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Pakistan suffers back-to-back losses to start NZ tour

January 27, 2015

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Despite Misbah ul-Haq and Umar Akmal showing some batting form ahead of next month’s Cricket World Cup, Pakistan suffered back-to-back losses to a President’s XI at the start of its New Zealand tour.

Misbah scored 107 and Akmal 68 as Pakistan lost Monday’s match by six wickets at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval. Pakistan made 313 batting first and the President’s XI chased down the total with four balls to spare.

Misbah scored 88 not out and Akmal 77 as Pakistan lost Tuesday’s second match by one wicket with one ball remaining. Pakistan scored 267-7 and the President’s XI surpassed that total from the fifth ball of the last over, Michael Pollard scoring 153 not out.

The Pakistan bowlers showed improvement Tuesday with Mohammad Irfan taking 3-39 and Bliawal Bhatti 3-42.

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