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March 05, 2005 18:07 IST

Inclement weather finally led to the warm-up match between Pakistan and the BCCI President's XI being called off with only 11 overs bowled on the third and final day in Dharamsala on Saturday.

The match saw a total of 102 overs being bowled over two and half days, robbing the visitors of much-needed practice ahead of the blockbuster series comprising three Tests and six one-dayers.

After the entire morning session was abandoned today due to wet ground conditions, poor light forced suspension 10 minutes before tea followed by a downpour which prompted the umpires to call off the match.

Resuming at 91 for one, BCCI President's XI were 120 for one with skipper Mohammad Kaif and opener Dheeraj Jadhav on 49 each when covers came on. Pakistan had made 273 in their first innings.

In the brief period of action possible in the day, the 8,000 odd crowd got some exciting cricket to watch.

In a prelude to the exciting days ahead, Mohammad Kaif, who has been ignored for the first Test, had a contest going against leg spinner Danish Kaneria and seamer Mohammad Sami.

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.

Groundsmen ran in with speed to fill the marks with sand, and even before they could be off the boundary, the bowlers were running in to deliver.


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.

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