December 1st, 2006

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Pakistan wrap up Test series

Pakistan whipped the West Indies by a 199 runs in the third and final Test to complete a hat-trick of home series wins with leg-spinner Danish Kaneria emerging as the local hero on the last day here at the National Stadium on Friday.

Just when it seemed that a resolute Shivnarine Chanderpaul (69) and murky conditions might end the match in a draw, Kaneria (3-69) took two wickets in two balls soon after tea to put Pakistan back on track. Medium pacer Abdul Razzaq (2-23) then removed the tail-enders to give the home team a 2-0 series triumph.

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Yousuf v Richards — Ian Bishop should get his facts straight

yousufMohammad Yousuf’s remarkable feat of outscoring Sir Vivian Richards’s tally of 1710 runs in a calendar year by the comfortable margin of 78 runs is a record that will, in all probability, stand for a long long time on the record books. Former Pakistan captain Asif Iqbal, based in England, offered his sincere congratulations to the Pakistan ace, expressing the view that this would rank Yousuf with the all time greats and that it was a matter of immense pride for all Pakistanis that this record was now in Pakistani hands and hopefully there to stay.

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Even Lara finds form of Yousuf hard to believe

laraBrian Lara on Thursday saluted the “commitment and consistency” of a man who seems to be heading towards replacing him as the world’s top batsman - Mohammad Yousuf, writes Khalid Hussain.

“It is an excellent performance, nine centuries in a year and so many runs,” said Lara regarded by most as the best batsman of the modern era. “Yousuf is very, very committed and is a role model not just for Pakistani youngsters but for all young cricketers around the world,” added the West Indian captain who knows what it feels like to break batting records having done that on several occasions.

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Ton-up Nafees fires BD to comfortable win over Zimbabwe

nafeesShahriar Nafees smashed a robust 105 not out to power Bangladesh to a nine-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the first One-day International (ODI) here on Thursday.

The left-handed opener hit one six and 13 fours in his third hundred as Bangladesh surpassed Zimbabwe’s modest total of 184-9 with 27 balls to spare for a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

Nafees, 20, built on a superb effort from left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak, who grabbed a career-best haul of 4-33 to play a key role in restricting Zimbabwe after the tourists had elected to bat.

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Awesome Yousuf cracks record of Vivian Richards

yohanaRun Machine Mohammad Yousuf capped his fabulous year with yet another century to break the West Indian legend Vivian Richards’s 30-year-old record of most runs in a calendar year and help Pakistan set the West Indies a daunting 444-run target on the penultimate day of the third and final Test at the National Stadium here on Thursday.

It was Yousuf’s last Test day as a batsman this year and like all of 2006 it was, using Brian Lara’s words, slightly unbelievable.

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England ready to hit back in Adelaide, says Flintoff

Captain Andrew Flintoff is expecting England to bounce back in Friday’s second Test here in response to their 277-run hiding by Australia in the opening Ashes match.

Flintoff said his players have worked with Test match intensity in the nets this week to prepare themselves for a much-improved performance after they were outplayed for large tracts of the Gabba Test. “We have to perform better and the way we have practised this week has been fantastic,” Flintoff told reporters on Thursday. “I think everyone realizes we are better than what we did last week and the nets (practice) have been unbelievably competitive.

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McGrath doubtful for Adelaide Test

glennPace spearhead Glenn McGrath is in doubt for the second Ashes Test against England after picking up a heel injury in Australia’s opening victory, captain Ricky Ponting said on Thursday.

McGrath, who needed a painkilling injection to see out the first Test, will have to be certain he can get through five days of cricket to start the match on Friday, Ponting said.

“I won’t know more on him until tomorrow morning. Our physio wanted him to have a good long bowl today and see how he pulled up in the morning so it will be tomorrow morning until we know about him,” Ponting said.

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