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It Is A World Cup Of Upsets Zimbabwe Hold Nerve To Win By One Run



Zimbabwe hold nerve to win by one run
Pakistan fall to 36-3 & 94-6 in their run-chase
Zimbabwe post 130-8 after winning the toss
Zimbabwe lose four wickets for no runs and slip to 95-7
Leg-spinner Shadab Khan gets Milton Shumba, Sean Williams and Regis Chakabva
Openers Craig Ervine and Wesley Madhevere both dismissed after opening stand of 42


Incredible! Zimbabwe have done it!



Jason Behrendorff Former Australia bowler on BBC Test Match Special “I’m a little bit speechless. I am in awe listening to you talk about the game.”
“It is an enormous win for Zimbabwe and amazing in the context of this World Cup.”
“I just think back to when they beat Australia in an ODI earlier in the year. They are a team with such talent and promise.”
“What a night for Zimbabwe cricket.





Clint Wheeldon BBC Test Match Special “There is so much to like about this Zimbabwe side and they’ve done a great deal of damage to the Pakistan team.”



How did Zimbabwe win the last-over thriller against Pakistan? Hard lengths, hard lengths
How did Zimbabwe win the last-over thriller against Pakistan? Hard lengths, hard lengths. After getting tonked for a 3 and a four with fuller balls (the second one a slower), Brad Evans adjusted to hit the hard length for three of the final 4 balls





The result? Zimbabweans were screaming their heads off and lying on the ground in joy. The fourth was a rasping seamer that beat the bat. Dot ball. The fifth, another hard length, was weakly shovelled to mid-off by Nawaz, and Mohammad Wasim Jr sunk to the ground. He was not on strike, and probably knew the game was up. It was.




The final ball was the surprise fuller one but Shaheen could only hit to mid-on. They ran hard, and there was even a fumble by the wicketkeeper Regis Chakabwa, who had already effected the stumping of the tournament with a quick leg-side work to take out Shan Masood, recovered to do the job. Up he hopped. So did the rest of Zimbabweans. Babar Azam sunk his chin into his palms.


Robert Tapfumaneyi