The first ODI match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe is being held today in Rawalpindi.
The first innings has been completed and Pakistan set a heated ground for Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe now needs 282 runs to win the match today.
Pakistan has won the toss and has chosen to bat first in the first ODI match at the Pindi stadium today.
“Our biggest problem is we often fall short of the finish line. The same happened when we just missed qualifying for the last World Cup. Overcoming these shortcomings are part of our plan,” Zimbabwe captain Chamu Chibhabha said while talking to media persons on the eve of the first ODI.
“We want our players to play a winning role rather than just hitting fifty and sixty and ending up on the losing side. Our main players need to guide the team.”
On the other hand, Babar Azam said, “The boys are excited to take on Pakistan and give their best. We are capable of winning and going all the way, especially in presence of some experienced players. We will look to put Pakistan bowlers under pressure. We aim to put 300 plus on the board which will provide a good opportunity to our bowlers to have a go at the Pakistan batting,”
Earlier, Pakistan Cricket Board has announced a 15-member squad for the first ODI against Zimbabwe.
As per the details, Usman Qadir has been included in the squad due to Shadab Khan’s injury
On the other hand, Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhr Zaman, Khushdal Shah Fahim Ashraf, Wahab Riaz, and Haris Rauf have been included in the squad.
Here is the list of Pakistan’s squad members:
1. Imam ul Haq
2. Abid Ali
3. Fakhar Zaman
4. Babar Azam – captain
5. Haris Sohail
6. Mohammad Rizwan – wk
7. Iftikhar Ahmed
8. Khushdil Shah
9. Faheem Ashraf
10. Imad Wasim
11. Usman Qadir
12. Wahab Riaz
13. Shaheen Shah Afridi
14. Haris Rauf
15. Musa Khan