Zimbabwe Select clinch one-day series against Pakistan Shaheens

They win the series 4-2

By Web Desk
May 27, 2023
Craig Ervine scored 195 runs against Pakistan Shaheens in last one-day - Zimbabwe Cricket

Zimbabwe Select won the six-match one-day international (ODI) series 4-2 against Pakistan Shaheens in Harare Saturday.

Mubasir Khan's 115 went in vain and so did skipper Kamran Ghulam's half-century as the home team's bowlers outclassed the Shaheens' battling line-up to defend their total.

The Shaheens fell 32 runs short and were all out on 353 in 49.2 overs.

Apart from Ghulam and Khan, Rohail Nazir also performed well with the bat as he smashed 87 runs. Opener Haseebullah Khan also tried to give a good start to his side as she scored 35 runs.

Sikandar Raza shined for Zimbabwe Select as he picked up three scalps, while Blessing Muzarabani, Tanaka Chivanga, and Luke Jongwe took two wickets each.

Sean Williams got one wicket.

Earlier, left-handed batter Craig Ervine convincingly drove Zimbabwe Select to a mammoth total of 385-7.

After electing to field first under a new captain Kamran Ghulam, Shaheens got an early breakthrough in just the first over. Mohammad Ali bagged opener Joylord Gumbie with the skipper taking a simple catch.

Shaheens didn't know what was coming their way as Ervine alongside Innocent Kaia scored a magnificent partnership of 187 runs for the second wicket.

The two batters rattled Shaheens' bowling line as the bowlers looked clueless. Only a run-out could work for Shaheens to send Ervin back to the pavilion. But, that too was late.

Ervin smashed 195 runs off 148 balls including 22 boundaries and six maximums at a handsome strike rate of 131.75 

Kaia, after getting into a solid partnership with Ervine, departed for 92 off 79 deliveries. His innings included 10 boundaries and three maximums.

Shahnawaz Dahani remained too expensive as he conceded 105 runs in his 10 overs. Ali and Aamer Jamal bagged two wickets each whereas Mubasir Khan and Qasim Akram took a wicket each.