Mickey Arthur asked for a double hundred from Fakhar Zaman and gee he delivered it in some style. How easy? It's been a field day for statsmen and for us too with all the records tumbling one after another. A heap of 'em to be precise. Let's hope for a saner finish on Sunday. Join us back for the fifth and final one at the same ground, same time. Until then, cheers and goodbye!!
"Thanks to almighty. That's what we need batting first. Imam and Fakhar gave us a solid platform. It's good that our top order batsmen are getting runs. When we go to field, our target was to bowl them under 160 and we executed our plans. We will try our level best to win the next game," Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan captain.
"Thanks to almighty. Imam played really well in the start and he supported me well. I think today was my day. I knew about Saeed's record. Mickey [Arthur] told us before toss that if we win toss we are going to bat and he asked me to score a double ton. He was telling me the same thing two days before as well. Imam is playing really well and he keeps talking to me whenever I feel not comfortable. We play together in domestic cricket. I was feeling tired in the field and hopefully I'll get some treatment from the physio. I'll try not to give them (middle order batsmen) the chance in the next game," an elated and an equally tired Fakhar Zaman who is just 20 short of becoming the quickest to 1000 runs in ODI cricket. Sir Viv got there 21 innings, and Fakhar still has four innings left
"Never really in the game, they put us under pressure from ball one. Fakhar played exceptionally well and we found it difficult to rein him in. We fell way short in all three departments today. It's always going to be difficult chasing 400, you have to go for your shots from ball one and that's always not easy. Hope we can turn up on Sunday and play better than we did today," Hamilton Masakadza, the Zimbabwean skipper.
16:16 local: Zimbabwe faced 256 deliveries in total and I'm pretty sure at least 150 of 'em are dots. When you're chasing 400 and play those many dot balls, you better be prepared for the inevitable. A listless performance overall from the hosts. They, however, can draw a couple of positives in skipper Hamilton Masakadza and Elton Chigumbura who both showed some intent to fight and that should give them a slight bit of confidence going into the fifth and final game of the series. But that's for Sunday. For now, Zimbabwe lost to Fakhar Zaman by 55 runs. That's the story of the game.
Shadab Khan to Ngarava, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
"Mein hi out karunga bowl karunga" Sarfraz mocking Malik in the previous over. All smiles...
Richard Ngarava, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Shoaib Malik to Tendai Chisoro, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Blessing Muzarabani, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Shadab Khan to Tiripano, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Shoaib Malik [4.0-0-15-0] is back into the attack
Tendai Chisoro, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Shadab Khan to Masakadza, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Shadab Khan [6.0-0-20-1] is back into the attack
Wellington Masakadza, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Faheem Ashraf to Chigumbura, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Faheem Ashraf [4.0-0-9-1] is back into the attack
Junaid from round the wicket
Yasir Shah [4.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack
Shoaib Malik, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Donald Tiripano, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Shadab Khan to Moor, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
The Pakistan bench players are having some fun with their bowling coach Azhar Mahmood.
Shadab Khan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Drinks are on the field now..
Elton Chigumbura, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Faheem Ashraf to Ryan Murray, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Faheem Ashraf, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Yasir Shah, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Back to over the wicket!
Peter Moor, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Junaid Khan to Masakadza, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Ryan Murray, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Usman Khan to Musakanda, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Tarisai Musakanda, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Usman Khan to Kamunhukamwe, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!
Usman Khan, comes into the attack
Masakadza and Kamunhukamwe are at the crease. Masakadza is on strike. Junaid Khan will open the attack