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All-Round Afridi Stars As Pakistan Win Big

Shahid Afridi
A virtuoso all-round display from Shahid Afridi helped Pakistan dominate the third ODI
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Pakistan 364-7 (Ahmed Shehzad 113) beat
New Zealand 217 (Williamson 46) by 147 runs
Third One-Day International, Sharjah

All-rounder Shahid Afridi smashed a 21-ball half-century and then took three wickets as Pakistan thrashed New Zealand by 147 runs in the third One-Day International in Sharjah.

Ahmed Shehzad hit 113 before Afridi, captaining the side due to the absence through injury of Misbah-ul-Haq, cracked 55 in 26 balls as Pakistan powered their way to a score of 364 for seven.

The highest score ever made at Sharjah and Pakistan's third highest score of all time proved far too much for New Zealand.

Kane Williamson (46) and Luke Ronchi (41) top scored before both Afridi and Sohail took three-wicket hauls to dismiss the Black Caps for 217 in 38.2 overs.

Pakistan now lead the five-match series 2-1 with two games to play.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Pakistan got off to a flyer thanks to Mohammad Hafeez hitting 33 in 26 balls as he and Shehzad added 65 for the first wicket.

Shehzad moved to his sixth ODI century with support from Younus Khan (35) before he fell to Matt Henry, who then bowled Asad Shafiq for 23 with his next ball.

That brought Afridi and Sohail together and they swiftly moved Pakistan on from 210 for four to 299 for five when Sohail, who made 39 in 28 balls, fell to Henry, who finished with three for 69.

Afridi hammered six fours and three sixes and although he was dismissed by Mitchell McClenaghan, the runs kept coming thanks to Sarfraz Ahmed (30 not out in 14 balls) and Sohail Tanvir (17 not out in nine balls).

McClenaghan finished with one for 69, Corey Anderson one for 96 and Nathan McCullum one for 49.

Mohammad Irfan then struck quickly to dismiss New Zealand operns Martin Guptill (12) and Anton Devcich (0), the former caught by Afridi and the latter by Sarfraz.

Williamson (46), Ross Taylor (31) and Tom Latham (34) all made starts as New Zealand tried to lay a platform from which to accelerate later in the innigs.

However, they were scuppered as Pakistan chipped in with regular wickets. Sohail caught and bowled Williamson, Afridi bowled Taylor and Shehzad had Latham caught by Wahab Riaz.

Anderson hit 19 in 16 balls but when he was caught by Afridi off Riaz New Zealand had made it to 139 for five and their challenge was fading rapidly.

Ronchi hit six fours during his 41 in 40 balls and his was the last wicket to fall, bowled by Afridi after Sohail had removed James Neesham (2) and McCullum (15) and Afridi also bowled Henry for one.

Afridi returned figures of three for 37, Sohail three for 45, Irfan two for 26, Wahab one for 62 and Shehzad one for 22.

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