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Tuesday, 28 March, 2000, 18:58 GMT 19:58 UK
Shoaib destroys South Africans

Kirsten collapsed at the crease with back spasms
Pakistan win by 67 runs
Pakistan 168 all out (49.2 overs), South Africa: 101-9 (26.5 overs)
Friday's final: Pakistan v South Africa

Man of the match Shoaib Akhtar smashed his way through the South African middle order as Pakistan recorded a memorable 67-run victory in the Sharjah Cup.

The win ends Pakistan's 14-match losing streak against South Africa and, with India already out of the triangular tournament, is the perfect warm-up for Friday's final.

Having slumped to 168 all out - Shoaib fought off stomach cramps to take three vital wickets as he presided over a South African middle order collapse.

Boucher congratulates Hayward on the wicket of Shoaib, but he had his revenge
Waqar Younis chipped in with two for 39 in a remarkable Pakistani revival.

Waqar became the second bowler in the world to take 300 one-day wickets when he trapped Neil McKenzie leg-before for one in the eighth over.

Waqar, playing his 186th match, also bowled tailender Mortantau Hayward to move to 301, only behind former captain and team-mate Akram (417).

The South Africans, assured of playing Friday's final against Pakistan, rested five top stars, including captain Hansie Cronje, for the inconsequential last league match.

Only opener Herschelle Gibbs, who saw out the entire 101-innings, managed a decent score, ending the match on 59 not out.

The South Africans were forced to play with only ten batsmen after Gibbs' fellow opener, Gary Kirsten, retired hurt after scoring just eight runs.

Shoaib shatters Klusener's stumps
But they were cruising at 74 for one in the 17th over when Shoaib began the demolition job.

The fast bowler brought the match alive in his fourth over, removing Mark Boucher with the first ball, then bowling Dale Benkenstein and Lance Klusener off his fourth and sixth deliveries to reduce South Africa to 74 for four.

Mark Boucher was the only other South African apart from Gibbs to reach double figures.

In all, five batsmen were dismissed without scoring - two of them to Shoaib.

Stand-in captain Shaun Pollock said the defeat was a wake-up call for South Africa before the final.

"We played three good games in the tournament, but faltered in the end," he said.

"I am more concerned about Kirsten, whose back spasms look a bit serious. But I am confident he will be fit for the final."

Full scoreboard of the Sharjah Cup one-day international between Pakistan and South Africa

Imran Nazir b Pollock 0
Shahid Afridi b Klusener 26
Younis Khan c Boucher b Willoughby 5
Inzamam-ul Haq lbw b Klusener 17
Yousuf Youhanna run out 65
Moin Khan c and b Hayward 0
Abdur Razzaq run out 14
Wasim Akram c Crookes b Willoughby 19
Waqar Younis b Crookes 2
Shoaib Akhtar c Boucher b Hayward 7
Arshad Khan not out 2
Extras: (b1, lb2, w7, nb1) 11
Total 168
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-12, 3-43, 4-60, 5-61, 6-96, 7-124, 8-139, 9-161
Pollock 9.2-2-28-1
Willoughby 10-2-39-2
Hayward 10-1-35-2
Klusener 10-0-27-2
Crookes 7-0-22-1
Strydom 3-0-14-0
Overs: 49.2

South Africa:
G. Kirsten retired hurt 8
H. Gibbs not out 59
N. McKenzie lbw b Waqar 1
M. Boucher c Moin b Shoaib 14
D. Benkenstein b Shoaib 0
L. Klusener b Shoaib 0
S. Pollock c Inzamam b Akram 0
P. Strydom lbw b Razzaq 0
D. Crookes run out 5
M. Hayward b Waqar 1
C. Willoughby b Razzaq 0
Extras: (b7, w4, nb2) 13
Total 101
Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-74, 3-74, 4-74, 5-75, 6-80, 7-89, 8-94, 9-101
Akram 8-0-26-1
Waqar 8-0-39-2
Shoaib 4.5-2-9-3
Afridi 2-0-10-0
Razzaq 4-1-10-2
Overs: 26.5

Pakistan won by 67 runs
Man of the match: Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan)

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