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Friday, June 11, 1999 Published at 16:22 GMT 17:22 UK


Saqlain hat-trick takes Pakistan through

Back in form: Saeed Anwar strokes a boundary on his way to 103

Pakistan 271-9. Zimbabwe 123.
Pakistan win by 148 runs.

Saqlain Mushtaq took only the second hat-trick in Cricket World Cup history to secure Pakistan's crushing victory over Zimbabwe at Lord's and take them into the semi-finals.


Andy Smith: "Pakistan survived the odd scare on their way to an impressive total"
The off-spinner snared the last three wickets in sensational fashion as Zimbabwe were skittled for just 123, chasing Pakistan's formidable 271-9.

Saqlain took the glory, but it was an excellent all-round display by Pakistan.

Their formidable total was based around a superb century from man of the match Saeed Anwar.

And bowlers Shoaib Akhtar, Abdul Razzaq and Azhar Mahmood all took vital wickets to ensure Zimbabwe never got close to making a game of it.

Zimbabwe's hopes of progressing from the Super Six stage now rest on other results going their way.

But there is no such optimism for Pakistan's neighbours and arch rivals India, who are now out of the tournament following this result.

Johnson stands alone

Zimbabwe have been the surprise package of the competition, but they were utterly eclipsed by Wasim Akram's side, who needed a significant display after losing their last three games.


[ image: Pakistan fans celebrate the all-important victory]
Pakistan fans celebrate the all-important victory
Their pace bowlers created havoc with the top order, with only opener Neil Johnson able to perform with any comfort.

Johnson made a gutsy 54, but the wickets were tumbling all around him.

Shoaib started the damage with a searing delivery that ripped through Grant Flower.

Razzaq then took over with three quick wickets - including the key scalp of Murray Goodwin for just four.

Johnson was unable to find a partner to forge anything like a stand and he eventually fell to a debatable lbw decision to Azhar as he tried in vain to push the score along.


Saeed Anwar: "The gods were smiling on me"
With his departure the game meandered towards the inevitable Pakistan victory - until Saqlain entered the fray with his thrilling finish.

Henry Olonga and Adam Huckle both charged down the pitch to Saqlain and were stumped by Moin Khan.

And for the hat-trick ball last man Mpumelelo Mbangwa was rapped on the pad by a ball that straightened up and umpire Steve Bucknor raised his finger, to spark a pitch invasion by the jubilant Pakistan fans.

His hat-trick matched the efforts of India's Chetan Sharma against New Zealand in Nagpur in 1987.

Sparkling Saeed leads way

Much of the damage for Pakistan had been done with the bat in the morning, however.

Saeed, who has struggled throughout the tournament, found his form at just the right time.

He put on 95 for the first wicket with the recalled Wajahatullah Wasti (40 from 42 balls) to give Wasim's men the perfect start.

So impressive was the Pakistan top order that at the half-way stage a score in excess of 300 looked on the cards.

Zimbabwe's bowlers recovered well, though, to restrict Pakistan to 271-9, as the last seven wickets fell for 87 runs.

But Zimbabwe skipper Alistair Campbell will be furious with himself with a terrible dropped catch in the slips off Saeed when the opener had made only 20.

Saeed rode his luck to reach 103 and leave Campbell ruing what might have been.

Suicidal tendencies

Nothing with this Pakistan team ever seems certain, however, and they suffered their usual occasional lapses in concentration.


[ image: Wajahatullah Wasti: A vital role in the opening stand of 95]
Wajahatullah Wasti: A vital role in the opening stand of 95
Ijaz Ahmed and Moin Khan were both run out and Inzamam-ul-Haq was stumped as he tried a reckless stroke.

Two wickets in two balls from Heath Streak helped slow down the run-rate towards the end and gave Campbell's team a glimmer of hope ahead of their innings.

But Shahid Afridi - who holds the record for the fastest one-day century - was in no mood to procrastinate. His late-order 37 off just 29 balls, which included two huge sixes, gave the Pakistanis some vital extra runs.

Zimbabwe's hopes of progressing could now rest on their net run-rate.

But after losing in such miserable style, their chances are not looking good.

Super Six: Zimbabwe v Pakistan
11 Jun 99 at The Foster's Oval

Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 148 runs Scorecard correct at 17:04 GMT 18:04 UK

Zimbabwe 123 all out (40.3overs)
Pakistan 271 for 9 (50overs) , overs completed


Zimbabwe innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
NC Johnson lbw b Azhar Mahmood 54 94 5 -
GW Flower b Shoaib Akhtar 2 9 - -
MW Goodwin c Shahid Afridi b Abdul Razzaq 4 15 - -
A Flower b Abdul Razzaq 4 12 - -
ADR Campbell c Wasim Akram b Abdul Razzaq 3 7 - -
GJ Whittall c Shahid Afridi b Azhar Mahmood 16 31 2 -
HH Streak not out 16 31 1 -
PA Strang c Azhar Mahmood b Shoaib Akhtar 5 15 - -
HK Olonga st Moin Khan b Saqlain Mushtaq 5 31 - -
AG Huckle st Moin Khan b Saqlain Mushtaq 0 1 - -
M Mbangwa lbw b Saqlain Mushtaq 0 1 - -
Extras 0b 3lb 7w 4nb 14
TOTAL: 40.3 overs 123

Fall of wickets: 1-12 (12 Flower, 24 mins), 2-28 (16 Goodwin, 17 mins), 3-46 (18 Flower, 16 mins), 4-50 (4 Campbell, 7 mins), 5-83 (33 Whittall, 38 mins), 6-95 (12 Johnson, 15 mins), 7-110 (15 Strang, 21 mins), 8-123 (13 Olonga, 27 mins), 9-123 (0 Huckle, - mins), 10-123 (0 Mbangwa, - mins)

Bowler O M R W
Wasim Akram 6 1 23 0
Shoaib Akhtar 7 1 22 2
Abdul Razzaq 9 1 25 3
Saqlain Mushtaq 6.3 1 16 3
Shahid Afridi 4 0 20 0
Azhar Mahmood 8 1 14 2
Pakistan innings
Batsman     Runs Balls 4s 6s
Saeed Anwar c Flower b Olonga 103 144 11 -
Wajahatullah Wasti c Huckle b Whittall 40 42 5 1
Ijaz Ahmed run out 5 5 - -
Inzamam-ul-Haq st Flower b Strang 21 36 - -
Wasim Akram lbw b Huckle 0 2 - -
Moin Khan run out 13 17 - -
Shahid Afridi c Johnson b Olonga 37 29 1 2
Azhar Mahmood c Flower b Streak 2 3 - -
Abdul Razzaq b Streak 0 1 - -
Saqlain Mushtaq not out 17 22 - -
Shoaib Akhtar not out 1 1 - -
Extras 6b 3lb 20w 3nb 32
TOTAL: 9 wkts, 50 overs 271

Fall of wickets: 1-95 (95 Wajahatullah Wasti, 86 mins), 2-116 (21 Ijaz Ahmed, 12 mins), 3-183 (67 Inzamam-ul-Haq, 52 mins), 4-194 (11 Saeed Anwar, 15 mins), 5-195 (1 Wasim Akram, - mins), 6-228 (33 Moin Khan, 28 mins), 7-231 (3 Azhar Mahmood, 1 mins), 8-231 (0 Abdul Razzaq, - mins), 9-260 (29 Shahid Afridi, 12 mins)

Bowler O M R W
H H Streak 10 0 63 2
M Mbangwa 8 0 28 0
G J Whittall 8 1 39 1
H K Olonga 5 0 38 2
A G Huckle 10 0 43 1
G W Flower 2 0 13 0
P A Strang 7 0 38 1

Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat

Umpires: S A Bucknor, D L Orchard

Zimbabwe
N C Johnson , G W Flower , M W Goodwin , A Flower (wkt) , A D R Campbell (capt) , G J Whittall , H H Streak , P A Strang , A G Huckle , M Mbangwa , H K Olonga ,

Pakistan
Saeed Anwar , Shahid Afridi , Azhar Mahmood , Ijaz Ahmed , Inzamam-ul-Haq , Wajahatullah Wasti , Abdul Razzaq , Moin Khan , Wasim Akram , Saqlain Mushtaq , Shoaib Akhtar ,







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