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Zimbabwe vs Pakistan - 3rd ODI

Series: Pakistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2018
Venue: Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
Date: 18 July 2018

Pakistan 69/1 (9.5 Ovs) RR: 7.02 | Pakistan won by 9 wkts

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Another shocking performance with the bat resulted in Zimbabwe stooping to 67. Such was the dominance by Pakistan that it was all wrapped up before the lunch break. As Masakdaza said, they should show more application with the bat in the remaining two games. On that note, it's a goodbye from us here. Ta-ta!

Sarfraz Ahmed: It was a pleasing performance from the boys. Especially, Faheem and Junaid. Credit goes to my bowlers, they bowled really well. Faheem Ashraf is getting better day by day. We will try our level best in the next two games and two more opportunities for the guys to perform.

Hamilton Masakadza: It was a disaster. I just tell the guys to stay positive, focus on the next game. Need a little more application from the batsmen, too many errors and lot of work to be done. We have to come out firing next game and hopefully, put some runs for the bowlers to defend.

12:20 Local Time: Happy faces in the Pakistan dressing room, handshakes all over. Despite the early hiccup, Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam ensured that there was no more wobble in pursuit of a meagre 68. The Zimbabwean new ball bowlers - Blessing Muzarabani and Richard Ngarava - did show stomach for a fight, cranking it up. The duo of - Zaman and Azam - took their time, negated the threat and once they were settled, it was a mere stroll in the park. The target of 68 was never going to challenge Pakistan and the end result is they have secured the series and have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

9.5
4
Ngarava to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, and there it is! Zaman wraps it up with a boundary. Unleashes the short-arm jab to a full ball at the stumps and gets it wide of mid-on. Pakistan win by 9 wickets with 241 balls to spare
9.4
4
Ngarava to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, this is very lazy and clumsy from the fielder at deep mid-wicket. Zaman drags the pull in front of square on the leg-side, the fielder at deep mid-wicket runs across to his right and takes his eyes off the ball letting it through the legs to the fence
9.3
4
Ngarava to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, stand and dismiss stuff from Zaman. Dealing the short balls with ease as he swiveled across and pulled it with ferocity through square leg to bring the equation down to single digit
9.2
1
Ngarava to Babar Azam, 1 run, Azam chases and flashes it to third man
9.1
0
Ngarava to Babar Azam, no run, rifles wide of off and it stays low. Azam shifts his body weight down to reach, but it simply refuses to rise and trickles on the bounce to the keeper
8.6
0
Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, no run, abandons violence does Zaman and quietly blocks it to mid-off
8.6
1
Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, wide, poor again from Muzarabani, drifts this full ball down leg and the umpire spreads his arms
8.5
4
Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, flowing boundaries from Zaman's willow. Muzarabani is spraying it all over the place. Shortened his length and kept it outside off, Zaman makes room and trashes it through cover-point
8.4
4
Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, three fours in four balls and it will be Pakistan's fifty. Another tasty full delivery outside off, Zaman plunges forward and drills it past mid-off
8.3
0
Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, no run, gets the line right, Zaman drives it to mid-off
8.2
4
Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, Muzarabani goes round the wicket but Zaman hands him the same treatment. Peppered it short outside off, Zaman reached out and slapped it over point powerfully
8.1
4
Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, creamed through extra cover. Muzarabani serves it up full and in the slot for the Zaman to free his arms. Right off the screws and bashes it in the gap
7.6
0
Ngarava to Babar Azam, no run, short outside off, Azam with a rasping cut to point
7.6
1
Ngarava to Babar Azam, wide, half-hearted appeal for a strangle, but I guess that was merely to unsettle the umpire. Spearing down leg, Azam tried to tickle and failed
7.5
0
Ngarava to Babar Azam, no run, pushed it gently to mid-off
7.4
0
Ngarava to Babar Azam, no run, Ngarava tests the bounce on this surface by banging it short, Azam expected it to bounce more and winded up for the pull. There wasn't a steep bounce and hence, his shot found the fielder at mid-wicket
7.3
0
Ngarava to Babar Azam, no run, fuller and outside off, Azam stabs it off the front foot to cover
7.2
0
Ngarava to Babar Azam, no run, stays still in his creae does Azam, crisp punch to extra cover
7.1
1
Ngarava to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, quick single nabbed. Zaman defends it high on the bat, making him take his bottom-hand off the handle in front of square leg
6.6
0
Muzarabani to Babar Azam, no run, a loud "No" from Azam as he defends this solidly to mid-on
6.5
4
Muzarabani to Babar Azam, FOUR, quicksilver hands from Azam. Muzarabani offers it on middle and leg, Azam obliges and tucks it neatly through square leg. Beats the fielder and rolls away to the fence
6.4
1
Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, open-batted glide to third man
6.3
2
Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, 2 runs, muscled hard to fine leg. A fumble from the fielder will facilitate the duo to steal the second
6.2
2
Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, 2 runs, top-edgeee and falls in no-man's land. Good and well-directed short ball from Muzarabani that got big on Zaman, who shaped up for the pull. Finds the top-edge and it looped towards fine leg. The keeper gave the chase as well as the fielder from fine leg, who sprinted to his left. The ball ended up dropping temptingly in between both and to make it worse, the fielder slipped and tumbled
6.1
0
Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, no run, overpitched outside off, Zaman drives. Straight to the fielder at mid-off
5.6
0
Ngarava to Babar Azam, no run, pacy short of a length delivery outside off, Azam wanted to pull it off the front foot, not enough power and stopped by the bowler in his followthrough
5.5
0
Ngarava to Babar Azam, no run, kicks off slightly and Azam is taken aback a bit, was winding up for the punch and half-heartedly drags it to cover
5.4
0
Ngarava to Babar Azam, no run, another lazy flash from the crease, this time finds point
5.3
4
Ngarava to Babar Azam, FOUR, four more to Azam. On a good length, just outside off and nothing wrong with the delivery at all. But Azam waited back, opened his bat face to find the placement and manipulated it through cover-point. Magnificent hands!

44 needed off 44.4 overs

5.2
1
Ngarava to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, patted behind point
5.1
4
Ngarava to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, blasted behind square on the leg-side. Ngarava digs it short, doesn't climb to unsettle Zaman. Swivels across and pulls it along the ground behind square
4.6
0
Muzarabani to Babar Azam, no run, raising from a length, Azam shuffles across and defends it towards mid-on
4.5
0
Muzarabani to Babar Azam, no run, triggers his bat face across at the last minute to dab it to the off-side
4.4
1
Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, Zaman is not getting the width to free his arms, goes hard at this short of length and chops it in front of mid-off
4.3
1
Muzarabani to Babar Azam, 1 run, smidgen fuller on off, Azam waits for the ball to arrive and belatedly opens the bat face to dink it to third man
4.3
1
Muzarabani to Babar Azam, wide, third wide of the over and Muzarabani is losing the plot. Strays it down the leg-side and the umpire ain't sparing him
4.2
4
Muzarabani to Babar Azam, FOUR, trademark Azam straight-drive. Doesn't ping the middle but enough to fetch him a boundary. Juicy half-volley, Azam plants his front foot forward meeting the pitch and presents a straight bat face to nail it straight down the ground
4.2
1
Muzarabani to Babar Azam, wide, make that two in a row. Another attempted bouncer, similar bounce extracted as it rockets off the pitch
4.2
1
Muzarabani to Babar Azam, wide, the intent was good from Muzarabani, but the execution was wrong. Gets too much of height on this bumper and it loops over Azam's head to be called a wide
4.1
1
Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, edged and dropped. Skipper puts it down, a hard chance as it kept swirling away from him. Would've gone straight into the hands of second slip, if there was one. Anyway, lifeline granted for Zaman and he would look to capitalise on the drop. Sucker ball from Muzarabani and Zaman took the bait. Channeling the drive away from his body and gets a thick outside edge towards Hamilton Masakadza, who has stationed himself at an unconventional slip. Dived across, getting both his hands only to shell it. Scrapped his fingertips and went to ground. Seems like he is hurt and the physio is out to tend him
3.6
0
Ngarava to Babar Azam, no run, length delivery, in the corridor. Azam languidly pokes it without any intent to the off-side

Ngarava goes round the wicket.

3.5
0
Ngarava to Babar Azam, no run, lasered wide of off, Azam leans across and casually drives it towards extra cover
3.4
1
Ngarava to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, one-handed push from Zaman - losing the balance and yanks his bottom-hand as the ball stomped him high, meekly rolled to mid-off
3.3
0
Ngarava to Fakhar Zaman, no run, pitches it up, hoping to draw Zaman into the drive. He resists and blocks
3.2
0
Ngarava to Fakhar Zaman, no run, polite enquiry for LBW but it was heading down leg. Indipper from Ngarava, skidded through and rapped Zaman high on the pad. Height and angle was in favour of the batsman
3.1
0
Ngarava to Fakhar Zaman, no run, back of a length and outside off, Zaman stands tall in his crease and punches it to cover
2.6
0
Muzarabani to Babar Azam, no run, extra swerve on this full delivery outside off, Azam wants to drive and mistimes it to mid-on - off the inner half
2.5
0
Muzarabani to Babar Azam, no run, sliding on leg, Azam neatly tickles it through square leg. The Zimbabweans have been pretty agile in the field so far and another tidy stop from the fielder
2.4
0
Muzarabani to Babar Azam, no run, nagging line, good length delivery at the stumps and Azam's defence is met high on the bat
2.3
0
Muzarabani to Babar Azam, no run, length ball, coming in with the angle and Azam blocks it after crouching low a bit
2.2
1
Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, slanting in, Zaman nudges it towards mid-wicket
2.1
3
Muzarabani to Babar Azam, 3 runs, goes full and in the driving spot, Azam latches onto it with a sublime drive through extra cover. Timing, balance and placement - all in sync. The younger Masakadza gives the chase and just about stops it near the ropes, denying Azam the boundary
2.1
1
Muzarabani to Babar Azam, wide, loosener from Muzarabani. Cannot afford to do this with not many runs in the bank. Slips the back of a length delivery down leg, has to rebowl
1.6
0
Ngarava to Fakhar Zaman, no run, whoosh! Zaman takes a nasty blow first ball he faces onto his helmet grille. That looked really awful and some medical attention has been called for. Spicy short ball, had all the requisites to trouble Zaman. Rose off alarmingly at him and Zaman was late to take on the pull. Gets hit on the side of the helmet and immediatly gestures a thumbs-up sign at his partner. But the physio is out to take the precautionary concussion test, so the delay in play
1.5
1
Ngarava to Babar Azam, 1 run, keeps it on middle and leg, turned in front of mid-on
1.4
0
Ngarava to Babar Azam, no run, sharp work from Murray once again, saves a definite boundary. Half-volley outside off, Azam goes for the expansive drive and the ball decks in at last instant to take the inside edge. Rolling to the left of Murray, who stretches across and intercepts with his left glove
1.3
0
Ngarava to Babar Azam, no run, slashed off the meat, finds the cover fielder
1.2
0
Ngarava to Babar Azam, no run, shortish and angling away, soft-batted jab to cover
1.1
0
Ngarava to Babar Azam, no run, homing in the channel outside off, the angle was taking the ball from Azam, who pokes his bat and gets behind the line to defend

Richard Ngarava, comes into the attack

Superb first over from Muzarabani, right on the money. Only if Zimbabwe had some runs on the board..

0.6
1
Muzarabani to Babar Azam, 1 run, first runs off the bat for Azam and Pakistan. Intentionally opens the bat face at the point of impact to guide it away to third man
0.5
0
Muzarabani to Babar Azam, no run, rising off from a short of length, on middle and leg. Azam hops back and tucks it in front of square leg
0.4
0
Muzarabani to Babar Azam, no run, scrambled seam delivery, which doesn't rise much outside off. Azam keeps his bat inside the line and sees away the threat. Awkward bounce to the keeper, Murray does well to get his body behind the line of delivery
0.3
0
Muzarabani to Babar Azam, no run, nipping from a back of a length, Azam shows better technique and quells it with soft hands under his eyes
0.2
0
Muzarabani to Babar Azam, no run, nervy, nervy. Short and skiddy outside off, Azam wafted his bat across without bothering to cover the movement and bounce. Beaten!
0.2
1
Muzarabani to Babar Azam, wide, Muzarabani overdoes the swing, moving outside the widelines and called a wide

One more slip added.

Babar Azam, right handed bat, comes to the crease

0.1
0
Muzarabani to Imam-ul-Haq, out Caught by Ryan Murray!! Wow. Wow. What a start for Zimbabwe, just what they needed to lift their spirits. Absolute scorcher from Muzarabani to begin with; extra lift from a short of length and swooped at Imam-ul-Haq quickly which meant the batsman had very little time to react. Tried to sway, but it kept coming at him and Imam-ul-Haq had nowhere to go. Brushed his glove and carried to the keeper. Imam-ul-Haq c Ryan Murray b Muzarabani 0(1)

Muzarabani to Imam-ul-Haq, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman are at the crease. Imam-ul-Haq is on strike. Muzarabani will open the attack