HARARE: Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe in an average scoring encounter. Pakistani batting line collapsed earlier in its innings, scored 136/8 after completion of 20 overs. Although, Imad Wasim the young-left arm spinner for Pakistan made it look easy for Pakistan. Zimbabwe manged to score 123/8 after 20 overs, Pakistan securing the win by 13 runs.
Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi after winning the toss opted to bat first. But this decision looked unfavorable as at a stage score reads 29/3 after 5.3 overs. The senior Pakistani batsman Shoiab Malik steeped, provided some good stuff, played pivotal role in Pakistan’s win. Leading scorers from Pakistan side were Shoiab Malik and wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizman, who scored 35 and 33* notout respectively. Some other notable contributions in the scorecard were by Umer Akmal and Imad Wasim, with scores 14 and 19 respectively.
Other T20 stars from Pakistan side weren’t able to produce any sort of fire works on the wicket, Shahid Afridi departed on 2 runs, Mukhtar Ahmed on 4 and the guy playing his first match after marriage scored 17 from 19 balls.
Imad Wasim contributed a lot in Pakistan’s win, as he took 4 wickets after giving 11 runs in 4 overs. Young left-arm spinner playing his 4th T20I, showed his skill off , for a side who was wishing to get a regular ‘beauty’ spinner, as earlier of it’s spinner aren’t available over certain reasons.
Zimbabwe side is well aware of Pakistani weak points and strength, as few months back they played a home series against them. In today’s much at a point it seemed that Zim will be utilizing the chance of Pakistani top-order batting failure, but they couldn’t do so.
Pakistani bowling line proved it’s power on the board, except Imad other senior bowler like Wahab Riaz and Sohail Tanvir also paved the path of Pakistan’s win with their economical bowling figures, both were able to grab 1 wicket each. Imran khan Jr. making his debut also performed well and can be influential in upcoming matches. Afridi remained wicket less, 23 runs were made in his three overs.
Chamu Chibhabha from Zimbabwe also marked great spell, took 3 wickets in 3 overs just by giving 18 runs and in Zimbabwean batting line-up, captain Chigumbra fought till the last over but couldn’t record win for his side, as there was no support from the non-striker’s end. Chigumbra and Masakadza were the top scorer Zimbabwean’s, both of them scored 21 and 35 respectively.
MoM: Imad Wasim for his 19 runs with bat and 4 wickets with bowl.