The Zimbabwe national cricket side has to turn on the magic and produce a winning formula as they take on visiting Pakistan in their third ODI set for Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo tomorrow.
After going down to the visitors in the first two of the five ODI matches, the Chevrons cannot afford another defeat as it will seal their fate in the series.
Coming on the back of another disappointing T20 tri series that also included Australia in Harare, Lalchand Rajput’s charges need a result that can restore not only their confidence but that of their fans.
In an interview on the sidelines of the team’s training session at the match venue, the former Indian cricketer and former Afghanistan coach Rajput, believes that his side is making steady progress and results will soon come by.
He, however, called upon his side to improve on its batting to reach 270 runs and above to be able to be competitive especially when playing against strong international sides such as Pakistan.
“As we saw in the T20 as well because we showed improvement in the last two matches. Our boys have tried to adopt it. As the days go on, our matches go on, we will do much better. I’m very confident and the players are looking very positive,” Rajput said.
Skipper Hamilton Masakadza who was the pick of the Chevrons’ batting line up with 59 runs concurred with his coach, expressing the need to improve in the area.
“I feel that with the batting we haven’t built enough partnerships and we haven’t played as well as we can in the middle period. We faced too many dots in both games. Guys need to rotate the strike a little bit better and not hit the fielders as much. I think once we do that, we put ourselves in a position of building bigger scores,” he said.
In the first ODI, Zimbabwe lost the match by 201 runs after posting a paltry total of 107 all out before going down in the second one by 9 wickets following a total of 194 all out.