Tuesday 8 April 2008 

Mohammad Yousuf Century Helps Pakistan Seal Huge Win

Pakistan 322-5 (Mohammad Yousuf 108no, Shoaib Malik 85) v
Bangladesh 129 (Sohail Tanvir 3-29, Shahid Afridi 3-41)

Pakistan won by 152 runs (D/L) and lead the five-match series 1-0
By John Pennington

An unbeaten century from Mohammad Yousuf helped Pakistan post a formidable score of 322 for five before Bangladesh were bowled out for 129 in the first One Day International in Lahore.

Pakistan eased to a 152-run Duckworth/Lewis win when Mashrafe Mortaza was caught by Sohail Tanvir off the bowling of Shahid Afridi having top scored with 25 from number ten in the order.

Floodlight failure caused a stoppage with Bangladesh struggling on 53 for three twelve overs into their reply.

Sohail Tanvir removed the three top-order batsmen as he finished with the best figures of three for 29. Tamim Iqbal was bowled for five before Shahriar Nafees (24) and Aftab Ahmed (14) were both caught by Kamran Akmal.

The delay in the dark reduced Bangladesh's target to 282 runs in 39 overs and they quickly lost three more wickets upon resumption with Iftikhur Anjum picking up two in two balls by dismissing captain Mohammad Ashraful, clean bowled for nine, and Shakib Al Hasan, caught by Kamran Akmal. Next to go was Mahmudullah, run out trying to take a single with Mohammad Yousuf the fielder.

Shahid Afridi then had Farhad Reza trapped in front for seven and Dhiman Ghosh caught by Younus Khan for a duck.

Mashrafe Mortaza and Abdur Razzak (11 not out) were left with little option but to swing the bat, both men making double figure scores but they had no hope of preventing a comprehensive defeat.

Earlier, an innings of 85 from Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Yousuf's 15th ODI century helped Pakistan recover from the loss of three early wickets and late cameos from Shahid Afridi (27 from 11 balls) and Misbah-ul-Haq (38 from 27 balls) helped them pass 300.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Salman Butt (33), Nasir Jamshed (20) and Younis Khan (one) were all caught by wicket-keeper Dhiman Ghosh off of opening bowlers Mashrafe Mortaza or Farhad Reza before Malik and Yousuf came together with the score on 73 for three.

They added a century partnership with their half-centuries coming off of 45 and 56 balls respectively. Their stand was eventually ended with the score on 215 when Malik was caught by Shahriar Nafees off the bowling of Shakib Al Hasan. His innings lasted 75 balls and contained seven boundaries.

Yousuf remained unbeaten on 108 having hit 11 boundaries in a 103-ball innings.

Mashrafe Mortaza, who by removing Misbah picked up his 100th ODI wicket, and Farhad Reza picked up two wickets apiece as seven bowlers were used by Mohammad Ashraful to try and stem the flow of runs. Five overs from Mahmudullah disappeared for 59 runs while Ashraful himself conceded 26 from two.

The two teams are set to play five One Day Internationals after Bangladesh stepped in to replace Australia, who are not touring as scheduled due to security concerns.

Pakistan: Salman Butt, Nasir Jamshed, Shoaib Malik (captain), Younus Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal (wicket-keeper), Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir, Iftikhar Anjum

Bangladesh: Shahriar Nafees, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful (captain), Aftab Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan, Farhad Reza, Raqibul Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mashrafe Mortaza, Dhiman Ghosh (wicket-keeper), Abdur Razzak.

� Cricket World 2008


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