Twitter Reactions: Pakistan trounce Zimbabwe in yet another unexciting clash
Pakistan chased the target down in 9.5 overs to also claim the series 3-0.
Updated - Jul 18, 2018 4:16 pm
Zimbabwe’s performance in the ongoing five-match ODI series against Pakistan is getting worse with every game. They are yet to even cross the 200-run mark in the three matches and have been no match to a full-strength Pakistani team. The third ODI didn’t even last the length of a full ODI inning as Zimbabwe were bowled out in 25.1 overs and Pakistan chased the disgustingly low target of 68 runs in 9.5 overs. Thus, the match came to a close 25 mins before the scheduled lunch break.
It was Hamilton Masakadza who won the toss and decided to bat first. Though the Bulawayo wicket offers no drastic support or assistance to the pacers Faheem Ashraf & Co. were all over them in no time. The first wicket fell on the team score of 1 in the second over. Usman Khan was the first to draw blood as PS Masvaure was caught behind by Sarfraz Ahmed. Skipper Masakadza continues to remain uninspiring.
There was a flurry of wickets thereafter an absolute haemorrhage. After the top three only one other batsman got into double digits. Ashraf had a wonderful field day as he ended up with a five-wicket haul his first in ODI cricket. He ended up with figures of 8.1-2-22-5. All of Sarfraz’s resources got him wickets. Junaid Khan and Yasir Shah playing their first match on the tour returned with two and one wickets respectively.
The chase was just a formality. Imam-ul-Haq will feel he missed out as he was out caught behind on the first ball of the innings off Blessing Muzarabani. Thereafter Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam made a mockery of the chase. Both the batsmen played their shots making the best use of the field restrictions. Fakhar hit right boundaries and Azam hit three in their knocks worth 43 and 19.
Pakistan got over the line before the end of the mandatory powerplay. They didn’t even feel the need of celebrating a win even if it meant they now have a 3-0 command over the series.
Here is how Twitterati reacted to the rather dull contest:
Things more competitive than this #ZIMvPAK series:
— CricBlog (@cric_blog) July 18, 2018
— Dennis #YesWeKhan (@DennisCricket_) July 18, 2018
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 18, 2018
Kitna boring match hai 🙄#ZIMvPAK
— Khizarii🐼 (@khizarSayss) July 18, 2018
Babar Azam is so painful to watch #ZIMvPAK
— Khurram (@Khurrammki) July 18, 2018
— Hasaan Saeed (@HasaanSaeed) July 18, 2018
— Go Nawaz Go 🤨 (@AdilHaxxan) July 18, 2018
— NASIR KHAN (@imKhanNasir) July 16, 2018
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) July 18, 2018
— Muhammad Furqan (@MFurqan72) July 18, 2018
Fakhar scored 28 runs in last 9 balls.
— Mr.A 🏏 (@cricdrugs) July 18, 2018
Imam ul Haq last 5 innings
— Mango's Mango (@AamKayAam) July 18, 2018
— Noor ul hayat (@AlooKachaloo1) July 18, 2018
— Simba Nembaware (@SimbaNembaware) July 18, 2018
Magnificent Performance Pakistan… Won with 241 balls to spare & 9 wickets in hand, that’s Pakistan’s biggest victory while chasing in ODIs. #ZIMvPAK
— Mazhar Ali (@mazhr_) July 18, 2018
Haters may say that Pakistan is playing against a B side Zimbabwe which is true but the comprehensive way Pakistan is beating them shows we're improving as a white ball team #ZIMvPAK
— Yashar Khan (@khanyashar) July 18, 2018
What a refreshing change, nobody in the Zimbabwean team gonna say: We were 15-20 runs short. #ZIMvPAK
— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) July 18, 2018
Fakhar Zaman is a life hack. #ZIMvPAK
— Musad Afzal (@MusadAfzal) July 18, 2018