Razzaq gives Pakistan a winning chance

Published: Saturday, August 5, 2000, 16:30 [IST]
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Karachi: Pakistan set themselves up for a fine victory in the first of the three-match One-day series with a record 304 for nine off 50 overs at the Karachi ground in the day/ night match on Tuesday.All-rounder Abdur Razzaq played a blazing knock of unbeaten 75 runs from just 40 balls to put Pakistan firmly in the driver's seat. Razzaq shattered the England bowling morale with fine strokes; three of which carried over the ropes. Razzaq also hit five fours as Pakistan ended their innings the way they began, with a flourish.Pakistan started with a bang as left-hand opening batsman Saeed Anwar went after the English opening bowlers Andrew Caddick and Darren Gough. Runs flowed thick as the English bowlers struggled on a typical sub-continent wicket, which was devoid of any life.

Anwar, prospered initially, but fell to a fine piece of bowling by Craig White, who got one to move away from the left-hander. Anwar tried to steer through third man and ended up snicking to Alec Stewart behind the stumps.Salim Elahi joined the sedate Imran Nazir at the crease and the two youngsters kept up the momentum to post the 50 of the innings by the eighth over. But, both failed to carry their bat through and Pakistan lost both of them in quick succession.The flourish and stutter was followed by a period of steadying as Inzamam-ul-Haq and Yousuf Youhana (two of Pakistan's most experience batsman) began to consolidate the Pakistan innings. Inzamam and Youhana added 100 runs for the fourth wicket to keep the Pakistan run scoring at a healthy rate. Inzamam made 71 runs from 87 balls with six fours.

Earlier, England made only one change from the team, which defeatedPakistan 'A' by 10 wickets on Sunday. All-rounder Craig White replaced paceman Matthew Hoggard.Pakistan included two spinners, off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq and leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed. They also recalled fast bowler Waqar Younis for an injured all-rounder Azhar Mahmood and picked in Salim Elahi.

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