Babar Azam's side register 26-run win in Rawalpindi
Pakistan registered a 26-run win over Zimbabwe in the opening game of the three-match ODI series in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.
Babar Azam’s side now have a 1-0 lead and will be eyeing a series win on Sunday.
The hosts, after opting to bat, managed 281-8 on the back of half-centuries by opener Imam-ul-Haq and veteran left-handed batsman Haris Sohail.
Sohail was the standout performer with the as he top-scored with 71 off 82 balls, which included six boundaries and two sixes.
Imam, on the other hand, made 58 from 75 balls with the help of six fours before being run out after a mix up.
Tendai Chisoro and Blessing Muzarabani took two wickets each for the visitors.
In reply, Brendan Taylor’s superb century went in vain as the Chevrons were dismissed for 255 in 49.4 overs.
The wicketkeeper-batsman top-scored with 112 off 117 balls with 11 fours and three sixes to his name.
He put on a 119-run partnership with Wesley Madhevere who also played a gritty 55-run knock.
Left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi returned with match-winning figures of 5-49 in 10 overs whereas veteran fast-bowler Wahab Riaz finished with figures of 4-41.
Update: Pakistan defeat Zimbabwe win the series opener by 26 runs after dismissing the side for 255 in chase of 282-run target.
Update: Shaheen completes his five-wicket haul by clean bowling Tendai Chisoro for five
Zimbabwe: 250-9 (48.4 overs)
Update: Shaheen continues to impress as he takes his fourth by sending Carl Mumba back to the pavilion.
Zimbabwe: 246-8 (48.1 overs)
Zimbabwe jesi team ky sath bhi match ko aisay sansani khaiz marhalay mai dakhil karnay ka hunar sirf Pakistani team ky paas hi hai…🙌#PAKvZIM— Falak (@Falaknazsiddiq1) October 30, 2020
Falak believes only Pakistan can lower-ranked teams look good
Update: It’s a procession of Zimbabwe batsmen as Wahab Riaz sends Sikandar Raza’s stumps for a walk.
Zimbabwe: 245-7 (47.2 overs)
Update: Brendan Taylor departs after scoring a brilliant 112. He becomes Shaheen Shah Afridi’s third victim.
Zimbabwe: 240-6 (46.5 overs)
Update: Wahab Riaz makes a mess of Wesley Madheevere’s stumps as the batsman departs after scoring 55. His 119-run partnership also ends with that wicket.
Zimbabwe: 234-5 (45.2 overs)
Update: The first ODI is turning out to be a nail-biter as the visitors need 48 to win off 30 deliveries
Sorry for sounding too negative today guys. I love Pakistan cricket. But can’t take this Misbah regime anymore. Given up now.— Adeel Azhar (@adeel_azhar) October 30, 2020
Adeel Azhar says he can’t stand Misbah-ul-Haq staying as head coach of the team.
Update: Chamu Chibhabha’s side will need to have a go now as they are falling behind the asking rate. They were 194-4 in 40 overs and require 88 runs to win from 60 deliveries
Update: Things not going in Pakistan’s way as they lose their only review
Question.. Are we playing against Australia or Zimbabwe??— 𝚂𝚘𝚑𝚊𝚒𝚋 𝙼𝚞𝚐𝚑𝚊𝚕 (@Sohaib9014) October 30, 2020
Pathetic Team selection & performance..🤦♂️#PakvZim
Sohaib Mughal has a question for Pakistan cricket fans…
Knotty is already concerned on how Pakistan will perform in its upcoming tour of New Zealand
Update: Wesley Madhevere and Brendan Taylor put on a crucial partnership for the fifth wicket as they were 163-4 at the end of 35 overs.
Will history repeat itself today?
Journalism student Waheed Mirza believes all-rounder Imad Wasim needs to be given more credit for his services
برینڈن ٹیلر کی وکٹ چاہیے #PAKvZIM— Najeeb ul Hasnain (@ImNajeebH) October 30, 2020
Sports journalist Najeeb-ul-Hasnain says Pakistan needs to take the wicket of Brendan Taylor
Update: The visitors are behind the asking rate of 7.55 following the dismissal as they were 131-4 in 30 overs.
Update: Wahab Riaz bags the wicket of Sean Williams who knicks it to Mohammad Rizwan for four.
Zimbabwe: 115-4 (26.4 overs)
Update: The Chevrons were 109-3 at the halfway stage and require another 173 runs to win at the expense of seven wickets
Pakistan clearly have an impressive record when it comes to playing at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
Update: A crucial wicket for the hosts as Craig Ervine is caught off Imad Wasim’s bowling after scoring 41.
Zimbabwe: 99-3 in 23 overs
Update: A 70-run partnership takes Zimbabwe to 98-2 in 20 overs. They require another 184 runs to win from 30 overs.
Poor team selection, defensive approach, lack of interest, reminds me of misbah days as captain. Team Pakistan needed to be injected with some aggression. Imam selfish, Iftikhar is Once in a blue moon kind of player. Faheem Ashraf overrated. Abid Ali Strictly good for tests.— Ali Jafar (@ping2aj) October 30, 2020
Players ko kon bash kr rha. Selection panel ka head hh Misbah or headcoach b vohi hh, Sara kachra misbah a k krta hh Pakistan cricket ka hmasha— WAZIR🇵🇰 (@156kph) October 30, 2020
Fans are clearly unhappy with the selection for the opening game of the three-match series.
Update: The veteran duo of Craig Ervine and Brendan Taylor are building a steady partnership. They are 72-2 at the end of 15 overs and require another 210 runs to win
Why is wahab still playing and that too against zimbabwe?😂 no good fast bowlers in pakistan? #PAKvZIM— Chatterbox (@yourowner55) October 30, 2020
Pakistan bowling is much more enjoyable than Pakistan batting. #PAKvZIM— Maliktweets (@Maliktweets6) October 30, 2020
Here’s what the fans have to say about Pakistan’s bowling performance
Update: Zimbabwe were 58-2 at the end of 10 overs with Craig Ervine and Brendan Taylor batting at 23 and 17 respectively. They need another 224 runs to win the series opener from 40 overs
Update: Zimbabwe are 29-2 at the end of five overs with veterans Brendan Taylor and batsman Craig Ervine at the crease.
Update: Shaheen hits the stumps again as he bowls the Zimbabwe captain Chibhabha for run-a-ball 13.
Zimbabwe: 28-2 (4.4 overs)
Update: What a start for Pakistan. Shaheen Shah Afridi cleans up Brian Chari on the third delivery for two.
Zimbabwe: 2-1 (0.3 overs)
Update: Pakistan finish their 50 overs at the score of 281-8, leaving Zimbabwe with a target of 282 to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.
Update: Another wicket for Zimbabwe as Wahab Riaz walks back to the pavilion after scoring eight off six balls.
Pakistan: 257-8 (47.5 overs)
Sports journalist and now Quetta Gladiators’ manager Nabeel Hashmi believes Pakistan’s batting performance today highlights the importance of Fakhar Zaman at the top of the order.
Pakistan are so much dependent on Fakhar Zaman that if ge fires at the top then only Pakistan can maintain the run-rate else it remains a struggle for them.— Nabeel Hashmi (@iNabeelHashmi) October 30, 2020
Hoping for some fireworks from Faheem and Imad #PAKvZIM
Update: Faheem Ashraf departs after scoring valuable 23 off 16 balls.
Another senior sports journalist Rehan Ulhaq who is also working as a manager of the Islamabad United, has also raised concern about Pakistan’s batting approach in the first ODI against Zimbabwe.
Conservatism would make sense if Pakistan had wickets in hand to launch in the last 10. Pakistan played at a really slow RR & also didn’t manage to save wickets. The entire approach to this inns is very very strange— Rehan Ulhaq (@Rehan_ulhaq) October 30, 2020
Update: Pakistan have reached the score of 233-6 after 45 overs.
Senior sports anchor Nauman Niaz has raised some questions regarding the fitness of Sohail.
We are playing versus Zimbabwe? Haris Sohail’s intent changed after he went past his half-century. Is it about insecurity losing one’s place, a selfish approach or part of the plan? @MuhammadWasim77 @iRashidLatif68— Dr. Nauman Niaz (@DrNaumanNiaz) October 30, 2020
Update: Another important wicket for Zimbabwe as set Haris Sohail went back to the pavilion after scoring 72.
Update: Another wicket for the visitors as all-rounder Iftikhar Ahmed departs after scoring 12 off 14 balls.
Pakistan: 194-5 (40.3 overs)
Update: After 40 overs, Pakistan managed to post 191 for the loss of 4 wickets.
The visitors will be extremely happy with the developments so far.
Famous anchor Zainab Abbas is clearly unhappy with the Pakistan team’s batting performance.
Modern day cricket demands better rotation of strike and ability to play strokes,not sure if going at a strike rate of 70 is going to get the team going against better sides.— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) October 30, 2020
Update: Another wicket for Zimbabwe as wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan departs after scoring 14 off 29 balls.
Pakistan: 161-4 (36.1 overs)
Update: Pakistan are still going under five runs per over after 32 overs as they reach to the score of 143-3.
Update: A mix-up cost Imam-ul-Haq his wicket who departed after scoring 58 off 75 balls.
Pakistan: 119-3 (25.5 overs)
Update: This is Imam’s seventh half-century in One Day Internationals for Pakistan.
Update: 100 up for Pakistan in 20.3 overs. It seems like they are eyeing a total in the region of 280 to 300.
Update: After 20 overs, Pakistan reach to 99-2.
Update: Another big wicket for Zimbabwe as captain Babar Azam went back to the pavilion after scoring 19 off 18 balls Blessing Muzarabani.
Pakistan 89-2 (17.2 overs)
Update: Pakistan’s run-rate has increased since the arrival of captain Babar Azam as they reached to 82-1 after 16 overs.
Update: Zimbabwe got their first wicket on the tour as they removed Abid Ali who departed after scoring 21 off 30 balls on the bowling of Carl Mumba.
Pakistan 47-1 (11 overs)
Let’s look at Pakistan and Zimbabwe’s head-to-head record before today’s fixture.
Update: Pakistan continue their solid but cautious beginning as they reach the 41 without loss in first 10 overs.
Update: Pakistan are off to a solid start as they reach 22 without loss.
Imam-ul-Haq: 12* (20)
Abid Ali: 8* (10)
Meanwhile, ICC has tweeted about Haris Rauf, who is making 50-over debut for Pakistan today.
Senior sports journalist Abdul Ghaffar has raised concerns about team selection where the likes of Abdullah Shafiq and Haider Ali has been ignored.
#PAKvZIM— Abdul Ghaffar (@GhaffarDawnNews) October 30, 2020
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Update: Pakistan team news is in and surprisingly, the home team are playing a really strong team.
Playing XI: Abid Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (captain), Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeeper), Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf
Update: News in from the stadium that right-arm pacer Haris Rauf is set to make his debut in the 50-over format for the Men in Green.
Update: Pakistan captain Babar Azam has won the toss and elected to bat first in the opening fixture of the three-match series against Zimbabwe in Rawalpindi on Friday.
Welcome to the Live Blog for the opening match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe.