Shoab Malik of Pakistan, on his come back game, playing his first ODI after two years has played a terrific knock to prove his instincts. Malik played a wonderful knock of 112 off just 76 delivers, there after helping Pakistan post a easy win defeating Zimbabwe by 41 runs.
The Gadaffi stadium in Lahore, hosted its first international match since January 2009. It was a enjoyable day for Pakistan fans as international matches returned to their venue after a long time with Malik blistering knock.
Pakistan openers Azhar and Hafeez, made a good start to their innings. They surpassed the earlier best of 151 runs opening partnership at Gadaffi stadium. They played attentively, punishing only the bad balls. The third wicket partnership used the powerplay well, taking calculated risks. They scored 41 runs in the batting power play overs. With the help of Malik’s rapid firing Pakistan posted a mammoth 375/3.
Sikandar Raza and Vusi Sibanda started on a positive not for Zimbabwe. However, their short selection was not up to the mark as the pair edged too many balls which passed just by the keeper. The partnership fell when Raza(36), got out to Anwar Ali. Sibanda(23), followed him to the pavilion.
Masakadza and Chigumbura helped zimbabwe build its innings with the duo crossing a half century each. Though the pair performed well, Pakistan had a good stand through out the game as the run kept climbing. In a bid to get the run rate down, Makadza got out to Malik.
Eventually, Zimbabwe piled up 334 runs for the lose of four wickets in the given 50 overs, losing the match to Pakistan by 41 runs.