Pakistan v Zimbabwe ICC World Cup full Highlights Video, Match Report, Scorecard

ICC World Cup 2011, 33rd Match, Group A: Pakistan v Zimbabwe Played at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium (neutral venue) 14th March 2011 (D/N) full Highlights Video, Match Report and Scorecard.
Pakistan cruised into the quarter-finals of the World Cup after completing a seven-wicket victory over a feeble Zimbabwe side in Pallekele on Monday.

Pakistan v Zimbabwe Cricket World Cup Match Report
Left-arm spinner Ray Price did his best to bring the game to life with a couple of wickets, a fine slip catch and his usual entertaining antics, but generally it was another disappointing performance from Elton Chigumbura's side.

Zimbabwe posted 151 for seven in a rain-hit, stop-start innings that lasted just 39.4 overs, leaving Pakistan needing 162 from 38 overs to confirm their place in the next round.

They achieved that goal with almost four overs to spare as Asad Shafiq, who was brought in for the injured Umar Akmal, hit 78 not out and Mohammad Hafeez weighed in with 49.

The early wicket of Ahmed Shehzad, stumped off the bowling of Price, looked to have injected some excitement into the match, but Hafeez and Shehzad put on 92 for the second wicket to leave the result in no doubt.

Shahid Afridi promoted himself up the order to come in after Hafeez was caught off the bowling of Prosper Utseya, but even when the Pakistan captain was bowled cheaply by Price the result was not in any doubt.

Younis Khan joined Shafiq in the middle and steadily saw Pakistan to a comfortable win.

The one-sided nature of the match was borne out of the Zimbabwe top order's inability to handle the swinging ball.

Elton Chigumbura won the toss and, contrary to expectations, elected to bat first in humid conditions. A brief shower shortly before play helped the Pakistani seamers find lateral movement, and they duly reduced Zimbabwe to 13 for three - a position from which they never recovered.

Brendan Taylor and Vusi Sibanda both edged to slip while Regis Chakabva was trapped lbw by Umar Gul. Tatenda Taibu and Craig Ervine attempted to rebuild the innings, but had only put on 30 for the fourth wicket when Taibu mistimed a drive and was caught at mid-off by Afridi.

With Gul, Abdul Razzaq and Wahab Riaz all swinging the ball Ervine batted sensibly to begin with before slowly coming out of his shell, and although he lost Greg Lamb along the way, the left-hander was on 48 not out when rain interrupted play for an hour and 35 minutes.

The match was reduced to 43 overs per side, and although Ervine reached his second half-century of the tournament when it resumed, he was out just five balls later when he attempted to cut a straight delivery from Mohammad Hafeez and was bowled for 52.

An enterprising stand of 48 in ten overs between skipper Elton Chigumbura (32 not out) and Prosper Utseya looked to revive the innings, but the skies opened once again and after Utseya top-edged a short ball from Gul and was caught by Kamran Akmal - one of two catches for the underfire wicketkeeper - the covers came back on and the Zimbabwe knock was brought to a close.

Zimbabwe now travel to Kolkata for their final match of the tournament - an all-African affair with Kenya on Sunday - while Pakistan prepare to face off against Australia in Colombo on Saturday.

Although the four quarter-finalists from group A have all been decided, the remaining matches are all crucial as they will decide in what order they finish and who they play in the next round.

Pakistan v Zimbabwe Cricket World Cup Scores

Pakistan won by 7 wickets (with 23 balls remaining) (D/L method)

Zimbabwe innings (39.4 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s SR
BRM Taylor c †Kamran Akmal b Abdul Razzaq 4 5 1 0 80.00
RW Chakabva lbw b Umar Gul 0 6 0 0 0.00
T Taibu† c Shahid Afridi b Wahab Riaz 19 29 2 0 65.51
V Sibanda c Misbah-ul-Haq b Umar Gul 5 11 1 0 45.45
CR Ervine b Mohammad Hafeez 52 82 5 0 63.41
GA Lamb c & b Shahid Afridi 16 28 1 0 57.14
E Chigumbura* not out 32 46 2 0 69.56
P Utseya c †Kamran Akmal b Umar Gul 18 32 0 0 56.25
Extras (lb 2, w 2, nb 1) 5
Total (7 wickets; 39.4 overs) 151 (3.80 runs per over)
Did not bat AG Cremer,

SW Masakadza,
RW Price

Fall of wickets1-5 (Taylor, 0.5 ov), 2-5 (Chakabva, 1.6 ov), 3-13 (Sibanda, 5.2 ov), 4-43 (Taibu, 12.4 ov), 5-84 (Lamb, 23.5 ov), 6-103 (Ervine, 29.3 ov), 7-151 (Utseya, 39.4 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ
Abdul Razzaq 7 1 24 1 3.42 (1w)
Umar Gul 7.4 1 36 3 4.69 (1nb)
Wahab Riaz 6 0 21 1 3.50
Shahid Afridi 8 0 33 1 4.12
Abdur Rehman 8 1 24 0 3.00 (1w)
Mohammad Hafeez 3 0 11 1 3.66
Pakistan innings (target: 162 runs from 38 overs) R B 4s 6s SR
Mohammad Hafeez c Price b Utseya 49 65 6 0 75.38
Ahmed Shehzad st †Taibu b Price 8 11 2 0 72.72
Asad Shafiq not out 78 97 7 0 80.41
Shahid Afridi* b Price 3 4 0 0 75.00
Younis Khan not out 13 28 0 0 46.42
Extras (w 13) 13
Total (3 wickets; 34.1 overs) 164 (4.80 runs per over)
Did not bat Misbah-ul-Haq,
Abdul Razzaq,
Kamran Akmal†,
Abdur Rehman,
Umar Gul,

Wahab Riaz

Fall of wickets1-17 (Ahmed Shehzad, 3.4 ov), 2-99 (Mohammad Hafeez, 22.2 ov), 3-110 (Shahid Afridi, 23.3 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ
SW Masakadza 6 1 44 0 7.33 (5w)
RW Price 8 1 21 2 2.62 (3w)
P Utseya 7 1 24 1 3.42
GA Lamb 7 0 44 0 6.28
AG Cremer 6.1 0 31 0 5.02 (1w)

Toss Zimbabwe, who chose to bat

Points Pakistan 2, Zimbabwe 0
Player of the matchUmar Gul (Pakistan)

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