Bilal Asif puts Pakistan on the verge of victory
Pakistan and Zimbabwe are playing the third and final ODI and more importantly it is a series decider as the scoreline is tied at 1-1.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl first. Zimbabwe made a near perfect start to their innings and their opening pair combined to form a partnership of 89 runs. But then who would have thought that they would collapse so badly that their stay at the wicket folded on just 161 runs as they lost wickets through some good bowling and also some reckless batting against the spinners.
Bilal Asif was the chief destroyer from Pakistan as he took 5 wickets for 25 runs in his full quota of 10 overs and interestingly he also bowled 38 dot balls which is another significant achievement. He bowled well in tandem with the rest of the bowlers hence keeping the the Africans under pressure from both ends. Imad Wasim also took 3 wickets while Shaoib Malik too the final wicket. The 7 foot giant Mohamamd Irfan bowled a fiesty bowling spell and took a wicket of the set batsmen Richmond Mutumbami who scored 67 runs.
Zimbabwe lost 9 wickets for 72 runs and ruined the good start given by the openers but it was evident that they were finding it hard to tackle the Pakistani spinners and lacked the experience to handle them appropriately.
This total should not pose a problem for Pakistan but you never know what these Pakistan batsmen are going through and so can mess it up rather easily but hopefully for them a series win is on its way.