Guyana v Pakistanis, tour match, first day, Georgetown May 9, 2011

Misbah hundred sets up declaration

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Guyana 25 for no loss trail Pakistanis 330 for 7 (Misbah 101*, Ali 57, Hafeez 52) by 305 runs

An unbeaten century from Misbah-ul-Haq built on a solid platform provided by the openers as Pakistanis declared their first innings on 330 for 7 on day one of their two-day game against Guyana in Georgetown. Guyana had managed 25 for no loss when bad light stopped play.

After choosing to bat, Azhar Ali (57), who was promoted to opener, and Mohammad Hafeez (52) got Pakistanis going with a 92-run opening stand. Guyana then struck back with three quick wickets but Misbah was in an uncompromising mood and slammed seven fours and four sixes in just over three hours as he raced to his hundred.

He was particularly severe on offspinner Zaheer Mohamed, hitting him for a four and two sixes off consecutive deliveries as he jumped from 68 to 84 before slog-sweeping legspinner Amir Khan into the Guyana Football Club ground in the next over to bring up his century from 132 balls and prompt the declaration.

Misbah added 69 for the fourth wicket with Umar Akmal, who made 26, before his side suffered a mini-slump, losing four wickets for 39 runs. But Misbah found an able ally in Umar Gul, and the pair made merry in an unbroken stand of 86 for the eighth wicket. Misbah ended the innings on 101, while Gul was on 40.

It was the spinners who did most of the damage for Guyana. Khan, a member of West Indies Under-19 side, was the most successful bowler, taking 3 for 88, while Mohamed picked up 2 for 68.

The match is the only warm-up game for the visitors before the first Test that starts on Thursday at the Guyana National Stadium.

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  • Ronsars on May 10, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    @BigGeorgeMehemood:Don't you think captain forms an integral part of any team?

  • BigGeorgeMehemood on May 9, 2011, 22:29 GMT

    I hear is a chance WI may play 2 spinner for the test- Bishoo and Amir Khan. So dis is the team I hearing about- Simmon, Barat, Bravo, Sarwan, Chandra, Braffit, Bow, Ramphal, Edward, Bishoe, Khan.

  • proteasfan99 on May 9, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    i think Umar Akmal is the pakistan future in terms of batting...they Pakistan need to put pressure on him to take responsibility yet supporting him like S.A did with A.B when he was consistently getting half centuries and would lose his wicket before a hundred...his a player for the future..

  • mso797 on May 9, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    maybe adnan would relax umar akmal

  • TheLight on May 9, 2011, 16:06 GMT


    WI always had good leg spinners (and off spinners too). they were just never given an opportunity by the selectors.

    Imagine being the leading wicket taker in domestic competition for 5 consecutive years and not get into the side.

  • nafzak on May 9, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    Pakistan also has 12 players listed. it's a warm up game - not official, so anything goes.

  • rayinto on May 9, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    It looks like 12 players are listed for the Guyanese team!

  • Desihungama on May 9, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    @Saddam Rasool - These are age old tricks. Don't give adequate chances during warm up games especially when he is new to the Caribbean conditions and when he fails in the opening Test, replace him with you (PCB) had originally in mind.

  • mso797 on May 9, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    Replace tanvir with sadaf he's too expensive adnan can bat better than salman Fawad and manzoor should be in the sqaud

  • Ali-Sajid on May 9, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Apart from Misbah, Hafeez,Azhar and Gul nobody really stepped up in the batting department. 2 slumps, pakistan can not afford this when the series starts. Also i wont call losing 4 wickets in quick succession in a TEST MATCH a mini slump. the rest of the guys need to get there head in the game. Misbah will not always bail them out of a tight spot.

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