Gaddafi Stadium: A great game of cricket was observed by the cricket loving nation in Lahore. The same was the situation as tickets of the match were sold 2 days before the encounter as it was in T20I’s. The match set was a high scoring match, which raises many questions on the Pakistan bowling department and their head coach Former Test cricketer Waqar Younas.
Pakistan making 375/3 after completion of 50 overs. Pakistan marked the highest total at Gaddafi Stadium, powers with Shoiab Malik’s ton in his come back match. The batting was completely classy, with openers Azhar Ali and Mohammad Hafeez started steadily, after setting on the wicket both the batsman started power hitting which raises the run-rate over 7. After their dismissals, Malik along with young Haris Sohail build the innings to a remarkable score. (M Hafeez 86 out, Azhar Ali 79 out, Shoiab Malik 112 out on the last delivery of the innings and Haris Sohail not out 89).
Prosper Utseya was the most successful bowler from the Zimbabwean side,with 2 for 63 in 10 overs.
The total by Pakistan side, sets record of highest total at Gaddafi Stadium.
Zimbabwe side with its full efforts, made 334/5 on the board in 50 overs, skipper Elton Chigumbra tops with 117 runs from 95 balls, supported by Masakadza’s 73 on 73 deliveries. Although, Zim got defeated by 41 runs in a high scoring match.
Pakistani bowling is falling towards decline, they were not even able to bowl well in T20’s and now the same in ODI’s. Mohammad Sami, making his come back in ODI with worst performance, giving 63 runs in 7 overs remains wicket-less. Wahab Riaz the ‘World Cup guy’ is still in great form took 3 wickets for 47 in 10 overs.
MoM: Shoiab Malik for his 112 from 76 balls and one wicket.