Allround Asif helps Pakistan win ODI series


Bilal Asif starred with bat and ball in only his second ODI as Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by seven wickets to clinch the three-match series two-one in Harare on Monday.

The right-arm offspinner first recorded figures of five for 25 as Pakistan skittled the hosts out for just 161 in 38.5 overs after the visitors won the toss and decided to field first.

Zimbabwe got off to decent start as the opening pair of Chamu Chibhabha and Richmond Mutumbami put on 89 for the first wicket in 20 overs.

Asif started the dramatic collapse when had Chibhabha caught and bowled for 48 while Mutumbami went on to score his second ODI fifty, but fell for 67.

Besides Asif that got his maiden five-wicket haul, left-arm tweaker Imad Wasim also chipped in with figures of three for 36 in eight overs.

The target was never going to be enough for the home team and Pakistan made light work of the total as they chased it down in the in 34th over with only three wickets down.

Asif, who opened the batting, scored 38 while Asad Shafiq also hit an unbeaten 38 to see the visitors win the series in the final game.