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Last Updated: Saturday, 17 July, 2004, 11:48 GMT 12:48 UK
Pakistan make class count
Asia Cup, Colombo: Pakistan 257-6 (50 overs) beat Bangladesh 181 (45.2 overs) by 76 runs

Yasir Hameed
The pitch was good to bat on early in the day but it was hard work thereafter as the ball was not coming on
Yasir Hameed
Yasir Hameed and Shoaib Akhtar played the leading roles as Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by 76 runs at the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.

Hameed struck 102 off 123 balls as they totalled 257-6 in their 50 overs, sharing stands of 86 with Imran Farhat (28) and 109 with Inzamam-ul-Haq (59).

Javed Omar gave Bangladesh hope as he followed his 68 in Friday's win over Hong Kong with 62.

But Shoaib took three wickets in six overs as they subsided to 181 all out.

After an initial burst with the new ball which brought him no reward, he returned for the 31st over with the Bangladesh lower order exposed after Omar had been run out.

It proved an unequal contest as he removed Mushfiqur Rahman, Khaled Mashud and Khaled Mahmud in quick succession to finish his 10 overs with figures of 3-28.

But it was fitting that Hameed was involved in the final act as he took the catch at deep mid-wicket to dismiss Mohammed Rafique (18) off spinner Shoaib Malik.

His century earlier in the game was his third in a one-day international for Pakistan, who were playing for the first time under new coach Bob Woolmer.

They went into the match having won 15 of the 16 previous meetings between the two sides, but Bangladesh were in hopeful mood after Friday's 116-run win over Hong Kong.

Inzamam chose to bat after winning the toss and Hameed and Farhat laid an excellent foundation for the innings as they progressed at almost five an over.

Inzamam then took over, striking two sixes off Mohammed Rafique during his 66-ball innings and seeing Hameed through to three figures after the latter had been dropped by Mohammad Ashraful on 52.

Bangladesh struck back by dismissing both batsmen from successive deliveries.

Pakistan v Bangladesh
Bangladesh lost wickets regularly as the pressure increased

Inzamam was stumped off Razzaq (2-36) at the end of the 41st over and Hameed, who struck 10 fours, followed at the start of the next when he was caught by Mushfiqur Rahman at deep mid-wicket off Khaled Mahmud.

Yousuf Youhana added a final flourish to the innings with an unbeaten 29 off 27 balls and although Bangladesh made a sound start in reply as Omar and Ashraful added 48 in 10 overs, they could not sustain it.

Ashraful was caught behind for 12 off Mohammad Sami, who quickly added the wicket of Habibul Bashar for two.

Alok Kapali made a useful 28 but the asking rate had mounted to seven an over when Omar departed with the total on 114.

His exit effectively settled the outcome of the match but Shoaib snuffed out any remaining hopes Bangladesh might have harboured to put his team in good shape for tougher challenges ahead.

Pakistan: Yasir Hameed, Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik, Inzamam-ul-Haq (Capt), Yousuf Youhana, Moin Khan (Wkt), Younis Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Sami, Shoaib Akhtar, Danish Kaneria.

Bangladesh: Javed Omar, Mohammad Ashraful, Habibul Bashar (Capt), Rajin Saleh, Alok Kapali, Mushfiqur Rahman, Mohammad Rafique Khaled Mashud (Wkt), Khaled Mahmud, Tapash Baisya, Abdur Razzaq.


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