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Cricket: Versatile Malik worth buying at 45; SPREADWISE.

Byline: By Max Oram

SHAHID AFRIDI will be a popular performance buy at 60 after his 3-37, two catches and blitzkreig 32 in Tuesday's third ODI between Pakistan and South Africa in Faisalabad.

But a more profitable trade in the fourth ODI between the sides at Multan tomorrow morning could prove to be going long of his skipper Shoaib Malik's efforts at 45 with IG.

Malik is one of Pakistan's most assured performers - 18 fifties and a century for an average of 39.40 in 64 matches - and his last two make-ups in this series have been 52 (42 with bat) and 56.

He also remains a canny offbreak bowler (34 wickets in the period) who could well bowl a longer spell if Abdur Rehman is ruled out.

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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 25, 2007
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