Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Harare August 27, 2013

Taylor hails team for 'awesome' win

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Zimbabwe celebrated their 100th ODI at the Harare Sports Club with a seven-wicket victory against Pakistan, a win Brendan Taylor, the Zimbabwe captain, termed as "awesome" and said "he couldn't be happier". The success also ended Zimbabwe's 15-year wait for a win against Pakistan.

"To beat the quality team that they've got shows we're doing the right things," Taylor said. "It just shows that if our top-order batsmen come off, it lays that foundation. Our seam bowlers today were exceptional. There is room for improvement, we dropped some simple chances.

"We were badly beaten by India a couple of weeks back, so to come out with that sort of performance shows a lot of character."

Zimbabwe's bowlers kept up the pressure on the Pakistan batsmen and restricted them to 244, which was about 20 less than what Taylor had expected to chase. Taylor, however, stressed on the need for the team to remain focused as he expected Pakistan to hit back hard.

"We have put in the hard work, but this is only one match out of the three. So there is no need for complacency," he said.

Zimbabwe coach Andy Waller also praised the team and said the hard work the group has put in the last two months is starting to show results.

"It was a good win. We have put up a huge amount of work in the last two months," Waller said. "I knew it would come good, I believed in my players. I think the big turning point was the way we played the T20s. Our batters showed they could handle quality bowling. They went into the game with a lot of self-belief and that made all the difference.

"We are trying to keep wickets in hand, that's our gameplan, because we have players like Sean Williams, Elton [Chigumbura] and Malcolm Waller who can get the runs required later."

The Zimbabwe openers put up a century opening stand that set the platform for the chase. Hamilton Masakadza was the top-scorer with 85, while Sibanda also registered a half-century.

"I always knew the wicket gets better in the afternoon, so we just thought the longer we would be together, the better it would be for the team," Masakadza said. "It flattened out after the first ten overs."

Zimbabwe have a chance to complete a series win when they meet Pakistan in Harare on Thursday.

"We know how good Pakistan are and we know the quality of their players, we know they are going to come back harder on us," Waller said. "But we are not going to rest on our laurels. We need to perform better. We are not at our best yet. We got to enjoy the moment, but we have to come back harder in the next game."

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  • Nauman on August 29, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    You know what, after a couple of months; Zimbabwe will show willingness to visit Pakistan. Though eventually, the tour won't be materialized. Great PCB!

  • Android on August 28, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    pakistan played ordinary cricket while zimbabwe was determined to win. victory well deserved

  • Ali on August 28, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    Well done Zim. That win will give them so much hope and confidence.

    Pakistan should go with a longer tale by including Anwer Ali. This tour is to ( in my opinion) get players out of form in form, test new players, rest players and give youngsters responsibility to bat up the order or open the bowling.

    Reflecting on this criteria Pakistan only succeed in 1 of 4. Ahmed Shehzad was out of form and needed this tour to boost his confidence.

    Now to succeed in 4 of 4 Promote Umar Amin and Sohail Harris up the order to 3 and 4. Or even 4 and 5. Give Anwer Ali a chance in the 50 over format. Give Irfan, Junaid, Ajmal or Hafeez a rest. Only 1 or 2 of them. That is what Pakistan need to do to make this tour successful; not beating Zim by a big margin. Think of the matches as warm up matches if it gives you a better understanding.

  • Dummy4 on August 28, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    In this era of cricket any team can beat any other team. Having said that Pakistan's field was below standard while Zimbabwe executed well Sean/Taylor combination was sensational to wake Pakistan as they batted to win the game. Pakistan is a great team who had a bad day. It will be interesting to see how they play the next 2 matches. Good luck to both team.

  • Dummy4 on August 28, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    It is always nice to see Teams such as Zim / Kenya / Bangladesh do well. Hope these successes can become more cosistent - That will bode well for the game.

  • Praveen on August 28, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Good for Pak cricket !!! I love this.. :D

  • Subramani on August 28, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    We must remember that Zimbabwe has afine cricketing history and that they were once a very good team. The fact that Duncan Fletcher and Andy Flower are the present coaches of India and England respectively would give an insight about the type of players who used to play for this troubled nation.I expected them to do much better than they did against India itself this year. But they lost 5-0 and that was not the correct scoreline that should have been. That is why I am not surprised that they have beaten Pakistan in the first ODI and that too quite convincingly. They have some very good players who have opted to play for the English counties to earn a living. Garry Balance plays for Yorkshire and in all probability will play for England very soon. Kyle Jarvis has moved on already aftre showing so much promise. I feel very sad for this quality country which is in the dumps for of political reasons. I wish the ICC would create a fund for such teams, because they are so skillful otherwise.

  • Vinod on August 28, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    Great win by Team Zimbabwe. The next 2 matches are crucial for them. Imagine if they win one more of them. Its not going to be easy for them against Misbah & Co but at least hope they will try harder.

  • Rahul on August 28, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Its good to see Zimbabwe getting the required cricket matches. They were once a very good team and such exposure would only help them reach those positive levels again. They had shown some fight when the Indians visited and I guess that tour has shown them a direction which they have implemented during the recent ODI. The true test of talent would be when the test matches start. They shouldn't end up doing what they did against Bangladesh and attempt to stay on the crease the longest possible.

  • Sriram on August 28, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Pak rusty? will turn it around i think, but kudos to Zim. These guys purely play for passion of the game and not money.

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