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Elahi hits 63 as Pakistan struggles vs Namibia, 255/9

Published: Sunday, February 16, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Kimberley: Opener Salim Elahi hit 63 as Pakistan found the going hard against some tight bowling by minnows Namibia in its Group 'A' match at De Beers Oval on Sunday. Pakistan, which lost to world champions Australia in its first match, managed 255-9 in tits allotted 50 overs with Gerrie Snyman taking 2-51 and effecting a run out.

Batting by choice, Pakistan found life tough as the Namibian bowlers keeping a disciplined line and length while Elahi and Saeed Anwar scored 44 runs in the first 10 overs. Anwar, who missed the first game with an injured elbow, failed to keep a cut down and was smartly caught by Louis Burger off Bjorn Kotze for 23. Younis Khan and Elahi put 53 for the second wicket before Younis was caught behind after making 28 and he soon saw Inzamam-ul-Haq following him back to the pavilion, bowled by Deon Kotze for four.

Elahi, dropped when 38, made 63 before offering a straightforward catch to mid- wicket off Jan Burger to leave Pakistan 150 for four. Yousuf Youhana and Rashid Latif lifted Pakistan with a rapid fifth wicket stand of 58 off 54 balls before Youhana holed out at long off after making 43. Snyman then returned to remove Latif for 36 and Abdul Razzaq for four.

Pakistan added 85 in its last 10 overs with Wasim Akram, in a record 34th World Cup match, chipping in with a 14-ball 20. Wasim was not alone in setting a record, Namibia bowler Rudi van Vuuren becoming the first man to play in both the rugby union and cricket World Cups. Van Vuuren, who was not included in Namibia's first match against Zimbabwe, was part of the Namibian rugby team at the last World Cup in England four years ago.

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