Pakistan came to the Napier, New Zealand to register is much needed big win against UAE to be alive in this world cup and they delivered the same. UAE won the toss & asked Pakistan to bat first. They took Nasir Jamshed’s wicket early in the 4th over when the team score was only 10.
Opener Ahmed Shehzad was joined by Haris Sohail who added 160 runs for the 2nd wicket. They both built a solid partnership & reached their fifties. Shehzad was a little unfortunate who missed a well deserved ton by just 7 runs. Misbah-ul-Haq capitalized on the foundation laid by Shehzad & Sohail as he made a quick 49 balls 65 runs. He scored his 41st fifty with 4 fours & 2 sixes. Pakistan was on the driver’s seat & Afridi took his team to the huge total of 339 with his small cameo of 21* off 7 balls.
Pakistan needed a big margin win & they started the 2nd innings well by reducing UAE to 25/3 in 10 overs. Khurram Khan & Shaiman Anwar gave some fight & added 83 runs for 4th wicket. Then at the lower order Amjad Javed & Swapnil Patel added 68 runs for 7th wicket and didn’t allow Pakistan to upgarde their NRR above West Indies. UAE played full 50 overs for 210/9 and lost the match by 129 runs. Shaiman Anwar was the highest scorer for UAE with 62 runs. Pakistan now overtook Ireland at the points table with 2 wins in a row.
Man of the Match – Ahmed Shehzad
Stats of the match :-
- Shahid Afridi played his 499th international match, levelled the Pakistani record with Inzamam-ul-Haq. Record, Sachin (664).
- 160 runs stand between Shehzad & Sohail was the first 150+ runs stand for Pakistan since 1999.
- Afridi reached 8000 ODI runs. Slowest in terms of innings played (367) but fastest in terms of balls faced (6857).
- Afridi became the only player with 8000 ODI runs & 350 wickets.
- 339 is Pakistan’s 2nd highest total in World Cups after 349 vs Zimbabwe (2007).
- Afridi has bowled in 369 innings which is a new record. Previous record – Jayasuriya, 368.
- Afridi is now involved in 216 ODI wins which is most by any Pakistani player. Previous record – Inzamam (215).