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Kitply Cup Tri-Nation ODI Series, 2008


Pakistan clinches Kitply Cup

Opener Salman Butt and Younis Khan struck centuries on Saturday to help Pakistan beat India by 25 runs in the final of the Kitply Tri-Series at the Mirpur Sherebangla stadium.

Pakistan avenged their 140-run defeat to their old rivals in the group stages, bowling India out for 290 from 48.2 overs after amassing 315 for three from their 50 overs.

Pakistan, who won the toss and opted to bat, got off to a slow start until Younis joined Butt after the departure of Kamran Akmal for 15. The pair compiled a record second week stand against India of 205. Younus rattled of 108 runs off just 99 balls while Butt contributed 129 before he was forced to retire hurt. In the end, Pakistan piled on a massive 315 for thre.

India lost wickets at regular intervals after Virender Sehwag (2) was caught by captain Shoaib Malik at mid-off.

Yuvraj Singh scored 56 from 59 deliveries before edging a catch to Akmal, the Pakistan wicketkeeper's 100th international one-day catch.

Captain MS Dhoni struck two massive sixes and three fours in his 64 from 59 balls to keep India in contention but after Irfan Pathan wasout for 28 from 35 balls, India could not maintain the momentum.


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