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Skipper Shoaib Malik led the way for Pakistan in their warm-up match against Zimbabwe at Centurion. Malik scored 64 from 37 balls with 3 fours and 4 sixes which took Pakistan out of some initial trouble to post 181 for 6 in 20 overs. Malik was supported by Younis Khan, who made 37 in 29 with a couple of fours and sixes. The two right handers put on 50 runs for the fourth wicket. Zimbabwe had asked Pak to bat first in this match.
Zimbabwe in reply lost their way after a sparkling partnership of 76 between opener Hamilton Masakadza (41 from 37 with 3 fours and a six) and former Skipper Tatenda Taibu (34 from 27 with 2 fours and 2 sixes). Zims ended up getting just 127 on the board as they lost as many as 8 wickets. Umar Gul was the pick of the bowlers with superb figures of 3 for 11 in 4 overs including a maiden! Shahid Afridi with his leg breaks put the brakes in the second half of the innings with his 3 for 17 in 4 overs.
Originally posted 2007-09-09 04:54:33.