Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 2nd T20I: Pakistan undone by Zimbabwe’s Luke Jongwe
Luke Jongwe was the star for Zimbabwe as they beat Pakistan in the 2nd T20I ,to level the series 1-1, at the Harare Sports Club, Harare today.
Zimbabwe 118/9 (20 ov)
Pakistan 99/10 (19.5 ov)
Result - Zimbabwe won by 19 runs
Match Report – Salim Parvez
Zimbabwe break a duck against Pakistan
Full credit to Zimbabwe for achieving their first ever T20I win against Pakistan at Harare, in the most unlikely scenario. Defending a mere 120, they snatched seven wickets for just 21 runs to level the series at 1-1. One can visualize Pakistan players having their knuckles rapped by the team management, for 99 all out was very poor cricket by any yardstick.
Opting to field first, Pakistan bowlers chipped in regularly and did a impressive job in keeping Zimbabwe down to 118-9. Opening batsman Tinashe Kamunhukamwe with 34 was the top score in a below par total, after only reaching 47-1 off the first 10 overs. The 20-year old Swabi-born paceman, Arshad Iqbal could be pleased with his first international outing with figures of 22.214.171.124. One of his deliveries broke Kamunhukamwe’s helmet in two pieces.
Pakistan’s reply certainly lacked conviction as they moved from 44-2 after 10 overs to 78-3 in the 16th over, and still required 41 runs in four overs. They were odds on to win as Babar Azam (41) and Danish Aziz (22), were ready to cut loose. In sending back the Pakistan captain, Luke Jongwe opened the door for Zimbabwe. In no time, the tourists’ middle order was ripped to pieces and the bowler finished with 4-18 plus a hand in the run out of Danish. With pressure increasing, Pakistan lost the plot and collapsed, a wee bit unexpected from a team that had twice chased 180 plus total in South Africa, in the last week or so.
Zimbabwe cricketers are set to cherish this win for a long time to come as they adapted far better than Pakistan, on this double-paced wicket. Excellent team work and inspiring fielding were the key factors today as both side come face to face in the series decider at the same venue on Sunday.
Zimbabwe Fall of Wickets: 1-19 (Brendan Taylor - 4.4 ov), 2-47 (Tadiwanashe Marumani - 10.1 ov), 3-68 (Tinashe Kamunhukamwe - 12.3 ov), 4-71 (Ryan Burl - 13.1 ov), 5-83 (Wesley Madhevere - 14.4 ov), 6-108 (Tarisai Musakanda - 17.4 ov), 7-116 (Regis Chakabva - 18.5 ov), 8-116 (Wellington Masakadza - 19.1 ov), 9-116 (Luke Jongwe - 19.3 ov)
Pakistan Fall of wickets: 1-21 (Mohammad Rizwan - 5.1 ov), 2-37 (Fakhar Zaman - 7.5 ov), 3-56 (Mohammad Hafeez - 11.5 ov), 4-78 (Babar Azam - 15.5 ov), 5-79 (Asif Ali - 16.2 ov), 6-87 (Faheem Ashraf - 18.1 ov), 7-92 (Danish Aziz - 18.4 ov), 8-99 (Usman Qadir - 19.1 ov), 9-99 (Haris Rauf - 19.4 ov), 10-99 (Arshad Iqbal - 19.5 ov)
Zimbabwe - Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Wesley Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Brendan Taylor(c), Tarisai Musakanda, Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva(wk), Luke Jongwe, Blessing Muzarabani, Wellington Masakadza, Richard Ngarava
Pakistan - Mohammad Rizwan(wk), Babar Azam(c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Danish Aziz, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Usman Qadir, Arshad Iqbal, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf
Start Time: 10:00
Toss: Pakistan won the toss and decided to field
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Officials: Iknow Chabi, Langton Rusere, Forster Mutizwa, Christopher Phiri, Andrew Pycroft
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