Resurgent Raza looks to raise Zimbabwe's hopes

Sikandar Raza will look to build on Friday's century to help Zimbabwe avoid a winless tour of Pakistan.

Zimbabwe will aim to avoid a tour whitewash on Sunday when they face Pakistan in their third one-day international (ODI).

Pakistan have won the previous four matches of their first home series since 2009 - two Twenty20 Internationals and two ODIs - and will look to complete the visit of Zimbabwe with another victory at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

But with Sikandar Raza having scored a century in the last match - Pakistan's six-wicket triumph on Friday - Zimbabwe may have a bit more confidence, as they look to clinch their first competitive victory over a Test-playing nation since August.

Zimbabwe defeated Australia by three wickets in an ODI on August 31, while they also overcame Sri Lanka in February, although the 50-over match was only classified as a World Cup warm-up.

Dav Whatmore's Zimbabwe side will be without captain Elton Chigumbura again on Sunday, with the 29-year-old batsman suspended for two matches for slow over-rates.

But with Raza having scored only his second ODI hundred on Friday and his first against a Test-playing nation, plus Chamu Chibhabha's 99, Zimbabwe have some other batsmen to rely on.

"I was questioning myself, and if I'm not up to the task, I think I'd better give my jersey to someone else - to another youngster that can take my position and do the job," Raza said.

Raza had not scored more than 50 in his previous 11 innings in all forms of cricket for Zimbabwe.

The Pakistan-born batsman added: "It's a very special hundred and it couldn't have come at a sweeter time, only because - like I said - I was questioning a lot of things in my head and I wanted to prove, not to anyone but to myself, that a lot of people had put their faith [in me] and I deserved that."

Zimbabwe have generally struggled with the ball in Pakistan, with the home side having taken more wickets in three of the four encounters.

Wahab Riaz has been the hosts' main strike weapon, taking seven wickets across the four matches.