May 5, 2001

Mushtaq's wiles too much for students

Waqar Younis
Waqar leads the side at Nottingham
Photo PA Sports

Mushtaq Ahmed pushed his claims for a place in the Pakistan Test side with a marvellous spell of spin bowling to help the tourists to a comfortable innings and 87-run win over the British Universities at Trent Bridge.

Beginning their second innings 242 runs behind Will Jefferson and Michael Brown put on 51 for the first wicket but once Mushtaq was introduced from the Radcliffe Road End batting was made to look increasingly complex.

A spell of 24 overs, broken only by the tea interval, brought him the impressive figures of 8/49 and match figures of 10/51.

Pakistan coach Richard Pybus said: "Mushtaq has done his confidence the world of good.

"It is quite a big thing to ask these players who have been involved mainly in one-day matches in Pakistan domestic cricket recently to come out here and get straight back into the demands of the longer game.

"But he has done it. His confidence will be up, and it makes for good competition with the other spinners."

With four victims before tea Mushtaq picked up a fifth with the first ball after the resumption, trapping Jamie Dalryrmple lbw. Porter fell in the same way not playing a shot, Ferley was taken at bat/pad and Foster sliced to cover.

Any hope Mushtaq had of taking all ten wickets were dashed when Mohammad Sami removed Chris Elstub's leg stump and then trapped Mark Tournier in his crease.

Earlier on the second day Pakistan endured a disastrous eight-over spell during which they lost five wickets for six runs. Saleem Elahi fell for a splendid 78 and his overnight partner Younis Khan made 32 but a last-wicket stand of 66 boosted the lead to 242.

Skipper Waqar Younis made a half-century and last man Sami hit two sixes in making 15. Pakistan were all out for 316, but that was more than enough as Mushtaq whirled his magic.