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Better late than never for Rafatullah

Good things come to those who wait and after nearly two decades of domestic cricket, Rafatullah Mohmand is in line for his Pakistan debut

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For 19 years Rafatullah Mohmand has grafted away on the Pakistan domestic circuit. Recently, the 39-year-old has pondered retirement but now he is on the brink of fulfilling the dream of an international debut having been included in the T20 squad for the series against England and staking a claim for the World T20.

Since 1996 Rafatullah has not missed a single season. He started his career for his native team Peshawar and later joined Habib Bank Limited and is presently representing WAPDA. His name was floated around for national selection in 2006 when he was enjoying a consistent run in the Quaid-e-Azam trophy with Peshawar, where he finished second-highest run-scorer in the Gold League, but he only reached as far as the Pakistan A side for a Top End one-day tournament in Australia.

“I have been playing cricket for a long time and like many I also had a dream to represent the country at highest level,” Rafatullah said after his national selection. “But we all know how big the competition is in Pakistan and you only few get a chances but I am happy that I finally got a chance. Now, I know I have less time so my target in whatever the time left is I want to do my best and help Pakistan to win matches.

“Whatever I have learnt and whatever I know I will transform it at the top level. It been a very long time I have been playing domestic and I have been use to of it. Obviously every cricket player has a dream to play and after such prolonged domestic career came at certain stage of my career where I was thinking about quitting. But now I have a chance and whatever the age is I want to perform and if I am not able to give perform well I will move aside.”

In the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons, Rafatullah averaged over fifty in List A cricket but he could not quite do enough to force his way to the top of the list. In 2009 he was involved in a first-class world-record second-wicket stand of 580 with Aamer Sajjid where he finished unbeaten on a career-best 302.

At a time when he was struggling to earn a national call-up despite his consistent runs, he tried emigrating to Afghanistan in a bid to play the ICC World Cup Qualifier in 2009 but his name was later withdrawn as he would not have spent the required four years in the country.

In the 2012-13 season he trebled his number of one-day hundreds as he scored 425 runs in six matches with three centuries, but it was this year’s Haier Mobile T20 Cup which finally brought him his reward after scoring 230 runs at a strike-rate of 157.53 to help Peshawar to the title. He was also considered one of the fittest players available and before selection, Rafatullah was called up in the National Cricket Academy for a fitness test and ESPNcricinfo understands he has passed with distinction. If he makes his debut, he will be the oldest T20 international debutant for a Full Member.

“We always talk about youngsters but they are raw and with World T20 ahead we want an experienced campaigner,” Haroon Rasheed, the chief selector, told ESPNcricinfo. “Rafat is the one we think can give us what we need in the line-up. He is among the fittest guys in our domestic circuit and his form, we have seen him batting in the recent T20.

“He knows that he doesn’t have much time but we wanted to reward him for his persistence in domestic cricket. He has been an outstanding batsman in T20 for his team Peshawar. Having experience of playing first-class cricket for many years, with his form, sound technique and fitness, and also given his fielding credentials, he has been afforded an opportunity as he was considered to have potential to feature in an international T20 competition as an opener.”

Pakistan have never been afraid to throw a player in young. Now they have shown they don’t mind blooding them somewhat older, too.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo’s Pakistan correspondent.

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Views from India: Why it’s important for the Pakistan Super League to succeed

 

 

Pakistan now has its own version of the Indian Premier League. To be fair, it was only a matter of time. After India, if there is one country that can match the cricketing devotion of its fervent fans, it is Pakistan.

In recent years, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and even the West Indies launched their own versions of the IPL, with varying degrees of success. But Pakistan didn’t quite manage to get things off the ground. A big factor was the fact that international teams were not willing to tour Pakistan because of security concerns.

But things seem to be looking up now. After years of uncertainty, the Pakistan Cricket Board finally unveiled concrete plans for the Pakistan Super League in September. The inaugural edition is set to begin in February 2016.

It will follow a similar format to the other franchise-based Twenty20 leagues in the world, with five franchises representing the five provincial capitals – Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Islamabad – with prize money of $1 million.

And the PSL isn’t likely to be short of big names. Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Kevin Pietersen and Kumar Sangakkara are among the more than 100 players who have signed up for the tournament.

Ground realities

The only caveat is the location. Despite being called the Pakistan Super League, the event will not be held in Pakistan. Though Qatar was the original venue, the Pakistan Cricket Board later declared that the first edition of the PSL would take place in the United Arab Emirates.

The PCB really did not have much choice in the matter. Most international cricket teams still consider Pakistan out of bounds. The Pakistani national cricket team continues to play their home games in the UAE. Zimbabwe tested the waters in May by touring Pakistan. However, there is still a long way to go before other teams will be willing to set foot in Pakistan.

Even so, the PCB tried its utmost best to host the event on home soil. They initially contacted agencies handling some of the top international players to consider playing in Pakistan, but the response was negative.

Without the participation of Twenty20 heavyweights like Chris Gayle and Kevin Pietersen, the Pakistan Super League would have ultimately turned out to be a damp squib. Therefore, the move to a venue outside Pakistan makes reasonable business sense.

Looking at the positives

In an interview, the PCB Executive Committee chief Najam Sethi was confident that hosting the PSL abroad would ultimately help Pakistan. Sethi explained that more than the venue, there would be a greater commercial interest in the Pakistan brand, which would result in better player remuneration.

In Pakistan, the dismay at not being able to watch its stars live is tempered with the hope that it may lead to a resurgence of Pakistani cricket.

“Look, it is true that people here badly want the PSL to be in Pakistan as we have been in cricketing isolation,” said Faisal Zaidi, a freelance journalist for Dawn and an avid cricket fan. “But let us be realistic, if it was held in Pakistan, no one would have come here. If it is played in the UAE and if it becomes successful, there is a chance that it will be moved to Pakistan after one or two seasons.”

Shorter format

Two other features differentiate the PSL from the IPL.

The first factor is the number of teams – unlike the IPL, the PSL will only have five teams, which means that the entire tournament will comprise of only 24 matches. That is much shorter than the IPL, where eight teams currently play each other over a period of almost two months.

The second factor is the auction system. The PCB will follow the draft format followed by the Caribbean Premier League, where each player is put in a certain category and chosen by ballot. According to Sethi, this will ensure that Pakistani players will make the same money as international players.

Considering the mercurial nature of Pakistani cricket, the first edition of the PSL is being keenly anticipated. The first priority would be to ensure that the inaugural edition goes off without any major hitch.

But more importantly, if the PSL can become the first step in the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan, it will be a huge success story for a beleaguered Pakistan Cricket Board and the game as a whole


Yasir trains with childhood hero Warne.

Yasir Shah and Shane Warne chatted about legspin in Sharjah

Yasir Shah and Shane Warne chatted about legspin in Sharjah


Shane Warne has paid a visit to Pakistan’s training session in Sharjah to have a one-on-one session with legspinner Yasir Shah. After their one-and-a-half hour session, Yasir said it had fulfilled a childhood wish to bowl with the legendary Australian.

This was the first organised meeting between the two, with Warne in the UAE to promote a golf tournament. Warne was also keen to get some practice before his All Stars T20 matches in the USA. Pakistan’s team management were reluctant to let Warne take part in a team training session but allowed him and Yasir to spend some time on one of the pitches at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Yasir’s excitement was clear and he said he was happy to meet his hero. “I had a wish from my childhood that I could bowl with him and play with him,” Yasir said. “I was excited to have him here for me. I am very happy to hear the kind of feedback he gave me, and he spoke highly about me.

“He didn’t teach me everything but gave me very useful tips about certain things, and didn’t find any problem in my bowling action. He emphasised that Test cricket is played with patience and I don’t need to rush and waste energy, just keep myself calm.”

When asked if he could get confused with having too many coaches around him, he said: “I don’t think I can get lost focus as I am working a lot with Mushy bhai. His [Warne] tips are very useful, which I am going to try in the long run, but during the series I won’t make any changes.”

Yasir was perhaps a little star struck as Pakistan arrived for their training session at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, with his team-mates calling “berha khush ha aj Yasir” [look how excited Yasir is today] at the news of Warne coming to nets.

Warne had been due to arrive at 10am but eventually turned up just after 11am. The team security manager was overhead saying “a gya” [he came] as Yasir hurried towards the dressing room, where Pakistan’s team manager, Intikhab Alam, introduced the two legspinners.

“Look I have always been a fan of Shah since the first time I saw him a while ago,” Warne said afterward. “He’s probably the best legspinner in the world. The way he bowls and the way the ball comes out of his hand its fantastic. I think he is more of a natural talent than me. If he gets his pace right and doesn’t try to bowl quick and keeps patience… He has got a beautiful leg break.”

“He is a wonderful bowler now, although he hasn’t played a lot Test – but he has played a lot of first-class cricket. He is a world-class spinner. Test match cricket is what all we love and spinners can excel in this format.”

Yasir climbed to No. 2 in the world rankings for Test bowlers after taking eight wickets against England in Dubai. Overall, he has picked up 69 wickets in 11 Test matches at an average of 24.55.

Warne was the player Yasir idolised and grew up watching him. The pair met in Adelaide during the World Cup earlier this year but on that occasion only spent a few minutes together, and Warne said he would be happy to share more of his expertise with Yasir in the UAE, given the opportunity.

“Probably I am a bit biased for legspinners, but I love seeing spin bowling and I am very passionate about it,” Warne said. “I have always liked to help as many spin bowlers as I possibly can, whether it’s Kaneria, who I have helped little bit, or Graeme Swann, Kumble, Saqlain, Mushy, Dan Vettori – all of the spinners have got a club, so we always try to help each other. We are bit different, think differently than most people. It was a fantastic opportunity to work with Yasir; we worked on a couple of things.

“I am not big on working on technical things because you have your natural gift and what is natural to you, so there’s no point working on technical things, especially in the middle of a Test series. Off-season’s when you have time work on that. He is a wonderful bowler, beautiful, so we just worked on who he has having troubles with in the England side, some tactics and plans, how he can be little bit better.”

Yasir was mainly assisted by Mushtaq Ahmed, Pakistan’s spin bowling coach, to cover the language barrier. It was Warne who did most of the talking, with Shah was rarely speaking, though he questioned about getting spin and drift.

“He wants a bit more drift and bounce, bowling round the wicket and over the wicket,” Warne said. “I hope by the end of the series he will be bowling beautifully and a huge smile on his face. We couldn’t communicate that well but when he was smiling afterwards I knew what he got was pretty good. It was nice hour or so and that was good fun.”

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo’s Pakistan correspondent. @kalson

The Azhar Ali answer to Pakistan’s top-order woes

October 2, 2015

The Azhar Ali answer to Pakistan’s top-order woes

S Rajesh
In Pakistan’s Test history, no player batting in the top three positions has scored 4500 runs; Azhar Ali is well on course to becoming the first.
Only three Pakistan batsmen have scored more Test runs than Azhar Ali when batting in the top three slots © AFP

Since Test cricket began, 31 batsmen have scored 5000 or more runs when batting in the top three positions, from Kumar Sangakkara (11,916) and Rahul Dravid (11,331) to Richie Richardson (5142) and Don Bradman (5078). (Bradman’s aggregate is the lowest among these 31, but his average of 103.63 is obviously the best by far.) Of these 31 batsmen, there are eight each from Australia and England, four each from South Africa and West Indies, three each from India and Sri Lanka, and one from New Zealand.

That covers all major teams except one. There’s no one to represent Pakistan in this list. A country that has produced outstanding fast bowlers throughout Test history has struggled to produce as many batting luminaries, but the vacuum is especially glaring in terms of top-order batsmen. In the middle order, starting at No. 4 or lower, Pakistan have four batsmen who’ve scored 5000-plus runs – Javed Miandad, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Yousuf and Saleem Malik – plus Younis Khan who has an aggregate of 4759, but in the top three positions the highest is only 4055, again by Younis. None of the others have even touched 4000, with Saeed Anwar next at 3976 runs from 89 innings. Anwar opened the batting in 86 out of 92 innings he played in Tests – and batted at No. 3 three times as well – but he played relatively few Tests given his class – 55, compared with 247 ODIs.

The good news for Pakistan is that their current incumbent at No. 3 could well break those records and surge past the 5000-run barrier as well. The 30-year-old Azhar Ali has been around Test cricket for five years, is firmly entrenched at No. 3, and has racked up more than 3000 runs at that slot. His average when batting in the top three is a respectable 44.28, which is third among Pakistani batsmen who’ve scored 2500-plus runs at these slots. With his best years as a batsman still arguably ahead of him, there is a fair chance that his average will go up as well over the next few years.

Pakistan’s top run-scorers at Nos. 1-3 in Tests
Player Inns Runs Ave 100 50
 Younis Khan  83  4055  51.32  13  12
 Saeed Anwar  89  3976  45.70  11  25
 Mudassar Nazar  109  3787  36.76  9  15
 Azhar Ali  77  3233  44.28  9  19
 Mohammad Hafeez  84  2970  39.07  8  10
 Taufeeq Umar  83  2963  37.98  7  14
 Majid Khan  70  2801  41.19  6  13
 Mohsin Khan  78  2671  37.09  7  9
 Hanif Mohammad  66  2666  41.65  7  12
 Aamer Sohail  78  2654  35.38  4  13
 Saeed Ahmed  60  2503  43.91  5  12

Recently there has been a fair amount of uncertainty over the No. 3 slot for a number of teams: Australia have pushed Steven Smith to that slot after experimenting with Shane Watson and a few others, England have ditched Gary Ballance, Sri Lanka are searching for Kumar Sangakkara’s replacement, Hashim Amla has dropped to No. 4 to shore up South Africa’s middle order after Jacques Kallis’ retirement, while India are playing a merry-go-round around that position with Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane (with Cheteshwar Pujara in the mix as well).

Amid all these movements, Azhar Ali has become one of the most well-entrenched No. 3s in Tests, along with New Zealand’s Kane Williamson. Since his debut in July 2010, Azhar has batted at No. 3 74 times in Tests; no other Pakistan batsman has batted there more than four times. In fact, since July 2010, only Sangakkara has batted more often at No. 3 (80 innings) than Azhar. In terms of averages he isn’t among the top five in the list below, but there is a good chance that he will climb up there over the next few years.

Batsmen at No. 3 in Tests since Jul 2010 (Min 25 inngs)
Batsman Inns Runs Average SR 100 50
 Hashim Amla  45  2654  66.35  58.17  11  10
 Kumar Sangakkara  80  4763  65.24  52.46  17  20
 Gary Ballance  25  1169  50.82  48.30  4  6
 Kane Williamson  56  2605  50.09  46.97  8  12
 Cheteshwar Pujara  39  1814  49.02  48.36  6  4
 Jonathan Trott  62  2670  46.03  47.43  6  15
 Azhar Ali  74  3153  45.04  40.97  9  19
 Darren Bravo  31  1190  41.03  44.88  2  7
 Rahul Dravid  40  1554  40.89  42.17  5  5
 Shane Watson  27  987  37.96  56.14  2  6
 Kirk Edwards  25  781  32.54  46.07  2  5

One aspect of his game that Azhar needs to work on, though, is his strike rate: among the 20 batsmen who have faced at least 5000 deliveries since July 2010, which is when he made his Test debut, Azhar’s strike rate of 40.72 is easily the lowest; the next-lowest is Alastair Cook’s 44.98. His dot-ball percentage of 77 is the highest – marginally higher than Jonathan Trott – while he has only scored 39% of his runs in fours and sixes, which is also the least among all batsmen. (Chanderpaul is next at 40%.) The combination of those two factors – high dot-ball and low boundary percentage – means Azhar tends to get stuck more than most other batsmen.

Among these batsmen who have faced at least 5000 deliveries since July 2010, Azhar’s average of 44.06 ranks 16th, but in terms of balls faced per dismissal, he is ranked eighth, which again indicates he doesn’t always convert time spent at the crease into runs. Joe Root, for example, faces three fewer balls per dismissal compared to Azhar (105 to 108), but he averages 10.6 runs more per dismissal (54.66 to 44.06). That’s because Root has a much higher strike rate of 52.28, compared to Azhar’s 40.72.

The good news for Azhar fans is that he is clearly showing signs of improving on that front too: since 2014, he has increased his strike rate to 44.45, and in 2015 alone it’s 48.17. That’s also a function of him showing better form and scoring more runs – he has averaged 57.04 during this period, with five centuries in 13 Tests. Also, he has found success as an ODI batsman too in 2015, scoring 664 runs at an average of 55 and strike rate of 86 from 12 matches. All of these numbers indicate a batsman whose graph is on the upswing, and a batsman whose best is yet to come.

Highest balls per dismissal for batsmen since Jul 2010 (Min 5000 balls faced)
Player Inns Runs Ave Strike rate 100 Balls/dismissal
 Shivnarine Chanderpaul  65  2898  59.14  45.04  8  131
 Misbah-ul-Haq  67  2992  56.45  45.76  6  123
 Younis Khan  68  3554  61.27  51.06  14  120
 Kumar Sangakkara  86  4851  61.40  52.22  17  118
 Hashim Amla  61  3387  62.72  54.88  13  114
 AB de Villiers  57  3374  63.66  56.63  11  112
 Angelo Mathews  79  3422  54.31  48.67  7  112
 Azhar Ali  82  3393  44.06  40.72  9  108
 Alastair Cook  112  5133  48.42  44.98  15  108
 Joe Root  58  2733  54.66  52.28  8  105
 Steven Smith  63  3095  56.27  55.83  11  101
 Kane Williamson  75  3199  45.70  45.67  10  100

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter

Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Harare October 1, 2015

Zimbabwe v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Harare October 1, 2015
Pakistan batsman Imad Wasim (L) plays a shot as teammate Mohammad Rizwan prepares to run during the first in a series of three One Day International (ODI) cricket matches between Pakistan and hosts Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club, in Harare on October 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JEKESAI NJIKIZANA (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)
Pakistan batsman Imad Wasim (L) plays a shot as teammate Mohammad Rizwan prepares to run during the first in a series of three One Day International (ODI) cricket matches between Pakistan and hosts Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club, in Harare on October 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JEKESAI NJIKIZANA (Photo credit should read JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Yasir six-for leads Pakistan to 131-run win
Pakistan 259 for 6 (Rizwan 75*, Wasim 61) beat Zimbabwe 128 (Yasir 6-26) by 131 runs
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Pakistan cruised to a 131-run win over Zimbabwe in the first one-day international at Harare Sports Club, the match following what has become a familiar script during this tour. Pakistan’s lower middle order rallied their side to a good score, and their spin attack, led by Yasir Shah’s 6 for 26, then systematically dismantled Zimbabwe’s line-up. Yasir’s haul was the second best by a Pakistan spinner, and the best ever by a spinner in Zimbabwe.

Asked to bat first, Pakistan’s top order stumbled against a spirited Zimbabwean bowling effort before Mohammad Rizwan’s career-best 75 not out and Imad Wasim’s 61, which was his maiden international fifty, boosted the visitors to a challenging 259 for 6. Rizwan and Wasim had added 124 for the sixth wicket, but no Zimbabwean partnership came close to matching them as the hosts crumbled under sustained pressure.

Once again, the batsmen struggled to rotate the strike and then inevitably offered Pakistan chances as they sought to ease the pressure with a big shot. The 35-run stand between Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza was the most substantial of the innings, and legspinner Yasir collected his first five-for in ODIs with Zimbabwe having no answer to his combination of turn, bounce and guile.

Pakistan had been reduced to a wobbly 35 for 3 in the morning as Zimbabwe’s new-ball bowlers found seam and swing on a slightly resher wicket before Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik combined to take the score to 100. When they were both dismissed attempting to attack spin Zimbabwe surged once again, but Rizwan and Wasim weathered their best efforts.

Rizwan marshalled Pakistan’s effort from the halfway mark of their innings, starting watchfully against Zimbabwe’s spinners before he broke free with what was perhaps the shot of the day; a checked loft off offspinner John Nyumbu that soared over long on. With Nyumbu, Graeme Cremer and Sean Williams all included in Zimbabwe’s XI, Rizwan faced spin for much of his innings. He certainly showed that he had the aptitude to counter these bowlers in helpful conditions, milking the gaps and finding the boundary with a sweep off Cremer and a deft late cut off Nyumbu.

A particular feature of Rizwan’s stand with Wasim was their running between the wickets: something which had been highlighted as an area of concern for both teams after the Twenty20s. Eight twos came off Rizwan’s bat during their stand, while Wasim added seven. This ensured that the score kept ticking over even when boundaries were not forthcoming, and set the platform for Pakistan’s charge at the death.

Pakistan added 88 runs in the last ten overs as the big hits became more frequent, with Rizwan bringing up a 61-ball fifty in the 46th over. Wasim brought up a maiden international fifty of his own two overs later, reaching the mark with a superb reverse sweep off Tinashe Panyangara. Wasim had been given a life thanks to Williams’ drop at long-on earlier in the over, and there was a ragged edge to Zimbabwe’s effort at the death. Tempers also flared in Panyangara’s final over, from which Pakistan plundered 22 runs, as the bowler took offence to what he saw as Rizwan’s intentional obstruction of his fielding efforts. The batsman stood his ground as Sikandar Raza played peacemaker, and closed the innings on an emphatic note with his second six, straight over the bowler’s head.

Pakistan carried that bellicose attitude into the field, and both Zimbabwean openers were given a thorough working over with the new ball. Yet all 10 wickets fell to spin. Chamu Chibhabha averages 19.72 in matches in which he has been dismissed by a left-arm spinner, and has collected more ducks against this type of bowler than any other – three. He had opened his account by the time Wasim was brought on in the ninth over, but then fell immediately, trapped in front by the left-arm spinner’s first ball.

Yasir then took centre stage, nipping one through the yawning gap between debutant Brian Chari’s bat and pad and skittling Hamilton Masakadza with a ball that kept a touch low and rushed on. Raza and Elton Chigumbura fell on the drive, failing to cover Yasir’s prodigious spin, while Richmond Mutumbami’s dismissal came via a stunning reflex catch, low to the ground, by Hafeez at slip. When Panyangara gloved one to slip Yasir had his sixth, and Zimbabwe had crashed from 101 for 4 to 128 all out.

Liam Brickhill is a freelance journalist based in Cape TownZim v Pak, 1st ODI, Harare October 1, 2015

Pakistan’s second-best and all ten to spinners.

6/26 Yasir Shah’s bowling figures today – the second-best by a Pakistan spinner in ODIs behind Shahid Afridi’s 7 for 13 against West Indies in 2013. Yasir, however, did better Ajantha Mendis’ 6 for 29 in 2008 to record the best haul for a spinner in Zimbabwe.

10 Wickets to Pakistan’s spinners in this game. Besides Yasir, Shoaib Malik chipped in with three and Imad Wasim took one, making it only the sixth time in ODI history that spinners had taken all the 10 wickets in a match. The last instance was also by Pakistan, in 2011, when Mohammad Hafeez, Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal and Shoaib Malik combined to topple Bangladesh in Chittagong.

124 Runs added by the sixth-wicket pair of Mohammad Rizwan and Wasim, making it Pakistan’s highest against Zimbabwe in ODIs. It was also their second century stand against Zimbabwe for that wicket, after the 116-run stand between Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi in Multan in 2008.

8 Times that Pakistan’s sixth wicket has added 100 or more runs after having lost their first five for less than 150 in an ODI. Today, Pakistan had 128 on the board when they fifth batsman fell. The partnership between Rizwan and Wasim is also Pakistan’s third-highest for the sixth wicket when they have lost their first five for less than 150.

131 Margin by which Zimbabwe lost this match, their third-worst defeat against Pakistan when fielding first and the worst against them at home. The last time Zimbabwe lost by a bigger margin to Pakistan was in 2004 when they were beaten by 144 runs in Multan.

2005 The last time Pakistan’s Nos. 4 to 7 each scored 30 or more runs in an ODI. Including today’s instance, this has happened only three times for Pakistan. It was also the ninth time both Pakistan’s No. 6 and No. 7 had made fifties in an ODI.

75 Runs scored by Rizwan in this match – his highest ODI score and his third fifty-plus score in eight innings. He has made 295 runs at an average of 59.00.

3.12 Chamu Chibhabha’s economy rate in this match – his second-best in an ODI. Chibhabha bowled eight overs including a maiden and gave away 25 runs. Mohammad Irfan’s economy rate of 1.75 was also his second-best in an ODI. Irfan bowled just four overs including two maidens and conceded just seven runs.

Shiva Jayaraman is a senior sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo.com
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