The second ODI between Pakistan and Zimbabwe will be played this Friday at the Gaddafi Stadium In Lahore. Catch the latest Pakistan v Zimbabwe 2nd ODI betting tips below.
Story so far:
The first series in Pakistan has brought smiles to the faces of the home fans but what has been sweeter has been the performance of their own side. On flat tracks, the batsmen have bulldozed the opposition with big scores, batting first or second, and as a result, won both T20Is and the first ODI.
Going into the first ODI of the series, Pakistan were overwhelming favourites to win the game but Zimbabwe’s fighting effort showed what they are capable of. The hosts Pakistan can barely afford a slip-up, especially in the face of it being a series to remember for the home fans.
Pakistan hammered 375 from their 50 overs last game thanks to a Shoaib Malik special. Malik, who was returning to ODI cricket after having last played a game in 2013, hammered 112 from 76 deliveries. He was helped by half-centuries from the bats of Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad and Haris Sohail that allowed their bowlers with a lot to defend.
Zimbabwe batted well in their own right, but never really threatened. After all, Zimbabwe ended at 334 for five, which is their highest ever in ODIs against a Test-playing nation.
The bad news for Zimbabwe is their captain Elton Chigumbura has been banned for two games. Not only do they lose their skipper but also a centurion from the previous game and a batsman in form. Will they be able to overcome that loss?
Wahab Riaz (Pakistan):
He would have been my man-of-the-match. On a highway of a pitch at Lahore, he finished with figures of 3-47 from his 10 overs and had it not been for his efforts, Zimbabwe could well have gotten really close. The other way of looking at it is he bagged three wickets on a flat pitch and was the only bowler to concede less than five an over in the entire game.
Hamilton Masakadza (Zimbabwe):
In the absence of Chigumbura, the batting responsibility will lie on the shoulders of Masakadza, who smashed a 73-ball 73 last game. He didn’t open the innings, which worked out to be a good move and Zimbabwe will hope he can push on from where he left off last match.
Pakistan v Zimbabwe head to head:
Pakistan have won 44 and lost three of their matches to Zimbabwe with one game having ended as a tie.
Pakistan v Zimbabwe betting tips:
First innings century: Yes (5/4)
Azhar Ali to be Pakistan’s top batsman: 7/2 (Coral)
Sikandar Raza to be Zimbabwe’s top batsman: 4/1
Match starts at 4 pm local time (1100 hours GMT) on May 29.