Wahab Riaz scored 54 not out and then took four wickets as well © Getty Images
Wahab Riaz scored 54 not out and then took four wickets as well © Getty Images

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(Can Pakistan earn their first victory of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, or can Zimbabwe pull out an upset and dash all hopes for Pakistan for this edition?)


Another close match between a full member and a “minnow!” Zimbabwe continue to impress, but they just couldn’t go over the line this time around. Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Irfan took four wickets apiece and ensured that Zimbabwe had too much to do toward the end. In case you missed any of the action, you can read the match report here: Pakistan register a close 20-run win over Zimbabwe in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015


DOT. Wahab bounces, Chigumbura swipes, no contact. THREE. Chigumbura lofts, and Nasir Jamshed drops the easiest of catches at deep mid-wicket. OUT! Panyangara misses, they run, Umar misses at his end, but Wahab hits at his! OUT! Slow bouncer, Chigumbura hoicks, there is an edge, PAKISTAN WIN BY 20 RUNS!

Live Score Zimbabwe 212/8 | Overs 49 | need 24 from 6 balls

BATTING: Elton Chigumbura 32(32), Tinashe Panayangara 10(27)

DOT. An Irfan-special bouncer, climbed up, too good for Panyangara. DOT. Once again that bounced, Panyangara could not get bat on ball. DOT. Short-pitched, Panyangara gave it the charge, no contact, Umar Akmal’s dazzling pink gloves are ready. ONE. Drives to mid-off and sets off, Chigumbura now. TWO. Oversteps, Elton swipes, ball goes to deep mid-wicket, that was a certain no-ball. ONE. Drives to long-on, and they run.

Live Score Zimbabwe 208/8 | Overs 48 | need 28 from 12 balls

BATTING: Elton Chigumbura 29(30), Tinashe Panayangara 9(23)

ONE. Wahab is back, all Chigumbura can do is nudge to square-leg and run, Panyangara is back on strike, he has just played out a maiden. ONE. Panyangara gives Wahab the charge, edges and flies to deep third-man on the bounce. DOT. Fast and straight, thuds into Umar’s gloves. DOT. Nice change of pace, beaten, lovely bowling. FOUR! Dazzling cover-drive from Chigumbura, that would release some pressure! DOT. Some bounce from Wahab, Elton is beaten.

Live Score Zimbabwe 202/8 | Overs 47 | need 34 from 18 balls

BATTING: Elton Chigumbura 24(25), Tinashe Panayangara 8(22)

DOT. Afridi beats Panyangara comprehensively, that raced past outside edge. DOT. Blocks again. DOT. Panyangara plays back to Afridi, the pressure is mounting. DOT. Tries to cut (probably) and misses. DOT. Beaten, Umar Akmal appeals for a stumping, they refer, not out. DOT. Plays to gully, MAIDEN OVER.

Live Score Zimbabwe 202/8 | Overs 46 | need 34 from 24 balls

BATTING: Elton Chigumbura 24(25), Tinashe Panayangara 8(16)

DOT. Panyangara plays to mid-off. DOT. Plays to mid-on, this is not helping Zimbabwe’s cause at all. ONE. Deft touch to deep third-man, back to Chigumbura, he holds the key for Zimbabwe. FOUR! Chigumbura drives straight, dead straight, bisects the two fielders on the fence! LEG-BYE. Drops the ball to his feet and runs, back to Panyangara. ONE. Plays to deep third-man, keeps strike.

Live Score Zimbabwe 195/8 | Overs 45 | need 41 from 30 balls

BATTING: Elton Chigumbura 20(23), Tinashe Panayangara 6(12)

ONE. Plays to extra-cover, sweeper picks up. ONE. Plays behind square-leg, Zimbabwe need boundaries. DOT. Plays to cover, Chigumbura has to look for the big shots now. ONE. Pushes to extra-cover, they are probably keeping it for too late. FOUR! Chigumbura aims for the cowshot corner, one bounce! DOT. Nice comeback, plays to cover.

Live Score Zimbabwe 189/8 | Overs 44 | need 47 from 36 balls

BATTING: Elton Chigumbura 15(18), Tinashe Panayangara 5(11)

DOT. Low full-toss, Chigumbura drives to mid-off. ONE. They cross ends with a cover drive, over to Panyangara. DOT. Panyangara blocks. DOT. Good bouncer from Sohail, it is getting more anmd more difficult now. ONE. Panyangara drives past cover-point, back to his captain now. ONE. There was a close run out call, Chigumbura dropped the ball to his feet and ran.

Live Score Zimbabwe 186/8 | Overs 43 | need 50 from 42 balls

BATTING: Elton Chigumbura 13(15), Tinashe Panayangara 4(8)

Barring a four from Chigumbura (a punch that flew over slip), Sohail had bowled a neat over. Afridi did a decent job at the other end. Zimbabwe’s job is getting more and more difficult.

Live Score Zimbabwe 174/8 | Overs 41

BATTING: Elton Chigumbura 3(6), Tinashe Panayangara 2(5)

Shahid Afridi continues. DOT. TWO. Terrible mis-field from Nasir Jamshed! That Twitter account of his should get busy calling the ball “Kanjar” now. ONE. Nicely played. DOT. Outside edge, but there is no slip. DOT. Can’t pierce the gap. DOT. Plays it to third man.

Live Score Zimbabwe 171/8 | Overs 40

BATTING: Elton Chigumbura 0(3), Tinashe Panayangara 2(3)

And Wahab Riaz continues now. DOT. Played to the fielder. OUT! Big wicket, that’s the end of Craig Ervine. Quick outside off, tried to thrash it away but only got an outside edge. Tawanda Mupariwa comes in. DOT. Kept out. OUT! And another one down, Wahab takes two in three balls! WIDE. Down the leg side. TWO. Tinashe Panayangara gets off the mark with a lovely drive through cover. DOT. No run.

OUT! Craig Ervine 14(29) c Umar Akmal b Wahab Riaz, Tawanda Mupariwa 0(2) c Umar Akmal b Wahab Riaz

Live Score Zimbabwe 168/6 | Overs 39

BATTING: Craig Ervine 14(27), Elton Chigumbura 0(3)

Mohammad Irfan bowls his ninth over now. DOT. Defended. DOT. DOT. Oh dear, that one has smacked Ervine in his mid-riff. He is down on his knees. DOT. Tried to play down third man, goes to slip on the bounce. DOT. Played to midwicket. ONE. Short again, Ervine plays it to fine leg.

Live Score Zimbabwe 166/6 | Overs 37

BATTING: Craig Ervine 12(16), Elton Chigumbura 0(2)

Mohammad Irfan is back. DOT. Played to point. ONE. Down to third man. WIDE. That was way too high. DOT. Beaten outside off. OUT! And Mire edges behind, this was just too good. Top quality pace bowling from Irfan! In walks the captain Elton Chigumbura. DOT. Nicely bowled. DOT. Chigumbura clearly nowhere near 100 percent.

OUT! Solomon Mire 8(14) c Umar Akmal b Mohammad Irfan

Live Score Zimbabwe 160/5 | Overs 35

BATTING: Craig Ervine 10(13), Solomon Mire 5(7)

Shahid Afridi again. DOT. Inside edge on the attempted defence. ONE. He gets off strike. FOUR! Off the outside edge, Mohammad Irfan runs to third man and stops it just short of the boundary before losing balance and falling over. DOT. Big spin. THREE. Drifts onto his pads, and again played down fine leg with Irfan after it. READ: Sean Wiliiams dismissed for 33 by Rahat Ali against Pakistan in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live Score Zimbabwe 151/5 | Overs 34

BATTING: Craig Ervine 5(10), Solomon Mire 1(4)

Rahat Ali continues. DOT. Defended to mid-off. OUT! Big wicket, absolutely huge! This could be the match for Pakistan right there. Here is Solomon Mire now. DOT. Defended. DOT. Played away. DOT. Defended well. ONE. Strays onto the pads, played down fine leg.

OUT! Sean Williams 33(32) c Ahmed Shehzad b Rahat Ali

Live Score Zimbabwe 150/4 | Overs 33

BATTING: Sean Williams 33(30), Craig Ervine 5(10)

Shahid Afridi comes back into the attack. DOT. Is that a drop? It looks like it. Afridi can only stare in anguish as Ervine plays it into — and out of — Akmal’s gloves. ONE. Clipped away off his pads. DOT. Hit hard, but back to Afridi. TWO. Nicely played through point. THREE. Nicely played down the ground to end the over.

Live Score Zimbabwe 135/4 | Overs 31

BATTING: Sean Williams 22(24), Craig Ervine 1(4)

Rahat Ali continues. DOT. TWO, NO BALL. He clips it away off his pads, and comes back for another. Free hit now. TWO. Can’t go all the way but takes a couple. DOT. Williams plays it away. DOT. Hit back down the ground, but the bowler stops it. ONE. Nicely played. ONE. Plays it to third man. OUT: Brendan Taylor dismissed for 50 by Wahab Riaz against Pakistan in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Live Score Zimbabwe 128/4 | Overs 30

BATTING: Sean Williams 17(18), Craig Ervine 0(3)

Wahab Riaz is introduced to the bowling attack, once again. He removes Brendan Taylor on the third ball. Taylor misses completing 5,000 ODI runs by one run. Taylor edges one on the leg side and Umar Akmal catches it easily. He goes after scoring a hard fought half-century. Wicket-maiden for Wahab Riaz.

OUT! Brendan Taylor c Umar Akmal b Wahab Riaz 50(72)

Live Score Zimbabwe 128/3 | Overs 29

BATTING: Brendan Taylor 50(69), Sean Williams 17(18)

Rahat Ali replaces Shahid Afridi at the other end. Good running between the wickets. Lots of singles around. Run-rate is just over five an over. Fifty partnership comes up for the duo off 41 balls. Rahat Ali starts with a wide. Brendan Taylor completes half-century! His 32nd fifty. Read: Brendan Taylor-Sean Williams’ 50-run partnership.

Live Score Zimbabwe 124/3 | Overs 28

BATTING: Brendan Taylor 48(64), Sean Williams 16(17)

Sohail Khan continues. Brendan Taylor gets lucky as one of the deliveries inside edges and goes past the wicket. Four runs. Eight runs of the over. Taylor edging towards his half-century.

Live Score Zimbabwe 116/3 | Overs 27

BATTING: Brendan Taylor 42(60), Sean Williams 14(15)

Shahid Afridi again. DOT. Clipped away to midwicket. THREE, byes. Umar Akmal fluffs the collect, it was a lovely ball though. Williams betaen all ends up. ONE. Driven down the ground. ONE. Pulled away. TWO. Clipped in the air off his pads. TWO.

Live Score Zimbabwe 107/3 | Overs 26

BATTING: Brendan Taylor 37(57), Sean Williams 13(12)

Sohail Khan continues. DOT. Defended to mid wicket. ONE. Down the ground. DOT. Defended. DOT. Defended again. ONE. Williams gets it away to covers. DOT. Nicely defended.

Live Score Zimbabwe 105/3 | Overs 25

BATTING: Brendan Taylor 36(55), Sean Williams 12(9)

Shahid Afridi continues. FOUR! Brendan Taylor turning on the heat, that’s a lovely shot! DOT. Driven back to the bowler. ONE. Clipped it to long-on. DOT. Was that a dropped catch? ONE. Driven down the ground. ONE. Played to square leg.

Live Score Zimbabwe 98/3 | Overs 24

BATTING: Brendan Taylor 30(50), Sean Williams 11(7)

Mohammad Irfan again. FOUR! What a shot, Sean Williams just picks this off his pads beautifully. DOT. Nicely played but straight to the fielder. TWO. Short ball, and Williams pulls down fine leg. WIDE. That’s way way too short! Goes over Umar Akmal’s head as well. Five wides. FOUR! Superb shot! Williams turning it on here. Driven through covers very well. DOT. Defended off his pads. DOT. Defended.

Live Score Zimbabwe 83/3 | Overs 23

BATTING: Brendan Taylor 30(50), Sean Williams 1(1)

Shahid Afridi continues. DOT. Nicely played by Williams. FOUR! Lovely shot, goes over covers and into the gap for a boundary. DOT. Turned away to the leg side, but no run. DOT. Defended. FOUR! Superb shot again, Taylor just extends his arms and the ball sails back over his head. DOT. Defended well.

Live Score Zimbabwe 74/3 | Overs 22

BATTING: Brendan Taylor 22(45), Sean Williams 0(0)

Mohammad Irfan continues. DOT. Defended to point. OUT! Masakadza plays a rare rash shot, and the ball has gone miles into the air. Misbah takes a terrific catch, and that is the end of that! DOT. Taylor keeps this one out. DOT. Played to the fielder. DOT. Nicely driven, but right to mid-off. DOT. Left outside off. READ: Hamiltom Masakadza dismissed for 29 by Mohammad Irfan against Pakistan in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

OUT! Hamilton Masakadza 29(54) c Misbah-ul-Haq b Mohammad Irfan

Live Score Zimbabwe 73/2 | Overs 21

BATTING: Hamilton Masakadza 29(52), Brendan Taylor 22(41)

Here comes Lala Boom Boom Shahid Afridi! DOT. Drives back to the bowler. DOT. Big turn. DOT. Defended. ONE. Cut away. DOT. Defends off the back foot. DOT. Driven for one to covers. READ: Hamilton Masakadza and Brendan Taylor bring up 50-run stand against Pakistan in ICC cricket World Cup 2015

Live Score Zimbabwe 72/2 | Overs 20

BATTING: Hamilton Masakadza 28(49), Brendan Taylor 14(32)

Here’s Wahab Riaz again. DOT. Played back to down he ground. FOUR! How do you explain that shot? Down on one knee, played off the face of the bat down third man! Amazing hit from Brendan Taylor! DOT. Keeps it out. DOT. Defended away. THREE. Lovely drive through covers, it also brings up the 50-run stand between this experienced pair. DOT. Left alone outside off.

Live Score Zimbabwe 65/2 | Overs 19

BATTING: Hamilton Masakadza 28(49), Brendan Taylor 14(32)

Rahat continues. ONE. Taylor works it away. FOUR! Lovely shot from Masakadza, he drives this through long-off, hits it crisply. DOT. Defended by Masakadza. ONE. Strays on the pads, worked away down fine leg. ONE. Drifts onto his pads again, one more. DOT. Left alone outside off.

Live Score Zimbabwe 55/2 | Overs 17

BATTING: Hamilton Masakadza 23(43), Brendan Taylor 9(26)

Rahat Ali again. DOT. Defended. DOT. Left alone. ONE. Cut away nicely. DOT. Masakadza tried to go hard. WIDE. Short ball, Bounces well ahead of the batsman so they have to call it wide. DOT. Left alone. DOT. Defended. READ: Hamilton Masakadza and Brendan Taylor bring up 50 for Zimbabwe against Pakistan in ICC cricket World Cup 2015

Live Score Zimbabwe 53/2 | Overs 16

BATTING: Hamilton Masakadza 15(24), Brendan Taylor 8(21)

Hamilton Masakadza and Brendan Taylor are batting really well here. Wahab Riaz to bowl. DOT. He pulls away from the shot. DOT. Left alone. DOT. Defends. FOUR. Short, wide, and slammed away. DOT. Left alone again. TWO. Short-arm jab for two more.

Live Score Zimbabwe 45/2 | Overs 13

BATTING: Hamilton Masakadza 15(24), Brendan Taylor 8(21)

Rahat Ali into the attack now. DOT. Masakadza leaves outside off. ONE. Quick single to midwicket. DOT. Left outside off. DOT. Left outside off. DOT. Beaten all ends up! Goes past everything! DOT. Left outside off.

Live Score Zimbabwe 28/2 | Overs 10

BATTING: Hamilton Masakadza 9(19), Brendan Taylor 0(8)

Sohil Khan continues.DOT. Nicely played by Masakadza. DOT. Played to cover. DOT. Defends. FOUR. Slammed away by Masakadza! DOT. Defends. DOT. Defended. READ: Zimbabwe look to settle down following two quick dismissals against Pakistan in ICC cricket World Cup 2015

Live Score Zimbabwe 22/2 | Overs 7

BATTING: Hamilton Masakadza 3(7), Brendan Taylor 0(2)

Mohammad Irfan continues. WIDE. Too short. DOT. Played to point. TWO. Clipped away off his pads. TWO. Cuts away uppishly to third man. OUT! Raza edges behind to Haris at slip, and Irfan is on fire here! DOT. Defended to midwicket. DOT. Tapped away to square leg.

OUT! Sikandar Raza 8(15) c Haris Sohail b Mohammad Irfan

Live Score Zimbabwe 17/1 | Overs 6

BATTING: Sikandar Raza 4(11), Hamilton Masakadza 1(1)

Sohail Khan to Hamilton Masakadza, DOT to stat with. TWO runs from the next one. Masakadza played out the last four balls of the over as DOTs.

Live Score Zimbabwe 15/1 | Overs 5

BATTING: Sikandar Raza 4(11), Hamilton Masakadza 1(1)

Mohammad Irfan again. DOT. Short ball, goes over Chibhabha’s head. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Goes past the edge, bit of an appeal, but there’s nothing. OUT! Short ball, into the body, and Chibhabha tries to weave away but the ball goes right off the face of the bat to slip. ONE. Masakadza gets off the mark. DOT. Short ball, left well alone.

OUT! Chamu Chibhabha 9(18) c Haris Sohail b Mohammad Irfan

Live Score Zimbabwe 5/0 | Overs 3

BATTING: Chamu Chibhabha 5(12), Sikandar Raza 0(6)

Mohammad Irfan continues. DOT. Beaten outside off. DOT. Defended. DOT. Tries to hoick the ball away but misses. DOT. Short ball, hits him in the chest, but Raza is okay. DOT. Lovely yorker, but Raza survives. DOT. Another bouncer, and Raza ducks.

Live Score Zimbabwe 5/0 | Overs 2

BATTING: Chamu Chibhabha 5(12), Sikandar Raza 0(0)

Sohail Khan from the other end. Sohail Khan continues with the second new ball. DOT. Left alone. DOT. Left alone again. DOT. Defends but gets an inside edge. FOUR. Full toss, lovely shot down the ground for four. DOT. Played to point. DOT. Played to mid-on.

Live Score Zimbabwe 1/0 | Overs 1

BATTING: Chamu Chibhabha 1(6), Sikandar Raza 0(0)

Mohammad Irfan opens the bowling for Pakistan. DOT. Goes past the bat. DOT. Left alone. DOT. Ducks and weaves. DOT. Misses the pull. DOT. Short ball, kept away. ONE. Played down third man. Good start for Mohammad Irfan.


So a rather typical innings from Pakistan coming through. Both openers played poorly, Misbah ground and ground and ground away to a 121-ball 73 and holed out just when the acceleration would have begun. The surprise package though, was Wahab Riaz, whose maiden ODI fifty boosted Pakistan to a competitive 235 for seven. Tendai Chatara and Sean Williams were the pick of Zimbabwe’s bowlers. READ: Misbah-ul-Haq, Wahab Riaz help Pakistan to 235 against Zimbabwe in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015


Live Score Pakistan 235/7 | 50 Overs

BATTING: Wahab Riaz 54(46), Sohail Khan 6(8)

Tinashe Panayangara to bowl the final over. TWOm DROPPED! Sohail slogs and Finds the fielder but Solomon Mire can’t hold on to a sitter. ONE. Swung away to long-on. DOT. Good yorker, no run. FOUR. Wahab goes over covers for a fine boundary. TWO. And that’s his 50! Great innings from Wahab it has turned the game. FOUR! Wahab cracks it down the ground to end unbeaten on 54. Pakistan finish on a good 235 for seven.

Live Score Pakistan 222/7 | 49 Overs

BATTING: Wahab Riaz 44(42), Sohail Khan 3(6)

Tendai Chatara finishes off. ONE. Sohail gets it away. DOT. Beautifully bowled, Wahab way too early into the shot. WIDE. Down leg. TWO, DROPPED! Stuart Matsikaeyeri fluffs the chance in the deep. ONE, LEG BYE. That one is off his pads. TWO. Wahab manages to whack the ball in the air safely. DOT. Wafts and misses.

Live Score Pakistan 216/7 | 48 Overs

BATTING: Wahab Riaz 41(38), Sohail Khan 2(4)

Tinashe Panayangara continues. DOT. Good yorker to Wahab, no run. DOT. Swings and misses. ONE. Over midwicket. ONE. Slower ball, and Sohail dabs it away. SIX! What a shot, Wahab whacks this back over the bowler’s head. TWO. Comedy of errors, both batsmen were at the same end, the throw was to the wrong one, and it goes for over-throws too!

Live Score Pakistan 206/7 | 47 Overs

BATTING: Wahab Riaz 32(33), Sohail Khan 1(3)

Tendai Chatara to finish off. OUT! Misbah holes out to long-on! Huge wicket, and Misbah is distraught. ONE. Wahab takes a single. DOT. Sohail can’t do much. DOT. ONE. WIDE. ONE. Another good over from Chatara.

OUT! Misbah-ul-Haq 73(121) c Sean Williams b Tendai Chatara

Live Score Pakistan 202/6 | 46 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 73(120), Wahab Riaz 30(31)

Tinashe Panayangara again. FOUR. Short ball, and with fine leg in the circle Wahab just uses the pace to get it over the man. DOT. Can’t get it past short midwicket. ONE. Short ball, pulled away. DOT. Can’t get it through the off side. ONE. Down to mid-on. FOUR. Great shot from Wahab to end the over.

Live Score Pakistan 192/6 | 45 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 72(118), Wahab Riaz 21(27)

Tawanda Mupariwa again. WIDE. Slower ball outside off, bit too wide. ONE. Played off his pads. DOT. Defended to cover, no run. DOT. Tries to work it off his pads, can’t put bat to ball. FOUR! Full toss, and Wahab hits it well to square leg. ONE. Slower ball, flat-bats it away over cover. Last ball now. TWO. Slower ball outside off, played to deep point.

Live Score Pakistan 183/6 | 43 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 69(116), Wahab Riaz 16(17)

Tendai Chatara again. Two DOT balls against Wahab Riaz to start with. THREE runs from the third ball. Misbah played the fourth ball and its a DOT (As usual). The bowler gets bored of Misbah’s slow batting and bowled a wide. TWO singles came from the last two balls.

Live Score Pakistan 177/6 | 42 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 68(114), Wahab Riaz 12(13)

Tinashe Panayangara again. ONE, LEG BYE. Can’t get bat on ball. ONE. ONE. Three singles off the over. ONE. Tapped away to cover. TWO. Short ball, and Misbah pulls it away to square leg. DOT. Nicely fielded, so no run to end the over.

Live Score Pakistan 171/6 | 41 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 64(110), Wahab Riaz 10(11)

Tendai Chatara continues. DOT. Misbah can’t get it away. ONE. Misbah just not getting it off the square. WIDE. Down the leg side. ONE. Taps it away on the on side. WIDE. Again down leg. FOUR. Off the outside edge to third man. DOT. Forward defence to end the over.

Live Score Pakistan 162/6 | 40 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 62(107), Wahab Riaz 5(8)

Tinashe Panyangara brought back now. TWO. Wahab clips it off his pads.  DOT. Defended well. Wahab looking really good here. ONE. Nicely played. ONE. Misbah clips this to midwicket. DOT. Nicely bowled and played. DOT. Slower ball, defended by Wahab.

Live Score Pakistan 158/6 | 39 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 61(106), Wahab Riaz 2(3)

Tawanda Mupariwa now. FOUR! Short and wide, Maqsood loves it. OUT! Sohaib Maqsood tries to flick it away, gets a leading edge back to the bowler. ONE. Wahab manages to get it away. ONE. Slower ball, Misbah plays it to midwicket. DOT. Good defence from Wahab. ONE. Quick single to mid-on. READ: Shoaib Maqsood dismissed for 21 by Tawanda Mupariwa against Zimbabwe in ICC cricket World Cup 2015

OUT! Sohaib Maqsood 21(17) c & b Tawanda Mupariwa

Live Score Pakistan 151/5 | 38 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 60(105), Sohaib Maqsood 17(15)

Sean Williams continues. DOT. Misbah can’t get it away. ONE, LEG BYE. Misbah can’t put bat to ball. TWO, DROPPED! Maqsood stepped out and swishes this over cover, where Craig Ervine can’t latch on. FOUR. Maqsood goes over cover, the ball just about reaches the boundary. THREE. The fielder doesn’t stop the ball, and Maqsood finds the gap. Last ball now. DOT. Defended to cover. READ: Misbah-ul-Haq and Shoaib Maqsood bring up 150 for Pakistan against Zimbabwe in ICC cricket World Cup 2015

Live Score Pakistan 141/5 | 37 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 60(102), Sohaib Maqsood 8(12)

Here comes Tendai Chatara. DOT. Defended to mid-off. DOT. Can’t get it through point. DOT. Played to midwicket. ONE. Sohaib pulls it away to square leg. WIDE. Short ball, no shot attempted by Misbah. ONE. Dropped to the leg side for a quick one. DOT. Tried to over-hit that one and found the fielder.

Live Score Pakistan 137/5 | 36 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 59(101), Sohaib Maqsood 7(7)

The batting powerplay has been enforced. Sean Williams continues. ONE. Sohaib gets it down the ground. DOT. Can’t get it away. DOT. Misbah once again forced to defend. ONE. Misbah plays it to long-off. ONE. Played it to cover. READ: Shahid Afridi dismissed for duck by Sean Williams against Zimbabwe in ICC cricket World Cup 2015

Live Score Pakistan 135/5 | 35 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 58(98), Sohaib Maqsood 5(4)

Sikandar Raza again. ONE. Misbah takes a single. THREE. Nicely played through covers by Sohaib. ONE. Another single. ONE. Sohaib takes another. ONE. ONE. Hit off the back foot to long-off.

Live Score Pakistan 127/5 | 34 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 55(95), Sohaib Maqsood 0(1)

Sean Williams again. DOT. Misbah can’t get it away. ONE. Misbah gets it away to point. OUT! He’s bowled him, Akmal done in by an absolute peach from Williams. Just beats the bat and takes off the bails. DOT. Afridi can’t get this away. OUT! Oh dear, this is another one, and it’s the big one, birthday boy Shahid Afridi out second ball! DOT. Sohaib defends off the last ball. READ: Umar Akmal dismissed for 33 by Sean Williams against Zimbabwe in ICC cricket World Cup 2015

OUT! Umar Akmal 33(42) b Sean Williams, Shahid Afridi 0(2) b Sean Williams

Live Score Pakistan 126/3 | 33 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 54(93), Umar Akmal 33(41)

Sikandar Raza continues. ONE. Played away to square leg. DOT. Akmal can’t get it away. DOT. Well bowled by Raza. DOT. Can’t get it away. ONE. Driven to cover. THREE. Lovely shot, cracked away through cover.

Live Score Pakistan 121/3 | 32 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 50(91), Umar Akmal 32(37)

Sean Williams continues. ONE. Misbah is giving himself room, but the Zimbabweans are following him. DOT. Can’t get past midwicket. ONE. This time he can get it past midwicket. ONE. And that’s 50 for Misbah! It has been a long innings. At least his strike rate is past 50. DOT. Akmal can’t get it away.

Live Score Pakistan 118/3 | 31 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 48(89), Umar Akmal 31(33)

Sikandar Raza again. ONE. To midwicket. DOT. Played back to the bowler. TWO. Placed into the gap by Akmal. DOT. Defended. ONE. Lots of effort for no real fruit. That was smashed. ONE. Reverse sweep, but can’t beat third man. READ: Umar Akmal and Misbah-ul-Haq bring up 100 for Pakistan against Zimbabwe in ICC cricket World Cup 2015

Live Score Pakistan 113/3 | 30 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 46(87), Umar Akmal 28(29)

Sean Williams again. WIDE. The batsman looks to step out, Williams fires it too far down leg. DOT. Misbah plays it back to the bowler.ONE. Misbah works it away. DOT. Good fielding by Raza, he dives to stop the ball at mid-on. ONE. Quick single to midwicket. THREE. Slog sweep, gets a bit of a top edge.

Live Score Pakistan 106/3 | 29 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 42(84), Umar Akmal 26(26)

Solomon Mire into the attack now. ONE. Mis-field allows the batsmen to get a single. FOUR. He drifts onto the pads and gets it down fine leg. DOT. Nicely played, but can’t get it past the fielder. WIDE. Bit of extra bounce, turns out to be too much bounce. ONE. Played away down to third man. ONE. Down to third man again. ONE. Driven to cover.

Live Score Pakistan 97/3 | 28 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 40(82), Umar Akmal 20(22)

Sean Williams again. ONE. Misbah drives it to long-off. ONE. Plays to midwicket. ONE. Nicely played but well-fielded. DOT. Can’t get it past midwicket. FOUR. Akmal pulls this hard through midwicket. DOT. No run to end the over. READ: Pakistan look to settle down following Haris Sohail’s dismissal against Zimbabwe in ICC cricket World Cup 2015

Live Score Pakistan 90/3 | 27 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 38(80), Umar Akmal 15(18)

Sikandar Raza again. ONE. Down to long-off. TWO. Misbah plays the paddle sweep. ONE. Semi-swept away to fine leg. DOT. Akmal can’t get it past point. TWO. Driven into the gap through cover. DOT. Defended.

Live Score Pakistan 84/3 | 26 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 35(78), Umar Akmal 12(14)

Here’s Sean Williams. ONE. Akmal gets him away to long-on. ONE. Down to long-off.  DOT. Akmal can’t get it past the man in the ring. DOT. Akmal trying to go to square leg, didn’t get the room. FOUR. This time he succeeds, short ball from Williams, and Akmal pulls it off the middle of the bat. ONE. Played down to fine leg.

Live Score Pakistan 73/3 | 24 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 31(73), Umar Akmal 5(7)

Tawanda Mupariwa again. DOT. Blocked to cover. FOUR. Short and wide, poor ball, and Misbah takes full toll. Oh dear Elton Chigumbura is down. He seems to have fallen on his knees. Bit of an interruption here, but Chigumbura seems to have recovered. DOT. Can’t find the gap. DOT. Again can’t get it through. ONE. Down to third man. TWO. Akmal picks it off his pads.

Live Score Pakistan 66/3 | 23 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 26(68), Umar Akmal 3(6)

Mupariwa comes into the attack and bowls an economical over. Only  two runs from it. Pakistan are going nowhere. Even 200 looks difficult from here. Sikandar Raza continues and another good over for Zimbabwe. He is bowling wicket to wicket but both Misbah and Umar Akmal are giving him to much of respect.

Live Score Pakistan 62/3 | 21 Overs

BATTING: Misbah-ul-Haq 24(61), Umar Akmal 1(1)

Sikandar Raza now comes into the attack. OUT! Soft as soft can be, Raza sends down a half-traker that Haris pulls straight to the fielder at midwicket. In comes Umar Akmal. ONE. Clipped to midwicket. DOT. Raza bowling ’round the wicket. TWO. Played to third man, mis-field. ONE. Played to square leg. Haris Sohail dismissed by Sikandar Raza

OUT! Haris Sohail 27(44) c Sean Williams b Sikandar Raza

Live Score Pakistan 58/2 | 20 Overs

BATTING: Haris Sohail 27(43), Misbah-ul-Haq 21(57)

Hamilton Masakadza continues. FOUR. Haris Sohail plays it in the air off his pads, it beats the diving fielder at short fine leg. DOT. Goes for a drive, but misses the ball. ONE. Played to third man. ONE. ONE. Misbah drives crisply, but finds the fielder. ONE. Played to short cover. READ: Haris Sohail and Misbah-ul-Haq bring up 50 for Pakistan against Zimbabwe in ICC cricket World Cup 2015

Live Score Pakistan 51/2 | 19 Overs

BATTING: Haris Sohail 21(39), Misbah-ul-Haq 20(55)

Elton Chigumbura brings himself on. WIDE. Loose ball to start with. DOT. Haris looks to take a single but is sent back by Misbah. WIDE. Haris steps out, but it’s wide outside off. WIDE. And again, almost an action replay of the last one. DOT. This time he comes ’round the wicket. Extra bounce beats the attempted dab to third man. WIDE. Chigumbura has lost his radar here, again outside off. ONE. Played down to third man. This has been a very long over! ONE. Misbah works it away on the on side. ONE. Drifts onto Haris’ pads, played down fine leg. DOT. Played to point.

Live Score Pakistan 44/2 | 18 Overs

BATTING: Haris Sohail 19(35), Misbah-ul-Haq 19(53)

Hamilton Masakadza again. FOUR. Short ball, and at that pace Misbah can just lean back and pull it away. DOT. Slower ball, no run. ONE. Down to third man. ONE. Haris gets it down to third man. DOT. Misbah defends. DOT. Defended away. READ: Zimbabwe continue to bowl tightly against Pakistan in ICC cricket World Cup 2015

Live Score Pakistan 38/2 | 17 Overs

BATTING: Haris Sohail 18(34), Misbah-ul-Haq 14(48)

Sean Williams again. ONE. Haris plays this to square leg. ONE. Down the ground from Misbah. DOT. Played to square leg, but no run. ONE. DOT. Looks to make room, but ends up defending it. ONE. Down the ground for a single.

Live Score Pakistan 34/2 | 16 Overs

BATTING: Haris Sohail 16(31), Misbah-ul-Haq 12(45)

Hamilton Masakadza into the attack now. ONE. Haris guides it down to third man. DOT. Defended to third man by Misbah. DOT. Defended. DOT. And again. DOT. No run. DOT. Another quiet over.

Live Score Pakistan 33/2 | 15 Overs

BATTING: Haris Sohail 13(27), Misbah-ul-Haq 7(37)

Sean Williams into the attack now. DOT. Defended back to the bowler. ONE. Played down to long-on. FOUR. Driven through cover, nicely played by Misbah. DOT. Defended again. ONE. Driven down the ground. ONE. Turned away on the leg side.

Live Score Pakistan 26/2 | 14 Overs

BATTING: Haris Sohail 13(27), Misbah-ul-Haq 7(37)

Tinashe Panyangara continues. DOT. Defended to cover. DOT. Goes for a flick, misses the bat. DOT. Slower ball, Misbah plays it back to the bowler. ONE. Down to third man, just a single. ONE. Good shot down the ground from Haris, but just one. DOT. Blocked back to the bowler. Pakistan continue to maintain slow momentum against Zimbabwe in ICC cricket World Cup 2015

Live Score Pakistan 24/2 | 13 Overs

BATTING: Haris Sohail 12(26), Misbah-ul-Haq 6(32)

Tawanda Mupariwa to Misbah-ul-Haq. ONE. Played down to third man. DOT. Driven to the man at mid-off. ONE. Drifted on the pads, played down to fine leg. ONE. Scrambled for one down to short third man. FOUR. Haris slogs again, but this one doesn’t reach the boundary. The batsmen actually run four runs though.

Live Score Pakistan 17/2 | 12 Overs

BATTING: Haris Sohail 7(22), Misbah-ul-Haq 4(30)

Tinashe Panyangara again. Haris Sohail on strike. DOT. Left outside off. DOT. Play and miss. DOT. Defended to point. DOT. Defended. DOT. Haris goes for a wild slog, makes connection with thin air. DOT. Beaten outside off. Great over, great bowling overall.

Live Score Pakistan 17/2 | 11 Overs

BATTING: Haris Sohail 7(16), Misbah-ul-Haq 4(30)

Tawanda Mupariwa again.  DOT. Defended to cover. DOT. Defended on the on side. DOT. Defended to mid-off. TWO. Misbah flicks one off his pads to square leg, that was in the air. Misbah affords himself a smile. WIDE. That one bounced a bit too much. DOT. Misbah plays all around this one but manages to put bat to ball. Last ball now. DOT. Inswing, inside edge, no run. READ: Pakistan off to a pathetic start against Zimbabwe in ICC cricket World Cup 2015

Live Score Pakistan 14/2 | 10 Overs

BATTING: Haris Sohail 7(16), Misbah-ul-Haq 2(24)

Tendai Chatara again. ONE. Haris Sohail plays this off his pads, thought about taking two but it was never there. DOT. Driven straight to the fielder. DOT. Defended to slip. DOT. Bit of an inside edge onto the pads, a stifled appeal but the umpire didn’t even bother with it. DOT. Defended back to the bowler. ONE. And just like that, Misbah doubles his score!

Live Score Pakistan 12/2 | 9 Overs

BATTING: Haris Sohail 6(15), Misbah-ul-Haq 1(19)

Tawanda Mupariwa continues. Misbah-ul-Haq on strike. DOT. Half-volley on middle stump is driven straight back but hits the stumps at the other end; unfortunate, that deserved four. DOT. Defended on the off side. DOT. Awkwardly defended. DOT. DOT. Good ball, and defended again. DOT. Played to point, but fielded well.

Live Score Pakistan 12/2 | 8 Overs

BATTING: Haris Sohail 6(15), Misbah-ul-Haq 1(13)

Tendai Chatara to Misbah-ul-Haq. DOT. Defended to mid-on. DOT. Left outside off stump. DOT. Solidly defended to mid-off this time. DOT. Left outside off stump. DOT. Defended again. Last ball of the over now. ONE. Short ball, Misbah fends it away to fine leg. READ: Pakistan look to settle down following two quick dismissals against Zimbabwe in ICC cricket World Cup 2015

Live Score Pakistan 11/2 | 7 Overs

BATTING: Haris Sohail 6(15), Misbah-ul-Haq 0(7)

Tendai Chatara continues. And Haris Sohail hits a boundary! This will relieve a lot of the pressure from the batsmen. Five runs off that last over, and they double their score. Tawanda Mupariwa comes into the attack now. Dot ball to start with. And another. One wide ball, but six dots otherwise, great start.

Live Score Pakistan 5/2 | 5 Overs

BATTING: Haris Sohail 1(4), Misbah-ul-Haq 0(6)

Tinashe Panyangara is bowling really well here. Neither of the new-ball bowlers haven’t been particularly quick, but they are keeping the ball in the right areas and doing just enough to bother the batsmen. Pakistan have put themselves under a lot of pressure. Haris and Misbah will need to play themselves in but also open up at the right moment.

Live Score Pakistan 4/2 | 4 Overs

BATTING: Haris Sohail 0(3), Misbah-ul-Haq 0 (1)

Good bowling from Tendai Chatara. Haris Sohail leaves the ball and it flies close to the stump. Sohail finally plays one on the leg side, but umpire signals leg-bye. Pakistan have had the lowest run rate in the first ten overs. Another wicket! Shehzad goes for a duck! Second wicket for Chatara. Shehzad edges and good catch by Brendan Taylor. Big pressure on Pakistan. Two slips and gully for Misbah-ul-Haq. No run. READ: Ahmed Shehzad dismissed for a duck by Tendai Chatara.

OUT! Ahmed Shehzad c Brendan Taylor b Tendai Chatara 0 (11)

Live Score Pakistan 3/1 | 3 Overs

BATTING: Ahmed Shehzad 0 (9), Haris Sohail 0(0)

Good first ball by Panyangara. Big appeal by the Zimbabwean bowler but umpire says no. Panyangara looks back at Brendan Taylor behind the stumps. Taylor shakes his head and they are not going for a review. Next two deliveries are wide. After two wides, good comeback by Panyangara. Another good fielding by Chamu Chibhabha. Straight hit by Shehzad stopped by Chibhabha. That’s the second time. Two wides and no run.

Live Score Pakistan 1/1 | 2 Overs

BATTING: Ahmed Shehzad 0 (3)

Tendai Chatara continues from the other end. Nasir Jamshed is very watchful. Chatara has been on the money. Jamshed nicks one of the leg side but is saved by the fielder. Good over by Chatara. Five dot balls and then Jamshed plays one on the leg side but Sikandar Raza takes a superb catch to remove Jamshed. Jamshed departs for one run. Wicket-maiden over for Chatara. Read: Nasir Jamshed dismissed for duck

OUT! Nasir Jamshed c Sikander Raza b Tendai Chatara 1 (9)

Live Score Pakistan 1/0 in 1 Over

BATTING: Nasir Jamshed 1 (3), Ahmed Shehzad 0 (3)

Tinashe Panyangara is spot on. Nasir Jamshed plays the third delivery on the leg side to open his account after a golden duck in the last match. Ahmed Shehzad plays a reluctant shot and the ball goes inside edge on to his pad. Chamu Chibhabha fields well the next ball, as runs are saved. Only one run off the over.

Pakistan openers Ahmed Shehzad and Nasir Jamshed walk out to bat. Tinashe Panyangara to start the proceedings for Zimbabwe.

TOSS: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has won the toss and elected to bat against Zimbabwe. One change in the Pakistan team. Younis Khan replaced by Rahat Ali. Two changes in the Zimbabwe team as well. Chamu Chibaba, Solomon Mire and Tawanda Mupariwa come in place of Kamungozi, Chakabva and Matsikenyeri.

Misbah-ul-Haq says, “It’s very important for us, especially this game. We lost the first two games and we have to play well. We are going to bat first. I think it’s good to have a total on the board. Under lights in Australia, it’s not easy to chase it down. We look to have wickets in hand, build up the innings nicely and then capitalise in the last 10-15 overs. Unfortunately Younis Khan is not playing and Rahat Ali is in.”

Elton Chigumbura says, “It’s going to be a tough day, but we are up for it. Hopefully it will be a good game. We just have to make sure that we play good cricket today. I think today it’s going to be better, we’ve worked hard. It’s important, especially if you are chasing, for someone to bat through. Three changes, Chibaba, Mire and Mupariwa in and then Kamungozi, Chakabva and Matsikenyeri are out.”

Teams:

Pakistan: Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Haris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal (wk), Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan.

Zimbabwe: Chamu Chibhabha, Sikandar Raza, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor (wk), Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, Elton Chigumbura (c), Solomon Mire, Tawanda Mupariwa, Tinashe Panyangara, Tendai Chatara.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 match 23 between Pakistan and Zimbabwe at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Sunday. I am Shiamak Unwalla  and I will be bringing you the over-by-over updates of the match. Read Match Preview: Pakistan vs Zimbabwe

Pakistan have been off to their worst possible start in the tournament, losing their opening two games against India, for record sixth time in the tournament, by 76 runs and against West Indies by a massive 150 runs. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, have been quite unpredictable, as they lost to bug guns like South Africa (by 62 runs) and West Indies (by 73 runs) and won against minnows, United Arab Emirates (UAE) by four wickets. Both the teams are in desperate need for a win here, especially Pakistan as they are still in search for their first win of the tournament. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Pool-wise Team Standings

With the match being played at the Gabba in Brisbane, it would be interesting to see the team combination, both the teams go in with. With a bouncy track that traditionally awaits the players out there, the ideal combination would be to go with at least three pacers. Both the teams have the ammunition of some of the good pacers in the side; however, the batsmen are going to have a tough time. Top 10 batsmen in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Although Pakistan are clear favourites in this game going by the name and rankings; however, Zimbabwe are a team not to be written off so easily as their two losses so far have been a close affair and are quite capable of pulling out an upset here and dash all hopes for Pakistan in this edition. Nevertheless, it is expected to be an enthralling contest. Top 10 bowlers in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Squads:

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Umar Akmal (wk), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, Haris Sohail, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Ehsan Adil, Rahat Ali, Sohail Khan.

Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (c), Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva (wk), Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Hamilton Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Solomon Mire, Tawanda Mupariwa, Tinashe Panyangara, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Sean Williams.

Time: 13:30 local | 03:30 GMT | 09:00 IST

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