Injured Inzamam may miss triseries game against Zimbabwe

Pakistan cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq may miss tomorrow's second limited-overs international match of the triangular series against Zimbabwe.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
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Peshawar:Pakistan cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq may miss tomorrow's second limited-overs international match of the triangular series against Zimbabwe with a groin injury. "I have not fully recovered from the injury and will decide tomorrow morning whether I am fit enough for the match," Inzamam told reporters today at Arbab Niaz Stadium. Pakistan won the opening game at Multan by a massive margin of 144 runs, highlighted by Abdul Razzaq's 107 and a whirlwind knock of 58 off 26 balls by Shahid Afridi. Inzamam sustained groin injury during his innings of 73 and did not field when Zimbabwe was dismissed for 148 in reply to Pakistan's 292 for seven. Despite the lopsided result, Zimbabwe seamers Tinashe Panyangara and Douglas Hondo exploited Pakistan's weakness at the top of its batting lineup and claimed four quick wickets for only 36 runs before Inzamam, Razzaq and Afridi guided it to a safe total. "Zimbabwe gave us an early wake-up call at Multan, but we are having problems (in batting) upfront, which we are trying to overcome," Inzamam said. Pakistan rested paceman Mohammad Sami for the second match and included debutant seamer Rao Iftikhar, who was the most expensive Pakistan bowler and claimed one wicket for 41 runs off his seven overs. "We'll give a chance to all the 15 players in this series. We might even rest Shoaib Akhtar tomorrow and include Sami in the game," Inzamam said. Akhtar didn't concede a no ball or wide in his disciplined six-over spell for the wicket of opener Brendan Taylor. Zimbabwe captain Tatenda Taibu said it was not difficult for him to motivate his players despite getting a hammering at Multan. "It's tough when you throw them (players) at the deep end, but they have realised their mistakes and I hope we show an improved performance tomorrow," Taibu said. Taibu said that had his bowlers restricted Pakistan to 200 before Razzaq and Afridi's onslaught, his batsmen had a chance in the first game. "If we do our basics right and put Pakistan on the backfoot I still believe we have a chance to make an upset in this series," Taibu said. Sri Lanka, the third team in the competition, arrives in the southern port city of Karachi Sunday and meets Pakistan in its first game on October 6. Pakistan: Inzamam-ul-Haq (captain), Moin Khan, Yousuf Youhana, Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Sami, Yasir Hameed, Shoaib Akhtar, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Salman Butt, Rao Iftikhar, Bazid Khan. Zimbabwe: Tatenda Taibu (captain), Dion Ebrahim, Brendan Taylor, Mark Vermeulen, Alester Maregwede, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Tawanda Mupariwa, Mluleki Nkala, Tinashe Panyangara, Douglas Hondo, Edward Rainsford, Elton Chigumbura, Prosper Utseya, Alexandar Graeme Cremen. Umpires: Mark Benson, England, Asad Rauf, Pakistan; TV Umpire: Nadeem Ghauri. Match Referee: Jeff Crowe, New Zealand. (AP)

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