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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 July, 2004, 12:05 GMT 13:05 UK
Pakistan end on high note
Asia Cup, Colombo: Pakistan 167-4 beat Bangladesh 166 by six wickets

Shoaib Akhtar
Sri Lanka
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Pakistan cruised to victory with nine overs to spare against Bangladesh in their final Asia Cup game in Colombo.

Mohammad Sami achieved an unwanted record by sending down the longest over in a one-day international.

It lasted for 17 balls, including eight wides and four no-balls, and cost him a grand total of 22 runs.

But he later picked up the wicket of top scorer Khaled Mashud (54) as Bangladesh were all out for 166, with Pakistan making 167-4 in reply.

The two teams went into the game with only pride to play for after Sri Lanka and India had secured places in Sunday's final.

Pakistan fielded an unchanged side, having beaten India by 59 runs in their previous game, while Bangladesh recalled Mushfiqur Rahman and Tariq Aziz.

Sami was on target in the opening over, bowling Mohammad Ashraful for nought with his fifth delivery.

Younis Khan
Younis Khan shakes hands with the Bangladesh team

His second, however, was an embarrassing nightmare and was three balls longer than the previous record held by Bangladesh's Hasibul Hossain.

Shabbir Ahmed and Shoaib Akhtar had no such problems as they helped reduce Bangladesh to 42-5 - Shabbir dismissing Faisal Hossain and Manjural Islam Rana for ducks in the eighth over.

Opener Rajin Saleh could only watch as wickets tumbled at the other end, but he followed for 23 when he was caught at slip off Abdul Razzaq.

Mushfiqur Rahman and Mashud put on 43 for the seventh wicket, the highest partnership of the innings before Mushfiqur was lbw to Shoaib (2-33) for 21.

Mashud continued to a fighting half century before he was last man out in the 46th over, clean bowled by Sami.

The Pakistan batsmen were under no pressure as they began their reply but lost both openers with only 52 on the board.

Yasir Hameed fell to Baisya for 11 and a catch by Hossain removed Imran Nazir, caught at square leg for 27, with Aziz the successful bowler.

Shoaib Malik followed up his century against India with 48 before he was bowled after a stand of 66 with Yousuf Youhana.

Seven overs later it was Youhana's turn to depart as he was caught off Rana for 39.

Younis Khan and Abdul Razzaq each made 16 not out as Pakistan completed the formalities, with Razzaq hitting two fours in three balls to wrap things up.

Pakistan: Inzamam-ul-Haq (captain), Yousuf Youhana, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Imran Nazir, Yasir Hameed, Abdul Razzaq, Moin Khan (wkt), Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Sami, Shabbir Ahmed.

Bangladesh: Habibul Basher (captain), Mohammad Ashraful, Faisal Hossain, Alok Kapali, Rajin Saleh, Khaled Mashud, Abdur Razzaq, Tapash Baisya, Manjural Islam Rana, Tareq Aziz, Mushfiqur Rahman.


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