Pakistan win 5-match ODI series against Zimbabwe

Pakistan wins 5-match ODI series against Zimbabwe

BULAWAYO: Pakistan inflicted a humiliate defeat on Zimbabwe in the third One Day International (ODI) match of five-match series being played here in Bulawayo.
The hosts won the toss and elected to bat first; however, Seamer Faheem Ashraf took a career best five for 22 as Pakistan skittled Zimbabwe for just 67 in the third one-day international on Wednesday.
The total was the home side’s lowest ever score against Pakistan, and the lowest ever recorded in 78 ODIs at Queens Sports Club.
Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to bat first, but Pakistan struck after just one over.
Opener Prince Masvaure, caught out by a lifter from Usman Khan, left Zimbabwe were under the gun on 1 for 1.
The hosts were wobbling at 26 for 3 but worse was to come when Ashraf came on as first change in the 10th over.
He quickly had Peter Moor brilliantly caught in the slips by Babar Azam before trapping Chamu Chibhabha leg before wicket with a skidding full delivery.
He then had Elton Chigumbura caught behind and bowled Ryan Murray as Zimbabwe slipped to a perilous 54 for 8.
Tailenders Wellington Masakadza and Blessing Muzarabani clung on for seven overs, but legspinner Shadab Khan eventually removed Muzarabani with a googly and Ashraf then returned to end the innings with a pinpoint yorker.
That delivery clean bowled no. 11 Richard Ngarava, giving Ashraf his maiden international five-wicket haul.
Chasing the target, Pakistan lost its first wicket Imam ul Haq on the very first ball of the innings.
However, Fakhar Zaman and one-down Babar Azam surpassed the target in 9.5 overs.
Faheem Ashraf was declared man of the match.


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