Zimbabwe win last ODI in Super Over to end 10-match losing streak
RAWALPINDI: Pace man Blessing Muzarabani achieved career best figures of 5-49 as Zimbabwe win 3rd ODI against Pakistan in a thrilling super over.
Match was tied after Pakistani Batsman Muhammad Musa smashed final delivery of Final over of Richard Ngarava for four to level the scores at 278.
In super over Muzarabani dismissed Iftikhar Ahmed and Khushdil Shah for two runs on four balls in the super over which Zimbabwe scored off just three balls without any loss.
Azam, who finished with a run-a-ball 125 with 13 boundaries and a six, led Pakistan´s fightback and stood firm after Pakistan were set a daunting 279-run target.
He added a match turning 100 for the seventh wicket with Wahab Riaz who made 52.
With 28 needed Riaz held out off Muzarabani, Babar took the fight by smashing a six in the 49th over to reduce the target to 13 off the final over.
In last over Pakistan needed 13 runs last wicket in Hand. Muhammad Musa smashed two boundaries in final over one boundary was on last ball of inning when Pakistan needed 5 runs to win. With boundary Pakistan levels Score.
Before this Zimbabwe´s total of 278-6 was built around a fighting unbeaten 118 by Sean Williams who helped his team recover from pacemen Mohammad Hasnain´s best figures of 5-26.
Williams´s 135-ball knock for his fourth ODI hundred by hitting 13 boundaries and a six in his knock. lifted Zimbabwe from a precarious 22-3 after they won the toss and batted.
Despite the defeat Pakistan won the three-match series 2-1.
Pakistan won the first match by 26 runs and the second by six wickets, also in Rawalpindi.
The win broke Zimbabwe´s sequence of ten consecutive defeats and gave them only their fifth win over Pakistan in 62 ODIs.
When he finally got the strike off the last ball, Pakistan needed five which resulted in a boundary.
The series gives Pakistan 20 points and Zimbabwe ten in the One-Day Super League, the qualification process for 2023 World Cup in India.