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Pakistan slumbered India in Abu Dhabi

Written by Kashif Aziz on April 19th, 2006   (162 views)

Pakistan stole the thunder from India in first one day international of the DLF Cup, played at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi. The match, also watched by Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf, was the first to be held at the 16,000-capacity Sheik Zayed Cricket Stadium which became the second venue after Sharjah to host one-dayers in the United Arab Emirates.

India won the toss and decided to bat first considering the slowness in the wicket. However, Pakistan did a brilliant attempt with bowling and fielding and restricted India on 197. There were four run outs including Dravid and Pathan at earlier stage of the innings which had a huge impact on india’s scoring rate.

Pakistan had a sensible day with bat as well. Indians seemed to be tired after their series agaisnt England. There were drop catches, missed run-outs and fielding fumbles everywhere. India gave 23 extras while Pakistan gave only 8. There was some good bowling from Agarkar, Powar and the young, odd-actioned, wrist-band dropping, Sreesanth. While Irfan Pathan proved too expensive with the ball and fumbled with an easy run-out.

Pakistan has earned a psychological advantage after this victory. It is hoped that Pakistan will continue with the spirit and vigor they have shown in this match.

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