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Nazir lifts Pakistan gloom

March 22, 2007
Imran Nazir cracked a sparkling 160 as Pakistan scored 349 for their highest World Cup total, against Zimbabwe in their final match at Sabina Park on Wednesday.

In an emotion-filled morning, which included a one-minute silence following the death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer on Sunday and then a guard of honour send-off for departing skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq, Nazir dominated.

Nazir's career-best, made off 121 deliveries, included 14 boundaries and a joint World Cup record eight sixes. Only Australia captain Ricky Ponting has scored as many at a World Cup, in the 2003 final.

Nazir was the mainstay of Pakistan's innings by a long way as the next highest scorer was Inzamam with 37, his final innings in a one-day international and as captain. Inzamam left the field in tears.

Nazir was fortunate to survive when he was on 31 after Gary Brent trapped him on the crease and television replays suggested he should have been lbw.

He also skied Brent to deep backward square leg when on 81 but Friday Kasteni dropped a straightforward catch and Nazir picked up a single. But he deserved his luck with some exhilarating stroke play.

When past three figures, Nazir crashed left-arm spinner Sean Williams for six over midwicket and then showed enough composure to dab the next ball to the vacant third man boundary for four.

Nazir's previous highest score was 105 not out, his only other one-day century, also made against Zimbabwe. Pakistan's total was also the eighth-highest in a World Cup match.

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