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Monday, 15 April, 2002, 16:55 GMT 17:55 UK
Afridi shatters Kiwis
Saqlain Mushtaq put Pakistan on top
Saqlain appeals unsuccessfuly for a bat-pad catch
Sharjah Cup, match six: Pakistan 217-2 (31.3 overs) beat New Zealand 212-9 (50 overs) by 8 wickets

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Opening batsman Shahid Afridi hammered a dazzling 108 not out as Pakistan booked their place in the final against Sri Lanka with more than 18 overs to spare.

It was the third one-day century of Afridi's career and he hit eight sixes and seven fours in his 97-ball demolition.

He was outscored by partner Imran Nazir (57) in a first wicket stand of 101 but took the New Zealand attack apart thereafter to make light of a modest victory target of 213.

Leg-spinner Brooke Walker justified his selection with two wickets, but his eight overs cost 54 runs and none of the bowlers were able to halt Afridi's onslaught.

Wickets tumble

  Most sixes in a one-day international
11 S Jayasuriya SrL v Pak
11 S Afridi Pak v SrL
9 Ijaz Ahmed Pak v Ind
8 G Greenidge WI v Ind
8 R Powell WI v Ind
8 S Afridi Pak v NZ

Both sides went into the game with only one win from their three previous games, but New Zealand made a confident start after Stephen Fleming won the toss and opted to bat first.

Nathan Astle and Matt Horne put on 75 in 11 overs, but their progress was halted as four wickets went down for the addition of only four runs.

The introduction of spinner Saqlain Mushtaq led to Horne giving him a tame return catch after making 27 and Astle holed out to Waqar Younis at long-on for 36.

Paceman Shoaib Akhtar uprooted Mathew Sinclair's middle stump first ball and New Zealand slumped to 101 for five before Scott Styris and Chris Harris led a recovery.

They added 40 before Harris was lbw to Wasim Akram for 35, made from 67 balls, and Andre Adams was then stumped off Saqlain for 21, the spinner taking three for 26 from his 10 overs.

The final over of New Zealand's innings was an anti-climax as Akram bowled Styris for 43 with the penultimate delivery and then did the same to new batsman Daryl Tuffey to finish with three for 43.


Shahid Afridi
Afridi plays the ball through the off side

New Zealand were powerless to contain Imran at the start of Pakistan's reply, with the normally free-scoring Afridi forced to play a supporting role.

Imran blazed his way to a 35-ball half century and it came a relief to the Kiwis when Walker had him caught by Sinclair for 57.

Yousuf Youhana weighed in with 24 before becoming Walker's second victim, but the rest of the game belonged to Afridi.

He reached his fifty off 57 balls with a paddle sweep to fine leg for two and then raised the tempo with three sixes off Walker, with Inzamam-ul-Haq joining in by lofting the 25-year-old over long-on.

Afridid's century arrived with a six over the sightscreen from medium pacer Harris and he ended the game with a one bounce four off paceman Ian Butler.

Inzamam finished on 18 not out.

New Zealand: Stephen Fleming (captain), Matthew Horne, Nathan Astle, Matthew Sinclair, Chris Harris, Jacob Oram, Scott Styris, Brooke Walker, Andre Adams, Daryl Tuffey, Ian Butler.

Pakistan: Waqar Younis (captain), Shahid Afridi, Imran Nazir, Younis Khan, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Yousuf Youhana, Abdur Razzaq, Rashid Latif, Wasim Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq, Shoaib Akhtar.

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