Twitter Reactions: Fakhar Zaman guides Pakistan to 2-0 lead against lifeless Zimbabwe
Fakhar's knock turned out to be too hot to handle for the hosts.
Updated - Jul 16, 2018 7:46 pm
After the thumping defeat against Pakistan in the opening match at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe desperately needed to gather themselves and put forth a strong show. To their despair, they couldn’t and slumped to their second drubbing at the venue by nine wickets. The visitors, yet again, displayed an all-round show and took a 2-0 lead with three matches remaining.
Masakadza and Moor lift hosts to respectability
Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat first and the decision immediately backfired on them. Usman Shinwari nipped out Brain Chari followed by his second wicket in his fourth over in the form of Chamu Chibhabha. Tarisai Musakanda and skipper Hamilton Masakadza cobbled a partnership of 62 runs and bailed their team out. Hasan Ali trapped Musakanda plumb in front to break the stand.
Masakadza racked up 59 runs, however, became Shoaib Malik’s first victim. Peter Moor took charge thereafter and got the home team up to 194 in 49.2 overs. Moor scored 50, but the Pakistani bowlers ensured that the other batsmen strained for their runs and weren’t allowed to settle. Usman Khan was the pick of their bowlers with four wickets while Hasan pinned three of them.
Fakhar’s domination continues
The run-chase wasn’t expected to be tumultuous for the blistering Pakistani lineup and they tracked down the score without much fuss and with 14 overs to spare. Fakhar Zaman has been in destructive form ever since the T20I triangular series and he started on an impressive note. At the other end, Imam-ul-Haq, last match’s centurion, looked determined for another significant score.
The duo stitched a stand of 119 runs in 124 balls and took the visitors to a commanding position. Nevertheless, an unfortunate run-out saw the dismissal of Imam as his knock was cut short on 44 runs. Babar Azam joined Fakhar and they made sure that Sarfraz Ahmed’s men cross the finishing line with utmost ease. Fakhar accomplished his second ODI ton after the 2017 Champions Trophy Final and scripted the win.
Here is how Twitter reacted
Fakhar looks in great touch,completely different sound of the bat to the rest and timing it really well #ZIMvPAK
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) July 16, 2018
— Nilab Kayani |#GraciasCristiano (@amina_kayani12) July 16, 2018
Three more ODIs to go against this woeful Zimbabwe team. Fakhar should have a Bradmanian average by the time this series will end. #ZIMvPAK
— – (@omairraslam) July 16, 2018
— Shanze Malik (@ShanzeMalik17) July 16, 2018
— Adnan ch (@Adnanch_324) July 16, 2018
For the first time since May 2011, two Pakistani openers (Imam-ul-Haq & Fakhar Zaman) have scored a 100 in the same ODI series. Mohammad Hafeez & Ahmed Shahzad last scored 100s in Pakistan's ODI Series Win against West Indies in 2011. #ZIMvPAK
— Israr Ahmed Hashmi (@IamIsrarHashmi) July 16, 2018
Bae : Nobody's at home,
— Umar (@TheUmarHussain) July 16, 2018
— Tauqeer Abid 🇵🇰 🇩🇪 🇪🇸 (@tauqirabid) July 16, 2018
Fakher always score centuries against weak bowling,his 1st century was against India's bowling & just scored his 2nd century against Zimbabwe.#ZIMvPAK
— #TeamKhawaja (@iaaeshaha) July 16, 2018
Didn't need a powerful innings but still played his natural game and scored a century! Well played Fakhar Zaman! #ZIMvPAK
— Raheel 🇵🇰 (@Raheel0194) July 16, 2018
— Ahmed Ali 🇵🇰 (@ahmedalitweets) July 16, 2018
— NooriMasood (@NooriMasood1) July 16, 2018
Pakistan win by 9 wickets with 14 overs to spare and takes the 2-0 lead in the 5-ODI series. #ZIMvPAK
— Fazal Aslam (@Faxal_Aslam) July 16, 2018
Most Wickets by a fast Bowled after 32 ODIs:
66* – Hasan Ali
64 – Mitchell McClenaghan
64 – Shane Bond
— #ZIMvPAK #ENGvIND #SLvSA (@AfriDi_JEET) July 16, 2018
— PTV Sports📺 (@PTVSportts) July 16, 2018
Comfortable win for pakistan fakhar zaman was outstanding so was usman shenwari and hasan ali with the ball clinical performance #ZIMVPAK
— Aqib Mansoor (@AqibMansoor5) July 16, 2018