Imam shines as Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 201 runs

Imam shines as Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 201 runs

Pakistan bundle out Zimbabwe for 107 to the first ODI by 201 runs. Chasing a target of 309, Zimbabwe never looked in control as they lost wickets at regular intervals.

Career-best efforts from opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq and leg spinner Shadab Khan ensured that Pakistan kept control through both innings. Imam cracked 128 while Fakhar Zaman also scored a half-century.

Pakistan bowlers were right on the money from the beginning and made the most of clueless Zimbabwe batsmen — who struggled to get a foothold in the match. Shadab Khan who scalped four wickets while Faheem Ashraf and Shinwari got two apiece.

The host were unable to sustain the battle with their bats. Pakistan’s seamers were disciplined with the new ball, and were rewarded with five top-order wickets inside the first 15 overs.

Ryan Murray, on debut, was  the only Zimbabwean batsman to come to terms with Pakistan’s attack, compiling a tidy unbeaten 32, to help ensure Zimbabwe would at least pass 100, but with Khan running through the lower order with four wickets the hosts still slumped to the lowest ODI total recorded at the Queens Sports Club.

Pakistan now lead the series 1-0.