of proven quality, and the fledgling 20-year-old all-rounder Abdur Razzaq that changed the course of the day.

    The two started their rescue act an hour and 20 minutes into play after the evergreen Ambrose and Walsh had instigated a familiar top-order collapse.

    When captain Moin Khan cut Reon King's first ball fiercely but straight into Jimmy Adams' lap at gully in the 17th over, the tins on Bourda's archaic scoreboard proclaimed Pakistan 39 for five.

    Five hours, 50 minutes later, when play was called four overs early after five deliveries with the second new ball because of fading light, it read 221 for the same five.

    Inzamam was 117, his tenth Test hundred, his third against the West Indies, and Razzaq 80.

    Their sixth-wicket partnership was worth 182, a record for Pakistan against the West Indies, passing the 166 added by Wasir Mohammed and Abdul Kardar at Sabina Park in the first series between the teams 42 years ago.

    Inzamam's 62 Tests are 22 more than the other four in the Pakistan top order put together, 58 more than Razzaq, who is in his fourth.

    He required all his experience and class to prevent the West Indies capitalising on their early advantage.

    Equally vital was the role of Razzaq, the latest of the young Pakistanis whose temperament and technique allow them to fit so comfortably into the game at the highest level.

    Timing with confident certainty, Inzamam found the boundary 17 times in 5-3/4 hours of broad-batted command.

    There was hardly a stroke he did not play, as effective off the front foot as back against all six bowlers used.

    He presented one unaccepted chance: a flying, finger-tip catch to Sherwin Campbell at second slip off Reon King in the penultimate over to lunch when he was 32. At 62 for five, the justifiable question was why was there no third slip to whom the offering would have been more straightforward.

    Razzaq also had one escape, to wicket-keeper Ridley Jacobs off Jimmy Adams' speculative left-arm spin when he was 74.

    Throughout the preceding One-Day Internationals, he had been ill at ease to the slower stuff and so it was again.

    From the start indeed, from the One-Day Internationals it was evident Inzamam would be the major stumbling block to the West Indies. By lunch, it was evident Razzaq would be equally difficult to shift.

    Razzaq was only unsettled during five overs of genuine pace and hostility by McLean just before tea.

    He took three blows to the body, two off successive balls, fell to the ground and needed the on-field attention of the physio.

    But he rode the storm and kept Inzamam comfortable company to the end.

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    2nd Test: Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka, May 6-9, 2015

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/858495.html

    Day 1

    An invigorated Younis Khan and a determined Azhar Ali took command of the second Test, putting on 250 for the third wicket, as Pakistan loped to 323 for 3 at stumps. Azhar and Younis defused the early menace when they came together at 58 for 2, began to counterpunch in the second session and were bludgeoning Bangladesh around the Shere Bangla when Younis was dismissed for 148 off 195, with only five full overs to play in the day. Azhar stayed not out on 127, having ridden early luck.

    Seduced by an unusually dense covering of grass on the Mirpur surface, Mushfiqur Rahim was dealt a poor hand. He had already gambled by bowling first with only two seamers in the attack. Two balls into the match Shahadat Hossain - who had come into the side for the injured Rubel Hossain - hobbled off the field after taking a tumble during his delivery stride. Mushfiqur was forced to rely on part-time seamer Soumya Sarkar and a phalanx of spinners, who were defanged by a first-day pitch that offered only modest turn. That both centurions should have been out earlier if bowlers had not delivered no balls, added to Mushfiqur's considerable stress.

    The seam movement Mushfiqur had anticipated played a role in Mohammad Hafeez' dismissal, when Shahid set him up with lifter that jagged back in, then drew the edge with a straighter delivery. That dismissal had Pakistan at 9 for 1, but the injury to Shahadat prevented Bangladesh from pushing as hard as they could have in the first hour. With lunch in sight, they took their second wicket, when Sami Aslam ran at Taijul, and put him in the hands of deep midwicket.

    There was tug-and-pull in the first overs of the Azhar-Younis association, as Azhar overcame a series of close calls. Earlier in the morning, he was walking back to the dressing room after edging Mohammad Shahid to third slip, when replays showed the bowler had not landed his heel behind the popping crease. Reprieved on 18, Azhar gave further chances off spin at 34 and 35 to Mominul Haque at silly point and short leg. Both times the ball whizzed quickly between the fielder's legs before he could get low enough.

    Younis deadbatted his way to 1 off 15 before lunch, but opened his shoulders in the second session, clearing his front leg to send the spinners over mid-on - once for six - before masterfully employing the sweep to raise the tempo further. By the fourth hour of the day, a pattern to his progress emerged. Every now and then, he'd interrupt the steady thrum of singles he and Azhar had worked up, to shuffle forward into a sweep. He'd watch for the overcorrection next ball then play off the back foot, often finding runs square on the off side. He reached 50 off 72 balls and by late-afternoon, his strike rate hovered around 75.

    Azhar meanwhile, sunk time into re-establishing himself at the crease after his early scares, and was only punishing bad balls for most of the day. Shakib Al Hasan and Taijul Islam attempted a variety of plans, tempting Azhar outside off in the second session to lure another mistake. But Azhar gritted through this, while Younis gave the innings impetus at the other end.

    Younis was the first to his hundred after tea, but not before he too was called back to the crease, after presenting a catch to short cover. Soumya had overstepped to reprieve him on 78, and then Younis breezed through to the second new ball, reaching his 29th Test ton with a tow to deep cover to end a period of relative calm, before attacking again. A slog-swept six over deep midwicket off Shakib heralded the charge, which Azhar soon joined. His made his eighth trip to triple-figures by launching Taijul down the ground for four.

    With neither spinners nor seamers able to glean much from the old ball, Mushfiqur threw his part-timers at Pakistan, who were only too glad to face them. By the 80th over, Pakistan's run rate had ticked above 3.5.

    Shahid broke the stand with the second new ball, when he had Younis slicing to backward point, two runs short of his 150. Misbah-ul-Haq announced himself at the crease with a six over long-on off the second ball he faced, but otherwise he and Azhar were content to hunker down till stumps.

    Day 2

    Pakistan claimed five wickets before stumps, after declaring on 557 for 8 to take the Mirpur Test by the collar on the second day. Their batting gains were led by Azhar Ali, who moved to a maiden double ton, and Asad Shafiq, who struck a sprightly 107 after arriving at the crease in the second over of the day. The pair struck 207 runs in each other's company, then ceded the stage to the bowlers, who ripped out Bangladesh's top order in the final session.

    Junaid Khan claimed Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque in an inspired six-over burst with the new ball, before Yasir Shah beat Imrul Kayes in the flight in his first over, and later, bowled Mushfiqur Rahim with a googly off what would be the last ball of the day. Just before that, Wahab Riaz had Mahmudullah fending a vicious lifter to short leg, and Bangladesh went to stumps 450 runs adrift, in grave danger of having to follow on. Had Younis Khan held an outside edge at slip off Yasir, Shakib Al Hasan may have been out as well.

    The Shere Bangla track appeared placid while the Bangladesh bowlers toiled on it for much of the day. But Junaid, moving the ball both ways at pace, had the batsmen poking. He slipped three awayswingers to Tamim first up, before nailing the in-form batsman in front of the stumps with one that curved in. Tamim was struck above the knee roll, and perhaps thought the ball to be sliding down, but his review was unsuccessful as projections had the ball shaving leg stump.

    Undeterred, Imrul cracked four fours in Junaid's next over, before the bowler gathered himself. Mominul Haque was untroubled by the other seamer Imran Khan, but faced ten scoreless Junaid deliveries before presenting a faint under-edge to the wicketkeeper on 13. That ball and the one immediately before it had stayed unusually low, adding weight to suspicion that the pitch was becoming more difficult to bat on.

    Junaid had drawn false strokes from Imrul as well, but the batsman continued to play freely until Yasir removed him in his first over. Seducing Imrul into a drive, Yasir got the ball to dip and grip dramatically, to clatter into the stumps off the batsman's pads. He sucked Shakib into a cut next ball, but Younis could not hold the sharp chance to his right. Yasir would get a second scalp regardless. In the last over of the day, he showed Mushfiqur a huge legbreak, ripping away from off stump, before pitching a googly in the same area next ball. Having failed to read the ball, Mushfiqur played a cut, but had his stumps splayed.

    Wahab looked for swing in his first spell without much success, before reverting to the bouncer late in the day. He tried three to Mahmudullah. The first was deflected fine for four, and the second ducked beneath, but the third followed the rearing batsman, homing in on his throat, and he could do little else but fend at it with hard hands. Mohammad Hafeez took a simple catch close-in.

    Azhar had been fortunate to survive till stumps on the first day, having given three clear chances, but was more secure on Thursday, while Shafiq kept the scoreboard moving quickly at the other end. Misbah-ul-Haq was cleverly bowled by Shakib in the second over the day, but that was as hopeful as the Bangladesh bowling effort got.

    Azhar and Shafiq played out Mohammad Shahid's tight early overs, then slipped into a comfortable routine against the spinners. Shafiq would charge, with his sights on the legside boundary, while Azhar turned the strike over, and attacked only when bad balls came. They batted this way for around three hours, picking up milestones along the way. The occasional ball turned or kept low, but too few of them troubled either man.

    Azhar survived a few nervous moments in the 190s, when Mushfiqur stitched a tight ring of fielders around him, but the batsman eventually ran at Shakib and hit him into the sightscreen to spark a joyful celebration. Shafiq's sixth trip to triple figures was more humdrum. He slammed Taijul Islam to the deep midwicket fence to move to 98 early in the afternoon session, then worked two more singles in the next over to become Pakistan's third centurion of the innings.

    The pair surged when 400 was passed, in preparation for the declaration. Mushfiqur, for his part, was perhaps guilty of falling into a holding pattern too early, and of under-bowling the tenacious Shahid. Late in the afternoon both batsmen would fall in pursuit of quick runs, however. They attempted to hit Shuvagata Hom into the sightscreen, and mis-hit the ball to Mahmudullah at long off. Azhar's 226 came off 428 balls, and Shafiq had made his ton at a strike rate of 64.

    Sarfaraz Ahmed struck an unbeaten run-a-ball 21 as wickets tumbled around him. Misbah's declaration came at tea, and Pakistan's bowlers produced perhaps their most dominant stretch of play in the tour. The hosts, however, might reflect that they played too many shots.

    Day 3

    Pakistan declined the follow-on after Wahab Riaz had helped bust open the Bangladesh tail in the first session, but continued to hurtle the match ahead nevertheless, as Misbah-ul-Haq mauled 82 from 72 balls to set up a second declaration, and Yasir Shah's legspin proved menacing on a wearing Mirpur deck. Yasir bowled Imrul Kayes through the gate in the closing overs of the day to leave Bangladesh 487 runs behind, with nine wickets in hand and two full days to bat.

    Bangladesh's dire position in the game was brightened briefly in the morning by a Shakib Al Hasan onslaught, and early in the second innings by an encouraging spell from Mohammad Shahid. Shakib cracked an unbeaten 89 from 91 balls - with most of those runs coming in what would become the last-wicket stand. Shahid had both Pakistan openers nicking off either side of lunch, in an earnest, probing spell.

    Misbah, in his thrilling, but rarely-seen explosive avatar cudgelled all comers after tea, flitting down the pitch to launch spinners into the stands, hacking and cutting at the pace of Mohammad Shahid, and on occasion, getting low to slog balls over cow corner or reverse sweep to beat the spread field. A 21-run Taijul Islam over, in which he hit two fours and two sixes was the highlight of the day. He hit nine fours and three sixes in all to propel Pakistan to 195 for 6. The declaration came at his demise to the offspin of Mahmudullah.

    Pakistan's second innings, spread over 41.1 overs, was also pushed along by Azhar Ali, who hit 25, and Younis Khan, who contributed 39 from 51 balls, in the process surpassing Vivian Richards' Test run tally of 8,540. Sarfraz Ahmed also made a quickfire 18 after the Bangladesh spinners had wheedled out a few middle-order scalps. Pakistan ended up setting a near-impossible 550 for victory, but the visitors were largely after recovery time for their bowlers, rather than a mammoth lead, from their second dig.

    Wahab's hostile first spell brought him two early wickets in the morning, after Bangladesh had resumed on 107 for 5. Consistently quicker than 140kph, Wahab continued to aim at the batsmen's chest and chin. He almost had Shakib with his fourth ball of the day, when the batsman arched to edge a bouncer at his nose towards gully. Asad Shafiq came forward and held the ball for a moment during his airborne dive, but let it out of his grasp when his elbow struck the ground.

    It was a length ball amid the barrage that brought him his first wicket, when Sarkar poked the last ball of his second over to short cover. A return to a shorter length brought him another scalp, first ball of next over. Shavagata Hom could only prod at a lifter outside off stump, which presented a simple chance to gully, off the shoulder of the bat.

    Shakib became the third batsman in the match to be reprieved by a no-ball, when on 23, he was bowled, but Wahab was deemed to have overstepped. The batsman then waged a lone battle alongside the tail, forging a 63-run stand with Shahid, to which Shahid's contribution was just one.

    Shakib prospered largely square of the wicket, slinking back often in his crease to carve the ball through point or bash it through midwicket. Yasir was particularly hard-hit by Shakib's aggression, disappearing for 14 in one over, which included fours either side of the pitch and another wallop over cow corner. Misbah-ul-Haq returned Wahab to the bowling crease in search of a quick end to the salvo, but through a mix of fortune and panache, Shakib flayed him as well, even occasionally sending Wahab's bouncers to the fence, usually off the middle of the bat.

    Shakib hit three successive fours off Wahab with about 30 minutes to go till lunch, but his failure to secure a single off that over proved the end of Bangladesh. Shahid had been defending admirably for 19 balls, but then lobbed a catch to silly point of Yasir. Pakistan had bowled fewer than 48 overs, and had not used Junaid Khan or Imran Khan in the morning session, yet Misbah refused to enforce the follow on, with so much time left in the game. The pitch was clearly wearing too, and he perhaps wished to let his spinners loose when the conditions suited them better. Pakistan had also spent plenty of time in the field last week in Khulna.

    Tamim Iqbal was hampered by an injury he had sustained in the field, but despite his lack of speed between the wickets, he remained in excellent touch at the crease. His cover-driving was particularly sweet, and though a draw seems much likelier for Bangladesh than victory, he struck six fours in his 32 from 42 balls, and went to stumps alongside Mominul Haque who was similarly positive.

    The last wicket of the day emphasised the challenge that lay ahead of the hosts, however. Yasir had ripped the ball hard throughout the Test, but was now getting spitting turn off the surface, in addition to drift in the air. He raised an lbw appeal off Imrul Kayes at the end of the tenth over, and delivered perhaps the ball of the match so far to dismiss him with his next delivery. Whizzing one into the rough outside Imrul's off stump, Yasir got the ball to dip and rip past the inside edge of the batsman's drive and into middle stump.

    Day 4

    Bangladesh plummeted to a 328-run defeat in Mirpur, after several top-order batsmen showed little will to survive against a Pakistan attack making merry on a wearing track. Having arrived with effectively eight wickets in hand on day four - Shahadat Hossain unable to bat - Bangladesh were all out before tea, having lost six wickets for 57 either side of the lunch interval. A heavy defeat was always likely, after the hosts had given up a 354-run first-innings lead, but they will be disappointed at the limp finish to what has otherwise been a heartening tour.

    Yasir Shah was the primary threat in Pakistan's attack, as he found bounce and turn from the footmarks to supplement his fine rhythm and variation. He took 4 for 73 and induced plenty more edges and mis-hits that fell into space. Imran Khan claimed two scalps, and Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Hafeez and Junaid Khan took one apiece. Misbah-ul-Haq sought to keep Yasir in action at one end, while he rotated bowlers at the other. The 1-0 Test series victory follows a whitewash defeat in the four limited-overs matches, for Pakistan.

    The fourth day's slide began with Tamim Iqbal, who exercised more caution than he had done on the previous evening, yet was drawn into a loose shot in Imran's first over of the morning. Tamim threw his bat at a wide full-length delivery and edged the ball behind, not having accounted for Imran's extra bounce. He was out for 42.

    Mahmudullah's tetchy 12-ball innings was defined by dangerous flirtations with Wahab's bouncers, but it would be Imran who found his edge as well. Poking at a back-of-a-length delivery in the channel, Mahmudullah sent the ball to Younis Khan at second slip, who held the catch on second grasp.

    Shakib Al Hasan edged his second ball through the gully, but continued to play his strokes, slog-sweeping Yasir for four as Mominul Haque progressed briskly alongside him. Ambition was Shakib's downfall too. He ran at Mohammad Hafeez's third delivery of the day and attempted to put the ball into the sight screen, but mis-hit it and was caught at mid-off. Mushfiqur Rahim was more careful, playing out eight scoreless deliveries, before he misjudged a Yasir legbreak and played it onto his stumps 15 minutes out from the lunch break.

    Hopes of a Bangladesh resistance centred around Mominul as wickets tumbled at the other end. While other batsmen had been rushed by the bounce in the track, Mominul pulled and hooked Wahab with control, leaving alone the balls too high to drag down. He was quick-footed and decisive against the spinners as well, finding regular runs into the outfield off Yasir, who tested him with googlies in the morning. Mominul prospered behind the wicket in particular, all but one of his nine boundaries coming in that region. His fifty, which came off 83 balls, made him the fifth player after Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Viv Richards and AB de Villiers to hit half-centuries in 11 consecutive Tests.

    Soumya Sarkar was caught down the legside off Wahab soon after lunch, and Mominul got out next over. He dabbed a wider Yasir ball behind point for four, then expecting the bowler to pitch fuller, ran down the pitch and aimed a lofted inside-out drive. His mis-hit went only as far as Asad Shafiq at cover, who held a sharp, low chance to his right.

    That dismissal put Bangladesh at 143 for 7, and it was only a matter of time until two more batsmen faltered. Taijul Islam sent a top-edged sweep to short fine leg, before Shuvagata Hom threw his bat around for a 55-ball 39 with Mohammad Shahid for company. He eventually had a yorker sneak through his defences, to give Junaid his only scalp of the innings.

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    Pakistan v Australia, Twenty20 International, Dubai May 7, 2009

    Gul and Afridi demolish Australia

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakvaus2009/engine/match/392615.html

    Umar Gul took a wicket first ball, Shahid Afridi took two in his first two balls, and Australia imploded bizarrely after a flying start from Shane Watson. From 42 for 0 in four overs Australia went to 73 for 5 and 108 all out, a target Pakistan chased down easily after an early wobble. Australia had fielded almost a second XI, and played like that.

    The first innings of the match was as frenetically eventful as the second was assured and sedate. Gul's 4-0-8-4 was just one run off the best-ever figures in Twenty20 internationals. Afridi followed his double-wicket maiden with another wicket and nine more runs in the next two overs, as the Australian batsmen kept playing for the non-existent spin. The collapse was just as spectacular as Watson's onslaught on Shoaib Akhtar and Sohail Tanvir. It was ironically a missed inside edge by Aleem Dar that started the slide.

    No less a bizarre innings would have been fit for a day when the match started one-and-a-half hours after the toss while waiting for Dubai's Sheikh, an esteemed guest for the match. A day when Younis Khan pulled out at the 11th hour because of fever. A day when Misbah-ul-Haq, the stand-in captain, said at the toss that Younis stepped down to give Fawad Alam an opportunity.

    The delayed start didn't affect Watson, who seemed to be carrying on from his century in the final one-dayer. He started the match with an outside-edged boundary off Shoaib, didn't get much strike for the next three overs, and exploded in the fourth. He carted Tanvir for back-to-back boundaries through midwicket, and pulled the next to deep backward square leg. In four overs, Watson had reached 33 off 13 deliveries, with Misbah seeming out of sorts.

    He was in complete control, though, hurrying the introduction of perhaps the best Twenty20 bowler in international cricket. With his first ball Gul went level with Daniel Vettori, with most wickets in Twenty20 internationals. The ball swung in late, hitting Watson in front, but for the inside edge that Dar missed. Gul would soon go past Vettori.

    The breakthrough achieved, Misbah took Gul off and turned to his spinners, who have troubled Australia all series. James Hopes went for a slog sweep off Afridi first ball, and missed. Andrew Symonds saw Afridi running in to him as soon as he lifted his head after taking guard. This one was a straighter one too, and Symonds was clearly late in a half-hearted prod.

    In Afirdi's next over, Hussey went on to cut a fullish topspinner and played it on. When Australia's new captain, Brad Haddin, chipped Shoaib Malik straight to long-on, Australia were in absolute tatters. The lower half had the small matter of Saeed Ajmal and Malik's doosras and Gul's reverse-swing to negotiate, but there was always going to be one winner.

    Gul took three wickets in his second spell, bowling Brett Lee and Marcus North with perfect late inswingers. Between them Gul and Afridi took 7 for 22, and the last 16 overs yielded just 66.

    The only hope then for Australia was that the pitch was a touch double-paced, and they raised hopes of a close match by removing the Pakistan openers for 23 in four overs. But without a target to build pressure, the spinners were always going to find it tough. Kamran Akmal, just like Watson, carried forward the good form from his match-winning century in the last ODI, and Misbah finished a perfect night as captain with a responsible 24.

    Nothing about Kamran suggested there was any panic in the air. The third ball he faced he square-drove Brett Lee powerfully for four, and his stability thereon ended the contest. His occasional square-cut boundaries kept Pakistan ahead of the modest run-rate required, and it was not until the 14th over - with just 32 required - that he had some fun. Hopes was the unfortunate bowler pulled over long-on and scooped over fine leg for consecutive sixes. When he reached his half-century, Kamran - a new father - celebrated with a baby-rocking gesture; he had played with the responsibility that befits a father.

    Hauritz finished the match with a wide down the leg side, and Australia were yet to beat Pakistan in Twenty20 internationals: they lost their first meeting too, during the World Twenty20 in 2007.

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