Pakistan 299-4 (Hafeez 136no) beat
Zimbabwe 209 (Junaid 4-15) by 90 runs
Second One-Day International, Harare
Pakistan recovered from a ponderous start to comfortably win the second One-Day International at Harare Sports Club and so square the series heading into Saturday’s decider.
Mohammad Hafeez hit a fluent unbeaten century and Junaid Khan then took four wickets as the visitors completed victory by the margin of 90 runs.
Zimbabwe had again won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to field first after their success doing likewise on Tuesday. Their seamers, Brian Vitori in particular, made the most of any early movement on offer and had Pakistan 84 for three in the 22nd over. Vitori claimed the wickets of Ahmed Shehzad (5) and Misbah-ul-Haq (3), while Prosper Utseya had Nasir Jamshed trapped leg-before for 32.
However, Hafeez and Umar Amin transformed the innings with a fourth-wicket partnership worth 129. Amin made 59 before finally being run-out by Tendai Chatara, but Shahid Afridi gave the innings some late momentum alongside Hafeez.
Hafeez brought up three figures off 111 balls and would go on to end on 136 not out off 130 deliveries, while Afridi blasted three sixes and finished on 39 off just 23 balls. Pakistan smashed 106 from the final 10 overs of the innings and ended on 299 for four. Brian Vitori and Tinashe Panyangara both saw their figures take a battering.
Zimbabwe then also had a relatively poor start to their innings but were unable to recover in spite of Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams and Malcolm Waller. Mohammad Irfan had Vusi Sibanda caught behind in his second over before first-match heroes Hamiton Masakadza and Taylor threatened to build another decisive partnership.
Unfortunately for the hosts, Maskadza’s innings was cut short at 24 by Junaid Khan, with Timycen Maruma following suit shortly afterwards. Williams (37) and Waller (40) then both partnered Taylor during half-century partnerships, but the required run rate was always climbing.
As it was approaching 10 an over, Taylor and Waller departed in consecutive overs and Zimbabwe’s challenge was over. They lost their last six wickets for nine runs in all, with Taylor the first of those to fall for 79.
Junaid Khan took three wickets in the space of two overs to end with four for 15, while Abdur Rehman, recalled to the side in place of Haris Sohail as Pakistan strengthened their bowling, picked up the last two to end with figures of 9.4-0-36-2 and out-bowl Saeed Ajmal (7-0-40-2).
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