Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Harare September 14, 2011

Pakistan complete series sweep

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Pakistan 270 for 5 (Younis 81, Shafiq 51, Chigumbura 2-36) beat Zimbabwe 242 for 9 (Chibhabha 62, Sibanda 59, Cheema 4-43) by 28 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A middle-order slump from Zimbabwe and a committed effort from Pakistan in the field saw them complete their whitewash of the hosts in the ODI series with a testing but ultimately comfortable victory in the third and final game. On a batsmen-friendly pitch, Pakistan finished with a par score that still proved too much for Zimbabwe, who gave themselves a chance to win the game with a big opening partnership, but could not finish the job.

Pakistan were aggressive at crucial times with both bat and ball and showed the value of experience against a Zimbabwe line-up that is still finding its feet at the highest level. Younis Khan's beautifully crafted 81 and Aizaz Cheema's four wickets headlined their performance but Zimbabwe can take heart from the fight they showed, minimising the damage after Pakitsan got off to a rollicking start and scoring over 240 against a top-level team.

Zimbabwe's openers, Vusi Sibanda and Chamu Chibhabha, built a solid foundation, adding 110 together. The pair began watchfully and the chase only began to gain momentum in the ninth over. Sibanda took on Sohail Tanvir, smacking him for three boundaries, an aerial shot over square leg, a glance down the leg side and a cut through point. He managed to stay away from the pull shot, which has cost him his wickets six times this summer.

Chibhabha, who had not performed in the previous two matches of the series, was more cautious and only risked hitting the big shot when he seemed certain it would reach the boundary. There was a sublime stroke through the covers off Aizaz Cheema and a straight drive unfurled down the ground.

Spin was introduced in the 11th over in the form of Mohammad Hafeez, who was economical without being threatening. His spin partner, legspinner Yasir Shah, had to wait until the 22nd over to make his debut but started encouragingly, with generous flight and a few googlies. Sibanda gifted him his maiden ODI wicket, two overs later. Just as the Zimbabwe opener had brought up his half-century and looked to accelerate, he was caught at long-on after misreading Shah.

Brendan Taylor moved up the order to No. 3 but lasted just 14 balls before being caught behind and Chibhabha succumbed soon after to a soft dismissal, gifting Younis a catch at cover. Hamilton Masakadza and Tatenda Taibu showed signs of steadying the innings, but Taibu's dismissal, caught by an athletic Younis in the deep, set in motion a mini-collapse as Zimbabwe lost four wickets for 32 runs. Masakadza fell to the slower ball from Sohail Khan, Chigubura mistimed a pull and Waller was cleaned up by a Cheema special, leaving Zimbabwe with no recognised batsmen. Cheema continued his impressive run in this series, bowling well in the dying periods of the game to end with career-best figures of 4 for 43.

Zimbabwe's spinners and Elton Chigumbura did well to keep Pakistan to 270 after it looked like a score over 300 was in sight. In the absence of senior paceman Chris Mpofu, the inexperience of Zimbabwe's seamers was exposed and Brian Vitori and Kyle Jarvis served up a range of short and wide deliveries with Vitori also occasionally straying too far down the leg side.

It took three overs for the pair to find the correct length, which was a touch short on this surface, but any small deviation was punished, as Jarvis found out when he bowled a fuller length to Imran Farhat, who pounced to smash him over point. Reward came in unexpected fashion when Vitori banged in a shorter one and got some extra bounce, which surprised Hafeez, who pulled to Waller deep midwicket.

Chigumbura and Price tied Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq down and dragged the run-rate to just over five. Chigumbura was particularly impressive, found his lengths from the start and frustrated Farhat before enticing him to drive with a fuller, slower delivery that the opener played into the hands of Chamu Chibhabha at cover.

Younis was not as easily tempted. He was happy to see off the good length ball and attack anything overpitched or tossed up, bringing up his fifty with a gorgeous inside-out shot over extra cover. Asad struggled against some tight bowling early in his innings, but Younis helped him find his rhythm and the pair began to rotate the strike well.

Zimbabwe's fielders put on a mixed display, saving some boundaries while letting others through and taking some improbable catches while dropping others. Shafiq was stumped after nifty work by Taibu who collected the ball off the rebound from his own chest to remove the bails and Shoaib Malik, who has yet to play an authoritative innings since making his comeback, was brilliantly caught by Chigumbura, low down in his follow through.

Younis looked set for a hundred but was also caught in impressive fashion when Jarvis pouched a return catch after eliciting the drive. With wickets in hand in the last 10 overs, Pakistan looked to Adnan Akmal and Misbah-ul-Haq to launch, but the pair added just 55 runs together. In the end, it proved to be more than enough.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Ahsan_Shere on September 16, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    @Syed_Yasir_Shere: You can't compare Rana to Gul because Gul is Pakistan's first choice bowler. Player has to prove his worth at domestic level only if he's not in the international team for a long time but Gul doesn't have to, because he has performed at international level. You're backing Rana because of his English Friends Life T20 & Australian Big Bash performances (youtube has given birth to hundreds of selectors :P), but definitely those performances won't be considered for national selection. If you are supporting Hafeez then he should first gain experience in T20s, BTW he is known as professor coz he makes easy things complicated & not in appreciation...see my XI for T20s in other article's comments....Abdur Razzaq.... he deserves a place in the team at anyone's cost.

  • Sohailh on September 16, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Beating Zimbabwe is no achievement...:P... AFRIDI WE MISS U.. I hate pakistani cricket without Afridi.

  • on September 16, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    @Aina Maria Waseem. Correct your figures. Afridi never dropped a catch in WC 2011. In semi-final four catches of Tendulkar were dropped by U & K Akmal, Younus and Misbah and probably on all four occasions Afridi was the unlucky bowler. Finally, Afridi was the proud lad to hold the 'white inconspicious thing in day-light' in front of wickets at seli mid-off or short cover.

  • Syed_Yasir_Shere on September 16, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    @Ahsan_Shere: Junaid Khan has an average of 21 in first class cricket while Sohail Khan gifted with 24. Selectors gave them a chance but they did not impress at all. On the other hand Aizaz Cheema proved to be a good bowler. Your point is right but do you think if Gul does not perform well in the domestic season, they will not consider him in the team selection..? If they give him a chance in UAE series because of his experience then they should consider Rana as well. I am backing him in ODIs & T20Is only. He has taken 110 wickets in 74 matches. Misbah is a very good player but he is 37 already & we have to keep an eye on 2015 WC. So if they groom Hafeez as a captain for a long period, it would be so good for the team. He is a genius lad known as "Professor" among the players. Well Abdul Razzaq could be the one but he is now out of the team.

  • CricLuve on September 16, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    I dont understand that why Imran Farhat and Shoab Malik are playing again. How many times they need to fail to be finally replaced?

  • Ahsan_Shere on September 16, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    @Syed_Yasir_Shere: Selection always depends on domestic recent performances. In Faysal Bank One Day National Cup Division One, 2010/11 Imran Farhat played 7 List A matches scored 476 at 80 with 2 centuries & 2 fifties & he heads the list of the batsmen. Nasir also played 7 matches, scored 215 at 30 without a century & at 18th position. Umar Akmal may be a good WKB but another burden on young lad may affect his batting although team management should consider this option...More than half a dozen fast bowlers took 50 or more wickets this Quaid-e-Azam Trophy but Rana managed 34, he didn't play One Day Cup. Hafeez over Misbah....any valid points to back this statement?

  • Syed_Yasir_Shere on September 15, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Although Pakistan has wrapped up the series by 3-0 but still a lot of hard work to do. Firstly, a deserved opener maybe Nasir Jamshed i should say. Secondly, they need to groom Umar Akmal as a keeper , it would be so beneficial as we really need a stroke player at the death overs. Thirdly, selectors should consider Rana Naved as well, he deserves his place in ODIs & T20s. Finally, Misbah is no doubt a very good player but as a captain i should say M. Hafeez would probably be the best choice.

  • Ali-Sajid on September 15, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    @mhk21 Thats a nice team but i would make 1 ammendment i.e. Wahab in place of Junaid and Junaid in the reserves. The batting lineup is strong going till number 9 with Younis and Misbah to build in middle overs and Afridi and Hammad for the late acceleration. Also we will have two good spinners in Ajmal and Afridi with Hafeez to back them up and good fast bowlers in Gul and Wahab with Hammad to back them up :).

  • on September 15, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    @Stark62: Yes afridi was wonderful during the world cup, but even he dropped Tendulkar's catch... I can't believe people are even blaming Misbah for bad selection. We lost Afridi because he wanted his rights as captain. I sincerely doubt Misbah has any say even in team selection.

  • Ali-Sajid on September 15, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    @Mansoor Iqbal we were talking about Misbahs captaincy in ODIs NOT tests. Both are very different formats and in the semifinal if misbah had just rotated the strike more than the players at the other end WOULD NOT have been under pressure from the rising run rate. They could have rotated the strike making 4-5 runs an over with the odd boundary but no Misbah had to waste too many balls and put his teammates under pressure. What good is there in staying at the crease if you dont make any runs?

  • Ahsan_Shere on September 16, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    @Syed_Yasir_Shere: You can't compare Rana to Gul because Gul is Pakistan's first choice bowler. Player has to prove his worth at domestic level only if he's not in the international team for a long time but Gul doesn't have to, because he has performed at international level. You're backing Rana because of his English Friends Life T20 & Australian Big Bash performances (youtube has given birth to hundreds of selectors :P), but definitely those performances won't be considered for national selection. If you are supporting Hafeez then he should first gain experience in T20s, BTW he is known as professor coz he makes easy things complicated & not in appreciation...see my XI for T20s in other article's comments....Abdur Razzaq.... he deserves a place in the team at anyone's cost.

  • Sohailh on September 16, 2011, 9:56 GMT

    Beating Zimbabwe is no achievement...:P... AFRIDI WE MISS U.. I hate pakistani cricket without Afridi.

  • on September 16, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    @Aina Maria Waseem. Correct your figures. Afridi never dropped a catch in WC 2011. In semi-final four catches of Tendulkar were dropped by U & K Akmal, Younus and Misbah and probably on all four occasions Afridi was the unlucky bowler. Finally, Afridi was the proud lad to hold the 'white inconspicious thing in day-light' in front of wickets at seli mid-off or short cover.

  • Syed_Yasir_Shere on September 16, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    @Ahsan_Shere: Junaid Khan has an average of 21 in first class cricket while Sohail Khan gifted with 24. Selectors gave them a chance but they did not impress at all. On the other hand Aizaz Cheema proved to be a good bowler. Your point is right but do you think if Gul does not perform well in the domestic season, they will not consider him in the team selection..? If they give him a chance in UAE series because of his experience then they should consider Rana as well. I am backing him in ODIs & T20Is only. He has taken 110 wickets in 74 matches. Misbah is a very good player but he is 37 already & we have to keep an eye on 2015 WC. So if they groom Hafeez as a captain for a long period, it would be so good for the team. He is a genius lad known as "Professor" among the players. Well Abdul Razzaq could be the one but he is now out of the team.

  • CricLuve on September 16, 2011, 2:04 GMT

    I dont understand that why Imran Farhat and Shoab Malik are playing again. How many times they need to fail to be finally replaced?

  • Ahsan_Shere on September 16, 2011, 1:47 GMT

    @Syed_Yasir_Shere: Selection always depends on domestic recent performances. In Faysal Bank One Day National Cup Division One, 2010/11 Imran Farhat played 7 List A matches scored 476 at 80 with 2 centuries & 2 fifties & he heads the list of the batsmen. Nasir also played 7 matches, scored 215 at 30 without a century & at 18th position. Umar Akmal may be a good WKB but another burden on young lad may affect his batting although team management should consider this option...More than half a dozen fast bowlers took 50 or more wickets this Quaid-e-Azam Trophy but Rana managed 34, he didn't play One Day Cup. Hafeez over Misbah....any valid points to back this statement?

  • Syed_Yasir_Shere on September 15, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Although Pakistan has wrapped up the series by 3-0 but still a lot of hard work to do. Firstly, a deserved opener maybe Nasir Jamshed i should say. Secondly, they need to groom Umar Akmal as a keeper , it would be so beneficial as we really need a stroke player at the death overs. Thirdly, selectors should consider Rana Naved as well, he deserves his place in ODIs & T20s. Finally, Misbah is no doubt a very good player but as a captain i should say M. Hafeez would probably be the best choice.

  • Ali-Sajid on September 15, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    @mhk21 Thats a nice team but i would make 1 ammendment i.e. Wahab in place of Junaid and Junaid in the reserves. The batting lineup is strong going till number 9 with Younis and Misbah to build in middle overs and Afridi and Hammad for the late acceleration. Also we will have two good spinners in Ajmal and Afridi with Hafeez to back them up and good fast bowlers in Gul and Wahab with Hammad to back them up :).

  • on September 15, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    @Stark62: Yes afridi was wonderful during the world cup, but even he dropped Tendulkar's catch... I can't believe people are even blaming Misbah for bad selection. We lost Afridi because he wanted his rights as captain. I sincerely doubt Misbah has any say even in team selection.

  • Ali-Sajid on September 15, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    @Mansoor Iqbal we were talking about Misbahs captaincy in ODIs NOT tests. Both are very different formats and in the semifinal if misbah had just rotated the strike more than the players at the other end WOULD NOT have been under pressure from the rising run rate. They could have rotated the strike making 4-5 runs an over with the odd boundary but no Misbah had to waste too many balls and put his teammates under pressure. What good is there in staying at the crease if you dont make any runs?

  • a.syed81 on September 15, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    The problems with pak is seems like is their ability to do hard hitting in death overs (either batting first or in a chase) We need players like Razzaq or Hammad Azam at no 6 and 7. Only having Umer Akmal is not enough PERIOD

  • mhk21 on September 15, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    my line up for best pak team possible

    1- Hafeez 2-Asad 3-Younis 4-Umar Akmal 5-Misbah 6-Hamad Azam 7-Sarfaraz 8-Afridi 9- Ajmal 10 -umar gul 11 junaid

    wahab,sohail,cheema in reserves

  • Stark62 on September 15, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    @ Mansoor Iqbal

    He has only lead Pak in ODI's against Ireland and Zimb. He drew a Test series with a mediocre Windies side but your talking as if they were the Windies of old. The draw against SA was a good result but that was on two of the most flattest pitches and even then Pak were hanging on to get a draw. He beat Nz but are Nz any good?

    Also, not only was Misbah's innings slow in Mohali but he also dropped Tendulkar's catch.

    Just watch how Pak get battered all round the park by SL and Eng

  • Ahsan_Shere on September 15, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    For T20s: Hafeez (capt) Imran, Younis, Rameez, Asad, Shoaib, Umar (wk), Sohail Tanvir, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Sohail Khan

  • Ahsan_Shere on September 15, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    One thing Pakistan has to work on is their wicket taking ability. Zim managed more than 225 every match which is not a plus point, although they were playing their second string bowling but still they should have restricted Zim inside 200 atleast once & also 5 of Zimbabwe's top seven scored at far better than their career averages & remaining two almost at their career averages.

  • Aura123 on September 15, 2011, 10:26 GMT

    My team hafeez azhar younis asad misbah umar afridi adnan sohail gul saeed ajmal

  • Ahsan_Shere on September 15, 2011, 10:05 GMT

    Adnan can't play as a no. 7 in Pakistan side cause he lacks hitting ability, we need WK who can hit ball hard as well as can keep to reasonable extent (hope ppl understand what I mean to say) & history proves that Pakistan always scored at a moderate rate (4.5-4.7 runs per over) till the 40th over then nos 6,7,8 & even 9 hit some big boundaries to give respectability to the total. 6,7 years before if Pakistan manage to reach 200 by the 40th over with 4 or even 5 down they score more than 300 hundred by the end. In this match they were 200/3 in the 37th & couldn't manage even 275.

  • poderdubdubdub on September 15, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    A win is a win no matter against who. We should encourage the new players and dont label them as boring etc. Razzaq is still good and should be retained ahead of Shoaib Malik, however Afridi is only good as far as his bowling is concened, just have a look at his ODI batting average for the last three years, and you would not miss him. We dont have any problem with spin bowling, so may be its time to leave Afridi out for good.

  • on September 15, 2011, 9:21 GMT

    @Ali-Sajid Here something more on Misbah's awesome captaincy. Apart from his 100% record in ODIs as captain ,he is yet to lose a Test series as Captain as well. (Drawing Against West Indies and South Afirca, winning against Zimbabwe and Newzealand). All this after Afridi who quit as captain MID TOUR in England which was followed by spot-fixing controversy. Oh and if not for that innnings of Misbah in the semis, Pak would have been bundled out well under 200 in Mohali.

  • tom_dick on September 15, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    Though the Zimbabwe had upper hand at one stage or other in all the three matches against Pakistan they squandered their chances. They lacked the punch in their proceedings and needed that thinking which would have perhaps dethroned the opposition. Any way as a team Zimbabwe has shown remarkable improvement and only in the course of further matches be it a one day or test they will achieve what they wanted. Hats off to Pakistan for the white-wash.

  • Nduru on September 15, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    I must admit it was dissapointingthat Zim did not play more freely yesterday because 271 was gettable with a bit more positive batting from the openers. But Pakistan bowled well and are a top team. They seem much more consistent than in the past. In the end, at least Zim competed well in two games, and could very well have won at least the first one. So its not all doom and gloom if they continue to improve.

  • dhino008 on September 15, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    i agree wit u "ZMPK"..this is da point everyone should have notice we need fire power at end of da innings..when we r playing against top flighted teams we can't afford to take 20-40 runs in PP so serious concern is adnan akmal i was fed up wit his selection always bcs if PCB not want kamran akmal then why they want select adnan prior to sarfaraz who z in good touch..also adnan z poor article not deserved his place at any level also i prefer kamran akmal over anyone who can play versatile position n imran farhat z not going to be improve anymore i can challenge so replace him wit umar akmal then we hav too gud team which can challenge anyteam.. 1.Mohamed hafeez 2.Kamran akmal 3.asad shafiq 4.younis khan 5.shohaib malik 6.misbah ul haq 7.umar akmal 8.wahab riaz 9.umar gul 10.saeed ajmal 11.aziaz cheema

  • on September 15, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    Well played Pakistan, they deserved this victory

  • milwardk on September 15, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    Thank you Zim boys you lost but with a fight. keep on fighting and you will keep improving.

  • hamdan22 on September 15, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Shahid Afridi is a great match winning player.no doubt in that.so pakistan need Afridi back into the attack.dont forget that Afridi lead pakistan till semi finals in this years world cup.he was the highest wicket taker in whole series.So we wan Afridi Back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ZMPK on September 15, 2011, 5:58 GMT

    No doubt Pakistan has played well against Zimbabwe but there is serious concern for Pakistan over tail enders as they were lacking fire power in this match and only scored 36 in the last five overs.....Pakistan must have some hard hitters in the end or in the middle order... Umar Akmal should be brought back and Malik should stay out and then adnan should stay out and kamran should be brought back as he can hit the ball hard in the end which adnan cant do......

  • Hafeez_Malik on September 15, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. Keep it up.... we want same result against England.

  • on September 15, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    Hello Nice work by young talents of PK. Keep it up. Hope to see the same spirit in Bangladesh. We're preparing our cricket team to face you. Hope to see a good contest.

  • on September 15, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    does not need afridi 2 be back.....feud will start if he comes.

  • on September 15, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    very good show by pakistan although zimbabwe was not so strong in their approach.we r eagerly waiting for PAK vs SL n PAK vs ENG.

  • srprev on September 15, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    Mr. BravoBravo India have slumped in just one series right...and which ever country ur from.. look at ur countries performance too surely they would have slumped bad in a series or two... Most of them wanted to give some comment on INDIA even its relevant or not...England just having a good time for past few months.. they too haven't proved much away from England.... India still are the One day world cup champions...We will be Back...soon..India will be back to form ...and will shut these comments with our perfomance.... pakistan played well and deserved the Praise...

  • hamdan22 on September 15, 2011, 1:57 GMT

    when will Afridi be back to cricket??????????????????????????

  • on September 15, 2011, 1:22 GMT

    Pakistan played very well, the youngsters performed okay too, Aizaz Cheema is a very good find for Pakistan. Younus's form is a good sign for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka. Hafeez has been prolific and Adnan Akmal is very decent behind the stumps. So good start to the season for Pakistan and I hope they continue to be this professional and consistent from now on. And also the fielding has improved a lot too.

  • on September 15, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    Wow... this is great show frm pak... but can't beleive on thing... is this the same zim who fought hard agains good looking bang???... hmm...

  • on September 14, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    Well Played Pakistan...That is exactly what we had expected against Zimbabwe !!

  • on September 14, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    Good Playing by pakistan.

  • on September 14, 2011, 21:27 GMT

    It was a decent performance by Pakistan however the level of opposition was not challenging enough and series against Sri Lanka & England will be extremely hard; i see Pakistan struggling to draw the test matches. The batting is somehow finding it hard to do the finishing however the bowling lineup will be a little bolstered with the return of Gull, Wahab, Abdul Rahman. Pakistan will be a little unsettled with a brand new coach trying to find his feet and in his early days (The new coach) there will be lack of planning to devise clever strategies against stronger oppositions like Sri Lanka & England. They will have another challenge of preparing just the right tracks suited to Pakistan's strengths. Some interesting cricket is in store over next few months.

  • on September 14, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    overall 2 average games and won convincing victory, bowling wont scare top teams, shoaib malik one more series if he does not perform he must go, Afridi must come back for his bowling, also Razzaq has be part of the ODI and T20 set up. Umar Akmal needs to pull his socks up, It's the man management which is poor with our team. That's where Bob Woolmer was great.

  • on September 14, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    PAKISTAN WON THE SERIES ... yes jack india u are right... openers did well but .. near 20th over i noticed they are playing slow suddenly.. .. if they stayed it would b problem at the end for PAKISTAN

  • hamdan22 on September 14, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    Where Is Shahid Afridi??????????????????????????????????????????????

  • pauliangenius on September 14, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    Go Go Pakistan. We should not criticize players but rather encourage them. Asad shafiq is a load of a talent from Karachi and he proved it by scoring a decent 50 in his first and only match of the tour..

  • Ali-Sajid on September 14, 2011, 19:20 GMT

    @USAPakCricFollower hahaha Misbah's leadership???? WHAT HAS HE DONE?? Not given chances to young players but introduced Farhat and dying star Shoib and look at the teams, zimbawe and ireland. Granted both are improving and giving major teams a hard time but untill Misbah proves his leadership against a side like srilanka or england, to me Afridi will be the better captain. Leading wicket taker in world cup and the one to unite the entire team in front of contorversies. When no one not even the coach or PCB supported him he still lead Pak to semifinal. Also with regard to the West Indies Afridi said so himself that the team was not selected by him for the last two matches. Think before you speak. Oh and lets not forget Misbah's innings in the semifinal now.

  • a.syed81 on September 14, 2011, 19:14 GMT

    @ ICCexpert why doesn't pak learn... answer is simple they don't wanna learn. They don't want to fix problems.

  • a.syed81 on September 14, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    @ a_rahat I understand your comments about Imran Farhat(I swear I hate this PURCHI guy) but you need Asad, Younus and Misbha in the middle order otherwise you could see a batting collapse against ZIM. BTW Asad st-rate was 70, Younis st-rate 81 and Misbha's was 103 which is not bad in One day. However you'll need artillery( Razzaq and Afridi ) in last 10 overs to cross 300.

  • hamdan22 on September 14, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    Hi Pakistani cricket guys.masha Allah. weldone.best of luck to upcoming srilanka series.Keep trying.Go ahead.

  • zaheerthetop on September 14, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Ejaz Butt could not got good offer this time so they won all the matches best luck next time to Ejaz butt and Zardari

  • hamdan22 on September 14, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    best wishes for the pakistan team and misbah for their wonderful performance!!!!!!!!!

  • on September 14, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    "Zimbabwe can take heart from the fight they showed, minimising the damage after Pakitsan got off to a rollicking start and scoring over 240 against a top-level team." at least reporter of match admitted that Pakistan is top level team :_)

  • KarachiKid on September 14, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    time has come to start resting Umar Akmal a little more, he needs some rough treatment to put his act together. What a waste of talent. Also bring in Sarfaraz as Adnan Akmal seem okay keeper but not a good batsmen. Finally we should FORGET about catch-dropping Akmal (AKA Kamran Akmal). He should be history now.

  • poderdubdubdub on September 14, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    A win is a win no matter against who. We should encourage the new players and dont label them as boring etc. Razzaq is still good and should be retained ahead of Shoaib Malik, however Afridi is only good as far as his bowling is concened, just have a look at his ODI batting average for the last three years, and you would want a new batsman. We

  • Jack_India on September 14, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    I thin the openers lost it for Zim. Both made half centuries but they forgot that their target also included maintaining a good RR.

  • Desihungama on September 14, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Hats off to Zimbabwe for their efforts and grit. Watching last 10 overs of the innings reminds me of only one person and that's Razzaq. I know the purpose is to give youngster's a chance but why cancel his central contract? Shoaib Malik has lost it. He is better suited at playing Tennis. Maybe he can pair up with Aisam Qureshi. Adnan Akmal should be replaced as a keeper by Umar.

  • Morfi on September 14, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    This team needs Razzaq and Afridi and it will be a very strong outfit. I hope the two are brought back for SriLanka, Bangla and England tours. Also, Gul and Wahab will complete a strong line-up. Please let Umar Akmal keep in ODIs and drop Shoaib Malik.

  • on September 14, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    I agree with Asim Khan's comment that Pakistan needs Razzaq and Afridi, not becuase the team gets boring without them but because they are the stars. They turn the game around, they are the players who can perform against the bigger teams. This team finded it hard even to bowl out Zimbabwe, imagine what would they do against teams like England or India ot Australia. People who love cricket know Pakistan who has produced greatest and the meanest fast bowlers and looking at the guys in the team currently they dont even deserve a place in the national team after looking at their averages in the first class. Most of the bowlers average more than 30 in the first clas then how can we expect them to perform well against better batsmen in the international cricket. There is no batsmen you can look up to who would give an innings worth watching or rip apart any bowling attack on his given day.Shoaib Malik is fading out star, he was good when he was playing regular but now he cannot be the same

  • on September 14, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    razzak n afridi please include them otherwise dis tem looks boring yar

  • USAPakCricFollower on September 14, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan on the series win. Zim is not that weak of a team - they levelled Bangladesh recently. Proves Misbah's leadership, wish he was captain during the worldcup. Boom Boom is Bust Bust - we don't need him unless he can improve his performance with bat in domestic/english cricket. His team won 3-2 against West Indies and lost last 2 badly and his performance was poor. Thanks for retiring, Afridi!

  • on September 14, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    Congratzz too all the Pakistani cricket fans on this 3-0 Job Done by men in Green. But this is not as satisfactory, but since the team sent on this tour is inexperienced so we can expect it. Pakistanis batsmen really batted poor in the last 10-12Overs. Seriously they wasted it, 300+ was easily possible if they had batted well enough, i mean the 3rd power play was wasted by Misbah and Adnan Akmal... Adnan Akmal really needs to go now.. He is not a batsman at all i guess Aizaz Cheema can bat well than him. And indeed Pakistan need Afridi, Razzaq back in the team. For Sri Lanka's tour pakistan needs to put some good players ... Adnan needs to leave really, Umar Akmal can keep as well..

  • BravoBravo on September 14, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    ZIM gave a good fight atleast, and they have qualities of being a good team. On the other hand IND surrender before ENG is still continued in each and every format of the game. Considering IND abject failure in tests, makes me wonder why ZIM test status was revoked. Anyway good luck PAK.

  • on September 14, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Pakistan won the match it was well, & congratz to everyone but i guess Pak still need Razzaq & Afridi... Otherwise its very boring team too...

  • 263_zimbo-sun on September 14, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    I think Vusi needs to be commended, appreciated and encouraged because he has been the most consistent player since the Bangladesh tour. I sincerely hope that the glut of half centuries will turn into centuries and double centuries. Whilst Brendon Taylor seems to be a good captain, the runs have dried up. With the way the team has been playing, 30 plus runs from Taylor would have won us a few matches more

  • Zimbhola on September 14, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Surely, with 7 wickets in hand and trailing by this huge margin - should you not be hitting bounderies instead of 2 runs per over. I think its time to throw caution to the wind and hammer - what is the worst that can happen - losing.

  • Zimbhola on September 14, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Another wicket!!! All hope is not lost. At 130/3 with 20 overs to go - still within reach. Come on Zim Boys!!!!!

  • on September 14, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    i wish that pakistan wins this match today..........

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on September 14, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    Adnan needs to be dropped from the side, he's not a capable batsman. Looks like the Akmal parents got it third time lucky. Kamran couldn't keep. Adnan couldn't bat, but Umar was just right, he can keep and most certainly can bat.

  • Zimbhola on September 14, 2011, 12:38 GMT

    Keeping the wickets Singles A boundary per over - then we are home and dry.....

  • Zimbhola on September 14, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    271 is an achievable score, the Zim guys just need to be more aggresive.

  • mansoor1947 on September 14, 2011, 12:04 GMT

    If Shoib Malik was not give wrong out, things could have been different. I am surprise nothig mentioned about it in this report. One wicket can make huge different. I agreed with some of the comments regarding Imran Farhat, why is he still in the team. how many chances?????. He is only good for domestic. And why Sohail tanveer was not sent earlier for power play. Pakistan still need to learn how to use powerplay. It was same issue at Afridi time too. wake up Pakistan.

  • 263_zimbo-sun on September 14, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    271 could be too far fetched but its gettable for Zim esp if Vusi, Hamilton, Tatenda, Brendon & Elton bat well. The least we can ask of them is to be competitive, stand up & be counted. The performance of the team since the Tiger's tour has been encouraging. The boys now find it much easier to get into 200 plus and i hope they will go beyond 250.

  • on September 14, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    I think Zimbabwe done well in last 10 overs, I m exciting to watch how Zim will chase.I think Zimbabwe done well in last 10 overs, I m exciting to watch how Zim will chase.

  • a_rahat on September 14, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    playing Asad, Younus and Misbah at the middle order is just ridiculous, all of them are players of same minded....And Imran Farhat!!!! What he's done for getting so many chances, I don't know...

  • on September 14, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    I think they'll give him a chance in the remaining T20's

  • Saad.Navaid on September 14, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    I wish Pakistan would learn to use the batting powerplay better...!!!

  • SilentViewer on September 14, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    watching last 5 overs in one day is charm.. but our batting was irrittating.. this adnan cannot clear the circle and do not have power to hit sixes.. why in the world he was batting ahead of sohail tanveer who can hit sixes with easee ???????????

  • EddyEhmed on September 14, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Moiz your billion dollar question was easy due.....coz Ramiz is not the son in law hekehekeheke

  • ICCexpert.... on September 14, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    where is Rameez Raja Jr...why doesnt he get chance....why is this IMran Farhat given so many chances...??????? now that he scored 80 odd runs in the 2nd one-dayer...he will be given 10 more failed chances.....please get rid of old Misbah....groom in some new blood.....why doesnt Pak learn...???

  • ejsiddiqui on September 14, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    I don't know why they are not playing Rameez Raja Jr who has shown excellent performances in domestic season instead they are playing pathetic Imran Farhat. Who is a consistent failure.

  • on September 14, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Why the heel is rameez raja not in the team for this match :@

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  • on September 14, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Why the heel is rameez raja not in the team for this match :@

  • ejsiddiqui on September 14, 2011, 7:52 GMT

    I don't know why they are not playing Rameez Raja Jr who has shown excellent performances in domestic season instead they are playing pathetic Imran Farhat. Who is a consistent failure.

  • ICCexpert.... on September 14, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    where is Rameez Raja Jr...why doesnt he get chance....why is this IMran Farhat given so many chances...??????? now that he scored 80 odd runs in the 2nd one-dayer...he will be given 10 more failed chances.....please get rid of old Misbah....groom in some new blood.....why doesnt Pak learn...???

  • EddyEhmed on September 14, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Moiz your billion dollar question was easy due.....coz Ramiz is not the son in law hekehekeheke

  • SilentViewer on September 14, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    watching last 5 overs in one day is charm.. but our batting was irrittating.. this adnan cannot clear the circle and do not have power to hit sixes.. why in the world he was batting ahead of sohail tanveer who can hit sixes with easee ???????????

  • Saad.Navaid on September 14, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    I wish Pakistan would learn to use the batting powerplay better...!!!

  • on September 14, 2011, 11:16 GMT

    I think they'll give him a chance in the remaining T20's

  • a_rahat on September 14, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    playing Asad, Younus and Misbah at the middle order is just ridiculous, all of them are players of same minded....And Imran Farhat!!!! What he's done for getting so many chances, I don't know...

  • on September 14, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    I think Zimbabwe done well in last 10 overs, I m exciting to watch how Zim will chase.I think Zimbabwe done well in last 10 overs, I m exciting to watch how Zim will chase.

  • 263_zimbo-sun on September 14, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    271 could be too far fetched but its gettable for Zim esp if Vusi, Hamilton, Tatenda, Brendon & Elton bat well. The least we can ask of them is to be competitive, stand up & be counted. The performance of the team since the Tiger's tour has been encouraging. The boys now find it much easier to get into 200 plus and i hope they will go beyond 250.