Opener Hafeez escorts Pakistan to beat West Indies in tour opener

CASTRIES, Saint Lucia, West Indies: Muhammad Hafeez leave without lost his stamps on 101 to put down the base for a 68 run win for Pakistan in the opening competition of their Caribbean island tour against the University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor’s XI here on yesterday.

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The stand-in Pakistan skipper smack 10 fours and two sixes from 93 balls to guide the guests to 287

for seven wickets from 50 overs, later than they chose to bat in the tour ODI practice match at the Mindoo Phillip Park in the St. Lucia capital.

Pakistan’s Left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman then grabbed four wickets for 27 runs from his 10 overs quota, as the Vice Chancellors XI was controlled to 219 for eight wickets in their turn at the crease.

This was the just a warm-up match for the Pakistanis prior to they countenance West Indies in a Twenty20 International on Thursday at the Beausejour Cricket Ground in the beautiful coastal town of Gross-Islet about four miles outside of the capital.

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Hafeez get pleasure from a piece of good chance, when Kieron Cottoy missed him at back point off West Indies swift bowler Fidel Edwards in the day’s initial over. The famous proverbs “Catches win the Matches” once come true.

He go on to distribute an opening position and set 77 runs in first wicket with veteran Taufeeq Umar, and then additional 130 for the second wicket with world cup poor Ahmed Shehzad earlier than he gave one more teammate an opportunity in the middle.

Youngster Umar Akmal supported with a boundary-studded 57, Ahmed Shehzad contributed 49, and Taufeeq added 44 to set 287 on scoreboard.

Carlos Brathwaite was the mainly booming Vice Chancellors XI bowler claimed three for 38 runs from 10 overs, and leg-spinner Nkrumah Bonner done with two wickets for 25 runs from his cameo four overs.

The Vice Chancellors XI ran into difficulty on 75 for losing three before West Indian team’s skipper Dwayne Bravo, and Bonner help them back on pursue track.

Dwayne Bravo, playing his first match because injuring his knee and being enforced to come back home from the latest ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, led the way with 63 that included four fours and two sixes, and Bonner added 43.

Abdul Rehman but, claimed both wickets, and then two more valuable wickets to swing the stability of power unfalteringly Pakistan’s way.

The Pakistan cricket team also contests five One-day Internationals and two Tests against host West Indies on their six-week trip.

Scores:

Pakistan Batting – 287 for seven off 50 overs

Mohammad Hafeez 101 retired, Umar Akmal 57 not out, Ahmed Shehzad 49, Taufeeq Umar 44;

West Indies Bowling

Carlos Brathwaite 3-38, Nkrumah Bonner 2-25

UWI Vice-Chancellor’s XI Batting – 219 for eight off 50 overs

Dwayne Bravo 63, Nkrumah Bonner 43, Miles Bascombe 26, Kevin McClean 23 not out;

Pakistan Bowling

Abdur Rehman 4-27 10 overs

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