Zimbabwe’s spirited chase of 298 spoilt by sandstorm downpour in Lahore
The third and final One-Day International between Pakistan and Zimbabwe was abandoned in Lahore on Sunday (May 31) due to a sandstorm followed by rain. The result meant Pakistan took the series 2-0 after it won the first two matches at the same venue.
Zimbabwe made a brisk start in chase of 297 for its first win of the tour with Vusi Sibanda not out on 28 and Chamu Chibhabha on 39 before there was a power failure in one of the light towers stopped play. A heavy sandstorm then forced the players off the field.
When play resumed, Zimbabwe needed 281 in 46 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis method. It scored another eight runs in the one over but a heavy downpour then forced the players off once more before the umpires called off the match as rain continued to pour.
Pakistan won the first game by 41 runs and then registered another commanding victory in the second by six wickets. It had also won the series of two Twenty20 Internationals 2-0.
After winning the toss, Pakistan made a solid start as openers Mohammed Hafeez and Azhar Ali scored 115 runs for the first wicket. The home team lost its momentum in the middle overs but debutant Babar Azam stroked 54 off 60 balls to help Pakistan post 296 for 6.
Azhar was eventually run out in the 20th over after scoring 46 from 59 balls . Sikander Raza was the chief architect of the middle-order collapse as the off spinner got 3 for 59. He dismissed Hafeez lbw before sending back Asad Shafiq (16) and Sarfraz Ahmed (25).
Shoaib Malik, who scored a brilliant hundred in the first match, was run out for just 3, but it was Babar’s that kept Pakistan going before he was bowled by Chris Mpofu.
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