Leisurely warm-up for Shoaib Akhtar

Updated on Nov 02, 2007 02:23 PM IST

Sporting a new shorter haircut, he refrains from going all out against a Delhi XI side, which made 213 for nine in 50 overs.

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AFP | By, New Delhi

Bad-boy fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar took one for 46 in a restrained performance on Friday in Pakistan's only warm-up match before the one-day series with India.

Akhtar, sporting a new shorter haircut, refrained from going all out against a Delhi XI side which made 213 for nine in 50 overs after being put in to bat at the Feroze Shah Kotla ground.

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.

He 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to international cricket against South Africa last month after 13 months on the sidelines due to a drugs ban, later rescinded, injuries and a 13-match suspension for hitting Asif with a bat.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 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, making three run-outs of the Delhi batsmen who were keen to get among runs before the start of the domestic season.

The visitors will play five one-day internationals against India with the first in Guwahati on November 5, followed by three Test matches.

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