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Last Updated: Monday, 15 September, 2003, 17:00 GMT 18:00 UK
Pakistan clinch series win
Third ODI, Lahore: Pakistan 257/9 (50 overs) beat Bangladesh 201/9 (44/44 overs) by 42 runs (D/L Method)

Yousuf Youhana in action in Lahore
Yousuf Youhana in action in Lahore
Pakistan overcame Bangladesh and lighting troubles to register their 300th one-day win and take an unassailable series lead.

Opening bowler Umar Gul took his first five-wicket haul for his country to hand Pakistan a 42-run victory under the Duckworth/Lewis method.

The home side posted a competitive 257-9 after a polished Yousuf Youhana and an unbeaten 64 off 54 balls by stand-in captain Inzamam-ul Haq.

But the chances of a result were plunged into doubt after two stoppages.

The first enforced break, lasting 22 minutes, came in the second over because officials had not switched the lights on at the Gaddafi Stadium.

And the second, in the eighth over, lasted 33 minutes after one of the lighting towers failed to work properly.

Play finally resumed with the tourists target of 244 from 44 overs, but Gul's 5-17 made sure they could not get close.

Medium pacer Tapash Baisya was the star for the tourists, taking 4-56.

Yasir Hameed and Yousuf Youhana shared a partnership of 77 after opener Mohammad Hafeez suffered another failure when he was caught behind in the sixth over off Baisya for two runs.

Inzamam held firm, finding able allies in all-rounders Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq to make a late charge, with 57 runs coming in the last six overs.

Baisya took three wickets in five balls in the penultimate over, getting rid of Razzaq, Kamran Akmal and Junaid Zia, to check any late surge but Pakistan's total was already enough.

The hosts now hold a 3-0 lead with two matches remaining, in Rawalpindi on Thursday and Karachi on Sunday.

Australia are the only other team to have won 300 one-day internationals.


Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Yasir Hameed, Yousuf Youhana, Inzamam-ul-Haq (capt), Younis Khan, Kamran Akmal (wkt), Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Junaid Zia, Shabbir Ahmed, Umar Gul.

Bangladesh: Habibul Bashar, Mohammad Ashraful, Rajin Saleh, Hannan Sarkar, Alok Kapali, Khaled Mahmud (capt), Tapash Baisya, Khaled Mashud (wkt), Mushfiqur Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mohammad Rafique


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