Pakistan Defeats Zimbabwe In The Second ODI
Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe by 6 wickets in the second match of the series to take a decisive lead of 0-2 in the three-match series.
In the second ODI played at the Rawalpindi Stadium, the captain of the Zimbabwean team won the toss and elected to bat first.
After which the next batsmen could not increase the score significantly and Zimbabwe’s second wicket fell on the total score of 27.
Zimbabwe’s third wicket fell at 59 and Brian Chari returned to the pavilion with 25 runs, and for 25 overs the Zimbabwean team scored a total of 120 runs but another wicket.
The visiting team’s batsmen could not give any significant support to the team and after losing 3 wickets in a row, 7 players of Zimbabwe returned to the pavilion for 150 runs in 34 overs.
Subsequent players could add only 21 runs to the team’s score and Zimbabwe’s eighth wicket also fell on a total score of 171.
After the loss of 8 wickets, the batsmen could not add runs on the scoreboard, the entire Zimbabwean team was bowled out for 206 runs in the 46th over.
For Pakistan, Iftikhar Ahmed took the 5 wickets, Mohammad Musa 2, Haris Rauf, Fahim Ashraf and Emad Wasim took one wicket each.
Following the easy target of 207 runs given by Zimbabwe, the Pakistani team started aggressively and scored 68 runs in 10 overs without any loss.
However, on the first ball of the 11th over, Abid Ali returned to the pavilion with 22 runs, after which the next batsman along with the opener had brought the score to 100 when Imam-ul-Haq was dismissed for 49 runs, just one run away from his half-century.
Captain Babar Azam remained on the crease along with Haider Ali, but the young batsman Haider Ali lost his wicket for a total of 137.
The next player dismissed was Mohammad Rizwan, but Babar Azam played a brilliant game and scored a half-century.
Pakistan scored 208 for 4 in the 36th over to win the match by 6 wickets and also won the three-match series.
Babar Azam scored an unbeaten 77 and Iftikhar Ahmed scored 16 runs.
Chisoro took 2 wickets for Zimbabwe.
Earlier, in the second ODI, two changes were made in the Pakistan team, replacing Wahab Riaz and Haris Sohail, giving Haider Ali and Musa Khan a chance to start their careers.
It may be recalled that Pakistan had won the first ODI and taken a 1-0 lead in the series.
In the first ODI, the national team easily won by 26 runs due to the brilliant performance of Shaheen Shah Afridi and Wahab Riaz after the batsmen.
Pakistan and Zimbabwe will play three ODIs as well as a series of three T20 matches.
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