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    Youhana facing final heartbreak

    Yousuf Youhana: Likely to be replaced by Wajahatullah Wasti Pakistani batsman Yousuf Youhana is likely to miss Sunday's World Cup final, according to national captain Wasim Akram.

    The 24-year-old left-hander was an automatic choice at the start of the tournament before being hit by a hamstring injury.

    After the nine wicket semi-final victory over New Zealand, Wasim said: "I don't think he will be fit, hamstrings are such a problem that it occurs again and again."

    Ijaz only played a cameo role of 28 not out after the World Cup record first-wicket stand of 194 between Saeed Anwar and Wajahatullah Wasti on Wednesday, but Wasim said the way he played was important.
    "Ijaz is looking good. He was brilliant today and that is a relief to me," Wasim said.

    The Lahore-born Youhana played in the opening games, impressing at number six. He played important innings against the the West Indies and Australia, as well as an 81 against Scotland.

    But he then missed out with a hamstring injury. On his return against South Africa, he again damaged the same muscle.

    That led to Akram changing the balance of his side, first trying pinch-hitter Shahid Afridi up the order, then drafting in Wasti as a specialist opener.