Pakistan thrashes Zimbabwe by 74 runs in T20i tri-series opener

HARARE: Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 74 runs in the first match of the Twenty20 tri series opener played at Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

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Batting first Pakistan scored 182 runs for the loss of four wickets in allotted 20 overs.

In response Zimbabwe were all out by making 110 in 17.5 overs. Muhammad Asif was declared Man of the match.

First Innings: 

Fakhar Zaman kept Pakistan steady through the first half of their innings while Zimbabwe, having opted to bowl first, chipped away at the other end with regular strikes.

Medium pacer Chamu Chibhabha had Hussain Talat caught behind for a scratchy 10, and when Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed popped a simple catch into the covers off-spinner Tendai Chisoro, Pakistan were 78 for 3.

Second innings: 

Opener Solomon Mire fired in fits and starts to record a 29-ball 27, while Tarisai Musakanda cracked a busy 43 in his debut Twenty20 International innings.

The Zimbabwean tail collapsed completely, the last four wickets falling for the addition of just six runs, with Hafeez taking 2 for 3 in his first over in international cricket since his bowling action was cleared as legal last month.

Pakistan will face Australia in second Twenty20 match on Monday.

 

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