After facing each other in the T20 tri-series, Zimbabwe and Pakistan turn their focus to the 50-over format.
Sarfraz Ahmed’s side go into the five-match series as strong favourites with a number of key Zimbabwe players missing due to a dispute with their cricket board. Pakistan will be aiming to register their first ODI win in 2018.
Pakistan are in control of the game with Imam-ul-Haq scoring his second ODI century. The nephew of Pakistan legend Inzamam Ul-Haq has been in sensational form with the bat. The 22-year-old scored 11 fours in his 134 deliveries before being dismissed by Blessing Muzarabani for 128.
Before that, Fakhar Zaman picked up where he left off to score 60 runs while debutant Asif Ali hit contributed with 46 runs as Pakistan reached 308-7 in their 50 overs.
In their chase, Zimbabwe are four wickets down with just 53 runs to their name. Usman Khan removed captain Hamilton Masakadza (7) and Brian Chari (2) in the first three overs.
Pakistan bowlers then took control with Shadab Khan taking three wickets and Faheem Ashraf added another. With 15 overs to go, Pakistan wrapped up the game with the final two wickets to seal a 201-run win. Shadab took his total to four while Mohammad Amir claimed one as Zimbabwe were all out for 107.
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Shoun Roger delivered with the bat and ball to guide Ajman Nawabs to a thrilling last-over win over Ajman Falcons in the Rising Star League.
Falcons under the leadership of Ali Mirza, decided to bat first given that he didn’t want his team to be fielding in the sweltering heat.
They lost Mohammed Faraaz and Mahith Fonseka early on in their run-chase but Mirza led by example to frustrate Nawabs’ bowlers.
He hit a solid 105 runs to help his side score 229-6 which also included a fine half-century from Ratan Choubesa. Zuhaib Zuhar was the standout bowler after taking three wickets in seven overs while Roger was equally impressive with two wickets from five overs.
With an imposing target of 230, it was always going to be a tough task and initially Nawabs got off to a poor start when Anwar Khan and Tanish Suri was dismissed.
Captain Alishan Sharafu then hit a quick-fire 38 from 25 deliveries but the star of the show was Roger who frustrated Falcons with a brilliant century.
The all-rounder scored 101 and by the time he was sent back to the pavilion, the score was 217-7. Ayan Khan contributed with 26 runs and was there right until the end when Mohammed Chowdhury hitting the winning single run with just two balls to go.
Yadav, who has two Test caps, took 6-25 in India’s eight-wicket victory in the first ODI on Thursday, while also claiming 5-24 in the first T20 in Manchester. In the two-match T20 series, he finished with seven scalps.
Chahal, who is yet to make his Test debut, arrived in England with six wickets against Ireland but has claimed two wickets so far against Eoin Morgan’s side.
However, Indian captain Kohli says the spinners are making strong cases to be including in the starting team for the five-match Test series that begins on August 1.
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“Anything is possible with the selections for Tests and there might be a few surprises. Kuldeep is making a strong case for himself and so is Chahal,” he said.
“And looking at the way, the English batsmen have struggled against them, we might be tempted to do it. But the focus now is winning the next two games. Especially the next game looking at it from the series perspective”
“Kuldeep was outstanding. To give away 25 runs and pick up six wickets on that kind of a wicket, I don’t think I have seen a better spell of bowling in ODIs of late,” he added.
Rohit Sharma scored a stunning unbeaten 137 after England had set a target of 269. Kohli, who scored 75 praised his team for their clinical performance.
“We knew it was a good wicket to play on,” he said. “Those wrist spinners in the middle overs are going to be tricky. Given more overs and more time in the middle, they become even more lethal.
“When guys are not going hard at them, they have 10 overs and they know they have something to comeback and have the skill to do it.
“Rohit batting very long and finishing the game for us. We made a tactical decision (at Bristol to drop Kuldeep) looking at the dimensions of the ground and the breeze flowing into the shorter boundary.
“When it comes to longer game, you need players to make an impact. These two wrist spinners have been making the difference since they have come in. They did it in South Africa in the middle overs. They remain as our key weapons.”