Pakistan register seven-wicket win over Zimbabwe

Ajmal Shehzad of Pakistan was dismissed early.

By CricketCountry Staff

Pallekele: Mar 14, 2011

Asad Shafiq scored 78 off 97 balls to help Pakistan register a seven-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the World Cup Group A match at Pallekele. Younis Khan remained not out at 13 off 28 balls. With this win, Pakistan have made it to the quarter-finals.

Pakistan scored 164 for three in 34.1 overs in reply to Zimbabwe’s 151 for seven in 39.4 overs in the rain-curtailed match, as the outcome of the match had to be decided through the Duckworth-Lewis Method.

Mohammad Hafeez and Shafiq steadied Pakistan after they lost opener Ahmed Shehzad to Ray Price in the third over. Shehzad was sent back to pavilion through a smart stumping by wicketkeeper Tatenda Taibu off Price.

Hafeez missed on a half-century while captain Shahid Afridi was bowled by Ray Price in the 23rd over, as Pakistan lost two wickets in quick succession.

Earlier, Pakistan were given a target of 162 as per the Duckworth-Lewis Method in their Group A match against Zimbabwe after rain interrupted play for the second time. Zimbabwe ended their innings at 151 for seven in 39.4 overs with Craig Ervine being top scorer at 52 off 82 balls and skipper Elton Chigumbura not out at 32.

The match, which was limited to 43 overs per side after the first rain interruption, was declared a 38 overs per side match with Zimbabwe scoring 151 for seven in first innings.

Ervine’s half-century and a 48-run partnership between Chigumbura and Prosper Utseya for the seventh wicket helped Zimbabwe go past 150. Ervine, who tried reviving a stumbling Zimbabwe innings first with Greg Lamb and then with Chigumbura, was dismissed in the 30th over for 52 off 82 balls by Hafeez. Chigumbura fought hard for his 32 not out and added 48 runs with Utseya to take Zimbabwe past 150.

Electing to bat under overcast conditions against a furious Pakistani pace attack proved improper as Zimbabwe lost five wickets for a paltry score of 84 in 23.5 overs.

Lamb and Ervine tried bailing Zimbabwe out of trouble having lost four wickets for just 43, until Afridi struck to remove Lamb, leaving Zimbabwe reeling.

Abdul Razzaq gave Pakistan the first breakthrough taking the crucial wicket of Brendan Taylor in the first over, caught behind by wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal. Regis Chakabva soon followed, caught in front of the wicket by Umar Gul in the next over.

Vusi Sibanda and Taibu tried steadying the Zimbabwe innings, but Pakistan soon struck in the sixth over when Gul dismissed Sibanda through a brilliant catch by Misbah Ul Haq at first slip. Taibu s resistance couldn t last long as he was caught at long-on by Afridi off Wahab Riaz in the 13th over.

Brief Scores: Zimbabwe 151 for 7 in 39.4 overs (Craig Ervine 52, Elton Chigumbura 32*, Umar Gul 3 for 36, Wahab Riaz 1 for 21, Abdul Razzaq 1 for 24) lost to Pakistan 164 for 3 in 34.1 overs (Asad Shafiq 78*, Mohammad Hafeez 49, Younis Khan 13*; Ray Price 2 for 21, Prosper Utseya 1 for 24).

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