CricketWednesday, March 5, 2014
Defender Pakistan in Asia Cup final
MIRPUR, Bangladesh — Fawad Alam and Shahid Afridi bludgeoned half centuries and blasted defending champion Pakistan into the Asia Cup final with a record rundown win against Bangladesh yesterday.
Bangladesh posted 326-3, its highest score in one-day internationals, but couldn’t prevent Pakistan from achieving its biggest run chase in ODIs, reaching 329-7 with a ball to spare.
Bangladesh appeared to be choking Pakistan to defeat until Afridi smashed seven sixes and two fours in a 25-ball 59. Then Alam cut loose to finish with 74 off 70 balls, falling with one run needed and two balls left. Umar Akmal hit the winning runs straight away, a four to the midwicket boundary, to set up a final against Sri Lanka on the same ground on Saturday.
In Cape Town, South Africa captain Graeme Smith’s international cricket career came to an abrupt end yesterday when he was dismissed for 3 as Australia moved to within six wickets of victory on day four of the third and decisive test at Newlands. South Africa, set 511 to win, was 71-4 at stumps after Mitchell Johnson dismissed Smith to bring the 33-year-old’s involvement in the match to a close shortly before tea.
AMERICAS T-20 CUP. Argentina will play the America’s T-20 cup against Belice and Panama. All the matches will be played at Hurlingham, starting tomorrow with Argentina playing against Belice at 10:30 while at 15:00 Belice clashes Panama. On Friday, at the same times, Argentina plays Panama and in the afternoon and on Saturday, Argentina plays Panama in the morning and Belice in the afternoon.
FIRST DIVISION. The 50 overs tournament started with victories for Belgrano and St Alban’s. At Belgrano, the home team won the toss and fielded. Hurlingham scored 131 all out in 43.2 overs with opener Horacio Esperon (16) and Abhiram (20) plus extras 39 wides. Best bowler Paul Ferguson (3 for 26 in 10 overs). Belgrano replied with 132 for 7 in 29.4 overs. Pedro Arrighi (44 with 9 fours) was top scorers and Gary Savage (3 for 33 in 6) the best bowler. Belgrano won by 3 wickets. In the other first round match, in Longchamps, home team Lomas was 76 all out in 30 overs. Only opener David Mauro (23) and Martin Rost (16) managed double figures. Rodrigo Scioscia (4 for 16 in 6) and Matías Paterlini (3 for 18 in 10) were best bowlers for St Alban’s which replied with 77 for 4 in 19.4 overs to win by 4 wickets. Opener Matías Paterlini (43 not out) was best scorer. Iñaki Jiménez (2 for 4 in 1 over) shone for Lomas with the ball. St George’s had a bye.
AP, Pablo Cribbes