India vs Pakistan: Azhar Ali scores a fighting 50 as Pak stutter in chase
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India vs Pakistan: Azhar Ali scores a fighting 50 as Pak stutter in chase

Azhar Ali of Pakistan cricket team withstood early pressure from the Indian cricket team bowlers to reach to his first half century against the arch rivals before throwing away his wicket in their ICC Champions Trophy match on Sunday.

icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 04, 2017 23:26 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Azhar Ali of Pakistan cricket team during his half century knock against Indian cricket team in their ICC Champions Trophy match at Edgbaston on Sunday.(REUTERS)

Azhar Ali batted well to get his 10th half-century in One-Day Internationals (ODI) -- the opening batsman hit exactly 50 off 65 balls before getting out -- in Pakistan cricket team’s ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Group B clash against arch rivals Indian cricket team at Edgbaston on Sunday.(India vs Pakistan live updates)

India scored 319 for 3 in 48 overs and Pakistan were chasing a revised target of 289 in 41 overs after rain interrupted play many times. (India vs Pakistan scorecard)

His patient knock was studded with six boundaries and provided Pakistan the stability they desperately wanted at the start of the innings. (India vs Pakistan live weather updates)

However, to Pakistan’s dismay, the former skipper was dismissed immediately after reaching the 50-run mark when he was caught at deep square leg off Ravindra Jadeja.

This was Ali’s maiden half-century against India with a previous best score of only nine. This was also the 32-year-old Ali’s only third ODI against India.

The Lahore-born was the main force behind Pakistan early on as he combined with Ahmed Shahzad to put 47 runs on the board for the opening wicket.

Ali and Babar Azam could only add 14 runs more before the latter departed after scoring 8.

Ali was batting well with Mohammad Hafeez when he was dismissed in the 21st over as India’s third wicket of the day.

This is Pakistan’s first ODI game against India since the 2015 World Cup.

First Published: Jun 04, 2017 23:15 IST