Taylor: Run-outs hurt us

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Captain Brendan Taylor conceded three run-outs proved entirely detrimental, as Zimbabwe fell to a 108-run loss – and series defeat – to Pakistan in Saturday's third and final ODI at the Harare Sports Club.

Captain Brendan Taylor conceded three run-outs proved entirely detrimental, as Zimbabwe fell to a 108-run loss – and series defeat – to Pakistan in Saturday's third and final ODI at the Harare Sports Club.

The hosts restricted the tourists to a modest 260 for six after winning the toss and opting to bowl first, but later slipped to an insufficient 152 all out – Taylor, middle-order batsman Sean Williams and aspiring all-rounder Prosper Utseya were all run out.

"We were definitely off track. We restricted them to a decent total, but panicked while chasing. We have a lot of positives to take from this series. Pakistan played well through out and that was the difference in the end. Three run-outs also hurt us," said Taylor.

Visiting skipper Misbah-ul-Haq was named Man of the Match thanks to a fighting half-century, while all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez clinched the Player of the Series accolade on the back of a century, half-ton and closing cameo.

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.

"A lot of top-order guys are in good nick and hopefully we will do well in the Test series. The guys have worked really hard and it's nice to play a Test match at home," concluded Taylor.

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