Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 26 runs in 1st ODI
Pakistan emerged victorious by 26 runs after Zimbabwe gave them a tough time in the first One-day International against Pakistan at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Friday.
Chasing 282, Zimbabwe were all out for 255 in 49.4 overs as fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi captured five wickets for 49 runs and veteran pacer Wahab Riaz claimed four for 41.
Zimbabwe looked set for a shock win at 234 for four in the 45th over but then Wahab (4/41) and Shaheen (5/49) ran amok sharing the remaining six wickets.
The 20-year old, with just three ODIs behind him, batted with assurance hitting seven fours as he and Taylor (11 fours, three sixes) put on 119 runs for the fifth wicket.
Taylor was picked up by Shaheen in the next over after Madhevere’s dismissal and Zimbabwe then lost their last five wickets for only 21 runs to be bowled out for 255 in the final over.
Taylor also put on 71 runs for the third wicket with Sean Ervine (41) after Shaheen had dismissed openers, Chari and skipper Chamu Chibhabha, quickly.
Earlier, Pakistan batting disappointed as all the top order batsmen struggled to even score at a run a ball run rate with Haris Sohail top scoring with 71 from 82 balls with six fours and two sixes and opener, Imam ul Haq making 58 from 75 balls.
The Pakistani batsmen had some 150 dot balls in their innings as the Zimbabwean spinners, Chisoro (2 for 31), Madhevere and Sikander Raza (1 for 45) made run scoring difficult on a pitch which offered some help to them.
Pakistan surprisingly opted to go in with just one spinner, packing their attack with pacers and giving a ODI cap to Haris Rauf who has earlier represented his country in T20 internationals.
The Pakistan innings got some impetus late when Faheem Ashraf (23 from 16 balls) and Imad Wasim (34 not out) played some big shots to pick up the scoring rate.
Imam found himself run out in a comical mix up with Haris Sohail with both batsmen running to the same end in the 26th over.