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SHARJAH---Stand-in captain Shahid Afri-
di s brilliant all-round performance carried
Pakistan to an emphatic 147-run victory
over New Zealand in the third one-day
international yesterday for a 2-1 lead in
the five-match series.
Afridi hit a rampant 55 off 26 balls after
Ahmed Shehzad smashed 113 off 120 as
Pakistan raised its third highest ever lim-
ited-overs total of 364-7.
Afridi perfectly filled in the captain s role
after regular skipper Misbah-ul-Haq was
ruled out of the remainder of the series due
to a hamstring injury he sustained during
the second ODI on Friday.
After his electrifying half century, Afridi
chipped in with 3-37 and also took two
catches to bowl out New Zealand for 217
with more than 11 overs to spare.
"The only way of defense should be
aggression, batsmen played their part and
bowlers played theirs," Afridi said.
"Every game is a new game, so you have
to keep repeating performances like this
because we know New Zealand will want
to come back hard."
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson
top-scored with 46 and Luke Ronchi made
41 before Afridi had him clean bowled to
finish the match.
Shehzad featured in three half-century
stands before Afridi took charge and blasted
six fours and three sixes in his second half
century of the series against the wayward
New Zealand fast bowlers after Williamson
lost his third successive toss and had to
New Zealand never looked to threaten
Pakistan s tall total after 7-foot-1 (2.16-
meter) Mohammad Irfan removed both
openers Anton Devcich (0) and Martin Gup-
till (12) inside the first six overs.
Taylor hit 31 before he was clean bowled
by Afridi s slider as New Zealand kept on
losing wickets at regular intervals before its
innings folded in 38.2 overs.
"From start to finish they put us under
a lot of pressure and we couldn t come
back," Williamson said.
Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez (33)
provided Pakistan with a breezy opening
stand of 63 runs off 47 balls with both
hitting fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan
for three successive boundaries in his second
and third overs.
Anderson had Hafeez caught behind in
the first over before Shehzad added 70 runs
with Younis Khan (35) and another 77 runs
with Asad Shafiq (23).
Shehzad pulled, cut and drove with power
but escaped on 92 when wicketkeeper
Ronchi couldn t grab a low catch off Ander-
Shehzad completed his sixth ODI century
and second against New Zealand off 112
balls before mistiming a pull shot off Henry,
who got Shafiq clean bowled off the next
Afridi promoted himself ahead of Umar
Akmal and blazed 89 runs for the fifth wick-
et stand with Haris Sohail (39) off only 46
balls before both gave Williamson catches
while looking for quick runs.
Sarfraz Ahmed hammered 30 off 14 balls
and Sohail Tanvir lofted two sixes late in
the innings to give Pakistan bowlers an
extremely strong total to defend.
Matt Henry took 3-69 on his 23rd birth-
day and Corey Anderson leaked 22 runs in
the last over of the innings to finish with
1-96 as New Zealand conceded 37 bound-
aries and 11 sixes in Pakistan s highest ever
total at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Abu Dhabi will host the remaining two
ODIs of the series next Wednesday and Fri-
DAVOS---Norway swept men s and women s
podiums yesterday as Finn Haagen Krogh and
Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg won sprint races in the
cross-country skiing World Cup.
Krogh covered the 1.3-kilometre course in two
minutes 18.16 seconds, 0.62 faster than Anders
Gloeersen. Third-placed Eirik Brandsdal trailed
Krogh by 1.07.
His first World Cup victory this season closed
the gap in overall standings to teammate Martin
Johnsrud Sundby, who won Saturday s 15-kilometre
Oestberg s first victory left her third in the overall
standings led by fellow Norwegian Marit Bjoergen.
Oestberg timed two minutes 33.72 seconds, edging
Maiken Caspersen Falla by 0.57. Celine Brun-Lie
was third, trailing the winner by 2.37.
The World Cup circuit stays in Davos next week-
end for replacement races due to a lack of snow at
La Clusaz, France. (AP)
LONDON---The current doping crisis engulfing
track and field is as damaging to the sport as
the scandals involving Ben Johnson and Marion
Jones, IAAF vice president Sebastian Coe said
"In the 40 years I have been involved in ath-
letics, there have been big moments---Ben Johnson,
Marion Jones," the British middle-distance great
told the BBC. "This is up there."
The sport s governing body is investigating
allegations by a German TV station of a cover-
up of systematic doping in Russia. Two IAAF
officials have stepped down while the investigation
"It s been described as a bad week for athletics,"
said Coe, who recently declared his candidacy to
become president of the IAAF. "I would go further,
it s been a ghastly week."
"None of us should hide or shy away from that.
We have to bring this tawdry, sorry episode and
any of those allegations to a close as quickly as
Johnson failed a doping test after winning the
100 metres at the Seoul Olympics in 1988. Jones
was stripped of five Olympic gold medals in 2007
after admitting to using performance-enhancing
drugs in her career. (AP)
pion Germany displayed superb
precision play yesterday to carve
out a 2-0 victory over Pakistan in
the final of the Champions Trophy
field hockey tournament.
Christopher Wesley and Florian
Fuchs scored for Germany, which
strangled the free-flowing game of
the opposition. After getting past
England and Australia in the quar-
terfinals and semifinals, Germany
marked Pakistan tightly and virtually
eliminated the Asian team s danger-
Germany, which came in with a
new-look side that included seven
members from last year s Junior
World Cup squad, wrapped up a
10th Champions Trophy title and
its first since 2007.
Germany, earning the support of
a vociferous crowd owing to the
obscene gestures made by Pakistan
players toward the spectators after
their 4-3 semifinal win over India
on Saturday, dominated from the
start in the fifth Champions Trophy
final between the sides.
The penalty-corner conversion
abilities of Pakistan captain Muham-
mad Imran and Muhammad Irfan
lone penalty-corner toward the end
of the match.
"We came up with some excep-
tional performances over the last
three games," said German captain
Moritz Furste, who was named player
of the series. "We enjoyed the atmos-
phere here. The crowd was obviously
supporting us and we enjoyed that."
Germany s first goal came follow-
ing a penalty-corner in the 18th
minute when Wesley got possession
after a rebound. Germany held on
to the lead with the clock ticking
away before Fuchs weaved into the
circle off a long ball to score his fourth
field goal of the tournament just three
minutes from the hooter.
"It was wonderful playing with a
young side here and I thought the
young guns did a fine job," said
Earlier, five-time defending and
13-time overall champion Australia
won 2-1 to dash India s hopes of
winning only its second bronze medal
in the Champions Trophy. (AP)
biggest in athletics
podium in cross-
country WC sprints
Germany strangles Pakistan in Champions Trophy
Germany's Pilt Arnold, left and Pakistan's Muhammad Waqas, centre,
compete for the ball during the Champions Trophy field hockey final in
Bhubaneswar, India, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Afridi leads Pakistan
to 147-run victory
amass 364 for
7 in the third
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