Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Imam century, bowlers stun Zimbabwe

Imam century, bowlers stun Zimbabwe

It was Imam's second career ODI century, in his fifth match that included 11 boundaries.

They brought on 18-year old offspinner and captain of the Under-19 Zimbabwean team Liam Roche, a debutant with a pleasing high arm action and a mop of hair nearly just as eye-catching. Fakhar was named Player of the Series in the tri-arrangement, scoring a profession best 91 to enable Pakistan to pull off a record pursue in the last.

The Zimbabwe team are already in Bulawayo while Pakistan are only expected today.

After the triumph in T20i tri-series, Pakistan has stayed back in Zimbabwe to play five One Day matches. He was also entrusted with bowling the final over against Scotland, where he snared Ben Wheal as Zimbabwe secured a crucial tie. With high school legspinner Shadab Khan likewise part of their squad, Pakistan has a lot of capabilities should condition support turn. On the other hand, the hosts will look to start fresh after missing out on the World Cup next year. Kyle Jarvis hasn't played since sustaining a thumb injury in the first T20I, while star batsman Solomon Mire has been ruled out with a gluteal tear. Starting him off against this Zimbabwe side isn't exactly a baptism of fire, but it could be an opportunity for the 32-year-old to stake his claim for a spot in Pakistan's ODI team.

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The responsibility will fall on the shoulders of Hamilton Masakadza, the captain, and the likes of Elton Chigumbura, Chamu Chibhabha and Malcolm Waller.

Roche, 18, is a former captain of the Zimbabwe U-19 side while Murray, 20, is a wicket-keeper batsman who was picked for the ODI tri-series in January but is yet to make his debut. "He bowled really well, not taking that away from him, but maybe if we had some top order batsmen facing him he wouldn't have got as many dismissals".

"The matches are additionally beginning early". I've been here with Pakistan A, in 2016, and I knew it was a slow pitch.

Left-handed opener Imam-u-Haq scored a well made hundred 128, helped Pakistan post a total of 308 runs against Zimbabwe in the ODI series opener.

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