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.
Shoaib Malik, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mpofu to Talat, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
At this stage: Zimbabwe too were exactly at 136/2
Chris Mpofu [2.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
Blessing Muzarabani [2.0-0-17-0] is back into the attack
A small confab between a few of the senior players.
Dead ball! As the bowler stopped mid-way in his delivery stride.
Tendai Chisoro [3.0-0-29-0] is back into the attack
Wellington Masakadza [3.0-0-18-1] is back into the attack
Tendai Chisoro [2.0-0-26-0] is back into the attack
Sarfraz Ahmed, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Mire to Fakhar Zaman, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Solomon Mire, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
71 needed 54 balls looks like a cake walk without a slippery icing!
A couple of quiet overs here.
Malcolm Waller, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Hussain Talat, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Masakadza to Haris Sohail, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Wellington Masakadza, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Blessing Muzarabani [1.0-0-7-0] is back into the attack
Chris Mpofu, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Blessing Muzarabani, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Fakhar Zaman and Haris Sohail are at the crease. Fakhar Zaman is on strike. Tendai Chisoro will open the attack