Pakistan opened their account in the World Cup Super League. But they had a bit of a hiccups as they managed to win the game by only 26 runs, their narrowest win against Zimbabwe in Pakistan.
They were a little over-cautious in their approach at the first half of the first innings, in which they were criticized by fans and experts. They played 154 dot balls, about 25 overs and four balls, they did not score if you put it like this.
They did well in the end, however, scoring 90 off the last ten. Imad Wasim and Faheem Ashraf’s cameo was something Pakistan needed and they did. The top order may need to change their approach, especially their rotation of strike, which was missing.
The bowlers were good. But Shaheen And Wahab were in fine form. Those two picked up 9 wickets between them to ensure Pakistan did not loose the first game. Other bowlers would also need to step up and pick wickets, especially if Shaheen and Wahab are given rest.
Date: November 01, 2020
Timing:12:00 PM PKT
Venue: Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Weather: Reports suggest that a different surface in Rawalpindi is likely to be used, and light grass is expected on the pitch again.
Conditions / Pitch Report: It’s the same dry and sunny day tomorrow at Rawalpindi and again no chance of any interruption. Early start also means that no dew at night, meaning chasing can become a slight difficult.
HEAD TO HEAD:
Matches: 60 | Pakistan: 53 | Zimbabwe: 4 | Tied: 1 | No Result: 2
Pakistan: W W W W W (completed matches, most recent first)
Zimbabwe: L L L L L
On Friday, Pakistan announced a slightly different 15 men-squad for the second ODI against Zimbabwe. Haris Sohail was left out due to hamstring, meaning Haider Ali swapped places with him. He may replace Haris in the XI.
Shaheen may be given a rest and Musa may come in the side. There is still a question whether will Usman Qadir, in absence of Shadab Khan, will make his debut. Though it doesn’t seems likely.
And as Babar Azam said, Pakistan intend to go hard at the top, that bodes well for Fakhar Zaman’s chances of getting back into the side.
Pakistan’s Probable XI:
1. Fakhar Zaman / Abid Ali, 2. Imam ul-Haq, 3. Babar Azam (c), 4. Haider Ali, 5. Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 6. Iftikhar Ahmed, 7. Imad Wasim, 8. Faheem Ashraf, 9. Wahab Riaz, 10. Haris Rauf / Musa Khan, 11. Shaheen Afridi
Zimbabwe nearly had cross the victory mark, but just fell short of 26 runs. They were troubled by their left-arm combo of Shaheen, Wahab and Imad. But they were more happy to fight till the end.
Elton Chigumbura, Ryan Burl or Brian Chari can find themselves into the XI, possibly in making their batting line-up stronger. Their top-order could not coup with Shaheen’s threatening deliveries and they would need someone to step up and see off the new ball.
Zimbabwe’s Probable XI:
1. Tinashe Kamunhukamwe/Brian Chari, 2. Chamu Chibhabha (c), 3. Craig Ervine, 4. Brendan Taylor (wk), 5. Sean Williams, 6.Elton Chigumbura, 7. Sikandar Raza, 8. Wellington Masakadza, 9. Carl Mumba, 10. Donald Tiripano, 11. Blessing Muzarabani
Players to watch:
1. Fakhar Zaman – Batsman, Pakistan
Fakhar enjoyed batting against Zimbabwe the last time they played. Many records were broken at that time. He became the first Pakistan batsman to score a double century, scored most runs in a five-match ODI series (515), became the fastest batsman to score 1,000 ODI runs (18 innings). Despite being rested for the first ODI, he will be looking to go out and play another big innings again against them if given a go.
2. Brendon Taylor – Batsman, Zimbabwe
Brendon Taylor proved why he has been Zimbabwe’s best. It was a terrific century that kept Zimbabwe in the game. He was sharp behind the wicket as well, claiming three catches and running out Wahab in the first innings. Though his ton went in vain as Zimbabwe suffered a 26 runs victory, he will be needed a top order support from his side if they are looking to win against Pakistan.
3. Shaheen Afridi – Bowler, Pakistan
In last three games, Shaheen has picked 15 ODI wickets. The only other bowler who achieve this feat was the former captain Waqar Younis, who did it in 2001 tri-series. Now with 45 wickets in 20 matches, Shaheen will need five more to record the second fastest 50 ODI wickets. He has been in terrific form this year. Zimbabwe will be relieved if he is rested for game 2. However, they will need to play him out if he does continue to play.
3. Sean Williams – All-Rounder, Zimbabwe
Williams wasn’t the part of 2018 squad. But the all rounder will return for the series. 3,761 runs and 71 wickets, he will be needed his experience to beat Pakistan.
Stats and Travia:
- Tendai Chatara is five scalps away from 100 ODI wickets and stands to be the sixth Zimbabwe bowler to achieve this feat.
- Shaheen equaled Waqar Younis’ record of picking 15 wickets across three ODI matches.
- Brendan Taylor’s century in the first ODI meant that he is now the leading centurion for Zimbabwe across international matches.
“We lacked in the batting department and we have set to talk on it. We will definitely try to come up with an aggressive approach in batting to make it yet another win the series,” said Head coach Misbah ul-Haq