Afridi propels Pak to series win

Updated: 31 January 2008 16:59 IST

Shahid Afridi hit a confident half century to lead Pakistan to a 37-run victory over Zimbabwe in the third limited-overs international today.

Afridi propels Pak to series win

Multan:

Shahid Afridi hit a confident half century to lead Pakistan to a 37-run victory over Zimbabwe in the third limited-overs international on Sunday.

Hard-hitting Afridi smashed 85 off 52 balls, including a record-equaling 245th six, as Pakistan restricted Zimbabwe to 235 for seven after scoring a formidable total of 272-9 of its 50 overs.

With the win, Pakistan takes an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

Sean Williams (71) and Brendon Taylor (55) shared 105-run fourth wicket stand off 131 balls to give Zimbabwe some hope for a win, before both departed in the space of nine deliveries.

Elton Chigumbura remained unbeaten on 42 off 44 balls while Gary Brent was not out on 13 at the close of play.

Left-arm paceman Sohail Tanvir's (2-41) and Tatenda Taibu's run out left Zimbabwe reeling at 50-3 in the 15th over before Williams and Taylor revived the innings.

Kamran Akmal had Taylor stumped off Shoaib Malik (2-52) while Afridi claimed the prized wicket of top-scorer Williams, caught by Afridi at mid-wicket. Williams hit just three boundaries in his patient 101-ball knock.

Earlier, medium fast bowler Tawanda Mupariwa's career-best figures of 4-46 had Pakistan in trouble at 78-5 before Afridi steadied the innings with an aggressive hour at the crease.

Afridi, playing in his 252nd one-day international, lofted his sixth six off left-arm spinner Keith Dabengwa to draw level with Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya with a world record of 245 sixes from 403 matches.

Topics : Cricket Shahid Afridi
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