All-round Muzarabani inspires Zimbabwe Select to dominant win against Pakistan Shaheens

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By Sports Reporter

FAST bowler Blessing Muzarabani followed his entertaining half century from just 24 balls by claiming four wickets to inspire Zimbabwe Select to a dominant 80-run victory over Pakistan Shaheens in the second one-day game at Harare Sports Club on Friday.

The hosts now lead the six-match series 2-0.

Batting at number 11, Muzarabani top scored with an unbeaten 50 runs which ensured Zimbabwe reached a modest 236 all-out in 38.5 overs after Pakistan Shaheens won the toss and decided to field first.

He followed up his batting display with some brilliant work with ball in hand by bagging four wickets for just 23 runs in 6, 3 overs as Pakistan Shaheens were bundled out for a meagre 156 in the 38th over.

Despite the victory, Zimbabwe will be concerned about their batting department after the top order yet again failed to deliver with opener Innocent Kaia (2) and Wessly Madhevere (0) being dismissed by Shahanawaz Dahani from consecutive deliveries in his second over.

Zimbabwe kept losing wickets at regular intervals as Tadiwa Marumani (16), Craig Ervine (23) and Sean Williams (23) failed to convert their starts which left the hosts reeling at 57 for five inside 13 overs.

For the second successive match Zimbabwe needed the middle order pair of Ryan Burl and Clive Madande to steady the rocking ship as they shared a crucial 88 runs partnership stand for the sixth wicket.

Zimbabwe looked set to be dismissed for less than 200 runs when Aamer Jamal dismissed Clive Madande for 47 and Wellington Masakadza (6) in quick succession.

However Burl played a decent knock of 47 runs, including four boundaries and one six, before he was dismissed by Mehran Mumtaz.

Zimbabwe Select were 169-9 in 31.4 overs, when Muzarabani took charge and played an unbeaten 50-run knock from 24 balls, which included seven fours and two sixes.

Despite conceding 75 runs from his 10 overs, Jamal was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan Shaheens as he claimed a five wicket haul.

Tasked with defending yet another below par score, Zimbabwean bowlers stepped up to the rescue as they put Pakistan Shaheens on the backfoot from the start.

The hero from the last match, Chatara found an early breakthrough with the first ball of the innings, trapping Saim Ayub in front for a golden duck.

Muzarabani stepped up with ball in hand, further derailing the visitors’ batting line-up by picking three crucial wickets of Hurraira (33), Kamran Ghulam (0), and Hussain Talat (10).

He went on to bag four wickets while Victor Nyauchi and Williams took two wickets each.

Pakistan ‘A’ skipper, Imran Butt top scored for the visitors with 45 runs off 81 deliveries while Mubasir Khan scored 44 runs after facing 60 deliveries.

The third one-day match is set to take place at the same venue on Sunday.