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Pakistan overtake Ireland in Pool B

Pakistan players celebrate after defeating the United Arab Emirates in their Cricket World Cup Pool B match in Napier, New Zealand, Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Pakistan players celebrate after defeating the United Arab Emirates in their Cricket World Cup Pool B match in Napier, New Zealand, Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Pakistan boosted their chances of reaching the Cricket World Cup quarter-finals by defeating the United Arab Emirates by 129 runs in Napier.

A second-wicket partnership of 160 between Ahmed Shehzad (93) and Haris Sohail (70) and a quick-fire 65 from captain Misbah-ul-Haq helped Pakistan amass 339 for six in their 50 overs, and although the UAE lost only eight wickets in their reply, they made just 210, leaving them well short of their target.

Victory at McLean Park moved Pakistan up to fourth in Pool B at the expense of Ireland, with the two sides going head to head in Adelaide on March 15.

Meanwhile, Australia captain Michael Clarke was relieved to get his side's campaign back on track after they recorded the largest ever World Cup victory with a 275-run triumph over Afghanistan.

After a washout against Bangladesh and a narrow one-wicket loss to New Zealand, Australia returned in emphatic style, breaking records at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

David Warner was the star with the bat, striking a memorable 178, before Glenn Maxwell provided some late fireworks to push the score up to 417 for six, the highest ever total at a World Cup and Australia's second highest in one-day international cricket.

The pace of Mitchell Johnson proved to be too much for Afghanistan, taking four for 22 to dismiss the Associate nation for just 142, and Clarke told a post-match press conference he was impressed with the way his side bounced back from defeat.

"It's nice to turn our form around after New Zealand," he said. "Especially with the bat I thought the boys played really well to make 400 - the highest World Cup score ever."

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