ODI series preview: Pakistan vs Zimbabwe


With all the emotion of finally a having played some cricket at home now having died down, Pakistan will now host Zimbabwe in a three-match ODI series which should see everybody concentrate on matters on field.

As a matter of interest Pakistan beat the visitors in both of the T20 International matches in front of capacity crowds that were eager to see their team in action.

The matches though were not as straightforward as the scoreline suggests with the African side showing some fight to take both contests down to the wire, and that could be the catalyst for a similar ODI series.

Pakistan, at 1/8 to win with Paddy Power to win the series, have left Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal out of their 16-man squad for the series, while Shoaib Malik and seamer Mohammad Sami have been recalled to the 50-over side after making a comeback in the T20 matches.

Zimbabwe picked the same squad for the T20 and ODI series so the uncapped Roy Kaia might get a game after not featuring in the shortest format of the game.

The teams met earlier this year at the World Cup in group stages where Pakistan were the victors by 20 runs in a tight match.
Key Men

For Pakistan, fast bowler Wahab Riaz will be key. He has been in wonderful form this year, as he showed against Australia at the World Cup, but will need the other bowlers to back up his efforts this time.

Zimbabwe skipper Elton Chigumbura showed some promising signs with the bat in the T20 matches and will be relishing that chance to stay at the crease for a longer period.

Last Five Head-To-Head Results

2015: World Cup ODI: Pakistan won by 29 runs in Brisbane
2013: First ODI: Zimbabwe won by 7 seven wickets in Harare
2013: Second ODI: Pakistan won by 90 runs in Harare
2013: Third ODI: Pakistan won by 108 runs in Harare
2011: Third ODI: Pakistan won by 28 runs in Harare


Pakistan: Azhar Ali (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Anwar Ali, Hammad Azam, Imad Wasim, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Sami, Junaid Khan

Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (capt), Sikandar Raza, Chamu Chibhabha, Charles Coventry, Graeme Cremer, Craig Ervine, Roy Kaia, Hamilton Masakadza, Christopher Mpofu, Tawanda Mupariwa, Richmond Mutumbami, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Sean Williams


First ODI: 26 May in Lahore
Second ODI: 29 May in Lahore
Third ODI: 31 May in Lahore