Pakistan posts modest 235-7 against Zimbabwe


BRISBANE: Openers Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shahzad continued with their lackluster performance after their combined score of ‘one run’ as Pakistan posted modest 235-7 against Zimbabwe here on Sunday at Brisbane Cricket Ground.

Pacer Tendai Chatara took Nasir’s wicket in the second over when Pakistan born Sikander Raza took his catch. Nasir, who lost his wicket for a duck against West Indies, managed only a single run.

Chatara, in the fourth over also took the wicket of Shahzad (0), who edged to wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor.

All-rounder Haris Sohail (27) and captain Misbah-ul-Haq then added 57 before the former lost his wicket to Sikandar Raza when Sean Williams caught him.

Misbah also added 69 runs with Umar Akmal (33), who was later bowled by Williams with Pakistan’s score of 4-127 in 33.3 overs.

Shahid Afridi, who is celebrating his birthday today, soon returned to the pavilion without scoring a single run to the awe of the spectators.

Sohaib Maqsood was the next to lose his wickets. He played a half-hearted shot off Tawanda Mupariwa ball and was subsequently caught and bowled.

When Pakistan has just crossed 200-mark, Misbah (73) lost his wicket to Chatara and was caught by Williams. The team scorecard showed 202-7 in 46.1 overs.

Pacer Wahab Riaz (54) knocked an unbeaten fifty off 46 balls with the help of six boundaries and a six while Sohail Khan scored six runs as Pakistan reached 235-7 in allotted 50 overs.

Pakistan is banking on quartet of pacers Wahab, Sohail, Mohammad Irfan and newcomer Rahat Ali, who has replaced Younus Khan, to defend the modest total against Zimbabwe, who has scored 270-plus runs in their previous three matches.