END OF OVER:
9 | 6 Runs | ZIM: 68/0 (213 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 7.55, RRR: 5.75)

  • Vusi Sibanda28 (27b)
  • Chamu Chibhabha39 (27b)
  • Mohammad Hafeez2-0-10-0
  • Wahab Riaz2-0-13-0

10:55pm: The final ODI has been abandoned. That is all she wrote for the night. Pakistan take the series 2-0. This also means that ninth-ranked Pakistan will stay on 87 points, one behind Bangladesh. The race for Champions Trophy is still on.

First a floodlight failure, then dust storm followed by rain. What an anti-climatic end to what has been a landmark series! And Umar says that the Zimbabwe players will go straight to the airport from the Gaddafi.

Pakistan rose above adversity to host their first home series in six years amid tremendous odds and beefed-up security. Their adoring fans were treated to some run-feasts befitting the occasion, Azhar Ali led front the front with his brisk batting, Shoaib Malik rediscovered his mojo, a few other old boys hit back, new stars emerged and many right from Azhar to Babar Azam got to play their first, first game at home.

The visitors did fight tooth and nail though the scoreline may suggest otherwise. It has been a great pleasure bringing you this historic series. The jazba was back, Lahore up and buzzing. She can sleep tight now. Thanks for joining us and keep coming back. Passionate chants of 'ZIM-BAB-WAE' still ring in my ears. Congratulations to both Pakistan and Zimbabwe. Do catch up with Andrew Fernando's report.. Goodbye and cheerio from all at ESPNcricinfo.

PCB chairman Shahryar Khan presents a memento to Misbah to honour his services to the Pakistan side. Medals have been presented to Zimbabwe and Pakistan players.

Hamilton Masakadza, Zimbabwe captain: We have had a great experience. It has been good for the batters. We bowled well to restrict them under 300 and with the start we got we thought we could do it today. The weather did not allow it. It has been a big series, big for us and big for Pakistan as well.

Azhar Ali, Pakistan captain and Man of the Series: It is a great team effort. When the captain is in form, it becomes easy for the team. Babar Azam has performed well. The new boys are doing well and we have to take it forward from here. It has been a big series for us and Zimbabwe. We will correct the minor mistakes in the future series. I think the security was amazing. Credit goes to Pakistan government, Punjab police and Zimbabwe Cricket.

Zayn Khan: "Regardless of the anti-climatic end, this tour has been significant for Pakistan Cricket. Many people thought international cricket would never return to Pakistan. Kudos to PCB and also to Zimbabwe "

Shariq Vohra: "A Historical Series Comes to an end! Thank you Zimbabwe #CricketComesHome #PakvsZim #GaddafiStadium"

TanveerRoy: "Good bye Zimbabwe. Thanks for coming here & winning our hearts."

Iqtidar Alam: "Great series hosted by Pakistan"

Anonyms: "Even a 3-0 series would have kept Pakistan with 87 points. So, a no result does not matter."

10:45pm: Though it looks bleak, some fans are still waiting in the stands.

10:31pm More covers have been brought on. Things have turned from bad to worse. This is tearing into Pakistan's chances of maintaining their ranking. The hosts need nothing less than a 3-0 series victory.

saikot: "@muthu, regarding pakistan's ranking, enlighten please"--- Simple, they need a clean sweep to stay with 87 points and then need to step up against Sri Lanka besides hoping for the results to go their way and India's against Bangladesh. The top seven sides in the world, plus hosts England, will compete in the next Champions Trophy in England and the cut-off date for qualification is September 30, 2015. Bangladesh are currently placed above Pakistan with 88 points . They are gearing up for the Indian challenge.

10:26pm: Heavy rain continues to ravage Lahore and Pakistan are desperately targetting a 3-0 clean sweep to keep alive their chances of qualification for Champions Trophy.

Umar tells us that 11:29pm is the expected cut-off time..

10:00pm Umar pings me that the rain has gotten heavier in Lahore. It does not look good there.

Ahmed : "I'm 10km away from the Gaddafi. The dust storm has transformed into a thunderstorm. Tough task for the groundstaff."

Ashar: "@muthu any update??"

9:51pm: It it pouring down in Lahore and the players are off again. The covers come onto the field.

8.6
2
Mohammad Hafeez to Sibanda, 2 runs, tucked through square leg for a couple of runs. Good running between the wickets.
8.5
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Sibanda, no run, looped up generously, blocked
8.4
0
Mohammad Hafeez to Sibanda, no run, flighted and outside off, pushed back to the bowler
8.3
1
Mohammad Hafeez to Chibhabha, 1 run, worked to midwicket
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