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South Africa's bowler Imran Tahir, centre, celebrates with his teammates taking the wicket of Pakistan's
captain Misbah-ul-Haq during the third cricket one-day international match of a five match series
between Pakistan and South Africa at the Zayed Cricket Stadium, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
MIRPUR---New Zealand finally beat
Bangladesh in the last match on tour
when Colin Munro smashed 73 and
Anton Devcich 59 in setting up a 15-run
win in the lone Twenty20 yesterday.
Chasing a target of 205, Bangladesh
faltered on 189-9 in 20 overs, as the top
order failed to stand up in the face of
Both tests were drawn and Bangladesh
won a hard-fought one-day series 3-0,
and both sides continued to hold nothing
back in the one-off T20.
The opener Devich, dropped on 6 in
the first over, combined for 73 with
Hamish Rutherford before he was out
for 59 from 31 balls, hitting 10 fours and
one six. Then Ross Taylor played second
fiddle in a 93-run partnership with
Munro, who blasted five sixes and three
boundaries in 39 balls for 73 not out.
Taylor was the third wicket down for 25
at 176-3 in the 18th over.
Corey Anderson added 18 off six balls
to help New Zealand to its highest T20
total against Bangladesh.
The best of the home bowlers was
debutant paceman Al-Amin Hossain,
who took 2-31 at Sher-e-Bangla National
Stadium. Tim Southee, 3-38, claimed
two of them in the first over of
Bangladesh's reply, while Mitchell McCle-
naghan claimed Mominul Haque to leave
Bangladesh at 19-3.
Captain Mushfiqur Rahim, with 50,
and Naeem Islam, 18, put the side back
on track and began to meet the asking
run-rate. But when Anderson removed
Rahim, then Nathan McCullum dismissed
Nasir Hossain, 28, in the next over with
a full toss, Bangladesh was running out
Mahmudullah kept the spectators' fin-
gers crossed but Anderson returned to
take him out on 34 at 177-8 with 10 balls
left. The task became too big by then.
Mahmudullah struck three sixes in his
25-ball knock. (AP)
New Zealand 204-5 (Colin Munro 73
not out, Anton Devcich 59, Ross Taylor
28; Al-Amin Hossain 2-31, Abdur Razzak
1-19), vs Bangladesh 189-9 (Mushfiqur
Rahim 50, Mahmudullah 34, Nasir
Hossain 28; Tim Southee 3-38, Corey
Anderson 2-21). New Zealand won by 15
NZ wins lone T20 vs Bangladesh by 15 runs
ABU DHABI---Legspinner Imran
Tahir ripped through Pakistan's bat-
ting order with figures of 4-53 to spur
South Africa to a convincing 68-run
victory in the third one-day interna-
tional yesterday in United Arab Emi-
Chasing a formidable 260-run total,
Pakistan was bowled out for 191 in
44.3 overs with Tahir claiming the key
wickets of Misbah-ul-Haq (19), Asad
Shafiq (11) and Umar Akmal (7). Victory
gave the Proteas a 2-1 lead in the five-
match series with fourth match on Fri-
day at the same Sheikh Zayed Stadi-
um.JP Duminy (64) and Faf du Plessis
(55) grafted half centuries as South
Africa reached 259-8 after captain AB
de Villiers won the toss and elected to
Pakistan made an ideal start to its
run chase when Ahmad Shehzad (32)
and Mohammad Hafeez (15) added a
brisk 50 off 49 balls before both per-
ished in the space of two runs.
Dale Steyn, returning after a week's
rest back home, put the brakes on when
Shehzad edged to Hashim Amla at slip
and du Plessis caught Hafeez low at
point off Morne Morkel.
Misbah and Umar Amin (13) added
34 runs that included 15 off Tahir's
first over before seamer Lonwabo Tsot-
sobe started the slide by inducing a
faint edge off Amin's bat.
After Tahir hurried through the mid-
dle order, Ryan McLaren virtually put
the seal on the game by having Shahid
Afridi (7) trapped leg before wicket,
reducing Pakistan to 116-7.
Top-scorer Wahab Riaz (33) and
Sohail Tanvir (31) delayed the inevitable
by adding 61 runs off 70 balls for the
eighth wicket stand before Pakistan
was bowled out with more than five
overs to spare with Tahir returning to
have Saeed Ajmal lbw.
Earlier, Duminy successfully over-
turned a caught behind decision on 3
and went on to score 64 off 89 balls
while du Plessis ended his run-drought
by hitting 55 with eight fours in his
first half century in 11 ODIs.
Quinton de Kock scored 40 and
made up for the loss of opening bats-
man Graeme Smith, who was ruled
out for the remainder of the five-match
series due to a head injury during the
drawn Test series.
Mohammad Irfan (3-46) gave Pak-
istan an early breakthrough when Amla
made only 10 in his return match before
he was clean bowled off a full length
delivery. Amla had flown home after
the first test last month to be with his
wife for the birth of his second child.
But de Kock and du Plessis brought
the innings back on track with a 77-
run stand off 93 balls before Afridi (2-
40) struck in successive overs and had
both batsmen stumped.
The Proteas enjoyed some luck. First,
Duminy successfully reviewed the
caught behind decision off Irfan, and
then the fast bowler could not grab a
return one-handed catch off de Villiers
when the batsman was on 2.
Offspinner Ajmal (2-37) bowled well
in the batting powerplay as de Villiers
pulled a short delivery straight to
Mohammad Hafeez at deep fine leg.
Duminy held the innings together
before he was caught at short mid-
wicket by Misbah in the penultimate
over of the innings.
Irfan took two wickets in the last
over but not before Ryan McLaren hit
the paceman for a six and a four.
South Africa 259-8 (JP Duminy 64, Faf
du Plessis 55; Mohammad Irfan 3-46,
Saeed Ajmal 2-38) vs Pakistan 191 all out
in 44.3 overs (Wahab Riaz 33, Ahmad
Shehzad 32; Imran Tahir 4-53). South
Africa won by 68 runs. (Cricinfo)
Tahir spurs South Africa
to big win over Pakistan
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