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    Pak V Zim - 2nd ODI

    Lets hope for a better performance by Pakistan in the 2nd ODI.

    Zimbabwe chase history amid gloom

    The Preview by Devashish Fuloria
    August 28, 2013
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    Thursday, August 29, 2013
    Start time 0930 local (0730 GMT)


    Big Picture
    Zimbabwe's shock win in the first ODI was their first against Pakistan in 15 years, but now the beleaguered team has a chance to go one better - a win in one of the remaining two matches will give Zimbabwe their first bilateral series win since beating New Zealand 2-1, 12 years ago. The win on Tuesday gave Zimbabwe a chance to celebrate amid the gloom; a series win would inject some much-needed faith.

    Zimbabwe coach Andy Waller said the success was the fruit of two months of hard work, during which the team has attempted to fine-tune its game plan of the top order making sure they lay the platform for the stroke-makers in the middle order. The manner in which the top three handled the chase in the first part exemplified the team's methods and Zimbabwe will pin their hopes on the three to do the same at least one more time.
    The batting plan has seemed to work in the last few matches and the bowling has been steady for the conditions, but Zimbabwe need to focus some attention on the fielding. Once one of the best fielding sides, Zimbabwe's fielding has withered away. Had they taken all the chances that came their way on Tuesday, they could have restricted Pakistan to an even lower score. Waller said that one of his goals is to take Zimbabwe's fielding to the level it used to be in the '90s and the team is working hard towards it, but poor performances during the matches pull the team back.
    The fielding didn't hurt Zimbabwe on Tuesday as Pakistan made a few errors of their own. Apart from losing the tempo during their batting and the sloppy fielding towards the end of the match, Pakistan misread the pitch and batted first on a surface that Masakadza later said "gets better in the afternoon". They are armed with the knowledge now and Zimbabwe expect Pakistan to come back harder at them. But Pakistan can be the most beatable of the top sides and unbeatable on the same day. They are the Harvey Dent of cricket: which side turns up on a day seems to be a result of an imaginary coin toss.
    In the spotlight
    Zimbabwe's openers, Hamilton Masakadza and Vusi Sibanda, have been batting together since their school days and that familiarity with each other helped them focus during their century partnership on Tuesday. Masakadza later said that they talked about how their stand was going to be critical for the team's chances in the chase. The two negated Pakistan's bowlers with ease and that opening stand will again be crucial to Zimbabwe's chances.It wasn't long ago that Shahid Afridi, on his comeback trail, ripped through West Indies with bat and ball. Since that explosive performance, Afridi has gone into a shell. He hardly caused a flutter with the bat in the first ODI when the team needed some late push, while his bowling lacked zip and he was taken for easy runs. Pakistan would hope the allrounder doesn't wait to fire till his place in the side is in doubt again.
    Team news
    Pakistan's bowling lacked incisiveness on a pitch that flattened out later in the day, so they could consider bringing in Abdur Rehman in place of a batsman.
    Pakistan (possible) 1 Nasir Jamshed, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Umar Amin, 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Haris Sohail/Abdur Rehman, 8 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 9 Saeed Ajmal, 10 Junaid Khan, 11 Mohammad Irfan
    Zimbabwe are unlikely to disturb the team combination that won them a historic match.
    Zimbabwe (possible): 1 Vusi Sibanda, 2 Hamilton Masakadza, 3 Brendan Taylor (capt & wk), 4 Timycen Maruma , 5 Malcolm Waller, 6 Sean Williams, 7 Elton Chigumbura, 8 Tendai Chatara, 9 Prosper Utseya, 10 Brian Vitori, 11 Tinashe Panyangara
    Stats and trivia
    • Eleven times in the last 10 years, Zimbabwe openers have registered century stands. Eight of those have involved either Hamilton Masakadza or Vusi Sibanda.
    • If Shahid Afridi's epic show against West Indies is taken out, he has 163 runs and three wickets from 10 matches this year.


    Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo


    Zimbabwe chase history amid gloom | Cricket News | Zimbabwe v Pakistan | ESPN Cricinfo


    #2
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    Zimbabwe win the toss and will bowl

    Pakistan should win this match to stay in the series...

    Just one change in Pakistan team: Abdul Rehman replaces Haris Sohail...
    The art of entering into Nothingness.

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      #3
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      Pak 12/1 off 4.0 overs...Shehzad caught and out...no feet movement...
      The art of entering into Nothingness.

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        #4
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        Pak 45/1 off 10.0 overs...Pakistan should score more actively for a higher RR...
        The art of entering into Nothingness.

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          #5
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          Wow...16 cosecutive dotballs and a wicket...its not net practice...its an ODI...

          62/2 off 15.0 overs...
          The art of entering into Nothingness.

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            #6
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            Last 5 ovs 5/1 RR 1.00...Pakistan misery continues...hmmmm
            The art of entering into Nothingness.

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              #7
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              Why drop Haris and bring in Rehman. Look at our tail, Sarfraz, Afridi, rehman, Junaid, Ajmal and Irfan. Pathetic.

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                #8
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                Last 5 ovs 3/1 RR 0.60...lol...what kind of match is this...
                The art of entering into Nothingness.

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                  #9
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                  Rehman may take a few wickets...
                  The art of entering into Nothingness.

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                    #10
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                    Misbah out on 3...faced 23 balls
                    The art of entering into Nothingness.

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                      #11
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                      last recognised batting pair in, after that the worlds longest tail will start.

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                        #12
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                        Pak 103/3 the halfway...see if they can make another 200 runs from the remaining 25 overs...
                        The art of entering into Nothingness.

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                          #13
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                          from cricinfo

                          Imran: "Its Only 3 Down and last recognized batsman is on the crease, Sarfraz cant be considered as a Wicket Keeper Batsman, Afridi could be a One baller. That tells you the depth in Pakistan Batting and yet people complain why Misbah is there. GLad he is out now that gives these players a chance to prove should they be in team or back home."

                          speechless

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                            #14
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                            Even rotating the strikes are becoming hard for Pakistan...
                            The art of entering into Nothingness.

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                              #15
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                              Originally posted by Tanha2012 View Post
                              from cricinfo

                              Imran: "Its Only 3 Down and last recognized batsman is on the crease, Sarfraz cant be considered as a Wicket Keeper Batsman, Afridi could be a One baller. That tells you the depth in Pakistan Batting and yet people complain why Misbah is there. GLad he is out now that gives these players a chance to prove should they be in team or back home."

                              speechless
                              Pity , and every one was saying why a strong team is selected

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