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Misbah inspires Pakistan

Pakistan got their World Cup campaign back on track yesterday, when the 1992 champions downed Zimbabwe by 20 runs to claim their first win of the tournament.

Led by some patient batting from captain Mizbah-ul-Haq, who made 73, Pakistan recovered from losing their first two wickets for just four runs to post 235 for seven from their 50 overs.

Towering left-arm paceman Mohammad Irfan then took full advantage of the lively Gabba wicket to claim the first three Zimbabwe scalps on his way to a career-best 4-30.

Earlier, Pakistan recovered from another terrible start to post a competitive score, thanks largely to Misbah and a whirlwind 54 off 46 balls from Riaz.

Misbah strode to the crease with his side in desperate trouble at 4-2 at the end of the fourth over and was out 121 balls later in the 47th with Pakistan 202-7.

Riaz struck his maiden half-century at the end of the innings to lift Pakistan, who struggled throughout their 50 overs against a spirited Zimbabwe attack. 
- AFP.