Faheem claims five-wicket haul as Zimbabwe all out for 67

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Faheem claims five-wicket haul as Zimbabwe all out for 67

BULAWAYO: A depleted Zimbabwe were left regretting their decision to bat first as Pakistan pacers tore through their top and middle order, reducing the hosts to 66-9 in the third one-day international at Bulawayo on Wednesday. 

Faheem Ashraf was leading the bowling attack with four wickets, while Junaid Khan, making his return to the playing XI, claimed two scalps. 

Fresh off a nine-wicket win in the second ODI, Pakistan are already 2-0 up in the series, while Zimbabwe continue to struggle with a string of defeats, first in the tri-series and then back-to-back defeats in the first two ODIs against Pakistan.

On Monday, in-form Fakhar Zaman cracked a career-best 117 as Pakistan dominated with both the bat and ball to win the second ODI. Zaman's hundred was his second in ODIs after his barnstorming 114 in last year’s Champions Trophy final against India.

Not to be left behind, Pakistan’s seam attack was also instrumental in the win as they bowled the hosts out for 194.

Usman Khan took four wickets and Hasan Ali chipped in with three for 32 to put Pakistan 2-0 up in the five-match ODI series. 

Playing XI

Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Yasir Shah, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan

Zimbabwe: C Chibhabha, P Masvaure, H Masakadza (c), T Musakanda, P Moor, E Chigumbura, R Murray, T Chisoro, W Masakadza, B Muzarabani, R Ngarava

 AP