pats it to cover point, yells "yes" and secures the single that wins Pakistan the game and the series
That's all we have from Harare for now. Thanks for your company and your comments. Pakistan, who are still in ninth place despite their 2-1 victory here, go back to the UAE to prep for their full series against England, which begins on October 13. Zimbabwe, meanwhile, have Ireland on their plate in three ODIs starting on Friday
Azhar Ali comes up to accept the trophy. [Foot injury okay?] "Had a little bit of an infection so had a rest. The wicket looked very good for batting and at one stage we were looking to keep them within 270, but Bilal Asif bowled exceptionally. Only his second game, but he bowled with great maturity. Before this series we had a plan that we wanted to test some new blood and it is very good sign that they have performed and played with confidence. We have achieved our goals from this series"
Elton Chigumbura says, "Obviously, the two games we didn't have enough with the bat, we lost. Pakistan deserved to win, they played good cricket through the series. For us, it is something to learn and hopefully be more consistent with the bat. [Afghanistan and Ireland series?] Just have to up our game with the bat"
Shoaib Malik is Man of the Series "So far so good [in 2015]. Trying my best and using my experience. First, I would like to thank Waqar and Mustaq Ahmed for bringing me in to the team. They gave me confidence and without my team-mates support, I would not be able to put in these kinds of performances. I would like to wish the Test team all the best for England. I am not part of that team. I have high hopes for these guys, recently they have been playing really well in UAE and I am sure they will do us proud."
Bilal Asif is Man of the Match, for his 5 for 25 and 38 off 39 opening the batting. "It wasn't easy. I just did the basics right. That's why I was able to succeed. Thanks to all my support staff and my team-mates. I am a professional, I have to do well in all kinds of pitches"
Chamu Chibhabha has been adjudged the Zimbabwe Player of the Series
3.30 pm A second trophy on the tour for the visitors, and with about an hour and a half to spare still in this game. Pakistan have bossed the decider. Handshakes and hugs in the dressing room. A target of 162 would not have been too difficult and it wasn't. Individually though there were some issues. Ahmed Shehzad looked visibly out of form. He made a painstaking 32 off 61, but with such a small target he could be afforded a little leeway. Especially with a batsman like Shoaib Malik in the wings. He has another unbeaten innings, after the 96* on Saturday and averages in triple-figures in 2015.
whipped away to midwicket, who is up now with only one to get
short and wide outside off, Shafiq slices it to cover
full toss, which Malik gently taps to deep midwicket
Mirza Muhammad : "Malik averaging 100 in 2015 in ODI's like a boss with a SR of 114.35"
stays back and picks the ball wide of long-on now
serenely driven to long-on
keeps out the good length ball turning in at him from off stump
flighted just outside off, defended
good length ball wide outside off, not bothered with
flighted outside off, turned to midwicket
stars with a full toss, that is met, oddly enough, with the outside edge. Shafiq was lunging forward for a cover drive but ends up playing inside the line
Pakistan are one hit away from sealing the series, and with that comes Sikandar Raza
looks for the cut again, but ends up with an inside edge
brilliant strike! Backs away from a short ball and slaps it through extra cover. Lovely batting against spin
pushed through on middle and was full enough too. Malik, though, has kept back and has to adjust with his hands
some turn, but it happens after the ball was pitched short. So Shafiq can ride it and secure a single to deep square leg
flatter on off stump, tapped to long-on again
loopy full toss outside off, punched to long-on
Malcolm Waller for a little offspin, bowling possibly for the first time after his action was cleared
another short ball, which Malik guides to the fine leg boundary. Swiveled on his back leg, the front lifting off the ground, and pulled it away
picks up a short of a length ball and pummels it to the midwicket boundary. Powerful strike. Anybody else getting the feeling Malik feels he has unfinished business?