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Pakistan wins toss, bats in 1st ODI against Zimbabwe

Pakistan captain Babar Azam gained the toss and elected to bat Friday within the series-opening one-day worldwide in opposition to Zimbabwe on the Pindi Cricket Stadium.

Each groups are opening their World Cup Tremendous League campaigns after the Worldwide Cricket Council has launched the competitors to deliver context to ODI cricket.

The highest seven groups within the league will immediately qualify for the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India. The league options 13 international locations enjoying 4 residence and away three-match ODI sequence.

Babar, who leads Pakistan in Twenty20s, will likely be captaining for the primary time within the ODI format. He was appointed ODI captain in the course of the lockdown for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pakistan gave an ODI debut to quick bowler Haris Rauf, who obtained his cap from bowling coach Waqar Younis earlier than the toss.

The house group has packed its enjoying XI with 4 quick bowlers, with allrounder Faheem Ashraf getting a nod forward of uncapped leg-spinner Usman Qadir.

Zimbabwe, led by Chamu Chibhabha, overlooked skilled batsman Elton Chigumubura for the primary match of the three-match sequence. Quick bowler Blessing Muzarabani returned to ODI format after almost two years.

Lineups:

Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Imam-ul-Haq, Abid Ali, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf

Zimbabwe: Chamu Chibhabha (captain), Sikandar Raza, Brian Chari, Tendai Chisoro, Craig Ervine, Wessley Madhevere, Carl Mumba, Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams.

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