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Pakistan off to a dodgy start, three down

India's top order fired in unison to help the side amass 330 for eight wickets in the second match of the cricket tri-series in Dhaka.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, Dhaka
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2008 08:30 PM IST


Praveen Kumar then continued as Salman Butt skied the ball over the mid wicket region for another two runs. He then top egded over the third man region for a huge six. Salman was then brilliantly taken by Rohit Sharma as Pakistan lost their first wicket. The new man in was Younis Khan, who edged the ball to Dhoni and Pakistan lost two wickets in two balls.

Ishant Sharma then came onto bowl as Akmal played out three dot ball. He then scored a handsome boundary through the off side for the first four off the Pakistan innings. He then ended the over with a dot ball. Pakistan were 6/0 after 2 overs.

Praveen Kumar opened the attack for India as Salman Butt and Kamral Akmal came out to bat for Pakistan. Butt then scored a single off the second ball of the over to get the Pakistani innings underway. Kamran Akamal then scored a single off the final ball off the over. Pakistan were 2/0 after the first over.

Virender Sehwag (89), Gautam Gambhir (62) and Yuvraj Singh (55) tore apart the Pakistan attack as India's top order fired in unison to help the side amass 330 for eight wickets in the second match of the cricket tri-series here today.

After Sehwag and Gambhir put on an 155-run opening stand in just over 21 overs, India seemed set for a 350-plus score but they subsequently lost part of the momentum to settle for a little less.

Umar Gul was the pick of the Pakistan attack, which had a highly forgettable day, with the seamer claiming three for 61 in his 10 overs.

Wahab Riaz, who was not allowed to complete his quota of 10 overs because he fired two beamers at the Indian batsmen, and Shahid Afridi claimed two wickets apiece.

Pakistan cut a sorry figure as a fielding unit with Younis Khan twice dropping Gambhir when the batsman was on four and 29.

Younis first grassed one in the second slip off Gul in the very first over and he fumbled again at wide slip when Gambhir's hard slash went through his fingers, Wahab being the bowler this time.

Stumper Kamran Akmal should also own up his share of the blame as he dropped Sehwag off Rao Iftikhar when the batsman was on 43.

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