Zimbabwe vs Pakistan
Zimbabwe beat Pakistan by 7 wickets and record their first victory against this opposition in 15 years. It was not a match filled with quality, as both sides dropped some crucial catches, but it was competitive and the ascendency swung throughout the match. At the end of the day, Misbah will realise that he made the wrong decision after winning the toss as the deck flattened out for the chase in the afternoon. The two Zimbabwean opening batsmen set up the victory, both scoring half-centuries, before Taylor and Williams took the team home. The hosts take a 1-0 lead in the series. The next installment will be at the same venue on Thursday.
Over 49 Zim 246/3 (Taylor 43, Williams 39)
Irfan is back for the last rights. Williams clubs a six over mid-wicket to win the match.
Over 48 Zim 240/3 (Taylor 43, Williams 33)
Ajmal finishes with a quiet over, but one feels that the damage has already been done. Zimbabwe require just five runs for victory.
Over 47 Zim 234/3 (Taylor 41, Williams 29)
Junaid has not given up quite yet and is finding his yorker very well. Williams though is timing the ball so sweetly and as soon as one is dropped shorts he dispatches it to the square-leg boundary boards. It is definitely the hosts day as another mistimed shot from Taylor finds an open space.
Over 46 Zim 226/3 (Taylor 40, Williams 22)
In what perhaps is a final roll of the dice, Ajmal is back to try and apply some pressure. Another inside edge for Williams beats short fine-leg and runs away for four. He then connects with a slog sweep and finds the mid-wicket boundary. The hosts are coasting home.
Over 45 Zim 215/3 (Taylor 39, Williams 12)
Junaid is focused at the top of his run, looking to strike again for his team. Williams has looked the goods with everything hitting the middle of his bat. He should probably have come in one earlier. Williams gets an inside edge which crashes onto leg-stump, but some how the bail has stayed on and the ball deflects for four. It seems to be Zimbabwe's day.
Over 44 Zim 206/3 (Taylor 38, Williams 4)
Hafeez returns as he has a very good record against left-handers, but Williams is off the mark straight away with a couple nudged into the leg-side. DROPPED. Taylor attempts the reverse sweep and is dropped at point.
Over 43 Zim 201/3 (Taylor 37, Williams 0)
Taylor takes a very tight single to get off strike. Juniad now has Maruma in his sights. Maruma takes on the short ball, gets the top edge and clears third-man to register six runs. WICKET. This time it goes straight up and Maruma is caught at cover. Williams walks to the wicket with just 44 runs required.
Over 42 Zim 192/2 (Taylor 35, Maruma 11)
Afridi returns, can he add a little bit of magic. A good tight line is making life very difficult for Maruma in particular. Terrible fielding lets Maruma off the hook. The long-on should have taken the catch but chose instead to take it on the bounce, then missed it all together and conceded the boundary.
Over 41 Zim 184/2 (Taylor 34, Maruma 4)
Irfan continues and since the departure of Masakadza runs have become very difficult to come by. Some desperate running gets Zimbabwe an overthrow. Just three runs off the over as the batsmen look to be on edge.
Over 40 Zim 181/2 (Taylor 32, Maruma 3)
Ajmal is using his full bag of tricks now. The ball is spinning both ways and Maruma is really struggling.
Over 39 Zim 179/2 (Taylor 31, Maruma 2)
Irfan is managing to get a couple past the edge of the new batsman. This game is by no means over. If Pakistan get their tails up then knocking off the runs will be very tough.
Over 38 Zim 177/2 (Taylor 30, Maruma 1)
WICKET. Masakadza has thrown it away. Ajmal drops short and the opener slaps it off the back-foot straight to cover, where the catch is completed by Misbah. Maruma joins his captain in the middle.
Over 37 Zim 175/1 (Taylor 30, Masakadza 85)
The accurate Hafeez is given the duty of continuing in the powerplay. Taylor sweeps fine and starts the over with a boundary. Slighlty too full and Masakadza drives over the ring on the off-side to collect four runs.
Over 36 Zim 166/1 (Taylor 25, Masakadza 81)
The powerplay is taken which results in a return to the bowling attack for Ajmal. The powerplay means that there will be less singles on offer. There will thus be a flurry of boundaries or a few wickets might fall which would make it interesting.
Over 35 Zim 164/1 (Taylor 24, Masakadza 80)
Hafeez flies through the over which yields just four singles. The run rate is not a worry though and thus no pressure is being built.
Over 34 Zim 160/1 (Taylor 22, Masakadza 78)
Amin comes into the attack for the first time in an attempt to make something happen. Taylor plays a pretty drive over cover which splits the boundary riders and rolls into the rope. Another good over for Zimbabwe slips by.
Over 33 Zim 153/1 (Taylor 16, Masakadza 77)
Hafeez is back to try and stop the bleeding. Rotation of the strike is exactly what is required for the hosts.
Over 32 Zim 150/1 (Taylor 14, Masakadza 76)
Afridi lets out another lbw appeal but the umpire is not interested. Taylor seems to be slightly impatient. Masakadza on the other hand is playing wonderfully well as he cover drives the leg-spinner all the way for six. Another boundary is thrashes through cover by the opening batsman while Afridi's body language is not good at all.
Over 31 Zim 137/1 (Taylor 13, Masakadza 64)
Junaid induces a false shot from the Zimbabwean captain, the the ball lands in no-mans-land. A very good over yields just two runs.
- 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
zimbabwe BATTING CARD
|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|