Imam, Babar shine as Pakistan complete clean sweep over Zimbabwe

Men in Green register 131-run win in the final match of the series

Opener Imam-ul-Haq and right-handed batsman Babar Azam helped Pakistan thrash Zimbabwe by 131 runs in the fifth ODI of the five-match series to complete a clean sweep in Bulawayo on Sunday.

The day started with Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed winning the toss and opting to bat first. His decision proved a correct one as Imam and Fakhar Zaman scored 161 runs for the first wicket.

Zaman was the first man to depart as he scored brilliant 85 off just 83 balls with the help of 10 fours and one six. While doing so, the 28-year-old also became the fastest player to reach 1,000-run mark in the 50-over format in just 18 innings.

After his departure, Imam was joined by Azam who made sure Pakistan end up with a mammoth total of 364-4 in their 50 overs. Imam finished the innings with the top score of 110 off 105 balls with the help of eight fours and one six, whereas Azam scored 106 not out off 110 balls with the help of nine fours and two sixes.

For Zimbabwe, Wellington Masakadza, Liam Roche, Tendai Chatara and Chris Mpofu claimed a wicket each.

In reply, the home side never got going, failed to put up a real fight and only managed to score just 233 for four in their allotted 50 overs. Wicketkeeper-batsman Ryan Murray finished the innings with the top score of 47 off 70 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes.

He was well supported by Peter Moor (44 not out off 54 balls with the help of two fours, two sixes) and Prince Masvaure (39 off 53 balls with the help of two fours). For Pakistan, pacer Hasan Ali and left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz claimed two wickets each.

For his brilliant 106 not out, Azam was named player of the match, whereas for scoring 515 runs at an astonishing average of 257.50, Zaman was named player of the series.

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