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The Wisden Bulletin by Lynn McConnell
December 30, 2003
Pakistan 196 and 277 for 3 (Youhana 88*, Inzamam 72*) beat New Zealand 366 and 103 by 7 wickets
Inzamam-ul-Haq: wrapped up the match in style
Inzamam-ul-Haq and Yousuf Youhana needed just 3.5 overs to knock off the 28 runs Pakistan needed to win the Test and wrap up the series 1-0. On a cold and blustery day at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, the weather briefly threatened to ruin Pakistan's party - play was initially delayed for 30 minutes, and when the players did walk out, another passing shower sent them back to the pavilion without a ball being bowled.
However, the clouds passed quickly and play started just after noon. Inzamam showed that he was in no mood to hang around, as he pulled the first ball of the day from Daryl Tuffey to the square-leg boundary for four.
Ian Butler suffered a similar fate at the hands of Inzamam when he bowled his first ball, and Yousuf Youhana joined in the fun, creaming two more fours as 13 came from Butler's first over. The final blow was delivered in Butler's next over when Youhana smashed a wide ball behind point to secure the victory that takes Pakistan to third place in ICC's Test championship table.
Both teams will now clash in the five-match one-day series, with the first of those games to be held at Auckland on January 3, 2004.
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
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The sequence of recent stuttering starts in ODIs, with the middle and lower orders picking up the pieces, does not bode well