Pak vs Zim: Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 7 wickets

first_imgAsad Shafiq scored an unbeaten 78 as Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 7 wickets (D/L method) in a rain-reduced World Cup Group A match at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on Monday. ScoreChasing 162 in 38 overs – a revised target following heavy showers, Pakistan reached the total with seven wickets and 23 balls to spare.Earlier, Zimbabwe scored 151/7 in 39.4 overs before a seocnd round of shower forced an end to their innings.Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat. A surprising decision considering the overcast weather conditions. And as soon as Zimbabwe took to bat, Pakistan bowlers got busy counting scalps. Brendan Taylor fell to Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq in the first over starting the slide for the Zimbabwe batsmen.Then Umar Gul claimed Regis Chakabva when the Zimbabwe total was 5. He struck again to claim Vusi Sibanda on 13/3. Tatenda Taibu fell to left-arm paceman Wahab Riaz and the Zimbabwe were reduced to 43/4.The spinners too got busy showing their bowling prowess. Skipper Shahid Afridi got the better of Greg Lamb. He took a fine catch off his own bowling and Zimbabwe were five wickets down.Captain Elton Chigumbura and Craig Ervine were at the crease and the score was 96/5 when rain stopped play. The match resumed after more than an hour of heavy showers and wet outfield. But a few minutes later, the game once again came to a halt when fresh showers forced the covers on. Captain Elton Chigumbura was batting on 32 and Umar Gul had claimed his third victim Prosper Utseya when the play was stopped in the 40th over. Zimbabwe score at this stage was 151/7 in 39.4 overs. advertisementThe match resumed again only to see Pakistan batsmen take the field with a revised 162 run target from 38 overs (D/L method).With just over four runs required in an over Pakistan reached the total at ease putting 164 on board on the first ball of the 35th over.Opener Mohammad Hafeez scored a fine 45 to set the pace of things to come. And towards the end Asad Shafiq (78) and Younis Khan (13) put 54 runs for the third wicket to take Pakistan home.Umar Gul won the Man-of-the-Match award for his four-wicket haul.last_img

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