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Zimbabwe win by 7 wickets

Zimbabwe vs Pakistan

Zimbabwe chase down target of 245 for seven-wicket win over Pakistan

Hamilton Masakadza (right): Zimbabwe batsman congratulated by Brendan Taylor on his 20th ODI half-century

Hamilton Masakadza's 85 helped Zimbabwe earn their first one-day international victory over Pakistan since 1998.

Chasing a target of 245 in the opening game of the three-match series in Harare, opener Masakadza set Zimbabwe on the way to a seven-wicket success.

Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor (43no) and Sean Williams (39no) steered their side over the winning line with 10 balls to spare after Saeed Ajmal had denied Masakadza a century.

Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda got the run chase off to a solid start with a 107-run partnership in 23.3 overs before Pakistan spinner Ajmal won an lbw verdict against Sibanda (54).

Ajmal (2-44) also accounted for Masakadza, caught in the covers to end a 104-ball effort that included nine fours and a six, and left-arm seamer Junaid Khan (1-55) removed Timycen Maruma (18) to leave Zimbabwe on 201-3 after 43 overs.

Williams joined Taylor in the middle and blasted 39 off 23 deliveries to ensure Zimbabwe got home in the penultimate over, finishing off proceedings with a six.


Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq finished on 83 not out in his side's total of 244-7 after opting to bat first.

All of the top four made contributions, openers Nasir Jamshed (27) and Ahmed Shehzad (24) ensuring a steady start with a 56-run stand.

Mohammad Hafeez and Misbah put on 99 for the third wicket with Hafeez's 71-ball 70 featuring six fours and three sixes.

Misbah batted through to the end of the innings, his 85-ball contribution contained three fours and two sixes, while Zimbabwe seamers Brian Vitori (2-42) and Tendai Chatara (2-32) each picked up two wickets.

The second match of the series takes place at the same venue on Thursday.

Match Details

27th Aug 2013
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat.
Harare Sports Club
R K Illingworth, R B Tiffin
TV Umpire
O Chirombe
Match Referee
J J Crowe
Reserve Umpire
L Rusere


Batsman R
H. Masakadza c Niazi b Ajmal 85
V. Sibanda lbw Ajmal 54
B.R.M. Taylor Not out 43
T. Maruma c Shehzad b Khan 18
S.C. Williams Not out 39
Extras 3w, 1b, 3lb 7
Total 48.2 Overs 246 - 3
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Iqbal 9.2 1 45 0
J.M. Khan 9 0 55 1
S. Ajmal 10 0 44 2
M. Hafeez 10 0 40 0
S.S.M.K. Afridi 9 0 51 0
U. Amin 1 0 7 0
Full Bowling Card