Spinner Iftikhar Ahmed grabbed a maiden five-wicket haul whereas Babar Azam notched a half-century as Pakistan thumped Zimbabwe by six wickets to win the second one-day worldwide in Rawalpindi on Sunday. Ahmed spun an internet round Zimbabwe’s batsmen with figures of 5/40 to wreck them for a paltry 206 earlier than Azam knocked a pretty 74-ball 77 not out to chase down the goal in 35.2 overs. Zimbabwe wanted early wickets, however a strong opening stand of 68 between Imam-ul-Haq (49) and Abid Ali (22) ensured Pakistan had been arrange properly.
The win provides Pakistan an unassailable 2-Zero lead after they gained the primary recreation by 26 runs on Friday. The ultimate match is on the identical venue on Tuesday.
Left-arm spinner Tendai Chisoro (2-49) eliminated each the openers whereas Sean Williams dismissed debutant Haider Ali (29) however Azam and Ahmed (16 not out) accomplished the victory throughout their unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 46 runs.
Azam hit seven boundaries in his 16th ODI half-century, mentioning the victory along with his second six.
Skipper Azam mentioned the win would add to his aspect’s perception.
“It was a superb present by our younger staff and each win brings extra confidence,” mentioned Azam, main just for the second time in an ODI. “We improved on our batting from the primary match which is an effective signal.”
In distinction to Pakistan’s eighth consecutive ODI win, this was Zimbabwe’s tenth successive loss within the format, and left stand-in head coach Douglas Hondo disillusioned.
“We would have liked to enhance on the primary recreation however we couldn’t,” mentioned Hondo. “We didn’t play our full 50 overs which was disappointing and we’d like a fast repair.”
It was 30-year-old Ahmed who rocked Zimbabwe after the vacationers gained the toss and opted to bat however may by no means deal with the spin and had been bowled out in 45.1 overs.
Left-hander Williams, who top-scored with a 70-ball 75 and Brendan Taylor (36) had been repairing the innings from 59-Three throughout a fourth-wicket stand of 61 earlier than Ahmed struck.
Ahmed, who had just one wicket from his earlier 5 ODIs, had Taylor caught off a miscued sweep on the boundary to start out the slide, which noticed the vacationers lose their final seven wickets for 86 runs.
Taylor, who made a combating 112 within the first match on Friday, hit two sixes and three boundaries in his 45-ball knock.
Ahmed then eliminated Wesley Madhevere (10), Sikandar Raza (two) and Chisoro (seven) to depart Zimbabwe struggling at 150-7.
Williams, who accomplished his 32nd 50 off 47 balls, holed out to Ahmed at long-off, to finish his lone battle. He smashed 10 boundaries and a six.
Debutant paceman Musa Khan completed with 2-21.
The sequence is a part of the One-Day Tremendous League, the primary qualifying spherical for the 2023 World Cup to be held in India.
With Sunday’s match, Pakistan’s Aleem Dar set a brand new document for umpiring essentially the most ODIs with 210, beating South African Rudi Koertzen’s 209 matches as umpire.
Dar already holds the document for officiating in essentially the most Check matches, with 132.
The 2 groups may even play three Twenty20 internationals on November 7, eight and 10, additionally in Rawalpindi.
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