Ton-up Raza helps Zimbabwe set 269 runs target for Pakistan

LAHORE: Zimbabwe set a respectable 269-run target for Pakistan in the second one-day international courtesy brilliant unbeaten century by all-rounder Sikanadar Raza here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Friday.

Pakistan-born Raza completed his century on the fourth ball of the last over in just 84 deliveries with 8 fours and 3 sixes.

The visitors posted the total of 268 for the loss of 7 wickets. Opener Chibhabha with 99 off 100 deliveries was the other prominent batsman in Zimbabwe’s innings.

Chibhabha’s career-best 100-ball knock had 11 fours and a six after Pakistan won the toss and opted to field at Gaddafi Stadium.

Pacer Wahab Riaz and leg-spinner Yasir Shah took 2 wickets each while Anwar Ali, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik shared a wicket each for Pakistan.

Raza was in brilliant form as he lifted Zimbabwe total with a flurry of boundaries, getting 59 runs in the last six overs.

This came after Chibhabha became the first Zimbabwean batsman to be dismissed for 99 in a one-day international.

Before Chibhabha three Zimbabwean batsmen – Malcolm Waller, Alistair Campbell and Andy Flower – all made 99 in a one-day for Zimbabwe but they all remained not out.

Pakistan lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first match – also in Lahore – by 41 runs.

Zimbabwe, forced to make four changes after their regular captain Elton Chigumbura was suspended for two matches over slow over rate in the previous game, were given a solid but slow start of 83 by Chibhabha and Vusi Sibanda (13).

Hamilton Masakadza, leading the team in Chigumbura´s absence, fell for 18 when he was adjudged caught in the slip but television replays showed the ball only hit his arm.

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah dismissed Masakadza and Sean Williams (five) to finish with 2-40 in his ten overs.

Chibhabha, whose previous best one-day score of 73 came against the West Indies at Harare in 2007, was shaping well for his hundred but was caught behind off a miscued sweep on the bowling of spinner Shoaib Malik.

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 made no change from the side which won the first match by 41 runs on Tuesday, also in Lahore.

The third and final match will also be played in Lahore on Sunday.

Zimbabwe´s tour has revived international cricket in Pakistan after a six-year gap. International cricket was suspended in Pakistan since terrorists attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009.

Teams

Pakistan: Azhar Ali (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Hammad Azam, Wahab Riaz, Anwer Ali, Mohammad Sami

Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza (capt), Sikandar Raza, Chamu Chibhabha, Charles Coventry, Graeme Cremer, Tawanda Mupariwa, Richmond Mutumbami, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusi Sibanda, Brian Vitori, Sean Williams