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

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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.
8.5
6
Wellington Masakadza to Haider Ali, SIX! There he goes again, this time, Haider. Full on middle and leg, he strokes it uppishly and way over mid-wicket for a biggie.
8.4
1
Wellington Masakadza to Abdullah Shafique, Follows the six with a single by nudging this towards mid-wicket for one.
8.3
6
Wellington Masakadza to Abdullah Shafique, SIX! Abdullah plays good strong shots down the ground like that. 50 up for Pakistan as well. Floated around off, he comes down and lofts it over the bowler's head for a maximum.
8.2
0
Wellington Masakadza to Abdullah Shafique, On off, blocked.
8.1
1
Wellington Masakadza to Haider Ali, Flatter on off, driven down to long off for a single.
7.6
1
Wesley Madhevere to Haider Ali, Flatter around off, steered to short third man for a single and Ali will retain the strike for the next over. 
7.5
0
Wesley Madhevere to Haider Ali, Flatter on middle, Ali tucks this to mid-wicket.
7.4
0
Wesley Madhevere to Haider Ali, Quicker and sliding into the batter, Ali looks to sweep but misses and it hits him on the pads. An appeal but nothing from the umpire. It looked to be pitching outside leg and hence no review is taken.
7.3
1
Wesley Madhevere to Abdullah Shafique, On middle and leg, tucked to square leg for another single.
7.2
1
Wesley Madhevere to Haider Ali, Flatter on middle, punched towards long on for a single.
7.1
2
Wesley Madhevere to Haider Ali, LEG BYE! Flatter on the pads, Ali flicks this towards the fine leg region. The batters collect a couple.

Wesley Madhevere into the attack now.

6.6
1
Wellington Masakadza to Haider Ali, Ali eases this down towards long off for a single.

Who's next for Pakistan? Haider Ali it is.

6.5
0
Wellington Masakadza to Fakhar Zaman, OUT! CAUGHT! The first wicket falls for Pakistan and it is the Fakhar Zaman who walks back now. Spin does the trick for Zimbabwe. Zaman's struggles with the bat continue as he goes back with a low score. Floated on middle, Zaman dances down the track and lofts this one towards the deep mid-wicket region, he does not time it well and Madhevere makes no mistake with this one.
6.4
1
Wellington Masakadza to Abdullah Shafique, Flighted around off, Shafque looks to go over the off side but this one comes off the inner half and goes towards long on for a single.
6.3
0
Wellington Masakadza to Abdullah Shafique, Floated on off, blocked to the leg side.
6.2
1
Wellington Masakadza to Fakhar Zaman, Short ball on the pads, tucked to short fine leg for a quick single.
6.1
1
Wellington Masakadza to Abdullah Shafique, Flatter around off, Abdullah rocks back and punches this to the deep cover region for a single.

Over to spin as Wellington Masakadza is into the attack now.

5.6
0
Faraz Akram to Fakhar Zaman, A good way to end the over for Akram! A yorker on middle, dug out to the leg side. Pakistan are at 36/0 at the end of the Powerplay.
5.5
1
Faraz Akram to Abdullah Shafique, On a full length on middle, Shafique tucks this to the right of mid-wicket and the fielder does well to stop this one. A single in the end.
5.4
0
Faraz Akram to Abdullah Shafique, Another missed opportunity! Another full toss, another dot! A full toss outside off, Abdullah pushes this to the man at mid off.
5.3
0
Faraz Akram to Abdullah Shafique, PLAY AND A MISS! A slow leg cutter around off, Shafique strides forward and looks to heave this one away but only connects his bat with thin air.
5.2
1
Faraz Akram to Fakhar Zaman, On off on a good length, Zaman drives this to the deep cover region to exchange ends.
5.1
0
Faraz Akram to Fakhar Zaman, Zaman misses out on this! This was a juicy full toss outside off, Fakhar plays this to covers.
4.6
2
Donald Tiripano to Abdullah Shafique, A couple to end the over! On middle, Abdullah flicks this to deep square leg for a couple. 
4.6
0
Donald Tiripano to Abdullah Shafique, WIDE! Good length down the leg side, Abdullah looks to tuck this away but misses. Wided.
4.5
1
Donald Tiripano to Fakhar Zaman, Good length ball on off, Zaman works this to the left of mid on and collect a single.
4.5
0
Donald Tiripano to Fakhar Zaman, WIDE! Way outside off, Zaman leaves it alone. The umpire signals this as a wide.
4.4
6
Donald Tiripano to Fakhar Zaman, SIX! First six of the innings and it is off Zaman's willow! He has got his dancing shoes on, alright. On a good length on middle, Zaman dances down the track and lofts this one handsomely over the deep mid-wicket fence for a biggie.
4.3
1
Donald Tiripano to Abdullah Shafique, On middle, flicked towards mid-wicket for one.
4.2
2
Donald Tiripano to Abdullah Shafique, IN THE AIR...SAFE! On a good length around off, Shafique slashes this over covers and luckily for him, it lands safe. The batters complete the second run.
4.1
1
Donald Tiripano to Fakhar Zaman, A quick single! On off on a good length, Zaman pushes this towards mid off and the batters take a quick single. There is a throw at the non-striker's end and it is hit but Zaman was safely in.

Donald Tiripano replaces Muzarabani into the attack now.

3.6
1
Faraz Akram to Fakhar Zaman, Good length on off, Zaman taps this towards point and the batters collect a quick single.
3.5
0
Faraz Akram to Fakhar Zaman, On a good length around the pads, tucked to the man at short fine leg.
3.4
1
Faraz Akram to Abdullah Shafique, Fullish length ball on off, Shaifque digs this one out towards deep square leg to cross ends for a single.
3.4
0
Faraz Akram to Abdullah Shafique, WIDE! Slips this down the leg side, Shafique looks to flick but misses. Wided.
3.3
0
Faraz Akram to Abdullah Shafique, BEATEN! Lovely shape by the bowler! Back of a length ball outside off, Shafique looks to push this to the off side but he misses this one completely.
3.2
0
Faraz Akram to Abdullah Shafique, A slower full toss outside off, Abdullah pushes this to covers.
3.1
1
Faraz Akram to Fakhar Zaman, Faraz starts off with a full length ball around off, Zaman works this towards mid off and the batters scamper through for the single.

Faraz Akram to bowl now.

2.6
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Abdullah Shafique, On middle, blocked well.
2.5
1
Blessing Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, Zaman pushes this to the on side for a single.
2.4
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, DROPPED! It is the captain, Chibhabha who drops this one! It should have been taken as it was not the hardest catch out there! Back of a length ball outside off, Zaman looks to cut this one but with the extra bouce on offer, it kisses his outside edge and goes towards the captain at first slip who catches it but then it pops out of his hands. 
2.3
4
Blessing Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, FOUR! Nicely timed! In the gap and four! Back of a length delivery around off, Zaman cuts this past the diving fielder at point and it runs away to the ropes.
2.2
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, Back of a length delivery around off, Zaman pushes this to the on side.
2.1
1
Blessing Muzarabani to Abdullah Shafique, Short ball on middle, Shafique hops and works it to square leg for a single.
1.6
0
Donald Tiripano to Fakhar Zaman, Full on off, flicked but straight to short mid-wicket. Just 2 runs from that over.
1.5
0
Donald Tiripano to Fakhar Zaman, Full on off, driven down to mid off.
1.4
0
Donald Tiripano to Fakhar Zaman, On middle, blocked.
1.3
0
Donald Tiripano to Fakhar Zaman, An appeal for LBW but not given. Fullish and on middle and leg, Zaman misses his flick and gets hit on the pads. An appeal follows but to no avail.
1.2
0
Donald Tiripano to Fakhar Zaman, Full on off, driven back to the bowler.
1.1
2
Donald Tiripano to Fakhar Zaman, On middle, flicked towards deep square leg for a couple. Fakhar is extremely quick and comes back for the second.

Who will partner Muzarabani with the new ball? It is Donald Tiripano.

0.6
4
Blessing Muzarabani to Abdullah Shafique, FOUR! Stylishly played. Full and on middle and leg, Abdullah flicks it through square leg and the ball races away for a boundary.
0.5
1
Blessing Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, Full and around off, driven to mid on for a single.
0.4
1
Blessing Muzarabani to Abdullah Shafique, Outside off, nudged to third man for a single.
0.3
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Abdullah Shafique, Almost a feather edge there. Back of a length ball around off, extra bit of pace and bounce, the batsman initially looked to play but later pulls away.
0.2
1
Blessing Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, Full and around off, Fakhar defends it to the off side and takes a quick single.
0.1
0
Blessing Muzarabani to Fakhar Zaman, On a length outside off, dragged down to mid on.

We are back for the chase! The openers of Pakistan, Fakhar Zaman and Abdullah Shafique stride out into the middle. Blessing Muzarabani will start proceedings with the ball for Zimbabwe. Here we go...