Blessing Muzarabani Five-for helped Zimbabwe pull out a thriller in their favor

Babar Azam and Chamu Chibhabha (Pakistan vs Zimbabwe)

Blessing Muzarabani Five-for helped Zimbabwe pull out a thriller in their favor. Pakistan vs Zimbabwe: 3rd ODI, Blessing Muzarabani Five-for helped Zimbabwe pull out a thriller in their favor.

Rawalpindi: Blessing’s Five-for in the second innings of the game and two more wickets in the Super Over helped Zimbabwe pull out a thriller in their favor. The last ODI between Pakistan and Zimbabwe was a complete thriller to watch. The match comprises of two five-fors and two centuries collectively from both sides. The three-match ODI series is wrapped now, Pakistan had already sealed the series by winning the first two games. 

Pakistan and Zimbabwe will now look forward to play a three-match T20I series starting from Saturday.

Earlier, Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bat first. Openers from Zimbabwe could not settle down in the powerplays. They lost three wickets in just 22 runs, which includes the wicket of skipper Chamu Chibhabha, Brian Chari and Craig Ervine. 

Blessing Muzarabani(Zimbabwe)
Blessing Muzarabani(Zimbabwe) | Image – Getty

Follow-up from hosts has not been up to the mark. Zimbabwe reduced the Pakistani side to 20- 3 in just 3.1 overs. Babar Azam, Pakistani skipper had shown some intent with the bat while no other batsman were able to settle down. 

The wicketkeeper-batsman Brendan Taylor and experienced Sean Williams built a good partnership, both the batsman took Zimbabwe past 106 runs in 25 overs. Mohamad Husnain got Brendan Taylor(56 from 68) in 25.1 over. 

Sean Williams stitched a small partnership with Madhevere(33 from 31) before he was picked by Mohammad Hasnain. Sikandar Raza scored 45 runs off 36 balls. Sean Williams completed his well constructed century, which took his side to 278 – 5 in 50 overs.

Mohamad Husnain was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan as he returned with 5 wickets in his bag while Wahab Riyaz picked one.

Zimbabwe was able to pick wickets at regular intervals to put constant pressure on Pakistan. Khusdil Shah scored 33 runs off 48 balls, while Wahab Riyaz managed to get to his half-century before getting dismissed by Muzarabani. Babar Azam under pressure completed his century and got out on 49th over off Muzarabani scoring 125 from 125 balls.

Babar Azam Pakistani Skipper |
Babar Azam Pakistani Skipper | Image – AP

The match ended as a tie and Super Over was played. Pakistan only managed to get two runs, thanks to Muzarabani who picked two more wickets in Super Over. 

While no other batsman was able to cross 20 run mark for their side. Blessing Mazarabani picked a five-for for his side. Richard Ngarava and Donald Tiripano got two wickets each.

Zimbabwe closed the game in just three balls scoring three runs to clinch a thriller.

The series was already won by Pakistan. However, Zimbabwe managed to open up its score with two points in World Cup Super League. 

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