Pakistan target series win agianst Zimbabwe
LAHORE: Pakistan looking their first win of the series in 17 months in the second game of day-night in Lahore on Friday, hoping to capitalize on the suspension of the man of the Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura.
Pakistan’s victory last day of the series came against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in February 2014 before embarking on a series of five defeats.
After winning the first three games by 41 points in Lahore on Tuesday Pakistan captain Azhar Ali said he hoped his team would enjoy Chigumbura’s lack after the skipper struck 117 visits 95 balls, but was slapped with a two games ban for slow over-rate.
“I think that Elton was in great shape,” said his counterpart Ali who fell three short reports in the regulated time Tuesday.
“He (Chigumbura) was their captain, so this is a great loss for Zimbabwe, obviously as an opponent we wanted an entire side Zimbabwe, but in a way an advantage for us and we would capitalize on it . “
Pakistan posted 375-3 – their highest total against Zimbabwe in every game day – 334-5 leaks before Tuesday, a concern for Ali.
“Our staff is doing very well, but slots are very good for batting if sometimes it becomes difficult for the bowlers and we need to improve in this area,” he said.
Opener Hamilton Masakadza, which will now lead Zimbabwe, hopes his side would be able to overcome the loss of Chigumbura and Craig Ervine way for drummer.
Ervine missed both the Twenty20 match because of flu before injuring his hamstring in the one-day international.
“Is obviously big hit on two fronts, in terms of the way he’s been batting and also in terms of leadership there on the field,” said Masakadza.
“But thing is done is done, we must go on from here and hope that the guy sitting on the stage and fill his shoes,” said Masakdza, which has already been captain in seven games, but lost all.
“Obviously we havent played this bad cricket, we’ve got in good positions sometimes so in a fair a matter of working to ensure that we get the same positions, but try to make sure that we follow through with better results, “he added.
Zimbabwe is the first country to play test visit Pakistan in six years after the suspension of international cricket in the country following the 2009 attacks on the bus of the Sri Lankan team in Lahore.
The series is being solid under high security with 4,000 police deployed play in and around the Gaddafi stadium.