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Pakistan beats Wellington by 34 runs

Pakistan warmed up for its five-match one-day cricket series against New Zealand with a 34-run win over a Wellington.

india Updated: Jan 01, 2004 14:52 IST

.Pakistan warmed up for its five-match one-day cricket series against New Zealand with a 34-run win over a Wellington provincial side at the Basin Reserve on Thursday.

Abdul Razzaq took 4-33 from 10 overs as Pakistan dismissed Wellington for 224 in the 45th over in reply to its 258-9. Wellington gave Pakistan the win when its batting crumbled on the same ground on which New Zealand lost seven wickets for eight runs in the second Test this week.

The home side was cruising at 192-2 in the 33rd over but lost six wickets for nine runs to fall to 201-8 within the next eight overs. Razzaq employed the full length and reverse swing with which Shoaib Akhtar wrecked New Zealand on Monday to give Pakistan a Test and series victory.

After former New Zealand one-day opener Chris Nevin had scored 80 to give Wellington a flying start, Razzaq crashed through its middle order and left it well short of its winning total. Pakistan's total was helped by an innings of 63 by Younis Khan, who led the tourists' recovery from 128-5. Saleem Elahi scored 40, Imran Farhat 35 and Moin Khan dashed 32 near the close. New Zealand and Pakistan meet in the first match of their one-day series at Auckland on Saturday.

First Published: Jan 01, 2004 13:58 IST