Azhar Ali scored a century at almost run a ball © AFP
Azhar Ali scored a century at almost run a ball © AFP

Azhar Ali has held fort for Pakistan with a crucial hundred against Zimbabwe in the second One-Day International (ODI) at Lahore. His innings may ultimately prove the difference between win and loss for the home side as the other batsmen have got starts but failed to convert them. Meanwhile, Ali has also scored at a decent strike rate. LIVE UPDATES: Pakistan vs Zimbabwe 2015, 2nd ODI at Lahore

He is now joined by Haris Sohail at the other end, who is playing with positive intent. Zimbabwe still have about 60-odd runs to defend and a couple of wickets at this stqage could help them pull the game back in their favour. Otherwise, Pakistan seem to be sailing away with this. Live Scorecard: Pakistan vs Zimbabwe 2015, 2nd ODI at Lahore

Earlier, Zimbabwe posted 268 for seven in their 50 overs on the back of big scores from Chibhabha (99) and Sikandar Raza (100*). Yasir Shah was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan as he took two crucial wickets and conceded just 40 runs in his 10 overs. Zimbabwe’s bowling has been ordinary in the series and they’ll need to step up in this match.