Jamshed and Afridi lead Pakistan to victory

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Hyderabad: Opener Nasir Jamshed slammed a splendid 74 to help Pakistan beat Zimbabwe convincingly by five wickets in the second ODI on Thursday.

Chasing 239 for victory, dashing all-rounder Shahid Afridi scored a flamboyant 43 not out off 27 balls after Zimbabwe reduced the hosts to 178/5 in the 38th over.

Afridi, who struck four boundaries and two sixes, and Mohammad Yousuf (38*) added 61 from 52 balls in an unbroken sixth-wicket partnership to guide Pakistan home with 22 balls to spare at the Niaz stadium.

Several dropped catches also contributed towards Zimbabwe's second defeat in the five-match series.

Afridi was let off on 32 and 36, Yousuf on 29 and Jamshed was dropped on six and 72 on a flat batting pitch.

Zimbabwe got rid off opener Salman Butt early on when he was caught behind by Tatenda Taibu for 17 off Elton Chigumbura.

Jamshed, who slammed 14 fours in his 64-ball knock, produced some superb shots as he and Younis Khan (35) gathered 95 from 80 balls.

Zimbabwe raised hopes of an upset victory When Jamshed and Younis lost  their wickets in the form of run outs within a space of four balls in the 21st over.

Jamshed was beaten by a return throw from bowler Ray Price, while a direct throw from Vusi Sibanda from square leg sent Younis back to the pavilion.

Misbah-ul-Haq struggled for his 20 before he was caught in the deep by Brendan Taylor off Hamilton Masakadza to leave Pakistan requiring 61 from 75 balls.

Earlier, paceman Sohail Tanvir took a career best 4-34 to help Pakistan restrict Zimbabwe to 238-8 in 50 overs.


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