|Wednesday, 26 February 2003|
Wasim joy, Inzamam woe as Pakistan win
By Andy Colquhoun
PAARL, South Africa, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Wasim Akram and Inzamam-ul-Haq experienced contrasting fortunes as Pakistan cruised to a 97-run victory over the Netherlands in World Cup Group A on Tuesday.
Wasim became the first player in history to take 500 one-day international wickets, but Inzamam's miserable World Cup continued when he was out for a second-ball duck.
Pakistan, desperate for a good performance after their crushing upset defeat by England, produced another unconvincing batting display in a total of 253 for nine, but their bowlers were more impressive as they routed the Dutch for 156 to keep their hopes of reaching the Super Sixes alive.
It was Wasim's day, the 36-year-old left-arm fast bowler reaching his milestone when he forced Netherlands opener Nick Statham to play a typically venomous inswinger on to his stumps.
He later had Klaas Jan van Noortwijk caught by wicketkeeper Rashid Latif and finished the match by trapping Jeroen Smits lbw to complete figures of three for 24.
Shoaib Akhtar, Waqar Younis and Saqlain Mushtaq were also among the wickets as the Dutchmen struggled, Daan van Bunge top-scoring with 31 including a six and three fours. There were also 40 extras.
Earlier, Yousuf Youhana top-scored for Pakistan with a run-a-ball 58, Taufeeq Umar made 48 and Abdul Razzaq 47, but Inzamam's wretched tournament continued.
The fourth most prolific run-scorer in one-day international history lasted one ball longer than he did against England on Saturday before being trapped lbw by Dutch medium-pacer Tim de Leede.
Inzamam's tally for the tournament remained at 10 runs from four innings.
Pakistan began steadily enough, Saeed Anwar and Umar sharing an opening partnership of 61 before Anwar drove rashly at a wide ball from De Leede and gave Jacob Jan Esmeijer a high catch at backward point.
Wickets then fell steadily to the disciplined Dutch attack and it needed a steadying innings from Youhana to lift Pakistan to a respectable total.
Razzaq played a few fluent attacking strokes before edging spinner Van Bunge to wicketkeeper Smits and Youhana watched in disbelief as Saleem Elahi and Wasim threw their wickets away.
Rashid Latif chipped in with a useful 24 and Shoaib, promoted from his usual number 11 following his quickfire 43 against England, struck a huge six off Henk Jan Mol on the way to an unbeaten 26.
Taufeeq Umar run out 48 Saeed Anwar c Esmeijer b de Leede 25 Abdur Razzaq c Smits b van Bunge 47 Inzamam-ul-Haq lbw de Leede 0 Yousuf Youhana b Lefebvre 58 Saleem Elahi c Zuiderent b van Bunge 5 Rashid Latif c van Bunge b Schiferli 24 Wasim Akram run out 1 Shoaib Akhtar not out 26 Waqar Younis c & b Mol 1 Saqlain Mushtaq not out 3 Extras (lb-9 w-6) 15 Total (for nine wickets, 50 overs) 253 Fall of wickets: 1-61 2-107 3-108 4-143 5-153 6-192 7-196 8-238 9-245 Bowling: Schiferli 10-1-48-1, Lefebvre 10-1-39-1, de Leede 10-0-53-2, van Troost 2-0-18-0, Esmeijer 10-0-35-0, van Bunge 4-0-27-2, Mol 4-0-24-1
N.Statham b Wasim Akram 0 E.Schiferli c Abdur Razzaq b Shoaib Akhtar 9 B.Zuiderent lbw Waqar Younis 8 K.van Noortwijk c Rashid Latif b Wasim Akram 7 T.de Leede c Shoaib Akhtar b Saqlain Mushtaq 15 D.van Bunge c Rashid Latif b Abdur Razzaq 31 L.van Troost c Rashid Latif b Abdur Razzaq 22 H.Mol b Shoaib Akhtar 13 J.Esmeijer lbw b Saeed Anwar 0 R.Lefebvre not out 4 J.Smits lbw b Wasim Akram 7 Extras (b-6 lb-11 w-17 nb-6) 40 Total (all out, 39.3 overs) 156 Fall of wickets: 1-6 2-31 3-35 4-43 5-78 6-108 7-135 8-136 9-138 Bowling: Wasim Akram 8.3-2-24-3, Shoaib Akhtar 7-0-26-3, Waqar Younis 6-1-19-1, Saqlain Mushtaq 8-2-32-1, Abdur Razzaq 6-0-23-1, Saeed Anwar 4-0-15-1 Result: Pakistan won by 97 runs.
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