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Last Updated: Monday, 3 July 2006, 16:11 GMT 17:11 UK
Malik hundred seals Pakistan win
Tour Match, Grace Road, day three: Pakistan 304-5d & 207-2 beat Leicestershire 315-9d & 191 by eight wickets

Shoaib Malik
Malik accelerated after a steady start to his innings

Shoaib Malik warmed up for the Test series against England with an unbeaten 110 to see Pakistan to an eight-wicket win over Leicestershire at Grace Road.

Malik hit three sixes and 12 fours and shared an unbeaten stand of 153 with Younis Khan (55) as the tourists made 207-2 in just 40.2 overs.

Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria took 4-32 earlier in the day as the county side were bowled out for 191.

Their last five wickets went down in just six overs after lunch.

The morning session had seen Tom New and John Sadler keep Pakistan in check as they added 105 for the fifth wicket.

Sadler was eventually caught by Imran Farhat off Kaneria for 51 and from 177-5 at lunch, Leicestershire folded in disappointing fashion.

New's two and three quarter hour innings came to an end on 67 when Kaneria had him caught by Younis Khan, who again showed a safe pair hands to remove Nick Walker for a duck - one of two victims for Shahid Afridi.

Pakistan were left to score 203 to win and set off with a flourish as Farhat raced to 31 off 25 balls before falling to the commendably accurate Craig Liddle, who also picked up the wicket of Salman Butt for eight.

Liddle got through 10 overs for figures of 2-27, but was kept away from the action in the final session as Malik and Younis enjoyed themselves against some tame spin bowling.

Left-armer Claude Henderson, who played seven Tests for South Africa in 2001-02, conceded 42 from five and home skipper Jeremy Snape and Dinesh Mongia were also picked off with ease.

From 31 not out at tea, Malik cruised to a 114-ball century and there was just time for Younis to pass fifty before the winning runs were scored off Snape.

"We played very well, with the bowlers getting plenty of overs in and all our top six batsmen getting some runs. You can't ask for more than that," Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer said afterwards.

"The game was played in a good spirit and we had decided before the match that it would be an old style three-day game with both sides declaring if necessary to produce a finish.

"From our point of view, it is important to get people into form because that breeds confidence, although there is a long way to go yet."



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