Harare: Legspinner Yasir Shah returned career-best figures as Pakistan routed Zimbabwe by 131 runs in the first of three one-day internationals at Harare Sports Club yesterday.
Yasir Shah celebrates a Zimbabwe wicket with ’keeper Sarfraz Ahmed in Harare yesterday. Pic/AFP
Chasing a target of 260 after a century stand by Mohammad Rizwan and Imad Wasim had rescued the Pakistan innings, Zimbabwe were bowled out for just 128 with Shah recording figures of 6 for 26.
The hosts had gained the upper hand by winning the toss and reducing Pakistan to 128-5, but Rizwan and Wasim added 124 for the sixth wicket.
Both batsmen ended up scoring at a run a ball on a dry surface, with Rizwan finishing unbeaten on 75 and Wasim run out for 61 in the final over of the innings.
Zimbabwe attempted to build their reply with a steady start, but Shah struck in his first and third overs before going on to run through the middle order.
Shoaib Malik also chipped in with three wickets as the Zimbabwean innings lasted just 37 overs.
Pakistan 259-6 in 50 overs (M Rizwan 75*, I Wasim 61; J Nyumbu 1-39) beat Zimbabwe 128 in 37 overs (S Williams 26, E Chigumbura 22; Yasir Shah 6-26) by 131 runs