Brisbane: Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 20 runs in their Pool B clash to stay alive in the tournament. The Pakistani bowlers, led by Mohammad Irfan and Wahab Riaz bowled brilliantly especially in the death over to run out victors in the final over of the match.
Over 50 || Score 215
Pakistan's death overs bowling was sensational and too good for Zimbabwe's lower order. They just could not manage to get the bowlers away in the last five overs.
Panyangara run out 10 (28b)
Chigumbura c Umar Akmal b Wahab Riaz 35 (35b)
Over 48 || Score 208/8
Chigumbura smashed Riaz through the cover and mid-off region for a boundary. However, Pakistan will be happy with that over.
Over 47 || Score 202/8
Afridi used all his experience against Panyangara as he bowled the perfect over. The tailender was all at sea against the spinner. Zimbabwe require another 34 runs with 2 wickets and 18 balls remaining .
Over 46 || Score 202/8
Skipper Chigumbura smashed Sohail Khan straight back over his head for a boundary. Zimbabwe require another 34 runs with 2 wickets and 24 balls remaining
Over 45 || Score 195/8
Afridi came back into the attack. Chigumbura swept him over for a much-needed boundary. Zimbabwe require another 41 runs with 2 wickets and 31 balls remaining.
Over 44 || Score 189/8
Chigumbura and Panyangara have held firm after the double strike by Riaz. We are headed for a tense finish here.
Mupariwa c †Umar Akmal b Wahab Riaz 0 (2b 0x4 0x6)
Ervine c †Umar Akmal b Wahab Riaz 14 (29b 1x4 0x6)
Over 37 || Score 166/6
Irfan induces an edge off the shoulder of Mire's bat. Akmal takes the catch, much to the relief of his colleagues and Pakistani fans. Zimbabwe in trouble!
Mire c Umar Akmal b Mohammad Irfan 8 (14b)
Over 34 || Score 151/5
Sean Williams' brilliant innings came to an end as he cut off a short delivery from Rahat went straight into Shehzad's hands at backward point. The left-hander's controlled aggression was key to Zimbabwe's hopes of mounting a successful chase. Somebody will have to play out of their skin from here on.
Williams c Ahmed Shehzad b Rahat Ali 33 (32b)
Over 30 || Score 128/4
Not a great delivery from Riaz, straying down on Taylor's pads and getting a edge on its way to the keeper. Taylor will be disappointed to get out in that manner. The right-hander departs for a very well made half-century.
Taylor c Umar Akmal b Wahab Riaz 50 (72b)
Over 28 || Score 124/3
Since the departure of Masakadza, Taylor-Williams have put on 50 runs with brisk pace. They have played positive cricket and the pressure is now firmly back on Pakistan. Misbah took off Afridi and replaced him with Sohail Khan. They need a wicket and how!
Over 24 || Score 98/3
ZIMBABWE LAUNCH OFFENSIVE!
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) March 1, 2015
Taylor and Williams are fighting fire with fire. After being dominated by Irfan, the duo attacked the pacer scoring 15 off his over. The Pakistanis have been taken aback with this fantastic counter-punch by the Zimbabweans.
Over 22 || Score 74/3
IRFAN GETS NO. 3
Rush of blood cost Masakadza his wicket. He skied a slog off Irfan that appeared to hang in the air for quite a while. Misbah should be complimented for staying focused and completing a tough catch.
Masakadza c Misbah-ul-Haq b Mohammad Irfan 29 (54b
Over 20 || Score 74/2
Taylor channeled the inner Tendulkar in himself and played a delightful uppercut to a quick and rising delivery over the keeper's head for a boundary. He then drove Riaz through the covers for three more runs. Misbah needing a wicket now, threw the ball to birthday boy Afridi!
Over 17 || Score 55/2
Masakadza and Taylor have played very sensibly by not taking any risks. The duo have put on 33 runs so far for the third wicket.
Over 13 || Score 45/2
Taylor and Masakadza steadies the Zimbabwean ship after Irfan's double blow. Masakadza has been the aggressor among the two while Taylor has looked to rotate the strike.
Over 8 || Score 23/2
Sikandar Raza was caught in the slip off Irfan's bowling. The opener failed to push the ball in the off-side due to the pacer's extra bounce. Raza couldn't get his hands out of the way and the ball went straight to Sohail.
Sikandar Raza c Haris Sohail b Mohammad Irfan 8 (15b)
Over 5 || Score 14/1
IRFAN STRIKES EARLY!
The lanky pacer fired in a short ball that Chibhabha failed to negotiate. The opener displayed poor technique by not putting his hands down and getting out of the way, thereby handing second slip a simple catch.
Chibhabha c Haris Sohail b Mohammad Irfan 9 (18b)
Over 4 || Score 14/0
Sikandar Raza and Chamu Chibhabha opened the innings for Zimbabwe while Sohail Khan teamed up with Mohammad Irfan to share the new ball for Pakistan. The batting duo has got off to a solid start here. Misbah would need make early inroads to defend the modest total.
After a disastrous start, Pakistan managed to post 235 on the board thanks to half-centuries from Misbah-ul-Haq and Wahab Riaz. Don't count Zimbabwe out as this could be an interesting run chase.
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) March 1, 2015
Over 50 || Score 235/7
Misbah played a key knock of 71 for the Pakistani team. But they should be thankful for Wahab Riaz's 54 runs off 46 balls to get to a respectable total. Zimbawean's were sloppy in the field, especially in the death overs that caused them to leak a few extra runs. That could be the difference in the end.
Over 45 || Score 192/6
Misbah and Wahab have stitched a 35 runs run partnership so far. Wahab has played sensibly by punishing the poor deliveries and rotating the strike well. Misbah is looking solid as ever. This is Pakistan's big chance to post a score past 240.
Over 39 || Score 158/6
Mupariwa got the crucial wicket of Maqsood just when he was cutting loose. The right-hander attempted to flick a delivery through mid-wicket, but ended up hitting it straight back to the bowler who completed a simple catch. That ends the last recognized batting partnership for Pakistan.
Sohaib Maqsood c & b Mupariwa 21 (17b)
Over 38 || Score 151 /5
Maqsood, after being dropped on the previous delivery, dances down the track and goes inside out over the cover fielder to pick up a boundary. He then picks up three more runs by punching a short delivery from Williams through the covers.
Not the best way to celebrate a birthday if you're Shahid Afridi. He becomes only second batsman to get a duck on his birthday in a world cup match.
Over 34 || Score 127 /5
Sean Williams turned the game on its head by striking twice in a space of three balls. He first bowled Akmal and then got rid of the dangerous Afridi.
Umar Akmal b Williams 33 (42b)
Shahid Afridi b Williams 0 (2b)
Over 29 || Score 106/3
Umar Kamal has scored his runs at brisk pace. The right-hander has scored a run-a-ball 26 taking his partnership with Misbah to 48 runs.
Over 25 || Score 77/3
Zimbabwe captain Chigumbura injured himself in the field while chasing a ball near the boundary. He was escorted off the field by the medical staff. Misbah is batting on 34 and Akmal on 6.
Over 21 || Score 62/3
Sohail, who looked good for a big score, threw his wicket away as his pull shot off a poor delivery landed straight in the hands of short midwicket. The left-hander was distraught and he should be. Just when the two were doing a fine rebuilding job, Pakistan have shot themselves in the foot again. Umar Akmal is the new man in!
RAZA STRIKES FIRST BALL!
Haris Sohail c Williams b Sikandar Raza 27 (44b)
Over 20 || Score 58/2
Masakadza strayed on Sohail's pads who delightfully flicked the ball past fine leg past the fielder in the circle to pick up four runs.
Over 19 || Score 51/2
The skipper Elton Chigumbura got himself on. Seven runs come off his first over.
Over 18 || Score 44/2
Misbah pulled a poor delivery from Masakadza to the midwicket boundary for four runs. Pakistan are slowly getting a move on here.
Over 17 || Score 34/2
The two batsmen knocked off 4 singles off that over.
Over 16 || Score 34/2
Hamilton Masakadza was brought in to the attack and he bowled an excellent first over conceding just 1 run.
Over 15 || Score 33/2
Spin was introduced for the first time in the 15th over as Sean Williams came in to the attack. Misbah punished a full delivery from the left-arm spinner through the cover region for his first boundary.
Over 14 || Score 26/2
Panyangara concedes just 2 runs off his 5th over. The seamer now has figures of 5-1-6-0.
Over 13 || Score 24/2
Mupariwa was slogged over mid-on by Sohail who danced down the track to score Pakistan's second boundary of the innings.
Over 12 || Score 17/2
Panyangara beat Sohail on two occasions in that over. The left-hander appears bogged down by the pressure of losing two early wickets and having had to curb is natural aggressive game, is looking a bit edgy out there.
Over 11 || Score 17/2
Misbah flicked a ball from his off-stump in the air backward of square. It initially looked as though the long leg fielder would be in business, but the ball fell well short.
Over 10 || Score 14/2
Two runs came off that Chatara over. Misbah is batting on 2 runs off 24 balls.
Over 9 || Score 12/2
Misbah plays out a maiden from Mupariwa. The Zimbabweans have maintained pressure on the batsmen without offering any freebies.
Over 8 || Score 12/2
Chatara continued bowling from the other end. He has figures of 4-2-6-2 so far. Impressive!
Over 7 || Score 11/2
Tawanda Mupariwa was introduced into the attack. He bowled a tidy first over.
Injured allrounder Mohammad Hafeez offers some advice to his colleagues
Good toss to win..put 300+ & register a good big win today.. Good luck team Pakistan
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) March 1, 2015
Over 6 || Score 10/2
Sohail drives Chatara down the ground for a boundary. The left-hander showed the full face of the bat there. Great shot!
Over 5 || Score 5/2
Panyangara maintains the pressure on Sohail and Misbah with a tight over.
Over 4 || Score 4/2
DUCK FOR SHEHZAD
Chatara bowls an absolute peach at Shehzad that squared up the opener and induced a faint edge that was easily taken by the keeper. Disaster!
Ahmed Shehzad c Taylor b Chatara 0 (11b)
Over 2 || Score 1/1
Jamshed failed yet again. He is out for 1 after scoring a duck in the previous game. The left-hander tried to pull a short delivery from outside off, but only managed to give a simple catch to square leg.
Nasir Jamshed c Sikandar Raza b Chatara 1 (9b)
Over 1 || Score 1/0
Off the third ball Nasir Jamshed places the ball towards square leg to open the account for Pakistan. That's the only scoring shot from the over.
Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad are up in the middle to open the innings. Tinashe Panyangara is set to bowl the first over of the match.
Rahat Ali has replaced Younis Khan for this match. Bold move by Pakistan.
Toss: So the news from the center is that Pakistan have won the toss and elected to bat first.
Besieged by on and off-field controversies, embattled Pakistan will hope to salvage their stuttering campaign when they lock horns with Zimbabwe in a Pool B match of the cricket World Cup here.
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The 1992 edition winners looked far from their once dominating self in the two defeats against arch foes India and the West Indies over the past couple of weeks.
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Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq, Ahmed Shehzad, Ehsan Adil, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Irfan, Nasir Jamshed, Rahat Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Khan, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Younis Khan
Zimbabwe: E Chigumbura, RW Chakabva, TL Chatara, CJ Chibhabha, CR Ervine, T Kamungozi, H Masakadza, S Matsikenyeri, SF Mire, T Mupariwa, T Panyangara, Sikandar Raza, BRM Taylor, P Utseya, SC Williams
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As far as Zimbabwe were concerned, they have one win and two defeats and are positioned fifth in the standings, two places above bottom-placed Pakistan in the 14-nation quadrennial extravaganza.