Malik, Younis steer Pakistan to solid 299/4

Published: Thursday, June 26, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Pak rode on a 129-run stand between Malik and Younis for second wicket to post a healthy total 299/4 against IndiaBangalore: Skipper Shoaib Malik crafted a fine 125 while Younis stroked 59 in 60 balls and the duo shared a brisk 129-run stand for the second wicket as Pakistan piled on a massive 299/4 in the Asia Cup Group-B tie at the National Stadium in Karachi on Thursday.

Malik's 119-ball knock was studded with 16 hits to the fence and one towering six off Piyush Chawla. RP, who bowled intelligently mixing up his normal away swingers with slower ones and yorkers in a measured way, was the pick of Indian bowlers with 1/44. Slow bowlers proved costly for India with Chawla, Yusuf and Yuvraj combined conceding as many as 128 runs in 20 overs.

Pakistan deciding to take the guard first on a belter of a wicket batted with a purpose and to a game plan. They got off to a sluggish but steady start raising 50 runs in the 15th and most importantly not losing the wicket. Openers Malik and Butt curbed their natural aggression in the initial part and provided a fine platform for a big score with a 90-run stand in 20 overs.

Younis joined well set Malik in the middle and the duo paced their innings superbly taking singles and twos with the odd boundary hits before opening his arms to up the ante.

Malik left the scene retd hurt owing to cramps with his side comfortably placed at 219/1 in 40th over. Soon Younis followed his skipper to the pavilion after he top edged a slog sweep off RP straight into the hands of Raina at mid-off. His 60-ball knock was laced with five boundaries.

Mohd Yousuf (30 off 20) and Misbah (31* off 26) scored some brisk runs to steer Pak to a healthy total.

Brief Scores:

Pakistan 299/4 (Shoaib Malik 125, Younis 59, Butt 35, Misbah 31 n o, Mohd Yousuf 30; RP Singh 1/44) Vs India.


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