Cricket

Zimbabwe win toss and ask Pakistan to bat

2018-07-13 09:46
Sarfraz Ahmed (Getty Images)

Bulawayo - Zimbabwe have won the toss and opted to field in the first of five one-day internationals against Pakistan at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Friday. 

Zimbabwe captain Hamilton Masakadza had no hesitation in sticking Pakistan in to bat first on a pitch that traditionally aids seamers in the morning. 

The Zimbabweans handed international debuts to wicketkeeper Ryan Murray and off spinner Liam Roche, while Asif Ali will make his ODI debut in Pakistan's middle order. 

There was no space yet for leg spinner Yasir Shah in Pakistan's line-up, however, with 19-year-old leg spinner Shadab Khan the only specialist slow bowler picked by Pakistan. 

Yasir missed Pakistan's tour of England with a stress fracture. Top order batsman Babar Azam, who is also returning from an injury lay-off, was included while left handed opener Imam ul Haq returned to Pakistan's starting XI. 

England's Ian Gould and Zimbabwean Langton Rusere will officiate in the match.

Teams:

Pakistan

Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan.

Zimbabwe

Hamilton Masakadza (captain), Chamu Chibhabha, Brian Chari, Tarisai Musakanda, Peter Moor, Ryan Murray, Donald Tiripano, Liam Roche, Wellington Masakadza, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani.

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