Pak V Zim ODI series started today with the 1st ODI being played in Rawalpindi. And Pakistan won the 1st encounter courtesy of Shaheen Afridi. Shaheen Shah Afridi destroyed the Zimbabwe batting lineup with his lethal bowling.
After winning the toss, Pakistan elected to bat first in the 1st ODI. Pakistan batting struggled in the start but got some momentum in the middle due to good innings from Haris Sohail.
Haris Sohail played a good steady inning of 71(82) to take the team total to 281. Alongside Haris, Imam was the 2nd batsman who scored a half-century.
Imam Wasim and Faheem gave Pakistan the fire power at the end of the innings to take the total to 281/8.
Pakistan batting once again looked casual and didn’t managed to reach the 300 mark. Zimbabwe is the kind of team that can bring back the form of opponent batsmen.
Pak V Zim series is also the part of ICC ODI Championship 2020.
In reply, the start was nervy for Zimbabwe. As they lost 2 wickets under 5 overs. Than Brendon Taylor came to the rescue and scored a brilliant 112.
Brendon alongside Madhevere nearly took his team to victory. On the other-side Shaheen Afridi and Wahad Riaz had other plans.
Both Shaheen Shah Afridi and Wahab Riaz bowled extremely well in the death overs. Shaheen took 5/49 and Wahab claimed 4/41 in their 10 overs.
9/10 wickets were shared between Shaheen and Wahab. While Imad Wasim claimed the 10th one.
Zimbabwe was bowled out for 255 in the 49th. And Pakistan won the 1st ODI easily by 26 runs. And also this was Pakistan’s 7th consecutive ODI win.
Pakistan opened their account in ICC ODI Championship 2020 with a win in Pak V Zim series.
This was Shaheen Afridi 2nd consecutive 5 wicket haul in ODI. He is now only 5 wickets away to claim 50 ODI career wickets.
The 2nd match of the Pak V Zim ODI series will be played on 1st Nov in Rawalpindi.