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Talking points from Zimbabwe’s victory over Pakistan

Talking points from Zimbabwe’s victory over Pakistan

Wahab Riaz Elton Chigumbura

History was created today as hosts Zimbabwe were successful in defeating the Pakistanis in what was a rather close game which ended in a controversial way as play was suspended 2 overs before the actual end as Pakistan required 21 runs. Zimbabwe defeated Pakistan by 5 runs(D/L) after two years. Here are the four talking points from the historic win.

1) Zimbabwe batted like champions

Chamu Chibhabha Zimbabwe
Chamu Chibhabha struck a patient 90, Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Harare, October 3, 2015 ©AFP

Zimbabwe fans were dying to see this kind of batting performance from their team. Most of the matches against the big teams that they have come close to winning have been lost because their batsman were disappointing. But they completely turned the tables this time around. An excellent second wicket partnership of 91 between Chamu Chibhabha and Brian Chari compensated for the early loss of Hamilton Mazakadza. With Sean Williams getting out early trying to up the ante, it came all down to the Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura who took the Pakistani bowlers apart and was given due support by Chibhabha at the other end. A 123 run partnership between the two guided their team to a formidable 276.

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