A hundred from Sikandar Raza and 99 from Chamu Chibhabha took Zimbabwe to what looked like a competitive total on paper, but was significantly low when compared to the scores at Gaddafi Stadium in the preceding Twenty20 internationals and the first ODI.

Chibhabha became the first Zimbabwean to be dismissed for 99 when given out caught down the leg side in a questionable umpiring decision. Until then he had dominated the scoring: Zimbabwe were 156 when Chibhabha fell in the over before batting Powerplay became due. Zimbabwe faced the risk of falling apart, but Raza carried the baton as the Pakistan quicks once again failed to rise above a flat track. It was the spinners who inflicted major damage: Yasir Shah got two including the dangerous Sean Williams, Shoaib Malik accounted for Chibhabha, and between them the three spinners conceded only 86 runs in 19 overs for four wickets.

Chibhabha, making his comeback after missing the first ODI, could have done with a more urgent opening partner. As Chibhabha struck at a run a ball, Vusi Sibanda got stuck, scoring only 13 off 47 in an 83-run opening stand. Damningly for the Pakistan quicks it took a spinner to break the stand. In all four international innings on the tour, Zimbabwe have posted half-century opening stands.

Courtesy: ESPN