288dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Pakistan batsmen craft huge win

Hopes that this Pakistan team is capable of as dramatic and irrepressible a surge as that which won the 1992 World Cup will be momentarily boosted by the 129-run victory over UAE, but a truer test awaits them at Eden Park on Saturday

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Ahmed Shehzad
93(105) 8x4 - 1x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 20 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
3 14 8 8 13 21 12 14
Haris Sohail
70(83) 5x4 - 1x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 16 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
5 9 1 2 21 16 6 10

Best performances - Bowlers

AM Guruge
O8
M0
R56
W4
Eco7.00
RHB
OFFLEG
2W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
Shahid Afridi
O10
M1
R35
W2
Eco3.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorer: S Raju | Commentator: Rohan Sharma

END OF OVER:
50 | 4 Runs 2 Wkts | UAE: 210/8 (130 runs required, RR: 4.20)

  • Mohammad Tauqir0 (1b)
  • Mohammad Naveed0 (0b)
  • Wahab Riaz10-1-54-2
  • Sohail Khan9-2-54-2

9.52 pm: Well, that is all she wrote from Napier. Pakistan secure a second, and much-needed, win in their misfiring World Cup campaign, and will be preparing with keen interest ahead of their crucial clash against South Africa. Don't forget to tune into our live showing of Match Point, while there is also the other match at the WACA between Afghanistan and Australia. Warner currently going strong on 156 in the 33rd over. Yup, you read that correctly. I am going to dash off now to see if history will be made. I think you should too! This is Rohan Sharma signing off on behalf of ESPNcricinfo.

Ahmed Shehzad, Man of the Match: Pretty much satisfied before the big game (against South Africa). We didn't want to be in a similar situation like we were against Zimbabwe. All the coaches and players have been very supportive to try and fix that. The way Misbah and Haris batted to help us get momentum, will be useful against South Africa. We need to stand up as a team and play as well as we did today.

The Man of the Match is Ahmed Shehzad for his 93.

9.40 pm: So in the end, Pakistan manage to hold on to a 129-run victory over UAE, but you can hardly call it impressive as they allowed them to bat through their full quota, which would have seemed quite unfathomable after they had them languishing at 25 for 3 at one stage. Niggles to Mohammad Irfan, and then Sohail Khan, hurt Pakistan's bowling resources early on, and team management will be hoping they are fit and ready for Pakistan's next crucial encounter against South Africa. Shaiman Anwar moved to the top of the World Cup run-charts after another meaningful innings for his side.

49.6
0
Wahab Riaz to Mohammad Tauqir, no run, and he safely negotiates the full delivery on off to help UAE get through their full quota of overs, with two wickets still in hand

It will be Tauqir to face the final ball of the innings

49.5
W
Wahab Riaz to Patil, OUT, where was that all this time? delivers a vicious yorker from round the wicket which is just too good for the batsman as he backed away to try and create space to get under it. Far too late in the contest to really matter though...
49.4
0
Wahab Riaz to Patil, no run, looks to slam this bouncer going down the leg side over midwicket, but is late on it. Called one for the over
49.3
2
Wahab Riaz to Patil, 2 runs, looks to ramp the bowler over backward point, with this one falling safely in the deep in the end

UAE seven down now, but really doesn't matter with just the four legal deliveries left. Naveed is the new batsman

49.2
W
Wahab Riaz to Amjad Javed, OUT, and Javed's jolly good time comes to a suitable end as he attempts yet another club over midwicket, with this one finally falling to a Pakistan fielder in the deep as Sohail Khan steadies himself under the catch. Leaves McLean Park with a host of good memories I am sure
49.2
1w
Wahab Riaz to Amjad Javed, 1 wide, backs away a touch as Wahab delivers this one wide of off, and round the wicket, with the umpire penalising him for straying the margin

Misbah in fifth gear

39

Balls for Misbah-ul-Haq's 50, the second-fastest of his 41 fifties in ODIs

Pakistan's 90s club

2

Number of Pakistan batsmen who have been out in the 90s in World Cup games. Zaheer Abbas has been out for 97 (in 1975) and 93 (1979)

Batting powerplay?

43

Runs scored by Pakistan in the five overs between 8th as 12th. In the first seven they scored 15

Pakistan's poor starts

3.15

Pakistan's run rate in the first ten overs in this World Cup, the lowest among all teams. NZ are on top with a rate of 8.50

All or nothing

18

Pakistan's average opening stand in their last 7 matches. Their partnerships: 1, 0, 11, 111, 0, 0, 3

Zeroes galore

7

Number of ducks for Pakistan's top seven in 21 innings in the World Cup. No other team has more than 4