Hasan and ‘generator explosion’
Another one down. The duo of Murray and Moor stitched a stand of 28 before the former was dismissed by Hasan. Interestingly, Hasan again came up with his trademark ‘generator explosion’ celebration but seemed to have hurt his neck a bit in the process. Be careful, Hasan…
I spoke too soon. Or maybe I jinxed Masakadza as he tried to slog Malik but could only get it as far as mid wicket, with Asif pouching a good, running catch. Poor shot selection from the experienced batsman and that too at a crucial stage of the innings.
Hasan Ali strikes:
A 62-run partnership comes to an end as Hasan Ali strikes to send back Musakanda. Shuffling across, the batsman tried to play a flick and missed, to be trapped in front. Zimbabwe are 80 for 3 after 20.
Meanwhile, Masakadza, the captain, continued to pick up singles and twos and reached his 34th ODI fifty in the 25th over. He needs to convert the start into a big one.
The duo of Hamilton Masakadza and Tarisai Musakanda batted sensibly to chart a mini recovery. The pair has added 38 runs so far. Sarfraz, the Pakistan skipper, on the other hand, wasn’t happy with Hasan Ali for banging it short in the 16th over. One of the short deliveries also bounced over the ‘keeper and ran away for four byes.
Zimbabwe, who elected to bat, have found it difficult to wade through the pace trio of Usman Khan, Faheem Ashraf and Amir. Both Chari and Chibhabha were dismissed, with the home side struggling at 23 for 2. Usman, the left-armer, has picked up the two wickets to fall so far.
The visitors have extracted a hint of movement off the surface and it is holding up a bit.
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A clinical Pakistan crushed Zimbabwe by a massive margin of 201 runs in the first ODI. Imam-ul-Haq cracked a fine hundred while Shadab Khan bagged four scalps. Ryan Murray top-scored with 32 for the hosts, as the African nation slid to 107 all out.
Amidst a host of controversies, can the beleaguered home team make a comeback in the second game? Or will Pakistan continue their winning run?
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