Zimbabwe Select wins the sixth one-day match against Pakistan Shaheens to win the series 4-2
Craig Ervine’s century helped Zimbabwe Select beat Pakistan Shaheens by 32 runs in the sixth one-day match and win the series 4–2.
Shaheen had a huge goal of 386 runs to reach, but they lost their starter Imran Butt (6) and their best batter Omair Bin Yousuf (4) in the first five overs. Blessing Muzarabani, a veteran pacer, got rid of both batters.
Haseebullah, the other starter, got off to a good start and hit seven boundaries before being taken out by Tanaka Chivanga for 35.
Shaheens were in trouble at 50-3 after 10 overs, but Rohail Nazir and captain Kamran Ghulam put together an important 108-run partnership that got them back on track.
Ghulam batted aggressively to score 56 runs in 47 balls. He hit six fours and a six. Luke Jongwe gave Zimbabwe a much-needed break when he caught Ghulam. Muzarabani then caught Ghulam.
Mubasir Khan was a good partner for Rohail because he knew how to play his shots from the start. To keep the needed run rate in check, the all-rounder got to fifty in just 38 balls.
The wicketkeeper-batsman kept up his tough hitting and was getting closer to his century when Sean Willaims got him out for 88. During his 91 balls at the bat, Rohail hit six fours and three sixes.
In the next over, Qasim Akram was caught behind (1) by Sikandar Raza, which was another bad thing for Shaheen.
Even though Mubasir was hit several times, he didn’t slow down. Instead, he kept going faster. Aamer Jamal had a short appearance, scoring 19 runs in 13 balls to help Pakistan get close to the goal.
But Raza ended the 45-run partnership by getting rid of Jamal and Mehran Mumtaz with the last two balls of his 10-over spell, giving him a final score of 3/66.
Mubasir didn’t give up until the very end, and it only took him 67 balls to get to his hundred. But his 115-run knock, which included six fours and eight sixes, wasn’t enough for Shaheens to tie the game, as they were bowled out for 353 runs.
Earlier, Shaheens won the toss and decided to field first. In the first over, opener Joylord Gumbie was out because Mohammad Ali bowled him and the captain took a simple catch.
Shaheens weren’t ready for what was about to happen, though, as Ervine and Innocent Kaia put up 187 runs as a team for the second wicket. The two hitters made it hard for Shaheens’ bowlers to do their job, which left the bowlers puzzled.
Ervine’s 195 runs off 148 balls, which included 22 fours and six sixes, were the most in the innings. Even when Kaia was out in the 28th over after making a good relationship with Ervine, it didn’t hurt Ervine’s performance. Kaia made 92 runs off of 79 balls. She hit 10 fours and 3 sixes.
In the end, Ervine got dinner from Ryan Burl, who played a short but important innings of 31 runs off of 18 balls, bringing the home team’s score to 385/7. Ervine was knocked out when he tried to take the strike in the last over and was run out. This ended his century.
During Zimbabwe’s turn, Shaheens was also called out by the judge Iknow Chaabi for touching the ball. Shaheens made a mistake, so the guests got five runs.
Both Mohammad Ali and Jamal were able to take out two batsmen. But Shahnawaz Dahani had a hard day, giving up 105 runs in the 10 overs he was given.