Pakistan Clinch 3-0 Series Win Over Zimbabwe

Pakistan Clinch 3-0 Series Win Over Zimbabwe
Pakistan Clinch 3-0 Series Win Over Zimbabwe
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Pakistan 270-5 (Younus Khan 81, Asad Shafiq 51) beat
Zimbabwe 242-9 (Chibhaba 62, Sibanda 59) by 28 runs
Third One-Day International, Harare

Half-centuries from Younus Khan and Asad Shafiq followed by a four-wicket haul from Aizaz Cheema helped Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 28 runs in the third and final One-Day International in Harare.

They posted 270 for five batting first and by restricting Zimbabwe to 242 for nine in reply, they sealed a 3-0 series win in the process, Younus also being named as the man of the series.

He made 81 in 90 balls and Shafiq 51 in 72 deliveries to lay the foundations for Pakistan's innings after openers Mohammad Hafeez (23) and Imran Farhat (37) had made a good start.

Two wickets from Elton Chigumbura pegged Pakistan back somewhat but they were still able to get enough runs on the board.

Zimbabwe openers Chamu Chibhabha (62) and Vusi Sibanda (59) then put on 110 for the first wicket as an inexperienced Pakistan bowling line-up struggled early on.

Sibanda was eventually caught off the bowling of Yasir Shah and Chibhaba bowled by Shoaib Malik and thereafter, Zimbabwe were unable to put partnerships together, although Tatenda Taibu (27) and Hamilton Masakadza (21) kept their hopes alive with a stand worth 43 for the fourth wicket.

Cheema dismissed Brendan Taylor (6), Malcolm Waller (19), Chigumbura (9) and Kyle Jarvis (6) to ensure that there would be no late Zimbabwe fightback.

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