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Misbah leads Pakistan to ODI series win

HARARE: Captain Misbah-ul-Haq led from the front with a half century and two brilliant run outs as Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe by 108 runs in the final one-day international to clinch the series 2-1.

Misbah made a resolute 67 off 85 balls which lifted Pakistan to 260-6 and then ignited the Zimbabwe collapse by running out Taylor (26) and Sean Williams (2) before Pakistan spinners eventually dismissed the home team for 152 runs in 40 overs.

Malcolm Waller fought a lone battle with 48 off 71 balls before he was the last man to be dismissed. Spinners Saeed Ajmal (2-15), Abdul Rehman (2-23) and Mohammad Hafeez (2-40) all were among wickets as Zimbabwe struggled to come to terms with Pakistan's experienced spinning trio.

“There was a little inconsistent bounce and pace (in the wicket) so I wanted to make sure we played the 50 overs and post something around 250-260,” Misbah said.

Zimbabwe shocked Pakistan with a seven-wicket win in the first match before Pakistan leveled the series with a convincing 90-run win.

Zimbabwe, which has not won an ODI series against a major team for the last 12 years, looked threatening briefly in their run-chase at 66-2 in the 15th over before Misbah ran out Taylor off a brilliant direct throw from covers.

Highly rated Sikandar Raza (6), playing his first match of the series, was trapped leg before by Mohammad Hafeez before Misbah inflicted another dent by running out Williams as Zimbabwe lost three wickets in space of nine runs.

Afridi then had Elton Chigumbura leg before wicket in his first over before Waller and Prosper Utseya (23) delayed the inevitable with a 58-run stand.

Earlier after being sent in to bat, Misbah made 67 off 85 balls with six boundaries, and opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad also faced as many deliveries for his 54, hitting three fours.

Shehzad and Nasir Jamshed (38) provided a steady start of 66 runs before Pakistan was pegged back when Hafeez pulled a hamstring in the 23rd over and had to retire.

Hafeez returned in the second last over and added 14 more to his score to remain unbeaten on 26. Fast bowler Tendai Chatara (3-48) was the pick of Zimbabwe bowlers.

Zimbabwe's part-time bowlers – left-arm spinner Williams and medium fast Hamilton Masakadza – conceded just 36 runs in between their 10 overs with the latter claiming the wicket of Shehzad as Pakistan struggled to 130-2 in 35 overs.

However, left-handed Umar Amin (33 off 25 balls) lifted the scoring tempo by adding 51 runs off 48 balls with Misbah before offspinner Utseya made a good two-handed reflex catch off his own bowling to end Amin's innings.

Zimbabwe bowlers lost their grip in the last six overs with wicketkeeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed (22) adding another brisk 48 off 28 balls before he was brilliantly caught low down by captain Brendan Taylor behind the wickets.

“The openers gave us a good start but the game changed when Amin came in and Sarfraz (Ahmed) also batted well and we managed a good total,” Misbah said.

Misbah was out in the last over while attempting a big hit when he holed out in the deep to Raza which gave Shingi Masakadza (1-65), younger brother of Hamilton, his only wicket of the innings.

Both teams now compete in a two-test series with the first test beginning next Tuesday. “We have a very settled test squad and everyone is performing,” Misbah said.

“They know their role and most of them are seniors now so it's not a problem for us.”

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Aug 31, 2013 02:48pm

Tuk Tuk Misbah is hogging all the bowls and Pakistan cant score runs... 119/2 in 32.2 overs. Freaking Tuk Tuk has played 31 bowls and scored ONLY 7 runs.. This guy is got to go; he is sabotaging us!!!

Aug 31, 2013 06:41pm

Pakistan rocks

Aug 31, 2013 07:38pm

Congratulations to men in green for excellent.When Abdul Rahman and Saeed Ajmal there together with Hafeez and Afridi,its very tough for any opposition to win any game when all 4 playing together.Already seen how Rahman messmerised England team while chasing 120 and Pakistan management did master stroke to bring him in 2nd ODI and result was foregone conclusion.

Sep 01, 2013 12:02am

With full strength Pak team series win should have been 3-0. In this match also, out of 300 balls Pakistan played 140 dot balls. Score would be easily 300 if the dot balls count was 100. It make sense to play that many dot balls against teams like England and South Africa but against Zimbabwe? Also need more depth in lower batting order. Abdul Razzaq should be in team's lower batting order.

Yasir Shakil
Sep 01, 2013 02:06pm

PLzZZzzZZzzzZZZzzzzzz somebody teLL me how many test matches are to be played?

Sep 01, 2013 05:10pm

@Que: Do you understand cricket? Misbah always plays according to the match situation.

Sep 01, 2013 09:31pm

@Que: But he won the series mate and by the way Ahmed Shahzad had slower strike rate than Misbah and even Hafeez is slower.The team has to last 50 over and its not 20 overs game.Number 1 & 2 batsman are sloppy in the team.

Sep 01, 2013 09:32pm

@PakFan: Zimbabwe had beaten South Africa in their home country in last ODI series and you know how strong South Africa are.

Noalur Rahim
Sep 02, 2013 05:01am

@Que: Please understand cricket. Misbah is the only consistent player and plays as per need of the team.

Sep 02, 2013 10:28am

@Kos: Better than you on any given day!

Jawaad Aslam
Sep 02, 2013 02:28pm

@Que: Then who do you think can stand at the wicket for 50 overs ? All other batsman do not have that temprament.