Pakistan win toss, bat against Zimbabwe in first ODI

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Babar Azam (Gallo Images)
Babar Azam (Gallo Images)

Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and opted to bat in the first one-day international against Zimbabwe in Rawalpindi on Friday.

Azam is leading the side for the first time. Pakistan haven't played a one-day international since October last year, when they beat Sri Lanka 2-0 in a home series.

Pakistan handed an ODI debut to 26-year-old fast bowler Haris Rauf, who played five Twenty20 internationals last year.

Pakistan's Aleem Dar is standing in his 209th one-day international, equalling the record for most ODIs as umpire held by South African Rudi Koertzen since 2010.

Teams:

Pakistan

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

Zimbabwe

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

Umpires: Aleem Dar (PAK) and Ahsan Raza (PAK)

TV umpire: Asif Yaqoob (PAK)

Match referee: Mohammad Javed (PAK)

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