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Kiwi pacers send Pak crashing to defeat

New Zealand benefited from Pakistan's batting woes by cantering to a seven-wicket victory in its first outing of the Bank Alfalah Cup.

india Updated: May 12, 2003 03:49 IST

New Zealand benefited from Pakistan's batting woes by cantering to a seven-wicket victory Sunday in its first outing of a Sri Lankan tri-series in the central town of Dambulla.

Pakistan's batsmen fell like ninepins against an incisive attack as they were bundled out for 116 in 43.1 overs with four top order batsmen perishing for ducks.

New Zealand then coasted to 117 for three in 27.3 overs after openers Chris Nevin (28) and Stephen Fleming (21) survived a fiery opening spell from pace spearhead Shoaib Akhtar.

Lou Vincent, who was given his ticket to the one-day series just four days ago, scored an unbeaten 25, while Chris Cairns contributed 18 not out.

Pakistan, which defeated host Sri Lanka by 79 runs Saturday in the series opener, failed to cope with the Kiwi pace attack on a lively pitch and was dismissed for its lowest score in 65 one-dayers against New Zealand. Its previous lowest total against the Black Caps was 135 at Napier in 2001.

Pacemen Shane Bond (two for seven) and Man of the Match Daryl Tuffey (two for 28) picked up four quick wickets after Kiwi skipper Fleming asked Pakistan in to bat first on winning the toss.

Pakistan slumped to 17 for five in the 12th over and faced the grim prospect of being skittled under its lowest-ever one-day score of 43 against the West Indies 10 years ago. But some rearguard strokeplay by skipper Rashid Latif and tailender Shoaib Akhtar saved it the blushes.

A shocking start saw Pakistan lose Mohammad Hafeez, Faisal Iqbal, Yousuf Youhana, Abdur Razzaq — all out without scoring a run — and Younis Khan (3) to slump to 17 for five in the 12th over.

Opener Hafeez, whose fighting half-century fetched him the Man of the Match award in the low-scoring tournament opener Saturday, started the procession when he was out on the day's fourth ball. Flashing outsides the off-stump, Hafeez edged a Tuffey outswinger to Scott Styris at second slip.

Pace ace Bond then bowled Iqbal and Youhana in successive overs as Pakistan was three down for five from 31 balls. Bond beat Iqbal with sheer pace by putting a ball in the gap between bat and pad and Youhana had his off-stump dislodged by an inswinger.

Khan became the first batsman beside opener Taufeeq Umar to score a run, but could only manage three before he was felled by a dubious leg-before decision by Sri Lankan umpire Asoka de Silva. Rapped high on the pad by a rising delivery from pacer Daryl Tuffey, he was stunned to see de Silva's finger go up.

Razzaq fell to an astonishing one-handed leaping catch by Styris at second slip off seamer Jacob Oram.

Seeing wickets tumble at the other end, Umar (21) put a premium on survival as he defended stoutly before hitting the match's first boundary in the 15th over, when he twice smote Styris to the fence. He was the sixth man out, miscuing a drive off Styris to Nevin at mid-on.

Skipper Latif, who needed painkilling injections to be able to play because of a severe groin strain, shared a 45-run eighth-wicket stand with Akhtar. Latif hit two boundaries in his 52-ball 26 before hitting left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori straight to Styris at short-midwicket.

Akhtar lifted seamer Styris and Vettori for two straight sixes as he emerged the top scorer with a brisk 27. He hit two other boundaries from 38 deliveries faced.

Returning to show his bowling prowess, Akhtar nearly dismissed Kiwi opener Nevin for two, but Khan at second slip was late to react and ended up spilling a sharp catch.

Nevin struck four boundaries in his 29-ball 28 before edging a Mohammad Gul delivery to Umar at first slip, but New Zealand was firmly on course.

Fleming's lone boundary was a pulled six off Mohammad Sami. He was out trying another ambitious shot against Razzaq only to send a skier straight into the hands of Hafeez at long leg.


First Published: May 11, 2003 09:52 IST