HARARE - Captain Misbah-ul-Haq scored a steady half-century and effected two crucial run-outs as Pakistan clinched the one-day series against Zimbabwe with a sizeable win in Saturday's third and deciding match.
Misbah's 67 proved to be the top score in the game as Pakistan posted a total of 6-260 before bowling Zimbabwe out in 40 overs to win by 108 runs and complete a 2-1 series victory.
The decider had been cast into doubt after Zimbabwe's players threatened to boycott the match over unpaid salaries and match fees, but the home side took the field after setting a new ultimatum for the first Test on Tuesday.
For a side with off-field distractions, the Zimbabweans started surprisingly well in the field after Brendan Taylor had won the toss.
Ahmed Shehzad and Nasir Jamshed put on 66 for the first wicket at a sluggish pace and the innings became stilted when Jamshed departed and Mohammad Hafeez was forced to retire hurt soon after.
Although Misbah at one stage appeared overly cautious in scoring just 16 from his first 45 deliveries, the tactic was vindicated as the stability it provided allowed Pakistan to score 120 in the final 13 overs.