Butt, Younis take Pakistan to 315/3

Published: Saturday, June 14, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mirpur, Dhaka: Salman Butt (129) and Younis Khan (108) slammed flamboyant centuries to take Pakistan to a daunting total of 315/3 in the Kitply Cup tri-series final against India at Shere Bangla National Stadium here today.

Misbah-ul-Haq too made valuable contributions in final overs with a 21-ball 33.

For India, Irfan Pathan managed two wickets as Ishant Sharma bagged one. Piyush Chawla, who returned wicketless, was the biggest failure for India today, giving away 85 runs in ten overs. Though Dhoni tried eight bowlers in a bid to halt Pakistan's charge, Butt and Younis showed great composure to take Pakistan to a challenging total.

Earlier, Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik had won the toss and elected to bat.

India made one change bringing in Ishant in place of RP. Pakistan have included the left-arm spinner Fawad Alam in place of seamer Wahab Riaz.

The rival captains and the ICC have agreed to change the ball at the end of the 30th over because it has been turning black, and makes that much harder to sight the ball in the last 10-15 overs, owing to the nature of soil used for pitch.


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