Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan, 2007/08 / Commentary

Zimbabwe in Pakistan ODI Series - 1st ODI

Pakistan v Zimbabwe

Pakistan won by 104 runs

Right, we're just ready to start. Mpofu to start off to Butt

11.10 local time
Toss: Prosper Utseya has won the toss and Zimbabwe will bowl first.

Pitch: Good for batting, the experts say. The surface is dry, devoid of grass and a few cracks, to put it rather mildly. There are 'plenty' of small cracks so the spinners should enjoy this as the match progresses. However, Utseya has decided to give his batsmen the second use of the pitch. We'll see later if it was a wise decision.


Pakistan: Pakistan - 1 Salman Butt, 2 Nasir Jamshed, 3 Younis Khan, 4 Mohammed Yousuf, 5 Shoaib Malik (capt), 6 Misbah-ul-Haq, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Kamran Akmal (wk), 9 Sohail Tanvir, 10 Samiullah Niazi, 11 Iftikhar Anjum

Zimbabwe - 1 Vusi Sibanda, 2 Hamilton Masakadza, 3 Tatenda Taibu (wk), 4 Brendan Taylor, 5 Sean Williams, 6 Brendan Taylor, 7 Prosper Utseya (capt),8 Ray Price, 9 Chamu Chigumbura, 10 Christopher Mpofu, 11 Elton Chigumbura

Hello and welcome wherever you are to Cricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage of the first of five one-day internationals between Pakistan and Zimbabwe, played at Karachi's National Stadium. This is Kanishkaa Balachandran, your commentator/companion through this day-night game. Allow me to introduce my fellow crew - Raju (on scoring) and Faras Ghani, who's at the bullring soaking up the atmosphere, with an eye on the cricket of course. Faras will bring you the bulletin.

This series presents an opportunity for Pakistan to test out their bench strength and the selectors have picked some of the stars of the recently-completed Quaid-e-Azam trophy. We can expect the seniors to sit out at some stage in the series but, nothing short of a comprehensive series win will please captain Shoaib Malik and coach Geoff Lawson. Zimbabwe are capable of pulling off shockers, just ask Australia and the West Indies. Faras has more on that in the preview.

10.50 local time: Nasir Jamshed and Samiullah Khan Niazi are expected to make their debuts today though we're yet to get it confirmed. More on the teams, toss and the pitch later.

Faras caught up with Zimbabwe's newly-appointed coach Robin Brown. Read the interview here.

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0.1

Mpofu to Salman Butt, no run, full and coming in to the left hander just outside off, pushed to point

0.2

Mpofu to Salman Butt, 1 run, pakistan are underway, slides down leg and Butt trickles it down to fine leg

Jamshed to face his first ball in international cricket

0.3

Mpofu to Nasir Jamshed, FOUR, streaky, pitches on off and middle, slices Jamshed is sliced in half, he doesn't move his feet much and he gets a thin french cut that beats the stumps and rolls to fine leg

0.4

Mpofu to Nasir Jamshed, FOUR, full and side outside the off stump, Jamshed leans forward and drives through the covers

0.5

Mpofu to Nasir Jamshed, no run, good length outside off, gets the ball to bounce more, left alone

0.6

Mpofu to Nasir Jamshed, 2 runs, full and curving in on the pads, Jamshed works it though the line and guides it wide of mid-on

Baptism by fire already for Jamshed - two boundaries in his first two balls. Rock on

End of over 1 (11 runs) Pakistan 11/0 (RR: 11.00)
Nasir Jamshed    10* (4b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    1-0-11-0
Salman Butt    1* (2b)     

1.1

Chigumbura to Salman Butt, no run, hits a good length on middle and leg, straightens, he covers the line and defends

1.2

Chigumbura to Salman Butt, no run, slips this one in faster, lands on a full length outside off, Butt lets it go

1.3

Chigumbura to Salman Butt, no run, holds the length back outside the off stump, goes back and pushes to the covers

1.4

Chigumbura to Salman Butt, no run, much fuller, in the length to drive, But squeezes it out to cover

1.5

Chigumbura to Salman Butt, no run, hits a good length on middle and leg, he goes back and defends

1.6

Chigumbura to Salman Butt, no run, Butt leans forward to drive through the off side, he closes the face of the bat and drives back to the bowler

End of over 2 (maiden) Pakistan 11/0 (RR: 5.50)
Salman Butt    1* (8b)      E Chigumbura    1-1-0-0
Nasir Jamshed    10* (4b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    1-0-11-0

2.1

Mpofu to Nasir Jamshed, 2 runs, short and wide outside the off stump, Jamshed cuts to third man

2.2

Mpofu to Nasir Jamshed, FOUR, half volley on middle and leg, Jamshed stays at the crease, lofts through the line and the ball sails over the bowler's head

2.3

Mpofu to Nasir Jamshed, FOUR, Mpofu strays too wide outside off and gives Jamshed another gift, he stays back , cuts past point and the fielder at third man runs across and gives up the chase

2.4

Mpofu to Nasir Jamshed, no run, bowls round the wicket this time, pitches it closer to the off stump, defended back to the bowler

2.5

Mpofu to Nasir Jamshed, no run, grants him a bit of width outside off, Jamshed shapes to cut past point again but mistimes it, point dives to his right and cuts it off

2.6

Mpofu to Nasir Jamshed, 1 run, chopped down just wide of the slips for a single

End of over 3 (11 runs) Pakistan 22/0 (RR: 7.33)
Nasir Jamshed    21* (10b 4x4)      CB Mpofu    2-0-22-0
Salman Butt    1* (8b)      E Chigumbura    1-1-0-0

3.1

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, no run, Chigumbura dislodges the bails at his end before delivery, Jamshed gets forward and defends

3.2

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, 2 runs, short and wide outside off, Jamshed spanks it past cover but there's protection for the bowler in the deep

3.3

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, no run, aims for the yorker but slides it wide outside the line of off stump, Jamshed digs it out to point

3.4

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, 1 run, this time Jamshed beats the off side field and fetches a single

3.5

Chigumbura to Salman Butt, no run, pushed just wide of point for a single

3.6

Chigumbura to Salman Butt, no run, Butt drives away from his body outside off and ends up getting an inside edge onto his body

End of over 4 (3 runs) Pakistan 25/0 (RR: 6.25)
Salman Butt    1* (10b)      E Chigumbura    2-1-3-0
Nasir Jamshed    24* (14b 4x4)      CB Mpofu    2-0-22-0

4.1

Mpofu to Nasir Jamshed, no run, just a little too wide outside off, in the slot to drive on the backfoot, punched to point

4.2

Mpofu to Nasir Jamshed, no run, similar delivery, punched towards the covers

4.3

Mpofu to Nasir Jamshed, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Jamshed rocks back and pulls in the vacant mid-on region, the fielder was pushed back

4.4

Mpofu to Salman Butt, 1 run, good length just outside off, Butt plays with an angled bat and slices past cover

4.5

Mpofu to Nasir Jamshed, no run, fullish outside off, Jamshed drives on the up towards the covers

4.6

Mpofu to Nasir Jamshed, no run, holds the length back outside the off stump, defended to the off side

End of over 5 (2 runs) Pakistan 27/0 (RR: 5.40)
Nasir Jamshed    25* (19b 4x4)      CB Mpofu    3-0-24-0
Salman Butt    2* (11b)      E Chigumbura    2-1-3-0

5.1

Chigumbura to Salman Butt, 1 run, the bowlers are sticking to the same line outside off, Butt cuts past the off side

5.2

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, no run, full, wide and swinging away, Jamshed eyes a flashy boundary wide of point but misses, the ball kicks up a little after pitching and unsettles Jamshed

5.3

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, no run, Jamshed stays back and defends solidly back to the bowler

5.4

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, no run, pitches outside the off stump, Jamshed defends to the off side

5.5

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, no run, full and wide outside off, driven firmly but short cover gets a hand to it

5.6

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, 1 run, full and wide outside the off stump, Jamshed plays an expansive drive past the covers and the sweeper runs across and cuts it off

End of over 6 (2 runs) Pakistan 29/0 (RR: 4.83)
Nasir Jamshed    26* (24b 4x4)      E Chigumbura    3-1-5-0
Salman Butt    3* (12b)      CB Mpofu    3-0-24-0

6.1

Mpofu to Nasir Jamshed, no run, hits a good length on middle, Jamshed goes back and tucks it to the on side

6.2

Mpofu to Nasir Jamshed, FOUR, pitched up outside off, in the slot to drive, Jamshed gets across and drives it firmly wide of mid-off

6.3

Mpofu to Nasir Jamshed, FOUR, full and wider outside the off stump, he stretches out a little, meets the pitch of the ball and drives wide of extra cover

6.4

Mpofu to Nasir Jamshed, no run, the slower ball, Jamshed gets a thin edge which goes to Taibu on the first bounce

6.5

Mpofu to Nasir Jamshed, no run, pitches around the off stump, Jamshed defends to the off side

6.6

Mpofu to Nasir Jamshed, no run, pitches outside the off stump, he stays back and punches it softly towards the covers

End of over 7 (8 runs) Pakistan 37/0 (RR: 5.28)
Nasir Jamshed    34* (30b 6x4)      CB Mpofu    4-0-32-0
Salman Butt    3* (12b)      E Chigumbura    3-1-5-0

7.1

Chigumbura to Salman Butt, 1 run, Butt plays with an angled bat and glides it just wide of point

7.2

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, SIX, the first of the series..... overpitched outside off, Jamshed waits on it, lofts through the line and clears the long-off fence

7.3

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, 1 run, shortish outside the off stump, cuts just wide of point

7.4

Chigumbura to Salman Butt, no run, Chigumbura breaks the stumps for the second time this morning, defended to mid-off

short fine leg in place. Chigumbura pulls back just before delivery

7.5

Chigumbura to Salman Butt, no run, draws Butt forward, Butt takes his bottom hand off the bat and defends to cover

7.6

Chigumbura to Salman Butt, OUT, confusion.... full on middle, Butt nudges to square leg and takes off for a run, there was certainly a run in it but Jamshed wasn't interested, Butt has no time to turn back the fielder at square leg flings it to Taibu who fumbles, there was ample time for him to whip off the bails with Butt stranded in the other end

Salman Butt run out 4 (30m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

End of over 8 (8 runs) Pakistan 45/1 (RR: 5.62)
     E Chigumbura    4-1-13-0
Nasir Jamshed    41* (32b 6x4 1x6)      CB Mpofu    4-0-32-0

8.1

Chibhabha to Nasir Jamshed, no run, Chibhabha comes in Outside off stump, attempts a prod, Jamshed misses it

8.2

Chibhabha to Nasir Jamshed, 2 runs, Overpitched outside off. Jamshed doesn't move his feet but gets hold off the ball and lobs it over the infield

8.3

Chibhabha to Nasir Jamshed, no run, Pitched on middle and tucked to the on side

8.4

Chibhabha to Nasir Jamshed, no run

8.5

Chibhabha to Nasir Jamshed, 2 runs, Short of length, Jamshed twists and turns it to the on side

8.6

Chibhabha to Nasir Jamshed, no run, pitched outside off, yorker length, Jamshed opens the face of the bat trying to cut past slip fielder but it is intercepted

End of over 9 (4 runs) Pakistan 49/1 (RR: 5.44)
Nasir Jamshed    45* (38b 6x4 1x6)      CJ Chibhabha    1-0-4-0
Younis Khan    0* (0b)      E Chigumbura    4-1-13-0

9.1

Chigumbura to Younis Khan, no run, pitched on yorker length on middle and leg and new batsman Younis Khan digs it out

9.2

Chigumbura to Younis Khan, no run, Younis gets forward and defends with soft hands

9.3

Chigumbura to Younis Khan, no run, pitched outside off, Younis gets out and drives through the line towards cover

9.4

Chigumbura to Younis Khan, no run, Full and outside off, he gets out again and taps it behind sqaure , looking for a run but has to scram back to the crease

9.5

Chigumbura to Younis Khan, no run, Pitched outside off and defended to off side

9.6

Chigumbura to Younis Khan, 1 no ball, Oversteps and pitches it outside off, ball dips in through the air and Younis blocks it

9.6

Chigumbura to Younis Khan, 2 runs, Free Hit pitches short outside off and Younis steps across the stumps and pulls. He mistimes the shot but it travels to the fielder at deep square leg

Powerplay two taken

End of over 10 (3 runs) Pakistan 52/1 (RR: 5.20)
Younis Khan    2* (7b)      E Chigumbura    5-1-16-0
Nasir Jamshed    45* (38b 6x4 1x6)      CJ Chibhabha    1-0-4-0

10.1

Chibhabha to Nasir Jamshed, 1 run, Pitches on a good length outside off and Jamshed flat-bats it to ocer the region of vacant mid-on

10.2

Chibhabha to Younis Khan, no run, Pitched outside off, holds its line and Younis drives it

10.3

Chibhabha to Younis Khan, no run, Pitched outside off and comes back, Younis starts to come forward bit stays back and inside-edges on to his pad. A big appeal turned down

10.4

Chibhabha to Younis Khan, 2 runs, Pitched outside off, goes wider and Younis drives through the covers for a boundary

10.5

Chibhabha to Younis Khan, no run, Full and outside off and Younis defends

10.6

Chibhabha to Younis Khan, 2 runs, Chibhabha bowls this shorter but the line is wide and Younis rocks back to cut behind point

End of over 11 (5 runs) Pakistan 57/1 (RR: 5.18)
Younis Khan    6* (12b)      CJ Chibhabha    2-0-9-0
Nasir Jamshed    46* (39b 6x4 1x6)      E Chigumbura    5-1-16-0

11.1

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, SIX, Jamshed gets his fifty with a six. Pitched short of good length and going outside off. Jamshed heaves it over long-off

Jamshed gets a half-century on debut

11.2

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, no run, Defended to the off side

11.3

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, no run, half-volley outside off and Jamshed gets down on one knee to drive but can't penetrate the in-field

11.4

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, no run, Jamshed is looking to up the run-rate. He looks to drive one going outside off and mistimes. He turns the face of the bat and mistimes to mid-on

11.5

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, 1 run, Jamshed drives again but a good save by cover fielder converts a potential four into a single

11.6

Chigumbura to Younis Khan, 1 run, Pitched fuller, outside off. Younisdrives it just wide of mid-off and takes off for a run. Mid-off fielder gets a direct hit at the non-striker's end but Younis is in

End of over 12 (8 runs) Pakistan 65/1 (RR: 5.41)
Younis Khan    7* (13b)      E Chigumbura    6-1-24-0
Nasir Jamshed    53* (44b 6x4 2x6)      CJ Chibhabha    2-0-9-0

12.1

Chibhabha to Younis Khan, no run, On the fuller length on middle and off and turns face of the bat and works it to midwicket

12.2

Chibhabha to Younis Khan, FOUR, Younis stays at the crease and waits right till the ball is almost past him to cut it to third-man boundary

12.3

Chibhabha to Younis Khan, no run, fullish outside off and pushed to mid-off

12.4

Chibhabha to Younis Khan, 1 run, A big appeal. Younis stays in the crease and the ball is almost on him when he puts his bat down on it. He may have inside-edged it on to his pads

12.5

Chibhabha to Nasir Jamshed, SIX, Just short of length outside off and Jamshed swings across the line and lifts it way over midwicket

12.6

Chibhabha to Nasir Jamshed, 2 runs, Slower ball, outside off. Jamshed stays at the crease and lofts it away from his body over the in-field. Lands safely close to the boundary

End of over 13 (13 runs) Pakistan 78/1 (RR: 6.00)
Nasir Jamshed    61* (46b 6x4 3x6)      CJ Chibhabha    3-0-22-0
Younis Khan    12* (17b 1x4)      E Chigumbura    6-1-24-0

Mpofu changes ends

13.1

Mpofu to Younis Khan, no run, good length on off stump, comes in a little after pitching, Younis defends rather close to the pads

13.2

Mpofu to Younis Khan, FOUR, Younis walks across his stumps before the bowler lands the ball, it was premeditated, he tuns the face of the bat and lofts over mid-on, one bounce and four

13.3

Mpofu to Younis Khan, no run, defended to the off side

13.4

Mpofu to Younis Khan, no run, Younis walks across the stumps again, the ball lands outside off and he defends

13.5

Mpofu to Younis Khan, no run, pitches on a fuller length, walks across and picks the ball from outside off and glides it towards fine leg

13.6

Mpofu to Younis Khan, 1 run, slower ball outside off, he waits on it and cuts it to third man

End of over 14 (5 runs) Pakistan 83/1 (RR: 5.92)
Younis Khan    17* (23b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    5-0-37-0
Nasir Jamshed    61* (46b 6x4 3x6)      CJ Chibhabha    3-0-22-0

jamshed's fifty could be one of the faster ones on debut. We'll let u know later

14.1

Chibhabha to Younis Khan, no run, Taibu stands upto the stumps, fuller outside off, pushed towards point, cramped for room

14.2

Chibhabha to Younis Khan, 1 run, slower ball on middle, the ball doesn't come on quickly and Younis tucks it with soft hands to the on side

14.3

Chibhabha to Nasir Jamshed, 1 wide, sprays wide outside off, Jamshed shapes to cut but the ball was well out of reach

14.3

Chibhabha to Nasir Jamshed, no run, adjusts the line closer to the off stumps, he gets behind the line and defends

14.4

Chibhabha to Nasir Jamshed, OUT, cheap dismissal, Chibhabha bowls another slower one, the legcutter, the ball lands on a good length, Jamshed stays rooted to the crease, tries to loft over the bowler's head, he mistimes it and Matsikenyeri at long-off runs across to his right and takes it easily

Nasir Jamshed c Matsikenyeri b Chibhabha 61 (64m 48b 6x4 3x6) SR: 127.08

Jamshed looked set for a debut ton. Pity though he couldn't but he's done his job. It can only be good news for Pakistan as they search for a trusted opening pair

We have the twp 'Y's' at the crease

14.5

Chibhabha to Younis Khan, 1 run, pushed with soft hands to mid-off

14.6

Chibhabha to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, hits a good length on off stump, cramps him for room, defended back to the bowler

End of over 15 (3 runs) Pakistan 86/2 (RR: 5.73)
Mohammad Yousuf    0* (1b)      CJ Chibhabha    4-0-25-1
Younis Khan    19* (26b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    5-0-37-0

Third Powerplay taken. Mpofu to continue

15.1

Mpofu to Younis Khan, no run, hits a good length and gets it to cut back in from outside off, Younis has very little room to work with as he chops it down to the off side on the front foot

15.2

Mpofu to Younis Khan, 1 run, slides towards the pads, works it on its way to fine leg

15.3

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 leg bye, sliding down the leg side again, tries to glance it fine but meets the ball on the body, Taibu dives to his left to cut it off

15.4

Mpofu to Younis Khan, 1 run, Dropped but an excellent attempt by Utseya, Younis walks across his stumps and tries to loft over mid-off, he doesn't get the elevation, Utseya nearly pulls off a one-handed blinder to his right

15.5

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, good length on middle, pushed to the on side

15.6

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, fullish on middle, pushed to mid-on

End of over 16 (3 runs) Pakistan 89/2 (RR: 5.56)
Mohammad Yousuf    0* (4b)      CB Mpofu    6-0-39-0
Younis Khan    21* (29b 2x4)      CJ Chibhabha    4-0-25-1

16.1

Chibhabha to Younis Khan, 3 runs, in the slot to drive outside off, Younis gets forward, drives uppishly but just beats cover to pick up three

16.2

Chibhabha to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, Yousuf stays on the back foot and punches it to point

16.3

Chibhabha to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, superb timing, just short of a length outside off, Yousuf transfers his weight on the back foot, opens the face of the bat and punches it wide of point and the ball scorches along the turf

16.4

Chibhabha to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 wide, slides down the leg side, wide called

16.4

Chibhabha to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, good length outside off, stays back and punches to cover

16.5

Chibhabha to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, angles in towards middle, Yousuf turns the face of the bat and pushes to midwicket

16.6

Chibhabha to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, fuller in length on off and middle, gets forward and defends

End of over 17 (8 runs) Pakistan 97/2 (RR: 5.70)
Mohammad Yousuf    4* (9b 1x4)      CJ Chibhabha    5-0-33-1
Younis Khan    24* (30b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    6-0-39-0

We have spin for the first time. Masakadza comes on. Utseya isn't bringing himself on yet

17.1

Masakadza to Younis Khan, 1 run, doesn't impart any turn on this one, pitches on off, pushed just wide of cover

17.2

Masakadza to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, lands it in the line of off stump, pushed to mid-off

17.3

Masakadza to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, slower through the air, Yousuf opens the face and glides it to short third-man

17.4

Masakadza to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, fires it on a yorker length on off stump, Yousuf sqqeezes it back to the bowler

17.5

Masakadza to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, good length outside off, pushed to the off side

17.6

Masakadza to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, pitches outside off, Yousuf stays back but can't punch it past the infield on the off side

End of over 18 (1 run) Pakistan 98/2 (RR: 5.44)
Mohammad Yousuf    4* (14b 1x4)      H Masakadza    1-0-1-0
Younis Khan    25* (31b 2x4)      CJ Chibhabha    5-0-33-1

Masakadza in fact bowled seam up. Now for some real spin. Price comes on

18.1

Price to Younis Khan, 1 run, flighted on the pads, worked through the line to the off side

18.2

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, bowls over the wicket, lands it on a full length outside off, pushed to mid-off

18.3

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, flighted on leg, Yousuf uses his feet, gets to the pitch and lofts over mid-on

18.4

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, flighted on leg, worked through the on side

18.5

Price to Younis Khan, no run, beaten, lands outside off and moves away, Younis gets cheeky and tries to cut a little close to his body

18.6

Price to Younis Khan, no run, flighted on the pads, pushed to the on side

End of over 19 (6 runs) Pakistan 104/2 (RR: 5.47)
Younis Khan    26* (34b 2x4)      RW Price    1-0-6-0
Mohammad Yousuf    9* (17b 2x4)      H Masakadza    1-0-1-0

19.1

Masakadza to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, swings it in towards middle stump, pushed through the line to long-on

I must say there is very little pace on this pitch

19.2

Masakadza to Younis Khan, no run, bowls this one wide outside off, Masakadza follows the batsman as he walks across his stumps, he checks his stroke and chops it to short third man

19.3

Masakadza to Younis Khan, 1 run, walks across his stumps again, Younis takes it on the full and pushes to long-on

19.4

Masakadza to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, sliding on the pads, worked through the line wide of square leg

19.5

Masakadza to Younis Khan, 2 runs, low full toss outside off, Younis waits on it, gets on his knees and biffs it on the full over midwicket

19.6

Masakadza to Younis Khan, 2 runs, full and wide outside off, he beats the infield on the off side and the ball races towards the extra cover boundary before being intercepted

End of over 20 (7 runs) Pakistan 111/2 (RR: 5.55)
Younis Khan    31* (38b 2x4)      H Masakadza    2-0-8-0
Mohammad Yousuf    11* (19b 2x4)      RW Price    1-0-6-0

20.1

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, flighted on off, switches to round the wicket, worked to the on side

20.2

Price to Younis Khan, 1 run, turned behind square on the on side, the fielder has a shy at the strikers end but the batsmen makes it on time

20.3

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, attempts a sweep but is too late on the stroke, the ball clips the pads and rolls to the keeper

20.4

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, flighted outside the off stump, worked past point

20.5

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, floated outside off, driven through the line to long-off

20.6

Price to Younis Khan, no run, pushed with soft hands on the front foot to the off side

End of over 21 (5 runs) Pakistan 116/2 (RR: 5.52)
Younis Khan    32* (40b 2x4)      RW Price    2-0-11-0
Mohammad Yousuf    15* (23b 2x4)      H Masakadza    2-0-8-0

21.1

Utseya to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, flighted on the pads, he unfurls the reverse sweep but finds the fielder at short fine leg

21.2

Utseya to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, flighted on the pads, worked to the on side

21.3

Utseya to Younis Khan, 1 run, flighted outside off, cut to the off side

21.4

Utseya to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, lands on a good length on middle, he rocks back and punches to long-on

21.5

Utseya to Younis Khan, 1 run, flighted outside off, pushed to the off side

21.6

Utseya to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 22 (4 runs) Pakistan 120/2 (RR: 5.45)
Mohammad Yousuf    17* (27b 2x4)      P Utseya    1-0-4-0
Younis Khan    34* (42b 2x4)      RW Price    2-0-11-0

22.1

Price to Younis Khan, no run, lands outside leg, comes in a little, tries to glance it fine but finds short fine-leg

22.2

Price to Younis Khan, 1 run, another reverse sweep doesn't come out right as he finds point this time

22.3

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, worked to the on side

22.4

Price to Younis Khan, FOUR, flighted on middle and leg, he waits on it and executes a controlled sweep, chips it high over square leg

22.5

Price to Younis Khan, 1 wide, slides down the leg side

22.5

Price to Younis Khan, 1 run, stays back and chops it down towards cover, a slight fumbles allows for a run

22.6

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, shortish outside off, he stays back, plays with the turn and cuts past point

End of over 23 (9 runs) Pakistan 129/2 (RR: 5.60)
Mohammad Yousuf    19* (29b 2x4)      RW Price    3-0-20-0
Younis Khan    40* (46b 3x4)      P Utseya    1-0-4-0

23.1

Utseya to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, flighted outside leg, swept to fine leg

23.2

Utseya to Younis Khan, 1 run, strays on the pads, he turns the face of the bat and glides it to the on side

23.3

Utseya to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, gets this to loop in from outside off and into middle, lands on a fullish length, pushed back to the bowler

23.4

Utseya to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, attempts a reverse sweep, checks his stroke and plays it back to the bowler

23.5

Utseya to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run

23.6

Utseya to Younis Khan, FOUR, flighted on off and middle, Younis steps down the track, picks his gap and lofts over midwicket and the ball just falls short of the rope

End of over 24 (7 runs) Pakistan 136/2 (RR: 5.66)
Younis Khan    45* (48b 4x4)      P Utseya    2-0-11-0
Mohammad Yousuf    21* (33b 2x4)      RW Price    3-0-20-0

24.1

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, pushed back to the bowler

24.2

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, lands on a good length on middle, he stays back and works it wide of midwicket

These two have crossed fifty already. Forgot to mention it earlier

24.3

Price to Younis Khan, 1 run, flighted on leg, worked through the line to the on side

24.4

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, classic.... flighted outside off, he stays at the crease, gets on his knee, meets the pitch of the ball and lofts over extra cover

24.5

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, flighted on leg, turned to the on side

24.6

Price to Younis Khan, 1 run, defended back to the bowler

End of over 25 (8 runs) Pakistan 144/2 (RR: 5.76)
Younis Khan    47* (50b 4x4)      RW Price    4-0-28-0
Mohammad Yousuf    27* (37b 3x4)      P Utseya    2-0-11-0

25.1

Utseya to Younis Khan, FOUR, brings up his 30th ODI fifty with a boundary, flighted on middle and leg, he gets on his knee and sweeps wide of square leg, the ball races along the turf

25.2

Utseya to Younis Khan, SIX, goes downtown this time, flighted outside off, he takes a few paces forward, gets plenty of elevation and lofts over the bowler's head

25.3

Utseya to Younis Khan, 1 run, flighted on middle, pushed to the on side

25.4

Utseya to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, gets on his knee and sweeps

switches to round the wicket

25.5

Utseya to Younis Khan, 1 run, gives it a bit more air, he meets the ball on the full and punches to long-off

25.6

Utseya to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, pitched full on leg stump, he plays through the line and works it to the on side

End of over 26 (14 runs) Pakistan 158/2 (RR: 6.07)
Mohammad Yousuf    29* (39b 3x4)      P Utseya    3-0-25-0
Younis Khan    59* (54b 5x4 1x6)      RW Price    4-0-28-0

Chibhabha returns. Replaces Price

26.1

Chibhabha to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, fullish on off stump, pushed back to the bowler

26.2

Chibhabha to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, holds the length back outside off, Yousuf stays back and punches it back to the bowler

26.3

Chibhabha to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, the slower ball, lands on middle, Yousuf turns the face of the bat and tucks it wide of midwickwet, they run the first one hard

26.4

Chibhabha to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, drives away from his body and edges the ball onto his pads

26.5

Chibhabha to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, pitches full outside off, pushed through the line to long-on

26.6

Chibhabha to Younis Khan, 1 run, just a touch wide outside the off stump, he plays with an angled bat wide of point

End of over 27 (4 runs) Pakistan 162/2 (RR: 6.00)
Younis Khan    60* (55b 5x4 1x6)      CJ Chibhabha    6-0-37-1
Mohammad Yousuf    32* (44b 3x4)      P Utseya    3-0-25-0

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27.1

Utseya to Younis Khan, 1 run, steps down the track, he fires it on the blockhole outside off, the batsman diges it out to the off side

27.2

Utseya to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, lands on a shortish length on leg, he swivels and pulls along the ground to deep square leg

27.3

Utseya to Younis Khan, 2 runs, another attempted reverse sweep which doesn't come off, he gets a thick top edge and the ball just falls short of short third man who dives to his right

27.4

Utseya to Younis Khan, 1 run, flighted on leg, worked through the line to long-on

27.5

Utseya to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, that was short of a length on leg and asking to be hit, Younis stays back, swivels and pulls over square leg and there were no red shirts in sight to cut it off

27.6

Utseya to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, flighted on leg, pushed to the on side

End of over 28 (10 runs) Pakistan 172/2 (RR: 6.14)
Mohammad Yousuf    38* (47b 4x4)      P Utseya    4-0-35-0
Younis Khan    64* (58b 5x4 1x6)      CJ Chibhabha    6-0-37-1

28.1

Chibhabha to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, pitches on middle and leg, worked to long-on

28.2

Chibhabha to Younis Khan, FOUR, fullish outside the off stump, Yousuf lofts through the line over the off side, bisects the gap between long-off and deep extra cover

28.3

Chibhabha to Younis Khan, 1 run, angling into the right hander, drops it with soft hands to the on side and sets off

28.4

Chibhabha to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, slides down the leg side, worked through the line past square leg

28.5

Chibhabha to Younis Khan, 2 runs, lofted over midwicket, the ball runs towards the boundary but the fielder cuts it off

28.6

Chibhabha to Younis Khan, FOUR, full and wide outside off, Younis gets forward, meets the pitch of the ball and places it perfectly past the covers

End of over 29 (13 runs) Pakistan 185/2 (RR: 6.37)
Younis Khan    75* (62b 7x4 1x6)      CJ Chibhabha    7-0-50-1
Mohammad Yousuf    40* (49b 4x4)      P Utseya    4-0-35-0

29.1

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, Opens the face of the bat and angles it down to third man

29.2

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, lands on middle and leg, he decides to stay back at the crease and punch to long-on

29.3

Price to Younis Khan, 1 run, gets his front foot across his stumps, swings across the line to fine leg

29.4

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, flighted on the pads, turns the bat and works it with the line to the on side

29.5

Price to Younis Khan, 1 run, flighted on leg again, all too easy for the batsman as he milks it past square leg for another easy single

switches to over the wicket

29.6

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 30 (6 runs) Pakistan 191/2 (RR: 6.36)
Mohammad Yousuf    44* (53b 4x4)      RW Price    5-0-34-0
Younis Khan    77* (64b 7x4 1x6)      CJ Chibhabha    7-0-50-1

This 100-run stand has come at over a run a ball. Sean Williams, the left-arm spinner has come on

30.1

Williams to Younis Khan, no run, tosses it very slowly on middle and leg, he tries to glance it fine but finds the fielder

30.2

Williams to Younis Khan, 1 run, pitches on a fullish length on leg, worked to the on side

30.3

Williams to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, juicy full toss, Yousuf stays at the crease and clubs it over midwicket, the placement wasn't perfect though

30.4

Williams to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, lands on a full length on middle, driven through the line to long-on

30.5

Williams to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, pushed in flat and fast outside off, he transfers his weight on the back foot and cuts to sweeper cover

30.6

Williams to Younis Khan, 1 run, chipped uppishly with soft hands towards midwicket, quick single taken

End of over 31 (7 runs) Pakistan 198/2 (RR: 6.38)
Younis Khan    79* (67b 7x4 1x6)      SC Williams    1-0-7-0
Mohammad Yousuf    49* (56b 4x4)      RW Price    5-0-34-0

31.1

Price to Younis Khan, OUT, good judgment by Masakadza in the deep, Price bowls from over the wicket, flights it on leg, Younis goes for a premeditated slog sweep, the ball flies off the middle of the bat and Masakadza does well to time his dive forward at long leg and take it comfortably

Younis Khan c Masakadza b Price 79 (97m 68b 7x4 1x6) SR: 116.17

That was an entertaining knock by Younis. Another well-deserved ton fails to see the light of day. Malik comes in

31.2

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, tossed up outside off, pushed towards long-off

31.3

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, that's Yousuf's 61st ODI fifty, he brings up the landmark with a back foot punch to long-on

31.4

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, lands it on a good length on middle and leg, he rocks back and punches to long-on

31.5

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, sliding towards the pads, worked through the line towards fine leg

31.6

Price to Shoaib Malik, no run, full outside off, in the slot to drive, he finds the fielder at cover

End of over 32 (4 runs) Pakistan 202/3 (RR: 6.31)
Shoaib Malik    2* (3b)      RW Price    6-0-38-1
Mohammad Yousuf    51* (58b 4x4)      SC Williams    1-0-7-0

32.1

Williams to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, goes for the loft over mid-off, he mistimes it and the ball chips off the toe of his bat to short third-man

32.2

Williams to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, this time he gets the placement correct, flighted slowly on middle stump, backs away from the stumps, meets the pitch of the ball and lofts over cover

32.3

Williams to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, gives it plenty of air, Yousuf pushes the full toss past cover and a good stop at the boundary limits it to two runs

32.4

Williams to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, flighted on the pads, pushed towards midwicket

32.5

Williams to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, turned with soft hands in front of midwicket

32.6

Williams to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, flighted on the pads, swept to short fine leg

End of over 33 (8 runs) Pakistan 210/3 (RR: 6.36)
Mohammad Yousuf    58* (63b 5x4)      SC Williams    2-0-15-0
Shoaib Malik    3* (4b)      RW Price    6-0-38-1

33.1

Price to Shoaib Malik, no run, flighted outside off, pushed to the covers

33.2

Price to Shoaib Malik, no run, gets a bit more drift into the right hands, Malik pushes it back to the bowler

33.3

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, floated outside the off stump, pushes though the line wide of mid-off

33.4

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 leg bye, flighted on middle and leg, pushed in faster, he sweeps just in front of short fine leg and sets off, the stumps go down at the non-striker;s end but the batsman was home

33.5

Price to Shoaib Malik, no run, flighted outside off, pushed to the off side

33.6

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, he turns his wrists and works it to long-on

End of over 34 (3 runs) Pakistan 213/3 (RR: 6.26)
Shoaib Malik    5* (9b)      RW Price    7-0-40-1
Mohammad Yousuf    58* (64b 5x4)      SC Williams    2-0-15-0

34.1

Utseya to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, gets a bit of turn into the right hander, he stays at the crease and punches to long-on

34.2

Utseya to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, pushed just side of long-off, Utseya yells 'keeper, keeper'! to alert the fielder but the batsmen complete the second run easily

34.3

Utseya to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, gets forward and pushes to the off side

34.4

Utseya to Shoaib Malik, no run, turned to the on side

34.5

Utseya to Shoaib Malik, SIX, tossed up very slowly on middle stump, Malik steps down the track, lofts with the turn and deposits the ball over the deep midwicket rope

34.6

Utseya to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, flighted on leg, he drives on the full to long-on

End of over 35 (11 runs) Pakistan 224/3 (RR: 6.40)
Shoaib Malik    13* (13b 1x6)      P Utseya    5-0-46-0
Mohammad Yousuf    61* (66b 5x4)      RW Price    7-0-40-1

A score of 300+ looms. Ray Price to continue

35.1

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, pushed in flatter and faster on the pads, tucked to the on side

35.2

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, steps down the track, picks it from the middle stump, doesn't time it as well but plays it down to long-on

35.3

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, attempts a sweep but misses it altogether

35.4

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, pitches outside off, defended to the off side

35.5

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, SIX, flighted on off stump, steps down the track, meets the pitch of the ball and lofts over long-off

35.6

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, flighted on off, defended to the off side

End of over 36 (9 runs) Pakistan 233/3 (RR: 6.47)
Mohammad Yousuf    69* (71b 5x4 1x6)      RW Price    8-0-49-1
Shoaib Malik    14* (14b 1x6)      P Utseya    5-0-46-0

36.1

Williams to Shoaib Malik, no run, gives it plenty of air, meets it on the full and pushes to short cover

36.2

Williams to Shoaib Malik, no run, flighted outside leg, tries to sweep but the ball lobs off his pads and rolls to the on side

36.3

Williams to Shoaib Malik, no run

36.4

Williams to Shoaib Malik, no run, chipped on the up back to the bowler, the ball just falls short of him

36.5

Williams to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, pitches short outside leg, Yousuf lofts on his knee towards long leg but doesn't time it well enough to reach the boundary

36.6

Williams to Shoaib Malik, no run, driven firmly back to the bowler

End of over 37 (2 runs) Pakistan 235/3 (RR: 6.35)
Shoaib Malik    16* (20b 1x6)      SC Williams    3-0-17-0
Mohammad Yousuf    69* (71b 5x4 1x6)      RW Price    8-0-49-1

37.1

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, flighted ever so slowly, he steps down the track, theh checks his stroke and dabs it to short third-man

37.2

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, flighted on the pads, pushed to long-on

37.3

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, takes a few paces down the pitch, lofts down the region of the vacant mid-on region

37.4

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, OUT, a third prospective ton doesn't see the light of day, flighted on off and middle, he steps down and tries to loft over long-off, he doesn't get the desired elevation as Mpofu runs to his right and takes it with ease

Mohammad Yousuf c Mpofu b Price 72 (89m 74b 5x4 1x6) SR: 97.29

Misbah comes in. He's a good finisher of an innings

37.5

Price to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 leg bye, flighted on leg, turned to the on side

37.6

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, lands on a full length on middle, turns his wrists and pushes it to long-on

End of over 38 (6 runs) Pakistan 241/4 (RR: 6.34)
Shoaib Malik    18* (22b 1x6)      RW Price    9-0-54-2
Misbah-ul-Haq    0* (1b)      SC Williams    3-0-17-0

38.1

Williams to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, full toss outside the off stump, he keeps it down and works it to long-off

38.2

Williams to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, pitches on a fullish length on the pads, turns his wrists and works it behind square on the on side

38.3

Williams to Shoaib Malik, no run, uses his feet, meets the ball on a fullish length and tucks it to midwicket

38.4

Williams to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, uses his feet again, worked to long-on

38.5

Williams to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, worked to deep square leg, they contemplate a second run bu decide against it

38.6

Williams to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, the reverse sweep, Misbah gets in position for that stroke early, takes the ball on the full outside the leg stump, beats point and the sweeper cover

End of over 39 (9 runs) Pakistan 250/4 (RR: 6.41)
Misbah-ul-Haq    5* (3b 1x4)      SC Williams    4-0-26-0
Shoaib Malik    22* (26b 1x6)      RW Price    9-0-54-2

39.1

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, flighted outside the leg stump, pushed to long-on

39.2

Price to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, flighted very slowly on middle, Misbah waits an eternity for it, adjusts his stroke, goes right back and pulls behind square

39.3

Price to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, glanced towards short fine-leg, Misbah turns down the single

39.4

Price to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, tossed up around the pads, turns his wrists and pushes to long-on

39.5

Price to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, pushed to long-off, they blaze away for the first run and that allows the pair to complete the second fairly easily, Taibu yells 'keeper' but the throw was too late from the deep

39.6

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, pushed behind square on the on side for a single

End of over 40 (7 runs) Pakistan 257/4 (RR: 6.42)
Shoaib Malik    26* (29b 1x6)      RW Price    10-0-61-2
Misbah-ul-Haq    8* (6b 1x4)      SC Williams    4-0-26-0

40.1

Williams to Shoaib Malik, no run, waits on the back foot and punches to long off

40.2

Williams to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, good bowling, tosses it very slowly outside leg, Malik takes a few paces down, meets the ball close to his boot and pushes it tamely to long-on

40.3

Williams to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, straying on the pads, worked to deep midwicket for a couple, good running there

40.4

Williams to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, punched to long-off for a single

40.5

Williams to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, flighted outside the off stump, pushed to the off side

40.6

Williams to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, flighted outside the off stump, defended on the front foot

A kind reader has informed us that Malik has crossed 4000 ODI runs. Well done!

End of over 41 (6 runs) Pakistan 263/4 (RR: 6.41)
Misbah-ul-Haq    12* (9b 1x4)      SC Williams    5-0-32-0
Shoaib Malik    28* (32b 1x6)      RW Price    10-0-61-2

We're into the slog overs now

41.1

Mpofu to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, hits a good length outside off, gets it to cut back in, Misbah waits on it and plays a premeditated glide down to third man

41.2

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, fuller in length on middle, pushed towards midwicket

41.3

Mpofu to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, slower ball this time, the offcutter, Mpofu dives to his right as he tries to stop it and long-on does the fielding

41.4

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, no run, the stump goes cartwheeling! at the non striker's end! Malik drives with brute force back past the bowler but the ball cannons onto the stump and sends it back a long way, that was a sure boundary

41.5

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, no run, full on middle and leg, he shufles across his stumps but glances to short fine-leg

41.6

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, 3 runs, full and a touch too wide outside off, Malik drives firmly to the right of cover and nearly beats long-off who runs to his left and cuts it off

End of over 42 (6 runs) Pakistan 269/4 (RR: 6.40)
Shoaib Malik    32* (36b 1x6)      CB Mpofu    7-0-45-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    14* (11b 1x4)      SC Williams    5-0-32-0

42.1

Williams to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, lands on a good length on leg, stays back and works it to long-on

42.2

Williams to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, tossed outside leg, he plays the reverse sweep but fails to beat the off side field

42.3

Williams to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, he turns the face of the bat and tucks it past square leg

42.4

Williams to Shoaib Malik, no run, played back to the bowler

42.5

Williams to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, fires it on a yorker length, he turns his wrists and tucks it to midwicket

42.6

Williams to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, pushed in flatter on leg stump, he rocks back and tucks it to midwicket

End of over 43 (4 runs) Pakistan 273/4 (RR: 6.34)
Misbah-ul-Haq    16* (14b 1x4)      SC Williams    6-0-36-0
Shoaib Malik    34* (39b 1x6)      CB Mpofu    7-0-45-0

43.1

Mpofu to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, fullish outside the off stump, worked through the line towards mid-off

43.2

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, aims for a yorker on middle and off, Malik picks it on the full length, turns the face of the bat and works it past the vacant midwicket region

43.3

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, lands it on fullish length on middle and leg, Malik gets his wrists working again as he works it towards deep midwicket for another easy couple

43.4

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, slower ball, the off cutter lands outside the off stump, Malik angles it down to third man with an open faced of the bat

43.5

Mpofu to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, shorter in length outside off, Misbah waits for the ball, opens the face and dabs it with control past the wicketkeeper and down to third man

43.6

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, overpitched on middle stump, Malik stays at the crease, gets his bat under the ball and swings across the line, the ball is airborne over midwicket and reaches the boundary off the first bounce

End of over 44 (11 runs) Pakistan 284/4 (RR: 6.45)
Shoaib Malik    43* (43b 1x4 1x6)      CB Mpofu    8-0-56-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    18* (16b 1x4)      SC Williams    6-0-36-0

44.1

Chibhabha to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, full outside off, pushed towards mid-off

44.2

Chibhabha to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, holds the length back outside off, punched back to the bowler, another dot ball

44.3

Chibhabha to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, turned just wide of midwicket, they contemplate a second run but Misbah is sent back

44.4

Chibhabha to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, punched down the ground to long-off

44.5

Chibhabha to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, low full toss on middle and leg, pushed to long-on

44.6

Chibhabha to Misbah-ul-Haq, (no ball) FOUR, oopsy, it slips out of his hand and heads towards Misbah's midriff, he moves away, plays if off the meat of the bat and glances it wide of short fine leg, umpire de Silva declares that a waist-height no ball

44.6

Chibhabha to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, full on middle and leg, clipped to midwicket

End of over 45 (11 runs) Pakistan 295/4 (RR: 6.55)
Misbah-ul-Haq    25* (21b 2x4)      CJ Chibhabha    8-0-61-1
Shoaib Malik    46* (45b 1x4 1x6)      CB Mpofu    8-0-56-0

45.1

Chigumbura to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, just short and wide outside the off stump, Maliks rocks back and cuts to the sweeper cover

45.2

Chigumbura to Shoaib Malik, 1 wide, wide outside off, the bowler sees Malik walking across his stumps and chases him, he ends up spraying that way too wide for Malik to get a faint touch to it

45.2

Chigumbura to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, risky run, clipped to midwicket for a quick single and Misbah was a little too slow to get off the blocks there

45.3

Chigumbura to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, glanced down to fine leg for a single and that brings up Pakistan's 300

45.4

Chigumbura to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, pushed to long-off and Malik signals his return from injury with a fifty, his 25th in ODIs, Well done, skipper

45.5

Chigumbura to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, full on middle and leg, closes the face of the bat and whips to midwicket

45.6

Chigumbura to Misbah-ul-Haq, (no ball) FOUR, he oversteps, an attempted yorker on leg turns into a low full toss, he works it through the line and bisects the gap between midwicket and long-on

45.6

Chigumbura to Misbah-ul-Haq, SIX, short of a length on leg, he rocks backwards and pulls with force over deep square leg

End of over 46 (19 runs) Pakistan 314/4 (RR: 6.82)
Misbah-ul-Haq    38* (25b 3x4 1x6)      E Chigumbura    7-1-43-0
Shoaib Malik    50* (48b 1x4 1x6)      CJ Chibhabha    8-0-61-1

46.1

Chibhabha to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, fullish outside off, lofted through the line over mid-off

46.2

Chibhabha to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, full outside off, worked past extra cover

46.3

Chibhabha to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run

46.4

Chibhabha to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full on the pads, worked to square leg for a single

46.5

Chibhabha to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, full on middle, Malik gets down on his knee and lofts it over the bowler's head, the timing wasn't right as the fielder runs across and cuts it off

46.6

Chibhabha to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, pushed down towards deep backward point

End of over 47 (6 runs) Pakistan 320/4 (RR: 6.80)
Misbah-ul-Haq    40* (28b 3x4 1x6)      CJ Chibhabha    9-0-67-1
Shoaib Malik    54* (51b 1x4 1x6)      E Chigumbura    7-1-43-0

47.1

Mpofu to Misbah-ul-Haq, no run, swinging in down the leg side, Misbah fails to get any wood on it as he tries to glance and Taibu does well to fling himself to his left and stop a certain four

47.2

Mpofu to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, full on middle and leg, pushed softly to long-on, they set off quickly and that allows them to come back for the second

47.3

Mpofu to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full outside off, he gives room and digs it out behind square on the off side

47.4

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, Malik tries to club it away across the line but mistimes it, the ball falls well short of the fielder at deep midwicket

47.5

Mpofu to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full on the leg stump, driven down the ground to long-on

47.6

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, low full toss on middle and leg, picked on the full and there;s more work for long-on

End of over 48 (7 runs) Pakistan 327/4 (RR: 6.81)
Shoaib Malik    57* (53b 1x4 1x6)      CB Mpofu    9-0-63-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    44* (32b 3x4 1x6)      CJ Chibhabha    9-0-67-1

48.1

Chibhabha to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, another attempted yorker turns into a low full toss, Misbah lofts off the toe edge of the bat towards long-on, the fielder makes a brave attempt at catchig it but the ball just falls short of him

48.2

Chibhabha to Misbah-ul-Haq, 2 runs, high full toss this time, Misbah was a few yards down the track before clubbing the ball over midwicket

48.3

Chibhabha to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, better delivery, pitches on a fuller length, pushed to the of side

48.4

Chibhabha to Shoaib Malik, no run

48.5

Chibhabha to Shoaib Malik, SIX, another yorker turns into a full toss, a high one that too, Malik clubs that over deep backward square leg

48.6

Chibhabha to Shoaib Malik, OUT, Malik stays at the crease and goes for the loft over long-on, he fails to connect off the meat of the bat and ends up hitting down Masakadza;s throat at long-on

Shoaib Malik c Sibanda b Chibhabha 63 (75m 56b 1x4 2x6) SR: 112.50

End of over 49 (11 runs) Pakistan 338/5 (RR: 6.89)
     CJ Chibhabha    10-0-78-2
Misbah-ul-Haq    49* (35b 3x4 1x6)      CB Mpofu    9-0-63-0

49.1

Mpofu to Shahid Afridi, 1 wide, slides down the leg side, the crowd roar at the sight of Afridi

49.1

Mpofu to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, goes on the back foot and works it to deep midwicket

49.2

Mpofu to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR, that was short and wide outside the off stump, Misbah stays on the back foot, picks his spot and bashes it along the ground past extra cover

49.3

Mpofu to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, hits the blockhole outside the off stump, Misbah gets his bat down and digs it out to long-off

49.4

Mpofu to Shahid Afridi, 1 run, lands it on the blockhole again, he kees Afridi quiet as he manages only a single to the off side

49.5

Mpofu to Misbah-ul-Haq, 1 run, full outside off, he makes room to crash the ball over the off side field but can't bisect the gap between long-off and deep extra cover

49.6

Mpofu to Shahid Afridi, no run, bangs it in short on middle and leg, the ball climbs on Afridi, he ducks thinking it would be declared a wide but umpire Haider is satisfied with that

Pakistan may have fallen three short of 350 but they will be satisfied with that. It seemed like a stroll in the park for them, compiling one half-century after another. Jamshed had an impressive debut but threw it away, as did Younis Khan. Importantly, all batsmen, except Salman Butt spent valuable time in the middle. Do join us at 15.45 local time (10.45 GMT) for Zimbabwe's reply.

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End of over 50 (9 runs) Pakistan 347/5
Shahid Afridi    2* (3b)      CB Mpofu    10-0-72-0
Misbah-ul-Haq    55* (38b 4x4 1x6)      CJ Chibhabha    10-0-78-2
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Jan 21, 2008

Shoaib Malik trapped Stuart Matsikenyeri leg-before, Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 1st ODI, Karachi, January 21, 2008

Shoaib Malik trapped Stuart Matsikenyeri leg-before

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Jan 21, 2008

Sean Williams congratulates Shoaib Malik on Pakistan's win, Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 1st ODI, Karachi, January 21, 2008

Sean Williams congratulates Shoaib Malik on Pakistan's win

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