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ICL World 20s: World XI show Pak XI the door

Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Hyderabad: A fine all-round effort from Matt Elliott (26&3/17) helped World XI thump Pakistan XI by 6 wickets in the last league tie and set up title clash with India XI in the ICL 20s World Series at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium here on Monday.

Pakistan failed miserably in the crunch matches after peaking up early in the previous event. It was an insipid show from their batters and bowlers seems to have lost the touch. 

Pakistan was skittled for 113 in 19.4 overs thanks to some fine effort from slow bowlers Matt Elliott (3/17) and Chandana (2/26). In reply Wolrd riding on good knocks from top-order batters hunted down the target with 16 balls to spare and six wickets in hand.

Skipper Inzy had no doubts whatsoever to bat first on a bald wicket conducive for batsmen. Openers Razzaq (11) and Taufeeq Umar (19) got off Pak to a steady start towing their side's score to 15/0 in three overs.

Kiwi seamer Tuffey provided first breakthro' for World XI in the fourth over dismissing the dangerous Razzaq caught Chandana for 11.

In the following over Pak suffered a telling blow when Inzamam promoting himself up the order holed out to Chandana at the mid-wicket fence off van der Wath.

Farhat joined Taufeeq and the left-hand duo got into the repair act taking Pak to 50/2 in seven overs. World skipper Cairns introduced spinner Chandana and Lankan immediatly struck to dismiss Taufeeq for a easy stumping after the Pakistani came dancing down the wicket only to get beaten in the air and gloveman Vincent did the rest.

Farhat (20 off 13) looked in omnious touch. He hit Hall for a max over long-on and cut and pulled Chandana off successive balls to fence.

Part-timer Elliott sprang into action bowling a fine spell which yielded the former Aussie batsman a rich haul of 3 for 17. He first sent well set Farhat inducing a edge off reserve sweep staright to Martyn at point. The Western Australian cricketer than consumed Humayun Farhat (10) and Naved Rana (18) as Pakistan innings was folded to 113.

The South African Hall with his variation and deceptive pace claimed 3 for 22.

In reply World XI got off to a flying start with in-form Elliott (26 off 22) and Harvey (52* off 46) scoring runs in boundaries as their side raced to 49/0.

Inzy was forced to introduce young right-arm seamer Riaz Afridi in the sixth over as the likes of Rana Naved, Shabbir and Razzaq went for plenty. In his very first over Afridi responded with two big wickets in the shape of Elliott and Lou Vincent.

However the seasoned campaigner Harvey was undeterred by two quick blows continued his good work with his fellow countryman Martyn. The duo batted sensibly milking the ball in the gaps for singles and twos with odd boundary hits. The Aussie pair took World XI to the brink with a run-a-ball 47-run stand.

Martyn hit a boundary and six in his 23-ball knock before pulling the short of good length ball from Afridi straight to Imran Farhat at mid-wicket. In the next ball Afridi castled Chandana to pull Pak back into the match. Harvey and Atapattu (12) ensured no further damage for World XI as the Cairns-led side romped home in the 18th over.

World XI take on their Indian counterpart in the finals to be played at the same venue on Tuesday.

Brief Scores:

Pakistan XI 113/10 in 19.4 overs (Imran Farhat 20, Taufeeq Umar 19, Naved Rana 18; Elliott 3 for 17, Andrew Hall 3 for 22, Chandana 2 for 26) lost to World XI 117/4 in 17.2 overs (Ian Harvey 52 n o, Matt Elliott 26, Damien Martyn 21; Riaz Afridi 4 for 16).

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