A 221-run win does look convincing and someone looking at the scorecard five years later will think of it as just that. But what it doesn’t show is the struggle Pakistan had to put up with, the authority that Zimbabwe had on proceedings and how Younus Khan rose from the depths of tepidness to the heights of magnificence in seven hours.
Pakistan looked in danger of being bowled out for a sub-200 total, Zimbabwe looked set to cross 350 and the tourists were on-course to fold out meekly for the second time in the match. Key men, on key occasions, rose elegantly to the challenge—for Pakistan, mostly—as dominance kept changing hands at regular intervals.
Zimbabwe did manage a healthy first-innings lead, Saeed Ajmal scored a useful 49 and took 11 wickets in the match and Younus Khan blasted an unbeaten double century—all of that will be clearly visible from the scorecard. But Zimbabwe’s grip on Pakistan’s throat until Younus found his bearing, and the tourists’ haplessness against tidy, but mediocre bowling, ensured the match went into the final day.
Some played exceptionally well, others remained mere pedestrians. We list five who stood out.