Zimbabwe vs. Pakistan: Scorecard, Recap and More from the 1st ODI in Harare
Zimbabwe pulled off an almighty shock, beating Pakistan by seven wickets in the first match of their ODI series to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three contest.
Pakistan set 244-7 from their 50 overs, having won the toss and opted to bat first.
In response, Zimbabwe started well and were in control throughout, sealing a famous win with 10 balls to spare.
Here is the story of the match as it unfolded.
Can Zimbabwe now go on to win the series?
The tourists began solidly enough in Harare, but without any great urgency. The opening partnership between Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad was worth 56 runs, but took the best part of 15 overs to compile.
The third-wicket stand saw Mohammad Hafeez (70) and his captain Misbah-Ul-Haq (83 not out) add 99 together, but Misbah aside there was a limp finish to the innings, with wickets falling and few telling contributions.
From 179-2 with 12.3 overs remaining, adding just 68 runs for the loss of five wickets was disappointing.
Seamers Tendai Chatara and Brian Vitori were the pick of the bowlers, with 2-32 and 2-42 respectively.
Zimbabwe held their nerve to make relatively simple work of Pakistan's target and reach it with seven wickets to spare.
The groundwork was laid by a composed stand of 107 for the first wicket, with Vusi Sibanda the first to fall after being trapped lbw by Saeed Ajmal for 54.
Hamilton Masakadza was the lynchpin of the innings (and eventually was awarded man of the match), his 85 including nine fours and a six until Ajmal beat him—one of ODI cricket's leading spinners eventually finishing with 2-44.
But by the time he fell at 176-2, the momentum was firmly in the hosts' favour. Skipper Brendan Taylor (43 not out) made sure he was there at the end, while Sean Williams (39 from 23 balls) sealed victory in style.
& they've done it!! Zimbabwe beat Pakistan for the first time since Peshawar 1998. Sean Williams ends it with a six. 1-0 lead in the series— Firdose Moonda (@FirdoseM) August 27, 2013
Here's the full scorecard, via the BBC:
Pakistan Innings 244 for 7 (50.0 overs)
|Jamshed||c Taylor||b Chatara||27||82||53||2||0|
|Shehzad||st Taylor||b Utseya||24||61||47||2||0|
|Hafeez||c Maruma||b Chatara||70||92||71||6||3|
|Amin||run out (Vitori)||1||7||1||0||0|
|Shahid Afridi||c Taylor||b Vitori||11||8||15||2||0|
|Sohail||c Utseya||b Vitori||2||7||7||0||0|
|Sarfraz Ahmed||run out (Waller)||7||22||18||0||0|
|Extras||0nb 9w 0b 7lb||16|
|Total||for 7||244||(50.0 ovs)|
|Fall of Wicket|
Zimbabwe Innings 246 for 3 (48.2 overs)
|H Masakadza||c Misbah-ul-Haq||b Ajmal||85||141||104||9||1|
|Maruma||c Shehzad||b Junaid Khan||18||26||22||1||1|
|Extras||0nb 3w 1b 3lb||7|
|Total||for 3||246||(48.2 ovs)|
|Fall of Wicket|
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