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Pakistan ease to victory after Zimbabwe slump

cricket Updated: Sep 05, 2011 23:48 IST

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Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by seven wickets at Queens Sports Club here on Monday, getting the winning runs with seven wickets in hand a few minutes before lunch on day five.

They were left needing 88 runs for victory after bundling the home team out for 141 runs in their second innings, although they did lose three wickets in the process.

Having been put into bat by Pakistan captain Misbah ul Haq, Zimbabwe reached 412 all out in their first innings before the tourists replied with 466 all out to establish a first-innings lead of 54.

There was not much in it at that stage but Zimbabwe's second effort collapsed to 135-8 at the close of the fourth day, leaving the Pakistanis with the prospect of a routine mop-up operation. Ul Haq said afterwards: "The wicket had green patches. But the bowlers stuck to the task well."

Brief scores: Zimbabwe 1st innings: 412 n.o.; Pakistan 1st innings: 466 n.o., Zimbabwe 2nd innings: 141 all out; Pakistan 2nd innings: 88-3. Pak won by 7 wkts.