January 28th, 2007

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Sarwan making progress from injury comeback

West Indies batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan said he was pleased with his fitness, after playing his first competitive cricket match in six weeks.

“I feel a lot better. I am pretty pleased with the progress I am making with my foot,” he said. The 26-year-old right-hander missed Guyana’s first two matches of the Carib-Series after fracturing a bone in his foot against Pakistan last December, while batting in the third and final Test of that series.

“I feel much better now, maybe about 90-95 per cent. Its much better running, and I think that is more important,” Sarwan noted. “I felt more comfortable moving to my left and right now than in the first innings.”

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Imran Nazir, Afridi make trek back to ODI squad against South Africa

Pakistan on Saturday recalled dashing all-rounder Shahid Afridi and opening batsman Imran Nazir for next month’s one-day series against South Africa getting underway with a Twenty20 game in Johannesburg on February 2.

Afridi and Nazir were joined by fit-again Abdul Razzaq and fast bowler Shabbir Ahmed along with left-arm spinner Abdul Rehman in a 17-man one-day squad for the series that would feature five ODIs to be played from February 4-14.

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An India - West Indies World Cup final would be a delight: Lara

West Indies skipper Brian Lara said an India-West Indies final showdown at the 2007 Cricket World Cup would be a delight for the fans of the two countries.

“One cannot expect a better final than one with India and West Indies. It becomes all the more special since over 50 percent of the people in the Carribean are Indians,” he said during an interactive session on leadership here on Thursday.

“India and West Indies have been playing so much of cricket for the past 8-10 months and it is very likely that both teams will reach the finals of the World Cup to be held in my country,” the legendary southpaw added.

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South Africa beat Pakistan women in fourth one-dayer

Ashlyn Kilowan took four wickets and Johmari Logtenberg struck a fine 103 for South Africa Women who comprehensively beat Pakistan in the fourth one-dayer here at Pretoria on Friday.

Pakistan did at least manage to bat out their 50 overs, but could only scrape together 158 for 9 while chasing 260.

In spite of 45 from Tasqeen Qadeer and a gritty 28 from Sajjida Shah, they fell to Kilowan’s medium pace and to the offspin of Sunette Loubser who took two wickets. South Africa’s fielding was also slick, pulling off three run-outs.

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1st innings lead on the 1st day

Pakistan took an eleven run lead on the first day of the Port Elizabeth Test when the bundled out South Africa at 124 and then finished with 135 for six at stumps. This provided the 42nd instance when one side was able to claim the lead on the first day of a Test match. The table below has the complete details.

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Chanderpaul’s feat

Chanderpaul carried his bat through complete innings in the first one dayer against India at Nagpur. He became the 12th batsman in the history of one day internationals carry his bat in an ODI on two or more occasions. He had previously carried the bat against New Zealand in 2002 at Kingstown. The following is the list of the batsmen who have carried the bat through the over allocation on two occasion, led by Desmond Haynes who has achieved the feat on seven occasions.

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Samuels, Lara shine in West Indies win to keep India series alive

Marlon Samuels hit 98 off 95 balls and captain Brian Lara made 83 as the West Indies came back strongly to defeat India by three wickets in the third one-dayer here on Saturday.

The tourists overcame a rollicking start by the hosts to bowl India out for 268 and then surpassed the challenging target in the 44th over under lights at the Chidambaram Stadium. Samuels and Lara put on a match-winning stand of 127 for the fourth wicket after opener Chris Gayle had fallen leg-before to Ajit Agarkar off the first ball of the innings.

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Fleming backs recalled opener Vincent to fire

New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming is confident that recalled opener Lou Vincent can once again rise to the occasion against Australia when the two sides meet here on Sunday.

Vincent, who has played 87 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and spent his teenage years in Adelaide, was flown to Perth to join the New Zealand squad in the wake of Nathan Astle’s shock retirement.

The right-hander, who was born in Australia, is expected to open the batting alongside Fleming in Sunday’s triangular series ODI and should have fond memories of the WACA ground.

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Large 10th wicket stands with minimal contribution from 11

During the first innings of the Port Elizabeth Test Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Asif shared 74 valuable runs for the 10th wicket. Interestingly, Asif’s contribution in the partnership was only 7 runs. This was sixth highest tenth wicket partnership in Test cricket when number 11 contributed less than 10 runs.

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Kaneria strikes to keep Pak hopes alive

South Africa were on target to clinch their Test series against Pakistan after a second successive day of tumbling wickets at Newlands on Saturday.

South Africa were 36 for two at the close on the second day of the third and final Test after being set to make 161 to win, with captain Graeme Smith unbeaten on 33. Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria took both wickets for two runs, having Boeta Dippenaar caught behind for three before trapping night watchman Paul Harris leg before in the last over.

Seventeen wickets fell for 274 runs during the day, with South Africa bowled out for 182 in their first innings after resuming at 131 for five before Pakistan were dismissed for 186 in their second innings.

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Ducks by both captains in an ODI

Mahela Jayawardene and Stephen Fleming were dismissed for ducks while captaining their sides in the fifth match of the ODI series at Auckland on Jan 06, 2007. This provided only the seventh instance in the annals of ODI’s when captains from both sides were dismissed for ‘ducks’. The accompanying table shows the details.

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High ODI totals without a century

Sourav Ganguly’s brilliant 98 at Nagpur the other day was the highest individual score in his side’s total of 338 for 3. This provided the 10th instance in the annals of Test cricket when a team scored 330 or more runs in a match without any of their scoring a century. The highest still remains of 363 by England against Pakistan at Nottingham in August 1992. The table below has the details.

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300 in each innings and losing

Pakistan lost the first Test at Pretoria even after scoring 300 in each innings of the match. This was the 20th instance in Test cricket when one side scored at least 300 runs in both innings and lost the match. It was the second such instance for Pakistan. The table below shows all such instances.

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Expensive four-wicket hauls

Shane Bond’s four for 61 at Hobart against Australia was the 21st instance when a bowler took exactly four wickets in an ODI but conceded 60 or more runs in the same match. The most expensive four-wicket haul in ODI’s is by Waqar Younis of Pakistan who conceded 78 runs for his four wickets against England at Trent Bridge in August 1992. The following is the detailed list.

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