Batting first, Pakistan scored 281 for eight wickets. After this, the visiting team Zimbabwe was bundled out for 255 runs in 49.4 overs.
Fast bowlers Shaheen Shah Afridi and Wahab Riaz combined to take nine wickets as Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe by 26 runs on Friday in the first ODI. Pakistan was playing its first ODI after October last year. Batting first, Pakistan scored 281 for eight wickets. Harris Sohail scored 71 runs while Imam ul Haq scored 58 runs for the team. Blessing Mujarbani and Tendai Chisoro took two wickets each from Zimbabwe.
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In response, Zimbabwe's team came close to the target thanks to the centuries of Brendan Taylor (112) and the innings of Wesley Madhvere (55) and Craig Irwin (41). However Afridi (five wickets for 49 runs) and Wahab (four wickets for 41 runs) eventually reduced the visiting team to 255 runs in 49.4 overs. Imad Wasim took one wicket.
At one time Zimbabwe's total score was 115 runs for 4 wickets. From his side, wicket-keeper batsman Taylor scored 112 runs in 117 balls with the help of 11 fours and 3 sixes. Talking about Zimbabwe's batting apart from Taylor, his 6 batsmen could not even touch the figure of ten.