Zimbabwe's Brian Chari plays a shot during the third ODI cricket match against Pakistan. AFP
Lanky paceman Blessing Muzarabani took career-best figures of 5-49 as Zimbabwe beat Pakistan in a thrilling Super Over finish in the third and final one-day international on Tuesday.
The actual match finished in a tie after Pakistan number ten Musa Khan cracked the final delivery of the 50th over from Richard Ngarava for a boundary to level the scores at 278.
In the Super Over, man-of-the-match Muzarabani dismissed Iftikhar Ahmed and Khushdil Shah for two runs on four balls. Zimbabwe scored off just three balls, without any loss.
Pakistan’s cricketers celebrate the dismissal of Zimbabwe's Brian Chari (not pictured) during the third ODI. AFP
Despite the defeat Pakistan won the three-match series 2-1.
Azam, who made a run-a-ball 125 with 13 boundaries and a six, led Pakistan's fightback and stood firm after Pakistan were set a daunting 279-run target.
He added a match-turning 100 for the seventh wicket with Wahab Riaz, who made 52.
With 28 needed, Riaz holed out off Muzarabani to leave the fight to Azam.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (capt), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain, Wahab Riaz, Musa Khan
Zimbabwe: Chamu Chibhabha (capt), Brian Chari, Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chisoro, Craig Ervine, Wessley Madhevere, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams
Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK) and Rashid Riaz (PAK)
TV umpire: Ahsan Raza (PAK)
Match referee: Mohammad Javed (PAK)
All players, officials and staff have moved into a hub in a five-star hotel in Islamabad, the PCB said, and "are now allowed to interact with each other and move freely within the bio-secure bubble.”
Iftikhar Ahmed spun a web around Zimbabwe's batsmen with figures of 5-40 to wreck them for a paltry 206 before Azam knocked an attractive 74-ball 77 not out to chase down the target in 35.2 overs.
Fakhar hit 193 off 155 balls with 10 sixes and 18 fours but he lacked support as Pakistan made 324 for nine in reply to South Africa's 341 for six.
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