March 15, 2011

ICC World Cup 2011 updates: 14th March 2011

The 33rd match of the ICC World Cup 2011 was played between Pakistan and Zimbabwe at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy, Sri Lanka. The toss went into the favor of Zimbabwe and they chose to bat first.

Brendan Taylor and Regis Chakabva opened the batting innings for Zimbabwe. After hitting for a four, Brendan Taylor got out in the first over itself. In the next over, his opening partner Regis Chakabva got out by getting lbw. Zimbabwe were on deep trouble and their run rate dropped drastically. On the other hand when their total was only 12 runs, third wicket fell. After this fall, there were some good partnerships that followed. Even their run rate was back on track but not to good level. Craig Ervine scored an half-century. In 39.4 overs, Zimbabwe scored a total of 151 runs for the loss of 7 wickets (ZIM - 151/7, 39.4 over). The match turned into an D\L method. Umar Gul took 3 wickets for Pakistan.

Pakistan wanted to finish off the match as soon as possible and the target was an easy one for them. They gave an brilliant start. First wicket fell when Pakistan had scored only 17 runs it was Ahmad Shahzad. Second wicket partnership costed 82 runs. In just 34.1 overs, Pakistan put up a total of 164 runs for the loss of 3 wickets (PAK - 164/3, 34.1 over). It was an D\L method. Asad Shafiq was unbeaten scoring 78 runs.

Pakistan won the match by 7 wickets. Man of the match went to Umar Gul for his brilliant piece of bowling.

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