Visitors register 11-run win to go 1-0 up
Outstanding performance from wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan and leg-spinner Usman Qadir helped Pakistan in secured an 11-run win in the first T20I of the three-match series against Zimbabwe.
While defending a modest total of 150 in Harare on Wednesday, the Men-in-Green produced a more than decent bowling performance and restrict the opposition to just 138 runs in their 20 overs at the expense of seven wickets.
Leg-spinner Usman was the star of the show with the ball in hand as he claimed three wickets and gave away 29 runs in his quota of four overs.
For the home team, veteran left-hander Craig Ervine finished the innings with the top score of 34 off 23 balls with the help of three fours and one six.
Earlier, after being asked to bat first, Pakistan managed to post a competitive total of 149 for the loss of seven wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
The star of the show was wicketkeeper Rizwan who scored a brilliant 82 not out off 61 balls with the help of 10 fours and one six.
Other than him, only Fakhar Zaman (13 off 14) and debutant Danish Aziz (15 off 11) managed to score in double figures.
For the home team, Wesley Madhevere and Luke Jongwe were the pick of the bowlers as they claimed two wickets each.
That’s it from us today. We will join you for the second T20I on Friday. Till then, it’s goodbye from all of us.
So that’s it. A comprehensive victory for the visitors despite some good performances from the home team.
OUT! Haris gets a big wicket as Burl departs after scoring 14.
ZIM 122-7 (18 overs)
OUT! Another one bites the dust. Usman on fire.
ZIM 95-6 (13.5 overs)
OUT! Usman Qadir gets another one. Williams departs after scoring nine.
ZIM 91-5 (13.2 over)
OUT! Another big one for Pakistan as in-form Craig Ervine departs after scoring 34.
ZIM 79-4 (11.2 overs)
OUT! Hafeez finally provides a breakthrough for Pakistan as Kamunhukamwe departs after scoring 29.
ZIM 77-3 (11 overs)
In our recent poll on Twitter, more than 80 per cent of our respondents believe Pakistan will be able to defend this total.
At the half-way stage:
ZIM 72-2 (10 overs)
At the end of the powerplay:
ZIM 35-2 (6 overs)
OUT! Another one for Hasnain. Two in two. Marumani departs without scoring.
ZIM 21-2 (3 overs)
OUT! Mohammad Hasnain gets a big one as he removes dangerous Madhevere, who departs after scoring 14.
ZIM 21-1 (2.5 overs)
A solid start by Zimbabwe.
ZIM 18-0 (2 overs)
We are back for the second session of the first T20I.
A brilliant end for Pakistan as wicketkeeepr-batsman Mohammad Rizwan smashed 20 runs off the last over.
PAK 149-7 (20 overs)
OUT! Nawaz went back to the pavilion as well. Poor display from the all-rounder who scored just nine off nine.
PAK 124-7 (18 overs)
OUT! Another one. Faheem Ashraf run out for just one.
PAK 100-6 (15.5 overs)
OUT! Another one bites the dust. Haider Ali departs after scoring just five.
PAK 99-5 (15.3 overs)
With that single, Rizwan completes his half-century.
Top knock from the right-hander.
OUT! Zimbabwe gets another important wicket as Danish Aziz departs after scoring 15.
PAK 89-4 (12.5 overs)
At the half-way stage:
PAK 67-3 (10 overs)
OUT! Another big one for the home team as veteran Mohammad Hafeez departs after scoring just five.
PAK 55-3 (8.1 overs)
OUT! Another big one for Zimbabwe as set Fakhar Zaman departs after scoring 13.
PAK 42-2 (6.2 overs)
So that’s a good end of the powerplay for Pakistan despite losing their captain early.
PAK 42-1 (6 overs)
OUT! Huge wicket for the home team as Muzarabani removes Pakistan captain and star batsman Babar Azam, who went back to the pavilion after scoring just two.
PAK 8-1 (2.3 overs)
Here is the playing XI of the Men-in-Green.
Young all-rounder Danish Aziz is making his T20I debut for Pakistan.
TOSS: The news from the centre is that the home team captain Sean Williams has won the toss and elected to field first.
This is the first of the three-match series which will be followed by two Tests.
Welcome to the live blog for the first T20I between Zimbabwe and Pakistan.