PESHAWAR, 4 October: Pakistan lost second one-day international match against Zimbabwe by five runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method at Harare on Saturday.

Chasing the target of 277 runs from Zimbabwe, Pakistan lost their first six wickets for 76 runs after which Shoaib Malik, Aamer Yamin and Yasir Shah displayed brilliant batting and took Pakistan to 256 for the loss of eight wickets in 48 overs. Pakistan needed 21 more off 12 balls with Shoaib Malik playing on 96 when the umpires took the players off the field citing poor light. Victory was awarded to Zimbabwe under the Duckworth-Lewis method which left Pakistan hugely disappointed. The match was earlier briefly delayed due to rain. The result left the three-match series level ahead of final match on 5 October.

Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said the umpires’ decision to stop the match was according to law. It said no batsman or fielder can ask the umpire to stop the match over bad light.

Compiled from media reports

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