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Sami shocks Kiwis as Pakistan record big win

Mohammad Sami rocked New Zealand with five wickets in 11 deliveries in Pakistan's 124-run victory.

india Updated: Dec 02, 2003 03:41 IST

Paceman Mohammad Sami rocked New Zealand with five wickets in 11 deliveries Monday in Pakistan's convincing 124-run victory in the second one-day international.

Sami, 22-year-old right-arm paceman, skittled through the Kiwi tail with career-best five wickets for 10 runs as the tourists collapsed to 157 in 38.5 overs in reply to Pakistan's healthy total of 281 for six off 50 overs.

Jacob Oram, debutante Tamma Canning, Paul Hitchcock and Brendon McCullum all were bowled by Sami's rocketing pace while Daniel Vettori offered a dolly catch.

Opener Richard Jones top scored for the tourists with his slow 63 off 110 balls before Sami returned for his second spell and wrapped up the innings in quick time and claimed four wickets in his seventh over without conceding a run and then finished the match by clean bowling McCullum in his next over.

New Zealand, which made 291 in the first game before losing the high-scoring thriller by three wickets last Saturday, never looked to threaten Pakistan's total once Chris Cairns was run out in the 28th over for 29.

Jones and Cairns were involved in a 69-run fourth wicket partnership off 79 balls before Cairns was run out. Jones' departure in the 36th over triggered the collapse as New Zealand lost its last six wickets for just two runs.

Earlier, Saleem Elahi returned to international cricket with a half century and Abdul Razzaq once again played an explosive knock of unbeaten 42 off 16 balls after stand-in captain Yousuf Youhana won the toss and elected to bat.

Elahi, who last played in the world cup in South Africa in February this year, and half centuries by openers Imran Farhat (68) and Yasir Hameed (53) helped Pakistan finish at a strong 281 for six off its 50 overs.

However, it was Razzaq, who made rapid 47 off 22 balls two days ago, whose clean hitting took Pakistan to a tall total in the end Monday.

He scored four boundaries and two sixes in his unbeaten innings as Pakistan made 103 runs in the last 10 overs - 30 in the last two overs.

Elahi was out in the last over of the innings when he drove uppishly to Daniel Vettori low in the covers after hitting six fours in his 69-ball knock. Elahi was included in the side after regular Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq, due to play his 300th international, had to miss the match due to a throat infection.

Farhat and Hameed laid a solid foundation and contributed 115 runs off 144 deliveries under perfect batting conditions at Gaddafi Stadium.

Left-arm spinner Vettori bowled an unchanged spell of 10 overs and got the scalps of both openers. Hameed top edged a sweep soon after completing his half century while left-handed Farhat holed out to Paul Hitchcock - one of the three changes in the Kiwis squad - in the deep after hammering eight fours and a six.

Vettori kept Pakistan's progress in check with a tidy spell of 3-40 before Elahi and Razzaq stepped up the pace in the last 10 overs. Elahi brought up his half century with three successive boundaries off Oram and added 50 runs for the fifth wicket with Shoaib Malik (23) off 39 balls.

New Zealand made three changes from the side which lost the high-scoring thrilling first game by three wickets Saturday. All-rounder Canning made his international debut and replaced Kerry Walmsley.

Medium fast bowlers Tuffey and Hitchcock were also brought into the side in place of Matthew Walker and Michael Mason. Canning, 26-year-old has got 136 wickets and scored 1208 in 36 first class matches, but failed to get a wicket off his four overs which cost him 34 runs.

The third match - which is the only day game of the five-match series - will be played at Faisalabad Wednesday before back to back day-night matches in Rawalpindi next Friday and Sunday.


First Published: Dec 01, 2003 12:26 IST