Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan, 2007/08 / Commentary

Zimbabwe in Pakistan ODI Series - 4th ODI

Pakistan v Zimbabwe

Pakistan won by 7 wickets (with 18 balls remaining)

All set for the run chase. Here we go.

0.1

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, 1 run, lands on a length, around leg stump and moves in a touch, tries to flick, gets a faint tickle to the leg side

0.2

Chigumbura to Khalid Latif, no run, Latif makes his debut. on the off stump line and is defended on the front foot.

0.3

Chigumbura to Khalid Latif, 1 run, gets his first ODI runs with a dab to third man region

0.4

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, no run, shout for lbw but it landed outside leg stump. A touch short in length and Nasir went for an ambitious pull and was trapped in front of the stumps.

0.5

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, no run, he deliveres from close to the stumps and for the second time in this over, he has knocked off the off bail! It was fullish, pushed towards extra cover

0.6

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, FOUR, on a length, outside off and Nasir drove on the up, through the line and past the mid-off fielder

End of over 1 (6 runs) Pakistan 6/0 (239 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 4.87)
Nasir Jamshed    5* (4b 1x4)      E Chigumbura    1-0-6-0
Khalid Latif    1* (2b)     

1.1

Brent to Khalid Latif, 1 run, full in length and outside off, run down to wide third man for a single

1.2

Brent to Nasir Jamshed, no run, closer to the off stump and the left-handed Nasir guides it to backward point

1.3

Brent to Nasir Jamshed, 1 run, straighter and is driven to deep mid-on

1.4

Brent to Khalid Latif, 1 leg bye, drifting to the pad and the attempted flick doesn't materialise but they will pick a leg bye

1.5

Brent to Nasir Jamshed, no run, again on the pads, runs off the pad to short fine leg

1.6

Brent to Nasir Jamshed, no run, full in length and around the off stump, pushed back to the bowler

It's full house in Faisalabad. Despite this being a dead rubber, the crowd have turned up in big numbers. Great to see. And Waqar Younis is thrilled about the turn out

End of over 2 (3 runs) Pakistan 9/0 (236 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 4.91)
Nasir Jamshed    6* (8b 1x4)      GB Brent    1-0-2-0
Khalid Latif    2* (4b)      E Chigumbura    1-0-6-0

2.1

Chigumbura to Khalid Latif, no run, short in length, outside off stump, mistimes a drive to the off side

2.2

Chigumbura to Khalid Latif, FOUR, his first ODI boundary. It came in towards the middle and leg and he clips it off the hips past square leg. Mushy can't stop raving about this youngster. " I hope he goes on to play for many many years for Pakistan."

2.3

Chigumbura to Khalid Latif, no run, defended on the front foot

2.4

Chigumbura to Khalid Latif, no run, fuller, on the off and middle, whipped to midwicket

2.5

Chigumbura to Khalid Latif, no run, short in length, on the off stump line, played towards mid-off

2.6

Chigumbura to Khalid Latif, no run, lands on a length, just outside off, cuts in a touch and is worked to square leg

End of over 3 (4 runs) Pakistan 13/0 (232 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 4.93)
Khalid Latif    6* (10b 1x4)      E Chigumbura    2-0-10-0
Nasir Jamshed    6* (8b 1x4)      GB Brent    1-0-2-0

3.1

Brent to Nasir Jamshed, FOUR, short and on the hips, clipped away crisply in front of square. Poor delivery.

3.2

Brent to Nasir Jamshed, no run, fuller, straighter and driven to mid-off

3.3

Brent to Nasir Jamshed, 1 run, full and outside off stump, dabbed to third man region

3.4

Brent to Khalid Latif, no run, in the zone outside off stump, steered to point

3.5

Brent to Khalid Latif, no run, a touch short in length, just outside off, pushed back to the bowler

3.6

Brent to Khalid Latif, no run, and again

End of over 4 (5 runs) Pakistan 18/0 (227 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 4.93)
Khalid Latif    6* (13b 1x4)      GB Brent    2-0-7-0
Nasir Jamshed    11* (11b 2x4)      E Chigumbura    2-0-10-0

4.1

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, no run, length delivery angling away, pushed to covers

4.2

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, no run, angling away from Nasir who tries to square drive and misses

4.3

Chigumbura to Nasir Jamshed, OUT, Caught at short fine leg. The ball was on a length and on the pads and Nasir flicked it straight and low to that man placed there.

Nasir Jamshed c Brent b Chigumbura 11 (18m 14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 78.57

4.4

Chigumbura to Shoaib Malik, no run, full and just outside off stump, mistimes a drive towards mid-on

4.5

Chigumbura to Shoaib Malik, no run, Chigumbura again clips the bails during release! Malik defends on the front foot

4.6

Chigumbura to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, drifting down leg side and is flicked away without any fuss

End of over 5 (4 runs) Pakistan 22/1 (223 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 4.40, RRR: 4.95)
Shoaib Malik    4* (3b 1x4)      E Chigumbura    3-0-14-1
Khalid Latif    6* (13b 1x4)      GB Brent    2-0-7-0

Waqar Younis just told a fab story on air. About Marshall, will tell you in a while

5.1

Brent to Khalid Latif, no run, on a length, pushed to covers

5.2

Brent to Khalid Latif, 1 run, slower one and he gets an outside edge to third man

5.3

Brent to Shoaib Malik, no run, on the middle stump line, defended to the on side

5.4

Brent to Shoaib Malik, no run, and again.

5.5

Brent to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, overpitched and Malik drills it through covers

5.6

Brent to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, drags back the length but bowls too short and Malik slaps it past point

Here we go. Waqar talks about a fiery spell by Marshall on this very ground. "I was so scared to go and face him that in my nervous tension I held the bat too tightly and kept banging it so hard while taking strike. And the bat broke!"

End of over 6 (9 runs) Pakistan 31/1 (214 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 5.16, RRR: 4.86)
Shoaib Malik    12* (7b 3x4)      GB Brent    3-0-16-0
Khalid Latif    7* (15b 1x4)      E Chigumbura    3-0-14-1

6.1

Chigumbura to Khalid Latif, no run, on the off stump line, Latif moves his front foot towards the line and defends compactly

6.2

Chigumbura to Khalid Latif, 2 runs, lovely whip across the line. It was short of length and just outside off but that length allowed him to whip it away. Cracking shot.

6.3

Chigumbura to Khalid Latif, no run, cuts in from just outside off stump and defended on the front foot

6.4

Chigumbura to Khalid Latif, no run, leans forward well, head over the ball and defends.

6.5

Chigumbura to Khalid Latif, no run

6.6

Chigumbura to Khalid Latif, no run, slower one but Latif picks it and defends to the off side

Waqar is impressed with Latif''s technique but he adds a note of caution that he would like to see him against better opposition before he passes any verdict.

End of over 7 (2 runs) Pakistan 33/1 (212 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 4.71, RRR: 4.93)
Khalid Latif    9* (21b 1x4)      E Chigumbura    4-0-16-1
Shoaib Malik    12* (7b 3x4)      GB Brent    3-0-16-0

7.1

Brent to Shoaib Malik, no run, full in length, just outside off stump, driven to right of extra cover where the fielder makes a neat stop

7.2

Brent to Shoaib Malik, no run, slower one, full and on the off stump line, defended on the front foot

leg slip and short midwicket in place

7.3

Brent to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, on the middle and leg, turned past square leg

7.4

Brent to Khalid Latif, no run, a touch short in length, Latif moves back and pushes it towards mid-on. He does seem a compact player but as Waqar said, we got to wait and watch him against better opposition and on better wickets

7.5

Brent to Khalid Latif, no run

7.6

Brent to Khalid Latif, no run, turned to the leg side

Latif stands pretty still at crease, on a middle-stump guard, holds his bat slightly raised above the ground and generally keeps his head still

End of over 8 (1 run) Pakistan 34/1 (211 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 4.25, RRR: 5.02)
Khalid Latif    9* (24b 1x4)      GB Brent    4-0-17-0
Shoaib Malik    13* (10b 3x4)      E Chigumbura    4-0-16-1

8.1

Chigumbura to Shoaib Malik, no run, width offered outside off stump but mistimes a cut shot to covers

8.2

Chigumbura to Shoaib Malik, no run, short of length, comes in from just outside off, driven on the up to mid-on

8.3

Chigumbura to Shoaib Malik, no run, fullish, outside off stump, driven to mid-off

8.4

Chigumbura to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, he walked down the track and forced the bowler to bowl short before he slapped it through cover point

8.5

Chigumbura to Shoaib Malik, 1 wide, another walk but this time towards the off stump and he misses an intended flick

8.5

Chigumbura to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, rank long hop. Slow, short and wide. Malik obliged with a cut .

8.6

Chigumbura to Shoaib Malik, no run, closer to the off stump, on a length, punched back to the bowler

End of over 9 (9 runs) Pakistan 43/1 (202 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 4.77, RRR: 4.92)
Shoaib Malik    21* (16b 5x4)      E Chigumbura    5-0-25-1
Khalid Latif    9* (24b 1x4)      GB Brent    4-0-17-0

9.1

Brent to Khalid Latif, no run, dropped by Brent. Very tough chance. It was on a length, outside off and Latif, suddenly, played an agricultural shot. A cross batted swipe and it went low to Brent's right and he couldn't hold on

9.2

Brent to Khalid Latif, 3 runs, on the middle and leg, wristed past square leg

9.3

Brent to Shoaib Malik, no run, on a length, just outside off stump, defended towards covers

9.4

Brent to Shoaib Malik, no run, good change of pace - a loopy slower one and is pushed back down the track

9.5

Brent to Shoaib Malik, no run, drives on the up but ends up mistiming it towards mid-on

9.6

Brent to Shoaib Malik, no run, width offered, slashed to point

End of over 10 (3 runs) Pakistan 46/1 (199 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 4.60, RRR: 4.97)
Shoaib Malik    21* (20b 5x4)      GB Brent    5-0-20-0
Khalid Latif    12* (26b 1x4)      E Chigumbura    5-0-25-1

10.1

Mpofu to Khalid Latif, no run, full and straight, wristed to right of short midwicket where Masakadza makes a lovely diving stop and gets up and throws immediately

10.2

Mpofu to Khalid Latif, no run, coming in from outside off stump, defended to the off side

10.3

Mpofu to Khalid Latif, no run, another off cutter and Latif drops it close on the off side,wants a run, Malik looks at him as if to say, 'are you mad?!' and Latif comes back

10.4

Mpofu to Khalid Latif, FOUR, Where did that come from?! A fierce pull to wide long on. It was not even short, rather on a length, just outside off and Latif goes for that pull. Hmm... he was playing compactly so far but of late, he has started to go for his shots.

10.5

Mpofu to Khalid Latif, no run, mistimes a cut shot to cover point. A chip has come of his bat and he wants a change. New bats arrive. Sikander Bakht, the former fast bowler, says he wishes that Latif would continue to play in the normal correct way and not play these agricultural shots. Play with straight bat, he says.

10.6

Mpofu to Khalid Latif, no run, on the off stump, pushed to covers

Another thing about Latif he is also a bottom-handed player. All the leg spinners now walk in like Warne and all batsman have that bottom-handed grip of Tendulkar. The two legends have spoiled many a young player!!

End of over 11 (4 runs) Pakistan 50/1 (195 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 4.54, RRR: 5.00)
Khalid Latif    16* (32b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    1-0-4-0
Shoaib Malik    21* (20b 5x4)      GB Brent    5-0-20-0

11.1

Brent to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, full and outside off stump, a neat late cut to fine third man

11.2

Brent to Khalid Latif, no run, slower one, full and pushed to covers

11.3

Brent to Khalid Latif, no run, wants to tip and run but times it too sweetly to covers

11.4

Brent to Khalid Latif, no run, full, straight, medium pace, driven to mid-off

11.5

Brent to Khalid Latif, 1 run, another slower one, tucked past square leg for a single

11.6

Brent to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, fullish, on driven to wide mid-on for a single

End of over 12 (3 runs) Pakistan 53/1 (192 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 4.41, RRR: 5.05)
Shoaib Malik    23* (22b 5x4)      GB Brent    6-0-23-0
Khalid Latif    17* (36b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    1-0-4-0

12.1

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short of length and plays a cracking cut but Sibanda dives to make a neat stop. The ground fielding has been very good so far

12.2

Mpofu to Khalid Latif, no run, and again. Sibanda flings himself to his right to make another stop

12.3

Mpofu to Khalid Latif, no run, fuller, just outside off stump, defended back to the bowler

12.4

Mpofu to Khalid Latif, 2 runs, off cutter but short and is pulled to deep midwicket region

12.5

Mpofu to Khalid Latif, no run, length delivery, Latif moves towards the line and pushes it to covers. He doesn't do much between the deliveries. He just turns, takes two or three steps to his left, then turns back and waits at the crease.

12.6

Mpofu to Khalid Latif, no run, another one on the good length, punched to covers

End of over 13 (3 runs) Pakistan 56/1 (189 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 4.30, RRR: 5.10)
Khalid Latif    19* (41b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    2-0-7-0
Shoaib Malik    24* (23b 5x4)      GB Brent    6-0-23-0

13.1

Brent to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, short and outside off, cut away past point

Farrukh Khan: "I wonder what creditionals does Sikander Bakht have as a batsman. Hmmm...not many. Let the bloke find his mark, he is fairing better then salman butt atleast, who just has one knock, which is against india, scores a hundred and then get out in every other match without a decent score. Go latif GO!" Well... Farrukh to be fair to Sikander, he said as a bowler he would not mind seeing the batsman playing cross batted swipes.

13.2

Brent to Shoaib Malik, no run

13.3

Brent to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, another short delivery, another cut, uppish but well past the diving Sibanda at point. Four more.

13.4

Brent to Shoaib Malik, no run, fuller, straighter, driven to mid-on

13.5

Brent to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, another cut. Malik is making Brent bleed. He is bringing it on himself actually by bowling short and outside off.

13.6

Brent to Shoaib Malik, no run, on the middle and off, defended to the off side.

End of over 14 (10 runs) Pakistan 66/1 (179 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 4.71, RRR: 4.97)
Shoaib Malik    34* (29b 7x4)      GB Brent    7-0-33-0
Khalid Latif    19* (41b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    2-0-7-0

14.1

Mpofu to Khalid Latif, OUT, The cross batted swipe has done him in. Sikander Bakht sighs in the commentary box! It was full and outside off stump and Latif swiped it across the line and straight and low to deep midwicket. Williams moved to his right and took it low. Did the ball touch the ground as he picked it? Need better replays to confirm that.

Khalid Latif c Williams b Mpofu 19 (62m 42b 2x4 0x6) SR: 45.23

14.2

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, no run, cuts in from just outside off stump, punched to mid-on

14.3

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, outside off stump, a slower one, cut to fine third man for couple of runs

14.4

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

14.5

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, off cutter and Yousuf stands tall to punch it to point

14.6

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, fuller and Yousuf drives but his feet don't move and he can't get power behind that stroke

End of over 15 (3 runs) Pakistan 69/2 (176 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 4.60, RRR: 5.02)
Mohammad Yousuf    0* (2b)      CB Mpofu    3-0-10-1
Shoaib Malik    37* (32b 7x4)      GB Brent    7-0-33-0

Powerplay 3 on

15.1

Chigumbura to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, full and wide, cut to deep point

Saad Faruqui: "I hope that the Pakistani selectors persist with nasir jamshed and khalid latif, give them a long extended run to prove themselves, otherwise they would be wasted like yasir hameed, imran farhat and taufiq umar etc. sohail khan doesnt seem as good as he was talked about. what was the hype all about?"

Well, let's not be too harsh on the pacer. The wicket was indeed pretty slow. Let's see what he can do in his next game.

15.2

Chigumbura to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, fuller and is driven to the off side

15.3

Chigumbura to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, run down to third man for a single

15.4

Chigumbura to Shoaib Malik, no run, walks towards the line of the delivery and drives on the move to mid-off

15.5

Chigumbura to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, bit of width offered outside off but the length was full and Malik pushed it to left of mid-off for a single

15.6

Chigumbura to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, driven to extra covers. Drinks break.

End of over 16 (4 runs) Pakistan 73/2 (172 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.56, RRR: 5.05)
Mohammad Yousuf    2* (5b)      E Chigumbura    6-0-29-1
Shoaib Malik    39* (35b 7x4)      CB Mpofu    3-0-10-1

16.1

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, fullish and swinging in, pushed to short cover

16.2

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, full again, in the slot to drive, Yousuf gets forward, drives on the up past the bowler and mid-off

16.3

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, holds the length back, lands on middle stump, he turns his wrists and works it towards deep square leg

16.4

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, the slower ball, lands on a good length outside off, he opens the face of the bat and glides it to third man

16.5

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, no run, good line, comes in and cramps him for room, Malik responds with a solid backward defensive stroke

16.6

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, fullish on the pads, driven through the line to long-on

End of over 17 (8 runs) Pakistan 81/2 (164 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 4.76, RRR: 4.96)
Shoaib Malik    40* (37b 7x4)      CB Mpofu    4-0-18-1
Mohammad Yousuf    9* (9b 1x4)      E Chigumbura    6-0-29-1

17.1

Chigumbura to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, sprayed really wide outside off, Malik has to stretch out and drive, places it to deep cover

17.2

Chigumbura to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, full in length outside the off stump, he leans forward and drives to the covers

17.3

Chigumbura to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, wide outside off again, he plays with an angled bat and places it just wide of backward point

17.4

Chigumbura to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 wide, Chigumbura continues to struggle with his line as another one goes wide outside off

Faras from the ground: "With the PA system taking a break, the dhol master is back, entertaining a packed stadium. First time this series we have seen a capacity crowd btw."

17.4

Chigumbura to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, good length outside the off stump, cut to backward point

17.5

Chigumbura to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, beaten..Yousuf tries to glide that one outside off and the ball just beats the edge

17.6

Chigumbura to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, walks across his stumps, the ball lands wide outside off, he works it through the line past cover

End of over 18 (5 runs) Pakistan 86/2 (159 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.77, RRR: 4.96)
Mohammad Yousuf    12* (14b 1x4)      E Chigumbura    7-0-34-1
Shoaib Malik    41* (38b 7x4)      CB Mpofu    4-0-18-1

18.1

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, tries to drive on the up and gets a inside edge to the pad

18.2

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, leans forward and drives pleasingly to covers

18.3

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, cuts in from just outside off, pushed to right of mid-off for a single

18.4

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, no run, leans forward to defend a length delivery around the off stump

Farrukh Hanif Awan: "All Sohail Khan needs to do is fix his run up. What Pakistan cricket board should do is hold a month long camp. Bring in Waqar Younis and let them actually help the fast bowler. He has done an amazing job with Umer gul. "

18.5

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, no run, another one on the length, cutting in, pushed to midwicket

18.6

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, no run, fuller and on driven to mid-on. Good tight over.

End of over 19 (1 run) Pakistan 87/2 (158 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.57, RRR: 5.09)
Shoaib Malik    41* (41b 7x4)      CB Mpofu    5-0-19-1
Mohammad Yousuf    13* (17b 1x4)      E Chigumbura    7-0-34-1

Mujtaba: "The issue with Pakistanis is expectations. They are always looking for a glimpse of Wasim, Waqar or Imran in every other upcoming pacer. The same thing happened with Sami. Give this guy Sohail Khan a chance & see what he can do."

19.1

Chigumbura to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, short and outside off, played straight to point. Yousuf would feel he missed out on an opportunity there

19.2

Chigumbura to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, fuller and driven to right of mid-off for a quick single

19.3

Chigumbura to Shoaib Malik, 1 run

19.4

Chigumbura to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, Outside off stump, Yousuf tries to late cut and is beaten

Waqas from Ireland wonders, "why the outfields in Pakistan grounds are so horrible looking ? I mean there's hardly a blade of green grass on the field."

The camera swings to a little girl in the crowd who does a neat somersault and smiles so sweetly!

19.5

Chigumbura to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, pushed to covers. 2 runs so far in this over.

19.6

Chigumbura to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, on a length, outside off, Yousuf mistimes a drive back to the bowler. He is going too hard at the deliveries and has not been his usual stuff where he would just time the ball into the gaps

End of over 20 (2 runs) Pakistan 89/2 (156 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.45, RRR: 5.20)
Mohammad Yousuf    14* (22b 1x4)      E Chigumbura    8-0-36-1
Shoaib Malik    42* (42b 7x4)      CB Mpofu    5-0-19-1

20.1

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, on the middle and leg, clipped off the pads past square leg for couple of runs

Muhammed Yaseen: "I am sure selectors will persist with newly found all rounder Kamran Hussain in replacement of Abdul Razzak. And as compared to Sohail Tanveer he can bring ball back to right handers, he can be fruitful in future. He has the talent and needs confidence. I think he has proven himself. All depends on the selectors now."

20.2

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, no run, slower one, full and outside off, defended to covers

20.3

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, no run, fuller, relatively quicker, close to the off stump, cuts in a touch and Malik pushes it with soft hands

20.4

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short in length and that allows Malik to rock back and punch it to deep point

20.5

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, slower one, full and on the middle and leg, wristed past square leg for a single

20.6

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, no run, moves towards the line and on drives to mid-on. The length has been pretty good in the recent overs. Just short of driveable length and they have been around that off stump.

End of over 21 (4 runs) Pakistan 93/2 (152 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 4.42, RRR: 5.24)
Shoaib Malik    45* (47b 7x4)      CB Mpofu    6-0-23-1
Mohammad Yousuf    15* (23b 1x4)      E Chigumbura    8-0-36-1

21.1

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, goes back and pushes it back to the bowler. Ray Price, the left-arm spinner, is bowling round the stumps

btw any Zimbabwe fan reading this? Shout your presence guys!

21.2

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, floated on the middle and leg and Yousuf went down on his knee to play a neat sweep shot

21.3

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, a trifle short and Yousuf went back, made room and played it towards long-on

21.4

Price to Shoaib Malik, no run, loopy delivery on the middle and leg, Malik lunges forward to on drive to midwicket

21.5

Price to Shoaib Malik, no run, slows up the pace and Malik defends on the front foot

21.6

Price to Shoaib Malik, no run, short but it keeps low and Malik jabs it in the air but well short of the bowler

End of over 22 (5 runs) Pakistan 98/2 (147 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 4.45, RRR: 5.25)
Shoaib Malik    45* (50b 7x4)      RW Price    1-0-5-0
Mohammad Yousuf    20* (26b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    6-0-23-1

22.1

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, on the middle stump line, turned to midwicket

Salman Baig has a response to Waqas: "It's autumn season in Pakistan thats why grass is not green."

22.2

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, leans forward to a length delivery outside off stump and defends to covers

22.3

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, off cutter and Yousuf pushes it to midwicket

22.4

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, short of length and again Yousuf goes too hard at his cut shot and the slowness of the track meant the ball came on slower than he thought and ended up mistiming it to point

22.5

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, fuller and driven to mid-on and takes a quick single

22.6

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short in length and is placed to the right of mid-on. The 100 is up for Pakistan.

End of over 23 (2 runs) Pakistan 100/2 (145 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 4.34, RRR: 5.37)
Shoaib Malik    46* (51b 7x4)      CB Mpofu    7-0-25-1
Mohammad Yousuf    21* (31b 2x4)      RW Price    1-0-5-0

23.1

Price to Shoaib Malik, no run, full and straight, turned to right of short midwicket

23.2

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 wide, slips down the leg side, Taibu didn't gather the ball but just took the bails off his gloves!

23.2

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, from wide of the crease, from round the stumps, driven to long-off for a single

23.3

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, Ah! a reverse sweep from Yousuf. And Malik almost ran himself out. Yousuf had played it towards third man and Malik had almost come back for the third run and was sent back

23.4

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, slower in the air, on the middle and leg and Yousuf waits on the ball before driving to long-on

23.5

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, on the middle and off, driven to long-off for a single

23.6

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, Price goes over the wickets and sends this on the leg stump line, pushed back to him

End of over 24 (6 runs) Pakistan 106/2 (139 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.41, RRR: 5.34)
Mohammad Yousuf    24* (34b 2x4)      RW Price    2-0-11-0
Shoaib Malik    48* (54b 7x4)      CB Mpofu    7-0-25-1

24.1

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, outside off stump and nicely late cut to third man

Alasdair: "Yes I am a Zim Fan. I think these guys are improving all the time. There is a huge difference between International and Provincial experience. Although they are a young team with very little resources and a corrupt governing body they are performing and, as a Zimbabwean I am very proud of them."

24.2

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, length delivery outside off but Yousuf stands tall to square drive it on the up through cover point. Looks like, he has settled now and is judging the slow pace of the track better now.

24.3

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, I should keep my mouth shut! This one cut in and Yousuf pushed lazily at it and got a inside-edge that took the ball dangerously past the leg stump

24.4

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, no run, on a length, outside off, pushed to covers. Malik is on 49

24.5

Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, shuffles outside off stump and whips it from there past square leg to bring up his 26th ODI fifty.

24.6

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, slower, fuller and Yousuf defends to the off side

End of over 25 (5 runs) Pakistan 111/2 (134 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 4.44, RRR: 5.36)
Mohammad Yousuf    27* (37b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    8-0-30-1
Shoaib Malik    50* (57b 7x4)      RW Price    2-0-11-0

25.1

Price to Shoaib Malik, no run, from over the wickets, on the leg and middle, slow in the air, defended to the off side

Bryan Morton is getting greedy! : "We're here! Give a shout to the guys at zimcricketforums.com, who until about an hour ago were wondering why Keith Dabengwa was still in the side...Good to see our boys have at least been competitive this series. Now if we could just sneak a win..."

25.2

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, goes back to punch it to long-on for a single

25.3

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, turns in from outside leg, tries to push to square leg for a single but...

25.4

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, full and outside leg, swept vertically to short fine leg. AGain some confusion between the two batsmen and Yousuf is not happy with the calling. Malik has a big smile on his face and both are now ready

25.5

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, picks up a single past square leg

25.6

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, retains the strike with a nudge to the on side

End of over 26 (3 runs) Pakistan 114/2 (131 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 4.38, RRR: 5.45)
Shoaib Malik    52* (60b 7x4)      RW Price    3-0-14-0
Mohammad Yousuf    28* (40b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    8-0-30-1

26.1

Chibhabha to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short of length, cut to deep point for a single

John, from Australia, has a gripe: "I think the main problem has been the fifth bowler so far this series for Zimbabwe. They have done well so far, but i think wickets are needed. Who can provide them in these middle overs though? William's average for the series with the bat is quite impressive aswell. Why oh why arent there any broadcasts of this series on Cable in australia? surely if there can be an AFL channel there could be a cricket one as well." Too much monkey business there mate!

26.2

Chibhabha to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, lovely late cut. short and outside off, Yousuf waited on the ball before opening the bat-face late and running it through the vacant slip region

26.3

Chibhabha to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, on the hips, tucked away for a single

26.4

Chibhabha to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, Malik reprises the late-cut but can't get it as fine as Yousuf and will pick up a single

26.5

Chibhabha to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, homing in on the off stump, pushed to covers

26.6

Chibhabha to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, short in length, on the off and middle but Yousuf plays it late and dabs it to third man for a single

End of over 27 (8 runs) Pakistan 122/2 (123 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 4.51, RRR: 5.34)
Mohammad Yousuf    34* (44b 3x4)      CJ Chibhabha    1-0-8-0
Shoaib Malik    54* (62b 7x4)      RW Price    3-0-14-0

27.1

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, on the leg , swept to right of short fine leg where a good diving stop is made by Williams

Robert Cribb: "The fifth bowler, as it has been in the earlier matches, will be absolutely crucial to Zimbabwe. The nonsense of picking a batsman at #8 when our batting is far better than our bowling actually paid off to some degree today, but I still predict it'll bite us the bum again. Hopefully Masakadza doesn't miscalculate and give them a combined 11 overs again at least!"

27.2

Price to Shoaib Malik, no run

27.3

Price to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, waltzes down the track and heaves a flighted delivery to wide midwicket boundary

27.4

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, from wide of the crease, from round the stumps, full and on the middle and off, driven inside-out to sweeper cover

27.5

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, slows up the pace, on the middle and leg, Yousuf tickles it to square leg for a single.

27.6

Price to Shoaib Malik, no run, on the middle stump, driven straight back to the bowler

End of over 28 (7 runs) Pakistan 129/2 (116 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.60, RRR: 5.27)
Shoaib Malik    59* (66b 8x4)      RW Price    4-0-21-0
Mohammad Yousuf    36* (46b 3x4)      CJ Chibhabha    1-0-8-0

28.1

Chibhabha to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, full and outside off stump and again, Yousuf opens the bat face and plays it late to left of third man

Abbas, from Pakistan "Hello Zimbabwean friends, Don't lose hope.. you are still in game...couple of quick wickets and early fall of Boom Boom can give you an amazing victory

28.2

Chibhabha to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, tries to paddle sweep but fails to connect

28.3

Chibhabha to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, fullish, on the middle and leg, driven to deep midwicket

28.4

Chibhabha to Shoaib Malik, no run, on the stumps, worked to midwicket

28.5

Chibhabha to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, another cut down to third man, another single

John: "I'm not from Zim, but enjoy seeing a team fighting hard for respect. The best time for cricket in Australia was the 80 and 90's, when a weak team pulled itself out of the mire. Personalities were created and admired through ability to stand up to the likes of Curtley. Prima donnas did not last long. These days it is boring - they're all prima donnas here who have not known tough times - but thanks to Cricinfo I can keep an eye on those who are battling through now. All strength to the Zim players, if not the adminsitration. "

28.6

Chibhabha to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, goes back to wrist one past square leg and they run hard to complete two runs

End of over 29 (6 runs) Pakistan 135/2 (110 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.65, RRR: 5.23)
Mohammad Yousuf    41* (50b 3x4)      CJ Chibhabha    2-0-14-0
Shoaib Malik    60* (68b 8x4)      RW Price    4-0-21-0

29.1

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, leans forward to square drive for a single

Rahim Walji: " have an interesting stat.. Pakistan Captain Shoaib Malik has played two games less than much celebrated opener Aamir Sohail, but he still has a higher batting average 34.26 compared to Sohail's 31.86. Quite a feat by shoaib considering that he started out as a bowling allrounder.The PCB's decision not to give shoaib akhtar a central contract sends the right message to all the players that indiscipline will not be tolerated and no one should consider himself indispensable. "

29.2

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, slightly short and Yousuf goes back to milk another single down to long-on

29.3

Price to Shoaib Malik, no run, flighted one, on the off and middle, tapped to covers

29.4

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, almost bowled! It was full, really full and for some reason, Malik went back and cramped himself too much, going for a cut shot. He ended up playing it very late and managed to squeeze it past point

29.5

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

29.6

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, a touch short and again Yousuf goes back and works it to square leg for a single. If its full, he drives to long-on or long-off and if its a touch short, he wrists it away.

End of over 30 (4 runs) Pakistan 139/2 (106 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.63, RRR: 5.30)
Mohammad Yousuf    43* (53b 3x4)      RW Price    5-0-25-0
Shoaib Malik    62* (71b 8x4)      CJ Chibhabha    2-0-14-0

30.1

Masakadza to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, on a length, just outside off, pushed to point and the crowd indulge in a mexican wave

30.2

Masakadza to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, fullish, on driven to right of mid-on where Taylor dives to his right to make another neat stop. Zimbabwe fielding has been fab

30.3

Masakadza to Shoaib Malik, no run, fullish and driven to covers

30.4

Masakadza to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, drilled through wide mid-off. He had missed out on the last delivery, hitting it straight to covers but this time he despatched the full pitched delivery through the gap between covers and mid-off

30.5

Masakadza to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, follows it up with a cute late-cut. He knew the bowler will drag back the length and he waited late before just opening the bat-face and running it fine.

30.6

Masakadza to Shoaib Malik, no run, on the pads, misses his flick shot and is struck on the pad

End of over 31 (9 runs) Pakistan 148/2 (97 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.77, RRR: 5.10)
Shoaib Malik    70* (75b 10x4)      H Masakadza    1-0-9-0
Mohammad Yousuf    44* (55b 3x4)      RW Price    5-0-25-0

Khurram Jamali: "I hope they get Fawad Alam in next...if his domestic performance over the last couple of seasons is anything to go by, he can be a more consistent replacement for Shahid Afridi...I know Afridi has been amazing this series...but this is story of his career. One great series followed by 3 mediocre ones."

31.1

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, on the off stump line, from round the stumps, tapped close on the off side and off they go for a quick single

31.2

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, fuller and driven to sweeper cover for a single. 150 is up and Pak need 95 to win from 18.4 overs

31.3

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, back over the wickets for Yousuf and its' on the leg stump line, fails to connect well with the sweep shot

31.4

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, floated on the middle and leg, driven to long-on

31.5

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, on the pads, Yousuf tries to work it to square leg but ends up jabbing it on to his pad

31.6

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 leg bye, outside his leg stump, again the flick shot doesn't materialise but he will pick up a leg bye

End of over 32 (5 runs) Pakistan 153/2 (92 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.78, RRR: 5.11)
Mohammad Yousuf    47* (60b 3x4)      RW Price    6-0-29-0
Shoaib Malik    71* (76b 10x4)      H Masakadza    1-0-9-0

Irfan Ahmed on the outfield: "very innocent answer from Salam about the out field but another interesting fact is that in off season,these grounds are used for concerts and large wedding ceremonies :-) "

32.1

Masakadza to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, low full toss and boy that won't do. Yousuf says thank you and brings up his 62nd ODI fifty with a stylish on drive through wide mid-on

32.2

Masakadza to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, another well-timed on drive through the same region - wide of mid-on - for couple of runs

32.3

Masakadza to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, shifts his line to outside off and another cut down to third man

32.4

Masakadza to Shoaib Malik, no run, full and on the off stump, driven to mid-off

32.5

Masakadza to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, another single down to third man. These two don't need much room to play that shot. Great use of the hands.

32.6

Masakadza to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, Ah! Yousuf just shuffled across, outside off stump and played a predetermined pick-up shot over wide mid-on. Drinks on the field.

Taylor Price: "I think we the are playing much better these days the youngsters are coming up, as in four games so far the pakistanis have only bowled us out today. seeing that the players are still young gaining experience. the team shows a lot of morale and play with great passion. It will be interesting to see how thet team is in a few years. "

End of over 33 (12 runs) Pakistan 165/2 (80 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 4.70)
Mohammad Yousuf    58* (64b 5x4)      H Masakadza    2-0-21-0
Shoaib Malik    72* (78b 10x4)      RW Price    6-0-29-0

Faras sends this update from the ground: "Scarfs, jumpers and chaadars are out as the temperature takes a dip while things get heated up in one of the stands and a minor scuffle breaks out. No action on the field so they decided to have some off it."

Brighton: "I am one of the Zimbos following your commentary. The truth is there is not much to be emotional about with the team. We are happy with the improvements made over the past few months. They didn't play badly against The Windies and they are not playing badly in this series either, althogh not playing a full strength Pakistan team. At least nowadys the team gets a decent total and the bowlers are offering batsmen something to think about. I am sure soon the Zim team will really be in a position to compete with the majority of the big teams."

Lennon Chirebou from Zimbabwe: "Zim are making progress out there. Not going to win but I have been really impressed. Only bowled out once and scoring fifties. They have given spectators something worth watching. Inconstitencies with selection hinders our progress. Mupariwa is out yet he performed well. Dabengwa hit 40 odd but thats a one off i promise you. He cant bowl or bat. Why is he in the team? Matsikinyeri, Williams and Masakadza are tidy part time spinners. Overall its been a good experimenting series for Pakistan and good experience for Zim which has gained them confidence.

33.1

Dabengwa to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, on the middle and is hit down to long-on for a single. The partnership has reached 100.

33.2

Dabengwa to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, short delivery and is pulled to long leg

33.3

Dabengwa to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, goes back and forces one through to long-off for a single

33.4

Dabengwa to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, short in length, from outside leg stump, placed towards square leg for a single

33.5

Dabengwa to Shoaib Malik, no run, turning towards off stump, wristed towards short fine leg region for a single

33.6

Dabengwa to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, driven to long-on for a single

Faras: "A kite makes its way onto the outfield and its getting more of the applause than the superstars in the middle."

End of over 34 (5 runs) Pakistan 170/2 (75 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 4.68)
Shoaib Malik    75* (82b 10x4)      KM Dabengwa    1-0-5-0
Mohammad Yousuf    60* (66b 5x4)      H Masakadza    2-0-21-0

34.1

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, keeps a tad low and Malik punches it to long-on

Salman Baig: "Irfan: It true that some of the grounds are used for concerts and wedding but even in that functions only a little portion of ground is allocated. So functions can't be the reason for grass to be off colored. Just wait for Aussies series you will find lush green outfields."

34.2

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, slows up the pace, Yousuf backs away and cuts to sweeper cover

34.3

Price to Shoaib Malik, no run, floated on the off stump line, driven to deep cover

34.4

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, leans forward to defend towards cover point. They are milking singles

34.5

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, fuller and Yousuf goes back to turn it to right of short midwicket. The throw comes in but Malik seems to have made it. It was a weak throw; came in too slowly

34.6

Price to Shoaib Malik, no run, moves outside leg and cuts hard but straight to covers

End of over 35 (4 runs) Pakistan 174/2 (71 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.97, RRR: 4.73)
Shoaib Malik    77* (86b 10x4)      RW Price    7-0-33-0
Mohammad Yousuf    62* (68b 5x4)      KM Dabengwa    1-0-5-0

35.1

Dabengwa to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, ha ! It was rank short delivery and outside off, Yousuf seemed surprised and just got a bottom-edge on his cut shot. He could have hit it anywhere he liked.

35.2

Dabengwa to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, turns past square leg for a single

35.3

Dabengwa to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, comes slow off the track and Malik is early into his drive and takes out his top hand off the handle and drives it towards long-off

35.4

Dabengwa to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, floated full and on driven to long-on for a single

35.5

Dabengwa to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, flatter, on the middle and off, driven inside-out to deep cover

35.6

Dabengwa to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, low dippin full toss, worked to midwicket

End of over 36 (5 runs) Pakistan 179/2 (66 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 4.97, RRR: 4.71)
Mohammad Yousuf    65* (72b 5x4)      KM Dabengwa    2-0-10-0
Shoaib Malik    79* (88b 10x4)      RW Price    7-0-33-0

36.1

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, SIX, Sixy shot! He danced down the track, reached the pitch and timed it superbly over long-on

36.2

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, slows up the pace and Yousuf checks his sweep shot, rather waits on it before paddling it away for a single

36.3

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, outside leg again but quicker this time and is flicked for a single

36.4

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, another sweep shot for a single

36.5

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, from round the stumps, driven to long-on for another single.

36.6

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, deja-vu. Another single down to long-on.

End of over 37 (11 runs) Pakistan 190/2 (55 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.13, RRR: 4.23)
Mohammad Yousuf    74* (76b 5x4 1x6)      RW Price    8-0-44-0
Shoaib Malik    81* (90b 10x4)      KM Dabengwa    2-0-10-0

37.1

Dabengwa to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, outside leg stump and Yousuf unfurls another paddle shot down to fine leg. Pakistan need 53 runs.

37.2

Dabengwa to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, again on the legs, tickled for a single Yousuf has passed 1,000 ODI runs against Zimbabwe when he reached 76

37.3

Dabengwa to Shoaib Malik, no run, leans forward to defend and Malik has reached his highest score against Zimbabwe. His previous highest was 80

37.4

Dabengwa to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, low full toss, swept to long leg

37.5

Dabengwa to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, gets a leading edge on the drive but it still runs away to long-on

37.6

Dabengwa to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, yet another one in that region. They are on a cruise mode here.

End of over 38 (6 runs) Pakistan 196/2 (49 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.15, RRR: 4.08)
Shoaib Malik    83* (93b 10x4)      KM Dabengwa    3-0-16-0
Mohammad Yousuf    78* (79b 5x4 1x6)      RW Price    8-0-44-0

38.1

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, lunges forward to drive to long-off.

38.2

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, on the front foot and nudges to the on side

38.3

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, quicker and dabbed to right of short midwicket for a single

38.4

Price to Shoaib Malik, no run, appeal for lbw but the ball was drifting down leg side. Malik had stretched forward to defend

38.5

Price to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, another single to long-off. They are doing it in singles here. Can we have couple more sixes please?!

38.6

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, goes back to defend back to the bowler

End of over 39 (3 runs) Pakistan 199/2 (46 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.10, RRR: 4.18)
Mohammad Yousuf    79* (82b 5x4 1x6)      RW Price    9-0-47-0
Shoaib Malik    85* (96b 10x4)      KM Dabengwa    3-0-16-0

Malik's previous highest against ZImbabwe was 80! This 8 key in my keyboard needs to be changed.

39.1

Brent to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, on the middle stump line, Malik brings his wrists into play and flicks it behind square leg for couple of runs

39.2

Brent to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, short in length and forced off the back foot to deep cover

39.3

Brent to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, slower one, full and on the leg stump line, Yousuf shaped to sweep and tried to flick and missed. It went off his pad and nearly went on to the leg stump.

39.4

Brent to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, Full pitched and Yousuf just knifed through the line and over mid-off. Who will get to their hundred first?

39.5

Brent to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, dabbed to third man for a single

39.6

Brent to Shoaib Malik, OUT, And Malik is run out. For the 16th time in his career. He had turned a low full toss to right of short midwicket and ran with the stroke. But Yousuf was going nowhere and Malik couldn't get back in time. Taibu is ecstatic.

Shoaib Malik run out 88 (156m 99b 10x4 0x6) SR: 88.88

End of over 40 (8 runs) Pakistan 207/3 (38 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.17, RRR: 3.80)
     GB Brent    8-0-41-0
Mohammad Yousuf    84* (85b 6x4 1x6)      RW Price    9-0-47-0

40.1

Price to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, brings Fawad on strike with a drive to long-off

40.2

Price to Fawad Alam, no run, shuffles from outside leg and defends

40.3

Price to Fawad Alam, no run, again that shuffle and another one pushed back to the bowler

40.4

Price to Fawad Alam, 2 runs, flighted delivery and Fawad lunges forward to push it through extra cover

40.5

Price to Fawad Alam, no run, lovely flighted one, trying to bait the young Fawad who resists the urge and defends.

40.6

Price to Fawad Alam, no run, another one tossed up - this is good bowling and Fawad jabs it away off the inside-edge to the leg side.

End of over 41 (3 runs) Pakistan 210/3 (35 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.12, RRR: 3.88)
Fawad Alam    2* (5b)      RW Price    10-0-50-0
Mohammad Yousuf    85* (86b 6x4 1x6)      GB Brent    8-0-41-0

41.1

Brent to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, keeps low after landing on a length and Yousuf squeezes it past square leg. 34 to win

41.2

Brent to Fawad Alam, no run, shuffle exposes the leg stump and he defends a length delivery on the middle

41.3

Brent to Fawad Alam, no run, slightly open stance. Guard on the leg stump. Then that shuffle and another defensive stroke

41.4

Brent to Fawad Alam, no run, tight line on the off stump, hit back to the bowler

41.5

Brent to Fawad Alam, no run, straightens off a length and Fawad had to bring his bat around his front pad but manages to do it and sends the ball to midwicket

41.6

Brent to Fawad Alam, FOUR, fullish and outside off stump and Fawad arrests his shuffling movement and rocks back to square drive it to cover point boundary

End of over 42 (5 runs) Pakistan 215/3 (30 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.11, RRR: 3.75)
Fawad Alam    6* (10b 1x4)      GB Brent    9-0-46-0
Mohammad Yousuf    86* (87b 6x4 1x6)      RW Price    10-0-50-0

Sean Williams to have a bowl.

42.1

Williams to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, left-arm spin, slow and full outside off, driven to covers

42.2

Williams to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, really slow and driven to covers

42.3

Williams to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, again width offered outside off and Yousuf moves to 90 with a cut to point boundary

42.4

Williams to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, more gifts come his way. Another poor delivery - short and wide and Yousuf moves to 94

now a man drops down to sweeper cover

42.5

Williams to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, leans forward to dead-bat

42.6

Williams to Mohammad Yousuf, 2 runs, goes back to push it to left of long-off for couple of runs. Yousuf is on 96

End of over 43 (10 runs) Pakistan 225/3 (20 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.23, RRR: 2.85)
Mohammad Yousuf    96* (93b 8x4 1x6)      SC Williams    1-0-10-0
Fawad Alam    6* (10b 1x4)      GB Brent    9-0-46-0

43.1

Brent to Fawad Alam, 1 run, down the leg side and clipped down to fine leg

43.2

Brent to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, on the off stump line, pushed to covers

43.3

Brent to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, Yet another ton from Yousuf and he goes down on his knees to offer sajda. 14th ODI hundred and the first of this series. Full pitched, outside off stump and he caressed it through wide mid-off.

43.4

Brent to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, pushes a length delivery to mid-on

43.5

Brent to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, cuts in from just outside off, stabbed to the off side

43.6

Brent to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 wide, slower one but it slips down the leg side

43.6

Brent to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, another slower one and this time it's short and Yousuf retains the strike by working it through midwicket

End of over 44 (7 runs) Pakistan 232/3 (13 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.27, RRR: 2.16)
Mohammad Yousuf    101* (98b 9x4 1x6)      GB Brent    10-0-53-0
Fawad Alam    7* (11b 1x4)      SC Williams    1-0-10-0

44.1

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, starts off with a bouncer and Yousuf ducks under.

44.2

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, on the middle stump line, flicked past square leg

44.3

Mpofu to Fawad Alam, no run, on the off stump line, pushed to mid-off

44.4

Mpofu to Fawad Alam, 1 run, shuffles across and taps a fullish delivery to left of extra cover and takes a quick single. Taylor rushes in and throws on the dive.

44.5

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, homing in on the off stump and is dead-batted

44.6

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, slow off cutter and driven to mid-off

44.7

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

End of over 45 (2 runs) Pakistan 234/3 (11 runs required from 29 balls, RR: 5.18, RRR: 2.27)
Mohammad Yousuf    102* (103b 9x4 1x6)      CB Mpofu    9-0-32-1
Fawad Alam    8* (13b 1x4)      GB Brent    10-0-53-0

45.1

Dabengwa to Fawad Alam, 2 runs, what a long hop and Fawad pulls it but can't beat the man at long leg where another diving stop is made. Zim fielding has been a treat to watch today

45.2

Dabengwa to Fawad Alam, no run, turns in rom outside off, pushed back to the bowler

45.3

Dabengwa to Fawad Alam, 1 run, driven to long-on for a single

45.4

Dabengwa to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 wide, down the leg side and Yousuf misses to connect with his sweep shot

45.4

Dabengwa to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, makes contact with his paddle sweep this time and picks up a single to left of short fine leg

45.5

Dabengwa to Fawad Alam, 1 run, goes back to work it behind square leg

45.6

Dabengwa to Mohammad Yousuf, 1 run, short and Yousuf will keep the strike with a square drive off the back foot

End of over 46 (7 runs) Pakistan 241/3 (4 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.23, RRR: 1.00)
Mohammad Yousuf    104* (105b 9x4 1x6)      KM Dabengwa    4-0-23-0
Fawad Alam    12* (17b 1x4)      CB Mpofu    9-0-32-1

46.1

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, off cutter from just outside off, played to the covers.

46.2

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, another bouncer and Yousuf ducks

46.3

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, Mpofu sends down another bouncer and has a huge smile!

46.4

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, no run

46.5

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, no run, slow off cutter and is punched to mid-off

46.6

Mpofu to Mohammad Yousuf, FOUR, Game over. Short delivery which is pulled to the midwicket boundary.

The players shake hands with each other and off they go to the pavilion now. Fawad chats with Yousuf, who keeps nodding patiently! Malik comes out with his team to greet the Zimbabweans. Shoaib Malik has been named the man of the match. That's it for now. This is Sriram Veera, your commentator of the day, saying alvida. Good night and Shab bakhair.

End of over 47 (4 runs) Pakistan 245/3 (RR: 5.21)
Mohammad Yousuf    108* (111b 10x4 1x6)      CB Mpofu    10-0-36-1
Fawad Alam    12* (17b 1x4)      KM Dabengwa    4-0-23-0
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Jan 30, 2008

Mohammad Yousuf and Hamilton Masakadza shake hands after the game, Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 4th ODI, Mobilink Cup, Faisalabad, January 30, 2008

Mohammad Yousuf and Hamilton Masakadza shake hands after the game

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Jan 30, 2008

Mohammad Yousuf and Fawad Alam leave the field after Pakistan chased 245, Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 4th ODI, Mobilink Cup, Faisalabad, January 30, 2008

Mohammad Yousuf and Fawad Alam leave the field after Pakistan chased 245

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