Pakistan is currently hosting Zimbabwe for a limited over series comprising of 3 ODIs and as many T20Is. This is the first series that they are featuring in after the prolonged break caused due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Pakistan put up an all-round performance to register a clinical win in their first ODI by defeating Zimbabwe by 26 runs at Rawalpindi on Friday (October 30)
Former Pakistan seamer, Shoaib Akhtar, however, was displeased by the actions of their wicket-keeper, Mohammad Rizwan, who was seen giving regular instructions to the bowlers. The Pakistan veteran has a reputation of not shying away from making bold remarks and he did so once again by calling Rizwan out for his constant chatter and asked him to wait for his turn for captaincy.
“Rizwan needs to speak less and not act as captain behind the stumps. He will be the captain in times to come but for now he needs to stop giving too many instructions to bowlers about where to bowl. Just tell him about what the batsman is trying to do and leave the rest to the bowler,” said Akhtar on PTV Sports.
The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ was annoyed by the way Rizwan was trying to show his authority on the field.
“It was very awkward and made me extremely uncomfortable. Also, without crowd noise these things get amplified when you are listening on television,” he added.
Interestingly, Rizwan is one of the top contenders alongside Babar Azam to replace Azhar Ali as Pakistan’s test captain.
Batting first, the hosts were powered by the half-centuries of Imam-Ul-Haq (58) and Haris Sohail (71) to put up a decent total of 281 runs on the board. They had struggled to score runs in the middle overs which was evident by the high dot ball percentage but did well to make a comeback in the last 10 overs to take the team to a competitive total.
Pakistan were firm favourites to win at the halfway mark and Shaheen Afridi got them off to a flyer by dismissing both their openers within the powerplay. But Brendan Taylor(112) showed great character to ensure Zimbabwe put up a strong fight and batted beautifully to bring up his 11th ODI ton. He was well supported by Craig Irwine (41) and Wesley Madhvere (55). His heroics were over-shadowed by brilliant death bowling by the duo of Shaheen Afridi and Wahab Riaz as they choked Zimbabwe resulting in a batting collapse at the back end of the innings. Shaheen Afridi picked up 5 wickets while Wahab Riaz ended with 4 wickets to his name as Zimbabwe fell short by 26 runs.
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