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HARARE---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 yesterday.
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-
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
After that century stand, Yasir Shah was batting with
Malik on 32 not out from just 22 deliveries and providing
Pakistan batsman Wahab Riaz,
centre, is run out during the One
Day International Cricket match
between Zimbabwe and Pakistan
in Harare, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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. (AP)
Zimbabwe levels ODI
series against Pakistan
...'Disappointed, but have
to follow rules'---Malik
Shoaib Malik, whose unbeaten 96 had kept Pakistan
on course during a severely tense chase of 277 in
Harare, admitted he was disappointed by the way the
match ended after the umpires took the players off
for bad light. At the time, Pakistan needed another 21
runs to win in two overs with two wickets in hand.
But with play being curtailed, Duckworth-Lewis cal-
culations indicated the visitors were short by five runs.
"The way we were batting then, I think the game
was in our favour," Malik said. "Obviously there are
certain ICC rules and we have to follow them. I think
overall it was a great game, but at the end of the day
it s a little bit disappointing the way it ended. But being
a professional cricketer and representing your country,
you have to follow certain rules and regulations."
Malik batted for almost 42 overs and helped Pakistan
recover from a precarious 76 for 6. He added 111 runs
for the seventh wicket with Aamer Yamin, who struck
a maiden ODI fifty, and an unbeaten 63 for the ninth
wicket with Yasir Shah.
"I had one thing in my mind," Malik said. "If we play
the full 50 overs, then we might have a chance. The
minute that Aamer Yamin came in he gave me that
hope, okay I m here and I can hit boundaries . So he
started hitting boundaries and I started taking singles.
And it was just one thing that I always had in my mind
during the game: that I have to play until the 50th over.
And whichever way the game goes, either to Zimbabwe
or us, I still have to play the fifty overs."
Yamin departed with 90 still needed from 61 balls
and Pakistan were left with three wickets in hand. But
Malik insisted he never felt the game had slipped away.
"I never thought of it that way. The way [Yamin] batted,
he gave us hope. Even when Yasir Shah came in, the
way he was batting I think the pressure was on the
Zimbabwe team. It s like a team thing. Obviously we
lost, but at the end of the day we have achieved a lot
from this game."
Earlier in the day, three of Pakistan s top-four batsmen
had fallen playing aggressive strokes. But Malik said an
attacking approach had been part of the visitors game-
plan. "The way cricket is going I think you have to play
aggressive cricket, and that s what we even talked about
in our meeting before this game. Sometimes you lose
wickets, sometimes you score runs. It s part of the game."
Malik also gave credit to the Zimbabweans for the
way they played, singling Elton Chigumbura out for
"We started off well bowling as a unit, but obviously
we must also give credit to the Zimbabwean batsmen,
especially [Chamu] Chibhabha and Chigumbura. Espe-
cially Chigumbura and the way he batted at the end.
There are areas of improvement for us, which we ll look
at and come back hard." (ESPN CRICINFO)
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