Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 20 runs to record their first 2015 World Cup win and climb off the bottom of Pool B table

  • Pakistan won the toss, decided to bat, and recorded 235-7 in their innings
  • Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura suffered a suspected quadricep tear while fielding but managed to bat despite his injury 
  • Despite coming close, thanks to a heroic effort from Chigumbura at the end of the innings, Zimbabwe could not reach the total 
  • Zimbabwe were bowled out for 215, and Pakistan recorded their first win of the 2015 World Cup to move off the bottom of Pool B 
Pakistan at last got their World Cup crusade up and running as they beat Zimbabwe by 20 runs in a low-scoring challenge in Brisbane.

Batting first they made 235 - recuperating from four for two - and were then ready to confine Zimbabwe to 215 full scale in their pursuit, importance they grabbed a first triumph after thrashings to India and West Indies.

Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq's 73 supported the Pakistan batting, while Mohammad Irfan (four for 30) and Wahab Riaz (four for 35) shone with the ball.
 
Pakistan's Mohammad Irfan celebrates the wicket of Solomon Mire; the bowler took four wickets for 30 runs
Pakistan's Mohammad Irfan celebrates the wicket of Solomon Mire; the bowler took four wickets for 30 runs
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq top-scored for his side, managing 73 runs before being dismissed
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq top-scored for his side, managing 73 runs before being dismissed
Ul-Haq plays a shot, while Zimbabwe wicket keeper Brendan Taylor watches on from behind the stumps
Ul-Haq plays a shot, while Zimbabwe wicket keeper Brendan Taylor watches on from behind the stumps

They shackled Zimbabwe, with Brendan Taylor's 50 insufficient to take care of business.

Irfan uprooted the main three for a consolidated 46, having Chamu Chibhabha (nine) and Sikandar Raza (eight) edging him to second slip, while Hamilton Masakadza holed out to mid-on (29).

Taylor had made great advance however scratched Riaz behind for a 72-ball 50, and the wickets kept on falling as Sean Williams hit Rahat Ali to retrogressive point (33).

Solomon Mire made only eight preceding Irfan disposed of him, and Craig Ervine 14 scratched Riaz to Umar Akmal - one of five gets for the attendant.

The Pakistan players celebrate after taking the wicket of Zimbabwe's Wahab Riaz during their Pool B match
The Pakistan players celebrate after taking the wicket of Zimbabwe's Wahab Riaz during their Pool B match
Earlier in the day, Shahid Afridi was dismissed for a duck, but Pakistan managed to put together a total of 235
Earlier in the day, Shahid Afridi was dismissed for a duck, but Pakistan managed to put together a total of 235
Tendai Chatar (second left) is surrounded by his Zimbabwe team-mates after dismissing Nasir Jamshed
Tendai Chatar (second left) is surrounded by his Zimbabwe team-mates after dismissing Nasir Jamshed
Tuwanda Mupariwa strove for a duck, Tinashe Panyangara was run out for 10 and after that, when Elton Chigumbura edged Riaz behind, the amusement was carried out.

It was lucky for Pakistan that they were not confronting a more risky side considering their own score.Their innings got off to an awful begin and they ended up reeling on four for two after just 23 balls. Nasir Jamshed was the first man out, gotten at square leg off the playing of Tendai Chatara.

Elton Chigumbura suffered a suspected torn quadricep while fielding, but managed to bat later on in the day
Elton Chigumbura suffered a suspected torn quadricep while fielding, but managed to bat later on in the day
Chigumbura lies on the turf in Brisbane, but the Zimbabwe captain later took to the field, scoring 35 runs
Chigumbura lies on the turf in Brisbane, but the Zimbabwe captain later took to the field, scoring 35 runs
Taylor (left) watches on as Afridi dives low to his left to stop the ball going past him during the match
Taylor (left) watches on as Afridi dives low to his left to stop the ball going past him during the match

The same bowler took the second wicket as well, impelling an edge off Ahmed Shehzad who scratched behind for a 11-ball duck.

Haris Sohail signed up with Misbah and the twosome put on 54 until the previous was gotten at short mid-wicket, Raza doing the occupation.

An alternate solid stand, this time of 69, pushed the group score behind a hundred, preceding Akmal (33) was cleaned up by Williams.

Afridi (centre) walks from the crease after being dismissed for a duck off the bowling of Sean Williams
Afridi (centre) walks from the crease after being dismissed for a duck off the bowling of Sean Williams
Tawanda Mupariwa (centre) celebrates after he caught and bowled Sohaib Maqsood of Pakistan
Tawanda Mupariwa (centre) celebrates after he caught and bowled Sohaib Maqsood of Pakistan
It had been a fine execution by Zimbabwe by then and it improved when Shahid Afridi holed out for a brief moment ball duck on his 35th birthday, bowled by Williams.

Sohaib Maqsood included 21, having been dropped by Ervine on eight, while a substitute fielder additionally shelled Riaz when he was on 41, with the number 10 going ahead to make his first ODI half-century from 45 balls.

He was left unbeaten on 54 toward the end, with Sohail got and bowled by Mupariwa and Misbah uprooted for a superb 73 when he was discovered at long on, giving Chatara his third scalp for 35 runs.

Zimbabwe's Sikandar Raza avoids a short delivery from Pakistan's 7ft 1 bowler Irfan, who impressed
Zimbabwe's Sikandar Raza avoids a short delivery from Pakistan's 7ft 1 bowler Irfan, who impressed
Irfan adjusts his hat as he watches on from the boundary during Zimbabwe's innings
Irfan adjusts his hat as he watches on from the boundary during Zimbabwe's innings

Saturday, February 21, 2015