ZIM vs PAK: Pakistan Set To Take On Zimbabwe In Opening Test
In the batting department, Pakistan will be hoping Fawad Alam and Mohammad Rizwan score big. They scored centuries against South Africa at home. Rizwan, who is having an exceptional 2021 in white-ball cricket, will be eyeing another 'player-of-the-series' award after winning it in the two-Test series against South Africa.
Babar, who recently became the top batsman in the ICC ODI rankings and got promoted to No. 2 in the ICC T20I rankings, is currently in the sixth spot in Test rankings. The right-handed batsman will be looking to contribute big with the bat in the Test series to get into the top five. Only 71 points separate the fourth, fifth, and sixth positions.
Pakistan will rely on their most experienced batsman Azhar Ali in the two-match Test series to give them stability in the batting department. Azhar, who has scored 6,417 runs in 85 matches, will be eager to score big against the hosts, like Ireland, South Africa, and Zimbabwe is the only Test sides against whom he has not scored a century in a career spanning more than a decade.
In the bowling department, Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi will be itching to take wickets. Since 1993-1994, the two countries have played eight Test series, and the hosts have won only one - in 1998, where they won the three-match Test series 1-0. In 18 Tests played so far, Pakistan has won 10 and Zimbabwe three. Four matches were drawn, while one was abandoned.