Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Harare September 11, 2011

Openers power Pakistan to series win

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Pakistan 228 for 0 (Hafeez 139*, Farhat 75*) beat Zimbabwe 225 for 6 (Masakadza 68, Tanvir 2-33) by 10 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Pakistan strolled to victory with no trouble at all, chasing a below-par score on a batsman-friendly pitch in Harare. They won the three-match series in comprehensive style as Mohammad Hafeez scored his third ODI century and Imran Farhat came good as well, in the second match after making his comeback. The pair put on 228, Pakistan's highest opening partnership, to ensure an emphatic win.

It was a tough day for Zimbabwe's bowlers, who failed to threaten and were unable to stem the run-flow. By contrast, Pakistan's attack restricted Zimbabwe after Brendan Taylor mistakenly put his side in to bat. Taylor actually wanted to bowl, but asked to bat instead, and when he asked if he could reverse his decision, he was denied permission to do so.

With some assistance on offer for the seamers, Pakistan's left-arm pair of Sohail Tanvir and Junaid Khan gave little away. Tanvir extracted movement early on and both bowled around the off stump to deny Zimbabwe easy runs. Their opening pair, Chamu Chibhabha and Vusi Sibanda, gave in to frustration. Chibhabha was caught at mid-off while trying to go over the top and Sibanda perished, for the sixth time in 11 innings this summer, to the pull.

Junaid continued to impress as his spell went on and caused problems with the short ball. After seven overs, he injured his ankle while racing to square leg to field off his own bowling and had to go off, but returned to complete his spell.

Spin was introduced from both ends after 20 overs and Zimbabwe eased into single scoring mode, with Hamilton Masakadza and Taylor putting on the team's best performance against Hafeez and Saeed Ajmal. Zimbabwe scored 52 runs in 10 overs with the bulk of them coming in singles. Masakadza played responsibly, spotting the gaps and doing most of the calling.

Cheema returned to try and break what was becoming a sizeable partnership but he did not succeed, though he kept the runs down. Masakadza brought up his half- century with a small nudge to fine leg and Taylor reached the milestone with a quick couple in the same area. They had crafted the platform to launch from, but neither were able to.

Taylor was caught at third man after upper-cutting a short and wide delivery, and Masakadza was run out by a direct throw from Misbah-ul-Haq, after he had started the acceleration with Tatenda Taibu at the other end. With the energy Taibu brought to the crease, Masakadza was encouraged to take on the bowling and smashed the biggest shot of the match, a six that landed in the rugby field.

Taibu swept confidently and was the most at ease with the attack, but could not provide the required impetus. Tanvir bowled him and it was up to Elton Chigumbura to finish strongly but it was a tough ask. Only at the end did Chigumbura launch and Zimbabwe finished with a 14-run over.

Zimbabwe's bowlers were always going to struggle to defend 225. Chris Mpofu and Brian Vitori were able to keep Pakistan to 36 in the first ten overs. The change bowlers, however, were ineffective and expensive, and Pakistan were running away with the chase at 70 without loss after 15 overs.

Ray Price tried his best to contain, but had no support from the other end. Hafeez played aggressively, the pull shot serving him well, while Farhat accumulated. The pair had to take few risks as they were rarely put under any sort of pressure.

Hafeez's century came with a slog-sweep for six. He then tore into Vitori, smacking him for three fours in his eighth over. Hafeez, fittingly, finished the match off with a trademark pull behind square to win the series for Pakistan.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • BUTT_093 on September 14, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    @Vazure: It probably says in the rules of the game that once a captain has made his decision at the toss, it cannot be reversed. Personally, I feel that Taylor should have been alert enough to know what had been decided the day before the match because the team management collectively decides on what to do if the team wins the toss based on the pitch and conditions.

  • saadfarrukh1 on September 13, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    imran nazir scored 160 against zimbabve so he is supposed to be the highest

  • asmz09 on September 13, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    ON http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;filter=advanced;orderby=batted_score;team=7;template=results;type=batting;view=innings it says 6 pakistanis in ODIs made more than Hafeez.But He And Yousaf remained Not Out.Saeed Anwar has made 194(but out) against India in May 1997

  • on September 13, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    pak rocks pak rocks

  • Murad748 on September 13, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    No doubt Hafeez is playing well but only for captaincy. Why Farhat and Taufeeq are back. They already got so many chances and showed they are not capable to play for Pakistan. They play only for the next match not for the country. We need Inzamam, Younis, Yousuf and Razzaq with Shoaib Akhtar back in the side. Afterall the played for pride of Pakistan.

  • on September 13, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    @Hassan Tanveer well said and who said pak aint have good players!!!!!!!!Hafeez is mostly doing good job!!!!!!!!

  • a.syed81 on September 12, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Just a note for hyper fans. You can't compare England with Zimbabwe. Also Imran Farhat can't even survive first 5 overs of any good bowling attack. That's why we need to give chance to our young guns. Try Rameez jr also if Shaoib Malik is not going to bowl then Asad Shafeeq is much better option in my book.

  • nafdan on September 12, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    my line up for the next match shud be (giv chance to everyone) imran, ramiz,asad,misbah,malik,umar,adnan,sohail khan,tanvir,cheema,yasir

    reason for resting :hafeez and younis scored runs, ajmal and junaid shud be rested

  • on September 12, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    well done team Pakistan. Hafeez has really matured as a batsmen in last year, i hope they will earn to play in pressure situations as well.

  • on September 12, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    the most unpredictable team of the world .. u just cant expect anything from them

  • BUTT_093 on September 14, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    @Vazure: It probably says in the rules of the game that once a captain has made his decision at the toss, it cannot be reversed. Personally, I feel that Taylor should have been alert enough to know what had been decided the day before the match because the team management collectively decides on what to do if the team wins the toss based on the pitch and conditions.

  • saadfarrukh1 on September 13, 2011, 12:06 GMT

    imran nazir scored 160 against zimbabve so he is supposed to be the highest

  • asmz09 on September 13, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    ON http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;filter=advanced;orderby=batted_score;team=7;template=results;type=batting;view=innings it says 6 pakistanis in ODIs made more than Hafeez.But He And Yousaf remained Not Out.Saeed Anwar has made 194(but out) against India in May 1997

  • on September 13, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    pak rocks pak rocks

  • Murad748 on September 13, 2011, 6:55 GMT

    No doubt Hafeez is playing well but only for captaincy. Why Farhat and Taufeeq are back. They already got so many chances and showed they are not capable to play for Pakistan. They play only for the next match not for the country. We need Inzamam, Younis, Yousuf and Razzaq with Shoaib Akhtar back in the side. Afterall the played for pride of Pakistan.

  • on September 13, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    @Hassan Tanveer well said and who said pak aint have good players!!!!!!!!Hafeez is mostly doing good job!!!!!!!!

  • a.syed81 on September 12, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Just a note for hyper fans. You can't compare England with Zimbabwe. Also Imran Farhat can't even survive first 5 overs of any good bowling attack. That's why we need to give chance to our young guns. Try Rameez jr also if Shaoib Malik is not going to bowl then Asad Shafeeq is much better option in my book.

  • nafdan on September 12, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    my line up for the next match shud be (giv chance to everyone) imran, ramiz,asad,misbah,malik,umar,adnan,sohail khan,tanvir,cheema,yasir

    reason for resting :hafeez and younis scored runs, ajmal and junaid shud be rested

  • on September 12, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    well done team Pakistan. Hafeez has really matured as a batsmen in last year, i hope they will earn to play in pressure situations as well.

  • on September 12, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    the most unpredictable team of the world .. u just cant expect anything from them

  • on September 12, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    @ Kamran Fiaz.....pace yourself man. You think England don't stand a chance based on Pakistan's win over Zimbabwe? Let Pakistan team play one match/series at a time, and don't make statements which are hard to swallow. Pakistan may have the talent and power to beat England, but current England team is not going to be defeated easily.

  • on September 12, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Plz Note M Yousuf's 141 was the second highest score and now Haffez 139 is the third highest! The Highest was 160 by imran nazir in world cup 2007 in kingston west indies.

  • Bilal94 on September 12, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    If Shohaib Malik is only gong to play as a batsmen then Asad Shafiq is the better option

  • on September 12, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Correction" Hafeez's score is the THIRD highest score by a Pakistan batsman against Zimbabwe in ODIs" Remember imran nazirs 160 in inzis farewell match http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/247473.html

  • ahasanhabib27 on September 12, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    nice playing bye hafeez...he is really a awsm player..i just like him..a lot.....wow

  • anver777 on September 12, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    After so many years i see Pak have a 200+ opening stand in any format.......

  • on September 12, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    well this is what we want..good cricket by pakistan....now they can thrash england tooo.zimbabwe have to do a lot better against the stronger opposition like pakistan,south africa,england,australia,india

  • smartguy786 on September 12, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    i Like some of the conspiracy theory on Imran farhat, looks great

  • VaZure on September 12, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    Got a question why was Taylor not allowed to reverse his decision?

  • on September 12, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    The plan of Ilyas has worked this time. Farhat scored against a club level bowling and now he will play at least next two series. The much deserved player Sharjeel Khan has been dropped for Farhat. Mohsin Khan is obeying the orders of his bosses on the cost of ruining Pakistani cricket.

  • GreenCrazy on September 12, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan Team. What a marvelous performance is this? Well done Imran and Hafeez. Please bring back Boom Boom for Gulf. This batting form should be continued.. Hope it will... Good Luck.. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.

  • on September 12, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    why everybody is critisiging Farhat ....common guys he is a strong player and in odi's we need pawerfull players .....he can hit the ball hard...

  • a.syed81 on September 12, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    That's why pricesly Imran Farhat has been selected in this tour so he can make some run against weak bowling and based on his performance on this tour he will get select for upcoming next series. Plan well executed!!! I hope Shoaib Malik contune to flunk his chance to he gets drop in next series and deserving Asad Shafiq gets to play.

  • on September 11, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan on a great performance. Plzzz bring back Boom Boom....

  • BUTT_093 on September 11, 2011, 22:51 GMT

    I second Mr. Mnomann. Indeed Imran Nazir with 160 to his name is the highest scorer from Pakistan against Zimbabwe having done it in the 2007 World Cup. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised that Pakistan managed to win the game without losing a wicket. Great achievement especially against a rising Zimbabwe outfit with Pakistan having young players in their ranks !

  • johnathonjosephs on September 11, 2011, 22:41 GMT

    Wow, Hafeez has greatly improved.... Remember before the world cup, his batting average was 21....

  • on September 11, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    Bring on England. They have no chance against Pakistan attack

  • on September 11, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    just got back from lords after watching the game between england and india which ended in a draw, congratulations to pakistan on their ten wicket victory over zimbabwe,it is not often you can expect this kind of win from pakistan . I think the last time they achieved this kind of a result was in the 1999 world cup semi-final against new zealand so well done hafeez and farhat. Pakistan zindabad!

  • zzboyz on September 11, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    Pakistan in the house tonight. Everybody just have a good time:). I love Pakistan. Bring back Amir.

  • usmantheman on September 11, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    pakistan team for next match hafeez, farhat, ramiz raja, asad shafiq, misbah, shohaib malik, adnan, junaid, ajmal sohail and cheema

  • Stark62 on September 11, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    Oh great, now we will never see young and talented players given a chance.

    Pak were one of the few teams who gave youngsters a chance and they blossomed after being given a few chances.

    The team that used to give experienced players a chance was Aus and even they have seen the light and are giving their youngsters a chance but unfortunately Pak have adopted their stupid ideology.

    Ind's second 11 is full of youth and they are giving a strong Eng side a tough ODI series and eventually they will learn from this and will help Ind in the future. Eng rested Pietersen to try a 20 yr old (Stokes).

    It's a real shame!

  • Mnomann on September 11, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    The record tab says "Hafeez's 139 is the second-highest score by a Pakistan batsman against Zimbabwe in ODIs behind Mohammad Yousuf's 141 in 2002." Well it is in fact the third. The highest being Imran Nazir's 160 in 2007 world cup.

  • on September 11, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    Real test awaits them at Gulf, they might even beat Lanka but England series will be huge. best of luck and well played Professor Chanda.

  • on September 11, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Well played Hafeez. You should be the Captain of the team..

  • on September 11, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    bad luck for pakistan. imran farhat whould play one or two more series. unlucky pakistan?

  • on September 11, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    taufeeq!!!!! he didnt even play in the match Mr Ahsin Ali Khan

  • Ahsan_Shere on September 11, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Another ODI series (against Srilanka) will see Farhat's failure & will be dropped, Pakistan & youngsters will suffer

  • on September 11, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    Well played Pakistan, but also a great fightback from the Zimbabwe team. Zimbabwe in my opinion will be the next great team. They have to come back stronger against New Zealand.

  • on September 11, 2011, 17:00 GMT

    Pakistan played well!! and Selectors want select new opener batsman Ramiz Raja for Debut and Asad Shafiq for Middle order.

  • on September 11, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    WEll Done Hafeezzz!!!! not want Farhat to continue though even after his todays performance not likely to do well against established teams

  • on September 11, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    congratulations to pakistan team for their performance , and especially to muhammad hafeez for his ton.

  • on September 11, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    great win this is :):) well played Hafeez and Farhat...

  • SaudAliPk on September 11, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    That the best ining played by pak opener after a long long time 139 not out M. Hafeez.The good thing about this ining was that he didnt give a single chance to opponents to take his wicket.Hafeez is a future captain of PAK Team...

  • AkmalFan on September 11, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Good performance from Pakistan.

  • on September 11, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    Congrats! Pakistan you are the world champion...

  • FaisalAsghar on September 11, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    Pakistan wanted to try out youngsters, ummm can someone explain Imran Farhat??? now hes made 70 odd and shall continue the haunt the Pak team and its supporters :(

  • on September 11, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    Well Done Paksitan Team....Superb played Hafeez and Taufeeq....

  • on September 11, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Huge loss but we have to dust ourselves and get on with the cricket.

    Who is coming here next, NewZealand. We have to face them with confidence despite this 10 wicket loss

  • on September 11, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Team Pakistan is back. Great Job by Hafeez & I.Farhat. You Guys make Happy Pakistan by such a wonderful performance. Yes, Pakistan needs Happiness today. Carry on Guys, we want much more than this.

  • on September 11, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    i hope both openers will break ramiz and saeed first wicket partnership record which is 204 against sri lanka.. Go Green.......

  • ZCFOutkast on September 11, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    Decent performances by Zim of late. They are well and truly in the right direction. However, one can't help but acknowledge that for the good of Zimbabwe and international cricket in general, Sean Ervine, Gary Ballance, James Cameron, Anthony Ireland & Colin de Grandhomme need to be involved in their domestic international setup. Murray Goodwin, if his wife permits, can wrap up his career as player-coach in one of our franchises. The onus is on Minister Coltart and the Zimbabwe Cricket administrator to retrieve and retain such talent. Pride must be shelved and initiative displayed.

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  • ZCFOutkast on September 11, 2011, 11:53 GMT

    Decent performances by Zim of late. They are well and truly in the right direction. However, one can't help but acknowledge that for the good of Zimbabwe and international cricket in general, Sean Ervine, Gary Ballance, James Cameron, Anthony Ireland & Colin de Grandhomme need to be involved in their domestic international setup. Murray Goodwin, if his wife permits, can wrap up his career as player-coach in one of our franchises. The onus is on Minister Coltart and the Zimbabwe Cricket administrator to retrieve and retain such talent. Pride must be shelved and initiative displayed.

  • on September 11, 2011, 14:27 GMT

    i hope both openers will break ramiz and saeed first wicket partnership record which is 204 against sri lanka.. Go Green.......

  • on September 11, 2011, 15:07 GMT

    Team Pakistan is back. Great Job by Hafeez & I.Farhat. You Guys make Happy Pakistan by such a wonderful performance. Yes, Pakistan needs Happiness today. Carry on Guys, we want much more than this.

  • on September 11, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Huge loss but we have to dust ourselves and get on with the cricket.

    Who is coming here next, NewZealand. We have to face them with confidence despite this 10 wicket loss

  • on September 11, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    Well Done Paksitan Team....Superb played Hafeez and Taufeeq....

  • FaisalAsghar on September 11, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    Pakistan wanted to try out youngsters, ummm can someone explain Imran Farhat??? now hes made 70 odd and shall continue the haunt the Pak team and its supporters :(

  • on September 11, 2011, 15:25 GMT

    Congrats! Pakistan you are the world champion...

  • AkmalFan on September 11, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Good performance from Pakistan.

  • SaudAliPk on September 11, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    That the best ining played by pak opener after a long long time 139 not out M. Hafeez.The good thing about this ining was that he didnt give a single chance to opponents to take his wicket.Hafeez is a future captain of PAK Team...

  • on September 11, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    great win this is :):) well played Hafeez and Farhat...