As we know Pakistan has already won the series with four consecutive victories in last four matches. The home side Zimbabwe have just one last chance to prove that they are something in cricket. Faheem Ashraf, Usman Khan, and Shadab Khan these three Pakistani bowlers took 27 wickets in four matches and all of them took Equal wickets. Fakhar Zaman scored 430 runs in four innings with highest 210 not out, Imam-ul-Haq 285, the third most runs scorer from last four ODI’s is H Masakadza with 98 runs. The weather remains cool in Bulawayo, but the pitch has dried out since the first game, and another runfest could be on the cards, particularly if Pakistan bat first.
Pakistan have won the toss and chose to bat first.
Sarfraz: “Looks like a good pitch. We’re going with the same batting line-up. Yasir Shah is not playing, neither is Usman Shenwari. Our target while starting the ODI series was to win, need to finish on a high note as well. Everything is good here, but we haven’t seen the country much. The groundstaff have worked very hard. We’ll try to do the whitewash (5-0)” — Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan and Mohammad Amir return to the XI.
Masakadza: “Last game, not been good for us, but one opportunity to put a good performance. The biggest thing is we need to take our chances, and restrict Pakistan with the ball. Told the boys to keep their heads up and keep the past behind. Quite a few changes. Both our pacers picked up injuries.” Mpofu and Chatara come in.
Zim v Pak highlights today – Fifth one day international from Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) Sunday 22nd July 2018.
Pakistan team/playing XI
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk) Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz (3), Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan.
Zimbabwe team/playing XI
H Masakadza (capt), TS Kamunhukamwe, PS Masvaure, PJ Moor, E Chigumbura, R Murray (wk), DT Tiripano, LN Roche, WP Masakadza, CB Mpofu, TL Chatara.
Match Timings: 07:15 GMT | 09:15 Local | 12:15 PKT
Umpires – Ian Gould, Russell Tiffin
TV Umpires – Langton Rusere
Match Referee – Ranjan Madugalle
Reserve Umpire – Jeremiah Matibiri
Match number – ODI no. 4021
Pakistan played two combinations across four games, and have played nearly every batting reserve on the bench other than Mohammad Hafeez and Haris Sohail – who had to return home after his daughter’s illness. Mohammad Nawaz is the only bowler unused throughout the ODIs. There is a chance Hafeez and Nawaz could be given a chance, but Pakistan is doing so well anything they do looks like it might come off
Zimbabwe don’t have too many options on the bench that are likely to make a difference, or they’d have tried them out by now. They have lost with each combination they tried, every game more convincingly than the last. They may make one or two changes, but a change in the result would be one of the upsets of the year.