Twitter Reactions: Pakistan annihilates Zimbabwe to carve resounding clean sweep

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.

Imam ul Haq
Imam ul Haq celebrates his hundred. (Photo Source: Twitter)

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.

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