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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: 04 July 2018

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

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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.

19.1
4
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
18.6
0
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
18.5
1
Muzarabani to Sarfraz, 1 run, backs away and taps the ball into the off-side for a single
18.4
4
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
18.3
2
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
18.2
2
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
18.1
1
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
17.6
1
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
17.5
4
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
17.4
2
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
17.3
4
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

17.2
0
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!!

17.2
1
Mpofu to Talat, wide, shuffles, and Mpofu goes wider. Talat goes back to his leave
17.2
1
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

17.1
1
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

16.6
0
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
16.5
2
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
16.4
1
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
16.3
0
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
16.2
0
Muzarabani to Sarfraz, no run, tinge of extra pace and bounce and that ensures the batsman misses the steer to third man
16.1
1
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.

15.6
1
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.

15.5
2
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
15.4
0
Tendai Chisoro to Talat, no run, fails to time the drive and finds the man at cover
15.3
1
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
15.2
4
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
15.1
1
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

14.6
0
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!
14.5
4
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
14.4
1
Masakadza to Talat, 1 run, hacks the ball away behind square for a single. Just patted it rather than injecting power into the shot
14.3
1
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
14.2
2
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
14.1
4
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

13.6
2
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
13.5
1
Mire to Sarfraz, 1 run, slower delivery outside off and was pushed away with soft hands into the point region for a quick single to be stolen. The throw came in at the batter's end but I guess Talat was in
13.4
4
Mire to Sarfraz, FOUR, full ball on the sticks and has been hoicked away on the on-side. The man at deep square leg had no chance
13.3
1
Mire to Talat, 1 run, sliced away as he danced down the track and the ball lands just short of the man at sweeper cover, who ran to his right to cover a lot of ground
13.2
1
Mire to Sarfraz, 1 run, back of a length delivery on the sticks and has been knocked behind square for a single
13.2
1
Mire to Sarfraz, wide, slower delivery outside off and has been wided. Harsh! Was well inside the tramline
13.1
1
Mire to Talat, 1 run, fuller length delivery at the sticks, clipped away into the on-side for a single
12.6
0
Tendai Chisoro to Sarfraz, no run, creates room by backing away and cuts it for the man at point to stop it. Good comeback over from Tendai Chisoro who had been taken for plenty in his first spell
12.5
1
Tendai Chisoro to Talat, 1 run, tossed up delivery outside off and has been slog swept down the ground to long-on. 64 needed off 43 balls
12.4
1
Tendai Chisoro to Sarfraz, 1 run, walks into a drive to long-on as the ball was flighted up
12.3
1
Tendai Chisoro to Talat, 1 run, little bit of room outside off and has been pushed away into the covers for a single
12.2
0
Tendai Chisoro to Talat, no run, slower again off the hand and the batsman fails to push it past the vicinity of the keeper
12.1
0
Tendai Chisoro to Talat, no run, slower and higher with the trajectory, pushed back to the bowler

Tendai Chisoro [2.0-0-26-0] is back into the attack

11.6
1
Mire to Talat, 1 run, short ball outside off and has been steered away to deep third man for a single
11.5
0
Mire to Talat, no run, first dot ball for Talat! Looks to clip the ball away and fails to get enough bat on it. The ball drops dead on the 22 yards

Sarfraz Ahmed, right handed bat, comes to the crease

11.4
0
Mire to Fakhar Zaman, out Caught by Mpofu!! Fakhar Zaman has thrown it away. He had dig himself a hole and was finding it difficult to hit the gaps. So, tries to break the shackles with a slog and only manages to slice the ball up. Mpofu from mid-off ran across to his left and takes a fine catch. That length delivery angled across and the batsman could not get it away from the meat of the bat. Fakhar Zaman c Mpofu b Mire 47(38) [4s-4 6s-1]

Mire to Fakhar Zaman, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

11.3
0
Mire to Fakhar Zaman, no run, length delivery and patted away to the man at point. Fakhar Zaman wanted a single but was sent back. The man at point did not take an aim
11.2
1
Mire to Talat, 1 run, length delivery and has been pushed out with soft hands into the off-side for a single. Talat has not played a single dot ball so far!
11.1
2
Mire to Talat, 2 runs, short at the hips and the batsman swivels around to pull it down. The man at deep backward square leg picks it up

Solomon Mire, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

71 needed 54 balls looks like a cake walk without a slippery icing!

10.6
0
Masakadza to Fakhar Zaman, no run, finally a dot ball. Looks to back away and create room but jams it out for the bowler to move to his right and stop it
10.5
1
Masakadza to Talat, 1 run, the stump line continues and with no turn available, it is all too easy. Knocked off the back foot into the on-side for a single
10.4
2
Masakadza to Talat, 2 runs, back footed tuck into the gap behind square and another double is nabbed. He is toying with the field placements here
10.3
2
Masakadza to Talat, 2 runs, wristy whip off the pads and they get back for another couple. That was full and the batsman wristed the ball uppishly for the man at long-on to hurl it back but not before they got a couple
10.2
1
Masakadza to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, flattish delivery pushed in across the southpaw and the batsman pushes the ball down to long-off for a single
10.1
1
Masakadza to Talat, 1 run, strays on the pads and carefully nudged into the on-side for a single
9.6
1
Waller to Talat, 1 run, waits on the delivery and knocks it away behind square for a single. Just the 'momentum tonic' that Pakistan needed. 14 of that over
9.5
6
Waller to Talat, SIX, half-tracker and that goes the journey! Dropped down on one knee and slammed the pull away behind square for a sixer. Turning out to be an expensive over for the Zimbabweans
9.4
2
Waller to Talat, 2 runs, clips the ball away into the on-side with soft hands and they race back for a brace. The throw came in from deep mid and at the bowler's end
9.3
2
Waller to Talat, 2 runs, driven on the up, driven uppishly and just away from the man at cover. The man at long-off makes an acrobatic stop to his right to ensure only a couple is taken
9.2
2
Waller to Talat, 2 runs, flighted ball and the inside out attempt is not connected clean. The ball slices away off the outer half of the bat for a brace as the man at sweeper cover cut it off
9.1
1
Waller to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, fires it in at the sticks and has been tucked away to widish long-on for a single
8.6
1
Masakadza to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, again shortens the length a bit and has been pulled away with a closed face of the bat for a single to deep backward square
8.5
0
Masakadza to Fakhar Zaman, no run, backs away too much, too soon. The bowler saw the movement and fired it wide enough to beat the reach of the batter. In the end, Fakhar Zaman could only let it go
8.4
1
Masakadza to Talat, 1 run, closes the face of the bat and turns it away into the on-side for a single
8.3
2
Masakadza to Talat, 2 runs, lands it short and the batsman pulls it in a controlled manner to find the man at deep square for a single
8.2
1
Masakadza to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, drops it short but it turns in and cramps the batsman on the attempted pull. In the end, jammed away into the on-side for a single
8.1
1
Masakadza to Talat, 1 run, on the pads, tucked away off the pads for a single

A couple of quiet overs here.

7.6
0
Waller to Fakhar Zaman, no run, shortish delivery outside off and has been cut away for the man at point to stop it
7.5
1
Waller to Talat, 1 run, dinks it into the on-side as he did not pick up the slower full toss. They take only a single
7.4
1
Waller to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, dances down the track blindly and the bowler shortened the length and bowled it wide. The batsman had to reach out for the chopped hit into the off-side. Only a single
7.3
0
Waller to Fakhar Zaman, no run, cramps the batsman for room and the keeper fumbles it
7.2
1
Waller to Talat, 1 run, tossed up delivery and has been driven down to long-off for a single
7.1
1
Waller to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, flattish delivery from round the wicket and has been pushed into the covers off the back foot

Malcolm Waller, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

6.6
1
Masakadza to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, pads again. Easy clippings these, a touch behind square
6.5
1
Masakadza to Talat, 1 run, turning down leg. A pressy nurdle into square leg
6.4
1
Masakadza to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, shortens his length a touch, flatting it in too. Cut away square
6.3
0
Masakadza to Fakhar Zaman, no run, driven through the line, and Masakadza is quick to dive and cut it off

Hussain Talat, left handed bat, comes to the crease

6.2
0
Masakadza to Haris Sohail, out Caught by Mire!! Down, down and doom. Sohail rushes down, doesn't get to the pitch of the ball, but doesn't hold back a premeditated tonk down the ground either. Goes through with it, but only gets the elevation. And the distance is exactly as much as where long-on is. Big breakthrough for the Zims. Haris Sohail c Mire b Masakadza 16(15) [4s-1]

Masakadza to Haris Sohail, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

6.1
2
Masakadza to Haris Sohail, 2 runs, drifting away. Sohail jabs away from his body, outside-edging it through the vacant slip cordon

Wellington Masakadza, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

5.6
1
Mpofu to Haris Sohail, 1 run, on the pads again. Worked away round the corner
5.5
1
Mpofu to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, moves away, Mpofu goes wider. An adjusted stab to short third man, and the quicker legs
5.4
1
Mpofu to Haris Sohail, 1 run, punched through the line, long-off
5.3
1
Mpofu to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, powerfully spanked pull. Is almost cramped up by the pace, hurried in as he gets it a lot flatter and longer than he'd have liked. On the bounce to fine leg
5.2
1
Mpofu to Haris Sohail, 1 run, shuffles, stays behind the line to wrist it to mid-off
5.1
1
Mpofu to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, tummy-lined. Zaman does well to keep the pull down in front of square
4.6
1
Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, slower cutter to follow. Zaman spots, waits and taps it softly to cover. The 50 comes up
4.5
0
Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, no run, charges at the bouncer. But Muzarabani's height gets the ball to climb. Flush into the helmet off the glove
4.4
2
Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, 2 runs, angry back away, with a flat-bat into deep mid-wicket
4.3
1
Muzarabani to Haris Sohail, 1 run, worked away off the hips quietly down to backward square leg
4.3
1
Muzarabani to Haris Sohail, wide, moves inside the line, misses the glance, but the line's down leg
4.2
1
Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, a swivel with a swat down to deep square leg
4.1
4
Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, oh crunched. Zaman stands up to the bounce, Muzarabani gives him the pace and the room too to toy around as he threads the punch through the covers

Blessing Muzarabani [1.0-0-7-0] is back into the attack

3.6
1
Mpofu to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, gives himself room. But ends up miscuing his slap rather tamely towards mid-off
3.5
1
Mpofu to Haris Sohail, 1 run, heaved away off the inside half, behind square. Sohail's lack of feet not helping matters
3.5
1
Mpofu to Haris Sohail, wide, flat-footed cut. But Mpofu has smartly gone wide .. surely not beyond the tramline. But such has been the umpiring with the wide calling today
3.4
1
Mpofu to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, neat wrists, tickling it round the corner
3.4
1
Mpofu to Fakhar Zaman, wide, keeps bumping it into the pitch, but very leg-lined this time
3.3
0
Mpofu to Fakhar Zaman, no run, digs in the bouncer. Zaman lines up to cut after making room. And withdraws
3.2
1
Mpofu to Haris Sohail, 1 run, on the shorter side again. Sohail swivels, keeping the swat down. Behind square
3.1
1
Mpofu to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, back of a length in-skidder. Dabbed away off the splice straight to point to pinch a quick single

Chris Mpofu, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

2.6
0
Tendai Chisoro to Haris Sohail, no run, a flamingo-clip off the legs to an uncleanly diving square leg
2.5
1
Tendai Chisoro to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, in with the arm, but Zaman makes room for himself and adjusts to dab it very late towards point
2.4
4
Tendai Chisoro to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, death slog. Sits, adopts the line and hacks it over mid-wicket. A rather poor line to be bowling from round the wicket
2.3
1
Tendai Chisoro to Haris Sohail, 1 run, goes back tall, wristing an on-punch to long-on
2.2
1
Tendai Chisoro to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, pulls the length back, with Zaman opening a push to cover
2.1
6
Tendai Chisoro to Fakhar Zaman, SIX, dances down, not quite to the pitch of it but the intent is right up there. Swings full-blooded and ensures he gets enough on it to muscle it into the sightscreen
1.6
4
Muzarabani to Haris Sohail, FOUR, goes uppish. Walks across, and then clears his front leg to loft it inside-out. All he needs to do is clear mid-off, and he does it with ease
1.5
2
Muzarabani to Haris Sohail, 2 runs, a hopping tuck, dragging it from somewhere around middle to ease it behind square
1.4
0
Muzarabani to Haris Sohail, no run, on the thighs, Sohail can't time his glance right, missing to take the blow
1.3
0
Muzarabani to Haris Sohail, no run, bangs it in short. Sohail's quick to go deep in the crease, ride the bounce in bunting it into the pitch
1.2
1
Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, full, leg-lined. Squeezy-nurdle out towards square leg
1.1
0
Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, no run, short of a length and climbing onto Fakhar who defends it from the crease

Blessing Muzarabani, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
1
Tendai Chisoro to Fakhar Zaman, 1 run, tries another powerful pull on seeing the length short but mistimes it horribly. Luckily gets it well wide of mid-wicket
0.5
4
Tendai Chisoro to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, super shot! Too short from Chisoro and it's asking for trouble in these Powerplay overs. Pulled off the back foot easily behind square on the leg-side. Cleared the infield comfortably
0.4
4
Tendai Chisoro to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR, fine shot! Not much width but Fakhar manufactures some of it by staying leg-side of the ball, opens the blade late to find the gap and he gets it right in between short third man and backward point. Both gave chase, in vain
0.3
1
Tendai Chisoro to Haris Sohail, 1 run, slower and shorter around middle, crunched away towards the deep mid-wicket region to get off the mark.
0.2
3
Tendai Chisoro to Fakhar Zaman, 3 runs, premeditated scoop from Fakhar and gets it well over short fine leg who does well to get to it. Pulls it back just in the nick of time to save a run
0.1
0
Tendai Chisoro to Fakhar Zaman, no run, short skiddy start. A mistimed pull back down the pitch

Fakhar Zaman and Haris Sohail are at the crease. Fakhar Zaman is on strike. Tendai Chisoro will open the attack