Even if you were a consummate optimist, that's about the only thing you could think of that makes this series even faintly competitive.
Pakistan's seamers were disciplined with the new ball, and were rewarded with five top-order wickets inside the first 15 overs. "We just have to go there and show them who we are and what we are capable of", Masakadza said.
Zimbabwe Cricket's releaseon Wednesday (July 11) made no mention of the five players, but before the tri-series chairman of selectors Walter Chawaguta made it clear that they would be considered for selection if they made themselves available.
After the triumph in T20i tri-series, Pakistan has stayed back in Zimbabwe to play five One Day matches.
In truth, there is nothing for Pakistan to fear here. There is nothing this Zimbabwe side has to offer that Pakistan can not handle in the longer formats. For today's match, the toss was won by Zimbabwe and opted to field first.
Their bowling attack has also been steady.
Yasir Shah hasn't played an ODI in almost two years, but his being in the squad suggests Pakistan may be looking at him for the 2019 World Cup. It's likely Yasir will feature prominently in this series now he's been called up, and how he gets on will be intriguing. Hamilton Masakadza, who had led the team in the T20 matches, will continue to serve as the captain.
Hamilton Masakadza (Zimbabwe): Leading a side that has key players missing will be no easy task for Masakadza, but he will have to make do with what he has.
Pakistan batsman Babar Azam recovered from an arm injury which he sustained during the tour of England in May and subsequently missed the tri-series.
Imam reached a career best 128, while Fakhar Zaman continued his good run of form with 60 and debutant Asif Ali cracked a rapid 46 in the middle order to boost Pakistan's total. Hussain Talat and Asif Ali are also in line for ODI debuts.
Bulawayo's tracks are usually flatter than Harare's, but according to ESPNcricinfo.com, the pitch has got slower and lower over the previous few years, so taking the matter might prove critical for batsmen.
With this visit occurring in Zimbabwe's winter, which means early dusks on a ground with no floodlights, the recreations will begin at 9.15am neighborhood time (0715 GMT). He had a lot of pressure on him to justify his place in the Pakistan national team as his uncle selected him to open over all the other players who were in the reckoning.