Harare: A sturdy 85 from Hamilton Masakadza and a crucial late cameo from Sean Williams saw Zimbabwe record their first one-day win over Pakistan since 1998.
Chasing 245 in the first one-day international of a three-match series on Tuesday, Masakadza laid the platform before Williams finished the job with an unbeaten 39 from 23 deliveries as Zimbabwe won by seven wickets with 10 balls to spare.
Although Misbah-ul Haq held the Pakistan innings together in his 50th consecutive ODI as Pakistan captain, he was left to lament his decision to bat first at a venue where the pitch generally improves as the day goes on.
“We misread the pitch — it was looking like it was going to be slow in the second innings, but I think it was slow in the first innings and played better in the second,” said Misbah.
“Still I think Zimbabwe really deserved it — they played really well and played better than us. They did it comfortably.”