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Pakistan win by 108 runs

Zimbabwe vs Pakistan

ODI: Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 108 runs to take series 2-1

Series win: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq and teammates pose with the series trophy after victory over Zimbabwe

Misbah-ul-Haq top-scored as Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 108 runs in the decisive third one-day international to take the series 2-1.

The skipper's pedestrian start bloomed into a well-judged 67 in Harare, while in-form Ahmed Shehzad made 54 in the tourists' total of 260-6, in which Tendai Chatara took 3-48.

Zimbabwe's chase never got going and despite 48 from Malcolm Waller, they were bowled out for 152 with 10 overs remaining.

After being put in to bat, Pakistan posted their best opening stand of the series as Nasir Jamshed and Shehzad made it to 66, with the former occasionally troubled by some lively deliveries from Shingi Masakadza.

He would ultimately depart for 38, pushing at a Chatara delivery and feathering it behind. That brought Mohammed Hafeez to the crease, fresh from scores of 136 not out and 70 in the series so far, but he pulled a hamstring and limped off having made just 12.

Shehzad made it to his half-century but perished at the hands of Hamilton Masakadza, while Umar Amin hit 33 from 25 balls before offering Prosper Utseya a return catch.

Snared

Chatara then nipped any possible Shahid Afridi counter-attack in the bud as he snared him via an edge behind on seven but Misbah, who had taken 12 balls to get off the mark and was five not out from 28, finally accelerated in company with Sarfraz Ahmed.

The latter hit 22 from 13 balls as the 46th and 47th overs each went for 14. His departure saw Hafeez return and though Misbah fell with two balls remaining, Pakistan reached 260 with Hafeez finishing 26 not out.

Hafeez quickly got in on the action with the ball when he removed opener Vusi Sibanda for two before captain Brendan Taylor joined Hamilton Masakadza in a partnership of 34 in seven overs.

Masakadza was deceived by Abdur Rehman and stumped by Sarfraz Ahmed for 25 and Taylor made 26 before being run out by Misbah.

Sikandar Raza and Sean Williams were sent back in successive overs to leave Zimbabwe 75-5 and it became 87-6 when Elton Chigumbura was trapped lbw by Afridi.

Waller found an ally in Utseya and the pair put on 58, the highest stand of the innings, before a mix-up saw Utseya become the third run-out victim, Williams having gone the same way. The remaining three wickets added only seven, with Waller the last man out when a leading edge off Saeed Ajmal was pouched by Rehman.

Spinners Ajmal (2-15), Rehman (2-23) and Hafeez (2-40) were the men to do the damage.

Match Details

Date
31st Aug 2013
Toss
Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bowl.
Venue
Harare Sports Club
Umpires
R K Illingworth, T J Matibiri
TV Umpire
R B Tiffin
Match Referee
J J Crowe
Reserve Umpire
S Rwaziyeni

zimbabwe BATTING CARD

Batsman R
H. Masakadza s Ahmed b Rehman 25
V. Sibanda c Amin b Hafeez 2
B.R.M. Taylor run out (Rehman) 26
S.R. Butt lbw Hafeez 6
S.C. Williams run out (Niazi) 2
M. Waller c Rehman b Ajmal 48
E. Chigumbura lbw Afridi 2
P. Utseya run out (Amin) 23
S.W. Masakadza b Ajmal 0
T. Panyangara c&b Rehman 1
T.L. Chatara Not out 1
Extras 13w, 3lb 16
Total All Out, 40.0 Overs 152
Full Batting Card

pakistan BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Iqbal 6 0 20 0
M. Hafeez 9 0 40 2
J.M. Khan 4 1 22 0
A. Rehman 8 0 23 2
S.S.M.K. Afridi 6 1 29 1
S. Ajmal 7 1 15 2
Full Bowling Card