Sharjah: Dazzling batting by Saeed Anwar (72) and Inzamam-Ul-Haq (71) enabled Pakistan pile up 260 for five from their 50 overs against the West Indies in the second match of the three-nation Coca Cola trophy cricket tournament here today.Electing to bat, Pakistan began cautiously but stepped up the pace after the 30th over.
In the final overs, Moin Khan, true to his reputation, struck an unbeaten 27 off just 16 deliveries with the help of two sixes and as many fours.Yousuf Youhana made 48 and was involved in a 97-run partnership for the third wicket with Inzamam. Anwar's 72 was studded with four sixes and three fours while Inzamam had two sixes and four fours in his 71.
The West Indian bowlers, who did an excellent job against the Sri Lankans yesterday, looked very ordinary against the Pakistanis today.Even pace bowler Curtly Ambrose came in for some harsh treatment, giving away 41 runs off his ten overs and failing to take a wicket.Pakistan got off to a slow but good start with Anwar and fellow-opener Aamir Sohail putting on 49 runs for the first wicket in 14.5 overs.Sohail left after making 18, bowled by Nemiah Perry.
Inzamam, who came in next, was looking for opportunities to score from the word go. He and Anwar added 72 runs for the second wicket.Anwar was out when he was caught brilliantly by West Indies skipper Brian Lara off Nixon Maclean.
Both Inzamam and Youhana stroked freely in their 97-run stand for the third wicket as Lara employed part-time bowlers Jimmy Adams and Shivnaraine Chanderpaul.Youhana was finally run out by wicket keeper Ridley Jacobs. For the umpteenth time in his career, Inzamam also was run out a little later, this time by a direct throw from Perry.
Skipper Wasim Akram made nine before he was caught by Ricardo Powell off Perry.Perry was the most successful bowler for the West Indies with two.