#CWC15: Pakistan restore World Cup hopes with 129 run UAE win

MATCH 25: Pakistan produced a brilliant performance with the bat to beat UAE by 129 runs and put themselves firmly back in the race for a quarter-finals berth.

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They passed 300 for the first time in the tournament as Ahmed Shehzad (main photo), Haris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq all passed fifty.

“That was a much needed win for us,” said Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq. “We won by a margin so we can relax now, the next game is really important and we need to focus on that. We have a good net run rate now also.”

Misbah will be delighted that his team’s net run-rate as changed from -1.373 to -0.385. It could prove crucial in deciding whether Pakistan progress in the competition.

Save for Nasir Jamshed, every batsman made runs, pushing 339 for six after Mohammad Tauqir had won the toss for the UAE under cloudy skies.

Shehzad was dropped twice by the time he had reached 11 and made the UAE regret the missed chances. Jamshed was out cheaply and the UAE bowlers kept their discipline to contain the Pakistani batters, but ultimately a partnership of 160 for the second wicket ensued.

Sohail, when on 70, failed to clear mid-on and then Shehzad, on 93, attempted a suicidal second and was run out.

Pakistan are rapidly gaining momentum in this Cricket World Cup

Sohaib Maqsood took over and flicked Manjula Guruge over backward square and then over midwicket for sixes as he raced to 45 from 31 balls. He was well caught by Rohan Mustafa at point just as it looked he would do some real damage.

Misbah clobbered two sixes and four fours in a 49-ball 65 to ensure Pakistan secured its second-highest total in a World Cup match, after the 349 against Zimbabwe in Kingston in 2007.

In reply, the UAE lost early wickets and never looked like mounting a serious challenge. Amjad Ali, Berenger and Krishna Chandran Karate all fell with the first 10 overs.

Khurram made 43 and Shaiman Anwar made a fine 62 to take the lead in the run stakes for the tournament.

“340 was a big total for us, but we batted 50 overs and we are happy with this effort,” said Tauqir, the UAE skipper. “Anwar is very confident and in great form.

“We wanted to but on some decent performances, going forward we want to do well.”

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