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Live: Zimbabwe chase 236 to win

Must-win clash for Pakistan set to go down to the wire in Brisbane
Called "selfish" and a "coward" by critics, Misbah-ul-Haq has responded by notching a captain's knock to help Pakistan post 7-235 in their must-win Cricket World Cup clash against Zimbabwe at the Gabba.
However, it remains to be seen if that is enough for a win-less Pakistan to keep their finals hopes alive.
Misbah bore the brunt of criticism after Pakistan suffered heavy losses in their opening matches to India and the West Indies.
Former Pakistan quick Shoaib Akhtar even accused him of being "selfish" and a "coward", saying the skipper was only interested in looking after himself during the Cup campaign.
However, Misbah-ul-Haq showed he was all about the team, helping an embattled Pakistan recover from 2-4 and 5-127 to at least post a competitive total with his solid 73 off 121 balls.
However, it ensured the skipper has still not notched an ODI ton in his 13-year, 158 game limited-overs career.
Misbah was watchful from the outset after impressive quick Tendai Chatara (3-35) snared Nasir Jamshed (one) and Ahmed Shehzad (duck) in consecutive overs.
And they appeared in all sorts after off-spinner Sean Williams (2-48) nabbed two scalps in three balls, bowling Umar Akmal (33) - ending a fourth-wicket 69-run stand with the captain - and birthday boy Shahid Afridi, 35, for a second-ball duck.
After the skipper fell, late hitting by Wahab Riaz (54 off 46, six fours, one six) ensured Pakistan posted a total they were confident of defending on a bouncy Gabba deck with a four-pronged pace attack.
Bottom of Pool B after two games, Pakistan have to win their Brisbane clash to remain a quarter-final chance.
Not that you could tell by their tentative start with the bat after winning the toss.
Pakistan were just 2-14 after 10 overs with 53 dot balls - their lowest World Cup total at that point in an innings and second lowest ODI score since 2001.
It didn't auger well after Pakistan bit the bullet and dropped batsman Younus Khan for the crunch clash.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe skipper and allrounder Elton Chigumbura suffered a suspected quad tear while fielding in the 24th over.
Pakistan XI: Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Haris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Rahat Ali, Mohammad Irfan.

Zimbabwe XI: Chamu Chibhabha, Sikandar Raza, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Craig Ervine, Elton Chigumbura (c), Solomon Mire, Tawanda Mupariwa, Tinashe Panyangara, Tendai Chatara.

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