Pakistan ease to comfortable win in practice match

Published: Friday, November 2, 2007, 17:36 [IST]
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New Delhi: Left-handed batsman Salman Butt hit form with a sparkling half-century as Pakistan warmed up for the one-day international series against India with a six-wicket win over a local side here.

Butt, dropped from the playing eleven in all five matches of the preceding series against South Africa because of poor form, blazed his way to an 84-ball 83 studded with 13 fours and a six before opting to retire in the only warm-up game before the one-day series.

Imran Nazir (34) and Misbah-ul Haq (39) also spent useful time in the middle as the visitors surpassed Delhi XI's total of 213 for nine with 44 balls to spare.

The toothless bowling attack of the local side could not really test the visitors, who open the five-match series in Guwahati on November 5. The one-dayers will be followed by three Tests.

Earlier, controversial fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar took one for 46 in a restrained performance after captain Shoaib Malik won the toss and elected to field.

Akhtar, sporting a new shorter haircut, refrained from going all out, apparently to save his firepower for tougher battles ahead.

The 32-year-old, whose new-ball partner Umar Gul finished with 31 off six overs and one wicket, assumes greater responsibility for Pakistan after the withdrawal of Mohammad Asif with an elbow problem.

Akhtar returned to international cricket against South Africa last month after 13 months on the sidelines due to a drugs ban, later rescinded, injuries and a 13-match suspension for hitting Asif with a bat.

Prolific batsman Younis Khan was the surprise bowling package, taking two wickets in as many balls with his medium-pace bowling.

For the local side, Rajat Bhatia top-scored with 75 off 106 balls including seven fours and a six. Shikhar Dhawan chipped in with 52 which included a six off AKhtar.

Pakistan were sharp in the field, enjoying three run-outs of the Delhi batsmen, who were keen to get among runs before the start of the domestic season on Sunday.


Delhi XI:
A. Chopra lbw b Younis Khan 16
G. Gambhir lbw b Gul 4
S. Dhawan run out 52
M. Manhas b Younis Khan 0
V. Kohli run out 5
R. Bhatia run out 75
M. Tehlan c and b Alam 7
P. Bisht c Akhtar b Afridi 2
A. Jain not out 14
G. Chabra c Tanvir b Akhtar 16
P. Sangwan not out 1
Extras lb5, nb4, w12 21
Total for nine wickets 213
Fall of wkts 1-7, 2-41, 3-41, 4-46, 5-137, 6-157, 7-173, 8-191, 9-200
Bowling Akhtar 10-0-46-1 (nb1, w4)
Gul 6-0-31-1 (nb2)
Tanvir 10-2-25-0 (nb1, w1)
Younis Khan 6-0-25-2 (w6)
Malik 5-0-16-0
Alam 9-0-36-1
Afridi 4-0-29-1
Imran Nazir c Bhatia b Bhandari 34
Kamran Akmal lbw b Lall 5
Salman Butt retd hurt 83
Misbah-ul Haq c Gambhir b Sangwan 39
Yasir Hameed not out 33
Fawad Alam not out 10
Extras lb3, nb1, w7 11
Total for four wickets 215
Fall of wkts 1-13, 2-66, 3-157, 4-182
Bowling Lall 8-0-68-1 (nb1, w5)
Sangwan 9.4-0-61-1 (w1)
Bhandari 7-1-25-1
Nanda 10-0-28-0
Manhas 8-0-30-0

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