Second ODI Pakistan captain Azhar Ali wins toss and asks Zmbabwe to bat first
By Kelvin Mapasure in Pakistan
Latest: Cremer’s 2-52 was the best by the Zimbabwe bowling front with Mupariwa and Chibhabha picking up a wicket each.
8:45 pm: Sohail scored a half century as Pakistan replied to Zimbabwe’s 268, to reach their victory target in 47.2 overs
8:40 pm: Haris Sohail and Shoaib Malik have managed to guide their team home to seal a series win with one match to spare.
Pakistan have won the match by six wickets
8:07 pm: 59 runs from 56 balls is all Pakistan requires with six wickets still intact
8:06 pm: Another wicket soon can enliven Zimbabwe’s fading chances
8:03 pm: Ali departs caught Williams bowled Mupariwa for 102 runs off 103 balls.
Pakistan on 209-4
7:58 PM: Pakistan are within 67 runs of a series clincher with 65 balls still to be bowled
7:55 pm: He used up 101 balls striking eight boundaries along the way
Azhar Ali reaches 100 runs
7:50 pm: Pakistan require 111 runs with 107 balls in hand
7:22 pm: Haris Sohail joins the enduring Azhar Ali with the home side on 153-3
Raza takes a good diving catch to help see off Asad Shafiq off Cremer for 39 runs
7:00 pm: Pakistan have since moved to 120-2 after 25 overs
Chibhabha drops Azhar Ali on 54 with Pakistan on 110-2
6:55 pm: Zimbabwe needs wickets to take Pakistan out of their comfort zone
6:41 pm: Azhar Ali reaches 50 off 51 balls
6:40 pm: 20 overs Pakistan 96-2
6:30 pm: Asad Shafiq joins Azhar Ali who has 30 runs so far
6:20 pm: Pakistan 199 balls short of the victory target and if Zimbabwe thought they had not put enough runs on the board the two wickets might have helped their belief
6:19 pm: Pakistan 68-2 after 14.3 overs
6:18 pm: Brilliant catch by Charles Coventry to dismiss Hafeez for 15 off Cremer’s bowling.
5:59 pm: 10 overs have been bowled Pakistan 49-1. The single wicket belongs to Chibhabha who removed Sarfraz Ahmed
5:55 pm: Pakistan down Hafeez joins Azhar Ali who is on 23 not out
Succes for Chibhabha as he traps Sarfraz Ahmed for 18 runs.
5:51 pm: Chamu Chibhabha has replaced Panyangara in the attack
5:49 pm: Security says its only a transformer , play goes on
5:46 pm: A loud bang outside the stadium raises concern inside.
5:42 pm: Brian Vitori has been introduced to the attack
5:40 pm: Panyangara and Mupariwa have not yet found the breakthrough that can give Zimbabwe hope and confidence
5:38 pm: Pakistan batsmen in a hurry to finish this match 6 overs gone they have 30 runs
5:36 pm: Three overs gone 10 runs on the board for Pakistan, their chase is yet to encounter trouble
5:29 pm: The last time he played in this country, he took four wickets. Zimbabwe will be hoping for that sort of performance.
Tawanda Mupariwa shares the new ball with Panyangara.
5:20 pm: Tinashe Panyangara takes the new ball
5:11 pm: The target is 269 runs in 50 overs
Players back on the field Azhar Ali and Mohammad Hafeez will get Pakistan’s run chase going.
4:45 pm: Innings wrapped Zimbabwe have given the hosts a victory target of 269
The highlights of the innings were Raza’s entertaining century as well as the well constructed 99 from opener Chamu Chibhabha
Zimbabwe’s bowlers have some work to do if the tourists are to level this three match series ahead of the final match on Sunday
4:43 pm: His 100 features eights fours and three sixes in the 84-ball knock.
Century; stadium erupts as Raza delivers his first ODI century.
Final over Raza (95) on strike
Raza has Tinashe Panyangara for company. Zimbabwe 259-7.
4:38 pm: Can Raza, who has hit 94 runs so far, claim his first century with nine balls left in this innings?
4:34 pm: Wahab Riaz claims the wicket of Graham Cremer for two runs
4:33 pm: We are into the last two overs Zimbabwe on 257-6
4:31 pm: he has used up just 76 balls , what an effort in front of a crowd that adores him
4:30 pm: Six brings Raza’s score to 93 not out
Good running between the wickets as Raza goes in search of his maiden tone
Still an opportunity for Raza to get his first century with 85 not out with three more overs left
New batsman for Zimbabwe is Graham Cremer
Coventry scored just 10 runs
4:28 pm: It leaves Zimbabwe on 238-6 after 46.4 overs .
4:26 pm: Agony for Charles Coventry as Wahab Riaz finds his edge
4:25 pm: 45 overs gone Zimbabwe 222-5. Raza 70 not out and Coventry 1 not out
4:17 pm: 36 balls left and Zimbabwe on 210-5
4:11 pm: Charles Coventry joins Raza, probably what Zimbabwe needs at this stage, a clean hitter.
Mutumbami falls to Anwar Ali after scoring just seven. Zimbabwe 209-5.
4:08 pm: This partnership has reached 50 runs from 53 balls.
4:06 pm: Refreshing, two straight boundaries from raza 208-4
4:04 pm: The home side’s bowlers have done well to strangle this innings.
4:03 pm: Zimbabwe also reached 200 runs 42.4 overs
Zimbabwe needs big hitting at this stage, its just not coming together.
4:02 pm: Raza’s 50 has arrived in 56 balls
4:01 pm: Raza moves to 48 and is two shy of his fifth ODI half century in this format.
3:58 pm: Zimbabwean batsmen Raza and Mutumbami looking to free their arms but the much needed boundaries proving difficult to come by
3:57 pm: We are into the 40th over and expectation is that Zimbabwe can really launch a blistering attack in order to put up a descent total after 40 overs Zimbabwe 187-4 , Raza approaching a half century on 42
3:55 pm: 35 overs gone Zimbabwe 156-4, Raza 17 and Mutumbami yet to score.
Not looking good for Zimbabwe at the moment
3:29 pm: Disappointment for Zimbabwe Chibhabha perishes on 99. Zimbabwe now 156-4.
What agony for the batsman after working so hard, he looked good for his maiden tone.
His 99 came off 100 balls with 11 fours and one six to his name.
3.10 pm: 30 overs Zimbabwe 140-3. Chibhabha thinking about a maiden century on 94, Raza 7 not out
3.05: Chibhabha needs somebody to stay with out there if Zimbabwe is get a total of above 300.
3.03 pm: Zimbabwe 114-2, Sean Williams joins Chibhabha who has been pegged back a bit on 80.
Zimbabwe has lost its third wicket. Sean Williams falls after Yasir Shah completes the catch off his own bowling.
Zimbabwe 122-3 , after 26.4 overs with Williams managing just 5 runs.
Latest: Trouble for Zimbabwe as captain Hamilton Masakadza is back in the hut.
An attempted sweep of a Yasir Shah delivery on fell in the hands of Mohammad Hafeez.
Zimbabwe 114-2, Sean Williams joins Chibhabha who has been pegged back a bit on 80.
2.32: Zimbabwe reach 100-run mark after 22.1 overs. Chibhabha and Masakadza picking up singles and rotating the strike well.
Chibhabha is on his best ODI score now with 80 runs, previous best was 73.
2.24 pm: 20 overs gone Zimbabwe 90-1 Chibhabha 73 and Masakadza 2. Vusi Sibanda’s wicket is the only one to have fallen so far
2.18 pm:Wicket: Pakistan make the breakthrough as Mohammad Hafeez bowls out Vusi Sibanda for 13. Zimbabwe reduced to 83-1 in the 19th over
Jubilation in the stands for that wicket, but a warm welcome to for stand in captain Hamilton Masakadza who joins Chibhabha
2.15 pm: Chibhabha hist first six of the day as Zimbabwe moves to 81 and he has contributed 66 of those runs.
Chibhabha’s highest ODI score is 73
2.07 pm Pakistan struggling to get the needed breakthrough, two batsmen batting in contrasting fashion. Sibanda too careful and picky while Chibhabha has thrown caution to the win.
Chibhabha’s halft tone should award him more freedon and Zimbabwe will be looking to increase scoring rate.
205 pm: His 50 features nine fours and he used up 51 balls.
16 overs Zimbabwe 66-0 (Chibhabha 53, Sibanda 11).
2.00 pm: Sibanda struggling to free himself from the Pakistan shackles. Just ten runs to his name from 40 balls.
Chibhabha is racing towards his tenth half century in ODI cricket on 47 not out.
Latest: Zimbabwe have reached 50 runs from 12.3 overs.
1.49 pm: Nine runs from the eighth over, Zimbabwe’s most profitable so far, two boundaries from Chibhabha who is not shy to put the bad balls away. 26-0.
What a colourful crowd , local fans still showing their gratitude to Zimbabwe for touring.
Tough conditions for the Zimbabwe batsmen, sweltering heat, temperature around 41 degrees.
10 0vers gone Zimbabwe 43-0. Chibhabha has raced to 38 and Sibanda is on 3.
Not the ideal for a Power Play but the wickets are still intact.
Yasir Shah enters the fray as Pakistan introduces spin.
1:27 pm: Another maiden over for Mohammad Sami seven over bowled Zimbabwe on 17 runs for no wicket
Analysis: Zimbabwe have taken a cautious approach at the start
1:18 pm: Five overs gone Zimbabwe have moved to 15 runs for no loss.
Chibhabha 12, Sibanda on 1
Zimbabwe needs a win to square the series after losing the first match by 41 runs
1.10 pm: Three overs gone Zimbabwe 8 for 0
107 pm: Its a good batting wicket and Zimbabwe will need to set a plus 300 total to better their chances
1:05 pm: Pakistan cricket fans trooping in, another full house expected. Zimbabwe 4 for o after two overs, the batsmen taking their time to launch
1:02 pm: First over Zimbabwe 3 for no loss both openers off the mark with a run apiece
Zimbabwe 11. Vusi Sibanda, Chamu Chibhabha, Hamilton Masakadza, , Sean Williams, Charles Coventry, Richmond Mutumbami, Sikandar Raza, Graeme Cremer, Tawanda Mupariwa, Tinashe Panyangara and Brian Vitori
Vusi Sibanda and Chamu Chibhabha open the batting for Zimbabwe
Here we go Sibanda facing Mohammed Sami