PALLEKELE Asad Shafiq helped Pakistan entered the quarter-finals with his maiden World Cup half century in a rain-marred here at the Pallekele Stadium on Monday. Pakistan included Asad Shafiq into playing eleven first time scored his first half century of the competition that helped his team to beat Zimbabwe by seven wickets in a rain affected group A match here on Monday night. Pakistan reached the quarter final of the event after a long time. Set to get 162 runs in 38 overs based on D/L system Pakistan reached 164 for three in 34.1 overs with Asad Shafiq hit a four to take Pakistan past the winning target. He was unbeaten 78 as Pakistan reached 164 for three. Younus Khan was the other not out batsman at the crease with 13. Zimbabwe had scored 151 for seven in thrice rain interrupted match and Pakistan was given the easy task to reach the target. Pakistanis played coolly and reached the target. A big crowd of cricket fans watched the match that ended around 10 in the night. Pakistan will play its last match of the group A against Australia on March 19 at Colombo. Pakistan suffered early set back when they went for getting the winning target .Young opener Ahmed Shahzad went early. For the fifth time in the current cup competition Shahzad had failed to contribute good personal total and give the team a good start. Pakistan needed a robust start here on Monday night than in any other matches so far. Pakistan was chasing a winning target. Victory is crucial to Pakistan if it happen Pakistan for the first time would enter the knock out stage of the world cup in 12 years. In case there is any other result against Pakistan the group would be thrown in interesting situation in which Zimbabwe would have a distant chance to reach the quarter final. In that case Pakistan would have to win against Australia to reach the knock out stage. Pakistan meets Australia on March 19 at Premadassa stadium. At the fall of Ahmed Shahzads wicket Asad Shafiq walked to the centre of the ground to bat first time in the cup. He has been included in the playing in place of Umar Akmal who was dropped due to an injury to his index finger of right hand. It was a big challenge for Asad who was thrown into the battle in tense situation. Hafeez scored 49 and Afridi who promoted himself in batting order got three. Pakistan has to get 162 in 38 overs. Though it is soft target taking into consideration the number of overs given but the Pakistani batsmen had to give disciplined performance. Scorecard ZIMBABWE: B Taylor c Kamran b Razzaq 4 R Chakabva lbw b Gul 0 T Taibu c Afridi b Riaz 19 V Sibanda c Misbah b Gul 5 C Ervine b Hafeez 52 G Lamb c and b Afridi 16 E Chigumbura not out 32 P Utseya c Kamran b Gul 18 EXTRAS: (lb2, nb1, w2) 5 TOTAL: (for seven wkts; 39.4 overs) 151 FOW: 1-5, 2-5, 3-13, 4-43, 5-84, 6-103, 7-151 BOWLING: Razzaq 7-1-24-1 (w1), Gul 7.4-1-36-3 (nb1), Riaz 6-0-21-1, Afridi 8-0-33-1, Rehman 8-1-24-0 (w1), Hafeez 3-0-11-1 PAKISTAN: Hafeez c Price b Utseya 49 Shahzad st Taibu b Price 8 Asad Shafiq not out 78 Shahid Afridi b Price 3 Younis Khan not out 13 EXTRAS: (w13) 13 TOTAL: (for 3 wkts; 34.1 overs) 164 FOW: 1-17, 2-99, 3-110 BOWLING: Masakadza 6-1-44-0 (w9), Price 8-1-21-2 (w3), Utseya 7-1-24-1, Lamb 7-0-44-0, Cremer 6.1-0-31-0 (w1) Toss: Zimbabwe who opted to bat first Result: Pakistan win by 7 wickets under D/L Method.