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Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad said
he was pleased with his consistency after
helping Pakistan win the T20 series against
Zimbabwe with a record knock.
Shehzad, who is making his third come-
back to the national side in four years, hit
two successive half-centuries, including the
highest ever international Twenty20 score
by a Pakistan batsman, to lead the team to
their second win in as many days at the
Harare Sports Club.
"It is important to be consistent and I
tried very hard to remain so," Shehzad said.
"In the first few overs, I did not get much
strike and could have panicked, but then
as my confidence built up, I was able to get
on strike more often and hit good shots.
Zimbabwe played some good cricket and
now we will be looking forward to playing
them in the ODIs."
Shehzad, who hails from a street near
the Anarkali Bazaar in Lahore, was among
a crop of the most promising young crick-
eters in the Pakistan set-up in recent years,
and played at the Under-19 level with the
likes of Umar Akmal, Mohammad Amir,
Umar Amin, Junaid Khan and Raza Hasan.
In last 12 List A matches played between
2007 and 2009, before his debut for Pak-
istan, Ahmed racked up five fifties and his
form caught the attention of the then chief
selector, Abdul Qadir. His career, however,
has been under scrutiny following discipline
On Saturday, Shehzad smashed an
unbeaten 98, after scoring 70 in the first
T20. He hit six sixes during his innings, but
missed out on a historic century, scrambling
for a single off the last ball of the innings.
He had a slow start and hit just one six in
his first 20 deliveries, off Prosper Utseya in
the first over.
However, he began to accelerate after the
wicket of Nasir Jamshed in the sixth over,
reaching his fifty in just 42 balls and scoring
the next 48 off just 22 deliveries, to finish
with a strike-rate of 153.12. The perform-
ances helped him move up 41 places on the
ICC rankings for T20 batsmen and he is
now ranked 18th.
Even though the runs came against a
12th-ranked Zimbabwe team that has been
overshadowed by off-field issues in recent
weeks, Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan s T20
captain, said that the batsman had fulfilled
an important role for the side.
"I am pleased to see Ahmed batting nicely
throughout the series," Hafeez said "We
really need someone to hold the innings
from the top and he is the one who gave
us the result we wanted to achieve."
When Pakistan lost Jamshed for 23, they
were 36 for 1 in 5.4 overs at a run-rate below
seven. But Shehzad and Hafeez powered
on, and shared an unbeaten 143-run part-
nership for the second wicket to give Zim-
babwe a target of 180 runs, much to Hafeez s
"We knew they (Zimbabwe) were very
much capable of causing a set back for us,
so every game was important for us," Hafeez
said. "We were thinking of getting around
150-160 runs on the board but Ahmed
boosted our total and we knew we just had
to bowl a disciplined line to clinch the match.
The boys are very confident and have started
trusting each other, which is something
we ve been trying to develop."
Consistency is the
key says Shehzad
Ahmed Shehzad's 98 against Zimbabwe
was the highest score by a Pakistan
batsman in T20s.
Allrounder Baba Aparajith s three wickets and
opening batsman KL Rahul s unbeaten 93 helped
India thrash Pakistan in the final of the ACC Emerg-
ing Teams Cup tournament yesterday.
The game turned on it s head after a solid Pakistan
start, when they lost seven wickets for 19 runs to
slip to 107 for 9. Aparajith, who is India s leading
wicket-taker in the tournament with seven, was one
of the main reasons for the collapse---he dismissed
Hammad Azam and Mohammad Waqas in successive
overs, before flighting the ball on the leg stump for
Bilawal Bhatti to hit straight to Ashok Menaria at
long-on, to restrict Pakistan to 159.
Needing less than 3.50 an over, India were in com-
plete control as Rahul, the leading run-scorer of the
tournament with 233 at an average of 77.66, struck
11 fours and one six to complete the victory with
more than 16 overs to spare.
Pakistan, electing to bat first, got off to an unhurried
start as the openers Mohammad Rizwan and Babar
Azam added 32 for the first wicket. Rizwan appeared
to be in good touch, striking two fours off an over
from Sandeep Warrier, but threw away his wicket in
the ninth over by lofting a delivery from medium-
pacer Sandeep Sharma straight to mid-off for another
easy catch for Menaria. Warrier struck in the very
next over, inducing an edge from Azam to the wick-
etkeeper Smit Patel, to leave Pakistan at 34 for two
after ten overs.
Umar Waheed, batting at No 3, stabilised the
innings with a 54-run partnership for the third wicket
with Usman Salahuddin. Waheed particularly targeted
the spin of Menaria, smashing all four of his fours
off the left-arm spinner s bowling. But tight and
incisive bowling curtailed Pakistan s scoring rate, and
Waheed was eventually run-out in the 30th over,
trying to sneak an unlikely second run. It continued
the collapse from which Pakistan couldn t recover,
despite a late onslaught from Usman Qadir, who
struck four fours and one six during his 32-ball 33.
India were solid in their run-chase, and Unmukt
Chand s dismissal in the sixth over did little to change
Pakistan s fortunes, as Rahul and Manprit Jadeja
struck a total of 14 fours and two sixes between them,
and put on an unbeaten partnership of 132 for the
second wicket to ease India to victory.
India take Under 23
title in one-sided final
Lasith Malinga is almost certain to miss
both Sri Lanka s tour of Zimbabwe and the
Champions League, due to personal com-
mitments. Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed
they have received Malinga s leave request,
while Mumbai Indians have also been
informed of his plans.
"We haven t had the time to approve his
request yet, because we only got it from him
on Friday," SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatun-
ga said. "But since it is a personal reason, I
don t think there will be any problem."
Malinga will be with his wife and family
during his time off, as they expect their sec-
ond child late in September.
He will forego 20 per cent of his annual
IPL salary if he misses the Champions League,
in addition to losing out on match fees.
ESPNcricinfo understands, however, there
is still a small chance he may play in the
Malinga is currently in the Caribbean, hav-
ing played two matches for the Guyana Ama-
zon Warriors CPL franchise, including Sat-
urday s final.
Mumbai Indians play their first Champions
League match on September 21, and the
tournament finishes on October 6. Sri Lanka s
limited-overs matches in Zimbabwe begin
on October 26.
Malinga likely to miss Champions League
Glamorgan gave themselves a fighting
chance of qualifying for the Yorkshire
Bank 40 semi-finals after easing to a 68-
run win over Leicestershire at Swansea
The win over the Foxes was their seventh
in the competition this season and their
most comprehensive. Glamorgan now have
to beat Yorkshire at Headingley in their
final Group C match today and hope other
results go their way to make the last four.
In front of a big crowd, Glamorgan cracked
303 for six from their 40 overs with Chris
Cooke top scoring with 85 from 76 balls.
In reply Leicestershire could only make 235
for six with Niall O Brien making 92.
For Glamorgan there were also useful
contributions from Murray Goodwin, who
struck 48 from 19 balls, including four
sixes and Mark Wallace and Gareth Rees.
The only Leicestershire bowler to emerge
with credit was off spinner James Sykes,
who claimed two for 37 from his eight
Glamorgan, who won the toss, were given
a positive start by Wallace and Rees who
amassed 84 in the opening 12 overs---60
from the opening eight-over Powerplay---
before Wallace was bowled by Ben Raine.
Cooke and Rees continued the good open-
ing, reaching 100 in the 17th over. But with
the total on 148 Rees went leg before to
Sykes, who struck again to have Jim Allenby
caught at shot extra-cover.
Cooke reached his 50 from 49 balls and
struck Rob Taylor over midwicket for six
as Glamorgan reached the 200-mark in
the 32nd over.
Glamorgan lost captain Marcus North
caught behind but that heralded Goodwin s
productive innings. He began with a four
and glance for six over deep square-leg,
followed by a lofted off-drive for six before
Cooke was caught at long-off off Raine.
Goodwin carried on his assault hitting
a no-ball from Raine for six and then
scooping a four to long-leg, before clipping
Shiv Thakor for yet another maximum.
He seemed on course to equal the record
of Stewart Walters, who posted a 19-ball
fifty against Lancashire in 2011 at Colwyn
Bay, but in looking for a six he was caught
on the deep midwicket boundary off
Leicestershire suffered a major blow in
their reply when they lost captain Josh
Cobb in only the second over after being
caught behind off Jim Allenby. In the next
over Greg Smith was also caught behind,
this time off Michael Hogan, to leave
Leicestershire struggling on 12 for two.
Glamorgan cruises past Leicester
India U-23s 160 for 1 (Rahul 93*, Juneja 51*)
beat Pakistan U-23s 159 (Waheed 41, Aparajith
3-28) by nine wickets.
Baba Aparajith grabbed three for 28 in the final, and
ended up as the tournament's highest wicket-taker.
Glamorgan 303 for 6 (Cooke 85,
Goodwin 48) beat Leicestershire by 235
for 6 (O'Brien 92, Thornley 68, Allenby
3-37) by 68 runs
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