Lala doesn't like dramas! He smashes the low full toss over the bowler's head and finishes the job
10.16 pm They came for a thriller and their team gave them one! It had their bowlers hitting stumps, it had their fielders dropping catches, it had a superb opening stand between two young batsmen, and it had the quintessential collapse. Pakistan were going to take their fans through all the emotions before the finish was provided by the crowd favourite, Shahid Afridi, with a brutal hit down the ground. Can you ask for more?
Zimbabwe played their part, putting up a strong total, thanks to a superb fifty from their captain Elton Chigumbura, and picked up the wickets towards the end. Had it not been for the 142-run opening stand between Mukhtar Ahmed , who hit a fantastic 83 and was Man of the Match, and Shehzad, who knows what could have happened. The home side now lead the two-match series 1-0. Thanks for your comments and feedback. We can all sleep easy today. Ciao ciao.
Full house, great atmosphere, no security issues at all & a Pakistan win. Perfect return for international cricket to Pakistan #PakvZim— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) May 22, 2015
Alasdair Munn: "As usual Zim take it to the wire but don't convert. Hard work being a Zim fan as hopes are always raised but seldom realised. "
Here he is. Lala is in. And the crowd finds its voice
Abdullah: "Pakistan " The drama Queen of cricket ""
he has got him! What a yorker is that! Malik's laboured innings comes to an end. He swings across the line but this one is too good, squeezes under the bat and hits the middle stump. What a time to bowl that delivery! Well done Panyangara
Mateen: "well gentlemen there are many other ways to say thanks to team ZIM"
superb yorker! But the batsman get back for a couple as this one is pushed in the gap at wide long-on
And we are into the last over. Six needed. Just one hit away, but where will they find it? Panyangara comes in to bowl. "Shoaib, Shoaib" goes the crowd!
Ali Abbas: "@Nitin: Is that a challenge? Because Pakistan can take you up on it"
he has missed a full toss! All Malik can do is inside edge it on to his pads. If games were won with inside edges, Pakistan would have cruised in this over.
Mpofu taking time to set the fields
Faizii: "I was right... The self destruction button has been pressed by Pakistan.... I know this wont get posted...but just commenting.."
looks to clobber this length delivery down the ground, but gets completely beaten by the pace. Ends up chopping it on the pitch
looks to work away this length delivery to the leg side, but gets an inside edge on to his pads. The ball rolls behind the stumps and the two take a quick single
poor delivery at this stage, it's down the leg side. Luckily for Mpofu, it flicks the pads on way to the keeper
fuller on the pads, the batsman gets an inside edge towards square leg. Had he missed, he would have been plumb lbw
length delivery on off, the batsman makes room and chops it down to third man
11 off 12 balls needed. When did it come to this? Mpofu comes in
Nitin Chaudhary: "Surely Pakistan can't mess this up now... or can they?"
Samad Naqvi: "So with the efforts of four batsman for getting out now finally we can see the glimpse of lala :P"
length delivery on off, defended to mid-off
Sarfraz walks out to the middle
Zimbabwe are loving this! Umar Akmal closes the face of his bat a bit too early and sends the leading edge straight to cover. This are gifts being given to Zimbabwe and they are lapping them all up
A buzz in the crowd as they get a bit anxious. They want it to get over, now
back of length delivery on off, Umar hops on the crease and defends it to point
little width provided and Malik slides it to third man for a single
Shahyan: "Shoaib is the new Misbah!"
leans into the length delivery and pushes it to cover thist ime
comes forward and punches this beautifully, but hit straight to mid-off
Vitori comes back
Nikhil: "One more wicket for the loudest cheer.."
he gets off the mark with a powerful pull to the cow corner boundary. It was short and was asking to be hit
Lahore boy Umar Akmal, playing his first game in Pakistan, comes in
and the lecture is over! Hafeez looks to play the late cut but the extra bounce means he can only edge it to the gloves of Coventry. Will Pakistan get to cheer for Lala?
lots of respect from Hafeez as well as he defends it to off
comes down the pitch, but has to pad it away as he realises he is not to the pitch of the delivery
more flight from Cremer, Malik defends