Well, what do you say about Zimbabwe's abysmal performance in the 1st ODI? Not many words fit the bill.
One always knew that it was Pakistan who would clinch the first ODI, 9 times out of 10. But the fashion in which things panned out, they were definitely not great signs for Zimbabwe cricket.
Zimbabwe have been a constant feature in limited overs international cricket and have pulled off some great upsets. Players life Heath Streak, Flower brothers and Tatenda Taibu remain renowned names in International cricket. Zimbabwe players have to put their act together in order to protect the name that past players had made.Although they are missing a lot of the stars, the team still has talent to come up with the goods. It is not as if that they have started playing ODI cricket in the past 5-10 years.
Zimbabwe are thrashed in Bulawayo as Pakistan take the opening win of the series! Shadab cleans up with 4/32 as the hosts are all out for 107 - Pakistan win by 201 runs!#ZIMvPAK scorecard ?? https://t.co/IplUTfHDFC pic.twitter.com/FvPGxf3PZC— ICC (@ICC) July 13, 2018
On the back of Imam-ul-Haq's century and handy knocks by Fakhar Zaman and Asif Ali, Pakistan posted a hefty target of 309 in the first ODI.
In reply, Zimbabwe never looked in the running as only three batsmen - Chamu Chibhabha, Tarisai Musakanda and Ryan Murray - were able to go beyond 20. While Fahim Ashraf bowled well first up, Shadab Khan came back to clean up the tail.
One need not say who starts as favorites. However if you feel like taking a great punt, go ahead!
Now let's have a look at the two squads.
Zimbabwe squad - Hamilton Masakadza(c), Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Ryan Murray, Peter Moor, Tarisai Musakanda, Blessing Muzarabani, Liam Nicholas Roche, Malcolm Waller, Brian Chari, Chamu Chibhabha, Elton Chigumbura, Tendai Chisoro, Tendai Chatara, Wellington Masakadza, Richard Ngarava, Donald Tiripano
Pakistan squad - Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Asif Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Yasir Shah, Hasan Ali, Haris Sohail
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction*
Who will win? Pakistan
Player of the Match – Tendai Chatara, Fakhar Zaman
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) - Ryan Murray, Fakhar Zaman
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) - Tendai Chatara, Shadab Khan
Most Sixes - Hamilton Masakadza, Asif Ali
Team Scores (Batting First) – Pakistan 300+, Zimbabwe 170+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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