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Pakistan overwhelm Zimbabweans


Pakistani bowler Kamran Hussain appeals against Zimbabwe's Hamilton Masakadza, unseen, during the fourth one-day international between Pakistan and Zimbabwe in Faisalabad on Wednesday.


Mohammad Yousuf's brilliant century and Shoaib Malik's all-round contribution helped Pakistan overwhelm Zimbabwe by seven wickets in the fourth one-day match on Wednesday.

Captain Malik grabbed 3-55 as the tourists were bowled out for 244 before Yousuf hit an unbeaten 108 and Malik notched up an attractive 88 to help their team successfully chase the target in 47 overs.

The win, which lifted the home team to a 4-0 lead in the five-match series, came in Pakistan's world record 673rd one-day match. India previously held the record of playing the most limited-over internationals with 672.

Malik added 141 runs for the third wicket with Yousuf to steady Pakistan's chase after they lost openers Nasir Jamshed (11) and Khalid Latif (19) by the 15th over.

Yousuf delighted the packed 16,000 Iqbal stadium with slick timing, hitting ten boundaries and a six in his 111-ball knock for his 14th one-day hundred.

Malik, who has failed with the bat in the last two matches, found his touch as he reached his half-century off 57 balls with seven boundaries.

The pair subdued the Zimbabwe attack and reached what appeared to be a respectable target with ease.

Malik said he was not disappointed on missing a century.

"I think it was my fault. I ran hastily," said Malik, who ran himself out for a second time in the series. "A win is more important than a personal milestone and I am happy with the team's consistency."

Zimbabwe owed their total to a defiant stand of 85 between Tatenda Taibu (51) and Sean Williams (48), who repaired the early loss of Vusi Sibanda (three) and Hamilton Masakadza (two) -- both leg-before to paceman Kamran Hussain.

It was Malik who broke the third-wicket partnership when he caught Williams off his own bowling, before sending Brendon Taylor (seven) and Taibu back to leave the tourists struggling at 132-5 in the 30th over.

Keith Dabengwa spoiled Malik's figures in the end, taking 19 off the last over to finish with 45.

Taibu managed four boundaries during his 76-ball knock, while Williams hit a six and four boundaries in his innings which lasted 56 deliveries.

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