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Imran and Yasir put Pakistan in front

Bold innings by Imran Farhat and Yasir Hameed allowed Pakistan to dominate the first day of its four-day cricket tour match against Auckland at Eden Park on Sunday.

india Updated: Dec 14, 2003 11:55 IST

Bold innings by Imran Farhat and Yasir Hameed allowed Pakistan to dominate the first day of its four-day cricket tour match against Auckland at Eden Park on Sunday.

Yasir made 96 and Imran 73 from 70 balls as the Test partners, leading Pakistan to 318 in its first innings, took advantage of captain Inzaman-ul-Haq's decision to bat on winning the toss.

Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who made 32 in an innings which included three fours and three sixes, also had bowling success before stumps, cheaply dismissing New Zealand Test opener Lou Vincent.

Auckland was 35-1 when stumps were drawn with Vincent's Test partner, Mark Richardson, not out 13.

Imran gave Pakistan's innings early strength, striking 11 fours and a six in a sparkling innings which embraced partnerships of 56 with Taufeeq Umar and 74 with Yasir, who gave up his regular opening role.

Yasir carried Pakistan to lunch at 147-3 and through most of the afternoon session, taking his 96 runs from 104 balls with 16 boundaries.

Shoaib's bright late innings and a careful 43 by Asim Kamal, mostly in support of Yasir, allowed Pakistan to assemble a substantial total at a run rate of more than 4.4 runs per over.

Auckland captain, former international spinner Brooke Walker, took 5-55 from 14.5 overs, removing Imran and Yousif Youhana within three balls in his second over.

He returned to clean up the tail, removing Shoaib, Mohammad Sami and Shabbir Ahmed.

The match gave Vincent and Richardson, named on Sunday in the New Zealand Test squad, a look at quicks Shoaib and Sami ahead of Friday's first Test in Hamilton.

Vincent gave up that chance when he was caught, hooking Sami to Shoaib, when he was only four.

Richardson took better advantage of the opportunity, coping comfortably with the pace duo in the hour before stumps.