Pakistan did not seem to be winning in the first half of Zimbabwe’s innings in the first ODI as the opponent’s run rate was going pretty fine. Until Wahab Riaz and Shaheen Shah Afridi stroke magnificently contributing nine wickets to win the game for their country by a decent margin of 26 runs.
Wahab, who grabbed four crucial wickets, was apparently dropped from the second ODI’s playing XI and it was shocking to see. Do you wonder why? CricTribune have analyzed that due to the rotation policies, the bowler might have been dropped. Also, to give and try the chance to debutant Musa who received his debut ODI cap from Wahab this morning.
Another reason might be their (PCB) prior announcement as they said they are looking to try different combinations in the upcoming fixtures in order to dig out the best ones for the future.
Pak vs Zim, 2nd ODI: Do you wonder why Wahab Riaz was dropped despite his terrific performance grabbing four wickets in the first ODI?
In the second ODI, where Musa was chosen in place of Wahab Riaz, he managed to grab two wickets in 6.1 overs conceding 2 runs at an economy of 3.41. Although he grabbed one of the wickets from the lower-order hunting Carl Mumba, but also picked Craig Ervine who might have been destructive being third in the batting order of Zimbabwe.
However, Pakistan now lead 2-0 and will be looking to a white-wash by winning the third ODI that is scheduled for 3rd November. The remaining schedule is posted below:
3 Nov – 3rd ODI Pindi Cricket Stadium
4 Nov – Travel to Lahore
5-6 Nov – Practice at Gaddafi Stadium
7 Nov – 1st T20I Gaddafi Stadium
8 Nov – 2nd T20I, Gaddafi Stadium
10 Nov – 3rd T20I, Gaddafi Stadium
12 Nov – Zimbabwe departure for Harare