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Hosts Pakistan win ODI Series with one match in hand

Pakistan recorded their second consecutive victory over Zimbabwe, defeating the vistitors by six wickets in the second One-day International at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium on Sunday.

Chasing a moderate target of 207, Pakistan crossed the finishing line in 35.1 overs with skipper Babar Azam sealing the victory with a towering six over long-off . Azam engineered the easy victory with an unbeaten 77 from 74 balls. He hit seven fours and two sixes.

Opener Imam-ul-Haq made 49 and along with his partner Abid Ali (22) provided a solid start of 68 runs. Later 20-year-old debutant Haider Ali played a confident breezy innings of 24-ball 29, laced with two sixes and a boundary.

Iftikhar Ahmed, giving a good support to Babar, made 16 and remained not out. For Zimbabwe, left-arm pacer Tendai Chisoro took 2-49.

Earlier, part-time off-spinner Iftikhar completed a five-wicket haul to bundle out Zimbabwe for just 206. His 5-40 from 10 overs also included two maiden. Fast bowler Mohammad Musa, another 20-year-old debutant, claimed 2-21.

Sean Williams top scored for Zimbabwe with 75 and his 70-ball innings was laced with ten fours and a six. He was followed by Brendan Taylor, the century-maker in the first ODI at the same venue, who made 36 and Brian Chari, who scored 25.

The final match in the three-game series at the same venue on Tuesday.

Sunday’s match was also a milestone 210th ODI for Pakistani umpire Aleem Dar, beating the world record of 209 he held jointly with South Africa’s Rudi Koertzen.

Aleem already holds the records for officiating in the most Test matches (132) and the most international matches (387) of any umpire.

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