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Hafeez, Junaid wrap up big win for Pakistan

Updated Aug 29, 2013 09:07pm


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Hafeez's 136 off 130 balls included nine four and five sixes. -Photo by AP
Hafeez's 136 off 130 balls included nine four and five sixes. -Photo by AP

HARARE: A commanding century by Mohammad Hafeez and a four-wicket haul from left-arm seamer Junaid Khan led Pakistan to a series-levelling victory over Zimbabwe in the second one-day international on Thursday.

After Hafeez had carried Pakistan to an imposing total of 299 for four with an unbeaten 136, Junaid stubbed out a promising run chase by the Zimbabweans to secure a a 90-run win and set up a series decider on Saturday.

Captain Brendan Taylor led Zimbabwe's reply from the front with an assured 79, but his dismissal saw the hosts collapse from 200 for four in the 39th over to 209 all out in the 43rd as Junaid finished with figures of 4 for 15.

Taylor had shared partnerships with Hamilton Masakadza, Sean Williams and Malcolm Waller as Zimbabwe laid a platform for what would have been the highest successful run chase at Harare Sports Club, only for Junaid and Saeed Ajmal to snuff it out.

Ajmal induced a top-edge from Taylor that was taken one-handed by seven-foot Pakistan bowler Mohammad Irfan, and in the next over Junaid dismissed both Waller and Elton Chigumbura to end any hopes of victory for Zimbabwe.

Pakistan's batsmen had struggled in the first ODI on Tuesday, which they lost by seven wickets, leading captain Misbah-ul-Haq to call on them to end a prolonged run of substandard performances in 50-over cricket.

Hafeez answered that call with a superb knock, hitting five sixes but also showing restraint after Pakistan had stuttered to 84 for three in the 22nd over.

The 32-year-old gained control of the innings in a 129-run stand with Umar Amin, who recorded his maiden half-century.

Although the pair added just 66 runs over their first 23 overs together, they cashed in on the batting powerplay when they hammered 43 runs in five overs.

Amin was brilliantly run out by Tendai Chatara soon after, but Hafeez went to his century in the following over and was well supported by Shahid Afridi in the final stages of the innings.

“We were not thinking to score 300 to be honest, we were thinking of about 260, but the two partnerships with Umar Amin and Shahid Afridi really made the difference,” said Hafeez.

Afridi clubbed three sixes on his way to 39 not out as Pakistan took 64 runs from the final five overs of the innings, leaving Zimbabwe with a target that proved well beyond them.

“They just ran away from us, and scoring 300 against that attack is always going to be difficult,” Taylor said.

“Credit to them - they came back strong, and we're going to need our best performance on Saturday.”


Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza, Vusi Sibanda, Brendan Taylor, Timycen Maruma, Sean Williams, Malcolm Waller, Elton Chigumbura, Prosper Utseya, Tinashe Panyangara, Tendai Chatara, Brian Vitori.

Pakistan: Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Amin, Shahid Afridi, Sarfraz Ahmed, Abdul Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan.


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MAC1960 Aug 29, 2013 01:59pm

donot know what will be the final result but looking at Pakistan team captain scoring 2 runs after 21 balls, one cannot hope much. How it is possible that the captain is unable to score against the lowest ranked team.

US Centcom Aug 29, 2013 04:53pm

I think 299 should be enough. They are playing an extra spinner and that should help too. I would favor them to win the match.

Ali Khan

Shafi Aug 29, 2013 07:23pm

Our bowling really looks pathetic!!!! Even India contain Zim under !85!!!! Ajmal, Junaid and Irfan got big head after some success!! PCB should discipline them.

Sarah Aug 29, 2013 08:14pm

Pakistan team management did master stroke of bringing on Abdul Rahman which was excellent move.This guy mesmerised England who made England chase of 120 odd run difficult.As predicted by me that Abdul Rahman should be coming in today before start of mtach though Dawn didn't publish that comment,it was Adbul Rahman who rocked the Zimbabwe boat along with Junaid Khan.Congratulations to men in Green!

Imtiaz Hydari Aug 29, 2013 08:50pm

The youngsters should be encouraged to play their natural attacking game. Nasir Jamshed is very tentative with a defensive crouching style not his usual flowing style. Can the captain and coach not help him? Not sure what has come over Ahmed Shezad. After two excellent innings in the twenty 20 series he too has adopted a defensive style. The openers must produce at least a score of 50 in the first power play. Unfortunately we are missing Umar Akmal at number 4. Also Shoaib Maqsood should be considered in the shorter form of the game Should we not blood in a couple of the star performers from the under 19 squad? This squad will not do for the World Cup 2015

Sarah Aug 29, 2013 10:09pm

@Imtiaz Hydari: What natural game you are asking them to play? They are unable to survive on the wicket.Nasir Jamshed believes he can survive in team by scoring 30 or even in first ODI he looked liked getting out time and again.Places for Number 1 & 2 slots in Pakistan should be made competitive by having enough back up players who would be competing for the same spots.At moment I don't think Nasir or Ahmed has done noticeable in this one day or previous one.Positive for Pakistan has been Umar Amin.Harish Sohail had no clue what he was doing in first ODI.So he should be go back to First Class cricket again.

Mohammed Abid Aug 29, 2013 11:14pm

Hafeez amazes me. Look at his size and MA the number of fours and sixes he scored today. Keep up bud, u have a long future, stay away from politics, be aggressive, stay in shape and keep practicing for the green cap.

Indusonian Aug 30, 2013 03:37am

I don't trust Misbah at all, he need to taken out of the national team and Imran Nazeer need to brought in for the T20s going forward.

Talha Aug 30, 2013 07:29am

@MAC1960: Were you there to comment when captain was the only one scoring while others around him collapsed? I must congratulate you and all others. Now Hafeez has cemented his place and this marks downfall of our cricket. A "Pakistan B team" cricketer will be our captain who spends more time on grouping and politics rather than improving his technique..

sikander Aug 30, 2013 09:05am

On a slow pitch 299 is a very decent total. Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan and Abdul Rahman are very promising and key assets for Pakistan cricket team. Their contribution for the squad is vital to win the games. Must mention that Muhammad Hafeez is one of the top and best all rounder Pakistan has ever produced. Bravo!!!!!!

pct Aug 30, 2013 12:37pm

@Shafi: oh GOD,,you guys can never become happy..what Junaid has done can't expect from any player to perform in every single game.

Amin Aug 30, 2013 07:35pm

As much as I support blooding of the new players, I think this series at the same time should have been used to re-blood tried players e.g. Imran, Fawad, Hammad, Azhar, Asad etc in addition to Domestic players. Low-key tournaments should be used as confidence boosters, not just to write up # of wins.

Sarah Aug 31, 2013 02:32am

Pakistan win in 2nd ODI has only 11 comments in Dawn while Pakistan losing in 1st Match had 89 comments.I am sure after 3rd ODI it will be 0 comments ! Interesting !!!!