World Cup-2015: Pakistan beat UAE by 129 runs

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World Cup-2015: Pakistan beat UAE by 129 runs
Napier (New Zealand): Pakistan registered their second win in World Cup Pool B with a clinical 129-run triumph against the United Arab Emirates in Napier on Wednesday.

Opener Ahmed Shehzad missed his maiden World Cup century by seven runs as Pakistan piled up 339-6 against the United Arab Emirates in Napier on Wednesday.

Shehzad hit a 105-ball 93 and was ably supported by skipper Misbah-ul Haq who made a 49-ball 65 and Haris Sohail's 83-ball 70 as Pakistan took full advantage of a weak bowling attack on a flat McLean Park pitch.

UAE were restricted to 210-8 in their 50 overs with Shaiman Anwar hitting a solid 62.

Pakistan now have four points in four games while UAE have lost all their four matches.

"I'm really happy to see the way myself and Haris Sohail got through those early overs and laid a foundation for the rest of the innings," said Shehzad.

"We all know the importance of the early partnerships. You see other teams, their top four batsmen are laying a platform for the rest of the innings."

Put into bat by UAE skipper Mohammed Tauqir, an unchanged Pakistan lost out-of-form opener Nasir Jamshed in the fourth over for four, caught off left-arm paceman Manjula Guruge.

Guruge could have had Shehzad in his fourth over but Khurram Khan dropped a sharp chance when the batsman was on eight and three runs later Shehzad got another life off Mohammad Naveed.

Those laspes allowed Shehzad to add 160 runs for the second wicket with Sohail to provide an ideal platform for Misbah and Sohaib Maqsood.

Shehzad hit eight boundaries and a six but ran himself out while taking a sharp single. Sohail clubbed five boundaries and a six.

Maqsood helped Misbah add another rapid 75 for the fourth wicket, hitting four boundaries and two towering sixes during his 31-ball 45.

Misbah reached his 41st ODI half-century off just 39 balls. He hit four boundaries and two sixes before holing out off Guruge.

Shahid Afridi hit two sixes and a four in his seven-ball 21 not out as he became the fourth Pakistan player to pass 8,000 ODI runs.

Guruge was the pick of UAE bowlers with a career best 4-56.

Pakistan are in a must-win position in Pool B after losing to India and the West Indies before winning against Zimbabwe on Sunday. UAE have lost all their three previous matches.

The top four teams from each of the two pools of seven will earn quarter-finals berths.

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