Napier - Pakistan continued their revival in the Cricket World Cup with a professional
batting and bowling performance in a 129-run win against United Arab
Emirates in Napier on Wednesday.
Opener Ahmed Shehzad fell seven
short of his maiden World Cup hundred while Haris Sohail (70) and
skipper Misbah-ul-Haq chipped in with 65 which helped Pakistan to post a
big 339-6 on a flat McLean Park pitch.
They then restricted the
UAE to 210-8 in their 50 overs with Shaiman Anwar continuing his
brilliant form with the bat by scoring 62.
The win gives Pakistan four points in as many games as they continued their fight for a place in the quarter-finals.
The top four teams from each of the two pools of seven will reach the quarter-finals.
"That was a much needed win for us. We won by a margin so we can relax now. We have a good net run rate now also," said Misbah.
UAE captain Mohammad Tauqir admitted chasing such a huge score was always going to be beyond them.
was a big total for us, but we batted 50 overs and we are happy with
this effort. Anwar is very confident and in great form," said Tauqir.
required rate of six-plus an over was always beyond UAE's reach but
after losing their first three wickets with just 25 on the board - two
to paceman Sohail Khan - Anwar and Khurram Khan took the fight to the
Pakistan bowlers adding 83 for the fourth wicket.
Anwar hit four
boundaries and two sixes during his 88-ball knock and with 270 runs in
four matches became the top run-getter in the tournament.
Khan hit three fours and a six off 54 deliveries.
bowling was hampered by the absence of spearhead Mohammad Irfan who
hurt his hip during a fall in the field and could bowl only three overs.
The team said Irfan's injury was not serious and he was held back as precaution.
Wahab Riaz, Khan and Shahid Afridi took two wickets apiece.
and Sohail restored Pakistan during their second wicket stand of 160
after they lost out of form Nasir Jamshed for four in the fourth over.
could have had Shehzad in his fourth over but Khurram dropped a sharp
chance when the batsman was on eight and three runs later Shehzad got
another life off Mohammad Naveed.
Shehzad hit eight boundaries and
a six off 105 balls but ran himself out while taking a sharp single.
Sohail clubbed five boundaries and a six.
Maqsood helped Misbah
add another rapid 75 for the fourth wicket, hitting four boundaries and
two towering sixes during his 31-ball 45.
Misbah reached his 41st ODI half-century off just 39 balls. He hit four boundaries and two sixes before holing out off Guruge.
Afridi hit two sixes and a four in his seven-ball 21 not out and when
on two became the fourth Pakistani, and 27th batsman, in the world to
cross 8,000 runs.
This was Afridi's 395th match. Inzamam-ul-Haq,
Mohammad Yousuf and Saeed Anwar are the other Pakistan players to make
8,000 ODI runs.
Guruge was the pick of UAE bowlers with a career best 4-56.
next play South Africa in Auckland (March 7) and Ireland in Adelaide
(March 15) while UAE face South Africa in Wellington (March 12) and the
West Indies in Napier (March 15).