• Zimbabwe beat Pakistan in super over

    Zimbabwe secured a thrilling super-over victory over Pakistan in the third and final ODI in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.

    The hosts took an unassailable 2-0 series lead into the final encounter with the Zimbabweans hoping for a rewarded effort with both bat and ball.

    But, once again, they found themselves in early trouble after captain Chamu Chibhabha won the toss and elected to bat first – only for Zimbabwe to slump to 22-3.

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    Brendon Taylor and Sean Williams managed to steady the innings once again with the former surpassing the 50-run mark for the second time in the series.

    He would eventually depart for 58 before Williams went on to bring up a famous and brilliant century, which provided Zimbabwe with a good platform as they posted 278-6 in their 50 overs.

    In reply, Pakistan got off to a similar start with the bat with Blessing Muzarabani and Richard Ngarava pinning them to 20-3.

    Similar to Williams’ knock, Pakistan captain Babar Azam came to his team’s rescue with a 12th ODI ton, while Wahab Riaz made 52 down the order, which gave Pakistan the upper hand.

    In fact, they appeared to be cruising before Azam departed for 125, meaning Pakistan required 13 from the final over with one wicket in hand.

    Mohammed Musa, though, struck two fours, the last of which came from the final ball of the innings, which led to a tie in scores as the two teams headed for what was only the second-ever super over in ODI history.

    Pakistan batted first but could only manage two runs as Muzarabani continued his brilliance with two wickets, adding to the five he took in regular play.

    It was down to Taylor and Sikandar Raza to see Zimbabwe over the line for a famous victory.


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    Andre Huisamen