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Pakistan vs Board President's XI - Dharamsala Tour Opener MatchMarch 3 to 5 2005
Dharamsala Cricket Ground
Toss: Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first
Umpires: SN Bandekar, S Asnani
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Dharamsala Tour Opener Cricket Start
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
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
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
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
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
Pakistan Cricket Team for Dharamsala Tour Opener
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.