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3rd ODI: Pak beat Zimbabwe by 28 runs

Associated Press
Sep 15, 2011 at 12:00am IST

Harare: Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 28 runs in the third one-day international on Wednesday to complete a clean sweep of the three-match series.

Pace bowler Aizaz Cheema claimed a career-best 4-43 as Zimbabwe was restricted to 242-9 in 50 overs after Pakistan posted 270-5.

"Zimbabwe gave us a tough time in every single game and I think there will be more to come from them, especially if they continue to play strong teams," said Pakistan's Younis Khan, who was chosen as player of the series.

3rd ODI: Pak beat Zimbabwe by 28 runs

Younis Khan plays a shot during his innings on Wednesday (AP PHOTO)

Cheema mixed up his deliveries well to remove Brendan Taylor (6), Malcolm Waller (19), Elton Chigumbura (9) and Ray Price (10).

Spinner Yasir Shah also picked up two wickets as Zimbabwe collapsed after posting a century first-wicket partnership between openers Vusi Sibanda (59) and Chamu Chibhabha (62).

"I would say we had a good platform but we allowed many dot balls in the middle period and players getting in and out, which makes it very difficult for the batter coming in," said Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor.

Younis (81) and Asad Shafiq (51) hit half-centuries to unsettle the Zimbabwean bowlers, who gave them too much width in a 97-run stand for the third wicket.

Younis faced 90 balls, smashing six boundaries and a six before hitting straight back to bowler Kyle Jarvis, who took a low catch in the 41st over.

Shafiq stroked three fours and a six from 72 deliveries to reach 51 before he was stumped by wicketkeeper Tatenda Taibu off Ray Price's flighted delivery.

Elton Chigumbura returned figures of 2-36 for Zimbabwe, removing opener Imran Farhat (37) and Shoaib Malik (14).

"They got off to a flyer and that put us on the back foot immediately but our bowlers showed good character to limit them to 270 when they looked like getting between 310 and 330," Taylor said.

The Zimbabwe opening pair gave the home side a steady start on a good batting track at Harare Sports Club, finding the gaps and running well between the wickets.

Sibanda was dismissed when substitute fielder Umar Akmal took a comfortable catch from Shah's wide delivery, while Chibhabha was caught by Younis Khan in the covers off Shoaib Malik to begin the middle-order slide.

The two teams will now shift focus to the two Twenty20 internationals on Friday and Sunday. It will be the first time that form of the game has been played at international level in Zimbabwe.

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