Afridi comes back into the attack and will be looking to make a mark on this encounter. Taylor gets down on one knee and sweeps powerfully to collect another four runs.
Junaid is bending his back, but the pace is coming onto the bat nicely. Misbah may well be ruing his decision to bat first when there was some moisture in the wicket.
Ajmal is the only bowler who has looked genuinely threatening. Masakadza is playing with confidence though and lofts Ajmal over extra cover for another boundary.
Junaid is back to have a burst at Taylor. The Zimbabwean captain hits through the line and cleans mid-off. The lofted drive earns him his first boundary.
A very fine sweep earns Masakadza a rare boundary off Ajmal. The first sign of the Doosrah beats the outside edge. Just the boundary coming from a top class over.
Irfan now has Taylor in his sights and will be looking to trouble him with some extra pace before he has settled. 50 for Masakadza as he hits the sweeper on the off-side. This is a real chance for Pakistan to push up the required rate, while Zimbabwe consolidate.
Ajmal comes back into the attack as a wicket is desperately needed. WICKET. Sibanda plays back when he should have been forward, perhaps because he was trying to read it off the pitch. The orthodox off-break has crash into his pads and Sibanda is given out lbw. Taylor is the new man to the wicket.
Irfan drags one down and Masakadza pulls powerfully through straight mid-wicket to start the over with a boundary. The 100 partnership is brought up which has put the hosts in a dominant position. Sibanda brings up his 50 with a lovely pull through the leg-side for four.
Afridi continues after the break. A string of singles keeps the scoreboard ticking over. A leading edge just loops over the bowlers head, but no harm done.
Pakistan will hope that the drinks break has broken the batsmen's concentration. Irfan comes back into the attack. Zimbabwe look to be cruising, but a wicket will make Pakistan believe that they can get on top of their inexperienced hosts.
Boom Boom rushes through another economical over. It however doesn't cause any real problem for the batsmen.
Hafeez finds a genuine edge but Sibanda smiles after picking up four runs through the vacant slip region. After the early boundary, the strike is rotated nicely which makes it a productive over.
Afridi is just bowling slightly too flat. He holds one up and it just stops in the wicket and hits the slice of the bat. It seems a far more effective way to bowl. A slower one beats the edge and is then followed by a quick delivery which is easily guided for three runs.
All of a sudden, the momentum seems to be shifting. The batsmen are picking out the fielders in the circle and the spinners are rushing through the overs, causing the required rate to creep up.
The first sign of air from Afridi extracts a little bit of trurn. While the batsmen are just looking to push singles, it is definitely worth the spinners tossing a few up.
Hafeez doesn't have the bag of tricks that the other two spinners possess, but his accuracy makes the orthodox off-spinner difficult to get on top of.
Risk free rotation of strike seems to be the Zimbabwean game plan. Afridi needs to make a break through, as even the Pakistani fielders have started to drop in intensity.
The lack of turn is allowing the batsmen to play a wicket-to-wicket spinner like Hafeez to long-on and long-off regularly. A good over though traps Sibanda at the strikers end.
Afridi replaces Ajmal and will bowl some quick leg-breaks. There is no real turn on offer, so the spinners may have to reply on some flight and guile.
Hafeez is worked down to long-on to bring up the 50 for the hosts. A typically tight over rushes by, but Zimbabwe are under no pressure in terms of the required run rate.
Ajmal strays onto the pads and Sibanda flicksd it with the spin over square-leg for another boundary. The batsmen are looking very comfortable and Zimbabwean supporters will start to believe.
A double change see's the other off-spinner, Hafeez, come into the attack. He rushes through his overs and tries to apply pressure through dot balls. Just two runs come from his first over.
Pakistan have turned to their start bowler. Ajmal comes into the attack to make a break-through and put the breaks on the scoring rate. A steady start as the off-spinner hits a great length straight away.
Sibanda joins the party as he gets up onto his toes and nicely cuts down on the ball, beats point and starts the Irfan over with a boundary. Hitting the ropes early in an over takes all the pressure off the batsmen, and Zimbabwe are doing it well. A square back-foot drives, once again off his tip-toes, earns Sibanda another four runs. He is so easy on the eye when batting well.
Another Junaid over starts with a Masakadza cut that finds the boundary. The bowler now has to rescue the over. The wicket has definitely flattened out since this morning. It is clear to see as Masakadza drives on the up and finds the gap in the covers to earn another boundary. A pull stroke seals the over as the ball just bounces once before crossing the mid-wicket boundary.
Sibanda starts the Irfan over with a text book cover drive that races to the fence. The batsmen are starting to look more comfortable with the steep bounce.
Short, wide and Masakadza cracks Junaid through point for the first boundary of the innings. A very good over apart from the one loose delivery that was punished.
Both batsmen have understandable hung on the back-foot to Irfan. Consequently, the odd full delivery has caused some real problems. a Lovely back-foot drive gives Sibanda three and the first runs scored off the bat for Zimbabwe.
Junaid takes the other new white ball and immediately swings one down the leg-side, conceding a wide. He is finding it difficult to control the shape, resulting in three wides. If he gets it right, the movement will be tough to combat.
Irfan will open the bowling from a considerable height. Early wickets will be the key for both sides. Irfan starts well, its a maiden.
It was an innings where the momentum shifted. Aided by too many extra's and some poor fielding, Pakistan survived the initial overs and built a solid foundation. The visitors then took control in the middle overs and scored freely against the part-time bowlers who Taylor tried to get out of the way as early as possible. The hosts then fought back in the last 15 overs through their recognised bowlers and a much improved fielding performance. The end result is that Pakistan reached a par score of 244/7 on a pitch that offers a little bit of assistance for the bowlers. Zimbabwe will have to bat well against a strong bowling attack in order to challenge the target.
Panyangara hits a length and Misbah dispatches it for six over mid-wicket to start the final over. Misbah is turning down the singles now, he wants to clear the boundary a more times. A full-toss flies over the club house on the square-leg boundary. The innings ends ends with another two runs to Misbah who ends on 83 not out.
Misbah is on the attack, but he can't seem to find the boundary. Chatara will be happy to go for a run a ball at this stage, as long as he defends the boundaries. A good spell comes to an end, Chatara will be happy with his days work.
Vetori starts is final over. He has come back very well after a difficult start and has brought his team back into the contest. Pakistan are showing some desperate running, but the time has surely come for some stroke play. WICKET. Sarfraz has been adjudged run out by the third umpire, when the evidence suggested that he was in.
Chatara returns to bowl his last two overs. DROPPED. The first sign of aggression shown by Misbah gives an opportunity on the mid-wicket fence. Sibanda was slow off the rope and misses it completely, resulting in a boundary. The charge has possibly started as Pakistan lift the tempo.
Vetori continues to hit a length, while the batsmen are showing very little urgency. If you didn't see the amount of overs bowled, one would think it was the middle of the innings where singles are the order of the day.
Sarfraz is struggling with the ball still moving around a little off the pitch. Another fine over from Panyangara who is finding the yorker regularly.
WICKET. Vetori drops short and Sohail cracks it off the back-foot. Utseya dives away and takes a spectacular one-handed catch at short-cover. Sohail can't believe it but he has to be on his way.
Panyangara has three overs remaining. He will hope that all his good work at the start is not ruining by an expensive last few overs. A single brings up the Pakistan 200. Misbah is still happy to rotate the strike. It can't be too long before he tee's off.
Vetori is sticking to hitting a length, even at this stage of the innings. There is still just enough in the wicket to make it effective. WICKET. Afridi nearly swings himself off his feet, but only succeeds in getting a faint edge which is taken behind the stumps. The hosts are fighting back really well in the latter stages.
Utseya is back now that the powerplay is over and he can have some more protection on the boundary. A single brings up the 50 for Misbah. Too short and Afridi clubs it through square-leg for four. Just six off the over is a good return for Zimbabwe.
Vetori is back and immediately Afridi has a wild swing outside the off-stump. Too leg-side and Afridi works through square-leg to register his first boundary. Another wild swing and a miss. If Boom Boom connects than we will need another ball because this one will vanish.
Taylor is ringing the changes, to not allow any bowler to be lined up in the powerplay. Panyangara is back and Misbah looks content to play risk free cricket. WICKET. Amin is run out at the bowlers end attempting to come back for the second. Afridi is the new man to the crease and he can hit a very long ball. The powerplay has worked well for the hosts.
After a single over, Chatara replaces Vetori. WICKET. Some width is offered and Hafeez steers it straight to the short thrid-man who safely completes the catch. Amin joins his captain in the middle.
Utseya is given the responsibility of bowling in the powerplay, This is definitely a gamble by Taylor. A deft touch past the keeper yields two runs for Hafeez.
It's time for the powerplay, which brings Vetori back to the bowling crease. Zimbabwe need a couple wickets or this could get messy. Misbah soaks up some dots balls, placing pressure on his partner. The good news for the hosts is that the powerplay has forced them to go back to their recognised bowlers who will make the batsmen work a little harder for their runs.
Utseya has been recalled, in an attempt to help dry up the runs. A good return is ruined by the last ball which is short and cut for four by Hafeez.
Williams is doing a decent job for his captain. It is definitely time to get a recognised bowler on at the other end as this is just too easy for Pakistan.
The 150 comes up off the first ball of Masakadza's second over. Pakistan are now in a wonderful position heading into the batting powerplay. Too short, and Misbah cuts powerfully to the point boundary as the runs continue to flow.
Waller performs a great diving stop on the mid-wicket boundary to prevent another Williams full-toss costing a boundary. A reasonable for Zimbabwe, goes for just four runs.
Masakadza is the newest member of the bowling attack. He strays down the leg-side and is glanced for a fine boundary by Hafeez before a late-cut yields another four runs. The fifth bowler is costing far too many runs for Zimbabwe.
Hafeez punches Williams to long-off to bring up his 50 off just 49 deliveries. A much better over see's a little turn and costs just three runs.
Waller starts the over with a friendly knee-high full-toss. Hafeez cracks it through cover for four and will now be happy to rotate the strike for the rest of the over. Short, wide and four more runs are added to the total after a Hafeez square-cut. Another boundary comes off a late-cut and Pakistan are cruising.
Another bowling change see's Williams bowl some left-arm orthodox. Taylor is obviously trying to get through the ration of his fifth bowler's overs as quickly as possible. It seems too easy for the batsmen at the moment as the part-time bowlers struggle.
Waller comes into the attack as the second off-spinner. The batsmen have a good look at the new bowler and just milk him for five singles.
Chigumbura is managing to string a few dots together against Misbah who is starting characteristically slowly. This should give the bowler some much needed confidence.
Misbah is finding it difficult to work Utseya into the gaps, as the field placement is spot on. As soon as Hafeez gets on strike, he crashes a six straight over long-on to bring up the 100. Pakistan will be very happy to only have lost two wickets at the half-way mark. It will allow them to attack the powerplay and cash in at the death.
The change is made, but at the end that we didn't expect. Chigumbura replaces Chatara and like many before him, delivers a wide in his first over. Too short and pulled dismissively by Hafeez to the square-leg boundary. Chigumbura needs to be full and draw the batsmen forward at his pace, especially since there is a little bit in the wicket for him.
Taylor persists with Utseya, who manages to trap Misbah at the strikers end. Just one run off the over is a very good come back by the off-spinner.
It seems to be a different game when the seamers are bowling. Chatara continues to ask questions. It may be time for a change at the other end. A testing maiden is completed.
Utseya continues, a decision aided by the wicket in the previous over. Misbah reverse-sweeps and collects his first boundary. The spinner is proving to be very expensive.
Chatara plugs away at a length and makes life difficult. It looks as if the Pakistani batsmen have decided to attack the spinner. WICKET. Jamshed finally gets a scratch outside the off-stump and Taylor does the rest behind the stumps. The skipper is the new man to the crease. His arrival may see the end of Pakistan's attack for a while.
The wicket-taker continues after the drinks break. Zimbabwe will be hoping that the break in play brings a wicket, as it so often does. Singles are worked throughout the over as the batsmen play themselves in again. Hafeez feels he is in as he advances and hits a straight six. DROPPED. Hafeez tries to repeat the dose but hits it too flat. The long-off, Panyangara, palms it over the boundary for another six.
Chatara along with Utseya have combined well and are now applying some pressure on Pakistan. If the visitors can keep wickets in hand then they do have the power hitters to increase the run rate at the death. Hafeez smiles as he is beaten outside the off-stump. The Pakistani quick bowlers will be wondering why they didn't bowl first.
The wicket-taker continues and should be able to get through a few dot balls to the new man at the crease. Just two runs off an over that flew by.
Chatara continues ton steam in, and immediately squares the new man up. There are now two slips in place for Hafeez as Zimbabwe go on the attack.
Utseya will look to rush through the overs, building pressure in that manner. Shehzad won't let him dominate though, sweeping hard to collect a boundary. WICKET. Shehzad drags his back-foot and is stumped by Taylor. Hafeez walks to the middle in need of some runs.
Chatara finds the edge, this time the slip collects it cleanly, but the ball dropped just short. Shehzad survives another close call. The 50 partnership comes up with another single.
Panyangara gets a break after a six over spell. Utseya comes into the attack to bowl some off-breaks. He starts around the wicket, looking to straighten the ball down the line of the stumps, bringing lbw into play.
Chatara has settled into a rhythm, making the batsman defend off the front foot. A very good over which will build a little pressure.
A great contest between bat and ball. The batsmen rotate the strike, looking comfortable, and then a beauty beats the outside edge. DROPPED. Shehzad drives away from his body and the ball loops to cover, who drops another easy chance. Both batsmen should be back in hut.
The first change in bowling, Chatara replaces Vetori. It hasn't taken long for the new bowler to join the party and add to the wides column. Pakistan will be very happy with this start. The moisture is all by gone and a solid platform has been built.
The disease is spreading. Panyangara hangs one outside the off-stump but it is called wide. The bowler recovers by beating the bat on consecutive deliveries.
Vetori over-pitches and Jamshed plays his first aggressive stroke of the morning. A beautiful straight drive brings him his first boundary. Another wide down the leg-side as the bowler tried to dig it in and make the batsman hop. Another short delivery is edged down the leg-side and just avoids Taylor behind the stumps. A half-chance goes begging and Jamshed is living a charmed life. Three wides already in this over is really letting the team down.
Bowling is just as much a partnership as batting. Panyangara is carrying the partnership this morning. DROPPED. Jamshed edges a hip high sitter to second slip but Sibanda drops the chance.
Vetori drops short and Shehzad climbs all over the square cut. That brings the first boundary of the morning off the bat. Vetori's has very little control over his line this morning. Nine runs off the over is allowing the batsmen to see off Panyangara from the other end.
Panyangara concedes his first runs, but is doing all that is asked of him. He is pitching the ball up to the bat, is finding a bit of movement and is asking some questions of the batsman's technique.
Four leg-byes starts Vetori's second over to release the pressure that the previous over built. The left-arm quick recovers well. He is attacking the stumps and doesn't concedes just one run off the bat.
Panyangara adjusts his line to the right-hander very nicely. A great start as the big opening bowler is still to concede a run after two overs.
Vetori takes the other new ball and will look to find the swing which makes him so dangerous. Shehzad gets Pakistan off the mark as he nudges two runs off his hip. Taylor said at the toss that his team needed to cut down on extra's, but the first wide has already been delivered.
Panyangara takes the first of the new balls. There is a little swing immediately, which often happens with these early starts. A maiden sets the tone nicely for the hosts.
It is the same pitch that was used for the second T20. It was an absolute road the other day, but there are a few cracks that could cause an issue for the side batting second. Pakistan will be hoping that the pitch becomes slower in the afternoon and their spinners can strangle the Zimbabwean batsmen.
Misbah has been informed at the toss that he is the first captain to lead Pakistan in 50 successive ODIs.
Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Amin, Misbah-ul-Haq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Haris Sohail, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan. The big change from the T20 series is that Misbah is back as captain.
V Sibanda, H Masakadza, BRM Taylor, SC Williams, T Maruma, MN Waller, E Chigumbura, P Utseya, T Panyangara, TL Chatara, BV Vitori
Misbah-ul-Haq has triumphed in the flip of the coin and Pakistan will bat first.
Hello and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of the first ODI - in the three-match series - between Zimbabwe and Pakistan at the Harare Sports Club.