Wasim Akram, the former Pakistan captain who was batting at No 11 because of a hand injury, was caught and bowled by Guy Whittall off the penultimate ball to give Zimbabwe a tie in the first one-day international in Harare yesterday.
Needing a single to win off the last two balls, the Lancashire all-rounder hit a full toss straight back to Whittall to end the Pakistan innings at 219. Despite losing fewer wickets, Zimbabwe had to be content with the tie.
Pakistan had needed only seven off the last six deliveries with two wickets in hand but contrived to lose Manzoor Elahi off the first ball of the over.
The man of the match award was also shared, by Pakistan's Saeed Anwar, who carried his bat for 103, and Zimbabwe's left-arm seamer Bryan Strang, who finished with 4 for 47 from his 10 overs.
India beat Australia by five wickets in Dunedin yesterday, although they have already been eliminated from New Zealand's four-nation Centenary Series. Australia made 250 for 6 from their 50 overs. Ricky Ponting was the top scorer with a solid 62.
Sachin Tendulkar launched India's reply with 47, while Shane Warne went for 19 in his first over. Half-centuries by Manoj Prabakhar, Navjot Sidhu and Vinod Kambli sealed the win. It is Australia, however, who today meet the winners of the New Zealand-South Africa match.
ONE-DAY INTERNATIONALS: Harare: (50 overs). Pakistan 219 (49.9 overs; Saeed Anwar 103no). Match tied. Dunedin: Centenary Series: Australia 250 for 6 (50 overs; R Ponting 62). India 252 for 5 (47.5 overs; M Prabhakar 50, N S Sidhu 54, V J Kambli 51no). India won by five wickets.Reuse content