Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed praises Pakistan for 'a great performance' after sealing ODI series against Zimbabwe

Waseem Ahmed 18/07/2018
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
Sarfraz Ahmed lauded his team in the third ODI win

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed praised his team’s ‘great performance’ after the nine-wicket victory against Zimbabwe in the third ODI sealed the series with two games to spare.

Pacer Faheem Ashraf was the pick of the bowlers, taking a career best of 22 as the hosts were all out for just 67.

Fakhar Zaman, who scored a century in the second ODI, continued his good form with an unbeaten 43 as Pakistan reached their target inside 10 overs.

“First of all, it was a great performance,” said Sarfraz in his post-match interview. “Faheem Ashraf is getting better day by day. He’s an allrounder, and we need him.”

Speaking of his effort, Ashraf said: “I try to bowl in good areas and a stump to stump line.

“Our bowling coach [Azhar Mahmood] puts in a lot of effort. He’s really helped us to get better, and a lot of credit for my first five-for in international cricket goes to him.”

For Zimbabwe, their 67 was their lowest ever total against Pakistan and the lowest score ever recorded in 78 ODIs at Queens Sports Club.

It was always going to be a tough task against Pakistan considering Zimbabwe were missing a number of key players due to a dispute with the country’s cricket board.

And Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza admitted the performance was one they rather forget.

“It was a bit of a disaster really,” he said.

“Today we’ve gone quite a long way backwards, but these things happen in cricket. As a batting group, we have a lot of hard questions to ask ourselves.

“The main thing is to stay positive, because once you go in that direction and get down on yourself it’s very hard to come back.”

Most popular

Pakistan demolish Zimbabwe to take 3-0 series lead after Faheem Ashraf five-for

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn

Pakistan made light work of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo to win their one-day international series 3-0.

Faheem Ashraf took his maiden international five-wicket haul as Zimbabwe were skittled out for just 67.

Chamu Chibhabha top-scored with 16, one of only three batsmen to reach double figures, before being dismissed lbw by Ashraf who took five for 22.

The hosts at last had something to cheer about when Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq was caught off the bowling of Blessing Muzarabani from the first ball of their reply – but any joy was short-lived as Pakistan eased to their target inside 10 overs.

Fakhar Zaman led the way with an unbeaten 43 and Babar Azam was 19 not out as Pakistan won by nine wickets to clinch the series with two games remaining. It was their second straight win by the same margin, having won the first match by 201 runs.

Most popular

Waqar Younis slams PCB chief Najam Sethi for his remarks on the state of Pakistan cricket

Waseem Ahmed 17/07/2018
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • Mail
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • G+
  • WhatsApp
  • Pinterest
  • LinkedIn
The Pakistan pace legend is not happy with Najam Sethi's comments.

Pace bowling legend Waqar Younis has slammed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Najam Sethi for his latest remarks on the state of cricket in the country.

In a recent interview with Pakistan BBC Urdu, the PCB chairman agreed with host Shahid Khan Afridi’s views that there is a dearth of talent in the country.

“Problem is Pakistani society, entire Pakistan is like that, no discipline, shortcut-ism,and lack of education,” Sethi said in response to the host’s comments.

Those comments have not gone down too well with Younis who took to Twitter to slam the PCB chief.

Posting a video of the interview, Younis wrote: “Think before you speak, please stop blaming the nation being uneducated. They are better than lots of educated ones. There’s plenty (sic) talent in Pakistan.”

The 46-year-old former pacer had recently stated that Pakistan have a ‘fair chance’ of winning the 2019 ICC World Cup in England.

“Look back at the Champions Trophy and the team is building in confidence. The faith is coming. I will give fair chance to this Pakistan team for winning the World Cup,” he had said.

Pakistan have been impressive in white-ball cricket of late. Sarfraz Ahmed’s men are currently the top-ranked T20 outfit in the world and have won 24 matches out of 28 in the format. They recently captured the T20 tri-series trophy in Zimbabwe after pulling off their most successful run-chase in the final against Australia.

The men in green are currently involved in a five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe which they lead 2-0 after two thumping wins.

Most popular