Zimbabwe in Pakistan, 3 ODI Series, 2020
Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
Date & Time: 30 October 2020
RR: 5.13 | Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 26 runs
Well, that's it from the 1st ODI then. What a thrilling way to get underway in the ODI series. We had a nail-biter of a finish, where Pakistan showed all class. And there are 2 more ODIs on the way. The second one begins at 12 PM Local (0700 GMT) on Sunday, 1st November 2020. We hope to have your company for that. Until then, take care and goodbye from our side.
Babar Azam, Pakistan's VICTORIOUS SKIPPER, says that he was expecting a close finish like this. States that Zimbabwe batted well. Admits that from Pakistan's side their opening with the bat was not good. Will sit and discuss that and see to improve that, he says. Says further that in the first innings, it was two-paced and hence he struggled. On reserving Afridi and Riaz towards the end, Azam states that the duo performed really well. Says that Riaz is an experienced player and Afridi is also slowly becoming one.
Chamu Chibhabha, Zimbabwe's captain, says that the Pakistani bowlers put them under pressure towards the end and deserve credit for the same. States that Zimbabwe's bowlers bowled well, especially to the Pakistani openers. Admits honestly though that after a good start with the ball, they allowed it to slip away in the end. Praises Wesley Madhevere for his good knock. States that they need to keep such a momentum going forward as well.
Brendan Taylor is the MAN OF THE MATCH, 110 runs from 117 balls. Says that the plan was to try and bat well throughout. Adds that the Pakistani bowling was really good. On Wesley's knock, Brendan agrees it was a very good knock from Madhevere. States that Wesley was enjoying himself out in the middle. Adds that the pace slowed down later and that the Zimbabwe batters had to put more effort. Given the tough bowling prowess of Pakistan, it was imperative for Zimbabwe to bat well, he says.
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Earlier, after winning the toss, Pakistan opted to bat first. They started off on a sluggish note, lost wickets in the middle but picked up fairly well in the end to get to 281/8. One would wonder that was not enough given their batting prowess but their bowlers proved that notion wrong. They struck early and struck back again to dismiss Madhevere and Taylor and then seal the deal in the hosts' favour.
Pakistan's bowlers were splendid with the ball. They more than made up for their batsmen's shortcomings. This wicket had everything for the pacers and that was proven right by the Pakistani pacers. Afridi and Riaz, 9 wickets amongst them, the former picked up 5 and the latter 4. Besides that, they kept a tight noose on the scoring rate as well. Apart from them, Wasim bowled decently and got a wicket. Rauf and Ashraf were a touch expensive and unfortunately, could not manage anything in this game.
Chasing 282 for a win, Zimbabwe got off to a shaky start as they lost a wicket in just the 3rd ball of the chase. They lost another shortly but that did not dampen their scoring rate, which was going decently well. But it slowed down in the middle again and the required rate started picking up. Ervine and Williams fell later on. But Taylor and Madhevere stitched an excellent partnership of 119 to put Zimbabwe in close contention. But they both fell in quick succession and after that it was all downhill for Zimbabwe as the rest crumbled like shortbread, handing Pakistan a 26 run win in the end.
Wahab Riaz and Shaheen Afridi share 9 wickets between them and blow away Zimbabwe. What a valiant effort from the latter. Congratulations all around in the Pakistan dressing room. But there is a lot for Zimbabwe to take from this game as well.
Blessing Muzarabani is the last man in for Zimbabwe.
Richard Ngarava is the new man in at the crease.
Carl Mumba comes to the middle now.
Who will walk out to bat now? Tendai Chisoro it is, at No. 8.
Sikandar Raza comes to the middle now.
Wahab Riaz is back to bowl as Haris Rauf has completed his quota of overs. 7-0-32-1 for Riaz. Can he get these two here?
Imad Wasim is done with his 10 overs. Shaheen Afridi is back. 7-0-26-2 for him. Can he add to that impressive numbers? Especially in the last column?
Haris Rauf to bowl out. 9-1-53-0 for him. Can he get a much-needed wicket for his side?
Powerplay 3 Time! 5 fielders now allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of the innings.
Review time! Pakistan take a review as they had appealed for a caught behind, which was turned down by the on-field umpire. Has he nicked it? Ultra Edge is in.... FLAT LINE! Pakistan lose the review!
Faheem Ashraf is back to continue. 7-1-34-0 for him.
Haris Rauf is back to bowl. 6-1-38-0 for him. Can he get the big fish, Brendan Taylor?
DRINKS! Zimbabwe need 121 runs in 96 balls. The required rate is 7.5, it was well under control earlier but now, it has started to climb upwards primarily due to the loss of wickets. But then, Taylor is there in the middle, at 71 and Madhevere is well set too. The former being an experienced international cricketer, would have seen many such situations previously and it is time for him to get those learnings here to guide his side safely home, without any hiccups. Can he? Let's find out after the break...
Faheem Ashraf is back to bowl. 5-1-17-0 for him. Very commendable but can he get wickets now?
Wesley Madhevere joins Brendon Taylor out in the middle.
Wahab Riaz is back to bowl now. 4-0-18-0 are his figures so far.
Who will be the new man in? Sean Williams it is.
Haris Rauf is back to bowl. 3-0-30-0 for him so far. Vastly expensive. Somebody tell him this is not a T20. It is expensive even by a T20 standard.
Imad Wasim to bowl now. Also, Ervine signals to the dugout for a change of bat for him.
DRINKS! Zimbabwe are 81/2 at the end of 16 overs. They need 201 runs in 204 balls. Their start and play has been much better compared to Pakistan, as Taylor and Ervine are finding the boundaries fearlessly, despite the loss of 2 wickets early on. Now, they are looking a bit more dangerous as they have started to stroke more freely. But that presents an opportunity to Pakistan as well. Will they be able to cash in on that? Let's find out after the drinks break...
Powerplay 2 time! Now the field can relax a bit with 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of the 40th over. Change in bowling too. Here's Wahab Riaz.
Brendon Taylor is the new man in.
Review time! Pakistan have opted a review for the LBW decision that went against them. What does technology have to say? No spike on the Ultra Edge. That is clear then. In comes Ball Tracker and... UMPIRE'S CALL!
Who will bowl from the other end? Will it be the debutant Rauf? Yes, here he is.
Who will be the new man in? Craig Ervine it is, in very early.
We are all set for the chase to begin then! 282 is the target for Zimbabwe. The Pakistani players are in a huddle near the ropes as the umpires make their way out to the middle. Pakistan need to get a good breakthrough with the new ball in their hands. Zimbabwe's openers, Chamu Chibabha and Brian Chari are making their out to the middle as well. Shaheen Afridi with the new ball for Pakistan. Here he comes...