Zimbabwe in Pakistan, 3 T20I Series, 2020

Pakistan vs Zimbabwe - 3rd T20I

Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

Date & Time: 10 November 2020

Pakistan 130/2

RR: 8.47 | Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 8 wickets

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Fakhar Zaman c Wesley Madhevere & b Wellington Masakadzac Wesley Madhevere & b Wellington Masakadza212411
Abdullah Shafique not out not out 413341
Haider Ali c Brendan Taylor (W) & b Milton Shumbac Brendan Taylor (W) & b Milton Shumba272012
Khushdil Shah not out not out 361533
Babar Azam
Mohammad Rizwan
Imad Wasim
Usman Qadir
Muhammad Musa
Haris Rauf
Mohammad Hasnain
Extras 5 (b 0, lb 0, w 5, nb 0)
Total 130 (2 Wkts, 15.2 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
39-1 (Fakhar Zaman,6.5), 79-2 (Haider Ali,11.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Blessing Muzarabani2 0 13 0 6.50
Donald Tiripano2 0 17 0 8.50
Faraz Akram2.2 0 12 0 5.45
Wellington Masakadza2 0 19 1 9.50
Wesley Madhevere2 0 14 0 7.00
Ryan Burl3 0 27 0 9.00
Milton Shumba2 0 28 1 14.00
Brendan Taylor 0 0 0 0 0
Chamu Chibhabha 0 0 0 0 0
Craig Ervine0 0 0 0 0
Elton Chigumbura0 0 0 0 0

For his brilliant bowling display, Usman Qadir has been named the Man of the Match as well as the Man of the Series. That is it from this game. Pakistan whitewash Zimbabwe 3-0 in the T20I series and they also won the ODI series 2-1. Zimbabwe go home with just an ODI win. Pakistan will take confidence from this white ball series as they will now go to New Zealand for a full fledged tour starting from 18th December, 2020. Till then, stay safe, take care and goodbye!

Earlier in the evening after winning the toss and batting first, Zimbabwe never got going as Pakistan bowling led by Usman Qadir ran riot and restricted Zimbabwe to a minimal score of 129 on a batting track. Usman's spin just spun a web around Zimbabwe and his 4-fer never let the tourists off the hook. 

No fairytale ending for Elton Chigumbura as he bids adieu to international cricket with a painful loss. Zimbabwe succumbed to yet another defeat. Cannot blame the Zimbabwe bowlers as they hardly had any runs to play with in a batting friendly track. Barring one wicket a piece for Milton Shumba and Wellington Masakadza, there was hardly anything from the Zimbabwe bowlers as they were outclassed yet again.

Chasing 130 on a track that is lovely to bat on was hardly going to be a challenge. They needed a solid start and though they were slow off the blocks, Abdullah Shafique gathered pace as the innings progressed. Khushdil Shah came out with an intent to wrap it up early and so he did with his blistering cameo. The only cause of small dent in an otherwise clinical series with the bat would be Fakhar Zaman's form.

Another easy chase for the home side and unlike the ODIs, Pakistan have thoroughly dominated Zimbabwe in an one-sided series, clean sweeping the tourists, 3-0. Pakistan continue their dominance over Zimabwe in the shortest format of the game making it 14 in 14 in their last 14 games. 

15.2
6
Faraz Akram to Khushdil Shah, SIX! Khushdil Shah ends it in grand style. Slower ball on off and middle, Khushdil Shah lofts it mightily over deep mid-wicket. Pakistan win by 8 wickets and whitewash Zimbabwe in the T20I series 3-0.
15.1
0
Faraz Akram to Khushdil Shah, Full and around off, driven to mid off for a dot.

Faraz Akram is back on.

14.6
1
Ryan Burl to Khushdil Shah, Flatter on middle and leg, tucked through the mid-wicket region for a single.
14.5
4
Ryan Burl to Khushdil Shah, FOUR! Full and around off, Khushdil lofts it over the bowler's head, to the long on boundary. Not very far away are Pakistan from a victory here.
14.4
0
Ryan Burl to Khushdil Shah, An appeal for LBW but nothing results. Going down the leg side. Flatter ball on middle and leg, Khushdil looks to tuck it on the leg side but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal follows but to no avail.
14.4
0
Ryan Burl to Khushdil Shah, WIDE! Ryan slips one down the leg side, Shah lets it be. Wided.
14.3
2
Ryan Burl to Khushdil Shah, Tossed up on middle and leg, Khushdil heaves it over mid-wicket. It falls short of Wesley there and the batters take a couple.
14.2
1
Ryan Burl to Abdullah Shafique, Full and around off, driven to long off for a single.
14.1
4
Ryan Burl to Abdullah Shafique, FOUR! Beautifully struck. Full and around off, Abdullah Shafique goes inside out, through the covers, through the carpet. Races away for a boundary, the ball.
13.6
0
Milton Shumba to Khushdil Shah, A dot to end the over. Flatter outside off, Shah pushes this to covers. 19 runs needed in 36 balls now.
13.5
4
Milton Shumba to Khushdil Shah, FOUR! Cut and cut very well by Shah! What a cameo this has been from him! His first two sixes were on the leg side and this boundary is to the off side. Flatter outside off, Khushdil rocks on his back foot and punches this to the deep backward point region for a boundary.
13.4
1
Milton Shumba to Abdullah Shafique, Tossed up on middle, Abdullah eases this towards long on for a single.
13.3
1
Milton Shumba to Khushdil Shah, A full toss on off, Shah heaves this one towards long on for a single. 13 runs off the first three balls.
13.2
6
Milton Shumba to Khushdil Shah, SIX! Back-to-back boundaries for Shah! Glorious shot! Loopy on middle, Shah skips down the track and hammers this one over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. Wonderful batting.
13.1
6
Milton Shumba to Khushdil Shah, SIX! What a shot! He has hammered this one for a biggie! A juicy full toss on middle, Shah dances down the track and dispatches this one over the deep mid-wicket region for a biggie.
12.6
4
Ryan Burl to Abdullah Shafique, FOUR! Lovely cut shot! Short and width on offer, Shafique goes back and cuts it through point for a boundary.
12.5
0
Ryan Burl to Abdullah Shafique, On off, cut to point off the back foot.
12.4
0
Ryan Burl to Abdullah Shafique, Flighted on off, pushed down to mid-wicket. A dot.
12.3
1
Ryan Burl to Khushdil Shah, This time he flicks through the mid-wicket region again, but it is straight to the fielder. So, just the single.
12.2
4
Ryan Burl to Khushdil Shah, FOUR! That is a great shot. Full and on middle, he flicks this through mid-wicket for a glorious boundary.
12.1
0
Ryan Burl to Khushdil Shah, On off, pushed to cover.
11.6
4
Milton Shumba to Abdullah Shafique, FOUR! In the air.... but just over the inner ring. Floated around off, Abdullah Shafique comes forward and lofts it just over the man at cover. The ball races away for a boundary.
11.5
1
Milton Shumba to Khushdil Shah, A single as this is eased down to long on for one.

Khushdil Shah strides out into the middle.

11.4
0
Milton Shumba to Haider Ali, OUT! TAKEN! Zimbabwe will take that wicket. Haider Ali is not happy with himself there. Floated around off, Haider prods forward to block. The ball takes a faint outside edge and goes to the keeper. Brendan Taylor takes it and Zimbabwe appeal for the caught behind. Haider Ali though does not wait for the umpire's signal, he walks off straightaway.
11.3
0
Milton Shumba to Haider Ali, On off, blocked.
11.2
4
Milton Shumba to Haider Ali, FOUR! He is in glorious form, Ali. Short and wide, Ali rocks back and punches it through the covers, wide of the man at cover. A boundary results.
11.1
0
Milton Shumba to Haider Ali, Tossed up around off, pushed back to the bowler.
11.1
0
Milton Shumba to Haider Ali, WIDE! Way outside off, the batter lets it be.

Some more spin! Milton Shumba to bowl now.

10.6
1
Ryan Burl to Haider Ali, On the shorter side on off, the batsman goes back and punches it to sweeper cover for one.
10.5
0
Ryan Burl to Haider Ali, On off, pushed to cover.
10.4
0
Ryan Burl to Haider Ali, On off, Ali looked to cut this one but is beaten.
10.3
1
Ryan Burl to Abdullah Shafique, Flighted on off, worked to mid-wicket for a single.
10.2
2
Ryan Burl to Abdullah Shafique, On the shorter side on leg, glanced to mid-wicket who fumbles. A comfortable two.
10.1
1
Ryan Burl to Haider Ali, On off, flicked to deep mid-wicket for a single.

Ryan Burl is introduced into the attack.

9.6
1
Wesley Madhevere to Haider Ali, Flatter on off, driven through mid on for a single. 61 needed in the last 10 overs.
9.5
1
Wesley Madhevere to Abdullah Shafique, Flatter ball outside off, punched wide of the bowler, to long off. A single.
9.4
0
Wesley Madhevere to Abdullah Shafique, Flighted around off, pushed down to short mid-wicket.
9.3
0
Wesley Madhevere to Abdullah Shafique, Tossed up on off, eased to mid on for a dot.
9.2
1
Wesley Madhevere to Haider Ali, Follows the boundary with a single by pushing this down to long on for a single.
9.1
6
Wesley Madhevere to Haider Ali, SIX! A prime example of talent meeting opportunity this young man is. Floated on off, Ali clears his front leg and powers it miles over deep mid-wicket.
8.6
1
Wellington Masakadza to Haider Ali, On off, pushed down to long on for one.

All set then, for the final T20I of the series. Pakistan have comfortably swept aside Zimbabwe in both games so far and don't reasonably seem to have any issues with their unit. For all the promise shown by Zimbabwe in the first and third ODI of the series, they have fallen flat in the T20Is. Their batting simply does not have enough to offer, with plenty of overdependence on the likes of Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams. Their bowling is not bad but not threatening either. Pakistan will look to give some opportunities to those players in their squad who have not played. Having said that, it seems a harsh call to leave someone out, as this is the last game for quite some time. Their next assignment is on 18th December, 2020 against New Zealand. Given that players are playing after a long break and will get another long break, no one would want to miss playing, especially if it be a dead rubber, as there is an extended freedom to express oneself.

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