After crashing to a humiliating 10 wicket defeat to Pakistan, the Zimbabwe cricket team will be hoping to finally register a victory and give their fans something to smile about.
In the second ODI at Harare Sports Club on Sunday, Zimbabwe once again fell short with the bat, posting a 225 run target that was always going to be difficult to defend, given the level of opposition they were facing.
In attempting to defend 225, Zimbabweâ€™s seam attack found no breakthroughs, with Pakistan openers Mohammed Hafeez and Imran Farhat showing no mercy in steering Pakistan to a ruthless 10 wicket win.
While failure to take wickets did no justice to Zimbabweâ€™s cause on Sunday, an unsatisfactory strike rate has proven to be a major cause for concern.
On their way to 228 for 0, Pakistanâ€™s opening batsman Mohamed Hafeez cruised to 139 runs from 147 balls at a strike rate of 94.55%. Imran Farhat who partnered Hafeez scored 75 from 106 balls at a strike rate of 70.75 %.
In sharp contrast, none of Zimbabweâ€™s batsmen that scored at least a half century, managed to match Pakistanâ€™s figures with Hamilton Masakadza scoring 68 off 118 at a strike rate of 57.62 percent, while Brenda Taylor scored 50 from 76 at a strike rate of 65.78, clearly indicating Zimbabweâ€™s rate of scoring as a worrying factor that needs to be worked on.
2-0 down and having already conceded a series defeat, Allan Butcherâ€™s charges will be expected to search for a win that has been so far elusive, as they seek to avoid a 3-0 whitewash defeat to the Asians.