The penultimate World Cup Group D match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe began with an eerie hush, following a one-minute silence in memory of the Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer.
Briton Woolmer died on Sunday, aged 58, after he was found unconscious in his hotel room. His team had been eliminated from the competition the previous day after a three-wicket loss to debutants Ireland in the shock result of the tournament.
With both teams wearing black armbands there was a strange feel to the match with each side having completely different agendas. A somber and grieving Pakistan, trying hard to put on a brave face in spite of their difficulties, would probably rather not have been there. They want to win for Woolmer, for Inzy, who is playing his last ODI and for pride.
Conversely, the Zimbabweans have a glimmer of hope to make it to the Super Eights stage ahead of Ireland with a victory, depending on the outcome of Eire's match with West Indies on Friday and the resultant net run rate.
Pakistan made one change with Mohd Hafeez making way for all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who missed first two Cup-ties because of four-match ban. Zimbabwe bring in Mupariwa for Rainsford.
Pakistan: Inzamam-ul-Haq (capt), Younis Khan, Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Danish Kaneria, Mohd Sami and Rao Iftikhar. Coach: Mushtaq Ahmed
Zimbabwe: Prosper Utseya (capt), Gary Brent, Brendan Taylor (wk), Chamu Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura, Friday Kasteni, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Christopher Mpofu, Tawanda Mupariwa, Vusumuzi Sibanda and Sean Williams. Coach: Kevin Curren.
ThatsCricket (with inputs from agencies)