Zimbabwe will face off against the visitors, Pakistan in a do-or-die game at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Zimbabwe is 2-0 down in the five-match ODI series after Pakistan achieved back-to-back victories in the first two matches.

Pakistan won the first game by 201 runs, followed by another convincing eight wickets victory on Monday. Pakistan is one more win away from sealing this series, and undoubtedly their side looks quite confident.

Live updates:

Zimbabwe score: 1/1 after 1.2 overs.

Zimbabwe wins the toss and decides to bat first

The scheduled time of start of play is 9:15 AM Local (12:15 PM IST).

Zimbabwe team news

Zimbabwe has played the same set of eleven players in both the one-day matches so far, and the reason behind that is the fact that the backup members of the squad aren't quite experienced either. Former captain Elton Chigumbura hasn't looked in any batting form in recent times, but his experience of batting down the order could well be helpful for the side.

But, his inclusion can deny Zimbabwe an extra bowling option, which would further spoil the balance of the XI.

The shortage of choice that Zimbabwe has is really disappointing. Having said that, they might stick to the same XI if they don't plan to bring in Chigumbura.

It is highly unlikely that there will be any changes in the Pakistan side after the dominating performance by them in the first two matches of the series. However, According to Cricbuzz, Haris Sohail has left the tour midway and traveled to Pakistan due to his daughter's illness.

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Fast bowler Mohammad Amir has looked a little pale so far in this series, so he might be rested for this game, while this might be an opportunity for the leg-spinner, Yasir Shah, to come into the side.

Pakistan also might not change the opening partnership after the pair's recent success in the two games.

The pitch won't be a lot different from the ones in the first two matches of the series. Though, it might be slightly slower. Runs have been coming quite easily for Pakistan, but Zimbabwe hasn't applied themselves enough to get the better off the surface.

Another chilled morning will welcome the two teams in Bulawayo. The temperature isn't expected to cross 20 degrees Celsius through the day, as reported by accuweather.com.