International cricket returned to Pakistan for the first time in six years when Pakistan hosted Zimbabwe in a series of Twenty20 and One-Day Internationals amid tight security. Jibran Khan Niazi assesses this revival.
Azhar Ali struck a run-a-ball century to make sure there were no hiccups as Pakistan take an unassailable two game lead in the three game One-Day International series against Zimbabwe, winning by six wickets and 16 balls to spare at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Suresh Raina scored a crucial century in an unbeaten 196-run partnership with his skipper MS Dhoni as India came back from trouble and showed their batting mettle, to beat Zimbabwe by six wickets at Eden Park in their highest successful chase in World Cups.
Ed Joyce's flamboyant century helped Ireland script another memorable World Cup win edging Zimbabwe out by just five runs at Bellerive Oval in probably the thriller of the tournament so far, letting valiant knocks from Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams go waste.