Cricket: Saeed prospers for Pakistan

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West Indies 151

Pakistan 246-5

A 133-run second-wicket partnership between Saeed Anwer and Ijaz Ahmed helped put Pakistan in a strong position at the end of the second day of the first Test against the West Indies in Peshawar yesterday.

Both batsmen made 65 in their 129-minute stand as Pakistan progressed to 246 for 5 - a first-innings lead of 95. Resuming at 14 for 1, Pakistan added 38 in the first hour with the left-hander Saeed playing with supreme confidence.

Later Wasim Akram failed to make the 45 runs he needed to join the illustrious band of all-rounders - Kapil Dev, Ian Botham, Richard Hadlee and Imran Khan - who have scored over 2,000 runs and taken 300 wickets when he was stumped off Carl Hooper for five.

Moin Khan (36) and Azhar Mahmood (14) had put on 39 runs for the sixth wicket when bad light stopped play just 1.3 overs before the close.

Wasim Akram is to make a flying visit to England next week in between the first and second Tests against the West Indies to have a routine check- up on his shoulder, an injury that kept him out of the game for nearly eight months.

(Second day; West Indies won toss)

WEST INDIES First Innings - 151 (Mushtaq Ahmed 5-35).

PAKISTAN - First Innings

(Overnight 14 for 1)

Saeed Anwar c Williams b Hooper 65

Aamer Sohail c Lara b Walsh 4

Ijaz Ahmed c Hooper b Bishop 65

Muhammed Wasim b Walsh 28

Inzamamul Haq retired hurt 13

Moin Khan not out 36

Wasim Akram st Williams b Hooper 5

Azhar Mahmood not out 14

Extras (lb 3, w2, nn 11) 16

Total (for 5, 86.3 overs) 246

Fall: 2-143, 3-145, 4-193, 5-207.

To bat: Arshad Khan, Shahid Nazir, Mushtaq Ahmed.

Bowling: Ambrose 17.3-3-58-0; Walsh 16-5-30-2; Bishop 16-4-44-1; Simmons 1-0-4-0; Lewis 19-5-70-0; Hooper 17-6-37-2.

Umpires: D Shepherd (Eng); Said Shah (Pak).

TV replay umpire: Javed Akhtar (Pak)..

Match referee: Raman Subba Row (Eng).