Vol. 5 Num 1022 Tue. April 17, 2007  

Tourists in the driving seat

Pakistan Academy consolidated their position in the second and final four-day match against their Bangladesh counterparts with brilliant batting yesterday.

Five batsmen reached the half-century mark as the visitors, having restricted Bangladesh Cricket Academy to 243 on the opening day, rattled 401 for six in their first innings at sumps on second day at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.

Khurram Manzoor (64 off 100 balls) and Babar Nayeem (57 off 68 balls), who resumed on overnight 82-0, added further 20 runs in the morning before the opening partnership was broken by Mosharraf Hossain, the left-arm spinner who was the peak of the local attack with 3-101.

Naeem, who smashed nine fours and a pair of sixes, was the first man out but his departure made little impact as Shahid Yusuf (73 off 168 balls) and skipper Fawad Alam (82 off 169 balls) shared another century-stand. With a flurry of boundaries, the two took the total beyond the 300-mark after coming together at 189-3.

Number six Adnan Raza, the other batsman to score a fifty, was batting on 51 with Sarfraz Ahmed (2) accompanying him.

Off-spinner Mahmudullah Riyad chipped in with a couple of wickets for the hosts, who lead the series 1-0.