result
3rd ODI, Harare, Oct 5 2015, Pakistan tour of Zimbabwe
(34/50 ov)162/3
Pakistan won by 7 wickets (with 96 balls remaining)
player of the match
Bilal Asif
Pakistan
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• The Report by Liam Brickhill in Harare

Bilal Asif five-for gives Pakistan series

Offspinning allrounder Bilal Asif took five wickets to set up a seven-wicket win for Pakistan over Zimbabwe in the series decider in Harare

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Scorer: M Venkat Raghav
Commentator: Abhishek Purohit
Scorecard summary
Zimbabwe161/10(38.5 overs)
Pakistan162/3(34 overs)
end of over 344 runs
PAK: 162/3CRR: 4.76 
Asad Shafiq38 (60)
Shoaib Malik34 (28)
Malcolm Waller 2-0-11-0
Sikandar Raza 1-0-2-0

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.

33.6
1
Waller to Shafiq, 1 run

pats it to cover point, yells "yes" and secures the single that wins Pakistan the game and the series

33.5
Waller to Shafiq, no run

whipped away to midwicket, who is up now with only one to get

33.4
Waller to Shafiq, no run

short and wide outside off, Shafiq slices it to cover

33.3
1
Waller to Malik, 1 run

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"

33.2
1
Waller to Shafiq, 1 run

stays back and picks the ball wide of long-on now

33.1
1
Waller to Malik, 1 run

serenely driven to long-on

end of over 332 runs
PAK: 158/3CRR: 4.78 RRR: 0.24
Asad Shafiq36 (56)
Shoaib Malik32 (26)
Sikandar Raza 1-0-2-0
Malcolm Waller 1-0-7-0
32.6
Raza to Shafiq, no run

keeps out the good length ball turning in at him from off stump

32.5
Raza to Shafiq, no run

flighted just outside off, defended

32.4
Raza to Shafiq, no run

good length ball wide outside off, not bothered with

Rakesh: "Just as i guessed.. This game timed just perfectly to end as the one involving India & South Africa begins."

32.3
1
Raza to Malik, 1 run

pushed to long-on and Pakistan are a run closer

32.2
Raza to Malik, no run

flighted outside off, turned to midwicket

32.1
1
Raza to Shafiq, 1 run

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

end of over 327 runs
PAK: 156/3CRR: 4.87 RRR: 0.33
Shoaib Malik31 (24)
Asad Shafiq35 (52)
Malcolm Waller 1-0-7-0
Luke Jongwe 7-0-42-0
31.6
Waller to Malik, no run

looks for the cut again, but ends up with an inside edge

31.5
4
Waller to Malik, FOUR runs

brilliant strike! Backs away from a short ball and slaps it through extra cover. Lovely batting against spin

31.4
Waller to Malik, no run

pushed through on middle and was full enough too. Malik, though, has kept back and has to adjust with his hands

31.3
1
Waller to Shafiq, 1 run

some turn, but it happens after the ball was pitched short. So Shafiq can ride it and secure a single to deep square leg

31.2
1
Waller to Malik, 1 run

flatter on off stump, tapped to long-on again

31.1
1
Waller to Shafiq, 1 run

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

end of over 3113 runs
PAK: 149/3CRR: 4.80 RRR: 0.68
Shoaib Malik26 (20)
Asad Shafiq33 (50)
Luke Jongwe 7-0-42-0
Tinotenda Mutombodzi 3-0-21-0
30.6
4
Jongwe to Malik, FOUR runs

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

30.5
4
Jongwe to Malik, FOUR runs

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?

Best performances - batters
Richmond Mutumbami profile photo
R Mutumbami ZIM
67 runs (85)
5 fours
2 sixes
Control85%
Productive shot
flick
11 runs
1 four
0 six
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Chamu Chibhabha profile photo
CJ Chibhabha ZIM
48 runs (76)
5 fours
0 six
Control82%
Productive shot
cover drive
11 runs
1 four
0 six
4030127715
Best performances - bowlers
Bilal Asif portrait
Bilal Asif PAK
O
10
M
1
R
25
W
5
ECO
2.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Imad Wasim portrait
Imad Wasim PAK
O
8
M
1
R
36
W
3
ECO
4.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Harare Sports Club
TossPakistan, elected to field first
SeriesPakistan tour of Zimbabwe
Season2015/16
Player Of The Match
Bilal Asif
Bilal Asif
Player Of The Series
Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik
Series resultPakistan won the 3-match series 2-1
Match numberODI no. 3687
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, First Session 09.30-13.00 Interval 13.00-13.45, Second Session 13.45-17.00
Match days5 October 2015 - day (50-over match)
Umpires
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Jeremiah Matibiri
Sri Lanka Image
Ruchira Palliyaguruge
TV Umpire
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Russell Tiffin
Reserve Umpire
Zimbabwe Image
Owen Chirombe
Match Referee
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David Jukes