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