Sean Williams, Blessing Muzarabani script a famous super-over win for Zimbabwe

Splendid century from Sean Williams followed by special bowling from Blessing Muzarabani saw Zimbabwe register an improbable win over Pakistan via Super-over in the third and final game of the series played at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.

Earlier in the day, Zimbabwe Captain Chamu Chibhabha won the toss and opted to bat first. Once again Zimbabwe got off to a poor start as Brian Charl, Chamu Chibhabha and Craig Ervine perished for low scores.

With side placed in a precarious position at 22 for 3 after 7.4 overs, Wicket-keeper Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams put on a 84-run partnership for the fourth wicket to rebuild the innings for Zimbabwe.

Wicket-keeper batsman Brendan Taylor continued his good form in the dead rubber and scored 56 runs off 68 balls with the help of eight boundaries.

For Zimbabwe, Sean Williams put in scintillating batting performance for the side. Left-hander notched up his fifth century in limited-overs cricket. He scored unbeaten 118 runs off 135 balls with the help of thirteen fours and one six.

Williams was well supported by Sikandar Raza and Wesley Madhevere, who produced scores of 45 not out and 33 respectively.

For Pakistan, pacer Mohammad Hasnain was the pick of the bowlers and claimed his maiden five-wicket haul.

Chasing 279 runs for victory, Richard Ngarava came in place of Carl Mumba and picked up key wickets of Haider Ali and Fakhar Zaman with the new-ball. His new-ball partner, Blessing Muzarabani dismissed Imam-ul-Haq to see Pakistan in all sort of trouble at 20 for 3 after 3.1 overs.

Wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed failed to capitalize on their good start to see Pakistan fall into further trouble.

Captain Babar Azam continued to be positive at the crease despite losing wickets at the other end. With half the side back in the pavilion, Babar Azam formed a 63-run partnership to lead the revival for Pakistan.

Khushdil Shah played well and supported Babar Azam at the other end. He scored 33 runs off 48 balls with the help of four boundaries.

Tail-ender Wahab Riaz provided able support to Babar Azam and decided to take the attack to the Zimbabwe bowlers. The duo put on a 100-run partnership for the seventh wicket to keep Pakistan in the hunt to win the game.

Wahab Riaz played a splendid knock for the side and notched up his third half-century in one-day cricket. He scored 52 runs off 56 balls with the help of three fours and three sixes.

For Pakistan, Babar Azam put in breathtaking performance with the bat. He notched up his 12th ton in limited-overs cricket. Babar Azam scored 125 runs off 125 balls with the help of thirteen fours and one six.

Babar Azam perished in the penultimate overs of the innings with Pakistan needing another 13 runs to win the game. Mohammad Musa smashed two boundaries in the final to see Pakistan secure a tie against Zimbabwe.

In the super-over, Blessing Muzarabani bowled well to see Pakistan score two runs off four balls. Sikandar Raza smashed a boundary off Shaheen Shah Afridi to see Zimbabwe register a famous win over Pakistan via super-over.

For his outstanding bowling performance, Blessing Muzarabani was named player of the match. For being highest run-getter in the ODI series, Babar Azam was named player of the series.

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