Local cricket experts have expressed disappointment with Zimbabweâ€™s failure to convert a commanding position into victory in Zimbabweâ€™s 5-run defeat to Pakistan in the first ODI at Queens Sports Club on Thursday.After coming so close to posting what would have been a famous win over Pakistan, reservations have emerged over Zimbabweâ€™s performance with former national player, David Mutendera and cricket analyst Godfrey Koti indicating Zimbabweâ€™s failure to convert a strong position into victory had cost the team a series lead.
Despite the setback which sees Zimbabwe trailing 1-nil in the 3-match ODI series, Mutendera believes Allan Butchers charges have what it takes to overturn the 1-nil deficit.
After restricting Pakistan to 247 runs, Zimbabwe got off to a solid start thanks to impressive innings by Vusimuzi Sibanda and Brendan Taylor. Despite making 84 runs, captain, Brendan Taylorâ€™s slow strike rate has however been viewed as part of a problem that increased pressure on batsmen that came down the order.
With the 5-run defeat water under the bridge, local cricket fans are expected to throng Harare Sports club in their thousands this Sunday as Zimbabwe attempts to level the series 1-1.