Zimbabwe 206 (Williams 75, Iftikhar 5-40) vs Pakistan
Regardless of a bowling assault brimming over with younger, promising quicks, it was part-time offspinner Iftikhar Ahmed, who struck essentially the most telling blows, skittling Zimbabwe for 206 in 45.1 overs with career-best figures of 5 for 40.
Zimbabwe appeared like they’d a strong platform and had momentum on their facet when Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams, whose 75 was mainly liable for beefing up the full, took their facet to 120 for three with a 61-run partnership at higher than a run-a-ball. However when Ahmed received Taylor to gap out to deep square-leg, the floodgates opened. He ripped by means of the remainder of the center order, leaving Zimbabwe in taters, and arrange what needs to be an easy chase on a batting-friendly floor.
The guests had luck going their method after they received the toss, affording them the chance to bat first on a contemporary strip that did not practically have as a lot grass because the one used on Friday. However the opening pair continued to current an issue for Zimbabwe, as Brian Chari as Chamu Chibhabha struggled to deal with the type of tempo Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf and Muhammad Musa generated – it is onerous to think about that they should take care of the identical type of velocity again house. Chibhabha nicked off a rising supply from Rauf that discovered a house in Mohammad Rizwan’s gloves, and Craig Ervine grew to become Musa’s first ODI wicket, overwhelmed by the tempo as he chopped on. The runs have been laboured and the wickets common, and when Haider Ali held on to a high edge from Chari, it was left to Taylor and Williams to select up the items.
What adopted was one of the best passage of play for Zimbabwe. Williams appeared a special man to the one which appeared so out of nick on Friday, counter-attacking proper from the outset. Taylor smacked Imad Wasim for a six in his first over, and Williams adopted up three balls later. The run price started to select up, and the benign nature of the floor grew to become obvious. There was little spin within the wicket, and as such, no defence when Williams and Taylor used their toes to maintain the strike ticking over.
All that optimism, nonetheless, got here crashing down slightly abruptly, when Taylor could not fairly get beneath a pull shot, and as a substitute of clearing the square-leg boundary, discovered Imam-ul-Haq, stationed simply inside. Ahmed would strike once more two overs later, lulling Wesley Madhevere into driving on the up down the bottom as substitute fielder Fakhar Zaman accomplished a wise diving catch. Sikandar Raza’s mushy dismissal – a bunt again to Ahmed – meant Williams was abruptly working out of companions, and when the seventh fell, he went on the offensive as soon as extra. The 50 was introduced up in simply 48 balls, and he struck Musa and Ahmed for successive boundaries and moved alongside to 75 as Zimbabwe made a ultimate push in the direction of 200. That was so far as it received for Williams, although, as he grew to become Ahmed’s fifth wicket, guiding the ball straight to long-off to depart his facet eight down, nonetheless 29 runs shy of the 200 mark.
There was frustration for Afridi, who tried desperately to not finish wicketless, however regardless of constantly beating the tail-enders, could not fairly get considered one of his yorkers to hit the stumps. It wasn’t a lot hassle for Pakistan, although, who discovered wickets from the opposite finish as Zimbabwe folded with out fuss.