ABU DHABI - Pakistan tuned up for their four-match one-day series against England with a comfortable 121-run win against minnows Nepal in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Pakistan put up a strong 326-6 in 50 overs with half-centuries from skipper Azhar Ali (73) and ShoaibMalink 63 while Mohammad Hafeez chipped in with 49 and Babar Azam notched a 29-ball 43 not out. Younis Khan (38) and Ahmed Shehzad (35) also made useful contributions. Ali and Hafeez put on 103 for the second wicket before Ali, who hit seven boundaries and two sixes retired to give other batsmen some practice.

Hafeez knocked three sixes and as many boundaries against some inexperienced Nepalese bowling. Malik also smashed five boundaries and two sixes. In reply Nepal could manage 205-5 in their allotted 50 overs with Anil Mandal (61) and GyanendraMalla (41) making some useful runs.

Pakistan take on England in the first of four one-day internationals in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday followed by the second match, also at the same venue on Friday. The third one-day will be in Sharjah (November 17) and the fourth in Dubai (November 20). The sides will also play three Twenty20 internationals.



Azhar Ali retired out 73

Ahmed Shehzad c sub b Regmi 35

M Hafeez c sub b Sagar Pun 49

Younis Khan c Khadka b Regmi 38

Shoaib Malik retired out 63

Babar Azam not out 43

Sarfraz Ahmed b Khadka 2

Anwar Ali not out 11

EXTRAS: (lb 4, w 8) 12

TOTAL: (6 wickets; 50 overs) 326

FOW: 1-55, 2-158, 3-164, 4-236, 5-282, 6-313.

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BOWLING: Sompal Kami 5-1-24-0, Karan KC 7-0-55-0, B Regmi 9-1-73-2, P Khadka 10-0-47-1, M Alam 6-0-35-0, SP Gauchan 5-0-41-0, Sagar Pun 8-0-47-1.


AK Mandal lbw b Anwar Ali 61

SP Khakurel c Anwar b Yasir 26

Sagar Pun c Azhar b Ahmed Shehzad 39

G Malla c Babar Azam b Anwar 41

P Khadka c Sarfraz b WahabRiaz 13

S Vesawkar not out 14

M Alam not out 1

EXTRAS: (lb 6, w 3, nb 1) 10

TOTAL: (5 wickets; 50 overs) 205

FOW: 1-49, 2-128, 3-136, 4-155, 5-204.

BOWLING: M Irfan 9-1-25-0, Anwar Ali 10-0-56-2, Yasir Shah 10-1-32-1, WahabRiaz 6-1-12-1, Shoaib Malik 7-0-32-0, Azhar Ali 4-0-18-0, Ahmed Shehzad 4-0-24-1.

TOSS: Nepal

UMPIRES: Akbar Ali and ShozabRaza