1st ODI: Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 41 runs - everything as it happened

Published: May 26, 2015


PHOTO: SHAFIQ MALIK/ EXPRESS Zimbabwean batsmen Sikandar Raza (L) and Vusi Sibanda (R) run between the wickets as Pakistani bowler Mohammad Sami (C) looks on during the first one day international cricket match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on May 26, 2015. Pakistan rode on a brilliant hundred by Shoaib Malik to post their highest 375-3 run total against Zimbabwe in the first one-day international. PHOTO: AFP PHOTO: SHAFIQ MALIK/ EXPRESS PHOTO: SHAFIQ MALIK/ EXPRESS PHOTO: SHAFIQ MALIK/ EXPRESS A file photo of Pakistan ODI captain Azhar Ali. PHOTO: REUTERS

LAHORE: Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 41 runs in the first ODI of the three-match series at Gaddafi stadium, Lahore on late Tuesday.

Shoaib Malik and Elton Chigumbura scored centuries in a high-scoring encounter on a pitch that offered nothing to the bowlers.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first.

Azhar Ali (79) and Muhammad Hafeez (86) played promising innings but could not convert their half-tons into centuries.

Shoaib Malik (112 off 76) grabbed the opportunity and hit the fastest century of his career off 70 balls to mark a brilliant comeback. He was supported well by Haris Sohail who was unbeaten 89 at the end of the innings.

Prosper Utseya accounted for two batsmen.

Set a daunting task to chase 376 runs, Zimbabwe started positively but Sikandar Raza (36) and Vusimuzi Sibanda (23) departures slowed the pace of their innings.

Captain Elton Chigumbura (117) and Hamilton Masakadza (73) pushed the cause forward but couldn’t help their side past the finishing line.

Wahab bagged three wickets for Pakistan.

Chigumbura: Its a good wicket to bat on. If you put good runs on the board you can get the other team in trouble.

Man-of-the-match Shoaib Malik (112 runs and a wicket): Well, I needed a comeback. My number was fifth. Waqar bhai came to me and said we have the start you should take over. Mushtaq bhai also trusted in me. The most important thing for me is that the team won. I had some good innings in the domestic matches that set me in the flow. I want to do more for my country. Before this series, I was playing all around the world and I was working on my bowling. It gives you an extra edge as an all-rounder. (Chuckling) I don’t have space for the trophies, she (Sania) is already bringing in more trophies than me.

Azhar Ali: It was a great batting effort. Hafeez gave a great start and the others got going after that. We batted Zimbabwe out of the game. The wickets are good. Bowling here is tough. But we should try to not to concede too many runs on batting tracks. Trying to play fearless cricket, and lead the team positively. You have to maintain balance between hitting and playing for the team.

Zimbabwe 334-5 (50 overs)

FOURx2! Utseya and Mutumbami hit two consolation boundaries.

Anwar Ali bowls the last over.

Zimbabwe 321-5 (49 overs)

FOUR! Utseya top-edges it over the keeper.

Wahab Riaz bowls the penultimate over.

Zimbabwe 315-5 (48 overs)

Six runs off the over.

Anwar Ali in for his ninth over.

Zimbabwe 309-5 (47 overs)

FOUR! Mutumbami gets a thick edge, Sami runs in to save the day but over runs his dive. Face palm on Pakistan’s fielding!

Wahab Riaz in for his ninth.

Zimbabwe 303-5 (46 overs)

FOURx2! Prosper Utseya and Mutumbami want their piece of cake too. Pulled by Utseya and drived towards extra cover by Mutumbami.

Muhammad Sami again! With Chigumbura gone, he has nothing to fear or…

Zimbabwe 294-5 (45 overs)

BOWLED! Chigumbura (117) moves back and Wahab hits the off-stump. Full and straight, as good as you get!

Wahab Riaz in. Can he find a leak in Chigumbura’s defense?

Zimbabwe 292-4 (44 overs)

SIX, SIX, FOUR, SIX! Its Chigumbura show here ladies and gentlemen. He seems to be matching the like of Gayle, stand and deliver!

Muhammad Sami is back in the attack.

Zimbabwe 270-4 (43 overs)

OUT! Sean Williams (36) caught by Sarfraz Ahmed. They definitely needed a bigger webbing in their hands to catch the ball and who else would have it than the keeper! Wahab has his man, FINALLY!

Wahab Riaz bowls!

Zimbabwe 263-3 (42 overs)

FOUR! Elton Chigumbura says farewell with a boundary on the last ball.

FOUR! Sean Williams welcomes him with a boundary on the first ball.

Anwar Ali in for another beating?

Zimbabwe 251-3 (41 overs)

And with that comment Elton Chigumbura (86*) launches him over mid-wicket for a SIXXX! Yes, the distance covered by the ball was was extra extra extra large.

Shoaib Malik is in. A century coupled with a wicket, what a day for him to make his return (on such a flat track).

Zimbabwe 240-3 (40 overs)

Anwar Ali goes for seven runs in his over. No boundaries! 136 off 60 balls. Gayle or de Villiers please?

Zimbabwe 233-3 (39 overs)

FOURx2! Elton Chigumbura shows him and Hammad Azam why they shouldn’t have dropped his catch. Over point and then through extra cover.

Wahab Riaz steams in to try his luck again! He can’t complain because he dropped a chance himself from his own bowling in the second T20 against Zimbabwe. As you sow so shall you reap!

Zimbabwe 222-3 (38 overs)

FOURx2! Sean Williams makes full use of the batting powerplay.

Anwar Ali is brought on for the batting powerplay.

Zimbabwe 211-3 (37 overs)

Four runs off the over.

DROPPED! Chigumbura swings wildly on a short ball and Hammad Azam goes with the inverted cup. The ball seeps through his hands onto his chest and lands safely on the ground. The ball is safe ladies and gentlemen, just a few bruises while falling down. Meanwhile, Hammad Azam has hurt some serious sentiments here. First-aid please!

Wahab Riaz is back to bowl the batting powerplay overs.

Zimbabwe 207-3 (36 overs)

FOUR! Sweep towards deep square leg by Sean Williams.

Muhammad Hafeez into his eighth over and first over of batting powerplay.

Zimbabwe 200-3 (35 overs)

Eight runs off Shoaib Malik’s over courtesy a boundary by Chigumbura.

Zimbabwe 192-3 (34 overs)

Two runs off Muhammad Hafeez’s over.

Zimbabwe 190-3 (33 overs)

OUT! Masakadza (73) caught by Hammad Azam at mid-wicket.

SIX! Full-toss slog sweeped by Hamilton Masakadza.

Shoaib Malik bowls his second.

Zimbabwe 180-2 (32 overs)

Nine runs off his over courtesy a humongous SIX by Hamilton Masakadza.

Muhammad Hafeez.

Zimbabwe 171-2 (31 overs)

Chigumbura 49,  Masakadza 60.

Four runs off his over.

Shoaib Malik in for his first over.

Zimbabwe 167-2 (30 overs)

Chigumbura 47,  Masakadza 58.

Three runs off the over. A good tight over after Sami’s beating.

Muhammad Hafeez.

Zimbabwe 164-2 (29 overs)

Chigumbura 45,  Masakadza 55.

FOURx3! Chigumbura hits two wide deliveries on off-side towards the point boundary. Follows up with a drive towards extra cover.

Muhammad Sami is back in the attack to find a wicket.

Zimbabwe 150-2 (28 overs)

Chigumbura 33,  Masakadza 55.

FOUR! Masakadza ends the over with a boundary. Reverse sweep does the trick.

FIFTY up for Hamilton Masakadza off 57 balls.

Muhammad Hafeez.

Zimbabwe 142-2 (27 overs)

Chigumbura 31,  Masakadza 49.

Yasir Shah continues.

Zimbabwe 139-2 (26 overs)

Chigumbura 30,  Masakadza 47.

Just two runs off the over.

Muhammad Hafeez.

Zimbabwe 137-2 (25 overs)

Four runs off the over.

Yasir Shah.

Zimbabwe 133-2 (24 overs)

Muhammad Hafeez goes for seven runs in the over.

Zimbabwe 126-2 (23 overs)

Six runs off the over.

Yasir Shah in for his fourth over on the trot!

Zimbabwe 120-2 (22 overs)

Six runs off his over.

Muhammad Hafeez comes on!

Zimbabwe 114-2 (21 overs)

Gives away six runs in the over. No boundaries.

Yasir Shah!

Zimbabwe 108-2 (20 overs)

Gives away ten runs in the over courtesy a FOUR by Hamilton Masakadza.

Hammad Azam bowls his fifth over.

Zimbabwe 98-2 (19 overs)

FOURx2! Elton Chigumbura and Hamilton Masakadza show their spin playing skills against Yasir.

Yasir Shah continues with his second over.

Zimbabwe 87-2 (18 overs)

Four runs off his over.

Hammad Azam!


Zimbabwe 83-2 (17 overs)

Five runs off his over.

Yasir Shah introduced into the bowling attack.

Zimbabwe 78-2 (16 overs)

Four runs off the over.

Hammad Azam in for his third over.

Zimbabwe 74-2 (15 overs)

Only two runs off his over.

Wahab Riaz!

Zimbabwe 72-2 (14 overs)

Hammad Azam goes for seven runs in his over courtesy a FOUR by Hamilton Masakadza.

Zimbabwe 65-2 (13 overs)

OUT! Sibanda pulls a shorter delivery and is caught and bowl by Wahab. He went late into the shot and all he could do was edge it up in the air for an easy catch.

A loud appeal for caught behind. Umpire says its not out.

Wahab Riaz again!

Zimbabwe 60-1 (12 overs)

Four runs off the over.

Hammad Azam is given the ball by Azhar Ali. He didn’t get a chance with the bat, can he deliver with the ball?

Zimbabwe 58-1 (11 overs)

Just two runs off his over.

Wahab runs in for his second over.

Zimbabwe 56-1 (10 overs)

OUT! Sikandar Raza (36) chips it into the hands of the Muhammad Hafeez at short mid-wicket. Hamilton Masakadza walks in!

FOUR! Sikandar Raza nudges it towards fine leg and he gets a boundary as diving Wahab Riaz touches the ropes while stopping the ball.

Anwar Ali bowls his fifth over.

Zimbabwe 50-0 (9 overs)

Four runs off his over.

Left-arm quickie Wahab Riaz joins the bowling attack.

Zimbabwe 46-0 (8 overs)

FOURx2! Sikandar Raza moving one gear up. He finds the long-on boundary then lashes the next one over extra cover instead the ball takes the bottom edge of the bat bat and runs past the only slip.

Anwar Ali!

Zimbabwe 36-0 (7 overs)

SIX! Short and pulled over mid-wicket for a maximum. He made use of the pace of the ball and banged it over the boundary.

Muhammad Sami steams in again!

Zimbabwe 28-0 (6 overs)

Anwar Ali give away only one run in his over.

Zimbabwe 27-0 (5 overs)

FOUR! Pitched up and Sikandar Raza goes through covers. Effortless shot!

Muhammad Sami continues.

Zimbabwe 19-0 (4 overs)

Five runs off his over.

Anwar Ali in for his second now!

Zimbabwe 14-0 (3 overs)

Just a single off the over.

Muhammad Sami into his second over.

Zimbabwe 13-0 (2 overs)

(FOUR! Sibanda goes for a pull but gets an inside edge. The ball runs to the fine leg boundary) AGAIN!

FOUR! Sibanda goes for a pull but gets an inside edge. The ball runs to the fine leg boundary.

FOUR! Sibanda goes through covers.

Anwar Ali is in!

Zimbabwe 1-0 (1 over)

Just a single off the over.

Muhammad Sami has been given the new ball. Vusimuzi Sibanda and Sikandar Raza will open the batting for Pakistan.

Zimbabwe face a daunting task of chasing 376 runs inside 50 overs. They have the quality in their batting but can they cross the line? The pitch is favorable for batting and the dew factor will also be kicking in.

Pakistan 375-3 (50 overs)

OUT! Shoaib Malik (112) caught by Hamilton Masakadza on the last ball of the match.

Panyangara bowls the last over.

Pakistan 370-2 (49 overs)

Shoaib 110, Haris 86.

FOUR! Shoaib Malik gets it between the legs of the long-on fielder.

CENTURY! Shoaib Malik get his fastest century off 70 balls.


Chris Mpofu bowls the penultimate over.

Pakistan 356-2 (48 overs)

Shoaib 97, Haris 85.

FOUR! Shoaib Malik goes over the mid-off fielder. He is on 96*.

Brian Vitori bowls his tenth over.


Pakistan 345-2 (47 overs)

Shoaib 89, Haris 82.

Two centuries on the line here. Who will do it first?

Chris Mpofu bowls his ninth over.

Pakistan 339-2 (46 overs)

Shoaib 87, Haris 78.

FOUR! Full-toss and Haris places it on leg side.

SIX! Haris Sohail goes over mid-on.

Brian Vitori bowls his ninth.


Pakistan 325-2 (45 overs)

Shoaib 86, Haris 66.

FOUR! Haris finds the gap towards mid-wicket.

SIX! Haris goes for the long leg boundary this time. Short and he pulls it nicely!

FOUR! Haris Sohail goes over mid-on. Perfect execution!

Panyangara bowls his ninth over.

Pakistan 309-2 (44 overs)

Shoaib 85, Haris 51.

FIFTY up for Haris Sohail off 47 balls.

Chris Mpofu!

Pakistan 301-2 (43 overs)

Shoaib 83, Haris 45.

SIX! This time he clears the fence. Length ball and he swings it over long leg.

FOUR! Shoaib Malik gets on one knee and slams it over mid-wicket. It rises high, high up in the air and lands just before the boundary and goes over the ropes.

Brian Vitori bowls his eighth over.

Pakistan 287-2 (42 overs)

Shoaib 71, Haris 43.

FOUR! Shoaib Malik goes inside out again for the extra cover boundary.

Sean Willaims in!

Pakistan 278-2 (41 overs)

Shoaib 64, Haris 41.

FOUR! Shoaib went on leg and plays an inside out shot towards extra cover.

FOUR! Yorker and Shoaib edges it towards the third man boundary.

Pakistan 263-2 (40 overs)

Shoaib 55, Haris 36.

FOUR! On Haris’ pads, and it is played towards deep square leg.

Brian Vitori brought back!

Pakistan 251-2 (39 overs)

Shoaib 54, Haris 29.

FOUR! Top-edge gets Shoaib Malik a boundary. FIFTY up for him after 31 innings.

Panyangara bowls.

Pakistan 245-2 (38 overs)

Shoaib 45, Haris 28.

Six runs off the over.

Chris Mpofu!

Pakistan 239-2 (37 overs)

Shoaib 41, Haris 26.

FOURx2! Shoaib Malik glances it towards fine leg. Follows up with a wider flick towards square leg.

Panyangara brought in!

Pakistan 227-2 (36 overs)

Just five runs off the over. Pakistan in their lowest gear AGAIN!

Chris Mpofu bowls the first over of the batting powerplay.

Pakistan 222-2 (35 overs)

FOUR! Cut professionally by Shoaib Malik on the off-side.

Sikandar Raza.

Pakistan 215-2 (34 overs)

FOUR! Haris Sohail steps down the pitch and launches it over mid-off’s head.

Prosper Utseya bowls his tenth and last over on the trot!

Pakistan 205-2 (33 overs)

SIX! Shoaib Malik goes straight over the bowler’s head.

Sikandar Raza continues!

Pakistan 194-2 (32 overs)

FOUR! Haris Sohail finds the gap towards extra cover. Welcome boundary for Pakistan.

Prosper Utseya in for his ninth over.

Pakistan 188-2 (31 overs)

Zimbabwe have slowed the pace of Pakistan scoring. Just three runs off this over.

Sikandar Raza bowls his third over.

Pakistan 185-2 (30 overs)

Four runs off the over. Shoaib 7, Haris 6. Drinks!

Zimbabwe wicket-taker Prosper Utseya continues.

Pakistan 181-2 (29 overs)

Four runs off the over.

Chris Mpofu bowls his fifth and starts with a wide!

Pakistan 177-2 (28 overs)

Three runs off the over.

Haris Sohail plays it towards leg. No hat-trick for Utseya today!

BOWLED! Utseya is on a hat-trick here! Two in two. Hafeez (86) misses a straighter one from him!

Pakistan 174-1 (27 overs)

Four runs off the over.

Shoaib Malik has a chance to increase his credentials with a good innings here. Can he go on to score a century?

Chris Mpofu bowls!

Pakistan 170-1 (26 overs)

OUT! Azhar Ali (79) departs. Caught at square leg.

FOURx2! Hafeez on fire against the spinners.

Prosper Utseya again!

Pakistan 160-0 (25 overs)

SIXx2! Muhammad Hafeez muscles Raza over long-on. Oh wait! He goes again on the next ball. Straighter this time. Two on two for Hafeez!


Sikandar Raza again!

Pakistan 147-0 (24 overs)

Three runs off Prosper Utseya’s over.

Pakistan 144-0 (23 overs)

SIX! Azhar Ali goes big over long-on.


Sikandar Raza is introduced into the attack.

Pakistan 135-0 (22 overs)

FOURx2! Muhammad Hafeez goes through covers and then cuts one for two consecutive boundaries.

Prosper Utseya!

Pakistan 122-0 (21 overs)

FOUR! Swept by Hafeez for a boundary.

FIFTY up for Muhammad Hafeez off 59 balls.

Sean Williams!

Pakistan 114-0 (20 overs)

SIX! Azhar Ali goes over long-off. Chris Mpofu spills it over the fence. Azhar survives. This was his second six in all the ODIs he has played.

Prosper Utseya!

Pakistan 103-0 (19 overs)

FOUR! Muhammad Hafeez powers it straight past the umpire. Straight drive!

Brain Vitori bowls!

Pakistan 96-0 (18 overs)

Two runs off Prosper Utseya’s over.

Pakistan 94-0 (17 overs)

Misfield and FIFTY for Azhar Ali off 55 balls. Is he loving his stint as a captain or what?

FOUR! Azhar Ali moves to 49 with a cut past the point fielder.

Brian Vitori is brought back!

Pakistan 89-0 (16 overs)

Six runs off Prosper Utseya’s first over. Drinks!

Pakistan 83-0 (15 overs)

FOUR! Hafeez again! Cuts it past point on this occassion.

SIX! Hafeez goes big over long-on off Sean Williams.

Pakistan 70-0 (14 overs)

FOUR! Scooped over short fine leg fielder for a boundary by Azhar Ali.

FOUR! Azhar Ali goes for the mid-wicket boundary.

Chris Mpofu into his third.

Pakistan 60-0 (13 overs)

Four runs off Sean Williams’ over.

Pakistan 56-0 (12 overs)

Just two runs off the over.

Chris Mpofu bowls his second.

Pakistan 54-0 (11 overs)

FOUR! Muhammad Hafeez cuts it past point.

Sean Williams with his left-arm spin!

Pakistan 47-0 (10 overs)

FOUR! Slow ball and Azhar Ali just nudges it past the keeper for third man boundary.

FOUR! Azhar Ali charges and finds the covers boundary. Mpofu changed his length, bowled it short but Azhar adjusted well.

Chris Mpofu brought into the attack.

Pakistan 36-0 (9 overs)

SIX! Hafeez again! This time scoops it over square leg.

FOUR! Muhammad Hafeez has waited enough! Length ball and he goes over long-on.

Pakistan 26-0 (8 overs)

FOUR! Slashed by Azhar Ali through covers.

Brian Vitori bowls his fourth.

Pakistan 21-0 (7 overs)

FOUR! Slow ball and guided by Azhar Ali towards square leg.

Panyangara into his fourth over.

Pakistan 17-0 (6 overs)

FOUR! Azhar Ali slices it through point.

Vitori continues.

Pakistan 8-0 (5 overs)

Just a single off Panyangara’s over.

Pakistan 7-0 (4 overs)

Brian Vitori bowls a maiden.

Pakistan 7-0 (3 overs)

Just a single off the over. No boundaries yet!

Panyangara continues.

Pakistan 6-0 (2 overs)

Five runs off the over.

Brian Vitori is given the new ball.

Pakistan 1-0 (1 over)

Just one run off the over.

Azhar Ali, playing his first international match at home, is out with Muhammad Hafeez to open the batting for Pakistan. Panyangara will open the bowling for Zimbabwe.


Pakistan have won the toss and elected to bat in the first ODI against Zimbabwe.


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Reader Comments (8)

  • May 26, 2015 - 3:54PM

    Hammad should be given a proper run. By the way what sin did Saad Nasim and Munawar Ahmed commit for being left out of the side after brilliant performances. Malik doesnt need more chances. Pathetic decision making.Recommend

  • Salman
    May 26, 2015 - 3:58PM

    Why is Mukhtar not playing?? Only in Pakistan would a player who just got man of the series in the T20s get dropped for the ODIs. We deserve to lose.Recommend

  • imran
    May 26, 2015 - 4:48PM

    Punjabi team . BuahhRecommend

  • Pity
    May 26, 2015 - 5:47PM

    Is Afridi a Punjabi or a Pakistani?Recommend

  • May 26, 2015 - 5:56PM

    Shame on youRecommend

  • Pakistani
    May 27, 2015 - 12:14AM

    Why is M Sami in the team?
    and why is Asad Shafiq. batting average 24, strike rate 68.Recommend

  • Careless Whispers
    May 27, 2015 - 12:00PM

    I am sure ur talking about Kabadi TeamRecommend

  • Ravian
    May 27, 2015 - 2:24PM

    Zimbabwe scored 334/5, what a lame bowling attack Pakistan has………………………!!!Recommend

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