Pakistan eye ODI series win over Zimbabwe

Ruben Hill
July 18, 2018

Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by nine wickets in the second one-day global (ODI) here on Friday in Bulawayo.

(Web Desk) - Pakistan's pacer Hasan Ali, who has a unique "bomb explosion" wicket celebration style, was left in pain today (Monday) when he was bowled out Zimbabwean wicketkeeper batsman Ryan Murray.

"I think I am in the best form of my life", Zaman said. But after he fell attempting to up the run rate, Pakistan made short work of Zimbabwe's tail to bowl the hosts out four balls short of a completed fifty overs.

Captain Hamilton Masakadza (59), who won the toss and elected to bat, and Peter Moor (50) gave the total some respectability as the rest of the batsmen struggled against Pakistan's seamers under overcast conditions. They won their first ODI of the year in the opening game, and chose to stick with the same team, which means last game's centurion Imam-ul-Haq will partner Fakhar Zaman again at the top.

They took their opening stand to 119 before ul Haq was run out, against the run of play, for 44. He had both openers caught behind in his first spell.

Zaman reached his century off 109 balls when he nudged offspinner Wellington Maskadza to fine leg for two runs in the 32nd over.

Coming into the series, Pakistan needed nothing less than four wins to retain their fifth spot on the ICC ODI rankings.

Hamilton Masakadza and Tarisai Musakanda (24) tried to rebuild the innings with a 62-run stand.

Usman captured four wickets for 36 and Hasan claimed three for 32. "I've been trying for many games to get another hundred and my coaches were telling me there have been too many games since you last scored a hundred".

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