Razzaq guides Pakistan to victory
Abdul Razzaq snatched an unlikely victory from a novice New Zealand side with a blazing unbeaten 47 in the first ODI at Gaddafi stadium.india Updated: Nov 29, 2003 21:37 IST
All-rounder Abdul Razzaq guided Pakistan on Saturday to its second best run-chase ever in limited-overs cricket with a three-wicket win over an inexperienced New Zealand bowling attack in the first one-day international of a five-match series.
Man of the match Razzaq hammered an unbeaten 47 off 22 balls as Pakistan wiped out New Zealand's healthy total of 291 for five off 50 overs with two overs and three wickets to spare. Pakistan was in trouble at 227 for seven in the 44th over before Razzaq and Sami hammered the remaining 65 runs off a mere 27 balls to give Pakistan a 1-0 lead in the series.
Debutante medium fast bowler Kerry Walmsley gave away 18 runs in the 47th over, while captain Chris Cairns, who earlier in the day made 84 off 51 balls, was hammered for 16 runs by Razzaq and Sami.
New Zealand fielded brilliantly but one crucial miss cost it dearly when Brendon McCullum dropped Razzaq at the total of 258 as the Kiwi wicketkeeper failed to judge a skier.
Pakistan's best run-chase in one-day internationals was against Sri Lanka in 1998 when it successfully chased 296 at Kimberly in South Africa.
Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and Moin Khan threatened to chase the big total with a 99-run fourth wicket partnership off 101 balls before both batsmen went in the space of two runs. Cairns trapped Inzamam leg before for 49 while Daniel Vettori found a thin edge off Khan's bat, who scored 43.
Cairns was good with the bat but had a nightmare with the ball as he gave away 52 runs off his six overs for the wicket of Inzamam.
Yasir Hameed top scored with 52 while Yousuf Youhana made 42 before a superb fielding by Hamish Marshall brought an end to a 90-run second wicket stand. Marshall dived and stopped a powerful drive of Hameed's willow and threw the ball at the non-striker's end in a flash as Youhana's bat was inches off the crease. Earlier, after electing to bat first on a easy paced wicket, Cairns and Jacob Oram propelled New Zealand total with 90-run partnership off mere 60 deliveries as the Kiwis blasted 73 runs in the last five overs. Oram made 35 off 31 balls before he holed out in the last over to Misbah-ul-Haq.
Cairns, without a half century in his last 10 one-day internationals, hoisted leg-spinner Danish Kaneria for three successive sixes to complete his 21st half century in one-day internationals. He took another four boundaries and a six in the last over of Abdul Razzaq and in all hit five fours and six big sixes in his undefeated knock.
The Kiwi captain was well supported by debutante Marshall and Mathew Sinclair, who both scored 55 runs and were involved in a 99-run third wicket stand off 125 balls before Cairns accelerated in the death overs.
Craig Cumming and Richard Jones, two of the six debutantes in the side, raised 49 runs before seamer Shabbir Ahmed struck in the 10th over. Cumming miscued a pull shot after scoring four boundaries in his 25 and gave an easy catch to Imran Farhat.
Eight runs later, Jones (16) was bowled by Razzaq before Sinclair and Marshall steadied the innings with a solid stand. Sinclair was stumped off a wide delivery from spinner Shoaib Malik while Marshall was trapped leg before by Ahmed in his second spell. Pakistan dearly missed speedster Shoaib Akhtar, who will miss the first two games of the series due to violating the International Cricket Council's code of conduct in a test match against South Africa last month.
Ahmed was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers with two for 30 off his 10 overs. Paceman Mohammad Sami disappointed with 0-67 while Razzaq and Kaneria conceded well over seven an over off their 10 overs each.
The second match of the series will be played at the same venue on Sunday.
New Zealand: Chris Cairns (capt), Craig Cumming, Richard Jones, Hamish Marshall, Brendon McCullum, Jacob Oram, Mathew Sinclair, Daniel Vettori, Matthew Walker, Kerry Walmsley, Michael Mason.
Pakistan: Inzamam-ul-Haq (captain), Imran Farhat, Yasir Hameed, Yousuf Youhana, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Moin Khan, Danish Kaneria, Shabbir Ahmed, Mohammad Sami.
Umpires: David Orchard (RSA) and Nadeem Ghauri (PAK).
TV umpire: Aleem Dar (PAK).
Match referee: Denis Lindsay (RSA).
First Published: Nov 29, 2003 12:30 IST