Twitter supports Brendan Taylor after he puts forth Zimbabwe's target against Pakistan yesterday

Twitter supports Brendan Taylor after he puts forth Zimbabwe’s target against Pakistan yesterday

Zimbabwe fell short by 244 runs in yesterday's match in Bulawayo.

Brendon Taylor
Brendan Taylor of Zimbabwe. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Zimbabwe are currently playing a five-match ODI series against Pakistan at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. They lost the series after their defeats in the first three matches. The team also slumped to a drubbing by 244 runs in the fourth contest. The visiting team won the toss and elected to bat first. Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq opened the batting and blazed away right from the outset.

The partnership put forth 304 runs from 42 overs and never allowed their opponents to settle. Zaman brought forth his belligerent style of play and outdrew anyone and everyone who stumbled on to his path. The left-hander notched his maiden double-century and became the first Pakistani-batsman to achieve the landmark. His partner Imam, wasn’t as attacking as his partner.

Zimbabwean cricket in dire straits

However, he turned out to be an appropriate foil for his team and played a knock of 113 runs from 122 balls. Their partnership was also Pakistan’s highest stand for any wicket in the 50-overs format. The stand was eventually broken by Wellington Masakadza, who nipped out Imam after the left-hander mistimed a sweep stroke into the palms of Tarisai Musakanda at deep mid-wicket.

Asif Ali joined Zaman and propelled the Men in Green’s score to 399/1 with a whirlwind knock of 50 runs from 22 balls. It also meant that the home team had to track down 400, which they eventually couldn’t. Meanwhile, wicketkeeper-batsman Brendan Taylor highlighted the target, which mainly signified the poor state of cricket in Zimbabwe.

Their cricket has recently been tarnished with controversies surrounding the payment of salaries and fees respectively. Zimbabwe played a T20I series, involving Pakistan and Australia respectively and a number of their players opted themselves out for the reason that they haven’t been paid their dues, Taylor was one of them. Recently, Malcolm Waller also pulled himself out of the ODI team owing to similar reasons.

In the meantime, Taylor took to Twitter and wrote, “We are chasing 400 #justsaying”

Here is Taylor’s tweet

Meanwhile, Twitterati wasn’t surprised and they supported Taylor on his message, pertaining to his concerns for Zimbabwean cricket.

Here is how Twitter reacted