Zimbabwe in Pakistan, 3 T20I Series, 2020

Pakistan vs Zimbabwe - 2nd T20I

Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

Date & Time: 08 November 2020

Pakistan 137/2

RR: 9.03 | Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 8 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Fakhar Zaman c Elton Chigumbura & b Blessing Muzarabanic Elton Chigumbura & b Blessing Muzarabani51100
Babar Azam c Elton Chigumbura & b Blessing Muzarabanic Elton Chigumbura & b Blessing Muzarabani512881
Haider Ali not out not out 664363
Khushdil Shah not out not out 11920
Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Rizwan
Faheem Ashraf
Wahab Riaz
Usman Qadir
Haris Rauf
Mohammad Hasnain
Extras 4 (b 0, lb 1, w 3, nb 0)
Total 137 (2 Wkts, 15.1 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
10-1 (Fakhar Zaman,2.1), 110-2 (Babar Azam,12.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Blessing Muzarabani4 0 33 2 8.25
Richard Ngarava3.1 0 28 0 9.03
Donald Tiripano2 0 18 0 9.00
Tendai Chisoro3 0 26 0 8.67
Sean Williams1 0 11 0 11.00
Sikandar Raza2 0 20 0 10.00
Brendan Taylor 0 0 0 0 0
Chamu Chibhabha 0 0 0 0 0
Wesley Madhevere0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Burl0 0 0 0 0
Elton Chigumbura0 0 0 0 0

For his unbeaten 66, HAIDER ALI has been named as the MAN OF THE MATCH! That's it from this game, then! Pakistan have been dominant and have dismantled Zimbabwe in this game and have won the T20I series as they are leading the 3-match series 2-0. The action contines as the third and final T20I is on Tuesday, 10th November, 2020. The game will begin at 1530 local (1030 GMT). We look forward to your company for that game. Until then, cheers.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan won the toss and decided to bowl first and it proved to be a great decision. They bundled out Zimbabwe to a mere total of 134, which was below par. It was due to the exploits by Ryan Burl that Zimbabwe crossed the 130-run mark. Haris Rauf and Usman Qadir were the pick of the lot for Pakistan, as they both picked up 3 wickets each. Overall, a very good display by Pakistan and Babar Azam will be a happy captain with this show.

There is not much to discuss in regard to the bowling by Zimbabwe. Defending a small total of 135 was always going to be hard. Only Blessing Muzarabani was in the wickets column for Zimbabwe, while none of the other bowlers stepped up.

Chasing a total of 135 was not going to be hard for Pakistan but they got off to a bad start as they lost Fakhar Zaman right in the start. It was then the duo of Babar Azam and Haider Ali who did well to stitch a partnership of 100-plus runs to make sure that there are no twists in this tale. Both of them also scored half centuries in the process. Azam fell towards the end but by then, the game was already done and dusted.

This has been a very comprehensive show by Pakistan. They were right on the money with the ball and continued that same effort with the bat and have ensured that they wrap this 3 match-series by winning the first two games. A very well deserved victory for the Men in Green.

15.1
4
Richard Ngarava to Khushdil Shah, FOUR! BANG! Khushdil finishes the game in style. Short ball around off, Khushdil pulls it over square leg and gets a boundary. PAKISTAN WIN BY 8 WICKETS!
14.6
2
Blessing Muzarabani to Haider Ali, On off, Haider comes down the track and hits it very high in the air. It falls away from the mid on fielder who is chasing it. Two taken as the fielder stops it before the ropes.
14.5
2
Blessing Muzarabani to Haider Ali, On the pads, Haider flicks it in front of square on the leg side and gets a couple. 
14.5
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Haider Ali, WIDE! Just 6 needed now. Muzarabani misses his line and bowls one down the leg side. Haider looks to flick but misses. 
14.4
4
Blessing Muzarabani to Haider Ali, FOUR! Nicely played by Haider! Short ball on middle and off. Ali pulls it through square leg for a boundary. 
14.3
4
Blessing Muzarabani to Haider Ali, FOUR! Excellent from Haider Ali! Fuller on middle. Haider picked the length early and he hits it over long on for a boundary. 
14.2
1
Blessing Muzarabani to Khushdil Shah, Length ball around off. This time Khushdil taps it to cover and gets to the other end. 
14.1
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Khushdil Shah, Good ball! Blessing Muzarabani hits the deck hard around off. Shah looks to defend but the ball goes away with the angle and beats the outside edge of Khushdil's willow. 
13.6
1
Richard Ngarava to Khushdil Shah, Direct hit and it would have been close! Fuller on off, Khushdil pushes it to the right of mid on and calls for a quick run. Chigumbura gets to the ball quickly and has a shy at the bowler's end. Unfortunately for him and Zimbabwe, he misses. 
13.5
1
Richard Ngarava to Haider Ali, Length ball around off, Ali runs it down to third man and gets to the other end. 
13.4
1
Richard Ngarava to Khushdil Shah, Smartly follows the boundary with a single towards cover. 
13.3
4
Richard Ngarava to Khushdil Shah, FOUR! Khushdil is off the mark with a boundary! Too straight and too full around off. Khushdil uses his wrists and flicks it through fine leg for a boundary.
13.2
0
Richard Ngarava to Khushdil Shah, Full around off, Khushdil comes inside the stumps and pushes it to mid on. 
13.1
1
Richard Ngarava to Haider Ali, Full outside off. Haider guides it through backward point for a single. 

Richard Ngarava is back into the attack. 2-0-16-0 so far.

12.6
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Khushdil Shah, Another one outside off which goes with the angle. Khushdil leaves it alone. 
12.5
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Khushdil Shah, Outside off, Khushdil is happy to let that go to the keeper. 
12.5
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Khushdil Shah,  WIDE! Too far outside off, on the wrongside of the tramline. Wided by the umpire. 

Khushdil Shah is the new batter in for Pakistan.

12.4
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Babar Azam, OUT! CAUGHT! Fifty and out for Babar Azam! Terrific catch from Elton Chigumbura! Muzarabani bangs in a short ball. It is quick and well-directed as well. Babar looks to pull but top edges it high in the air. It goes to the right of fine leg. Chigumbura covers a lot of distance and then slides to take a good, clean catch.
12.3
4
Blessing Muzarabani to Babar Azam, FOUR! DEFT! FIFTY FOR BABAR AZAM! He gets to his 16th T20I fifty in style. Also brings up the 100-run stand. Back of a length around off, Babar waits for it and then opens the face of his bat to send the ball fine to the third man fence. 
12.2
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Babar Azam, On the pads, Babar flicks it but finds short mid-wicket. 
12.1
4
Blessing Muzarabani to Babar Azam, FOUR! Lovely from the Pakistan skipper. Slightly shorter on off, the ball does not rise up as much as he initially anticipated. Babar Azam quickly adjusts to the bounce and pulls it through square leg for a boundary.
11.6
1
Tendai Chisoro to Babar Azam, Tossed up around off, Babar comes down the track and milks it to long off. He keeps the strike. Pakistan now need just 33 to win this game. 
11.5
1
Tendai Chisoro to Haider Ali, Flat and short on off, Haider knocks it to point and gets to the other end.
11.4
1
Tendai Chisoro to Babar Azam, Shorter on off, Babar punches it to cover and rotates. 
11.3
1
Tendai Chisoro to Haider Ali, Smart cricket as Haider follows the biggie with a single towards long on.
11.2
6
Tendai Chisoro to Haider Ali, SIX! BOOM! Haider Ali gets to his fifty in style. His second in T20Is. Tossed up on off, Haider goes inside-out over covers for a biggie to bring up his fifty in style. 
11.1
1
Tendai Chisoro to Babar Azam, Tossed up on off, Babar drives it to the left of extra cover. Raza dives to his right and takes pace off the ball. Just a single. 
10.6
1
Sikandar Raza to Babar Azam, Darted quicker on the pads, Babar turns it to mid-wicket and keeps the strike. 
10.5
0
Sikandar Raza to Babar Azam, Tossed up on the stumps. Azam keeps it out. 
10.4
0
Sikandar Raza to Babar Azam, Flatter on off, Babar punches it to cover. 
10.3
6
Sikandar Raza to Babar Azam, SIX! SMASHED! Short on off and middle, Azam once again goes on his back foot but this time smashes it over mid-wicket via a pull for a biggie. 
10.2
4
Sikandar Raza to Babar Azam, MISFIELD AND FOUR! Short around off, Azam goes on his back foot and punches it to the left of cover. The fielder in the circle fumbles and the ball races away to the fence. 
10.1
1
Sikandar Raza to Haider Ali, Floated on off, Haider nudges it to long off and rotates the strike.
9.6
1
Tendai Chisoro to Haider Ali, A single to end as Ali works this one towards mid-wicket. 56 needed in 60 balls now for Pakistan.
9.5
1
Tendai Chisoro to Babar Azam, Short, outside off, punched towards deep point for one.
9.4
1
Tendai Chisoro to Haider Ali, Loopy on middle, Ali eases this towards long on for a single.
9.3
4
Tendai Chisoro to Haider Ali, EDGY FOUR! Not what he intended to do but runs nonetheless! Flatter around off, Haider Ali looks to cut this one but under edges this to the third man region for a boundary.
9.2
0
Tendai Chisoro to Haider Ali, Flatter around off, Ali cuts this one to the point region.
9.1
0
Tendai Chisoro to Haider Ali, PLAY AND A MISS! Flatter around off, Ali looks to cut this one but misses.
8.6
0
Sikandar Raza to Babar Azam, Loopy on off, blocked out.
8.5
4
Sikandar Raza to Babar Azam, FOUR! The timing on this one was sublime! There was not much room but he made some room and made sure that this would be a boundary! Flatter around off, Azam makes some room and cuts this one past backward point for a boundary.
8.4
1
Sikandar Raza to Haider Ali, Flatter on middle, Ali rocks on his back foot and punches it towards deep mid-wicket for another single.
8.3
0
Sikandar Raza to Haider Ali, Loopy on middle, pushed back to the bowler.

One T20I done and it was Pakistan who came out trumps. There was no doubt in it though as they were excellent throughout the game. First, the bowlers bowled well, restricting Zimbabwe to just 156. Mohammad Hasnain was the star with the ball and he received enough support from the others as well. They lost an early wicket with the bat but Babar Azam showed his class yet again as he scored a fine 80 and he, along with Mohammad Hafeez took them close before they fell. But by that time, the game was won. They would look to continue more of the same and clinch the series. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, did not turn up with both bat and ball. They were poor with the bat as only Wesley Madhevere played well. The bowling too was not upto the mark as they gave away far too many easy runs and to make matters worse, their fielding was below par. They need to improve on that desperately if they want to level the series. What will happen? Will Zimbabwe be able to level the series or will the hosts clinch it with one game to spare?

Pakistan Team Squad -Abdullah Shafique,Abid Ali,Babar Azam,Fakhar Zaman,Haider Ali,Haris Sohail,Imam-ul-Haq,Khushdil Shah,Faheem Ashraf,Iftikhar Ahmed,Imad Wasim,Mohammad Hafeez,Shadab Khan,Mohammad Rizwan,Rohail Nazir,Haris Rauf,Mohammad Hasnain,Muhammad Musa,Shaheen Afridi,Usman Qadir,Wahab Riaz,Zafar Gohar

Zimbabwe Team Squad -Brian Chari,Craig Ervine,Milton Shumba,Tinashe Kamunhukamwe,Chamu Chibhabha,Elton Chigumbura,Ryan Burl,Sean Williams,Sikandar Raza,Wesley Madhevere,Brendan Taylor,Richmond Mutumbami,Blessing Muzarabani,Carl Mumba,Donald Tiripano,Faraz Akram,Richard Ngarava,Tendai Chatara,Tendai Chisoro,Wellington Masakadza