If there is something we should be worried about as the generality of the Zimbabwe cricket supporters, it is the batting of the Zimbabwe national cricket team. It seems it’s a problem that has no solution to.
Pakistan cruised to an easy 201 runs victory, dismissing Zimbabwe for a measly 107 runs, Shadab shining with impressive figures of 4-32. By the 35th over, Zimbabwe were all out, and Pakistan were the emphatic victors.
Pakistan managed to amass 308 runs for the loss of seven wickets, and even though this was a mammoth target for Zimbabwe, a competitive score in the region of 250 runs and beyond would have been welcome.
The batting crisis seems to be far from over.
This victory is Pakistan’s fifth biggest victory in the ODI format by runs.
Imam ul-Haq’s stoic effort with the bat saw him getting 129 runs, to give Pakistan complete control of the game.
Zimbabwe’s response could have been better, but the early loss of wickets, its continued form and lack of solid partnerships have left the Chevrons licking their wounds.
The issue of batting has been a thorny one, with consistency lacking in the top order of Zimbabwe’s batting line-up.
As the other ODIs will progress, it will be seen whether Zimbabwe will improve in this area, which has been their point of weakness.