Zimbabwe Under-19 v Pakistan Under-19, 6th ODI, Harare October 14, 2009

Zimbabwe avoid series sweep

Cricinfo staff

Zimbabwe Under-19 162 (Mutombodzi 43, Ameer 3-22) beat Pakistan Under-19 158 (Awais 42, Mushwange 3-37) by four runs

Zimbabwe Under-19 managed to avoid a series whitewash by beating Pakistan Under-19 by four runs in the final ODI in Harare.

Zimbabwe did not begin well in their attempt to win the final game, collapsing to 96 for 6 before Tinotenda Mutombodzi's 69-ball 43 took them to 162. He added 32 with Roy Kahiya and another 20 with Cullum Price before being the last man to fall in the 49th over. Left-arm medium-pacer Abdul Ameer took three wickets, including Mutombodzi's.

Pakistan's innings progressed in similar fashion: they lost their top five for 59. Stev Chimhamhiwa picked up three of those wickets and effected the run-out of the fourth. Then Mohammad Awais (42) and Sarmad Bhatti (31) added 71 to take Pakistan 33 runs short of the target. But when legspinner Natsai Mushangwe dismissed them in quick succession, Pakistan looked shaky despite having plenty of overs in hand. Mushangwe removed Nasir Malik for 6 and then Dylon Higgins cleaned up the final two as Pakistan were bowled out in the 37th over.