Pakistan record 129-run triumph against UAE to improve run-rate


NAPIER: Looking for a big-margin win against minnows UAE, Pakistan posted 339-6 in their fourth World Cup game and eventually recorded a 129-run win here Wednesday at McLean Park.

Chasing a formidable target of 340 runs, UAE was reduced to 25-3 in 10th over. Pacer Sohail Khan removed Andri Berenger (2) and Krishna Chandran for a duck, after Umar Akmal took their catches behind the wicket. Earlier, pacer Rahat Ali bowled opener Amjad Ali (14), after an inside edge hit wicket.

Khurram Khan (43) and prolific Shaiman Anwar, the highest scorer at the moment in the tournament, added 83 runs to the score board. Khurram lost his wicket to makeshift spinner Sohaib Maqsood as Wahab Riaz took his catch in 30th over.

Shaiman (62) top scored for the side with the help of four boundaries and a couple of sixes. All remote hopes for UAE to pull an upset smashed to the ground when Shaiman lost his wicket to Shahid Afridi after Nasir Jamshed took his catch. UAE scorecard showed 140-5 in 38.1 overs. New batsman Rohan Mustafa soon followed Shaiman in the same over without scoring a single run as Ahmed Shahzad took his catch.

Swapnil Patil and Amjad Javed then went on to add 68 more runs to the scoreboard only to hamper Pakistan’s much needed run-rate. Amjad played a 33-ball 40-run knock with the help of five boundaries and two sixes. Wahab Riaz removed him in the last over. Wahab then bowled Patil (36) with UAE’s final score of 210-8.

Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz and Shahid Afridi took two wickets each while Rahat Ali and Sohaib Maqsood took one each.

Earlier, put to bat first Pakistan lost opener Nasir Jamshed (4) early. Manjula Guruge took his wicket when Khurram took his catch with Pakistan scorecard showing 10-1 in 3.3 overs.

However, Ahmed Shahzad and Haris Sohail established a 160-run partnership to strengthen Pakistan’s prospect off a big victory. Haris scored 70 off 83 balls with the help of four boundaries and a six before he lost his wicket to Mohammad Naveed. UAE’s prolific batsman Shaiman Anwar took Haris’ catch.

Former Pakistan cricketer, who represented Sialkot in domestic circuit, Shaiman also had Ahmed Shahzad (93) run-out after wicketkeeper Swapnil Patil collected his throw and hit wicket. After 170-1 in 32.4 overs, Pakistan was soon reduced to 176-3 in 34.1 overs.

Sohaib Maqsood (45) and captain Misbah-ul-Haq then added 75 runs 8.5 overs to bring team total to 251 before Sohaib lost his wicket to Guruge as Rohan Mustafa took his catch. Sohaib faced 31 balls and smashed four boundaries and two sixes.

Misbah (65) and Akmal added 61 off 33 balls for the fifth wicket stand before Guruge removed both of them on consecutive balls. Amjad Ali took Umar’s catch before Misbah’s catch was taken by Rohan on the very next delivery as Pakistan scorecard showing 312-6 in 48.4 overs.

Shahid Afridi scored unbeaten 21 off seven balls with the help of two sixes and a boundary. Man of the Match of the previous Pakistan match, Wahab Riaz smashed a six on only ball he faced.

Guruge took four wickets but conceded 56 in his eight overs. Mohammad Naveed took one in his ten overs conceding 50 runs.