Pacers Shaheen Shah Afridi and Wahab Riaz shared 9 wickets amongst themselves to spare Pakistan the blushes towards Zimbabwe within the first ODI on the Rawalpindi Stadium right here on Friday.
Pakistan, taking part in their first ODI since October final yr, emerged winners by 26 runs.
The hosts made 281 for eight after electing to bat first however Zimbabwe got here near a upset win with veteran Brendon Taylor (112) scoring an excellent hundred and teen, Wesley Madhevere, rattling the house facet in a century partnership.
Zimbabwe regarded set for a shock win at 234 for 4 within the 45th over however then Wahab (four/41) and Shaheen (5/49) ran amok sharing the remaining six wickets.
The 20-year previous, with simply three ODIs behind him, batted with assurance hitting seven fours as he and Taylor (11 fours, three sixes) placed on 119 runs for the fifth wicket.
Taylor was picked up by Shaheen within the subsequent over after Madhevere’s dismissal and Zimbabwe then misplaced their final 5 wickets for under 21 runs to be bowled out for 255 within the last over.
Taylor additionally placed on 71 runs for the third wicket with Sean Ervine (41) after Shaheen had dismissed openers, Chari and skipper Chamu Chibhabha, rapidly.
Earlier, Pakistan batting disillusioned as all the highest order batsmen struggled to even rating at a run a ball run fee with Haris Sohail prime scoring with 71 from 82 balls with six fours and two sixes and opener, Imam ul Haq making 58 from 75 balls.
The Pakistani batsmen had some 150 dot balls of their innings because the Zimbabwean spinners, Chisoro (2 for 31), Madhevere and Sikander Raza (1 for 45) made run scoring tough on a pitch which supplied some assist to them.
Pakistan surprisingly opted to go in with only one spinner, packing their assault with pacers and giving a ODI cap to Haris Rauf who has earlier represented his nation in T20 internationals.
The Pakistan innings bought some impetus late when Faheem Ashraf (23 from 16 balls) and Imad Wasim (34 not out) performed some large pictures to choose up the scoring fee.
Imam discovered himself run out in a comical combine up with Haris Sohail with each batsmen working to the identical finish within the 26th over.
Zimbabwe taking part in their first intentional sequence since early this yr dropped some possibilities however total they appeared to brush off their rustiness rapidly.
Pakistan 281 for eight in 50 overs (Haris Sohail 71, Imam ul Haq 58, Imad Wasim 34 n.o Chisro 2 for 31)
Zimbabwe 255 all out 49.four overs (Brendon Taylor 112, Wesley Madhevere 55, Sean Ervine 41.Shaheen Shah Afridi 5/49, Wahab Riaz four/41).