2nd ODI (D/N), Lahore, May 29, 2015, Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan
(47.2/50 ov, T:269) 269/4

Pakistan won by 6 wickets (with 16 balls remaining)

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That's all we have for you. Thanks for your company and your comments for enlivening the game. Pakistan have taken the ODIs 2-0, with one more to play. Hope you'll be with us then as well

Azhar Ali is the Man of the Match "Good performance from the team. Obviously you want to perform as captain. It's been fabulous in both the series. All the seniors have helped guide me, they have taught me to concentrate on my game and focus on the controllables. Working on my batting, modern cricket has become fast and you need to keep pace with it and I hope with the grace of God, I can. Great effort from the boys, bowling was very good on a batting wicket to keep them to 268. Everyone knows we have a long way to go, but everyone is giving an effort. Thanks to the crowd as well"

Taqi Muhammad: "Has anybody noticed that Azhar Ali strike rate in all but one ODI since he became Captain has been 90+?"

"Guys tried really hard. Raz and Chamu played really well. Lots of effort out there. Thought it was a drier wicket, still 20-30 short," says Hamilton Masakadza, "Don't get to play that many games, so the guys have to rally and pull something out the hat."

11.50 pm The two Pakistan batsman walk off with broad smiles. Zimbabwe might wonder what they could have done better. Admittedly, with the bowlers they had and the score to which they were limited to, this might well be as far as they could have gotten. Only legspinner Greame Cremer posed enough threat. Their medium pacers were blunted on a healthy batting track. Indeed, Azhar Ali's wicket, after a well-controlled 102, looked to come off a tired shot than something of the bowler's doing. Then Shoaib Malik and Haris Sohail finished it off without much fuss

Arslaan: "hearing the crowd chanting 'ZIM-BAB-WE!!' Is actually really heart warming. Appreciation being shown to the visitors for bringing international cricket back to Pakistan :D "

Panyangara to Haris Sohail, 2 runs

a delicate little dab to third man finishes it off. That's Pakistan's third successful chase of 250-plus in four years. They also wrap up the series 2-0

Panyangara to Haris Sohail, FOUR runs

lovely drive through cover. That's his fifty. It's that lift over the off side that he looks so good playing. Gets down the track, and beside the ball to have all the room he needs to reach the boundary

end of over 4712 runs
PAK: 263/4CRR: 5.59 RRR: 2.00
Haris Sohail46 (47b 5x4)
Shoaib Malik36 (20b 4x4 1x6)
Brian Vitori 8-0-52-0
Tinashe Panyangara 8-0-36-0
Vitori to Haris Sohail, 1 run

full and angled in on leg stump, Haris goes for a slog. Appears like he's got an inside edge onto pad and then down to third man

Vitori to Malik, 1 run

lots of width and Malik scythes it over cover. There is protection there though

Vitori to Haris Sohail, 1 run
Vitori to Malik, 1 run

inside edge onto pad as he looks to flick a good length ball off his pads and away to square leg. Ends up settling for a single to point

Vitori to Malik, FOUR runs

fuller ball on middle, Malik moves away beside the ball this time and crashes it through cover. That's fifty for this pair off only 37 balls. Terrific little cameo here from the comeback man

Vitori to Malik, FOUR runs

in the slot and Malik pastes it away to the long-off boundary. Help yourself medium pace is further impaired by a featherbed of a track

end of over 465 runs
PAK: 251/4CRR: 5.45 RRR: 4.50
Shoaib Malik26 (16b 2x4 1x6)
Haris Sohail44 (45b 5x4)
Tinashe Panyangara 8-0-36-0
Tawanda Mupariwa 7-0-48-1
Panyangara to Malik, 1 run

full on middle, almost a yorker, drilled down the ground to long-on

Panyangara to Malik, no run

good length ball on off stump, blocked

Panyangara to Haris Sohail, 1 run

outside edge bisects third man running in from the boundary and point running back. Haris races down the track, gets a bouncer for his troubles. Reaches for it with a slash and survies

Xeidy: "That century has done wonders for Malik's confidence..He is batting with authority which has been seen missing ever since his slump started and that was the reason he could not deliver at international stage despite showing great form in domestic circuit. I love watching Shoaib play like this. Credit to management for sending him early in his last ODI so he could take time on pitch and rebuild that lost confidence. He has so much experience. Just needed that one inning to bring all that swagger back. His experience is going to be valuable now that Afridi and Misbah are gone."

Panyangara to Haris Sohail, 2 runs

fuller delivery outside off, slapped away over cover

Panyangara to Haris Sohail, no run

back of a length and on off stump, slid to point

Adnan: "Have'nt Boundary ropes been moved in alot? " ---- Yep, but there is a minimum limit set by the ICC. It's just Lahore is a huge ground

Panyangara to Malik, 1 run

banged in short, Malik swivels on his back foot and pulls to long leg

Twenty-three off five overs. Appears simple enough

end of over 4513 runs
PAK: 246/4CRR: 5.46 RRR: 4.60
Haris Sohail41 (42b 5x4)
Shoaib Malik24 (13b 2x4 1x6)
Tawanda Mupariwa 7-0-48-1
Tinashe Panyangara 7-0-31-0
Mupariwa to Haris Sohail, 2 runs

slower ball in response to the batsman skipping down the track, caressed through the covers

Mupariwa to Malik, 1 run

good length ball on middle and leg, tapped to long-on

Ahsan Butt: "BOOM BOOM has arrived, in NatWest t20 Blast though. "

Mupariwa to Malik, SIX runs

clean! It was overpitched outside off and Malik got under it and powered it over extra cover. Stunning hit, first one of the innings

Mupariwa to Haris Sohail, 1 run
Mupariwa to Haris Sohail, 2 runs

seems he hasn't shied away from the late cut yet. Watches the ball quite carefully and slices it away quite fine amid the crowd chanting "Zim-bab-we"

Mupariwa to Malik, 1 run

good length outside off, Malik drags it to deep midwicket

Thirty-six off the final six overs

Mukesh: "I guess George Bailey has the record being the captain in his very first international match. It was a T20 though."

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