Pak surge to 285/9 in WC warm-up

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Published: Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 17:42 [IST]
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Dhaka, Feb 15: In their World Cup warm-up match, Pakistan made 285/9 in 50 overs against Bangladesh, thanks to 152 runs stand from Ahmed Shehzad and Misbah-ul-Haq, who also each notched up centuries.

Pakistan got off to a decent enough start against their eastern foes, before Mohammad Hafeez departed for 21 off 29 balls as the score read 42/1 in 8.4 overs. What followed, rather surprisingly, was a top-order collapse with the spinners Shakib Al Hasan and Abdur Razzak striking to get ride of Kamran Akmal (1) and Younis Khan (5), respectively.

Pakistan had slipped to 58/3 in 15 overs. But surviving opener Ahmed Shehzad and Misbal-ul-Haq stabilised the innings and consolidated well to notch up a 100-plus run stand, taking Pakistan past 100 and then 150 in the 33rd over. The stand ended at 152 runs with both batsmen notching up centuries. Shehzad was out to Rubel Hossain's pace after making 103 off 122 balls the score read 210/4 in 42.5 overs.

The Misbah and Shahid Afridi took Pakistan to 250 in the 47th over before Hasan removed Misbah for exactly 100 off 100 balls. A late surge led by Afridi an Umar Akmal took their side to 285/9 in 50 overs. Hossain and Hasan got three wickets a piece, but the former was very expensive, going for 73 off his 10 overs.

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