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SL v PAK, Asia Cup 2008: Sangakkara, Mendis shine in Sri Lankan win

Kumar Sangakkara hit a fighting hundred and spinner Ajanta Mendis took four wickets to power Sri Lanka to a 64-run win over Pakistan in their Asia Cup Super League clash on Sunday.
The left-hander scored 112 to lift Sri Lanka to 302-7 after Pakistani paceman Sohail Tanveer notched up career-best figures of 5-48. Mendis, who took 4-47, then unleashed his quality spin to restrict Pakistan to 238-9 in 50 overs on a slow National Stadium pitch.
For Pakistan, Misbah-ul Haq enjoyed a late flurry, smashing four sixes and three fours during his 70-ball 76 but by then the asking rate of 15 an over was beyond Pakistan's reach. Skipper Shoaib Malik also hit a subdued 52 off 79 balls with three boundaries but the Pakistani batsmen could not cope with the accurate Sri Lankan bowling.
Sri Lanka, who qualified for the Super League stage with two carry over points, boosted their chances of reaching the July 6 final with the victory. They now have four points and take on Bangladesh on Monday. The defeat left Pakistan all but out of the event. They now have to win both their matches against India (Wednesday) and Bangladesh (Friday) and hope India also lose to Sri Lanka to have a chance of qualifying for the final.
SL v PAK, Asia Cup 2008: Sri Lanka 302 for 7 (50.0 overs) beat Pakistan 238 for 9 (50.0 overs) by 64 runs

IND v PAK, Asia Cup 2008: Sehwag powers India to 6 wicket win against Pakistan

Familiar Pakistan nemesis Virender Sehwag (119) slammed a violent century while Suresh Raina (84) too matched his aggression as India cantered to a facile six-wicket win with 7.5 overs to spare against the arch-rivals in the Asia Cup cricket tournament at Karachi.
It was sweet revenge for the Indians who just two weeks ago were outclassed by Pakistan in the Kitply tri-series final in Dhaka. With Sehwag and Raina on fire, India cruised to 301 for four in only 42.1 overs after Pakistan appeared to have set a competitive target by making 299 for four.
The hosts' innings revolved around 125 from captain Shoaib Malik and Younis Khan's 59 on a good batting track. Malik didn't field after retiring with cramps while pacer Umar Gul also went off with a rib cage injury after sending down just 1.2 overs.
But under lights, Sehwag showed just how good the track was when he savaged the attack scoring his ninth hundred. He and Raina put on a record 198 runs for the second wicket from 149 balls before the stand was broken in the 28th over.
The stand was remarkable as it came after Pakistan's stand in captain Misbah-ul-Haq had brought off a spectacular one-handed catch at wide slip to get rid of Gautam Ghambir (9) in the third over and the players were on a high.
IND v PAK, Asia Cup 2008: India 301 for 4 (42.1 overs) beat Pakistan 299 for 4 (50.0 overs) by 6 wickets

PAK v HK, Asia Cup 2008: Pakistan beat Hong Kong by 155 runs

Pakistan made Hong Kong realise the gruels of top-level international cricket, handing them a crushing 155-run defeat in a Group B match of the Asia Cup at National stadium on Tuesday night.
Electing to bat, Pakistan overcame early hiccups to post an imposing 288 for nine and then stopped Hong Kong at 133 for nine in 37.2 overs to make an easy winning start. Hong Kong innings folded without losing all ten wickets as Zain Abbas did not complete his innings after retiring at individual score of 26, which was also highest for them.
Hong Kong, led by Tabarak Dar, did well in the first part stopping Pakistan from reaching 300 but scoring against experienced attack was the real test of their batting line up. Sohail Tanvir put up a brilliant all round show in Pakistan's victory as he first played a crucial 59-run knock and then picked up two wickets to pile up agony for Hong Kong.
The pace trio of Tanvir (2/20), Umar Gul and Iftikhar Anjum (2/18) intimidated, bruised and then devastated the opponent batting. Tanvir, Anjum and spinning all rounder Shahid Afridi, who once again failed with the bat, shared six wickets among them.
PAK v HK, Asia Cup 2008: Pakistan 288 for 9 (50.0 overs) beat Hong Kong 133 for 9 (37.2 overs) by 155 runs

Pakistan drops wicketkeeper Akmal for Asia Cup

Pakistan dropped wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal from its 20-member squad for cricket's upcoming Asia Cup, the chief selector said Thursday.
Selector Salahuddin Ahmed said Akmal was rested to give youngster Sarfraz Ahmad a chance in the six-nation tournament, starting in Pakistan on June 24.
"Akmal is still our first-choice wicketkeeper, but he needs to sharpen his skills behind the wickets," Ahmed told The Associated Press. Pakistan is placed in Group B for the Asia Cup with archrival India and minnows Hong Kong, while Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates are in Group A.
The top two teams from each group will advance to the second round. The final was scheduled for Karachi on July 6. Pakistan will be without its two ace pacemen — Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammed Asif.
Akhtar was serving an 18-month ban imposed by the Pakistan Cricket Board for a number of violations of discipline. Asif had been in detention in Dubai since June 1 when authorities allegedly found an illegal substance in the fast bowler's wallet as he traveled though the international airport while returning to Pakistan after playing in the Indian domestic Twenty20 competition. Pakistan Team: Shoaib Malik, Salman Butt, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi, Fawad Alam, Sohail Tanvir, Sarfraz Ahmad, Umar Gul, Rao Iftikhar, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz, Nasir Jamshed, Yasir Hameed, Bazid Khan, Nomanullah, Mansoor Amjad, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rauf.

Shoaib's ban reduced to 18 month

The Appellate tribunal, legal counsel of the Pakistan Cricket Board, reduced the ban imposed on controversial paceman Shoaib Akhtar to 18 months and fined him for Rs. 7 lakh.
The tribunal was hearing an appeal from Shoaib against the five-year ban slapped on him by the disciplinary committee of the PCB in March. The verdict was delivered in Lahore on Saturday. He was allowed to play in the Indian Premier League after the tribunal suspended his ban for one month.
The 'Rawalpindi Express' was earlier banned for five years for violating code of conduct while under probation period.
Last year, Shoaib was banned for 13 international matches and fined Rs. 3.4 million ($120,300) for four breaches of discipline including striking team mate Mohammad Asif with a bat before Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa and put on two-year probation.

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IND vs PAK, Tri Series, Final: Pakistan beat India in tri-series cricket final

Umer Gul took four wickets as Pakistan avenged its lopsided defeat in the league round with a 25-run victory over India in Saturday's final of the limited-overs tri-series.
Salman Butt and Younis Khan scored centuries and shared a 205-run second-wicket stand to guide Pakistan to 315 for three and then Gul and the bowlers did the rest, dismissing India for 290 in the penultimate over at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla National stadium. India, which beat Bangladesh in its first match and Pakistan by 140 runs on Thursday, struggled early in the reply after losing opener Virendra Sehwag (2) in the second over.
Gautam Gambhir scored 40 before he was caught by substitute fielder Nasir Jamshed of a Gul delivery. Rohit Sharma (24), Yusuf Pathan (25) and Suresh Raina (24) failed to convert starts into a big innings and allrounder Shahid Afridi ended the innings of both of India's top scorers.
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit a defiant 64 until he was out in the 48th over, caught by Jamshed off Afridi's bowling. Afridi had earlier dismissed Yuvraj Singh for 56 and returned 2-56 from 9.2 overs. Gul, who also bowled out Piyush Chawla (2) and trapped Praveen Kumar (5) lbw, finished with 4-57 in nine overs.
"It's a big victory, a final and that against India," Gul said. "It was a do or die battle for us." Pakistan started positively after winning the toss. Butt made the most of an early reprieve — dropped at short cover in the 11th over — to hit 10 boundaries in his 129 before retiring hurt near the end of the innings. "It was a perfect team job and it could not have been scripted better," Butt said. "I won an important game for my country, nothing gets better."
Khan stroked seven boundaries and three sixes, scoring 108 off 99 balls before he was caught by Sehwag off an Ishant Sharma delivery. It was a surprising loss for India, which won a recent series in Australia against the World Cup holders and is third in the ODI world rankings.
IND vs PAK, Tri Series, Final: Pakistan 315 for 3 (50.0 overs) beat India 290 all out (48.2 overs) by 25 runs

IND vs PAK, Tri Series, Match 2: Malik and Pakistan fined

Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik has been fined 20% of his match fee for a slow over rate during the second match of the tri-series against India.
International Cricket Council match referee Jeff Crowe found Malik and his team to have been two overs short of the target when time allowances were taken into consideration. Pakistan's players were each fined 10% of their match fees, 5% for every over, while the captain was fined doubled in accordance with ICC rules.
"Although there was a rain interruption late in the innings, which always makes it difficult to keep the overs flowing, Pakistan only bowled 13 overs by the first drinks break and never managed to recover that deficit," said Crowe of his decision. Pakistan's bowlers were guilty of bowling as many as 15 wides and three no-balls, which contributed to the slow over-rate.
India beat Pakistan by 140 runs, but both teams will progress to Saturday's final should India beat Bangladesh on Thursday.

IND vs PAK, Tri Series, Match 2: India record biggest ODI win over Pakistan

India posted their biggest ODI win over arch-rivals Pakistan with a 140-run victory in their triangular series match.
After scoring 330 for eight, India dismissed Pakistan for 190 to end their 12-match winning streak. India's previous highest victory over Pakistan was their 87-run win three years ago.
Gautam Gambhir (62), Virender Sehwag (89) and Yuvral Singh (55), the top three in the order, scored the majority of India's runs. Sehwag and Gambhir, who was dropped twice, put on 155 for the first wicket. Sehwag hit a six and 13 boundaries from 76 balls and Gambhir six fours from 62 balls while Singh faced 54 balls, hitting three sixes and three fours.
Pace bowler Praveen Kumar (four for 53) and 19-year-old leg-spinner Piyush Chawla (four for 40) bundled out Pakistan with 14.2 overs to spare.
Captain Shoaib Malik who scored 53, his 28th one-day half-century, was Pakistan's only successful batsman.
IND vs PAK, Tri Series, Match 2: India 330 for 8 (50.0 overs) beat Pakistan 190 all out (35.4 overs) by 140 runs

IND vs PAK, Tri Series, Match 2: India looks to break Pakistan's winning streak

Mahendra Singh Dhoni led Team India has virtually captured every frontier in the recent past with Australia being its latest victim while arch-rival Pakistan is eager to extend its 12-match winning streak when the two sides lock horns in the second match of the tri-series.
Pakistan drubbed minnows Bangladesh by 70 runs here yesterday and its coach Geoff Lawson believes his team is capable of forcing India to surrender and that too by a bigger margin.
However, Lawson's Indian counterpart Gary Kirsten says his team is confident and its good run will continue the way it has in the recent past. Pakistan team, which is on a roll after winning 12 successive matches has its tails up. Its winning spree which started against India was followed by 11 wins but all of them came against minnows Bangladesh (6) and Zimbabwe (5).
Dhoni's boys would be eager to settle scores but a long 44-day Twenty20 tournament in IPL did not give them any breathing space before the triangular series here.
While Pakistani players were a sure shot flop in the recently concluded IPL, Sohail Tanvir stood out with his exceptional bowling efforts in the tournament and emerged the highest wicket-taker. His team would look up to him to provide some early wickets. In his side's victory against Bangladesh, Lawson was particularly pleased with an out-of-form Shahid Afridi's all-round effort. Afridi scored 20 runs off 17 balls and was spinning the bowl a great deal as he picked up three wickets in his eight overs conceding a mere 19 runs. India team (from): Mahendra Singh Dhoni (cap, wk), Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Gautam Gambhir.
Pakistan team (from): Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal (Wicket Keeper), Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik (Captain), Shahid Afridi, Fawad Alam, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul.

New Zealand in Pakistan 2008

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New Zealand vs Pakistan 2008 Cricket Series

Pakistan vs New Zealand Cricket Series 2008

New Zealand will play 3 One Day Internationals during the Pakistan tour starting August 24 2008.

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ICC Champions Trophy 2008 in Pakistan

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ICC Champions Trophy 2009

ICC Champions Trophy 2009

The 2009 ICC Champions Trophy, originally scheduled to be held in Pakistan in 2008, was moved to South Africa by the ICC. The eight-team tournament is scheduled to take place from 24 September to 5 October at the Wanderers and Centurion stadiums.

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Bangladesh Tri Series 2008

Bangladesh Tri Series 2008

India and Pakistan join Bangladesh in the Tri-Series, which is scheduled to start from 8 june 2008.

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Pakistan Cricket Series Results 2009

Pakistan ODI Matches 2009

Series Played Won Lost N/R
v Sri Lanka 3 1 2 0
Total 3 1 2 0

Pakistan Test Matches 2009

Series Played Won Lost N/R
v Sri Lanka 2 0 0 2
Total 2 0 0 2

Pakistan Twenty20 Matches 2009

Series Played Won Lost N/R
- 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0

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