- Pak. Vs NZ (Sharjah)

- Pak. Vs NZ (Sharjah)

Post by Upali Samarakoo » Mon, 11 Nov 1996 04:00:00

   Cricket-Anwar guides Pakistan to four-wicket victory
   10:41 Nov 10, 1996 EST

   SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates, Nov 10 (Reuter) - Opener Saeed Anwar
   stroked an unbeaten 104 on Sunday to steer Pakistan to a four-wicket
   victory over New Zealand in their Singer Champions' Trophy match.

   Pakistan, chasing a modest 198 for a victory, stuttered early in their
   innings, losing half of the side for 86 runs from 25.4 overs.

   But Anwar, playing with authority and conviction, notched his 10th
   one-day century in his 111th match. He remained unruffled by the fall
   of wickets at the other end, steadying the innings with a 49-run for
   the sixth wicket with Moin Khan, who scored 15 off 29 balls.

   Runs began to flow freely with the arrival of Wasim Akram, who scored
   a breezy unbeaten 28 in 32 balls with one four and one six.

   The two ended the proceedings with a flourish as Anwar completed his
   century with a straight six of Danny Morrison. Anwar's match-winning
   innings from 132 balls, contained three fours and two sixes.

   Earlier, Adam Parore waged a lone battle as New Zealand recovered from
   five for three after four overs.

   Parore slammed 93 off 155 balls with five fours a pitch where the ball
   kept low.

   He was well supported by Chris Cairns, hero of New Zealand's victory
   over Sri Lanka on Thursday, and then by Chris Harris.

   Cairns tried to dominate the bowling, scoring 26 off 36 balls which
   included four and six, off Akram. But he fell to the spin of Mushtaq
   Ahmed, who was playing his first match after a knee operation in
   September. The pair added 51 runs for the fourth wicket.

   Parore and Harris (23) stabilised the innings with a stand of 62 runs
   for the sixth wicket but, when they appeared well set, Harris ran
   himself out following a mix-up in the middle.

   Parore missed what would have been his second century in one-day
   cricket by seven runs when he failed to beat a direct throw from Akram
   in the 49th over.

   For Pakistan, off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq took three for 31 while
   Waqar and Mushtaq Ahmed took two wickets each.