1st ODI, Harare, Oct 1 2015, Pakistan tour of Zimbabwe
(37/50 ov, target 260)128
Pakistan won by 131 runs
Player Of The Match
end of over 371 run • 1 wicket
ZIM: 128/10CRR: 3.45 RRR: 10.15
John Nyumbu2 (5)
Yasir Shah 9-0-26-6
Shoaib Malik 7-0-30-3

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Yasir Shah is Man of the Match: I played my debut here, and I was happy to come back and play this way. I have been practicing very hard. There was a bit of gap, but I did not feel any difficulty coming back from the off season. I was fully confident

Azhar Ali says: As a team we have performed very well. Early on it was tough, but the partnership between Sarfraz and Malik gave us belief and Rizwan and Wasim played exceptionally well. My arm is okay [after the blow in the first over], it surprised be, I did not think the ball might have bounced as much. But I think the pitch was not coming onto the bat that well. The score we had, we were very confident of defending with the kind of spin attack we had. Imad Wasim and Yasir Shah and Shoaib Malik bowled really well

Elton Chigumbura says: They are using these conditions better than us. Especially withe spinners, the majority of the wickets were to their spinners. Just have to make sure, the next game is very important to bounce back and stay in this series

4.30 pm Hugs all around, pats on Yasir's back. Seems like every time he was given the ball he could prise a Zimbabwe batsmen out. Gets a big hug from the spin coach Mushtaq Ahmed. His 6 for 26 is the second-best figures by a Pakistan spinner ODIs, and all 10 wickets have fallen to spin. That should indicate the slowness, and the help available for the slower bowlers. Odd that Zimbabwe would play on such a surface. Odder still were some of the shots they played - Williams and Raza and Chigumbura heaving across the line.

Two hundred and fifty nine is not normally a winning score in ODI cricket right now, but Zimbabwe struggled to pose any threat to it. They wanted to take it slow early on to try and lay a strong foundation despite the mounting run-rate. But once Pakistan threw their spinners at them, Zimbabwe crumbled away.

Faraz Chugtai: "Still Shy of 136 !!"

Areeb Salman: "His 6-26 are the second-best figures for a Pak spinner in ODIs. What are the best figures? And of whom? " ---- Shahid Afridi got a seven-for against West Indies not too long ago

Yasir Shah to Panyangara, OUT

and there it is. Zimbabwe are done. Another good length ball, which gets a little more bounce than normal. Panyangara goes for a pull, seems to have gotten a little bit of glove to pop a catch to slip

Tinashe Panyangara c Imad Wasim b Yasir Shah 4 (9m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
Yasir Shah to Panyangara, no run

fired down the leg side, strikes his pad sooner than he could get his bat down.

Yasir Shah to Nyumbu, 1 run

lifted over mid-off

Yasir Shah to Nyumbu, no run

another big lbw appeal as Yasir fires one in full and at leg stump. Panyangara looks to defend but he is doing it down the wrong line. Tight shout, but the umpire things that would be slipping down

Yasir Shah to Nyumbu, no run

premeditated the lap sweep, which gave Yasir all the warning he needed. Bowls flatter and well outside off to foil the stroke

Yasir Shah to Nyumbu, no run

googly, but Nyumbu seems to have picked it. Leans forward and blocks into the covers

end of over 365 runs • 1 wicket
ZIM: 127/9CRR: 3.52 RRR: 9.50
Tinashe Panyangara4 (4)
John Nyumbu1 (1)
Shoaib Malik 7-0-30-3
Yasir Shah 8-0-25-5
Malik to Panyangara, FOUR runs

sweep connects and how! This is a length ball and Panyangara has simply swatted it away to the square leg boundary

Malik to Panyangara, no run

tossed up on leg stump, Panyangara goes for an ungainly sweep. Gets to him quicker than he expected and is struck on the pad. Appeal again, but this time it is not given. Would have gone down leg

Malik to Panyangara, no run

good length ball on off stump, defended

Malik to Nyumbu, 1 run

short and just outside off, chopped into the covers by Nyumbu

Malik to Cremer, OUT

huge lbw appeal from the bowler, and it seems to be only him asking for it. But the ump agrees! Cremer goes for a reverse sweep. Pulled into that shot because Malik was frustrating him with darts on leg stump. Has not make any connection and is stuck on the thigh pad in front of leg stump. Considering the turn Malik is getting I am not sure that would have hit

Graeme Cremer lbw b Shoaib Malik 2 (9m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
Malik to Cremer, no run

way down leg again, Cremer steps down the track and picks it to midwicket

end of over 358 runs • 1 wicket
ZIM: 122/8CRR: 3.48 RRR: 9.20
Tinashe Panyangara0 (1)
Graeme Cremer2 (2)
Yasir Shah 8-0-25-5
Shoaib Malik 6-0-25-2
Yasir Shah to Panyangara, no run

huge appeal from the keeper, and then a wry smile. This was quick, flat and outside off. Panyangara goes for a cut, has not connected

Tinashe Panyangara at No. 10. This probably wont last long

Aqeel: "Not usual Pakistan.. winning it comfortably.. strange isn't it?.. where is a thrill :( this is so boring from Pakistan"

Yasir Shah to Chigumbura, OUT

five-for! Another lazy little hit across the line by a Zimbabwe batsman coming down the track. Chigumbura has not reached the pitch, which means the ball has enough time to turn, take the outside edge and settle in the hands of cover

Elton Chigumbura c Mohammad Rizwan b Yasir Shah 22 (38m 30b 2x4 0x6) SR: 73.33
Yasir Shah to Chigumbura, no run

sneaks in a googly on off stump, Chigumbura whips it through midwicket

Yasir Shah to Chigumbura, no run

planted that front pad on off stump and inside edges into the leg side. Had that gone on with the arm a bit more, we could have had another pretty strong lbw shout

Yasir Shah to Chigumbura, FOUR runs

looked for the covers again, but this time he could not reach the pitch. Yasir gets the ball to turn and take the outside edge. Goes well past the slip fielder, and backward point had no chance either

Yasir Shah to Chigumbura, FOUR runs

thats a good shot, always lovely to watch an extra cover drive. NIpped down the pitch, stayed beside the ball and hit it all along the ground

Bilawal Hashmi: "Why don't Chigumbura bat at no.3 or 4? Sometimes he reminds me of Misbah ul Haq, watching his team collapsing from the non striker end. . ."

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