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Statbox - Pakistan v Zimbabwe

Source : REUTERS
Last Updated: Mon, Mar 14, 2011 02:59 hrs
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Facts and figures relating to the Group A World Cup match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe (0900 GMT) at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy on Monday.

Head-to-head record:

Pakistan lead 36-2 (Tied: 1; NR: 1)

In the World Cups: Pakistan lead 3-0 (NR: 1)

In the sub continent: Pakistan lead 15-1

* Pakistan have won all their three World Cup matches against Zimbabwe fairly comfortably and will be hoping for a repeat on Monday to calm their nerves after their abysmal display against New Zealand.



* Pakistan (LWWWL) were topping their group until they were blown away by a Ross Taylor inspired New Zealand. Shahid Afridi's bowling had been masking their fielding and wicketkeeping errors, their fragile top order batting and their problem with extras. They will be looking to rectify these errors as they shape up for the knockout stage.

* Zimbabwe (LLWLL) will be looking to put up a better show than they have against Sri Lanka (lost by 139 runs) and New Zealand (lost by 10 wickets). Their openers showed fight against Sri Lanka, chasing a mammoth total, but their other batsmen and bowlers need to contribute as well.

* For Pakistan, their middle order batsmen like Misbah-ul-Haq (192 runs) and Umar Akmal (167) have been scoring well. They would want the likes of Younus Khan (128) and Kamran Akmal (118) to convert their starts and will be hoping for a better start from their openers.

* Brendan Taylor (140) is the leading Zimbabwean run scorer followed by Tatenda Taibu (117) and Craig Ervine (113).

* The biggest contributor to Pakistan's success so far has been Afridi's brilliant bowling (15 wickets at an economy rate of 3.36)

* For Zimbabwe, Chris Mpofu (six wickets) and Ray Price (five wickets) have been among the wicket takers.

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