Shaheen Shah and Wahab Riaz plays havoc upon Zimbabwe batting lineup

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Shaheen Shah and Wahab Riaz plays havoc upon Zimbabwe batting lineup

RAWALPINDI - A heroic century by Brendan Taylor went in vain as Pakistan won the first match of the three-match ODI series that is a part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi on Friday evening against Zimbabwe by 26 runs. Left-armers Shaheen Shah Afridi and Wahab Riaz took nine wickets between them to spearhead Pakistan’s victory.

The win earned Pakistan 10 super league points, this was the first super league match for both teams.

Brendan Taylor scored the 11th century of his ODI career but failed to get his side over the line in what turned out to be a thrilling first encounter. The 34-year-old right-hander hit 11 fours and three sixes in his sparking 112-run innings off 117 balls. He became in-form fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi’s third victim as Zimbabwe’s 281-run chase fell away with his dismissal.

Shaheen added two more wickets to his tally to end the match with figures of 10-0-49-5, the second five-wicket haul of his 20-match ODI career.

Zimbabwe were rocked back in their 281-run chase with Afridi accounting for the two openers Brian Chari (2) and captain Chamu Chibhabha (13) in a hostile opening five-over spell that earned him two for 21.