Pakistan Ease to 10-Wicket Win in 2nd ODI

Pakistan barely broke into a sweat as they eased their way to a massive 10-wicket win, and secured the series in doing so, in the 2nd ODI in Harare. The day got underway with a touch of farce as, after winning the toss, Brendan Taylor 'froze' and announced that Zimbabwe would bat - it later emerged that the intention had been to field. Put in the unenviable position of setting a target, Zimbabwe's problems with pacing an innings soon came to the fore, and on a pitch where 260 would have been a par score the side only managed 225. It wasn't for lack of wickets in hand, either - 6 were lost during the innings - but after the early losses of Vusi Sibanda (once again out to the pull shot) and Chamu Chibhabha, Hamilton Masakadza and Taylor settled down to a lengthy 104-run partnership that was simply too slow for the conditions. When the pair finally departed, Zimbabwe also kept big-hitting Elton Chigumbura out of the game until it was too late for him to make much difference, sending Tatenda Taibu and Malcolm Waller in ahead of him.

The failure to set a par target meant that, come their turn to bat, Pakistan simply had to avoid taking any chances, and that's what they did. Chris Mpofu and Brian Vitori managed to get some early turn off the wicket but failed to make any breakthroughs; spin pairing of Prosper Utseya and Ray Price tried their best to choke the flow of runs but, faced with a low target to work with, couldn't do enough, and opening pair of Mohammad Hafeez and Imran Farhat carried their bats to complete the chase without the loss of any Pakistan wickets.

Not a good day at the office, then, and the result raises some questions over team tactics and the side selected for the day. There's one more chance for Zimbabwe to save some face, with the 3rd ODI, also in Harare, on Wednesday (14th September). Full scorecard below the cut.
Zimbabwe 225/6 (50 overs; Masakadza 68, Sohail Tanvir 2/33), Pakistan 228/0 (42.1 overs; Mohammad Hafeez 139*, Imran Farhat 75*). Pakistan win by 10 wickets.

Zimbabwe innings (50 overs maximum)	
							R	M	B	4s	6s	SR
V Sibanda	c †Adnan Akmal b Aizaz Cheema		14	67	35	0	1	40.00
CJ Chibhabha	c Misbah-ul-Haq b Sohail Tanvir		9	21	12	1	0	75.00
H Masakadza	run out (Misbah-ul-Haq)			68	174	118	5	1	57.62
BRM Taylor*	c sub (Asad Shafiq) b Junaid Khan	50	96	76	2	0	65.78
T Taibu†	b Sohail Tanvir				26	46	32	3	0	81.25
MN Waller	run out (Mohammad Hafeez/†Adnan Akmal)	12	13	9	2	0	133.33
E Chigumbura	not out					17	16	10	1	1	170.00
P Utseya	not out					12	11	8	2	0	150.00
	Extras	(lb 10, w 7)				17					
	Total	(6 wickets; 50 overs; 225 mins)		225	(4.50 runs per over)

Did not bat: RW Price, CB Mpofu, BV Vitori

Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Chibhabha, 4.1 ov), 2-36 (Sibanda, 13.1 ov), 3-140 (Taylor, 37.4 ov), 
4-176 (Masakadza, 43.4 ov), 5-194 (Waller, 46.3 ov), 6-198 (Taibu, 47.2 ov)

Bowling		O	M	R	W	Econ		
Sohail Tanvir	9	3	33	2	3.66	(2w)	
Junaid Khan	10	1	29	1	2.90	(2w)	
Aizaz Cheema	10	0	57	1	5.70	(2w)	
Younis Khan	1	0	11	0	11.00	(1w)	
Mohammad Hafeez	10	0	43	0	4.30		
Saeed Ajmal	10	0	42	0	4.20		


Pakistan innings (target: 226 runs from 50 overs)	
							R	M	B	4s	6s	SR
Mohammad Hafeez	not out					139	191	147	13	1	94.55
Imran Farhat	not out					75	191	106	6	0	70.75
	Extras	(lb 3, w 11)				14					
	Total	(0 wickets; 42.1 overs; 191 mins)	228	(5.40 runs per over)

Did not bat: Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq*, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Adnan Akmal†, Sohail Tanvir, Saeed Ajmal, 
Junaid Khan, Aizaz Cheema

Bowling		O	M	R	W	Econ		
CB Mpofu	9.1	0	52	0	5.67	(4w)	
BV Vitori	8	0	43	0	5.37		
P Utseya	8	0	44	0	5.50	(3w)	
E Chigumbura	4	0	29	0	7.25	(1w)	
RW Price	9	0	40	0	4.44		
CJ Chibhabha	2	0	10	0	5.00		
H Masakadza	2	0	7	0	3.50		


Match details
Toss: Zimbabwe, who chose to bat
Series: Pakistan led the 3-match series 2-0
Player of the match: Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan)