Twitter Reactions: Pakistan annihilates Zimbabwe to carve resounding clean sweep
Zimbabwe didn't lose a whole lot of wickets, but failed to get close to the target.
Updated - Jul 22, 2018 9:16 pm
The five-match ODI series between Zimbabwe and Pakistan at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo recently came to a close. The visitors were clinical throughout the series and eventually completed a thumping 5-0 whitewash against a hapless bunch of Zimbabweans. After four dominating performance, the Men in Green closed out the series with a 131-run win in the dead rubber.
Pakistan’s top order piles on runs
Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bat first and the decision paid dividends once again as Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq, the openers, put on a partnership of 168 runs in 150 deliveries. Fakhar was the first batsman to be dismissed for 85 runs as 18-year-old Liam Roche foxed him into playing a false stroke. Imam looked unflustered and carried on to score his fourth ODI ton.
Soon after, left-arm spinner Wellington Masakadza nipped him out. Babar was a tad slow to start with and notched his half-century in 55 balls, but he pressed the accelerator and reached his eighth ton in the 50-overs format. He also became the second fastest to those many centuries after South African batsman Hashim Amla. Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali couldn’t get going, but the Men in Green put on 364 runs in 50 overs.
Zimbabwe’s effort goes in vain
The target was always going to be a stiff one for the home team. Hamilton Masakadza and Tinashe Kamunhukamwe opened the batting and put on a stand of 66 runs from 84 balls. The latter was the first wicket to fall as Mohammad Nawaz accounted for his wicket. The skipper was cleaned up by Hasan Ali in the very next over to push the hosts on the backfoot.
Prince Masvaure and Ryan Murray cobbled together 78 runs, but the required rate kept escalating at an alarming rate. The partnership was broken by Hasan Ali in the 33rd over. Murray became Nawaz’s second victim. Zimbabwe didn’t lose a whole lot of wickets, but failed to get close to the target and could manage only 233 runs.
Here is how Twitter reacted
Zimbabwe 🇿🇼 won't play the Asia Cup. 😝 https://t.co/vq7Fwv6Don
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) July 22, 2018
Thats it Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 131 runs in 5th ODI and complete 5-0 Clean Sweep.
Its Pakistan's 7th 5-0 clean sweep in ODI Cricket.
In past Pakistan did 5-0 clean sweep against Zim,Bang Twice and one each against NZ and SL. #ZIMvPAK
— Abdul Ghaffar (@GhaffarDawnNews) July 22, 2018
Thank God the series is over! #ZIMvPAK
— Adeel Azhar (@adeel_azhar) July 22, 2018
& with that this nonsense, one sided series come to an end.
Well played Pakistan & Congratulations for Whitewash.
See u in Asia cup in September #ZIMvPAK
— Pankaj Nautiyal (@NautiyalG___) July 22, 2018
Some fun moments at the death as Sarfaraz Ahmed bowls a couple of overs with Fakhar Zaman taking over keeping duties… Zimbabwe finish on 233/4 and Pakistan win the match by 131 runs! #ZIMvPAK
— PakPassion.net (@PakPassion) July 22, 2018
— Ahmad ™🇵🇰 (@iamAhmadhaseeb) July 22, 2018
— AVI ANIRBAN (@avianirban) July 22, 2018
— عبداللہ (@SaidByAbdullah) July 22, 2018
Pakistan White wash Zimbabwe 5-0 #ZIMvPAK
1st ODI – won by 201 runs
2nd ODI – won by 9 wickets
3rd ODI – won by 9 wickets
4th ODI – won by 244 runs
5th ODI – won by 131 runs
— Aqeel (@AqeelSays_) July 22, 2018
— Ïقru 🇵🇰 (@its_iqru) July 22, 2018
— Babar Khan (@Babarabt01) July 22, 2018
— Danny Morrison (@SteelyDan66) July 22, 2018
Another comfortable win for pakistan babar imam and fakhar were outstanding not to forget asif alis performance in this series a much better performance from zimbabwe but lot of positives to take forward for pakistan for the asia cup #ZIMVPAK
— Aqib Mansoor (@AqibMansoor5) July 22, 2018
Fakhar Zaman telling Sarfraz Ahmed what to bowl from behind the wickets.
Never thought I'll type this. #ZIMvPAK
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) July 22, 2018
— Muhammad Makki (@Muhammad__Makki) July 22, 2018
If the world is against Fakhar Zaman then I'm against the world #ZIMvPAK
— Abhishek 🇮🇳 #408 (@ImAbhishek7_) July 22, 2018
Sarfaraz Ahmed has nicknamed Babar Azam as Bobby 😂 #ZIMvPAK
— Shubh AggarWall (@shubh_chintak) July 22, 2018
5-0 series whitewash! Zimbabwe finish up on 233/4 as Pakistan win the fifth and final ODI by 131 runs. 💪
— ICC (@ICC) July 22, 2018