Solomon Mire Out Of Zimbabwe’s 5 ODI Series Against Pakistan

Paola Ditto
Luglio 15, 2018

Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 201 runs in the first one-day global at Queens Sports Club on Friday.

Fakhar Zaman contributed 60 in a patient opening stand worth 113, while the returning Babar Azam - back in action after suffering a broken arm during Pakistan's tour of England - made 30.

Pakistan, who were put in to bat under overcast skies in the morning, were unusually cautious in the first hour or so, in stark contrast to the approach they've become known for over the past two years. It was a feeding frenzy for Pakistan's bowlers, Usman Shinwari beginning the bloodbath with two early wickets, while Shadab walked away with career-best four for 32 to seal Pakistan's fifth biggest win in ODI history.

Asif Ali on his debut provided the pinch ideal finish in the first innings on his debut as he provided impetus in the innings and scored 46 off 25 balls to take Pakistan past the 300 mark. He will again shoulder the responsibility to get the side off to a blazing start along with Imam-ul-Haq, who has shown good temperament in the handful of matches he has been a part of.

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"If the team performs well, the captain is definitely happy", Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said. Wicketkeeper-batsman Ryan Murray top scored on debut with an unbeaten 32. No other Zimbabwe batsmen could cope with the pace or Shadab. The match will start at 7:15 AM GMT, 12:45 PM IST on July 13. "And it helped us as well, especially me as a spinner".

Bulawayo's pitches are generally flatter than Harare's - located in the south of Zimbabwe, which traditionally doesn't get as much rainfall. Anything around 300 is chase able in Bulawayo, but we had too many soft dismissals.

One positive Zimbabwe could draw from the tri-series - in which they went winless - was the team's steady improvement with each match, coming agonisingly close to upsetting Australia in the last round-robin game in a result no neutral would have begrudged them. Murray did really well and there is a lot of promise there.

After Pakistan won by 201 runs in Bulawayo, Khan, who starred with the ball, was asked to explain his team's form.

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