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Pakistan win series in another low-scoring game

Pakistan win series in another low-scoring game
Umar Akmal affected a late-order flourish to ensure Pakistan won the second Twenty20 International in Harare by 15 runs.
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Pakistan 136-6 (Akmal 38) beat
Zimbabwe 121-7 (Williams 40) by 15 runs
Second Twenty20 International in Harare

Umar Akmal affected a late-order flourish to ensure Pakistan won the second Twenty20 International against Zimbabwe in Harare by 15 runs in another low-scoring match and with it take the series 2-0.

Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first. Tinashe Panyangara (2-27) dislodged Ahmed Shehzad (7) who hit a poor delivery, full and wide straight to point.

Pakistan only managed 33 for one after the power-play and lost Mohammad Hafeez (17) the next over.

Midway through the innings, Sohaib Maqsood (26) and Shoaib Malik (15) began the resurrection work, as they took Pakistan to 63 for two after 10 overs.

But the good work was undone, when Malik mistimed one to long on.

Maqsood was gone the next over playing a poor shot with Pakistan in some trouble at 72 for four in the 12th over.

Akmal (38 not out) started with two consecutive fours and gave the innings some much needed impetus taking Pakistan to 109 for four after 15 overs.

However, wickets of Mohammad Rizwan (16) and Shahid Afridi (2) set Pakistan back as they reached 112 for six after 18 overs.

Akmal and Imad Wasim (13 not out) added an unbeaten 25 for the seventh wicket and managed two good overs in the end to take Pakistan to 136 for six after 20 overs.

Luke Jongwe (2-24) was the pick of the bowlers.

Zimbabwe had a disastrous start to their innings with their first four batsmen out in single digits.

They finished their power-play on 24 for three losing Hamilton Masakadza (9), Chamu Chibhabha (3) and Craig Ervine (1) within the span of 11 balls.

Richmond Mutumbami (3) couldn’t guard his stumps and Zimbabwe descended to 24 for four in 6.1 overs.

However, a 60 run partnership for the fifth wicket in 60 balls ensued between Sean Williams (40) and Sikandar Raza (36) both of whom kept the chase on track with timely fours.

Zimbabwe were 84 for four in 16 overs requiring 53 runs off the last 24 balls, when Imran Khan (2-35) broke the partnership, thanks to an ugly heave from Raza who missed the ball.

Elton Chigumbura (17) got down to business immediately with two sixes in two balls taking the equation to 38 off the last 18. His cameo was ended by the tall strapping fast bowler, Mohammad Irfan (2-25).

Imran bowled a brilliant final over with Zimbabwe needing 21 of it. The home team only managed five from it losing the game by 15 runs.

Sohail Tanvir (1-18) was brilliant with the ball and Wasim (1-14) even better, continuing his efforts from the first T20I and bagging the man of the series award.

Akmal walked away with man of the match award as Pakistan won the T20I series 2-0.

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