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Thursday 18th
posted by Morning Star in Sport

THE Pakistan Cricket Board will donate all the proceeds of yesterday’s one-day international against New Zealand to the victims of a Taliban slaughter at a school in Peshawar.

“We tried our best to postpone the fourth ODI but were constrained by the broadcasters commitment as well as for cricketing reasons advised by New Zealand management,” a spokesman for the board (PCB) said yesterday.

“We are playing outside Pakistan only because of the threat of terrorism at home.”

New Zealand batted first in Abu Dhabi, managing an impressive 299 for five by the time the 50 overs were up. Kane Williamson, by far the star of the Black Caps’ innings, racked up 123 before being bowled by Mohammad Irfan on 299.

Pakistan didn’t fare so well, quickly losing Ahmed Shehzad (3), Nasir Jamshed (52) and Mohammad Hafeez (59) in the first 16 overs.

As the Star went to press they looked likely to loose, posting 228 for 5, with seven overs to go.

Meanwhile in South Africa, the hosts took charge of the first Test against the West Indies on the opening day.

Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers plundered centuries as the visitors failed to take advantage of the decent bowling conditions.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl on the back of some morning rain, the Windies only once managed to spark, with Kemar Roach inspiring a mid-morning frenzy that saw South Africa lose three wickets without adding a run.

Erratic bowling allowed Amla (133 no) and De Villiers (141 no) to grab complete control thereafter, and they batted out the rest of the day in an unbroken 283-run partnership that carried the Proteas to stumps on 340-3.