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Azhar Ali leads Pakistan to series win

Raza, Chibhabha heroics lift Zimbabwe, but home side eases to six-wicket win in second ODI

Azhar Ali leads Pakistan to series win - Cricket News
Azhar Ali scored a 104-ball 102 to help Pakistan chase down a target of 269.
Azhar Ali hit a solid hundred to help Pakistan win its first One-Day International series in 17 months with a thumping six-wicket win in the second ODI against Zimbabwe in Lahore on Friday (May 29).
Ali made 102 off 104 balls for his second ODI century, helping his side chase down a target of 269 in just 47.2 overs at the Gaddafi Stadium for a 2-0 lead in the three-match series. 
For Zimbabwe, Sikander Raza had smashed an 84-ball 100 not out with eight fours and three sixes while Chamu Chibhabha's career-best 99 had 11 fours and a six, and spanned 100 balls. They both played key hands in lifting Zimbabwe’s score to 268 for 7 after it was put in to bat.
Pakistan had won the first match by 41 runs in Lahore. The third and final match will also be played at the same venue on Sunday.
The ODI win followed Pakistan's 2-0 win in the preceding Twenty20 International matches in the series which marked the return of international cricket in Pakistan after a six-year gap.
Ali hit eight boundaries during his ton, going past his previous career-best score of 101 against Bangladesh in Dhaka in April. He fell with 60 needed for the win, leaving Pakistan 209 for 4 in 40.1 overs, but Haris Sohail (52 not out off 49) and Shoaib Malik (36 not out off 20), ensured there were no further hiccups with an unbroken 60-run stand. 
Ali had ensured Pakistan had a sound platform, putting on 46 for the opening wicket with Sarfraz Ahmed (22), 85 for the third wicket with Asad Shafiq (39) and 56 for the next with Sohail. 
Earlier, Raza was in brilliant form, hitting a flurry of boundaries and taking 59 runs in the last six overs to give Zimbabwe a good total. This came after Chibhabha became the first Zimbabwean batsman to be dismissed for 99 in an ODI. Before Chibhabha three Zimbabwean batsmen -- Malcolm Waller, Alistair Campbell and Andy Flower -- had all made 99 in an ODI for their country, but they had all remained not out.
Zimbabwe, forced to make four changes after their regular captain Elton Chigumbura was suspended for two matches due to a slow over-rate in the previous game, was given a solid but sedate start of 83 by Chibhabha and Vusi Sibanda (13). Hamilton Masakadza, leading the team in Chigumbura's absence, fell for 18 dismissed by Yasir Shah’s legspin, who also had Sean Williams (5), to finish with 2 for 40 in his ten overs.

Chibhabha, whose previous best ODI score of 73 came against West Indies at Harare in 2007, looked set for a maiden ODI hundred but was caught behind off a miscued sweep, with Malik the bowler.

Raza then lifted the tempo with some big hitting, taking 17 off Mohammad Sami's 48th over before reaching his second one-day hundred in the final over.
Pakistan's last one-day series win was against Sri Lanka in United Arab Emirates in December 2013.

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