Pakistan posted a handsome total of 308/7 against Zimbabwe in the first ODI of the series in their quota of 50 overs courtesy of Imam Ul Haq’s 129 runs of 134 deliveries followed by Asif Ali’s blistering 24-ball 46 run inning.
Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bowl first. The hosts’ bowlers looked to make the most out of it and kept Pakistan’s openers, Imam Ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman, quiet in the beginning of the inning.
After nervous starts from both the openers, they started to play their strokes and contributed 113 runs together before the aggressor of the partnership, Fakhar Zaman fell for 60 runs off 70 balls.
Babar Azam threw away a good start when he was caught at mid-wicket on a loose delivery on 30 (34) runs.
Shoaib Malik could only score 22 runs at run-a-ball rate. Despite losing wickets from the other end, Imam Ul Haq carried on scoring runs in his merry way and went on to score his second ton of his career in just his fourth inning. He got out after scoring 129 runs on 134 deliveries.
Asif Ali showed the glimpses of his potential as he scored 46 runs on 24 balls with the help of four 4’s and two 6’s.
However, Pakistan lost their way at the end of the inning as they lost four wickets for just 27 runs.
Tendai Chatara remained the pick of the bowler for the hosts with two wickets to his name conceding 50 runs in ten overs. Donald Tiripano also took two wickets, while Blessing Muzarabani, Liam Roche and Washington Hamilton took one wicket each.