zim cricket team.jpgThe Zimbabwe Cricket Team will be hoping to avoid a series white wash when they play against  Pakistan in a 3rd ODI encounter slated for Harare Sports Club tomorrow.

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, Zimbabwe’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 Zimbabwe’s cause on Sunday, an unsatisfactory strike rate has proven to be a major cause for concern.

 

On their way to 228 for 0, Pakistan’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 Zimbabwe’s batsmen that scored at least a half century, managed to match Pakistan’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 Zimbabwe’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 Butcher’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.