Faheem Ashraf wicket of Musakanda, 1st ODI 2018

Another wicket for Pakistan and another poor shot selection from the Zimbabwean batsmen. So far Zimbabwean team has lost three wickets and all of them were not so good shots on a wicket which has been helping the bowlers. Zimbabwe should take the example from Pakistan team in batting. Faheem Ashraf has picked up this third wicket. Musakanda who was playing well once again tried to muscle the ball on the leg side. Now this Bulawayo wicket is not one of those where you can hit every ball out of the park. This is a wicket which asks the batters to spend time first. Pakistan bowling and catching has been good so far. They have taken three wickets and all of these wickets came to catches. Usman has picked up two wickets so far and now Faheem has joined the party as well. Faheem is another good talent in the Pakistan cricket team. He is the all-rounder who might replace the likes of Abdul Razzaq.

Faheem first rose to fame when he helped Pakistan won a practice game against Bangladesh during the Champions Trophy 2017. After that he has been playing limited overs cricket regularly for the Pakistan team. Faheem is really good with the bat and ball. He is a genuine all-rounder and many of the fans believe that if Faheem keeps on learning and works hard then surely he can become a perfect replacement for the like of Abdul Razzaq and Azhar Mahmood. Azhar at the moment is the bowling coach for the Pakistan team so Faheem can learn a lot from him at this moment. Faheem so far has been bowling really well and he is a continuous performer with the ball. He keeps on getting wickets and with the bat he has not been able to hit something big though. But Pakistan is moving in the right direction as this team is now inducting young fresh talent from the domestic cricket.

As for the wicket Musakanda did not pick this one at all. He wanted to heave the ball on the leg side which was not a good option. This is not a wicket where the batman can hit his shots freely. This is a tricky wicket where the pace on the ball is varying and hence the batters are not getting a firm idea about the average pace of the bowling. This ball hit the top edge of the bat and went straight into the lapse of the Pakistani batsman Shoaib Malik. This is good attacking bowling. Faheem often produces a brilliant ball and this ball was a good one. Zimbabwe are now four wickets down and they are not in a good shape here. Pakistan on the other hand are once again sensing a win here in the opening match of the five match series.



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