Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 26 runs in the first match of the three-match ODI series after batsmen thanks to the brilliant performances of Shaheen Shah Afridi and Wahab Riaz.
In the first ODI of the series played at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and elected to bat first.
Fakhr Zaman was not part of the final XI in the match, Harris Rauf was playing his first ODI match while making his debut.
Imam-ul-Haq and Abid Ali started the inning for Pakistan and gave the team a good start with 47 runs.
This opening partnership came to an end when Abid Ali was declared LBW after scoring 21 runs.
Babar Azam and Imam added 42 runs to take the score to 89 but on the same score, Babar scored 19 runs and gave the wicket to Blessing Muzarabani.
Imam-ul-Haq’s inning came to an end with 58 runs.
Mohammad Rizwan also could not score more runs and after scoring 14 runs, while Iftikhar Ahmed could also score only 12 runs.
However, from the other end, Haris Sohail completed his half-century by batting responsibly but after scoring 71 runs, he gave the wicket to Sikandar Raza.
After that, the duo of Faheem Ashraf and Emad Wasim kept alive the hopes of the team to reach a reasonable total by adding 42 runs. Faheem was dismissed for 23 runs.
Imad Waseem played an unbeaten 34 off 26 balls with two sixes and a four, thanks to which the national team managed to score 281 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in the stipulated 50 overs.
Zimbabwe’s Blessing Muzarabani and Tendai Chisoro were the successful bowlers with two wickets each.
Shaheen Shah Afridi got Zimbabwe and sent both openers to the pavilion with a score of 28. However, Craig Ervine accompanied Taylor to take the team to 99 runs while he was caught by Imad Wasim at the hands of Haris Rauf. Williams added 4 runs and gave the wicket to Wahab Riaz.
Taylor and Wesley Medveira tried their best to get their team out of trouble, bringing the score to 234, but Medveira’s courage paid off.
Wesley Madhevere scored 55 off 61 balls and was dismissed by Wahab Riaz
Despite Taylor’s best century and Wesley Madhevere’s half-century, Zimbabwe failed to reach the target of 282 and lost the match by 26 runs.
For Pakistan, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Viab Riaz bowled brilliantly and took 5 and 4 wickets respectively.
It should be noted that a series of three ODIs will be played between Pakistan and Zimbabwe along with three ODIs.
Both teams consist of these players for the match.