Sunday 27 January 2008 

Afridi Blast Helps Pakistan To Series Victory

Pakistan 272-9 (Afridi 85, Mupariwa 4-46)
Zimbabwe 235-7 (Williams 71, Taylor 55) in Multan

Pakistan won by 37 runs and lead the series 3-0

Pakistan wrapped up the series against Zimbabwe after a 52-ball knock of 85 from Shahid Afridi saw them post 272 for nine, which was enough for a 37-run win over Zimbabwe in the third one-day international in Multan.

There were half-centuries for Sean Williams (71) and Brendon Taylor (55) and when they were batting together, their side had a chance. They added 105 for the fourth wicket before falling within 11 runs of each other.

Thereafter, wickets fell regularly with Pakistan exhibiting good death bowling tactics to dry up the runs. Elton Chigumbura remained unbeaten with 41.

Earlier, a scintillating innings of 85 off 52 balls from Shahid Afridi gave Pakistan a welcome boost and they finished on a score of 272 for nine.

Having slipped to 78 for five, Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq (44) added 116 for the fifth wicket as Zimbabwe shocked the home side.

Pace bowler Tawanda Mupariwa finished with four for 46 having picked up the wickets of Nasir Jamshed (32), Younus Khan (ten), Mohammad Yousuf (five) and Afridi.

Late cameos of 28 from Kamrans Akmal and Hussain helped push Pakistan's scored past 250.

© Cricket World 2008

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