Zimbabwe lose ODI opener

In fact, statistics show that Zimbabwe lost the game on the last over as needing 12 runs, they could only manage seven runs in match that had looked safely in their hands after Pakistan had finished batting.

The Pakistanis won the toss and elected to bat. Driven on by Younes Khan’s 78, Mishab Ul Haq 54, and Uman Aknal 36, on top of other less important contributions, the visitors could only manage a total of 247 which looked not much that Zimbabwe could overhaul and win the opener.

But that was not to be. Although the Zimbabweans looked well on course after Vusi Sibanda’s impressive 73 was well supported by captain Brendon Taylor’s 84, with Tatenda Taibu weighing in with 26 runs, and Elton Chigumbura coming up with 24 runs, the Zimbabweans then crumbled in the last over as needing at least about 12 runs, the hosts could only manage seven runs to end with a total of 242 runs and with that the opener was gone..

The Zimbabweans, though, should feel disappointed to have lost closely the opener that looked theirs. But they should be able to play even better at Harare Sports Club where they will play the remaining two remaining ODIs and two Twenty 20 matches.

Zimbabwe has a better playing record at Harare Sports Club than at Queens.

The Zimbabweans lost the one off Test to Pakistan by seven wickets having sensationally beaten Bangladesh by 130 runs in another one off Test in Harare at Harare Sports Club and winning 2-1 in the ODIs at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.

After Pakistan Zimbabwe will face off with New Zealand as they continue their return to Test cricket after six years of absence.