Saturday 19 June 2010 

Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal Set India 268 For Victory

Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal Set India 268 For Victory
Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal Set India 268 For Victory
© REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (SRI LANKA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET) Picture Supplied by Action Images
 

Pakistan 267 (Salman Butt 74, Kamran Akmal 51, Kumar 3-53) v India
Asia Cup game four, Dambulla

Opening batsman Salman Butt and wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal scored half-centuries before Pakistan were bowled out for 267 by India in the fourth game of the Asia Cup in Dambulla.

Butt made 71 and Kamran Akmal an aggressive 51 in 41 balls as Pakistan looked to take advantage of winning the toss and deciding to bat first.

Butt dominated an opening stand worth 71 with Imran Farhat (25) and he also shared a half-century stand with Shoaib Malik (39) for the second wicket. He stroked nine fours before he was run out by Ravi Jadeja.

Umar Akmal (21), Umar Amin (5) and Shahid Afridi (32) then struggled to build on a solid platform but Akmal's late innings, which included two fours and three sixes, hauled them up to a competitive score.

Pick of the bowlers for India was Praveen Kumar, who returned three for 53 by having Afridi, Kamran Akmal and Abdul Razzaq (3) dismissed while Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh both took a pair of wickets.

India won their opening match against Bangladesh while Pakistan lost to hosts Sri Lanka in the four-team tournament.

© Cricket World 2010

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