Zimbabwe A v Pakistan A, 1st ODI May 19, 2005

Faisal Iqbal stirs Pak A to six-wicket win

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Pakistan A 259 for 4 (Faisal 85*, Misbah 63*) beat Zimbabwe A 255 (Carlisle 92) by six wickets

Faisal Iqbal hit 85 not out to lead his team to a six-wicket win © Getty Images
Pakistan A continued their dominance over Zimbabwe A, as they won the first of the three-match one-day series by six wickets at the Mutare Sports club. Chasing a target of 256, Faisal Iqbal, who has played 10 Tests for Pakistan, struck an unbeaten 85 off 83 balls, which included seven fours and two sixes, to take his team to a 1-0 lead. Pakistan A was given a good start from their openers - Kamran Sajid (47) and Ashar Zaidi (37) - before Anthony Ireland, the medium pacer, reduced Pakistan to 95 for 4. Iqbal along with Misbah-ul-Haq, the captain, stitched a 164-run partnership to end Zimbabwe's hopes of a win. Misbah's 63 included two fours and two sixes. Ireland ended with figures of 3 for 47.

Earlier, after winning the toss, Zimbabwe posted a decent total on the board, with Stuart Carlisle, the captain, top scoring with 92. The 18-year-old left-hander, Sean Williams, was the other top-scorer with 39. Mansoor Amjad, the performer of the two-match four-day Tests which Pakistan won 2-0, and Ashar Zaidi scalped three wickets apiece.

The second one-dayer is scheduled for tomorrow at the same venue.