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Pakistan cruise to victory

March 10, 2007 17:34 IST

Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf were again the standouts as they guided Pakistan to a seven-wicket win over South Africa in a World Cup warm-up match in Trinidad on Friday.

South Africa, who lost the toss and were put in to bat, were dismissed for 199 on a pitch that their captain, Graeme Smith, and their coach, Mickey Arthur, slammed as "unfit".

Pakistan cruised to a reply of 200 for three in 44.3 overs.

Play was held up for seven minutes while Arthur and his Pakistan counterpart, Bob Woolmer, came onto the field after 16 overs had been bowled to discuss the state of the pitch with umpires Peter Parker and Ian Gould.

"Mickey and Graeme both consider the pitch unfit for play," South African media manager Gordon Templeton told reporters.

Fast bowler Mohammad Sami used the conditions effectively to trap AB de Villiers in front for three and have Herschelle Gibbs caught behind for 11 as South Africa limped to 27 for three after 10 overs.

Jacques Kallis and Ashwell Prince then stabilised the innings with a stand of 66 before they were dismissed with consecutive deliveries.

Prince fell leg before wicket to off-spinner Mohammad Hafeez for 35 with the last ball of the 26th over, and Kallis fell in identical fashion to leg spinner Danish Kaneria for 29 with the first delivery of the 27th over.

Loots Bosman and Mark Boucher added 43 runs for the sixth wicket before Hafeez bowled Boucher for 22.

Bosman was eighth out in the 46th over for South Africa's top score of 53 in the midst of a slide where the last four wickets tumbled for 26 runs.

Fast bowlers Umar Gul and Sami, and spinners Hafeez and Shoaib Malik each took two wickets.

Pakistan's reply began badly when Imran Nazir slashed a delivery from fast bowler Andre Nel to Bosman at third man without scoring.

Opener Hafeez and Khan scored more freely as the pitch settled and they put on 68 runs before Hafeez, who scored 49, edged a ball from fast bowler Charl Langeveldt to wicketkeeper Mark Boucher.

Khan and Yousuf took control of the match until they were separated in the 41st over when part-time off-spinner Smith trapped Younis in front for 79.

Yousuf finished on 48 not out.


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