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Pakistan Routs Bangladesh in Cricket - 2001-08-31

Pakistan's cricket team has trounced Bangladesh by an innings and 264 runs on the third day of the opening Asian Test Championship match in Multan, Pakistan.

Resuming at the overnight total of 55 for three and still 357 runs behind Pakistan's first innings, Bangladesh was routed for 148 in the second innings. Twenty-year-old leg-spinner Danish Kaneria finished with a match haul of 12 wickets for 94 runs. He took six wickets for 52 runs Friday to add to his first innings effort of six wickets for 42, and he and won the man of the match award.

Pakistan, which is defending its Asian Test Championship title, earned the maximum available 16 points, plus four batting and four bowling points in the match. In the championship format, a team is awarded 16 points for an innings victory and 12 points for a simple win. For bowling, a team gets four points for taking all 10 wickets of their rivals and another four points for scoring 400 or more runs. Bangladesh will now travel to Sri Lanka for its second match of the championship, starting September sixth. With India boycotting the championship, only Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are participating in the tournament.