Player of the Match
Player of the Match
838dThe Report by Firdose Moonda

Wahab, Irfan put Pakistan on the board

Mohammad Irfan and Wahab Riaz shared eight wickets between them, firing Pakistan to a 20-run win against Zimbabwe in Brisbane for their first of the tournament

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Misbah-ul-Haq
Misbah-ul-Haq
73(121) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 17 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
7 8 12 6 17 4 5 14
Wahab Riaz
Wahab Riaz
54(46) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 11 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
4 5 9 4 9 5 9 9

Best performances - Bowlers

Mohammad Irfan
Mohammad Irfan
O10
M2
R30
W4
Eco3.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Wahab Riaz
Wahab Riaz
O9.4
M1
R45
W4
Eco4.65
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorer: Binoy | Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy

9.55pm Alrighty, folks. That was a fantastic game of 50-over cricket, and a pleasure to bring to you. Hope you enjoyed it, and keep tuning in for more. Until next time, ta ta!

KaFi: "Assuming India, SA and West Indies take three of the slots from this group, the last league match between Pak and Ireland should decide the fourth slot" -- I don't think we can assume any such thing. West Indies, Ireland and Pakistan will all be in contention for the third and fourth slots, I think. And hey, it's also possible that Pakistan could beat South Africa.

WasimQadir: "Where is that guy who said "If Pakistan win any match in this World Cup I will quit my civil engineering job and shave my head and walk around Calgary downtown wearing my green shirt?""

Misbah: "It was really tough, because it was make or break for us. We were in a must-win situation. You can't believe how happy we are, because we would be out of the tournament if we lost this game. Pitch wasn't easy, it was holding up, it was a bit two-paced. When I went there I found it really difficult to rotate the strike. I was thinking if we could get to 250-260 it would be really challenging, because we had five regular bowlers. We were 15-20 runs short after losing those wickets, but the kind of quality the bowlers showed, the fielding was also good, credit should be given to the fast bowlers, the way they bowled today. When there is extra bounce, Irfan is the kind of bowler, if somebody hasn't faced him before, it can be really difficult, especially in Australian conditions. We need to really work hard, because we need to improve our batting. Other teams are getting to 300, 280, 290. We need to start well and capitalise."

Chigumbura: "I'm still to go for a scan, I will know tomorrow morning. Today the bowling was much better, thought we executed well, but we gave away too many extras, if you are being critical about our bowling. It's disappointing to lose a game like this when we felt we had a good chance of winning. Hamilton getting out was the turning point. We have to learn from this. We haven't had one guy scoring a hundred and carrying us through. That's where we need to improve."

DJ: "Umpires haven't given good decisions. There were at least 3-4 front foot no-balls and some wides missed. If umpires' decisions were correct then the result might be different. Better luck next time Zimbabwe."

Wahab Riaz is the man of the match. "The discussion [with Misbah] was to play all 50 overs and if we take chances, we will do that in the last three or four overs, and rotate the strike till then. The team management are working really hard with me, they believe I can do something with my batting. Thanks to them and thanks to Almighty Allah. In the start the ball was not coming on to the bat, not going through quickly, but we had to work hard, I think the way the fast bowlers and Shahid Afridi bowled, credit has to go to us. We know there were not many runs on the board and Irfan bowled really well. I want to dedicate this trophy to my dad and my mum. They will be really happy."

Greening: "Brisbane's produced a couple of good competitive games that have ebbed and flowed. Shame that's the last match there." -- Yup, this is an awesome pitch. Bounce, a bit of seam movement, and turn for the spinners.

Sidd: "Though Pakistan have won this, they've played quite poorly to say the least. Thankfully for them, Zimbabwe played worse and left too much for Chigumbura to do in the end. Tough road ahead for both teams in this WC. Pakistan will obviously go back happier but not satisfied."

9.36pm Four wickets for Wahab, four for Irfan. Rahat Ali was also excellent, and the three left-armers have been at the forefront of Pakistan's defence of 235. Zimbabwe looked to be on course to reach the target at various points of the chase, but Pakistan kept chipping away and kept picking up wickets at critical junctures. You feel they needed one of Masakadza, Taylor or Williams to carry on and make a far more substantial score. Brilliant game from Wahab, a critical half-century and a four-for.

49.4
W
Wahab Riaz to Chigumbura, OUT, banged in short, Chigumbura goes for the hook, and top-edges it through to Akmal, who takes his fifth catch of the match, and Zimbabwe have been bowled out

E Chigumbura c †Umar Akmal b Wahab Riaz 35 (60m 35b 4x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

49.3
W
Wahab Riaz to Panyangara, OUT, now the batsman goes the other way, shuffling across his crease. Wahab bowls it short on middle stump again, he swivels to pull, misses, and they try to steal a bye and Akmal rolls it at the stumps, misses, but the bowler picks it up and hurls it at the bowler's end, hits the stumps there, and catches Panyangara short of his crease

T Panyangara run out (†Umar Akmal/Wahab Riaz) 10 (43m 28b 0x4 0x6) SR: 35.71

49.2
3
Wahab Riaz to Chigumbura, 3 runs, fuller now, follows the backtracking batsman, and Jamshed puts down a dolly at deep midwicket. Swung hard, miscued it high, and the fielder was coming in from the boundary, he got right under it, it dropped into his cupped palms, and bounced right off
49.1
0
Wahab Riaz to Chigumbura, no run, backs away from leg stump and Wahab bowls a short one over leg stump. Swivels to pull, doesn't connect

24 to win now. Chigumbura's played wonderfully, but this, you feel, is too far away

END OF OVER:
49 | 4 Runs | ZIM: 212/8 (24 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 4.32, RRR: 24.00)

  • Elton Chigumbura32 (32b)
  • Tinashe Panyangara10 (27b)
  • Mohammad Irfan10-2-30-4
  • Wahab Riaz9-1-42-3
48.6
1
Mohammad Irfan to Chigumbura, 1 run, full on off stump, swiped down to long-on, keeps the strike with the single
48.5
2
Mohammad Irfan to Chigumbura, 2 runs, shortish outside off, pulled in the air, bounces down to deep midwicket
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    Stats highlights from the Group B match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe at the Gabba

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0

Number of World Cup matches Zimbabwe have won against Pakistan. These teams have played each other 5 times (1 NR).

Opening Woes

6

Number of single-digit opening stands by Pakistan in their last-ten ODIs. Five of them have been of 1 run or less

Opening chasm

21.28

Ave opening partnership in Group B so far; In Group A the opening wicket has added 48.95 runs on an average.

Sluggish

14

Runs scored by Pakistan in their first-ten overs - the second lowest they have scored in ODIs since 2001.

Tough going

112

Balls taken by Pakistan to score fifty runs in this match - the second slowest of this World Cup. UAE took 2 more balls against India.

Faster stand

55.10

SR of the stand between Misbah and Sohail; Misbah and Akmal added 50 runs at 92.59

First

1

No. of ducks in 21 World Cup inns by Afridi, this was his first. Overall, only Jayasuriya (34)has more ODI ducks than Afridi's 30.

Routine

40

ODI 50s without a ton by Misbah now - well clear of Andrew Jones' 25 such scores which is the second highest after Misbah.

Possible, but tough

3-7

Win-loss record of teams that defended targets between 200 and 250 at the Gabba on the last-ten occasions.

Poor starts

22.6

Zimbabwe's average opening stand in their last 18 ODIs, with only one 50-plus partnership during this period