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Pak suffer 26-run loss

Benoni: Pakistanís much vaunted bowling attack showed lack of discipline as they went down by 26 runs in their last World Cup warm-up match against Easterns Thursday.

Pakistan conceded 40 extras, including 14 wides and 10 no balls, and were docked four overs for a slow over-rate as the Easterns made 215 for nine in 50 overs.

Pakistan, in reply, were shot out for 189 in 36.4 overs.

Pierre de Bruyn put in a sterling all-round show, making 41 and taking four for 40.

A worried Pakistan coach Richard Pybus said his bowlers needed to work on their line and length.

ďIt was disappointing to have conceded so many extras and the bowlers need to work overtime to alter their length,Ē Pybus said.

Shahid Afridi (46) and Abdul Razzaq (44) were the only bright spots in the Pakistan batting performance.

Meanwhile, world champions Australia beat Northerns by five-wickets in their last warm-up match at Centurion.

Jimmy Maher (78n.o.) and Adam Gilchrist (71) were in smashing form as the Aussies chased a commendable 277 set up by the Northerns with ease. For the losers, Jack Rudolph, played a superb innings of 150 while Brett Lee (4/28) did a splendid job for the Australians.

In other matches, New Zeland, Engalnd, Sri Lanka had it easy in their final tune-up to the quadrennial show-piece.

While South Africa beat Western Provionce by 92 runs, Sri Lanka beat Free State by five wickets.

England, aided by a superb unbeaten 81 by opener Nick Knight eased past Borderís by eight wickets.

SUMMARISED SCORES

n In Benoni: Easterns 215/9 in 50 overs (Z. De Bruyn 41, P. De Bruyn 41, D. Crookes 34; W. Younis 3/33). Pakistan 189 in 36.4 overs (S. Afridi 46, A. Razzaq 44, Y. Khan 41 no). Easterns won by 26 runs.

nIn Centurion: Northerns 277 in 49.5 ovs (J. Rudolph 150; B. Lee 4/28). Australia 278/5 in 47.2 ovs (J. Maher 78 no, A. Gilchrist 71) Australia won by five wickets.

n In Capetown: South Africa 327/7 in 50 ovs (G. Kirsten 100, A. Hall 106). Western Province 235 in 46.3 ovs (Andrew Puttick 71, N. Johnson 43) South Africa won by 92 runs.

nIn Soweto: New Zealand 306/5 in 50 ovs (Stephen Fleming 122, Cairns 70). Gauteng 190/8 off 50 ovs. NZ won by 116 runs.

nIn Bloemfontein: Free State 182/7 in 50 ovs (M. Van Wyk 46, J. Beukes 50) Sri Lanka 183/5 in 38.2 ovs (M. Jayawardene 58 no, K. Sangakkara 30) Sri Lanka won by five wickets.

nIn East London: Borderís 202 in 47 ovs (Ashley Giles 3/38). England 203/2 in 38 ovs (Nick Knight 81 no) England won by eight wickets.

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