Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    1.4 Misbah, you stunning jack in the box. The old man still has plenty of steam. Sibanda tries to get under a length ball and thump it straight, and seemed to have done enough to clear mid-on. Someone forgot to tell Misbah that he had no business running back, leaping away towards the boundary and pouching it with both hands as it came down over his shoulder. What. A. Catch. 12/1
    8.5 Hafeez is in a hat-trick. What more can he do this year? May be win the Nobel Prize? Back of a length, nothing ball that skidded along amiably towards Chamu who turned the wrists a touch too early and was struck on the back foot in front of middle. 64/5
    1.6 if you had blinked you would have missed Zhuwao's innings. Short of a length from Sohail, landed on middle and angled away ever so slightly across the left-hander. Zhuwao didn't move the feet as he got squared up, he just hung his bat at it, and ended up feathering it into the keeper's gloves. 13/2
    4.5 another one bites the dust. Taylor walks across as always and times the hoisted whip particularly well. In hindsight, too well. The shot ended in Yasir Shah's hands at deep backward square leg. 37/3
    8.4 and gone. The pressure gets to Hamilton. It was a back of length ball from Hafeez, his typical asphixiating length that can't be driven. Hamilton tried to rock back and cross-bat it, but it wasn't short enough for that either. He ends up spooning it straight up and the man at midwicket settles under it. 64/4
    10.3 the case for the Nobel Prize becomes stronger. Hafeez picks up another wicket, but honestly, all credit for that wicket goes to Sohail Tanvir. It was full on leg stump, Elton went down on a knee and looked to lash the sweep high and square. Tanvir moved quickly to his right and took it one handed as he dived away to his right. 77/6
    12.3 ah, the honeymoon's over. Ajmal's wiles, as always (except when the batsman is Hussey), come to the fore. Fastish, loopy, speared on the stumps, Coventry top-edges the slog heave and it pops up between the keeper running back and short third man. They run into each other, but one of them has completed the catch by then. 102/7
    13.1 Zim have tried their best to give a wicket to a run out today. They have ultimately succeeded, and it is that man, Prof. Hafeez, once again. Price dabs listlessly in front of point and takes off equally listlessly. Taibu never had a chance. Hafeez charged in, picked up and swung down the stumps from point-blank range. 104/8
    15.2 Hafeez has four wickets to go with his 71. He is Man of the Match, and just give him the Nobel Prize now. Sharp, flat, straight, you-miss-I-hit stuff. Price slogs across the line and misses, the middle stump falls back. Hafeez follows up his career-best batting effort with his best figures in this format. 113/10
    13.3 I don't think I have ever seen Pakistan field this well. Yasir Shah has taken a dream catch running in from long on. Jarvis tried to nail this length ball from Cheema down the ground but looped it up in the air. Yasir bolted in, dived forward and was at full stretch, and almost on the roll as he took that catch inches above the grass. He seemed to have dived too early and was on the descent when he reached the ball, with his hands under him rather than in front. What a take! 104/9
    not out
    12 (lb 4, w 8)
    113 all out (15.2 Overs, RR: 7.36)
    Fall of wickets: 1-12 (V Sibanda, 1.4 ov), 2-13 (C Zhuwao, 1.6 ov), 3-37 (BRM Taylor, 4.5 ov), 4-64 (H Masakadza, 8.4 ov), 5-64 (CJ Chibhabha, 8.5 ov), 6-77 (E Chigumbura, 10.3 ov), 7-102 (CK Coventry, 12.3 ov), 8-104 (T Taibu, 13.1 ov), 9-104 (KM Jarvis, 13.3 ov), 10-113 (RW Price, 15.2 ov)
    Sohail Tanvir3.002418.0052030
    Sohail Khan2.001326.5050110
    Aizaz Cheema3.002117.0051030
    Yasir Shah3.0031010.3334000
    Mohammad Hafeez2.201044.2890100
    Saeed Ajmal2.001015.0051000

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