Harare : Pakistan Shaheens secured a victory against Zimbabwe Select in the fifth One-Day match by 177 runs.
Batting first, Pakistan Shaheens scored a massive total of 314 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in the designated 50 overs, which is the highest score by any team in this series.
Zimbabwe Select team managed to score 137 runs in 31.4 overs and got all out.
This is Pakistan Shaheens’ second success in the six-match series. Zimbabwe Select has won three matches. The sixth and final match will be played next week.
Pakistan Shaheens saw the return of Mohammad Haris, Musa Khan, and Abdul Wahid Bangalzai, replacing Imran Butt, Mohammad Hafeez, and Rohail Nazir. However, the leadership responsibility was retained by Hussain Talat.
Zimbabwe made six changes in their team. Sikandar Raza played his first match in the series. Sean Williams took over the captaincy from Wellington Masakadza. Sean Williams won the toss and elected to bat.
Imran Butt and Hasibullah provided an aggressive start to Pakistan Shaheens, scoring a brilliant opening partnership of 139 runs. Hasibullah made 62 runs off 77 balls with the help of 9 boundaries, while Sikandar Raza got an LBW off his 62nd delivery, reaching his half-century.
Imran Butt lost his wicket just one run short of a century after scoring 64 runs off 65 balls, including 1 six and 7 boundaries.
The third batsman to get out was Rohail Nazir, who contributed 55 runs in a partnership of 16 runs with Amir bin Yousuf before getting dismissed.
Kamran Ghulam scored 12 runs, while Hussain Talat added 7 runs. Qasim Akram scored 13 runs with the help of one six and one boundary.
Amir bin Yousuf played a remarkable innings, reaching a half-century in just 52 deliveries, including 4 boundaries and 1 six. He remained not out on 89 runs off 87 balls, hitting 7 boundaries and 6 sixes.
Amir bin Yousuf has scored a total of 619 runs in two Test matches and three One-Day matches on this tour, including 2 centuries and 2 half-centuries.
Amir bin Yousuf and Aamer Jamal added 64 runs together. Aamer Jamal scored 24 runs off 18 balls, including 2 boundaries and 1 six, and remained not out.
Pakistan Shaheens’ bowlers performed exceptionally well, not allowing the host team to settle at any point. The first three wickets of Zimbabwe fell at just 45 runs. After that, Musa Khan dismissed Sikandar Raza and Marumani in the same over.
Wicket-keeper Clever Mavanda top-scored with 41 runs not out. Qasim Akram took 3 wickets, conceding only 9 runs. Shaheen Shah Afridi also took 3 wickets, giving away 29 runs.
Musa Khan dismissed two players.
Aamer Jamal and Musa Khan have taken a total of 19 wickets in this tour, while Shaheen Shah Afridi has taken 16 wickets.
Brief Score: Pakistan Shaheens: 314 runs for 6 wickets (50 overs) Amir bin Yousuf: 89 not out, Imran Butt: 64, Hasibullah Khan: