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Pakistan too good for Delhi
November 02, 2007 13:41 IST
Last Updated: November 02, 2007 20:13 IST
Salman Butt [Images] signalled his return to form with a belligerent 83 as Pakistan warmed-up for its cricket series against India with a facile seven-wicket victory over Delhi on Friday.
After restricting the hosts to 213 for 9 in 50 overs, Pakistan romped home with 7.2 overs to spare.
Misbah-ul Haq (39) and Yaseer Hameed (33 not out) scored the bulk of the runs.
Amit Bhandari was the pick of the Delhi bowlers, claiming 1 for 25 in his seven overs.
Pakistan began their chase in whirlwind fashion and looked in a hurry to wrap the match.
Despite losing Kamran Akmal (5) to Kunal Lal in the first over, the visitors raised 66 in six overs before Imran Nazir [Images] fell to Bhandari.
Butt and Misbah continued the good work before the left-hander retired on 83, which came off 84 balls and included 13 fours and a six.
By that time Pakistan had pocketed the match and it was just a formality which Hameed and Fawad Alam (10 not out) completed as Pakistan raced to 215 for 4 in 42.4 overs.
Butt was adjudged man of the match.
Earlier, half centuries by Rajat Bhatia and Shikhar Dhawan helped Delhi overcome a jittery start.
Put in to bat by visiting captain Shoaib Malik [Images], Delhi slumped to 36 for four inside 13 overs before a 91-run stand between Dhawan and Bhatia arrested the slide.
Bhatia's 75 was a product of his 106-ball stay in the middle and included seven boundaries besides a six off Fawad Alam.
Dhawan's 52 came off 81 balls and had three fours in it. The left-hander also pulled Shoaib Akhtar [Images] over square leg for his only six.
Delhi, minus regular captain Virender Sehwag [Images], ran into trouble soon as stand-in skipper Gautam Gambhir [Images] (4) departed as early as in the second over when Umar Gul trapped him plumb in front.
Aakash Chopra (16) and Dhawan struggled to nudge the score along and then Younis Khan dealt a double blow.
The Pakistan vice-captain first trapped Chopra and then castled Mithun Manhas for a first-ball duck even though he could not complete his hat-trick.
Dhawan did not last long after completing his half century and two runs later, a Salman Butt direct throw cut short his stay, leaving the hosts at 137 for five in the 35th over.
Once Dhawan departed, Bhatia started playing his shots even though wickets kept tumbling at the other end.
Mayank Tehlan (7) offered a return catch to Alam while Shahid Afridi [Images] scalped Puneet Bisht (2) in his first over.
Bhatia perished when a Sohail Tanvir direct throw caught him short of ground.
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-41, 3-41, 4-46, 5-137, 6-157, 7-173, 8-191, 9-200
Bowling: Akhtar 10-0-46-1, Gul 6-0-33-1, Tanvir 9-0-25-0, Younis 6-0-24-2, Malik 6-1-16-0, Fawad 9-0-36-1, Afridi 4-0-29-1.
Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-66, 2-157 (Salman Butt retired not out), 3-182.
Bowling: Kunal Lal 8-0-68-1, PJ Sangwan 9.4-0-61-1, A Bhandari 7-1-17-1, C Nanda 10-0-36-0, M Manhas 8-0-30-0.