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Sad end to Misbah, Afridi’s ODI career

Sad end to Misbah, Afridi’s ODI career
Misbah-ul-Haq and allrounder Shahid Afridi bowed out of ODIs with their dreams unfulfilled on Friday as Pakistan crashed out in the World Cup quarterfinal against Australia in Adelaide.

Both the senior players had announced they would retire from one-day cricket after the World Cup with skipper Misbah continuing to play Tests while Afridi will feature in Twenty20 cricket. Misbah, 40, failed to get a one-day hundred in his entire career of 162 one-day internationals.

His final run tally was 5,122 runs, the most runs by any player in one-dayers without a hundred. The captain managed 34 in Pakistan’s sub-par total of 213 all out against Australia at the Adelaide Oval. The co-hosts overhauled the target in 33.5 overs for a comprehensive six-wicket victory, earning a place in next Thursday’s semifinal against defending champions India in Sydney.

Afridi, famous for his 37-ball hundred in only his second one-day international made against Sri Lanka in Nairobi in 1996, fell five wickets short of the 400-mark. Afridi, 35, who scored 8,064 runs in his 398 one-day internationals, could have been the only allrounder with over 8,000 runs and 400 wickets.
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