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    Dram ne 'Dram' bajaya :: 4 for 42 & 4 for 42 \ innings defeat by pakistan.




    Tour match: New Zealand 'A' v Pakistanis at Lincoln, 3-5 Mar
    2001
    Lynn McConnell


    Pakistanis 2nd innings: Tea - Day 2, 3rd Drinks - Day 2, Stumps - Day 2, Scene set - Day 3, End of match,
    Pakistanis 1st innings: 1st Drinks - Day 1, Lunch - Day 1, 2nd Session Drinks - Day 1,
    Pre-game: Scene set,
    New Zealand 'A' 1st innings: End of innings, Stumps - Day 1, Scene set - Day 2, 1st Drinks - Day 2,
    Lunch - Day 2, End of innings,

    PITIFUL PAKISTAN LAST ONLY 27 BALLS ON THIRD MORNING

    It took New Zealand A only 27 balls to hand out an innings and 54 run thrashing to Pakistan in their match at Bert Sutcliffe Oval
    today.

    Pakistan provided a pitiful response to the New Zealand A bowling and were all out for 124 adding only 16 runs while losing
    their remaining five wickets.

    Saeed Anwar, who has a groin injury, did not bat so only five wickets were needed on the morning.

    The day started perfectly for NZ A. In his second over, the third of the morning, Andrew Penn struck twice. He bowled Younis
    Khan at his overnight score of four, just clipping the top of the stumps.

    Next ball, Mushtaq Ahmed tried to fend off a lifting delivery and ended up skying the ball for Lou Vincent to take the high catch
    at third slip.

    Waqar Younis avoided the hat-trick ball and took four runs from Penn.

    But Saqlain Mushtaq launched a completely unnecessary drive at the first ball of Chris Drum's next over and was
    comprehensively bowled for five.

    Four balls later, Arshad looked all at sea in trying to keep out another ball from Drum and was also bowled for a duck.

    Four wickets fell in 11 balls and Pakistan were 119/8.

    The end came even more quickly, Mohammed Sami was out to the first ball he faced from Andrew Penn, being caught by first
    slip Glen Sulzberger for a duck.

    PAKISTAN HOPES ON A KNIFE EDGE GOING INTO FINAL DAY

    Another fine day greeted the teams for the last day of the New Zealand A-Pakistan game at Bert Sutcliffe Oval at Lincoln
    University near Christchurch today.

    Pakistan is in some trouble against the lively home attack. Still 70 runs behind NZ A's first innings total, and with four wickets
    already down in their second innings Pakistan are in danger of defeat.

    The pitch yesterday had little of the spite that was there on the first day when overhead conditions did not allow any drying of the
    pitch.

    A sunnier day yesterday resulted in better batting, by the home team especially, and the middle and lower order Pakistan
    batsmen will be hoping the conditions are easier today as they attempt to allow their side out of the match with a draw.

    Much rests on the shoulders of Younis Khan, playing his first match since being called into the first-class and Test leg of the tour.
    He has Saqlain Mushtaq at the crease with him at the moment and the greatest interest on the day will centre on whether Saeed
    Anwar decides to bat.

    He left the field yesterday with a groin strain and did not bat at any stage of the second innings.

    PAKISTAN LOSE TWO WICKETS AND STILL 100 BEHIND

    Pakistan made a flying start to their second innings against New Zealand A at Bert Sutcliffe Oval but ran into trouble after the tea
    break.

    Saleem Elahi and Imran Farhat were scoring at better than one-day pace. At the tea break, Pakistan were 37 without loss off six
    overs. The 50 came up from 51 balls.

    They continued to attack after the break, but then Chris Drum, who took four wickets in the first innings, found his line and
    picked up two wickets to stem the flow of runs.

    First out was Elahi, caught by wicket-keeper Nevin for 20 when the score was 59.

    Humuyan Farhat was second man out trying to drive Drum and was held by Brooke Walker at mid off for 10 runs.

    In the meantime Imran Farhat was dropped on 33, a simple skied chance off Kyle Mills, by Andrew Penn, at mid on.

    The Pakistanis started the innings 178 runs behind NZA and in trouble before even getting on the field as one of their key
    batsmen, Saeed Anwar was struggling with a groin injury. With an hour left in the day they were 79/2 off 17 overs with Imran 42
    not out and Yousuf Youhana still to score.

    Drum had the figures of two for 38 off eight overs.

    PAKISTAN LOSE TWO WICKETS AND STILL 100 BEHIND

    Pakistan made a flying start to their second innings against New Zealand A at Bert Sutcliffe Oval but ran into trouble after the tea
    break.

    Saleem Elahi and Imran Farhat were scoring at better than one-day pace. At the tea break, Pakistan were 37 without loss off six
    overs. The 50 came up from 51 balls.

    They continued to attack after the break, but then Chris Drum, who took four wickets in the first innings, found his line and
    picked up two wickets to stem the flow of runs.

    First out was Elahi, bowled for 20 when the score was 59.

    Humuyan Farhat was second man out trying to drive Drum and was held by Brooke Walker at mid off for 10 runs.

    In the meantime Imran Farhat was dropped on 33, a simple skied chance off Kyle Mills, by Andrew Penn, at mid on.

    The Pakistanis started the innings 178 runs behind NZA and in trouble before even getting on the field as one of their key
    batsmen, Saeed Anwar was struggling with a groin injury. With an hour left in the day they were 79/2 off 17 overs with Imran 42
    not out and Yousuf Youhana still to score.

    Drum had the figures of two for 38 off eight overs.

    PAKISTAN OFF TO A FLYING START IN SECOND INNINGS

    Pakistan's opening batsman Saeed Anwar may be the latest player in his side to suffer an injury problem.

    Anwar did not open the batting for the Pakistan side when their second innings started today, 178 runs behind New Zealand A at
    Bert Sutcliffe Oval at Lincoln University today.

    Unofficial reports said Anwar suffered a groin strain while fielding and the opening batting positions were taken by Saleem Elahi
    andd Imran Farhat.

    Whatever the reason, the pair certainly found conditions for batting much more suitable than in yesterday's green, seaming
    conditions.

    At the tea break after five overs Pakistan had raced to 37 without loss with Imran Farhat on 20 and Saleem Elahi on 11.

    New Zealand A was dismissed earlier for 278 runs, the highlight of the innings being a fine 88 scored by Jacob Oram and 57 to
    Lou Vincent who was controversially given out caught by wicket-keeper Humuyan Farhat when it seemed he might have been
    caught off his hip.

    Vincent, who had batted very tidily and was just starting to strike out for a big innings, was reluctant to leave the crease when
    given out by umpire Doug Cowie.

    Oram, on the other hand, was the author of his own misfortune changing his mind halfway through a shot.

    Saqlain Mushtaq was not given a big work load during the innings but still managed to be the most effective of the bowlers taking
    four for 45 from his 13 overs.

    NZ A GAIN 178 RUN FIRST INNINGS LEAD

    Jacob Oram produced a sparkling innings of 88 runs before getting himself out in New Zealand A's match against Pakistan at
    Bert Sutcliffe Oval.

    New Zealand A had recovered from the loss of three wickets for three runs just before the lunch break, with Oram taking a
    leading hand.

    He was especially severe on off spin bowler Arshad Khan who arrived in New Zealand on Thursday.

    One huge six out of the oval and into the adjoining accommodation block seemed to signal a speeding up of the attack.

    But next ball, Oram went down the track and looked to change his mind and succeeded only in edging a catch to substitute
    fielder Moin Khan fielding at first slip.

    He was out for 88 off 113 balls and in 185 minutes. He hit 13 fours and two sixes. He and Brooke Walker shared an eighth
    wicket stand of 71 in 79 minutes off 108 balls.

    It was a timely innings for New Zealand A and helped ensure Pakistan will require 179 in their second innings to make New
    Zealand A bat again.

    Walker played a good supporting role but was caught in the deep at mid wicket by Mohammed Sami from Saqlain Mushtaq's
    bowling. There was time for Andrew Penn to indulge in some hard hitting while getting to 19 not out by the time last batsman
    Chris Drum was out for a duck playing a ball from Mushtaq Ahmed onto his wickets.

    Saqlain Mushtaq picked up the three wickets just before lunch and then added Walker's wicket to finish with four for 45 from his
    13 overs. Mushtaq Ahmed bowled 20.5 overs and finished with one for 61 while newcomer Arshad Khan took one for 28 from
    six overs.

    PAKISTAN BREAK BACK IN SECOND HALF OF MORNING SESSION

    Saqlain Mushtaq broke the 106-run fifth-wicket partnership that carried New Zealand A to a significant first innings lead over
    Pakistan A at Bert Sutcliffe Oval at Lincoln University near Christchurch today.

    NZ A went to lunch at 184/7 with Jacob Oram on 46 and Brooke Walker on four.

    Bowling only his fifth over of the innings, after leg spinner Mushtaq Ahmed was the first slow bowler used, Saqlain had Lou
    Vincent caught at the wicket by Humayun Farhat for 57 runs and then two balls later he trapped Kyle Mills leg before wicket for
    a duck.

    New Zealand A, from a position of comparative strength slumped to 178/6.

    Vincent batted impressively for his 57, scored off 111 balls in 144 minutes and including eight fours.

    His 50 came up off 95 balls while the 100-run partnership between he and Jacob Oram saw 106 runs added in 104 minutes
    from 145 balls.

    No sooner had Mills been replaced by wicket-keeper Chris Nevin, than Nevin was also out for a duck, bowled by Saqlain to
    leave New Zealand battling on 180/7.

    Holding the fort was NZ A captain Oram. He was nearing his half century for the side as the three wickets fell and was required
    to change the nature of his innings to try and ensure NZ A got a lead of more than 100 runs.

    Of the Pakistan bowlers Mohammed Sami continued to work up good speed and had two for 51 from 16 overs.

    Waqar Younis made the first breakthrough of the day when having Glen Sulzberger out for seven at the start of the morning
    session.

    Most interest centred on how leg spinner Mushtaq would fare in what was his first long spell of bowling on the tour.

    He did have one bad over in which Vincent off drove him for four and Oram took fours from successive pull shots to take 12
    runs in total.

    Mushtaq had none for 59 while Saqlain's seven overs resulted in three for 27.

    NEW ZEALAND A BUILDING HANDY FIRST INNINGS LEAD

    New Zealand A gained a first innings lead over Pakistan in the first hour of play on the second day of their match at Bert Sutcliffe
    Oval at Lincoln University today.

    The home team, revelling in the perfect weather conditions although still finding a little spite in the fresh pitch, lost Glen Sulzberger
    early when he was leg before wicket for seven runs.

    Jacob Oram joined Lou Vincent with the score 72/4 and the pair worked together quietly to carry the side past Pakistan's first
    innings total of 100.

    The only real shot of anger was a pull by Oram for four from Mohammed Sami.

    Once they got past the 100 mark, the pair opened up a little. Vincent got down the pitch to a ball from leg spinner Mushtaq
    Ahmed and beautifully off drove him to the boundary.

    And then in the same over Oram pulled successive balls to mid wicket for boundaries.

    At the drinks break, New Zealand was 119/4 with Vincent on 26 and Oram on 17.

    Fifty-three runs had been scored off the 15 overs bowled during the first half of the session.

    Waqar again bowled with some fire and was unlucky not to have another lbw decision, this time against Vincent when the ball
    looked to stay lower than has been usual. However, Doug Cowie ruled it not out.

    GLORIOUS CONDITIONS FOR SECOND DAY OF NZ A MATCH

    Conditions at Bert Sutcliffe Oval were perfect for the resumption of the Pakistan-New Zealand A game today.

    New Zealand A were 66/3, still 35 runs short of a first innings lead.

    The day dawned fine, with a slight breeze, and fine conditions expected to continue for the day.

    After the pitch had no sun on it during the first day which was played out under cloud, both teams struggled to handle the
    conditions which saw the ball moving in both directions, and often through the air.

    CLEAR Black Caps one-day batsman Lou Vincent was at the crease on six not out when play started and he was facing the
    responsibility of seeing the side through to a competitive score.

    With him was Glen Sulzberger, another player who is in the selectors' frame after being named as a replacement during the recent
    tour of Africa.

    With doubt now surrounding the selection of left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori for the first Test against Pakistan, starting in
    Auckland on Thursday, Sulzberger and Brooke Walker, who is also in the NZ A team, will be under close scrutiny as possible
    replacements.

    MOHAMMED SAMI ANNOUNCES HIS ARRIVAL WITH IMPRESSIVE DISPLAY

    New Zealand A finished the first day in a strong position in their game against Pakistan at Bert Sutcliffe Oval at Lincoln University
    near Christchurch today.

    Replying to Pakistan's 100, NZ A finished the day on 66/3 with Lou Vincent six not out and Glen Sulzberger three not out.

    But it wasn't before Waqar Younis gave himself a good workout in ideal bowling conditions to generate some useful pace in 10
    overs of controlled aggression. With sure footing, the advantage of fields set to his taste and a still green track, the captain for this
    match looked to have much more rhythm to his bowling.

    He cleverly mixed the length of his deliveries and ended his spell with one for 30.

    However, the speed of Mohammed Sami was the most notable feature of the Pakistan bowling on the day. The man who has the
    job of filling the space left by Shoaib Akhtar in the Test side impressed with his pace, and accuracy, while bowling both Richard
    Jones and Gary Stead in separate spells.

    Both batsmen were beaten by the pace. Stead had batted for nearly two hours and was just short of stumps when he was out to
    leave New Zealand 62/3.

    He bore the brunt of much of Waqar's attack and was out in the first over after Sami switched ends to take Waqar's place at the
    crease.

    Jones was the first batsman dismissed, for 11 while Chris Gaffaney was caught by Imran Farhat for 18 from Waqar Younis. He
    was unfortunate that he was the third player Imran had a go at catching before succeeding.

    He had the misfortune to drop Stead when he was on two off Sami, and then he dropped Gaffaney first ball off Sami again.

    Gaffaney got through to 18 with a succession of edgy shots before he was out on 49.

    Stead battled hard to keep the side on track but was beaten by Sami and out for 23.

    Sami finished an impressive session with two for 21 from his six overs.

    PAKISTAN ALL OUT FOR 100 AGAINST NEW ZEALAND A

    New Zealand A took only 48.4 overs to compound Pakistan's misery in their three-day match which started today on Bert
    Sutcliffe Oval at Lincoln University today.

    Pakistan, looking to recover from the National Bank one-day series loss, and to prepare for the forthcoming Test series, were all
    out for 100 just after the tea break in the final session of the day.

    Play had been held up for about an hour, in which the tea break was taken early, due to bad light.

    But with Pakistan 96/8 at that break, it took only a few balls more before the 21-run partnership, the best of the innings, for the
    ninth wicket was broken when Andrew Penn bowled Mushtaq Ahmed for 11.

    Then Mohammed Sami was caught by third slip Lou Vincent from Chris Drum's bowling for a duck to end the innings.

    It was an unconvincing display from the Pakistan batsmen on a greenish pitch and the low score vindicated New Zealand A
    captain Jacob Oram's decision to ask Pakistan to bat first.

    Drum revelled in the conditions and took four for 42 in 16.4 overs where he had the ball moving around nicely, while also being
    able to get some significant lift to keep the batsmen on their toes.

    Andrew Penn also came through with a useful performance to take three for 25.

    The opening pair were given excellent support by the change bowlers, Kyle Mills and Jacob Oram. Mills took two for 14 and
    Oram one for 13.

    PAKISTAN PROBLEMS CONTINUE WITH EIGHT WICKETS DOWN AT LINCOLN

    Pakistan was quickly back into the run scoring action after the lunch break with Yousuf Youhana and Saqlain Mushtaq each
    hitting boundaries but if proved short-lived defiance.

    When Saqlain ducked a Chris Drum bouncer the fact he had the ball deflect from his bat while it was sticking up like a periscope
    suggested he was not handling the conditions that well.

    Saqlain looked to be the weaker of the two batsmen, but it was Yousuf who went first, caught by second slip Richard Jones
    from Drum's bowling. Only nine runs had been added to the lunchtime score of 64/5.

    In the next over it was Andrew Penn who removed Saqlain, sending his off stump cartwheeling when he attempted to charge the
    bowler.

    Waqar and Mushtaq Ahmed buckled down to try to blunt the edge of the bowlers but they were unable to keep the runs ticking
    over and Waqar was out, caught by Lou Vincent at third slip.

    There was some confusion over the dismissal. There was no initial appeal, but Vincent claimed the catch and when Waqar didn't
    leave the crease, Penn appealed to umpire Doug Cowie and he raised his finger.

    Waqar hadn't scored and with his dismissal Pakistan was 76/8, having lost three wickets for three runs.

    Newcomer to the tour Arshad Khan then joined Mushtaq and they batted through until the drinks break in the middle session by
    which time they had taken the score to 96/8.

    Mushtaq was 11 not out and Arshad 10 not out.

    Drum had improved his figures to have three for 39, while Kyle Mills had two for 14 and Penn two for 25. Jacob Oram had one
    for 13.

    Play was delayed two balls after the drinks break as a light appeal resulted in the players leaving the field.

    PAKISTAN FIVE WICKETS DOWN AT LUNCH ON FIRST DAY

    Pakistan's batting woes continued through to the lunch break in their match with New Zealand A at Bert Sutcliffe Oval today.

    The break came with Pakistan, having been asked to bat first by New Zealand A, 64/5.

    Yousuf Youhana was 22 not out after 93 minutes of batting. But the hard work to get on top in tough conditions was obvious
    when 12 of his runs, three boundaries, came in one over.

    He has faced 60 balls in his innings to date and apart from Saeed Anwar, was the only batsman to get a start.

    New Zealand A's bowlers, Chris Drum and Kyle Mills, both from Auckland, have been troubling all the batsmen. And two balls
    before lunch Drum forced Saqlain Mushtaq to duck into a short-pitched ball that did not rise as much as he expected. There was
    a loud-sounding clatter around the picturesque ground as he took the blow on the peak of his helmet.

    Play was held up briefly while he recovered and faced the last ball before the break.

    Drum's 10 overs had two for 25 and bowled six maidens in two spells.

    Mills, who bowled first change, had Imran Nazir out to a fine catch at second slip taken low down by Lou Vincent from a shot
    where the batsman was caught in two minds.

    He also picked up Younis Khan, trapped leg before wicket, for seven runs in his first appearance since arriving in New Zealand.
    Mills had two for 13 from a tidy seven over spell.

    Humayun Farhat couldn't avoid the umpire's finger when trapped in front two balls in succession from Jacob Oram and on the
    second occasion there was little doubt about his fate.

    Oram took one for nine from his six overs.

    DRUM MAKES EARLY BREAKTHROUGHS IN HELPFUL CONDITIONS

    Auckland bowler Chris Drum continued his good Shell Trophy form into New Zealand A's game with Pakistan at Bert Sutcliffe
    Oval at Lincoln University today.

    As Pakistan attempted to change from one-day mode to the requirements necessary for first-class play, their top order batsmen
    struggled to come to grips with the NZA attack.

    Drum had both openers, Saleem Elahi and Saeed Anwar, out caught behind by wicket-keeper Chris Nevin.

    Elahi went at the end of the fifth over for a duck while Anwar, who had looked methodical in his approach went for 17, having
    scored all but one of the side's total to that stage of the innings.

    Drum bowled four maidens in his first seven over stint while Andrew Penn, who struggled a little for his direction early on, had 12
    runs off his first six overs.

    Yousuf Youhana's arrival at the crease resulted in the end of Drum's spell. He took three boundaries from Drum's seventh over.
    The first was lofted to mid wicket, the second the shot of the morning to date with a superbly-timed straight drive, and the last a
    cut through the gully region.

    Imran Farhat struggled to make any headway and a double bowling change by NZ A skipper Jacob Oram produced the
    breakthrough. Kyle Mills, in his second over, produced a tentative shot from Imran and the ball flew low to second slip where
    Lou Vincent took the catch.

    The drinks break was taken at that point with Pakistan 37/3 with Yousuf 13 not out and joined by tour newcomer Younis Khan.

    WAQAR LEADS PAKISTAN AGAINST TALENTED NEW ZEALAND A SIDE

    Pakistan's non-injured senior batsmen, and some of the bowling lesser lights, have their chance to prepare their case for selection
    in the side to play New Zealand A at Bert Sutcliffe Oval at Lincoln University near Christchurch today.

    The ground was the scene of the recent CricInfo Women's World Cup tournament, won by New Zealand. Conditions for the
    game are overcast, slightly chilly and with no wind.

    Situated about 20 minutes drive out of Christchurch, and set in lovely country surroundings, the ground should be just the place
    for the Pakistan players to recharge their batteries after the recent 3-2 National Bank one-day series loss.

    The Pakistan side is being captained in this game by Waqar Younis while standing down from selection are Wasim Akram,
    captain Moin Khan, the injured Inzamam-ul-Haq, Azhar Mahmood and Abdur Razzaq.

    New Zealand A captain Jacob Oram, a member of the successful CLEAR Black Caps team that won the one-day series, won
    the toss and decided to bowl first on a pitch which has been described in the past as State Highway One, so flat has it been.

    The teams for the game are:

    Pakistan - Waqar Younis (captain), Saeed Anwar, Imran Farhat, Salim Elahi, Yousuf Youhana, Younis Khan, Humayun Farhat,
    Arshad Khan, Saqlain Mushtaq, Mohammed Sami, Mushtaq Ahmed.

    New Zealand A - Jacob Oram (captain), Chris Drum, Chris Gaffaney, Richard Jones, Kyle Mills, Chris Nevin, Andrew Penn,
    Gary Stead, Glen Sulzberger, Lou Vincent, Brooke Walker.





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