Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by nine wickets in second ODI

Annette Crawford
July 18, 2018

This was Fakhar's second hundred in his 15 ODIs.

The win was also set up by Pakistan's seam attack, who bowled Zimbabwe out for 194.

"I think I am in the best form of my life", Zaman said. "Today I was trying to go till the end".

"I got out the wrong time trying to up the game, but the target was never going to be enough".

Fortunately, it didn't appear to hamper the right-armer, who pushed on to pick up another late scalp. The stars are missing, and while Ryan Murray, Peter Moor, Tarisai Musakanda and Masakadza himself have shown glimpses of positivity with the bat and Blessing Muzarabani, especially, held his own with ball in hand, they just haven't been able to stop the rampaging Pakistanis.

After Khan took two wickets with consecutive deliveries in the 44th over, the hosts were 166 for 7 and sinking fast.

Left-handed batsman Fakhar remained not out on 117, made off 129 balls with the help of 16 boundaries while Babar Azam was not out on 29 after the first match centurion Imam-ul-Haq was run out for 44.

"They're always looking to get a wicket, and they keep coming hard at you whether you're two down or eight down". They won their first ODI of the year in the opening game, and chose to stick with the same team, which means last game's centurion Imam-ul-Haq will partner Fakhar Zaman again at the top.

Zaman reached his century off 109 balls when he nudged offspinner Wellington Maskadza to fine leg for two runs in the 32nd over.

Pakistan now lead the five-match ODI series 1-0.

Having won the T20 tri-series in Harare as well as the opening ODI in Bulawayo, Pakistan are favourites to extend their successful run.

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