Harare - Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss and opted to bat in the
first of three one-day internationals in Zimbabwe on Tuesday.
Misbah returned to captain Pakistan after sitting out the tourists' 2-0 Twenty20 series win.
Ahmed Shehzad retained his place at the top of the Pakistan batting
lineup after successive half-centuries in the T20 games to start the
tour. Seamer Junaid Khan was recalled to partner Mohammad Irfan in an
otherwise spin-heavy Pakistan attack.
Zimbabwe left out seam bowler Shingirai Masakadza at Harare Sports Club.
has won four of its last five ODI series and put together a strong
recent run, winning in India and West Indies over the last 12 months.
Zimbabwe has lost five of its last six, starting with a 3-0 defeat by
Pakistan at home in 2011.
Zimbabwe was whitewashed 5-0 by India this
month and apart from a 2-1 series win over Bangladesh in May, the
southern Africans last won an ODI game in 2011.
Pakistan is No 6 in the ODI rankings, while Zimbabwe is No 10 ahead of only Ireland, Netherlands and Kenya.
Brendan Taylor (captain), Vusi Sibanda, Hamilton Masakadza, Sean
Williams, Timycen Maruma, Malcolm Waller, Elton Chigumbura, Prosper
Utseya, Tinashe Panyangara, Tendai Chatara, Brian Vitori.
Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez,
Umar Amin, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Haris Sohail, Junaid Khan,
Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan.