Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Pakistan knock hosts Zimbabwe out of T20 tri-series

Pakistan knock hosts Zimbabwe out of T20 tri-series

Pak's openers Zaman and Talat made 47 and 44 runs respectively and made their team to register the victory by scoring 163 runs for 3 wickets in 19.1 overs.

Razzaq said Afridi is a clever bowler as he helped the team execute their plans well.

The recalled Mohammad Amir finished with excellent figures of 1-25 after getting rid of Tarisai Musakanda (33) in the final over and Pakistan got off to a flyer in their run chase. The tactic spoke volumes about his development as a limited overs batsman. "Glad he did well", Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said.

He may have learnt even more from Ahmed's innings of calm precision that kept Pakistan up with an asking rate that hovered around eight for much of the match.

Sarfraz displayed a particularly deft touch with his late cut, taking boundaries off left-arm spinners Tendai Chisoro and Wellington Masakadza with the stroke.

After losing their first game of the series by 74 runs to Pakistan, Zimbabwe made one change with Chris Mpofu coming in for injured seamer Kyle Jarvis while Australia remained unchanged from the squad that delivered against Pakistan. Having paddled Andrew Tye to fine leg, he set off for a third run rendered impossible by his sluggish approach while running the first two, and a fine throw to the bowler's end caught him well out, leaving Pakistan back in the mire he had spent 20 minutes digging them out of.

Mire overtook Hamilton Masakadza's 93 to become Zimbabwe's highest scorer in a T20I, and a record century loomed, but he fell in the penultimate over to Talat's medium pace, dragging a pull to deep midwicket.

Once again it was Solomon Mire holding things together for Zimbabwe as he went on to make 63 off 52 balls.

In the pursuit of huge target, Zimbabwe had a fiery start as they had scored 42 runs in 3.2 overs but their wickets began crumbling.

"We were expecting 130 to 140 on this pitch, but Mire played a very good innings", said Zaman. When the teams walked off at half-time, the satisfaction Zimbabwe felt was arguably more for an improved performance than a belief they could keep Pakistan from winning the game.

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