Pakistan score 302-9 against India

CENTURION, South Africa — Shoaib Malik scored 128 off 126 balls Saturday to help Pakistan reach 302-9 against India in the Champions Trophy.

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Published: Sat 26 Sep 2009, 10:26 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:49 AM

It was Malik’s seventh one-day international century and was achieved as part of a 206-run partnership with Mohammad Yousuf for the fourth wicket after Pakistan was precariously placed on 65-3 when captain Younis Khan was out for 20 in the 15th over.

Malik’s started slowly, reaching his half-century off 81 balls with five fours. But as the Indian attack was gradually worn down, he opened up and reached his century off 108 balls, striking eight more boundaries. He added three more fours before he was dismissed trying to hit Harbhajan Singh over mid-on for another.

It was Harbhajan’s only wicket as he was milked by Malik and Yousuf, his 10 overs costing 71 runs at SuperSport Park.

Yousuf was the perfect foil for Malik, scoring more quickly in the early stages of his innings. He reached his half-century off 55 balls, and then stood back and watched as Malik accelerated the run rate.

He opened up again after Malik reached his century, until he was bowled by Ashish Nehra for 87 off 88 balls with seven fours.

The innings lost momentum after that, with five wickets falling for 31 runs.

Best of the bowlers was Nehra, who took 4-55 in 10 overs. Ishant Sharma finished with 2-39 as the batsman attacked at the end.

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