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Thatscricket - ODI Series - India~~s tour of Pakistan- Inzamam~~s ton helps Pak post 293 for 9

Published: Tuesday, March 30, 2004, 0:33 [IST]
 
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Lahore:Inzamam-ul Haq struck his second century of the series to propel Pakistan to a healthy 293 for nine in their allotted 50 overs in the crucial fourth One-day international match against India at the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore on Sunday.

Electing to bat after winning the toss, Inzamam set the jam-packed stadium ablaze with a 121-ball 123 to make amends for a rather slow start that saw the home team lose two wickets by the ninth over.

The Pakistani captain not only notched up his tenth One-day century but gave the momentum to the innings to leave the Indians a task of scoring 5.92 runs an over to level the five-match series.

The Pakistani innings began on a disastrous note as the hard-hitting Shahid Afridi returned to the pavilion cheaply with the young Irfan Pathan providing the early breakthrough.

Pathan struck another blow in his fifth over by getting rid of Yousuf Youhana (9) who was trapped plumb in front of the wicket by an incoming delivery, reducing the home team to 39 for two by the ninth over.

Yasir Hameed, who has been in a very good form, and captain Inzamam tried to stem the rot as they played cautiously to the Indian new ball bowlers.

Hameed, who missed his century by two runs in the last match at Peshawar, played some fine shots on both sides of the wicket, picking up paceman Lakshmipathy Balaji for special treatment by clobbering him for two boundaries.

Afridi (3) slashed at an outside the off stump delivery and was caught by Yuvraj Singh at point, much to the delight of the visitors who desperately need a victory to remain in contention in the five-match series which the hosts lead 2-1.

Pathan struck another blow in his fifth over by getting rid of Yousuf Youhana (9) who was trapped plumb in front of the wicket by an incoming delivery, reducing the home team to 39 for two by the ninth over. Yasir Hameed, who has been in a very good form, and captain Inzamam tried to stem the rot as they played cautiously to the Indian new ball bowlers. Hameed, who missed his century by two runs in the last match at Peshawar, played some fine shots on both sides of the wicket, picking up paceman Lakshmipathy Balaji for special treatment by clobbering him for two boundaries.

Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly introduced spinner Murali Kartik, who was included in the team in place of Ramesh Powar for this crucial match, into the attack in the 15th over and the left-arm spinner stuck to a good line and length from the very first over.

Hameed and his captain put on 50 runs for the third wicket before Hameed fell prey to Kartik for 45 which came off 68 balls and included five boundaries. The right-handed opener stepped out to Kartik but missed the line completely and Dravid promptly stumped him behind the wickets.

Inzamam took his time to settle down before unleashing a flurry of strokes to accelerate the pace of scoring after the 20th over.

The Pakistani captain was particularly severe on Balaji when he returned for his second spell lifting him for a huge six and then spanking him for a couple of boundaries to steer the team to a far more comfortable position.

Younis Khan, who joined the action after Hameed's dismissal, also looked in fine nick as he kept rotating the strike with gentle nudges and pushes, giving the bulk of the strike to his captain.

The duo stitched 105 runs for the fourth wicket before Kartik again provided the breakthrough by removing Younis Khan (36 off 48 balls) as he went for a sweep but could not control his shot and Pathan just about held on to the catch in the deep.

But there was no respite for the Indians as Inzamam kept attacking the bowlers with all-rounder Abdul Razzak (32) giving him company.

Inzamam took a couple of runs off Pathan to notch up his tenth One-day century and then celebrated it by slamming Balaji to the boundary as runs began to flow in a faster pace. Inzamam looked more aggressive after completing his century lifting Balaji for a huge six over mid-wicket but the paceman extracted his revenge by knocking off his off stump as he tried to play across the line. His 121-ball 123 contained nine boundaries and four sixes.

The home team then lost wickets in quick succession to be restricted under the 300-run mark

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