Pakistan vs Zimbabwe: Haris Sohail & Imam-ul-Haq Guide Pakistan to 281-8 in First ODI

Left-handers Haris Sohail and Imam-ul-Haq hit half-centuries against some tight Zimbabwe bowling to help Pakistan post 281-8 during Friday's first one-day international in Rawalpindi. Sohail scored an attractive 71 from 82 balls while Imam made 58 after Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat on a slow pitch. Once opener Abid Ali departed for 21, Pakistan had high hopes with new captain Babar Azam, regarded as one of world's best batsmen in limited overs cricket.

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  • Updated: October 30, 2020, 5:52 PM IST
Pakistan vs Zimbabwe: Haris Sohail & Imam-ul-Haq Guide Pakistan to 281-8 in First ODI

Left-handers Haris Sohail and Imam-ul-Haq hit half-centuries against some tight Zimbabwe bowling to help Pakistan post 281-8 during Friday's first one-day international in Rawalpindi. Sohail scored an attractive 71 from 82 balls while Imam made 58 after Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat on a slow pitch. Once opener Abid Ali departed for 21, Pakistan had high hopes with new captain Babar Azam, regarded as one of world's best batsmen in limited overs cricket.

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But his debut as ODI skipper ended early after a clumsy looking shot off pacer Blessing Muzarabani for 19. Imam and Sohail took Pakistan past 100 and looked set for a big partnership until disaster struck, with both batsmen out at the same end while taking a sharp single. Imam's knock had six hits to the boundary.

Sohail, who hit two sixes and six boundaries, pulled his leg muscle and needed treatment on the ground. Imad Wasim and Faheem Ashraf added a quickfire 42 in their late partnership and Pakistan made 48 in the last five overs.Zimbabwe's spinners controlled the pace, with left-arm slow bowler Tendai Chisoro taking 2-31. The series is part of the 13-team Super League which determines qualifiers for the next World Cup in 2023.

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Earlier, before the start of the series, The Pakistan Cricket Board had shifted next month's three T20 Internationals against Zimbabwe from Lahore to Rawalpindi citing the deteriorating air quality here. The three T20Is, which were earlier scheduled at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, will now be held at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on November 7, 8 and 10.

"Following the sudden deterioration in air quality and now further expected air pollution in November, we have made a swift decision to move the matches scheduled in Lahore," PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said in a statement on Friday.



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