Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Harare

Masakadza sets up shock win for Zimbabwe

The Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

August 27, 2013

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Zimbabwe 246 for 3 (Masakadza 85, Sibanda 54, Taylor 43*) beat Pakistan 244 for 7 (Misbah 83*, Hafeez 70) by 7 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Hamilton Masakadza works one away on the off side, Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Harare, August 27, 2013
Hamilton Masakadza ensured Zimbabwe held the edge with 85 © AFP

The last time Zimbabwe beat Pakistan in any format was 15 years ago. Back then, Pakistan lost to arguably the most formidable Zimbabwe side in history - one that was capable of standing up to the best international sides. With the cricketing climate in the country having undergone a drastic change since then, any victory by current setup against a top side will be remembered for long. Coming off a disappointing T20 series, where Zimbabwe failed to figure out how to close out a chase, they held their composure and applied themselves better despite the short turnaround time.

A strong opening stand of 107 between Vusi Sibanda and Hamilton Masakadza was the bedrock in their chase of 245. Having dealt with the seamers with ease during the T20s, Zimbabwe's chances of victory hung on how they would perform outside their comfort zone. They looked ill at ease against the spin trio in the T20s but crucially, this time, they didn't let the spinners run away with the advantage. Saeed Ajmal managed to strike, but the long interval between breakthroughs meant that Pakistan were always playing catch-up. In the closing stages, Pakistan had created enough pressure to bring the equation down to a run-a-ball, but a combination of poor fielding and freakish luck meant that it was Zimbabwe's day.

Before this match, Masakadza spoke about the importance of his duty, as an opener, to set the base and not allow pressure to build on the lower order. Back at the top, a position he is comfortable with, and with an opening partner from school days, Masakadza took the initiative by hammering Junaid Khan for three boundaries in an over. The openers were strong through the off side against the left-armers and the boundary barrage prompted captain Misbah-ul-Haq to bring in spin from both ends from the eighth over.

The spinners managed to keep the runs down but wickets eluded them. Misbah used all five bowlers by the end of 12 overs and the breakthrough finally came in the 24th, when Sibanda stayed back to an Ajmal ball that spun back in. Masakadza reached his fifty the following over and continued to take on the spinners, sweeping Ajmal and reading Shahid Afridi's variations. He chipped down the track and lofted Afridi over extra cover for six in an over that produced 13. The frustration showed in Pakistan's fielding, when in that over, a drive back to the bowler which should have been stopped resulted in two runs.

Masakadza fell during the batting Powerplay, smashing Ajmal straight to cover. It was only temporary relief for Pakistan because by then Taylor was set, having already hit four boundaries. Pakistan didn't do themselves any favours in the field, though. A struggling Timycen Maruma tried to loft over long-on but Ahmed Shehzad was in two minds whether to catch or stop the ball and the ball bounced over his head for four. Taylor himself was let-off, on 37, when a reverse sweep went straight to point where Junaid dropped it.

Luck was firmly in Zimbabwe's favour. Maruma's wobbly knock suggested that Zimbabwe were starting to panic, but Sean Williams, aided by some good fortune, ensured his side held the edge with a spicy cameo. An inside edge off Junaid hit the base of the stumps but miraculously, didn't dislodge the bails. Worse still for Pakistan, it went for four. Williams sealed the win in style, smashing a six over midwicket to give Zimbabwe their first ODI win against a top team since October 2011.

Pakistan, winning the toss, found runs hard to come by at the start due to steady seam bowling, recovered in the middle thanks to Mohammad Hafeez's brisk half-century, and stumbled towards the end, failing to accelerate due to the pressure caused by the sudden fall of wickets. What prevented them from suffering a complete meltdown was Misbah-ul-Haq, who carried on his good form from the West Indies with his fourth consecutive fifty.

It was a mixed day for Zimbabwe in the field. A series of drops at the start showed that the team had hardly made any progress on that front since the India tour. Mohammad Hafeez was a beneficiary of one of those drops, when on 10. He went on to score 70, but the pace of his innings was crucial, with Misbah not deviating from his tried and tested conservative approach in the middle overs.

Hafeez found early momentum with three sixes off Prosper Utseya, down the ground, though he was lucky the second one wasn't pouched at the boundary's edge. Hafeez was strong through the off side, punishing the offspinners in particular. He picked 48 of his 70 runs off Utseya and Malcolm Waller, picking the large gaps square of the wicket on the off side.

Pakistan struggled to maintain a healthy run-rate following that wicket. Umar Amin was run-out trying to complete a second run. Afridi played a typical blink-and-you-missed-it cameo before edging a slog. Haris Sohail was caught brilliantly by Utseya, who plucked a one-handed blinder at short cover - a catch good enough to forget the sitters put down earlier by Zimbabwe.

Misbah's innings had a high percentage of singles - he had scored only two fours till the 46th over, and yet had managed a decent strike-rate of 81.69. Yet, he saved his big hitting only for the final over, mowing Tinashe Panyangara for massive blows over the on side to take Pakistan to 244. It was well short of stretching the hosts, who are a win away from sealing the series.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 29, 2013, 4:32 GMT)

I am not surprised by the result. Pak team is one of the worst in the world. Their players claim big but can't perform that big.

Posted by yuva64 on (August 28, 2013, 21:02 GMT)

If Pakistan has to score 280 to ensure a win against a side like Zimbabwe then shame on our bowlers. A score of 244 should have been enough against Zimbabwe. It is our bowlers who failed us in this particular game rather than the batsman. Pakistan has world class bowlers and they should have been able to restrict Zimbabwe to 170-180. Perhaps they had an off day. I am sick and tired of people blaming Misbah. If he was not there our batting would not even score 100. You need consistency to win matches at highest level which Afridi does not have though when he is on fire there is no better site. The same Misbah and (almost) same team beat the Windiws in their own yard. Our bowling was fantastic against them consistenly. I am sure Pak will bounce back in 2nd and 3rd one day.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 20:05 GMT)

Removing Afridi as an ODI captain was the biggest blunder ever. Misbah just isn't suited for ODI cricket, I'd rather have him in T20's than in ODI, because he doesn't have the game to play aggressively in a risk free manner. Hence, perfect for both extreames of cricket T20 and Test matches. We need to make sure that we limit Hafeez for T20's and Misbah for test matches. That way our youngsters won't have to suffer.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

Congratulations to Zim. They won all around. Great bowling and batting. Pakistan was never in the game.

Really concerning. The batting just wont deliver. Cant remember when we crossed 250 in an ODI. Misbah probably can play faster but if I were he, I would probably do the same. There have been enough innings where not even one batsman made it into double figures. Cant blame that on Misbah.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

If Misbah feels he's had enough and decides to retire, Ajmal can take credit for his retirement as well !!!

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 13:46 GMT)

@shailesh2710: Don't say that Misbah Ul Haq is a worst ever captain & batsman. At this time he is the only consistent Pakistan players. He win against WI in WI. Yesterday Pakistan lost not because of Misbah. Pakistan played Lazy cricket Yesterday against Zim, that's why they lost. One thing I agree with you, i.e. Pakistan should use Afridi as a opener and make advantages of first 15 overs.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

Hey guys don't praise zimbawe a lot, because this is a lucky win for them. A gift from Pakistan. Next matches they will lose. And don't angry with Pakistan team, they will bounce back. Zimbawe not a consistent team. Zim exploited Pakistan's lazy performance. Actually Pakistan take zim as a small team.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 10:49 GMT)

good win for zim but pakistan team is lacking what it takes to be a top side iin one day and other formats of cricket always unpredictalble no sence of playing they play cricket the way a local village team plays and no idea what they are doing and most importantly everyone in the team plays for himself

Posted by shailesh2710 on (August 28, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

Misbah Ul Haq is a worst ever captain & batsman pakistan has ever produced. He goes no where with his batting, even his batting is not winning matches or setting up a formidable total for team. Pak should use Afridi has opener & give him full freedom to bat the way he wants this will defenately will help.

Posted by keptalittlelow on (August 28, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

SandipManjrekar beautifully analyzed Pakistan batting mess up, the analysis which Pakistan think tank is incapable of doing. Yes Misbah played well, but only for himself, the rest of the batting is definitely lower then the quality of the Zimbabwe batting. Well played Zimbabwe, go ahead the series is there for the taking.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

Zimbabwe team ain't even club level hahaha ... Gully cricketers .. Pakistan should be ashamed for this loss.

Posted by ashok1259 on (August 28, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

I thought Pakistan will easily win because they have good bowling attack than India as India dominated Zimbabwe with young pace attack.Any way Zimbabwe batted superbly. Congrats and Best of Luck Zimbabwe for rest of the series

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

this is what needed to revive cricket in that part of the world. Kenya ' zimb both went down the drain, I remember when i was a little kid Zimbabwe giving India hard times and tendulker saving the day so hated Zimbabwe lol. but those veteran players need to play like this for Zimbabwe and they can come close to win in more often. congrats to their achiement.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

very shamefull pakistan team. our opners need to aggerate start in the first odi opening partnership is ended 14.5 over to make just 56 runs. harre track is too good pakistan should need to score 300 runs otherwise pakistan will be lose the series

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 9:40 GMT)

Yes off course it is a good win for Zim. But they cant continue this performance. This win a gift from Pakistan side. Because pak take zim for a small team. That is why legends saying cricket is a mind game too.

Posted by Anwar-Lara on (August 28, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

Said it before will say it again.. We need to change the way we approach the game,, when was the last time we saw our openers gave us a flying start?? or our middle order rotated the strike regularly and played at run a ball??

we need to play attacking cricket and i don't mean reckless cricket.. Our batsmen need to score at the strike rate of min. 80 right from the word go..and not just at the end of innings.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 28, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

Congrats ZIM. They deserved it. ZIm learned how to win from India. They r testing it on Pak. No wonder Pak is still in double digits in rankings.

Posted by ZCFOutkast on (August 28, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

I'm not too sure what's the greatest paradox or enigma - listening to Pakistanis moan about arguably the most dependable batsman in world cricket next to Kallis&Dhoni, and perhaps the best example of a leader in the game right now; or is it Indians moaning about the elegant middle order batsman Rohit Sharma - who's been forced to open and has adapted successfully - even if he's scoring big runs? Misbah has just led you guys to victory over a strong West Indies side away!

After your hapless CT2013, talk of ditching Afridi is baffling. The fact of the matter is in Pakistan's entire professional cricket pool right now, he is the only player who can single-handedly destroy any side in world cricket! All he needs is the right coach to get in his ear to inspire him to less-sporadic heights. Give him vice-captaincy. He thrives on responsibility&limelight.

You remind me of Zim supporters who always jump at Utseya, who really is the first name on any Zim XI for me! It's good ZC agree with me!

Posted by Azzlan on (August 28, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

@Khurram S Chaudary on(August 28, 2013, 7:48 GMT) What SandipMajrekar said is totally correct. These are the tours in which majors team like Pakistan should test their young blood. Despite a good knock from Misbah at the 4th end didn't please me, because: 1. They have selected Harris Sohail and Umar Amin, both are one down and second down players, they should be given chance in their comfort region which can be a confidence booster for both of them. Misbah, is no doubt doing a great job with batting out there, but taking youngster with the team who are players of 1 and 2nd down, should not be used as a players to finish the innings.

You should have noticed the way Misbah's wrong call affected Umar Amin innings, that wasn't surely a double run when Umar Amin himself tried to stop Misbah. Secondly, you cannot except a middle order young player like Harris Sohail to come up at No. 7 position and do the damage!

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

congratulation to zim they played really well but the problem actually with Pakistan was defencive mind of openers the pitch was defetatly 250+ with actually openers played very poorly.They should have scored quickly. Scecialy Ahmad Shahzad who was in good form he shoud have played positively as Nasir was struggling. yeh also good point that fast bowling was not up to the mark this is because of fast bowling combination is not working we trying different fast bowling combination in almost every match.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 8:45 GMT)

congratulation to zim they played really well but the problem actually with Pakistan was defencive mind of openers the pitch was defetatly 250+ with actually openers played very poorly.They should have scored quickly. Scecialy Ahmad Shahzad who was in good form he shoud have played positively as Nasir was struggling. yeh also good point that fast bowling was not up to the mark this is because of fast bowling combination is not working we trying different fast bowling combination in almost every match.

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (August 28, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

@ Khurrambhai

I am talking about contribution of top 4 w.r.t. balls faced; not by partnership which you are talking about. O.K. You say PAK was 179 after 37 means RR is 4.8. So is it fair for youngsters like Umar Amin & Haris Sohail to boost up the RR suddenly from 4.8 to 5.6 from there onwards? I assume min target should be 280 against ZIM while batting First. I still feel no. 5 & 6 should be for experienced guys(best bat) who can score min @7. If you analyse last 5 months ODIs, you would realized where is the mess up. Top 4 contributions decide the fates of the matches these days. Anyway 240 is not a target which can be defended in ZIM. Give better exposure to Haris Sohail, Umar Amin, Hammad Azam or any youngsters for next 1 year. Let them play at 3 to 5 at any cost whatever happen. They will fail but they will learn only when they falter. Bowling is not a problem for PAK. What is the use of playing Misbah & Hafeez against ZIM?

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 8:33 GMT)

When pakistan lose to this kind of teams I am going away from cricket. it could be clean but im not ready to accept it.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

@ ejsiddiqui on (August 28, 2013, 6:33 GMT): i dont think ahmed & nasir played in misbah mode or misbah influenced them. what misbah can say to them apart from playing sensible? Nasir is out of form and havent done much after inida series. whereas ahmed is insecure about his position.

If you see his 2 scores during t20s on this tour , it is evident that ahmed is a slow starter. and accelerate later on. he is never aggressive starter. on both occasions his SR is less in beginning and gets better later on. which didnt happened yesterday. it can not work all the time.

their career list A strike is not that much aggressive, Ahmed has 76 just marginal above misbah.( he is not in misbah's team in domestic events ). Nasir has List A SR 84. na d ODI so far in 70s.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

Till the time Pakistan will keep these old guys in the team same result will come. Just do not see what Misbah is doing, see how he is doing. Due to his slow batting style he puts pressure on other batsmen. Moreover other batsmen also think this is the right way and try to follow him. Sarfraz is indeed bad selection.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (August 28, 2013, 7:49 GMT)

Pakistan should consider some players from just concluded U23 team Like Mohammed Nawaz,Raza Hassan,Umar Waheed and from U19 team Sami Aslam This series was the best to test these youngsters

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 7:48 GMT)

@SandipManjrekar on (August 28, 2013, 5:52 GMT) : Hafeez & misbah's partner ship was 99 of 17.5 overs. @ SR almost 100. RR 5.55. when hafeez got out there were about 13 overs left and score was 179.

13 overs should have been enough for other batsmen to play some normal shots if not extra ordinary cameos.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 7:38 GMT)

Real shame for pak team. although misbah and hafiz played well but there is something b/w hafiz and misbah.

the problem 4 Pakistan is their batting, and in batting how they open the innings is ridiculous, brainwashed Jamshed never seems to bat aggressively anymore. The top two scored at s/r of 50 approx and both the openers scored 25 odd runs and this is where they lose the game.The reson was losy nasir jamshed although ahmad played agressively at the start but he was mently disturbed for jamsheds behavior.....

instead if they could've played with s/r of run a ball then pakistan would hav put 350+ on the board! of coarse Jamshed is responsible for that. We want jamshed out Razak and umar gul in.

Posted by ashkau on (August 28, 2013, 7:23 GMT)

Well Done Zim. Keep it up and show your talent to the world.

Posted by noorisb on (August 28, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

ZM played really well i enjoyed thier batting more than the sadness of our defeat, Ahmed Shahzad and Nasir Jamsheed has to play thier natural game if you are out of touch so best thing which you can do to gian your form is to come aggressive like Wattoo did in last Ashes test, Good luck to green team for next two ODI's. Again all praise to the ZM side they batted really well.

Posted by DANGEROUS.DON on (August 28, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

Pakistan is relying too much on Spinners, Spinners cannot do better at every pitch they need bit of support from pitch. Pakistan need someone like Shoaib Akhtar who can hit at least 150 mph. Fast Bowling is the beauty of cricket and destructive fast bowlers always does well where everyone cant. Wasim, Waqar and Shoaib always picked crucial wickets at dead pitches.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 6:38 GMT)

Great win Zim but the series is not won yet so, let's bring it for the next couple of games.

Posted by ejsiddiqui on (August 28, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

Apart from Misbah and Hafeez whole team made 75 runs in 144 balls @52 S/R.

Thing to note is that, all the reaming players played in Misbah mode. Even the players like Ahmad Shahzad and Nasir Jamshed who are naturally agressive players. The problem is, Misbah recovers at the end from its all block approch but other could not. Only Hafeez and Afridi are not in the influence of Misbah.

I have problem with Misbah (The Captain) and think Pakistan would never make a big score as long as Misbah is the captain. It seems their is a plenty for playing with higher strike rate.

Posted by nayonika on (August 28, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

Zim can't be underdog every time. Every dog has to have it's day. Let Zimbabwe have many more such good days instead of dog days.

Posted by honestpakistani on (August 28, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

Wel done Zimbabwe - it is an eye opener of Pakistan team, bcus of Misbah misbehave we always facing low run rate, he is taking too much time to settle down and bcus of his slow batting other players has to take chances to make reasonable score, please restrict him to TEST TEAM only.... he is ideal for test format.

Posted by munish_info on (August 28, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

afridi just made 11 but he played pretty well......why wonder is hafees was out in the 38th over,they should have sent afridi instead of a min...if it was we would have got some runs quikly as well if afridi gets out we would have had umar amin to be handy with misbah.....these are ideas...if they would have used it we could be able to score 250+ .....k will see ,what will be ideas of misbah in the next game.......over all misbah played absolutely well,but jamshed or shezad need to be aggressive as openers..........lala best of luck....... I LOVE LALA.............

Posted by Rafelgibt on (August 28, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

This WIN is the answer to all the so called well wishers (CRITICS) that we (Bangladesh & Zimbabwe) dont deserve to be here.As i said before both BAN and ZIM needs little bit moral support to be more consistent as both have the talent,aggression towards cricket but only thing they lack is consistency which might be get rid of by the little bit moral support from the ELITE countries.Well done ZIm.Love from a die hard Bangladesh Cricket fan.......

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 6:02 GMT)

Good work by zim and they need a good spinner in their bowling department, take utseya out of the team and bring some one like ray price, paul strang and g.flower and keep the same team for couple of years and play more cricket with some big teams and then there will be a change in the future zim team.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (August 28, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

@Vijay Kumar..Yeah it's a shame for Pak team & their Fans.I wonder what has it to do with you?You are asking question as if you wanted Pak to win?Or you wanted the opposite which happened.I am glad that Pak team was able to please you.enjoy :P

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 6:00 GMT)

the only problem IMO for Pakistan is their batting, and in batting how they open the innings is ridiculous, I don't know who brainwashed Jamshed but he never seems to bat aggressively anymore. The top two scored at s/r of 50 approx and both the openers scored 25 odd runs and this is where they lose the game. instead if they could've played with s/r of run a ball then pakistan would hav put 300 on the board!

Posted by AllahKeBande on (August 28, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

So what happened to the ' World Class' (read overrated) bowling line up? LOL, surprised to see some of the Pak fans bashing Afridi, the same fans who hailed his remarkable comeback, hmm..very inconsistent fans indeed, just like the team and poor Misbah holding the back bone of batting again and again, and still some fans are calling for his head, PAK batting will not even cross 200 without Misbah.

Posted by black_bird on (August 28, 2013, 5:32 GMT)

congratulation zim. you have so many good players. just need to hold them for long time. then you can easily compete with all top teams.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal should replace Afridi and Hafeez, They are useless but Misbah Should bat up the order as he has the temperment to stay on the crease. PCB should give more chances to young players as the oldies are doing nothing and they wont be available for the 2015WC. It's a shame Pak lost to Zim. But don't forget Zim is a very strong team in their home and they might even ZimWash Pak if they don't play properly. Go Zim! Go Underdogs!

Posted by abhi.khanna on (August 28, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

Great To See Zim Winning A Game After a Long Time. I Have Been A Great Fan Of Zimbabwe Cricket Of The 90's . Its Really Sad To See The Current Situation Of Zim Cricket. But Lets Hope This Win Or If They Can Just Sneak In Another Win In Cuming Couple Of Games Would Give Them. And Would Give Some Self- Belief Some- Confidence Which They Are Terribly Lacking

Posted by calcu on (August 28, 2013, 5:12 GMT)

Excellent performance by zimbawe. They almost won both the t20s and have pulled off an unbelievable win here. Cricket pakistan is at its weakest point. They tied against ireland, lost all the 3 matches of CT and have now lost against zim.

Posted by Tornado1 on (August 28, 2013, 4:52 GMT)

When Hafeez scores a 50, wicket is easy enough to score a 100 by any batsman in world :) I wish someone drop these useless Allrounders like Hafeez and Afridi but please not for Shoaib Malik. Drop these 'utility players' for ever and bring on some genuine players. Drop Misbah the captain as well, we need some young aggressive captain. I vote some one like Umer Akmal or Asad Shafiq

Posted by anver777 on (August 28, 2013, 4:50 GMT)

Good show by Zim team....... Misbah missed yet another golden opportunity for his maiden ODI century..... if not for that middle order collapse he could have got that long due milestone quiet easily !!!!! Better Luck next time !!!

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 4:44 GMT)

Hearty Congratulations to Zimbabwe..........

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 4:34 GMT)

hahahah.what happened to so called dangerous team ?all hype for pakistan team. shame

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

Im no supporter of Pakistan or Zimbabwe. But the way how Zimbabwians played is truly a come back. Rise up and shine :)

Posted by Htc-Android on (August 28, 2013, 4:04 GMT)

Congratz to zimbabwe. I thought it would be a huge set back for Zim cricket after the loss of Kyle Jarvis. But Hats off for the come back performance by them.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 3:42 GMT)

it's good to see Zimbabwe get a win despite the poor quality of the Pakistan cricket team. Pakistan is going downhill by the day and without much international exposure and the match fixing scams have left the team without any quality players.

Posted by romirom on (August 28, 2013, 3:20 GMT)

if a batsman score 244 in such pitch than we can imagine how pathentic pak bating lineup. Bowler tries hard to defend it. But your bowler wont win every match for u. Do u remember when pak score 300plus last they played? I dont even not with zim team bowling line up.

Posted by hotcric01 on (August 28, 2013, 1:33 GMT)

pakistan don't have any world class ODI batsmen except Mishba and Umar akmal.They are well below from international standards in batting in all formats of cricket.They have talents but lack of temperament, inability to score big innings would hurt team.Batting first is not easy hear because pitch assits seamers early on.pitch is pacy so it is easy to make shots after first couple of hours.Zimbabwe have world class talents and experienced players what they lack is consistansy. They can beat any top side in these conditions on their day.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 0:42 GMT)

Excellent win by Zimbabwe. Well done guys.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 0:40 GMT)

Well done zimbabwe...... win the series....u can...

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 0:21 GMT)

Well done zim great win!!!

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 23:15 GMT)

OMG !!!! how can they win the match even the score of 244 is too much difficult for zim. This is nightmare .

Posted by Crick_Expert on (August 27, 2013, 23:11 GMT)

Weak performance by PAK BATSMEN and fielders. Soiab Maqsood should be get chance for next ODI. PAK TEAM should add batsman in place of spinner like Ajmal. Hafeez and Afridi are doing good in bowling/batting.

Posted by Crick_Expert on (August 27, 2013, 23:07 GMT)

Good game and then good win by Zimbabwe. Couldn't see any batting planning from PAK Capt. Mr. tuktuk. If Capt. picked choice to bat first, he should plan for post score 300 or more. PAK should add Soaib Maqsood in place of Umar Amin or Ajmal. I don't know why PAK needs Ajmal/Rehman while they already have AFRIDI and Hafeez as good spin bowlers. To score high 300 PAK TEAM needs good BATSMEN not bowlers.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 22:17 GMT)

Another 'feather' in Misbah's cap. Pakistan lost to Zimbabwe after 15 years. Misbah as always was pathetic as captain. Does not know the basics of captaincy. Unlike other good captains he employs the same strategy for all the formats...Tests, ODI's and T20's. What is the use of his records if Pakistan loses to Zimbabwe. Very recently India has thrashed Zimbabwe in all the ODI's but Misbah failed to learn anything from Dhoni's captaincy. His defensive approach puts immense pressure on other batsmen and they lose their wickets trying to maintain the run rate. He is playing for his records and does not care if Pakistan loses. Also he is trying to ruin the career of a very promising youngster Haris Sohail. Haris is the best batsman in Pakistan domestic cricket but Misbah has sent him at number 7. It seems that he and some other seniors have planned this mishandling of younsters to keep their places in the Pakistan team.

Posted by jackthelad on (August 27, 2013, 22:13 GMT)

The report seems to imply that it's a miracle that Zimbabwe should win, or that Pakistan must have thrown the game away - in fact, Zimbabwe were better throughout and Pakistan showed why their supporters are subject to premature ulcers - ie, they are the most inconsistent international side ever known. Let's have some credit for a splendid Zim team performance, eh?

Posted by aks1987 on (August 27, 2013, 22:09 GMT)

Im not too surprised or shocked with this loss to Pakistan. Playing with full strength and still losing is a shame though. If Pakistan are to lose matches to minnows why not give new players a chance? A few players from the U-19 team wouldnt hurt anyone. They might even perform better than the seniors. They did exceptionally well against england in England ? Why not groom these players ? Misbah, Afridi, Ajmal arent going to stay here forever.


Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

Sarfaraz is absolutely useless as a batting wicketkeeper.We must persist with U Akmal as a full time, permanent keeper-batsman for the WC'15. Hopefully he gets back soon.The main problem started with the toss itself. That shows Misbahs defensive mindset, he has little faith in our batting,even against Zimb, he should have just bowled and utilized whatever moisture was there.The line up was all wrong. Batting should be on merit, not presumed totals. Its okay to plan, but the openers seemed like they were too bogged down,we also kept losing wickets at crucial points.The tail is painfully long in that after afridi, no one can really bat, all 4 are geniune tail enders(including sarfaraz).With most other batting side, theres a gradual change...Was hoping Anwar ali would provide that plug, but his bowling has been below par.

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (August 27, 2013, 21:37 GMT)

India...irrespective of the toss and such weak bowling...and tykes: 5-0 against ZIM Pak....irrespective of their awesome bowling...and the "awesomest" Afridi...: 0 -1 and counting.

Good job Zim.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 21:25 GMT)

well done zim.......play the same ckt from now on be fearless!after all it is a game played by two teams and a matter of who comes on top at that day not about big or small teamssssss

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

ok here's the head to head win/loss record pak vs zim 40-3 and india vs zim 44-10

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 21:12 GMT)

@imran khan- before blaming misbah, for every thing, you must know that Umar Akmal is unfit, so can't play! I know Misbah himself doesn't merit a place in the team, but unfortunately team doesn't have a better option!

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 20:58 GMT)

I am glad that they have gotten a bad game out of the system and the thought that showing up will win them the match. Thanks to Zimbabwe, now these players will look to dominate than just being in Misbah's zone. Hopefully, after this game the captain will realize that # 3 & 4 position should not be for a person like misbah or Hafeez. They should come down the order and leave that position to Umar Amin and Harris Sohail who can than build their innings. Best of luck for the remaining matches both Zimbabwe and Pakistan:)

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

Pakistan batman don't know how to bat against Zim, don't say anything about Pak bowlers they 100 times better than our worst batsman. Come on Pakistan you only scored 244 against this bowling attack and you are blaming your bowlers. I love my bowlers and I hate Pak batsman.

I am Pakistani I know number of better batsman than these but unfortunately Misbah always support un-merited people. No matter won or lose misbah want to score some runs himself to declare him as best and cement his place. Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, etc dropped without any reason. Misbah lose confidence impact will last over Pak players even after 2 years of his retirement, if you know Pak talent then you will agree with me.

Posted by santhoo24 on (August 27, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

congrats to Zimbabwe for their win. To Pakistan team: hard luck. Reading through some comments, I really feel sorry for Misbah. He scored and scored quickly, yet many of Pak supporters want Misbah's head. As the Indian team found out, batting first in Zimbabwe is not the best of the prospects. Unless you are not afraid to lose, winning the toss and batting second is the safest option. And that's the irony, win the toss choose to bat first and end up losing, you get bashed by fans. On the other hand win the toss and field first and win the game, fans are unhappy that their team chose the easy option. It's hard to be captain of a team which has a crazy fan bases as us Indians and Pakistanis. Anyways, good luck to both teams. And Pakistani fans, please appreciate Misbah's efforts. After all he is the only one scoring some runs for Pakistan.

Posted by Chaudry_Cricket on (August 27, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

Well deserved victory for Zimbabwe ... Congrats from a Pakistani.

As much as it hurts to say this I am happy we lost because to be frank our bowling has bailed our batsman out to many times. There was rubbish batting, bowling and captaincy from Pakistan. When Hafeez and Ajmal were bowling well in the middle overs Misbah spread the field and the Zimbos were able to take easy singles. And then he sent Umar at 5 and Haris at 7 when these two are suited to the number 3 and 4 spots.

Hafeez was bound to score against minnows. Watch later this year against South Africa and Sri Lanka how he will suddenly go out of form and then use his batting exploits in this series to justify his place. RIDICULOUS.

It all comes down to team managment and domestic cricket. I dont understand how long Whatmore needs he is a waste of time and money. Still to see any of his effects on the team.

Domestic cricket is inept and pathetic most likely the worst domestic (circus) ever.

Pakistan is at its lowest.

Posted by Crickeyboy07 on (August 27, 2013, 19:43 GMT)

Misbah is the first batsman to have ODI Avg above 45 without having an century.. Now that's a record-- beat it..

Posted by Desihungama on (August 27, 2013, 18:30 GMT)

Really, Congrats to Zimbabwe. For once, I really did not mind Pakistan losing. Zim played better and positive cricket and were the better team on the day. Pakistan and Misbah on the other hand thought they just need to show up. Also, self confidence is a great virtue but you cannot undermine opposition thinking if you score around 250 your bowlers are good enough to defend it. I still believe Pak will win the series but the win for Zim is really important for their cricket. Perhaps, we can convince their board for a reciprocal Test tour?

Posted by eilsaky on (August 27, 2013, 18:26 GMT)

One would back pakistan bowling to defend 240 against the best sides in the world so it is surprising to see them loose to the Minnows Zim. But then this is Pakistan team for you sublime one day and horrible the next day. Time for a complete overhaul. Time for people like Afridi, Misbah to leave and breed youngsters. Nasir Jamshed looks like the cool head Pakistan need as the captain.

Posted by t20cric on (August 27, 2013, 18:18 GMT)

Good job Zimbabwe for a much deserved win but Pakistan have truly disappointed today. Pakistan's famous bowling attack looked horrible against the batsmen. Pakistan should bring Abdur Rehman into the team cuz him along with Ajmal may still trouble the batsmen. Too bad Umar Akmal was not there if he was in the team then he would have scored a quick 30-40 runs in place of Sarfraz's 7 runs. Nasir and Ahmed should play attacking cricket and Hafeez should consistently score in this series. As always Misbah was the main reason we got a respectable target and he should be aiming to reach 4000 career ODI runs this series. Harris and Amin should score some runs at a quick pace cuz the only guys to replace them is Shafiq and Anwar but Shafiq is far too slow and has a low average. Afridi should try showing some consistency with bat and ball and if Sohaib Maqsood was still there then he should have taken Afridi's spot. Misbah's over defensive captaincy proved the downfall today. The field was poor

Posted by Jda123 on (August 27, 2013, 18:15 GMT)

Very good win by Zimbabwe.

Pakistan did everything wrong including their line-up and the choice to bat first.

Sohail should be in at 4 not 7.

If Hafeez can score runs then expect the other team to win/get a big score also.

Someone said that and it is true.

Pakistan need to prepare for the WC, they are just poor, poor bowling and like before Pakistan shows it's bowling attack is overrated.


Afridi shows what he always does when batting, if he cant get it on the bat and he is feeling he cant do anything just throw your wicket away.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 18:12 GMT)

I am actually glad that we lost!..The bowling has been bailing out this weak and pathetic batting for too long now. Misbah needs to get out of this old age mindset of trying to get to 250 somehow and hope the bowlers can defend it. This tour was to give chance to younger players, instead him and Hafeez are playing more then 30 overs themselves? Trying to pad up their stats!.. ...I guess asking Misbah to play with aggressive mindset is like asking afridi to play sensibly...Simply too hard for them!

The current players are good enough, but when you provide them a pre-determined 250ish target, the cannot player their natural game!

Posted by Bangla_Low_team on (August 27, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

Wonderful performance by Zimbabwe. If they just don't do these silly mistakes then at least results be a lot closer. If you look at the scorecard carefully, it was an emphatic victory by them. Its good to see these so called 'minnows' in the last year or so despite not getting anywhere near enough games to beat these so called 'top 8'. Batting still needs to be fluent. Instead of throwing away wickets by playing rash shots, instead rotate the strike like the team did today. Pakistan status should be swapped for Ireland because a 'top' team struggling against the likes of Zimbabwe, Ireland and Bangladesh in the last year or so.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

Felicitations to Zimbabwe. They deserved to win. The aggression was well balanced, vehement. Stroke play was timely, precise and juggernaut. Masakadza proved his prowess as an opener and in cahoot with Sibanda connived Pakistan ignominious defeat. Heartfelt congrats to Zimbabweans from Pakistan on this victory that they will cherish for years to come.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

Well if they had to give this sort of performance then sending a young team would have been much better. Opening is always a big worry for Pakistan. Jamshed should be thrown out even with Ahmad Shehzad,it's 2nd series for Ahmad 6th match in a row and he is unable to score, he dint score against windies and now a flop in ODIs against Zimbabwe,i wonder what will he do when he faces teams like Eng,SA and Aus.For Godsake try Sami Aslam a kid from U-19,as he has been in a supreme form with Kamran Akmal as an opener.And also try Kamran Ghulam as a lower hard hitting allrounder,and please leave Sarfraz Ahmad out forever and get rid of Moin Khan from the manager as quickly as possible,he's just a manager and he interferes in the team selection.

Posted by Rolling_in_The_Deep on (August 27, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

Congratz ZIM on a spirited run chase.. It was great to see the 11 Zim Players stood up to the challenge and did the Giant Killing Act..For Pakistan, I believe they took it easy and paid the price. Would like to see Mishbah/Mohsin Khan re-united as captain/coach combo which was working great. Dev Whatmore need to be replaced. For people criticizing Pakistan on losing to ZIM, it happens doesnt it.. BD Vs Aus Sophia Gardens 2005, BD outplaying India in 2007 WC, Ireland Beaten Eng..but that doesnt mean that these good teams have gone bad.. its the the nature of the beast that we know as ODIs

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

Well done to Zimbabwe, this also enforces the point that teams like Zimbabwe need more matches at least against the teams nearer to them in the rankings like WI, NZ, Pak. The big gap between the number of matches a team plays among some test teams is quite ridiculous and unfair.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

Seriously, selectors have to find Afridi's replacement now. I don't know how he will realize that isn't good enough now.

Hats off to Misbah that he continues to do well every time.

Hafeez needs to go back to open the inning. Haris should bat at 3 and Amin at 4. Shehzad and Jamshed should bat attackingly otherwise goodbye.

And lastly, Sarfraz is just a waste, a total waste. He is the worst batsman I have seen, to ever play for Pakistan. Junaid, Ajmal & Irfan can strike the ball better than Sarfraz. I would rather play Kamran or Zulqarnain instead of Sarfraz. I say it again Sarfraz is a waste.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

I don't know what Pakistan has to do or not, but what i am happy about is, Zim Won!

They do have good players, the top 5 - they all are good & capable ones! I hope they capitalize and perform better.

240 against Zim - You must be joking!

Zim's they need to bowl good & field good, there were alot of bad bowling that needs to be balanced out in the next game.

Posted by Usman_Jilani on (August 27, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

Well done Zimbabwe, what a victory! I really hope one day Andy Flower can go back to his home country and coach this lot, would make a huge difference to their future campaigns and moral.

Again, congratulations from Pakistan!

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

I wonder if it still be okay to 'exclude' certain teams from stats especially since teams like Ireland, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh etc are starting to beat the bigger teams these days. Well done Zim from English fan! Pakistan are not that good anyway.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (August 27, 2013, 16:22 GMT)

Chigumburua and Williams should both bat a place higher, Chigumbura is arguably their best attacking batsman and he's not even in the top 6. Had he and Willaims come in today ahead of Marumaand Taylor it wouldn't of even been close !

Posted by grahaam on (August 27, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

Good performance up front by the seamers, all completing 10 overs with respectable economy. The total however was a stiff challenge, at last the Batsman really settled and enjoy themselves. they are all mature players and showed it for once. Well done the Grant Flower in that department and the Head Coach for giving Zimbabwe cricket a major victory so soon after taking the difficult job.

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (August 27, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

It's Pakistan, a name for in-consistency and history says it can beat any team, and it can lose to any team. They have natural talent but lack of professionalism and that's where they lose many games. What surprises me is today their batting was not bad, but their best strength bowling was completely gone. Zimbabwe is improving their game every match. I personally feel very sad for Zimbabwe players as their cricket board do not have sufficient money to feed them. Tours like this should improve them financially. All the best for both the teams.

Posted by Cricket_Fan_Indian on (August 27, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

Seriously pakistan team needs to re look at whats going on in the team.They look over confident some times and then the other day they hit rock bottom,Learn some thing from your immediate cricketing neighbours.

Posted by Fineline on (August 27, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

The biggest reason is the lack of fast bowlers in Pakistan.We have to get some aggressive fast bowlers,the one who can take wickets in the start.Umar Gul has to be back soon because he is the one who can take wickets in the start.Every time depending on the spin is not sensible.India won the matches because their fast bowlers bowled brilliantly.This is the difference between Pakistan and India team.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

Well done Zimbabwe great win.. This chase reminded me of flower brothers era.. Keep up this good work and win the series best of luck

Posted by mm.alibhai on (August 27, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

Brilliant performance by Zimbabwe and very happy for them after 15 years beating Pakistan in there home soil... They had a rough time against India at home and Pakistan in T20s... That Utseya catch was just brilliant....Every time you can't lose and it's very hard a team that loses get criticised but that is cricket for you, win some lose some... Zimbabwe has beaten a good Pakistani line up and hope there form continuous after this win.. Good luck to both teams in the remaining two ODIs.

Posted by and1son on (August 27, 2013, 15:58 GMT)

Coming of age boys, coming of age. The real challenge now is winning a series. After that I will never say anything again. Great performance. And what about the catch by Utseya. The best i have seen. WOW!!

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

Never expected the win.... Wow!!

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

where is the Pakistan best bowling line up gone, it really shocked they beaten by the world weakest team Zimbabwe, pakistan has to replace haris sohail with shoaib malik and sarfraz ahmed with umer akmal. then it would be better batting side for Pakistan.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

First Congrats to Zim and now to PAK, if you think u could just turn up and win, this match proved this is not the case, there is a big questions on selections and the way some in PCB don't want Umer Akmal to play, its been proved again and again that he is the most accomplished finisher in PAK bat lineup, the strange and upsetting way his selection and non-selection is being treated is just mind boggling. The way Sarfraz quickly included in the squad even when PCB didn't even knew what happened. I think Misbah didn't read the pitch at all, batting first was a very poor decision and batters were just playing for their numbers. Not Good at all, but Zimbabwe played well and deserved to be the winners.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

Good start to the series. If the boys keep this up then their neighbour ( the president) might notice and they could get a bump in their salaries. The top order really do their job and Taylor chipped in. For the first time since the win against Bangladesh ages ago I am proud of being Zimbabwean. There is certainly room for improvement and the team needs a sponsor otherwise players are going to continue leaving. They can also use the advice of former players but this is not happening at the moment because of money issues. It is hard to believe that Andy Flower(ECB) and Duncan Fletcher played for Zimbabwe but that's what poverty does to you; everyone leaves.

Posted by Cricket_Man on (August 27, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

I am a Pakistani but feel happy that Zimbabwe won this match. I knew they had the talent and they deserved this win after their hard work in the previous games. Pakistani cricket team needs to get rid of Afridi, Misbah, Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik for ever. These average players (no matter what they say) play for themselves. They have big egos and feel insecure of youngsters.

Posted by Stark62 on (August 27, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

So, what was learnt from this defeat?!?!

Did we learn that, Misbah is dependable and keeps scoring fifties? Hafeez only performs against the lower ranked teams (below WI)? or the fact, Nasir and Shehzad have changed their style of play (aggression) and become tuks, tuks?

Nothing was learnt!!

Send Amin and Harris at 3 and 4, then Test their skills, plus you would have an excuse of losing but this is embarrassing and unforgivable.

Also, why take off Hafeez and Afridi, when they were bowling so well in tandem?

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

To be honest, this was not a shock and is always on the cards.This pakistan team is hitting their abysmal lows and its high time to get motivation from some where. The irony is that the same ZIM team was steam rolled by a second string Indian team.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

Well played Zimbabwe the way they played they deserve this victoy.

Posted by reason-galore on (August 27, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

i was hoping for it, only because people can see the "negative" side of misbah's captaincy... look at the strike rate of the openers, both natural strikers of the ball... block about 20 balls and then play as you want is the motto of world class batsmen... not this way, not tuk tuk all the time and then get out without scoring anything too... misbah's philosophy is killing the openers... openers are supposed to play their natural game after the first 5 overs... i know this is only misbah's captaincy that did this, otherwise we would have 50 more runs on a 320 run wicket...

Posted by jack500197 on (August 27, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

Everyone relax ok so we lost the first ODI to Zimbabwe. We learn and move on. Someone here made comments about players from Karachi, please grow up. They all represent Pakistan. Lets not forget Javed Miandad, one of the greatest players in the world, is from Karachi. As far as Mishbah playing I would say the proof is in the pudding. Yes we need to focus and win the next two ODIs and Inshallah we will win it. As I said earlier, we learn and move on. Congratulations Zimbabwe, well played!!!

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

Congratulations Zimbabwe for winning the 1st Odi Against Pakistan . I just want to Appreciate The Better Cricket They Played Against Pakistan Team ! Well Done Guys Its all about Performing on right day !!

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

When you bring players like Sarfraz Ahmed in the team in place of Umar Akmal (best performer in WI) than his will happen. Good job Zimbabwe. Win the next two matches to teach the PCB a lesson.

Posted by spellbinder76 on (August 27, 2013, 15:30 GMT)

Zulfikar Baber and Sohail Tanvir should have been retained for the ODI. What's the point in keeping Asad Shafiq in ODI when the captain don't play him. Asad Ali is also an average medium pace at best, Sohail tanvir is much better. Pakistan may drop Nasir Jamshed and open with Afridi. Umar Akmal absence is also felt.

Posted by rocket_rocket on (August 27, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

This victory is not confined only to zimbabwe but also a victory for the cricket in a broader perspective...after all the hardships that zimbabwean cricket went through on and off the field for the past 2 weeks or so this will be a huge relief...for a land which produced world class players like flower bros,streak,campbell,olonga to name a few it feels sad to see the state of cricket now in zimbabwe .....I hope this day won't be like a odd one out and hope same intensity continues throughout the series....i am really happy that ICC has given plenty of cricket involving zimbabwe for the past two years and also provides the necessary funding that this management needs...

Posted by Chanred on (August 27, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

Humiliating ! When youu consider that a 2nd string Indian team thrashed Zim. Pakistan cricket team is an enigma.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (August 27, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

Pakistan are an ordinary team. Seniors like Misbah, Hafeez and Ajmal doing all the hardwork. Wonder what Pakistan team will be like once they are not around :)

Posted by asim229 on (August 27, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

After following pak cricket under Misbah for last one year the same pattern exists in almost every match. He emerges as a best batsmen in the team and all others fail. I wonder if there is a conspiracy and grouping against Misbah in the team and they are trying to fail him as captain.Even after changing the team after CT the same thing happening in WI and Zimbabwe. e.g why Ahmad Shehzad was playing so slow today when we saw how fast he can play in the T20 matches and maybe the Umar Akmal story is also part of this whole thing. Also Hafeez doesnt even look half a bowler today than what he looked when he was captaining T20 side. I think PCB needs to address these issues first before WC2015 and give Misbah the best team to lead in that tournament.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (August 27, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

haha Zimbabwe 'comfortably' beat so called 'top' team Pakistan. Well done Zim boys!

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

congratulation to Zimbabwe they deserved this victory They outplayed us in every department Gul Khan UK

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

Embarassing, Why didn't soqaib maqsood play??

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

Have Zimbabwe really beaten Pakistan ????? WOW ! I guess it will rain today after all. This should give a lot of hope for this young Zimbabwean team. Pakistan, watch out.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

Hats off to Misbah ...1 of d consistent player of year nd ppl still posting negative post fr him...

Posted by rajcl on (August 27, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

OH MY GOD what hapens to best attack in th world,

Posted by shaantanu on (August 27, 2013, 15:16 GMT)

not going to comment too much on zimbabwes victory.congratulations n well played.must be a shot in the arm for Zim cricket.As for Pakistan dont feel disheartened.Giant killing happens from time to time.........but as an Indian I really feel for Misbah.he seems to be the lone warrior in the team more often than not n still bears so much criticism from the pak fans.he may not be the most inspirtiional captain around but he is still the back bone of the pak batting line up......n one more thing pak fans sud give up this blind worship of Afridi.not tht i do not like him but he seems to be a spent force now.one great innings out of ten tries is hardly inspiring.give youngsters a chance.there must be some in the bylanes of karachi,lahore etc

Posted by CrICkeeet on (August 27, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

Wooo... really impressed by this zimbabwe... nt only dat they won, bt d style they won it really impressive, zim batsmen totally dominate d game.... gd 2 see they showed maturity....

Posted by Nabi_better_than_Shakib on (August 27, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

lool!! Pakistan lost to Zimbabwe pretty badly as well. Struggling against minnows for some reason :)

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

BRAVO Zimbabwe, deserved all the luck they had today! Pakistan didn't looke like a world class team, batted really poorly, without any intent, bowled (for most of them) like club level bowlers and the fielding was average too! Junaid and Jamshed had miserable and forgettable outings and Sarfaraz should be replaced by a batting keeper... Well played Zimbabwe... J'a

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

Time 4 New blood in Pakistan Cricket Team ! Moin, think about it !!!

Posted by armchairjohnny on (August 27, 2013, 15:13 GMT)

This victory is the culmination of lots of hard work, planning and brave, fearless cricket. Zimbabwe Zindabad!

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

what a day,thank you zim ,Masakadza thats the way to play

Posted by indicricket on (August 27, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

A team's slowest fast bowler could bowl consistently at upwards of 140Kmph, but that has nothing to do with the result of the match. Pace is just one facet of fast bowling

Posted by rind.khan on (August 27, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

Misbah defensive game lead to loss and he has not hit any four r six in last 40-49 overs and in last over two sixes. He should take rest and some new players should be given chance like shoaib maqsood. Asad Shafiq, Umar Amin and Haris Sohail should be in Zim Tour. Hafeez, Misbah, Afridi Nasir Jamshed should take rest during this tour..

Posted by Solid_Snake on (August 27, 2013, 15:09 GMT)

Pak after loosing 3 wickets literally threw away all of their wickets.PAk thought that they could defend any target against Zimbabwe..But thing turned out to b the opposite..

Posted by DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on (August 27, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

good win. Few more against strong team Will help attract sponsers.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (August 27, 2013, 15:01 GMT)

Wonderful effort by Williams. Great victory for the Zimbabweans . Pakistan batsman is to blame for this loss. The wicket was easily 300+ wicket. Pakistan managed only 65-70 runs last 13 overs.Once again it is proved that Misbah can take you to a respectable score but he can never win matches for you.

Posted by Anti_ZCFOutkast on (August 27, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

Awesome victory for Zimbabwe. Maruma did his best to lose the game for us, thankfully Sean Williams came in to guide us home along with Taylor's support. Great foundation from Sibanda and Masakadza. Waller's expert coaching is starting to show through.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

Althoug I am a PAKISTANI fan, but I would congratulate ZIMBABWE on a great win!

Posted by Jda123 on (August 27, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

If Hafeez can score runs then expect the opposing team to win or get runs also

Posted by ThyrSaadam on (August 27, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

Dav Whatemore will loose his job , i said it first!

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

well played by ZIM. its really a big performance from them. they were good in t20s but superb today.

poor bowling by pakistan. Only ajmal stood up.

many people ask for young blood for pakistan. In this game only 2 seniors stood up. some poor batting display from pakistan.

when hafeez got out there were still 14 overs to go. which should have been a lot for likes of afridi, haris, amin & sarfraz to show some thing in batting. & they were in good position. no pressure at all on them.

People still say that misbah is slow but i wonder what will they do without him. talking about SR, his SR today was good. Only hafeez did it better.

nasir & ahmed played almost 100 balls for SR around 50. & many of these youngsters have not that excellent SR in list A games. umar amin, ahmed, nasir, sarfraz have just around 80. only maqsood got a SR of 97 in list A.

ahmed & nasir who we think a bit aggressive players have list a strike rate just marginally above misbah's.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

After looking at the score card I just have one thing to say "Misbah u beauty....Pakistan what a pity".......Its really sad that a player like misbah has almost no support and keeps facing the brunt after doing everything possible for his team. I'm from the misbah fan club in India

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

And again poor performance from Pakistan. Still no significant change in the team.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

And again poor performance from Pakistan. What is going on ?

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

Pakistan team should concentrate on performing on ads.

Posted by SaadRocx on (August 27, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

Oh God!!Pakistan..looks like Zimbabwe gonna beat you!!...!!!

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

if zim wins no doubt it will be confident booster for them. nice to see zim doing well @ international level after such a long time .

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

I am rooting for the Zimbabwe's...hope they win...

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 13:40 GMT)

Give some over to umer :p

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 13:28 GMT)

@mzm149, Sarfaraz Ahmed was a temporary replacement for Mohd. Rizwan as he was busy in U23 tournament. Other than that I don't know why the selectors only pick the failed players from Karachi, and not look at the real talent. Firstly they don't give them many chances but when they do they play the failed players that play in T20 competitions. Look at Karachi's list A and domestic records in QEA and Presidents trophy and you will find for yourself that players are not selected on merit. They have wasted many openers in the past and will do so if they keep playing the failed players. Umar Akmals job is batting not keeping, so we should really look for a proper keeper in Jamal Anwar or Mohd. Rizwan.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

misbah must be miss out,,, we need young cricketers like ,,ahmed shahzad ,imran nazir, and many more ...........go east or west shahid khan afridi is best even he score o or 100....love u...............pray for all

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 12:16 GMT)

I can't believe people still don't have anything good to say about Misbah. Misbah has built a defensive aura around the team? How many examples do you require to see why Misbah plays the way he does? Had he played a rash shot and gotten out, Pakistan would have been in doldrums. It was good sensible cricket from Misbah, stabilize the innings and explode later, which he did.

Posted by Lenniesahayi on (August 27, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

can someone please upload the Utseya catch on youtube.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

Spineless and timid that is pakistan battin approach for you. Umer amin and haris sohail should have been allowed to bat at 3 and 4. I hope Zimbawe chase down this total with ease so that the failings of baatsmen are not hidden. Just not to international standard.

Posted by mzm149 on (August 27, 2013, 11:38 GMT)

Fo all those people who want a "specialist" wicketkeeper instead of Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed is the answer. He is neither a good wicketkeeper nor a good batsman.

Most of players from Karachi included in this series are below average: Sarfraz, Anwar Ali or Asad Shafiq.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 11:31 GMT)

Real disappointment from Pakistan batting once again. Youngster showed that they don't have temperament for big match even against the team like Zimbabwe. No allrounder in the end, we are lacking one allrounder in our line up. We have to groom Hammad Azam or Anwer Ali. Misbah again scored half century but he developed defensive environment arround the team which destroying the team and the players.

Posted by mohammadharis on (August 27, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

hafez only perfrom against minows

people are saying umer amin nd haris sohail are better than umar akmal see today perfomance from them

sarfrz ohh again no one know why he is in the team he is even bigger prchi player then imran farhat

misbah this man is now a truly a legend he stood up alwayz when pak needed him

Posted by gsingh7 on (August 27, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

misbah saves the day again. 83 precious runs at run a ball.final score 244 /9. tells u all u want to know about pak batting strength.and misbah is on verge of retirement.no talent is coming through the ranks as we see overrated batsmen being selected before deserving talented youngster playing in karachi and peshawar. good luck to both teams and lets hope better team wins.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

Umar amin playing as allrounder, i think they should play anwar ali ( he is only medium pace allrounder in this tour ) .

batting is deep but still couldnt bat well.

well people want more youngsters but in this match only 2 seniors stood up. our youngsters doesnt look to be ready for this level.

people still criticize misbah's SR but while seeing today's score card i dont think that was too slow. only hafeez did well. Ahmed & nasir played 100 balls and scored at SR of less than 50.

Talking about SR, nasir, ahmed , umar amin, sarfraz havent got that attractive SR in List A games in their career. Ahmed & jamshed just marginal above misbah's.

Only maqsood has 97+ SR and good list a average. he should be in odis as well.

Sarfraz is good keeper but must perform with bat now. rizwan looks promising but bad planning by PCB to send all youngsters who were part of the squad in last 12-18 months to U23.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 10:45 GMT)

What people have to say now? If not for Misbah and Hafeez, even 100 is not possible

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

players like Hafeez are considered responsible and have batting average of 27 and players like Afridi are not considered responsible having batting average of 24 , a real shame for Pakistani Batting !! on this tour they should have tested their young guns instead of playing saed ajmal , juniad, irfan, misbah and co. Hammad Azam should have played both t20 and ODIs instead on playing under23 matches.

Posted by ilililililililililililililx on (August 27, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

Now is the time to start the attack.

15 overs left with 8 wickets in hand. 290 is easily gettable.

Posted by ZCFOutkast on (August 27, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

Taylor really needs to trust Chigumbura more as the 5th seamer. As for bowling Williams&Waller ahead of Maruma, that doesn't make sense. Maruma is a top leg spinner and wicket-taker. That's why the selectors are keeping him there, not just for his batting.

Posted by roook on (August 27, 2013, 9:51 GMT)

Serious bad Planning from PCB, Instead of testing young player we are still testing Hafeez at no 2. Hafeez is good against minnows like Zimbadwe, Scotland, Afganistan but against good pace bowling attack he is clueless. I think misbah, hafeez, afridi all should be rested. I thinks Pakistan under 23 can also weakened Zib team LEARN from India Please Please

Posted by   on (August 27, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

its a easy match for pak ,they can easily win it

Posted by ZCFOutkast on (August 27, 2013, 7:47 GMT)

Such a pleasure watching Panyangara back in Zim playing for a local franchise and now into the national team again. He's always been a class act. By far the most complete seamer we've unearthed since Heath Streak. With Mpofu sharing the new ball alongside him once he recovers from injury, that would give us a choice between Vitori, Shingi & Chatara as the third seamer to be an out and out strike bowler, not worried too much about economy.

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