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

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    3rd Match (D/N), Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Asia Cup at Dhaka, Mar 15 2012

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...stan-vs-sri-lanka-3rd-match-asia-cup-2011-12/

    At Mirpur, March 15, 2012 (day/night). Pakistan won by six wickets. Pakistan 5pts. Toss: Sri Lanka.

    Pakistan booked a place in the final after a combination of Aizaz Cheema's luck, Saeed Ajmal's magic and some excellent catching brought them a comfortable victory, with 61 balls to spare - and a bonus point. Cheema took four wickets in a one-day international for the first time, three of them down to poor shot-selection; the other one - Dilshan top-edging a pull to midwicket - owed much to the bowler's shoulder strength on a pitch that otherwise offered little bounce. Ajmal made the crucial breakthrough when he threaded a doosra through Tharanga's defences to break a stand of 96 with Sangakkara and spark a terminal collapse of six for 27. Pakistan made a nervy start, slipping to 33 for three, but Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal settled down - defying the returning Malinga - in a stand eventually worth 152.

    Man of the Match: Aizaz Cheema.

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    2nd ODI (D/N), Pakistan tour of South Africa at Centurion, Mar 15 2013

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/12241/report/567369/south-africa-vs-pakistan-2nd-odi/

    South Africa v Pakistan, 2012-13

    At Centurion, March 15, 2013 (day/night). Pakistan won by six wickets (D/L). Toss: South Africa.

    Mohammad Irfan's threat had grown throughout the tour, and now he claimed a match-winning four wickets as South Africa slipped to 62 for five. Behardien was combative, reaching 50 from 60 balls, and briefly threatened something respectable with the help of McLaren and Peterson, until he pulled a long-hop to deep midwicket. A lengthy rainbreak towards the end of South Africa's innings meant Pakistan's target became 192 from 44 overs - and the game dragged on until midnight. Mohammad Hafeez and Younis Khan weathered the early storm created by Steyn and the other seamers, but at 115 for four the match was in the balance. Misbah-ul-Haq blocked stubbornly in between lashing three fours and three sixes, while Shoaib Malik batted with unusual freedom and variety during an unbroken stand of 77.

    Man of the Match: Mohammad Irfan.

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    Irfan, Misbah star as Pakistan draw level
     
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    Pakistan vs Ireland, 42nd Match, Pool B (D/N), ICC Cricket World Cup at Adelaide, Mar 15 2015

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...akistan-42nd-match,-pool-b-world-cup-2014-15/

    Sarfraz hundred sends Pakistan into quarters

    An opening stand of 120 ensured against any concerns for Pakistan and Sarfraz Ahmed, just two matches into his comeback, struck his maiden ODI hundred - their first century of the tournament - although it was reached in slightly farcical scenes as Umar Akmal blocked ball after ball when it appeared Sarfraz would finish short. Ireland's spirit never dimmed, but there were some resigned looks long before Umar finally clubbed the winning boundary.

    On the biggest day of Ireland's cricket history their captain William Porterfield had stood tall with his seventh ODI hundred, but the next best score was Gary Wilson's 29 and ultimately the skill of the Pakistan quick bowlers, even without the injured Mohammad Irfan, prevailed especially at the death.

    The pacemen have been central to Pakistan's recovery after the heavy opening defeats to India and West Indies and this time the last ten overs of the innings brought 49 for 5 with just three fours and a six against outstanding death bowling from Rahat Ali, Sohail Khan and Wahab Riaz. However, Ireland would also ponder the number of well-struck shots that hit fielders - more than half the deliveries in the innings were dots - and they struggled to rotate the strike.

    In contrast to Pakistan, Ireland's bowling is comfortably their weakest department. A chase of 238 was enough that a couple of early wickets would have created some jitters but, like against India, they could not break the opening stand before significant damage had been done. The first seven overs brought 28 runs against Alex Cusack and John Mooney, then Sarfraz and Ahmed Shehzad began to cut loose.

    George Dockrell's introduction, for the tenth over, marked a change in tempo as Shehzad and Sarfraz collected two boundaries apiece. It was smart play because on a pitch where the ball had occasionally stopped, or gripped, Dockrell should have been a key weapon for Ireland but he was not given the chance to settle.

    Ireland's first chance to break through was spurned when Wilson, standing up the stumps to Kevin O'Brien, dropped Sarfraz on 37. By the time Shehzad pulled straight to mid-on against Stuart Thompson, Pakistan were half way to the target and Haris Sohail's run out two overs later was only a momentary blip.

    Sarfraz had hit three boundaries by the end of the tenth over and did not add to that until the 37th when he took back-to-back fours off Cusack. It was a sign of how he calmly worked the field and judged that there was no need for anything reckless. Misbah-ul-Haq was more aggressive and the pair added 82 before Misbah trod on his stumps, but by then it had long been obvious there would not be scenes to match Jamaica 2007, almost eight years ago to the day.

    Porterfield opened that day at Sabina Park and batted 100 minutes for 13. This time his hundred was the first by an Associate captain at a World Cup. It was an innings of immense character and composure, but had similarities with his previous ODI century - against a Full Member, England, and ending in defeat.

    He scored at a consistent pace throughout, the fifty coming off 59 balls and his hundred from 124. He could have been caught on 84 had Rahat moved faster at third man to intercept an upper cut or run out on 94 with a better throw from Sarfraz, but the three-figure moment came when his punchy drive burst through Wahab's left hand in the follow through.

    The early passage of Ireland's innings was a case of Porterfield dominating the scoring but not finding a long-term ally. Paul Stirling has been unable to build on the aggressive 92 he made in the opening match against West Indies and this time he was caught on the crease playing across a full delivery from Ehsan Adil in his second over of the tournament.


    Porterfield's pulling was a stand-out feature, but Ed Joyce did not find the same success when he was caught out by the extra pace of Wahab and top edged to point. Then, with another stand starting to build, and the run rate very acceptable, Niall O'Brien drove to cover when a ball from Rahat stopped in the surface.

    Although Pakistan's catching was generally safe, their ground-fielding left plenty to be desired. But a misfield in the deep played a role in the fourth wicket when Porterfield made the most of a fumble in the deep to take three which gave the strike to Balbirnie, who top edged a sweep off Sohail's fourth delivery to short fine-leg.

    Porterfield went into the 90s with a sweet drive wide of mid-off but his demise, pulling low to Shahid Afridi at mid-on the over after reaching his hundred, began Ireland's slide as Pakistan's expertise in the late overs shone through. Ireland's last chance of a strong finish rested with Kevin O'Brien but the accuracy of Sohail and Wahab kept him quiet. He was dropped on 7 by Ehsan at deep square-leg but fell next delivery when he spliced a pull to midwicket.

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    2nd Test, England tour of Pakistan at Hyderabad, Mar 16-21 1973

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...nd-2nd-Test-england-tour-of-pakistan-1972-73/

    PAKISTAN v. ENGLAND

    At Hyderabad, March 16, 17, 18, 20, 21. Drawn. Again the result was indecisive, yet at lunchtime on the last day it seemed unlikely that England would escape defeat. When they began batting for the last time, 82 behind on the first innings, there were only five and a half hours left, and on a grey grassless pitch which had held together well there seemed no real danger. Yet they lost their opening pair, Amiss and Denness, both of whom had been ill, without a run scored, and when the fifth wicket fell they were still five runs behind with three and a half hours to go. Then, with fine, composed batting from Greig and Knott who put on 112 for the sixth wicket, they were saved.

    Such an ending was hardly foreseeable when England were scoring 487 in their first innings with Amiss contributing his second successive Test century. His first fifty took him three hours, yet such was the momentum his innings developed that by the time he was dismissed for 158 he had batted only five and a half hours. For the first time on the tour he had batted with the savagery that marks his play for Warwickshire, and the highlight of a stand of 168 with Fletcher was an hour in which 79 runs were scored off only 15 overs.

    With Underwood and Pocock putting on 55 for the last wicket, a record for England against Pakistan, England should have felt safe. In the course of the innings Pakistan had failed to run out Amiss when 56, the bowler dropping the ball, and had dropped Knott, who made 71, at 24. Those two failures, both elementary ones, probably cost Pakistan the match.

    Indeed, because of them it seemed possible that they might even lose it when they were 77 for three. Yet from that point they staged a massive batting recovery with Mushtaq as its heart with a near faultless innings of 157 in eight hours. In the early stages Mushtaq was accompanied by Asif Iqbal who scored 68 in a stand of 153, displaying his usual charm of stroke despite the pressure.

    After him came Intikhab to score his first century in Test cricket with a display of power that will remain in the memory of every England bowler. In his first 45 minutes, Intikhab scored 50 runs, and in that time he won a tactical victory for Pakistan by hitting Pocock out of the attack. Pocock, bowling better than at any time since the third Test against India, had taken four of the five wickets that had fallen and immediately he turned his offbreak no more than an inch over the top of Intikhab's middle stump. His anguish increased as Intikhab hit the next four balls for 18 and then struck him for six more in his next over. Probably only Rodney Marsh of all the other players in the world could have played an innings of this sort. When Intikhab was out after four and half hours, he had hit four sixes and 15 fours. And on a ground staging its first Test, he had even found time in the nineties to go into the crowd on the boundary line to ask them to stop running on to the field.

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    Only ODI (D/N), Pakistan tour of Bangladesh at Dhaka, Mar 16 1999

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...-only-odi-pakistan-tour-of-bangladesh-1998-99

    Meril Challenge Cup 1998-99, One-Day International

    Bangladesh v Pakistan

    At Dhaka, March 16 (day/night). Pakistan won by 152 runs. Toss: Bangladesh. International debuts: Al-Shahriar Rokon, Manjural Islam.

    Pakistan's middle order rampaged through the Bangladeshi attack: Saeed Anwar and Ijaz Ahmed smashed 85 in 11 overs, and later Inzamam-ul-Haq, who hit five fours and three sixes, and Moin Khan plundered 79 in eight. Bangladesh had no hope of attaining a target of 294, and were all out with nine overs left.

    After some initial strikes by the pace bowlers, most of the Pakistani line-up had a go, with opening batsman Wajahatullah Wasti claiming three for 36 in his first one-day international. Bangladesh had some bad luck, though; captain Aminul Islam was run out when a drive by his partner, Akram Khan, was deflected on to his stumps off Shahid Afridi's fingertips, and Akram himself was given out caught when the ball seemed to come off his pads.

    Man of the Match: Inzamam-ul-Haq.

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    2nd ODI: Pakistan v India at Rawalpindi - Mar 16, 2004

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/15060/scorecard/64882/pakistan-vs-india-2nd-odi/


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    Second One-Day International
    Pakistan v India

    At Rawalpindi, March 16, 2004 (day/night). Pakistan won by 12 runs. Toss: Pakistan. One-day international debut: R. R. Powar.

    Once again, the hunters fell tantalisingly short in a high-scoring thriller, with India just failing after needing 16 off the last two overs. Shahid Afridi, out of the Pakistan team for a year since the World Cup, made a glorious comeback, spanking 80 from 58 balls and rattling up 138 in 19 overs with Yasir Hameed. And late hitting by Abdul Razzaq and Shoaib Malik saw 50 runs flow from the final five overs. In between, Nehra braved a swollen ankle to take two in two balls to slow the tempo, then split the webbing of his fingers and had to be sent home. On a pitch that he said became progressively slower, Tendulkar scored a superb century, India's first in a one-day international in Pakistan, and became the first player to reach 13,000 one-day runs. But his dismissal, sweeping to deep mid-wicket in the 39th over, galvanised the bowling; seven overs later India slumped to 284 for eight when Shoaib Akhtar fired out two in two. The valiant hitting of Balaji and debutant Ramesh Powar won the heart of Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, who took tea with the Indians next day. It also kept India in the game until the penultimate over, when Sami theatrically defeated last man Nehra's uncalculated swipe.

    Man of the Match: S. R. Tendulkar

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    14th Match, Pakistan vs Bangladesh, Super 10 Group 2 (D/N), World T20 at Kolkata, Mar 16 2016

    Scorecard- http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...istan-14th-Match,-Super-10-Group-2-world-t20/

    At Kolkata, March 16, 2016. Pakistan won by 55 runs. Toss: Pakistan.
    The stars aligned for Pakistan, whose batting came together seamlessly and emphatically. Ahmed Shehzad led the way, providing impetus with his customary boundaries through cover, midwicket and square leg, while Mohammad Hafeez - with whom he added 95 for the second wicket - ventured even bigger blows in a rapid 64. It was Shahid Afridi, though, who played the most devastating hand, pushing himself up to No. 4 and swinging from the start. Bangladesh eased him in with some hittable leg-side deliveries, but soon Afridi was clattering even the good ones over the ropes. In a 19-ball stay, he struck four fours and four sixes - the most memorable on bended knee over long-on, off Shakib Al Hasan. He was eventually out for 49 in the final over, having turned Pakistan's total from competitive to commanding: only once before, against the same opposition in Karachi in 2007-08, had they made more in a Twenty20 innings. Bangladesh's pursuit of 202 was limp. Soumya Sarkar was out in the first over, and charges from Tamim Iqbal and Sabbir Rahman were shut down by Afridi. Shakib hit an unbeaten 50 but, with team-mates faltering, he couldn't mount a meaningful challenge.
    Man of the Match: Shahid Afridi.

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    3rd Test, Pakistan tour of West Indies at Georgetown, Mar 18-23 1977

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/17152/scorecard/63186/west-indies-vs-pakistan-3rd-test/

    Pakistan vs West Indies

    At Bourda, Georgetown, March 18, 19, 20, 22, 23. Drawn. After batting poorly in their first innings and trailing by 254 runs, Pakistan fought back to earn a draw through some of the best batting of the series.

    The West Indies made one change to their team which won the second Test, Julien replacing the spinner, Jumadeen. Pakistan also omitted spin bowlers, Intikhab and Qasim giving way to Zaheer (now fit) and Sarfraz.

    Lloyd won the toss and sent his opponents in, a bold gamble on a pitch with a well-established reputation for favouring batsmen. He himself was forced to leave the field with a badly torn hamstring muscle after twenty minutes, but he watched as his bowlers vindicated his decision.

    Aided by some irresponsible batting, the four West Indies fast bowlers dismissed Pakistan just after tea on the first day, only Imran, Mushtaq and Haroon scoring more than 30. Mushtaq batted just over two hours for his highest score of the series to date but he never settled.

    The West Indies soon lost Fredericks to a catch at slip and, with Richards going early on the second morning and Lloyd severely handicapped by his injury, they approached their task slowly and deliberately. In the two hours between lunch and tea on the second day, Greenidge, Kallicharran and Shillingford scored a mere 54 off 34 overs.

    Quite apart from the slow cricket, the second day was marred by unsavoury incidents both on and off the field, culminating in bottle throwing by the crowd which interrupted play for twenty minutes after Kallicharran had responded petulantly to an lbw decision against him. Earlier, there had been other displays of ill temper by players from both sides.

    Greenidge's 91 occupied an uncharacteristic four and a half hours and Kallicharran's 72 four hours twenty minutes. On the third morning, however, Shillingford began with a confident attack against the second new ball and, with Murray, consolidated the West Indies advantage with a sixth wicket partnership of 123.

    Shillingford, for many years on the verge of Test selection, passed his century in only his third Test innings and was ninth out for 120, a chanceless, disciplined performance which lasted five and three-quarter hours and included one 6 and fifteen 4's.

    Pakistan were left with the prospect of batting to save the match with over two days remaining. Majid and Sadiq approached the task positively and confidently, scoring 60 before the latter was struck on the jaw as he attempted to hook Roberts.

    Zaheer took his place and, with Majid, displayed an array of glorious strokes all round the wicket. On an ideal pitch and fast outfield, they put on 159 in two and a half hours before Zaheer was caught at cover.

    Majid went on to score 167. Then Greenidge, who had dropped him at 74 off Roberts, caught him off the same bowler at second slip. His six hours at the crease included twenty-five 4's and virtually assured Pakistan of safety.

    Even though there was occasions on the final day when the West Indies threatened to break through for a late victory, Pakistan managed to thwart them and the final stages were notable only for Greenidge's second 90 of the match.


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    3rd Test, Australia tour of Pakistan at Lahore, Mar 18-23 1980

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...a-3rd-Test-australia-in-pakistan-test-series/

    At Lahore, March 18, 19, 21, 22, 23. Drawn. For the third time in the series Australia won the toss, electing to bat on a perfect wicket. And once again, new records were established. Chappell scored his 5,000th Test run in this, his sixtieth Test, becoming the fifth Australian to do so. With Wiener he added 83 for the third wicket in 82 minutes. Australia were 239 for six overnight, and the next day Border achieved his fourth Test century, hitting two 6s and and sixteen 4s, taking his total to five centuries in twenty Tests. He was joined by Beard to put on 134 for the seventh wicket - another record for Australia v Pakistan Tests. When Chappell declared on the second afternoon, the Australians had reached a total of 407. By evening on the third day, Pakistan were still 183 behind at 224 for five, but Majid Khan's unbeaten 110 (fourteen 4s) revived the innings and, with useful contributions from Wasim Raja and Imran Khan, Javed Miandad was able to declare 13 runs ahead. Majid and Imran had added 111 for the eighth wicket, setting a new record for Pakistan v Australia. Lillee's three wickets were his first in Pakistan. When Australia replied, ten of the Pakistan team bowled, Miandad keeping wicket while Taslim Arif took his turn, Imran took two quick wickets, but the Australians batted with determination and the game ended in a draw, leaving Pakistan a 1-0 victory in the series.

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    Pakistan vs New Zealand, 34th Match, Benson & Hedges World Cup at Christchurch, Mar 18 1992

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...and-vs-pakistan-34th-match-world-cup-1991-92/

    NEW ZEALAND v PAKISTAN

    Toss: Pakistan.

    New Zealand dropped their first points, but as the result killed Australia's chances it guaranteed them a home semi-final. Pakistan had to wait until West Indies lost in the evening to know that they would meet their hosts again in Auckland. It was the leg-spinner, Mushtaq Ahmed, who claimed the bowling honours and the match award, but Ramiz Raja was a strong rival. His second unbeaten hundred of the World Cup, and its highest score (16 fours, 155 balls), sustained Pakistan after they were nine for two. Aamir Sohail was caught off Morrison's first ball, which bounced enough to be an arguable no-ball, and Inzamam was bowled in his next over. Patel then put down a return catch from Javed Miandad, on three; Miandad stayed to contribute 30 to a 115-run stand with Ramiz.

    The victory had been set up by the bowlers, however, especially Mushtaq, who came on in the eighth over. He conceded no boundaries and only 18 runs in all; he also removed Harris, stumped off a wide, and Greatbatch, the one batsman in the top eight to reach double figures (hitting two fours and a six in Aqib Javed's first over). Only a ninth-wicket partnership of 44 from Larsen and Morrison, both batting for the first time in the tournament, presented any challenge.

    Man of the Match: Mushtaq Ahmed. Attendance: 9,974.

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    I remember going over to my uncles house with my father as a kid to watch these matches. The atmosphere was amazing!
     
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    3rd Test, England tour of Pakistan at Lahore, Mar 19-24 1984

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...nd-3rd-test-england-tour-of-pakistan-1983-84/

    At Lahore, March 19, 20, 21, 23, 24. Drawn. A fine and fluctuating match, marred by acres of almost empty terraces at the huge Gaddafi Stadium, finished in a draw through inept batting by Pakistan's middle order in the final innings. Needing 243 to win, Pakistan were carried to a position from which victory was nearly a formality by a perfectly paced partnership between Mohsin and Shoaib: when Shoaib fell to Cowans in the sixth of the final twenty overs, the target had shrunk to 70 at 5 runs an over. But impetuous batting came to England's rescue. When, in the twelfth of the last twenty overs, Zaheer, Mohsin, and Wasim got themselves out to Cowans, six wickets had been cast away in threequarters of an hour; and with 44 still wanted, Sarfraz and Ramiz turned their attention to the draw that clinched the series. Credit was due to England for exploiting to the full a swiftly changing picture: far less so for their earlier blatant time-wasting to make sure their opponents received no more than their statutory 59 overs. At one stage, with Gower, Gatting and Cook constantly conferring over changes in the field, Cook and Marks, the spinners, shared seven overs in more than half-an-hour. Had England won, as it briefly seemed they might, the victory would have been more than they deserved.

    There were few indications in the early stages that the match would go the distance. Though the pitch was true and slow throughout, England, after being asked to bat (there had been rain two days earlier), were indebted to a sixth-wicket stand of 120 between Fowler and Marks. In reply, Pakistan reached 99 for two. Indeterminate batting then cost them the initiative, so that by the third morning they were in danger at 181 for eight of a lengthy deficit. But the pitch was at last shown in its true colours by Zaheer and Sarfraz in a ninth-wicket stand of 161. Zaheer, batting with a runner (Shoaib) as a result of a thigh injury while fielding, showed that a player of outstanding ability can be almost as effective on one sound leg as most others can on two. Sarfraz, surviving a confident appeal for a catch at the wicket at 208, played with increasing confidence and vigour to reach (by 45) his highest score in Tests.

    Gatting and Gower cleared England's arrears during a third-wicket stand of 137. But with Gatting run out and Qadir taking the wickets of Lamb and Randall in an over, Pakistan were on the scent of victory at 189 for five. Gower, however, helped by Marks, swung the match again, first shoring up the innings, then accelerating towards a declaration. In difficulties only occasionally against the googlies of Wasim and Qadir, Gower batted six and threequarter hours for his second hundred in successive Tests.

    Shoaib had the satisfaction of helping Mohsin beat Pakistan's first-wicket record of 122 against England, shared by his father, Hanif, and Alim-ud-Din. But when he drove Cowans to mid-on, their brilliant start was wasted. Mohsin, fifth out driving Cowans to long-on, batted four hours twenty minutes for his seventh hundred in three years of Test cricket.

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    1st Match, Pepsi Cup at Jamshedpur, Mar 19 1999, Pakistan vs Sri Lanka

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...tan-vs-sri-lanka-1st-match-pepsi-cup-1998-99/

    At Jamshedpur, March 19. Pakistan won by nine runs. Toss: Pakistan.

    Pakistan snatched back victory with three balls to spare, after Sri Lanka reached a confident 155 for one in the 34th over, needing 92. They still held the advantage at 217 for three. Then De Silva ran himself out and their remaining wickets went for 20; Wasim Akram finished with three, plus three catches. Pakistan began in smashing form, as Saeed Anwar and Shahid Afridi opened with 148 in just 20 overs. But Anwar fell to a superb return catch by Chandana, starting a collapse of six for 12. Their tail wagged, however, Saqlain Mushtaq steering them to a total of 246 - just enough.

    Man of the Match: Wasim Akram.

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    3rd ODI, India tour of Pakistan at Peshawar, Mar 19 2004

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...india-3rd-odi-india-tour-of-pakistan-2003-04/

    At Peshawar, March 19, 2004. Pakistan won by four wickets. Toss: Pakistan.

    What a difference a bowler's pitch makes. On a rugged surface, much like the surrounding terrain, a target of 245 looked as menacing as 300-plus in the earlier games. India seemed unlikely to get even that when they were condemned to 37 for three by Shabbir Ahmed. His height and high-arm action were perfect for the conditions, though his opening over contained six wides and two no-balls - plus a wicket. Tendulkar, like Sehwag, fell to a splendid delivery that jagged away, while Laxman was worked over and then bowled through the gate. Yuvraj Singh revived the cause with a superbly paced 65, and Balaji thrashed 21 off 12 balls. Pathan extended the fightback with two quick wickets, and Pakistan were soon 65 for four. Yasir Hameed, the home-town boy, scored a 98 of composure and beauty before he too fell to Pathan, at a delicate 173 for six. But Abdul Razzaq made an irresistible run-a-ball fifty and, once he escaped a stinging caught-and-bowled chance to Tendulkar at 200, the match was in the bag.

    Man of the Match: Yasir Hameed.

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    2nd ODI: Sri Lanka v Pakistan at Colombo (RPS), Mar 19, 2006

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...n-2nd-odi-pakistan-tour-of-sri-lanka-2005-06/

    At R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, March 19, 2006. Pakistan won by four wickets. Toss: Pakistan.

    This was a low-scoring classic on a substandard pitch, tense and intriguing until the very end. Chasing a paltry 131, Pakistan slumped to 47 for five, and only limped home thanks to an unbeaten 41 from Abdul Razzaq. Inzamam-ul-Haq's decision to send Sri Lanka in on a muggy, overcast morning was soon justified: without Atapattu, whose back injury had flared up again, they crumpled to 56 for seven. Naved-ul-Hasan bowled beautifully, dismissing the promoted Kapugedera and then claiming Jayawardene for a duck with a fine outswinger. Sri Lanka's cause was not helped by two debatable lbw decisions, against Sangakkara and Tharanga, by the home umpire Tyron Wijewardene. They were saved from complete humiliation by some bizarre captaincy, as Inzamam swung on to the defensive and allowed Dilshan to find the gaps. This timidity almost led to a spectacular defeat, as Jayawardene marshalled his bowlers and fielders expertly, giving Pakistan a major scare. But Razzaq, playing with uncharacteristic caution until the very end, edged his side home.

    Man of the Match: Abdul Razzaq.

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    Pakistan vs Australia, 40th Match, Group A (D/N), ICC Cricket World Cup at Colombo, Mar 19 2011

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...Match,-Group-A-ICC-Cricket-World-Cup-2010-11/

    Pakistan end Australia's run to finish top

    Pakistan were the last team to overcome Australia at a World Cup and it was they who brought Ricky Ponting's 34-match unbeaten run to an end with a four-wicket victory in Colombo to secure top spot in Group A. An impressive display in the field laid the foundations as the reigning champions were bundled out for 176 on a difficult surface, their lowest total in a World Cup since 1992, and despite a mighty effort from Brett Lee Pakistan were guided home by Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq.

    Despite not having either team's progression at stake, the final group positions determine quarter-final opposition while momentum is also a factor. Both teams were hyped for the contest, and it came to an early head when Umar and Brad Haddin almost came to blows in the field. Australia were desperate not to relinquish a proud record dating back to May 23, 1999.

    After their batting subsided with 20 balls unused, Australia's only chance was to bowl Pakistan out, but in the event it required Lee himself to do most of the damage. He removed both openers in a fiery new-ball burst before returning to claim Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq with consecutive deliveries in 23rd over, leaving Pakistan wobbling on 98 for 4.

    However, support for Lee was too late in coming which didn't leave enough runs for Australia to play with. Mitchell Johnson had Asad Shafiq taken at slip off the glove for a composed 46 and Shahid Afridi brainlessly carved to long-on against Jason Krejza. Surprisingly, Lee wasn't immediately recalled with 34 runs still needed and by the time he came back the target was down to 10. Umar played one of his most composed innings yet, and Razzaq finished the chase with consecutive boundaries.

    Lee could easily have removed Kamran Akmal in the first over of Pakistan's reply, while in his second over he squared up Mohammad Hafeez and made good ground to take the return catch. With attacking fields set by Ricky Ponting, further boundaries were notched up by Kamran and Shafiq, who had to battle some pain after twisting his ankle, but Lee kept his side in the match singlehandedly.

    After being carved over the covers he thundered a rapid delivery into Kamran's pads and this time he was given out by Marais Erasmus with the review unable to save him. However, Ponting knew he had to save some of Lee for later and his spell ended after five overs which released the pressure on Pakistan.

    Shafiq, who showed his composure against Zimbabwe in his first World Cup outing, played another mature hand knowing that the required rate was always in hand. Both he and Younis had a few nervous moments - with the pair edging through a vacant slip cordon - but together they took the requirement below 100. Eventually, though, Younis flashed once too often outside off and gave a simple catch to Brad Haddin, and from the very next ball, the match was back in the balance when Misbah, the other half of Pakistan's experienced middle order, hung his bat out at a Lee outswinger.

    Umar wasn't going to fiddle his way towards the target and drilled his fifth ball through the covers, but to his immense credit he throttled back to play a very mature hand. He picked the right moments to attack, including a six off Krejza, and didn't panic after Lee's rapid inroads. It helped that he had the experience of Razzaq at the end to see them across the line.

    Australia have been saying how they wanted a test after easing through most of the group stage but the batting wasn't up to it on a difficult surface that offered spin and a touch of uneven bounce. Two batsmen desperate for a substantial innings, Ponting (19) and Cameron White (8), both struggled leaving the lower order exposed to an attack that had all the bases covered on a surface offering spin and reverse swing.

    Pakistan had an early scare when Gul pulled up at the start of his second over with a knee problem and needed attention from the physio. Whatever treatment was provided worked wonders because he produced a lovely nip-backer to beat Shane Watson's ambitious drive. Ponting has been scratchy during the tournament and was again unconvincing with his first boundary came from a fortunate top-edge after he was comprehensively beaten by a Wahab Riaz bouncer.

    Not for the first time spin brought his downfall when he tried to cut Hafeez, who produced a superb 10-over spell for 26, and got a thick edge that Kamran did well to take in the webbing of his right glove. However, it was originally given not out and the DRS was needed to overturn the decision in Pakistan's favour. Meanwhile, as the players waited for the TV umpire, there was an altercation between Haddin and the Pakistanis.

    Haddin has been consistent during the tournament without reaching the three-figure score the top order needs and he couldn't convert here when he pushed at a delivery from Wahab Riaz. Misbah missed an opportunity to run out Michael Clarke but made no mistake when his next chance came around when his throw to Kamran found White short after a laboured stay.


    In Clarke and Michael Hussey, Australia had two of their in-form players together but even they found scoring tough as Afridi mixed up his bowling options. Razzaq was held back until the 35th over and made an immediate impression when Clarke missed an ugly heave against a well-disguised off-cutter which trimmed the off bail.

    Hussey couldn't perform a rescue-act, either, when he chipped a simple catch to midwicket and the innings was coming off the rails as Razzaq produced a nippy delivery to find Johnson's outside edge. It left the tail to cope with Gul and Afridi which proved too much, but Australia weren't many short of a matchwinning total. The quarters and semi-final will be fascinating viewing if the pitches are anything like this surface.

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    2nd Test, Pakistan tour of Zimbabwe at Harare, Mar 21-25 1998

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...n-2nd-test-pakistan-tour-of-zimbabwe-1997-98/

    At Harare Sports Club, Harare, March 21, 22, 23, 24, 25. Pakistan won by three wickets. Toss: Zimbabwe.

    But for some crucial missed chances, Zimbabwe might well have won an enthralling match. Shortly before the end of the second day, Mohammad Wasim was dropped, on 81, by Mbangwa; next morning, he was put down again, in the slips off Bryan Strang, when he was 125 and Pakistan were 236 for eight, still 41 behind. Neither chance was difficult. He went on to reach 192, batting 560 minutes and masterminding a critical ninth-wicket stand of 147 with Mushtaq Ahmed. Instead of surrendering a first-innings deficit, Pakistan gained an unlikely lead of 77. Once Zimbabwe lost three second-innings wickets for 38, Pakistan's victory was virtually inevitable. It was much more comfortable than a three-wicket margin would suggest, for they gave wickets away whenever the game looked won.

    The seeds of Pakistan's success could be traced to a remarkable last half-hour before tea on the first day, when Zimbabwe lost five wickets in as many overs to slip from 141 for two to 153 for seven. The Pakistani bowlers deserve credit for inducing the collapse, although they were helped by a poor shot ( Goodwin, caught at deep square leg), a bad umpiring decision ( Andy Flower) and a needless run-out. The fact that Strang, previously without a Test fifty, was able to make one from just 78 balls, and shared an eighth- wicket stand of 110 with Guy Whittall, showed what was possible on a pitch that played well throughout. Strang, only picked because his brother Paul was injured, counter-attacked gamely, hitting Mushtaq for two straight fours and a six. Whittall pulled anything remotely short and hit 13 fours, three off successive balls from Wasim Akram.

    Pakistan's batsmen, most of them out of form, lacked the patience to graft on a pitch discouraging strokeplay. The Zimbabwean seamers embraced the ploy of bowling on a length, wide of off stump, trying to frustrate them into giving wickets away. Several did, but Mohammad Wasim's watchfulness, combined with his ability to put the bad ball away, proved all-important. Mushtaq, who also capitalised on some indifferent bowling to score a sensible fifty, was the perfect foil for 49 overs. Mohammad was last out for a career-best 192, having hit 23 fours in 407 balls.

    Needing a good start to their second innings, Zimbabwe ran into early problems as the new ball swung. Conditions eased after that and Goodwin and Andy Flower slowly added 95 for the fourth wicket. Goodwin showed excellent temperament and technique by batting for nearly six hours until Waqar took the new ball and immediately dismissed him for 81. Some lusty blows from Streak at least gave Zimbabwe something to bowl at, but it was not enough. They made Pakistan's task all the easier on the final day with some ill-directed bowling. Saeed Anwar scored 65 in 89 balls, and Pakistan needed only 54 overs to make 192. Youhana fell for 52 with victory in sight.

    Man of the Match: Mohammad Wasim. Man of the Series: Waqar Younis.

    Close of play: First day, Pakistan 18-0 ( Saeed Anwar 9*, Ali Naqvi 6*); Second day, Pakistan 190-8 ( Mohammad Wasim 96*, Mushtaq Ahmed 0*); Third day, Zimbabwe 82-3 ( M. W. Goodwin 25*, A. Flower 25*); Fourth day, Pakistan 58-1 ( Saeed Anwar 7*, Mohammad Wasim 8*).

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    Pakistan Vs New Zealand, 1st Semi Final, Benson & Hedges World Cup at Auckland, Mar 21 1992

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...zealand-vs-pakistan-1st-sf-world-cup-1991-92/

    Toss: New Zealand.

    Pakistan reached their first World Cup final by defeating the previously invincible New Zealanders twice in four days. This win seemed unlikely when they needed 123 from 15 overs at 8.2. But the match was transformed by Inzamam-ul-Haq, whose aggressive hitting gave him 60 from 37 balls (one six, seven fours, 50 in 31) and a partnership of 87 in ten overs with Javed Miandad. When Inzamam was run out the target was 36 from five, which was passed with ease thanks to Wasim Akram, Moin Khan (20 not out in 11 balls) and Miandad, who chivvied his partners along for two hours and came in unbeaten on 57. Imran Khan ran out to welcome him as his opposite number, Crowe, limped on for New Zealand's lap of honour. He had sat out Pakistan's innings with a pulled hamstring, and Wright led in the field.

    Yet Crowe's day had begun happily enough: he was named Man of the Series for his batting and captaincy to date; he won the toss, and going in he re-emphasised his class with an accomplished 91 in 83 balls including three sixes. When he arrived New Zealand were tangled in Mushtaq Ahmed's leg-spin after Greatbatch's usual explosion (sixes off Wasim and Aqib Javed). Crowe accelerated smoothly, adding 107 in 113 balls with Rutherford. But when Rutherford skied the ball to Moin, the batsmen crossed and Crowe's hamstring went. He continued with Greatbatch as his runner, until this supposed aide ran him out. Still, Smith and the tail hurried on to 262. It was an imposing target, especially in mid-innings when Imran seemed bogged down. But against Inzamam's dynamism, New Zealand's successful stratagems of the past month had no power. Even their surprise weapon, Patel, whose opening eight overs of off-breaks garnered one for 28, yielded 22 when he returned for his last two.

    Man of the Match: Inzamam-ul-Haq. Attendance: 32,439.

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    Pakistan vs Zimbabwe, 17th Match, Group D, ICC World Cup at Kingston, Mar 21 2007

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...mbabwe-17th-match,-group-d-world-cup-2006-07/

    Pakistan paid tribute to former coach Bob Woolmer with a 93-run victory over Zimbabwe under the Duckworth-Lewis method at a rainy Sabina Park.

    The win, which was largely down to Imran Nazir's ferocious 160, means Ireland qualify for the next phase.

    Pakistan were 349 all out, departing skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq hitting 37.

    Zimbabwe fell to 30-3 before a rain delay, after which they were asked to chase a revised total of 193 from 20 overs. They were dismissed for 99.

    In Inzamam's last one-dayer, he struck three sixes in a 35-ball innings before Sean Williams caught him off the bowling of Tawanda Mupariwa.

    But his tears and gestures to the sky as he left the field suggested his thoughts were with Woolmer.

    Earlier, Kamran Akmal edged Elton Chigumbura (3-50) behind for 15 and Shoaib Malik (21) chipped Sean Williams to Justice Chibhabha.

    Mohammad Yousuf (3) fell soon after Inzamam, Gary Brent claiming the caught and bowled chance.

    Nazir carried on, though, mixing some lusty blows with clever singles in a superb innings.

    He offered just one chance, on 81, when Friday Kasteni dropped a skyer at deep backward square-leg off Brent, and struck eight sixes and 14 fours in reaching his highest one-day score off 121 balls.

    He was well supported by Younis Khan (28), who shared a partnership of 82 with the opener before he was run out by Christopher Mpofu.


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    Nazir's superb innings was brought to an end by Stuart Matsikenyeri's superb catch off Mpofu, moments after Brent (3-68) had bowled Shahid Afridi between his legs for 16.

    Some ragged Zimbabwe fielding allowed the innings to continue apace, despite Mohammad Sami and Umar Gul falling cheaply.

    And Iftikhar Anjum's late rally of 32 off 16 balls boosted the total, which contained 16 sixes, before he fell with one delivery remaining.

    Gul had Vusi Sibanda caught at backward point from the second ball of Zimbabwe's innings and Chibhabha edged Gul to Inzamam at first slip two overs later.

    Kasteni followed soon after, swishing widly at Sami and Inzamam pouching another catch, before the heavens open.

    After a lengthy delay, Brendan Taylor top-edged Danish Kaneria to Younis Khan at long-on before Matsikenyeri was dismissed in peculiar fashion. Matsikenyeri, who tweaked a hamstring taking a quick single, looked as though he had been stumped, but the third umpire decided his runner Taylor had in fact been run out.

    Chigumbura provided some brief cheer, smiting Kaneria for three sixes in a row, but he was bowled by Afridi for 27.

    Williams and Brent also got stuck into Kaneria before Williams skied him to Gul at long-off and Brent was bowled by Afridi.

    Afridi also cleaned up Tawanda Mupariwa and Yousuf finished off proceedings, Mpofu dollying him straight to Inzamam in the covers.

    However, it was Woolmer's untimely death that dominated the day's play.

    Supporters in the sparse crowd paid tribute to the 58-year-old with banners, and his picture adorned the big screen during an emotional minute's silence before the game, after which the Pakistan team had to return to the dressing room to compose themselves.

    Inzamam pledged before the game that the team would do their "level best and try to win the game and honour Bob" - and that was fulfilled thanks in the main to Nazir's fantastic knock.


    Pakistan: Imran Nazir, Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Inzamam-ul-Haq (captain), Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Sami, Rao Iftikhar, Umar Gul, Danish Kaneria.

    Zimbabwe: Vusi Sibanda, Friday Kasteni, Chamu Chibhabha, Brendon Taylor, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Sean Williams, Elton Chigumbura, Gary Brent, Prosper Utseya, Tawanda Mupariwa, Christopher Mpofu.

    Umpires: Simon Taufel (Aus) and Brian Jerling (RSA)

    TV umpire: Billy Bowden (NZ)

    ICC Match referee: Chris Broad (Eng)

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    4th ODI, Pakistan tour of South Africa at Durban, Mar 21 2013

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...th-odi-pakistan-tour-of-south-africa-2012-13/

    South Africa v Pakistan, 2012-13

    At Durban, March 21, 2013. Pakistan won by three wickets. Toss: South Africa.
    Mohammad Hafeez became the fourth man given out in a one-day international for obstructing the field - and the first under regulations introduced in 2011 that punish altering the course of a run. TV umpire Billy Bowden was absolutely correct, despite the controversy his decision aroused in the second over of Pakistan's reply. Hafeez later claimed he had "not looked behind" when the ball was thrown by keeper de Villiers towards the stumps. Television replays were hardly needed to confirm the evidence of the naked eye: Hafeez had altered the line of his run by two yards in order to protect the stumps. But from 33 for three, Pakistan were boosted by a stand of 153 between Imran Farhat, whose obduracy - his half-century required 97 balls - was perfect for the circumstances, and the aggressive Misbah-ul-Haq. Despite a couple of late scares, Pakistan squared the series with eight balls to spare. Earlier, Mohammad Irfan made early inroads for the third game in a row, this time dramatically removing Amla and Ingram with the first two balls of the match. De Villiers found an ally in Miller, who eventually fell to Saeed Ajmal's quicker ball to end a fifth-wicket stand of 115. The omission of Nasir Jamshed meant that, for the first time, Pakistan fielded nine players aged 30 or over - one short of the record, by Bermuda against the Netherlands at Potchefstroom in November 2006.
    Man of the Match: Misbah-ul-Haq.

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    3rd Test, Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan at Lahore, Mar 22-27 1982

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...-3rd-test-sri-lanka-tour-of-pakistan-1981-82/

    Pakistan, now able to play their full team after Javed Miandad had announced that he was unavailable as captain for the tour of England, proved too strong for Sri Lanka. Majid Khan, Zaheer Abbas, Mudassar Nazar and Imran Khan were included, those making way being Salim Malik, Haroon Rashid, Rizwan-uz-Zaman and Rashid Khan. Sri Lanka recalled Warnapura and Ratnayeke, and included Jayasekera and Wijesuriya for their Test débuts, omitting G. R. A. de Silva (injured), Ranatunga, Ranasinghe and Kaluperuma.

    After a start delayed by an hour following overnight rain, Pakistan put Sri Lanka in to bat and struck twice in Imran Khan's third over, with Warnapura caught at short-leg and Jayasekera bowled by a break-back. Imran continued to dominate, and only a magnificent innings by Dias saved his side from collapse. He reached a chanceless century shortly before the close of the first day and when caught at cover-point early next morning had batted for 260 minutes. His 109 included fourteen 4s and one 6. Imran maintained his speed over long spells; his eight for 58 represented his career-best figures and the best in a Test in Pakistan.

    Pakistan's experienced batting found little difficulty from Sri Lanka's bowlers, who were not helped by missed chances. Mohsin Khan, in a fluent, maiden Test century, drove strongly and hit sixteen 4s before being bowled off his pads. His partnership with Majid, who earlier had been caught at cover only 15 runs short of Hanif Mohammad's Pakistan record of 3,915 Test runs, added 151.

    Sri Lanka were reasonably well placed at tea with Pakistan 306 for five, but Zaheer and Imran put on a quick 100, Ashraf Ali joined in, and the declaration came soon after Zaheer, having batted for four and a half hours with two 6s and twelve 4s, was bowled attempting a big hit.

    Sri Lanka, needing 260 to save the innings defeat, showed more resolution in their early batting, and at tea on the fourth day had reached 71 for the loss of Warnapura. They lost their chance of saving the match when, in just over half an hour before the close, they lost four more wickets. Imran's match figures of fourteen for 116 were a record for Pakistan. In the penultimate over of the match, Ashraf Ali conceded his first byes in two Tests, having kept wicket without a bye while 998 runs were scored. The total attendance was approximately 35,000.

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    3rd Test, Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka at Colombo, Mar 22-27 1986

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    Sri Lanka fought bravely to keep the series level, the nineteen-year-old Gurusinha, in only his third Test, and the 21-year-old Ranatunga batting throughout the fifth day, which began with Sri Lanka 83 for three. Gurusinha batted for 495 minutes (307 balls) and hit fourteen 4s; Ranatunga for 341 minutes (208 balls) with four 6s and fourteen 4s. However, Pakistan missed five catches and two stumpings on the final day, Ranatunga escaping six times. Sri Lanka were also helped by the rain, which washed out all but two hours, twenty minutes of the fourth day.

    Winning the toss and batting, Sri Lanka made cautious progress to 191 for four on the first day. Including the last one-day international, Ranatunga's fifty was his third in successive innings against Pakistan, while Mendis's signalled a welcome return to form. Pakistan were again in early trouble, but Ramiz Raja led the recovery to 180 for five by the close of the second day. On the third he advanced to his first Test hundred, and when lbw to the persevering Ratnayeke had batted for 388 minutes (242 balls) and hit seventeen 4s. Pakistan's lead of 37 grew in significance when Sri Lanka lost both opening batsmen at 18 and finished the day 24 for two. But first the rain and then Sri Lanka's two young left-handers were to have the final say

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    4th ODI, Pakistan tour of India at Pune, Mar 22 1987

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    At Pune, March 22. Pakistan won by six wickets. Pakistan, with the advantage of the toss, cruised to an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the series of six internationals. All their bowlers benefited from a helpful pitch, none more so than Saleem Jaffer, the young left-arm fast bowler.

    Man of the Match: Saleem Jaffer.

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    3rd ODI, Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka at Colombo, Mar 22 2006

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...n-3rd-odi-pakistan-tour-of-sri-lanka-2005-06/

    At Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo, March 22, 2006. Pakistan won by four wickets. Toss: Pakistan.

    Pakistan eased to a 2-0 series win after a fine mid-innings spell from Shahid Afridi jolted Sri Lanka's batsmen. Pakistan, left chasing 225 on the best pitch of the series, cruised home: Shoaib Malik made 46 in 38 balls, while Mohammad Yousuf compiled a composed 53. The Sri Lankan middle order had wasted a fine start in which Kapugedera, just 19, made his maiden international half-century with bold strokeplay. Sri Lanka were 86 for one after 20 overs before Afridi's bustling leg-spin led the way in throttling the innings - he was helped by Sangakkara, who ran Kapugedera out. The bowling of Maharoof and Malinga was wayward, and a reshuffled batting order, led by Shoaib Malik, took full toll.

    Man of the Match: Shahid Afridi.

    Man of the Series: Abdul Razzaq.

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    Final (D/N), Asia Cup at Dhaka, Mar 22 2012

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...angladesh-vs-pakistan-final-asia-cup-2011-12/

    Bangladesh v Pakistan, final, Asia Cup, 2011-12

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    At Mirpur, March 22, 2012 (day/night). Pakistan won by two runs. Toss: Bangladesh.

    A final worthy of the occasion was edged by Pakistan, who drew on their greater experience and produced one of their best fielding displays in recent memory. Younis Khan's three catches and Hammad Azam's agility (which atoned for a dropped chance) pressed home the advantage won by Pakistan's three spinners. Saeed Ajmal was deadly on a pitch that had slowed to a standstill: what seemed a modest total - rescued from 133 for six by a 22-ball blast by Shahid Afridi and an enterprising innings from wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed - turned out to be defendable. Tamim Iqbal hit his fourth successive fifty, and Shakib Al Hasan produced the goods yet again, but the rest couldn't wriggle out of the jam, and Bangladesh were unable to manage nine from the final over, delivered by Aizaz Cheema. There was controversy off the first ball, when Cheema seemed to impede Mahmudullah as he was looking for a second run, but the umpires decided the obstruction was unintentional; a later, official, complaint predictably came to nothing. Bangladesh's young team shed tears after their narrow defeat, and looked inconsolable, despite their two splendid victories earlier in the tournament.

    Man of the Match: Shahid Afridi. Man of the Series: Shakib Al Hasan.

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    Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st Quarter-Final (D/N), ICC Cricket World Cup at Dhaka, Mar 23 2011

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8039/scorecard/433600/pakistan-vs-west-indies-1st-quarter-final/

    Clinical Pakistan storm into semi-final

    Pakistan 113 for 0 (K Akmal 47*, Hafeez 61*) beat West Indies 112 (Chanderpaul 44*, Afridi 4-30) by 10 wickets

    Pakistan are two games away from repeating the heroics of Imran Khan's 1992 team after a crushing 10-wicket victory against West Indies in the first quarter-final in Dhaka. Mohammad Hafeez starred with bat and ball, beginning West Indies' decline with two early wickets then ending it with a brisk 61, while Shahid Afridi is proving an inspirational force and led from the front again with four more scalps as the spinners produced a ruthless display to dismantle West Indies for 112.

    Between the three of them, Pakistan's slow bowlers had figures of 27.3-5-64-8 and gave another example of how there is a threat from every part of the attack. At no point did Afridi need to fill overs, especially when the weakest link of the bowlers - Hafeez - managed to take 2 for 16 in his full allocation. Hafeez then dominated an unbroken opening stand with Kamran Akmal which wiped off the target with barely an alarm and 29 overs to spare.

    The match represented a contest for as long as Chris Gayle was in the middle - the sum total of 2.5 overs. His departure sucked the life and belief from West Indies line-up with the rest remaining rooted to the crease, managing just seven fours and a solitary Shivnarine Chanderpaul six as he nudged his way to a hollow, unbeaten 44.

    Some early aggression had proved the falsest of dawns. Devon Smith cut the first ball of the match to the point boundary and Gayle played two thumping shots, but in attempting his third boundary, he picked out Afridi at mid-off who did well to hold on to a stinging drive. With their talisman gone, West Indies became virtually scoreless.

    Hafeez, handed the new ball after Abdur Rehman was left out, caused a host of problems for the left handers, mainly with his straighter deliveries, rather than any turn. The major damage came in his third over as he skidded one past Smith's inside edge, and three balls later, a similar delivery removed Darren Bravo as he thrust his pad down the line.

    The next six overs brought just six runs as Ramnaresh Sarwan and Chanderpaul were rendered scoreless by the combination of Hafeez and Gul. The shackles were momentarily broken when Sarwan collected two boundaries off Wahab Riaz - the second a flowing cover drive - but they were the rare exception.

    Hafeez was allowed to bowl eight overs for 12 runs though he was barely turning the ball and spinners continued to cause problems when Afridi had two close shouts for lbw in his first over. He used up a review with the first one but should have broken through in his second over when Gul didn't accept a chance at long-off when Sarwan, on 14, tried to go over the top.

    Runs came at a painful rate, but at least the fourth-wicket pair were trying to set a platform. However, with the pressure building and Pakistan racing through the overs Sarwan felt he had to try some shots, but couldn't clear cover as he cut a delivery which bounced more than expected. Not for the first time, Afridi stood with arms aloft and it was just the start for the Pakistan captain.

    Kieron Pollard did nothing to end the argument that he's a bully of weak bowling attacks when he bottom-edged a cut and Kamran Akmal's recent improvements continued with a sharp take. None of the West Indian batsman - barring Chanderpaul - had a clue which way Afridi was turning the ball and that was summed up by Devon Thomas' dismissal as he played back to a quicker ball.

    From legspin to offspin it was then the turn of Saeed Ajmal to make more lower-order batsmen look foolish. Darren Sammy, who will struggle to justify his place in the team after this tournament, was turned square by a perfect doosra and the same delivery also removed Devendra Bishoo although this time the batsman helped with an inside edge.

    Kemar Roach showed some of his team-mates that batting wasn't impossible as he accompanied Chanderpaul for 15 overs to add 40 but it was like trying to the plug the leak in the Titanic. Roach eventually chipped to midwicket and the innings ended with more than six overs remaining when Ravi Rampaul was bowled round his legs by Afridi.

    Pakistan weren't going to ease their way to the target and after two overs had 25 on the board - it had taken West Indies until the 12th over to reach that point. Hafeez rode on the confidence of his bowling display, but some of the bowling served up was as bad as the earlier batting. A couple of tough half chances were spilled without affecting the result.

    The victory means their first journey to India since 2007 to face either the co-hosts or defending champions in Mohali. Pakistan won't care who the opposition are, it will take an exceptional performance to stop them.

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    Pakistan vs Australia, 16th Match, Group 2 (D/N), World T20 at Dhaka, Mar 23 2014

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    Pakistan hold on in high-voltage game

    Pakistan 191 for 5 (Umar Akmal 94) beat Australia 175 (Maxwell 74, Finch 65) by 16 runs

    If ever proof was needed that Pakistan are world cricket's most mercurial side, take this match as exhibit A. Bilawal Bhatti's first over cost 30 runs, Pakistan dropped two catches in three balls, they conceded an 18-ball half-century to Glenn Maxwell and in their own innings stumbled to 25 for 2 in their fifth over. Oh, and they won. Comfortably, in the end. So relaxed was Mohammad Hafeez by the end that he trusted Bhatti with the final over, with Australia needing 23. They managed six.

    This really was a split personality of a game. The fielding from both sides was poor, as was some of the bowling. But the striking from Umar Akmal and Maxwell was breathtaking, and a couple of wonderful overs from two of Pakistan's spinners, Zulfiqar Babar and Saeed Ajmal, meant more than Bhatti's dirty 30-run over. Perhaps the most important feature of the match was the lopsided nature of Australia's scorecard; nobody but Maxwell and Aaron Finch reached double figures.

    And yet while they were at the crease together, Australia rocketed into favouritism. Chasing 192, they had come together at 8 for 2 at the end of the first over, after Babar's quicker ball rattled David Warner's stumps and his turner caught the edge of Shane Watson's bat on the way through to Kamran Akmal. But from there, Maxwell and Finch lifted Australia to 126 for 2 in the 12th over, a position from which they could have and should have won.

    Had Maxwell stayed there they would have. As he struck six after six with conventional strokeplay, it was hard to work out why he had tried to reverse-sweep Hafeez from the first ball of his innings. Nerves, perhaps. But when he stood still and played the ball on its merits, he was almost impossible to stop. He clubbed Hafeez over midwicket and square leg for two sixes in an over and struck another as Shahid Afridi leaked 15 in his first over.

    Afridi seemed Scrooge-like compared to Bhatti, who was thumped for two consecutive sixes that brought Maxwell his half-century, the equal fastest in a T20 international by an Australia player. The record was set by David Warner, who struck an 18-ball fifty against West Indies in 2009-10 at the SCG, where the Arizona Diamondbacks and the LA Dodgers are playing Major League Baseball this week. Some of Maxwell's strikes belonged there.

    He was put down on 70 by Ajmal in the deep - two balls earlier Kamran had failed to glove Finch's edge behind off Ajmal's doosra - but on 74 Maxwell fell when he picked out deep midwicket off the bowling of Afridi. And magically, the runs dried up. The rest of the Australians struggled to force the pace against Pakistan's spin; George Bailey was bowled by Afridi for 4 off nine balls and after Brad Hodge was well caught in the deep by Ajmal off Umar Gul, Ajmal got rid of the other main danger, Finch.

    Australia needed 31 off the final three overs when Ajmal was given his last over, and it was a brilliant one. Finch, settled but still a little scratchy, was bowled by an Ajmal straight ball for 65 off 54 balls, and the over brought one run and one wicket. And, more or less, one Pakistan victory. Because 30 off two overs was too much for Australia's lower order; Gul and Bhatti picked up wickets and there was a run out, and Australia were bowled out from the last ball for 175.

    It meant that Umar Akmal's batting had not been in vain. That Pakistan reached 191 for 5 was a remarkable effort given that they were struggling at 25 for 2 in the fifth over. But the Akmal brothers combined to give Bailey a headache for the next three quarters of an hour.

    They scored at 11.29 during their 96-run partnership and although Kamran has an excellent record against Australia it was Umar who really did the damage this time. Powerful through and over midwicket, especially during an 18-run over from part-time spinner Finch, who was twice dispatched dismissively over deep midwicket, Umar was also able to rocket the ball down the ground straight back past the bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile.

    Kamran struck four fours during his run-a-ball 31 but the partnership ended when he tried to lift a cut over deep point off Coulter-Nile but was well taken by Warner running around on the boundary. Coulter-Nile picked up a second wicket when he yorked Sohaib Maqsood for 5, but Umar remained at the crease and seemed destined to become the first Pakistan batsman to reach a century in a Twenty20 international.

    That was not to be. In the final over of the innings, on 94 from 53 balls, he tried to clear the long-on boundary off Mitchell Starc and was caught in the deep by Maxwell. A quick unbeaten 20 from Afridi helped Pakistan to 191 for 5, but the Australians were left wondering what could have been had they been a little less sloppy in the field.

    Umar had been dropped on 22 when he lifted Coulter-Nile to deep square leg and Brad Hogg put down a catch that was coming to him at pace, but should have been taken comfortably. Afridi was also put down by Hodge at point and Kamran was grassed by Doug Bollinger at short fine leg, although the umpire called a no-ball against the bowler Shane Watson in any case.

    Bollinger's first international for two and a half years had started more promisingly - he struck in the second over of the match when Ahmed Shehzad top-edged a pull and was caught by Bollinger himself. When Hafeez played on off Watson in the fifth over, Australia could dream of a small chase. In their dreams.

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    3rd Test, Pakistan tour of India at Bengaluru, Mar 24-28 2005

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...stan-3rd-test-pakistan-tour-of-india-2004-05/

    At Bangalore, March 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 2005. Pakistan won by 168 runs. Toss: Pakistan.

    If his team had held out, Sourav Ganguly would have been the first Indian captain to win back-to-back Test series against Pakistan. Instead, he was booed as they lost a fascinating match to charged-up opponents, who somehow levelled a series in which they had largely been outplayed. India reached lunch on the final day with only one wicket down, but were bowled out with six overs to go.

    "I see the series as one that got away," said Indian coach John Wright. "When you're expecting a victory and don't get it, it leaves an empty feeling." The crowd knew what he meant. It was not exactly honours even, as only one team felt satisfied. "This was good for Pakistan. Our young boys needed this," said Inzamam-ul-Haq. So did their older boys. In the fickle world of Pakistan cricket, a record of five losses in the seven Tests since coach Bob Woolmer had been in charge with Inzamam was virtually a plea for dismissal. Winning earned them both a respite, though Inzamam's over-enthusiastic appealing on a tense final day brought him a one-Test suspension.

    The toss was the most crucial of the series: for the first time, he called correctly, and opted to bat on an easy-paced pitch. Pakistan's fifth opening pair in as many Tests went by the third over, but in Younis Khan they had a man in form, and in Inzamam a captain in trouble. Over six hours, they built the third-highest stand ever conceded by India, whose bowling lost its purpose and drive. Seven for two became 331 for two. While Younis played the straight man, Inzamam provided the punchlines, pounding delightful strokes off the front foot and becoming the fifth batsman to score a century in his 100th Test (after Colin Cowdrey, Gordon Greenidge, Javed Miandad and Alec Stewart). Later, Younis completed his second hundred in successive Tests. Initially defensive, he assumed control after Inzamam departed, driving on to 267, his own first-class best and the highest Test score by any batsman visiting India. Younis batted for eleven and a half hours, facing 504 balls, hit 32 fours and deposited Harbhajan Singh for six over long-on; despite draining heat, he was still sprinting threes at the end of the innings, having led Pakistan to their highest total in India. The tour had started with his place in doubt, but he was now the middle order's most valued member. "I have never played with fear; pressure does not affect me," he said. "If I get dropped tomorrow, I will go and play cricket somewhere else, and continue to enjoy it."

    That view was seemingly shared by Sehwag, who thrilled the crowd with his second big hundred of the series and stormed on to another double, striking two sixes off Danish Kaneria plus 28 fours in 325 minutes and 262 balls. He passed 3,000 Test runs in his 55th innings, an Indian record. But support was patchy. Laxman was the only other man to reach 50, while Kaneria's persistence earned him five wickets and a 121- run lead for Pakistan.

    Shahid Afridi launched a firecracker assault to extend that on the fourth afternoon. He battered 58 off 34 balls - reaching 50 in 26, only two balls slower than the Test record of 24 set by Jacques Kallis three weeks before. Once he had gone, Younis quietly orchestrated the innings and Inzamam declared 382 ahead. On an intriguing final day, India required 358 at nearly four an over. While Sehwag was batting, they jollied along at 3.67. But once he was run out, they slowed to 1.91. The world's most explosive middle order dug in, but all they managed to dig was a tunnel with no exit. Afridi dismissed Laxman and Tendulkar, who had just overtaken Sunil Gavaskar as India's leading run-scorer, and bowled Ganguly, whose stunned response summed up his decline. His failure was highlighted by India's attempt to cling on in the final session. Kumble was at his blocking best but, when Balaji padded up to Kaneria, it was all over, and the booing began.

    Man of the Match: Younis Khan. Man of the Series: V. Sehwag.

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    5th ODI, Pakistan tour of India at Nagpur, Mar 24 1987

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...istan-5th-odi-pakistan-tour-of-india-1986-87/

    INDIA v PAKISTAN 1986-87


    At Nagpur, March 24. Pakistan won by 41 runs. Miandad and Imran (65 balls) put together a superlative stand of 142 to pull Pakistan from a crisis in the only match in which Kapil Dev won the toss and inserted Pakistan. Even so, India's target might still have been manageable but for an unbeaten 48 off 21 balls by Wasim Akram; he took 25 (266641) off one over by Chetan Sharma. Gavaskar (102 balls) and Shastri (39 balls) raised Indian hopes as they lashed out in a stand of 76 in defiance of an asking-rate which had climbed to 8 an over, but once past that threat Pakistan claimed the series 4-1 with one match remaining.

    Man of the Match: Wasim Akram.

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    2nd ODI, Sri Lanka tour of United Arab Emirates at Sharjah, Mar 24 1989

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...i-lanka-tour-of-united-arab-emirates-1988-89/


    Sharjah Cup

    †PAKISTAN v SRI LANKA 1988-89

    At Sharjah, March 24. Pakistan won by seven wickets. Toss: Sri Lanka. Two century partnerships involving Salim Malik took Pakistan to a comfortable victory. Malik, in sparkling form in Sharjah, went from 99 to 100 with a single off Ratnayake in the 48th over, whereupon Imran Khan struck three fours off the Sri Lankan newcomer to win the match and reach his half-century.

    Man of the Match: Salim Malik.

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    Pakistan vs India, 3rd Match, Pepsi Cup at Jaipur, Mar 24 1999

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...ndia-vs-pakistan-3rd-match-pepsi-cup-1998-99/

    At Jaipur, March 24. Pakistan won by 143 runs. Toss: Pakistan. International debut: G. K. Pandey.

    India succumbed to their heaviest-ever defeat in a home one-day international when they were bowled out for 135 in the 37th over. Saeed Anwar had given Pakistan a dream start, passing 6,000 runs and falling just short of his 16th hundred in limited-overs internationals. Kumble suffered the indignity of being hit by Shahid Afridi for five fours in his opening over, but took revenge, dismissing Afridi and three others to check the middle order. However, only Jadeja passed 20 in India's reply, which mustered less than half Pakistan's total. Shoaib Akhtar struck the early blows, though the honours were shared out among his colleagues.

    Man of the Match: Saeed Anwar.

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    Pakistan vs England, Final (D/N), Benson & Hedges World Cup at Melbourne, Mar 25 1992

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8039/scorecard/65156/england-vs-pakistan-final-world-cup-1991-92

    ENGLAND v PAKISTAN

    Toss: Pakistan.

    Imran Khan's erratically brilliant Pakistanis won their first World Cup final while Gooch and England lost their third, on the broad field of Melbourne with nearly 90,000 in attendance. Afterwards Imran said it was the most fulfilling and satisfying cricket moment of my life. He described the victory as a triumph for his young team's talent over England's experience; he also stressed the role of his aggressive specialist bowlers rather than the stereotyped attack of Gooch's all-rounders. But he enjoyed an all-round triumph himself with the match's highest score and the final wicket.

    Imran's role went deeper, however. He had virtually hand-picked the team, and after the disappointment of losing a key player, the pace bowler Waqar Younis, to a stress fracture before leaving Pakistan, and a disastrous start when they won only one in five matches (two of which he missed), he urged them to imitate the action of a cornered tiger before they went on to five successive wins. They reached the giant stadium in peak form, while England looked exhausted. The players who had toured New Zealand unconquered had gradually weakened in the face of constant travel and frequent injury. As Pakistan had picked up, they had been losing, first to New Zealand and then, most embarrassingly, to Zimbabwe. It's not the end of the world, said Gooch after the match, but it is close to it. We got beaten fair and square. England were worn down by the century partnership of veterans Imran and Javed Miandad, which started slowly but gathered force, and the spirit of their batsmen was broken by successive balls from Man of the Match Wasim Akram which dismissed Lamb and Lewis, one swinging in and then straightening again, the next cutting in sharply.

    Remembering the baleful potential of rain, and knowing that no one had won a World Cup final chasing runs, Imran had chosen to bat. At first England prospered. In nine overs Pringle reduced Pakistan to 24 for two. Then Imran and Miandad, the sole survivors in this World Cup of the 1975 tournament, settled down to see off the new ball. Progress was slow: Imran was nine from 16 overs when Gooch spilled a running catch. But although Pakistan were only 70 halfway through, and Miandad had summoned a runner, they accelerated to add 139 in 31 overs before Miandad attempted a reverse sweep. Soon Imran's strokeplaying protégés, Inzamam-ul-Haq (35 balls) and Wasim Akram (18 balls), took up the fight. Their 52 in six overs brought the runs from the last 20 overs to 153, though Pringle's final over cost just two and saw them both dismissed.

    England's pursuit of five an over started badly when Botham was surprised to be given caught behind. The next time Moin Khan claimed a catch, Stewart escaped judgment, but not for long, and Mushtaq Ahmed's leg-spin accounted for Hick (baffled by the googly) and Gooch. With England requiring 181 from 29 overs, Lamb, preferred for his experience to Smith, whose fitness was in doubt, added 72 in 14 with Fairbrother. But Wasim returned to devastating effect. Deprived of heavyweight partners, and using a runner, Fairbrother top-edged to Moin after an hour and a half. The tail threw the bat to no avail. Imran dismissed Illingworth to complete his triumph, and pledged the proceeds of his success to the cancer hospital planned in his mother's memory.

    Man of the Match: Wasim Akram. Attendance: 87,182.

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    5th Test, Pakistan tour of West Indies at Port of Spain, Mar 26-31 1958

    Scorecard - http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...th-test-pakistan-tour-of-west-indies-1957-58/

    At Port of Spain, March 26, 27, 28, 29, 31. Pakistan won by an innings and one run. Excellent pace bowling by Fazal Mahmood and Khan Mohammad enabled Pakistan to dismiss West Indies for a modest score, although Weekes and Smith resisted strongly. Saeed Ahmed and Wazir Mohammad mastered the West Indies attack, which suffered an early blow when Gilchrist sprained an ankle. Wazir, batting six hours and three-quarters and hitting twenty-two 4's, shared stands of 169 with Saeed and 154 with his brother, Hanif. Making his first Test appearance, the West Indies fast bowler, Taylor, showing pace and persistency, performed admirably in taking five wickets in 37 overs. Pakistan, with a lead of 228, bowled and fielded with more determination than in the previous Tests. Nasimul Ghani was particularly impressive with his left-arm slows on a pitch now responsive to spin, and he received good support from Haseeb Ahsan. His six wickets included those of such formidable batsmen as Hunte, Sobers, Walcott and Smith, a feat indeed for a player aged sixteen. In the end, Pakistan were not required to bat again. They won before lunch with more than a day to spare

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    1st Test, Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka at Colombo, Mar 26-30 2006

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    At Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo, March 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 2006. Drawn. Toss: Pakistan.

    An intriguing match, during which the pitch improved daily after being drenched on the washed-out first day, was eventually left drawn after Shoaib Malik dug in for a maiden Test century. When play finally got under way on a humid, overcast second morning, Inzamam-ul-Haq won a crucial toss, and in less than an hour Sri Lanka were in disarray, slumping to 32 for five as Mohammad Asif and Umar Gul extracted prodigious movement with the new ball. The wicket had sweated under the tarpaulin, and Gul found both nip and bounce, though Asif was the chief destroyer, swinging and seaming the ball both ways. His prize dismissals were Sangakkara and Samaraweera, both dismissed shouldering arms to devilish deliveries that cut back in the opposite direction after a series of outswingers.

    But the batsmen fought back, thanks to a brilliant 69 from Dilshan, the last of the specialists. He gambled on his natural attacking instincts, clawing back the initiative along with Maharoof, who showed calm temperament and a correct technique at No. 7; they added 111 for the sixth wicket either side of lunch. The pitch, drying in the sun, gradually lost its menace as the ball softened, and Sri Lanka eventually reached 185, a modest but respectable total in the circumstances.

    Maharoof then followed up his valuable runs with the finest spell of his career so far. His remodelled action - higher and straighter following long sessions with coach Tom Moody - gave him both greater pace and control. McGrath-like, he probingly forced the batsmen to play, while moving the ball enough to pose problems. Pakistan were in early trouble, but a positive 69 from Imran Farhat gave them the advantage by the close.

    The pitch again helped the bowlers for the first hour of the third day, and Maharoof struck two crucial early blows, dismissing Inzamam with a wide leg-cutter and bowling Abdul Razzaq. Then Muralitharan whirled his way through the lower order. Sri Lanka claimed a lead of nine, a remarkable turnaround, and their batsmen built on that lead during a long, hot afternoon.

    Tharanga, showing impressive composure, negotiated the new ball, and went on to a fine 72, consolidating the initiative and stitching together useful stands with an outof- sorts Jayasuriya and Sangakkara. Tharanga's innings was vital - but it was Sangakkara who dominated afterwards, with an epic 185 in seven and a half hours, a mature innings of exemplary shot selection and unflagging patience. Jayawardene caressed a silky 82 himself, and declared midway through the fourth afternoon, setting a mountainous 458.

    Facing Muralitharan in the fourth innings has proved too much for many sides, but Pakistan secured a draw quite comfortably in the end. Shoaib Malik, neither a regular opener nor a regular blocker, avoided his normal flamboyance during a match-saving marathon. Crucially, Sangakkara - not surprisingly exhausted after almost three whole days on the field - fumbled an edge off Malinga when Malik had made only 14. Murali did snap up two wickets before the close, but the pitch was becoming ever more placid. There was some slow turn, but few balls jumped dangerously. Pakistan got through the morning without losing a wicket, and an 81-minute rain delay helped them to safety.

    Man of the Match: K. C. Sangakkara.

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