Usman Khan shines with ball and other takeaways as Pakistan crush Zimbabwe in second ODI

Waseem Ahmed 16/07/2018
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Usman Khan accounted for four Zimbabwe wickets on Monday.

The gulf in quality between Zimbabwe and Pakistan was exposed once again as Sarfraz Ahmed’s men ran out comfortable victors by nine wickets in the second ODI at Bulawayo on Monday.

The crushing win means Pakistan have now taken a 2-0 lead in the five-match series after their 201-run win in the first ODI.

On Monday, the hosts gave a much better account of themselves but were still bowled out for just 194 runs. In reply, Pakistan were barely troubled as they raced away to victory in just 36 overs for the loss of a sole wicket.

Here, we take a look at some of the key talking points from the second ODI.

USMAN KHAN AND HASAN ALI SHINE WITH THE BALL

After Zimbabwe elected to bat first, they were put under immediate pressure by the Pakistan pacers with the scoring-rate crawling in the opening overs. As the pressure built up, Usman struck twice for the visitors to have both the openers caught behind in the space of eight overs.

With overcast conditions prevailing throughout the day, the pacers made merry with Hasan Ali joining in on the action. Ali dismissed half-centurion Peter Moor while also accounting for Ryan Murray and Tarisai Musakanda but it was Usman who was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers as he finished with figures of 4-36.

While spearhead Mohammad Amir went wicketless, the seven wickets shared between Usman and Ali ensured that Zimbabwe’s innings never caught any momentum and ultimately withered away.

HAMILTON MASAKADZA LEADS FROM THE FRONT

With a severely depleted squad on his hands, the task of leading Zimbabwe in the series has not been an easy one for Hamilton Masakadza but the skipper showed his ability to lead from the front with a battling half-century.

After both openers were dismissed cheaply, Masakadza brought some semblance of stability in the middle for Zimbabwe. He forged a 62-run stand for the third wicket with Musakanda before going on to register his 34th ODI half-century.

The 34-year-old was eventually dismissed for a 75-ball 59 by Shoaib Malik but his innings, along with a fine 50 from Moor, ensured that the hosts put in a much better display after their timid surrender in the first ODI.

Masakadza led from the front for the hosts.

Masakadza led from the front for the hosts.

FAKHAR MAKES SHORT WORK OF TARGET WITH SECOND ODI TON

A total of 194 was always going to be difficult for the severely depleted hosts to defend against a Pakistan side stacked with quality and that proved to be the case as the two openers forged a quick-fire 119-run stand before Imam-ul-Haq was run out once again.

Fakhar Zaman though, continued his rich vein of form to bring up his second ODI hundred as Zimbabwe’s bowlers struggled to create any sort of impact.

The left-hander was his characteristic self as he cut and pulled with venom to send the cricket ball to all parts of the ground. He looked in no trouble throughout his unbeaten innings as another thumping win for Pakistan ensued.

Fakhar remained unbeaten on 117 – his highest ODI score – with the help of 16 boundaries.

The Pakistan opener's excellent form continues.

The Pakistan opener’s excellent form continues.

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Fakhar Zaman has registered his second ODI century.

Zimbabwe and Pakistan lock horns in the second ODI at the Queen’s Sports Club in Bulawyo on Monday. The visitors lead the five-match series by 1-0 after a thumping 201-run win in the first ODI.

The hosts suffered another setback ahead of the clash with batsman Malcolm Wallace pulling out of the squad after citing labour-practice laws. Skipper Hamilton Masakadza won the toss on a chilly morning at Bulawyo and elected to bat first.

Zimbabwe lost opener Brian Chari early with Usman Khan picking up the wicket in the fourth over of the innings. The Pakistan pacer struck again in the eighth over when he had Chamu Chibhabha caught behind by Sarfraz Ahmed. Masakadza and Tarisai Musakanda then formed a 62-run partnership before the latter was dismissed by Hasan Ali.

The Zimbabwe skipper was eventually dismissed by Shoaib Malik for 59. Ali then removed Ryan Murray to reduce Zimbabwe to 140-5. The hosts were ultimately bowled out for 194 runs with Usman Khan and Hasan Ali sharing seven wickets between them.

In reply, Pakistan openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq made a solid start and added 119 runs between themselves for the first wicket. Fakhar brought up a quick-fire half-century before his partner was run-out for 44 after a huge mix-up. Fakhar went on to register his second ODI ton as Pakistan headed towards a thumping win. The visitors ultimately chased down the total in 36 overs at the loss of only one wicket.

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England skipper Eoin Morgan believes an ODI series win over India will be highly 'significant'

Sudhir Gupta 16/07/2018
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Morgan has welcome the pressure of a decider against India.

England skipper Eoin Morgan believes an ODI series win against India could be hugely significant for his side as they gear up to play the World Cup in front of their home fans in 2019.

The two teams are currently locked at 1-1 in the three-match series with the deciding ODI set to take place at Headingley on Tuesday.

“They (India) are a really strong side, as we saw in periods (at Lord’s), and particularly at Trent Bridge, so to beat them in the series would be quite significant – very significant,” Morgan told the media on the eve of the deciding ODI.

The 31-year-old feels the ‘pressure’ of playing in a decider against a quality opposition like India will hold his side in great stead for the future.

“I am not a huge fan of bilateral series – having a game like this is crucial for us. I prefer a tri-series and the context. Every game brings something different with significance on it,” the England skipper stated.

Morgan is happy with England's showing against Kuldeep at Lord's.

Morgan is happy with England’s showing against Kuldeep at Lord’s.

All eyes will be on how the English batsmen negotiate Kuldeep Yadav in the final ODI after the left-arm wrist-spinner picked up a career-best 6-25 in the opener at Trent Bridge. England gave a much better account of themselves against Kuldeep at Lord’s but he still walked away with three wickets.

“We started better against him (Kuldeep),” Morgan said. “And the more we face him, the easier he got to pick. But you still have to play him well. I thought Joe (Root) was quite significant in that – his rotation of strike, his calm head.

“We emphasised the need to be clear on your plan and then sticking to it, and that’s what we did. Our plans are always about positive thinking, and we didn’t veer away from that.”

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