Twitter Reactions: Fakhar Zaman guides Pakistan to 2-0 lead against lifeless Zimbabwe

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.

Fakhar Zaman and Imam ul Haq
Fakhar Zaman and Imam ul Haq. (Photo Source: Twitter)

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.

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