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It wasn't the most exciting of matches, but the win helped Pakistan clinch the Mobilink Cup and reverse the trend of recent losses in Multan. Convincing but not attractive, the unassailable 3-0 lead will be a relief for Pakistan, given their decision to field a young and inexperienced bowling attack.

The home side were greatly indebted to Shahid Afridi whose 52-ball 85 not only bailed Pakistan out of a hole - 78 for 5 - but also provided a holiday crowd precious moments to make their presence felt. Equalling Sanath Jayasuriya's record of 245 sixes in ODIs, Afridi's knock showcased his increasing maturity of late.

"It was a tough situation to come and bat in," Afridi said after the match. "We had just lost quick wickets and we needed to rebuild effectively and post a good total."

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