Pakistan ease to 68-run win

ST LUCIA: Pakistan breezed to a 68-run win over Windward Islands in their first warm-up game here at the Beausejour Stadium.

Put in to bat by Windward Islands, the visitors reached 160 for 7 thanks mainly to Mohammad Hafeezís enterprising half century. Windward Islands crawled to 92 for 4 in reply, with Mohammad Asif the only Pakistan bowler to go for more than four runs an over.

Pakistan lost Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal early in their innings but Hafeez steadied the middle order and lead a late charge before he was bowled by Keron Cottoy for 57. Captain Shahid Afridi and Fawad Alam both reached the 20s before they were dismissed, and a late flurry by Misbah-ul-Haq, who smote two sixes in an eight-ball 17, boosted Pakistanís score in the closing overs.

Windward Islandsí reply never got going, and after captain Johnson Charles was caught by Hafeez off the bowling of Mohammad Aamer for 15 the fight seemed to go from the batsmen. Keddy Lesporis top-scored with 24, while the wickets were shared around by Pakistanís bowlers, with Aamer, Hafeez, Afridi and Saeed Ajmal each picking up one.

Summarised scores: Pakistan 160 for 7 in 20 overs (Hafeez 57, Matthew 2-22). Windward Islands 92 for 4 in 20 overs (Lesporis 24, Afridi 1-11).