Zimbabwe in Pakistan, 3 ODI Series, 2020

Pakistan vs Zimbabwe - 1st ODI

Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

Date & Time: 30 October 2020

Zimbabwe 255/10

RR: 5.13 | Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 26 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Brian Chari bowled Shaheen Afridibowled Shaheen Afridi2300
Chamu Chibhabha bowled Shaheen Afridibowled Shaheen Afridi131330
Craig Ervine c Haris Rauf & b Imad Wasimc Haris Rauf & b Imad Wasim416860
Brendan Taylor c Wahab Riaz & b Shaheen Afridic Wahab Riaz & b Shaheen Afridi112117113
Sean Williams c Mohammad Rizwan (W) & b Wahab Riazc Mohammad Rizwan (W) & b Wahab Riaz41400
Wesley Madhevere bowled Wahab Riazbowled Wahab Riaz556170
Sikandar Raza bowled Wahab Riazbowled Wahab Riaz8710
Tendai Chisoro bowled Shaheen Afridibowled Shaheen Afridi5610
Carl Mumba c Wahab Riaz & b Shaheen Afridic Wahab Riaz & b Shaheen Afridi1300
Richard Ngarava not out not out 0000
Blessing Muzarabani bowled Wahab Riazbowled Wahab Riaz5610
Extras 9 (b 0, lb 2, w 7, nb 0)
Total 255 (10 Wkts, 49.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
2-1 (Brian Chari,0.3), 28-2 (Chamu Chibhabha,4.4), 99-3 (Craig Ervine,22), 115-4 (Sean Williams,26.4), 234-5 (Wesley Madhevere,45.2), 240-6 (Brendan Taylor,46.5), 245-7 (Sikandar Raza,47.2), 246-8 (Carl Mumba,48.1), 250-9 (Tendai Chisoro,48.4), 255-10 (Blessing Muzarabani,49.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Shaheen Afridi10 0 49 5 4.90
Haris Rauf10 1 57 0 5.70
Faheem Ashraf10 1 57 0 5.70
Wahab Riaz9.4 0 41 4 4.36
Imad Wasim10 0 49 1 4.90

Well, that's it from the 1st ODI then. What a thrilling way to get underway in the ODI series. We had a nail-biter of a finish, where Pakistan showed all class. And there are 2 more ODIs on the way. The second one begins at 12 PM Local (0700 GMT) on Sunday, 1st November 2020. We hope to have your company for that. Until then, take care and goodbye from our side.

Babar Azam, Pakistan's VICTORIOUS SKIPPER, says that he was expecting a close finish like this. States that Zimbabwe batted well. Admits that from Pakistan's side their opening with the bat was not good. Will sit and discuss that and see to improve that, he says. Says further that in the first innings, it was two-paced and hence he struggled. On reserving Afridi and Riaz towards the end, Azam states that the duo performed really well. Says that Riaz is an experienced player and Afridi is also slowly becoming one.

Chamu Chibhabha, Zimbabwe's captain, says that the Pakistani bowlers put them under pressure towards the end and deserve credit for the same. States that Zimbabwe's bowlers bowled well, especially to the Pakistani openers. Admits honestly though that after a good start with the ball, they allowed it to slip away in the end. Praises Wesley Madhevere for his good knock. States that they need to keep such a momentum going forward as well.

Brendan Taylor is the MAN OF THE MATCH, 110 runs from 117 balls. Says that the plan was to try and bat well throughout. Adds that the Pakistani bowling was really good. On Wesley's knock, Brendan agrees it was a very good knock from Madhevere. States that Wesley was enjoying himself out in the middle. Adds that the pace slowed down later and that the Zimbabwe batters had to put more effort. Given the tough bowling prowess of Pakistan, it was imperative for Zimbabwe to bat well, he says. 

Please stay tuned for the presentation ceremony.

Earlier, after winning the toss, Pakistan opted to bat first. They started off on a sluggish note, lost wickets in the middle but picked up fairly well in the end to get to 281/8. One would wonder that was not enough given their batting prowess but their bowlers proved that notion wrong. They struck early and struck back again to dismiss Madhevere and Taylor and then seal the deal in the hosts' favour.

Pakistan's bowlers were splendid with the ball. They more than made up for their batsmen's shortcomings. This wicket had everything for the pacers and that was proven right by the Pakistani pacers. Afridi and Riaz, 9 wickets amongst them, the former picked up 5 and the latter 4. Besides that, they kept a tight noose on the scoring rate as well. Apart from them, Wasim bowled decently and got a wicket. Rauf and Ashraf were a touch expensive and unfortunately, could not manage anything in this game.

Chasing 282 for a win, Zimbabwe got off to a shaky start as they lost a wicket in just the 3rd ball of the chase. They lost another shortly but that did not dampen their scoring rate, which was going decently well. But it slowed down in the middle again and the required rate started picking up. Ervine and Williams fell later on. But Taylor and Madhevere stitched an excellent partnership of 119 to put Zimbabwe in close contention. But they both fell in quick succession and after that it was all downhill for Zimbabwe as the rest crumbled like shortbread, handing Pakistan a 26 run win in the end.

Wahab Riaz and Shaheen Afridi share 9 wickets between them and blow away Zimbabwe. What a valiant effort from the latter. Congratulations all around in the Pakistan dressing room. But there is a lot for Zimbabwe to take from this game as well. 

Wahab Riaz to Blessing Muzarabani, OUT! BOWLED! Wahab finishes things in style! Execution of fast yorker from these two Pakistani bowlers. This time it is Riaz. A near-perfect yorker. Muzarabani fails to dig out and the stumps behind are shattered. Pakistan win by 26 runs.
Wahab Riaz to Blessing Muzarabani, Play and a miss. A good length ball outside off, Muzarabani looks to pull but misses.
Wahab Riaz to Blessing Muzarabani, Good change of pace. Full and outside off, Muzarabani looks to drive but is beaten for the slower one.
Wahab Riaz to Blessing Muzarabani, FOUR! That will help. Full and around off and middle, Blessing nails the drive straight past the bowler for a boundary. Need to keep them coming though.
Shaheen Afridi to Blessing Muzarabani, A single to end a fantastic spell. Full and around off, pushed towards the off side for one. 5/49 from Afridi.
Shaheen Afridi to Blessing Muzarabani, Full and outside off, driven towards the cover fielder.

Blessing Muzarabani is the last man in for Zimbabwe.

Shaheen Afridi to Tendai Chisoro, OUT! TIMBER! FIFER FOR AFRIDI! A terrific yorker and Chisoro has no answer. Full, fast and straight. You miss, I hit delivery from Afridi. Chisoro backs away again but this time fails to make any connection. The off pole takes the beating.
Shaheen Afridi to Tendai Chisoro, EDGED AND FOUR! Good length ball just outside off, Chisoro backs away and looks to cut but gets a thick outside edge that flies over the keeper for a boundary.
Shaheen Afridi to Tendai Chisoro, A brilliant yorker on middle, Chisoro does well to keep it out.

Richard Ngarava is the new man in at the crease.

Shaheen Afridi to Carl Mumba, OUT! TAKEN! Another one bites the dust and Shaheen gets his 4th. Zimbabwe are falling apart here. Mumba is the latest one to depart. Wahab Riaz with a fine catch. Full and outside off, Mumba looks to launch it over mid off but mistimes it. It is just over Wahab at mid off. He does well to take a couple of steps behind and hold onto the catch.
Wahab Riaz to Tendai Chisoro, Another dot! Brilliant over from Wahab. Just 2 runs and a wicket. Chisoro backs away again, this time Wahab delivers it wide. He fails to reach out and connect. 36 runs needed in last 12 balls.
Wahab Riaz to Tendai Chisoro, DOT! Very full and on middle, Chisoro backs away and looks to drill it through the off side but gets an inside edge on the pad.
Wahab Riaz to Carl Mumba, A single now as this one is driven little wide of the mid off fielder for one.
Wahab Riaz to Carl Mumba, Good length and around off, pushed towards mid off for nothing.

Carl Mumba comes to the middle now.

Wahab Riaz to Sikandar Raza, OUT! Knocks him over! Wahab gets another one. Raza goes now and the hopes of Zimbabwe takes a massive dive. Change of pace from Wahab. It is on a good length and on middle, Raza looks to defend but is beaten for pace. He misses and the ball does not. It rattles the stumps behind.
Wahab Riaz to Tendai Chisoro, A single on the first ball. Just outside off on a good length, pushed to deep point for one.
Shaheen Afridi to Sikandar Raza, EDGY FOUR! Unlucky for the bowler but an important boundary for Zimbabwe. A perfect yorker around off, Raza somehow manages to get his bat down in time. It takes a thick outside edge and races away to the third man fence. 38 needed in 18 balls.

Who will walk out to bat now? Tendai Chisoro it is, at No. 8.

Shaheen Afridi to Brendan Taylor, OUT! TAKEN! Taylor falls. A massive, massive moment in the game. The asking rate was getting big and Taylor had to go. A full ball just outside off, Taylor looks to launch it over the off side but the ball hits the toe end and balloons towards mid off. Wahab there settles under it and takes it easily. A top knock from Taylor comes to an end. He would've loved to take the team home but has perished. 42 needed in 19 balls.
Shaheen Afridi to Sikandar Raza, Short and outside off, Raza makes room and looks to lift it over mid off but fails to get the timing right. Just a single.
Shaheen Afridi to Sikandar Raza, Excellent yorker! Raza does well to keep it out towards point. A dot.
Shaheen Afridi to Brendan Taylor, Short and outside off, it is pulled towards mid on for one.
Shaheen Afridi to Sikandar Raza, Quick run! Good legngth ball around off, Raza pushes it towards point and calls for a quick run. Taylor responds. Imam quickly gets to the ball and underarms the throw at the striker's end but misses.
Wahab Riaz to Sikandar Raza, Short and around off, Raza pulls it down to deep mid-wicket and gets a single. Just the 3 runs and the big wicket of Madhevere off it. 45 needed in 24 balls.
Wahab Riaz to Brendan Taylor, Short and wide outside off, punched towards the cover fielder for one.
Wahab Riaz to Brendan Taylor, Taylor looks to pull by moving towards the off side but misses as the ball goes over the stumps.
Wahab Riaz to Sikandar Raza, Good length and around off, Raza pushes it through point and gets to the other end.

Sikandar Raza comes to the middle now.

Wahab Riaz to Wesley Madhevere, OUT! TIMBER! Wahab strikes! Pakistan will hope that this opens the floodgates for them. Shortish ball on off and middle, Madhevere looks to pull but he is a bit early in the shot. He misses and the ball sneaks below his bat to disturb the stumps. 48 runs needed in 28 balls still for the visitors.
Wahab Riaz to Wesley Madhevere, Good length and around off, Madhevere looks to pull but mistimes it back to the bowler.

Wahab Riaz is back to bowl as Haris Rauf has completed his quota of overs. 7-0-32-1 for Riaz. Can he get these two here?

Shaheen Afridi to Brendan Taylor, Dot! Short and around off, Taylor goes hard for the pull but the ball hits the upper half and goes back to the bowler. 48 needed in 30 balls.
Shaheen Afridi to Brendan Taylor, Beaten. Length ball around off, shapes away and beats the outside edge.
Shaheen Afridi to Brendan Taylor, FOUR! WOW! What a shot that is from Taylor. This is extra-ordinary batting from him. Another full ball on the stumps, Taylor once again moves away to make room and then opens the bat face and lifts it over short third man for a boundary. A reverse scoop over short third man. Yes, a reverse scoop if we can call it that name.
Shaheen Afridi to Brendan Taylor, FOUR! WOW! This is brilliant batting from Taylor. Makes room by backing away and gets under the full ball around off and lifts it over extra cover for a boundary. 10th boundary for Taylor.
Shaheen Afridi to Brendan Taylor, WIDE! Afridi misses his line and bowls it down the leg side. Taylor looks to work it on the leg side but misses. Wided.
Shaheen Afridi to Brendan Taylor, Full and around middle, Taylor lifts it over the bowler's head. The mid off fielder is inside the ring. He gives it a chase and stops the ball with a slide. Third umpire confirms that it is a clean stop.
Shaheen Afridi to Brendan Taylor, Full and on middle, it is flicked towards mid-wicket.

Right. So with cricket resuming almost fully in a couple of countries, governments are slowly starting to target return of normalcy to cricket in their own areas. Time now for Pakistan. They welcome Zimbabwe for a 6-match white-ball series, consisting of 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is, in that order. The hosts are on a 6-match winning streak in this format and even though it has been a long time since they played cricket, the team will back itself to continue its dominance. Also, this is a part of the World Super League, so there is plenty of relevance. Talking about Zimbabwe, they too, would be desperate to begin their cricket, especially from a money point of view. They havn't been doing well of late and for some reason or the other, their squad always looks inexperienced. Chamu Chibhabha is the captain this time (we seem to get different captains every time) and one can see only four experienced names - Chigumbura, Taylor, Raza and Williams. Pakistan will be without Shadab Khan, due to a groin injury but that could hardly matter to them, given their strength.

Pakistan Team Squad -Abdullah Shafique,Abid Ali,Babar Azam,Fakhar Zaman,Haider Ali,Haris Sohail,Imam-ul-Haq,Khushdil Shah,Faheem Ashraf,Iftikhar Ahmed,Imad Wasim,Mohammad Hafeez,Shadab Khan,Mohammad Rizwan,Rohail Nazir,Haris Rauf,Mohammad Hasnain,Muhammad Musa,Shaheen Afridi,Usman Qadir,Wahab Riaz,Zafar Gohar

Zimbabwe Team Squad -Brian Chari,Craig Ervine,Milton Shumba,Tinashe Kamunhukamwe,Chamu Chibhabha,Elton Chigumbura,Ryan Burl,Sean Williams,Sikandar Raza,Wesley Madhevere,Brendan Taylor,Richmond Mutumbami,Blessing Muzarabani,Carl Mumba,Donald Tiripano,Faraz Akram,Richard Ngarava,Tendai Chatara,Tendai Chisoro,Wellington Masakadza