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

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  1. chandtara
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    Bank Alfalah Cup, 1st Match: Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Dambulla, May 10, 2003

    Match scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/66357.html

    This match set the tone for the tournament: the ball dominated the bat, boundaries were in short supply - just 18 fours and two sixes - and Sri Lanka crumpled under pressure. Pakistan's total owed much to the patience of Mohammad Hafeez, who faced 114 balls, and to a late flourish from the tail, who struck 64 from the last ten overs. In reply, despite losing Jayasuriya to his first ball, Sri Lanka were well placed, only to lose their last seven wickets for 22 in 15 overs. One of the seven, Lokuarachchi, survived a run-out appeal at one end only to be given out at the other as he attempted an extra run in the confusion. Both decisions had to be referred to the third umpire. Kaluwitharana claimed his 200th one-day dismissal when he stumped Rashid Latif, and Nissanka was fined 20% of his match fee for showing dissent when an appeal for a catch behind off Taufeeq Umar was turned down.

    Man of the Match: Mohammad Hafeez.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/220128.html

    Match report -
    It all seemed to going to plan for Marvan Atapattu, Sri Lanka's new captain. During the morning Sri Lanka's bowling and fielding was zippy and purposeful. Despite the early loss of Sanath Jayasuriya, the home side were strolling on 62 for one. But Pakistan came storming back into the match in the last quarter to complete a crushing 79 run win in the opening match of the Bank Alfalah Cup at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium.

    Sri Lanka started disastrously - Shoaib Akhtar celebrated his recall to the side by removing Jayasuriya for a first-ball duck - but only lost their way after an Abdul Razzaq inswinger thudded into the pads of Atapattu, who had grafted hard for his 26 from 67 balls. The leg-before decision ended a 61 run stand for the second wicket and was the catalyst for Sri Lanka's pathetic freefall.

    Akhtar was pulled back into the attack and the speedster quickly accounted for Sangakkara, who had been dropped on 2 and 17. Sangakkara skewed a back-foot drive to Shoaib Malik at point (75 for 3). The recalled Mahela Jayawardene and Russel Arnold, who has had little match practice since being dumped after the World Cup, rallied briefly, adding 33 in 37 balls.

    But then came the quick demise. Mohammad Sami planted a 90 mph inswinging yorker on Jayawardene's toe, winning a dubious leg-before shout, and Romesh Kaluwitharana, another returnee, chipped a catch tamely to mid-wicket off Shoain Malik (99 for 5).

    Sri Lanka started to panic. Kaushal Lokuarachchi and Chaminda Vaas were run out and Russel Arnold, who had crawled to 13 from 49 balls, skied a catch as he top edged a sweep. Malik and Sami then mopped up the tail - Sri Lanka had lost seven wickets for 22.

    Atapattu's first day in charge had begun well. His fast bowlers exploited heavy overhead conditions, moving the ball in the air and off the pitch, to seize the initiative. His spinners nipped away at the middle order and the fielders clung onto to every chance that came their way.

    Mohammad Hafeez anchored the innings, top-scoring for the visitors with a patient 53 from 114 balls - his second one-day fifty in his fifth match - but their best partnerships ended just when they looked like they might flourish. Hafeez added 48 with Faisal Iqbal (21) and 45 with Younis Khan (29).

    Both Chaminda Vaas and Prabath Nissanka found assistance from the pitch and from the heavy atmosphere. Vaas swung the ball, while Nissanka extracted bounce and seam movement from the brown, grassless pitch. Both beat the bat regularly and Atapattu pressed for wickets, setting aggressive fields during the first half of the innings.

    Taufeeq Umar (9) opened his account with a flicked boundary just wide of a diving Kumar Sangakkara at square leg, before edging a catch to Romesh Kaluwitharana behind the stumps in the eighth over of the morning (21 for 1).

    Faisal Iqbal, the nephew of coach Javed Miandad, would have been run out without scoring had Sanath Jayasuriya at cover-point not missed the stumps. He and Hafeez were quite comfortable against Sri Lanka 's allrounders - Kaushal Lokuarachchi and Kaushalya Weereratne - but run-scoring remained difficult.

    Muttiah Muralitharan, whose entry into the attack was delayed thanks to the tight bowling of his colleagues, then broke through in only his second over. Iqbal edged an arm-ball to Mahela Jayawardene at slip, and he clung on to a sharp catch to his left (69 for 2).

    Six balls later, Yousuf Youhana (1), Pakistan's leading batsmen after the post-World Cup purge, was also caught by Jayawardene at slip off Lokuarachchi. He attempted an extravagant square cut, but only ended up gloving the legbreak straight to Jayawardene (70 for 3).

    Hafeez and Khan steadied the innings, adding 45 in 75 balls but when Muralitharan returned for his second spell, they were soon back in trouble. Khan, looking for his first boundary, mistimed a leg-side flick and was caught in the deep (115 for 5).

    Shaoib Akhtar was a bizarre choice at number six, as Rashid Latif tried to kickstart the innings with a few boundaries. But the plan failed as Akhtar, overly anxious to grab the strike from his cautious partner, was run out for 5 (123 for 5).

    Sanath Jayasuriya - the most expensive of the three spinners employed - ended Hafeez's painstaking vigil when he tried to loft a straight drive over Kumar Sangakkara at deep mid-on. Sangakkara held on to a fine diving catch (158 for 5).

    The allrounders came and went. Shaoib Malik breezed to 20 from 14 balls, before being run out and Rashid Latif (14) biffed one four before becoming Muralitharan's third victim of the innings - Kaluwitharana completing a stumping (181 for 8). Abdul Razzaq did have time to smash one six in his unbeaten 24 from 27 balls as 14 runs were stolen from the last over.

    The performance of the three teams during this tournament will affect their positions in the International Cricket Council's new One-Day International Championship table. Sri Lanka, currently in fourth position, have a chance to move into third position ahead of Pakistan, while New Zealand - currently equal seventh with England - can move ahead of West Indies into sixth position in the ratings.

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    ICC World Twenty20, 21st Match, Group E: Pakistan v South Africa at Gros Islet, May 10, 2010

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/world-twenty20-2010/engine/current/match/412697.html

    South Africa were knocked out of the World Twenty20 by living up to their reputation of coming up short in crunch matches with an inexplicably limp batting display after a Charl Langeveldt masterclass in end-innings bowling had kept Pakistan to a gettable total. The bedrock of the defending champions' first victory in the Super Eights were Saeed Ajmal's doosras and a sparkling Umar Akmal cameo, but Pakistan will also thank the redoubtable South African top-order for idling early in the chase.

    Like in the first-round game against India, South Africa left the onslaught for too late. On a track which didn't have too many demons, they were just three fours and three twos in the first ten overs from a line-up boasting some of the world's finest hitters. AB de Villiers responded to the climbing asking-rate with some belated power-hitting, but once he fell attempting an audacious scoop, Pakistan's bowlers choked the runs again and South Africa went down by 11 runs.

    There was still hope for South Africa after de Villiers fell, with two of the game's best finishers, Mark Boucher and Albie Morkel, needing 47 off the final four. But neither could get the ball away against the spinners, and few would have guessed that most of South Africa's runs at the death would come from Johan Botha. Morkel was silenced by Pakistan's plan of targeting his leg stump, and his ineffectiveness was highlighted by a dab to backward point for one to a shortish doosra from Ajmal off the first delivery of the final over when 17 was required.

    But it will be churlish to blame the lower-order, after the top three, each of whom have nearly a decade's worth of international experience, consumed 43 balls for their 38 runs. Herschelle Gibbs who has been hit-or-miss for a long time now, pottered around before slugging a short ball to midwicket. Graeme Smith's ordinary tournament ended with a tame miscue to mid-on, and questions about the tempo of Jacques Kallis' batting will resurface after he poked 22 at just more than a run-a-ball before holing out to long-on.

    The match was slipping away from South Africa when they were at 71 for 4 after 13, but de Villiers exploded with a four and two sixes in one Abdur Rehman over to keep it alive. The second of those brought up his half-century, and a roar from a pumped-up de Villiers but when his attempted scoop off yet another Ajmal doosra lobbed to the keeper, Pakistan were back in charge.

    In contrast to the listless batting, South Africa's bowlers were immaculate at the start to keep Pakistan's traditionally fragile top-order to 19 for 3, the worst performance in the first six overs in this competition. Exhibit A in the gallery of poor shots was from Salman Butt, who pulled a short and wide delivery that he would have been better off looking to cut. Then the man picked to strengthen the batting, Khalid Latif, chipped to wide mid-on before Mohammad Hafeez's troubles with the bat continued when he was lbw for 1.

    The Akmal brothers started the firefighting by taking on the spinners. Roelof van der Merwe was taken apart by a bunch of slog-sweeps and Kamran's powerful cut off Botha brought four more to double the total in two overs to 46. van der Merwe was clobbered for three straight sixes in five deliveries before Gibbs swooped at backward point to get rid of Kamran, but with Pakistan batting down to No. 8 the game was even at 69 for 4 after 11.

    The flood of runs continued with arrival of Afridi. Umar wowed the crowd with a paddle-scoop over short fine off the pacy Kallis, and Afridi muscled boundaries over cover and midwicket. The horrors at the start were completely forgotten by the sprinkling of Pakistan fans in the ground after Umar scuttled across the stumps to swing Albie over deep backward square leg and Afridi absolutely hammered a flat six over long-on to take Pakistan to 102 for 4 after 14, with the finisher Abdul Razzaq still to come.

    Three fours were taken off a Dale Steyn over and Umar was flamboyantly celebrating his half-century after blasting Langeveldt for a straight six on the first delivery of the 17th. Things unraveled swiftly from there, with Umar holing out to long-on and Afridi being bowled by a full delivery from Langeveldt three balls later. There were no more boundaries and Pakistan finished with a whimper, only 16 coming off the final three.

    However, Pakistan lived up to their billing of being most dangerous when cornered by stubbornly defending the small total to retain an outside chance of progressing to the semi-finals.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/world-twenty20-2010/content/story/459199.html

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    Pepsi Independence Cup, 2nd Match: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Gwalior, May 12, 1997

    At Gwalior, May 12 (day/night). Pakistan won by 30 runs. Toss: Pakistan.

    Match scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/66109.html

    Aqib Javed dismissed Sri Lanka's top three in his opening spell and later added Aravinda de Silva to leave them 59 for four in the 11th over. That stopped the Sri Lankan pursuit of 290 in its tracks. Salim Malik inflicted further fatal blows with two wickets in an over, and the batsmen were also impeded by a 16-minute break when the floodlights broke down. Aqib passed 150 one-day international wickets during this innings, and Saqlain Mushtaq 100. Earlier, Shahid Afridi celebrated the chance to bat first by whipping 52 off 29 balls; Pakistan had the 50 up in their eighth over, and Ramiz Raja and Malik ensured a large total.

    Man of the Match: Aqib Javed.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/151396.html
     
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    Pepsi Independence Cup, 6th Match: India v Pakistan at Chennai, May 21, 1997

    Saeed Anwar 194 v India - https://www.cricistan.com/threads/on-this-day-when-all-was-saeed-and-done-against-india.41140/

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    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/66113.html

    Toss: Pakistan.

    Saeed Anwar broke the record for the highest individual innings in a one-day international by scoring 194, from 146 balls, with 22 fours and five sixes, three in succession in one over from Kumble, which went for 226664. He beat the previous record, Viv Richards's unbeaten 189 for West Indies against England at Old Trafford in 1984, by five, and might have reached a double-hundred had he not top-edged a sweep to be caught at fine leg in the 47th over. It was a remarkable exhibition of controlled aggression, even if he was helped by a runner, Shahid Afridi, for most of the innings (he was suffering from heat exhaustion and loss of fluid). India were left a target of 328. They began on a poor note when Inzamam-ul-Haq took an athletic catch to dismiss Tendulkar, but Dravid sustained them with his maiden hundred in limited-overs internationals - also briefly assisted by a runner, Tendulkar, until the fielding side objected. They soon fell behind, however, after he pushed a catch to mid-wicket, one of five wickets for Aqib Javed. Afterwards, Tendulkar said Anwar's innings was the best he had seen, and the former Test bowler Bishen Bedi said batting like that comes once in a lifetime. Some observers - including TV commentator Glenn Turner - diluted their praise by noting that his runner made the innings much easier, given the extreme heat. Anwar himself said: "To beat India in India is something special. Only we know the pressure we were subjected to back at home after our loss at Bangalore in the World Cup." In contrast to past bitterness in India-Pakistan matches, the 45,000 crowd gave him a standing ovation.

    Man of the Match: Saeed Anwar.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/wisdenalmanack/content/story/151400.html
     
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    West Indies v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, St Lucia 21st May 2005

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/PAK_IN_WI/SCORECARDS/PAK_WI_ODI2_21MAY2005.html

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    Pakistan condemned West Indies to their seventh straight one-day defeat of the season, and their 11th in 12 completed matches since their victory in the final of the Champions Trophy, as Shahid Afridi ripped his legspinners through a bamboozled tail for figures of 4 for 40. His efforts came on the back of a solid if unspectacular Pakistani batting performance, and ensured that West Indies will have nothing but pride to play for in tomorrow's third and final match.

    After winning the toss and batting first, Pakistan struggled to dominate a spirited West Indian bowling attack, but once each of their top eight had reached double figures, they were able to muster a competitive total of 258 for 8. The main men of the innings were Shoaib Malik and Inzamam-ul-Haq, who made a brace of 51s, and Younis Khan, who seemed set to complete a half-century of his own until he was brilliantly caught for 48 in the final over of the innings, by a one-handed Chris Gayle, diving to his left at backward point.

    Breathtaking though Gayle's effort was, it had come some 220 runs too late for West Indies. His earlier missed opportunity off Daren Powell at first slip had let a nervous Shoaib Malik off the hook before he had settled, and prevented West Indies from taking the game by the scruff of the neck. Without ever looking on top form, Shoaib scratched and scraped to rebuild the innings after the early loss of both openers, Shahid Afridi and Salman Butt.

    Yousuf Youhana brought up Pakistan's fifty with a sweetly timed drive through the covers. But before he could really get stuck in, he was adjudged caught-behind for 21 off Wavell Hinds. In his place, however, came the solid reassurance of Inzamam, who punished Hinds with two dismissive strokes off consecutive deliveries - a cut and a pull - as Pakistan reached the 30-over mark well-placed on 134 for 3.

    Inzamam was briefly forced to retire hurt after taking an eye-watering blow in the box from a Gayle full-toss, but in his place came the urgent presence of Adbul Razzaq, who clubbed a quick 20 off 16 balls before losing his off stump to a wild swing at Corey Collymore. Dwayne Bravo, whose bowling had been expensive all day, was then cracked for three fours in the penultimate over as Pakistan finished their innings with a flourish.

    Having failed to chase 192 in the first game, the omens were not good as West Indies began their reply, and Xavier Marshall duly came and went with another whimper, caught in the gully for 7 after looking horribly out of his depth for the second match running. But where there's Chris Gayle, no one-day chase can be entirely written off, and when he launched Shabbir Ahmed over long-off for a massive six, West Indies' hopes soared.

    But three balls later, they came crashing once again, as Shabbir clipped the top of Gayle's off stump with a spectacular offcutter. He was gone for 43 from 45 balls, and when Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul were both run out in quick succession, West Indies had slumped to 114 for 4.

    Despite being given a charmed life by umpire Billy Doctrove, who turned down a succession of lbw appeals from Razzaq and Afridi, Runako Morton began to grow in stature, and brought up his maiden one-day half-century with a one-bounce pull over midwicket off Shoaib. But, in the very next over, he was bamboozled by Afridi's slower ball, and bowled all ends up as he aimed an expansive heave into the Caribbean Sea.

    Bravo then completed a miserable match with a fourth-ball duck, as Doctrove finally upheld an lbw appeal, and Afridi made it three wickets in nine balls when Hinds misread a googly and was bowled round his legs for 22. Courtney Browne attempted to be defiant by slamming Shoaib for six, before Afridi picked up his fourth, bowling Ian Bradshaw as he too went for the big one.

    That was emphatically that. Browne slapped another six to reduce the margin of defeat, but the final two wickets fell in the space of five balls, as Iftikhar Anjum and Naved-ul-Hasan returned to wrap up the match with 10 balls to spare. It was, incidentally, a rare series victory in the Caribbean for Pakistan, but few triumphs can have felt so flat.

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    ^^ That 2005 ODI series in West Indies was great. Felt we were really clicking into gear under Woolmer at that point. Came after the famous India tour.

    Disappointing we didn't win the Test series, that was a big missed opportunities.
     
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    3rd ODI: West Indies v Pakistan at Gros Islet, May 22, 2005

    Match scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/PAK_IN_WI/SCORECARDS/PAK_WI_ODI3_22MAY2005.html

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    Chris Gayle's 11th one-day international century could not prevent West Indies slipping to a 22-run defeat against Pakistan in St Lucia. Pakistan, therefore, claim a 3-0 series whitewash, while for West Indies it means they have lost all eight ODIs during their home season.

    But this was a valiant loss, rather than the timid surrenders which have been the common story in recent days. If West Indies had consistently batted with the conviction they showed in this game, the last three weeks of one-day cricket would not have been half as painful for them.

    However, both long-term and recent history was against West Indies as they set out in pursuit of Pakistan's 303 for 6 - the highest score made in St Lucia - and West Indies' recent batting efforts suggested they had no chance.

    Gayle, though, did not believe that. After sensibly playing himself in he launched a thunderous attack on the Pakistan bowlers, which included taking 17 off one Rana Naved over. Two scorching cover-drives unleashed the shackles, and he also plundered boundaries straight down the ground.

    Wavell Hinds, while not quite sitting on his bat at the other end, was far more sedate, but still managed to find the boundary. The opening pair added 90 - West Indies' best first-wicket stand of the season in any form of cricket - before Hinds played a loose pull in Abdul Razzaq's first over and bottom-edged a catch to Kamran Akmal (90 for 1).

    Ramnaresh Sarwan came in at his usual No. 3 position, but in the unusual position of having a foundation to build on, and almost inevitably didn't manage to take advantage of the opening stand. However, Sarwan can't be blamed too much for his dismissal, as Younis Khan held a stinging effort at short extra cover as Sarwan middled a drive (96 for 2).

    Shivnarine Chanderpaul promoted himself to No. 4 to take the responsibility of building a partnership with Gayle, and they added 75 in 13 overs. But the required rate continued to climb above seven an over, and when Chanderpaul picked out long-off the inexperienced middle order was exposed (171 for 3). Runako Morton may have scored a half-century in yesterday's match, but it was painful affair. Again, today, his arrival slowed the West Indies innings at a crucial time.

    Morton has been clueless when it comes to playing Pakistan's spinners, and in this game they had three. He employed a block-or-bash approach, and although he did find the boundary on three occasions the pressure became intolerable. Eventually it told, as Morton was forced to try to launch the ball out of the ground and only found long-on (220 for 4). Dwayne Smith lasted only three balls, and West Indies' final chance departed with Gayle, when his fine 137-ball innings was ended by a catch at short extra cover from Shabbir Ahmed (250 for 6).

    Pakistan's mammoth total was built around an explosive half-century from Shahid Afridi and a more sedate maiden ODI fifty from Bazid Khan. Afridi laid the foundations with a breathtaking display of clean hitting, racing to his half-century from 27 balls, and his allround efforts sealed him the Man of the Match and Series awards.

    Bazid (the son of the former Pakistan captain Majid Khan) and Yousuf Youhana added 96 for the second wicket, sensibly picking up the singles. Youhana notched up another one-day half-century - his 43rd - while the lower order were free to play their attacking game. The innings was rounded off in fine style by Kamran as he deposited the last three deliveries into the stand for six.

    West Indies were always chasing the game after Afridi's early onslaught, which included took 14 off three balls from Ian Bradshaw. But to the relief of Chanderpaul - if not the Pakistanis and any watching neutrals - the first bowling change worked, as Corey Collymore served up a leg-stump half-volley, which Afridi hit down Dwayne Bravo's throat at deep square leg (87 for 1).

    Pakistan's batting depth allowed them to make the most of Afridi's blitz, and that was the major difference between the sides. Gayle, masterful as his innings was, could not rely on any of his team mates for support.

    No matter how much gloss you try to put on it, this result completes a depressing one-day international season for the West Indies. Pakistan, on the other hand, have won seven ODIs on the bounce, are playing like a team united, and will provide an equally stern challenge in the Test series, which starts in Barbados on Thursday.

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    1st T20I: Pakistan v Zimbabwe at Lahore, May 22, 2015

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/868723.html

    Pakistan revel in return home

    Starved of international cricket at home, Pakistan's players enjoyed the chance to express themselves in their own conditions.

    Ideally, the home advantage is what a player needs to kick-start his career. For the past few years, the Pakistani players have been deprived of that luxury. At least three-dozen players have debuted for Pakistan since March 2009 and most had never played an international at home. It seemed that Pakistan's every cricketing problem lay in the absence of international cricket in Pakistan.

    No major team at any level had toured Pakistan since the attack on the Sri Lanka squad in 2009. With no games at home, the quality in Pakistan's batting declined drastically and batting problems kept resurfacing in many ugly collapses. Without resorting to the internet, it is hard to recall the last time Pakistan's openers consolidated in chasing a hefty total.

    Opener Mukhtar Ahmed had not so much as played a domestic game at Gaddafi Stadium before this match. He never played in Lahore. Pakistan's historic first international fixture since 2009 was his first ever game at one of the most prestigious venues in the country, three hours away from his home town, Sialkot.

    Last month, Mukhtar made his T20 international debut in Bangladesh and spent 60 minutes over 37 off 30 balls. Here, his 83 off 45 balls marked the revival of international cricket in a perfect fashion. His fearless performance reflected how the home advantage can spur the confidence in a player. In recent years, few new Pakistan openers have sustained the pressure of international cricket, the selectors picking and dropping the raw talent amid the team's transition.

    For the Pakistanis, playing at home was more of a fantasy over the past few years as they were forced to play away, mostly in the UAE. The pitches and conditions might have been the same but the sense of home comfort has been missing throughout, and the players have been starved of expressing their talents in the true spirit.

    Ahmed Shehzad, who debuted in 2009, had played all of his previous 102 international matches outside Pakistan. He has been struggling with the bat for a while, but returned to form with 55 off 39 balls in his first ever game at home. Shehzad and Mukhtar shared an entertaining 142-run stand in front of a full house at Gaddafi Stadium to create an electrifying atmosphere for nearly 27,000 spectators.

    enthusiasm among the players was evident, with the home series celebrated like carnival in the town. "No doubt that the home crowd and home ground spark different emotions in you," Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said after the match. "The way we were welcomed on our way to Gaddafi Stadium, it's hard to control the emotions and we did speak in the morning about that how to control it. But the way both Ahmed and Mukhtar played it was outstanding and won the match for us."

    After a strong start, Pakistan laid a solid foundation for an emphatic victory but tripped up for a while to lose five wickets for 27 runs to contrive a nail-biting finish. Pakistan found themselves needing 11 off 12 balls and the experienced Shoaib Malik toiled a lot for his 7 off 14 balls, but captain Shahid Afridi struck a straight boundary to complete the win with three balls to spare.

    "I don't think it was a collapse but in T20 you're bound to lose quick wickets sometime," Waqar said. "Obviously we shouldn't have lost the last two wickets but there was no worry at all. I know when you win all the lapses are covered over, but there were missed opportunity and I will ensure those will be dealt honestly."

    Malik, who was a surprise inclusion in the team, failed to carry on his momentum from domestic cricket. Waqar, however, defended the former captain and said: "He just made his comeback and we have to ensure that he will be given a full opportunity. I think the role he was given, he played it well but yes we clearly saw that he lost his nerves but I am sure in coming days he will be fine."

    A much-awaited series on home soil for the coach is a big achievement for the country after years of isolation. "It's always good to play in front of the home crowd and winning the game is like icing on the cake," he said. "Playing on home soil in front of our own people gives you different feelings."

    Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura, who had also visited Pakistan in 2008, hit eight boundaries and a six during a career-best 54 off 35 balls to lead Zimbabwe to an imposing 172. Pakistan's openers raced towards the target with a brisk 100 runs in just 56 balls that set the tone of the game. The visitors came back hard in the death overs but could not capitalise to secure the game.

    "I thought it was a good target but unfortunately in the first six we didn't bowl well and gave away too many runs and that's why we lost the game," Chigumbura said. "In Twenty20, big partnerships bring you into the game. They put on a hundred-run partnership in 10 overs to put us under pressure and that made a big difference helping them to win this game."

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-zimbabwe-2015/content/story/880103.html?object=868723

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    2nd ODI: England v Pakistan at Nottingham, May 23, 1987

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/64987.html

    At Nottingham, May 23. Pakistan won by six wickets. Toss: Pakistan. Winning the toss was a decisive factor in conditions which favoured the seam bowlers until mid-afternoon. Athey was never comfortable against Imran's swing, Gooch, in for the injured Gatting, drove one imperious four off Mohsin before twice being struck on the pads in the tenth over, and only Broad had the measure of the bowlers. He was out immediately after reaching his fifty in 83 balls with his third four. Gower, surviving an early chance, and Lamb put on 42 in thirteen overs before a smart leg-side catch off the bottom edge by the wicket-keeper began a fatal slide. Next over, the 39th, Gower drove too soon at Mudassar, and in the 40th Botham hoisted a high catch to long leg. Thereafter it was left to the acting-captain, Emburey, to fashion 25 in his unique way. With Miandad (128 balls, three fours) in such scintillating form, and Botham in a profligate mood, a target of 158 was always on. When Foster, the pick of England's bowlers, ran out Malik with a direct throw from backward square leg to the bowler's end, Imran hastened the end with a straight six off Emburey. Broad's misfield, turning 1 into 4 to level the scores, summed up England's day.

    Man of the Match: Javed Miandad. Attendance: 12,080; receipts: £130,380.

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    ICC World Cup, 16th Match: Australia v Pakistan at Leeds, May 23, 1999

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65208.html

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    At Leeds, May 23. Pakistan won by ten runs. Toss: Australia.

    A memorable struggle tilted Pakistan's way when Shoaib Akhtar, bowling at terrifying speed in murky conditions, hurled an in-swinger into Steve Waugh's stumps. That left Australia 238 for six, chasing 276. Though the contest went to the last over, Wasim Akram then clean-bowled Martyn and McGrath to seal a ten-run win - and pass Imran Khan's record of 34 World Cup wickets. The match award went to Inzamam-ul-Haq for his 81, the centrepiece of Pakistan's innings, although this rather overlooked the damage inflicted by his idiosyncratic running. Three times he found himself at the same end as his partner, and twice it cost a wicket.

    Still, Inzamam's patient stand of 118 with Abdur Razzaq paved the way for a volcanic eruption in the last ten overs, which yielded 108 runs. Moin Khan lashed an unbeaten 31 from a mere 12 balls. Australia's pursuit started confidently enough, but two wickets in three balls from Saqlain Mushtaq stalled them at 101 for four. A 113-run stand between Steve Waugh and Bevan kept the game alive, until Pakistan's quicks returned to close it out in fading light. After the finish, 21 minutes late, Waugh asked why slow over-rate penalties should apply only to teams who bowl first.

    Man of the Match: Inzamam-ul-Haq. Attendance: 15,474.

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    Wow. What a match this was. We nearly knocked Australia out from world cup with this win. Wasim was in supreme form in this match.. and those sixes by Moin at the end of the inning. One of my all time favourite match.
     
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    Great memories of this game, what an atmosphere at Headingley. Some superb hitting in the final ten overs.
     
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    2nd T20I: Pakistan v Zimbabwe at Lahore, May 24, 2015

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    There was a pitched battle at Lord's but at the Gaddafi Stadium, yearning hearts were won over once again in a thrilling contest. Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by two wickets with two balls to spare, in another last-over finish, to clinch the T20 series 2-0 and, like Friday, the occasion got bigger than the game.

    The unheralded batting talent of Bilawal Bhatti came to the fore with Pakistan needing 12 off the final over. He first smote Brian Vitori for a straight six and, after picking up two, carved the bowler through the covers for the winning runs.

    Zimbabwe will feel hard done by with the result as they fought tooth and nail with patches of excellent batting and fielding. However, the home side edged the game at the right moments - like the last two overs of the Zimbabwe innings or Shoaib Malik's tight four overs which kept Zimbabwe's score down to 175 for 3. Mukhtar Ahmed's second successive fifty was also important, while the Lahore crowd kept Pakistan, in the game with their noise.

    Chasing 176, Pakistan lost their first wicket in the fifth over when Ahmed Shehzad chopped the ball to mid-off for Vusi Sibanda's first of three catches. Shehzad and Mukhtar Ahmed had added 44 runs, but it was nothing like their dominating 142-run stand in the previous game.

    Mukhtar, however, continued to bat confidently, finding boundaries regularly even as debutant Nauman Anwar and Shoaib Malik fell to a catch at long-on and a run-out, respectively. Mukhtar hit boundaries through point, third-man and fine-leg in the second over before an onslaught against Graeme Cremer in the eighth over, in which the legspinner conceded 19 runs.

    He reached 50 off 33 balls but in the 14th over, holed out to long-on off Sikandar Raza's bowling, with Pakistan needing a further 59 runs off 39 balls.

    Shahid Afridi entered with usual fanfare but lasted just three balls before skying Williams for a catch near mid-off. Raza fumbled for a moment but did not let go of the chance.

    Zimbabwe kept picking up wickets, even as Pakistan batsmen kept themselves within touching distance of the required run-rate. Umar Akmal was leg-before to Chris Mpofu before Anwar Ali was yorked by Willams in the 17th and 18th overs respectively. Mohammad Rizwan, playing in place of Sarfraz Ahmed, holed out to a great running catch by Raza when Pakistan needed 15 off 11 balls.

    Earlier, Zimbabwe started off soundly once again. Hamilton Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda added a second successive 50-plus opening partnership. This time Sibanda started off with a boundary before Masakadza joined in the third over. Masakadza smacked Bhatti for three fours in a row before slamming a straight six in the next over off Mohammad Sami. He took two more fours before falling to Malik's accuracy, having made 39 off 32 balls. This was Zimbabwe's third- highest T20 opening stand, and second-highest in terms of number of balls faced.

    Sean Williams, promoted to bat at No 3 for the first time in his T20 career, got into action in the tenth over, finding two boundaries over long-on and midwicket. He kept finding fours and, despite the loss of Sibanda, for 49 in the 17th over, the pace of the innings didn't dither. Williams reached his maiden T20 50 off 26 balls, with a swept six over cow corner.

    Zimbabwe got 50 in the last five overs and the only thrust came from captain Elton Chigumbura, who struck Sami for three sixes in the 18th over: over long-off, extra cover and long-on. It looked like a bigger total than the first game was on the cards but Afridi gave four in the penultimate over and Sami took Chigumbura's wicket at the start of the final over. Zimbabwe did score three runs more than the last game but a bit more connection between bat and ball in the last two overs would have given them a bigger total.

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    2nd ODI: Ireland v Pakistan at Dublin, May 26, 2013

    Kamran, Wahab dash Irish hopes


    Match scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/601613.html

    In the feudal world of cricket, an Associate nation has never beaten a Full Member in an international series, but Ireland came desperately close to beating Pakistan before a breathtaking partnership took the game, and series, away.

    Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz came together with just under 100 needed off 13 overs. Kamran is experienced in Irish conditions, having played with the Limavady club in 2002 and 2003, and with his young colleague he went about repairing the early damage wreaked by the Irish seamers. But Kamran is a wily performer and eased into destructive mode as the bowlers struggled to find their lengths.

    Wahab took nine balls to get off the mark but his demolition of Tim Murtagh in the 47th over proved decisive and he made an ODI career best 47 not out. Murtagh, a Middlesex seamer, is the leading championship performer this season but he was taken apart by clean hitting as the over went 2,6,6,0,4,6 with the maximums soaring over long-off and square leg.

    With just eight needed off three overs, Kamran tried to finish it off and lost his wicket, but Wahab and Junaid Khan saw Pakistan home. The decisive eighth wicket partnership of 93 took just 62 balls. "Two special innings took it away from us", admitted Kevin O'Brien, who took the Man-of the-Series award.

    Ireland had a special innings of their own to enjoy. Ed Joyce walked to the wicket in Clontarf after just five balls of Ireland's innings, and left it unbeaten 49.1 overs later. His highest score of 116 was an innings of high quality from a player who became only the second man to make an ODI century for two countries. The first was also an Irishman, Eoin Morgan, who is playing for England.

    Pakistan made three changes to their bowling attack, bringing in debutant Asad Ali, Wahab Riaz and Abdur Rehman for Mohammed Irfan, Saeed Ajmal and Ehsan Adil. Ireland, too, called upon a newbie in James Shannon, who came in for club-mate Andrew White.

    And Ali quickly showed his great promise, finding extravagant seam movement as he reeled off three maidens to open his international career. Ireland were quickly 4 for 2, but the experienced southpaws Joyce and Niall O'Brien stitched the ideal partnership for the situation and battled their way through to see off Ali and Junaid Khan, with the debutant's opening spell reading 6-4-4-1.

    When he reached 33, Joyce passed 1000 runs in ODIs, 471 of which he made for England. The pair was batting with increasing confidence when Riaz found the edge of O'Brien's bat. Gary Wilson perished soon after when he ballooned an attempted reverse sweep to slip, but Joyce found a steady partner in Kevin O'Brien.

    Kevin has often been accused of inconsistency, but he continued here as he finished Thursday's tie. He played several powerful drives and was looking set to make back-to-back ODI fifties for the first time since the 2007 World Cup when he holed out on the midwicket boundary.

    Joyce rode his luck - an entertaining juggling act from Mohammed Hafeez spilled to earth after five attempts when he was on 61 - and moved serenely towards his century. Kevin's departure seemed to cause panic in the Irish lower order and four wickets fell for 11 as Rehman found some turn. Trent Johnston fell to the first leg-before decision of the series but Murtagh hung around long enough to see his former Middlesex colleague into three figures, which Joyce raised with his only six, over midwicket.

    Ireland had switched pitches two days before the game, banking on a greener track to negate the Pakistan spinners. The 7,000 euro bill for moving the scaffolding and grandstands looked money well spent until those last ten overs. Trent Johnston and Tim Murtagh found extravagant seam and played havoc with the Pakistan top order, reducing them to 17 for 4. That score could have been worse had two catches not been forsaken off Johnston to dismiss Misbah-ul-Haq and Shoaib Malik before they had scored.

    But experienced players of the Pakistan middle order battled their way back with stands of 43, 52 and 21. Misbah and Shoaib were able to settle in when the Irish opening bowlers were removed and the pressure slipped a little. George Dockrell turned back on the heat with a spell of 8-2-16-1, but by the time he came back for his last two overs, Kamran was eyeing up the ropes.

    Skipper William Porterfield knows how close his team came to a historic series victory. "We're pretty dejected at the minute because of the position we got ourselves in," he said. "We're very disappointed not to win."

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    1st ODI: Pakistan v Zimbabwe at Lahore, May 26, 2015

    Malik ton, Riaz aggression give Pakistan big win

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-zimbabwe-2015/engine/match/868727.html

    The return of international cricket to Pakistan might have been fraught with threats of violence, but the first ODI in the country in six years brought about the most non-violent 375 you could imagine, setting up a 41-run win. In an incredibly cool and calculated innings, hardly a shot was hit in anger as Azhar Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik and Haris Sohail chipped and chopped an innocuous attack to the highest total in Pakistan.

    However, the thinness of Pakistan's attack, the flatness of the pitch and the fact that Zimbabwe's batting is much stronger than their bowling, became apparent in the chase with only Wahab Riaz looking like taking a wicket. Elton Chigumbura scored a chancy century, Hamilton Masakadza a fifty, but the chase only kicked into life towards the end, by which time the asking rate had reached 15 an over, a task too tall with four Wahab overs to contend with.

    Considering Mohammad Sami and Anwar Ali's struggle with the ball, Pakistan will be thankful their batsmen posted the total they did. This was the first time all of their top four scored fifty or more, and the first Pakistan innings to feature two 150-run stands. Malik's 112 off 76 was his fastest century. Pakistan hit 35 fours and 10 sixes in all, but that masked the lack of frenetic hitting and powerful strokes you associate such big scores with.

    Azhar and Hafeez began sedately before opening up in a 170-run stand, Pakistan's third-highest opening partnership at home. The duo missed out on what looked like certain centuries, falling within eight balls of each other, but Malik and Sohail took over from where they left, and added some more intent as you would expect after a strong opening. Playing for the first time in two years, Malik posted his first score of more than 43 in five years, at once reminding you why he had been dropped and why quite a few have been disappointed with an unfulfilled career.

    Azhar and Hafeez were Pakistan's fourth opening combination in their last five ODIs, and the tentativeness showed in their start - eight runs in five overs on a pitch that never misbehaved. In the sixth over though, Azhar, the captain playing his first international at home, took the first risk, playing across the line of a ball outside off, placing it wide of mid-on for three. That shot was the release as he raced away to 21 off 24 with Hafeez labouring to five off the same number of deliveries.

    Zimbabwe's attack didn't have the necessary threat to hold the openers back. Hafeez got going with pick-up shots for four and six off Tinashe Panyangara in the ninth over. Azhar reached his fifty first, and Hafeez was on his heels and when he hit the remodelled Prosper Utseya - now bowling little legrollers - for successive fours in the 22nd over, Pakistan's run rate had crossed six an over never to come back down again. Those two shots summed up the touch play this partnership relied on: first a mere push between mid-off and extra cover, and then waiting for the expected flatter delivery and back-cutting it between point and short third man.

    Utseya managed to get both the openers out, but looking at how Malik and Sohail went he must be wishing he hadn't. It was Malik in this partnership that made a slow start, but from the moment he skipped out and lofted Sikandar Raza for a straight six in the 33rd over, he galloped along. With Malik looking in rare touch, Sohail could take it easy and settle in. As with Hafeez and Azhar, it was more about clever placement and missing the infielders rather than manic hitting for Malik.

    Forty-one came off the Powerplay, and at 263 for 2 in 40 overs Pakistan were set to break the Lahore record of 357, what with 10 an over in the last 10 almost the norm in modern ODI cricket. Except Pakistan are one of the teams that usually buck the trend. Not here. In Malik and Sohail they had right amount of placement and power, in Zimbabwe they had a flat attack, and the two carried the party on. Clean hits cleared the fence, mis-hits fell to ground, Zimbabwe missed quite a few yorkers, the fielding was poor, and 112 came off the last 10. In the 49th over Malik raised the first international century in Pakistan in six years. Sohail, who relied on some power hitting over the leg side in his 89 off 66, ran out of time, but time was a bigger problem for Zimbabwe who were about 40 minutes behind schedule in finishing their 50 overs.

    They didn't show much more urgency in the chase, looking for the most part content with batting out the 50 overs of their own. Chigumbura and Masakadza added 124 for the third wicket, but they did so in 20 overs, which meant the asking rate had reached 14.5 for the last 17. Chigumbura, who survived a plumb lbw shout and benefited from two dropped catches, brought brief interest to the chase. He raced away to a maiden ODI century, in the process hitting Sami for a hat-trick of fours and then for 22 in another over. Wahab, though, proved too good for him, troubling him with bouncers before cleaning him up with a quick yorker, and ending the game in the process. Pakistan, though, will be worried at how ineffective their second string of bowlers were.

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    ICC World Cup, 24th Match: New Zealand v Pakistan at Derby, May 28, 1999

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65216.html

    At Derby, May 28. Pakistan won by 62 runs. Toss: New Zealand.

    Pakistan completed their fourth win out of four without difficulty, ensuring that they would head Group B. Asked to bat, their openers whipped 23 runs off the first two overs. More sedate batting from Abdur Razzaq and Ijaz Ahmed reached a comfortable 127 for two, and then Inzamam-ul-Haq powered to an unbeaten 73 from 61 balls. His notoriously unreliable running saw off Ijaz, but he also showed his value as he hit Cairns's final over for 14.

    Shoaib Akhtar then beheaded New Zealand, having both Astle and Horne caught behind for a combined total of one run. His team-mates closed in on the middle order, and in the 20th over successive deliveries from Azhar Mahmood had both Cairns and Parore leg-before for ducks. There was little their captain, Fleming, could do after that, except to nurse his side's net run-rate in anticipation of a tie-breaker.

    Man of the Match: Inzamam-ul-Haq. Attendance: 3,074.

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    1st ODI: Ireland v Pakistan at Belfast, May 28, 2011

    Match details - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/507995.html

    Junaid stars in easy Pakistan win

    Ireland's first game since their World Cup heroics proved a disappointment for the 2000 spectators that turned up to see the first of the two-ODI series against Pakistan, who won by seven wickets with more than eight overs to spare. A typically steely grey, showery Belfast day, prevented play from commencing until 2pm. And with conditions helpful to the seamers, Junaid Khanripped the Ireland middle order apart with four wickets in five overs. A 38-over game was the original plan - and a 36-over one after a short break - but Ireland conspired to reduce it further when they were bowled out in exactly 20 overs.

    The total of 96 was pitiful - Ireland's lowest since the 2007 World Cup Super Eights - especially after Paul Stirling had thrilled the home fans with a startling innings of 39 off just 22 balls. Stirling, 20, who also plays for Middlesex, had finished off his World Cup with a match-winning 100 off 71 balls against Netherlands, and was on a similar trajectory here as he helped himself to seven fours and a six.

    His opening partner was Ed Joyce, who switched places in the order with William Porterfield. Joyce had been keen to move up during the World Cup, but coach Phil Simmons resisted changing an established opening pair. But Porterfield was soon replacing Joyce, dismissed by Tanvir Ahmed.

    Stirling took a liking to Tanvir, who bowled too short. His next over went for 19, including an enormous six over mid-on. Stirling took 12 off Umar Gul's next over, and clipped Junaid's first ball to the boundary when he came on to bowl the sixth over. Four balls later he was gone, skying the ball to cover where Mohammed Hafeez sprinted 20 yards, and dived full length. From 44 for 1, Ireland steadily lost wickets as Junaid made good use of the seaming conditions.

    Alex Cusack, promoted to No.4 in the absence of the injured Niall O'Brien, was bowled in the last over of the Powerplay, which yielded 49 runs and three wickets. Porterfield followed for 4, caught behind trying to fend off a rising ball from Gul. Kevin O'Brien, having exchanged his dyed pink hair for his natural orange, gave his fans a small taste of his World Cup pyrotechnics. But, on 15, he tried to cart Junaid through the covers and saw his stumps demolished.

    Soon enough, Ireland were floundering at 66 for 6. Gary Wilson, who replaced Niall O'Brien behind the stumps, briefly showed his World Cup batting form before the rain returned. After a 20-minute break the innings was recalculated as 36 overs. But there was little chance as many overs would be required; the Ireland batsmen failed to cope with a disciplined attack in tricky conditions. Saeed Ajmal claimed 3 for 7 off his three overs, including Trent Johnston and Boyd Rankin off successive balls. Younis Khan, who had taken two wickets in his previous 221 ODIs, induced John Mooney to carve to cover and a three-figure score proved beyond Ireland.

    Rankin and Johnston bowled nine overs before the interval, which were negotiated safely by Taufeeq Umar and Mohammed Hafeez. Hafeez's six into the trees at square leg off Rankin gave the large Pakistani contingent more to sing about. The openers continued steadily towards their target after tea, and had made it to 73 when Stirling took a sharp catch at slip off Cusack.

    Cusack's gentle medium-pace fetched him three wickets but Ireland had too little on the board, and the end came with 8.3 overs to spare.

    "We've let a lot of people down today", Porterfield admitted. "We played too many poor shots on that wicket, nobody got their head down to forge a partnership. It wasn't a gung-ho situation, but too many of the batsmen made poor decisions."

    Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq was happy with the result, his first success in his new phase as ODI captain, achieved in conditions vastly different to those they experienced four days earlier on the other side of the North Atlantic. It was some measure of revenge for the only previous ODI meeting between the sides, the famous Ireland victory at Sabina Park in the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup. A small group of Pakistan fans chanted "No more Ijaz Butt" during the presentation ceremony. The Man-of-the-Match award was deservedly picked up by Junaid.

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    Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI, Lahore, May 28, 2015


    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-zimbabwe-2015/engine/match/868729.html

    Azhar ton seals first series win in two years

    Azhar Ali began his captaincy career with three straight defeats to Bangladesh, but it couldn't be put down to his batting. Now needing a win in each of the ODIs against Zimbabwe to maintain their ICC ranking, Azhar followed up a 79 in the first ODI with his second ODI hundred - both as captain - to seal only their third successful chase of 250 or more in the last four years. This was Pakistan's first series win in two years.

    A target of 269 on such a flat pitch with an innocuous attack might look an underwhelming one, but Sikandar Raza with his unbeaten 100 and Chamu Chibhabha with 99 would have thought they had got Zimbabwe into competitive territory given Pakistan's chasing record. However, there was nothing in the pitch for the bowlers, nor any genius in the Zimbabwe attack to rise above the conditions. Azhar anchored the chase patiently, with support from almost every other batsman: all batsmen reached double figures, and Zimbabwe could never manage a double breakthrough.

    Pakistan's chase began on an undesirable note: Mohammad Hafeez had injured himself in the field, thus breaking the opening partnership that added 170 in the first ODI. Sarfraz Ahmed joined Azhar at the top, and the two got off to a swift start. Azhar kept dropping the ball into the gaps, and Sarfaraz began to sweep the new-ball bowlers, a shot that consumed him with the score 46 in the ninth over.

    Despite Mohammad Hafeez's fall at the score of 68, Azhar kept scoring at close to a run a ball, walking down the wicket to chip the ball every time he needed to score quick runs. A key moment came in the 23rd over when Chibhabha dropped him at short cover. Azhar had reached 53 off 54 already, but losing him with the score just 109 would have put Pakistan under severe pressure. Instead Zimbabwe had to wait close to 10 overs for their next wicket, with the same bowler Graeme Cremer producing a leading edge to get Asad Shafiq at short cover. By then the two had added 86 for the third wicket, and Pakistan now needed just 116 off 18.2 overs.

    It is a walk in the park in modern cricket, but with Pakistan you never know. Against this Zimbabwe attack, though, they continued batting without panic. If there were any nerves, some excellent chips over extra cover by Haris Sohail settled them. Sohail's urgency allowed Azhar the inconspicuousness you love when you are nearing a hundred. By the time Azhar fell - a soft square cut straight down backward point's lap, which should annoy him - the equation had come down to 60 required off 59.

    Out come Shoaib Malik - once upon a time a cool finisher - to join Sohail, who Pakistan hope will become a cool finisher, to make sure the hosts cruised through without any dramas. It was an un-Pakistani chase in that it was neither a quick burst nor nervous. It was calm and achieved just what was required.

    The bowling effort of their fast bowlers, though, would have left them unsatisfied. Albeit on a flat pitch, this was the fourth straight time against a Pakistan attack that Zimbabwe had added at least 56 for the opening wicket. It was the spinners who inflicted major damage. Yasir Shah got two including the dangerous Sean Williams, Shoaib Malik accounted for Chibhabha and along with Mohammad Hafeez, the three spinners conceded only 86 runs in 19 overs for four wickets.

    Chibhabha, making his comeback after missing the first ODI, could have done with a more urgent opening partner. As he struck at a run a ball, Vusi Sibanda got stuck, scoring only 13 off 47 in an 83-run opening stand. Damningly for the Pakistan quicks it took a spinner to break the stand.

    Chibhabha, on the other end, didn't need to become desperate. Pakistan kept feeding his cut, and he moved sweetly along even though Yasir took two big wickets in his figures of 10-0-40-2. Before Williams lobbed one back at Yasir, stand-in captain Hamilton Masakadza fell caught by the keeper on the reverse-sweep although there wasn't conclusive evidence to support umpire Shozab Raza's decision.

    The umpire would be involved in another dubious call, in the 35th over, with Chibhabha looking for a single to bring up a maiden century and then set up for the Powerplay. From round the wicket Malik pitched outside leg, with the ball turning further down, and with the limited technology available pictures weren't clear with regards to any contact with the bat or glove. Chibhabha's reaction, though, and the painstaking walk back suggested this should have been called a wide.

    With Richmond Mutumbani scoring a Sibanda-esque 7 off 26, Zimbabwe were in real danger of being kept to a tame total. Except that Raza found good touch against the team from the country of his birth. He made room, peppered the cover boundary time and again, including scooping a near-yorker over short third man for four. Despite Raza's hundred off 84 balls, Zimbabwe enjoyed little support from the other end, and took only 112 off the last 15 overs. It proved to be too little in the end.

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    2nd ODI: Ireland v Pakistan at Belfast, May 30, 2011

    Match scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/507996.html

    Pakistan edge past fighting Ireland

    A brilliant, belligerent century by Paul Stirling wasn't enough to take Ireland to victory over Pakistan in the second ODI. A solid innings of 64 by Younis Khan ensured the visitors were not embarrassed and took the two match RSA Series in Belfast 2-0.

    Stirling played an innings that alternated between control and raw aggression as he racked up his third ODI century, his first against a Full Member. It helped set Pakistan a target of 239, which they achieved with eight balls to spare, but not before their most experienced batsmen rescued them from a tricky situation as Ireland's celebrated fielders tightened the screws.

    Stirling's innings showed great maturity for a man who has his critics in Irish cricket. He has too often been a player who raced to thrilling thirties and forites, but rarely went on. His previous highest score against a Full Member was just 52.

    But an Irish record one-day score of 177 against Canada in September showed what could be achieved and he round off the recent World Cup with a blistering ton against Netherlands. That innings was the third-fastest century in the competition's history, behind only Kevin O'Brien and Matthew Hayden.

    He thrashed three sixes and seven fours in his innings of 109, which backboned Ireland's total of 238 for eight.

    On the pitch used for Saturday's rain affected game - and after a day of warm sun in between - William Porterfield opted to take first use.

    Ireland persevered with their decision to promote Ed Joyce to open, although the Sussex batsman was rarely fluent as Junaid Khan and Umar Gul made use of the overcast conditions.

    Stirling, meanwhile, played in his usual manner and was 38 when Ireland passed fifty. Misbah turned to the spin of Saeed Ajmal and Mohammed Hafeez to slow things down, and was immediately rewarded with the wicket of Joyce. Ajmal extracted some extra bounce and Joyce edged to Mohammed Salman with the total on 65.

    Porterfield joined Stirling and was at the other end as he reached his fifty off 43 balls. The pair hoisted the hundred in the 22nd over when Stirling hoicked the ball over wide mid-on for six.

    Pakistan preferred Hammad Azam to Tanvir Ahmed and the Rawalpindi bowler's gentle medium proved useful in the conditions. But it was Mohammed Hafeez who dismissed Porterfield, bowled for 15.

    Stirling was watchful to the spinners and the rate slowed as Ajmal extracted turn on his way to 4 for 35. Stirling raced into the nineties with a sumptuous cover drive but took six more overs to reach 100, which he did with a straight drive past the bowler Azam. He passed the century mark in 94 balls.

    Rain - which threatened several times - eventually forced the players off for 15 minutes, but no overs were lost.

    Alex Cusack played a typical innings as second foil to a more aggressive batsman, and took the total to 174 before he fell charging Ajmal. He fell in the second over of the Powerplay, which Ireland struggled to exploit.

    Stirling was dropped by Junaid who made an awful hash of a gentle hook to fine leg off Saeed. But Junaid made amends next ball when he bowled Stirling for 109. Gary Wilson came out to cheers in his 100th appearance for Ireland, but although he hit the last two balls of the Powerplay for four, the five-over period yielded a miserable 23 for 2.

    Wilson hit a breezy 33 off 25 balls, but Ireland's total was probably 30-40 short of expectations as Pakistan prevented them accelerating at the death.

    Mohammed Hafeez fell in the second over as he mistimed a drive off Trent Johnston, but ODI debutant Azhar Ali and Taufeeq Umar steadied the ship in the face of accurate bowling from Boyd Rankin. The big Warwickshire man extracted bounce and pace in his nine overs, claiming Azhar to a sharp slip catch.

    At 80 for 3 Pakistan needed steady hands and were able to turn to Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq. The pair have played 300 ODIs between them - more than the whole Irish team - and were able to dictate the pace from there.

    The partnership consolidated, scoring one boundary and 30 runs off the first ten overs, but as the clouds loomed they put in a mini-charge to ensure they went ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis calculation.

    With the score on 148 John Mooney induced the thinnest of nicks off Misbah, who seemed reluctant to depart, but his wicket gave Ireland renewed hope. The feisty Umar Akmal came in and took the game by the scruff though, smashing three sixes in an innings of 60 off 48 balls.

    All the while Younis Khan was accumulating while Ireland fought for every run. Porterfield at cover saved a dozen runs as Stirling, Joyce and Mooney ensured the ring was hard to pierce.

    Having hit just two boundaries getting to 48, Younis dragged the ball into the crowd at midwicket to complete his fifty. He perished chipping to Kevin O'Brien off Cusack trying to hit the winning runs.

    Stirling was named as Man of the Match, but it was Pakistan's day.

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    2nd Test: England v Pakistan at Manchester, May 31-Jun 4, 2001

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/63933.html

    At Manchester, May 31, June 1, 2, 3, 4. Pakistan won by 108 runs. Toss: Pakistan.

    This was Test cricket at its twisting, turning best. At tea on the last day, England were 196 for two and on course for the draw that would have brought them a fifth consecutive series win for the first time in 30 years. But eight wickets fell in a frantic, fractious final session, sparking scenes of jubilation from Pakistan's horn-blowing, flag-waving fans. Four batsmen were dismissed by no-balls which, amid the flurry of appeals, the umpires failed to spot. This was bad luck for England, but it couldn't detract from the truth: the better side had won, extending England's dismal record at Old Trafford to a solitary victory since 1981.

    The star of the show was Inzamam-ul-Haq, who came within 15 runs of emulating Steve Waugh's twin hundreds here in 1997 as he toyed with the bowlers like a cuddly lion pawing a mouse. He inspired Pakistan on the opening day, first keeping his head above water while the ship threatened to go down, then powering full steam ahead to leave England floundering; he averted another mini-crisis in the second innings; and he moved into third place on Pakistan's all-time run-list, ahead of Zaheer Abbas.

    England weren't helped by Hussain's absence. The captaincy passed to Stewart, and Knight came into the middle order; in the only other change from Lord's, Hoggard - winning his second cap almost a year after his first - replaced fellow-Yorkshireman Sidebottom. Pakistan, who warmed up for the game with a trip to Blackpool's pleasure beach, brought in off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq for Shoaib Akhtar, and Faisal Iqbal for Salim Elahi.

    Under heaving skies, the match got off to a breathless start. Caddick reduced Pakistan to 92 for four, only for Inzamam, caught behind off a Cork no-ball on 31, to throw his weight around. England's bowlers were hindered by a strong wind, but that only partly explained the long-hops and leg-stump half-volleys now served up. Inzamam greedily tucked in, working anything on his stumps through mid-wicket and biffing the short stuff over square leg en route to his 14th Test century. He added 141 for the fifth wicket with Younis Khan - an aesthetic mixture of subcontinental wrists and MCC left elbow - before Hoggard trapped Younis leg-before on the stroke of tea. When Inzamam slashed Hoggard to gully, England sensed an opening. Rashid Latif had other ideas. Stealing singles and whipping balls off his pads with panache, he helped the score to 370 for eight by the close. Not since 1992, when Pakistan themselves hit 388 for three, also at Old Trafford, had any side scored so heavily on the opening day of a Test in England.

    England wrapped up the innings next morning for 403, Latif reaching a Test-best 71, but lost both openers at 15. Now Thorpe and Vaughan embarked on the most thrilling partnership by two English batsmen since Thorpe himself and Hussain slew Australia at Edgbaston in 1997. In the form of his life, Thorpe cut with great certainty, while Vaughan was masterful off front and back foot, especially through the off. Early on the third morning, Thorpe moved to his ninth Test hundred, and Vaughan followed him to his first - getting there in bizarre fashion with a six that included four overthrows.

    The game now turned on its head. Having equalled his Test-best 138, Thorpe hustled for one single too many and was beaten by Wasim's athleticism to end a record all-wicket partnership for England against Pakistan (267). When Vaughan gloved Waqar Younis down the leg side five balls later, the floodgates opened. Ward was caught red-handed trying to pinch a second run after a misfield, Knight nibbled at an out-swinger, and then Cork flapped feebly to mid-off to begin a procession of four wickets in four overs. Stewart was left unbeaten on 39 after failing to protect the tail.

    Pakistan led by 46, but lost three for 63 and again turned to Inzamam for salvation. Dropped at second slip on 36 - Knight's third miss of the match - Inzamam shared in another stand of 141, this time with Yousuf Youhana. They fell in consecutive overs, Youhana given out caught at slip off the peak of his helmet, but England again failed to run through the lower order and were left with a target of 370 in 112 overs. Atherton and Trescothick gave them a rollicking start and reduced the equation to 285 off 90 overs by stumps. A nation speculated excitedly.

    On the final morning, England made a cautious 64 runs for the loss of Atherton, bowled through the gate after his fourth century opening stand with Trescothick. But straight after lunch they were outmanoeuvred. Saqlain - the key player on a pitch now providing turn and bounce - bowled into the rough outside Trescothick's leg stump; in ten overs England managed just ten runs. Having bored them out of the game, Waqar could now attack at leisure. Trescothick reached his second Test century, Vaughan fell soon after, and at tea England, with eight wickets in hand, needed 174 off 32 overs.

    A draw looked on the cards, but the second new ball triggered another England collapse. Waqar skittled Thorpe, Trescothick touched a leg-side bouncer from Wasim, and Stewart padded up to a straight one from the tireless Saqlain. Then the controversy began. Wasim trapped Knight with a huge no-ball that went uncalled by umpire Nicholls, and with successive deliveries Saqlain had Ward caught behind cutting and Caddick dumbfounded by the "doosra". On both occasions, he had overstepped; more to the point, England had lost four for one in 13 balls. Cork and Gough dug in, but with barely seven overs left Cork fell to yet another Saqlain no-ball. Gough slashed to point next over and the Pakistani fans rushed on to the pitch. They could hardly believe their luck; nor could the Australians, watching in London on television.

    Man of the Match: Inzamam-ul-Haq. Attendance: 63,502; receipts £644,795. Men of the Series: England - G. P. Thorpe; Pakistan - Inzamam-ul-Haq.

    Close of play: First day, Pakistan 370-8 (Rashid Latif 64*, Saqlain Mushtaq 2*); Second day, England 204-2 (Vaughan 84*, Thorpe 98*); Third day, Pakistan 87-3 (Inzamam-ul-Haq 25*, Yousuf Youhana 3*); Fourth day, England 85-0 (Atherton 30*, Trescothick 47*).

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    This was an absolute belter of a game. Something maybe the current team can look back on for inspiration. Yes we had a bit of luck with the no ball issue, but who cares!
     
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    Also anniversary of the 1999 Bangladesh v Pakistan World Cup match.

    Suicidal run outs, awful dismissals and wickets gifted away after a lacklustre bowling display where we conceded 28 wides. Over rate was so poor we had to chase in 49 overs.

    Either we were corrupt or incompetent. Neither option is great !

    But thankfully we've had better performances on this day - that 2001 Old Trafford Test mentioned above was superb after the innings defeat at Lords.
     
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    Asia Cup, 4th Match: Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka, Jun 2, 2000

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65702.html

    At Dhaka, June 2 (day/night). Pakistan won by 233 runs. Toss: Pakistan.

    Pakistan entered the tournament in style by recording what was then the widest margin of victory in a limited-overs international, surpassing Australia's 232-run defeat of Sri Lanka at Adelaide in 1984-85. They also ran up the highest total in the Asia Cup, and dismissed their hosts for the lowest, which was also Bangladesh's lowest score in any one-day international. Saeed Anwar and Imran Nazir raced away at eight an over against indifferent bowling and the onslaught continued with Nazir and Yousuf Youhana both reaching 80. Inzamam-ul-Haq reinforced Pakistan's dominance with a dazzling 61-ball 75. In reply, only two Bangladeshis reached double figures. After Habibul Bashar steered them to 47 for one in the 14th over, they lost six wickets for nine runs in 30 balls. It was a third thrashing in three games for Bangladesh - and emphatic revenge for Pakistan after their embarrassing defeat in the 1999 World Cup.

    Man of the Match: Imran Nazir.

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    Sensational victory. What a game. What a team. Magical.
     
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    Hope you guys are enjoying this trip down memory lane!
     
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    Pakistan tour of England, 1st Test: England v Pakistan at Birmingham, Jun 3-8, 1971

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/63073.html

    Great batting performance from Pakistan putting up a total of 608/7 declared thanks mainly to Zaheer Abbas scoring 274. Centuries also for Mushtaq Mohammed and Asif Iqbal.

    England were bowled out for 353 (Asif Masood 5/111) and asked to follow on. They finished on 229/5 (Asif Masood 4/49) as the match was drawn.

    Pakistan took all the honours. They had a wonderful chance of winning when rain intervened on the last day. After making 608 for seven they dismissed England for 353, enforced the follow-on and by the close of the fourth day had their opponents 184 for three in their second innings. Then came the rain. Play was not possible on the fifth day until just after 5 p.m. and then after 14.5 overs bad light sent the players off England still 26 behind with only five wickets left.

    On an easy paced pitch five centuries were made and the most remarkable was that by Zaheer Abbas, whose 274 was the highest individual score made by a Pakistan batsman against England. It fell only four short of D. C. S. Compton's 278, the highest for England against Pakistan, at Trent Bridge in 1954. Zaheer and Mushtaq Mohammed enjoyed a record second-wicket stand of 291, while Asif Iqbal with 104 not out emphasized Pakistan's immense batting strength. England would have been in a sorry state but for Knott's attacking 116 in the first innings and Luckhurst's defiant 108 not out in the second.

    After returning home from Australia with the Ashes, England entered the match in understandably confident mood, Amiss of Warwickshire being the only member of the team not to have been in the tour party. Both Boycott and Snow were unfit.

    Pakistan gave a first Test cap to their eighteen-year-old all-rounder, Imran Khan, because of the illness of Salim Altaf. They must have been surprised at the ease with which runs came after winning the toss. Ward's thrid delivery struck Afthab on the head and he had to retire to have the wound stitched. This brought in Zaheer and one soon appreciated that he was a batsman out of the ordinary. He was particularly strong on the leg side, piercing the field with ease. Sadiq's was the only wicket England took on the first day when Pakistan finished at 270 for one, Zaheer 159; Mushtaq 72. The pair scored 82 in an hour after tea.

    Next morning Mushtaq was out after batting nine minutes short of six hours but Zaheer stayed for nine hours ten minutes, hitting thirty-eight 4's before a sweep at Illingworth brought his downfall. When he reached 261, Zaheer became the first batsman to complete 1,000 runs in the English season. He said afterwards that he had not felt too tired and was thinking in terms of the world Test record just before he was dismissed.

    Asif Iqbal punished the dispirited bowlers on Zaheer's departure and Intikhab allowed the innings to run into the third morning when Iqbal completed his century which came in just over three hours.

    England began disastrously against Asif Masood, who dismissed Edrich, Cowdrey and Amiss in his first 8.1 overs at a cost of 25 runs. A viscious break back was his most effective ball. Luckhurst fought hard and d'Oliveria hit back with 73 in two and a quarter hours. It included twenty-one 4's and a feast of audacious footwork. He was soon out on the Monday morning and before lunch England followed on for the first time against Pakistan.

    Asif Masood, although stricken with stomach trouble, again caused England to struggle, dismissing Edrich at 34, before he had to leave the field. Luckhurst and Cowdrey made a determined effort to pull the game round, but when Asif Masood came back he claimed Cowdrey with his first delivery. Amiss fell to a bouncer before the close when England were 184 for three and the new ball only nine overs away.

    Then the rain came to England's aid. But Luckhurst was unbeaten at the end having completed 1,000 Test runs for his country in less than a year and scored a century on his first appearance against Pakistan. Asif Masood finished with nine wickets for 160 in the match and had Salim been there to give him support even the rain might not have saved England. Much of the match was played in dull, cool weather and the total attendance was no more than 25,000.

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    Pakistan level series against West Indies with big win


    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/PAK_IN_WI/SCORECARDS/PAK_WI_T2_03-07JUN2005.html

    At Kingston, June 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 2005. Pakistan won by 136 runs. Toss: Pakistan.

    Pakistan completed their first Test victory in the Caribbean for 17 years on the final morning to share the honours in this brief series. Lara produced another scintillating hundred, Danish Kaneria mesmerised West Indies on the fourth evening, and Inzamamul- Haq led the way for Pakistan on his return with crucial innings of 50 and 117 not out. Yet everything else in the match may be forgotten before Courtney Browne's error on the third afternoon. With Pakistan unsteady at 119 for three - only 89 in front - Browne put down a straightforward catch offered first ball by Inzamam off Collymore, who had already removed Shoaib Malik and Asim Kamal in the same over.

    Inzamam made the most of his good fortune - which also involved being caught behind off a no-ball when 92 - in grinding his way to a 22nd Test century that played West Indies out of the match. It was a most unkind fate for Browne, an exemplary player and team man. But that counted little to the media and public, who instantly recalled his lapse on this same ground on his Test debut in 1994-95, that allowed Steve Waugh to turn 42 into 200 and enabled Australia to claim the victory that ended West Indies' 15-year unbeaten run in Test series. The strikes may have been ten years apart, but lightning hit the same place and the same man twice.

    The game had started calmly enough, with Younis Khan stroking an entertaining 106 to provide the foundation of a solid Pakistani total of 374. But at 247 for three, they were set for far more before Collymore took over. On the ground where he had devastated Sri Lanka with seven for 57 two years previously, he adhered religiously to an off-stump line, snared six of the last seven wickets and returned figures of seven for 78.

    An explosive innings by Gayle - 33 from 22 balls - proved deceptive, and at 59 for two Lara strode to the middle with anticipation in the air. His measured, assured start was ominous for Pakistan, and it was with a sense of inevitability that he crafted his 30th Test hundred - his fourth in five matches, and one that took him past Don Bradman's tally of 29. As at Bridgetown, Lara singled out the leg-spin of Kaneria for special treatment. Kaneria did remove Chanderpaul with the final ball of the second day, but next morning was banned for the rest of the innings by umpire Hair for following through down the middle of the pitch once too often. Shabbir Ahmed also had his problems with running on the pitch, but it was his bowling action that continued to cause comment, especially when he claimed Lara with a spiteful lifter with the second new ball after a majestic 153.

    Hinds, the last man out for a forceful 63, played boldly to give his side a slender lead, and the possibility of a psychological advantage if they could claim some early wickets on the third afternoon. But Malik and Yasir Hameed put on 66 at a run a minute before Collymore picked up from where he left off in the first innings. Then came Browne's grievous mistake, which deflated the West Indian players and gave Inzamam a lifeline, and Pakistan a lead of 279, even though they lost their last six wickets for 42. The diminutive Best, back for only his second Test of the Caribbean season, claimed four wickets, as did Collymore, who completed match figures of 11 for 134, the best in any Test at Kingston, surpassing Hines Johnson's ten for 96 against England in 1947-48.

    West Indies needed at least one major innings to threaten their target of 280, but the Pakistanis were in no mood to waste the opportunity. They were frustrated by prolonged afternoon showers following Gayle's dismissal, but clearing skies - and Sabina Park's vastly improved drainage - allowed play to continue on the fourth evening almost until sunset, by which time West Indies were floundering at 114 for six. It was Kaneria's time to shine after the beltings he had endured in the previous three innings: Sarwan trod on his stumps, Lara touched a leg-side catch to the impressive Kamran Akmal, Chanderpaul was lbw to one that barely rose off the ground, and West Indies were in tatters at 56 for four. Kaneria also removed Smith for 49 just before the close, and started the last rites on a sunny final morning by having Powell taken at silly point to complete another five-wicket haul. Shabbir cleaned up the last three wickets. When Best spooned a catch to Afridi, running back at mid-off, it gave Pakistan victory and marked the end of one distinguished Test career: umpire David Shepherd (who had rejected the idea of a special-dispensation farewell match at Lord's because he did not want a fuss) was retiring after 92 Tests. "It's been a very long road but basically a very happy one," he said.

    Man of the Match: Danish Kaneria. Man of the Series: B. C. Lara.

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    Asia Cup, 5th Match: India v Pakistan at Dhaka, Jun 3, 2000

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65703.html

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    Youhana bats Pakistan into Asia Cup final

    India lost the toss - and just about everything that followed. They were beaten hands down in the batting department while the bowlers had the worst possible day. If Ganguly was upset about experienced cricketers not applying themselves in the defeat against Sri Lanka he would certainly be upset with the showing his youngsters put up today. When your opening bowlers give away 161 runs between them, the match is halfway lost. The other half proved equally painful as India slumped to 251 all out and were knocked out of the seventh Asia Cup, going down to Pakistan by 44 runs at the Bangabandhu stadium on Saturday.

    Imran Nazir must be controlled. There must be some kind of law prohibiting the assault he launched on the Indians. Hitting cleanly, Nazir took the Indian bowlers to task in the severest possible manner. Neither the inexperienced Thirunavukarasu Kumaran nor the even more inexperienced Amit Bhandari could stop him.

    As is usually the case, the ball was thrown to Anil Kumble in distress. Brought on to bowl the ninth over, Kumble sent down a good, tight over, the first maiden of the day. In just his second over, Kumble drew first blood for India as Saeed Anwar hit a ball straight to Kumaran at long on. Even as the first wicket fell, Pakistan had 74 runs on the board. Before the scoreboard could tick over, Imran Nazir followed his senior partner back to the pavilion. In similar fashion he holed out to Ajit Agarkar in the deep.

    Shahid Afridi joined Yousuf Youhana and the latter played the kind of innings that people will remember for a long time to come. No pomp. No splendour. But he never ever gave the bowlers a chance. Knocking the ball neatly around the park, using the angled bat to great effect, Youhana sealed one end up. He brought up his fifty in 90 balls, rather slow one might say for a limited overs international. But when Kumaran sent down the last ball of the innings and that promptly disappeared off Youhana's blade over the long on fence, it was a fairy tale finish. Youhana's second fifty had come off just 23 balls. Ending on a neat, unbeaten 100, Youhana looked up to the skies and made the sign of the cross in gratitude.

    While Youhana gave the Indians a lesson in maturity, Moin Khan did what he is best at. Swatting the ball into the gaps and running furiously between the wickets, the wily stumper picked up a run a ball 46. Attempting to go down the wicket and cut a wide ball from Agarkar, Moin Khan departed with the score on 195. With only 10 overs to go the score of 300 which looked on the cards earlier seemed an unlikely scenario. All that changed as Youhana shifted into top gear, pressed the accelerator and left the Indians standing in a cloud of dust. If he was the hero of this well scripted innings, his supporting cast was not far behind. Abdur Razzaq, Wasim Akram and Azhar Mahmood all came up with timely cameos to take Pakistan to an imposing 295.

    In the end, Kumaran pipped Bhandari to the post for the award of most expensive bowler. Giving away 86 runs of his 10 overs, the Tamil Nadu medium pacer will have nightmares of this game. Not far behind with 75 to his tally, Bhandari will perhaps smart a little more as his debut was one that was predominantly without joy. Although he did pick up a couple of consolation wickets, it was, at the end of the day an eminently forgettable performance.

    After putting close to three hundred on the board, the two Akrams, Wasim and Mohammed began well without luck. Sharp as ever, Akram had his first scalp when Sourav Ganguly flashed hard at a ball outside the off stump and edged the ball to the waiting hands of Mohammed Akram at third man. There was justice after all. A few balls earlier Ganguly nicked a ball through to the 'keeper and despite vehement appeals was ruled not out by umpire Asoka de Silva. If that was the first bit of luck that went in India's favour there was more to follow. First Mohammed Akram trapped Tendulkar plumb in front off a no ball. If that was not enough, Rahul Dravid gloved a ball that was well down the leg side through to the 'keeper. The Pakistani team converged on Moin Khan and celebrated but Asoka de Silva once more stood in their way. In disbelief they returned to their positions. As is always the case, Dravid added insult to injury by putting away the next two balls that followed to the fence. As it turned out neither Dravid nor Tendulkar made it to their 30s. Abdur Razzaq struck dual blows, trapping Tendulkar and Dravid plumb in front with his brand of naggingly accurate medium pace.

    Much depended on Azhar and the Hyderabadi once again failed to deliver the goods. The wrists that have won him fans the world over turned against him as he flicked a ball on his pads to Imran Nazir. Taking a sharp catch close to the ground, Nazir sent Azhar on his way.

    At 74/4 there were no miracles that could save India. Robin Singh and Ajay Jadeja, who have at times pulled India out of holes found this abyss too deep. After making 20 odd, Singh ran himself out.

    Jadeja proceeded to play the kind of innings that has become famous for. A brave half century in a lost cause. After getting his eye well in, Jadeja lofted the ball efficiently. A couple of dropped catches later Jadeja had helped himself to a big half century while the asking rate began its one way climb upwards.

    Mongia and Kumble dutifully did their bits as lower order batsmen. Agarkar combined with Jadeja to strike a few clean blows. By this time it was only a case of delaying the inevitable.

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    2nd T20I: Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Hambantota, Jun 3, 2012

    Match scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/sri-lanka-v-pakistan-2012/engine/match/562438.html

    All-round Shahid Afridi helps square series

    Shahid Afridi rescued a limp Pakistan innings from despair and built his team a middling total with an aggressive half-century that was pragmatically constructed. He then proceeded to tenaciously defend his hard work, and by the time he was through with his spell, Sri Lanka had severely depleted resources to complete an arduous task. The upshot was that Pakistan left Hambantota with the series level at 1-1, and Afridi with his seventh Player-of-the-Match award, a Twenty20 record.

    The second T20 played out in a manner remarkably similar to the first, two days ago, only with roles reversed. On Friday, Sri Lanka had chosen to bat and then collapsed, before a hard-hitting cameo lifted them. Today, it was Pakistan. On Friday, in pursuit of a modest total, Pakistan had been dismissed for less than 100. Today, it was Sri Lanka.

    Pakistan's innings was a non-starter until half of it was over, with the Sri Lankan bowlers providing meagre opportunities to score while running through the top order. Nuwan Kulasekara bowled sharp inswingers and struck the first blow; Isuru Udana, playing for his country after nearly three years, started with a maiden; and the legspinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi had success in his first two overs. Sri Lanka, who had rested Mahela Jayawardene and Lasith Malinga, had Pakistan for the taking at 41 for 4 after 10.1 overs.

    Afridi and Malik started the recovery by rotating strike frequently. When Afridi showed intent by driving the offspinner Sachithra Senanayake to the cover boundary twice, Malik began to play second fiddle, but that did not stop him from taking three consecutive fours off Lokuarachchi in the 15th over. Malik stepped out of his crease to loft the first ball to long-on and drive the second through extra cover. Predicting the bowler would flatten his trajectory, Malik stayed back, and pulled the short ball through midwicket.

    Their partnership of 68 had a lot of urgent running between the wickets before Afridi began to shift through his gears. He whipped Thisara Perera to the cow-corner boundary, a stroke that had a resemblance to MS Dhoni's helicopter, and lofted inside out through cover. Afridi was dropped on 42 but Malik was not the very next ball. Afridi ended the 19th over with the innings' first six, a blow back over the bowler's - Perera - head. He had begun the over by hitting the ball straight as well, only that went for four. He got to his 50 off 30 balls and dragged Pakistan to 122.

    Sri Lanka had reached 19 for 0 before Kumar Sangakkara slapped Yasir Arafat, who was playing his first international in two years, to cover point. Kulasekara walked in at No. 3, to the surprise and amusement of Tillakaratne Dilshan waiting in the middle, presumably to pinch-hit. He wasn't as good against the new ball as he was with it. All Kulasekara did was play three dots before giving Arafat a second wicket in the fourth over, which cost Pakistan only one run. The third over, from the nippy Sohail Tanvir, had cost only one as well.

    Afridi made his entrance in the eighth over, with Sri Lanka 38 for 2, and what an entrance it was. He had two confident lbw appeals against Chamara Kapugedera and another thunderous shout against Dilshan turned down in his first four balls. All those deliveries were quicker ones going on with the arm. Dilshan tried to cut the fifth. He missed, and Afridi did not need the umpire this time.

    He and Saeed Ajmal began to squeeze the batsmen; only 25 runs came in the five overs they bowled in tandem. In the last of those overs, the 12th, Kapugedera clubbed Afridi for six over long-on, relieving pressure for Sri Lanka. The next ball was a slider that slid between bat and pad and bowled him. Lahiru Thirimanne once again eased the pressure by taking 10 runs off Mohammad Hafeez's only over. Afridi heaped it back on by conceding only one run in his last over.

    Sri Lanka now needed 48 off 36 balls and Afridi could do no more. Tanvir, however, all but shut them out of the game with another miserly over in which he dismissed Dinesh Chandimal. The asking rate was approaching 10 an over and the lower-order batsmen found Mohammad Sami's pace too quick to score off. Three perished while trying.

    The game ended when Angelo Mathews, the youngest Sri Lankan captain since Arjuna Ranatunga, mis-hit the ball towards long-off in the final over. The fielder ran in from the boundary and tumbled forward to catch the ball and dismiss the hosts for 99. It was Afridi.

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    1st Test: England v Pakistan at Birmingham, Jun 4-8, 1992

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/63575.html

    At Birmingham, June 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Drawn. Toss: England. The game was a disappointing start to a series which promised so much, but not one without its controversy, emotion and memorable moments of cricket. The opening two days were saturated by rain, and the last three drowned in runs as England and Pakistan warily squared up, threw a couple of jabs and then retreated with honours even.

    The central story of the Edgbaston Test unfurled before a ball had been bowled. Of the successful England side which finished the series in New Zealand, Tufnell, Lawrence and Reeve were all recovering from injury or illness. Without the muscle of Lawrence or the guile of Tufnell, the bowling attack looked frighteningly bland, so England's squad included the uncapped pair, Munton and Salisbury, and Ramprakash, who was recalled to bolster the batting. Attention focused on Salisbury. The 22-year-old Sussex player was poised to become England's first specialist leg-spinner since Robin Hobbs in 1971. On the eve of the Test, Gooch inspected the newly laid, untried Edgbaston pitch and announced that Salisbury would play. On Thursday morning, less than half an hour before he would have handed in his team-sheet, the rain arrived. By the time play was possible mid-way through the second day, Gooch, wary of dampness in the pitch and the atmosphere, had to tell Salisbury the team had been revised; England were playing safe with the extra batsman, Ramprakash.

    Salisbury's omission was a bad decision, as Gooch later conceded. When play did start on Friday the conditions counted for nothing. Gooch put Pakistan in, but only two deliveries were possible and three runs scored before the umpires offered the light. On Thursday, refunds were offered to 8,500 ticket-holders, but on Friday there was no compensation for 15,000, under the Test and County Cricket Board's rules, because there had been play - however brief. Angry supporters, who had paid up to £26, gathered outside the pavilion while officials were ushered out of a side door. The Board's offer to Friday's ticket-holders of free entry on the last day of a match already doomed did nothing to mollify the protesters. (Later in the year, a Small Claims Court said the Board had been unfair to people who could not have read the conditions on the tickets before they brought them.)

    The remaining three days became little more than high-class batting practice on a soulless wicket; 902 runs were scored while 11 wickets fell, as frustrated bowlers ran in with no hope and little heart. In contrast to England, Pakistan introduced three new caps: fluent left-handed opener Aamir Sohail, Inzamam-Ul-Haq, the powerfully built and exciting middle-order batsman, and Ata-Ur-Rehman, a teenage pace bowler of much promise, who had been summoned from Pakistan as cover for the injured Wasim Akram. But it was the old firm of Javed Miandad and Salim Malik who dominated the innings and the English bowlers. Together they scored 322, a record for any wicket between the countries. Defreitas had given England false hope by reducing Pakistan to 110 for three shortly after lunch, but Miandad and Malik soon brought home reality. Malik batted with his usual calm and grace for his highest score in Tests, while Miandad played the artful dodger and pocketed runs at will to reach his 23rd Test century. When 14 he overtook G. Boycott as Test cricket's fourth most prolific run-scorer. Gooch tried seven bowlers but his only alternative to seam was Hick's steady off-spin. The cause was not aided by a spate of dropped chances.

    With the first day washed out, the follow-on margin was reduced from 200 runs to 150, and Miandad's declaration at 446 for four left England needing 297 to avoid any embarrassment. They achieved their target comfortably and in some style, Pakistan, also employing seven bowlers had more variety, but no one could coax life from such a pitch. Stewart took greatest advantage. Having established himself as Gooch's new opening partner on the winter tour, he opened the series with his most convincing Test innings to date. With sublime timing he hit 31 boundaries in 190 runs, his fourth century in his last five Tests, and by far his largest. When he was third, out after nine minutes under six hours, England were already safe. Smith, who had added 227 with Stewart, pushed on to his seventh Test century - all scored in England- but no other batsman really seized his chance. Hick played well for his maiden fifty on his eighth Test, but missed out on the big score which would have eased his nerves; Ramprakash, also in need of runs, fell second ball to Rehman who had evidently not been told the game was dead and still tore in enthusiastically, as if it could somehow be transformed. He was rewarded with three wickets in five overs before a thunderstorm brought an end. The Test was the first in England to have a reference to support the umpires: former Australian batsman Bob Cowper had little to do except stay awake.

    Man of the Match: A. J. Stewart.

    Attendance: 51,377; receipts £766,668.

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    Asia Cup, 6th Match: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Jun 5, 2000

    Match Scorecard - http://m.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65704.html

    Pakistan stun Sri Lanka with lightning display in the field

    Pakistan rolled to an easy seven wicket triumph over Sri Lanka in a puerile final round robin game at the seventh Pepsi Asia Cup in Dhaka this evening. Set a target of 193, Yousof Youhana was the prime mover in the Pakistani reply as the Lankans tried everything to nip his budding second wicket stand with Mohd. Wasim, including an attempt by Upul Chandana to physically incapacitate Youhana with a throw that homed in on his elbow as he raced between the wickets.

    The batsman was in no mood to forgive that assault on his person as he carved out an unbeaten 90, hitting a six each off Aravinda and Jayusiriya at either end of the ground, besides stroking eight boundaries. It took Youhana's tournament tally to 270 at an average of 270.00! Wasim had been seen off by Muralitharan for a patient 44, after compiling 107 in association with Youhana, and Inzamam-ul-Haq holed out to midon on the doorstep of victory. The Pakistanis even weathered a ball change two runs adrift before closing the game out unhurriedly in the 49th over.

    The Pakistani win was abetted in part by some untypically sloppy running between the wickets by the Sri Lankans after they were inserted. The islanders batted as though in a daze, without a trace of their usual peppiness, excepting for one bright spark when Marvan Atapattu and Upul Chandana joined hands in the middle of the innings. When the fifth run out terminated the innings in the penultimate over, Dav Whatmore bolted into the confines of the dressing room with murder in his eye. If looks could kill, the Sri Lankans would not have emerged into the twilight to take the field.

    Although Pakistan rested three of their biggest cannons, Saeed Anwar, Wasim Akram and Abdur Razzaq, the Lankans took the field in full earnest. Chandana returned for Dilshan and Sajeewa de Silva was given an outing in place of his fellow left arm seamer, Nuwan Zoysa. Shoaib Malik knocked the middle stump clean out of the ground from short mid wicket to send Aravinda de Silva packing for 2 but Sanath Jayasuriya briefly threatened to impose his stamp on the proceedings, spanking five boundaries in a run a ball 28, until Mahmood got him to topedge an intended pull to Arshad Khan at mid off. Four runs later, providence smiled on Marvan Atapattu, then on 10, as he flicked Mohd. Akram with pinpoint precision to mid wicket where Mohd. Wasim contrived to floor the offering.

    While Pakistan's catching woes continued to spill over from the last match, one man lifted them in the field with some spectacular athleticism. Imran Nazir is a pure joy to watch whether he's firing from the batting crease or prowling in the environs of point. Vice captain Mahela Jayawardene was taken out cheaply by Mahmood but Atapattu and Russell Arnold added exactly 50 for the fourth wicket as Sri Lanka mounted a slow recovery. The run outs, in quick sequence, of Arnold and Romesh Kaluwitharana, put short shrift to any ambitious restoration plans.

    Atapattu and Chandana added 62 in under 12 overs as the latter provided some sparse entertainment to the multitudes, executing a six off Shoaib Malik and then belting paceman Shabbir Khan over long on for another. Atapattu had been a picture of sobriety, passing 50 in 89 balls, but a delightful roll of the wrists to beat fine leg indicated that his appetite had now been whetted. When Nazir at point sent him on his way for 62 (105 balls) with a glorious diving snaffle, which had to be confirmed by TV umpire Akhter Uddin Shahin, the innings rapidly went downhill. The last five wickets plunged for 25 runs as Shoaib Malik, the other bundle of energy on the field, took two catches to add to the two run outs he effected earlier. Chandana made a gallant 46 (57 balls) while Azhar Mahmood, returning after a long injury layoff, took three scalps for minimal cost.

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    Amazing thread. So many wonderful memories from 1999-2005.

    Pakistan cricket has lost its aura.
     
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    @chandtara really nice thread. But aren't you overdoing it when you claim Tests vs Bangladesh as 'classics'? They just coincidentally occurred on a particular date, nothing special about some of them. Crap arguably.
     
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    This thread is just a trip down memory lane, looking back at any victory for the men in green. There will be victories against some of the lesser teams, there will be some crap teams that we have beaten within the thread too. I will be throwing in a couple of drawn games too. Just something to look back at for me.
     
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    Asia Cup, Final: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Dhaka, Jun 7, 2000

    Match Scorecard - http://m.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65705.html

    Inspired Moin guides Pakistan to first Asia Cup triumph

    The day began with two minutes of respectful silence commemorating Sri Lanka's War Heroes. It ended with the deafening cheers celebrating the first time Pakistan has lifted the Asia Cup. A pumped up, driven Pakistan won an exciting match by 39 runs.

    A packed crowd Bangabandhu National Stadium yelled themselves sore as Moin Khan's Pakistan dazzled under the lights. The ovation could have been louder only at Lahore. In a replay of the innings he played in the semifinals of the 1992 World Cup, Moin Khan snatched 56 in 31 balls and powered Pakistan to a potentially match winning total of 277 for 4. In 1992, at Auckland, Moin Khan swatted, chipped, swept and hoicked New Zealand out of the World Cup. On the 7th of June 2000, eight years later, Moin Khan dished out the same treatment to the hapless Lankans.

    If Moin Khan delivered the punch that knocked out Sri Lanka, it was Saeed Anwar and Inzamam ul Haq who fattened them up for the kill. When he was batting with just 18 runs to his credit, Anwar was the beneficiary of the first of seven bits of generosity that the Lankans extended to the Pakistanis. If Dav Whatmore was an unhappy man when Sri Lanka gave away five wickets to run outs in their previous game, Trevor Chappell, the fielding coach, would have gone through various phases today. First mild irritation, then anger, followed by exasperation. When an international team grasses seven catches in the course of 50 overs in the final of a tournament there is certainly something wrong.

    Anwar has always been a bad man to drop early in his innings. As soon as he was dropped, Anwar made the Lankans pay, pulling Zoysa viciously for six. You give the man an inch and he'll take every mile possible. Driving home the point, Anwar made 82 majestic runs before he swept a ball from Jayasuriya into the waiting hands of Muralitharan at short fine leg.

    After Anwar had departed, the big man from Multan, Inzamam ul Haq, took charge of the Pakistani batting. Although he began shakily, not timing the ball in his lazy manner, Inzamam grew in stature as the innings progressed. When he developed cramps and was allowed a runner, Inzamam licked his lips in anticipation. All he had to do from then on was stand around and strike the ball. On his behalf, the athletic Imran Nazir sprinted between the wickets. Drawing inspiration from each other, Moin Khan and Nazir ran possessed between the wickets.

    In a fourth wicket stand that yielded 104 runs in a 10 overs and a ball, Pakistan had come good in this big final. The last five overs saw Moin at his innovative best. Whether he was walking across the stumps and whipping the ball over short fine leg or charging down the wicket and swatting the ball over mid on, the result was the same. Three times it was boundaries and four times maximum.

    All the while when Moin went berserk, Inzamam was chuckling away at the other end and quietly piling up the runs. When Moin did a Youhana and hit the last ball of the innings for six over long on, Inzamam had an unbeaten 66 ball 72 in the bag.

    The Pakistani innings was hardly evenly paced. Having restricted the Lankans to 205 off 45 overs, they gave away a staggering 72 runs in the last five overs. The two spinners, Upul Chandana and Muthiah Muralitharan gave away just 85 runs in the 20 overs they bowled. The rest however compensated for all the good work by going for almost six and a half runs an over.

    In response, the Lankans predictably kept Aravinda de Silva back and reverted to opening with Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana. The little stumper's cup of woe was filled to the brim as he attempted a non existent third run taking on the arm of Anwar in the deep. A flat throw found its way to Moin Khan's gloves right above the stumps and Kalu was well short of his ground. Sri Lanka's pinch hitting experiment with Vaas was a thumping failure as the south paw barely made it to double figures before his stumps were destroyed by an express yorker from Mohammed Akram.

    Marvan Attapattu joined his captain out in the middle and provided the stability that Lanka so badly needed chasing a large total. Jayasuriya struck the ball as well as he has in a long time and looked like he might deliver when it counted most. Against the grain of play Jayasuriya tapped a ball from Mohammed Akram back down the wicket. The Pakistani fast bowler pouched the catch and celebrated wildly as the Lankan captain walked out dejectedly.

    Aravinda de Silva flattered. And deceived. Playing excessively cautiously, De Silva made 20 off more than twice as many balls before pulling spinner Arshad Khan straight to Youhana on the fence. The Pakistani celebrations gave away the fact that they believed that the match was all but over.

    Not quite. Atapattu played the kind of innings that rarely leaves you stranded in the losing team. He showed why he is considered one of the finer exponents of playing the ball with a straight bat in the game today. In the company of the energetic Russell Arnold, Atapattu brought the required rate close to manageable levels. Arnold timed the ball impeccably, swinging effortlessly through the line. Unfortunately for Sri Lanka, Arnold's innings ended just when things were looking up for Lanka. His 44 ball essay included 4 boundaries and 2 clean strikes that sailed over the ropes and yielded 41 runs.

    Mahela Jayawardane, who has thus far failed to live up to his position as vice captain failed once more. Attempting a single against the lethal arm of Afridi was found well short of his ground. With just one stump to aim at, the youngster let rip a violently powerful throw that pegged the stumps back.

    When Atapattu was well set and began to look like he might change Pakistan's well written script, Wasim Akram was brought back into the attack. Bowling with good pace, Akram slipped Atapattu an eminently drivable ball outside the off stump. Flashing hard, Atapattu could only manage a fine nick as the ball zipped through to Moin Khan. On some days even a hundred off 124 balls isn't enough to seal victory.

    Upul Chandana kept the defending champions in the running with a brisk 24, but found a Wasim Akram yorker too hot to handle. The sound of the stumps rattling signaled the end of the Lankan chase.

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    NatWest Series, 1st Match: England v Pakistan at Birmingham, Jun 7, 2001

    Match Scorecard - http://m.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/66274.html

    Inzamam, Saeed and the crowd dominate Edgbaston

    The Pakistani gladiators Saeed Anwar (77) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (79) literally mauled England's bowling to raise Pakistan to an indomitable position for victory. We saw, for a change, the Pakistan team in high spirits and tremendous form placing a target of 274 on the board, not easy for England to grab.

    During England's innings a drama full of thrills was enacted. Pakistan bowlers, for once, supported by top class alert and agile fielding demolished England to clinch a stunning victory by 108 runs. Except for Nick Knight who played a defiant innings of 59 not out, the remaining batsmen fell like ninepins. The triumph takes Pakistan to its encounter against Australia at Cardiff, with spirits high and full trust in their prowess.

    Edgbaston was the venue of the NatWest Series curtain raiser where Pakistan won the toss and took the obvious choice of batting first. Pakistan included Shahid Afridi, one of the 3 players called in for this tournament, to face the new ball with Saeed Afridi. But England made 5 changes from their test squad, the most important being of Alan Mullally invited to launch the attack in place of Andy Caddick, down with injury.

    Shahid Afridi started with his traditional hurricane hitting to score 25 off 24 balls with 4 hits to the boundary. Not able to resist his impulse of playing high shots, he holed out to Mark Ealham at long on off Alan Mullally. Certainly not an impressive start, losing the 1st wicket at 34.

    The 2nd wicket went at 55 when Abdur Razzaq made a quick exit after being run out. Some tight fielding by England temporarily restricted the scoring, from 31 in the first 5 overs it dropped to 79 in 20 overs. Saeed Anwar was joined by Inzamam and he gave it a boost by hitting Mark Ealham for a mighty 6 followed by a blistering 4 in the 23rd over. With a tantalizing sweep to fine leg Saeed hoisted his 50 of the innings.

    Pakistan's 100 came in the 25th over and with two superstars on a hitting spree now, the score stormed upwards. In the 31st over Saeed delighted the crowd by hitting Ealham over the long on boundary for his 2nd six. The 100 run partnership came up in 106 balls when Inzamam had hit a sparkling 50.

    Climbing to a run rate of 5, the pair raised the total to 200 in the 40th over and provided the large crowd a feast of entertainment by playing thrilling shots all over the field. In full command of the game they carried on punishing the bowlers to the crowd's delight.

    Just as the 150 partnership off 157 balls came about, England struck back and ousted this dangerous pair. The paid for trying to slog for quick runs and made their way to the pavilion one after the other. Both Saeed (77) and Inzamam (79) did give the fans an exhibition of exhilarating batsmanship and with their departure Pakistan was 207 for 4.

    The batsmen who followed played with the sole object of providing Pakistan an impressive total and had raised it to 273 for 6 when 50 overs were up. Azhar Mahmood remained not out with an invaluable 38 scored with the help of 4 fours and a towering six, setting England a challenging target of 274 to win.

    Losing the opening pair of Marcus Trescothick (28) and Ally Brown (6) at only 48 England too made a depressing start but the run rate of 4.8 was quite impressive. It now was up to the rest to do what Pakistan had done but it came down drastically with the new batsmen taking the crease.

    Encouraged by early success, Waqar and Azhar Mahmood bowled a devastating spell. Alec Stewart (10) and Michael Vaughan (5) were the victims of spectacular catches taken by substitute Shoaib Malik and Saeed Anwar off a deadly Azhar Mahmood and England slumped to 86 for 4.

    Putting on more pressure, the bowlers continued to take their toll. Paul Collingwood (2) and Ben Hollioake (6) were the next to depart, bringing England down to 108 for 6. I have never seen Pakistan fielders as brilliant, sharp and agile as in this game.

    It simply was not England's day. The procession continued with Dominic Cork bowled by Shahid Afridi, a stock bowler who bowls fastish leg breaks on the very first ball he delivered and England on a miserable 135 for 7. On his heels followed Marl Ealham and Darren Gough putting England down to 147 for 9.

    With only the last wicket to fall, the writing was on the wall. The partisan crowd full of Pakistan supporters invaded the ground and delayed the inevitable by over 35 minutes with the security personnel chasing them around and even the Pakistan skipper was called out for help. When play resumed for the final rites, Nick Knight had scored a heroic half-century but was unable to rescue his team and ran out of partners. England was at last out for 165 runs in 47.2 overs. Nick Knight remained unbeaten with a gallant 59.

    Pakistan won by 108 runs and Shahid Afridi with 3 wickets and Waqar Younis, Azhar Mahmood and Saqlain Mushtaq with 2 apiece were the bowlers who did the damage. Pakistan will now take on Australia at Cardiff on Saturday with renewed vigour and confidence, another thrill in store.

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    1st ODI: Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Pallekele, Jun 7, 2012

    Match Scorecard - http://m.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/562439.html

    Seamers set up comfortable win for Pakistan

    It turned out to be a good toss to lose for Pakistan, as their seamers, led by Umar Gul, set up a comfortable six-wicket win by keeping Sri Lanka to a paltry 135. The ball nipped around, skidded, turned and bounced alarmingly and tested the technique and patience of the batsmen, with the cloudy conditions giving the bowlers an overwhelming advantage. Three rain interruptions in the first innings did little to help Sri Lanka's cause. They struggled to build momentum and sizeable partnerships, and following a lengthy rain interruption, the overs were culled to 42, leaving very few overs in the end to accelerate.

    Pakistan too were tested by a probing opening spell by Sri Lanka's seamers, but they could afford to take their time and grind it out. Subcontinent pitches aren't known to produce too many low-scoring games, and based on the evidence so far in the three games on tour, watching the bowlers have a say has been compelling.

    Runs off the bat were at a premium as Sri Lanka's top four failed to reach double-digits and their combined contribution was outscored by extras. It was a struggle, not just to pick the gaps but to put bat on ball. Sohail Tanvir's angle away from the right-hander kept Mahela Jayawardene playing and missing; Gul's bounce off a good length and incutters troubled Tillakaratne Dilshan, who looked like he hadn't yet shrugged off the Twenty20 hangover.

    It was a battle of attrition at both ends. Sri Lanka had two of their most experienced accumulators at the crease - Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara - but the seamers found ways to avert a partnership. An indipper from Gul trapped Jayawardene lbw, before Dinesh Chandimal chopped one onto his stumps without using his feet.

    The batsmen may have had their wallets nicked when they walked out to bat - they couldn't even buy a run. In the first ten overs, Pakistan didn't concede a run off the bat for 26 consecutive legal deliveries. In that period, the only source of runs was 13 wides. The first boundary off the bat - there were only six in all - came in the 12th over. Any semblance of a recovery was halted when Mohammad Sami nipped out two wickets in successive overs, leaving Sri Lanka five down at the 15th over.

    Rain forced interruptions in the 18th over and again after the 24th. What followed after the second interruption were two of the most productive partnerships. Lahiru Thirimanne added 25 with Thisara Perera, and doubled that with Nuwan Kulasekara. It was still a battle for survival, and the frequent interruptions didn't help Sri Lanka's bid to find momentum to accelerate. Following the third rain interval, which stretched to an hour and a quarter, Sri Lanka had only five overs to bat out. Thirimanne slogged and swished at several deliveries and managed to fetch three boundaries, including one off the final ball. Subtracting the wides, Sri Lanka would have been defending a much lesser score.

    Sri Lanka managed only six fours in their innings, hitting the first only in the 12th over. Pakistan hit their first four as early as the third ball, when Mohammad Hafeez punched Lasith Malinga past the covers. Malinga soon had Azhar Ali caught off a loose drive, and he continued to create half chances by shaping the ball away from the right-handers. Kulasekara posed questions by getting the ball to cut back in - his stock delivery - and one of those breached Younis Khan's defences, leaving Pakistan at 27 for 2.

    The pressure created by that dismissal led to three consecutive maidens. Misbah-ul-Haq halted a run-drought that lasted 25 deliveries with a slash past point for four. While Hafeez gave Pakistan the edge with positive shots, including a lofted off-drive for six, what prevented Pakistan from imploding was Misbah's calm presence.

    Pakistan were a batsman short, so it was imperative one senior player pitched a tent through the duration of the innings, which Misbah had all but achieved. It was a pressure-free scenario for Umar Akmal to play his strokes, as Pakistan coasted home to extend their recent domination over Sri Lanka, with their ninth win in 11 games.

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    Kitply Cup, 1st Match: Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka, Jun 8, 2008

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/kitplycup/engine/current/match/345468.html

    Pakistan crush hapless Bangladesh

    Pakistan opened the Kitply Cup with a comprehensive 70-run victory: their 12th straight win equalled the jointsecond-longest ODI streak. They had won all five in an ODI series against Bangladesh in Pakistan recently, and home advantage didn't make a difference as hosts Bangladesh once again could not match up against a tougher opponent.

    After a series of short, sharp showers curtailed the match to a 40-over affair, half-centuries from Salman Butt and Mohammad Yousuf took Pakistan to a commanding 233. In reply, Bangladesh were rarely in the hunt - Wahab Riaz and Shahid Afridi took three wickets each as the hosts crawled to 163 for 8 in their allotted overs. Mohammad Ashraful made a fighting, unbeaten 56 but it came at too pedestrian a pace to be a serious threat.

    Bangladesh were on the back foot right from the time Pakistan were put in by Ashraful in conditions which were expected to be more conducive to the bowling side. Butt continued his irrepressible form against the hosts, making his fifth consecutive score above 50, while Yousuf played a classy, composed knock before Pakistan lost their way in the final ten overs.

    The visitors got off to a steady start with Butt, who amassed 451 runs in the recent five-match ODI series, scoring the bulk of the runs. After a cagey beginning, he provided the innings impetus. Shahadat Hossain's short deliveries were tackled with a rasping cut and a mistimed pull, and after nearly holing out to cover, Butt confidently reeled off four boundaries in a short span, pushing the run-rate to nearly six.

    Kamran Akmal, the other opener, was subdued until the ninth over, when he shuffled across the stumps and dispatched an off-stump delivery to midwicket for four. An imperious six over long-off followed and with Butt scoring freely at the other end, Pakistan raced to an ominous 69 for no loss after 11 overs.

    Debutant Dolar Mahmud provided the first breakthrough as an Akmal flash, devoid of any footwork, took the outside-edge and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim, making a comeback, took a sharp diving catch. It became 75 for 2 the next ball, as Younis Khan was run out thanks to an athletic effort from Raqibul Hasan at midwicket.

    Butt, who had been rampant against the faster bowlers - racing to 48 off 43 balls - was tied down by Bangladesh's trio of spinners. Kapali, in particular, kept him quiet as his last 22 runs came in singles before he hit one straight to long-on. At the other end, Yousuf made a circumspect start against Razzak before upping his scoring-rate with a bunch of leg-side boundaries. The fours were interspersed with numerous risk-free drives for singles as he smoothly progressed to his 62nd ODI fifty.

    Pakistan were poised for a massive total with the score on 178 for 3 after 30 overs. Kapali, however, dismissed both Yousuf and Shahid Afridi in an over as only 13 came off four overs. Misbah-ul-Haq's big-hitting fetched him 39 off 22 balls, but after he fell on the first ball of the 38th over, Pakistan collapsed dramatically in the final three overs from 229 for 6 to 233 all out.

    Pakistan's new-ball bowlers, getting a hint of movement, consolidated the advantage the batsmen had provided by keeping the scoring-rate down. Just as Bangladesh thought the main threats, Sohail Tanvir and Umar Gul, had been seen off, Riaz struck with his second ball - Shahriar Nafees edging a full delivery to the wicketkeeper. Tamim Iqbal was foxed by a loopy delivery from Afridi - who was getting the legbreak to turn appreciably - as he tried to up the tempo.

    Afridi has not been in the best of form with the bat but underscored his effectiveness as a bowler with a superb spell, finishing with 3 for 19. When he removed Mushfiqur in the 27th over, Bangladesh's slim hopes evaporated. Ashraful battled on but scored at an inexplicably slow pace even as the wickets tumbled and the asking-rate climbed alarmingly. With just one other batsman scoring more than 20, Bangladesh never mounted a serious challenge and dawdled along till the end of their 40 overs.

    Given the short duration of the tournament, it's very tough for a team to recover from a slip-up, and the huge margin of defeat dents Bangladesh's net run-rate, making their route to the final even more arduous.

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    Prudential World Cup, 4th Match: Canada v Pakistan at Leeds, Jun 9, 1979

    Match Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/65053.html

    At Leeds, June 9. Pakistan won by eight wickets. Having won the toss, the Canadians at first showed little fear of meeting such redoubtable opponents. They included seven players of West Indies birth in their eleven, and one of them, Sealy, despatched the first ball of the match sent down by Imran to the on-side boundary. Indeed, Canada played the early pace of Imran and Sarfraz with some assurance and passed the hundred with only two wickets down. Then they collapsed against Majid's off-spin and Asif's accurate medium in-swing.

    Pakistan made light work of getting 140 to win, although they lost Majid early on to a yorker from the left-armer, Valentine. Sadiq and Zaheer produced some splendid strokes before Chappell, from mid-off, surprised the latter by throwing down the wicket at the bowler's end. Then Haroon engaged with Sadiq in an unbroken partnership of 79 to see Pakistan safely home. The Man of the Match award went to Sadiq.

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