The first game of the one-day series saw Pakistan register a comfortable win over Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo. Imam-ul-Haq’s produced a superb century to see Pakistan post 309 in their full quota of overs before bowlers dismissed Zimbabwe for 107 runs to see win the game by 201 runs.
In pursuit of 309, Zimbabwe lost wickets at regular intervals and could not get any sort of momentum in their innings. Tarisai Musakanda and Ryan Murray looked the only ones who fought hard against Pakistan’s bowling attack. Murray scored unbeaten 32 runs while the rest of batting order fell for low scores to see Pakistan take a 1-0 lead in the one-day series.
Earlier in the day, Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to field first. Pakistan got off to a steady start as Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq put on a partnership of 113 runs in 25 overs. The openers were cautious in their approach due to overcast conditions. Zaman scored a brisk 60 runs while Imam continued to be positive against the bowlers in his innings. He scored 128 off 134 balls with the help of eleven fours. Babar Azam and Asif Ali produced useful cameos to help green shirts cross the 300-run mark in their innings.
Asif Ali scored a quick fire 46 runs off 25 balls towards the end of the innings. For Zimbabwe, Tendai Chatara was the pick of the bowlers in this game. The rest of bowling lineup also produced decent returns in this game. Imam-ul-Haq was named man of the match for his splendid century.
This was Pakistan’s first win of the year after losing five matches in a row against New Zealand in New Zealand. It turned out to be Pakistan’s biggest victories in limited-overs cricket in recent times. The second game of the one-day series will be played on 16th July at Bulawayo.