Zimbabwe vs. Pakistan: Scorecard, Recap and More from the 1st ODI in Harare

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Zimbabwe vs. Pakistan: Scorecard, Recap and More from the 1st ODI in Harare
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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.

 

 

Pakistan innings

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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 innings

 

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.

 

 

Here's the full scorecard, via the BBC:

Pakistan Innings 244 for 7 (50.0 overs)

      Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
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
Misbah-ul-Haq not out   83 129 85 3 2
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
Ajmal not out   3 8 3 0 0
Extras 0nb 9w 0b 7lb 16  
Total for 7 244 (50.0 ovs)
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Panyangara 10.0 2 38 0
Vitori 10.0 0 42 2
Chatara 10.0 2 32 2
Utseya 10.0 0 60 1
Chigumbura 2.0 0 11 0
Waller 2.0 0 19 0
Williams 4.0 0 18 0
H Masakadza 2.0 0 17 0
Fall of Wicket  
56 Shehzad
80 Jamshed
179 Hafeez
184 Amin
198 Shahid Afridi
202 Sohail
223 Sarfraz Ahmed
 

Zimbabwe Innings 246 for 3 (48.2 overs)

      Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
H Masakadza c Misbah-ul-Haq b Ajmal 85 141 104 9 1
Sibanda lbw b Ajmal 54 87 82 6 0
Taylor not out   43 102 59 4 0
Maruma c Shehzad b Junaid Khan 18 26 22 1 1
Williams not out   39 23 23 4 1
Extras 0nb 3w 1b 3lb 7  
Total for 3 246 (48.2 ovs)
Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Irfan 9.2 1 45 0
Junaid Khan 9.0 0 55 1
Ajmal 10.0 0 44 2
Hafeez 10.0 0 40 0
Shahid Afridi 9.0 0 51 0
Amin 1.0 0 7 0
Fall of Wicket  
107 Sibanda
176 H Masakadza
201 Maruma
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