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