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Turning Points

Pakistan v Zimbabwe, World Cup 2011, Group A, Pallekele

Asad Shafiq drives through the off side, Pakistan v Zimbabwe, World Cup, Pallekele, March 14, 2011

Asad Shafiq steered Pakistan into the quarter-finals 78 not out  •  AFP

5.2 Umar Gul to Sibanda, OUT, what a catch! Sibanda steps forward to defend, uncertain of which way the ball will wobble. It comes in on the angle but then jags away and bounces, taking a healthy edge and flying to first slip where Misbah tumbled to his right to pluck the ball out of thin air. Zimbabwe's frankly naive decision to bat first in humid, overcast conditions tailormade for fast bowlers claims another victim. Not much Sibanda could have done differently there
11.6 Abdul Razzaq to Ervine, no run, dropped by Misbah at first slip! It was full, outside off and nibbling away. Ervine went forward to drive, a thick edge flew to Misbah's right. He got the hands to it but it popped out. "You've just dropped the World Cup," Ervine tells him. Possibly.
39.4 Umar Gul to Utseya, OUT, a second catch for Akmal, a short ball from Gul, Utseya goes for the pull, top-edges the high-speed delivery, and it pops up towards backward square leg, it's in the air long enough for Akmal to race across and pouch it.
3.4 Price to Ahmed Shehzad, OUT, gone! Stumped by metres! This one was looped up much slower, Shehzad sprinted out at it and tried to smash it into the Indian Ocean. Taibu has the bails off in a flash, and that's just what Zimbabwe wanted.
23.1 Price to Asad Shafiq, FOUR, Pakistan don't want to hang around any more, it was a quick ball just outside off, Shafiq makes some room and powers that behind backward point for four, a risky shot that, but comes off this time for Shafiq
34.1 Cremer to Asad Shafiq, FOUR, and Pakistan are through to the quarter-finals, this is their first successful chase in World Cups since the 1999 semi-final against New Zealand, just outside off, Shafiq carves it past point for a boundary that brings up the victory