The new youngster, superstar of the Pakistan cricket team Fakhar Zaman still shining from champions trophy 2017. He scored 177 runs in first two ODI’s with his highest 117 not out and he is the most runs scorer so far, Imam-ul-Haq scored 172 runs with highest 128, H Masakadza scored 66 runs. Usman Khan took six wickets, Hasan Ali took four and Shadab Khan took also four wickets so far. In second ODI Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bat first and scored 194 runs all out in 49.2 overs. Pakistan scored 195 runs with one wicket down in 36 Overs. In today’s match, weather conditions will be the same but the pitch will be different than the first two games.
The pitch isn’t expected to be significantly different to the ones where the first two games were played. True surface, good bounce and carry. Plenty of runs to be had if Zimbabwe’s batsmen are prepared to apply themselves against a solid attack. “Yes there are plans of making changes in the playing eleven after sealing the series win. Our target was to win the series and once we will be able to achieve that, our focus will be on testing our bench strength” Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has hinted at changes in the side. Will Yasir Shah finally get a look in? Oh yes, Yasir is back, as is Junaid Khan
Zim v Pak highlights today – Third one day international from Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) Wednesday 18th June 2018.
Zimbabwe have won the toss and chose to bat first.
Pakistan team/playing XI
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan.
Zimbabwe team/playing XI
CJ Chibhabha, PS Masvaure, H Masakadza*, TK Musakanda, PJ Moor, E Chigumbura, R Murrayâ , TS Chisoro, WP Masakadza, B Muzarabani, R Ngarava.
Zimbabwe LLLLW (last five completed matches, most recent first)
Umpires – Jeremiah Matibiri, Ian Gould
TV Umpires –
Match Referee – Ranjan Madugalle
Reserve Umpire – Langton Rusere
Match number – ODI no. 4019
For Pakistan, it simply remains to be seen how many new players they want to blood. Haris Sohail has flown home after his daughter was taken ill, which almost certainly means Pakistan will not disrupt an opening combination that has registered century stands in each of the first two games. Amir may well be rested, while Yasir might come in.
Zimbabwe didn’t make any changes for the second game, but that may partially be because the options on the bench aren’t particularly inspiring. Elton Chigumbura looks out of touch with the bat, but he could come in as Zimbabwe look for fireworks down the order. However, that would deprive them of a fifth bowling option, and that would require further rejigging in the starting XI. The lack of options Zimbabwe have is, quite frankly, astonishing.