Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog of the third and final One-Day International (ODI) between Zimbabwe and Pakistan, at the Harare Sports Club in Harare on Monday. I am Nikhil Popat and I will be bringing you the updates from the series decider. This is the final match of the tour as Pakistan will be looking to end it on a happy note, after the pain they suffered in the second ODI of the series, losing the game in unbelievable circumstances. Pakistan had already won the two-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series 2-0 comfortably, but going past the hosts in the final ODI will be a slightly tougher challenge now, with Zimbabwe finally earning a win. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Zimbabwe vs Pakistan 2015, 3rd ODI at Harare

Live cricket score Pakistan 162/3| Overs 34 | Target 162|  Batting: Shoaib Malik 34(28),  Asad Shafiq 38(60): Both Malik and Shafiq have ensured Pakistan win the game and the series 2-1. They will bouyed with the way they have played the series. Both Malik and Shafiq played sensible cricket and Zimbabwe really never had enough on board to trouble Pakistan. Bilal Asif was the Man of the Match while Shoaib Malik the Man of the Series.

Live cricket score Pakistan 126/3| Overs 28 | Target 162|  Batting: Shoaib Malik 12(13),  Asad Shafiq 25(39): The runs are not quite flowing for Pakistan as Zimbabwe are making Pakistan work hard for their runs. Shoaib Malik has been in form and will be trusted by the Pakistan fans to see their team through to a series win.

Live cricket score Pakistan 104/3| Overs 24 | Target 162|  Batting: Shoaib Malik 0(4),  Asad Shafiq 15(24): Zimbabwe continue to try their level best to take this game close. Shehzad who was threatening to take the game away now is stumped of the bowling of Sean Williams. OUT! Ahmed Shehzad st Chari b Williams 32(61)

Live cricket score Pakistan 80/2 | Overs 19 | Target 162|  Batting: Ahmed Shehzad 21(48) Asad Shafiq 2(11) OUT! Another wicket for Zimbabwe as Mohammad Hafeez is caught down the leg side. Asad Shafiq has come out to bat for Pakistan. OUT! Mohammad Hafeeez c Chari b Panyangara 13(16)

Live cricket score Pakistan 58/1| Overs 12.2 | Target 162|  Batting: Ahmed Shehzad 16(35) Mohammd Hafeez 0(0)OUT! A brilliant catch from Tino Mutombodzi has given Zimbabwe the first breakthrough. Bilal came down the wicket to have a go at the bowler, but Tino ran  a long way from long on and took a splendid catch. OUT! Bilal Asif c Mutombodzi b Nyumbu 38(39)

Live cricket score Pakistan 31/0| Overs 9 | Target 162|  Batting: Ahmed Shehzad 6(22), Bilal Asif 22(32): The players are back in the middle for the remainder of the chase. Asif is looking to take the attack and complete his brilliant day at  the office.

Live cricket score Pakistan 29/0| Overs 8 | Target 162|  Batting: Ahmed Shehzad 5(20), Bilal Asif 22(28): At lunch, Pakistan are steady at 29 for no loss with Bilal doing the bulk of the scoring. The pacers have been ineffective and the hosts will hope their spinners can weave some magic as Pakistan need only 133 more runs in 42 overs. Join us after the lunch break.

Live cricket score Pakistan 19/0| Overs 4 | Target 162|  Batting: Ahmed Shehzad 2(9), Bilal Asif 16(15):  Pakistan have started their chase well before the lunch break, and they have started brilliantly with Bilal Asif taking the attack to the Zimbabwe bowlers.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 161 | Overs 38.5 | Batting: Luke Jongwe 16(16): Shoaib Malik strikes in his very first over and Zimbabwe are bundled out for a poor total of 161 in 38.5 overs. Wicketkeeper-batsman Richmond Mutumbami top-scored for the hosts with his 167-ball 67, meanwhile Bilal Asif’s five-wicket haul helped Pakistan shatter the batting-line up of Zimabbwe. OUT! J Nyumbu c Mohammad Rizwan b Shoaib Malik 4(8)

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 157/9 | Overs 38 | Batting: Luke Jongwe 14(14): Imad Wasim strikes twice in the 36th over, Wasim goes for a good length, Panyangara doesn’t move and is struck in front of middle and leg before his bat can come down. This leaves Zimbabwe at 144 for 9. OUT!  Panyangara LBW b Imad Wasim 0(2)

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 144/8 | Overs 35.1 | Batting: Luke Jongwe 3(4): Imad Wasim strikes, a second wicket for him. Wasim went on the leg side, while Waller gets an edge and Hafeez tumbles forward to take a low catch at midwicket. OUT! Malcom Waller c Mohammad Hafeez b Imad Wasim 8(26) OUT! Richmond Mutumbami c Ahmed n Irfan 67(85)

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 125/6 | Overs 31 | Batting: Malcom Waller 0(1), Richmond Mutumbami 63(78) |One more bites the dust as this time Sikandar Raza is bowled trying to sweep the ball. Bilal Asif takes his fourth wicket. This is very poor from Zimbabwe and they sink further losing their sixth wicket giving Bilal his fifth wicket.  Bilal Asif though is bowled out now and has figures of 10-1-25-5! OUT! Sikandar Raza b Bilal Asif 2(6) OUT! Tino Mutombodzi b Bilal Asif 4(9)

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 119/4 | Overs 28 | Batting: Sikandar Raza 1(4), Richmond Mutumbami 60(72) | Bilal Asif strikes again as this time he has Sean Williams hitting one back to him for a score of 5. This is poor from Zimbabwe, they need to stay in the game here and need a stand. Sikandar Raza is the new man in. OUT! Sean Williams c & b Bilal 5(6) OUT! Elton Chigumbura b Bilal 0(2)

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 110/2 | Overs 26 | Batting: Sean Williams 5(4), Richmond Mutumbami 52(68) | FIFTY! Richmond Mutumbami promoted to open the batting has just brought up his second ODI fifty. This has been a good knock but he will know the work is just half done and will want to convert this into a big score. But Pakistan are coming back in the game, as now even Chari who played well in the second-dayer is out for a low score. Sean Williams comes out and gets going with a maximum. OUT! Brian Chari lbw Chari 4(8)

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 89/1 | Overs 21 | Batting: Brian Chari 0(3), Richmond Mutumbami 40(47) | Just when things were looking too good for Zimbabwe, Chibhabha chips one back to the bowler, Imad Wasim for a simple catch. Brian Chari is the new man in for Zimbabwe as Wasim completes the wicket maiden. OUT! Chamu Chibhabha c & b Bilal 48(76)

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 73/0 | Overs 16 | Batting: Chamu Chibhabha 38(60), Richmond Mutumbami 34(63) | Bilal Asif introduced into the attack. Zimbabwe are playing positive and calculated cricket so far. Picking the right balls to go after. Pakistan are starting to feel desperate and will be itching to get the first breakthrough. Ouch! Mohammad Irfan comes into the attack and hurls a short one on the stumps, Mutumbami takes his eyes off that one and the helmet is blown away. Hope Mutumbami is okay.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 47/0 | Overs 10 | Batting: Chamu Chibhabha 29(41), Richmond Mutumbami 17(19) | No wicket for Zimbabwe yet as both of the openers have been good so far. Wahab Riaz has been brought into the attack. He gets a ball to rise and that hits the wrists of Mutumbami. But the magic spray does the trick. He then gets under one from Wasim and hits it over the long on region for a maximum. He then is dropped by Wahab Riaz. An eventful over that.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 17/0 | Overs 5 | Batting: Chamu Chibhabha 16(28), Richmond Mutumbami 1(2) | Aamer Yamin bowls from the other end for Pakistan. Mutumbami got off the mark with a dab to point for a quick single. There is some swing on offer but the Pakistan bowlers have been unlucky to not get the wicket they are so looking for. Chibhabha has been the aggressor for Zimbabwe.

Live cricket score Zimbabwe 4/0 | Overs 1 | Batting: Chamu Chibhabha 4(6), Richmond Mutumbami 0(0) | The two openers for Zimbabwe have come out to bat. Zimbabwe will look to emulate their performance with the bat in the second ODI. Will they be able to do it? Let’s see. Mohammad Irfan starts the day for Pakistan with the first new ball. Two slips in place for the tall fast bowler. Chibhabha gets off the mark with a nice punch down the ground for a boundary and ends the over with a flash to a short and wide one outside off.

Toss: Pakistan win the toss and have elected to field first!  No Azhar Ali (foot infection) for Pakistan and Sarfraz Ahmed to lead the team today for Pakistan. Pakistan for some reason have dropped Yasir Shah from their side and brought back Imad Wasim and also Ahmed Shehzad. Quite a few changes for Zimbabwe, Graeme Cremer was injured in the last game and misses out. Hamilton Masakadza has been dropped for Malcom Waller and Tino Mutombodzi.

Zimbabwe: Brian Chari, Chamu Chibhabha, Sean Williams, Elton Chigumbura(c), Sikandar Raza, Richmond Mutumbami(wk), Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Malcolm Waller, Luke Jongwe, Tinashe Panyangara, John Nyumbu.

Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Bilal Asif, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(wk/c), Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim, Aamer Yamin, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan.

In the controversial second ODI, Pakistan recovered well thanks to a solid 111-run partnership for the seventh wicket between senior batsman Shoaib Malik and Aamer Yamin. The two batsmen revived the Pakistani innings as they were tottering at 76 for 6 after Zimbabwe produced a spirited performance with the bat to put up 276 for 6 in the first innings. Chamu Chibhabha was the star of the Zimbabwe’s innings as he scored 90, whereas Elton Chigumbura scored 63. For Pakistan, Wahab Riaz claimed four for 63.

When Pakistan came out to bat, they were left reeling at 40 for 4 after 14 overs with Tinashe Panyangara claiming their openers, Mohammad Hafeez being run out and Luke Jongwe claiming the key wicket of Asad Shafiq.

The worry for Pakistan would be their frail top-order, as if it not had been the seventh-wicket stand between Malik and Yamin, they would have lost the second ODI by a massive margin. The top order woes would certainly give them some headaches as Pakistan would head to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) wherein they will take on England in a four-match Test series.

Squads:

Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (c), Brian Chari,Chamu Chibhabha, Graeme Cremer, Luke Jongwe, Neville Madziva, Hamilton Masakadza, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Taurai Muzarabani, John Nyumbu, Tinashe Panyangara, Sikandar Raza, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams.

Pakistan: Azhar Ali (c), Aamer Yamin, Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Bilal Asif, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Rahat Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah.

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