Hafeez, Razzaq help Pak post respectable total
akistan set England a target of 266 to clinch the ODI series on Monday. Mohammad Hafeez top-scored for Pakistan with 64 while Abdul Razzaq smashed 44 not out off 20 balls as the tourists made 265-7 after winning the toss.cricket Updated: Sep 20, 2010 23:57 IST
Pakistan set England a target of 266 to clinch the ODI series on Monday. Mohammad Hafeez top-scored for Pakistan with 64 while Abdul Razzaq smashed 44 not out off 20 balls as the tourists made 265-7 after winning the toss. Graeme Swann was England’s most impressive bowler with 4-37.
Pakistan’s openers gave their team a great start, reaching 62 before Kamran Akmal departed in the 14th over on 28 when he hooked a short ball by Broad straight to Strauss at square leg.
Swann came on to relieve the England seamers and provided the next four breakthroughs, the spinner taking his first wicket in his first over by bowling Asad Shafiq for 11.
Swann then sent Mohammad Yousuf backon 3. Tight bowling after that meant Pakistan’s progression was snail-paced.
Frustration at being tied down was probably at the heart of Hafeez’s dismissal, the opener top-edging to Trott at gully as he attempted to thrash Swann to midwicket. Hafeez, who was dropped on 32 by Michael Yardy, hit five fours and a six in his 100-ball knock.
In his last over, Swann bowled Fawad Alam for 29 to leave Pakistan on 155-5 in the 38th but the team prospered after the offspinner’s superb spell ended.
Captain Shahid Afridi smashed 37 off 22 balls, including two sixes, in a 54-run sixth-wicket partnership with Umar Akmal, who made 21.
Brief Scores: Pakistan 265 for seven (M Hafeez 64, S Afridi 37, A Razzaq not out 44; Broad 2-44, Swann 4-37)
First Published: Sep 20, 2010 23:55 IST