Debutants Rauf, Riaz limit Zimbabwe to 181

Published: Saturday, February 2, 2008, 14:54 [IST]
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Sheikhupura: Debutants Abdur Rauf and Wahab Riaz shared five wickets between them as Pakistan dismissed Zimbabwe for 181 in the fifth and final one-day international here on Saturday.

Rauf took 3-45 and Riaz grabbed 2-19 as Zimbabwe failed to put a big total after electing to bat. A sixth wicket stand of 85 between Brendon Taylor (49) and Elton Chigumbura (34) gave some respectability to their total.

Once Taylor and Chigumbura were dismissed in successive overs, Pakistan wrapped up the tail by the 46th over to set up chances of a clean sweep.

Pakistan, leading 4-0 in the five-match series, made five changes from the line-up of their last match -- bringing back experienced batsman Younis Khan and awarding one-day debuts to Riaz, Rauf, Rizwan Ahmed and Khurram Manzoor.

Zimbabwe, who were still without their captain Prosper Utseya and frontline paceman Tawanda Mupariwa, remained unchanged.

Right-arm paceman Rauf gave Pakistan the breakthrough when he caught stand-in captain Hamilton Masakadza (five) off his own bowling. Fellow opener Vusi Sibanda (18) was run out after he failed to regain crease while taking a second run.

Left-arm fast bowler Riaz took the wickets of Tatenda Taibu (six) and Sean Williams (19), while Shoaib Malik trapped Chamu Chibhabha (one) leg-before as the tourists struggled to 67-5.

Taylor and Chigumbura batted with caution against some tight bowling. Taylor hit five boundaries during his 79-ball knock before he was bowled by Malik.

Chigumbura hit two boundaries in his 57-ball knock before he was stumped by Sarfraz Ahmed off left-arm spinner Fawad Alam.

The city of Sheikhupura, which has no five-star hotel, was hosting its first match for ten years.

Brief Scores:

Zimbabwe 181 all out in 45.4 overs (Brendon Taylor 49, Chigumbura 34, Rauf 3 for 45, Riaz 2 for 19, Malik 2 for 35) Vs Pakistan.


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