CRICKET-PAK-ZIM

Pakistan win toss, elect to bat first

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Welcome to Dawn.com’s live coverage of the first One-Day International between Pakistan and Zimbabwe from Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.

After two nail-biting finishes in the Twenty20 series marking the return of international cricket to Pakistan, the hosts and Zimbabwe move to the three-match one-day series aiming to build for the future.

Pakistan’s one-day captain Azhar Ali, who did not feature in the Twenty20s, said the huge excitement surrounding the tour had helped the team forget its disastrous 3-0 ODI drubbing in Bangladesh last month.

The Greenshirts have persisted with spinning all-rounder Shoaib Malik and paceman Mohammad Sami, both of whom featured in the Twenty20s, in the one-day squad after a break of two and three years respectively.

For Zimbabwe, the series represents another shot at ruining Pakistan’s homecoming party after they threatened to close out both Twenty20s but eventually lost in crucial passages of play at the death.

The guests will miss the services of ace batsman Brendan Taylor who quit international cricket to take a three-year contract with England county Nottinghamshire.