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Farhat, Youhana help Pak level series

Imran Farhat and Yousuf Youhana guided Pakistan to victory in the second ODI against New Zealand.

india Updated: Jan 07, 2004 13:08 IST

Imran Farhat and Yousuf Youhana guided Pakistan to victory in the second one-day international against New Zealand on Tuesday to level the five match series at 1-1.

Pakistan posted a total of 236 for four in 47 overs with Youhana 88 not out.

Earlier a 91-run seventh wicket partnership between Jacob Oram (54) and Brendon McCullum (56 not out) helped New Zealand to 235 for eight.

Farhat was finally out for 87 to give Daniel Vettori his first wicket of the series, but with the score at 195 in the 38th over, Pakistan were well on their way to squaring the series.

Inzamam-ul-Haq joined Youhana and the two looked like taking the tourists to the 236 required, but Inzamam fell with 10 still required.

Pakistan cruised home with three overs to spare, when Shoaib Malik hitting two boundaries in the 46th over to bring victory.

The Pakistan innings looked shaky early on when Yasir Hameed was well caught by Oram low down at backward point for two and Saleem Elahi got an edge to an Oram delivery and was caught by McCullum behind the stumps.

New Zealand had looked ordinary in their innings until McCullum and Oram joined forces, and their fielding was poor, as a number of promising run-out opportunities went begging.

The home bowling, on a flat deck, did not pose the Pakistan batsmen much concern without Shane Bond, who spent the day in the television commentary box.

In comparison, Mohammad Sami came back to his menacing best with the ball for Pakistan, taking three for 52.

First Published: Jan 07, 2004 11:23 IST