Wednesday 30 January 2008 

Mohammad Yousuf Century Takes Pakistan To Victory

Zimbabwe 244 (Taibu 51, Williams 48, Sh. Malik 3-55)
Pakistan 245-3 (M Yousuf 108no, Sh. Malik 88)

Pakistan won by seven wickets and lead the series 4-0

Mohammad Yousuf scored his 14th one-day international century as Pakistan scored a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the fourth match between the two sides in Faisalabad.

Yousuf shared a century stand with Shoaib Malik, who added a half-century to an early haul of three wickets to help Pakistan overcome the loss of two early wickets.

He finished unbeaten on 108 having faced 111 balls and hit ten fours and one six.

Malik's 57-ball half-century came after openers Nasir Jamshed (11) and Khalid Latif (19) had fallen to Elton Chigumbura and Christopher Mpofu respectively. He added a substantial partnership with Mohammad Yousuf to put his side well within reach of a fourth consecutive win.

Malik departed having made 88 from 99 balls when he was run out by Chigumbura which ended a stand of 141 for the third wicket.

That stand ended any hopes Zimbabwe had of forcing an unlikely victory and ensured that Pakistan could move into a 4-0 series lead.

Zimbabwe are unable to call on the services of anyone quite as explosive as Pakistan's Shahid Afridi, but Keith Dabengwa did his best to imitate the Pakistan all-rounder with a late innings of 45 off of 33 balls.

It was enough to propel his side to 244 all out after Sean Williams (48) and Tatenda Taibu (51) had earlier shared a half-century partnership. It was Taibu's ninth half-century in ODIS.

Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik then took the wickets of both set batsman and in form Brendan Taylor to leave Zimbabwe in difficulty as he ended with three for 55.

Kamran Hussain had provided two early breakthroughs, trapping openers Vusi Sibanda (three) and Hamilton Masakadza (two) in front to leave the tourists reeling at 12 for two.

Williams and Taibu's partnership steadied the ship but when they departed, wickets fell in quick succession before Dabengwa hit three fours and two sixes to get Zimbabwe up to a reasonable total.

Zimbabwe were bowled out with one ball to spare when Dabengwa was run out by Sohail Khan.

Pakistan lead the series 3-0 and handed a one-day international debut to Khalid Latif.

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