1st ODI, Bulawayo, September 08, 2011, Pakistan tour of Zimbabwe
(50 ov, T:248) 242/7

Pakistan won by 5 runs

Player Of The Match
78 (72)
Match centre 
Scores: Gopi Rangarajan
Comms: Sidharth Monga
Scorecard summary
Pakistan 247/7(50 overs)
Ray Price2/39 (10)
Chris Mpofu2/54 (9)
Zimbabwe 242/7(50 overs)
Aizaz Cheema3/36 (10)
Mohammad Hafeez1/38 (10)
end of over 506 runs • 1 wicket
ZIM: 242/7CRR: 4.84 
Prosper Utseya1 (1)
Greg Lamb1 (1)
Junaid Khan 7-0-51-0
Aizaz Cheema 10-0-36-3

Thank you everybody for joining us. The mathematicians, the brothers living in England and El Salvador, the Pashto speakers, the Punjabis, the Ndebele speakers, and everybody else, it was a superb game of cricket. This Sidharth Monga singing off. So long, and thanks for all the fish

Time for presentation. The Man of the Match is Younis Khan. He says, "At that time we had lost a quick wicket, suddenly me and Hafeez said we needed to bat till 20 overs at least. I was lucky I got early boundaries. It was a misjudgement to get out. The pitch was quite good, it slowed down later. I told Hafeez, 'You are playing like me and I am playing like you.'"

Misbah-ul-Haq says, "We were 20-30 runs short. On crucial stages, we kept losing wickets. That's why they restricted us. Ajmal is our main weapon, especially on the slow tracks, but the pacers did a great job. Tanvir with the new ball, Cheema in the middle overs, and Junaid, who was disappointing at start, came back well in the final over."

Brendan Taylor, who brought Zimbabwe so close but looks pretty down now, says, "We let is slip in that second-last over. Credit to Pakistan, they held their nerve a little bit better than us. over all a pretty good game. We will hold our heads high, and take positives. Me not getting out would have been nice. Vusi was also going nice. But it's the game of cricket for you. Credit to them."

Zimbabwe are in a state of shock. Pakistan quietly smile and shake hands. They know they were run close. What a game we have had. With the bat Pakistan hared out of the blocks, but Zimbabwe kept pulling them back. Sibanda and Taylor then absorbed the pressure, and took their side agonisingly close. Pakistan lost the plot a bit in the end, especially when Sohail Tanvir bowled three poor overs in the Powerplay. Then two inexperienced bowlers, Cheema and Junaid, somehow managed to win Pakistan the match

Junaid to Utseya, 1 run

He has taken guard at sixth stump outside off, he is going to slog it to leg. Gets the length ball too, but can't time it well enough to clear the midwicket boundary. Heartbreak for Zimbabwe, bullet bitten by Pakistan

Stunned silence in Bulawayo as Pakistan have all but won this one. Junaid has done well under pressure. He has not given them length to get under. Can Utseya hit a six off the last ball?

Junaid to Chigumbura, 1 run, OUT

another low full toss, and Chigumbura goes down the ground. The mis-hit lands short of long-off, Umar Akmal fumbles there, but makes up for it with a flat throw at the striker's end to get Chigumbura out

Elton Chigumbura run out (Umar Akmal/†Adnan Akmal) 24 (35m 23b 2x4 0x6) SR: 104.34

Two boundaries required now

Junaid to Lamb, 1 run

another full toss, Lamb hits it square, but finds point, Six feet either side, and he would have got four

Zimbabwe need a miracle now

Junaid to Chigumbura, 1 run

another low full toss, Elton can't get under it, gets just the single to cover. Applause from Pakistan's support staff

Junaid to Chigumbura, no run

low full toss, Chigumbura goes across its line, looking for the biog slog, doesn't connect at all. Advantage Pakistan

Junaid to Chigumbura, 2 runs

full toss outside off, driven with an open face, wide of deep cover, gets two runs, keeps the strike

Another five-man conference. Junaid will bowl the last over. Keegan Meth watches on from the sidelines. Junaid stretches before he runs in to bowl. Round the stumps he goes

end of over 4910 runs • 1 wicket
ZIM: 236/6CRR: 4.81 RRR: 12.00
Elton Chigumbura20 (19)
Greg Lamb0 (0)
Aizaz Cheema 10-0-36-3
Saeed Ajmal 10-0-48-1
Cheema to Chigumbura, 1 run

he goes for the single, steering this widish delivery to third man

Thirteen off 7. What does Chigumbura do? Go for four or one?

Cheema to Chigumbura, 2 runs

why is he bowling length? Heaved away all along the ground, but Malik from deep midwicket runs to his right and makes a desperate lunge to keep this from reaching the boundary. Could this be a match-winning lunge?

Greg Lamb is the new man in, but Chigumbura is on strike

Cheema to Taylor, OUT

Cheema strikes! What a time for the deutant to take this wicket! Taylor has left Zimbabwe 200 metres short of finishing this half-marathon. This is a length ball again, Taylor looks to slog it, but it perhaps surprised by the quickness of it off the surface. Top-edges. Tanvir runs to his left from midwicket to complete a simple catch. Over to you Elton

Brendan Taylor c Sohail Tanvir b Aizaz Cheema 84 (159m 103b 7x4 0x6) SR: 81.55
Cheema to Taylor, 2 runs

length again, another slower ball, and Taylor has swept it in front of square. Malik does well at deep midwicket, but can't keep them from taking the second.

Cheema to Chigumbura, 1 run

slower ball, length again, and Chigumbura goes after it again, the mis-hit lands short of deep cover

Cheema to Chigumbura, FOUR runs

bowls length ball first up, and Chigumbura has absolutely slapped it across its face. Powerful swipe past cover. No fielder moved. Neither long-off nor cover had a chance

Tension all around. Pakistan having a five-man conference. Cheema will bowl the 49th over. Who will bowl the last? Junaid Khan? ZXimbabwe will back themselves. Cheema, on debut, aged 32. To bowl a very important over

end of over 483 runs
ZIM: 226/5CRR: 4.70 RRR: 11.00
Brendan Taylor82 (101)
Elton Chigumbura12 (15)
Saeed Ajmal 10-0-48-1
Sohail Tanvir 10-1-47-1

Just three off the over, but no wickets taken. Ajmal has left the game in balance still

Ajmal to Taylor, no run

the regulation offbreak, Taylor tries the sweep, is beaten by the extra bounce

Ajmal to Chigumbura, 1 run

another doosra, picks it off the pitch, plays with soft hands for a single to cover

Ajmal to Taylor, 1 run

sweeps this one powerfully, this just held its line, and he keeps the sweep down, gets a single to fine leg

Ajmal to Taylor, no run

another doosra, Taylor jumps out of the crease, and pads this away

Ajmal to Taylor, no run

doosra, Taylor tries to loft this over leg, is beaten because he is playing for the offbreak

Ajmal to Chigumbura, 1 run

sharp offbreak, guides past point for a single

Powerplay over. Twenty-rive required off 18. What a match. Ajmal to bowl his last over. This over could decide the game

end of over 479 runs
ZIM: 223/5CRR: 4.74 RRR: 8.33
Brendan Taylor81 (97)
Elton Chigumbura10 (13)
Sohail Tanvir 10-1-47-1
Saeed Ajmal 9-0-45-1
Tanvir to Taylor, no run

near run-out, full on the pads, hit straight to midwicket, sends Chigumbura back who is so far up the pitch he gives up. The throw misses, though

Tanvir to Taylor, no run

just as I said that Taylor slogs to a short of a length delivery outside off. Beaten by the bounce

Best performances - batters
BRM Taylor
BRM Taylor ZIM
84 runs (103)
7 fours0 six
Productive shot
leg glance
25 runs
0 four0 six
Younis Khan
Younis Khan PAK
78 runs (72)
9 fours0 six
Productive shot
leg glance
34 runs
3 fours0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Aizaz Cheema
Aizaz Cheema PAK
RW Price
RW Price ZIM
Match details
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
TossPakistan, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Younis Khan
Series resultPakistan led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 3188
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, First Session 09.30-13.00, Interval 13.00-13.45, Second Session 13.45-17.15
Match days8 September 2011 - day (50-over match)
ODI debut
Adnan Akmal
Adnan Akmal
Aizaz Cheema
Aizaz Cheema
Ian Gould
Owen Chirombe
TV Umpire
Jeremiah Matibiri
Reserve Umpire
Lucky Ngwenya
Match Referee
David Boon
Zimbabwe Innings
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