Pakistani cricketers hit half centuries in one-day match against India

Published: Sunday, November 18, 2007, 19:25 [IST]
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Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Yousuf hit impressive half centuries to help Pakistan reach a challenging 306-6 in the fifth and final one-day international against India here on Sunday.

The tourists slipped from 65 for no loss to 77-3 after being put in to bat in the day-night game, but skipper Malik (89) and Yousuf (74) propped up the innings with a 168-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Pakistan's previous best for the fourth wicket against India was 163 between Ijaz Ahmed and Inzamam-ul-Haq at Mohali in 1999.

Fast bowler Shanthankumaran Sreesanth, playing his first match of the series, ended the tourists' early flourish when he dismissed Salman Butt (36), Imran Nazir (20) and Yasir Hameed (one) in three overs.

Pakistan lost the momentum after the dismissal of left-handed opener Butt, who top-edged a pull and was caught by Rohit Sharma after hitting six fours in his 49-ball knock.

Hameed was caught behind after being surprised by the extra bounce, while Nazir fell to a return catch.

But then Malik and Yousuf came to their team's rescue. The former was instrumental in stepping up the run-rate, hitting the match's first six off part-time spinner Virender Sehwag before reaching his 24th half century in one-dayers.

The Pakistani captain and Yousuf were both stumped as they tried to force the pace in the closing overs. Malik cracked two sixes and six fours in his 82-ball innings.

Yousuf looked solid during his 82-ball knock as he kept the

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