Match Day

717dThe 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

717dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Napier

Tauqir lauds 'Sir Viv' Anwar

UAE captain Mohammad Tauqir believed the fact that his side had played out the full 50 overs in a steep chase against Pakistan was a big positive for the side

717dGeorge Dobell in Napier

Welcome win but mind the cracks

On Saturday Pakistan face South Africa in Auckland knowing that they have solved none of their long-standing issues - particularly a fragility within their top order - and that they will benefit from none of the good fortune they received here

717dESPNcricinfo staff

Misbah-ul-Haq's quick fire 65 helps Pakistan pip UAE

Misbah-ul-Haq's 49-ball 65 helped Pakistan recover from a slow start with the bat to post an impressive 339 and beat the United Arab Emirates by a 129-run margin in their World Cup 2015 Group B encounter in Napier on Wednesday.

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