Hosts register eight-wicket win over Chevrons in second fixture
Pakistan registered another comfortable eight-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the second T20I in Rawalpindi on Sunday.
The hosts now have an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series with the dead-rubber game to be played on Tuesday.
The Chevrons, being asked to bat first, were stricted to 134-7, thanks to three-wicket hauls each by pacer Haris Rauf and newcomer Usman Qadir.
Ryan Burl top scored with 32 off 22 with a boundary and a maximum to his name.
Qadir was the pick of the bowlers for the Babar Azam’s side as he returned with figures of 3-23 whereas Rauf, on the other hand, took 3-31 in his four overs.
In reply, Pakistan lost the wicket of opener Fakhar Zaman early but Babar and Haider Ali took the game away with their half-centuries and put a 100-run partnership for the second wicket.
Haider was the standout performer for Pakistan with the bat as he made an unbeaten 66 off 43 balls with six boundaries and three maximums to his name. Babar struck eight fours and a six on his way to a 51-run knock.
Fast-bowler Blessing Muzarabani took the two wickets for Zimbabwe.
Youngster Haider Ali has been named the player of the match for his batting performance.
Update: Pakistan chase 135-run target against Zimbabwe in the second T20I with eight wickets to spare in 15.1 overs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in three-match series.
WICKET: A hook shot proves to be Babar’s downfall as he is caught at third man off Muzarabani’s bowling for 51.
Pakistan: 110-2 (12.4 overs)
A well-deserved 50 for Pakistan captain Babar Azam.
Haider Ali has reached his half-century.
Update: The hosts are cruising towards the 135-run target. They were 64-1 in eight overs with Babar Azam and Haider Ali at the crease.
Babar Azam and Haider Ali will be looking to anchor the side in chase of 135-run target.
Pakistan 26-1 in four overs.
Sports journalist Najeeb-ul-Hasnain recalls Fakhar Zaman’s performances.
WICKET: Fakhar Zaman falls for five as he is taken by Elton Chigumbura off Blessing Muzarabani’s bowling.
Pakistan: 10-1 (2.1 overs)
Pakistan come out to bat as captain Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman will open the innings.
Update: Three-wicket hauls by pacer Haris Rauf and spinner Usman Qadir helped Pakistan restrict Zimbabwe to 134-7 in 20 overs.
WICKET: Third wicket for Haris Rauf as he gets Donald Tiripano caught for 17
Zimbabwe: 120-7 (18.3 overs)
Faizan Najeeb of Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Quetta Gladiators highlights the legacy reminds that legendary spinner Abdul Qadir — like his son Usman — used googlies as his preferred weapon.
Samaa TV’s Shoaib Jatt highlights qualities for a good leg spinner.
کوالٹی لیگ اسپنر ہونے کیلئے یہ چیزیں ضرور ہونی چاہیں— Shoaib Jatt (@Shoaib_Jatt) November 8, 2020
بال ٹرن ہوتا ہو
فلائٹ ہوتی ہو
فلپر ہوتا ہو
گگلی ہوتا ہو
ٹاپ اسپن ہوتا ہو
لیگ بریک ہوتا ہو
اور ان سب کے بعد اسے میچ کے حساب سے بولنگ کروانا آتا ہو وہ بھی خاص طور پر اووے گراؤنڈز پر ٹاپ حریف کیخلاف
Sports journalist Zainab Abbas hails Usman Qadir’s ability to bowl googlies.
Great stuff by Usman Qadir,got a great googly & turns it! #PakVsZim— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) November 8, 2020
Update: Zimbabwe were 96-6 at the end of 15 overs
Television show host Fahad Qureshi has heaped praise on Usman Qadir’s bowling performance in today’s game.
Exceptional spell of bowling by Usman Qadir. Unlike many spinners in world cricket he is courageous enough to spin the bowl. This is what you call a proper leg spinner. Well bowl bhai @QadirCricketer! 🤩#PAKvZIM— Fahad Qureshi (@iamFahadqureshi) November 8, 2020
WICKET: Zimbabwe slump to 90-6 as Usman Qadir has Elton Chigumbura stumped for 18.
Zimbabwe: 90-6 (14 overs)
Another cricket fan wants Pakistan to dismiss Zimbabwe without even 100 on the board.
100 Sy phly out hojaen sb to Maza ajae 😉😍#PAKvZIM— Aqsa Tirmizi 🧕 (@Aqsabasharat1) November 8, 2020
A cricket lover has some concern for Usman Qadir’s future in the side.
Usman Qadir have some serious talent, but I fear Pakistan may not utilize him to his full potential in presence of Shadab. #PAKvZIM— Meesum Tanveer (@MesumMaharaj) November 8, 2020
Update: A poor display with the bat so far by Zimbabwe as they finish their 10 overs at 66-5.
WICKET: What a game Usman Qadir has been having as he dismisses danger-man Wesley Madhevere LBW for 22-ball 24.
Zimbabwe: 66-5 (9.4 overs)
WICKET: Fourth down for Zimbabwe as Usman Qadir sends Sikandar Raza to the pavilion for 10
Zimbabwe: 65-4 (9.2 overs)
Abdur Rouf Khan, a former cricketer, has some words of criticism for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
بورڈ آف گورنرز کی میٹنگ میں کیا فیصلہ ہو سکتا ہے جب سب سے بدترین پرفارمینس ہی چیئرمین،چیف ایگزیکٹو،ہیڈ کوچ اور چیف سلیکٹر کی ہے۔کرکٹ کمیٹی میں شامل لوگ اپنے آپ کو ہی سلیکٹ کرواتے رہے۔جون 2019 سے منظور شدہ آئین پر عملدرآمد صفر ہے۔گراس روٹ ڈھانچہ تباہ،ڈسڑکٹ اور کلب کرکٹ بند پڑی ہے— Abdur Rouf Khan (@AbdurRoufKhan6) November 8, 2020
Update: Pakistan on top as Zimbabwe were reeling at 38-3 at the end of five overs.
WICKET: The Chevrons are in deep trouble as Sean Williams is cleaned up for 13 by Faheem Ashraf.
Zimbabwe: 38-3 (4.5 overs)
WICKET: Haris Rauf with his second wickets as captain Chamu Chibhabha goes for 15 after being caught out.
Zimbabwe: 30-2 (3.3 overs)
Update: A 15-run over by Mohammad Hasnain brings Zimbabwe right back in it.
WICKET: Haris Rauf takes the big wicket of Brendan Taylor who is caught for three
Zimbabwe: 5-1 (1.3 overs)
Sports journalist Saleem Khaliq mentions the department on which the Green Caps have to work on
پاکستانی ٹیم کو فیلڈنگ میں بہت زیادہ بہتری کی ضرورت ہے،بابر اعظم کو بھی اس بات کا احساس ہے،آپ کسی بڑی ٹیم کے خلاف فیلڈ میں اتنی غلطیاں کریں گےتو نہیں جیت سکتے،شاید ملکی کوچ کی ہدایات کو پلیئرز سنجیدگی سے نہیں لے رہے— Saleem Khaliq (@saleemkhaliq) November 8, 2020
RECORD ALERT !!!!
Here are the playing XI for two teams
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (captain), Haider Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Khushdil Shah, Faheem Ashraf, Wahab Riaz, Usman Qadir, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain
Zimbabwe: Brendan Taylor (wicketkeeper), Chamu Chibhabha (captain), Sean Williams, Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Elton Chigumbura, Tendai Chisoro, Donald Tiripano, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava
The hosts have won the toss and elected to field
Babar Azam’s side have a 1-0 lead in the three-match series and will be playing to win the series tonight.
Hello and welcome to the live blogs of the second T20I between Pakistan and Zimbabwe at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.