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.
Zimbabwe vs Pakistan Live Cricket Score, 1st T20 Tri-series live score and updates:
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.'
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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.
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.
Debuts in Zimbabwe team
Musakanda and Nyumbu are presented with their maiden T20I caps in the Zimbabwean huddle following the national anthems
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
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
Zimbabwe have won the toss and opted to field at Harare.
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
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.