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Inzamam guides Pakistan to victory
December 07, 2006 22:22 IST
Inzamam-ul-Haq celebrated his return to international cricket on Thursday with an unbeaten 42 to seal a hard-fought two wicket victory over the West Indies in the second one-day international.
The Pakistan captain completed a four-match ban after his team refused to take the field in the fourth Test against England at The Oval in August. He was cleared of ball tampering but penalised for bringing the game into disrepute.
After dismissing the West Indies for 151, Pakistan completed victory with 10 balls to spare, after pace bowler Corey Collymore had taken three for 19 from his 10 overs.
Fast bowler Jerome Taylor also took three wickets in a spirited fightback by the tourists, who were without key players, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Dwayne Bravo.
Despite recovering from the first over loss of Mohammad Hafeez to reach a comfortable 40 for one in 10 overs, the home side lost wickets at regular intervals before Inzamam pulled Taylor for a boundary to end the contest.
Having taken 18 balls to get off the mark, Inzamam, who remained unbeaten after his 86-ball knock, broke the shackles in Marlon Samuel's first over, hitting him for two fours.
Hafeez was dismissed by Taylor when he edged to keeper Denesh Ramdin, who took five catches.
Imran Farhat went after scoring 17 from 32 balls, becoming Collymore's first victim when he was brilliantly caught at second slip by Chris Gayle.
At 50, Pakistan lost Kamran Akmal who cut Collymore straight to Dwayne Smith at point after 22 runs from 30 balls.
Without Mohammad Yousuf, who is nursing his ailing wife, Inzamam and Younis Khan (24) steadied the innings with a 30-run stand in 12 overs.
Younis was caught by Ramdin after he miscued a pull shot off Taylor. Shoaib Malik was caught behind off Ian Bradshaw for six and Collymore returned to get rid of the dangerous Abdul Razzaq for 17 to leave Pakistan tottering on 118 for six in the 41st over.
That became 120 for seven when Rana Naved was trapped lbw by Samuels before Inzamam and debutant Abdul Rehman put together 27 valuable runs before the latter gave Ramdin his fifth catch and Taylor his third wicket, five runs short of victory.
Rehman had a promising debut, taking two for 20 to lead a disciplined bowling and fielding performance.
The left-arm spinner dismissed Smith and Samuels in the space of six balls as West Indies struggled to 79 for six at one stage with skipper Brian Lara run out for 14.
Runako Morton top scored with 43 after the tourists lost debutant Lendl Simmons and Gayle for ducks in the first two overs.
Morton gave West Indies a fighting total with a productive seventh stand of 57 runs stand with Ramdin (23).
Brian Lara said his batsmen had not put enough runs on the board.
"Our bowlers have shown repeatedly that our batsmen put up a good total they can defend it. I think we fought hard to defend this small total," Lara said.
Inzamam said it had not been an easy batting pitch.
"The ball was not coming on to the bat and I played according to the situation. I think they deserve credit for bowling to a good line and length on this pitch."
Tuesday's first match in Rawalpindi was abandoned after torrential rain.