Pakistan eyes series win over Zimbabwe


LAHORE: Pakistan will be playing to win their first international one day series on home soil after six years as they take on Zimbabwe in the second ODI on Friday (today), reports.

Pakistan won the first one dayer of the three match series by 41 runs and will be playing to make it 2-0.

Pakistan has to win whitewash Zimbabwe in the ODI series if they are to keep their hopes of qualifying for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 alive.

The hosts have won only one of their previous five one day games while Zimbabwe has lost all their previous five 50 over matches.

The hosts have had a disappointing 2014 as they have already lost the one day series to Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand.

Moreover, they suffered a humiliating whitewash at the hands of Bangladesh.

Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura will not be playing the upcoming two one day internationals after he was slapped a two match ban due to slow over rate in the first match. Hamlton Masakadza will lead the African side in the two matches.

Pakistan (squad): Azhar Ali (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Hammad Azam, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Sami and Junaid Khan.

Zimbabwe (squad): Elton Chigumbura (Captain), Sikandar Raza Butt, Chamunorwa Chibhabha, Charles Coventry, Graeme Cremer, Craig Ervine, Roy Kaia, Hamilton Masakadza, Christopher Mpofu, Tawanda Mupariwa, Richmond Mutumbami, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori and Sean Williams.