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Friday, 24 March, 2000, 20:02 GMT
Klusener punishes Pakistan
Inzamam-ul Haq is bowled for seven
Klusener, right, celebrates one of his five dismissals
Pakistan: 196-8 (50 overs), South Africa 199-7 (44.3 overs)
South Africa win by three wickets.

South Africa notched up their 14th straight one-day win over Pakistan with a comfortable three-wicket victory in the Sharjah Cup.



It is good we won, but I am not happy with the way we batted

South African captain Hansie Cronje
Man-of-the-match Lance Klusener grabbed four wickets in 11 balls as South Africa restricted Pakistan to 196 for eight and then survived a top order collapse to win in the 45th over.

Despite their shaky opening which saw them slip to 136-6, South Africa cruised past the total for the loss of only one more wicket with five overs to spare.

Tailender Nicky Boje proved the unlikely batting hero with a pugnacious 35 not out.



Neil McKenzie hits out on his way to 31
Boje and his eighth-wicket partner Steve Elworthy (four) defied the depleted Pakistani attack in the exciting final moments to put on a match-winning stand of 36.

It was South Africa's second successive win in the three-nation tournament following their 10-wicket rout of India on Wednesday, and left them well-placed to enter the final on March 31.

Pakistan, already missing the injured trio of Saeed Anwar, Saqlain Mushtaq and Azhar Mahmood, suffered further blows when fast bowlers Wasim Akram and Shoaib Akhtar pulled out of the match with groin injuries.



We were without our frontline bowlers but did well to extend the match till the 45th over

Pakistani captain Moin Khan
The absence was not felt initially as veteran Waqar Younis and off-spinner Arshad Khan grabbed two wickets each to leave South Africa on 98-4.

Pakistani captain Moin Khan said 25 more runs by his batsmen may have turned the game in their favour, but praised the bowlers for fighting till the end.

Klusener proved almost unplayable as Pakistan faltered after a promising start from young guns Imran Nazir and Younis Khan.

Nazir, the 18-year-old opener who played in the recent junior World Cup in Sri Lanka, slammed three sixes and five boundaries in his 71.



Nazir: Young future hope
The pair put on 115 for the second wicket to lift Pakistan to 129 for one until Klusener stepped in to make it 145 for five.

The allrounder finished with five for 47 as Pakistan lost their last seven wickets in the space of 67 runs.

Final Scoreboard from the one-day international between Pakistan v South Africa in Sharjah:

Pakistan
Imran Nazir b Klusener 71
Shahid Afridi c McKenzie b Elworthy 6
Younis Khan c Elworthy b Klusener 48
Moin Khan lbw b Klusener 0
Inzamam-ul Haq c Boucher b Klusener 7
Yousuf Youhanna b Klusener 15
Abdur Razzaq c Gibbs b Elworthy 23
Waqar Younis c Boje b Ntini 8
Shoaib Malik not out 3
Arshad Khan not out 1
Extras: (lb7, w6, nb1) 14
Total (for eight wickets) 196
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-129, 3-129, 4-142, 5-145, 6-165, 7-192, 8-193
Bowling:
Hayward 10-1-21-0
Kallis 3-1-3-0
Elworthy 10-1-43-2
Ntini 9-1-38-1
Cronje 4-0-24-0
Klusener 10-0-47-5
Boje 4-0-13-0
Overs: 50

South Africa
G. Kirsten c Inzamam b Waqar 20
H. Gibbs c Inzamam b Waqar 0
J. Kallis c Moin b Razzaq 35
N. McKenzie lbw b Arshad 31
H. Cronje c Malik b Arshad 14
M. Boucher c and b Afridi 27
L. Klusener c Moin b Malik 5
N. Boje not out 35
S. Elworthy not out 4
Extras: (b14, w8, nb6) 28
Total (for seven wickets) 199
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-45, 3-69, 4-98, 5-124, 6-136, 7-163

Bowling:
Waqar 7-0-28-2
Mohammad Akram 7.3-0-44-0
Razzaq 10-1-43-1
Arshad 10-2-34-2
Malik 7-0-33-1
Afridi 3-0-3-1

Overs: 44.3

South Africa won by three wickets Man of the match: Lance Klusener (South Africa)

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