Anderson takes the cake as England wrecks Pakistan

Published: Sunday, February 23, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Cape Town: England's latest fast bowling discovery Jimmy Anderson sent Pakistan crashing to a 112-run defeat with an inspired burst in a key World Cup match at Newlands on Saturday. The 20-year-old from Lancashire took four for 29, including the wickets of Pakistan's two leading batsmen Inzamam-ul-Haq and Yousuf Youhana off successive deliveries in the day-night match. The emphatic win gave England a chance of reaching the Super Six stage despite forfeiting a match against Zimbabwe.

Pakistan will have to beat archrivals India at Centurion next Saturday to keep its hopes alive. Anderson bowled at a brisk pace and made the ball swing away from the right-handed batsmen. Inzamam was caught at third slip and Youhana bowled by a swinging Yorker as Pakistan crashed to 17 for three in reply to England's 246 for eight. Anderson followed up with the wickets of Saeed Anwar and Rashid Latif as Pakistan was dismissed for 134, with conditions under the floodlights helping swing and pace bowling far more than had been the case when England batted first after winning the toss.

Craig White, who took over from Anderson, grabbed three quick wickets for 33 runs. His figures were spoilt by some big hitting by last man Shoaib Akhtar, who hit 43 off 16 balls with three sixes and five fours. Shoaib and Saqlain Mushtaq put on 54 for the last wicket to show the insipid top order how to bat. Michael Vaughan and Paul Collingwood hit half-centuries for England but Pakistan's varied bowling attack kept England under pressure as wickets fell at steady intervals. Shoaib bowled a delivery timed at 161kmh (101.2mph), the fastest recorded since speed guns were introduced, but he was also Pakistan's most expensive bowler, conceding 63 runs in nine overs.

Shoaib took the wicket of Vaughan, who was caught low down at backward point after scoring a stylish 52 off 64 balls. Vaughan was earlier caught off a no ball before he had scored when he top-edged a pull against Wasim Akram to square-leg. It prevented Akram from becoming the first bowler to take 500 One-day International wickets. Akram took his 499th wicket when England opener Marcus Trescothick was caught behind for one in the third over.

No partnership lasted more than ten overs but England's batting depth proved useful, with Collingwood (66 not out) shepherding the lower order to a respectable total. England captain Nasser Hussain returned to his side after missing the match against Namibia because of a sore neck but made only eight before trying to cut a ball from Waqar Younis that was too close to his body, falling to a diving catch by wicket- keeper Rashid Latif. Waqar's tactics were surprising. With his team in danger of failing to bowl its overs in time, he did not return to the bowling attack after taking two for 37 in a seven-over opening spell, preferring to use Shoaib in the closing overs in tandem with spinners Saqlain Mushtaq and Shahid Afridi before Wasim came back at the end. Copyright AFP 2001

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