Ijaz, Razzaq prop up Pakistan innings

Published: Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 5:30 [IST]
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Singapore: Pakistan were restricted to 227 for nine against South Africa in the 2000 Singapore Challenge triangular cricket tournament at the Kallang ground on Wednesday. Decent knocks from middle order batsmen, Ijaz Ahmed (56) and Abdur Razzaq (47), helped Pakistan to pose a respectable total after they were 81 for four in the 19th over.South Africa did well to control the Pakistan innings by their tight fielding and good bowling. Kallis was the pick of their bowlers with figures of 6-0-19-2. He was ably supported by Nicky Boje, who claimed two wickets. Shaun Pollock and Roger Telemachus bagged one wicket each. After Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat, openers Shahid Afridi and Imran Nazir began the innings in a steady manner and kept their cool.

Pakistan lost the first wicket for 56 runs when Afridi, who was playing well, edged a pull shot into the hands of Gary Kirsten. He scored 25 with the help of three boundaries. Soon after the Pakistan collapse started. Younis Khan, who came in at the fall of Afridi, couldn't last long. He was caught brilliantly by wicket-keeper Nic Pothas, who made his One-day debut, off the bowling of Jacques Kallis for one.Imran Nazir was the next to go. Nazir who had a slow start, soon gained strength and belted two sixes off Telemachus and Pollock during his knock of 36 runs in 42 balls. His was brilliantly run out by Kirsten.

Yousuf Youhana, the stylish right-hander, departed when the Pakistan scorecard read 81 for four. Youhana's contribution to the total was a mere seven runs. There after, Abdur Razzaq and Ijaz Ahmed steadied the Pakistan innings by restricting themselves to ones and twos and not going for big shots. After the 40th over they accelerated their scoring rate with a few hits to the boundary and brought up the 100 runs of their partnership. Ijaz departed at 185 after scoring a painstaking 56. He was stumped by Pothas off the bowling of Nicky Boje. Ijaz's 56 came from 76 balls with five hits to the fence.

Azhar Mehmood joined Razzaq's, but the latter was soon run out by Klusener off his own bowling. Razzaq scored 47 runs off 89 balls with one four.Azhar departed next, caught by Ntini off Boje when Pakistan's score read 209 for 7 and his own 11 runs. Earlier, Azhar Mehmood had got a reprieve when he was bowled off a no ball from Lance Klusener. Pakistan lost two quick wickets when Atiq-Ur-Zaman was caught by Kirsten off a full toss from Pollock and Arshad Khan run out off a Klusener throw in the 48th over.Pothas had a good debut behind the wickets as he accounted for two catches and one stumping.

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