Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 1st T20 Tri-series: Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 74 runs

Pakistan continued their dominance in the shorter format as they defeated Zimbabwe by 74 runs in the first match of the tri-nation series.

By: Sports Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 1, 2018 5:13:17 pm
Zimbabwe vs Pakistan: Pakistan beat Zimbabwe in 1st T20 of the tri-series at Harare. (Source: PCB Twitter)

Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, Tri-series: Pakistan continued their dominance in the shorter format as they defeated Zimbabwe by 74 runs in the first match of the tri-nation series. Pakistan post 182/4 in 20 overs againts Zimbabwe. Asif Ali and Shoaib Malik’s late surge put Zimbabwe bowling on the backfoot. While Pakistan batsmen showed some brilliant performance, their bowlers too continued to dominate the opponents. Mohammad Nawaz, Usman Khan, Hasan Ali and Mohammad Hafeez scalped two wickets apiece. Pakistan will now play against Australia on Monday. They have been clincial with both bat and ball but need some improvement in the fielding department. They were sloppy in the field today as well and would look to change this in the next game.

T20I Tri-Series in Zimbabwe, 2018Harare Sports Club, Harare 19 August 2018

Zimbabwe 108/9 (17.5)

vs

Pakistan 182/4 (20.0)

Match Ended ( Day - Match 1 ) Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 74 runs

Live Blog

Zimbabwe vs Pakistan Live Cricket Score, 1st T20 Tri-series live score and updates:

16:56 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
Captains' look

Zimbabwe skipper Hamilton Masakadza after the match said, 'Only good point was winning the toss. I think we gave them 20 runs extra. We lost our way in the middle period. Our batting order was fine, we need to work on the execution part. We don't need to make changes in the team yet.'

16:49 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
Pakistan win

Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 74 runs. It was a clinical all-round performance from Pakistan as they beat Zimbabwe by 74 runs in the first encounter of the tri-series.

16:37 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
WICKET!

Zimbabwe continue to lose wicket as they now have Musakanda returning back to the dug out for 43 off 35. They have now lost 6 wickets for 102 runs

16:24 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
Chigumbura goes

Chigumbura first smashed Hasan Ali for a maximum and then got a boundary over cover region but the fast bowler eventually gets better off him and dismissed him to give Pakistan their fifth wicket

16:11 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
WICKET!

Pakistan continue to pick wickets and this time it is Peter Moor who has been cleaned up by Shadab Khan for 2. Zimbabwe are 64/4 after 11 overs. Another Zimbabwe batsman failed to read the line and length and tried to slog the delivery but it hit the woodwork behind him 

16:06 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
GONE!

Solomon Mire is gone for 27 and Pakistan have another wicket. Mire while trying to accelerate took the aerial route but couldn't manage to connect the shot properly and Hasan Ali completes a good catch

15:59 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
FOUR!

A boundary from Tarisai Musakanda straight back past the bowler. Zimbabwe need to ip the scoring rate now. Meanwhile, Pakistan captain isn't happy with slopping fielding by his side

15:44 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
WICKET!

Hamilton Masakadza has to depart for 7 and Hasan Ali has his first wicket. Masakadza tried to slash an away moving delivery but edged it and Sarfraz completes a good catch

15:39 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
Mire accelerates

Solomon Mire pushes the paddle and get some runs for himself and the team. He first struck a boundary and then hammered a maxmimum to complete the fourth over 

15:26 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
WICKET!

Nawaz strikes in his very first ober and Chibhabha has to depart without scoring. Zimbabwe are 1/1 afetr 1 over. Chibhabha didn't read the line of the ball properly and it remained straight and hit the pads in front of the stumps

15:10 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
Pakistan 182/4 in 20 overs

Pakistan post 182/4 in 20 overs againts Zimbabwe. Asif Ali and Shoaib Malik's late surge put Zimbabwe bowling on the backfoot and their batsmen need some solid start to reach this target

15:01 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
MAXIMUM!

Pakistan are dealing in maximums right now. Shoaib Malik ended the 18th over with a six and Asif Ali starts off the 19th one in the same manner. This time it was a slow yorker and Ali didn't waste anytime to put that one away

14:51 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
SIX! SIX!

Back to back sixes for Asif Ali and this takes Pakistan to 137/4 after 16 overs. Ali first took the on side and hammered the delivery from Chibhabha for a maximum over mid-wicket and then dispatched it for another over long on

14:45 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
GONE!

Chisoro strikes and cleans up Fakhar Zaman who is gone for 61 and Pakistan are 120/4 in the 15th over. This brings in Asif Ali at the crease. Zaman tried to slash a back of the length delivery but missed the shot and it hit the stumps behind

14:41 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
DROPPED!

Fakhar Zaman surives here. He danced down the track and took the aerial route against Burl. But Jarvis got their in time and made a brilliant try to grab the catch but couldn't control his dive and also got himself injured

14:36 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
FIFTY for Zaman

Fakhar Zaman continues his good run as he brings up his second T20I half-century. Pakistan are in cruise control despit Sarfraz's dismissal. Zaman is playing a decent knock to keep things in control. Meanwhile, Shoaib Malik becomes the third batsman to go past 2000 runs in T20Is 

14:29 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
SIX!

Fakhar Zaman dances down the track and dispatches the delivery out of the park and he moves to 46. Zaman had a brilliant start to his cricketing career last year and he has been a consistent performer since then for Pakistan

14:21 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
GONE!

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed departs for 16 off 15 balls. He gives a straight forward catch to Musakanda off Tendai Chisoro. Pakistan are 78/3 after 10 overs. Sarfraz tried to guide it down the on side but the ball hits the leading edge and Musakanda doesn't make any mistake to complete the catch. And this brings Shoaib Malik out in the middle

14:19 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
FOUR!

Pakistan lost Hussain Talat after the powerplay overs but that hasn't made any difference in their scoring rate. Sarfraz Ahmed smashes a boundary through the covers to keep the momentum going

14:05 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
GONE!

Chibhabha strikes and Hussain Talat walks back after scoring 10 runs. Pakistan lose their second wicket and that's a poor shot from the Pakistan batsman. Angled delivery going outside the left hander and Talat tries to run it down towards third man but only ends up playing it into Moor's gloves. Good diving catch though. Pakistan 44/2

13:58 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
SIX

Banged in short by Muzarabani and Fakhar gets out of the way to pull and he pulls it decently to send the ball coasting over the third man fielder for a six. Top-edge and six, no stopping that!

13:57 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
SIX! FOUR!

Fakhar Zaman with consecutive big hits to pick up a six and a four off John Nyumbu. Maintaining the charge on Zimbabwe in these early powerplay overs

13:45 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
GONE!

Pakistan lose their first and the small Zimbabwe supporting crowd is up and applauding as Hafeez walks back for 7 runs. Hafeez comes down the wicket and goes for a heave on a delivery that rises on to him. Spliced up and a well-taken catch from a backpedalling Masakadza at mid off. Pakistan are 13/1 after 2 overs

13:42 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
Kyle Jarvis from other end

Kyle Jarvis comes into the attack from the other end. Fakhar Zaman on the striker's end. Second ball of the over is played through the covers but it is not timed perfectly to get a boundary. But the batsmen pick three runs by the time ball comes back

13:39 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
SIX!

Second ball of the match and series and it has been dispatched for a six. Slog swept over deep midwicket for a six. Didn't time it well but did just about enough to clear the short boundary. 

13:37 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
ALL SET

Debutant Nyumbu will get things underway after a long delay. A person creating problems for Hafeez to bat and hurting his vision. The coloured advertising boarding it seems. A black cloth is now on it and it looks like we're ready to go. 

13:35 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
Debuts in Zimbabwe team

Musakanda and Nyumbu are presented with their maiden T20I caps in the Zimbabwean huddle following the national anthems

13:28 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
Zimbabwe playing XI

A new look Zimbabwe starting XI: Solomon Mire, Chamu Chibhabha, Hamilton Masakadza(c), Tarisai Musakanda, Peter Moor(w), Elton Chigumbura, Ryan Burl, Tendai Chisoro, Kyle Jarvis, John Nyumbu, Blessing Muzarabani

13:12 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
Playing XI

Pakistan XI: Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Hussain Talat, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan

13:05 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
TOSS!

Zimbabwe have won the toss and opted to field at Harare. 

13:02 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
The missing list

For Zimbabwe: Sikander Raza, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Craig Ervine and Graeme Cremer are all missing due to unfulfilled payments going so far as last year. They've got Hamilton Masakadza as captain and Lalchand Rajput as coach

For Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad is missing after a positive dope test; Babar Azam with injury and Imad Wasim is rested

12:50 (IST) 01 Jul 2018
Zimbabwe vs Pakistan Live

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the T20 tri-series in Zimbabwe. The hosts get things underway against Pakistan. A serious mismatch in form and in terms of personnel also. 

pakistan vs sri lanka, pak vs sl, pakistan cricket Zimbabwe vs Pakistan Live: Shoaib Malik is nearing the 2000 run mark in T20s. (AP File)

Zimbabwe vs Pakistan Live: Zimbabwe have had the ability to produce surprises in limited over contests when they're playing at home. But following the disagreement between playrs and board over payments, the mismatch between teams could be quite evident as top-ranked Pakistan and a strong Australia come for a T20 tri-series. Graeme Cremer, Sikandar Raza, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams and Craig Ervine all won't be playing with Hamilton Masakadza named captain just 24 hours before the game.

Zimbabwe Squad: Hamilton Masakadza (c), Cephas Zhuwao, Chamu Chibhabha, Brian Chari, Tarisai Musakanda, Malcolm Waller, PJ Moor, Tendai Chisoro, Kyle Jarvis, Brandon Mavuta, Blessing Muzarabani, Chris Mpofu, Ryan Burl, Solomon Mire, Wellington Masakadza, Elton Chigumbura, Ryan Murray

Pakistan Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan Shinwari, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sahibzada Farhan.