Pakistan topple Zimbabwe to advance

Kandy, Sri Lanka – Pakistan sealed their place in the ICC Cricket World Cup quarter-finals after beating Zimbabwe by seven wickets in a rain-hit match on Monday.

Chasing a Duckworth/Lewis target of 162 off 38 overs, a half-century from Asad Shafiq (78 not out) and a solid knock by Mohammad Hafeez (49) steered Pakistan to 164-3 to win with 23 balls to spare

The result meant the Pakistanis joined Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka from Group A in the knock out stages of the competition.

With the exception of Craig Ervine (52) and captain Elton Chigumbura (32 not out), the Zimbabwean batsmen struggled to come to terms with the stop-start nature of the contest due to three rain delays.

They finished on 151-7 after 39.4 overs but the victory target was adjusted according to the D/L Method. Pakistan’s best bowler was seamer Umar Gul, who was again on song and ended with 3-36 as he toppled the Zimbabwe top order.