Zimbabwe beat Pakistan to level series

Bad Light controversy handsĀ hosts much needed win

Zimbabwe overcame an incredible fightback from visitors Pakistan to confirm a close 5 run victory via Duckworth-Lewis. The second ODI at Harare was more controversial than anybody would have expected it to be.

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The hosts put up a stunning total of 276 against a strong Pakistan bowling attack. The Pakistani batsman crashed early on, finding themselves 76 for 6. It was then that Shoaib Malik and Aamer Yamin stepped onto the pitch, and who would have thought, the two put on an outstanding show of a magnificent 111 run stand. This seventh wicket partnership brought the visitors back in the game big time, despite having only 3 wickets in hand. However, mother nature seemed to have other plans as rain caused a delay in the game. The heavy grey clouds left the umpires with no choice but to call the game off for the time being. The players were taken off the field due to the declaration of “bad light”. The light got worse with time, as the sun was already setting and therefore, the match was declared over. Zimbabwe were declared 5 run winners via the D/L method, much to the frustration of Shoaib Malik and co.

Zimbabwe Innings

The Zimbabwe innings in this game was shockingly totally opposite to the one of the first ODI, in which they were dismissed for a horribly low total of 128. The hosts showed immense character in the 2nd game and looked a completely different batting unit. Chibhabha’s 90 and Chigumbura’s 67 were the highlights of the Zimbabwe innings, as they helped their side register an amazing total of 276 after 50 overs.

Pakistan innings

The Pakistan innings got off to a disastrous start, which one can so expect from them. As unpredictable as they can be. Azhar Ali, Bilal Asif, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed and Muhammad Rizwan all fell for a combined score of just 19. Shocking stuff. Shoaib Malik and youngster Aamer Yamin both brought some much needed spark to the innings. Yamin’s first boundary brought life to the game as both him and Shoaib Malik put up an incredible partnership to bring the greens back in the hunt out of nowhere. Yamin’s 62 and Malik’s 96 were pivotal in Pakistan making an amazing comeback after an abysmal start by the top order.

Zimbabwe’s fielding could have cost them the game

While Zimbabwe’s batsman looked revitalized after a horrible first ODI performance, their fielders seemed to have lost the plot in this game. Fielding, the hosts put down three catches and missed a clear cut stumping opportunity. Due to the fielding slip ups, the game seemed to be fading away completely from the hands of the Zimbabwe fielders. The Malik and Yamin due managed 14 boundaries in the following 16 overs, which included a whooping 5 sixes and 9 fours.

Rain ruined the Malik Show

After Yamin’s dismissal, Yasir Shah came onto partner Shoaib Malik. Yasir is known to be a capable batsman and has already shown that in Test cricket. Malik’s confidence seemed to be unphased by the rain pouring down as he helped his side cut the chase down to just 21 from the last 2 overs. It was then that the umpires called the players together for a lengthy discussion which mentioned that the ball could no longer be seen due to bad light. Zimbabwe skipper Chigumbura led his players off the field which sparked huge controversy from the Pakistan squad. A few moments later, the game was officially called off, leaving it to be decided by the Duckworth-Lewis Method. The hosts Zimbabwe were declared winners by 5 runs.

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