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Shoaib Malik's fighting 96 goes in vain as bad light helps Zimbabwe win

Harare: Shoaib Malik's brilliant fightback was foiled by bad light as Zimbabwe beat Pakistan by five runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method in a drama-filled second ODI here on Saturday.

Shoaib Malik talks to umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge after play was suspended due to bad light on Saturday. Pic:AP/PTI
Shoaib Malik talks to umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge after play was suspended due to bad light on Saturday. Pic:AP/PTI

Malik was left stranded on 96 not out having hauled Pakistan from 76-6 to 256-8 chasing 277 for victory when the umpires took the players off the field with two overs remaining.

The game had earlier been delayed by a brief rain shower, but the decision left the 33-year-old batsman furious as he was denied the opportunity to carry his team across the line.

The result left the three-match series level ahead of Monday's tour finale.

Under pressure after being rolled for 128 in an embarrassing defeat on Thursday, the home batsmen showed their capabilities in posting 276-6, with Chamu Chibhabha anchoring the innings with a composed 90 and Elton Chigumbura adding the flourish with his brisk 67.

Brief scores
Zimbabwe 276-6 in 50 overs (C Chibhabha 90, Chigumbura 67; W Riaz 4-63) beat Pakistan 256-8 in 48 overs (S Malik 96*, A Yamin 62; T Panyangara 2-44) by 5 runs (D/L method)

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