There was an overabundance of runs in Wellington prior in the day, yet things were altogether slower in Brisbane where Zimbabwe kept a cover on a Pakistan line-up which has yet to change out of second gear at this World Cup. Just Misbah-ul-Haq and towards the end, Wahab Riaz, beat a pattern of neglectful shot choice and slips by in personality to make vital half-hundreds of years in precarious conditions.
The ball left the crease and there was some hold for the spinners, which gave Zimbabwe’s assault the sort of help they appreciate. They required something to go some way or another in the wake of being without their skipper Elton Chigumbura for more than a large portion of the innings. He was assisted off the field with a suspected quadricep tear in the 24th over and their administration was cheerful he would even now have the capacity to bat if necessary. With under 240 to pursue, Zimbabwe will trust he won’t need to.
Pakistan had selected to bat, however the dependably restrained Tinashe Panyangara and Tendai Chatara baffled the openers. Nasir Jamshed’s understanding ran out in the second over, when he pulled a Chatara short ball to Sikandar Raza at square leg. Ahmed Shehzad appeared to be adapting better against the early development, yet could do nothing when Chatara got one to nipped away and kiss the edge through to Brendan Taylor.
At 4 for 2, all Misbah could do was trust he would not be the main man standing, don’t worry about it the last one. Anyhow Haris Sohail scored Pakistan’s initial four in the sixth over with a firm punch down the ground and gave his chief motivation to accept. The following limit would not come until the fifteenth, by which time Pakistan had the unenviable record of the most reduced 15-over score of this World Cup – 33 for 2 – and Zimbabwe had presented the first of their spinners.
Sean Williams would impart the moderate playing obligations to Raza, without an expert, and Zimbabwe made utilization of Hamilton Masakadza’s medium-pace too. At that point Chigumbura brought himself on, however his to begin with, and as it turned out just, over had four wide conveyances and it was off him that Misbah raised the Pakistan fifty. Pretty much as an organization had begun to assemble – Misbah and Haris put on 54 – a poor shot thumped Pakistan down once more. Haris had enough of sticking around and pulled a Raza long jump, that ought to have been dispatched, to Williams at short midwicket.
In spite of the fact that Chigumbura’s progressions were functioning admirably, it all happened for him in the 24th over. He set off after a Misbah drive from mid-off and stumbled to harm himself and must be aided off the field.
Taylor assumed control over the captaincy and reintroduced Williams to bowl in coupled with Raza. Their initial four in this period cost 24 runs as Umar Akmal included some criticalness, however the two spinners had the capacity uphold a press later on.
With the field spread, singles, twos and even a three was on offer however nothing more. Misbah’s half-century came up off 91 balls with a quiet scope, an alternate sign he would not push the pace, and afterward Williams struck. A faster conveyance straightened past Akmal’s outside edge and hit the highest point of off stump. Two balls later, he popped the inflatable on Shahid Afridi’s 35th birthday and released the Pakistan allrounder for his first World Cup duck.
Zimbabwe brought their bleeding edge seamers once more for the batting Powerplay to bowl with Williams, who practically had a third when Maqsood attempted to hit over spread and Craig Ervine got his fingertips to it. Zimbabwe did not have to mourn that risk for long however as the batsman popped a return catch to seamer Tawanda Mupariwa five balls later.
Pakistan had limped to the 40th over on 162 for 6. Yet alerts would have been ringing in the ZImbabwe camp also. It was at that phase of the innings were things have unwound. Chatara gave Wahab a short and wide conveyance to get going, yet taken care of not long after and released Misbah for 73 to top off a fine evening’s exertion.
Panyangara was a bit less exact and offered short balls that Wahab jumped on. In his next over, Panyangara hunt down the yorker and when he missed the point, Riaz took advantage once more. Riaz was dropped off Chatara’s last over and attacked Panyangara toward the end when he lost his arrangements totally and went excessively full. It didn’t help Zimbabwe that they dropped two gets in the last two overs to yielded 73 runs in the last 10 overs.