Afridi, Yousuf help Pak notch easy win

Published: Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: A fine all-round effort by Shahid Afridi (3 for 37&32) and yet another splendid innings from Mohammad Yousuf steered Pakistan to a six-wicket win over South Africa in the third one-dayer at the Iqbal stadium in Faisalabad on Tuesday.

Yousuf followed up scores of 53 and 117 with an unbeaten 58 as Pakistan reached their target of 198 with 11 balls to spare to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

The experienced Yousuf shared a stand of 79 with captain Shoaib Malik (42) and an unbroken partnership of 55 with Misbah-ul-Haq (29 not out).


Earlier, disciplined bowling display coupled with good work on the field helped Pak bowl out the visitors for 197

Skipper Smith and his deputy Kemp were the major contributors scoring 48 and 42 respectively.

Leg-spinner Afridi who initiated the collapse with two vital scalps up the order was the pick among the Pak bowlers with 3 for 37 in his 10 overs while Anjum struck twice in the death overs to return with the figures of three for 33 in his eight overs.

South Africa opting to bat first had got off to a fine start. Gibbs and Smith raised 43 runs in just over eight overs before Gibbs the more aggressive of the duo edging the away moving Gul delivery to give a regulation catch to gloveman Akmal.

However Pak came back strongly and plucked wickets at regular intervals not allowing the visitors to forge partnerships. Skipper Smith, who took some time to settle before finding his rhythm played some eye-catching shots on the either side of the wickets. He struck five boundaries in his 68-ball 48 run knock before being dismissed in a freakish run-out.

Big-hitting Kemp (42 off 76) played an untypical sluggish innings before giving away his wicket trying to hit Afridi out of the park only to be deceived completely off a flighted delivery to see his woodwork disturbed.

Chasing the modest 198-run target Pakistan got off to a rousing start thanks to Afridi, promoted to opener, smashed 32 from 18 balls with two sixes and four fours on a pitch that was slow and sluggish.

When Afridi was caught by Smith at mid-off from Shaun Pollock's bowling, the hosts struggled to maintain the same scoring rate.

Yasir Hameed (18) fell driving at a wide ball from Makhaya Ntini and Younis Khan went for 10 when he flicked Albie Morkel to Johan Botha at short mid-wicket.

Yousuf and Malik steadied the innings before the skipper was caught behind trying to cut Morkel in the 39th over.

Misbah then joined forces with Yousuf to clinch victory.


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