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    Pakistan aim for series clinching win

    Pakistan won the first ODI against Zimbabwe by five runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three match series.

    Harare: Pakistan will be looking to clinch the one day international series against Zimbabwe when the two sides clash in the second ODI at Harare on Thursday.

    The visitors won a nail biting affair on Thursday by five runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three match series.

    Younis Khan scored a solid 78 and captain Misbah-ul-Haq contributed with 54 to guide Pakistan to a healthy total of 247/7 and then pacer Aizaz Cheema took 3/36 as Zimbabwe were restricted to 242/7 off their fifty overs.

    While the Pakistanis have struck form at just the right time on the tour, the hosts have been guilty of losing their nerve in the first ODI as well as the Test match in Bulawayo.

    A batting collapse in their second innings of the one-off Test had enabled Pakistan to win the game by seven wickets.

    Zimbabwe who had a succesful outing against Bangladesh at home recently will want to keep the series alive and prove that they can compete against the top sides in international cricket.