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HARARE---Zimbabwe beat Pakistan by seven
wickets yesterday as Sean Williams launched
a six over long-on to secure the lowly-ranked
African team s first one-day international win
in a bilateral series against the Pakistanis in
Williams capped a solid all-around perform-
ance by the Zimbabweans, who restricted Pak-
istan to a below-par 244-7 at Harare Sports
Club and then batted confidently and with
composure to reach 246-3 and beat their oppo-
sition for the first time since 1998.
Hamilton Masakadza made 85 and fellow
opener Vusi Sibanda 54 to anchor the chase,
and captain Brendan Taylor was 43 not out
alongside Williams (39 not out) to guide their
team home with ten balls to spare.
"It s a pretty awesome feeling," Taylor said.
"To beat the quality team that they ve got, it
shows we re doing the right thing."
Zimbabwe not only overcame poor form
where it had only won three ODI games since
late 2011 before yesterday, but also significant
off-field problems having only just avoided a
strike by players ahead of this tour after they
complained of being underpaid and poorly
treated in the struggling country. Zimbabwe
cricket has battled for years.
But having lost the Twenty20 series against
Pakistan comfortably, the home team responded
to take the lead in the three-match one-day
series. Zimbabwe hasn t won an ODI series
over a Test team other than Bangladesh since
2001, when it beat New Zealand.
Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq s 83 not
out and Mohammad Hafeez s 70 earlier were
in vain for the tourists, as was spinner Saeed
Ajmal s 2-44 with the ball.
"We could have played better but still I think
that Zimbabwe deserved that," Misbah said.
Zimbabwe had lost its last three ODI series
against Pakistan 3-0, 5-0 and 5-0 before seam-
ers Tendai Chatara and Brian Vitori took two
wickets each to restrict Pakistan and give the
hosts a chance of victory on a good batting
Misbah and Hafeez had given the tourists
some impetus in their 99-run partnership for
the third wicket but Zimbabwe kept Pakistan
largely in check. Misbah s 83 not out from 85
deliveries came with three fours and two sixes
on his return to lead the team after sitting out
the T20 series. Hafeez hit 70 from 71 balls with
six fours and three sixes.
Other than that, there was little else from
Pakistan s batsmen as the openers struggled
to score and the middle and lower order were
Masakadza made 85 with nine fours and a
six and shared a 107-run opening partnership
with Sibanda to set the platform, and only
Timycen Maruma failed out of Zimbabwe s top
Williams suggested it would work out for
Zimbabwe when he bottom-edged a delivery
onto his leg stump in the 45th over, but the
ball skipped away to the boundary and the bails
stayed on. The left-hander clubbed the winning
runs off Mohammad Irfan, ripped off his helmet,
punched the air and celebrated with his cap-
Taylor said: "I couldn t be happier." (AP)
Zimbabwe enjoys rare win over Pakistan
NasirJamshedcTaylorbChatara . . . . . . . .27
AhmedShehzadstTaylorbUtseya . . . . . .24
Mohammad Hafeez c Maruma b Chatara .70
Umar Amin run out (Vitori/Panyangara) . . . .1
ShahidAfridicTaylorbVitori . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
HarisSohailcUtseyabVitori... ..... ..... .2
Sarfraz Ahmed run out (Waller/Taylor) . . . . 7
Saeed Ajmal not out 3
Fall of wickets: 1-56, 2-80, 3-179, 4-184, 5-198,
Bowling: Panyangara 10-2-38-0 (1w),Vitori
10-0-42-2 (6w), Chatara 10-2-32-2 (1w),
Utseya 10-0-60-1, Chigumbura 2-0-11-0 (1w),
Waller 2-0-19-0, Williams 4-0-18-0,
Hamilton Masakadza c Misbah b Ajmal . .85
Timycen Maruma c Shehzad b Khan . . . . . .18
Fall of wickets: 1-107, 2-176, 3-201.
Bowling: Irfan 9.2-1-45-0, Khan 9-0-55-1
(3w), Ajmal 10-0-44-2, Hafeez 10-0-40-0, 9-
0-51-0, Amin 1-0-7-0.
Result: Zimbabwe won by seven wickets.
Series: Zimbabwe leads 3-match series 1-0.
To ss : won by Pakistan.
Umpires: Richard Illingworth, England, and
Russell Tiffin, Zimbabwe.
TV Umpire: Owen Chirombe, Zimbabwe.
Match Referee: Jeff Crowe, New Zealand.
Zimbabwean batsman Hamilton
Masakdza plays a shot on the first
day of their One Day International
against Pakistan in Harare,
Zimbabwe, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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