Man of the Series Hafeez plays through the pain

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All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez appreciated the Player of the Series award, after Pakistan secured a 108-run win – and two-one triumph – over Zimbabwe in Saturday's third and final ODI at the Harare Sports Club.

All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez appreciated the Player of the Series award, after Pakistan secured a 108-run win – and two-one triumph – over Zimbabwe in Saturday's third and final ODI at the Harare Sports Club.

The recipient of 70 and an unbeaten 136 in matches one and two, Hafeez continued a fine run of form with a quickfire 26 not out – after recovering from a hamstring injury. The off-spinner, too, secured telling figures of two for 40.

"We had a good series, but all thanks to the supporting staff and my team-mates. I still have some pain in the hamstring, but I am happy to win the series. I thought to retire as running was bit difficult," said Hafeez.

"Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq asked me to bowl with the new ball as he wanted to put pressure on Zimbabwe from the word go. I would also like to thank the sponsors and the crowd for their support."

Misbah, meanwhile, was named Man of the Match – thanks to a fighting half-century across trying conditions in a final total of 260 for six. The hosts' response, later, fell to an entirely insufficient 152 all out.

"I was really struggling initially as the ball was not coming onto the bat. The openers gave us a good start, but things changed when Amin came and eased the pressure a bit. When I was batting, the wicket was bit low and it also had some inconsistent bounce and stroke making was difficult," added Misbah.

The African minnows and sub-continental big guns will soon meet for two Tests, the first of which will get underway at the same venue on Tuesday. The tourists, six positions superior in the International Cricket Council rankings, are expected to triumph again.

"I normally don't think of the records, we always concentrate on winning every match. We have a balanced squad for Test matches and I don't think we will have any problem," concluded Misbah.

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