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Zimbabwe vs Pakistan - 4th Match

Series: Australia and Pakistan in Zimbabwe T20I Tri-Series, 2018
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Date & Time: 04 July 2018

Pakistan 163/3 (19.1 Ovs) RR: 8.50 | Pakistan won by 7 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Fakhar Zaman c Mpofu & b Mirec Mpofu & b Mire473841
Haris Sohail c Mire & b Masakadzac Mire & b Masakadza161510
Hussain Talat c C Zhuwao & b Mpofuc C Zhuwao & b Mpofu443501
Sarfraz Ahmed Not OutNot Out382160
Shoaib Malik Not OutNot Out12620
Asif Ali dnbdnb0000
Shadab Khan dnbdnb0000
Faheem Ashraf dnbdnb0000
Mohammad Nawaz dnbdnb0000
Hasan Ali dnbdnb0000
Mohammad Amir dnbdnb0000
Extras 6 (b 0, lb 0, w 6, nb 0)
Total 163 (3 Wkts, 19.1 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
58-1 (Haris Sohail,6.2), 95-2 (Fakhar Zaman,11.4), 138-3 (Hussain Talat,17.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Tendai Chisoro4 0 38 0 9.50
Blessing Muzarabani4 0 31 0 7.75
Chris Mpofu3.1 0 31 1 10.00
Wellington Masakadza4 0 30 1 7.50
Malcolm Waller2 0 18 0 9.00
Solomon Mire2 0 15 1 7.50
Cephas Zhuwao0 0 0 0 0
Hamilton Masakadza0 0 0 0 0
Tarisai Musakanda0 0 0 0 0
Peter Moor0 0 0 0 0
Elton Chigumbura0 0 0 0 0


Pakistan vs Australia - Sunday - Big final. But hello, there is action between the two before that as well and that is tomorrow. Zimbabwe have been knocked out but that was not something unprecedented. They were missing out on a few key players and it became more difficult for them to turn the tables around. Mire's entertaining 94 was the highlight of the day and we had immense pleasure in bringing that to you. Buhbye for now!!

Sarfraz Ahmed: The bowlers did disappoint and I was not happy with that. After our bowling got over, it looked like a good batting track. We need to finish games as well but that did not happen despite two batsmen getting into the 40s. Big game tomorrow as we would try to take the winning momentum into the finals.

Hamilton Masakadza: Definitely much better from the boys as they put up a much better fight. They bowled well at the death and we ended 10 or 15 runs short. The guys did not operate well under pressure. We don't get too many international games so every game is important.

Solomon Mire, Man of the Match: Was a good day and it came off today. The game plan was to have one of the top three guys to kick on and get a big score. I had an operation after the WC qualifiers and have been struggling with the ball a bit. Felt better today.

The series has gone as per script. As per form and class as well. Zimbabwe not exactly outclassed but were always behind the 8-ball. Pakistan were set a middling target of 163 and thanks to Fakhar Zaman's quick start off the blocks, the base was set. Hussain Talat showed urgency and their skipper did what he does best like a busy bee. Zimbabwe earlier in the day were propelled by Solomon Mire's 94, the highest score by a Zimbabwean batsman in a T20I. He though did not get much of a hand from the other end and that has meant that they have been eliminated with a game for them still to go. We will back with the captain comments and the award ceremony.

Mpofu to Sarfraz, FOUR, that should be it. Pakistan win this by 7 wickets and qualify for the final! Another solid display with the bat with a few minor glitches. That was short, the batsman ran it down towards third man and got the desired four to put an end to the game
Muzarabani to Shoaib Malik, no run, length delivery wide outside off and the batsman trying to slog it away, misses. We will see action in the final over then. 4 runs still needed
Muzarabani to Sarfraz, 1 run, backs away and taps the ball into the off-side for a single
Muzarabani to Sarfraz, FOUR, full and wide, four! That was a nail in the coffin. The man at sweeper cover had no chance. He did not try to hit it hard and relied on timing it
Muzarabani to Sarfraz, 2 runs, they get a brace! Yeah, they do. Poor backing up job from the bowler as the throw came in from long-on. That allowed the ever alert Sarf to take the second run after he yorked the ball out to long-on
Muzarabani to Sarfraz, 2 runs, right up there and has been blocked out into the on-side for a brace as the man at square leg failed to stop the couple. 11 off 10 balls should be done without any more hiccups
Muzarabani to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, walks at a full toss and clips the ball away to find the man at square leg, who fumbles and allows the single
Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, 1 run, backs away and chops the ball away to point to get a single. Sarf pushing the batsman to take the single. 14 needed now. Two blows and it has completely changed the equation, which was starting to look a little iffy
Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, comes down the track and heaves the ball away on the on-side to get it between deep square and deep mid for a four. The man at deep mid might have missed the tracjectory of the ball there
Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, 2 runs, slower delivery at the pads and was pushed down to long-on to pinch a double. Superb piece of running for the veteran
Mpofu to Shoaib Malik, FOUR, backs away and hammers the cut over point for a four. Straightaway gets into the act and delivers the big blow. 21 off 15 balls

Shoaib Malik, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Mpofu to Talat, out Caught by Zhuwao!! Slapped on the up and it finds the man at point. That was full and wide, the batsman went after the room but failed to place it. Is there a twist in the tale? Pakistan though still have their skipper in the middle with 25 needed off 16 balls. Talat c Zhuwao b Mpofu 44(35) [6s-1]

Mpofu to Talat, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Mpofu to Talat, wide, shuffles, and Mpofu goes wider. Talat goes back to his leave
Mpofu to Talat, wide, flirts with the wide line, and ends up on the wrong side of it. Talat doesn't even bother chasing, leaves

At this stage: Zimbabwe too were exactly at 136/2

Mpofu to Sarfraz, 1 run, short, spongy bounce to make Sarfraz wait on his uppish slap. Toe-ended eventually to sweeper

Chris Mpofu [2.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack

Muzarabani to Talat, no run, angles the length ball across the southpaw and the batsman misses the slog. There was some noise which forced the keeper to go up but the bowler did not react at all. Excellent over as it goes only for 4 runs
Muzarabani to Talat, 2 runs, sliced away on the attempted heave and the ball bobbles away for the man at deep third to get behind it. 28 more needed
Muzarabani to Sarfraz, 1 run, shortish delivery and has been pulled away into the on-side to find the man at deep mid-wicket. Only 2 of the over so far
Muzarabani to Sarfraz, no run, slower delivery and he inside edges the ball on to the pads as he tried to slog the ball away
Muzarabani to Sarfraz, no run, tinge of extra pace and bounce and that ensures the batsman misses the steer to third man
Muzarabani to Talat, 1 run, full and wide, the batsman guides the ball away to deep third man

Blessing Muzarabani [2.0-0-17-0] is back into the attack

A small confab between a few of the senior players.

Tendai Chisoro to Talat, 1 run, slams it down the ground but does not time it and the man at long-on picks the ball up on the bounce. 32 needed off 24 balls. The busy brand of cricket from skipper Sarf is helping Pakistan

Dead ball! As the bowler stopped mid-way in his delivery stride.

Tendai Chisoro to Talat, 2 runs, powerful bottom-handed whip down the ground and Mire at long-on fumbles to convert the single into a couple
Tendai Chisoro to Talat, no run, fails to time the drive and finds the man at cover
Tendai Chisoro to Sarfraz, 1 run, backs away and taps the ball away into the off-side for a single. Both the batsmen breezed through as the throw came in at the batter's end
Tendai Chisoro to Sarfraz, FOUR, flatter delivery outside off and has been steered away towards third man for a four. Again uses the pace of the bowler to earn a boundary
Tendai Chisoro to Talat, 1 run, flattish ball and has been pulled away into the on-side for a single

Tendai Chisoro [3.0-0-29-0] is back into the attack

Masakadza to Sarfraz, no run, flighted ball outside off and the batsman misses the drive as he tried to hit it too hard. 41 needed off 30 balls!
Masakadza to Sarfraz, FOUR, uses the pace of the bowler and just steers the ball through the unmanned cordon for a four. The man at short third put in a despairing dive at the fence but that went in vain
Masakadza to Talat, 1 run, hacks the ball away behind square for a single. Just patted it rather than injecting power into the shot
Masakadza to Sarfraz, 1 run, dropped! Tough chance at extra cover goes down as the batsman nailed that drive on the up. The one-handed attempt was not up to the mark
Masakadza to Sarfraz, 2 runs, fumble from the man at deep mid and that allows the couple to be taken. That was dinked away into the on-side
Masakadza to Sarfraz, FOUR, he can do that all day long! Kneels down and sweeps it past the man at short fine leg fielder for a four. Took that ball from the sticks

Wellington Masakadza [3.0-0-18-1] is back into the attack

Mire to Talat, 2 runs, another slower delivery on the pads and the batsman uses his wrists to close the face of the bat down on it and grab a double as both the men at deep mid and long-on were not quick enough


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