Zimbabwe (Zim) went against Pakistan (Pak) in the first one-day international of 3-match series. It was very close Zimbabwe almost defeated the Pakistan before absurd collapse of Zimbabwe brought their innings come to end and they have faced the defeat by 26 runs.
But Zimbabwe team has exposed the bowling of Pakistan team who at sometime in history was known for the most best bowling.
Cricket has returned after long break from Corona Pandemic. It wasn’t expected from the underdog team like Zimbabwe to perform like A-list team against Pakistan team who is far better from Zimbabwe in every department.
But time has changed that was shown by Zimbabwe team with statement that this is new team who have the guts to beat any team in the world. Having said, let us take a look three things that went wrong for Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe Absurd collapse
Chasing 282 against Pakistan bowling in their own territory it is not going to be easy for the A-list team even. But minnows called Zimbabwe has set the world on fire with the fighting spirit shown by their players. Zimbabwe got off to worst start and reduced to 115/4 at one stage and looked to bowled out before the score of 200.
But what followed next was the statement from the underdog team when they fought back and added on 119 run partnership for the 5th wicket by Brendon Taylor and Wesley and looked clear to upset the cricket world. The equation boiled down 48 runs required off 30 balls with 6 wickets in hand. What’s next was absurd collapse from 234/4 to 255/10.
Under the score of 21 runs Zimbabwe has lost 6 wickets and failed to achieved the target and face the defeat by 26 runs against Pakistan.
Zimbabwe bowlers are no effective
Although Zimbabwe lost the toss to Pakistan but they have reduced them to 205/6 at one stage and looked to restrict them before 250. But lower order batsman of Pakistan team provide the much needed resistance to the team score.
Imad Wasim who remained unbeaten on 26-ball 34 while Faheem Ashraf scored 26 runs off 16 balls to take the scoreboard to 281 runs with the loss of 8 wickets in their allotted 50 overs.
Zimbabwe team no intentions for chase
Batting second and chasing 282 was not going to be easy against Pakistan Pace attack. Zimbabwe was in the complete trouble when they were 115/4 at one stage but Brendon Taylor and Wesley took the bail of team and put them back into the hunt.
With less than 50 runs required in the last 5 overs for Zimbabwe but they were restricted at the score of 255/10 and lost the last 6 wickets under the score of 21 score as batsman showed no intentions for chase which at one stage looked was very easy to chase down the target.