Pakistan won by 25 runs against Zimbabwe 1st T20 Match.Pak team set 162 runs target and Zim make only 136 score against Pak bowling attack. today match Pak vs Zim 1s T20 of series host team won the toss and chose to bowl first they are make Pak team betting order in some trouble as top orders batsman are fail to stop on crease and give a huge target but Ahmed Shehzad fifty score as he make 70 runs give a help to clinch victory in this match. Boom Boom Afridi make 23 runs, Sohaib Maqsood also play well as he make 26 runs. so the green team reach 161 runs at last on 20 overs.
Other hand Zimbabwe team come for play they are make strong start as opening stand broke in 7th over. H Masakadza and V Sibanda perform well in their 58 runs partnership. then come on crease the skipper BRM Taylor*† he become not out with 32 runs only. T Maruma make only 10 runs in his inning, as H Masakadza 18 and V Sibanda 31 leave crease. other players also struggle in this match against excellent bowling line-up.
in Pakistan team Afridi also shine with 3 wickets and 23 runs in this match. Man of Match award goes to Ahmed Shahzad for his 70 runs in inning. he play well and fans are really excited with his betting style and boundaries witch he hit 6 four runs and only 1 six. Shahid Afridi also come not out with his 23 runs inning and he tries many time for six runs but only one time he hit the bowl out of ground.in other teams mates of green side every player will try for better game but Zimbabwe side play vital role in bowling. from host side MN Waller only player who hit six runs in match. other are hit only four runs in game.
Zimbabwe began well with Masakadza and Sibanda posting a fifty-run partnership. But when Pakistan’s spinners came on and pace was denied on the ball, Zimbabwe resorted to the sweep a little too much. Brendan Taylor looked to hold one end up, but he was always chasing the run-rate as wickets fell around him. Afridi proved his worth with the ball again, picking up three important wickets, two of them in the same over to all but seal the game for Pakistan. In the end Zimbabwe were 25 runs short. Stay with us for the presentation.
Amit: “Taylor coming one down and facing only 26 balls has effected a lot to the team. He should have faced a lot of balls to win the match.”
Anurag: “I am not sure why Zim sent Chigumbura after Maruma
ZCFOutkast: “Flipping our batting order wouldn’t have been a bad idea. A few lusty blows from Shing&Vitori would’ve gotten us going early on!
Shahid Afridi collects the Player of the Match for his 23 off 16 balls and his 3 for 25
Ahmed Shehzad picks up the Man-of-the-Match cheque for his 70 off 50 balls and said, “It was doing a little bit early on, thats why Zimbabwe picked up those early wickets. But the ball came on a little easier as the game got on and we were looking to lay a good foundation because we knew we had a big hitter like Shahid Afridi in the line-up and with our bowling we knew we could defend our total”
Mohammad Hafeez said he was happy with the win, considering it was the start of a new series but was quick to say it was already in the past and the boys had to look at the next game which will decide the series. He also shared team-mate Shehzad’s confidence that his bowling would be able to defend a 150+ total and added that the team had also fielded very well.
Brian Vitori said the team stuck to their plans well, but against world-class spinners like Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal, they were found out. He added that Zimbabwe had conceded a few too many extras, which probably “killed it” for them with the ball, but they were comfortable with the target they had Pakistan had put up. He said Zimabwe needed to learn quickly and that was part of playing international cricket and believed they can improve in the nex game.