Sunday 20 September 2009 

Shoaib Malik Century Sees Off Warriors Challenge

Shoaib Malik Century Sees Off Warriors Challenge
Shoaib Malik Century Sees Off Warriors Challenge
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Pakistan 264-4 (Shoaib Malik 130no) beat
Chevrolet Warriors 261-6 (Kreusch 96) by six wickets
ICC Champions Trophy warm-up, Benoni

An unbeaten century from Shoaib Malik guided Pakistan to a six-wicket win over the Chevrolet Warriors in their final warm-up game ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy.

Malik was not out on 130 as Pakistan reached 264 for four in reply to the Warriors' score of 261 for six to make it two wins out of two since arriving in South Africa.

Pakistan lost both openers cheaply, Kamran Akmal falling for a duck and Imran Nazir making nine but a 110-run partnership between Malik and Mohammad Yousuf for the third wicket laid the foundations for Pakistan's eventual win.

Yousuf's score was 28 but after Misbah-ul-Haq made 58, Pakistan were looking at a comfortable win, and Umar Akmal helped see the game to its conclusion alongside Malik, who faced 133 balls, hitting 13 fours; Akmal made 22 in 24 balls.

Earlier, 96 from JP Kreusch and 54 from Arno Jacobs set up a competitive score for the Warriors as the top four all reached double figures but the lower order struggled as Pakistan turned to spin.

Mohammad Aamer picked up two wickets early on before Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul returned one apiece.

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