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Pakistan vs Board President's XI - Dharamsala Tour Opener Match

March 3 to 5 2005
Dharamsala Cricket Ground
Toss: Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first
Umpires: SN Bandekar, S Asnani
Result: Draw

Dharamsala Tour Opener Cricket Start

India Cricket Live Pakistan's touring cricketers were greeted by rain and the prospect of a washout as they arrived in this scenic northern hill resort to kickstart their 50-day tour of India. The tourists, due to take on the Indian Board president's team in the three-day tour opener from Thursday, scrapped a scheduled practice session on Tuesday as incessant rain swept the area, better known as the home of Tibet's exiled leader, the Dalai Lama.
With bad weather forecast to continue till the weekend, Pakistan's lone practice match ahead of the first of three Tests starting in Mohali on March 8 threatens to be badly curtailed. In Picture: Pakistan team arrive at the Dharamsala airport

Dharamsala Tour Opener Cricket First Day

India Cricket Live Start of the much-awaited three-day tour opener between the visiting Pakistan team and the Board President's XI was on Thursday delayed due to bad light.
At 10:30 am, The Pakistanis won the toss and decided to bat, trying to make most of the warm-up fixture.
At 10:40 am Rain stops play with Pakistanis at 9 for 0 (Taufeeq 4*, Butt 1*)
At stumps - Pakistan floundered at the start of their first test tour of India for six years, reaching 165 for five wickets on the rain-hit opening day against an Indian Board President's XI on Thursday. Almost four hours of play were lost to bad light and drizzle at this northern hilly venue to frustrate Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq after he won the toss and chose to bat. Pakistan's top order batsmen were soon in trouble against a set of Indian pace hopefuls, slumping to 83 for four on a flat pitch in the three-day match.
Inzamam, who turned 35 on Thursday, was among those who squandered a good start, trapped leg before for 35 trying to sweep part-time off spinner Venugopal Rao. At the close, left-hander Asim Kamal was 43 not out with all-rounder Abdul Razzaq on two.
Brief scores: Pakistan 165 for five wickets: (Asim Kamal batting 43, Abdul Razzaq batting 2, Taufeeq Umar 37, Inzamam-ul-Haq 35) In Picture: Pakistan Pace Bowler Mohammad Sami at the nets

Dharamsala Tour Opener Cricket Second Day

India Cricket Live Abdul Razzaq struck ominous form ahead of the Test series with a half century that helped Pakistan post a competitive total against Board XI on the second day of the three-day tour opening warm-up cricket match today. Razzaq's belligerent 63 should serve as a warning for the Indians as the allrounder hammered the bowlers all around the park for 10 fours and two sixes at this picturesque HPCA Stadium.
Pakistan were all out for 273, way short of the formidable score they had hoped for going into the match, as the lower order failed to provide Razzaq the much-needed support. Wicketkeeper batsman Kamran Akmal (34) shared a 59-run partnership with Razzaq in the only bright phase of the Pakistan innings today.
Venugopala Rao picked three for 48 with his part-time off spin while Gagandeep Singh and Shib Shankar Paul picked two wickets each.
Mohammad Kaif and Dheeraj Jadhav added 74 for the second wicket before poor light caused an interruption. Play was finally called off at 4:00pm local time.
Brief Scores: 4:00pm Board President's XI 91 for 1 (Kaif 42*, Jadhav 30*) trail Pakistanis 273 (Razzaq 63) by 182 runs. In Picture: Inzamam-ul-Haq and Yousuf Youhana walk off the field after bad light curtailed play at Dharamsala.

Dharamsala Tour Opener Cricket Third Day

India Cricket Live Pakistan's preparation for the test series against India was frustrated when their rain-hit warmup game against a Board President's XI ended in a tame draw on the final day on Saturday. Barely 45 minutes of play was possible due to bad light and rain, which also marred the first two days of the visitors' only match before the opening test, which starts in Mohali on Tuesday.
Board President's XI were 120 for one in reply to Pakistan's first innings total of 273 all out when bad light stopped play close to the tea interval. The match was abandoned as a draw soon after.
Skipper Mohammad Kaif and opener Dheeraj Jadhav were on 49 each when covers came on. In the brief period of action possible in the day, the 8,000 odd crowd got some exciting cricket to watch. With the fans cheering every ball as Kaif looked to complete his half century, the atmosphere became electric. Inzamam-ul Haq's men too were sporting in making no complaints about the wet patches, especially in the bowlers' run up area.
Brief Scores: Pakistanis 273 (Razzaq 63) drew with Board President's XI 120 for 1 (Kaif 49*, Jadhav 49*)In Picture: Inzy on day one.

Board President's XI vs Pakistan Dharamsala Tour Opener Cricket Match Scoreboard

Weather mars warm-up match


Pakistan first innings: 273

BCCI President's XI first innings:
D Jadhav not out 49
S Parab b Rana 11
M Kaif not out 49

Extras (lb-6, nb-5) 11

Total (for 1 wicket in 34 overs) 120

Fall of wicket: 1-17.

Bowling: Sami 11-2-37-0, Rana 8-4-17-1, Razzaq 6-0-36-0, Kaneria 9-1-24-0.

Indian Board President's XI Team for Dharamsala Tour Opener

India Cricket Live 1 Dheeraj Jadhav, Satyajit Parab, 3 Mohammad Kaif (Captain), 4 Venugopal Rao, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 Niraj Patel, 7 Parthiv Patel (Wicket Keeper), 8 Ramesh Powar, 9 Gagandeep Singh, 10 Shib Shankar Paul, 11 Rudra Pratap Singh. In Picture: President's XI losing its only wicket.

Pakistan Cricket Team for Dharamsala Tour Opener

India Cricket Live 1 Taufeeq Umar, 2 Salman Butt, 3 Younis Khan, 4 Inzamam-ul-Haq (Captain), 5 Yousuf Youhana, 6 Asim Kamal, 7 Abdul Razzaq, 8 Kamran Akmal (Wicket Keeper), 9 Danish Kaneria, 10 Mohammad Sami, 11 Naved-ul-Hasan. In Picture: Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq's daughter Ammna plays in his lap.

The Venue

India Cricket Live Set against the backdrop of the dramatic Dhaula Dhar Mountains, Dharamsala is one of the principle towns of the Kangra valley. It is the home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, spiritual head of the Buddhists, who will be the chief guest for this match.
The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) takes care of the picturesque stadium surrounded by the Dhauladar mountain ranges.
Itll be a history of sorts as it is for the first time that a religious head would be a chief guest at a cricket match. It will also mark the first time that the stadium will see an international team play.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.