|Zimbabwe suffer 14th one-day defeat in a row
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe slumped to their 14th consecutive one-day international defeat when they were trounced by 106 runs by Pakistan in the Sharjah Champions Trophy on Sunday.
Pakistan, spurred by fluent half-centuries from Shahid Afridi and Saeed Anwar, made 279 for six in their 50 overs and bowled out Zimbabwe for 173 in 39.1 overs.
The African side lost the opening game of the tournament on Friday by 63 runs to Sri Lanka, who made it two wins out of two when they swept to a seven-wicket success over the Pakistanis on Saturday.
Pakistans Shahid Afridi hits a ball high to the leg side on his way to a half century during a one day match against Zimbabwe which is part of the Sharjah triangular tournament at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on October 28, 2001. (REUTERS)
Zimbabwe suffered two early setbacks when they began their run chase, with Pakistan captain Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram striking in successive overs to reduce them to five for two by the third over.
Andy Flower (51) and Stuart Carlise (43) led a recovery with a third wicket stand of 79 but once they were parted the rest of the innings crumbled.
Zimbabwes last seven wickets tumbled for 61, with spinners Shahid Afridi (2-21) and Shoaib Malik (3-42) doing most of the damage.
Earlier, Afridi and Anwar propelled Pakistan to the highest total so far in the $250,000 tournament.
Afridi hit 67 off 81 balls, including five sixes and three fours, before being bowled by Heath Streak, while Anwar made 64 off 80 balls, with six fours and a six, before being bowled by Grant Flower.
The pair shared a second wicket stand of 91, and Anwar also put on 52 with Yousuf Youhana (26).
There was a late flourish led by Abdur Razzaq, who smashed 45 off 36 balls, including two fours and two sixes, before he was run out by a direct throw from Zimbabwe captain Brian Murphy.
Taufiq Umer st A.Flower b Brent 18
Shahid Afridi b Streak 67
Saeed Anwar b G.Flower 64
Yousuf Youhana c sub (Olonga) b Marillier 26
Younis Khan b Friend 17
Abdur Razzaq run out 45
Wasim Akram not out 22
Rashid Latif not out 3
Extras (lb-8 w-9) 17
Total (for six wickets, 50 overs) 279
Fall of wickets: 1-45 2-136 3-188 4-190 5-244 6-258
Did not bat: Shoaib Malik, Waqar Younis, Shoaib Akhtar
Bowling: Streak 10-0-42-1 (w-1), Friend 9-0-55-1 (w-3),
Brent 7-1-32-1 (w-3), Ervine 6-0-51-0 (w-1), Murphy 4-0-23-0, Marillier 8-1-35-1, Gripper 2-0-11-0, G.Flower 4-0-22-1 (w-1)
D.Marillier b Wasim Akram 2
G.Flower c Taufiq Umer b Waqar Younis 2
S.Carlisle run out 43
A.Flower b Shoaib Malik 51
D.Ebrahim c Rashid Latif b Shoaib Malik 12
H.Streak not out 27
T.Gripper run out 0
S.Ervine c Rashid Latif b Shahid Afridi 0
B.Murphy lbw b Shoaib Malik 0
G.Brent b Shahid Afridi 2
T.Friend b Shoaib Akhtar 17
Extras (b-1 lb-3 w-12 nb-1) 17
Total (all out, 39.1 overs) 173
Fall of wickets: 1-5 2-5 3-84 4-112 5-131 6-132 7-132 8-138 9-146
Bowling: Wasim Akram 6-0-16-1 (w-1), Waqar Younis 5-0-20-1 (w-2), Shoaib Akhtar 6.1-0-40-1, Abdur Razzaq 7-0-30-0 (nb-1), Shahid Afridi 8-1-21-2 (w-3), Shoaib Malik 7-0-42-3 (w-6).
Result: Pakistan won by 106 runs
Sri Lanka well ahead
SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, Oct 28 (Reuters) - Sharjah Champions Trophy cricket standings after Sundays match (tabulate under - played, won, lost, bonus points, total points):
Sri Lanka 2 2 0 2 10
Pakistan 2 1 1 1 5
Zimbabwe 2 0 2 0 0
Oct 30 - Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe
Oct 31 - Pakistan v Zimbabwe
Nov 2 - Pakistan v Sri Lanka
Nov 4 - Final
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