The Web


 Latest Cricket news on mobile: sms CRI to 7333

Home > Cricket > Reuters > Report

Pakistan score easy win

April 04, 2003 00:21 IST


Pakistan won the opening match of the quadrangular series in Sharjah beating Zimbabwe by 68 runs on Thursday.

Replying to Pakistan's total of 278 for seven, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 210 in 44.1 overs. The wickets were shared among the young Pakistani bowlers.

For Zimbabwe only Douglas Marillier (59) provided some resistance while the wickets tumbled around him.

Abdur Razzaq (76 runs and 2 wickets) was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his brilliant all-round performance.

Earlier, Abdul Razzaq and Younis Khan slammed blazing half-centuries as Pakistan recovered from a poor start to score 278 for seven.

Razzaq cracked a scintillating unbeaten 76 off 53 balls with two fours and seven sixes while Khan weighed in with 67 (off 84 balls with three fours and two sixes) as Pakistan rattled 96 runs in the last 10 overs.

The late flourish from the Pakistan batsmen came after they had been reduced to 101 for five by the 25th over.

Khan helped steady the innings with a sixth-wicket partnership of 58 with skipper Rashid Latif (34). He then put on another 44 with Razzaq before being caught by Sean Ervine off the bowling of Andy Blignaut.

But it was Razzaq, who together with Mohammad Sami (11) put on 75 runs in just 35 balls in an unbeaten eighth wicket stand, who snatched the initiative away from Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe skipper Heath Streak struck two early blows when he removed both the openers -- Taufeeq Umar (16) and debutant Mohammad Hafeez (12) -- to put Pakistan on the backfoot.

Inspired by their skipper Blignaut and Ervine exploited the advantage to keep the Pakistan batsmen in check.

Two run outs -- that of Shoaib Malik and Rashid Latif -- added to the woes of a new-look Pakistan side, who struggled on a slow wicket in the absence of eight senior players who were dropped following a dismal showing at the World Cup.

But Razzaq's storming late hitting leaves Zimbabwe facing a daunting total. Blignaut conceded 16 runs in one over while Ervine and Douglas Hondo went for 24 and 23 respectively to let Pakistan off the hook.


7333: The Latest News on Your Mobile!

© Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Share your comments

 What do you think about the story?

Read what others have to say:

Number of User Comments: 4

Sub: Pakisssssssssstan!!!!!!!

I was totally dissapointed during the WC due to the bad performance of PAKI...YEsterday match was wonderful,especially Rassak's innings.Give yougsters more time to settle.... vila ...

Posted by vilashini

Sub: Well done Rassak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The pakistan team is up after injecting new blood.Hats off Rassak..Keep going.!!Wish you all the best my Pakistan!!!!!!!! Kujo

Posted by Pakistantiger


Pakistan must be little happy the way things got started for them, so its not been slack for them yet, They can push accelerate when ...

Posted by Ahmad

Sub: cricket match

The youngsters have done a fine job.It is high time not to bring the senior palyers back whatever the cost.

Posted by arshah


Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Write us a letter
Discuss this article

Related Stories

Tendulkar out for 2 months

Huge bonus awaits Indian team

Ganguly?s career was at stake, so w

People Who Read This Also Read

Kale lifts Plate 'A'

Be Indian, undermine Indians

No Warwickshire stint for Zaheer

Copyright © 2005 India Limited. All Rights Reserved.