January 24, 2002

Pakistan looking for a clean sweep after crowd trouble mars second win in Dhaka

Pakistan have paved the way for a clean sweep over Bangladesh as they beat the hosts by the conclusive margin of 72 runs in the second one-day international of the Coca-Cola series held in BNS ground in Dhaka to take a 2-0 lead.

Assisted by a swashbuckling knock from stalwart Yousuf Youhana, Pakistan piled up 281 for 5 after a disastrous start. At one stage the tourists were 48 for 4. But then Younis Khan and Yousuf Youhana compiled a 135-run stand to take the side out of danger. Younis made 73 before Enamul Haque removed him.

Youhana and Razzak remained inseparable till the end, when Youhana had reached 112 and Razzak 48. Mohammed Sharif was the most successful among the local boys claiming 2 wickets for 59.

Chasing a target of 282, the hosts made a flying start despite loosing Javed Belim early. Mehrab Hossain and Al-Sahariar were going well and put on a 59-run stand for the second wicket. Razzak finally broke the partnership by claiming the wicket of Mehrab.

The game was halted when crowd troubled erupted in one of the stands. Shoaib Akhtar, who was fielding near deep fine leg, got hurt when one of the spectators hurled something at his head. He had to go to hospital to receive treatment as play was held up for some three-quarters of an hour.

On the resumption, Bangladesh lost two wickets in quick succession, including Al-Sahariar for 41.

Among the batsmen, Tushar Imran, gave the spectators something to cheer as he struck six boundaries in his 65, despite the match turning out to be a one-sided affair.

The lower order batsmen managed to remain to take the total to 209 after 50 overs. Both Shahid Afridi and Saqlain Mushtaq captured three wickets.

Yousuf Youhana was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his brilliant innings of 112 from 108 balls with 12 fours and two sixes.