Shehzad, Misbah shape up impressive Pakistan win

Mumbai, February 15, 2011

By CricketCountry Staff

Ahmed Shehzad and Misbah-ul-Haq lashed strokeful centuries as Pakistan thrashed Bangladesh by 89 runs in a World Cup warm-up game at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Tuesday.

The duo were involved in a 152 run fourth wicket partnership after Bangladesh had wrested the early initiative reducing Pakistan to 58 for 3 in the 15th over. Shehzad hit 103 off 122 balls, packed with nine fours and one six while Misbah clubbed exactly 100 off equal number of balls, studded with eleven fours and four sixes.

Abdul Razzak dented Bangladesh hopes in the first over itself when he consumed strokemaker Tamim Iqbal. Imrul Kayes and Junaid Siddique kept the Bangladesh supporters interested with a 70 run second partnership before Razzak struck two telling blows, dislodging skipper Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Ashraful to swing the game significantly in Pakistan s favour.

The lower-order did not show any serious intent of taking the fight to the opposition as Bangladesh folded up for 196 in 41.4 overs.

This was Pakistan’s only warm-up match before they launch their World Cup campaign against Kenya on February 23 at Hambantota while Bangladesh had comprehensivly beaten Canada in their practice opener in Chittagong.

Bangladesh begin their World Cup campaign against India on February 19 at Mirpur.

In another warm-up match in Colombo, Sri Lanka racked up a four-wicket win over West Indies. Sri Lanka were well served by half-centuries from Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumara Sangakkara and Thilan Samaraweera as they overhauled West Indies’ score of 281 with more than fifteen balls to spare.

Earlier, Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo slammed half-centuries as West India posted a score of 281 before being all out off the final ball of their innings.

Brief Scores: Pakistan 285 for 9 in 50 overs (Ahmed Shehzad 103, Misbah-ul-Haq 100, Shakib Al Hasan 3 for 49) bt Bangladesh 196 in 41.4 overs (Imrul Kayes 39, Junaid Siddique 38, Abdul Razzak 3 for 39, Mohammad Hafeez 2 for 41, Abdur Rehman 2 for 29) by 89 runs.

West Indies 281 in 50 overs (Chris Gayle 58, Darren Bravo 54, Ramnaresh Sarwan 39, Lasith Malinga 3 fo 33, Rangana Herath 3 for 39) lost to Sri Lanka 282 for 6 in 47.3 overs (Kumara Sangakkara 71, Tillakaratne Dilshan 62, Thilan Samaraweera 55, Sulieman Benn 3 for 40) by 4 wickets.

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