Younis stars as Pakistan see off England again
by AFP

Ground:The Rose Bowl, Southampton
Scorecard:England v Pakistan
Player:Mohammad Yousuf, Inzamam-ul-Haq, SCJ Broad, J Lewis, Younis Khan, AJ Strauss, PD Collingwood, JWM Dalrymple, IR Bell, Naved-ul-Hasan, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar
Event:Pakistan in British Isles 2006

DateLine: 5th September 2006


Younis Khan's 101 was the centrepiece of Pakistan's two-wicket win over England in the day/night third one-day international at the Rose Bowl here Tuesday.


Pakistan, cruising to victory at 215 for four, did suffer a late collapse that saw them lose three wickets for nine runs as they declined to 265 for eight, with fast bowler Stuart Broad striking twice in two balls.


Victory saw Pakistan go 2-0 up and meant they could not lose the five-match series heading into Friday's fourth fixture at Trent Bridge.


This defeat was England's ninth in nine completed limited overs fixtures this season and meant they had won just four of their last 24 fixtures in shorter forms of cricket.


Set 272 to win, Pakistan finished on 274 for eight after a third-wicket stand of 167 in 31 overs between Younis and Mohammad Yousuf (60) saw the duo defy the conventional wisdom by successfully batting second under the lights after skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq had won the toss.


Inzamam was 44 not out and Shoaib Akhtar two not out as the tourists won with seven balls to spare when the captain pulled Rikki Clarke for four.


Broad gave Pakistan a scare by taking two wickets in two balls in the 47th over to get rid of Abdul Razzaq (16), caught and Kamran Akmal, held at point by Paul Collingwood before Rana Naved was bowled by seamer Jon Lewis for seven.


Earlier, paceman Naved took four wickets for 57 runs in England's 271 for nine.


Lewis, who had figures of two for 11 in Pakistan's seven-wicket win at Lord's on Saturday, struck with his sixth ball when Shoaib Malik edged him to Collingwood at backward point.


And when Mohammad Hafeez was run out by England captain Andrew Strauss's direct hit from cover, Pakistan were 29 for two.


But, as happened in the recent Test series against England, Younis and Yousuf took charge after the openers had faltered.


Younis played some superb shots. He went down the pitch and square cut Broad for four before pulling the 20-year-old quick to the boundary.


Sajid Mahmood was then lashed through point by Younis.


Lewis too came in for the Younis treatment, umpire Billy Doctrove forced to take evasive action as he struck another powerful blow down the ground.


But Younis, on 38, escaped when a pull off Mahmood was dropped low down by the onrushing Broad at deep square leg with Pakistan then 80 for two.


Yousuf, who on 22 called for a runner with what appeared to be cramp, then struck a scorching cover-drive off Mahmood for four.


He later completed an 84-ball fifty with four fours before Younis's single off Mahmood took him to a 105-ball hundred with one six and 13 fours.


Surprisingly, it was only his second one-day international century and first against a Test nation after his 144 against Hong Kong at Colombo in 2004.


But then Younis holed out to Marcus Trescothick at long-on off Broad after his stand with Yousuf had left Pakistan on 196 for three in the 37th over.


Inzamam then lofted off-spinner Jamie Dalrymple for a huge six over long-on.


Earlier all-rounders Dalrymple and Collingwood gave England hope with a fifth-wicket stand of 101.


Dalrymple made 62 and Collingwood 61, although neither batsman dominated the Pakistan attack in a way that would have taken England past the 300-mark.


A second-wicket stand of 79 between Strauss (50) and Ian Bell (42) saw the hosts recover from losing Trescothick to the first ball of the innings, yorked by Akhtar.

(Article: Copyright © 2006 AFP)


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