Pakistan bat first in ODI against Zim

2015-05-31 13:06
Azhar Ali of Pakistan during a Test against SA in Cape Town. (Shaun Roy, Gallo Images)

Lahore - Pakistan captain Azhar Ali won the toss and chose to bat in the third and final day-night international against Zimbabwe at Gaddafi Stadium on Sunday.

Pakistan, who hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, brought in opener Babar Azam and paceman Junaid Khan in place of Haris Sohail and Mohammad Sami.

The 20-year-old Babar is making his debut.

Zimbabwe also made two changes with Brian Vitori and Tawanda Mupariwa making way for Roy Kaia (playing his first ODI) and Chris Mpofu.

Zimbabwe became the first Test team to tour Pakistan since terrorists attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009 suspended international cricket in the country.

Increased police presence

Zimbabwe continued with the tour despite Friday's blast which police said was due to a cylinder explosion but federal information minister Pervez Rashid confirmed it was a failed suicide attack.

That prompted the organisers to increase the police presence from 6 000 to 10 000.

The teams are:

Pakistan: Azhar Ali (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Yasir Shah, Hammad Azam, Wahab Riaz, Anwer Ali, Junaid Khan

Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza (capt), Sikandar Raza, Chamu Chibhabha, Charles Coventry, Graeme Cremer, Chris Mpofu, Richmond Mutumbami, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusi Sibanda, Roy Kaia, Sean Williams

Umpires: Russell Tiffin (ZIM) and Ahsan Raza (PAK)

Tv umpire: Ahmed Shahab (PAK)

Match referee: Azhar Khan (PAK)

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