Chamu Chibhabha played maturely for his 90 © AFP
Chamu Chibhabha played maturely for his 90 © AFP

Chamu Chibhabha has played a splendid knock to give his side a realistic chance of victory against Pakistan in the second One-Day International (ODI) at Harare but fell short of three figures by 10 runs. The knock will provide Zimbabwe an opportunity to level the series heading into the final match with a chance to win the series. Chibhabha took good stock of the pitch and the bowlers and batted very well. Even against the spinners with a lot of turn, Chibhabha used his feet to score runs effectively, if not fluently. SCORECARD: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan 2015, 2nd T20I at Harare

He was supported in partnerships by Brian Chari and later skipper Elton Chigumbura supported him at the other end. The pitch was indeed tricky to bat on, especially with the spinners generating acute turn, but Chibhabha dealt well and inspired his partners to do so to. Chibhabha was yet again denied his maiden ODI hundred but it was not as hear-breaking as his dismissal on 99, which also came against Pakistan. Chibhabha was dismissed by Wahab Riaz attempting the drive, without moving feet. Live cricket updates: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI at Harare

Chibhabha dismissal comes at an inopportune time, but Zimbabwe, nevertheless have a chance to post a imposing target, especially with Sikanadar Raza coming to the crease, they may have a realistic chance of defending the total on a pitch that is tricky for batsmen.