Misbah lifts Pakistan to 244 in Zimbabwe one-dayer
Pakistan's Muhammad Hafeez bats during the first game of the three-match ODI cricket series against Zimbabwe in Harare on August 27, 2013. Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and elected to bat in the first one-day international as he became the first Pakistan captain to lead in 50 successive ODIs.
A topsy-turvy innings saw Zimbabwe miss five chances in the field but still hold Pakistan to 244 for seven - a decent but achievable score on a dry Harare Sports Club surface.
Misbah shared in a 99-run stand for the third wicket with Mohammad Hafeez, who made 70, and finished unbeaten on 83 after holding the innings together as Pakistan's middle and lower order failed to fire.
It could have been far worse for the tourists had Zimbabwe held their catches - both Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad were put down during an opening partnership of 56, while Hafeez was let off on 10 and 55.
Misbah required no such luck in a well-paced knock that saw him go to fifty in 62 balls before opening up towards the end, and his two sixes off Tinashe Panyangara in the final over of the innings ensured that Pakistan had something to bowl at.
Panyangara had been the pick of the Zimbabwean bowlers up until that point, and would have reaped better figures than his none for 38 had it not been for Zimbabwe's poor catching.
Tendai Chatara was more fortunate in that regard, and took 2 for 32 in his 10 overs.