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Zimbabwe levels ODI series against Pakistan

by AP
03 Oct 2015 at 19:34hrs | Views
Zimbabwe beat Pakistan by five runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method to level their one-day international series 1-1 after bad light ended the second game early on Saturday.

The fading light prevented a tense finish after Pakistan had dragged itself back from a desperate position to end on 256-8 with two overs to go. The tourists needed another 21 runs off 12 balls to overhaul Zimbabwe's 276-6 but were ultimately denied the chance of victory.

In the end, Pakistan was five runs off the Duckworth-Lewis equation.

Shoaib Malik was 96 not out having played a major role in the tourists' recovery from 76-6. Aamer Yamin made 62 and dominated a 111-run stand with Malik to lift Pakistan within reach of what would have been an unlikely win considering it had lost six batsmen inside 22 overs.

After that century stand, Yasir Shah was batting with Malik on 32 not out from just 22 deliveries and providing late impetus when the game was stopped.

Zimbabwe posted its winning total through opener Chamu Chibhabha's 90 and captain Elton Chigumbura's rapid 67 from 55 balls.

Chibhabha played a measured innings with eight fours, while Chigumbura hammered four fours and two sixes for his 67 of 55 balls before being out to the rare dismissal of hit wicket.

Zimbabwe's victory set up a deciding match in the three-game series on Monday.

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