3rd ODI, Harare, September 14, 2011, Pakistan tour of Zimbabwe
(50 ov, T:271) 242/9

Pakistan won by 28 runs

Player Of The Match
Player Of The Series
159 runs
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end of over 506 runs • 1 wicket
ZIM: 242/9CRR: 4.84 
Brian Vitori3 (3b)
Prosper Utseya15 (14b)
Mohammad Hafeez 9-0-37-1
Sohail Khan 9-0-36-1

Misbah and the boys look a genuinely happy bunch as they come along to pose with the trophy. Well played Pakistan! Firdose's report has all the ebbs and flows of today's game. That winds up our coverage for the ODIs, but the T20s are round the corner. Do join us for them. On behalf of the gang at ESPNcricinfo, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. So long.

Younis, however, wins the Man of the Series award. "We had a tough series, the Zimbabweans gave us a tough time and I believe they will have a good team in the future. Before the series, the seniors sat together and hoped to deliver and show the way for the youngsters, and I am happy we could do that." He laughs when the T20s are mentioned! "If I am given the chance I will contribute again for my country," he says.

Cheema pips Younis Khan to pick up Man of the Match Award. Cheema thanks his family for his success in this series. "All the hard work I did in the last 10 years have borne fruit. The coach, captain and team have stood by me and I am thankful. I just tried to hit the right lengths, and it worked."

Misbah; "Good to see new boys coming in and performing. The main idea was to give a couple of youngsters chances, and win the series. We achieved that well. We were around 25-30 runs short, they bowled well in the last 7-8 overs. But happy with the way we bowled and fielded. There might be one-two changes to ensure we have the right balance for the Twenty20s."

Taylor: "There were too many dot-balls at the start which made it tough for people coming in. Good teams make it tough for you to build on a platform, and Pakistan played the better cricket today. Our bowlers showed good heart in the middle and end overs, but they came out and made it difficult for us."

Handshakes all around. Zimbabwe will look back at this game, and in fact this series, as an opportunity missed. The should have won the first game, and they were in a really solid position in this one when Taibu and Masakadza were going. Pakistan did their bit to bring the pressure on, credit to them.

Hafeez to Vitori, no run

the last ball hurries through and Vitori can't connect with the pull. Pakistan take the series 3-0 and that's a well-deserved clean sweep.

Hafeez to Vitori, 2 runs

Vitori launches a full ball high over deep square leg and Shoaib Malik drops the tumbling catch. No harm done, a couple of runs taken.

Hafeez to Utseya, 1 run

flat ball on middle and leg, worked through the leg side.

Hafeez to Vitori, 1 run

tossed up to Vitori who lashes it to long-off for a single.

Hafeez to Jarvis, OUT

Hafeez has the plot safely in his briefcase though. Flat ball aimed at the stumps, Jarvis misses the cut and timber meets leather.

Kyle Jarvis b Mohammad Hafeez 6 (11m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
Hafeez to Jarvis, 2 runs

flat outside off, cut away through point for a couple. The game is officially out of Zim's reach unless Hafeez loses the plot in compelling manner.

Hafeez comes on for the final over.

end of over 494 runs
ZIM: 236/8CRR: 4.81 RRR: 35.00
Kyle Jarvis4 (10b)
Prosper Utseya14 (13b)
Sohail Khan 9-0-36-1
Sohail Tanvir 9-0-54-0
Sohail Khan to Jarvis, 1 run

Jarvis pushes another single down the ground. 35 needed off the last over. Where is Sobers? Where is Shastri? Where is Gibbs? Where is Yuvraj?

Sohail Khan to Utseya, 1 run

Utseya drives down the ground for a single.

Sohail Khan to Jarvis, 1 run

Jarvis backs away to a length ball angling in and works a single to deep square leg.

Sohail Khan to Jarvis, no run

now the yorker aimed at the toes, Jarvis digs it out and Zim just can't get a boundary anywhere.

Sohail Khan to Jarvis, no run

another slower ball, another complete miss as Jarvis plays well before the ball's arrival.

Sohail Khan to Utseya, 1 run

Utseya squeezes a single through the cover-point area as Sohail keeps it full.

end of over 483 runs
ZIM: 232/8CRR: 4.83 RRR: 19.50
Prosper Utseya12 (11b)
Kyle Jarvis2 (6b)
Sohail Tanvir 9-0-54-0
Aizaz Cheema 10-1-43-4
Tanvir to Utseya, 1 run

back of a length outside off, Utseya guides it down to third man for a single.

Tanvir to Jarvis, 1 run

fuller ball this time, tailing in late and it is crunched off the inside edge through square leg.

Tanvir to Jarvis, no run

short of a length outside off, Jarvis looks to cut and misses.

Tanvir to Jarvis, no run

top-class slower ball that, Jarvis played his drive a year before the ball came. How did it miss the stumps?

Tanvir to Jarvis, no run

Jarvis backs away and drives, but he misses the line completely.

Tanvir to Utseya, 1 run

another short ball from Tanvir, Utseya drops it to the leg side and they take the single.

end of over 476 runs • 1 wicket
ZIM: 229/8CRR: 4.87 RRR: 14.00
Prosper Utseya10 (9b)
Kyle Jarvis1 (2b)
Aizaz Cheema 10-1-43-4
Sohail Tanvir 8-0-51-0
Cheema to Utseya, 1 run

no five-for for Cheema, he finishes with a full length ball on the pads that is nudged to the leg side for one.

Cheema to Utseya, 2 runs

you won't see too many of those shots. Pulled through cover, inside out. Short ball well outside off, and he was so late on the shot it ballooned up over the covers. The "ducking off-bunt" is how the TV commentator puts it.

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