WEB DESK: Off spinner Bilal Asif sets a record of 5/25 in one match after Saeed Ajmal’s 5/24 against India in 2013.
Pakistan won the toss and chose to bowl first in the third ODI of the series against Zimbabwe.
It was a good decision on Sarfraz Ahmed’s part as he is acting captain in place of Azhar Ali. Ali could not play due to his injury.
The bad news for Zimbabwe came when their senior player Hamilton Mazakadza was dropped from the match. This match is a decider for Zimbabwe to make history of winning a series against one of the top 10 teams except Bangladesh in 14 years.
Zimbabwe out for 161 in the series decider. Asif was backed up by fellow spinner Imad Wasim’s 3-36 to put Pakistan on top in the third and final game.
Pakistan is aiming to avoid a first ever ODI series loss to Zimbabwe.
Openers Richmond Mutumbami (67) and Chamu Chibhabha (48) gave Zimbabwe a solid start with an 89-run partnership, but the next nine wickets fell for just 72 runs as Asif and Wasim swung the game in Pakistan’s favor.
No. 9 Luke Jongwe was the only other batsman to make double figures, justifying Pakistan stand-in captain Sarfraz Ahmed’s decision to bowl first at Harare Sports Club.
Asif and Wasim both recorded career-best bowling figures in ODIs.