Monday 21 June 2010 

Afridi Hits 52-Ball Century As Pakistan Smash 385

Afridi Hits 52-Ball Century As Pakistan Smash 385
Afridi Hits 52-Ball Century As Pakistan Smash 385
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Afridi Hits 52-Ball Century As Pakistan Smash 385
Afridi Hits 52-Ball Century As Pakistan Smash 385
© REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (SRI LANKA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET) Picture Supplied by Action Images
 

Pakistan 385-7 (Shahid Afridi 124, Imran Farhat 66) v Bangladesh
Asia Cup game five, Dambulla

Shahid Afridi hammered a 52-ball century and three other batsmen scored half-centuries as Pakistan hammered 385 for seven against Bangladesh in their final match of the Asia Cup in Dambulla.

Neither side can qualify for the final but that wasn't going to stop Pakistan easily surpassing their previous highest ODI score of 371 with Afridi hitting a career-best 124 in just 60 balls.

The captain hit 17 fours and four sixes to help revive an innings that had stuttered a little after openers Imran Farhat (66) and Shahzaib Hasan (50) put on 81 for the first wicket.

Hasan set the tone by blasting six fours and two sixes in his 38-ball knock but he was out soon after reaching a maiden ODI half-century when he was trapped in front by left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak.

Farhat faced 77 balls before he was bowled by Shakib Al Hasan, who then had Asad Shafiq (17) stumped for his 100th ODI wicket. Umar Amin managed 22 before he was run out, and it needed an innings of 50 in 57 balls from Umar Akmal to support Afridi and help Pakistan post a huge total.

Afridi's brutality was almost matched at the death by Kamran Akmal (23 in 16 balls) and Abdul Razzaq (21 not out in nine balls) as Shafiul Islam took three wickets but disappeared for 95 runs - only eight bowlers have conceded more in an ODI - as Bangladesh were outclassed, with the exception of Razzaq, whose ten overs went for 48.

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