3rd ODI: Pakistan vs Zimbabwe - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau
Pakistan win the third ODI match by 108 runs and with this win they have also win the three match ODI series against the minnows Zimbabwe 2-1.
Over 40 || Score 152
Later Utseya and Waller tried to give the hosts an impossible win by scoring 23 and 48 runs knock respectively, but it was not enough to give the second win of the series. Zimbabwe didn’t even manage to play the full quota of 50 overs and got all out in just 40 overs at the score of 152 runs. And with this win the visitors have won the series 2-1. Pakistani skipper Misbah got the Man of the Match award for the playing the knock of 67 runs.
MN Waller c Abdur Rehman b Saeed Ajmal 48 (86m 71b)
T Panyangara c & b Abdur Rehman 1 (5m 4b)
SW Masakadza b Saeed Ajmal 0 (1m 1b)
V P Utseya run out 23 (50m 50b)
Over 37 || Score 145/6
After a good start minnows Zimbabwe failed to capitalize and after the fall of the skipper Taylor, the home team collapsed. Pakistan is at the driving seat at the moment, as Zimbabwe has just four wickets in hand as they still need more than 100 runs to win this match.
E Chigumbura lbw b Shahid Afridi 2 (13b)
SC Williams run out 2 (3b)
Sikandar Raza lbw b Mohammad Hafeez 6 (16b)
BRM Taylor run out 26 (29b)
H Masakadza st Sarfraz Ahmed b Abdur Rehman 25 (42b)
Over 10 || Score 45/1
Zimbabwe has got off to a decent start in the first ten overs. Though the home team lost the first wicket early in the form of V Sibanda but since then the pair of Masakadza and skipper Talyor have been playing well. At this stage the match is evenly poised.
V Sibanda c Umar Amin b Mohammad Hafeez 2 (8b)
Over 50 || Score 260/6
Pakistan scored freely in the last ten overs to take their score to 250 plus. Though, in doing so they lost four wickets. Pakistan has set a total of 260 runs in front of Zimbabwe. In the last ten overs Pakistan managed to score 94 runs to reach to the respectable total in front of the minnows. Misbah scored 67 runs, which is the highest in the innings.
Misbah-ul-Haq c Sikandar Raza b SW Masakadza 67 (85b)
Sarfraz Ahmed c †Taylor b Chatara 22 (13b)
Shahid Afridi c Taylor b Chatara 7 (7b)
Umar Amin c & b Utseya 33 (25b)
Over 40 || Score 166/2
Though Pakistan accelerated their run-rate a bit but in doing so lost the wicket of another opener Shehzad, who scored 54 runs before giving his wicket to Masakadza. Umar Amin came after the fall of second wicket to join the skipper in the middle. Pakistan’s run-rate is 4.15 at the moment and now they will look to score some quick runs in the last ten overs of the innings.
Ahmed Shehzad c Sikandar Raza b H Masakadza 54 (85b)
Over 30 || Score 110/1
Ahmed Shehzad and Misbah-ul-Haq are at the crease. But still Zimbabwean bowlers are bowling at tight line and not giving away easy runs to the visiting team. Shehzad is at 47 and is heading towards his half century. Pakistan’s run-rate is still below four runs per over. The only thing that is in Pakistan’s favour at the moment is that they have nine wickets in hand.
Over 20 || Score 77/1
Finally, Zimbabwe got its first breakthrough in the form of Nasir Jamshed. Chatara’s got the wicket of Jamshed. Jamshed tried to drive the ball towards the extra cover region but only managed an outside edge which went to the wicketkeeper. Misbah-ul-Haq came to the crease after the fall of first wicket.
Nasir Jamshed c Taylor b Chatara 38 (51b)
Over 10 || Score 37/0
In the first ten overs Pakistan haven’t lost any wicket as both its openers are playing sensible cricket. Ahmed Shezad is batting on 15 runs and on the other hand Nasir Jamshed is on 18. So far they have scored runs with an average of 3.70. The credit must go to Zimbabwe seamers, as both the bowlers -- T Panyangara and Masakadza have bowled well so far.
Zimbabwe have won the toss and will bowl first.