Pakistan were set a Duckworth/Lewis victory target of 162 in thirty eight overs once rain interrupted play twice in their World Cup cluster A match against Zimbabwe here at the Pallekele International Stadium on Monday.
The rain interrupted the match for the primary time within the twenty eighth over when Zimbabwe were reeling at ninety six for 5 and also the match was reduced to forty three overs a aspect when the play was resumed once ninety minutes.
It came once more within the fortieth over of the Africans’ innings with the score on 151-7.
Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura won the toss and batted on a slow wicket however lost Brendan Taylor, Regis Chakabva and Vusi Sibanda in fast succession to be 13-3 before Craig Ervine helped stop the rot.
Ervine was bowled by Mohammad Hafeez for fifty two when the play was resumed once the primary interruption.
Then, Chigumbura and Prosper Utseya added forty eight runs for the seventh wicket before Utseya was dismissed by Umar Gul caught behind for eighteen and rain interrupted for the second time.
Chigumbura remained unbeaten on thirty two.
For Pakistan, Umar Gul was the foremost successful bowler with 3 for thirty six.
This is the second World Cup match to be full of rain once Sri Lanka’s showdown with Australia was washed out in Colombo earlier this month.