ZIMBABWE BEAT PAKISTAN IN ODI
By: Nasiphi Mvunyiswa
Zimbabwe defeated Pakistan by seven wickets in the first One Day International for the first time in 15 years at the Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.
Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first. The top scorer for the Pakistan batting side was the Captain Misbah Ul-Haq with a score of 83 runs. Mohammad Hafeez also ended with a good score of 70 runs. The third wicket partnership between Ul-Haq and Hafeez produced 99 runs in 17.5 overs. But the batting side for the visitors generally struggled as other batsmen didn’t make it pass 30 runs. Pakistan ended with a score of 244/7 in their 50 overs.
Zimbabwean batsmen entered the crease to chase the score of 245 runs needed to win. The hosts started their chase on a positive note. The first wicket partnership between Hamilton Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda produced an outstanding score of 104 runs in just 23.3 overs. Masakadza ended with a score of 85 runs and Sibanda left the crease with a score of 54 runs.
Zimbabwean Captain, Brenden Taylor ended the match producing 43 runs. Sean Williams scored his runs quickly, scoring 39 runs in just 23 deliveries. Zimbabwe won by seven wickets with 10 balls to spare.
After the game Ul-Haq said that their mistake was choosing to bat first. “We misread the pitch-it was looking like it was going to be slow in the second innings, but I think it was slow in the first innings and played better in the second.”
Skipper Taylor mentioned in the media conference that he is proud of the character his team showed in this match. “We were badly beaten by India a couple of weeks back, so to come out with that sort of performance shows a lot of character,” he said.
Zimbabwe now leads the 3-match series 1-0. The 2nd ODI will take place in Harare Sports Club again on Thursday.