Second One-Day International

Pakistan v West Indies, 2006

Craig Cozier

At Faisalabad, December 7, 2006 (day/night). Pakistan won by two wickets. Toss: Pakistan. Oneday international debuts: Abdur Rehman; L. M. P. Simmons.

Inzamam-ul-Haq returned with telling impact, hitting a well-crafted, unbeaten 42 off 86 balls to guide Pakistan home in the Iqbal Stadium's first floodlit match. It was an exciting, low-scoring encounter on a pitch juiced up by the wet weather that had soaked the Punjab over the previous week. Sent in, West Indies wobbled from the time Gayle and the debutant Lendl Simmons (the nephew of the explosive former West Indian all-rounder Phil) fell for ducks. Ganga and Samuels briefly offered hope before a dip to 79 for six, two of the wickets going to the left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman, making a belated debut by Pakistan's standards at 26. Lara's exit, when he was sent back too late by Samuels, was the most crucial of three run-outs. Morton hit a battling 43. Pakistan, without Mohammad Yousuf whose pregnant wife was ill, stuttered in reply against Taylor and Collymore, but a night when the temperature dipped to 5°C was warmed up for the home crowd by Inzamam, who blossomed with each stroke.

Man of the Match: Inzamam-ul-Haq.

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