3rd ODI: Asif, Hafeez fall in pursuit of 162

Harare: Wicket keeper-batsman Sarfraz Ahmed took the reins for Pakistan as a foot infection forced regular captain Azhar Ali out of Monday’s third and decisive one-day international against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club.

The stand-in skipper’s first act was to win the toss and elect to bowl first, as the tourists looked to bounce back from a shock defeat in the second ODI on Saturday.

Having sat out of that game as Pakistan gave opportunities to other players, in-form allrounder Imad Wasim was recalled in place of Yasir Shah, while Ahmed Shehzad replaced Ali at the top of the order.

Zimbabwe made two changes, with struggling senior batsman Hamilton Masakadza dropped from the side and legspinner Graeme Cremer ruled out by an ankle injury incurred during Saturday’s match.

Malcolm Waller came into the Zimbabwe batting line-up, while Tinotenda Mutombodzi provided a like-for-like replacement for Cremer.

“Neo Web Desk”

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