Imran Nazir steers Pakistan to post 349 runs

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

KINGSTON, JAMAICA: Pakistan for the first time in the 2007 World Cup looked in form after being ousted from the mega event when they set Zimbabwe an improbable target of 350 runs in their last group ‘D’ match here today.Put in by Zimbabwean captain Prosper Utseya, Pakistan piled up a huge score of 349 runs in 49.5 overs, thanks to opener Imran Nazir’s devastating career-best innings of 160 from 121 deliveries. This is the highest individual score by any batsman in this World Cup.Imran hammered 14 fours and eight record equaling sixes to share the World Cup record with Australia’s Ricky Ponting for hitting the most sixes in an innings. Ponting did it in 2002-03 when he hit eight sixes in his unbeaten innings of 140 against India at Johannesburg.Pakistan’s 349 is their highest World Cup innings and the eighth highest in the World Cup history. Pakistn’s previous best was 338 for five in 60 overs against Sri Lanka at Swansea in the 1983 World Cup.The main feature of the innings was captain Inzamam-ul-Haq’s emotional exit from the ODI field. He scored 37 off 35 balls with three fours and the same number of sixes. He was given a warm send-off by the Zimbabwean and Pakistani players when Inzamam returned to pavilion with tears in his eyes.Elton Chigumbura was the most successful Zimbabwean bowler who took three wickets for 50 runs.

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